Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the sunny island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Friday morning, the twenty-sixth day of August, 2011, a sunny, calm day here on Cape as well as the islands of MV and Nantucket, while we await the arrival of Hurricane Irene, whose massive outreach of tropical storm force winds dwarfs the size of the whole state of Florida, and is expected to make land fall somewhere in the outer banks of North Carolina, then heading directly north, impacting the major metropolitan areas of Philadelphia, New York and Boston, as well as metro New Jersey, including the Avon-by-the sea, where good friend of mine, Mark Sclar, a notable actor lives…be safe out there my brother, as well as Donna and Tim who are also fellow thespians whom I was honored to meet on Adam Sandler’s new “Happy Madison Production” film recently shot here in Osterville, “I Hate You Dad!”…please be safe and take precautions now to avoid the storm surge that is, after all, the biggest killer affiliated with a hurricane of this magnitude. We here on Cape Cod will see significant rain and tropical storm like winds, but will be spared much of the agony that millions of people up and down the east coast will most likely be feeling over the course of the next 48-56 hours. God Speed to ALL my friends in New York! You know who you are. It is, of course, ironic, that in these ’states of emergencies’, politics is left aside, as WE all come together to help our neighbors and friends, not to mention families, in need, proving once again, that human beings are at their very best when things are at their worst. Perhaps, prompting hope that these all to often ‘natural disasters’ are bringing US all closer to the TRUTH about what is really going on with our planet earth, we all share, and how our ACTIVITY is destroying it for not only this generation, but for many generations to come. Take the ‘tar sands’ of Canada for an example–a giant deposit of gritty oil, mixed with sand (two Saudi Arabia deposits of this gritty oil), being dug up, much akin to tearing down the mountains of West Virginia for coal, prompting an outcry from notable environmentalists, climatologists, and anyone who has a REAL PhD next to their name, stating very clearly that should this new pipe line, running from the Canadian oil shale fields all the way to Houston, will not only affect our aquifers, our DRINKING WATER, but will increase the level of Carbon Dioxide in the next ten years to levels that this planet will not be able to sustain (with one NASA environmentalist stating, should this go through, ‘game over for the environment’), thus, prompting hotter summers, colder winters, more intense storms, as evidenced by Irene, and Katrina in 2005, not to mention severe droughts and wild fires all over the world, such as in Somalia, where 12 million people are suffering needlessly as they escape that drought that has pushed an entire people to the edge, and in some cases beyond–a real humanitarian crisis of monumental proportions, in a word, FAMINE. These severe weather occurrences will continue to happen and we should not fool ourselves with lies prompted by ‘ole Governor Rick Perry, who claims, like my buddy from Oklahoma, who famously stated that, “…global warming is the greatest hoax ever played on the American People”… That was, of course, the maniac ‘pilot’ Senator James, “she’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes,” Inhofe (R-OK) who set the bar so high for the rest of the conservative crowd to fall in lock step with that ignorance, that it is hard for any of them to walk away from the ‘pledge(s) of ignorance and greed’ many of them have signed, a deal with the Devil if you will, and all of this stinks to high Heaven, much like every other misnomer uttered from the mouths of the corporate owned tea party, consisting of a small, yet powerful, group of small ‘men’ who are hell bent on continuing to give more to those who don’t need it, and take from those who don’t have it to give. “I hope it’s a beautiful coffee shop Jack…” (credit the classic film, “Midnight Run”, starring the incomparable Robert Dinero and Charles Grodin). So, on this Friday morning, I bid you all a fair and fine week end ahead, as it is unclear what this storm will do to little old Cape Cod, not to mention the rest of the eastern seaboard. Batten down the hatches! Stay safe and may the ‘force’ be with you and yours. As a side note, please consider the refugees that are in dire need of help, millions of your brothers and sisters on the Somalian/Kenyan border, who are living on nothing, yet still finding a way to make it through yet another day. If you would like to donate, please visit Oxfam, Google it, or donate to savethechildren.org, or care.org, all wonderful organizations that are literally saving millions of lives--God Speed to them ALL. Have a nice week end, again, and stay safe, hurricanes are no joke, as I weathered one in 1997 on a 78 foot yacht just outside of Edgartown, Massachusetts, on that fair island of Martha’s Vineyard, where our 44th President of the United States of America, still has a few days left of R&R…, enjoy Mr. President! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~
August 26, 2011
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