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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 08:05 AM
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Killing Our World by Will Pitt
http://www.truthout.org/killing-our-world59608

"I wanted to destroy everything beautiful I'd never have," wrote Chuck Palahniuk in his novel,"'Fight Club." "Burn the Amazon rain forest. Pump chlorofluorocarbons straight up to gobble the ozone. Open the dump valves on supertankers and uncap offshore oil wells. I wanted to kill all the fish I couldn't afford to eat, and smother the French beaches. I wanted the whole world to hit bottom ... I wanted to breathe smoke. I wanted to burn the Louvre. I'd do the Elgin Marbles with a sledgehammer and wipe my ass with the Mona Lisa. This is my world, now."

This is our world now, indeed. All those terrible things Palahniuk's protagonist wanted to do, well, most of them are happening or have already happened. The Louvre is still there, for now, and neither the Marbles nor the "Mona Lisa" have been violated, but as for the rest of that rant ... yeah, they're pretty much fact.

Our world.

Using the latest sampling techniques, they have identified plumes up to 20 miles away from the Deepwater Horizon well head that continues to spew oil into the water at a rate of at least 790,000 liters a day. The largest plume found so far was 90 meters thick, three miles wide and ten miles long.
Samantha Joye, marine science professor at the University of Georgia, who is working on the project, told the Guardian, "The plumes are abundant throughout the region. I would say they've become characteristic of this environment."
Characteristic of this environment.

Our world.
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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 08:06 AM
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1. pass the partially hydrogenated butter flavor please
:popcorn:
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 08:34 AM
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3. Uh, oh
Has Will Pitt become persona non gratis around here again?
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sui generis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 08:48 AM
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5. I dunno
early on we were sorta friendly, but he's always gunned for me with a completely irrational hard-on for verbal violence - and played dirty on PM's while doing it. Mostly I just avoided him in recent years because it was making people sad to see that far into the snakepit.

Which is not to say that I actually didn't like much of what he had to say, but god forbid offering a contrary view. He must have really done a major stage exit flounce + encore to get not merely tombstoned but deleted.

The take-away for me, people aren't passionate unless they give a damn, so I can forgive the dickery.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 10:16 AM
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8. He responded to a taunt in a very hot headed way and
crossed the line with the rules. He was served the delivery of asphalt.

That said, his work is not banned.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 08:33 AM
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2. I lived in both Texas and Florida and have come to dislike each intensely
and yet, I'm heartsick. I knew that Gulf fairly intimately for over half of my life and it's being murdered right in front of us.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 08:39 AM
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4. I lived in both as well and always like the Gulf side better.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 09:24 AM
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6. Thanks for posting, watching this happen has been kind of like
preparing yourself for an inevitable funeral. Meaning, how much can our beautiful oceans take before species are so impacted,
especially the ones that can't flee, like the coral, they just die off. :(
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 10:13 AM
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7. I'm glad to see this link here
This boy can write.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-19-10 10:15 PM
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9. We need him back!
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