Animal Extinction – The Greatest Threat To Mankind

Another gem from Lonewolf, and worthy of deep contemplation:

By the most conservative measure – based on the last century’s recorded extinctions – the current rate of extinction is 100 times the background rate. But the eminent Harvard biologist Edward O Wilson, and other scientists, estimate that the true rate is more like 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate. The actual annual sum is only an educated guess, because no scientist believes that the tally of life ends at the 1.5 million species already discovered; estimates range as high as 100 million species on earth, with 10 million as the median guess. Bracketed between best- and worst-case scenarios, then, somewhere between 2.7 and 270 species are erased from existence every day. Including today.

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Could Food Shortages Bring Down Civilization?

Sent in by Chris:

For most of us, the idea that civilization itself could disintegrate probably seems preposterous. Who would not find it hard to think seriously about such a complete departure from what we expect of ordinary life? What evidence could make us heed a warning so dire””and how would we go about responding to it? We are so inured to a long list of highly unlikely catastrophes that we are virtually programmed to dismiss them all with a wave of the hand: Sure, our civilization might devolve into chaos””and Earth might collide with an asteroid, too!

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The “Good Side” of Collapsed Global Shipping

Everyone should know by now that the Baltic Index of container shipments has been down around 97%, a sign of the collapsing global economy.

There is a good side to this, something that has been underreported.  Sent in to me by Lonewolf:

Confidential data from maritime industry insiders based on engine size and the quality of fuel typically used by ships and cars shows that just 15 of the world’s biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world’s 760m cars. Low-grade ship bunker fuel (or fuel oil) has up to 2,000 times the sulphur content of diesel fuel used in US and European automobiles.  Health Risks of Shipping

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Open Thread

I’m far too busy to even try to keep up with the onslaught of news, views, hype and hysteria.  Food sales have skyrocketed again and I’m barely keeping my head above water here.

So post your news, views, hype or hysteria here.  I’m sitting here watching and reading what I can, but withholding any further commentary on the present state of panic.

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Fighting The Machine

Remember the dude that got harassed by the Border Patrol thugs for (legally) refusing to obey their orders, posted just a few days ago?

If you watch the whole video in the above link, it shows some pretty revealing tactics (and lies) being practiced by these thugs who are illegally harassing Americans at checkpoints. It goes without saying (and nowadays, hardly bears mentioning anymore) that the unconstitutionality of these checks is a moot point — effectively, the law says whatever the hell they want it to say.

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Outbreak Map

This is possibly one of those “Oh shit” moments. Mexico City has cancelled all public events.

And this very interesting tidbit:

The first case was seen in Mexico on April 13. The outbreak coincided with the President Barack Obama’s trip to Mexico City on April 16. Obama was received at Mexico’s anthropology museum in Mexico City by Felipe Solis, a distinguished archeologist who died the following day from symptoms similar to flu, Reforma newspaper reported. The newspaper didn’t confirm if Solis had swine flu or not. Mexico Declares Emergency

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Deadly Flu Virus with Human to Human Transmission Strikes

Everyone has probably already heard about this, but a new strain of flu virus has struck in Mexico and the United States.

I’ll let the article(s) speak for themselves for now, but my very first thought was “this is engineered”. I’ve got no proof of this right now, so just sit on that.

The high strangeness is why I feel this way. The human, bird and pig virus (protein) components is very strange and unusual. This “mongrelised mix” is already “too late to contain” and is now human-to-human transmission (already). A possible pandemic is now being screamed from the Internet headlines.

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Death Becomes U.S.

Do you ever have one of those sad moments when you ponder the fate of the human race?

I do — all too often. I’m not sure why that is to be honest. But when I contemplate the pain and the suffering that we inflict upon each other, I am deeply saddened.

There is a lot of pain in the world, unbelievable incomprehensible levels of it, which we have all carefully insulated ourselves from. We’d rather not hear about it or even read about it because it reveals too much about ourselves, including our apathy, our indifference and our inability to stop.

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Use Energy, Get Rich and Save the Planet

I found a article over on the Island of Doubt that was interesting — but only in the amount of bullshit it was trying to shovel.

Use Energy, Get Rich and Save the Plane suggests that developing economies (which lag behind ours) throughout the world will actually create the conditions necessary to ‘save the planet’ — by using energy, and getting rich. But this position totally ignores several glaring obstacles that will have the exact opposite effect of what the author proposes.

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Why we forgot how to grow food

This is a nice article on what we’re facing, what we’ve lost and how we might go about getting some of it back again. Not to be understated is the level of work involved. Why We Forgot How To Grow Our Own Food

This is a #1 priority on my own crashstead. I just potted up 600 trees and shrubs, the shrubs all being the edible kind when they start bearing fruit. They are not going into the ground yet, as they showed up when the ground was still too cold (mostly frozen) and had to be potted quickly. This was hard work, I didn’t have anywhere near enough pots around so I cleaned out every store for miles around.

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Political Lies, Political Prisoners, the American Gulag

Remember when that lying monkey told the nation and the world, “We do not torture?” This is a declassified top secret pdf file that authorizes just that — Torture Memo.

While this is really another issue, the lies that we are constantly told and expected to believe have become so gargantuan, so disgusting, so pervasive, that it is a wonder at all that we still allow these thugs to rule over us. They’re robbing us blind, stabbing us all in the back and smiling at us while they do it.

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Metal Minerals Scarcity — A Future Reality

Dear Admin,

A serious consequence of energy scarcity is metals scarcity. I’ve written a paper on this subject (final version from 10-03-2009) which has been published on the website of HCSS in The Hague since last week. Every relation to specific military applications has been omitted, so this version is unclassified. That’s perfectly OK, because the “civil” applications tell the complete story by themselves.

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You Are Being Lied to About Pirates

I’ve long known this bit about historical piracy; that they were some of the first free men in an expanding ‘civilized’ world.  Rejecting the slave conditions (and servitude) on board Royal Navy ships, they rebelled and created freeholds of men, islands where men were equal regardless of the color of your skin.

It may be hundreds of years later, but the reasons for piracy today remain much the same as back then, economic exploitation and inequality.

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The War Against Science

During the Bush Administration, the war against science was widespread and vicious. But under Obama, it’s not over. The war continues as the rhetoric on climate heats up.

From BraveNew Climate: The war against science while Rome is burning

Posted by Barry Brook on 16 April 2009

Guest post by Andrew Glikson (Andrew is an Earth and paleo-climate scientist, Australian National University who has contributed regularly to Brave New Climate).

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White House Quivers At Tossed Tea Bag

A demonstration against government waste and high taxes outside the White House on Wednesday was halted after a suspicious package was thrown over the White House fence.

U.S. Secret Service officers immediately cleared Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and Lafayette Park just north of the White House shortly after 2 p.m., forcing about 2,000 protesters to the sidewalks north of the park. Journalists at the White House were ordered back inside the press room.

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