Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I don't go to the beach to see a row of trucks parked. I'm trying to get away from the rat race and get into nature. There is nothing natural about parking lots. In North Carolina's Outer Banks the truckers are crying over protecting nesting sea turtles, and plovers. They act like bullies if you challenge them to their right to drive on the beach but the truth is driving on the beach is lazy!
Families with a ton of kids use those big wheel wheel-barrels to haul their gear down to the beach - I've seen umbrellas, tables, tents coolers, fishing gear, toys, buckets and shovels as well as radios, blankets, food and beer, changing bags, everything imaginable all walked down to the waters edge. If there is a choice fishing spot or break - it should be designated - with ample parking and raised designated walk ways.
If the choice spot is all the way out by the inlet and you want to go - get/rent/borrow/share a boat - off roading all the way out there will just destroy the spit of sand anyway.
There's nothing like a fresh coat of snow right - piled high by the side of the road and two days later black as coal from all the soot from our car exhaust. The snow helps us see what casual driving actually does. The beach gets impacted just the same. The pollution is real even if we can't see it as it spews out our exhaust pipes. Everyone goes to the Caribbean for the pristine waters and beautiful beaches but North Carolina is starting to look like north jersey.
I've lived in a coastal community all my life up and down the coast. Trucks on the beach lower property value. I know they hate environmentalist because they inconvenience recreation and caring about anything other than yourself is weak, but every time we degrade the environment we lower property value, we erode the draw for the economy and we lower the abundance of marine life that has a direct financial impact on the economy of the region.
Everyone talks about their rights but when your rights are counter-productive to the health and well being of the entire community then you are being short sighted. A few mom and pops went out of business because beach access was closed, but I bet there's a big new medical center and hospital with jobs for the increased population that is drawn to the area because of its natural beauty. And that there are increased services for the locals, retires, bird watchers and vacationers because of that very same draw.
In the old days when it was just a few locals bahaing out to the point - the impact was minimal on the natural population that sustains our seashore economies. But think economies of scale. I've been out to the beaches in North Carolina and it looks like the parking lot of the Meadowlands on game day.
It's a shame some people don't get more satisfaction out of the natural sounds of the waves crashing, the pelicans flying, the dolphins jumping, the terns calling or the Osprey hunting than blaring their radios. Maybe if we all understood how much we rely on the natural world to supply the raw materials that power our economies we would all be a little more respectful. The natural worlds intricacies are not completely understood by science and probably never will but we need to keep trying to understand, and to err on the side of caution.
How nature works in concert with each and every organism, tide, land, water, and air to produce the beautiful grouper that lands on our dinner plates is not something I take for granted. Getting all macho about the balance between the economy and ecology is counter-productive. Living in balance is the key. Having fun doesn't mean destroying everything around us. Overfishing, bahaing the dunes, disrespecting the earth and its intricate design that produces absolutely EVERYTHING that sustains our very existence, health, economy and happiness that's greed, reckless and decidedly unaware of where we are, and how we got here.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
What we do to the land, we do to the people. Recently, 21 peer-reviewed scientific studies have confirmed the truth of those words. Not only has mountaintop removal permanently destroyed more than 500 Appalachian mountains, but people living near the destruction are 50% more likely to die of cancer and 42% more likely to be born with birth defects.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Thursday, February 09, 2012
If everyone and I mean EVERYONE kept conscious of the fact that we are perilously surrounded by an uninhabitable, airless, waterless beast of a universe and that all that separates us from certain death is a ridiculously thin layer of atmosphere and a few drops of water maybe just maybe we wouldn't screw the whole damn thing up for what money, power - utter bullshit in the face of actual reality and the need to survive together on such a tiny and exceedingly beautiful splinter of a rock, speck of dust in space
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Monday, February 06, 2012
Friday, February 03, 2012
There's a big news article reflecting that Wall Street is acting like babies and they are taking their money sourced from ill gotten gains and the tax payer bailout to fund Mitt Romney. Apparently the Mitt has a broad coalition reflecting the plurality of American national democracy of 45 whole people. Seriously he's got just 45 super rich buddies the upper, upper 1% funding him exclusively and now Wall Street wants to back the Mittster as well.
Funny thing about reports like this they are always behind the curve. And Wall Street is only further antagonizing the President when they should be kissing his ass. Not only is the republican party a complete joke of propagandizing rhetoric spewing frauds - their own self identified republican voters can't stand their blatant hypocrisy and out right phoniness either. Sure Gingrich can whip up the last remaining racists in South Carolina but other than that they've got nothing.
The sincerely religious know they are being paid lip service, the sincere tea partiers know they have been usurped by the corporate wolf in tea party clothes, and the Fox news watchers starring at the vapid news announcers are just too old and uninspired. Fox news is programing better suited for CBS and should come on after Murder She Wrote.
A lot of good people claiming to be republicans and believing in smart fiscal policy and centrist are NOT impressed with John Bohners tan or Mitts flip flopping air of rich boy entitlement.
When Romney fades in the polls with voter turn out staggeringly low compounded with the economy coming back Wall Street like the leeches they are will come back to Obama on their knees. They won't be back to demand favorable legislation or we'll take our money elsewhere, but like the diseased gamblers they are to try and curry favor and get back on his good side to beg and plead for favorable legislation.
"Please don't correct us Mr. President, and the new congressional majority," they'll plead. "We'll set ourselves right, well be honest, really. No more trickery we promise, honest guys we're just choir boys not nearly tempted by the billions and trillions of dollars we oversee. We take our fiduciary responsibility seriously. We won't try to game the system for personal gain on the backs of the nation. Honest we won't need another bail out. Honest we're not too big to succeed and you can trust us with the social security money too - wink, wink.
We're just good hard working Americans with no blisters on our hands making nothing and skimming off the top. We're just honest middle men. We wouldn't cheat anybody or break the laws or try to get around them, or take our money out of the market and hide it all off shore starving the market of capital. No we're honest we're not greedy or burdened with over sized egos focused on out earning 45 other rich old white guys for bragging rights because we can't get it up. Honest we have the good of the whole country at heart. We have learned our lesson."
If men were angels we wouldn't need laws. Throw the book at the shysters. Burn them at the stake.