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Commentary Last Updated: Jul 12th, 2007 - 00:44:18

The rise of THE SLIME
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Associate Editor

Jul 12, 2007, 00:41

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According to the LA Times, A Primeval Tide of Toxins is coming to or arrived at an ocean, river, bay or town near you. As writer Kenneth R. Weiss puts it, �Runoff from modern life is feeding an explosion of primitive organisms. This 'rise of slime,' as one scientist calls it, is killing larger species and sickening people.� Actually it begs a political metaphor.

In essence, THE SLIME is generated by two events: one, the limitless pouring of pollutants, sewage, toxic chemicals, garbage of all kinds into rivers, bays, and oceans, which ironically feeds the waters and creates the nascent SLIME; the second event is the over-fishing (reduction) of higher sea life forms, from whales to tuna to crabs, shrimp, etc., to jellyfish, until we are down to a strain of cyanobacteria, ancestor of modern-day bacteria and algae that flourished 2.7 billion years ago, that will easily devour the more evolved forms.

A snot-white mold forms on ocean floors from the action of the bacteria on the trapped sea life and sucks the oxygen from them, producing a yard thick layer of fireweed toxic to the touch. In its wake the bacteria algae generated SLIME leaves anoxic or hypoxic �dead zones� whose green growths can eat a sunken metal sculpture of Christ of the Abyss in Key Largo�s waters, or go for the coral reefs that keep the Keys from being flooded.

In fact, these Lyngbya have gone to work on the Great Barrier Reef, up the coast from Moreton Bay, in Australia. The droppings from seagulls on the tourist-stop reef help beard it with THE SLIME, Lyngbya. It�s as if all the higher life forms, having been looted from the ocean, have encouraged the lower life forms of bacteria and algae to resurrect from their sleep in the deep. As Yeats says in his poem The Second Coming,

�Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loose, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.�

And Scooter Libby gets his commutation or pardon. Huh? Yes.

And the laws of habeas corpus are suspended, unlawful spying on the citizenry is permitted, rendition, torture, imprisonment without rights to counsel are put in place, as well as the attempted destruction of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, retirement plans and workers� rights. The war in Iraq is made to continue, to become the war in Iran, and the death tolls rise. Nuclear weapons are used again, from smaller to larger, and a state of permanent fear and paranoia is generated by a manufactured terror of Muslims. This when the real terror is the White House and 10 Downing Street and their false flag ops, from 9/11 forward and backward.

The human SLIME also attacks all higher functions of behavior: compassion, reason, law, civil rights, diplomacy, scientific and social systems, peace-making organizations. They are all being destroyed, by the over-fishing of the free marketers, the corporations and their political profiteers, leaving a waste that thrives on itself, like a hedge fund, money making money, as Bill Moyers pointed out, not by producing any product, but by financial engineering.

THE SLIME is the metaphor for our time, if not a blockbuster movie like The Blob coming to your town, starring Tom Cruise, fighting it back with laser weapons, which only make it worse. For now, the SLIME is devouring oceans, thriving on climate change melting the ice pack, reversing the evolution of sea and species. On land, its political analog, made up of political fisher-kings, waste-makers of all kinds (massive pig farms to toxic chemical plants), developers, builders, coastal exploiters, unburden the poisons to make their endless fortunes, destroying the economy with the environment so that only the basest dog-eat-dog system prevails.

It is at its basest really an irony: nature getting even with man, man lost in the vortex of his greed, inviting the tsunami to do lunch. Yet, unbeknownst to him, he is the lunch, that is, when the air is SLIMED, the seas are SLIMED, the earth is SLIMED, and even the Mississippi River is SLIMED from draining 40 percent of America�s land; and off the coast of Hollywood, Florida, a five foot wide �poop chute� spills its sewage into the ocean. What goes around has come around and man is lunch, this mad energy for more feeding until a microbial explosion of energy is released. And the choice to stop its damage is ours. Or is it too late?

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York. Reach him at

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