Saturday, April 22, 2017

Disaster? Or Boaters Paradise?

11 comments:

FreeThinke said...

The value of real estate in Appalachia, the Midwest, and Central Canada would at least quintuple, if the coastal cities were to disappear under risen sea levels as would real estate in the mountainous areas of Europe, the Steppes of Central Aisa and inland locations in general.

Indubitably it would have a salubrious effect on a disastrously overpopulated world by winnowing out much of the surplus population, and would do humanity the great favor of ridding it of outmoded, massively inconvenient, ruined and decayed urban landscapes, and crumbling infrastructure.

A bright, shiny New World would emerge to begin the long, tedious process of Fucking Itself Up Royally all over again.

After all it's only been a little over a century since the West Was Won. Might as well look forward eagerly to the gradual emergence of The Era of Neo-Pioneers, right?

If I were younger, I'd start buying up property like crazy in places like Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania, Cadiz, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, Cleveland, Tennessee, Watseka, Illinois, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Salina, Kansas, Counsel Bluffs, Iowa, Hastings, Nebraska, Parump, Nevada, Spotted Horse, Wyoming, etc. before prices start soaring.

Fortunately for me, I'll be DEAD before any of this comes to pass –– IF it ever does.

FreeThinke said...

In other words, "When Life hands you a Lemon, make Lemonade."

FreeThinke said...

"All this struggling and striving to make the world better is a great mistake; not because it isn't a good thing to improve the world, if you know how to do it, but because striving and struggling is the worst way you could set about doing anything."

~ G. B. Shaw (1856-1950)

He could just as well have said, "All this fretting, fuming, and squabbling ..."

Tha doesn't help either, and neither does chastisement, castigation, excoriation, denunciation, ridicule or mockery.

FreeThinke said...

_____ Alvin Toffler Revisited _____ 

I used to look on change with dread ––
No more. Thank God I’ll soon be dead.
Orwell told what to expect:
By too much “progress” we’ll be wrecked.
By rendering ourselves redundant
Life will cease to be abundant.
Before our congresscurs have blinked
We will make ourselves extinct!


~ Anathema Enwrite

FreeThinke said...

___ The Need for Global Warming ___

Ever since the proud Titanic sank
Mankind has with rising Panic drank.
He does this every day. Now he’s addicted.
’Tis pitiful to see him so afflicted,
‘Cause now a new “Titanic" must be sunk
To satisfy this cravings of this drunk
Every day to meet his need for harm,
So now he’s told the planet’s grown too warm!


~ FreeThinke

Thersites said...

Excellent lemonade, Sir!

Thersites said...

...but then, so many would seem to prefer to live in Orwell's 1984 than a slightly en-beach-ified tropical paradise. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Jersey McJones said...

Hi guys!

Ya' know, I love this post. This is fun stuff like I remember talking with my buddies when we were kids.

I'm still a "kid," as you both know, though right now I feel more like a zombie (never got into that genre, though the original version of "Dawn of the Dead" was great teenage zombie-fantasy fun). And I happen to be working on a 3D video game who's terrain is a mock up of North America at about 70,000-80,000 years ago, during a period of relatively light glaciation.

For a while, I considered strongly doing a mock up from about 125,000 years ago, when the glaciation was at it's most recent lightest. Much less than today, for instance. So, I looked at all the ways I could set the land and the water and all, thinking I could have fun making the game more naval in nature (I love the water), separate settings with there own islands (much easier on loading and memory), and soon realized that you're not really losing that much land. You could melt all the ice on the planet, and there would still be plenty of land. Noah? Never could happen. There's not enough moisture on the planet to completely cover all the dry land. I wanted a kind of "believable" setting, so I went with the recent light glaciation, which wasn't much different from today, just a little colder, and still fit with the game theme.

Just the same, if all the ice did melt, sea level change itself, which would happen very gradually anyway, would be the least of our concerns. The entire natural world around us would radically change.

JMJ

-FJ said...

Just doin' my part to illustrate a "fact-based" future, Jersey. Science marches on!

FreeThinke said...

Facts don't even begin to tell the story. Feelings are far more important than facts.

The bare facts involved in an event disconnected from the passion that motivated it most closely resemble a graveyard. All signs of life have disappeared, and all that remains is an array of cold, silent, immobile, unyielding, unfeeling stones, and even those are destined to wear away and turn to dust in time.

Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan,
Der aber traf.
Du schläfst, du harter, unbarmherz'ger Mann,
Den Todesschlaf.
Es blicket die Verlaßne vor sich hin,
Die Welt is leer.
Geliebet hab ich und gelebt,
Ich bin nicht lebend mehr.
Ich zieh mich in mein Innres still zurück,
Der Schleier fällt,
Da hab ich dich und mein verlornes Glück,
Du meine Welt


~ Albert Chamisso - von Frauenliebe und Leben

TRANSLATION

Now you have caused me pain for the first time,
And how it struck!
You left me, you hard, unfeeling man,
To sleep the sleep of death.
Abandoned, I see myself stare straight ahead,
The world is empty –– totally empty.
I have loved and lived,
Now I am no longer living.
I withdraw silently into myself,
The veil falls,
There I shall find you and my lost happiness,
You who are my whole world.

(((Thought Criminal))) said...

Brought to you by the "science" of spending more than you have creates prosperity rather than debt and Bruce Jenner is a woman.

In the real world, temperatures hot enough to melt ice create evaporation which creates cloud covers which cool the earth....