October 9, 2012
By Kevin Tully
"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children."
Sitting Bull, Tatanka Iyotake
Sitting Bull Or? by Kevin Tully
The epidermis is composed of the outermost layers of the skin. It forms a protective barrier over the body 's surface, responsible for keeping water in the body and preventing pathogens from entering...
The dermis is the layer of skin beneath the epidermis that consists of connective tissue and cushions the body from stress and strain. The dermis provides tensile strength and elasticity to the skin...Wikipedia
Fracking by albany2cents.com
Is the earth truly a living system or is it simply an agglomeration of chemical elements? Were and are "primitive" indigenous peoples correct about this planet being a "mother" with feelings and a soul? Does any of this really even matter?
If you answered yes to any of these these questions you probably will be an enemy of the state if the Republicans win this election.
Last week there was an earthquake outside of Dallas, Texas. It is being suggested that fracking was to blame. This has also happened in Arkansas and Ohio. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/07/fracking-earthquake-conne_n_1752414.html
Mitt Romney regularly ridicules "Green" energy solutions.
I live in Texas -- the state that petroleum built. Texas has a large "Green" support base. However oil is King here and if Texas is representative of the country as a whole, oil will remain King unless we as a country can switch our allegiances. The Democrats don't have a much better record on this than the Republicans. But at least it is and can be discussed and debated in Democratic circles. "Green" anything in Republican discussion is lumped in with "Socialists", "Wimps" and "Anti-Americans." Discussing the environment in a Right Wing room is like discussing the pastor's wife's sexual indiscretions.
As a landscape designer and gardener for almost forty years I know the top layer of this planet (the epidermis) to be simultaneously vulnerable and resilient, depending on the forces acting upon it. I don't believe the next layer (the dermis) can respond in a similar fashion. Damage done to the earth's epidermis by violent weather, man-made catastrophes (deforestation, loss of topsoil due to poor farming techniques, overuse of herbicides and pesticides, etc.) and poorly planned development can, with strong will and perserverance, be ameliorated and reversed by coordinated effort. Can the damage done by fracking be repaired and have we already set in motion a chain reaction that we cannot stop?
Fracking Diagram by Science Leadership Academy
Isaac Newton's third law of motion, mechanics, states that " To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions." Fracking is a violent act not unlike rape: a body, the earth, is forcefully entered and injected with fluid. In the case of fracking the fluids injected contain poisonous, hazardous chemicals. And according to Newton this forceful injection should solicit "an equal and opposite reaction" -- earthquakes in Dallas, Arkansas and Ohio? In the past we have mostly robbed the earth of her treasures i.e., mining and well drilling. We have progressed from ambivalent thieves to paranoid rapists.
Most of the rhetoric and hyperbole promoting fracking and the vigorous continuation of an oil-based economy is fear based: the American Dream is dying, the Chinese are coming -- the world is a dangerous place (yet easily accessible by car or airplane). However the real fear should be fear of the reaction, according to Newton, of the earth to it's being purposely violated. We have become delusional in our self-deception. We believe our own press, ecclesiastical and profane; we are masters of this world. This Eden is ours to do with what we will. More of everything is our mantra. Our ultimate deception is our belief in technology as the cure. If we just can hold on, building ever more sophisticated gadgets, using petroleum based products and technologies, destroying the air, water and, well, just about everything, we will create something, a better gadget, and prevail. It ain't gonna work. We need to reassess our priorities and ponder the question: Who was the savant -- Steve Jobs or Sitting Bull?
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Kevin is (writing about yourself in the third person (illeism) is a trip) an artist/writer/carpenter and frustrated songwriter living in Johnson City, Texas. His latest frustrating songwriting attempt is titled, "I Touched the Hand That Touched the Hand That Willie Touched", it, according to Kevin, is about falling in love for all the wrong reasons. Kevin is also a closet subversive. He claims he'll come out of the closet as soon as handguns are no longer popular. Kevin is a loud, obnoxious Texan and hopes that this will be held against him -- "It makes life so much harder and interesting when traveling outside of the Lone Star State." Kevin used to be a Golf columnist. He says life as a Golf columnist is not a whole lot different than life not as a Golf columnist. Kevin is sure that Jesus was indeed a Socialist. Kevin founded a short-lived organization, "FOXNO", with a mandate to get Fox News off the air. It got very little traction and as a result, over the ensuing years, Fox has propagandized a very significant portion of American television viewers, which, if unchecked, could destroy this country and the world. Kevin's Father thought Kevin was prone to hyperbole. Kevin wishes everyone would read "A Pilgrim At Tinker Creek", "In Watermelon Sugar" and all the poetry of Carl Sandberg. Kevin once, when drunk, argued, "America is not a city on a hill" for two hours, because "America is not a city, it's a rather large landmass that used to belong to Indians and porcupines!" Kevin once yelled out at a "Chicago' concert, "Steinbeck is God!" Kevin does not suffer fools or assh**es, usually. In 1969 he had a neighbor that was an assh**le who, although an assh**le, was enchanted with the Space Program and the prospect of man walking on the moon. Kevin and his best friend, Tommy, tied thread around a pinecone and at the designated hour, threw the pinecone over the neighbor's television antennae and shook it like hell -- the assh**le neighbor missed Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. Kevin says that every time he watched Michael Jackson moonwalk he would be reminded of his assh**le neighbor and he would laugh like hell. Most folks that know Kevin would say that he hasn't changed. Kevin Lives in President Lyndon Johnson's hometown. Kevin, along with a few others, is trying to expose Lyndon Johnson for his equivocated humanity and possible good intentions. Kevin is pondering a short story about power and its surprises titled, "Kings Can Dance." When asked about current politics Kevin simply answers, "Trump is a turd." Kevin would like for me to express his gratitude to you for taking the time to read the above stuff and to say, "good be on you."