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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 10:27 AM
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Edited on Thu Nov-24-11 10:29 AM by Demeter
10 Great Things To Be Thankful For in 2011

  1. Occupy Worldwide

  2. Elizabeth Warren


  4. Judges Tom Nelson and Aleta Trauger

  5. Governor John Kitzhaber

  6. The (LATEST) Ohio Electorate

  7. Mass Mediators

  8. Equal-Opprtunity Economists

  9. Nissan Leaf

  10. Colonel Ann Wright


4 Reasons to Give Thanks to Our Oceans (Without Them We're Screwed)

1. We give thanks for the air we breathe...

...What is somewhat less well-known is that the army of plants we assume to be doing the work of scrubbing our exhaled CO2 out of our breathing space -- the trees in our towns and cities, the grass in our fields, even the vast forests of the boreal and the equatorial regions -- are really more like the ceremonial guard than the actual workhorse infantry. In actuality, between 70 and 80 percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere is produced not by our neighborly terrestrial trees, ferns and grasses, but rather by algae, phytoplankton and other marine plants in our oceans....

2. We give thanks for the food that sustains us.

The productive nature of the ocean is, while not exactly boundless, bountiful in the extreme. We catch, capture and harvest millions of tons of food from our oceans every year. While some of this is taken in a sustainable and responsible manner, a dangerously large portion is not. This is a significant challenge to our future as a global society, as illegal and unsustainable fishing practices threaten the ocean's ability to sustain us. Estimates suggest that fish provide roughly 40 percent of the total protein for as much as two-thirds of the world's population, and that between one and two billion people -- primarily in coastal areas of Asia -- rely on fish as their primary protein source....

3. We give thanks for support in times of trouble.

There are still a few people out there denying that anthropogenic factors affect our climate. These individuals, known as climate change skeptics, maintain that there are no definitive links between human influences (pollution, deforestation, etc.) and the worrying climactic shift we are witnessing on a global scale. I don't really know how else to put this, so I'm just going to say it bluntly. These people are wrong... Our world is changing, to be sure -- but it would be changing a lot faster and we would be in a great deal more trouble if the ocean didn't have our back. A great deal of the carbon we pump into the atmosphere is absorbed by what are known as "carbon sinks" -- natural repositories that, through various intrinsic processes and features, strip carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and sequester it. While there are numerous examples of active carbon sinks, the ocean is the largest carbon sink on Earth. It is estimated that somewhere around one-third of all human-based carbon emissions are absorbed by the ocean...

4. We give thanks for mercy and forgiveness.

In spite of all the gifts the ocean bestows upon us, we tend to treat it pretty shabbily. Up until the 1970s, it was legal to dump industrial, nuclear and other toxic wastes into the oceans, and we happily did so to the tune of millions of tons every year. Although this practice is now technically illegal, ocean dumping still occurs. Beyond the intentional disposal of waste, we also barrage the ocean with countless pounds of littered plastics, discarded on roadsides across the planet. Rains lift and carry plastics with them as they congregate in drains and gutters, flowing down to rejoin the oceans that spawned them. Our dependency on plastics (and associated our tendency to discard them the instant they have performed their use) has led to vast swathes of litter choking our oceans. Horrors like the "garbage patch" in the North Pacific Gyre -- a vast area seething with plastic bags, six-pack rings and trillions upon trillions of nurdles -- continue to spread every day. Birds and aquatic mammals literally starve to death with full bellies, their distended guts thick with indigestible plastic waste. Chemical run-off from farms triggers hypoxia in deep water, giving rise to dead zones that extinguish life from enormous tracts of previously productive seabed. Our abuse of the ocean is staggering in scope.

Yet in the face of it all, the ocean manages to struggle on, providing us with food and oxygen, and doing its part to stabilize the climate. Perhaps this is the most important reason to give thanks to the ocean -- for forgiving us our human foibles and soldiering on alongside us as we grow and learn. MORE AT LINK



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  -Weekend Economists Talk Turkey, Thanksgiving Day 2011 Demeter  Nov-24-11 09:59 AM   #0 
  - a very Happy Thanksgiving, Miss Demeter --  xchrom   Nov-24-11 10:06 AM   #1 
  - And to you and yours!  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:08 AM   #3 
     - Thank you for asking. I'm fine now and looking forward to  xchrom   Nov-24-11 10:19 AM   #7 
        - Today's paper weighed ten pound, each  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:39 AM   #10 
           - Wow. That's a lot.  xchrom   Nov-24-11 12:45 PM   #33 
  - Retailers Push Fed for Yet Lower Debit Fees  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:07 AM   #2 
  - Taxpayers pepper-sprayed with...debt. VIDEO COLLECTION  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:09 AM   #4 
  - Robert Reich: "The REAL Public Nuisance" VIDEO  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:11 AM   #5 
  - Mic Check! Maddow on How OWS Techniques Are Used to Protest Politicians  Demeter   Nov-24-11 11:42 AM   #29 
  - Happy Turkey Day!  mgc1961   Nov-24-11 10:17 AM   #6 
  - Back at ya!  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:30 AM   #9 
  - REASONS TO GIVE THANKS LISTED HERE  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:27 AM   #8 
  - I'm thankful for...  Tansy_Gold   Nov-24-11 11:11 AM   #21 
  - Thanks for Tansy Gold! Next President!  Demeter   Nov-24-11 11:21 AM   #25 
  - Need a Reason to be Thankful This Year? Look at These Food Justice Wins  Demeter   Nov-24-11 11:40 AM   #28 
  - Giving Thanks for the Occupation, Election, Demonstrations  Demeter   Nov-24-11 01:00 PM   #36 
  - 5 Things to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving By Vanessa Ortiz  Demeter   Nov-24-11 06:23 PM   #42 
  - Give Thanks to the Ones Who Have Earned It  Demeter   Nov-24-11 06:42 PM   #46 
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  - MORE TIPS: Talking Occupy Wall Street, Super Committee and More Around the Thanksgiving Table  Demeter   Nov-24-11 11:15 AM   #24 
  - How Occupy Is Transforming Our National Conversation By John Cavanaugh and Robin Broad  Demeter   Nov-24-11 11:32 AM   #27 
  - THE ANTI-THNKSGIVING POV: No Thanks to Thanksgiving  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:48 AM   #12 
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  - Interesting. I Predict Any Changes Will Be in the Wrong Direction  Demeter   Nov-24-11 10:53 AM   #15 
     - i have posted an article that talks about revolution from the top.  xchrom   Nov-24-11 11:00 AM   #18 
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           - The Austrian's won WWII. Nt  xchrom   Nov-24-11 04:03 PM   #38 
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     - +10000000  stockholmer   Nov-24-11 06:36 PM   #45 
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     - Whatever would we have to talk about, if so?  Demeter   Nov-26-11 08:05 PM   #104 
     - I doubt by Christmas  DemReadingDU   Nov-27-11 06:27 AM   #107 
  - Hope You All Are Enjoying the Holiday Weekend  Demeter   Nov-26-11 08:15 PM   #105 
  - your holiday weekend sounds lovely -- have fun a with the  xchrom   Nov-27-11 07:05 AM   #108 
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     - +1  xchrom   Nov-27-11 09:01 AM   #112 
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