Monday, September 1, 2014

Anthropocene coming home to roost

We have met the Borg and he is us: this time humanity is the asteroid.
On September 1, 1914, Martha, a passenger pigeon who lived in an aviary at the Cincinnati Zoo, was found dead in her cage. At the time, Martha was believed to be the sole passenger pigeon left on Earth, and, in the intervening century, no evidence has emerged to contradict this. The passenger pigeon was once the most numerous bird in North America, perhaps in the world; it’s estimated that when the first European settlers arrived, at least one of every four birds on the continent was a passenger pigeon. But whatever happened, the mystery should give us pause. Species that seem today to be doing fine may be sensitive to change in ways that are difficult to foresee. And we are are now changing the planet at a speed that’s probably unprecedented in at least sixty million years. [Elizabeth Kolbert, A Century of Extinction]


Anonymous said...

Hey LK, just wanted to let you know that it looks like I got banned again over at cowgirls again. I know that some people have been whining that I make too much of the christofascist angle, and hence, I am somehow insulting the supposed good religions of good religious folks. I say bullshit. The christofascists represent a very real danger to our country, and I fault mainstream religions for not speaking out. I have dealt with these crazy christofascists for a long time now. I hate them. They are the great danger to our nation that Clarence Darrow wrote about long ago. HE knew and understood what they were capable of with their ignorance and fear.


larry kurtz said...

Hey LK, thanks for the heads-up: maybe join twitter and bomb the christofascists using the #mtpol #mtsen #mtag #mtleg hashtags.

I'll redouble my efforts at Cowgirl. Good to read you.

Anonymous said...

Here's one for that asshole skinner.

Those fur farms are a haven for disease. Always have been, including mad cow.


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