Under the I Knew It! category, this news about scientific evidence linking extreme poverty and mental disorders has to be a game-changer. Imagine, poverty causes depression. Who’d have thought?
Elder abuse comes in various forms, psychological and physical abuse being the most well-known, with financial exploitation a close third. Ironically, in my family, psychological and physical abuse was inflicted on my mother by my father. Now, after my mother passed away from Parkinson’s and the neglect of my father, my father is being financially exploited by my youngest sister, her husband, and their son.
A while back, my sister and her husband stole $100,000 from him, when they reneged on paying back a loan they used to invest in commercial real estate. Now, after failing to get him to sign over the deed to his home, their son has convinced him to transfer money to him from his investment account that he reserved for assisted living care in his old age.
My sister’s son and his wife have moved into his home, and take his wallet without permission to shop and travel, yet do not take care of him, necessitating the employment of a professional caregiver, while they live on his money. Unfortunately, the law is no help, since my now ninety-one-year-old father is still mentally competent, although emotionally vulnerable.
The irony of Kevin Gosztola’s satire on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is that it isn’t. He may very well think so, but the reality is that Stein–like former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader–is running a campaign that benefits the Republican candidate. Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, despite her serious flaws, because he understands the consequences of putting a white nationalist supporter in the Oval Office. Gosztola apparently doesn’t.
This would truly be an historic, revolutionary and visionary enterprise empowering consumers as personal generators saving the planet one radioactive rod at a time.
Meth epidemic overwhelms Rosebud Indian Reservation.
Deforestation, murder, tyranny, toxic pollution, birth defects and cancer are just some of the impacts of soy monoculture.
Clean Not Green
Generating alternative energy, using solar cells, requires the fossil-fueled extraction of minerals and the fossil-fueled manufacture of solar panels, that are made using rare earth minerals, and that produce highly toxic materials.
Alternative energy or ‘clean energy’ from solar cells not only cannot technologically displace fossil fuel in meeting current electrical demand; it does not even reduce CO2.
To make matters worse, the toxic greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacture and disposal of solar cells are 10,000-25,000 times more potent than the CO2 emissions generated from burning fossil fuel.
–Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions