Aug 282012
 

I’ve had near zero Internet connectivity for the past 10 days, thus my absence from anything being posted here. It was intermittent at best, and horribly slow, smoke signals would have been faster and I’m being quite honest here.  Try less then 30 bytes per minute… I think I can build a fire faster then that.

Today, I had a chance to read “Musings On A US Presidential Election Year“.

I agree with the basic premises that this is yet another (s)Election year that is going to be nothing but the same usual status-quo, no matter what.

What I do not agree with is the misguided attack upon gun ownership – which is very important for any free society and always will be.

The commentary about guns is puzzling. Either the author knows very little about guns, gun culture or why Americans stubbornly cling to their guns, or is simply choosing to gloss over this topic.

Guns engender fear in people that do not understand their significance, yet they continue to play a huge role in the shape of society around the world (much of it bad). Continue reading »

Aug 252012
 

The current disaster that describes our environmental conditions in America is at risk in the next (s)Election. Both parties are consistently lying to us about virtually everything.

Mitt Romney’s “plan” for America is no plan at all — it is suicide. His energy plan is to develop as many domestic resources for gas and oil as possible, apparently at “any cost”.  This, like all developments by Big Oil and the Energy Industry for the last 60+ years, will have far-reaching impacts on what remains of our environment. Everything is on the chopping block.

The emissions of fossil-fuel burning continues to pollute the atmosphere, the Romney’s / Ryan “plan” is to find even more of the stuff and burn it as fast as we can.

We’re nearly at 400 ppm C02, far beyond the identified “safe” level of 280 ppm.  Even 350 ppm is being recognized as “no good” anymore for a stable climate. The catastrophic effects of changing the chemical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere are being recorded all over the world, yet Big Oil, which stands to lose the most from their absolutely obscene profits, continues to fund the so-called “climate debate”.  They’ve managed to convince a large segment of the population, and apparently most of the U.S. Congress and Senate that the environment really doesn’t matter very much.  The science is just so much mumbo-jumbo.

Currently, Arctic temperatures in land and sea are exceeding 9 degrees Fahrenheit from normal levels. This is causing catastrophic melt of the sea ice — as shown here and on many other sites that are tracking this critical resource.  What happens in the Arctic very much dictates what happens down here, thousands of miles away. Drought, storms, flooding, hurricanes, even tornadoes are being heavily impacted by the changing hydrological cycle, disruption of the jet stream and increased levels of evaporation.

Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, a true climate contrarian, an idiot extraordinaire, who believes in nothing but more consumption (which is what makes Amerika great, apparently) while denying the actual science of the unfolding global disaster.  Both Romney and Ryan represent a severe and imminent threat to our climate future.

Yet this is not an endorsement for Obama, a man who has consistently lied and misrepresented himself and his “change you can believe in” campaign promises from the very beginning. The man is a liar. America received none of the promises he made. Continue reading »

Aug 202012
 

A strange thing happened….

Before writing this article, I thought of the title first, and decided to do a Google search and see what others had to say on this.

Lo and behold, I found this article, titled “Dear God, Please Don’t Kill Us All“.

It’s from 2009, but just as valid today as it was then.

And since that time — not a single thing has changed.

Somebody is definitely NOT getting the message, not even close.  In fact, we are so far from accepting the reality of our situation, that it appears to be utterly hopeless, i.e., “we are indeed DOOMED” as the article linked above says.

And perhaps we are.  There is a growing mountain of evidence that the modern world will stay the present course, which is in my opinion, the daily embracement of insanity with the promise of utter destruction.

Dear God, don’t kill us all.  Exactly how many of us contemplate this thought? Continue reading »

Aug 202012
 

Found on Climate Progress, a must-see video on oil and ice, drilling in the Arctic:

Big Oil simply does not care, and is never held adequately responsible for their gigantic messes they leave behind.  Drilling the Arctic is simply a disaster waiting to happen.

It’s certainly not the solution to ‘energy independence’ or weaning Americans off of foreign oil.  More oil simply means more consumption. The more we find, the more we use.

There should be some places on Earth that we simply leave alone. The reasons should be obvious — we NEED to allow other life to exist without our interference and disruption to their habitat.

So far, we haven’t been able to do this, constantly encroaching on critical environmental spaces, causing untold harm.  Species extinctions now exceed 10,000 times the normal rate, all caused by humans. In the not too distant future (just a few decades), it is expected that humans will have wiped out a gigantic portion of the animal life on this planet — including the world’s oceans.  Estimates range as high as 85% — a figure that is so shocking, so disheartening as to boggle the mind.

The Arctic ocean is critical habitat to life on Earth — it needs to be protected, not “consumed” by predatory human industrialized practices.

Aug 192012
 

I did a Google search on the three topics covered below and found nothing current in the U.S. news media at all. No surprise there, but here they are:

Some interesting food shortages news:

I haven’t been able to buy a chicken for over a month. Chicken is part of our traditional diet; we use it in many of our meals. Since I work from 8am to 6pm, I am unable to go to the government-sponsored centres that offer reduced-price chickens, but I heard they’re frozen and of low quality. My neighbour went and stood in line for five whole hours to buy a chicken for 47,000 Rial (about 3,20 euros) per kilo. During the Persian New Year, we bought regular chicken for about 40,000 Rial (about 2,70 euros) per kilo; now, regular chicken – which only the rich can still afford – costs about 85,000 Rial (about 5,80 euros). So it’s more than doubled!

People are upset; I hear lots of co-workers in my office complaining not just about the cost of chicken but also meat, eggs, bread and milk. The prices are rising so quickly, we can’t keep up. Many are now standing in long lines just to get these basic goods. As a single mother, I work full-time in a government office and work an additional job part-time. Altogether I make about 8,000,000 Rials (about 540 euros) per month. With this salary, today, I can only buy basic necessities for myself and my little girl. The situation is getting worse and worse for all of us. And now it’s Ramadan – religious people who usually spend a lot during this time are getting really angry. [During the holy Islamic month or Ramadan, fasts are usually broken with elaborate dinners.] It seems that the whole population is fasting now, day and night!

It’s not just chicken either, it’s all red meat. The reason is U.S. sanctions (video).

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Aug 182012
 

There is a lot of (useless) speculation going ’round and ’round on the Internet about certain topics.  I find most of it to be seriously lacking in common sense and intelligence, but that doesn’t stop the gainsayers from jumping on board and adding a constant stream of fuel to the fires of speculation.

Common sense isn’t that common anymore, especially online where anybody can be anything.  I could be a four-star General, a ‘secret insider’ leaking “proof” of imminent threats to Americans.  Or I could be a flamboyant ‘investor’ worth billions and billions, manipulating entire markets through leveraged equities.

Insert your name in the above sentence.  Online, you could be anybody.  And you could say anything. Many millions of people do exactly that.  Moreover, and more to my point, many people accept what others ‘say’ as proof of whatever claims are being made.

Some, like that idiot Alex Jones, have made multi-million dollar businesses out of this sort of thing, while incessantly self-promoting themselves from their lofty heights (and multi-million dollar mansions).  Most of these people have incredible ego’s, real megalomaniac personalities and disorders.  It shows in everything that they do, yet they attract millions of idiotic followers who hang onto their every word, buying every book, video, and DVD endless churned out in their mass production factories.  It’s really no different then a religion. Continue reading »

Aug 122012
 

Breaking news: Arctic summer ice loss is newly measured at over 50% higher then expected.

Of course, this is being picked up by all the science blogs too.  Add to this the gigantic cyclone that just gone done battering the Artic (bet you didn’t hear about this on the MSM). I’ve been watching this for the last two weeks.

It’s a big deal.  A very big deal. What goes on up in the Arctic, especially on this scale, has a dramatic effect on what will happen down here.  Arctic News is now predicting total extinction as a real possibility within the next 50 years.

Personally, I definitely do not agree with their proposed mining of the “subsea methane reserves by extracting the methane, liquefying it and selling it as a green house gas energy source”. That would be a disaster (Jevon’s Paradox), saving nothing but destroying everything even faster.

Humanity is facing a gigantic problem, one which appears to have no solution. So far, Geo-engineering has failed to slow the warming down. More drastic proposals are being considered, yet none of them address the root problem of civilization and the anthropogenic contributions to warming.  Therefore, in the long and short-term, nothing is going to work.  You can’t keep making contributions to the atmosphere and expect different results.

I’m sure you’ve all heard this before — if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the same results every time.

Meanwhile, the would-be idiots and wanna-be-idiots in charge are running on political platforms and policy that continues to deny that there is even a problem. Romney’s “VP pick” is a major climate denialist (an absolute fool). But don’t think that I’m voting Democrat — I’m not. Nobody that will be installed in the White House has gnats-chance of gaining any traction on this problem. The United States, as the world’s largest per-capita atmospheric polluter, will not do anything about any of this in time.  American politicians are spineless cowards, two-dollar whores to Big Oil and the Defense industry.

So expect more of the same, since we’re going to do as we’ve always done.  Ignore, deny, accuse and finger-point. Meanwhile, nature doesn’t give a flying f*ck about what we think or believe, it’s going to act in accordance to the laws of nature and chemistry.

Billions of humans are going to be asking themselves this simple question:  “Where are they going to live, now that the ice is gone?” Yet before that question truly becomes the lamenting cry of all of humanity, they’re going to be asking themselves something else — “Where can I get a drink of water?”

Other questions will also arise — “What do I feed my children today?”  And “How long can I live without food?”

I’m completely numb now to the sheer idiocy and denial that is taking place in America. I guess that is what happens in collapse – a strong disbelief that it can actually happen “here”.

I’m watching plants and trees wither and die outside my office window. I’m in one of the only locations in the country that has not been hit by drought — but it’s bone dry here now.  Already.  We had a very wet spring.  Keeping cool has required me to shift my workload to mornings and evenings, avoiding the hottest part of the day and any heavy work if I can.  A small adjustment.

July was the hottest month EVER recorded. Yet I know that it’s only going to get much worse as the ice continues to disappear.  Acceleration, amplification and positive feedbacks events are all occurring now, and the longer they continue, the less ‘possible’ it becomes to slow down or stop.

I’m sure it’s irrelevant, but I recently commented on this site with regards to the “hope” proposed by the author of alternative energy accomplishing anything.  The author actually extrapolated how alternative energy could conceivably “catch up” to fossil fuels – and then made the drastic error of how this should give rise to optimism and hope for humanity. He’s making the classical error that a “techno-fix” will save humanity.

Read the posting yourself: Climate Change Action Is Not Hopeless.  Even in a so-called ‘carbon-neutral society’ – our goose is cooked. We can’t overlook the thousands of years of climate feedbacks from the atmosphere we’ve changed. I’m not sure why everyone forgets this, but it’s hugely important to any concept of a “future”.

You’ve been smoking Hopium! What your funny graphs fail to show is the fact that alternative energy “solutions” all require oil energy to be manufactured, it’s extremely unlikely they will EVER be able to be self-produced without fossil fuels.

In addition, the carbon footprint they create isn’t zero or even negligible, it’s quite significant, which is even more emissions into the atmosphere!

Furthermore, energy production doesn’t actually “solve” anything (Jevon’s Paradox applies here). It isn’t more energy we need long-term, it’s less. Whatever efficiencies we may gain, or alternative technologies we may employ, will only lead to more endless growth — something a finite world doesn’t need.

What we are now experiencing in regards to global warming was decades in the making, our present “experience” on climate is emissions from the 1950’s and 1960’s. We’ve yet to fully grasp what our experience will be from the emissions of the 1980’s – 1990’s (with emissions having always gone up every single year).

This means that your charts are useless in regards to climate change effects and how alternative energy can “solve” anything now. By 2050, the time when you extrapolated alternative energy catching up with conventional sources, the climate will be so horribly “wrong” that alternative energy “solutions” won’t offer lick-spittle hope for solving anything — except giving humans yet another energy source to exploit (Jevon’s Paradox).

The world continues to act, belief and think that “we have the time” to solve these issues, yet they are ignoring just how long it will take to restore climate stability (thousands of years) already set in motion. Any technofix solution we may devise now is actually already much too late. We’re still going to have to figure out how to endure hellish conditions on this planet for a long, long time. And that’s also assuming anything can be done (restoring climate stability), something this is unproven.

While I support alternative energy ideas, they are not going to “fix” anything in regards to our climate for the next several thousand years. They may help – but we won’t “experience” an of the climate benefits for a very long time.

The amount of emissions we have dumped into the atmosphere will be with us for a very long time, all the while the climate conditions get worse and worse until they finally stabilize — but that won’t be anything we’re going to like. We’re just now understanding the lag time involved.

I’ve written about this extensively on my own blog and my conclusions are very much different then yours. I don’t advocate Hopium at all, I think it’s a dangerous delusional distraction from reality and what we really need to be doing right now.

It isn’t my goal to destroy anyone’s “hope” or belief in a livable future.   Not at all.  My goal is to see more people stop embracing self-deception. The failure to fully acknowledge what is happening leads to many erroneous conclusions, and how we might respond to how the future unfolds.

Hope is essential, but hopium, ie., false hope, illusionary hope, is not. Real hope means action – it doesn’t mean sitting on our arses waiting for a magical rescue.

The only actions we can take that address root causes is to power down civilization. Enabling civilization to consume more energy would be a mistake (and why I don’t agree with mining hydrates) — but one which we will probably make.

I don’t suppose I need to go into why this will happen again.  Disbelief, denial, greed, indifference and arrogance all play a part. Our collective inability to critically examine our civilization and how it’s leading to our demise is one of the biggest mistakes we are still making — and one which will probably be ignored indefinitely — even after our collapse.  Mankind will do everything he can to perpetuate what he already has.  He’s not willing to make a major course adjustment — but this is exactly what is needed.

Most hope / Hopium is based upon more of the status-quo with slightly different versions.  Generally, they all believe the same things — minor corrections are all that is required.  If broad enough and widely deployed, we can fix our problems.  This is factually false.

I spent a long private conversation with a friend, that discussed the issues of money, capital, resources, future and civilization. They are all inextricably intertwined with one another, and as we have come to embrace these things, they all will lead us to exactly the same place, our “collapse” — from which we will then try and rebuild as we have oft done before.  Except for something that hasn’t happened in human history — climate collapse.  No modern civilization has ever experienced climate collapse.  Resource-based civilizations of the past barely survived.  Yet they stood a better chance at survival then a modern civilization does — which means that will then be the civilization of the future if it exists at all — a resource based civilization that emphasizes its resources over its “progress”. Or at least until we try to repeat the same mistakes we’re making now — if we are that stupid (and we probably are).

Energy of course, plays a huge part in this, and we’re not about to give up our energy addiction, even if it means turbo-charged electric vehicles. Current population levels however, can’t survive it and will depopulate (die-off) to whatever resource levels remain.

It’s pointless to speculate much further into the future then this. My generation — your generation, and those older then you and younger then you — are well and truly f*cked.  We’re going to have to ‘transition our way’ through this unfolding climate / resource / food disaster growing ever-larger each day.  There isn’t any simple fixes available on the scale needed. Nobody is even seriously discussing what needs to be done or willing to embrace the seriousness of the situation.  This leave little hope, except the kind that relies upon illusion, deception, misinformation and fantasy.

On the other hand, it will force reality upon everyone worldwide, but I should qualify that.  Only the “modern world” (desperately) needs this reality check — the rest of the world already well knows how serious things are.  We’re the one’s living cushioned air-conditioned lives, exploiting and consuming resources faster then anyone else.  This is creating a false sense of security and comfort and the illusion of hope.  It doesn’t necessarily take much to twist that hope into a pile of bent metal when nature strikes back.

If that happens to you — then now is definitely the time you should be asking yourself — Where are you going to live when all the ice is gone?

Aug 012012
 

From Fire Earth: Disasters plague 1,584 counties across 32 states

I’ve been watching this figure jump from 600 to 725 to 900, and then to over 1000 and now almost 1600 counties… in about two months!

List of the states with the number of additional counties designated as primary disaster areas

  • Arkansas (2 counties)
  • Georgia  (6)
  • Illinois  (66)
  • Indiana  (2)
  • Iowa  (42)
  • Kansas (4)
  • Mississippi  (1)
  • Nebraska  (47 counties)
  • Oklahoma (12)
  • South Dakota (25)
  • Tennessee  (3)
  • Wyoming  (8)

 

Withered corn cropThe following (probably) explains the run on food we’re experiencing: Continue reading »