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Of course, watchers should all know that we’ve made history again in the Arctic, with new records now being set daily for ice loss. We’re about a month out for the melt to stop too, so expect daily records to be smashed until things finally stop melting.
The Weather Reality Check:
Too bad we have to make light of what is actually a staggeringly huge global disaster.
I’ve given quite a lot of thought to why this is so incredibly important, and frankly, almost everything else going on all over the entire planet pales in comparison. We can survive economic collapse, war, terrorism, fascism, Big Brother and pretty much everything else (but not without a lot of harm, suffering and death), but it’s becoming quite doubtful in my book that we’re going to survive the climate disaster unfolding. This is why I harp on this so much, it’s bigger, it’s worse and it’s simply being ignored by all the people that SHOULD be doing something about this..
I attended Spokane’s Pig Out (really, that’s what it’s actually called) last weekend. It’s a food fest, where thousands of people show up to literally “pig out”.
I can’t think of anything that indicates a stronger indictment of the human race. Gluttony and greed will undoubtedly be our destruction, as evidenced by the constant increase in consumption of resources around the world.
Why did I go? To see it. To finally take a day off. Still working 7 days a week, so it was nice to take a break for once.
I read online where the State of Alaska has decided to stock up on emergency food preparations, with a lot of useless speculation by commentators that this was actually intended for the military (takeover apparently). This defies common sense and is quite ridiculous. Nothing of the sort is underfoot.
Several States and agencies are making food purchases and have for some years now, for exactly what is intended, emergency disaster relief. Ready-to-eat meals are only intended for short durations and have a limited shelf life, a very poor choice for the military except on remote deployments. They bring in their own kitchen cafeterias for any extended time periods — and they don’t work through State agencies when making their own preparations. This was the dead giveaway that the speculation surrounding this was dead wrong. My own comments on this were denied publication, something that is increasingly common these days.
This is part of the speculation fever tied into the ammo purchases we’ve read about, none of which amount to a hill of beans. I refuse to take part in the stupid speculation coming from the so-called “survivalist community” with apparently has lost all common sense and reason. Either they are so afraid and are reacting badly to every bit of news being released, or they’re just unwilling to accept things as they actually are. Whatever it is, I’m not willing to use this blog space to do anything more then to call it all stupid speculation.
I don’t even agree with the speculation that there is going to be total economic collapse following the (s)Election this fall. They’ve still got too many tricks left in their bag of deception for this to happen as is being widely ‘predicted’ by so-called experts. There is also little factual evidence to support these claims.
Things will be worse indeed, but not “over”. We’re still a long, long ways from “over”. The Apocalyptic scenario(s) that everyone seems to envision are quite a ways off. We can expect a lot of things, including ongoing decline, severity and difficulties, but the Apocalypse or something like it is not one of them. Not yet.
It’s puzzling sometimes why we cannot seem to get our heads around ‘reality’. How things actually are, how things work, who is doing what and why. It seems as if it is easier to engage in conjecture and speculation instead. This doesn’t accomplish anything and ultimately, and is a lot of wasted time and effort.
The (s)Election fiasco grinds on, hardly worth even mentioning. Rhetoric, platitudes and pablum continue, as scripted. Nothing will change as endlessly ‘promised’. Nor will we find the courage to hold these liars accountable for the actions, lies or promises. The Collapse is ongoing, and is characterized by our cowardice to do the right thing, subscribing instead to self-preservation and temporary survival.
There will be no political “rescue” (nor a mystical one either). Humanity will have to suffer through its endless series of mistakes and disastrous decisions. The sum total of this simply means that we will have to endure (somehow) through everything that we’ve done to OURSELVES and to the planet that sustains us all. Human decisions and indifference are entirely responsible, which means that reversing or stopping any of this must also come through human efforts. Yet there is really no valid reason to assume that we won’t go on making bigger and bigger mistakes, which is what I’ve personally come to expect.
Real hope, if there really is any such thing, will come through personal action. How you live your life, what you do each day with your time, and how you engage with the world around you. This year, I’ve accomplished several major projects, now winding down in preparation for winter. My “hope” as it were, is knowing that I met these accomplishments. What I do, is my true “hope”, not what I expect others to do because I’m constantly disappointed by their lack of action. Eventually, I won’t do any more, either because I can’t, or don’t need to or because I’ll have done all I can.