Jul 242016
 

My foray in the the ‘social networking world’ of Facebook has turned out to be the massive disappointment that I already expected. Not only is Facebook the most dangerous social networking tool ever devised, it’s a gigantic waste of time. I’ll be curtailing my ‘presence’ there as a result.

Facebook pretends to be a means by which people can communicate and even effect social change, but I doubt very much that either one of these are really true. What passes for communication is the media network equivalents of ‘sound bytes’ – quips and quotes and funny graphics, selected news articles for this promotion or that promotion, likes and commentaries that are supposed to ‘mean’ something but don’t actually mean anything, an entire world of people pretending they’r ‘interacting’ on a carefully scripted platform of social conditioning and the spying on private lives.

Many, many years ago, clear back in the early 80’s when I first got online (yep – I was one of the very earliest adopters of the technology) I had predicted that this ‘tool’ would become a propaganda programming network that would take over people’s lives and even their very thoughts. I wrote several papers on this but my best work on the topic came about in the 90’s when the “Internet” was first born. Even then it was pretty obvious that it would be taken over by the advertisers and social engineers and Facebook wasn’t even invented (but America Online was, as were a few others).

Facebook isn’t alone anymore in the social engineering aspects. Pretending to be a viable tool for information and networking, many other forms and types of bulletin boards and forums have been developed. None are actually successful at bringing about any meaningful change because all of them are so filled with distraction and endless levels of propaganda and ‘self-promotion’ agendas that they are really pretty useless except as infotainment tools. Hours and hours each week can be wasted away, dribbling away lives and dreams while pretending that your online ‘profile’ and friends lists are better replacements or even a worthy replacement then real life itself. I haven’t found the experience to be beneficial at all.

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But I’ve verified a few thoughts I had about what it was like to be on Facebook, something I had avoided for many, many years. It’s the same thoughts I had about writing a blog or doing any kind of electronic publication. I’ll list these in no particular order:

a) Nobody really reads anything. Short posts are best and none too controversial. Any links shared should also contain very short articles.

b) Videos are even better. Entertaining videos of cute kitties (or kids), entertaining instructions or quips about political candidates receive the most attention.

c) Science and facts fare no better on Facebook then they do anywhere else (which literally means within the entire non-scientific world). If it uses big words, forgetaboutit. If you’re going to post any facts, make it as entertaining as you can (cute animals in the videos will certainly help too).

d) Don’t stand up for anything definite. Don’t be too controversial. Don’t be too harsh either. Find a middle-ground and very carefully (if you’re like me) stay there. Don’t trespass where you don’t belong. Opinions are ‘fine’ but only if your ‘polite’ (politically correct). Expect to be ‘unliked’ if you stray out of bounds.

e) Find posts and pictures and article and videos that will get others to ‘like’ you or whatever it is you’ve posted. This is some kind of ridiculous ‘scoring system’ Facebook uses. It’s useless and meaningless. The best posts and pictures and articles and videos will get you a lot of ‘likes’. Nobody however will learn anything or change their opinions because you’re not really able to educate anyone on anything through Facebook. That by the way, is the whole idea. To spawn multiple generations of idiots who are literally being ‘told’ what to think in accordance to what shows up on their timeline.

f) Waste hours each day ‘following your timeline’ and wandering around following your friends timeline. Here is where it gets really interesting. Is this really what these people believe or endorse? Do real people actually act like this? I suppose they do – they sure spend a lot of time doing it online. But what does any of this actually accomplish? Absolutely nothing. But if you measure the amount of life wasted (years lost screwing around online like this), then you’ll start to ‘see’ what I mean here. Facebook is not real life. Neither is the Internet or this blog. Nothing online is.

g) Facebook and other social platforms is really just the logical extension of what the Internet has become. The difference here is Facebook is pretending to be what it isn’t. Targeted ads and the intrusion into personal lives, profiles, thoughts, commentary and even photographs are now considered ‘normal’ for it’s billion plus users, but Facebook isn’t benign with this information. Neither is the Internet for that matter. Any online activity creates both a history and projections of ‘who’ you are, your psychology, interests, friends, networks, hobbies and much, much more. We don’t live in a benign world and Facebook is very guilty of hoping you will forget about all of that.

h) Facebook is all about social conditioning, but here’s something you probably don’t know – it’s about using others to condition you and vice versa. You invited these others (‘friends’) in to your life (timeline) and they did the same when they invited you. Now you’re ‘communicating’ and ‘sharing’ items, pictures, videos and sometimes commentary of interest. But here’s the rub – Facebook by design doesn’t permit real interaction or education. Even a long post like this is hard to get published on Facebook and nobody would read it anyway. In effect, Facebook is about homogenizing and sanitizing information because of it’s social nature. You wouldn’t walk into a crowded room of friends (and strangers whom you’ve really never met just like on Facebook) and start talking about a difficult topic. It’s bad etiquette — and Facebook encourages exactly this kind of behavior. This is why it’s a very lousy choice for self-education or sharing real information.

i) The other part of Facebook (like all things Internet — except here on this blog, I don’t allow advertising of any kind) is the advertising aspects Facebook uses. Sponsored links and reading preferences are determined according to what you — and your friends like to read. This too is sanitized and homogenized to ‘target the audience’ and gain ‘clicks’ (advertising revenue) for Facebook. The more clicks of course, the more revenue, but once again, it’s not meat-and-potatoes you’re being served, it’s bland ‘sameness’ that Facebook has chosen for you. Oh, they’re very good at this and probably better now then they were (using the Internet as my guide), but it’s not a path towards more enlightenment and education. For that, you have to do this yourself, or hope that one of your online ‘friends’ is doing this for you.

j) Facebook encourages ‘sameness’ in this manner. It’s doing a lot of the thinking for you by serving up sponsored links and ads that it thinks you might find entertaining. Individuality and critical thinking and self-education on other topics is entirely absent. You are free to wander around — but realize that Facebook is not the Internet and certainly not the Dark Net and what is found on Facebook is but a tiny subset of what is available. Worse, not everything is allowed on Facebook as part of it’s homogenization and ‘blending’ of what people are allowed to see.

k) I was ‘encouraged’ to get up on Facebook because I might increase my readership and a lot of people apparently find Facebook useful. I didn’t do either to be honest, I didn’t find it to increase readership (my material is too long and to complex for most people apparently) and I don’t find Facebook actually useful for anything that I couldn’t already find out from the Internet. Facebook is just a subset of the Internet in reality with a lot of social controls and spying built in. It’s much harder to find out real news unless its showing up on your timeline. And it doesn’t encourage real commentary either because of the ‘like system’ built in. Notably, Facebook doesn’t have a ‘dislike’ feature (still) after years of people requesting this.

l) Don’t expect too much from Facebook — or any online effort. You won’t get it. Online activity is best thought of as ‘operating in a vacuum of false reality’. It’s not real life and it’s no replacement for real life. At best, information can be shared and if you’re lucky, you can educate yourself or a few others on a few topics, but that’s about it. You have to be willing to wade through the false propaganda, deceitful advertising and distractions to find anything actually worth reading.

Then, if you are so inclined, you can opt to try and communicate with others on what you’ve read (and this is really where it all falls apart). Anyone with any experience already knows this. Online activity isn’t fair, honest, truthful or even ethical. It isn’t like in a classroom where you can ask a question and truly engage with your peers or an instructor. It’s a shit-fest in reality, where anyone can pretend to be anyone they want (and very often do). It’s where bravado and bullshit rule the day on many sites and boards and you really never know ‘who’ or even ‘what’ you’re dealing with. It’s also filled with pretenders and saboteurs who will refuse you the opportunity to speak up, or speak your mind, or ask intelligent questions. In effect, it’s no place to engage and expect much (decency, honesty, expertise, etc.) — with few exceptions (well-regulated and even moderated blogs, forums).

But this works both ways too. Highly regulated blogs and forums will very often scrub commentary and opinions, claiming ‘censorship rights’ as they remove anything that challenges the author or favored person. It’s actually impossible now to ‘change the discourse’ on any favored topic or person when dealing with this sort of thing. You’re often literally forced to ‘go elsewhere’ and post your displeasure or commentary or even your facts if you ever expect to see them in print for public viewing. This is one of the reason I started my own blog many years ago.

m) Don’t reach for too much. As an example, this post is already far, far too long. Nobody reads anything anymore, it’s almost like they can’t. Short attention spans rule the day. Long posts are glossed over and only the first few words are understood. Facebook excels at this by the way, by system design. You have to link to Internet articles (blogs or news sites) to actually convey much information. People look at the pictures and graphics and the short few words of text shared — but not much else. You get a ‘like’ in the first three-seconds (or not), but they don’t bother to read anything longer then a paragraph. This is terrible and shows just how dumbed-down people have become. They don’t understand anything that can’t be simplified and put into short sentences.

n) I’m up to the letter N already – how many letters was that? Too many — so if you read all the way through here’s what I’m going to wrap this up with. Facebook isn’t for me. It’s a silly tool for surveillance and spying upon people who have been conditioned into believing they are ‘interacting’ and even ‘making a difference in the world’. All lies. All pretense. Since being on Facebook I’ve heard from less people and real friends then before. But I’ve wasted hours online already and what interaction I did ‘do’ was pitiful. And so was my friends ‘interactions’ (sanitized, homogenized and advertised bullshit and propaganda ‘passed on’). They don’t even seem to realize it, but I do and it’s not for me.

We use to talk and communicate and it was better before (email and in this blogs commentary). I fucking hate Facebook and find it absolutely horrible to be honest. And I simply don’t give a fuck if you ‘like’ or dislike this post. And yeah, I’m going to post this on Facebook so that everyone gets a chance to read this. That doesn’t make me a hypocrite, I’m trying to save you and some of you can only be ‘found’ these days on Facebook.

Facebook is a waste of life in my opinion and I’ve got better things to say and do then screw around on this social conditioning platform ‘pretending’ I’m interacting with others or learning anything. I’m not.

 

 

 Posted by at 7:13 pm
Jul 182016
 

There’s been a very strange development in the Baton Rouge shooting case. The shooter, Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri has been reported (by CNN) as being a member of the alleged “support group” Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance (FFCHS).

The FFCHS has a website — which is pretty twisted. It only takes a moment of reading for an astute mind to uncover the fraud behind this organization as a false front — a type of “honey trap” for the unsuspecting and unlearned in the ways of government surveillance and spying upon private citizens and their willingness to use psychological terror.

Allegedly, remote brain experimentation, remote neural monitoring and even remote sexual exploitation of men, woman and children “for pleasure” is being performed on a large percentage of the human population. The “documentation” of these claims on this site is extremely bad, using quotations out of context and even making up many of their claims. Yet it appears to be a well funded effort, which is of course, quite curious by itself. Obviously, somebody is behind this.

Victims are “encouraged” to report their experiences through the website. Allegedly, at least 6.8 million “victims” are claimed to be reported. However, many, many very strange and obvious oddities jump right out. I wasn’t aware of this site before — or it’s revealing as a false front for law enforcement, but it does have some history worth reading about. The FFCHS is a mind-control front to ensnare “gang stalking victims” which is an inaccurate term that has been adopted for covert surveillance and harassment of civilians. The moniker gang stalking has stuck and henceforth, the term will mean illegal counterintelligence operations on civilians.

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Past experience has already shown me that this type of activity does indeed occur, although I don’t endorse the ridiculous claims you’ll find on the FFCHS site, which is a disinformation outlet designed to ensnare gullible people. Illegal counterintelligence, surveillance and harassment is widespread within American society — and websites like the FFCHS and many others serve as “honey traps” to target individuals into thinking they’re receiving help.

The fightgangstalking.com website offers a wealth of information that reveals what the FFCHS is really up to. The FFCHS has been in the news before as a front-operation for illegal counterintelligence run by law enforcement (and private contractors). Disinformation agents are used to plant stories and gain intelligence on targeted individuals who are lulled into believing they’re receiving help and assistance.

But here is where it gets even more interesting, returning back to the Baton Rouge shooting case. This is is the second shooting by an individual who has had alleged contact with this false front.  A Freedom of Information Act request for the emails Aaron Alexis (Navy Yard shooting) sent to the FFCHS was denied. Even the web cache of this page has now disappeared, although I’ve not bothered to look too hard elsewhere.

I’m going to choose to ignore the claims made by the disinformation website FFCHS altogether, finding them without any credibility or even a meaningful agenda that makes a lick of sense. If this is a fraud site, it’s not a very good one. However, the very fact that this site even exists — and its two alleged ties as reported by two separate newspapers to two separate so-called “random” shootings is what is truly interesting.

We are left to speculate on what this may all mean. Either the FFCHS story as told by the media (CNN and New York Post) is false (and a red herring), or it’s true. If it’s true, we do not know if the two shooting cases have any relationship to their membership and contact with the FFCHS. But the sheer odds of this happening are quite astronomical — and that is worth paying attention to.

Either these are planted stories by the media in cahoots with law enforcement, or there is some kind of very strange and disturbing connection between the FFCHS and the shootings. In any case, the number of disturbed and mentally ill people that will fall for this sort of mind-control is alarming in itself — as the country has now seen. If the FFCHS is in fact a illegal counterintelligence operation run by law enforcement and ex-law enforcement as suggested by fightgangstalking.com, it’s backfired rather badly.

Why the media dug this up — and then did nothing to expose the FFCHS themselves is also very odd. We have to consider all the possibilities of their gullibility and incompetence, or their cooperation in a massive disinformation campaign or perhaps it is something else altogether. But clearly, something is amiss. There may be other connections and cases which I’ve not heard about yet.

There is no doubt that gang stalking actually does occur (if you do the research you will know this to be true) and it’s quite widespread, and it may be that these disinformation websites are intended to help defuse this reality while appearing to be offering a helping hand. The problem with most gang stalking websites (and there are quite a few) is they’re pretty damned kooky and they attract a lot of connedspiracy theorists that covers the entire conspiracy spectrum from alien abductions to end times rapturists and there is little to none “housekeeping” to keep the conversation and topics on reality, yet it is also true that some of these sites are actually disinformation websites specifically designed and funded to attract unstable individuals. To what end is anyone’s guess, but as the evidence shows, it can have very tragic consequences.

The danger here should be obvious — you can’t trust anything that you read these days, not without a lot of research and factual evidence to back it all up and secondly, there does appear to be an agenda to engage with conspiracy believers even to the point of encouraging them to action somewhere along the way. The media appears to be quite complicit in this propaganda matrix and if not (which I don’t believe is true), they’ve done an absolutely miserable job at informing us and engaging in proper investigations.

 Posted by at 3:53 pm
Jul 152016
 

Arctic News has an important update regarding what temperatures we can soon (**very soon) expect:

A Global Temperature Rise Of More than Ten Degrees Celsius By 2026?

I highly recommend you read this.

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Need I remind ANYONE that 10C is worse then catastrophic?

‘The extraordinary years have become the normal years’: Scientists survey radical Arctic melt

“We’ve lost about twice the size of the state of Alaska in terms of area,” said Meier, referring to the long-term trend in Arctic sea ice over the past several decades. “It’s also thinning as well, we’ve lost about 50 percent of the thickness. And this is happening more rapidly than even the most aggressive climate models.”

Related (but old news if you’ve been paying attention) with cool pictures and video:

Mystery of Siberia’s 200ft-deep craters solved: Enormous holes were formed by methane eruptions triggered by melting permafrost

Scribbler has a new article that is also timely (happening this very minute) and related:

Another Global Warming Enhanced Heatwave is on the Way — 111 Degree (F) Temperatures Predicted For Central US

Update: And if all this isn’t bad enough, read this in regards to what warming is doing to global oxygen levels:

When we run the numbers correctly it is clear that under 2 degrees warming ocean oxygen microbial consumption rates will increase by about 30%. And for 3 degrees warming (quite possible) a disturbing +50%. The effects of reduced solubility, increased microbial rates, and reduced vertical mixing from increased stratification are all effectively additive. It doesn’t look good.”

I’ve fixed the blog registration display problem (captcha failed to display correctly), sorry about the lateness of this repair.

A lot of changes have been made over on Food Assets, but something ‘weird’ is happening. One page (MRE’s) receives over 5000 monthly hits all by itself, but none of these visitors are actually buying any food, they’re just reading the information and moving on. Same thing has been happening on the shelf life page and several other high-traffic pages. Nobody is buying anything, sales are extremely slow and that’s why I’ve been “gone”. I still provide technical support and have been burning the midnight oil.

So far, nothing has worked for the site. Google pretty much wrecked the site rankings (something Google does quite often to everybody). Despite high enough traffic, there are extremely few people making any long term storable food purchases. This article might be the reason: Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality

Observers will note that the world continues to spin on its axis and humanity continues to engage in wanton death and destruction. Obviously, I’m referring to the senseless slaughter in France. I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon that always follows one of these crimes and won’t be posting any links here. Suffice it to say that this revolting insanity by radical extremists boil my blood. No punishment would be too great for those who engage in such atrocities.

The news is confirmed that the Zika Virus is sexually transmitted. This is a direct result of warming weather and increased evaporation causing the mosquitoes to move northward. It’s probably just the beginning of new disease vectors humans can expect.

There are going to be a lot of new ways to die in the days ahead. I’ve hinted at this before and what we’ve seen mid-way through 2016 is just a hint of what’s to come. Humans are going to tear each other part as their environment and resulting economic opportunities get destroyed. It’s all interrelated and much of it is going to be unavoidable. There are too many factions and divisions, encompassing billions of people for this to be any other way. In many, many ways, this outcome is already predetermined.

The media is going to try and fill our heads with more promises of democracy, but it will be anything but. Justice, fairness, safety and even comfort are going out the window now, to be replaced with fascism, extremism and violent reactionary upheavals.

This will not be a safe time to travel.

 Posted by at 2:59 pm
Jul 122016
 

Before I forget – Thank you Anthony for your repeated generous support to my medical costs. I published a thank you on Facebook days ago, don’t know if you saw this or not.

I’ve been super busy trying to reprogram the website, with several hundred hours irretrievably lost. Americans are too distracted to be thinking about their real future, so I’m not even bothering with any updates here, nobody really cares anyway.

It looks like (s)Selection 2016 has come down to the Whore of Babylon or the Orange Orangutan (as everyone guessed). What a joke this has all been. It’s all part of the propaganda matrix that has divided this country. It’s only July, so by November, there should be either all-out war or (more) blood in the streets. It certainly won’t be peace.

Each of us is responsible for our own programming. The software running in between your ears is infected with viruses, Trojan horses and malicious rootkits. Hundreds of millions of Americans aren’t even aware of this.  The media, which should be serving as Norton Tools for these infections, has failed us all rather badly. They’re very complicit in the deception, coverup and propaganda now that passes for news and information. In between the bikini ads and celebrity gossip are the tiny soundbytes of the American landscape, which now looks like something out of Nazi Germany.

They’re making sure we stay infected, divided and distracted, reporting only the bits and pieces they want us to hear. There appears (to me anyway) that there is a ‘script’ or playbook by which they program the daily news, ensuring that these goals of division and distraction are upheld. It’s very strange to watch foreign news programs, it’s nothing like what you find here at all. The farther away you get from Amerika, the more intelligent things seem to be.

Polarizing the people and the protests is nothing new. It’s a tried-and-true tactic that convinces people that they’ve “done something” when the reality is very, very different. I’ve kept my peace about all of this because Americans simply are not ready — not even now — to hear the truth. Whatever is now in the public space is viciously attacked and vilified by both ‘sides’. The obvious is never even recognized. There are no sides. There is just us, as there has always been and we are trying to tear out each others throats in attempt to silence the voices clamoring for attention.

This is how civilization collapses, how societies implode and turn on themselves. It’s happening right now on every television screen in Amerika. It’s going to keep on happening all summer long. By (s)Election 2016, it may even blow up into a full-scale assault.

I wouldn’t want to be living in any heavily populated place right now. The odds of personal endangerment have shot up dramatically. I don’t think this is going to go away either because the fuse has been lit and nobody really knows who and where it is going to explode next. So as they say, watch your six — trouble lurks on every horizon.

 

 Posted by at 7:19 pm
Jul 032016
 

This is a very interesting video (submitted by Rich on FB) depicting global dimming and how it was first discovered and then brought to the forefront as one of the most devastating effects of climate change. A must see all the way through.

Global dimming is a double-edged sword – keeping the planet significantly cooler then it would be already (without pollution and suspended aerosols being constantly added) yet at the same time adding greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere.

More the one-half of our greenhouse gas emissions has been masked by the effects of global dimming.

The reality of the summary beginning at 38:40 is global extinction of all life.

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

Unfortunately, they’ve watered down the actual facts on what this all really means (it is public television after all, can’t upset the viewers), but if you pay attention they’re mentioned in the video:

“The last time the Earth was 3C warmer was 3 million years ago (37:02). Sea levels were 25 meters higher then today. The Amazon burns away.”

“Temperatures could rise as much as 10C by 2100. Eighteen degrees Fahrenheit. Trees would die all over the planet. Famine would not be far behind.”

But pay attention here – “When this last happened (41:04) the average temperature rocketed by 13 degrees Fahrenheit making the Earth 25 degrees hotter then it is today and life struggled to survive”.  What they’re talking about here is very low forms of life “struggling to survive” but that did not include mammals.

No life (as we know it) will survive this level of temperature increase.

 Posted by at 7:35 pm
Jun 242016
 

An open thread, but first a thank you to 10past10 for the blog donation, and Anonymous for the GoFundMe donation. Pretty sure I know who this person is, but your generosity and support is greatly appreciated.

Open threads don’t seem to garner much traffic, but I’ll do this again anyway. I have been desperately trying to gain ranking and traffic with not much success. Either Google is punishing me or the government is or people just don’t have any interest in the topics covered here. I’ve moved onto Facebook as part of this effort. There are additional posts and videos found there that won’t get published here.

I found this interesting, the Humanity Party (see yesterday’s video post).

It’s idealistic of course, but it does speak to a lot of the issues that humanity has been wrestling with. The New Constitution they’re proposing (draft so it’s nothing more then their suggestions) is another matter altogether. I slept on it last night after reading through it quickly and it leaves a lot out, unanswered and some things just not right.

But it’s a start. World leaders have pretty much run the entire planet into the ground from a civilization and environmental standpoint. Irregardless of what may happen to our future habitat, we need to change things and fast.

England’s exit for the European Union will undoubtedly have major effects. Lot’s of turmoil over this one. Maybe the dominoes are starting to fall, but I’m not able to comment much on this.

 Posted by at 7:03 am
Jun 172016
 

Worth watching carefully. The future of food and what is unfolding now.

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

Listen to segment 28:57 – 31:12 if you don’t have time for much else.

This is what the video conveys from Professor Battisti with a few comments of my own:

  • We are on track for 930 ppm C02 (business as usual).
  • The ocean will be 3 times more acidic then it is today.
  • Not mentioned in the video (but found elsewhere on this blog) is what this will mean for food from the oceans. 2 billion people depend upon the oceans for their survival. Acidic oceans will lose critical habitat like coral reefs (breeding grounds for fish). By 2050 all food fish are expected to be depleted from the oceans. 90% of the worlds reefs are expected to be dead.

After we stop emitting greenhouse gasses (by some miracle – which I absolutely do not believe will happen under any scenario):

  • Warming will still continue for centuries, so we are not going to get out of this.
  • Sea level rise will continue for many centuries too, inundating coastlines and coastal aquifers. Better, more up-to-date estimates are 20 feet or more by 2100.
  • Some areas will receive 50% less rainfall annually. For reference on what this will mean, the Dust Bowl was only about 7% less annual rainfall. This caused massive levels of migration.

Watch segment 34:50 –

  • During the 1998 – 2001 drought (3 years), Iran lost 80% of its livestock, 35% – 75% reduction in wheat and barley. Afghanistan lost 40% of its livestock, Pakistan 50% and Tajikistan 50% of its grain crops.
  • By the end of the century, similar water stress on agriculture will be the norm throughout the tropics and subtropics due to climate changes associated with increasing C02.

Temperature will have a stupendous impact upon global crop production. The 3-month average temperature increase during the critical growing season will be 3C – 4C degrees. This has been measured before, with France and northern Italy experiencing 36% drop in maize (corn), 30% drop in fodder, 25% drop in fruit harvests and 21% drop in wheat yields.

Similar heat temperature stress is expected to be the norm throughout the tropics and subtropics (resulting in massive starvation and immigration). It will even be too hot to live in France.

The odds of exceeding the world’s “highest temperature every recorded” in summer, wherever you are, is 100%. Since this is the growing season for the world’s food production, this means that food yields will drop dramatically globally. For every degree centigrade, yield is reduced by 10% – 17% (already measured in controlled environments under optimum soil and water conditions). We can expect worse in actual real-life conditions.

If you are beyond optimal temperatures for growing crops, this affects fertility, smaller grains, increasing water stress, increase respiration. Grains also produce decreasing levels of protein as temperature increases (poorer nutrition). Higher temperatures also mean higher disease rates in crops (increase bacteria).

Do the math: 3C – 4C temperature increases means 30% – 40% decrease in crop yields. And it could be worse (4C @15% yield loss = 60% crop yield losses).

The world cannot survive these threats – these temperatures expected mean starvation levels on a scale the world has never, ever experienced.

Mid-latitude regions (like the United States, Europe and Ukraine) will see high volatility in crop yields. At just 2C warming, crop yields drops significantly, and at 4C, crop yields can even drop to as low as zero (0).  Consider this chart and the frequency of losses:

crop yields

For the United States – By 2050 (if warming is just 2C) crop losses of 20% will occur every 2 years, 30% every 5 years. At 3C warming in 2050, 30% losses will occur at least every 3 years.

The bottom line: You cannot do farming like we do today and expect to stay in business. No farmer could withstand these kinds of losses in the United States (or any other similar region) and survive. This means the food production within the United States and the world will take a massive loss in productivity on such a scale that it threatens the survival of mankind.

In addition to heat stress crop losses, the United States, Europe, China is expected to suffer an additional losses of 40% from pests (maize, rice, wheat) which also increase due to temperature. increases.

yield loss

  • In some places, staple crops will have to be abandoned entirely.
  • Monsoons will be more intense, but also shorter, resulting in no second crop. India and Indonesia depend on this for their survival now and will suffer dramatically.
  • More nutrients will be leached from the soil (more intense rainfall on drier soils) resulting in increasingly poorer yields.
  • Climate change will decrease soil organic content and impact soil biodiversity.
  • The only option to avoid this increased volatility and decrease in yield is to create wheat varieties that are designed for the optimal temperatures – but this is something that wheat growers and maize growers around the world have been working for 30 years with no progress. They know about this problem.
  • Increased carbon dioxide will impact plant physiology. This will cause a net loss for plants for food everywhere (globally). The thinking that carbon dioxide is “good” for plants ignores the net loss this will cause.

food insecure

Americans will notice that the United States will be among the nations that are food insecure. They are also my target audience for this blog and I have been issuing these warnings about food safety for years and years. Climate change poses a severe threat to human survival and stability, but it is not temperature that will kill us first – it is the loss of the biosphere (habitat) which cannot adapt quickly enough to survive. We starve to death first as we fight over critical resources like food and water and living space. Immigration and refugees will be absolutely massive and totally uncontrollable.

Things may seem ok right now because you can still go down to the supermarket and purchase what you need, but there is a growing and quite unsolvable threat developing world wide. There is a reason why farmland is being gobbled up all over the globe, as countries try to grapple with the unfolding realities of a hotter world.

The big picture view that we draw from this exercise is disturbing. First of all, the emerging new trend we wrote about in 2008 has continued and become worse. While most countries are not currently experiencing the extreme price hikes in basic foodstuffs that triggered riots from Haiti to Egypt back in 2008, prices remain stubbornly high and access to food is a daily struggle for most people.[3]Today, that situation is compounded by the mounting impacts of climate change. Harvest losses due to extreme weather have become so acute in places like the southern Philippines that farmers are in the streets begging for food and getting killed for it.[4] We now have even more evidence that climate change is caused not just by burning coal and oil for transport and energy, but by the industrial food system itself and the corporate quest for profits that drives its expansion. Indeed, climate change and land grabs are inextricably linked.

This doesn’t all suddenly happen in the year 2100 or in 2050 – it began years ago as temperatures began to climb, increasing volatility, yield, drought and rains. It’s what is driving the refugee crisis in Europe as Middle Eastern nations suffer from drought. It’s what caused the massive die-off of livestock in Mongolia. It’s behind the decline in staple food production in Peru and Vietnam. We can already add the names of every country on Earth that has experienced a decline in productivity and yields. This is a situation that will only worsen.

As McPherson says, “It’s not a problem, it’s a predicament. Problems can be solved, predicaments can’t”. I tend to agree with this assessment. The false hope of hopium and its empty promises has so far proven to be exactly that as the world careens towards disaster. We’ve got a massive, global predicament that appears to be intractable and immutable now. Humanity isn’t prepared.

Are you?

Let me make this clear: I don’t want to spend my last days on Earth hungry. Billions of people will. Most of them are very poor already and there is little they can do about their plight. The world should be stockpiling surplus food right now on a global scale. This will not solve the problem, it will only be to take advantage of the opportunity to do what we can, while we can.

This is a plea for common sense to our global leaders, industry, businesses, families and individuals. Don’t just sit here and wait for hunger to strike at your family. Or in your region, or in your country. This is something that we can do while there is still time. It’s sensible, practical and essential, and it will go a long ways towards ensuring we are not at war with each other for the critical things we need (at least for now and in the near-future).

I’ve shared my thoughts in past blog entries that virtually everything that can be tried, will be tried to stave off our collapse. Ultimately, I agree with this because it’s just not in our nature to give up too easily. Even those that say they accept our inevitable decline and collapse will (and still are) trying. I hope so. We may even get a renewal of our humanity in the process.

 Posted by at 8:36 pm
Jun 152016
 

Read it and weep – for the day draweth nigh: The Great Barrier Reef – Catastrophe Laid Bare

Read the below scientific analysis baring in mind the conservative default. I believe that they all know in their hearts that the reef systems on this planet are doomed to collapse and very soon, taking with it the oceanic incubator that forms the basis of the marine food web, that produces 50% of the human populations protein and 70% of the planets oxygen.

The biosphere of this planet is in dire peril.  In your heart, the readers of this blog knows it. I’m not here to sugar coat anything.

From The Guardian: The Great Barrier Reef – a catastrophe laid bare

 Posted by at 5:54 pm
Jun 152016
 

With a rather ridiculous headlie, Robert Scribbler has lowered the bar of believability once again – “Al Gore’s Revenge — Internal Combustion Engines Stink and This Ridiculously Powerful Electric Turbine Truck Proves It“. I suggest you read it.

Wow. A whole 190 miles between recharges. I’m sure that’s an improvement over current models, but seriously? And ‘tanked fuel’. Hmmm, might that be diesel?

I am seriously underwhelmed. More hopium from the Scribbler who has yet to grasp reality on just how much this really means to our greenhouse gas contributions.

An electrical vehicle powered by a battery that is capable of recharging either through regenerative breaking or a wall socket, the Nikola One is already capable of achieving a zero emissions ride.”

Oh really? And just exactly where did all those materials to build the truck come from? Or the batteries? Or the ‘tanked fuel’? Or the recharging stations?

All this and no emissions? Only if you believe in fantasy fairy tales and winged angels.

“But that’s if truckers are willing to stop every 190 miles for a recharge or to put net zero carbon biofuels into its ‘agnostic’ fuel tank.”

Ah, now we get to the punch-line. Stop every 190 miles… Well, that’s doable, I guess. Pretty short run for a long-haul trucker, but doable, sure. Even I like to get out and stretch my legs, but that is a rather short distance for a freight truck (average distance to transport food is 1500 miles and much further for other kinds of products). Let’s see, that’s approximately 8 stops. This is sure to impact it’s efficiency computations, and how often or not the carbon-emitting biofuels are used. Truckers are paid by the mile, not by the hour. They’re also limited on how long they can drive before mandatory stops and rests. 190 miles doesn’t even figure into this current arrangement, which means what you think it means – hey baby, it’s ‘biofuels’ all the way!

And the recharge? Is that “zero-emissions” too? (Nope). And the supposedly zero-carbon biofuel – is that zero emissions? (Nope). It’s the same with the recharging stations and the electricity they’ve obtained from the grid (or even from ‘alternative energy sources’). None of this stuff is zero emissions.

“In all likelihood, most rigs will be refueled for some time by compressed natural gas stations on many long haul routes.”

Well, we all know (if we’ve been paying attention) that natural gas is anything but zero emissions, so I don’t see how this will qualify any of these claims as being truthful or accurate either.

I love the idea of electric vehicles, but not one of them is zero emissions (and never will be if you do the math). They’re quiet, they don’t emit smelly fumes (when driving, but it’s another story when they’re being manufactured or supplied with replacement parts) and they’re simply fucking cool.

I want one myself. But I don’t have any use for the curved 4k TV Tesla is offering (useless). I could silently cruise down the road secure in my delusional belief that I’m helping the planet while maintaining my lifestyle, never the wise to the horrible truth of what is really occurring. But there aren’t any vehicles that could tackle the roads here and there are certainly no recharging stations anywhere around for hundreds of miles (except at home of course – but what about my fishing trips?).

Is everybody aware that Tesla proposes to consume 100% of the world’s lithium supply? What do you suppose this might mean for other industries that require lithium? Like your cellphone? Or your computer? Or what it might mean for the price of lithium? Competition for this dwindling resource is going to create some big problems.

“Though this system does use a fuel tank (which can be filled with CNG, petroleum, diesel or biofuel) to extend the base electrical range, it represents a huge leap forward in the sustainability of long haul trucking.”

Uh, no – it’s not. Sustainability will actually go down as the raw materials required for these designs depletes and their demand goes up. They’ll be highly dependent upon their technological limitations and availability (just the opposite of sustainability). And none of these ‘fuels’ are zero-emissions. They’re all carbon sourced, carbon emitting fuels.

But still, I love the idea of electric vehicles. I just don’t endorse the hype, propaganda and incessant brainwashing on how great they are or how much they’re going to help our greenhouse gas problem much. In fact, there is evidence that the greenhouse gasses emitted are going to go up instead of down.

“If we’re going to tackle climate change, we need to address both long haul trucking and aircraft based fossil fuel emissions.”

Yes, we should. But let’s have some honesty about this, shall we?

The largest sources of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions include passenger cars and light-duty trucks, including sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans. These sources account for over half of the emissions from the sector. The remainder of greenhouse gas emissions comes from other modes of transportation, including freight trucks, commercial aircraft, ships, boats, and trains as well as pipelines and lubricants. (Transportation Sector Emissions)

The larger greenhouse gas problem with transportation is personal vehicles. Tesla’s working on that too, but it’s still unaffordable for most people. Electric freight trucks are a breakthrough for certain, but they’re not going to save the planet.

Vehicle emissions from all sources contributes less to climate change then oopselectricity generation and agriculture (see quote below). So how does this “work” with those recharging stations envisioned every 190 miles? Anybody want to do the math on this one? How many thousands of recharging stations does this actually represent? And what is that going to take in terms of resources and their contribution to emissions?

Tesla is only planning on 55 natural gas fill-up stations by the way (for the entire country) and claiming that these will provide for “millions of gallons of clean natural gas each day.” Liars. Isn’t there a place in hell for such people?

So let me get this straight… A electric vehicle company is going to promote natural gas consumption? And call it clean? Are they by chance involved in the horrible fracking activity going on around the country? I don’t even want to look. Perhaps the good news is Tesla’s only actually received $10 million (not the $2.3 billion claimed). Now you know why I didn’t post a picture with this blog entry – the thing doesn’t even exist. But hey, I still like the idea of electric transportation. I don’t want to see them fail. But I’d also like to have the truth about what they’re offering really means. It’s not a solution and it’s not much of a step in the right direction either.

So what about the claim that transportation contributes to our greenhouse gasses?

(Transportation Sector Emissions) – In 2014, greenhouse gas emissions from transportation accounted for about 26% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the second largest contributor of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions after the Electricity sector.

(Electricty Sector Emissions) – 27% of electricity generated in 2014 was generated using natural gas. Petroleum accounts for approximately 1% of electricity generation. The remaining generation comes from nuclear (about 19%) and renewable sources (about 13%), which includes hydroelectricity, biomass, wind, and solar.

I’ll try and spell it out for you. A ‘zero-emissions’ truck (which isn’t) running on lithium batteries (also not zero emissions) which must be recharged every 190 miles, or using ‘zero-carbon biofuels’ (which aren’t) is supposed to make a substantial difference on human-contribution to greenhouse gasses and global warming (it won’t). But hey, it’s a start – I guess.

Actually, we could do better. We could change the entire paradigm of how we live and how we transport stuff and how much we make and what we demand, and hey! We could even grow some of our own food as part of this new paradigm. But this sort of conversation is rarely in the public space and even rarer among authors and publishers, let alone industry or government. And we sure as hell don’t want to discuss things like population or what sustainability really means… no, we’d rather endorse a war criminal and do everything we can to maintain the status quo while pretending everything is going to be honky dory based on vaporware and empty promises. Pardon me while I puke.

Maybe this really will be “Al Gore’s Revenge” when we all finally start to listen to what the Earth has been telling us for decades and stop paying attention to all the hype and propaganda and phony ‘solutions’ we’re constantly being promised.

But probably not. Hopium is simply easier to accept then face reality. What we’re far more likely to get, no – what we are absolutely certain to receive is Gaia’s Revenge (James Lovelock) as the Earth totters towards the total collapse of the biosphere while we continue to dither around embracing our failed paradigms. Our insistence of “business as usual” is our death sentence.

I wish I didn’t have to write article like this. I wish we could all get on board with reality. I wish that people would wake the fuck up and realize just how deceptive many media sources really are. But I rarely ever get anything I wish for. I rarely even get a thank you. But I don’t care anymore, I’ve got nothing left to lose that I haven’t already lost.

Be careful with what you read these daze. Glassy-eyed hopium isn’t the new crack, it’s the same old crap shoveled since the human ape stood upright and formed a coherent sentence.

 Posted by at 5:45 pm