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Awakening Into the Great American Nightmare

Awakening Into the Great American Nightmare

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Personal Ruminations on a National Disaster by One Too Sad, by rights, to be Writing.
Personal Ruminations on a National Disaster by One Too Sad, by rights, to be Writing.

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Published by: P_Crockett on May 23, 2010
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Awakening Unto the Great American Nightmare:In Which Oil Strikes
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I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.I do not think that they will sing to me.I have seen them riding seaward on the wavesCombing the white hair of the waves blown backWhen the wind blows the water white and black.We have lingered in the chambers of the seaBy sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
-- T.S. Eliot,
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 
Detail, WPA or “New Deal” Art Tile Installation, 1937, Coral WayElementary School, Miami, FL.. My alma mater, my siblings’,and my father’s.
Few of the more than 2,000 people on board [the Titanic] actuallysaw the iceberg as it went by, but the quartermaster, oneof the few, said it resembled a windjammer, sails set,passing along the starboard side." A passenger who hadleapt over his bed when he felt a bump and run over to theporthole observed "a wall of ice gliding by." In other
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starboard cabins, passengers with their portholes openfound chunks of ice on their floors... Some passengers inthe third-class recreation space, where several tons of loose ice landed, threw scraps of it at each other, and insteerage, men played soccer with ice chunks.Below deck, there was no such frivolity, however.
- - Marianna Gosnell,
 Ice: the Nature, History and Uses of an Astonishing Substance
Treat
the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it wasloaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from ourChildren.
-- Teaching, Oglala Sioux Trib
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"When you look at it, it's hard to believe this hunk of ice was behind the tragedy of theTitanic. This photo of the iceberg as well as 2 others in existence was snapped by a passenger on the Carpathia, the ship that answered the Titanic's SOS call. As far as I have been able to tell, this was the first because the scrap of Titanic hull paint is the largest.The berg stood about 100 feet over the water and even threw some chunks onto Titanic'sdeck as it passed, which some passengers played soccer with, believing they were safe.It's now thought that substandard steel used in making the Titanic's rivets was so brittlethat pressure caused them to snap, making the plates push apart. The berg, which was3

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