Pretend, Friend

Do they got a 57 Chevy in the yard?

Do they remember 8 tracks?

Do they say their Hail Mary’s?

Do they fear their environment?

Have they heard of sit-ins’ and Negros to the back?

Have they seen the needle in the spoon?

Stranger, stranger, where have you been?

Should I trust you?

What are the sacraments?

Will we both, continue to pretend,                             friend?

For a Limited Time

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I am a nature freak…and, damn proud of it.  I grew up in the wild, as a wild-child.  I slowly but surely became a hippie tree hugger.  And, in the end, though I lived in many metro areas.  The countryside of New Hampshire calls me back…each and every-time.  What amazes me?

The water bottles left on a heritage trail.

The granola bars displaced on a ridge, 2,000 ft from civilization.

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So, for a limited time, nature and some of her now ‘gone’ friends.

  • the Passenger Pigeon…reason: human mayhem and loss of food
  • the Western Black Rhino…poaching
  • the Tasmanian Tiger…Human need to take more and more land…disease

Almost extinct..

  • the Mountain Gorillas…We are destroying their ‘eating’ environment
  • the Snow Leopard…injury due to trash and hunters in it for the kill

What is happening here closer to home?

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The greatly sought after, New Hampshire Moose.  Not quite on the endangered list yet.  However, a sad, quick,  decline of their calves have left some in despair.  Why?  Global warming, meaning shorter winters…Meaning, ticks.  Ticks during all four seasons in an environment typical known for its frigid weather.

The Winter Tick is literally sucking the blood of New Hampshire Moose and their calves.

 

Trumping the Enviroment

I walk these woods that are so dark and daring to the senses.

In the rural backbone of New Hampshire…one learns to feed…

‘the copious array of instinctive beauty.’

Leaving the wise to wonder of human’s veracity.

Rumble with rush.

Trash weeds of jumble.

I often wonder,

‘how is it…others are less humble?’

 

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TRUMP DROPS CLIMATE CHANGE FROM LIST OF NATIONAL SECURITY THREATS
December 18, 2017

President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will no longer regard climate change by name as a national security threat.

The stance marks an abrupt turn from the Obama administration, which in 2015 described climate change as “an urgent and growing threat to our national security,” given its effects on natural disasters, conflicts over food and water, and refugee crises.

In contrast, the Trump administration’s national security strategy, published Monday, discusses climate change only within the context of U.S. energy policy.

“Climate policies will continue to shape the global energy system, [and] U.S. leadership is indispensable to countering an anti-growth energy agenda that is detrimental to U.S. economic and energy security interests,” the report reads. “Given future global energy demand, much of the developing world will require fossil fuels, as well as other forms of energy, to power their economies and lift their people out of poverty.”

As National Geographic has previously reported, humans’ dramatic alteration of the global climate is not only scientific fact, but it also poses numerous security threats to the United States and the world.

Depending on the region, extreme weather events—such as droughts, wildfires, heatwaves, and torrential rains—may become more frequent and intense under climate change, posing threats to military installations and civilian communities alike. As weather patterns change, some disease-bearing creatures such as mosquitoes will enjoy longer active seasons over wider areas, exacerbating threats to public health.

In addition, rising seas threaten to cripple coastal military infrastructure, an ongoing concern at the U.S. Navy’s installation in Norfolk, Virginia. Melting ice means that the normally ice-clogged Arctic is poised to transform into a major shipping route, altering regional geopolitics. Warmer, more acidic waters will kill off many coral reefs, which supply food and income to millions. And as sea levels rise, flooding will displace coastal populations.

“We’ve seen that 700,000 refugees coming from Syria have shaken the European Union to its core. Take that number and multiply it by 100 who would be forced to leave the coasts, and that’s the kind of change we are going to unleash upon ourselves,” said David Titley, a climate scientist at Penn State University and retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, in a previous interview.

“The impacts of that on security or economics are fundamentally unknowable,” he added. “But anybody who thinks that’s not a huge risk is probably smoking something.”

Despite Trump’s change in emphasis, it’s possible that U.S. government research on climate change will continue—under an assumed name. Since Trump’s inauguration, U.S. government websites seeking to scrub “climate change” from their records have opted to swap out the phrase for the word “resilience.”

For instance, a division within the Department of Defense’s environmental research programs that had been named for climate change is now named for “resiliency.” An EPA web page devoted to “climate ready” water management now discusses “resilient water utilities.”

What does President Trump’s national security strategy say about “resilience,” then?

“Resilience includes the ability to withstand and recover rapidly from deliberate attacks, accidents, natural disasters, as well as unconventional stresses, shocks, and threats to our economy and democratic system,” the report states. “Through risk-informed investments, we will build resilient communities and infrastructure to protect and benefit future generations.”

news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/how-trump-is-changing-science-environment/

 

Sustain This

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What gives with the unnecessary plastic objects that Americans and New Englanders have a need to collect? Who needs that much unsustainable organization in their lives?

What are the twelve steps to recovering from this addiction?

Easier said than done; cloth diapers instead of retro plastic ones. A soiled Huggie takes up to 500 years to decompose.

For goodness sake, give up Trident or Wrigley’s. Most chewing gum is made of plastic. Give the habit up cold turkey. Humans aren’t dogs chewing on Kong’s.

When dialing up Dominos, ask the check-out guy or girl to hold the little plastic table that goes in the middle off the pie. You’ve got a dining table at home another one is not needed.

Use washable Feminine Hygiene Products. Sure it’s a big mess but you made it.

Choose a cardboard cat scratcher instead of wall to wall deep plush Cat Castles. None of the products last more than a month, cats get bored easily.\

Enjoy the joys of consignment shop shopping. A beat up pair of Levi’s is much more comfortable than the stiff fresh pressed pair sold at the local Walmart.

Avoid gluttony! Just because the almost new Wet/Dry Vac doesn’t have the fresh hot off the plastic assembly line smell; doesn’t mean it is ready for pasture.

Choose clothing materials that sprouted from the ground not a chemistry beaker.

Individuality is nice but not necessary with cheese. Bulk is better.

Give up Bottled Water! Remember the good old days when we just drank from the tap? Why did America become so fancy?

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