Mar 272010
 

Hi everyone,

It’s been a deliberate while since I wrote another newsletter.  Exactly 27 days in fact, which is a long time for me, as I usually crank out too many of these things.  For several reasons, I decided to slow down.

I’ve been very, very busy myself with little spare time.  The non-winter here created workable conditions to get a very early jump on spring projects. As usual, I bit off more then I could chew and have worked almost every day on getting many of them done.

Taking a break from writing has been good for me.  I’ve been looking for an iron nail to pound into the heads of the deserving, and a (big) hammer to do it with.  I think I found it.  All I had to do was wait.  Events are now happening at a breakneck speed.

In the last month, a lot has happened. I expected 2010 to be “catacalysmic” and in many ways (it’s only March still) this has already occurred.  The Chilean Earthquake followed on the heels of the Haiti Earthquake, and the ground hasn’t stopped shaking yet, with tremors being recorded all over the world. The death toll in both quakes was widely misreported, but this is par for the course these days in our highly controlled media environment.

This and many other events have probably been responsible for the huge surge in food storage orders, which has kept me very busy (and very tired).  China is reporting over 120 million people facting severe water shortages and is expecting some really massive crop losses. This explains the gigantic demand for export orders.  China is also buying up agricultural land with good reason.  Much of China is in severe drought and not likely to change any time soon.

Market Skeptics explains in Top Soil Crisis, that the world will need to boost it’s food production by 50%. Definitely so, but definitely not possible. One grossly overlooked area is all agricultural lands that can be farmed are being farmed.  As the climate worsens and the planet heat up (of which there is absolutely no doubt about) the general idea is that populations will migrate northwards to avoid dangerous temperatures.

This will not happen as expected, as food production requires suitable soils and adequate climate.  Ignoring the climate issue for a moment, the soils (topsoil) “up north” will NOT support another 50% increase in food production, not even close.  Nor will it support our current food production requirements either, as we find ourselves lacking in soil, water and a suitable growing climate.  In fact, the soils up north are generally considered poor and are not suitable for food production at all.

So all this “talk” of increasing food production is basically so much horseshit. What we need and what we have are two different things altogether.  In the meanwhile, the biosphere destruction continues at an increasingly rapid pace, underwriting a non-secure food future with insurance.

This is a fact being reported in the Market Skeptics article link above.  Exporters are now importers, unable to feed their billions from their own production.  Brazil will accelerate deforestation at a break-neck rate now, taking advantage of the market demand, and this in turn will of course lead to faster and faster rates of deforestation at a time when this activity is exceedingly dangerous for all life on Earth.

One of the unspoken problems with Brazilian production is Brazilian soils are generally very poor.  Deforestation is taking place to make room for more farming, but after only a couple of years of monoculture, the soil is so badly depleted that almost nothing will grow there.  Then more forest is cut down, and slashed and burned to make room for new farming, and the process repeats almost endlessly.  Finally, left behind are hugely vast tracts of ruined forests now turned into scrub deserts and ruined watersheds.

At best, this ‘buys’ the world just a few years of “security”.  All told, less then fifteen years of “production”.  The great tragedy here is what goes deliberately unreported in the MSM – deforestation wipes out critical plant species, uncountable and even unknown animal species and turns the “lungs of the Earth” into carbon-emitting savanna and deserts.  As the trees are cut down, they take with them the critical elements for a healthy soil, and instead of remaining carbon-capture forests, the land becomes exactly the opposite.  Wiped out are critical watersheds, rivers, streams and millions and millions of animals, fish and wildlife.

What’s happening here is predictable and knowable – climate change impacts everything and everybody and is already a global event.  It’s not a “unseen event” or an unknowable cost.  This has global impacts on a staggering scale which are being measured and reported every day.  Nations will do what they have to do to survive — and they will exploit whatever resource they (still) have, whether it be “natural”, human or animal, these are all resources and all can and will be leveraged as the world enters into an era of food insecurity.

Merchants Of Doubt – mp3 file.  How Climate Facts Are Being Deliberately Distorted. I listened to every “issue” of EcoShock, because there is always some good information there.

There is also this, Early Warning: The US in a High Emissions Scenario. All this stuff fits right in with what I’ve been saying for years now.  We keep ignoring the warning signs to our own peril, pretending that this will all somehow just “go away” when it obviously won’t.

I’m hoping (probably falsely) that the passage of the health care “bill” (pun intended) will awaken the sleeping masses of Americans to the tyranny being practiced by the federal government. This SHOULD be THE 2×4 right between their eyes right now, a real wake-up call on what has been going on for a long time.

This is more then just another tax, it places the responsibility for your health into the hands of the US government.  The staggering stupidity of this move is mind blowing.  This will be followed by several other “necessary steps”.  Putting the tracking of non-compliance into the hands of the IRS should wake you up big time.  If that doesn’t do it, then the National ID scheme that will be forced upon everyone might.

You can expect a gargantuan amount of new legislation and laws to come down the proverbial pike on the heels of this passage.  Already the states are lining up to sue the federal government over the increase in Medicaid this will require on their budgets.

How many Americants are aware that the war on terror will only be won win YOU have had enough? Do you realize that the real terrorists in the world (not the badged ones, but the bad guys in black) are waging a war that they are fully expecting you to eventually participate in?  They understand that they are putting pressure on the US Government and in turn, this pressure is increasingly being put upon Americans through ridiculous laws and “safety” measures.   American politicians are still stupidly claiming that freedom and liberty must be sacrificed for “security”.

With all the laws, legislation and decrees being issued (executive orders), the people of the United States are being indirectly recruited to assist terrorists, but this is a recruitment that is coming from other Americans (politicians and law enforcement).  It’s just a matter of time now before this happens on a broad scale.  The growing dissent and unrest in this country is directly related to the increased tyranny being practiced.

Steve Lendeman as usual, does a masterful job of showing how Barak Obama has betrayed the American people and reneged on every promise he had made.  Mr. Yes We Can has shown to be Mr. No We Won’t.  Following in absolute lockstep to the hated Bush Adminstration, Obama is the Dark Knight, taking vengeance and wreaking absolute havoc upon everything. The only beneficiaries of the Dark Lord’s reign of terror has been banksters, corporations and fat-cat bureaucrats.

Effectively, it remains business-as-usual, something that I promised everyone would continue should Obama be (s)elected, and this would have happened if that other guy and his clueless sidekick / sideshow got (s)elected too.  As always, it’s “more the same, only worse”.

Mark my words – many of us are going to have to figure out what to do as increasingly levels of tyranny, and intrusion into our daily lives makes living nearly impossible. The rest of the people, well, they’re going to do what they’ve always done, which is exactly nothing.  Any dissenters, objectors, “outsiders” and non-conformists will find increasingly lower levels of tolerance and outlets of expression, as new laws and legislation are passed, outlawing the individual and forcing higher and higher levels of conformity.  The health care bill is one such instrument.  There will be many more.

What do you think exploding breast implants, RFID chips and Internet monitoring have in common?

I predicted the RFID grocery cart fourteen years ago. Not only will they know what your buying without having to go through a checkout, they’ll know who is buying what.  Instantly. This will open up a gigantic market in direct marketing on an individual level. This might be a boon to merchants, but it will be the death of privacy (and the beginning of rationing).

The new car tracking technology (notice the use of unmanned drones over civilian airspaces) will be used for all kinds of nefarious purposes.  So will taxi drivers.

But are any of these things making us more free, or less free? Are they making us more secure or less secure?  From whom are they all coming from? From terrorists with bombs and guns and evil intentions to do us harm, or from “well-meaning” politicians and businesses out to make a buck (and control your life to the nth degree)?  Are you enjoying a higher quality of life now or a lower quality of life?  Do you know why that is?

We have only seen the tip of the iceberg.  A lot of this activity has already been going on behind the scenes for years, but now there will be an accelerated effort to make much of this mainstream and commonly accepted (and legal).

Causing the acceleration is issues which I’ve long covered – war, climate collapse, peak oil (energy collapse), resource collapse, oceans collapse, environmental collapse, overpopulation and civilization collapse.  All of these toppling dominoes creates an increased demand for “management” by the people that do such things.  Every effort is going to be expended (and I mean every effort, including population control and reduction) to keep our civilization on the straight and narrow path of connedsumerism as long as possible.

It should be obvious that none of this is either necessary, needed or beneficial to any of us. The manufactured “crisis” of terrorism is being very poorly handled and has created more problems then it will ever solve. The fake “Green Movement” proposes to “fix” what it secretly promotes.  The Tea Party, Libertarians, Republicans, Democrats and every other political movement is already still-born. The change promised to this entire country on every television set throughout the nation does not exist.

We are being conned, on every side, manipulated and managed (and mangled) into meek acceptance of what they deem is “for our own good” and the promised “return” to the good old days, which is just a rerun of the same connedmercials of the past.  Do NOT believe it.  Do NOT go along with it.  Do NOT stand is silent acceptance and watch it happen.  I still advocate the total abandonment of what is clearly wrong. The longer we continue to support this aging monster the worse things are going to get.

I liked this Manifesto – I am not a consumer… I am not a user…I am not a debtor… I am not an employee… I am not a resource…I am not an owner… I am not a leader…. I am not a believer I am a complicity and I am a part.

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Mar 022010
 

A few of these top links might be a slightly dated since I delayed publication of this issue:

Afghanistan Has 700 Military Bases Now – This is rather unbelievable.  Can ANYBODY explain why on earth the United States would require 700 bases in Afghanistan (other then oil of course)?

There’s more on this here, and here.  If you want to know why were dead broke and why we’re going to stay that way, there’s plenty of reason to find that answer in these articles.

Greece Outlaws Cash Transactions Above 1500 Euros – Hahaha, told you so!  Governments are getting so damned desperate now that they’re going to outlaw cash!  We can only wonder what other countries will try to follow this insanity next.  Or how Greeks will revolt and riot and tear the country apart.

I strongly suspect that this “move” is no accident, but planned event of a kingpin domino.

Colorado Cops To Use Biometric Eye Scanners – More police state tactics.

Feds Push For Tracking Of (all) Cell Phones

United Kingdom To Use Robot Drones To Monitor Civilians

Desdemona has a writeup on one of those nasty multinational companies (Chevron) polluting the environment in the worst possible way.   There is much more on this story here at the ChevronPitt.  And some here, Chevron In Ecuador.  It’s pretty disgusting how American companies treat the people of other nations.

Not unrelated, ConocoPhillips, BP and Caterpillar quit USCAP.  The “unfair” claims are simply a coverup for the demand that they operate business as usual and damn the environment and the consequences to the people (of the entire fucking planet).

I am SO SICK of the lies these companies spout off. They never did have any intention of reducing their pollution and environmental damage as evidenced by how they treat the “natives”.

Be sure to catch up the ice shelves disappearing on Antarctic Peninsula.

There is HUGE glacier floating off of the coast of Antartica, large enough to cause disruption the thermohaline (ocean currents).

Some observations are in order as considered during my short ‘vacation’:

A) Critical resources are going to be “locked up” for specific nations and elite groups.  Count on it.  You will need to do everything you possibly can to ensure that there will be enough for you. The easiest way to do thi is to learn to live with less.

B) Nothing is “accidental”, this has all been carefully planned out.  The manipulations we are witnessing are deliberate, methodical, meglomaniacal.

C) This is ALL related to climate change, this is the tactical response I wrote of before, and the orchestration and manipulation of “public opinion” that we are seeing is part of the manufactured distractions.  The so-called “debate” actually isn’t a debate at all.

D) The people in charge are quite willing to destroy everything left to remain in power. They do not see this as problematic either, because they are going after a limited society solution.

E) They have no interest in doing the right thing by the rest of us (none whatsoever), and this accounts for the lip service we have seen.

F) They are paying to stir up the right wing and to create a non-sensical smoke screen over the climate change issue, but the reality of what they know and how long they’ve known it is a very different reality.

This is creating a huge distraction right now, but this is not working as well as they desire.  This is because the climate itself is not subject to human demands and dictates, not even by these people.  They cannot manipulate these things to where we cannot see, experience and even feel what is happening outside our own windows.

G) This will create more desperation and more totalitarian response, as they will see the growing disbelief and unrest as a threat to their power base and continuance as global exploiters and polluters.  Therefore, they will attack everythng that they possibly can, any sort of dissent or disagreement, or growing movement.  They will undermine, infiltrate, disuade or even assassinate these efforts and individuals as quickly as possible. They are utterly ruthless and uninterested in anything else.

H) They are in fact monitoring everything, including this newsletter.  Every website, email, fax, phone call is being monitored for signs of dissent and a “departure” of the status quo.  Our every move is being watched by them.

I) They are going to force “down” the middle class (and the lower class) to subhuman standards of living.  This is one of the methods on “how” they are going to preserve the remaining resources for themselves.  The economic collapse is no accident, it is a designed “free fall” to force down the standards of living and consumption of goods.

The Absolute Insanity Of It All

We live in a time when an not one, not two, but three skyscrapers can be blown up on live television, with American citizens still inside, and passed off as “terrorist attack” (by cave dwellers no less), justifying all kinds of crimes against humanity, including not one, but two regional wars and millions of civilian deaths in foreign lands (where there just happens to be lots of oil).

This is the Road to Armegeddon, foisted upon the entire world by religious fundementalists and greedy corporate monsters, hell-bent (and demon spawned) on destroying everything that they touch.

Watch Mysterious Deaths of 911 Witnesses – oops, YouTube has mysteriously removed this video already. I watched it, and dozens of eyewitnesses are now dead of plane crashes and suicides, so many now that it boggles the mind and belies the possibility of “coincidences”.

THE CLIMATE HAS ALREADY CHANGED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO COME.

For me, this round began a month ago, when Dr. Glikson sent me a paper about Rising Seas and Climate Skeptics. In it, he said that our current CO2 levels of 388 parts per million already commits us to 3 or 4 degrees of heating in the tropics, and ten degrees in the polar regions.  Never mind what emissions may come in 2100 or 2050 – the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere will drive us beyond the tipping point, beyond the possibility of human controlAre We On The Road To Mass Extinction?

I spotted something over on this last link – The Obituary of Nature.  That’s what this newsletter has become.  And that’s what the blog became.  And that’s what two former forums became.  Seems like there isn’t anything I can do to change any of this, and the utter futility, the insanity of it all is mind-blowing.

We are facing a hellish future, every human on this planet.

CO2 is 28 times more soluble in water than is oxygen. Above critical threshold CO2 becomes toxic for certain organisms. Marine organisms are more sensitive to changes in CO2 levels than are terrestrial organisms. Excess CO2 reduces the ability of respiratory pigments to oxygenate tissues, and makes body fluids more acidic, thereby hampering the production of carbonate hard parts like shells. Relatively modest but sustained increases in CO2 concentrations hamper the synthesis of proteins, reduce fertilization rates, and produce deformities in calcareous hard parts. The observed pattern of marine extinctions is consistent with hypercapnia (excessive levels of CO2), with related extinction events [4].  C02 Mass Extinction And Climate Change

Now you know why the oceans and the life within them are dying so fast.

Pacific Northwest Dead Zone hypoxic events unprecedented

Coastal Ocean Hypoxcia Events

There have been reports of whales dying in increasingly larger and larger numbers.  New Zealand reports euthanizing 28 pilot whales that “mysteriously” beached themselves.

Sea Level Rise and City Flooding – A must see graphic of how rising seas are going to affect human habitations.

The following article is the most important article I have ever written.

The Death of the Biosphere

The world is already tracking at 460 ppm when CO2 emissions and methane levels in the atmosphere are combined.

Calculating the amount of CO2 absorbed by the worlds oceans with atmospheric CO2 also reveals 460 ppm of CO2.  Combined with methane and we are already well over the maximum threshold for human survival on this planet.

This commits the warming of the Earth to above pre-industrial levels of 3 to 4 degrees C in the tropics and 10 degrees C in polar regions, commiting the planet to an ice-free Earth.  Since the 18th century, a rise of 0.8 degrees C has occured, with another 0.5 degrees C masked by industrial-emitted aerosols (SO2), and a further rise is ensured by the current melting of the ice sheets and sea ice.

At 4 degrees Celsius leads to the total melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, causing sea levels to rise tens of meters higher than at present. Further rise of CO2 above 500 ppm and mean global temperatures above 4 degrees C can only lead toward greenhouse Earth conditions such as existed during the Cretaceous and early Cainozoic.

This will also trigger a further rise of atmospheric CO2 concentrations as deforestation and the burning of vegetation (forest fires) releases even more CO2 into the atmosphere.  The world’s boreal forest are the largest carbon sinks on Earth, and they will burn.

Methane levels released will increase from the melting permafrost and ocean floor (methane clathates / hydrates).  A sudden release of up to 50 gigatons of methane is expected to happen at any time. That would increase the methane content of the planet’s atmosphere by a factor of twelve,[16][17] equivalent in greenhouse effect to a doubling in the current level of CO2.

Any of these factors (plus the climate feedbacks) will push the climate well past the 500 ppm CO2 levels that allowed mammals to exist on the planet.  The tragic truth is, we are already “there” no matter how you measure it.

The oceans have already become carbon-saturated, without which we would already be far past the “tipping point”.  But the oceans are now dramatically falling in their ability to absorb the increasing levels of CO2.   Since 2000, this decline has been 27%.  Signs of severe ocean distress is evident in the hundreds of dead-zones and decalcification of marine animals and dying coral reefs throughout the world. The oceans can also emit carbon dioxide once they can no longer absorb more when temperatures increase just 2 C.

Melt waters at both poles and throughout the world’s vastly shrinking glaciers melt more ice, with ice loss resulting in albedo loss (solar reflection).  More exposed water absorbs more infrared heat, resulting in an amplified feedback cycle.

Humans will not be able to live on an ice-free Earth. Nor will any other large mammal.

The global currents of wind and water (thermohaline) will stop.  The oxygen in the ocean ceases.  Most sea life will die as the oceans become stagnant.  This can cause hydrogen sulfide and at very small concentrations – parts per million – this can kill humans.

But long before that happens, we’ll have already ceased to exist in anything like our present form.  Our cities will collapse from multiple reasons; salinization of acquifers, failing food production, dramatic climate extremes, energy collapse and socio-economic collapse.

We are well on the road (right now) to mass extinction of the entire biosphere. It’s all happened several times before (10 – 13 times before in fact). All coinciding with rapid global warming, and volcanic events.

This is an open secret with government and the military, they know and understand the developing danger that is now occurring.  The impending disaster, known so well by biologists, physicists, paleoclimatologists, ocean specialists, even cloud specialists – is not part of the general social mind.  The message has not reached the public.  Perhaps, the possibility of extinction cannot be communicated, using the minds we have now.  Without any memory of such an event, do many lack the inner ability to comprehend it?

It is EVIDENT that suppression of this knowledge and evidence is the clear agenda – to prevent mass panic, government upset and loss of control.  The climate “debate” / denialist campaign is a part of this agenda to supress the population’s knowledge of how severe things are going to get (and already are).

This is why Copenhagen was sabotaged (before the meeting even happened), the knowledge of how bad things are going to get cannot be made public.  The industrial / militarized world has no intention of saving humanity through any sort of “climate response”.  Watch and see, the evidence is already there.

Nor is there any real “point” to be made by implementing carbon emission controls, which as proposed are immensely futile, weak and ineffective. This is why the leading carbon emitters like the United States and China refuse to restrain their pollutants. Even if they could and were somehow sucessful in policing this activity, it is already too late to stop climate change. At most, we could forestall the effects by a extremely short time (perhaps a decade).

The reality is, the world cannot support 7 billion humans in a hotter world, it is not even remotely possible.  Food and fresh water will become impossible criteria for such numbers. But the same can be said for 5 billion, 4 billion, or even 2 billion people.  Population will be dramatically reduced as global food supplies plummet (and by “engineered solutions”).  Attempts to migrate north are going to run into severe problems.  Northern regions don’t even have the soils to support the necessary food production for a refugee population.

Securing critical resources has now become the clear agenda for nations who are actively preparing for climate wars.  But even this is not the truly terrifying truth, as horrible as it all is.

 

The Earth as we know it is going to die. We are already past the point of no-return.

What do you do when, after absorbing the best assessments from a multitude of sources, determine that the fate of the Earth, and all of the lifeforms upon it today, is destined to die, and that this will happen very, very soon (most likely within one or two generations)?

Most people cannot and will not accept this, as it is just too incomprehensible to consider.

This is not conjecture, but a growing body of scientific evidence that we are facing mass extinction of the biosphere.  The Earth will continue to exist, but not in a form which we would recognize, nor in a manner in which we ourselves could exist.  The die-off “event” that this assessment reveals will be massive, unrelenting and all-encompassing. It is already happening right now.  We are being reminded daily in news stories, reports and assessments from locations all over the world that the biosphere is in fact dying at a rate ten thousand times the natural.

We can comprehend the extinction of certain species, such as the dodo or even the tiger, but we cannot seem to grasp the meaning of the extinction of the biosphere, even though we have ample evidence already pointing to this fact.

The truth is, when they die, we die.  We cannot possibly hope to “replace” them and the millions of essential roles that they played in the circle of life on this planet.  The planet is already reacting violently.  Humans are probably the most vulnerable species of all to this violence, because we are so poorly adapted to a changing physical environment.  Up to this time, we have relied upon technology and harvested energy sources to protect us, sustain us, provide for us and to feed us. We are also reaching the end of that road too, as widely documented with peak oil and energy collapse.

What will we do when climate collapse overtakes us?  When the concentration of atmospheric gasses becomes so overwhelming that life on the surface of the Earth and in the oceans cannot survive?  What happens to us if this occurs suddenly like before?

What do we do when the very forces of nature overwhelm our best technologies and efforts?  When the seas stop producing food and the land itself cannot sustain us all?  When the mass extinctions occurring now are so overwhelming that entire ecological systems are effectively destroyed?  When even the very basics of life, food, water, shelter are no longer guaranteed or even available to us?  How can we hope to exist, eat, and procreate when nothing else can and nothing else survived?

The signs of all this are happening right now and should be carefully considered by everyone. We are on the road to self-extinction in ways which we have only barely begun to imagine in our worst nightmares.

Listen to Radio EcoShock – On The Road To Mass Extinction (mp3 file).

Also see Arctic Ocean Seafloor Methane Venting

Feb 112010
 

It’s taken me a little while to publish this 50th issue, because I have been pondering some deep questions about the future of humanity upon this planet. 

At issue here is the notable accelerating environmental collapse factors, and how we have singularily failed to stop a single one of these issues.  It is now plainly evident that we cannot stop, and the following short long essay is why. 

I wrote this in a couple of hours on February 11th, late at night in one sitting.  I’m going to take a break now as it’s time to let this all sink in, for you and for me. I will return to publishing… when I feel like it!

Collapse Is Built In

We need to build a new way of living; therefore we must design it from the ground up, as this present model has demonstrated itself incapable of self-change.

I see this as needing to completely unplug and to disconnect; to remove our dependencies from the system on what we require to survive; to provide for these things for ourselves as much as possible; and to share them amongst ourselves completely outside of the present system of control and distribution and material exploitation.

Unplugging is also the fastest non-violent way to bring down the machine.  It is this machine itself, fueled by us, that is headed towards self-destruction.

The very existence of the First World existence (living standards and demands) encourages the rest of the world to seek after the same things as we do. This in turn will always lead to increasing levels of consumption throughout the world.

I have come to understand that the notion that we will voluntarily restrict ourselves and our levels of consumption is provably false, this we will never do.  We may in fact be completely incapable of doing this as a society (which I do think is true now).  We even experience extreme difficulty in doing this on an individual level.  This alone demonstrates the extremity of our present situation.

Therefore, multiply our level of consumption and living standards by the population of the earth.  7 billion people are seeking to “come up” to the first world expectations, or some higher measure then what they already have (including us in the First World).  Many could never acheive this as their environments have already been entirely denuded and stripped of resources.  But the point is, this is simply not possible for all of humanity and has been widely documented. It is completely and factually unachievable.  We do not produce enough food, energy or material goods for this to happen.  There is not enough resources left either.

But these living / lifestyle standards for the entire population is also highly undesirable too, as the Earth itself can only truly sustain one lifestyle above all else, and this is the hunter / gatherer lifestyle, of small groups of people living and using local resources.  Alll other lifestyles require increasing levels of consumption beyond true sustainability and eventually results in systematic breakdown of the Earth’s natural systems as population grows.

It was the abundance of energy the broke the imbalance of human population and the natural equilibrium of living.  Once this was broken, it was never regained as energy sources were continually exploited to greater and greater levels, fueling human population growth of the planet, while destroying and consuming the populations of everything else.  Extensive species extinctions have always followed after growing human populations.  It was only where this did not happen did human populations remain low enough that sustainable living still existed, but even these areas eventually were “discovered” and then consumed, and have now experienced the same and often, worse results.

Everywhere this natural threshold was exceeded, resulted in environmental collapse.

Here in the First World, it has been exceeded by ten thousand percent.  This is leading to a breakdown of natural systems the world over, as the First World now imports the majority of its consumption and materialism.  This is also now completely irreversible, due to non-sustainable population levels now in existence world wide.  Nothing can now stop this decline.  Nor can we simply “stop” our consumption as has been often suggested (including by me). We neither have the will to do so, or even the means anymore.

In America and many other places in the world today (especially the First World) it is actually illegal to do this, as we are forced into participation into higher material standards and consumption.  An important point, but not my main one.  This just demonstrates how we have made it more impossible.

We are dealing with a form of Jevon’s Paradox in every human endeavor.  Every efficiency and “gain” that we develop in technology or energy usage, allegedly to help us control our consumption, simply leads us to even more consumption.  This in turn continues to fuel higher population levels.

The only solution to this is a total energy collapse, with horrific results for humanity.  If I may ignore that for huge topic for now, all other human-devised solutions are self-defeating and completely unrealistic because they do not actually gain both efficiency and reductions as alleged.  We always find ways to take advantage of these things and increase our numbers, instead of decrease our actualy consumption.

Examples are efforts of voluntary reductions and consumption. This has proven to be undoable for humanity already.  Voluntary management, even self-management on scales larger then a few individuals doesn’t work.  Even simple efforts such as limited lawn watering doesn’t change overall consumption by measurable amounts.  At issue here is the lawns themselves, they should not even exist, but that is a lifestyle change that hasn’t been effected.  But an even deeper issue is the lawn owners themselves, who should have never come into existence once we passed non-sustainable levels of human populations.

Other solutions tried are enforced management and oversight of human activities, but this too has already proven to be undoable. Cases of piracy, sniping, smuggling, illegal logging and fishing, excessive waste and wanton destruction, dumping, polluting, and simple “extermination”, the killing for the sheer “pleasure” of killing abound.  Laws cannot actually stop bad behavior, only punish after the crime has occurred, but by then the damage has been done.  Legislation and enforcement actions have miserably failed all over the world, largely because we cannot control behavior through such actions.

In effect, we are already at the point where we cannot “save ourselves” by enforcing behavioral changes on ourselves by any means.  We cannot do this with legislation or with armies, we cannot do it voluntarily either.  All that we have succeeded in doing is documenting our failures, bringing attention to the issues, and preserving a few miserable species and examples in museums and zoos.  But out there in the real world nothing has actually changed.

This is hugely significant, because it means that collapse is built in. I’ve long suspected this, that once we began this cycle energy exploitation, leading to material consumption and resource extraction, we launched ourselves upon a death spiral, permissible only as long as the energy sources might last.  But I’ve come to realize that it is much much more then just this.  Even if we had an unlimited supply of energy (and we do, it’s called the Sun), we would still collapse from over-exploitation and degradation of everything else.  It was only a matter of time and the rate in which we allowed ourselves to revel in the material greed we employed.

We are now seeing many, many examples of these issues right now.  We’ve proven ourselves incapable of self-regulating and management of human behavior.  Every conceivable tactic and approach has been tried too, including international laws and treaties, armed invasion, even blowing up ships and buildings, and limiting human activites to the nth degree, including outright bans, arrests and prosecution.  Nothing actually works, nothing effectively stops the cycle, and nothing ever will because we ourselves have proven to be incapable of change.

I know that this is a hard statement, but it remains true for a society and for a civilization.  Anthony Marr reveals in Omni-Science and the Human Destiny that a society or a civilization is an organism, having all the required attributes for this biological definition.  This is also true for nations and countries by the way, they are living, breathing organisms themselves, made up of millions of parts, of which you and I are also a part of.

Organisms consume and they grow.  They are incapable of doing anything else.  You can no more stop the growth of a nation as an organism then you can stop the growth of a baby, it will happen.  The very notion that we can restrict our consumption through legislation (which is ignored) or by voluntary methods (also ignored) is ludicrous.

But here is where I depart again on my own thoughts, many which I have recorded before: Only organisms exhibiting self-control can do this.  And they have only minimal effect in reality, and furthermore, they can only do this for short periods of time.

I can personally restrict my own consumption of food, energy, material goods, even housing, but I cannot do this forever.  As a living organism, I will require a minimal amount of these things to live.  But even this minimal amount of essentials will cause population growth in reality, which in turn will cause more material consumption, which in turn leads to environmental collapse, and other things eventually like global climate change.

Only if I limit my consumption to my local environment, and its natural sustainable rates of replenishment, can I ensure that none of the things will happen.  I must effectively adapt myself to living within the limits to the local resources. This is exactly what most species do by the way, everything except humans.

But I didn’t do any of these things, and neither did anybody else.  Civilization itself is factually incapable of doing this.  So is society, and even a city, as all require far in excess of what the local environment and natural sustainable rates of replenishment can offer.

Therefore, collapse is built in to our civilization. We actually designed it to happen. Collapse is built in once we exceed the natural local thresholds.  Once we went beyond those boundaries, it was only a matter of time.  Only when humans lived within their local resource limits (which forced down population levels) was this avoided. Where they didn’t do this, like Easter Island, they collapsed.  Read Jared Diamond’s How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed for understanding on this issue and how often this has happened so many times before.

It is simply beyond our capability now to avoid this, because we have long since exceeded local sustainable levels and resources limits.

As an organism, speaking of the whole of humanity, we simply cannot stop our material consumption now, this is factually and even biologically impossible.  Therefore, we will continue to place incessant demands upon the whole of the planet, in support of our way of life and material needs and our desire to simply survive.  We will do this too, far, far in excess of what we “need” too because we cannot stop this insatiable craving to have more and to voluntarily restrict ourselves.

We’ve already proven this point.  Many people have written about how we can self-regulate ourselves to sustainable lifestyles, but this is factually impossible now.  It will never happen, not with current population levels, and not with the varying world living standards.  Moreover, it is beyond the ability of the human organism as whole to do this.  Growth for this organism is also built in, which is what we will continue to do, as long as we can.

But on the other side of this is the finite resource limits which are now being reached throughout much of the natural world.  The soil, air, water, fish, wildlife, even the minerals and petroleum resources have been severely depleted, yet the human organism with its voracious appetite and need for growth continues to exist in greater and greater numbers.  It is simply inevitable that collapse will now occur, forcing back human populations in a very catastrophic way.

For many months now, I have been pondering this issue and the obvious questions that it brings up.  Mostly what can I do about it.  Here are my conclusions:

A) First off, nothing can be done about it for humanity.  This is built in and it cannot be prevented.

B) We cannot stop our consumption, anymore then we can stop breathing.

C) We cannot stop the collapse that will ensue from this consumption.

D) We cannot save people who will not or cannot change.  They are incapable of being helped against their will.

E) We cannot even save ourselves unless we are prepared to make radical changes of a rather extreme nature, and even this does not actually guarantee anything, only that we have tried for adaption, and nothing more.

F) But this (E) is also the only hope that humanity actually has in reality, a hope that requires forethought and action and dedicated purpose.  I am not speaking of wishful, do nothing hope as proposed by almost everyone else, but radical lifestyle changes for localized living and planning to cope with extreme weather variations and critical food production.  Nothing else is going to last or work, period.

Obviously, (F) requires a lot more explanation.  A near-zero, non-consuming, non-to-low energy based existence is a radical departure from what others propose for collapse / energy survival.  It negates technology nearly altogether and does not require any of the inputs being proposed for a “transition society” (a concept I find equally ludicrous for the same reasons shared above).

Previously on the old blog, I had written quite a bit about three levels of collapse:

1) Pre Collapse

2) Collapse

3) Post Collapse

Each required different levels of responses.  We are now at stage 2, Collapse.  It is now apparent that collapse is a personal event, happening to millions of people as I write this, and that society / civilization still continues on.  This too was predicted, because collapse is not to be thought of as a single event.  Possible, but unlikely.

Civilizations collapse is now happening in various stages and events all over the world.  Effectively, we are using up the last of the resources we can find, recycle, steal or obtain by some measure (including through new technology) in an effort to prop everything up as long as possible.  This is in reality, a natural defense of the human organism.  It may be highly destructive, but so was our First World living standards when there was a large abundance of these resources.

Obviously, we are loathe to give them up even now, and even though we are going to be forced into doing so in time, we will fight tooth and nail over them as long as we can.  We are seeing this now, as “squatters” occupy homes that they’ve lost to foreclosure, cities enacting voracious taxation to prop up declining tax rolls, armies invading and attacking countries with resources (but ignoring the others who are resource poor), forests being cut down even though few trees still remain, and waters being diverted to build more hydroelectric plants, displacing tens of thousands of villagers.

The human organisim is reacting quite defensively to it’s threatened existence.  This should be obvious I’d think. We’re going to do everything possible to “save ourselves”, even if it means continued energy and material consumption (which it also obviously does) even if this means we’re just digging ourselves into a deeper and deeper hole which we can never come out of intact.

In effect, the human organism is the mathematical product of energy consumption.  Energy resources multiplied by energy efficiency equals higher populations and correspondingly higher levels of material consumption, with natural resource depletion and degradation and environmental destruction.

HO + MC = E x EF – (RD + ED)

The only possible “reversal” of this linear energy consumption and the growing human organism is from resource collapse (energy, food) or from population collapse (disease, starvation, die-off by any measure) or from environmental collapse (global warming, drought, flood).

Sadly, all three are now happening, but as it turns out, this too was built-in.

Once this imbalance of humans population and human demands breaks the natural environmental and earthly equilibrium of resource availability and natural replenishment rates, it can never be regained again because population levels simply won’t allow it on the time scales that are required.

Finally, the Earth itself is an organism, with many natural processes making up its many organs and functions.  Humanity has disrupted many of these organs, including changing the atmosphere, damaging or depleting the soils, removing the forests and releasing a lot of carbon into the atmosphere and oceans.

The declines we have seen in the Earth and it’s natural systems are largely (and in many case, exclusively) the result of human activity.  In effect, we’ve poisoned the host with our behavior, and it is quite clear the Earth is very sick.

Only a great amount of time to allow for the natural healing process to take place will effect a cure.  All else, such as employing techno-wizardy and earth manipulation by humans will not work as expected, because we still do not exert the level of control and manipulation to pull this off without harm, and even if we did, the side-effects are largely unknown but estimated by science to be quite large.  But we don’t have the time anyway to undertake dangerous experiments like this. It is far, far safer and more sure to simply allow the Earth to heal itself, over time, which is has always done best without our help.

But this is in opposition to the human organism itself, which requires unending growth and consumption of the Earth’s resources.  This effectively negates any possible healing of the Earth and the damage to it’s living systems and biosphere.  There is simply never enough time for healing to occur, it’s like an old wound in the hand that we pick and pick at making a permanent scar, and we keep doing this, year in and year out, and eventually the entire arm falls off.

As the host organism, the Earth cannot but react to our effects, no more so then we would if we were to place our hands in a fire and not pull back in shock and pain.  The living systems of the Earth are reacting themselves through the process of natural adaptation.  Forests are making way for savannah, grasslands and deserts. Species deletions and extinctions make way for new species.

In both of these examples however, it’s not good, as we have already seen.  As forest are carved up and release their carbon into the atmosphere, they are being replaced by “nothing” that can do what forest used to do (retain soil, water, provide habitat for wildlife, create rain, store carbon for example).

The same is happening in the oceans, as acidification is wiping out marine life and over-fishing is badly depleting fish stock, being replaced by “nothing” except things like jellyfish.  But the coral is going extinct, and so are the mangroves (breeding grounds).  It can’t be long now until most life in the ocean is dead.

We all know what the food chain is, and when it’s toppled, the Earth and the living systems left react. New species inhabit empty niches, but it’s (rarely) good from a human standpoint.  We experience infestations of pests, rodents and insects, outbreaks of disease, and species collapse and extinctions.

It is the imbalance of natural systems which humans have disrupted, and nothing can stop this or fix this except time and the restoration of balance.  And that balance, from a human standpoint, can never be regained while the human organism exists like it does now.  This is factually impossible, a pipe dream in reality that fails to account for the natural regulation of life itself on this planet.

Therefore, once again, collapse is built in now.  We cannot exist here if nothing else is allowed to exist.  We cannot survive here when nothing else is allowed to survive.  We can neither grow, breed, consume or build when we allow nothing else to grow, breed, consume or build.

As an organism, humanity has long since exceeded its natural niche, and only because of our ability to dominate and control other life-forms, and the natural abundance that once existed, have we lasted this long.  But we are reaching the very end of that journey now, and we can no more avoid our collapse, or stop our consumption then any other species can stop itself.  All must grow to live, and when they exceed their natural growth limits, they collapse.

Final Thoughts

I’ve long believed that we must do everything we can, as fast as we can, to ensure that some of us survive what lies ahead.  I’ve been called the most “doomerish” writer out there on civilizations collapse and probably for good reason.  There is simply is no evidence at all to suggest that we can avoid this, and more and more scientist are now making the same predictions.  I now believe that this is biologically impossible at this point in our existence (and size!).

There remains no evidence that indicates humanity is prepared for what lies ahead.  Most proposals, articles and even authors are woefully under-informed on how severe the situation already is.  They’re also peddling a brand of false hope and wishful thinking, suggesting to varying degrees that techno-wizardy can (somehow) solve this problem (while still continuing our depletion of the environment of course), and that we can “transition” our way through without tremendous amounts of pain and suffering.

I disagree with this and always have. Because the human organism will continue to do what it has always done, we cannot transition to anything as a whole.  We can write about it, talk about it and pretend we’re “on our way” as if this were true, but the real facts remain the same. The transition for humanity does not exist. It is not happening. What miniscule efforts are being applied are negated by the larger facts of a world that isn’t transitioning at all and never will. They will seek to grow as all organisms do even when you are in your personal collapse.  Look around, this is happening right now!

The human organism as a whole is no longer sustainable.  We have long since passed this point of no return, and it will be a long time before we can make it back.  In the meanwhile, you and I and all the rest of the world will see and even experience efforts to prop up this civilization at the expense of the Earth and its living systems as long as humanely possible.  And it will not work.  It will not work because have long ago exceeded ALL natural limits by ten thousand percent, and every effort to make us more efficient will result in Jevon’s Paradox.  We will GROW in either population, consumption, materialism or all three.  And that is absolutely bad news for everything.

All we can do is forestall what will happen for a time.  I do not know how long that is and I don’t even care to be honest, because we’d simply use that time if we knew what it was to try and “save” civilization. This would be a terrible mistake, but I already know we’ll do this anyway.  It is already clear that this is where 99.99999999999% of the energy, effort and money is going to go as this meme becomes more commonly understood.  But I think that this is a mistake, because we simply cannot continue what cannot be sustained, all we could possibly do is forestall the inevitable.

Our efforts should first of all, be to abandon the above efforts.  Forget trying to save civilization. That will free us from foolishly wasting our time.  The next thing we should do is abandon all thoughts of the material living standards that we have become accustomed to.  None of these are sustainable either.

We must also abandon all hope of “saving humanity” as this cannot be done, and this too is also not sustainable.  We should not prop up any institutions, corporations, businesses, industry, agriculture, etc., in effect, we should support nothing.  Let them fail, as they will fail anyway.  Which is better?  To let them fail now, or in 25 years, after spending billions or trillions and wasting 25 years and increasing the population even higher?

Let me let you in on a little secret here.  I’ve already revealed that the Earth is an organisms as much as a human is, but so is a nation.  Even a corporation is an organism by definition.  There are in fact many organisms that exist, having the same requirements as biological beings.  But the point here is to understand this: some organisms (that we created) should not be allowed to exist, because they are dangerous to the health of the whole.

As an example, which of us would support a global government?  This is an organism by definition, but do you want to allow this to exist?  Or what about something from science fiction, such as the Federation Planets, run by space aliens to govern the Earth?  Would such an organization / organism be beneficial to humanity or would it seek to control humanity?

If history is any guide, they would seek to control humanity, putting onerous restrictions upon us all, while reaping the benefits of our labors (and heaping riches to themselves in the process).

There are organisms / organizations that should not be allowed to exist.  There are in fact many, many of these on the Earth today, all run by humans (I think thye’re humans, some said Bush was a reptile).  Their sole purpose is to exploit and grow the human enterprise.  And this is factually dangerous for all life on this planet, because this organisms activity was destructive and detrimental.  We accepted this once before, as a fair exchange for our lives, even our livelihoods and ways of “making a living”, but it is now clear that their very existence can no longer be tolerated.

Organization / organisms that are self-serving, destructive, voracious, predatory or damaging (most bad organizations / organisms exhibit one or more of these qualities) should not be allowed to exist. But we’re far, far beyond the point where we can stop them in reality.  I’m simply saying we should not support them anymore.  We should not buy their crap, fund their failures or bail them out.  They should be allowed to die the death that they deserve.

In point of fact, this “death” is a natural event in reality, no different then the death of biological organism. It is is tragic mistake for us to put them on life support, as they will do nothing but what they have always done.   Our life support that we have given them is in fact, an unnatural event, functionally the same thing as reanimating a zombie, so that it can continue its bloodthirsty rampage.

The only organisms that should be supported now are the ones that do no harm.  This is a basic tenet of life itself that everyone should already know.  Live and let live, but do no harm.  But we live in a very, very different world then this today, whereas most human organisms, and many humans themselves, live to do harm, it is their bread and their butter, their way of life, their warfare, and their control.

They should not be allowed to exist.  They should not be supported, they should not be funded.  They are, in point of fact, the very reason collapse is happening to us all and why the Earth is now so sick (and why I have to write these long missives).

There is absolutely no point at all in keeping any of them alive any longer.  The longer we do, the more they will destroy.  It should be obvious that none of these organism exhibit self-control.  They are actually the opposite of this, having long exceeded their own natural boundaries and expanded themselves into regions and areas and resources for pure profit and control.  And they do this by domination, war, murder, theft, occupation, buyouts, leverage, intimidation and a whole host of other activites, none of which is without harm.

Forget trying to save these organisms, even if you work for one.  You can transition yourself as an organism to a new way of living, but you cannot do this with the larger organism, as this defeats it’s very reasons for existence.  But it does not defeat yours.  In fact, it reinforces your reason for existence and it frees you from their imposed slavery.

All of our efforts should now be concentrated on returning to local living at sustainable levels, and supporting the organisms (humans / people / essential businesses) that we still need. This is the only real solution there is.  It is the only hope humanity even has.  But this is not a do-nothing kind of hope preached from every pulpit every Sunday, the kind that defeats you from doing anything, this is the kind of hope that says you have to get off your butt and go make it happen in your community.

This is not a message that is going to endear me to anyone.  I have long taken a lot of flack from people who hate my anti-war views, who can’t read a thermometer or that believe we can “fix” what is wrong by waving a Mobile Oil sign around and make it all better.  I see no point at all in pretending that we can sustain the unsustainable or do the undoable.  That is just plain stupid.  What we are really saying when we present these arguments is that we refuse to deal with reality, and that I’m intimately familiar with.

But it’s silly, nonetheless. We can learn now what is staring us in the face, or we can go on pretending that it will all just go away.  I’ve no doubt at all what 99.99999999999% will do, which is yet another reason we will collapse.  In the meanwhile, I’m going to keep working on the .00000000001%, because this is the only real hope there is.

News Clips

Here’s something I’ve been following for a while – Frying Our Brains With Cell Phones (link lost, sorry)

Technology is not benign and the claims that we can expose unnatural levels of radiation to our brains  (and bodies, don’t ever live near a cell phone tower or even high tension power lines) without harm cannot possibly be true.

I’ve restricted phone usage here in part because of this problem.  Sure, it’s costing me some business, but I’ve gone to extensive lengths to try and get my customers to actually read what’s posted on the website (a lost art, I admit).  I don’t like having a phone jammed up against my ear endlessly repeating what’s already clearly written.  Heavy users of cell phones have reported all kinds of health issue, with the most serious issues being cancer, tumors and death.

This is another case of burying the message and making sure you’re not properly informed.

Airport Body Scanning Raises Radiation Concerns – I didn’t need anymore reasons not to fly, they had me when they started groping my underwear and sniffing my shoes.

India Forms New Climate Change Body – Climate deniers are going to seize on this as “evidence” to support their beliefs that climate change isn’t happening, and that there are problems within the IPCC (duh!).  The real problem with the IPCC is “data lag”, and the new Indian Institute of Himalayan Glaciology will be more responsive on India’s climate results.

India already knows it has huge problems, a major issue for this new body and the study of its ongoing water problems.  The Himalayan glaciers are rapidly melting away, affecting water supplies for millions of their people.  This new organization won’t make any of it go away, but it might help provide a more accurately and timely assessment of how bad it’s getting.

The UN panel’s claims of glacial meltdown by 2035 “was clearly out of place and didn’t have any scientific basis,” he said, while stressing the government remained concerned about the health of the Himalayan ice flows. “Most glaciers are melting, they are retreating, some glaciers, like the Siachen glacier, are advancing. But overall one can say incontrovertibly that the debris on our glaciers is very high the snow balance is very low. We have to be very cautious because of the water security particularly in north India which depends on the health of the Himalayan glaciers,” he added.

The new National Institute of Himalayan Glaciology will be based in Dehradun, in Uttarakhand, and will monitor glacial changes and compare results with those from glaciers in Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan.

Politics aside, this is probably a good thing overall. There is absolutely no doubt about the rapid melt of glaciers worldwide, the “canary in the coal mine” sign post of global temperature increase and lower precipitation on mountain ranges.  The Andes of South America have also been deeply impacted by climate change, affecting even millions more people, many who have had to completely abandon their villages for lack of water.

All of this water is eventually being dumped into the ocean by rivers or increased precipitation, resulting in higher sea levels worldwide.  The so-called “giant” storm in the East is a result of higher temperatures increasing evaporation, leading to higher levels of precipitation.  We will be seeing a lot more extreme weather like this in the years ahead.

But frankly, the idea that science “ought not to make predictions”, which is at the heart of this so-called debate and contention regarding climate change is just utter bullshit.  Why not?  If not science, then who is better qualified?  Economists?  Capitalists?  Politicians?  Theologians?

By 2035, I expect the climate to be so severe that most life on the planet will be dead.  I am not kidding here.  The trends for rapid climate shifts are well documented and the inability for most species to adapt to such extremes in such a short time.  We are forcing the climate at 10,000 times its natural rate of change, it’s simply not possible to realistically expect adaption under such rates.

I found this EcoShock broadcast (mp3 file) very interesting – Dr. Garret reveals that our expectations for the future are woefully underestimated, so much so that we are facing total collapse.

“Climate change is unstoppable”.

“If we were to stabilize emissions, the economy would have to be zero”.

His views are very similar to mine in fact, and come from a scientific perspective.  Our energy consumption has now exceeded all possible mitigation efforts, including nuclear, coal, solar and every other “energy” project we could devise.

We would need one new nuclear powered energy source built every single day to avoid energy collapse.  But this is not the only reason we will collapse — listen to the broadcast.

Richard Heinberg – Beyond Copenhagen, Now What? (Youtube video)

The future of humanity is at stake.  The problems that need to be solved are huge, and “we are in for some very, very difficult times”.

Farewell America –  This is a free book on the assassination of President Kennedy.   The following work by the pseudonymous “James Hepburn” is largely accepted to be authored by French Intelligence (Their equivalent to our CIA) as the “real” story behind the Kennedy assassination.

Heatwave in Rio Kills 32 – Increased global temperatures increase evaporation, which leads to higher precipitation (like the DC snowfall) and increased rainfall (like Australia now) and droughts.

There is a bunch of great stuff on Desdemona Despair:

Organized Crime Pays Indigenous To Kill Tigers

Global Warming Desynchronizing Biological Cycles In Britian – This is actually happening all over the world now, as seasons are radically out of balance, bees fail to pollinate, wildlife is born too early, fish migrate at the wrong time, plants bloom too early or too late, etc.

Thirty Eight Percent Of the World’s Surface In Danger of Desertification – The title says it all.

Syria Faces Catastrophe From Historic Drought – Now joining over 50 or 60 other countries in stages of severe collapse.

Climate Change Impacts of Soils Severely Underestimated – It’s pretty badly underestimated, as high as 50%.  This is a real “I told you so” moment too, I’ve been warning everyone that science is having to play catch up to new data results and assessments.  They’re getting there, but have yet to “arrive” as it were on how this effects the time we have left as I have.

Seaweed Beds, the Cradle of the Sea, Vanishing – 4/5th of the world is ocean.  When you see the pictures and read the stories of what we are doing to the oceans and the life they used to contain, you will be shocked.

Amazon River Water Stolen and Bottled Abroad – Another “revelation” coming true.  Water is the new currency.

Shrimp Trawlers and Sediment Trails – More strip mining the ocean.  Unbelievable. Does anybody honestly think this can last much longer?

Oceans Reveal Further Impacts of Climate Change – Shsshh! Don’t tell the deniers this, I keep getting emails amounting to “it’s not happening”.

“The oceans are a sink for the carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere,” says McClintock, who has spent more than two decades researching the marine species off the coast of Antarctica. Carbon dioxide is absorbed by oceans, and through a chemical process hydrogen ions are released to make seawater more acidic.

“Existing data points to consistently increasing oceanic acidity, and that is a direct result of increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere; it is incontrovertible,” McClintock says. “The ramifications for many of the organisms that call the water home are profound.”

Tuna Commission Mismanaging Albacore Into Extinction –  Eating anything out of the ocean now is dangerous, but we’re achieving extinction levels by our consumption on many species.

Global Ocean Protection Measures Have Failed – Obviously so.  Nothing works.  Nothing changes. No legislative body, no rules, laws, permits, licensing, regulation or enforcement is stopping this.  The reality is obvious now – nothing can.  That’s not defeatist, it’s honest and realistic.  Unless we stop (and I pointed out above in the essay why we won’t) we will strip the oceans bare while filling them with plastic.

 Drought in SW Australia Linked to Snowfall in Antarctica – Global climate change means extremes, everywhere.

Artic Sea Ice Melt and Freeze Trends 1979 – 2007 – Pretty clear what’s happening there (see the pictures).

Top End of Australia Too Dry To Become Food Bowl – The plans of mice and men oft go astray. Australia is running out.

Loss of Species Hits the Economy – It’s tragically sad that we put an economic price on every furball and fish and sentient being on this planet.  But it’s just as sad that nothing else will get out attention.

Fewer Then 50 Wild Tigers Left In China, South China Tiger Probably Extinct – China is a HUGE country, once the natural home to many tigers.  But not anymore, they’re going the way of the albacore, cod, bluefin and mammals species throughout the world.

More Proof, Global Temperatures Going UP – Still.

Water At the Core Of Climate Change Impacts – And water wars in our future too.

Pollution Suspect In Blackbird’s Plummenting Numbers – Declines of up to 99% are extinction level events.

Torrential Rains Swell Australia’s Rivers and Dams – (in some areas).  More extremes.

Americans Belief About Global Warming – Graphed.  But belief doesn’t mean “change”.

Amazon Rainforest Very Close To Tipping Point – Once the Amazon stops making it’s own rain due to deforestation, it’s all over (for everything).  This article should have read “If we lose the Amazon, we lose the world”.

Tibet Tempertures Highest Ever Recorded, Rainfall Record Low – The pictures of those grasshoppers reminded me of something…

Russia Dumped Toxic Waste Into Baltic Sea – The world’s most polluted ocean just got a nasty update.

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Feb 042010
 

There is an Indian legend which says when a human dies, there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven.

At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime.

The animals, based, upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge …
and which are turned away … 

~Unknown Author~

The Transformation Of Humanity

They do not want humanity, the whole of humans on this earth to develop a conscience.  If we did, we would be opposed to war, killing of all types, the ongoing and widespread environmental destruction, animal torture and laboratory testing and all other forms of animal abuse we practice (including the factory farming of “meat”).

The human conscience must be heavily indoctrinated with massive level of propaganda in order for us to suppress our natural desire to live and let live.  This must also be suppressed if we are going to continually sacrifice our ownselves or the lives of our own children in the name of “God and country”.  A constant barrage of misinformation and propaganda is necessary to convince us to act against our own basic nature.

No sane person wants to hurt another.  Nobody sane would want to go to war either, or attack civilians, or bomb other people into oblivion.  To force humans to do this, we must be constantly exposed to brainwashing techniques that suppress our natural instincts to refrain from such activities.

Our natural desire to live is very strong, and it takes a much stronger message to encourage us to kill and to go on killing.

We are exposed to multiple levels indoctrination from birth until death by many aspects of our society.  Even after our death in some “heroic” way, our survivors are to be ‘reminded’ that our “sacrifice” was “necessary” for the common good in some inexplicable and convoluted way the defies logic and sane reason.  We’re taught not to question even this, being told that to question is unpatriotic, insensitive and even traitorous behavior.

Yet lying dead in the dirt are those who we seek to answer for — the lives they’ve lost, the dreams cut short, the lands that were burned and destroyed and all the vast amounts of human suffering that there were a part of.  The horrible truth here is that we MUST speak up for them, for they cannot speak for themselves any longer.

The real beneficiaries of the lies we are told are always the same, but we have to be reminded again and again that this is really “for us” and for our children.  Most of us know already that this cannot possibly be true, as wives cannot receive what they no longer have, mothers and fathers cannot benefit from what has been taken.

We must be kept constantly desensitized to the real truth, what our abusive nature and practices to each other and to the world at whole actually does, and why we keep on allowing this to happen.  Without this desensitization we would finally wake up to who and what we have really become and this realization would be abhorent to us all.

There are various ideologies that must be first opposed, then broken if possible, that dispute these things, revealing another truth and another reality in its entirety.  The anti-war movement, the animal rights movement, the living earth movement, all these groups are opposed to the needless killing of sentient beings and the living biosphere, recognizing the simple fact that what we allow is what is actually going to destroy us all.

The animal rights movement for example, opposes all of these lies and deceptions which is what makes them so dangerous and violently opposed, even though the real violence is almost always exhibited by the other side in hugely immense numbers reaching into the billions of deaths.  If we were to wake up and realize what we have truly become, as voracious killing monsters, it would destabilize everything.  It would expose all that we know and all that we do and all that we practice, day in and day out, and all that we support with our labor, our money, our time and our committments, and this must not ever be allowed to happen.

We must be fully and totally controlled, manipulated no less then marionette puppets on a string to react, respond, to think and to speak exactly like the puppet masters demand.  If one of our numbers manages to snap one of these manipulating lines and break through the multiple lies that they support, they must be swiftly dealt with in the most violent way possible.

There is an increase in attack on these kinds of things, the reactionary response to the growing humanistic reason and compassion to our ongoing practice of torture, abuse, killing, murder and death throughout the entire biosphere, encompassing all living things and sentient beings.

But what is not so obvious is that in order for society to act and behave like it already does, right now, without conscience — we must come to admit that we must already be fully controlled now and have been for some time.

This is a glaring but widely ignored truth about our condition, the depths of our desensitization and indifference is so great and so complete already that nothing less then total control of our minds and our thoughts must already be fully in place.

To understand this, and to embrace the significance of this realization is immensely important. It is the beginning of understanding towards our path to freedom, to justice, to equality, to liberty and to true human compassion.  We do not have to be these monsters that we have become, but we must first come to understand what we are.

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Technology As A Weapon Of Mass Manipulation

Most futurists, and probably all technologists envision a future where there is an increase in technology and application as opposed to a decrease.

From a personal standpoint, I seek a constant decrease, a gradual decline, because this is the only methodology that will actually reduce human dependency and our destructive nature to dominate all living things.

Since all technology requires a “taking away” from natural systems and natural practices of living in lifestyle, consumption, employment, commerce, transportation — essentially everything that humans do, and at a price to the rest of the biosphere that we are far too quick to ignore — then it follows that more technology will create more destruction and even more dependencies then we have today.

Technology is not the pathway to freedom. This is a heretical thought to most people in the modern world, who have accepted the notion that we will (somehow) finally achieve true human freedom if we have fully conquered all of nature and the nature world, and even space itself, and finally figured out a way to distribute this “freedom” to humans throughout the galaxy.

Nothing could be further from the truth. This would create a hellish future similiar to the terrifying scenes in Bladerunner, where massive poverty and inequality exist, with widespread environmental destruction and a choking atmosphere that made living nearly impossible and surveillance of every nuance of life was considered normal.

Not worse then the planetary abuse, but equally bad for humans is how such technology would be used to control human expression and human freedoms in the most negative ways possible, giving rise not to freedom and eglatarian lives, but a monstrous totalitarian expression in the worst possible ways.

All would be controlled, monitored, tracked, surveilled, cataloged and arrested, a diastopian society of hellish proportions.  And yet, this is exactly the direction futurists and even those that embrace technology are taking us.

We already have many examples of this dystopia today.  Look at how we have swept into countries like Iraq and Afghanistan with our military superiority and vast surveillance capabilities, which we are even using here in the United States, England and throughout the world.  It is not more freedom that we are “offering” and supporting, but far less.  Those that oppose this freedom are being bombed into oblivion as dissenters are simply not tolerated.

A simplistic example certainly, but accurate nonetheless.  Technology is being used to control human expression and behavior, but not in ways which enable us but disable us. It is always the technologists and their puppetmasters themselves who claim superiority and control over everyone else, using technology is very harmful and destructive ways.  The crumbs they leave over for us, but deny the common man are always less then what they have and use for our control.  Ultimately, at their behest is the surveillance drone, satellite tracking, GPS implants and push-button death from afar.

We’re told that we must trust these puppet masters with these technological toys and all of their applications, but all we’ve received from them all over the world is death and more death in exchange for our unwavering subservience and slavery.  Unending rivers of death drenched in the blood of innocent civilians, bystanders and “insurgents” who’s only real desire is to be left alone and to live their own lives in peace without intrusion or coercion.

I bring this all up because of an interesting conversation that I had with an investor recently who outlined some pretty sweeping ideas on what the future holds in his view.  At the core of these ideas we discussed is the notion that less personal freedom and anonymity will equal greater security and even better commerce for the average consumer.

I do not agree with this.  The cornerstone of freedom is anonyminity.  The ability to buy and sell, travel, work, earn or even just comment online or conduct any sort of personal transaction (not just commerce, but anything a human might do) requires varying levels of anonyminity if it is every going to be enabling (freedom) versus disabling (controlled, ie, monitored, tracked, taxed, regulated, permited, fined, etc.).

Everytime technology is deployed and utilized to catalog, log, database and collate information on human activity, it is very often used to restrict and control those activities too, allegedly for our benefit, but never in reality.  We seem to have a very strong tendency to try and control each other using our technology, and especially our data gathering efforts on each other, versus using technology to actually free us from the political contraints and social restrictions already in place.

I believe that our social structures have utterly failed to evolve along with the rapid development of technology.  But it also readily apparent that what evolution that we have undergone has gone largely in the opposite direction of enabling real freedom and issues such as personal privacy and even physical protections.  We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of having to protect ourselves from technology and technophiles and all sorts of evildoers, including bureaucrats and politicians and even private and government assassinations squads, depending on where you live.

From a personal standpoint, it is actually safer to fully unplug from technology and the data gathering that this usage enables.  I could give a few tips out on this (and have) as the level of abuse is increasing all of the time.

We are seeing staggering levels of abuse and opportunity to do incredible damage as we embrace more and more and effectively receive less and less.  We must give away the very essences of ourselves to databases and social websites, to cell phone tracking and call logging, email monitoring and IP collection efforts, being either careful or simply careless in what we reveal and what we don’t.

Technology is not benign as I have seen alleged.  The very nature of technology is invasive, beginning with its destructive elements ripped from the earth, mined from the raw ore with gigantic slag heaps and belching smokestacks polluting the atmosphere.  From inception to implementation and widespread adoption, technology requires the earth to give up her treasures in exchange for pollution, environmental devastation and widespread destruction, and ultimately for our control and increasing dependency.

We may even believe the lies that we are told that technology can also benefit the environment, but this is an impossible story to accept, as nothing can benefit the environment or the life in the environment any better then simply leaving it alone.

Technology is at best very destructive, highly controlling and apt to be used to further control humans and take dominion over all living creatures and even the earth itself.  To call this benign in any way is to ignore all the evidence of its use, its manufacture and its destructive force and our propensity to use technology as a highly destructive tool to manipulate billions of humans to our whims and desires.

I am an advocate of living simple, especially as technology continues to make itself “irreplaceable”, pretending to be what it can never be, which is at its root meaning a replacement for the earth and the natural systems themselves.

Do not let technology rule you or how you live your life.  Discard those unnecessary accoutrements that you can live without.  Break free from from the data collection, computerized records, electronic surveillance, satellite monitoring in the GPS system on your vehicle and all other forms of technology that are invasive, destructive, prone to abuse and empowering to the puppet masters over your life.

Don’t fall for the lies that you “need this”.  Nobody needs this, anywhere on the planet.  Humans have lived here a very long time, experiencing untold levels of freedom, personal autonomy and rich, fulfilling lives without any of the crap that we have come to embrace.

This is the kind of thing we are up against, and an example of how technology is always being used to provide greater and greater levels of control: Police Want BackDoor To Web Users Private Data

There is also this: Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks

“The critical question is: At what level will the American public be comfortable with Google sharing information with NSA?”

That’s a no brainer, the answer is “none”.  Anything else is asking us to trust an agency that has long been known to illegally spy on Americans and use data in very harmful ways.  With Google getting involved, it can’t possibly be good.  The laws the allegedly protect Americans and their privacy, simply don’t.  This is a disturbing development in my opinion, one that will not prove beneficial for the citizenry at all.

Web communications of any sensitive nature should be encrypted with strong encryption programs like PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) or something similiar.  Better yet, don’t share email if you’re sending sensitive information.

The easiest way to defeat technology is very simple: don’t use it.  This makes it exceedingly hard for snoopers and spies to use technology against you.  If you are not dependent upon technology, then you remove the leverage technology gives the puppet masters.
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Obama’s Secret Afghan Prisons: Investigation Unearths New US Torture Site, Abuse Allegations in Afghanistan

Harper’s has more here, Obama’s Secret Aghan Prisons

The ongoing debacle and human tragedy in Haiti is eye-opening, if you don’t already understand how these things are consistently “capitalized”.  Democracy Now has a page with many articles, stories and pictures that reveal the mind-boggling “response” to this humanitarian crisis.

Sent in by Jay and worthy of an entire reprint – 545 People vs 300,000,000

545 PEOPLE By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have  inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget.  The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human  beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress.  In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.. They have no legal authority.  They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.  I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.  The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault.  They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal  human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.  The president can only propose a budget.   He cannot force the Congress to accept  it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of  Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.  Who is the speaker of the House?   Nancy Pelosi.  She is the leader of the majority party.  She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want.  If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of  incompetence and irresponsibility.  I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.  When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ, it’s because they want them in IRAQ.

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems..

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can  abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.  Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it… Is up to you.

This might be funny if it weren’t so darned true.
Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts
Anyway!
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.
Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid.

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge T ax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Ser vice FeeTax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.  We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the hell happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

And I still have to ‘Press 1’ for English?

I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times!!!  YOU can help it get there!!!

GO AHEAD – – – BE AN AMERICAN!!!

The Nature And Morality Of Government

Spring Is Here (for some of us)

By the way, the East is being blasted with a real winter, but it never did arrive here.  In fact, it’s springtime already, with Class 3 road restrictions already now in force back in January (limiting heavy truck travel).

There is mud everywhere as the ground is thawing out very rapidly, what little snow we got is now gone and I’m already sleeping with with windows wide open for fresh air.  The spring thaw is 2 – 3 months early this year which is going to play havoc on all the plant and animal life.   Pollination may be seriously affected, but I’m not a bee keeper to guess that.

I’m experiencing climate change in a big way.

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More Signs of Collapse – Desdemona Despair

Phoenix Starts 2% Food Tax In April

Gravel Roads In Our Future

Colorado Springs Cuts Basic Services – Collapse in America, this is what it looks like:

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops “” dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won’t pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

Climate Change Causing Wolverine Decline Across Canada

San Joaquin Valley Still Facing Drought After 4 Years

Yunnan Still In Drought Affecting Millions

Ocean Acidification Still Increasing on a Global Scale – Himalayan Glaciers In Retreat (pdf) – Beautiful images telling a sad and tragic story.

Most of Britains Pond’s in “Terrible State”

Last Survivor Of Andaman Tribe Dies – Extinction Event of 65,000 Year Old Tribe.

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I’ve been holding back on how bad it’s getting because there are a lot of people who are getting upset.  I don’t know what to say.  It’s not even possible for the news to be “good” if you’re being honest and truthful. We are so far now into overshoot and extreme resource depletion and environmental collapse that the saying “it’s all downhill from here” takes on a terrifying reality of truth.

It’s VERY important that everyone realize the significance of the future we are facing.  I’m not going to beat this drum anymore (in this issue 🙂 but a happy face isn’t going to hide the facts.

Get ready, get prepared, gear down and learn to live local, live sustainably and cut out the excess from your lives.  What we do now is what is going to make our survival in the future possible.

Feb 022010
 

“It wasn’t that we were on the wrong side, we are the wrong side”

The Most Dangerous Man In America – Youtube video clip

You should also watch this: Depleted Uranium, The Ultimate Dirty Bomb

It is the outrageous stupidity of the US government like this that tells me that we will never have any support for peaceful initiatives.  If they’re quite willing to irradiate entire countries for 4.5 billion years, what makes anybody think that we are going to peacefully solve our energy crisis?

There are a whole bunch of other videos here about “the wrong side”.

Since this message is alleged to have come from the dead Bin Laden, it won’t mean anything. It’s about as meaningful as all the other dead-letter messages from his ghost, which are meant to excite and stir the flames of our passion by government and media disinformation sources.

But it’s nice to know that the world’s most famous terrorist is on the side of climate change.  Maybe Osama could have a little talk with Obama.

Listen to this fat blowhard if you want for another take on this.  But a much more important than all these bobble heads flapping their useless gums is in that last link:

For the record, it simply is impossible to stop global warming by bringing the US economy to a halt.

This is one of the first times I’ve seen someone else agree with me on this point.  In effect, nothing can now stop global warming.  This is a critical point, as it will functionally dictate what can and cannot be done for the next thousand plus years.

Fox News – I’ve not watched Fox News in over ten years, finding this “programming” as disgusting and as full of errors and unbelievably bad reporting as ever.  As for “trust”, gimme a break.  Fox News is one of the worst in terms of accuracy, balance and honesty among the media whores.

Human Powered

I have long been interested in simplifiying my life, reducing dependencies and doing away with the complex requirements of modern living.

Human powered devices fit this desire pretty well.  Because they use no petroleum in their operation (as opposed to the manufacture, which they most certainly do), they can be utilized in applications where no electricity or petroleum fuel required.

If you think about it, most inventions these days require plenty of both — electricity and petroleum.  And for the most part, all inventions require both in their manufacture.  Since petroleum reserves are declining all over the world at an ever accelerating rate, and peak petroleum extraction has already occurred, it makes sense to utilize our remaining reserves towards transition to a non-petroleum based economy.  This in turn means that a non-petroleum infrastructure is required (and already long overdue).

There are many different devices that have been designed to fit within the human powered concepts, including bicycles, blenders, generators, washing machines, ultralight airplanes, hydrofoils, and all kinds of boats (paddle and peddle).  There are as many applications as there are ideas.  This site explores some of the possibilities, and here’s a really cheesy youtube video for Yogen.  We can even capture thermoelectric energy from the human body, something that the dreaded Digital Angel (human microchips) is now doing.

We can easily manufacture all of these things today using refined metals (or recycled scrap) and with the still available energy grid (and even more petroleum).

The future more then suggests that these devices will become extremely valuable commodities for human society.  They are commoditites after all, versus necessities, as humans have long lived without them before.  We could do so again — but clearly do not desire such an existence.

Future technologists would do well to consider human powered devices as having some very long term applications, which would be in demand as long as human are still around.  They would aso do well to consider how to retool our industry and utilize our remaining petroleum resources to help make the transition from fossil fuel to human powered devices.  This is still a fledging industry, one that is poised for explosive growth even during the stages of collapse.

Avondale Condemns Home, Solar Power, Batteries Not Enough – There are a couple of seperate issues on this case, which need to be seperate out.  The alleged theft of services is not meaningful with regards to using solar power. The only real issue here is whether or not you are even ALLOWED to use solar power in this area (Arizona of all places!!).  You do have to buy a “permit”:

Avondale requires residents to pay a $40 fee for a permit allowing them to use alternative sources of energy.

The city however, believes wrongly that it can judge your living standards as being adequate or insufficient.  The very notion that you that you must get official approval for how much electricty you use or generate and where it comes from is absolutely insane.

Pentagon Ranks Global Warming “A Destabilizing Force” – Fits in exactly with my own predictions.

There’s a better review of this here, Climate Change, Energy Security and Economic Stability are Intextricably Linked.

Of course they are, many people have been saying this all along.  And because of this deep interconnectedness, it also means that when any of these are threatened, it will be a hugely significant destabilizing factor for human civilization.

It still bothers me that we’re pointing out the dead obvious — and doing far, far too little to mitigate the effects or develop workable strategies. It’s as if we’re comitted to playing catchup, the game where you just never get to really play because you are so busy trying to figure everything out using outdated information and rules.  But the game goes on anyway, playing without you and winds down with nobody left standing.

One of the reason I personally oppose “cap and trade” is that it will do nothing to address the root causes of human emissions.  It benefits the rich immensely, and those that want to be rich, but the environment and the atmosphere are not commodities.  This is yet another version of the game “catchup” whereby we think we understand the rules and the game but don’t, and by the time we figure out where we went wrong, it will be game over.

Vaughn sent me a couple of links worthy of mention:

20 Reasons: Debt Bomb Is Going To Explode – Tick, tick, tick, the clock moves on.  One or all of these points will result in a detonation of everything we hold near and dear.

Federal Payroll Hits 2.1 Million – No reason at all to think that we’re going to scale back. Government will continue to grab whatever it can as it tries to “help” us.

Jan 272010
 

Surviving Civilization

Everyone should be keenly aware of how difficult it is to live these days.  The demands that society places upon us all are onerous and burdensome, increasingly expensive and difficult to overcome — all of it occurring in varying degrees to you in a direct relationship to your financial ability (to pay).

The young and the elderly have a particularly hard time of surviving today.  Young people are faced with the daunting task of high rents, low-paying menial jobs (or no jobs at all), and even higher education costs in the hopes of a “career” or future.

A higher education doesn’t mean much of anything anymore, as competition from all ages in increasing, with the most desperate willing to take the lowest pay.  Qualified nurses, lawyers, architects, machinists, steel workers and trained persons from all walks of life are being forced to work at menial positions in order to survive.

Many people are getting very angry at this, with this guy going to some extensive lengths to get even. The great sadness here is not what the man did (in 2004), as he destroyed the town with his bulldozer, but how he had been treated and the absolute ignorance to this injustice.

“I was always willing to be reasonable until I had to be unreasonable”, Heemeyer wrote. “Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things.”[7]

Nothing has changed since this time, and nothing will either. Instead of rebuilding the town, they should have left it as it was, as a memorial of injustice.

The rage we all feel from time to time (or all the time, as the case may be) is justified.  But we must be careful to discard any sense of ‘entitlement’ as this is misplaced.  We are not actually entitled to anything, the world that our parents had is NOT the same world we have today.  And it will be radically different for our kids, their world in particular as the next generation to inherit what we have done (or failed to do), they are going to experience things that no human has ever experienced before.

I write these articles in this newsletter with the general idea that we need to “see clearly”, or as clearly as we possibly can. The volume of disinformation and misinformation, much of it deliberate makes seeing clearly a challenging task.  At issue is our belief systems and what we think we know and how these things relate to our experiences.  Connecting the dots between today’s news and tomorrows events is helpful towards our understanding of trends, themes and outcomes and what we can expect.

Civilization, as we know it today, has become (imo) very burdensome.  It’s like a giant weight pressing down upon us, we’re expected to carry this load upon our shoulders day in and day out, handing this onerous burdened down when we are too exhausted to continue to our progeny, who are then expected to carry the same load.

I find this entire notion basically “bull” because I disagree with much of what civilization demands of us, and what little it actually really offers us.  I see no point in perpetuating this fraudulent existence any longer then necessary.  The answer to this begins with our refusal – refuse to go along with the parts that do not make any sense, that do not support you and yours, that do not offer you relief from your daily burden and that only support the mythical notions of “progress” in a society that is clearly insane.

Not all aspects of civilization or our society are all bad of course, but frankly, enough of it is actually quite bad and misguided enough that rejecting the whole instead of the parts can be more successful then trying to make accommodations.

It is very hard to navigate the two realities of what this means.  On one hand, we are part of society, dependent upon what society produces and even offers us in order to exist, but on the other, we find ourselves making contributions, usually unwillingly to things we know that are actually destroying us.  We are in fact exhibiting a duality of existence, a dichotomy of opposing tensions which in turn is creating cognitive dissonance in all of us.

Some people simply give up, finding this just too hard to hold in tension (balance) and not go insane.  But I’ve never yet found anyone that can simply forget what they now know, unless it’s being drowned out with alcohol or drugs.  Most of us just choose to forget as best we can, or withdraw, leaving little room left in our lives to be forced to interact too much and deal with the opposing forces.

This is probably unavoidable for the majority of us I suspect, but I’m no psychologist and can only write about what I observe.  I do know that many people are having quite a bit of trouble with this issue, usually exhibited in more obvious ways such as job dissatisfaction, spousal problems, even drug or drinking problems.  The “futility of civilization” seems to drag us down into the depths of despair if we are not careful.

I do not think any of these things are healthy of course, and can only suggest a few things to help you “survive civilization” and what this has come to mean today.  These are the things that have helped me:

1) Stay focused. It is important to not lose sight of your goals, whatever they might be.  There is a reason you came to be the way you are — and why you are persuaded to these viewpoints that you hold.  If they remain true, then so should you, so stay focused.

2) Weed out the disinformation and misinformation. This is a pet subject of mine, as too much of what passes for news is just unadulterated bullshit today.  Shut it out of your life if it causes too much tension.  Sometimes I’ll do just that, but most of the time it doesn’t bother me as I recognize it for what it is.  The b.s. is never going to go away, it’s how they manipulate people and get them to do what they want against their own best interest (like borrow money, fight in wars, support corrupt government and such like).  Remember that it takes an awful lot of propaganda to get people to do stupid things, you’re literally wallowing in it and so is everyone else.

3) Pick your confidents carefully.  We’re at the point in human history where trying to persuade the masses to their folly is hardly productive.  Sharing your latest revelation, insight, news source, opinion or discovery is often disappointing because it falls on deaf ears.  One of the many reasons I closed the blog is I often felt this way.  What you know is often not what people want to hear, so don’t waste your time or your breath on trying to convince the world.  This fits in with #1 of course.

Talk with those that are open and interested, but don’t beat your head against the wall on those that aren’t.  Don’t believe the myth that “people want the truth”, when it’s obvious that they don’t.  Never forget, if they wanted the truth, they’d have it already, and this is true for most other things too. There is actually nothing really stopping us all from having the truth except our own disinterest.

The truth is most of humanity is probably already doomed (yes, it is as bad as that) because of their refusal to “get it”.  And this is actually what they really want too.  They’ve had ample opportunity to get with the program so to speak, especially within the developed world, but their actions reveal their real choices.  Recognize that fact and don’t waste your time any further.

4) It is a myth (urban legend kind of thing) that if more people “understood” or “participated” or “joined in” or any such similar thing, that we could stop what is now happening, so don’t fall for this and don’t try to participate in these kinds of activities and efforts either.

The reason it is a myth is because even very large groups (millions of people) now have near-negligible impact on events, and they are almost always failing to apply the proper pressure (and they are very easily and often manipulated themselves).  Groups operate on “group think” principles, which are generally useless and very ineffective and are almost always co-opted by external interests (and infiltrated).  Their dynamic is to work within very well defined vertical disciplines and response modes that accomplish very little, even if the group is very large.

Therefore, don’t bother with these things. You are much more powerful by not participating in the group and remaining independent and autonomous.  It is also a lot safer by the way for you.  You also don’t get caught up in a lot of wasted and expended energy, time and money.

5) Think for yourself.  Don’t get caught up in the latest hype, fear or scare mongering.  It’s pelting us all from all sides these days, a never ending constant barrage coming from even the most “trusted” sources.  Most of it, if not all of it, is pure crap.  Blow it off.  Believe it when you see it.  Pessimism is not negative here.  Don’t fall for the hype and propaganda, I don’t care who it’s coming from.  You will breath much easier, having far less stress and will be able to stay focused on your original goals.

Moreover, you don’t have any control over these things anyway — even if they came true.  Realize this very important point and don’t get caught up, think for yourself and just move ahead, each day, bit by bit, step by step.  Learn to live your life and no other, especially not one that is being “programmed” for you.

6) Turn off the media inputs.  Start with television, Internet, magazines, shortwave (especially shortwave) and any other “broadcast” that is seeking to persuade you to anything (including this newsletter).  Going back to #5, think for yourself.  How much of what you are hearing affects you?  How much is true?  How much is false? How much is just hype and b.s. to get you to believe something?  Always watch your pocket here too, because that is usually what they’re really after.

7)  Read. If you don’t read books, start.  They’re wonderful for enlightening your mind and you can absorb the information as fast as you can read, or as slowly as you may desire.  If needed, read word by word and let it be absorbed in your mind one word at a time.  Good authors can explain their points, or tell their stories or convey the information that they are seeking to share with you without having to subject you to a ten-second media sound byte that you are supposed to swallow hook, line and sinker.

Reading is an incredibly valuable skill and will help you immensely throughout your entire life.

What you read is just as important. I do not allow trash magazines in my house unless my wife sneaks one in, which she does do sometimes!  I let it lay around for a week or two then throw it out, because it’s just crap and she and I both know it.  Instead, we both read a lot of books and almost everyday, we have spent an hour or two at a minimum reading, even if it’s late at night.

Develop a good library of titles that you like.  I don’t much care what they are, what matters here is if they are important to you.  I loved Robert Heinlein’s The Moon Is A Hash Mistress, a fictional story nonetheless, but informative and educational.  I’ve got a copy of this and many other fiction books around here somewhere.

My main library contains quite a few non-fiction titles that I pull down from time to time.  Jared Diamond’s How Societies Choose To Fail or Succeed was fascinating (to me), as is the latest title I’m still reading, Omni-Science and the Human Destiny.

Books are immensely valuable sources of intelligent thinking, pools of resources and will help sharpen your mind to new concepts and new ideas, even discarding old ones and developing new ones.   Read whatever you can get your hands on, it’s one of the reasons Americans are so dumbed-down today, they don’t read.

8) Unplug.  Take time to just sit and let your mind and your body to relax.  I have the most trouble with this one as I work 7 days a week.  But sometimes I just can’t take it anymore and I unplug.  Get away from all noise, all sounds even if you can (turn off the radio and the idiot box) and go sit quietly and observe all things.  I mean observe nature and your surroundings, examine the grass and look at the sky, and observe within your own mind and body what you are experiencing, feeling, sensing.  Call this meditation if you like, but take the time to unplug, unwind and disconnect from this artificial existence of glass and steel, asphalt and concrete and constant noise and reconnect to yourself, to nature and to your surroundings.  This is immensely helpful and satisfying and can create peace and tranquility where there was none.

9) Finally, go do something fun.  Take a walk, ride a bike, drive a car, go eat, run, play, swim, hike, see a movie even.  Whatever your idea of “fun” is, go do it.  You need to do this to relax, to also help you unwind and to realize that life is not all about work, money, toil, sweat and tears.  Life “happens” with you plugged in or not, whether you’re constantly attentive or not, and you need to learn to let go from time to time.  It’s very important to not be so wound up tight that you can’t learn to exist and simply “be”.

Learn to have fun, and learn to “be”.  You are who you are and there really isn’t much that is going to change this.  Be yourself, be honest, be true, practice your life with integrity and honor and have some fun from time to time.  Life was not intended for us to be miserable, laughter is fantastic medicine and so is good company, good food and good times.

Civilization will do whatever it is going to do without our help, involvement, protest, dissent or participation.  That is reality.  That is what you can all expect.  In the meanwhile, we have our own lives to live and there is no point in squandering this precious gift upon the anvils of anxiety and worry.

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The Terrorist That Wouldn’t Die – Yet another bogus recording from Bin Laden.  These things are laughable and far, far past the point where there is even a shred of credibility from the “intelligence community”.  Talk about an oxymoron.

Cops Beat the Hell Out of The Wrong Man (again). Must be the umpteenth thousandth time this has now happened.  Of course, there is no clear pattern to this, these things are just “accidental”.

Israel Claims Ownership of West Bank Forever – Eternity is a long time, especially for a man who is going to die soon.

Zoey sent me this video link, which fits in exactly with my arguments against Empire in the last issue and the total domination efforts by the US military.  There is also this video which also fits in exactly with what I’ve been trying to convey in these newsletters.

Non-compliance, refusal to go along, think for yourself, act responsibly, disconnect.  Do these things to empower yourself, your life and stop contributing to the gears of Empire.

Empire Stupidly Marches Ahead

Despite our failing economy, millions homeless, ongoing home foreclosures and even more bank closures, the expansion of Empire via military domination continues as usual.  Promising even more military growth, this is clear evidence that essential change within Empire is impossible.

This is a strong reason why I do not believe that contraction will defeat the practice of domination, even here at home.

Venezuela Has The World’s Largest Oil Fields – A new report with sobering news: A new USGS report reveals that Venezuela has the world’s largest reserves, over twice the size of Saudi Arabia.  This has staggeringly huge implications (and why I believe war in the South America will happen).

Thank God Osama Is Dead! – His recent video from the grave reveals however, that the CIA, NSA and AAA are busy resurrecting the dude to provide more scare-mongering from the shadows.

Lobbyist For Foreign Corporations Seek to Use Foreign Money To Influence American Elections – The only thing “new” here is that they are now coming out in the open on this issue. They’ve been doing this illegally for decades, but the Supreme Court has now ruled on the issue.

Corporations do not (should not) have the same rights as natural persons (especially foreign corporations). I’ve written on this topic before.  It is exceedingly dangerous to give artificial entities that same status as natural persons, who in turn are never held personally accountable for their actions (and inactions, which have also caused a lot of death and destruction).

The Island of Doubt has a Minority Report on this topic too.

I have a major bone to pick with corporations in general, but that’s not news or any secret either. Corporations are the driving engines behind government mandates and legislation, they’re also the world’s worst polluters and destroyers of the planetary environment. They receive special protected status and privileged position from nations all over the world due to their influence and control.  They manipulate markets, control economies and essentially are “the force” behind most of what is wrong on this planet.  The other part of this equation is that many of us actually work for them, making this all possible.

And now they want to come out of the closet and directly rule over our (s)election process.  Why don’t we just pick the corporation we like best and let them rule the planet?  How about Monsanto?  Or Archer-Daniels?  Or who is your favorite?  Halliburton?  General Dynamics? Pick one!  We could have a McHappening Day where everybody is a corporate employee, guaranteed a job and meat-flavored veggie burger!

Thought for the Day (or week)There has to be altruism in the universe: Physicist

What we don’t know is far more then what we think we know. Alien life is but one thing we probably don’t know how to recognize yet.  I thought we would have figured this out with the reptilian nature of our government, but guess we haven’t.

Jan 222010
 

Better Business Bureau Scam Alert

The Better Business Bureau has been bugging me again lately, and I’ve finally had enough of their coercive tactics, and have published the following complaint of my own.  It’s going to stay there too, for life.

Strange that business owners need to fight back against firms like the BBB, and I sure wish more businesses were courageous enough to do it, but it seems like everyone is out for their slice of the pie.  I’ve long known how corrupt they were, but if you aren’t aware of this, be sure to read the comments from other business owners and consumers on Ripoff Reports.

Now I don’t think for a minute that this will solve the BBB and their chasing me around, they can be rather dense.  Most of the time whenever anybody stands on principles, it gets “expensive”.  As one lawyer told me recently, “Principles are expensive”.

Profits Among Us

I am often asked to “rate” other websites, Internet broadcasters, shortwave radio hosts and talk radio hosts.  I have lost track of the number of requests this has now come to over the years, but not the names.

Any honest response that I make almost always backfires, because up till now, I’ve not been willing to pull any punches when it comes to unveiling what I know.  In some cases, I have first-hand experience with the people in question, in others it is the long exposure to their hype and drama (and failed predictions) and their methods used to gain their following (and fleece your pockets).

However, telling the truth here still angers people for some bizarre reason.  Maybe they’ve gotten sucked in to the fear-mongering, or sent them money or whatever it is, I don’t really care.  But it’s probably a mistake for me to try and “educate” anyone anymore on these bobble heads, so I’m not going to respond to these request from here on.

Go figure it out for yourself.  Every time I’ve taken a stand against the fools and charlatans and self-prescribed “experts” and profits, people have reacted pretty badly in turn.  I have publicaly stood against them on many occasions, and will continue to do so because I hate deception and dishonesty — but I won’t respond to private request for information.

Public Education

It has long been clear that “educating the public” at large is an exceedingly difficult task. Due to the huge number of propaganda outlets and disinformation out there, what is widely called “news sources”, which are extremely well funded, disputing or correcting bad information or even bad sources of information is nearly impossible to rectify.

Plenty of people don’t really seem to care whether or not they’ve been told the truth, almost anything will seem to do. The persuasion of belief, truth and views is closely tied to whatever “news” sources that they listen to.

Most information outlets are modeled for profits, not information, deliberately designed to suck you into their “business model” with images, videos, stories and what passes for ‘news’.  Heavily interspersed in all the cracks is their hook, line and sinker of advertising, marketing and the ubiquitous public “programming” (brainwashing).

The ones involved in these kinds of activities are very successful at this too, as witnessed by their giant profits, dominating “markets” and expanding outlets. You rarely hear about the business (profit) failure of the media outlets, unless it’s a tiny one.

We’ve all experienced the programming by the media, accepting this as normal, even acceptable state of affairs. If you take but a few moments to consider how we receive and digest our news stories and information they give us, and how little this actually affects us, you’ll easily see what I mean. There is a stupendously huge ‘disconnect’ on what is being reported and how we feel and react to it.

Even much of the ‘alternative media’ is replete with the same techniques (and profits), they too are often nothing more then spiked sources of infotainment, disinformation and thinly veiled advertising promotions disguised as “news you can count on”. Many are owned by the large media conglomerates, their bread is buttered by the same philosophy.

But even the little guys and so-called truth outlets can be pretty bad, and many are outrageously worse. Some websites and radio shows literally scream “FRAUD” to even the casually aware, but the fact that they are still around and still shoveling their level of bullshit tells me that people are still supporting them.

It’s been very hard to go against the grain here and denounce these activities and tactics and the shills that run them, and it honestly never feels like I’ve made any progress.  The job is monumental and far too much for me to even remotely handle. Many others have tried also, and some have done a really great job, but the task still remains mostly undone.

Please do not look to this newsletter to entertain you and tickle your ears. The very best that I could possibly do is to plant a few seeds of awareness in the minds of some readers, who are then responsible to let these seeds germinate into new levels of understanding and awareness on their own. But at no place in this process am I responsible for anyone’s self-education.

A primary goal of mine has been getting some people to educate themselves, to make them more self-aware of their beliefs, actions, inaction and responsibilities.  To point out some of the errors, discrepancies, direction and the assumptions and values that have helped keep us all enslaved.

I am finding this a very, very hard road to walk in truth.  Denial, disagreement and simple disinterest are huge obstacles and very difficult to overcome. Nobody is helping in this effort either, beyond some donations and some links being shared.  All of the writings here are original and like the blog, still takes up a lot of my time and energy.

I’ve been encouraged many times to restart the blog. One reason why I don’t is I’ve grown weary of publishing truth that is so widely ignored. We live in a world where disregarding truth is becoming exceedingly dangerous. Our complicity to evil and wrong-doing goes hand in hand with our disinterest. At our worst, we are the willing and even eager participants in ecocide, genocide and omnicide.

I had hoped that the newsletter format would do what the blog didn’t, but have found that this is failing too (imo).

Survival Acres Institute of Learning

What is needed is an institute of sorts, where critical information from reputable sources can be pulled together and made available to the interested public. The goal here would be to help people stay informed, learn to be proactive and self-responsible, and unlock the pathways ahead leading to a better culture, a better ‘civilization’ as it were, and a future that humans can all embrace.

I am aware that several such institutes already exist. There are also some very good website that synthesis much of this type of information.  However, none of them appear (to me) to be very successful, and probably suffer from what all such efforts suffer from, such as a lack of participation, support, money, volunteers, commitment and time.

Any institute worth its salt wouldn’t just be theoretical, but practical, having real, working examples of what they were trying to accomplish. I’d be the first to admit we do not need more words to follow after, but living examples of adaption and modification of how we can live today.

But even these examples do exist today in case you didn’t know. They often unheard of and are being drowned out from the cacophony of our civilization, and they have had only minimal success in their impact and growth. As “change agents”, they’ve only been marginally successful. It is my personal opinion, and has been for a long time now, that they too will succumb and largely disappear.

The problem as it were, is these living by examples are being overwhelmed by outside forces. The outcome of our civilization remains quite firmly fixed now, as the momentum, population, consumption, reluctance, poor education and the overarching marginal awareness drowns the critical desire to change.

Most of these efforts still in existence are woefully prepared for real depth and meaning of our collapse, and are themselves geared towards transition outcomes to a new economy and new methods of living. That would be nice if it were to happen, but I’m not persuaded it will, and for this reason, I find them naive and unprepared for what I suspect will happen.

These are eco-villages, communes and communities for examples that are seeking to find truly sustainable ways for humans to live. There are other groups too, such as patriot communities, survival communities and intentional communities engaging in much of the same activities. Each has weaknesses and strengths, but all will have to adapt considerably further then they are today as collapse overtakes them and their regions, and even as personal collapse happens among their own members.

What Is Missing

There has been a lot of material written on these groups and their focus, intentions and abilities. I personally have always found quite a lot missing. I don’t suppose this is intentional, just overlooked as ‘big picture’ thinking isn’t always being considered.

Because of collapse, the decline of everything our civilization will need to continue to exist in its present form (food, water, climate, soil, energy, oil, transportation, production, manufacture, resources and economy), we can fully expect there to be a tactical response deployed by very powerful forces to secure resources.

You can see this in any disaster situation, or even in any severe decline. Cuba and Argentina both did this when they collapsed, so did the Soviet Union and now Haiti. The only way to control people and critical resources is going to be to implement some pretty draconian measures in public and private activities.

This is a huge area that is often overlooked, but it will become a big problem in a world that is competing for everything. Do not confuse tactical response with military response by the way, as they are not always the same things, but they do often coincide. Many tactical responses are legislative, and some are coercive, using the military or even private contractors.

There are many people that hope for a quiet and calm transition to a new society and a new type of civilization, but I am not at all persuaded that this is even possible or even likely to occur. There are many, many reasons why I think this is a pipe dream, but I won’t go into that here.

The groups that are voluntarily doing this now, making ‘peaceful transitions’ are still very small, still ‘living on the excess’ of society (the production and abundance and availability of all that they could possibly need) and they also doing this with present permission of society.

They’ve got our support, or at least we’re not trying to interfere with them too much. In reality, they’re very existence is allowed by the fact that there has been a fairly stable and democratic society in which they might exist.  But this isn’t guaranteed in the future, and likely to change somewhat, or even quite dramatically when people are hungry, cold, miserable and deeply impoverished or when there are critical resource shortages. During such times, things like democracy, tolerance and patience disappear very, very quickly, and so does justice, honesty, fairness and even the law.

We are getting a glimpse right now in Haiti how going without can descend a society nearly overnight into instant chaos. Even the humanitarian organizations and groups that have long been there are being overrun.  This is exactly the kind of thing that can happen in collapse here (or anywhere). Those ‘peaceful villages’ cannot possibly handle the influx of people and needs.

It is going to take a tactical, military response to resolve this situation. This is what the future holds, as a vast tactical response utilizing huge numbers of military resources are deployed to secure the essential resources for the future and control the population.

We will see a huge ‘up-sweep’ of military activity in the future as more and more resources are secured for each nation by threats or actual use of force. This will cause quite a lot of additional problems too with human rights, freedoms and democratic standards. The agenda is already clear with new crowd control weapons, new military and surveillance technologies and new military commands being designed and developed to specifically suppress more and more urban populations.

I fully expect this to be a huge growth industry in the immediate and long-term future, as governments seek to ‘stabilize’ their populations during resource / economic decline versus actually help them make the transition to sustainable economies and lifestyles. This is tragic I know, but it’s exactly what is happening now.

The United States in particular, will be one of the worst offenders in this regard. This is rather unfortunate, but already being seen. Right now, we could be developing the infrastructures necessary, including education for a very different future without oil and how to deal with the effects of climate change, but instead we are seeking to secure more resources with more manpower and more lethal technology. This is a huge and tragic mistake, and it will come right back to bite every American in the ass.

We are also still seeking to suppress our own population with more restrictions and fewer individual rights. This is still getting worse, even under the “change” Administration. This too is a mistake, because it suppresses innovation, breeds public distrust, resentment and anger.

The United States remains committed to the ridiculous notion of total domination in the face of global depletion, abroad and here at home. This is all a terrible mistake with gigantic consequences, all negative, but the stranglehold this determination has upon our government and our political leaders remains unbroken and unchallenged.

That last sentence is more then a hint — we must stop submitting with meek acceptance to this draconian future that they are proscribing to us all. We must challenge the status quo and what this is going to mean for any future worth having. It is clear that they will respond in the only way that they seem to know how.

Tactical Response

We are all facing the tactical response of collapse from mega-corporations and their hired hands, who are already using the US military to support their demands (there will be private armies too).

Other countries will follow the US example where they can, but I’m optimistic that not all of them will do this, as they have far fewer resources in place. The resource and manpower limits and some of the public dissent will stop or slow down a few countries, but not here in the US. Americans have come to fully accept the carefully crafted deception that our military is protecting us here at home by going abroad. What they are actually doing is securing and protecting resources for American businesses and corporations at a terrifying expense.

Of course, this can’t last forever as contraction occurs in energy supplies. As contraction occurs, these same forces will be used here at home. If you need a timeline, think a few decades of this as energy supplies remain available on a national scale.

We will see even more troops patrolling the streets of America, suppressing American freedoms and engaging in activities that would make us all blanch.  Many people have argued that “this won’t happen here”, while admitting that we will do it everywhere else and think nothing of it. The difference is very, very small, it is easy to demonize any group, even your own into being the “enemy”. Ultimately, soldiers will do what they’re told. Never forget that. This is how atrocities and genocide is committed.

We have all managed to look the other way as our media defined “enemies” were attacked and killed on “our behalf” by our soldiers. The enemy was demonized in the media and by our government and by our politicians and all the talking bobble heads, and most Americans bought it all, hook, line and sinker.

Pay particular attention here, because this is happening again in America right now. Groups are being singled out for hate, distrust and even being labeled the “enemy” among us simply because they oppose policy or disagree. These people are Americans, just like you and me. Some of them being targeted today are even people like you because of your beliefs and / or activities.

This is what any individual / group / community / village must prepare for. It is inevitable and a foregone conclusion. It is also the same type of response to collapse and contraction that will be used by bandits, thieves, gangs, the “dangerously homeless” (those that resort to coercion and crime, not all of them do) and even organized crime rings who will take advantage of the people’s plight by attempting to exercise their power over them.

It is very unlikely that we are going to see everyone peacefully turn into willing farmers, homesteaders and workers at the local co-op, walking or riding their bicycles back and forth to work and sitting down 6 days a week to a slice of brown bread and potato soup for lunch. Due to many factors in human nature and the strong sense of entitlement that many people still have, crime including organized crime will sweep upwards to a huge level. There are always people that will seek to exist off the back of others, by any means necessary.

Nobody should think for a minute that our social stratification is going to ever change, where the poor and oppressed will be liberated, or the different classes of society will be melded into one, or where justice will reign for all. Never forget, if we truly wanted that, we would have long since already had it. There has been ample opportunity for humankind to achieve justice, fairness, equity, but we never did. We’ve long had everything we needed to do this, but it is a naive mistake to think that we will ever be allowed this.

Your First Response (there will be many more)

Communities must prepare for this eventuality. Notably, this type of preparation is actually illegal today, but that’s another subject altogether. Communities and even individuals must be strong and well-versed in how they will need to protect themselves and defend themselves. Nothing is going to stop an all-out assault, so don’t be naive either. Nothing is going to stop a well-armed organized group. The best defense is going to be offense. Stop this activity in your area before it gets off the ground. Don’t let anyone in your area / community participate.

I am also referring to “legitimized oppression” by the way, specifically the expansion of military domination. Many will join up (enlist), believing that this is better for them and better for everyone else by participating in the “defense” of our nation (and having food in their belly). Empire has distorted the role of the military into a legalized gang for nation building, corporate expansion, oppression and resource control. The difference between the two gangs, one legalized, the other not, is actually quite small, morally and ethically.

No wars would be fought if nobody showed up. No countries would be exploited, oppressed, divided and conquered, no blood would be shed in war, no lives would be lost in “occupation” and no stolen booty (or bodies) would be carried home. No people would be disarmed, or have their homes stolen or blown up, or have their lives lost, their children killed, their land irradiated if it wasn’t for our participation.

At some point, we decided to be a part of this and it is this simple fact that I am trying to emphasize. We do not have to do this.  As simplistic as this is, it is still the truth.

We Are The Problem

We must finally admit that it is we ourselves, that is making all of these things possible, even today, right here, right now. In Iraq, Afghanistan, Columbia, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Philippines, everywhere we go, doing what we are told. We will do it there, again — and we will do it here too, because that IS what we do.

The future holds much more of this, as written about here:

But on another far more important level the real objective of this endless series of wars is the attainment of geo-strategic advantage against any country or bloc that potentially might undermine Washington’s dominion over world affairs. Obama’s Foreign / Military Policy

We are the ones who are making this possible, but it is very simple, we don’t have to. Nobody does. Therefore, we need to make a choice, the sooner the better, because the more of us that enable this type of activity, the faster we will deplete the remaining resources and the worst things are going to get for everyone on the entire planet.

Your first response is to refuse. Don’t go. Don’t participate. Don’t join up. Don’t be a part of one of the most destructive forces on earth. The US military is one of the worst environmental polluters on the planet. Don’t join any gang, group or organization (legalized or otherwise) that is specifically designed and tasked with the business of death, destruction, occupation, resource control and furthering Empire (even your empire).

And that’s just for starters. It’s simple I know. It’s naive, I know, but it’s still the truth and it IS something you can do, quite easily. Stay home. This is where you are needed.

The world does not need a stronger military presences, it needs a lesser one. I’m all for a strong military, but believe that they should be here, at home, solely tasked with protecting us instead of protecting “American business interests abroad”.  Our freedoms (what’s left of them) exist because of what happened here and no place else, despite the bogus claims otherwise.

We wouldn’t need but a fraction of the manpower that we have now, and we’d be spending trillions and trillions less then we do now, polluting less, destroying less and literally saving countless lives and “collateral damage” in far flung campaigns meant to secure and safeguard resources for American corporations, who then in turn gouge the American people with ridiculous profits and insane executive bonuses.

Our militarized industries could be turned into something much more humane and productive. But America thrives on the business of death, we are responsible for more wars then any other nation on earth. Our industries are heavily geared towards war and the vast profits of war. It is what we do.

It is simply not possible to “defend American freedoms” 12,000 miles from home, or even American “interests”. American laws, American democracy, American freedom, American liberties and American security have nothing whatsoever to do with the actions or activities of other sovereign nations on their own soil. If that notion were true, then every country on earth would have had to occupy or invade or attack every other nation on earth to “protect their freedoms”. But this is obviously not the case, but it is the rather disgusting lie being promoted here in America.

The only thing being “protected” here is American business interests, and it is this practice that has led to the creation of real terrorist with real complaints tossing real bombs at us, and real wars with millions upon millions of lives lost through countless decades of occupation and oppression, with a planet reeling from the constant boot-stamp march of “Empire”.

It takes an awful lot of heavy handed propaganda to keep this illusion up about the so-called defense of Empire, enough so that we will keep gladly sending off our sons and daughter to die in the deserts of Iraq, the mountains of Afghanistan and the jungles of Vietnam (soon to be Columbia). They’ve become extremely adept at manufacturing false pretension, false patriotism, false pride and a false sense of “obligation and duty” to keep us going along with this sham.

Your duty is here, at home, with your family, your friends, your neighborhood and your country. It is HERE, where patriotism exists, where honor, duty, defense and support are undiluted by lies and deceptions and massive levels of brainwashing and indoctrination.

Never forget, that dissent is the highest form of patriotism there is. You do not have to remain brainwashed by their lies.

American uses its military manpower and might in truly terrifying ways, and it all happens because too many of us totally fail to see the big picture. In a volunteer army, you can also volunteer to stay home, because this is where you are truly needed.

Be sure to read the links:

Outsourcing Wars: The Rise of Private Military Contractors

Military Outsourcing Rescue Operations

US Security Firm Offers to Perform “High Threat Terminations”

Blackwater Chief Accused of Murder, Gun Running

Obama’s Foreign / Military Policy

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The Holocaust We Will Never See – Monbiot and Avatar, but it’s really about the history of the western world and the march of Empire, and it fits right in to what I’ve written above and what we can continue to expect too.

The genocide, ecocide and omnicide continues right up to this day, but will anyone admit to it?

The far right does hate the Avatar message and a sappy as it was (I saw the flick), it underscores the boot-stamp of the American Empire. Check out this screed, from a real idiot that loves Empire and all that it stand for, she even thinks DDT should still be in widespread use, poisoning your children, your water and the soil.

You will never hear the truth from this source, she’s blinded by her own deceptions. I’m astounded that such ignorance prevails, but this fits right in with my comments above about the alternative media and the disinformation that they’re still spreading. Be very careful about what you accept as truth.

Book Reviews

Primitive Technology: A book of Earth Skills – Cool book, recommended. Pictures (b/w), diagrams, examples and instructions. One of the best books out there if you’d like to learn “how they did it” back when.  I really like this book.

Yurts: Living in the Round – Pictures (color), narration, diagrams and examples. Thinking of building one or two of these myself. I like the idea of “simple” very much. Examples of all kinds of yurts, including hard-sided designs. Recommended if you need some ideas.

Omni-Science and the Human Destiny – By Anthony Marr. Just got this book today, saw an interesting review on this and thought I had to have it. I’ve long been looking for a “synthesis” of thought that deal with human existence and reason. I have not read hardly any of this book yet, but it looks mighty interesting.

Catastrophe: Risk and Response – by Richard Posner. Interesting book I’m still reading that depicts various potential catastrophes for planet Earth and humankind. Some amazing possibilities in there. Natural catastrophes, scientific accidents, other unintended man-made catastrophes, intentional catastrophes, cultural, psychological and economic factors, risk and response, and why we ignore risks, etc. Pretty interesting book.

Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th Edition – by Carla Emery. Huge book, how to on almost everything you’d need to know to homestead and live in the country. Many practical applications for wherever you live too, even in the city. Sections on land, love, schooling, animals, gardening, resources, even burying the dead.  Great book, recommended.

Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest – by Carla Emery and Lore Forkner.  Haven’t read this yet, picked it up, looks good. Good A – Z “how to” for canning, contains some recipes too.  Since it was also written by Carla who did the huge tome above, it’s got to be good.

Would anybody mind if I stopped writing and just read my own library of great titles?

Check out the Amazon reviews if you are interested. I think some of these titles are available on my essential book page.

Survival Acres Tweet Sitting here waiting for the orders come in… there’s one.  Bang!  Done, fast response time, only five minutes!  Hope they appreciate this. Tweet, tweet, tweet.  Wonder what that’s supposed to really mean? Writing more in the journal, Desdemona has lots to share today, all bad.  Ooh, the coasts are toast!! Good grief, can’t believe humans are still this stupid, but I’m seeing it every day. Doesn’t anybody even read anymore? Sigh, same old shit. I just know we can do better then this. Aaargghh!

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Jan 192010
 

This is very bad news.  Methane levels in the Arctic have jumped 33% in just five years.

This is more doom on a global scale and very, very serious. It is an indicator of runaway greenhouse effect (global warming), and impossible to stop or even slow down.  Giant releases of methane will accelerate warming considerably faster then any previous models predicted.

Check out C02 Now, plenty of links there to understand the science of measuring C02, and what it means for the future.

I’ve written about scientific reticence a number of times, and I’m still seeing statements like this:

The reasons for tree mortality in a warmer, drier world have been narrowed down to three main scenarios — greater prevalence of insects and diseases in a warmer world, the drying out of plants, and a third mechanism where water-stressed trees stop photosynthesizing, called carbon starvation.

While researchers are still debating the relative merits of the three, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have pointed to the last scenario as the most relevant for tree mortality. Carbon Starvation Killing Trees Globally

Climate science is not exact, as there are still too many unknowns.  It is however, close enough to make reasonably accurate predictions and understand the cause and effects.  All of the denialists claims with regards to climate science have been repeatedly disproven for example.  That leaves us with “what we do know” and what we do know is actually quite a lot.  It is not complete, but it is enough and it is growing every day as more analysis and measurements are made, verified and provably demonstrated.

So why the scientific reticence? It’s important that we understand what this does mean, and what it doesn’t mean.  For instance, while science knows that trees are dying from three main factors, they’re not willing to predict (in a big way) what this means for our forests.

I have no such limitations placed on me and neither do you.  We can make reasonably accurate predictions just by using some common sense.

Let’s try this then: forest are dying from dehydration, insects and diseases and failure to photosythensize (create food for themselves).  Three rather big “dots” of a global picture of the world’s forests that each, by themselves indicate that we are going to lose a lot more trees.

Billions of trees in fact, billions and billions, entire forests.  With it, we will lose many other species of life that depend upon these forests for their existence. We will also have disrupted rain patterns, which will lead to dry and drought, fewer fish in the rivers, more forest fires, and even an increase in grass and shrub lands.  Some areas will even turn into deserts.

It’s all connected, and it leads in the same general direction, but we’re only rarely being told how interconnected it is and what the future outcome is likely to be.

In addition to human caused deforestation by logging (as opposed to trees simply dying from other causes) which continues to increase globally, the other effects of climate change are going to wipe out a huge portion of the world’s trees.  Wit’s End has been privately documenting the tree deaths in her area for some time now.  She’s received little to no response from raising her concerns to officials.

We can see if we but look at what is happening. Science looks but only reluctantly predicts future effects. This is because science itself is a rigorous discipline of measurements, which take place from historical and empirical data.

The future is a wide number of variables of unknown proportions, quantity, quality and many other factors.  These “unknowns” are variables that cannot be accurately measured today, only estimated.  If they are taken on, each variable is subject to many other future variables, causing complex interactions and probable outcomes, which makes future predictions by scientists a form of professional suicide.  Some scientist do engage in these scenarios, with cautious caveats that they do not really know what may actually happen.

But we non-scientists do not need to wait for science and the slow-plod of data collection and analysis of “after the fact” effects, before making our own non-scientific predictions.  We can even be reasonably accurate while doing this, if we are careful how we begin, and what data we have taken into consideration in the process.

At some point, with enough consideration and study, we can reasonably predict for ourselves what the future holds, based upon the data we already know.  Science does this too, but because of professional standards and the very real risk of professional ridicule (death to a scientist) they are very unwilling to claim too much, even if they privately think that the future is very bleak indeed.

My own future predictions are based upon what I know, what science has already told us, what science expects to happen (as far as it goes), what is already “built in” as cause and effects can take decades to show up, what human nature really is and our propensity to ignore clear warnings, thus continuing to do what is obviously not in our best interests, and finally, what my intuition is telling me when I assess it all.

It is not scientific, but it is based upon clear, measurable trends in earth systems, human nature and behavior and the accumulated results.  The “future” as I see it combines all of these effects and activities into a sum total of what I think will happen.  While admittedly unscientific, it has already proven to be very accurate, even surpassing what science itself is claiming.  Notably, science continues to update their own assessments, coming closer and closer to my own. But this is only because many areas of science are verticle disciplines, which require such updates, whereas I’m trying to be much more open to others issues that are effecting the future today.

There are a handful of scientists and authors who are stepping far out onto a limb and making their own future predictions and scenarios.  They’re worth reading, as they can help anyone understand from a professional science viewpoint what they expect in the future.  One of the most know is James Lovelock (who is not a scientist), and James Hansen (who is).  There are many others, I do not keep a list handy, so you’ll need to assess your own.

I do suggest everyone read everything that they can, unless it’s pure trash and drivel from the unwashed crowd of the denialisphere.  I used to read their screed and outrage until I abandoned them due to faked data sets, psuedo-science and outright lies.  They’re still slinging the same swill around as ever, hoping you’ll swallow it and supress your automatic gag reflex.  Every so often some do-gooder tries to “convince me” of one of these dated lies.  Please don’t bother, been there, done that and it’s the same crap as always.

Check out Greenman’s videos on “It’s so cold there can’t be Global Warming” and “32,000 Scientists“.  He’s doing a great job of debunking the so-called debunkers.  But there are many, many more that are doing this too, such as AGW Observers section on the “anti” crowd.

It’s a lot of data to absorb if you’re even half-serious (and I’m deadly serious, so I’ve spent thousands of hours on this now), but I’ve had a particular interest in this for some time now, as the future continues to be diminished.

For a more scientific discussion of this very topic, check out Climate Sight’s Manufacturing Doubt.

Internet Safety

The advent of the Internet has been considered a gigantic boost in personal freedom and information sharing.  While I only agree with the latter (we are no more free then before), there are many dangers to using the Internet that your momma probably never told you about.

Anything ever recorded anywhere on the Internet can be later dredged up and found.  There are many websites and resources dedicated to this archival feature. Imagine you posted a negative comment about your boss on an obscure forum, “safe” in the knowledge that nobody you know would ever read it anyway.  Wrong. Using archival retrieval software, many of these sites are automatically indexed and stored away.

There are programs and protocols that are supposed to stop bots and archival services from “reading” and storing, searching or finding information posted, but they often do not work.  Robots.txt for example is a poor “firewall” that is supposed to stop search engines and other bots (automatted programs) from reading certain files or directories, but are often and widely ignored.

Directories and even files on servers can be password protected or denied public access through simple settings, but even this is not really secure against determined hackers.  These techniques will usually work for stopping bots, but then again, you just never know.  My own WordPress directories for the old blog have had their protection levels mysteriously “reset” to open public access on more then one occasion.  Usually when this happens, I find that the WordPress files were also corrupted by some unscrupulous company that is embedding pornographic links in the WordPress files.  I never have figured out how the directory level protections can be overrode, and neither did my ISP.

I don’t Twitter and never will.  Twitter is a dangerous ‘social practice’ that will be used against people in time. Too much personal information / activities is being revealed by twits, a veritable gold mine of information for anyone (not just the feds) that wants to know anything about you.

I feel exactly the same way about Facebook, Myspace and any other ‘social’ website, including Digg, Reddit and others. They all are used to coax you into revealing personal details about your life.  It is very easy to dig stuff up on almost anybody these days as a result.  What you post there, reveals an awful lot about you, your beliefs, activities, what you support, what you don’t support.

For example, I’ve had several people try to cheat my business with either stolen credit cards or “borrowed” credit cards.  In just a few minutes, I have been able to figure out who they really are, where they really live, what they do for a living, where they work, what their wife’s name is, where she works, and other personal details (and I’ve ruthlessly gone after them, as I truly hate thieves).

This is all possible because these websites and many, many others, such as forums, blog comments, email addresses and such like are all encouraging us to leave little “crumbs” behind, where we post our two-cents about things we like and things we don’t like, things we do, things we don’t do, where we work, how much money we might make and so on.

It is pretty easy to learn about your spending habits, what websites you visit (even rarely), what your opinions are, what your voting registation probably is, religion, who you like, who you don’t like and on and on.  In fact, there is so much information now being posted to the Internet by people about their private lives that it is truly overwhelming.

Data Mining

The NSA and other federal agencies have long been data mining these sources of information, including using bogus encryption software sold to the public, and sweeping up gigantic volumes of information for archival and reference.  Don’t think for a minute that this has not been going on since the inception of the Internet, because it has.

Despite the alleged “illegality” of this, it matters not.  The United States has long had cooperative agreements with other countries, such as England to permit them to spy on the American people, and we spy on the English.  This is no joke, they’ve been caught doing this a number of times.  Furthermore, I have absolutely lost track of the number of times the US government and its agencies have engaged in illegal activities.  Even when they’ve been “shut down” such as Carnivore, they’re not.  Like Blackwater, they just morph themselves under a new label and go right on killing people, err, back to business (as usual).

Any electronic information that you share should be done with deliberation and consideration for its necessity and need.  Do you really need to share online, to the entire browsing / snooping / indexing world that your brother in law is a drunk?  Or that your boss is having an affair with your sister?  While it may make you feel a little better by getting this muck off your chest, the harm that this can do is nearly incalcuable.

Many Internet predators and stalkers have used the resources of the Internet to commit murder, rape, stalking, theft, bribery and blackmail, the list here is nearly endless.  But the staggering truth is, this is only possible because people have stupidly posted tidbits of information about themselves (or someone else) online, never thinking for a moment that it might come back to bite them in the ass.

It is not only the predators you have to watch out for, and the swindlers and email marketers and the government themselves, but the corporate “collectors”, who are paying billions of dollars now for data mining.  These are your insurance companies, medical providers, even grocery stores and doctors who are finding out everything that there is to know about you by the crumbs you have left behind.

The FBI has long boasted that there are least 57 “files” on every man, woman and child in the United States.  These records are available to other agencies of course, with none of them actually looking out for your best interest.  You want to adopt a child?  What about that post where you bragged about taking those drugs when you were a teenager?

These kinds of tidbits we innocuously post about our lives, our activities, our beliefs can and are being used against us.  It does not matter one bit that these may be events that took place decades ago — whatever you are revealing about yourself online is quite literally the same thing as writing it up in the sky for all to see.

This is by the way, how many groups have been surrepitiously infiltrated, because one or more of the members got stupid and said something online somewhere.  Bingo! Now they know that there is a group forming or dissent fomenting or whatever the mention was.  Vast resources have been dedicated to monitoring the Internet for these kinds of things, including in chat rooms, forums, blogs, readers comments on websites, anywhere where personal crumbs are being left behind.

True Privacy

There is a simple “rule” that everyone should follow.  Do not use the Internet (at all) for anything you do not want everyone to know about.  This would include browsing, buying, reading, visiting, commenting or sharing anything that you do not feel comfortable announcing to the whole world, because that is actually what you are doing when engaging in these activites.  It may not be available to the average person, but there are many, many people who are professionaly employed and highly skilled that know exactly how to make this available and to whom.

Knowing that, here are a few other comments and observations.  Lately, there has been a very noticable trend in published comments by alleged “readers” of main stream news articles.  Most of these sites require pre-registration before you can post comments.  Some of these can be bypassed with password sites such as BugMeNot.com where you can “borrow” a password and login.  Sometimes this works, but you’re still leaving a breadcrumb with your comments and your IP.  There are browsers that will attempt to hide your IP too, but if you’ve gone to that length, then you’re already aware of everything I’ve already said.

The trend that I have noticed lately is the clear tendency to filter comments that are largely favorable to the article (in many cases).  But the inverse is just as true, an outrageous article will be published, which appears to be deliberately designed to elicit published dissent.

I do not think either of these are ‘accidents’, but spiked stories to a) persuade public opinion; b) root out the IP addresses of people who disagree with the status quo.

It would be very easy to imagine that a map of the United States probably exist in several somewheres, where tiny warning flags are placed showing where the most troublesome and potentially problematic people / areas are.  Hell, I could develop this myself in truth, creating tracking profiles of people that “stand out”, cross-referencing them with their posting history, personal information and even buying habits.  It’s just not that hard in truth, and the Internet actually makes this so damned easy.

Chip Me, Please

There’s more.  There is a clear trend to microchip humans, to control literally everything in their lives, what they earn, where they live, who they know, what they do, what they buy, what they sell, what they eat and even track their movements.  This is no joke — the technology already exists and is in trials in many parts of the world today.  The US military has used these chips to track shipments, from factory to battlefield or to warehouse.  Human trials have been underway for some years now.

The technology is being further advanced with chip-enabled computers that can only function for the right operator who has been personally chipped to interface with them.  While this may be a data miners wet dream, it bodes ill for privacy advocates and personal freedoms.

It is a very easy thing to couple tracking chips with data mining and vast databases that will profile everybody. We are making this draconian task much easier for them by our love and embracement of technology, and by innocuously posting information about ourselves, our wives, our families or our friends, or even information about those people that we do not like or support.  Complain about the government?  It’s not going unnoticed, it’s going into a file that ties it directly to you.  Think you’ve got a disease and want to see a doctor?  Keep it to yourself, or your insurance company may find out and use this information against you one day.

Privacy Equals Freedom

Freedom can only exist where there is personal privacy.  Anybody that knows everything about you or your life is very prone to start making rules (or laws) against you, or certainly to take advantage of what they do know.  Why do you think that there is such a clear agenda to collect everything possible about you?  Where there is no privacy, there is no freedom, and there is only a prison.  You become either a victim or a market, where you are targetted to buy stuff, or taken advantage of.

There is a clear agenda at work with the Census taken every decade for example. They are now using GPS (global position satellite) to locate you and your home right down to the inch.  They’re “reasons” for doing this makes no sense at all, but what makes even less sense is the crap that they are asking from you on the Census.

First off, you do not have to answer those questions being asked.  There is no law that states that you do.  Nor has anyone ever been fined by refusing.  The threat of fine is there, so you decide.

Here is a simple rule to follow: if you want freedom, then stop revealing information about yourself, about your opinions, about your dissent, about your approvals, about everything.  We no longer live in a society where freedom of speech is protected.  Get that fact through your head.  It is not protected, it will be and is being used against you on a daily basis.  We lost that battle.  All we have left is the illusion that our practice of free speech is protected.

Technology, as “enabling” as it seems, is being used against us, especially in the area of information.  Your telephone calls, faxes, email and Internet activities are all “wonderful freedoms” that are being vacuumed into gigantic archives by our plantation owners, because of one simple fact: they don’t trust you and never have.

Everyone is suspect, everything you do is suspicious. The damnable Patriot Act saw to that, but this suspicion and distrust predates this abomination by decades.  Some of you remember McCarthyism and the lynch mobs taking place even then.  It’s only gotten worse since that time, and technology has made it unbelievably easy to do this.  The GPS chip in your phone, your car, soon to be in you and in your money proves this beyond any possible doubt.

You should find it very odd that we are not allowed to know what goes on in the closed door sessions and back room meetings of Congress and their ilk, but they want to know exactly what color of underwear you buy and how much you drink and who you got this from and how much you paid.  There is a one-way street of totalitarianism going on here, when it should be exactly the opposite.  We have become the servants to the masters, instead of the other way around.

Don’t forget that this is actually all coming from corporate slaveowners in reality. Government is jumping at their beck and call, even our politicians come from corporate as part of the (s)election process.

The true plantation masters are private / corporate businesses that are seeking to make merchandise of everything: men, women, children, information, resources, land, animals, water, even the very air we breathe.

They’re the ones after you and are the driving force behind the invasion of privacy in your life.  You are nothing more then an economic unit in their mind, bred and born to work, buy and die in accordance to your position in life.  If you ever wanted to know why we cannot break the social class / racial class barriers, it is because we are not being allowed to.  They’ve got us almost exactly where they want us in truth and the “business as usual” paradigm we can’t seem to shake off and break is coming directly from them.

Disinformation As A Weapon

I have only barely scratched the surface of what is really going on here, but it starts with you and your level of awareness and understanding.  You are in a position to control much of this still, and here is how:

You must learn to walk softly and with wisdom.  Do not reveal anything about yourself online.  Do not fill out any forms where you don’t have to.  On those that you do “have to”, simply lie about everything you possibly can.  None of this information is being used to help you anyway and it is actually illegal to collect it in many cases, but that obviously is not stopping anybody from demanding this information from you, so you have to wise up and deal with the hand you’ve been dealt.

It can be great fun to mess up the databases and collection efforts by feeding them bogus information.  During the public heyday of Project Carnivore, many people smartened up and started embedding their emails and posted comments with trigger words to cause this giant computerized vacuum to flag anything and everything as “suspicious”.  While this probably didn’t work, it did help people to wake up to what was going on by their own government and the surveillance society that was being built.  It is a relatively simple thing to program software to ignore these kinds of “baits”.

Stay offline with your comments.  Stop posting them.  But if you do, post wisely.  Keep in mind that you’re not posting in secret.  There is every reason to believe that you are typing in a dangerous minefield.

A New Cyber Army Is Called For

Online, Covert Agents Promoted By Obama Administration

There are literally thousands more references to snooping, spying, investigating, collating, analysing and the collection of stupendous volumes of information about all electronic activity (Internet, phone, fax, microwave, email, satellite, literally everything).  If you are not aware of this, it behooves you to immediately smarten up about what has been going on for decades now.

The collection of information is an incredibly powerful weapon, and has long been used to tightly couple the media output of news, even controlling public opinion, perception, belief, and issues like trust, calm, fear, support, racism, xenophobia, consumption and of course, our ever-present materialism.  Put a little more clearly, you, me, everyone is being programmed for behavior, belief, reaction and response just like a computer, since birth. The more information / data collection they have on us, the easier this task is for them.

This is a type of passive programming, which gives you something that they don’t have (yet).  You can unprogram yourself by decoupling from these programming sources as much as possible.  You do this by unplugging yourself from their inputs into how you are supposed to think, act, buy, believe.  The entire scope of how to do this is going to be beyond this newsletter.  For now, realize that you can take personal authority over all of this if you want to.

In addition to this, what media sources you read, watch and listen to need to carefully considered for their accuracy, completeness, honesty, integrity and usefulness.  The American media in particular is some of the worst sources in the world for these criteria.  If you don’t already know why this is, I won’t try to explain this right now, so that this post isn’t too long.

Propaganda As A Weapon

There are a LOT of so-called news sources and media outlets that are pure propaganda mouthpieces, and even within the so-called “movements” (patriot, right-wing, left-wing, dissent, anti-war, you name it) media sources, a great deal of this information is propaganda and disinformation too.  Just because a group or news outlet fits your worldviews, doesn’t make them right, accurate or truthful.  Their data sources and facts must be checked for accuracy and completeness and any propaganda that they spew forth simply rejected.

Almost all, if not all, news stories are deliberately “spiked”.  They’re ALL vetted by editors and reviewers to toe the party line and push a particular agenda.  They’re spiked with seemingly innoccous statements to plant particular viewpoints and opinions in your mind.  If you look for them, you can find them everywhere, here is an example.

Did you spot it?  It’s the last statement in the article (there are several others too).

While the Pakistani government publicly condemns the strikes as violations of its sovereignty, it is thought to have a secret deal with Washington allowing them.

You are left with the impressions that they want you to believe, without providing any proof or evidence that this is true.  This is a very common tactic and accomplishes exactly what they want it to accomplish: to lull you into meek acceptance.  The message is clear, if our government is doing it, then it must be okay, especially if they’ve brokered a “deal” with another government.

There are many other spiked messags in this same story by the way, see if you can’t pick them out yourself.

They’re intended to desensitize you to what is really going on here.  Here are just a few things you are being lulled into acceptance on this particular article:

that “they” are bad, and we are (somehow) good; that they are protecting us (somehow) from “enemies” thousands of miles away; that an entire American industry is very busy at work building highly technical and complex devices to kill total strangers to us and that this is all well and good and must be okay; that we can meekly trust our government in these matters; that they are acting on our behalf (somehow) and to our benefit in some mysterious but not fully explained way; that all of the people that they kill in our behalf are all our true enemies and they are all deserving of death without trial; that any collateral damage of civilians, bystanders, women, children, men and property is necessary; that repeated actions of this type are still condoned; and that we should just shut up and go along with it all.

There is a real problem with this type of propaganda, but we see this sort of thing all of the time.  The many hidden messages contained within are fully intended to create your acceptance, questioning nothing, accepting everything.  It is even considered “unpatriotic” to question any of it!

The Bush Administration took this type of propaganda to unbelievable levels, claiming that “anyone who isn’t with us is with the terrorists”.  Terrorists, by this definition, was every single person in the entire world that George and his kind did not like or that did not support the actions of his administration.

George W. Bush and all of his ilk made it very clear — do not think for yourself, question nothing, object not and accept whatever we tell you as the unvarnished truth — and that is all you need to know.  Ignore our lies, our manufactured “evidence”, even our corrupt activities, including blowing up some rather big buildings.  Just go with it people!!  We’re here for you!

My gag reflex was so bad during his corrupt Administration that I developed constant heartburn.  But Obama is no better, this man has taken lying and propaganda to entirely new levels.  I suspect that they take lessons on how to do this.  But I know where the real power is coming from, and I hope most of you are catching on to this.

The Unvarnished Truth

New sources are generally pretty bad for presenting biased information.  I can’t provide anyone with a list of trusted sources, as they probably don’t actually exist.  You’ll have to learn to filter out what news is valid and true and what isn’t.  This is a learned skill, in truth, and you must learn to practice this daily, as your world and your worldviews are what is at risk here.

There is a gigantic battle taking place for the minds of men, all over the world, obviously including yours. If they can control what you see, hear, believe, buy, accept, support, condone or even what you are told to be disinterested in, then they have in fact, turned you into a zombie.  If you ever wanted to know why so many Americans are so apathetic, unlearned, disinterested and self-serving, there you have it.  They have been programmed since birth through ten million sources to be exactly that way.

A few pointer then are called for: if you don’t read, start. Reading will open your mind up to many possibilities and sources of information.  It takes a large volume of reading to learn to unlearn the propaganda and myths we’ve all come to believe and accept as truth.  One book won’t do it, ten books won’t do it either.

I buy a lot of books and I read them all.  I spend many hours each day reading, my bookmarks is huge for sites I prefer, but I still have to be very careful.  There are sites that are pretty good but spike their stories with absolute bullshit, stuff I know isn’t true, because I’ve taken the time to learn from qualified experts and researchers on that particular subject.

A few subjects to simply prove a point is the history of the Founding Fathers of this nation and what they actually wrote and believed.  Other such subjects is the US Constitution, Articles of Confederation and the Bill of Rights.  Others that once held great interest to me was the creation of the Federal Reserve, the Holocaust, American history, 911, the Armenian genocide, the history of the bible, even the known facts surrounding the year 2012 and Mayan prophecies.  But there are many, many more, areas of interest that I’ve undertaken to the point of saturation, until such time as I come to exhaust my own personal interest and understand the true history of these things.

Not everybody will do this of course, which is why you really do need to be pretty careful and don’t let your mind become “one of theirs”.  This is after all, what the propagandist are after, since if they can get you to believe what they claim, then they can also get you to obey what they want.

A Free Mind

A free mind is a very powerful weapon.  This is why so much information is deliberately hidden from people, they do not want people to have the ability to truly think for themselves and learn.  One reason why indegenious groups were so easily controlled is that they withheld very important and critical information from them, and then they took advantage of that.  They also withheld education (another form of information), resources and money, but that’s sort of beside the point here.

It IS what you don’t know that can and probably will kill you in the end.  Your lack of knowledge will also help enslave you, just as much as your embracement of false information and myths.  Never forget that there are chess pieces being plotted out several moves in advance by our controllers.  What information we have that is being regurgitated for public consumption is no accident, it is deliberate, methodical and diabolically planned out to always gain the advantage and to leverage control over the public.  It is how they are still overlording over the people and keeping us almost entirely ignorant of what they are really doing.

Ever wonder why the law was so complex and full of legalese and hard to understand language?  It’s an old trick, going back thousands of years.  They did this too when they developed religion, making it hard for people to speak the language, read the words or even understand the full significance of the rituals and rites.  We have that same situation today in our courts, our laws, our corporations and the so-called rules of governance over them and throughout our governments of the world today. Let’s admit it — we barely know what they are doing, and this is absolutely no accident at all.

There is no such thing as “open government”.  This is a myth, and is meant to deflect you from serious inquiry.

Only the highly trained, versed, studied and educated lay (qualified) claims to understanding what is that they do, and try as they might, they’ve only been able to share just a little of what is really going on.

There are protective barriers, walls deliberately erected to keep the people from revolting. There have been a number of highly placed people throughout history that have made exactly this claim — that if the people really understood what was going on, we’d burn their houses down.

So read, learn, watch and listen.  Self-educating is always better then vegetating anyway.  What you learn may just save your life one day, or that of someone else.  It’ll certainly make you a better person, with a stronger intellect and a stronger sense of intuition, understanding and capabilities.

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This is interesting, Secrecy News just sent me this in time for this publication, definitely related to the points I raised above:

DOD “CLARIFIES” DOCTRINE ON PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS

The Department of Defense has issued a new publication (pdf) to update and clarify its doctrine on “psychological operations.”

Psychological operations, or PSYOP, are intended to “convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives.”

PSYOP is among the oldest of military disciplines, but the new DoD doctrine continues to wrestle with basic definitional issues.

It endorses a new, negative definition of the term “propaganda,” which had formerly been used in a neutral sense to refer to “Any form of communication in support of national objectives designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly.” From now on, propaganda will refer only to what the enemy does:  “Any form of adversary communication, especially of a biased or misleading nature, designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly.”

The new doctrine also dictates that the term “perception management” shall be eliminated from the DoD lexicon (pdf).

DoD acknowledges that PSYOP is limited by legal constraints, including statutes, international agreements, and national policies. Among other things, the DoD doctrine states, there is a “requirement that US PSYOP forces will not target US citizens at any time, in any location globally, or under any circumstances.”  Yet in a near contradiction, the doctrine also states that “When authorized, PSYOP forces may be used domestically to assist lead federal agencies during disaster relief and crisis management by informing the domestic population.”  Perhaps the PSYOP forces are supposed to inform the domestic population without “targeting” them.

Fundamentally, psychological operations are tethered to the reality of U.S. government actions, for good or for ill.  As the new doctrine notes, “Every activity of the force has potential psychological implications that may be leveraged to influence foreign targets.”  But PSYOP cannot no substitute for an incoherent policy or rescue a poorly executed plan.

See “Psychological Operations,” Joint Publication 3-13.2, Joint Chiefs of Staff, January 7, 2010.

Don’t buy into the propaganda of “legal constraints”, it has never stopped them before, they just go underground and do it anway.  You remain the “foreign objective”, PSYOP’s has long been known to be practiced by corporations and government throughout the world.

Never forget, if we’re being told about this in “disclosure”, that in itself is an admission that there is much, much more going on.  Even disclosure is part of an agenda, and is part of both damage control and propaganda in itself.

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Trijicon, maker of rifle scopes and weapons sights, just got found out, they’ve been putting Bible passages on their weapon sights sold to the US Military (and probably others).

Apparently, they’ve been doing this for a rather long time, I’ve got one sitting right here next to me (attached to you-know-what) and yep, it’s got this on it.  I’ve had this one for years too.  Guess I need to remember who I’m serving as I send that bullet down range into the head of my enemy.

Nothing like proselytizing for Christ with the business end of a gun.  That’ll get the message across, albeit a bit late I’d think.

Unbelievable. Trijicon must be the stupidest company on earth to try this.  I’ve always known that Iraq and now Afghanistan is a holy jihad for Christ (look it up if you don’t believe me), but this takes the cake, mostly because I got taken myself.

Plenty of other places to spend your dollars on quality sights.  Recommended: Aimpoint, Eotech, NightForce and Schmidt & Bender for starters.

Food Price Increase

I took the time to calculate out the cost of food from 2006 to 2009.  The bad news is prices have gone up steadily and substantially, some of the 4 year plans have jumped over one thousand dollars since 2006.  It’s not going to get any better either.

If, and I say “if” so that there is no mistake, the 2010 harvests turns out just as bad as others have claimed will happen, then everyone can expect this to be reflected in the grocery stores and on places like my own food website.

Food as a weapon is no joke and is being used in many stricken areas of the world.  If you’ve been following the Haiti story, food and water is in critical short supply right now.  This will probably continue long after the earthquake “relief” stops too.  Strangely (or not, Haiti is as corrupt as any nation gets), some people are being turned away already and there is still a great deal of search and rescue to do.

Haiti

I saw a review of the “mass graves” a few days ago, where they were already claiming of having buried 70,000 people (by hand) and the opinion there was “not possible”, and that this was mostly just media disinformation, likely planted by Haiti and perhaps a few others, all hoping to get their hands into the cookie jar at a time when world attention was on the nation.

This is unbelievably tragic, but possible for sure.  Haiti has had US help for a very long time, but remained one of the most impoverished and corrupt places on earth (hint: I just told you why). That hasn’t changed, even in crisis.  Images of looting, burning and crime are what we’re being shown, but images of coordinated relief and recovery (in the early days) and mass graves on the scale they were claiming were almost entirely absent.  We saw people using sticks and hammers and their hands to rescue survivors, but no heavy equipment.

Everyday that passes now for this stricken country will undoubtedly worsen their real and imagined need.  However, the problems Haiti has remain as acute as ever.  Deep corruption contributed to staggering levels of poverty.  Over ten thousand organizations have sought to bring help to Haiti, which remained the poorest place in the northern hemisphere.

The underlying tragedy of Haiti remains the same as ever, even if there had been no earthquake.  The real and accurate count of Haiti’s loss will probably never be known.

Jan 142010
 

I hope readers are savvy enough to keep up on the so-called “climate debate” issues of interest, which are taking up plenty of useless space on various blogs and forums. The real scientists are easily disproving the so-called debates, which are almost entirely made up of manufactured lies and quotations.

This is eerily similiar to the so-called Climategate fiasco, where messages broadly taken out of context were supposed to “disprove” the science.

Good websites will do a credible job of exposing these frauds, such as Real Climate, Climate Progress, the Island of Doubt and many others.

There has been a lot of climate news lately, all bad, but all more or less predictable for a warming world. Increased methane release bodes ill for the planet, snow cover over the U.S is shrinking (despite the cold snap much of the U.S. is experiencing), the pine forest of British Columbia are now net carbon emitters, Australia just broke its own all time record for the warmest decade, ocean surface water temperatures continue to increase, with this kind of thing leading to increase jellyfish blooms.

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We just survived the hottest decade on record as global warming marches on.

Many people are confused about the temperature variations and the precipitation variations that are experienced when the climate becomes unbalanced. These oscillations are expected.

Due to increased evaporation, more water vapor is carried aloft into the atmosphere. Land surface temperatures and lower albedo effects from less snow and ice cause shifts in regional weather patterns (among many other factors). There are even changes going on in ocean surface tempertures and deep sea temperature changing the thermohaline and ocean currents. The end result of temperature shifts is changing weather patterns. Some areas will experience increased drought effects, others will experience increased precipitation (rain or snow).

Overall, much of the land surface is actually drying out. Some of this is caused by deforestation which is changing regional rainfaill. Some is being caused by glacial melt, which is rapidly increasing all over the world choking rivers and causing many villages to fail for lack of water.

Spiked stories of “increasing levels of ice” in the Arctic are deliberately misleading, because you’re not supposed to read the entire article for facts, which reveals that ice thickness has significantly diminished. Thinner ice each year is a clear trend of a warming Arctic. More on this below too.

I expect the next decade to be substantially hotter as a result of this and many more source articles and scientific publications. Fresh water will become critical for many countries and regions. It’s probably no accident at all that the George Bush family bought most of the land over the Guarani Aquifer back in 2006, one of the world’s largest acquifers.

We must keep in mind that the chess pieces of the global elite are often moved well in advance, such as the new seven Columbia military bases being built. The new Africom military command is being assembled to enable the United States to go after more resources in the decades ahead. Yemen, and now the Horn of Africa are in the target sights with more to come.

None of this has anything to do with freedom, democracy, national security or even justice, it’s the same business as usual model of taking resources from wheresoever we want by coercion and force, and using American sons and daughters to do it (or proxy armies coerced into helping us). This is “business”, the tried and true methodology of Empire.

I’m hoping readers understand where this is all heading. Like climate change and the so-called “raging debates” surrounding anthropogenic effects on the world’s climate, the issues that surround Empire, expansion and dominionist policies will be just as vehemently denied.

The So-Called Hidden Dot

Why is it so hard for people to connect the dots? There is a very clear connection that can be easily seen if people but look with open minds, discarding preconceived or ill-guided notions and misinformation.

Alas, it really is hard for many people to see what is developing, where it is heading, and what the inevitable conclusion of all these things will be. I feel like I am beating my head repeatedly against a wall.

There is a saying that goes well here. Forewarned is forearmed. There is no need to be taken by surprise when your country engages in yet another senseless war — you should have seen this coming. It doesn’t particular matter where this occurs next, you just know that it will. And you’re going to be expected to pay for it of course, or rather, your great-great-great-great grandchildren are, because that is how far out we are into the future in terms of financing our military debts and global occupation.

Our generation is, beyond any doubt, the most complicit generation to ever grace the face of Earth. Despite our feeble protests and disagreements with what we are aware of that is going on, we are almost entirely powerless to effectively do much about it, but this is primarily because we won’t do what it takes (revolt). Nothing else will work (if it did, we’d have that evidence).

So we stand is shocked horror as our country engages in stupidity after fiasco after knee-jerk after coverup, again and again and again, ad naseum.

I could do this all day, but won’t. Already some of my readers are bored with this newsletter, finding that it does not meet their expectations or interest or viewpoints. I’m not sure what people expected. It’s the same format / tone / theme as the blog. I’ve fallen into a rut so to speak, of cajoling, encouraging and pointing out what is gone wrong with our society, our nation, our world and how humans are in fact, responsible for all of it.

The Divine Plan Of Human Imagination

This is no divine plan as one person suggested, sorry to let some of you down. I checked that out, very, very carefully for a long time, and nope, we are not fulfilling anything other then our own selfish and largely stupid desires with the corresponding consequences such childish behavior brings about.

We’re not getting rescued by Christ or a mother ship, we’re not going to greet any saviors or aliens (with the later being more likely if anything were to happen), an asteroid or near-earth flyby may suddenly disrupt things, but much more likely to happen is we are going to continue this ever-present downward spiral towards self-destruction by our own hubris.

But you say, “I’m too negative”. That I am. One person said I’m overly pessimistic at times, and then overly optimistic. I’m both. When it comes to government, the public trust and / or awareness, the plutoacracy or any other institutions, I’m overtly pessimistic because the evidence squarely proves that these things never change from within. They are too self-serving and protected and entrenched by their own expections and rules to change for the better.

I’m optimistic however on what can change, which is the individual, a tract of land, even an act of kindness or compassion, something we can individually directly control. These are things within our power, within your power and my power and we can actively work towards these positive things by sheer choice.

But it is not possible to apply these optimal choices to things much larger then ourselves, which I’ve pointed out “would have happened already” if they could. Many, many well meaning activists, politicians from years gone by, authors, writers, and self-prescribed “change agents” have worn their fingers to the bone trying like mad to change the unchangeable. After many years of effort, they will quietly admit that they have almost totally failed, that what can be changed is not what is self-protecting and self-serving, but what is individual and under your direct control and influence.

Of course, not everyone believes this, even I didn’t for many years, but now I do. And admittedly, I’m hoping that some of you do too, because we are more effective by engaging in activities that actually do work, then uselessly throwing ourselves upon the well-worn gears again and again.

This is a rather big point, and one I wish more people would come to understand. Do what works — not what doesn’t. This is simple common sense, but it’s not common, otherwise we’d have long ago gone ahead and abandoned efforts that never go anywhere and tried something else.

I think people think I suggest giving up. Not at all. That is the last thing I’m advocating. I have long suggested that you unlearn the lies and deceptions and the misleading information that controls your life. That’s not giving up, not at all. I have also suggested that people use common sense and see things for what they a really are. That’s not giving up either. And finally, I have encouraged people to think for themselves, to stop accepting the status quo as being either normal or healthy or that it will self-govern itself into a fair, equitable or just society.

You need to learn to be able to see through the lies and the deceptions before you can think clearly. And once you think clearly, take action in direct accordance with your new vision and beliefs. It is not sufficient to stand in silence or mutely and do nothing. You need to act decisively. Hanging in the balance is you and your life, and how it contributes or takes away from the developing problems and issues in the world. If you do nothing and remain a slug, then you are complicit, even contributing and making things worse. If you do something, a choice and a decision that is yours alone to make, then you have at least done something.

It is because there are too few of us doing something (anything) and too many of us that remain dependent slugs, having no original thoughts or actions that aren’t already pre-programmed into us, that convince us we remain powerless, caught in this web of deception and defeat. We think we’re doing something by participating in democracy, such as voting or writing to our Senators or some other such nonesense, actions that don’t work, but we’re actually not doing anything at all by such actions. These actions are already signs of total defeat and submission, they are neither empowering or enabling and they will not accomplish anything.

Is it so hard to see? Let me put this another way — if you are not challenging the Machine, then you’re really not doing anything. Your life here on this planet can only count for something if you are trying to make it a little bit better, and there are many, many issues in which you can get yourself involved in. Because the Earth is in such crisis now, and because there are so many, many human issues too in which to be concerned about, we must take our compassion and our concern and engage at least a portion of ourselves to make them better.

If we don’t do that, then we are selfish, caring nothing for the injustice or the suffering and the wrongs going on all around us. We must do something, an ethic that has long been taught throughout all of human history because it is truly essential for human survival. We may live only unto ourselves, and be entirely selfish, always “taking away” and never putting back, or we may make a contribution by engaging our compassion in effective ways.

Religious Deceptions

I remain disgusted by those that claim the faith of Christ, yet abandon all sense of personal responsibility and accountability for their own actions, or the injustices going on in the world today.

These concepts are diametrically opposed to one another, and I can only account for this dichotomy through long research which has revealed that Christianity as taught today opposes human responsibility and the results this brings.

The blame, these humans reason, rests upon God, or the “will of God”, or the devil or some other such absolute nonsense, or human weaknesses and our notions of “sin”, and therefore “justly deserved” forms of punishment are divinely enacted through human agents or “natural” events, including death, maiming, torture or any other forms of horrible suffering.

This is a damnable doctrine of excuses and irresponsibility and is behind much of the suffering in the world today. It teaches zero accountability for human actions and permits all kinds of terrible excesses and behaviors, excusing them all under the will of God.

For many years, I taught the scriptures as some know and I almost never speak of it now, because it is such a huge sword that divides asunder the fake and phony from the lies and their deceptions. Christianity had long been co-opted into an abomination of doctrine and deception, which is why genocicde remains one of Christianity’s most troublesome practices, but continues to this day.

Ecocide and omnicide is another false embellishment of the Christian life today. The propensity for self-deception and delusions of grandeur, preeminence and domination is legendary within the Christian walk. But to be fair, it is not limited to Christianity alone, but most of the world’s major religions, who make it a special point that theirs is the only one true religion.

Common sense dictates an obvious truth — humans are not the only sentient species on this planet, or even the most populous species, or the only species that “deserves” to live here, but it is human actions and activities alone and none other, that have threatened the extinguishment of all life on this planet.

Ecocide and omnicide notwithstanding, extinctions are now occuring at ten thousand times the natural rate — all of which is being caused by humans, with many of these same humans that are indifferent, uneducated and misled into believing that this is all some asinine “divine plan” (on a global scale no less) that we should go forth and literally subdue everything into total extinction.

This warped idea is ridiculous on its face, any God that would deem such activities as being “planned” by Him is deserving of neither worship or regard.

The sheer idiocy of this notion boggles the mind, but I have met many, face to face that honestly and truly believe such nonsense. They believe that human dominion over all things on this planet is the divine will of their notion of God, and that there is no price too high to pay to accomplish this fact, including genocide over non-believers, ecocide and omnicide. There are many, many more such outrageous fantasies and illusions held by this influential group that mirrors this level of staggering stupidity.

They always have an excuse too for their actions (and their indifference). People that suffer are either being “punished” for their own good, or because they’re not the right faith, right color, right sex, right country or the right government (take your pick). How utterly convienent this is for them. Their xenophobia and hidden hatred is legendary.

They connect all bad things that happen to mythical legends and creatures, utterly failing to recognize the obvious fact that it is human predatory practices that is making other humans and the environment a living hell. They excuse these actions as being part of some warped divine plan that somehow always manages to leave them alone in the exlusively privileged and pampered preeminent positions where they can look down from their ivory towers of judgement and scorn.

The recent Pat Robertson quote on the Haiti earthquake was so utterly vile and disgusting that this should make people of all faiths run like hell for the exits. But Roberson is not alone, there are now thousands of comments from “believers” who claim that the crushing of men, woman, children, homes, hospitals and schools is the will of God, who takes some kind of perverse pleasure in mangled bodies, pools of blood and shattered lives. If you believe this — then you are one seriously fucked up person. Depart now, because you are the true workers of iniquity and I want absolutely nothing whatesover to do with you.

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To these people, I shout “Wake the hell up”. It’s time you learned the truth of your bible, your faith, your church history and your actions and the contributions you and everyone else is making towards a veritable hell on Earth. Not one of you has any excuse for accepting dogma over fact, fiction over evidence, doctrine over common sense. Your prophets are profiteers and charlatans, fleecing you fools into total submission and stupidity while they greedily heap to themselves ill-gotten riches. You are not alone, but you are large and you are definitely having an effect on life of this planet, and it is not good.

I rarely (by choice) delve into these matters, believing that people have the right to choose for themselves what they believe in matters of faith. But it is simply dishonest to not take the time, from time to time, to make mention of how our beliefs such as this can lead us (all) to destruction by our own hand.

I’m done with this topic, for now.

Marine Mammal Force Protection – Enlisting sentient marine mammals for military use. We all know there is no end ot the level that the military will go to “dominate”.

Amazon’s Chernobyl – Cancer, toxic waste pits, denials, destruction, entire region destroyed by Texaco. Typical corporate American behavior.

Global corporations need to be completely shut down. They should not be allowed to exist. Their constant environmental depredation and destruction must stop. They are rarely held accountable. Their sheer size, influence, power and money in a world that worships these false ideals makes them nearly untouchable. I’d like to see all their executives, lawyers, loggers, defenders, drillers and deniers strung up. No people, no country, no region and no humanity should put up with their lies and deceptions.

Pine Island Glacier is now past the tipping point – So are a lot of other glaciers, we’re just willing to come out and say it yet. Sea levels are going to rise dramatically.

Antarctica Losing 24 Cubic Miles of Ice Per Year – And this trend is accelerating.

Return To Small Farms Could Help Alleviate Environmental, Social Crisis – Seems like I heard something like that somewhere before. This is the future, whether we like it or not, as the world winds down and a return to local living is forced upon us.

Jan 112010
 

Someone sent me this Youtube video link of how to get even with an airline that screws you over.

I think it’s great that we can exact our revenge upon the indifferent corporations (sometimes), and always cheer when it works (as it did in this case, but the damage was done).

When it works I should say.  My own position against American Express and Discover has resulted in many lost sales to me (and to them I’m sure) over the years, but these two credit card companies grind on, screwing over customer and merchant alike to this day.

We don’t often win, but when we do, we get to celebrate the victory.  And here’s a tiny one.

But these victories are a hollow.  These things shouldn’t happen in the first place and when they do, we should not be forced to go to such lengths to get restitution.  After the fact “victories” can never be considered complete or sufficient.

And sadly, they are always too few, too little and too far in-between to actually accomplish much except those momentary feelings of satisfaction that are quickly replaced with growing despair.  If we the people were “winning”, we’d have ample evidence of this already, but we don’t. It’s been one losing battle after another against large and small, again and again.

This is an essay well worth reading.  It’s a bit long, but elequently states why civilization is our true enemy, and how the proponents of civilization (including some of you) are working against us all.  You don’t have to be in the educational system either, you just need to be one of those tiny little cogs in the machine that is grinding everything to powder in the insatiable voracious quest for “more”.

More money, more growth, more resources, more people, more power, more everything, leaving behind a planet-sized wasteland of discarded bits of dust — you, me, the air, water, soil, fish, animals, minerals, literally everything, swallowed up, ground down, spit out and fashioned into human-shaped temporal morsels of connedsumptive ‘feasts’, soon to be discarded away and left to rot.

I think this essay makes a great case for homesteaders by the way, where the abandonment of civilization is our only possible hope for a living future.  We could just abandon the planet to the cockroaches and rats, who remain quite adept at proliferating on our wastes and discards, but I’d rather not.  There is something deeply troubling about omnicide and the human apathy behind it that I just can’t shake.

This essay did give me a moments inspiration — only a single generation is necessary to shut it all down for good, if they could all just “quit” their slavery and walk away.

A fine fantasy, but one that would never be permitted as insect-sized drones with lethal loads would pour forth from militarized cookie factories to kill the global walkout — and act which would be justified as being for “our own good”.  There is no doubt that we are considered better off dead then departed, it would do well for everyone to keep this in mind.

However, a boycott of all that is wrong, evil, and self-perpetuating of civilization is necessary and long overdue.  But why do I get the sense that it is also futile?

Is it because we worship at the gnashing altar of technology and progress? Or because the gods of war who decide the “right to life” are utterly indifferent to common sense, compassion and sensibilities?  Or because my fellow Americans remain with rootly transfixed into meek submission with infotainment and sports scores?

Still bored?  Then try the sex robot, a little makeup and bad lighting would probably do wonders for most of these beer-swilling gut busters.

Walk Out

We need to honestly ask ourselves — are we EVER going to willingly walk away from it all? Or are we not in fact, going to keep pursuing it all, even if it kills us?

Introspectively, I suspect that we can’t walkout.  We’d have a revolt on our hands in short order.  But then again, we’d have a revolt on our hands by any other means too, such as “designed collapse”, which is a sure sign of our addiction and dependency.  But we don’t need any “sign” or evidence now do we? This isn’t the issue.

The issue is us, it’s always us and how we live, how we act, how we respond and how we go about our lives on this world.  Too many of us are completely immune from the earthly connections that supports us and how and why this is even possible today.

Our approach to land stewardship and use is a science of measurements, we know if we provide these kinds of inputs x, y and z, we can properly expect these kinds of outputs, 1, 2 and 3.  We’ve become pretty good at this too, but it is this very act of scientific analysis that has helped disconnect us from the larger reality.

Our connection to the life itself in the land and throughout the earth has received a divorce decree by domination and control. Since then, we have been whoremongering with technology and technowizardy, making a witches brew with DNA and genetic manipulation, ever-coaxing just a little bit more from the already strained earth life support systems.

Enveloping it all, right down to our petroleum produced plastic buttons and rubber plantation clad feet, is our throbbing civilization powered by ten trillion sacrifices. When we say omnicide, we mean to kill it all, microbes, bacteria, mold, slime, jellyfish, vertabrates, invertebrates, birds, fish, reptiles, human, fauna, even the very atmosphere we breathe and the soil beneath our feet.

This is no joke.  This is happening all over the planet. It is deadly serious and growing worse each day.

I still contend that it is nearly pointless to read more words, any words including mine, about these things.  Mere words, essays and informative articles will never be enough.  We need something else entirely.

Total Liberation

Thomas Paine’s corner has another good essay on Total Liberation which I recommend you read.  Of course the environmental movement is intimately connected with the animal rights movement, neither can exist in a vertical vacuum one from the other, as both are entirely dependent upon the same fundamental principles and values.

Total liberation to me means many things, and there have been some excellent authors who have penned their thoughts on this that are similar to mine.  But I am most interested in what happens beyond the words.  What is actually being done, now — here — there — everywhere.

In the end, I came to realize it was entirely up to me to do what needed to be done.  I have no control over anyone else, and cannot even directly or efficiently influence anyone else.  There are billions of words now available for anyone who would self-educate themselves to the truth, no matter what the subject, and billions more words available to motive you / them to do so.  But the choice and the decision remains yours and theirs and nothing and nobody is really able to make this happen any faster or even better then what each of us decides.

Life is after all, a series of choices, provided to us by opportunities and circumstances. If some outside agency were to force change upon us all, then we would still explore all the available opportunites given the circumstances.  And this is fundamental to my original question — are we ever going to willingly walk away from it all?

The answer is no.  Not unless we have been offered some functioning alternatives.  Even the primitivist today knows this — if the land won’t directly support them, they won’t try to live off the land, they’ll do something else.  The Amish know this, the farmer knows this, everyone fundamentally knows this.  Those emeshed within confines of civilizations lulling embrace are comfortable (for now) where they are, and they won’t willingly leave unless they are offered some functioning alternatives.

It may be forced upon them through collapse — but that isn’t the point of this discussion for now. The question was, could we do it as a matter of choice?

Even though we can now understand the terrible effects of our lifestyles and how our militarized and industrialized civilization is creating self-destruction, I suspect that this answer is still a resounding “No”.

More education and more awareness is not making us change in sufficient numbers or more practically speaking, in sufficient ways, even on an individual basis, for us to embrace the new ethics and modes of living that are absolutely necessary.  I think this is a critical point by the way, because it reveals our propensity to be self-deluding and self-destructive.

The truth be known — we know enough now, already to create change in dramatic and essential ways.  But we’re simply not willing to do it, not while civilization continues to seductively charm us into apathy and indifference.  We’re addicted to our lifestyles in truth, especially here in the West, unable to willingly wean ourselves off this sugar-coated tit of stylized living.

The alternatives needed (and long overdue) are almost entirely absent, and they offer most of us nothing but fantasy and illusion right now, a certain romanticized notion of “how it could / should be” if we truly had lives worth living, and lives that were consciencious, truly sustainable, autonomous, democratic and meaningful.

This then poses both a particular problem and a much-needed solution.  It is not a connundrum however, but an opportunity.  But one that is neither forced upon us (just yet), but one that can be willingly, if but by by sheer force of will (effort) made a reality.

Can it be done?  Of this, I have no doubt at all, as there are functioning societies today that are already doing it.  They are almost entirely alien to us, but that isn’t even relevant — they’re doing it and they’ve been doing it for thousands of years.  I am of course talking about indigenous tribes and bands that are presently living and alive today.

I admit that nobody in the western world would hardly consider “joining in” with them to live as they do — even if they are entirely self-sufficient and sustainable.  Nor would we even be much interested in modeling ourselves close to them.  We are always exploring our other alternatives and opportunities as I’ve already said.  We expect and even demand much, much more then they do.  At issue here is our unqualified demands and what we think we need to exist.  They are neither reasonable or sustainable, but nevertheless, they exist and are very real to us, multiplied by billions of humans, and thus the “problem” and predicament we have today.

It is clear that we must by sheer force of will, choose what we will actually do.  More words will never be sufficient, we must now act, individually and in unison.  We must choose to leave the coal in the ground, to stop commerical fishing, to stop logging, to stop deforestation, to stop industrialized agriculture, to stop driving, to stop flying, to stop eating fast foods, to stop eating factory farmed meat, to stop burning petroleum, to stop voting, to stop giving our consent, and to stop our addiction of the corporate culture of “connedsumerism” in all its forms and practices.

And that’s just for starters.  But there is no doubt that none of this can happen unless we categorically stop examining our “preferred alternatives” as being even remotely beneficial to humanity or the life on this planet.  Stopping the above activities is only barest minimums necessary to ensure that we will even have life on this planet in a hundred years.

But perhaps most important, a point that I would like to drive home is that we must in fact, learn to stop.  Stop by choice.  Stop by necessity.  But the message from industry, the media and the government is just the opposite.  We’re not supposed to stop.  They will use anything, coercion or force or illusion or misrepresentation or any such thing that tells us that we cannot just “stop”.  Of course we can, by sheer force of will.  It is a choice.

Stopping is an action that you can do.  It is a choice that you can make.  And it is a necessary action to free your mind from corpocracy and the life support dependency that they have forced upon you.

This is the path of total liberation (to me) and it means all of this and so much more then this.  I can easily envision a world where there are no laws, no businesses, no corporations, no jails, no prisons, no police, no airlines, no cars, no buildings, no roads, no … well, now I’m off in fantasy land and I’ve completely missed the boat here.  Where are the alternatives that I spoke of?  If I stop, what then do I do that I might live?

The alternative action is for us to learn to live in cooperation with the land, from the natural abundance of the land and what it can locally support, instead of from the constant depradation of the land and its continual decrease. 

We CAN do this — if we so choose.  And we can do this right now, without asking for anybody’s permission or waiting for corporate “leadership” (deception) or government alliances or any such thing.

Land that is damaged like where I live can be restored bit by bit.  I don’t / didn’t have the luxury of living where the land is pristine, but then again, there isn’t much pristine land available anywhere.  I’m homesteading here, learning to let the land be and only take what I need to exist.  I will do some intensive gardening as there is nothing much in the surrounding forests for me to eat.  This is both a compromise and an “alternative”.

In turn, I will (have) stopped driving, stopped flying, stopped supporting corporate culture (employment and box stores), stopped hunting, stopped fishing, stopped eating fast food, stopped eating fish, stopped voting and a bunch of other little steps to “stop” my willing and even unwilling participation into what is killing us all.

Also in turn, I will coax the land into providing me my actual and real living, in terms of food, heat, water, and shelter.  My own “generational plan” encompasses 100 years here, about the limit of what I think I can reasonably do and plan ahead for.

Long term, I hope that this entire area will revert back to the wild, several thousand people lived here in perfect health long before my civilization came and destroyed them.  Ironically, several thousand people live here now, about the double the same number, but every single one of them requires massive inputs of food, water, energy, oil, materials and of course, money.  Obviously, this cannot last, not here, not anywhere on the planet, and planning ahead now for how to live here in the future makes good sense.

So, returning briefly to opportunities and circumstances and choices.  Make it happen in your life.  Create the opportunity.  Choose wisely as I am fond of saying.  Choose with consideration what your future could be and even should be.  It is up to you to create functioning alternatives to your present lifestyle.  They do not have to be the same (and shouldn’t be).

Start Your Tribe

The future requires humans to develop cooperative communities within their land base / resource area.  This is the past repeating itself again, as long trial and error of human existence has shown that tribes are the only sustainable societal structures humans have ever developed.

I hope to create a tribe here — once my neighbors get a clue, hopefully before collapse in their life sweeps them away.  Deek recently wrote to me about a global proposal for ‘landocracy’ and the right to return to living on the local land base without all of the damaging restrictions being demanded of us now.

I think this is a great idea, one which I would fully support.  I will in fact support almost anything that will destroy the world powers that be and reduce them to rubble and ashes, because these agencies and institutions and vested interests are not even remotely helping me and mine or any of you, but they are definitely behind our common destruction.

I hope to write more on the landocracy ideas as I learn more, but the restoration of the people back to the land is the essence of the human future on this planet.  It MUST happen, otherwise we will remain their slaves and connedsumers enlisted in our own destruction.