In this issue: Climate Collapse, Swine Flu alerts, Martial Law warning
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.
Living sustainably means, in Derrick Jensen’s elegantly simple definition, that whatever we do, we can do it indefinitely. 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. 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.
All that being said, we needn’t discard all that we’ve learned, far from it. 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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
I disagree with this…. Start by getting vaccinated. This is especially important for children, pregnant women and those around them.
Martial Law Alert Over Swine Flu – by Stephen Lendman
— 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).
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.
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?
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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