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Earth Day is a time for unity

April 22, 2013

The late 1960s were turbulent years in America. It was a time of rapid change when young protesters expressed disillusionment with many aspects of the world their elders had built....

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Apr-23-13 3:20 PM

There have always been disturbances... usually followed by adaptations... in nature when one species is brought to a non-native environment.

(Russian Pigs, Japanese kudzu, Asian Carp, or even rats on ships hundreds of years ago as just a few examples.)

What we are staring down the barrel of now, I think, is a wide spread and devastating pestilence created of our own hubris.

Killing off our pollinators and unintentionally (I hope) developing "super bugs" and plants will prove to be very costly to both the planet and all it's inhabitants.

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Apr-23-13 1:14 PM

Want a fun, hip history lesson in American energy?

YouTube search for:

Epic Rap Battles of History - Edison vs. Tesla

Succinct lesson on what is... what, perhaps, could have been... and what, hopefully, will be in the future.

(Don't have the speakers cranked up too loud.)

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Apr-23-13 1:11 PM

What would our advice be to said “trust fund baby?”

Stop spending so much of the “old money” and start living off real-time, current day (energy) income. Start living off the energy that’s being freely and, dare I say, Divinely provided for us in such abundance that it couldn’t possibly all be harvested and consumed at the rate created!

This energy debate, while framed with labels like eco-freak, tree hugger, Big-Oil, etc… is really just a simple economics discussion of stored resource vs. real-time resource utilization.

Or…. I guess we can just continue to frack and mine and strip and drill and ship until we, as a species, receive our “Insufficient Funds” notice. I’m just not sure where you go to declare Bankruptcy on an issue like this.

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Apr-23-13 1:11 PM

If we (perhaps over) simplify and distill a conversation about energy all the way down to “energy” being various manifestations of stored sunshine… numerous animals that ate photosynthesizing plants and both were converted over X years into oil, coal, natural gas, etc… we can then turn that conversation into an economic discussion rather than an ecological one.

In other words, we’re mining and spending our planet’s “savings account” of energy faster than we are making deposits. “Mining” anything only goes so far. Even “trust fund babies” run out of great, great grandpa’s money sooner or later if they spend it faster than new reserves are deposited.

What would our advice be to said “trust fund baby?”

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Apr-23-13 1:10 PM

Agreed, hbockoven! Perhaps without the GMO seeds, we'd have much less need for the Roundup on an industrial level. (Two sides of the same evil coin.)

On a more personal, "What can I do, I'm not a farmer" level... I'd encourage people not to spray that poison on their lawns & driveways, either! There are lots of ways to kill a weed, not the least of which, Anderson, is to EAT it! :-)

I've heard it said that a "weed" is a created plant that's mastered every survival technique except one: Growing in straight line.

I've also heard it said that the modern "yard" is a "forest under totalitarian rule."

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Apr-22-13 10:00 PM

If any of you would bother to go back and read the pronouncements of the Jeremiahs among the world's so-called ecological and climatological "scientists" on that first Earth Day, hundreds of millions of people would be dying each year by now and the globe virtually uninhabitable. To paraphrase Marie Antoinette, "Let them eat weeds!," eh?

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Apr-22-13 5:20 PM

Says the newspaper that also runs editorials promoting large-scale coal mining-LOL!

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Apr-22-13 2:26 PM

Maybe the Messenger could run some Editorials about the threat of Global Warming or the poisening of the land because of Fracking.... LOL

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Apr-22-13 10:21 AM

How about, as a sign of good faith toward the earth and all its inhabitants, everyone commits NOT to spray one drop of Roundup on the soil for just 1 year?

That would show a real involvement in the care of people AND Earth!!

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