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The Ocean Is Coming --- William Rivers Pitt

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These things are happening nationally, but they are also happening locally, right in your back yard. These are your fights, in your communities, involving your air and drinking water and basic rights.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 6:25 am
Photo Credit: Lance Page | Truth Out

It occurs to me that I spend an inordinate amount of time in this space pointing out the ludicrous, the extreme and the absurd in America. Doing so is just slightly less fun than emergency root canal during a national novocaine shortage. To be fair, however, there's a hell of a lot to talk about in that particular vein, the fodder for these stories are the people running the country, and not nearly enough people in a position to inform the public are talking about it, so I do it.

When a Virginia GOP senator labels all women as incubators - "some refer to them as mothers," he said - someone needs to shine a light.

When 65 miles of the Mississippi River gets shut down due to a massive oil spill, including the port of New Orleans, when that causes public drinking water intakes to be shuttered, and no bit of it makes the national news, someone needs to say it happened.

When the Tokyo Electric Power Company, a.k.a. Tepco, announces that radiation levels at the disaster zone formerly known as the Fukushima nuclear power plant are being "significantly undercounted," and nary a word is said about it in the "mainstream" news, someone needs to put the word out.

These serial astonishments make for easy copy, and pointing them out is important for no other reason than they actually and truly fa-chrissakes happened, and people need to know...but merely pointing at absurdity for the sake of exposure changes nothing to the good, and turns politics into just another broadcast of a car chase that ends in a messy wreck.


I believe the minimum wage should be somewhere between $15 and $20 an hour, and that all the so-called business "leaders" crowing against any raise to that wage are self-destructive idiots. Commerce needs funds in the hands of consumers to survive and thrive, and consumers today are barely handling rent. Put more money in the worker's pocket, and he will spend some of it at your store, because he can. The minimum wage has been stagnant for 30 years, and is due for a right and proper boost. If people don't have money, your store won't sell any goods. Get out of your own way and pay your people, so they can have money to spend on what you're selling. This strikes me as simple arithmetic.

I believe the weather is going crazy because there is an enormous amount of moisture in the atmosphere due to the ongoing collapse of the Arctic ecosystem. More water in the atmosphere leads to fiercer storms and higher tides, and every major city on the coast is under dire threat. The ocean is coming, higher and higher each year, so we can either run for high ground, or we can adjust our behavior. The ocean is coming, and it brooks no argument. It is stronger than all of us, and will take what it pleases.

I believe the Keystone XL pipeline, the drought-causing national practice of fracking, the coal-oriented water disasters in West Virginia and North Carolina, the serial poison spills nationwide, the oil train derailments, and the entire practice of allowing the fossil fuels industry to write its own regulations so as to do as it pleases, are collectively a suicide pact that I did not sign up for. The ocean is coming, unless we find a better way.

I believe President Obama, who talks about the environment while pushing the Keystone pipeline, who talks about economic inequality while demanding fast-track authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, is a Hall-of-Fame worthy bullshit artist. I believe the sooner people see this truth for what it is, the better. He is not your friend. He is selling you out.

I believe the 50% of eligible American voters who can't be bothered to turn out one Tuesday every two years should be ashamed of themselves, because this is a good country, but if that goodness doesn't show up at the polls, we wind up in this ditch with a bunch of self-satisfied non-voters complaining about the mess we're in. Decisions are made by those who show up, and lately, the small minority of hateful nutbags showing up become a large majority because they're the only ones pulling the lever.

And that's for openers.

These things are happening nationally, but they are also happening locally, right in your back yard. These are your fights, in your communities, involving your air and drinking water and basic rights. The ocean is coming, boys and girls, and it will sweep us all away with a flick of its finger - rich and poor, powerful and powerless alike - unless we figure out a few home truths at speed and make serial changes to the way we operate on this small planet.

Stand up.

By: William Rivers Pitt | Truth Out

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Nicole W (646)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 6:29 am
ty dear Kit

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 9:32 am

This is just an open letter from WRP but one that many of us can identify with from personal situations. I will modify some of his language, though personally I can not think of a better reason for the use of adult expressive language. Oh and before you jump on the Obama care train with this, read the whole letter.

William Rivers Pitt

AMAZING BS taking place in the Pitt Compound. My wife has MS, as many of you know, and more than a week ago noticed she needed to refill her meds. We changed insurance plans last month, which apparently means a full week of being on hold with the insurance company for hours on end, getting told ten different things during ten different phone calls once we finally got through to someone, never getting anywhere, and all the while her pill bottle gets lighter and lighter and lighter, day after day after day.

It got so bad last night that we called her neurologist to see if he could help. Her neurologist - one of the best MS guys in Boston, making him one of the best MS guys on the planet - spent four hours on the phone last night trying to *unfork (changed by me) these people so Cailen could get her meds, and even HE was stymied.

So, yeah, all you "Blame the government" people can take a flying fornication at a rolling doughnut in a gravel driveway. This is the holy and sainted private business giving my wife the shaft and putting her health in peril. If you're going to ding the government for anything, it's for allowing these broad-daylight thieves to remain in control of the process.

And don't tell me this dung* is just incompetence. This is deliberate. They don't want to co-pay for her meds, so my wife with MS can ration her pills until she's out, and they can count their beans while the phones ring and ring and ring.

I plan on making these bastards famous in the next couple of days. Fork with my wife and the whole building is going to fall on your head. Stay tuned.

I can truly emphasize with this situation. I know just hard it is to deal with these insurance entities and I'm very sorry that Americans are so stupid to allow their health, the health of their children and parents to be in the hands of profit making and vile corporate interest. Tell me more about how you LOVE humanity!


pam w (139)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 12:52 pm
Should be interesting to read his comments!

Laurie H (817)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 1:38 pm
We are in a sorry state of affairs for sure---things seem to be degrading as we breath!!! & Soon we may even be charged for that!!!) I feel that we can't take ANYTHING for granted any longer & we're just always waiting for the next shoe to fall! Thanks so much for sharing my friend!!!!~~

JL A (281)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 2:05 pm
A side story is the monopolies forming in the media market to silence the stories he mentions that we all should have been hearing.

Barbara K (60)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 2:27 pm
I'm afraid the ocean is coming faster than we think it is. We are in for some tough years, and if not us, it will be our children and grandchildren. What a frightening thought. So many would not listen to the voices of the ones who tried to tell us about the climate change so we could start doing something about it 20-30 years ago, now it may be too late to save the cities on the oceans.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 5:35 pm
A great post Kit but sad as well

Angela J (61)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 10:07 pm
Thank you.

Sylvie A (193)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 4:09 am
Notée. Merci.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:22 am
Another man I'd buy dinner for, altho I don't think I'd be laughing much in this case. The signs are all there and most of us see them. Those who don't or who choose to ignore them are sad cases indeed - at least we will know we tried... many thanks, Kit

Terrie W (798)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 7:59 am
Thanks, Kit. I figure the Gulf will overtake my property in say......15/20 years, maybe less. By then hopefully, I'll be living on some other property away from here or I'll be walking in the next life. Either way, it is coming and now, unfortunately, there is no stopping it.

Gene J (290)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 11:40 am
"When a Virginia GOP senator labels all women as incubators - "some refer to them as mothers," he said - someone needs to shine a light."

He's right about everything he said and none of it is to be taken lightly, but it would require as many words as he did to comment on all of it. So I picked out the piece I found most offensive. I wonder if there is a lower life form in the universe than the modern extreme right wing (and I include in that number Islamic extremists who hold views even more odious toward women)? It is shameful, the percentage of people who care enough to vote. If women would vote in near 100% numbers, they could change the world, for the better. Much, much better. And stuff a bean bag in the mouths of people as useless as republican teapublican politicians who see them all as subhuman. I am so sick of reading, hearing the inane, insane things those men, and few women, say. Just please put them out of my misery, starting with this falls elections. That's all I want for Christmas, for every Christmas for the rest of my life, an absence of bigoted morons posing as human beings.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 12:31 pm
Oh, Gene, could you, would you run for office? Any office where I could vote for you? I have no idea why my own sex is so darn ridiculous sometimes - we could run the world if we all but stuck together. Too much conditioning, I guess... which is sad. Women grow up thinking they NEED a man to be complete. You'd think all men would want a woman to want to be with them rather than NEED them. True men, I believe, want a woman as an equal - one intelligent and compassionate and brave enough to live life to the fullest. Which would be so much easier for all of us without the Tea Party...

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 1:58 pm
Thanks for posting, Kit. Well, I appreciate that Mr. Pitt is "shining a light" on the subjects he writes about. And, as always, another great "pull no punches" article. The terribly tangled insurance web that he's found himself in with his wife is inexcusable. I look forward to reading his articles where he makes "these bastards famous." And, I am not offended by language, BTW. Tough times call for tough language.

Robert B (60)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 5:57 pm
The "BLAME" for ALL OF THIS, is not the government but the HUGE INDUSTRIAL, GOOD OL'BOY, CORPORATE MONEY, LOBBYING BEHEMOTH that is steamrolling over ALL of us. When you are faced with a gargantuan mountain of money bathing weak congressmen and senators, the President is at a severe disadvantage. Obama is NOT selling us out. (Sorry Mr. Pitt, I usually agree with you). GREED, PURE GREED, is our ENEMY. And when we sit on our asses during midterm elections and don't bother to vote, it gives the sellout politicians a vote of confidence. President Obama is skilled, honest and pragmatic, but he is NOT a miracle worker. He NEEDS US!!! The Miracle HAS to come from US!!!!! VOTE DAMN IT!!!!!! VOLUNTEER, DAMN IT!!!!! It's time to kick GREED straight to HELL!!!!

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:17 pm

Thanks Robert that is exactly the sentiment I hoped to engender with this article. Get out and there and DO something. Work for a candidate, clean up a park, help plant a community garden, tutor some students, give your time, your efforts, love, compassion and empathy. We can makes changes if we want them.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 9:40 pm
Thanks to both you and Pitt for helping to expose the insanity.

Sheila D (194)
Tuesday March 4, 2014, 11:21 am
Actually Idon't put the blame squarely on the 1% and their Toadies...Much of the blame goes to those who don't vote. Those people who say one vote won't matter. Those people need a reality check. By not voting they haven't earned the right to complain. They aren't participating in the process, and until they do, the process will remain damaged.

If every person who says "One vote won't matter" would actually get off their rears, turn off the TVs, computers, tablets, and cells, then take a few minutes to Vote, the repercussions would be felt through out Washington, and in all 50 states...this is what gets me angry. It's time they put their Votes where their mouths are.
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