As you are probably also experiencing, life is a bit much right now. Though the news that last month's unemployment wasn't as horrific as the past few months and that our trade deficit isn't as horrific as it once was (only because nobody's got a job and so they ain't buyin useless shit anymore) and the news that our economy has already hit bottom, has helped with the news of yesterday that social security, medicaid, and medicare are almost depleted. Damn it we should have let all those rich people put their social security into the stock market!! That would have solved everything! Damn liberals.
Anyways, as I am on my way to Florida for some sunshine time and all that work crap I've got to do, I'm not very original this week. So I'm stealing words from somebody else. Rachel Carson. Let's hear it for the women of the movement! hollaaaaa!
"We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road - the one 'less traveled by' - offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of our earth.
The choice, after all, is ours to make. If, having endured much, we have at last asserted our 'right to know', an if knowing, we have concluded that we are being asked to take senseless and frightening risks, then we should no longer accept the counsel of those who tell us that we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals; we should look about and see what other course is open to us.
A truly extraordinary variety of alternatives to the chemical control of insects is available. Some are already in use and have achieved brilliant success. Others are in the stage of laboratory testing. Still others are little more than ideas in the minds of imaginative scientists, waiting for the opportunity to put them to the test. All have this in common: they are biological solutions, based on understanding of the living organisms they seek to control, and of the whole fabric of life to which these organisms belong. Specialists representing various areas of the vast field of biology are contributing - entomologists, pathologists, geneticists, physiologists, biochemists, ecologists - all pouring their knowledge and their creative inspirations into the formation of a new science of biotic controls."
I recently hosted an event at the capitol about a common trend, the building of schools on or near sources of pollution. (no federal law against it) And I met a bunch of women from EPA. One of which had been there since the very beginning. Since the day the doors opened. I was amazed and astonished. How could that be? How could you believe in an organization that deeply that you could continue to be part of it through the political manipulation that we have all seen? The woman with her said that I should consider working for them. That this is a good time to get in there. And the woman who had been there since the beginning said, we need activists. We need her to do her work.
Alright before I get down to my real job, read this article on how the Tennessee sludge spill is being cleaned up, kind of.