Trump As the “Destroyer of Worlds”

On reflection of the first detonation of an atomic bomb at New Mexico in 1945, the then head of the Los Alamos Lab, J. Robert Oppenheimer, remarked that this event brought a passage from Hindu scripture to mind, "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." Today, In an interview regarding North Korea, Trump remarked that if North Korea continues missile launches it will see fire and fury from the United States. Such rhetoric can only escalate a volatile situation putting people across national borders at risk.

As if this doesn't pose enough risk to humanity there is his failure to address climate change, in fact, promoting policies that will speed it up. A draft Federal climate change report made available by the Internet Archive and reported by the New York Times is awaiting approval by the Administration. The report presents detailed data showing that the average U.S. temperature has risen rapidly since 1980 and recent decades have been the warmest in the past 1500 years.

The most vulnerable and first to die as a result of climate change will be the poor in undeveloped nations. Eventually, all will suffer as global populations plummet.

This is not an issue of liberal versus conservative, it is an issue of the survival or non-survival of our children and subsequent generations.

The Day After . . . in Rochester, NY

Cities across the country held rallies today in opposition to the incoming presidential administration. About 2,000 turned out in Washington Square img_4059Park with signs showing their concerns for social issues they see as threatened under Trump.

The underlying issue is the growing inequality across industrialized countries and the failure of governments to more evenly distribute the “shrinking pie”, due to labor-saving technologies, declining resources, and climate change.

You can see more photos of the day at my online gallery.

Please share your thoughts during this historical time.