Lovelock says the planet is now past the point of no return, and its self-regulating feedback mechanisms are turning from maintaining a liveable planet into a downward spiral of warming and flooding that will soon lay waste to civilization as we know it. Now we must prepare to survive as best we can. – James Lovelock
Life as we know it is fast coming to an end. But you’d hardly realize it if you are just paying attention to the MSN, which simply refuses to report the facts. Television is just a distraction and quite obsolete when it comes to information and “news”. What you learn on the Net can be learned months before the MSN is forced to report.
It used to be that alternative publications were more ‘newsworthy’ and informative regarding issues of critical importance. They still are, just not nearly as timely as surfing the Web. Shortwave is kind of a ‘hit or miss’ proposition, with a great many hucksters trying to squeeze you for a dollar or two (or few thousand). I don’t listen to shortwave (at all). It’s been overtaken by the Internet, which I consider a far better resource.
The best news I’ve found is on the Net, bar none. But you have to be careful and sort through all the hype and propaganda and disinformation online too. Too bad we can’t buy bullshit filter software, because we could sure use it. You’re going to have to rely upon your brain, which hopefully is intelligent enough to judge the b.s. quotient.
I’ve got a ton of sites I check periodically for news and information and my particular persuasions probably aren’t yours. I check many sources. I’m looking at evidence of catastrophic devastation on a planetary scale, ruined habits, overfishing, depleted soils, global warming, climate shift, political jerry-mandering, reports and statistics regarding peak oil, war, global conflict, presidential ‘prerogatives’ (think secret government), privacy, police state, economy, world commerce, bird flu, emerging diseases, etc.
I digest this all down in my brain computer, apply the b.s. filter and my dash of experience and consistently come up with the same solution each and every time. We’re bushed, through and through (if you don’t know what bushed means, you need to be visiting the Sustainable Living & Common Sense bulletin board, it’s a perfect replacement for a common four letter word).
We are dead meat for a lot of reasons, a few which I’ve bothered to post and blog. I simply don’t bother with the majority of it, since it would take all of my limited time and I’ve got better things to do, like figuring out how I’m going to survive this. Right now, and for the rest of my life, that’s taking a top priority, as it should.
Long gone are mundane thoughts of career, security, retirement, investments, stability, future, abundance, wealth, etc., these are all ‘old paradigm’, completely replaced by the new paradigm. The new paradigm involves self-sufficiency, self-reliance, personal production, simplification and sustainability. Obviously, I’m preparing for a world of shortages, destruction, death, disease and disaster. Wait a minute – that’s already happening. Well, okay then, I’m preparing for this on a global scale of unprecedented proportions.
I no longer believe that there is any future of ‘promise’ – the mess we left behind is taking care of that. Nor do I believe that this life of plenty is going to last much longer, how can it? All this stuff we see piled up around each and every one of us came from somewhere (of course), but we’ve not really been paying attention as to what it took to get it here into our greedy little hands and this gross oversight is now catching up with us. I’m absolutely convinced that the life of plenty and pleasure is about to end and the life of hardship and endurance is about to begin. Unfortunately, this means a whole lot of people aren’t going to make it, they are neither mentally or physically prepared to deal with it.
I’m getting ready to ‘gear up’ and ‘power down’ by preparing to take care of myself without outside help or assistance. This is the only prudent and proper response I can determine in light of all the evidence that our world is about to come crashing down. Life as we know it is going to end and if I hope to survive, I’m going to have to take personal responsibility for a lot of things that used to be handled by someone else. Like feeding myself. Or running to the grocery store. Heating my home. Transportation.
It’s not going to be easy, but hardship never is. I have the advantage of having advance knowledge and warnings that this is all going to happen, so I’m trying to make the best use of it as I can. So here is a free piece of advice: Stockpile. Stockpile. Stockpile. I can’t say this enough. You need to buy yourself some time, which best spent, is learning how to take care of yourself and your needs and to become a self-sufficient as you can.
Stockpiling won’t be enough, but it will buy you some time. The rest really is up to you.