Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Good, as always, to be with you on this Wednesday morning here in the little, tiny, tiny town of Osterville, a town that seems more like a city these days, as I have never seen so many people in this seaside hamlet on a 4th of July week end as I did over the course of the last couple of days. Yesterday, roughly ten movie trailers pulled into town and were set up in anticipation of the upcoming new Adam Sandler film, “Dear Dad, I Hate You,” starring, of course, Adam Sandler, along with James Caan and Susan Sarandon, a comedy based on the premise of a young man about to be married, with the only caveat being his disagreeable father whom he lives with… Along with the big name stars, a whole crew of SNL, actors and comedians, will also lend a hand to this endeavor, and we here at seacapecod.net would be remiss if we did not extend a big welcome to Adam and his crew, encouraging them all to enjoy the fruits of Cape Cod and the island of MV and Nantucket! Welcome Adam and company! The filming will not begin until next week, so stay tuned, it should be a fun summer. Our all important environment took another hit a few days ago when Exxon-Mobile, the most profitable corporation EVER on planet earth, ignored those pesky government regulators regarding out dated pipe lines under the Yellowstone River and as a result of high water pressure due to the melting of heavy snow pack and pounding rain in the area recently, the pipes burst, sending 42,000 gallons of that thick, nasty crude oil into the pristine river, enough to, and I quote a local resident, “gag a maggot”, referring, I presume, to the odor coming from the toxic spill that is now traveling at 7 miles per hour down stream from Billings, approximately, 100 miles to the east, all the way to the Missouri River, merging with it. As the river recedes from the high water of a few days ago, one can see, smell, and taste that nasty stain on the banks of the Yellowstone, home to some of the greatest fly fishing in the world, leaving dead animals and soiled plant life dying on the banks of said river. Reviewing Exxon-Mobile’s safety record, dismal, and their emergency response “plan”, one harkins back to the good old days of other oil disasters, such as a little over a year ago when bp destroyed an entire ecosystem, a FACT no one talks about anymore, as it is all ‘out of sight, out of mind’, yes, no one talks about the fact that those 500 million gallons that spilled out of the Deep Water Horizon well, gushing into the equally pristine waters of the Gulf, now, thanks to slick LIABILITY response, the only thing that really matters in their game, in other words, covering their OWN a$$’s, coupled with the Corexit 3500 dispersant (banned in the U.K.), that oil now sits at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, robbing the cradle of the food chain of any oxygen, thus, destroying the link between one celled animals at the bottom of said chain, and those at the top, and one of those, I believe, is man. If you have ever seen the movie “A River Runs Through It”, a Robert Redford film, you may have caught a glimpse of the amazing beauty that IS the Rocky Mountain range, offering stunning vistas and rivers that are as pristine and beautiful as they are precious. We are insane as a nation if we don’t stand up to big oil, and the puppet politicians that cow tow to them, and demand that the subsidies WE provide them, by way of actual monies, end. Yes, tax payer monies that are actually given to these mega successful corporations, that are simultaneously destroying our ENVIRONMENT, and cuts to vital social programs will not stand the test of logic or morality any longer. This is what I speak of when talking about CORPORATIONS raping and pillaging our land for THEIR profit. Make no mistake about it, THEIR profit, at YOUR expense. The big oil companies, over the course of the past decade, have made over one TRILLION dollars in PROFIT, none of which was reinvested in our nation, in fact, quite the opposite, as they continue to buy one politician puppet after another, effectively buying their souls, as they look to deregulating the industry further, coming forward with their emergency safety ‘plans’ for say, the Gulf of Mexico, bathing Walrus’s that are covered in a thick coat of nasty Exxon-Mobile oil, except now, they have to contend with a raging river filled with their product, resorting to that sacred emergency ‘plan’ that includes the “all effective” booms you may have seen in the bp debacle, combined with over sized Bounty paper towels, ’cause YA know, “Bounty is, after all, the quicker picker up ‘er”… Thanks Sarah, you ought to know. This is, of course, just a microcosm of the real problem in America today–the corrupt nature of Washington D.C., as the folly of the Supreme Court’s 2009 decision (that corporations have the same “rights” as any other U.S. citizen, and thus, can contribute unlimited monies to political candidates of their choice, you know candidates that would relax say, regulations on the oil and gas industry, an industry that is the primary culprit in the never ending shame of polluting our rivers and streams to the point of no return) Citizens United has opened up a Pandora’s box, allowing those big, untouchable corporations to BUY elections with stealth precision, as they swoop in with their bags full of money to purchase a congressman here and a Governor there, and, like Pavlov’s dog, the puppets salivate and do their master’s bidding, all while the “American People” suffer needlessly, barley hanging on as they work their bodies to the bone, beginning to actually believe what these mobsters in power, at the moment, are truly doing to the very fabric of why we have all come together as a nation to begin with. How many more lessons do we need to learn before WE wake up, collectively, as a real nation, a nation WE still are the last time I checked, and stood up for our RIGHTS? Sanders.senate.gov is a good place to start, as the great Senator from Vermont, an Independent, has put together a letter for your signature DEMANDING an end to the madness. For how can we square it with our maker that we spurned the elderly and the poor, not to mention the children, while we gave more to the top one tenth of the top one percent, such as the 400 richest Americans who own more than the bottom 50 percent combined, or 150 million people! How can we call this a democracy when in looks more and more like an oligarchy or emerging plutocracy? Corporations have become rich BECAUSE of the “American People”, not the other way around, using the loopholes that you could drive a Mack truck through to CHEAT the “American People” out of revenue that would pay for social programs “Christian” republicans, by virtue of their religion, should be FOR (The “American People”, the republicans so often talk about in their nauseating talking points, talking points designed to trick those American people into believing anything they say, and, moreover, feeling SORRY for them, a classic ‘Stockholm Syndrome’), robbing them all out of a decent wage, a decent educational system, and a decent environment for themselves and their children for generations to come. I believe that most Americans have no clue as to what is REALLY going on, and thus, stay in a kind of cave, Plato’s Republic Cave if you will, too afraid of the LIGHT to venture out into the TRUTH that will set them FREE. We have become a nation that is split, staking everything on a position as opposed to a principal, so clearly stated as our guiding LIGHT in the Declaration of Independence, a document written before the Revolutionary War by Thomas Jefferson, a man who avoided the initial revolutionary limelight, but had the gift of a great mind and a great pen. In that document, were the words we have heard so often, but one phrase in particular should be noted for posterity’s sake, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and, as Benjamin Franklin put it so well, LIFE, LIBERTY and the pursuit of Happiness are rights we all SHARE universally, and if that pure right is tainted, as it is now with corporate GREED and corruption in Washington D.C. this nation will not be a nation much longer. Tainted via pay offs and bribes coming from all “Angles” by way of professional lobbyists from every industry imaginable, effectively buying politicians via giant troughs of monies that now come anonymously from mindless, savage corporations, foreign and domestic, whose only purpose for being in existence is to make money for it’s share holders, you know, the top one percent, or better yet, the top of the pyramid scheme, the top one tenth of the top one percent, a grand Amway model that is destroying this nation and making it into a real joke around the world, yet no one is laughing as we place more Blackwater, sorry, Xe private killers out in the streets of Yemen, Pakistan and Iraq. Who knows what will happen with raising the debt ceiling, however, one thing is clear, if it is not raised, all hell will break loose and the people you can look to for blame will be those ‘men’ and women with an “r” next to their soiled names. Have a nice day folks and please keep the folks on the Somalia/Kenya border in your prayers, they are dying and need help in any form you can give. PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
July 6, 2011
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