Off the keyboard and microphone of RE
Simulcasted on the Doomstead Diner on April 5, 2014
Discuss this Rant here on NBL, or on the Doomstead Diner, whichever you like 🙂
First folks, before dropping on this rant about my thoughts on Near Term Human Extinction, I would like to make a Disclaimer.
Most of the NBL regulars know that Haniel and myself helped Guy to fix some if not all of the problems that have plagued NBL on the internet communication level. We have our own problems on the Diner also, and this is a “second job” (unpaid) or hobby for all of us. Nobody is making any money from this stuff, not Guy, not Haniel and not me. In fact it costs money to do all this techno-wizardry, though because we know what we are doing we can keep it pretty cheap. You should note the Diner and NBL have no ads, no popups, none of that stuff. We try to stay on top of it, but between the spammers and the techno-glitches you often face down with Open Source software, it is a never ending battle to keep these sites running and User Friendly. We may not have succeeded yet to the satisfaction of everyone, but we are doing our best. It ain’t easy to keep a website running smooth once you get the spammers hitting you en masse. Haniel does know what he is doing, but his time is limited. This is all done voluntary by all of us.
Second, despite the fact both Haniel and myself list as Admins here, we don’t have anything to do with the Editorial Content or selection of material that goes onto the NBL Blog. This is solely at the discretion of Guy McPherson. Like anybody else who wants to publish a Guest Essay (or Audio Rant or You Tube Vid, etc) on the NBL Blog, I submit it to Guy, he reviews it for appropriate content and then Publishes it if he sees fit to do so. Generally he does with my stuff, in fact as of yet nothing I submitted to Guy I thought was appropriate for publication on NBL has he failed to publish, also invariably with no edits and no censorship. We are similar in that we both like to hear all sides of an argument, and unless the stuff is purely stupid or hateful or otherwise completely inappropriate, it goes up for discussion. NBL and the Diner are similar in this regard, besides the technical similarities that now exist because both run the same software on the same server with the same techno-geek running the back end, my good friend Haniel. If you can do a better job than we are doing here, please feel free to volunteer your services to Guy. We got our own headaches, so we will happily hand these off to you and migrate the site again to your server.
I have been reading NBL a long time, but of course in a good bit more detail since we worked to fix up the site. Some of Guy’s hypotheses I agree with, much I do not, but in general my arguments and my issues with what I perceive here on NBL to be the “message” are not with Guy and his theories, but with stuff I read in the commentary. The rant which follows is my reaction to these ideas and the way they are expressed in the commentary here. Guy himself doesn’t often drop in on Commentary like I do, so we don’t discuss these ideas directly with each other too often. We did do a fairly lengthy couple of Podcasts a while back with him though when we first got together, and it is probably getting time to Update these with a new one.
It is all fodder for discussion. Based on my experience to date, I doubt it will be received all that well on NBL by the Regulars, but on an open forum, that is just how it goes, EVERYBODY KNOWS.
So BATTER UP! I will drop in as usual to defend my POV. Feel free to excoriate it. I never quit. Remember that. 🙂
Forget the fucking Ruskies and Ukrainians here for a moment, forget the Chinese choking on Smog, forget the University Students in Debt up to their eyeballs before they ever hold their first job and forget the Japanese chowing down on Glow-in-the-Dark Sushi. Let’s get SERIOUS about Doom here and talk about the BIG ONE, Near Term Human Extinction!
All the rest of the Doom Problems are Chump Change when the Big One of Extinction gets dropped into the conversation, it hardly matters much if Vlad the Impaler rolls his tanks over Ukraine or if Students owe their first born child to JP Morgan Chase, since inside 30 years they’re all going to be DEAD no matter what!…
If you want a copy of the full transcript, email me and I will send it to you. I don’t publish full transcripts because Soundcloud gives me the best Stats, and I am a stats geek. 🙂 One of the reasons I am shifting over to Audio these days instead of Text Blogging.
McPherson’s 4 April 2014 television interview with Thom Hartmann, “Conversations with Great Minds” is embedded below (begins at the 30:00 mark)
East-coast tour (detailed information to come, including exact locations and times; follow on Facebook here):
5 April 2014, Ithaca, New York
6 April 2014, Niagara Falls, New York
Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 7:00 p.m. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Conversation With Paul Beckwith (to be live-streamed)
Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 6:00 p.m., Steelworker’s Hall, 66 Brady Street, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, “Climate Chaos” (Facebook announcement and invitation)
Thursday, 10 April 2014, 12:00 noon, Meeting Room 1, Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie Street, Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, “Responding to Climate Chaos” (Facebook announcement and invitation)
Saturday, 12 April 2014, 6:30 p.m., East Hall, 2 Lippitt Road, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island, “Climate Chaos”
Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 8:00 p.m., Chinatown, New York, New York, sponsored by Deep Green Resistance, “Climate Chaos”
Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:00 p.m. Curiouser on Hudson
20 April 2014, Potluck dinner with attendees of last May’s presentation at the Mt. Kisco Library
The Next Step: Living Courageously in a World of Transition, a 14-day seminar, 12-25 June 2014, Izabal, Guatemala, Central America. I will be included with an otherwise-excellent group of facilitators for this remarkable two-week experience.
Late October through early November 2014, European tour. Details forthcoming. Follow on Facebook here.
Going Dark is available from the publisher here, from Amazon here, from Amazon on Kindle here, from Barnes & Noble on Nook here, and as a Google e-book here. Going Dark was reviewed by Carolyn Baker at Speaking Truth to Power and by more than two dozen readers at Amazon.