Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Got Ice?

We are destroying our Earth at an alarming rate.

We have reached the point of no return.

Look what’s happening in the artic. Twenty present of the ice has melted in twenty five years. That’s an alarmingly short period of time when you consider it in geological time. They say that all of the ice caps in the north will be gone by the end of the century, resulting in hotter summers and a higher ocean. If all of the polar ice cap melts, 80% of Florida will be under water.

Read more here and here.

Global warming is a fact. We are the cause. Our pollution is the smoking gun. We need to do something about this now. Not twenty years from now, not five…but now. We will not be able to recoup our loses, but we might be able to save what’s left.

It’s too bad our president doesn’t believe in global warming. Of course if he did, he would actually have to do something about it. Don’t hold your breath.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Nice talk...No walk...

I happen to watch the speech of our imperial leader on the television last night. The speech was well memorized, the lighting was dramatic and the words were intended to inspire all. There were a lot of things he promised to the hurricane ravaged people of the south, some of it even sounded kind of good.
It’s just a shame, that those people will not see most of it. He wants all these sweeping changes and help for these people, which I agree is what’s needed, but how are we to pay for it? Our fiscal backs are against the wall.
He isn’t calling for any rollbacks on his tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, or even cutting back on his Iraqi conquest. So I have to ask, with the country in such a huge debt, (so much so we’re borrowing money from at least five major countries—Saudi Arabia being one of them), where will this money magically come from?
The words he spoke were nothing but nice talk to bolster his sagging approval numbers and make him appear somewhat human. There is no rational way to implement them without generating a lot of money somehow. But once again, why focus on the realities when you can spout some nice platitudes and placate the people over the airways? Bush would rather sacrifice the working class and the poor than to take away a dime to his rich constituents. It’s not like I don’t wish our government would actually help, but how many broken promises do we have to believe in before we wise up?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Never let it be said that if words fail you, there is always a song out there that perfectly describes how you’re feeling at any given moment.

Today is a Pink Floyd kinda day…

When I was a child, I had a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye…
I turned to look but it was gone
I can not put my finger on it now

-the child has grown
-the dream is gone

I…have become…comfortably numb.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Do not take for granted the time you have. You never know how long you actually have.

An old friend, one who I have known for fifteen years, who I was a roommate of so long ago and who preformed the ceremony for my wedding, has been diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer. He is not that much older than me. Still, way too young. Now we live in separate cities…separate states in fact. And I wish I could be there for him during his treatment.

It just makes you think…

Can I look back on my life and say I have done all that I wanted to do? Did I have enough time to pursue the dreams I had when I was young? Or did I slowly say, oh maybe someday I will get to it, thinking that someday is just around the corner while the end was so far away.

Don’t wait for someday. Reach for your dreams today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

What a tragedy

Each day the news in New Orleans just gets worse and worse.
That is…if you are able to get any decent account of the news besides the network handjobs offering up quick soundbites of how our illustrious president ‘feels for the people’ and that ‘help is on the way.’
So instead of getting the news from where we should – a responsible, well informed media, we must make due with scattered eyewitness accounts such as this.
Unfortunately, true to form for this administration, if something is ugly and potentially damaging to them, hide it from the general public and put lots of spin on it.
I suppose that’s why Bush and FEMA want to ban all coverage in New Orleans, especially the body count which, according to the list of missing people from the Red Cross, could be as many as 94,000.

The arrogance and incompetence by our current administration is staggering.
God help you if you are poor in this country.

"And most chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological. It has just proved that it can't save its citizens from standing water." -- Keith Olbermann