Edge of Extinction: Endocene

I was interviewed for The Peoples Voice by Dylan Murphy. The article appeared yesterday, and can be read here: Capitalism threatens all life on the planet – Interview with Professor Guy McPherson. It was mirrored at Dissident Voice. The title is misleading, as I’ve come to expect from people who cannot distinguish the economic system of capitalism from civilization.

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12-26 June 2015, Pacific Northwest, tentatively including the following:

12 June 2015, 7:40 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. radio interview, The Early Edition, CBC Radio One Vancouver, Vancouver, British, Columbia: 88.1 FM, 690 AM

12 June 2015, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. Runaway Climate Change: Can We Stop It? A Discussion with Guy McPherson. Room 2270, SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC.

12 June 2015, 6:30 p.m. presentation and discussion, Heartwood Cafe, 317 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

14 June 2015, 1:00 p.m. presentation and discussion, Island Savings Centre, 2687 James Street, Duncan, BC

15 June 2015, presentation and discussion at a time to be determined, Start Now Gardens, 1134 Bloomington Avenue, Bremerton, Washington

17 June 2015, 5:30 p.m. presentation and discussion, The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, Washington (dinner at 5:00 p.m., reservations encouraged)

18 June 2015, 7:00 p.m. presentation and discussion, Public Library, 1270 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island, Washington

19 June 2015, 6:30 p.m. presentation and discussion, King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, Washington

22 June 2015, 7:00 p.m. presentation and discussion, Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Avenue SW, Olympia, Washington

24 June 2015, 3:00 p.m. book-reading and -signing, Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette Street, Eugene, Oregon

24 June 2015, 7:00 p.m. presentation and discussion, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1685 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon

25 June 2015, 6:00 p.m. presentation and discussion, Community Library, 901 C Street 98660, Vancouver, Washington

26 June 2015, presentation and discussion at a time to be arranged, Portland City Club, 901 SW Washington Street, Portland, Oregon

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McPherson’s latest book is co-authored by Carolyn Baker. Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind is available. Electronic copy is available here from Amazon.

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  • Guy,

    Got links to any of the shitstorm ?
    Tried both sites and neither one had a comments section that I could locate.

    Où est la deluge de merde??

  • Get out the Innuendo (an Italian word for Preparation H).

  • Jeff S Said:

    “And it’s curious how Curious, who buys all of Jean’s crap at face value, gets to post not just over two posts, but an infinite number.”

    I noticed that. God fucking forbid Gerald post 3 times in a day or there is hell to pay, but “Curious” gets to go over 10 with not even a chastisement (posted 15 times total last article).

  • Not from Wiki.

    Endocene is the short epochal period following directly from the anthropocene.

    During the Endocene, the species Homo sapiens caused its own extinction, as well as the total extinction of thousands of other innocent species & life forms.

    The primary causal chain for this mass extinction was the human species’ total obsession with growth.

    Humans developed the ability to extract & consume enormous amounts of energy from the carbon based fuels buried in the bowels of their various planetary ecosystems, especially coal, oil, & natural gas.

    Using their evolved large & creative brains, the human species developed very effective exosomatic tools both to extract & burn the increasingly sacred buried fossil fuels.

    Only about twenty percent of the total human species, one & one half billion people, profligately consumed these sacred ancient fossil fuels in sophisticated, ingenious, & massive industrial plants & intricate machines.

    The elitist controllers of the gleefully consuming humans in rich countries developed all manner of convoluted intellectual supports, justifications, & high sounding rationlizations for their obsessive & rapacious consumption & pollution.

    The elitist engineered system of never ending growth was known as continually expanding free market economics.

    The entire growth mania/economic system was completely based on borrowing money from banks at compound interest.

    Compound interest, of course, was not well understood by the innocent & bamboozled borrowers.

    Most bewildered borrowing pilgrims only knew it as qualifying for so-called credit.

    Depending on the rate of interest, compound interest required that the borrower must repay the banker/creditor much more than he borrowed – usually around three plus times more than he borrowed.

    As a handy rule, the compound interest system/religion can be summed up by the game of 72 – a very simple but monstrously perverse, deadly, & bloodsucking game.

    If we divide the rate of interest, say 7 % into 72; we get slightly longer than 10 years.

    Ten years is the length of time it takes for the original investment/debt to DOUBLE.

    At 10 % compound interest any original investment doubles in about 7 short years.

    It is a completely logical “system” & even considered “a science” by practicing well dressed priests, also known as economists.

    The supply of physical money has to grow/expand to pay the bankers mathematical/mystically expanding interest.

    Therefore, all development & expansion; including basic living & survival, requires continual consumption of finite resources, in order that the debtors repay their lawfully incurred contractual debts to their banker/creditors.

    All consumption by the most indebted twenty percent in the “rich” countries was inevitably based on using & burning fossil fuels.

    But, disaster & collapse was written into the mystical & “impossible” system of ever expanding resource extraction & consumption

    The profligate burning of fossil fuels led to the equally profligate production of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

    The CO2 pollution was so readily & cavalierly exhausted into the atmospheric commons in such massive amounts that it caused the entire plane to abruptly heat.

    The priestly economists called carbon greenhouse gas pollution an “externality.”

    It was NOT even considered part of the continually growing economic system.

    The economic priests had esoteric equations as proof.

    Nevertheless, the increased planetary heating from CO2 forced the release of other methane rich carbon stores in the Arctic Ocean Sea beds & Northern latitude permafrost.

    In short order the perviously sleeping methane in the Arctic Sea beds & permafrost melted.

    The escaping methane perfused into the atmospheric commons, where it abruptly increased the deadly heating – releasing even more deadly methane.

    Evenually, planet Earth became too hot to sustain most froms of life, including all Mammalian life.

    It was called the Sixth Great Extinction &/or the Endocene.

    Some wise asses call it the ultimate bummer.

  • Don’t mind, I know already that this is the wrong place for me. Please don’t stop evoking Death, push it! Push it!

    ” Nicht lange durstest du noch

    Nicht lange durstest du noch,
    verbranntes Herz!
    Verheissung ist in der Luft,
    aus unbekannten Mündern bläst mich’s an
    – die grosse Kühle kommt …
    Meine Sonne stand heiss über mir im Mittage:
    seid mir gegrüsst, dass ihr kommt
    ihr plötzlichen Winde
    ihr kühlen Geister des Nachmittags!
    Die Luft geht fremd und rein.
    Schielt nicht mit schiefem
    Verführerblick
    die Nacht mich an? …
    Bleib stark, mein tapfres Herz!
    Frag nicht: warum? -”

    – Friedrich Nietzsche

  • The post above was for “Into destiny”. May your destiny be fulfilled.

    Auf Wiedersehen

  • @ G. S. Says:
    May 26th, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Not from Wiki. …

    Well done, Mr. Spezio, it’s unfortunate that there will be no [other] place to it in a temporally relevant way, let alone anyone able to learn anything from the lesson. C’est la vie, c’est l’mort.

  • Ooops, shoulda’ been “…place to POST it…”. My bad.

  • One more for your ‘not Wiki’ list, Gerald.

    Self annihilation was frequently referred to by the insane creatures that lived in the Endocene as ‘sustainable development’.

    Still watching the Arctic catastrophe unfold. Sitting on two standard deviations from ‘normal’ and still on track for a record low this year.

  • floods in Texas (as an example for the loss of so many homes in the USA since 10 years). All of a sudden, you have nowhere to stay, no bed to lie on, no fridge to visit whenever you feel like eating and where you can find something to your taste and ready to eat, no bathroom to pee, shit and take a bath or a shower (hot, mind you), no clothes, no soap, shhampoo, and all other products we usually use, nowhere to go, nowhere to quietly open your computer, in privacy, and do your thing. All of a sudden, in the 4th largest city in the country (ppulation wise), life stops. And there will not be resources to reconstruct, you know it in your guts. All of a sudden, there is no future and you go into panic mode everytime it starts to rain. And you lost your car… Thousands upon thousands cars in the water.

    All that water is contaminated by all the chemicals engulfed in the floods. And fracking wells. And everything.

    Today, someone told me I sounded hysterical.
    oh well.

  • @Paul Chefurka – I like your agenda for Now That I Know. I will read it to the group I attend every week. I will also study it and try to make it part of my life. Thanks Paul, I needed to hear those things that you wrote from your heart.

  • Fukushima May Be At Risk Of Imminent “Hydrogen Explosion”

    Containers holding contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are at risk of hydrogen explosions, The Telegraph reports, with 10% of them found to be leaking. The discovery was reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), which raised concerns surrounding the potential hazards of accumulated hydrogen building up in the containers warning that “a spark caused by static electricity could cause a container to explode.” TEPCO officials reassuringly note that they “think the possibility of an occurrence of hydrogen explosion from these storage facilities is extremely low, since there is no fire origin, or anything that generates static electricity nearby,” but this is the same company that a recent IAEA report blasted for “failing to implement adequate safeguards at Fukushima – despite being aware of the tsunami risk.”

    Leaking containers at Japan’s embattled Fukushima nuclear power plant are at risk of possible hydrogen explosions, experts have claimed. As The Telegraph reports,

    Almost 10 per cent of recently inspected containers holding contaminated water at the nuclear plant in northeast Japan were found to be leaking radioactive water.

    The leakages, discovered during inspections by Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operators of the plant, were thought to be caused by a build-up of hydrogen and other gases due to radiation contamination.

    The discovery was reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), which raised concerns surrounding the potential hazards of accumulated hydrogen building up in the containers.

    “If the concentration level is high, a spark caused by static electricity could cause a container to explode,” one NRA official told the Asahi Shimbun.

    Tepco officials made the discovery while inspecting 278 of the plant’s 1,307 containers and found that 26 – close to ten per cent – had a leakage or overspill from their lids.

    It is believed that gases had accumulated in the sediment at the base of the containers, prompting the volume of the liquid to expand and resulting in the overflow.

    However, officials at Tepco stated that the risk of an explosion was believed to be minimal, with a series of measures being undertaken as a matter of urgency to resolve the faulty storage containers.

    The operators also emphasised that there was no sign of radioactive water escaping beyond the confines of the concrete structures that encase the leaking containers.

    “We think the possibility of an occurrence of hydrogen explosion from these storage facilities is extremely low, since there is no fire origin, or anything that generates static electricity nearby,” Mayumi Yoshida, a spokeswoman for Tepco, told the Telegraph.

    Outlining measures to fix the problem, she added: “For temporary measures, we have been removing the leaked water, installing absorption materials, monitoring by patrol, keeping water level inside those facilities lower than set and keeping equipment which may generate fire away.

    “In the long term, we’re going to lower the water level of current facilities so as to prevent further leakages.”

    But this reassurance rings a little hollow given the recent report finding TEPCO at fault (as RT reports)…

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report that TEPCO failed to implement adequate safeguards at Fukushima – despite being aware of the tsunami risk. The document was obtained by Kyodo news agency on Monday.

    According to the 240-page report, several analyses carried out between 2007 and 2009 predicted the possibility of an 8.3-magnitude earthquake on the coast of Fukushima, which could result in the plant being hit by a tsunami of around 15 meters.

    However, TEPCO and Japanese authorities delayed responding to the predictions, feeling that “further studies and investigations were needed.”

    “TEPCO did not take interim compensatory measures in response to these increased estimates of tsunami height, nor did NISA require TEPCO to act promptly on these results,” reads the text.

    The report, prepared by 180 experts from 42 countries, will be presented at the annual IAEA meeting in September, if approved by its board of directors in June.

  • Does that mean Curimouse ain’t commin’ back no more? Whoopieee!

  • Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

    Posted on May 24, 2015

    By Chris Hedges

    Demonstrators protesting the influence of big corporations march on Wall Street amid heavy police presence in 2011. (AP / John Minchillo)

    The naive belief that history is linear, that moral progress accompanies technical progress, is a form of collective self-delusion. It cripples our capacity for radical action and lulls us into a false sense of security. Those who cling to the myth of human progress, who believe that the world inevitably moves toward a higher material and moral state, are held captive by power. Only those who accept the very real possibility of dystopia, of the rise of a ruthless corporate totalitarianism, buttressed by the most terrifying security and surveillance apparatus in human history, are likely to carry out the self-sacrifice necessary for revolt.

    The yearning for positivism that pervades our corporate culture ignores human nature and human history. But to challenge it, to state the obvious fact that things are getting worse, and may soon get much worse, is to be tossed out of the circle of magical thinking that defines American and much of Western culture. The left is as infected with this mania for hope as the right. It is a mania that obscures reality even as global capitalism disintegrates and the ecosystem unravels, potentially dooming us all.

    The 19th century theorist Louis-Auguste Blanqui, unlike nearly all of his contemporaries, dismissed the belief, central to Karl Marx, that human history is a linear progression toward equality and greater morality. He warned that this absurd positivism is the lie perpetrated by oppressors: “All atrocities of the victor, the long series of his attacks are coldly transformed into constant, inevitable evolution, like that of nature. … But the sequence of human things is not inevitable like that of the universe. It can be changed at any moment.” He foresaw that scientific and technological advancement, rather than being a harbinger of progress, could be “a terrible weapon in the hands of Capital against Work and Thought.” And in a day when few others did so, he decried the despoiling of the natural world. “The axe fells, nobody replants. There is no concern for the future’s ill health.”

    “Humanity,” Blanqui wrote, “is never stationary. It advances or goes backwards. Its progressive march leads it to equality. Its regressive march goes back through every stage of privilege to human slavery, the final word of the right to property.” Further, he wrote, “I am not amongst those who claim that progress can be taken for granted, that humanity cannot go backwards.”

    Blanqui understood that history has long periods of cultural barrenness and brutal repression. The fall of the Roman Empire, for example, led to misery throughout Europe during the Dark Ages, roughly from the sixth through the 13th centuries. There was a loss of technical knowledge (one prominent example being how to build and maintain aqueducts), and a cultural and intellectual impoverishment led to a vast historical amnesia that blotted out the greatest thinkers and artists of the classical world. None of this loss was regained until the 14th century when Europe saw the beginning of the Renaissance, a development made possible largely by the cultural flourishing of Islam, which through translating Aristotle into Arabic and other intellectual accomplishments kept alive the knowledge and wisdom of the past. The Dark Ages were marked by arbitrary rule, incessant wars, insecurity, anarchy and terror. And I see nothing to prevent the rise of a new Dark Age if we do not abolish the corporate state. Indeed, the longer the corporate state holds power the more likely a new Dark Age becomes. To trust in some mythical force called progress to save us is to become passive before corporate power. The people alone can defy these forces. And fate and history do not ensure our victory.

    Blanqui tasted history’s tragic reverses. He took part in a series of French revolts, including an attempted armed insurrection in May 1839, the 1848 uprising and the Paris Commune—a socialist uprising that controlled France’s capital from March 18 until May 28 in 1871. Workers in cities such as Marseilles and Lyon attempted but failed to organize similar communes before the Paris Commune was militarily crushed.

    The blundering history of the human race is always given coherence by power elites and their courtiers in the press and academia who endow it with a meaning and coherence it lacks. They need to manufacture national myths to hide the greed, violence and stupidity that characterize the march of most human societies. For the United States, refusal to confront the crisis of climate change and our endless and costly wars in the Middle East are but two examples of the follies that propel us toward catastrophe.

    Wisdom is not knowledge. Knowledge deals with the particular and the actual. Knowledge is the domain of science and technology. Wisdom is about transcendence. Wisdom allows us to see and accept reality, no matter how bleak that reality may be. It is only through wisdom that we are able to cope with the messiness and absurdity of life. Wisdom is about detachment. Once wisdom is achieved, the idea of moral progress is obliterated. Wisdom throughout the ages is a constant. Did Shakespeare supersede Sophocles? Is Homer inferior to Dante? Does the Book of Ecclesiastes not have the same deep powers of observation about life that Samuel Beckett offers? Systems of power fear and seek to silence those who achieve wisdom, which is what the war by corporate forces against the humanities and art is about. Wisdom, because it sees through the facade, is a threat to power. It exposes the lies and ideologies that power uses to maintain its privilege and its warped ideology of progress.

    Knowledge does not lead to wisdom. Knowledge is more often a tool for repression. Knowledge, through the careful selection and manipulation of facts, gives a false unity to reality. It creates a fictitious collective memory and narrative. It manufactures abstract concepts of honor, glory, heroism, duty and destiny that buttress the power of the state, feed the disease of nationalism and call for blind obedience in the name of patriotism. It allows human beings to explain the advances and reverses in human achievement and morality, as well as the process of birth and decay in the natural world, as parts of a vast movement forward in time. The collective enthusiasm for manufactured national and personal narratives, which is a form of self-exaltation, blots out reality. The myths we create that foster a fictitious hope and false sense of superiority are celebrations of ourselves. They mock wisdom. And they keep us passive.

    Wisdom connects us with forces that cannot be measured empirically and that are outside the confines of the rational world. To be wise is to pay homage to beauty, truth, grief, the brevity of life, our own mortality, love and the absurdity and mystery of existence. It is, in short, to honor the sacred. Those who remain trapped in the dogmas perpetuated by technology and knowledge, who believe in the inevitability of human progress, are idiot savants.

    “Self-awareness is as much a disability as a power,” the philosopher John Gray writes. “The most accomplished pianist is not the one who is most aware of her movements when she plays. The best craftsman may not know how he works. Very often we are at our most skillful when we are least self-aware. That may be why many cultures have sought to disrupt or diminish self-conscious awareness. In Japan, archers are taught that they will hit the target only when they no longer think of it—or themselves.”

    Artists and philosophers, who expose the mercurial undercurrents of the subconscious, allow us to face an unvarnished truth. Works of art and philosophy informed by the intuitive, unarticulated meanderings of the human psyche transcend those constructed by the plodding conscious mind. The freeing potency of visceral memories does not arrive through the intellect. These memories are impervious to rational control. And they alone lead to wisdom.

    Those with power have always manipulated reality and created ideologies defined as progress to justify systems of exploitation. Monarchs and religious authorities did this in the Middle Ages. Today this is done by the high priests of modernity—the technocrats, scholars, scientists, politicians, journalists and economists. They deform reality. They foster the myth of preordained inevitability and pure rationality. But such knowledge—which dominates our universities—is anti-thought. It precludes all alternatives. It is used to end discussion. It is designed to give to the forces of science or the free market or globalization a veneer of rational discourse, to persuade us to place our faith in these forces and trust our fate to them. These forces, the experts assure us, are as unalterable as nature. They will lead us forward. To question them is heresy.

    The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, in his 1942 novella “Chess Story,” chronicles the arcane specializations that have created technocrats unable to question the systems they serve, as well as a society that foolishly reveres them. Mirko Czentovic, the world chess champion, represents the technocrat. His mental energy is invested solely in the 64 squares of the chessboard. Apart from the game, he is a dolt, a monomaniac like all monomaniacs, who “burrow like termites into their own particular material to construct, in miniature, a strange and utterly individual image of the world.” When Czentovic “senses an educated person he crawls into his shell. That way no one will ever be able to boast of having heard him say something stupid or of having plumbed the depths of his seemingly boundless ignorance.”

    An Austrian lawyer known as Dr. B, whom the Gestapo had held for many months in solitary confinement, challenges Czentovic to a game of chess. During his confinement, the lawyer’s only reading material was a chess manual, which he memorized. He reconstructed games in his head. Forced by his captivity to replicate the single-minded obsession of the technocrat Czentovic, Dr. B too became trapped inside a specialized world, and, unlike Czentovic, he became insane temporarily as he focused on a tiny, specialized piece of human activity. When he challenges the chess champion, his insanity returns.

    Zweig, who mourned for the broad liberal culture of educated Europe swallowed up by fascism and modern bureaucracy, warns of the absurdity and danger of a planet run by technocrats. For him, the rise of the Industrial Age and the industrial man and woman is a terrifying metamorphosis in the relationship of human beings to the world. As specialists and bureaucrats, human beings become tools, able to make systems of exploitation and even terror function efficiently without the slightest sense of personal responsibility or understanding. They retreat into the arcane language of all specialists, to mask what they are doing and give to their work a sanitized, clinical veneer.

    This is Hannah Arendt’s central point in “Eichmann in Jerusalem.” Technocratic human beings are spiritually dead. They are capable of anything, no matter how heinous, because they do not reflect upon or question the ultimate goal. “The longer one listened to him,” Arendt writes of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann on trial, “the more obvious it became that his inability to speak was closely connected with an inability to think, namely, to think from the standpoint of somebody else. No communication was possible with him, not because he lied but because he was surrounded by the most reliable of all safeguards against the words and presence of others, and hence against reality as such.”

    Zweig, horrified by a world run by technocrats, committed suicide with his wife in 1942. He knew that from then on, the Czentovics would be exalted in the service of state and corporate monstrosities.

    Resistance, as Alexander Berkman points out, is first about learning to speak differently and abandoning the vocabulary of the “rational” technocrats who rule. Once we discover new words and ideas through which to perceive and explain reality, we free ourselves from neoliberal capitalism, which functions, as Walter Benjamin knew, like a state religion. Resistance will take place outside the boundaries of popular culture and academia, where the deadening weight of the dominant ideology curtails creativity and independent thought.

    As global capitalism disintegrates, the heresy our corporate masters fear is gaining currency. But that heresy will not be effective until it is divorced from the mania for hope that is an essential part of corporate indoctrination. The ridiculous positivism, the belief that we are headed toward some glorious future, defies reality. Hope, in this sense, is a form of disempowerment.

    There is nothing inevitable about human existence except birth and death. There are no forces, whether divine or technical, that will guarantee us a better future. When we give up false hopes, when we see human nature and history for what they are, when we accept that progress is not preordained, then we can act with an urgency and passion that comprehends the grim possibilities ahead.

  • @mike k

    Thank you. I’m still working to create a more harmonious balance of head and heart. That bit of writing burst out this morning in a flash of wu wei. It just felt right.

  • Curious,

    If you have indeed decided to part ways with NBL, I for one will be sorry to see you go. There are a few doomers and gloomers on this blog who easily fulfill the well-known adage that: “Misery loves Company”.

    If you should decide to spend your time in friendlier environs, just remember that your positive outlook and sound spirit were not wasted, even here. I don’t know what you wrote in German??, but if I get the gist of what you said, maybe it was something like our old prime minister was thought to have uttered under his breath to a few unfriendly gargoyles who happened to be within earshot… but when he was asked to repeat what he said, the words “Fuddle Duddle” suddenly came to his lips, creating a dilemma that has lasted to this day. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that a few here may also wonder on what that could possibly imply.

    “Fuddle Duddle!” MMMMmmmmm????

    I’m sure our prime minister meant well….

  • Rather than just live and try to enjoy what we had, people have tried to fucking label everything in existence that we know about. So, what do we name the era that’s going to roll around after the Endocene? After all, a huge bunch of shit is still going to exist after where gone, isn’t it? Or does stuff not really exist unless somebody is around to classify it?

    Personally, I think all the crap ‘out there’ will still be here when we’re gone. Stars will be there, they just won’t shine. No eyes to see them. How sad, too bad…

    Now, seeing that we’ve labeled everything else, shouldn’t we label what will most likely be the longest era of all time?

    How about the Failocene? It kind of implies how our universe returned to lifelesness. How about calling it just the Nocene, seeing that there is no more shit to hit the fan? Here’s my favorite, The Obocene, because if all life gets wiped out that would mean that the entire universe may be nothing more than a gigantic clusterfuck! What could be more obscene than that?

  • @Kirk Hamilton: How about the Failocene? It kind of implies how our universe returned to lifelesness. How about calling it just the Nocene, seeing that there is no more shit to hit the fan? Here’s my favorite, The Obocene, because if all life gets wiped out that would mean that the entire universe may be nothing more than a gigantic clusterfuck! What could be more obscene than that?

    >>>

    Maybe you didn’t get the memo on this one, but the sun doesn’t revolve around the earth.

    Furthermore, the earth isn’t the center of the known universe – never mind the parts we don’t know.

    Furthermore, even assuming Guy’s direst predictions are true (and I more or less agree with them, minus his obsession with dating everything which makes him and others look foolish time and time again) – NTE or NTHE does not equate to lifelessness on our biosphere.

    No doubt there are going to be plenty of species that survive. Cockroaches will probably do fine. Jellyfish will probably thrive. All those mysterious creatures at the bottom of the ocean will probably continue on.

    The sun, the moon and the stars will shine…on them, if not on us. And after enough time has elapsed, conditions supportive of other, more complex life forms will return – as they have after every other major extinction event.

    And apart from all that, there is a statistical near certainty that we are not the only planet with sentient life forms in this vast universe – never mind the potential of other possible parallel universes that a lot of physicists talk about these days.

    So…mourn your losses as much as you need or want to. But don’t be delusional enough to think that when we’re gone, everything (or even everyone) is gone.

    We’re a small, small part of a much bigger story than you or I or anyone can possibly know with our limited human perspectives, whatever they might be.

  • @Paul Chefurka: Thank you. I’m still working to create a more harmonious balance of head and heart. That bit of writing burst out this morning in a flash of wu wei. It just felt right.

    >>>

    Yeah, but if I can’t hate anybody, what the fuck is the point?

  • This site says it all. Arctic ice is in massive melt.
    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

  • @ Kirk Hamilton “What could be more obscene than that?” Uh.. humans colonizing other planets as Stephen Hawkins and other techno optimists propose. It won’t happen. But just the idea of us finding other planets to conquer when we destroyed the one we had is patently offensive. I say no second chances for homo callidus. We made our bed and now we get to die in it.

    @ Gerald Spezio – you nailed it with your missive. Well done! If I could, I’d broadcast it into outer space so other life forms, should they be listening, can learn from our stupendous stupidity.

  • Life at the end of empire….

    ‘Texas has halted plans to secede from America to ask for federal disaster relief.’

  • So, Jean Turcot, you are back, in order to defend this which you wrote.
    May 25th, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    “As far as how to feed everyone without taxing the planet too much, there are too many ways to do just that to go into it at length, and it would be too taxing to name the ways. Modern technology, combined with alternate and renewable energy sources are plentiful and awaiting our smarts to go after them in spades.

    If you still want to dispute that premise, be my guest. It’s all yours.”

    Modern technology will dave us? Alternative and renewable energy sources are plentiful and just waiting for us to use them? Can you defend these statements with facts? Or do you think that people here buy the crap being sold by Disney’s Tomorrowland and all the other hopium retail outlets as if there is a microgram of truth in their content? Or is this just the latest in your series of unsupported assertions which you think you don’t need to back up, since there are no facts, only opinions?!

  • “I don’t know what you wrote in German??”

    That’s why the Good Lord created Larry Page and Sergei Brin (and Eric Schmidt – et al.!): they begat Google, and Google begat Google translate, and the Good Lord saw that it was adequate…

    Not long will you thirst,
    Scorched heart!
    Promise is in the air,
    from unknown mouths blows me’s at
    – The great coolness comes …
    My sun stood hot over me at noon:
    Greetings to me that you come
    her sudden winds
    her cool spirits of the afternoon!
    The air is strange and pure.
    Not switched with oblique
    Seducer view
    the night to me? …
    Stay strong, valiant heart!
    Do not ask: why? – ”

    “It kind of implies how our universe returned to lifelesness.”

    Hubbout lookin’ at the big picture?

    Fer exampull…


    Toward an Interstellar Archaeology

  • Mother Nature talks about the Endocene.

  • Thanks, ed and cuntagious! It seems that no matter how obscene I get, It’s never enough to keep up!

  • To Paul Chefurka – Now That I Know – thank you so much for that great big serving of wisdom and compassion. That will be treasured for a long time.

  • Julia Roberts / Mother Nature

    Given the ironic perversity of our times, I was half-expecting the clip to end with a Toyota 4×4 clawing its way to the summit.

  • It occurs to me to ask, “Why aren’t things worse?” As stupid, error prone, and downright evil as many among us are – especially those in power – why are we still here? By all rights shouldn’t we have exterminated humanity by now? What’s the hold-up, what’s in the way? Is there some necessary level of stupidity and malice that we still need to achieve to get this job done? Do we need better organization, more funding, more creative ideas and technologies to deliver the lethal means to extinguish ourselves? Is DARPA not living up to its sinister mission?

    Or is it that some die hard peaceniks and do-gooders stand in the way? Surely we can find a way to eliminate their unwelcome influence, and proceed to the real business of life – that is to end it!

  • @WoodWose,

    You’re most welcome! I’m glad to have something positive to contribute to the discussion.

  • Filed Under “ONLY LOVE REMAINS”

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    2.8-Million-Year-Old Cycle Of Human Cruelty Continues Unabated On Elementary School Playground

    In a continuation of the savage impulses that gave rise to tribal warfare, the Norman conquest, and the Srebrenica massacre, fourth-graders Toby Parente and Liam Walker tussle over who gets a turn on the tire swing.

    In a continuation of the savage impulses that gave rise to tribal warfare, the Norman conquest, and the Srebrenica massacre, fourth-graders Toby Parente and Liam Walker tussle over who gets a turn on the tire swing.

    HAMILTON, OH—Following in the same patterns of viciousness and savagery that have persisted since the dawn of mankind, the 2.8-million-year-old cycle of human cruelty reportedly continued unabated Tuesday on the playground of Hamilton Elementary School.

    As the students of Hamilton Elementary attacked and tormented one another on the school’s four-square courts and atop the jungle gym, sources confirmed they exhibited the same aggressive, spiteful, and often ruthlessly violent behavior inherent in humans since the earliest bands of Homo habilis began to fight among themselves ages ago.

    “I hate you, Aaron!” said third-grader Joshua Stevens during the 30-minute recess period, displaying the hostility and senseless brutality that are a fundamental part of his genetic makeup and shared by billions of his ancestors, who even in prehistoric times mercilessly set upon their fellow hominids at the slightest provocation. “You’re stupid and I hate you.”

    As corroborated by playground sources, the elementary school students went on to demonstrate the same tendencies toward tribalism and violent exclusion adopted en route to the formation of modern human civilization, bullying past anyone in their way as they sought out coveted seats on the swing set or one of a limited number of inflatable rubber balls made available for their use.

    “Look, Aaron’s crying!” continued Stevens, who appeared to relish the pain and suffering of another in the same manner as his Paleolithic forebears. “He’s running away! Let’s get him!”

    According to observers, the widespread tradition of mindless barbarism was also furthered by several children who, when brought to anger while climbing on the monkey bars, playing tag, or digging in the sandbox, lashed out with the same blind, destructive fury that has inflicted abject misery upon countless individuals around the world for millions of years.

    Just as throughout its time on earth humanity has been cursed with an implacable rage that leads one person to slaughter another without reason or empathy, reports indicated that Hamilton Elementary students became caught up in a chaotic ordeal of violence and recrimination that led one member of Mrs. McNally’s second-grade class to scratch at and administer Indian burns to an adversary, only to become the victim of a separate attack himself moments later.

    “Hey, give me that!” said 7-year-old Jeremy Croespe, following in the footsteps of so many before him who—perhaps consumed with jealous anger upon noticing someone holding a slab of antelope meat, a gleaming shard of obsidian, or a purse containing gold coins—have set upon a member of their own species with fists and teeth. “No, I was playing with it before. It’s mine.”

    “He pushed me! Did you see? He just pushed me!” the frenzied, hate-filled human continued.

    As corroborated by playground sources, the elementary school students went on to demonstrate the same tendencies toward tribalism and violent exclusion adopted en route to the formation of modern human civilization, bullying past anyone in their way as they sought out coveted seats on the swing set or one of a limited number of inflatable rubber balls made available for their use. Even as they lined up to return to class, many reportedly employed the inhumane tactics of the Mongol Empire, the kingdom of Assyria, and ancient Sparta by singling out and assaulting the vulnerable, the weak, and the fearful among them.

    “Kara has a My Little Pony lunchbox—that’s so lame,” said fourth-grader Amanda Romero, joining with her peers to prey on those whose differences confuse them and make them want to destroy all that which they do not understand. “I bet she can’t even fit enough food in there to stuff in her fat face.”

    Following continued discord punctuated by a shoving match between Trevor Martinez and Mason Keller near the basketball hoop, sources confirmed Hamilton Elementary’s after-lunch play period continued its descent into the ceaseless rhythm of callous savageness that has persisted since primates first tentatively balanced themselves on their hind legs, a cycle of restless violence that can be traced from the tetherball pole to the sacking of Rome to the Spanish Inquisition to the imperialist enslavers to the construction of the first atomic bomb, as humankind in its restive hatred realizes its most lethal impulses and spills the blood of billions upon billions.

    At press time, schoolyard sources confirmed that one child could be seen picking up a rock in order to wield it as a weapon.

    http://goo.gl/2BERWU

  • @mike_k asked, “Do we need better organization, more funding, more creative ideas and technologies to deliver the lethal means to extinguish ourselves?”

    Yes. We’re still around because we haven’t yet reached our maximum exploitive/destructive power. There’s still sugar left in the vat. [I appreciate your apparent recognition, though, that our technological creativity in breaking down energy gradients has also been on an expanding trajectory.]

    But fear not. On a different social forum, I ran across a lady whose husband enters eating contests, the kind where you stuff 100 hot dogs into your face in a minute-and-a-half, or some such. I thought these things were one-off carnival bizarrities, but no.. there’s a whole circuit established for this “hobby”:

    It’s contest season for Bill, so yesterday, we were in West Virginia for pepperoni rolls. The park at which the contest was held was beautiful. Bill came in 8th /10 competitors, but did his personal best at this contest. In 2 weeks, we’re going to Pocono Raceway for a Nathan’s qualifier. Then NYC to Citi Field, the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Rochester, NH. We’ll end the season in Buffalo for wing fest. … He’s been involved for 10 years as of this weekend. Pocono, Citi Field and NH are Nathan’s qualifiers. Tioga Downs is spiedies, and at the Meadowlands is pork roll.

    Rather than horrified opprobrium, this engenders support: Dave and I think that’s about the coolest thing ever. Dave was just asking about Bill the other day when I was checking his interest in going to a cheese fest..

    Meanwhile, two posts down, the same ladies complain about a neighbor’s idling truck because it is “so bad for the environment” (!!)

    See how they have unconsciously developed a technological strategy, though, for burning through as much fossil energy as humanly possible? It’s not enough to eat, but one must overeat; and it’s not enough to overeat, but one must overeat at an elaborate contest; and it’s not enough to go to one local contest a year, but one must drive to a dozen different contests covering hundreds of miles of driving and other excess consumption (hotels and other meals away). Then to top it all off, you get to use the power of the Internet to write about it, and distribute photos, and this all gets backed up not just in one place but dozens of places (Gmail, for instance, now saves about 30 intermediate copies on average of every mail I compose). But it’s Still. Not. Enough… Must. Consume. More. Faster. Urgh!

    I made similar observations about how text used to suffice, and then pictures were needed to comment, and now many people comment using videos. Our own host does this. We just can’t help ourselves, apparently, is what I take away from this observation.

  • mike k,

    “By all rights shouldn’t we have exterminated humanity by now?” Good question. I think Lady Luck has a lot to do with it. But with Russians, Chinese, Americans, Arabs and Africans running around the planet sowing their seeds of destruction, with Muslims seeking a few hundred wives, Christians suggesting that there is no God but God, Hindus holding cows in high esteem and the Chinese rejecting all of them, the Lady may eventually tire of her ordeal.

    All the original signatories of the NPT treaty agreed to rid themselves of their nuclear arsenals asap, and as far back as 1969. Last I heard they were all revamping their nuclear stocks, and with Putins and McCains running our shows, the chances that we will not use these weapons sooner than later will probably make NTHE as the result of climate change a moot point.

  • Come on Mr Onion.

  • meant to say: mr. ed the onion

  • @ed – What you shared hits it on the head – the entire history of humanity boils down to the domination by bullies of the less aggressive members of the species. To understand this is to have the key to how we got in the sorry mess we find ourselves in today, and the necessary means to get out of it.

    Plato understood that our central problem was to find a way for the wise among us be in the positions of leadership. It was obvious to him that this happy state of affairs was not existing in the nations of his time, and indeed that is not the case now.

    We in America live in perhaps the cruelest and most vicious bullydom that has ever existed. But the skill of those in charge of this sadistic monstrosity of abuse have become so adept at propagandizing the populace, that the vast majority of the people think of our nation as some sort of paragon of all virtues. Perhaps the greatest obstacle to creating a new basis for society is the deep conditioning existing in the populace that resists any efforts to awaken them to the true state of affairs. In addition, the entire population is profoundly addicted to the “goodies” that serve to control them. Distracted and confused our fellow Americans are poor material for any kind of awakening or revolution.

    Another way to look at all this is to see it as older levels of evolutionary adaptation seeking to suppress and dominate later levels neurological development. Crude levels of thinking/feeling and behavior resisting more subtle and intelligent ways of being.

    At any rate it boils down to whether we can overthrow the older dynamics of force and domination with a new way of cooperation for the greatest good of all. This evolutionary challenge comes to all emerging intelligent species; passing through this initiatory gate
    would open incredible possibilities. Failure would mean tragic decline and extinction.

  • BTW ed – Filing your bit about bullying under “Only Love Remains” was quite accurate. The basic plot line of the World and the Universe is Love against Hate. Bullying after all is a form of hate. The bastards almost drove me to suicide as a youngster….

  • The motto of the Open Door Community, Atlanta, Ga is:

    “We’re gonna do the best we can until we can’t.” Willie D Wimberly

    This place is extraordinary.

    http://opendoorcommunity.org/

  • Why Naomi Klein & Bill McFibben Are Kiddin’

    Do the math.

    1 Acre < ½ Hectare

    In order for us to stay below 2°C, the IPCC says we need 500 million hectares (1 billion acres) of Farmland by 2100 so that we will be able to extract carbon directly from the air using Bio Energy Carbon Capture & Storage. A fancy way of saying we promise to bury charcoal made from burning plant fibers for energy. The acronym for this is BECCS. The real acronym for this is BS. 500 million hectares of farmland is about the size of India. That's a lot of Farmland. Yet, we are losing soil at twice the rate we need to grow it just to be able to eat.

    Scientific American says humanity only has 60 years of human agriculture left to us because of the rates of soil degradation, depletion and outright loss.

    Also, because we add 1 million new people to earth every 4½ days, we will have to grow more food over the next 50 years than we ever grew in all of the last 10,000 years, combined.

    To do this, we will need 6 million hectares of new farmland every year for the next 30 years. But, we are actually losing 12 million hectares of farmland every year. That's twice the rate it needs to grow.

    On top of all this, in just 10 years from now, 66% of humanity, or roughly 4-5 billion people, will be short of fresh water, with nearly 2 billion people being severely short of fresh water. Try growing food without water and soil and see how far you get.

    Get your Collapse Data Cheat Sheet here:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/collapse/comments/311m7d/collapse_data_cheat_sheet/

  • The Greenland Ice Stream accelerates in order to bring the Endocene to the ports of the Eastern Seabord (The Question Is: How Much Acceleration Is Involved In SLR – 5?</a?).

  • There are some whose emotional (heart/reptilian brain) attitude of the earth a being the center of their universe comes strutting trrough in thier pontifications about how the world will be a better place with the end of Homo … whatever. Actually it is not likely to make a noticeable difference either way for the universe. One can approach this intellectually/by the primate brain, but it ain’t likely to do jack squat at the level of the “heart”/reptilian brain.

  • “attitude of the earth being the center of their universe comes strutting through in their pontifications”

    Indeed. Commonly referred to as ‘Delusions of Grandeur’.

  • It is worth remembering that, even without the melting of any ice on land masses, an increase in the average temperature of the oceans/seas causes an increase in volume, and therefore an increase in depth (the exceptions being seas in the 0oC to 4oC range, where warming can cause contraction in the short term).

    And where is most of the heat trapped by the excessively high concentration of atmospheric CO2 going?

    Everything I read indicates economic collapse and/or major war will eclipse concerns about sea level rise in the short term.

    September draws closer.

  • “Hindus holding cows in high esteem”

    I, for one, do. The best steaks were in Texas. Most delicious. But then I was in the Army, young, dumb and full of ‘you know what’.

    “Crude levels of thinking/feeling and behavior resisting more subtle and intelligent ways of being.”

    Intelligent ways of being are the skills of the chauffeur, the verbal, rational primate/mammalian brain. It takes its orders from the non-verbal, non-rational, seat of emotions and values, the “heart”/reptilian brain. Where the limousine goes depends on the gent in the back seat more than on the person in the driver’s seat.

    “The basic plot line of the World and the Universe is Love against Hate.”

    Love and hate arise from and generate attachments; they are more easily diluted and fatigued than compassion.

    Franklin & Marshall College
    Common Hour
    Jeremy Jackson: Ocean Apocalypse
    @27:10
    “When the West Antartic Ice Sheet breaks, sea levels will rise by four metres in a couple of years”.

  • Overcommett as NBL switched the address to the video on the last comment:

    Franklin & Marshall College
    Common Hour
    Jeremy Jackson: Ocean Apocalypse
    @27:10
    “When the West Antartic Ice Sheet breaks, sea levels will rise by four metres in a couple of years”.

  • Guy, Thanks for sharing your FB hate mail on your podcast. A perfect reminder for me as to why I dumped my FB page, arguing with people on FB is a waste. Do yourself a favor and spend your time taking care of what is important. As in, ignore those people.

  • @shep: Come on Mr Onion.

    >>>

    C’mon yourself, bruddah Shep.

    I remember reading what seems like dozens of posts in which the dear departed schoolyard bully Fugly kicked your ass up one side of the NBL playground and down the other, just for fun.

    And not just you, of course – but it was a picture perfect example of exactly what the Onion piece points out.

    So smile, and say CHEESE.

    But only love remains, bruddah – only love remains.

  • I always love it when You show up in others work and get peoples attention.http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-extinction-survey.html

  • Katie Goodman (of I didn’t f*ck it up fame)…

    It’s All Gonna Be Okay

  • I’ve posted a new essay, courtesy of Bud Nye. Catch it, and a link to this week’s radio show, here.

  • Ed,

    GOT ME!

    CHEESE!!

  • Ewe fuk’t it up.