I have never seen the SF film Interstellar, set in 2067.
What I have seen recently is an article (with embedded
videos) showing some of the real events of the ten years of the ‘Dust Bowl’ of the 30’s. The conditions were so awe inspiring and horrifying that footage was used in the film.
I’ll give you the link, but what I didn’t know was that the Dust Bowl was not in fact a natural disaster!
It was the most severe man-made environmental disaster in US history brought on by poor farming methods, particularly the failure to use the ‘Aeolian process’, essential for dry farming practices that prevents wind erosion. The drought and record temperatures exasperated the situation.
We like to learn from our mistakes, but has been suggested that the mistakes of the last fifty years are more silent and deadly.
Here is the link and the video footage, it’s well worth seeing:
Worlds apart –
Jane handed her cousin, Babs, the old Flemish sword. She’d found it under the ancient floor boards of her home, a converted pub, during painstaking renovations. The Old Swan had been a flourishing inn and had been extended more than once in the three or four hundred years it had stood beside a country road winding between London and Newmarket.
Babs ran her fingers delicately along the flat sides of the sword. They were rough with a light patina of rust. The blade was surprisingly thin and about elbow to finger tips in length, with the handle and guard beyond that. There was the faintest tingle from it. Nothing much. [Read more…]
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The ‘port felt hot and airless to the assortment of people waiting in the queue. The authorities had said that without the [Read more…]
Worlds apart – Ghost orbs;
You have probably heard about them, and if you are like me you have a healthy dose of skepticism concerning them while accepting that on rare occasions there might be things we can’t account for.
There are extreme opinions at each end of the ‘orb’ spectrum that seem to state categorically that either every blur, orb, haze or glow is some spiritual entity, or conversely at the other end that not only is it a lot of tosh but spirits don’t exist. [Read more…]