standing in front of bulldozers and other aggressive ways to protect the environment and prevent climate change – Florida Keys and way beyond


standing in front of bulldozers

This floated in on a rising tide yesterday, and led to some back and forth tides:

From: Rising Tide To: Subject: Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:00:11 -0500

If you care about our Keys environment read on. If not, delete this message.

Are you fed up?

· Sick of the county and the cities continually changing their comprehensive plans to suit developers?

· Tired of the utilities being more interested in selling water and kilowatts than helping the Keys make a serious and rapid transition to alternate energy?

· Stupefied that Key West would dredge a channel to bring in even bigger cruise ships, that Crane Point in Marathon would be allowed to build a zip line in a protected area to entice even more tourists, that county planners would push for a shopping mall on Rockland Key, or that an electric utility would build on a protected coastal area?

· Stymied by local environmental groups that still hope for voluntary action? Or convene endless meetings and then issue un-acted upon reports?

· Or fed up by the greenwashing by local governments and businesses that think that if we just recycled more we’d stop the ravages of global warming?

Meanwhile, the oceans are rising, the reef is dying, fishing stocks are depleted, and calamitous weather is striking all over the globe.

If you’re not fed up by any of this then delete this message and you’ll never hear from us again.

But if you are disgusted by the continual erosion of our environment while developers, government and the chambers only want more, then join us now.

We’re Rising Tide of the Florida Keys.

Rising Tide is an international, all-volunteer, grassroots network of groups and individuals who

· Organize locally

· Promote community-based solutions to the climate crisis and

· Take direct action to confront the root causes of climate change.

We do not believe that the dominant, business-friendly means of addressing climate change will have any significant impact on preventing catastrophic global warming. Nor do we accept the idea that environmental groups must cozy up to governmental organizations in order to effect change. That has not worked.

Want to hear more? If you’re interested in helping us form an active and aggressive Rising Tide chapter here in the Keys, one of the most vulnerable areas to global warming, then respond to this email and we’ll be in touch.

It’s time we took action to stop business as usual.


I replied:

From: sloan bashinsky [] Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 8:38 AM To: Subject: RE: climate change

How about sending me a list of all of your Florida Keys members, so I will know who you are.

And, how about also sending me a list of changes you say need to happen in the Florida Keys, to slow down climate change.

And, if you have a website, send me a link so I can look it over.


Sloan Bashinsky


Rising Tide replied:

From: To: Subject: RE: climate change Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:22:05 -0500

We don’t have Keys members Sloan because we are just organizing, as the email said. We’ll be developing what needs to happen in the Keys but it’s no mystery. I don’t think you’d be a good fit Sloan.


I replied to Rising Tide:

From: sloan bashinsky [] Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:47 AM To: Subject: RE: climate change

My requests were reasonable, your knee-jerk reaction was not.

I wonder if my response had been to swallow hook, line and sinker what you cast my way, you next would have requested a donation?

So far, I don’t see anything about you into which to fit.

In case you haven’t looked around, there are plenty of blogs and outfits loudly promoting online much the same you are promoting, some do it just because, some to get donations.

I don’t see them giving up their automobiles, though, and walking and riding bicycles and taking public transportation, or at the very least down-sizing to motorcycles. I don’t see them in houses or apartments covered with solar panels. I don’t see them growing their own food using the old methods which do not require oil or natural gas to produce.

I can’t see anyone living in the Keys not seeing the most environmentally friendly thing they can do for the Keys and the planet is to move to the mainland. But we down here, who claim to be environmentalists, don’t move to the mainland for that reason.

More down to earth, a recent Facebook exchange with a climate change amiga in Key West, who has lots of stop climate change friends down here and in Europe, which is her origin:

Erika Biddleshared a link.

January 22

Marcy Murninghan


The Myth of Human Progress

The technical and scientific forces that created a life of unparalleled luxury—as well as unrivaled military and economic power—for the industrial elites are the forces that now doom us.

Sloan Bashinsky my scruffy opinion – This species is too numerous, too diverse, and too mixed up to be changed by human methods. A global cataclysm might bring about species change. A jolting supernatural intervention in plain view might bring about species change. A supernatural intervention into the soul of individual members of this species might bring about change in them, and might bring about change in the species, if it happens across the board in individual members. Otherwise, I think things on this world are going to continue to decline. Hope I’m proven wrong.


Chris Hedges’ article in the link Erika provided was about as cheery, although longer, as my reply to Erika.

More to the point, Rising Tide.

Looks to me that the only way people can avert what part of climate change is human caused, and not nature caused (the planet has warmed in the past without human help), is to exterminate about 90 percent of the invasive species, ie. people. Hopefully, that can be achieved in a non-environmentally destructive way, which the native buzzards and other native carrion feeders and the planet will appreciate. May I suggest mass suicide outdoors, using guns and knives?



Rising Tide replied:

From: To: Subject: RE: climate change Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:51:20 -0500

You have magnificently and brilliantly proven my point. No need to write back.


I replied:

From: To: Subject: RE: climate change Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:53:00 -0500

Because you went outside and eliminated your contribution to the problem?


In one part of their website, Rising Tide says they put their bodies in front of bulldozers to stop the building of new dams to create hydroelectric power.

The Emerald Forest

If it has not yet seen it, perhaps Rising Tide should rent and watch “The Emerald Forest”, about stopping bulldozers tearing down ancient Amazon forests and building a huge dam across a wild natural river.  The movie demonstrates in perhaps Hollywood fashion, perhaps there was some real truth, how a white teenager, stolen in his very early years by a wild Amazon tribe, used shamanic gifts the tribe had taught him to summon nature and all of its creatures and a huge rain storm to flood the river above the dam his own white father had engineered and supervised its building, to knock the dam down. By that time his father had found him and was being initiated into the aboriginal tribe and was working in league with them to defeat the bulldozers and the dam.

There is a great deal aboriginal shamen can do, which modern people cannot fathom or believe, but the training is long and intense, and I have yet to meet or hear of any modern white shamen, including myself, who seemed able to do that kind of shaman work. I would do it if I knew how.


I would call in a Category 5 hurricane to landfall Key West and run the entire length of the Florida Keys. I bet the Rising Tide folks would love that, but I doubt they would love being run over by bulldozers and ground into little pieces mixed with dirt and vegetation, and biologically returned to nature. And I don’t see them killing themselves, and in that way encouraging other members of the invasive species to follow suit.

Another way to reduce carbon emissions, which people, including Bible thumpers who claim all things with God are possible, keep telling me is impossible, while the angels who drive me nuts say is possible, is to invent an engine that runs on water and uses the hydrogen for fuel and releases the oxygen into the atmosphere.

Another way to reduce carbon emissions is to ban tobacco smoking. I suppose, pound for pound, a person who smokes one pack of cigarettes a day puts out as much air pollution as an 18-wheel tractor trailer, a jet air plane, a cruise ship, a sugarcane factory, a coal-fired power plant, etc.

I read some time ago that Boulder, Colorado, where I once lived, outlawed tobacco smoking in all public establishments except saloons, and then that city outlawed smoking outside. Zero-minus of chance of Key West, or anywhere else in the Florida Keys, following suit.

It is the height of hypocrisy to smoke tobacco and be against global warming.

Ditto for using wood-burning stoves for heat and being against global warming.

Ditto for using air conditioning, or gas, oil or electricity for heating, and be against global warming.

I suppose the same argument can be made against smoking marijuana, although most marijuana smokers don’t smoke nearly as many joints a day as your average cigarette smoker.

Which brings me back to the resolution the invasive species has the ability to achieve, which I don’t imagine the Rising Tide folks will use. Mass suicide outdoors.

Perhaps if the Rising Tide folks had done their homework, they would have known the only person who ever ran for public office down here in the Keys, who met and actually exceeded their standards, was me. If The Rising Tide folks had seen the clobbering I got at the polls, they would have known they were wasting their breath trying to recruit Keys environmentalists to stand in front of bulldozers.

I know maybe a dozen Keys people who regularly stand in front of their local elected officials and tell them they are operating the bulldozers and cruise ships, and polluting the ocean. I never saw, or heard, any of those maybe 12 publicly campaign for me.

Back to the Category 5 resolution, which would return the Florida Keys to the equivalent of the Ice Age and put an extreme chill on development.

Sloan Bashinsky

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