Homage to Michael C. Ruppert

My homage to Michael C. Ruppert is embedded below. In the video, shot by Pauline Schneider, I kick off a presentation sponsored by Deep Green Resistance New York by reading a poem Mike sent me shortly before he died.

Support Pauline’s work on her documentary film, Going Dark, by clicking the link below. The two trailers associated with the film are embedded below the Fundly icon.

Trailer #1 from Pauline Schneider on Vimeo.

Trailer-A Man Named Guy from Pauline Schneider on Vimeo.

My conversation with Paul Beckwith, also shot by Pauline Schneider, is embedded below. The conversation was held in Ottawa, Canada on Tuesday, 8 April 2014.

Guy & Paul from Pauline Schneider on Vimeo.

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Saturday, 26 April 2014, 7:00 p.m. California State University-Monterey Bay Alumni and Visitor Center, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, California, “Abrupt climate change” (follow on Facebook here)

Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 1:15 p.m., Hartnell College, 117 North Second Street, Room 209, King City, California, “Abrupt climate change”

Friday, 2 May 2014, 2:30 p.m., Forum Room, Cuesta College main campus, San Luis Obispo, California, “Abrupt climate change”

Comments 37

  • Collapse of Industrial Civilization vs. Extinction

    Collapse, optimistically read,
    Once meant camping adventures ahead;
    But hot dogs and Jello
    Can’t maintain our mellow
    Once extinction makes sure we’re all dead.

    H/T: John Ludi

  • “So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
    And we never even know we have the key”

    “Already Gone”- Jack Tempchin, Robert Arnold Strandlund

  • For Michael I will light a fire and say a prayer.

  • Not sure if it appropriate to continue posting as normal out of respect for Mike on this tab… but perhaps I could suggest Mike may want us to just keep going….

    logspirit

    The news from Fukushima, as you linked on the previous thread, is about as dire as it will ever get.
    I’ll be looking for the next Arnie Gundersen clip to let us know how far cooked and fried we are now.
    A crime against LIFE is nuclear fiddling!!

    All

    Have a nice day
    🙁

  • http://www.delhidailynews.com/news/IPCCs-climate-change-report-was-whittled-down–Senior-economist-1398528875/

    IPCC’s climate change report was whittled down: Senior economist

    A senior economist has claimed that a politically sensitive part of the latest report released recently by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was watered down under pressure from some governments.

    Harvard University’s Professor Robert Stavins said that around 75 per cent of a section on the impact of international climate negotiations was removed. It is to be noted that Stavins was involved in compiling the report.

    Prof Stavins, a leading expert on climate negotiations at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, has also written to the organisers of the Berlin meeting last week to express his “disappointment and frustration” at the IPCC’s decision to remove the information.

    “I fully understand that the government representatives were seeking to meet their own responsibilities toward their respective governments by upholding their countries’ interests, but in some cases this turned out to be problematic for the scientific integrity of the IPCC summary for policy makers,” he said.

    The original draft of the section included the finding that the 1997 Kyoto protocol treaty had “limited effects on global emissions because some countries did not ratify the Protocol, some Parties did not meet their commitments, and its commitments applied to only a portion of the global economy.”

    Stavins claimed that government officials had a lengthy meeting with the leading authors of the report on April 12 and that;s when it was decided to remove some important portions of the report.
    The section on the Kyoto protocol was changed to say: “The Kyoto protocol offers lessons towards achieving the ultimate objective of the UNFCCC [the UN climate change convention that underpins the global negotiations], particularly with respect to participation, implementation, flexibility mechanisms, and environmental effectiveness.’

    https://www.thenation.com/blog/179533/can-ancient-doctrine-force-government-act-climate-change#

    Youth Are Taking the Government to Court Over Its Failure to Address Climate Change

    In an unprecedented federal court case that has made it to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, young people from California are suing the EPA and Departments of Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Defense under the historic public trust doctrine for failing to devise a climate change recovery plan. In their legal brief, they argue, “Failure to rapidly reduce CO2 emissions and protect and restore the balance of the atmosphere is a violation of Youth’s constitutionally protected rights and is redressable by the Courts.”

    The public trust doctrine has its roots in antquity, deriving from the Roman “Code of Justinian.” Elizabeth Brown of Our Children’s Trust, the group coordinating the legal efforts, explains that the doctrine is a duty all sovereigns have to safeguard public resources that future generations will depend on for survival. It is an “attribute of sovereignty,” “implicit in our constitution,” the “white board of our democracy,” she says.

    The National Association of Manufacturers, which is intervening in support of the government agencies, argues in its brief that “in no case has any court ever invoked the doctrine to compel regulatory action by the federal government, much less adoption of a sweeping new regulatory agenda of the type sought by these plaintiffs.”

    That’s true. There is no precedent. But that’s kind of the point. Conventional efforts to harness climate change through litigation have failed. The public’s trust in government to tackle climate change has been squashed. The agencies the youth are suing have come up short on the issue of the millennium. We’re clearly in need of some precedent-setting litigation.

    In tandem with the federal lawsuit, similar efforts by youth, also guided by Our Children’s Trust, are aimed at state agencies in Alaska, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas.

    In an amicus brief to the federal case, a group of sympathetic law professors explained that a legislature cannot deprive “a future legislature of the natural resources necessary to provide for the well-being and survival of its citizens…. Through the Public Trust Doctrine, the Constitution governs for the perpetual preservation of the Nation.” Since climate change would cripple the government’s ability to provide for its citizens, they argue, the use of the public trust doctrine is appropriate and necessary.

    Citing case law from the 1890s, these youth and their advisors are digging deep to find a tool to wield against a government that has legally betrayed their trust. Whether the case makes it to the Supreme Court has yet to be seen (the appeals court hearing is scheduled for May 2). But for the climate movement this is really a win-win. Either a landmark case compels the US government to act on climate change, or yet another betrayal of trust radicalizes an organized, and legally savvy, network of youth.

  • Here is a surprise…

    It is the 28th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and nature has reclaimed the exclusion zone. Populations of horse, deer, eagles, hawks, bison, wolf appear normal in the low-radiation area, with a slightly elevated birth defect rate.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

  • My God! I thought after Guy read this poem.

    My God may be different than yours. My God is Goddess and child man, woman, brother, sister black, red, white, yellow, green, nature and you and me and the rocks, the little people, the wind, sky and earth people. God is all and none at all so god may become what the unfolding universe needs and wants and we all are part of that decision.

    In echo to the angel Michael’s clarion message thanks to Guy, the messanger, what a miracle, i might add, little i, join and relpy with my poem in homage to mike, he did not talk to me through the patriarch, but we are free to speak in spirit now and in that is potential beyond the end of death and in the beginning of life.

    For Michael

    Trying to free
    One self
    From chains of thought
    And being,
    The chains tighten
    In response to
    This struggle.
    Because the mind
    Creating the chains
    Cannot free us
    Not from decay, corruption, suffering, hate. The deeply wound cold hard death.

    Only the mind beyond the chains, the complex deadly tangle, of thousands of years of thinking in fear of life, dominating, industrialization of fear. Fear of self in the other.

    This other mind,
    Mother of self
    And life herself
    Only she
    Can free us now

    She will free us
    One way (death)
    Or another (life)

    Micheal chose one way
    But only so another way can emerge
    That he is now free to express
    Back with the mother and speaking from her shadows to us all.

    If we chose to hear from the mind that hears all. Even him in rebirth in death.

    For life. So our rebirth may be through life.

    Amen to the angel Micheal R.

  • Song by a man in the autumn of his life written for people like himself. Warning: this is a folk song.

  • Kirk Hamilton says:

    All Along The Watchtower

    “…So let us not talk falsely now
    The hour’s getting late.”

    If you’re looking for mental advance,
    See through the consensus trance;
    With doom in the news,
    There’s not much to lose,
    And now might be your last chance.

  • Thanks, Tom. This might be the best example of resistance yet.

    “In an unprecedented federal court case that has made it to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, young people from California are suing the EPA and Departments of Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and Defense under the historic public trust doctrine for failing to devise a climate change recovery plan. In their legal brief, they argue, “Failure to rapidly reduce CO2 emissions and protect and restore the balance of the atmosphere is a violation of Youth’s constitutionally protected rights and is redressable by the Courts.”

    Thanks, Martin. Never heard of Colin H. I think he’s got it just right. Lovely sound.

  • Thanks for that poem, Guy. He prayed to the two legged, and I think of the dark bird who now seems to trust me, and drinks water close by in the tarp’s fold. Unspeakable love.

  • so sad, Michael Ruppert will be missed

    been gone for a month, just got back tonight.

    The Voluntary Extinction Movement
    Thou shalt not procreate.

    The Church of Euthanasia
    Save the planet, kill yourself.

  • May as well set some records straight….

    ‘Silent Storm atomic testing in Australia (Fukushima Fallout will be far worse).’

    I drank the milk from 1968.

    What’s keeping me alive then?

  • The capcha thingie is acting up again. It gives a “blacklist” message no matter what I say – hope this gets through or i’ll have to e-mail Dr. McPherson directly. [hmm, I wonder if this is deliberate on the part of the “fix-it” team?]

  • @Artleads — yes, I’m looking forward to spending summer with my wild animals, and seeing what babies they bring by this Spring. Maybe I’ll rebuild the tree house by the woods so I can be closer.

    @Pat — I’m glad you didn’t, uh, “euthanize” yourself; had me worried. I hope NONE of us do that.

  • And I didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry…
    Big changes are coming
    Here they come
    Here they come

  • Hey Ben! Every moment is our last chance to be in it! 🙂

    Chancey Living

    This may be your last chance,
    So throw off the trance and advance!
    Yes, though it’s too late,
    And dooms gripping your fate,
    One should always have clean underpants!

  • OzMan, logspirit, and Modern Money Mechanics

    I would just like to add my contribution to the discussion of Fukushima. I posted, in a reply to Lidia at the end of the To Go Extinct or Not Extinct thread, a summary of my current thinking on nuclear power. If you are interested, I invite you to take a look.

    I would like to thank Modern Money Mechanics for the link to Radioactive Wolves. It is the film that changed my entire perspective on nuclear, and my aforementioned post is a passionate plea for others to at least consider a new assessment of the data.

    The information which Arne Gunderson, Helen Caldicott, and Michio Kaku, not to mention Greenpeace, provides to the public can be, and has been, challenged repeatedly by the work conducted by the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Chernobyl Forum, and the governments of the Ukraine and Belarus, amongst others. Dozens of medical professionals, policy analysts, and health specialists participated in, reviewed, and contributed to the documentation these organizations have published, all of which is available publicly via a reasonably basic Google search.

    The recent documentary Pandora’s Promise, my Robert Stone, summarizes eloquently the difficulties with the dire predictions which the above individuals continue to suggest as true, and further provides a thorough introduction to the potential benefits of a near zero carbon technology which has be so denigrated and maligned.

    There is a very basic difficulty with an assessment of radiation, and it’s health effects. The best meta study, the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation, published by the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.), indicates there is no safe level of radioactivity, an assessment I might take some issue with, but which I will, for the sake of discussion, assume to be true.

    The difficulty?

    You cannot escape radiation. It is everywhere. It emanates from the sun, from the water, from the land, and from your food. A banana contains hot particles of radioactive Potassium 40, any one of which could, in theory, give you cancer.

    At the end of the day one must determine one’s own willingness to face risk, but radiation is a risk you simply cannot avoid. It is clear from everyday life that life is, at the least, somewhat tolerant of it. Else we would all be dead. If those of a biological inclination give this only a passing thought, this tolerance must be so. Without it life would never have evolved. It would have terminated, stillborn, not long after RNA/DNA appeared on the scene. A alpha particle would have displaced or disrupted a step in the elegant ladder, and all would have been lost.

    No, it is clear our cellular infrastructure has evolved elaborate, and largely successful, mechanisms for DNA and cellular repair. We would not be here if they had not. Are they always successful? Of course not. But they are successful an astonishing percentage of the time. And when they fail, and a mutation occurs, the mutation may be the basis for the beginning of a new species.

    The amount of radiation you receive, from background, or Fukushima, or Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, pales in comparison to the amount scattered through the atmosphere by over 2000 atmospheric weapons tests, tests which were largely unnecessary and duplicative. Thankfully, those tests have stopped, and the radioactivity released by them continues to decay, each day growing less. Unlike other contaminants, such as arsenic, lead, or mercury, which never decay, and are always deadly.

    I invite you to take a look at Radioactive Wolves and Pandora’s Promise, and to review the extensive documentation published on Chernobyl, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. I believe you find, as I have, that the tremendous level of fear engendered by some is wholly unjustified and fundamentally inaccurate. Perhaps even bordering on the immoral.

    I welcome your comments, of course.

  • Kirk Hamilton says:

    Chancey Living

    This may be your last chance,
    So throw off the trance and advance!
    Yes, though it’s too late,
    And dooms gripping your fate,
    One should always have clean underpants!

    Haha that’s really funny! Good one!
    ==

    It’s A Big Universe

    Some think that powerful rants
    Can change our doomed circumstance;
    But I can’t overstate:
    In a size that’s so great,
    We’re no more important than ants.

  • TemplarMyst

    I wouldn’t have watched the fascinating video but for your post. Thank you! I’ve always loved this kind of gnarly wildness with crumbling buildings. Beyond what this video shows, I look forward to seeing a lot more buildings elsewhere left to decay. Even if, in some cases, humans can inhabit them just the way they are, living in much the same style as the animals…

  • Thank you for sharing your experience, Guy McPherson. A very moving tribute to Michael Ruppert. I hope he has found peace.

    “It’s Heavy To Drag”

    It’s heavy to drag, this big sack of what
    you should have done. And finally
    you can’t lift it any more.
    Someone says, “Come on,” and you
    just look at them. Trees are waiting,
    mountains. You never intended
    that it should come to this.

    But Now has arrived and is looking
    straight at you, the way a lion does
    when thinking it over, and anything
    can happen. It’s time for the cavalry
    or maybe the Lone Ranger. But they
    won’t come. Maybe the music will
    spill over and start it all again.
    Maybe.

    ~William Stafford

    “well you know you should surrender
    but you can’t let go” https://youtu.be/hUE-ic_Q0g4

  • TemplarMyst

    Your comments are cautious and reasonable. Your last sentence is a little too quaint for my liking, seeing I lost a dear brother at 13 from Leukemia, and there is ample evidence from Fallujah Iraq that depleted uranium has cause genetic and somatic deformities in newborns. It takes 3 seconds to enter:

    ‘Fallujah Iraq depleted uranium deformities’
    into an internet search engine to discover a whole new world of warfare, and FEAR. I just did it mate and this is what you see:

    http://thetaleofbittertruth.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/1002499_10151780368915250_982826302_n.jpg

    And this:

    ‘Ten Years Later, U.S. Has Left Iraq With Mass Displacement & Epidemic of Birth Defects, Cancers’

    I’m not in a position to know why your comments are essentially saying,
    “Nothing to see here, no need to fear, there is no conclusive evidence nuclear weapons, radiation from them, nor nuclear power, is harmful to humans. Move on”

    Apologies for paraphrasing your comments, but that seems to be where you are at with it. No?

    Most regulars here are aware of how Nuclear Radiation can effect biological systems, and it seems to be you need to send your last comment to a class of Japanese or Iraqi school children and see what they reply.

    Arnie Gundersen and Helen Caldicott have been doing a good job or telling anyone who listens what the various KNOWN effects of the hundreds of radioactive elements produced in the Nuclear Industry, military and civilian, (is there a difference?) so spend a bit of time and educate yourself.

    Not interested in getting into a protracted exchange here or anywhere.
    Case is closed.
    🙁

  • How does the ‘Trackbacks/Pingbacks’ section actually work?
    Anyone?
    🙂

  • http://www.wunderground.com/news/dried-lakes-rivers-and-other-bodies-water-disappearing-fast-20140425?pageno=1

    Dried Up: Lakes, Rivers and Other Bodies of Water Disappearing Fast

    Mankind’s insatiable thirst for water resources in recent decades has pushed our most precious natural resource to the brink. Bodies of water, stressed by human consumption, are disappearing quicker than we ever imagined. Many of the world’s largest rivers have become victimized by water demand. In fact, as the slideshow above shows, 18 of the world’s mightiest rivers are undergoing “extremely high” water stress, meaning more than 80 percent of their flow is withdrawn each year.

    Couple water demand with a grim forecast for more severe droughts due to climate change, and the stress on some bodies of water becomes too much to bear. Ancient shorelines are retreating and leaving behind death and decay in the place of once thriving wetland ecosystems.

    Click through for a look at just a few of the world’s water sources that are dying out at record pace.

  • The latest post in this space includes a guest essay and links to several recent interviews. Catch it all here.