Sep 032010
 

I’ve posted the Survival Acres Newsletter back issues number issue #1 through #61 to the blog.

There are now Newsletter issues dating from November 2009 – May 2010 online.  These were the “fillers” while this blog was idle — there is a lot there.

Update: All issues are now online on the blog.

You’re awfully quiet out there.  There is a near-total silence now (feedback), so I don’t know if your shocked, awed, disgusted, dead or dying.  I’m still here, beating my fists against the air, one day I hope to connect with something solid before it’s too late for all of us.

May 032010
 

Sudden Mass Awakening – video.

MIA Video – (warning, graphic, disturbing content).

Spencer sent this in:  Cheat Neutral – well worth watching.  Also follow their website links, won’t take long, gets the message across perfectly clear except for the most obtuse…

Gigantic deluge in Tennesee – More, absolute concrete proof that climate change does not exist.  Thirteen inches of rain may be considered normal in the days ahead.

We’ve had a ton of rain here, preventing me from doing much outside work except try to keep things dry. I’m only barely suceeding most of the time, the winds have hit 70 mph today, crashing trees and bringing down powerlines.  Several people were killed in related accidents due to the high winds.  My smoke signals of things to come were literally blown away.

I don’t buy into the conspiracies that Deepwater was brought down by sabatoge. First off, this theory seems to emanate from that gigantic blowhard and secondly, where are the Israelis?  The body count isn’t high enough to suit their interests, and you have to keep in mind the areas affected. Or are we all just pigeons?

What happened was human error, compounded by corporate greed and malfeasance. The same old, same old.  BAU is not without impacts, and this time, we’re seeing up close and personal, instead of halfway around the world where we can convienently forget about it and go on pretending, “it ain’t happening”.

In the days and months to come – denial, blame, obsfuscation and a cleanup gone wrong, again.

From Natural News and another thanks to Spencer (click image for original article):

That’s the world we all dwell in, like it or not.  Soon, they’ll patent the air we breathe, claiming clean air is not a fundemental human right, but one that we “owe” to the corporations.

How corporations intend to enslave the human race

In the future being created by these corporations, you will not only have to pay money to reproduce, you’ll also have to pay to grow crops, to fertilize those crops, and to harvest those crops. And once that season is gone, you’ll have to pay all over again to buy seeds and pesticides for the next season. Forget about saving seeds or self reliance. The wealthy corporations of the world want the entire population to be dependent on them for food, medicine and even human reproduction. There is no human action that cannot be exploited by corporations for intellectual property claims.

While I totally agree with the above, I don’t agree with the futuristic implications (at all).  All this is already all here, every single bit of it.  Corporations rule the world — and life as we all know it on this planet.  This is no secret either, most of us receive our sustenance through corporations.  Food, clothing, housing, transportation, jobs, medical benefits, retirement — all of these things are “ours” at the behest of the corporations.  Even if your business is a tiny mom & pop proprietorship, it is what the corporations produce that keeps you in business.

There has been a massive race to patent the human DNA, with 20% already patented, so all of this isn’t “futuristic” at all, it’s here, in your face, demanding of you and your time and even your life.

I’ve long argued the point that they own us, lock, stock and barrel (quite literally at the point of a gun), and that they are the true “owners” and controllers of this world, governing even over national governments themselves. Supranational organizations are comprised of multiple corporations, each themselves multinationals, working in concert to control every nuance of life on this planet. They have become the plantation owners of the modern world and we have become their indebted slaves. See this link for a typical history of their evolution.

So when things like Deepwater sink into fathoms of water and an entire national coastline is polluted and desecrated, don’t get too excited that justice will be done.  It’s already much too late for that.

The injustices that abound throughout the world exist to hold the world environment (human) in deliberate tension.  The opposing forces are deemed good, even though most of us would point out to all the “bad” that this causes, like war, genocide, destruction of human life, rights and property and environmental obliteration.  But this is all “good” for business, it creates all types of opportunities and markets.  This is why we often find both sides of a war being funded or supported by the very same people.  They’re not particularly interested in who’s going to win since they control it all anyway, they’re simply interested in making sure that you buy from them, or that the resources remain or wind up in their hands.

This underlies the reasons why I think street protests and marches don’t work.  All those Greeks having a field day smashing windows? What’s the point to that, when they are throwing rocks at all the wrong people? The movers and shakers behind Greece’s downfall  aren’t hiding behind storefronts, hoping the crowds will pass them by and not tear the place up.

Most protests utterly fail to identify the real culprits behind their objections. In America, we blamed Reagan / Bush / Clinton / Bush / Obama / next-guy-in-line in an endless procession of pointless venting. Sure, these dudes are all guilty of complicity, coverup and crimes galore, but they’re also all appointed to these positions of privilege and power.  You think your vote actually counted?  Anybody that still believes this should look into vote fraud — America is a bad as any banana republic.  Any why shouldn’t we be?  They control the software, the voting booths, the ballot boxes and the candidates (s)election!

I am constantly amazed at the lack of cognitive ability to how things really work in this world of ours.  The human side of life on this planet is all so very organized and regulated, right down to the dotted lines where we sign our names to endless “contracts” and “agreements”, never even realizing just how much we have lost and are still blindly, willingly giving away.  We’ve lost the war before their was even a battle and we don’t even know it (still).

Sigh…. this has all been a monumental task for me, and sometimes I could just quit doing it.  I don’t really know what I should “expect”.  All of this information is freely available to anyone who is actually interested, and I’m not the first, nor the last writer that will proclaim these things as being true.  You can find these things out for yourself and I suggest that you do.  But when you do — then what?  What can be done about any of this?

I suggest you quit.  Quit being meekly complicit to everything that is going on.  Quit going along with it all, quit “going along to get along”.  Kick up your heels and simply stop helping it all happen wherever you can.  Object.  Stop funding the Beast that this has all become.  Stop working for these vampires, quit your jobs and go do something else to keep yourself alive.  Go do anything else, just don’t keep feeding the beast(s).

But even I recognize that this isn’t going to be enough.  Somebody else will gladly step into your shoes, but at least it won’t be you.  You can take some satisfaction in that.  Your life will become immensly more difficult when you face up to your true responsibiliites in this life, but it will also become immensely more satisfying.

I once worked for the beast, did so for many years, and found that my life was hugely disappointing, pointless and ultimately, self-destructive.  I was helping destroy everything that I believed in and I finally got up enough courage to quit.  To simply walk away and stop.  I gave it all up, my house, my retirement, my career, everything and as cliche as it sounds, I never looked back.  I never regretted it, I never wished I could change my mind and I never thought that I made a mistake.  Since then, I’ve learned so much more that has only reinforced this decision, making me wonder why it took me so bloody long to quit.

We think we have security in this world and in this life is we stick with the “team”.  Doesn’t matter which team you’re on, but you’re not supposed to break ranks, step out of line and go it on your own.  The world teaches us this and reinforces this concept all of the time.  It’s in every commercial, every advertisement, every job promotion, every corporate logo, every broadcast.

But who’s team are you really on?  Is it yours, or something that you have come to believe in and accept?  And what does this team actually do?  Does it promote life, health, happiness?  Or is it all about making money, gaining property, growing indefinitely?  Does it support war or life?  Does it make the rich richer and the poor poorer?  Does it exploit, oppress, possess and control? Or is it enabling, encouraging, uplifting?

There is a team few have heard about in this age of corporate control.  It’s called Team Life.  Team Life is about you and your individual freedom, your rights and your responsibilities, your connection to all the life all around you and to each other.  Team Life accepts applicants from all walks of life, young or old, rich or poor, black or white.  In Team Life, you get to be whoever you want to be, but on the other hand, Team Life expects you to stop being what you are told to be.  You get to choose for yourself your own path rather then a career path.  You get to be a true human being instead of an programmed automaton, doing what you are told, when you are told, how you are told, as much as you are told.

In Team Life, you get to support causes and projects that are meaninful and important instead of wasting your time and your life on things that are pointless or destructive.  You don’t compete for money in Team Life, you strive for contentment and satisfaction, but you don’t do even these things only for yourself, you do this for the life that is all around you.  You connect to the living instead of competing for the dying.  Things like money, power, prestige, position are anathema to Team Life.  Only the essentials are fought for, the rest is not.

Team Life is looking for new recruits.  Team Life needs you, and you need it.  Team Life will free you from slavery, drudgery and toil.  Hard work is a requirement, but slave labor is not.  Team Life offers everyone all the things that they don’t presently have: happiness, satisfaction, meaning, connection, spirtuality, freedom from debt. Team Life is real, as opposed to that artificial caricature of “living in the corporate world”, that plasticized, supersized, ego-dripping existence in towers of glass and steel and fake murals.

I’ve been writing about Team Life in my own way for over ten years.  I’m not seeking any converts or disciples, just sincere individuals who are fed up, pissed off and put out by what ‘existence’ has become on this planet and how destructive it has become.  People who are ready to cash in the old and embrace the new.

I’m not the leader of Team Life, you are.  I can’t offer you a position, but you can.  Team Life makes no promises other then that it is real.  It’s not easier the Team Corporate, but it is better in inumerable, but measurable ways.  It won’t save anyone from anything, except your sanity, where the battleground has always truly been.

Team Life is still possible for everyone that will choose this existence over all others.  It is an offer to anyone who has had enough and who seeks something more.  It is your choice, nobody else can choose this for you.

Choose wisely.

May 012010
 

IRS Health Insurance Enforcement – Good luck with that.  Idiots.  It will be cheaper to refuse to pay the mandated premiums and simply pay the fine.  This will also cause a gigantic blackmarket to spring up for medical care.  It is already far cheaper to leave the U.S. and seek medical treatment elsewhere.  This is still legal, but anybody want to bet that they’ll close this down too?

Sent in by Darren, Antarctic Ice Changes.  A great video of the extremely rapid events now taking place in the Antarctic.  Changes in the Southern Ocean depicts what is happening to the bottom of the food chain in the southern ocean.

Verifiable Records of Climate Change Impacts – Nice set of graphs. Not shown is what this will mean for water availability, as snowpacks decrease, temperatures heat up and acquifers, rivers, streams and lakes dry up. A lot of U.S. farmland is being deeply impacted by this already, with crop yields falling (some farms simply can’t be planted any more).

Craigslist Ad Kills Father – This kind of thing will happen more and more.  Sometimes people object when I refuse to allow customer pickup at our Washington location — now you know why, and it’s not just from the fear of robbery either, but the realization that many people are planning on surviving their hard times by going after the food stash.

INDEGENOUS PEOPLES’ DECLARATION – Indigenous people all over the world have always recognized the Earth as being their mother.  They rightly recognized that any assault against the Earth is an assualt upon themselves.

We have been divorced from this knowledge, alienated and utterly cut off to how life truly supports itself on this planet. “Civilization is inherently brutal and being a ‘civilized person’ is actually being complicit in mass murder – genocide and ecocide.”

€œWe mine, we bomb, we pollute, we steal, we kill, we poison and we destroy – Forests, oceans, lakes, mountains, land, the air and our very souls.

Everytime we go to shop, fill up our cars with gas, use any convenience that we associate with modern life. There is a price to be paid, someone will die or has died due to you your consumption. Think of the rivers of blood that have been spilt over land, water, power and oil. And the rivers of blood that will be as we begin our climate descent. Today’s consumption and gratification means that someone, somewhere else will suffer and probably die.

Large parts of the world have been built on the backs of slave labour, including America and resource exploitation and the decimation of local/indigenous peoples.

Civilization is inherently brutal and being a ‘civilized person’ is actually being complicit in mass murder – genocide and ecocide. We deny this reality though, people choose to ignore this reality, absolve themselves of any blame, blame the banksters, the governments, the idiots in charge, anyone but themselves.

When you stone a child, does it matter whether you have thrown a smaller stone? Because this is exactly what we do, on a day to day basis. It is the root cause of the evils that we face in the world, the scars of death and murder, the trail of blood we leave is palpable in our very souls. It rots us from within.

No wonder then that denial is such a wonderful option. Living in our bubble is much better then ever admitting our role in civilization. We are a rapacious and greedy species, with an infinite blood lust. So remember this when you have your next meal, your next dose of medication, the next movie you watch or the next time you surf the web – Your existence has led and will lead to the deaths of many – take a pause and reflect.

Many times at night, this keeps me awake. I drown my sorrows over large amounts of whisky. Their is a madness in this world, one I can not relate too. We all like to think we are better, good, kind, generous. In reality, I am just a cold blooded killer. I don’t even know who I’ve brought suffering too, I just carry on though, as a hypocrite and a charlatan.

So the next time you are happy from consumption or think you are happy? Ask yourself this – what blood price had to be paid to cause that happiness? Suffering brings us a deep connection – to the reality of our world and to ourselves. The unhappiness, the existential torment and emptiness is a sign from the earth – why do you kill me child? Why do you destroy that which bore you, why do you lust for your brother’s heart?€

I can complain about this until the day I die.  For ten years, I have written about our destructive habits and wasteful ways and it has largely fallen on deaf ears. I have joined an army of people who have tried and tried to reveal how destructive we have become as a species, as a culture, as a “way of life”.  Nothing has worked.

Humans do not produce anything that was not already here, but they create gigantic mountains of waste and endless ecological ruin.  We’ve all been taught that this is necessary for the greater good, but the explanation of what this actually means is never defined.

Who’s greater good?  Humans? What if human activity is killing the Earth?  Is there any doubt whatsoever that this is exactly what is happening?

Sometimes people write to me and complain that I should publish more “survivalist” oriented articles.  Really?  Isn’t that what civilization is doing?  Teaching everyone the “survivalist mentality”?  Why should I argue for the survival of the human species, when it is this species alone that is driving the destruction of everything on the planet?  Do I really want to see humanity “succeed” with even more then it already has?

Of course I don’t. Along with my writings are articles on living entirely different lives that advocate we stop destroying the places where we live.  “Survivalist” are just like many other human-oriented movements today, who seek a return to the days of abundance, freedom and (capitalist) opportunity.  But that is exactly the mentality that has made the world an increasingly dangerous and fragile place to live.

We’re never going to see a return to the “good old days” because all the abundance is already gone, we’ve made very sure of that.  All that low-hanging fruit has been plucked from the tree (which we’ve now cut down and burned).  All the easy oil, the best land, the best soils, the fresh water, the minerals and the best forests have all been occupied, strip mined or cut down.  What’s left is what remains and none of it is the best, it’s all marginal “production”, 3rd and 4th growth, requiring significantly more energy and effort to coax into human use.

The good old days are gone — forever.  Humans have spawned like locusts all over the planet, taking up and gobbling down everything in sight. If a forest was in the way or “needed” it was simply cut down. Entire mountain chains have been bulldozed flat for minerals, suburbs and cities, swamps and low lands drained and ducted into gigantic resevoirs and then surrounded by even more cities.

Any political group that embraces the “advancement of civilization” will never learn to restrict human activity.  These concepts are diametrically opposed to each other and will always fail.  Civilization will kill the planet first — have no doubts whatsoever about this, because civilization produces absolutely nothing, but takes everything to exist, to expand, to “advance” its boundaries and dominion.

Civilization is a bloodsucking leech, living off the host of the Earth, infectious and vile, morally reprobate and casting out an evil eye filled with greed and lusts upon any untouched or unexploited land, people or resource.  Civilization takes, takes and takes, incessently, unerringly, blindly with a documentable, verifiable and historical bloodiness that should make you stop dead in your tracks.

We’ve all been lassooed into this gladitorial arena, bamboozled and browbeaten into meek acceptance and connedsumered participation.  Most of us think that this is required of us, accepting the lie that since all men seem to live this way, we should too.  We even believe the deception that we can only advance ourselves and our lives by actively participating in this death-spiral of domination and destruction.

We act and think like human lemmings, do what they do, go where they go, act like they act, never once wondering about the sheer insanity and self-destructive nature of it all.  The cliff that lies ahead is obscured by media brainwashing and government lies.  There’s no cliff — we’re in recovery!

Our culture teaches us to triumph over our fellow humans, treading underfoot all the lesser-earthlings, scarcely even noticing their rapid extinction and the obliteration of their habitats, all sacrificed on the bloodsoaked altars of “human development” and progress.  Unknown to us all is humans have not advanced at all, we have gone backwards, making ourselves sick, diseased, obese and enslaved.  We are all dead men walking, headed in the wrong direction, ensuring that our practices of survival as a species will ultimately wind up in our extinction and the extinction of most other life forms on Earth.

Participation, acceptance, cooperation, these concepts of support to this still-expanding insanity are constantly bombarding our minds through media, through government, from each other.  Verticle “news” and information outlets programs our minds to see and believe only what is permitted through authorized channels and distribution outlets. The U.S. is hugely influential in this regard, catering to corporate America and business interests through carefully timed and well funded media programming.

Once again, I write about what is happening, where we are going, what will become of us all.  And I assure you — it falls upon deaf ears.  We are so far gone now that we cannot admit to what we have become, where we are going and what will become of us.  Some would rather I teach them how to “survive”, selfishly believing that their survival is somehow more important than our survival, the species.

But I have no interest anymore in our survival, why should I? We don’t deserve this beautiful place, we treat it like trash, we kill off its life and beings, we voraciously consume everything we can lay our hands upon, we selfishley act as if we are the only life on the planet.  Our survival would only ensure that we would do more of this until we leave the Earth a blasted, burnt cinder, with the rotting skeletons of billions of beings behind.  Who wants to survive that?

Many science fiction novels are now being written oriented around this theme.  Is it any wonder?  The environmental crisis is stupendously huge now, the survival of humanity is at stake, but greed and gluttony and profit-seeking remains.  Plundering our planet seems to be the only thing we are actually good at (besides war).

I came to recognize that real survivalism is not rooted in what each of us can do, but whether or not we can learn to live with the Earth instead of against it.  Survivalism is not soley a human-oriented issue as everyone seems to think, but a biosphere issue where all beings can exist and “survive”.

Most people mistakenly call this environmentalism, or stupidly “green fascism” or some other such absolute nonesense.  I call this human survival, because we cannot live here if nothing else can.  We cannot live here if we insist on killing everything else, including each other.  We cannot live here if we treat the place so badly that it become unihabitable.  We cannot live here when we cannot breathe the air for fear of radioactive contamination or drink the water because of human pollution or eat the food because of mercury poisoning or even stay warm and dry and fed because of human-induced climate change.

Cutting to the chase, we cannot live here if we keep living the way we are living.  This lifestyle is rapidly dwindling, with tens of millions of environmental refugees already in the world today.  America imports its lifestyle while exporting its pollution and destruction. But I just read that the United States has more deforestation now then Brazil.

The Earth does not need us to survive and admittedly would be far better off without any humans living here.  But if we are going to insist on staying, then we’re simply going to have to insist on living a lot more wisely then we have.  There are far, far too many of us for this to happen.  We’re going to have to do something about the human population problem.  We’re also going to have to dismantle capitalism, which can only survive if there is constant growth.  Humans lived on this planet for many thousands of years without capitalism or politics or corporations of any type.  We could do so again — if we were allowed.

If you REALLY NEED SOME SURVIVAL TIPS that are oriented towards selfish survival – then read this – 20 things you will need to survive.  This is poorly written and some of it absolute junk “protection”, but of the type and quality expressed by many armchair survivalists who can’t see past the bridge of their nose.  Of course, they’re all stop-gap measures too and will only last for a time, so good luck with that.

Apr 282010
 

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News

In other mundane news, a new fungus is killing some species, including humans. Future crop productions must more then double to accomade our ongoing population explosion.

Since the Earth still hasn’t stopped shaking, we can expect more earthquakes with a real doozy coming up (again).


That’s a picture of Deep Water Horizon, or what was left of it, as it is now sunk. This gigantic drilling platform exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico.

Thousands of barrels of crude oil are now leaking into the Gulf and threatening several wildlife preserves and thousands of miles of shoreline. Oil may spew for months, making this one of the largest environmental disasters in human history. British Petroleum (BP) is now facing multiple lawsuits for the human deaths caused, negligence and environmental damage while reaping in mega-profits.

It’s also raining in the Arctic and ocean acidity up a whopping 30% in just 200 years. Carbon capture is not going to work according to a new study. So much for a “technology fix”.

Time lapse proof of extreme Arctic ice loss (cool presentation). I’ve shared this before on the old blog. This fits in well with the Arctic Report Card from NOAA.

Predator drones will now patrol the U.S. / Mexico borders according to Fatherland Security Janet Napolitano. Ifeel safer already.

Homesteading

My garden boxes are built, placed and soil has been added. The recent deluge here however has prevented me from going further. I did get my front lawn area graded, raked and seeded and already, some new grass is popping up. Ipretty much hate lawns, or rather the sheer waste of what a lawn represents in water and labor to maintain it, but my front yard was in desperate need of something. We’ve got a lot of mud when the water comes, either from snow melt or rain, so a lawn it is…. for now. One day, it’ll be uprooted as space requires for more garden boxes. For now, I picked the better locations for the garden.

I also have fifteen new chickens, all of them quite small and am having to watch the crows that are trying to catch one of these little guys. I have no doubt the crows would kill them if they could, but so far, all fifteen are doing well. We had a chicken house fire and lost all of the adults we had, so I’m starting over.

I lost an entire week of work-time due to something else I had to do, but that’s ok. It has been a beautiful spring here all in all and I’m glad for the break in outside projects. This is the time when I also cut most of my winter firewood and let it season for the rest of the summer months. By fall, it’s in good shape for the woodstove.

I was recently asked this:

if it is possible, we would sure love to see you do a blog on what are the most critical items people need to purchase and stock up on immediately.We have been stocking up on items, but are not sure its the items we will need the most. Another prospective on this would be awesome, and incredibly helpful to alot of people who want to do what they can to prepare at this late date.

I’ve seen lots of lists on things to buy, but don’t really believe in such things to be honest. If you don’t know what you should be doing or the things you need, just do a quick Internet search and you’ll find plenty of experts who will provide such lists. Here is what I wrote in return:

Make sure you have a place to “be” (get land). Can’t believe how many people overlook that one. I’m pretty outspoken against the “bug out into the woods” theme, it won’t work like people think, and around here, would get you dead. Pick a spot to do your thing and stay there.

Other important thing(s) to do is

a) create a portable income (ability to work or make money anywhere)
b) emphasis skills over “stuff”
c) stay debt free
d) drive as little as possible
e) homestead (raise food, animals, self-employment, the “works”)

Anybody can “buy stuff” and fill lists. I don’t see this as the answer, it’s just a temporary remedy for a much bigger problem and creates a terrible dependency. You’ve got to develop the skills (and the time) to meet all your own needs, ie., financial, physical, etc.

One big overlooked area is to extract oneself from the ‘system’ as much as possible, thereby learning how to reduce your own dependency and reliance (and stop feeding the beast).
I’ve really come to disbelieve in the “bug out” theme more and more, and in fact, think this is going to be exceedingly dangerous for people to try this. It will get you dead pretty fast. Either you will never make it “there”, or run out of things you need soon after you arrive, or decimate the local wildlife so quickly and so completely that you’ll starve anyway and then you’ll be competing with your fellow ‘survivalists’.
Or you’ll get sick, injured or lonely or miss talk radio (or the Internet). But there’s one other thing nobody talks about — the locals will hunt you down and kill you.
Think about it. What would you do, or rather how would you feel about hundreds if not thousands of outsiders invading the countryside around you? What are you going to do when things show up missing? Or crops or livestock are stolen? Or if you get robbed? Or squatters move onto your land? Or people are assaulted? Or beggers come knocking, again and again and again? How long do you suppose any of this would be tolerated?
Bug out is basically a dumb idea all around. Everybody needs someplace to be, but being a refugee is bad bad news for you and everyone else. Refugees never fair well anywhere, and I’m sure they don’t call themselves “survivalists”, but that’s what they really are. Survivalists usually include the current crop of self-prescribed experts in “living off the land”, which they will quickly overwhelm and then will fight each other for the remaining scraps of sustenance that can still be found. And when that doesn’t work, or is too dangerous, they’ll come knockin…. or robbing… or join forces and raid… or worse.
Count on it. You can prove this out pretty easily by looking at how war-torn countries and refugee populations have destabilized the regions and areas where they are found and what happens. Nobody wants them and they only receive sufficient, if meager help from large and well-funded organizations. That won’t exist for the “modern refugee” armed to the teeth who has decided to leave home and head to the woods. You’ll be outlaws, unwanted and unappreciated by almost everyone. You’ll also be highly demonized by media and government, which will turn the majority of the population against you. This is what happens to any marginalized group.
There are examples, even modern day examples of fighters living in the jungles and woods, but they have the support of the people in sufficient numbers that they are permitted to exist there. That’s is not something any collapse refugee can actually count on. There are conditions and requirements outside of the scope of this article that existed for them to do this for periods of time (such as revolution).
The collapse that most people are preparing for is not what is probably going to happen. This country remains extremely divided against itself and it won’t be any better when the collapse “event(s)” happen. Outsiders won’t be trusted, tolerate or welcomed in most parts of the country and more then a few of them would be agent provacateurs — a technique already being widely used everywhere, making trusting outsiders doubley dangerous.
I’m well aware that this goes against the group-think that permeates survival circles today, but then so does a lot of what I write. Don’t come here — the locals think that the deer belong to them. And there are a lot of locals that feel exactly like that, all over this country.
Don’t be a refugee — and don’t make yourself one either. If you’ve not found a place to be, do so now. And make your stand there. You will be far more effective. It takes time, effort, patience and practice to develop the skills and experience you need to become self-sufficient. But it also take a “place”, which is your home. The notion that we will move our home off into the woods one day is pure fantasy and for the people that try this — a death trap for most of them.
To make sure I am not misunderstood, Istill believe that a simple lifestyle is better, but the groups of people who think they’re going to leave their desk jobs or assembly lines or janitorial service and go off and live in the woods when “the collapse happens” are smokin’ something that is clouding their brain.
If you’re not in a good place now, a place where you can meet those points above — move. Get your toes on some dirt where you can practice some self-reliant skills and raise some of your own food.
The other points Imade above are just as valid. Don’t get caught up in the “buy stuff” meme. You don’t need everything. I can’t believe the crap that I see for sale for “survivalists”. Most of it is crap and you’ll never use it. You need what will keep you alive: water, food, clothing, shelter and the tools to do that. You will also need a means to generate an income, whatever it is. Barter, work or trade, but the need to make money is still going to exist (or whatever you’re using for money).
Make SURE you figure that one out (keep making your living). I cannot begin to tell you how many Y2Ker’s screwed that one up as they waited upon their mountain of gear for society to collapse all around them. They listened to those tin foil hucksters above and all their ilk — and they lost everything in the process (and these clowns are still shoveling the same old b.s. as always, hands out, grinnin’ all the way to the bank). They had no plans for a future — even their own, except “survival” and it made no damned sense then and still doesn’t.
The best way to of think of collapse or the breakdown of society and what you should be doing about it is to start thinking a bit like the pioneers did and what they had to do in order to survive. Land, water, food, shelter, a place to “be”, a place where you can dig in and survive. You need to get to this place now, (right now), not after some “trigger event” when the roads will be jammed packed and the gas stations bone dry. Go live there now and learn exactly how — and make your life there.
The wanna-be wandering mountain men living off the land in the 21st century will probably exist for a time and in small numbers, but this probably won’t be any of you. And if there are too many that try this (and there probably will be as they thunder down the highways and byways in their R.V.’s and 4×4 trucks, jockeying for space, guns bristling), they’ll quickly find themselves unwanted and almost with a 100% certainty, woefully underprepared. A gigantic “reality check” will be waiting for them, and the bill will be very steep. Most will forfeit their lives (and their belongings) far, far sooner then they might expect.
Dump Your Dependency
Our society is real quick to point you the way to happiness or entertainment or satisfaction or even survival by selling you something. Everything is for sale, including news, stories, entertainment, education, self-help and of course, mountains and mountains of “stuff” — all of which you “need” if you’re going to be happy or be properly taken care of or some other such nonsense.
It seems that behind every message is the real message we’re all supposed to understand but complicitly go along with, and that message is “buy my stuff”. Send me your money and I promise that: you’ll be young again, or you’ll feel better, or you’ll get your health back or you’ll lose weight or you’ll be sexier or you’ll be better looking or you’ll lose your worries, fears and anxieties, or you can find true happiness at last, and on and on and on. You can’t got ten minutes watching the idiot box before being bombarded with glitzy advertising claiming to do all of these things — if you’d just buy something.
Why do we tolerate such nonsense? Can’t anybody see what this is doing to us all?
A society that is so hell-bent on making you all into a connedsumers army mindlessly buying up every possible thing offered up is one seriously screwed up society. You could rightly say that it is a pathological society, solely interested in one thing and one thing only above everything else. A sick society, that must drug and drown itself with rivers of mind-inducing chemicals and alcohol in order to prevent the madness from becoming uncontrollable (which often backfires).
Unspoken is how this creates nation after nation of hundreds of millions of highly dependent people all over the world who are totally, 100% dependent upon the markets and production of society. Their entire existence, even their very life is only possible because they buy everything that they need in order to live. In turn, they tirelessly feed the machine that keeps them alive by incessantly working, working, working to pay their “bills”, which is just another euphemism for what is really going on here (“will work for food” and trinkets too).
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that this is not how it used to be. The exchange of human labor (work and time) for the needs for existence is as old as humanity. But not like this, oh no, it was nothing like what we have today. Today every nuance of life, every requirement, every essential element and nutrient, every possible combination of essential needs comes at a price, which notably is established by total strangers who are quite adept at making sure it’s a profitable price (never mind fair or equitable), which you must pay through forced volunteerism to this system of fraud and abuse (this is called extortion).
You can only exist or even claim the right to exist through participation in this system of exploitation and corruption, a system which benefits nobody except a privileged few (the “owners”) and exploits the many (the people) while laying waste to an entire planet. This is why there is such a thing as a “price tag” upon everything you might possible need in order to live, even on the garbage you must take out. This system of dependency is designed to keep you enslaved as a working slave for the rest of your life, forever addicted to the lifeline of sustenance and toys that this society “provides” for you — at a price of course.
But this is not how it used to be… and you can undue quite a bit of this forced servitude if you learn how. It’s not that hard, but it will require you to put in at least as much effort as you do now at your “job”.
I already mentioned how — get on some land (by any means possible), create a portable income (you should always be able to make money anywhere, even if you’re traveling), emphasis skills over stuff (and practice them), stay debt free (or get there, asap), develop a homestead (wherever you are – just do it).
You will learn by doing — and by doing you will discover many other very valuable assets, such as hard work is rewarding, simple living can be very satisfying, living debt free is disabling to the voracious society and system that is so controlling, healthy living comes from raising healthy food, skills are fantastic “tools” to be used wherever you may find yourself, and homesteading is really a great way to live.
You will also learn frugality, competence, conscientious living, planning, patience and more then a bit of truth, and you will also unlearn the many dependencies that kept us chained to the slave-posts, rowing away all the days of our lives.
It’s late, I’m tired, so off to bed I go. G’nite.
Apr 222010
 

The destruction continues…  In each newsletter, I have shown different links, articles, assessments and reports on the ongoing collapse of the biosphere.  Planet Earth is under assault.  The human virus has replicated itself far beyond the naturally sustainable boundaries established by natural limits.

Dead Whale Has Large Amount Of Human Debris In Stomach

Not far from right here –

This hubris of ours cannot continue to go unchallenged, because it is what lies behind our blindness and indifference, the very things that are destroying us even now. 

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Biologists who examined a gray whale that died after stranding on a West Seattle beach say it had a large amount of garbage in its stomach — ranging from a pair of sweat pants to a golf ball.

The scientists say most of the whale’s stomach contents was algae — typical of the bottom-feeding mammals. But they say a surprising amount of human debris was found. Besides the pants and golf ball, there were more than 20 plastic bags, small towels, duct tape and surgical gloves.

The 37-foot whale stranded last Wednesday. Biologists took a large number of samples, but say the results from the examination won’t be known for weeks or months.

Research biologist John Calambokidis says all the debris can at least serve as a reminder of our impact on the Puget Sound.

“Even with all our awareness and attempts to improve the Sound, there is still quite a legacy of our past behavior and current behavior that still exists down there on the bottom,” he said.

There are millions of other examples like this washing ashore.  Whales, fish, seals, sea lions, sharks, birds.  The “gyre” in the ocean is absolutely gigantic, filled with tens of millions of bits of plastic debris and refuse.

Recruitment For Federalists – I’m sure many will “apply”.

Chris Hedges report on Noam Chomsky and the American Decline. I’m sure he’s right about the next (s)election, and he’s also right about the crazed knee-jerk response that is developing in this country.  And he’s also right about the intellectual left. There is not only a terrible vaccum in leadership in this country, there is a near-total absence of common sense and right thinking.  The smoke screen Chomsky mentions is a choking, blinding, billowing fog of absolute nonesense.

“Don’t take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can’t. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself. There is plenty of information. You have got to learn how to judge, evaluate and compare it with other things. You have to take some things on trust or you can’t survive. But if there is something significant and important don’t take it on trust. As soon as you read anything that is anonymous you should immediately distrust it. If you read in the newspapers that Iran is defying the international community, ask who is the international community? India is opposed to sanctions. China is opposed to sanctions. Brazil is opposed to sanctions. The Non-Aligned Movement is vigorously opposed to sanctions and has been for years. Who is the international community? It is Washington and anyone who happens to agree with it. You can figure that out, but you have to do work. It is the same on issue after issue.”

I’d recently mentioned the evil Koch Empire and they’re aggressive backing of the anti-climate change movement. Apparently, they bankroll many movements. There is a very interesting article on this company and it’s source of funding. Apparently, this same private company is the bankroll of the Tea Party movement (whoa!!) and according to Bill (William) Koch, a blacklisted heir and son of the “empire”, a criminal enterprise.

There is some truth to that claim too — they went to court, lost and paid a $25 million dollar fine, but that was nothing compared to the profits they literally skimmed off.

I’ve always said follow the money and you will uncover more of the truth then any other method.

But I’ve also said — none of this will make any difference.  Not the Tea Party movement, not the Koch empire, not Obama, not anything.  The momentum in human affairs, driven by the themes of economics, politics, military domination and social inertia isn’t changing.  What we perceive as “change” isn’t — it’s always more of the same, but worse „¢.

Just for a joke, but to make my point, I’ve included the „¢ to emphasize the point.  But if I were to trademark that saying, that would make me as bad as everyone else seems to be, or those that are only interested in making obscene profits from all the little people.

Anybody’s Son Will Do – Part I

Anybody’s Son Will Do – Part II

Anybody’s Son Will Do – Part III

Anybody’s Son Will Do – Part IV

Anybody’s Son Will Do – Part V

Anybody’s Son Will Do – Part VI

Earth Day – What Do You Want?

What do you want?  What do you forsee? What do you think is going to happen?

I’ve long written about the future context in relation to resource collapse, environmental collapse and energy collapse.  Human institutions are teetering on the edge of limits that are poorly understood and even more poorly accepted once expressed.  What do you think is going to happen?

I’ve made no secret of my own views and why I think that all that we have built is going to all fall apart (is falling apart!).

What I want is to see is it all brought down, to utterly collapse, destroying every last vestige of ‘civilization’, to wipe the slate entirely clean (once again, this has happened many times before) and then the ‘starting over’ begins anew.

I hold no illusions that we would do anything signicantly different, only that we would give the Earth a much needed rest — from us, and that we ourselves, could finally and ‘forever’ undue the chains we have shackled upon ourselves (until we repeat the cycle once again).

This is a endless process occuring over eons of time for the human race.  We presently live at the epitome of all human civilizations that have gone on before us, all having risen and falling into utter ruin for the same essential reasons we are.  We are no more different nor immune to this self-destructive cycle then they were.  My views on collapse as being the ‘solution’ is based upon human history and where we are today in this cycle.

Many people will not understand these sentiments, having not made the connections the collapse of the biosphere and human activity, or that this is inevitable in reality.  To them, the Earth is here exlusively for our use and pleasure, whereas we live off the unlimited abundance of the natural resources we find. What we do with this Earth is our decision alone, and in a civilization like ours that honors wealth, power and prestige over life itself, there is no room for compassionate thought or actions.

The problem with this worldview is that this is a mirror image of the truth.  Everything is absolutely backwards — We are here at the pleasure of the Earth and not because of anything we have done.

We are entirely dependent upon every single natural system on the planet: the watersheds, the climate, the soil, the atmosphere, the topography, the very life we find upon it, literally everything. We are even the product of eons of evolutionary development, literally birthed out of the Earth itself, a earthly creation having the same origins as any other life form found on this planet. But we forget this simple fact to our own peril.

Our “mother” Earth receives the worst possible treatment imaginable by her careless and indifferent human inhabitants, soiled and used like a dirty dish rag and a gigantic dumping ground for our excess and endless greed.  What was once pristine, beautiful and even breathtaking even to the most obtuse amoung us has become festooned and adorned with an endless vista of human trash and construction, scattered throughout the world as gaudy roadside stands of human civilization.

Out of all the species on this planet, it is humans and humans alone that have learned to disrespect, and to deny, and to destroy with a reckless abandon that exceeds all possible measurements of morality and responsibility.  No other species on this Earth can lay claim to this character defect, a moral imperfection of ours alone that has blighted the human race since the dawn of time.

Going further, there is no “unlimited abundance” for our infinite pleasure and connedsumption, the finite world of the biosphere is being grossly exceeded (depleted) in every single natural resource by incessant human activity. We are wiping out tens of thousands of species at an incredible rate, ten thousand times the natural, including sentient life forms, with a complete disregard for this fantastic natural heritage, claiming lordship and total dominion over all things.

Who gave humans this alleged “right”? The answer is self-evident.  We did — in our arrogance and indifference, we claimed this position exclusively for ourselves, buttressed by the lies of religion and deceptive human institutions, never seriously considering the consequences of what this might mean, even to us.  The future looked unlimited and unblemished, and we convinced ourselves of this illusion over and over again, literally over hundreds and thousands of years that it was still true.

Unchecked human expansion and activity has now led the entire planet to the brink of destruction by the human animal.  Our prowress with technology and invention has not saved us at all, it has led us ever closer to biological xenophobia and self-annihalation.

It is the embracement of these outrageous lies, these demonic-inspired mythologies and fabrications of “unlimited resources and abundance” that led us to create a world where we incessantly compete for what is obviously not unlimited, resulting in endless wars, famine and the endless economic slavery of the entire human race, exploiting every possible nuance of life and even death itself in the infinite expansion of the human enterprise.

Our blindness is so complete to these simple truths that we even loudly proclaim that we prefer this highway of debris, the litter of death and destruction and the havoc we wreak over the entire face of the Earth, over the embracement of life, health and true happiness. We even defend this ridiculous notion with our very lives, throwing them into the breach and attacking those that declare we are all headed in the wrong direction as outrageous kooks.

We killed them all — indigenous leaders, shamans and aboriginal peoples, anyone who would dare to live differently and declare that we were headed down the wrong path.

It is clear that the human race is certifiably insane. Out of all the species of life on this planet, it is our own that is alone responsible for the biosphere collapse.  Efforts to point this out or to rectify our ingrained habits of death and destruction are met today with stony silence or outright hatred. This is sociopathic behavior – and is found everywhere in our world today.  This alone is reason enough to hope for civilizations collapse — the eradication of our grandiose schemes and designs, along with all the sociopathic and destructive behaviors exhibited by humans.

Only the most conscious and concerned can seem to understand the depths of despair that must first exist before such hopes can be properly understood in their context.  Humans that can not understand the simple requirement that we must learn to live responsibly with all life on this Earth cannot hope to fathom this.  When death and destruction taints the mind and pollutes the thoughts, when profits, power, position and prestige dominate all senses and notions of “rights” and responsibilities at the exclusion of everything else (even humans), it is impossible for such people to comprehend the mechanics of compassion.

World Failing On Every Environmental Issue

The answer is simple: we “” the human species “” are failing on every major environmental problem, including those I highlight below: biodiversity, oceans, deforestation, food and water, population and consumption, and climate change. Our inability thus far to even being solving these problems is bankrupting our Earth and will leave our children a very different “” I venture to say lonelier and more chaotic “” world.

Value Added Tax Proposed

Government is far too stupid (and greedy) to realize that we don’t need more taxes, we need less government.  Less government would give us lower taxes (and lower interferance in our lives).  But there is no point in even mentioning these things, is there? We know what will happen already.

Wholesale Prices Rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices rose more than expected last month as food prices surged by the most in 26 years. But excluding food and energy, prices were nearly flat.

The Labor Department said the Producer Price Index rose by 0.7 percent in March, compared to analysts’ forecasts of a 0.4 percent rise. A rise in gas prices also helped push up the index.

Still, there was little sign of budding inflation in the report. Excluding volatile food and energy costs, wholesale prices rose by 0.1 percent, matching analysts’ expectations.

Food prices jumped by 2.4 percent in March, the most since January 1984. Vegetable prices soared by more than 49 percent, the most in 15 years. A cold snap wiped out much of Florida’s tomato and other vegetable crops at the beginning of this year.

I am expecting yet more price changes on vegetables in the coming weeks, I have already been notified by the cannery that this is going to happen.  Between 2007 and 2008, world food prices increased a whopping 43%.  Food shortage were expected to continue through 2010 and beyond as the world enters a severe peak oil crisis, as early as 2012, and most certainly “forever” beyond that.

I strongly suggest that everyone prepare now, while you still can.  I really can urge this necessity enough but I don’t want to pressure people into doing this either. My own homesteading plans are still moving along, I will be growing a portion of my own food this year and I should if time permits, have a greenhouse ready for next season too.

The danger is clear, we are running out of those things we need for food production.  Water, land, climate and even essential trace elements like phosphorus are in increasingly short supply and / or at risk. In some areas of the world, extreme risk with 1 billion now hungry.

We may still be relatively ‘comfortable’ in America, but this at the very least will continue to drive up food prices and affect availability as the world competition for essentials continues to heat up.

Oil rich countries won’t always be always rich, they’re already extremely water-poor and this is causing a precipitous decline in food production.

It’s not hard to fathom that competition for world grain is going to skyrocket many times over, and who “better” to do this then the rich and affluent countries like Saudi Arabia and China?  China has trillions of U.S. dollars in reserve, they could literally buy anything that they want from anyone (as long as our dollars are still valued).  America may have grain, but it doesn’t have any money and ownership of agriculture land is fast passing into the hands of foreign interests.

The signs are dead clear — don’t be left standing when the music stops.

Apr 182010
 

Newsletter

I’m taking it slow these days with the newsletter.  Our early, but wet spring has made it possible for me to get many important outside projects done.  My garden / greenhouse / shed project is one important step for my own self-sufficiency.  All my garden boxes have been built, including deck boxes that will be used for other plantings.  My greenhouse was waiting on the relocation of my shed, which is really a small building, it’s 24′ x 12′ and had to moved.  I achieved this backbreaking chore but broke my tow chain and several steel bars in the process.  This thing must have weighed over 7000 lbs.

I can can now build the greenhouse from those glass panels I’ve been saving all these years. I also have several old windows that I expect to use.

I can’t plant here still, apparently we’re supposed to plant our crops in mid-May.  Our season is short and the greenhouse will help immensely with this.  I have until fall to get this built, as it is simply a bit late this year to worry about finishing it for this spring.  It will probably take several weeks for me to build using recycled materials.

Blog

I’ve taken down the old blog for a long-term project.  Several thousand blog entries have been mothballed for now, including all the prep series of articles.

Website

I’m still waiting for those new prices changes from Rainy Day (sigh…) , so the site remains unchanged for the moment.  Oops, they’re all done now.  New stuff, new prices, see below.

A couple of pointers on food orders.  Order volume and order size has been declining dramatically, across the board at all the canneries.  I’m guessing that the economic / credit collapse is partly why.

I also think some folks are ‘holding back’ with a “wait and see” attitude when it comes to food storage and the necessity of doing this.  I’ve long warned about this topic, we’ve seen gigantic price increases in the past seven years.  If this country experience a catabolic, widespread collapse, don’t expect to get any food outside of your local growing area.  Transportation and agriculture, i.e., “food production” will be as hard hit as any segment of society and probably worse, since it also demands upon climate, water, and lack of predatory pests, making it rather unique.

The Iceland eruptions have shut down portions of Europe as a current example of how things can suddenly happen and transportation is grounded.  The long term effects are already being discussed, wtih years of lowered rapeseed production (biofuels) in Europe.

There are about 100 new products up on the website, freeze dried fruits and vegetables from Van Durnen Farms, and a bunch of price changes were made too. Now would be a good time to take advantage of the lower prices I’ve posted.

We’re shipping orders out in mere days now, a sign that all the canneries are also experiencing the same “collapse” in order volume as I am.  Overall, this is not a good sign.  It means that people are really hurting.

City Collapse

As predicted, cities are now going after their citizens slaves for more and more tax money, in bizarre ways.  Taxing haircuts, tanning salons, 911 calls, pay toilets on airlines, you name it, they’re dreaming it up and expecting you to pay it.  This was predicatable too, government doesn’t know when to quit (downsize) and when to realize that they aren’t needed (or wanted) anymore.

Los Angeles is having a hard time of it, facing a possible shutdown.  Emergency funds to keep critical services running are being requested.

America always was a pay as you go, land of the fee kind of country. The so-called “free health care” isn’t going to free either, but is going to come at a terrifying price.  To manage this boondoggle, you’re going to have to open up the most private details of your life including your wallet.

Here’s a prediction for you –  a gigantic underground economy will blossom even further as more taxes and more “requirements” of the slaves, err people are enacted upon.  We’ll figure out a way to survive outside of these demands.  It’s what people do, it’s what we’ve always had to do.

There are going to be opportunities here, but none without some pitfalls.

Bad Weather Everywhere

You’ve either experienced a heat wave or your having monsoon weather or severe drought.  It’s monsoon here in Washington after a non-winter of no snow and no precipitation to speak of.  Right now, the rain is coming down sideways and it’s mud everywhere.

Rio weather (Brazil) was so bad that 147+ people died.

Cultural Survival has a writeup on the killings going on in Samburu, Kenya.  The reason? Climate change.

Since February 2009, Kenyan police forces have assaulted at least 10 different Samburu villages, ranging in size from 150 to 1,500 people. In each case, hundreds of armed police conducted well-coordinated, military-style attacks.  They killed, raped, beat, and robbed Samburu villagers completely at random and set homes on fire. In one attack, they seized all of a community’s cattle””4,000 head””leaving the community with no source of food during a devastating drought.

WHY THE RAIDS?  

The causes are complex, but they involve politics, guns, and global warming. Climate change is causing more frequent and more devastating droughts in northern Kenya, and pastoralists are fighting over scant water resources and pasture for their cattle. Civil wars in surrounding countries have led to weapons being introduced into the region, and the pastoralists’ traditional back-and-forth cattle raiding has become deadly. The police, who should be curbing this violence, are instead adding to it by committing crimes themselves.  Politicians manipulate the volatile situation for their own political advantage.

There’s a short YouTube clip here.

CO₂ Goes Up

If you haven’t noticed, Desdemona has a CO₂ applet on his site — and this figure has gone up again.  We are now at 391.06, well past the so-called “safe limit” of 350 ppm.  Some scientists claim that this is too high, and 280 ppm is the safer figure.  In any case, we will probably exceed 400 ppm by the end of this year or thereabouts (we see 2 ppm per month on average), not a good sign.

I like promoting that site — because there are daily important environmental updates on collapsing dominoes, so be sure to check it often.

Carbon trading “profiteering” continues to dominate some of the news, but I stand firmly on the “this won’t work” side of things.  I don’t report on this topic much because it’s like arguing about the stock market — it’s manipulated information.  The actual effects of carbon credits / carbon trading are unknown, but like most human-managed idiocies, it’s not going to be hard to see how this won’t work.

Geoengineering is another topic that is growing in volume. Most ideas are exceedingly dangerous for humanity and the biosphere and several small project attempts have backfired.  But the reality is, humans have already geoengineered the planet.  The widespread conversion of lands to agriculture (monoculture), diversion of water sources, heat sinks from city and urban sprawl and of course, the ubiquitous pollution and dead zones all over the world.  Lest I forget – deforestation and “rehabilitation” of lands for human-exclusivity.  We have already widely geoengineered the planet and the climatatic effects are making themselves widely known now.

Hubris

I’ve been giving a lot of thought and time to the idea that humans are going to be able to engineer something so large and so vast as the planet which we live on. More specifically, that we can do a better job of regulating and managing the biosphere then nature itself can.

The flip side of this coin is that we can simply ignore what we’re doing and go on pretending that nothing we do has any real impact.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  We live in a dramatically different world then our forefathers did, and our general ignorance of this fact is being encouraged by “managers” who have appointed themselves as experts.

I picked up a very interesting book on American Indians.  Flipping through, I came across a section where coastal Indians lived and the description of life there.  There was such an abundance of food is this one location that they had piled up empty clam shells covering 70 acres, over sixty feet deep!

In other research that I’ve read, it only took 1 – 2 hours a day to provide for food.  Wildlife and plants were in such extreme abundance that food production was only a small part of daily life.

There were of course bad times, with famine and starvation.  But it was Western civilization that is better known for these events, most of which were actually “engineered” when you uncover their root reasons.  Either we deforested and raped the land or failed to protect what was already there, or our wars or economic attacks on other nations caused these things.  In other words, we were really the responsible parties, bringing these calamities upon ourselves.

We can’t seem to leave well enough alone. This is tragic and the cause for human hubris. It both drives us and destroys us and the final outcome is none too certain.  If you’re pessimistic like I am, then you believe that we will destroy ourselves.  Optimists believe we will manage ourselves into a “better future”, but I don’t see it.  I do not consider totalitarianism or fascism or any “ism” a better, more secure and safer future at all.

I am personally trying to distance myself from all this hubris, in case you haven’t noticed.  That isn’t what life is all about.  When you consider the generations of humans that have lived upon this planet, and how so much of what they have done has been utterly forgotten, it tends to put your own life into perspective.  What you do with your life and how you choose to live this life is NOT what the world “orders”.  Most aspects of our society and our civilization acts as if we are nothing more then ignorant connedsumers, bred and designed to do nothing more then breed, produce and consume.

What an incredibly wasteful existence that is, and how utterly pointless. I believe that our ancestors had fuller, richer lives then we do today, even though we are surrounded by all these material comforts and “opportunities”.  Like Hubberts Peak, we are on the downward slope, where we are losing freedoms, opportunities and future.  We’ve been continually promised that things would get better, but the reality is something far different.

Those empty promises were predicated upon several very negative points: constant consumption, endless energy usage, total compliance and acceptance, abandonment of individuality and personal freedoms, and the eventual and total destruction of the biosphere.

This is where human hubris excels and lies, lies, lies to us all. The promises of all this hubris is enslavement and sickness and eventually death.  Enslavement of body, heart, mind and soul (orchestrated by all the “isms” that abound).  Your time is not your own, you are “owned” in everything you are and do, you are fed garbage and toxic chemicals and encouraged to mindlessley consume, consume, consume (we’re even taken our toxic sewage now and using it as fertilizers on our food), and eventually this leads to the death of everything — not just you, but everything alive and organic: trees, forests, water, soil, fish, humans, animals, even the very air we all depend upon.

That is the real promise of our hubris and why I hate it so, because it’s killing me, and you, and everything else that exists.   I’m only interested in finding a better way to live, which is not in accordance with the way the world demands that we live.

That makes me opposed to most of what is going on in our world today, and in the future direction we are heading.  I also don’t accept the idea that we are going to (finally) manage our way to a better future “for all”, because I don’t see this has ever having happened at any time in human history.

We’ve have manage to create class divisions and social inequities, rich people and poor people and produce generations after generations of an entire slave class of servants tasked to a lifetime of endless (and useless) toil for their mere existence, even for the simple right to exist, but we have not managed to make the world a “better place”.  You have to blindly ignore the devastating consequences that surround us all to believe that.

Most people consider this a “fair exchange” in reality, that we’re better off now and we can’t go back.  Unsaid however is what this one-way ticket really means (and how we got here), and that is what I’ve long pointed out here and in the blog.  It is not a fair exchange and never was.  It is rape, pure and simple, rape of everything we are as humans, and everything that we rely upon to exist, and everything all future humans and non-humans will require to exist in their future too.

Not many people see civilization as rape, the violation of all that is pure, sacred, essential, healthy and beautiful.  But I challenge my readers to consider this if just for a moment and maybe your eyes will open to another reality that is trying to come through.

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Apr 052010
 

The Scary Truth About your IPhone – MotherJones News

The Nutcase Behind Idaho’s Governor Bid – Mix a climate change denialists with a bible-thumping Mormon and what do you expect?  My major beef with these people is little that they stand for is the truth, it’s all based upon lies, misrepresentations and distortion of facts and history.   I cannot imagine a worse scenario then putting in charge someone who would create a (new) American Taliban and deny the environmental catastrophe that is now occurring.

Well, yes I can imagine something worse…. but that’s beside the point.  The point is, why would we (s)elect someone into office that doesn’t know up from down, fact from fiction?

The points that Rex does have right will not change anything anyway.  But what we find when people like Rex (shades of George Bush) are put into office is their personal views of how the world should be .vs. how the world really is overrules common sense (and facts), and then we get saddled with the fantasy world they’re trying to create, which is to say we get to beat at shadows in an endless repetition of the past failures, and thus my total “non-support” for people like this running for office.

Besides, “reform” of the system is a fools game, anybody with any common sense should well realize this by now. We are allowed to change the players every few years, but nothing ever changes. If you are over the age of 25, you should realize this through and through.  There are far too many vested interests in making sure that the status-quo stays firmly in place as long as possible.  There is ZERO possibility (less then zero actually) that political “reform” is going to change anything.

US Special Forces Cover Up Murder – Nothing will come of this. The ‘settlement’ for a wrongfully killed civilian is a couple of thousand dollars at most.

But contrast that article with this one – NATO admits killing civilians.  No mention whatsoever of hiding the evidence, or digging bullets out of bodies, or lying and trying to cover up this atrocity.

This is the kind of ‘reporting’ we have been long receiving, and how people are being spoon-fed brain sludge (b.s. and disinformation).

This is the CATO Institute’s Map of botched raids in the United States. Take it for what it’s worth, it’s out of date and missing information, but still shows how often this happens in our own kountry.

A Layman’s Guide To Climate Change Fact, Myths and the Truth

I have been seriously been considering writing a “layman’s guide” to climate change, which would reveal the facts, expose the myths and establish the truth on this critical issue.

But upon reflection, I do not think that this would change anything.  All of this information is already readily available for the Net enabled, and it only engenders more endless debate and disagreement.  Special interests groups are having a field day distorting the facts.  The “disinformation offensive” is a great term to describe what is really going on.  But you only need to look outside to see the other, more pervasise reality.

Dealing In Doubt

I could write this guide, but deep down inside I do not think it would matter much.  This recent effort by Greenpeace is nice to know (pdf file, Dealing In Doubt), and a very important read (please do, from top to bottom), but the polarization of people’s beliefs and attitudes isn’t going to change because of another report, even when it exposes the bare-bones truth.

(By the way, I challenged “Lord Monckton” to financial disclosure, he refused and instead suggested I ask somebody else to do this!  I have copies of these emails.)

I believe that it will take “mega-effects” in real life to persuade the persuadable.  By that I mean severe climate impacts causing disruptions and changes causing real physical and significant financial problems.

This will help persuade the persuadable, those who are not benefitting by special interests, or on petroleum company secret payrolls, or who are receiving special funding for propagating lies.  This group of denialists will never change, having sold their souls to Satan for thirty pieces of tarnished silver.

That last link by the way, is something I found by reading the “Canadian Free Press” (not!) website, and their promotion of global warming disinformation.  Dr. Tim Ball is an absolute kook, and this is the best they could do for their CFP Speakers Bureau (read the above link for facts).

I’ve found Rogue Government (Lee Rogers) to consistently misreport the facts regarding climate change, and although he has been shared the science links that disprove this (by me), he’s still unrepentent and still headlines stupid stories that prove absolutely nothing but that idiots will deny, deny, deny, and many of them will be making a handsome profit by doing so.

This more or less proves my point — a layman’s guide to climate change and the facts behind it, with a serious effort to disuade the myths, lies, corporate funding and disinformation campaigns, would still fall flat on its face.

Do you recall that in my last newsletter I said “you cannot trust the comments” now being found on websites?  Many, many times my own comments on these sites, trying to dispel the lies and misrepresentation never appear.  This is another reason why another report / guide / fact check won’t make a difference anymore.  The people are not being allowed their free speech, and the dissent and the denial is so great now that common sense and fact is thrown out the window.  It’s all just whitenoise now, and the volume is getting higher and higher.

Therefore, I see no point in spending time on an exercise in futility.  There is yet another reason why I won’t engage in this either and this is well-established now — we cannot change the outcome now anyway.  It doesn’t even “matter” if millions more finally woke up, we’re still going to have to deal with what we’ve already done.

This means that my own efforts are best spent elsewhere.  Since the outcome is “fated” (but only because we disbelieved the facts and the truth for so long) then it would make more sense to focus on adaption and mitigation, i.e., human and even non-human survival.  The entire biosphere is going to have to adapt wherever possible now, that is already perfectly clear.  It is already well-established that much of the biosphere (including many locations of humans) will not and cannot adapt sufficiently, and we are going to lose these components, probably forever.

Here is yet another issue that is at least related to human survival: totalitarianism is still on the rise. I read this on one website where “we had 8 – 12 years of decent government and now we have this!“.  Good god, these people are unbelievably STUPID and willfully blind to what has been going on for the past decade.  We’ve had very shitty government now for a very long time and each (s)election only demonstrates that we only get worse government, again and again and again.

I’ve long documented cases of totalitarianism, it makes no difference “who” is in charge, it always more of the same.  The new legislation promises to always be worse then the past and I see nothing changing this.  Those of us who choose to aware of where this is headed and where this is going need to (you got it) adapt and mitigate. In other words, our tactics (real life) remain the same as if we were trying to fight climate change.

Giving this some thought, there’s not much in our tactics that would be any different between the two issues.  Adaption and mitigation for climate change and for totalitarianism are very similiar.  We already know our lifestyles must change for both, we cannot simply ignore one of these issues and attempt to address the other, both of these issues must be dealt with if we intend to survive.

But this is also true of a number of other issues, that are also very real, very urgent and very important.  We’re witnessing the collapse of our biosphere right now.  We are also watching mega-corporations take over large critical regions of the environment, destroying critical habitats and elements that threaten the fabric of life on earth.

We’re seeing oceans collapse, reef collapse, fisheries collapse, mega “dead zones”, acidification and of course huge decades-long droughts and now massive levels of flooding, sea level rise and the indunuation of coastal lands, islands and acquifers, and many, many strictly “human issues”, such as financial collapse, homelessness, job losses, overpopulation, corporate corruption and greed, human rights abuse, war (always endless wars) and ‘legalized torture’, increasing levels of injustice and terrorism.

Then there’s energy wars, peak petroleum, peak phosphorus, peak rare minerals, spiraling declines in natural resources, threats of Artic energy wars, water wars and massive levels of refugees from both environmental collapse and warfare.  There is no end to the trouble we find ourselves in, but all of these issues can be traced back to where they started and why they exist today.

Each of these issues is affecting all of our survivable futures, which if left unaddressed, will undoubtedly have terrifying impacts with catastrophic “dominoe effects”.  Depending on where you live, and what you do for your living, you WILL be affected by several or even more of these issues.  Nobody on the entire planet will be unaffected.

I believe that all of these issues are critical and going “nuclear” (about to explode) and that they will wreak a terrifying vengeance upon all life on Earth.  To be even more dramatic, I think that they already have, but for the strong sense of denial and cognative dissonance that is still taking place, we are choosing to be willfully blind to it as long as we possible can.

But the reality is very much different to what our brains are refusing to allow us to accept. The long lines of the dispossessed and homeless, the environmental refugees and flooded cities, villages and towns, the growing number of unemployed and starving, the sheer levels of desperation rising higher and higher on every continent — these things cannot remain in our denial forever.  But when collapse has happened to you, when you have lost your home, your livelihood, your health or your future, then reality like none other finally hits home.

But it’s too late then.  Much too late, and why I do not feel as if writing yet another ‘expose’ on the truth is going to make a difference. In fact, I think that anybody that now engages in this type of exercise is also in denial.  If they really believed the stuff that they write, then why are they just writing about it?

The truth be told, that is what 99.99% of them are actually doing.  Most of them are making a good living at it too, with seminars and books and speaking engagements and blogs and promoting products that they want you to buy.  But the stark reality is these people have made it their business (bread and butter) to tell you what is going on, but do little themselves to adapt and mitigate. Most are still shoving ‘reform the system’ through another political process / candidate / (s)election, which if history is any guide whatsoever, is never, ever going to work.

The only thing now that can make a difference now is adaption and mitigation, and that’s what real ‘believers’ should be working on.  This means that we race ahead of the falling dominoes wherever possible to get out of their way and to prevent their collapse from affecting us too much.  The dominoes are going to fall, nothing will stop it.  We will never be able to be immune to their crash, but we can make critical adjustments so that we can survive what is collapsing anyway.

I have long taken the position that to do so, to build in some level of protection for yourself, that you must embark upon the journey of self-sufficiency and learn the “hows” of a sustainable lifestyle.  This is still my position, because these techniques are the methods by which your severe your dependencies and your weaknesses to the collapsing systems.  You can only protect yourself with this type of insurance, but it won’t prevent actual accidents (nothing will).

So I won’t be writing the layman’s guide.  It would be much better for me to help others learn how to become self-sufficient and how to avoid leviathan’s increasing stupidity.  I cannot do anything about climate change, or the denialsphere and you probably can’t either.

Taboo Topics

They’ve made it illegal now to discuss many topics which at this point in time, need to be aired.  But let me point out something that maybe some of you have not actually considered.  Let’s say we could talk about some of these taboo subjects, what would this actually gain any of us?  Would it solve anything?  Could we then after long discussions, move on to resolution?

I think not.  I do not believe that anything would or even could change by engaging in these taboo topics.  The general idea is if there is enough public support for ‘X’, then we could / would effect change in ‘Y’.  This is the ‘mass awareness’ points I’ve brought up before, and how they fail to change outcomes.  Mass awareness only brings about mass awareness (when it actually happens), but it doesn’t actually succeed in changing much of anything.  There are some few exceptions to this, and in history where change was more probable and timely and even likely to happen, but not today.  Not when all of our media is so highly contrived and controlled, and everything is vetted and pre-approved, and when so much is now discouraged and even outlawed.

Let me pick a non-confrontational, non-violent but ‘taboo topic’.  Secession.  Let’s say that we need to find a State or States that need / should secede from the United States in order to form a ‘more perfect union’ within themselves that would be more inclined to respect and preserve the rights and the liberties of the people then the so-called “union” we have today.

This is a topic that engenders no end of debate and desire, but it’s also illegal to discuss by the way.  But let’s say we could and did this anyway for sake of making my point.  Then what?  Let’s say we had open meetings for years and years within our state (yours, mine, doesn’t matter) and lets say that we finally achieved ‘consensus’ to make this a reality.

Ooops.  That’s where we’d most certainly run into trouble, big time.  Not only would none of these meetings ever be allowed, the instigators would have long been rotting in prison for ‘sedition’ or some other such nonsense.

This is true for any taboo topic.  The moment such a topic ‘goes public’ and tries to enlist public awareness and public support, it gets taken down.  They have laws on the books to keep this all ‘legal’ and prevent this from happening in case you did not know.  This is true for any taboo topic you can dream up by the way, some which I will of course, not even mention here.

But my point besides all that is this: mass awareness lead to what, exactly?  Ultimately it leads to change (ideally) and the idea that we will somehow, through some measure or action or movement, create conditions for change.  We don’t like how something is today, so therefore we change it.  But we cannot do this only by ourselves, so we get other people involved.  If we get enough people involved, we will acheive the changes we seek.  And so it goes.  But it’s not true….

It is not true because we are not allowed to create such movements that will actually effect important changes (and long overdue), and if we try, we get shut down.  And in the meanwhile, the disinformation efforts and the misinformation about these efforts is cranked up to ear-screeching levels, undermining anything that we might try to do to gain public support and acceptance (thanks to your complicit media, it is very easy to see which side of the fence they live on and where their bread is really buttered).

Agent provacateurs are released into our midst and create setup and sting operations to destroy any chance and any credibility any such movements might actually have.  If that doesn’t work (and it usually does), then they marginalize the people involved.  Take a look at the climate science today as an example.  They’re now being personally attacked and ridiculed because of what they are telling us.  This is a type of discredibility technique being used that is very effective, and the people are being bamboozled because of it.  The mass awareness that is needed never arrives, because the proponents are discredited, and not because any of the discredibility is true – but because of well-funded and well-organized campaigns to destroy the movement are very powerful.

Pay close attention, because this is happening again and again and again, in any movement that would change the status quo, it doesn’t even matter what it is.  The effort to disband the Federal Reserve, the tea party movement,  environmental protection movements, a third political party movement, the free state movement — it doesn’t make any difference, they are all nullified by well-orchestrated and well-funded efforts, long before they can gain any real power or reach and effect enough people.  Mass movements do not work anymore!

If you want to understand why nothing changes in this country (despite the musical chairs going on in government), and the illusions that the “people are involved” or even “angry enough and we’re not going to take it anymore” (yes you are, you show that you will every single day), there you have it in a very simple form.  It’s not going to be allowed.

Anything that threatens the status-quo and vested interest that is in power is simply never going to allow it.  And those people who are involved in these various movements and efforts consistently fail to realize this simple fact — and the consistently fail to realize that their tactics are woefully inadequate — and always will be, because they fail to appreciate the magnitude and the mechanisms of what they are up against.

To make a final point on this entire issue — change, real change, the kind that is really needed, is still possible (we are only dealing with humans after all), but not by any of the methods and techniques currently being applied.  Mass awareness and support is even possible, but by the same token, not by any of the methods and techniques currently being tried.

Because these movements fail to admit to this, they’re never going to accomplish much of anything.  All that happens is a little stirring in the pot, but the frogs continue to boil.  And boil they will, there are always new frogs.

If real change were / could happen, it would have to disempower (dismantle) the vested interests first that are preventing these changes.  It isn’t that we need ‘more people aware’ to create change, what we need is to dismantle the powers that are preventing it.  The people will follow, as they always do.

But this is heresy to some who do not understand how things really work.  They think “get the people, then get the change” and do not recognize that the majority of people will do as they are told as long as their are overlords in place telling them to do so.

How do you think this works now?  Do the people in general “do as they are told” by their overlords?  Of course they do.  They generally believe what they are told too.  They’ve long abandoned the ability to truly think for themselves and quite frankly, act like sheep, waiting for a shepard to lead them around.

I’m sorry if this seems harsh or insensitive, oftentimes the real truth is exactly that.  Lots of people believe that they do not actually own or govern their own lives, they believe that they are ‘supposed’ to do what they are told.  Because of this blindness, they cannot even perceive the power that is behind the throne and they have no understanding of how they are being polarized into doing and believing what they have come to accept.  They’re also very much afraid of being truly self-responsible and meekly accept all kinds of ‘protection’ to pamper and comfort them and to provide things for them and to make life easier and easier.  This kind of person doesn’t even care what happens to everythign else either, because their selfishness blinds them to their own dependency and contribution to tyranny and the destruction of the planet.

Movements that are trying to pursuade this mass of selfish people are going to fail.  Unless you can offer them a comfy job or provide for them free food and housing, free health care, retirement benefits or some other such creature comfort, they are always going to side with the power that controls their mind and their bodies.

In America, this now accounts for the majority of Americants, who cannot think for themselves, do for themselves or act with an independent thought on their own.  They seek ‘consensus’, ‘approval’, ‘acceptance’, incapable of even realizing that none of this is even necessary and is oftentimes self-defeating in the end.  Their connedsumers, bamboozled into believing a lifetime of lies and deceptions, unable to see what they have become and what their nation has become.

Many movements seek to recruit these people, to make them aware of their pet issues and I can (and do) respect that, but they are failing to change outcomes (still).  This is still happening because we have lost total control of our media, our government and very, very, VERY importantly, our educational system.  We are churning out armies of idiots, brain-dead, dumbed down and ignorant children who are being force-fed a diet of corn syrup and fats, slothful fools who revel in mundane computer “lives” online and tasked to work at menial jobs for slave wages.

We have totally lost the next generation already, and this is very, very important.  What bloody difference does it make if I care about what is happening, but the next generation does not?  I’m going to die soon enough and take my compassion and my concerns with me.  Then what?  What have I spent my life fighting for, pleading for if this is all going to die with me?  If we do not reach the next generation, we will have lost everything.  You can take that to the now worthless banks.  We will lose if we do not understand some very important basics.

It is because entire generations of people are now being totally controlled in their thoughts, their behavior, their belief and their actions (to say nothing of their pocketbooks), that we will lose any effort we could / can mount to change outcomes.  This is a fact.

Because we have no control now of the media, the government, the educational system, all the information outlets that program the minds of hundreds of millions of people, that we will fail.  And this is absolutely no accident at all, but has been revealed to be quite calculating and a long time in the making.

I think it is also important to know that these same institutions are by and large, all repeating the same mantra (brainwashing).  They are effectively in lockstep with each other on important and critical subjects that are not being taught.  In my opinion, this too is deliberate and not accidental.

Let me make a few other comments here.  Nobody in America will actually teach you how to be a truly free man or woman.  Everyone will tell you what you must do to comply however, which is really the opposite.  Nobody will teach you how to live a life unencumbered by the myriad of ‘requirements’ we are all forced to live by.  Nobody will point you to a school, an institute or even a seminar where you can find out how to not do these things.  They will all teach you (those that exist) how you can work within the system, but none of these “teachers” even understands how self-defeating this is, or how this simply helps propogate their existence.

Ever wonder why?  Perhaps you should, because it has important implications.

In point of fact, nobody will really tell you the truth about anything, you have to dig, dig, dig to find this out for yourself.  If you dig long and hard enough, you will uncover a reality that is very much different then the one everybody is telling you about.  And when your eyes have been opened like this, you begin to realize that things are not what they seem, and not even what they could or should be.  Eventually you will try to share this knowledge with others, but you will run into monumental resistance.  And given enough try, time and effort, you will come to realize that your efforts like this won’t succeed in changing much of anything.

There is another, more real, more truthful reality to this life then what we are being taught by our vaunted institutions.  If that is important to you, if having a life that is more in line with the truth matters to you, then I encourage you to seek it out.  But to do so, you will not find it within the halls of our hallowed institutions, because this is in reality, forbidden knowledge.

The truth about this is quite simple.  Very powerful and vested interest have nothing to gain and everything to lose by you learning how to free your mind.  You are of course, only a tiny cog in the entire scheme of things, but you can still use this to your advantage.  They’ll ignore you for the most part if you stay a tiny cog — but try to become a big gear and you’ll find yourself stripped by the torque that would surround your life, mashed down and spun out to little pieces.

Lots of people have wondered why I choose to stay low profile, some even calling me ‘mysterious’.  It is simply because I understand the forces that are at work in our world today, and I have no interest whatsoever in fame or fortune.  I’d rather simply be left alone.  I’ve turned down many opportunities to change my life and become ‘more’, all of it in line with what the world expects as “success”, but why in the world would I willingly do that?  You’ll find me running the other way, I’m more comfortable in being nothing at all, because I do not agree with the direction and esteem that the world holds.

I also understand what is coming and what lies ahead for all of humanity.  What would be the point in trying to “be somebody” when all such things are going to be brought low?  I laugh at self-important people and stuffed shirts, to me, they’re nothing at all, just blowhards and full of shit.  This is why I took great exception to that fool Savinar when he tried to run my blog.  He really thinks he’s something when he’s nothing at all.

But he’s not alone, there are a lot of people like this, that have totally bought into the lies of our generation that you can “be somebody”.  I am somebody — I am my own man, living my own life, the way in which I generally choose to live it.  To me, that is far more important then building a following or trying to gain a ‘reputation’ or being rich or ‘successful’ in a world that believes money is your cloak and comfort.  This is why there is no integrity in today’s world, we’ve sold our souls for worthless silver.

The world at large believes that we must ‘press forward’, higher, faster, upward.  Cheaper, better, more, it’s all the same.  I disagree with this philosophy, which is really not a philosophy at all, it’s just greed and gluttoney, cloaked behind glitter and gold.  Greed is not a philosophy, it’s a disease of the mind.  It’s even a disease of the body and you see this everywhere with two-ton people who cannot rule their own appetites and govern their own lives.

It’s pathetic, that’s what it is, and I want nothing at all to do with it.  I’m only sharing this with all of you because I’m flat-out telling you, there is a better way to live, a life that is more meaningful, more self-valuable, more honest, more truthful and to me, “better”, then chasing after a fools dream.  Why would you do that?  Isn’t that exactly what is causing most of problems in the world today?

Fools create wars, waste resources, destroy lives, pollute the atmosphere, overpopulate, destroy watersheds, cut down rainforests, deny warming, destroy hope, chase after money, fame, fortune, prestige, position and stature.  Fools kill with wanton abandon, crushing and stepping on all that is alive and meaningful.  They’re dead to truth, blind to reality, unable to see past their own selfish self-interests, easy marks for greedy corporations and corrupt politicians.

Saying such things will never make me popular, or endear me to the fooliship, but I simply do not care.  Neither should you.  Build your life on integrity, on truth, on honesty and on those things in life that have real intrinsic value (starting with yourself and then your family).  To accept lies, to pursue destructive dreams — these things are going to end, are ending already for millions of people.  Don’t let that be you.  I’ve always said, choose wisely, because this is ALL a choice.  That’s the part that makes us human, even if we are terribly flawed.

Finally, you do realize that the world is going to do what the world is going to do, right?  That we are not going to change anything but ourselves, and this will never be enough to change the overall outcomes and what is going to happen.  It’s not that this is ‘fated’ so much as it is all set in motion by billions and billions of people and this alone makes it unchangeable.  Therefore, live your life in truth.  Reject lies, deceptions, deceit.  You won’t change the world, but you will have at the very least, changed yourself which is in truth all that you can really do.

Apr 022010
 

Last issue I had mentioned the attempts by the Obama administration to “reduce nuclear weapons”, and pointed out that this still left over 3,000 weapons in existence, and thus not reducing any nuclear threat at all.  But after publication, I then found something that is even worse then this:

As Politico has pointed out, the Obama administration has a tendency to describe their every action as “unprecedented.” In the case of the U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, this is actually true. Theoretically, the treaty agreed to by the Obama administration limits each side to 1,550 strategic nuclear weapons. In practice, it will allow least 200 nuclear weapons in excess of the U.S. and Russian stockpiles permitted under the 2002 treaty signed by the Bush administration. The administration is laying claim to a 30 percent reduction in strategic nuclear weapons while actually permitting an increase in the force. This is unprecedented.  Obama’s Nuke Deal With Russia

In what is now a very “typical fashion” for Obama, we’ve been lied to again, and again, and again.  Need proof?

“”The existence of thousands of nuclear weapons is the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War… I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

To reduce our warheads and stockpiles, we will negotiate a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the Russians this year. To achieve a global ban on nuclear testing, my administration will immediately and aggressively pursue U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Together we will strengthen the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a basis for cooperation.” Barak Obama, current Liar In Chief

This is a whopper of a lie and demonstrates the warlike nature that this man really exhibits while smiling at the camera.  But there are many many more examples of this nature as evidenced by Obama’s policies.

What’s going on here is interesting.  The lies are being told as the “truth” and many of the people are accepting this, and not checking the facts.

I am not the only one that sees the world stupidity of holding 95% of the world nuclear weapons, still pointed at each other:

The treaty makes some modest reductions from the SORT limits but not large enough changes to make a qualitative difference in the nuclear standoff between the legacy forces of the two Cold War superpowers.  (If anyone can explain to me why we and the Russians continue to need over a thousand nuclear bombs, each five to twenty five times more powerful than the bomb that flattened Hiroshima, pointed at each other, please send me an email. I want to know what the beef between us is that makes that seem proportionate.) Hardly a Jump START

Something you might not know: the Defense Department’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) sold $10,996,180,000 ($11 billion) in arms to foreign countries in 2008, with $36,000,000,000 (36 billion) in agreements (future deliveries).  The business of war is very profitable for America.

Americans don’t really feel much when it comes to arms sales.  Or the bloodshed and broken, shattered lives that this causes.  We’re insulated from the real effects by a complicit “embedded” media who’s job is to pump up morale while hiding the truth, and even they know it, but are too cowardly to do much about it.

While the American media showcase US military power and the high morale of the American troops in what is described as a “war of liberation,” the Arab media focus on Iraqi civilian casualties and damage to Iraqi cities in a “war of occupation.”  Whose ‘truth’ is being reported? Christian Science Monitor

The Chris Hedge article included in the last newsletter brought on a few (positive) comments from some of you (thank you).  I only wish more people realized what we have become.

Iran

The hoopla over Iran continues.  But “We should all bother to do a little reading and get our facts straight.

If there was a case for new crippling sanctions or for bombing Iran before, the report adds nothing new.    The February report contains no new evidence of Iranian weapons work that was not already in the public domain. There is no independent IAEA assessment that Iran currently has or has ever had a nuclear weapons program.  Judging the Mood At The IAEA

But the American media continues to spin more brain sludge (b.s.) on this topic:

According to a recent article by the New York Times, Western intelligence agencies and international inspectors now “suspect that Tehran is preparing to build more [enrichment] sites”. This revelation, according to the newspaper, comes at a “crucial moment in the White House’s attempts to impose tough new sanctions against Iran.”

However, these “suspicions” come months after Iran publicly disclosed such intentions.

The Revelation of Fordow+10: What Does It Mean?

This is a tragic story, one which thinking Americans (those that care about their country) can scarcely believe is true: Victimized by American Depravity.  Tortured, repeatedly raped, beaten, this doctor in neurocognitive science is yet another victim in Amerika’s endless war on fear and imagination.

Nonetheless, she was accused of being a “high security risk” for alleged Al-Qaeda connections linked to planned terrorist attacks against New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building, accusations so preposterous they never appeared in her indictment.

No credible evidence was presented. Some was kept secret. The proceedings were carefully orchestrated. Witnesses were either enlisted, pressured, coerced, and/or bought off to cooperate, then jurors were intimidated to convict, her attorney, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, saying their verdict was “based on fear, not fact.”

She endured a lot, some of the worst of it including “six men….strip(ping) her naked. All her clothes would be removed. She told this to the Pakistani senators too, that they would strip her naked, then tie her hands behind her back, and then they would take her, dragging her by the hair. You cannot imagine the cruelty they have done to her. They would take her like this to the corridor and film her there.”

After “beat(ing) her so much that she bled….they made her lie on a bed. Then they tied her hands and feet – hands and feet both tied so that she (could) not even… scratch her wounds. Then they applied torture to the soles of her feet and head. They put her in some machines to make her lose her mental stability. They gave her such injections on the pretext of medical treatment.” When she pleaded not to do it, “they would make her unconscious and then give them to her. Such is (their) cruelty.”

After years of horrific torture and abuse, a federal Bureau of Prisons psychological evaluation diagnosed her condition to be “depressive type psychosis” besides the destructive physical toll on her body.

I don’t know what to say anymore about any of this.  I’ve followed this story for a while, but there are many more just like it.  It has gotten so bad in Amerika these days and with forced Amerikan policies internally and abroad that it just boggles my mind that we have not risen up and thrown off these oppressors.

What needs to happen in the States need to secede from this bogus “union” of torture, fear, intimidation and oppressive taxation and policy.  This would be an important first-step in dismantling the police state that this country has become.

I’ve argued many times before that cognative dissonance and deep denial is at the heart of problems.  This is still true, but there is also something else.  Cowardice.

We’d much rather avoid the truth the face up to the facts of what we have become.

Forbidden Knowledge

There are many types of forbidden knowledge that we are not supposed to know or understand.  Esoteric knowledge and mystery “school” teaching are one sort of knowledge.  Herbal knowledge and homeopathic remedies are another.  Insider trading and political “deals” and how Congress and the Senate really works are yet another.  Constitutional knowledge, tax knowledge, executive order knowledge… all of these levels of awareness are becoming increasingly “dangerous levels” of knowledge that are being a) considered unacceptable or tolerated; b) increasingly illegal to know or practice; c) punishable by arrest and imprisonment.

Lately, Obama has taken notice of these things.  On the chopping block will be the free flow of information that the public will be allowed to know.

Pay close attention here, because this is important.

ObamaCare

I have been pondering the true meaning behind the rammed-through ObamaCare “bill” (pun intended) that nobody was allowed to read before passage (when have we heard that before?  Hint: Patriot Act).

I perceive that the real agenda of this action is not what most people think.  It is not about offering affordable health care, or about making sure the “uninsured” are taken care of, or about about capping of health care costs or any such thing.  All of these things are but smokescreens that they want you to believe in.

The objections over this so-called “universal health care” notwithstanding (which are vast and deep), the real agenda here is about creating an “umbrella” of surveillance, monitoring and taxation of every man, woman and child in Amerika.

The media disinformation outlets will continue to spin the yarns about equal access and coverage, and how this will help “protect” us from predatory practices, but the exact opposite will now come even more true then it is already today. It will the same predators as before, only worse.

Anybody found to not have the mandatory coverage will face “enforcement” by the new Corps Obama has authorized, and the 16,000+ new IRS agents.  While many have already said that it would be “cheaper to pay the fines” (true, but only for now, and only once, after that they’ll have you) then to pay the mandatory premiums, that isn’t the real agenda here.  The real agenda is to sweep in million upon millions of citizens and businesses into this new surveillance and monitoring scheme, thereby creating a massive increase in the tax rolls and even more importantly, critical information links on every single American, both young and old.

Here is the scenario I see developing:  Anyone “caught” without mandatory insurance will be turned in.  This is the same thing as not having a “national ID card”, which by the way, will also be coming soon.  They will be forced to pay a fine and pay for the mandatory health care premiums.  The IRS will monitor and track the participants for compliance.  Non-compliant people will include anybody that does not buy health care AND people that do not file taxes. In other words, by bringing the issues of health care and taxes together, they will sweep up all the people that are in violation of one or the other or both, because they will now be able to check each set of records against the other.  This will be encompass tens of millions of people and be a huge “boon” for new revenue and control.

In other words, the gigantic shadow world of “outside income” and non-compliant persons will be swept up under this new legislation.  They will scrutinize everything you do once you are forced to participate, because now they will know about you and all that you do.  Remember, this is mandatory.  Mandatory means you’re going to have to prove your income and where it comes from.  You’ll need to prove your place of employement, your marital status, the names and ages of your kids and so on.

Mandatory means that they will scrutinize your entire life and see whether or not you have complied in all that is being demanded of you. Why else do you think they need 16000+ enforcement agents?  Your income, your status, your place of employment, your health history, your children, their health history, literally everything will come under federal scrutiny.  Any violation will be rectified through increased demands and fines.  Offenders will be fined and perhaps even imprisoned, but probably under a different code, such as IRS tax violations (which is something Americants already have become accustomed to).

Catching you will be easier and easier as time goes on and more and more people bend over and comply.  Either you will get sick and need medical services, or something else will trip you up.  You may only need prescription or an health exam for job, or a mandatory drug test or emergency room visit for a broken finger, but what they’ve done here is to ensure that:

a) all persons are accounted for;

b) all sources of incomes are accounted for;

c) all businesses are accounted for;

d) all business incomes are accounted for;

e) all private and commercial activities such as banking are accounted for;

f) all required taxation are accounted for;

g) all mandatory health premiums are accounted for;

h) all compliance and requirements are accounted for.

The healthcare bill is all about making sure that everyone is forced to participate in both the IRS taxation and mandatory health care.  With this information, they will be able to identify, track and monitor all persons and all activities with a much greater degree then what they are already doing today.

Participants will now be forced to reveal things as part of these new monitoring programs that they have long considered private or personal, but will now become the absolute purview of the federal government (and the States by the way, who will share the information), such as your bank accounts, your assets, your property, your health status, your childrens health and such like.

It is very easy to imagine the type of power and control this will now give to those that dreamed this up.  Using existing records and databases, you will now discover to your dismay that you have no more privacy, no more rights, no more freedoms and no more health care except that which is “allowed”.  Nothing will be sacred or left private.  You may even find that your health care is “cancelled” as punishment because of past or present non-compliance.

I’ve long said that privacy and anonymity is a cornerstone of freedom, and a very important one.  Without anonymity, you are capable of being monitored in all that you do: what you buy, what you eat, where you live, how much money you make, how much tax you pay, how much fuel you consume, your political views, your religious affiliations, your habits and routines, whether or not you harbor “dissent” or compliance and so on.

What the government has done with the health care legislation is create this huge possibility to track every American, every source of income, every bank account, every asset, every job, every employee, every employer, every business and on and on and on.  By making this “mandatory”, they will convince tens of millions of people to just go along with it, with many thinking that this is necessary and good.

They have absolutely NO IDEA what they are going to be giving up.  This will be your worst nightmare realized, the absolute relenquishment of all personal privacy and abandonment of individual rights and soveriegnty.

And I’ve yet to say anything about the fact that no government has the right to dictate what you do or do not do with regards to your life or your health, or to hold you hostage, forced to pay into a system that you neither want, use or need.  But that is exactly what is going on here.

This could go much further — such as everyone is forced then to accept a national ID card, non-compliant persons are not permitted to buy nor sell anything, reward programs for doctors, nurses and staff to catch the ‘outlaws’, mandatory registration of all new births, forced vaccinations, closure of ‘renegade’ businesses that fail to provide coverage, seizure of business and personal assets, rationing cards for food, fuel, electricity, biometric implantable ID chips being declared “essential” to “streamline” and make this all work more efficiently, etc.

By going after “all the people, all the time” which is effectively what the current legislation already proposes, with two systems now in place, they have opened up a gigantic window into the lives of every Amerikant.  They have effectively doubled or even quadrupled their ability to govern very important aspects of your life.

And we let this happen.

I think this is partly why they rammed this crap through and passed this into ‘law’.  They do not want you to realize what is really going to happen here.

If you want health care — it was always available to you.  But now we’ve got this federal monster removing the lint in our back pocket and looking over your shoulder at everything you do.

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I know I’ve suddenly sent out several of these newsletters after a short absence. This is because some information is more meaningful if shared in a timely fashion.  I promise to sink back into the woodwork now where I belong.

Mar 312010
 

Media Comment

We’ve long seen a pattern of spiked news stories, but I’ve been seeing something else that I’ve reported on before, but still, feel to comment on again.  Spiked comments by disinformation agents are on the rise on many websites.  Either these commentators are woefully under informed (possible), or they are deliberate provocateurs (also likely).

What they are doing is recycling old lies, over and over again, so much so that it’s quite noticeable. They’re also spamming sites with huge volumes of comments that are intended to dissuade or support the articles.  There have been a number of stories now reported in the media that countries like Israel are employing teams of agents to do exactly this, but they’re not alone by any means.  The US government has long utilized tools to monitor the Internet and the public opinions being expressed.  There are even software programs that use these comments to gauge dissent and if you can believe it, predict the future.

Oftentimes, this online activity is being done by grass root activists who are trying to shape public opinion by overwhelming the posts.  And sometimes it works, because it gives reader the perspective that there is either a lot of support or a lot of dissent to the article in question.  And this says nothing by the way in regards to the article itself and its accuracy and validity.

But basically what I’m saying here is the comments posted are becoming increasingly worthless since honest and intelligent opinions and even expertise is oftentimes being drowned out by all the white noise.  You have to wade through incredible volumes of stupidity to find the real intelligent and informed comments these days.  Many of these sites that have been bookmarked by activists are now absolutely worthless for this reason.

I’ve long said that Internet “existence” online is dangerous.  Anything and everything can be found out about you.  And what you post is also used to profile you.  Sites like Facebook and Myspace are often checked by insurance companies for personal posts (so they can rate you or deny a claim).  Many business “require” an email address — don’t give it to them, even when they insist.  You don’t have Internet access…

Be careful of what you do online, and be careful of what you read online and be careful what you accept as either fact or balanced public opinion.

I really enjoyed these two posts from the Archdruid ReportEnergy Concentration Revisited and The Logic Of Abundance (also energy related).

You should probably read this in the same order I’ve listed them as it would make more sense that way.  It’s good to see someone cut through the propaganda and hype in regards to our energy needs and how some of it is going to dramatically change.  But more importantly, the where we are going to apply that energy is also covered in some areas.

Unspoken (yet at least) is some of the difficulties both rural and surburban areas will have in generating their own electricity.  I agree that many areas will simply be cut off and left to “die” energy wise, and if these locations intend to survive electrically, they will need to find ways to generate their own electricity.

Not everybody will “need” electricity mind you, but the majority still will.  Mostly to do essential tasks like pump water (a high priority) and provide at least some illumination and run some essential machinery.  Doing laundry by hand is possible for example, but probably one of those areas I’ll definitely be trying to get done by electrically powered machinery.  It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s because I work hard everyday and pretty much ruin whatever I’m wearing on a daily basis, thus my own need for a constant fresh laundry supply.

But how will this electricity be generated?  Rural areas have more options then suburban and that’s what I hope the druid covers in future issues.  We have hydro (moving water), solar, wood, wind and geothermal, depending on where you live.

Suburban areas have some of these possibilities, but have the disadvantages of too high a concentration of people and a higher energy requirement, significantly fewer options for hydro power, and fewer sources for renewables like wood. I can easily envision in an energy collapse that wood sources would be quickly stripped bare for cooking and heat and eventually, completely destroying any forest, parks and groves of trees.

Whenever there is too high a density of population such as found in a city, the immediate surrounding area is never going to be enough to sustain it.  This is why by the way, that a return to “local living” will never be able to support the mega-cities we have today.  They’re too demanding in terms of essential resources (and non-essential resources too).

They do have similar possibilities for solar and wind power generation, and perhaps even a few tiny advantages, such as setting up turbines on top of high rise buildings.  But the amount of power such a building would require, say an apartment block, would be far higher then the number of turbines that could be erected on the roof.

Most likely however, is the deconstruction and abandonment of highly populated cities. This would happen for many reasons, energy being only one of them.  The lack of proper sanitation / sewage facilities (very energy intensive), water, food production, heating and raw resources would cause most cities in an energy-depleted world to simply collapse.  Even today, they can only exist because of the massive levels of inputs in terms of materials, power, fuel, food and water being trucked and piped and wired in from thousands of miles away.

Since transportation would be one of the hardest hit sectors of our civilization in an energy collapse, these basics for survival would no longer be easily met.  Most likely, there would come a gigantic exodus from the city to the country side, the “great dispersion” of dispossessed people who would be seeking a more sustainable lifestyle (and someplace where their needs can actually be met).

On the other hand, with the development and massive investments required in something like nuclear energy, some cities would stay viable for a fairly long time yet.  They would still require all those basic inputs mentioned above, and it is very likely in my opinion that the ongoing rape of the planet will continue long after most species of life are brought to extinction.  Therefore, if nuclear power takes hold as it just might, then some cities will still be possible, but at a significantly higher “expense” in terms of the biosphere.

All other power sources and “alternative” energy technologies won’t support a city’s energy demands, and while I don’t want to see nuclear power take hold, it probably will.  It makes much more sense to me to address our wasteful use of energy first, including the need to build or maintain cities at all and examine our lifestyles before we blithely continue on this path of planetary destruction.  But of course we won’t do that, the pathway ahead is increasing complexity and dependency first and foremost, then we get to collapse from our stupidity and shortsightedness.

All of this is all rather important in today’s world, but just to show you how it will all play out as I have long said, read this: Government set to unveil offshore drilling plan. The second paragraph is an absolute lie — you cannot drill (and discover) oil and “reduce greenhouse gases”.  What do you think that oil is going to be used for?  Cooking?

There’s more here: US Coast To Be Opened For Oil Exploration

Drilling Our Coastlines

This is more business-as-usual-despite-all-the-warnings I’ve long warned about. Sure, we need to wean ourselves off foreign imports, but not so that we can continue our wasteful ways, but so that we can stop using oil to power our civilization.  That will require a bottom-up approach to everything we’ve built.

Sadly, “big numbers” like “4 billion barrels of oil” and “10.5 billion” will bamboozle mathematically challenged Americants who will stupidly believe that this is going to actually help us more then hurt us.  The sad truth is this is less then a two-year oil supply at our present rates of connedsumption.  To do that, we’re willing to risk it all – which is exactly what we’re now going to do, making this an absolutely disastrous decision.

The article spins yet another yarn – “To put that in context, the United States imports about 2 billion barrels of oil a year from OPEC nations”.  This is supposed to make you think that 4 + 10.5 = 14.5 / 2 = a 7 year oil supply of this hypothetical-yet-to-be-found-and-discovered-and-developed-oil.

Ho hum.  I see this kind of stuff everyday now, something I mentioned at the top of this newsletter.  We’re not being told the truth on nearly anything anymore by anybody.  This is no accident either, but a deliberate plan of malfeasance to keep us blind, dumb and stupid (and completely powerless).

It’s important to actually think about what you’re reading, watching or hearing, since so much of these days is absolute b.s. (brain sludge).

Related is a local story I just heard from a history teacher – he claims at our local high school, that they are no longer allowed to teach history, or the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.  Almost nothing is being taught to these “graduates”.  He sees (his own words) that this next generation is some of the “dumbest people on the planet”, but he thinks that this is deliberate.

Bitter Laugh

You should read / watch and listen to this: Bitter Laugh (thank you!)

There is no doubt that the United States is Murder, Incorporated.  Several hundred conflicts have been launched / engaged in by the USA (pdf file), with the lions share of the US economy based upon so-called “defense” production.  The amount of devastation and lives / freedoms lost by these actions is truly incalculable.

Read the list of these conflicts in the pdf file.  If you want to know another side to “how America was built”, this will show that through violence, oppression, murder and occupation, the nation we have today was constructed upon the bones of the defeated.

A careful read will reveal the objectives: to suppress dissent, to occupy and control lands and resources, to ensure compliance and “cooperation”, and to squash true freedom and “lawlessness”.

On the other hand, some conflicts arose because of true human rights abuse and a clear need existed for intervention as a “last resort” (having exhausted diplomatic means).  But these events are in the minority, where the majority are conflicts that arose because of the exact opposite: greed, oppression, control, ownership and resources.  Tossed into the fire have been hundreds of millions of citizens, who are expected and even demanded to lose their lives in “sacrifice of freedom” or so the saying goes.  But it’s more b.s.

War is a racket, chess pieces moved about on the board of life, sacrificing both pawns and bishops so that the knights, kings and queens can remain in power.  It matters not who is turned into hamburger or how many, the conflict is the point and the profit.  Funding and supply both sides is often the goal (and where a lot of the money is made).

The recent conflicts of America are no different and have been exposed to be senseless, selfish and slaughter, but this is after all, what America, the “land of the free” actually does.  The illusions that we are a lawful nation interested in human-rights and freedom remain, but a reading of the true history of this country will reveal something else entirely different.  We may be pampered and privileged here, but we achieved that through the exportation of death and destruction, and this is how we still manage to maintain this “privileged” existence today.

If war were to stop, and if America were to withdraw its foreign occupiers, close its offshore bases and withdraw all military intervention and involvement overseas, and return all of these troops home (dream on), then this country would: a) not be attacked; b) be radically different in terms of lifestyle, debt, production and economy; c) dramatically cut our expenditures, pollution, oil consumption and resource use and resource destruction (including contributing to global warming); and d) would return this country to a respected place among nations.

But this would put many Americans out of a “job” (slave labor for Murder, Inc.,) and cannot be allowed.  The defense industry and corporate America, in league like ticks on a dog would never allow this. This country will remain committed to war for as long as it continues to exist.

Obama is making a pass at nuclear arms reduction, but the only way this would actually be meaningful is to eliminate ALL nuclear weapons. The reality is, there would still be over 3000 nuclear weapons in existence, which makes “reduction” rather meaningless.  Just one nuclear weapon detonated would forever change how the rest of us (survivors) would live — we’d be in constant fear and under constant supervision and “management”, a situation which would be much, MUCH worse then it is today.

This is unbelievable, but true.  Repeated tasering of a visibly pregnant woman who would not sign a traffic ticket was upheld by the court as being “ok”.  Not once, not twice, but three times she was tasered by these revenue agents who were far more interested in obtaining her (forced) signature for a stupid ticket then her own health and welfare and that of her baby.

Some land of the “free” we have here.  Pay as you go and pay / sign / do not cross the dotted line or else. Even our corrupt courts are in on the action (of course they are, or none of this would be going on anymore).

Homeless and Elderly.  Wow.  This is going to rise an expected 30%.  I read a set of comments on some forgotten website where you need $2 – $3 million dollars in assets before you can “safely retire”.  Unbelievable.  Definitely a pay as you go (die) if that’s what it takes to survive here.  Since I have nothing whatsoever like that and I doubt most of you do either, we’re all screwed.

Humans “Too Stupid To Prevent Climate Change” – James Lovelock making some final comments.  I say we’re simply unwilling and we will continue to make the wrong choices.

“Climategate” Phil Jones Exonerated – Not unexpectedly either, the hoopla over the stolen emails never did amount to a hill of beans about anything.  This was always about deliberate misinformation and media spin and grassroots b.s. (brain sludge) disinformation provocateurs promotion.  The science, you know, the stuff that really matters, was never affected and the conclusions remain the same as always.

The report states that the focus on CRU and Professor Phil Jones, Director of CRU, in particular, has largely been misplaced, and that Dr. Jones’s actions were in line with common practice in the climate science community, and the CRUs analyses have been repeated and the conclusions have been verified.

The review by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee began in January in the wake of the Climategate media frenzy.  While the committees report recommends that climate scientists should seek to improve transparency in their work, release raw data when possible, and provide more detail on their methodologies, the committee firmly concludes that there was no dishonesty on the part of Dr. Jones and the CRU.  The committee compared the results of other independent analyses of climate data to that of the CRU, and found that they are consistent and independently verifiable.

But I’ll betcha that this won’t change anything in the denialsphere.  The only thing that is going to work there is a 2×4 between the eyes, or the wake-up call of when the Pine Island Glacier breaks off and a sudden 2 meter sea level rise wipes out, oh about 500,000,000 people.  Many more then that live too close to our current sea levels, so I’m being conservative here, but I hold nothing but disgust for the people that cannot see what is happening right in front of their eyes.  “Denialists” is too pat and comfortable a term, willfully stupid is better.

Oh, by the way, it appears now that the Ready Reserve Force is in the bill signed by the Prez.  Many websites are calling this the new private army.  The bad news nothing is going to be done about this obamanation either.

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Rainy Day has promised all new prices on April 1st (no, this is not an April Fool’s joke), so I’ll be updating the site as soon as I get these figures.

Mar 302010
 

READY RESERVE CORPS

According to one (unverified) source, this looks like this got inserted into the new healthcare legislation:

SEC. 5210. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS.

Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:

SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT”“

(1) IN GENERAL.”“here shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.

(2) REQUIREMENT.”“All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act 2 of 1923, as amended.

(3) APPOINTMENT.”“Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

(4) ACTIVE DUTY.”“Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training.

(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.”“Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service.

(b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS.””Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps.

[Note here that those personally appointed by BO — without advice and consent of the Senate — automatically become a part of the Regular Corps. Ed.]

(c) PURPOSE AND USE OF READY RESERVE.”“

(1) PURPOSE.”“The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions.

(2) USES.”“The Ready Reserve Corps shall”“

(A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps;

(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel;

(C) be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and

(D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services.

(d) FUNDING.””For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers.

This is exactly what Obama had told us he would do with a “national security force“.

What does this have to do with health care?  Anything?

Massive Federal Raids

By now, everyone has heard of the raids in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. I’m not going to comment much except to say that most of these charges sound pretty bogus to me.  This looks like a “pre-crime” attack by law enforcement.

The timing of these things always coincides with other news. In this case, the growing dissent in this country and even reports that the “tea party” movement is domestic terrorism.  It should be patently clear that no resistance will be permitted in this new world order.

You should probably read Legislating Away Your Freedoms – One Homegrown Terrorist At A Time for a perspective on how this stuff has been happening and just how frequently much of this is pure “setup”.

The Moscow bombings will be an even stronger signal against civilians.  Everyone should notice that even though these events happened half a world away, the United States reacted with increased levels of “protection” here, despite “no specific threats”.

The attacks in Moscow coincidentally occurred on the same day that Metro and emergency responders simulated an explosion on a Metrobus Monday morning.

We’ve seen this before, several times including on 9/11 and the London bombings.

Noteworthy is how only certain nations react and most others do not. It’s not because they “hate us for our freedoms” either, it’s because the nations being attacked are the world’s leading oppressors.

I find the story of “female suicide bombers” very strange, it’s only early Monday and they “already know” this tidbit of information. Maybe it’s true, but there are other hints that there is much more to this then we are being told (as in another staged “terror” attack).

I found this over on Fire Earth:

STOP REPRODUCTION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Based on what assumption are you still reproducing?

That there’ll always be food and clean water, at least for you and your family?

How will you feed your family if there were no more food in your refrigerator, at supermarkets, in fast food joints and on the farms?

Familiar with the food production cycle?

Effects of drought, famine and starvation?

How long can you stay alive without food?

How long can you keep your kids alive in the face of starvation?

Would you opt for cannibalism?

Eat your kids, if you had no food?

Could you bear watching your neighbors eating your kids?

How would you stop them?

Would you bring yourself to eat your neighbors’ kids?

What will you feed your kids?

If you can answers to all but one of the above questions are satisfactorily, if you are convinced the food supply will never run out and there’ll always be enough for you/your family, if you find the above image disturbing, it’s time you stopped reproducing.

Scientist stumped as bee population continues to decline.

I also found this over on dot earth:

Life, Wild and Managed

wildlife

Earth’s veneer of millions of plant and animal species is a vital resource that will need careful tending as human populations and their demands for land, protein and fuels grow.

Still advocating more growth is a recipe for total disaster.

By 2050 or so, the world population is expected to reach nine billion, essentially adding two Chinas to the number of people alive today. Those billions will be seeking food, water and other resources on a planet where, scientists say, humans are already shaping climate and the web of life.

It would be absolutely disastrous to permit / allow / ignore human populations to reach 9 billion people. The damaged that 7 billion have done is already quite catastrophic.  We are already geoengineering most of the surface of the planet with terrifying effects.

The Psychosis Of Civilization – As If Humanity Actually Mattered

The Earth Blog has a great article on the psychosis of civilization.

As I have discussed on The Earth Blog previously, our values have become outrageously skewed in favour of whatever benefits the onward march of the global economy. We do not see the rise and fall of habitat viability on the television news, instead we see the rise and fall of the markets in the capital economy; we do not count specie extinctions in newspaper bar charts, but we urgently count companies going bust; we do not map the catastrophic breaks in the energy flows between different parts of an ecosystem, but we do acknowledge every time a budget airline discontinues a route, or whenever a main road has “severe” delays. As if it matters.

The psychosis of Industrial Civilization is endemic: every person that places his or her trust in the system of hierarchies, politics, markets and mass consumption, undergoes a fundamental readjustment in priorities. No longer does the fate of our species rest upon our increasingly precipitous position within the global ecology; we can all hold hands, actually or virtually, and celebrate the majesty of the global economic miracle, safe in the knowledge that it will take us forward into a glittering future of jobs, money and all the other civilised things we have been taught to desire.

How we have become so determined to destroy the continuum of life in search of something so utterly trivial, has its roots in the history of civilization. Every civilization has had its own goals, but ultimately they have all come down to one thing: the insatiable desire to progress in whatever way is dictated by the elite members at the very top. Such “progress” takes many forms, but whether it be exploration, scientific discovery, technological prowess, imperial power or simply the idea of being “the best”, civilizations have to feel they are progressing in some way; and so its subjects ““ the civilians ““ become part of that collective desire. For what are we if we don’t keep progressing? Failures. From our fear of failure, others above us draw their strength ““ just at the moment we seem to be reaching the end, and as we stretch out our fingertips, another line is drawn even further away. So we note the new goals and conform to the wishes of the system; continuing to do as we are told.

Through this psychotic behaviour, civilizations thrive”¦until they fail.

What Is Really Important

When I wrote the chapter called “Why Does It Matter?” in my book, Time’s Up! I felt rather uneasy; as though I hadn’t managed to explain myself properly. The problem was that, beyond the physical argument for the continuation of our DNA that I offered, there was also a complex and deeply-philosophical explanation that I also had which didn’t translate well into words. It was like a version of the argument that Descartes gave for the existence of God; to paraphrase: “I have within me a perfect and unequivocal representation of God; how could that be so if there were no God.” It’s a terrible argument, but it demonstrates well how a very good idea ““ which Descartes no doubt thought was perfect at the time ““ completely fails to work when written down.

I’m going to have another go.

So, how do you feel about your place in the world? Do you feel small, insignificant, worthless, just a tiny part of something far greater than yourself? This natural feeling of inferiority when you realise you are just a tiny part of a greater whole is the reason why medieval religious leaders were so resolute about our exulted position in the Great Chain of Being, just below the angels, but above all other forms of life ““ so long as you accepted that monarchs, priests and landowners were considerably more perfect than the rest of us.

It’s the same in the industrial economy: there is this global system that has enormous, if transient, power over the whole of existence; that governs every aspect of the lives of the civilised, but you don’t have to feel small, so long as you are told how important it is to go to school, get a job, go to the shopping mall or buy something online, follow the latest fashions, and cast your vote. You are empowered by your participation in these activities. It’s just that some people are more empowered than others.

But why on Earth do you need to be told how important you are? It speaks volumes about our state of mind when in order to feel worthwhile we have to, for instance, achieve good grades at school. We are all human beings, for goodness sake! Even more than that, we are what we are: our consciousness is bound up in our physical being, and everything we know and feel ““ everything we will ever be ““ is determined by our personal interaction with what is around us. We are at the centre of our personal universe; not in any selfish way, but simply because we can never truly perceive anything outside of our point of view.

Thomas Nagel, the American philosopher, summed this up beautifully in his essay, “What Is It Like To Be A Bat?”:

After all, what would be left of what it was like to be a bat if one removed the viewpoint of the bat?

Substitute “human” for “bat” and it is obvious that human experience has to be a unique thing for humans and, by extension, for each individual human. That is why we are important; not because humans are essential to the global ecology or even because we are essential to the absurd construct we call Civilization, but because what matters, is what matters to us.

How could it be any other way?

Think about this for a short while and it becomes clear that the civilised world’s destruction of the natural environment cannot under any circumstances be acceptable, for it will endanger the one thing which matters above all else: ourselves.

Decision Time

You have to make a choice. Are you going to continue supporting and extending the global reign of Industrial Civilization; or are you going to once again learn to value yourself as the centre of your universe, and the thing that matters above all else?

To me that choice is remarkably easy, but you might take some persuading, not only because of the insidious hold that the civilised world has upon everything we do, but because you are possibly thinking that I have left something out ““ the other things that also matter dearly to you. Fear not; this is what I wrote in Time’s Up!

More than just our natural tendency to survive, though, is the manifestation of that survival instinct in the way we think. Consider the question: What would you risk your life to save? My initial instinct is to say “˜my family’, then “˜me’, then, with a little more thought, “˜the Earth in general’ and “˜my friends’. Remove the Earth from the equation and you have the kind of answer that most people give.

In fact, all three typical responses are directly related to the natural instinct for survival. We instinctively want to protect our families in order to secure the continuation of our DNA through blood relatives and the people they depend upon to survive. We want to protect ourselves in order to protect our own DNA, and the opportunity for that to be further replicated. We want to protect our friends because they too are human beings, but not only that, we have consciously chosen our closest friends because of what they have in common with us ““ they are almost like family.

I have said that I was not entirely happy with the strength of reasoning I gave in the book, but with the addition of the philosophical argument to the obvious need to replicate our DNA ““ the survival imperative ““ then we can all be justified in wanting not only to protect ourselves, but also our families and those other people we really care about and need: the community.

Community is the antithesis of civilization for civilization thrives on the division of humanity into tiny, atomised, competing parts; but community is the form in which humans have always survived best. The choice is simple now: Civilization or Community; Progress or Humanity; Death or Life.

Also read The Problem With Civilization

An important read: Chris Hedges’ ““ War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning

This is one of those essays that should be required reading of every man, woman and child on the entire planet.

I have, as you heard, spent most of my adult life in war. I began two decades ago covering wars in Central America, I spent five years in the Middle East, I spent seven in the Balkans, where as Mary Ellen mentioned, I covered the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. My life has been marred, let me say deformed, by the organized industrial violence that year after year was an intimate part of my existence. I have watched young men bleed to death on lonely Central American dirt roads and cobble stone squares in Sarajevo. I have looked into the eyes of mothers keening over the lifeless and mutilated bodies of their children and I have stood in warehouses with rows of corpses, including children and breathed death into my lungs. I carry within me the ghosts of those I worked with my comrades now gone.

War has found me, found us out again. We have blundered into nations we know little about, caught between bitter rivalry as between competing ethnic and religious groups and we have embarked on an occupation in Iraq that is as damaging to our souls as it is to our prestige and power and security. We have become tyrants to others weaker than ourselves and we believe falsely that because we have the capacity to wage war we have the right to wage war. Once you master a people by force you depend on force for control. Isolation always impairs judgment and we are very isolated now.

In Antigone, the king imposes his will without listening to those he rules and dooms himself. Thucydides wrote of Athens’ expanding empire and how this empire led it to become a tyrant abroad and then a tyrant at home. The tyranny Athens imposed on others, it finally imposed on itself. The lust for war, the desire for profits led the Athenians to lose sight of democratic ideals, ideals that are their legacy to us and should be our legacy to others. We are fed images and slogans that perpetuate fantasies about our own invulnerability, our own might, our own goodness, and these illusions blind us. We cannot see ourselves as others see us. We have fed the heart on fantasies. William Butler Yeates wrote, “The heart’s grown brutal from the fare.”

It is 1967 in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and we have become Israel. Our empire has expanded and in this we have become piranhas. We are propelled forward, not by logic or compassion or understanding, but by fear. We have created and live in a world where violence is the primary form of communication and we have built an alliance against terror with Ariel Sharon and Vladimir Putin, two men who do not shrink from gratuitous and senseless killing in the Israeli occupied territories and Chechnya. And those who are not with us, and few are with us now, we ridicule and belittle and condemn. We have become the company we keep. Much of the world, certainly the Muslim world, one fifth of the world’s population, most of whom I remind you are not Arab, see us through the prism of Iraq, Palestine, and Chechnya. And this prism is one that is igniting the dispossessed and deteriorating by the hour our security and safety.

The attacks on the World Trade Center illustrate that those who oppose us, rather than coming from another moral universe have been schooled well in modern warfare. The dramatic explosions, the fireballs, the victims plummeting to their deaths, the collapse of the Towers in Manhattan, were straight out of Hollywood. Where else, but from the industrialized world, did the suicide bombers learn that huge explosions and death above a city skyline are a peculiar and effective form of communication? They have mastered the language we taught them. They understand that the use of indiscriminate violence against innocence is a way to make a statement.

We leave the same calling cards. We delivered such incendiary messages in Vietnam, Serbia, Afghanistan, and now Iraq. It was Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, who in the summer of 1965 defined the bombing raids that would kill hundreds of thousands of civilians north of Saigon as a means of communication to the Communist regime in Hanoi.

The seduction of war is insidious. It appears to be a way to eradicate our enemies, to banish from the world of the living those who would do us harm. At a time when we are afraid it gives us a false sense of power and security. Of course, we do not see the war in Iraq.

The press always masks the essence of war and death from public view. The coverage is presented as a game, as entertainment. Commentators on the cable news channels rival in the power and might of our weaponry and by extension, our own power. We watch neatly packaged video clips fed to the press by the war makers and we are spared the pools of blood, the agony of the dying on the other end. It is clean, and neat, and tidy, and wildly out of context.

There is the technological capacity to show us war. We could have watched live footage of a young Iraqi soldier with his legs blown off with an anti-tank mine dying in the sand, something I saw in the Persian Gulf War. But such coverage would hardly boost ratings, hardly make us to want to wage war and so we are fed the myth. The myth the press almost always feeds us in war time and (the reality we are) kept from seeing.

There is no more candor in Iraq or Afghanistan than there was in Vietnam, but in the age of live satellite feeds the military has perfected the appearance of candor. For the myth of war, the myth of glory and honor, sells newspapers and boosts ratings real war reporting does not. Look at CNN, FOX, and MSNBC. Nearly every embedded correspondent sees his or her mission as sustaining civilian and army morale. The identification of reporters with the units they cover is insipid, and dangerous, but also usual, for in war the press is always part of the problem.

In war time, as Senator Hiram Johnson reminded us in 1917, “truth is the first casualty.” We have lost touch with the essence of war. After our defeat in Vietnam, we became a better nation. We were humbled, even humiliated. We asked questions about ourselves we had not asked before. We were forced to see ourselves as others saw us and the sight was not an attractive one. We were forced to confront our own capacity for atrocity, for evil, and in this we understood not only war, but ourselves.

But this humility is gone. The good name of war has been resurrected. It began under President Reagan in Grenada and Panama, and culminated in the Persian Gulf War. We have been led to believe, in the same way the doomed empires of the late 19th century believed, that our technology makes us invulnerable. A lie sadly unmasked, as I speak today, in the streets of Fallujah.

War is the pornography of violence. It has a dark beauty, filled with the monstrous and the grotesque. The Bible calls it “the lust of the eye” and warns believers against it. War gives us a distorted sense of self. It gives us meaning. It creates a feeling of comradeship that obliterates our alienation and makes us feel, for perhaps the first time in our lives, that we belong. War allows us to rise above our small stations in life, to find nobility in the cause, feelings of selflessness, even bliss.

Once in a conflict, the shallowness of much of our lives becomes apparent; the fruitless search to find fulfillment in the acquisition of things and wealth and power is laid bare. The trivia that dominates our airwaves is exposed as empty chatter. War allows us to engage in lusts and passions we keep hidden in the deepest, most private interiors of our fantasy life. It allows us to destroy not only things but human beings, and in that moment of wholesale destruction, we wield the power of the divine, the power to revoke another person’s charter to live on this earth.

The frenzy of this destruction ““ and when unit discipline breaks down or there was no unit discipline to begin with, frenzy is the right word ““ sees armed bands crazed by the poisonous elixir our power to bring about the obliteration of others delivers. All things, including human beings, become objects, objects to either gratify or destroy or both. Almost no one is immune. The contagion of the crowd sees to that.

“Force,” Simone Weil writes, “is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” And those who have the least meaning in their lives ““ the impoverished Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the disenfranchised North African immigrants in France, even the legions of youth in the splendid indolence and safety of the industrialized world ““ are all susceptible to war’s appeal.

I do not miss war, but I miss what it brought. I could never say I was happy in the fighting in El Salvador or Bosnia or Kosova, but I had a sense of purpose. This is a quality war shares with love, for we are also able to choose fealty and self-sacrifice over security for those we love. This is why war, at its inception, always looks and feels like love, the chief emotion war destroys. We are tempted, maybe even encouraged, to reduce life to a simple search for happiness. Happiness, however, withers if there is no meaning.

The other temptation is to disavow the search for happiness in order to be faithful to that which provides meaning. But to live only for meaning, indifferent to all happiness, makes us fanatic, self-righteous, and cold. It leaves us cut off from our own humanity and the humanity of others.

The ancient Greeks understood the perverse attraction between love and death in war time. When Achilles killed Penthesilea, the queen of the Amazons, in the Trojan War, he fell in love with her as she expired on the battlefield. He murdered love, and once he murdered love, he himself was doomed. He courted death. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, had an illicit affair with Aries, the god of war, who was hated by all the other gods with the exception of the god of the underworld, to whom he steadily brought new souls.

We feel, in war time, comradeship. We confuse this with friendship, with love. There are those who will insist that the comradeship of war is love, the ecstatic glow that makes us, in war, feel as one people, one entity, is real. But this is part of war’s intoxication. Think back on the days after the attacks of 9/11. Suddenly, we no longer felt alone. We connected with strangers, even with people we did not like. We felt we belonged, that we were somehow wrapped in the embrace of the nation, the community. In short, we no longer felt alienated. As this feeling dissipated in the weeks after the attack, there was a nostalgia for its warm glow. War time always brings with it this comradeship, which is the opposite of friendship.

Friends, as J. Glenn Gray points out in his book “The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle,” are predetermined. Friendship takes place between men and women who possess an intellectual and emotional affinity for each other. And many of us will admit that we never really had a friend, and even the most fortunate of us have very few.

But comradeship, that ecstatic bliss that comes with belonging to the crowd in war time, is within our reach. We can all have comrades. The danger, the external threat that comes when we have an enemy, does not create friendship, it creates comradeship. And those in war time are deceived about what they are undergoing. This is why once the war ends these comrades again become strangers to us. This is why, after war, we fall into despair.

In friendship, there is a deepening of our sense of self. We become, through the friend, more aware of who we are and what we are about. We find ourselves in the eyes of the friend. Friends probe and question and challenge each other to make each more complete. They draw the secrets out of us and know our inner core of being. For we reach and change others, and we ourselves are changed when we plunge to the depths of our inner life, the depths that expose our insecurities, our incompleteness, those depths that often lie beyond articulation.

In comradeship, the kind that comes to us in patriotic fervor, there is a suppression of self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-possession. Comrades lose their identities in war time for the collective rush of a common cause, a common purpose. In comradeship, life is ecstatic and corporate, as opposed to friendship, where life is singular and individual.

In comradeship, Gray reminds us, there are no demands on the self. This is part of its appeal and one of the reasons we miss it and seek to recreate it. This is why once the war is over, once the danger that linked us together is past, these feelings are instantly extinguished.

Sebastian Haffner, who was a lawyer in Nazi Germany, wrote of this comradeship in his book “Defying Hitler.” He noted that comradeship destroys the sense of responsibility for oneself, be it civilian or, worse still, the religious sense. Comradeship always sets the cultural tone at the lowest possible level accessible to everyone, he wrote. It cannot tolerate discussion. In the chemical solution of comradeship, discussion immediately takes on the color of whining and grumbling. It becomes a mortal sin. Comradeship admits no thoughts, just mass feelings of the most primitive sort. These, on the other hand, are inescapable. To try and evade them is to put oneself beyond the pale. In war time, when we feel threatened, we no longer face death alone, but as a group. And this makes death easier to bear. We ennoble and self sacrifice for the other, for the comrade. In short, we begin to worship death, and this is what the god of war demands from us.

Think, finally, of what it means to die for a friend. It is deliberate and painful. There is no ecstasy. For friends, dying is hard and bitter. The dialogue they have and cherish will perhaps never be recreated. Friends do not, the way comrades do, love death and sacrifice. To friends, the prospect of death is frightening and this is why friendship ““ or let me say, love ““ is the most potent enemy of war.

We do not see war in the images of war presented to us in films and novels, nor in the mythic narratives the government and the press spins out for us. We do not see war in the televised images from Iraq. The war is carefully packaged, the way tobacco or liquor companies package their own poisons. The titillation is there, but always in doses we can digest. The reports give us war that has a coherency and logic it never has in battle. We taste a bit of war’s exhilaration, but are safe.

War from Iraq is seen through the prism of the U.S. military, and it comes complete with manufactured heroes, feel-good stories about our own, and an enemy that is always painted as barbaric and uncivilized. We can thrill in the perversity of war even as we watch films or read books that are meant to denounce war. It is almost impossible to produce antiwar films or documentaries that also present images of battle. It is like trying to condemn pornography while showing erotic love scenes. The prurient fascination with violent death always overpowers the message. War has become part of the modern industrial landscape. Indeed, its tools are often the cutting edge of technology.

By World War I, we had created ways in which thousands of people, who never saw their attackers, could die in an instant. And weapons that carry out this impersonal mass slaughter are beautiful. They are crafted, sleek, and harbor within them awesome power. The machines of war ““ the planes, the tanks, the heavy machine guns, the huge, hulking howitzers and the helicopters ““ are pieces of art. I have seen them at work. They are angels of death, streaking through the sky. I was with a unit of guerrillas in El Salvador when some Huey helicopters raced in over a lake to hunt us down. We hid in the ruins of an abandoned village, darting from wall to wall, standing with our backs to the shattered bricks, so our hunters could not see us as they passed low overhead. As I looked up at these machines that were trying to kill me, I found them seductive.

Once in a conflict, once we live in the midst of fighting, we are moved from the abstract to the real, from the mythic to the sensory. No soldier, after a few seconds of combat, believes in the myth of war anymore. And this is why wounded marines jeered John Wayne when he visited them in a hospital in World War II. When this move takes place, we have nothing to do with a world not at war. The world, when we return to it, is viewed from the end of a very long tunnel. There, they still believe. There, they do not understand. We feel different, wiser, greater. This experience is so overpowering that, if we can control our fear, we go back to seek it out again. War is addictive. Indeed, it is the most potent narcotic invented by humankind.

The first time I was in an ambush was in the Salvadoran town of Suchitoto. It was a dreary peasant outpost made up of stucco and mud and wattle huts off the main road. The town was surrounded by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front rebels, who, when I arrived in El Salvador, were winning the war. The government forces kept a small garrison in the town, although its relief columns were frequently ambushed as they ambled down the small strip of asphalt, surrounded by high grass. It was one of the most dangerous spots in the country.

The rebels launched an attack to take the town. A convoy of reporters in cars marked with “TV” in masking tape on the windshields high-tailed it to the small bridge that led to the lonely stretch of road into Suchitoto. Then we moved slowly down the road, the odd round fired ahead or behind us. We made it to the edge of town, where we ran into rebel units, now accustomed to the follies of the press. On foot we moved through the deserted streets. The firing from the garrison became louder as we weaved our way with rebel units to the siege that had been set up. Then, as I rounded a corner, several full bursts of automatic fire rent the air. Bullets hit the mud wall behind me. We dove onto the dirt. Rebels began to fire noisy rounds from their M-16 assault rifles. The scent of cordite filled the air. Rebels around me were wounded and crying out in pain. One died yelling, in a sad cadence for his mother. His desperate and final plea cutting through the absurd posturing of soldiering. At first, his cries haunted me. Soon, I just wished he would be quiet.

The firefight seemed to go on for an eternity. I cannot say how long I lay there. It could have been a few minutes. It could have been an hour. Here was war, real war, sensory war, not the war of the movies and novels I had consumed in my youth. It was horrifying, confusing, numbing, and nothing like the myth I had been peddled. I realized at once that it controlled me. I would never control it. In a lull, I made a dash across an empty square to find shelter behind a house. My heart was racing. Adrenaline coursed through my bloodstream. I was safe.

I made it back to the capital. And, like most war correspondents, soon considered the experience a great cosmic joke. I drank away the fear in a seedy bar in downtown San Salvador that night. Most people, after such an experience, would learn to stay away. I was hooked. Drawn into the world of war, it becomes hard to escape. It perverts and destroys you. It pushes you closer and closer to your own annihilation ““ spiritual, emotional and, finally, physical.

I covered the war in El Salvador from 1983 to 1988. By the end, I had a nervous twitch in my face. I was evacuated three times by the U.S. embassy because of tips that the death squads planned to kill me. Yet, each time, I came back. I accepted with a grim fatalism that I would be killed in El Salvador. I could not articulate why I accepted my own destruction and cannot now. There came to be a part of me, maybe it is a part of all of us, which decided I would rather die like this than go back to the dull routine.

During the war in El Salvador, I worked with a photographer who covered the war, had a slew of close calls, and then called it quits. He moved to Miami and took pictures for one of the newsweeklies. But life in Florida was flat, dull, uninteresting. He could not adjust and soon came back. From the moment he stepped off the plane it was clear: He had returned to die. Just as there are some soldiers or war correspondents that seem to us immortal and whose loss comes as a sobering reminder that death has no favorites, there are also those in war who are locked in a grim embrace with death from which they cannot escape. He was frightening to behold, a walking corpse. He was shot through the back in a firefight and died in less than a minute.

Sigmund Freud divided the forces in human nature between the Eros instinct, the impulse within us that propels us to become close to others, to preserve and conserve, and the Thanatos, or death instinct, the impulse that works toward the annihilation of all living things, including ourselves. For Freud, these forces were in eternal conflict. He was, therefore, pessimistic about eradicating war. All human history, he argued, and civilization and its discontents, is a tug-of-war between these two instincts.

Taste enough of war and you come to believe the stoics were right. We will, in the end, all consume ourselves in a vast conflagration.

There is a constant search in war to find new perversities, new forms of death when the initial flush fades a rear guard and finally a futile effort to ward off the boredom of routine death. This is way we would drive into towns in Bosnia and find bodies crucified on the sides of barns, or decapitated and mutilated. This is way those slain in combat are treated as trophies belonging to the killers turned into grotesque pieces of performance art. I know soldiers that to this day carry in their wallets the identity cards of men they know they killed. They take them everywhere. They show them to you with the imploring look of a lost child. They will never understand. The job of killing allows our senses to command our bodies. The killing with spiders into greater orgies of destruction, hedonism, and perversion spirals out of control. The comradeship of war, actively works to stomp out all feelings, of love, of tenderness, for love alone shields us. The most important part of the individual life which cannot be subsumed in communal life is love, Haffner wrote. So comradeship has its special weapon against love, smut.

Every evening in bed, after the last patrol round, there was the ritual reciting of lurid song and jokes. This is hard and fast rule of neocomradship and nothing is more mistaken than the widely held opinion that this is a safety valve for frustrated erotic or sexually feelings. These songs and jokes do not have an erotic arousing effect. On the contrary, they make the act of love appear as unappetizing as possible. They treat it like digestion and defecation and make it an object of ridicule. The men who recite three lurid songs and use coarse words for female body parts were in effect denying that they ever had tender feelings or had been in love. That they had ever made themselves attractive, behaved gently, and used sweet words for these same parts. They were rough, tough, and above such civilized tenderness.

In war we deform ourselves, our essence. We give up individual conscious, maybe even consciousness for the contagion of the crowd, the rush of patriotism, the belief that we must stand together as a nation in moments of extremity. The normal order is turned upside down. Better to give yourself up to the lust of war, to make a moral choice, to defy war’s enticement; to defend love can be self-destructive. In the rise to power we always become smaller.

Power absorbs us and once power is obtained we are its pawn. As in Shakespeare’s Richard III the all powerful prince who molded the world, we fall prey to the forces we thought we had harnessed. Love may not always triumph but it keeps us human. It offers the only chance to escape from the contagion of war. Perhaps it is the only antidote and there are times when remaining human is the only victory possible. When the mask of war slips away and the rot and corruption is uncovered, when it turns sour and rank, when the myth is exposed as a fraud, we feel soiled and spent, it is then that we sink into despair.

In the Arab/Israeli 1973 War, almost a third of all Israeli casualties were due to psychiatric causes and the war lasted only a few days. A World War II study determined that after sixty days of continuous combat, 98% of all surviving soldiers will have become psychiatric casualties. The study found that a common trait among the 2 percent who were able to endure a sustained combat was a predisposition towards “aggressive psychopathic personalities.” During the war in El Salvador soldiers could serve in the army for three or four years or longer, virtually until they psychologically or physically collapsed. In garrison towns commanders banned the sale of sedatives because of the abuse by troops.

In this war, the emotionally maimed were common. I once interviewed a nineteen year old Salvadoran army sergeant who had spent five years fighting and suddenly lost his vision after his unit walked into a rebel ambush. The rebels killed 11 soldiers in the fire fight including his closest friend. A couple dozen soldiers were wounded. He was unable to see again until he was placed in the army hospital. “I have these horrible headaches,” he told me, sitting on the edge of his bed. “There is shrapnel in my head. I keep telling the doctors to take it out.”

But the doctors told me he had no head wounds. I saw other soldiers in other conflicts go deaf or stop speaking or simply shake without being able to stop.

War is necrophilia. This necrophilia is central to soldiering just as it is central to the makeup of suicide bombers and terrorists. The necrophilia is hidden under platitudes about duty or comradeship. It waits, especially in moments when we seem to have little to live for and no hope, or in moments when the intoxication of war is at its pitch, to be unleashed. When we spend long enough in war it comes to us as a kind of release, a fatal and seductive embrace that can consummate the long flirtation with our own destruction.

In Milovan Djilas’s memoir of the partisan war in Yugoslavia, he wrote of the enticement death held for the combatants. He stood over the body of his comrade, the Commander Sava Kovaèeviæ, and found

“Dying did not seem terrible or unjust. This was the most extraordinary, the most exultant moment of my life: Death did not seem strange or undesirable. That I restrained myself from charging blindly into the fray and death, was perhaps due to my sense of obligation to the troops, or to some comrade’s reminder concerning the tasks at hand. In my memory I return to those moments many times, with the same feeling of intimacy with death and desire for it, while I was in prison, especially during my first incarceration.”

War ascendant wipes out Eros. It wipes out delicacy and tenderness. And this is why those in war swing from rank sentimentality to perversion, with little in between.

A year after the war in Sarajevo, I sat with Bosnian friends who had suffered horribly. A young woman, Ljiljana, had lost her father, a Serb, who refused to join the besieging Serb forces around the city. She had been forced a few days earlier to identify his corpse. The body was lifted, the water running out of the sides of a rotting coffin, from a small park for reburial in the central cemetery. She was emigrating to Australia soon ““ where she told me, “I will marry a man who has never heard of this war and raise children that will be told nothing about it, nothing about the country I am from.”

Ljiljana was young, but the war had exacted a toll. Her cheeks were hollow, her hair dry and brittle. Her teeth were decayed; some had broken into jagged bits. She had no money for a dentist. She hoped to fix them in Australia. Yet, all she and her friends did that afternoon was lament the days when they lived in fear and hunger, emaciated, targeted by Serb gunners on the heights above. They did not wish back the suffering and yet, they admitted, these may have been the fullest days of their lives. They looked at me in despair.

I knew them when they were being pounded by hundreds of shells a day, when they had no water to bathe in or wash their clothes, when they huddled in unheated apartments, as sniper bullets hit the walls outside. But what they expressed was real. It was the disillusionment with a sterile, futile, and empty present. Peace had again peeled back the void that the rush of war of battle had filled. Once again they were, as perhaps we all are, alone, no longer bound by that common sense of struggle, no longer given the opportunity to be noble, heroic, no longer sure of what life was about or what it meant.

The old comradeship, however false, that allowed them to love men and women they hardly knew, had vanished with the last shot. Moreover, they had seen that all the sacrifice had been for naught. They had been, as we all are in war, betrayed. The corrupt old Communist Party bosses, who became nationalists overnight and got them into the mess in the first place, had grown rich off their suffering, and were still in power. There was a 70% unemployment rate. They depended on handouts from the international community. They understood that their cause, once as fashionable in certain intellectual circles as they were themselves, lay forgotten. No longer did actors, politicians, and artists scramble to visit during the cease fires, acts that were almost always ones of gross self-promotion. They knew the lie of war, the mockery of their idealism and struggled with their shattered illusions. And yet, they wished it all back, and I did too.

A year later I received a Christmas card. It was signed “Ljiljana from Australia.” It had no return address. I never heard from her again.

But many of those I worked with as war correspondents during the past two decades did not escape. They could not break free from the dance with death. They wandered from conflict to conflict, seeking always one more hit. By then I was back in Gaza and found myself pinned down in another ambush. A young Palestinian 15 feet away was shot through the chest and killed. I had been lured back but now felt none of the old rush, just fear. It was time to break free, to let go, to accept that none of this would or could or should return. I knew then that it was over. I was lucky to get out alive.

Kurt Schork, brilliant, courageous and driven, could not let go. He died in an ambush in Sierra Leone, along with another friend, Miguel Gil Morano. His entrapment, his embrace of Thanatos of the death instinct was never mentioned in the sterile and antiseptic memorial service staged for him in Washington. Everyone tiptoed around it, but for those of us who knew him we understood that he had been consumed. I had worked with Kurt for ten years, starting in northern Iraq. Literate, funny ““ it seems the brave are often funny ““ he and I passed books back and forth in our struggle to make sense of the madness around us. His loss is a hole that will never be filled. His ashes were placed in Lion’s Cemetery in Sarajevo for the victims of the war.

I flew to Sarajevo and met the British documentary filmmaker Dan Reed. It was an overcast November day. We stood over the grave and downed a pint of whiskey. Dan lit a candle. I recited a poem the Roman lyric poet Catullus had written to honor his dead brother.

By strangers’ coasts and waters, many days at sea,
I come here for the rites of your unworlding,
Bringing for you, the dead, these last gifts of the living
And my words ““ vain sounds for the man of dust.
Alas, my brother,
You have been taken from me. You have been taken from me,
By cold chance turned a shadow, and my pain.
Here are the foods of the old ceremony, appointed
Long ago for the starvelings under the earth:
Take them: your brother’s tears have made them wet; and take
Into eternity my hail and my farewell.

It was there, among a few thousand war dead, that Kurt belonged. He died because he could not free himself from war. He was trying to replicate what he had found in Sarajevo. But he could not. War could never be new again. Kurt had been in East Timor and Chechnya. Sierra Leone, I was sure, meant nothing to him. Kurt and Miguel could not let go. They would be the first to admit it. Spend long enough at war and you cannot fit in anywhere else. It finally kills you. It is not a new story. It starts out like love, but it is death.

War is the beautiful young nymph in the fairy tale that when kissed exhales the vapors of the underworld. The ancient Greeks had a word for such a fate ““ ekpyrosis. It means, “to be consumed by a ball of fire.” And they used it to describe heroes.

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