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Climate change's 'evil twin' Ocean Acidification (and problem stepchild, Ocean Hypoxia)

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People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth's life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. Ninety-seven percent earth's water is there. It's the blue heart of the planet we should take care of our heart. It's what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won't get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.

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Note: I am helping beat the drum here on the Central Oregon Coast around climate change, pollution, development, plastics and the like, by writing small stories (that's what I am limited to) for the local newspaper, Newport News Times.

This is an exercise in concision, as Noam Chomsky was once told by Jeff Greenfield of ABC. While the mainstream corporate media hold sway over the public's lack of understanding of almost everything important to our communities' and earth's survival, small town news, this Newport paper I am writing for also holds sway over some of the Central Oregon Coast's news: it's owned by a conglomerate, News Media Corporation, which, according to the web site, has dozens of small-town newspapers in its stable 43 Years in Business; 150+ Publications; 9 States; 600,000+ Subscribers.

Here, at the Columbia Review of Journalism(CRJ), another Poll: "How does the public think journalism happens?"

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Is it any wonder why Americans do not trust the press? But, do they trust politicians? Or millionaires and billionaires? The US Military? Teachers? Doctors? Social workers? Presidents?

In reality, Americans are born delusional thinkers because of their lack of critical thinking and unwillingness to learn this country's foundational history as a subjugator of other peoples, as possibly the biggest threat to world peace, and as the biggest purveyor of pollution, financial war and arms sales.

But, back to the topic writing for free, cutting back on not only nuancing but depth, to make a small blurb in the local rag to try and bring attention to a topic very important to the fragile cultural and economic bedrock of Central Oregon coast this place needs clean beaches, decent ways to control growth, a strong, healthy marine and near beach ecosystem, and some way to help old and young human residents to thrive economically, educationally and locationally.

Here, about concision:

"As one of the most important scholars alive, Noam Chomsky has frequently been asked about his thoughts on his virtual blacklisting from the American media. He has long been regularly featured in international media outlets yet, in his own country, he was often ignored. In a segment on the University of California program 'Conversations in History' in the early 2000s, Chomsky explained that one of the ways media outlets justified this was with the requisite of "concision."

Chomsky joked that he could never be on ABC's Nightline, because "the structure of the news production system is you can't produce evidence." He recalled Nightline's Jeff Greenfield, who, when asked why Chomsky was never featured on the show, said it was because the scholar "lacks concision."

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'The kind of things I would say on Nightline you can't say in one sentence, because they depart from standard religion. If you want to repeat the religion, you can get away with it between two commercials. If you want to say something that questions the religion, you're expected to give evidence, and that you can't do between two commercials,' Chomsky explained."

'Therefore you lack concision; therefore you can't talk,' he continued. 'That's a terrific technique of propaganda. To impose concision is a way of virtually guaranteeing that the party line gets repeated over and over again and that nothing else is heard.'"

I've gone through J-school, in 1975, in Arizona, covering all sorts of emerging issues, and ending up in Tombstone on a lab paper, and then working for a small conglomerate of newspapers along the Southern Arizona Border. Cutting my teeth in El Paso for the two dailies, one of which went belly up (Herald-Post). The same bellying up happened in Tucson, where I learned journalism Arizona Daily Star won out and the afternoon paper, Tucson Daily Citizen died.

So, you have all these small newspapers being shut down or being bought up to promote advertising. Little towns can't get the news from on-line forums or big papers in Portland or Eugene. No matter how much the public loves to hate the media, or the Press, or journalists, the fact is real journalists (come on, if you don't know what a real journalist is, then, you haven't been reading) are out there in the tens of thousands, and in other countries, they end up splayed on the streets, shot through the head, and disappeared. Check out Reporters without Borders! United States,ranked 45 for press freedoms!

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To be concise, excellent article! Thank you.

I would get up out of my chair and go to the window and open it, stick my head out and yell: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

But I would be nearly the only one yelling. How do I/we get enough people up and out of their chairs to yell out the window to make a difference?

I have said this on articles saying people need to do this or do that. I agree people need to do this or do that but how the hell do you get enough people to do this or do that before it is too late?

Or, is it already too late(?); not just for ocean acidification, but for many other critical issues as well...

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I'd yell with you and I bet Janet would, too....cute old f***s that we are.

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I would be happy to yell with you two any ol' day. :)

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