One of the better movies of 2015 was Mad Max : Fury Road. It’s not a first-date movie. It’s post-apocalyptic. Australian setting. Charlize Theron steals the show.
One of the ruling aspects of the plot is the control that Immortan Joe had over the people, and he held this control because he controlled the water, the most fundamental mixture of elements known to life here on earth. Control the water, control the world.
Clean water has become an interesting election year topic, not just in North Carolina, but in other places. Flint, Michigan is still reeling from the leeched lead in the public water system because of governmental negligence. The Rio Olympic Games have been tainted with polluted water in some of the aquatic arenas.
And North Carolina has its coal ash spill / water controversy.
Recently, Dr. Ken Rudo testified under oath that he specifically told Gov. McCrory that the water in certain areas was not fit for drinking due to Duke Energy coal ash contamination. Rudo then said that McCrory, acting on strong suggestion from his former employer, ignored the leading toxicologist’s recommendation and declared the water safe despite much higher-than-usual levels of carcinogens.
Why? It serves the interests of big money Duke Power? It would have made McCrory look even worse in an election year to declare the water unsafe? It was an effort to control resources? Maybe it’s all of these, but it sure does make for an interesting comparison to the most recent Mad Max movie. In fact it could be its own chapter in the Mad Max movie franchise.
Mad Max : Infuriating Road to the Governor’s Mansion
We have an Immortan Pat.
We have Dr. Ken “Rockatansky” Rudo.
And of course, Chalize Theron. Why not? She’s a mom. She wouldn’t want her kids drinking that water near a Duke Power coal ash spill.
Here’s the plotline. Dr. Ken “Rockatansky” Rudo is just doing his job and then gets ensnared into a smear campaign from Immortan Pat’s people who are really trying to not only control the people before the upcoming election, but also trying to keep information about Duke Power’s coal ash pits from the public’s eye.
It’s an election year. To keep the people from voting for someone else in November, Immortan Pat makes sure to parcel out as much clean water as he can to give the people the illusion that all is fine in the state of North Carolina.
Dr. “Rockatansky” Rudo then allies himself with concerned parents who live near coal ash pits, particularly mothers. This particular mother has even decorate her forehead with actual coal ash from the Duke Energy spill near her own house. (Cue Charlize Theron).
Same pic. I know. But it is a great picture.
Immortan Pat goes after them with the rest of the NC General Assembly GOP members.
In an effort to also bring other environmental concerns to the eyes of movie goers, there is a scene concerning what happens to areas in NC where fracking is not regulated.
There is also a cameo by the guy who played guitar in the replacement band when Bruce Springsteen cancelled his show due to Immortan Pat’s HB2 bill.
Do you really want me to tell you the end of the story? I won’t, but I will give you a spoiler alert. There are not many immortan, I mean immortal, people roaming the earth.
The sad truth is that we actually living a version of this plot line right now. Consider the following news stories and pictures. It involves water, people who are fighting to get the truth out, and efforts to expose the truth so that come November citizens can make an informed decision based on facts, not charades.
Illustration by Skillet Gilmore from “The McCrory Administration Says You Needn’t Worry About That Coal Ash in Your Water” – http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/the-mccrory-administration-says-you-neednt-worry-about-that-coal-ash-in-your-water/Content?oid=5008504
And then stay tuned for the next release – Mad Max : November Election.