The day the Internet stood still
Workers struggle to close a severed Transatlantic Internet cable
Internet disrupts the globe
A broken submarine cable that has left the Middle East and India stranded offline from the rest of the world, is seriously impacting online businesses and angering millions of users who cannot reach the Internet. According to reports, the internet blackout, which has left 75 million people with only limited access, was caused by a ship that tried to moor off the coast of Egypt in bad weather.
While many are feeling the effects of being without Internet access for several days, the real victims in this global tragedy are just now beginning to be discovered. Toxic Internet pollution is flowing unmitigated into our oceans at an astonishing rate.
Extent of the damage
This is being considered one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters ever to occur at sea. Both the long and short-term effects of the Internet leak are unknown. Currently, the death toll in terms of wildlife is staggering and the full impact may never be known.
Thousands of animals died immediately; the best estimates include 350,000–500,000 seabirds, 2,500–5,000 sea otters, 400 seals, 200 bald eagles, and 21 orcas, as well as the destruction of billions of plankton throughout the seas.
The Internet leakage has resulted in profound physiological effects to remaining fish and wildlife. These include reproductive failure, genetic damage, curved spines, lowered growth and body weights, altered feeding habits, reduced egg volume, liver damage, eye tumors, and debilitating brain lesions. The psychological effects are still being determined but may consist of increased lethargy, lack of motivation, shortened communication patterns often with missing vowels, and in some cases, strong urges to gamble, engage in cyber flamewars and even spamming.
Government scientists estimate that only 14% of the toxic Internet binary being released is truly harmful but activists and other people who have witnessed the Internet firsthand say that this number is actually much higher. Some of the worst the Internet has to offer, is streaming into the ocean without any content filters in place. While attempts to keep people from browsing some of the surfaced scum on local beaches is underway, reports are appearing that beach locals have already been infected by some of the vulgar material washing up on shores everywhere. In fact children were spotted playing with a full goatse and even two girls one cup were being tossed around like a toy.
What is being done
The first cleanup response is underway with the use of a surfactant and solvent mixture called a dispersant. Because there is not enough wave action to mix the dispersant with the Internet pollution in the water, the use of the dispersant is being discontinued.
One trial burn was also conducted during the first stage of the cleanup to see if burning the pollution would be a possible solution for removal of the vile substances that are flowing into the waters at an alarming rate. The test was relatively successful, but because of unfavorable weather and environmental concerns, this cleanup effort has since been halted. Mechanical cleanup started shortly afterwards using booms and skimmers, but the skimmers were not readily available during the first 24 hours following the leak, and now thick Internet sludge and kelp is clogging the equipment.
What can you do?
It is imperative that you write your local congressmen and urge them to pass legislation that will regulate how and where these filthy Internet tubes are placed. Filtering the substances that are transmitted is nearly impossible but attempts to at least curb the amounts allowed should be of the highest priority.
Awareness of this deadly global matter is vital and starts now. Look for more information and educate as many as you can. This problem will not simply go away and the changes involved in fixing the problem start with you. Stop checking e-mail, delete your MySpace page, unplug your ethernet cable, disconnect your wireless broadband and try to go outside more. Through these actions we might be able to lessen the abuse of our planets oceans and seas when an accident like this happens.
It all begins with you.