Friday, May 16, 2014

Sea of Slaughter

This documentary was made in 1989 by the recently deceased Canadian environmentalist, Farley Mowat, based on his earlier book.  It is utterly excruciating to watch.  Using amazing archival footage, he traces the massacre of life in and around the Atlantic Ocean over the last 500 years.  Difficult and depressing as it is to watch (I could only bear it in segments), it is an incredibly important, gripping saga of relentless human rapaciousness that is applicable to many other of our enterprises throughout history, and ongoing today.  It was produced in two parts that here run sequentially - and it isn't really 1:45...more like an hour and a half.  So get out the popcorn (although it may be impossible to eat it).





10 comments:

  1. Do you have a link to this documentary or should I "just Google it"? Thanks for the explanation and link in the last post to my final question. OMG it's going to get very ugly from here on out.

    Tom

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  2. Shoot, it didn't embed - working on iPad. Hopefully is now fixed but you can also google it, here is direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wDEvkK767Y

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  3. Great post Gail - I posted it (with credit to you) over on NBL.

    Tom

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  4. Hello, will you be attending this years Age of Limits festival?

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  5. I kinda suspect there would be a lynch party waiting for me if I did. Notice Guy isn't a speaker this year and has been replaced by Mark Cochrane, a climate scientist who is optimistic. Looks like there was a decision to stick with the survivalist/peak oil outlook which is even funnier considering what an epic fucking disaster 2014 is shaping up to be.

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  6. Hope you see this: http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2014/05/ozone-rise-will-choke-us-cities/?utm_source=Climate+News+Network&utm_campaign=8eba1e1257-FOR_IMMEDIATE_RELEASE5_18_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_be2a364987-8eba1e1257-38517865

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  7. Yes thanks I saw it this morning because I'm signed up for their mailing list. Of course it's all directed towards a future that isn't going to happen. ..and ignores how bad it already is.

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  8. OMG!!! This is absolutely the best film I have ever seen on the global destruction wrought by humans.

    MUST watch all the way through. UNBELIEVABLY HORRIFYING!

    Proof positive that we will not stop until we're stopped. Mandatory viewing for all humans on Earth of who and what we really are.

    After greed kills all else, it will kill us.

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  9. I ordered a used copy of the book yesterday. It appears from a review at Goodreads that there are many more details and it is very well written. Incredibly though the same writer ended with something like thank goodness things have improved since then...1989!! I had to comment that is crazy. Scientists had no idea then how much heat global warming would add to the ocean, no clue about acidification,and pollution and over harvesting have just become exponentially worse. Never underestimate the power of human denial...

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