Friday, September 09, 2005

Burning waters - the Katrina aftermath

The water burns constantly in New Orleans, day and night, as the waste of civilization is found everywhere. The city of New Orleans has become a cesspool, literally. And even the most optimistic prediction says it will take years and years to restore something as basic as the water supply to full capacity.

What amazes me the most about this, really, is how unprepared the various parts of the United States government was, on all levels, from local to national administrations. I mean, I know well that modern society, civilization itself, is far removed from nature, and will always be unprepared for its random qualities, for the ongoing storm of the Universe, but this is ridiculous.

When the entire countries of Nicaragua and Honduras were leveled by hurricanes years ago, when it became clear that restoration would take many years, it was said that that wouldn’t be the case with advanced technological nations. Comments were quite patronizing. Well, it is now clear that that was just more technological conceit, hubris.

Katrina was a Category Five hurricane when closing in on New Orleans. It could very well have stayed that way, and caused even greater devastation. Everyone knew it was coming, but still they failed miserably to prepare for it and its aftermath in any way even approaching sufficient. It took a week, a week, before aid arrived in earnest.

Thousands have died. The actual number will more than probably never be known. Bodies still float in the water. People still die of starvation, lack of water and disease. They are boiled to death inside hot, disease-ridden rooms. They can’t drink the ever-present water. It’s a cesspool of pollution, bacteria-infestation, dead, rotting bodies and excrements.

Many reasons have been mentioned why this happened. Some say that it was allowed to happen, and that is certainly true, on many levels. Some say it is a ghoulish exposure of modern racism. That is true as well. Some say it is a war against poor people, a show of contempt, of ignorance, well beyond criminal negligence. One thing is certain: The message this event sends to the world’s poor is loud and clear: You are worthless. You are nothing but filth worthy of nothing more than a watery grave. George W. Bush says that no one could predict that the levees would break, and that is merely yet another of his boldfaced, absolutely amazing lies (and still a LOT of his mindless supporters say he reacted in time and generally does a good job in office). A number of local people and authorities have been screaming their lungs out in warnings for decades. The United States government abandoned New Orleans long before this. Everybody knew heavy investment was needed, on a broad front, both in the city and Louisiana in general. But nothing happened.

All these things, and more, are true.

But what I will say is the obvious, major reason is this: We humans have built walls around ourselves, between ourselves and beautiful, savage nature, and now the payback is here. Through centuries and millennia we have removed ourselves ever further from our home, from the world, from Life itself, and this is the inevitable reckoning. The Earth has fever. It is sick. The temperature is rising and the host’s antibodies are being deployed, and the disease humanity has become is attacked with an ever growing force. We have massively scarred the planet. We are killing life wholesale. In short: we are committing slow suicide.

The fever won’t subside. It won’t cease. But on the contrary continue to grow on a geometrical scale, until we, the disease come to our senses, and reject civilization, and everything in it, and stop acting like a disease and once again begin acting like the savage, ferocious beast we truly are.

Then the Earth will accept us again, and stop killing us on a massive scale, and the massive suffering we submit ourselves to, will end.

If we don’t do it ourselves, if we, ourselves don’t end the tailspin suicide existence we have created for ourselves the Earth will force its very, very brutal end on us.

Katrina and her like are a mirror, one in which we see ourselves.

Feverish Earth on the Midnight Fire weblog so far:

July 30.
August 4.
August 24.
Late August.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

News from the big, bad world

In alternative news and publications, like Green Anarchist, both on and off the web, you can read about many things you never hear about anywhere else. Things that are hardly whispered about in established media are here shouted across the world.

You can read about extensive protests against road construction, against factories, against nuclear power and transports of nuclear material, about people jailed simply because they’re reporting on protests and radical struggle. About people gathering in nature, people at least making an effort to relearn how to live in humanity’s natural environment, people rewilding themselves.

There is a forest of news and events out there that most people don’t get to know about, because they don’t look, because they’re passive receivers of what the established media spits out. Because they’re even getting enraged when truly informed people tell them that they’re not informed at all, but belong to the dull crowd of inactive and useful idiots.

Is the news from Iraq news?

Is the news we’re shown daily in established media true information?

Or is it instead thinly veiled propaganda?

Is this important to us who want to change the world, change it head to toe, or is it hardly more than diversions taking attention away from what truly matters? Does it matter if fifty or fifty-one people are killed in traffic accidents the previous month? Does it matter who is prime mini$ter or pre$ident in a given country, who is executing a politic long since decided and unchangeable?

Of course not. The long proven truth of the matter is that close to a hundred percent of what we see on established news channels… is utterly meaningless.

The important news and events happens on the edge of and outside today’s established society, in the shadows and the night of what we have been taught is important, is essential. That’s where the true changes and potential changes begin, to perhaps grow to one day become a valid threat to the establishment. And at that moment it turns interesting. At that moment established press attack like wolves the people that are the driving force in that group. The distortions and attacks against those desiring justice and a minimum of freedom in the world begin. Statements, motives and goals are twisted to the point that they are hardly recognized, not even by the people that initially stated them.

Established media is lies, justifications, pretexts and propaganda. All else is unintentional or pure coincidence. Nothing even remotely related to the truth can be found sitting on a couch, watching television, at the breakfast table, by reading the papers.

So, those of us who are looking find it in unofficial forums. We find it at a construction site in Newbury, at a ravaged pelt farm or a burned-out factory somewhere on Earth. In a forest fairly unharmed by civilization.

In the many prison cells, in any country in the world.

The noose is tightening. New, more efficient laws are supplanting the old. Ever more people are put behind bars, many solely because they have dared to speak out against the increasing oppression. Imprisonment has already become Big Industry in many countries and is about to become so in the rest.

Green Anarchist, A-Infos, Earth Liberation Front, Animal Liberation Front, Green Anarchy, Indymedia and countless other smaller and bigger alternative sources give excellent information about all this, far better than established channels.

But, truth to be told, that isn’t really saying much.