There is growing evidence that the factor most responsible for the relatively poor health in the United States is the vast and rising inequality in wealth and income that we not only tolerate, but resist changing.
“Pham To looked great for 78 years old. (At least, that’s about how old he thought he was.) His hair was thin, gray, and receding at the temples, but his eyes were lively and his physique robust — all the more remarkable given what he had lived through. I listened intently, as I had so many times before to so many similar stories, but it was still beyond my ability to comprehend. It’s probably beyond yours, too.
Pham To told me that the planes began their bombing runs in 1965 and that periodic artillery shelling started about the same time. Nobody will ever know just how many civilians were killed in the years after that. “The number is uncountable,” he said one spring day a few years ago in a village in the mountains of rural central Vietnam. “So many people died.”
From Michael Klare this morning, a particularly powerful piece. TomDispatch’s resident energy expert asks whether there’s only one way to explain our present world and the continuing commitment to ratcheting up the burning fossil fuels as if (if you’ll excuse the phrase) there were no tomorrow — what he calls “carbon delirium.” His piece, then, is about our planetary leaders, Big Energy, and addiction to fossil fuels — and the sort of 12-step program we’ll need to bring all this to heel. It’s a striking new framework (far better, I think, than “climate denialism”) for understanding our climate-changing world. Do check it out. Tom