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The Link: Climate Change & the US Military

Blog: Writings July 2018
In his Sept. 25, 1961, address to the U.N. General Assembly, John F. Kennedy said, “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” He was deeply concerned with international relations, nuclear weapons and the Cold War. While we have avoided nuclear war, nuclear weapons may still exterminate mankind and remain an enormous problem. What wasn’t understood in 1961 were the effects of war and militarism on the climate. Only the rarest of individuals was concerned with climate change then. Now nearly 60 years later, catastrophic climate is rapidly approaching. Clearly there can be no meaningful program to mitigate against climate change unless we end war and war preparations. The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest institutionalized consumer of fossil fuels in the world,…
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Honor Veterans By Fighting For Peace

Blog: Writings June 2018
On occasion, well-intentioned folks thank me for my service. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps from February 1965 through December 1968, so most of these folks thanking me are younger. I appreciate their good intentions, but would like them to know how veterans are really doing. About 4.9 million veterans have service-connected disabilities. These range from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to missing limbs, Agent Orange diseases, hearing loss, back pain and spinal injuries, paralysis and traumatic brain injury. The list continues. Twenty veterans commit suicide everyday. This is likely a low estimate, according to the Veterans Administration. Homelessness is experienced by many veterans, and the fastest-growing number of homeless veterans are now female. About 1.5 million veterans live below the official U.S. poverty line. Unemployment is also a common…
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ON FEEDING THE LORD’S SHEEP

Blog: Writings May 2018
On Feeding The Lord’s Sheep The Lord said to Peter, “Feed my sheep!” Christian believers are often referred too as sheep throughout the Gospels. It is Good Friday, March 30, 2018. I am standing on the road in front of the Nevada National Security Site (N2S2) . Formerly the Nevada Test Site, N2S2 is the most bombed out place on the face of the Earth. Almost one thousand nuclear bombs have been denoted here. A few minutes later, insisting on nuclear weapons abolition, 22 men and women, including myself and my friend Sheri Bauer, an attender of Albany Friends Meeting, will cross the line, waking onto N2S2 and be arrested for trespass. The Lord repeated his command to Peter three times and Peter was grieved. Feed my sheep! Theologians have…
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Women Killing On the Field of Battle: No Cause For Rejoicing

Blog: Writings May 2018
Love and pain compels this letter. Several weeks ago women were fully cleared for frontline combat. As a former Marine taught how to kill, there is little doubt in my mind that women will be highly effective in combat. I am sure they will participate with the same esprit de corps as men. The psychological techniques of conditioning now thoroughly developed and highly refined turn all but the best of us into programmed killers. And, yes, feminism works for gender equality, and a new gender equality has been achieved. “You’ve come a long way, baby,” as the expression goes. Yet author and poet Sharon Doubiago expresses a jaw-dropping and pivotal insight: “Men create war to compete with women who create life.” As a man, I doubt I can completely understand…
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