Kress soon noticed that something was wrong. Puffins dine primarily on hake and herring, two teardrop-shaped fish that have always been abundant in the Gulf of Maine. But Petey's parents brought him mostly butterfish, which are shaped more like saucers. Kress watched Petey repeatedly pick up butterfish and try to swallow them. The video is absurd and tragic, because the butterfish is wider than the little gray fluff ball, who keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the fish, only to drop it, shaking with the effort. Petey tries again and again, but he never manages it. For weeks, his parents kept bringing him butterfish, and he kept struggling. Eventually, he began moving less and less. On July 20, Petey expired in front of a live audience. [...]Suppose we were to discover that the coastal floods and droughts and dustbowls and wildfires and freak winter storms and shifting ocean currents and loss of fisheries and reef decimations and other extinction events we had blithely committed our grandchildren to bearing witness to were instead rudely not waiting that long, but happening to us instead.
Why would the veteran puffin parents of Maine start bringing their chicks food they couldn't swallow? Only because they had no choice. Herring and hake had dramatically declined in the waters surrounding Seal Island, and by August, Kress had a pretty good idea why: The water was much too hot.
Discovering that, would we be more upset over the decades-long campaign to pooh-pooh the dire warnings, the plain measurements, and the science? Would we get angry? Would we demand we work to mitigate those no-longer-distant catastrophes with more urgency, now that we ourselves were paying the price and not our children or their children? If so, what does that say about us?
And if not?
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2007—The Guardian Finds the "Prince of Darkness" Unrepentant:
|Suzanne Goldenberg managed, somehow, to keep her lunch down during an interview with Richard Perle. The man who never met a war he didn't love sat through much of it all with a dog named "Reagan" in his lap.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we started the morning with a little national security state chatter. Greg Dworkin and Joan McCarter served us up a full plate of great stories. Reviewing the reviews of Greenwald's book & the 1st Amendment Blind Spot. Handicapping the handicappers. Concerned about vets' health care? Expand Medicaid. Iran's bomb-making capacity is diminished. Had you heard? Abortion? Michael Boggs knows nothing about it! McConnell word salads his health care position. Bonkersghazi civil war continues. Speaking of which, Rand Paul gets himself four Pinocchios on the subject. End Times Alert: the latest thing NYCers are overspending on.