Sunday, October 28, 2007

The fires continue to burn -

"Talking About the Fires"
digital collage by Mick Mather
From time to time current events come to the top of my work pile. In this instance, the forest fires in the western United States, and one particular report on a particular effort to stem the encroachment. Without getting overly specific or too political, be wary of falling into the global warming trap that is the not-so-secret-agenda of some reporters, some media and some analysts. For example, last week's 60 Minutes feature took less than 10 minutes to brand the disaster as the result of global warming; and, right on the heels of the Federal Guy-in-Charge telling of decades long practices of removing brush and some second growth as a misguided method of prevention. Since most folks seem to have a short memory, how about reconsidering another decades long, incremental series of limits and outright bans on forest industry practices. This country has always had a healthy forest management plan that includes logical, linear thinking as regards a sustainable future while being good stewards of the environment that, quite likely, would have been a helpful stopgap in the current outbreaks that are now well out of our control. Enough said? I think not, but that's enough from me for the time being.

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10 Comments:

Blogger Elegia said...

I Have also red about those horrible forest fires in California.

You don't have to be political to mention these things. I think this collage is great and the forest fires gives it deeper touch.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Elegia said...

Ps. I found you in facebook! I didn't dare to anything :D

You should be careful with your top-secret job as an FBI-agent ;)

10:02 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

elegia:
I thank you for this thoughtful comment. Politics isn't a particular strong focus in my daily life but I do pay attention to what's going on and do the best that I can to inform myself. Unfortunately, I always have this twinge when speaking up about meaningful issues such as those expressed in the written portion of my post. I much prefer to speak through the imagery and leave the parsing of truth and ideolocical agendizing to others.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

elegia:
LMAO - my secret is now out! I better watch my back! :D

10:36 AM  
Blogger *Itkupilli* said...

Great collage, the colors are burning.

That current event is so close to me. I think that the question of global warming which comes up so strongly these days is good. From the European point of view Americans have always underestimated this matter.

11:15 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

She looks happy, though. In spite of the fires. Or maybe the fire is in her heart?
I believe she's in love.

1:28 PM  
Blogger griesmail said...

Its great to see all the new work after 2 weeks of absence

1:45 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

itkupilli:
Thank you again for the wonderful comment. I hope that you're not so close to the fires that it's unsafe.

As regards the issue of global warming being brought up, I have no problem with the reality or the discussion. It's that hidden, socialist agenda based on junk science and anecdotal evidence fueling an incremental move toward a redistribution of wealth that gripes me.
That said, this is only my opinion and, Kirsi, I love you madly! :)

susupetal:
I adore the way you always see such different things in my work. To be honest, I haven't thought about this piece very much at all so your point of view is doubly important to me. :)

griesmail:
Welcome home! Catch up as best you can and I look forward to a quiet dinner sometime soon to see the slide show of your trip. :)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

a beautiful collage....secret agent man.

swooooooooooooon, thump.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

catnapping:
Thanks so much (blush!) for the comment. LMAO @ swooooooooooooon and thump ... at my age, this sort of reaction from the fairer sex is about as common as my discussing the particulars of my way classified covert activities! :D

3:55 PM  

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