We need a new Age of Enlightenment or the Earth will Die

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In my apartment in Colorado, the wind is howling as it drags through the courtyard in between the two buildings that surround it

Water condensing in the air will soon bring a snowy blast of winter we have yet to encounter this year

50 degrees today will be 0 on Wednesday, and the calls for the end of this “global warming” talk will be at an annual high

A snowball’s chance to survive in hell brings no new commentary to the discussion

The entire planet is getting hotter. There is a new monthly record high being set every month

There was a very public warning in the 1970’s that Earth would be entering a cooling period. This has a large portion of an entire generation feeling bamboozled

Logic should dictate that the fact that the cooling period was coming, and the opposite happened, would indicate that the climate is really in deep trouble. These folks aren’t considering that the cooling period was supposed to have already started. That we are heating up despite that fact, should be a wake-up call

Sadly, this result is treated as a justification to mistrust ALL climate science instead of as a truly dire situation worth a high investment of resources into figuring out solutions. The situation is already beyond the point of no return given our current technological capabilities, however, wealthy people in the US used to die from Aids, so there is a solution to be found if we worked on it hard enough.

The moon was once unreachable but when we dedicated ourselves to it, we conquered the crap out of it like American settlers

In the current climate (pun intended), many Americans feel like they have no one to trust but their own circles. To many of them, the jury is still out on the cause, if they even acknowledge it as happening at all.

This ignorance is being exploited by elected leadership, perpetuated by propaganda packaged as news, and leads to the questioning of the motives of legitimate scientists. This tends to happen the most by religious groups and conspiracy nuts who only want to help muddy the waters in order to make their “deeply held beliefs” more possible

This doesn’t end with Mike Efin Brown writing an editorial about it. Once again, we trickle down to one solution that is an uphill battle for our nation

Quality Education for Everyone

As long as all the privileged children’s parents keep taking their kids out of public schools and putting them in private ones, we will continue to see the 99% fall behind

As long as there is no one of influence or power left to push the local government into making their children’s schools meet their high standards, the “lesser” children are left to fend for themselves in a world full of budget cuts and underpaid teachers.

While parents with full time jobs, and little influence, are left struggling to spend what little time they have with their family on things other than their studies or class conditions, the very wealthy have the time and influence to ensure they have the best education for their children, protected from diversity

If all kids of all financial backgrounds were made to go to the same schools, the quality of our schools would certainly go beyond what we tolerate presently

Unfortunately, with Betsy DeVos becoming our Secretary of Education, someone that believes in vouchers for kids to be able to take public funding from public schools to use on “private” schools, we are setting back our education even further

They sell the idea as allowing poor children to go to a nice, fancy private school. What they leave out is that most of these private schools are nowhere near these poor children’s homes. They are happy to build charter schools to assist. These are less like schools and more like For-Profit Prisons in that they pocket as much of the funding as possible, in lieu of spending it on the children

The Earth will survive without life on it. Many say we are arrogant to think that humans could have an effect on the Earth’s climate…

The ignorance of that thinking is what creates the arrogance that allows those that exploit the Earth to continue to get away with their crimes against our home planet

Whether this is “Hippie-Talk” or not doesn’t change the thinness of our atmosphere anymore than the fragility of the ecosystems we keep mucking up

The animals’ ecosystems are not the only ones at risk. Look to the hundreds of pipelines that are still being constructed despite the fact that green, clean energy is available to replace fossil fuels now. We cannot continue to allow corporations, and their elected sellouts, to tell us we are powerless against the demand for the “Big Black Snake” to keep feeding itself on the blood of our children. Their future is at risk

Energy Transfer Partners isn’t going to share their profits with you, any more than they are going to allow other US companies to use their pipeline. That’s right, it’s mostly for themselves to be able to more easily sell their own crude to China.

If the risk of the Earth’s climate isn’t motivation enough, it should bother you that all this is being done, at our expense, for the benefit of a few billionaires and China. It won’t help our economy

Reality in Education and in Life will lead to greater accountability for all of the world’s citizens. The citizens’ interests over the interests of the corporate elite is what will change the world for the better. When the few must answer to the many, we will take back our world for the next several generations. The educated are empowered. Imagine if all races and levels of income could feel this empowerment

There are several million underprivileged children beginning Kindergarten every year, excited for the chance to learn math and reading, only to find out they are just going to a poorly supervised, day-time prison. A waiting area for many children who are only going to end up in a real prison as their opportunities dry up, or are never presented to them

The Lack of Enlightenment is Killing our Progressive Future

We Can Do Better

A new Age of Enlightenment is needed for all of us. If we continue to scrimp on education for the poor and middle class, the results will lead to our destruction as a species

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9 Forgotten Commandments from Leviticus to Teach Uncle Heff

Sure, we’ve all heard the one about Men lying with other Men. You’ve been to your fair share of Thanksgivings where someone gives Uncle Heff too much rum and had to listen to him lecture the family on the bible’s “rich teachings” that justify his bigoted viewpoints.

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However, here are some other rules that Uncle Heff needs to be reminded about. Leviticus contains 247 commandments. Below are just 9 that Uncle Heff needs to start fighting for as hard as the “Men with other Men” one he can’t let go:

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Bowl Haircuts and Clean Shaven Faces

You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.” (Leviticus 19:27)

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Tattoos and Cutting

What’s cutting? Ya know, the reason Uncle Heff wears long sleeves…he cuts himself to feel something. To help him know he’s still alive.

“You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:28)

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Planting 2 Kinds of Seeds Together

Uncle Heff likes his legumes and grains best when they are planted together. This is a death sentence.

“Do not plant your fields with two kinds of seed.” (Leviticus 19:19)

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No Mixed Blends

Uncle Heff loves his Polyester. Uncle Heff loves Linen mixed with Wool. Don’t be like Uncle Heff

“You are to keep My statutes. You shall not…wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.” (Leviticus 19:19)

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Cursing Out Your Parents

We all know that Uncle Heff drinks so much because his mother molested him. While you try not to bring that up, Uncle Heff’s slurring swear words are usually about his mom. When it’s not about “the darker fellas” that is.

“Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head. (Leviticus 20:9)

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No Fortune Tellers, Mediums, Fortune Cookies

Uncle Heff spends an embarrassingly large amount of his disability check on Fortune Tellers. He should be put to death to spare his soul.

“Do not turn to mediums or spiritualists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)

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Do Not Tear Your Clothes

This woman is about to die….and so is Uncle Heff with his “retro heavy metal” ripped jeans he still wears from the 80’s.

“Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not become wrathful against all the congregation.” (Leviticus 10:6)

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No Shellfish or Finless Fish

Save your Uncle Heff’s eternity and put an end to his Annual Low Country Boil

“But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.” (Leviticus 11:10)

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No Pets Allowed

Better to kill your Uncle’s pets now than to let your Uncle “Burn in Hell” later

“Also whatever walks on its paws, among all the creatures that walk on all fours, are unclean to you.” (Leviticus 11:28-29)

 

We hope this helps you the next time your Uncle Heff starts droning on and on about the homos, and that abomination they call “making love” because, Jesus and the Bible.

Speaking of Jesus, (since that Leviticus fella is from the “Old Testament”) he said the following, crystal clear quote, on how to treat each other:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

If Uncle Heff still gives you the business, ask him to show you where Jesus condemned homosexuality (enjoy watching him try to find it, because there’s nothing there to find).

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Uncle Heff needs to remember the Golden Rule. This rule predates his religion and will live on even after his own ancient religion is finally dead.

“Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You. Otherwise, Mind Your Own Efin Business” (Efin 4:20)

-Efin