The Watering Hole; Thursday July 9 2015; “There Hath Past Away a Glory From the Earth”

200 years ago — In 1815 — the final version of Wm. Wordsworth’s poetic masterpiece, Ode on Intimations of Immortality was completed. The first two stanzas read as follows:

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;–
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

The Rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the Rose,
The Moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are bare;
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where’er I go,
That there hath past away a glory from the earth.

Wordsworth was clearly prescient; one could imagine, in fact, that he wrote those words just last week, and in the process most ably summed up the atrocities that our species is currently visiting upon the earth.

If there should be any doubt of human’s global NEGATIVE impact, this recent essay entitled Mass Extinction: It’s the End of the World as We Know It is a well-done synopsis of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption (ACD) and the realities implicit in the atmospheric damage humans have caused as of this day. I won’t go into detail or attempt to summarize the entire of the essay, but I will quote here a single paragraph that discusses the self-reinforcing-feedback-loop dilemma that is a consequence of mankinds’ release into the atmosphere of billions and billions of tons of Carbon Dioxide.

A self-reinforcing positive feedback loop is akin to a “vicious circle”: It accelerates the impacts of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD). An example would be methane releases in the Arctic. Massive amounts of methane are currently locked in the permafrost, which is now melting rapidly. As the permafrost melts, methane – a greenhouse gas 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide on a short timescale – is released into the atmosphere, warming it further, which in turn causes more permafrost to melt, and so on.

We have already reached the point where we’re only a few degrees short of the warming that occurred some 250 million years ago — caused by massive volcanism in Siberia — that led to an increase in global temperatures of 6 degrees Celsius and caused the “Great Dying” (aka the Permian Mass Extinction) where it is estimated that 95% of earth’s life forms became extinct. This day, and according to

. . . a recently published study in Science Advances, . . . the planet has officially entered its sixth mass extinction event. The study shows that species are already being killed off at rates much faster than they were during the other five extinction events, and warns ominously that humans could very likely be among the first wave of species to go extinct.

Perhaps that’s the best news the universe has heard since the Big Bang — that humans could very likely be among the first wave of species to go extinct. Not a troubling stat to our solar system, I’m sure.

Wordsworth referred to mankind’s most egregious fault in his poem Lines Written in Early Spring when he wrote:

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

And here we are, 200 years down the road, and What man has made of man is imposing drastic effects on the entire of the earth’s biosphere, including himself. In a recent Reuters blog post, the dilemma was summarized:

Humans will be extinct in 100 years because the planet will be uninhabitable, according to Australian microbiologist Frank Fenner, one of the leaders of the effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. He blames overcrowding, denuded resources and climate change. Fenner’s prediction is not a sure bet, but he is correct that there is no way emissions reductions will be enough to save us from our trend toward doom. And there doesn’t seem to be any big global rush to reduce emissions, anyway.

Sounds as though the story’s ending is already known and told. The “intelligent” species, the species ‘created in God’s image,’ the species that was ‘granted dominion’ over eacn and all other life forms — aka Homo sapiens, the most recent ape-derivative mammalian species to evolve — is soon to have as its sole legacy the mass destruction of life on the one planet known so far to contain LIFE. I suppose in some quarters the ability to accomplish such a feat will be seen as defining the word “intelligence.” I disagree, and note that William Wordsworth — in Intimations of Immortality, the final verse — summarized the attitude of those few who will lament the Sixth Mass Extinction, when he wrote:

The Clouds that gather round the setting sun
Do take a sober colouring from an eye
That hath kept watch o’er man’s mortality;
Another race hath been, and other palms are won.
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.

Respect for all of life is absent in a great percentage of minds of the species that has declared itself the planet’s dominant entity, a detail which offers confirmation of the Wordsworthian thesis That there hath past away a glory from the earth.

R.I.P. Mother Earth


57 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday July 9 2015; “There Hath Past Away a Glory From the Earth”

    • Good thing he’s an ‘R’ — if he was a ‘D’ being paid that much, the clown car would need an immediate shipment of fresh diapers, lest they get shit all over everything in sight.

    • I bet it doesn’t even make an impact in his sociopathic, narcissistic personality that what he does is just…. wrong… if I didn’t think he should be hung for what he has done, I would pity his small mind.

    • But, But…Kennedy said, and I effing quote..
      “We now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.””

      Didn’t he?, Doesn’t It? No effing doubt, Good job appellate court.

    • It is time….. second c**kpunch of the year…

      “C**kpunch for a Mr BUSH! I have a c**kpunch here for a Mr BUSH! I know you are here Mr BUSH, that is your name – stop trying to hide from it”

    • He really doesn’t have a clue that there’s not enough manufacturing left in the US to support working more hours.
      I have had RWNJs try to convince me we have no need for manufacturing work. Somehow we can all have R and D jobs and innovate ourselves to prosperity, and then we can afford the retail and service jobs for everyone else. 😕

  1. A judge shouldn’t be allowed to force children to have a relationship with their father if they don;t want to. The kids claim their father hit their mother. The judge is charging them with contempt and sending them to live in Children’s Village.

    I can’t believe what this judge did was legal and proper. I just can’t.

    I am not one of those who thinks judges have unlimited authority to administer any punishments they want.

  2. The way I see it, there are three reasons why various GOoPers are trying to keep the flag of treason flying over government property:

    1. They fully support the values and ideals of the Confederacy. These people should be declared alien enemies and immediately removed from office.

    2. They are afraid that voting to take it down would mean they could never win another GOP nomination anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line. In this case? Tough shit. If you can’t convince people to vote for you because of your stand on the flag of treason you deserve to lose.

    3. They are afraid their constituents will track them down and shoot them. While this is a perfectly rational and legitimate fear I figure it serves them right for attracting the votes of nutbags by whipping them into a frenzy in the first place. Plus. They get extra irony points for belonging to the party that has blocked any and all attempts at discussing, much less passing, federal gun laws that would make it harder for nutbags to buy guns.

    Can we come up with any more reasons?

    • Now come on there, Pete, they’s just a tryin to bring back them good ole days!
      You know, the lynchin and a rapin, and letting all them unwhite and unmales know where they damn place is, don’tcha know!

    • I hereby move the name “Confederacy” and “Confederate” be changed to “Confidiocy” and “Confidiot”, resp.

      That may not stop supporters from practicing their bigotry, but at least it would DEFINE them once and for all.

  3. Bruce Campbell as Reagan in season #2 of “Fargo” on FX. Something good for work this fall.

    In the feature, Steve Buscemi: “Whoa Daddy.” In the TV show, Bruce Campbell, “Whoa Mommy”?

    • There’s a GOOFY SIX arrival procedure into Orlando.
      MINEE FIVE arrival into Orlando
      A BUGGZ TWO arrival procedure into Orlando.
      PIGLT FOUR into Orlando.
      CWRLD FOUR into Orlando
      MUSTANG VOR out of Truckee.
      GATORS VOR out of Gainesville
      KLNGN intersection for trekkies.
      I could go on and on.
      There are many, many innuendos imparted into the national airspace system.

  4. The Internet kills Kenny – Raiders’ Kenny Stabler, that is

    The Internet killed former Oakland Raiders star quarterback Kenny Stabler Thursday afternoon following unconfirmed rumors that he had passed away. He was 69.

    Er, is 69.

    Calls and emails to the Raiders front office requesting a comment about his existence have not been answered at this time.

    The Tuscaloosa News reported Aaron Suttles posted Stabler’s obituary on the paper’s website at about 4 p

    • Sad to say the early reports were actually true.

      UA confirms former Alabama, Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler dead at 69

      A University of Alabama spokesperson confirms Alabama legend Ken “The Snake” Stabler died Thursday at the age of 69.

      Shane Dorrill, a spokesman for the University of Alabama, confirmed Stabler’s death to FOX6 News at 6:15 p.m.

      Stabler played quarterback for Alabama under coach Paul “Bear” Bryant from 1965 through the 1967 season and finished with a record of 28-3-2 as a starter.

      Stabler was the only Alabama quarterback I have seen play, to this day, in person. It was the 1967 Alabama – Tennessee game and Alabama lost breaking a 25 game winning streak.

      • Oh, that is sad. There seemed to be some confusion and no backup to the story.

        Watching him play must have been exciting!
        Did you follow his career?

        • Of course we followed his career. We followed most of Alabama’s players in their pro careers. Starting with Bart Starr at Green Bay, Joe Namath at the Jets, Lee Roy Jordan at Dallas, Stabler at Oakland, and Bob Baumhower at Miami. Later Alabama teams in the 70s used the Wishbone offense, which ended the run of superlative passing quarterbacks, and rotated many running backs, leading to fewer standout running backs.

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