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  Aren't We Slick
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Man created the plastic bag, and the tin and aluminum can,

And the cellophane wrapper, and the paper plate,

And this was Good, because Man could take his gas guzzling automobile,

And buy all his food in one place, and He could save that which was good to eat,

 In the refrigerator, and throw away that which had no further use.

 

And soon, the earth was covered with plastic bags, and aluminum cans,

And paper plates, and disposable bottles, and oil slicks,

And now, there was nowhere to sit down or even walk,

And Man shook his head and cried:  "Look at this Godawful mess." 

 

Art Buchwald, 1970

(The Year of the First – ‘Earth Day’)

 

Yet another disastrous leak

Yet one more, huge oil spill

As we still lust for black gold

Making our oceans, so very ill

 

Over 5,000 barrels a day, spewing

Yet, politicians proclaim, ‘It’s Safe’

Of course, it will be nature, that suffers

For we humans, why it’s just another day

 


As most of us rush off, in our gas guzzlers

The whales are being coated in oil, right now

With all of our technology, we can’t contain it

“But we’ll get this under control, soon, somehow!”

 

Our Gulf Waters have already been hideously polluted

Now, this oil slick heads for wildlife refuges, on the shore

While we fight this oil spill, many yell, “Let’s Drill the Arctic!”

("And Florida!  And California!  And, Hey! The Rockies!")

We will continue to destroy our planet, until it harbors life, no more

 

I sadly wonder, how many billions of dollars this cleanup, will cost;

And in the end, it will once again, for Earth’s wildlife, be a tragic loss.

 

 

 

©2010, Mr. Ed

   


  


  

     


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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/30/2010
I have been a proponent of offshore drilling, believing that they had the technology and equipment to shutdown an blowout. I guess a rig fire wasn't in their equation. Another "Shell" game by BP et al. What a bunch of idiots! Patrick...and shame on me.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 4/30/2010
You are a real Nature Defender. If we only had quite many líke you!
Reviewed by Michael Guy 4/30/2010
Hey Ed, Make sure you tell your people (as My word doesn't seem to count around here!) that they only have to MAY 3rd to go to the "Defenders of Wildlife" or other Action Websites to protest Obama's administration reversal of the Off Shore Drilling Ban. NOW IS THE TIME to put an end to this or otherwise, East Coast, and Florida Wildlife Refuges and Beaches are next in line!
MAY 3RD is the DEADLINE for PUBLIC COMMENT on OffShore Oil Drilling. And this is something that everyone can comment on. On can't imagine any "sane" person being for it now when they constantly lie as to how safe and ecologically harmonious it is.
And my next car is a HYBRID and for the person who said that they use electricity, that is NONSENSE. The batteries are recharged by the motion generator of the car! There is no plug in and recharging. AND they use A HECK OF LOT LESS GAS!!
Spread the word, I don't have any fans worth a toot around here anymore...
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/30/2010
Cutting corners to save a few buck, using quasi material than the demanded by the planning engineers, getting the equipment to work overtime to have more profit instead of the necessary maintenance
stoppages, and now, there's the result that you and me gonna pay to clean up the mess.

Georg

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/29/2010
Well, we once used horses, but the roads were a mess so automobiles were created and the fuel became oil (gasoline), oil soon became a part of everyday life in the way products are delivered (plastic). Now we want to rid the earth of oil and all oil related products, but to be replaced with what?? We have become a petroleum based society because Congress pushed for it a long time ago.

As for automobiles we are asked to used hybrid cars, just plug it in and juice it up with electricity. How long will that last with "Cap and Trade" being thrown about through Congress today? And the electric companies are using WHAT to generate power to every community???

This oil slick in the Gulf is a travesty, but I am not surprised because look how well Nuke power is working? We still are not sure how to contain it (another accident waiting to happen) and we bury the waste underground because we do not know what to do with it. Maybe it is not the products we use, but how it is used and researching the pros and cons before going forward might be a good idea.

When the oil rig exploded, lives were lost, human and animal and now it is the sea creatures who are paying the price. Research and common sense needs to come first so no one has to pay the ultimate price for the sake of the "Almighty Dollar".

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 4/29/2010
ED - TERRIFIC EXPOSE' - AS USUAL!

As I have written before - Man - Mankind - is probably the Worst damned virus that this Earth has ever seen, or experienced.

We, as a species, cause most of the 'problems' due to our own over-population. IT will invariably be the cause of our own demise - just like many 'Lost Civilizations.'

Only then - will Mother Earth begin to heal her wounds, and lick her scars, and Green will promulgate once more!

Just like the theory of the power of Anti-Matter - Man is - Anti-Earth!

Mortal Fools repeating Insanity - over, and over, and over!

Peace - Tom.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/29/2010
Another disaster, Ed, and on and on we lurch and blunder.

John
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/29/2010
Yeah and they wanna drill baby drill, why not wind and other means of power? I know there must be power sources we haven't even discovered yet, buffalo chips LOL???
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/29/2010
Passionate write from a man who truly cares about the world and it's inhabitants...all we can do is hope...
fee
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/29/2010
What will be here for our grandchildren and great grandkids. Harsh to think about Ed.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by D Johnson 4/29/2010
What an enormous loss to the natural beauty of our shrinking planet.

Dan
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/29/2010
Tragic...what we do to our underworld is inexcusable!
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 4/29/2010
Oh! It makes me shudder to think about the earth we are leaving for our kids and grandkids! Thanks for writing. It is a moving piece.

Peace,
Dayvid
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 4/29/2010
I wish all the garbage can be recycled...

Sandie Angel :o(
Reviewed by larry linville 4/29/2010
kinda makes "burn,baby burn" come home to roost.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/29/2010
You're right we are slick, so slick that when we go we will be buried in the oily ground just like the dinosaurs...e
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/29/2010
it is horrific what we have done-well stated
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/29/2010
And as always you are correct and we continue to abuse our Earth...When are we going to see and stop...

Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Stephanie Esther 4/29/2010
This wonderful loved it.

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