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Welcome to the Sober Thinking Forum.

This is the continuation of the Renewable Revolution Forum, with the same categories and boards arrangement. In order to provide topic thread continuity, this post will be duplicated in every topic thread along with selected posts from that topic at the Renewable Revolution Forum. I will gradually, as time permits, copy pertinent articles posted there, update them, and post them here for your convenience.

I have no intention of closing the Renewable Revolution Forum, so any links you have to posts, articles and graphics there are valid for the time being. Nevertheless, I advise you to 🦉 copy and save any posts, articles and graphics that you wish to preserve for posting somewhere else on the internet. I am 75 years old. As long as my spirit hasn't permanently left my body, the Sober Thinking Forum will be kept open.   

Although guests are encouraged to post and become members, this forum is mostly a library reference of important historical information and timeless articles that you are encouraged to pass on, with or without attribution.

In addition, relevant recent news will be posted almost daily, so be sure to 🧐 stop by often.

I have changed the title and the front page background graphic for two reasons:

1. My purpose, nearly a decade ago, of convincing most reality based people everywhere that human civilization, in order to stop and reverse (i.e getting back to 350 PPM of atmospheric Carbon Dioxide is sine qua non) the multiple extinctions causing biosphere degradation (i.e. the Sixth Mass Extinction Event now upon us), must VERY rapidly transition away from Hydrocarbon Energy Sources to Renewable Energy Sources, has been largely achieved. I have been one small voice among many that have made it clear  that clean energy must be made available to everyone, not just the wealthy, if we are to survive Catastrophic Climate Change.

2. Celebrated social theorist and geographer David Harvey asked, "Is there a way to capture what (to the detriment of human civilization) is going on now"?

My answer: YES.

It's the SOCIAL DARWINISM, stupid!

No matter how much progress we make in cleaning up the biosphere, as long as the egocentric, morally bankrupt, empathy deficit disordered, Social Darwinist Ideology continues to be embraced by TPTB, we do not have a snowball's chance in Hell of surviving our Existential Crisis.

Social Darwinists believe that ethics based principles are 'limitations pretending to be virtues'. To them, ethics are 'feel good illusions' that humans invented to pretend our species has empathy. To Social Darwinists, empathy is irrefutable evidence of inexcusable weakness. To them, all who are guided by ethics are deluded fools that should be eliminated from the human 'apex predator' gene pool for the "good" of our species.

The ideology of the Social Darwinist is indistinguishable from the despicable ideology of NAZI Germany, clearly exemplified in their brutally enforced morally bankrupt concentration camp law: “Eat your own bread, and if you can, that of your neighbor.”

Social Darwinism is actually based, not on "survival of the fittest", but on fear of tomorrow, a morally bankrupt excuse for rejecting altruism and empathy and embracing a selfish greed dominated hoarding modus vivendi.
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Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly. --  Proverbs 13:16

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"One who fears tomorrow does not offer his bread to others. But one who is willing to divide his food with a stranger has already shown himself capable of fellowship and faith, the two things from which hope is born." -- Primo Levi, author of Survival in Auschwitz

Social Darwinism is the world view that spawned the profit over people and planet neoliberal ideology. Neoliberal intellectuals like Friedrich von Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman were all Social Darwinists long before they renamed laissez-faire liberalism (that had been thoroughly discredited by the Great Depression) with the catchy title of "Neoliberalism".
 
The celebrated social theorist and geographer David Harvey explains that neoliberal ideology serves the following principle:

"There shall be no serious challenge to the absolute power of money to rule absolutely. And that power is to be exercised with one objective: Those possessed of money shall not only be privileged to accumulate wealth endlessly at will, but they shall have the right to inherit the earth, taking either direct or indirect dominion, not only of the land and all the resources and productive capacities that reside therein, but also assume absolute command, directly or indirectly, over the labor and creative capacities of all those others it needs. The rest of humanity shall be deemed disposable."

"In human society, the amount of inequity is directly proportional to the amount of iniquity." -- A. G. Gelbert

Sober Thinking requires that we all recognize the fact that a society that is founded on altruism, not the "invisible hand" of greed, is not optional if we wish to avoid exctinction. Capitalism's "invisible hand" modus operandi is rooted in the ideology of Social Darwinism.

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“Capitalism is the astounding belief, that the most wickedest of men, will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” — John Maynard Keynes

 

The main purpose of the Sober Thinking Forum is to convince you, regardless of your religious beliefs or lack of them, to soberly think about these two quotes, embrace altruism, reject greed, and convince as many people as you can that altruism is not optional for human society:

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"Look at our world, our country, our interactions with each other……… this is not the mark of a healthy society, and if these are the self-appointed leaders of this flaming meteor…..it’s time to move on to new ideas and new people. Let’s relegate these fools to history. They perpetuate a narrative that it is right to behave in a strictly selfish, exploitative manner towards all. We simply can’t survive it any longer. Things will change because they have to." -- Kathleen Wallace

"Technical knowledge of Carrying Capacity will not save us; Only a Massive Increase in Caring Capacity will." -- A. G. Gelbert

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Re: U.S. History & Politics, Climate Change, Standing Rock: CONTEXT
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2022, 08:07:15 pm »
May 08, 2019

For the readers who care about humanity, please pass these posts on to your friends. It is clear that there are heinous forces out there that DON'T want Americans to know the TRUTH. Please help educate your fellow Amercians on the dire threat we all face from these profit over planet crazies. You can copy and paste directly or just hit the quote button and copy that to a document in your computer. Then you can paste it in e-mails or in other websites. FIGHT THIS EVIL!
       





Climate Change Facts with Dr. Jon Conway: Daniel Sheehan 2019 Class #3


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 The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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ALL the climate models low ball global warming.
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2022, 08:11:35 pm »

IPCC RCP 8.5 'Business as Usual' scenario is too conservative. ALL the climate models low ball global warming.



Environmental Impacts of Climate Change with Dr. Jon Conway: TJA 2019 Class #4


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Agelbert NOTE: If you accurately digest the irrefutable American History taught in this video (that, quite deliberately, is NOT taught in High School History courses) which exposes the Hamiltonian Elitist CORRUPTION of U.S. Government policies, you will have a clear understanding of why Capitalist Profit Over People and Planet is the default U.S. government (foreign AND domestic) Bankster policy. At the founding of the USA, the Hamiltonians  (also known as the Federalists i.e. Banksters/Big Oil/Monopolies/Robber Barons/etc.) were the ones who made sure even the landed white men could NOT vote for POTUS (landed white men could vote for a member of the Electoral College 💵🎩 of elitists, who would then select the POTUS) or Senators.

The Madisonians (also known as the Intuitionists, Anti-Federalsts, Democratic Republicans or Jeffersonians), against the will of the Hamiltonians, got the Bill of Rights into the Constitution. The Hamiltonians were the ones who wanted to kill off all the Native Americans ("Manifest Destiny" murderous arrogance), take their land and "develop" it for the "invisible hand" of 😈 Capitalism.

The Intuitionists vociferously disagreed. The Intuitionists had great ideas but they weren't saints. They became the bulk of the Democratic Republicans from the Southern States that ignored the "inalienable human rights" they championed when it came to African Americans. 😠

The Hamiltonians didn't like slavery simply because, being utilitarian empathy deficit disordered bean counting Capitalists to the core, they much preferred employing somebody for peanuts and not having to house or feed them, while, OF COURSE, making sure the Laws of the Land gave businesses no liability for damages suffered by the workers or for pollution damage to the environment (See: "Corporate Limited Liability" Hamiltonian SCAM). So, the Hamiltonians made lots of noises about the "evils" of slavery and pushed for "NO SLAVERY" conditions for new states after all the "savages" had been cleared for Capitalism.

As you can surmise, slavery was a point of contention between the Federalists/Hamiltonians and Intuitionists/Democratic Republicans 💵 business models , NOT because either of the two groups actually cared about the ethical treatment of African Americans!

The slavery issue was joined at the business model hip with the Southern States. The Federalists sought to fight that by, in addition to the frequent publishing of the "Slavery is Evil but killing Native Americans is God's Work" duplicitous rhetoric, weakening the power of Southern States with new "non-slavery" States AND increasing Corporate Banking power through Legal Tender Laws and Fractional Reserve Banking, all backed by the power of the increasingly powerful Federal Government.

The Southern States were not amused.

So, the tension between the two "business models" blew up with the Civil War. Slavery, only in the "business model" context, not in the "abuse of humans" context, was the cause of the Civil War, as evidenced by the fact that the Emancipation Proclamation came AFTER the Civil War had started.

Lincoln, before the Civil War, was in no hurry to end slavery, even though he was against it. The Emancipation Proclamation was a successful tactic to get African Americans in the South to NOT fight for the Confederate cause or help them in any way. It worked to help defeat the Confederates. 👍
 
The "States' Rights" issue is a giant bag of rhetorical worms (negative AND positive) that I won't go into, but keep in mind that the Intuitionists championed States' Rights in the Constitution (Powers not enumerated belong to the people), which was a good thing. 👍 The fact that the Democratic Republicans used that to defend slavery is a misapplication of a great legal human rights principle. It should not keep us, in the present, from using this tenet to fight ☠️ oligarchic, elitist Bankster power the Hamiltonians have ALWAYS been all about. If they are not removed from power VERY, VERY SOON, we are all dead.




Robber Barons, Oil, and Power from 1860 - Today: Daniel Sheehan 2019 Class #5


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The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, Government corrupting, human health depleting CRIME. Since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID DOING THE TIME or PAYING THE FINE!  Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on! 
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What Mueller Missed — The Narrative No One Is Talking About: Daniel Sheehan 2019 Class #7


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Agelbert NOTE: Russia and the US Trump Big Oil Wrecking Crew MADE A DEAL in the Mayflower Hotel (that 😈 Mueller REFUSED TO MENTION IN HIS REPORT) that involves making GIANT OIL & GAS PROFITS after the MELTING OF THE NORTH POLAR ICE CAP!  That's right, they want to ACCELERATE CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE!

THAT is Trump's GREATEST CRIME.

These Hydrocarbon Hellspawn BASTARDS LIKE what they see in the above graph.

THAT is why Trump named all those bought and paid for Big Oil 🐉🦕🦖 Toadies to so many key government positions


Trump does not give a CRAP about anyone but the oligarchs. His tax "reform" proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt, but putting the hydrocarbon peddle to the metal is an existential threat to ALL humanity!


 The Fossil Fuelers 🦖 DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks 🦀, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or   PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!   
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Burying the True Crime: Daniel Sheehan 2019 Class #8
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2022, 08:20:46 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: For the meat of the matter, go to the 20:00 mark on the video.





Precedent for Impeachment – Burying the True Crime: Daniel Sheehan 2019 Class #8


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Biden Creates White House Office Of Environmental Justice
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2023, 12:48:32 pm »
 

April 24, 2023

Biden Creates White House Office Of Environmental Justice

President Biden on Friday signed an executive order creating a new Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) within the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The EO directs federal agencies to work closer and earlier with communities affected by pipelines, highways, chemical plants, and waste sites to address centuries of racist policies that have imposed disproportionate pollution upon Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. "Environmental justice will be the mission of the entire government woven directly into how we work with state, local, tribal and territorial governments,” Biden said. The creation of the White House OEJ marks a major victory for environmental justice advocates. “Today’s executive order is the result of nearly two decades of organizing by the environmental justice movement,” Ozawa Bineshi Albert, co-ED of the Climate Justice Alliance, a national nonprofit representing 89 rural and urban community-based EJ groups and supporting networks, said in a statement. “This win belongs to our communities who have been on the frontlines of the climate crisis, creating solutions, building local power, and engaging lawmakers for decades.” https://www.eenews.net/articles/biden-order-tackles-environmental-justice/

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🐍 Tucker Carlson is OUT! 👍👍👍😁
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April 24, 2023 HEATHER COX RICHARDSON

APR 25, 2023

SNIPPET:

Grabbing headlines today at home was the unexpected news that 🐍 Tucker Carlson is out at the Fox News Channel. The decision was so quick he was not permitted a final show , making Friday’s goodbye his last. There is not yet a clear story about what drove him out, but there are several things that likely contributed.

First is lawsuits: 🗽 the Fox Corporation’s recent $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems; the looming lawsuit against the Fox Corporation by another voting systems company, Smartmatic; and another lawsuit from former Carlson producer Abby Grossberg accusing Carlson and other executives of creating “a work environment that subjugates women based on vile sexist stereotypes.” That lawsuit will likely bring up the many appallingly sexist things Carlson has said over the years, including a discussion with a radio shock jock in which he seemed to defend statutory and child marriage.

There is the potential for yet another lawsuit, this one from Ray Epps, a Trump supporter who was at the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol and around whom Carlson built a conspiracy theory that led to death threats and forced him and his wife into hiding. On Sunday, Epps told 60 Minutes that Carlson was “going to any means possible to destroy my life.” “He’s obsessed with me,” Epps said.

🎩 Insurers on the hook for 💰 large settlements are likely to demand that Fox clean up its act , especially with Trump running for office again and likely back in the media lineup.

Second is Carlson’s attacks on his colleagues and private dismissal of Fox News Channel programming, revealed in the discovery process of the Dominion lawsuit, which made it quite clear the channel was lying to its audience.

There is also the possibility that FNC head Rupert Murdoch recognizes that the right wing has moved so far right that it is better to cut the extremists loose than to try to keep them from moving toward other far-right platforms, especially as the FNC is trying to renegotiate its cable fees. In a sign that the party might be splitting elsewhere, as well, Georgia governor Brian Kemp announced today that he will not attend the Georgia Republican convention this summer, choosing instead to rally supporters in his own new organization.

Bad news is likely to continue to mount   for the far right.

Today, Fulton County district attorney Fani Willis said that she would announce charging decisions in the investigation of the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia sometime during the fourth term of the state Superior Court, which begins July 11 and ends September 1. Tipping her hand that there will be at least some charges, she said she was announcing the timeline to allow the Sheriff’s Office and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to prepare. “Open-source intelligence has indicated the announcement of decisions in this case may provoke significant public reaction,” Willis wrote.

Tomorrow, the civil trial of former president Trump will begin, in which writer E. Jean Carroll alleges that Trump d her sometime between fall 1995 and spring 1996. No matter what happens at the trial’s conclusion, the information that will come out will almost certainly not make Trump look good to the suburban women he needs to win an election.

In contrast to the circus of the trial tomorrow, President Joe Biden is apparently set to announce his reelection campaign, exactly four years after he announced in 2019, when he warned that the soul of the nation was at stake in the upcoming presidential election.

Read more:
https://open.substack.com/pub/heathercoxrichardson/p/april-24-2023
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West's economic war on Russia backfires, destroys EU industrial base, fuels Eurasian integration


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