God lives here

God lives here; the setting sun knows it, as it lowers itself slowly into the sea, an orb of gold, shimmering with the memory of the treasures of my day, taking its last bow, closing the curtains on the dark thunder clouds of what might have been, bringing peace to 10,000 miles of ocean, turning its color from teal to steel, dressing each wave’s white horse mane with a glistening silver tip, as they ride their black arches in toward the shore with a power and certainty I wish I knew.

A brotherhood of gulls rises from the shore, pushing off from the wet sand; their footprint hieroglyphs tell me everything, then not, as a sliding pool of clear seawater gently washes over them, dissolving their messages. They travel east on the last of the breeze, just above the breaking waves, paralleling the shoreline, silhouetting themselves against the last glimmers of sun, creating a thousand glorious photographs not taken, for I am alone on the beach with my dog. Gulls streak by not noticing either of us, their focused-eye determination unwavering in their acrobatic flight home, to where I know not.

The tide is coming in, bringing with it the cool of evening, its waves washing gently over old pebble stones of gray that are never dirty and always clean, leaving them surrounded like momentary moated castles till the next wave baptizes them again as if they were perpetual sinners. The dog sees something that demands her immediate attention. She dashes, consumed by possibility, mightily galloping across the sand full of fun and excitement, chasing scurrying little chick-birds feasting at the water’s edge. They rush away in unison like hunter-gatherer washer-women who rise up together as one, flying frantically to find the last moments of the setting sun, still warming the dampened sand.

We turn toward home, the evening readies itself to descend, a chill in the air hastens itself around the dog and me. I know God lives here on the beach in Ventura and I must leave him now. It’s his secret but it’s safe with me. 

Christopher Judges


An inconvenient truth

They’re calling Haiyan the most powerful typhoon to make landfall, ever. One survivor interviewed on the BBC said it was more like a tornado, the storm surge first driving him to his top floor and then the record-breaking winds pulling his roof off. Several small towns were completely destroyed and victims were left to fend for themselves amid the ruins. Unburied dead lay strewn about and people cried out for food and water.

At the concurrent U.N. Climate Conference in Warsaw, the Philippine’s representative, Yeb Sano, made an emotional appeal for meaningful progress in addressing climate change, even announcing a hunger strike until the goal is achieved.

You may not know there was such a conference. Many don’t. It attracted little attention in our media. Perhaps the climate crisis is stale news. More likely it remains a deeply “inconvenient truth” even now.

It is inconvenient to the political right’s cult of small government, for only a powerful government has any hope of addressing the consequences of climate change. Is it any wonder so much money from conservative sources goes into denying it?

Further, facing climate change is inimical to any concept of growth, economic growth or population growth. Growth, that black hole at the heart of capitalism, will only increase our use of the fossil fuels driving climate change.

Before we can even acknowledge the size of the threat, we must jettison some of our most cherished beliefs.

Hunger strike? Yeb Sano will get very skinny.

Margaret Morris

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Ms. Morris perfectly illustrates for us what we have come to know. Big bloated government is the answer to climate change for dupes on the left. Never mind its always countries on the hard socialist left politically that have had the worst environmental record.
Ms. Morris wins when we're suckered into this belief system. Taking her literally, (always dangerous), we should quit making babies and living comfortable lives. Yes, only then can we save Gaea. Her real message to Yeb Sano is: abandon your Christian faith, quit having babies and prepare to sacrifice yourselves for the sake of commie inspired left wing propaganda and phony science. Is she related to Brian Brennan?

posted by Scapegoat on 12/11/13 @ 02:11 p.m.

You are correct, Scapegoat. Margaret Morris (aka cassandra2) is a Brian Brennan protégé (make that a sycophant). She's always babbling on here about climate change and how it's going to destroy the world as we know it (any day now - chuckle).

And here we've already been experiencing one of the coldest winter's on the books, which cassandra2 will tell you is "weather" not "climate." Where do you draw the line, cassandra2? And the answer from junk scientists like cassandra2 is - Anywhere we want to.

posted by rasta_man on 12/13/13 @ 02:34 p.m.

I too take exception to Cassandra's statement that only a powerful government has any hope of addressing the consequences of climate change. It is large, powerful governments, whether of the capitalist (U.S.), socialist (Russia) or hybrid (China) persuasion that have done the most to promote the mantra of growth at any cost which is fueling the crazy race toward extinction that our species is presently engaged in. Anthropogenic climate change has been happening for over 12,000 years http://tinyurl.com/bqmsu but it has only been over the last 300 years or so that its rapidity threatens life on Earth as we know it.

I could cite many journal articles such as this one http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.10... which conclusively demonstrate that global warming continues unabated, but I know I'd be wasting my time since people like Scapegoat and rasta-man are immune to facts and evidence. Their only argument is to launch ad hominem attacks upon people they disagree with. Sure, most people are unwilling to give up their comfortable life styles or stop procreating. Doesn't matter, Nature bats last. http://guymcpherson.com

Earth has passed a good many climate tipping points and nothing humans can do now, individually or in concert, can arrest the coming climate holocaust.

For those of you who still have an openness to factual information you might want to read Lisa-ann Gershwin's magnificent book, Stung! http://tinyurl.com/ohg4mpo
Warning, it could break your heart.

Also, Elizabeth Kolbert will be speaking at UCSB on Feb. 18 about her forthcoming book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. http://tinyurl.com/jvrr4bt Don't miss it.

“If we don’t halt population growth with justice and compassion, it will be done for us by nature, brutally and without pity — and we will leave a ravaged world.”
~ Dr. Henry W. Kendall, Nobel Laureate

Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a pathogenic organism, or like the cells of a tumour or neoplasm. We have grown in numbers and disturbance to Gaia, to the point where our presence is perceptibly disturbing ... the human species is now so numerous as to constitute a serious planetary malady. Gaia is suffering from Disseminated Primatemaia, a plague of people.
~ James Lovelock

"Indeed, I tremble for my planet, when I reflect that Nature is inflexible: that her response to our abuse cannot sleep forever."
~ Thomas Jefferson

posted by acerbas on 12/21/13 @ 12:44 p.m.

Ahhh, the King of Gloom and Doom, acerbas, finally weighs in on the issue. Some people just wouldn't feel whole without constantly pointing at the failures of man to do things the way they think they should be done.

Acerbas and his first cousin, cassandra2 (aka Margaret Morris), are such people.

posted by rasta_man on 12/22/13 @ 12:21 p.m.
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