We’ve Endured 40 Years

Daily Post asked this week in their photo challenge:

“Endurance

Show us what endurance means to you. Is it that high-school diploma, beads of sweat earned on a long run, a treasured family heirloom, or something else entirely?”

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/endurance/

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When people say that things used to be built to last, that is because they were built to last!

Take this vacuum cleaner as an example; now almost 40 years old, and still functions properly.

There is a reason for this: Planned Obsolescence.

If this concept is unfamiliar to you, take a look at this documentary: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/light-bulb-conspiracy/

Concerns of the World: DP Response

Daily Post asked:

Breaking the Ice

The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/breaking-the-ice/

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There is many causes and beliefs which I like to be a part of/ vocalise for. I’m sure my friends on social media have had experienced the multitude of my opinions.

Here is one world issue, that I believe needs to be dealt with ASAP: Climate Change/Saving the Arctic/Preservation of Water.

These clips and documentaries can describe these issues better than I can:

James Balog is a brilliant photographer and Arctic Activist. He is responsible for the creation of the fantastic documentary, Chasing Ice. The documentary describes their mission to show the world how the world’s ice caps and glaciers are dissipating right before our eyes. It saddens me, the loss of such natural beauty, and it is bone chilling the rate in which we are destroying it.

Here is the link to their website:  http://www.chasingice.com/

And as far as Climate Change goes, comedians seem to do a pretty fair job of explaining things to the public:

If you prefer a scientist’s point of view, lets listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson for a moment:

And Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan:

Also, here is a good resource:

Also, along with the arctic, water needs saving. Water, is a human necessity, and is the most precious commodity on the planet, not oil, not gold, not diamonds. We wage wars over oil, and we slave over our diamonds, but people will soon do anything for this scarce resource if we don’t stop expending it so quickly.

Only 3% of the world’s water is drinkable freshwater, and almost 70% of that is locked away in glaciers. So, with this information in mind, why are we building golf courses in desert places like Arizona? Why is the agricultural center of America in California, where water must be shipped in to irrigate infertile land? Why are we using drinkable water to flush down our toilets? Why are we dumping toxic chemicals into our lakes an rivers? And one that I see all the time, wasting water by hosing down our driveways, and watering our lawns?

Additionally, I live in Canada, where we are very lucky to have incredibly high water safety standards,  however, many places in the world, including America, are not as fortunate.

Here is  a link to an incredibly informative documentary, FLOW: for the love of water: ForTheLoveOfWaterflow-2008

These issues are at the heart of our time, and the heart of our lives.

Please share this article and other resources to help spread awareness of these problems. -MC

On the Topic of Cancer

Today, I wanted to talk about something, cancer.

Cancer is an evil which plagues this earth, and currently claims the lives of 7.6 million people every year, and is one of the biggest causes of death in North America. It rips family apart, it takes friends, and nearly everyone of us has been effected by it, be it a loved one, or having experienced it ourselves.

I have lost family to cancer, and I have relatives that are fighting it right now. Not all of them are going to win, and that saddens me deeply.

So, today, I implore all of you, do some research on the subject, raise awareness, help cancer research. If we all work together, soon there will come a day when a cure has been produced, and no one will have to suffer again! -MC

 

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Columns of Smoke: DP Response

Daily Post asked: Can’t Watch This
When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky — in a movie, on TV, or in real life — you had to cover your eyes?

TW: Disturbing imagery ahead.

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Of Trinkets and Torches

Torches and Trinkets

 

It goes without saying that this is a very interesting picture. Oh, and the guy who created it is a genius… His name is Pawel Kuczynski, a satirical artist who specializes in creating “thought-provoking images”, dealing with all sorts of real world problems.

I recently did a poem on another of his drawings, which you can observe here:

https://mcscriptor.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/in-another-world/

But without further adieu, my thoughts on the image above:

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Of Trinkets And Torches

It’s a reverse life cycle, with a domino effect.

Child of the earth, the bright green tree,

Fire waits for them below, but there is no plea.

A blow to the earth, a twisted desolated wreck. Continue reading