Save The Orangutan Project

Orangutans will most likely only be found in zoos within the next decade.

Orangutans will most likely only be found in zoos within the next decade

THE ORANGUTAN PROJECT: DEFORESTATION HURTS

We @calamitypolitics are deeply concerned about deforestation and the deadly effects it is having on the planet. Rain forests are important because they are home to thousands of unique animal species, some not even identified yet. Calamity Politics contributor, Michael Leonard Douglas, has written a compelling article explaining the hazards of deforestation. Please watch for it.

One of the worst offending industries in the deforestation calamity is the palm oil industry  “Deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty, and indigenous rights abuses in countries where it is produced, because land must be cleared for development and planting of the palm oil plantations,” The Orangutan Project.

Please take the 3-4 minutes to watch this video from the Orangutan Project. The loss of habitat is leaving many of our close cousins homeless and afraid. Deforestation hurts. Join the effort to stop palm oil atrocities and other devastators of our precious and rapidly disappearing rain forests-Darlene

The Coming Cashless Society

THE COMING CASHLESS SOCIETY

Moving To A Cashless Society

By Jones William and D. S. Mitchell

Cash vs Digital

The Great Coastal Gale of 2007 left the Oregon and Washington coasts devastated.

The Great Coastal Gale of 2007 left the Oregon and Washington coasts devastated.

OMG. Every time I hear, “cashless is the future,” I cringe.  Twelve years ago I lived through the devastating “Great Coastal Gale”.  That ‘great storm’ was actually two storms spread over three days. The storms slammed into the Oregon and Washington coasts of the United States, delivering millions of dollars in damage. Half of the roofing on my house was sent inland. My neighbor’s home literally had the roof trusses ripped from the underlying structure. The entire roof and truss system was lifted into the air and dropped 150 feet from the house, in a neighboring vacant lot.  Fallen trees covered the roads. There was no power, no internet, no cell or land-line service, no ATM. Think about that.

Coat Pockets

I searched my drawers, my pockets, my wallet and even the sugar bowl looking for places I had stashed cash.

I searched my drawers, my pockets and even the sugar bowl looking for places I had stashed cash.

Overnight, I had been returned to a pre-1960 world. However, I was still in a 21st century reality. All terminals were down. I was going to need cash.  I know it sounds like the Apocalypse. However, it was not. I found a crumpled $10 dollar bill at the bottom of my purse.

Every Pocket & Sock In The House

Then there was the $50 that I had stashed in my car’s console for an “emergency”.  I emptied my pig for $17.84. I found two rolls of quarters that I had gotten for my grand daughter’s “Carnival Night”.  As I went through all the coat pockets in the house I added another $63.75 to my already gathered $97.84.  Grand total, $161.59.

The Reality of Technology

A cashless society is an economic state where money is transacted through the transfer of digital information (mostly an electronic representation of money) and not the physical coins or banknotes. A cashless society was the first society. Traditional people did not use cash. Most commonly they used barter trade and exchange systems. The digital world and its evolving digital monetary system is getting closer every day. To senior citizens especially, a cashless society may sound like confounded science fiction. But, ready or not, the world is swiftly heading to it and no country seems to be willing to stay behind.

International Forces

Christine Lagarde asks are we really going to be exchanging little pieces of paper 20 years from now.

Christine Lagarde asks are we really going to be exchanging little pieces of paper 20 years from now?

There are strong international forces, including governments and financial institutions that are moving rapidly toward a state of “cash-less-ness”. Put differently, almost everyone is in favor of doing away with cash.

The IMF

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., consisting of “189 countries working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, help international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.”-Wikipedia.

Looking To The Future

IMF chief, French lawyer and politician, Christine Lagarde, recently asked the following question, “In ten, twenty, thirty years, who will still be exchanging pieces of paper?”  IMF research, shows clearly that cash demand is constantly decreasing as people and institutions become more knowledgeable in virtual currencies and take part in the digital market place.

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Cory Booker: A Candidate Close-Up

Cory Booker: A Candidate Close-Up

by Amaya Oswald and D.S. Mitchell

Introduction to Cory Booker

Senator Cory Booker waves to crowd during a polical rally

Senator Cory Booker waves to crowd during a political rally

As of February 1st, 2019, Cory Booker is officially running for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination. As of March 20, 2019, he now makes up one of sixteen Democrats running. And there are at least 2-3 other hopefuls still on the sidelines, including former Vice President, Joe Biden.

Middle Class Cory

Cory Anthony Booker was born in 1969, in Washington, D.C. His parents were among the first black executives hired at IBM. Cory grew up in a strong middle class home in Harrington Park, New Jersey. His family was religious. It is easy to imagine. Sometimes when he is giving a stump speech you can almost feel the revival coming on. All we need is a little foot stomping to make it happen.

Education

Booker earned both his bachelor's and his master's degrees at Stanford

Booker earned both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees at Stanford.

Cory Booker seems to be a bit of an overachiever in my eyes.  Cory was a damn good student and a damn good athlete. He was good enough in football to be named to the 1986 USA Today ALL-USA High School Team.  He continued to play football and was a tight end for Stanford. Even in this more competitive environment Cory was named to the PAC-10 Academic Team. Additionally he found time to be elected class president, at least once.  He earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Sociology. He got a Rhodes Scholar appointment and received an Honors Degree in U.S. History. And he topped all that off with a Juris Doctorate in 1997, from Yale Law School. WOW. That deserves some respect.

Stunt Man

Cory Booker went on a 10 day hunger strike to draw attention to Newark's drug issues

Cory Booker went on 10 day hunger strike to draw attention to Newark’s drug issues.

All wrapped up in top student, top athlete, top candidate there is a bit of a stunt man and carnival barker. Cory Booker in 1998 won a seat on the Newark, N.J. Municipal Council.  While he was councilman he went on a 10 day hunger strike and set up a tent in a crime infested neighborhood to highlight the city’s drug problem .

Mayor of Newark

He tried for the mayor position in 2002, but lost. He tried again in 2006 and won becoming the 36th Mayor in Newark’s history. While Mayor, Booker would often go out with ‘first responders’ to answer calls. On one occasion he ran into a burning building and brought out a woman suffering from smoke inhalation. On another occasion he responded to a senior citizen’s home and proceeded to shovel the man’s sidewalk.  And who could forget when the mayor discovered a freezing dog. A hands-on activist, Booker literally protested Newark’s urban development plan. Are these actions based on genuine human concern, or just attention seeking behavior? I imagine, at least a little of both.

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Serial Killer Saudi Prince: The Death of Jamal Khashoggi

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Serial Killer Saudi Prince: The Death of Jamal Khashoggi

By Michael Leonard Douglas and D.S. Mitchell

Who was He?

Khashoggi was a prominent reporter and appeared on many western news programs.

Khashoggi was a prominent reporter and appeared on many western news programs.

Probably one of the most talked about stories of 2018 was that of  Jamal Khashoggi. His story is one tragedy that no one saw coming. At the age of 59, Jamal Khashoggi was a well-known Washington Post journalist. His career spanned more than 35 years, back to the 1980’s.

Early Years

Shadowy arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi was Jamal's uncle

Shadowy arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi was Jamal’s uncle.

Jamal Khashoggi was born on 10/13/1958 in Medina, Saudi Arabia. He was born to a well-connected Saudi family. Jamal was the nephew of notorious Iran-Contra arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi who had an estimated wealth in 1984 of over $4B US. His first cousin, Dodi Fayed made headlines in 1997 when he was romantically linked to Princess Diana. Fayed and Diana were both killed in a car accident in Paris that same year. Jamal Khashoggi’s grandfather had been the personal physician to King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Education 

Khashoggi came to Indiana State for his higher education

Khashoggi came to Indiana State for his higher education.

Khashoggi attended elementary and high school in Saudi Arabia. He came to the United States for his college education and went to Indiana State University, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He married his first wife while in college and they later would have four children. Two of the children are American citizens.

Attitudes Change

Jamal Khashoggi smiles for the camera

Jamal Khashoggi smiles for the camera

Khashoggi had once been sympathetic to Islamist movements. He had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.  He said when asked, “Yes, I joined the MB when I was at University like everyone else.” He described it as “an exercise of democracy in the Muslim world”. In fact, his work was first noticed internationally when he wrote multiple articles on  Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

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VULGAR DISPLAYS OF POWER: THE POLITICS OF METAL

VULGAR DISPLAYS OF POWER: THE POLITICS OF METAL

By T.K. McNeil

Pentagrams and Conservatives

Rob Halford Metal "god"

Rob Halford Metal “god”

Several Metal artists have been associated with the political Right in recent years. Alice Cooper, and Judas Priest front-man Rob Halford are both outspoken Republicans.  Antifa made a successful effort to get the Black Metal band Marduk banned from the United States. The effort to have Marduk banned was based on the asinine assumption that because they were a Black Metal band they must be fascist.

Varg Vinkerns

Early picture of Varg Vinkerns

Early picture of Varg Vikernes

Marduk and others are often associated by misunderstanding to such cranks as fringe Black Metal genre figure Varg Vikernes.  Vikerns is a Norwegian musician who spent 15 years in prison for church burning (arson) and murder. He was originally sentenced to 21 years but the arson charges were unproven and he had 6 years shaved off his sentence. There were also issues regarding the circumstances of the murder that later surfaced and brought some question into the case.

Often Misrepresented

Varg Vikernes shown in recent picture

Varg Vikernes shown in recent picture

He has been called a racist and a neo-Nazi,* but that is not proven. In fact there is nothing in his music or published materials that are in any way racist. The Murduk band members rejected the association with fringe elements of Black Metal, going on record that they do not care about politics, and do not vote.

Queers, Chicks and Booze

Heavy Metal is neither subtle or politically correct. The satirical depiction of Heavy Metal fans presented in films such as Wayne’s World and FUBAR are depressingly accurate, at least with regard to America in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Heavy Metal was and still is outside the mainstream and their fans know it.

Under The Surface

Glam Metal or Hair Metal Poison was big in the 80's

Was Poison Glam Metal or Hair Metal?

Heavy Metal fans tend not to care about traditional gender tropes, these being just part of the many trappings of the society they have rejected. This is why there are genres like Glam Metal where there is a lot of long hair and make-up, particularly eye-liner, on both men and women.

“Gay”

Fans can be somewhat casual in their use of the term “gay” as a negative along with other more deprecating terms. This is because Heavy Metal fans are immune to the power of such words, having been called these and several other things for most of their lives. There are only so many times one can hear the same, unimaginative insults before the words lose their impact, and become an inside joke of sorts within the culture. Like how Irish people will call each other “Paddy” in a playful way.

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ONE by Metallica

The last jukebox choice of the day from www.calamitypolitics.com. This is one of my all time favorite Metallica songs. There was a time in the not too distant past when I was a Metallica junkie. But, actually it was a long time ago. Oh, the ravages of time on the mind and body. Despite all that, please enjoy one of the most powerful anti-war songs ever written, “One” by Metallica-Enjoy Darlene

War Pigs by Black Sabbath

We couldn’t agree on the music today, so here’s the first of several. www.calamitypolitics.com is proud to announce T.K. McNeil’s newest article  on the political importance of Heavy Metal music to the world should be available soon. Here’s the first choice in the jukebox today.

Black Sabbath “War Pigs” with lyrics.