I am not a professed Gorist, follower and worshipper of the great omnipotent Albert A. Gore, but I do greatly respect the man when I find myself in boI am not a professed Gorist, follower and worshipper of the great omnipotent Albert A. Gore, but I do greatly respect the man when I find myself in bouts of regret over my socialist liberal bourgeoisie abandonment. I listened on audiobook, like a daughter read to sleep by her Dad. I take comfort in his words and their insight, but they do not fuel action. For that I am dissapointed....more
Pretty simple. You must be some sort of religious wacko fringe nutjob (or a criminal) if you think a cashless society is the end of freedom. Sadly soPretty simple. You must be some sort of religious wacko fringe nutjob (or a criminal) if you think a cashless society is the end of freedom. Sadly so few have a firm grasp of the entirety of human history that they don't even realize that our way of life today, this military industrial complex, is a very new thing and his argument holds no water. The majority of human history was spent as hunters/gatherers where all monetary systems were irrelevant. This becomes new information to readers along with all other tidbits he provides. And even at the cradle of civilization to now, which makes only the last 5%, the beginnings of the domestication of animals and putting seed to soil, the majority of us thought nothing of sharing our food with the minority of politicians, priests, guards and militia that ran our governments and kept us safer, mentally, physically & spiritually so. Then came industry. Like the length of the MMA Sport promising to give us a "no holds barred option," but instead it comes around flipping over all our cultural norms since the beginning of time, like the biological need for mothers to be mothers, the respect & honor once held with such a position and men required to be actual men, the single breadwinners of a nuclear family household, to love through protection and fulfilling needs. Although a single world government is inevitable just like the morphication of one slave economy for another, we can decide what kind of new system we will have. Designing systems that do not even anticipate the possibility of new infinite energies and create the necessity of "have & have nots" is a bit of a problem. Unfortunately the big picture is not addressed here. Just old arguments by new robots shooting the crap in Starbucks. Next!...more
Obviously this is written by someone who barely passed Econ 101 or Media/Marketing History core coursework for his bach's degree. Its a shame that soObviously this is written by someone who barely passed Econ 101 or Media/Marketing History core coursework for his bach's degree. Its a shame that so few journalist today have received a decent classical education in order to understand what is research, what is analysis and what is valuable literature. I almost expect to find a "free" copy of this book in the waiting room when I go in for my very costly root canal. This book tries to convince you not to fear the free. If you just came off reading Shell's Cheap as I have then thats not possible. You know that free always cost someone, just not someone you particularly care about living often on the other side of the planet. Read the Moneyless Manifesto and at least its the sort of free towards things that can have meaning like food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and education. Save your time and instead take your grandmother to the movies or treat her to dinner. At least she can share what the Great Depression was like. p.s. And the digital copy blows....more
The politically liberal democratic capitalist seems to think that a certain level of social inequality can be tolerated. That it is simply a matter ofThe politically liberal democratic capitalist seems to think that a certain level of social inequality can be tolerated. That it is simply a matter of begining the discussion as to the range of wealth acceptable that the heart of the issue may be addressed. For a slave to the monetary system, may it be the zeroth class in their morgan's paradox or the peasants of which make the majority, can withstand from rioting to an extent that is reasonable. Can the 1% still afford a second G5 airplane when the milleage is overrun or the helipad requires maitenance? Can the peasant afford to at least eat or choose between perscriptions or food, rent or car insurance at their leisure? If these standards are in place, no one shall have any qualms, correct? For anyone to even suggest to this breed of human, this liberal democratic capitalist that there is anything wrong with capitalism is by definition socialist, which is an act of treason against the American way. Meanwhile, as they fight for lesser corporate welfare, they seem to think greater social welfare is and always will be the answer. As a whole, humans can't help but reminisce of a "simpler time" or the "good old days", some period of history that their blind naivete allowed some sort of rose colored perspective on a specific era of which they loudly proclaim if we just returned to we would be quite fine. Reich's favorite time is "The age of prosperity." Excuse me, but who determined that capitalism was inherentently a national trait? I was under the impression that freedom and democracy for all and not a select few was the foundation of which we professed publically as our nation's mission statement. Whether the founding fathers benefitted from propagating this belief while simultaneously creating a new aristocracy in the "no holds barred" recently independent nation of the United States of America, well that's a whole other matter in itself. Meanwhile the conservative republican capitalist, the douchebag, the tea bagger, the gun totting, animal abusing, war mongering guy with the corporate lobbying, gay bashing and women's rights squashing, well they are the enemy to humanity right? They are the ones who want to limit government bureacracy, who hinder government being fully capable of creating a fair and balance economic system. They are the ones that believe to the core that governement assistance of any kind to tip the scales back to a decent and humane system by taxing the crap out of the rich is simple un-American.
What a sack..... really. The first person, this conservative republican capitalist, the douchebag, the tea bagger, the very first person to tell me to get government aid for food, for shelter, for my electric bills and for even care of my dog will always be my conservative friends and family. They are the ones who suggest I drive on state & federally maintained roads, picnic in public parks, utilize public bathrooms, borrow books from public libraries and get kids involved in public school sports. They are also the same people who are quick at the draw to call the fire department, the police department, the health department, the e.p.a. and any other government inspectors if they are too ignorant to understand what I'm doing on my private property. No, they love the government more than anyone. They just don't want to pay for it. They rather bomb the crap out of some third world nation and steal it. Very American of them I might add.
This politically liberal democratic capitalist, this bleeding heart/mental masterbating jerk-off needs their archvillain heartless/brain dead neo-conservative/libratarian counterpart. It's in this game of good cop, bad cop, that they can further their obviously inherantly flawed capitalist system right into the ground, with all of America going down with the ship.
Unlike both parties around me who just love to categorize, objectify, blame and exploit those around them that are different, I am a firm believer that you should never ridicule nor criticize what one cannot change. Stephen Hawkings cannot help that he can't put on his own darn pants no more than Robert Reich can help that a trip to the supermarket probably requires a tall man's assistance. "Can you grab that box of cereal over there?" But capitalism is not something we are born into that we are stuck with. We don't have to keep beating this dead horse. ...more
I live in a cabin that is part of the small spaces movement for those committed to downsizing and living sustainably with the least impact on the enviI live in a cabin that is part of the small spaces movement for those committed to downsizing and living sustainably with the least impact on the environment as possible. That translates to the kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom all occupying the same space. I know a thing or two about managing space and a great deal more about cooking in such a cramped spot. That said, as innovative as my husband &I can be, I'm always on the lookout for another perspective because I'm certain there's always more to learn. This book is a waste of print and could be summed up in an article that really points out what complete imbeciles people in industrialized nations really are. In developing nations where a family of eight may be found living in what amounts to an American's backyard shed with no electricity and no indoor plumbing would have more to teach you than this uppity new money elitist. What total trash. Some of his recipes actually say "just follow the directions on the can/box." I'm not kidding! I tried to look at it from the perspective of a college student who knows only how to make an omelette or a bowl of pasta or a bachelor moving into his first studio apartment, but even in those situations, his advice is more hazardous than helpful. What I expected was a bunch of recipes akin to intensive gardening, ways to maximize the concentration of effort, space and time. I was hoping for instructions on how to say..... use one pan or pot to make three separate dishes from cold to hot accordingly. Or how about the best ways to immediately clean dishes to eliminate buildup. Of all the trashy out of can or box "recipes" he presents, he never even suggests using paper plates to eliminate dishes, how best to store & clean silverware quickly, or cheap, easy & non-toxic cleaning products that you can make yourself and save on laundering a soon to be mounting stack of dish rags otherwise. The absolutely worse part is his obsession with lining every pot, pan and casserole dish with foil for "quick cleanup." His throwaway mentality goes even into what he considers guilt free Tupperware because its the kind thats cheap so you can buy it and just throw it away rather than clean it. He fosters really bad habits both in waste management and meals with heavy unhealthy fats. You want your small kitchen not to cramp your style? Get organized, minimized, multifunctional and multitasked. Don't stress. Plan ahead. Be an opportunist. Roll with it and enjoy what you have. There's so many people who's kitchen consists of a 3 quart pot, a spoon and a hot plate and they still manage to make things ever so delicious. What's your excuse?...more
I used to think that people would never destroy their home (earth) intentionally knowing quite well their children and children's children would be faI used to think that people would never destroy their home (earth) intentionally knowing quite well their children and children's children would be faced with a bleak existence. We can all agree that if we love someone we want to guarantee food, water and shelter security if we can right? Why else do we tell them to eat their vegetables, fasten their seat belts and wash their hands. Sure certain patriarchs do not care about the rest of the world, but their own kids and their kids kids? Well that just had to be another story! I am sorry to report that I personally know people who have elders who would joyfully take a kidney shortening their child's young life an additional ten to twenty years if it meant they could live another day. Our situation with the planet is no different. When you look at the world and human history it is imperative that you keep these people in mind. A schizophrenic may of invented game theory (John Nash: "fuck your buddy" principle), but we are creatures of habit and persuasion right? I had so many questions going into reading this book. Is history repeating itself? Can the collapses of previous societies provide clues to what is happening today? Are there prevailing issues that were faced by all the empires of old? What must we do in order to protect our planet and all the Earthlings that depend on it? While on the topic of America's oil reserves, I once hypothesized (during a nightlong drunken round of chess & political banter, good times) that the fall of Rome, like so many other empires was greatly tied at the very core to its mismanagement of their finite resources. I postulated that it was in their successful exploitation of the land, people & resources of conquered territories that simultaneously made their empire possible and therefore eventually impossible. I explained that they eventually hit a tipping point where overpopulation & deforestation trumped diversification of public body & the powers of agriculture. "The hand can only stretch so far when sitting down," I proclaimed as I captured white's knight. "And when people are wanting, corruption is inevitable and collapse is unavoidable." My comrades disagreed wholeheartedly. "Really?! Seriously?! Prove it! Check by the way." At the time all I had to go on was a hunch and maybe a bit of outdated material in Robert Wright's "A Short History of Progress." Ponting's book The New Green History of the World is my checkmate kiss of death. Not only have I found evidence to support my theory on the rise & fall of Rome, but so much frighteningly more about man's relationship with this planet. Fresh from reading E.O. Wilson's "The Social Conquest," remembering Eagleman's "Incognito" and mentally correlating Robert Wright's The Evolution of God, (evol bio, neuro, anthro) came to me a new & yet deeper understanding of the forced ideologies of our times. Ergo it is important to note that ideologies are stemmed & limited by our biology, our intelligence is a forced intelligence of cultural evolution and our cultural evolution is merely the product of trade of various resources; for example Mecca was a trading capital and had the greatest technological and civil advances before being compromised by a dominating religion. It just so happened to be Islam. We are experiencing the same here with Christianity. Our ideologies as Galbraith (Economist: The Affluent Society) so famously named conventional wisdoms are products of our physiological need to always place all nouns under "us versus them" inspection. It is a human trait we capitalize on at our very own demise. Our categorations allow our selfish trait to overcome our altrustic one therefore allowing the subjugations of many individuals for the profit of a few. And as Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest explains, there is a deep tie between environmentalism and human rights for that reason. Ponting is smart to avoid the issue of Corpotacracy (David Mitchell "Cloud Atlas"). The nascent of the military industrial complex, the Green Revolution and the building of a flat world (Friedman "The World is Flat") of globalization go off without a hitch. It means there's notable intentional omissions that only people educated in the order of technological discoveries in the United States would even realize were censored. It forces the individual reader to take on this incessant guilt in their individual responsibility throughout history rather than the acceptance that really smart, greedy, powerful people knew certain things and made sure to manipulate the masses accordingly even to their own demise. "So I can have more bananas now, but my great grandson may have poisoned ones? Hmm. How certain are you of this? Does he deserve a banana hand out anyway? I had to work for my bananas (not really), screw him!" What makes us civilized, the cradle of civilization does not lie in our creation of agriculture, domestication of animals or even our written word. It is in our ability to fight the temptation of present reward for later greater progress. But our reptilian brains have only evolved so much. We are asking humans to think not just of today, tomorrow and a few years down the line, but in a timeline their little brains just can't conceptualize or frankly don't care to. In the U.S., its like the doctor who forgot the hippocratic oath & votes down universal healthcare because he thinks money only motivates a doctor, the first generation Mexican American who wants to close the borders or the guy with AIDS who votes republican. People often forget their own history, rarely look past themselves and so few are really in the position to do anything anyway so they shut down. This should be required reading as much as school world maps should be changed to the Peter's Map. Our perception of our world is beyond skewed and the sad part is most of us are not to blame. We've been bought and sold so long it's all we know how to be....more
Goodreads Crack Capitalism This is so very disappointing. I had high hopes for this thesis. I wanted something that built on Galbraith's polemic AfflueGoodreads Crack Capitalism This is so very disappointing. I had high hopes for this thesis. I wanted something that built on Galbraith's polemic Affluent Society or even challenged Friedman's didactic Capitalism & Freedom with more than bold caps and exclamation points. Or it could of taken a more journalistic feel similar to Paul Hawken's deliberating Blessed Unrest or Naomi Klein's shocking Shock Doctrine. It lacked prose, fluidity, a strong underlying narrative and a convincing argument. If you got drunk at a party with one of your radical sometimes eloquent often pensive notably analytical best friend, he/she would probably have a lot to passionately say against capitalism & monetary gain, (preaching to the choir of course), but likely he would also be redundant and overly erudite in his delivery. My Best Friend has some great ideas and I love him so much for the attempt, but he still fails because he too doesn't have the answers. Like so many others who wish for a better world he believes moving backwards into time to a period they particularly liked is the answer. He simultaneously plays the nice baseball coach of social activism handing out trophies to all those looser kids saying "dont worry, you're all winners because you tried." Well I dont buy that crap one bit. Lowering your expectations is just embarassing and doesnt build confidence anyway. You cant stop this moving train, all you can do is derail it. And before we collectively take that big leap jeopardizing all our lives in an effort to stop flying into that inevitable wall down the line, we need to know where we are hoping to fall instead. Socialism failed. Communism doesn't work. Give me something else God Damnit! ...more
Goodreads Just Food four stars I applaud this book. I thought because it was a few years old it would be outdated. Much to the contrary. It is a must rGoodreads Just Food four stars I applaud this book. I thought because it was a few years old it would be outdated. Much to the contrary. It is a must read for anyone who claims to try to eat eco-responsibly. McWilliams is definitely the Skeptical Environmentalist of the food world, asking the tough questions and weighing a debate that should happen. If you did not know that the world suddenly switching to a completely organic and localized food system on a global scale would result in mass starvation, then read this book. Even if you were lucky enough to read about the Green Revolution or better yet hear about farming from the Great Depression to today from farmer Gramps himself, you are still bound to learn a great deal. Food will never be “just food.” It’s been made into a business like all things that should not be a business, like healthcare, education and the American “justice system.” As a result of being run on a capitalist system in a country plagued with oligarchy, (psst Monsanto anyone?) it’s forced to play by our rules in neo-colonialization aka globalization, pitching deals with the IMF and begging Senator Rand Paul not to pull international charitable funds. Books such as this force people to look at your collective individual responsibility and hold our nation accountable for its actions. There are no facile solutions. You can’t just buy local and have a small garden. It’s not about signing petitions against certain insecticides that hurt bees or protesting a third world nations gift of genetically modified rice. And sure you can eat less meat, but be sure to get those B12 injections. lol. The whole system must change, our system built on the finite resource of fossil fuels, before we can see some real changes, but until then, stop with all the buzz words you hipsters. I’m not buying what you’re saying, literally. ...more
What a fun book. It gives me comfort to know there are other couples out there asking themselves ways to make things themselves in a safe, environmentWhat a fun book. It gives me comfort to know there are other couples out there asking themselves ways to make things themselves in a safe, environmentally friendly, cost-effective way. It doesn't cover quite all the stuff discussed in Home Economics, but rather expounds on a new generation's concerns and puts focus back into so much stuff long forgotten. Home Economics was once said to be the backbone of Democracy because it instilled a family foundation in all matter of household living, from food preparation, to etiquette, sewing, cooking and even how to raise your children. But with the advent of the industrial military complex, the nuclear family model has dissolved, roles have been muddled and meals come from the microwaves instead of ovens. We can thank the Mad Men of the fifties and sixties for convincing us that you should be embarassed for wearing homemade clothing and should instead buy them new from corporations that ironically still make them by hand, just behind the curtain and across our seas in sweatshops. How we shouldn't fix our cars ourselves, but take them to a mechanic. And only poor people and Mexican landscapers shop at Home Depot. Can you imagine what it must of been for the first settlers here? Granted they knew how to build a home with their hands and didn't have to learn how to gather weeds and not hemlock from a book. But it must of been tough. When I decide to start making soap (last hygiene product left), I'll be able to make it in my blender with lye purchased from a store. They were out rendering fat from hogs and gathering ash from fires. Everyday is another day we as a human species fall farther and farther away from our natural evolution to a dependency on a technology that hangs in the balance. Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-technology. I just believe we should be investing in alternative resources and not sticking all our eggs in the petro oil basket. Things are getting messy. At least there's these guys. Some hope....more
This book is to undergrad econ what Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States is to U.S. History. It shares a more broad spectrum, arguing fThis book is to undergrad econ what Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States is to U.S. History. It shares a more broad spectrum, arguing for what is not always a minority perspective rather what viewpoint is discarded by the corporations that write our textbooks. Having read Wendell Berry's Home Economics prior to this economic education, I now understand its neoclassical definition rather than Berry's linguistic one. I love economics and the art of its rhetoric. I remember my confusion as a verdant college freshman on my first day of Econ101, listening intently as the professor explained what would generally be covered in the course. (I was disgusted by the lack of a submitted syllabus. That may of set my mood). It became plain to me that this "science" worked in a vacuum, void of the many variables referred to as irrelevant externalities that obviously affect the outcomes of these trusted models as he forced us to believe certain value judgements on page one while simultaneously denying they even existed therefore lacking all objectivity. When I humbly inquired the reasons for its selective memory, I was condescendingly admonished and never even given an actual answer. Dissatisfied by the Professor's response, I quietly gathered my things as nearby students looked on nonplussed. "I refuse to be institutionalized." I whispered and walked out. Finally a book that exclaims I am not crazy to disagree with John Nash's Game Theory norm....more
The premise sounded interesting enough. And when I learned this professor of behavioral economics was also a researcher for the Fed, (Translation: He'The premise sounded interesting enough. And when I learned this professor of behavioral economics was also a researcher for the Fed, (Translation: He's paid to promote personal failure = personal responsibilty and that capitalism is good for all because the Fed pays me to say so.) I anticipated a very Game Theorist/Freakonomics rhetoric. Benefit of doubt left me undeterred. With discernment, even truth can be discovered amidst lies. I opened to the introduction and read a list of what are obviously rhetorical questions presented to an illiterate non-analytical reader, who before him, unequivocally never fully pondered the likes of these "deep behavioral issues." And then he follows up with arrogantly promosing the reader that by the end of this book "you'll know" obviously with dismissive authority of a fundamentalist zealot "the answers to these questions and many other questions that have implications for your personal life, for your business life, and for the way you look at the world."
Wow, I'm sorry, is this a self-help book? Did I stumble into the land of life coaches who present their own ideology and claim prosperity in following their way, truth and life?
"Understanding the impact of the Ten Commandments in curbing dishonesty might help prevent the next Enron-like fraud."
That doubtfuls in Biblical proportions.
Grab up a sample & refer to the Intro.
Rhetorical Question #1 Answer: From childhood throughout our lives, we are constantly inundated with commercials and advertisements (as well as drugs within our foods) to help you salivate over the most unhealthy foods. And while empty of nuition these foods are, our body's biological need for actual nutrition tricks us into begging for more. On the other hand, there is no cheerleaders for broccoli. There is no one insisting on a wholesome meal made from scratch. If you decide to go outside, turn on the radio, watch television or surf the web, is it really a surprise to you that you cannot keep to a diet? Refer to books Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
Rhetorical Question #2 Answer: Overconsumption is the byproduct of being part of a capitalistic society and does not advocate individuality nor personal responsibility as many economists in the Fed's pocket would like you to believe. Reference Carter's Malaise speech and you will understand the rational foresight in his words. Sustainability is the antithesis of the capitalist creed. All commercials and ads are designed to make you believe true happiness lies in you consuming the next new stupid piece of shit.
Rhetorical Question #3 Answer: Aspirin comes originally from the Bayer Co. Their first marketable product was heroine. They only vilified heroine after it was fully accessible on the black market and no longer taxable. It had nothing to do with the health and well being of U.S. Citizens. So if Bayer doesnt give a rats ass about whether you live or die, of course they would prefer you bought the more expensive version of their aspirin product. Refer to This is Your Country on Drugs by Ryan Grim
Rhetorical Question #4 Answer: There is absolutely no statistical evidence supporting a higher or lower moral aptitude as a result of religiously fundamentalist thinking. Refer to Chaper 6 & 7 of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins....more
Naomi Klein's understanding of our foreign & economic policy is akin to being an Economic Hit Man. Her on the ground experience as a journalist coNaomi Klein's understanding of our foreign & economic policy is akin to being an Economic Hit Man. Her on the ground experience as a journalist coupled with her extensive library of knowledge and unequivocally deft analysis of all this intel makes her a voice that commands you to not just sit up and listen, but to act now. Klein wants you to be disgusted by the gross injustices against our humanity and to demand the governments we pay with our taxes to respresent the people's interest and not the zeroth class minority.
For much of my education, both public and private, both conservative and liberal, like many Americans, taught me the wrongs of idealogies such as socialism, communism and various non-Christian religions. We assume that democracy is alive and well in America and can coexist in a feudal-designed market called capitalism which would further our fight for liberty and against tyranny. We also assume that capitalism has always been well embraced by the educated public and has proven to be a functionally progressive idealogy for evolved civilizations. Klein provides evidence to the contrary and we are aware now of the socialist measures that have been necessary in order to keep the capitalism ball rolling today. (Bailouts) What many of us were completely unaware of is all the torture that has gone with our marriage to capitalism, past, present and inevitably in the future if we stay the course. It's time for a divorce from this mentally, emotionally, physically and financially toxic relationship....more
If you've seen many of the pecuniary accounts of today in indie doc. then this will reflect rather redundant for u. While Huffington's Third World AmeIf you've seen many of the pecuniary accounts of today in indie doc. then this will reflect rather redundant for u. While Huffington's Third World America zeroes in on this grossly underestimated financial epidemic, here we have not only those personal accounts but also the ins and outs of how and why. Very thorough. It is expensive to be poor....more
“In the United States especially, politics and economics don’t mix well. Politicians have all sorts of reasons to pass all sorts of laws that, as well“In the United States especially, politics and economics don’t mix well. Politicians have all sorts of reasons to pass all sorts of laws that, as well-meaning as they may be, fail to account for the way real people respond to real-world incentives.”
Wow…. Either these people are extremely naïve or they are the worst of serious system junkies. If I need to sit and dissect that statement for you and all the levels of Manchurian bullshit, then there’s really no helping you. I especially despised how these two “erudite” Jews chose to open the dialogue by de-masculating the Indian culture. These two douchebags (that’s a technical term) insisted that Indian traditions were sexist (O.K. So is ours America’s and yours, Judaism get over yourself) and that Indian men have… and I’m not kidding here, they said this, “small penises.” Even if this was true, are they some sort of walking Jew stereotype or something? A disgusting hodgepodge of un-enlightening accusations and false psy-ops statistics, I am shock and appalled that this crap was published. Did you know that shark attacks are rare? They said. Really? Seriously? Who didn’t know that? That elephant attacks are more common. They said. Really? You mean attacks by land-dwelling animals are more common than water-dwelling animals? I want to shoot myself for even reading as far as I did, reading until that quote above. ...more
Loved it. But it was a big "I told you so" for me. If you're someone unfamiliar with the economic climate for the majority of Americans, this is a musLoved it. But it was a big "I told you so" for me. If you're someone unfamiliar with the economic climate for the majority of Americans, this is a must read. Unfortunely most citizens who are the most inept in this area are the ones who are so certain they know everything. Good luck with that....more
I indirectly found out about this book after watching a documentary on “The Real McCoys”, a story about a couple of married teachers from Inez, KentucI indirectly found out about this book after watching a documentary on “The Real McCoys”, a story about a couple of married teachers from Inez, Kentucky, who took to the streets to protest coal burning and mountaintop removal. Eric Reece was only a blip in passing while they were out protesting, but I caught the title of his book “Lost Mountain” and became curious. I was really taken back by Reece’s book. It was well-written, it was entertaining, it was personal, it was moving. Most importantly, it was something I could relate to on so many levels. Eastern Kentucky is not far from me and my husband often played high school football in the areas mentioned in this book. He’d seen the town of Harlan County firsthand and played against the kids of Martin County. I could understand Reece’s frustration with the Bible Belt. "It doesn't take a lot of faith to move mountains; it takes about ten men and a company called Caterpillar." explained Reece. When you’re dealing with people who do not firmly grasp the scientific evidence of the destruction of mountaintop removal because they are blinded by their immediate financial needs or even worse, their religious beliefs, it can be rather frustrating. As my husband dutifully noted, “The wealthy love religion because it tells you to accept the plights of today, submit, be subservient to those who lord their power over you and welcome the "truth" in knowing that in death you will be redeemed. People don't change, they say, don't waste your time, let God sort it out, they say, just pray for them. They tell you to never claim what is rightfully yours. They say you are entitled to nothing while they are entitled to everything.” In Reece’s own words, “The mountains of Appalachia are responsible for the illumination and air-conditioning of billions of houses, and neither the people nor the land has been properly compensated……The combination of locally owned businesses and a federally subsidized reforestation industry would go a long way to solving eastern Kentucky’s poverty, its pollution, its flooding, its mudslides, it’s drug abuse.” This book should be required reading for all the people of Kentucky, West Virginia and other areas of mountain-top removal. The fight should not be left to the hippies of San Francisco, or the lonely couple of Inez, Kentucky. How hypocritical we are, to stand and watch President Obama give money to small third world countries like Indonesia through meetings in Copenhagen to curb their carbon footprint, when the real problem is right here. ...more