Sep 302009
 

Nanny State Stupidity – It’s a crime to watch somebody’s kid for free? What the hell is wrong with America? When I read stupidity like this I want to bitch slap the “regulators” that claim they are doing us all a favor.

The State has absolutely no right, nor privilege to dictate to anyone who watches your kids.

But wait – there’s more!  Apparently, it’s in appropriate to even have you kids walk or ride their bike to school:

The biking debate started last spring, when school district officials told Kaddo Marino that Adam was violating school rules by biking to class. Walking to the school also is not permitted.

Kaddo Marino challenged the policy and asked the school board to change it. The district charged a committee to review the rule, which was instituted in 1994.

At the start of school in September, Kaddo Marino thought that she had a nonverbal agreement with school officials to allow her son to ride his bike until a new policy was resolved. But on the night before classes started, school authorities called parents to say that walking and biking to school would not be tolerated.  Stupid School Policy

Indoctrinated Connedsumers – Now you can even get married at Walmart.  Not very creative, who’d want to be remembered for a Walmart wedding?

The next two decades will see a world living with the daily threat of nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and the decline of America as the dominant global power, according to a frighteningly bleak assessment by the U.S. intelligence community.

“The world of the near future will be subject to an increased likelihood of conflict over resources, including food and water, and will be haunted by the persistence of rogue states and terrorist groups with greater access to nuclear weapons,” said the report by the National Intelligence Council.

From Market Skeptics: *****Governments Lying About Looming Food Crisis***** The USDA is definitely a part of this effort to “keep everyone calm” and “prevent panics”.

As a result of governments covering up about the looming food shortage over the last few months, there has been no stockpiling (which would have help ease the crisis). Worse, with the USDA predicting record crops for everything under the sun, end users have been convinced to shift demand from 2008/09 (when world had a bumper harvest) to 2009/10 (which saw a catastrophic fall in global food production).

It is now too late to do anything. Before year end, shortages of wheat, soybean, sugar, etc will have reached the point where no about of ridiculous spin can hide them. The world will realize it is missing a few months food supply, and the panic will start. Prices of virtually all agricultural commodities will double or triple (which will also trigger a dollar collapse (more on that later)).

I recommend buying agricultural land.

More (bad) news from Market Skeptics here – 2009/10 World Wheat production If you scroll down and read the country by country report, some of these nations are going to be in serious trouble.

We just had a wheat price lowering, but I’m wondering how long that is going to last.

Stacking Up The Dead – Detroit has long had severe economic problems, now their morgues are full with unclaimed bodies and the city cannot afford to bury them themselves.

Codex Alimentarius (World Food Code)

Making food and vitamins illegal.  Anything to keep the population under control. Keeping you weak, fearful and afraid has worked for millenia.

Stephen Lendeman has a good writeup on “Zombie Newspapers” — long since dead newsprint companies, still churning out useless crap and misinformation.

This is about Project Censored, and how we’re being betrayed by the American main stream media “news” sources, who are clearly in league with the government disinformation and propaganda campaigns to keep us all ignorant and misinformed.  A gulliable public is one which is easily persuaded to support war, American terrorism, corruption, theft and even fascism.

The relevant one for consumers is “why the hell should we pay for their misinformation?” In increasing numbers, they’ve stopped, preferring instead to get reliable information from independent print and online sources.

It shows that “while there might not be a future for soulless, zombie monopoly newspapers, there is a future for journalism.” Niman sheds no tears for the corporate kind and hopes that many credible alternatives will replace them.

Top Censored Stories:

(1) US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street

(2) US Schools Are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s

(3) Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates

(4) Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina

(5) Europe Blocks US Toxic Products

(6) Lobbyists Buy Congress

(7) Obama’s Military Appointments Have Corrupted Pasts

(8) Bailed Out Banks and America’s Wealthiest Cheat IRS Out of Billions

(9) US Arms Used for (Israel’s) War Crimes in Gaza

(10) Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate

There’s that Israel word again — can’t believe how many people still remain categorically clueless of the world’s #1 terrorist state (the US is vying for 1st place, I rate then both for dual honors).

Don’t bother ranting about why Israel is getting “picked on again”, because it’s not even remotely true.  What is true is genocide is being practiced there on a daily basis, organ harvesting has now come out as a really grisly crime, and the terrorist activity that the United States continues to support has GOT TO STOP.

But it won’t, just like it torture won’t stop in America’s secret prisons and detention “facilities”.  Or the war in Afghanistan.  The Obama promises have all fallen dead flat with the sound of flying mud impacting a brick wall.  Nothing is going to change, the people of the Earth are too afraid of their plantation masters and refuse to take up arms to stop them.

I flat out disbelieve anything less then this is going to change anything, the smoke and mirrors campaigns have bamboozled millions upon millions that democracy and change is either still possible or marginally working when it clearly is not.  Overconsumption and materialism and outright unrestricted greed and gluttony has replaced any and all sense of decency, respect, intelligence and compassion.

The world’s people remained deeply enslaved to their corporate masters, the deck chairs continue to be rearranged while the body count goes higher and higher.  Meanwhile, Planet Earth spirals ever downward.  I hope you’re reading the sites and links that I’ve shared, much news on the environmental front and catastrophic declines occurring around the world.

Drought in India

Conflict is coming, on a global scale. Think World War.  The Fascists States of America will be resisted on multiple fronts, even more then it already is.  Our standing with China and Russia will precipitously decline and we’re going to be faced with a multi-theatre conflicts with not-defenseless nations.

At home, it’s going to get uglier, as Americants become fully enraged (FINALLY!) at the incompetence and malfeasance they’ve permitted and even endorsed.  Hungry people will indeed do desperate things.  I’m surprised nobody has held up a supermarket yet, making off with carts and carts of food.  Makes more sense now then stealing our increasingly worthless dollars.

Sep 252009
 

World At War With Iran

The headlines might as well say that — because this chart reveals why it will happen no matter what:

Spare Oil Capacity In The World

In a world that is 100% dependent upon cheap, plentiful energy, what do you suppose is going to happen as the energy runs out?  When demand exceeds the sum total of the world’s spare capacity (excluding Iran of course)?

The Iran rhetoric we are all being bombarded with is nearly all 100% all absolute bullshit, but the chart above reveals what it is really all about and why the propaganda machines are cranking the rhetoric up higher and higher.

Financial Collapse

Lost Vegas (youtube video link) – The future of America.  The collapse happening in Sin City is being repeated all over the nation.

Another Vanguard video – Outsourcing Unemployment.  Nobody seems to understand that the unending growth / consumption paradigm cannot possibly last. Even if China consumers take up the slack of American consumers – for how long can this possibly last?

This entire economic growth model is doomed to fail.   And nobody has a clue what happens next.

Police State

Police State Stupidity – Cold medication purchase results in arrest for drug arrests.  Even after explaining the very obvious to the fools in charge, she was still arrested.

Honduras Suspends Civil Liberties – Just like in the United States (G20 protests), voicing your dissent of any wrongdoing or speaking out against the evil machinations of government is ‘illegal’.  The decree prohibits unauthorized gatherings and allows police to arrest without a warrant “any person who poses a danger to his own life or those of others.” 

The Real Terrorists At The G20 Event – A good reason to never show up (unless you’re heavily armed).   That’d really make these goons shit their pants.  We still outnumber them 10,000 to 1.

Catastrophic Rise in Global Temperatures Now Predicted by Science

We have known for several years that if the planet exceeds a specific  “threshold” temperature, that this would mean the extinction of most life on Earth.  We have new data to support this finding, and it’s worse then anyone thought.

A 6.3 degree rise in global temperature is now considered a virtual certainty, even if the most ambitious reductions in greenhouse gas contributions are undertaken.

Who actually thinks we are going to be successful in meeting the “most ambitious reductions”? Who thinks we could even meet 50% of these targets?  Or just 25%?

But here is the really bad news:

‘Leemans and Eickhout (2004) found that adaptive capacity decreases rapidly with an increasing rate of climate change. Their study finds that five percent of all ecosystems cannot adapt more quickly than 0.1 C per decade over time. Forests will be among the ecosystems to experience problems first because their ability to migrate to stay within the climate zone they are adapted to is limited. If the rate is 0.3 C per decade, 15 percent of ecosystems will not be able to adapt.

If the rate should exceed 0.4 C per decade, all ecosystems will be quickly destroyed, opportunistic species will dominate, and the breakdown of biological material will lead to even greater emissions of CO2. This will in turn increase the rate of warming

–Leemans and Eickhout (2004), ‘Another reason for concern: regional and global impacts on ecosystems for different levels of climate change,’ Global Environmental Change 14, 219–228

A guaranteed 6.3 degree rise (Fahrenheit) in just 90 years equates to 1.42 degree rise per decade.  This exceeds the 0.4C threshhold per decade by 50% whereby widespread ecosystem destruction on a global scale will have (irreversibly) commenced long before — even if we somehow met the most ambitious reductions in greehouse gas emissions!

We will STILL exceed the 0.4C catastrophic threshold.  Global species and ecosystems collapse on a worldwide scale is now a virtual certainty.

This will result in all of the worst-case scenarios for humanity coming true.

Thermal death threshold for trees is reached at approximately 115°F. The thermal death threshold varies depending upon the duration of hot temperatures, the absolute highest temperature reached, tissue age, thermal mass, water content of tissue, and ability of the plant to make adjustments to temperature changes.  Tree Heat Stress Syndrome

We need to reminded (daily) that our lives and how we live them are directly impacting the remaining ecosystems on Earth.  This is what our consumption of all paper products is doing:

Crowning the Earth at the top of the world is a world’s largest ecosystem, even larger then the Amazon.  It is the boreal forest.  We are now cutting this forest down at one Connecticut  size clearcut — per day.

The devastation is being replaced with absolutely nothing, no tree plantings, no reseeding, nothing.  Almost no life can live in these now barren wastelands.

The wood being cut?  The majority is being shipped down to the United States for our consumption (paper products account for a lot of this).

Humans are doing everything possible to ensure their own destruction. The great tragedy is no matter how much evidence of this destruction is shown to world leaders or the world’s citizens, the destruction continues, non-stop.

Thinking Ahead

Perhaps the most crucial skill of all right now for modern humans, is the ability to be able to think ahead.

Because of the catastrophic conditions that are developing throughout the world in finance, climate, ecosystem collapse, food production, energy declines and even to the most basic tenents of civilization itself, the ability to think ahead and comprehend the interconnections and likely outcome of all these issues is of paramount importance.

Our worldview is woefully limited, hindering our ability to comprehend the “big picture”.  Instead, we only perceive through a glass darkly, the ghostly images of our severely lopsided ‘reality’.

Try explaining to a neophyte the impacts of climate change (and I’m talking about the factual, measurable impacts of climate change happening right now) and their eyes glaze over.  They’re immediately lost in a fog of too much information and too little understanding.

Sometimes the opposite happens, with immediate denial, rejection and obfucation of facts and scientific evidence.  Even photographic or video evidence of clear signs of destruction are taken to mean anything but the actual truth.

Next, try to explain how this will effect the future of everything on the planet.  Even how obscure connections like space travel or the planned Mars Mission will be affected.  They’re intricately connected to the viability and health of the Earth, but there seems to be only a handful of people that can map these connections and how one effect causes another.

Basically, we’re still being terribly misinformed on some subjects, and we allow ourselves to be easily persuaded to any views that support our own prejudices or bias.  Ethnocentricism plays an important role in this self-deception, but whatever the cause of this human blindness is — we are flat out running out of time to tolerate much more of it.

Since humans simply cannot seem to grasp the dangerous folly of their situation, it’s pretty clear that visionary action will be necessary.  The ability to think ahead on cause and effect offers only a slim chance at all that some humans might yet survive the coming catastrophe.

The failure to think ahead, and to connect the dots and understand the big picture will undoubtedly be our undoing.  This is an extinction level event, the singularity of when blindness and ignorance dooms the human race.

Some visionary scientists are doubtful that we will make it.  I am too. We’re going backwards much more often then going forwards, doing as little as we can get away with towards ensuring a liveable planet.

We regulate “responsibility” to politicians and rule makers, agencies and bureaucratic incompetents, stupidly believing that this is sufficient “action”, and utterly failing to document their catastrophic failures or hold them accountable.

But the real fault must be ours, because as world citizens, we continue to let this happen.

It’s rather pointless to point blame anymore, because we’re all to blame in reality.  We should be actively working towards solutions and survival, but we can’t seem to get off the pot.  Most discussions revolve around how to continue our destruction at a more “manageable pace”, instead of simply abolishing all such activity.

Only one path is truly sustainable, the other inevitably still leads us to our destruction.  There is little doubt at all which path we will continue to take.

Nobody will ever accuse humans of being the species that deserved to live, but they will accuse us (whatever “they” might be) of being the only plague that destroyed the Earth.

Prepare Now!

I know that this is an old theme — but it remains as true as ever, or perhaps even more so.  Prepare now, while you still can.  Economic collapse is nothing when compare to environmental collapse.  Nothing triumphs over our environment in terms of effect.

Right now, you can still prepare at a fraction of the cost of what it’s going to be in the future.  As the environmental / energy doom worsens, this will drive up costs considerably more.  There will be a huge demand for land, water, food and resources as more and more people are affected and become deeply impacted by climate change.

Climate refugees are already a fact of life, but when it happens here on a big scale, we’ll see even the land of milk and honey struggling to accomodate the crush of humanity.  Think Katrina (after) effects on a national scale and you get the idea.

This is why I’m taking a generational view (100 year plan) for my own efforts.  Almost everything I’ve ever written and discussed will happen within the next 100 years.  There are some, such as increased planetary heating that we already know will last at least 1,000 years, even after all industrial activity has stopped!  But I can’t plan that far ahead, 100 years will have to do (and it wouldn’t matter if I could).

Food, water, land, renewable fuel (wood in my case) for heating, cooking, building are critical necessities.  Obtain these NOW.

I’m not planning for ANY cities to survive.  My guess is the world will revert to an agrigarian / village structure with a few cities (but I’d not want to live near one, as they will exploit their surrounding areas).

The hunter / gatherer future envisioned by some is probably over 100 years off, it’ll happen one day, but not for a long time yet.  The real future is what remains of our lives — and that of our children.  We CAN prepare us / them for this, at least to a degree.  And I think we should.

Why, I don’t really know.  The desire to survive is pretty strong in all humans.  We certainly don’t deserve to live here, but we ARE here after all.  I’d like to see humans return to an ethical based methodology of living on the planet, based upon cooperation and mutal respect.  But I won’t live to see that day, nobody alive today will.

I think that the remaining years of our lives ahead will be bad — very bad.  I see no other possible outcome to this. War, disease, fascism, slavery, impoverishment, destruction and destitution are ahead (for everyone).  There is no chance at all that we will “peacefully walk into the future” in world that is quickly declining in it’s ability to support us.

Humans will turn into rabid animals (as if they aren’t doing this already) as they are forced to compete for the essentials for life.  This is actually a normal animalistic response and should be expected.

What you decide to do about all of this is entirely up to you.  There is no point at all in “telling” you what to do, only what you can reasonably expect.  What you do is your choice and yours alone.

Do nothing at all if you want.  Most people will choose this option out of fear, ignorance, disbelief or denial.  Do everything you can out of fear, belief, awareness or acceptance.  It makes no real difference in all honesty, and that is a fact nobody else will probably ever tell you.

There are too many variables at work to guarantee anything anymore.  What we know about the future is that certain things will happen, but nobody knows what this will mean to you exactly.  Only that you will be affected just like everyone else.  The only ‘difference’ that can possibly be determined is how much you have planned and prepared for what lies ahead.  That’s it.  The rest is totally out of your hands.

But I’m inclined to take that small chance, that ‘difference’ that I can make by doing something for myself and my loved ones.  It’s better then nothing, after all.  And it’s my choice, one which I make fully aware and awake to all that I think is going to take place.

But that choice remains yours.

 

Sep 182009
 

News

The media continues to manipulate the minds of millions with more and more useless pablum. All of this “information” they’re providing us is nearly 100% useless and meaningless as our world continues to devolve downhill faster and faster.

One reason I don’t even mention some “headline” stories is because they’re not really headlines of any real importance or value. Contrast this:

20 million people were displaced from their homes by climate change last year alone. This is not an insignificant number, especially since there were really 36 million driven from their homes last year from the rapid-onset of natural disasters.

To this:

America will face a new 9/11 terrorist attack if we withdraw from Afghanistan blah blah blah.

The latter isn’t even worthy of a mention (or a link) in cyberspace. It isn’t only another lie from a professional liar, it’s a predicted future event that is purely based upon wild speculation with zero evidence. But 20 million displaced humans caused by climate change is a proven fact.

Humans remain completely dependent upon the environment and the weather. Bad weather and you have a human disaster. Bad environment and you’ve got civilizations collapse. And that is exactly where we’re all headed on this flying train wreck.

Extinction level events are now a fact of life for humans on planet Earth.

“Small island countries need to say that it is tantamount to declaring their extinction, because the consequences of going to a two degree Celsius increase are such that whole nations are to disappear,” UN climate negotiator Yvo de Boer told AFP.

These people and their way of life are already doomed. Absolutely NOTHING can now be done to stop the indunuation of their land by rising sea levels. Their plea is a desperate one, but it comes to the world stage far too late. The notion that we can stop at two degrees Celsius fails to account that there is already that much climate inertia preloaded into the environment right now.

Ancient voices of wisdom warned that civilization would destroy the fabric of life all over the world for thousands of years now, which we chose to ignore at our own peril. Now we are belatedly ‘discovering’ that they were right.

Up to 2 billion climate refugees are expected, and this will included many within the United States as low lying regions and southern areas become uninhabitable. Salt water penetrating coastal acquifiers along with sea level rise, crop failures and further inland, severe drought and temperature increases will impact Americans, Africans and every other nation on Earth. No region on the entire planet will be unaffected.

We’ve all seen these images of drought stricken lands and bleached bones:

But we never connect that this could happen here, or that this could be us.

It’s always somewhere else, brown skinned people of a different nationality, religion or social standing. Those division lines we created in our minds helped us to remain indifferent to their plight. But this is really Pavlov’s conditioning we’ve allowed, where we automatically create connections in our heads with dry lands, desert, drought, brown people and starvation elsewhere. But not here.

We entirely fail to realize that those places were once often lush, verdant forests full of life. Centuries and in many cases, just mere decades of human exploitation and degradation have now reduced these regions to absolute wastelands where hardscrabble living is now considered “normal” in our very limited worldviews.

But that can’t happen here, can it? It already is. North America is experiencing devastating climate impacts and the effects of human habitation and exploitation all over the country.

Trees are dying by the tens of millions from acid rain and pollution, even more are being lost to infestations caused by climate change, acquifers are drying up and being exhausted, monoculture plantations have replaced entire verdant forests and rich bottom lands, swamps and mangroves have been drained and paved over, turned into stripmalls and parking lots, huge cesspools of toxic waste, mining runoff, chemical spills and Superfund pollution sites abound throughout the nation.

And this is being repeated in every single nation of the world, with many much, much worse then what is happening here. But the media and government and politicians and the corporations with their paid lobbyists and talking pundits are all trying very hard to get us to not realize the full extent of how bad it really is.

But what I think is even worse — is we keep swallowing up the swill that they call “news” and ignoring what is now right in front of our faces if but open our eyes and look.

I have been documenting and publishing about these impacts intensely for the past five years. But my own research pales compared to the efforts of others. Collectively, there are voices literally screaming for attention on these issues, none more so then the world’s remaining indigenous peoples, who are being swiftly overrun by irresponsible corporations and politicians on both sides of every ocean. But our Pavlov conditioning reminds us that what doesn’t happen here isn’t really happening.

But what more important NEWS is there then this? That the only place we all call home is in peril, from our own hand, by our own doing? That our way of life is not even remotely sustainable and the effects are staring us right in the face?

The reason I hit on this theme so often is because it is directly related to the cause of human caused global climate change, and it will be the reason our civilization will totally collapse within the next generation.

Many people want to argue the science of these effects — that CO₂ levels won’t hurt us, or be high enough to cause problems, but climate change is much more then greenhouse gas levels.

Humans have recreated the face of the Earth into their own design, devastating and polluting natural ecosystems the world over in the process, creating very serious unbalances. These ecosystems are critical in managing global weather patterns and now that they have been so severely disrupted by human impacts (deforestation for example), the global weather patterns have dramatically changed — effectively forever.

Monoculture has had gigantic impacts upon the Earth, but humans have come to be entirely dependent upon monoculture plantations for their very existence — without which, most of us would die of starvation. This is happening now in the oceans by the way — with the monoculture efforts of fish farming trying to replace the depleted wild stocks of fish (and critical diversity) normally found in the world’s oceans. And it’s not working either, as the world’s oceans continue their sharp decline.

The recent biofuels craze has been our misguided attempt to continue to power civilization by replacing critical forests for even more monoculture plantations, now proven to be an absolute miserable failure with devastating impacts.

As evident as all of this should be — its really not, since the news and media highlights rarely deal with how bad things have become. We’re still being entertained with the mundane and the profane as if any of this other “news” is even remotely important or meaningful.

Sadly, I see no hope at all for change. The up and coming Copenhagen summit will not bring any change either. Civilization remains ever-committed to its present path until collapse forces the hand of world leaders. Since this “decisions” remains theirs, they remain as misinformed and misguided as ever, listening more to economists and lobbyists then their own declining environments and voices of protests.

Prepare NOW

This is why I argue strongly — prepare NOW for what is coming. We have already been warned — there is at least 1,000 years of climate impacts already built into the inertia of the Earth. You will deeply, deeply regret your own failures to prepare yourselves and your family for the coming collapse. Preparation means much more then guns, beans and bullets. It means a lifelong committment to learning to do things you’ve all long taken for granted. All the stuff that has been done for us, while contributing to the ongoing destruction of the planet.

Most of this stuff was unnecessary, so eliminating many of these things from your own life is not only wise, but will ultimately be necessary. Dependence upon oil energy for example is a big one. So is the dependence upon the supermarket, and even the global financial economy.

All of these things have only kept us in chains to various systems that were designed to exploit every natural and human resource on Earth, in “exchange” for what we thought would be a better life. But now we belatedly discover that we have only built a prison for ourselves, where the wardens own it all, control it all and destroy it all, even if the face of clear disaster, while the prisoners remain locked up, working as slaves for fewer and fewer portions.

Cast off your chains! Become self-sufficient and independent as you can, as your path to freedom, and as a necessity for your future survival. You will also be helping to disempower the plantation owners. Like collapse being the “only solution there is” to all of the problems with civilization, so is self-sufficiency the solution to our own personal contribution to this civilization.

The New Tribes

Eventually, tribal living will return to much of the planet. Right now, there is little real interest among humans in the modern world to do this. But this is a proven methodology for more then ten thousand generations of humans. The modern tribe is being tried again with marginal success, but I do expect that once we have finally cast off our chains (and all of our toys and comfortable ways of “living”), it will once again be the preeminent method for “civilization”.

Many of you have written that you are looking for your tribe. I’m afraid I can’t really help you here, as long experience has shown that this is an entirely local issue to your immediate area. But you can certainly start with yourself and where you live. Start by unplugging from this civilization and return to the land as much as you can. Take the many incremental steps towards self-sufficiency and preparedness that you can.

This is a way of life — not an fad or an experiment, and requires you to reorient your thinking, attitudes, awareness, practices and lifestyle entirely around it.

Humanity is at a critical crossroads, one which in my opinion, will last an entire generation or two, as we make the very uncomfortable adjustments necessary for our survival. It is my opinion, that the sooner we begin this process, the better. Delay will (and is) only make things much worse.

Since there is zero world or national leadership on this issue, you will have to begin this transition on your own. It is only a matter of time when others will seek to join you, as their own lives fall apart and the inescapable conclusions you have already reached dawn upon them too.

Survivalism

“Survivalism” is the new vogue now, but much of what is being promoted is seriously misguided. Humans have always sought after self-sufficiency (versus survivalism). Civilization itself is simply an over-extension of self-sufficiency. The entire point to civilization is food production and the survival of the species. Securing a stable food source is why agriculture, farming, ranching and animal husbandry was invented.

Survivalism (beyond disaster survivalism) on the other hand suggests that hordes of humans are going to equip themselves to once again return to nomadic living in the wilderness. This notion is bogus, even tribal indigenous cultures have almost entirely abandoned this methodology. But Westerners think that with enough guns, rabbit snares and magnesium firestarters, they’ll make a go of it and carve out for themselves a new method of living. This isn’t going to work.

After depleting everything that is consumable, they’ll either die out of starvation or disease or infighting. The lack of social structure, cultural adaption, skills, experience and even a sustaining environment will kill most of them off in short order. Winter alone will wipe most of them out. Only the most highly skilled and experienced would survive very long.

I have actually met only a few individuals that have this level of experience (out of thousands). And they did this wilderness adventure entirely alone, for limited time.

Eventually humans will return to such living — when the environment recovers from the damage we have done, but this will take several generations at least. Meanwhile, those that choose this method of living will simply eliminate themselves, or in most cases, they’ll “return”.

Better is to learn and practice self-sufficiency on land that is under your management and care. You can create for yourself a sustainable lifestyle this way that does not rely upon a pristine environment for your existence. Forest gardening is one method (versus simply gleaning whatever is edible over a large area, in competition with every other herbivore and omnivore).

My own approach is to develop an area that provides enough sustenance that anybody could live here (young or old). A limited amount of monoculture will be employed (gardening), while the rest of the area will be planted with natural vegetation and plants that will provide food, fuel, shelter and materials without any care or management by human hands. But I never intend to disappear into the woods unless I am forced to, and if I did, it would be to simply regroup and come back and fight the bastards that kicked me out.

Sustainable Living

Almost nothing humans do is truly sustainable. The term is widely used in all the wrong ways. Anything mined out of the ground, whether materials for a hybrid car or solar panel is not sustainable. Nor is monoculture of any sort that requires mechanization of any type. No biofuel, fish farm or anything that requires an energy input from oil (or any derivative of oil, including things like hydro-electric plants or solar panels) is truly sustainable.

All will eventually fail as they break down, wear out and parts can no longer be produced because there is no more oil left to make it happen. The current vogue of ‘alternative energy’ production will last a very short time, in reality — only as long as the oil lasts. This is because batteries, wire, silicon, metals and all sorts of parts and required hardware can only be mined, refined, processed, machined and fabricated into useful items with the energy input of oil. Even hydro-electric and nuclear power, sun power or wind power cannot be sustained indefinitely on their own energy production.

This means that all things industrial, all things electric, all things metal-mechanized will eventually come to an end on the planet. Only truly sustainable technologies such as sailing ships using wind power, and mechanical wooden objects of all sorts of devices will continue to exist (and be replaceable) in the generations ahead.

Effectively, the world is going to be absolutely forced to return to sustainable living when the energy runs out. Anything that does not directly come from solar energy will eventually fail.

The present point to understanding what this future means is that metal objects, glass, ceramic and even plastics, won’t continue to exist forever, as the energy required for their mining and production will be absent. Hoarding such objects now is actually a pretty good idea for future use, even if they’re not for you.

I’ve got a decent sized collection of now of the most basic tools of all – knives. I’ll be buying more. They’ll be plentiful and available for a long time to come, but metal knives won’t always be here (and they are immensely useful).

Other metal objects of great desirability are anything that won’t / can’t be manufactured anymore but will be imminently useful for living (but not energy depending, like cars for example).

But we’re “not there yet” when such hoarding is really needed. However, we will be within one more generation, and right now is when by their sheer plentiful availability, they are still quite affordable.

Starting now for the collection of useful objects of immediate use is a good idea. This will need to be expanded by the next generation to include even more, but eventually, even this won’t be enough, as none of it is actually sustainable.

I’m not going to list all the useful and even necessary object that I’d recommend for hoarding now as it would be a very long list. Just know that this will be practiced by millions eventually, often times out of necessity.

True sustainability will become vogue once again out of the necessity for survival. But it is just as likely that humans will still overrun their environmental limits once again, given opportunity. Humans have repeatedly done this for many thousands of years, even pre-dating the agriculture age. It’s just a likely we’ll continue to do this still.

This is perhaps the greatest threat of all — depleting our environment and destroying the ecosystems it supports so severely that recovery (human and non-human) will be impossible. Climate change will be a huge factor in this equation, but even more so will be the human-induced environmental degradation. Stopping this destruction is priority #1 right now, and it supersedes all the bogus talk of terror, unnecessary and useless wars, energy exploitation and most everything else humans are doing to each other.

Land stewardship is going to be the driving factor on “what’s left”. Already, these are islands in sea of ongoing destruction, and they are rapidly disappearing. This is where we can each play a part, husbanding a little tiny corner of the planet and preserving the diversity and protecting it.

It should go without saying — this IS the future of this planet and all life on it, and there is nothing more important then this.

Sep 162009
 

Alone In The Wilderness is a video about Dick Proenneke in the Alaskan wilderness.  Youtube has a few videos on this man, here’s another episode.  What I liked about this is the “can do” attitude.  Just do it, work hard and stick with it.

Lots and lots of news on the swine flu:

Forced quarantine (pdf) for swine flu victims is now being considered in multiple states.

As stated in the bill, upon declaration by the governor that an emergency exists that is considered detrimental to public health or upon declaration of a state of emergency, a local public health authority, with approval of the commissioner, may exercise the following authorities (emphasis added):

  • to require the owner or occupier of premises to permit entry into and investigation of the premises;
  • to close, direct, and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated any building or facility, and to allow the reopening of the building or facility when the danger has ended;
  • to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated, or to destroy any material;
  • to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons;
  • to require a health care facility to provide services or the use of its facility, or to transfer the management and supervision of the health care facility to the department or to a local public health authority;
  • to control ingress to and egress from any stricken or threatened public area, and the movement of persons and materials within the area;
  • to adopt and enforce measures to provide for the safe disposal of infectious waste and human remains, provided that religious, cultural, family, and individual beliefs of the deceased person shall be followed to the extent possible when disposing of human remains, whenever that may be done without endangering the public health;
  • to procure, take immediate possession from any source, store, or distribute any anti-toxins, serums, vaccines, immunizing agents, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical agents or medical supplies located within the commonwealth as may be necessary to respond to the emergency;
  • to require in-state health care providers to assist in the performance of vaccination, treatment, examination, or testing of any individual as a condition of licensure, authorization, or the ability to continue to function as a health care provider in the commonwealth;
  • to waive the commonwealth’s licensing requirements for health care professionals with a valid license from another state in the United States or whose professional training would otherwise qualify them for an appropriate professional license in the commonwealth;
  • to allow for the dispensing of controlled substance by appropriate personnel consistent with federal statutes as necessary for the prevention or treatment of illness;
  • to authorize the chief medical examiner to appoint and prescribe the duties of such emergency assistant medical examiners as may be required for the proper performance of the duties of office;
  • to collect specimens and perform tests on any animal, living or deceased;
  • to exercise authority under sections 95 and 96 of chapter 111;
  • to care for any emerging mental health or crisis counseling needs that individuals may exhibit, with the consent of the individuals

State and local agencies responding to the public health emergency would be required to exercise their powers over transportation routes, communication devices, carriers, public utilities, fuels, food, clothing and shelter, according to the legislation.

A blank document from the Iowa Department of Public Health (pdf) has been discovered online, designed to be filled in with the name of an H1N1 virus victim who is required to relocate from his or her home to a quarantine facility. Iowa has also made available forms for voluntary home confinement, home quarantine and home isolation.

Washington, North Carolina, Massachusetts, also has procedures in place for quarantine.

Florida – the Florida surgeon general suspended distribution permit requirements Florida statutes to allow wholesale distribution of Tamiflu and Relenza. The state has also distributed a series of blank quarantine order forms, including a voluntary home quarantine agreement, a quarantine to residence order, a quarantine to residence order (non-compliance), a quarantine to facility order, quarantine detention order, quarantine of facility order, building quarantine closure order and area quarantine closure order.

2,000 students at nearby Washington State University have caught swine flu. Another very good reason to just stay home.  Swine flu shot linked to killer nerve disease.  Expect a HUGE Hegellian Dialect (create ‘problem’, offer ‘solution’) revolving around swine  flue / mass hysteria and draconian government intervention (this year).

Oil

A “giant” find is being announced by BP of an oil deposit in the Gulf of Mexico.  This is a 36 day supply of oil, so don’t be fooled by these claims of “giant”.  This is just more media lies and deceptions.

Useless government, useless government” — a Chinese chant (of all places!) on “syringe attacks”. What’s worth noting is how government (anywhere in the world) really is nearly helpless when things don’t go as planned.

22% increase since 2008 in food stamps.  That’s 35,000,000+ Americans on the dole.

Climate Change

There have been some huge, albeit expected developments, on the climate change front.  I’ve personally been expecting this revelation for some time now: Scientists cannot keep up with climate change effects. The IPCC data set is woefully out of date and politicians are using the “bare minimums” to make their policy changes (or try to).  Unfortunately, the worst-case scenerios are now definitely headed our way.

This is exactly as I predicted would happen.  Climate inertia and momentum, once started, would be impossible to stop.  New policies by world governements aren’t going to make a lick of difference now. In “A Chilling View Of A Warmer World” scientist are scrambling very hard to keep up with Greenland’s big melt.

This fits right in with this: Artic now warmest in 2000 years.  The more sensitive regions of the planet will react first (such as the melting Siberian permafrost, Chilean and Himalayan glaciers and the Antarctic).  This will all lead to this: 1.6 billion face food and water shortages, this will only worsen as climate impacts increase.  Millions face famine (now) in Ethopia as rains fail.

It’s all very tragic, but I’m a realist, I think it’s all going to get significantly worse.

Very bad news:

The future is horrific,” says Charlie Veron, an Australian marine biologist who is widely regarded as the world’s foremost expert on coral reefs. “There is no hope of reefs surviving to even mid-century in any form that we now recognize. If, and when, they go, they will take with them about one-third of the world’s marine biodiversity. Then there is a domino effect, as reefs fail so will other ecosystems. This is the path of a mass extinction event, when most life, especially tropical marine life, goes extinct.”

David Obura, another coral heavyweight and head of CORDIO East Africa, a research group in Kenya, is equally pessimistic: “I don’t think reefs have much of a chance. And what’s happening to reefs is a parable of what is going to happen to everything else.”

Meanwhile, governments of the world STILL fail to react sufficiently. This is more then a serious problem, it’s a global catastrophe as in ELE (extinction level event).  Political leadership and will is severely lacking due to big business and corporate empire interferance.  How can you have Empire when you have nothing left to govern?

It’s really kind of stupid to witness how our government is responding to real life.  It’s both pathetic and tragic too.  The longer we remain in rank denial, the worse it’s going to be in the days ahead.  I’ve long said that an all-out emergency effort is now called for, and a complete abandonment of the pursuit of Empire and all that means.

Americans feel immune (except for the dollar collapse, housing collapse, and multiple financial disasters now here), but we’re not.  The ‘land of plenty’ is spiraling ever downward and it is really up to us to do something about securing our own future.

I was recently (today) contacted by a television network in South Korea, who is seeking stories on the “Worst Case Scenarios” of Global Warming.  Maybe some countries ARE interested in knowing what we’re preparing for, but I don’t know if it will actually help.  We’re not going to change the future outcomes much now, it’s already too late for that.

Sep 152009
 

In this issue — News, Health Care, Plastic Lives, Book Recommendation

News

Side With The Living – by Derrick Jensen.  Suprising how many humans hate nature.  Uh, not. The vast majority of humans hate nature, which is why we keep right on killing it as fast as we can.  None of which is really surprising.  As I keep saying — if we didn’t hate nature, we’d be living in different world already.  But since we’re not, then it’s pretty obvious what we prefer.

I’m getting really tired of the excuses and even the revelations (even my own) that all seem to claim that we’re going to finally wake up, and do this or that.  I don’t think so.  Nothing is any different now then it was ten, twenty or even thirty years ago.  We’re just closer to the abyss is all.  And we keep fooling ourselves that this time, we’ll do different.  Hah!  I totally doubt this.  That’s such a well-worn rut that the wheels have fallen off.

45% of Doctors Would Consider Quitting — if the govenment health care reform goes through.  Well, we’ve always known where their bread was buttered.

This is creepy — if you get the H1N1 vaccine, you get a your own ID bracelet.

The trial starts this afternoon, when several hundred people are expected to queue up for immunizations at the headquarters of the Boston Public Health Commission. Each of them will get a bracelet printed with a unique identifier code. Information about the vaccine’s recipients, and the shot, will be entered into handheld devices similar to those used by delivery truck drivers.

Bostonians should note, that this is not for you, but to identify all those other people who didn’t get the government shot. Never mind that it doesn’t work, has terrible side effects and has killed a number of people.

“Anything you can do to better pinpoint who’s vaccinated and who’s not, that’s absolutely vital,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy at the University of Minnesota. “I wish more cities were doing this kind of thing.”

I’m sure we can expect more of this kind of thing. The way they keep harping and hyping the swine flu, then making billions of vaccines, then demanding mandatory vaccination and now this.

Speaking of buttered bread and swine flu — here’s how doctors are going to make a lot of money.

GPs will be paid £5.25 for each jab they give. The wrangle over payments has been going on all summer. Doctors represented by the British Medical Association appear to have reduced their demands from an initial level of almost £7 a shot. They are paid £7.50 a patient to give the seasonal flu vaccine.

Although the government has ordered enough vaccine for the entire population, the vaccination programme expected to begin in the autumn – once the vaccine receives a licence – will target the 9 million people most at risk from swine flu, the government said today.

It’s dead obvious to anyone who’s been tracking all this hype, that the swine flu is almost entirely about money, who’s going to make it and how fast.  The bigger the hype, the bigger the profits.  I honestly didn’t pay any attention to the doctor side of the profits, I thought it was just the pharmecutical companies practicing their usual gouge and greed.

It doesn’t mean that this thing won’t turn more virulent, but I’m taking a wait and see approach.  Meanwhile, screw their dangerous vaccine, ID bracelet or not, I’m not submitting myself as a human guinea pig for their misguided efforts.

A “Soldier Claims Authorities Are Training To Intern Americans Who Refuse Swine Flu Shot (youtube video).  I won’t post the link, because there is a lot of disinformation in this video, but you can find it if you want yourself.

Ignoring the b.s. in this video, the mention of a “bracelet” fits in with the Boston program.  However, this video is seriously lacking on facts. I wonder why (other then the fifteen minutes of fame) people bother to put this kind of material out — unless they are part of the disinformation campaigns going on (even without their awareness).

Another doomed to fail mandatory registration of all firearms is being tried.

Israel found guilty of war crimes.  Not really news, especially if you’ve been following any of the blogs dealing with this.  I still like Steven Lendeman’s work, he’s documented these crimes in extensive detail, but now there is a UN report saying the same things.  The Americans used white phosporus too — on Fallujah, with terrifying, horrible results.  This won’t gain any traction either however, nothing Israel does, no matter how heinous ever does.

The biggest and most secretive gathering of ships in maritime history lies at anchor. A huge armada of ships, larger then the US and British Navies — combined.  Shipping is the backbone of global trade, and these ships are empty, idle and rusting.

The Baltic Dry Index still shows a massive loss in global shipping, from over 11,600 to just 2,995. Remember that as they keep trying to tell you the “recession is over”.  Really?

Health Care

The so-called “debate” is still going on, and I’ve published my stance that government has no business getting involved in this issue.  It’s not part of the government charter — those parts that say life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

But if you DO want “free” healthcare, and you DO want government involvement, then look no further, I’ve got just the plan for you.  Join up to the world’s largest military machine, they’re still taking warm bodies for more wars.  You may have to sacrifice a few years of your life, or a few limbs, and then be subject to the marginal aspects of the Veterans Administration health care later on, but you’ll have your government health care.

This is what government promises — ill-run, ill-equipped and ill-staffed “healthcare”, which for them is a  very poor idea.  No entity with the gargantuan amount of overhead and ineptness as the US government should even be ALLOWED to dictate something as important as health care, and it is one more reason why I still state — count me out.  I won’t participate, I won’t “contribute” and I won’t tolerate any dictate that demands my participation.  My own pursuit of life and liberty and happiness demands that I refuse.

Plastic Lives

Do you ever get the feeling that you don’t really belong here? In the sense of “fitting in” with the current cultural norms and expectations?

I get a lot of email over the course of a year that basically carries this theme.  Whether from wives, husbands, single persons or even the young, there seems to be a growing number of people who do not feel as if they “fit” in well here at all.

Being well-adjusted to this society is not necessarily a good thing.  In fact, it’s a bad thing from several standpoints.  To be well-adjusted, you have to blithely agree with the premises that competition for food, water, housing, jobs, income, career is perfectly acceptable and “normal”.  Even worse, you’re fully expected to become predatory yourself for every one of these things.  No wonder millions upon millions are taking mind-altering drugs, illicit and prescribed.

In addition to that, you must become well-trained and comfortable to the constant and chronic “war footing” always being promoted, where there is always an enemy, manufactured or real, that must be demonized to the fullest extent (and cost) possible.

You must accept that over 50% of the American productivity and budget is spent on this demonization and the never ending wars, both covert and overt, constantly conducted around the world, day in and day out are really “for your benefit”.  Implicit in this “understanding” demanded of you, is the knowledge that this unending bloodlust is considered all very normal too, and part of your “well adjustment” by your handlers.

As part of your training, you must also accept the cultural pecking order based upon race, creed, religion, wealth, position, address and voting card.  To object to this, or to any of this, singles you out as being awkward, “unlearned” or ill-informed.  You probably did poorly in school.  You’re a misfit, poorly adjusted to “normal” society.  And if you don’t fit in well, then you can be pretty sure that your life is going to be a series of living hell experiences, as authoratative figures and so-called “leaders” make sure that you know who’s in charge and what is expected of you.

But the well adjusted are really bit players in this bizarre comic strip feature we all find ourselves in, complete with plastic food, plastic furniture and a pliable, plastic lives, with healthy doses of pollution, environmental collapse, water contamination, sickening air and electromagnetic radiation tossed in for good measure.  This is as normal as rain failling from the sky, who are you to question any of this?

In this bizarre comic strip, you’re supposed to be the main character, however, you’ve been sidelined to only a bit part player by the script writers. Most of the time, this strip is really about someone else. The artists paint the strip around famous and “important personalities”, the perfect plastic people who have excelled in their designated roles as models for us all to emulate, and the script writers keep the dialogue on track.

Millions and millions of bit players are encouraged to live their lives around these perfect plastic people of artificial pesonality and oh, so important, and by so doing, they are daily encouraged to believe that they have somehow enhanced their lives (through osmosis I guess).  Pandering politicians caught in corruption scandals or Hollywood personalities receiving awards or flaming out — it is their lives that are important, and meaningful is some obscure ways to yours, your bit part is to celebrate or glory in themTheir triumphs and failures are somehow now your triumphs and failures.

But nowhere in any of this are you, or anything really about you really to be found. The only hints of you are the fading reflections cast by your dim shadow against the backdrop of all these others featured day in and day out and what they are doing.

But nothing ever changes, no matter what they do, or even what you might do. The comic strip plays itself out, predictable again and again in scene after scene, because all the artists and script writers involved have this all down to a very fine science.  They’re keeping to the regularily scheduled program, the agenda of infotainment and distraction, misinformation and misdirection, varying only a little to provide the appearance of uniqueness and variety.

This too is considered all very normal, well and good, the comic strip plastic life for millions upon millions of expendable people, relegated by media, business and government to the generaly accepted “consumer” title and ultimate position in life, of which we stupidly still consider a title of privilege and honor.  We’re so grateful for that distinction that we’re quite willing to slave away our entire lives to earn this award.

And then some of you have the gall to wonder why you don’t fit in well….

To fit in this culture, you have to be pliable and willingly molded into something other then what you really are.  You weren’t really born plastic, but your society certainly is.  The pressure of acceptance and cultural conditioning over time pressurized you into being something that is against your inate nature. They have a term for this — it’s called compression molding, and it can shape nearly anything.

It hardly goes without saying that parents, teachers, preachers, doctors — anyone in your life that ever held a position of ‘authority’ helped form this pressure mold.  Even worse, if you dared resisted, even more authority was levied against you to force your compliance.  Enter in cops, lawyers, judges — all those who pretend to actually represent us and the so-called thin line between civilized and ‘uncivilized’, which is really just another way of labeling thinking, learning and concientious living, a marginalization technique widely used to obscure the truth.

This became the standard practice for Western Civilization, with layer after layer of mold-makers making sure that conformity and acceptance was part of their program.  Lined with layers and layers of shock troops and ‘anti-policy’ bomb busters quick to wreak havoc and destruction wheresoever they were ordered to, the mold-makers made mincemeat for thousands of years on the non-compliant, non-conformists humans that dared to live or think even slightly differently.  This was war — and it still is.

But if it has occurred to any of you by now that this is nothing more then a vast brainwashing exercise to churn our reams and reams of thoughtless, clueless walking automons (ATM machines), who would blindly sacrifice their lives on behalf of the mold-makers, then you would indeed be right.

Plastic lives and plastic people are how we do business.  We call it society, civilization, even culture. These are much better words then mass murderers, indoctrination camps, brainwashing techniques, or wasted lives in slavery to Empire.

The next time someone above or even below your pecking order ‘asks’ you to do something, pause for a moment and ponder who’s really being served here.  How much of what we do, willingly or unwillingly, is really for us?  The exchange of money for the sacrifice of our time, our thoughts, our morals or our soul is a prostitutes price.  But we’re all for sale, aren’t we?

Of course we are.  If we weren’t, then we’d all be living in a different place and in a different world.  But change can only happen very slowly it seems, the tides always sweep away our tracks as if we’ve never even been there.  But you’ll drown in their plastic sea if you stay, even if you just try to hang onto the edges (and they’ll stomp your fingers if you do).  Or you’ll wind up so molded and bent out of shape that you remain barely recognizable as a conscientious human being.

So what do you do?  Resist.  All of this happens, keeps happening, because we continue to allow it.  Our complicity is self-evident in nearly everything we do.  So resist. Stop going along with all the thoughtless, brainless, soulless and mindless bullshit they’re shoving down our throats.  Resist.

They’ll think of you as the enemy, but the reality is, they already do, so that’s nothing new. But they won’t like your expansion of thought and intelligence, your rediscovery of true value and meaning.  They’ll try to crush you.  Resist anyway.  You don’t have to go along with their programs.

Book Recommendation

ClubOrlov has a nice writeup on something along the themes I’ve tried to hit on.  Times Up! is a new book out that sounds like an entertaining read.  Collapse definitely ahead, human species extinction probable, solutions zilch, learning and practicing self-sufficiency still the best choice for all.

Sep 112009
 

In this issue — News, Financial Collapse, Preparations, Storyline

News

Some of the effects of climate change being reported — The Climate’s Warm Future Is Now in the Arctic

World’s Coral Reefs – Virtually Doomed

If you thought you had heard enough bad news on the environment and that the situation could not get any worse, then steel yourself. Coral reefs are doomed. The situation is virtually hopeless. Forget ice caps and rising sea levels: the tropical coral reef looks like it will enter the history books as the first major ecosystem wiped out by our love of cheap energy.

Reef collapse means the oceans themselves will eventually collapse.  Reefs are critical habitat to marine life, without them, the ocean will become lifeless (except for species like jellyfish).

Rise of the jellyfish (video). Blog readers will remember this prediction.

A must read blog – Stephen Leahy, documenting climate collapse and the impacts on the world’s ecosystems (another very good site).

It’s bad — very, very bad and it’s getting worse every single day. I doubt very much if people really understand how severe and serious the environmental impacts really are.  This is what you need to prepare for, probably more then anything else.

Feds push new national identification card program after “Real ID” flops — Yet another prediction coming true. They’re not going to stop until they get what they want, which is the tracking, monitoring and surveillance of everything you do.

From Vaughn — We’re now at 92 bank failures and climbing (this year alone). Remember, they’re expecting at least a 1,000 more.

How Far Does The Lawlessness Go? Is the government a policeman or a felon? — Everyone should know this answer already.

Truckers Trained as Terrorists Lookouts – Joining the girl scouts and the boy scouts now.

Yet Another Bogus “Terrorist” Raid – I’ve lost track how many of these have turned out to be absolute fakes.  The “Afghan” connection here is conveinent — and suspicious.

Economic Collapse

Sent in by Ryan, The 4 Key Reasons an Economic Collapse is Likely Imminent  — This is well worth reading, contains a lot of information and many useful links, and lays out just how precarious the present situation is, and what is going to happen.

Economic Collapse Death Spiral

By now, everyone should well realize that government mismanagement is the tap root of our financial woes. They’re basically clueless when it comes to efficiently and effectively managing the nations finances.

You should be making your preparations RIGHT NOW. Be sure you’ve set aside a supply of storable food, cleared your debts, stocked your home with essentials and supplies, and ‘battened down the hatches’ on your financial exposure.

Be sure to read the 9/10/09 Financial Update.

Millions More Foreclosures Coming — what does this tell you?

Homestead Preparations

Several people have asked for me to outline the preparations that I’ve been doing.  First off, my plans and preparations may not be your plans.  As the harbinger of doom, I do not believe the United States stands even a remote chance of avoiding the collapse.  I’ve spent many years now documenting the downward spiral of this nation and the world, and have oriented my own future views and plans towards this fact.

I’m building a crashstead and have been doing this now for a few years. The ‘stead is my planned place of refuge during and after the coming storm.  Here are some of the projects I’ve accomplished just this year:

Water Collection * Critical

Built a huge snow roof / rainwater collection system. This was a very large project, which will gather over 50,000 – 80,000 gallons of water per year into a pond.  The roof and structure had to be built, with nearly a thousand feet of dual french drain pipe surrounding it and a receiving pond dug.  It’s all done now except for the pond, which is only about half dug out.  The french drain was also built around my shop, all the pipes connected and run down to the pond.

10 Year Food Supply * Critical

I actually accomplished this last year, but made the final ‘touches’ on this project this year. All buckets and cans of storable food (from my own company of course) were ordered, labeled, organized and set in place.  It’s just barely enough, in my opinion, for what I expect to be a generation of decline in this country.

I can’t and probably won’t grow my own grains and staples, so I’m heavy on these items and lighter on others that I expect to grow for myself.  I’m also figuring I can barter / trade some of these items with others who didn’t prepare.

I am not the type to ‘plan every meal’, because I think this is totally unnecessary. Nobody can have “too much food”, not even me.  I bought in bulk, as fast as I could while prices and availability were still good.  Neither of these are promised in the future.

Wood Shed

I built a new woodshed this year, it will hold an easy ten cords of wood or more. It’s 12 x 24 with a 14′ ceiling. I built it tall to permit air flow and even equipment can be parked inside if necessary.  It’s got a 6/12 pitch metal roof to slide snow.

I also built a 14′ x 40′ addition to my shop.  Not sure what I’m going to do with this, it’s just a collection point right now for materials.  I did mange to cut (break) most of my power lines with all the construction and digging I did, but they’re not that hard to fix (and nobody got hurt).

Roads

Over 300 yards of gravel were laid down for roads, parking and walkways. Due to high clay content, nearly 700 feet of geotextile material was also laid down to seperate the gravel from the clay.  This is supposed to prevent the gravel from being ‘absorbed’ (pushed down) into the clay when wet.  So far, so good, a few big thunderstorms this summer have shown a huge improvement on our ability to walk around here and not disappear in the mud.

I well realize that the future of roads and gasoline / diesel powered vehicles is woefully short.  The winters here are quite harsh, and winter / wet access requires roads that can be traversed.  Non-graveled roads here disintergrate into mud wallows.

Supplies

This is a non-stop ‘project’, as I have continued to accumulate tools (power and manual), building supplies (pipe, lumber, nails, screws, materials). Garage sales still remain a viable source, as do any special sales I find at the box stores. I don’t have enough and really, never will.  Some things are consumable, like toilet paper, others are not, but needed, like metal roofing for future projects.  I’m pretty heavy now on tools, but still too light on some supplies.

Windows

All new energy efficient windows were installed, this made a dramatic difference on the summer heat. The old windows were basically crappy aluminum jobs, new vinyl windows with low-e were fitted and installed.  This was in my opinion, a great idea for this old place.  One old window was donated to the chickens, they seem to really like it.

Top Soil * Critical

I have moved over a 300 yards of topsoil now, this is an ongoing project. This was necessary to augement the poor soil I was working with, and the future plans for a greenhouse (still not built). The top soil is coming out of the pond, so this is actually getting two projects done at once.  Any rocks or sticks have to be removed, mostly by hand, and now I’ve got a nice pile of rocks that I have to figure out what to do with (undoubtedly another building someday).

The top soil will probably need to be augemented with fertilizers and mulch, the lands around here are all pine trees and the soil is acidic (not tested yet, but this is a no brainer).  A compost pile will be used to help with this too.

Trees * Critical

A little over 600 trees were obtained and potted.  About 50 – 60 still remain in their pots, the rest have all been transplanted into the ground to reforest the property.  This is a long term project.  We’ve seen a very low loss rate (so far) with only a few dying.

Somewhere around 200 berry bushes of various types were also transplanted. I’m rewilding the land as best I can, and trying to bring in as much wildlife as I can by improving the habitat.  If they can eat here, so can I.

Chickens * Critical

I’ve had chickens for years, but my flock was slowly depleted due to age, predators and dogs.  I just finished a large fenced in chicken yard, as the old one was decrepit, and this one is significantly bigger.  I used treated posts this time, the non-treated lasted less then five years.  New fencing was also used, as I’ve never figured out an efficient way to salvage old fencing and time was of the essence this summer anyway.

New chicks were purchased and now they’re all nearly full grown and we’re getting fresh eggs again.  An aviary will also be built to house grouse or quail or some such ‘wild’ species of bird.  This will be fully enclosed inside the chicken yard, there’s plenty of room now for me to do both.

Shed

I’ve got a large shed (12 x 24) that I elected to ‘move’ and reposition.  This proved a bit of a challenge, as it also has some large overhangs.  I braced these up, installed large treated skids underneath the shed and attempted to move it.  It didn’t budge.  So I hooked up two large trucks and proceeded to drag this thing into it’s new position, which as it turns out, I don’t like either.

So…. it’ll be moved again, except now I’ll need to install some wheels first.  It’s much too heavy to actually lift or trailer, I’ll put some axles underneath it and creep in carefully into another spot, reinstall the overhang supports and hope the winter snows aren’t like last years.

Remaining To Do

This is a long list, but this year is when I achieved most of the big projects.  I’ll build the greenhouse, raised garden boxes, plant a new garden (my miserable efforts this year with Earth Boxes were circumvented by all the other projects), build a second house, build a tower (really), cut tons more firewood, finish the pond and plant cattails, build another root cellar, and undoubtedly, engage in a bazillion other projects include clearing and planting an orchard.

I expect to build stuff for several more years to be honest. Since this place will be a true homestead, this is really going to be a non-stop series of projects that will occupy most of my so-called “spare time”.  I haven’t had a day off since July 2008.

This is part of my 100 year plans and preps, but by no means all of them.  More then anything else, I’m rehabilitating the land and rewilding as much as possible.

Storyline

The hunter kneeled down in the waist deep water as a light breeze rippled the surface. He was trying to get to the cattail roots embedded in the mud.

The pond where he was at was an abberation, it shouldn’t have been here, but it was.  Some sort of inlet pipe was the obvious input point for water, but he didn’t know where the pipe led to.

The cattails grew in the shallow end in a profuse tangle, and they were a bit stubborn to pull out, but with some effort, he was able to harvest a nice supply.  He left far more then he took, he knew that taking only what was needed would ensure there would be another harvest when he came back in time.

The harvested ones would be taken back to his family later that day in addition to the deer that he had killed.  A young doe had been stalked nearby, and he’d taken this cleanly with his bow and arrow.

There wasn’t much game around, as he had journeyed away from his normal hunting grounds, but the pond he had discovered showed plenty of tracks.  He’d discovered the pond by accident, wandering farther away then his usual hunting pattern.  The pond wasn’t very big, but it was there after all, and the wildlife and plant life thrived nearby because of it.

After finishing his harvest of cattails, he decided to discover the source of the water.  Passing through a thick stand of trees he came across an ancient building that still stood. The metal roofs were badly weathered and a few panels were missing, but the structure was still there.  There was no sign of the water pipe, but he intuitively knew that the ancients had built this, including the pond and the water system that somehow nourished it.  How this came to be, he did not know, but he understood the significance of it all.

Wandering around, he came across other signs of the ancients — a rusted machine with big wheels, now firmly rusted into place, and even a few fruit trees, old and gnarled now, but probably still producing some fruit in their season.

It was too early in the season to expect any harvest from these, so he mentally noted this place and gave thanks to the ancient one for the provisions he would glean from this land.

He also found metal pipes sticking up out of the ground, covered in weeds, but he couldn’t fathom their use.  Nearby was a marker of some significance, with a large stone which had been rolled into place.  No other stones like this were around, so this had to have been deliberately placed there.

Unable to read the writing on the surface of the stone, the marking were undechiperable.  He wondered what they meant.  He paused here, sensing the tranquility of the place and the quiet peace.  The birds were quiet now too, as the sun began its daily descent in the afternoon sky.

He remained at rest, at ease in this place, until the late afternoon sun marked the time, it was time to go.  Giving thanks once again for the his bounty, he gave homage to the ancient one and headed back towards his tribe with his bounty.

It was a good day, all would eat and rejoice and he knew that he would return to this place again.

Sep 082009
 

In this issue — Future, Financial, News, Population, Deck Chairs

Future

The future for humans on planet Earth will be radically different then the present.  Here is what we already know is going to happen in our near-future (within our lifetimes):

Climate change, a.k.a. “climate collapse” will create unlivable conditions on significant portions of the Earth’s presently inhabited surface.  Specifically, the tropics and sub-tropics will become uninhabitable by humans and other beings (and most plants).  This will have devastating consequences, as mass migration of plants, animals, insects and humans move north and south away from the equator.

Resource collapse of oceans, fisheries, minerals, metals, oil, fertilizers, topsoil, and fresh water.  Resource collapse is caused by two things: overconsumption of resources (renewable and non-renewable), which in turn is caused by overpopulation.  This happens to animals as well as humans.

Resource wars over fresh water, arable land, agricultural land (food), minerals and oil will be actively engaged upon.  Most of this will be obscured by claims of “aggression”, “terrorism”, or some other such nonsense.

Population collapse as all of the effects of the above take their toll upon the world’s population.  Population collapse could also happen due to increased disease vectors, biological warfare / terrorism (including modified Swine flu for increase virulence), starvation, drought, natural and unnatural disasters (war, rioting, civil uprising), oppression, or any number of reasons.

The odds of these events happening (any of them) are quite high.  The odds of all of them happening are equally as high.  In other words, these are all events that will happen, irrespective on anything anyone or any nation might do.

The reasons why this is true are pretty clear now.  Climate change is unstoppable and irreversible now.  The smoke and mirrors that we’re being fed that we can “stop this” is already known to be false.

This will cause dramatic changes in habitat, food production, marine life, rainfall, drought and weather patterns all over the world.  Even if nothing else happens, this will cause resource collapse, population collapse and resource wars.

Resource collapse will happen because we are fast running out of a number of critical resources to support human life.  All of the low hanging, easily obtainable minerals and elements have been nearly mined into exhaustion.  Even worse though, is the so-called “renewable” resources of fish, wildlife, forest, top soil (which takes many thousands of years to develop), and fresh water.

We’ve badly overexploited all of these resources to critical levels.  I see zero possibility that we’ll actually stop doing this, when human life depends on this trajectory of overexploitation.  So even if climate change was not factored in, resource collapse will still happen.

The same is true for population collapse.  Increased temperatures will lead to a global collapse in food production (already happening now), rising sea levels (ruining coastal fresh water acquifers) and weather pattern shifts impacting global food production.

Once again, if climate change was not factored in, population collapse would still occur because of resource collapse.  The modern world does not have an energy replacement for oil or natural gas. Nothing offering the same EROI (energy return on energy invested) exists, nor is it likely to ever exist.  Alternative energy remains a token energy source to this day, despite all the claims to the contrary (remember the rule, if it were true, we would have had it already).

Current populations levels exist because of an abundance of food, which is a hugely reliant upon oil extraction. When the oil / energy runs out, the population will collapse back to pre-oil levels (or slightly above).  This is a dramatic drop from today’s population level.

That’s “when” some of the renewable resources might rebound.  But they may also then be even further exploited by hordes of very hungry humans.  It’s happened before, don’t forget.  And it caused the extinction of many species all over the world.  And we must remember, they did this extinction with very primitve tools.  Nowdays, we’ve got 2,000 yard rifles to kill everything off with (as long as the ammunition lasts).

The future bodes ill for humanity, no matter what.  Global expansion and Empire will come to a screeching halt for a number of reasons.  Economic collapse and / or contraction will precede other events as we are now seeing.  Efforts to stop this economic disaster are in the wings right now. But it is very doubtful anything is really going to work.

But you can bet your bottom dollar – they will sure try, and try like hell, because the survival of Empire is what is really at stake here. Bear in mind that if they are willing to lie, cheat, steal, murder, torture, rendition, coerce, assassinate, threaten and beat up on anyone and everyone NOW to acheive their objectives — what do you suppose will be their FUTURE response as the Empire spirals ever downward?

This will NOT be a peaceful descent.  Prepare accordingly for what you should already know is going to occur.

Financial

The United Nations is calling for a new global currency. This would replace the US dollar, and it would have gigantic impacts, consolidating global financial control, taking down a nation.

Please note from the last link above:

Prior to 9/11, the individuals and institutions that collapsed the Soviet economy and robbed the treasury were under investigation by multiple federal agencies for evidence of financial fraud — potentially related to 280,000 metric tons of stolen gold. These investigations were permanently aborted by the complete destruction of all case evidence — stored in the 9/11 targets: World Trade Centers 1 and 2 were pulverized within 10 seconds each; WTC 7 was collapsed within 7 seconds; WTC 6 housing $240 billion in illegal bond certificates was exploded and the Office of Naval Intelligence at the Pentagon was demolished — thereby destroying all evidence against the same individuals who subsequently funded and executed the controlled demolition of the United States. [11]

[11] E.P. Heidner, Part I, “Collateral Damage: US Covert Operations and the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001,” June 28, 2008. 

Part I (pdf) can be found here, part II can be found here (pdf).  Both are recommended reading, quite fascinating really, for background and perspective on the demise of the Soviet Union, planning for 9/11 attacks, Project Hammer and the Vulcan group, confiscated gold amounting to trillions of dollars, and how our current financial collapse is absolutely no accident. 

The unbelievable evil machinations of people in power, willing to slaughter their way to even more power is frightening.  This is the type and kind of people we are all really dealing with, if even at a distance (out of mind, out of sight, but that doesn’t mean it’s not really happening).

 

With the Charlie Sheen and Alex Jones fiasco going on over 9/11 “truth” right now, I highly recommend you read Part I (at least) to understand how long the 9/11 attacks were in the making and a plausible reason as to why they may have actually happened.

China (who holds a huge portion of dollar reserves) expects the US dollar to fall very hard within one to two years.  I suspect that this is a signal of what China intends to do (and other countries).  This means your dollars will soon be worthless.

News

 

The Girls Scouts have now been enlised to fight terror in America — watch out!  More brainwashing of the young, no doubt.

They join a very long list of others, including the Boy Scouts, truckers, doctors, dentists, postal workers and many, many others who have been enlisted to “fight terror”.  Somebody should tell these instructors of spin that the terror they claim they’re fighting doesn’t exist in Amerika (unless their behind it).

Previously, I have documented that the United States is the world’s largest weapons dealer.  The figure is actually 68% of all global sales.  I have also shared that in the coming days, this would be the expected course of events.  More war is the only course of action that will be available for many countries of the world, including ours.

China begins mass vaccinations (forced) for H1N1.  It’s now mandatory.

I have kept silent on health care “reform” because first of all, I believe it all to be a crock of shit.  The US government is NOT interested in making sure you or I get proper health care and never has been (ask any vet).  Nor do they care what it now costs us, or will cost us in the future.  All they care about is whether or not they can keep their chronies in pocket (your pocket) and high profits.  Period.  The rest of the hoopla is just smoke and mirrors.

The so-called “threats” that you will be fined as much as $3800 for non-participation are also a crock of shit.  I’d never pay this fine to an extortionists — would you?  This is never going to fly.  As far as I am concerned, it’s a non-issue, just part of the smoke and mirror this government is so famous for.

Frankly, the government has no business getting involved in health care.  Anything the government does only degrades the performance of private providers (again, ask a vet if you don’t believe me).  Anyone that has ever worked in government can also attest to this fact.

Claiming this is a “civil right” is dishonest as hell. Passage of a legislative act does not make this a “right”, it makes it a law, nothing more.  Not all laws are good laws either.

There is a much better way to approach health care reform — and keep government almost entirely out of it.  But Americans are quite accustomed to the free ride and sense of ‘entitlement’ that they feel they deserve.

What comes out of the so-called health care reform remains to be seen, but I’m not going to get excited about it.  Not even.  I’d never accept a mandated plan anyway, nor should you.

We’ll just have to wait and see what comes down the pike — in the meanwhile, I’m not going to waste this space or hold my breath.

Population

A simple and to the point article – Contraception cheapest way to combat climate change

I suspect that this article was ‘attacked’ by the religious right and ill-informed, who deny that there even IS a problem apparently.  But there is, there is a huge and growing problem, and it WILL be dealt with, sooner or later, either by government intervention or by resource constraints as humans continue to voraciously consume their way down the food chain.

My comments:

Current global populations are not even remotely sustainable.  Continuing to rape and pillage the planet to sustain human life is not the meaning of ‘sustainable’.  This is problem #1.

Each human contributes during the course of their lifetime, tons of carbon emissions.  This is problem #2.

More humans = more emissions.

Less humans = less emissions.

Many pregnancies are unwanted, according to this report, 40%.  Problem #3.

Contraception is not abortion. Preventing unwanted pregnancies would help answer problems #1, #2 and #3.

Contraception is VOLUNTARY for those that do not want additional pregnancies, as in their personal choice.  Making contraception’s available permits this choice.  Making them not available denies this choice.

Deny choice = more humans.

More humans = more carbon emissions.

This is not rocket science, it’s simple math and dead obvious common sense.

More humans means more impacts on many other issues too besides carbon emissions. It means fresh water, top soil, forest, minerals, government, social services, overcrowding, food production, energy consumption and many, many more important issues — all of which are straining at the seams now.

Get real people and wake up. Nonsensical arguments only reveal ignorance and bias.

There is always a unlearned segment of the population that screams the loudest when talking about population.  Even voluntary population control (abstinence or contraception) is taboo.  The logic behind this and sheer lack of common sense is appalling.

As usual, what gets lost here in all the senseless noise is the simple truth of the article itself.  Analyst, economists, scientist and government researchers are all scrambling to find cost-effective methods for dealing with the human-caused emissions.  Everything from “green technologies” to scientific wet dreams (umbrellas in space) are being conjured up to combat human contributions to global warming.

But then some bright dude says “it’s the population, stupid” and the world goes apeshit.

In “Collapse of Complex Societies”, Jared Diamond documents that Easter Islanders and many other former civilizations finally realized (far too late) that there were too many people to support. Unfortunately, they had totally denuded the landscape and wiped out all their own food sources like lemmings before they realized this.

They collapsed.  Most died of starvation.  Others died of disease.  The rest, too weak to help themselves, slowly withered and died, but not before turning to cannibalism.  Not in all cases, but enough.  A few managed to migrate elsewhere and start over again.  But in time, this is exactly what happens to civilization after civilization.

The root cause — too many people putting too much demand on resources (renewable and non-renewable resources).

Modern civilization is no different, except that we have the huge problem of building all of it up in the past 100 years based on a supply of energy that is now fast running out. During this time, we bloated up our population to billions and billions.  What to do when the oil runs out?  I hope you like chicken….

This is why I have so little regard for those that express no common sense. It is very easy to connect the dots in a world that is screaming out sign after sign of a century of human folly and abuse.  The picture these pixels paint is very ominous.  Many are trying to sound the warnings now, but religious stupidity, scientific denial and corporate based media brainwashing are working against simple common sense.

How about this?

Human problems = human caused problems

Either humans accept their responsibility for what they are doing, or they can go on in denial and wait for it all to collapse (or magically “go away”).  Pretending “it ain’t happening” only reveals an incredible level of ignorance and disconnect from reality.

But I’m not holding my breath.  The world isn’t awake yet, or even reasonably well-informed.  And there are far too many who simply don’t care and don’t want to either.

I think we are going to collapse, big time.  I have serious misgivings that our civilization will be any different then all of the ones that have gone on before.

I see this ‘event’ of collapse (which is really a long series of events) as totally unavoidable, especially so since we are culturally cemented into denial and disbelief.

And this is why I write / rant / cajole / argue and expend all of my time, energy, money and effort — because I hope to help lay the groundwork for those that would seek to survive our collapse.

My own prepartions and plans are proceeding reasonably well, although I’m working myself into the ground.  But winter is coming and so is the snow, so it’s time to do whatever I can.  This is my suggestion to you also — do what you can now, each day.

Don’t panic, just plod ahead towards your own goals.

Deck Chairs

In case it’s not blatantly obvious, the (s)Election 2008 did nothing more then arrange a few deck chairs on the sinking Titanic.  The ship of State is still plowing ahead despite the gigantic icebergs now filling the ocean.  The promise of change and hope has fizzled as expected.  You’d think American would learn, or at least buy stock in nametag companies as we cycle through round after round of duplicious Presidents and cowardly Congress critters.

I’ve come to realize that it’s all a huge and gigantic waste of time to be much concerned about what these people do (using the term loosely, I doubt very much that most of them even qualify as being human).  My time and probably yours, is much better spent focusing on things that we have a chance of influencing or controlling.

The good news is that all this evil machinations of corrupt government officials and agencies cannot go on forever.  Of course, I’m also talking about corporate enterprises too.

The bad news is they’re sure to destroy most everything before that happens.  Equally bad is the news that you’re still on your own, when they fail, most of you will too, but only because we’ve made the fatal mistake of thinking we actually need these people in order to survive, and have built lives that are dependent upon them, and that’s why most will also fail when they collapse.

There is a way out of this predicament.  Reform is not one of them, as this never works, has been tried and tried for decades and the progression towards self-destruction remains as fatalistic as ever.

The way out is to start to develop a new set of rules for a new people who are embracing a new culture.  The first rule is to stop playing their game.  The second rule is to stop playing by their rules.

We’ve been willing pawns, serfs who have born the brunt of their dirty work for a long, long time, while they’ve amassed to themselves huge fortunes and led protected, pampered lives.

The focus of this culture has been upon money, power, position, prestige and privilege. These practices of  segregation and insulated isolation has created huge chasms within our society.  We all know it to be true, but we’ve been taught to ignore it, even when it stares us right in the face.

This is their game, to get you to play by thier rules (only a few which have been mentioned above), to make you endlessely chase after the golden carrot they dangled on their stick, churning the wheels of progress and profits ever faster for their benefit.

It’s been said before, but it needs to be said again — we made this all possible for them, because we were both complicit and ignorant of their game.  Without us, it would just be them, and they’d have to do the dirty work themselves.  They’re far too lazy and cowardly to do that as history shows, so they recruit the unlearned and the gulliable, using every means possible at their disposal (which is everything).

A people that are self-reliant, self-governing and have no need of money, business, enterprises, capitalism, control or even ownership would be a people that could not be governed.  Nor could they be used as pawns, serfs and cannon fodder for endless wars, or 9-5 slave jobs making mountains of useless trinkets and toys.

Such a people used to inhabit this land, and have been found all over the world.  They were exterminated as fast as humanely possible like so much buffalo before an barrage of flying lead.

An ungovernable people is a dangerous people to those that would force government upon everyone else.  They are useless in the eyes of the plantation owners, neither fit for slaves or serfs, and that’s why there were exterminated.

Therefore, understand what is at stake here.  Compliance is not optional for those that believe you are property of the State.  But then again, neither is liberty for those that truly believe that they are free men.

Free men live differently then those who only claim freedom.  Nobody really talks about this point, but it’s true.  In America, there are almost no free men (or women) alive.  Everyone is a serf, subject or slave to the ever-present System.  But I have met a few free men and women, so I know they exist.

There is a growing movement to replace one set of tyrants for another (revolution) in this country. This would be a terrible and tragic mistake.  Most still believe that we can somehow, finally “reform” the system, making any and all necessary adjustments with blood or bullets, and then we’ll have freedom, liberty, equality and ice cream for all on Sundays.  This is an absolute lie.

This has never worked and is a proven tactical failure.  If it all falls apart (and it will, eventually), don’t rebuild anything.  Rob them (all) of the very means that they have used to control you.  Those that wish to rebuild will only (s)elect to themselves one king for another, and history has shown that this is truly a fools game.

We do NOT have to live like this.  We have a very ethnocentric viewpoint that “this is how humans live” — but it is not even remotely true.  It is only true for a few generations, and it won’t be true for more then one more.

We are going to HAVE to return to a simpler way of living.  So our “job” so to speak, is to not lend ourselves, our time, our money or even our lives, in supporting a “rebuilding” of what is going to collapse anyway.

There is a better way to live — and believe it or not — that’s how we all got here.  If we’re going to rebuild (and we will), let’s do it on something that can actually last and something that will actually work.

Let’s not do this again.

Sep 052009
 

In this issue:  Climate Collapse, Swine Flu alerts, Martial Law warning

Climate Collapse

In The Fallacy of Climate Activism, author Adam Sacks “gets it”.  Previously, I have covered the issues of climate inertia, lag times and feedback loops that are going to take decades more for their full effects to show up.  In other words, what we’ve already done to the planet is not even fully revealed to us yet.

Sacks also correctly identifies the source of our climate problems — these problems are deeply rooted in our culture, and importantly, how really nothing at all can be done about what is going to happen, leading to our total collapse.

We can either try to plan the transition, even at this late hour, or the physical forces of the world will do it for us—indeed, they already are.

After we tell the truth, then what can we do?  Is it hopeless?  Perhaps.  But before we can have the slightest chance of meaningful action, having told the truth, we have to face the climate reality, fully and unflinchingly.  If we base our planning on false premises—such as the oft-stated stutter that reducing our greenhouse-gas emissions will forestall “the worst effects of global warming”—we can only come up with false solutions.

We must leave behind 10,000 years of civilization; this may be the hardest collective task we’ve ever faced.  It has given us the intoxicating power to create planetary changes in 200 years that under natural cycles require hundreds of thousands or millions of years—but none of the wisdom necessary to keep this Pandora’s Box tightly shut.  We have to discover and re-discover other ways of living on earth.

I’m rather amazed to even find another writer that has the courage to state this. So many still believe that technology, money, politics or even fantasy thinking will magically “fix” this problem.  I certainly don’t have have little patience for such thinking anymore.  We’re in deep trouble and the longer we go on pretending that our culture can be saved — or is even worth saving, the worse it’s going to get for everybody on this orb.

If we live at all, we will have to figure out how to live locally and sustainably.  Living locally means we are able get everything we need within walking (or animal riding) distance. We may eventually figure out sustainable ways of moving beyond those small circles to bring things home, but our track record isn’t good and we’d better think it through very carefully.

Likewise, any technology has to be locally based, using local resources and accessible tools, renewable and non-toxic.  We have much re-thinking to do, and re-learning from our hunter-gatherer forebears who managed to survive for a couple of hundred thousand years in ways that we with our civilized blinders we can barely imagine or understand.[8]

Living sustainably means, in Derrick Jensen’s elegantly simple definition, that whatever we do, we can do it indefinitely.[9] We cannot use up anything more or faster than nature provides, we don’t poison the air, water, or soil, and we respect the web of life of which we are an intricate part.  We are not separate from nature, or above it, or in any way qualified to supervise it.[10] The evidence is ample and overwhelming; all we have to do is be brave enough to look.

How do we survive in a world that will probably turn—is already turning, for many humans and non-humans alike—into a living hell? How do we even grow or gather food or find clean water or stay warm or cool while assaulted by biblical floods, storms, rising seas, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, snow, and hail?

It is crystal clear that we cannot leave it to the technophiliacs.  It is human technology coupled with our inability to comprehend, predict, and prevent unintended consequences that have brought us global catastrophe, culminating in climate disruption, in the first place.  Desperate hopes notwithstanding, there are no high-tech solutions here, only wishful thinking—the tools that got us into this mess are incapable of getting us out.[11]

All that being said, we needn’t discard all that we’ve learned, far from it.[12] But we must use our knowledge with great discretion, and lock much of it away as so much nuclear weaponry and waste.

Time is running very short, but the forgiveness of this little blue orb in a vast lonely universe will continue to astonish and nourish us—if we only give it the chance.

Monbiot has a good writeup of some recent developments. The long and short of it is we can only use 22% more of our carbon based reserves between now and 2050 to avoid dangerous climate change.

The bad news is as bad as I’ve said before:  climate change is irreversible, even if we stopped all carbon emissions right now, temperature increases will still last at least 1,000 years, and there is absolutely NO WAY industry and our culture would permit us to only consume 22% more of our carbon based reserves.

You should have an inkling by now what this means.  We are facing an unavoidable worst-case disaster scenario right along the lines of the predictions I’ve written on the blog, despite all the hoopla and glad-handing b.s. being spouted from the green lobby.  I’ve seen no evidence at all that the outcome is going to be any different.

More on Swine Flu (again)

We’re headed back into flu season and media is cranking up the news on this again.  I don’t mean to hit this issue again, but lots of so-called “news” — including the martial law warning in the Martial Law section below by Steve Lendeman. Anybody else and I’d say “b.s.”, but Lendeman isn’t a fear-monger.

Possible Swine Flu Outbreak At Cornell University

University of Kansas students isolated by the flu

The university estimates about 340 students, or 1 percent of the student body, have flu they suspect is H1N1, said Patricia Denning, medical chief of staff at Watkins Health Center. The number of cases could be higher if students were not seeking care from campus doctors and nurses, she added. She said she has not heard of any students being hospitalized because of the flu.

U.S. Bracing for 1.8 Million Flu Hospitalizations, Frieden Says

The U.S. is bracing for as many as 1.8 million hospital admissions for flu as students return to school and cases surge to unprecedented levels, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden said.  Swine Flu: Biggest Scam of 2009 Begins, Millions Prepare to “Protect Their Health”

WHO Admits to Releasing Pandemic Virus into Population via ‘Mock-Up’ Vaccines

Swine flu deaths climb, raising next-wave fears

The World Health Organization says at least 625 people have been reported dead from swine flu in the last week. That’s more than 20 percent of the 2,837 known deaths since the novel virus first emerged in Mexico and the United States earlier this year. Most of the deaths are in the Western Hemisphere, though the disease is in full-blown global epidemic mode.

CDC study: Swine flu deaths are more common in school-age children than in babies or toddlers 

The first detailed study of U.S. children killed by swine flu found the outbreak differs from ordinary flu in at least one puzzling respect: It appears to be taking a higher toll on school-age youngsters than on babies and toddlers.

Swine flu deaths top 2,800 worldwide

For awareness, not panic, on flu

There’s no need to panic about swine flu, but there is reason for preparation and prevention

Doc: No need to panic over swine flu

I disagree with this…. Start by getting vaccinated. This is especially important for children, pregnant women and those around them.

Are Vaccines Causing More Disease Than They are Curing?

Common sense about swine flu

 ‘Swine flu is not a killer disease’

 

 Swine Flu May Be Less Dangerous Than Predicted: Study

“It’s The Vaccines Stupid!”


Martial Law Alert Over Swine Flu – by Stephen Lendman

Fact check:

— no Swine Flu threat exists;

— reported H1N1 infections and deaths are uncorroborated;

— WHO predicting a global pandemic affecting “as many as two billion people….over the next two years” is falsified hype unless a diabolical depopulation scheme (by vaccines or other means) plans to create one;

— vaccines don’t protect against diseases they’re designed to prevent and often cause them;

— all vaccines contain harmful toxins, including mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol (antifreeze), and squalene adjuvants that weaken and can destroy the human immune system, making it vulnerable to many annoying to life-threatening illnesses; and

— evidence suggests that the H1N1 strain was bioengineered in a US laboratory, and the vaccines being produced for it are extremely hazardous and potentially lethal.

Under no circumstances should anyone submit to them even if threatened with fines, quarantine, or incarceration.

Something is going on. There has been a LOT of buildup for something like this for some time now (several years at least).

A nice summary of the current (emphasized) swine flu situation and worth reading  His summary:

What we are dealing with is a big lie. A process of generating fake data which is then used to justify a nationwide vaccination program.

The political and corporate interests behind this Worldwide public health emergency must be the target of citizens’ actions.

This public health emergency is not intended to protect humanity.

The World is at the crossroads of a major economic and social crisis. The Worldwide public health emergency serves to divert public opinion from the real crisis which is affecting the World’s people. This crisis is characterised by rising poverty and unemployment an the collapse in social services, not to mention a a US-NATO multitrillion dollar high tech “war without borders” which includes the preemptive  “first strike” use of nuclear weapons.

The dramatic causes and consequences of the “real crisis” which in real sense threaten the future of humanity must remain unheralded. Both the Economic Crisis and the Middle East Central Asian war are the object of routine and persistent media distortion and camouflage. In contrast, the H1N1 swine flu –despite its relatively mild and benign impacts– is depicted as major “Save the World” endeavor.

Perspective

I note that a lie, no matter how big it may be, can still be foisted upon the people.  It’s not that hard to start a stampede these days, and when it happens, it’s very hard to stop.

Bad data, bad reporting and bad intentions sell and distract from real news.  As Chossudovsky notes, America’s two wars, and our economic collapse are the real news here (and climate collapse), but stampeding the herd into a full-blown panic mode is a very effective way to distract attention to these issues and keep them non-relevant.

Even worse however, is the unaddressed meaning to all of this.  Essentially, this means that we are not going to get focused on any of the real issues that really do matter and that will help secure our future survival in this world.

The governments of the world, and all those behind this panic news are NOT going to take the right measures to ensure your survival.  The rape, pillage and burn so characteristic of Empire is not going to change any.  The same smoke and mirrors distractions, distortions and deliberate disillusionment to keep people divided will continue, and they WILL go to great lengths to ensure this continues to happen (including martial law).

It’s hard to discern the truth from all the distractions — sometimes.  But if you follow the money, look at who is manipulating who, who is actually benefitting, and what is actually being done that is right, good and necessary, it’s not that hard.  Americans are probably the most manipulated people on the planet, easily convinced of almost anything.  It’s sad and it’s tragic, but my fellow countrymen are too easily fooled, again and again and again.

War, violence, starvation, economic manipulation, resource control and even media brainwashing are all huge businesses, raking in trillions and trillions of dollars.  Nobody actually questions “why” any of this even exists, or even why the people continue to put up with all of it, or why we go on even supporting it, lending our time, money and even our very lives to support it.

We remain divided over ideology, race, religion or geographic location, believing in the ancient lies of seperation and manifest destiny.  Humanity fights against itself over really stupid shit, endlessly killing and plundering again and again and again over the spoils of endless wars and the economic strangulation we deploy against nation after nation. Everyone seems to still believe that it was “always this way” which is an absolute lie.

For ten thousand years civilization has revolved around this course of ‘conquest’.  A very significant portion of humans have directly or indirectly supported this bloodletting, and it is no different today. We don’t consider the impacts when we consume a Big Mac or down a Coke, but these impacts are definitely there. Our complicity to ecocide, genocide, slavery and oppression is in everything we do as modern Americans. We may be ignorant of these facts, but they are true nonetheless.  Almost all of our actions and methods of living are in support of Empire and corporate machinations.

This is why I’ve long advocated a simpler life, based upon common sense, sustainability and self-reliance.  A departure from this wicked system of control, ownership and oppression that benefits the few at the expense of the many.  It’s a better life — and a better way to live.  Morally, it is the only real ‘choice’ there is and the only real option, not without its own risks.

Those that think they can fight the system from within are without my blessing, as I see this as a near-total failure.  I see the system as being horribly broken, functioning only because we refuse to simply quit and stop lending it our lives and money.  But I’m not so naive to believe that it will simply collapse on its own because of our non-participation (I wish!).  It won’t, there are far too many who are still willing to ‘sacrifice’ themselves to perpetuate Empire, and they will devour you up with relish in the process.

The truth is, there is a large and growing opposition between people who see the Empire for what it really is, and those that still believe in its illusions.  Empire is growing increasingly violent.  Ultimately, we know that we can and we will win against Empire, because Empire will starve itself to death as it voraciously consumes the remaining dregs of raw resources and energy, without which Empire as we know it today, simply cannot exist.

But this day will come far too late for the rest of humanity that wishes to live in peace, because by then most of the things that we will have required to live with have been totally consumed, ensuring the total destruction and collapse of everything else in the process.

This is why the entire “distraction” theme of this newletter is being covered.  Distraction and disinformation is a key tool to keeping the people, who greatly outnumber these evildoers, from realizing the truth of what is actually happening.  Not just to humanity itself, but to everything else on this planet.

Make ready for the days ahead.  What you do right now will dictate your chances and the chances for your children’s children.  I’m personally implementing hundred year plans (really) in preparation for a generation that isn’t even born yet.  This is one of the best things I can do with my life.

I’m doing this by preparing a livable place where humans (not just progeny) can live without total reliance upon this failed system.  It will take me a lifetime of effort, no doubt, but what else is there to do?  I’m not into ‘entertainment’ to wile away the years of my life. I’m interested in being a part of the effort to ensure humanity has a future chance of survival, one which I KNOW will be very much different then it is today.  Resource collapse alone will ensure this fact.

What are you doing?  That’s a rhetorical question that I’m not asking for answers on, only posed to get you thinking about the future and long term planning. Humanities survival is not ensured, not even close, on this modern system we call civilization.  We’re going to return to a much simpler living worldwide sooner then most people imagine.  What are you doing to make that transition easier now?

Website

I’m still getting questions about the food website.  I’m not clear if someone is spreading rumors or what, but yes, we’re still in business, still selling storable food and still filling orders.  Now is still a good time to place your order, shipping times are still quite reasonable.  At the first sign of mass panic, that will change very rapidly.

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Alone In The Wilderness is a video about Dick Proenneke in the Alaskan wilderness.  Youtube has a few videos on this man, here’s another episode.  What I liked about this is the “can do” attitude.  Just do it, work hard and stick with it.

Swine Flu

Lots and lots of news on the swine flu:

Forced quarantine (pdf) for swine flu victims is now being considered in multiple states.

As stated in the bill, upon declaration by the governor that an emergency exists that is considered detrimental to public health or upon declaration of a state of emergency, a local public health authority, with approval of the commissioner, may exercise the following authorities (emphasis added):

  • to require the owner or occupier of premises to permit entry into and investigation of the premises;
  • to close, direct, and compel the evacuation of, or to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated any building or facility, and to allow the reopening of the building or facility when the danger has ended;
  • to decontaminate or cause to be decontaminated, or to destroy any material;
  • to restrict or prohibit assemblages of persons;
  • to require a health care facility to provide services or the use of its facility, or to transfer the management and supervision of the health care facility to the department or to a local public health authority;
  • to control ingress to and egress from any stricken or threatened public area, and the movement of persons and materials within the area;
  • to adopt and enforce measures to provide for the safe disposal of infectious waste and human remains, provided that religious, cultural, family, and individual beliefs of the deceased person shall be followed to the extent possible when disposing of human remains, whenever that may be done without endangering the public health;
  • to procure, take immediate possession from any source, store, or distribute any anti-toxins, serums, vaccines, immunizing agents, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical agents or medical supplies located within the commonwealth as may be necessary to respond to the emergency;
  • to require in-state health care providers to assist in the performance of vaccination, treatment, examination, or testing of any individual as a condition of licensure, authorization, or the ability to continue to function as a health care provider in the commonwealth;
  • to waive the commonwealth’s licensing requirements for health care professionals with a valid license from another state in the United States or whose professional training would otherwise qualify them for an appropriate professional license in the commonwealth;
  • to allow for the dispensing of controlled substance by appropriate personnel consistent with federal statutes as necessary for the prevention or treatment of illness;
  • to authorize the chief medical examiner to appoint and prescribe the duties of such emergency assistant medical examiners as may be required for the proper performance of the duties of office;
  • to collect specimens and perform tests on any animal, living or deceased;
  • to exercise authority under sections 95 and 96 of chapter 111;
  • to care for any emerging mental health or crisis counseling needs that individuals may exhibit, with the consent of the individuals

State and local agencies responding to the public health emergency would be required to exercise their powers over transportation routes, communication devices, carriers, public utilities, fuels, food, clothing and shelter, according to the legislation.

A blank document from the Iowa Department of Public Health (pdf) has been discovered online, designed to be filled in with the name of an H1N1 virus victim who is required to relocate from his or her home to a quarantine facility. Iowa has also made available forms for voluntary home confinement, home quarantine and home isolation.

Washington, North Carolina, Massachusetts, also has procedures in place for quarantine.

Florida – the Florida surgeon general suspended distribution permit requirements Florida statutes to allow wholesale distribution of Tamiflu and Relenza. The state has also distributed a series of blank quarantine order forms, including a voluntary home quarantine agreement, a quarantine to residence order, a quarantine to residence order (non-compliance), a quarantine to facility order, quarantine detention order, quarantine of facility order, building quarantine closure order and area quarantine closure order.

2,000 students at nearby Washington State University have caught swine flu. Another very good reason to just stay home.  Swine flu shot linked to killer nerve disease.  Expect a HUGE Hegellian Dialect (create ‘problem’, offer ‘solution’) revolving around swine  flue / mass hysteria and draconian government intervention (this year).

 

Oil

 

A “giant” find is being announced by BP of an oil deposit in the Gulf of Mexico.  This is a 36 day supply of oil, so don’t be fooled by these claims of “giant”.  This is just more media lies and deceptions.

 

Useless government, useless government” — a Chinese chant (of all places!) on “syringe attacks”. What’s worth noting is how government (anywhere in the world) really is nearly helpless when things don’t go as planned.

 

22% increase since 2008 in food stamps.  That’s 35,000,000+ Americans on the dole.

 

Climate Change

 

There have been some huge, albeit expected developments, on the climate change front.  I’ve personally been expecting this revelation for some time now: Scientists cannot keep up with climate change effects. The IPCC data set is woefully out of date and politicians are using the “bare minimums” to make their policy changes (or try to).  Unfortunately, the worst-case scenerios are now definitely headed our way.

 

This is exactly as I predicted would happen.  Climate inertia and momentum, once started, would be impossible to stop.  New policies by world governements aren’t going to make a lick of difference now. In “A Chilling View Of A Warmer World” scientist are scrambling very hard to keep up with Greenland’s big melt.

This fits right in with this: Artic now warmest in 2000 years.  The more sensitive regions of the planet will react first (such as the melting Siberian permafrost, Chilean and Himalayan glaciers and the Antarctic).  This will all lead to this: 1.6 billion face food and water shortages, this will only worsen as climate impacts increase.  Millions face famine (now) in Ethopia as rains fail.

It’s all very tragic, but I’m a realist, I think it’s all going to get significantly worse.

Very bad news:

The future is horrific,” says Charlie Veron, an Australian marine biologist who is widely regarded as the world’s foremost expert on coral reefs. “There is no hope of reefs surviving to even mid-century in any form that we now recognise. If, and when, they go, they will take with them about one-third of the world’s marine biodiversity. Then there is a domino effect, as reefs fail so will other ecosystems. This is the path of a mass extinction event, when most life, especially tropical marine life, goes extinct.”

David Obura, another coral heavyweight and head of CORDIO East Africa, a research group in Kenya, is equally pessimistic: “I don’t think reefs have much of a chance. And what’s happening to reefs is a parable of what is going to happen to everything else.”

Meanwhile, governments of the world STILL fail to react sufficiently. This is more then a serious problem, it’s a global catastrophe as in ELE (extinction level event).  Political leadership and will is severely lacking due to big business and corporate empire interferance.  How can you have Empire when you have nothing left to govern?

It’s really kind of stupid to witness how our government is responding to real life.  It’s both pathetic and tragic too.  The longer we remain in rank denial, the worse it’s going to be in the days ahead.  I’ve long said that an all-out emergency effort is now called for, and a complete abandonment of the pursuit of Empire and all that means.

Americans feel immune (except for the dollar collapse, housing collapse, and multiple financial disasters now here), but we’re not.  The ‘land of plenty’ is spiraling ever downward and it is really up to us to do something about securing our own future.

I was recently (today) contacted by a television network in South Korea, who is seeking stories on the “Worst Case Scenarios” of Global Warming.  Maybe some countries ARE interested in knowing what we’re preparing for, but I don’t know if it will actually help.  We’re not going to change the future outcomes much now, it’s already too late for that.