The destruction continues…Â In each newsletter, I have shown different links, articles, assessments and reports on the ongoing collapse of the biosphere.Â Planet Earth is under assault.Â 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.Â
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.Â Whales, fish, seals, sea lions, sharks, birds.Â 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.Â 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.Â The smoke screen Chomsky mentions is a choking, blinding, billowing fog of absolute nonesense.
â€œDonâ€™t take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually canâ€™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 canâ€™t survive. But if there is something significant and important donâ€™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.â€
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.Â Not the Tea Party movement, not the Koch empire, not Obama, not anything.Â The momentum in human affairs, driven by the themes of economics, politics, military domination and social inertia isn’t changing.Â What we perceive as “change” isn’t — it’s always more of the same, but worse â„¢.
Just for a joke, but to make my point, I’ve included the â„¢ to emphasize the point.Â 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.
Earth Day – What Do You Want?
What do you want?Â 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.Â Human institutions are teetering on the edge of limits that are poorly understood and even more poorly accepted once expressed.Â What do you think is going to happen?
I’ve made no secret of my own views and why IÂ 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.
IÂ 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.Â 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.Â We are no more different nor immune to this self-destructive cycle then they were.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.
The answer is simple: we â€” the human species â€” 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 â€” I venture to say lonelier and more chaotic â€” world.
Government is far too stupid (and greedy) to realize that we don’t need more taxes, we need less government.Â Less government would give us lower taxes (and lower interferance in our lives).Â But there is no point in even mentioning these things, is there? We know what will happen already.
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.Â Between 2007 and 2008, world food prices increased a whopping 43%.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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?Â 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).Â 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.