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Roman Catholic Church attack on Human Rights and Benedict XVI’s cover-up

Savita denied abortion

Savita denied abortion

On October 28, 2012, Savita Halappanavar, a dentist by profession, died in Ireland at University hospital in Galway.  She shouldn’t have.  While the death was listed as resulting from pregnancy—it is a lie—that was exposed quickly.  Ms. Savita Halappanavar’s death was cold-blooded, premeditated murder as the doctors knew that she would die, executed by the government of Ireland controlled by the criminal element led by the odious odoriferous opportunist, the Primate of Ireland, controlling the Roman Catholic Church. (cf. here). The longer the senile Sean cardinal Brady

Sean cardinal Brady Primate of All Ireland

Sean cardinal Brady Primate of All Ireland

stays in place as Primate of All Ireland, loathed by many for his relentless cover-up of pedophiles in the Roman Catholic Church, and his rigid stand against abortion in all cases, the greater the damage inflicted on the people of Ireland will be and the greater will be the number of needless deaths, maiming, and waste of human potential (cp. “When There’s a Heartbeat: Miscarriage Management in Catholic-Owned Hospitals.” American Journal of Public Health, vol.98, no.10 (October 2008).

Savita Halappanavar

Savita Halappanavar

Savita was a 31-year-old married woman, four months pregnant.  She went to the hospital with a miscarriage in progress that developed into a blood infection. She could easily have been saved if the already doomed fetus was aborted. Instead, her doctors did nothing, explaining that “this is a Catholic country”. Savita replied that she was a Hindu and the laws for Catholics should not apply to her.  She was 17 weeks pregnant  and no fetus could survive outside of the uterus at that age; she contracted septicaemia (the presence of pathogenic organisms in the bloodstream; it is characterized by a whole-body inflammatory state (called a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by severe infection, and is usually accompanied by high fevers, hot, flushed skin, elevated heart rate, hyperventilation, altered mental status, swelling, and low blood pressure) and

Meningtococcal Septicaemia (blood poisoning) has a rash

Meningtococcal Septicaemia (blood poisoning) has a rash

died a most cruel and painful death that need not have occurred (read about it by: Levy, Mitchell M.; Fink, Mitchell P.; Marshall, John C.; Abraham, Edward; Angus, Derek; Cook, Deborah; Cohen, Jonathan; Opal, Steven M. et al. (2003). “2001 SCCM/ESICM/ACCP/ATS/SIS International Sepsis Definitions Conference”. Critical Care Medicine 31 (4): 1250–6).

Joseph Ratzinger as Pope and NAZI youth leader

Joseph Ratzinger as Pope and NAZI youth leader

Ireland is a Catholic country quite like Spain and other nations cannibalized by a rogue religion that, throughout its terrible history, whipped women, castrated men, burned babies and worse during the days of the unholy Inquisition—a reality that still exists thanks to the twisted mentality of the German pope Josef Ratzinger.  India, where the woman was born, has already done away with such insane laws demanded by the Roman Catholic Church. The complicit dragoons in the medical field more akin to the Nazi torture-doctors in Third Reich Germany than any respectable medical association today left Halappanavar to suffer in agony for days.  These devout draconian Roman Catholics  only intervening once it was too late. The medical “team” of doctors and the pathetic priests and corrupt clergy must be held and tried for no less than manslaughter in the first degree.  That the doctors deliberately refused to help Savita could elevate the charges to premeditated murder on orders of the Irish Catholic Church following the rules of the Vatican.  Religion must never be allowed to dictate to medicine again!

Savita’s death is just the latest in a long line of tragedies directly attributable to the doctrines and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. It is certainly a knowledgeable truth that there are many good, progressive Catholics, but the problem is that the Roman Catholic Church nor most evangelical extremists’ churches, isn’t a democracy.  Not only are women silenced, the poor ignored as they are passed over by self-serving schizophrenics such as the Albanian nun, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Albanian nun Agnes Bojaxhiu devoted her life to increasing the misery of the sick and hunger of the poor, but gave the grapes of wrath garnered from her own duplicity in money laundering money, offering no hope for progressive changes in her church no adding her voice or vote in its governance.  She protected self-acknowledged, tried and convicted pedophiles arguing that they were misguided and their ministry to the Roman Catholic youth (upon whom they preyed) and to her own group of religious nuns was an insult to her god and her community of sisters.

Mother Teresa with Father Donald McGuire, a convicted child molester who ministered to her nuns. Courtesy Tyrone Cefalu

Mother Teresa with Father Donald McGuire, a convicted child molester who ministered to her nuns. Courtesy Tyrone Cefalu

Like ancient trees immobilized, ossified and incapable of growth or the flowering of saplings or leaves in dead areas, as with Arizona’s Petrified Forest known for its Late Triassic fossils, the Roman Catholic Church is a petrified oligarchy, a dictatorship like the medieval monarchies it once existed alongside. 

Moscow billionaire Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church enriched by illegally selling cigarettes

Moscow billionaire Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church enriched by illegally selling cigarettes

As ignoble and repugnant as the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Russia, who enriched himself with more than $2 to 4 billion in sales of illegal cigarettes to Russians to buy himself a villa in Switzerland, a penthouse in St. Petersburg, a fleet of cars and a yacht among other luxuries while preaching the poverty of his Christ (read Yuri Mamchur’s article here and here and here and watch here), the Roman Catholic Church, not just in Ireland but universally, is run by a small circle of conservative, rigidly ideological old men who make all decisions and choose their own successors.  None has been more reprehensible than today’s mulligrub, menacing, Mephistophelean, unpropitious calamitous corrupt and baneful Benedict XVI who was far happier carrying books out of libraries as a Nazi youth and burning them in salute to the Nazi cause (Stratz, Hans-Wolfgang. “Die Studentische `Aktion wider den undeutschen Geist’ im Frühjar 1933,” Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte Vol. 4, 1968, pp. 347-372). 

Nazi Youth burn books from German librariesThe German book burning under the Nazis was repeated by Young Americans (Republican Youth Corp) in the USA who burned books that argued against racism, for religious tolerance and the pursuit of knowledged, especially the investigation of evolution, science, and further advance of mathematical studies. 

Young Americans burn comic books in Nazi fashion

Young Americans burn comic books in Nazi fashion

Evangelical groups, primarily Southern Baptists and Adventists in Texas, in the 1960s-1970s rallied youth to burn tapes of rock-and-roll and comic books. Crucifixes, religious statues and other symbols were similarly burned in Lima, Peru, in the early 2000s.  What was not known was that many evangelical groups, and those that would become megachurches (especially in Oklahoma) would be as corrupt and filled with as many pedophiles as existed in Roman Catholic parishes: all promising victims “eternal rewards”.

On December 21, 2012, the former Nazi youth exposed his ignorance of science and psychology with another raw rant against human rights when addressing a papal audience of those caving into pontifical pressure and pretenses. Ratzinger’s Christmas address was more ignominious and detestable, setting the stage for more human carnage in the name of Christ. 

Benedict’s hypocrisy rising with his appointment of the least intelligent and morally bankrupt clergy to bishoprics, archbishoprics and the cardinalate means that, whatever individual Catholics may do today or tomorrow, the resources of the repressive and irresponsible church as an institution are bent toward opposing social progress and positive change all over the world. Every dollar put into the church collection plate, every Sunday service or daily Mass attended, every hour of time and effort put into volunteering or working for church organizations, is inevitably a show of support for the institutional church and its abhorrent mission. When a person has no voice, there’s only one thing the thinking individual has left is to boycott the beast denounced by Luther and other reformers before their own institutions became animals devouring the flesh of those who opposed them, or like Jean Calvin in Geneva burning Servetus for having a doctrine contrary to his own, or marching them to Tower Hill in England to chop off, however crudely, their heads, or hang them in the wasteland of Uganda run by the former street-walker, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga blessed by Pope Benedict XVI as the twenty-first century clone of Adolf Hitler who will protect his bible and religious intolerance, now inched up the legs of male supporters to be the Speaker of Parliament.

Theocrat Speaker of Parliament of UgandaRebecca Alitwala Kadaga bases her government on Old Testament and Pauline hate.

Theocrat Speaker of Parliament of Uganda
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga bases her government on Old Testament and Pauline hate.

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga is of  one of the most intolerant nations who backs its attack on marginalized people by claiming foundation found in the Bible to “protect the children”.  A literalist who is ignorant of all Biblical languages but is in the pay of Scott Lively of Abiding Truth Ministries, uses the Old Testament to support her rant against human rights. Kadaga’s rant is the same mantra mouthed by orange juice representative in Florida Anita Bryant who has made the hate crimes of Iran and other Sharia-controlled nations seem mild.

Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Juan Luis cardinal Cipriani Thorne (Lima, Peru)

Throughout the world, Catholic bishops, especially the narcissistic Timothy Dolan of New York City (USA), the viciously vulgar, vitriolic, venomous viper Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima (Peru; born December 28, 1943), who has been accused of murdering his predecessor and who has never been elected president of Peru’s Council of Bishops. 

Cipriani Thorne campaigning for Alberto Fujimori and ending dissent in Peru

Cipriani Thorne campaigning for Alberto Fujimori and ending dissent in Peru

A member of Opus Dei (as were his parents), Cipriani Thorne has done more to stifle education in Peru than any predecessor and has sided with the Fujimori dictatorship.  Cipriani Thorne congratulated Fujimori and super-spy Vladimiro Montesinos and their paid assassins known as Las Colinas on “rooting out communism” by kidnapping and slaughtering teachers and their students, decapitating and dismembering the victims bodies and burying them in isolated areas, while accepting laundered narco-trafficking illegal drug money and sanctioning death squads in quest for totalitarian rule in Peru.

Scott Lively (2d left) in Uganda with other USA evangelical ministers pushing for Kill the Gays legislation

Scott Lively (2d left) in Uganda with other USA evangelical ministers pushing for Kill the Gays legislation

The entire councils of Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland and of the USA, have engaged in a systematic, organized effort going back decades to cover up for priests who molest children, pressuring the victims to sign confidentiality agreements and quietly assigning the predators to new parishes where they could go on molesting. Tens of thousands of children have been raped and tortured as a result of this conspiracy of silence, not just in the Roman Catholic Church but increasingly in evangelical (Pentecostal, Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc) extremist exhorted congregations, especially in the Sovereign Grace Ministries (30-year-old family of churches with more than 80 congregations), Ted Haggard Ministries, Bishop Eddie Long, etc., matching the increasing pedophile pastors practice in Nigeria and Uganda.   Although these crimes against humanity are not exclusively within the Roman Catholic Church as there are certainly as many in the evangelical community from the ministries of Ted Haggard (and his boy toys), Tony Perkins, Scott Lively and his Abiding Truth Ministries (a certified hate group) campaigning for the slaughter of ten percent of all Ugandans, the Roman Catholic hierarchy gets more publicity because of its insane and unbiblical demand for the unnatural and abnormal act of clerical celibacy—even though thirty-eight popes were married and at least seven popes admitted to supporting and even raising to the cardinalate their young male lovers to shower favor and favoritism on them.

The worse offender against the dignity of the individual is the engorged evangelist Joseph Ratzinger, the current pope, but is representative of the German clergy where 24 dioceses out of 27 were found to maintain pedophile priests, with 94 priests and church employees directly identified as active pedophiles—with Ratzinger saying nothing and was supported by the scandal-riddled Irish episcopacy and clergy with the Bishop of Limerick Donald Murray, and the Bishop of Kildare Jim Moriarty, two of the Prelates who concealed clerical abuse of children for over more than three decades being the first to resign, and then followed on Christmas Eve with the demanded resignation of two Auxiliary Bishops of Dublin, Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field. 

Father Stephen Kiesler

Father Stephen Kiesle

When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, this pernicious prelate was personally implicated in a case from the 1970s in which at least three sets of parents reported that a priest in his diocese had sexually abused their children. Ratzinger registered shock but did little more than assign the pedophile priest, Father Stephen Miller Kiesle, who tied up and molested two preteen boys in the rectory of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Union City, California, to therapy. 

A 1985 letter, written in Latin, to the Diocese of Oakland signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The letter said that a California priest accused of molesting children should not be defrocked without further study.

A 1985 letter, written in Latin, to the Diocese of Oakland signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The letter said that a California priest accused of molesting children should not be defrocked without further study.

Ratzinger broke German law and cast out all claims without notifying law enforcement, washing his hands of the matter, with a whispered affirmation that as a cardinal, Ratzinger was merely following the blind bigotry of the invidiously iniquitous John Paul II who rejected any “aspersions” cast on priests—until they became “too public”. That priest, Father Stephen Miller Kiesle, was back on duty in just a few short days and went on to molest more children. Ratzinger was defended by then Oakland Diocese Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (who was appointed to the diocese by Ratzinger), who later became the cardinal bishop of San Francisco and is better known for his public drunkenness and lewdness than any spirituality.

Pope John Paul II with papal nuncio Pio cardinal Laghi

Pope John Paul II with papal nuncio Pio cardinal Laghi

By 2001, Ratzinger was officially defined by a Texas court as an accomplice in several pedophile cases. Ratzinger’s prestige and power in Houston, ultimately exempted him from the charge of complicity and he was not required to testify especially with the intercession of the insidious Condoleezza Rice who needed Vatican help to strip nations of corridors to crude to benefit her employers ExxonMobile and other oil big business.  Benedict would later snub Rice when the duplicity, the war in Iraq after snubbing John Paul II’s special envoy, Cardinal Pio Laghi, and other “troubling issues” became common knowledge (read here and here).

Ratzinger ignored a detailed letter against Kiesel, first written in 1981, and several follow-up letters, for four years. Finally, in 1985, he wrote back saying that more time was needed, and that they had to proceed very slowly to safeguard “the good of the Universal Church” in light of “the young age of the petitioner” — by which he meant not the victimized children, but the pedophile priest. It was blatantly stated that Kiesel was a good priest, and some cardinals even argued that he could not be laicized (declared not to be a priest) since he was under the age of 40.  However, by contrast, when the rogue archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of Zambia ordained married men as priests, both in New York and New Jersey, he was laicized six days later.  In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI fired an outspoken Australian bishop William Morris of the Toowoomba diocese, west of Brisbane who called on the Church to ordain women and married men, as vehemently as his pandering predecessor John Paul II.

William Morris of the Toowoomba calling for moral courage from bishops on the scale exhibited by Jesus

William Morris of the Toowoomba calling for moral courage from bishops on the scale exhibited by Jesus

In 2001, Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter, De Delictis Gravioribus, to all Catholic bishops advising them how to handle accusations of sex crimes by priests. Ratzinger rejected repeated calls to notify legal authorities but told all bishops that they were to report such cases only to the Vatican and tell no one else: “Cases of this kind are subject to the pontifical secret.” Ratzinger’s letter is precisely the smoking gun—as he recognized pedophilia and was prepared to stop the exposure of any Roman Catholic priest or prelate from public or media scrutiny in defiance of the laws of any area, state, or nation.  Like the molester of young males in the sixteenth century, Pope Julius II (like Pope Julius III and others), Ratzinger believed the Roman Catholic Church was above all civil laws and the Roman Catholic Church should rule over all nations in the same draconian fashion as the religious stranglehold of Christianity has on the government of Uganda.

John Bonny bishop of Antwerp, Belgium

John Bonny bishop of Antwerp, Belgium

The rebellion is growing in the Roman Catholic Church, to the dismay of the German pope, with Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, who was elevated to the position of being the 22nd bishop in the wake of revelation of sexual abuse by a bishop, openly announcing that he would be ready to ordain married men, believing that non-celibate clerics could contribute to the pastoral needs of the Church.

Benedict’s supporters have unique backgrounds, as is the case of the American friar Benedict Groeschel who blamed the epidemic of child molestation on sexually wanton boys (read here and here) who tempt priests into assaulting them.  Other clergy threaten to cut off funding for immigrants’ rights advocates because they sometimes work with gay-rights advocates. Preventing immigrants from getting legal and medical aid is less important than ensuring the church isn’t contaminated by even indirect contact with anyone who helps gay people.

Roman Catholic bishop endorsed fascist Spain's Franco

Roman Catholic bishop endorsed fascist Spain’s Franco

In a stellar sign of how ridiculously wretched,  disproportionate and unhinged the church’s martyrdom complex is, the current pope has compared expanding the rights of women and gay people to the murderous anticlerical violence of the 1930s Spanish civil war.  Yet it was the Roman Catholic Church that endorsed and blessed Franco and hailed Fascism in Spain.  Other supporters included the unsaintly Jesusmaria Escriva, who in April 1946, preached to Franco and his family, and from the fascist dictatorship built the basic foundation of Opus Dei (Allen, John L. (2005), Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, Garden City: Doubleday, p. 58). 

Blessing of Franco by the Roman Catholic Church

Blessing of Franco by the Roman Catholic Church

Opus Dei, following the design of Franco, is a paramilitary, pro-fascist, antimodernist, integralist (reactionary) organization that does not tolerate dissent–and became a trump card for reactionary popes through the twisted times of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  On the alleged sanctity of John Paul II, read here and here and here.

The Roman Catholic Church, like its Eastern Orthodox “brother church”, has long lied about its own role in the atrocities of the Franco regime that it helped gain power and murder countless innocent people with the blessing of Jesusmaria Escriva, who was never a saint or holy man, and his odious opportunistic Opus Dei and other totalitarian dictatorships from Hitler and Mussolini to the impoverishment of Peru and other Latin American countries, and secret donations to religious political funds in Spain, the USA (where it secretly funneled money into the campaign by the dubiously devout Rick Santorum) and Uganda. At the same time, under the direction of Ratzinger, the Vatican used its official UN observer status to team up with Islamic theocracies like Iran (where Ratzinger was represented by Msgr. Romeo Panciroli; Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani, the brother of President Hashemi Rafsanjani, declared  Iran’s full endorsement of this collaboration and said there were many avenues for co-operation between religious states which were not confined to the prohibition of abortion) and Libya to oppose calls for family planning services to be made available in the world’s poorest nations with Libya claiming that any form of birth control was not only detrimental to the state but against the will of the god of Islam. Libya and the Roman Catholic Church were joined by Peru dictator Alberto Fujimori who had hundreds of mountain people in Peru forcibly sterilized with the encouragement from his daughter Keiko and son Kenye (both of whom sit in the 2012 thoroughly corrupt Peru Congress that is battered by neo-Nazi leader Martha Chavez) seeking to overthrow their father’s conviction for crimes against humanity.

Like the pandering Polish pope, John Paul II, Ratzinger has sent emissaries to desperately poor, AIDS-ravaged regions of Africa to spread the life-destroying lie that condoms do not prevent transmission of HIV. This papal absurdity was accepted and applauded by the Russian Orthodox Church that is run by a womanizing, child abusing clergy led by Patriarch Kirill who found nothing wrong with the Romanov family’s murder of innocent peasants and apostates (and were declared saints in the Russian Orthodox Church after well-placed bribes were placed with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow) and claimed that “attacks” on the church were identical to those by people who overthrew the scandalous Romanov dynasty; his words and that of Ratzinger were glorified by the statement of the deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.

Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Brugge

Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Brugge

Roman Catholic clergy and bedecked bishops in white lace flounces over flowing dresses of crimson, in the mid-20th century appointed a special papal commission to study whether Catholicism should permit the use of birth control. The commission, to no one’s surprise was composed almost completely of men chosen from their members. Theologians Anthony Kosnik, William Carroll, Ronald Modras, James Schulte, and Agnes Cunningham (the token female) took on the task. In 1977 they published Human Sexuality: New Directions in American Catholic Thought—not a woman of the general laity was involved, consulted, or considered.  The men, none of whom could become pregnant even after being raped, held the final card by claiming spiritual authority found nowhere in the Bible, yet as a few wags wrote: if men could become pregnant abortion would be a sacrament—bring a scowl from the German dragoon.  When the commission almost unanimously recommended that women should be allowed contraceptives, the church led by Ratzinger ignored the recommendation and doubled down on their absolute ban on contraception.

The Roman Catholic hierarchy has long preferred the death of a pregnant woman, impregnated even by rape or incest, over the removal of dead, deformed or damaging fetal tissue that can cost the woman her life.  The doctrine espoused by predatory prelates in countries where Roman Catholicism is the main force, such as in Latin America, Italy, Ireland and Poland, is that every zygote is a human baby in defiance of all medical logic and research to the contrary.  

Brasilian cardinal Cardosa Sobrinho in political cartoon.

Brasilian cardinal Cardosa Sobrinho in political cartoon.

The patronizing pastors and predatory prelates, such as Jose Cardoso Sobrinho who has been characterized as being key-hole spies, have excommunicated the doctors who performed an abortion on a pregnant 9-year-old who’d been raped by her stepfather.  He went so far as to excommunicate the child’s mother for agreeing to the abortion but did not speak out or condemn the incestuous father who had been regularly raping the child since she was six years old. No charges, ecclesiastical or secular were filed against the father, although the mother was reprimanded for not having sufficient control over her daughter.

Brasil’s anachronistic Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho (born in Caruaru, June 30 1933- ) of the coastal city of Recife announced that for the Vatican he was excommunicating the entire family of the child who medically would not have been able to deliver a baby since her hips were too narrow but not the child since she was a minor.  The doctors who performed the abortion were hailed for their efforts, the Brasilian Minister of health Jose Gomes Temporao referred to the doctors’ work, performed March 4, 2009, as “brilliant”.

Cordoso Sobrinho excommunicates doctors and families who tolerate necessity of an abortion.

Cordoso Sobrinho excommunicates doctors and families who tolerate necessity of an abortion.

Temporao declared that doctors were required to put law before religion, a statement that the majority of Brasil agreed with, since, on the average, 8700 women die each year because of the lack of professional abortion providers and follow-up examinations. 

A war of words ensued between the popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the archbishop over the church’s decision.   The President said:”As a Christian and a Catholic,

Brasil questions Catholic tradition and authority

Brasil questions Catholic tradition and authority

I find it deeply lamentable that a bishop of the Catholic Church has such a conservative attitude,” Lula said on Globo TV. “In this case, the medical profession was more right than the church. One of the doctors involved in the procedure, Dr. Olimpio Moraes, said he thanked the archbishop for his excommunication because the controversy sheds light on Brasil’s restrictive abortion laws. He said women in Brasil’s countryside are victimized by Brazil’s ban on abortion in the same way as they are in all Roman Catholic controlled countries (more than one million women undergo abortions each year in Brasil, and doctors treat more than 250,000 of them because of botched abortion techniques; read here and here and here). 

Dom José cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho of Brasil

Dom José cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho of Brasil

Cardinal Cardoso Sobrinho has had other spurious accolades to his credit: he is among those who protect pedophiles throughout Brasil and has been seen in gay clubs.  Brasil’s (O. Carm.) of Recife and Olinda, has been portrayed in cartoons and tabloids not only as a peeping-tom: an alter ego of Brasil’s Roman Catholic Church but as a viper determined to extract confessions of presumed guilt from women in the same manner as

Dom José Cardoso Sobrinho cartoon

Dom José Cardoso Sobrinho cartoon

the Spanish Inquisition interrogated women with threats and force of diabolical designed machinery.  Among the least qualified for the cardinalate, it was Cardoso Sobrinho’s vehemently violent rhetoric that won him the beret that announced his ascension to the college of cardinals and left dread in the decaying family structure in Brasil that the prelate continuously attacked from pulpit and public squares.  As the clerical clown crowed, there was never a human right that he regarded or respected.

Every diocesan member had to fall to the miscreant mind-numbing murmurs of Mother Church.  The theological troglodyte retired on July 1, 2009; even the President of Brasil declaring that the prelate pushed beyond the borders of fairness and mercy with his senseless multiple excommunications.

The Roman Catholic episcopacy in Ireland is as savage and senseless as Cardoso Sobrinho in sanctioning the unnecessary deaths of women who cannot successfully or willingly give birth to products of rape, incest, and malformation. Savita Halappanavar wasn’t the first to die at Catholic-run hospitals that are willing to let women die rather than having a therapeutic safe abortion, even when a miscarriage is already in progress and no possible procedure could save the fetus.  Similar fate was in store for Americans whose closest hospital was Roman Catholic and where doctors forgot their Hippocratic Oath written in Ionic Greek (late 5th century BC),  that requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards and look after the welfare of a living mortal.

A majority of Roman Catholic priests and prelates refused to provide contraception or abortion to women who were abducted and forced to work as prostitutes. Roman Catholic clergy have even gone as far as filing a frivolous lawsuit—that they lost—complaining that contraceptives were violating their religious freedom in telling women how they could control and manage their reproductive rights and bodies when the government took away their contract.  US District Judge Richard Stearns explained why the bishops were in the wrong, writing:

To insist that the government respect the separation of church and state is not to discriminate against religion; indeed, it promotes a respect for religion by refusing to single out any creed for official favor at the expense of all others…This case is about the limits of the government’s ability to delegate to a religious institution the right to use taxpayer money to impose its beliefs on others [who may or may not share them].

It is worse in Poland, the land of Polish extremism where hoodlums run free in the streets to deny individual rights of choice with praise from pastors to priests in their stand against what they see as corruption.  In Poland, the Roman Catholic Church, using tactics of the medieval Inquisition of the Christian religion in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries, ordered Polish politicians to vote for a law banning IVF and threatened to excommunicate any who didn’t comply.  Those who did not capitulate immediately to the carnivorous clergy were mocked publicly and churches launched broadsides against the government as being “set against god”.

The Vatican with the entire episcopacy in lockstep as if all were hailing the return and revitalization of Ratzinger’s Third Reich, quickly went after women’s right of choice, specifically targeting the Komen Foundation and its organization better known for its “race for a cure” for breast cancer than its support of Planned Parenthood. It was the Roman Catholic Church that was the major source of the pressure on the Komen Foundation that led to its disastrous decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood, with many claiming that the Komen Foundation was a front for the Roman Catholic Church.  As Reuters news agency noted:  “In recent years, Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of the donations it receives to U.S. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities”–definitely not without ties to the Roman Catholic Church.  The veil of secrecy that shrouded the fund-raiser was removed.  Komen’s quickly lost favor when its support of Planned Parenthood became public knowledge and Church opposition reached dramatic new proportions in 2011, when the 11 bishops who represent Ohio’s 2.6 million Catholics announced a statewide policy banning church and parochial school donations to Komen.  Being a covert hand of the Roman Catholic Church, Komen within a few days reversed itself and withdrew its financial support of Planned Parenthood.

Forever the Grand Inquisitor, worse than that defined by Dostoevsky in his Brothers Karamazov, Benedict XVI feels he has a god-given right to interfere in politics in all nations.  Through the frigid mask of the Roman Catholic bishops of the USA, the Roman Catholic Church announced an inquisition into the Girl Scouts to get to the bottom of its association with morally suspect groups like Doctors without Borders and Oxfam.  The vile arm of the Roman Catholic Church is investigating the Girl Scouts because of the Girl Scouts alleged support for reproductive rights and freedom of choice for women.  Nationally, American Roman Catholic nuns are being charged with subversion as the villainous Vatican ordered a “doctrinal investigation” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  The organization represents approximately 80 percent of American nuns, and can be sanctioned since they are a Roman Catholic organization.  The Girl Scouts are not affiliated with the cantankerous Church of Rome and are not welcome for promoting safe-sex and not abstinence.

The malevolent Vatican has bared its fangs frantically against Doctors without Borders because the administer medicine not ministry and offer equal care to all people.  The Roman Catholic hierarchy harangues the group because it not only supports the right of a woman to elect an abortion but states its willingness to offer therapeutic abortions without cost to the poor of the world.  Oxfam was denigrated by the Roman Catholic episcopacy and Ratzinger because it offers food to women who had abortions.  Yet the Roman Catholic Church gets over a billion Euros in property tax exemption to spread its hate and deny human rights worldwide.

R. Walker Nickless and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt reject separation of state and church.

R. Walker Nickless and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstadt reject separation of state and church.

Roman Catholic bishops in the USA, with the most notoriously sinister located in the Midwest, especially in Iowa with Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa taking the most extreme stand calling it a line to vote on, Minnesota led by Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, and Wisconsin Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay who have long been against the US Bill of Rights when it comes to free choice, and Indiana’s Father Sammie Maletta of St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, who argues that the Roman Catholic Church has a right to instruct its followers on how to vote and live as a sign of religious liberty (funded by the Republican controlled Heritage Foundation; for more on this lie read here), and the majority (98%) of Roman Catholic women use contraceptives; and Obama won the majority of the Roman Catholic vote: 52% – 45%), that are cavalierly cannibalized by crass clergy, have been one of the major forces attacking Obamacare, filing lawsuits arguing that non-church Catholic employers should be able to decide whether or not employee health insurance plans will cover contraception. This is an unfurled and effective argument that a woman’s employer should be allowed to force her to pay more for medical coverage, or even place it out of her reach altogether, based on his religious beliefs. It is rank misogyny and gynophobia richly rendered by Benedict XVI and his gaggle of gospel geese that has little if any knowledge of what the original scrolls contain.  The Roman Catholic Church in the USA does not speak for all Roman Catholics in the USA.

Father Frank Klep

Father Frank Klep

In Australia, Roman Catholic clerics derailed police investigations of accused pedophile  priests.  The Australian Roman Catholic episcopacy has escalated putting pressure on higher-ups to get investigating officer removed from cases, especially in the case of the Rev. Frank Klep (read more here).

A direct assault on academic freedom occurs daily within the Roman Catholic Church and its schools, especially at San Augustine’s in Chiclayo (where I taught) and Lima, Perú, and the various Opus Dei schools, such as Colegios Cibos and  Fontanar, throughout Peru (it took over the Pontifical University in Lima to make it more “church oriented; Opus Dei runs Universidad de Piura, destroying its academic freedom and creating robots of its student body) are mindless institutions where obedience is more critical than objectivity, and where indoctrination is considered more worthwhile than is investigation and education.  Opus Dei schools have the singular intent of taking over the world and refashioning it in a way identical Hitler’s goal of controlling Europe and beyond (for the Spanish, read here), its crimes, especially in Perú, are legendary as it spins its tangled web throughout Nigeria and the rest of Africa. Far from being “spiritually based” its hidden agenda is to make as much money as possible and with it rule; its main apologist is Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and has negligible difference from the group in Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. The Roman Catholic Church demanded that Sunday school teachers sign a loyalty oath agreeing to submit “will and intellect” to the proclamations of church leaders (read here, and rational is here and here).

Father Edmund Walsh (McCarthy's priest)

Father Edmund Walsh (McCarthy’s priest)

Some top church officials, including the current pope, have advocated denying communion to politicians who support progressive and pro-choice political ideas.  As occurred in the days of US Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) who was openly controlled by the Roman Catholic Church in the USA, through the priest Edmund Walsh (when McCarthy died, over 100 priests met for the funeral mass and urged the Wisconsin senator to be declared a saint for his pursuit against “communism” and “enemies of religion” in which we find the foundation stones for Opus Dei and other organized hate groups) the Roman Catholic Church in the USA openly opposed President Barrack Obama on his social stands for the liberty of all and the right of choice (read here and here).  Throughout its petrified parsimonious past pushing to the present and into the future, the Roman Catholic Church also opposes preemptive war and the death penalty, no conservative politician has ever been denied communion on this basis.

Nuns on the bus (USA)

Nuns on the bus (USA)

From the bishops of New York to the most pathetic of patriarchs perched on the platform of religion as Pope Benedict XVI, Roman Catholic clergy have initiated an unprecedented unholy war against the Sisters of the Church (especially for Nuns on the Bus that toured the USA in quest of fairness for everyone) for showing too much compassion and charity to “fallen women”, the poor, victims of rape and violence, and those who seek the end of unwanted fetal tissue generation.   The mentality of the ministers of the faith is nearly Neanderthal in their cracked down on American nuns by Benedict XVI and American cardinals for doing too much to help the poor and not enough to oppose gay marriage, condemning them for displaying a seditious “feminist spirit“. 

Tebartz-van Elst, 52, bishop of Limburg

Tebartz-van Elst, 52, bishop of Limburg

In Germany, where parishioners pay an officially assessed tax rate to the church, they’ve tried to blackmail people who don’t want to pay the church tax, threatening to fire them from jobs in church institutions. In some cases, if the person opts out but later loses the paperwork, they demand on-the-spot repayment of decades of back taxes.  Priests and bishops generally live more luxuriant lives than their parishioners and detail that their ministry demands more creature comforts (as with the German bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 52, of Limburg read here and here).

Daniel Jenky bishop of Peoria IL

Daniel Jenky bishop of Peoria IL

In the USA, the Roman Catholic bishops are worse than their continental compatriots.  They have compared Democratic officeholders, including President Obama, to Hitler and Stalin (read here for the comments of Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois; cp. here for those made by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki from Springfield, Illinois) and have

Thomas John Paprocki bishop of Springfield IL

Thomas John Paprocki bishop of Springfield IL

said that it jeopardizes a person’s eternal salvation if they don’t vote as the bishops instruct them to vote.  They are supported by the most evil encampment of enemies to the US Constitution and to freedom: the Becket Foundation, a far-right group organized to fight any separation of state and church (read here and here) and is a quasi-official arm of the Roman Catholic Church and the Republican Party.

Benedict XVI and Roman Catholic bishops fight against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Not only does the Catholic Church hierarchy refuse to officially perform church weddings for gay and lesbian couples (many priests do perform them privately or semi-privately and I have attended two of them); they want to write that prohibition into the civil law and deny marriage equality to everyone who doesn’t fit their religious criteria.  The Roman Catholic Church as a single entity, plus various bishoprics and archbishoprics has invested vast amounts of money and effort into doing so. In the 2012 election cycle alone, the church spent almost $2 million in an unsuccessful fight to defeat marriage-equality initiatives in four states amounting to more than $11.3 million from donations to the church by parishioners but without getting any parishioner’s consent for the expenditure

Like many evangelical ministers who, when not wife-swapping or having boyfriends and boy toys on the side, Roman-Catholic bishops and clergy are kept busy  comparing gay sex to pedophilia and incest and called for it to be forbidden by law, saying that “states can and must regulate behaviors, including various sexual behaviors.”  These accusations continue even though 10,969 Roman Catholic clergy in the USA admit to being pedophiles.

The fear of homosexuality that is rampant throughout the Roman Catholic (studies do not agree as to numbers, but estimates are between 23% – 58%; read here), Orthodox (there are no studies since most priests refuse interviews or paper surveys, but the various churches from Russian to Bulgarian, Ukrainian, etc argue that homosexuality is a sin and one who is homosexual cannot be a priest) and various Protestant ministerial groups (it is accepted in the ELCA of the Lutheran Church but not the Missouri or Wisconsin synods), has led especially Roman Catholic organizations, on strict order by the Vatican, to  shut down adoption clinics rather than consider gay people as prospective parents. The church’s quasi-official position is that it’s better for children to remain orphans or in foster care than to be placed in a loving, committed same-sex household (here and here and here for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology based on scientific studies).

Matthew-Shepard-Scholars, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa:  The Eychaner Foundation

Matthew-Shepard-Scholars, of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa: The Eychaner Foundation

More gruesome is the Roman Catholic Church’s stand against any gay group that is working to end Church and School efforts to ban any anti-LGBT bullying group, anti-teen-suicide foundation from any Catholic school ceremony.  The Roman Catholic Church explained it that the group’s mission is “contrary to the teachings of the Catholic church” as was the case in

Martin J. Amos, 8th bishop of Davenport, Iowa

Martin J. Amos, 8th bishop of Davenport, Iowa

Davenport, Iowa, where its bishop, Martin Amos, retread to fifteenth century thought trumpeted by the Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church suffering under its most corrupt pedophile popes in its ecclesiastical history in denouncing the group at Prince of Peace Catholic School.  Sectarian politics played a major role in this attack on human freedoms, when the prelate complained that unspecified groups awarding scholarships were not in accord with Roman Catholic Church teachings, then backtracked by noting that both the Roman Catholic Church and the scholarship were against bullying and defamation of character.  This issue had not arisen in any previous statement nor at any earlier time.  It came out only when one Roman Catholic high school

Keaton Fuller received a Matthew Sheperd scholarship, initially rejected by the archdiocese of Davenport.

Keaton Fuller received a Matthew Sheperd scholarship, initially rejected by the archdiocese of Davenport.

senior Keaton Fuller, Clinton, Iowa, won a $40,000 scholarship named after martyred Matthew Shepard who was tied to a fence with barbed wire in Wyoming and left to die for being gay. 

On April 27, 2012, the Diocese intervened and told the recipient that a member of the would not be permitted to present the award at graduation, but that it would be presented by a school staff member in fear that some molecules from the award would infect the other graduates and turn them gay. The bishop, Martin J. Amos, through the diocese office, issued a statement that it was a “long-standing policy” regarding guest speakers that the school “cannot allow anyone or any organization which [sic] promotes a position that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church to present at a diocesan institution”.  The Des Moines Register later printed:

Fuller and the Eychaner Foundation’s founder, Rich Eychaner, both thanked Bishop Amos for finding an acceptable resolution. The script to be read on graduation day will say the scholarship ‘is granted to distinguished Iowa high school seniors who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender’ and that Fuller ‘gradually shared his story with friends and classmates … and was embraced by the Prince of Peace community.

“ ‘As I leave Prince of Peace, it’s comforting to know that this experience may make it easier for the next gay student who attends this school,’ Fuller said in a statement issued Friday. ‘Please know that this week has not been about me. Rather, it has been about recognizing that everybody deserves to be treated equally, regardless of any differences we may have.’ ”

The Roman Catholic Council of USA Bishops is even more reactionary that Iowa’ Bishop Ames, with many of the bishops self-confessed pedophiles.  They told a teenager he wouldn’t be allowed to go through confirmation because he posted a pro-gay-rights status message on Facebook, and they expelled a preschooler from a private Catholic school because his parents were lesbians. This was true both in Grand Forks and throughout Minnesota

Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

as with the Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire. Oregon’s dioceses paid more than

Pedophile Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire, friend of Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta

Pedophile Jesuit priest Donald J. McGuire, friend of Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta

$166 million (the third largest settlement to sex abuse survivors who were Native Americans and Alaskan natives, boys and girls, who were abused by priests at Catholic schools throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The settlement covered more than 450 victims raped by Jesuit priests of the Roman Catholic Church.  Most rapes occurred in remote villages and on reservations, and when the Jesuits filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the victims responded noting that the province remained wealthy because it controls and owns Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Preparatory School, Seattle University and other schools and properties with Opus Dei prevalent in most institutions. The Jesuits made Alaska a “pedophile paradise“.

Timothy cardinal Dolan (New York City) pedophile cover-up in Milwaukee and NYC

Timothy cardinal Dolan (New York City) pedophile cover-up in Milwaukee and NYC

To cover-up their own pedophile propensities and seduction of women, the Roman Catholic Council of Bishops in the USA have a history of dumping known pedophile priests in isolated, poor, rural communities, where they apparently assumed that local people wouldn’t dare to complain or that no one would listen if they did.   Adding insult to injury, the attackers of the victims were give payouts  — as much as $20,000 in some cases — to pedophile priests, to buy their silence and quietly ease them out of the priesthood, after specifically denying in public that they were doing this with such payouts being orchestrated and pushed by New York City Timothy cardinal Dolan (read here) who was, then, archbishop of Milwaukee.

When the legislature of the State of Connecticut proposed extending statute-of-limitations laws to allow older child-abuse cases to be tried, the bishops of Connecticut ordered a letter to be read during Mass instructing parishioners to contact their representatives and lobby against it.  The bishops claimed that they were worried about frivolous lawsuits.  To fight back against and intimidate abuse-survivor groups like SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), the church’s lawyers have filed absurdly broad subpoenas demanding the disclosure of decades’ worth of documents.  

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League against SNAP

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League against SNAP

William Donahue, an arch-conservative Roman Catholic, calls SNAP “a menace to the Catholic Church” for exposing rampant pedophiles in its membership.  While Donahue argues that the bishops are in league together to fight charges, the US Council of Catholic Bishops has rejected such a claim.

Similar problems occurred throughout the USA. No diocese was exempt.

Monsignor William Lynn kept predators in ministry in Philadelphia

Monsignor William Lynn kept predators in ministry in Philadelphia

 When Monsignor William Lynn, a Catholic official from Philadelphia, was charged with knowingly returning predator priests to duty, his defense was to blame those decisions on his superior, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua (read here about Romano Ferraro, and here for Father Peter J. Dunn who was judged “a very sick man” and was psychoanalyzed as an untreatable pedophile, and a narcissist with an obsessive-compulsive personality disorder; and here for Rev. Stanley Gana who collected nude photographs of his victims) ultimately judged competent to stand trial.  His statement acknowledged that the corruption reaches to the highest levels of the church. 

Forcible castrations were justified as a means to keep youth from homosexuality and to punish young males who were not "cooperative".

Forcible castrations were justified as a means to keep youth from homosexuality and to punish young males who were not “cooperative”.

In the Netherlands, ten boys were castrated in church-run hospitals after complaining to the police about sexual abuse by priests (many young males were castrated on orders from bishops who feared they were homosexuals, and were told that castration cures a male of homosexual tendencies).  The archbishop used the same excuse as given by the Nazis to justify his silence.  Several months later, it was reported that this same cardinal had personally arranged to move a pedophile priest to a different parish to shield him from accusations. 

Ad cardinal Simmons of Utrecht transferred a paedophile priest to a parish in Amersfoort where the priest repeatedly sexually abused children

Ad cardinal Simmons of Utrecht transferred a paedophile priest to a parish in Amersfoort where the priest repeatedly sexually abused children

While he was Archbishop of Utrecht, Cardinal Ad Simonis shielded a paedophile priest.  This was neither the first nor the last time that the Church in the Netherlands covered paedophiles, both priests and nuns.

Even alleged saints have been implicated in sex abuse cases.  In one case, Mother Teresa successfully persuaded the church to return a later convicted pedophile priest, Father Donald McGuire, to duty because he was a friend of hers (read here and here). Eight additional complaints of child abuse were later lodged against Father Donald McGuire, justifying Christopher Hitchens original indictment of the Albanian born nun in his 1997 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice (London and New York: Verso, 1995). Among other “oversights” Teresa had set up a worldwide system of “homes for the dying” that routinely failed to provide adequate care to patients.

Kaligat (Mother Theresa's home for sick and dying, Calcutta)

Kaligat (Mother Theresa’s home for sick and dying, Calcutta)

There is money to be made by the Roman Catholic Church is raising dead people to sainthood, as with Mother Teresa.  They canonized Mother Teresa for doing little more than offering a squalid place for people to die; it was called Kaligat; starvation is one of the main sources of death, despite that there is an abundance of food for those who can pay for it, next to none is given in charity, with children being the primary victims). Outside observers who visited her “Home for the Dying” reported that medical care was substandard and dangerous, limited to aspirin and unsterilized needles rinsed in tap water, administered by untrained volunteers. The millions of dollars collected by Mother Teresa and her order, enough to build many advanced clinics and hospitals remain unaccounted for.

Father Martin P. O'Loghlen

Father Martin P. O’Loghlen

Never troubled by appointing pedophiles to church offices, the Roman Catholic Church appointed Martin O’Loghlen, to a church-run sexual abuse advisory board – even though O’Loghlen himself was a known abuser who molested a teenage girl, Julie Malcom (she later filed legal action against him), in the 1960s and admitted to having a “sexual addiction”.  When this was discovered, it was poorly veiled, still the Roman Catholic Church had the audacity to plead for money and ask parishioners to pick up the tab for legal costs and settlements.

The Australian and New Zealand nuns in the Roman Catholic Church followed precedents established in Europe, especially in Ireland, by its nuns and priests abducting  tens of thousands of babies from unwed mothers who gave birth in Catholic-run hospitals all.  They also forced drugged or helpless women to give their newborn children up for adoption against their will.

The list is endless.  The atrocities, barbarities and evil of the Roman Catholic Church is tantamount to the disdain and disregard of all other churches including the Russian Orthodox Church and its attack on dissent in the case with Pussy Riot.  Like the Taliban and Islamic extremists, the Roman Catholic Church also strangles dissent and dissenters (literally and metaphorically) as when it tried to have the Indian skeptic Sanal Edamuruku charged with blasphemy and imprisoned for debunking a claim of a miraculous weeping statue (read here and here and here and here).

The Roman Catholic Church’s finances are a disorganized mess.  The operate their own bank with ATMs, all mired in money laundering, but lack strong accounting controls and clear internal separations, which means parishioners who give to the church can have no assurance of what the money will be used for.  According to an investigation by the Economist, funds meant for hospitals, cemeteries and priests’ pensions have been raided to pay legal fees and settlements in several diocesan bankruptcies.

Vatican ATM is in Latin

Vatican ATMs are in Latin

The Roman Catholic Church is one large scandal and at the top of this scandal is the bankrupt papacy, the worse in history: Benedict XVI is implicated with two top associates in money laundering.  His life-size portrait hangs over all ATMs with all instructions for use in Latin.  Benedict XVI has never been a saint, as new information surfaces on the predatory pope daily (read here and here and here where Ratzinger is given the title of God’s Rottweiler, while placing “the devil” (not the pedophile priest) as the source of evil in child abuse cases).

Stop supporting the church with your money and your time. Such action, however it may seem is more than justified by a cornucopia of reasons showing that the church as an institution is beyond reform, and the only meaningful response is to part ways with it and let it die in the filth of its pedophile priests, greed for enrichment of a few while millions starve, and the lack of a mission to truly educate rather than indoctrinate new generations of soon-to-be Roman robots.



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Perú, agribusiness, water and war

Perú wastes water without evening thinking about it. Water is becoming more precious, and as the glaciers in the Andes disappear which channels water to Perú and its cities, Perú will become a desert unfit for habitation for any living organism. 

Inka waterworks at Machu Picchu before the city was built

Perú, land of the Inkas who had a healthy respect for the earth that its people depended on for food, raiment, refreshment, and all else that makes up civilization, including a systematic water irrigation system that also allowed water into the homes–planned long before the actual city of Machu Picchu was built (http://www.waterhistory.org/histories/machu/), is destroying itself, its history, culture, and future by ignoring reality or silencing the few teachers who speak out against global warming and climate change, and vote in the least qualified to sit in judgment in its Congress.

Perú without water

Although about three-fourth of earth is water. It is scientifically  estimated that the volume of freshwater in our rivers, groundwater, snow and ice, is about 2.5%.  The rest being the sea / salt water.

Most of the freshwater are either in the form of ice and permanent snow cover in Antarctic/Arctic regions (about 69%) or is stored underground in the form of deep underground basins/aquifers, soil moisture etc (30%). Total usable freshwater supply to ecosystem and humans from river system, lakes, wetlands, soil moisture and shallow groundwater is less than 1% of all freshwater and only 0.01% of all the water on earth.  That is rapidly disappearing, evaporating, or being polluted by large industrialists, such as the Koch Brothers of Kansas USA and manufacturers in the UK. 

Seventy per cent of the population of Perú live along the coast especially in the area of the capital city of Lima, where less than 2% of the country”s water resources are found–and Lima misuses the most water of any area along the coast line. Lima, Peru”s capital, is a particular worry. It is built on a desert, supports a population of more than eight million, and receives hardly any rainfall.  The city gets most of its water from the Rio Rimac and two other rivers with sources high up in the Andes. The rivers are partly fed by glacial melt, although less than the Rio Santa valley. 

Pollution along the coastline of Lima, Perú

Lima is not the only city wasting water–just the largest city with no soul and no heart and no compassion for other or for this planet. Lima and its sister cities, especially San Miguel, are among the greatest polluters of Peru’s ocean front and of the Pacific Ocean. It regularly wastes water that flows into the cities from the melting ice cap of the Andes Mountains that shelter various poor cities.

Ica Valley, Perú, what the tourists do not see

The Ica Valley is a desert area in the Andes and one of the driest places on earth.  The Ica Valley is well-known for its agricultural products.  The Nazca people of Peru — famous for their huge line drawings on an arid plateau that are fully visible only from the air — set the stage for their demise by disforesting the plain, allowing a huge El Niño-fueled flood to ravage the Ica Valley about AD 500, researchers have found.

“They died out because they destroyed their natural ecosystem,” said archaeologist Alex J. Chepstow-Lusty of the French Institute of Andean Studies in Lima, coauthor of a paper in the current issue of Latin American Antiquity. “As the population expanded, they put in too many fields and didn’t protect the landscape. The El Niño wiped away society.” (http://www.condition.org/lat9b02.htm)

Ica Valley Oasis Huacachina

The asparagus beds developed in the Ica Valley in the last ten years require constant irrigation, and those who work for the agribusinesses in the valley make sure that the plants are well-tended and supplied with a dwindling abundance of water. The result of this constant irrigation so that Ica Valley agribusiness can grow fatter on UK and European capital is at the expense of the workers as the local water table continues its rapid plummet, an irreversible fall that began in 2002 when extraction overtook replenishment. For example, the UK alone consumes more than 6.5 million kilos of asparagus each year–whereas asparagus barely existed in the UK until the end of the 1990s (95% comes from the Ica Valley and its agribusiness realizes approximately $450 million a year in profits, which it does not share with those who actually produce the asparagus, thus imitating the corruption rampant in the USA as seen in Koch Industries of Kansas). 

Two wells serving up to 18,500 people in the valley have already dried up. It is doubtful that the rate of growth will continue in the Ica Valley, but by 2030 the land itself will be little more than a desert.  Its people will have to cast their eyes elsewhere for new  homes, new jobs, and a new life.

Not only will the workers of the Ica Valley suffer, but traditional small- and medium-scale farmers who have found their water supplies severely diminished will also be out of work and seeking a more hospitable place to live.  As the British paper The Guardian reported, Juan Alvarez’s [a pseudonym] experience is typical. His family has farmed the Ica valley for four generations. He employs 10 people through the year, with up to 40 jobs for workers in peak asparagus season, but he says those livelihoods are under threat. The wells on his farm used to hit water at 55 metres and he could pump 60 litres of water a second from them. Now some have dried out and where there is still water he has to drill down to 108 metres and can extract only 22 litres a second even at that depth.

Farm workers harvesting asparagus in an irrigated field in Peru

Alvarez told researchers: “Agroexporters came with new government policies and tax exemptions. They bought water rights and started buying wells very far away. They have created jobs and that’s important, but the reality is they are depleting the water resources and when the water is gone they will leave. But what future is there for us? We will never leave.” (Read: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/15/peru-asparagus-british-wells.)

The study, by the development charity Progressio, has found that industrial production of asparagus in Peru’s Ica Valley is depleting the area’s water resources so fast that smaller farmers and local families are finding wells running dry. Water to the main city in the valley is also under threat, it says. It warns that the export of the luxury vegetable, much of it to British supermarkets, is unsustainable in its current form.

The expansion of the agricultural frontier in the region was made possible thanks to multimillion dollar investments by the World Bank from the late 1990s on. The World Bank reports that 80 countries now have water shortages that threaten health and economies while 40 percent of the world — more than 2 billion people — have no access to clean water or sanitation. In this context, we cannot expect water conflicts to always be amenably resolved. There will be more wars–over and for water–than for any other reason. Since 1995, Ecuador and Perú have been arguing over water (users.ipfw.edu/isiorho/​WaterIssuesNov13.ppt), as has India and Pakistan, Thailand and Cambodia, and so forth, with it even bristling between California and Arizona, Colorado (which has the Colorado River which no longer empties into the ocean but is channeled off / sold off to neighboring states) and its border states. In March 2009, a new water law was passed by the Congress of Perú authorizing the creation of a National Water Authority (ANA) and River Basin Councils (RBC) to implement Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) planning at a national level. The new law establishes a clear mandate for basin-scale water resources planning, integration of sectoral policies, participation of stakeholders, decentralization of management to the river basin level, and recognition of water as a social and economic good (http://iciwarm.org/en/about/prjPeru.cfm).

Population at any major city during market time

According to the World Bank, world-wide demand for water is doubling every 21 years, more in some regions, because of overpopulation and many organizations that claim to be pro-Life, but in reality are spelling the end of human life as natural resources and fresh drinking water disappear, claiming that “God will provide” (citing Philippians 4:19: ο δε θεος μου πληρωσει πασαν χρειαν υμων κατα τον πλουτον αυτου εν δοξη εν χριστω ιησου or Genesis 48:15:   וַיְבָרֶךְ אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיֹּאמַר:  הָאֱלֹהִים אֲשֶׁר הִתְהַלְּכוּ אֲבֹתַי לְפָנָיו,אַבְרָהָם וְיִצְחָק–הָאֱלֹהִים הָרֹעֶה אֹתִי, מֵעוֹדִי עַד-הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה ) and not harm the planet. It is pleasant to think about but not realistic when faced with scientific facts. World population has recently reached six billion and United Nation’s projections indicate nine billion by 2050. What water supplies will be available for this expanding population? (Read: http://ag.arizona.edu/AZWATER/awr/dec99/Feature2.htm)

In just 10 years asparagus cultivation has exploded to cover nearly 100sq km of reclaimed desert. Some of the largest producers have received loans from the World Bank’s commercial investment arm totalling $20m (£12m) or more over that period. The trade has created around 10,000 new jobs in a very poor area, contributing significantly to Peru’s growth, but it has already provoked conflict. When a World Bank executive went to investigate complaints about the water shortages in April he was shot at.

“The water tragedy unfolding in this region of Peru should set alarms bells ringing for government, agribusiness and retailers involved in Ica’s asparagus industry,” said report author Nick Hepworth.

The report accuses supermarkets and investors, including the World Bank, of failing to take proper responsibility for the impact of their decisions on poorer countries’ water resources. “We need action now to ensure water is used sustainably in Ica and beyond,” said Hepworth .

Supermarkets and investors, including the World Bank, refuse to take proper responsibility for the impact of their decisions on poorer countries’ water resources as their sole goal in a heavy bottom line of investment income.

In some places in the Ica Valley, the water table has fallen by eight metres each year, one of the fastest rates of aquifer depletion in the world. The people, cavalierly continue their old ways: wasting water, cooking their food on excessively high flames, and throwing the waste water on land too parched and plasticized to absorb it–so the sun removes the waste and the earth is poorer. (For more on this increasing tragedy, read [in Spanish] http://www.progressio.org.uk/sites/default/files/Gota-a-gota_resumen-ejecutivo.pdf.)

A report by Progressio, the Peruvian Centre for Rural Development (CEPES) and research and advocacy group Water Witness International (for more information in this group, read: http://www.waterwitness.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=17&lang=en; CEPES {the Peruvian Centre for Social Studies} is a Peruvian civil-society organisation which specialises in rural development. See: www.cepes.org.pe for further information), Drop by Drop, shows that the Ica Valley is not just experiencing a lack of water but a lack of responsible water management – from local government that during election years promise transparency but once installed (more often the case reinstalled) into office continue their rule more corrupt than that of ancient Spanish Grandees – through to international investors – which is leaving poor and vulnerable communities at risk in the Ica Valley and beyond. In some areas of Ica water wells are drying up. As the wells dry up the Ica Valley people discover the loss of drinking and irrigation water that throw local livelihood into jeopardy. In some cases, local people are surviving on as little as 10 litres of water per person per day, compared to the 50 litres specified by the World Health Organisation as the minimum needed for basic health maintenance.

Patty Webster (left), founder of Amazon Promise, helps physician assistant Veda Wong Sing (center) and obstetrician and AP Administrator Javier Villanes (back) treat a dehydrated boy in Belén, Loreto Province, Perú.

Dehydration is common, and while the national government in Lima ignores the reality, young and old are actually dying of thirst. Drop by Drop exposes the ineffectiveness and lack of concern by the Perú government, noting that the Peruvian government lacks the political will  to regulate water use in the valley; continuing poorly designed and unenforced water laws have permitted some agribusinesses growing asparagus for overseas markets to gain an unfair advantage in their use of local water resources, at the expense of poorer communities in order for politicians to continue extorting money from agribusiness to stay in power; and allow investors, including the World Bank, to rape the landscape of Perú for the eating pleasure of wealthier nations.

The lead author of the report, Dr Nick Hepworth, Director of Water Witness International, says: “The water tragedy unfolding in this region of Peru provides a compelling case as to why we need a new global water standard as a matter of urgency. The rapid decline of the water table in Ica – almost certainly the fastest rates of aquifer depletion anywhere in the world – should set alarm bells ringing for governments, investors, agribusinesses and retailers involved in Ica’s asparagus industry. But the problem is broader. We need action now to develop a robust market based standard to ensure water is managed and used sustainably in Ica and beyond. Current water management initiatives fall well short, but the model for how private sector standards can drive progress is proven. This is a progressive, replicable solution which can benefit many developing countries.” (http://www.progressio.org.uk/blog/news/global-standard-manage-water-use-poor-countries-urgently-needed)

Alan García Peréz, President of Perú

Lima has no water reserves, and playing politics the president of Perú, Alan Garcia Perez, promises “Agua para todos”: “Water for all”.  His pseudo-optomism has made him temporarily popular, but the population has a rude awakening, as it did in 2004, when Lima ran out of water. Still, in blindness to reality, President Alan Garcia”s government wants to give water connections to nearly a million more people in Lima, but experts say this will increase demand even more. Sedapal”s [Perú’s water utility] former president, Carlos Silvestri: “It will be very little water for all.”  Lima is the only city in South America that has few water reserves, and those reserves will not even last one year.  The increased frequency and intensity of droughts due to El Nino, and Lima”s current reliance on just one

Carlos Silvestri of Sedapal (waterworks) of Perú

60-km (37-mile) tunnel fetching water from the other side of the Andes (which is achieved a monumental cost and expense in personnel and time) spelling doom for the immediate future of Perú and for its millions of people and tourist, not only for the capital city of Lima, but also for the entire nation of Perú: its various provinces, cities, rural areas, and the institutions, hospitals, schools, universities, and businesses that depend upon water to continue their day-to-day activities to sustain the impoverished Peruvian economy and its people who live in a diminished Third World standard where the work days is frequently 12 to 14 hours without respite  (http://www.universalrights.net/news/display.php?id=2191). This factor is ignored by three major powerbrokers in Perú: agribusiness, retailers, and city and provincial governments. Instead of irrigating at night when the sun has set and thus evaporation is slower to occur, agribusiness and city/provincial governments flood parks and boulevards in the heat of the day when evaporation is the most common and rapid.

Main Square (Plaza Mayor) of Chiclayo, Perú

Cities like Chiclayo, in the north, are among the worse offenders and destroyers of the ecosystem and add to global warming by poor construction of sewers, allowing sewer lines to break and flood the streets and then wait unforgivably long period of time before correcting the problems, and using shoddy material because what was ordered has been siphoned off by those who refer to themselves as engineers but in truth are delinquents who steal what is purchased by the governments to resell to pad their own livelihood (this is especially seen in the streets and on the highways where they are laid one year and must be repaired the second because of a poor quality mix of asphalt and other road materials).

Chiclayo outdoor market

The repairs keep workers officially busy, but the workers move in groups with four to seven standing and watching one person work, but this has long been a custom of mortals everywhere, and in Perú actually is required in most classrooms where unqualified teachers assume that “group study” and “group presentations” involve the entire group. Having taught both at the secondary level of colegio and at the university level, I have yet to see an entire group work as a team. Team work is an illusion in Perú as it has always been in the USA–which is why 7000 high school students drop out of school every day of every year (that is 26 per second; see: https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/usa-becoming-more-ignorant-and-hatefilled/).

This doomsday prophecy is more real now that there is glacial melt in the Andes that is eroding faster each year with much of the glacier and gone and bare dried land exposed.  It is estimated that by 2020 or 2030 that a gallon of water will cost more than a gallon of gasoline–another finite natural resource that Perú misuses daily, furthering the erosion of ozone level and polluting the air so that children suffer lung diseases and the lowering of IQ (see: https://arthuride.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/peru-is-destroying-itself-and-its-land/). Not only is there the threat of children being born with lower IQs, but that basic skills associated with education and learning will disappear as Third World nations (such as Perú) destroy their own country in quest of earning USA and UK capital lead to social, health-related and economic problems, particularly for poor communities (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/15/peru-asparagus-british-wells).

In contrast, the Atlantic side of the Andes has 98% of the water and about a quarter of the population, but nations such as Brasil, that are on the Atlantic coastline encourage birth control and family planning. Because of the medieval mentality of the churches (evangelical and Roman Catholic), Perú discourages birth control and family planning, and teachers actually claim that every sperm is sacred and that sex has but one function: the creation of fertilized ova that generate into zygotes, and if the zygotes do not self-abort in the first week can mature into fetus–which still may self-abort, although the Christian religions in Perú lament this natural way of controlling population.

Thomas Malthus wrote that if population was not controlled by human design, it would be controlled by nature: wars, epidemics, floods, and various vices.  He showed proof how the production of food will never keep up with the production of babies. 

Thomas Malthus on the rise of population and the stratification of food.

As an Anglican priest, he urged people to be more conscious of the world and its limited resources and laid the foundation for Al Gore to write his book An Inconvenient Truth where he exposed global warming that the ignorant in the USA Congress deny as do so many other people. The tragedy can be seen: the threat is real. It is now and it is not waiting for politicians nor for anyone else to debate on its reality. The cost will be high, and all scientific journals and all renowned scientists agree that this is the future within a few years (thirty at most).

Increase in human population over the last 200 years.

Today, with 5.5 billion people (and that number growing geometrically) and well-drilling technologies capable of reaching water buried deep in the earth, human populations for the first time are capable of depleting and polluting fresh water supplies on a massive scale. Governments must act now, immediately, to prepare for inevitable increases in population that will further strain their fresh water supplies. Governments especially in Third World nations, such as Perú, need to help create conditions that will encourage the stabilization of population by encouraging and even paying for universal birth control for everyone who will practice family planning and not just breed like animals while there is still time to bring human needs and natural resources into a sustainable balance. If the birth rate continues its spiral out of control, there will be no resources to maintain life by 2070 on this planet. If the number of births per woman averaged around five today, as it did in the early 1960s, world population would be growing today by 160 million people each year. Instead, with fertility averaging 3.4 births per women, the annual population increment is 90 million. This number must be cut back even more severely if the human race is to continue its existence. This is the responsibility of well-read and dedicated educators who must be supported by their academic communities and especially Academic Deans, Directors of Departments, and all subject matter experts.

Alberto Fujimori was president of Perú and in 2010 convicted of human rights abuses.

Alberto Fujimori attempted to stem the escalating rate of population–but in the worse way possible–by forcefully and forcibly sterilizing the poor. Population control should never be mandatory nor government regulated–this should come by educating the people so that they know that with each additional birth there will be less food for those already living, and by 2030 there is a strong possibility that there will be no water in Perú even for drinking.  Estimates by a team of Peruvian and international scientists say that mountain ranges of the Andes that form the eastern border of Peru and Bolivia, which together account for more than 90% of the world”s tropical glaciers, have lost about a third of the surface area of their glaciers between the 1970s and 2006.  With this loss of glacier ice and snow, their is less water that can flow down to the villages below and even less to Lima or other cities that waste its precious blue treasure: clear, drinkable water that is the ultimate source for life and for posterity–not just for prosperity.

Map of Hunger; 5-20% of Perú is has no or limited food.

No family, especially in Perú, should have more than one or at the most two children as the world does not have the resources to sustain and maintain additional people. The world’s resources are finite. They will cease and Perú will become a uninhabitable desert, the few who remain most likely will be in constant battle over water as was the lot of the Bedouins and other tribes who live on the Arabian desert. Only when taps run dry, as happened for a time in 1993 in places as far apart as Des Moines, Iowa (USA), and Sarajevo (Europe), are those who live in the industrialized world reminded how critical access to water is to all aspects of life. In less prosperous countries millions of people, most of them women, need no such reminder. They walk miles each day to find the water they need and carry it home. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity. Most countries in the Middle East and North Africa can be classified as having absolute water scarcity today. By 2025, these countries will be joined by Pakistan, South Africa, and large parts of India and China. This means that they will not have sufficient water resources to maintain their current level of per capita food production from irrigated agriculture—even at high levels of irrigation efficiency—and also to meet reasonable water needs for domestic, industrial, and environmental purposes. What is forgotten is:

  • 1.1 billion people lack access to save drinking water (1\6th of population) and 2.4 billion lack safe sanitation (40% of pop.)
  • 6000 children die every day from diseases associated with unsafe water and sanitation and hygiene.
  •  More than 2.2 million die each year from disease associated with poor water and sanitation.
  • Women and girls-most affected-lack sanitation facilities. 
  • Unsafe water and sanitation leads to 80% of all the diseases in the developing world. 
  • In developing countries 90% of waste water is discharged without treatment.
  • Over pumping groundwater caused decline of water levels by tens of meters in many regions, forcing people to use low quality water for drinking. 
  • Loss of water through leakage, illegal hook-ups and waste is about 50% of water for drinking and 60% of water for irrigation in developing countries.

(Read: http://www.angelfire.com/bc/nihhrrc/documents/fresh.html.  The author notes that Perú should be without water by 2025.)

Many people argue that governments and/or industries can desalinize water from the oceans. Even if this action was fully possible, which it is not, desalinated water today supplies barely one-thousandth of the fresh water used worldwide, according to calculations by Peter H. Gleick, an expert on water issues with the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. Between the high capital and energy requirements, desalinated water costs several times more than water supplied by conventional means.

Desalinizing plant cost $2,000 per acre-foot to take salt out of ocean water

Desalination as currently practiced has a further constraint: It is driven almost entirely by the combustion of fossil fuels. These fuels, in extensive but still finite supply, pollute the air and contribute to the risk of global climate change. At present, solar-powered desalination plants–which hold the promise of using renewable energy to take the salt out of seawater–account for only 5,240 cubic meters a day, a negligible proportion of all desalinated water.

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Perú is destroying itself and its land

While the nation of Perú has enacted legislation to stop burning brush, dead weeds, and other materials on its soil, the people of Perú out of lack of concern for the well-being of the country or unspeakable laziness torch the soil on a daily basis.  Burning the soil, which is already poor in quality, can cause the soil to lose its ability to absorb and retain water. After any fire of any size or intensity, the top layer of soil may become water-repellent thereby forbidding and denying water absorption and retention. This causes rain to drain off the soil without absorbing into the ground and permitting the germination of seeds into grasses and other foods.

Burning the land, destroying the planet

The more intense the fire, the greater the chance that the top layer of soil will become water-repellent. Once fire consumes bushes, their roots no longer pull moisture into the soil and if the roots emerge they will be dwarfed at best and will, in most cases, die before producing a new generation or reinvigorating the soil.  Peruanos forget that by burning the soil of Perú they are endangering not only the soil burned but the earth near the conflagration, as well as creating a nearly irreversible loss of shade that the bushes once provided means soil moisture is more likely to evaporate.

When Perú farmers and city officials burn bushes to allow for the construction of new highways (few that will last more than a minimal number of years because of the graft associated with the buying of highway materials usually sees degree-holding but not truly educated engineers sell off part of the asphalt and other street products for personal gain (theft) and then replenishing what is taken out of their supplies with sand or ash) bush and grass burning may cause the soil to be less stable.  When the soil is less stable (which is an increasing problem in Perú, especially in the provinces such as Lambayeque in the north, and minor provinces in the south, where political corruption is rife, erosion is a major concern after a fire. The loss of root systems, coupled with the water runoff caused by soil water repellency, can allow much of the soil to wash away. Shallow-rooted plants are affected by unstable soil, as they depend on vegetation, such as shrubs and bushes, to hold the soil in place.

Not only is there the problem of creating unstable soil in Perú because of random and unattended burning (as seen most clearly in the rice fields in front of the Universidad de Chiclayo which is a seasonal disgrace and a crime against nature), but by burning the stalks of the rice plants or other crops grown across from the Universidad de Chiclayo, including small bushes  that once lined the roadway, the ground is needlessly exposed to the sun. This lack of shade raises the temperature of the soil and not only increases the risk of a wildfire, but worse it invites intensified global warming and creates additional problems for the ozone layer and local ecology.

If the fire also caused the soil to become water-repellent, the soil will be even warmer due to the lack of moisture and this increased warmth will be reflected upward, making living conditions in Chiclayo, Pimentel, and all other areas affected by such ignorance of climatology unbearable, and ultimately, if unchecked, will make the area uninhabitable for people or animals. Depending on the ecosystem, this warmer soil may hinder or encourage seed germination. Microbes present in the soil, if not killed by the burning, may not survive in the warmer soil and thus the entire ecosystem is endangered. Many plants depend on soil microbes and, although they may grow, will not thrive if microbes are absent from the soil.

Most Peruanos with whom I have spoken have never studied agricultural sciences nor know basic soil chemistry. In quest of immediate profits the average Perú farmer will strip soil naked and then wonder why his crops are not producing abundantly. Here the problem is the lack of learning about the earth the farmers tend. During the combustion process, several previously bound nutrients are released in their elemental or radical formation. This process is described by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (2001), “Certain positive ions, collectively called cations, are stable at typical combustion temperatures, and remain on site after burning in the form of ash or uncombusted hydrocarbons. If in the ash form they are subsequently leached into the soil where they exchange with H+ ions; the resulting increase in H+ ions in solution increases the pH.” These changes are significant on low pH sites (e.g.cold, wet, acidic sites) since a higher pH typically increases the nutrient cycling of various elements critical for plant growth, including nitrogen and phosphorus. When I have tried to explain basic soil chemistry, none have ever heard of nitrogen nor the role it plays in soil. Without nitrogen, it is nearly impossible for anything of value to grow.

Nitrogen is bound in soil in an organic form. This organic nitrogen releases slowly into the soil and is made available for plants to use. Bush burning changes organic nitrogen into mobile nitrates. The nitrates seem good–at first–but in the end will destroy the earth and what it can produce.

It is true that plants are able to use mobile nitrates easier than organic nitrogen, and this accounts for the sudden plant growth that appears after a fire. However, mobile nitrates are more susceptible to being washed away with water runoff. Long-term bush burning creates soil that is lacking in nitrogen. Micronutrients, normally present in soil with decomposing vegetable matter, are lacking in soils after a fire. The combustion process of bush burning also increases soil’s pH. This is problematic in ecosystems that rely on low pH values, and native vegetation may have a hard time establishing itself again, and if bush and brush burning continues for years, all nitrogen will be destroyed and the land become unproductive and life forms dependent upon the soil will disappear.

When soil burning is left unchecked, and there is no one to watch or curtail or contain the burning, what happens to the soil is catastrophic. In some uncontrolled fires, the ground is scorched in a way that hydrophobicity occurs.  Hydrophobicity (water repellency) results in decreased infiltration and increased runoff that often results in increased erosion., and it will make the soil become almost like plastic. When it rains, dry soil will run off more easily, causing mud and landslides as seen in the devastation  in Haiti following the  2010 hurricane. Breaking up the soil, either by hand or letting the wildlife take care of it by walking around and turning up the soil, will help ensure that erosion does not occur. The roots of plants can help keep the soil together, but if there was not much vegetation to begin with, erosion becomes even more likely.

Nitrogen may be reintroduced back into an ecosystem via symbiotic and non-symbiotic fixation. Fixation, which is commonly more active following fires, can in some ecosystems actually restore lost nitrogen. This process is generally facilitated by both heterotrophic (can not survive on its own) bacteria as well as symbiotic fixation taking place within nodulated plant roots. Nodulated plant roots occur in numerous plants species including alder, ceanothus and various legumes. Depending on the site, bacterial fixation in decomposing wood may also provide an important post-fire nitrogen source. The process is enhanced by the ash and the blackened soil surface which acts as a black body (absorbs energy and warms quickly).

The soil can regenerate if all soil bacteria is not destroyed in the fire. Following any fire, soil biota (living soil organisms) is commonly affected to varying degrees. In general, it appears that soil will often protect subsurface soil biota (including insect pupae) from fire. This level of protection is dependant upon the depth of the organism in relation to the depth of heat penetration. In general, hot fires typically have a more significant and longer-lasting impact on soil biota than low intensity fires that are both infrequent and not on the same soil; they tend to have little or no effect on soil biota. Overall, it appears that changes in soil biota are typically minor, and thus have little impact on the ecosystem as a whole. The exact impact of fire on soil biota however, is complex, and for the most part still poorly understood.

Constant fires, that are common in Perú agricultural areas cause numerous problems. One of these catastrophic problems is the increase in air and water pollution when carbon is sent into the atmosphere, but this is not as intense a carbon pollution as is the exhaust from old cars, buses and trucks that are daily on Perú roads and highway.

Not only has it been proven that automobile pollution lowers intelligence ratio (IQ) ratios, especially among pre-born, new-born, and the young, as Dr. Shakira Franco Suglia of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston told the Reuter’s News Agency and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (http://in.reuters.com/article/2008/02/15/us-dirty-air-idINKUA57144920080215?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0) even after adjusting for the effects of the parents’ IQ and conditions at home, birth rate, language spoken in the home, and other variables. Children who are exposed to more carbon dioxide and monoxide usually have an IQ of 3 to 4 points lower than children who have fresh air to breathe. Other studies show that pregnant women who experienced the highest exposures to pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons had children with IQ scores four points lower on average than kids born to less-exposed mothers (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pollutions-toll-on-the-brain). A 2008 study conducted by the schools of public health at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill on 20- to 50-year-olds pinpointed ozone-related reductions in attention, short-term memory and reaction times equivalent to up to 3.5 to five years of age-related decline. All climate change deniers, such as US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and the Koch Industries of Kansas (who are in the top ten of the world’s biggest polluters), have repeatedly been proven wrong about their theories that climate change is “a hoax” or “anti-Bible”–as it is very real and the product of the current age–not of any biblical period 2000 years ago. This is used to justify water pollution as it is believed, wrongly, that water will purify itself, and thus in Perú a natural wonder is now a garbage pit: Lake Titicaca, not just by tourists, but more so by native Peruanos who do not care, as the schools and universities do not teach global awareness nor the finite resources on this water planet we call Earth.

Pollution of Lake Titicaca, Perú

Auto pollution, especially from poorly maintained buses and autos as well as from the burning cheap combustibles such as gasoline can even lead to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.  The older the auto is on the road, and the cheaper the gas purchased to move the vehicle, the less chance a fetus has to obtain any equality with those who are not subjected to the pollution of the auto, but, instead, gives up any real chance of obtaining a solid education (most children who are exposed to auto exhaust have a short attention span, no interest in reading anything serious, and frequently sleep in class–which if tolerated, which it is in Perú, because of poorly trained teachers who want more to be loved than to educate–will find their career choices limited and their culture diminished).  Those who are most commonly affected by pollution have little interest in reading or learning, and are content with maintaining the status quo including polluting the world while disavowing the climate crisis and mortal attacks on the environment.

Pastoruri Mountains in Perú losing their glaciers

The problem of the pollution goes even further than the immediate circle where the child and family live. The pollution is destroying the ozone, and with it the ice caps from which Perú gets its drinking water, water for irrigation and cattle and other life forms. Already most of the coast of Perú is arid, but the ice atop Cordillera Blanca, the largest glacier chain in the tropics, is melting faster than before as can been seen in photographs taken in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, and so forth, because of rising temperatures, and peaks are turning brown.  Quelccaya in southern Peru, the world’s largest tropical ice cap, is retreating at about 200 feet a year, up from 20 feet a year in the 1960s, and with its loss Perú is experiencing a certain death within this century.  But this loss of ice is not only a problem for Perú for its neighbors, especially Bolivia is beset with the same problems and same losses.  In Peru, home to 70 percent of Earth’s tropical glaciers, the Andes mountains have lost at least 22 percent of their glacier area since 1970 and the melt is speeding up, according to Peru’s National Resources Institute, INRENA, a government agency. Two-thirds of Perú’s people live on the coast–which has less than 1.8 percent of the nation’s water supply. 

Ever the politician and seldom the serious thinker, Perú president Alan Garcia Perez lacking any serious education actually believes and has argued that the rush of melting ice in the Andes will lead to abundant hydroelectric energy although it will also lead to increasingly most costly production of suitably adequate drinking water.  Julio Garcia of the National Environment Council, CONAM, acknowledges that this will be extremely costly for those living in Lima, and for many it will be too costly to obtain.  Julio Garcia is among the few people in Perú who acknowledges that the nation of Perú will most likely run out of drinking water by 2050 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17113441/).

Most scientists agree that Perú will have no water within forty years.  Bolivia will have no glaciers within thirty years. In Columbia, snow and ice caps are receding at the rate of eighty feet a year–and increase of fifty feet a year in just a few years.  The high peaks of the Sierra Nevada of Merida range in Venezuela show some glaciers have entirely disappeared over the past several decades while others are evaporating more rapidly than thought possible.  Ice is melting rapidly atop Cotopaxi, an active volcano whose 19,000-foot snow-capped peak can be seen from the capital, Quito, Ecuador, 40 miles to the northwest.  All of this means that there will be a critical shortage of water in thirty years, and most likely lead to wars over water as occurred in the Arabian desert.

What can be done? It is difficult for most people to change, especially if they are enchained to a culture that deny global warming or are accustomed to massive use of water, retain and use old vehicles and buy cheap gasoline, and have little care for the environment–as is the rule in Perú.  One simple way that a small halt on this erosion is possible is for communities to stop cutting down trees.  Climate change began in earnest with the cutting down of the Brazilian rainforests.

Burning down the Rain Forest to plant soy which is more profitable

Humans cut down a lot of trees, making deforestation the second biggest source of the 30 billion metric tons of CO2 put into the atmosphere yearly by us. Planting trees might not solve global warming, but cutting back on cutting down trees would be a big help, especially cutting down trees with spreading branches. In Chiclayo, where I live, the city plants trees and then promptly cannibalize them by cutting them into different shapes–most of which look like umbrellas–this adds to the CO2 and climate warming. Most schools (public and private) have grass behind their fences, but in front of these institutions there is dried earth that buses travel over, people walk on, and no grass planted, thereby contributing more to global warming. Few yards have grass or trees, and usually have enough sand and soil filtering in through poorly constructed windows and doors, that dusting is a daily necessity. However, if the homeowner would plant grass and trees in front of (as most houses in Perú are built like condominiums) the house (or around it which is the best way) there would be a minor impact.

Poverty in Lima, Perú

The building of shantytowns using adobe (mud) bricks is destroying the climate faster than most burning, as the adobe has to be kilned to be usable, and the kilning is a process of hardening the already dead earth by using combustibles that not only pollute the air but both CO and CO2 to the atmosphere. Far worse is the carelessness of people (not only in Perú but around the world) who insist on plastic bags to carry groceries and other items out of a business, and then toss away once the items are in their home or place of work. These plastic bags, which Ireland has now wisely made illegal, enter landfills–and none are biodegradable.  Recycling must occur now–glass items need to be stoked into furnaces and refashioned, plastic must be abandoned, newspapers once read and found unwanted must be returned to recycling bins, and waste products such as unwanted foods returned to the earth.

The ancient Romans had the best idea on how to honor their dead: the dead were cremated–not in caskets as occurs today–but on a bier of wood and old grass, and the deceased’s ashes were cast over the land, thus helping the land. A few bio-crematorial industries do exist, but the problem lies with religions that require the body be buried, usually with some chemicals added to retard decomposition (cp. http://biocremation.info/Portals/0/A%20Comparison%20of%20Alkaline%20Hydrolysis%20vs%20Combustion07262010.pdf).  To take up miles of land for burial is an absurdity, and causes further climate destruction.  Recently the Roman Catholic Church has accepted cremation, a ritual that for thousands of years was common among the various branches of religions in India, Thailand, Japan, and elsewhere. Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, mandate cremation. No coffins are burned, no water is needed.

There is a simpler answer–but one that will not be popular in emerging nations especially where religion is strong, as is the case in Perú. The answer is for people to postpone marriage at least to the age of thirty and to limit child-bearing to one or two children in a family. Not only is this essential to the realities of the finite resources left on this planet which are not renewable, but the reality of accepting that more mouths will require more food and without adequate food and water there will be more wars (cf. http://www.publicbookshelf.com/public_html/Outline_of_Great_Books_Volume_I/thomasrr_caa.html).  As Thomas Malthus noted in the eighteenth century: “”The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man” (Malthus, Thomas Robert (1798). An essay on the principle of population. Chapter 1, p. 13 in Oxford World’s Classics reprint). Malthus argued three points concerning the possibility of population control:

“Must it not then be acknowledged by an attentive examiner of the histories of mankind, that in every age and in every State in which man has existed, or does now exist

That the increase of population is necessarily limited by the means of subsistence [people will increase in number only if there is sufficient food to eat],

That population does invariably increase when the means of subsistence increase, and,

That the superior power of population is repressed, and the actual population kept equal to the means of subsistence [lack of food], by misery [war and natural calamities] and vice [prostitution and homosexuality]” (Malthus, Thomas Robert (1798). An essay on the principle of population, in Oxford World’s Classics reprint. p. 61, end of Chapter VII).

Rev. Thomas Robert Malthus

Malthus, who would become an Anglican priest,  took prizes in English declamation, Latin and Greek, and graduated with honours, Ninth Wrangler in mathematics, he took the MA (which was more arduous to obtain than the PhD in most universities today) degree in 1791, and was elected a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge by its faculty.  Malthus did not believe that humans would voluntarily, intelligently, limit their own number and thus nature had to limit how many people were on the planet through war, plagues, and natural calamities such as global warming, climate change, earthquakes, tsunamis, and so forth fearing that no one would have the courage to practice natural birth control (abstinence, delayed marriage, delayed pregnancy, or acceptance of homosexuality as a natural reality that occurs throughout all living species; cf. http://www.health.am/sex/more/1500-animal-species-homosexuality/ and http://www.news-medical.net/news/2006/10/23/20718.aspx).


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