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If you were to consider Gaia as a living, even reasoning, entity devoted to our maturation as a species, whose language to us wilfully deaf humans was weather and its aggregate, climate, what would she do?
Punishing weather in the past seemed oddly to devastate countries such as Bangla Desh, Mauritius and Haiti, even Syria, countries whose eco footprint was relatively tiny compared to America and Europe.
It's as if Gaia wanted us to change our ways because of compassion for the weak and vulnerable, and there wasn't enough.
So now it seems like the opposite method of awakening awareness may be being used.
Go hit where the root cause is strongest.
Houston is one of the richest cities in the world, Florida one of the wealthiest states.
These are the people who were most blissfully removed from the worst of climate chaos.
(Next stop Washington?)
Two effects already noted: 1, Trump and Pelosi agree on delaying debt ceiling talks, 2, these wealthy states whose governors sneered at government and welfare for the needy are now humbly begging for state aid, blowing a mile-wide hole in the traditional 'small government, low taxes' philosophy.
Not the first time, I know, but it rams the point home again harder that 'no man is an island'.
(And that most Republicans are forked-tongued, selfish, hypocritical fools, incidentally).
   

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 01:53:40 AM EST
Nah, it's just random chance: North America is a pretty shitty environment for humans at the best of times, most of it is uninhabitable for large populations without a fairly high tech level.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 10:26:00 AM EST
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I think the opposite has been the problem - such a richness of resources that their exploitation to depletion wasn't deemed to be a problem. So much space that people could imagine themselves as self-sufficient without recourse to "society" or all those communistic urban planning constraints.  

Libertarianism as a philosophy couldn't prosper in a very poor society where everyone is dependent on everyone else for survival. Material success allowed people to imagine themselves as gods over all they could purvey - or purchase.

Paradoxically, for such a supposedly religious society, it is one of the most materialistic on earth, and the most destructive... Poor planning, the lack of a concept of the common good, the supremacy of short term material self interest have all led to this. Climate change is merely an amplifier.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Sep 8th, 2017 at 04:55:44 PM EST
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Hence the old snark that there are no poor people in the US, just temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
by rifek on Sat Sep 9th, 2017 at 01:20:48 AM EST
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My favorite line in Snowpiercer occurs during the trial of MASON: "It's not me! It's not me!" because what follows as a reprieve leads to her destruction anyhow.

Conversely The Happening, wherein GAIA burps, "humanity" politely pauses, dialogue appears unnecessary.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Sep 9th, 2017 at 03:50:28 PM EST
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