A great article by the late George Carlin


A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways ,but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

If you don’t send this to at least 8 people….Who cares?

George Carlin
.Live life one day at a time and make it a masterpiece!
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“If we admit our depression openly and freely, those around us get from it an experience of freedom rather than the depression itself.”
— Dr. Rollo May
Sunshine, smiles and love.

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One eye versus technology


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Being the poster kid for “Don’t run with a pencil or you’ll poke your eye out” I can attest to the fact that technology discriminates against one eyed people. I have been without sight in my right eye for over 60 years and before technology it was not a problem.  Reading – no problem. Long distance vision – no problem. Driving – no problem.  Then came 3D which became a huge road block.  How do you look through the 2 coloured lenses at the same time with 1 eye.  Now google glasses – right lense only.  I rest my case.  One eyed people unite.

Save the Everglades


Whatever Happened To The Deal To Save The Everglades?

by Greg Allen

October 10, 2013 2:56 AM
Mechanical harvesters cut sugar cane on U.S. Sugar Corp. land in Clewiston, Fla., in 2008, the same year the state struck a deal to buy most of the company’s Everglades holdings.


Mechanical harvesters cut sugar cane on U.S. Sugar Corp. land in Clewiston, Fla., in 2008, the same year the state struck a deal to buy most of the company’s Everglades holdings.

South of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, hundreds of thousands of acres of sugar cane thrive in the heart of one of the world’s largest wetlands. The Everglades stretches from the tip of the peninsula to central Florida, north of Lake Okeechobee.

“The Everglades actually begins at Shingle Creek, outside of Orlando,” says Jonathan Ullman of the Sierra Club.

That’s nearly 200 miles north of the agricultural land that Ullman and other environmentalists say is crucial to state and federal efforts to restore the wetlands area to a healthy ecosystem.

Five years ago, Florida officials announced a deal many believed would do just that. It was a plan to buy nearly 300 square miles of Everglades land owned by U.S. Sugar. But then, reality set in: The economy worsened and political opposition grew, forcing state officials to settle for a much smaller parcel.

Florida’s Legislature is cutting some $30 million from Everglades restoration to help close the state’s $4 billion budget shortfall.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott says his administration will focus on restoring the Everglades. There are skeptics, however, because Scott oversaw cuts to restoration programs in his first year in office.

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To understand why the land is so important to restoring the ecosystem, a place to start is a storm water treatment area owned by the South Florida Water Management District. It’s an expanse of marshland and shallow lakes with one main purpose: to scrub phosphorus from the water flowing south from the sugar cane fields.

It’s large, nearly 17,000 acres. But Ullman says it’s just a fraction of what’s needed to restore the Everglades to a healthy ecosystem. “What we want to do,” he says, “is have more water come south, be stored and cleaned up so it can be sent south to the Everglades.”

‘You’ve Got To Add More Land’

For more than 20 years, environmental groups, Florida officials and the federal government have worked together to restore the Everglades. A key part of that effort is recreating the historic flow of water out of Lake Okeechobee south, through land that decades ago was drained and converted into farmland, mostly for sugar.

It’s a vision that received a big boost in 2008 when then-Gov. Charlie Crist announced that Florida had struck a deal to buy most of U.S. Sugar’s Everglades holdings for $1.75 billion. At a news conference held under a tent in a wildlife refuge, Crist said, “I can envision no better gift to the Everglades, the people of Florida and the people of America as well as our planet than to place in public ownership this missing link that represents the true key to restoration.”

But, it was not to be. As the recession took hold, the state found itself short of money. Two years after it was announced, Florida closed on a much smaller contract, buying just one-seventh of the land on offer. The contract included an important clause though: For three years, it gave Florida the exclusive option to buy some or all of the U.S. Sugar land. That exclusive option expires this week.

Recently, 38 environmental groups in Florida sent a letter to the state’s current governor, Rick Scott, asking him to carry through on the contract signed by his predecessor. Ullman says this deal remains the key to fixing the Everglades. “You’ve got to add more land,” he says. “It’s the only way.”

“What we want to do is have more water come south, be stored and cleaned up so it can be sent south to the Everglades.

– Jonathan Ullman of the Sierra Club

In Florida, the financial picture has improved over the last two years. Tax revenues are up and the state has about $3 billion in reserves.

But while the money may be there, the political will is not. Scott, a Republican elected with strong Tea Party support, has cut funding for land acquisition. In fact, his administration is now moving to sell some state land in conservation areas.

Eyes On The Long Game

Recently, there’s been a new call to restore Lake Okeechobee’s flow south through the Everglades — and it’s coming from people who live on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Weeks of heavy rainfall this year forced the Army Corps of Engineers to release large amounts of water from Lake Okeechobee down waterways to nearby coastal communities. The water, rich in nutrients from agricultural runoff, has caused algae blooms, some toxic.

At a state Senate hearing in Tallahassee, David Cullen of the Sierra Club told lawmakers the best way to protect communities along the coasts is to buy the U.S. Sugar land and send the water south. “The deadline is upon us,” Cullen said, “but government can do amazing things when it wants to.” Cullen said the cost to buy the rest of the U.S. Sugar land, more than 150,000 acres, would be $1.13 billion.

Committee Chairman Joe Negron, a Republican from Stuart, one of the affected communities, interrupted him asking, “And where’s that money going to come from?”

In South Florida, it’s a skepticism shared by water management officials who say they already have enough land for current Everglades projects.

At one of the stormwater treatment lakes in the Everglades, Mark Lehman launches his small skiff for a day of fishing. He says these stormwater ponds can be good places to find largemouth bass.

He says he’s looking forward to the day when more water from Lake Okeechobee runs south through the Everglades. “Fishing and everything will be better if they get it back to normal,” Lehman says.

Environmental groups hope Scott may still act to buy some of the U.S. Sugar land before the state’s exclusive option expires later this week. But they also have their eyes on the long game. After this week, Florida has a nonexclusive option to buy the land for another seven years. That’s a deadline that comes after the next gubernatorial election.

Maybe Washington D.C. should be 22 feet deep in contaminated frack water. Maybe something would happen.


Report: Fracking Creates Billions Of Gallons Of Toxic — Sometimes Radioactive — Byproduct

By Katie Valentine on October 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

A worker checks on a hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ operation in Colorado.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

Fracking wells in the U.S. generated 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater in 2012, according to a new report. That’s enough, as the Guardian notes, to immerse Washington D.C. in 22 feet of toxic water.

The report, published Thursday by Environment America, noted the toxic wastewater produced by oil and natural gas operations often contains carcinogens and even radioactive materials. The report also pointed out the weaknesses of current wastewater disposal practices — wastewater is often stored in deep wells, but over time these wells can fail, leading to the potential for ground and surface water contamination. In New Mexico alone, chemicals from oil and gas pits have contaminated water sources at least 421 times, according to the report.

Those toxic chemicals are exempt from federal disclosure laws, so it’s up to each state to decide if and how the oil and gas companies should disclose the chemicals they use in their operations — which is why in many states, citizens don’t know what goes into the brew that fracking operators use to extract oil and natural gas. Luckily, some states are beginning to address this — California recently passed a law ordering fracking companies to make their chemicals public, an order similar to laws in about seven other states.

The report also noted the vast quantities of water needed for fracking — from 2 million to 9 million gallons on average to frack one well. Since 2005, according to the report, fracking operations have used 250 billion gallons of freshwater. This is putting a strain on places like one South Texas county, where fracking was nearly one quarter of total water use in 2011 — and dry conditions could push that amount closer to one-third.

The Environment America study backs up previous research on the dangers of fracking. A Duke University study published this week linked wastewater from fracking to elevated levels of radioactive activity in one Pennsylvania River. Another study from September found exposure to fracking wastewater was linked to near-immediate death, stillbirths and birth defects in cattle. And a report from Pennsylvania documented the range of health problems affecting residents living near natural gas operations, including skin rashes, infections, headaches and chronic pain. Unfortunately, despite mounting scientific research, it’s difficult for residents to truly link these effects to fracking pollution — in Pennsylvania, a gag order prevents doctors from telling their patients what chemicals from fracking solutions might be the cause of their problems.

The dangers of this wastewater, enormous amount of water used, and the emissions like methane released by fracking operations have all prompted the Environment America’s report to recommend that states prohibit fracking. “Given the scale and severity of fracking’s myriad impacts, constructing a regulatory regime sufficient to protect the environment and public health from dirty drilling — much less enforcing such safeguards at more than 80,000 wells, plus processing and waste disposal sites across the country — seems implausible,” the report stated. Since that recommendation is unlikely to be heeded by states, the report also urged the federal government to ban fracking in national parks and forests and to close loopholes exempting fracking from environmental laws.