Screaming in the Streets

It’s highly doubtful the sleeping public understands the extreme significance of the coming collapse. If they did, they would probably be screaming in the streets (justifiably so). What will probably happen is our kids will wind up cursing us in their sleep (justifiably so) in their prison camps.

The coming collapse of civilization, which is in reality, already well underway, will be most felt within 50 years. By then, the global problems that have accumulated into unsolvable crisis will become extremely acute, right about the time when Junior is about your age right now. These problems (today) are:

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Cultural Motivation

Civilizations are built in accordance to the cultural values embraced and practiced by its people. These values are developed over long periods of time, cultured and nourished from many sources, from their combined history, traditional, religious and geographical and environmental factors. These are “evolutionary conditions” which cause the evolving changes in cultural values.

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The Moral Choice

As a timely follow up to my last post –

Mr Gore said the world faced a stark choice between the end of civilisation and a future for its children.

Nobody listens to the former Vice President, however, I think he’s right about all of these issues reported in the British news (wonder if any American media will carry this?).

He stressed the problem was moral, not political, and said he hoped the current US government would re-think its environmental strategy and sign up to the successor to the Kyoto treaty.

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The Top Reasons Societies Collapse

There are some historical and factual reasons that societies collapse, a question (and the answers) which should concern everyone. Regrettably, the United States is exhibiting all of these characteristics, thus making its future survival in serious doubt:

a) failing to anticipate a problem before it arrives;
b) reasoning by false analogy that there either is no problem, or it’s not serious;
c) failing to remember historical events;
d) distant management;
e) failing to perceive the problem(s) when they actually arrive;
f) failing to understand the “creeping normalcy”;
g) failing to understand the common interest;
h) conflict of interest;
i) self absorption;
j) advanced technology;
k) religous values.

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I Hate Spammers

The title says it all. They ruin it for everybody. I get my fair share and spend too much time deleting their comments, updating the “blacklist” and banning their IP addresses.

You only get one chance on this blog to fuck up and then I’ll ban you, permanently, forever. Spammers that have done this in the past have been instantly and permanently banned. Go play in your own backyard you lazy scum and stop trying to live off the work of others.

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Dumbing us Down

It’s hardly worth commenting on the “news’ these days. We’ve heard, seen it, digested and spewed most of it out as pure garbage, although an awful lot of it sticks to us like plaque in our veins. We know it’s bad for us, but we do it anyway.

Who cares how high the poll numbers are for Bush? Or whether the DaVinci Code gets good or bad reviews? It’s just all fluff these days, meaningless, pointless and pure drivel.

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Insurance at Risk

This might be something worth listening to:

Clear the Air (CTA), partner organization of the National Environmental Trust, will host a press conference call Monday, May 22 at 12:15 p.m. EDT to discuss the newest information on global warming’s contribution to increased hurricane intensity, what it means for future hurricane seasons and how a dramatic increase in storm damage has the insurance industry looking for a risk policy of it own.

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Natural Selection

There are a lot of things wrong with our culture. Simply listening to a radio news report or watching television (yech!) will reveal quite a few of these issues. The mindless programming that we are assaulted with by the media portrays a world of vast consumption, violence, murder, control, fascism, sex and seduction. We’re supposed to believe that this is the “real world” and the normal way in which humans live, which is of course, not true.

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The Foundation of Empire

The United States is continuing to insist that they alone have the right to dictate to other nations what they should do, what they should buy, and what they should sell. They even go so far as to dictate their ideological beliefs, measuring everything up against the demands of Empire.

I’ve been following the rising tensions between Venezuela and the US for some time now. As in all things, there are two sides to every story. This story isn’t hard to follow, or understand where it’s going. The goal in Venezuela is the same goal as in Iraq – oil. To get there, the US rhetoric towards Venezuela, specifically Hugo Chavez is continually being ratched up to justify a military takeover or perhaps a coup with a US installed puppet regime.

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Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

I’ve been scanning the news today and found a number of real “gems”. But this one takes the cake. This guy, a professor at the Boston College, quit his job because Secretary Condeleeza Rice was coming to town. Hurrah for him!

It’s not often you see people put their money where their mouth is. Or back up their beliefs with taking actions that will cause themselves personal harm. Most people just “go with the flow”, especially if it affects their pocket book. This guy quit his tenured position!

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Minimalist Living

I’ve been thinking a lot about minimalist living, which to me means living with a lot less accumlative ‘junk’. Most of the stuff we own, we don’t use that much. I’m constantly getting rid of stuff, but clearly, I’m replacing it with other junk (otherwise I wouldn’t have to do this several times a year). I spend a fair bit of time maintaining this stuff, or simply moving it around, but while cleaning my shop today, I looked at some of this stuff and wondered when the last time was I used it? In some cases, years have gone by, or in others, I’ve never used it (this stuff got tossed).

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Tiny Living

In my quest to come to grips with sustainable living, certain things have occurred to me. To begin with, the modern paradigm of consumerism living dictates an excessive lifestyle – a lifestyle that was not shared by the vast majority of humanity that has existed on this planet for eons.

I’ve commented on this subject many times before. It’s self-evident that there are many downsides to this lifestyle, with very few upsides (if any). The giant footprint created by this lifestyle requires unbelievably huge energy inputs, high maintenance, large living spaces and giant mountains of pollution. It would seem then, that reversing and reducing this trend on all fronts would be a good thing if we have any hope to continue to have a habitable planet.

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The Search for Sustainable

I’m sure most of my blog readers have heard of Kunstler, as have I, but believe it or not, I’ve not read anything he’s written (to my knowledge) and probably only some quoted pieces by other authors who are writing about Kunstler. Kunstler is saying some interesting things as he stumps around the country with his message of doom for civilization and peak oil (link removed).

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Extinctions Increase

I’ve been clamoring this warning, or really, just jumping on the bandwagon myself, but species extinction is increasing:

Two out of every five species on the planet that have been assessed by scientists face extinction, according to the latest World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Overall, 16,119 animal and plant species are in danger of extinction, including 1 in 8 birds, 1 in 4 mammals and 1 in 3 amphibian species. Since records began, 784 species have been declared extinct. From the poles to the deserts, ???biodiversity loss is increasing, not slowing down,??? says IUCN director-general Achim Steiner.

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Archer-Daniels

I just learned that the giant food conglomerate, Archer-Daniels went up 10% (in one day) due to the nationalization of the Bolivian oil fields and the rising demand for alcohol based fuels.

So food production is now going to be in competition for the driving consumer. Good luck folks, you’re going to need bucket loads.

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The Cost of Doing Business

If you haven’t figured this out yet, the cost of doing business is about to really skyrocket. Our civilization is intextricably linked to the price of oil. To say that our world exists today because of oil is a accurate statement. Everything around you, under you, on you and in you is because of the availability of cheap oil. That is about to change, dramatically.

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Community Collapse

I’d like to make ‘mention’ of something that has been nagging at me in the back of my mind for a while. This issue is overpopulation and the problem is directly related to the ‘community solution’ that I believe is going to be necessary to survive the coming collapse and resource depletion.

When I see those birds eye views of gigantic cities, I wonder how in hell are all these people going to survive when energy, goods and resources skyrocket in price? They’re going to have to ‘re-localize’, a community solution that envisions a return to the local community for commerce, transportation, manufacturing, food production and basically, everything else.

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Quitting Time

It’s quitting time. Time to give it up. If you’re one of those poor slobs that has to punch out, you’ll understand what I mean. Time to lay down the tools, the pencils, pocket protectors and calculators, time to turn off the computer and pack up your stuff and head out. Don’t forget to clock your time as leave.

I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately and I think I’m right. Quitting is the only thing that makes any real sense anymore. Quitting frees you up to move onto something else, or at least, stop what your doing if it’s not working. And it’s clearly not working, so quitting is definitely in order. Time to put on the brakes and call it ‘enough’.

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