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Friday, September 4, 2015

Inside August (or September).

Hey, presto. Pulled a fast one on you last week, didn't we? Just when you least expect to see a new episode of THIS IS BIG GREEN, there it freaking is, plain as paper and twice as thick. As has been our practice, this featured another "musical" episode of our warped space opera Ned Trek, the only Star Trek parody that features an all-neocon crew, a Mormon captain, and a talking dressage horse as its first officer and moral compass.

What's inside the podcast? Well, the best way to find out is to suffer through it. You can do it! Short of that drastic step, here's a brief guide to August's TIBG:

Ned Trek 24: Whom Gods Deploy - This episode of Ned Trek is loosely based on the third season classic Star Trek episode, Whom Gods Destroy, the one with Captain (a.k.a. Lord) Garth, the inmate who takes over the space insane asylum and plans on conquering the universe. In our version, the inmate is George W. Bush, former imperial president, who spends his days on an asylum planet painting abstract portraits .... works that appear to presage actual events, as if (dare I say it?) he possessed some kind of supernatural power, like the guy in The Lathe of Heaven, except more on the hayseed side. (Side note: W has a serious fear of horses, my brother tells me.)

Frankly, hard to parody.Song: Up On The Bridge - Another Sulu number, one that chronicles his career fall and rise with the ebb and flow of the Star Trek phenomenon.

Song: I Paint What I See - Ex-president George W. Bush explains the genesis of his muse and its relationship to his overall worldview.

Song: Naturally - Pearl's song to his former boss and chief advisee; a lament about W's sorry condition as a painter, not a war-starter. Country-fied.

Song: Stephanie’s Song - Mr. Stephanie croons about W's fear of horses and all hooved creatures in this quirky waltz.

Song: Baby Bush - A Romney number, encouraging W. to reclaim his pedestal as The Decider. Shuffle swing number.

Song: Jesus Has a Known Mind - Doc delivers an awesome message from the lord in this rock-out number. Mean!

Song: Real Talking Horse - Ned's song, with a strange early-sixties ending reminiscent of the Four Seasons, somehow.

Pointless Banter - This you have to hear. I can't describe it other than to say that I probably said things I regret, but .... post!

Mount denial.

Another one of those weeks. Seems like there have been a lot of them just lately. In any case, it was notable that the President spent part of the week up in northern Alaska, getting his picture taken in front of melting glaciers. This represents political jiu-jitsu of positively Clintonian proportions, as it was only last week that Obama's administration gave the nod to Gulf Oil to start drilling in the arctic - a region so remote that even the inadequate remediation services available in places like the Gulf of Mexico are unavailable. Gulf's business plan, I assume, relies on a lot of good luck (as well as a steadily warming climate). Their disaster response plan is probably the same boilerplate bogus document BP used.

Somebody should do somtehing ... Right, so ... Barry let Gulf oil start drilling in ocean recently freed up by the effects of burning hydrocarbons, but that's okay, because he renamed Mount McKinley and talked about how we're not moving fast enough on climate change. Yeah, no shit, Mr. President - there's an obvious solution to that, of course. Stop dragging your own damn feet. Obama's efforts to address the impending climate catastrophe are progressing so slowly that those glaciers he visited seem speedy in comparison. He should have named that mountain "Denial-ly".

I'm not sure what's more aggravating, a right-wing politician (name pretty much any one) who champions climate change skepticism or someone like the President, who obviously knows better but lacks the will (or perhaps the spine) to do what needs to be done - to propose solutions appropriate to the scale of the problem. This eight years may turn out to have been the last best hope for putting the worst effects of global climate change in check. My guess is that Obama knows this, but if so, how can he not at least try to take the necessary steps, not the usual scrum of half-measures?

Climate change will not be blown back by rhetoric. It doesn't yield to compromise solutions. We have to stop thinking in terms of short-term political expediency and realize that when it comes to survival on this planet, half-measures won't do.

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