Wednesday, April 22, 2009

EARTH DAY???

How George W. Bush Celebrates Earth Day In His Retirement!

Click on artwork to enlarge - © 2007 by Mark Fredrickson/MAD Magazine

Mad cover from April, 2007

How utterly mad the civilIzation we've created looks now, at the end of the Petroleum Age, as we motor our gas-guzzlers around in climate-changing circles looking for more crap to consume at bargain prices from the crumbling icons of a corporate world model.



Governments print worthless paper as fast as they can in trying to bail out the failed institutions of an obsolete economic system. A self-destructive planet-killing system of mindless consumerism based on unlimited growth, while we descend into perpetual wars over the dwindling resources of a finite planet.


If we somehow succeed in resurrecting this comatose economy for a few more months, or years, gasoline will rocket back past $4 a gallon, and far beyond that, to bring the world to its knees once again.


Our entire culture is built upon cheap abundant energy, derived from oil, and the days of cheap abundant energy are over. Civilization has reached it's peak, the party is over!


This is very bad news for the 6.5 billion oil-dependents overpopulating the planet today, but our imminent decline might well be a breath of fresh air for any future life on Earth.


Click on comic to enlarge - © 2000 Tom Tomorrow

~HAPPY EARTH DAY~

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14 Comments:

Blogger Linda Navroth said...

Even the cynic in me holds out hope that more children growing up now will be exposed to nature and all its beauty, and to learn how their habits and appetites affect all living things. And I see more parents becoming 'eco-aware' and getting their kids involved in volunteer enviornmental projects (such as Heal the Bay cleanups). As a member of L.A. Audubon's conservation committee, I am seeing firsthand how two inner-city high schools (Dorsey and Crenshaw) both have founded eco- clubs, and the teens are getting involved in various conservation projects. Dorsey High's club has 30members! This, along with Obama, gives me HOPE.
Peace,
Linda

11:46 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

I guess I keep wondering why there is such emptiness in ourselves and others that we can't seem to fill things up!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAPPY EARTH DAY! Keep the faith!!

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Earth Day, Jim and Peg! Thanks for fighting the good fight. :)

I hope that Linda Navroth is correct, but I feel that even if the U.S. of A. gets its ecologically green act together other countries will step into the void. We have so, so far to go as a green planet. :(
KinKY

5:12 PM  
Blogger Nervenruh said...

I think, meanwhile it's too late. In Europe we started to protect the earth a quarter century ago. But what worth? The US did not follow and was all the time the contaminator No.1. There is no more chance to avoid the disaster. All we can do is to moderate it.

5:46 AM  
Blogger MN_homesteader said...

I was riding my xtracycle yesterday to get my local milk and saw the park employees for our city trimming weeds with a gas powered weed whacker on Earth day :(

6:35 AM  
Blogger Madcap said...

The likeness in that last cartoon is uncanny...

It's always good to read what you have to say. I keep hoping for good things where the planet is concerned. Best to you and Peggy.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see ya out there still fight'n te soot fight.

Didn't see your post till this
morning.
have aVery happy UNearth day,today!

Back to the grime GRIND.

Lova-Ya

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correction above

My computer isn't Co-oping.Heck
maybe it's that ill-iterattee
thing your talking bout.

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1:26 PM  
Blogger Cari Tigerpaw said...

Did I miss the "Happy" part....?

;^@

I saw the coolest photos last night by a guy named Martin Amm and thought of you. They are insects covered with dew. Look here: http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/insects-in-morning-dew.html

1:37 PM  
Blogger gfid said...

don't forget all the cheap HUMAN energy that gas-rich north america was built on, and continues to run on.... in the developing countries that make all the STUFF we consume. it's bleak, but not hopeless. there are pockets of resistance.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

My goodness! I thought that the good folks at MAD had lost all of their relevancy decades ago!

I stand corrected.

peace....

Tom Degan

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