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  •  We watched all of Africa, (8+ / 0-)

    (Sir) David Attenborough's latest, one episode after another. As usual the film work was excellent, and like all good nature porn, the human species was notable by its absence. Five episodes of marvellous vistas, micro and macro fauna, and atmospherics.
    Then the last episode. In the midst of the formidable Sahara, there were two men, living in a tiny concrete building amongst the sandy dunes, willing to (almost) keep watch over the film crew's time lapse cameras. Some of the rhinos were, if not tame, at least kept, and performed as needed. A silverback mountain gorilla and his band trundled through someone's back garden, among many back gardens.
    The blank spaces are disappearing very fast indeed.

    "We are monkeys with money and guns". Tom Waits

    by northsylvania on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 06:59:25 AM PST

    •  The dark continent, indeed (9+ / 0-)

      The vast fortunes of the interior, lost Stanley, and all that. . . romance was so much hooey, and we exchanged it for the garden Africa -- too precious to be entrusted to the impoverished Africans. That was not so much worse than the Liberated one, where nature must feed the troops.

      Meanwhile, the people there, treated as objects or welcomed as us, grow as sick as we do of the known, tame, and trammeled, I suspect. (No, I do not want to go on a Village Green Preservation rant.) (I just mean that there are consequences to these losses, and our lunatics act out in predictable ways.)

      Everyone is innocent of some crime.

      by The Geogre on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 09:34:10 AM PST

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