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Round and Round We Go

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Author: the Inkslinger

The sun is out. The week is young. The news is in. Here’s the scoop on weird pollution, gold medals, landfills nowhere near any, and more.

According to an article in the Independent, we here in the modern world are being increasingly surrounded by an hazardous invisible electro-smog created by all the electricity we use. That’s a shocking development (sorry… we couldn’t resist) but we believe it. The average person is surrounded by enough live wires to run a cable car to the moon. How good can all that voltage be for our bodies’ own electrical systems? We know all the corporate-bankrolled scientists and politically-motivated regulatory agencies have long said EM fields are about as dangerous as a toaster oven set to “dark,” but how many times in recent history has strange eco-science so quickly dismissed as paranoid quackery turned out (oops!) to true? We lost count at DDT…

Olympic fans keeping count of medals, should know that they’ve already awarded the first one in the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Gold Medal in Priceless Ecosystem Chainsawing goes to host country China for it’s plan build a new timber processing facility on New Guinea. The plant will turn a million year-old rainforest that never won so much as a bronze into a billion dollar’s worth of really spiffy Olympic Village in Beijing. And once all the athletes go home to regale their fellow countrymen and women with amazing tales of incredibly polished hardwoods, the mill will remain to ensure not so much as tree frog gets out of Papua New Guinea alive. We think that’s playing games with Earth’s life support. Here’s a fun game you can play… We call it Giving Them Hell for Even Thinking This Is a Good Idea.

No, it’s not the plot of the next Dean Devlin/Roland Emmerich summer sci-fi blockbuster… And no there wasn’t anything more than cream in our morning’s coffee. A combination of rotating Pacific Ocean currents and trade winds has conspired to create the Garbage Patch (cue scary music), a twice-Texas-sized zone of floating plastic crap lying in wait for innocent wildlife somewhere out there between Hawaii and San Francisco. What fun! Now anyone can walk on water. And once all those annoying seabirds, fish, and marine mammals choke to death on the detritus we didn’t want to cart back to port or carry home from the beach, we’ll have the sea all to ourselves…

Wage-earners take note: You may want to head out to the Garbage Patch yourself and see if there’s anything there you can use to build a home because the Nation is reporting that for the first time ever a full-time worker earning minimum wage can’t afford a one-bedroom apartment anywhere in America . The news comes as CEO salaries rise so high they’ve actually left Earth’s atmosphere for their long journey to Planet Bogus where they will complete their mission of marooning forever all notions of economic justice and social equity. (And you thought ex-ExxonMobil slime mold and CEO Lee Raymond wasn’t using his $13,700 hourly wage for the bettement of humankind.)