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An explosion of oil gushed like Niagara Falls being put through a garden hose out into the Gulf of Mexico for months on end, repaired with basically air freshener consisting of deadly poison.

Dolphins are lured into a bay in Japan and massacred by the hundreds, turning the sea to blood.

Oceans are running out of fish, and mega-fish-processing operations are going bigger, not smaller, seeking for their owners and the rest of us the same fate visible in the sea mammals clinging to the softening ice.

A nuclear bomb was used in the Bering Sea, collapsing half an island; hundreds of dead puffins found with their legs driven through their chests; sea lions miles away with their eye balls blown out. Why? It is not ours to wonder.

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Las Vegas is sucking its water dry with greater waste in proportion to diminishing supply, as if it will survive on the model of Monticello, where Jefferson drank the well dry but then forced enslaved people to haul water from streams.

Petro-chemical and nuclear plants are ravaged by storms. Oil tanks rupture. Refineries flood. Water sources are ruined for eternity.

The absolute height of all human incompetence, recklessness, and corruption is intensely concentrated around the industries of nuclear power (and waste) and nuclear weapons by a species doing its best imitation of Mr. Magoo on crack.

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Whole cities are poisoning themselves with lead while investing their tax dollars in waging wars on distant lands their citizens cannot name.

Military bases pockmark the Land of the Free that they supposedly "serve" with disaster sites and carcinogenic chemical zones.

Cancer epidemics not seen before all this progress now rage across the "civilized" world.

A ranch outside Los Angeles is filling the atmosphere with methane.

Actual wars bring hell to North Africa and Western and Central Asia, killing the planet, not just the local populations, much less just the no-longer-wanted dictator against whom each war is typically launched.

Ammunition dumps, open-air burns, cluster bombs, land mines, and depleted uranium do their part in each sociocide that builds toward the terracide.

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The tops of mountains are being hacked off and removed for good to get at a bit of coal to help destroy the atmosphere.

A majority of the sixth-graders in a school nearby a deceased mountain in the One Indispensable Nation are ill and clearly deemed dispensable.

Nuclear waste is eternally stirred, like a memorial flame eternally burned, albeit eternally stirred in cracking and leaking pots the size of human arrogance.

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David, you are one who really knows how to say it. Thank you for not holding back and letting it all out like it really is. You painted such a clear and vividly dreadful picture of what the hell is going on and where we are quickly heading. You left nothing to the imagination. Thank you... Maybe I will run into you on the other side...

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There is clearly much to rebel against given the ongoing crisis against humans and the earth itself. David is exemplary in his rebellion against war, along with many others. Not too mention the countless folks who are fighting various injustices around the world. But given the rebellions against politicians for not doing anything or even acknowledging climate change, I agree with Guy McPherson, that it is akin to rebelling against the rising and setting of the sun or the motion of the moon around the earth. We have created this truly final crisis and been doing it for so long that the chances of reversing it, or even significantly slowing it, are virtually non-existent. I say "virtually" because there could be some miracle technology that has not yet been even conceived of, to refreeze the Arctic and pull untold gigatons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, to cite two small but necessary examples.

The overwhelming majority of humans on the planet are utterly unaware of abrupt climate change, ever accelerating even as I write this. There are still fewer who can utter the words human extinction.

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We clearly are facing a problem of epic proportions.

What's the solution?

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John, I am pretty much on the same page and paragraph with Daniel. He says, We have created this truly final crisis and been doing it for so long that the chances of reversing it, or even significantly slowing it, are virtually non-existent. But even if there is "virtually" any chance, I say it is virtual in the extreme.

I am trying to come up with some sort of analogy to what Guy McPherson said about it being akin to rebelling against the rising and setting of the sun. Why? Because I read Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" many moons ago. ALL I remember is in Pamplona they would go to watch the bullfights. I can't seem to come up with a very good analogy.

Maybe it is akin to nature being the bullfighter and Mother Nature not liking those who try to fool her. Mother Nature has already thrust a sword through our shoulder and we are now wobbling and about to go down. She is calmly waiting to make the last sword thrust through our hearts. That is the way it seems to be. Nature bats last ...

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An exercise in futility can also be an exercise in imagination.

Granted, imagination seems in short supply these days.

But here at OpEdNews, we have such an assemblage of brilliant people, wouldn't it be doggone fun to hear what folks have to say?

Thus the challenge . . .

"What's the solution?"

Questions answers questions answers ... go together like songs and dancers.

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Very good. I have thought kind of the same thing. It would be interesting if OEN set up a category for different issues to be talked about and debated and finding or trying to find answers to things like global simmering. I remember Josh posted a great idea along the same lines.

OEN could set up another category like they have now like SCI/TECH, LIFE-ARTS and call it "Discussion Forum" or something better than that. You could have different forums solely for talk about that issue only.

By the way, my dancing goes together with awkward songs.

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