Widespread child abuse in schools?

Okay, what’s wrong with these people?  I’m talking about the folks who run many of the schools across America. I’m talking about the widespread child abuse in schools.

When I was in elementary school, I remember teachers and principles being so professional and respectable. Now, it seems that all across the world, particularly in America, things are changing. Members of the traditional authority structures like law enforcement and schools are becoming increasingly cold, callous, or in some cases, just plain nuts. Where are they getting their training? Who is behind all this madness?

Let me back up a second. Lately I’ve been seeing more and more articles and videos showing bizarre incidents of authority abuse. And I’m not just talking about little benign offences. I’m talking about scenarios that could have been scenes at Briarcliffe in season two of “American Horror Story”.

Before you watch the video below, I’d like to offer a few thoughts on this.

It is plain old common sense that love is the only true way to eliminate anger in a person’s heart. Beating a person or torturing them may calm them down for the moment, but it only does so by encasing the anger in a fortress of retaliation and escape. This seems so obvious, and yet there are those we trust with the education of our children that seem totally oblivious to this common truth.

  • How did these individuals ever graduate from their credentialing institutions?
  • How is it that their sadistic moral attitudes were not detected, or if they were, how it is they were ignored?
  • Could it be that the very foundations of the educational system is corrupted with an evil sadistic influence?

I always thought that people who went to work with special needs individuals were the cream-of-the-crop when it came to kindness and having a loving heart. The people I’ve known personally who went into this line of work always displayed a great disdain for any form of cruelty. Of course, that was at least a decade ago when I last knew a person like this. So what has happened since then where we now see:

  • Children going on mass shootings in schools
  • Teachers routinely being caught in sexual relationships with young students
  • Police increasingly treating citizens with harsh disdain, disrespect, and violence
  • Teachers who seem to enjoy man-handling or even torturing special needs students.

As I try to think of possible reasons for this sadistic behaviour from those we have traditionally trusted, one explanation sticks out more than any other. People generally need a strong love-motivated conscience in order to counteract natural selfish tendencies. When all the institutions we historically put our trust into, such as government, schools, and churches, start to crumble from moral corruption and decay, the inner voice of love-motivated conscience grows quiet.  It is then that people give in to that little “demon” voice in their head.

Wall Street is slowly waking up

In this recent Bloomberg article, author Tom Randall shows how Wall Street is slowly waking up to the idea that fossil fuels are not only bad for the earth, they’re also bad for business.  For years I’ve been asking why energy companies don’t jump onto the clean energy bandwagon more quickly.  I suppose in my naive way of optimistic thinking, I figured they would easily see the vast profit potential such a move would represent.  After all, who wouldn’t want an affordable new car that was efficient to run and didn’t pollute the planet at all?  I know I sure would.  Then again, I tend to be an early adopter when it comes to cool things like cars, computers, and high-tech juice making machines.

wall-street-board

Apparently, many investors have been thinking and talking about this track for a long time, even before Al Gore pointed out his inconvenient truths:

Environmentalists see international climate talks — which continue this week for the, ahem, nineteenth year — as key to containing climate change. But even without a sweeping agreement, the global shift toward cleaner fuels and more-efficient gadgets is under way. That’s something investors were talking about even before environmentalists like Gore came into the conversation.

I suppose it is to be expected then that the business world would milk the current situation for as long as they could before switching to a whole new way of making money.  So, while it doesn’t say much for humanity’s sense of principled decision-making, at least our survival seems to be assured now that Wall Street is starting to realise that they are actually part of the planet also, and that long-term investor goals require some inconvenient changes, which hopefully will lead to some very convenient financial returns.

Read the whole story here

India to swap fossil-fuel pumps for solar!

I ran across an interesting article today, explaining how India wants to swap out 26 million fossil-fuel pumps for solar.  I’m sometimes surprised at how some countries, which seem unsophisticated on the surface, can actually be extremely forward-thinking when it comes to adopting changes for the better.

Irrigation water pump in India

One reason for this may simply be the “candle is brighter in a dark room” phenomenon, where any perceived beneficial change is a welcome change.  In more advanced western societies, however, there are often numerous competing agendas that only serve to stifle or kill progress that may threaten the hegemony of the current power structure.

On the other hand, it could be that the government and business leaders in India realise that making a commitment to infrastructure changes not only provides new business opportunities, but it also allows them to become an example to the world, thereby enhancing their perceived stature as innovators and early adopters.

Having spent several months living in an Indian village in Andhra Pradesh, I became somewhat accustomed to the paradoxical juxtaposition that exists between the outward living situation of the people, and the inward commitment to vision and technical capability.  It wasn’t at all unusual to walk into a simple grass-covered hut with dirt floors, only to find a large flat-screen television, a computer, and the frequent use of cheap mobile smartphones.

Here are the opening paragraphs from this RenewEconomy article, with a link to the full article below:

The Indian government is aiming to swap out 26 million fossil-fuel-powered groundwater pumps for solar-powered ones, Bloomberg reports.

The pumps are used by farmers throughout the country to pull in water for irrigation, and currently rely on diesel generators or India’s fossil-fuel-reliant electrical grid for power. Pashupathy Gopalan, the regional head of SunEdison, told Bloomberg that 8 million diesel pumps already in use could be replaced right now. And India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy estimates another 700,000 diesel pumps that could be replaced are bought in India every year.

“The potential is huge,” said Tarun Kapoor, the joint secretary at the ministry. “Irrigation pumps may be the single largest application for solar in the country.”

The program works by subsidizing the swap, and operates in different capacities in India’s various states, sometimes subsidizing the solar pumps up to 86 percent. Thanks to that aid, and the dramaticcollapse in prices for solar power, the pumps pay themselves off in one to four years, according to Ajay Goel, the chief executive officer of Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd., a panel maker and contractor. And Stephan Grinzinger, the head of sales for a German solar water pump maker, told Bloomberg the economics will only get better: diesel prices will rise and spike during farming season, and economies of scale will help the swap program.

Two-thirds of India’s electricity is generated by coal, with natural gas and hydroelectric making up most of the rest. But the monsoon season is growing more erratic — likely due to climate change — making power from the hydroelectric dams less reliable as well. Coal is growing in economic cost for India, so power plants often sit idle, and the coal that is easy to reach would require displacing major population centers.

Read the full article here