Eco Surrealism

An important read: The Age of Eco Surrealism

You Australians are just playing around with the results of climate change, she said, you haven’t mentioned guns or fences¦ As a child raised in war wrecked East Germany, she recalled how city dwellers thronged to her rural town and stole anything portable, including vegetables, petrol, oil and bags of coal. I admire the spirit of this lunch, she snorted, but you are babies. She has a point. Creating the resilient, self-sufficient off-the-grid communities we would need to survive if the oil runs out, itself remains a fantasy. Let alone dealing with the rampaging hordes. You’d have to go a lot further out West than here, someone said, if you really wanted to feel safe. The mood darkened.

It has become patently clear to me that the whole scope (target) and depth (death) of our environmental planetary problems is quite well beyond our grasp and understanding. Crazy ideas on how to deal with this abound:

The esteemed and cuddly climatologist, Tim Flannery, says the Arctic ice melt is now so rapid that soaring sea levels are inevitable and the best option is to pump sulphur into the stratosphere. This would filter the sun’s rays, slow global warming and turn the sky yellow. He agrees the project is risky, but time is scarce. If the world’s toxic emissions ceased at midnight, there remains enough greenhouse gas in the sky to create havoc. As one blogger put it: Either we’re fucked, or Tim Flannery has gone crazy-ape bonkers.

This is a legitimate response to our times. Don’t you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the litany of plausible disasters? No? Perhaps you’re living in denial. And the time will come when denial gives way to panic. Today’s crazy apes are Idiot Savants with science degrees, sounding a series of alarms. “Everything is going in the wrong direction, warns Flannery, faster than predicted. It’s possible his remedy is worse than the disease. After all, sulphur is the Devil’s perfume. The image of Boeing squadrons pumping yellow pellets into the heavens is not reassuring.

Read the article links (please), but some good quotes belong here (taken from the front page, link above):

Largely unnoticed, however, was the hidden, implacable, kamikaze agenda of industrialization that underlay its feverish wealth creation, which was – and remains – the domination of nature. This is the central, indisputable project, the issue that encompasses all other issues noted Guy Debord, back in 1963. He regarded the cannibalization of the ecosystem as the real adventure we have embarked on.

The situation is critical, but most of us are too overloaded to concentrate. We’re trying to get rich, get laid, get famous and/or to sink into an opiated oblivion, with the help of the military industrial media entertainment matrix . As with climate, so in culture, everything is moving in the wrong direction.

It’s wonderful that Barack Obama wrested the Democratic nomination from Hillary Clinton, but in your heart of hearts, can you possible believe that one politician can monkey wrench the direction of America? The CIA won’t miss a beat. The Lobbyists will still hold sway. The Pentagon will continue its export of death, destruction, depleted uranium, cluster bombs and criminal atrocities. Mainstream media boards and members of Congress will continue to profit financially from their association with arms traders.

It’s wonderful that Barack Obama wrested the Democratic nomination from Hillary Clinton, but in your heart of hearts, can you possible believe that one politician can monkey wrench the direction of America? The CIA won’t miss a beat. The Lobbyists will still hold sway. The Pentagon will continue its export of death, destruction, depleted uranium, cluster bombs and criminal atrocities. Mainstream media boards and members of Congress will continue to profit financially from their association with arms traders. Whether in the slums of Sadr city, the mud brick compounds of Afghanistan, or even in the towns of its allies, the US air force will continue to bomb innocent civilians, regardless of world opinion or the rules of war. (The Pakistanis are right to call the pilots cowards). Predator drones remotely operated from bases in the US, strike perceived enemies wherever they lurk. Last week’s SBS TV showed a grinning Predator pilot lining up on his screen a lone motorbike rider in Afghanistan, then blasting him to bits. His crime not revealed, his name not known. Once considered the illegal act of a scoundrel, assassinations are now something to boast about.

Obscene riches at one end of the scale, poverty for the world’s majority and the rest grinding away in the disappearing middle.

Australian anti war campaigner, Donna Mulhearn, was in Baghdad in March 2003 when a missile struck the Al Shuala markets, killing over 60 civilians. Donna took a bus to the site and found “complete devastation with pieces of iron and tin mangled into grotesque shapes. Mashed pieces of fruit and cardboard were soaked in the blood and mud, along with pieces of human flesh. Hundreds were injured and the hospitals lacked anesthetics.

The US military denied responsibility. British journalist Robert Fisk found a serial number on a fragment of the weapon™s metal in the rubble, which was traced back to the Raytheon corporation, a provider of space and airborne missile and surveillance systems. Raytheon has sole responsibility for maintenance at Pine Gap. In Al Shuala a grieving Shi-ite asked Mulhearn, Do your people accept this, the killing of children? Do western people have no honour?

When she found her way to a bus, her eyes stinging with tears, Donna noticed the bloodstains on her boots. The sight was shocking and caused my body to shake, then go limp, she recalled. Her first instinct was to find a corner somewhere in the outskirts of the world and curl up to weep forever,


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11 thoughts on “Eco Surrealism

  • June 18, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    “”Whatever the Pentagon is planning, I do not believe the majority of citizens will accept an US/THEM world; a landscape of five star fortresses overlooking a global archipelago of gulags.” ~ Richard Neville

  • June 18, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Sure they will. Look around, it’s already here. The US/THEM is in full-force throughout Amerika and much of the world.

    Neville’s got some fanciful ideas, based upon sheer wishful thinking, including examples like this: 16 Reasons

    I like how he writes and some of the things he’s got to say, but he’s totally deluded on some issues.

  • June 18, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    true – but then he generates gems such as:

    So what might be the qualities of community in a post carbon world?

    A balance of materialism and spirituality. Integrity…emphasis on wholeness…and the importance of family & friends.

    The focus is interdependency.

    A new concept of the common good….helping each other succeed.

    Collaborative individualism … and connective listening.

    Living systems as models for society.

    Seeking to be self reliant, self empowered and “off the grid”.

    Accepting the future can no longer be taken for granted – it needs to be rescued.

    The choice is clear: evolve or regress, adapt or stagnate.

  • June 18, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Well, hell, even ‘we’ here think in terms of us/them. They vary from post to post – usually the (s)electorate, sometimes the sheep, etc.

    We here aren’t working on having homesteads open to all, where we’ll sing kumbaya with all who come by. Who do we hide our purchases from, using cash only? From THEM! Who do we hide our stores from? From THEM! Who do we arm ourselves against? From THEM!

  • June 18, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    We probably wouldn’t hide our stashes from “them” if humanity weren’t so diverse.

    It is impossible to imagine working one’s butt off in the garden, or in the woods, or wherever, in order to create and store food and shelter, so that those who spend much of their time watching TV, joyriding ATV’s, and other mindless entertainment can have a free ride.

  • June 19, 2008 at 6:23 am

    “A regime, an established order, is rarely overthrown by a revolutionary movement; usually a regime collapses of its own weakness and corruption and then a revolutionary movement enters among the ruins and takes over the powers that have become vacant.”

    Walter Lippmann. The Good Society

    From a Carolyn Baker email link.

  • June 19, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Hey Everyone,

    It occurred to me that I don’t know how SA is making it without sales right now. He has a family and now would be an excellent time to consider and contribute a donation to show our thanks and support this website if you haven’t already done so.

    Thank you John.


  • June 19, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Thank kali for the donation! I’m digging dirt and collecting firewood, but hey, it’s not a living, but I need it.

    Several people have politely ‘insisted’ they be allowed to order, and I’ve said fine, go on ahead, and then…. nothing. Not even a email.

    I don’t get it. It’s very strange phenomena that defies explanation. As a result, I’ve not made a dime since I shut down.

    Admittedly, I am turning away a lot of business (sort of), but you have to realize what this really means. A “sale” is not a sale until it’s delivered, which is now months off into the future (and still getting worse).

    I am no longer comfortable asking people to wait these long shipping times after they’ve spent their money. There is absolutely nothing that can be done about it either. My ‘sin’ seems to be too honest about what’s happening with the canneries and their real ship times.

    I’m also mighty tired of the rude and impatient ones, I don’t know why some people who delayed to order food think they should be given preferential treatment over everyone else. Everybody is waiting, including me, you, everyone. Orders can only be filled so fast and product availability is a real issue now.

    I AM going to take some time off (a real vacation) and not answer the phone, check my email or write any blog entries (soon). It’s been over 15 years since I did that.

  • June 20, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Good for you, John. A break is often just the thing to refresh the soul.

  • June 20, 2008 at 8:01 am

    To All,

    The reasons I chose to purchase food from SA over others was that it had the most and clearest information on food products and their differences, advantages, and disadvantages. I was able to make informed decisions from the start here and no were else. The variety was the largest. And the prices are the best.

    It was also the EASIEST web site to order from. Only SA allowed me to enter my zip code and know what my shipping cost were. With NO markup. Others offered to email shipping charges and final cost. Some other places offered free shipping on freeze dried goods but there prices were much higher.

    The current food delay is industry wide right now. John warned us this was coming. He knew the problems this would cause us and him. As I said in my previous post this site does not survive without sales. And this is not another pitch for a donation. (By the way, I have never met Admin/John and we are ‘friends’. Nothing personal John, but, we both have far to high a standard and appreciation for the rarity and value of ‘true’ friends.) That said, I have concluded that current shipment delays that are no fault of SA will end up imposing an unforeseen and possibly unbearable burden on SA and John, and, speaking for myself, would like to publicly state that I insist on NOT seeing SA bear that burden. I hear-by publicly request that SA pass on any added cost to my pending order to me, and, if some products are no longer or not currently available – fine.

    Thats it.

    Again, thanks John.


    Anicca (Pali, Sanskrit, “impermanent ” or “not enduring”), or Anitya (Sanskrit) is of the Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism. The teaching of the impermanence or transitoriness of all things is central to the whole of Buddhist philosophy and practice. It involves the affirmation, as a truth statement, that all phenomena, both mental and physical, are without exception impermanent. Furthermore, despite this truth being everywhere evident and verifiable, people are in a state of ignorance regarding it.

  • June 20, 2008 at 8:24 am

    If I may add. I am not trying to be melodramatic here. I don’t know what is next for us all. But obviously I feel I owe a lot of my personal preparation, especially as it pertains to food, to SA and John, a rare man of integrity and idealism.

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