Thoughts on Faith and Purpose during Near-Term Human Extinction

by J. Z. Colby, who can be contacted at http://www.nebador.com/Contact.html

My journey from innocence to the thoughts I now share has spanned my entire life so far. It included a college degree in psychology and all the usual training to be a mental-health therapist that went with it. That gave me some insights, to say the least, into how people think during big changes in the world around them. NTHE qualifies, methinks.

My journey also included plenty of formal and informal studies in philosophy, which armed me with some good tools for spotting thinking errors and propaganda, the former I define as innocent mistakes, the latter purposeful manipulations, but all constituting, in a broad sense, bullshit. I certainly don’t claim perfection at finding and analyzing this gooey substance. However, I am convinced that NTHE, at its core, is not a social or political thing. It exists and progresses outside of any opinions we might hold about it.

Beginning early in the new millennium, I was “given” a story to write. If I had to put a name on the giver, I would attribute it to Clio, the Muse of History. I didn’t realize this at first, as the story is science fiction that never takes place on planet Earth, and in fact never even mentions Earth. Slowly, as the books of the series were completed, I realized that my story wasn’t relevant to the “history” of planet Earth, in the sense of our past. It was relevant, instead, to a part of human history that has not quite yet happened.

At the same time, the last decade and a half roughly, I have felt compelled to study the unfolding situation about Peak Oil and Climate Change. This sprang naturally from my roots in the Environmental movement, Organic Gardening and Farming, and various social justice concerns (especially the status of women and children).

Slowly, as I read countless articles and books, the pieces of a complex puzzle came together for me. I could name, and thank, a hundred, perhaps a thousand people whose writings and talks have helped me with that journey. All the while, I continued to listen to the mainstream news and commentary enough to know what thoughts were current in center society. There are thinking errors and propaganda on all sides of every issue, of course, but that’s just part of human nature. People ignore or twist the truth, or just plain lie, for various personal and group reasons, always have and always will.

The important process for me was discovering where the threads of truth wound among the piles of steaming … you know. To even hope to discover them, I had to apply every bit of my training in psychology and philosophy, and well as all the informal skills of discernment that life has given me. As the last decade crept by, and Clio gave me more and more of the story I was “assigned” to write, those threads of truth started going to a place that was less and less comfortable with each passing year.

I have now, during the last few years especially, focused on understanding the mechanisms that exist on our planet that could render the term “climate change” completely inadequate. When a fire burns someone’s home to the ground, we don’t call that a “change” in their interior decoration, even though it technically is. When a car accident mutilates a person’s body so they can’t even be identified at the morgue, we don’t call that a “change” in their employment status, even though it technically is.

The mechanisms and feedbacks that could cause NTHE are there, coming into clearer focus, year after year, for me and others. We don’t yet know if they WILL actually cause NTHE, as there are many things about our planet we don’t yet understand, and some of those could change the situation. Of course, they could change it in either direction, making NTHE less or more likely, and its progress slower or faster. I do not say this to attempt any sort of denial, but only to respect the inherent unknowability of the future.

It’s when I look at the psychological motivations of the various people speaking for or against Peak Oil, Climate Change, and NTHE, and filter out the plain-old thinking errors, that I get scared. There are plenty of piles of … stuff … on all sides, but the threads of truth do not, in my humble opinion, lead to the shopping mall, or Wall Street, or anywhere else that “business as usual” is practiced.

Since I have studied a fair amount of what it means to be sane, and choose to be so to the best of my ability, I will continue to do my best to avoid cognitive dissonance, denial, duplicity, and a hundred other ways of avoiding contact with reality, for as long as I have sufficient strength of body and clarity of mind. Many of those mental tactics of avoidance provide temporary relief from anxiety and fear, but in the long run they twist our minds and souls, in my professional opinion, and cause us to move further and further from reality. Yeah, I drink a beer occasionally, ponder a utopian fantasy occasionally, but do my best to keep them occasional.

I have read and listened to many people express everything from righteous indignation to the depths of despair over NTHE. I would never deny anyone their feelings and their right to speak their minds. But neither do I find most of those feelings in myself. Perhaps that’s because I’m an extreme introvert.

(Before continuing these thoughts, I need to point out that introversion has nothing to do with shyness. Any reader who equates the two is misinformed. Introversion is a personality temperament in which a person has a rich interior mental life and is energized and comforted by that life, and less so by the external world of things and people. Introverts make up about 25% of the population.)

Because I am an extreme introvert, and have a “thick skin” from being a mental-health therapist, I seem to be less susceptible to the “teachings” of my culture. That has pros and cons, of course, but in this case I see it as an advantage that I can “tune out” my culture when I judge it is trying to feed me … mushroom food. The Myth of Progress has always made me frown, even when I was quite young. The Star Trek assumption, that we will go to the stars and immediately be among the movers and shakers of the galaxy, is worth a good belly laugh. That I “should” become suicidal at the thought of NTHE … hasn’t crossed my mind yet. Again, although I value this ability in self and others, I don’t claim perfection at it, and still do my best to fully and deeply empathize with others who DO feel suicidal because of NTHE or other reasons.

I think part of this “immunity” also comes from the fact that my cultural loyalty is very low. In the course of my studies, formal and informal, I have learned of the countless times our governments (even “democratic” ones) have lied and broken their own laws and treaties, ignored their promises and responsibilities, stolen, imprisoned, and killed without cause or due process. Yes, there are worse governments. That may make it okay for some people, not for me. Also, in (luckily) minor ways, I have personally felt the injustices our culture can sometimes dispense, enough to imagine what others go through who “piss off” our culture in more substantial ways. I admit that our culture has developed the THEORY of the rule of law, and is CAPABLE of dispensing justice. Those are nice baby-steps, nothing more.

Not finding any persons or institutions in my culture worthy of much loyalty, I have, of course, looked further afield. Is there a mature galactic civilization out there, run with wisdom? Is there a spirit world, a “heaven,” with wise “gods” in charge?

(I’m just using the words “wisdom” and “wise” here to suggest a huge slate of good qualities. To elaborate on that idea is far beyond the scope of this essay, and would, of course, be controversial. The reader may imagine his or her own list of qualities that would make a person, institution, or whole civilization worthy of loyalty.)

None of this is to suggest that I am, or that I advocate, DIS-loyalty to my culture. Revenge and “payback” are things of childhood, whether practiced by school-yard bullies or nations, and I try not to put energy in that direction.

My lack of loyalty to human culture allows me to follow Clio’s leadings. She has me writing a long story about characters who must stay completely above the social and political “stuff” going on in the cultures they visit. They have learned the hard way that “staying out of it” is necessary to successfully do their work.

This same lack of loyalty has given me, I think, a fair amount of clarity when considering NTHE. I hear all the usual denials, disdainful dismissals, and rationalizations that people use to brush aside the idea. I listen carefully, and think long and hard about each of their arguments, but don’t find any that stand up, other than the obviously-true fact that the future is not knowable on the level of actual event details or specific timing.

I cannot claim, with honesty, that I was “given” this attitude by some higher power, instead of it just being an accident of my life experiences. I don’t suppose that will ever be mine to know. But regardless of its source, it appears that it gives me purpose. I can write stories that a few people, mostly young, find interesting and ennobling. I can read and analyze essays written by others about Peak Oil, Climate Change, NTHE, and related issues, and then summarize that information in appropriate language for my readership (mostly young adults). And I can answer questions put to me by any sincere person (anyone who appears open to hearing an answer).

All of this contains a large element of faith, of course. I am exercising faith when I assume that my lack of loyalty to my culture can be an asset. Many people would disagree. To many, perhaps most people, “rocking the boat” is the ultimate sin. (I keep my address and telephone number private, naturally.) It is an act of faith that the story that comes to me from an unknown/unknowable source (“Clio”) should be written, published, and made available to people, even though it has not been approved by any official institution of our culture. Many people would, if they could, only allow stories that are “officially approved,” especially for young people. It is an act of faith that I use my mental-health training and experience, and my understanding of current events, to put controversial idea into young-adult language.

I presume that no one who sees NTHE coming will find faith and purpose exactly like mine. Everyone has different skills and abilities, different life experiences, and different “assignments” from the universe (if they are open to that angle at all). Finding purpose in difficult situations is just as relevant for atheists as theists, in my opinion, and purposes can be large or small, individual or group, survival-oriented or self-sacrificial.

The thing about NTHE that makes it so fascinating and/or frightening is also what makes it such fertile ground for finding purpose: it is unique, or at least — if we accept Plato’s Atlantis and/or Noah’s Ark — it happens seldom enough that we don’t have cultural rules for how to act at such times. Our cultures will certainly keep tugging on our “leashes” for all the usual reasons until the bitter end, but they will be so busy denying NTHE that much freedom will remain to find and carry out the purposes we discover are right for each of us.

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A reasoned analysis of McPherson’s work is linked here.

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Tomorrow night’s show includes an interview with Jennifer Hynes. She delivered a presentation about methane last month, and it serves as the starting point for the interview. Not surprisingly, she concludes near-term human extinction based on her analysis of atmospheric methane. Catch it here.

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McPherson’s forthcoming book is co-authored by Carolyn Baker. Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind has been submitted to the publisher and is scheduled for release before 1 October 2014.

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Comments 74

  • Well Put. I will give you guy a call this eek to try and explain my point on all of this .

  • Thanks for your insights J Z,

    I’ll join you in saying that I’m also introverted (as in your explanation).
    I was comfortable with that from a very young age. And your insight about having no loyalty to (my/your) culture put it in a nutshell for me. I call this freedom.

    In my case, being introverted gave me the opportunity to start building inner strength very early on. People that are not like that, as you say the majority, always find this odd. I’m friendly, smiling and outgoing in social situations, anything but shy, so people automatically assume that you’re a ” party person” or that you’re just trying hard to be “different” when they notice that you have other priorities. That’s my experience.

    Probably like most introverted people I try and avoid human institutions, associations and clubs etc. I’ve never like sports either or supporting it. The apparent thrill of togetherness when your team wins is something I could never identify with.

    Also, and here I’m probably out on a limb, I guess that you’ll find most autodidacts among the introverted, and maybe more people less likely to be anxious. You would probably know that. I’m just guessing.

  • Thanks, Sabine. Although there are (arguably) some advantages to introversion, we have to remember that 75% of all people are extroverts. It’s their world. Yes, most self-taught people are introverts, most gifted, most scientists, and most successful actors. But, in general, our intellectual “echo chamber” is not representative of the world, which is one essential reason so few people are aware of the dangers of NTHE.

  • “I have, of course, looked further afield.”

    The sine qua non in every quest is to find the seeker. If the seeker is the sought, further afield regardless of how much further, will never do.

    The parable of the “tenth man”.
    A party of ten persons were headed to a distant temple on a pilgrimage and had to cross a river by swimming. The leader took a headcount on the other side but neglected to count himself in; others repeated the count with the same error.

    Failing to find the missing person on looking around, they fell into despondency until a wayfarer enquired and then asked the leader to repeat the count: at the end of the count he pointed out to the counter “and you are the tenth man”.

    “Finding purpose in difficult situations is just as relevant for atheists as theists”

    Once one realises that the cosmic play is just a play, with no purpose whatsoever, the role-playing may continue, but that seeking is dropped.

  • Corrigendum:
    The sine qua non in every quest is to start with the seeker.

  • Excellent essay.

    I am still mystified that people are loyal to a culture that destroys them and are loyal political parties and governments that lie to them and steal from them.

    My advice to a younger person who rang me because he was distressed about the state of NZ politics was to become as emotionally detached as possible; that way he would not be disappointed by the election result.

    It’s not easy to become emotionally detached when surrounded by maniacs who are destroying everything they touch, and are lying to justify the destruction they advocate.

  • Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

    Up until now there’s been doubt
    WTF this whole thing was about;
    Though we’re soon going to leave,
    That’s OK because we’ve
    Pretty near got it all figured out.

  • A lot of people that i worked with in the 1980’s the party it up decade wonderer why i was shy and quite and also wonder why i spent all my money living it up. for some reason . i just had a feeling why save for the future live for today. Ihave had a great life. I’m ready to go. I just knew then things would be worse now. just knew it then

  • .
    I have had a great life as well, except for the last 8 years when I discovered the truth and became aware. Now, I am as disconnected from the machine as I can be. Collapse cannot come soon enough.
    .
    Divest Now.
    .
    Just sittin’ on this runaway train, staring out the window, with a cat on my lap.
    .
    The Voluntary Extinction Movement
    Thou shalt not procreate.
    .
    The Church of Euthanasia
    Save the planet, kill yourself.

  • ‘Pretty near got it all figured out.’ -btd

    ?????????????????????????????????????????? it rhymed with the first 2 lines of the poem. that’s about all i’ve figured out!

    i think i’ve become an introvert because practically everyone i know seems too stupid/crazy to be worthwhile friends/allies/intimates. ‘free will’ surreally sux, imho. we’re all meat robots reacting to our environment, seeking in vain mostly to feel secure and fulfilled. reacting to things we have no control over, ultimately, because we’re programmed to try to survive, in spite of everything. programmed to act purposefully in an inherently purposeless existence. u sure u got this shit almost figured out? lol

  • Thanks, Robin. Yes, self-reflection, the hardest kind, is essential for any journey, any search. I realized long ago, and have taught (to the dismay of some psychology students) that the above fact is what will always keep psychology closer to philosophy and the humanities, than to the hard sciences.

    Thanks, Kevin. Yes, very hard. It takes, in my experience, a lifetime of (as Mother Theresa would say) learning humility by being humiliated, again and again.

    Thanks, Benjamin. I honor and respect donkeys, as you will see if you ever read my novels. Love your little poem.

    Thanks, Blufusion. I agree, tempered only by the fact that we can’t know the timing of NTHE (or much of anything else), so we should hang on to a LITTLE.

    Thanks, pat. I totally understand your feelings, and work on disconnecting from that machine too. Cats are good people.

    Thanks, virgin terry. I completely agree, being as UNimpressed with the human race as you and I are pushes us toward introversion, or further in that direction. And, yes, our self-preservation instincts often keep us going when we might not, if we just acted on our thoughts or feelings. Perhaps that’s a good thing.

  • Agreed that NTHE, and the mental wrangling with it prior to it happening, will be harder for extroverts than for introverts. On the other hand, normal daily life in our societies, that extroverts have largely constructed, is often hell for introverts.

    I don’t exactly relish this, but I take some comfort in it.

  • My dear tvt, you’re absolutely right, that was a total disaster, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to redeem myself, maybe with a better title (easier than writing a new verse), e.g., “Homo Sapiens” = “Wise Ass Smarty Pants Man” or something.

    The idea was everybody’s so effing smart, yet we’ve got nothing to stop doom. Everybody’s an expert, but the long-winded theories, the pedantic words, all this endless writing and reading, useless for changing a thing.

    Today’s lesson in humility: sarcasm is tricky, and best avoided. Very sorry about that. Got too introverted, didn’t connect.

  • “The idea was everybody’s so effing smart, yet we’ve got nothing to stop doom. Everybody’s an expert, but the long-winded theories, the pedantic words, all this endless writing and reading, useless for changing a thing.”

    I’m still reeling from perusing the achievements of this man:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Morris#Further_reading

    So now, what?

  • i see, btd, u wrote from the viewpoint of ‘mr. smarty pants’, sarcastically. my fault not getting it. carry on (as if it matters?!).

  • The more I look around, the stranger my world becomes. Today I noticed that colleges and universities are developing degree programs in Environmental Studies and Sustainability…an interesting label to say the least. Let’s do an engineering analysis of environmental studies.

    Let’s say if one were to leave a large bag of aluminum cans on the curb, would someone pick the aluminum cans before the garbage truck arrives? You bet, because the energy required to mine and process bauxite ore(1) is vastly greater the melting aluminum cans and the person who picks up the bag of cans can share in the energy savings by selling the cans for scrap metal.

    How about if a pile of old newsprint was left at the curb? It would lay on the curb until the garbage truck arrived and put it in the landfill where it belongs. Why? If there is no economic incentive to recycle the newsprint, that means it requires more energy to reprocess old paper than to use virgin pulp fiber. According to a paper mill manager I know, the cost of processing recycled paper is more than twice that of virgin pulpwood.

    In other words, the majority of recycling accelerates increased greenhouse gases due to increased energy requirements. (To be clear, some recycled paper is sent to China where there is a lack of pulpwood, nevertheless, added transportation costs make the energy equation even more lopsided.)

    So not only is the average college graduate not given a clue, some become busy making the situation worse. Furthermore, these degree programs are viewed as a real ‘growth’ opportunity for Liberal Arts, Biology, and Engineering.

    Looking into the details, one can only see ‘higher education’ Catch 22 insanity! And of course, with Federal student loans, and increased enrollments, universities are on a building spree, planning 20-50 years into the future. Either I am going nuts or I am living in a slow-motion zombie apocalypse movie plot promoted by higher education!?!

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    (1) In the Bayer process, bauxite is mixed with caustic soda, or sodium hydroxide, and heated under pressure. The sodium hydroxide dissolves the aluminum oxide, forming sodium aluminate. The iron oxide remains solid and is separated by filtration. Finally, aluminum hydroxide introduced to the liquid sodium aluminate causes aluminum oxide to precipitate, or come out of solution as a solid. These crystals are washed and heated to remove water. The result is pure aluminum oxide, a fine white powder also known as alumina.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauxite

  • I still find it difficult to except that all humans will become extinct. We are a very adaptable species living in ice worlds to tropical islands, high mountains to rocky beaches. I expect there will be at least a few survivors in some survivable retreat. What is more disturbing is the extermination of so much life other than human. We have been exterminating our neighbors for at least 50,000 years.
    Like many others here I am a introvert, I live alone & like it, I have a large collection of science books & have little interest in fiction, reality is far more intriguing than any novel.

    Paleontology is one of the most fascinating of the sciences next to astronomy. How can anyone not be fascinated by all the life that evolved long before we did? How can anyone not be ashamed that we were responsible for the extinction of so much life & we are still at it.

    I do not believe in any of the many “gods” humans have invented to “explain” what at that time they didn’t know.I cannot understand why so many otherwise intelligent people still believe in the “gods”.

    There is still so much left to learn about our planet, too bad our collapse will end our ability to do so.
    A subsistence culture has little time or inclination to deeply study the world around it except when it relates to food, shelter & water.

    I’m afraid that any survivors will sink back into the former world of superstition, ignorance & the “gods” who need sacrifices to support the god men.
    In the meantime, I’ll plant my garden, watch it grow & collect the harvest. I’ll listen to the birds singing, the gophers digging & the waves grinding rocks against each other making sand as it’s been doing for billions of years.
    The spiders in my home will rebuild their webs each year inside, a male will find a female, mate & die, often in my tub as I save my ‘clean’ bath water to water inside plants & outside potted plants. Even green Oregon is in a drought.

    Life will go on as it’s done for 3.4 billion years & I hope it will continue to evolve long after we are gone.

  • “Life will go on as it’s done for 3.4 billion years & I hope it will continue to evolve long after we are gone.”

    Not quite:
    Causes and timing of future biosphere extinctions

  • Sheila,

    The way I understand NTE, not just NTHE which is too human-centred for me, it is having the conditions on this planet vital for life (to exist as we know it) destroyed. In my opinion, that is the fundamental thing to understand.

    Everything else, whether humans can still exist because we’re an adaptable species and have colonized every habitat on this planet will not matter in the least. The conditions for complex life to exist will vanish very quickly. This is the point. The details for this and their implications have been discussed here ad infinitum. Re. ulvfugl

    Yes, I also believe that life will go on but not in its complex multi-cellular forms, all the ones still around today. The ones I’ll will miss so much and won’t be able to live without. The ones we are driving to extinction every second.

    Life forms will survive and evolve again, as you say: long after we’re gone. But if this should be the case, it will take a very long time (in human terms) for complex life forms to exist again.

    People here mention sometimes, as some sort of consolation, that every species eventually becomes extinct. Everybody who knows a little about biology knows that. But that’s no consolation for me.

    But the point here is that it is Homo sapiens, our ever so “wise” species, who has caused this process to speed up through our “wise” inventions, and the way it’s speeding up, we can be sure that extinction for complex life as we know it is near-term. This is the point Guy is making with all the scientific evidence collected here. As far as I’m concerned, dates are mere speculation. That’s just part of the numbers’ game people like to play. I don’t play that, but all the evidence points to a near-term event! I expect it in my life time.

    That’s what many people here accept and live with, all in our different ways. We spend our time on this beach, so to speak, imagining and discussing the different scenarios and how we might react to them. People discuss their experiences, science, philosophy, spirituality, atheism, history, world events, war, capitalism, other isms, you name it, everything and anything. But it’s always at its best when people stick to what this blog is all about.
    That’s why I come here because in real life, I have only one person, my husband, with whom I can do that. There I count myself lucky because it’s more than most people would have.

    For me it’s not depressive, it’s just accepting reality. This gives me all the more reason to make my own everyday reality, and that of my loved ones (humans, animals and plants)as peaceful and contented as possible. With plants and animals I include the whole wide world. With humans I’m very selective now.

  • and now this:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04f9r4k

    Everything We Know Is Wrong

    Every day the newspapers carry stories of new scientific findings. There are 15 million scientists worldwide all trying to get their research published. But a disturbing fact appears if you look closely: as time goes by, many scientific findings seem to become less true than we thought. It’s called the “decline effect” – and some findings even dwindle away to zero.

    A highly influential paper by Dr John Ioannidis at Stanford University called “Why most published research findings are false” argues that fewer than half of scientific papers can be believed, and that the hotter a scientific field (with more scientific teams involved), the less likely the research findings are to be true. He even showed that of the 49 most highly cited medical papers, only 34 had been retested and of them 41 per cent had been convincingly shown to be wrong. And yet they were still being cited.

    Again and again, researchers are finding the same things, whether it’s with observational studies, or even the “gold standard” Randomised Controlled Studies, whether it’s medicine or economics. Nobody bothers to try to replicate most studies, and when they do try, the majority of findings don’t stack up. The awkward truth is that, taken as a whole, the scientific literature is full of falsehoods.

    [there’s more, and a podcast; the title is an attention-getting device]

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/09/08/iowa-becomes-third-state-with-confirmed-cases-of-severe-respiratory-illness-joining-missouri-and-illinois/

    Iowa becomes third state with confirmed cases of severe respiratory illness, joining Missouri and Illinois

    [UPDATE: Officials in Colorado and Kentucky also confirmed cases of the virus on Monday.]

  • Kevin Moore says “I am still mystified that people are loyal to a culture that destroys them and are loyal political parties and governments that lie to them and steal from them.”

    Yet people seem to be willfully ignorant on vital matters while embracing meaningless trivia. The belief in two conflicting ideas is an American hobby. Being able to deny what is in front of you is a skill, apparently. I’m mystified as well.

    Shelia: plastic particles now out number the amount of phytoplankton in the oceans. That plankton is responsible for 50% of the oxygen on the planet, and we’re doing our damnest to kill it. No matter how adaptable the human race can be it is going to extremely difficult to adapt to no food, no water and no breathable air.

  • A situation too weird for 99.999% of people to adequately explain.

  • DOT dot . LOVE THIS

  • Feminism Unfinished

    https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=feminism+unfinished&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=58492491280&hvpos=1t2&hvexid=&hvnetw=s&hvrand=3714104530683318627&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_1t72hl2ra3_e

    MMM

    I’ve been in the vicinity of bauxite mining ever since the 1950s, but never heard anyone talking of the science around aluminum production. The general population had nary a clue. Two older cousins worked in the industry. One, a scientists, certainly knew such things. The other got people to sell their properties to allow for mining.

    Recycling never made sense to me. I like when people insert used bottles and cans into masonry walls, and I also like using waste paper to make paper-crete–a relatively impermeable mix of paper and concrete–for construction. I make small things with a version of paper crete, but buildings are a much heavier lift.

  • Thanks, Yohocoma. Oh, yes, I am completely with you in your observation/experience about introversion in daily life.

    Thanks, Benjamin. I have long believed, as it sounds like you do also, that there is something INHERENT in our nature that does not allow us to solve this predicament. I wonder if it is related to the root cause of the Tower of Babel story.

    Thanks, Modern Money Mechanics. No, you’re not going nuts, it’s the slow-motion zombie apocalypse movie option. It seems to be an inherent quality of our current predicaments that few people have the slightest idea what to do (and maybe NO ONE really knows what to do), so they scramble around at whatever they can, which is usually some veriation on Business As Usual.

    Thanks, Sheila. Although I don’t pretend to know, if I had to guess I’d join you in saying that some people will survive, at least in little niches like caves, and perhaps a few places will get TOO MUCH rain and be survivable (like our home, the PNW — I’m near you in Washington). I also share your sadness at all the species we have exterminated.

    Thanks, Tom. Knowledge is slippery. That’s one reason philosophy uses a stricter definition of “knowledge” than most of us do. We have to believe it, have good reasons to believe it, and it has to be true to the best of our ability to discern. Our ability to discern changes, of course, so what is “known” (by the strict definition) one year is not “known” the next. The only thing I would strongly disagree with is the absolute wording of the title.

    Thanks, Grant. I, and all psychologists I have ever met, can join you in being mystified about the human ability to deny what is right in front of us. Theories abound, but it remains a mystery.

    Thanks, ulvfugl. I am certainly in that majority. Sorry I can’t watch the video, I have a dial-up internet connection.

    Thanks, MT.

    Thanks, artleads. You are right, reuse is better than recycling. The concrete I occassionally use always contains organic fibers.

  • @ JZ

    You state:

    “….That I “should” become suicidal at the thought of NTHE … hasn’t crossed my mind yet. Again, although I value this ability in self and others, I don’t claim perfection at it, and still do my best to fully and deeply empathize with others who DO feel suicidal because of NTHE or other reasons.”

    I believe there is a common misperception where it concerns suicide in context to NTE, which apparently needs to be repeatedly pointed out.

    The distinction between “feeling suicidal because of NTE”, is but apples to oranges compared to realizing suicide will most likely be the most peaceful way of exiting this life, once we find ourselves in the chaotic intractable throws of an extinction event, especially for those who haven’t any interest in preparing themselves to survive it.

    In my opinion, rational, logical, logos, left brain appreciation for science, gets us but to the threshold of comprehending NTE. However, ‘acceptance of NTE’ is almost solely an emotional endeavor from there on out. In other words, our intellectual capacity to comprehend ‘a thing’, doesn’t guarantee we will.

    Is virtually everything that NTE entails “depressing”? Of course it is. Only psychopaths and those who seek to spiritually contort themselves into convoluted indifferent belief systems can look upon the brutal death of most of life on earth with a lack of concern and grievance.

    But for many here, our own death, regardless of how it comes about is far less depressing than the wonted destruction of our planet’s ability to support life.

    There are also many here who are antinatalist and/or borderline misanthropes. Many here put a far greater value on the rest of life on earth than our own. For those who possess biophilic values, they will invariably look at all forms of suicide vastly different than those who are driven by an imperative to survive at all cost, namely, those who have children in their care.

    Not all who contemplate suicide have immediate plans on committing it. Those who are comfortable discussing our mortality, usually have the freedom to do so, and tend to be comparatively more at ease in discussing the merits of self death as well, particularly where it concerns the near term extinction of most of life on earth during our lifetimes.

  • Thanks, J.Z. Colby!

    Sabine says: “…that is the fundamental thing to understand….The conditions for complex life to exist will vanish very quickly….it’s always at its best when people stick to what this blog is all about.”

    In an earlier post, Sabine says: “autodidacts”
    ==

    Advanced Study with Professor McPherson

    Collapse and reduced biomass
    Mean saying goodbye to your ass,
    And autodidacts
    Must learn lots of facts
    To keep up with the rest of the class.

  • @ Tom Says:
    September 9th, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Thanks for sharing that superb podcast from the Beeb. If only more “scientists,” especially those in the medical-pharmaceutical-industrial-complex, could hear and heed that and be chagrined by the error of their ways. Unfortunately, that analysis seems to implicate all of science which just isn’t so and, as a result, can (will?) be used as “support” for AGW-denialists. The laws of physics, as we know them (yes, a few may be “modified” given sufficient time, of which there is none) are immutable.

    @ Daniel Says:
    September 9th, 2014 at 11:52 am
    There are also many here who are… borderline misanthropes.

    No “borderline” here!! I’ve met/encountered far too few people, even here, that could even remotely be considered “kind” or “egalitarian”… yet, they are all dumb-asses. I’ve met/encountered far too many, even here, who were not “dumb-asses” but were so narcissistically psychopathic they aren’t “worth” a bullet to their brain-pan but deserve it nonetheless. If I could wave my arm and exterminate every “human” on the planet, I’d do it in a heartbeat and without one shred of regret. But I have “more personally rewarding” things to do.

    @ BenjaminTheDonkey Says:
    September 9th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Usually you’re spot on but, sorry to say, unless I’m “missing” your intent, you’ve missed “the mark” badly on this one. “Autodidacts,” aka “polymaths,” learn because they “want to know.” Sapere aude!To keep up with the rest of the class” is just utter nonsense as any autodidact/polymath worthy of that descriptor is so far ahead of “the class” as to make “the class” irrelevant. From Wiktionary…

    Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the greatest autodidacts.

    QED

  • Dahr Jamail | From Pine Beetles to Disappearing Glaciers, NASA Scientists Tell of “Dramatic” Planetary Changes

    FUBAR:
    “he and his scientific colleagues all began to watch what happened before on geologic time scales now occurring on human time scales”

  • @ Colin:

    “autodidact”: a self-taught person
    [“polymath”: someone who knows a lot about many different things]
    “keep up with the rest of the class”: do your homework

  • Guy’s guest on tonight’s show is KILLING it! Stunningly honest.

    You two are trailblazers – willing to go public, stake your reputations, bravely face criticism, debate your point with a known [and paid] denier, and with Jennifer Hynes breaking the set here, being honest about what it’s like to be Guy (and her) this is just fantastic.

    Guy being honest as usual, confessing to his feelings [are you willing to do that?] about dropping the weight of all this and just living and Jennifer responding with a wonderfully open and generous response and completely standing up for herself, her feelings [says she’s become a crashing bore because this methane information has consumed her – boy did that hit home], and how she’s reacting and witnessing what it’s like to be suddenly thrust into “the limelight” – not even wanting people “to know this information who aren’t ready” –
    and revealing her background, reflecting on her life, admitting her ‘religion’ [Buddhism], talking about the insanity of our culture, this show is outstanding Guy.

  • Today’s NBL podcast was much better, in spite of the technological snafus.

    Those who do not moor the craft of a self-identity to transience will not be disrupted with the dissolution of the structures and framework that others depend on for an identity.

    In some traditions the cosmic dissolution is apprehended as auspicious, as when The Auspicious One (“Shiva”) also known as the King of Dance (“Nataraja”) begins his dance and sounds his hand-held drum (Damaru), a harbinger of cosmic dissolution.

  • Jennifer Hynes is my pick for the academy awards on NBL Radio. A great show!

  • Thanks, Daniel. I appreciate your thoughts on suicide and related issues, and agree with many of them, especially when you point out that both a rational and an emotional understanding are necessary.

    Thanks, Benjamin, for the additional poetry!

  • Modern Money Mechanics.

    Further to the point you made, Australia had bauxite but not enough cheap electrical power necessary to electrolyse aluminium oxide to generate aluminium.

    The global corporation’s solution to this problem? Persuade (force?) the NZ government to construct a hydro-dam and offer the global corporation a heavily discounted electricity rate so that the reduction processes could be conducted in NZ. Added bonus: export the pollution generated during the electrolysis to a country which is ‘clean and green’, and where the pollution gets well diluted before reaching any significant land mass (to the east).

    Joke of the month (year?) ‘John Key -working for New Zealand.’

  • JZ

    “…When a fire burns someone’s home to the ground, we don’t call that a “change” in their interior decoration, even though it technically is. When a car accident mutilates a person’s body so they can’t even be identified at the morgue, we don’t call that a “change” in their employment status, even though it technically is.”

    Absolutely brilliant!

  • http://utopiathecollapse.com/2014/09/09/russian-strategic-bombers-practice-nuclear-missile-strike-runs-on-u-s-targets/

    Russian strategic bombers practice nuclear missile strike runs on U.S. targets

    September 2014 – MOSCOW – A pair of Russian bomber jets reportedly practiced cruise missile attacks against targets in the United States last week, according to a report published on Monday in the Washington Free Beacon. Bill Gertz, a writer for the Beacon, reported that two Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying over the Labrador Sea last week in the northern Atlantic Ocean near Iceland, Greenland and Canada as part of a recent training mission. “Analysis of the flight indicated the aircraft were conducting practice runs to a pre-determined ‘launch box’ — an optimum point for firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles at US targets,” Gertz wrote, citing unnamed defense officials he described as being familiar with intelligence reports. The aircraft, Gertz added, are outfitted with six AS-15 nuclear-armed cruise missiles, each capable of striking targets as far away as 1,800 miles. Representatives for the US Northern Command and Northern American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, declined to comment to Gertz ahead of his report, and told RT in an email Monday afternoon that they could not confirm the allegations printed by the Free Beacon. On his part, however, Gertz wrote that neither the US nor Canada responded to the alleged incident because it reportedly occurred outside of the North American Air Defense Identification Zone.

    According to Gertz, the reported drill occurred last week at the same time that officials from the US, Canada and other allied partners met in Wales for the largest NATO summit of its kind in two years, where on the agenda, among other topics, was the escalating crisis in eastern Ukraine and potential action that could be undertaken to counter perceived Russian aggression. On the heels of that meeting, both the US and the European Union are expected to impose new sanctions against Moscow. The latest report comes days after Russia’s own recent decision to revise a 2010 military doctrine to identify the US and NATO members as enemies, which “clearly outline[s] the conditions of a preemptive nuclear strike” against partner countries, Gertz wrote. With regards to the alliance, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said during last week’s summit that at least 4,000 troops from various member states will soon form a “spearhead” regiment that will be “ready to deploy within a few days with air, sea and Special Forces support” in the event that the Ukrainian crisis spread into allied territory.

    Gertz has previously reported for the Beacon that no fewer than 16 Russian bombers incurred the airspace of either US or Canada during the month of August, and this week’s article comes days after similar allegations were made abroad: late last month, a Dutch F-16 military jet intercepted and escorted a Russian Tu-95 bomber out of that nation’s airspace, as did the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force during a similar incident. “Clearly, we at the US Strategic Command do monitor the strategic environment,”Admiral Cecil Haney, commander of the US Strategic Command, told Gertz last month following reports that Russian bombers came within 50 miles of California on the US West Coast. “I will say that the business of them coming close to the United States of America, we take very seriously.” -RT

  • Here’s an article regarding “environmental activism” [now known in “newspeak” as ‘terrorism’ – and dealt with like everything else that goes against the wishes of the corporate state]:

    http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2014/09/four-peruvian-environmental-activists.html

    Four Peruvian environmental activists murdered as illegal logging continues in the Amazon

    Four anti-logging activists have been slain in Peru, officials have said.

    The four men, who belonged to the Ashaninka community, were on their way to Brazil to attend a meeting on how to prevent illegal logging in Peru.

    According to other activists, the men had received several death threats from illegal loggers, who are believed to be behind the murders.

    One of the victims was well-known activist Edwin Chota, often featured in the media for his attempts to protect his community from illegal logging.

    “He [Chota] threatened to upset the status quo,” David Salisbury, a professor at the US University of Richmond told news agency AP. “The illegal loggers are on record for wanting Edwin dead.”

    More than 900 environmental activists have been slain in 35 countries over the past decade, according to a survey by London-based Global Witness group, which reports on links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses. [read the rest]

    side note: Robert Scribbler “moderated” one of my comments out of existence. I believe that’s called censorship.

    http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/who-says-ebola-will-claim-20000-lives-in-the-next-six-months-exhibiting-characteristics-it-could-go-pandemic/

    WHO says Ebola will claim 20,000 lives in the next six months – exhibiting characteristics it could go pandemic

    September 2014 – AFRICA – The World Health Organization has issued a terrifying warning: Ebola will claim 20,000 lives within the next six months. The virus, which is spiraling out of control in Western Africa, has already claimed 2300 lives the international health body reports. More than half of that figure has died in the past 21 days alone. Originating in Guinea earlier this year, more than 4200 people have since been sickened in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. “As soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients, pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload,” WHO said in a statement. “Many thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming three weeks.” A Doctors Withour Borders statement was equally blunt, saying the virus was moving “catastrophically through the population much faster than new facilities are being created.” A surge in Ebola infections in Liberia is driving the spiraling outbreak in West Africa that is increasingly putting health workers at risk as they struggle to treat an overwhelming number of patients. A higher proportion of health workers has been infected in this outbreak than in any previous one — an alarming indicator of diseases that can turn pandemic. The latest infection was of a doctor with the World Health Organization treating patients in Sierra Leone. The organization gave no details, but an American who became infected while working in West Africa landed in the US yesterday to get treatment at Emory University Hospital. [there’s more]

  • Daniel,

    As usual, your insights resonate with me, what else can I say. In one of your comments you called suicide “self death”. In my native language German, we have a word that expresses how I feel about this even better: “Freitot” meaning you are “free” to die or taking the “freedom” to die when you feel you must (when circumstances become unbearable in your opinion). It’s not the official word but it was used by the German Romantic poets who wanted to choose death over suffering. It also implies the freedom a person should exercise to contemplate death, all of this is anathema to most people.

    Benjamin,

    Thanks for you little poem picking up on my mentioning “autodidact”.
    You always get it right, and a little tease is actually something I like. Too me, it’s almost like a hug because my father used to do that to me when he thought I was taking myself too seriously. His always did this in an irresistibly funny way. Consequently, I only have good memories of teasing. It lightens things immediately, and your good at that. Please don’t stop. It shows that you’re an emotionally generous person.

    Colin,

    The lecture on the definition of “autodidact” was unnecessary. I wish now that I’d used “self-taught”. When something is supposed to lighten a subject, which is possible even with NTE, it’s good to be generous.

  • Today’s post includes a link to last night’s radio show, along with several classified ads. It’s here.

  • The Show was SENSATIONAL.

    Can someone repeat the name of the NBL theme song and the artist(s)?

  • Thanks, Shep. The song is Nature Bats Last, and it’s performed by AfriZen. Catch it on soundcloud here.

  • Guy,

    Thank you. That is the best song, anthem, or whatever u want to call it, EVER.

  • Best show yet, Guy. Guest was super.

  • Harvey Organ (http://harveyorgan.blogspot.com/p/about-me.html) has been monitoring gold and silver market for 16 years.

    He gave a knock-out interview with Greg Hunter published on Sep 9, 2014 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZwSiHBxm0c) where he describes a shortfall of physical supply at SLV, GLD, COMEX, LBMA, Bank of England, and Federal Reserve of New York. He also predicts a two-month remaining supply of silver at the Shanghai Exchange.

    Meanwhile, China and Russia have been importing six to ten tons of gold per day (~160 tons/month) and India imports ~80 tons per month. These countries will continue buy gold into the future. Thus, he predicts a supply squeeze in November-December 2014 which will lead to a factor of 10 increase in the price of metals (a 10 bagger as they say on Wall Street).

    Yup, Mr. Understatement, AKA, Mr. Stick-to-the-COT-numbers, has boldly stepped forward and is predicting $200/oz silver and $12,000/oz gold by the end of the year! This is the strongest buy signal I have seen and it makes me want to buy on margin so I can watch end-of-civilization in style 😉

  • Thank you for the kind words Sabine, I very much enjoyed your synopsis of what some of “us” at least at NBL are attempting to discuss.

    “….the conditions for complex life to exist will vanish very quickly. This is the point.”

    Why yes it is!

  • http://climate.audubon.org/

    314 Species on the Brink

    Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century

    A Field Guide to a Warmer Future

    Audubon scientists have used hundreds of thousands of citizen-science observations and sophisticated climate models to predict how birds in the U.S. and Canada will react to climate change. Our work defines the climate conditions birds need to survive, then maps where those conditions will be found in the future as the Earth’s climate responds to increased greenhouse gases.

    It’s the broadest and most detailed study of its kind, and it’s the closest thing we have to a field guide to the future of North American birds.

    [they’re behind the curve, but it’s an interesting read]

  • A Field Guide to a Warmer Future

    Good to see this sort of mapping going on. I’m sure everyone agrees to efforts to help animals, even if they eventually prove futile. What about mapping for other creatures?

  • At the crook of the hockey stick?
    Perhaps. Might even be denied for a while, as in
    “I am not a crook” – Richard Milhaus Nixon

    Arctic News
    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
    Methane levels threaten to skyrocket

  • .
    Suicide is perfectly ok with me.
    .
    Divest Now.
    .
    Just sittin’ on this runaway train, staring out the window, with a cat on my lap.
    .
    The Voluntary Extinction Movement
    Thou shalt not procreate.
    .
    The Church of Euthanasia
    Save the planet, kill yourself.
    .
    Ward Churchill is a fraud.
    .
    .
    Peace.

  • @Robin Datta

    “The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows that, far from falling, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere actually increased last year at the fastest rate for nearly 30 years. We must reverse this trend by cutting emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases across the board,” he said. “We are running out of time.”

    We are close to time in the year when the atmospheric CO2 level stops falling and starts its inexorable rise to a new record high.

    Which shall ‘we’ do, begin shutting down the globalised economic sytem or bomb Syria?

  • kevin: I heard on the radio that CO2 hit a record high two days ago – this from a major radio station (possibly NPR). That was all they said however – like a sports score, detached with no further exploration – and now back to our show!

    http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/9112014-molten-steel-flowing-below-wtc-video-here-cspan-airs-the-truth-about-september-11th/

    9/11/2014 — CSPAN airs the TRUTH about September 11th — Molten Steel FLOWED below WTC – Video here!

    13 years later, the truth about 9/11 comes out.

    2000+ architects, and engineers are extremely concerned that the buildings attacked on 9/11/2001 did not ‘collapse’ due to fire, or impacts.

    The professional Engineers, and licensed Architects are especially concerned with the quote ‘rivers of flowing molten metal’ which ‘looked like lava’… also the freefall of the buildings falling symmetrically.

    These aren’t conspiracy theorists, these are the people CURRENTLY BUILDING MOST OF THE SKYSCRAPERS around the world who are concerned.

    They are thinking that WTC1, WTC2, and WTC7 (building 7) were deliberately blown / demolished… either the buildings supports were blown all at once, or EVERY skyscraper which has a fire will collapse.

    Architects, and engineers are saying IF the collapses were due to fire, then all building code needs to be changed immediately, as all skyscrapers are now prone to collapse if a fire happens.. this didn’t use to be the case. Has physics changed?

    The answer is in this video which just aired on CSPAN.

    Get the word out!

    [these are all the words of dutchsinse that i’m pasting – see the vid]

  • Ward Churchill has more integrity in his little finger than … I consider him to be a hero for people of color but then I’m dizzy with ignorance because I see the farce of the concept of spirituality and xianity. The plains Indians were true brilliant spirits of the earth; not corrupt sick white bastards.

    Just watched a movie last night on dvd called “The Mission” that depicts the true nature of whites and the true nature of hunter-gatherer societies that whites look down on as perfectly stupid and disposable. I know it is Hollywood but this time they got it right even tho they embellished the entire movie. Good for them, once in a while, for getting close to matters that count.

  • And it’s pay back time mother fuckers!

  • Even the accountants that do not get it – get it!

    We’re 20 years away from catastrophe, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.
    http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/climate-change-pricewaterhouse
    (snip)
    The report highlights an “unmistakable trend”: The world’s major economies are increasingly failing to do what’s needed to to limit global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. That was the target agreed to by countries attending the United Nations’ 2009 climate summit; it represents an effort to avoid some of the most disastrous consequences of runaway warming, including food security threats, coastal inundation, extreme weather events, ecosystem shifts, and widespread species extinction [including us].
    (snip)

  • cud not resist a 3rd post:

    “What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined… to strengthen each other… to be at one with each other in silent unspeakable memories.”

    Charles Sawtell (one of the greats in Bluegrass Guitar) and Hot Rize – Shady Grove.

  • got 404’d again this morning – hope this one goes through

    http://www.naturalnews.com/046830_radiation_plume_West_Coast_Fukushima.html#

    Massive radiation plume from Fukushima heading toward U.S. West Coast according to a scientific report

    (NaturalNews) According to scientific modeling systems used by the European Union, the radioactive ocean plume released by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is likely to remain a massive clump of radioactivity until it slams into the West Coast of the United States in late 2017.
    [read this; see Levels to remain high through at least 2026, and more]

    Since it’s 9/11, some may still be interested in this, though it won’t matter soon:

    http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/9112014-molten-steel-flowing-below-wtc-video-here-cspan-airs-the-truth-about-september-11th/

    9/11/2014 — CSPAN airs the TRUTH about September 11th — Molten Steel FLOWED below WTC – Video here!

    13 years later, the truth about 9/11 comes out.

    2000+ architects, and engineers are extremely concerned that the buildings attacked on 9/11/2001 did not ‘collapse’ due to fire, or impacts.

    The professional Engineers, and licensed Architects are especially concerned with the quote ‘rivers of flowing molten metal’ which ‘looked like lava’… also the freefall of the buildings falling symmetrically.

    These aren’t conspiracy theorists, these are the people CURRENTLY BUILDING MOST OF THE SKYSCRAPERS around the world who are concerned.

    They are thinking that WTC1, WTC2, and WTC7 (building 7) were deliberately blown / demolished… either the buildings supports were blown all at once, or EVERY skyscraper which has a fire will collapse.

    Architects, and engineers are saying IF the collapses were due to fire, then all building code needs to be changed immediately, as all skyscrapers are now prone to collapse if a fire happens.. this didn’t use to be the case. Has physics changed?

    The answer is in this video which just aired on CSPAN.

    [all of the text below the link is dutchsinse’s words pasted here]

  • BTD

    I have a smaller reproduction of Paul Gaugauins masterpiece on my LR wall. Every Extinctionista that reads this blog should have the same and take comfort in the beauty of the words via the eyes.

  • Tom

    We need to distinguish between the atmospheric concentration of CO2 and the amount added annually. The concentration is not at a record high at the moment (though, at 394ppm, is higher than in any September in recorded history); the radio announcement probably referred to humanity adding a record amount of CO2 over a recent period.

    We must assume the atmospheric concentration will reach a new record high in May of 2015, almost certainly in the range 405 to 406ppm.

    TPTB have no intention of doing anything about the slow poisoning of everything and overheating of the planet via CO2 emissions (and the CH4 that high CO2 it causes to be released). The people in charge are liars, maniacs, sociopaths, ‘lizards’, you name it, and will not desist from their bizarre agenda of promoting economic growth to serve the interests of the money-lenders and corporations.

    Interestingly, their agenda of sacrificing the very environment that supports economic activity in order to maintain economic activity is coming to its natural conclusion.

    We have learned not to make predictions (especially about the future) but at the moment much of NZ is in mild drought… which will be very interesting going into the period normally associated with high production in the agricultural sector. Additionally, the general implosion of global finances has seen dairy prices fall by over 40% this year. And the NZ dollar has lost around 7 cents US in the past 6 weeks ago. Were it not for the ridiculously low price of oil (Brent currently around $98) everything would be falling apart very quickly.

    As it is, the death-by-a-thousand-cuts continues.

    It was recently suggested that a large section of the NZ populace has become so disconnected even documented evidence of John Key shooting kittens for fun would not dent National’s chances of re-election. I pays to remember that the major cities totally dominate the NZ political scene, and that the vast majority of people living in the major cities (of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington) are completely detached from reality. Their insanity is being imposed on the rest of the country.

    Two stands of mature trees have been recently cut down in this vicinity to make way for road widening and additional bridge construction. After weeks of pounding steel supports into the ground, work has commenced on the construction of yet another hotel. It keeps the unemployment numbers down and provides the illusion the government knows what it is doing.

    It’s going to be very interesting in Europe around February 2015 if the maniacs persist with the present strategy towards Russia.

  • Further to Kevin’s comment about a mild drought in N.Z.
    I live in one of the most reliable rainfall areas of Canterbury, if not N.Z. in terms of farming country; it makes the conventional farmland around me some of the most sort after in the country.
    We average 25mls per week, and it normally falls evenly throughout the year. In the past 3 weeks I have had 2mls in my rain gauge and though we have some scattered showers in the forecast I doubt there will be more than 10mls for the past month by Sunday.
    Yet more conformation, if any were needed, that things are becoming more unreliable by the year. My place will be ok in the short term, my stock are cleaning up a neighbours place and dew alone close to the mountain will keep my grass growing, albeit slower than “normal”. But as someone has said, “without reliable seasons there is no agriculture”.
    I don’t think we will have to wait much longer before this will be clear to even the most head in the sand of our politicians.

  • @ Tom, thanks for that link the CSPAN discussion on reinvestigating 9/11. It was certainly timely and made this anniversary easier to pass. It’s never to late to get to the truth, IMO!

  • Thanks Mr. Shep.
    If anyone continues to have expectations that the self-appointed clever apes will make it through to the other side, I’d recommend Mark Linus’ book “6 Degrees”. Skip straight on to chapters for 5° and 6°. Look at the climate descriptions for Earth during similar temperature conditions. Spontaneously generated hyper-sonic fireballs of methane with equivalent power of atomic bombs ripping out of the sky, tearing across the landscape and wiping out everything in their path; Hyper canes and super storms that pound the coast for days and days on end washing out every living thing for miles and kilometers inland. 30-70 meter sea level rise. Entire ecosystems becoming uninhabitable. If your Yurt or bunker or “owned” and “well-defended” land can withstand atomic fireballs, then yeah, OK, maybe you’ll pass through.
    But without that….

    And this level of temperature rise and climate change is not predicted by cats like McPherson, Peter Ward, Paul Beckwith or David Battisti. This, as McPherson references, comes directly from the most conservative professional bodies: UN IPCC and Hadley Center among others, which are saying 4°-5° minimum in a couple of decades – that’s if the madness stops today which it will not. Good Luck out there.

  • The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state.

    The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11.

    A generation of Americans has been born into disdain and distrust of Muslims.

    A generation of Americans has been born into a police state in which privacy and constitutional protections no longer exist.

    A generation of Americans has been born into continuous warfare while needs of citizens go unmet.

    A generation of Americans has been born into a society in which truth is replaced with the endless repetition of falsehoods.

    According to the official story, on September 11, 2001, the vaunted National Security State of the World’s Only Superpower was defeated by a few young Saudi Arabians armed only with box cutters. The American National Security State proved to be totally helpless and was dealt the greatest humiliation ever inflicted on any country claiming to be a power.

    That day no aspect of the National Security State worked. Everything failed.

    The US Air Force for the first time in its history could not get intercepter jet fighters into the air.

    The National Security Council failed.

    All sixteen US intelligence agencies failed as did those of America’s NATO and Israeli allies.

    Air Traffic Control failed.

    Airport Security failed four times at the same moment on the same day. The probability of such a failure is zero.

    If such a thing had actually happened, there would have been demands from the White House, from Congress, and from the media for an investigation. Officials would have been held accountable for their failures. Heads would have rolled.

    Instead, the White House resisted for one year the 9/11 families’ demands for an investigation. Finally, a collection of politicians was assembled to listen to the government’s account and to write it down. The chairman, vice chairman, and legal counsel of the 9/11 Commission have said that information was withheld from the commission, lies were told to the commission, and that the commission “was set up to fail.” The worst security failure in history resulted in not a single firing. No one was held responsible.

    Washington concluded that 9/11 was possible because America lacked a police state.

    The PATRIOT Act, which was awaiting the event was quickly passed by the congressional idiots. The Act established executive branch independence of law and the Constitution. The Act and follow-up measures have institutionalized a police state in “the land of the free.”

    http://cluborlov.blogspot.co.nz/2014/09/911-after-13-years.html#more

  • kevin: spot on. People here just don’t bother questioning things or “rocking the boat” to get to the bottom of this completely impossible scenario cooked up by “our” government – they’re kept busy trying to keep up with the loss of well-paying jobs, poor and overly expensive health care, and are constantly distracted by the inanity of the various entertainment venues while their environment slowly dies around them. It’s so mind-bogglingly insane that we few who realize what’s going on are drive to depression, anger, cynicism, substance use (and in some cases abuse), and outright madness. I go to work (in college education) and have to face students that I dare not tell the truth to, lest they panic or freak out (as happened in one school I taught at, and, coincidently was dropped from due to “enrollment decline” after 5 years of service). i’m dissuaded by my wife from speaking about this in public since it makes me look like a loon, or worse, being “negative” at social gatherings (Captain Bringdown). Jennifer Hynes hit it on the head in Tuesday’s show when she exclaimed that she’s lost most of her friends due to being consumed with this knowledge and having become a “crashing bore.” That really rang true with me. So I go about my stupid, senseless, no-future life trying to reason with my wife to retire so we can at least live out our remaining years (I don’t expect more than 5 before the environment degrades to such an extent that civilization collapses) in whatever interesting way there is left to “enjoy” being alive – travel, move to another locale, whatever – but definitely getting away from the world of work. She doesn’t really get it and remains optimistic and believes that we have to earn as much as possible before we call it quits to be able to afford what I suggest.
    Telling her the money will be worthless when there’s no food available results in the blank look and change of topic to more immediate concerns . ..

    http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/09/11/tomorrow-on-the-brink/

    [this nicely explains the manipulation going on – both economic and geopolitical, through the currency war]

    TOMORROW ON THE BRINK

    [begins]

    Every once in a while you come across a quote that is so clear and concise in the message it is attempting to communicate that all things simply fall into the slots assigned them. The quote below from Marathonman commenting over at Zero Hedge today is such a………well, quote:

    “You know I’ve been thinking this stupid ass sanction business is meant to hurry along the death of the dollar. China, Russia, and the BRICS finish the work and usher in the new SDR type system and the US regime gets to play like, hey it wasn’t our fault. This regime if not incompetent is most certainly evil.” [read the rest]

    A few articles above that one is this picture you might like:

    MEET YOUR OLIGARCHS

  • HEADS UP!!

    Solar Storm Forecast Update 09-12-2014 [3.5 min. video]

  • Kevin, Robin:

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/greenhouse-gas-pollution-sees-fastest-rise/

    Greenhouse Gas Pollution Sees Fastest Rise

    [quote]

    Compared to the preindustrial era of the 1750s, the Earth’s atmosphere is now choked with 142 percent more carbon dioxide, 253 percent more methane and 121 percent more nitrous oxide, the WMO reported in the release of its annual bulletin on greenhouse gas. Last year, the warming effect on the climate saw a 34 percent increase since 1990 levels.

    Since I can’t log-in to the forum I’m forced to respond to comments on the thread, breaking the 2-post per day rule. My apologies.

  • one more on 9-11:

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/09/sibel-2.html

    FBI Whistleblower: Pentagon, CIA, NATO and MI6 Were Masterminds Behind 9/11

    [begins]

    As Far As People Who Ran The Show, It Was The Highest Levels of NATO, the U.S., MI6, CIA And The Pentagon”

    Sibel Edmonds has just released her fantastic spy thriller, The Lone Gladio. Here’s our review, comparing it to the best of Clancy or Ludlum … but with a twist.

    In the real world, Edmonds is a former FBI translator who translated terror-related communications for the FBI right after 9/11. In that capacity, she read communications between terrorists and other radicals.

    Edmonds has been deemed credible by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, several senators (free subscription required), and a coalition of prominent conservative and liberal groups.

    The ACLU described Edmonds as:

    The most gagged person in the history of the United States of America.

    Famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says that Edmonds possesses information “far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers”. He also says that the White House has ordered the press not to cover Edmonds:

    I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to ‘How do we deal with Sibel [Edmonds]?

    The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn’t get into the media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told “don’t touch this . . . .”

    Even Paul Newman praises Edmonds, saying:

    Sibel Edmonds would not let an intimidating FBI shut her mouth, and as a result, suffered grievous consequences, but she has persevered and we are better off for her sacrifices.

    Edmonds is the founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, a group of high-level national intelligence and security officials.

    To understand why Edmonds’ information is so explosive, we need a little background on “Operation Gladio.”

    [read the rest if interested]

  • Lots of good stuff in the latest post. It’s here.

  • Kindness

    Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952

    Before you know what kindness really is
    you must lose things,
    feel the future dissolve in a moment
    like salt in a weakened broth.
    What you held in your hand,
    what you counted and carefully saved,
    all this must go so you know
    how desolate the landscape can be
    between the regions of kindness.
    How you ride and ride
    thinking the bus will never stop,
    the passengers eating maize and chicken
    will stare out the window forever.
    Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
    you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
    lies dead by the side of the road.
    You must see how this could be you,
    how he too was someone
    who journeyed through the night with plans
    and the simple breath that kept him alive.
    Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
    you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
    You must wake up with sorrow.
    You must speak to it till your voice
    catches the thread of all sorrows
    and you see the size of the cloth.
    Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
    only kindness that ties your shoes
    and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
    only kindness that raises its head
    from the crowd of the world to say
    it is I you have been looking for,
    and then goes with you everywhere
    like a shadow or a friend.

  • @ Tom

    I watch solar data along with radiation data

    The geomagnetic field is quite disturbed but x-ray flux and flares aren’t too bad.

    the x-ray reading is a major part of my total count (especially since that detector faces upward at the clear sky), so I have to apply correction based on the solar x-ray flux level

    http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/