Thursday, August 04, 2005

Up in smoke

We at try to be mercifully above... below.. well, slightly off to one side of the great 'who's got the biggest ecowilly' contest, where one defender of all that's green and good have a got go at another. However, as it's just me....

What really could not go without comment, albeit poorly-balanced geopolitically, ecologically and bigger picturely, was the following I just read, under the title :'Shuttle Commander sees wide environmental damage'. Commander Eileen Collins is quoted as saying astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources. "We would like to see, from the astronauts' point of view, people take good care of the Earth and replace the resources that have been used."

Scorched earth. Billowing towers of greenhouse gasses being expended to convey just a few privileged individuals around in their expensive vehicles.

Obviously she was not gazing down on her own launchpad.

Now, if we could just get a cow into orbit using its own methane as fuel...

A mighty Whoosh

This is not, as might first be suspected, anything to do with wind, at least not of the 'minced moorhen' or 'Dorothy Does Birmingham' variety.

It would appear that it is indeed the bovine population's flatulence that is posing a bigger threat than any SUV ever can. At least in LA. I can actually get my head around this.

To save the planet I guess I could get used to veggie burgers, but in the meantime there is really only one solution. And have I got a good use for a BBQ sauce bottle. With always there for seconds.

On balance

On a dark day recently, if only one of too many, two men died.

Both were the innocent, unwilling victims of violent people who do not value human life, and through some warped view of their own and their position in society decided (either with malice aforethought or spontaneously, with perverse rationality or under the influence of something... I really do not care) to attack without thought for the consequences.

Their intention, sadly successful in both cases, was clear.

Which made them murderists. Nothing more. No other 'ist' or 'phobe'. The clear, main linking fact was that they sought to kill, and need to be caught and prevented from doing so again to protect the rest of 'us'.

But somehow this plain fact has somehow been obscured by a media-driven society and an overly sensistive and reactive governing system. Hence these two deaths, the circumstances, the protagonists and the follow-up has taken two very different paths. One has become a circus; the other all but forgotten already. Yet the simple facts remained the same.

But that does not provide nearly enough for an angle to be found; a way to spin things out, then analyse and comment. To stir things up and then reap the ratings from the consequences.

So the coverage was not balanced, and hence neither was the response. Labels had to be applied. Pigeonholes filled. Agendas promoted at the expense of the only real issue.

Innocents deprived of life by Murderists.