Violence is atat a gutter moral level when children are purposely starved to emancipation. Even before the brutal Hamas attack on October 7, the nutrition available for most Gaza residents was at a level just above starvation, as purposely planned by Israel which governs what food is imported into Gaza.It is painful for parents to hear their children clamor for food, see them stuff grass and inedible items into their mouths, and to see their listless faces as their bodies begin to shutdown for lack of nutrition. And because of the long-term effects of malnutrition, these children are already stunted… Read More
In 1872 the federal government passed a law that enabled prospectors for gold and silver to claim up to 160 acres of federal land if they worked it. Free. No royalties. A major purpose was to open up Western lands for expansion and settlement. Since then, and by now 152 years later, the law remains in place. Current regulations require permits and environmental standards, but otherwise mine companies pay no royalties, unlike coal, gas, oil on federal lands.See this article for recommendations.
In 2005, 2006, 2008, I lived with Palestinians in the West Bank in the maelstrom of Jewish settler violence. I was a trained member of Christian Peacemaker Teams. We worked along with Jewish peace activists and their organizations. So I have empathy for Palestinians who suffer from violence and oppression. I also have empathy for Jews who also have suffered horrendous violent persecution, with hatred against them still prevalent. So many Jews see the state of Israel as a haven.See this insightful article by pastor Jonny Rashid that says what I feel.
Monarch Butterflies are a remarkable species. Both the California populations and the Eastern populations are at severe risk, even of possible extinction in the not too distant future. In the East, Monarchs migrate from overwintering all together on a few acres in Mexico, to travel by successive generations as far north as Canada. The last generation in fall flies all the way back to overwinter in Mexico. Yet climate change-related drought, herbicides and pesticides, and destruction of the milkweed that require, along with illegal logging of their winter grounds, imperils their very existence. The iconic butterfly that children study may… Read More
The Christmas Story is not all Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus surrounded by awakened shepherds and knew-bowing Wisemen. The egotistical, sadistic King Herod ordered the slaughter of all young male children in Bethlehem. The Bible records that the mothers wailed in their weeping over their slain children. Is there any sight or sound more heart-rending than that of a mother whose child has died? Jesus escaped by miracle. But in much of the world, young children are being slaughtered, wounded, and psychologically traumatized by war. What is especially indicting for those of us in the United States is that the U.S.… Read More