An essential context for what’s going on in Israel-Palestine

by Mark Cramer, author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist

Our country was forged by settlers. The 13 colonies were not enough. We wanted the rest of Indian and Mexican territory, from sea to shining sea: our Manifest Destiny, our “West Bank.”

White settlers also occupied South Africa, eventually viewed as a pariah state. A once-reviled terrorist, Nelson Mandela, became a liberator, and today everyone agrees that apartheid was evil.

Like our John Waynes and the Afrikaner settlers, Zionists occupied Palestine. “In the late 19th…


To live healthier and more financially free

by Mark Cramer, author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist

We can be conditioned to believe any absurdity: like a human being needs to power a two-ton hunk of steel to get around.

The annual cost of owning a car hovers near $10,000, including the car itself, fuel, maintenance and repair, insurance, license and registration, taxes, depreciation, and finance charges. And that doesn’t include hidden health costs resulting from a sedentary lifestyle.

Here’s a brief list of why you should consider going car free. …


Infamous Welfare Queen Attacks Pregnant Daughter-in-Law

Roger LeBlanc (author of The Lazy Bettor’s Guide to the Kentucky Derby)

Warning: I’m about to write on a subject I know almost nothing about. The British royal family.

Recently my friend Oprah* (* Facebook friend) interviewed two younger members of the British royal family, now living in the USA. Apparently the quest of this married couple is to become ex-members of the House of Windsor — what I would call “Windsor Nots.” To this end the couple sought prime-time international coverage to talk about their old lives as disenchanted and very much put-upon Windsors.

True confessions: I haven’t watched…


Mark Cramer (author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist)

Here’s a Green New Deal that deficit hawks who squawk at big government spending will rejoice in defending. As with the original addiction-recovery methods, this 12-step program would detox our society from

  • Facile fuels
  • Colossal sprawl
  • Docile conformity
  • Factory-farm enormity
  • Dietary calamity
  • Sedentary infirmity
  • Never-ending spending

The Conservative Green New Deal will not require, it will inspire.

The Conservative Green New Deal is multidisciplinary, involving macro-economy, micro-agronomy, commuter bio-autonomy, liberation cardiology and an extrication of big-box pathology, with no apology. …


A Draconian Solution to Overpopulation and Its Repercussions

Mark Cramer (author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist)

This planet cannot sustain us all, at least not at the current rate that we’re consuming and debasing its resources. Here we present a list of people who must prepare their bags for departure to Mars so we can save our spaceship Earth.

Let’s not get involved in polemics on how population needs to be controlled or whether improving economies will automatically reduce the birth rate. When I see coyotes roaming streets of cities like Irvine and Valencia in California, I know that we, as…


Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria Confronted

Mark Cramer (author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist)

In 2003 a bipartisan Big Lie was abetted by political pundits, and these pundits have paid no price for their journalistic malpractice.

All attention today rests on the Big Lie that the US presidential election was stolen. That lie, incessantly repeated by Trump and his enablers, triggered a wave of anger that flooded into the Congress to stop the final certification of the election on January 6.

“If you tell a big lie enough and keep repeating it,” said Hitler’s minister of propaganda Joseph Goebbels…


“Can I Con You One More Time Before I Go?”

Roger LeBlanc (author of The Punter’s Tale)

Most big-budget romance movies begin with eventual lovers not liking one another. In a typical opening scene they meet and their first impressions are bad…really bad. The plot then moves toward reconciliation as the lovers discover each other’s finer qualities. Ta da! Love wins out! And the movie ends with them looking forward to a lifetime of walking on secluded beaches and dining in pricey restaurants.

Credit Donald Trump and his supporters with originality.

Their script begins and ends with blind, undying love. It’s an “I loved you at first sight,” “I loved…


A foreign anthropologist exposes our myths

Mark Cramer (author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist)

To better understand how tribal myths led to the storming of the U.S. Congress, Welcome To Fakeville! sought the opinions of an anthropologist, Gurb. He’s from the exoplanet Proxima Centauri b, which orbits the closest star to our solar system, Proxima Centauri.

GURB: I was named after a character in a Philip K Dick novel, Ragle Gumm. But we have no M in our language. Gumm is a puzzle solver, like me.

WTF: Could you, as an interplanetary anthropologist, talk about our proclivity to believe…


Roger LeBlanc and Mark Cramer (author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist)

During 2020 Welcome To Fakeville! sifted fact from fiction and, at times, crafted fiction resembling fact. We lobbied for change, lampooned the corrupt old guard and never told a lie.

In addition to self-publishing at Medium.com and Patreon.com, we share our articles with other progressive sites. Our stories have been published at Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine and in the Steady State Herald: Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy.

Mark and I are proud to carve out a…


With New Year’s resolve, human energy can heal us and defeat climate change

Mark Cramer (author of Old Man on a Green Bike: Chronicles of a Self-Serving Environmentalist)

In the 1970s visionary iconoclast Ivan Illich accurately predicted, “Even if nonpolluting power were feasible and abundant, the use of energy on a massive scale acts on a society like a drug that is physically harmless but psychically enslaving.”

Once we’re psychically enslaved to energy, we become sedentary. “Two decades of sedentary lifestyle is associated with two times the risk of premature death compared to being physically active,” according to research from the European Society of Cardiology.

This social ill is referred to as the…

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Authors Mark Cramer and Roger LeBlanc team up to expand Leftist bandwidth with humor and underappreciated facts about current events.

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