A Friend of the Earth

images.jpgWere you a Hippie? A Digger? An Ecoterrorist? Is your bookshelf overflowing with back issues of Mother Earth News, the Whole Earth Catalogue, and Zap Comix? Did somebody steal your copy of Abbie Hoffman’s book? Have you ever stuffed a burrito up a tail pipe? How many rotations are there in a Dumpster Dive?

Are you a friend of the earth?

T. C. Boyle’s novel, A Friend of the Earth, poses a lot of questions about how best to be a friend of the earth and I believe most self-professed environmentalists and all wannabe ecoterrorists would do well to stop and consider what they are doing. The lingering question in the novel is clearly whether the ecoterrorists are actually effective and whether what they do is objectively good for the planet.

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This was just a warning

We all know that most disasters, especially hurricanes, are the direct result of an open attitude about gay people in this country and a misguided assumption that a homosexual has the same rights as a straight person. Can you imagine such delusional thinking in the Land of the Free? But I find it refreshing that the recent storm which destroyed a good portion of the Jersey Shore and left much of Lower Manhattan and the Outer Boroughs (especially Staten Island) a mess, was not being blamed on the usual suspects.

I ran across this little admission and it suggests a different direction is being taken by our local deity:

God sent Hurricane Sandy to smite the New York Financial District because Jamie Dimon and his close friends on Wall Street were not incarcerated at a maximum security prison just up the Hudson River. This was just a warning.

I suspect this came out of the OWS movement but if it becomes the rallying cry of religious fundamentalists across the country, the Republican Party may as well commit ritual Seppuku (and I can suggest a couple of Democrats that should join them).

There is a cruel but important lesson to be learned in this presidential election.

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