Friday, June 16, 2006

Giving credit where credit is due

President Bush created the world's largest protected marine sanctuary today, designating as a national monument a 1,200-mile-long chain of small Hawaiian islands. These islands and the surrounding waters and reefs are home to a spectacular array of sea life.

As an avid scuba diver, I think this may be the best thing I have ever heard come out of the man's mouth.

These Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are home to some 7,000 species of marine life, including endangered green sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals and millions of breeding seabirds.

Jean-Michel Cousteau (Son of ocean explorer Jacques) recently spent five weeks filming in the area and showed the resulting documentary at the White House in April. A senior administration official said the film had a powerful effect on Mr. Bush and Laura Bush.

Since old George is in a popcorn mood, perhaps he should check out a documentary that he has said he will not watch.

Wait … This just in … We take you now to a “Fair and Balanced” response from a Republican. This shocking Gore exposé, with its meticulously researched facts, is a great example of the brain trust currently backing George W. Bush.


Blogger Amiene Rev said...

animal is something we should save. ah, that make me remember one of my character in my blog that not yet written. she love animals and will do anything to protect them.

8:39 AM  
Blogger The Lone Beader said...

Wow, Peter, that's so cool that you scuba dive. What was the most interesting place you've gone diving??

And, I agree. We need to do everything we can to protect our earth, and the creatures that live here:)

9:49 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

gee that was such a compelling argument against the gore movie.

talk about lame.

i was scared just watchign that preview. and hawkings wants us to move to the moon? great idea steven; let's ruin THAT planet too...

12:24 PM  
Blogger creature said...

Hey how do you scuba in the city? I went once (in Aruba) and it's still one of the best experiences of my life. There is a scuba store around the corner from me (4th street in the East Village) and I'm always tempted to check it out, but I don't. Not sure why.

2:37 PM  
Blogger the fourth person said...

If they die, we die. I'm aghast and agog that bush has done this. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Pardon my cynicism but I hope its not 2 little 2 late but Yay W!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

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4:51 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

I am a resort diver, which is what cold water divers call someone who likes to see objects more than 4 feet in front of them.

The scuba store on 4th Street is a bunch of gypsy divers who have balls the size of watermelons. I went there to look at underwater lighting systems. They are hard core cold water divers.

It's really a matter of taste, but I think the best way to go is this:

1) Get your PADI training done here in NYC. This will include a week of training, tests and pool work.

2) Go somewhere warm for your four mandatory open water dives. I would suggest the following.

-Florida Keys (Inexpensive and fun)
-Mexico (Don't drink the water, 200 ft visibility)
-Cayman Islands (Bring your wallet and great diving)
-Bora Bora (Paradise on earth, bring two wallets)

Then, after open water dive number four, go to a bar that makes frozen drinks. Have a few too many, and use their photo booth to get the picture which will adorn your PADI Open Water Diver card.

To anyone who has not gone diving ... you are missing one of the best things life has to offer you.

7:37 PM  
Blogger creature said...

Thanks for the info Peter, much appreciated.

To anyone who has not gone diving ... you are missing one of the best things life has to offer you.

Ditto! (Even though it was only once so far.)

Truly amazing experience. If want to experience another world without ever leaving the planet, diving is the way to do it.

9:08 PM  
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4:05 AM  
Blogger Dreamlover said...

Hey, cool post, thanks for enlightening people!!

What I don't get is how people think this is something new.

I remember hearing about this over 10 years ago, and it was a big problem then as well.

These leaders need to start doing something!!

That is one thing Teddy Roosevelt was good for!!

2:03 PM  
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9:13 PM  
Blogger dusty said...

Obviously Morgan Freebase has been hitting the Freebase pipe waayy too much..that video said was about as intelligent as the Shrub attempting to hold a press conference..and we know how those turn out.

Gore makes a set donation to global warming every time he flies..him and Tipper both. Its the way they figured to counterbalance all their flight miles..but you probably already knew that peter..unlike that asshat that made the YouTube video.

10:39 PM  

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