A few months back, I wrote about the crazy weather and other shit going on with our planet. Guess what? Shit is still happening! The weather this past summer in the NY/NJ metro area can only be described as miserable. It was so hot and dry that many lawns turned brown (and I mean really brown) and many area golf courses had to limit play or shut down because their grass just upped and died (now that’s a tragedy if you ask me). Now they are saying that because of the stress the trees have been under, peak fall foliage season will be a week or two earlier than normal.
Last week, a tornado, actually two tornadoes, struck NYC. One in Brooklyn and the other in Queens, and there was a microburst (whatever the hell that is) on Staten Island.Holy shit! Since when did the NY metro area become part of tornado alley?
Last night, I was driving home from Western NJ along I78, when some radio station in Easton, PA actually played that annoying “danger Will Robinson” noise used to make emergency announcements because Eastern PA and Western NJ were under a severe thunderstorm warning. It was quite a light show on the drive home. I would say that’s at least 3 times in the past 2 weeks that our area has been under some severe weather alert.
If you look around the country, we have brush fires, drought and lots of other types of severe weather. Around the world, earthquakes seem to be more frequent and more severe, as do floods and other natural disasters.
So what’s causing all of this? If you listen to the religious fanatics, a higher authority is punishing us for all of our sins, misdeeds and whatever else those lunatics can think of. We have to return to a more pious lifestyle. Of course they say this from the pulpits of their multi-million dollars churches or their McMansions built with the hard earned money of the thousands of people they stepped on to get closer to their perception of God.
Going to the completely other side of the debate, “it’s global warming” which can be blamed for a whole host of issues. I actually believe the earth is getting warmer just as it got really cold 10,000 years ago during the last ice age. Now Al Gore wasn’t around for that one so there’s no reasonable explanation but I trust the scientific evidence that told us it occurred. Unfortunately, I think the earth will continue to get warmer before it gets colder again and some really bad things might happen because of that. I’m just not sure what, if anything, can be done to stop it, short of colonizing other planets and completely fucking those up as well.
Which brings me to my last theory…Mother Nature is made as hell as she’s not going to take it anymore. In other words, it’s a combination of both ideas. First, I think Mother Nature (a.k.a. Planet Earth) is the higher authority but someone needs to tell Pat Robertson and his ilk that she isn’t paying any attention to them. If she were, the next earthquake would completely destroy their very nice TV studios, million square foot churches and the secret vaults where they keep all that cash they collect from the poor folks who really can’t afford to give them anything.
The process of life on our planet is called evolution for the very simple reason that Earth, and all of the millions of species that inhabit our lovely planet, is evolving, changing every second of every day. Mother Nature sees to that. I don’t think she will answer your prayers but I do think she will try to take back what’s hers when you screw with it (a familiar theme for those of you that know my thoughts on NJ and flood plains). At this point think I think Ma is pissed off, cranky and probably going through evolutionary menopause so it’s just best to stay out of her way while she takes back the planet.