Dowell, Illinois, US
July 15
born in Illinois. 5 year Navy veteran. Married for 26 years (not counting the first five when we just cohabited. 4 kids, 6 grandkids, 3 brothers 2 living, 2 sisters 1 living, a mother living, a father not living. 1 dog a labradoodle, and a current cat population of 2/6 (If you count feral kittens ) I've done a lot of jobs in my life, from shill at a carnival burlesque show to making medium caliber ammunition. I built inkjet printers, embedded computer boards, restored and repaired both cars, motorcycles and electronics. I read, write, and do arithmetic (albeit poorly) My wife claims that I have more useless knowledge than anyone on earth and resultingly no one will play trivial pursuit with me anymore. I do play pinohcle but due to my inability to cheat I don't win very often. Recently disabled I turned to Open Salon to re-engage my writing bug. Update add one cocker spaniel to the list and maybe just shoot me.


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APRIL 15, 2012 11:39AM

As the World Passes Away

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It's warm today, a bit more than average but, that isn't uncommon anymore.  An early Spring that ended an almost unnoticible Winter.  Not that mild Winters are in themselves a harbinger of doom.  A sunny day as pleasant as one could wish for, the stiff breeze aside.

This is a decided change from my younger days.  There were differences by the year, some Winters less so and some Summers moreso, yet, the changes are getting more and more odd in the undertones.  History shows that tthere have been violent storms and unbelieveable weather for as long as we bald apes have roamed the surface of this planet.  Now though, the changes have become both more rapid and extreme.  Each year has bouts of "record setting" weather not just exceeding but crushing records that have stood in many cases since records were kept.

Have we done this to ourselves?  To deny that we have is a bit foolish isn't it?  There is ample evidence of it we can see and feel just by stepping outdoors.  The people who want to deny this fact say that the changes are normal, they may have a point but I'm not sure that my reasons will please them.  Normal, is something that can be at least loosely defined and "expected" isn't it?  Under the circumstances, the changes should have been expected.  

There is a delicate balance to the world that relies on a measure of chance.  The balance is often upset and restored but never rides in equilibrium.  In our case I think we have over ridden natures way and face the failure of our world to restore it self without a decided intervention by the creatures who live here.   As a representative of the only creatures that are able to make thos sacrifices and guilty of my own part in destroying that balance I have to place the responsibility on the humans.

We humans have been beating the world up for millenia now.  We build our fires and kill our food and destroy our pests as though it is us and not nature who finds that balance.   We build our cities, our dams, and our farms without regard for anything other than our short term needs.  We are so self centered and self absorbed that we refuse to see that it is going to take an uncomfortable set of changes and damned soon, to keep a semblance of society at the leading edge of our world.  Without those changes, we are set to see an almost overnight failure of our environment.

There will be little warning once past the tipping point.  What can we do?  I am not able to answer that.  I am as guilty as anyone, anything, andy process that set the events in motion.  I mow my grass with a fossil fueled mower, I wash my cars with detergents, I flush my waste just like almost everyone here does.  All of these things are controllable.   We could do them all a little differently and help to slow the correction that will end so much of our way of life but, we face an unwillingness to believe that those changes will come.  Especially if the changes will mean a loss of wealth ofr the people who make those product or enable those ways.

I sit in my yard now and I can feel it, an undercurrent of doom.  A sense of a change that is as unstoppable as the tide.  I look out at the flowers, the trees and the rivers and lakes and I see a beautiful world that is a little like the face of a dying beauty.  Still attractive and even mesmerizing to see unless one gets too close.  

Imagine if you will, a world where the trees have become grey, dead husks that fall on the land.  Try to see a world where the houses sit crmbling under the onslaught of wind and rain, empty and without life.  Imagine the huge mounds of bones of a wotld that killed itself and try to remember that these are not just the bones of strangers, but the bones of our own families.  Isn't this something that deserves our attention?  Have we become so callous that we are unwilling to make any sacrifice to save our own children and grand children?




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I feel the doom in the air as well. Has a sweet sickening smell that is getting stronger daily.
and feel a chill in the dry wind blowing right now.

All will pay the price together.
Everyone .
It's funny Bob, how money and greed has taken reasonably sensible people, and made them destroy this planet for their own kids. These doubters know that we are killing the planet, yet they have to have a BMW and a pool. Yet, they don't see the trees for the forest. Their own kids and grand kids could be walking around with oxygen tanks and masks a lot sooner than they think, if they can go outside at all of their well-fortified houses for the armed scavengers that will eat them alive. I am glad I will not be around to see it.
Ultimately, we've been faced with the manipulation of oil and coal companies who need to soak up those last billions of dollars of profits up out of the ground to the detriment of the entire planet, as opposed to the intelligent reinvestment in alternative technologies that would not only save the planet, but provide an economic stimulus that would promote the general prosperity.

With our current actions of ecocide, we are bequeathing our children and grandchildren (should anyone live that long) with a giant, reeking bag of offal.
What's most sad about all this at that most of the people most responsible for the mess were in want to double-down on their bad bet -- and that millions upon millions will agree to let them.
Im hoping the doom that I feel and that you describe so well is the earth casting off the excess and getting back to basics. But basics with a twist of technology. There is always hope.
This is the most profound and wistful piece of your writing I've seen, Bob. The sense of impending doom you describe points me toward the kind of grim future painted by Cormac McCarthy in The Road. I hope both of you are wrong, but it's a thin and fragile hope.
"What's most sad about all this at that most of the people most responsible for the mess were in want to double-down on their bad bet -- and that millions upon millions will agree to let them."
---Tom Cordle

This says it all for me. Well done post and R.
So it's not just me who feels it? Interesting. Also, what Matt said. Pestilence feels like a great way to describe it.
Too often we forget that we need the planet to survive, but she doesn't a matter of fact, we appear to be hazardous to her health and therefore extraneous.
I'm with you. I've seen the Arctic melting and heard the dismay of the fisherman who no longer find fish in the past years. Even if we have little to do with it as some naysayers believe, what is the harm in protecting the planet? We are our own worst enemy.
As you know, everything dies in time. You do well in describing our helping hand to oblivion. We have gone from optimists to realists in one, short lifetime. A very harsh ending. Too bad it wasn't something taken into consideration even 100 years ago.
I see this strongly in my mind and feel we are standing on the head of a pin balance hope is we tilt to the right side before it is too late.
The biggest harm that is being done is being done by those who are "true believers" in the idea that mankind is largely or wholly responsible for global warming - usually referred to as AGW.

The earth has experienced 6 ice ages (perhaps 7) in its history. The last one peaked about 17,000 years ago. Earth has been slowly warming up since then. It has done this in between ice ages every time in its history. (Otherwise there'd have been just one "Ice Age" - all previous history!) Mankind wasn't around for all but the previous one.

There is little doubt that mankind's use of fossil fuels and other "bad" habits of civilization has made some contribution to this warming, provided that CO2 is indeed a causative factor in global warming. (There was no excessive amount of CO2 around 17,000 years ago when the latest - warming - part of the natural cycle began.)

Because our present global warming is part of an oft repeated cycle that our planet goes through, even if we could totally stop all human production of CO2 tomorrow, global warming would still continue at its normal pace. Now listen closely.....

It's going to get hot. It's going to get VERY hot.

BUT....... at its peak heat, the last warming reached about 42C to 57C (108F - 135F). These are temperatures that some parts of the world have experienced for centuries. Many many plants, lots of them food plants, love these temperatures.

Yes, if it gets that warm again, many of our temperate climate vegetation will not survive. But we can grow plants that will survive. Food plants. Shade plants. Even some very beautiful plants.

And there is no reason why mankind too won't survive such warming if he prepares for it and helps nature along by aggressive planting of hot climate plants.

Since our present shorelines are likely to suffer from rising ocean levels, it would behove us to move our coastal cities to higher ground. All in all this need not be terribly disastrous to those who prepare for it properly. We in North America will not be likely to do so. We are convinced that "God loves us" or "We're exceptional" and are exempt from any problems of this sort.

Those who think that mankind caused all this are giving man credit for more than he is capable of - both as to causing it and to stopping it. Since we cannot stop it - and likely wouldn't if we could, we'd be wise to prepare for it for our children's and grandchildren's sake.

But we probably won't do that either.......

Thanks for the comments and for reading. A point to make with the skypixie. I never said a word about the natural because it is beyond control. I spoke to the things that people have done. Had I been looking to comment on the natural aspects of global warming I would have posted such. Really, I don't mind dis agreement, I just write on the topic on my mind and this comment was totally unrelated to that. Again I am fully aware of climate shifts brought on by natural events. To say that they alone are responsible is disingenuous at best.
Your entire blog was a reinforcement of the mistaken notion that "mankind has been beating up the planet" for a long time and that this is the cause of many ills, including global warming.

Have no doubt that I'm certain you know perfectly well that natural causes are about 97% of global warming. I may, on occasion think you in error, but I've never thought you stupid.

Unfortunately the over-all impression you give in this blog is that you support the notion that is put forward by those who want all burning of fossil fuels to come to a complete and dead stop. It is that erroneous impression I responded to rather than to any one particular statement of yours.

You may have meant your blog to mean something different but that's how it read to me. Judging by the comments you garnered, it seemed that way to others as well.

No offense meant to you; just my gut reaction to your piece.

The Eskimos say that things are melting sooner. They would know since they have been there thousands of years.