Monday, May 24, 2010

Troma On My Mind

Spreading the word is better than doing nothing at all.

It's turning into one of those 'Toxie' Troma films, where
an innocent guy "lands in a drum of toxic waste, which
immediately causes severe burns and disfigurement. Despite
the burning chemicals even causing him to burst into flames,
Melvin survives, and stumbles home. Drawing a bath to try
and scrub some of the chemical residue from his horribly
scarred flesh, Melvin begins his transformation into a
hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength." 

I have visions of Katrina Refugees meet Hurricane Ike
survivors meet The Creature From the Black Lagoon
meets The Swamp Thing meets Toxie. If ONE person falls
into the murky waters of the oil spill, if would-be rescuers
get contaminated....they would have to be quarantined,
assuming they could breathe for a few precious moments.
There may even be those who refuse to be treated and
rescued by a Government they lost faith in a long time ago. 
Yes, those who choose to ride out this crisis by staying put are
beginning to look a lot like Mutants out of a post-Apocalyptic
B-movie horror-Sci-Fi flick to me. Evacuation time.....

Survivors in the ravaged areas ? Slim chance, whether
they be humans, animals, birds, marine or plant life forms.

Evacuees ? Houston Texas welcomed similar unfortunates
5 years ago. Many relocated and managed to use their Refugee
status to receive housing assistance and employment, albeit
at the cost of unemployed Houstonians who tightened their
belts and accepted the good with the bad. As Hotel Occupancy
rates and new home sales rose, so did the Crime rate. 
And now in the current economic climate as all states in the
nation face new challenges by the day, this biggest challenge
of all is the one created by the Deepwater Horizon/BP

Lost jobs ? As a result of Gulf Coast fishermen losing their
livelihood, fresh Seafood will become a rarity on the Menu.
The scarcity will lead to a rise in prices. Those desperate and
unemployed persons will be forced to seek employment out
of state.... starting with neighboring Houston, the 4th largest
city in the USA. With NASA already facing an enormous loss
of jobs, and the United-Continental Airlines merger, the
scramble for employment in Texas will be downright scary.
Good luck to the Graduating Class of 2010.

I can't say what will happen if another Katrina-sized
Hurricane sweeps across New Orleans and submerges it
yet again before it heads to who know where, but I know I
haven't watched one too many Sci-Fi flicks as some of my
friends suggest. I never was a crazy Sci-Fi fan and if it wasn't
for the excellent imagery I wouldn't have liked 'Avatar' all
that much. What ? There was more to it than digital trickery ?
Yes, it was a tale of Greed, survival, Romance and Action
and really neat gizmos which we've never seen before. True,
but it didn't qualify as the greatest movie ever made, at least
not in my book. I walked out of the first Star Wars movie to
leisurely smoke a cigarette and use the Restroom. I'm weird
like that.

Anyway, the point here is that I am not a crazy voice crying
in the wilderness. This time there are myriad voices being
raised and they will not be stilled, rather the numbers will
increase as supporters from outside the United States join
the cry for the safety of our Environment. Look out for
mutants and toxic avengers alike.....

Listen to the legendary Jean-Michel Cousteau who
says this is like the Exxon Valdez occurring every
three days. He knows. He was there, 21 years ago.

Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 
Sound Truth & Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of 
the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

1 comment:

  1. I intend to keep posting updates since I see now my fears were not unfounded