Blaise Pascal
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Friday, January 25, 2013

REFRACKED: eXtinction

Summer Rayne Oakes

Born  near Scranton in 1984...
Same age as my oldest daughter...

Update:  It's been a year...
 and Summer has now made her beautiful film available to all

  When I was born,
Nature was already dying.
At the age of five,
Only half of the wetlands in the US remained.
When I was only ten,
Almost half of the world's forests had been destroyed.
By the time I was twenty,
The world's oceans had over 400 dead zones
Where no life could be supported.
When I turned twenty six,
Tens of billions of pollenating insects had died worldwide.
By the time I am forty,
Half of the Amazon Rainforest will be eliminated.
By the time I am fifty,
Lions will be extinct in the wild.
By the time I am sixty,
Many of the world's glaciers will have disappeared.
By the time I am seventy,
Ninety five percent of the world's coral reefs will have died off.
By the time I am eighty,
Two billion people will not have access to clean water.
By the time I am ninety,
Nine billion people will live on the planet,
It would take three entire Earths to sustain them,
We will not even have one.
By the time I leave this Earth,
The Nature I knew and loved,
Will be gone.

"And our small planet, at this moment, here we face a critical branch-point in the history. What we do with our world, right now, will propagate down through the centuries and powerfully affect the destiny of our descendants. It is well within our power to destroy our civilization, and perhaps our species as well.
But, we are also capable of using our compassion and our intelligence, our technology and our wealth, to make an abundant and meaningful life for every inhabitant of this planet. To enhance enormously our understanding of the Universe, 
and to carry us to the stars."
Carl Sagan

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Chasing Ice - Changing Lives

"I saw this movie Chasing Ice today
it hasn't just changed me about Global Warming
it has changed me as a person."
"I'm 60 years old,
there must be something I can do
to help our children 
to help my grandkids."



Showtimes - HERE

James Balog 
on Capturing Our Disappearing Glaciers


"Where can you go
-even in your imagination-
if you've got grandchildren in this world?"
John Rember

"There's no one to hear
You might as well scream
They never woke up
From the American dream
And they don't understand
What they don't see
And they look through you 
And they look past me
Oh, you and I dancing slow
And we got nowhere to go"

Woe The Prey - Barabara Peets


Monday, November 5, 2012


The top 10 targets for destructive drilling 
if Romney is elected

"If Mitt Romney is elected president, expect drilling for fossil fuels to explode. The Republican challenger has promised to double the number of drilling permits issued for federal lands. And that boom would go unregulated: Romney has blasted the current administration's "effort to crimp natural gas by federal regulation of the very technology that produces it."

Virginia's George Washington National Forest
Montana's Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier National Park
Monterey County, California
Delaware River Basin
Wyoming's Noble Basin
North Carolina's Sand Hill
Utah's Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
Ohio's Suburbs
North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Florida's Everglades

Rolling Stone - HERE

Much, much more on Mitt Romney, FrackWad...

Greed and Debt: 
The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital
Mitt Romney's Dirty Dozen 
Mitt Romney's Real Agenda
Mitt Romney's Tax Dodge
Mitt Romney's Bailout Bonanza
Mitt Romney, Bully

Seems to me that he once fell asleep 
too close to a large green pod.

"Flying at higher platitudes in the thin upper air of his own mind last week, Republican candidate Mitt Romney remarked apropos of airplane travel: "[T]he windows don't open. I don't know why they don't do that. It's a real problem. So it's very dangerous."  
     "It turned out that Mitt meant the remark as a gag. But it sheds some light on the hazard of trying to be funny by saying the opposite of what you mean, and also on the essential character of Mr. Romney who, to put it as plainly and directly as possible, is the sort of person commonly described as "an asshole." Hence, the thought that must be flashing through many people's minds these days when Romney's off-kilter, square-jawed, grinning visage floats over the nearest flat-screen: Who would vote for that asshole...? Being given to more baroque taxonomy, myself, I would be satisfied in calling Mr. Romney an empty vessel in a vacant room in an abandoned property in a forsaken land, and leave it at that."  James Kunstler      

Scumbag Blues

When I control,
You will despair

You won't make it out...

Sunday, November 4, 2012


"The era of human arrogance is at an end; 
The age of consequences is upon us."
David Abram

If there's one thing you can say
About Mankind
There's nothing kind about man

You can drive out nature with a pitch fork
But it always comes roaring back again

For want of a bird
The sky was last
For want of a nail
A shoe was last
For want of a life
The knife was last
For want of a toy
A child was last

Misery's the River of the World
Misery's the River of the World

Everybody Row! Everybody Row!


Saturday, July 14, 2012


Yoko Ono & Sean Lennon
Artists Against Fracking
Last Night on Jimmy Fallon's Show

Website - HERE
Facebook - HERE

Don't Frack My Mother

getting back...

"Laurel and Hardy, that's John and Yoko. And we stand a better chance under that guise because all the serious people like Martin Luther King and Kennedy and Gandhi got shot."
John Lennon

Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
God bless our love

It's All Too Much

Saturday, July 7, 2012


"We are the music makers,
and we are the dreamers of dreams"
Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Songs Against Drilling
From the Concert in Albany, May 15, 2012
New Yorkers Against Fracking

Take a look at Pennsylvania...
I don't want your millions, Mister,
I don't want your diamond ring.
All I want is the right to live, Mister,

You can't lease my land from me

"One day in April, I got a call from Natalie Merchant wondering if I would round up some volunteers to film an anti-hydraulic-fracturing concert and rally in Albany. I couldn’t resist. First of all, I had thought for some time that the rush to hydraulic fracturing was reckless. Second, I really liked Natalie’s idea: mounting a kind of “teach-in” about the topic and a celebration of the activists who had spread the word about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing . Most of the recent political discourse is so grim, shrill and angry. Here, wonderful rocking voices — and man do they soar! — would shake the windows and rattle the walls in Albany, even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo was deciding what to do about hydraulic fracturing ."
Alex Gibney

NY Times Op-Doc - HERE

Really fine job
More on Alex Gibney - HERE
New Yorkers Against Fracking - HERE

And really fun to see Natalie Merchant. 
I loved 10,000 Maniacs a couple of decades ago - 
especially this old Cat Stevens cover...

Now come and join the living, it's not so far from you
And it's getting nearer, soon it will all be true

Now I've been crying lately, thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating, why can't we live in bliss

Cause out on the edge of darkness, there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country, come take me home again

Peace Train's a Holly Roller
Everyone Jump Up On the Peace Train
Come On, Come On, Come On...