So far I'm counting exactly ONE climate change protester
And here he is, everyone: Lee Camp, with his report on the California fires:
Never speaking the words “climate change” while whole towns literally go up in flames is like covering the drowning death of someone and never mentioning he was being waterboarded at the time. The real cause of these fires is at least half the story, if not more.
So there's a target of your protests: the mass media. They suck. Let's nationalize their butts, so the US can have its own BBC and its BBC can tell the truth.
If anyone here is asking about the seriousness of it all, here's the updated Vox report: "Northern California still has dangerous air quality due to wildfire smoke." See that red area? People are hurting there. The rich ones are trying to escape; everyone else just suffers. And this crap has been going on for more than a week now. I saw three days of it in Berkeley; as I drove south trying to get out of it, I wondered if California were not a total loss. Currently I am in southern California, where I don't want to be, and I'm waiting the air to get better up North. Hopefully Santa Cruz will be nicer by Friday, after a couple of days' rain; Berkeley by Saturday I hope. Gah.
If you want to see body-count-type drama, check out this piece. Paradise, California, the most prominent of the towns in the fire's path, was this nice little real estate boondoggle where they sold a bunch of homes in a tinderbox to retired people and failed to provide an adequate escape route should the whole thing burn down. And, sure enough, the whole thing did burn down. Oh and if worse comes to worse the nice capitalists in power are assuring the stockholders that PG & E, the entity probably responsible for the Camp Fire, will not go bankrupt. Save the corporations and let the human beings die, again. When do the huddled masses yearning to breathe free (and yeah emphasis upon "breathe" here) get tired of this? Meanwhile among the survivors we've got little acts of triage at the Chico, CA WalMart parking lot.
Oh yeah, and there's that other tinderbox out toward Malibu. More later.
Which brings me to the ultimate cause of our misery: capitalism. We now have a society which desperately needs an alternative to capitalist social organization but in which the alternative to capitalism is proclaimed as "revolution" by a few sectarians loyal to Bob Avakian or whomever. If anything we can have more imagination about what comes after capitalism, rather than just waiting for the big one. Isn't that what that John Lennon song, "Imagine," was supposed to be about? Imagine all the people, sharing all the world? Or at least imagine everyone up in arms while PG & E gets away with murder?