Ramblings of a Radical Leftist Agoraphobe
From the warped mind of Neil Priddy…

Feb
10

 

clip_image002Official Saudi Historian, Saleh Sal-Saadoon explains why Saudi Arabia does not let women drive  –  He says women who drive in other countries such as the United States don’t care if they’re raped and that sexual violence "is no big deal" to them.  "They (foreign women) don’t care if they are raped on the roadside, but we do,"  –  Saudi Rotana Khalijiyya TV.

What?

“Hold on.  Who told you they don’t care about getting raped on the roadside?” asked the host, a woman who is not named in the transcript.

“It’s no big deal for them beyond the damage to their morale,”  Al-Saadoon replied. “In our case, however, the problem is of a social and religious nature.”

"They should listen to me and get used to what society thinks,"  Al-Saadoon said.

"There is a solution, but the government officials and the clerics refuse to hear of it," he said.  "The solution is to bring in female foreign chauffeurs to drive our wives."

I am not sure what to say.  How does one respond to something like this… other than with your jaw hanging down.  Seriously?  There was no punch line?  Not that one would have worked after that… but…

Isn’t it bad enough that people believe this crap, without someone actually saying it on TV?

I’d better go now before my head explodes.

NOTE:  i posted this so quickly, i have made a couple of small corrections from the first post.

Jan
19

Free speech in America does not include speaking freely about Israel.  It is the “third-rail” of international politics in the US.

People have to realize that in the US, Israel can do no wrong.  They can wage war… target and attack civilian targets (which they admit), call the International Criminal Court a “Kangaroo court”, and an “international cover to international terror”.  It’s all OK in the conservative American media.

But seriously?

What are they afraid of?  They are by FAR the most powerful nation in the entire area.  They have no qualms about attacking anyone anywhere – Mossad assassination teams have been well documented.  But still… the can do no wrong. (note: Iran has done the same… as many countries have.)

I have always been a supporter of the state of Israel.  There are many countries who would charge in to protect Israel if they were really attacked by a military power. I would be an immediate supporter of such action.

But the use of Collective punishment is unconscionable! Killing 30 times as many innocent Palestinian civilians, as Israeli citizens, just shows how out of control they are.  They believe God has given them the Right to do ANYTHING if they claim it is self-defense.  And we go along…

Just a clue – attacking another country is NEVER self-defense by definition. Look it up!!!

They ignore integration treaties – most of which they have refused to sign. They have ignored the UN… and pretty much anyone who disagrees with them.

There can be NO open discussion about Israel.

I will probably get hate messages for saying all this… which of course would prove my point.

Jan
16

A recent Pew poll found that 80% of Republican women say they do not want to see a woman elected President. This is a most wicked form of misogyny… women against women’s rights. Women who have been trained to believe they, and other women, are not capable of such leadership.

I should point out that the 80% are right about what they want to see, they are just wrong to want that. It is misogyny. It shows they have been so indoctrinated, that they have fallen for all the lies. They believe what men have told them. As, I am sure, did their mothers.

Because the men who made up the rules were so reliable… Popes, religious leaders, kings, warlords… so many men have made, and reinforced the rules. They have accepted it without question.

Today there are still 80% of Republican women who buy into the lies about “women’s place”.

Now THAT’s obscene.

Jan
14

According to the dim-witted Congressman from Oklahoma (where else), Jim Bridenstine, the President is, “…a man clearly uncomfortable accepting America’s natural and Manifest role as a superpower.” Wow. Maybe he is just uncomfortable with starting World War 3?
clip_image002He wants the US to send Billions of dollars in “lethal military aid” to Ukraine. Sure… let’s go to war with Russia. That seems to be his goal. He clearly thinks God would be on our side.
We may be the only super-power in the world – at the moment – but that does NOT mean we have to use it. The more we use our military, the more we encourage other countries to catch up. And the more we continue to slow down our economy with excess military spending.
Military spending is a real job killer. Building a highway can help economic growth in that area, but building a tank does nothing. People have to build the tank, but that’s it… it does not contribute to the economy thereafter.
What Russia is doing in Ukraine is horrible, and must be stopped. But adventurism is not the answer. Until the Russian people get tired of Putin, not much will change.
So maybe we should send Rep. Jim to Moscow with an assassination squad… Bet he would like that.

 

NOTE: I have been having a terrible time getting the FONTS to come out correctly.  something is wrong at WordPress — I have tried 3 different editors that used to work.
Jan
13

At least that’s what you’d think if you listen to conservatives these days. Suddenly they are all touchy-feely about France… maybe we can call them French Fires again?

Yes… someone higher should have gone to Paris. I am sure the Secret Service would have loved that. But many world leaders were missing, even from Europe. It’s not that big a deal.

We have to remember that the Republican party is all about bashing the President. They have no real intention of doing anything but trying to tear down his accomplishments. They are even going to their standard name calling of bringing up Hitler… or is it Stalin?

Do they even realize that Hitler and Stalin could not have been more opposite politically? They don’t care…

The hypocrisy of the Republican party would be almost laughable – if the situation weren’t so tragic.

2-faced bastards.

Jan
12

 

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Jan
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Ann Telnaes

Jan
06

You may not have heard, but Kirby Delauter thinks reporters have to get his permission to use his name in an article. He is an elected County Council member in Frederick County, Maryland.


Now… I may be wrong, but I think the Press is allowed to print the names of public officials in the US. And I think his attitude shows an incredible disregard for the public. He clearly does not understand how our country is supposed to work.

Don’t quit your day job Kirby Delauter!

kdelauter1@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Dec
31

“Sorry” a last note from Leelah Alcorn

“And now for my sorry notes to some people I knew…

Amanda: You are going to have such a wonderful life. You are the most talented and pretty little girl I’ve ever met and I love you so much, Amanda. Please don’t be sad. I’m going to miss you so very much. I love you.

Tiffany: We haven’t talked much recently since we’re both so busy but I’m so happy you’re my sister. You are so courageous and determined to achieve what you want, you can accomplish anything. I love you.

Justin: We’ve been jerks to each other a lot recently but I really do love you. You get on my nerves almost all the time but no matter what a part of me will always love you. Sorry for picking on you so much when we were kids.

Rylan: I’m so sorry I’m never there for you. I love you so much.

Abby: Thank you for dealing with my pathetic problems, all I did was make your life harder and I’m sorry.

Mom and Dad: Fuck you. You can’t just control other people like that. That’s messed up.

I don’t really feel the need to apologize to anyone else… odds are you didn’t give a shit about me and if you do, you did something that made me feel like shit and you don’t deserve an apology.

Also, anyone who says something like “I wish I got to know him better” or “I wish I treated him better” gets a punch in the nose.”

Dec
31

Suicide Note”
from a lost soul – Leelah Alcorn

Words all of society should read, and grapple with.

If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue.

Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in… because I’m transgender. I could go into detail explaining why I feel that way, but this note is probably going to be lengthy enough as it is. To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4. I never knew there was a word for that feeling, nor was it possible for a boy to become a girl, so I never told anyone and I just continued to do traditionally “boyish” things to try to fit in.

When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.

My mom started taking me to a therapist, but would only take me to christian therapists, (who were all very biased) so I never actually got the therapy I needed to cure me of my depression. I only got more christians telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.

When I was 16 I realized that my parents would never come around, and that I would have to wait until I was 18 to start any sort of transitioning treatment, which absolutely broke my heart. The longer you wait, the harder it is to transition. I felt hopeless, that I was just going to look like a man in drag for the rest of my life. On my 16th birthday, when I didn’t receive consent from my parents to start transitioning, I cried myself to sleep.

I formed a sort of a “fuck you” attitude towards my parents and came out as gay at school, thinking that maybe if I eased into coming out as trans it would be less of a shock. Although the reaction from my friends was positive, my parents were pissed. They felt like I was attacking their image, and that I was an embarrassment to them. They wanted me to be their perfect little straight christian boy, and that’s obviously not what I wanted.

So they took me out of public school, took away my laptop and phone, and forbid me of getting on any sort of social media, completely isolating me from my friends. This was probably the part of my life when I was the most depressed, and I’m surprised I didn’t kill myself. I was completely alone for 5 months. No friends, no support, no love. Just my parent’s disappointment and the cruelty of loneliness.

At the end of the school year, my parents finally came around and gave me my phone and let me back on social media. I was excited, I finally had my friends back. They were extremely excited to see me and talk to me, but only at first. Eventually they realized they didn’t actually give a shit about me, and I felt even lonelier than I did before. The only friends I thought I had only liked me because they saw me five times a week.

After a summer of having almost no friends plus the weight of having to think about college, save money for moving out, keep my grades up, go to church each week and feel like shit because everyone there is against everything I live for, I have decided I’ve had enough. I’m never going to transition successfully, even when I move out. I’m never going to be happy with the way I look or sound. I’m never going to have enough friends to satisfy me. I’m never going to have enough love to satisfy me. I’m never going to find a man who loves me. I’m never going to be happy. Either I live the rest of my life as a lonely man who wishes he were a woman or I live my life as a lonelier woman who hates herself. There’s no winning. There’s no way out. I’m sad enough already, I don’t need my life to get any worse. People say “it gets better” but that isn’t true in my case. It gets worse. Each day I get worse.

That’s the gist of it, that’s why I feel like killing myself. Sorry if that’s not a good enough reason for you, it’s good enough for me. As for my will, I want 100% of the things that I legally own to be sold and the money (plus my money in the bank) to be given to trans civil rights movements and support groups, I don’t give a shit which one. The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say “that’s fucked up” and fix it. Fix society. Please.

Goodbye,

(Leelah) Josh Alcorn

Dec
27

About 80% of conservatives in the US, believe the Justice system treats Whites and Blacks equally. Time to turn off Fox guys! It would take extra effort to be more wrong. Only 10% of Blacks agree.

Since only Blacks can truly and fairly judge how they are treated… it looks like yet another example of “Blind” justice. Believing the Justice system is equitable is just plain wrong headed. It is stupid… and wishful thinking at its greatest.

Bill O’Reilly lies about this on a regular basis. Fox “news” was partially created to promote the right-wing concepts of justice, and fairness – Whites getting everything is just, and fair. What crap.

It makes me want to scream!

I live in a neighborhood of mostly minorities (is that a contradiction?), in a town that is mostly Hispanic, or Russian. Woodburn, Oregon is a great town. I love it here, and feel safer than I did in Aloha. The people are friendly and outgoing. This is America!

The Tea Baggers have shown themselves to be little more than the Political wing of the KKK.

Dec
13

Republicans in Congress just love to control our lives. They say they want “Government” off our backs, but that only applies to things they care about. They have now voted to overturn the legalization of Marijuana in Washington, DC. Here is their reasoning…

“Simply put, we believe that Congress must defend the federal government and the U.S. Constitution by preventing marijuana legalization from moving forward in the District.” — Andy Harris, Joe Pitts.

So… they see marijuana as a danger to the “federal government” and the Constitution. Really? Are there Commies in every ounce? Did I miss the Article in the Constitution that mentions drugs?

They claim to be supported by “science”… I thought they hated science – think Global Warming. But when science is convenient, I guess they can get along with it just fine. (Except they are wrong about the science) They also throw around some decidedly unscientific arguments about increased use and so forth.

But they say it would be a… “…recipe for legal chaos.” Seriously? How could it be worse than the “War on Drugs“?

They are spewing the same old crap we have been hearing for… ever.

Either they believe in individual rights, and less government interference in our lives, or they don’t. They don’t. It’s all just part of their lies while attempting to make sure we live a good Christian lifestyle – as defined by them.

At least, as with Gay Marriage, they are clearly on the losing side of the argument. The country is changing, and republicans are still stuck in the 19th century. They are unable to read the writing on the wall.

But then… that is what conservatives are all about.

Dec
08

Of course not!

No one thing is going to solve any major problem in our society. Whether its gun violence, or questionable police tactics, it will take a lot more than one thing.

So I wish we would stop seeing this kind of article. As soon as someone suggests something that would help, those opposed will start clamoring about how that will not solve the problem – think NRA. They love this approach.

Complex problems do not have simple solutions.

The point of these questioning articles, is to create questions and doubts in people’s mind before the suggestion even has a chance. The NRA uses this approach to help Congress members find any excused to say no. It works.

I try to not even read any article starting with:

“Will this solve that problem?”

“What’s wrong with…”

“7 things they don’t tell you about…”

You know the ones.

If a suggested solution might help, it is worth an honest try. Sadly, there will be many who do not want an honest try.

Dec
05

United States Constitution

Fifth Amendment

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury except in cases arising in the land or naval forces…”


It goes on to include our rights against self-incrimination. So this opening seems to be important. We did they Founding Brothers start the amendment with this? Before even the section on the right to not self-incriminate.

So what does it mean? What is an “infamous crime”?

Basically, it means treason, or a felony… as used in the Constitution.

This was added to the Constitution to prevent prosecutors and police (sheriffs and marshals at the time), from railroading anyone into a trial and possible conviction. The job of the Grand Jury is to make sure the indictment if legitimate. They are supposed to be an independent observer.

Currently, Grand Juries are just the rubber stamping “authority” for the prosecutor. Out of 162,000 cases brought to Grand Juries, only 11 came out with no indictment… for civilians. For Police Officers, there was only 1 indictment out of 81 cases over the same time period.

Rubber stamp.

 

Honestly, I cannot find the number of years this was. I think 5.

Dec
02

Tugce Albayrak is a hero.  She will never get a monument, and few will remember her actions.  But at least 2 people will forever remember her.

Tugce Albayrak died on her 23rd birthday, November 15, 2014, in Giessen, Germany.

One Saturday night she came to the defense of 2 teenage girls at a German McDonald’s, and was later attacked by one of the men who had been harassing the girls.  She helped 2 people she did not know, because men were harassing them… as men do.  It was 4 o’clock in the morning.

Tugce Albayrak came out of the restaurant later, after finished her meal with her friends, one of the men was waiting. He hit her and knocked her to the ground.  She never regained consciousness.

A hero.

Tugce Albayrak did what most people would not.  She intervened to try to help someone.  Men who saw the girls as targets… people to take advantage of… people of lower status… women.  It started with the same old cat-calls that are so unreasonably common.

Cat-calling is a man’s right… correct?  NOT! It may seem as if it is a small thing… why can’t women see it as the compliment it is?  BECAUSE it is NOT a compliment. It is a way of maintaining control, and displaying superiority – ‘I can say anything to you, because you are only a woman…’ or worse, a girl.

Tugce Albayrak died fighting misogyny.  That may not have been her goal. She was just trying to help some people she did not know.

Tugce Albayrak was in college to become a teacher. It will never be…

Dec
01

jaywalktkt1aI have had reason to think about it recently, and where I used to live, I am positive that on several occasions over 8 years, I was walking along in the street, while a police car passed. I was never asked to get on the sidewalk. And there are sidewalks there.

What gives?

Is this some kind of Eastern thing? Cuz I grew up in Seattle… you know… the people who wait for the Walk sign… at 4am… with no cars moving anywhere in sight. So I would think the police there would be pretty much on top of the street walking hazard. And I lived there over 30 years, and the police never asked me to get out of the road.

Odd…

Were the police I saw, chuckling to themselves, knowing the extreme danger I was in? Maybe the cops have had it in for me all my life, and I have just been lucky.

That must be it!!

P.S.  It’s nice to see the officer in the photo above is right on top of the barefoot walking problem.

Dec
01

When I started watching the Rams game Sunday, I was surprised to see 5 Rams players come out onto the field with their hands up – Hands Up! Don’t shoot!

I thought it was great!

There were boos from the audience… not a big surprise. Today (Monday) the Police union in St. Louis has complained and demanded an apology. For what? Using your American Right to speak up and be heard? The Police may not like it, but it is part of America.

I have never had a problem with the Police… even when they have stopped me to question me. I have always found them to be polite, and businesslike. Also they have been very helpful in times of need. But I am a middle class white man.

This issue is not so much about the Police… Michael Brown is a symptom of much deeper societal problems. It just happens that when things go wrong with the police, they can go very well. But minorities in America put up with the same kind of behavior everywhere…

The biggest part of the problem is that much of White America does not see the constant racism. To them, if there are laws protecting minorities, and no more hangin’s… then everything must be ok.

People do not know how to recognize their or prejudices. And they don’t like having them pointed out!

I suffer from depression. I am used to the fact that people don’t understand it… unless you suffer depression, you can’t understand it. I do try to explain it in my other Blog. I am not Black. I can never know what their lives are like. But I can try to understand.

So, White people… try to understand. You can’t learn this from your own experiences. You must learn it from Black people… Hispanics… Asians… Native American… the list goes on. They can and will tell you if you will listen, and if you decide to believe.

Find the truth, and believe.

Nov
29

It’s a repetitious redundancy.  

What other kind of “history” is there?  Seriously… look it up.  Anywhere!  Even that weird electronic place where people look for stuff… the Interiorfish?True_Size_Of_Africa

In one of my high school English classes we looked for “repetitious redundancies”.  You know — dead corpse.   Ever since, I can NOT miss them.  Thanks Ms Fahrnam!

Actually, I love it!  But it also leads to hearing things that aggravate.  Is there no-one producing TV that knows English?  And let’s not beat up on the sports shows!  It’s everywhere!!  It’s unwatchable sometimes, how bad the English is.

Let me go back to my original topic.

“Past History” is rather older than most.  My father complained about it in the 70’s!  We are speaking the language of Shakespeare.  Let’s pay a little attention to how we say it.

Nov
28

There are a lot of people out there who believe they are not racist, but are. They think they are just being realistic. You aren’t a bigot if your beliefs and observations are just facts.

‘I don’t hate blacks, but look at how they live’

Since they are “not” prejudiced, and their friends are not, and that’s the way America is… then blacks simply aren’t trying to improve their lives. Otherwise they would be doing as well and everyone else. They see this as fact… not racism.

Fox “news” reinforces their beliefs. Anything to the contrary is clearly fraud. There must be massive fraud, which has resulted in the “Government” being so Liberal and unAmerican. That’s the way they see the world. They are not prejudice, it’s the “other guy” causing the problem. “These people” are what they appear to be – to the radical right anyway.

Their beliefs are self-supporting. Their beliefs make them see everything as further proof they are correct. They have neatly constructed a world where literally nothing can conflict with what they believe. All conflict is external. Their minds do not ever engage in conflict resolution, because it’s someone else’s fault… someone else needs to see their beliefs as correct.

They not only have their own Beliefs, the have their own Facts.

How can you fight that? We need to find them when they are still young. But their parents can teach them whatever they want. So it will take time.

Nov
27

This seems to me to be a central part of our racial problems.

The problem is that so many Americans believe there IS a level playing field. That leads them to make some very erroneous conclusions. They think people who do not move up the economic ladder must not be trying. Blacks who live in poverty must be lazy, or criminals, or… whatever. God rewards those who work hard to succeed.

They actually believe we all have the same opportunities.

This not only satisfies their racism, to feeds it. To them, the riots in Ferguson are more proof that blacks are their causing their own problems. The see every instance of minorities standing up for themselves, as more evidence that they are right. These “people” are just trying to get the Government to take care of all their wants and needs. They are the 47%.

And don’t think you can ever change their minds. These are people who are so consumed by their own beliefs that they cannot see anything else. Their self-righteousness gives them all the evidence they need. And they will not learn. There is not point trying to convince them how wrong they are.

Unfortunately, society will just have to wait for them to gradually fade away.

The “level playing field” does not exist in America… probably not anywhere. Angry white men are afraid of losing their status – they run the country. They see it quite literally as their God given right. They obey God’s laws (in their own minds) so they never doubt they earned their status.

So the fight is left to those who can see, and learn. We have to keep up the pressure – both socially and legally. It will probably be going on after I am gone… but I do hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Nov
26

The only way a prosecutor could go into a Grand Jury, and NOT get an indictment, is if s/he didn’t want one.

Bob did everything he could to prevent it.  He did not even recommend charges to the Grand Jury!!  That tells them he does not think there should be any charges.

Then he runs the show.  And what a show it must have been.  He picked the witnesses, and when they would testify.  He asked the questions.  He presented each witness in the light he wanted them seen in.  He could make anyone look good, or bad at his discretion.

All you have to do is look at his life to see his motivation.  I am sure he believes his intentions are right as rain, but as a Public official, his person life clearly puts a bright light on his actions.  He should have had the integrity to step aside for a special prosecutor.

He is one of those unfortunate “level playing field” believers.  Sad…

Nov
26

Wednesday’s Cat is Back!

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Nov
25

The name says it all.

Today the Grand Jury announced it would not file chargesMichael Brown Sr, center, listens alongside the Rev Al Sharpton, right, and Brown family attorney Anthony Gray. from the killing of Michael Brown.  Big surprise.

We will never know what would have happened with a prosecutor who investigated, and presented fairly.  Bob McCulloch has 5 relatives who are or were cops.  His father was killed on the job by a black man.  He has never prosecuted a police officer.  And he was sure not going to start now.

The jurors heard only what he wanted.

Was it murder?  I do not know… but a court should have decided.  This prosecutor decided long ago what he thought.

I will not address the conservative views on this now… they come as no surprise.  Maybe later…

Nov
23

The University of Virginia has suspended ALL fraternities after an article in Rolling Stone.  The article is about a gang rape at one frat house.

College is a time when many boys first become free enough to fully act on their own.  And they have been taught about the superior-male society we live it.  It’s everywhere!  And boys learn from all they see.  They learn that taking what they want is expected of them.

And they are free to do it…

Some men see women as subordinate… women just need to know their place.  `If she would just do what I asked her to…’  They say things like that because that is how they were raised in our society.

It is as simple a “Actress” vs. “Actor”… or as complex as women usually being the victims in movies, and on TV.  By the time boys are in their late teens, they have learned all they need to know, and are ready to put it into practice.

Look around.  Women who speak out about inequalities, are brutalized thru social media.  Some to the point of having to hide.  This is how strong the misogyny is in portions of our male society.

Campus rape is only the latest in a long string of similar events.  It will take effort, strength, and bravery to stand up to the haters… they hold the power.

Nov
22

The Army Corp of Engineers has approved a coal export project in Oregon… at the Port of Morrow. The goal of the project is to export coal to China.

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Now it turns out, the Portland Army Corp. recommended a full environmental review of the project, and the head office in D.C. secretly said no.  There is a lot of opposition to coal exporting in Oregon, and for many reasons.

The real reason for wanting to export is money.  China will buy large amounts of coal, and we have a lot to sell.  Jobs and profits – mostly profits.

That’s about it.

The coal comes thru the Columbia Gorge.  There it leaves behind a hundred clip_image002miles of coal dust.  All along the tracks, it washes into the Columbia River.  They don’t cover the trains well at all, and of course no-one ever comes along to clean it up – that would eat into profits.  Let the taxpayers pay for it.

The port itself will create more pollution problems, as yet unknown — as there has been no Environment Impact Statement. Fishing is a major industry, and tradition in Washington and Oregon, and the proposed port would be next to sensitive salmon habitat.

Then the coal is going to be burned in China, adding even more carbon dioxide into the World’s Atmosphere. And it ends up coming back our way… arriving here before it finds it’s way to Wyoming.

Many jobs will be created in Wyoming and Montana, and greater profits for the wealthy, but not much for Oregon. There will of course be the taxpayer financed clean-ups for the coal dust etc. But that’s what taxes are for… right?  Cleaning up after the super-rich. It’s an American tradition since…

Haven’t we realized yet that there is no such thing as clean coal… it is all terrible for the Earth. We may be using less here, but selling it to use elsewhere is just absurd!

We must get beyond the profits side of the discussion, and start thinking about what is best for the Earth, because that is what will be best for us too.

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