[This is a fictional interview entry, written to answer some interview requests I’ve received. In the past year, I’ve had about five requests I think from different media outlets. I have turned them all down as a matter of routine. I do not grant interviews anymore, because I’ve little interest in the limelight and certainly don’t trust the media. Much of the following is a compendium of what is already written on this blog]
These are some samples of the warnings I’ve been sharing here: climate change and the scientific assessments documenting these facts, is speeding up — way beyond ALL the original assessments and expectations.
Scientists are cautious creatures, but are consistently failing to accurately assess the real severity of the problem facing our planet and it’s affects on human habitation.
I’m going to venture into a very sensitive area that I have yet to cover in detail. Fair warning: this subject matter is going to strike very hard at the heart of many cherished belief systems, especially held by Americans. Read on at your own risk.
The collapse of civilization is a broad euphemism for masses of dead people in most parts of the world. Let’s not kid ourselves here. When our civilization collapses, it is going to mean massive body counts and death by violent means. It will also mean death by disease, starvation and more then a few self-inflictions.
Doug bought me a copy of this book, Earth Sheltered Homes, which he has recommended (thanks Doug!).
I’ve had a chance to look at it now, there are some innovative ideas on how to use plain old dirt for insulation and heat storage. Instead of exposing the home to the heat-robbing damp ground that surrounds the home, a waterproof insulation blanket is extended outward away from the home many feet.
From the Oil Drum:
Robert Hirsch, author of Peaking of World Oil Production: Impacts, Mitigation, and Risk Management (a.k.a. the Hirsch Report), appeared on CNBC this morning. He said flat out that new technologies and new drilling won’t solve the peak oil problem, and that we should expect $12-15/gallon gasoline followed by rationing. $15 Gasoline Ahead
Apparently, according to Russian researcher Boris Borisov, famine during the Great Depression in 1931 – 1932 in America killed over 7 million Americans.
The researcher, Boris Borisov, in his article titled “The American Famine” estimated the victims of the financial crisis in the US at over seven million people. The researcher also directly compared the US events of 1932-1933 with Holodomor, or Famine, in the USSR during 1932-1933.
Michael sent me this link, which is pretty interesting. This could be a blueprint for the Cheney junta to take over this country, not at all hard to imagine. The terrorist threat here I think is grossly overexaggerated, one of the main themes in this document. But more importantly is the idea / reality that ANY supply disruption for ANY reason on the global oil output ANYWHERE s going to have huge repercussions for the entire world, especially here.
It would be worthwhile, if I had time, to do a weekly roundup of the latest news that is applicable to the collapse of civilization. But I can’t do this in reality, there is simply too much to share, too much to read and too little time to write it all down.
Events are indeed accelerating. But it’s still a big planet and there will be plenty of room for things to gather more and more momentum. If you’re watching the news like I am (reading it online), there’s some scary things ahead.
Bet you have NO IDEA what’s up…. but I’ll say it again, YEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!
Ever get that thought that if you open your mouth, you’d knock down mountains? No? Well, sometimes I get that thought. It doesn’t mean I’m right…. but if I am, well, then I’m right.
How important is it to be right? Think about it. It depends on who you’re influencing, even if it’s just yourself. Taking yourself too seriously is probably a pretty bad idea, but we all like to be right, at least now and then. That’s because it validates our thought processes and our efforts. Validation is pretty important too. We seek validation in love, friendship, work, leisure, well, everything.
This is a link contribution sent in by retardedbygod which is pretty interesting. Using pigs to reclaim wasted land and enhance the fertility, even if you don’t eat pork. Fertility Farming
Many more links on the homepage, Small Farms Library
I’ve been clearing land mechanically and by hand, working my butt off too. The slash left behind by irresponsible timber companies is pretty dreadful around here. It takes several decades for this to rot properly and disintegrate into the soil. In the meanwhile, you can’t walk around in the forest without stumbling (or falling) over all the slash.
Prince Charles is saying that 15 billion annually will stop deforestation and some of the worst effects of climate change, but I think not.
This is not even remotely enough money to change our ways of doing business, which is to promote more resource depletion, increase expenditures for consumer products and support it all by military intervention. That’s the American way and from what I know about the modern world, it’s pretty much everybody’s way these days.
In a newly-released tape of a 2006 neocon luncheon meeting featuring former War Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, attended by ex-military “message force multiplier” propaganda shills Lt. General Michael DeLong, David L. Grange, Donald W. Sheppard, James Marks, Rick Francona, Wayne Downing, Robert H. Scales and others, Rumsfeld declared that the American people lack “the maturity to recognize the seriousness of the “˜threats'” — and need another 9/11.
Returning back to your regularly scheduled deprogramming… the CIA has announced a new Bin Laden video will be forthcoming, breathing fire and doom:
An radical jihadist Web site has announced that a new message from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is forthcoming. Alert: A New Message From Bin Laden Is On The Way
I don’t know if it’s the CIA, maybe it’s the NSA, but these fake videos come out with exquisite timing. Undoubtedly, this one will be fake too, but we’ve got to keep up appearances and all that.
I have just received notice (with no warning) that Mountain House (Oregon Freeze Dry) has suspended all FUTURE sales of #10 freeze dried products, effective immediately. This is not a joke – this is not a “future post” – NOBODY PANIC.
All existing orders already received will be filled. Let me say this again — all existing orders already received will be filled. Mountain House expects to fill all of their existing orders by mid-July (for the most recent orders, older orders will undoubtedly ship sooner).
Spotted this article originally on Rense, Portion Size, Then and Now. This give a whole new meaning to “Supersize me”.
Another thought – if we weren’t sustainable back then, how could be possibly achieve sustainability now, while consuming nearly twice to three times as much (per person)?
Portion Size, Then and Now By: Liz Monte
I receive letters from different parts of the world. Most are fairly short, not always sweet, and sometimes they are bitter about American life. This is a letter, actually two letters combined into one, that I’ve received from Japan that deals with collapse survival in a foreign land.
I think they are worth sharing, since they help convey some of the concerns others have in other countries of the world.
I am receiving inquiries from would-be customers to pay for their orders with gold. This isn’t possible with me, I can’t speak for anybody else, but I’d guess it’s very unlikely.
I’ve written about this many times before, warning that gold will not be the asset everyone seems to think. Now it’s happening, and I won’t be accepting it. I don’t imagine the grocery stores will be either.
Everyone has probably heard about the China earthquake. Early estimates are 9,000 dead, but this number is expected to rise sharply. Due to the nature of the population density, hospitals and schools, I’d hazard the guess that it will go many, many thousands higher.
The Oklahoma tornadoes were terrible too – we’ve had way too many tornadoes this year already.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) “” A survey of bee health released Tuesday revealed a grim picture, with 36.1 percent of the nation’s commercially managed hives lost since last year.
“For two years in a row, we’ve sustained a substantial loss,” he said. “That’s an astonishing number. Imagine if one out of every three cows, or one out of every three chickens, were dying. That would raise a lot of alarm.” Survey shows US honey bee deaths increased over last year
Chew on this Savinar: Food Riots are Coming to the U.S.
The Wall Street Journal (April 25) was one of the first to issue the clarion call: “˜Start Hoarding Food Americans!’
I don’t have Kampmarks phone number, but I suppose you could scream and yell at the Counterpunch webmasters and demand that they take down this article while they’re looking up his number.