The Ugliest Presidency

Many years ago I wrote a blog article about a time when elephants could be bought and sold for zoos for live exposition. It was a story of one very well loved elephant. Buying The Elephant. Times change, and this practice has become much rarer and tightly controlled, but at least now directed towards efforts to save this wonderful animal from extinction in their native areas.

I’ve never made any secret of my intense dislike of Donald Trump or that I considered him totally unworthy of the Presidency. Whatever your political leanings, I can’t think of anyone with an ounce of empathy who could defend his latest action.

In his desire to wipe out anything of value done by his predecessor, Trump has used his jealousy, lack of intelligence, and self hatred to attack one of the most valuable animals on earth by reversing the policy that forbid the importation of trophies from endangered species. This makes the US one of the few allowing for trade in ivory while encouraging poaching and big game hunting. Elephant losses are now approaching 100 per day. Allowing for trophies only encourages this poaching and destruction.

Trump to Allow Imports of African Elephant Trophies

We know the Trump sons are big game hunters, proud of their slaughter as can be seen above with Don Jr and his elephant tail. This is no excuse for the elimination of an intelligent, beautiful, family oriented animal already endangered. Donald Trump hasn’t just failed as a President. He has failed as anything resembling a human being.

I apologize for the death at the top of this article. Here is how elephants should always be on this earth.

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Greatest Showman – Here I Come

The second trailer (or two #2 Trailers for variety) for The Greatest Showman has dropped and all I can say is I want More!!! Hugh Jackman is in fine voice. The dance numbers look great, and the circus acts are exciting. It is way too long until December 20 to wait for this much color, life, and joy.

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Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Whether it is called Veterans Day or Remembrance Day, the sentiment is always the same: To honor the few who face the horrors of war so that the majority can live in peace. May there be a day when no one is ever called to kill their fellow man.

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Crowded, Angry, and Dangerous.

7.5bn people today; 9.8bn in 2050 ; 11.2bn in 2100. Time for governments to have a Population Policy because Population Matters.

Anyone who doesn’t think this is at the heart of poverty, crime, revolution, terrorism and war is not paying attention. The US is not exempt from the phenomenon just protected temporarily by its national wealth & power.

Even more, human beings are now the primary cause of environmental destruction, and species extinction. U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

“This new report simply confirms what we already knew. Human-caused climate change isn’t just a theory, it’s reality,” said Michael E. Mann, a professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University. “Whether we’re talking about unprecedented heat waves, increasingly destructive hurricanes, epic drought and inundation of our coastal cities, the impacts of climate change are no longer subtle. They are upon us. That’s the consensus of our best scientists, as laid bare by this latest report.”

Which brings us back to the top. As Climate Change occurs, it impacts the availability of resources and the destruction caused by more and more human beings. We as a species either decrease voluntarily or it will happen tragically and it will be the future generations who pay for our irresponsibility and greed.

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Dona Nobis Pacem 2017 – Get Involved

This is going to be a rather musical Peace Blog entry as I’ve been doing it now for more than a decade, and needed a new idea of two.  Albert Einstein provided the quote.  One very brave totally involved lady eagle kept her newest brood safe from a completely unexpected DC snowstorm.  During the worst of it, her mate lay on top of her to shield them all.  Sometimes we all need to accept the assistance of others to weather the worst of life’s events.  When it comes to peace, get involved.

Each year Queen Mimi of Bloggingham Castle requests an encore from The Bear A Tones.  When her majesty makes a decree for Dona Nobis Pacem, this wonderful Colorado Bob creation must appear.

On Broadway there is a great show Come From Away.  If you can get to New York while it is still playing do so.  If not get the album.  It tells the story of the planes that were grounded in Nova Scotia due to the 9/11 attack, the passengers from all over the world who were stranded together and the amazing Canadians who welcomed and cared for them.  Which brings us once more to the “when feeling overwhelmed, get involved” theme.  It is a funny, thoughtful, both sad and joyous show.  In the middle of it, several people are seeking peace and they find it in old hymns and remembered songs of their various faiths with a prayer for peace.  Today let’s sing that prayer together.

 

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