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Ecosqueak

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by Geoffrey Chia, a cardiologist in Brisbane, Australia

My favourite author, the much loved and much missed American Humanist, dear old departed Kurt Vonnegut, was a masterful practitioner of the poignant and ironic turn of phrase. His essay “Cold Turkey” decried our addiction to fossil fuels and mourned the parlous state of American politics during Bush junior’s time in office. “Only a nutcase would want to be President”, Kurt said. Indeed, only a nutcase would want to be a human being. And here we are, nutcase human beings making a mighty mess of things.

“We are terrible animals and I believe the Earth’s immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should.” Kurt’s mind remained so sharp and incisive to the very end, you’d swear he ate razor blades for breakfast.

It is a really, really bad parasite that kills its host, if only because, in so doing, it kills itself. And so, long after we have wrecked the very ecosystem which sustains us and we ourselves have turned into fossil fuel gloop to be used for combustion by the next industrial species, what will be the best thing that could be said about the human race? That we were a really bad parasite?

Kurt said that the 51st state of America was the state of denial. Global warming is all a greenie conspiracy, don’t you know, fabricated independently by thousands of poorly paid scientists all round the world in a diabolical plot. Much better to believe the views of a few oil, coal and gas baron billionaires and their media cronies, who only have our best interests at heart.

So here I am, little old me on my metaphorical soapbox at this ecospeak gathering. Maybe we should call it “ecosqueak”, because our tiny voices will hardly be heard, being drowned out by the deafening cacophony of the corporate media and their internet trolls. Loudest of all the loudmouths by proxy is Chris Mitchell, editor of the Australian newspaper and shameless promoter of global warming denialism, as outlined in Quarterly Essay by Robert Manne in September 2011.

Now we are told that coal mining magnate Gina Rinehart, richest woman in the world and well known bankroller of global warming denialists, has come to the financial rescue of Fairfax, our only remaining commercial counterpoint to the Murdoch press. According to the redoubtable Tony Rabbit, she is a white knight who only wants to save jobs and uphold the journalistic integrity of this nation. A fable worthy of Wonderland, talking caterpillars and magic mushrooms. To this tall tale, let me add my own pathetic and clunky poetic commentary, such as it is:

No one is meaner
Than corpulent Gina
Who won’t hesitate at all to sue
Non-entities like me and you
To tighten Rinehart’s corporate reign.

Saviour of Fairfax
Much better than anthrax
Her good intent let’s not deny
She’ll make us think that pigs may fly!
(In truth, she gets around by plane)

Lewis Carroll described his epic poem The Hunting of the Snark as an “agony in eight fits”. I wrote my own “agony in ten pages” earlier this year, an essay I titled The Brisbane Institute is a Brisbane Prostitute. I described my dismay as to how the supposedly honourable Brisbane Institute had become a paid mouthpiece for the fossil fuel lobby, highlighting the views of Christopher Monckton and Ian Plimer. They also imported a morbidly obese fossil fuel professor named Michael Economides to lecture us on how wonderfully beneficial unrestrained overconsumption was for us and how terrifically great the coal seam gas industry was, with no adverse effects whatsoever. In my essay I of course apologised to any prostitutes who may have been offended by the comparison with that reprehensible Brisbane Institute.

“Don’t publicise your Brisbane Prostitute essay”, I was warned by certain individuals. I would be a damned fool to set myself up as a target for litigation, even if every single thing I wrote was true. Yet here I am again, making a damned fool of myself once more. I guess some people never learn.

So what can I hope to have inscribed on my own gravestone when I myself have turned into fossil fuel gloop to be used for combustion by the next industrial species? Perhaps the best thing that could be said about me is this: “He tried his best not to be a bad parasite.”

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This essay was presented verbally on 25 July 2012 at the University of Queensland’s Ecospeak session.

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330 Responses to “Ecosqueak”

  1. patrick k o'leary Says:

    Speaking of bad parasites:

    Team of Ex-NASA Scientists Concludes No Imminent Threat from Man-Made CO2

    The above is from one of my favorite deniers sites, our favorite weatherman, Anthony Watts. I am guessing you have already seen this Guy, but I was wondering if you could give us a little more information about where these “ex-NASA scientists” are coming from. Here is the opening paragraph of the article.

    “A group of 20 ex-NASA scientists have concluded that the science used to support the man-made climate change hypothesis is not settled and no convincing physical evidence exists to support catastrophic climate change forecasts.”

    What’s up with that?

  2. patrick k o'leary Says:

    Does the above give new meaning to the old cliche, “It ain’t rocket science” ?

  3. Guy McPherson Says:

    From this space in July 2012:

    Seeking “balance” on the idiot box means presenting two sides to a one-sided issue until it’s too late to address the crisis.

    It’s too late.

  4. Patricia Hval Says:

    I miss dear Mr. Vonnegut tremendously. Heard him speak at a URI commencement once. His message – “Be kind to one another.”

  5. Jean Says:

    it is best just to read “God Bless You Mr Rosewater” when down

  6. Frank Says:

    “The good Earth- we could have saved it, but we were too cheap and lazy.”
    ~~~Kurt Vonnegut~~~

  7. Bailey Says:

    I only wish earth had been meant for those of us who cherish it, and the moon as a destination for those who don’t.

  8. Frank Says:

    As if global climate change could not get any worse, world atmosphere oxygen levels have dropped from 21% to 15%. Remember the children in 1992 Rhodesia who were visited by ETs and in this visit these children were telepathically warned that the future for mankind was a world in which all the trees are dieing and people could not breathe oxygen? This is coming to pass. Why do we continue to allow these prophecies continue on to reality?

    1994 ARIEL SCHOOL ENCOUNTER:

    “I got the feeling he was interested in all of us. … He looked sad and without love. …In space there is no love and down here there is.”

    Harvard researcher, Dr. John Mack, and I were at the Ariel School, a small elementary school outside Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, listening to Elsa (not her real name) describe her encounter last September 16 [1994] with an “alien” being. In all, sixty children, ages six through twelve, reported seeing one large and several smaller spaceships land – hover, really – over the scrubby bushland adjoining their playground.

    The twelve children we interviewed over the course of two days all described the same event with a steady consistency of detail. In addition to the spaceships, the children had seen two “strange beings,” one sitting on one of the spaceships and the other running back and forth in the grass, “bouncing as if he were on the moon, but not quite so much.”

    The beings were described as black with long heads, “eyes as big as rugby balls,” with thin arms and legs. The event took place during the children’s morning recess while teachers were in a staff meeting. Many of the younger children were very scared and cried. “At first I thought it was a gardener,” one fourth-grader told us. “Then I realized it was an alien.”

    The event lasted about fifteen minutes, the children said, before the spaceships faded from view. But even in their state of fear, many of the children reported also being curious and fascinated by the strange beings they saw, whose eyes in particular commanded an intense attention. Elsa told us that she thought the beings wanted to tell us something about our future, about how “the world is going to end, maybe because we don’t look after our planet or the air.” She said she felt horrible inside when she got home that day. “Like all the trees will go down and there will be no air. People will be dying. Those thoughts came from the man – the man’s eyes.”

    Isabelle, a composed and articulate ten-year-old, echoed Elsa’s feelings. “He was just staring. He was scary. We were trying not to look at him ’cause he was scary. My eyes and feelings went with him.” What came through her “conscience” as she looked at the being was, “We are doing harm to the Earth.”

  9. OzMan Says:

    This is a timely short essay on issues here in Australia.

    The strategy is clear; in order to rip the heart out of yet another ecosystem, you have to get control of the media.
    On the previous post is a link to a ‘newly discovered'(?) shale oil deposit:

    ‘$20 trillion shale oil find surrounding Coober Pedy ‘can fuel Australia”

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/trillion-shale-oil-find-surrounding-coober-pedy-can-fuel-australia/story-fndo471r-1226560401043

    Great, now Australia is going to become a geopolitical hot spot, and greatly extent the life of the Ecocidal Industrial Ecomnomy.

    I have no doubt Miss G R will get her way.

    Sorry about all this guys…

    We have really gone collectively mad, but it is still IMO not the ‘fault’ of Jane and Jim Anybody, it is because the lever pullers of Empire have the means toslowly and consistantly alter public opinion. There are many arms to the many tentacled beast in the media, but IMO it is the deliverysystem directly into your home, day in day out, that is the most persuasive storyteller of spin and fiction there ever was.

    I mean, whay imbecile invites two complete strangers(usually goodloooking and well spoken and well greemed), into your lounge room every night, at about 6:30 to tell you with pictures what happened around the world and why?

    TV, the best investment in political spin money can buy.

    Its ‘Game Over Man’ with this new Shale Oil deposit….

    I will probably end up a bush dweller, and raid bins in the twilight hours, not for food though, but for reading material.

  10. kevin moore Says:

    Apparently Australia is attempting to become the first nation to achieve a daily maximum of 60oC in the shade in large metropolitan areas. The 42 to 48oC achieved so far is a good start (54oC in remote regions). Digging up coal and burning it, along with burning natural gas and oil should enable Australia to reach its target within a decade.

  11. ulvfugl Says:

    Widely used pesticides can kill frogs within an hour, new research has revealed, suggesting the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the catastrophic global decline of amphibians….

    Trenton Garner, an ecologist at the Zoological Society of London, said: “This is a valuable addition to the substantial body of literature detailing how existing standards for the use of agricultural pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers are inadequate for the protection of biodiversity.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jan/24/pesticides-kill-frogs-within-hour

  12. ulvfugl Says:

    The Kochs have also contributed vast sums to promote scepticism towards climate change, more even than the oil industry according to some estimates. Greenpeace, for instance, has calculated that ExxonMobil spent $8.9m on climate-sceptic groups between 2005 and 2008; over the same period the Koch brothers backed such groups to the tune of nearly $25m.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/how-the-kochtopus-stifled-green-debate-8466316.html

  13. Tom Says:

    Oh man. Great essay, super comments and links, people. To add to our insanity, this:

    http://m.guardian.co.uk//science/2013/jan/23/bird-flu-researchers-engineered-virus

    Bird flu researchers get green light to continue work on engineered virus

    Oh, it’s all about medical cure and prevention i’m sure – when the military is behind all the research to turn this virus into yet another weapon!

  14. Tom Says:

    And, by the way, what are we INDIA?

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/nm-bill-would-require-rape-victims-st

    “This is the latest salvo fired in the Republican war on women. Fortunately for the people of New Mexico, the state legislature is controlled by the Democrats. But this is a perfect example of the sorts of things those creative Republicans dream up if you let down your guard down, or trust them for even a minute with the reins of government:

    A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.”

    and it was drafted by a woman!!!

  15. yt75 Says:

    A little movie (from 92 93 around there), about Venus, the Sphinx or the prostitute somehow :

  16. Tom Says:

    (sorry, Kathy, i didn’t see that you posted my last one yesterday)

  17. ulvfugl Says:

    Perhaps this goes some way to explaining those happy smiley Stepford people on TV who are so cheerful about having had their children murdered, and the long, long list of ‘shooters’, who, when asked why they did it, say, words to the effect, ‘I don’t know’, which is so very strange, if you think about it. Why would anyone commit such savage, dramatic, acts, that require some planning and motivation, and then be unable to supply even rudimentary reasoning to justify themselves ? We’re supposed to accept it’s because they are crazy, autistic, on pharmaceuticals, whatever. That’s what we’re told…

  18. ogardener Says:

    From the Nowhere To Runfile. Irony at its best.

    The Final Call –
    Nature’s Capital is the Limiting Resource
    by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

    Excerpt: Pennsylvania, possibly the most corrupt state in the US, has passed a law that prevents health care professionals from sharing information about the health care effects of fracking. “I have never seen anything like this in my 37 years of practice,” says Dr. Helen Podgainy, pediatrician from Coraopolis, Pa.

  19. ulvfugl Says:

    Total bank assets in the United States equal $13 trillion. Twelve criminal Wall Street banks control $9 trillion of that money. These twelve banks control the country, with the full support of the Federal Reserve, which they own. These banks use their bottomless pit of fiat dollars to buy off politicians, government bureaucrats, and the corporate mainstream media. They are the oligarchs. They own you. They have robbed you. They have impoverished the nation for their own benefit. They will cause the destruction of this country. A showdown between the people and the bankers will happen. But, not until they collapse our economic system, again.

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=48015

  20. Tom Says:

    ulvfugl:

    After 8 years of Bush getting away with it, the government now will now simply make the rules as they go along via “national security” (like the retro-active telecom bill) and makes no pretense of caring about anything but the survival of the few. Now Obama has all but declared himself emperor and there’s not a fat lot we can do about it – because no one was prosecuted in the Bush administration for war crimes (not to mention 9-11). So they can continue in this Republic/democracy destroying way, ripping up the Constitution, deflating the Bill of Rights severely and ruining the standard of living for the nation to that of destitution for the 99%. It looks like societal collapse will occur before environmental calamity for the US.

  21. depressive lucidity Says:

    Frank, thank you so much for posting the account of that amazing event. Me and my close friend (the only one who has been able to overcome the denial programs and is ontologically open minded) recently recalled this incident. I first learned about it on a History Channel documentary.

    Were you a colleague of Dr. Mack?

    I would be interested to read your personal impressions of the children and their recollections.

    P.S. One of the things that Dr. Mack discussed in his lectures and in his book Abduction is that we are subjected to ontological censorship. There is a system of ontological politics which imposes its self interested limitations on what is and isn’t real.

  22. Kathy C Says:

    Geoffrey , thanks for your essay. I also love Kurt Vonegut. One thing though. In 1.1 billion years from now, the Sun will be 10% brighter than it is today. This extra energy will cause a moist greenhouse effect in the beginning, similar to the runaway warming on Venus. But then the Earth’s atmosphere will dry out as the water vapor is lost to space, never to return.
    In 3.5 billion years from now, the Sun will be 40% brighter than it is today. It will be so hot that the oceans will boil and that water vapor will be lost to space as well. The ice caps will permanently melt, and snow will be ancient history; life will be unable to survive anywhere on the surface of the Earth. The Earth will resemble dry hot Venus.

    Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/18847/life-of-the-sun/#ixzz2J0WIa7WU

    Extinction back to thermopiles will have a hard time evolving into intelligent beings that can use the oil of our compressed bodies to burn. Won’t be enough time before it is all over anyway.

  23. Kathy C Says:

    Tom I have to disagree with you on the flu research. I have no question that TPTB want to created microbes to do what they want as far as wiping out humans. But to be useful to them they need a stable microbe from which they can reliably protect themselves. Flu is a RNA virus and per wiki “RNA viruses generally have very high mutation rates compared to DNA viruses, because viral RNA polymerases lack the proof-reading ability of DNA polymerases.[8] This is one reason why it is difficult to make effective vaccines to prevent diseases caused by RNA viruses.” The speed with which the flu has developed resistance to anti virals is astounding. Because it changes each year, each year brings the need for a new vaccine which is mostly the best guess for which flu viruses will be most prevalent and dangerous.

    OTOH the US and Russia and probably other countries have both smallpox virus and a proven vaccine for the same. It is more stable, and since it has been eliminated in the wild, natural resistance will be low. Now that is a weapon! Made all the more powerful because they eliminated in the wild. Us old folks might still have some resistance thanks to vaccines. Death rate was about 30%. Probably higher among a population not culled for resistance. Certainly did a job on the native populations of the Americas. Nasty disease.

    I cannot believe that they would ever attempt to use the flu – if they did it could well hit them as well. Of course I can’t rule out stupidity.

  24. Tom Says:

    Yeah, i was just pointing to the point that, like genetic engineering, they’re getting into things with profound consequences should the least little thing go wrong – like that book The Hot Zone or others of that genre.

    Guy, thanks for that link (another in the anchor to our demise).

  25. BC Nurse Prof Says:

    Virus wipes out millions of oysters overnight in Australia – ‘Very strong possibility’ record heat wave to blame:

    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/virus-wipes-out-millions-of-oysters-overnight-20130124-2d9tz.html

  26. BC Nurse Prof Says:

    Floods in southern Mozambique have displaced up to 70 000 people and cut power exports to energy-hungry neighbour South Africa in half, officials said yesterday. The south and centre of the country have been placed on red alert after experiencing the heaviest rainfall since devastating floods killed some 800 people in 2000.

    http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/c8c77d804e4e8c24b381b7f251b4e4e2/Mozambique-floods-hit-power-exports,-displace-70-000-20132501

    Plus, 15,000 crocodiles were washed away from a farm and into the Limpopo River.

  27. BC Nurse Prof Says:

    Geopolitics update:

    Who does Christine Lagarde really work for?

    http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/the-uk-europe-does-cameron-really-understand-the-politics/

    Hint: The daughter of the vampire squid strikes again.

  28. Kathy C Says:

    BC nurse, glad you found a bit of time to send us some links. Christine seems to be linked to the usual suspects eh? Always thought the DSK thing was a set up, even if personal foibles made him easy to set up.

  29. ulvfugl Says:

    Ambassador George Kennan’s cold war policy planning memo, set to music…

    So, if that was their plan all along, they really should not complain when the tumbrils roll and they get dragged to the guillotines…

  30. Kathy C Says:

    Sink hole in LA not resolved, still active.
    Louisiana’s Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Incident Command advised Saturday that Louisiana’s historic sinkhole appears to have undergone a growth event, indicated by a recent increase in earthquakes and cracks, prompting the order for personnel and equipment to be removed from the disaster site.

    The Bayou Corne historic “sinkhole” appears to have grown, according to officials, who say this is indicated by a recent upswing in measured seismic activity.

    The growth event follows a week of rain and flooding in South Louisiana, including in Assumption Parish
    REST AT THE LINK http://www.examiner.com/article/la-sinkhole-quakes-cracks-collapse-prompt-removing-workers

  31. Elaine Says:

    So it goes…
    Thank you for remembering Kurt, he is dearly missed.

  32. Bailey Says:

    So first I posted a study yesterday which said that organism extinction projections have been overstated. And now this saying that global warming projections will be on the mild side. What the heck is going on with all this back pedaling in the midst of seeing all these new extremes unfolding around us?

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130125103927.htm

  33. Pilot 17 Says:

    Balley,

    It’s quite obvious that most people don’t want to hear the truth about Climate Change. I’ve attempted to bring greater awareness to those I know. And in the end, the overall attitude is of denial or that nothing can be done. I agree with Guy. It’s too late. It’s not that we should just throw our hands in the error and give up. But I fear that we as a global community are passing through the “tipping point” (though there are many such tipping points) as we speak. I’m not sure, at this point, that we can undo the damage we’ve created for ourselves.

  34. Pilot 17 Says:

    And I must correct my “typo.” I meant to say throw our hands in the “air”… not “error.” I don’t know how I typed such a gross error. Ooops! :)

  35. Bailey Says:

    Pilot, but why is the science community and playing down the threat recently? Less extinctions forecasted, ex NASA scientists minimizing CO2 risks, new article stating warming will be on the low side…I don’t get it.

  36. OzMan Says:

    Guy

    That is a very interesting link to the Clive Hamilton post:

    ‘Climate change signals the end of the social sciences’.

    An interesting debate in the comments section there, dealing with issues like Nature Versus Human in categories of historical conceptions of human ideas.

    A few quotes here:

    “Geoffrey Edwards

    Intertoob Blowhard
    If you assert: “We can no longer place some events into the box marked “Nature” and some into the box marked “Human”.

    Then you really should apply that to claims like:

    “Each year humans shift ten times more rock and soil around the Earth than the great natural processes of erosion and weathering.”

    – If the human is not distinct from nature, then humans are as much a “natural process” as erosion and weathering:

    “Half of the land surface has been modified by humans.”

    – So, as per above…”

    “Sue Ieraci

    Public hospital clinician
    In reply to Geoffrey Edwards

    Geoffrey Edwards – your argument brings to mind the way of thinking that calls everything “natural”, as a way of absolving people from the consequences of their choices. The line would go something like you said: “human beings are part of nature, humans evolved brains, therefore anything that humans decide to do is just natural use of their brains.”

    Well, that is one way of thinking, but it totally neglects the entire concept of judgment.

    In this sense I would argue against the author’s premise…”

    “Geoffrey Edwards

    Intertoob Blowhard
    In reply to Sue Ieraci

    “Well, that is one way of thinking, but it totally neglects the entire concept of judgment.”

    – I am not arguing against the existence of judgement. But even so, IF humans are not distinct from nature, neither is human judgement. Human judgement is as much a “natural process” as any other process. Once you set aside this dichotomy, you cannot reinstate it for the sake of convenience.

    “…our judgment provides us with motives for behaviour that go beyond the basic survival ones.”

    – Agree…”

    “Sue Ieraci

    Public hospital clinician
    In reply to Geoffrey Edwards

    Thanks, Geoffrey.

    I largely agree, except for this: “Human judgement is as much a “natural process” as any other process. Once you set aside this dichotomy, you cannot reinstate it for the sake of convenience.”

    As I said above, I disagree with the author in wanting to set aside the dichotomy – I’m all for preserving it, for the reasons I gave.”

    I read most of the comments, but an issue I think not quite teased out, and IMO central to the issue in the post, and this Now postmodern Moment, is one of consciosness. The quotes use the term ‘judgement’, but i think it is proper to call it what it is…

    If nature and human are collapsed as categories of identity, which is the thrust of Hamiltons commentary, and Humans are really now to be conceived of as part of nature, then this is the reintegration of a conscious entity in Nature, something centuries of theological arguments(Christendom), wanted to infer was separate for humans alone, (as ‘Children of God’)because of the devine relation to their God.(via descent)

    If humans are now to be understood as a natural force, and by dint of this realisation we become aware we are no longer ‘really’ separate from nature,(ie we wake up), then we have in a roundabout way reanimated the natural world because we are not separated from it. Cool!!

    Seems like some mental juggling, but if one goes through the process of realising these issues with how one actually lives in the world, as part of the world, its ‘fucking spiritual man!’

    BTW, when I was in senior hig school we had a subject I think is still available, a 1 unit subject called ‘General Studies’, which to me was always ironic, because by definition everything else was either ‘Specific Studies’, or ‘Specialist Studies’. Anyhow, we were just studying topics, and writing essays, and it was a way of honeing essay skills. I wrote an essay that I put a lot of passion into, on the environment, and the basic thesis was that Science and human activity was not natural. And being so, we have destroyed, or are destroying, the planet, (circa 1980), because we are separate from nature.
    Sound familiar?
    Anyway, I though the teacher was a wuss. He was a Science teacher, and I guess my essay pushed some of his buttons. Being an upstart, I though I had him, and his repl would be flounderng etc. But his written comments were devastatingly educational to me!!!

    He wrote, in parraphrase: “What makes you believe that ‘Science’ as a human activity is not natural?”

    I was floored. In that moment I grew wings, or legs or some other appendage, or some maturity of mind, I suppose. I had missed the possibility that humans were still natural, it was just our self conception of some special post relgious category that kept us self educating ourselves to ‘behave and think’ as separate from nature.

    Going to the Moon didn’t help with keeping the hubris at bay I suppose, but if one knows anything beyond the popular conceptions of what it takes to keep humans alive and radiation free, and keep bone and muscle integrity over weeks at a time, in space, away from this biosphere, one would not really conceive of humans as anything but bound to this planet for now.

    And so we are.

    Great link Guy, IMO.

    (I wish I had kept that essay!)

    Thanks.

  37. Pilot 17 Says:

    All I can say, Balley, is that it goes to show that MONEY TALKS. In other words, our Media is not “the liberal media” like so many Conservatives say (with a pointed finger). In reality, the Media is bought and sold by these Corporate Capitalists and (more so) the Fossil Fuel Industry. There are hundreds of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. who are advocating for oil rights and the expansion of drilling. There are just too many people (be them scientists or politicians) who have been “paid off” to keep quiet. I will be the first to tell you that I am NOT a “conspiracy theorist” (though I still question the Trade Center’s collapse on 9/11… but I digress), but I truly believe people are being paid to “shut up” and keep the “masses” from knowing the Truth. I would have responded sooner to you, but I have been watching some podcasts of Guy. We are in DEEP trouble.. and Humanity just isn’t listening. Like I’ve said on this blog. I had my good cry (Man, did I f–ckin’ bawl) in the Spring of 1988 when I saw this all coming. I knew that Humankind would just proceed blindly like cattle with “business as usual”… to extinction. Bummer………

  38. OzMan Says:

    ‘Mini-tornado hits Queensland coastal town’

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/mini-tornado-hits-queensland-coastal-town/story-e6freono-1226562434151

    That is on the back of Cyclone Oswald.

    ‘NASA sees troublesome remnants of Cyclone Oswald still causing problems’

    http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/nsfc-nst012513.php

    A snippet:

    “Ex-tropical cyclone Oswald doesn’t know when to stop causing problems for Queensland, Australia, and now teamed up with a low pressure area, it continues to bring heavy rainfall. NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the remnants and saw Oswald hugging the southeastern Queensland coast.

    Oswald has dropped a lot of rainfall throughout Queensland. An earlier rainfall analysis using NASA’s TRMM satellite data showed Oswald and its remnants had dropped over 600 mm (~23.6 inches) of rain in areas of the Cape York Peninsula near the Gulf of Carpentaria. Higher rainfall totals have been recorded over the southern Capricornia district.”

    There is widspread high tides expected and storm surges on the coast and adjacent inlets.
    A full moon will bring higher than usualwater levels.

    All ‘Natural’ though.

  39. Gail Says:

    Bailey, I concur with Pilot17. I’ve long expected the denialists to double down as the evidence becomes stronger. In that particular case of the “extinctions aren’t so bad” study, the Australian author is typical of too many scientists in the US, who have one foot in academia and another in the world of “regulation” which is actually corporate “management”. He was CEO of an organization that “managed” natural “resources” ie coral reefs and rainforests. Here’s the description:

    “The Rainforest CRC is a research and education partnership, bringing together a range of experts in an exciting portfolio covering the following key areas of research: Environmental planning and management in rainforest regions; Evaluating ecosystem goods and services in a dynamic landscape; Rainforest visitation, business, interpretation and presentation; Managing and monitoring impacts arising from rainforest access; Rehabilitation and restoration, including riparian; Conservation principles and management; and Aboriginal and collaborative management.”

    When I see something like “goods and services” I read: exploitation and corruption. Scientists who purport to study environmental impacts of industry are unfortunately usually on the payroll one way or the other.

  40. Bluebird Says:

    Seventy Years of Nuclear Fission, Thousands of Centuries of Nuclear Waste

    The lesson of the first 70 years of fission is that we cannot endure more of the same.

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/14065-seventy-years-of-nuclear-fission-thousands-of-centuries-of-nuclear-waste

  41. OzMan Says:

    An interesting take on an Economic Recovery the USA can’t afford to have:

    ‘No recovery, and certain death: the joyous message of the last Friday in January’

    http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/life-death-january-recovery-bollocks/

    The filth:

    “One sort of knows the world has gone entirely mad when a bank warns against the consequences of recovery, but that’s what Bank of America did yesterday. Any ‘unexpected growth’ that hadn’t been factored in, said BoA, could very easily cause the bonds market to crash. This would mean most Western sovereigns being left unable to sell debt, and thus being rendered literally bankrupt, as opposed to technically insolvent. It’s the sort of result that makes a debt ceiling academic, because the bailiffs are in da house removing all the furniture, the walls, and the ceiling.

    There is no end to the bonkers cart-before-horse illogicality of all this: ‘we mustn’t have any growth because that’ll call in the US debt, remove any chance of future bailouts, make bankers even less willing to lend money, crash the Eurozone, wipe out half of Wall Street, leave no money for business capital, and make a recovery impossible’. Whatever you do, don’t start a recovery, or else recovery will be impossible. This is expansive neocon genius in full bloom. I am awestruck.

    Such is the nature of our species now. Everything used to be a matter life or death, but is now become death or death….”

    Yup, just keep the price of Oil too expensive for ‘an economic recovery’, and too cheep for a debt default after a currency collapse’….

    That will just about screw everyone except the lever pullers.

    This is what happens when the cheep oil runs out, all that is left is to slave-labour-everyone-into-debt-ridden-legal-fuck-yourself-land….

  42. OzMan Says:

    Still, having only what you can afford is not a bad motto to live by.

    In our village/town(pop: 4595 circa 2011), we rent and we are pretty sure when our tennancy is up next year we will be priced out of the rental market here. We don’t know where we will go. Rental agent here are putting signs up saying do not bother to apply unless you have two permanent incomes. Who has ‘permanent incomes’ these days? Everything is casualised, to make peaople live in fear, as a response to the industrial relations laws benifiting working people and dismissal laws. Casual labour is easier to shed in down times, and easier to intimidate if jobs are scarce.

    I will invest in some 4 person tents I think, who knows, the parks look good for squatting in, before we get moved on….

  43. Frank Says:

    Hi “Depressive Lucidity”,

    A friend of mine served as one of Dr. Mack’s research assistants. She was so impressed by Dr. Mack’s application of rigorous scientific methodology to this fascinating phenomenon that eventually I became interested as well.

    Regarding the Ariel School incident, you might be interested to know that despite the passage of almost 20 years no student nor member of the faculty or administration has modified or retracted the testimony originally provided.

    Dr. Mack was a powerful voice of legitimacy given his flawless record of eminent research at Harvard University, including Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. After conducting years of quiet research before proffering an opinion, Dr. Mack determined that a major component of the ET abduction experience was to warn mankind that we are destroying the ecology and unless we implement extreme change, the world will experience a biblical type apocalyptic end. “The images of planetary destruction presented to the experiencers- people from across the spectrum of nations, education, economics, and race-are so dramatic, so utterly bleak or catastrophic, that they reach apocalyptic proportions,” stated Dr. Mack. The aliens seem to indicate that only if we act now will this horrible future be avoided. One positive outcome from the abduction experience is that many abductees become committed environmental activists. Dr Mack added, “That kind of shift of consciousness is the only thing which could possibly arrest the downward spiral of destruction that is now unfolding on our only home. Advanced civilizations understand from their own development history that societies reach tipping points. The first tipping point encountered by mankind was self-annihilation through nuclear destruction. Fortunately we possessed the wisdom to avoid this fate. Now we have reached an ecological tipping point. Do we posses the wisdom to recognize the consequences of our actions and do we posses the wisdom to prevent ecological mass suicide? This is the over-arching question facing mankind today.”

  44. Frank Says:

    I forgot to add that in 2004 Dr. Mack was killed by a hit and run driver while visiting London for a presentation. Despite narrow streets and a city brimming with surveillance cameras, the killer(s) were never caught, which for me is most curious not to mention tragic given the importance of his message.

  45. dairymandave Says:

    Frank; is there any connection between the Ariel school incident and crop circles? Seems to me like there is. Same message.

  46. dairymandave Says:

    Regarding Science Daily;

    They stop at 2010.

    They ignor methane.

    They ignor volume reduction of Arctic ice.

    They ignor the fact that the temperature of melting ice can’t rise. Heating ice will warm up until it starts to melt. There was a lot more warming ice from 2000 to 2010 than there has been since. Now there is more melting ice.

    They ignor the whole Arctic situation, including faster warming up there than worldwide.

    They ignor the heat content of increased water volume which is potential energy and won’t show up on a thermometer.

    They ignor the storm breakup of melting ice which was stirred around and would tend to cool more water than if not broaken up.

    What they do say is the same story. “The fight cannot be won without implementing substantial climate measures within the next few years”. That won’t happen. We won’t lower particulates either; we are burning more coal.

    Boils down to doctor telling terminal patient “don’t worry, you’re going to be fine”.

  47. Tom Says:

    Guy, please note my new e-mail address (i got hacked and can’t get in to the old one anymore).

    As to less species dying, that may be true, since there are only a finite number on the planet – after a while less will be available for death until there’s only a few left (but we won’t be among them).

    i saw on the news this morning that the CDC is warning that the fast-spreading norovirus has now arrived in the U.S. from Australia. So now we have rampant flu and norovirus to contend with (not to mention who knows what else is around that isn’t being reported due to not enough deaths).

    Back to the topic of “money talking,” there’s this, which clearly indicates there’s no incentive to change anything when it comes to greed and “wealth creation” (i hate that term):

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/goldman-sachs-made-400-million-betting-on-food-prices-in-2012-while-hundreds-of-millions-starved

    “Why does it seem like wherever there is human suffering, some giant bank is making money off of it? According to a new report from the World Development Movement, Goldman Sachs made about 400 million dollars betting on food prices last year. Overall, 2012 was quite a banner year for Goldman Sachs. As I reported in a previous article, revenues for Goldman increased by about 30 percent in 2012 and the price of Goldman stock has risen by more than 40 percent over the past 12 months. It is estimated that the average banker at Goldman brought in a pay and bonus package of approximately $396,500 for 2012. So without a doubt, Goldman Sachs is swimming in money right now. But what is the price for all of this “success”? Many claim that the rampant speculation on food prices by the big banks has dramatically increased the global price of food and has caused the suffering of hundreds of millions of poor families around the planet to become much worse. At this point, global food prices are more than twice as high as they were back in 2003. Approximately 2 billion people on the planet spend at least half of their incomes on food, and close to a billion people regularly do not have enough food to eat. Is it moral for Goldman Sachs and other big banks such as Barclays and Morgan Stanley to make hundreds of millions of dollars betting on the price of food if that is going to drive up global food prices and make it harder for poor families all over the world to feed themselves?”
    (there’s more, if you can stand it)

    i also noticed that a lot of fish and an 18 meter long whale washed up in separate places in the last few days. Sooner or later the ocean will no longer provide for hungry humans since we’re poisoning the fishbowl constantly with everything from plastic (the Pacific Gyre) to radiation (Fukushima and elsewhere i’m sure) to garbage and toxic medical waste. Yummy. Try the hake!

    Ozman – i hear ya. If my wife loses her job we’re gonna be in the same boat. i have a house that probably won’t sell in this economy for anywhere near what i paid for it and the taxes are killing us anyway. i can barely get classes any more and tutoring has all but dried up since nobody has excess money to spend on frivolities like education (especially the irrelevant crap they’re teaching in schools). i thought about investing in a tent and some arctic-type sleeping bags, but have held out so far. At this point i’d just as soon jump in an icy river and get my 15 minutes of fame, or just go out back and wait in the 9 degree cold until i fall out and freeze to death (wouldn’t take long but it would be painful until the numbness sets in). Gettin’ old sucks.

  48. ulvfugl Says:

    Ozman, Tom, others, if it’s looking like where you’re living isn’t going to last, I’d suggest seeking a community to join… that takes some time. Better to do it in an easy going relaxed way, than when things get urgent and desperate ?

    http://leavingbabylon.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/living-by-the-bell/

  49. OzMan Says:

    ulvfugl

    Yes.

    I have thought seriously about that, and if I wanted to go I would have to leave my family behind, so I chose the option of creating that community here, where there is some chance of riding it out,(if there is any) for the short term.(being in a rain/precipitation saddle here at 1050 meters.) I sense the biggest problem will be windstorms here, big gusts up through the gullys concentrate the wind and funnel it onto certain ridgelines etc. We are presently in a moderate area re that wind factor.

    Creating that community is not going to be easy, but there are lots of people close to the edge here doing lots to get ‘sustainable’ and perma like stuff. Not too far from getting on board the express train to NTE, but the climate SHTF will do the heavy lifting in terms of changing their minds, I am supposing.

    Don’t really know how it will go, but I’m giving it a try, not much else I can do given I have decided not to abandon the family, and I cannot convince any of them of the urgency, and necessity, to move.

    But if we get turfed out at the end of this tennancy, it may be up for grabs, but 2 high schools to disentangle and all that social teenager stuff,(remember that?- minus the i-shit-gadgets) will be a bit hairy….?

    I hope your situation remains tennable, but I guess you rely on some outside supplies, no?

    BTW, what kinds of things do you do to tend the forrest there?

    Thanks for the mindful regard.
    Cheers.

  50. Bailey Says:

    I agree with your comments folks regarding the current minimization by the science community regarding substantial climate threats. Even many scientists – with the exception of a few like Hansen – have money triggered neuro transmitters. Of course, this just makes the situation hopeless as ever because the public eat the MSM candy.

    I agree ulvfugl. Has anyone read Twelve by Twelve? http://www.amazon.com/Twelve-One-Room-Cabin-Beyond-American/dp/1577318978/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359205137&sr=8-1&keywords=12+by+12

  51. OzMan Says:

    On the note of joining communities, I have only dabbled in looking, but my first impression is without some significant assets, money or quickly transferable wealth to cash, they don’t want you. Some maybe don’t fit that parameter, but finding them will be the thing n a scenario hard to invisage.

    Even in the range of living where these truely ‘sustainable'(I know, I know??) groups are trying to get together, accumulation of wealth, on the backs of the world poor, is still there in the background.

    Walking Away from Empire, would for me be Walking Into Wilderness.

    one thingI have learned in the recent weeksand months enacting some of this gift community… it is very easy for people to have different conceptions of what is going on in a community. People will generally not give up privelaged existance without needing to have needs met in no other way. Some accept the concepts and go along with the ides, even participate, but it becomes clear how they are tallying things up in their own mind,and what their own objective are.
    How could it be otherwise I suppose.
    Someopne will get it, sooner or later, and then there will be two of us.

    I don’t like to admit it, but self interest seems to rule, untill it no longer works, and it looks like for the vast majority of folk, it will be kicking and screaming they come, not by enlightened choice and clear principled understanding of what will be, and is already needed to get along with this world.

    Who knows what may come…?

  52. annie Says:

    Climate change signals the end of the social sciences

    Quote from article:

    The modern social sciences — sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history and, we may add, philosophy — rest on the assumption that the grand and the humdrum events of human life take place against a backdrop of an inert nature. Only humans have agency. Everything worthy of analysis occurs in the sealed world of “the social”, and where nature does make itself felt – in environmental history, sociology or politics – “the environment” is the Umwelt, the natural world “over there” that surrounds us and sometimes intrudes on our plans, but always remains separate.

    What was distinctive of the “social sciences” that emerged in 18th-century Europe was not so much their aspiration to science but their “social-only” domain of concern.

    The above is quite obviously not the opinion of ALL ‘philosophers’! Both Karl Marx and Frederick Engels understood (150 years ago!) that the Earth’s ecosystem were dynamic and complex, with an intricate, delicately balanced process of interacting components where any changes that occur feed back with new, and often unpredictable, effects. Engels warned that we disrupt the natural ecosystem at our peril, stating, “Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For each victory nature takes its revenge on us.
    Each victory, it is true, in the first place brings about the results we expected, but in the second and third places it has quite different, unforeseen effects which only too often cancel out the first.”

    http://climateandcapitalism.com/2012/03/01/worth-framing/

    Ho hum, pity not enough ‘humans’ were listening…

  53. OzMan Says:

    ‘”Peak Oil” impacting Norwegian and Saudi 2013 production?’

    http://www.mining.com/web/peak-oil-impacting-norwegian-and-saudi-2013-production/

    A quote:

    “While it is hard to ramp up much sympathy for petro-states, Norway and Saudi Arabia are both facing a murky 2013 as domestic production falls, pushing both nations towards some difficult (and expensive) choices.

    OPEC’s leading producer Saudi Arabia is facing the twin storms of declining oil production and the rise of global alternatives, threatening its market share.

    On the plus side, the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration in its “Annual Energy Outlook 2013” predicts that by 2020, worldwide production of crude and condensates will hit 99.7 million barrels per day, up from its 2012 level of 89.2 million bpd. Liquid hydrocarbon production will be almost seven million bpd, or seven percent higher than the EIA’s forecast a mere two years ago in its 2011 reference scenario.
    The downside? The report notes in its “Annual Energy Outlook 2013 projections to 2040” that both “growth in energy production outstrips consumption growth” and “crude oil production rises sharply over the next decade.””

    Can the world afford it?

  54. ulvfugl Says:

    According to this crappy site with its crappy adverts most of us are going to be exterminated…. shrug…

    http://church-of-illumination.com/

  55. Ed Says:

    Ozman:

    For the wind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqt4zCeGMnk

    I’m not sure if Ken is around any more, but The Plant For a Future website still is.

  56. Gail Says:

    I never heard of Dr. Mack before, and his early civil disobedience against nuclear weapons is fascinating as is the persecution of him by Harvard colleagues. But Frank, that’s not what Wiki says, about his death:

    Death
    On Monday, September 27, 2004 while in London to lecture at a T. E. Lawrence Society-sponsored conference, Mack was killed by a drunken driver heading west on Totteridge Lane. He was walking home alone, after a dinner with friends, when he was struck at 11:25 p.m. near the junction of Totteridge Lane and Longland Drive. He lost consciousness at the scene of the accident and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The driver was arrested at the scene, and later entered a plea of guilty by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. Mack’s family requested leniency for the suspect in a letter to the Wood Green Crown Court. “Although this was a tragic event for our family,” the letter reads, “we feel [the accused’s] behavior was neither malicious nor intentional, and we have no ill will toward him since we learned of the circumstances of the collision.”[10]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward_Mack

  57. Frank Says:

    No problem. I stand corrected over his death. I never bothered to receive a cause of death update.

    Nuclear weapons was not his focus at Harvard. His focus was the ET/environmental connection.

  58. Frank Says:

    Although Wikipedia is not the end all truth. After looking through my notes I came across this interesting interpretation of events surrounding Dr. Mack’s death, which I agree and therefore retract my statement above:

    “Ever since I heard the story about John E Mack getting killed by a ‘drunken’ driver, the story has never sat well with me. I have a statistical background (not that it makes me special) but it does make me look at things different then the average person. I can’t help but create a visual distribution of ‘event’s in my mind… and other distracting things)

    There are some interesting aspects to this story that I never see discussed or talked about. John E Mack was highly intelligent, credentialed, understood scientific methodology, and clearly knew how to diagnose all manner of psychological phenomena. He was also willing to go public and stand by his research. This made him a huge risk to the PTB. He was clearly making inroads, opening up the field, creating awareness, (just watched the Oprah interview – 1994)

    Rare Dr John Mack TV Appearance Part: 1

    Rare Dr John Mack TV Appearance Part: 2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnZfM…feature=relmfu

    Rare Dr John Mack TV Appearance Part: 3

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f96VP…feature=relmfu

    and his book was an instant best seller (just before he died). The rate of his movement in the media could be described as fast becoming meteoric, as he began to establish a name for himself.

    I would dare say that few could have used the typical standard techniques of ridicule and criticism on him that seem to work so successfully on the majority of people that try to come out. The man was a psychiatrist! The University went to great lengths to threaten him, to take away his tenure, to ruin him by destroying his reputation and character and after a great deal of struggle and legal battle he fought them back, barely surviving.

    There was no question at that point he was perceived as an even greater threat. He could have made a difference. He could have brought this into main stream awareness. He could have presented this information in a manner that not even the scientific community could have refuted. He character was honourable, solid, his credentials were impeccable. His life was a testimony of scientific integrity.

    What is also interesting is that the man who killed him has never received any [legitimate] attention in the media it seems. I find this strange, usually there is a lot more detailed information, [but in this case, barely a name, no occupation, no history, or context] etc.

    [Update: we have his name and age (thanks bmdb) (which is an amazingly similar pattern as Lady Di’s butler’s assailant; approx 50 yrs old, Eastern European, not responsible for their actions, treated with great ‘sensitivity and leniency’ and minimal punishment – one has to admit this is yet another ‘coincidence’) I wonder is it possible, these people fit into some kind of demographic? is there a criminal element? i.e. more easily ‘coerced’ due to past record? paperwork or citizen status? which in turn affects their financial situation? anyone who is an ‘immigrant’ understands the subtle but different treatment I speak of. And unbelievably, somehow Mack’s family was convinced that it was neither “malicious nor intentional” – again, when is that ever taken into consideration let alone ‘highlighted’ in a drinking/driving case? since when did the courts reek of such ‘goodwill and generosity’ ??? These people weren’t rich, elites or super celebrities, able to sway the courts, they would have been perceived as ‘nobodies’ the kind of people the courts salivate at the chance to chew up and spit out. This just isn’t how the courts refer to ‘drunk drivers’, they are demonized, disgraced and ostracized for their debauchery and irresponsibility in order to justify a heavy fine $$$ and a punishing sentence.”

  59. michele/montreal Says:

    «if it’s looking like where you’re living isn’t going to last, I’d suggest seeking a community to join… that takes some time. Better to do it in an easy going relaxed way, than when things get urgent and desperate»

    Still looking for “solutions”? Even this (joining an hypothetic community) is not possible. For the majority it has never been, and today, it is already nigh impossible. Also, impossible to tell any other person what to do because you don’t know the details of their circumstances, assets, life story, way of living, etc. Around here, there is no community to be found whatsoever. And nobody would have any interest in accepting an invalid aging POOR woman. And beleive me, there are millions invalid aging poor people. There are not many way out for me (and the likes of me). And it is the same for most of us. Like the species we are bringing down, we do not have a choice. We never had.

    «Who knows what may come…?»

    Me.

  60. Frank Says:

    Friends: I own 2,750 acres of Colombian rainforest (the flora/fauna are magnificent and the climate is heavenly since this is “highland” forest) that is maintained as a wildlife reserve. The land is incredibly fertile- rich volcanic soil-and crops can be grown all year long. The cost of living is only a fraction of what it is here in the US including healthcare, which is as good or better in the US. Colombia is just a three hour flight from the US.

    I might be interested in sharing this property (perhaps donating to a community umbrella organization because I believe in democracy) with like-minded folks found on this web site. We also have the potential to expand the borders of the reserve through a process called “possession”. In other words, adjacent unclaimed and untitled land.

    This could be an interesting way to help friends and the natural world simultaneously.

    If anyone is sincerely interested in investigating this concept please write me at ffkling@sbcglobal.net. I will share all information. I know that I am trusting the public, but I have discovered that the individuals who visit this site are good, salt of the earth people. Maybe I am being utopian, but we must try for a better world as an example to others. So I would be interested in any feedback positive or negative.

    Thank you.

  61. BenjaminTheDonkey Says:

    Frank says: …Nuclear weapons was not his focus at Harvard….

    Actually, nuclear weapons were very much his focus at Harvard:

    …Mack and other Physicians for Social Responsibility … promoted the elimination of nuclear weapons….

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Edward_Mack

    PSR was some of the earlier work of Helen Caldicott:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physicians_for_Social_Responsibility

  62. Tom Says:

    michele: i agree. My wife and i had a long discussion on the ride home the other night (from my cousin’s funeral ceremony – cremated) regarding my “dim outlook” and being somewhat non-productive (in the sense of earning money). i’ve never been an accumulator of wealth, though i did have a wonderful career of making money (just not a lot of it). i have basically nothing but this house to show for it and now it isn’t worth what i paid for it and is expensive to keep up. i do all the yardwork and gardening, the household chores except for cooking (i can boil water if i read the instructions carefully) and take care of the dogs. My little 5 house neighborhood is quiet with most of us keeping to ourselves but we talk and are friendly and helpful with each other. Everyone is doing better than us on the economic front though.

    The problem is that all these folks, including my wife, have this unshakeable worldview that ASSUMES that all this is going to continue forever and that, even if it doesn’t, they’re going to ride it as long as they can – because it’s financially rewarding to them! There is zero incentive to change, as far as their little world is concerned. The assumption is that it’ll be a very long time (long after we’re gone, supposedly) before it gets dire – and that in the meantime i better get off my ass and start makin’ some money doing something.

    i’m pretty sure no one is going to hire me, in my sixties, for anything and don’t want to even bother going through the motions just to illustrate the point (as if it doesn’t take a toll on a person, being repeatedly rejected for even menial work). i have plenty of experience as a teacher, both in high school and college, have tutored for about the same amount of time (to rave reviews from parents of tutees) and i ran a successful business for 20 years before that. It looks and feels like i’m being replaced at the college i’ve worked at for over 20 years – not given first crack at classes as it’s been for many years (seniority means nothing as an adjunct), finally gratefully taking one remedial class that was offered.

    i garden extensively, i’m no expert (stuff grows though despite my learning curve) and enough bounty is generated to give away a lot of what comes up to family, neighbors and the local food bank.

    i noticed this summer and fall that my > 100 ft tall trees are starting to show signs of stress – dropping spotted leaves all summer, branches and twigs, & dropping more dead than i remember from previous years. i have one that was hit by lightening and a buddy of mine is going to cut out the dead this spring.

    i got hit with the tomato “rust” or whatever that limits you to one harvest before the leaves and stems die-off. i’m not sure i should even eat them but they look okay and taste okay, so . . .

    So, it just seems like i’m getting backed into a corner. i’m not afraid to apply for jobs, i just think it’s a waste of time and energy.
    i volunteered at community events, and put time in as a protester against fracking (latest venture) in the state (not that it’s doing any good, but ya gotta show up to at least let ‘em know we don’t like it). i was politically involved for years but have given it up as another gross waste of time because i’m convinced of the total corporate take-over of the government from federal to local.

    i’m not interested in making money any more and if i have to starve then so be it. i’d really like to devote the rest of my days to raising awareness of what’s coming, but that now is a dead-end (pun intended) and won’t make any difference (i’ll still fight fracking and to keep our water and air clean as we can make them). Other than that, i really have lost all interest in life on this planet.

  63. BenjaminTheDonkey Says:

    Tom says: (i can boil water if i read the instructions carefully)

    I haven’t yet mastered obstructions
    To complex nutritious productions;
    I keep watching the pot:
    Is is boiling? It’s not!
    So please send along the instructions.

  64. wildwoman Says:

    We got to see the late great Kurt Vonnegut speak at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival theatre in Canada. Can’t remember what year it was, of course.

    His message was how hard it is to be a merely decent human being and to go on trying to be a merely decent human being despite the effort.

    We miss him, too.

  65. ulvfugl Says:

    So, erm, this is off topic, but I’m thinking to myself, what happens, if/when, it can be proven irrefutably, scientifically, to standards acceptable in any regular court of law, that Sandy Hook was a staged event ?

    I know that there is supposed to be some sort of Inquiry coming up, headed, if I remember, by a local mayor. Maybe that’ll be a farce like the 9/11 inquiry ? To my mind it will be an indication as to what remains of legality and justice in the USA still functions.

  66. Kathy C Says:

    Tom [i got hit with the tomato “rust” or whatever that limits you to one harvest before the leaves and stems die-off. i’m not sure i should even eat them but they look okay and taste okay, so . . .]

    maybe anthracnose – I got hit with it this year pretty big time. Probably too late I got a copper spray. Mostly I kept picking off infected leaves and throwing them outside the garden. I did not compost any tomatoe stems this year. Hoping for better next year. But I did manage to get quite a number of jars of tomato sauce put up.

    My cherry tomatoes got it but yielded well anyway – this variety – best cherry we have had.

    http://www.southernexposure.com/dr-carolyn-tomato-008-g-p-344.html

  67. michele/montreal Says:

    «Maybe that’ll be a farce like the 9/11 inquiry»

    good answer! (but you do not get full grade because you should have added “or worse”).

  68. ulvfugl Says:

    @ m/m

    I’m not in USA, just a distant casual observer, but seems to me this SH is the key issue, the battle of the moment, upon which so much hinges. The major division between liberal progressives, who fear guns, and ‘patriots’, who fear having their guns taken away; and the fascist-corporate state with all the MSM propaganda and the alphabet agencies and covert clandestine operations, and The People and their rights….

    There are not many way out for me

    It may be that, indeed, there are none, but if you don’t seek, you don’t find…

  69. Madmanintheattic Says:

    to: OzMan, Ulvfugl, and others
    re: Intentional Community (IC)

    I, too, have seriously considered joining a community and put a lot of effort investigating IC in Canada, mostly in the West. My conclusion, in a sentence, is these, mostly, are microcosmic recreations of the middle/upper-class lives they have always lived. That is, they have merely set up exclusive, gated communities disguised as Eco or green or whatever.

    The least expensive buy-in would have crept up to about C$250,000 … I don’t have that. The other factor which screened me out was religion. Almost all of them are religion based even if it is not explicit. The religion most common to IC was Vegetarianism. I tried VGN for much of my life and was sick for much of my life. My health improved in all aspects literally overnight when I went back to eating meat. I classify VGN as a religion because of the intolerance it shows for individual differences. It flabbergasted me these people would reject a qualified tradesman just because my metabolism requires meat to fuel the hard work I did.

    A couple of interesting examples of what I discovered:
    A group in Ontario, (as of my research around 2008/9) after nine years still could not agree on the colour to paint the rec room floor in their co-housing building because they used consensus decision making. In my mind this calls into question the Ideology of Consensus. If these people can’t even decide on a paint colour, how are they going to decide on a strategy when TSHTF?

    This group established their IC in their late middle age and are now finding themselves too old to do the work. When they moved to the land the gigantic, old, intact and usable farmhouse was considered “not good enough” so they built the co-housing unit. Now they want to sell shares to young people, give them cells in the old farmhouse and put them to work in the fields as a separate class of IC resident. Instant class-system (more on that in the next example).

    The other example is a new group which has set up on one of the islands in nearby. First off, the island they are on is one of the ones where the billionaires are pushing out the millionaires so they had big bucks to start that especially now when the economy is so bad. Again they are late-middle age. It took them two years to design and build a woodshed that I and a one-armed apprentice could have done in a couple of days. Again, decision making.

    This group has an option by which you can live there, basically as an indentured servant, work your ass off for them and then stand in judgement of them as to whether you are worthy to join their exclusive gated community. If you are not, you just donated two years free labour … and class structure again.

    I noted four different classes:
    1) Slaves otherwise known as WWOOFers (just because they are willing slaves still means they are slaves)
    2) Indentured servitude
    3) Second class labour – see the Ontario example above
    4) The wealthy overlord owner.

    Does this in any way sound familiar? Does this in any way resemble the structure of current society? So in what way is this an improvement?

    Dmitry Orlov points out a strategy of “disband and regroup” which means all the cute window dressings we have put on the situation (IC, Transition Movement, all the Eco-green nonsense) will collapse when everything else collapse and the survivors will re-group with whomever, wherever, doing whatever they can, with whatever they have wherever they happen to be. Or better yet already be in a “traditional” community or ethnic clan, preferably speaking a rare foreign language.

    Face it folks, the bikers, the Asian gangs, the Russian and other mafias, and the sissified, angry, disenfranchised teenaged boys sitting in their basements playing violent video games and watching violent porn (potentially the most dangerous group) are already grouped, armed and have separate language or slang which will serve their advantage in many ways (do read The Road by Cormac McCarthy before too long … or see the movie. Spoiler alert: the people with the guns rounded up, and herded other, unarmed, human beings as meat animals).

    So the person with whom you will be fighting with for the carcass of that feral dog will be an armed biker, Sikh or Asian. Yea. Your cute, Eco-green gated IC will be overrun don’t you think? Of course that is before environmental degradation wipes us all out.

  70. ogardener Says:

    Kurt Vonnegut – Truly a spokesman for our time.

    Thanks Dr. Chia for referencing him.

    @Tom

    “i got hit with the tomato “rust” or whatever that limits you to one harvest before the leaves and stems die-off. i’m not sure i should even eat them but they look okay and taste okay, so . . .”

    Sounds to me like Early Blight. Although it could additionally be Late Blight. All members of the Solanaceae family are susceptible. The above references should get you started. If you use tobacco products and I hope you don’t then Tobacco Mosaic Virus can be just as nasty.

    Also, thank you for your post about partners, friends and family members who just don’t get it and don’t wanna get it. That would make for a good topic further on down the road at NBL imho.

  71. michele/montreal Says:

    «but if you don’t seek, you don’t find…» If this is what you have to tell me, please refrain from talking to me. The … included.

  72. Madmanintheattic Says:

    to: michele/montreal

    Just want to tell you I think I get what you mean. I too am old, poor and broke. I am on a disability pension – my reward for sacrificing my tissues to the profits of someone else and to the delusion that I could “get ahead” and blah fucking blah. I too feel very limited in my options. I am dealing with a rapid transition from a relatively healthy, robust late-middle age to health collapse which has left me with nothing.

    Perhaps the advantage I have is I have been thinking about this stuff for decades. One reason I never had children was even as a teenager in the 1970s it was obvious to me we were headed full-speed to the edge of a cliff and there was no way I was going to be responsible for ushering another feeling being into this freakshow deathculture we have created.

    I am prepared for death and destruction mentally. In fact, at this point in my life, about the only thing keeping me going is my curiosity to see exactly when mainstream culture starts to get there is a problem here and to see exactly how it plays out. Pretty perverse I guess but if we are going to exterminate the biosphere of he only planet in the Universe we know carries complex life, then I want to see it. I want to be around for this literally planet-altering event we have created.

    I think I know how you feel and I’m on your side. Buddhism without beliefs (i.e. non-religous Buddhism) has aided me in finding some modicum of peaceful detachment whilst I wile away my hours observing a planet-sized slow-motion train wreck. I cannot say much more than as always we only ever do what we can with what have wherever we are with whomever else is around.

    I also carry a very small, very sharp folding knife either in my pocket or strapped to my wrist at all times. I am quite confident I can drive it into my carotod artery if it comes to it. Better that than be held captive as a meat animal. All other things being equal and given the time and leisure, when the time comes I think it will be the Poppy for me.

    Hey BtD, the last phrase of the last sentence rhymes – maybe you can do something with it.

  73. depressive lucidity Says:

    Frank, again thank you for discussing John Mack and his research … imho, it is an integral part of the whole complex of events that stand beyond the range of human cognition, but is somehow involved with our reality. Mack felt that we had somehow lost the capacity to interact with these other, hyperdimensional realms, especially as western culture became increasingly materialistic and narrowed its focus … we lost the sense of mystery and our post-enlightenment technologists dismissed anything they could not explain, or control as mere superstition.

    I have always suspected that Mack’s death was an assassination disguised as an accident. TPTB are very good at this sort of thing. As you pointed out, Mack’s credentials made him a threat to those who want to control the ontological boundaries of our world.

    After Bud Hopkin’s death, the last credible and credentialed researcher left was David Jacobs at Temple University. But Jacobs was also attacked in an attempt to ruin his reputation and he has since retired. No one is publishing any serious work in this field anymore and perhaps they can’t … Unlike Mack, Bud and Jacobs (like John Keel before them) came to the conclusion that the phenomenon was not friendly to human interests. Of course, given that the pursuit of human interests has led to omincide, who can blame the ETs for having a low opinion of the demonic chimps? If cows could understand what we are doing to them, we would represent evil incarnate.

  74. ogardener Says:

    @madmanintheattic

    As always a well thought out post.

    You write: “Dmitry Orlov points out a strategy of “disband and regroup” which means all the cute window dressings we have put on the situation (IC, Transition Movement, all the Eco-green nonsense) will collapse when everything else collapse and the survivors will re-group with whomever, wherever, doing whatever they can, with whatever they have wherever they happen to be. Or better yet already be in a “traditional” community or ethnic clan, preferably speaking a rare foreign language. “

    This statement holds true for many reasons. What I think you may overlook and perhaps Dmitry as well is that if one or a small group were to locate their community so far into the bush like in Columbia for example quite a few of these human threats would be eliminated. This of course is all academic as probably any number of additional life threatening maladies like tropical diseases and human parasites would substitute for the gangstas. ‘Seasteading’ may not be a safer bet especially with a deteriorating climate and difficult weather conditions at sea, not to mention pirates :-) As far as strangers living together in an IC I would not recommend it. In order for an IC to function minimally great camaraderie would be required amongst its members and perhaps a worthy, common goal agreed on by the community of surviving TSHTF as comfortably as possible may fend off the bickering for a while. My $.02

  75. depressive lucidity Says:

    Madman and Tom, I’m in my early 50s and I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your honesty and truthfulness. My wife, who I love dearly, gets it, but she can’t internalize it. I have one close friend who is a few years older than me who gets it. He has two young children and is constantly battling depression because he realizes that his children are part of the generation of the coming die off.

    My attitude is that I’m just passing through this world of impermanence and have been graced with the opportunity to experience first hand what happens when a failed, quasi-sentient species gets trapped in its own self serving delusions. It’s like living in an insane asylum, knowing that a bomb is going to blow up the building soon, but you can’t get through to the residents.

  76. Gail Says:

    The idea of extra-terrestrials warning humanity that we must change because we are destroying the earth is so ludicrous! Especially school children in Africa – how could that possibly change our culture? If there ARE any extraterrestrials capable of visiting earth and putting thoughts into people’s heads, you’d think they would have gotten into Reagan or Bush’s heads, or the Koch brothers. Why bother with people who have absolutely no influence? It’s far more likely that people who sense, for whatever reason, that the Malthusian outcome is imminent, experience some serious cognitive dissonence and have all sorts of psychiatric reactions trying to make sense of the madness.

    Furthermore, any extraterrestrials clever enough to come to earth and leave again would no doubt already know what is quite obvious – humans are incapable of changing. We are hardwired to overpopulate and overconsume, and no matter how many of us realize that, we can’t alter our collective march to extinction. Sooner or later, our greed and myopia will be the end of us, it’s only just a question of when and how the details will emerge – which of the pending disasters will triumph? I call it a race of converging catastrophes, and we all have ring-side seats at the finish line…aren’t we lucky?

    An interesting slide show came my way today – it still has a bit of superfluous hopium at the end, but up till then it is an accurate description of our inescapable dilemma:

  77. depressive lucidity Says:

    Gail:

    Furthermore, any extraterrestrials clever enough to come to earth and leave again would no doubt already know what is quite obvious – humans are incapable of changing. We are hardwired to overpopulate and overconsume, and no matter how many of us realize that, we can’t alter our collective march to extinction. Sooner or later, our greed and myopia will be the end of us, it’s only just a question of when and how the details will emerge – which of the pending disasters will triumph? I call it a race of converging catastrophes, and we all have ring-side seats at the finish line…aren’t we lucky?

    Yep. That’s why they don’t bother to save us from ourselves.

  78. Madmanintheattic Says:

    to: Ulvfugl
    re: So, erm, this is off topic, but I’m thinking to myself, what happens, if/when, it can be proven irrefutably, scientifically, to standards acceptable in any regular court of law, that Sandy Hook was a staged event?

    Yes, three things about this:

    First, off topic indeed. Since when did NBL become a domicile for conspiracy theorists and believers in Extra-terrestrial visitation and fake phenomenology? I’m not sure how these topics relate to the general theme of NBL. There are plenty of other places to talk about those things. Notice how few people on this site respond to these three topics. Perhaps that is a clue as to the interest level regarding these three disinformation topics.

    Second: Reganding “proven irrefutably, scientifically when are you going to provide some proof or evidence which stands up and which is not just fevered paranoia of sundry Alex Jones clones. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson: “A foolish inconsistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by paranoids, conspiracy theorists and divines.”

    Thirdly if/when it is proven by any acceptable standard of evidence that Sandy Hook was NOT a staged event, how will you respond? By moving the goalposts or raising your standards of evidence or just finding another bucket of foolish inconsistencies or just shouting ever more loudly that it is a cover-up?

  79. Bailey Says:

    @Frank
    That is very thoughtful of you thinking of others regarding the property you have available in Columbia! Though it is not likely for me to leave the country, I have had similar thoughts about finding some acreage in the states in as suitable a spot as possible (I have done some research around the Mountain City NE TN area), and getting several likeminded folks who wish to tough it out to the end. It wouldn’t even have to be on the same parcel so long as there were some ‘minimalists’ close enough by that could help one another (the rest wouldn’t have a clue to the bloody end).

  80. Bailey Says:

    RE: Trees dying. I have noticed many older trees in my area looking very bad lately. I was also in Savannah Ga last weekend at the old Bonaventure cemetery and dozens of large old oaks of a certain variety were dead and dying. I have noticed pecan trees in my area dying back rapidly this year (and on my property even).

  81. ed Says:

    Tom, for tomatoes try Juliet F1. 60 days, blight resistant. It’s the only variety we grow. Freezes and dries really well, and you won’t need to blanch them for freezing. We cut a couple of suckers in August that are inside with us (Z5)now and we have started taking suckers from these plants for really early tomatoes. Good in drought too. We have about 70 plants. We sell 20-30 pounds a week, give away a lot, between the drying and freezing have more than enough for the winter.

  82. ulvfugl Says:

    @ Madmanintheattic

    First, off topic indeed. Since when did NBL become a domicile for conspiracy theorists and believers in Extra-terrestrial visitation and fake phenomenology? I’m not sure how these topics relate to the general theme of NBL. There are plenty of other places to talk about those things. Notice how few people on this site respond to these three topics. Perhaps that is a clue as to the interest level regarding these three disinformation topics.

    Second: Reganding “proven irrefutably, scientifically when are you going to provide some proof or evidence which stands up and which is not just fevered paranoia of sundry Alex Jones clones. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson: “A foolish inconsistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by paranoids, conspiracy theorists and divines.”

    Thirdly if/when it is proven by any acceptable standard of evidence that Sandy Hook was NOT a staged event, how will you respond? By moving the goalposts or raising your standards of evidence or just finding another bucket of foolish inconsistencies or just shouting ever more loudly that it is a cover-up?

    I don’t really understand what point you are trying to make. NBL is whatever it is. There’s been a whole thread devoted to conspiracy theories. As I pointed out, the very term is a meme coined by the CIA, which has been inserted, rather effectively, it seems, into your brain. Fake phenomenology ? What is that ? Disinformation topics ? What is that ?

    I mean, if you want to argue with me, please provide something of substance worth debating. You’re the guy, in the earlier thread, who claims to have wasted thirty years meditating, and found nothing worthwhile. Did it ever strike you, in all that time, that possibly you might been doing something wrong ?

  83. BenjaminTheDonkey Says:

    Madmanintheattic Says: I am prepared

    When you know trouble’s coming about,
    You won’t run in circles and shout,
    And you won’t be as scared,
    If you have prepared
    A plan to help you get out.

  84. Madmanintheattic Says:

    Ulvfugl
    re: that possibly you might been doing something wrong?

    Ah, yes, the last refuge of the true believer scoundrel is to blame the victim. I addressed that already. According to Hindu philosophy this is Kali Yuga, a time of spiritual endarkenment in which the “truth” is not available, gurus are at best suspect and at worst child-raping frauds and spiritual practice is fruitless.

    Right back at you: Is it possible there really is nothing there? I find it interesting that the deconversion experience is so threatening to true believers. How can it be that your belief system is so fragile that you are so threatened that you have to blame the victim? Apostacy is punisable by death in Islam which to me only speaks to the cowardice embedded in the fragile fairy tales of these various delusions and hallucinations (belief systems). By the way, by definition, a belief is something held to be true for which there is no evidence – I don’t waste my time with bullshit rabbit holes anymore. Discussions with true believers is like discussing things with conspiracy believers – no point.

    Also the logical fallacy you have just committed is ad hominem. Good for you.

    Since this kind of discussion (beliefs, UFOs, fairy tales, phenomenology, conspiracy theories) is pointless, I will attempt to make this my last post on these topics and restrain myself from responding to further triggers.

  85. The REAL Dr. House Says:

    There are many, many people who have no options with respect to relocating or joining an intentional community. I would venture to say that the overwhelming majority of the American population falls into that category.

    For many, the limitation is financial. When you’re so deep in debt that you are a slave to the banks, unless you’re willing to walk away from the obligation, which may or may not sit well with others in the family, you have no choice but to continue to work to pay them off.

    For others, the limitation is physical. Whether it’s age or fitness or both, if you can’t contribute, then there really isn’t much of an incentive for a community to take you on. And, if you have a chronic disease which requires regular treatment or medicines simply to survive, again, that doesn’t give a community much incentive to be welcoming.

    Some might have a limitation related to their cognitive ability. While being a hard worker does not necessarily require a good brain, being a productive, equal member of an intentional community might be difficult, particularly if the other members are all well educated.

    Ultimately, as has been discussed many times on this site, there is almost certainly not going to be an orderly descent into a lower energy world. In my opinion, no community is going to be immune from the chaos. Nuclear radiation is no respecter of boundaries and climate change is going to impact pretty much the entire globe. So, you might as well go down wherever you are most happy and comfortable.

  86. The REAL Dr. House Says:

    One more thought about intentional communities: NASA has spent years studying this issue as part of planning for long duration space missions. The amount of time and effort required to find people who would be psychologically compatible in the various situations which might arise on a long space voyage was substantial.

    An Earth-bound community is different, of course, but the core issue is the same: it’s difficult to form forced communities.

  87. BenjaminTheDonkey Says:

    Madmanintheattic says: conspiracy theorists and believers in Extra-terrestrial visitation and fake phenomenology

    I give such ideas a wide berth
    And all of the time they are worth;
    Oh well, anyhow,
    I have to go now
    ‘Cause I’m due back on planet earth.

    H/T: Woody Allen, of course (“Annie Hall”)

  88. ulvfugl Says:

    @ Madmanintheattic

    Ah, yes, the last refuge of the true believer scoundrel is to blame the victim.

    Where did I blame anybody for anything ?

    I addressed that already. According to Hindu philosophy this is Kali Yuga, a time of spiritual endarkenment in which the “truth” is not available, gurus are at best suspect and at worst child-raping frauds and spiritual practice is fruitless.

    Are you a Hindu ? I certainly am not. I don’t subscribe to the Kali Yuga story any more than I subscribe to the Genesis story.

    Right back at you: Is it possible there really is nothing there? I find it interesting that the deconversion experience is so threatening to true believers. How can it be that your belief system is so fragile that you are so threatened that you have to blame the victim?

    What ‘belief system’ ? I have no idea what you are talking about. You are attacking a strawman of your own invention. Again, where did I ‘blame’ you for anything ? Are you paranoid ?

    Apostacy is punisable by death in Islam which to me only speaks to the cowardice embedded in the fragile fairy tales of these various delusions and hallucinations (belief systems). By the way, by definition, a belief is something held to be true for which there is no evidence – I don’t waste my time with bullshit rabbit holes anymore. Discussions with true believers is like discussing things with conspiracy believers – no point.

    Didn’t you just go down a rabbit hole you dug for yourself ? I never mentioned any of that stuff anywhere.

    Also the logical fallacy you have just committed is ad hominem. Good for you.

    Eh ? Again, no idea what you are talking about there. I adhere to a practice called soto zen. The aim of the practice is liberation from all belief systems.

    Since this kind of discussion (beliefs, UFOs, fairy tales, phenomenology, conspiracy theories) is pointless, I will attempt to make this my last post on these topics and restrain myself from responding to further triggers.

    Well, you raised the subject and made the initial comment and criticism, didn’t you ?

    From my perspective, as I’ve said more than once, I see us all standing on the beach watching the tsunami of NTE on the distant horizon, with nowhere much to run to. So really, all conversation is rather pointless. But I prefer to be as positive and cheerful as I can be, and unlike m/m and yourself, I rejoice in small miracles and the delights of the day, rather than constantly dwelling upon slitting of wrists, dead babies, faeces, and so forth. Some here seem to revel in the morbid and macabre. Sure, there is strange awesome beauty about a corpse. I’ve watched the foxes and ravens change a large large woolly sheep into a few bare bones over the last few days.

    I do like to hear the range of perspectives here.

    Gail dismisses the notion of extra-terrestrials as ludicrous. She privileges her own belief system – the Enlightenment, materialist, capitalist, Western one – above all others. It is an aberration, as depressive lucidity has pointed out, being the only known culture ever, to deny the existence of a spiritual domain ( okay, if you bolt on the Christian part, which goes with it, it does have a spiritual domain, but it is of a very peculiar kind, one which, despite Jesus words ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is within’, makes a precise division between this world and the spiritual world, which is faraway, elsewhere ). It’s also the culture which has caused the most damage ever.

    But I am myself all in favour of science, at its best. I don’t know what to make of Dr Mack and the Zimbabwe thing. I had never heard of that. But as for dairymandave and the crop circles and the aliens, why invent aliens ? It’s well know who started the crop circles. The guys have admitted it, written about it, explained how and why they did it, there’s videos of them. For me, it is indeed ludicrous to claim aliens are making crop circles when we’ve got university students INSISTING that it was THEM who made them. But there we are. if people have a deep psychological need for aliens, so be it. Let ‘em have their aliens. We’re standing on the Beach of Doom. Kiddies want sweeties. Who cares ? It makes no difference, does it.

  89. Bailey Says:

    I agree with you Dr. House; An intentional community based on NTE would be way too complicated and unrealistic at this point. My own interest is (if possible) eventually finding an area where I feel gives a little more mileage in respect to NTE – Away from Nukes, not drought prone, not along the coast (which I am currently), away from the huge populations, and not in an area that will be deadly hot in a few years. Just having a few people close by that are minimalists, wish to be foster simplicity and caring relationships, and have left Empire behind as much as possible would be an improvement.

  90. islandraider Says:

    The freeway blogger is having a contest… come up with slogans for his signs, now seen on freeways all over the west coast. He is looking for slogans to go alongside pictures of the earth. Slogans should be about arctic sea ice loss & global warming. He is actually offering cash prizes. Link to his site is below. Be sure to explore around a bit. His is a very creative approach to waking some folks up. Captive audience.

    http://freewayblogger.blogspot.co.at/

    I think he started out in the LA area & now appears to be traveling up & down the west coast putting these up. A commendable way to spend time IMHO.

    Also, thanks everyone for all your comments here. This place means a lot.

    My submission: “I Believe The Scientists”

    IR

  91. Guy McPherson Says:

    The End of an Era

    by Dr. Tim Morgan, Tullet Prebon,

    The economy as we know it is facing a lethal confluence of four critical factors — the fall-out from the biggest debt bubble in history; a disastrous experiment with globalisation; the massaging of data to the point where economic trends are obscured; and, most important of all, the approach of an energy-returns cliff-edge.

  92. BenjaminTheDonkey Says:

    islandraider says: The freeway blogger is having a contest…

    Just one word, and you know what it is.

  93. Guy McPherson Says:

    Wind farm turbines wear sooner than expected, says study

    “The analysis of almost 3,000 onshore wind turbines — the biggest study of its kind —warns that they will continue to generate electricity effectively for just 12 to 15 years.”

  94. OzMan Says:

    Wow, back to bickering again…

  95. OzMan Says:

    Guy,
    Off topic…. but DIRM?, (Does It Really Matter-that much?)

    can you describe the difference between an ‘Adjunct Professor’ and an ‘Associate Professor’ and if there is any practical differences in the lif eof an academy/university?

  96. scarlet p. Says:

    Hi, I’m freewayblogger, the guy who paints signs and puts them on freeways, and I can vouch for both the contest:

    http://www.freewayblogger.blogspot.com/2013/01/second-annual-slogan-contest.html

    the prize money behind it (less than it cost the last time my “check engine” light went on) and the basic premise of utilizing the first amendment on high-traffic motorways: when you put a sign on a freeway people will read it until someone takes it down, and that can be a hell of a lot of people.


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