This essay is a eulogy written for the Black Bear Memorial Service at Lake Eola Park, Orlando, Florida on November 1, 2015. Although not delivered there due to time constraints, we offer it here for those who attended and those who could only be there in spirit.
The viciousness of Florida’s war on its iconic black bears deserves to live in infamy. In this photo-essay, we document the brutality for all the world to see, so that this will never be allowed to happen again. Readers are warned that the content is extremely graphic.
Florida’s impending black bear hunt, instigated by an arrogant and depraved ruling class, is a moral abomination, an ecological catastrophe, and an affront to democracy. As contemptible as the hunters may be, the real killers sit on the Fish and Wildlife Commission, and their ideology is the most lethal weapon of all.
America’s ruling class is preparing to repeat one of the country’s greatest mistakes – the internment of its own citizens due to war hysteria. Behind their disgusting hypocrisy lies the familiar impetus to preserve the exalted status they do not deserve.
The American military empire appears to be preparing for confrontation with Russia. In the House of Representatives, only ten members had the courage to resist the endless stream of hypocritical lies demonizing Russia and sowing the seeds for a conflagration that could destroy us all.
The American Empire has reached a turning point. With China supplanting the U.S. as the world’s largest economy, and the precious dollar in danger of losing its dominance, the world is slipping through America’s blood-soaked fingers. But, armed with a new pretext for military aggression, the United States may not be able to resist the temptation to save itself by killing others, and a confluence of lethal forces is converging against Iran.
As the corpse of a murdered Iraq rots before our eyes, the world must ask whether the United States was criminally negligent or motivated by malicious intent. For the chaos in the Middle East is nowhere near as random as it seems; on the contrary, it serves American imperial interests quite nicely, a fact with chilling implications for the rest of humanity.
With spectacular cynicism, the American plutocratic empire has exploited a veterans’ health crisis of its own creation to undercut the public sector. Concurrently, it has used our last POW in Afghanistan to prevent anyone from questioning its production of broken minds and bodies both at home and abroad.
The Supreme Court’s verdict is in: the United States is officially a plutocracy. The only question now is: what do the owners of America want to do with it? Their propagandists provide the answers, with consistent campaigns on climate change, healthcare, and the meaning of the Constitution all pointing clearly to a bastardized and demented shell of a country.
America’s deliberate fomenting of crisis in the Ukraine has been accompanied by epic levels of imperial arrogance and hypocrisy. But it also provides us with disturbing evidence of Washington’s depraved ambitions to sacrifice people and the planet alike on the altar of global hegemony.
With House Republicans and the President heading towards an immigration reform that would confer second-class legal status on illegal immigrants, this is a fitting moment to consider the legal status of the United States itself.
As citrus greening spreads throughout Florida, the GMO juggernaut has been welcomed into the state by a corporate media that is more than happy to regurgitate biotech-industry talking points. Both newspapers and food contain ingredients that may be damaging to our health.
At the behest of the immensely powerful livestock lobby, USDA’s Wildlife Services agency engages in an expensive, secretive, brutal, and terribly misguided campaign against America’s wild animals. Its reflection of the American character is no less outrageous.
Normal service has been resumed. America’s owners have cracked their whip, and Congress has finally passed a budget. The military-industrial complex has been given a huge Christmas present, but the rest of us can go hang from Eisenhower’s Cross of Iron.
American conservatives have surprised and disappointed many observers by demonizing Nelson Mandela as a communist. But that aspect of Mandela’s past is far less relevant to the modern world than his identification of other regimes that practice the apartheid he helped end. It is no coincidence that this aspect of his legacy is being carefully avoided.
For conservative commentator Cal Thomas, the rowdy behavior of Thanksgiving shoppers bespeaks cultural decline. Curiously, he did not draw the same conclusion from the antics of Wall Street traders. Greed, it would seem, is only reprehensible among the lower classes.
Star Parker would have us believe that Obamacare flowed from the fatal conceit of socialists. But Obamacare is not the kind of socialism she says it is, or the kind that Americans really need. And Barack Obama is hardly the only man embodying fatal conceit.
In response to the Yosemite Rim Fire, Congress is considering radical salvage logging bills that would be almost as devastating to our democracy as to the Sierra Nevada ecosystem. In the pursuit of profit for a few, America’s best places and best ideas could all go up in smoke.
An expensive failure in 2004, the corporate tax holiday was supposed to be a one-time event. But America’s biggest corporations want another one, and their kept men in Washington may now have the perfect excuse to deliver.
The primary purpose of the U.S. Constitution was to protect the property of the American elite. Stressed by the rise of the Tea Party faction and the risk of financial calamity, can the Constitution continue to serve that purpose? Do the owners of America need to consider a new constitutional order?