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December 17, 2019
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2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          COP 25: The Biggest Cop-Out Yet



We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office, THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, FROM NOON TO 1:00 PM (and most subsequent Thursdays until Peace is established). Please try to join us. The temperature is predicted to be in the 40s. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

2. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)

COP 25: The Biggest Cop-Out Yet
“To rely on the wisdom of the people in power is the worst thing you can do.”
—Howard Zinn

“And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them;”
—Exodus 9:12 (KJV)

“Those who reject Our Signs are deaf and dumb,- in the midst of darkness profound: whom Allah willeth, He leaveth to wander: whom He willeth, He placeth on the Way that is Straight. ... We afflicted the nations with suffering and adversity, that they might learn humility. When the suffering reached them from us, why then did they not learn humility? On the contrary their hearts became hardened, and Satan made their (sinful) acts seem alluring to them.”
—The Holy Qur'an 6:39-43 (translation of meaning by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)

There have been signs galore: drought, heat, fire, flood, cyclones, bark beetles — to mention just a few that relate to Climate Change. The entire continent of Australia is burning up before our very eyes. Glaciers and polar ice melt away as we stand transfixed. Islands and coastal plains sink into the sea. Productive land turns to desert. Crops fail and people wander in search of new lands, only to have their children torn from them and put in cages as if they were wild animals.
“Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.”
1/2 million came to Madrid with dire warnings and spake unto the modern-day Pharaohs as Moses and Aaron spake unto Pharaoh of old. And like Pharaoh of old, the modern-day Pharaohs hardened their hearts and hearkened not unto them, turning them out into the cold. Surely, these modern-day Pharaohs are deaf and dumb and have been left to wander blindly in their arrogance. Surely, their fate will be similar to that of Pharaoh of old.

On a somewhat less biblical level: COP 25 was a step backwards. Nobody agreed to do anything meaningful. The wealthy who are most responsible for Climate Change again turned their backs on the worst afflicted; and the Earth groans under the weight of the arrogant.

And they continue to fill the atmosphere with Greenhouse Gases; and the Earth continues to warm; and extreme weather and devastation are the lot of the people.


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