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Reflecting on how we arrived at this climate change point, I thought of the best documentary I had seen in years which has parts many of us have known are true, but never heard voiced: What A Way To Go: Life at the End of Empire (2007) (subtitled). "A Message from the Film Makers (2011): We’ve decided to release the movie for free Internet viewing with the intention of being of service. [ . . . . ] If you value what you see here, please show your appreciation by purchasing a DVD [ . . . ] or making a donation."
Dream of Climate Change Gym
Expert trainers, all in designer leotards,
tell me what’s great about this gym is
one honest push-up means you can eat
five cupcakes guilt free!
An honest sit-up equals the pie of your choice
(except marble fudge requiring two sit-ups).
Everyone smiles as they get fatter and primed
for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, constipation
as the AMA and General Mills rake dollars.
“There is magic,” the manager boasts,
“telling people exactly what they want to hear.”
which I guess is right if “magic” means
recruiting, but wrong too the way climate change
is a Chinese hoax or alternate facts
will pay our Earth-rent.