Only on NPR

•November 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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?

Family Values

•October 4, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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.

Green Party Delusions

•September 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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.

Blind Faith

•June 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment
As the new nuclear boondoggle begins, I envision a personal reactor prototype roll-out that makes use of the popularity of the film Back to the Future, by featuring a home-use nuclear power reactor that fits in the trunk of a plutonium-fueled vehicle, which can be used to feed the electrical grid when parked in the garage at home.
This Breakthrough Clean Energy innovation would create spin-off industries such as spent fuel rod recycling drop-off centers, perhaps at Wal-Mart, where consumers could spend Superfund credits issued by the Department of Energy as a win-win public-private collaboration.

This would truly be an historic, revolutionary and visionary enterprise empowering consumers as personal generators saving the planet one radioactive rod at a time.

Addiction in Indian Country

•June 1, 2016 • 1 Comment

Meth epidemic overwhelms Rosebud Indian Reservation.

Evils of Soy

•May 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Deforestation, murder, tyranny, toxic pollution, birth defects and cancer are just some of the impacts of soy monoculture.

Clean Not Green

•May 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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