Saturday, July 7, 2012

From Ohio

Whether you blame human stupidity for pouring toxins into the atmosphere out of our tailpipes and smokestacks, like me...or like some others believe it's a chemtrail conspiracy ...or prefer to call it the End Times, like GloryGal2009 who sent me this video - something is killing the trees.  The videographer tells me that there has been no lack of rain locally.

The video from Ohio was posted on Youtube as a response to an earlier film I made in New Jersey back in last October from a hot air balloon.  The same bareness of trees, when they should have been at peak fall color, was apparent.  The soundtrack is from a radio interview about forest decline with Betsy Rosenberg of the Green Room.  The extreme and accelerating death of trees has been going on since at least 2008, if not well before.

For a comparison of autumn foliage, click here.


  1. Yep. The world misses so much of this. The elites and powerful are walled off. Universities are not aware either. This is a great video.

  2. universities were created by and for the 1%. They never were anything else. The great number of students is very recent, like the great number of human beings.
    so cool to see the comments!!!

  3. If your hot air balloon was powered by denialist 'talk', you'd still be stuck up in the skies, somewhere high over NJ. Denialist speak is a great untapped source of green energy.


  4. something is killing the trees

    It's called Progress. This video sums it up nicely.

  5. Thanks, Anon. I've been wondering when it would be available on the tubes.

  6. Ozone damage is clearly visible in the Vt/NH region as well. Beech and oaks seem to be affected the most,

  7. I wonder where in Ohio this was filmed. In my neck of the woods: SW/SC Ohio, I've noticed increased die-off, but not that dramatic. And we're in a abnormally dry/near moderate drought.

  8. Anon, I don't know. You could go to the Youtube comment section and ask the person who made the video.

    I think it's obvious from the high, green corn in the fields that, if there is drought in that area, it's can't be so bad that it is the reason trees are dying.

  9. The first video was worthwhile footage of massive tree death when the trees should be thriving, however, the end spoiled the whole damn thing with the Jesus as Savior trope. Ha! If that's the mentality of the response to this tragedy, there is surely nothing that can be done, nor will be done, about the calamity infolding before our very eyes. The Masses do not have the collective intellectual capacity to process any of this and respond to it constructively. There will be an immense gnashing of teeth, and those of us who have seen it for what it is, will be flushed down the toilet with the rest of the filthy, lipsticked pigs who gleefully sucked off the tit of Progress like trained lab rats.

  10. Emerald Ash Borer. Those trees are probably all Ash trees. Not saying I disagree with the thoughts on this web site at all because I think there is much merit to your thoughts and the scientific evidence, but this bug has destroyed many nice trees and this is how our woods looks as well. Ohio was hit pretty hard by this bug since many of our forest trees are (were) Ash.

  11. Well, Anon, the footage is what it is regardless of the beliefs of the person who took it. I don't think it's indicative of how people respond to seeing dying trees. I think it reveals the fact that "ordinary" people are blind to it, and it is only people who are predisposed - whether because they are expecting the second coming, or believe in a NWO contrail conspiracy - who can actually see what is happening.

    I'm not sure why I can, exactly, except I've witnessed some rather bad things happen in my life, so perhaps I don't have as many illusions as most people.

  12. You're probably right about the ash borer in Ohio - I've read it has killed many trees. On the other hand, the ash are dying all over New Jersey, including those on my little farm, and we haven't got the ash borer here yet.


    Steven Earl Salmony


  15. What I meant to say Gail, and perhaps I should have been more clear, is that the video was obviously shot by someone who does see the carnage, as we do, but that person's response to it is that it's happening for the same reason Israel's enemies are growing in number, and that it is because people have not accepted Jesus as their Savior. Of course, as you say, there are still others who also see it who believe that the reasoning is Chemtrails, and so their response is to be so overwhelmed by the power of this massive conspiracy, that they are merely relegated to screaming Chemtrails when it comes to anything concerning environmental destruction, and even if the Chemtrail crowd were disposed to do something about it, or try to at least, they'd end up chasing that rabbit down an unending hole to nowhere.

    That's my point. My point was a compliment to you for being "radical" and putting the time and effort into getting to the root of the issue, and it's important to do that if anything is to possibly be done about this. If, however, those who see the destruction are not sufficiently radical and don't get to the root, or get to the wrong root, then the response will be inadequate and perhaps even more disastrous than doing nothing.

    And yes, I'm well aware that most people are blind to the death of the trees, but that video does not make that obvious. That video merely serves as a visual testament it with some commentary that attributes the destruction to the wrong root (pun intended). Like I said, it was certainly worthwhile footage, but once again, disappointing and disconcerting to see the person's response to it. Try persuading that person that it's because of Ozone and not because not enough people have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. There's no time left for that kind of futility.

  16. RE: "Jesus as Savior trope"

    Daniel Quinn addresses the rise of Salvationist religions as civilization keeps "progressing."

    "For the first time in history, people began listening to religious teachers who promised them salvation. It’s impossible to overstate the novelty of this idea of salvation. Religion had been around in our culture for thousands of years, of course, but it had never been about salvation as we understand it or as the people of this period began to understand it..."

    Excerpt at from the book, “The Story of B”

  17. Steven Earl Salmony, thank you for that video. Thank you for the pictures of magnificent trees - sometimes I forget just how magisterial they can (should) be. And one of my earliest memories is hearing my mother recite that poem.

  18. Anon, even I at my most quixotic wouldn't dream of trying to dissuade a fundamentalist from their beliefs!

  19. Here in Evanston IL we do have ash borer. If the city finds even one ash borer they cut down all the ash on the block and possibly on the next block. Meanwhile ash trees are dropping limbs, shedding bark, growing mounds of fungus and falling in the street. The fallen trees are autopsied rather thoroughly. If there are no ash borer found then it's just no problem.

    The belief in ash borer is much akin to fundamentalism.

  20. "I think it's obvious from the high, green corn in the fields that, if there is drought in that area, it's can't be so bad that it is the reason trees are dying."

    It may not be drought, but I don't think she really knows what it is either. She's sure she know what it isn't, but just because she's appalled by the loss of trees doesn't mean she's correct about what's causing it.

    The part of Ohio that's not abnormally dry/drought is pretty small, so I've narrowed that down. But I'm not going to create a YouTube account to ask her something that should have been posted on the video, IMHO.

    I'd be interested to see if she travels outside that area to see how the trees are doing (I don't drive and so can't do so myself).

  21. Well, Anon, I didn't post the video as proof positive of anything. It's just more corroboration, as if any were needed, that a trend exists for trees to be dying faster than normal background rates due to natural causes. Several scientific meta-analysis have confirmed that in recent years. It's always the trend that is important.

    And as far as drought goes, I'll repeat a couple of things. One, there are hardwood trees that have been alive for more than 300 years on the East Coast, and on the West Coast, cedars and sequoias over 1,000 years. They have been through more prolonged droughts in the past. Trees are kind of like camels. They store enormous amounts of energy to tide them over weather extremes. They don't die because of one or even a few years of drought. The climate is now changing so in the future, they will certainly die off from droughts of unprecedented duration plus heat. However, we weren't in that realm when this trend started.

    Two, research has confirmed many times that pollution damages roots so that when there is a drought, it is much harder for the plant to survive whether it is annual crops or trees.

    One video from Ohio doesn't change anything one way or the other. Actually though, people around the world post similar scenes. One man from the Netherlands is convinced its cell phone towers, most other people blame chemtrails.

  22. What is shown in that video is the worst I've seen it anywhere. Here in the Vancouver area we have what I call "corridors of death." The decline in the general area is quite bad if you know what to look for but not like New Jersey or Ohio by a long shot. That being said certain specific areas of trees are just obliterated, even here. There is a rather unique ecosystem in the area called Burn's Bog and it is starting to look too much like that video from Ohio. On the other hand my parents showed me pictures from their Hike to Rice lake near north Vancouver yesterday and I couldn't believe how good the trees looked, considering how things have progressed in most areas since 2009 when I first noticed the die-off was happening.

    It is definitely a bit puzzling to me that certain areas could fair so drastically worse than others. That video is certainly scary though.

  23. There are so many variables at play that it stands to reason some areas and some species will decline faster than others. Drought DOES matter to trees that are stressed, and perhaps even more important are the opportunistic biotic factors - insects, disease and fungus. It's just bad luck, for instance for the hemlocks, that the wooly adelgid thrives in high nitrogen and likes to eat them. Such attacks hasten the demise.

    One thing regarding pictures - if they are of large areas of trees, they often look far better than the trees actually are, because you are looking at layers upon layers of greenery. You have to really inspect the leaves, and the branches and bark on each individual tree to see if they are healthy. I don't know about the pictures you parents took obviously. But I know even in New Jersey if I wanted to photograph landscapes from a distance, I could do so in a way they would probably seem unremarkable. Of course it's only early July and leaves are turning color and falling earlier than they did last summer, they are all over the ground.

  24. I do agree about the layering effect for sure, so you're right.. it would definitely require closer inspection. The leaves are also falling here/fall colors as well. I believe this is the earliest I've seen this happen but I have not taken pictures/kept records to verify like you have.


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