I am 64 years old. That's more than old enough to remember how weather used to be back, say, 40-50 years ago. EVERYTHING about our weather now feels "synthetic". Nothing that happens with the weather, no matter where in the country I am, feels right. Yet, this evolution has been just gradual enough to have succeeded in hoodwinking a gigantic segment of the American people into thinking what we all experience now is the "new normal". And for the younger folks they've never known the weather as people my age and older have. This is not a boast of any kind. It's just a fact, that's all.
As a kid and teenager I always marveled at the weather. Storms in particular used to astound me. Thunder, lightning, torrential rains, the unbelievable smell of the air after a walloping Midwestern thunderstorm. The way thunder used to sound had a range of tonalities I haven't heard in almost 20 years or more. The onset, the crack, the duration, the lingering rumble. Lightning and thunder are relatively rare here in Arizona, as it was becoming back in Missouri when I moved away from there. Storm fronts in Missouri used to be quite spectacular ..everything was different, everything FELT different.
The sun well ..all I can say is: if most people CAN'T SEE that the appearance of our sun, AND the feel of it's rays has profoundly changed in only a decade or so, then the grip of distraction and stupidity is greater than I thought possible. Again everything looks and feels different: clouds, storms, the white sun, the UV, even relative humidity can engage in wild swings one way or the other. It truly, truly feels like some diabolical entity is intentionally terra-forming our entire, once breathtakingly magnificent planet into a kind of dead zone. And indeed, we have all come to find out that this is terrifyingly close to the truth of the matter. And yes, I accept responsibility for my own role in contributing to my carbon footprint BUT, I will not accept responsibility for the deplorable, irresponsible criminality of countless corporations whose lust for profits has trampled all other considerations, including sustainability, environmental health, worker's rights, etc. And for the deep surveillance-state goons who have systematically crushed any private, non-corporate technological innovations that might have stood a chance of threatening the supremacy of oil, nuclear and coal, including the withholding of free-energy technology (which absolutely does exist) I pose this question: After the collapse, which you yourselves played a key role in bringing on, will you finally accept responsibility for what you've done before you die? Whether or not Chief Seattle really did say the following words may be of secondary importance. But they are of supreme relevance here. "Man did not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself." Cliched? Yes. But wise, nonetheless? Yes.