Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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Our Future

Published on Tuesday 15. January 2019

Let’s take a look at the future of our planet. The meeting in Poland to save our planet had an ironic twist given that 80% of Poland’s energy comes from coal. The amount of US carbon emissions rose by 3.4% in 2018. The number of oil rigs in operation is on the rise. Then there are problems with the depletion of aquafers, soil erosion, heavy metals and poisons in the food chain, plastic in the oceans and its residents and unsustainable levels of debt due to the over consumption which leads to increased greenhouse gases not to mention the potential for economic collapse.
The problem is that each country wants to protect its own economy and its leaders are not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to mount an international effort to save the planet. A good example is Norway, where I live, which tries to profile itself as a crusader for a green development while its oil and gas production is scheduled to rise until 2024. And politicians spread empty platitudes about saving the planet when, in fact, we are destroying it and crossing our fingers that technology will save it.
But the planet will save itself after vindictively attacking the perpetrators of its decline. According to scientist we will face catastrophes that we have never seen before involving floods, rising sea levels, drought, hunger, the spread of disease. Mass migration will threaten industrialized countries in the migrants’ futile attempt to survive.
Recent data shows that 50 mammalian species are “critically endangered (possibly extinct).” We are in the process of wiping out our fellow mammals. So even though we are at the top of the species “food chain,” our time will come. The question is what we plan to do about it. Not only for us, but especially for our children and grandchildren. Time is running out.

State of the Union

Published on Tuesday 8. January 2019

Next month President Trump will hold the annual State of the Union address in Congress. The question is what is the state of the union? Heads of government should reflect that state and espouse the ideals of that state. Trump’s tweets express hate, violence, bigotry, division, racisms and America first and the world be damned. Yet his followers say that “he tells it like it is.” One can wonder what that “is” is and what it tells us about the state of the union both morally and ethically. Are human rights and international relations irrelevant? One can easily draw the conclusion that the state of union is not only in a very sorry state but also a dangerous one for both the United States and the world.

Gut Feeling

Published on Sunday 2. December 2018

Our country is now being run by Donald’s gut feeling. His gut knows more than all his generals, his intel, his Head of the Fed and even more amazing the experts on climatic change. Think what this means for not only the US but the entire world, when his gut is determining our future, a gut that knows nothing about anything, but cheese burgers.

Trump the Fox

Published on Wednesday 14. November 2018

As I suggested below, Trump doesn’t need a Goebbels. He does quite well on his own. But he does have one anyway. It’s Fox News.

And speaking of foxes, the Republicans have managed to install foxes like Brian Kemp to “guard” the political chicken coop. With foxes like him, there won’t be many chickens left after the election. At least not Democratic chickens. And when you factor in voter suppression, the so-called Florida recount and gerrymandering, there won’t be many Americans who believe in the political system. What happens when people stop believing in the system? Let Trump lie to the public and allow the elections to be rigged, and we will soon find out.

Gobbels and Trump

Published on Monday 12. November 2018

Joseph Goebbels once said that if one repeats a lie often enough, people will come to believe it. Trump has obviously read Goebbels because his whole procedure is taken right out of Goebbels’ play book. Let’s hope that we’re not as gullible as Goebbels’ audience and fall for Trump’s lies, fear mongering, racism and hate, his distorted view of “truth”. Because we know what it led to in Nazi Germany.