I read a financial newsletter

June 18, 2010

called The Daily Pfennig. It’s all about currencies and financial markets. Today, Chuck Butler, President of EverBank World Markets, the gentleman who writes the newsletter, said this:

Then there was this… This is going to make you want to go yell at the walls, or go outside and yell at the trees… Are you ready? A dire report circulating in the Kremlin today that was prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Anatoly Sagalevich of Russia’s Shirshov Institute of Oceanology warns that the Gulf of Mexico sea floor has been fractured “beyond all repair” and our World should begin preparing for an ecological disaster “beyond comprehension” unless “extraordinary measures” are undertaken to stop the massive flow of oil into our Planet’s eleventh largest body of water.

Interesting to note in this report is Sagalevich stating that he and the other Russian scientists were required by the United States to sign documents forbidding them to report their findings to either the American public or media, and which they had to do in order to legally operate in US territorial waters. However, Sagalevich says that he and the other scientists gave nearly hourly updates to both US government and BP officials about what they were seeing on the sea floor.

Why did we have to hear about this from the Russians?

The RNK, who listens to XM station 167 and hears news reports that fall outside the mainstream, brought this same information home the other night. The Daily Pfennig only confirms.

Additionally, consider this (from NPR): there are millions of cubic feet of natural gas being emitted along with the oil. That’s hydrocarbons going straight into the atmosphere — well not straight — they are poisoning the ocean first. Global warming?

Although the NPR report didn’t delve into this topic, it sure sounds like a recipe for increased global warming. And, if my grade school science classes serve correctly, the oceans are one of the primary oxygen-generating machines on the planet. Put a thin film of oil over the top of the 11th largest one and that O2 thing is not going to work. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Chuck was right-on with the part about “make you want to go yell at the walls, or go outside and yell at the trees.” However, is that happening?

Stephanie commented on my previous post that most of us feel helpless about the situation and “ordinary people” feel awful things are happening that we can’t do much about. An astute observation to be sure. For example, save Stephanie and two loyal readers, I have received no comments on these angry political posts. There are more readers than that. The blog stats tell me so. Have I not raised a hackle anywhere? No voices of agreement? Nothing? Really?

Are people trying to stick their heads in the sand and pretend/assume “scientists” or “experts” will figure out a way to bail our asses out of this predicament? Is “that” gonna’ happen? I don’t think so.

It’s up to you and me and every other person on this planet to raise our voices against this outrage. We need to do whatever we can to work together on this. Step number one — get angry. We all need to get very, very angry.

Step two — make that anger heard. We need to snap out of complacency and get some action going. Here are a few ideas I’ve come up with:

1. Drive less. Use as little oil as possible in your life. I know, it’s really tough because our society is oil-based. But, can you carpool? Could you combine trips? Do you really need to go “there?”

2. Contribute to Sea Shepherd. At least they are doing something to fight for Bluefin Tuna and other endangered species. Maybe you know of other organizations who are fighting against the Corporatocracy of the U.S. Give them money to further the fight.

3. Call your Congressional representatives. You can find phone numbers and email addresses for Senators here and for Representatives here.

4. Shop less in general. Even those on-line purchases require trucks for deliveries. Avoid plastics. Say no to “oil” when ever and where ever you can.

5. Incite others to action along with you. I hijacked my own blog to express my rage at what these corporate bastards have done to our planet. If you have a blog, I encourage you to do the same. If you don’t have a blog — even if you do — I encourage you to express your anger through letters to the editor, calls and emails to call-in shows, discussions with friends and letters/phone calls to politicians. How about a message to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar? (That’s next for me.)

I’m kicking myself all over for having taken a vacation recently that involved driving and flying. I should have never done that. How selfish. The best thing to come of the trip was this: the anger at myself has compounded my anger at BP and our government for allowing a catastrophe of this magnitude to occur. Small consolation.

What next? Perhaps a contest with yarn from my stash as a prize to be randomly selected among commenters who post stories about things they are doing to help take back the planet and make their voice heard. The idea seems a bit contradictory. On one hand I’m asking people to shop less because it contributes to oil use. On the other hand, I’m offering to mail something which is pretty much the same thing. Maybe I could make an on-line payment to your local yarn shop on your behalf; but only if you can ride your bike or walk there. (this last bit said in jest — seriously, I’m not totally deranged. Yet.) Your thoughts please.

I’m off to ponder this impending contest idea. Perhaps I should just get on with it. If you’re not a yarnie and different motivator, one more ecologically sound, would help you get into action, tell me about it. I’m open to suggestions.

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2 Responses to “I read a financial newsletter”

  1. Kimberly Says:

    I’m with you, Ruth. And looking forward to talking about this with you. I found a very awesome blog recently, and ordered the guy’s book – the one that was available for Kindle that is. While I know that my Kindle took a lot of resources to manufacture, but I do smile when I think about how the books I read on it are not being shipped to me and are not printed on paper. Anyway, the blog: http://www.dougfine.com/ Lots of great info about carbon neutrality, and he is hilarious too.

  2. Stephanie Says:

    Oh, god. I need to figure out better ways to express my heartbreak at things like that. Forbidden to report findings to the US press? Excuse me? I thought I remembered some “freedom of the press” clause in some important document in our government. What are they worried about? That we’ll revolt because they are, quite literally, destroying our planet?

    That’s the most terrifying thing I’ve heard.

    Although I’ve been talking about the oil spill a lot with friends, I realized I haven’t written a political or environmental post on my blog in in over a year. It’s still a large part of what I think about, so I’m going to rectify that as soon as I can. (Probably after next week though.) Thanks for the incitement.


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