Over the years, I have accumulated several hundred links to news services and sites, blog, articles and authors that have attempted to publish relevant news on the world’s changing climate. I don’t read them all at once, but from time to time, I go back, open them up, read what they’ve reported and ponder what they’ve said.
I’ve concluded that the vast majority of these sources are full of shit. Their ‘analysis’ as it were isn’t the problem, it’s the conclusions that they draw from their own data sets and the significance of what is being measured. Most of the authors and scientists simply cannot imagine that humanity is going to go extinct from the dangerous changes we have unleashed on the planet, so they write different opinions that pretend to portray opportunities for our salvation from the death march we have unleashed. Dutifully, year by year and even month by month, they will report how conditions continue to worsen and never improve, and yet reach the same optimistic conclusions. Really? I cannot be the only person who has noticed this trend.
Readers will know that I call this hopium for good reason, because it is a false (and dangerous) hope. The pretense that the constant, non-stop decline of the physical world that supports all life on Earth is still, somehow going to get magically ‘better’ and life as we know it will continue through the sheer hope and optimism of these scientists, authors and technologists. Economists and analysts are just as bad if not worse, they too promise a glorious future despite a constant decline in global resources. How can that be?
For example, the latest measurements of sea level rise indicates that ocean sea levels have tripled in the rate of increase in the past decade, while every other website and news source will still claim it’s just 3.4 mm per year, an amount that sounds comforting and not too bad. It’s actually over 12mm per year in many places, quadruple of what is being reported, which means that massive flooding and storm surges will just keep getting drastically worse. The amount of melt water pouring off of Greenland and other land based glaciers is also simply stupendous, completely unstoppable and guaranteed to disrupt the whole of civilization.
You can also read where Donald Trump while President, refused to support the need for New York City to build a massive sea wall to protect the city from rising oceans. In this, he was right, but for all the wrong reasons. Trump remains too stupid to accept sea level rise as an existential threat, but sea walls won’t stop the inexorable rising seas.
New York City and all of Florida and many other low-lying areas with highly dense populations are already drowning more and more each year. Nothing is going to change that fact, but this is but a small subset of the true threats unfolding against planetary habitability. Globally speaking, deforestation and the conversion of carbon-capturing forests into plantations, cattle ranches and agricultural regions has tipped the planet towards irreversible collapse and runaway warming that threatens all life on the planet. We thought we were helping our species as we expanded our human operations, but didn’t realize that we would make the planet itself uninhabitable for life in the process. We’ve killed the planet while embracing the lies that our exponential ‘progress’ was the pathway towards the future.
When I re-absorb the latest news and articles found on all these hundreds of websites, it’s painfully clear that we’re still drastically losing ground virtually everywhere. One site, not updated for several years now has this to say:
“Pity the nation”
“Pity the nation whose people are sheep,
and whose shepherds mislead them.
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars, whose sages are silenced,
and whose bigots haunt the airwaves.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice,
except to praise conquerors and acclaim the bully as hero
and aims to rule the world with force and by torture.
Pity the nation that knows no other language but its own
and no other culture but its own.
Pity the nation whose breath is money
and sleeps the sleep of the too well fed.
Pity the nation — oh, pity the people who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away.
My country, tears of thee, sweet land of liberty.”
~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti
City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology – 1995
“We should do whatever we can to make people more aware of the crises that are coming our way. Too many of us are dangerously oblivious to most of them, and the governments are doing far too little. All the best, Tad”
I know you know all this, but it’s worth saying: There are no significant ecological trend lines that are getting better for the ecosystems:
- Human population is growing, getting worse.
- Human livestock population is growing, getting worse.
- Human consumption is increasing, getting worse for all but the consumers.
- Human ecological and war-victim refugees are increasing, getting worse.
- Toxin loading biological systems is growing, getting worse.
- Wild flora / fauna diversity is shrinking, getting worse.
- Aquifers, and all freshwater resources are shrinking, getting worse.
- CO2 contents in the atmosphere is increasing, getting worse for existing biodiversity.
- Acid content of oceans is increasing, getting worse.
- Human economic unpayable debt load (fake energy, fake “growth”) is increasing, getting worse.
- Quality and availability of every critical resource are shrinking, making these resources more expensive and more destructive to recover.
- Net energy from energy resources is shrinking.
- Habitats and food for wild fauna are shrinking.
- Carbon and nutrient content of arable soils are shrinking.
- Nitrogen and Phosphorus cycles are disrupted and concentrated, creating dead lakes and dead ocean zones.
- Coral bed sea-life nurseries are shrinking.
- Tropical forest terrestrial nurseries are shrinking.
- Estuaries are shrinking.
- Ponzi schemes, stock swindles, and scams are increasing in frequency and monetary value.
- Forest fires and violent storms are increasing with CO2 and heating.
- War budgets are increasing, etc.
A Requiem for the Beautiful Earth
December 10, 2018
First, let me remind you that a pessimist is an optimist who shed his delusions and denial, and educated himself. Please keep this in mind, if you continue reading. If you don’t, that’s fine too. You will remain in your blissful bubble of denial and ignorance, which are the dominant genetic traits of most denizens of the fossil super organism. Please understand that many democratically elected governments know very well about your truth aversion and are making best use of it.
There isn’t a single solitary data point that indicates that the global situation for the future is actually improving anywhere. Technologists keep pretending that they will finally deliver human freedom and opportunities if we just embrace just a few more of the chains being offered. They’re still claiming they can fix the unfixable and solve the unsolvable, pretending that it is humanly possible to reverse centuries of endless destruction and reverse it all with a magical snap of their electronic fingers. It’s the same lie that’s been told for the past 100+ years.
This is why they’re all full of shit. The disconnect from the actual unfolding reality and the physical processes now unleashed and what human kind is technologically, physically and financially capable of doing is a chasm that rivals the deepness of space itself. We can’t do it – especially when we keep doing what caused the problems in the first place. The switch to ‘renewables’ that is supposed to save the climate turns out to be just as bad or even worse then burning fossil fuels. Electric vehicles and carbon trading schemes don’t change anything and may even make things worse then they already are. These are the interesting but ignored facts that tend to be constantly overlooked as the world is goose-stepped into accepting more technology as ‘essential’ for their future. It’s all horseshit.
Every data point indicates that global collapse is still happening, faster and faster. There is nothing that indicates that we are going to avoid the implosion of our civilization. The vast majority of humankind is blissfully unaware of this unfolding catastrophe, only because most of them are still being bombarded, literally assaulted minute-by-minute with endless propaganda and deception. It could be that this is better then the panic-stricken reactionary violence and fear that knowing otherwise would entail. I don’t know, I only know beyond any doubt whatsoever that the future isn’t going to be what the vast majority of people seem to think.
We’ve already traversed far beyond the point where ‘saving the world’ is even possible, because it’s just not. Human addictions, greed and entitlement represent insurmountable stumbling blocks to the self-sacrifice and austerity that would be required to save civilization, even if we could solve the population problem. However, it would also be foolish to even try, because you can’t save a diseased patient by saving the disease, which is civilization. The global energy consumption alone reveals the sheer folly of this voracious structure on a finite world, now fast running out of available resources to exploit.
“Like you, your colleague, and our colleagues on this list, I’ve been monitoring the ecological trends all of my adult life, for some fifty years. As far as I can see, all the trend lines converge on collapse, including “technology.”
When you realize that energy-intensive technology is being applied to ecology and environmental ‘sustainability’, the fallacy of this incompatible foolishness becomes quite profound. The obvious is being completely ignored, when in reality, it should be widely and immediately embraced. We should have immediately stopped our assault on the world instead. But humankind is loathe to give up the comforts of an ‘advanced’ civilization and would rather choose death than choose survival. Most humans are still convinced that technology will finally banish the need for nature, a profound contradiction rivaled only by the stubborn refusal to see what is right in front of us.
Remember, always remember – it’s not what they say that matters, it’s what they are doing that actually counts. The funding, development, political support and investments in both time, money and labor are to apply technological solution to environmental problems. This is pure folly. Nature has never needed our supposed ‘help’. Nature needs to be left alone and do what she’s always done best, which is to take care of the natural world. We cannot improve upon this in any meaningful ways without creating a mess of things. It was human activity and the non-stop burning of fossil fuel that triggered the collapse of the environment, a large portion of which was for the advancement of technology. While we have seen gains in efficiencies, Jevons Paradox still applies – they have been lost through increased consumption and wastes.
This conundrum, which is actually now properly called a predicament, is an unsolvable problem. We can’t maintain what we’ve designed and built without making things (considerably) worse. Nor can we ‘power down’ in any meaningful ways without collapsing our economy and imperiling the survival of billions of people. But if we do not do something very drastic very soon, billions of people will die anyway through drought, starvation, violence and disruptions that have already been triggered.
Even when chopped up into bite-sized “pieces” the problems we face are absolutely enormous. How can we protect coastal cities from rising seas? How can we even protect even one city? How can we keep feeding the still rising populations of the world with declining food production? How can we prevent endemic disease and pestilence which are increasing with rising temperatures? How can we reduce global consumption with increasing populations? How can we revamp a global economy that depends on escalating levels of consumption and standards of living in order to even exist? How can we preserve any of the remaining world’s ice as temperatures continue to rise? How do we remove the extreme amounts of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gasses already emitted into the atmosphere? How can we actually stop fossil fuel burning when civilization itself absolutely requires it at every stage of our existence?
Nobody – not one person on the planet has the answer to even a single one of these types of questions. The civilization we designed and built was predicated upon doing the exact opposite of what is now needed. We are constantly being told that these problems have solutions, yet none have actually ever materialized. When you read enough, and realize that this same lie has been endlessly told for hundreds of years, you will realize that they’ve been lying about having workable ‘solutions’ all along. They don’t actually exist and never have, because our economy, production, capacity and direction are in direct contradiction doing the exact opposite of what is needed.
It’s pointless to use computer models and paper exercises as any sort of ‘proof’ when all that matters is does any of these solutions actually solve these problems in real life? That is to say, do they even exist? Or do these solutions even make things worse? Have any of them been demonstrated at a meaningful scale? Since none actually do, then you will quickly know that we’ve got a whole bunch of insurmountable problems that cannot actually be solved. These are predicaments, insolvable issues that predict unfolding collapse with 100% accuracy.
Most of the world is still focused on non-relevant, non-important, non-threatening things. This distraction serves to keep consumers consuming and billions distracted from the real issues of our time. The vast overwhelming majority of these other issues are functionally irrelevant and meaningless. They’re promoted into the empty mind space of billions of people to consume every waking moment by design. I’ve finally realized that most people don’t want to know what lies ahead. It’s easier to embrace the lies and to become a part of the deception. How many billions of people think they’re going to retire someday? How many people think they’re going to have a better, safer world then their parents did?
I’ve always blamed the manipulators for lying to us, but the truth is, we also lied to ourselves and we did it when the information of what is actually unfolding was easily and readily available to us all. It’s easier to retreat into lies when they are supported by so many within our social circles. Nobody wants to admit to the horrifying truth of what lies ahead, so we choose not to. We publish the results of scientists and reporters that promise us things will be ok and we’ll all get through this instead of the words of the misanthropes that point out that there is no evidence to indicate that this is even remotely true. We’re not going to get through this, none of us are.
A great deal of the time, money, attention and energy being focused on ‘life’ and all that this means to the people of the world is a horrendous waste. If you’re planning for a normal future, you are definitely on the wrong path. You’re not going to get a normal future now, nobody is. Life is just going to get harder and harder and then eventually become impossible. For everyone. Because all the things you need in order to survive and flourish will become hard and then impossible to get and 99.98% of the people on this planet have no idea how to even feed themselves. Everyone alive today is living on the dregs of a collapsing civilization that is voraciously devouring everything that is still left, whatever abundance, luxuries and comforts you have right now are nowhere guaranteed to exist in your future. They can’t continue because the civilization that you depend on to even survive is fast coming to a close and the warning signs are now everywhere. The worsening signals of economic collapse, environmental collapse, political collapse and sociological collapse are screaming “Code Red” on every measurable metric and there is no viable plans for any kind of rescue.
Most of the world is ignoring all of this. Are you? Everyone should be making their own preparations now, including the world’s governments and industry leaders. Their future is at stake just as much as yours is. Their industries and businesses won’t survive any better then you will. How could they? There is a move towards gaining global control of food and water supplies, including the systems that deliver them, for a reason. They are aware of what’s coming, but instead of opting to prevent it or mitigate the effects, they’re still planning on exploiting the economic opportunities that will arise.
Unfortunately this means that the same “have’s” and “have not’s” will be largely the same as it is now. Presently, they’re supplying everything that everybody else is still consuming, and they intend to keep on doing that for as long as possible, even if it means that they will have to give up some of their other industries. Frankly, there is nothing anyone can really do about this and it’s not worth losing any sleep over, it’s going to happen. You can make your own plans and preparations, aligning your own life and that of your family (if they will listen) to mitigate and adapt to the horrific ‘adjustments’ that are coming. Everyone will eventually need to do this, if they haven’t started already.
I actually don’t pity the fools who are still enamored with the glamor of the present civilization and all the toys and trinkets it still contains. I see no point in trying to educate anyone, share with anyone or serve as a warning to anyone. Been there, done that and it’s done no good at all despite years of effort. I’m deeply saddened by the folly, stupidity and what passes for ‘culture’ and entertainment these days, but won’t try to stop any of it. Those that want to remain unaware and uninvolved in preparing their own lives for harsh times unfolding have already made their choice and they will have to live with the consequences of their inaction.
Nor do I pity the nation that refuses to do what is right, or understands when it is time to tell the truth, or admits to its own culpability and guilt to the enormous crimes perpetuated in our name. I don’t pity the nation that incessantly lies and foists deceptions and fabricates empty promises against the future welfare of its own citizens. I only pity those who are too young to know, too innocent to be charged, too guiltless to held to account, which includes nobody that can read these words. If you don’t know who these guiltless people are, then you will have not understood anything I have shared.
The crimes of the past century are writ large for all the world to see, but the supposedly ‘responsible’ have proven that they don’t really care. How could they? They’re too enamored with their own self-importance and fantasies in the mistaken belief that their lives matter more then others, and nothing bad will ever happen to them. Their screen addictions and desensitization to the real world have made them all stumbling, mindless zombies, only capable of devouring the next mass deception broadcast from millions of screens every minute of every day. Their stunning hypocrisy and blindness to the crimes of this age is colossal. Far better men then I have tried to penetrate the dull awareness peering blankly at the ongoing slaughter with no comprehension of what is taking place. Most of us have now quit, resigned to the reality that you can’t save the reprobate or educate the obtuse.
The few are now straddled by the many, unable to throw this enormous weight of apathy and indifference off of our backs, crushed under the enormous tide of staggering stupidity and moronic beliefs poisoning the minds of millions. I do not pity any of them, because I barely recognize them as even human. They seek to gut this country and divide the spoils by betraying their own oaths and the Constitution that binds us, slobbering in eager anticipation for the slaughter to come. With 147 traitors still in office, still trying to overthrow the will of the people, still fomenting complete lies and fabricated fantasies in slavish devotion to the Orange Antichrist, the Republican traitors in this country have made it clear they are willing to break every law, every rule, every modicum of decency and respect to ramrod through their fascist agenda.
Strange as it may seem, Donald J. Trump is still in power, holding complete sway and influence over the traitors in the Republican Party who continue to grovel at his feet. The deposed dictator is swiftly building his base of rabid fools and traitors to engage in guerilla warfare against the citizens and elected officials of this country. Trump would rather destroy the nation then see himself held to account. The January 6th investigative committee and the new Attorney General have been very slow to bring about criminal charges to the corrupt leadership still in office, and Trump himself has proven to be unaccountable for his crimes of treason, at least so far.
The United States is going to explode, likely into a million pieces as factions and fools spew their vitriolic hatred and violence at each other, each vying to extinguish and end the other side. That so many Americans have fallen for this complete madness is a clear sign that the end of the United States and all that it represents is at hand. The attempted coup is still underway as numerous outlets have published, still unfolding and still likely to resort to coast to coast violence. Fully one half of the supposed “representative leadership” in this country is behind this movement for civil war, which is absolutely nuts. We’ve gone far, far beyond the notion of “sore losers” in and out of office to full-blown traitors willing to shed blood to demand their bloodletting fantasies.
If you haven’t figured out that this country has lost its mind, you have not been paying attention. Americans are not willing to do the right thing, something we all witnessed during the four years of Trump’s antics. Things have only gotten significantly worse here since, you have to be completely clueless to not understand that the United States is already “over” in all but name now. The liars and lies and selfish assholes of this country have taken over the farm, poisoned the well, murdered the animals and now hungrily eye the remaining laborers. Supposedly, over 5 million have already quit their jobs knowing that the gig is up, no point in perpetuating the lie that they’re working for the future. What future? The only future I see is more suffering and death.
There are still plenty of people that prefer to remain optimistic and hopeful, but it’s all based upon self-deception and the warm embrace of comforting lies. Supposedly, endless resources and energy supplies will be magically erupt from a poisoned planet and the environment won’t collapse any further. Societal problems and disagreements won’t boil over into full-blown conflicts, climate change will be mild and completely manageable by technowizardy magic, and scientists and technologists will save the future for humanity and all will be well. We’ll go on as before, these little speed bumps in our journey through space will be hardly noticed. I can only wonder at the minds that imagine such fantasies, they’re just as guilty and just as culpable, as the ones that seek to engage in violence. Both are completely disconnected from reality.
Out here in the ‘middle’ are the minds that know something is desperately wrong and fast getting worse. Many have tried to put their fingers on it but many more remain bewildered by the sheer speed and scale of the imploding institutions and norms that are no longer in existence. Lacking sufficient real-world awareness they sometime think that the failure is political, or economic, but these falling dominoes all stem from the same source. That’s why they don’t offer any clear explanations and cannot conceive of any viable solutions, they fail every time to identify the root causes of our failing world.
Apparently, it takes a large audience and a well-known platform to make a ‘difference’, but I suspect that it’s far too late for even this now. The only difference any of us can make is in our own lives, civilization and society will go on doing what they’ve always done, pretending to be immune from resource collapse, environmental collapse and deadly climate change. Vast changes in the stock markets, cryptocurrency and investment profiles will be attempted to stave off the global destruction, but for most of us not involved, it won’t make any difference at all. This will just be humans trying to profit from collapse, just like they do from war and selling the weapons of death and destruction. Your only hope here is to not be caught in the crossfire (or find yourself a target).
Pity not the nation that chooses to remain blind, oblivious and embracing death and destruction. All the machinations and schemes, political alignments and betrayals, all the economic manipulations and madness, all the incessant programming and brainwashing – it’s all designed to keep humanity, the whole entire world, distracted from the coming unfolding collapse accelerating around the globe. There won’t be anything to stop it, because of the sheer madness of what we’ve created, a voracious devouring global machine that depends on non-stop consumption and endless growth on a finite world of dwindling resources vastly overpopulated by an incredibly selfish species.
We deserve what’s unfolding, as horrible as it is, because we gave up caring, long ago and replaced it with greed. This will be the end of the Manifest Destiny where humanity wrongly tries to conquer the world and subdue all of nature, making biology and physics serve the whims of mankind. It was always folly, always resulting in death and destruction and has now become a suicide pact between man and machine, energy and atrophy, stagnation and supply, overreach and greed. We lost our way, long ago and killed our chances to stay alive, choosing the wrong path and the wrong way, unable to satisfy our base appetites and inherently flawed nature.
We’ve had ample opportunity to self-correct, but eradicated every opportunity and tribe to ensure that only this civilization survived. Our error was obvious then and even more obvious now.