There are some who deny climate change. They say that it is a hoax. They say it is not as a bad as it is made up to be. They say the fires and the storms and the changing coastline are isolated incidents.
In light of the damage that the fires in Australia have caused, I would hope that those who deny climate change would see the error of their ways.
The fires in Australia are a warning. Climate change and global warming are real. It will take months, if not years for the region to recover. The loss of life, both human and animal is incalculable.
We have one Earth. Instead of nourishing, cherishing and respecting her, we have, used, abused and taken advantage of her. But Earth and Mother Nature have fought back.
The message is clear. We must do something now. Otherwise, I fear that humanity may not exist in the future as we know it to be today.
I would love to shout and cheer that the big bad is dead. Our world can finally be at peace.
The truth is that I cannot. Though it is without a doubt that this man and the forces he led did some truly heinous acts, I fear that this assassination will start World War III.
Adding to the mess is our so-called President, who used the excuse of so-called “bone spurs” to get out of serving in Vietnam. He never served in the military (which is not entirely a bad thing). That being said, it would behoove him and us to listen to those who have served in the military. He is akin to a little boy playing with his plastic soldiers. The problem with that is that he is not playing with six-inch plastic toys, he is playing with people’s lives.
Only time will tell if World War III starts or this is just another scuffle. No matter the outcome, yesterday’s actions make me more than a little nervous.
I think that it’s pretty fair to say that the subject of Israel and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict cannot be boiled down to a quick soundbite or a headline. There are deep nuances and shades of grey that go well beyond what the news media tells us.
This past weekend, you know who spoke at the Israeli-American Council’s annual conference in Florida. He touted his record as pro-Israel and pro-Jewish. He also said the following:
“We have to get the people of our country, of this country, to love Israel more, I have to tell you that. We have to do it. We have to get them to love Israel more. Because you have people that are Jewish people that are great people – they don’t love Israel enough,”
While I have to agree with him (as much as I hate that), I still feel like he is as disingenuous as he has always been. He can argue that he has a Jewish daughter, a Jewish son-in-law, Jewish grandchildren, Jewish friends, and colleagues, etc. But he is also known for speaking out of both sides of his mouth and sending out numerous antisemitic dog whistles.
He is a top-notch salesman. He knows what to say and whom to say it to so he can close the sale. In the world of real estate, one needs to be a top-notch salesperson to professionally survive.
In the world of politics, one also needs a touch of the salesperson to professionally survive. However, when one lives in a Democracy and a politician sells the voters a false bill of goods in order to get elected, the voters have every right to kick that person to the curb.
It would be nice if I had a crystal ball to predict the outcome of the Presidential election and the impeachment trial. But I don’t. I can only hope that common sense, decency, and mutual respect will take us back to where were before the chaos started.
Amazon, whether we like it or not, is a retail behemoth that is on track to take over the world.
Over the weekend, Amazon removed Christmas ornaments and bottle openers with images of Auschwitz from their website.
Whose bright idea was this to create and sell? More importantly, where was Amazon in reviewing the products? The company claims to have standards, but the standards seem important only after all of the negative publicity. Not before, when they could have at least given the products a once over before allowing the seller onto their site.
I don’t know what is scarier, that the products exist or that Amazon allowed them on their website in the first place? The Holocaust is not just any historical event and Auschwitz is not just any place. A little respect, especially given the historical circumstances, goes a long way.
This time of year is about family and tradition. It is not about who can buy the most presents or decorate their house so it can be seen from space. As I see it, these products and Amazon’s inability to stop them from being sold in the first place is a symbol of the wrong reasons to celebrate the holiday season.
Since the beginning of human history, a woman’s value has been solely defined by her sexuality (or lack thereof).
While this idea is thankfully starting to fade, it still has a significant hold on our culture.
When Jeffrey Epstein died of an apparent suicide in August, the scandal he created did not die with him. It has mushroomed into a much larger scandal.
According to news reports, Prince Andrew is accused of taking advantage of the young girls who were also raped and sexually assaulted by Epstein.
I wonder how Prince Andrew would react if his daughters were trafficked for sex? Would he play the innocent card, as he did during the interview with the BBC? Or would he act as a father, horrified that his children were treated as sex slaves?
The problem is that women, especially in cases such as these, are not seen as flesh and blood human beings. We are seen as things to be used as sexual pleasure for men. Until we are seen as complete human beings, women will continue to be trafficked for sex and sexually assaulted.
Venice, like many major cities around the world, is based on or near water. As nourishing and important as water is, it can also be destructive.
Those who deny or minimize the effects of climate change cannot ignore what the people of Venice are going through. Granted, Venice does flood regularly because of it’s topography. However, if this can happen in Venice, where else can it happen?
We must address the underlying issues of climate change now. If we don’t, I fear that we will all be living in a version of Venice.
With the 2020 Presidential Election a little more than a year away, the time is coming in which voters must choose which Democratic candidate will go against you know who.
Though I like a number of the candidates, I have yet to choose just one to push as the Democratic nominee. But there is one nominee who has forever lost my vote: Bernie Sanders.
To be honest, something about Senator Sanders (D-Vermont) never quite clicked with me politically. I appreciate his ideas, but they have always been a little out there, at least from my perspective.
But his decision to hireAmer Zahr, a staunch advocate of the BDS movement has turned me off from voting for Senator Sanders altogether. The fact that Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, would bring on a surrogate who actively campaigns for the destruction of Israel is repugnant.
The problem is the mixed message that Senator Sanders sends out with this decision. He has spoken in the past of being Jewish and yet, he hires someone who advocates for the destruction of the Jewish homeland and Jewish lives.
If Senator Sanders wants to win the nomination and possibly the Presidency, recognizing the importance of Israel and her American supporters is tantamount. Especially given that most Jewish voters are Democrats.
As much as I would love a Jewish President of the United States, I doubt that Senator Sanders will be that President.
Outside of family, friends are the most important people in our lives.
On the world stage, friends come in handy, especially when fighting an enemy whose sole aim is one’s destruction.
In Syria, the Kurds have been America’s ally in the war against ISIS. A politician who is well versed in this relationship and respects it would not abandon the Syrian Kurdish community to the mercy (or lack thereof) of Turkey. But you know who has decided that in his infinite wisdom, that we don’t need their support.
This community didn’t have to help us. But they did and this is how we thank them? My concern is that if we let you know who continue on this path, America will be isolated from the rest of the world. Our only friends will be countries who leadership has a questionable friendship with the United States.
In justifying his decision, he claimed that the decision was made because of the Kurds were not part of the Allies and did not participate in the Invasion of Normandy. That is the most ridiculous, nonsensical reason that I have ever heard from this man. Any voter with an ounce of sense would see this man as completely unfit for office and make dam sure that he is a one term President.
But there are fools in this country who continue to support him and will vote for him next fall. G-d help us all if he wins a second term, for we will need all of the help that we can get.
There should be no need to apologize for her trip. For whatever reasons she had, she chose to spend her free time in Israel.
The sad and disgusting irony of this unnecessary apology is that if she had chosen to visit any other country, it wouldn’t have even made the news. But because she chose to visit Israel, it becomes a big deal.
Israel is a beautiful country with warm people, delicious food and the opportunity to walk through history while living in the present. I apologize to Ms. Lovato that she was forced to apologize and I suggest that if you have the chance to visit Israel, you take it. It may be the vacation of vacations.
There is great power in truth. The problem is that those who fear the truth will say and do anything to keep the truth from being revealed.
Greta Thunberg is not afraid of revealing the truth about climate change and the limited time we have to prevent the destruction of our world. This I believe, deep down is what we these men are afraid of. They are also afraid because the truth comes out of a young girl who does not capitulate to them because of her sex and her age.
I’ve recently become aware of the following quote:
“You’ll never see a u-haul behind a hearse.”
Though the quote has a specific meaning, I feel like it can be applied to the reality of climate change. The reality is that our oceans are warming and rising. The glaciers are melting. The weather is becoming more extreme. Entire species of animals are either dead or dying. All of this is due to man made climate change. But there is still time, if we are willing to do what needs to be done.
What these men don’t realize is like the u-haul that goes one way when the hearse goes the other way, they are not immune from the effects of climate change. When the oceans rise and their multi-million dollar waterfront McMansions are destroyed, they will be in same boat as the rest of us.
The sooner they realize this, the better we all will be.