A New Earth – Inoculation

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Aspen showed her phone to her uncle.  The Line was broadcasting live images of the phytoplankton situation from across the world.  Trump’s voice was auto-selected:

“It appears that after the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic phytoplankton blooms that occurred earlier last month, we may now be looking at a similar phenomenon taking place – only that this time, we are witnessing a large number of much smaller clusters that seem to be spread out across a much wider geographic region – in fact, they seem to span an area as wide as the south and all the way up to the north of the Atlantic Basin.  We’ve had several updates over the past hour mentioning brand new events springing up in the Gulf of Mexico, Senegal, Argentina and South Africa, including a potential event being investigated in the UK that we’ve just had word of literally in the past 5 minutes.’’

“Well, Donald! How about skipping the beach today huh?” said the Kim Kardashian deep fake news anchor.

“Never Kim!  For as long as you get your daily dose of silicone fillers, I’m at the very least entitled to some quality time spent on my really expensive, really, really nice yacht.  I love that boat.  And to our viewers who have just joined in, stay tuned, you’re watching The Line – we’ll be right back after these very important messages”

The wind was now rushing perpendicular to their path in powerful but humid gusts, coming from the direction of the sea.  Aspen felt her uncle’s arm embrace her shoulder.  The sky had turned a deep blue colour and was about to become blue-black, as they slowly started walking into the night.  As the light slowly disappeared, the seaweed smell took its place. 

“Is it happening?” Aspen said in a calm, but curious tone.

“I don’t know.  The truth is, we never know.  And even if we did, it wouldn’t make any difference anyway.  Nature never cares about what we think or what we do.  It only cares about justice.  I guess it is blind in that sense, like true justice”

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George is an author, researcher, podcast host, chemist, molecular biologist and food scientist. You can follow him on Twitter @99blackbaloons , listen to his Spotify podcast George reads George, sign up for blog alerts below, or enjoy his books

5 thoughts on “A New Earth – Inoculation

  1. All I know is that Trump doesn’t know truth nor will he give justice to those who deserve it.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Enthralling! Deep fake anchors – got to admit hearing trumpys faked voice at this point would be somewhat irritating if this was an actual news update. Very clever of you – even his fake Line version went all capitalist consumer on the serious subject & off to his really expensive really really nice yacht! Brilliant! 🙂

  3. Your last paragraph is a poignant reminder that we do not control nature. Our pathetic attempts have created our very own backlashes. Nature is powerful and will do what is needed, it is a force unto itself.

    Touching reminders of the necessary salve and working together in human interaction within your characters are gently and sympathetically written.

    Great reading. Thank you George. 💙🌍

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