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The sheer magnitude of humankind's crime against humanity and humankind's crime against Nature is so vast that it really is impossible for any individual to get their mind around the idea.  Consider this one subject: humans have transformed the oceans into a toxic sound of indestructible plastic.

Listen to Dr. Charles Moore and look at the horrific photographs of our planetary scale floating landfill:

If you want to learn more about the scientist and his research:

What of the Sixth Great Extinction, provoked by humankind and ultimately including the Homo sapiens among its victims?  

Read these reports and contemplate the consequences:

It seems that humankind is at war with Nature and every living thing.   We've trashed the living Earth and destroyed our species' future and provoked climate change of sufficient severity to eradicate civilization and left such a horrendous mess that the Homo sapiens cannot possibly avoid extinction.  

If humankind were to read this message today and respond globally to the crisis the outcome would still remain the same: Too little, too late, too bad for humankind.  

If you want a fairytale ending you'll have to seek consolation in the writings of the conservatives, libertarians and scientific fiction technology worshippers.  All of these people entertain various delusions about humankind's future which are also accepted widely by the popular culture as an item of blind faith in humankind's ability to adapt to every circumstance and invent our way out of every problem.

But there is no fairytale ending for humankind.  

I saw something disconcerting and depressing today:

While I fully expected to hear Senator Inhofe spread lies and disinformation about climate change what was distressing and depressing what the revelation that this man is advocating the trashing of the planet while he has grandchildren who will inherit this mess and associated horrors from him.  

Either Senator Inhofe is blind and deluded about the consequences of pollution or he lacks morality and a conscience.  In either case he will likely live long enough to witness the end of the civilization which has trashed the Earth and tranformed the only living planet in the Universe into a toxic polluted wasteland.

There's no happy ending to the human story.  Humankind was a tragedy from the very beginning and humankind shall always remain a tragedy until the bitter horrific end.

What is a living planet worthy, anyway?  

Species that don't value their own survival go extinct in the worst possible manner.
David Mathews

Originally posted to dmathew1 on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 10:49 AM PDT.

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  •  it's not so bad (3+ / 0-)
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    wader, marina, blackjackal

    First of all, any species that lacks natural limiting factors and overbreeds will devastate its environment. There's a delciate balance and once it's lost, even deer can become a terrible plague to the ecosystem. Second, there's no way anything humans do will render this planet no longer living, bacteria outweight all other life forms five to one I think, and a lot of them are underground. Third, the environment is less polluted (not counting greenhouse gases) than it was at the beginning of the 20th century when butterflies were evolving to be black because everything was covered in coal soot. So I don't take this gloomy view on it.

    Of course we will have Fascism in America, but we will call it Democracy. - Senator Huey Long

    by Marcion on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:02:46 AM PDT

    •  "Less poluted" on what scale? (3+ / 0-)
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      wader, marina, blackjackal

      Black butterflies aside, is it less polluted on any scale? If a landfill is placed on an acre of land we'd say that land is polluted. But what if we paved the land and constructed an apartment complex on the land. Wouldn't the land then be poluted as well? Development is its own pollution. And agricultural pollution is off the charts compared to 1900. Seriously...

      Beer cans are beautiful. It's the roads that are ugly. -- Edward Abbey

      by frankzappatista on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:42:37 AM PDT

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      •  we don't have acid rains anymore (3+ / 0-)
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        marina, frankzappatista, blackjackal

        Mainly the manufacturing plants don't emit as many chemicals and soot (remember soot, in the town where I grew up in the USSR the snow turned black within a day) and the ones that do have been moved to a few concentrated industrial zones in China mostly. More and more rivers are swimmable again. I think there have definitely been improvements.

        Of course we will have Fascism in America, but we will call it Democracy. - Senator Huey Long

        by Marcion on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:49:55 AM PDT

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        •  That's a good clarification and I'll (2+ / 0-)
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          agree with you on acid rain. The northeast is definitely better off. But for sheer overhaul of the planet the 20th century was not kind and this century is not getting kinder. Who would have thought we'd see mountaintop removal on such a large scale?

          Beer cans are beautiful. It's the roads that are ugly. -- Edward Abbey

          by frankzappatista on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 12:04:30 PM PDT

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        •  Now we "only" have acid oceans (0+ / 0-)

          from absorbing excess CO2, producing carbonic acid.

          That only makes it increasingly difficult for calcium-carbonate life forms (oh, like clams, and snails, and many phytoplankton, and coral...) to make their structures.

          Decades, not centuries, for this "pollution" to affect ocean biosystems. It's all happening faster than predicted.

          The 20th century's excesses will make the 21st a bumpy ride.

          All the news that scares us silly:

          by mwmwm on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 02:28:07 PM PDT

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  •  A little EA Poe (2+ / 0-)
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    Public domain, oh diary police:

    LO! 't is a gala night
           Within the lonesome latter years!
       An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
           In veils, and drowned in tears,
       Sit in a theatre, to see
           A play of hopes and fears,
       While the orchestra breathes fitfully
           The music of the spheres.

       Mimes, in the form of God on high,
           Mutter and mumble low,
       And hither and thither fly—
           Mere puppets they, who come and go
       At bidding of vast formless things
           That shift the scenery to and fro,
       Flapping from out their Condor wings
           Invisible Woe!

       That motley drama!—oh, be sure
           It shall not be forgot!
       With its Phantom chased for evermore,
           By a crowd that seize it not,
       Through a circle that ever returneth in
           To the self-same spot,
       And much of Madness, and more of Sin
           And Horror the soul of the plot.

       But see, amid the mimic rout,
           A crawling shape intrude!
       A blood-red thing that writhes from out
           The scenic solitude!
       It writhes!—it writhes!—with mortal pangs
           The mimes become its food,
       And the angels sob at vermin fangs
           In human gore imbued.

       Out—out are the lights—out all!
           And over each quivering form,
       The curtain, a funeral pall,
           Comes down with the rush of a storm,
       And the angels, all pallid and wan,
           Uprising, unveiling, affirm
       That the play is the tragedy "Man,"
           And its hero the Conqueror Worm.

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    by blue aardvark on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:09:33 AM PDT

  •  Blame evolution for the 'tragedy of humankind' !! (3+ / 0-)
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    the rest of us are doing the best that we can :)

    "He's like any other president -- he's a politician and he's got to do what politicians do." Rev. Jeremiah Wright

    by PhillyGal on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:14:55 AM PDT

  •  What does this have to do with Michael Jackson? (8+ / 0-)

    I'm not seeing the connection.


  •  Humans may vanish (5+ / 0-)
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    PhillyGal, wader, marina, ilex, bythesea

    but life will not; it always finds a way. Over 95% of all life on Earth has been obliterated three times in the last billion years. The vast majority of every species that has ever existed is now extinct. Life goes on; life will go on until the stars are not longer in the sky.

    Ambition is when you follow your dreams. Insanity is when they follow you.

    by Batfish on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:38:58 AM PDT

  •  i get your rage (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, blackjackal

    it's time we started concentrating on what we can DO instead of what the war mongers, blood suckers, murderers, and liars have done and continue to do.

    we can't stop it in the short term. but we can change it in the long term. the effectiveness of the bad guys. we can stop them.

    "Well we don't rent pigs and I figure it's better to say it right out front because a man that does like to rent pigs is... he's hard to stop" Gus McCrae

    by pfiore8 on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:48:36 AM PDT

  •  While there is still time, David, (1+ / 0-)
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    people with your kind of spirit are the ones we need most to stick around.
    Thank you for caring so much about our natural world.

  •  If you think Extinction is the answer... (1+ / 0-)
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    I have only one request for you:

    "You First."

    Meanwhile, the rest of us will try to mitigate the problem

    We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

    by ScrewySquirrel on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 11:55:48 AM PDT

    •  The average American is.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...slowly becoming aware of the shit storm coming, are more open to solutions and are willing to do something but have only national interests (environmental organizations) as vehicles for action whose goals are often more abstract and disconnected from the individual citizen.
      The old bumper sticker, "Think globally - act locally", does make sense. Every community, neighborhood and town has some element(s) within its jurisdiction that contributes a significant amount to environmental degradation.   This is where the action should begin because local governments have more control of their jurisdictions than any other agency.
      Local action can have state wide even national impact (particularly when the media's interest is peaked) - if it leads to court it has even more influence- win or lose.
      With enough success in several local areas other localities are encouraged to act.

      The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true. J. Robert Oppenheimer {-8.25 / -5.64}

      by carver on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 12:51:46 PM PDT

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  •  Not sure humanity is doomed quite yet. But, soon (1+ / 0-)
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    humanity will blow right past the point of no return and it will be years before more than a handful of people realize it.  Sorta like Wile E. Coyote continuing to tread thin air over the chasm well after he's run off the edge of the cliff.



    Opposition to an ideology is not inherently another ideology. When you're at the South Pole, there's no other direction to go but north.

    by sxwarren on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 12:00:56 PM PDT

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