Monthly Archives: June 2007

We’ve got less than ten years left. All the signs show it.

Way back in the 70s I “predicted” an environmental crisis/catastrophe. Way back when I was still a teen, it was obvious to me.

Over the years, then the decades, I watched the natural world around me change…for the worst. I watched forests leveled, wetlands decimated, natural meadows destroyed, waters polluted. I watched man encroach on nature more and more, pouring cement and asphalt, building wider, spreading out, not higher and consolidating. I watched wilderness and rural land become industrial parks and subdivisions, wild mountains become wastelands of erosion, everything devastated wherever man touched…encroached.

So, now — now that it is too late — suddenly the environment is “big news.”

I’m sorry. Didn’t you notice it before? Didn’t you see, hear, feel, taste and smell it in the air? And not just the complete saturation of herbicides, rodenticides, pesticides, fungicides…that permeate our water, our food, our air — every aspect of our lives. A change has happened. To the biosphere. Life as we know it is on the brink. A new world, a new biosphere, hostile to the present reign of the oxygen revolution dynasty, is about ready to emerge. It has to. Life is endemic to this world. Life will continue. But it won’t be life as we know it. It won’t be life that is comfortable for us…even if some of us adapt and survive.

We’ve got less than ten years. That’s my opinion. Less than ten years. After that, life as we know it on this planet is gone forever. No more cushy lifestyles, no more pleasant afternoon strolls along the beach. You’ll be fighting to survive…if you live through the wars that are bound to rage as people…nations…reach out in desperation to secure the resources they need for them to survive and damn anyone who gets in their way.

A bit extreme in my viewpoint? Maybe. But, all around me, the signs point it out. Trees are dying…for no known cause. When the sun shines, suddenly the temperature spikes from normal to a hundred and more degrees, while when it’s cloudy, we’re at normal temperatures. Winter: a fifty degree difference between sunny daylight and nighttime temperatures. (Now, that’s extreme.) Insects are dying. Birds are dying. Fish are dying. All of them for no known cause. This isn’t disease. This is environment — hostile environment. It’s reached its tipping points long ago, yet the dimwitted, from neocon to SUV Sally, just laugh and deny.

Okay. Yes. I may be wrong. But, you know what? I’m not a proponent of “end of the world” anything. I just have watched all these years. I see it in the animals, the plants, the insects. I see it in the soil and the air. I feel it in the intensity of the sun. And I’m not alone. Others see and feel it, too. We’re just quiet about it now. Because we know that it’s already too late.

I laugh when I hear the scientific community quoted to the media. In 2050..in 2100. How about, “You’ll be lucky (or maybe very unlucky) if you’re still alive in 2015.”

You know, even my “environmentally conscious” friends scoff at my saying this.  They don’t believe it.  They think I’m nuts.  Well, maybe I am.  Maybe I’m wrong.  You know what?  I sincerely hope so.  Truly.  I love this world — not man’s world — but the world of nature  — the sky, the forests, the mountain lakes…the earthworms I rescue from the pavement, the birds that fly the skies…the birds that used to sing the morning and the evening (They haven’t come this year, you know. Neither have the humming birds.  Nor the butterfies.  And the bumble bees, which were here this spring, have vanished too.)

…Yes, I hope I’m wrong.  Let’s hope I’m not dead right.

DO SOMETHING!

Received from NRDC today. DO SOMETHING, PEOPLE. 

Dear Dawn,

While the Bush Administration refuses to clamp down on America’s
biggest global warming polluters . . .

. . . there are alarming new reports of POLAR BEARS STARVING in the Arctic and being driven to extremes of survival behavior because of the rapidly changing climate.

I’ll share more about it below. But first, I need you to take
IMMEDIATE ACTION because new global warming bills are being
debated in Congress — and they could be a critical factor in
saving the polar bear from extinction.

In advance of key votes on a global warming bill, we must build
the ranks of concerned Americans who are committed to saving
polar bears by making their voices heard on Capitol Hill.

Go to the Tell-A-Friend page of our Polar Bear SOS website and
send out as many SOS messages as you can to your friends and
family: http://www.polarbearsos.org/tellfriends

That way, when a tough global warming bill is nearing a vote, we
can alert millions of online activists to support it — and win
its passage into law.

Right now, the need for such legislation is distressingly
apparent. The Arctic spring in Greenland is coming two weeks
earlier than it did in 1996 — a rate of climate change that far
outstrips warming trends seen elsewhere in the Northern
Hemisphere.

As the sea ice melts earlier and earlier each year, there have
been more and more reports of starving polar bears being forced
to resort to heart-breaking acts of desperation.

Only last summer, an adult bear — his hip bones visible through
his hide — killed a polar bear cub for food in the first-ever
eyewitness account of polar bear infanticide.

The scientists who observed this never-before-seen behavior
linked the killing of the cub — and other recent reports of
polar bear cannibalism in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea — to
“nutritional stress related to a longer ice-free period.”

They also predicted that as the ice melt continues to
accelerate, tragic incidents like these will become more
frequent. This is the terrible and inexcusable toll that global
warming is taking on the polar bear.

And our very best hope to prevent an even bigger tragedy is to
start cutting our global warming pollution now.

So while you have this message in front of you — please rally
your friends in support of imperiled polar bears by sending SOS
messages to as many people as you can at http://www.polarbearsos.org/tellfriends

Thanks to you, we prevailed in court and forced the Bush
Administration to propose giving the polar bear federal
protection. Then, we deluged the administration with hundreds of
thousands of Citizen Comments in support of that protection.

Now, with your help, we’ll be poised and ready to unleash the
power of one million online activists in support of global
warming legislation that could be a lifeline for the polar bear.
I hope you’ll do your part today. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Frances Beinecke
President
Natural Resources Defense Council

P.S. Want to do more to rush to the aid of the polar bear? Go to
our http://www.polarbearsos.org website now.

Lacking Life…and Eyes.

I’m tired of caring when nobody else does.  I’m tired of working while others sit on their leisure asses complaining they don’t have any time for themselves.  I’m tired of being responsible.  I’m tired.  Time to regroup, think, contemplate.

My sight is acting up again, too.  Time to get away from the computer except for necessary and desired.

My Safety, My Cat’s Life.

There is a leash law in Bonner County, Idaho.  I believe there is also a separate leash law doubling Bonner County’s in both Sandpoint and Ponderay.  Despite this, people blatantly let their dogs off leash, especially while walking them up and down the residential streets and alleys.  While many of these dogs are pleasant, wonderful, well-socialized animals, many are not.  Many are, in fact, dangerous to both humans and pets. 

Aggressive dogs like Pitbulls, Pitbull crosses, and Rottweilers bite me without provocation.  (German shepherds don’t for some reason.) I believe this behavior from natively aggressive dogs is because they dislike that I am what is classified as an alpha personality, even though I take care not to look them in the eye, not to approach them, not to acknowledge them.  Regardless of the fact I am an alpha personality, I shouldn’t have to be in fear of being bitten, or, worse, dying, as a result of a dog attack.  And I shouldn’t have to fear that my cat will wind up dead in the jaws of these dogs either. 

Dog owners — pet owners in general — have an obligation and a responsibility to maintain complete control of their animals.  They do not have a right to perpetrate fear or danger to other people and their pets.  Yet there is this consistent disregard, flagrant disregard, in fact, for the safety and comfort of others.

When asked to leash their dogs, and even when their dogs threaten a person or their pet right before their eyes, these owners scoff, ridicule, or shrug.  “Too bad, so sad.”  Okay.  So when you have lost your house, your boat, your cars, your bank account because your dog attacked me without provocation in my own back yard or on the street, “Too bad, so sad,” right?

If your dog is aggressive, for everybody’s sake, LEASH IT. And keep it well under control at all times.  Muzzle your dog when out in public if it is a biter or dangerous to other’s pets.  Neither I nor my pets want to suffer the consequences of your flagrant disregard for the law, nor your blatant disregard for the health, welfare, and safety of others and those creatures precious to them…or any creature for that matter, never mind the sanctity of one’s property.  (My plants, tires, fence posts, car paint, do not need digging, scratching, the application of dog urine, or paw prints.)

And while we’re on the subject, do NOT point your dog onto my grass, purposely urging it to take a dump on my lawn — this to the young woman who owns the bloodhound.

The Wind in the Trees. The Light.

Today was beautiful.  It still is. And it promises to be a very wonderful evening.  I’m going for a walk.  You should, too.  Life is wonderful…except for the Stirrers.  What are they?  Those are cretins passing themselves off as alive who actually died a long, long time ago.  But we won’t get into that right now.  It’s much too nice outside to discuss foibled peebles.

See the Light.  Be the Wind.  Sing with Trees.

Joy.

A Bright & Antiseptic World

Once again, I’m saturated with people who desire, above all,

  • BRIGHT VIVID COLORS,
  • CLEAN, STERILE SURFACES,
  • SHINING PLASTIC FACADES,
  • SMOOTHNESS WITH NO RIPPLES, NO MOUNDS,
  • STRAIGHT LINES, SQUARES, RECTANGLES,
  • ORDERLY ROWS UPON ROWS,
  • FEATURELESS FLATNESS,
  • LIGHTED TO BLIGHTED,
  • MERCILESSLY MUNDANE,
  • HERMETICALLY ANTISEPTIC.

This, of course, is Hell they are describing — human designed and engineered — brought to you compliments of primal terrors, encouraged by suburbanized American Protestant Fundamentalist Christian dogma.  Not only is this utterly boring, it’s killing us all. Sorry, folks, even your own body requires bacteria and other microorganisms for healthy survival.  Love mold, love fungi, too.  Life depends on it…and a lot of other things you’re trying to eradicate with your clean, light, antiseptically bright fetishes.

Flush It!

Unwilling audience to a conversation, I got to listen to neighbors looking down their noses upon other neighbors.  There is an eccentric couple who live on a corner nearby, and, though their property is well-kept, it isn’t pristine lawn and flowers planted nicely in orderly rows.  It’s artistic, with a rusty frog (purposely rusty) peering out at the world from a riotous flower planting, driftwood and miscellany artfully attached to a purposely rustic fence, and, amongst other interesting touches, a disintegrating fiberglass bear set in such a way as to present an artistic statement.  (The bear, by the way, was “original artwork” done for an exhibition and auction, compliments of one of Sandpoint’s stupid tourist-draw marketing frenzies.) In other words, their yard isn’t tame, sterile, and “suburban plastic.”

I applaud these individuals on their choices. I applaud their “nerve” (as one snippy neighbor so nicely put it).  I applaud their choice to be themselves, a house that looks alive amid blocks of sterile lawns which mimic AstroTurf, and plantings that come straight out of Martha Stewart’s idea of a Stepford Wife’s Perfect Planting. *YUCK!*

Psst!  You know what REALLY irks everyone?  They can’t see into these folk’s side-yard and backyard or through their windows.  They made their place very, very private, except for the front corner yard, which, of course, is gorgeously unique, and completely obscures any nosy eyes from spying in their windows or beyond the gates.  *snicker* 

I think people ought to take their snippy attitudes and their concern about what someone else is doing in their lives, with their property, and how it looks, sounds, and IS, and stuff those thoughts back where they belong — vaulted inside their much too empty minds.  …Now, all together, folks: FLUSH! 

Ethiopia!  Crimes against humanity Bush supports & encourages

This reported today:

 INTERNATIONAL / AFRICA   | June 18, 2007
In Ethiopian Desert, Fear and Cries of Army Brutality
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
At the epicenter of a war pitting nomads against one of the biggest armies in Africa, villagers said they had been brutalized by government troops.

Despite horrific rapes, torture, murder, cruelty, and terror by government troops, despite mass annihilation of political opposition and demonstrators, the Bush and Cheney adminstration openly supports the Ethiopian government, writing them blank checks for NON-HUMANITARIAN aid — miliatry support. That means, folks, that Bush and Cheney are using your tax dollars to underwrite the atrocities perpetuated by the Ethiopian military, its troops and leaders, sanctioned by the Ethiopian government.  And, by using your tax dollars to do this (billions of dollars per year, by the way), that means YOU (and I) are actually responsible for this perpetration of evil. 

Journalists who report these atrocities are jailed, run out of the country and permanently banned. 

Republican’s, you WONDER why the American people are angry with you who do nothing to stop Bush and Cheney, you who simply rubber stamp their any arrogant demand?

 This is NOT the America of my father and his father.  This is NOT my America. My America stands for justice and right, not depravity as perpetrated by this sadistically corrupt administration. 

Here’s the link in case the other one fails:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/18/world/africa/18ethiopia.html?ex=1182830400&en=8994ece855654c49&ei=5070&emc=eta1

Sir Isaac Newton’s 2060 End of the World Predication

Around the Internet is a story about Isaac Newton, discoverer of calculus, among other things…and, no, I won’t go into why I say discover rather than invent, is a story about him predicting that the “end of the world” would occur in 2060 A.D.. Most of the articles are blips simply stating that he did.  It took going to the isaacnewton.org website to find the “Rest of the Story.”  For those interested,
here’s the link: http://www.isaac-newton.org/update.html