Looking up at the 285 foot “Pilgrim’s Monument” on an early spring morning brings back the essence, the truth of where we came from… Greetings from Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! We have received ~5 inches of rain here on the Cape, with 2 more inches expected today. Not that unusual for this time of year. However, if one were to take a trip to the Chatham area and Coast Guard Beach, a popular spot on the Cape for surfers, you would find that the beach is gone, like the wind. In January of this year, we had a huge low pressure system that you may recall knocked out the power to over 500,000 homes in the mid-Atlantic states. On the Cape and especially at Coast Guard, the sea has reclaimed a good deal of real estate, leaving the area battered and torn. I viewed some photos a few days ago, from the visitors center just outside of Chatham, an observatory that is connected with the Cape Cod National Seashore. I was stunned when I saw just how much damage that particular storm caused. There was a picture from this past summer, where the sand was at least 100 yards wide, from the dunes to the edge of the Atlantic. Then, I viewed an image from this past January and it looked like the ocean had taken a big bite out of the land, for the sand was gone, completely, and what was left was a seven foot drop from the once gentle dunes to the ocean’s edge, now resembling a cliff in Big Sur, California. The foot bridge that once took bikers from the visitors center approximately 3 miles west is gone. It was a magnificent bridge, spanning over a salt marsh where one can see Great Blue Herons roam the ancient, untouched beauty that is Cape Cod. This is global warming, this is climate change, this is whatever you wish to deny– but it is a reality. There is no doubt in my mind that serious climate changes are happening at an exponential speed and to be quite frank with you, it is heart breaking. I’m not sure what it is going to take for the world to wake up to it’s own reality. “I’m an IBM’er– let’s build a smarter planet…” I’m sure you have all seen that commercial. To me, that statement is a contradiction in terms. I grew up with the corporate milieu of large main frame computers, albeit a competitor of IBM, Amdahl Computers, now Fujitsu (Tokyo), and I’m quite sure that “global warming” is not on the agenda of IBM’s design to “build a smarter planet”… You want to build a smarter planet? Then find a way to combat the ever increasing level of Carbon Dioxide, Methane and other green house gases that we continue to spew into our atmosphere, effectively destroying our planet all in the name of profit over people. Build a smarter planet? It seems to me Mother Earth was doing just fine until all of our collective “smarts” began throwing garbage into the oceans, emitting hazardous waste into the atmosphere and creating an infrastructure in this country that relies (almost exclusively) on fossil fuels, thereby keeping the military industrial complex in business, rewarding the very richest of us and crying poverty when asked to help the millions who don’t have enough to eat tonight. Is this IBM’s grand vision of a smarter planet? Have a nice Tuesday folks and God Bless us ALL! Peace~ M
March 30, 2010
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