Monday, December 18, 2006


So I realize that I may be the most behind person on the planet for this but I finally saw an Inconvenient Truth last night. Now I knew all about the horrors of global warming and I try to live in a way that makes me a very minor contributor to the problem. Part of that is that I am too poor to have things that would really contribute much but we’ll just say it is because I am conscientious. Since I would be conscious of emissions if I were to purchase emission releasing things it makes sense. I digress. The point is that although I considered myself to be fairly well informed there was a lot I learned from the film.

The images of water rising over cities throughout the world were simply insane to watch. The disappearances of huge lakes, snowcapped mountains, rivers, etc made me want to cry. At the end of the film, where it was showed that using the technology we have we could put levels back to where they were in the 70s and we were doing nothing made me so upset and frustrated that I simply didn’t know where to vent my anger.

I began to think of where our country would be if the 2000 election hadn’t been stolen. I have thought of this before, of course, but not to such an extent. Instead of being scorned by the rest of the globe, America may have had a chance to better itself and, as a result, the entire world’s situation with Gore leading the charge. Instead of that, we have a war-mongering dolt sitting in the white house. I also had to wonder that with Gore out of politics, who will take up the cause of the environment in the Senate and the Congress. Without many passionate people in Washington the growing awareness matters very little. As was said in the movie, the issue will not be important until people pressure their representatives to take a stand. When will that be?

When Gore talked about the distortion of the media surrounding the issues related to global warming I was not surprised but I was dismayed. People tend to be stupid and listen to what they want to listen to. If the media keeps telling them that global warming is a theory, they can continue to ignore it. All the sensible people know that it is fact. You don’t even need to be a scientist. You don’t even need to see pictures of glaciers melting. All you need to do is look at the thermostat and take a walk outside. It is the middle of December and people in Chicago are walking around without hats and gloves. That is a serious problem. I used to wonder if I remembered childhood winters as worse than they really were. Winter now in Minneapolis is nothing like it used to be. I remember school being closed for cold. Not for snow but simply because it was too cold to go outside. Granted I don’t live there anymore but the time I spend there in the winters just isn’t all that bad. It’s the middle of December in Chicago and there was a few inches of snow for a few days. It makes no sense. This happens and people continue to tell us that global warming is a theory?

I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here. I would guess that anyone who reads this already knows. I just had to rant a little bit. Now, when people ask me what the scariest movie I have ever seen is, I don’t have to think about it. Move over original Amityville Horror (not that new piece of shit that couldn’t scare a mouse), An Inconvenient Truth has stolen your place.

Now to reveal another truth, the unguessed songs.

1. Tell em I’m driving and it’s all right turning on this wheel turning on headlights. Driving, PJ Harvey

2. In the right light study becomes insight but the system that dissed us teaches us to read and write. Take the Power Back, Rage Against the Machine

After all the jacks are in the boxes and the clowns have all gone to bed. The Wind Cries Mary, Jimi Hendirx (come on people that was so incredibly easy)

So I was doing my blogsurfing thing and saw a new quiz. It was the what book are you quiz. I love books and I love quizzes so I was super excited for this one. I am.......

Wait for it

You're Ulysses!

by James Joyce

Most people are convinced that you don't make any sense, but compared to what else you could say, what you're saying now makes tons of sense. What people do understand about you is your vulgarity, which has convinced people that you are at once brilliant and repugnant. Meanwhile you are content to wander around aimlessly, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. What you see is vast, almost limitless, and brings you additional fame. When no one is looking, you dream of being a Greek folk hero.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Can you believe it? I think I am going to hang myself. Goodbye cruel world. In case you missed why I am now going to kill myself, see This Post


Steven Novak said...

I haven't seen it yet...been meaning to though.


Mood Indigo said...

Hilarious (Joyce). I had to read Joyce my junior year of high school. The theme of our English curriculum that year was "descent in to hell" (I kid you not). Class was after lunch in more of a lounge than a classroom and I battled my own demons and those of western literature by sleeping through most of it.

I echo your thoughts on Inconvenient Truth - but man am I thankful it was made.

Mom said...

Here in Minneapolis, we have had no snow at all on the ground yet this season. There have been a few flakes in the air, but that's about all. And it has been warm.

When I first moved here (mid 1970s), we were blanketed in snow from Thanksgiving through the middle of March, at least. And we'd have 2 weeks of temperatures in the -20s in early January.

As I write it's 25 degrees but should get above freezing in the next few hours. Tomorrow's high is expected to be in the 40s; Wednesday's too. Probably no "white Christmas" here.

I don't love cold weather. But I do want to see our beautiful earth continue and for us to be able to live on it and in better harmony with it for a long time to come!

Mom said...

That's a strange quiz. It branches -- gives you different questions depending on your answers. I took it twice and only the first 2 questions were the same. First I was The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. Next I was The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Hmm, maybe I should've been named "Barbara"...

Anyway, if you don't like Ulysses (and I know you don't!), don't kill yourself, just take the quiz again and answer slightly differently and see if it's any better. But I'll laugh if your second book is written by James somebody...

Natalie said...

Steve- You should see it. It was well worth the netflix monthly fee.

Mood- If I had got Portrait of an Artist I would have been ok. I just can't believe it was this hell book. Sounds like a relatively interesting theme actually. I assume Divine Comedy was part of it, or at least The Inferno.

Mom- Yeah I remember the great Blizzard of Halloween, things have changed. It won't be as funny if I get another book. As bad as it made me feel the comedy was too perfect to mess with.

Monica said...

Only the last sentence of your results makes sense to me. These are mine:
You're Compassion Fatigue!
by Susan Moeller
You used to care, but now it's just getting too difficult. You cared about the plight of people in lands near and far, but now the media has bombarded you with images of suffering to the point that you just don't have the energy to go on. You've become cold and heartless, as though you'd lived in New York City for a year or so. But you stand as a serious example to all others that they should turn off their TV sets and start caring again.


notfearingchange said...

I've been dying to see the movie too - I just have been *hrrm* procrastinating.

ShadowFalcon said...

I've been meaning to watch that movie but I'm already terrified by the state of our planet.

RastaManErn said...

Gore's movie is on youtube in its entirety if you have time to waste at work like I do. I also saw it when it (finally) came here about 7-8 months after it's release.

Book quizzzzzz!

You're Prufrock and Other Observations!
by T.S. Eliot
Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.

J. Alfred, and all because I drink tea.

Jaclyn said...

I'm the dictionary, it it makes you feel any better.

Lizza said...

I haven't seen that film; I'm scared of horror flicks.

And I'm afraid to take that book quiz; what if it comes up with a title of a Harlequin or Mills & Boon for me? I might just join you and kill myself too.

Natalie said...

Monica- You're is so right on that it scares me.

Not Fearing- You shoul see it. I put it off a long time but it was certianly worth watching.

Ern- Do I dare? Do I Dare? Are you balding?

Jaclyn- I think I would enjoy reading the dictionary more than reading Ulysses. But thanks for trying.

Lizza- You should see it anyway. Face your fears and all that muck. I was afraid of getting Ulysses and I did so maybe you shouldn't take the quiz.