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Glacier National Park is drip drip dripping into a puddle.

People and companies and governments are cutting down trees to burn them to save the planet from global warming, mixing the sacrificial trees with oh-so-clean coal, and in Detroit with tires, and in North Carolina with chicken sh*t.

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Others are hacking down old forests to grow marijuana where it's least likely to be found: another great benefit of drug prohibition.

Over 95% of California's wild game was mercilessly slaughtered between 1865 and 1890.

Ted Turner is liberating the remnants of the bison in the American West on the model of the liberation of Baghdad: they end up $18 a plate.

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Ranchers are luring wolves with sheep carcasses and tracking wolves' radio collars like a Saudi hit squad tracking a journalist, before playing American Sniper.

Endangered species are being hunted just as viciously by lobbyists.

Pine beetles, not planted by the nefarious Chinese, but by the warming temperature understood by the national jackass in chief to be a Chinese lie, are costing such magnificent creatures as the grizzly bears the pine nuts they need. Nuts. Giant grizzly bears need little nuts, while puny humans devastate the planet raising livestock to feed their appetite for bloody flesh.

Water is rapidly being drained away from the ground and from the rivers to produce the bloody-flesh junk-food.

People are putting their bodies in the tops of trees, facing chain saws and sleep-deprivation that lead to plummeting.

People are swinging from the rafters of auditoriums and clinging to the outsides of buildings to break through the corporatespeak.

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Trees and boats and houses are being sent flying in vicious storms; city blocks are being obliterated with only indirect assistance from the Pentagon.

Actual human beings are knowingly spraying the wreckage of Hurricane Harvey with pesticides, and then rebuilding in the path of the next storms as well as of the self-poisoning.

Years' worth of rain is being dumped quickly on one part of the United States, and not a drop for years on other parts.

Forests out west are burning like Japanese cities, while logging companies are beginning immediately to rip out more trees on the basis of the claim that what has created the crisis will alleviate it.

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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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