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Promised Land, part deux

Just saw a trailer for the Matt Damon movie “Promised Land”. Perhaps we should look beyond this to “Promised Land, part deux”.

Having driven off the evil gas drillers and celebrated heartily, the farmers return to their farms and crops. An early hail storm destroys most of the crop, so replanting is necessary. Deeply in debt to banks now, the farmers replant. Drought sets in and the crop is again destroyed. Livestock is sold early due to lack of feed.  The feed store closes and so do several other businesses.

Banks want their money and threaten foreclosure. A deal is reached to wait until next summer and see if things are looking up. Meanwhile, farmers and the townsfolk have had several more businesses close due to the lack of income. The following summer arrives and drought returns with a vengeance. More loans and more lost crops lead to bank foreclosure, stopped at the last minute by Fairy Obama (in pink tights and leotards) arriving with government money. Joy returns to the town!

Wait, it seems Fairy Obama had the same feelings about fracking as did the townsfolk and the government fairy chest is now empty due to lack of taxes coming in. Fracking is done outside the US due to the philosophical objections of Fairy’s closest friends. Without money and without hope, the town quietly dies, with Bruce Springsteen’s “My Home Town” playing softly in the background.

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Wandering Words


“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. - J Robert Oppenheimer.

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