Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Schadenfreude

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  1. Monsanto ad?
    -dmf

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    1. It would have been more delicious were it depicted revenge of the trees, but since their numbers and strength are dwindling fast, vines will have to do.

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  2. You okay, Gail?

    Just kidding - this fictional movie would be great if it were full length, ending with the last human zombie devoured by a plant.

    I hope you saw this. At least the headline acknowledges your work and conclusion.

    All the Trees Will Die, and Then So Will You
    https://www.wired.com/2017/05/trees-will-die-will

    [specifically about just one invasive species, the polyphagous shot hole borer and its infestation in Southern CA. Interesting on another level as a GREG McPherson, a research forester with the US Forest Service who conducted the latest study of SoCal’s trees, plays a significant part in this story.]

    Glad to see you still posting, Gail. Sure has gotten a lot worse (on so many fronts) since your last post.

    Tom

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    1. Thanks Tom, I'm okay! I have moved to Maine and been very busy with packing and unpacking, and parental health issues. I couldn't resist posting this video though!

      Yes things have gotten worse, and they're going to get even worse even faster. Fascinating in a ghoulish sort of way.

      I hope you are well. Reconsider joining the Panic Room on facebook? We have a convivial group of Doomours you might enjoy.

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  3. Though, I'm pretty confident I did everything wrong.

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  4. Just dropping by to drop off an article you've probably seen:

    Thirty Years After the Montreal Protocol, Solving the Ozone Problem Remains Elusive
    http://e360.yale.edu/features/thirty-years-after-the-montreal-protocol-solving-the-ozone-problem-remains-elusive

    Despite a ban on chemicals like chlorofluorocarbons, the ozone hole over Antarctica remains nearly as large as it did when the Montreal Protocol was signed in 1987. Scientists now warn of new threats to the ozone layer, including widespread use of ozone-eating chemicals not covered by the treaty. [more]

    [uh, little late there fellas . . ..]

    Tom

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    1. Hi Tom! And thanks. There's so much unknown when it comes to chemical reactions in the atmosphere. They are very difficult to track. We are going to do ourselves in before it is every fully understood.

      Good to hear from you!!

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  5. hi Gail. Howcome are we still alive? I am wondering if I am still alive...

    No more trees in Puerto Rico. Island turned into a desert. Absolutely no way there is going to be a reconstruction. Not enough everything needed to do it. No will, no money, no metals, no woods,no fuel, no nothing.

    Seems that the volcanos are waking up all over.

    I have nothing to say really, jus wanted to touch base.

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    1. Hi Michele!!!! And I have read that the locals of the VI and other islands are blaming lost vegetation for the ensuing drought. They believe that no trees = no clouds, no rain... Exactly what is happening all over the world when trees die off and no longer evapotranspirate.

      In the midst of so many disasters, it has been just heavenly in Maine (if you can ignore dying forests, no birds or bugs...)

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  6. for almost everything that comes my way, I think "it is too late"
    I feel so trapped. So restless. So sad. So healthy despite everything. And so lucky. Up to now.
    When I will start crying, I will cry myself to death.

    Was thinking this morning that if the question that will determine my fate in my next stage in the universe is : How many cars exactly did you see drowning in floods on youtube?, I am sure to fail. I can't count fast enough.
    p.s. I initiated this short exchange because I so needed to see witsend alive for a second.
    as long as we have electricity.
    love

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    1. Love back at you, Michele. I wish you would join The Panic Room on facebook! Jaded, cynical Doomours with a lot of bitter humor and snark thrown in.

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    2. Hi Gail/michele/et al--Ah, Some Life returns. i ck WEnd often, just in case. As for The Panic Room: Like Jaron Lanier, i don't do any social media, esp Faceborg (We Will Assimilate You). However, i do still exist and breathe in the boonies, like you Gail, in Maine, far from the sociopathic crowds...so far. robert, Maestro Heart

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    3. Thank you for checking in Robert! I do have drafts, and drafts, of posts but while it has been so paradoxically gorgeous here I have been preoccupied being in the "nirvana of now". I found a path through the woods to a (nearly) secret rocky cove and I go there most days, and listen to the surf, and look for signs of life in the water and on the shore. Not much, but the balsam trees are fragrant. Did I know you are in Maine? How is the music making?

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  7. i don't think you knew i live in Maine. Music is going really well, thank you. Just had a novel--The Melancholy Cafe--released as a Kindle e-book, a mystery novel, which is neither fiction or nonfiction but my own term: Friction. Where words, esp the written words have been the culprits of our demise since their inception...among other things. Definitely a strange ride happening within its 100,000 'words' which of course 'appear' a blatant contradiction. It evolves gradually into what it didn't seem it would. Surely a challenging read for deniers of all flavors. {And i so understand being in the "nirvana of now" though patiently awaiting your linguistic return to take on the human flock in your inimitable take no prisoners fashion. Best, r

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  8. when "jeesus" was gathering lambs to his fold
    the tree was already a thousand years old...
    http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-bristlecone-climate-change-20171001-htmlstory.html

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    1. "Scientists know that bristlecone pines will remain standing for centuries to come." - I wouldn't bet on it.

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  9. hi Gail,
    photo from hurricane Ophelia in Ireland which illustrates what I have been expecting in montreal for the last couple of years. it is only a matter of time. the trees are in such a bad shape. https://twitter.com/horganp/status/919914366870474753/photo/1

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    1. That is a spectacular photo, in a horrific sort of way.

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