2001-10-06 / Columnists

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By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

By Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum

"Topsoil Vampires of Rockaway" – and XK Vatadome production – sounds like a good science fiction thriller for a future movie studios production. Maybe once closure is brought about this actual case history this ‘truth stranger than fiction’ history will be presented for public viewing and judgment.

Actually, you know, vampire clubs do exist in NYC and people identifying with the supernatural-sharpen teeth or wear prosthetic choppers for drinking their own club brands. Horrible as it sounds predation is an ideal for some though warned against by religious teachings of various faiths. Certainly the Prophets of the Bible and offshoots into other faiths warn of predatory behavior. Supporters of Messianic teachings look forward to the lion and the lamb being at peace (symbolic of the end of predation) and it is a hope much to be wished for!

Up until Noah – the Bible teaches – people and animals ate only plants but after the flood carnivores were just that. So predation became a pattern of behavior! But teaching about ethics balances this pattern especially when it’s carried out. When the ends justify the means ethics has lost and predation precedes full speed.

Ripping out herbage and trees and shrubs – and excavating ponds for topsoil – an Excavatedome promoted by government – is neither ethical nor good stewardship of resources – there – for –and it does not get rid of mosquitoes breeding in stagnant swamps! In the hurricane season fields at 12-18 inches and higher have the potential to slow floodwaters and keep mud from washing out into homes. Sun baked stubble doesn’t let water sink in and washouts can happen. Also were the centers of mowed lots be alone migrating monarch butterflies and birds can use them for food and shelter.

The female mosquitoes needing blood to nourish developing eggs-MOSQUITODOME- are another form of vampire whose numbers have been promoted by NYC in Rockaway. Such is predation fostered as other City areas get appropriate funding-not to excavate land-but to open creeks for killifish predation on mosquito larvae and restore swamps.

Greenery is esthetic and the topsoil harvesting with refuse (when it happens with just refuse takes miracles) takes this away too. Pheasants nest, cottontail rabbits hop and environmental centers with preservation would be a blessing with some housing and recreational development.

NYC agencies have not provided precise details about where all the topsoil is and so it must be a secret. This is hardly ethical nor spiritual dealings with God in Nature. And so while Technodrome grandiosity irked many Rockawayites have Mosquitodome and Scrathodome - in actual production – created enough concern to fund Opening Up the Creeks- an Unblockdome Production? There are enough City workers in Rockaway to do this-with proper ethical management. The Parks Department has appropriate equipment too.

Next week Duke Kahanamoku Way, and appropriate use of Waterfront resources that don’t prey on Rockaway.


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