Friday, August 26, 2005

Insurance Co's Fear Global Warming/The Deep Mystery/Answering a Jihadist

(P1) Political

Insurance Industry Fears Global Warming...More So-Called "Liberal Propaganda"?

No...interestingly, this comes from the environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Bush-appointed administrators.

While I'll give you the link to the EPA's website in a second, I first want to give a few quotes in case the EPA site changes.

"While the effects of climate change will impact every segment of the business community, the insurance industry is especially at risk..."

Note the term "climate change" which the Bush administration prefers to the term "global warming." However, when you go to the link, look about 24 lines down, and you will read the following: "What Can The Insurance Industry Do?... Educate policy holders about financial risks associated with GLOBAL WARMING..."

So why, after not signing the Kyoto Accords (which, by the way would not have been a panacea) and also seemingly denying the very existence of global warming, would the administration, through its EPA be this emphatic about the dangers? Well, in the words of Deep Throat, "Follow the money!" Who represents more money than the insurance industry? Even though the EPA's motivation may not be perfect, I regard this particular EPA action and advisory as at least being a somewhat hopeful sign for those of us who care about the environment.

Here's the link to the full text which is very interesting.

(P2) Philosophical

"God is an invention of Man.
So the nature of God
is only a shallow mystery.
The Deep mystery is
the nature of Man."

(Narei Koburi, late Abbot of the Temple of the Shining Dragon, a Buddhist Sanctuary in Kyoto from Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, by Sagan and Druyan)

(P3) Poetical

Of Art, Satisfaction, and Justification - by Edward Coletti

“Bin Ladin also relies heavily on the Egyptian writer Sayyid Qutb. A member of the Muslim Brotherhood executed in 1966 on charges of attempting to overthrow the government…He dismissed Western achievements as entirely material, arguing that Western society possesses nothing that will satisfy its own conscience and justify its existence.” – From The 911 Commission Report –

By this poem
I seek
to prove myself
and by extension
survival of a Western soul
to Sayyid
the unpronounceable
who (how like a Q-Tip)
opens our ears
to his own truth
which is the truth of certain death,
truth of Jihadists
who, like Qutb,
value life only
for the dying.

No thing
will satisfy
like the death
he found
in his own execution
(It is said also that
poets never die.
What of martyrs?
What of those
who inspire this
very poem?).

As to America,
no thing
will satisfy
its conscience.

like reflection
gives us only
a collective
stomach ache,
head ache
dull unfilled ache.

United we stand
we are.
Is this justification
for our existence?
Qutb would argue
deeply in the negative,
so deep within the earth
that even the worms
have ceased to hear him,
but, nonetheless
his argument rises
from a no less unusual place
than the presidentially-appointed
911 Commission
finding in the corpse of Sayyid Quttb
a quiet grub of truth
expelling noxious authenticity;

By breathing it in,
by making it part of me,
I satisfy my conscience,
I justify my existence.

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Anonymous said...

Global warming is a trick used by old communists to get free government air-conditioning!

Edward Coletti said...
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