Sometimes I think I can't write about current events without being pissed off. I could be writing about how Curt Schilling obviously isn't as much of a total dick as I thought he was and is pledging housing to a family of 9 who were run out of New Orleans by Katrina for a year. I could be writing about a hell of a lot of things. But what is running through my mind right now is all this backlash against anyone who mentions global warming. From what I can tell, its centered around the idea that anything and everything that happens in the weather is solely the action of "Mother Nature"
The idea of "Mother Nature" as a unified force is every bit as ridiculous as the "Invisible Hand" in economics and whichever god is running the show in Creationism and "Intelligent Design"
The truth of the matter is that every single thing that exists on this planet (and indeed, in this Universe) has an effect on every other thing. (As demonstrated by the butterfly example.) Its just a matter of how much of an effect.
There are only two things with a greater effect on planet Earth than human beings; the Sun and the Moon. Deny it. Try.
Is it really that far-fetched to think that we could have an effect on the nature of the biosphere? On the weather?
And you know what? Even if Global Warming is just the fantasy of some left wing nutcase who'd burned one two many, we still have a serious problem with frivilous consumption in this country that is making the gap between the rich and the poor grow steadily wider even if it isn't fucking with the weather.
Laissez-Faire economics is a fallacy because the idea of leaving anything alone is against the fundamental laws of the Universe (see above)
The point is, we Americans just need to cold fix our shit, because we're already starting to fade.
But there is hope. Because as I alluded to before the Universe is fundamentally interconnected (such is the logical conclusion to be reached in the study of everything we know about its nature). If we start to move in the right direction, it will become easier to follow the path.