April 17, 2017

"'I felt this need to subversively convince people. I wanted to hook them more emotionally, with something they can relate to.' So she chose food. 'It is so integral to how we see ourselves and how we live every day.'"

Said the artist Allie Wist, who has created and photographed a dinner table with what you'll perhaps be eating after the global warming.

Click through to see "Flooded," a dinner spread of "burdock and dandelion root hummus with sunchoke chips; jellyfish salad; roasted hen of the woods mushroom; fried potatoes with chipotle vegan mayo; salted anchovies; and oysters with slippers."

The link goes to NPR, an American website, but I don't think Americans say "oysters with slippers." It might just be a way to say oysters on the half shell. I Googled "oysters with slippers" and got this Tori Amos song "Oysters" — which doesn't put oysters in slippers. She, the woman, has "ruby slippers," and she's "gonna turn oysters in the sand." On my own, I think of Lewis Carroll ("The Walrus and the Carpenter"):
But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat —
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn't any feet.
Leaving aside the well-shod, footless oysters, remember the Walrus and the Carpenter were — before they invited the oysters to take a walk — crying over the way the beach was covered in sand — "If this were only cleared away/They said, it would be grand!"



Stop your crying. The problem is solved, and not by the Walrus's proposed solution — "seven maids with seven mops," sweeping "for half a year." Global warming is coming to relocate the beach sand underwater, where it will be unseen seabed. And apparently you can still eat your oysters — along with your jellyfish salad and assorted horrible grungy little roots like burdock.

And here's something Leo Tolstoy wrote in his journal about a shoot of burdock he saw in a plowed field:
"Black from dust but still alive and red in the center... It makes me want to write. It asserts life to the end, and alone in the midst of the whole field, somehow or other had asserted it."
That was written in 1896, when, perhaps, artists still felt some urge to uplift and encourage us. Rather than wake us up for the purpose of telling us bad news.

42 comments:

Achilles said...

This post made more sense than going to a protest over tax returns. The DNC should hire you.

J. Farmer said...

Tangentially related, Here is John Oliver lecturing the French on who to vote for in round one of next week's French presidential election. Apparently, a vote for Le Penn will mean the end of the world....or something. Hopefully this will be as successful as Oliver's jeremiad's last year against Trump.

exiledonmainstreet said...

Well, I'm perfectly fine with the East and West Coast people dining on jellyfish salad and seaweed, since I'm looking forward to planting orange and banana trees in my backyard. It will be nice to be able to sunbathe in Wisconsin in January. Bring on the warming!

tcrosse said...

There are unsubstantiated rumors of a territory of dry land west of New Jersey where it's possible to grow a few crops. This is probably something climate-change deniers made up. I blame Trump.

Sebastian said...

"a dinner table with what you'll perhaps be eating after the global warming." If "you" means most of humanity, surely she photographed a table like a Dutch still life, laden with the bounty of Siberia and much of Canada, finally made suitable for large-scale agriculture by beneficent global warming.

buwaya said...

There will be a massive increase in land suitable for rice.
Which has a considerably higher yield/hectare than wheat.
So you all will be eating more rice. Like me.

Freeman Hunt said...

Why would we suddenly eat more seafood if so much formerly too cold land became arable?

Achilles said...

"'I felt this need to subversively convince people. I wanted to hook them more emotionally, with something they can relate to.' So she chose food. 'It is so integral to how we see ourselves and how we live every day.'"

It just isn't enough to be stupid. Global warming is killing off the scientific method. They don't even teach it in schools anymore. It is all salmon and warmist sermons.

None of them can even try to explain the scientific underpinnings of global warming because they don't understand the scientific method. The word consensus is a huge tell here. So is the word denier.

They haven't even realized that the worm has turned and most people don't buy their sermons anymore.

exiledonmainstreet said...

Freeman Hunt said...
Why would we suddenly eat more seafood if so much formerly too cold land became arable?

4/17/17, 3:41 PM

Apparently all the cattle and pigs and chickens will drop dead of heat exhaustion or something.

Achilles said...

"'I felt this need to subversively convince people.'"

She could have just stopped right there and applied for a government research grant.

buwaya said...

Kids will be learning this -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3gVaXm8Z2Q

exiledonmainstreet said...

"'I felt this need to subversively convince people.'"

I'm trying to understand just what is "subversive" about pushing the "OMG! Global warming!!" hysteria, as if she's braving the Conventional Wisdom somehow.

That's one of the most irritating things about leftists - they control the media and education and a big chunk of the government and yet they still pretend they're somehow rebels Speaking Truth To Power.

Goliath insists he's just plucky little David, armed with only a slingshot.

buwaya said...

I predict takeout paella - it will be the next pizza


tim in vermont said...

Well if artist/cook/photographers who are desperate to be noticed believe global warming is going to be a catastrophe, it must be true!

Did they include the parts where she waded through a STEM program, read and analyzed the papers herself, and convinced herself that, indeed, the science is rock solid, and the stuff she reads in the media was in fact 100% correct? Because, anybody who has ever been involved in a media story can attest that those guys get it right every time! Just ask President Hillary, fer goodness sakes!

Ann Althouse said...

I think the theory (in the article) is that wild species of plants and animals will die off because they won't have time to adapt to the change.

That doesn't take account of human activities raising livestock and crops. People can change where they try to produce food. So the table could more fairly just show food that human beings have grown and eliminate the wild things. How many wild things are on your dinner table? Maybe none.

John Tuffnell said...

If we humans can delay the inevitable return of the ice age by a few centuries (actually inevitable, not Hillary-inevitable which is fake inevitable), we will have accomplished something of true wonder.

Even the warmists admit that eventually, the Earth turns very very cold again.

How about a mile-thick ice sheet over Wisconsin? Lake Michigan has been waiting patiently to turn back to a solid.

Barry Dauphin said...

She imagines a world in which the rest of us eat what she wants to eat.

Paul Ciotti said...

From the NPR story about what we will be forced to eat for dinner after global warming has destroyed much of the planet: "Global temperatures have risen in recent decades and extreme weather – droughts, floods, hurricanes – is more common. Sea levels are rising, causing coastal erosion and flooding and even the disappearance of small islands in the South Pacific."

This quote is wrong in every important respect. First of all, food production goes up every year around the world, not down. Yes, it is true that overall the ocean is (slowly) rising but it's been doing that since the end of the last ice age. When one looks at historical accounts of the problems humans have been dealing with over the last 200 hundred years, the rise in sea level isn't even mentioned. In particular, the Maldives aren't being flooded because the ocean is rising. They are being flooded because the land is sinking there.

Finally, extreme weather events are less common, not more. Until Hurricane Matthew hit Florida last July, the U.S. had been suffering from what meteorologists were calling a "hurricane drought." (During Barack Obama's eight years in office only a single major hurricane hit the U.S. But does anyone give him credit? No.)

jv said...

I'm not sure what the message is--Hen of the Woods is one of the best handful of foods I've ever had.

rehajm said...

Until Hurricane Matthew hit Florida last July, the U.S. had been suffering from what meteorologists were calling a "hurricane drought."

If you report his you will be targeted by the lunatic left.

lgv said...

As Paul has noted, food production has increased. As we warm ever so gradually, food production will actually be easily and more abundant. The most fallacious claims of global warming, now climate change, is the increase in drought, floods, and hurricanes. This is just pure fabrication.

We act as though people can't move inland. We ignore the possibility that currently uninhabitable lands will become inhabitable, more so than the converse.

All the predictive models are riddled with errors that make climate scientists prediction of the impact of warming highly speculative. Now we have an artist forecasting the future impacts on food. Very scientific indeed.

Climate doomsdayers should rejoice, if they are correct, people will suffer greatly and die in large numbers. This will lead to less human generated greenhouse gases and the earth will eventually cool and we will be right back where we were 50 years ago.

It's like peak oil theory. Future reductions in oil supply will take care of itself via demand pricing and we will never run out as we transition to another energy source.

Paco Wové said...

"Goliath insists he's just plucky little David, armed with only a slingshot."

Nicely said. <Golf clap>

Darrell said...

Lefties are insane or Lefties are liars. Your pick.

EDH said...

I guess Michelle Obama's school lunch initiative really was preparing the next generation?

And artists...

Dieter: Welcome to Sprockets. I am your host, Dieter...

Seen here on East German television last year, Voss, the suppressed visionary whose films include "The Dead Coat", "Irritant Number 4", and "Here Child, Finish Your Nothing"

JPS said...

EDH,

Their shtory has become tiresome....

Ann Althouse said...

@EDH

LOL

tcrosse said...

One wonders:
a. What does she eat now ?
b. Where does she think it comes from ?

themightypuck said...

I've finally hit the tipping point where I'm red pilled on climate change. It's amazing the shit the media repeats that is just plain wrong. More hurricanes? The opposite is true. Now this doesn't mean there won't be more. We just don't know. If I want a religion I'm going with pre-second Vatican Catholicism.

Pianoman said...

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking hand in hand
If only, said the Carpenter,
The Law would understand.

Gahrie said...

So she wanted to use people's emotions as a weapon against them?

Sounds pretty sick to me, but then I'm a man.

Gahrie said...

If I want a religion I'm going with pre-second Vatican Catholicism.

Me too. Second Vatican is precisely the reason I am no longer a practicing Catholic.

Gahrie said...

Global warming has been good for humanity.

If you believe the alarmists, the Earth is currently dangerously warm, yet there are more humans than ever before, with a higher standard of living than ever before and less hunger than ever before. What parts of the Earth have the highest populations? The warm parts. Which have the lowest populations? The cold parts.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Pardon my ignorance, Gahrie et al, but to my understanding second Vatican chiefly consisted of "don't stomp the Jews." Accordingly I incline to favor it. What don't I know?

buwaya said...

"What don't I know?"

Basically -
-Effectively banned the Latin Mass in favor of the vernacular
-Killed off the practice of activist conversion of, say, Muslims, Jews and Protestants.
-Created (unofficially) a great strain of indiscipline among many clergy, leading to such things as liberation theology.

Gahrie said...

One of the biggest changes of Vatican II for me was the the revision of the liturgy. That, combined with Mass in the vernacular, was a fundamental change in my eyes, in a forlorn attempt to become more popular.

Michelle Dulak Thomson said...

And the priest now faces the congregation, instead of "turning his back on it." Me, I thought the idea was that priest and people were facing in the same direction. But that's just me.

But, yeah, the Tridentine Mass. It isn't exactly banned (one congregation in Oakland still has it, for example), but it's very heavily circumscribed.

As for "don't stomp the Jews," yes, V.II was IIRC when "Victimae paschali laudis" got booted from the liturgy. But that's a small thing compared to the general "loosening." Everyone sort of assumed that abortion would be next, and then John XXIII died and Paul VI succeeded and we got Humanae vitae. Which is still there, and which Pope Francis shows no signs of rescinding.

For the record, I'm not Catholic. But I'm an RCIA dropout, so a wannabe Catholic. And an ornery one. I once got into a small argy-bargy with a priest over whether the split between Catholic and Orthodox churches in the 11th c. was all just political maneuvering, or whether "filioque" really had something to do with it. I think you can guess my side.

Jon Ericson said...

Yeah, I preferred Dominus vobiscum, Et cum spiritu tuo myself.

walter said...

Future diet for the CAGW folk.

Earnest Prole said...

"I weep for you," the Walrus said, “I deeply sympathize."

Gahrie said...

Today my opposition to reforms in the Church extends back to the Council of Trent, and the removal of Rood screens.

Fritz said...

Take our jellyfish, please!

Roughcoat said...

Dear Catholics (and remember, I am one):

You really aren't a true Catholic until you have left the Church and returned to it at least three times.

I've left the Church a few times (and returned) ... but I don't leave the Faith.

As for Vatican II, pro or con: no comment, but I will say this: I much prefer the King James Bible to the Catholic Bible (e.g., Douay-Rheims Bible, Knox, NRSV–CE). Perhaps I get that from my dad's Lutheran (German) family and that part of my mom's Irish family that was COI and Methodist.

Also, if you're ever in Chicago and want to experience the pre-Vatican II mass, go to St. John Cantius. They do it all, High, Low, Middle, In-Between, Tridentine.

The only group I really object to is SSPX.