The other is from Salon, where writer Gary Kamiya writes about Alan Weisman's book "The World Without Us."
Another worthy read is from Common Dreams, about the extreme fragility of our economy.
Combining these three contexts, the Bush regime is planning to declare martial law at a time when the economy is facing collapse, and our survival as a species is seriously threatened.
If you are inclined to depression and negativity, it would be best if you stay away from these concerns. A brief scan of the Web, though, reveals such headlines as "Be afraid; be very afraid!" in abundance. For many, reveling in helplessness and defeat are a form of masochistic release.
Not me. I see the plans of the Bush criminal organization as futile. Especially in the face of economic collapse, and most certainly in the face of our extinction as a species.
For one thing, if the species goes extinct, so does the Bush crime family. It is in their own interest to do things that are contradictory to their criminal plans. A criminal gang depends for its very existence on the overall health and prosperity of the system in which it operates. So, as a time variable, the criminal activities of the Bush regime serve to shorten its life.
The same goes for the corporations that are the support structure for the Bush regime, the Congress, the Federal bureaucracy, and the Federal judiciary. To the degree that these institutions are criminal, they act against their own self-interests.
Of course, they act against their self-interests anyway, securing untold futures for themselves in lower realms. But that's another story, told in many ways. Suffice it to say that crime never pays in the long run.
Just to keep on the positive side, I responded to an email from Russ Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund with the following reply:
To: Progressive Patriots Fund
Date: July 24, 2007
Subject: Endless gratitude
I don't think the word accountability is an adequate term for what is called for in regard to the Bush criminal regime. Prosecution would be more appropriate.
Whatever happens, I am grateful to have the opportunity to vote for Senator Russ Feingold. There are people in one's life who can make one a better person, just by their example. Russ Feingold is one of those people.
There is no loser in this effort. Even if censure doesn't pass, it keeps the pressure on the Bush gang, and hinders its plans for its next criminal endeavor. Whatever pressure can be applied is worth the effort.
I have to add that I find it unimaginable to be in Senator Feingold's position. To take on such responsibility in this deeply criminal atmosphere requires much more than courage. I don't think there's a word for it. You have my endless gratitude.
So don't be afraid, very afraid. The Bush criminal gang is made up of weak, scared, fallible men. They are not superheroes, not super, and not heroes. They are common criminals, and as such, they will eventually fall. What we can do is speed up the process, acting in the self-interest of our entire species. Go Russ!
Continuing the theme of challenging the language we use, I sent the following email to National Public Radio:
Date: July 23, 2007
Subject: Earning one's pay
I was listening to the BBC on the way home from work last night, and there was a brief segment about the British Open, with the surprise winner being "Porrig" Harrington. I was surprised at the pronunciation of Padraig, but remembered a character on the imported series "Ballykissangel" with that name.
I woke up too early this morning, and before going back to sleep heard Steve Inskeep pronounce the name Padraig two different ways, neither of which was "Porrig."
This could be attributed to oversight, or to not enough time to check out the pronunciation, but the likely reason is laziness. I know from my limited journalistic experience that getting everything right in even the simplest story is a challenge. But guessing at pronunciations on the air has to be a bit of an embarrassment.
One can only wonder how much other guessing goes on at NPR, especially on important stories, like the criminality of the Bush regime. Criminal is easy to pronounce. Funny how I never hear the word pronounced either correctly or incorrectly in reference to Bush, one of the great omnicriminals in human history.
I even managed to invent a new word: omnicriminal. Like the word omnivore, which means someone who will eat anything - animal, vegetable, fruit, or legume - an omnicriminal will commit any kind of crime - deceit, fraud, theft, blackmail, extortion, racketeering, kidnapping, false imprisonment, torture, murder, treason, military desertion, animal cruelty, negligence, environmental destruction, vote fraud, obstruction of justice, and voyeurism. Did I leave anything out?
Here's another cute little story. The Big Bad Wolf is coming! The Big Bad Wolf is coming! Sorry, boys. The only reason "Al-Qaida" succeeded the first time is because there was willful, active negligence that allowed the attacks. Now our Federal law enforcement agencies and military are supposedly on the subject. It would be hard to coordinate such negligence now. As far as the all-brilliant, all-lucky, all-powerful "Al-Qaida," its only power is the criminality of the Bush gang. It is a passive power: Bush negligence, September 11, 2001 attacks. Bush lies country into invading "Iraq," voila! Opportunity knocks for "Al-Qaida."
And here's a tune to make you optimistic.