Send in the Clowns

by Alton C. Thompson

A fire broke out backstage in a theatre.  The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded.  He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater.  I think that’s just how the world will come to an end:  to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.
Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or, Part I

Per Wikipedia, Send in the Clowns is a song written by Stephen Sondheim for the 1973 musical A Little Night Music, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman‘s film Smiles of a Summer Night.  It is a ballad from Act II in which the character Desirée reflects on the ironies and disappointments of her life.”

The article goes on to note that “The ‘clowns’ in the title do not refer to circus clowns.  Instead, they symbolize fools, as Sondheim explained in a 1990 interview:

I get a lot of letters over the years asking what the title means and what the song’s about; I never thought it would be in any way esoteric. I wanted to use theatrical imagery in the song, because she’s an actress, but it’s not supposed to be a circus […] [I]t’s a theater reference meaning “if the show isn’t going well, let’s send in the clowns”; in other words, “let’s do the jokes.”  I always want to know, when I’m writing a song, what the end is going to be, so “Send in the Clowns” didn’t settle in until I got the notion, “Don’t bother, they’re here”, which means that “We are the fools.”[2]

The “clown” in the Kierkegaard epigraph usually acts the part of a foolish person–i.e., acts funny–to gain laughs.  Now, however, although still wearing a clown’s outfit, he is delivering a serious message, but is not understood.  He has abandoned his usual role as a clown, and has become the purveyor of an important truth–that a fire just broke out.

Ominously, Kierkegaard then added: “I think that’s just how the world will come to an end:  to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.”

The Sondheimian clown, in contrast, isn’t wearing clown garb; rather, he is a clown in the sense of actually being a fool–being ignorant.

Two questions of great relevance for today are:

  • Are there Kierkegaardian clowns today? If so, who are they?
  • Are there Sondheimian clowns today also? If so, who are they, relative to the Kierkegaardian clowns?

Insofar as there are Kierkegaardian clowns today, they are only “clownish” in being bearers of bad news. They are people like Guy McPherson–who never adorns the garb of a clown, so far as I know! And although they are not (usually) laughed at like Kierkegaard’s clown, their message is not heeded. I mean this in a general sense of course: Although those who listen to/read Guy are of the “true believer” sort, his general message that we humans are doomed is known by few. That is, ignorance abounds regarding the threat posed by global warming to our species.

Those in the “ignorant” category might be categorized as Sondheimian “fools.”  The tragedy, however, is that although they are ignorant–and think/act as if tomorrow will be much like today, their ignorance is not their fault.

The function of the mass media should be to dispense important information. However, much more attention is given to Donald Trump’s hair than to global warming!

This latter fact leads me to the following three comments:

  • What’s especially surprising is that those in the media whom one would most expect to be informing us about global warming–those who report the weather–are silent on the subject. Granted that their specialty is Meteorology, not Climatology, but . . . .
  • It’s likely that the reason for media silence regarding global warming is that the media are businesses that rely on advertising dollars for their continued existence, and that companies that advertise believe that their businesses would be hurt were it widely known that our species is going “down the tubes.” The short run is what matters to businesses, not human survival! A true—but pathetic—fact!
  • “Runaway” may be underway now. Arctic climate scientist John Davies wrote this in 2013:

The world is probably at the start of a runaway Greenhouse Event which will end most human life on Earth before 2040. This will occur because of a massive and rapid increase in the carbon dioxide concentration in the air which has just accelerated significantly. The increasing Greenhouse Gas concentration, the gases which cause Global Warming, will very soon cause a rapid warming of the global climate and a chaotic climate.

(Note that Davies made no mention of methane release!)

Surely at least some people in the mass media have some knowledge regarding global warming, and in having that knowledge should have the integrity to report on it—regardless of the personal consequences for them. Not doing so makes them intellectual prostitutes!

Despite the fact that the media have been remiss in reporting on the fact that global warming is occurring, educated people have little excuse in being ignorant about the matter. Why is it that educated people are concerned about protecting the Panda from extinction but lacking in concern about their own species?! It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it?

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    No Soil & Water Before 100% Renewable Energy

    Many say we can have 100% renewable energy by 2050. This is factually incorrect.

    We can have 100% renewable electricity production by 2050.

    But electricity production is only 18% of total world energy demand.

    82% of total world energy demand is NOT electricity production.

    The other 82% of the world’s energy is used to extract minerals to make roads, cement, bricks, glass, steel and grow food so we can eat and relax. Solar panels and wind turbines will not be making cement or steel anytime soon. Why? Do you really want to know? Here we go.

    TWED = Total World Energy Demand

    18% of TWED is electrical grid generation.

    82% of TWED is not electrical grid generation.

    In 20 years, solar & wind energy is up from 1% to 3% of TWED.

    Solar & wind power are projected to provide only 6% of TWED by 2030.

    When you hear stories about solar & wind generating 50% of all humanity’s electrical power by 2050, that’s really only 9% of TWED.
    100% of electrical production is 18% of TWED.

    But, it takes 10X as much solar & wind energy to close 1 fossil fuel power plant simply because they don’t produce energy all the time.

    Reference Link:

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    That means it will take 10 X 18% of TWED to close all fossil power plants with intermittent power.

    Research says it will take 4 X 82% of TWED for a 100% wind-solar energy transition. But then again, whoever trusts research?

    10 X 18% + 4 X 82% = 100% intermittent TWED.

    We require 10X the fossil electrical grid energy we use now just to solve 18% of the emissions problem with solar & wind power alone. This also means that even if we use 100% efficient Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) for all the world’s electricity generation, we would still only prevent 18% of our emissions. 100% efficient CCS is very unlikely. Switching to electric vehicles would only double electrical demand while most of our roads are made out of distilled oil sludge.

    These figures do not include massive electrical storage and grid infrastructure solar & wind require. Such infrastructure is hundreds of millions of tons of materials taking decades to construct, demanding even more energy and many trillions of dollars. With that kind of money in the offing, you can see why some wax over-enthused.

    Solar & wind systems last 30 years meaning we will always have to replace them all over the world again 50% sooner than fossil power plants.

    Solar and wind power are an energy trap.

    It takes 1 ton of coal to make 6-12 solar panels.

    Business As Usual = BAU

    In 15 years 40% of humanity will be short of water with BAU.

    In 15 years 20% of humanity will be severely short of water.

    Right now, 1 billion people walk a mile every day for water.

    In 60 years humanity will not have enough soil to grow food says Scientific American. They call it, “The End of Human Agriculture.” Humanity’s soil is eroding and degrading away at 24 million acres per year. And, when they say 60 years they don’t mean everything is wonderful until the last day of the 59th year. We will feel the meaning of those words in much less than 30 years. Soil loss will only increase with severe droughts, storms and low-land floods.

    50% of Asia’s low-land rice paddies are threatened.

    50% of humanity depends on rice to survive.

    A 100% TWED transition will take 2 generations to get done – minimum. It is a vastly more difficult and complex goal than you are told.

    We are losing earth’s soil and fresh water faster than we can effect 100% renewable TWED.

    In 25 years civilization will end says Lloyds of London and the British Foreign Office.

    In my opinion, in 30 years we won’t have enough fossil fuel for a 100% renewable TWED transition.

    This is the most important fact I’ve learned:

    Renewable Energy is Unsustainable
    without massive energy demand destruction

    Humanity will destroy its soil and water faster than we can switch to renewable energy with BAU. We cannot sustain economic growth with renewable energy. Without massive political-economic change, civilization will collapse with 100% certainty. But, don’t worry, I like to fix things.

    Animal Agriculture = AA

    Humans + Livestock = 97% of the weight of all land vertebrate biomass

    Humans + Livestock = 80% of the cause of all land-air extinctions

    Humans + Livestock = 50% of the use of all land surface area

    Humans + Livestock = 40% consumption of all land plant growth *
    * Net Primary Production.

    50% of the soy grown in South America is shipped over to China to feed their pigs. Rainforests and scrub are cleared to grow animals & feed so that their required fresh water is in reality a sky river diverted to China and Europe in boats leaving little moisture in the air to reach São Paulo. The Himalayan mountains are heating 2X faster than the planet and many fear that China will run out of water in 15 years by 2030.

    50% of China’s rivers have vanished since 1980.

    60% of China’s groundwater is too poisoned to touch.

    50% of China’s cropland is too poisoned to safely grow food.

    Animal Agriculture will destroy our soil and water long before we can effect 100% intermittent TWED transition with BAU.

    BAU means 7 billion people will not stop eating meat and wasting food without major $$$ incentive. Meaning a steadily rising carbon tax on meat. Just saying that can get you killed in some places.

    Without using James Hansen’s 100% private tax dividends to carbon tax meat consumption out of the market earth will die. 100% private tax dividends means 100% for you, 0% for government.

    100% for you,
    0% for gov.

    The funny thing is that meat and fire saved our ancestors from extinction and now meat and fire will cause mass extinction of all the life we love on earth. Survival is not an optional menu item as is eating meat. We have to act now, not 5 years from now, or forever be not remembered as the least greatest generation because there’ll be no one left to remember us.

    Michael Mann says we will lock-in a 2 degree temperature rise in 3 years for 2036 with BAU. Ocean fish will be gone in less than 25 years simply because of the BAU of meat consumption. The BAU of fishing kills everything in its path producing lots of waste kill. We are stealing all the Antarctic Ocean’s krill just to sell as a health supplement. You can learn a lot about fishing by watching “Cowspiracy” on Netflix.

    We cannot let governments get control of carbon markets like how Sanders, Klein and McKibben want government to get 40% of your carbon tax dividend money. Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben are funded by the Rockefellers. Klein’s latest video about herself was funded by the oil-invested Ford Foundation. This is 100% in direct opposition to James Hansen’s tax dividend plan and immoral. Hansen said that governments should get 0% of that money, not 40%. I strongly believe your carbon dividends should be in a new open-source world e-currency directly deposited to your phone to be phased in over 10 years. But, I’m kinda simple that way.

    Google: Rockefellers fund Bill McKibben. Believe me, the Rockefellers don’t fund out of the kindness of their hearts. To learn why they would do such a thing, you can watch the educational video at the bottom of this page.

    Reference Link:

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    James Hansen repeated at COP21 that his 100% private carbon tax dividends would unite Democrats and Republicans because government would be 100% excluded. Socialists like Sanders, Klein and McKibben want government to control 40% of that money. They are divisive and confrontational and Republicans will never accept their revolutionary rhetoric. We don’t have time for this endless fighting. We only have time to unite, and nothing unites like money. Environmentalism in the 21st century is about a revolving door of money and power for socialists. Let’s give everyone a chance to put some skin in the game.

    Reference Link:

    What humans & livestock have done so far:

    We are eating up our home.

    99% of Rhinos gone since 1914.

    97% of Tigers gone since 1914.

    90% of Lions gone since 1993.

    90% of Sea Turtles gone since 1980.

    90% of Monarch Butterflies gone since 1995.

    90% of Big Ocean Fish gone since 1950.

    80% of Antarctic Krill gone since 1975.

    80% of Western Gorillas gone since 1955.

    60% of Forest Elephants gone since 1970.

    50% of Great Barrier Reef gone since 1985.

    80% of Western Gorillas gone since 1955.

    40% of Giraffes gone since 2000.

    30% of Marine Birds gone since 1995.

    70% of Marine Birds gone since 1950.

    28% of Land Animals gone since 1970.

    28% of All Marine Animals gone since 1970.

    97% – Humans & Livestock are 97% of land-air vertebrate biomass.

    10,000 years ago we were 0.01% of land-air vertebrate biomass.

    Humans and livestock caused 80% of land-air vertebrate species extinctions and occupy half the land on earth. Do you think the new 2-child policy in China favours growth over sustainability? The Zika virus could be a covert 1% population control measure for all I know. Could the 1% be immune? I don’t know, but I know this…

    1 million humans, net, added to earth every 4½ days.

    The Solar Fig Leaf Will Not Cover China’s Environmental Degradation

    Learn why the Rockefellers fund Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein.

    You may well wonder how I know all this, and I would like to tell you that when my dog Loki licks my face during a hangover I can hear his mind talking to space angels, but the reality is that I’m an old man who cuts grass in a trailer park in Canada and there’s not too much else to think about, so take it from me, you can search any statement, but just don’t get bogged down so you can’t see the forest for the trees.

    Here is a more detailed post I wrote early 2015.

    Here’s a bunch of stuff I wrote on the collapse sub-reddit where I provide a lot of supporting links for my arguments.

    Reference Link: Wadhams slays the Q&A @ 1:15:30 !!!

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    So get out there and look at yours straight in the eye and tell them…

  • Robert …

    You already posted the link to your blog quite recently, which I enjoyed perusing btw. Why yet again?

    I can’t help but wonder as to why you find yourself unable to adhere to the tiresome diatribe you feel so compelled to assault others with on an average thrice-yearly basis here; namely “The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing Dialogue” by Kirk Hickman to whom you have knowingly never attributed same in this forum.

    Perhaps this is an example of “Do as I say, but not as I do?”

    Namaste to All (you too!)

  • @Steve

    All this fucking blah blah blah buddist, blah blah blah hindu blah blah blah,vedic . Focusing on mindless fucking crap while we all continue to murder the earth!!!!! Insanity indeed!!!

    Yes, insanity all over the place, hahaha. What do you know about Buddhism, the Veda ect (btw: there is no such thing like “hindu”)? Did you know that Buddhism for instance is about reducing unnecessary suffering through reducing Greed, Hatred and Ignorance?

    Greed, Hatred and Ignorance are the main cause of unnecessary pain, unnecessary suffering, unnecessary destruction of Mother Nature. Greed, Hatred and Ignorance are the root of Samsara/Hell. Buddhism is about interconnectedness, causality. Reduce Greed, Hatred and Ignorance and cultivate compassion, contentment and true wisdom and you will reduce unnecessary suffering for yourself and others.

    In Buddhism, Karma (from Sanskrit: “action, work”) is the force that drives saṃsāra—the cycle of suffering and rebirth for each being. Good, skillful deeds (Pali: “kusala”) and bad, unskillful (Pāli: “akusala”) actions produce “seeds” in the mind that come to fruition either in this life or in a subsequent rebirth. The avoidance of unwholesome actions and the cultivation of positive actions is called sīla. Karma specifically refers to those actions of body, speech or mind that spring from mental intent (cetanā), and bring about a consequence or phala “fruit” or vipāka “result”…

    It goes like this:

    Cultivate Greed, Hatred and Ignorance and you will get the fruit (Vipaka) of Destruction, the fruit of great suffering, the fruit of rapid climate change, the fruit of the clathrate gun, the fruit of poisened mind, air, water, earth and finally Extinction.

    “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

    ― Gautama Buddha

  • For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

    Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

    A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

    A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

    When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

    A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

    So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.

    ― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

    “In the end
    these things matter most:
    How well did you love?
    How fully did you live?
    How deeply did you let go?

    ― Gautama Buddha

  • Mr. Callaghan that is some serious business you got goin’. It helps me ground the predicament and stare in wonder at the relentless green utopia that, amazingly enough, the people in Tired of Climate Change Deniers are propagating. The numbers from Mr. Kevin Moore are sobering as well.

    Thanks again and cheers.

  • Alton,

    Yes, it is mind boggling.

    BTW, great metaphors for teaching about some of the unfortunate dynamics ongoing in our culture.

    Nature is scheduled to bat in this inning.

    Nature is sending in a ghost to pinch hit (The Ghost-Water Constant – 4).

    Thanks for your post.

  • And still the world continues to die no matter how many happy thoughts buddhist conjure up. Question: Could a clerical worker at auschwitz become an enlightened being while indirectly participating in such an absolute horror as the genocide? I will be waiting for an answer from all you foolish philosophers and pontificators.

  • Steve ~

    “Could a clerical worker at auschwitz become an enlightened being while indirectly participating in such an absolute horror as the genocide?”

    and I will gladly answer. YES, of course.

    in any circumstance. whether directly or indirectly involved in evil, on either side. the clerk, the guard, the prisoner, the murderer.

    any and all, at any time. the hidden truth can flower, anywhere. there certainly is no limit. some of the greatest and most influential enlightened beings on Earth actually had a great deal of evil in their backgrounds before their transformations. study up! :)

    ~ mo

    Foolish Philosopher, Pontificator, and Joyous Ally of Earth

  • “He who dies with the most toys wins” is the underlying message oy Industlial Civilization’s Business As Usual. In the context of Near Term Human Extinction, the winning paradigm shifts to Last Man Standing, which also is presumed to benefit from Business As Usual, for as long as possible.

    Either way, it’s Business As Usual until it’s impossible…

  • @Steve
    Continued meditation has left me at peace, and unafraid of what happens in my life. Fool or not, I wish you nothing but the best.

  • I have always loved ‘Send In The Clowns’.

    here is the Bernadette Peters and Stephen Sondheim version: please note his introductory comment. “I have said that Teaching is a sacred profession. Art is a form of teaching. And with the help of Bernadette i’d like to teach u a little.”


  • We are governed by criminals and clowns, quite clever ones who manage to convince most people that they are philanthropists and experts.

    There was a little more blood on the floor yesterday, but not enough:

  • Much of the reasoning that I see so often and passionately expressed here at NBL reminds me of a bumper sticker I have seen: “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!” Change just one word here and a quite profound bumper sticker results, which summarizes perhaps 90% or more of historical and present day reflective thinking, including much here at NBL: “My chosen authority says it, I believe it, and that settles it!” One can then plug in any of the many thousands of possible authorities, probably most popular of all “My own personal experience and opinions….” With this more personal version we have the bumper sticker “I believe it and that settles it!” To that we can add “If you don’t share my opinion, you are a moron! (Or horse’s ass, or whatever else feels good at the moment to proclaim.)”

    Next to our belief in our own, self-centered, personal experience and thinking, probably next in popularity we have the many hundreds of old age and new age religious, spiritual, and “non-physical consciousness” authorities such as Buddha, Christ, Mohammed, and so on, and on, and on, and on, all allegedly infallible. Then, of course, we have the many living authorities in the form of various religious, political, and business leaders.

    People commonly put their faith in and bet their lives on these thousands of past and present day authorities, all based entirely on personal experience, and untested—-often untestable—-a priori conjecture and speculation. If we prefer to use Occam’s razor and not invoke dualist magic of the godly, spiritual, and/or nonphysical consciousness kind, how can we explain so much irrational human behavior? Biological evolution through sexual selection wired our brains to work in these irrational ways along with but contrary to the natural selection evolutionary pressures. Thus we find ourselves ensnared in our self-annihilation trap.

    Ah, but this explanation fails simplistically to provide the immediate gratification relief from anxiety that our religious, spiritual, and “non-physical consciousness” thinking do, nor the satisfaction that we so often derive from our self-centered, self-righteous anger at and scapegoating of those who express views that differ from ours. “The right way simply means my way. The universe works the way I say it does. Don’t you see? And this has absolutely nothing to do with any confirmable evidence outside of my head.” Or so many people, probably most and highly educated or not, strongly wish to believe.

  • ……….


    1) People revert to growing their own food

    2) People build their own shelter

    3) People live in (organize their needs around) pods the size aborigines use

    4) People store roof rain water runoff

    5) Individuals and pods and groups of pods organize themselves as is most practical

    There. Now to move on to the really difficult things…

  • @Bud Nye and Steve
    Too broad a brush: for me: no gods, no dogma, no sin, no redemption, no belief, no Buddha (he’s dead),no magik, no incantations (prayers), no -isms, no anything, except what you also possess: just awareness. You can’t change what happens to you in life; you can change how you react to it.
    Best wishes as always.

  • “and I will gladly answer. YES, of course.”

    And the opposite is also true: water cannot “become” wet; light cannot “become” luminous. So too, even if many apparently “reach” realisation, no one “reaches” realisation.

    “My chosen authority says it, I believe it, and that settles it!”

    ‘Tain’t settled till the pole vaulter lets go of the pole to complete the vault. If the pole does not serve to get you to the point where you no longer need it, it fails its purpose.

    “If you don’t share my opinion, you are a moron!”

    If you don’t let go of the pole…

    “all allegedly infallible”

    Infallibility only necessary up to the point where one can let go of the pole.

    ““non-physical consciousness” thinking”

    The mind is insentient, and so is thinking. Advances in artificial intelligence make for machnies more capable of passing Turing’s tests.

    “The right way simply means my way.”

    There can be a “my” only so long as there is an “I”. As long as there is an “i”, there is the possibility of a “my way”. And there are as many ways as there are “I”s. At the summit of a mountain, all paths end.

    “The universe works the way I say it does.”

    There is no “I”, only a mirage, a phantasm, an apparition, and so too anything it says.

    “evidence outside of my head”

    Not to be overlooked, “my head”, “outside”, “evidence” all are concopts constructed in “the mind” – which is yet another construct.

    “except what you also possess: just awareness”

    That’s another assumption; the only awareness that “I” can be aware of is the awareness that “I” am (NOT that “I” possess). With regard to the rest of the billions, whether or not they harbour awareness cannot be known to my awareness; Turing tests are presumptive.

  • ‘It’s likely that the reason for media silence regarding global warming is that the media are businesses that rely on advertising dollars for their continued existence’

    i think this is only partly true. what’s often overlooked, if not completely unknown, is the degree to which corporate media is centrally controlled by those with a strict ‘business as usual’ agenda. ‘intelligence’ agencies like the cia in the u.s. are at the helm of this control. investigate ‘operation mockingbird’. this control accounts for the rather obvious fact, to those in the know, how unofficial censorship (or perhaps better put to say the censorship is subtle, covert) operates in big media. those at the top in management see to it that anyone in a position of high visibility (such as a tv weatherperson) is first stringently tested psychologically and by means of things like job interviews, to ensure that those who are strongly inclined to independent thinking and questioning ‘authority’ are weeded out, excluded. this also explains why some conspiratorial topics, such as who surreally was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, are given such a completely one sided, and false, treatment in said media.

    ‘Surely at least some people in the mass media have some knowledge regarding global warming, and in having that knowledge should have the integrity to report on it—regardless of the personal consequences for them. Not doing so makes them intellectual prostitutes!’

    i like paul craig roberts term for those in corporate media: ‘presstitutes’.

    ‘Despite the fact that the media have been remiss in reporting on the fact that global warming is occurring, educated people have little excuse in being ignorant about the matter.’

    ‘education’, again, is under the control of those with the agenda of promoting b.a.u., so it should be no surprise that ‘education’ levels have relatively little if any correlation with knowledge levels that are gained from independent thought and inquiry. mr. callaghan the frequent nbl commenter, who claims to be a lowly working joe with much knowledge in spite of (or is it because of?!) having relatively little ‘education’, is an excellent example, as are, of course, all those with advanced degrees who are utterly ignorant.

  • TVT,

    What you say sounds reasonably accurate to me. Then there is also the other side of the coin to climate change: economic meltdown. That meltdown is predicted by some to be closer at hand for bau than climate change. There might be some denial of the importance and urgency of either within the respective camps. So delusion and “mind control” might be more widespread than we know. And the people who talk philosophy on NBL really could have a role in getting to the bottom of the puzzle…

  • ‘economic meltdown. That meltdown is predicted by some to be closer at hand for bau than climate change.’




    The markets are supposedly waiting for the next policy move of central banks.

    I’m waiting for the update of atmospheric CO2 levels.

    Economic collapse versus environmental collapse very much depends on where you are:

    ‘Borrie Erasmus, a farmer whose family has worked and lived on the same land in the Free State province for the past five decades, told Al Jazeera he had not seen anything like it.

    “On our farm, there has never been a time when there has not been any maize in December. We could not even try planting seeds. It has been drier than ever,” Erasmus said.’

  • “O worthy vessel, Sadaprarudita, consider carefully.

    Tathagatas, who disappear into pure presence, cannot be described as coming from anywhere nor as going anywhere. Pure presence, called suchness, does not emigrate, migrate, transmigrate or emanate, and the Tathagatas are simply suchness – utterly wonderful and unimaginable. Universal ontological transparency, although functioning harmoniously, never generates any independent self-existence. It does not come from anywhere nor go anywhere. The Tathagatas are simply this universal transparency, this depth of unthinkability. The coming or going of limitlessness is obviously not possible, and the Tathagatas are the limitlessness of Prajnaparamita. The absence of self-existence, which can be likened to open space, never takes birth or rebirth, and the Tathagatas are simply the absence of self-existence, simply the radiant open space of total awakeness.” (219)

    “Buddha mind is the one mind of all beings — fully awakened, fully matured, fully sensitized, fully liberated. Buddha mind does not support or ground any phenomena, and since it is infinite, no possible standard or rule exists by which it could be measured. Nor can its creative power of transparent manifestation be exhausted, any more than truth could ever be used up.” (118)

    “The diamond being who stands courageously in Perfect Wisdom does not identify with any idea, statement or doctrine from common experience or from any philosophical or religious framework, beginning with the conventional assumption, “the world consists of material forms”, all the way to the exalted teaching, “the world consists of Buddha nature.”” (52) (Hixon: Mother of the Buddhas)

    “You have everything needed for the extravagant journey that is your life.”
    Don Juan Matus

    “…that blessed mood, 

    In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world, 

    Is lightened:–that serene and blessed mood, 

    In which the affections gently lead us on,– 

    Until, the breath of this corporeal frame 

    And even the motion of our human blood 

    Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul: 

    While with an eye made quiet by the power 

    Of harmony, and the deep power of joy, 

    We see into the life of things.” 

    William Wordsworth – Tintern Abbey

  • Clowns, speaking truth about the fire that will destroy us all.

    Dressed in his usual colorful clown suit, he cut a hole in a fence surrounding a missile silo in rural Weld County,

    Well, Fr. Carl Kabat might fit that Kierkegaardian bill. Fr.Carl was in jail a couple decades back (again, yes not uncommon) in Washington D.C. and the jailers one day are busting him out, saying it’s time to go, and Fr. Carl is having nothing of it, he can count. And Fr. Carl realizes the truth, that the dept. of InJustice chose to release him because it would not do to have a priest in jail in the nations capital when the Pope was about to arrive in DC. They kept lying through their teeth, Carl just said, “well, when do you want me back?” Oh the Reagan years, we had hope.

    Carl and Sam Day of NukeWatch and others started dressing as clowns for excursions to nuclear war facilities. It was nice for the big line crossing when the “Great Peace March” hit Omaha and SAC. And Carl would dress up in clown regalia on April Fools Day and other days and climb up the fence and over the strangle wire at various missile sites in the midwest US.

    One can rent a generator and a jack hammer and break in and chip some of the concrete on top of the missile silo – but why do a repeat performance, it is just too damn much work, and you lose your rental deposits. One can always splash a little blood on a silo or other locus of death incarnate, the sodium chloride in the blood actually wrecks the fairly expensive special microwave cloth used for motion detection. But again, trite for repeat performances. Injecting a little levity, dressing up as a clown or similar when protesting the leviathan goes a long way. And these days, hey maybe it will make it less likely the Usaf Tiger teams will shoot you when they arrive to secure the site. “Digger Dan” who got to dig for about an hour at a silo once in the early 1990’s segues to Iraq GW I where they shoveled with armoured bulldozers to suffocate surrendering Iraqi troops and GW II where whenver troops would shoot some innocent person in Iraq, they would throw a shovel next to him.

    It is safe to say that we are in the oven and our goose is cooked. Nuclear weapons could in a way be likened to point sources of genocide, the mobile Auschwitz oven. (Of course this ignores the non-point sources of mining, milling and it’s sibling nuclear energy, but it is just an analogy). Charbroiled in a very hot oven. The added ways and means now hastening us to our extinction includes the additions of being stewed, steamed and sauteed to the repertoire. For those who choose to go the noviolent civil disobedience route for our few years to come, a little leaven does raise the bread. And for other options and venues to utilize our too short time, I am sure similar tales could be told of how humour helps.

  • Bud Nye Says:
    February 8th, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Much of the reasoning that I see so often and passionately expressed here at NBL reminds me of a bumper sticker I have seen: “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!” Change just one word here and a quite profound bumper sticker results, which summarizes perhaps 90% or more of historical and present day reflective thinking, including much here at NBL: “My chosen authority says it, I believe it, and that settles it!” One can then plug in any of the many thousands of possible authorities, probably most popular of all “My own personal experience and opinions….” With this more personal version we have the bumper sticker “I believe it and that settles it!” To that we can add “If you don’t share my opinion, you are a moron! (Or horse’s ass, or whatever else feels good at the moment to proclaim.)”

    There is an large body of papers in journals (e.g. Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Social Epistemology) which deal specifically with the subject matter you mention (“Epistemic Dependence”).

    There is more to it that meets the eye (The Pillars of Knowledge: Faith and Trust?).

  • “Wanna see some feelthy peechers meester” (Watch The Ice Shelves – 3)?

  • “If you can’t say ‘Fuck’ you can’t say, ‘Fuck the government.’” ― Lenny Bruce

  • “That’s another assumption; the only awareness that “I” can be aware of is the awareness that “I” am (NOT that “I” possess). With regard to the rest of the billions, whether or not they harbour awareness cannot be known to my awareness; Turing tests are presumptive.”

    A humorous attempt at redemption perchance?

  • Guy, do you want to comment on the co-founder of Greenpeace saying we cannot predict the future or the evolution of the climate. See

  • @Bob S.

    “If you can’t say ‘Fuck’ you can’t say, ‘Fuck the government.’” ― Lenny Bruce

    I say:

    DoubleFuck the government and the police and the military and the church and money and TV and comercials and junk food and materialism and consumerism and cars and planes and caterpillars and politicians and the secret services and the 1% and ignorance and greed and stupidness and the fossil industry and ALL bosses and ALL chefs and the pope and disco music and techno music and liers and deniers and agents of Empire and brainfuckers. Mother Nature knows, I got reasons :-)

  • Artleads – You are simply spouting some propaganda you heard somewhere because it makes you feel good.


    1) People revert to growing their own food

    If people put in a serious amount of time, effort, money, and inputs they just might be able to grow about 10 to 20% of what they need to eat to live…at best.

    2) People build their own shelter

    Sounds great! be sure and start out with tons of money in the bank, or steady income from something other than going to work every day, or go to work everyday and build part time taking years that you no longer have, to build.

    3) People live in (organize their needs around) pods the size aborigines use

    The opposite is the social trend

    4) People store roof rain water runoff

    You would need about 10 times what you could possibly catch just to grow you 10% of food not to mention drink, wash, etc.

    5) Individuals and pods and groups of pods organize themselves as is most practical

    Again the absolute opposite of what people are incline to do right now. Even Church attendance is falling.

  • Speaking of clowns. Ecoshock Alex got Nate Hagens to run another hit piece on Dr. McPherson.

    The section is at 22:50 minutes.

    Hagens shows videos to his students of McPherson back to back with Greenpeacer Patrick Moore who denies that climate change is a concern.

    The exercise is intended to show students that “there is a vast disparity of opinions on climate change…”
    (like i haven’t watched Rupert Murdoch media for 25 years, dude)

    So this is evidence according to Hagens of cognitive biases and that we are not rational creatures. [Hagens of course apparently having no cognitive biases. McPherson i suppose being quote “irrational” in drawing a logical conclusion from what Kurtz might call “the horror”]

    Well let’s see. Hagens claims the world is a probability distribution. Extinction is “extremely unlikely” because “we are awfully adaptive creatures”.

    The problem that Hagens has with Mr McPherson is in summary that McPherson is “functionally equivalent to being a denier of these problems…Because neither camp will accomplish anything.”

    (Accomplishing something, anything is apparently the goal)

    “Guy and his acolytes are being useless in my opinion. And if they really think that these things threaten the world, they should be out there doing some inconvenient things trying to stop it. ”
    [Hagens having apparently not met or listened to me, and himself apparently using this as a fulcrum for logical gymnastics and rationalizations to himself ~not~ do inconvenient things since he’s got a good job and a lily white boojwa family and kids living the glory life on stolen indigenous land and they can’t, can’t possibly not have a future. That’s too gloomy wouldn’t you say? And joining conspiracy cells of fire and setting banks on fire is not what former wall street mega fund manager Hagens is going to do.]

    So hey shout out Mr. Hagens – why not burn your car, rip up the mortgage, come live in the dirt with me out in the wasteland here among the damned, getting chased around, trolled and threatened by Cory Morningstar’s fascist multimillionaire buddy, and give up your precious bs life of luxury and, as you say, actually: “F word” DO something?

    Hagens says “I think the nihilistic ‘we’re gonna go extinct’ is not a productive thing.”

    Wouldn’t Max Weber be proud of that one? As if, as most all culturally Euro genocidal colonial invaders think: being “productive” is the point.

    “We’re going to have more people alive in the next 20 or thirty years, not less”

    “This all comes down to ‘what do we aspire to?'” – as if willing it to be so is the only problem.

    Nate concludes.
    We’re not going to stop the heat engine but we’ll meet the heat engine half way.


    My diagnosis is that Hagens is off his goiter.
    He’s got a wife and kids and a lot of money and a cushy lovely life and he, like Suzuki, is not going ~there~. There being where every single thing he speaks about in the course he apparently teaches young people is pointing to. I mean, his course is called “Reality 101” and here he is recommending Peter Ward books and then talking about how the easter bunny will be real if we just will it to be and put in the effort to make it so.

    Hagens obviously has not spent time with the data. Or sat with the numbers. Not looked at the publications. He’s somebody’s dad and husband in white imperial amerikka after all. And he’s claiming that people need to be “rational” but then won’t be rational himself. He’s claiming people have biases, but apparently he has none.

    This is what infuriates me about Americans. They live in a fantasy bubble of privilege and will continue to actively destroy the planet as long as they have their lovely stolen indian land to live on, all their enslaved black folks in prison producing profits for their hideous economic system, the american military with it’s boot on the neck and gun pointed at the head of the rest of the world, and lovely non-melinated circle jerk of eco utopian fantasies to cling to.

    To my mind, the ecosystem is going away precisely because of people like Hagens and Uncle Alex. And the endless river of ~their~ biases and irrationality.

    You don’t think people like this, at the end of the day, will utterly support hard core fascist structures going forward in order to save their wonderful privileges? Especially for their precious waxen chalky faced children? You know – in the interest of “do-ing” things and being “productive” and, as Leni Riefenstahl might urge, “will” -ing things to be so?

    I cannot see extinction precipitated by people who make logical and perfectly valid and rational conclusions from the endless horror story day after day, year after year, while people like Hagens and Alex are living in what amounts to what Baudrillard might call Disney World. That is anybody like me (one of the nefarious, nihilistic “acolytes” read as: anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles) who has busted my arse to breaking over social justice and environmental issues for 3 decades. Putting my ass, as Ward Churchill recommended – on the F word line – exactly while, i might add, Hagens was pulling million dollar salaries on wall street.

    I lost a lot of respect for old Nate on this one. We all get old and change you know. Metamorphose indeed. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Uncle Alex and his acolytes either.

    Thank you for your consideration and have a nice day.

  • @ Artleads
    So delusion and “mind control” might be more widespread than we know. And the people who talk philosophy on NBL really could have a role in getting to the bottom of the puzzle…

    I’m a relative newcomer to this site, so let me see if I’m getting things right. The premise here is that abrupt climate change is more likely to happen than not, that most of us are screwed, and that our only choice is to “pursue a life of excellence” with what time remains.

    The philosophical discussions here are geared toward the “pursuing a life of excellence” part. Some people have found that there are experiences that are beyond words or rational explanation. (I can already hear “psychosis,” or “delusional,” being typed). The rational mind is that part of you that evolved for survival, but in the process it cuts the vast amount of information it receives down to the trickle
    that is needed for survival in this world. Occasionally, however, something else leaks through. Non-rational experiences do not come with an instruction book explaining them, so the experiencers are left to figure out what the hell just happened, and how it fits in to “consensus reality”. This is the basis for all the philosophical discussion.

    Now, I really appreciate all the information on the climate, and you that focus on the climate (and other practical problems} are greatly needed, and I thank you for all your effort. I am certified to teach, and have taught: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Genetics, and Microbiology, along with History, English, and French. I find all the climate information and links valuable and intellectually stimulating.

    However, I find it amusing that now I’m part of a disinformation or “mind-control” campaign. Guys, do you have a plan to save us? Or are you maybe a bit paranoid? As far as I see it, a few “philosophers” won’t affect your outcomes at all.
    All in all, I still wish everyone the very best.

    P.S. Woodwose, you choose the best things, at just the right time. I raised myself on Casteneda. I salute your Buddha nature.

  • nice rant nemesis.

  • kevin…you’re still rushing the timeline…relax…be patient.

  • Some people out there think that scientific materialism is the ultimate truth-and-reality-automat (yeah, the ultimate answer to all questions is “42”!), hahaha, and they try to negate all spiritual reality, all spiritual growth. Tell me:

    Do you believe, that sitting upright in complete stillness like this buddhist monk, while burning down to ashes, can be achieved just by some funny, stupid, kiddo’s “BELIEVE“?:

    This is no suicide because of despair. This is a sign, a torch, a message from the Dead Man to the living. This monk has overcome all attachments, all believe, this monk has stripped off all pain, he stripped off his body, he stripped off life and death like gras, like some old, outworn coat, like nothing. This can never be achieved through some funny “believe”, but only through the highest degree of detachment and self-control. It is the Spirit and straightforwardness of a Shaolin monk.

    Soon we will all burn like this monk, Mother Nature is preparing the oven for everyone of us already, with or without climate change, Death is inevitable since we were born, the form we live in will soon burn up like dry gras in a wildfire, no form is permanent, not even the form of Death is permanent, nothing is permanent. Who will burn without anger, without fear, without attachment, without greed, ignorance and hatred, but with Love and Compassion like this buddhist monk? I will never be like this monk, but I try to live a life of excellence for my very own purpose. Scientific and technological reality is just a very small fraction of Cosmic Reality and therefore I trust in my very own Experience within as well.

  • Sorry, third post, please delete if necessary…

    Just zoom into the face of that burning monk- you will not see even the slightest expression of pain in his face. Who likes to give some materiaistic scientific explanation for that fact? Don’t hesitate, all you science cats out there^^…

  • NOAA-ESRL daily CO2 concentration for 2016-02-08: 406.27 ppm
    One year ago, 2015-02-08: 399.47 ppm
    On year increase: 6.8 ppm

    Faster & faster!

  • Nemesis, as a demonstration of self-control, G. Gordon Liddy would regularly hold his hand over a candle until the flesh burnt. He said, “The trick is in not minding,” or something to that effect.

    I don’t think G. Gordon Liddy is in touch with some magical spiritual quality out there in the universe…

  • A worthy short story by Tiger Woods.

    Feherty recounted a joke Woods once told him in order to explain the superstar’s wicked sense of humor.

    “I remember one time he says, ‘Hey Feherty,’ pulling the bill of his cap down so the cameras can’t read his lips. ‘What do you call a black guy flying an airplane?’ I say I don’t know. He says, ‘A pilot, you f—ing racist.'”

  • Cowgirl Apocalypse Haiku #120

    Drummer takes a smoke-
    clowncar evacuation
    as fools keep dancing.

  • digixplor.

    ‘kevin…you’re still rushing the timeline…relax…be patient.’

    Not me. It’s geochemistry that’s rushing the timeline. (Or you could say it is the industrial civilisation mass suicide-omnicide cult that is rushing the timeline.)

    On February 7th, 2016 at 1:40 pm I wrote:

    ‘Back then atmospheric CO2 was around 320ppm

    One swallow does not make a summer. Nor do two or three. Nevertheless, there is a potentially very disturbing trend in the making, with yet another extraordinarily high atmospheric CO2 reading.’

    So here we are a couple of days later and there is an even bigger jump in atmospheric CO2.

    8th February 2016: 406.27ppm.

    That’s not only the highest ever recorded but is also up 6.8ppm on the same-date concentration (399.47ppm) a year ago, according to

    Okay, that 399.47ppm was a tad low compared to other February 2015 results but nevertheless an annual difference of nearly 7ppm is extraordinary. For the period 2000 to 2009 the average increase in CO2 was about 2ppm per annum.

    The 2-year Keeling curve is still showing 4th Feb at the time of writing, and 406.27 is ‘off the chart’.

    There might be a ‘nice big storm’ to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and put it into the ocean near Mona Loa, thereby speeding up the ocean acidification that is in the process of annihilating corals and shellfish. We might witness a series of lest extreme atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Or not.

    Don’t worry, I’m quite relaxed about it all now. I burned myself out several years ago attempting to wake up the idiots to the burgeoning catastrophe, to no avail. Now every day that passes provides further vindication I (along with numerous others in the non-brain-dead community) have been right all along.

    Interestingly, yesterday I was speaking with a person who has relatives in Holland, and apparently thee have been no frosts there this winter.

    As for the global economic meltdown, well that is also cooking up nicely. I do not say that because I relish the suffering ordinary people are enduring but because economic collapse is what will shake the general populace out of the trance they are in and help them realise that governments are at the heart of the problem, and electing yet another idiot-liar won’t solve anything.

  • **I’m a relative newcomer to this site**

    At least with this name.

    But we don’t get many preachers wanting to save us from ourselves.

    So maybe you’re not so new.

    Time will tell.

  • Alton, thanks for your recent essay which I enjoyed reading. One of the sentences you wrote got me to thinking, which is always a good thing. Quote:

    “The tragedy, however, is that although they are ignorant–and think/act as if tomorrow will be much like today, their ignorance is not their fault.”

    I have to respectfully disagree with the last part of the statement about their ignorance not being their fault, and to explain my reasoning, I need to tell a short story from my hitch-hiking days back in 1978. I was thumbing my way around Tasmania. One day, a friend named Ted asked me, “So, what are you reading?” He assumed, that with all the time that I spent sitting by the side of the road waiting for a ride, that I would be using that time wisely which to him meant, reading. When I told him that “I don’t read” he looked at me as if I was from another planet. After spending years HAVING to read in school, once I was out in the real world I stopped reading books.
    Thankfully, as a result of this chance conversation all those years ago, I became an avid reader. The point of the story is that I think that if people are ignorant of abrupt climate change, or any other topic for that matter, it is because they chose NOT to read up on the subject. In this day and age, there are plenty of places to go, to research any topic.
    Reading, is the primary reason that I ended up here at NBL. And I am pretty sure that the majority of readers here, understand that the MSM is about the last place to go to, in order to find out the truth about anything significant.
    Thanks again for making me think, and for helping to dredge up a memory from so long ago. :-)
    Like the comedian Bill Hicks said in one of his comedy skits, “What ya readin’ for?”

  • Feed Jake

    “However, I find it amusing that now I’m part of a disinformation or “mind-control” campaign. Guys, do you have a plan to save us? Or are you maybe a bit paranoid?”

    I don’t see how anyone could be accusing you of being “part of a disinformation or ‘mind-control’ campaign.” Apart from what I quoted above, you sound quite reasonable, and you also seem well intended.

    But you might be making a good point here: I wasn’t happy with the term “mind control.” I meant to say that there is a way in which we are all grossly misinformed and mesmerized by what we are taught.



    “If people put in a serious amount of time, effort, money, and inputs they just might be able to grow about 10 to 20% of what they need to eat to live…at best.”

    Agreed. I’d say that, through the years, I couldn’t claim to more than .001. But my neighbor, who is very scientific, diligent and studious, on hardly more land than twice my land space, does (or says he just about does) grow
    all his own food. So I wouldn’t term it an absolute impossibility for backyard gardeners to do.

    Housing: “…be sure and start out with tons of money in the bank, or steady income from something other than going to work every day, or go to work everyday and build part time taking years that you no longer have, to build.”

    On this I strongly disagree. All you need is a way to maintain body temperature and keep the rain out. A McMansion wasn’t in my plans.

    “‘3) People live in (organize their needs around) pods the size aborigines use’

    The opposite is the social trend”


    “‘4) People store roof rain water runoff’

    You would need about 10 times what you could possibly catch just to grow you 10% of food not to mention drink, wash, etc.”

    You might wish to tell that to my neighbor, who grows “all” his food and meets his other water needs on 3K gallons of rain catchment.

    “‘5) Individuals and pods and groups of pods organize themselves as is most practical’

    Again the absolute opposite of what people are incline to do right now. Even Church attendance is falling.”

    I don’t limit my aspirations to what the current trends are.

  • “At least with this name.

    But we don’t get many preachers wanting to save us from ourselves.

    So maybe you’re not so new.

    Time will tell.”

    Sounds like a line from a bad Western don’t it? Sorry, Bob, I don’t care if you even pay attention to what I say. And I don’t proselytize–I never said anyone should be like me, so if you’re looking for salvation, you’ll just have to keep on a-lookin’. I just thought that there were some interesting people ’round here to talk with. Even you, with that bitter, old “you philosophizing kids, you get off my lawn” routine doesn’t bother me. Maybe we’ll find some common ground somewhere. Until then, adios amigo! And I sincerely wish you the best.

    @ Lydia
    It’s not really fair to rile up Nemesis when you know he’s out of posts. But I wouldn’t dare presume to answer for him!

    Another round of best wishes to everyone! It’s my treat!

  • It’s going to get hotter and there are going to be less people. How fast it will happen is still conjecture. I go with the Chris Rock view, “people won’t do anything about global warming until a baby spontaneously combusts.” That’s humans.

  • Man sets himself on fire near William and Kate palace in London

    Police said that a few hours earlier a London hospital had alerted them to the disappearance of a male patient in his forties but did not say whether he was the same man.

    Alton: thanks for the clever essay and poignant comments.

  • @Feed Jake, I’m not in such a rush that I can’t wait until tomorrow for a response from Nemesis, assuming I need one. I was just reacting to his feverish insistence on the monk front. Since he posted eight things in a row, should the onus of fairness be on me? I ask you…! ;-)

    It is a damnably harsh thing, this self-immolation. Usually the practitioners are mentally ill:

    Imagine the state of mind of a nurse, bound by her/his professional duty to keep alive at all costs an obnoxious and abusive person who (justifiably) wants to die. This is the ethical conundrum our technological civilization has ushered upon us: earlier the question would not have had the possibility of being posed.

    @Kurt, I hadn’t heard that Chris Rock bit.. hilarious. Thanks!

  • Lidia: i hear the same lament from my son (who works in the o/r each day) regarding young drug abusers/homeless addicts who look like they’re on death’s doorstep – and they fight like hell (sometimes 8 to 10 hours) trying to keep them alive (and for WHAT?, he asks).

    kevin: HEY, you all right down there?

    Wellington rocked by earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude

    New Zealand’s capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, according to the country’s earthquake monitoring service. The quake’s epicenter was 35 km southeast of St Arnaud, a small town in the north of the country’s South Island, at a depth of 62 km, according to Geonet’s website. Reuters witnesses felt shaking in Wellington, which has a population of about 450,000. There were no initial reports of damage or injury.

    Earthquakes are common in New Zealand, whose two islands lie along the Australia-Pacific tectonic plate boundary. A shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake devastated the South Island’s Canterbury region in February 22, 2011, resulting in nearly 200 deaths and leveling Christchurch, the country’s second-largest city.

  • Tom, well I guess it’s to help break down the energy gradients. The more effort spent, the more GDP..! Well done! Huzzah!

    At some point fairly soon, though, we won’t have the capacity to go on with such things. You can see the societal shift already: people are turning away from no-holds-barred treatment and (justifiably or not) are becoming more skeptical of organized modern medicine. Hospice (and other general non-treatment unless where remunerative) is becoming more acceptable.

    Are you in VT? I know there’s a big discussion around the heroin OD “antidote” they want to distribute more widely due to increasing drug use in the state.

    (August 15, 2015) The Hartford School Board on Wednesday voted in favor of drafting procedures in the next three months giving school district nurses and other staff naloxone, marketed under the name Narcan.

    The Valley News reports the cost of keeping Narcan is estimated to be about $100 per year.

    School Board member Paul Keane pushed for bringing the drug to Hartford schools last November.

    His colleagues rejected the idea though due to liability concerns and reports that patients could become combative after being revived with Narcan.

    There’s a reason Shakespeare wrote we should kill all the lawyers… ;-)

    2% of VT public school students in 2015 responded that they had tried heroin. It’s hard to blame them, as they are facing an obvious non-future, the quality of which, however, is being hidden from them.

  • Wester,

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think Nate Hagens has sired any children.

  • Hi Tom.

    Okay thanks, just f’ing hot. Some folks would laugh; around here we’re used to a mean temperature of 16oC, with daily maxima around 28oC, but we’ve had two weeks of about 4oC warmer than normal.

    (Nothing to do with elevated CO2, of course. I must be the cow farts, as was put to me by a denialist a week ago.)

    I did feel the earthquake; it was quite mild at this distance. I like small quakes because they indicate stress is being relieved. Nothing worse than a long period with no movement in an earthquake zone.

    Talking of earthquakes, Aussie now seems to be having one in the banking sector, having had one in the mining sector. All Ordinaries down another 2.42% at the time of writing. Then there’s the potential earthquake in Germany that no one wants to mention too much in case it starts a bank run.

  • Sea level fall is a current threat to some ports because sea level is falling 10 mm per yr or more NOW at those locations (Proof of Concept – 6).

    Did I mention sea level FALL ?

  • Wednesday, 10 February 2016
    2003 was the last normal winter in Wellington
    El-NinoWeather update Down-Under

    The el-Nino in the South Pacific

    Lies abound about the Deutsche Bank

  • Regarding Kling:

    It is too bad that money is still the source.

    Even barter doesn’t ring true to me.

    Giving and mercy are the standards for sweet life in another world.

  • Football, the gladiator wanna be game of Amurica, is the best source of racism on bright display.

  • @Lidia

    Thanks for the mention on DOTE. I’m saddened but not surprised that you took a shit-kicking. I tried to interest Dave in a conversation back when I developed my 2LoT response to the Fermi Paradox, at about the same time he’d written a blogpost about it. His response was effectively, “Fuck off junior, the adults are talking. Stop wasting my time.” At least he’s not passive-aggressive about his dislikes…

  • ok…i’m ready…set me on fire.

  • @Bob S.

    But we don’t get many preachers wanting to save us from ourselves.

    I stay away from the preachers, they just try to stand between oneself and ones very own experience^^:

    “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

    ― Gautama Buddha

    Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

    ― Gautama Buddha

    @Feed Jake

    So good to see honest people like you here on NBL! Thank you very much for all your inspiring contributions here on NBL. Love and Respect!

    To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.

    ― Hermann Hesse

  • 404.41ppm versus 399.75ppm, a difference of 4.66ppm.

    It’s still too early to say anything significant is happening long term but it sure looks that way.

  • 17 C here in Vancouver BC on Feb 8th and 9th. Nice weather for Chinese New Year.

  • @ Nemesis
    Thanks for your kind words. I was reading the comments here for about a month before I said anything. It’s a pretty tough forum, but I was intrigued by everyone, including yourself. When you’re in good form, you really put out some great stuff. Thanks again, and best wishes always.

  • @Feed Jake

    Yeah, NBL is a tough forum, hahaha, Extinction is a tough issue. I am here, because it’s a tough forum. I could be anywhere else, where it is comfy and cosy, like some forum of old aunties or something. But, you know, I found out that Truth/Reality is mostly to be found right where the tough pain, the tough suffering is.

    I am no Buddhist, no Christian, no Theist, no Atheist, I don’t belong to any religious institution. But I love to learn something from everyone. We are all in the same boat, together with Mother Nature. To me, “re- ligion” (or “Spirituality”) means just this:

    To re- connect (lat. = re- ligare) to oneself and others, to re- connect to Mother Nature, to re- connect to the Universe.

    And I do love to quote people, clever and inspiring people, who can say things so much better than I do:

    There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.

    – Gautama Buddha

    The strong ones should never forget, that, without the weak ones they will be gone too. Phytoplankton for instance does not have claws and teeth, does not have any financial power, it does no harm to anyone, it does not fight back, but is essential for life on Earth.

    Salut and best wishes to everyone on NBL.

  • @Paul C, thanks for the support. I have a far thicker skin than Dave does, to all appearances. Seriously, if you are going to chronicle nothing but doom and collapse, and then get angry when someone mentions doom or collapse.. ya gotta prepare yourself for some pushback now and again.

    I was torn between “dirty knife” and “Don’t Mention the War!”

    I felt bad, though.. and apologized because in his over-reaction Dave really seemed at the end of his rope, perhaps due in part to the no-heat situation he went through last month…?

    Instead, you’ve confirmed he’s just a bastard to begin with.


  • And THERE, I’VE finally DONE IT! I’ve embedded a G-D- video… unconsciously slipped into playing my destined role in breaking down the energy gradients. Universe: are you happy now!?!?

    Grr. mutter mutter mutter…

  • Lidia, fantastically, nearly orgasmically astute and poignant comments at…

    February 10th, 2016 at 5:23 pm


    February 10th, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I’ve always(?) known you were one of the sharper pins

    I’m incessantly extremely disappointed, for lack of a “better” word, by so many (there, here and elsewhere) that seem aware and knowledgeable at one moment but in the very next moment exhibit that they are truly, profoundly and utterly daft. So it goes…

  • ‘delusion and “mind control” might be more widespread than we know. And the people who talk philosophy on NBL really could have a role in getting to the bottom of the puzzle…’

    artleads, bottomless pits have no bottoms! that’s essentially what the puzzle/puddle of surreality is: a bottomless pit of mystery/nil. but, re. the mysteries of the mighty, well, i think those too are bottomless pits of intrigue (take it from one who has spent scores if not hundreds of hours trying to understand exactly what went down in dallas when jfk was shot, and why (the key question), a massive conspiracy with many details that will never be revealed, just like 9/11 more recently).

  • ALL of these comments beg a response. We are all clerical workers at auschwitz because we all benefit from the violent destructive machine called industrial civilization. No amount of part time compassion could even possibly outway the death and horror of clearcuts asian sweatshops oilsands poisoned rivers poisoned waters the ouright conscious murder of the earth that we all so blithely participate in. Please a little humility would be in order for you buddist religious fanatics. You truly embarass yourselves with any claim to love or compassion!!!!

  • Steve ~

    yes, the lack of humility from buddhist religious fanatics is truly the root cause of all the death and horror in the world. I think you’ve nailed it.

    Colin ~ ! I’m so sorry Lidia was such a tease. maybe next time. so it goes…

  • I have worked in a Buddhist country for 7 years, and I can tell you that it’s full to the brim with Buddhist fascists.

    My transcendent woo transpires as follows:

    “The only place to spit in the rich man’s house is in his face.”
    -Diogenese of Sinope

    “The rich are only defeated when running for their lives.”
    -C.L.R. James

    Thank you for your consideration and have a nice day.

  • anyone can wear the labels Buddhist, Christian, Pacifist, Spiritual, Holy, Humble, Taoist, Revolutionary, Atheist, Rationalist, Scientist…

    wearing a label does not make it real.

    Buddhism, Christianity, Science, Revolutions, Spirituality, Atheism, Rationalism… are all practices.

    if not practiced, they are just labels. words. not reality.

    you have a nice day, too, Wester. and thanks for your consideration.

  • TVT,

    I accept your point about bottomless pits. This is why I limit myself.

    Meanwhile, along with considerable nihilism, I arrive at some extremely limited assumptions (in no order, although it speaks of order :-)):

    – The vast majority of people want to survive.

    – Despair and frustration might make some people omnicidal and suicidal.

    – Living organisms succeed best by slowing entropy.

    – Organization (order?) is a means to slow entropy.

    – Prioritization might have relevance for order.

    – Prioritization toward survival might have a prioritization order somewhat like this: a) white women, b) megafauna, c) nuclear management. You can’t address any one of these properly without addressing all major issues of survival. But the opposite is also true.

    – All issues regarding survival must be addressed simultaneously, despite acknowledging where they fit in the (or any “correct”) priority rating.

    – My order of priority seems preferable (to me) to the amorphous drift of planetary dis-order, with billions of “irrational” (non-systemic) priorities.

    – Order for survival requires prioritizing wilderness over humans. But that, by definition, is a human decision to make.

    – Survival, in a natural system, is not a zero sum game.

    – Survival cannot be served through primary reference to human interests. For the sake of argument, at the highest level of discussion, humans must be abandoned and subverted entirely.

    – Rationality requires taking humans completely out of the picture. Putting humans prominently into the picture is like trying to save a drowning person who is dragging you under from panic. But attending to the white woman, who is “invisible,” inauthentic, and the primary MYSTIFICATION within dominant culture, might not be entirely contradictory to removing humans from the picture.

    With apologies for redundancies and possibly even worse sins of thought and understanding.

  • “Instead, you’ve confirmed he’s just a bastard to begin with. ”

    Herr Schiklgruber wanted to solve that problem once and for all. However that descriptor applied literally to him.

    “bottomless pits have no bottoms!”

    As I have noted at NBLbefore (many moons ago) tvt and Kathy C are two of the closest to realisation. Going further afield into the “ten thousand things” or the “net of Indra” leads to an infinitude of possibilities and circumstances sans resolution. Instead, if one peels off all the labels defining oneself one by one, as in “I” am a human, a man/woman, young/old, big/small, strong/weak, intelligent/dull, etc., until there are no labels left, no matter how dense and expansive the thicket, it is finite and can be traversed.

    “You truly embarass yourselves with any claim to love or compassion!!!!”

    When there is the grokking that there is no “I”, only a mirage, a phantasm, an apparition called the a “I” that is misperceived as real, there is no possibility of “not-I”, no “other”, non-dualism. Love and compassion are only possible as long as the delusion of dualism continues.

    “if not practiced, they are just labels. words. not reality.”

    Labels are labels, whether associated with a practice or not. To find what is in the center of that thicket of labels, every one of them down to the last one has to be peeled off. Otherwise one will identify with the labels.

  • Folks who spray their love around like glitter at a pride parade are instantly revealed as fakes.

  • “As I have noted at NBLbefore (many moons ago) tvt and Kathy C are two of the closest to realisation.”

    Realisation of what ?

  • i know things look really, really bad, no matter how you slice it…socially,politically,environ-mentally… but i’ve been waiting for something to collapse for twenty years…and so far it’s only been me… do not underestimate how shits can stick together. also consider that almost all science fiction comes true…so i believe man probably will leave earth in an Orwellian tin can. while the robots hold women prisoners under the ground…speaking telepathicaly…to their children…the cockroach klan posse.

  • …surrounded by glass and ice…with a volcano on top. thats my two…bitch.

  • John Lennon said it ” No religion ” and fuck your little “☾☮E✡☼† ” bumper-sticker also

  • “Realisation of what ?”


  • I’m still racist against humans!

  • @Steve

    What do YOU do to save Mother Earth? I miss some expression of LOVE (not only) from you, dear Steve :-)

    How does it feel, to be full of hatred and ignorance? Does it make anyone feel good? :-) You know, I am so happy that I feel no anger, no hatred, no ignorance, just pure peace within :-) Don’t you know that hatred, greed and ignorance are the main cause of the destruction and exploitation of Mother Earth? :-) Then LEARN, walk on, don’t get stuck in hatred, because hatred just isn’t healthy:

    Toxic Emotions Can Lead to Serious Health Problems

    Anger and hatred are natural, but they are also some of the most toxic emotions that we can have. Feelings of rage and hatred build up in the mind, body and soul, affecting the body’s organs and natural processes and breeding even more negative emotions. Expressing anger in reasonable ways can be healthy, but explosive people who hurl objects and yell at others frequently may be at greater risk for heart disease. Prolonged bouts of anger can take the toll on the body in the form of high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, headaches and poor circulation. Research also shows that even one five-minute episode of anger is so stressful that it can impair your immune system for more than six hours. All of these health issues can lead to more serious problems such as heart attacks and stroke. Anger and hatred can be directed at yourself or at other people, but either way you lose when you allow these negative foods for the soul to take over. Fortunately, there are some ways to overcome anger and hatred in your life….

    So, if you want to life a life of excellence and health, you will have to reduce hatred and anger. Just in case, you want to do something good for yourself and Mother Earth.

    No, you don’t have to be a Buddhist, to overcome hatred. Don’t you know, that everyone can develope Love and Compassion? Yes, it’s true, you can, try it and you will see that your life will be just so much better. And Mother Earth will benefit from it too, yes! If you like too. Just ask Doctor Guy McPherson, if you don’t believe me :-)

  • Now- observe yourself carefully. Do you feel anger? Do you feel anger and hatred when you read my first comment today? How does it feel then? Bloodpressure goes up, eyes get wide, blood pumping accelerated through your venes, head is exploding, heart gets narrow- that just can’t be healthy, is it?

    See you tomorrow,


  • ‘Don’t you know that hatred,greed and ignorance are the main cause of the
    destruction and exploitation of mother Earth?’

    Another possibility is that a major cause is love. Brimming with love for those gorgeous litle ones running around. Can’t get enough of them.
    What difference could one more little bundle of joy make?

  • Say goodbye to the Ecuadorian Rainforest if the governments of Ecuador and China get their way.

    Ecuador signs contracts with to China oil giant for oil exploration in Amazon – Nearly 1 million acres of rainforest at risk – Indigenous people protest

    On January 26, the government of Ecuador formally signed exploration contracts for two Amazonian oil blocks—known as blocks 79 and 83—with Chinese state oil company, Andes Petroleum. The Ecuadorian government also announced plans to open up 16 other oil blocks in its South-Central Amazon region to bids later this year.

    The indigenous people in this region are strongly opposed to any plans for oil development and vow to resist and stop these projects. They know the environmental and social disaster that oil development will bring.

    [any resulting violence to PROTECT their habitat will be LAWFULLY dispensed with by the “STAKE” holders, and blamed on the indigenous]

  • david ~

    “Another possibility is that a major cause is love. Brimming with love for those gorgeous litle ones running around. Can’t get enough of them.
    What difference could one more little bundle of joy make?”

    I seriously doubt this. I think greater breeding was from the beginning of the hubris and greed shift encouraged by the top people in the power structures, wherever these power structures developed and took long term hold.

    these people in power needed more slaves of various kinds.

    the need for slaves, whether literal people slaves, worker slaves, energy slaves, or consumer slaves, has been the guiding factor ever since these structures took firm hold.

    these power structures include both economic and “religious” (the Roman Catholic church being a ready example).

    hubris~greed first, the real potential for proactively manipulating culture to achieve these ends second, and then…

    what’s love got to do with it? basically nothing. just mad lust for power, wealth, etc, from a few. and the cancer grows from there.

  • Yes-siree, better living through bio-engineering:

    Zika HOAX exposed by South American doctors: Brain deformations caused by larvicide chemical linked to Monsanto; GM mosquitoes a ‘total failure’

    Despite all the public hoopla, all the cases of microcephaly being discovered in Brazil have never been scientifically linked to the Zika virus. A group of doctors from South America are now saying the brain deformations the world is witnessing are caused by the mass fumigation of low-income Brazilian people with a chemical larvicide, not by mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.

    What we’re seeing with the brain deformations of children, in other words, is more like the history of thalidomide, a prescription medicine given to pregnant women that caused children to be born with limbs missing. But the official narrative on all this is pushing a false link with Zika in order to justify more chemical fumigation, more vaccines and more genetically engineered mosquitoes.

    It looks like the world’s health authorities are using Zika virus mosquitoes as a cover story to conceal the damage caused by toxic chemicals manufactured by powerful globalist corporations.

    The larvicide sprayed in Brazil, for example, is called “pyriproxyfen,” and it’s manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a corporation known to be a “strategic partner” of Monsanto. [read the article]

  • Nemesis, passive aggressiveness it’s all about the love and non anger?

    Your links to these PHD pseudo scientific professional optimists are not in the least bit helpful IMO. Again, anger is negative right? And of course it’s all up to the individual to do something about it. Anger is an evolutionary spandrel to privileged white/western people – like my man nipples. They just can’t see any real good reason for it is their entitled cocoons. Dr Cynthia is just another hopium pusher. Sure some of these things can be slightly useful in “managing” ones emotions, like mindfulness too, but it’s being sold as a cure all. A way NOT to feel the “bad” emotions. And it’s all on you – the individual. The medical community is now pushing mindfulness as some kind of panacea at an ever increasing pace. Why not? That way they can claim you ain’t doing it enough or right. Put the blame on anything but a sick death cult society that sucks the soul and will to live out of people and/or chases them into isolation and addictions.

    On sale all this week at Dr Cynthia’s hopium emporium – $29.99

  • Biodiversity Loss and the Doomsday Clock: An Invisible Disaster Almost No One is Talking About
    As horrific as a nuclear war anywhere in the world would be, climate change is a much more urgent and fundamental problem.

  • Dr. Cesar Chelala has written several well researched and explained about environmental health concerns and dangerous pharmacology. As far as getting into the links suggesting pesticides causing microcephaly, I like his article much better and a less neon coloured website is also a plus.

    Oh well, another Rachel Carson book is available for me to help proofread at Distrubuted Proofreaders Canada. She did a good job of hitting the nail on the head in Silent Spring.

    On the Aedes front, Dr. Gorgas, all your legacy seems to be coming undone as several mosquito borne diseases that were mostly eradicated from the south of the usa are returning with a vengeance. But then, a whole lot of legacies are going, going, …

  • mo,
    Overpopulation,whether in humans or other animals,has as its basic reasons,emotions which we would regard as ‘good’ or ‘positive’.
    Sexual pleasure,and maternal (and paternal in some species)love for the
    offspring,with the associated protective behaviours.
    Overpopulation has been a feature of the natural world(and human world) long before the power structures you mention existed. Solved by predation or famine or disease (and war in our case)
    Certainly in the societies we live in now,those factors you mention are also relevant,but love certainly is a factor, love of your partner,love
    of sex,and love of children. It is not a difficult task to encourage
    most people to have children. It is more difficult to try to have them limit themselves to one or two.

  • I should have mentioned that overpopulation can also be solved by migration
    where that is possible.

  • @ Westor
    The Buddhist laity in Buddhist countries does not generally meditate. They leave that up to the Priests, and the laity are what turn a philosophy into a devotional religion. Obviously there are as many assholes in those places as anywhere else. Western Buddhists, on the other hand, all meditate, and tend to have little regard for Buddhist dogma, of which there is plenty. As for the previous comment about humility, well the old ego problem affects everyone except maybe arhats, but all us Western Buddhists are working on it as best we can. For me my “personality” has become just a set of habits I developed and use to get through everyday life. It’s not the real me.
    Best Wishes

  • Feed Jake,
    How can we be sure that your comment came from the real you?

  • To my thinkking, pyriproxyfen should be well within the realm of causing abnormal brain growth and development in humans since it interferes with growth and development in a wider range of tissues in a lethal manner in arthropoda. It is to be remembered that a fully grown or fully developed organ will not be adversely affected by agents that influence only growth and development.

    One of the influenza vaccines was noted to be associated with narcolepsy in children in Finland. Some brilliant investigative work showed that that particular vaccine induced an antibody against a particular domain on the influenza virus that cross-reacted with a uncommon genetically variant protein in brain cells, present in a very few individuals.

    So it could well be that pyriproxyfen affects some individuals but not others.

    Exposure to thalidomide in later pregnancy, a time when the limbs are fully formed, does not affect the limbs: the molecule interferes with develepment; once the limbs are fully developed into their normal shape and structure, there is no phocomelia. Also interestingly, the molecule of opposite chirality (mirror image) does not seem to have the adverse effect.