Yesterday I met up with an old friend who has cancer. We met at Starbucks. I ordered an Almond Milk Latte. He ordered a Mocha something or other. I shook my head. Here’s a guy with cancer, ordering a drink full of just about everything he shouldn’t be putting into his body. I didn’t say anything, he’s dealing with enough.
My friend and I are on different sides of spectrum – I’m left, he leans right. Doesn’t matter. We’ve had great conversations over the years, I’ve enjoyed each of them.
We hadn’t conversed in a while, for too long. Thinking about him, looking at the pictures of his daughter’s wedding in Aspen, I sat down to write him a note.
My note got longer. It turned into this post I’ve been thinking about for a while.
It was good to see my old friend.
There’s now thousands of peer reviewed studies on the power of food — food is health. At least that many covering the deleterious effects of meat and dairy, the benefits of being plant based. Hippie stuff.
One of which is my own bout with prostrate issues. I changed my what I put in my pie hole, the problems are gone. No medication, no visits to the doctor. My doctor still can’t believe it. Renee had kidney issues. Gone. Her doctor can’t believe it either. Even young Jonesy — who grew up in a rural community eating meat and dairy, who’s email address has “porkchop” in it, has had a change of heart.
Doctors and those in the medical field aren’t taught about nutrition. They don’t advocate what they don’t do themselves. Back in the day our doctor puffed on a cigarette while giving us a once over. Meanwhile, cancer was killing us. Did they ever say stop smoking? Nope. Same thing now. They’re giving us the once over then having a ham sandwich for lunch, washing it down with a glass of milk and cookie for desert. Are they telling us to stop eating meat, dairy, and processed foods? Nope.
Far as I know, Big Broccoli isn’t a thing. So the medical industry has no financial incentive to get people off the dole. But Big Food is a thing. There’s lotsa money in sick people, keeping them on the dole for surgeries, medications and trips to the doctor. Cancer is a bazillion dollar industry.
Take two hours and watch this flick:
It’s a freaking lie, that cancer just happens. Cancer happens because of how we live — from the chemicals in our clothing, furniture, food and water, and pesticides everywhere. From all the emissions going into the air we breathe.
I get it, there’s no desire to join me on the protest line. But if you were to challenge your thinking, you’d come to different conclusions. I think you’d have a different view of those who’ve made trillions poisoning us, including your new son in-law’s family (I recall they’re oil and gas folks?).
The divide we’re seeing in our country right now isn’t about a wall, Roy Moore, nationalism, all the stuff Trump says he’s about. No. That’s all a subterfuge, to keep the masses distracted.
What we’re seeing right now is a war on us being waged by oil and gas and all their friends — the oligarchs who run our country, your new relatives. The same folks who’ve operated for years with impunity — poisoning our land, air and water.
Remember that conversation we had @ the old HQ about Exxon, how you opined that Exxon would be displaced by market forces? It’s happening.
The powers that be know that Tesla is really a battery company. They get that if they don’t do something it won’t be long before batteries store energy generated from solar panels, roof tiles, and even windows. That energy will provide all our electricity and heat. When this happens, Americans won’t need utility companies. Billions of dollars are tied to utilities.
Looking deeper, Elon’s vision and alternative energy is about freedom, health and prosperity. You know, American jingoisms.
Alternative energy and great thinkers like Musk put the power (pun intended) in the hands of the consumer. They make our lives better.
Because when my electric car is parked, it can be making me money. My car can be summoned via an app, to go pick someone up and take them someplace. Then drive itself back to my garage. I make a few bucks. Someone else saves money because they don’t have the associated costs of owning a car. I’m helping someone I might never meet.
I can also make a few bucks selling the excess energy my house generates to others connected to my network. Or I can donate it to those in need.
Electric cars and alternative energy saves lives and helps our environment — which lowers cancer rates. It helps others. It delivers on the promise of a better, healthier way of life, and more freedom.
But electric cars and alternative energy means less money for utilities, the oil and gas industries. It means bazillions less dollars to the oligarchs, to Trump and his gang.
The oligarchs, Trump and his gang, all make a big deal of their patriotism. Each day starts with an American flag pinned squarely and prominently on their lapel. They look you in the eye, swear on a stack of Bibles – “God and country”.
Freedom, health and prosperity?
Eh, not so much.
Look what’s going on in the Arctic – the business of oil and gas. Trump’s name and connections – the Russians, go all the way to the Arctic Ocean floor.
Or check out the latest tax reform bill. If passed as is, it would blunt the progress made in wind and solar, and slow down adoption of electric cars because it eliminates the $7500 tax credit. It also has a tax credit for private schools and religious schools, which would pull money away from public schools.
Freedom, health and prosperity? Not at their expense. So they’re doing whatever they can and then some, including cheating and risking our national security — to block us from getting healthy, to block electric cars and alternative energy, to block our freedom and prosperity.
All in the name of God.