Dec 292009
 

This is a special edition and won’t be numbered. But for the record, this was written in late December 2009 and would be Newsletter issue 39 or 40 (already!), depending on when I publish. The dawn of a new decade is near, and in the spirit of this time of year, here are some decadal predictions of what may happen in the next ten years.

I got this idea from Club Orlov. I’m not sure if this post was in jest or not, but if not, it was actually kind of weird. And if it was in jest, I guess I just don’t get it. As a “predictive post” I suspect it’s pretty inaccurate. Reality for the decade ahead will probably be much different.

I’ve read a few other too, and find I don’t agree with them either, but only because they have all failed to account for the devolution of civilization due to several critical factors.

What follows is a combination of my personal views and experience, based upon the developing trends within the world and news reports, my blog and past articles.

I will limit my commentary primarily to the next decade only, but some of these trends will undoubtedly take / last longer then a single decade.

Understand, I am quite serious about these expected events, this is not posted in jest at all, or any attempt at macabre humor. There is nothing humorous about 2010 – 2020 or the decade beyond. While this may or may not be informative or educational or even slightly helpful, it is the direction and place I think the world is going.

Whether these events actually happen remains to be seen, but the trends for all of them are here right now. Humanity remains by and large stupefyingly unaware of the widespread devastation and damage being caused throughout the world and the attacks upon personal freedoms, rights, protections and their ability to survive in this increasingly hostile world. I see no sincere evidence that this disposition and awareness of the average citizenry will change on a sufficient scale and scope to prevent our forthcoming collapse.

Finally, if you do not think you can handle these views, please do not read them. Do not fear – I will return to your regularly scheduled programming in subsequent issues.

The Next Ten Years and Beyond

The next decade will see catastrophic changes of such scale and magnitude, that this decade of human history will forever be remembered as “the time of troubles“. There will be little parallel in past human history for comparison in scale, scope, size and significance except the decade following this one which portends to be even worse.

Many of us will probably be dead by 2020. This will be primarily the result of the following factors: internal strife, war, disease, plague, famine and extreme religious fundamentalism and widespread violence. These events will begin immediately — starting in 2010 and continuing through the following decade.

Root causes of these factors will be energy collapse, environmental collapse, resource collapse and financial collapse affecting every country of the world in the decade ahead. These are the collapsing dominoes that underpin our entire civilization. All have been widely abused and depleted even now, the next decade will see them falter further and undergo full-scale collapse.

The event horizon is shrinking all of the time for human endeavors. Many people believe that a constant state of technological advancement will manage to wring out the sustenance (and lifestyle) that humans will need indefinitely. This is a very ethnocentric view that utterly fails to account for the actual development of technology within human history, and why it took so many thousands of years to develop.

The industrial revolution occurred precisely because of oil abundance and exploitation, and the technological revolution that we have only recently experienced was also its offspring. But what happens when the easy energy runs out?

This is already happening now on a growing scale, and although peak oil discoveries actually occurred in the 70’s, we have still managed to coast along up to this point. But now, we cannot as major oil fields are now in collapse and “energy contraction” occurs with increasing and alarming frequency in the decades ahead.

This means that technology will not indefinitely save us, being entirely dependent upon energy sources for their invention, mining, manufacture and distribution within human society. In fact, technology will have become our Achilles heel that will eventually affect all of civilization in the decades ahead.

Within the next decade, our technological dependency will begin to falter in increasingly significant ways, some with terrifying negative effects (such as agriculture and transportation). We will make many attempts to find alternative energy sources, but it is extremely unlikely that any sufficient resource will be found. If, by chance, a resource is found and exploited, it will only accelerate our environmental and resource collapse.

Most energy alternatives recognized today will not sufficiently replace oil, nor provide portability or have the infrastructure necessary, and some will simply be abandoned, being deemed far too dangerous, too expensive and too pollutive to exploit.

We are very near or already at “peak civilization” as a result, as peak civilization is in fact, the apex of energy production. When energy declines, so will we — and everything that we have built and designed to use energy. All of our transportation systems, agricultural production, mining extraction, distribution and manufacturing and everything else will be increasingly impacted within the next decade.

From this point, we will be in permanent decline throughout the world. Do not forget that this is only the energy equation, we must still deal with environmental collapse, resource collapse and financial collapse too, and these are all intricately linked to energy availability. We are far, far into overshoot on planetary capacity to support humanity. It is simply not possible for the world to grow much further without severe and debilitating impacts (collapse) occurring.

Environmental collapse will accelerate, despite undeniable evidence of our continuing infliction. Species extinctions will occur faster and faster then at any other time in earth’s history (including now). Resource collapse of critical and essential resources will also continue to accelerate. Everything to maintain world population levels and national control will be tried, all of which will continue the ongoing destruction of the earth. The very notion of “preservation” (no impact / no use) will fly out the window altogether as we desperately attempt to wring the last remaining resources to our advantage.

Most of the promises of science and medicine simply will not happen — ever. Whatever new developments we manage to actually achieve will be small, limited and of a “exclusive nature”, being unaffordable for the masses and simply unavailable. This will worsen in the decades ahead as civilization continues to devolve.

Despair and desperation will take a terrible toll during these years. Government and public / private leaders from around the world will increasingly bicker and fight amongst themselves on what can be done as we devolve at every level of society due to these collapsing dominoes. New alliance of convenience and mutual need and protection will be forged and fought along the lines of energy and food resources and arable land. Millions will die as a direct result of the ensuing wars.

Entire countries will be abandoned to their own devices for their survival as nations desperately hoard increasingly critical resources for themselves. Primarily water and food will be the resource needed most as the climate continues to spiral wildy from the norm and crops collapse all over the world. But energy resources will be in increasingly short supply and will precipitate the collapse of entire economies.

2012 will be early and especially worrisome, as cultish behavior among various groups and individuals replaces common sense in the run-up to December 21st. Rage and riots will be replaced with despair when prophecy proves false. Suicides will be at an all-time high among easily influenced groups and people.

Hysteria within government, media, celebrities and pundits will create a frenzy of hatred and froth towards groups, governments and even individuals deemed ‘responsible’ for the growing crises around the world. In America, this hysteria will even achieve federal status of protection, as lawmakers “protect” the practice of hatred and xenophobia. Other countries will follow, believing themselves to be under attack from within. Symptomatic responses will be the earmark of this decade.

Politicians of all flavors will find it increasingly dangerous to remain in office and more then a few will be forcibly removed and assassinated. Political campaigns will resemble military conquest and domination as contenders “vie” for the prize they seek, armed to the teeth from the very people they claim to support. “Voting” will become a highly manipulated and controlled affair, as increasing privacy restrictions make simply being a citizen an unending application process.

Privacy and rights will be completely gone by the end of the decade, as fascist polices are layered higher and higher. Travel, purchasing, possession and even ownership will become increasingly restricted and controlled. The Internet will have been absorbed entirely into a Total Information Awareness network whereby all activities, browsing, buying and shopping will be highly controlled and manipulated. The free press will cease to exist except underground and through “monitored” outlets (manipulated).

By the end of the decade, American breadlines and homelessness will be of such huge size and significance that entire regions will be filled to the brim with the disenfranchised and hungry. Countries will collapse from within and cases of starvation, cannibalism, strife, war, disease and widespread crime and an unending sea of death will be the earmark of this era.

Draconian government policies will be brutally enforced in every nation of the world. Prisons will overflow and “internment camps” and concentration camps for “violators” will be widespread. Within these hell holes will be rampant disease, hunger, strife and the most miserable conditions, such as slavery, forced prostitution and organ harvesting for the few remaining wealthy who will secretly move from meetings to compounds, hiding behind hired mercenaries and private armies.

Gold will collapse as a means of exchange and measure of wealth. It is possible that this occurrence will take longer then a decade to play out on this issue. Historical precedence notwithstanding, more important elements and resources will replace gold as wealth. Land, oil, uranium, food and even water and fertilizer will be the “true wealth”. A new economic unit of monetary exchange will be employed and utilized throughout the world. This will ultimately be based upon energy units and will be exchanged throughout the world. Wall Street will utterly collapse.

The green movement will collapse as desperation and despair overcomes any attempts at conservation. Human rights will take a backseat throughout the world as does democracy and justice, all to be replaced with increasingly violent fascism and waves of desperation and ill-planned “recovery” efforts.

Rioting will break out in many, many cities of the world as the “common people” rebel with increasing levels of violence against world leaders and organizations. The middle class as we have known it today will have entirely disappeared. Entire groups will be wiped out in brutal campaigns of oppression and violence, and this in turn will be met with political and private assassinations and covert guerrilla warfare in many parts of the world.

War will break out, again and again, with India, Pakistan, South America, Israel, China and Asia taking center stage in increasingly bloody conflicts — all of which will have participation and even instigation by the United States which will still be trying to retain military superiority. Russia will attack several of its neighboring countries, in aggression and in self-defense from hostile actions. The United Nations will be replaced with a new world body of government and will prove to be just as powerless and ineffectual as ever.

Environmental and climate collapse will reach critical crisis levels throughout the world. This will be largely ignored as human desperation increases exponentially and will continue to take precedence of the environment. Scientists and climatologist, anthropologists and leading researchers will unsuccessfully try to convince humanity that our self-destructive path is the true root cause of the collapse. Symptomatic efforts by governments will singularly fail to resolve anything.

Private mercenary groups will become increasingly common and will be used throughout the world, even in the United States to protect their employers. Private security walled “compounds” encompassing well-to-do neighborhoods will be increasingly common in an desperate attempt to seal out crime and “undesirables”. Racism and xenophobia will become very widespread. Over 40 million Americans will be homeless or near-homeless and they will occupy large tracts of now-abandoned cities, taking them over and creating a new subclass of Americans.

This will be the “ghetto guild”, comprised of the destitute, the formerly affluent and well-to-do, the insane and the criminal class. These areas will resemble third-world countries within our own borders as we know them today, and they will realign themselves much like prisons do today, based upon racial lines and segregation. This will be a decade of “combustion”, an inflammatory period where a single spark will lead to a conflagration within. Rampant crime of all sorts will spiral totally out of control.

This will be repeated in developed and under-developed countries throughout the world. Refugees from impoverished nations or nations / regions devastated by climate change / economic collapse will pack most cities beyond capacity. Many of these people will be forcibly removed to the developing refugee ghettos. These areas will be hell holes of human habitation and desperation as few resources will be available. The lifespan of humankind will plummet dramatically. Fake government statistics on everything from crime to economy will be widely employed.

The Arctic will come under increasing “attack” from speculators and energy hungry nations and multinationals, will the likely outcome being war over discovered resources. Climate change will be so severe that the face of the world will be barely recognizable at the end of this decade. There will be no more summer ice in the Arctic, making it “clear” for exploration and exploitation by energy corporations.

Deforestation and overfishing leading to ocean collapse and widespread species extinction throughout the world will continue to increase dramatically as the sheer demand for food and materials will remain in extreme demand despite attempts at bans and moratoriums. Pirate fishing and deliberate overfishing will decimate entire food chains within the oceans.

Illegal organ harvesting will explode as corruption permeates the medical industry and kidnappings of citizens and prisoners for body parts rises exponentially. This will expand from current corrupt governments and regions to most parts of the world.

Conclusion

The decade of 2010 – 2020 will be bad, very bad. However, 2020 and beyond will be even worse. During this time is when die-off of immense magnitude commences in earnest as entire nations utterly collapse, having run out of all options and available resources to maintain populations.

We are only just now at the “beginnings” of trouble in reality, it will be quite some time before we decrease ourselves to a sustainable level where it is simply too expensive and costly for us to continue to fight and kill each other as before. But in reality, we are a long ways away from that point — figure at least an entire generation from right now of down-slope and death on all fronts. Between now and then, it will be brutal, bloody and violent.

This will NOT be easy, and we will not go “quietly into the night”, but will scratch and claw and bite our way through titanium plating in an effort to stay alive. This is not unknown to the world’s government and leaders, who are already aligning themselves with weaponry and alliances to secure for themselves the best places and “chess pieces” necessary for the decades ahead. Resource hoarding and control is already quite common and these elements will be the trade / business of the future, all else will proceed from that.

Die-off is a bottom-up phenonmena affecting the lowest rungs of the human socio-economic ladder first.

It is now 2009 and this evidence is already available. The poor, disenfranchised and economically depressed and environmentally affected will create a huge refugee class, which will increasingly compete for scarcer and scarcer resources without the means to pay for them or obtain them. And there will in fact be little the world can or will effectively do for them beyond lip-service. Not enough people will have made any or sufficient preparations to deal with any of this, and this will lead to rampant crime, desperation and die-off.

Those most unprepared / disenfranchised (poor and economically depressed) are and will be the first to die as the world’s human condition devolves. The aristocratic and wealthy will persevere the longest, having the most means and money to do so, but will be increasingly hated and targetted by the underclasses. They will respond in kind with everything from legislation to outright brutality.

See Warning To The World, The Top Reasons For Societies Collapse, Collapse of the USA, and finally, The Answer. All these and more past writings are supporting views of mine in line with this “decadal prediction”.

 Posted by at 7:54 pm
Dec 282009
 

This is a special edition and won’t be numbered.  But for the record, this was written in late December 2009 and would be issue 39 or 40 (already!), depending on when I publish. The dawn of a new decade is near, and in the spirit of this time of year, here are some decadal predictions of what may happen in the next ten years.

I got this idea from Club Orlov.  I’m not sure if this post was in jest or not, but if not, it was actually kind of wierd.  And if it was in jest, I guess I just don’t get it.  As a “predictive post” I suspect it’s pretty inaccurate.  Reality for the decade ahead will probably be much different.

I’ve read a few other too, and find I don’t agree with them either, but only because they have all failed to account for the devolution of civilization due to several critical factors.

What follows is a combination of my personal views and experience, based upon the developing trends within the world and news reports, my blog and past articles.

I will limit my commentary primarily to the next decade only, but some of these trends will undoubtedly take / last longer then a single decade.

Understand, I am quite serious about these expected events, this is not posted in jest at all, or any attempt at macabre humor.  There is nothing humourous about 2010 – 2020 or the decade beyond.  While this may or may not be informative or educational or even slightly helpful, it is the direction and place I think the world is going.

Whether these events actually happen remains to be seen, but the trends for all of them are here right now.  Humanity remains by and large stupefyingly unaware of the widespread devastation and damage being caused throughout the world and the attacks upon personal freedoms, rights, protections and their ability to survive in this increasingly hostile world.  I see no sincere evidence that this disposition and awareness of the average citizenry will change on a sufficient scale and scope to prevent our forthcoming collapse.

Finally, if you do not think you can handle these views, please do not read them. Do not fear – I will return to your regularly scheduled programming in subsequent issues.

The Next Ten Years and Beyond

The next decade will see catastrophic changes of such scale and magnitude, that this decade of human history will forever be remembered as “the time of troubles“.  There will be little parallel in past human history for comparism in scale, scope, size and significance except the decade following this one which portends to be even worse.

Many of us will probably be dead by 2020.  This will be primarly the result of the following factors: internal strife, war, disease, plague, famine and extreme religious fundementalism and widespread violence.  These events will begin immediately — starting in 2010 and continuing for through the following decade.

Root causes of these factors will be energy collapse, environmental collapse, resource collapse and financial collapse affecting every country of the world in the decade ahead.  These are the collapsing dominoes that underpin our entire civilization.  All have been widely abused and depleted even now, the next decade will see them falter further and undergo full-scale collapse.

The event horizon is shrinking all of the time for human endeavors. Many people believe that a constant state of technological advancement will manage to wring out the sustenance (and lifestyle) that humans will need indefinitely.  This is a very ethnocentric view that utterly fails to account for the actual development of technology within human history, and why it took so many thousands of years to develop.

The industrial revolution occurred precisely because of oil abundance and exploitation, and the technological revolution that we have only recently experienced was also its offspring.  But what happens when the easy energy runs out?

This is already happening now on a growing scale, and although peak oil discoveries actually occurred in the 70’s, we have still managed to coast along up to this point. But now, we cannot as major oil fields are now in collapse and “energy contraction” occurs with increasing and alarming frequency in the decades ahead.

This means that technology will not indefinitely save us, being entirely dependent upon energy sources for their invention, mining, manufacture and distribution within human society. In fact, technology will have become our Achilles heel that will eventually affect all of civilization in the decades ahead.

Within the next decade, our technological dependency will begin to falter in increasingly significant ways, some with terrifying negative effects (such as agriculture and transportation).  We will make many attempts to find alternative energy sources, but it is extremely unlikely that any sufficient resource will be found.  If, by chance, a resource is found and exploited, it will only accelerate our environmental and resource collapse.

Most energy alternatives recognized today will not sufficiently replace oil, nor provide portability or have the infrastructure necessary, and some will simply be abandoned, being deemed far too dangerous, too  expensive and too pollutive to exploit.

We are very near or already at “peak civilization” as a result, as peak civilization is in fact, the apex of energy production.  When energy declines, so will we — and everything that we have built and designed to use energy.  All of our transportation systems, agricultural production, mining extraction, distribution and manufacturing and everything else will be increasingly impacted within the next decade.

From this point, we will be in permanent decline throughout the world.  Do not forget that this is only the energy equation, we must still deal with environmental collapse, resource collapse and financial collapse too, and these are all intricately linked to energy availability. We are far, far into overshoot on planetary capacity to support humanity.  It is simply not possible for the world to grow much further without severe and debilitating impacts (collapse) occuring.

Environmental collapse will accelerate, despite undenialable evidence of our continuing infliction. Species extinctions will occur faster and faster then at any other time in earth’s history (including now). Resource collapse of critical and essential resources will also continue to accelerate. Everything to maintain world population levels and national control will be tried, all of which will continue the ongoing destruction of the earth.  The very notion of “preservation” (no impact / no use) will fly out the window altogether as we desperately attempt to wring the last remaining resources to our advantage.

Most of the promises of science and medicine simply will not happen — ever.  Whatever new developments we manage to actually achieve will be small, limited and of a “exclusive nature”, being unaffordable for the masses and simply unavailable. This will worsen in the decades ahead as civilization continues to devolve.

Despair and desperation will take a terrible toll during these years.  Government and public / private leaders from around the world will increasingly bicker and fight amongst themselves on what can be done as we devolve at every level of society due to these collapsing dominoes.  New alliance of convienence and mutual need and protection will be forged and fought along the lines of energy and food resources and arable land. Millions will die as a direct result of the ensuing wars.

Entire countries will be abandoned to their own devices for their survival as nations desperately hoard increasingly critical resources for themselves.  Primarily water and food will be the resource needed most as the climate continues to spiral wildy from the norm and crops collapse all over the world.  But energy resources will be in increasingly short supply and will precipitate the collapse of entire economies.

2012 will be early and especially worriesome, as cultish behavior among various groups and individuals replaces common sense in the run-up to December 21st.  Rage and riots will be replaced with despair when prophecy proves false.  Suicides will be at an all-time high among easily influenced groups and people.

Hysteria within government, media, celebrities and pundits will create a frenzy of hatred and froth towards groups, governments and even individuals deemed ‘responsbile’ for the growing crisises around the world.  In America, this hysteria will even achieve federal status of protection, as lawmakers “protect” the practice of hatred and xenophobia.  Other countries will follow, believing themselves to be under attack from within. Sympotomatic responses will be the earmark of this decade.

Politicians of all flavors will find it increasingly dangerous to remain in office and more then a few will be forcibly removed and assassinated.  Political campaigns will resemble military conquest and domination as contenders “vie” for the prize they seek, armed to the teeth from the very people they claim to support.  “Voting” will become a highly manipulated and controlled affair, as increasing privacy restrictions make simply being a citizen an unending application process.

Privacy and rights will be completely gone by the end of the decade, as fascist polices are layered higher and higher. Travel, purchasing, possession and even ownership will become increasingly restricted and controlled.  The Internet will have been absorbed entirely into a Total Information Awareness network whereby all activites, browsing, buying and shopping will be highly controlled and manipulated.  The free press will cease to exist except underground and through “monitored” outlets (manipulated).

By the end of the decade, American breadlines and homelessness will be of such huge size and significance that entire regions will be filled to the brim with the disenfranshised and hungry.  Countries will collapse from within and cases of starvation, cannibalism, strife, war, disease and widespread crime and an unending sea of death will be the earmark of this era.

Draconian government policies will be brutally enforced in every nation of the world. Prisons will overflow and “internment camps” and concentration camps for “violators” will be widespread.  Within these hell holes will be rampant disease, hunger, strife and the most miserable conditions, such as slavery, forced prostitution and organ harvesting for the few remaining wealthy who will secretely move from meetings to compounds, hiding behind hired mercanaries and private armies.

Gold will collapse as a means of exchange and measure of wealth. It is possible that this occurance will take longer then a decade to play out on this issue.  Historical precedence notwithstanding, more important elements and resources will replace gold as wealth.  Land, oil, uranium, food and even water and fertilizer will be the “true wealth”.  A new economic unit of monetary exchange will be employed and utilized throughout the world.  This will ultimately be based upon energy units and will be exchanged throughout the world.  Wall Street will utterly collapse.

The green movement will collapse as desperation and despair overcomes any attempts at conservation. Human rights will take a backseat throughout the world as does democracy and justice, all to be replaced with increasingly violent fascism and waves of desperation and ill-planned “recovery” efforts.

Rioting will break out in many, many cities of the world as the “common people” rebel with increasing levels of violence against world leaders and organizations.  The middle class as we have known it today will have entirely disappeared. Entire groups will be wiped out in brutal campaigns of oppression and violence, and this in turn will be met with political and private assassinations and covert guerilla warfare in many parts of the world.

War will break out, again and again, with India, Pakistan, South America, Israel, China and Asia taking center stage in increasingly bloody conflicts — all of which will have participation and even instigation by the United States which will still be trying to retain military superiority.  Russia will attack several of its neighboring countries, in aggression and in self-defense from hostile actions. The United Nations will be replaced with a new world body of government and will prove to be just as powerless and ineffectual as ever.

Environmental and climate collapse will reach critical crisis levels throughout the world. This will be largely ignored as human desperation increases exponentially and will continue to take precedence of the environment.  Scientists and climatologist, anthropologists and leading researchers will unsuccesfully try to convince humanity that our self-destructive path is the true root cause of the collapse. Symptomatic efforts by governments will singularily fail to resolve anything.

Private mercenary groups will become increasingly common and will be used throughout the world, even in the United States to protect their employers. Private security walled “compounds” encompassing well-to-do neighborhoods will be increasingly common in an desperate attempt to seal out crime and “undesirables”.  Racism and xenophobia will become very widespread.  Over 40 million Americans will be homeless or near-homeless and they will occupy large tracts of now-abandoned cities, taking them over and creating a new subclass of Americans.

This will be the “ghetto guild”, comprised of the destitute, the formerly affluent and well-to-do, the insane and the criminal class.  These areas will resemble third-world countries within our own borders as we know them today, and they will realign themselves much like prisons do today, based upon racial lines and segregation.  This will be a decade of “combustion”, an inflammatory period where a single spark will lead to a conflagration within.  Rampant crime of all sorts will spiral totally out of control.

This will be repeated in developed and under-developed countries throughout the world. Refugees from impoverished nations or nations / regions devasted by climate change / economic collapse will pack most cities beyond capacity.  Many of these people will be forcibly removed to the developing refugee ghettos.  These areas will be hell holes of human habitation and desperation as few resources will be available.  The lifespan of humankind will plummet dramatically.  Fake government statistics on everything from crime to economy will be widely employed.

The Arctic will come under increasing “attack” from speculators and energy hungry nations and multinationals, will the likely outcome being war over discovered resources. Climate change will be so severe that the face of the world will be barely recognizable at the end of this decade.  There will be no more summer ice in the Arctic, making it “clear” for exploration and exploitation by energy corporations.

Deforestation and overfishing leading to ocean collapse and widespread species extinction throughout the world will continue to increase dramatically as the sheer demand for food and materials will remain in extreme demand despite attempts at bans and moratoriums.  Pirate fishing and deliberate overfishing will decimate entire food chains within the oceans.

Illegal organ harvesting will explode as corruption permeats the medical industry and kidnappings of citizens and prisoners for body parts rises exponentially.  This will expand from current corrupt governments and regions to most parts of the world.

Conclusion

The decade of 2010 – 2020 will be bad, very bad.  However, 2020 and beyond will be even worse.  During this time is when die-off of immense magnitude commences in earnest as entire nations utterly collapse, having run out of all options and available resources to maintain populations.

We are only just now at the “beginnings” of trouble in reality, it will be quite some time before we decrease ourselves to a sustainable level where it is simply too expensive and costly for us to continue to fight and kill each other as before.  But in reality, we are a long ways away from that point — figure at least an entire generation from right now of downslope and death on all fronts.  Between now and then, it will be brutal, bloody and violent.

This will NOT be easy, and we will not go “quietly into the night”, but will scratch and claw and bite our way through titanium plating in an effort to stay alive.  This is not unknown to the world’s government and leaders, who are already aligning themselves with weaponry and alliances to secure for themselves the best places and “chess pieces” necessary for the decades ahead.  Resource hoarding and control is already quite common and these elements will be the trade / business of the future, all else will proceed from that.

Die-off is a bottom-up phenonmena affecting the lowest rungs of the human socio-economic ladder first.

It is now 2009 and this evidence is already availabe. The poor, disenfranchised and economically depressed and environmentally affected will create a huge refugee class, which will increasingly compete for scarcer and scarcer resources without the means to pay for them or obtain them.  And there will in fact be little the world can or will effectively do for them beyond lip-service.  Not enough people will have made any or sufficient preparations to deal with any of this, and this will lead to rampant crime, desperation and die-off.

Those most unprepared / disenfranchised (poor and economically depressed) are and will be the first to die as the world’s human condition devolves. The aristocratic and wealthy will persevere the longest, having the most means and money to do so, but will be increasingly hated and targetted by the underclasses.  They will respond in kind with everything from legislation to outright brutality.

See Warning To The World, The Top Reasons For Societies Collapse, Collapse of the USA, and finally, The Answer.  All these and more past writings are supporting views of mine in line with this “decadal prediction”.

 Posted by at 8:25 am
Dec 282009
 

2010 Food Crisis

The 2010 Food Crisis is different. It is THE CRISIS. The one that makes all doomsday scenarios come true. The government bailouts and central bank interventions, which have held the financial world together during the last two years, will be powerless to prevent the 2010 Food Crisis from bringing the global financial system to its knees.

An astounding lack of awareness

The world is blissful unaware that the greatest economic/financial/political crisis ever is a few months away. While it is understandable that general public has no knowledge of what is headed their way, that same ignorance on the part of professional analysts, economists, and other highly paid financial “experts” is mind boggling, as it takes only the tiniest bit of research to realize something is going critically wrong in agricultural market. 2010 Food Crisis For Dummies

Uh oh.  There’s plenty more about this up on the link.

Some sites you should be visiting regularly:

Natural News

Desdemona Despair

Greenfyre’s

Real Climate

Arctic Report Card

Skeptical Science including Skeptics Arguments

Steve Lendeman is also a good site to read regularly.

He’s got a write-up now of Obama’s miserable failures as President (read: betrayals) to the American people.  As President of the supposedly “free world” and the world’s allegedly only remaining “superpower”, Obama’s track record and campaign promises are absolutely appalling.  I warned everyone that he would just be another puppet (they ALL are).

Another view here, Obama Pushes for Patriot Act Renewal.  This is what our “leaders” promise us all — more tyranny, more oppression while the people go hungry.

Sent in by Doug,  The Problem of Global Warming:The Extinction of Earth’s Animals.

Finally, an article that actually lays out how extensive the problem is, but I think reality it is going to be a LOT worse then this to be honest.

The cascading dominoes of collapsing food production (for all species) will have extremely serious consequences. Insects and invasive species will readily migrate towards more habitable climates and play absolute havoc upon (all) available food supplies.  Unlike humans, these pests can eat nearly anything (and will devour everything).

There is also little now we can actually “do”. Lighbulbs won’t change outcomes, not even close. What is needed but will never be considered, is the total shutdown of industrial civilization (all of it).  A moratorium of a sorts before we’re forced to do so anyway.

This is radical, on a exponential scale bigger then what James Hansen has called for with a moratorium on coal fired power plants.  But even this won’t be enough to stop anything, it would only lessen our ongoing damage is all.

Of course, I do not realistically expect civilization to stop, in fact, by all indications, we are still going to try to increase human activity despite the falling dominoes already in evidence.  Next to nothing is being done to slow down or stop human activity.

Why The Environmental Movement Utterly Fails

Here’s what happens: a clear cut deforestation project is “stopped” in the Amazon, but the company is still in business and still taking orders for shipments of materials and products overseas.  So while a local victory is sometimes (although rarely) “won”, the reality is the company simply obtains the logs someplace else.

This type of thing happens all over the world.  Jobs were abolished in America, but new “jobs” (slave labor) were created in Indonesia.  Manufacturing (and pollution) by those jobs was “stopped” here, but simply sprang up again in Sri Lanka or someplace else — out of sight, where we aren’t be shown the terrible environmental damage being done.

We did this throughout the world’s oceans too — as major fish stocks were depleted, we switched to lesser-known fish to continue to fill quotos for ocean protein.  While fishing for many species is now restricted due to fisheries collapse, and which gives the appearance of regulation and “management”, we’re still overfishing elsewhere and causing further fisheries collapse.

It’s like this everywhere — anytime a project or venture that may have negative effects is stopped — the only thing that happens is someplace else is then raped and pillaged into oblivion where we can’t see it.

You cannot “stop” consumption — or culture, which is what the environmental movement is trying to do.  The sheer demand for raw resources in the form of food stuffs, material and minerals isn’t being lessened at all.  In fact, these demands continue to increase in direct proportion to population and living standard increases.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for environmentalist or conservationist or any group to put the kabash to these increases, we are simply deferring them for a short while (if at all, which is very unlikely), or shifting them to some new region or area that is out of sight and out of mind (and out of the news).

It is no secret the multi-nationals and mega corporations operate in secret whenever they can.  They do not want people to know what they are doing.  Allegedly to protect “trade interests”, the real reason is because we would go bezerk if we knew the damage that they are inflicting upon everything.

But they are not alone.  This damage is being caused by you and me and our insatiable appetites and constant consumption of real goods.  It is our lifestyle and our population that is the driving engine behind global collapse.  And this is the reason in a nutshell — we cannot stop collapse, no matter how many lightbulbs we change.

The Temperature Of Science – James Hansen

Here’s a nice article by James Hansen. This is easy to read and understand and recommended, especially for those who still remain in doubt on what is actually happening with the climate, and the scientists that are reporting these changes.  Temperature Of Science

It’s pretty pathetic to see scientists harrassed, but transparency and disclosure do come at the risks of the crazies coming out from the woodwork trying to second guess everything.

I doubt if most people understand what the scientific process is, or how data is reviewed, processed, analysed and tested.  Refereed papers have the benefit of the best and brightest minds assessing the conclusions of scientific research, and if there are questions, problems or issues, they are addressed or at least aired whenever possible.

The scientific community is different with its behavior then other fields.  They have a vested intrest in reporting accurate (if not timely) data and results, but they are only human too, they’re not perfect.  For the most part, they have an interest also in reporting their mistakes — unlike other fields that seem to thrive on their errors (politicians).

It is the politicians and the public that are ‘spinning the data’ that they do not understand to suit their own ends, and it is these latter two groups that should simply be ignored when it come to science.  Let the scientists speak what they have learned, that’s what we are all expecting them to do and it is in fact, what they have trained to do.

By the way, pay particular attention to the solar irradiance graph in the link above — if, as Hansen says (and I agree with him) that 2010 will be the hottest year yet, what do you suppose this means when we once again reach peak solar irradiance sometime in the next ten years?

We could be looking at some really significant temperature increases, beyond anything anybody has been predicting.  There is no doubt that this will be catastrophic.

Godel’s Proof and The Human Condition

Ok, here is a site that details why we are going to collapse from a mathematical and biological perspective.  I admit — it’s a hard hard read (you’ve been warned), but there are some understandable sections in there even for a layman like me.

According to the author, it’s inevitable.  I came to this same conclusion myself from an entirely different approach.  There is enough material here for you to spend months on.

It’s Ok To Shoplift Now - Advice from Father Tim

Things are getting pretty bad when they offer this advice from the church.  His points are quite valid however, but the uproar is going to drown out common sense.  Read what he did say — not what everyone thinks he said.

Bah, Humbug

I don’t celebrate Christmas, and probably never will again.  It’s been around 20 years or so since I did. I do not like the crowds, the greed, the merchandizing of useless crap, the traffic, and I really hate the music — the whole kit and kaboodle of consumers brainwashed into believing that buying stuff enmasse because we’re literally programmed to is anything but greed and gluttony and rampant consumerism gone absolutely wild.

I see no need to cut down a perfectly good living tree and stick this in my house to die, to run electric lights for their “glow” and risk a house fire, to pile up gifts in packages under the tree to be later thrown away or exchanged for something “better”, to stare in dismay at my “Christmas” bill from the credit card company in January or July, or agonize over what to get Johnny, Sally or Sue in November October September at one of those special “Friday Christmas” sales events where I have to muscle my way through the crowd after standing outside for fourteen hours in the bitter cold to be one of the first connedsumers through the door only to have the blue light “special” snatched out of my hand by a fire-breathing Grandmother with beady eyes and bad breath.

Christmas to me isn’t the nativity, or the “spirit” of giving, or the “season” except “open season” on gulliable consumerism.  I see enough of that every year, every day, everywhere I go. I’m glad when this ridiculous ordeal is over and the world returns to a tiny semblence of normalacy again, or at least pretends to, but you have to avoid the “After Christmas sales” and “Inventory Clearance Sales” and “Year End Sales” before you can even begin to believe it.

It’s March or even April before the world “normalizes” again, but by then we’ve already being constantly barraged by other “essential sociological conditioning” programs like Valentines Day and Easter where a giant bunny going against the laws of nature lays perfectly colored and cooked chicken eggs where children can find them to their parents delight.

Are we STUPID OR WHAT?

I stay home this entire month if at all possible, or make my dash into the store as fast as I can, quick like a (real) rabbit, except that never happens as I wait in interminable lines of “Christmas shoppers” with overflowing shopping baskets of useless junk they’re planning on “giving away” to people they hardly ever see or even care about.  I bet if I laid an “egg” in the middle of the aisle I’d get some fast service.

Bah, humbug.  I know what Christmas is supposed to be and I know why it’s not, and I know the real history of the “Christian” message in the Christmas story, but it’s all been co-opted long ago into a gluttonous feast of gobbled goodies and greed giving of “gifts” pushed upon gulliable American connedsumers and corrupt credit card companies gleefully gloating over the media-programmed gluttiocracy.

I’m staying home.  I’ll brew myself some coffee, play with my dog, and never, ever get a credit card bill in the mail for my Christmas “giving”.

I guarantee you — my dog is going to enjoy this “season” more then I will.

Monthly Food “Investments”

Someone just wrote to me about a “monthly plan” to buy storable food on “installments”.  I took a long hard look at that website and realized that their prices were 30% – 100% higher then my own.  And most of your monthly payment would be given to UPS as they delivered to you a few cans of food each month.

UPS would get rich on this “deal” with their constant delivery costs, while you’re supposed to be thinking “what a good deal you got” because that’s what this website says.  I’d be embarrased to try a stunt like that with my customers.

There is no substitute for straighforward honesty — never forget that.  If it seems too good to be true, it most certainly is (no “probably” about it).  Integrity does not come at any “price” either.  Either it exists or it doesn’t, but it won’t have anything to do with the money in your pocket if it does, otherwise it’s not real integrity — it’s prostitution.

I’m sometimes reminded of “how much money I’ve got” from a would-be customer and how I “owe” it to them to work for them harder then anybody else.

Wrong — I treat everyone the same, which is something I think we should all do. We can prostitute ourselves for mere dollars and sacrifice our intergrity and honesty if we like, or we can simply practice these things all the time with whoever we are doing business with.

I’ve lost track of the times I’ve walked out of businesses because I didn’t “appear” to have the same amount of money in my pocket as some other well-to-do customer. You always know when you’re going to get screwed over when this happens, because you’re going to be treated in direct accordance to how much money you spend.

Appearances are everything in today’s world — even if it’s wrong or misleading or creates false impressions, and our society is very good at this practice.

You get what you pay for, pure and simple.  This is a double entendre — if you pay for something at a company that treats you like crap, then you’re also paying to keep them in business too.

I get questions on grinders and “deals” and packages all the time.  If it’s cheap, then it is cheap (and nearly worthless).  Nothing comes for “free” — even if it say’s it’s free.  I’ve truly lost count how many times I need to explain that simple point.

But ’tis the season, as they say.  Open season on you and yours, and all that you have, and all that you will ever earn.  You will need to guard your wallet and your sanity and make sure that you’re not being played for a fool.

Corporate Folly

My washing machine “died” (simply quit) and it was only 7 days old.  So I called the big box store where I had bought it — and learned it’s already been discontinued!

Well, no problem I think, I’ll exchange it for a comparable model.  Yeah, right.  In my dreams.  The store refused to do so, offering me a much cheaper, lesser quality model as a “fair exchange”.  I of course, refused and requested they repair the one I had.  So finally after two weeks, Repair shows up to inspect my broken machine.

Meanwhile, we’re making trips to the laundrymat in December weather.  Not a place I’d recommend for anyone. Those machines are dirty!  Breakdowns there are common too — we had to remove our sopping wet clothes from one “dead” machine that ate our quarters into another.  Not a big deal, just a big pain.

Repair reports on my new, but dead machine – it’s broken alright (duh!), needs a new motherboard.  So we wait and wait and two or three weeks go by and no parts.  So we call Repair and inquire.  Seems that the big box store thought we had a broken dryer and couldn’t find the schematic for the board we needed.

Grrrrrr… and this is really only the tip of the iceberg of how badly we have been handled by this store. It’s been a comedy of error after error.  Lost receipt, lost orders, lost phone number, these people don’t even have my zip code right.  Who are they hiring at these places?  The level of incompetence is staggering.

I told them to come get their piece of shit out of my house a few days ago, but even that will take two or three weeks to accomplish.  Unbelievable.

So when a priest says go ahead and rob from the corporate stores — I can fully empahsize with his views.  They’ve robbed from me (and you) repeatedly, they’ve STILL got my money, and we keep paying them for this dubious privilege by going back to them, again and again.

Insult to injury report – my “old” washer was stored in the (unheated) shop while this fiasco was unfolding. We dragged this out and hooked a hose and extension cord up to this machine and got one load of clothes washed several weeks ago.  But then it got very cold here (still no snow) and several days ago, we tried this again.  It doesn’t work now, even after heating it up with a huge space heater. I think we killed it.

As they say, the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.

Still no snow here — we are WAY over due for nearly 6 feet or so by now.  And they keep telling me climate change isn’t real….

Localization

Buy LOCAL if you can.  Start supporting the mom and pop stores and businesses that are there for you.  I admit this doesn’t always work out, one local business here REALLY botched up a job so badly it had to be torn apart and redone entirely.  This took them five months to accomplish and was a major headache all around.  But for the most part, cultivate a relationship with the people you do business with, you will get far better service and support then just being another face in the crowd.

Going local is going to be the future anyway.  The days of a “1500 mile Ceasar salad” won’t last forever. We are going to have to find ways to work together and pull together if we can.

I have had problems with local businesses – from dishonest practices, overcharging, misrepresentation or outright non-delivery of services.  I don’t cater there anymore and some of them are now gone.  Stick with the good ones, they’re your neighbors and they depend upon you for their livelihood (never forget that).  Part of building a community is catering to the community and doing business there, they need your support as much as you need theirs.

There are definitely things that you cannot get locally.  My own personal goal is to reduce this “need” in my own life, so that I’m living within my own region for my own personal “footprint”, but I am finding this particularily hard.  Even though I do not drive anymore, I still have to fix my truck when it breaks and I can’t obtain these parts locally.  I can however, have the local parts house get them for me, so that’s what I try to do.  I have found that they are willing to be competitive too.

I’m still fighting my horrendous doctor bills and I’m not getting much cooperation from the doctor or the hospital.  They seem to think that they’re being plenty generous enough, so I’m dragging my feet with them as long as I can.  My research showed that I was charged about triple what costs should have been and this is the “figure” that I’m shooting for, but time will tell if I have any success.

I killed my Google Adwords account, so you can help if you like.

Send somebody a link to my website or post it in a forum or get it “advertised” out there somewhere as a storable / emergency food seller.  I still have to make a living too.  December sales activity is the worst I’ve seen in years, signs of the times I’m sure.

If 2010 turns out as bad as Market Skeptics is claiming, then food will be a terrific investment.

Google is biased, greedy, deceptive and destructive — in case you didn’t know.  They also dominate the search engine market and many other things too.  I may have to go back to using them, but you can help make that NOT happen.  I have investigate other advertising programs, but greed runs rampant and I’ve yet to bite the bullet.

Coming Up – 2010 to 2020 Decadal Predictions

Next issue is the decadal predictions.  Fair warning — they are very dire, very gloomy, very dark.  Nothing about the next decade to be happy about, so if you don’t think you can read this material, please don’t.  This will be coming in issue number 39, so you’ve been warned!

 Posted by at 8:24 am
Dec 212009
 

Co-Opting Nature

A reader recently pointed out that the Nature Conservancy is not what it’s all cracked up to be.  A quick Google search shows some complaints, such as this one: Land grabbing secrets of the Nature Conservancy.

Unfortunately, this particular article did not provide a single reference to the claims made (even though the story alleges hundreds of complaints have been filed).  Nor did this one: Are People Still Contributing to the Nature Conservancy?.

Co-opting any organization is extremely common. So common, that you should probably assume that it has already been comprimised (any organization) to one degree or another.

This is being done throughout the world and it is very effective. I have an issue of Green Anarchy magazine from several years back that has a writeup about how any group, effort or organization is infiltrated from within and eventually taken over to prevent the original agenda from ever being accomplished.  The FBI has also long bragged that there isn’t any group in America that they do not have their people involved in.

This would underscore “why” these groups singularily fail to achieve their original stated objectives — but it is not the only reason.

The real reason is much more obvious. The business as usual model is always going to take precedence over real change.  Preservation of the status quo is “how we do business” throughout the world.

We’re all heavily vested in the status-quo and the business as usual scenario still suits us all best (even if this is temporary) and in accordance with how we live our lives, it’s how we make our living and even plan for our future. For the present time, it’s irrelevant to us it is this very methodology that is actually destroying us.  Humans aren’t wired to think about long term trends very well.

Anytime you read an article “blaming bad guys”, I suggest you try this little exercise:  Change the names of the evildoers to one of your own favorite groups.  Leave the rest of the adjectives in place and then re-read the article.  Here is an example taken from the link above:

“One gets to wonder if those who donate to the numerous special interest, ultra-green, liberal, extremely well-heeled environmental groups have any idea how and where their money is actually being spent.”

Now change the names like this:

“One gets to wonder if those who donate to the numerous special interest, ultra-conservative, republican, extremely well-heeled political and conservative groups have any idea how and where their money is actually being spent.”

See what I mean?  It doesn’t even matter “who” the evildoers actually are anymore, the shoe still fits far too well for comfort.

You should recognize the deeper significance and just how pervasive true evil has become within ALL of the world’s organizations that lay claim to “lead” these days. Where exactly are they leading us?

The divide and conquer strategy is always at work within anything of significance.  If you dig deep enough, you will often find that both sides are often funded by the same core organizations and people.  They’re not only hedging their bets, they making huge profits by playing both sides of the fence. This is no accident and it is in fact, how the game is played.

All groups seem to have hidden motives, on both sides of the fence, and all of them have been co-opted from within to one degree or another.  This is why I will never join anything.   Any support I give is given directly to an individual and nothing more.  I can see directly whether or not they need my help that way.

Finally, I’m convinced nobody is really working for our best interests, not among the so-called “leaders” in any movement, irrespective of their promises. They all have their hidden agendas and you’re not being told what they are.

This leads us to Copenhagen.

Look how divided we are:  Climate Talks Deadlocked.  Many have been hoping for a target limit of “just” 2C of warming in the negotiations.  But this will still wipe out 20% of the world’s life forms.  And it is VERY unlikely (impossible now) that we could have limited warming to 2C (dream on).  Updated projections are 4C and higher.

Copenhagen Fails

This was expected.  The idea that disagreeable nations (including ours) were going to accomplish anything of significance in Copenhagen was laughable if it wasn’t such a serious issue.

Much ado was made over the protests and clashes taking place (and the relatively tiny snowstorm — but to the boneheads — it’s December in the northern lattitudes).  Check out Alaska’s snowstorm for a real flurry.

These things were just side-shows to what was really going on.  Divisions over what to do, who will do it and when and how much have angered and dissapointed all sides.

“We have made no progress” said a source close to the talks. “What people don’t realise is that we are now not really ready for the leaders. These talks are now 18 hours late.”
John Vidal: ‘Countries are making tiny concessions’ Link to this audio

More than 115 world leaders arrive tomorrow and on Friday and had expected only to bargain over the final details in a prepared draft agreement but the earlier impasse could condemn the talks to failure.

For the first time frustrated negotiators spoke openly of – at best – reaching a weak political agreement that would leave no clear way forward to tackle rising greenhouse gas emissions.

That would mean the negotiations staying in limbo well into next year, increasing the damage caused by global warming.

The day saw thousands of protesters take to the streets to demand a strong deal by Friday but, while they clashed with police, they failed in their objective to enter the conference centre.

Copenhagen Summit Veering Towards Farce

The difficulty of coming to any agreement is truly a monumental task. The carbon trade scheme is nothing more then another globalist greed agenda, but that doesn’t make the problem of warming any less real.

It’s very odd – the worse environmental collapse gets and the more factual, provable evidence there is — the louder are the screaming and hollering of denial.

I recently read this: “Nothing is real in Copenhagen – not the temperature record, not the predictions, not the agenda, not the “solution”.  Really?

Reality has a way of triumphing over everything else, but in our media dominated disinformation world, it’s hard to pick out the good stuff anymore, but here’s a few:

Sea level rise may exceed worst expectations

Acidification Irreversible on timescale of ‘tens of thousands of years’

Nope — none of this is actually happening, so don’t worry about any of this, it’s just all baloney, nothing to see here, move along, move along, buy, buy, buy, consume, consume, consume, pollute, pollute, pollute, spend, spend, spend.  That’s right, be a good little slave.  That ocean got acidic you know, from space aliens taking a dump or something.

You’re a zero-impact man and nothing you do has any effects whatsoever.  Your future is quite secure, set in stone even, it’ll always be there, rest assured, ‘cause we said so and we’re the ones that are RIGHT.  And if that’s not good enough, Jesus is going to come back and fix everything anyway, so there is nothing you need do.

Revelation does promise us all a hell on Earth.  I suspect that the double-meaning of this prophetic prediction should be obvious.  I hope the denialists like their hell nice and hot and with large portions of the Earth lacking in fresh water and food for their progeny, because that is exactly the future they’re going to get.

Copenhagen is now over, and it appears that almost nothing was accomplished, unless you count “deferement” for seven more years an “accomplishment” somehow (let someone else deal with the problem, a typical response of the world’s governments).

Monbiot has a article on the meeting here.  What a terrifying disaster this was. I doubt very much if the majority of the world’s people have a clue what this means for their future.

This has not happened by accident: it is the result of a systematic campaign of sabotage by certain states, which has been driven and promoted by the energy industries. This idiocy has been aided and abetted by the nations characterised, until now, as the good guys: those which have made firm commitments, only to invalidate them with loopholes, false accounting and outsourcing. In all cases immediate self-interest has trumped the long-term welfare of humankind. Corporate profits and political expediency have proved to be more urgent concerns than either the natural world or human civilisation. Our political systems are incapable of discharging the main function of government: to protect us from each other.

Goodbye Africa, goodbye south Asia; goodbye glaciers and sea ice, coral reefs and rainforest; it was nice knowing you, not that we really cared. The governments which moved so swiftly to save the banks have bickered and filibustered while the biosphere burns.

Is it as bad as that?  Yes and worse. Given the rising temperature record and projections, heat increases will cause increasingly negative effects throughout the planet.

Ok then.  This was expected and we have not heard the last of it.  There is still time for more photo-ops and grandstanding gladhandling emblazoned in the world headlines by the complicit media, and this will dominate the bogus “news” for some time to come.

Pick Your Poison

Some poisons act quickly, others very slowly and many are plenty painful.  This concoction is of course our own brew, and if this is unpalatable, then it’s time to do something about it.  Take a hard look at the temperature maps and start packing your bags if you live in one of those huge regions that are going to fry.  I suggest you do this before the mad rush from all corners of the globe begins.  Don’t forget to factor in sea level rise and salinization of the local acquifer too for all those coastal regions that look so nice and breezy.

Related, something sent in by Don: Toxic Sewage Sludge In Your Food.  Unbelievable, you’d think they were trying to kill us. Well, perhaps they are, there is scant evidence anymore that they are in fact, working for our best and healthy interests.

Relocation & Food Production

Wherever you decide to weather out the dust / hurricane / tornado / monsoon / drought / economic storms ahead, consider how your local food is being grown as one of primary importance (and what’s being put on it to help it grow).

I do suggest a goodly supply of non-hybrid seeds of course, but shop around, you can spend a lot more and get less if you like.  Now is the time to prepare in earnest, there is going to be a mad, mad rush coming soon for all things needed and necessary.

I still say forget gold, in fact, I think gold is going to become nearly worthless in time (really).  I’ve been working on my decadal predictions and this is one of the things I will be including.  Land, water, food, fuel, energy and sheer space from the craziness of a collapsing world will be of prime importance.

Regions that are not food secure will pay increasingly higher prices for food stuffs, which are expected to be in shorter and shorter supply too.  It’s no accident that China is buying up large tracts of agricultural land all over the world, they’re more likely to prepare for the foreseable future then even we are (it’s a cultural thing).

Space, Safety & Self Defense

You’re going to need to start thinking about personal space, safety and self defense.  I’m referring to how to keep the craziness and desperation building in the world at bay (as long as possible).

Having sufficient “space” around you will be immensely valuable, but you will have to find ways to ensure that you can maintain it, at least for a while.

You will need some distance from it all.  Nothing can replace that.  It’s not enough to just have walls or doors or bars on your windows, the population density and craziness factor isn’t something you can stop with mere walls.  Getting away from all the noise, pollution, traffic, people, electricity even can be very healthy and will do wonders for your peace of mind.  Above all, you will need to preserve your sanity and I do not know of a better way to do this then “unplug”.

Get on some dirt and convert it into a crashstead / homestead as fast as you can.  It’s going to be musical chairs time soon enough and when the music stops playing, don’t be left with no place to go.

Get your spring garden planted this coming year and learn to grow food.  Dig a well, build a root cellar, ride a bike, put these things and all those “self-help” projects and ideas into real motion.

Bottom Up Die Off Ahead

Few seem to yet realize that a bottom up die-off is what is now happening around the world. This is only going to get worse and worse as time and collapse progresses.  Depending on how close you are to the lower rungs is when your collapse scenario is going to happen to you.  I will have much more to say on this in the decadal prediction issue coming up.

Websites

I have a ‘preferred list’ of websites that I read, none of them survival blogs. Nor do I read any conspiracy website anymore, I stopped doing that some years ago.  The problem that I have with both of these kinds of websites is their failure to address real issues.  Conspiracy too often takes preeminence over fact, and fabricated fiction or simply useless pablum seems to be the usual fare.  I’ve no personal interest in these things anymore and do not find them of much use.

Recently, several people have asked me about these kinds of websites and whether or not their information was true or helpful.  I think you should make up your own mind for starters.  Years ago I did shortwave broadcasting and rubbed elbows with a number of ‘conspiracy theorists’.  I eventually walked away from it all, realizing that it was utterly pointless and even aimless to even bother engaging in these things, nothing ever came out of any of it, and apparently, still hasn’t.  From what I’ve heard, it’s still the same as it was back then.

I have often thought that if these people really believed what they were shoveling, then why don’t they do something about it other then scream and holler?  Nobody wants to be “first”, but then again, nobody IS first when it comes to these complaints.  All we have is a lot of smoke and noise — but no fire.  Fire is what you do – not what you say.

It’s not as if some of these claims are valid, it’s more an issue that the more valid the claims may be, the less is being done.  I never did find that spending all my time reading about these things and writing about them changed anything.

I think it is more important to deal with known facts and actual events then with conspiracies or predictions based upon myths anyway. This is why having measurable data is very important. Trends can be reasonably plotted out to give a very good indication of where we are headed.

Personal viewpoints and opinions do not really matter anymore (other then to you). Collectively, large groups of people holding particular viewpoints and opinions can in fact, have some small influence. But they are still not effectively influencing the major levers of control.  These are things that are entirely out of our control unless revolutionary actions is taken. But Americans remain much too lethargic and indifferent to seriously contemplate this type of thing. They’re still too vested in the status quo, even if this means self-destruction.

This is why I also advocate self-sufficiency and personal independence.  You are only as effective as your life actually represents.  You’re not effective when you spend all your time blabbing into a microphone or sitting behind a keyboard, you’re not even helping yourself, you’re only playing into the same system that runs it all.  Realize that this type of activism is nearly useless and there are much better ways to spend your life.

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 Posted by at 8:26 am
Dec 162009
 

The Cove

This is a must-see movie about the ongoing dolphin slaughter in Japan.  The scope of this slaughter is mind-boggling, and so is the real story line of the man behind this expose.  You’ve seen him on t.v., many years ago on the “Flipper” series.  Now, he’s trying to stop Japan and (finally) recruited some help to expose this story.

At great personal risk, surveillance video was taken of the thousands of dolphins killed each year.  Extremely toxic and heavily laden with mercury, the meat was being given away free to Japanese schoolchildren.

This true story is now available on DVD and is highly recommended. Encouraging to see what can be done by dedication and committment.  “There are two kinds of people – activist and the inactive”.

Desmonda Despair is doing a great job on the environmental collapse happening at break-neck speed.

A quick update: India torrential rain increases, Arctic coastline disintergrating, Himalayan ice disappearing, British wildlife collapsing, pollution destroying parts of Vietnam, Cantrell (Mexico) oil field in severe decline now, coral reef collapse, Louisana coast flooding, deforestation threatening villages and farmers in India, Brazil river collapse, whales dying in Italy, more coral reef collapse, Australia water collapse, Paraguay deforestation, algae blooms in Washington coast, more erosion in Alaska coasts, rising seas in Bangladesh — good grief, I’m not even half done with page 1!

This is a must-read site every day as the news on environmental collapse and devastation is accelerating and having some very critical domino effects throughout the world’s ecosystems. We are going to see much, much more of this on increasingly bigger scales with far bigger impacts. There is near-panic is some circles as the environmental collapse grow.

It is painfully clear that something quite dramatic must be done, very, very soon or all life on this planet will perish.  As over-the-top as this may sound, I do not think it is.  We are wreaking the environment and the life forms it supports at an truly staggering rate.  Very few people are collating all the data on this, and when it is presented, it seems “impossible” or “we would have heard about it”.

But you have — in bits and pieces, byte by bite.  Short clips on the news (sometimes), brief artices, even a documentary film once in a while.  When you take it all together and realize the sheer scope and size of these issues and their frequency — you will be shocked down to your bones.

China is facing some serious food production problems.  Market Skeptics has a write-up on America’s food production figures and what they expect to happen in 2010.  Oh, I see they have an new article too, 252 counties declared disaster areas — just in the last 30 days.

Food production and availabiity for 2010 is going to a serious question for many parts of the world. Few Americans realize that there is a bare 3 day supply of food on the shelves in this country.  Global demand is going to be so huge that what Americans have isn’t going to be what we’ve been accustomed to.

If you haven’t gotten your non-hybrid seeds yet — do so now.

Sent in by Don, yet another government money giveaway (and what will surely be a boondoggle) – Free Money.  Reminds of this one — that failed spectacularly.

I can barely believe the utter idiocy of the United States Government. There are times (all too-often) that being an American embarasses the hell out of me.  Paying people to buy stuff. With bogus money (printed out of thin air) that will be ultimately paid back by none other then you and me (well, really your kids) — even though we and they didn’t willingly participate in this Ponzi scheme.

How could these politicians be this stupid? It boggles the mind.

Randall sent this in — Climate Wizard.  Shows you just how hot it’s going to get where you live.  America’s food production states are going to be hit hardest.  These temperatures will absolutely destroy our agriculture base.

On Life

Deep philisophical questions remain on the reason and purpose for life.  Specifically, human life and how it relates to all other things.

Life…. what is it?  Why do we have it?  What is the purpose? What is our purpose?  What should we do with it?

A wise friend once told me, that the most valuable thing that we each have is time, and what we do with our time is what matters more then anything else.

I have pondered the depths of this statement many times.  Since time as we know it is the moments of life itself, time relates directly to how we spend this life, then the question of what we are doing with our lives and the time that we do have, is of great importance.

In many ways, life is an ‘expenditure’.  You ‘spend’ your life doing different things, pursuing different pursuits, different activities. But what awaits us all, each and every one of us, is at the end, when we have spent it all, death.  Between now and then is the time that we have, and moment by moment, deed by deed, is how we have chosen to spend it.

It would behove us all then, to spend it wisely.

A Second Chance

There are times when a second chance in life are called for.  When we’ve screw up, and made a mess of things so badly, that we really should just start all over.  In the process, we lose everything that we had before.

The world is now at that place.  The place where a second chance is needed, because we have screwed up so badly as the dominant species that we’ve no hope at all of anything else.  We’d be better off, individually and collectively, to start over from the beginning all over again.

But it’s clear we cannot. It is much too late for “beginnings” now.  Even so, we still need a second chance.  Will we get it?

Profits and Prophets

The preparedness industry is a place that is full of prophets and profiteers. There is a marked increase of these individuals in this field with newcomers, schmucks and schills trying to take advantage of the unsuspecting (and the gulliable).

Using a lot of hype and fear-mongering, their agenda seems to be to create a following of true-believers with open pockets (and empty minds).  No place is this more evident then within religous circles.  I get calls from time to time from the indoctrinated and I’m absolutely stunned by what some of them believe (and are being told).

My own past showed me that these people were the least likely to have a firm grip on reality and facts, or what really needs to be done in the area of personal preparedness.  The shortsightedness and profiteering (fleecing the flock) they are being subjected to are absolutely legendary now.

I’ve seen a ‘cyclic rythmn‘  to these profiteers.  First, you must have a “doom” to gather your budding flock around.  This is always personified as “the enemy” (real or imagined) and is accompanied by all kinds of predictions and prophecies that never come true.  But never mind that, what is really going on here is the old shell game.  You’re being distracted while your pocket is being swiftly fleeced.

Eventually though, the game is up and you have to live with the end results of your inattention.  We’re going to see a lot of that in the days ahead.  After 2012 passes, not that far off, I’m wondering what comes next for them.  There will be something I’m sure.

Preparedness

If you’re going to prepare (and you should), do so wisely. It’s best to work from facts, not fiction.  And not some flights of fancy or fabricated fairy tales. The world HAS entered into a dangerous era — by our own hand, and it is going to be mighty difficult to figure our way of of this.  In all likelihood, we won’t.  We will probably fail — quite badly by some accounts, as we power down and learn to cope with a dramatically changing world.

The wise man understands that preparedness is good sound advice. In a world built upon a declining resources, 100% dependent upon just-in-time deliveries, with everything being geared towards constant growth and expansion (irregardless of the true consequences of such a policy), is a world that is headed over a precipice.  Add to this folly an absolute insane fiscal and economic policy and excessive material living all built upon debt instruments and you have written the perfect recipe for disaster.

Let us not forget population either.

It Would Take 40 Years to Reduce the World’s Population By 1 Billion – These are sobering stats — a 1 child policy, implemented now, would only reduce the world’s populations by 1 billion.  And it would still take 40 years to do this.

Wow.  Are we in trouble or what?  What more evidence does anyone need to understand that they had better take firm charge of their own future security that is not dependent upon the failing systems of todays world?

Time

We’re living on borrowed time.  Remember, how we spend our time is of critical importance.  We’ve been very foolish, squandering all of the Earthly inheritance faster and faster, taking no serious thought for tomorrow or any of tomorrow’s children (even our own).

Our momentary Earthly pleasures are coming at a multi-generational price, a true measure of time which is almost beyond our comprehension.  Every action we take as members of the modern “global community” is putting a relentless pressure upon the living biosphere.  Cumulatatively speaking, we continue our heavily trodden march towards gobal ecocide and self-destruction, still relatively oblivious to the stench of death we are leaving in our wake.

Real Climate has a few words to say about this and how it relates to the Copenhagen conference happening now:

Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year’s inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc. In scientific journals the question is no longer whether humans are to blame, but how little time we have got left to limit the damage. Yet so far the world’s response has been feeble and half-hearted.

Climate change has been caused over centuries, has consequences that will endure for all time and our prospects of taming it will be determined in the next 14 days.

That’s not much time to figure things out — and there is already ample evidence that they too, will spectacularily fail.

But I’m a realists and already know that our feeble attempts won’t improve much, no matter what we do.  Collectively, we seem doomed to repeat the same failures of our past.  Individually however, we have a different set of choices available to us, and this is what I have long emphasized.

Authority

We do not need governments to tell us what to do.  We do not need politicians or celebrities or famous persons to give us our charge.  We do not need permissions slips, authorizations, licenses, permits or anything at all.  We already know what we need to do if you stop and think about it.  And we are not powerless to do these things, we’re just unwilling.

But that hourglass continues to run out, trickling away all opportunity for a future that is worth having, and worth living in.  A life worth living is a consciencious life. In my blog post On Resistance III, I wrote:

w) don’t assume or even believe that anything you do is actually going to make “a difference”. It might, but probably not, as there is too much going on, too much inertia, too much deadness, too much lifelessness and too little interest in whatever it is you’re doing or about to do to change much of anything at all. However, this is absolutely irrelevant, because you’re now living a life worth living, by accepting your responsibilities and the truth that comes with them;

We absolutely MUST accept our responsibilities and the truth about our lives, and how we have lived them.  If there is an indictment about our lives — then let it be the truth and let us not avoid it or claim irresponsibility.

On the other hand however, and by the same token (measure of morality), we need to embrace the authority that this responsibility conveys upon us all.  If we are responsible, then we are also (still) in full authority.  If we are in full authority, then we are also still capable of revoking any delegation that we have knowingly or even unknowinging authorized.

If this seems too cryptic, try this: we do NOT have to go along with what anybody else demands of us. We have the right and the responsibility to refuse if we so choose.  Of course there will be consequences, but there are consequences already, we’re just taught not to think about them, or to even think that they count (they do).  We’d prefer to defer these consequences on someone else, anyone else, even if it is our own children.

But that is pathetic to say the least — but it is also the truth.  And because it is the truth, we have to accept the responsibility of what this means.  And we have to accept the authority and embrace it, something we should have been doing all along.

We have the right and the duty and the moral responsibility to put a stop to what is proving to be global ecocide and self-destruction.  It is nothing less then this by any measurement.

This is why I support those that have abandoned the “system” and those that have refused to live according to societies dictates — they are exhibiting a stronger sense of personal responsibility and authority then those that “just go along to get along”.  They have revoked their granted authority to those “in charge” (which forever remains their right).

We are either truly born “free” and then sold into bondage (through deception and coercion), or we are not free and never were.  Since all authority rests on the idea that it is by permission of the people themselves that they have this delegated authority, then this also implies that we were born free and “delegated” our responsibilities, freedoms and authority away to someone else.

But we keep acting like we need a permission slip or something to revoke this authority!  How utterly ridiculous this is.

Do what needs to be done, pure and simple.  There simply isn’t any excuse anymore not to.

 Posted by at 8:27 am
Dec 092009
 

In this issue GMO, Climate News, Alternatives, Introduction To The Apocalypse

GMO

I read something the other day that shocked me in its stupidity and shortsightedness. You should read this short article first.

Hunger is not caused by too little food production.  The root causes of hunger are caused by too much food production. Supporting biotechnology companies promoting GMO crops is INSANE.  Unbelievably, this point of view is coming from a “sustainable” blog writer.

Bioengineered food is dangerous to the entire planet.  Anybody truly interested the “shared the goal of protecting the environment” would easily understand that.

It’s unlikely that this is a sign of a co-opted website (something I recently discovered / uncovered with WhatReallyHappened), but it is yet another signpost of how uneducated we are and how divided we are on issues that should really be commonly held truths (by now).

Genetically modified foods is “old news”.  The jury isn’t out — they came back with a guilty verdict.

Climate News

The whole issue of climate change is obviously a hot potato right now, and the shouting over this issue won’t die down for a long time.  My guess is the water will have to rise around the necks of the coastal dwelling deniers before they finally admit that they were wrong.

Don’t despair — it’s already happening:

Climate Change Refugees Flee

Thai Village Disappears – Seas Advance 20m Per Year

The Northern Hemisphere is also being affected.  There are reports of starving polar bear cannibalizing their young:

The lack of ice and suitable habitat for hunting is the cause.

This ice is too far to help:

B17A is a 12 mile long, 5 mile wide iceberg — and it’s almost to Australia now.  Too bad they couldn’t grab that sucker and melt it down for fresh water — the Australian’s certainly need it.  The irony of fire and ice in that region shouldn’t escape anyone.

There’s also a bit of news on the camel slaughter in Australia here.

Denialist are telling me that the planet isn’t warming and they keep sending me bogus links from other denialists as “proof”.  I told one such person that it’s hard to argue with 20,000,000 climate refugees that it isn’t happening. I further explained (briefly) that any such “beliefs” about the issue are irrelevant.

He continued to try and argue and asked me how I liked all that snow we were getting.  He finally shut up when I said that this time last year, we had 48″.  But this year – zero.  After that – silence.

One season does not make a case, but things are changing very fast and it would be well to remember that the overall trends have not changed.  The signposts are all over the world now and it’s absolutely pointless to try and argue sense into these people.  They’re walking around with both eyes closed – deliberately and maliciously.  I’m not going to excuse them one bit for willful ignorance and denial.

There is no point in discussing our “beliefs” that dispute facts.  Reality is going to triumph over “belief” every single time. What is happening, what really happened is well documented and it is the reason that the world’s nations are desperately trying to find some answers.

The claims that it’s all a fraud or a gigantic “conspiracy” to create a global government are mixing up two arguments into one and alleging that they are the same argument. This is why I do not post hardly anything produced by Alex Jones or his ilk — he’s dead wrong about climate change.

I’ve no doubt, like the Green Movement itself, that the issues surrounding climate change will be taken advantage of. The carbon credit scheme is one of them. The drive to create a global government is another.  But neither disprove the reality of climate change and that humanity has a gigantic problem on it’s hands.  Something must be done.

Of course government is going to choose a lot of the wrong things to be done, as they are ill-equipped to handle the depth of the problem.  They’re too vested in the status-quo and the economic “health” of civilization, which is really a polite way of saying the ongoing destruction of the environment.

It is clear — they are polar opposites of each other and can never co-exist without the depredation of one over the other.  I am of course, implying the business, development, and government are the same thing here.  These alleged human ‘requirements’ cannot exist without environmental destruction, and the environment cannot continue to exist (in balance or health) with constant depredation.

The problem then becomes finding a balance. How does the foundation for civilization and all that it means find a balance between the things it needs (and wants) and the ability of the environment, the natural world, to provide them?

Already, we need nearly four planets of Earth’s capacity to support our growth rate and remain “in balance”. This is an indication of just how seriously we are into overshoot and resource destruction planetary wide.

Of course, we cannot find a readily available (and nearby) planet to expand into (and even if we did, we’d simply stupidly repeat the crimes we’ve done here).  Therefore, we need to seriously consider alternatives.

Alternatives

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about ‘alternatives’.  Ways in which we live that do not contribute to the ongoing destruction of this planet.  This means quite a lot.  Lives that don’t help greedy corporations get richer. Low impact ‘footprints’ that don’t contribute to global pollution and carbon footprint. Sustainable living practices that are truly sustainable.  Non-contributory lives that don’t help support the banking cartels or support the axis of evil.

In other words — lives which are exempt, contributing nothing towards the onward march toward death and destruction of the biosphere that sustains us all.

A lofty goal for sure — and it may seem far fetched, but would is surprise you to know that it’s been done before?

Herein lies the problem:

if you live a “normal” life of employment (job), home and what is the accepted levels of material consumption (anywhere in the world), you are in fact, a contributor to the global problems of resource destruction, pollution, corporate greed, carbon emissions and many other serious issues that not only affect us all, they will affect every single future human that may ever exist on this planet.

And even that is an understatement, the true reality is considerably bigger then this, as humans are but one species of life on this planet.

In researching ‘alternatives’ to this conundrum, two things become readily apparent:

1) We have no choice within “civilization” but to participate in this destruction;

2) Any alternatives tried miserably fail to have any measurable impact.

Since the problem is all-encompassing as far as humanity is concerned, if only a few convert to alternative lifestyles of a truly sustainable nature, it wil not be sufficient to prevent total resource destruction anyway.  This is the same problem of the no-copted portions of the “Green Movement” by the way.  They’re much too small to have any noticeable effect on a planetary problem.

At best, we can / could slow our decline by a very short while, a matter of mere months only.  But, for example, petroleum depletion will still occur almost as rapidly as ever.  We could say the same for overfishing of the world’s oceans or deforestation.  If even one million of us try an alternative way of living, and a absolutely boycott on any of these issues, it really wouldn’t change the final outcome.

I’m aware that this is also the case with climate change by the way. We are not going to be able to stop this now, not even if the entire planet of humanity stood stock still for fifty years.  That would bring back a lot of the biodiversity, which would recover from our non-predation, but it would not stop climate change.

I point this out to show how futile our beliefs are in numbers.  We are NOT going to pull this off with more people.  The truth is, many issues cannot be solved with more people, not when the root cause of the problem goes far deeper then just mere numbers.

We’re really dealing with an issue of lifestyle .vs. sheer number of people. It does no good to suppress China (1.3 billion) or India (1.1 billion) to 2nd or 3rd world living standards, while say 500 million already live like kings.  On a per capita basis, the “kings” are the killers and always will be.  Carbon footprint studies have long shown this.  Their numbers are not the guilty ones — ours are.

Jevons paradox shows that even if we increase our efficiency, we are still going to fail to reduce our consumption anyway (and ongoing contribution to destruction of course).  This is why increased agricultural production and efficiency will not solve world hunger, as more food is not the problem.  We’ll simply have more births and more mouths to feed the more we produce.

We are very guilty of expanding everything we do to our technological limits. More energy production spawns more energy consumption.  Improved transportation spawns more competition and therefore more resource destruction.  It’s an unfulfilled promise that alleges we will improve our activities and reduce our consumption.  The exact opposite is what proves to be true.

If you haven’t realized this yet, here it is: it is shortages, not abundance, that will actually reduce our rates of consumption and pollution.  The more we produce, the worse we’re going to make things.  The less we produce, the longer we can prolong our existence.  Only “if” and “when” we find a proper sustainable balance, can we assure ourselves that we might last far into the future.  As it is right now — this is by no means guaranteed at all.

It is the cultural expectations and competition that is driving all of this. Because we insist on treating everything (and everybody) as a “resource” to be exploited and made into some fashionable material or labor, we have set up humanity to fail when the resources finally fail.  During this time / process (a matter of mere years, less then a single century), we rapidly overproduced, over consumed, over polluted and overpopulated as fast as humanely possible.  We’d have done it even faster if we could — but natural and unnatural variations slowed this down a little.

Eventually, we smack up against the finite limits of resource depletion and even cause directly or indirectly catastrophic issues such as climate change, species extinction and widespread human-caused destruction of the biosphere.  Then we finally stop and ask the most obvious question of all — what in the hell has gone wrong?

I am stupid enough to think that it’s obvious what went wrong.  We made a fatal mistake on what we expected and how we went about getting it. We exchanged sustainable lifestyles for non-sustainable lifestyles and these lasted only as long as the resources did.

But I’ve drifted far from my point.  Are there any true alternatives to this death spiral?  Lives lived that have stopped this deadly combination of consumption and contribution?

After fifteen years of searching, I have not found that answer.  If you “went primitive” — then yes, that is one way, so I suppose this (still) remains the only answer.  But I do not know of any other.

Primitive living offers the only “total” departure from this death spiral. Becoming complete non-dependent (and independent) from civilization and all of it’s requirements and offerings is the only complete answer.

The only other possibility is a foraging life — living 100% on the castoffs of society, buying nothing, paying nothing, existing only on all the discards and whatever could be gleaned / harvested from the land.

But realistically, almost nobody will do this, so it won’t have any impact at all by those that do, and therefore, the outcome remains the same.  The only thing to be gained is the experience — which admittedly, would be absolutely priceless.

Even “sustainable lifestyles / living” that make minimal impacts upon the environment, still inadverdently contributes to all of the following: corporate manipulation and control / production, resource exploitation and species extinction, global / local pollution, taxation and the government / banking cartel, and consumption and material wealth and resource destruction.  They’re all still participants in the resource / death destruction / spiral that ultimately leads us (all) to the inevitable conclusion of collapse.

Maybe “sustainable” lifestyles minimize these impacts to varying degrees, but that isn’t going to be enough.  So my question / concern remains — is there any way to stop ALL of these impacts, even on an individual / community / society level?  Other then going primitive — I am not aware of any other alternative that can promise this (and deliver).

This has some rather sobering implications, if you’ll bear with me just a few moments longer.  This means that we will never achieve material comforts AND sustainable lifestyles.  We will always side with “comfort” and thereby continue to go on depleting / destroying the planet.  Probably through war, plague or some other form of population reduction, we’ll “reset” our impacts to lesser / greater amounts, but we will not stop our impacts.  We will never achieve “zero impact” — ever again.

In the book Collapse – How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond, it was shown that humans have never really achieved a true harmonious balance with the natural world. They all collapse. The problem this time though is obvious — we are so incredibly far out of balance now that crash / collapse is going to be impossible to stop and it will be truly catastrophic.

I may be the only person in the country that thinks about these things, but probably not.

Introduction To The Apocalypse

Please read (thanks to Randall) Introduction To the Apocalypse (pdf file). It’s recommended, as long as it is, to start at the beginning and read it through.

I thought this was an excellent summary of where we are at and how climate / capitalism is going to fail hand-in-hand.  The synchronicity of this report is amazing (to me anyway) considering that I’d just finish writing my own article above.

I thought that this document was pretty insightful, although I disagree that technology is “harmless” (page 45).  Hardly.  Technology is rapacious (all of it) in reality.  Of course it takes a human to make it that way, but then again, you don’t see any other life form creating technology either.  Our propensity to use technology for our mutually exclusive use is well documented.  We’re the only species that can manage to use it well — and use it so badly.

Nor do I accept that “communization” would end climate change (page 47, another “hardly”). We’re already down for a least a thousand years (minimum) of changes ahead, no matter what societal structures we dream up.  The “end of the economy” and all production leads to exactly to the two sustainable outcomes I shared earlier.

The great tragedy is we are going to continue to destroy our living base in our incessant quest for resources and then be left with absolutely nothing but ‘tailings‘ and pillaged earth to try and survive on.  But the greater tragedy of all is we’re going to stand around and let them do it.

I am becoming more and more convinced that if you really intend to survive, or have anything left to survive on for you or your kids — you’re going to have to stop them.  Now.

If you don’t — then you will have been a part of the greatest tragedy and error in judgement in human / planetary history.

 Posted by at 6:00 pm
Dec 072009
 

A nicely humorous expose on the rantings of the anti-climate change crowd (video), found over on Greenfyre’s.

I agree by the way — the science is not disproven in the least.  The only thing going on here is a bunch of  idiots ranting about what is actually happening outside their own doors.

Last year, there was a TON of snow here (over four feet).  This year – nothing. It’s dry out there.  One year doesn’t prove the case of climate change (at all), but it is worth noting how fast things do change.

Here’s a review of the issue:

To these denialists, the scientists’ scathing remarks about certain controversial palaeoclimate reconstructions qualify as the proverbial ‘smoking gun': proof that mainstream climate researchers have systematically conspired to suppress evidence contradicting their doctrine that humans are warming the globe.

This paranoid interpretation would be laughable were it not for the fact that obstructionist politicians in the US Senate will probably use it next year as an excuse to stiffen their opposition to the country’s much needed climate bill. Nothing in the e-mails undermines the scientific case that global warming is real €” or that human activities are almost certainly the cause. That case is supported by multiple, robust lines of evidence, including several that are completely independent of the climate reconstructions debated in the e-mails.

First, Earth’s cryosphere is changing as one would expect in a warming climate. These changes include glacier retreat, thinning and areal reduction of Arctic sea ice, reductions in permafrost and accelerated loss of mass from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Second, the global sea level is rising. The rise is caused in part by water pouring in from melting glaciers and ice sheets, but also by thermal expansion as the oceans warm. Third, decades of biological data on blooming dates and the like suggest that spring is arriving earlier each year.

Denialists often maintain that these changes are just a symptom of natural climate variability. But when climate modellers test this assertion by running their simulations with greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide held fixed, the results bear little resemblance to the observed warming. The strong implication is that increased greenhouse-gas emissions have played an important part in recent warming, meaning that curbing the world’s voracious appetite for carbon is essential (see pages 568 and 570).  Climatologists Under Pressure

A lot of damage has been done on both sides of the fence, but as I’ve shared several times before, the real world is indifferent to our “beliefs”, opinions and attitudes towards climate change.  Humans are going to have to live with the results of their indecision and disinformation campaigns.

Those who keep promoting their denialists beliefs (despite the ever-mounting physical evidence, i.e., people are now dying in droves because of a warming world) are asking us to believe them and ignore the actual evidence.

I have a working theory on denialists. They are very much afraid that the gravy train is going to stop. Everything that they’ve ever known is going to radically change and it is totally out of their / our control now.  They’re scared — very scared.

I suspect that they are “self-irresponsible” types too, the ones who won’t recognize that they are now in peril and will not take any action to ensure their own survival.  This is the same crowd that bitches about lost rights and stolen (s)elections, but doesn’t do a damned thing about it except crack another beer and pound away on keyboards some more.

I think they’re pathetic. They’re so far gone from reality and what is happening in the real world and why that it’d take a 2×4 upside their head to skull-shock them back to planet earth.

Politicians on the other hand, aren’t very bright people, and are easily swayed by big business and money.  They’re spouting things like carbon dioxide and a warming world are “good” for us as long as their pockets stay full. They have sold their souls and humanity for a pocketful of silver.

I still find it very odd, despite all the things I’ve read and studied, that facts are often simply discounted or ignored.  Theories are more important then facts, and conspiracies are better yet.  If there isn’t a conspiracy, well I guess we’ll just have to make one up. It is soooo damned easy too.

The facts are readily available: humans have created huge impacts upon the surface of the earth; their activities are measurable and quantifiable, it’s simply impossible to keep on believing that billions of tons of human caused emissions pumped into the atmosphere isn’t going to have some effect on the weather.  And this is really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg (landfill) of what humans have done.

EDRO has a interesting summary of what’s just ahead:

The World Is Rapidly Collapsing

To realize the reason for the world€™s rapid collapse, the following premises should first be understood:

  • The sum total of human activities on the planet is exponentially INCREASING.
  • Humans consumptions of energy and resources continue to increase in parallel to its activities.
  • Pollution including  greenhouse gas emissions resulting from increased energy consumption is accumulating.
  • The increase in the consumption of energy and resources is enlarging humans ecological footprint.
  • The impacts of pollution and humans€™ ever-enlarging footprint has driven most of the planetary-scale ecosystems to the verge of collapse.
  • In the absence of any intervention by the forces of nature, the large-scale ecosystem such as the atmosphere, climate, oceans, soil €¦ will completely collapse, removing the planet€™s ability to support life.
  • We can say with the maximum degree of certainty that in the absence of any remedial action by natural forces the state of our planet would progressively worsen with time.
  • Based on the evidence, including enhanced seismic and volcanic activity, WE BELIEVE, the earth is trying to maintain planetary €œhomeostatis.€
  • However, there is a high price to pay for the nature€™s balancing act functions.
  • Planet earth is effectively becoming €œsmaller,€ less hospitable; the quality of nature€™s services are generally deteriorating, and becoming more rudimentary
  • The effect of Nature€™s balancing act functions, as harsh as they may be, should be viewed as desperate last measures: Survival of some, or extinction of all.

EDRO Moderators believe that the impact of global climate change, including extreme rain events, storm tides, and rising sea levels caused by both the melting ice and slowing down [or disappearance ] of Gulf Stream could flood large swaths of eastern United States, especially the coastal areas of Florida .

Cities and population centers both on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts could experience complete or partial inundation for some of the year, most of the year, or permanently.

About 40 percent of Florida€™s inhabited areas, home to more than 65 percent of the population, could be impacted by the climatic events, rendering most of the existing cities uninhabitable and affecting up to 90 percent of Florida€™s popultion.

Be sure to view the original article with the United States map showing.

Desmonda Despair (always) has several pertinent articles on related weather phenomena:

Jeddah Flood Recede

Exodus Of Dairy Farmers – Certain parts of the world are having a terrible time with climate right now. Some areas are down to less the 5% of their normal water supplies.  Dairy farmers are all but gone.

Americans in large numbers continue to exhibit a severe case of ethnocentric behavior. Our assumed immunity to disaster is absolutely baseless.   The American media is doing an absolutely terrible job on keeping people properly informed.

Market Skeptics has a new article out that reveals this: Strategically Placed USDA Disaster Declarations

A clear manipulation of how bad it really is (in just one state in this example) is revealed in the article. I’ve already shared Market Skeptics dismal 2009 food production report from around the nation.

By now you should be well versed that these disaster areas are all weather related.  The denialist crowd continues to disbelieve that there is any real peril going on, but the actual news reveals exactly the opposite.  But don’t overlook the media complicity either in downplaying the true impacts of what is happening on the earth.  It’s bad and it’s getting worse.

Let me make a final point here: there is NO reason to think it’s going to get better either.   Why should it?  Human impacts are not just going to suddenly go away or even diminish.  Serious and severe shifts in climate are well underway, all over the world and they are now being widely documented.  The future promises, no — assures us that it will continue and that it will worsen.

The regions we’ve settled were picked in part, because of their hospitable climate, and their geography, soil types and natural resources.  But the wild card now is climate and how it is swingly wildly out of the norm.  This is going to continue to have huge impacts upon human habitation and survival.

The other “known” is how much we have impacted the regions in which we live (and even where we don’t actually live). Resources are in huge declines all over the world, “renewables” are being cut down and harvested far, far faster then they’re capable of being replaced.  The future in this regard looks no better.  Combined, the changes in weather and resource depletion promises a deadly combination of devastating impacts on human survival.

Alas, we’re too busy with other more important details to really notice or care.  We bitch and moan about truly mundane things.  I found this on Dmitry’s site:

Over the course of the past year, it has become clear that Obama is just the next political fraud-in-chief, that national bankruptcy is unavoidable, that economic recovery is a pipe dream, that Washington and Wall Street have congealed into a single kleptocratic monolyth impervious to popular influences, that Pax Americana is at an end throughout the world, and that if you aren’t absolutely certain that you are high-class, then you must be low-class like the rest of us, because the middle class ain’t no more. Funny, isn’t it, the difference just one year makes?  Cracking Jokes

Of course people are scared and their lashing out in a reactive but unthinking response.  And none of this is funny, although some humor is definitely called for.  But after the giggles die down, what do we have?  Um yeah, back to reality again.

A few days ago I stumbled across the rant and rave section of Craigslist, but for the life of me, I could not figure out where these were being posted from.  Being that this doesn’t really matter anyway, the general tone was one of anger and rebellion, and it was all aimed at the federal government.

This is nothing new.  Many groups and organizations have formed over the years ostentiously to focus this discontent into meaningful actions.  Alas, none of them have actually worked, not in my opinion.  None of them have sucessfully changed anything.  They’ve all fallen prey to what Dmitry said so nicely, they’re impervious to “popular influence”.

Hah!  Well, of course they are!  Mainstream group think is useless.  Walking the same well-worn roads to “change public opinion” is a waste of time, effort and money.  That’s like asking the status quo to change the status quo — what results can you really expect from that?

The only things that could possibly work is to change the game — and the rules.

Here’s one example:  The Coconut Revolution – Cool video on a native people struggling against colonialism (and winning).

These people were being left with a giant dumping ground by a major mining company.  They didn’t like it, and were ignored (and mistreated).  They finally said enough is enough and blew up some of the critical infrastructure to the mine.  Now, they’re fighting for their lives — but in reality, they already were.  They were smart enough to realize that early on.

Why do so many Americans still think that this same situation is really any different here?  Becasue we have this sham of “democracy”.  Suuuurre we do.

There are many other examples like the one above, but they always involve a wholesale rejection of the status quo.  Recognizing that the system that is destroying us all is not fixable, nor does it lend itself to any meaningful repair is important.

But this point is only important if you’re going to do anything at all and expect real results.  Otherwise – go ahead and send in your membership fees and we’ll send you a free patch so that you can feel good about your “participation and support“.  Attend all of the meetings and incessently complain to each other about what changes you want.  Hold up those nifty signs and witty slogans and march in all those protests, clamoring for attention you never get.  Start yet another letter writing campaign and let your Senators and Congressman know that “you’re not going to take it anymore“.  Keep pounding away on that keyboard until doomsday comes — because it will.

And convince yourself in all of this that yes, you really did make a difference when it all comes crashing down. Start thinking now about how you’re going to explain all this to your kids too in the future too.

Where did Americans learn the ridiculous notion that a real protest is a sign holding march?

If you do what has always been done — why do you expect different results? The people who are doing all of this are indifferent to our pathetic complaints.  Isn’t it clear by now that our every effort to effect meaningful change has miserably failed?

Every generation is sold the same pack of lies as the proceeding generation, except the opposing force is getting a lot better at selling the lies (and dividing the people).  Schemes like this one will do nothing to deter the real criminals in our midst, but will continue to divide us.

We’ve got to stop assisting the prison guards to build tighter prisons.  It’s more then just boycotting their products — it’s a wholesale rejection and outright refusal to support them or even allow them to continue to exist.

They’re trying to make us believe that we are each other’s enemy and create suspicion and distrust between us. They spew forth piles and piles of disinformation and misinformation to make us think that we can have it all without any impacts. But the sad truth is they’re the ones who are arrayed against us and always have been. They deem (their) riches more important then life, any life on planet earth, and you are their economic unit, a cog in their machine, as long as you continue to turn the wheels for them.

Either you get with the program and learn what resistance really means and what it’s going to take, or just go right on pretending that you’re really making a difference.

This is Jonathan Richards — if you are reading this, then you are the resistance.

Now for some lighter reading – The Barefoot Bandit

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News

This is the future for dissidents: Operation Condor Redeux

Proof Positive That Barak Obama Is A Traitor To the United States People

Obama’s reversal on ‘Patriot Act’ – Obama has lied through his smiling teeth, again and again and again.  I’ve always warned that government does not relinquish power (ever).   Whatever invasive garbage they pass into law to ‘protect us’ somehow manages to remain law, despite ‘sunset’ provisions that never seem to occur.

Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald, a former civil rights litigator, recently wrote: “Democrats spent so many years screaming bloody murder over Bush’s use of indefinite detention, military commissions, state secrets, renditions, and extreme secrecy — policies Obama has largely and/or completely adopted as his own.”

There are of course, many other proofs of his traitorship, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, secret prisons, torture, rendition, giving trillions away to bankster friends and big business, et al.  In fact, Obama ranks right up there with Herr Bush as the #1 traitor now to the the United States and it’s people (Dick Cheney of course, will probably forever hold on to top ranking too).

These people are DISGUSTING.  As political leaders, they are miserable wretches, too cowardly to do the right thing by the right people.  I have absolutely no use for any of them at all — and quite frankly, neither should you.

They do not deserve their fifteen minutes of fame (or four to eight years in office).   They do not deserve our support or attention, they do not deserve even 1 minute on prime time television, mouthing off more lies to a gullible public, who just never seems to get it.  I mean really — why do Americans keep falling for the same lies and promises again and again and again?

What they do deserve is a long, long stay in one of their own secret prisons as traitors to the United States people. I have long (secretly) hoped that Herr Bush would have been brought to trial and prosecuted for all of his crimes (and all his henchman), but I’m just pretending here.  None of these people are ever held accountable for the thousands they have killed.  None of them.

30,000 More Troops Into Harms Way – This guy has broken ever single campaign promise he made. This will shove the total in uniform to over 100,000 in Afghanistan.  Nobody seems to know what the real number of personnel is (enlisted and hired), but it’s a lot higher then this.

But there are only 100 al Qaeda now in Afghanistan!  Anybody still believe this is about fighting “terrorism”?

School Of Americas — Assassinations R Us.  Over the years, I’ve read quite a bit about SOA. Murder Inc., would be a better name, funding by you of course.

Obama Had Rejected His Own Speech’s Surge Rationale – Don’t let this idiot toss your kids into the fire, not this time. Everybody knows that its Iraq all over again, and all about the oil, even the soldiers know this. Coming up next, South America.

Definitely related, nearly 1,000 soldiers have now committed suicide.  For too many, they’ve had enough (when will you have enough?)

The correlation between the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the rise in military suicides is clear. The rate among Navy and Air Force personnel€”who have not been flung into the front lines of the conflicts€”is roughly the same as 2001 and well below the national average.

What has changed is the deployment of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and marines to Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have been involved in or witnessed terrible events. At least one in five have returned with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study of veterans with PTSD published in August by the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that 47 percent had had suicidal thoughts before seeking treatment and 3 percent had attempted to kill themselves.

Every day, an average of five members of the armed forces attempt suicide. Since 2003, close to 1,000 have succeeded€”more than have died in the entire eight-year war in Afghanistan. Of that number, 41.8 percent had served one tour in either Afghanistan or Iraq, 10.3 percent had been sent on two deployments, 1.7 percent had served three tours and 0.9 percent had been deployed four or more times. The majority were male and under 30 years of age. More than half were married or divorced at the time.

Web searches produce numerous accounts of the terrible impact that suicide has wrought over the past eight years.

Feds Requested GPS Data From Sprint / Nextel 8 Million Times In Just One Year – All cell phones have a GPS transmitter within them. This story reports that the feds requested this location from Sprint / Nextell subscribers 8 million times. This level of privacy invasion is unbelievable.

If this was only “multiple pings” adding up to 8 million (which there is debate about), it’s still an awful lot of warrantless investigations for customer location data.  And this is just one telecom — what’s happening with all the other telcoms?  How often is this being performed nationwide?  And most importantly, whatever for?  Who is really being “protected” here and who is really being invaded?

Funny how I never feel any safer with all the shenanigans our masters pull on us.   Not one bit.

Man Arrested and Threatened While “Trespassing” On His Own Property – This stupidity has got to stop. The stupid cops are way, way out of line. Revenue agents for the State.  A careful read to this article will reveal yet another place you’re not going to want to live.  Anywhere a corporate empire “demands” any sort of access.  The Revenue Agents will always side with the monied interests — your rights do not count.

MILITARY COMMISSIONS VS. CRIMINAL TRIALS

Many of the procedural safeguards that are provided to a defendant in a criminal trial are not available to those tried in military commissions, or are present in attenuated or modified form.  Thus, for example, military commissions offer no right to a speedy trial and may allow hearsay into evidence.

These and numerous other distinctions between the two judicial frameworks were helpfully tabulated in a new report from the Congressional Research Service.  See “Comparison of Rights in Military Commission Trials and Trials in Federal Criminal Court,” November 19, 2009.  Related information on the rights of detainees in a criminal prosecution was discussed in “Closing the Guantanamo Detention Center: Legal Issues,” updated November 17, 2009.

Greenhouse Gas Policies In Various Countries – No suprise here. The United States lags way, way behind.  It should not surprise you either that this data is already obsolete and will need to be immediately updated.  Some really nasty stuff like methane release is taking place now, which is going to dramatically affect our pitiful attempts at “controlling” emissions.

Oh, George has another article out — the REAL villain is …… (wait for it) …… CANADA!

Until now I believed that the nation which has done most to sabotage a new climate change agreement was the United States. I was wrong. The real villain is Canada. Unless we can stop it, the harm done by Canada in December 2009 will outweigh a century of good works.

Finally some good newsThis guy lives without any money at all for a year.  What I like to see.  Putting belief into actions.

Dubai still pouring money into a black hole.  No surprise they won’t reveal the real number of tenants.

This article is ridiculous – First we’re told that there is a “drop” in the jobless rate, but then we’re infotained that “If part-time workers who want full time jobs and laid-off workers who have given up looking for jobs are included” spin. Ridiculous. The holiday season will employ an army of part-time workers until December 25th, who will then be thrown back to the doorsteps of unemployment.

From Bad, To Worse

Remember the camels that invaded the Australian town? Now their rotting corpses are poisoning what water remains.  Apparently, it’s pretty widespread with thousands of pools and creeks affected.

I didn’t know this was in the works – North Korea Redominates It’s Currency. This has to be every citizens worst fear – to wake up absolutely broke.

Asian Carp “Fish Kill” Backfires

Game Over For Great Lakes

It’s getting uglier and uglier.  Who’d have thought it would be as ugly as a carp?

Surviving Civilization’s Collapse

The collapse of civilization is already occurring in several key parts of the world. In the United States and Iceland, economic collapse is very widespread.  In Kenya and Australia, climate collapse is daily news now.

We cannot heal the earth and all that we have done to it.  Not in reality. The best we could do is to simply let nature take its course and leave nature alone to heal itself.  The natural processes of healing and adaption are still better then anything we ourselves could manage to do.

Our presumptuous attitude is that we’re going to somehow continue to master the natural world, even in its decline, which of course is ridiculous.  Somehow, by turning the planet into a giant dumping ground, we’ve gotten the notion into our heads that we can also “fix” it all at the same time because “we’ve finally learned from our mistakes“.

Really?  Then why are we still ripping resources from the ground and then stupidly labeling these products as “earth friendly”?  Still practicing material consumption as our pathway to happiness?

I don’t think we’ve learned anything yet.  I think that our feeble attempts to be self-sufficient, conscientious and self-sustaining are still failing to recognize how we got here in the first place.  We keep trying so damnably hard to maintain civilization and our living standards, we forget that none of them can never be earth friendly.  Chris Jordan will be busy for a long, long time photographing our dumping grounds to remind us just how “friendly” we really are.

One of the presumptions of civilization is that we somehow remain generally ‘convinced’ that we are going to eventually succeed and get everything right.  We believe that if we just try longer, harder and with more earnestness and technology, we’ll finally get it right. We’ll work out all the bugs and all the negative effects, overcome all the pollution, and finally conquer hunger, poverty and even war, if we just keep trying.

This by the way, is one of the reasons why the “back to the land movement” is still failing.  It presumes that we can still engineer our success and even master the land and material comforts often as not, by using innovations we’ve designed.  But it doesn’t recognize the basic natural requirement that the land itself determines what life can be supported — and at what level.

Most of us (including me) are still living on all the excess and the abundance and some of us are calling this “sustainable” when it clearly isn’t.  If we’re still taking what isn’t being put back, or allowed to naturally reproduce or restore itself in a few seasons, then we’re still living on the excess.  We’re always robbing another area to sustain us someplace else.  Anything ripped out of the ground is never going to be sustainable — ever.

While there is no doubt that we’ve come a long ways, we’ve left a lot of garbage and litter and failed attempts behind us.  Our efforts to eradicate debilitating diseases have unleashed a whole hosts of new problems upon the human population.  Newer “better” technology always seem to bring even more death and destruction, and it always seems to wind up in the hands of the evil people that live among us too.

Whatever we do, we’re still leaving a trail of dead, dying, and broken lives and environmental disasters behind as we “press forward”.  But we continue press on, forgetting these transgressions, always convincing ourselves that ahead it is “surely better” then whatever it was we think we are running away from.

Is the future really going to better?  How, exactly? We should be really asking ourselves this question.  Where exactly are we going?  What are we really trying to accomplish?  Does increasing food production actually solve hunger? Or does it make more hungry in the end?  Does new technology actually enable us, or does it wind up disabling us?

Is it freedom that we want?  Or liberty? Then why do we always pass more laws to restrict us and control us?  Why do we enable government and politicians to keep doing their worst upon us?

What about material comfort? If that is what we really seem to want, then why do we create a society that throws everything away? Wouldn’t it be better if we built all things to last so we could stop this incessant quest to accumulate material things?

What exactly is that we do want?  Or are we just “here”, going along with it all, still convinced that there is something else “out there” and that what happens here doesn’t really matter?

I think the answer is obvious.  We have absolutely no idea what we are doing.

Most of “life” is just going through the motions of living.  The daily routine, which is rightly called the “daily grind” for the 8-5 set is wearing us down and wearing us and everything else out.  We’re doing what we have to — because we have forgotten any other way of existence.

If you want to survive civilizations collapse — learn to live without all the “trappings” and requirements of civilization.  Simplify.  Purify.  Reduce, Reuse and Restrict your consumption and your activities.  Stop being dependent upon society and it’s “production” to keep you alive.  Start doing all the little things for yourself and then all the big things too.

Cook, can, clean, wash, mend, sew, build, plant, harvest, walk, ride — these things are the simple things in life that we’ve paid others to do for us (or depended on their machines that we buy).  They all required us to rape and pillage the minerals of the earth and refashion them at great expense into “stuff we need”.  No doubt much of it has been useful, but all of it is dependent upon our entire culture and civilization remaining intact.  You’ll need to learn to do these things for yourself.

If you need to buy something — buy what is durable and will last a generation or more.  That is a task that is getting harder and harder to do in our cheap society, but with effort, you can work towards this goal.

I know that this may sound crazy to some people, but I’m trying to plan over 100 years ahead for my own family.  Anything that I build is meant to last a long time.  The things that I buy are meant to be their inheritance and they will be things that they need. I have serious doubts that a lot of these things will be available when my kids grow up.  Eventually, they too will have to learn to do without them altogether.

Admittedly, there are generations ahead (if humanity survives) that won’t have anything other then what they can find and pick up off the ground.  We ourselves are part of the transition team, a relay for life between our material standards of living and their extreme poverty.  I think we can plan ahead for them a whole lot better then we’ve been doing.  It is simply unjust and immoral for us to not consider the wasteland we are leaving to them for their “inheritance”.  We must do better then this.

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