The MIST (Midwinter Ideal Sunrise Times) months of November 21st to January 21st, either side of the shortest daylight day of December 21st, thus the latest sunrise time, got off to an old-fashioned greenygrey start, with low cloud giving the sun a lie-in, as if wrapped cosily, enjoying a lie-in.
I didn’t miss it, showing I am often up at the same time as the traditional 9am traditional start workers I think it is ideal for, and working by 9am as I am now, as this is the work I should be doing, researching and writing, as a PhD graduate.
I have seen some great sunrises this autumn, showing that the best things are often at times unpredicted and unexpected. The pinkyorange sun twilight time all day, on the last day of really mild weather here in Blighty, October 18th, was one of those. I thought at the time it was a good replacement for the predicted solar eclipse across North America in August that I’d been thinking of visiting.
Humanity is Real World Problem, but Not Your Fault (no more than 0.000000001%)
Looking on the greenYgrey other side of it, and the weather forecast is for an even wetter day tomorrow, it should show to all those who blame everything in the world on me and more practising pagans (I’m past perfect, for those who remember my joke that I’m not a practising pagan, I’m a perfect one, which was an early example of my self-parody; genius comedy that’s obviously gone to waste; or even been counter-productive, decoded as arrogant elitism!) that were (we’re) not in control of the world, and causing the increasing natural disasters; I’m being like King Cnut here, showing I can’t control nature (god)!
If anything ‘human’ has a contribution to the planet’s weather and ecosystem it is climate change, with severe warnings since at least 1992, as a recent Washington Post article reminded me. There were some bad years of flooding before I created the Greenygrey in 2005, with the autumn of 2003 particularly bad.
Times like that inspired the Greenygrey, rather than the Greenygrey causing them.
Blue Planet Primary (First-hand) Evidence
Blue Planet II has shown the effect it is having on the oceans, and especially plastics, which were a great human invention, but too good for the natural world apparently. Fish and mammals are already dying, as well as coral reefs, and scientists predict a lack of oxygen could suffocate marine life in mass extinction numbers. A recent research survey by Newcastle University scientists, reported in the media by papers such as The Telegraph, found plastics in all life they trawled from the deepest ocean on Earth: the Marianas Trench.
It’s still cool to be wasteful amongst the ‘poor’, and they are probably only getting in their share of destruction compared to ‘richer’ people who recycle more (I think that’s how they think too, and I thought like that from about 18-32 too, until computers, web and blogging made me think I could make more of a difference), but live in bigger houses and/or drive bigger cars. It’s kind of like hunting, where the poor think ‘if the royals and upper classes are doing it’; harking back to the ‘Robin Hood days’ when royals hunted and peasants starved. I welcome the efforts of Charles and William (and I guess Princess Kate is being great in the background) in trying their best, and pushing the boundaries towards conservation and environmentalism as far as they can.
My Narcissistic Side’s World View
If I thought I was important to the world, as part of me does, greenYgrey style, while the other half says I’m probably just imagining it, I’d write that I tried to live ethically during the greenYgrey years, the ‘Establishment’ seemed to react 1000s time against me, importing men and cultures who didn’t care anything about the environment, women, children and British class identity or fairness; as the ‘Establishment’ probably predicted, the majority of working-class and women were easily bought and groomed onto their side; while the counterculture left-liberals showed their folly by expecting a physical ‘revolution’ led by Russell ‘Pied Piper’ Brand.
To be fair to Brand, he is a vegan, so better than me in that animal welfare and environmental way. Some of my ‘counterculture friends’ openly spoke against animal welfare and the environment, as well as not caring about women and children, and still had a better standing in it than me; because they advocated open borders, humanity over everything, an Islamist view of the world. Anything that went against it was a ‘conspiracy’! They ignored the fact that the biggest ‘conspiracy’ was the grooming and rape of British children on an industrial scale by mainly Muslim gangs under the cover of Blair’s Multicultural Fascism.
Recycle and Save Money
To end on a bright note for the traditional working-class, who might think I’m neglecting them, Blue Planet and other documentaries like that show ‘nice mammals’ like dolphins going through an entire shoal of fish, such as lantern in a ‘boiling sea’ event filmed for episode 4. So don’t be guilty about your fish and chips today… but maybe its plastic container! Bring back the old-fashioned recycled newspapers!?
And if you want to save money and the environment, I recommend (not demand, anticipating the response from those who don’t believe in recycling, some of whom see themselves as controllers of counterculture!) using small plastic bags such as those in the supermarket for veg, potatoes etc for your ordinary refuse bins, putting them out more often, instead of buying big bin liner bags and having rubbish lying around for longer; and you can put recycling rubbish in without a bag, using the same bag all the time.
I watched an old Natural World with David Attenborough recently, and some of the constructions were incredible. However, it also showed prairie dogs eating all the vegetation around their communities, and then many dying off before the rains came to replenish the soil. So were (we’re) probably no worse than the rest of the animal kingdom, just that were (we’re) much more advanced. Ironically, insect kingdoms such as ants and termites are much more advanced than most animal; including ants recycling their waste, and termites building their stacks to make the most of the sun at cool times in the morning and evening, and least in the midday heat, ‘knowing’ to build them facing east-west, with the narrow part north-south; including our closest primate relatives according to evolution theory, who live a nomadic life rather than making homes at all. However, baboons were shown at the end using caves, providing possible evidence of humanity’s route from trees to cave walls.
I had some magic monkey moments while travelling, including with this wild capuchin in the Mayan Copan site in Honduras:
And a ‘pet’ in one of the places I stayed in South America. I think it’s a pygmy marmoset, and hopefully a rescued one, but I can’t remember, or didn’t know: