Monday, May 21, 2018

Angry with the world and....Read on, it might be you too! By Geniusofdespair

From the New Yorker Magazine

I will never be the same. NEVER

My life with therapy taught me two lessons: don’t minimize and don’t deny: in other words be truthful with yourself. As a child I had become adept at lying to me to cope. Can’t do it anymore.

The way my country is going and the blinders on many of the people in the country is having a devastating effect on me. The truth hurts.

For example, one tiny example: the Everglades-Trust pushing hard in support of Trump’s pick for Governor — it is just too disgusting, too vile. If DeSantis gets in he will do everything Trump wants. I think Putnam will be equally as bad but at least he won't be in bed with the loony bin.

Am I destined to leave this world to your GRANDCHILDREN, with polluted water, reduced animal species, a toxic Supreme Court, crushing debt and xenophobia run wild? Will my generation be the Nazis of the 21st Century?

Nice to wake up and find this rushing to mind. They say “stay in the present” as a means to heal... and I laugh.

How did the Everglades Trust get pulled into this? Read on...

This is only part of an exchange on Facebook between us:

Me -
The Everglades Trust is being ridiculous supporting Trump’s pick of the litter. I wouldn’t vote for any Republican as they have sullied the country’s environment with their support of the policies of Trump’s EPA pick and his additional wrong pick for the Dept. of the Interior.

Me -
You might read my page today!!! And I did what you are doing, voting for Trump in the Primary thinking he is too wacky to get elected. Don’t bank on your logic. The one-issue voters got us Trump to begin with. Your one issue sucks. SEA LEVEL RISE will destroy the Everglades.

The Everglades Trust -
So, we have concluded an Anybody But Putnam strategy will work best.

Here are the most egregious actions taken by Mr. Putnam:

1) Refused to support the land purchase that was agreed to in a legal binding contract between US Sugar and the state for roughly 47,000 acres necessary to restore a flow of water from Lake O to the Everglades. The most serious issue facing the Everglades is the lack of water it needs from the lake to survive. And because that water cannot move past 500,000 acres of sugar land, that polluted freshwater (fresh, is a misnomer) is forced to be discharged into saltwater rivers and estuaries on both coasts of FL. By the trillions of gallons.

The devastation this has caused to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, and everything in between is immoral should be criminal. That same water is supposed to move south to be cleansed and released into the Everglades and down to Florida Bay, as God and nature intended, which both rely on clean freshwater for their very survival. The conditions of Florida Bay due to hyper-salinity conditions today make grown men cry.

2) Voted to extend the leases of publicly owned lands in the EAA – where that water needs to flow past – giving an unprecedented 30-year lease to Florida Crystals and US Sugar on the 18,000 critical acres the politicians and sugar knew would be necessary. Today, because of the airtight agreement they entered into, we cannot force them off the people’s own land to accomplish what is so desperately needed – and had been agreed to be all stakeholders, including sugar and the Everglades Trust and Foundation in 1999 and signed into law by Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

3) Rammed through legislation, with Matt Caldwell as his horse in the State House, giving ag polluters at least 20 more years of mostly unabated filth to pour into Lake Okeechobee. The legislature in 2000 had deemed the calamities harming the big lake so high they passed a law, giving the state 15 years to have the plans in place to address it. And 15 years came and went, with the challenge unmet. Not a thing to improve conditions. So, on behalf of sugar and a few other interests, they gave themselves another 20 years. Not to fix it. To come up with a plan to fix it. Meanwhile, all the waterways and Lake O continue to be degraded.

4) Refused to support Senate President Joe Negron (R) and his work to get the EAA reservoir approved and funded in 2017. Senator Negron (and Floridians!) were successful in getting SB10 passed, though it was significantly weakened by Big Sugar and their political enablers.

Me -
Everglades-Trust - and I thought anyone but Ted Cruz when I voted for Trump. How did that work out for me??


Anonymous said...

toxic supreme court?

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that there are no Depends left at any drugstore or market in Washington D.C., something must be coming.

Geniusofdespair said...

All the insults...just deleted. Why do you bother? Suggestion: Dont waste your time here as we have a strict policy of not insulting the bloggers.

Geniusofdespair said...

Yes toxic. If Ginsberg has to leave or Kennedy... it might give Trump two picks and Trump’s influence and policies will live on beyond 8 years. Figure on about 20.

Anonymous said...

I don't know but this beats decades of wars and a lost economic decade - and I'm not sure calling SC justices that don't have ur political view toxic is all that appropriate

Peachy Pie said...

Does anyone remember the concept of Zero Population Growth? I first heard of it when I came of age about 50 years ago. I don't think that the planet would be so devastated if the world had started to live by ZPG at that time. The fact that the world's human population has almost doubled and the world's wild animal population has diminished by 50% has a lot to do with our very depressing situation. Politicians and developers want to load up our region with even more high density development and people, in spite of the following facts:
1.The Everglades has been reduced to 50%(our more) of it's original size and the population here has exploded.
2.Since the Everglades is our rain forest and there would be no fresh water without it, we are in a very precarious situation.
3.Salt water intrusion has contaminated many fresh water wells.
4.Natural pine rockland is almost completely gone. Replaced by tons of concrete, euphemistically called development.
5.Development has been allowed in environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, which are desperately needed to perform their natural function.
4.Native flora and fauna are greatly diminished and many species have gone extinct.
All of this damage has been done by humans, and those aforementioned have destroyed the natural environment out of sheer greed. This is the mortal sin that has destroyed South Florida.
They have destroyed God's beautiful creation and deserve to burn in hell!