Cheery Article

Quite the clever lot aren't we.....always have been, it would appear.
Care Charlie
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Excerpt:
Full article (long) at:
http://countercurrents.org/kotke120907.htm
By William M. H. Ktke
12 September, 2007 Countercurrents.org
We are all looking at the end of the world as we know it. Our attention is focused on the holes in the ozone layer, planet warming, peak oil, the spread of DU weapons, the collapse of the house of credit cards, and the prospect of the planetary financial elite quickly establishing fascist control of the planet. Below this threshold of conscious awareness our biological survival systems are rapidly eroding. At this point some twenty percent of the planets soils erode each twenty-five year period. Each year at least two hundred thousand acres of irrigated crop-lands go out of production because of salinization or water-logging and experts say that sixty to eighty percent of all irrigated acreage is due to follow the eight to ten million acres that have historically gone into ruination from irrigation. The total drylands of the planet are 7.9 billion acres of which 61% are desertified, that is, driven by human abuse toward uselessness. Globally, 23% of all arable crop lands have been lost since 1945 through human use and experts say that all arable land on the planet will be ruined in 200 years.
It is estimated that prior to the human culture that we term civilization, one third of the planet was covered with closed canopy forest. Now forests cover 10% of the earth. In the oceans the collapse of major fish stocks is increasing. At least eight stocks have collapsed beginning with the Antarctic Blue Whale in 1935 to the Peruvian Anchovy stock collapse in the late twentieth century. Since 1984 the world fish catch has been shrinking even with greater investment and the taking of what in former times were considered trash fish. Of the 32 ocean fisheries, 30 are in decline and some of those are collapsing. At the same time coral reefs and mangrove swamps which are considered the incubators of sea life are dwindling precipitously.
Soil is the basis of the planetary terrestrial life. In the best of circumstances such as old growth forests and prairies, soil builds at the rate of one inch each three hundred to a thousand years. It is being exhausted and is eroding away. The way that the industrial system has continued to increase the food supply is by trading off soil fertility for fossil fuel energy through artificial fertilizers. Now, nearly half of the worlds people eat because of the added production of food caused by artificial fertilizers being injected into depleted soils and the use of all of the other accouterments of fossil- fueled industrial agriculture.. Half of the planetary population are hanging out on a limb essentially eating petroleum! Now as the population continues to explode we reach peak oil and its decline. We do not need to continue filling in the details. Our intellect can draw the conclusion for us. An exponentially exploding world population with increasing material consumption, based on dwindling resources and a dying planet, wont work!
But this is not a new phenomenon as some would assume. This culture of civilization, of empire, was an ecological catastrophe when it began some eight thousand years ago. It is this culture and its inculcated reality-view that is the disaster. Half of China was once a great temperate zone forest. That forest was gone before recorded history, destroyed by the Han Chinese Empire. The Indus River Valley Empire had ecologically destroyed its habitat before recorded history. We do have recorded history of the Sumerian and Babylonian empires. We know they decimated the forests and overgrazed the landscape. One third of the land in Iraq that should be arable right now is still so salinized from imperial irrigation four and five thousand years ago that it cannot be used. The erosion material coming down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from that destroyed watershed has filled in 185 miles of the gulf. As we follow the history of this type of human culture we find the Mid-East ecologically denuded. The empires of Greece and Rome used Turkey and North Africa as breadbaskets. Now, there are towns in Turkey, North Africa and even in Italy that were port cities during those empires which are now ten and fifteen miles from the water - all filled in with erosion material from the ecologically destroyed landscapes. Then we go on to the destruction of the great forests of Europe and now the whole world. These examples and many more are indelible effects on the world ecosystem which have not recovered in thousands of years.
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On Sep 12, 4:17 pm, Charlie wrote:

Oh Charlie, why do you immerse yourself in all this Doom and Gloom? Get out and look at all the beauties of our world! There are many good people out there.
I spent all day Sunday in a gorgeous mountain meadow in the Sierra. It was not always gorgeous...it served as a stage stop in the 1870s with a hotel and grazing for the horses and the meadow fed over 150 head of cattle. It was eroded and overgrazed in 1997. Restoration was begun and now in 2007 there are willows and alders, and grasses. The creek flows without erosion. There are wildflowers throughout the grasses. Trout in the creek, swallows, kingfishers and chickadees fly about. There are snowshoe hare. We saw tracks of fox/coyote. and black bear droppings. Canada geese nest there. New Lodgepole Pine seedlings are coming up. It was a beautiful sunny day, and no smoke from the forest fire. Fourteen of us enjoyed a perfect day.
Please try to get out and see what is beautiful and BE HAPPY. It is easy to be discouraged I know, but I hate to see you so depressed. Don't concentrate on all this stuff. Most of us do the best we can..................... Emilie NorCal
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Life is difficult for me, Emilie. I agree with you and try the best I can, but..........
I do appreciate the good people I meet, IRL and online, yourself included, and I appreciate the concern you express. Thank you.
Care, peace and love to you, my friend Charlie
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Don't worry, be happy. I'm sorry Emilie, you know better than that. You found a treasured corner of the biosphere. You know how good it can be but in you heart of hearts, you know that we are all just hoping that what we think is going to happen, doesn't. We see the train coming at us and we close our eyes and hope for the best.
Right now, everyone should get off their asses and email their political representatives and tell them how they feel about what is going on politically or ecologically. If you don't know what's going on then stop watching Fox News and you will get smarter almost instantly.
http://countercurrents.org/kotke120907.htm is the article.
The prognosis for us and our planet is not good if we keep on doing what we have been doing. Fortunately for our planet, we seem to be on a lemming's trajectory out of planetary concern and the planet may yet heal itself without us. Not that that will help the polar bears, who we seem to have already killed but are not dead yet.
To all who don't want to think about the impending train wreck, let me recommend "smack". Enjoy it while you can. With American help, there seems to be a lot of it around these days.
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LOL........thanks for the laugh, my friend. I needed this.
Back in the groove and feelin' better. For the time bein'.

Now Billy, surely you don't mean..........nah......not one of the 'merican TLAs........
Though....... some often need a bit o' help dealin' with the stresses of day to day in the usOFa. Some of us just don't believe in gettin' our relief from BigPharma, iffen's ya know what I mean, Vern.
A Guinness a Day Keeps the Doctor Away Char...urrpp..lie
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Nice to read you Charlie and welcome back. My computer time is short and will be for a few more months, so excuse me while I scratch a particular itch. a piece of ice in the Arctic, twice the size of Great Britain disappeared last week. The polar bears are to be decimated. Nutritionists have to hem and haw when recommending sea food because of the methyl mercury in it. Near Emilie, the Klamath River is nearly barren of coho and steelhead. Our governments wage unnecessary wars and subsidizes food that makes us unhealthy, both in the name of short term profits. First we are told that tobacco doesn't cause cancer, then we find that it does. We are told humans don't make acid rain, then it turns out that we do. We were told that people weren't responsible for the ozone depletion. Turns out we are. Now the people corporate and theocratic types that Bush caters to tell us that humans don't cause global warming. http://money.cnn.com/2007/02/02/news/companies/exxon_science/index.htm
The scientists around the world are doing everything they can to signal a disaster is underway but Bush uses the authority of his office to push out shills to question the vast body of knowledge who can't get space from the 10 news organizations that control just about everything we hear and see, that is supposed to pass for news.
Email your representatives.
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Thanks. and thanks.

WIll give me time for reflection and introspection and some study, then when you are presumably out of harness and stalled for the winter months, we'll see what happens and have some fun in preperation for the next season of planting and things garden related.
"When winter comes rollin' around, we'll be lucky to get out of town"....apologies to John Prine for liberties taken with the lyrics.

Yeah, I remember this incident.
Hey, have you seen this one.......even in the CorpPropMedia.....as evidenced by this link.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/GlobalWarming/story?id582433
Shoot man, we'll be growing greens north of the artic circle before long. Iceberg lettuce.

Of course, there is the problem of determining which battles to enjoin and always the tendency on my part to throw up hands and say eff it and crawl back under the log.
An often recalled quote by HL Mencken comes to mind, but given the climate and despicable practices being practiced by the practioners of the digital black arts, I'll just leave ya's to wonder about it........summat 'bout black flags and beginnings......seems to be an allegorical statement, but one never knows.
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Crawlin' under a log ain't gonna help. If things go bad, there will be no place to hide.
Talk to your representatives.
If you find that the Republicrat sock puppets ain't believable, then vote for some one from a third party. The more votes a third party gets the more money they'll have to spread their word and weaken the Republicrats who are beholden to the same corporate finances. This keptocracy has to end or we are all screwed.
In the last 4 years, personal income hasn't risen. Corporate income has increased 71 %. Who votes Republican? Fools and corporations. Democrats ain't much better. Bomb the world yo peace? Yeah, sure, right.
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Hi Charlie!
Goggle Earth is really neat. Does all sorts of thing and smart people are writing interesting tools like the one listed below.
Bill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Earth
http://earth.google.com /
http://www.gearthblog.com /
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Google Earth layer helps mapping industrial pollutants
29 June 2007 Morelia, Mexico, 27 June 2007: The environmental officials of Canada, Mexico and US have collaboratively launched initiative on tracking air pollution in North America. The three countries have introduced an interactive Google Earth mapping tool, which will expand public access to information on air pollutants.
The officials had gathered in Morelia, for the regular annual meeting of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), an organization created by Canada, Mexico and US to address regional environmental concerns as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The talks focused on harmonizing air quality data between the three countries and strengthening Mexicos pollutant monitoring and reporting ability.
Using the Google Earth mapping service, the CECs map layer plots over 33,000 North American industrial facilities that reported releases and transfers of pollutants in 2004, the most recent data available from all three countries.
The tool allows viewers to find industrial facilities located near their homes, their workplaces, or their schools. They can learn about the pollution profile of each facility, including which pollutants are generated and how the facility handles them.
Information used in the mapping tool comes from publicly accessible pollutant release and transfer registers, or PRTRs, maintained separately by the three North American countries: the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) in Canada, the Registro de Emisiones y Transferencias de Contaminantes (RETC) in Mexico, and the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) in the United States.
The mapping tool developed by the CEC, can be downloaded from: http://www.cec.org/naatlas/prtr/North-America-PRTR-2004.kmz
Source : http://www.ens-newswire.com
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On Thu, 13 Sep 2007 09:28:55 -0400, William Wagner
Hi Bill! Long time no see, good to be back.....for now anyhow.
Gotta get some different music playing and Joni outta me head....
A couple weeks with the complete works of Joni has perhaps, uh, been enough on that side of things for a while. Any suggestions?
Care Charlie
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Roger McGuinn Live From Spain
Hard too find but all you need is someone to love you. If you were not to follow than perhaps Mr. Spaceman may matter. Cuss You ain't goin' nowhere. Mr. Tambourine Man when he is Turning Turn Turning
Bill like all of us are
Knockin' On Heaven's Door 4:36 Roger McGuinn Live From Spain Rock
Live Acoustic
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William Wagner wrote:

You know, I've just got a hanking for some Byrds. Particularly that long version of 8 Miles High that came out on that later album, with Chestnut Mare, et al.
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Hell yeah I am for real, Ann, though apparently not your requirement for real.
I'm disappointed that you would try that line of shit on me, Ann. I grew up with that crap and got over it long ago. I'll spare you the vulgar, vile reply that instantly came to mind, the result of years of conditioning.
You are right, you are none of my business.
"Wherefore, since nothing but blows will do, for God's sake, let us come to a final separation." ~ Thomas Paine
Good luck Charlie
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