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Three audio interviews

Fri, Apr 26, 2013

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21 April 2013 on the Lifeboat Hour with Michael C. Ruppert (embedded below)

22 April 2013 on the Progressive Commentary Hour with Gary Null (embedded below)

26 April 2013 on Feed Your Head with Ruthann Amarteifio (embedded below)

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My work is mentioned in the video embedded below, which is from Connect the Dots: Systems in Collapse. Moments about my work appear during the following intervals: 33:15-36:30, 58:45-1:00:30, and 1:19:45 and 1:21:45.

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15 Responses to “Three audio interviews”

  1. OzMan Says:

    Preparing a life preserver. Nothing too special, just far from the maddening crowd.

    Best wishes to all life forms.

    Guy _ very clear, very reasonable.

  2. BenjaminTheDonkey Says:

    “It’s gonna get worse before it gets worse.”
    —Guy McPherson, attributed, in Progressive Commentary Hour with Gary Null (embedded above) at 43:34.

    The doomers, they like to converse
    And compare their pathways diverse;
    Some folks call them perverse
    ‘Cause their forecast is terse:
    It’ll get worse before it gets worse.

  3. Kathy C Says:

    About getting worse….
    At 6:45 Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds chief engineer: The average nuclear power plant has 6 guys on Ebay trying to buy old parts. And the reason for that is that if they put a new part in, and it isn’t like the like replacement, they have to go to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and ask permission. So they literally have a staff at every nuclear power plant of people scouring Ebay, looking for old parts, so they can put those old parts in their warehouse. When one of their parts breaks they can replace in kind, as opposed going out and getting something better or newer.

    http://fairewinds.com/content/tipping-scale-311-formula

    And

    http://fairewinds.com/content/cant-win-change-rules

  4. Tom Says:

    Da!

    Thanks Guy, for being so clear, calm, critical and correct.

    Oh look:

    http://news.yahoo.com/part-9-11-plane-landing-gear-discovered-lower-212721710.html

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the commercial airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, has been discovered, wedged between two lower Manhattan buildings, police said on Friday.

    The piece of landing gear found in a narrow alleyway behind 51 Park Place and 50 Murray Street in Manhattan’s financial district includes a “clearly visible” Boeing identification number, New York City Police spokesman Paul Browne said.

    Browne said the discovery was made on Wednesday by a construction crew inspecting the rear of the Park Place building. The location is the site of an Islamic prayer space and community center that opened amid controversy in the fall of 2011, two blocks from Ground Zero.

    The piece of landing gear, wedged one story above ground, is about 5 feet high and 3 feet wide (0.9 meter).

    Police have secured the area between the buildings and are treating it as a potential crime scene, said Browne.

    Nearly 12 years after two commercial airliners smashed into the two Manhattan skyscrapers, destroying them and killing nearly 3,000 people, city officials continue to turn up debris from the attack and identify human remains.

    and NOW they’re treating it as a possible crime scene . . .

  5. BenjaminTheDonkey Says:

    Kathy C says: http://fairewinds.com/content/cant-win-change-rules

    Going Fuku

    If raised limits are making you cuckoo
    To the point you consider seppuku,
    Think how much will explode
    And still be up to code
    When the grid’s down and everything’s Fuku.

  6. Tom Says:

    BEST YET BtD!! Can i send that around (with your name on it of course)?

    speaking of which, we may have one on our own Pacific doorstep:

    http://enenews.com/anonymous-insider-on-tv-something-grossly-wrong-at-california-nuclear-plant-fears-for-his-safety-potential-reactor-meltdown-if-restarted-video

    For the first time, a source from inside the San Onofre nuclear power plant has come forward to warn that restarting the power plant is too dangerous.

    “There is something grossly wrong,” said the inside source, a safety engineer who worked at San Onofre and has 25 years in the nuclear field. […]

    He wants to remain anonymous because he told Team 10 he fears for his safety.

    “When they made these changes, they did not look at the academic research nor use critical question and an investigative attitude,” said the source. […]

    The anonymous insider and [Dr. Joe Hopenfeld, a former employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission] said if there is a main steam line break, there is potential for the reactor core to overheat – which could mean a full or partial meltdown. […]

  7. Pilot 17 Says:

    Guy, you are SO right. I went and saw Al Gore’s documentary when it came out (and took my then-91year old grandmother… rest in peace… she died at 99 1/2 years of age) in theatres. When the credits rolled espousing what we can do to change things (like changing one’s light bulb, etc), I did it. But after seven or eight years in retrospect.. you are correct… we have to SHUT DOWN the economy! I might be a “ripple” in a pond, but my tiny wave won’t make a change in a planet of 7+ billion people. Like you, I honestly believe that we have crossed too many “tipping points.” I’m no longer a religious man, but I can’t help but think… “God help us all…”

  8. Ripley Says:

    Guy McPherson — 2 April 2013 Progressive Commentary Hour with Gary Null at 44:00

    “I don’t think there is going to be a habitat for humans much longer on this planet. But for me there’s an additional reason to continue to fight for a living planet. Just because it seems hopeless, that’s no reason to quit, in fact that’s a reason to fight even harder, to try even more, because even if it doesn’t matter for human beings, we do depend on the living planet. So let’s do something for the other species, for a change.”

    “So let’s do something for the other species, for a change.”

    What he’s saying here is of great importance and it is very radical. Here’s my crude version: So, lets take the focus off own asses and think of others and do something for others, for a change. This is exactly the opposite of the way the industrial capitalist system wants us to think. They want us to focus only on our own asses, it’s been deeply ingrained in our thinking since childhood. It is a complete way of thinking and behavior that could only result in a destructive way of life. Trying to get people to to focus on helping others rather than remain focused on themselves is the most radical thing that can be done to try to end this decrepit system. The planet Earth and the other species on it are the ultimate other, under our system they count for nothing. Guy McPherson, you are a great person, you’re exactly the kind of person the world needs. I’m very grateful to know about you. Thank you so much for what you do and please keep it up! The same goes for Derrick Jensen. Two great people. We need many more.

  9. Robin Datta Says:

    So, lets take the focus off own asses and think of others and do something for others, for a change.

    For those who may be so inclined there are many ancient tales that may be of interest, like the one about the half-golden mongoose. (Googlable)

  10. Kathy C Says:

    A rather atypical essay for Crawford Kilian of the H5N1 blog.

    http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2013/04/h7n9-week-5-begins.html

    H7N9: Week 5 begins
    Everything before Sunday, March 31, seems as long ago as the Cretaceous just before the asteroid hit. That was the morning when I first heard about H7N9. A week later I published a story about the new flu in The Tyee, and even that seems ancient.

    If T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock measured out his life in coffee spoons, we Flublogians now measure out ours in real-time PCR tests. We’ve watched this virus move around China from the Yangzi Delta to almost anywhere it damn well feels like. You can almost hear it saying: “Beam us down, Scotty”—to Beijing, or Henan, or Hunan, without bothering to actually traverse the physical space between one case and the next.

    When a mob of British schoolgirls flew home from an Easter trip to Mexico in 2009, and came down with H1N1, that made sense. The original outbreak could even be traced to a pig farm in Veracruz. You could build a coherent plot for a medical thriller around that kind of cause and effect.

    H7N9, however, is more like Dada art than formula fiction, more like Jefferson Airplane (“when logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead”) than the tragic, inevitable logic of a Bach fugue.

    I keep hoping the grownups see a pattern in this hopscotch across a country of 1.4 billion, because I sure don’t. Just today, we got a new H7N9 case in a 64-year-old woman in Hunan, and then a positive H7 test on chickens in a market south of Guangzhou. This may be the first time we’ve found it in birds before finding it in very sick people. (And the birds felt fine, thanks.)

    Meanwhile, H7N9 has grown scarce in Shanghai and the Yangzi Delta. Did the purge of the wet markets there actually smother it? We have no idea. How is it reaching these new provinces? Again, no idea, though my respect for the entrepreneurship of the Chinese poultry industry tells me the dealers are involved somehow.

    When I open my laptop Sunday morning as H7N9’s week 5 begins, I don’t know what I’ll learn. But as a lifelong educator, I recognize a good teacher when I see one. H7N9 is here to teach us what we didn’t even know we needed to know. God knows when the final exam will be, and we’ve hardly started taking notes. It’s not the virus’s fault if we’re slow learners.

  11. thestormcrow Says:

    I’ve been reading all the comments the last few days and have some random thoughts:

    On conspiracy theories – I can’t imagine we could ever know the full story on most large media-exciting events that happen in the world. There are too many players in the stories that are told. One thing I do know is that we have government agencies who’s job it is to keep information from us for “our own best interest” or “national security” (FBI,CIA,etc) so, of course, the full truth is often hidden. Also,when an event does happen,whoever actually started it,I feel sure that there are other entities that stand ready to exploit the situation for their own reasons. Everyday people do this in the smallest ways, in families, at work, on the playground,etc., so why wouldn’t people do it in all avenues of life?

    On Bill McKibben – There has been the question of whether he lies to the public,obfuscates or is just plain dumb. I was reading a book yesterday that someone gave me called “Hope Beneath Our Feet- restoring our place in the natural world”. It it a series of essays by different people about what to do now (just an aside,when I was given a book with the word HOPE in the title I wanted to fling it back at the person giving it).
    Bill McKibben had a short essay and he wrote “I may wake up in the morning worried about the world,but also know that I can do something about it. Probably not enough to win. The science is very dark – When the Artic melted in 2007 it became clear that we crossed a threshold much much sooner than we imagined. The sheer momentum of the warming is such that even if we do everything right from here on in,there’s no guarantee that we haven’t set forces in motion that will convert this sweet earth into a different planet altogether. Still, our work changes the odds a little.”

    On Dems/Reps being the fundamentally the same or different – It seems to me that both things may be true.Individual people that call themselves Democrate or Republican often have very diffent world views and behave acoordingly in society,working towards different things,valuing different thing. The large organized Parties that call themselve D or R seem increasingly indistinguishable.
    Befor I knew about Peak Oil and the Climate Chaos and considered myself a “DOOMER” or even heard the term, If someone asked my whether I was a Democrate or Republican I would say “Neither, I’m a card carrying member of the D.O.O.M.S. party.” It stands for “Diverse Opinions On Many Subjects”

    On whether there is any point to all this intellectual (or not) blather when everthing is going to be dead soon – All I can say is that if I’m sitting there at the end, hungry,parched and listening to the distant sound of the zombie hoards coming up the road ,I would be please if there was someone intellegent to talk to about what it all meant ,what we might have done different, what might happen next,etc.

    Kind of like reading what you all write!

  12. Guy McPherson Says:

    With thanks to writer Daniel Drumright, I’ve posted a new essay. It’s here.

    Thanks for your comment, thestormcrow. I was asked for a contribution by the editor of Hope Beneath Our Feet. My essay wasn’t hope-filled enough for him, so he kept it out of the book.

  13. Carol Says:

    Ripley says:

    “So, lets take the focus off own asses and think of others and do something for others, for a change. This is exactly the opposite of the way the industrial capitalist system wants us to think. They want us to focus only on our own asses, it’s been deeply ingrained in our thinking since childhood. It is a complete way of thinking and behavior that could only result in a destructive way of life.”

    Thank you Ripley—-well said! And like you, my thanks/gratitude goes to Guy, Derrick Jensen and others who are able to step out of the destructive realm of anthropocentrism.

    What saddens and confounds me are the multitude of humans that are anthropocentric . . . dare I say . . egotists (too strong of a word?).

    Exhibit A: Joe Romm as evidenced by his recent piece—–

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/21/1899781/rename-earth-day/

    Romm states:
    “Affection for our planet is misdirected and unrequited. We need to focus on saving ourselves.
    Personally, I am not an environmentalist. I don’t think I’m ever going to see the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.”

    He goes on further to slam those who are concerned over nonhuman life on this planet:

    “Arguably, concern over the earth is elitist, something people can afford to spend their time on when every other need is met. But elitism is out these days.”

    I responded to this article by asking Romm how he feels about (among others) indigenous communities (Indigenous Environmental Network http://www.ienearth.org/) and individual activists such as Theresa Spence and her “concern over the earth”. Does Romm feel that these people are elitist? My question was not posted on his blog.

    So.

    Why is it that some people have a reverence for prairies, wetlands, woodlands, hummingbirds, grosbeaks, thrushes, turtles . . .
    and others don’t and seemingly never will.

    Is there anything to E.O. Wilson’s biophilia hypothesis where he posits that humans have an innate attraction to living things?
    (one could refute this hypothesis by citing the J.R. piece above).

    Philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore said (regarding environmental activism):

    “Action without reverence is dangerous and reverence without action is empty.”
    Thoughts?
    As an aside— some dark humor: