Mar 302017
 

I’m thinking the blog issues have been repaired. This took many attempts and hours to resolve, and did result in the irrecoverable loss of blog comments on several posts.

Logins should work okay, I tested my wife’s account and that worked. If you don’t succeed or have issues contact me through the foodassets contact form.

I am not at all sure that this exercise was worth it. Perhaps the Universe was trying to tell me it was time to walk away and do something else.

Mar 242017
 

I’ve had to move the site back to here (http://survivalacres.com/blog). Sorry for the “dancing around” with the site, but I really don’t have any choice. You do whatcha gotta’ do when your back is up against the wall.

If there is something that does not work for you, please let me know, as it is impossible for me to check everything. Login issues fixed.

There will be some additional changes here as I figure this all out, but supposedly the user registrations / comments all ported over.

Mar 232017
 

This is hilarious. It’s a Pew Research poll, that reveals how much Republican and Democrats differ on “science knowledge” and whether or not science is having any impacts on the two different groups:

Picture this: no matter what the science says, or even when these climatic events actually happen – Republicans refuse to change their “beliefs” about climate change.

Amazing, isn’t it? I don’t hate Republicans, but I can’t stand willful stupidity. Science and knowledge don’t mix with this group. NO surprise to any American living here (who is honest), but it will piss off the idiots, again. I don’t care. It’s really hard to sit here and watch these fools destroy everything in their insatiable quest for, what? More?

I consider this group absolutely hopeless, and if you belong to that group yourself, you’re hopeless. Me? I don’t belong to any group other then the human race…

Original article here.
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I’ve not looked, but I’m sure a similar graph would convey how religion affects beliefs and how knowledge about religion, history and evidence shows the same kinds of disparities.

I recently wrote to William Blum, what I’ve uncovered about religion. His reply was that I was certain to go to hell… I still can’t tell if he was joking or not, but in any case, this imagined place is no more real then the imaginary Sky God so I’m not the least bit concerned. I base ALL of my views on evidence and feel quite confident that these “beliefs” (which they aren’t – they’re actually facts) will carry the day in the end. We all die, but we’re definitely not all going to heaven (nobody is).
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I’ve been enjoying a Netflix series, “The West“, narrated by Peter Coyote. It’s about how the West (United States) was “won” (stolen from the people who lived here). Going back to the 1500’s or so, the story begins… and it portrays a terrifying tale of murder, mayhem, robbery, slavery, theft and abuse – all coming from one particular segment of the people (and it wasn’t the natives). It dives pretty deep into the “untold stories” you never heard.

Highly recommend. Not taught in your high school social studies classes, or probably in any school book. Despite the hard-work, deprivation, struggle and dangers associated with the settling of the West and the “spirit of the pioneers”, I’m left with increasing levels of disgust and shame at my own race. So this is how “civilization” was forced upon the world… You should watch this.

Television is good for something, sometimes. It’s another propaganda tool just like anything else, so pick your viewing habits carefully.

Mar 202017
 

Food Assets shared a link with me a few days back, Mike Adams: Natural News, “everyone’s favorite über-quack #1 anti-science website”. It’s an interesting read, especially to someone like me, who not only has dealt with this clown before, but has also run into some of his ‘converted’. Adams had thought to also get into the food storage business a while back, which we exposed as a dishonestly advertised product. Typical of Adams however, he has long played a shell-game of three card Monte.

I’ve long known the man to be a fraud and a quack. His associations and claims were always highly questionable. The food storage industry has tended to attract a lot of quacks and dishonesty. Jim Bakker, Alex Jones, even Glen Beck who has made millions and millions in ‘advertising fees’ have all thought to ‘cash in’ with the preparedness industry.

Except it has all backfired now, rather badly. A lot of people have woke up to the fact that these people are simply profiteers who will sell virtually anything to try to make money. The end result is their activity, actions, and bogus claims and outright dishonesty has put the preparedness industry in a bad, bad light. Even the term “survivalists” now has connotation of whacked-out conspiracy nuts with guns.

But it wasn’t always this way. In the 20+ years I was in the business, I ran into some pretty level-headed people. But this began to change as the entire meme became infected with hucksters and propaganda artists like Jones, Rawles, Hodges, Quayle, Loyd, Slavo, Smith, Durden, and many, many others who began to pollute the message of preparedness with conspiracy. Some even preached “aliens among us” conspiracy nonsense. Even Boston T. Party (Kenneth Royce) sold out and became a conspiracy nutter and bible-thumping “true believer”.

Everyone had to have their own “truth” which was anything but the truth. It was all propaganda and bullshit with a cult-of-personality tossed in, a fear-sells approach towards personal and family preparedness. Hundreds if not thousands of book titles were churned out, each breathlessly declaring to portray each particular “truth” by their respective, fear-makes-profit authors.

It is my opinion and experience, that these people have utterly ruined the preparedness industry and anything to do with common sense. It’s not only the bad reputation of these people that have created such distaste for anything to do with personal preparedness, it is the lies they propagated that are still around today. There are now quite a few people, numbering in the millions and millions that have their heads filled with their complete and utter nonsense. And this garbage thought has become generational, the converted are teaching this nonsense to their children.

Buried deep within this entire meme is almost no real truth – and blanket denials of what actually is real. None accept climate science or climate change as reality. All declare themselves better qualified then the real climate science experts. It was this realization that contributed towards my own public departure from this mix of snake-oil salesmen many years ago. I used to spend time writing preparedness articles for free, which were then ripped-off and copied for a profit. Preparedness took on a whole new attitude – how to get rich telling others what to do.

All of these clowns think themselves better experts in matters which they know absolutely nothing about. They’ve got their particular audiences convinced of this deception too. Yet none – not one of their bogus claims and predictions has ever come true, of which there have been many thousands and thousands. This standard test of proof and accuracy however, goes ignored by their brain-dead followers who I wrote off as lost souls long ago and still do.

There is a strange corollary about truth and profits. Truth often dies for a long time and becomes distorted lies for profits. In time, truth is resurrected when it is no longer has immediate relevancy. More profits are then made “finally revealing the real truth” with books, documentaries, interviews and speeches. This is what happens in nearly every meme and is what is underway right now with the preparedness meme – and climate science and climate change movement. The profitable, exploitable “truth” gets the attention, while the real truth is derided and ignored.

It won’t always be this way, and it will last as long as it remains profitable to lie. Then a long period of time will pass and the real truth will finally become more publicly accepted.

This is of course a real problem when it comes to climate science and climate change. Nobody gives two-shits about some conspiracy nutter “truth” and their whacked-out connedspiracy that has no meaning, relevancy or importance except in the minds of the deluded, but climate change and how it is affecting the real world, the true habitability of planetary life and our real survival matters quite a lot. The timing of this truth-acceptance is also critical. We can’t afford to let an entire generation of brain-dead idiots poison the real truth and wait for its final acceptance. If we do, it will be far too late to do anything about our survival on this planet.

And that is the problem in a nutshell. The real truth can’t gain acceptance because it is being derided by brain-dead morons (Trumpanzees) who are grabbing the reigns and jerking this train-wreck off the tracks. So that we can follow them…. where? They don’t have a real plan or direction except profits. If you drill down through their propaganda and deceptions and outright lies, you’ll find a pot of gold glittering at the foot of their cross. That’s what it is all about, which they claim is going to make America great again. Money. Profits. Exploit the rest so that THEY can profit and bask in the (temporary) privilege of those profits. While utterly destroying any chance for a future.

I saw one site that was glad Trump cancelled the Meals on Wheels programs for seniors. The justification? “They didn’t make smart life choices”. So letting the elderly starve was “fine by them”. It is this callous disregard for life that disgusts me intensely. And their assumption that they “know everything” about everyone else and how they “should” have lived. Obviously they know almost nothing except their own selfishness and disregard for life. On one hand they will spew out their claims for the sanctity for life and then in the same breath, declare who should die. Ignorant, self-righteous assholes to the bone.

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I spent the weekend away from home, stuck in another damned city. I’m still desperately trying to find a way to make a living. The opportunity gave me a chance to reflect upon everything I’m seeing. People are too distracted to care about anything outside of their immediate lives. Their heads are filled with non-stop propaganda and advertising, there are screens screaming for their attention everywhere, there is no connection to life, nature or the nature world at all, everyone is embracing a “fantasy future” that explodes from every commercial, every advertisement, every movie, replete with success, superheros and super-abilities, their daily lives are super-insulated from the real world, carting themselves about about in glass and steel, everything is plastic-wrapped, cellophaned and perfectly presented, huge portions are the norm. And millions and millions of talking screens everywhere, constantly reminding them all of the “good life” to be had.

Well, it’s all lies. A lot of us are being thrown under the bus and a lot more will be joining us. There is real truth out there but you sure aren’t getting it from the sources you’ve been watching.

Mar 152017
 

Plenty of false hopium found here (can’t post the video directly): Inside Story – Climate change: Can disaster be avoided?

The cities of the future are prominent. No discussion (of course) of limiting human growth levels. And the “climate deniers” in a “limited number of countries” just happens to include some of the worst polluting countries on the planet, USA, Australia, England. You’d think we were actually all one country, following the Orange Monkey to Disneyland.

Most speakers (if not all) found within the climate awareness discussions, never mention anything about reduced human survival, or the need to reduce human numbers or slow down economic activity. Inherent to their perspectives about the future, is growth. Nobody mentions why this might be a bad idea. Supposedly, “our choices we make together” will cumulatively be sufficient to “change the climate“. Which is as you should know by now, utter bullshit.

What I would like to see a lot more of, is the actual and real discussions about how hard it is going to be to remove existing levels of carbon, which is entirely different then any optimistic discussions about a “low-carbon future”. It’s a staggering amout of carbon too – 550 gigatons by some estimates. It is an amount that exceeds anything humans have EVER done.

Of course it is highly doubtful (still) that any significant part of this figure can be removed from the global atmosphere or oceans. There is a plan (not being broadly adhered to) to remove “current emission levels” by planting millions and millions of trees and modifying agriculture significantly and many other tweaks and adjustments to human society – but this does nothing to remove existing levels of atmospheric carbon causing global warming. They are not the same things. Current emissions and past emissions represent two entirely different targets and problems.

It is a critical point you will not read about without intensely looking. It is such a huge and glaring omission in most mitigation / adaption discussions (and papers) that it indicates either a) a deliberate attempt at misinformation; or worse, b) accidental oversight. If a), then at least they’re aware of the problem, they just don’t want the public to be aware. If b), then they’re not the sharpest knives in the drawer and well, we’re pretty well fucked. Which we might be anyway (read on).

The failure to address past and present levels of emissions is this: Defeat, because the planet continues to warm up for a 1,000 years or more, eventually exceeding wet-bulb temperatures (plant and human and animal survival). Existing emissions, past and present carbon dioxide levels (and methane, even more potent then CO₂) will stay in the atmosphere up to a thousand years, trapping more and more heat all this time, raising temperatures, melting ice and pretty much screwing up life on this planet for good. This is why future temperature projections are so dire (if you found them here and a few other places). This warming is unstoppable, even if we went to zero emissions yesterday. Even if we “trap / sequester” all future emissions (and we are light years away from being able to do that). We HAVE to sequester (remove) PAST emissions if we intend to survive. And THAT is MISSING from nearly all discussions and plans.

So far, the public is not being informed of this issue. You can find it, if you look very hard, but in general, it is not a discussion point at all. Buzzwords about “this is not sustainable” and “strategies for the future”, etc., don’t include removing past emissions from the atmosphere (and oceans, if possible). The concern about “business as usual” only includes limiting future emissions to a optimistic and dishonest “zero-emissions” desirability. It’s not even remotely going to be enough – even if it were possible (and it’s not). When deconstructed, it always boils down to trading the growth / economic paradigm with the need to stop using fossil fuels, and fossil fuels / growth / economy wins, every single time.

Netflix had another documentary about nuclear energy, and the narrator was breathlessly claiming that this was “carbon free” energy, which is total bullshit. So far, there are no carbon free energy sources devised by man available on the planet, and probably never will be. All energy sources still rely upon fossil fuels for their creation, fabrication, maintenance and support. The alternative energy movement does not want this fact revealed either, so this is another hidden “bomb” waiting to explode with the myth-builders. Those wind farms, solar panels or wave generators or nuclear power plants are really shell games, “hiding” their carbon footprints because their source energy and maintenance requirements from fossil fuels are not being counted.

Meanwhile, they’re being built to continue the growth paradigm, which can only possibly have one final outcome. Collapse of the global biosphere, which overloaded with heat-trapping greenhouse gases spirals towards more and more extreme temperatures and climatic events. Species rapidly die off and the human ability to survive on the planetary surface rapidly diminishes.

There are more problems not mentioned in this post, such as permafrost melting, deforestation and carbon saturation, methane releases and albedo effects, all affecting a rise in temperatures. Ocean warming has been recently reassessed and is considered significantly warmer then realized by all past assessments. We just took a massive jump for the worse and how this will affect future predictions and time scales. This, plus acidification is having a tremendous impact upon sea life and it’s getting worse every day.

Reducing our yearly emissions (eventually), does nothing to mitigate these other problems. It is a critical point that is missing from discussions.

There appears to me to be a deliberate attempt to “under notify” the general population about the dangerous risks related to climate change and a warming planet and how we’re still comitted to dangerous temperatures no matter what. I’ve blamed the media, the government and the scientists at different times for this. All three are responsible. The honest and real discussions about what we are facing and what, if anything, can be done about the whole inclusive topic still remains almost entirely absent. This is an extinction-level event (ELE) that should be a top-priority, global emergency.

I believe, and until proven wrong, will continue to believe, that we are facing a issue of extinction-level importance. For this reason, I’ve devised what I call the LIFE project, with the realization of reduced human survival is in our near-term future. It seems extremely unlikely to me, if not impossible, for the current population of the world to continue to exist with the projected rise in global temperatures and corresponding extreme climatic events affecting economy, agriculture and food production and global commerce. I further believe that I’m years ahead of most others with this early understanding of the real human future on this planet.

The reason why this is being brought up again here is there is a critical need to prepare the young generations of the world for the real future that they are facing. Not the false optimism, “hopiate-laced” addiction of endless growth and techno-solutions of tomorrow (which as of yet, still do not exist on the essential and required scale), but the real, down-to earth reality that rising temperatures actually means to human civilization and how we can, or cannot survive on this planet.

The message is unpopular, but then again, so was every other earth-shattering, paradigm breaking message of past thinkers. They’re widely rejected, ignored, ridiculed, ostracized and attacked. Generally after they’re long dead and gone do their ideas gain respectability, having truth and honesty eventually win the day. I doubt we have that kind of time. We’re looking at a situation that is rapidly accelerating and could be realized well within a single human lifetime. It doesn’t take much to tip the survival limits “over” to “extinction” as we are now discovering. Just a few degrees is all it takes.

And guess what? That is exactly where we are headed.

Mar 062017
 

Desdemona has a new article, Massive Permafrost Thaw Documented in Canada, Portends Huge Carbon Release, with the original article here. I don’t comment on Desdemona anymore, Jim started censoring commentary some time back.

This type of melting was expected and would account for the escalating levels of methane being detected. Once you grasp the scale of what’s happening, you’ll quickly realize that it is virtually impossible for this process to reverse itself. You’d have to have a seriously long deep-freeze to restore the frozen soil temperatures – and then you’d still be left with the billions of tons of CO₂ and methane still left in the atmosphere, raising temperatures higher and higher.

Which fits right in with this: Carbon Dioxide Could Reach 410 PPM This Month

Nothing but lip-service from most of the world on how to deal with this accelerating problem. But meanwhile, back in the land of the stupid, Members of Congress met to discuss the costs of climate change. They ended up debating its existence.

Does anybody really need any more evidence that humans are incapable of acting responsibly? Or that the whole topic of climate change is going to find humans racing at the very last second to try to save themselves from catastrophic climate change? By then, nearly everything else will already be dead. This is why the geo-engineering people are so anxious to get started. They already know that geo-engineering is what will ultimately be tried. But geo-engineering does not fix bad behavior (or bad attitudes, or ignorance, or stupidstition, or well… you get the idea).

It is not conjecture to state that all of this (and so very much more) will lead towards our collapse. Our species likes to dither around while earnestly practicing ecocide. Monetization of all living things and even the very elements guarantees we will always find a way to destroy it as we exploit it. This false notion of  monetary “valuation” is so deeply embedded within the psyche of almost every human being that it’s proving to be an impossibly persistent meme that penetrates to the very depths of human existence. Continue reading »

Feb 272017
 

Two articles that reveal increasing violence as it relates to resources and climate change:

“A sense of despair”: The mental health cost of unchecked climate change

Study on prehistoric violence published

I seriously doubt that the meaning of these reports is being fully grasped. This is a topic that I’ve given a lot of consideration and planning. In my attempted discussions with other people on these points (violence and resource competition), I’ve almost never found anyone else who has really thought this through and how it effects the present and future of civilization.

Our propensity towards violence should be well understood. Perhaps science needs more evidence (which is what science does – establish evidence), but anthropologists probably don’t. Nor would a historian. Anyone who has survived the 20th or 21st century should well understand that human violence on other humans (and the rest of the natural world) is an easily provable fact, and that we are all most probably headed towards a lot more violence. But what still does not seem to be well understood or widely accepted is how violence begins and why. Both of these articles touch on these reasons.

Resource competition is a primary reason. Land, food, water, space, resources are all triggers for violence – wherever there is rising levels of human competition. In an era of climate change, extreme weather disruptions leads to helplessness and despair. A new term I’d not paid much attention to is “climate anxiety”, which “everyone is experiencing now”.

I’ve always believe that action is an antidote for despair. Do something. It’s pointless to sit around and complain, or worry about what is going on in the world. Do something about it. Get involved. It doesn’t have to be much, but it has to be more then nothing. It can be as much as you like and can handle too. Some people dedicate their lives around their activism. I’ve done this many times myself, always engaging myself 110%, which isn’t good.

Recently, I learned that my area was going to build a silicon smelter operation nearby. Research revealed that this was going to pretty much ruin the local environment, pumping out toxic poisons into the atmosphere, soil and water. The more I learned, the more concerned I got. In fact, I got both scared and angry, this was going to be a total deal killer for a lot of people here, forcing us all to move away. The only alternative would be to accept living under a toxic cloud with the daily risk (24/7) of things going dangerously wrong and then having to evacuate.

I approached my entire family and asked what they wanted to do. Moving away was considered as a likely option, giving up on everything we’ve built here and tried to do. But so was activism – doing something about this. So I began to uncover everything I could about this project, which eventually culminated in building another website and then putting up flyers and notices around, plus contacting key people in the area and letting them know about this research effort.

I did not know what the outcome of this would be. A lot of money had already been spent and the county was all for this environmentally destructive project. They had already hired contractors and outside personnel to promote the project. Even the State was supporting this, ramrodding the project through. What scared the hell out of me however is what I had uncovered about their proposal. There was no public participation or notification. There was no investigation into local impacts prior to making the decision that this operation would be built. There was just very empty promises that “proper procedures would be followed” and that there would be “no environmental harm” to any of the local residents.

However, I had already uncovered tons of evidence that they were all lying about this – and they knew it too. Not only did they not follow proper procedures as promised, they were doing everything they could to ensure that the public did not catch wind of this before it was a done deal. My website scared the shit out of them because it revealed what they tried to keep hidden – that these type of operations were deadly to the local residents, accidents and spills were common, the chemicals they used were toxic and carcinogenic, and the impacts upon the local environment, residents, wildlife, soil, noise and air pollution would be significant. In fact, it’s so bad that it was already clear that sicknesses here would rise significantly, along with higher incidents of premature deaths and related diseases leading to early death.

So that’s exactly what I published – and I made sure that this was all well-documented. I even found evidence that the Canadians who were first approached for this project had also rejected it. They hadn’t done anything on the scale that I did, but their refusal of the project only reinforced my own efforts all the more.

But the best support finally came from a local Indian tribe, who finally put their foot down and said “NO”. I had already been there and had already shared my research. They were immediately and directly down-wind of this location and would have had the lions share of pollution washing over them (and their state-of-the-art health center). Early efforts of mine told me that they were divided among their people – some thought they’d find jobs there and others were very much against it. I already knew that the “job offer” pitch was total bullshit, the company was already planning on hiring everyone out of the area for the specialized positions required. But what was really amazing was how this company made an effort to pretend that there was no risk and no pollution, which I knew to be an absolute lie.

Months went by as I accumulated more and more evidence, anxiously awaiting some kind of hints that other local residents were going to finally take a keen interest in this and get involved. Nothing happened. It seemed as if nobody really cared, so I redoubled my efforts and approached the local newspaper (who rejected my letters), and county officials (who did not return my calls). I felt that I was already in a losing battle but giving up was simply not an option (until I’m dead) so I kept at it.

Finally, the good news arrived – this planet-ruining monstrosity was not going to be built here. The local paper said that the company had received a “gut punch” back in August – the same month that I had published my website, exposing the hazards and risks to humans and wildlife. I’ll never know if or what my role actually accomplished, and I don’t even care, all I know is I could not sit on my ass and not try to put a stop to this.

Now here is the point to this – do something. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to win or not, just don’t sit on your ass and expect someone else to do it for you. I didn’t have the time or the money, but I did it anyway, because if I didn’t, it’s damned likely nobody else would or it would have been too late when they finally did get involved. As it turns out, I’m the only person who did reveal everything about what was going to happen and how the local officials were pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes. You may be the only person in your area that can also make a difference, but you’ve got to try. People need to realize that it’s going to take some self-sacrifice to save what is left, either do it or expect to lose it.

Climate change is going to wipe out civilization. I digest several hundred articles a week on this single topic. There is absolutely NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER what this outcome is going to be, because humans have NEVER lived on this planet under these expected climatic conditions (mostly extreme heat). Violence and despair are already on the rise and much, much more is expected. The Pentagon and the US military have flatly stated that climate change will devastate civilization, as have many other sources. But that does NOT mean there isn’t anything you can do. It means just the opposite, there is a LOT do be done, so GET INVOLVED and get busy. You absolutely MUST take a interest in what is unfolding now, because if you don’t, you’re going to find yourselves totally unprepared for what happens next.

Action is the antidote for helplessness and despair.

Feb 262017
 

A very welcome (and timely) donation from Charles (France) of $400 was received! Thank you Charles!

I was planning on closing down the blog and shutting off the Internet at the end of this month, but this has made it possible for me to keep the lights on here for a while longer.
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Two books were passed into my hands to read, which I’d like to recommend:

“Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself”, by Rich Roll, is along the lines of “Born to Run”, and reveals the indomitable human spirit (and a lot of huge mistakes along the way). I’ve read through both titles and definitely recommend them both. Ultra is also about food and how we’ve got it really messed up on what we eat.

I’m also borrowing a copy of “Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat”, by Howard Lyman, which is the story of a factory Big Ag farmer feedlot operator in Montana and how he came to reject the entire concept (and no longer eats meat either). What he reveals about cattle operations will sicken you, unless of course you’re just someone who doesn’t give a damn and think your pride matters more then health, cruelty or the total destruction of the biosphere.

I’ve met more then a few people who are like that. They’re damned proud to be stupid and refuse facts, science and evidence. As I recently shared, they’re extinctionists, hell-bent on ensuring we wipe everything else out first and then ourselves. They’re arrogant and quite stupid people. They also go by other names too.

What we are doing to the Earth (our only home) is totally unforgivable. It’s also inescapable now – there is no place on Earth you can go, not even to the deepest parts of the oceans and not find the destructive pollution and poisons of mankind. It’s absolutely everywhere now.

The quest to find health, happiness and safe, edible food isn’t as popular as it should be. Too many people are still enamored with fast living and faster dying, taking no thought for what they put into their bodies or the sicknesses that are inherently found with eating pure poison. I’ve managed to cut out a lot of garbage from my own life and continue to work on this constantly. I’m pretty happy with the progress I’ve made, but the more that I come to know and understand the food industry, the more disgusted and shocked I am.

People that eat badly should consider their habits far more carefully then they do, otherwise a bullet to the brain would be less costly and less painful. It’s hard to watch someone you love die because they simply didn’t give a damn about what they put into their bodies, but that’s a private matter that I’m dealing with right now. Don’t take my word on this, read the books for yourself.

Our species seems to be only concerned with itself and daily gratification of self. Long term focus is pretty difficult for the species, even though we supposedly have agencies and institutions that are tasked with this kind of objective. They’re staffed with humans however, and all humans seem to find it it difficult to take information, process it down into daily activities and habits that are beneficial and non-harmful. Instead, the easy way is usually the path most followed. The latte at Starbucks, the quick lunch off the food truck, the late-night snacking, hours and hours of semi-comatose television exposure, the easy adoption of endless propaganda and programming, the corporate policy of coercion and compliance to company objectives (none which are healthy and non-harmful to anyone or anything), and I’m not just referencing food and diet either, but all aspects of our supposedly “civilized” society.

It is our civilization, and our society, and our ways of conducting “business”, and how we live in our homes each and every day, and what we find ourselves doing, 24/7 to “survive” on this world, and how we’ve built this wall of indifference, callousness and apathy to all the astonishingly high levels of harm we are causing, even going so far as to convince ourselves that it is all necessary.

Which is bullshit of course, but it’s part of the propaganda found throughout our entire lives as human beings. It’s necessary to destroy the environment because humans need the resources. It’s necessary to expand our civilization to accommodate more humans. It’s necessary for more growth to support more economic activity. This is all translated into a billion different tiny actions, all working in concert to overcome, overpower and dominate the entire biosphere for exclusive human use, monetizing virtually everything. We’ve grown ourselves (by depletion and destruction of course) from a few hundred, to a few thousand, to a few million, to billions and billions spread out all over the planet, but not without a terrifying cost to ourselves and to the only place humans can ever call home. And we don’t care, not really. We’re surrounded by the evidence that we really don’t give a damn.

We’re surviving (for now), but nothing else really is. And our survival looks increasingly threatened when you take an honest assessment of what we’ve done and where this is all going. It’s a topic that I’ve spent a long, long time talking about here. But recent studies have suggested that humans really don’t want to know what the future holds, we’re not wired to cope with this knowledge. We’d much rather be uninformed (and unmoved) by what hard times may lie ahead. So this helps explain why we take so little real interest in tomorrow and so much more interest in today. What is happening right now is of much more concern to us, and we have a hard time adding up what it will mean for tomorrow.

I don’t know if you need to be of a particular personality or persuasion or whatever it is to be like that (or not like that), but I’ve always had an interest in assessing the future. It could be because I’ve overcome some astounding obstacles myself, much more so then the ones you will read about in these two books I’m recommending. Having to look ahead when you’ve been so far down to the very point of death and defeat is probably a choice – but what choice is that, really? Do we / I just give up and quit, abandon all hope and desire, dreams and ambitions and the ones you love? Or do you rise above “the impossible” and rejoin the fight and struggle to survive?

It depends on who you are, in the end. And where you are in your life, in your head. Quitting is a choice, just as much as living is. Everything else springs from there, in a daily cascading domino effect of tiny, cumulative choices resulting in individual actions and activities, which in turn, multiplied by over 7 billion humans, has tremendous impact upon what the “future” really is. In other words, the future is what we make it. We will most certainly have to accept the future we’ve already created, but we still have opportunity to influence the outcome.

The problem then it seems, is to get enough people making informed decisions and individual choices about themselves, without rejecting knowledge. It isn’t so much a “mass movement” that I’m advocating here, which is damned hard to do, but individuals who consciously choose what is better for them, and what is also better for others – and not just our own species either. That choice comes from knowledge and awareness, which today is being widely denigrated and denied. Which is ironic when you think about it – none of us would be here today – not a single one of us, if our parents and grandparents had accepted this kind of foolishness, rejecting knowledge. But there is a huge and growing meme that knowledge, science, facts and evidence should be routinely rejected now in favor of opinions and bias, which is utterly ridiculous and ultimately self-destructive.

Of course, it is also ironic that so many humans will pick-and-choose which knowledge they deem acceptable and what knowledge they won’t. It is evident that they lack the ability to even understand a lot of the knowledge, facts, science and evidence that make up the world. But they benefit from this nonetheless, while counter-intuitively rejecting it (hypocrites comes to mind). What this means is the species is capricious in many ways, having the capacity to learn and adapt to learning but then refusing to do so.

This does not bode well for the future, it indicates to me at least, that this “rising tide of stupid” will drown out everything else in the end, even our ability to survive on this planet. Despite being a “half-empty” glass kind of guy, I’m still hoping to see my fellow humans rise about bias, opinion and “stupid” before this self-destructive attitudes and beliefs destroy everything for everybody. I find it totally unacceptable that one species could be so uncaring, so insensitive and so blind, yet so incredibly bright, capable and intelligent at the same time that they would allow themselves to be overtaken by propaganda and “stupid” in favor of self-destruction.

But that is most definitely, the path we are still firmly on.

Feb 162017
 

I’ve issued an alert to whoever will find this and take the time to read it: Climate Change Will Devastate Civilization

Every day, I’m trying to digest more and more articles on climate change, sea level rise and environmental collapse. I can’t keep up. It’s usually about 50 – 70 articles a day pouring in. If ever there was a time to start screaming and sounding the alarm bells, it’s right now.

Many of them are not unique in their content and information, but some of them really are and these are the ones I’m paying the most attention to because they reveal breaking news, science and data.

Readers will already know that I’m not requiring any “convincing”, having long ago determined the trajectory of this course civilization has taken. I’m not even focusing on the question of “when” anymore, or at least, not much. I’m much more interested now in what can be done, if anything, to preserve what is left. What I’ve noted from the literature is that there is scant little consideration to this idea. It’s as if it hasn’t even really occurred to enough people, particularly scientist and researchers and especially journalist and authors.

This isn’t surprising however, but it is an indication of just how far ahead of the pack I’m running. Humanity really needs to start focusing on this question as soon as possible. For now, the main focus seems to be on just reporting what’s unfolding. It’s not enough. Massive efforts need to be launched to preserve what is left and reducing what we demand. The “less is more” meme that I’ve long advocated.

Share the link above if you can. We need billions more people taking an interest in their own future – as soon as possible.