Why I Write

If certain ideas and emotions are expressed in these pages with what seems an extreme intransigence, it is not merely because I love an argument and wish to provoke (though I do), but because I am — really am — an extremist, one who lives and loves by choice far out on the very verge of things, on the edge of the abyss, where this world falls off into the depths of another. That’s the way I like it.

The final lines of Edward Abbey’s introduction to The Journey Home resonate strongly with me nearly four decades after the book was published in 1977. If you read his work, you might come to understand why he profoundly influenced my path.

I’ve copied below an essay originally posted in this space, verbatim, on 10 May 2009. You’ll note my incorrect, early anticipation of the collapse of industrial civilization. I was far too optimistic.

Contrary to the essay below, I’ve subsequently had five additional books published, including a book-length work of fiction. You can see the complete list here.

I was interviewed briefly by Michael Welch of Global Research on 10 December 2015 and the radio interview aired 11 December 2015. The portion with me is linked here.

I’ll be signing books at the first-ever (and likely last-ever) Tucson Festival of Books this weekend, and also delivering a talk and leading a discussion titled, “Why I Write.” I’ve been thinking about this subject for a few years, even occasionally trying to explain to my colleagues why they should synthesize their knowledge for scientists and the general public. Consider this post a draft of my comments for next weekend, recognizing that these are excerpts of what I’ll actually read and I’ve modified the text slightly for ease of reading (e.g., by removing citations). Comments are welcome, of course, as well as your visit to the tent I’ll be occupying during the event.

My first book was driven by my quest for academic success, the culmination of which I believed to be tenure. The first listing in my first book, Glossary of Fire Management Terms Used in the United States, is abort. The final term, a riveting 137 pages later, is zone weather forecast. I promise not to quote from this book if you promise not to buy it.

Seven years later, after obtaining the academic prize of tenure, I sought bigger game. With full professor in my sights, the seemingly necessary round of ammo was a major synthetic work. So I churned out a book that synthesized contemporary knowledge about North American savannas. It also signaled the hallmark of my early career in that it described the interface between science and its application. Even at this early stage in my career, I didn’t fit neatly into the academic categories of real “science” and application of that science, but instead attempted to bridge the enterprises. Consider these passages, for example:

“As with any human activity, sciences shares many characteristics with everyday activities. For example, observations of recurring events are used to infer general patterns in banking and fishing, as well as most scientific disciplines. The discussion herein focuses on features that are unique to science. I assume in this chapter that science is obliged in part to offer explanatory and predictive power about the natural world. An additional assumption is that the scientific method, which includes explicit hypothesis-testing, is among the most efficient and valid techniques for acquiring reliable knowledge. The scientific method should be used to elucidate mechanisms underlying observed patters; such elucidation is the key to predicting and understanding natural systems.”

“Resource managers need reliable scientific information to effectively manage plant communities and ecological processes. Because abundant data are available in a wide variety of qualities, managers must extract relevant information from the body of knowledge to address management decisions. Additional factors contribute to the dilemma that managers face as they attempt to incorporate scientific knowledge into management decisions: much of the available information is contradictory or inconsistent, and many scientists still attempt to provide mechanistic explanations about ecosystem function based on descriptive research. This latter tendency has trapped scientists into making predictions about things they cannot predict. Adherence to scientific principles, including hypothesis-testing, will improve communication between resource managers and scientists while increasing the credibility of both groups.”

The capstone for my work on the links between the development of reliable knowledge (i.e., science) and the application of that knowledge (i.e., management) came with one of two books published in 2003. This is perhaps the most respectable of my books by the academic elite who review my publications on a regular basis. It grew from a course I developed and taught for several years.

“Some readers will undoubtedly argue that managers are not interested in hearing about ecologists’ problems, and vice versa. Although we fear this may be true, we assume that progressive managers and progressive scientists are interested in understanding problems and contributing to their solution. Indeed, progressive managers ought to be scientists, and progressive scientists ought to be able to assume a manager’s perspective. As such, effective managers will understand the hurdles faced by research ecologists, and the trade offs associated with the different methods used to address issues of bias, sample size, and so on. Managers and scientists will be more effective if they understand science and management. How better to seek information, interpret scientific literature, evaluate management programs, or influence research than to understand and appreciate ecology and management?”

The other book published in 2003 marked the end of my work on global climate change. By the time this book was published, I believed we had passed the tipping point with respect to global climate change, that we were doomed to extinction at our own hand. Ever the optimists, we structured the book as if we could prevent that fate, or at least forestall it.

“Human-induced change in global environments is one of the most important and timely topics facing society. As the effects of human activities on Earth’s climate, sea levels, and ecosystems become more apparent in the coming decade, global change issues likely will become even more important to global citizens the their governmental representatives.”

“One important aspect of global change is the potential response of terrestrial ecosystems to changing environmental conditions. Anthropogenic increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration have both direct and indirect ramifications for natural ecosystems: global increases in carbon dioxide may stimulate plant growth, but they will also increase surface temperatures and change precipitation regimes. Considerable research has described the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and expected increases in temperature on ecosystems, but little research has focused on changes in the amount of seasonality of precipitation anticipated in the next few decades.”

“In short, scientific understanding and effective management of plant species and communities in the face of climate change will depend on our ability to accurately predict their response to different biotic and abiotic driving variables. This in turn will depend on a mechanistic understanding of individual and combined species response to resource limitations under changing environments. To this end, several large-scale field experiments have been designed to assess the physical and biological mechanisms that may control the effects of changes in precipitation regimes on individual plants, plant populations, and plant communities and their ecosystems. However, in contrast with carbon dioxide and surface temperature research — the sole focus of many books, journals, and scientific meetings — there has been no central forum for the discussion of information about this newly breaking arena of global change research.”
We fixed that problem, for all the good it did.

I took a job with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) at the cutting edge of development and application of scientific knowledge: I helped create, and then administered, a program for postdoctoral scholars. But the gig with TNC made me realize how fantastic life in the academy can be, so I decided to return to the life and students I love. Before I could make a graceful exit, though, I hung around in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area drowning in self-induced misery. One result was my only book-length work of fiction, written as therapy.

I strongly recommend writing as therapy. It’s so much cheaper than a shrink, or even a drink. But I do not recommend attempting to get the resulting drivel published. Consider, for example:
“‘Remember to call the nurse,’ Diane had said as we headed for our respective offices this morning. Dr. Weisner’s nurse had left a message on our answering machine regarding results of my recent blood work. Of course I had remembered. Six or seven times, in fact. But frequent interruptions ensured that I had forgotten an equal number of times. I grab the telephone and call before I can forget again.”

“After working steadily through the maze of choices and enduring a scratchy recording of Glenn Miller’s orchestra for several painful minutes, I am rewarded with a harried human voice.”

“‘Hi, this is Gary Peterson. I’m returning a call from Dr. Weisner’s nurse, Judy.'”

“‘Please hold, sir.’ More Glenn Miller. I review my e-mail messages, deleting half of the thirty messages that arrived overnight without reading them. I’ve got to unsubscribe from two or three of these journalism listserves that I never find time to read. I wouldn’t be averse to getting rid of e-mail altogether, as it’s become one more step on the road to replacing things that are important with those that are urgent. Bob Matthews peers into my open door, sees I’m on the telephone, and disappears before I have a chance to catch him. My patience is wearing thin when the human voice return. ‘Judy is not here today, sir.'”

“‘Okay, what about Dr. Weisner?’ My question is rewarded with a sudden click and more Glenn Miller. I retrieve my notes for today’s class from my briefcase. They seemed organized, logical and timely when I finished them late last night. In the harsh light of day, they appear considerably less brilliant. Maybe it’s Glenn Miller’s influence.”

“‘Sir?’ The voice seems surprised I’m still on the line.”

“‘Yes,’ I reply.”

“‘Dr. Weisner is not here, either.'”

“‘Okay, I’m just calling about the results of some blood tests. Judy left a message for me yesterday, indicating they were ready. Perhaps you can tell me?'”

“‘One minute, please.’ The voice is gone before I can reply. The big band sound of Glenn Miller scratches and squawks through the earpiece. Until today, I had no firm sentiment about Glenn Miller and his orchestra. A single telephone call, thus far characterized by few words, has irreparably destroyed my opinion of his music.”

“‘Sir?’ The voice makes no attempt to disguise her astonishment at the persistence. I can’t help thinking that she’s probably impressed by my tolerance for the raspy horns.”

“‘Yes, I’m still here,’ I reply with all the patience I can muster.”

“‘Dr. Weisner and Judy are on vacation.'”

“‘Both of them?'”

“‘Yes. They’ll be back in two weeks.’ I try to recall the last time I took a two-week vacation. I suspect it was during my sabbatical leave, three years ago.”

“‘Okay, perhaps you can help me,’ I repeat my request, which she ignored previously.”

“‘I would have to look at your chart,’ the voice says, seemingly unsettled by the prospect.”

“‘Yes, I suppose so.’ My response is followed by silence. No click. No Glenn Miller, thankfully. Just silence. ‘Hello?'”

“‘Oh, no, sir. I can’t look at your chart.'”

“‘Okay, that’s fine,’ I lie. ‘Can anybody there look at it? Perhaps another doctor?’ Even as I speak the words, I’m fearful they’ll be rewarded with scratchy blasts from my new least-favorite orchestra.”

“‘No, sir. Only Dr. Weisner and Judy can look at your chart.'”

“‘Wow, that’s an interesting policy,’ I muse aloud. I suspect the voice doesn’t share my opinion, so I feel the perverse need to offer an explanation. ‘What if the message was, “You have two days to live?” I’ll be expired nearly two weeks before Judy returns my call.’ Silence. Perhaps the voice is thinking. Perhaps she’ll even offer assistance now that I’ve survived the gauntlet and presented a compelling argument. ‘Hello?'”

“‘Only Dr. Weisner and Judy can look at your chart.’ So much for assistance.”

“‘Okay,’ I sigh in resignation. ‘Let’s assume that Judy is coming back and that I’m still alive when she does. Will you have her give me a call?'”

“‘Yes, sir. Will that be all?'”

“‘Sure. Unless you’ve got some Glenn Miller tunes I haven’t heard yet.’ Silence. ‘Hello?’ More silence. Apparently she hung up. Not that I blame her. I’d hang up on me too. Undaunted, I speak into the silence. ‘No? I guess I’ve heard his entire repertoire?’ It certainly seems that way.”
Not exactly War and Peace, eh?
As the novel was dutifully seeking a publisher, I changed careers from ecologist to conservation biologist and then to social critic. The change led to a book intended for the general public. This book, and shorter pieces of social criticism, made me realize how little society thinks of social critics. Seems nobody in society actually appreciates my criticism. Who knew?

“The evidence is simply overwhelming: The American Dream, as understood and pursued by most Americans, is killing the natives. Native cultures, native languages, and native species are vanishing from the planet at an alarming rate as a consequence of our unrelenting pursuit of the American Dream. The collective actions of 300 million Americans, procreating and shopping as if there is no tomorrow, are bringing us ever closer to the fate we’re forcing onto others. The consequences grow worse with each passing day, and — contrary to what you’re told by your government, your religious leaders, and the media — our actions pose a grave threat to you and your children.”

“This is not a doomsday book. If I was not optimistic, I could not write this book. Rather than claiming that the sky is falling and there is nothing we can do about it, this book is articulates the significant challenges we face and describes a set of solutions. Any genuine attempt to solve substantial problems must be followed by mental clarity and honesty if we are to solve them.”
Undaunted by societal disinterest and the occasional bit of hate mail, I continued my career as a social critic with a collection of letters to early-career academics. Consider, for example, these passages:

“As I have written in a previous book, American-style capitalism can be viewed as the pinnacle of mass murder. Consider the resource-extractive industries that produce much of the world’s pollution while impeding social justice (large oil and mining companies top the list, but American-style capitalism rewards the many corporations that follow their leads). These are the companies that destroy native cultures and species for the sake of financial gain (though to be fair, they wouldn’t be capable of these egregious transgressions without considerable support from the multitude of consumers in American society). Because they have the cash, these companies fund big-money research, the results of which further ensure their continued financial dominance on the global stage. Like hounds on the trail of chubby, dawdling rabbits, colleges and universities chase these companies in hot pursuit of gold. The incessant siren of commerce drowns out the occasional squawk of a sacrificial golden goose. Collateral damage is widely accepted in the bloody battle for short-term financial security.”

“I will be the first to register when I see an advertisement for the conference of my dreams. This conference focuses on the collapse of industrial ‘civilization.’ Such a collapse would wreak havoc on my 403(c), my 401(k), and my IRA. But it might save a few of the species and cultures that have managed to elude our iron fist, and that’s worth much more than the few dollars in my retirement funds.”

“But the rewards [of the professoriate] are supreme. You are allowed to live a life of leisure, in the historical sense: You choose the work you do. Through the lives of your students, you experience life and death the wonderful emotional roller coaster of youth. As such, you can choose to remain forever young, if only vicariously. You have opportunities to serve as a mentor. And, if you are worthy and fortunate, somebody might endow you with that noblest of distinctions by calling you, ‘teacher.'”

Shortly after publication of the self-indulgent collection of letters, I returned to my roots in fire ecology with a book co-authored by a graduate student. We make a nice team, if I do say so myself, because of my expertise in fire ecology and hers in fire policy. It’s more than that, of course, because I cannot stop myself from social criticism:

“As we write this in early 2007, we acknowledge that we might well be accused of fiddling while Rome burns. In the face of massive challenges that face our country, seemingly on every domestic and foreign issue, it has been difficult to focus on such a narrow, even apparently arcane, topic. We suggest, though, that the solutions we present here have the potential for much broader dilemmas. A problem seems insurmountable when we, as a nation, are unable to see the whole of it. In light of our incomplete knowledge, the perfect solution we seek is unattainable; meanwhile, we hold in our hands the very tools needed to mitigate the problem and reach a compromise solution. Perhaps as we learn to live with fire, we can learn to seek moderate solutions in other realms as well. We certainly hope so.”

My final book will be published this June, and perhaps even distributed this year (but I’m not betting on it). My contribution to this edited collection, in addition to wrangling authors and editing, includes lines such as these:

“The human role in extinction of species and degradation of ecosystems is well documented. Since European settlement in North America, and especially after the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, we have witnessed a substantial decline in biological diversity of native taxa and profound changes in assemblages of the remaining species. We have ripped minerals from the Earth, often bringing down mountains in the process; we have harvested nearly all the old-growth timber on the continent, replacing thousand-year-old trees with neatly ordered plantations of small trees; we have hunted species to the point of extinction; we have driven livestock across almost every acre of the continent, baring hillsides and facilitating massive erosion; we have plowed large landscapes, transforming fertile soil into sterile, lifeless dirt; we have burned ecosystems and, perhaps more importantly, we have extinguished naturally occurring fires; we have spewed pollution and dumped garbage, thereby dirtying our air, fouling our water, and contributing greatly to the warming of the planet; we have paved thousands of acres to facilitate our movement and, in the process, have disrupted the movements of thousands of species. One could argue that a fundamental problem is not that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but that the road to hell is paved. We have, to the maximum possible extent allowed by our intellect and never-ending desire, consumed the planet. In the wake of these endless insults to our only home, perhaps the biggest surprise is that so many native species have persisted, thus allowing our continued use and enjoyment.”

“If we accept that humans played a pivotal role in loss of species and degradation of ecosystems, we face a daunting moral question: How do we reverse these trends?”

I write for many reasons. I started writing books strictly out of selfishness. I took a stab at self-indulgent novelist along the way. Eventually, I moved into the realm of compassionate social critic, initially with the intent of saving civilization, then with the goal of extending the lives of people who would take my words to heart. All in all, my published output has been quite modest. And it’s been relevant only to me and a small handful of readers who use my work as one of many pieces of a very large puzzle. Looking back with the superior vision of hindsight, I wouldn’t do it again. As E.B. White pointed out, “Writing is hard work and bad for the health.”

With that in mind — and cognizant of the hypocrisy of being human — if the industrial economy had a few years left, I would write a memoir, and perhaps another novel. But instead of writing mediocre, self-absorbed, little-read books, I’ll spend the next few years reading some good ones.

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  • (have not yet read essay-will)

  • Climate draft puts temperature limit out of reach: scientists

    http://news.yahoo.com/climate-draft-puts-temperature-limit-reach-scientists-163418185.html

    [quotes]

    Scientists said the targets in the draft were too lax to achieve the goal of limiting global temperature rises above pre-industrial times to “well below 2C”, while pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C (2.7F).

    The rise in average global temperatures above pre-industrial times will exceed 1C this year, Britain’s Met Office has said.

    [and]

    Scientists also said the language was weaker than in previous drafts.

  • Hey Mark Austin:

    Declassified U.S. Government Report Prepared a Week After Fukushima Accident: “100% of The Total Spent Fuel Was Released to the Atmosphere from Unit 4”

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/12/declassified-u-s-government-report-week-fukushima-accident-100-total-spent-fuel-released-atmosphere-unit-4.html

    We reported in 2011 that the International Atomic Energy Agency knew within weeks that Fukushima had melted down … but failed and refused to tell the public.

    The same year, we reported that the U.S. knew within days of the Fukushima accident that Fukushima had melted down … but failed to tell the public.

    We noted in 2012:

    The fuel pools and rods at Fukushima appear to have “boiled”, caught fire and/or exploded soon after the earthquake knocked out power systems. See this, this, this, this and this.

    Now, a declassified report written by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on March 18, 2011 – one week after the tidal wave hit Fukushima – states:

    The source term provided to NARAC was: (1) 25% of the total fuel in unit 2 released to the atmosphere, (2) 50% of the total spent fuel from unit 3 was released to the atmosphere, and (3) 100% of the total spent fuel was released to the atmosphere from unit 4. [more]

  • Headline…Humanity Surprised It Still Hasn’t Figured Out Better Alternative To Letting Power-Hungry Assholes Decide Everything

    It’s satire with a pretty solid foundation…

    http://www.theonion.com/article/humanity-surprised-it-still-hasnt-figured-out-bett-36361

  • Guy’s telephone conversation narrative was a crack up. Way funny and all to realistic.

    Going back in time can be both scientific and fun (The Evolution of Models – 18).

    That is why I write too.

  • ‘Looking back with the superior vision of hindsight, I wouldn’t do it again.’

    That applies to numerous aspects of my life, including writing

    Tom.

    ‘Negotiations on the draft agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions, blamed for warming the planet and disrupting the climate, were extended by a day on Friday to Saturday to try to overcome stubborn divisions among the 195 countries taking part.’

    The puppet show continues with almost exactly the same script every time, including last-minute extensions ‘to come to an agreement’. I am reminded of the BBC documentary-drama ‘Burn Up’ yet again.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burn_Up_(miniseries)

    ‘Meeting a 1.5C limit would require higher energy prices to spur investment in cleaner energy sources…..’

    Sure. Just like what’s happening right now: WTI $35.50 (down 3.18%), Brent %37.97 (down 4.43%). Petrol down another 2 cents a litre here.

    From the previous thread:

    ‘kevin: i’m beginning to think that we’re on the brink of war, what with the pressure U.S./Nato putting on Russia in Ukraine, how the U.S. fights Russia using Turkey as a proxy; but now Turkey is having trouble with both Iraq and Greece – it just looks like it’ll take one mistake or whatever to tip us right into WW III; in fact it could be BECAUSE the world economy is in the dust bin and the dollar (among others) is heading toward collapse, as is global banking (and they’ll do anything to preserve that).’

    It seems that Russia, in combination with China, will continue to do all it can to prevent a major engagement with the US that the US cannot possibly win, but the declining global resource base, burgeoning population and fraudulent financial system must, at some stage, lead to major conflict. It is Europe that is getting scared, methinks. And rightly so, with every predicament being made drastically worse by the day by the criminals in charge there.

    And presumably the ruling criminals in Turkey must be exceedingly pissed off that their oil smuggling racket keeps getting disrupted. However, they seem powerless to do much about it. After all, this isn’t 1914. That is very apparent even in NZ, where an increasing portion of the population consists of unfit, overfed, lazy, molly-coddled, politically-correct, teat-suckers as opposed to the farm workers, blacksmiths, shearers, tannery workers, barrow-pushers, etc. that made up the bulk of the male population when most activities involved human labour. Watching the abysmally slow road construction that has been going on near here for a year one cannot help noticing that the ratio of oil-powered machinery to humans is close to 1:1.

    In the meantime, various low-level wars continue to be fought via currencies, sanctions, smuggling, mercenaries, false-flags etc. The gulf between reality and ‘climate negotiations’ is truly astonishing.

    401.62ppm CO2 on 9th December

  • The Economy Is Improving, So Washington Has Decided It’s Time To Screw You

  • %37.97 (down 4.43%)

    should have been $37.97.

    The latest figures are $35.36 (down 3.81%) and $37.93 (down 4.53%).

    More government subsidies to high-cost extractors will be needed.

  • Thanks for the vid Rusty. That was hilarious.

    Bugs would’ve known what to do with those two.

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  • Coincidentally, I wrote this earlier today:

    Up until a few weeks ago I mostly shared massive negativity about the impending collapse of global civilization from an unstoppable juggernaut of human and natural forces. It was an addiction. But finally I was able to ask myself, “If you really believe that the situation is irredeemable, why are you taking such malignant delight in rubbing peoples’ noses in it? What can they do with that knowledge? Does it help? Do you actually care about people or not?”

    I’d been asked similar questions by others, and I’d usually responded with some mumble about Facing the Truth. This time, when I asked myself, I had the courage to answer honestly – that I was mostly doing it for the sake of my own ego.

    Buried in that answer was the faint echo of a tired, kind voice speaking about the path in front of me. “Enough,” it said. “Enough. You can let it go now. Your medium is words. Words can wound, or they can heal. Enough wounding has been done. Find words that heal, and say those instead. Your purpose here is to heal with words. Begin with yourself, and then reach out.”

    This time, I have listened.

    I’ve always been an intellectual, most at home in the world of ideas and words. Early in my shift from science to spirituality, I had investigated the path called bhakti, or devotion to god. It did not resonate with me – worship of the divine has little place in my life. But then, through my twin flame Kathleen I discovered jnana, the path of Self-knowledge. In it I have found my home.

    Now, jnana has a reputation for aridity. It is, after all, a path that emphasizes the mind rather than the heart. But to my delighted astonishment, as I have fallen through the net and swum to freedom, it is my heart that has opened. While in bhakti one’s heart opens to God, in this case my heart has opened to my fellow man.

    As the saying goes, “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

    Where I start from is a deep understanding of the situation we face on the planet today – the wheezing breakdown of the climatic, ecological, economic, technological and social heat engine of modern civilization. As people are confronted with various aspects of this breakdown they can suffer grievous psychological wounds, as I did for many years. This is where I am, this is what calls out to me for healing.

    What I have is words. For many, the call to healing involves modalities like reiki, naturopathy, life coaching etc. I am most at home in the world of ideas and language, so those are the healing tools I shall use.

    I have seen the tremendous power of words to wound, even when they are used in the name of truth. What I can do, now that I have healed myself to some degree, is to explore the same truth, but using words that heal – words that lead us away from despair and capitulation toward resilience and the courage to surrender in love.

    Like all of life, this is a work in progress. I have barely turned the corner onto this new path, and I will be feeling my way along as I go. I invite you to walk beside me.

    Together we can help each other over the rough bits, pick each other up when we stumble, and forgive ourselves for inadvertently stepping on each others’ toes. Each of us has our own power and our own frailty. Together, we can share each other’s joy, ease each other’s pain, lighten each other’s burden, and give each other courage even when there are wolves in the woods.

  • Paul C,

    The following was also written in a different context. But it seemed to relate to what you wrote here. (BTW, I find it remarkable that you are able to change to this remarkable degree.)

    IMHO (of the moment!):

    We are not a collection of 7 billion individuals. We are a network species, like swarms of fish or swarms of bacteria. The trouble is a culture that promotes the meme individualism.

    Individualism is powerless to address the oppressive priorities of globalized capitalism.

    If everyone else does not survive, individual survival is meaningless.

    Unless everybody understands it, nothing can be understood. (Rupert Sheldrake’s pioneering work, “morohic resonance,” might or might not speak to this.)

    We could not possibly survive without a coherent global vision, which is nowhere to be seen.

  • There is a “coherent global vision.” Unfortunately, it’s not a rational vision, or one that can be controlled through the top-down application of reason. It emerged from the bottom up, from our instinctual and emotional group relationships, and is spun around the word “More”…

    Personal transformation cannot stand against it, but it’s all we’ve got. And given the right shift in personal attitudes, it is enough.

    I’ve always performed periodic radical Self-ectomies, in the interest of self-knowledge and personal growth. If the old values no longer serve, out they go. There is no point to a drowning man clinging to a millstone.

  • “There is a ‘coherent global vision.’ Unfortunately, it’s not a rational vision, or one that can be controlled through the top-down application of reason. It emerged from the bottom up, from our instinctual and emotional group relationships, and is spun around the word ‘More’”…

    This does not sound like your transformed self talking here, but I hope we can agree to disagree on this.

    “Personal transformation cannot stand against it, but it’s all we’ve got. And given the right shift in personal attitudes, it is enough.”

    Personal transformation should align with global transformation. Otherwise it isn’t transformation.

    “If the old values no longer serve, out they go. There is no point to a drowning man clinging to a millstone.”

    IF we are a network rather than a collection of individuals, we should, as a whole, be able to do what you describe yourself as doing. 🙂

    —————

    A young relative sent me this. I was somewhat resentful, thinking I didn’t need some great wise man telling me about reality. But, fortunately, I resisted my impulse to complain or pout, and instead listened politely (while doing some sketching). So it could be worth a listen while doing something mechanical with the hands. Or not. 🙂

  • It seems that just the pioneers of public education about abrupt climate change give up from the exhaustion and frustration of banging our collective heads against the brick walls of apathy, denial and manipulation the message finally starts to be partially understood.

    Maybe in 5 years it will be fully understood by people like Gareth Morgan. (I’m not banking on the global Internet still functioning as it presently does 5 years from now, though.)

    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.co.nz/2015/12/cop21-new-zealand-perspective.html

  • the END. weeks ago it still felt like forever till this night would come. Now it is done.

    Blew out the candles, hugs good-bye. 2 decades finally gone in a flash. From my years as a park ranger to the formation of Homeland Security, I always worked to clean-up our beautiful planet. Join the service and see the world. Time flew so fast.

    Tonight I don’t feel so secure. I turn to my friends beside the bonfire of vanities. Dredd the oceans of trouble ahead. Digg my toes in the sands of time. Co-workers in the capitol say I can always return. They are sure they will always be there. Here on the beach of NBL we see how the red tides change.

    Never wish it to be over. Live it. Love it. BEGIN, again…

    Tom, they know enough to say they didn’t know. You know how it goes.

    LWA & Babajingo honeymoon in Miami before weddings go extinct? All aboard Florida.

  • Paul Chefurka Says:

    There is a “coherent global vision.” Unfortunately, it’s not a rational vision, or one that can be controlled through the top-down application of reason. It emerged from the bottom up, from our instinctual and emotional group relationships, and is spun around the word “More”…

    What about this bit about helping each other from your previous comment, did not helping each other also emerge from the bottom up from out of instinct:

    “Together we can help each other over the rough bits, pick each other up when we stumble…”

  • .
    Mark. Happy retirement. Yay! Hip hip hooray!

    .
    mt … thanks for your Friday humor as well. I was too afraid to watch it at first; I didn’t realize it was going to be satire. Then, once I did watch it, I had myself good old hearty gallows chuckle. Thanks. Poor Quigley.

    .
    Paul, I liked your post. Thanks for sharing.

    .
    Artleads, regarding your discussion with Paul, I’m not sure what to make of what you are saying, although I could be misunderstanding you.

    “Personal transformation should align with global transformation. Otherwise it isn’t transformation.”

    I don’t know if I see your point here. People can transform themselves without necessarily waiting for the world to join along with them. It doesn’t mean you’re fate isn’t still tied on certain levels to wherever the collective is going, but that doesn’t preclude you from having some sort of a transformation on a personal level that’s also independent of the collective as well. Maybe I don’t get what you mean here. Was Paul saying his personal transformation was some sort of solution for saving the world? I think laying that burden down was maybe his whole point here.

    Also,

    IF we are a network rather than a collection of individuals, we should, as a whole, be able to do what you describe yourself as doing.

    If, and should … sure. But, many people have hoped for something like the hundredth monkey effect for a long time now, but it doesn’t actually seem to work that way. People who experience profound personal transformations, even transcendental ones, are well known for spending a period of time afterward running around and shaking other people by the shoulders trying to, if you will, wake them up. That’s been happening throughout history. Nobody around them ever (or at least rarely) seems to wake up from them doing so. It seems to be a personal experience, and I’m not going to presume to offer any speculation on why that may be. However, that doesn’t negate the fact that they experienced a personal transformation, or some sort of awakening.

    It would be nice to think that people would listen to mere words and proceed to ‘get it.’ But that doesn’t seem to be the way it works. Change seems to come from within, possibly after certain experiences have ordered into specific criteria within that individual being, and only then is there an awakening, or a transformation.

    I think I agree with Paul. I finally had to acquiesce that transformation seems to be a personal experience, and I then would recognize others who also seemed to have had similar transformations. I eventually concluded that even though I’m dying aboard a ship of fools, it also hasn’t precluded me from having my own personal experience of it all as I journeyed along the way.

    I don’t intend to start a debate here. I just think it might depend somewhat on the conviction of your perspective. While I agree there is a borg like component to our existence, I also see room for there to be an individual journey as well, whether or not that journey serves any purpose in the grand scheme of things. That’s something nobody has ever determined anyway, although some have certainly made declarations about it.

    Again Paul, thanks for sharing your perspective. Good for you. (And that wasn’t sarcasm either, I mean it; I like your new space.) Artleads, you seem (from past posts) to be someone who has concluded there’s still a chance to steer this ship. Assuming though that Guy’s message is true, and that it is too late, then why should someone exhaust themselves beating their heart against some mad bugger’s wall?

    Paul can transform himself independent of the world. He’s also not responsible for transforming the rest of the world. Artleads, you seem to be saying the inverse of this. I think that depends on where each of you thinks we’re at with all of this, and what you think about what is still possible, doesn’t it?

    Paul is working on himself. Artleads, you are working on the world. Both ok, but two different quests. No?

    Then again, maybe I’ve completely misunderstood the both of you. It is Friday after all. 😉

  • LWA, Since you seem to be the expert here, could you tell us what Paul has transformed himself into, from what to what?

  • The Vedic guidelines for words/speech:
    => satya, truthful
    => hetu, useful
    => preya, pleasant

    The universe is organised from bottom up, with the direction of time’s arrow derived from the 2LoT, biological systems configured by the MPP at the molecular level to grab “MORE” and at the cellular level by the MEPP to do the same. Forces that disruptively defeat natural limits, such as human intelligence/cleverness will only be halted when the disruption extends into the systems that form the milieu that sustains those disruptive forces.

    Human intelligence, emergent from a substrate of cellular and molecular biology, has their imperatives for “more” baked in, well below even the level of social organisation, and transforming on any large scale will require tinkering with the 2LoT, the MEP and the MEPP.

    When anything severed leaves a functioning self, the thing severed was not of the self in the first place. The self (“I”) can be snuffed out like a flame (nirvana = extinguishment) in the same sense that one recognises that the water in a mirage doesn’t exist, and likewise the “I” does not exist; but bits and pieces cannot be hacked off from it.

  • Pumped beyond limits, many U.S. aquifers in decline

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/environment/2015/12/10/pumped-beyond-limits-many-us-aquifers-decline/76570380/

    ____________

    Yesterday, all up and down the coast of CA they had >40′ waves. The surfers were in heaven, but when the ocean started breaching sea walls and pouring into streets and homes, people began to fret.

    Is This California Pier the First Victim of El Niño?
    http://gizmodo.com/a-california-pier-is-the-first-victim-of-el-nino

    Southern California residents witnessed a foreign substance falling from the sky as rain swept through the region over the last 24 hours. The storm also brought huge waves to the coast which ended up smashing the city of Ventura’s pier.

    Just before high tide this morning, a set of waves sloshed over the 1,600-foot pier, damaging the beams and deck. No one was hurt, but the pier was closed indefinitely. The pier has been in place for 143 years but was refurbished most recently in 2000. [more incl. video]

  • [anyone wanna take a stab at trying to explain Paul Beckwith? i don’t get it – how can he be so good at research but completely miss what it “suggests?”]

    Saturday, 12 December 2015
    From Paul Beckwith
    Abrupt Change: Ecological and Economic

    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.co.nz/search?updated-max=2015-12-12T18:47:00%2B13:00

    [here’s another]

    Saturday, 12 December 2015
    COP21 – a New Zealand perspective
    I’ve never had much time for Gareth Morgan myself but I was pleasantly surprised to find him bursting the hyperbole button and speak the truth – almost.

    He’s still talking about mitigation technologies and technofixes while maintaining business-as-usual.

    Is it possible to avoid “dangerous” climate change or is the world stuffed for your kids?
    Gareth Morgan
    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.co.nz/2015/12/cop21-new-zealand-perspective.html

    [Has anyone else been getting upper case bold Roman numerals in their kaptcha questions? goes immediately to message of error and erases your comment – so copy before you hit ‘submit’ – second time works if you remembered to copy and paste]

  • Tom,

    I am beginning to think that “el nino”. “la nina”, and “king tides” are words like “global mean average” … they are often used to cloud the simple truth that global warming induced climate change is more here than TPTB want us to acknowledge.

    We can discover (On The Evolution of Sea Level Change).

    That is another reason Guy writes.

  • I was gonna skip posting this morning because my wife forced me to drink too much last night, but then I read Klein’s stupid fucking words, fusing my hangover with seething rage. You may not know I’m a hardcore pacifist. But it’s no fucking wonder we’re doomed if this is the best we can expect. She is a fucking idiot! She’s like a Donald Trump for left-wingnuts.

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/12/11/we-are-out-time-we-need-leap

  • here’s another big pile of shit

    spends a lot of time comparing the atmosphere between the Copenhagen COP of 09 to the Paris one. like who gives a fuck.

    then it says we should organize small protests against the accords which were written by people who would just as soon bomb the fuck out of civilians to control oil flows.

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/34003-twelve-days-that-cooked-the-world-combating-the-climate-counterrevolution-in-paris

    the world spends trillions of dollars on lying, we kill millions to extract minerals to tell lies. the lies are so big and loud that they deafen you to the quiet truth, we’re so fucking fucked it’s not funny.

  • Scientist’s science is in their primate/mammalian brains; the “heart”/reptilian brains are non-rational (non-logical), non-verbal and non-scientific. However it is the reptilian boss in the back seat that decides where the limousine will go, and the primate/mammalian chauffeur in the driver’s seat takes orders from the reptile. And creates rationalisation for irrational reptilian orders and beliefs. That is why gifted, experienced scientists can have irrational conclusions.

  • How divide and conquer works:

    How many people can see through the illusion of whiteness?

    Whether the planet can be “saved” is beyond my level of comprehension. I waste no time on such concerns. But I think we are very much embedded in illusion, escaping from which (to the extent possible) seems to be a worthy enterprise. On very many levels, the notion of “separation” is illusory.

  • LWA, you’ve been along this road, you know it. Everything you said was precisely correct when seen from this perspective.

    My first awakening was to inevitability. I exhausted myself shaking insensate others by the shoulders. “Quick, wake up and kiss your children goodbye!” Nobody was interested, but it took years to accept that simple fact, and still more years to understand why.

    The second awakening was to impermanence, to the coming and going of life and all its embroidery. Sensations, feelings, thoughts, hopes and fears seem to arise, spend some time in the guest house of experience, then go on their way. No matter how tightly I gripped them, how carefully I groomed them, how much I entreated them to stay or urged them to leave, they moved according to their own nature.

    The third awakening was to consciousness. What is the nature of the guest house? Who watches that ephemeral flow of inner and outer events? What is this stage on which the dance of Leela unfolds? What is the relationship between the dance and the stage? does the dance create the stage, or is it the other way around? And who is the audience?

    The fourth awakening has been to that which is prior to consciousness – to Being itself, the One without a Second as Robin reminds us. Even the Consciousness that monistic idealists like Bishop Berkeley and Bernardo Kastrup interpret as the “ground of being” is simply another appearance, no greater or lesser than the blade of grass that gave me a first taste of sahaja samadhi some years ago.

    In some sense, I am still “the same” as I have always been. In another sense I am radically different, and in yet another sense there is no “me” at all. The insights that came in previous awakenings have retained their validity but lost their importance. On one level 2LoT, MPP and MEPP still power the heat engine of the universe, and humanity is being drawn willy-nilly towards a final cause by forces that make up the warp and weft of the universe. On another level that matters as little as whether the weather today is sunny or snowing. All of these appearances are shadows dancing in the firelight of consciousness, and even consciousness itself is simply another shadow.

    All of this is a purely personal experience, and matters not a whit to anyone else. It makes no difference to the overall unfolding – just like any other experience. The point seems to be in the experiences themselves, and on a personal level the meanings we create from those experiences.

  • @ Tom … Finally someone else also noticed this Beckwith dissonance between his allegedy high level of research and position of his at “*i am with University Ottawa ..He constantly announces with a a big fanfare” and his clueless moronic suggestions about renewables and mitigation technologies .. Can somebody check on this guy i suspect he just might be a janitor sneaking into offices at night and pretending to be some scientist … anybody for real at university Ottawa to help out to investigate on this ?

  • We need to leap or, rather, to step off a cliff like the fool of the tarot? Either way, seems everybody knows, we are about to go off a cliff!

  • George Orwell was always opposed the the literary dictum that a true work of art must be free of politics.

    A short excerpt from George Orwell’s “Why I write.”

    What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art. My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice. When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art’. I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.

    http://orwell.ru/library/essays/wiw/english/e_wiw

  • Phew … What about me?

    Top drawer Tom Wolfe; The “ME” decade & the third great awakening.

    http://nymag.com/news/features/45938/

  • The freakin transformations, Man!

    last lines from Tom Wolf’s “The Me Decade.”

    But once the dreary little bastards started getting money in the 1940s, they did an astonishing thing—they took their money and ran. They did something only aristocrats (and intellectuals and artists) were supposed to do—they discovered and started doting on Me!

    They’ve created the greatest age of individualism in American history! All rules are broken! The prophets are out of business! Where the Third Great Awakening will lead—who can presume to say? One only knows that the great religious waves have a momentum all their own.

    Neither arguments nor policies nor acts of the legislature have been any match for them in the past. And this one has the mightiest, holiest roll of all, the beat that goes . . . Me . . . Me . . . . Me . . . Me . . .

  • .
    LWA, Since you seem to be the expert here, could you tell us what Paul has transformed himself into, from what to what?

    Why, that’s simple; from something into something else!

    Some people can’t and never do change their paradigm like that. Maybe it’s not so much the ‘what to where’ of it, but more that it happened at all.

    It’s hard to find words for things that happen, as Robin indicated, beneath the realm of reason. I am an expert at nothing. Sometimes you just have to feel what people are trying to say.

    .
    Poor Quigley … I’m still not over that. 🙁

    Actually, I sent that link to someone, saying it was funny … and they got really, really offended at me. I was reminded that some people can’t identify satire, maybe because of being bombarded by a lifetime of media. Come on, the two lab people got excited and called it a ‘success’ when Quigley became despondent. It was ridiculous, get real! Nope … lost another friend I think. Hrmmph.

  • Thank goodness the climate talks are going to ‘save the world’… why do they make me feel like this instead of being filled with hope?

    Put your hands on the wheel
    Let the golden age begin
    Let the window down
    Feel the moonlight on your skin
    Let the desert wind
    Cool your aching head
    Let the weight of the world
    Drift away instead
    These days I barely get by
    I don’t even try
    It’s a treacherous road
    With a desolated view
    There’s distant lights
    But here they’re far and few
    And the sun don’t shine
    Even when it’s day
    You gotta drive all night
    Just to feel like you’re ok
    These days I barely get by
    I don’t even try

  • @babajingo Just saw on TV Two ladies (Middle aged priviledged white females with the bold hairdo – I guess they just took some time of from their daytime television watching schedule in one those gerograpgy of nowhere most horrifying residential setting in some suburbia in america to go to Paris )and they have been hysterically celebrating the NEW 1.5 c agreement or whatever it was enacted there . It was a truly bizarro and stupefying scene to watch

  • Exactly as expected, the COP21 ended in spectacular failure which was touted by TPTB as spectacular success. Business-as-usual until it becomes impossible (which may not be too far off, judging by collapsing commodity prices, collapsing trade, ruptured budgets, negative interest rates and defaults etc.)

    Reality did get a mention in The Independent report towards the bottom:

    ‘Friends of the Earth chief executive Craig Bennett was even more scathing.

    “This draft climate deal falls far short of the soaring rhetoric from world leaders less than two weeks ago. While it does at least put fossil fuels on the wrong side of history, it doesn’t contain the solid commitments science and natural justice require to cut emissions and protect people from increasing floods, droughts and super-storms,” he said.

    Although the new 1.5C target was widely welcomed as an aspiration, scientists questioned how feasible it would be to achieve.’

    https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/cop21-ministers-keep-the-world-waiting-for-ratification-of-historic-climate-change-target-a6770821.html

  • I can’t understand why everyone is so critical of Klein. At the present rate of increase,Australia’s population will change from 23 million now to 46 million by 2050. All those people will need to be fed,housed,watered,hospital and school infrastructure built,etc.
    Klein has convinced me that all those tasks will be accomplished by low-carbon impact child care workers who will conjure the required materials
    from thin air and the required energy from…Well,I’m still working on that
    part.

  • OFF TOPIC FOR THIS ESSAY
    Here I sit at Portland airport after a wonderul visit to the Mud Hut, to
    sp
    end precious moments with my friends Guy and Sheila, and Mike and Karen. Thank you to all of them. Now I must ponder my 7th, and “next to last visit there. ?

  • “Exactly as expected, the COP21 ended in spectacular failure which was touted by TPTB as spectacular success. Business-as-usual until it becomes impossible…”

    Yes, but at least we now have the clearest view ever of what Earth’s ownership has in mind for their planet. The goal is to make the end of the world the most profitable period in capitalist history, as they finish off what remains of life on Earth. It’s what any intelligent person would expect a plutocracy to do.

    So this is actually good news because now there is no excuse for scientists, environmentalists, or any intelligent beings not to break completely from the horrific plans of our plutocrats. It is now clear that cooperating with plutocratic rule is the personal equivalent of chopping down an ancient tree or killing a great whale. Failure to oppose plutocracy with all our might means sanctioning the destruction of life. This couldn’t be any clearer. Either we take ownership of this planet away from a psychopathic plutocracy or they kill everything.

  • G.X…any ideas how anyone dependent on a wage or salary, a benefit or pension,customers or clients or others with the money to buy their art and craft; manage to “break completely from the horrific plans of our plutocrats”?
    I think I’m probably as ” alternative ” as anyone who comments on this blog,yet a couple of days ago I drove 120km and spent fifty bucks on a gear puller and a thread tap to fix a mower that allows me to make hay in a very labour intensive way. Both tools were made in China of course.
    In a truly alternative and sane world, some of the at least dozen people who should be sharing this productive block of land, would be helping me harvest hay using scythes and sickles forged from the now redundant car parts.
    The number of laws,regulations and attitudes that work against that possibility happening, other than in a situation of total societal breakdown, are too numerous to list.
    And so the machine grinds on,and even people like me, continue to buy the tools to service it.
    Which is why, despite the tremendous difficulties it will bring to so many of you,the final breakdown can’t come soon enough for me.
    I just wish good men like John Trudell and Joe Bageant could have lived to see it.

  • 44 south, it sounds to that you’re doing all you can and from what I’ve read of your posts you have already broken from the idea that a planet-killing plutocracy ruling over all life is legitimate. Like many of us, you are a victim-hero struggling to survive in the degraded plutocrat created world. That fact that some of those who struggle to survive, such as yourself, still find the time to care about these issues is nothing short of miraculous and heroic.

    My comment was mainly directed at those with more resources, leisure and influence, such as scientists, professors, the comfortably retired. Those very intelligent people with some power who continue to think that a planet-killing plutocracy can be reasoned with.

    If there is no mass movement among such people declaring the illegitimacy of such a system then all is lost and they will have it on their consciences.

    A global boycott by scientists of the these bullshit conferences would minimal first step. But obviously, much more is required.

  • an’t sleep on the Autotrain clicky clack thru Carolina. Ready to replace me posted on my laptop.

    Job Description

    This is position will reside in the Operational Analysis discipline in support of government clients. This position will conduct technical analysis and information technology system support related to various subject matters in support of national defense including cyber, operational information, geopolitics, world events, etc. primarily in the areas of threat assessment, situational awareness, and internet characterizations. The incumbent will train and support system users, perform data fusion from disparate data sets, and data analysis using advanced tools (such as data visualization, data management, link and node, OLAP, etc.). The incumbent will also participate in business development through system demonstrations, requirements definition, procurement, setup and operation of unique data analysis centers for various government clients in support of the Intelligence Community (IC) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

    The incumbent is organizationally part of the Visual Analytics Technical Group. This group is a part of the National Security Directorate and provides high quality technology and analysis products to the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies. This position is located in Washington, D.C. metro area and will be in government client spaces.

    Responsible and accountable for:

    -Analysis of datasets, information queries, applications, and tools for the purpose of providing situational awareness both predictive and forensic.

    -Maintaining proficiency in current and emerging analytical software products to conduct analysis that enhances the analytic workflow – includes but not limited to the PNNL-developed visualization tools suite.

    -Oversight on security operations for PNNL-developed technologies.

    -Staying abreast of world-wide events that are indicators of developing trends for situational awareness.

    -Providing training to U.S. government and intelligence analysts in methodologies and work flows utilizing COTS, GOTS, and PNNL developed tools and analytical software products.

    -Teaming with technical peers to produce high quality technical products as defined. These products/tasks will include analysis of disparate sources of information on various subject matters, providing Internet characterizations and situational awareness to project clients; products include reports, briefings, demonstrations, and presentations for both policy and technical audiences.

    -Supporting U.S. government and contractor intelligence analysts in development of all-source intelligence products that convey detailed assessments and projections of threats to U.S. Government assets.

    -Managing tasks and mentoring junior technical staff within the project and provide direction to administrative and support staff.

    -Interfacing with senior technical levels of the U.S. government (intelligence agencies, military commands and National Laboratories).

    -Receiving overall programmatic direction and maintain professional demeanor – responsible, self-motivated, and autonomous.

    -Travel to lead user training and system demonstrations both domestically and abroad

    Minimum Qualifications

    BS/BA Degree and 7 years of experience in a national security related field or an advanced degree plus 4 years of experience. Advanced degree preferred.

    This position requires an active DOD TS or DOE Q, or the ability to obtain and maintain such clearance, and the ability to obtain an SCI.

    Relevant experience is defined as experience in one or more of the following:

    Leadership and coordination for a small analytically focused team

    Build real-world situational awareness from cyber technical data

    Intelligence analysis, data fusion methodologies, and data visualization techniques

    Analytic workflow

    Must have demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to interface with clients and laboratory scientific staff and management. Work location is in off-site client spaces and requires daily contact with federal employees and other contractors.

    Ability to work in and support operations in a classified environment.

    Foreign language skills a plus.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    PNNL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer supporting diversity in the workplace. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. Staff at PNNL must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.

    Other Information

    This position requires the ability to obtain a federal security clearance in a timely manner. Which requires:

    U.S. Citizenship

    Background Investigation: Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter in accordance 10 CFR 710, Appendix B.

    Drug Testing: All Security Clearance (L or Q) positions will be considered by the Department of Energy to be Testing Designated Positions which means that they are subject to applicant, random, and for cause drug testing. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for the 12 consecutive months preceding completion of the requisite Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP).

    Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.

    Directorate: National Security Dir

    Job Category: Safeguards and Security

  • “Note: Applicants will be considered ineligible for security clearance processing by the U.S. Department of Energy until non-use of illegal drugs, including marijuana, for 12 consecutive months can be demonstrated.”

    D’OH!!!!

    But seriously, good luck with your new gig Mark!

  • As to any differences I have with Paul C, it seems that my view doesn’t see individuals as separate from our species-as-a-whole. Parts of living organisms such as I view individuals-in-relation-to-the-species to be, (although it’s technically possible to isolate them) operate as integrated and “indispensable”-parts-of-the-whole. Following from this, I try (or am impelled) to think of the whole whenever I think of personal action or identity.

    The following has to do with “the collective unconscious.”

    http://lifeos.wordpress.com/category/morphic-fields/

    Part I – Mind, Memory, and Archetype Morphic Resonance and the Collective Unconscious
    Psychological Perspectives (Spring 1987), 18(1) 9-25
    by Rupert Sheldrake

    In this essay, I am going to discuss the concept of collective memory as a background for understanding Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious. The collective unconscious only makes sense in the context of some notion of collective memory. This then takes us into a very wide-ranging examination of the nature and principle of memory-not just in human beings and not just in the animal kingdom; not even just in the realm of life-but in the universe as a whole. Such an encompassing perspective is part of a very profound paradigm shift that is taking place in science: the shift from the mechanistic to an evolutionary and wholistic world view.

    The Cartesian mechanistic view is, in many ways, still the predominant paradigm today, especially in biology and medicine. Ninety percent of biologists would be proud to tell you that they are mechanistic biologists. Although physics has moved beyond the mechanistic view, much of our thinking about physical reality is still shaped by it-even in those of us who would like to believe that we have moved beyond this frame of thought. Therefore, I will briefly examine some of the fundamental assumptions of the mechanistic world view in order to show how it is still deeply embedded in the way that most of us think.

  • Mark…how the fuck did you stand it!?
    Can I second Babajingo’s comment and add if you ever find yourself in my quadrant of 44 south,feel free to call in, you will always Galway’s be welcome here. A months slow drive around South Island may be just the antidote you need.
    GX…looks like we’re fucked then lol!
    So many good men,(people) devoted their lives to trying to wake people up, it would be shameful not to at least try to the extent one can.
    It should be a source of shame to the citizens of the U.S.that John Trudell is in a national icon.

  • Extra $ for analysts who also contribute to the CIA

    Intelligence collection analysts collaborate with a number of other analysts and collectors throughout the Intelligence Community, which allow them to identify any gaps in intelligence and develop strategies to close these gaps. These CIA professionals must produce written briefings that detail their findings to U.S. policymakers.

    Intelligence collection analysts also seek to develop current collection systems and acquire new collection systems that represent the interests of the CIA. Intelligence collection analysts also partner and collaborate with other collection professionals in intelligence collection strategy forums and sensitive collection programs.
    Understanding the Process of Intelligence Collection

    Intelligence is said to be the fuel on which the Intelligence Community operates. And the first part of the intelligence process involves its collection. In fact, everything and everyone in the process depends on the collection of intelligence.

    Intelligence collection analysts of the CIA are therefore responsible for ensuring the successful collection of all relevant intelligence, which is then used to produce the finished intelligence reports that are provided to U.S. policymakers when making crucial decisions.

    Intelligence collection analysts may focus their efforts on any number of avenues when it comes to the acquisition of raw intelligence, including:

    Signals intelligence – Involves the interception of signals between people or machines
    Imagery intelligence – Involves obtaining information using radar and infrared sensors, lasers, and visual photograph, just to name a few
    Measurement and Signature Intelligence – Involves using scientific and technical intelligence information to locate and identify the special characteristics of specific targets; this may include nuclear, acoustics, seismic, optical, or materials sciences
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  • 44 South – Thanks! I Love New Zealand. Hiked the Routeburn track to Milford Sound. Boated around Russel Bay up on the North Island.

    Hope Guy had a successful book fair in Tucson this weekend. He invited me to talk on with him on Mike Sliwa’s Progressive Radio Network Tue. Dec 22nd.

    I was successful in transferring some dangerous global strategic plans to another country for safe keeping. I’m going to share some publicly so they know I have the records. The rest are my insurance that if anything ever happens to me several other people will release the worst. I’ve been under such control I even hate to break rules and overpost here. Oh dear lot’s of marijuana awaits in Miami !!!

    This official file of involvement in the U.S. biological warfare program provides a detailed account of its covert international activities since the Iraq War. (Volume I) is supporting documentation. In Volume II, I have decrypted information on biowarfare research and development contracts between Fort Detrick and U.S. universities and private industry, biological field testing of potential biowarfare agents, safety concerns regarding open air tests with pathogens, and testing on human volunteers.

    Guy – I want to read the novel you wrote in D.C. $ the Amazon link you provided above is to a book titled “Academic PURSUITS” by Mac Brothers??? Is Mac a Mc Pen name?

  • Highly classified material. Backup copies in TOP SECRET safe keeping. This is an encrypted file sample processed through several transfer extractions. My last night to hide this info using a signal “bounce” aboard the moving train.

    This report provides the key findings of the U.S. chemical and biological warfare programs initiated by analyst 51. Part I provides background information on U.S. policies and programs relevant to the policy issue violations, while Part II examines these policy issues and options, summarizing the pros and cons of each subverted option and indicating where needed the differing agency viewpoints. The background information includes information on the Soviet biological and chemical warfare programs, the lack of an existing clear U.S. policy on the subject, current U.S. capabilities, stockpiles and R&D efforts, military considerations, and current arms control initiatives.

    Part II lays out the policy issues and options, which for biological weapons include such questions as

    1) Should the U.S. maintain a lethal biological capability?
    2) Should the U.S. maintain a capability for the use of incapacitating biologicals?
    3) Should the U.S. maintain only an R&D program either in both offensive and defensive weapons, or just in defensive areas?

    Extensive consideration is given to the question of whether the U.S. should continue covert ops in violation of the Geneva Protocol of 1925 prohibiting the use in war of chemical and biological weapons, and if so, with what reservations.
    Among the points of agreement are the need to continue R&D on defensive programs, to develop and improve controls and safety measures for chemical and biological programs, to obtain better intelligence on other nations’ CBW capabilities, and that U.S. declaratory policy regarding lethal chemical and biological agents should remain one of “no first use.”

    Memorandum to Secretary of State: US Policy on Chemical and Biological Warfare, November 17, 2014 Top Secret M. Austin

    With reference to the meeting scheduled for November 18 on key policy issues to be decided, following the presentation found in respect to the biological warfare issues, Dr. Ford indicates that the State Department’s recommended position is that Kerry support the Secretary of Defense’s position that the U.S. maintain a biological R&D and testing program only for defense purposes and to guard against technological surprise.

    National Security Decision Memorandum (NSDM) 52, United States Policy on Chemical Warfare Program and Bacteriological/Biological Research Program, from National Security to the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, etc., November 25 Top Secret/Nodis, 3

    Dr. Guy McPherson & Mike Sliwa

    Yes. Thank You. I’d be honored to participate.

    As you may know from my comments on your site, my contract with the DoE ends this Friday. I officially refused to accept another 2 year deal to continue. I “walked away from Empire”after several dept heads gave me grief in August. My NBL inspired anti-capitol remarks did not offer our administration helpful solutions to maintaining economic & national security standards….LOL.

    In January 2016 I will begin working on a portion of the http://www.DARPA.mil Neural Transduction Signal (cyberbot net project) which is now in process at http://www.maxplanckflorida.org Scripps Institute campus lab. After 14 years of involvement with Nuclear power plant safety issues, I am most grateful that Dr. Mc Pherson is one of the few respected professional voices who reminds people how 400 future Fukishima’s = ionized ozone extinction.

    On a sub-contract, this winter I will be overseeing a small installation at the Fort Pierce FPL nuclear plant. Since 2013 Atlantic ocean acidification, SLR & salinity changes are also impacting the Miami Turkey Point nuclear cooling system. Climate change effects on the nuclear stations are not a secret. I’d be happy to broadcast the problem far & wide. Further awareness might make some difference if more decommissioning can be done to reduce radioactive mutations passed on to other species after we are gone.

    Just in case our species plunders along for another decade, I do not want to risk losing my early retirement pension, yet I do feel compelled to explain portions of the 5.6 billion dollar Bio-terror viral weapon plan. Not even Congress knew much about the plan when Congress members blindly approved B-X7 a few weeks ago.

    The 2016-17 C.A.P. cities (Contagion Action Plan) has a dangerous history – 239 documented cases of tests conducted on the general public. Bacterium releases were conducted & monitored in NYC subway system, San Francisco & Minneapolis. Future levels of induced pandemics are profitable for pharmaceuticals, respondents & many others. Obviously Earth would benefit from population reductions. It only takes small teams (supplied to radical militants) to spread “Applied Molecular Evolution” strategies. ALEC & Rand Analytic provide constant up-dates and evaluations on potential population control measures ready for release.

    Before the next election there is an elevated potential for DUGWAY PROVING GROUNDS in Utah to “biocap” in conjunction with the Chinese military who are training in cooperation with the U.S. Army bio-war unit for the first time in our history. You can fully verify the info I am sharing, nothing secret, yet most of these new & rapid developments in biowarfare are not common knowledge.

    Manipulated conflict & eugenics are an early stage of extinction level events in progress. Feedback loops include cold minds calculating hot zone war fare multipliers. Glad to provide you all the supporting evidence that I possibly can.

    Hope to see you if you are in Miami. I’m looking forward to getting away from D.C. “security clearance” approvals & constant restrictions.

    Dear Mark,

    Along with co-host Mike Sliwa, I have a one-hour radio show on the Progressive Radio Network. We would love to interview you on the show, which broadcasts live at 3:00 pm each Tuesday on PRN.fm (Gary Null’s network). We have openings as early as early as 22 December 2015.

    We have interviewed a few people you might know. You can find all our shows in the archives at http://naturebatslast.podbean.com

    Your “insider” perspective on the machinations of the U.S. government are particularly interesting to us. In addition, you’ve known me for a long time. Our approach is to highlight the work of our guests in pursuing topics of their interest.

  • Has anybody heard of Wallace Thornhill’s thunderbolt project?

    What caught my interest is his idea that physics has lost the thread of reality due to the dominance of mathematical mysticism. Which I strongly agree with, but while he goes on to describe “electrogravity” fairly clearly, he’s not altogether convincing.

    Please help!

  • NOW THIS is fucking funny comic genius

  • help I’m drowning

  • From Mark Austin: “Guy – I want to read the novel you wrote in D.C. $ the Amazon link you provided above is to a book titled “Academic PURSUITS” by Mac Brothers??? Is Mac a Mc Pen name?”

    Yes, that’s me. I had a little help from my brother, thus the pen name.

  • This guy claims he can resolve climate and energy problems with some sort of small safe magnetic reactor thingy-ma-dingy. (18:00 min. mark)

    help me-e-e-e-e-e…

    Signed, Clueless Callaghan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4zniWIL_QA

  • OK, all you NBLers out there who post from time to time about how some new fantasy tech or world-wide spiritual enlightenment might save our sorry asses…

    please proceed to the nearest FEMA Assimilation Center…
    maybe resistance was fertile yesterday, but it’s futile now…
    Big Daddy Karl just jacked your fundamental meme…
    timeline’s different, but not by much…
    hell, he’s even thrown 2100 under the bus…

    So, in case you’ve been wondering just how uninformed TPTB are about (y)our favorite predicament, this ought to clear things right up…

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/karl-rove-climate-change-treaty-is-bs-because-well-all-be-dead-when-we-get-to-2080/

    Charon’s (Cassady’s) bus-ferry is loading…no transfers…no refunds…could be worse…at least you’re not going to be wandering the river bank for 100 years.

  • Wow, I had no idea the “Global Research Hour” was on the (CK)UW. Just a short bike ride away or a turn on the dial for me.

    I would not really mind if people post anything by Richard Heinberg that crosses their path. It was a couple of years ago his book (for me epub) gave me the info to yield a solid base of all things wrong fracking, I had the environmental down prior, but his work on the economics and geology of the depletion put the coffin nails into the future of fracking, at least for me.

    I will do whatever with whomever if it is for a positive short term objective for this planet. It totally weirded out the other guys in the jail in Grand Forks North Dakota after Martin Luther King day a couple decades ago when protesters went out each night into frigid ND in January and loudly called for our release for over a week. We hadn’t planned for a lengthy stay, but judges get Alzheimers also as Judge Frank Cassasda was later unable to hide. Did I mind that it was Communist Party USA. Hell no. I was tickled pink in the orange jumpers.

    And when the dean of the law school helped get us out early after 8 days, it was an atheist CPUSA comrade who drove me to the Christian “anarchistic” Hutterite colony. It was a good ride up. After all, I was a card carrying SPUSA socialist – Eugene Debs more than Marx-Lenin, really nice ride.

    So A, B, C, Heinberg, D haven’t made it to talking about NTHE in public. Good data is good data. I will pull it in and apply it to my world view. I can evaluate and prune.

    pacifists, I resemble that. Lots of flavours. Mitch Snyder was quite the pacifist, no one in the US could do a better fast to the breaking point and get tonnes and tonnes of food released, nuclear submarines renamed, etc., but he beat up 2 different women at CCNV (Community for Creative NonViolence – at the time largest homeless shelter in N.America) on different days of the week for years. I saw him once, on our porch and then sitting on the phone waiting 30 minutes on hold to talk to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. I was finishing up making supper for 40. Mitch swore at me, but not to me with a venom and an inventiveness I had never witnessed before. 30 minutes straight sideways passive aggressive profanity because I pushed a press conference with Mitch for the homeless shelter back 15 minutes. And all to talk to some crook politician J. Wright who actually was found guilty. Mitch’s homeless bill passed, COP21 happened, and homelessness in the US and global warming have been stopped dead in it’s tracks, sarcasm.

    Anger really aint’ gonna solve it, and letting other people live rent free inside your head is no good either. Not surprised when I heard Mitch hung himself when both women whom he would occasionally beat left CCNV and no others came forward. Mitch would get furious at times over the years and lock himself up in his room for 3 days. He was pretty ripe when my friend Wayne opened up the door. He left the world with a putrid smell and a rancid letter against the people he worked with abysmal failings and shortcomings.

    Look up while you still can. I think the geese finally left Winnipeg, outdoor ice rinks not quite there yet. Weird times, stay strong.

  • It’s starting to look serious now:

    WTI $35.44, Brent $37.71

    Aussie All Ordinaries down 1.9% (and back below 5000).

    CO2 403ppm

    http://www.niwa.co.nz/static/climate/smd_map.png?1234

  • COP21 farce has concluded. We are pretend saved. Now go home and pretend to be happy.

  • I’ve posted a new batch of information. You can catch it all here.

  • $ 5.3 Trillion spent globally on fossil fuel subsidies, will not subtract 100 billion metric tons of carbon that could be released from permafrost. The 300 billion metric ton carbon budget to burn at 12.1 tons per year is not combined with other natural & man made greenhouse gasses. The invention of A/C heat vacuums at Sanford along with progress toward carbon reducing chemicals are more likely to happen than a mass scale shift in human habits. Easier to develop technological solutions rather than alter the perception of freedom and rights to unlimited consumption. Understandably there is a fear of big government & communist principals dictating control over limited resources. Accidental De-population by pandemic during terror events, could buy time for condensed C.A.P. cities to re-structure more sustainable systems. If a crisis of extreme overheating does occur Geo-engineering methods will be conducted, if possible, in a last attempt to prolong life in some regions.

  • A topic for discussion (or contemplation):

    My first (fairly recent) impression upon finding out and absorbing the reality of NTHE, involved visiting your site, particularly the “absorbing” part, after seeing you on TRNN, as you have helpful links to understanding the scientific aspects, which I believe is what people who wind up here really need to absorb.

    The “are you contemplating suicide” bit displayed at the top of page of a seeker such as I, together with the “I am neither advocating for or against” was altogether too cold.