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"My sins my own. They belong to me, me."

Cloudy today, and a bit cooler.

I had in mind to write something about the UN report on the world's devastated fish stocks and the very real possibility that, at this rate, the oceans will be essentially devoid of fish by 2050. Or, more specifically, about the aggressively, proudly idiotic comments stories like these generate on the internet. And about the problem of denialists. But...I'm just not up to it. And my going on about what idiots people are will not, in any significant way, lessen the world's population of idiots. So...never mind.

One day, forty or fifty years on, the world will look back to now, and as one will ask, "Why didn't someone warn us? Why didn't our parents stop this from happening?"

I’ll burn my tomorrows,
And I stand inside today,
At the edge of the future,
And my dreams all fade away.


Yesterday, I wrote what I think is the longest "prolegomenon" I've ever written for Sirenia Digest, at 1,140 words. Mostly, it's about how Frank Frazetta made my miserable childhood in Alabama a little less miserable.

Last night, we watched Stephen Gaghan's Syriana (2005). A very effective film. After the movie, I wrote: I find it remarkable when a completely realistic piece of fiction can instill the same suffocating sense of dread and uncertainty as the best pieces of weird fiction. Watching, you begin to understand that you do not understand the way the world works. And Syriana is that sort of film, every moment pregnant with dread. It speaks terror softly. The two explosions near the film's end are marked not by noise, but silence. Expectation is inverted to great effect.

I think that's all for now. I'm going to look for something strong enough to get the taste of idiot out of my brain.

Oh, I have a few more photos from Sunday's trip to Beavertail. These are the ones that Spooky took:

Life in a tide pool.

Clusters of tiny barnacles, mussels, periwinkles, and various species of seaweed.

The lighthouse as seen from the rocks (view to the southeast).

Premaxilla from an unidentified species of fish, found in the surf.

Inside a dog rose.

All photographs Copryright © 2010 by Kathryn A. Pollnac


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May. 18th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)

While that is the sort of photo I'm inclined to take, sadly that is no dog nose.
May. 18th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
My tide pool envy is only worse now the Gulf is being wrecked.

I agree about Syriana--it's a beautiful, horrible film, and even more horrible because of its realism.
May. 18th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
The Premaxilla might make an interesting piece of jewelry...

Perhaps a fiction story that points to the denialists and UN report is how you have your say?
May. 18th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)

The Premaxilla might make an interesting piece of jewelry...

I was thinking that.

Perhaps a fiction story that points to the denialists and UN report is how you have your say?

Nah. I hate the motherfuckers too much to think about them that long at a stretch.
May. 18th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Please do let me know if Spooky creates something from the Premaxilla. I am intensely interested.
May. 18th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
That is one of the things that motivates me to go out and attempt to influence our government: the thought that my friends’ children, in ten or twenty years, might ask me “What were you doing while everything was going to Hell in a handbasket?”
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May. 18th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
It really is exhausting taking on the idiots all the time. The fact that it seems to do no good makes me depressed and apathy tackles me. Some people will never listen, they have given over their minds to some weird collective and they just parrot a bunch of unscientific gobbledy-gook that they have been told by fox news is the truth. At least I am pretty sure that's what my sister is doing.

Lovely photographs, as always.
May. 18th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the tide pool.

the very real possibility that, at this rate, the oceans will be essentially devoid of fish by 2050.

Because that is blasphemy.
May. 18th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Idiots all around
This post makes me think of Bill Maher's warning at the close of Religulous. I'm starting to get very nervous about being alive for the next fifty years. I will be old and weak and unable to fight for any share of the scant, remaining resources. And that will be all our fault.

If you find something strong enough to clear the taste of idiot, please pass it along.
May. 18th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Denial is even worse when the one doing it is not even an idiot. Have a brilliant friend who goes to great lengths to prove climate change is not attributable to humans! (Sigh)
May. 18th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)

You have my sympathies.
May. 19th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Imagine when it's your own brother who does it...He's not an idiot, but for that, yes he is..And the worst is that he wasn't like that a few years ago, i don't understand what happened, how he could become so blind..We have many fights over this subject.
May. 19th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
head meet sand
The people who taking stances on the near damn dead ecosystems are true marvels of human imagination. They can look upon a field resembling something visited by the villian from Ferngully, and put together a well documented, well cited and impeccably academic opinion that its normal. All I notice is that these experts in chicanery are vying for jobs at BP.
My education, limited to high school, was filled with warnings of enviromental disasters and dismal reviews of humanitys stewardship. Sure the california condor and alligator populations have spiked, but thre waters of the great lakes are vile enough to smother the Tiger Ameoba out of the world and into myth. Even without massive industry, the humans had no problem liquadating populations of the passenger pigeon, Stellars sea cow. Killing is perfected but creating is limited to vague bumbling ideas, and small companies operating on grants and well wishes from a stymied, bumbling government.
All of this comes from my science texts, filled with deppressing warnings of ecocollapse, and a shitty future for my generation. I live in Georgia, not exactly the most liberal, most cutting edge of school systems. If the dense, languid corpses of a school board in Georgia can accept the fact that the world is changing for the worse, where do these dimwitted buffons get their educations? Bill o Rielly University?
May. 19th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
ooooh. the tide pool pictures are adorable. So tiny and cute!
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