Summary: Why We Are Failing To Save Civilization – We Have Seriously Underestimated the Existential Threats Facing Humanity

Humans are incredibly naive. I see this everywhere, even among the most learned, respected people in the world. Some of the brightest minds have issued stark warnings on what lies ahead, but then turn right around and make unfounded claims that things are going to work out. This has always puzzled me, but cognitive dissonance isn’t something Harvard graduates are immune to – it affects us all.

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Anybody besides me “fascinated” by the speed of the planetary disintegration now taking place? Huge, utterly irreversible changes are now unfolding faster and faster. Sure looks like the non-linear effects of climate collapse are well underway.

For the second time in less then a month – in the dead of winter – the North Pole has risen above freezing. Hah! I can’t even image what the melt profiles must look like up there.  A whopping 90% of the human-induced heat energy has gone into the oceans.

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Mayo Update

Dr. Arpey from the Mayo Clinic called me yesterday. He’s finally received and reviewed the MRI images I had done on my shoulder. He’s moved the surgery date by two days, so that a second surgery can be performed the following day by Dr. Rose, who is a orthopedic oncologist surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. So it looks like two surgeries now, including a muscle graft, and a longer stay will be necessary.

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A Heartfelt Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who have donated for the Mayo Clinic fund!

James, Matthew, Alexandre, Gail, Anne, Kathryn, Ryan, Andrzej,  and all all five Anonymous people! This amounts to $741, plus $359.55 from Food Assets!

For some reason, food sales remain incredibly slow for the past several months so I don’t think this is going to help much towards my fund raising goals.

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Civilization Is Not Carbon Neutral and Never Will Be

Human civilization is represented in these pictures from around the world:


Most cities require massive amounts of energy, even at night. These energy sources come from nuclear, hydro, wind, solar, thermal, coal, gas and oil fired power plants, each which is a carbon emitting source contributing to the pollution of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Their structures, the buildings, towers, glass, steel, copper and concrete used in their design and construction is carbon and energy intensive.

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Scientific & Technological Hopium

It’s time to examine, if only briefly, the list of assumptions being made today that will allegedly solve our climate crisis. This is only a brief (incomplete) but important list. Blog articles need to be short (so that they’re actually read) so I’ll try to be brief. Here is the short list:

a) The IPCC reports, assessments and estimates accurately portray the current state of the world’s climate and what might occur in the future.
b) Technology will be developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere before catastrophic changes occur.
c) Zero carbon, and / or negative carbon ‘activities’ will be developed to halt human emissions into the atmosphere.
d) Stop burning fossil fuels and we’ll stop the planetary warming.
e) Human population will manage to sustain sufficient food production in a warming world.
f) Cooling technologies will be developed, in time, to slow or even halt planetary warming.

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Earth Changes

The biosphere of the Earth is changing in profound, and in increasingly alarming ways. It’s a familiar story to those who are watching, but it’s still largely unknown by the majority of people. The distractions and demands of our civilization have divorced millions of humans from what is unfolding around the world.

One more time: If these creatures cannot live here, neither can we. We are intricately linked to the health of the biosphere. Many of these animals are dying from starvation. It’s not temperature that’s killing them – it’s the lack of food, but there are other things causing the die-off too, like pathogens which are thought to be linked to a warming climate.

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Help Me Go To The Mayo Clinic

This is a hard blog entry to write.

I’ve been preoccupied with a medical condition that is affecting my time and ability to focus on other issues right now. About 3 years ago, after a minor surgery, a very rare form of cancer (Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans) was found in the pathology specimen taken from my shoulder. It was apparent that the initial surgery did not get it all.  After seeing a oncologist specialist, I was told I had ten years or so to deal with it, so I shelved the ‘problem’ for the time being.

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When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job

This is such a cool title. But it’s really not my creation, despite this topic being my ‘day job’ for the past twenty years. So I’ll borrow the title if nobody minds.

This is where you can find the original title and article about how climate scientists are increasingly gloomy about our chances for survival. It’s been posted here before, but I should still let everyone know what the title really came from.

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Die Off – Harbinger of Things To Come

Scientists are claiming that we are on the verge of the 6th Great Extinction, but I beg to differ. We passed this ‘verge’ many years ago as evidenced by the mass die-offs and extinctions already recorded. What we are now witnessing all over the world is rapidly accelerating extinction events in the Earth’s biosphere.

If these other lifeforms can no longer survive here – due to starvation, temperature, drought, depredation or environmental toxins, then we can’t live here either. It’s a simple concept with one cause. We are just as dependent upon a healthy environment as they are. Since humans are the root cause of this extinction, it is up to humans to change, or face self-annihilation too.

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Water World

Greenland Ice Loss

Scientists Warn Climate Change Affecting Greenland Ice Sheet More Than Previously Thought

The scientists were shocked by what they found. They discovered that an extreme melt which occurred in 2012 caused a thick layer of ice to form on top of the firn layer. “In subsequent years, meltwater couldn’t penetrate vertically through the solid ice layer and instead drained along the ice sheet surface toward the ocean,” Colgan said.

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Trippin’ Away

Robert Scribbler always has good articles to read, sometimes more then one per day. Climate events are happening so fast now that a team of writers is needed to keep up with the events.

A World in Hot Water sees Floods, Floods Everywhere

If you can’t spend the time on the words (and many good links), then watch this short video:

A record low ice has just been recorded for the Arctic – in January, courtesy of that nice blast of hot air and rain that fell on the North Pole and surrounding regions. This means that this summer’s season ice-low is probably also going to be record setting. Scientists don’t like to make too many predictions, I suppose it might affect their careers if they did, but I think 2016 is going to be hot as hell, extremely low to virtually zero summer sea ice in the Arctic and some super-big-and-bad storms, tornadoes and hail – the kind that flatten and destroy things.

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Making A Fish Hook Knife

This is pretty cool – found this on The Truth About Knives website:

The level of skill in knowing the materials, manipulating in forge, anvil and hammer and shaping this into a useful tool is amazing.

I’ve known a few knife makers, one who created signature knife blades that looked just like black obsidian. It was hard to tell the difference unless you picked it up. Years ago, I took a picture series of his work while he created a knife right in front of me from scrap metal files. I could definitely appreciate his skill and craftsmanship.

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Hot Whopper

Bookmark and read Hot Whopper – a site that has consistently and professionally countered the idiotic denialist meme championed by WUWT.  Sou is doing a great job over there, along with other quality commentators who will post in the comment section (always read the comments on the sites I recommend for other information and perspectives).

Pretty much every stupid argument ever written by the denialists crowd is dealt with and dispatched as the idiocy it really is. It’s taught me a lot.

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Sea Level Rise – Why It’s Far Worse Then You’ve Been Told

“Carbon emissions causing 4°C of warming — what business-as-usual points toward today —- could lock in enough sea level rise to submerge land currently home to 470 to 760 million people, with unstoppable rise unfolding over centuries. At the same time, aggressive carbon cuts limiting warming to 2°C could bring the number as low as 130 million people. These are the stakes for global climate talks December in Paris.”

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