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Your Fate is Tied to Earth’s Water Systems. Here’s Why.

Most people know that water covers 70% of our planet. Over 96% of that water is the salty water of our oceans, and that is the water that creates half the oxygen we breathe.

It’s also the water that absorbs the carbon dioxide we generate, provides a sixth of the protein we eat, and an innumerable number of the ingredients that make up the medicines we use to fight cancer, arthritis, heart disease, and more. So let’s start there.

1- Oceans contain between 50 and 80% of all life on earth, including our oldest and strangest species, most of which still remain undiscovered by humans. In fact, it’s estimated that we’ve only explored 5% of those species, with over 91% remaining unnamed.

2- The oceans regulate our temperature and influence the weather, by absorbing 50% more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere, and transporting heat from the equator to the poles.

3- 50% of the oxygen we depend on is produced by the tiniest ocean plants: phytoplankton. These plants are the biggest biomass on earth and the base of the marine food chain.

4- The warming of the oceans means more of the carbon dioxide is dissolved in them, which makes it more acidic. This drastically alters the ocean food chain, affecting everything in it and in turn, everything we obtain from it.

Watch this beautiful clip from Blue Planet II: The Prequel, to fully dive deep into what this means:

How did that feel? Did you get goosebumps?

Okay, next: Our salty seas make up most of earth’s water, but what about what we use to drink, bathe, and sustain our agriculture? That burden falls on freshwater, which makes up only 3% of the water on our planet.

1- Two thirds of that freshwater is inaccessible, frozen in glaciers or otherwise beyond our reach. But all this freshwater is a rich habitat and ecosystem teeming with life. It’s made up of what falls from rain and becomes lakes, rivers, streams and water stored in the ground, supporting more than 100,000 species.

2- Freshwater is also one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world because of human impact. Freshwater species declined 76% between 1970 and 2010, faster than species on earth or in the sea.

3- Of the world’s 177 longest rivers, less than 70 are free of human obstructions such as dams, and since 1900, more than half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared due to development and poor management. These wetlands are the earth’s kidney’s, cleansing water of chemicals and other pollutants. As they disappear, humans and other species are put at risk.

4- Most of our freshwater, approximately 70%, is used in agriculture, with a massive proportion of this allocated to rice, cotton and sugar crops.

Note 1: Mind you that multinationals have acquired rights to monopolize many sources of fresh water, denying local people access to even drinking water.

Note 2: It is the thousands of dams that each country is erecting on major and minor rivers that are exacerbating the dry climate and frequent sand storms in many countries: The wet lands have been diminishing dramatically in order to pump water to urban centers.

Note 3: More energy is diverted to bumping water to higher level villages and town for diminishing efficiency for the usage of drinking water.

Note 4: Turkey has been focused on increasing the number of its dams on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in order to use its surplus water as political pressure on surrounding countries like Iraq and Syria, by denying them the natural quota of available water to each country.

Want to understand more about what water shortage means for our environment? Read this:

Ready to know what you can do about the threats to our ocean and water resources overall? Check out these two recent blogs:

Need some more water-related facts? This is for you!

That’s all folks. I hope the world of water is starting to feel like your friend. It needs your help, and you are POWERFUL. Let us know what changes you’ve made in your life to protect it. Write them in the comments!


 Media conglomerates owned by multinationals:
What freedom of expressions are we talking about?
Their means to kill any form of media independence
Médias: oligarchs go shopping

Today, RSF is publishing a report on the growing stranglehold of a few businessmen on media outlets all over the world. The word “oligarchs” adequately describes those who purchase newspapers, magazines and TV channels on a global scale.

China, France, Russia, even the US – no country, no continent can escape the insatiable appetite of these media moguls, many of whom regularly use their media purchases to serve their economic and political interests.

Discover RSF’s uncompromising report today, share our campaign photos on social media and join RSF’s fight for the freedom and independence of information.

Capitalism redefines Time; (Mar. 21, 2010)

            The dividing line between present and future is invisible for the capitalist spirit: the past is passive and inefficacious to revert to and the future is mobile and evolving.  I saw an old American movie a couple days ago: a customer is checking a Cadillac and asks the salesman: “Is it this year model?” and the dealer to reply: “This is next year model you are sitting in”

            Capitalism captured the western cultural guiding rod in the last century: Time was no longer the enemy to mankind and time should be considered as the main dependent variable when studying nature, life, evolution, and development while space, temperature, climate, and the multitude of other independent factors were meant to explaining time. Time (and what correspond to time such as speed, rate, and turnover) is a directive God, the one notion that essentially defines all the other phenomena in the universe. Time and timeline are the measuring guideline to all human activities: work, distances, history, space, production, marketing, investment, liquidity, and budget. All other societies had to keep up with capitalism rhythm of what became the standard terminology and behavioral routines.

            Power is no longer essentially related to borders, raw materials, dimensions of a nation, or even larger armies.  Power is rate of return, turnover rate, and quickness in planning and starting production; power is quickness in distribution and consumption, quickness in gathering information and timely intelligence, quickness in analyzing and interpreting data, and quickness in relaying and disseminating information and intelligence.  Power is how Time is tamed and used as the most potent ally and tool.  Power is how to discover the best method to control and manage Time.

            Oil, as a raw material, is no longer an intrinsic power; the value of oil is how quickly deposits are located, excavated, drilled, produced, refined, distributed, and consumed. Geopolitics, as a political power status, has changed its laws into chrono-politics for the flow of signals, dissemination of intelligence, and turnover of fundamental research into applied sciences.

            Multinationals that represent the spirit of capitalism have tamed the most potent power tool: Time.  Multinationals have set the rules of the game on how to compute, evaluate, account, and transform liquidity into ready investment; on how to change the concept of interest to periods of computing it; on how profit is defined as turnover rate of products and services.  Multinationals have set the rules of how to do business, how to think business, and how to dominate with other people’s money and raw materials.

            You cannot fight and win an enemy who adopted and tamed Time as its ultimate potent God while your arsenal is still limited to inert space and your notion of time is reversed toward the dead past, a past that is incorrectly read and synthesized.

            It does not mean that capitalism cannot be defeated the way it is practiced as rules of the game but in the first phase you need to get trained to capitalism efficacious arsenal and then insert other dimensions to reform and transform the current ideology of capitalism. The new civilization capable to counter the enemy has to work toward a more viable quality of life such as earth sustainable ethics, eco-ethics, quality time to knowing yourself, quality time to listen intently to your communicator, quality time to focus on reading books relevant to man emotional development, and respect of the ancestors. 

            Most important to countering the enemy is learning to reserve peaceful time to reading the past without the need to superimpose your current obsessions and difficulties in order to interpret the past correctly and not tend to finding mythical solutions in the past that do not correspond to current realities:  the fainting fits in reviewing the past is one of the magical behaviors because we mostly fail to read correctly our traditions and history. In order to endeavor reading the past we first must feel comfortable and well rooted in our present. It is important to read the past as a hobby in hours of distractions; otherwise, we end up projecting our current problems on ancient texts  which distort proper focus on the initial content and context of the texts.  I am reminded of a saying by Teddy Goldsmith (1928-2009): “We can destroy Earth without violating a single law: it is illegal to protect nature!”

Note: I extracted this notion from the French book of Fatema Mernissi “The political Harem”.  Mernissi relied on the Moroccan author Mohammad Jaberi’s “We and our heritage” who criticized Moslem societies and imputed to the Western civilization the potent usage of time as its directive for modernization.  I thought to redirect the topic to a more specific ideological/economics concept that is more adequate to describing the trend in the last century since Western nations were very much attached to nationalism and still are in many instances.

“Black skin, white mask” by Frantz Fanon (1925-61)

Decolonization process affects the individual and modifies him fundamentally: it transforms crushed and unessential spectators into privilege actors.

Decolonization introduces a proper rhythm to the newly created man, to the new languages, and a newer humanity.  Man is liberated through the process and demands revisiting a set of questions in the integrally of the new situation: The damned spectators in the last rows want to edge to the first rows and then become full actors on the scene.

The damned of the earth want to smash the tribal and clannish conditions that colonial powers maintained to divide and subjugate.

This kind of violence is a de-intoxicating phase to get rid of the inferiority complex.  This initial violence tends to unify the damned of the earth toward national unity regardless of tribal and sectarian roots.

Thus, this violence has no pity to reactionary forces that struggle to maintain colonial statue-quo.

The damned needs the post colonial violence to re-gaining self-esteem: he wants to believe that success was the work of all the damned, even if not a single shot was fired in many decolonization conditions.

The damned is elevated to the rank of leader and refuses to confirm any single person as the “liberator”, simply because he wants to understand everything and then to decide on every issue.

The conscience of the damned, illuminated by violence, does rebel against any sort of pacification program. The de-colonized damned of the earth intend to demand from the colonial powers to rehabilitate man, his dignity, and his human rights. (1961)”

Frantz Fanon (1925-61) was born in French Martinique Island and died of cancer at the Bethesda hospital in Washington DC. He was buried, according to his will, in Algeria where he practiced as psychiatrist for four years (1954-57).  Algeria acquired its independence the following year to Fanon’s death.

Fanon was engaged in the French Liberation Army in 1943 and received the war medal in 1945. He then studied psychiatry in Lyon and he adopted the vision of his mentor Francois Tosquelles (1912-94) that says that hospital should be the center of unifying the sick, nurses, and physicians for the sole objective of rehabilitating and re-inserting the sick to normal society.

Frantz was incensed to witnessing Creole people (mixed blood) in French colonies trying to behave as class apart of blacks and be accepted as white to the heavy price of deep amputation in their heritage and culture.

Thus, Fanon published in 1952 his “Black skin, white mask” which is a study of the alienation of black people whose identity is defined by the others (white prejudiced culture).

Race is a prison for black man; he is radically alienated into becoming an object.  Black man should refuse to shoulder the burden of past slavery and thrives to catch up as man among men. Nigger is not; White too is not!

Mother, look at this nigger; I am scared: he wants to eat me live.  Every white child is scared when he sees me.  When a black man shivers of cold then the kid thinks that the black man is shivering of rage. I tended to get amused first, but quickly this game turned impossible to suffer. It dawned on me that every apartheid attitude is fundamentally not based solely on color but on every culture that is different of the mainstream culture. (1952)”

Note: Fifty years after acquiring independence, most African States have reverted to tribalism and religious antagonism.  The colonial and imperial powers have been at it indirectly: the enemy is not that obvious, because black foremen and black intellectual are doing the maligning and the work hired by multinationals that are mostly directly backed by their respective powerful governments.

Open Letter to President Obama (part 2)


Mr. President Obama, I like to remind you of my trilogy essays, published on on the current financial crisis and economical meltdown which are: The Manifesto of the American people for the 21st century (October 6, 2008), Wall Street Multinationals milking the cows (October 11, 2008), and What resolutions in the aftermath of the crash of Wall Street?!  (October 7, 2008).  I will do my best to abridge these essays into a compact story.


The American financial multinationals and many European affiliates forecasted the financial crash coming in the speed of a bullet train since before 1999.  They forestalled the inevitable but aggravating the situation in conquering the world financial markets. Do you remember that in 1999 the financial multinationals asked the US government and Congress to pass a revised law of 1933 (that was meant to regulate the stock market after the crash of 1929) that allowed commercial banks to switch to investment banking with much looser accounting and regulatory rules?  Well, many multinational commercial banks jumped to the opportunity that suited their pleasures according to the development of the markets worldwide under the code name “Free Trade Agreement”. 

It is then that the US multinationals, in tandem with the US Administration, knew that in order to conquer the world financially they would ultimately pay a price but they figured that it wouldn’t be that expensive financially to the US treasury since all the stock markets would be linked and sharing in the risks.  The political fallouts were certainly discussed but not seriously enough to contemplate the possibility of a drastic angry popular backlash and an eventual change in the capitalist system. 

 The multinationals foresaw the catastrophe but they wanted first to milk the cows in the Asian markets and the petrodollar sovereign funds of the oil producing countries.  They figured that, in due time, when the free non-regulated financial system fails then the other developed and rich States would participate in the bail out.  Fundamentally, if you do the math then you will discover that the swindled profit that the multinationals generated during a decade correspond to the long term bail out funds that Europe, Asia and the petrodollars countries would pay from their citizens tax money to bail out their failing institutions in order to stabilize the markets; a process that should be taking quite a long time.  I suggest that you start adding all the money shelled out by the world States and also include what the US government contributed since 1999 and you would get the general figure of the astronomical super highway robbery of the century.


 Congress passed a monstrous bailout package where the white bosses are not to be prosecuted! Everyone is a sucker once in his life but in capitalist America the odds of repeat “suckered ness” is very high and the plain American citizen is the most prone to fall frequently in these easy to play games of stock gimmicks. Well, all you need is a computer hooked to internet and plenty of happy satisfied greed stories propagated in all the media!  If you have noticed that the most recurring remedy of the talking heads is to regain “trust” in the financial market system!  Yes, trusting multinational professional embezzlers is a sure way to stabilize your life saving balance to zero dollars.

Now the US government wants the world citizens of tax payers to share in the resolution of world financial stability! Why? Is it so that the few hundreds of billionaires and the select classes of capitalists around the world may maintain their high life style? Have we reached a new phase of world class capitalism versus the other hard working nationals who have the job of adding values to the economies?


We all know by now that the September 11, 2001 attack on the Twin Towers and its consequences in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Moslem World in general were the events of the decade.  We do feel deep in our guts that the fall of Wall Street and its results would be the events of the century.  The fall of the last bastion of unbridled capitalism is shaking the World economy and sending strong Tsunami waves to the global finance and investment institutions all around.  The US Federal government is nationalizing the major failing commercial banks but why should it bail out investment banks which are the foundation and symbol of greedy capitalism?  I am curious; what organizations are behind Goldman & Sacks and G.P. Morgan to obtain formal nomination of the US Federal government for the nationalization process? 

            It is well documented that minor cataclysms generate abundance of investigation and then public coverage but the coverage of seismic cataclysms, that are financial in nature, are relegated to professional manuscripts that the general public would not touch with a long pole.  Did anyone read any serious coverage of the financial repercussions of the September 11 nightmare or the bankruptcy of the energy giant ENRON?  If anyone, so far, comprehend the causes of the fall of Wall Street then please disseminate your knowledge profusely and immediately.  One hint though; follows the money trails and you will catch the head criminals.  Astute Warren Buffet has already invested 5 billions in Goldman & Sacks or 10% of the shares; thus, this is a strong lead to follow.  The most direct way for grabbing significant threads is by investigating Vice President Cheney and his inner circle; they were fundamentally following orders of the malefic financial giant organizations that are behind the turmoil of this decade.

              I wonder though why the fall of Wall Street happened when the last bastions of communism (China) definitely shifted gears to participate in the new world economic order!  The fall of Wall Street should have taken place shortly after September 11, 2001.  The invasion of poor Afghanistan was not credible to infuse over 3 trillion dollars into the already failing financial institutions in the USA through fraud and the scapegoat of a major war against “terrorism”. The Bush Administration and the behind the scene nefarious financial organizations needed to invade rich Iraq and blackmail the neighboring tiny Arab Emirate States to redirect the swindle on the largest scale through front re-construction companies such as Bechtel and Halliburton and others private security companies.  The Iraqi war could not cost that much money and certainly the Iraqi people didn’t notice any beneficial change in their daily lives for six years and they are much worse everyday.  Obviously, the US government needed a high strategic excuse for its campaign in Iraq: basically to blackmail mighty China via oil distribution!

            This gimmick of infusing another 700 billion dollars from the US citizens taxes is basically one of the last payments of the Federal government to the financial mega mafias.  They say that everything is politics; this is not true in capitalist systems: political structures are fundamentally legal front for the mega financial mafias to bleed dry the citizens. I urge the US citizens not to wait and see!  If you do not do your homework now and then actively revisit the US political structures then the same cycle would recur at a nastier magnitude.

Many contradictory economics school of sciences that earned Nobel Prices tried to interpret a few of Adam Smith’s economic principles and his metaphor of the invisible hand guiding prosperous Nations’ economies.  Capitalists have usurped Adam Smith’s economic principles as their system guideline to cheat out their countrymen of their life savings.

Adam Smith stated that individuals have the tendencies to invest whatever capital they own within the areas of their residence so that they could have better control over their business because they know the people they can trust and the environment that can use their skills and products and the functioning of the legal system. This process of increasing the added value of their businesses in the local commerce or inner commerce is like “an invisible hand” at work for increasing the wealth of the whole economy.  When the State risks to orient or guide an individual or moms and pops family businesses in the manner of investing his capital it is meddling in pointless exercises since the investor is better positioned to know the kinds of activities he is fit to undertake.  How Smith’s explanations for a strong economy could ever be matched with the principles of these mega businesses that nobody even know the behind the scene power manipulators?

In order to keep in the spirit of Adam Smith the commercial banks and even the investment banks under stricter regulations and accounting should get to know the businesses they are lending to, the people, the environment and the legal system of the States they are doing business in.  Hiring just banking and finance graduates would not cut it: knowing the businesses that add values requires various experts on the field.  For example, it is not specific enough for a bank to be specialized in the agriculture domain; it has to state in which products it is specialized in.  Knowing the business unit of a borrower, in and out, is the main guide to adding value to national economies.  The smaller, more localized and specialized the commercial banks the more secure are the investments.  This free world finance investment scheme is caput and makes no sense; it needed only a decade to prove its embezzlement objectives.


Maybe the immediate problems of climatic changes would usurp the primordial rank of the fall of Wall Street for dire consequences in the next decade; and maybe the next US Administration might decides to lead the environmental remedies in a political gimmick to redirecting the attention of its public away from this major handicap. The focus on the environment might generate the necessary good will for behavioral change and away from this “stupid consumerism growth” ideology.

Are you hopeful that the temporary fall of greedy capitalism might enhance a revival for the environment?  Don’t count on it.  Only a serious movement to restructure the actual US political system with serious independent institutions invested with the authorities to control and monitor and investigate the so-called check and balance porous institutions might offer a glimpse to the light at the end of the tunnel.  Once this mass movement is on the march then the rest of the world will back it with all its might to save this one Earth and its 8 billions inhabitants.

I sincerely expect the Chinese people to revisit their economic policies and the untenable export growth trend.  I expect the huge continents of India, Brazil, Russia and the European Union to get the message of the pitfalls of an uncontrolled capitalist system and sever the cozy relations between their political structure and financial institutions.




January 2023

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