Dec 292013

Malcom Light has published a paper, “The Non-Disclosed Extreme Arctic Methane Threat“. Special thanks to Lonewolf for sending this along.

This is perhaps one of the most sobering reads you will ever lay your hands on in the scientific literature. At least, for the moment.

I suspect, as I have already published, that the days, weeks and months ahead, we will see much more of this sort of thing. The scientific reticence of the past is evaporating away, all too slowly, but nonetheless, it is happening.

Light’s paper contains extreme words of warning to the global community of humanity.  In short, a major extinction event of all life on Earth within just 30 – 40 years is now occurring. Continue reading »

Dec 172013

Here’s an enjoyable movie on what it was really like in the 1500 – 1600’s:

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England – Part I

Part II

Dec 142013

Rolling Stone Magazine has revealed a stomach-churning expose on how factory meat animals are farmed.

If there is one thing you should read and watch, this would be it.

Watch the videos. How chickens, pigs and cows are “raised” in the most inhospitable conditions imaginable. Then fed to Americans.

Watch at how baby animals are routinely beaten, tortured and left to die. This is unbelievably sick.

This is the food you are eating. The food you are buying at the grocery store. The food used at restaurants, fast-food and the family barbeque.

The entire meat industry is plagued with horrifying abuse to animals. Which you then eat, supporting these unbelievable crimes.

The numbers are hard to fathom, billions raised and slaughtered in the cruelest, most inhumane conditions imaginable – each year – and that is just in America.

Dante’s Hell could not be any worse then this.

And to top all of, review this image about how much of the Earth we are consuming – and then putting to waste.

Still think humanity stands a chance?

This is far, far more then population overshoot. Human depletion and destruction on this scale has never occurred in the entire history of the Earth. It can’t last much longer – and most definitely shouldn’t.

Dec 142013

Peak Oil reposted an article – The Fire This Time, which like many collapse-meme essays, deals with our near-term future.

There is a nice cross-reference chart that indicates (accurately enough) that all outcomes will end in failure.

However… there are some errors which I’ll cover.

First – The author needs to do more research. It’s called wet-bulb respiration and it affects all living things.

To quote a friend / blog poster on my site:

“Thermoregulating in a +6C or more world is not in the realm of the possible for primates (and virtually all other multicellular organisms) – which is to say nothing of continuing food sources (access) under a chaotic climate regime of escalating extremes. [Human] biology has very real (definitive) energetic limits, and ‘near term’ biosphere conditions, which we are in no way adapted for, are all but assured.”

Humans cannot survive an increase of 7C or higher temperatures. 7C increase destroys all life on Earth. This is the end game for all living things. It’s well docoumented on my site.

Admitting that this is likely, or even a virtual certainty, but not fully realizing what that conveys, leads to the wrong response. Embracing this life, right now, is indeed the “very best” we can do. But even this is not a “survival strategy”, even in the near-term, which I will focus on next. Continue reading »

Dec 082013

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Mindless connedsumerism begins again. Probably the greatest story ever foisted on the people of the world.  Spend money you don’t have on things people don’t need. The beneficiaries are always the same. Corporate America just loves the season. Holy connedsumerism madness with sleigh bells jingling to planetary ruin.

They’ve even coined new terms for those that disagree with the annual insanity, Scrooge and Grinch. Every American child has seen the popular cartoons, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, essentially the required rites of passage for millions to graduate into the upper-echelons of mindless corporate connedsumerism.

And if that doesn’t do the trick, then endless religiosity should.  Nativity scenes of fanciful stories are also widely shown. Christmas!™ literally owns the story, lock, stock and barrel (pointed at your head) to the entire story, but it’s a point most often missed by the faithful. They’re too busy being ramped up with mega-wattage and power talks about “the season of Christ”. I didn’t realize Christ went shopping.

I waded through the crowds at Cabelas yesterday, looking for something I needed (a new jacket), but couldn’t find. I left empty handed in disgust. I should know better. This is the time of year when the zombies are bolder then ever. Continue reading »

Dec 062013

In the coming days, weeks and months ahead, the people of the world are going to read and hear about deepening levels of collapse, despair and disaster, with endless litany of words written about promised hope, rescue, mitigation and assistance.

Government and business will finally be turning much-needed attention to averting even more climate related disasters. Additionally, the planet will undoubtedly go through other upheavals that are not climate related, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, plate shifts and so forth, all of which will contribute to the vast array of human response efforts.

This post will be about what is happening; and what will be tried to save civilization, but most importantly, it will be to dispel the hopium and false advertising that is occurring.

Atmospheric carbon emissions continue to increase.  This contribution to the chemical composition of the atmosphere has immediate and long term impacts. Due to lag time and inertia, the felt climate effects are 30 – 40 years “behind” the rate or amount of emissions currently occurring. This means that the climate extremes that we are experiencing today is from emissions way back in the 1970’s when emissions were significantly lower, and the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide was also much lower.

The emissions we are now releasing are of course, considerably higher. Future climate effects in 30 – 40 years can be reasonably expected to be far greater and have a much more significant impact than what we have today. This is exactly what climate science predicts.

Ocean acidification through carbon saturation has reached a critical point, impacting sea life and the future of the oceans quite negatively. The affects on hard and soft shelled crustaceans has been devastating, and all the billions of people that rely upon the oceans for food and income.

The same is happening with modern agriculture, which is energy intensive and subject to the vagaries of climate. It will only take a single failed harvest cycle to rapidly accelerate collapse effects that will be felt by nearly all humans (hunger). We’re living precariously close to severe disaster. Continue reading »

Dec 052013

A great rant on what is really wrong with our society, sent in by Lonewolf, but I wished I’d found it first: