Saturday, May 22, 2010
“Good Morning Vietnam” was the greeting Robin Williams gave every morning on the move he played in as a American soldier radio jock in Vietnam. I am starting this article out with these words of greeting because in the next 25 years we may be in a environmental resource war. I am near completing testing to become a first year high school biology teacher. As I study, one of the topics I should become proficient on to be taught to students in biology in ecology and ecosystems.
Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there are five families that lived in a large grocery warehouse store. Let’s call the store Wal-Mike. These families are free to use any of the items in the store and all of the facilities in the store. As the years go by the families have kids and they multiply. Now the only thing I forgot to tell you about the store is that there are no future shipments to come to the store. Once all the items in the store are used then the families will die of starvation from a lack of food and water. (The human body can go many days without food abut only several without drinking water.) But that way in the future let’s see how long these families can survive. Will they divide the store into parts geographically? Will they start a barter system? Will theses families create a monetary system? Will some one try to become rich? Will they use things in the store to create and store energy that will not kill them? In the winters will set fires to keep warm? What will they do about the pollution from the smoke and garbage and OMG the rodents? Will they create some form of energy. As the families multiply and the store becomes more populated the resources and food and toilet paper and gardening tools and soil and water are depleted, what will they do? Will they have a moratorium on the amount of children born? Will they conserve the food? Will they conserve, consume and reuse?
Density dependence is the ability of an organism or species to reproduce in number according to the space. Carrying Capacity is the environments ability due to space and resources to maintain the maximum number a organism or species. Exponential growth is the ability of a organism or species to grow in vastness according to the amount of food. Aggregation is the destruction of the environment due to the multiplicity of the organism or species and the environment. Rape and plunder of the environment with no thought of tomorrow. The environment is used and mismanaged until destruction of the environment. To bring this home this is what cancer does to the human body, it multiplies until the body can no longer support the growth of the cells.
Take a look at any rodent population or roach or rat. The more food the faster they multiply. And I do mean multiply 2, then 4, then 8, then 64, the128, then 256 and so on. If we don’t take care of the resources on our planet and stop looking to acquire creature comforts with no thought or conscious, I can see Armageddon coming as we kill each other looking for water and food.
This is the story of the planet earth. I think I have painted a good enough picture for you to get it. Our fossil fuels are becoming depleted by 2015 we will be on the down stroke of the known supply. Economics tells us that more of the amount of a product that is consumed by the public the more valuable it becomes and the less the supply the more prices increases. We can see that the price of crude oil be 250.00 per barrel maybe 7 or 8 dollars per gallon at the pump. Then what, think about your travel expense, the amount of money you will have for food and clothing.
Tell our young people to go to school become thinkers and engineers and save our planet form ourselves, the time is short we have only a few years to turn back and slow down and save our planet and all of our lives and the lives of the babies coming into this mess that has been created by men who craved wealth and infected us with greed. Can you think of something that can Reduced, Recycled, and Reused?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The people of Louisiana who rely on the gulf to provide food and income from fishing are going to be wiped out. Ask anyone who lives in Alaska who prior to the Valdese oil spill was fishing the Alaskan coast line what the spill did for the future revenue of that area. Ten years later the area is ruined. Now let’s move forward to the next hurricane season 2010 as the water current changes, carrying the oil down the west coast of Florida lucklily the beaches or St. Peters burg, Tampa, Napleswill be spaired. The loop current in th gulf caring the oil circling the Florida Keys , the coral reefs that were once white will be brown and oily, the sand that was white will be oily and brown, the seafood will be deplete because of suffocation. The Miami / Ft. Lauderdale coastline will be ruined, the aqua blue water will be ruined for generations .The beaches that were the jewels of the south will lose their brilliance. Oh yeah you can go to beach on a hot day get in the water jus bring some “Dawn” liquid detergent to cut the grease when you shower. From a economical stand point how much will be lost in revenues from the fishing industry, the restaurant, the hotels, and tourism? How many lives ruined? How many species of fish will become extinct?
In Russia the USSR a major oil supplier to the world has offered a solution after a few similar experience in the gulfs of Russia. What they do is to just drop a strong enough explosion at the mouth of the leak to close it. And if necessary they drop nuclear bombs in the ocean. This is something that is proven to work time and time again. What is the problem with this solution? I will tell what it is the BP will lose 100% of their investment and the privilege of drilling in that area again. The word for today is Aggregation. And since this is a biological issue let us use the biological definition of the word. The definition “A population in a relatively small geographic area can have a detrimental effect on the environment.” The next thing to think about is the population rate and growth in the world and its’s effect on the environment. “Does China have the right idea in implementing population control?”
Monday, May 17, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
How many times have you bought a pair of Nikes or know someone with a pair of Nikes that squeak? That is bullshit. People we must stop buying Nike shoes period. It is a shoe of inferior quality that is overpriced. The Nike tennis shoe I believe are now made and marketed to the children of poor folks whose only means of self esteem is the tennis that they wear. I get Nikes from China for a fraction of the cost. I am not going to pay another 40 dollars for same shoe that squeaks, has no arch suppport, and leaves me with a fallen arch, limping in pain. You get the same shoes from Champs, Athletic Attic and other stores in the malls across America for $90.00 to $160.00 a pair, yes you do.
Nike shoes in the 80's did not squeak and had an arch support. I remember I had a pair of "Legends" they were real leather like "Adidas" today. Legends were the grandfather of the Nike "Air Forces" and "Air Jordans". Back then they cost $65.00 which today is around $130.00 in todays inflated money. These Legends were such a good shoe that when they wore out I got them resoled. I bet you can't do that today with a pair of Jordans. Stacy Adams and any other shoe that cost that much can be resoled. Nike are like cigarette disposable lighters and not even a "Bic" disposables.
My opinion Nike wants to make more money even though Nike makes more money in one minute than you or I make in a year. (Nike earned world wide 4.4 billion dollars year 2009, 50 million in 90 days, and 376,000 dollars per minute.)
The way they plan on making more money is to skimp on cost by not putting in arch supports at the cost of 0.5 pennies and the foam or glue with the enough quality not to sqeak to save another 0.5 pennies. Now multiply 2 pennies by the pairs of of tennis shoes Nike sells in a month around the world. That is a lot of $$cheese$$. Stop buying Nikes and having bad feet. Get some New Balances, Etonic, Adidas, Reeboks, or as we used o say back in the day " Don't get the shoes that slip ans slid get the ones with the star on the side "Converse". Seriously F Nike !!! "Forget" about Nike see you thought I meant F Nike.