Sunday, January 30, 2011

Save Baja's Cabo Pulmo Reef from Developers



Please protect Baja's only coral reef from being destroyed by developers in Cabo del San Jose. Sign the petition and pass it on.

Pulmo means lung—and this unique northern reef is literally the lung of the Sea of Cortez. It's a singularity. There isn't another reef like it anywhere.

It's a protected marine sanctuary but massive resort development on land will also certainly destroy the reef.

I have snorkeled and swum with whalesharks there and it is a beautiful garden. Coral reefs slowly evolve over millions of years, often with unique species, they're temperature specific. 



Raise the water temperature by a degree or two, and the reef dies. Add siltation or pollution—even freshwater runoff to the mix, and it's certain death for the reefs. 


The southern regions of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is dying from the plumes of cloudy, nutrient-laden, pesticide-polluted freshwater runoff and siltation from the recent Queensland floods. It could eventually stress and bleach all the coral and thus jeopardize the health of the entire reef but this will take years for the saga to play out. A slow death punctuated by the unchecked invasion of crown-of-thorns starfish—real reef killers—three years' hence.

By way of example of what can go wrong with tourism and reefs, Hanamua Bay in Hawaii was completely destroyed by tourists tenderly loving it to death while wearing sunscreen (toxic to reefs). 



I snorkeled in Hanamua Bay before it was killed with too much affection in the 1970s and 1980s. I revisited it again when it was bleached bone white barren wilderness pounded to death by 3 million loving visitors per year in the 1990s.

I revisited Hanamua Bay again in 2010. After 20 years' protection and vigilant management, Hanamua Bay is only now just BARELY recovering—even with limited access and patrolling park rangers—constantly blowing whistles like referees at snorkelers standing on the reef (touching it kills the reef too). It's still a shade of its former self with only about 10 percent of its original fish and reef population.


















This too will be the fate of Cabo Pulmo if the area is developed on a massive scale. That kind of vigilance and protection that brought Hanamua Bay back from the brink of extinction won't happen in Cabo Pulmo if the resort complex is built. And the reef will surely die from overexposure as well as runoff and pollution. Cabo San Lucas already has been destroyed by unchecked development and rampant tourism. Don't let this happen to Cabo Pulmo.

So, sign the petition.

  • On June 15, 1995, President Zedillo Ponce de Leon declared the 7,111 hectares and waters surrounding Cabo Pulmo, a National Marine Park.
  • Cabo Pulmo region was nearly destroyed due to excessive overfishing until 1995 when the area was declared a marine park. The fish populations are returning to a healthy status after 20 years' protection.
  • Cabo Pulmo Reef has eight fingers of unusual hard coral reef
  • Home to nearly 800 species of marine animals found in the Sea of Cortez, Cabo Pulmo Reef's rich biodiversity is unparalleled 
  • Federal enforcement and financial aid is almost non existent and the quest to protect Cabo Pulmo National Park is a burden on the shoulders of the local community—barely 100 residents—who sorely need our help and support.
  • Large-scale tourist complexes (like Cabo San Lucas) will cause irreversible damage, especially because of runoff and excessive use of the area.










Cabo Pulmo Vivo collective likes to thank you for your support in the campain of Cabo Pulmo National Park protection, a global example of sustainability facing mass tourism and real estate growth threats.   
Your signature, together with more than 11,000 people, managed that SEMARNAT temporarily suspend the Cabo Cortés project, which would bring more than 30 thousand rooms, 3 golf courses and a marina to this unique region, ecologically fragile and with severe water scarcity problems. Cabo Pulmo requires a different regional development model with a positive impact on the local community well being.
Thanks to your support, SEMARNAT is now considering fundamental aspects that had left out of its initial analysis. In the days to come, SEMARNAT will again resolve if it grants authorization to the environmental impact study to Cabo Cortés.

We invite you to sign in www.cabopulmovivo.orgto remind our authorities that we are very aware of its decision.

Your support has made a difference, but the future of Cabo Pulmo still at risk. If you allow us, we will continue to contact you, sharing news and ways in which you can continue to work to ensure the effective protection of this reef, a natural heritage site. 
Thank you! 
Cabo Pulmo vivo


Los que integramos el colectivo Cabo Pulmo Vivo agradecemos tu apoyo en la proteccion del Parque Nacional Cabo Pulmo, un ejemplo mundial de sustentabilidad que enfrenta la amenaza del crecimiento turistico e inmobiliario masivo. 
Tu firma, junto con la de mas de 11,000 personas, logro que la SEMARNAT suspendiera temporalmente el proyecto Cabo Cortes, que traeria mas de 30 mil habitaciones, 3 campos de golf y una marina a una region unica, ecologicamente fragil y con graves problemas de escasez de agua. Cabo Pulmo requiere de un modelo de desarrollo regional diferente y que repercuta en el bienestar de las comunidades del lugar.
Gracias a tu apoyo, ahora la SEMARNAT esta considerando aspectos fundamentales que habia dejado fuera de su analisis inicial. En los dias que vienen, la SEMARNAT volvera a resolver si otorga o no la autorizacion de impacto ambiental a Cabo Cortes.
Te invitamos a firmar de nuevo en www.cabopulmovivo.org, para recordarle a nuestros servidores publicos que estamos al pendiente de su decision.
Tu apoyo ha marcado una diferencia, pero el futuro de Cabo Pulmo sigue en riesgo. Si nos lo permites, seguiremos en contacto contigo para compartir noticias y formas en las que puedas seguir colaborando hasta asegurar la proteccion efectiva de este arrecife, patrimonio natural de la humanidad.
¡Gracias!
Cabo Pulmo Vivo
www.cabopulmovivo.org


"Local pressures" on reefs, including overfishing, coastal development and pollution, pose the most immediate and direct threats to the world's reefs, threatening more than 60 percent of the colorful sea ecosystems."



Saturday, January 29, 2011

RANDOM LINES

RANDOM LINES

The tree quivers with excitement
A flock of sparrows with lots to say
alighted amid the lemons.

A tree quiveriing
with excitement of wild birds
amid the lemons.          

Upperton is the embodiment
of kindness from the soles of his feet
to the top of his soul.

1/29/11

Friday, January 28, 2011

GRAND PIANO


A grand piano
was found stranded 

on a sandbar
like a beached whale
in Key Biscayne
above the high tideline
stuck in the key of sea

now a fancy perch 
for the seagulls


See piano

Thursday, January 20, 2011

27th annual ART FROM THE HEART silent auction

"Russian River 2" 10x10" habotai silk, gutta, dye batik © Maureen Hurley 2011
Art from the Heart

Founded in 1984, Art from the Heart is one of Sonoma County's premiere fundraising events—an evening of fine art, food, and wine where artists and collectors join to support the University Art Gallery. Art from the Heart is a silent auction featuring original works of art in all media donated by professional artists from Sonoma County and the United States. Stays at local inns and hotels, theater  and museum tickets, unique bottles of wine and VIP tasting at local wineries are also included in the auction.


You may bid on my piece Feb 12th at Sonoma State University.SATURDAY, February 12, 6-9 pm: 27th annual ART FROM THE HEART silent auction to benefit the University Art Gallery at SSU. Free Preview Exhibition Wednesday, 11-8; Thursday, 11-4; and Friday, 11-8. For more information, call (707) 664-2295 or go to http://www.sonoma.edu/artgallery

Feb 13: Great to see Joel Bennett again (and his trips to Cuba) and Joe Jaqua—believe it or not, I've known him since I was 17! Joe, Chester Arnold and me were in Marty Stoelzel's painting class at College of Marin for years and years. And Neil acted with Joe's brother at DVC way back when. Small world. 

So the former (Scottish) mayor of Rohnert Park's wife bid on my piece but it went to the woman who runs J wines! A bidding war. I got to meet both of them. Very cool. Got to visit with Stella Monday, Sylvia Seventy and Marsha Connell too—it's been ages. Didn't see Greer Upton (or her piece!). ;-( Too crowded. A great turnout and a great time was had by all. 

added 2/17 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tom Waits


I once made sweet potato fries with Tom Waits at a friend's 50th birthday party in Sebastopol. His daughter used to take art classes with us at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. I never really interacted with him much. Seemed to want his space as it were. So we left him alone.

But at the party he was stuck with me as he didn't want to mingle with the other guests as we were appointed the sudden short order cooks. Apparently I was the lesser of two evils. But he was so uncomfortable in my presence that I was uncomfortable too. Even talking about his daughter didn't break the ice. So there we were, starin' mightily hard at the stove, a 1960s model, with its strange coils glowing red like Dr. Caligari eyes, drawing us deeper into the illusion. Discordant Calliope as background music.

But the sweet potato fries, ah, the fries doused with chili powder and lime, were sublime. For a moment we forgot who we were, we smiled and took pleasure in such a simple delight. Tom's sideburns were an odd aubergine hue—a rough henna job. Romeo was bleeding. Sort of like the color of the chili powder sprinkled on the fries. He hid out in the kitchen as the party raged on in the rest of the house. I gave up, and followed the distant music.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Does anybody really know what day it is?

Does anybody really know what day it is?

When the Gregorian calendar was adopted by Catholic countries, many holidays related to celestial events got stranded—so there was a 4 to 14-day lag between the old and the new calendar. All this fuss was spurred on as to when the Vernal Equinox actually was (the weather being what it was—unreliable), so one could calculate exactly when Easter fell.



Russia has even more date discrepancies as they had a different calendar yet. The October Revolution was not October 25 but Nov 7. (October 1917 Old Style Julian Calendar (O.S.), which corresponds with 7 November 1917 New Style (N.S.). Gregorian Calendar.) —Wiki 


The "Old Style" Julian calendar was still used for movable feasts (Easter)  in 1918. By then, the calends of  Russia & Greece were off by 13-14 days. Things you need to keep in mind when reading history!

The Julian calendar was a reboot of the Roman Calendar—which was way, way off by the time Caesar was waging war on the Celts and needed to check his day planner to see if it was summer yet. Summer was the traditional time to wage war—coinciding with the time the senate freed the annual warchest. 



So, when reading classical history, one has to keep in mind that all firm Roman dates are off...as compared to the Julian calendar as compared to the Gregorian calendar...and so on.

An extra 11 minutes per year in the Julian calendar caused it to gain three days every four centuries so the observed equinoxes, solstices and seasons were also way off. Wrong time to party and pray serious stressed out the natives and clergy alike.



By 1582, the Julian calendar was off by 10 days, which threw Easter way off! 


Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring solstice (lunar calendar). The problem was, that no one really knew what day was actually Sunday, let alone, when the vernal Eqiunox was! So Easter was celebrated in May in Ireland, and as early as March 11 elsewhere—all in the same year!

The Gregorian (Christian) calendar system had to drop some calendar days in order to realign the calendar and the equinox times.

Because of the Protestant Reformation, many countries refused to switch to the Gregorian calendar until much later. Scotland: 1600, England 1752—so all those folk holidays we love—were also off. So you have to factor this info in with medieval folk holiday customs. 



In 1424 (guessing the date here—can't find ref, ) the English attempted to reboot the calendar and about 2 weeks were tossed out of September—causing rioting—not because people were suspicious, but because they were being short-changed—literally! They were paid by the day, but were charged rent by the month. Their landlords thought it was cool. And I'm sure they celebrated with libations.


Another huge roboot of the English calendar occurred in 1751—which was a very short year of 282 days, from 25 March (Lady Day) to 31 December. So if your birthday, or any other important annual event occurred from Jan. 1 to March 24 of 1751, you were out of luck. Or you gained a year.


The year 1752 began on a brand new date, with the new style calendar, on 1 January. It was reported that there were public riots after the massive calendar change, with peasants demanding that their "eleven days" be returned—but it is a story. (See the 1424 story, above). I'm sure there were plenty of irritated folks. But the sun and moon carried on, as always.

The Gregorian calendar isn't quite accurate either; it has to drop three extra leap year days every four centuries on top of the leap year every four years except during the 100 year marker. Got that?

Then there's the Hebrew calendar year which has never been rebooted as far as I know—it's longer by about 6 minutes a year, and so, after several millenia, is COMPLETELY off kilter....So if you're a Bible scholar, well, let's say, nobody really knows what day it is, and I can't even begin to fathom the workings of the Muslim calendar galloping off on a similar bent! 
 However, my friend Vins assures me that the intercalary month takes care of that pesky 13th moon.