Friday, December 03, 2010

"That's something all Americans can support."

This Monday, Barack Obama signed the 2009 Omnibus Public Land Management Act. The act designates an additional 2 million acres of public wilderness area. According to o'Bama, "This legislation guarantees that we will not take our forests, rivers, oceans ... monuments, and wilderness areas for granted, but rather we will set them aside and guard their sanctity for everyone to share."

Well done. That's really awesome.

Yesterday, I watched the documentary Collapse about how the economic collapse is closely married to environmental collapse, i.e. the collapse of the Western World. It was a tad bit alarmist, but the fact of the matter is economic collapse or naught, we're in trouble environmentally. The movie talked a lot about peak oil, which is pretty darn terrifying. The general idea of "peak oil" is that we've found all the crude oil there is to find so unless we find alternative ways to maintain our modern lifestyles we are in big trouble.

What moved me the most about the film is the way the the protagonist of the film Michael Rupert spoke about Barack Obama. He basically said that he's a great guy that wants to do great things, but is imprisoned by the system. The system being American/world politics. He said something along the lines of we can't put the entire weight of the world on Obama's shoulders. We can't expect one man to magically enact change over everything and everyone. We must take personal responsibility if we want to change things.

Mr. Rupert also said he pees on his grass to increase soil vitality. Ha ha.

Happy Friday people.

RIP Old Cub Ron Santo

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