Letter at Length

Don't submit to dumbing down

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society," Krishnamurti once said.

Big Agriculture, the beef industry, the chemical industry, thousands of U.S. military installations and occupations are doing an excellent job of killing us or making us so sick with their toxins that Big Pharma, the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society and the hospital industry must come in and sell us the idea that we should take their pills, injections and treatment to ease our symptoms and get us healthy again.

Meanwhile, Big Pharma's FDA-approved drugs are responsible for killing 200,000 Americans every year. Apparently these are acceptable deaths, but the killing of 3,000 persons in New York City in 2001 was the most horrific incident ever perpetrated on the American people.

Corporate America is now pushing pseudo-green products like bird-killing wind farms, soy biofuels, lead/arsenic LEDs, mercury-tainted compact fluorescent bulbs and lead-containing shopping bags to brainwash us into believing we should take personal responsibility for screwing up our planet. Let's put this into perspective. The average person produces one ton of waste per year, and the average per capita output of waste is 26 tons. In other words, agriculture and industry produce about 96 percent of the waste.

It's currently fashionable for green illusionaries to praise electric cars: "What to consider when shopping for electric cars, plug-in hybrids" (Tidings, Sept. 6). As I read this lengthy article, I found no consideration for the extensive resource depletion and pollution required to create these personal "green" cars; no mention of the mining operations for toxic materials used in their short-lived batteries; and nothing about the kinds of power stations needed to supply the vast amounts of electricity for a million of these vehicles. It's simply not sustainable to build more asphalt=paved roads, parking lots, power infrastructures and charging stations to accommodate a poor transportation option!

There's a deliberate effort by the government, media and educational systems to dumb down the American people. Until we wake up to abolish the greed and corruption of the corporate/government mind-set, we have very little control. Cognitive dissonance is getting us nowhere. We must look within ourselves for deep green answers.

Robert Simms

Ashland

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