Fire Nations

"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures."
---Ralph Waldo Emerson

Firebending is one of the four elemental Bending Arts, which utilizes the pyrokinetic ability to create and control fire.

The people of the Fire Nation practice this type of bending.

Fire is the element of power, consisting of overpowering force tempered by the unflinching will to accomplish tasks and desires.

However, the recently militaristic Fire Nation have twisted this into Firebending being fueled by rage, hate and anger.

Fire Lord Ozai, the current Fire Lord of the Fire Nation, is waging a seemingly endless war against the Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes, and the already vanquished Air Nomads.

Meanwhile in the real world:

Oh, but I think people do:

Oil spills blight Nigeria's creeks
Jul 02 2010 14:59

In Bodo, in the famous Nigerian oil-producing Ogoniland, "spills" have been occurring for 20 years.

"What we have in the Niger Delta is the worst in the whole world, I mean it's worse than what you have in the Gulf (of Mexico)," said Kingsley Chinda, a top environment chief for Rivers State government, a key Nigerian oil producing state.

Villagers are resigned to the situation.

Some people do take notice. And it doesn't require for things
to take place on their doorsteps for them to take notice.

Fire, if left to itself, will consume everything it can.


  1. Multinational Oil and Logging industries' activities in the third world have long been protected and covered up by an extensive and well-established network of political patronage and media control. In most places their activities is shielded by their private police force, when they don't own the police outright.

    But who cares?

    The developing countries of the third world, that's all so far away from us, isn't it?

    It's an old story:

    "THEY CAME FIRST to Asia
    and I didn't speak up because Asia is so far away and I couldn't be bothered

    THEN THEY CAME to Africa
    and I didn't speak up because Africa is so far away and I couldn't be bothered

    THEN THEY CAME to South America
    and I didn't speak up because South America is so far away and I couldn't be bothered

    THEN THEY CAME for my homeland..."

    Welcome to The BP/Government police state.

    Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald for this most relevant and timely article.

  2. "And, as we find in so many realms, it's impossible to know where government actions end and corporate actions begin because the line basically does not exist."

  3. On a related note bmaz here asks:

    Are DOJ and DOI Making a Competent Legal Effort on Gulf Moratorium?:
    "If the Obama Administration and Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar truly believe in the propriety of their six-month moratorium, and are dedicated to fighting through appeal for it, why are their lawyers not acting like it? Are they really not trying because they really don’t care, or are they just sloppy and incompetent? It’s one or the other."

  4. On a somewhat related ticket
    Would this still be considered cricket?
    The tale of that old man,
    Who so disliked that plan.
    And as for the ticket, Nantucket.