Archive for September, 2017


Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Today, the 22nd of September 2017, at 1:19 pm it is 80 degrees here in New York City and will be warmer yet before the evening. Climate Change writ large!

I remember when there would be a few nippy days in August, the harbingers of cool Fall weather to come, and when it would now be cool with quite chilly nights.

Tomorrow it is predicted to reach 87 degrees, followed by 88 degrees on Sunday and 86 degrees on Monday.

This weather frightens me. The change I have seen in the past forty years is staggering and if change like this continues, the Earth could become uninhabitable by human beings.


Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

I read today in an article published in the Boston Globe that the United States is undergoing a military coup.  Titled “America’s Slow Motion Military Coup”, you can read it at the link at the end of this post.

The article states, “… Trump has turned much of his power over to generals.”  A very scary development indeed.   The generals are: General James Mattis, Secretary of Defence, General John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, and General H.R. McMaster, national security adviser.

General James Mattis, Trump’s Secretary of Defense

General John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff

General H.R. McMaster, Trump’s National Security Adviser

The article talks about the United States now having a “junta.”

“Our new junta is different from classic ones like, for example, the ‘National Council for Peace and Order’ that now rules Thailand. First, our junta’s interest is only international relations, not domestic policy. Second, it did not seize power in a coup, but derives its authority from the favor of an elected president. Third and most important, it[‘s] main goal is not to impose a new order but to enforce an old one, in that they [the generals advising Trump] persuaded Trump not to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan but rather to increase troops there and continue ‘killing terrorists.'”

By definition, a military coup has happened when generals dictate policy to the supposed leader of a country.  We have had a military coup here.

What are we going to do about it?

Here is the link to the article.


Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Here is a link to an article about Bernie Sanders’ efforts to create Medicare for All in the US.

I lived in France which has had health care for all its people for many years. This meant that when I suffered a serious medical condition and was sent to the hospital where I had two surgeries and was kept there for two months, the bill was what a weekend in the hospital in this country would have cost.

Furthermore, the surgeon who operated on me was the acknowledged best in the world for that kind of procedure.

The Unites States is very much out of line with the rest of the developed world in the matter of health care. Some people in the US have excellent health care, but there are many who have no health care and many other people with little health care as well as those unable to afford what health care would be available to them.

I do not know how to go about changing this situation and bringing the US in line with France and other countries with health care for all.  If anyone has ideas please share them.


Wednesday, September 13th, 2017







People Fleeing Irma

Below is a link to an article about the failure of preparation for a hurricane such as Irma.

I was especially struck by this:

“Certain basic actions must be taken. Those who have been impacted by Harvey and now Irma must be made whole through a massive social effort to rebuild quality and safe housing. Everyone has a right to a secure home, not open to the elements like those currently suffering in Florida in mobile structures.

“A multi-trillion-dollar public works program is necessary to modernize and develop social infrastructure, including water systems, power grids, bridges, roads and transportation networks. High-quality public transportation is needed not only for the every-day requirements of modern life, but is critical in emergency situations. Plans must be developed in all disaster-prone areas to provide free transportation and emergency housing to all who need it.”

I agree that those actions are necessary, but fear they will not be realized.   Nor do I know how I can help bring these actions about.


Friday, September 8th, 2017

“The Lofoten Declaration, named for an archipelago in Norway where drilling by the oil industry has been successfully blocked by environmental groups, demands ‘unprecedented action to avoid the worst consequences of our dependence on oil, coal, and gas.’  The document notes that new oil and gas exploration and production are ‘incompatible with limiting global warming to well below 2ºC,’ the stated goal of the Paris climate agreement of 2016 and that countries that do not embrace clean energy will soon be left behind …”

Read more about this at:

I worry that the United States is being left behind, as I see precious little effort to eliminate fossil fuels here. Indeed, as I look out my window in New York City, I see many automobiles, virtually none of which are powered by anything but fossil fuels.

What can we do about this?  I don’t know how to begin to confront this problem that may mean very grave dangers for human life in this city, this country, and on this planet.


Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Hurricane Irma, “the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded” is devastating the Caribbean as I write.

“Fueled by warm ocean waters and fulfilling some of the most ominous predictions from climate scientists who warned that powerful storms would occur with increasing frequency and intensity, a “ferocious” Hurricane Irma slammed into the islands of Barbuda and Antigua early Wednesday morning as the most powerful Category 5 hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.”  From Common Dreams, 6 September 2017

Global warming is real and very frightening to me.  As I have written in previous posts lately, weather here in New York City is significantly warmer than it was 40 years ago.  And these fierce storms in the Caribbean are even more disastrous than anything we have seen here, so far at least.

It frightens me to see so little response to these changes.  We could, as Paris has done (not for climate reasons so far as I know, however) ban automobile traffic in parts or all of our major cities.  We have excellent public transportation here in New York, but many people still drive their cars.  Worse perhaps, the number of taxis in this city is astronomical.

I do think that there may be some fewer automobiles here than forty years ago and fewer than in the rest of the country.  I read that in 2015 there were only about 0.6 vehicles for every household in New York City — the least of any city nationally.

Even so, why should there be any cars?  When will we make steps toward preserving our planet? Will the Earth be habitable for my great grandchildren?