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AdLib On October - 29 - 2012

Back in the 1970’s, there was a famous ad for a margarine product named Chiffon. Mother Nature tasted it believing it was butter then once informed it wasn’t, became upset and called down lightning saying angrily, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”

Who would have thought that, if creatively deconstructed 40 years later, it could be seen as a brilliant and prescient statement?

Now, of course this was not in the minds of the Madison Avenue ad men (it was still men mostly then) when they designed this campaign but let’s put that aside for a moment and begin our exploration of what this ad could be seen to be saying.

Here we have Mother Nature, trusting in the work of human kind and being deceived by their corporate entities that intentionally attempt to corrupt and mislead her in an attempt to supplant that which is true in order to profit (fortunately, there are no international laws against torturing logic…or Mitt Romney would be behind bars).

Is this not in fact what this election has been about, not to mention the corporate propaganda campaign against the validity of Climate Change? Brazenly advancing lies and deceptions to deceive the public in order to seize greater power and profits.

Do the executives at energy corporations really not believe in science? Really? They don’t believe what 99% of legit scientists conclude with regards to man made Climate Change occurring right now and posing the greatest threat to the future of human civilization?

I would argue that the corporate opponents of acknowledging Climate Change know that it is happening but their greed and their only caring about how they can profit today provides them all the justification they need to lie about how they are continuing to fight against taking action to at least reduce the death and destruction the fallout from their products is causing to the entire planet.

And the politicians who depend on corporate financing of their campaigns don’t come off quite so principled either.

In a year when the hottest Summer on record was recorded, when record droughts destroyed crops and led to suffering, when the Republican National Convention was postponed and truncated because of a dangerous hurricane and when up to 20% of the population of America are in the path of a highly unusual and threatening hurricane/tropical storm…not one mention of Climate Change in the Presidential debates…the first time since the 1984 Presidential Elections, when Walter Mondale ran against incumbent President Ronald Reagan.

No need to anger the oil companies, in this post-Citizens United America our unprincipled Supreme Court has unleashed on America, politicians float in a flood of implied corporate extortion like helpless people trapped in a hurricane’s aftermath. Speak out against the wealthiest corporations in the world and any politician could soon be hit with a hurricane of corporate money spent to defeat him and insert a “friendlier” politician in their place.

And what is the end result of this corrupt, survival of the wealthiest and their lackeys system we now see supplanting our government?

Doing to the planet Earth what they did to the economy in 2008.

Dallas, Texas had three earthquakes this month that a geologist attributes to wastewater disposal From fracking operations. Two were above 3.0.

Before a series of small quakes on Halloween 2008, the Dallas area had never recorded a magnitude-3 earthquake, said Cliff Frohlich, associate director and senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics. USGS data show that, since then, it has felt at least one quake at or above a magnitude 3 every year except 2010.

Frohlich said he doesn’t think it’s a coincidence that an intensification in seismic activity in the Dallas area came the year after a pocket of ground just south of (and thousands of feet below) the DFW airport began to be inundated with wastewater from hydraulic fracturing.

http://news.yahoo.com/unusual-dallas-earthquakes-linked-fracking-expert-says-181055288.html

More information about fracking causing earthquakes can be found in the following article from NPR, “Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes?”:

http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/tag/earthquake/

As many may have seen in the great expose documentary, Gasland, fracking is also poisoning ground water (and turning water flammable!) throughout the US…and thanks to Climate Change which the oil companies have been greatly contributing to, potable water is becoming less and less plentiful. An interesting video at Gasland’s website (http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/)

 

And a great deal of damage, deaths and illness from pollution by energy and chemical corporations devastate millions of families and cost billions.

Even though the primary motivation of energy corporations isn’t to kill people, destroy lives and civilization…if it helps profits, their thinking is, “It’s just the cost of doing business.”

This is crazy. We have corporations that are contributing towards worsening Climate Change and as a result, threatening the stability and possibly even the survival of modern society. They have been freed by the Supreme Court to intimidate any politician who might stand up to them. We had to stand by and watch as they sacrificed our economy and economic future in pursuit of their insatiable greed. Must we really watch helplessly as they continue wreaking their “destructive Capitalism” on the physical planet?

How bad do things have to get before people demand change? Record and unusual hurricanes, droughts, floods, tornadoes…no, this is not Biblical prophesy, scientists have been predicting this…and things getting worse, for many years but the corporate powers that profit from pollution have successfully campaigned against trying to blunt or reverse Climate Change.

We can’t bail out Earth with a literal TARP. It’s too big to fail but the human race isn’t. People around the world will live in greater deprivation when it comes to food and water, more “natural” disasters will occur with greater intensity, more property will be damaged and more lives will be lost. And none of this was necessary, none of this had to happen…at least not in the frequency and intensity.

If the Earth becomes a more hostile place to live, it doesn’t matter who is elected President, whose taxes are cut or raised, life will become more difficult and vulnerable for everyone.

If saving the nation from various types of destruction isn’t something that Americans can come together on, what can we come together on? And the same goes for the rest of the world, if we can’t come together to better protect people around the world from the wrath of pollution-caused disasters, how self-destructive would that be.

This isn’t the end of the world, Earth has gone through many eras of freezing over and becoming overheated, uninhabitable for millions of years. Earth will continue with or without a safe and secure human society. It’s up to us as to how we will impact this planet and impact our lives and future.

And the clock is ticking…

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Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. MurphTheSurf3 says:

    Ad Lib….I have been meaning to drop you a line to say thank you for this fine post. So many good ideas, so much wrapped up in a neat package. As you know I am up to my neck in a campaign (well, two of them) and have been making choices re. what time I have. So…..before any more time goes by…a Big Bravo..with kudos galore for a fine think piece.

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  2. Ad, I posted a youtube video of the old Chiffon commercial at about the same time you posted this article. STAY OUT OF MY HEAD! ;)

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  3. escribacat says:

    C’mon Adlib, don’t you know what’s important? I got trapped yesterday as a spectator in a “discussion” among several police officers about the election. Here’s what they are concerned about — whether or not Obama will concede to Donald Trump’s offer of $5 million to a charity in exchange for releasing whatever the latest yadda was that they were questioning (college records?) These guys were practically doing jigs in their anger about how Obama would refuse to give that money to the charities. Gosh! Get your priorities straight!

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    • Yeah but, but, but Obama may have only gotten a bronze star instead of a gold star for staying asleep during nap time in kindergarten.

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    • AdLib says:

      You’re so right, Escrib! Police supporting the extortion of the President of the United States by a racist elitist, now that is indeed a topic for discussion.

      After witnessing the police mindset exhibited during the OWS protests, I have very low expectations of the police.

      I have met some very good people who are policemen here in LA but too often, it’s ego not intellect that one finds in policemen.

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  4. You are so right AdLib Gaia is absolutely pissed at it’s greatest creation and possibly biggest mistake. Unfortunately she doesn’t discriminate so her weather affects red and blue states and all of humanity alike.

    Brilliantly stated.

    This isn’t the end of the world, Earth has gone through many eras of freezing over and becoming overheated, uninhabitable for millions of years. Earth will continue with or without a safe and secure human society. It’s up to us as to how we will impact this planet and impact our lives and future.

    The only reason homo sapiens could have evolved in the first place was because we had an uncommonly moderate climate for eons now. If you look over the whole history of weather on the planet calm periods like we are in now are the exception not the norm. So what does human kind do but fuck that all up with burning fossil fuels and exploding our population (= cutting down the natural vegetation that could mitigate higher levels of CO2 at the same time.

    Of course for us to survive progressive thinking has to overtake reactionary thinking (even in Europe we’ve seen a trend toward reactionaries) which is an even bigger threat than climate change.

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    • AdLib says:

      KQ, that is absolutely true, times like this when Earth is habitable are the exception in the Earth’s history, a mere fraction of the Earth’s total existence.

      And to squander that away, putting the entire human civilization into jeopardy just to have MORE millions and billions of ultimately worthless money in the bank today?

      How much is a billion dollars worth when there’s no one left to spend it?

      One of the many fallacies of the Kings of the World mindset is that corruption can continue infinitely because the Earth is so enormous. We can dump endlessly in the oceans, pollute endlessly into the air and it’s all so trivial in the enormity of the planet.

      Same with their thinking that they can rob, oppress and dominate the majority endlessly. In the physical world, there is always an end as there is a beginning. The pollution of the Earth necessarily reaches a tipping point and to each cause there is an effect.

      There is a pompous disregard for reality by the uber-wealthy and corporations but reality isn’t like Tinkerbell, whether you believe in it or not, it exists.

      BTW, I saw a clip of Bill Clinton talking about Climate Change today and Romney’s ridicule of it and Obama’s concern about it in Romney’s RNC speech. He said something to the effect of, “I sure wish someone could have held back the tides yesterday.”

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      • The worst part is how that money is wasted. The most ignorant part of the 1st debate in my opinion was when Romney kept harping on Obama investing $90 billion in new energy technology like it was a bad thing. I mean it was less than spent in one year during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The investment also needed to be so high because Bush and previous presidents had no real future energy policy save for Carter.

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      • This graph temperatures obtained from Greenland ice cores measuring O18 isotopes which is related to surface temperatures shows all you need to know. The most recent epoch is on the left side of the graph.

        IC

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  5. AdLib says:

    The domino effect from Climate Change wrought by the pollution of the energy industry…is the potential for even more destructive pollution:

    U.S. nuclear plant declares ‘alert’ after Sandy storm surge: NRC

    Exelon Corp declared an “alert” at its New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear power plant due to a record storm surge, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Monday, warning that a further rise in water levels could force operators to use emergency water supplies from a fire hose to cool spent uranium fuel rods.

    The alert — the second lowest of four NRC action levels — came after water levels at the plant rose by more than 6.5 feet, potentially affecting the pumps that circulate water through the plant.

    http://news.yahoo.com/u-nuclear-plant-declares-alert-sandy-storm-surge-045428689.html

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    • Nirek says:

      Adlib, do you remember when President Carter tried to get the USA to use less oil, coal, and other fossil fuels and go towards energy made from the sun , wind and other renewable sources ?
      He was far better as our President than any of the GOP products!

      He even had solar panels put on the Whitehouse. Of course Ron Raygun took them off.

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      • escribacat says:

        Nirek, my little house has solar panels from the Carter era. He gave a tax break for installing them. 40 years later, I’m still getting supplemental heat and hot water from them. (I always thank the folks who put them in.)

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        • Nirek says:

          Escribacat, I put solar panels in my back yard August 08 . 24 panels make all my electric power and puts some into the grid.
          President Carter was so far ahead of his time.

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      • AdLib says:

        Nirek, yes indeed, I remember President Carter’s avid urging for America to get off of fossil fuels and all of his work in that area was trashed by Reagan upon his walking into the WH…with the oil companies marching in right behind him. So, come to think of it, Reagan has a big hand in the ongoing destruction caused by Climate Change.

        It’s outrageous to think about how so few people have been in a position protect the planet from this madness…and they chose money over the fate of the planet. Disgusting.

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  6. choicelady says:

    ADLib, Rabbi Arthur Wasko of the Shalom Center, a major force in progressive and humane social justice movements, would APPLAUD this view. This morning he blogged, with no hesitation, that this is not a force of nature but of human greed.

    You are sure in good company on this observation!

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    • AdLib says:

      Choicelady, I am honored and flattered by your kind words, thanks!

      It just seems so absurd. Scientists are of one mind on this, we KNOW what is the major cause of Climate Change, we KNOW what and who is causing it and yet we are helpless to do anything about it because the profiting of people and corporations today is more important than destroying tomorrow (and actually destroying today, since the effects of Climate Change have only begun…and are massively devastating!).

      Aside from the corporate propaganda against Climate Change that it’s a hoax, the argument that it would hurt job growth is even more asinine.

      How much job growth will there be in 50 years when huge natural disasters, crop failures, coastal cities being drowned and water shortages are rampant?

      I’m not being hysterical, these are all outcomes from climate change that cool and calm scientists have projected…as they have Hurricane Katrina and Sandy, record droughts and wildfires (as we had this summer) and on and on.

      The national bird of the US should be changed from a bald eagle to an ostrich with his head in the sand. Whether it’s the economic destruction or ecological destruction, corporations flood the airwaves with happy-think commercials and the average American walks outside their home to see the mountains around them on fire and think, “Well, that sucks but I’m sure glad that Exxon supports our schools.”

      And as for that BS, if Exxon would pay their fair share of taxes, they’d support a hell of a lot more schools and teachers than they do through their miniscule donations.

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  7. SallyT says:

    I was tapped into you again, AdLib! I had just posted a comment to KT about Mother Nature upset because there was no mention of Climate Change in the debates. Then KT answer me with the Mother Nature commercial that you used. I am with you all the way with frustration on this topic. I also remember the following commercial that hits the point, as well.


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    • AdLib says:

      Sally, we are indeed on the same Planetary wavelength, Killgore included!

      Yep, that Iron Eyes Cody spot was iconic. It’s both amazing and sad that we could have such passion about the environment decade after decade but when it’s really come to threatening our civilization, the corporate propaganda wins out and people seem in general to be so ambivalent about corporate caused global destruction.

      I mean, imagine if, as in a Bond film, Al Qaeda had a rogue scientist who could inflict the same destruction on the world. We would see them as terrorists and Enemy Number One. Instead, people call corporations who do this, “job creators”.

      Job creators and planetary destroyers, those just don’t seem to go together.

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      • SallyT says:

        AdLib, I watch a documentary on HBO this weekend: Mann v. Ford
        It was on the class action lawsuit undertaken by a tiny Indian tribe in upper New York state against the Ford Motor Co. It was an old mining town that government had given to the Indian tribe (I can’t remember the name). Ford was using the old mines to dump old paint not used on the cars. Well, of course the paint didn’t stay where it was dumped and later Ford got lazy and started dumping late at night outside of the mines. The government started building housing there for the tribe and the indians were so excited because these were the first homes for many of them. These young Indian children were playing and growing up around this toxic material. There were people living in richer parts that thought, and they said, these were “throw away” people. Made up lies that the indians were dangerous, etc. To make a long story short, the tribe started developing illness that included cancer. The tribe now has no one over the age of 65 because people aren’t living that long! Ford claimed to be doing everything in accordance of the EPA. Later it was found out that the EPA had been bought off. The tribe sued Ford. Ford claimed to clean it up again, which they hadn’t. The suit took years and when they finally got to trial, it was during the motor industry crisis. Ford claimed to be going bankrupt and the lawyers panicked and took a settlement. (It was divided among the indians and some got $2000 and the most given was $30,000). Well, of course Ford didn’t go bankrupt and they have been having record profits since. And, the Republicans think we don’t need the EPA because businesses can govern themselves. Yah, right…..well, the new EPA that Obama put in had these indians there when she was sworn in. But, Ford got away with it because of the motor crisis.

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  8. kesmarn says:

    Why the wealthy seem to feel they’re immune from the consequences of climate change is beyond me. Part of the “Masters of the Universe” complex, I suppose.

    Maybe, just to get their attention (a la Sarah Palin) they’ll need a few images like this?

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    • Great photoshop! Lady Liberty, ala Marylin Monroe!

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    • AdLib says:

      Hilarious pic, Kes!

      I think the mindset of the wealthy is two-fold. First, there’s the Masters of the Universe mentality you point out, because they’re wealthy, they are impervious to everything and anything.

      Then, there’s this mindset that the more they destroy the planet, the greater the motivation to get wealthier to be able to use that money to be among the elite who can horde the shrinking and necessary resources…and be in a position to make the majority of people who need them to pay through the nose for them.

      Little do they know that in such times, cookbooks about how to roast the wealthy are very popular.

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