Amazon forest fires are on the rise according to an article listed at the site at BBC.     and the following link at discuses dangers to reproductive health from the oil disaster:

The article is titled “Reproductive Health Concerns in the Aftermath of the Gulf Oil Disaster” and discusses the dangers of exposure to the VOC’s evaporating off the oil and the chemical dispersants, to women and men who may want to have children, and to children who might play on the beaches or anywhere where they could breath air containing the evaporated chemicals from this nightmare. 

All of this reminds me of my thoughts on clean water and sewage treatment, as practiced by modern cities (my engineering background is showing slightly).  For ten’s of thousands of years, some say millions, the earth has been recycling its water and cleaning and filtering it at no cost to anyone and no effort on man’s part. 

We think that we humans know how to do things; that we can modify nature and the cycles of life on earth to better accommodate us. But we can only do this on a small scale and for short periods of time; an earthquake, a hurricane, a drought and they are out of our control and we are put in our place.

We need to listen to the earth, we need to look at the whole picture, not just little pieces, such as “How to clean up after a tornado; How to clean up and rebuild after a flood”. Why are we living in the known paths of tornados, in structures easily blown apart by the winds? Why are we living in a flood plan?

And finally, why are there so many of us?  Why does my neighbor have 7 children? At a time in the history of the world when there are close to 7 billion people on earth and the world population is expected to reach 9 billion between 2040 and 2050.

Maybe our own foolishness and arrogance combined with a blind faith in either god or technology to save us, will result in mother earth taking charge and involuntarily greatly reducing our numbers, through disease, famine and natural and manmade disasters. 

Ok, that is my apochryphal thought for today.  Remember, “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.” – Douglas Adams.  “Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” – Also Douglas Adams.  Ooohhh, I have to include this one: “The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.”  Did Doug Adams know BP oil? 

May the force be with you, and don’t let the bastards win.

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