Oct 302011
 

I am now deep into the book, “The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman, and I must say, this has been an incredible read.  The author takes us on a journey of human history and our relationship (attack) upon the natural world. He poses the thought experiment, “what would the Earth be like if we all suddenly disappeared?”.

One of the things I find amazing is I found this book at a local book sale, only $1 for as many books as you can fit into a grocery store plastic bag.  I bought all non-fiction materials, and found this gem among the pile of books there.  It was stamped “Discarded” by our local public library, so was probably donated to the book sale.

By why was it discarded? It’s a great book, well researched and well written and published quite recently (2007).  The fact that it was considered inconsequential is what is most troubling of all.  The author reveals the incredible human impact upon the Earth and what this is all leading to, yet the local library tossed this out…

It is a sign of the times.  Our refusal to admit to our own hubris, our responsibility, and our deep connection to the life on this Earth is absolutely staggering.

Humans are a huge force of nature, that is perfectly clear. We have wiped out tens of thousands of species now, virtually hunting them into extinction, or so perfectly destroying their habitats that they cannot adapt fast enough to continue to exist. Science reports that the extinction rate now is over 10,000 times the normal rate, all of this caused by humans and our impacts upon this planet.

There is ample evidence throughout the entire world that we are literally eating our way down the food chain, as fast as we possibly can.  Right now, the 7th billion human is a journalistic theme in the media, and how we are going to grow to 10 billion, even 15 billion souls on this planet.  Possible?  Maybe, but the collapse we have caused is well underway now and there is absolutely no guarantee at all that we will “achieve” such numbers.

Currently we are unable to feed the billions we have now adequately. The reasons are quite obvious, but population is still expected to continue upwards.  Al Bartlett’s  “Arithmetic, Population and Energy” series is well worth watching if you haven’t already. The exponential function of our consumption, fueled by population growth, all by itself in a “perfect world” would signal our collapse.

But we do not live in a perfect world. A review of human history reveals that we are quite voracious and very, very violent. Modern civilization attempts to gloss over these facts with glitz, glamor and patriotic messages, but the truth is quite the opposite. Electronic warfare from thousands of miles away in the Nevada desert dropping bombs in Yemen may seem sanitary and efficient, but the reality and the suffering we cause on the ground is very much different.

The recent killing of Gaddafi joins Bin Laden and Saddam as America’s long line of “justice” against the alleged evil in our midst. Except it’s much, much more then just that. It is a part of this country’s insatiable quest for energy resources at any cost, including (in all three cases) befriending these so-called “evils” as convenience dictated, providing them weapons and support, and then as the “need” arose, utterly destroying them (and their countries).

American duplicity is unbelievable. Our unbridled ferocity against all those who would claim to view the world differently is absolutely endless. Recall the newly named “Freedom Fries” because the French refused to support our attack upon Iraq? You can still find these listed on the menu in backwards locations of America.

I just watched “Severe Clear“, a DVD movie about the Iraq war. The propaganda was hard to stomach. Video clips of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell and Bush were intertwined with brain washing sessions to the troops about how we were “protecting America” by bringing war to the Iraqi people. The missing weapons of mass destruction was only mentioned as an afterthought, but the destruction was already complete by then. The body count was very high, but it was all somehow “justified” by the sheer fact that our presence there made it justified. The logic was simple — if we were ordered to be there and do this, then there must have been good reason.

Except as we all now know, there wasn’t. There wasn’t any justifiable reason at all. Certainly not the reasons we were all force fed. In the beginning, many of us saw this, but during and now after, we’re still questioning the wanton destruction. Those voices are going more silent as the war on dissent ratchets up higher and higher in this country.

This then is what brings me to my point. Humans, both large and small, politically powerful or lowly soldier, housewife or union boss, hold an incredible capacity to engage in and support extreme acts of violence based upon nothing more then sheer propaganda and the “belief” that this encompasses. But what does this then tell us about ourselves?

Most of this country was alleged to support the war, just like most of this country is alleged to revel in the deaths of Saddam, Bin Laden and Gaddafi.  America is right, and therefore justified, by any and all means necessary, and these actions prove it.

Except of course that they don’t, they prove exactly the opposite. A complete and total disregard for human life, international law, the rules of war, the Geneva Convention and all the boundaries we have constructed for ourselves on how we should govern our own activities. The million plus Iraqi dead are a grisly testimony to our xenophobic hatred of all others, and our disregard for anything “not American”.

But there is much, much more then war against other humans to consider and contemplate too. We are at violent war with the environment and the natural world that sustains us. This has been going on as long as humans have been around. Paul Martin (in the book) believes that we wiped out the (truly) large mammals on the American continent through over-exploitation, virtually driving them into extinction. We know that this happened in many other places too, again and again, as humans invaded a land, devouring everything in sight until there was virtually nothing left.

Easter Island of course comes to mind, but there are many other notable examples. In case after case, it is homo sapiens that have driven the natural world before them into their nets, spears and traps until there was nothing left and then we moved on, if we still could.  And many times, we did, it’s the reason humans are here on this continent.

Here in the modern world a few cycles of the sun later, we have been led to believe that we’ve changed our ways, that human concepts such as justice, lawfulness and fairness now govern our actions and our behavior. But this is simply untrue, these constructs are pathetically weak when it comes to measuring them against our own reality and actions. We are very swiftly at each others throats for the dumbest reasons you can even imagine, killing, maiming, murdering and destroying as quickly as we can, totally “justified” in our minds that we were somehow wronged by an entire people we have never even met.

We stand entirely alone as a species with this type of self-destructive behavior, which has only been permitted as long as we ourselves still manage to survive, and this survival comes not from our own “doing”, but from the world itself which we are at war with.

We are indeed a stupefying force of nature, quite literally fashioning the world into our image. What is that image? It is death, destruction, consumption and the total domination of all things. How can that image or the world that has sustained it manage to last?  It cannot.

We cannot seem to help ourselves either. Again and again, we are at war, killing, maiming, justifying and “legalizing” our actions. Our war extends to our environment, each and every day, every moment of every day, polluting, consuming, corrupting, destroying and wiping out whatever we choose with a complete and total disregard. This too is war, war on a entire planet, war on the natural world, war on every living species in the entire biosphere, ultimately even upon ourselves.

It is as if humans have a hatred gene in their genetic makeup that deludes us and impels us to kill, destroy and dominate, even though we can logically admit that in the end, this is self-destructive. Our own history is replete with countless examples of our desire for domination, a “scorched-Earth policy” of take no prisoners, show no mercy, again and again.

Our brains and moral sensibilities tell us that there must be a better way, but the solution to this conundrum seems to elude us. We’re governed now by forces we don’t control — government, politicians, corporations, consumption, even greed, all being wielded now like a slashing sword, slaughtering whatever is in our path. But deeper down, past all the edifices and institutions that we have imagined ours, we’re left with just looking at us, who we are, what we are.

And this hasn’t changed. We are the same as we have been for 10,000 years. We’re still here not because of our self-appointed status as king of all species, but because of the formerly sheer abundance of the Earth itself, which we have grazed off of until this very day.

But that is now in collapse, almost entirely because of what we have done. “Our” oceans are in severe decline. “Our” glaciers in severe melt. “Our” soils, lakes, rivers and streams polluted. “Our” resources are depleted. “Our” way of life threatened, imperiled and in collapse.

Setting aside the misconception of human ownership, the evidence of a severe decline throughout the environment is everywhere now. Entire countries, once lush with trees and verdant wildlife are now denuded, desert landscapes.  Oceans once full of fish and marine creatures are scraped clean, now devoid of life by armies of trawlers. The air we breathe is toxic, polluted and unhealthy. Human released toxins invade the environment and atmosphere, even in the farthest reaches of the world. In the world court of accusation and blame, only one species alone is responsible for all of this. But we cannot seem to admit to any of it in meaningful ways.

Like the book mentioned above, we cannot simply discard the Earth when we’re done with it. Go where?  Live how?

Collapse is a human-engineered event. There is nothing natural about it. Nothing. We can survive earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms and even tidal waves, but we cannot survive our own hubris. Engineering our own destruction is unbelievably stupid. Which makes us not the smartest species on the planet, just the dumbest.

Plenty can be said about this (and has). It’s done little good. Individuals are a force of nature insomuch as they are a part of the collective whole of the species. How the species acts and behaves, even what it believes, has proven to be a monumental force for both good and evil. There are some in our midst that are not like us, having chosen a different path. They are quite dismayed at our behavior and rightly so. The Taker society is killing the planet out from beneath their feet.

I’ve often been asked about “survival” over the years. What to do, where to go, who to help, where to even live. How do you truly prepare for survival when your own species is hell-bent on self-destruction? Where the “right to life” triumphs all else? Or better said, where greed governs our every action?

Should we survive ourselves?  Does anyone actually think that only the “good” will survive and all the bad will be destroyed?

What if this already happened?

Think about it. What’s left today? Who is left?

Humans have made damned sure that only the “chosen” are still here. All others were systematically wiped out. Very few remain now. However, our experiment with civilization has proven to be quite disastrous.  All of us were born into this, something we cannot help. But none of us have to stay here. Not if we don’t want to. But the truth is easy: we want to stay.  We know this is true because it’s all that we do. We build it, refashion it and redesign it over and over again, believing that we can eventually get it right or somehow “better”. But we’re making a rather mess of things, aren’t we?

The good are almost all gone now. And we are what is left, supposedly an “improvement” upon things. Now, we get to work live slaves for corporate masters whom we never even meet, accepting lifetimes of toil and drudgery, producing endless reams of paper or electronic blips, churning out “consumable goods” while we rape the planet blind. We hope against the sheer reality that we can “make it” somehow to the end (of our lives), where we can then finally rest from our labors.

Looking back, we console ourselves that it all somehow “mattered”, that our lives were not spent uselessly doing useless things while we participated in this grand experiment of “civilization”.  Selective memory always helps here, where we can choose to ignore our own contributions over a lifetime to our collapse, our destruction and our endless and senseless killing.

This is insane.  It’s all insane, behavior you would find only in a lunatic asylum filled with the mentally ill. Crazy people do crazy things because to their way of thinking, it’s all okay. But it is not all okay, none of this is all okay.  It’s all wrong — every last damned bit of it.

It’s also extremely pervasive and hard to break through. Voices are going silent in utter despair as the juggernaut of civilization drowns out reason.  We’re fighting against an entrenched enemy — ourselves. Even authors of pieces just like this are looking in the mirror with the horrifying realization that we too are the enemy within. Our “greed gene” refuses to release us. We’re not immune from the horrors of our civilization or our participation.

Recently, I watched Apocalypse Now again, after many years of my first viewing. Colonel Kurtz words words still echo:

I’ve seen horrors… horrors that you’ve seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that… but you have no right to judge me.

It’s impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means.

Horror… Horror has a face… and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not, then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies!

I remember when I was with Special Forces… seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to inoculate some children. We left the camp after we had inoculated the children for polio, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. He couldn’t see. We went back there, and they had come and hacked off every inoculated arm. There they were in a pile. A pile of little arms. And I remember… I… I… I cried, I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out; I didn’t know what I wanted to do!

And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it… I never want to forget. And then I realized… like I was shot… like I was shot with a diamond… a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought, my God… the genius of that! The genius! The will to do that! Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure.

And then I realized they were stronger than we, because they could stand that these were not monsters, these were men… trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love… but they had the strength… the strength… to do that.

If I had ten divisions of those men, our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral… and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to kill without feeling… without passion… without judgment… without judgment! Because it’s judgment that defeats us.  

Do you understand? We are all murderers, every one of us. We are the horror. You have to come to terms with that. This is why moral terror are “your friends”. If not, this is the enemy to be feared — the denial of oneself, who you are, what your species is.

Do not stand in (self) righteous judgement and declare yourself exempt — you are not.  Nobody is. We are all part of the terror, the horror inflicted upon this world because of who and what we are. We have embraced the deception that we are the undisputed on this planet and demonstrated this in a millions ways in endless sequences of death and destruction, including war upon our own species. The sheer scale of this slaughter boggles the imagination.  We can read about it, even experience it, but we can never truly comprehend it all, as it goes back to the dawn of human history. This is what we are.

Kurtz’s last line of all is perhaps the most important to remember which he whispered in tortured agony of realization:

The horror… the horror…

The realization of who we are and what we are entirely capable of doing… including the imminent act of his appointed assassin Willard…

Now do you understand? Our collapse is as immutable as the rising sun, an event that unfolds even now.

Oct 222011
 

In the High Cost of Inaction, Jim Gavin outlines the latest thinking on climate stabilization by Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow.

As expected since 2004, things are much worse.  Much, much worse. The window of opportunity is far smaller now then ever, and the likelihood of failure much greater.

What follows however, is my own commentary to Jim’s question: So are we ready to begin that now?

I remain convinced that we lack what it takes to fix anything on such a massive scale, because we ourselves lack the real desire. Moreover, we will always lack this real desire because the basis of our civilization has utterly destroyed it.

Why would anyone honestly believe that we have desire to change the status-quo in a significant enough ways to slow down or stop climate change? Greed governs our world. Our entire civilization is built upon the premises that we “own it all”, and that the world’s resources are here for the exclusive use of humanity, in any manner we see fit (including generational suicide).

This viewpoint, held by billions now is very narrow, short-term and even xenophobic, and even encouraged by all of our major institutions.

Yes, change is what we claim we want, as things get a bit more difficult then before, but what is this change we seek exactly? In a so-called “more perfect world”, a more equal distribution of wealth… equity, justice, the abolishment of a our duopoly… protection for the environment, etc.

However missing from all of these desires for change is something very fundamental: Us. We are not changing at all. We expect more, not less. We demand more, not less, even if it is to be more “fairly distributed” and there is more equity in the world. This is incompatible with a finite world of depleting resources. Humans seek to reshape and redesign their entire living environment rather then live symbiotically within it.

This will always result in a devastating conflict. Our interest .vs. everything else (and I mean everything, including those essential resources and lifeforms on this planet required for our existence.)

Our hubris is to fail to admit to our failings, to include all of above, and our incompatibility to adapt ourselves to our environment, versus adapting the environment to our demands. This will always lead to disaster, which is where we find ourselves now.

We are going to repeat (on a global scale this time) what civilizations of the past also found out. There is no escape from this.

We err greatly by thinking that with our modern science, tools, inventions and so-called “know-how”, that we have something they didn’t, and that we can now be confident that we will avoid their same fate, because of our “progress”. This is patently false, because it utterly fails to address the real fundamental issues of who we actually are, and that this progress is (also) the very reason we are now collapsing.

It is also the height of hubris to claim that if we re-achieve “350 ppm” that this will prevent catastrophe. Jevons Paradox teaches us this. We cannot be expected to constrain ourselves in reality, because we now lack the moral capability. Consider this: why are we not talking about the real issues, such as the basis of civilization itself? Or population? Or how we actually exist on this planet? The fact that we choose to ignore these very important topics reveals our moral failings and our hubris and why we will fail. Instead, we go on promoting how humans can fix things back up, which is quite ridiculous when you think about it.

Humans do not actually produce anything (other then a few new man-made elements), we refashion and consume what was already here — but with devastating consequences as it turns out. We think our ingenuity and invention is our salvation, because we are blind to the real truth. We have now become our own worst enemy, having “conquered” the planet (temporarily) but destroying ourselves in the process. Nature bats last, and the grand slam to come is most definitely headed our way.

We should be focusing instead on how to co-exist here symbiotically, while we still can, rather then how to foolishly try to master (and control) it all. The reason why other life-forms have lived here for so long, far, far, longer then humans ever have, is because of their ability to adapt themselves to their environment, not the other way around. Our brain might be bigger, but we’re not smarter — we’re conceited.

Not to worry, in “The World Without Us”, our edifices are shown to crumble very fast, leaving almost no trace of our passing “civilization” and pitiful attempts to master the world. We may yet exist, but then again, maybe not. If we fail to embrace some very basic truths, then the latter is much more likely.

Oct 212011
 

This fits right in with yesterday’s post: Random Road Checks in Flint, Michigan

Except that this is all illegal:

The practice has legal experts on searches and seizures at two law schools in Michigan, a constitutional law expert in Lansing and the American Civil Liberties Union calling the practice out of bounds and out of touch with state and U.S. Supreme Court rulings that ban such practices.

Based on a case out of Indianapolis, the U.S. Supreme Court held in 2000 that narcotics checkpoints where everyone gets stopped on a public road are not legal and violate Fourth Amendment protections against illegal searches and seizures, professor David Moran at the University of Michigan Law School said.

Wayne State University Law School professor Peter Henning said police can set up roadblocks to search all who pass by, but only if a crime has just been committed.

So how does the TSA get away with this shit? Probably because they’re exempt from obeying the law. Or because they don’t check everyone, or some other such nonsense.

The double-standards that exist in this country are only getting worse. And so is your freedom. Authority figures, politicians, cops, federal agents can virtually get away with anything, including murder, violence, theft, but you can’t.

Frankly, we don’t want to either, but we’re also mighty tired of the duplicity that is growing by leaps and bounds everyday.

I know I’m pissing into the wind. The things that I write here are a waste of time.  Americants simply do not care about anything. Go read the comments you’ll find on the articles posted on the web that depict the crime, the decline or the ongoing collapse of this country. This country is populated by ignorant, indifferent and mean-spirited people who actually embrace their slavery. Many of them are standing in line demanding more crumbs from their masters. They wouldn’t know freedom if it bit them in the ass and tore out a fat chunk.  If they had it, they’d squander it and demand to go back to their gilded cages. They like their slavery, and their much too dumb to realize what they’ve lost.

The few of us who do care are out-numbered, out-voted, ignored, shouted down and discarded like dirty dish rags. We don’t count. The country we once had doesn’t matter.  The lives we could be living aren’t wanted.

Americants are going to submit to some pretty awful things. In truth, they already have, but it will be as I’ve predicted, they will be much, much worse then what we’ve seen so far.  And then there will be no turning back.  Ever.

Oct 202011
 

The TSA now believes Americans are the real terrorists, as trucks, buses and the nations highways fall to random vehicle checks.

Because Americans have refused to stand up to these type of police-state tactics and put a stop to them, you can be absolutely certain that many more will be coming. Shopping malls, public gatherings, train stations and more.

Here is the number of actual major terrorism attacks in the past ten years — 0.

Zero? Yep, that’s right. ZERO.

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Oct 162011
 

I’m wondering how much of this stuff is getting on television? Anybody know? And what kind of spin is the television media putting on it?  1500 Cities Protest

It’s obviously gaining (some) momentum. It’s not as big as they claim however, looking around the web it is still in its early stages (elsewhere).

There is also a “name and address” site, Occupy The Boardroom (link) that lists the names of the executives of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Chase, and others. This is long overdue, but has been available on alternative media sites for years in various articles.

And there’s this, from Michel Chossudovsky, who writes about how these movements are planned very early on, and always co-opted and infiltrated. Occupy Wall Street and “The American Autumn”: Is It a “Colored Revolution”? Also see this, “Manufacturing Dissent“.

Personally, I side with the ‘revolution’ or ‘occupation’ or whatever you may want to call it, but it is fatally flawed in its present form. The crowd is after something that they cannot have. They may be given a few crumbs in the end, after a lot of head bashing, but the justice and equity they’re demanding will be lip-service only. Maybe, just maybe a few “responsible” heads will roll, or as Max Kaiser recently said, “we’ve got the guillotine”, but it is unlikely that this present effort will succeed with any real changes.

I emphasis “present” on purpose, because there is a small likelihood that this movement will be morphed into something else altogether.  We all know what that is: a violent people’s revolution.

You do not have to like it to understand that this could happen. At present, the movement is being co-opted and redirected, containing the debate and the response of the participants and spokespersons.

It is hard for people to realize that all political expression (and activity) is almost always “predefined”. Nothing happens in politics unless it has already been approved. Even political “grassroot” movements have this restriction. Every group in America has long since been infiltrated.

They want this to expression to happen. They gain the upper advantage in every situation by doing this. Dig deeper and you find that they play on both sides of the fence, funding and supporting in so-called “secret” while publicly chastising it.

What appears to be a a growing popular movement sweeps up any other expressions of dissent. The people join because it “seems right” and opportune, but not always because it is going to be successful or achieve its objectives. This serves as the “steam valve” I’ve written about before, defusing real dissent of a violent nature and immutable demands from the people.

Here’s the gist of the matter: the guilty are rarely punished and oftentimes “go free” or retain their golden parachutes. Nothing really changes. The people “had their say” and they “got involved” and they “took their stand”, but the status-quo remains the same as ever.  And that is a dangerous compromise.

This is why I say that asking for more crumbs is useless.  Crumbs you WILL be given. They do not mind giving out a few more crumbs, or the illusion that you’ve “made a difference”.  However, I’m not going to fall for this myself. The only way a real difference will be made is if we were to somehow dismantle it ALL and rebuild with something better and more equitable (and punish the guilty).

It is highly unlikely that our two-party duopoly will change. It is highly unlikely that Wall Street will be dismantled.  Or our fiat banking system or indentured servitude.  Or abolish our national debt or dismantle the military industrial complex or our abandon our foreign occupations or stop being the global “cop”, or starting more wars, or any number of truly huge and significant issues that lie at the very geological center of our country. These fault lines are deeply entrenched into America’s very existence and economic function, and it will take a supernova explosion to put a stop to any one of these issues.

Yet these are the very things that need to be utterly dismantled and done away with.  But what we are seeing, and what we will see (most likely) in the days ahead is crumbs being offered as token appeasement and “rewards” for being “patriotic Americans and voicing our dissent”.  This is said to be the highest form of patriotism there is — but what isn’t said is the rest of this truth — just as long as this is all you do.

It’s crap. And I do not like eating shit. Nobody does, but the crowd is easily manipulated and co-opted, and they will fall for it.

Why do I say such things? Because this is what history almost always teaches us. They control the debate, the dissent and the outcome. Only if they lose control does this thing have a chance of being something else.

But we’re already being told that it’s co-opted from the get-go. This could be stopped if the participants wised up to what is happening. Or if some outside force acted independently.

One thing to keep in mind. They don’t control everything or everybody. They cannot. It is a logistical impossibility. They’re woefully outnumbered in reality, even if they brought in the National Guard or something to control riots. This country functions not because of their mechanisms of control, but because we want it to and we submit to those controls.

If that changes, then nothing on Earth can stop it.

Oct 152011
 

In the many years that I have been in this “collapse theme”, regarding our society and civilization and the future that lies before us all, I have come to fully embrace the viewpoint that future planning is an absolutely essential and critical activity — for each and every one of us.

We do not live in the same world as before, where we were at least mildly assured of stability, progress and long-term (lifetime) security.

There are too many toppling dominoes falling down around us now, too many variables, too many “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” for us to pin our hope on our past expectations and experiences. This means that for many of us, our own experiences cannot be trusted as our guide — we must now very carefully listen to the evidence and the reason (logic) and what these are both telling us.

We cannot rely upon the rest of society to adequately plan ahead for us (or even themselves) either. There is only little evidence that adequate steps are being taken now and unfortunately, it is the same response we have seen before — too little, too few, and too late.

These are the facts, and they should be our warning signs and our “orders” to seek to forge ahead on our own as responsible humans beings.  Planning ahead, even well beyond the expectations of our own lifetimes, may seem unnecessary to some, but in just ten years from today, far more people will understand this as an essential and critical activity that we all need to embrace.

I will be planting an orchard next year, but I have no expectations that I will reap the harvest. Essentially, I will not be doing this for myself, but for my kids and their kids. On things more immediate, I have brought in a 4 – 5 years worth of wood supply (heating). For long-term, I’ve planted over 600 (firewood) trees, and installed a major water system.

On big projects and small, I’ve tried to embrace a multi-generational approach towards future planning. I believe that this is very much an essential part of “today’s generation”, especially for the older folks, who should have the wisdom to lay a collapse survival foundation and the necessary assets for the next generation.

It takes quite a bit of time for some of these things to mature, such as an orchard, or even a sustainable garden. You cannot just go out and plant a garden and expect to survive on its production, you will quite simply starve to death if you try this.  It takes years of effort and gained skill and experience, along with quite a few setbacks along the way, before you can even provide a reasonable fraction of the daily calorie intake that you will need.

The younger generations lack the foresight to fully understand what is happening in our world today (especially the very young). They also lack the essential resources, most of them being landless peasants, stuck in menial jobs with no real future prospects, or simply unemployed (or under-employed).  Many are entirely dependent on the system for their daily survival. At present, over 48 million Americans are receiving food stamps, both young and old. Home ownership is at an all-time low. Indebtedness and debt servitude is at an all-time high. The very existence of hundreds of millions of Americans, and indeed billions around the world is almost entirely dependent on the maintenance of the status-quo.

The failure of any major system — economic, labor, banking, government, agriculture, climate, water, environment, will virtually spell the death of millions of people, who will utterly collapse when any of these major systems falters. The reasons should be obvious — their failure to plan ahead to accommodate for any declines, and their almost complete lack of land-based resources to ensure their survival.

Most of these resources are locked up in the hands of others, who dole out what the landless peasants need in order to survive. But it is all very much dependent upon the existing paradigm and its continued operation and function. Should that change due to collapse, riots, control, disease, depletion, catastrophe, or for any reason at all, then the lives of millions will be at stake in very short order (in a matter of days).

It is dead obvious that our way of life is neither sustainable nor healthy. It was quite stupid of us with our short-sighted thinking to even construct such a civilization that has so many inherent weaknesses and built-in dependencies and their myriad shortcomings. It was also unbelievably wasteful and destructive. Irregardless of how we may feel about any of this, it is what we still have today and we must accept that reality.

Planning ahead then becomes the responsibility of all, but especially upon those who can. The very young cannot, nor even truly comprehend what lies ahead, yet they are the very ones that depend on us to do this for them. The young but ignorant, or carefree cannot either, because they lack the knowledge and awareness and quite probably the assets to do so. The older and more mature, but still in denial (a staggering large number in the hundreds of millions in this country alone), also lack the knowledge or the concern. Planning ahead can only be done by those who have the awareness, knowledge and even the time ‘left to them’ to make the effort.

This narrows it down quite a bit. This means that there is only a very small percentage of the population that have the age requirement, knowledge and awareness requirement and the means and asset requirements, to ensure that some of the future generation has other options besides 100% “total dependency” upon the collapsing status-quo. This is the “significant generation” that I will refer to later in this article.

I think that this awareness is hugely significant, because it has other meanings too. If the rather large majority of the population cannot break their dependency upon the present paradigm and its survival, because they lack the means, willpower and knowledge and/or desire to do so, what do you think this means?  It means that survival of the current paradigm is essential to the lives of billions.

For the sake of argument then, this means that all of these people, these billions and billions of people, are at an elevated risk of survival, since their dependency is all externalized and dependent upon everything else. They exist (live) because of others, who provide everything for them, food, clothing, water, shelter, money, jobs, welfare, food stamps. None of them actually exist because they have the means or the knowledge to provide for any of the things for themselves. They exchange the labor of their lives for shopping power, but this is not an enabling existence, it is just the opposite.

Those that do even some of these things for themselves are at a reduced risk of survival (or at least, reduced dependency).

There is simply no possible way for the world’s billions to make the switch from 100% total dependency to 100% self-sufficiency. This is not even possible for the significant generation either!  We’re all leaning, many more heavily then others, upon the production capabilities of our civilization.  Food, fuel, clothing, water, energy, lumber, transportation, mining and manufacturing, modern agriculture — to produce those things we need. We ‘labor’ for these things at our places of employment, exchanging our time and talents, whatever they may be, for money.

The entire scheme of things has been rightly described as a Ponzi scheme by the way. In a Ponzi scheme, it is always the ‘last to join’ that gets screwed over. This is also true of human generations today, the next generation, and the next one after that, are going to get royally screwed over in increasing levels because of how we have constructed our civilization today. Everything about the modern world is being specifically designed to cater to just us, this present generation and those alive today. Little thought or regard is being given to what happens next in say 50 years, or a 100.  It is hard for us to fathom that this is our own kids we’re talking about, or our grandchildren, but this is what this means.

Right now, we are squandering essential and critical resources like crazy.  Water, land, forest, soil, oceans, oil, minerals, even the very air — it is all being “spent” very, very quickly trying to build “civilization” up ever higher and higher. This entire process is based upon very destructive human behaviors that spends now with no regard towards the future. It creates a global population that becomes entirely dependent for their daily survival on external entities, multinational corporations that pump out an endless stream of products, goods, food, even water for our daily survival. Our dependency upon them is our incredible weakness. Their survival has become our survival.  It is 100% unsustainable in the truest sense of the world.

Along the way, they have also made it extremely difficult and even illegal for us to go off on our own and break free of their control.  For example, you cannot start a business without permission, permits, licenses, taxes and so forth. They don’t want the competition, and if you do, you are regulated. You cannot even live off the grid in many parts of the country, this too has become a “crime” in the eyes of the life-police. You cannot build a house, have livestock, sell raw milk, or even hunt for your food without special permission slips (which are often denied).

You are not allowed to live off the land either, or beg, scrounge or “survive by your wits”, this is considered “homelessness” which is also a crime. Essentially, everyone is supposed to be plugged into the system somewhere, somehow, all laboring and contributing to the survival of the current paradigm. But this paradigm is incredibly destructive and self-defeating in the end. The money your forced to contribute (extortion) is spent on all kinds of things that nobody in their right and reasonable mind would agree to. But your objections to this insanity are met with stony silence, disinterest and even batons and mace if you object.

When I write oftentimes that we are all “owned and controlled”, I really and truly mean it. Our very lives, our daily existence, the things in which we are allowed to do and the things we are not “allowed” to do, have become an intolerable existence for some of us. We perceive that our civilization is becoming ever-more controlling and intrusive, ever more distrustful, ever more restrictive, while at the same time destroying the lives of millions with absolute impunity. Our rightful objections to this activity go unanswered.

But perhaps even worse then this is how this has become our actual existence and subsistence, with its survival our survival. And the survival of this present civilization is by no means assured, no means guaranteed, and even undesirable anymore. Why should we permit it to continue to exist anyway, when it kills with impunity, pollutes with abandon, destroys so much and restricts life itself?

These are thoughts that some of us have had. Many have tried to change the system from within, but the facts remain that the utter failure of these efforts (by the thousands now) demonstrate that there are fundamental inherent problems, truly intractable problems with making these essential and necessary changes.

I do not personally subscribe to “change within”. Your mileage may vary, but I do not believe that this is actually possible. My own study and research has amply demonstrated to me that it is always “too little, too few and too late”. I do not subscribe to the view that our present civilization can change itself in time to save the next generations from severe suffering and decline. This will happen.  The entire premise of our present civilization is deeply flawed and fatally self-destructive (and very short-sighted). It is not even remotely geared towards equity, life, sustainability or future planning for the next generation.

Therefore, I have long ago abandoned the notion that we are going to fix what is wrong, as we progressed further and further in collapse. But this does not free me from concern either, in fact it has done exactly the opposite. How does the next generation cope with far less? What about their survival? What is actually being done on their behalf?

Do I entrust the survival of my own children to all these external dependencies, when I see them failing right now, all around me?  Or do I realize that it is really up to me to do something about it?

Oil depletion, climate collapse, rare and critical trace minerals depletion, environmental collapse, resource depletion, these are all things happening in my lifetime and I will personally see them all get significantly worse, which means my own kids are going to have to suffer through what is even worse then I’ve seen or experienced. Who or what is being done to ensure that they will have the essential resources, skills and means to help them? Do I relegate them to the total dependency that my own generation has now long embraced (on failing systems)?  This is the definition of insanity.

It actually is up to us to plan ahead. If we care at all.  If we embrace any concern for their welfare and future. They are going to need what we do today.  It will take a whole bunch of “todays” all aggregated together and accumulated to make any real difference in their lives tomorrow. A lot of planning, sweat, labor and effort. What I’m building here is almost entirely on their behalf, not mine. I’m “covered”, knowing already my existence and survival needs are basically met. I’m living on the decline of all things and so are you. We’ve got enough left still to ensure we will “make it” for at least a while longer, but we don’t have enough left to ensure that they will.

What we have done is a crime against all humanity of the worst sort. We’ve expended their substance in a squanderous party of revelry and abandon.  Our endless and brutal wars, our military, our cities, our global fleets of trucks, planes, ships, trawlers, our mega-farms, our destruction of forests, our depletion of watersheds, rivers, aquifers, our unbelievable levels of pollution, our environmental “accidents”, our banking system and fiat money, indebtedness and debt-slavery, our promotion of greed, celebrities, riches, our global corporations and ownership of entire countries — it’s all evil and destructive at the very core. We are virtually robbing the next generation of their livelihood and future.

And we don’t care. Not one bit. I see little reasonable evidence that we give a rats ass about any of it. Lip service, protests and begging for more crumbs from an unreasonable, out-of-control government and their corporate masters.  Oh sure, a few people are banging their drums and waking up the sheep, but deep down at the core of these movements, we’re still demanding, demanding, demanding more for ourselves.

It is disgusting, vile behavior and should not be condoned by anyone. But few realize this it seems. We are now so far into overshoot and carrying capacity on this planet that any thoughts of “pulling back” are considered suicidal. It’s suicide for us to continue on this crazy path. Our entire civilization is built upon the premises of pushing ahead, consuming more, producing more — but this is absolutely false.  Humans do not produce anything. They convert raw resources into something else — either mountain of pollution, piles of shit or temporary products designed to appease our demands for comfort.  Everything we do is the result of what was already here in one form or another.

We convert these raw resources into things we want, but give little true regard to the total consequences of these activities. This is the flaw with our civilization and why it is collapsing now. It is also why we must now plan ahead for the next generations to come and make the effort today to ensure that there will be something left for them. We do not have the right, and we have never had the right, to destroy it all.  Not for this generation, not for any generation to come. No people have this right.  We need to stand against this absolute stupidity and insanity.

The responsibility for this actually does fall upon our shoulders.  It cannot fall upon theirs, as this is a factual impossibility. It is us who is wasting the world, not them.  It is our generation, and those alive today, that are responsible as sentient beings for the preservation and survival of the next generation of our species. This should be obvious.

WE are the ‘significant generation’, the ones upon who all of this falls to. We are virtually blind to this fact when it should be so utterly obvious.  If we do not do it, who will?  Who else can?  It fall only upon us.

It is up to us and none other species, to preserve what is now left of the other beings on this planet. The entire biosphere is severely fractured and in serious decline.  We all owe our ultimate existence to its health and continued survival. We must not continue to destroy and consume it all for any generation of humans in an orgy of self-interest. We do not have the right. It is self-defeating, ecocide, biocide, virtual suicide for our entire species.

What is “left” in the world, in the living biosphere, both large and small, is what our children and grandchildren will have for their survival.  Whether a homestead, farmlet, vacant lot, running stream, or an entire forest, it’s what they will need in order to obtain their substance and meet their basic needs.  We do not have the right to pave it all, or tear it up, or cut it down, or consume every last marine animal in an gluttonous feast of consumption and greed.  We do not have the right to make a profit from it, by polluting, dumping, burning, slashing, bombing, poisoning or destroying.  These are the faults and crimes against humanity by a civilization out of control, based upon greed, gluttony, arrogance and indifference.  They are destroying us all and everything else on the planet.

I am planning ahead, laying down now the foundation for the next couple generations, here — while I still can.  While there yet remains the means to do so. Before it all is destroyed. I am the signifcant generation and so are all of you.

Many blog authors in this collapse meme have given up, admitting in absolute despair and frustration to the fatal flaw of humanity: we are going to destroy it all.  That may very well be true, I see no evidence that demonstrates this to be false. But the desire for life within me does not tell me to give up, nor my love for my own.  How can I?  I would have to deny myself, and this I cannot do.

Don’t give up.  Don’t give in. Don’t quit, don’t stop, don’t fail.  It all depends upon you and what you have done today.

Oct 142011
 

Infowars (Alex Jones) posts yet another misleading claim: House Bill Would Criminalize Satire of TSA

Full proposed bill is found here: H.R. 3011

The bill says nothing of the sort as claimed by Infowars, yet Drudge and Jones put this misleading title up on their websites.

I’m definitely no fan of more legislation, but I’m pretty sick and tired of misleading hype by the alternative media too.

My read on the bill is pretty straightforward: don’t represent yourself as being a representative of the T.S.A or with any legal authority.  It say nothing at all about satire, or even using “Transportation Security Administration” in your articles, books or wherever.  Sec. 295:

“˜Whoever, except with the written permission of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Security (or the Director of the Federal Air Marshal Service for issues involving the Federal Air Marshal Service), knowingly uses the words “˜Transportation Security Administration’, “˜United States Transportation Security Administration’, “˜Federal Air Marshal Service’, “˜United States Federal Air Marshal Service’, “˜Federal Air Marshals’, the initials “˜T.S.A.’, “˜F.A.M.S.’, “˜F.A.M.’, or any colorable imitation of such words or initials, or the likeness of a Transportation Security Administration or Federal Air Marshal Service badge, logo, or insignia on any item of apparel, in connection with any advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet, software, or other publication, or with any play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production, in a matter that is reasonably calculated to convey the impression that the wearer of the item of apparel is acting pursuant to the legal authority of the Transportation Security Administration or Federal Air Marshal Service, or to convey the impression that such advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet, software, or other publication, or such play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production, is approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Transportation Security Administration or Federal Air Marshal Service;’.

A couple of hundred inane comments follow, but I’m not going to wade through and find out if anybody noticed that the claim made is utterly bogus.

The TSA is a horrible agency, full of fascists police-state wanna-be thugs (imo). I don’t fly — I won’t fly, until these creeps stop feeling up Americans and treating us all like terrorists.

It’s important that the alternative media get its facts right.  This kind of misinformation only makes them look like idiots.

Oct 082011
 

I don’t do drugs. I don’t care what other people do about drugs either.  But the House Judiciary Committee cares very, very much about this issue.

In fact, they care so much, that they are going to make it illegal for any U.S. citizen, anywhere in the world, to even discuss the use of drugs that have been considered a violation of the Controlled Substances Act.

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill yesterday that would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out in the U.S., would violate the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) — even if the planned activities are legal in the countries where they’re carried out. The new law, sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) allows prosecutors to bring conspiracy charges against anyone who discusses, plans or advises someone else to engage in any activity that violates the CSA, the massive federal law that prohibits drugs like marijuana and strictly regulates prescription medication.

“Under this bill, if a young couple plans a wedding in Amsterdam, and as part of the wedding, they plan to buy the bridal party some marijuana, they would be subject to prosecution,” said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for reforming the country’s drug laws. “The strange thing is that the purchase of and smoking the marijuana while you’re there wouldn’t be illegal. But this law would make planning the wedding from the U.S. a federal crime.

U.S. Drug Policy Would Be Imposed Globally By New House Bill

One can only surmise at their reasons. But whatever they are, this law is absolutely absurd because it makes U.S. citizens subject to the following:

A) Thought crimes.  No actual real “crime” has been committed. No physical evidence exists. There are no victims either, nor has anyone exchanged any money, engaged in any action, or violated any existing U.S. laws. But under this new law, a simple discussion would be a federal crime.

B) U.S. citizens will now be subject to U.S. law anywhere in the world.  Many countries have reasonable drug laws, unlike the knee-jerk stupidity found here in the fucked up States of Amerika. If you are in one of these countries, acting lawfully under their laws, you are subject now subject to federal prosecution of U.S. law, even though it does not apply to the country you are physically in.

This means that the Unites States has now extended its reach on all U.S. citizens globally, and subject to U.S. law.

“They intentionally made sure the bill includes activities that are legal in other countries. Which means this is an attempt to apply U.S. law all over the globe.”

The implications here are truly ominous. What is to stop our government from enacting more “global laws” on its own citizens?

Just what is considered a drug subject to the Controlled Substance Act?

The Controlled Substances Act also regulates the distribution of prescription drugs, so something as simple as emailing a friend vacationing in Tijuana some suggestions on where to buy prescription medication over the counter could subject a U.S. resident to criminal prosecution. “It could even be something like advising them where to buy cold medicine overseas that they’d have to show I.D. to get here in the U.S.,” Piper says.

Why in hell would they pass something like this? Our prisons are overflowing to the point of bursting (nearly 2.4 million prisoners now).  Amerika already has the largest prison population in the entire world, and more then Russia and China combined.

The utter hypocrisy of this is also staggering. Most of our Senate and Congress are drug users themselves. And so are a huge number of DEA agents, law enforcement and our black-clad “protectors” tasked with “keeping drugs off our streets”. The copwatch database is FULL of cases where cops and law enforcement officials have been caught with drugs, and the number of corrupt DEA agents is absolutely legendary.

These are the actions of a police state, where thought crimes are “federal crimes” and its citizens are property, subject to any whim by their own government, anywhere in the world.

Oct 072011
 

Another one of those “I told you so” topics — hijacking the protest movement has caught the attention of some others:

Media spokesmen for the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations claimed that their operation is totally transparent, with everything subject to democratic discussion in a general assembly of all comers. But eyewitness reports from experienced observers on the ground in lower Manhattan indicate a much different reality behind these bland assurances. Forces appeared to be at work behind the scenes to manipulate the protest movement into a posture of supporting the presidential candidacy of Wall Street puppet Obama.

Occupy Wall Street: Who Wants to Hijack the Movement?

The article goes on to describe division, infiltration and much more, like what isn’t working — worth reading.

Oct 072011
 

Big protest in Israel, with an estimated half-million participants:

Protest leaders called it “the moment of truth” for the grassroots movement that has swollen since July from a cluster of student tent-squatters into a countrywide mobilization of Israel’s middle class.

Biggest Rally In Israel’s History

Wouldn’t it be something if this caught on like a brushfire all over the world? At stake (it has always been at stake) is the very survival of this and all other future generations.

Ah, documenting the collapse …. more then just a side job.