Peregrine flight

Saturday, March 12, 2011

When The Earth Moves Again

The earth belches and the plates shift, sending the planet careening off its axis and moving the japanese coast eight feet off its bearings. The cooling system fails at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing an explosion and an unspecified release of radiation.

A thousand lives are lost in the twinkling of an eye. The engineers with their standard calculations, antique slide rules and pocket protectors will throw their hands up and say, "don't blame us, it was a hundred year event of a magnitude that we could never comprehend, and besides these isotopes only have a radioactive half life of ten thousand years or so and then things should be pretty much back to normal."

We will mourn the dead and curse an uncaring creator. The only happy one might be the Colonel in Libya, whose air force can now shoot down his own citizens under cover of our short attention span, while the eyes of the world are averted by the distant carnage.

We are dealing with tools beyond our skill set and competence, both on the atomic and genetic level. We can't even conceive the magnitude of the upheaval that our earth is capable of. Worst case scenarios must be inputted into all of the design equations, because if we know anything, it is that sooner or later, the shit always hits the fan.


Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

You picked a perfect photo for this treatment. It looks

Blue Heron said...

Thanks for turning me on to the technology, Helen. A perfect placement for my "pissy" face. I like the engraving tool I use at bottom. Would be nice if they distilled their filters better so that they could have a wider application.

Anonymous said...

I love your photography Robert. Your words too. Was hoping for a little more on the mindless entertainment value of a disaster this large. Perhaps like me, you're just overly sick of the unstoppable patterns of America's Most Stupid. Lunch soon.. rc

Blue Heron said...

I appreciate that rc. And you have nailed it, I am sick of the world at present, glad I don't have a television, the reactionary side of the current younger generation starting to scare me, see us catapulting into a very ugly state. A narrow door had opened up that might have allowed if not redemption, at least an end around the environmental comet that was hurtling us towards our destruction. Alas we missed it, the window closed, get the popcorn ready for the nasty crescendo.