Gold, silver and lithium mining on federal land doesn’t bring in any royalties to the US Treasury – because of an 1872 law

Gold, silver and lithium mining on federal land doesn’t bring in any royalties to the US Treasury – because of an 1872 law

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.

Dire-Low Monarch Butterfly Populations

Dire-Low Monarch Butterfly Populations

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

My Heart Mourns: Israel and Palestine

My Heart Mourns: Israel and Palestine

I will write more on the conflicts in Palestine and Israel later. My heart aches.As one who believes that to follow Jesus is the way to justice, peace, and flourishing, albeit the pathway may be misunderstood and opposed, i cannot countenance retaliation, revenge, hatred.I recently signed a petition, “An Open Letter from Palestinian Christians to Western Church Leaders and Theologians.” Pray and act upon prayer.

Media is Ignoring Most Global Crises

Media is Ignoring Most Global Crises

The rush of rich nations of the Global North to support the tragic war in Ukraine has diverted attention and resources from other nations and desperate peoples. In Yemen, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Sudan, human food shortage is at critical levels for mass starvation. Much of this is war-related. Major media is silent.Read this link to a descriptive article, then advocate for these millions who are suffering.

The U.S. Chose Retribution, not Grace, in the Aftermath of 9/11

The U.S. Chose Retribution, not Grace, in the Aftermath of 9/11

What huge imago madeA psychopathic god:I and the public knowWhat all schoolchildren learn,Those to whom evil is doneDo evil in return. (W. H. Auden’s poem, September 1, 1939) Almost immediately after the horrific terrorist attack September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and Pentagon killed 3000 Americans, the drumbeat for retribution and revenge pounded loudly. Drowned out were voices calling for restraint. While peoples from nations around the world offered sympathy, so-called Christian America cast aside Jesus’s clear teachings against returning evil for evil to instead foment violent war on Afghanistan, to be followed 18 months later upon Iraq.… Read More

Morally Derelict Sen. Blumenthal Cheers Ukraine/Russia War Because Americans Are Not Dying, and Russia Is Getting Weaker

Morally Derelict Sen. Blumenthal Cheers Ukraine/Russia War Because Americans Are Not Dying, and Russia Is Getting Weaker

I am so angrily disgusted by U.S. government leaders who smugly fund and urge further warfare carnage in the Ukraine/Russia war. Even though Ukraine has been unable to reclaim territory seized by Russia at huge casualty costs on both sides, Sen. Romney recently called the proxy war the ‘the best national defense spending’ the US has ever done. Apparently Biden, Romney, Blumenthal, and maybe most others are blind to moral evil. Read Jeremy Camp’s article about this despicable evil talk. https://news.antiwar.com/2023/08/30/sen-blumenthal-us-getting-its-moneys-worth-in-ukraine-because-americans-arent-dying/