Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! The rains came overnight, with plenty of puddles on Wianno Avenue at 5 a.m., and as I spun back home from Dowses Beach where I watched a pair of Osprey hovering over the narrow entrance to East Bay, fishing for Blue fish, “Stripers”, and crabs, I was struck by how quiet Osterville really is at that time of morning. Earlier in the day, the little seaside village was packed with people, enjoying a triathlon and the beauty of Cape Cod on a summer day…what a difference a few hours make…. On day 55 of the Gulf oil disaster that seems to get worse by the hour, I’m not sure I have any good news to offer you, other than the fact that the world is watching now, for this monumental f-up on the behalf of the corporate monster called “bp” will most likely affect Europe in the days and months to come. Queen Noor (Jordan) was on Bill Maher’s HBO show “Real Time, with Bill Maher”, the season finale, taped from Friday’s airing, and I was struck by a few of the statements she made. With all of this horrible news from the Gulf, not to mention nuclear proliferation, GLOBAL WARMING (that 60 percent of Americans don’t believe is real, very real), a financial system that is unstable at best, the lack of good jobs in this country, the high drop out rate among high school children, and the overall mood that things just seem like they are going to, well, you know, her words echoed what I have felt for some time now–“I’m encouraged by the younger generation.” For some odd reason, the youth in this country have a different take on the whole “crisis of the week”, scenario. Because of globalization, the Internet, and a shift in the global consciousness, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps anyone over the age of 5 cannot see it, but the reality is that they seem to be getting it. Noor is the founder of “Global Zero”, and you can visit those ideas at globalzero.com (or another sight worth looking into is takebart.com/0, producers of the movie, “An Inconvenient Truth”). Agreeing with Noor that the two most pressing and threatening issues facing mankind today are nuclear war and GLOBAL WARMING, we must look upon this as our wake up call. Taking the first, the threat of nuclear war is much greater than during the “Cold War”, as there is now no rhyme or reason to the hostility represented by rogue nations– delegitimized by their human rights history and tyrannical rule, attempting to gain nuclear materials that could be used in a bomb. The only way to fight this threat is to bring the world into alignment with the idea of NO NUCLEAR WEAPONS. Wipe them from the face of the earth. The issue of GLOBAL WARMING however, seems to have already taken a back seat in this country, the back seat of someone else’s car. Our man James, “Let’s tear down another mountain for oil shale,” Inhofe (R-OK), who is again famous for stating that, “global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on the American people,” is still resigned to his position in the bp oil “spill” of limiting their liability to 75 million dollars, as he, and he alone, has blocked the push for increasing that liability to 10 billion dollars, a more reasonable amount. This is what I’m talking about. You have some ignorant blowhard bully making statements made out of nonsense, pretending in his own warped mind that they are indeed fact, creating the confusion amongst the American people, and ultimately more money in his pocket. As the Polar Ice caps continue to melt, the oil companies will continue to get richer and the earth that we live upon will become so toxic that life itself cannot be maintained, we will see the old “mountain man” slip into some gated retirement community and cry out, “why was I such an idiot?” “Why did I allow the collective ego (corporations) to take my very soul? What could I have possibly done as a Senator of Oklahoma to stop the now unstoppable ocean from taking New York City, Tokyo, and most of the state of Florida? What could I have possibly done differently..?” Now this is assuming, of course, that Mr. Inhofe would have grown a conscience by then…highly unlikely, but miracles do happen every day. The truth of the matter is this, we are coming to the “tipping point”, a place of no return in regard to the warming of the earth. Our emissions of Carbon Dioxide and soon to be Methane into the atmosphere thus, changing the earth forever, is now to the point where big business is more important than LIFE itself. Gone will be winter as we know it. Gone will be millions of species of animals and plants that sustain our very lives as human beings. Gone will be fresh drinking water, for the glaciers that feed rivers all over the world will have already disappeared, taking their water with them. This epic disaster should WAKE US UP! As it was stated on Bill’s show last night, we should treat this tragedy like the Kennedy assassination, turning a tragedy into good, whereby the Civil Rights Act was passed into LAW by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964–turning that tragedy into Triumph for the overall good. It seems the only persons that have this highest goal in mind are the children we have brought into this world, and maybe, just maybe, they will show us the way out of our addiction to fossil fuels, the folly of the greatest “sin”, the lust of money, and the importance of cherishing every form of life on this fragile planet we all share and we all call EARTH. May GOD’S SPEED be with the men and women of the GULF region, and all of the beautiful sea creatures and marsh lands therein… Have a blessed Sunday folks! Peace~ M
June 13, 2010
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