Following an extensive clampdown on information sharing — using the pretext of dangerous wronthink on the covid pandemic — no corporate media outlets and few social media posts in 2022 are in danger of connecting these dots:
Despite years of research and reporting on the U.S. military’s enormous role in driving climate crisis, and despite record high temperatures and wildfires across the Global North, what messages are corporate media putting out?
Fear China, and conduct RIMPAC war games with South Korea and Japan blowing up battleships in the Pacific. Also, focus on Taiwan as the location for the next U.S./NATO proxy war.
Remind people how beastly hot it is and how many unnecessary deaths result — but do not address the root cause: fighting wars for access to fossil fuels.
Admonish climatologists to not be so negative.
Spin “protecting the homeland and the United States” (whatever that’s supposed to mean) as necessary because Russia and China might get better access to fossil fuel reserves, rare earth minerals, and potable water in Latin America.
I was sleepy the other night when I thought my husband said that there had been a 200 mile wide tornado killing people in Kentucky. Turns out it was a mile wide tornado (bad enough) touching down over a 200 mile area in several states (quite bad) in December (clear sign of a climate in crisis).
What he didn’t know at the time is that Amazon warehouse workers routinely deprived of their cell phones were buried under rubble when the roof collapsed.
Also that workers in Kentucky’s Mayfield Consumer Products candle factory who heard warning sirens and tried to leave were threatened with firing if they departed. Some stayed and died, some left anyway, and some stayed and survived to tell the tale.
The economic system producing both galloping climate change and burgeoning military budgets that drive climate change is a death cult.
Usually the claim “capitalism is a death cult” applies these days to the absence of public health policy that protects, you know, public health.
One cannot serve both commerce and health as the CDC has bent over backward to demonstrate.
In the second winter of a deadly pandemic the U.S. has racked up this dismal track record:
no universal health care
no free testing kits such as the rest of the world receives (and derision from the White House press secretary for even suggesting this would be a good idea)
vaccine mandates rather than empirically proven access + education + incentive methods
feeble vaccine distribution to low income nations we share the planet’s germ pool with
miniscule economic relief for actual people (vs. corporations)