The killer winds that hammered the Greater Puget Sound area last week uprooted trees, knocked down power lines, and left millions without electricity. As of this morning, power has regretfully been restored to the better part of Seattle, and the blame lies squarely on the energy companies that put the selfish needs of humans above the preservation of our fragile ecosystem.
While thousands stampede to the newly reopened shopping malls in a last minute orgy of holiday consumerism, there will be no Kwaanza for the countless numbers of endangered salmon that are puréed in giant hydrolelectric turbines just so Bush’s Big Enron Buddies can line their pockets with blood money. And let’s not forget the lumber companies that will profit as fallen trees are cruelly removed from their final resting places and dragged off to pulp mills - or butchered like sides of beef and stashed inside the homes of wealthy upper-class families who can afford actual fireplaces.
Others aren’t so lucky, or so White. In fact, Bush’s wind storm appeared to have a Katrina-esque way of conveniently targeting minorities. The majority of those who were killed or hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning were non-English speaking immigrants, hailing from poverty-stricken Third World countries where common sense is a luxury most cannot afford.
It seems that Bush's anti-immigration policies have taken a turn for the farcical, as has my life. My building is still without power, so I've been doing what little blogging I can from Jimmy Wong’s Sushi Bar & Internet Café - and although Jimmy makes the best damn Salmon Rolls in Seattle, the place reeks like the back end of Grandma’s ’59 Edsel.