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So I'm shoveling snow, trying to get my aging car out of the snow bank.  The blizzard has let up a bit.  Our ceiling is leaking.  The trees are beautiful.  The almost-3 year old is enthralled.  But I stop shoveling because I smell something fishy in the air.  Something is off about this storm.  Nemo.
Under the Disney fish in the sky is the acidifying Atlantic, with the living things down in the deep so depleted that the government orders the fishing fleets stay docked.   There are thousand-mile dead zones where once were bluefin tuna, cod, haddock, hake, halibut, herring, mackerel, pollock, salmon, sea trout, striped bass, sturgeon, and turbot.  The evolution of 500 million years, a beautiful storm of sea-life - vanished.  Now the Atlantic's only life is these monstrous fishy storms.
I'm shoveling snow in front of the house where my family lives.  All my work these days is shoveling corporate pixels away from our front-door, so that we can come and go freely.  In this climate-heating Information Age, I'm spooked by the storm of commercial information that flies down upon us.  The information and imagery of products - the blizzard of Nemo - covers up the information of extinction.  And what if we came to understand climate change beyond information, in a more visceral way.  What if we felt the death of the North Atlantic in the sleet hitting our faces.
The owners of the Weather Channel - who named this climate-change amped storm after the Disney character Nemo - are NBC media, the Blackstone hedge fund and Bain Capital. To them, the lifeless abyss that the storm came from is like a black hole in space. They try to cover it up by tripling Star Trek re-runs.  Throwing a Disney movie at it.  Pitching a whole Times Square into that darkness.  The fish are gone?  Name the storm that sweeps over the water Nemo, the adorable little fish that keeps multiplying because we can't stop buying it.
This is a cover-up of nature-murder, an interruption of life deeper than the loss of a single species.  What is imperiled is the process of Evolution, which is the creation of life.   So, this isn't mass murder, it is deep murder.   Consumerisms' CO2 is dumped in the sea, the precipitation/evaporation cycle speeds us, and the warmer moisture-laden air makes these energetic storms, storming the cities, avenging the eco-system murder.  Consumerism gives it a misleading name, trying to continue the profitable flow of poisons.  But Earth needs to subdue the murderers of the deep before returning to the making of life.  

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  •  relax (0+ / 0-)

    This is the first bad snow storm in the northeast in a couple of years. Down here in Md we had two massive storms in 2010 back to back and had over 3 feet of snow in a week.
    Since then we have had 13 inches of snow in 3 years.
    No doubt we will    get slammed with serious storms every few years because of climate change and until it starts hurting the balance sheets of corporations no one will care.
    The weather channel loves these storms, great for ratings and business.

  •  Calling it consumerism is to blame the (0+ / 0-)

    victim.
    People, who have been banished from the earth by the principle of private property (an exclusive concept) can only live by taking what they are given and what they are given is whatever is left afte a whole horde of middlemen have taken a profit for themselves without having added any value.
    Take processed breakfast cereals. The only thing in the pretty boxes (which are destined for the dump where even micro-organisms can't consume them) is air and nutritionless waste from oil-based agricultural production that fattens cattle and hogs, whose wastes foul both fresh and salt water. Almost everything industrial societies are producing either ends up at the dump or in our water bodies, after the horde of middlemen has taken a cut to transform into more useless stuff.
    It used to be said that "one's man's waste is another's treasure." No longer. Our wastes are being jealously accumulated as if to signal how powerful we are. In fact, the proliferation of wastes (on land, in the air and in the waters) is evidence of economic failure.

    "consumption" used to refer to a wasting disease. It still it. However, it is neither desired nor spread by the victims. Most people want to create. But a few people want to decimate and consume their own kind. If they can do it vicariously, so much the better. Killing people indirectly makes revenge less likely. That's the marvel of money and the law, working together to wreck their deprivation. But, these are tools. The agents are the small percentage of humans determined to subjugate their own kind. They roam through the world, seeking the ruin of people ("souls" is an antiquated euphemism which recognized that since people die anyway, their spirit is more important).

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 08:12:23 AM PST

  •  Can you guys in the Northeast (0+ / 0-)

    Please send some snow to Denver please... I thought I moved into a mountain state that has snow in the winter...

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