No more sleeping
Tonight WVIA television presented the 2004 movie Food Inc as a fundraiser. My wife and I viewed it 18 months ago. It was the last time she ate meat.
Here is the beginning of the movie. It sets the tone and gives you a fairly good sense of what is to come:
While the movie deals with many alarming issues in its three segments, the most disturbing is the documentation of Monsanto Corporation’s systematic attempt to control the world seed and food supply through legal intimidation and ruin.
Monsanto is a very evil company. I will call it Mammonsanto:
Another film, The Future of Food is an excellent treatment of Monanto’s attempt to control the food chain. Here is the trailer (go to the website to see the entire film):
Monsanto has lobbied Congress to pass Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety and Modernization Act. It could potentially outlaw human scale agriculture :
And even Glenn Beck seems alarmed:
With this being the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon’s death, it is insulting to note that Mammonsanto has trademarked the word “imagine” as its own:
Imagine no Monsanto, Its easy if you try…
And getting back to WVIA, good job showing Food Inc. Now how about airing Gasland , Bill Kelly! That is what public broadcasting is supposed to be about. (My wife and I have supported WVIA radio for thirty years.)
If you are afraid of sponsor backlash, you are no better than a commercial enterprise. That is not what public broadcasting is supposed to be.
We took mister NoFrack Sign along, hoping to raise some consciousness. Also, we knew there was always a possibility his image might make the national media. At the very least, we thought him a conversation starter.
As we walked to the National Mall, it became clear this event would include costumes, signs, and a festive sense of play. The closer we got, the more we realized it would also to be well attended.
We were unable to get near the stage or jumbo-trons so we carried our sign along Constitution Avenue. We were greeted by many call outs from New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia people. We spoke with folks who were active in the fight, and we were formally interviewed by an area weekly. People were constantly taking pictures of the sign and asking what it meant. Many thought it was a reference to the television show Battle Star Galactica which, we were told, uses the word “frack” as a euphemism for the word “f*ck”. One guy even shouted out “Yea, that’s right, stop using fake curse words!”
Let freedom ring!
Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end. ~Sid Caesar
we are not hostage
to foreign oil
we are hostage
Built a huge ball of masonry
Upon a mountaintop.
Then they went to the valley below,
And turned to behold their work.
“It is grand,” they said;
They loved the thing.
Of a sudden, it moved:
It came upon them swiftly;
It crushed them all to blood.
But some had opportunity to squeal.
Even if one manages the drilling like an angel, and has the luck of God… even if, there are inspectors hanging from every rig… and ten feet of regulations at each worker’s side, even if… even if…
It will not change the inexorable facts that with each fracking: we retire millions of gallons of drinking water from the earth’s scarce supply, and we saturate the air with pollutants. Also, we horizontally fracture miles of rock below us, and fill those sharded caverns with a toxic slurry of brine, radioactivity, and nasty chemicals. That is the present state of reality. Even if we don’t want to believe it.
This planet is a terrarium orbiting the sun. The flaming star casts a million terawatts of energy upon us each day. Earth has been given all that it needs. We will either thrive, or render this terrarium useless. We make our own destiny. It is insanity to let big conglomerates dictate the condition of this planet. And, it is cowardice.
Each fracking leaves approximately 4.5 million gallons of water sequestered beneath the earth – taken out of the water cycle – never to be replaced. For every 420 horizontal frackings, the equivalent of the Huntsville Reservoir is polluted and left underground (1.9 billion gallons). Water that has touched the lips of our ancestors, now gone from the equation.
Oh, we may see it again, but next time as a spoiler of our diminishing clean water supply.
I have no beef with the guy who signed a lease, thinking it was “safe”. Or the family who was desperate and overtaxed. I have no animosity for the one who was lied to and manipulated.
But I do have a big problem with the already wealthy guy who brought it here, and the insiders who parlayed their land holdings into a rape of our sensibilities. And all those who are riding the gravy train just because it is gravy. And all those who still refuse to do their homework.
Communities are about sensibilities, such as what works best for all. Isn’t that how democracy was born?