Ideas, Events, People

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

I’ve interacted with thousands of people during a life exceeding half a century. Most of these people are quick to judge others, primarily on the basis of items beyond the control of the person being criticized. For these “critics,” ideas and acts are viewed as irrelevant. But personal features such as the size of one’s nose or the shape of one’s ass are subject to rampant criticism within this celebrity-obsessed culture. I’m reminded of the words of John W. Farley, distinguished American physicist, astronomer, and author: “The scientific case is not dependent on citation of authority, no matter how distinguished the authority may be. The case is dependent upon experimental evidence, logic, and reason.” In this case, the word “scientific” can be removed without loss of meaning.

On the rare occasions ideas are held up for scrutiny, self-proclaimed progressives are the worst of critics. Their goal is “progress,” which means going over the cliff faster than previously thought possible. At least “conservatives” rarely abandon their misguided principles. They gladly throw your children, and theirs, into the breach of conquest. They gleefully sacrifice other people’s children, especially people of color, to maintain the illusion of freedom otherwise known as the American Dream. They adhere to principles regardless of clear evidence exhibiting the insanity of their views. In much the same way, “progressives” are uninfluenced by information contrary to the narrative of “progress” as omnicide.

Among the most-often criticized, from every perspective, are the messengers: those who transmit knowledge. I’m including myself, of course. Indeed, as is often the case of late, this essay is yet another trip into the land of self-indulgence.

I’ve been accused of many undesirable things. I suspect some are understatements. Others are ridiculous. If you believe what’s posted on the Internet, I’m causing near-term human extinction (NTHE) merely by presenting evidence pointing that direction. Here’s a recent example from my email inbox:

One thing that is bugging me is the logic and ethics of spreading the message, because of the possible downside of inducing widespread panic, if the message ever truly went viral, and people realized that nothing they or anyone else can do, will stop NTHE.

My response, poorly developed late at night as I lay in bed:

Along with NATO, American Empire is the source of widespread, ongoing panic. And chaos. And genocide. Few seem to mind, or even notice.

Kill the message? Why not go the usual step further and kill the messenger?

Evidence be damned. A culture based on lies cannot persist in the face of the truth. But most people I know prefer propping up imperialism to avoid scaring people. Privileged, Caucasian people are the chosen ones.

What am I missing?

I’d hardly be the first person to question the intelligence of the typical contemporary human on Earth. Albert Einstein arrived at that point long ago: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

I’d go a wee bit deeper than Einstein in this particular case. I suggest that the stupidity he described is a product and a goal of the dominant culture. In support of this strong statement, I offer a few words from Letters to a Young Academic, a book I wrote in 2003-2004 (it was published in January 2005):

Consider, for example, a few words in a speech to businessmen by President Woodrow Wilson: “We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.” Wilson’s sentiments echoed those of William Torrey Harris in his 1906 book The Philosophy of Education: Ninety-nine [students] out of a hundred are automata, careful to walk in prescribed paths, careful to follow the prescribed custom. This is not an accident but the result of substantial education, which, scientifically defined, is the subsumption of the individual.” In vogue with his time, Harris extended the idea of subsumption to the land as well as the individual: “The great purpose of school can be realized better in dark, airless, ugly places …. It is to master the physical self, to transcend the beauty of nature.” As I indicated in previous correspondence, Harris was the U.S. commissioner of education from 1889 to 1906.

Harris was not the only influential educator willing to express his desire for docile American citizens during 1906. That same year, the Rockefeller Education Board, a major advocate of compulsory public education, issued this statement: “In our dreams … people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions [intellectual and character education] fade from our minds, and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, educators, poet or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have ample supply. The task we set before ourselves is very simple … we will organize children … and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.”

The statement by the Rockefeller Education Board and the book by Harris were preceded a year earlier by Elwood Cubberly’s dissertation at Columbia Teachers College. The future dean of education at Stanford University wrote that schools should be factories “in which raw products, children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products … manufactured like nails, and the specification for manufacturing will come from government and industry.”

Tracing these ideas further back in time, we find the 1888 Report of the Senate Committee on Education, a summary of which is provided by a single sentence on page 1,382 of this gargantuan document: “We believe that education is one of the principal causes of discontent of late years manifesting itself among the laboring classes.” According to John Taylor Gatto, award-winning educator and author of the 1992 book Dumbing Us Down, the committee was justifiably nervous about the high qualify of education provided by nonstandardized, local schools where students were actually taught to think for themselves. The Senate Report parallels the 1897 writings of famous philosopher and industrial educator John Dewey. Dewey’s famous pedagogic creed, first published in The School Journal, included this thought about the role of teachers in society: “I believe that every teacher … should realize he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of the proper social order and the securing of the right social growth.” Cubberly provided the “proper social order” and the “right social growth” less than a decade after Dewey and the U.S. Senate supplied the rationale for herding the masses on behalf of business.

In other words, the captains of industry and leaders of government set out to create an educational system that would maintain social order (and increase their profits). How? By teaching students just enough to serve industry but not enough so they could think for themselves. Questioning the sociopolitical order and communicating articulately were not part of the plan. Americans were to become drones in a government-subsidized country ruled by corporations. While Reagan-era neo-conservatives were excoriating communism as a system in which government controls industry, they were promoting a system built on an even worse idea, one in which industry controls government.

Mind you, the development and implementation of K-12 concentration camps is not part of some giant conspiracy. Rather, it is the outcome of the way our educational system was created. Most of the people who originally developed the system believed they were doing the right thing, and they did not try to hide their plans or intentions. It was completely consistent with the perspective, derived from religious organizations, that the domination, cohesion, and vitality of society were inversely related to individualism; permitting free inquiry and action were anathema to control by religious societies and also by corporate society.

I wrote these words a long time ago. If I were to revise them today, I’d be less harsh on Ronald Reagan and more critical of the system that produced him. Furthermore, I would argue that if you’ve been indoctrinated by the public education system in the industrialized world, you bear little blame for your ignorance or for your stupidity. The system is the problem, and it is rooted in the predicament of civilization. There is no solution. There is no escape.

As a minor example of cultural programming, even in this space I’m ridiculed when I write poetically, or from my heart. Intellectual risks are disparaged within this culture, a culture that also disparages the fragility of being human. When there’s no reward and ample punishment for stepping outside the straitjacket of culture, the straitjacket gains strength. When I take intellectual risks here, I’m accused of being a child, as if that’s a bad thing. As Carl Sagan wrote: “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.” In this case, I’d replace “science” with “reality” or “Earth.” But in Sagan’s day, science was used to describe reality on Earth, and beyond.

If there is no solution, and no escape, then what remains? For one, awareness. It’s often said to be overrated, and I’ve shared that sentiment in the past. Now, however, I believe awareness to be neither blessing nor curse. As with evidence, it merely is.

 

 

Marc Haneburght created a 40-minute video centered on my work on 4 March 2016. It’s embedded below with my thanks to Marc. When I say “125 years,” please replace with “125,000 years.”

 

Marc also extracted and edited a short video from my October 2014 interview with Paul Henry. It’s embedded below.

McPherson’s latest book is available in audio, and can be purchased here. Ms. Ladybug and Mr. Honeybee: A Love Story at the End of Time is intended for ages 11 and up.

With thanks to Marc Haneburght, McPherson is offering a webinar Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The topic is near-term human extinction via six disparate paths. Learn more via Facebook here. We’ll use a gift economy, and you’ll need to register with Marc in advance: marchaneburght@tutanota.com

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Thanks to Roblyn Crawford for initiating a fund-raising campaign in support of speaking tours. It’s here. Please share widely. Roblyn is also seeking volunteers to support a May speaking tour in California. Specifically, Roblyn says we need a place for Guy to eat and sleep in Sacramento on May 2nd, and we need places for Guy to eat and sleep and venues in Marin (4/30), Grass Valley (5/3), Santa Rosa (5/6), and Santa Cruz (5/12), and Santa Barbara (5/13). We are also seeking venues and hosts in the Los Angeles area May 17, 18, and 19. If you are able to help, please send a message to booking@crawfordsattractions.com

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The easiest way for me to spot a troll: S/he trots out a three-year-old blog post to challenge the evidence I present. The foolish cowards continue to show up on Alex Smith’s blog, and they include the likes of Tony Weddle (aka sofistek). He’s hardly the only acolyte of science educator denier Scott Johnson wallowing in ignorance and fear.

Coming Events:

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Friday, 29 April 2016 at 7:00 p.m., “Responding to Abrupt Climate Change,” Astronomical Society of Las Cruces, Doña Ana Community College, 3400 South Espina Street, Room 141

Early May 2016: Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Rosa, Middletown, Chico, Grass Valley, Redding, and Santa Cruz, California. Follow on Facebook.

1 May 2016, 12:00 noon, Utopia Now! conference, Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, California

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  • Thanks Guy – pointing out the (not so) obvious to the completely distracted isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially since people accustomed to this lazy way of western civ don’t want to give up the only way they know how to live (and, as D. Jensen pointed out, “will defend this way of living to the death”). Displaying the roots of the cultures’ creation of the educational indoctrination system to mold people into being their own jailers from a very young age (and to accent conformity) goes far in exposing HOW and WHY we’ve come to this. Great job!

    [this is old, but still applies]

    Anti-Intellectualism and the “Dumbing Down” of America

    There is a growing anti-intellectual dumbing down of our culture

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wired-success/201407/anti-intellectualism-and-the-dumbing-down-america

    There is a growing and disturbing trend of anti-intellectual elitism in American culture. It’s the dismissal of science, the arts, and humanities and their replacement by entertainment, self-righteousness, ignorance, and deliberate gullibility. [more]

  • What I is, is what I is! I usually hate poetry, but for some reason I live for these words. I used to go around singing “I’m not aware of too many things”, nobody argued much about it with me.

    I’m not aware of too many things
    I know what I know, if you know what I mean
    Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box
    Religion is the smile on a dog
    I’m not aware of too many things
    I know what I know, if you know what I mean, d-doo yeah

    Choke me in the shallow waters
    Before I get too deep

    What I am is what I am
    Are you what you are or what?
    What I am is what I am
    Are you what you are or

    Oh, I’m not aware of too many things
    I know what I know, if you know what I mean
    Philosophy is a walk on the slippery rocks
    Religion is a light in the fog
    I’m not aware of too many things
    I know what I know, if you know what I mean, d-doo yeah

    Choke me in the shallow water
    Before I get too deep

    What I am is what I am
    Are you what you are or what?
    What I am is what I am
    Are you what you are or what?

    What I am is what I am
    Are you what you are or what?
    What I am is what I am
    Are you what you are or what you are and

    What I am is what I am
    Are you what you are or what?

    Don’t let me get too deep
    Don’t let me get too deep
    Don’t let me get too deep
    Don’t let me get too deep

    Choke me in the shallow water
    Before I get too deep
    Choke me in the shallow water
    Before I get too deep…

    In the last post Rusty sent us the most important link I saw here in a long time, except maybe for the above one. This video will do more to show you first hand the reasons for certain doom. Oh yea, don’t pussy-foot around and substitute “collapse” for “doom”. Say doom like you mean it! Basically the video is about too much meat, too little water. Too bad they didn’t consider the fish.

    http://www.promptfile.com/l/2BDBBCFC5D-C03431F3A8

    There was a Bill McKibben article over at Commie Dreams, which I regularly check. I was very pleasantly surprised to see someone named Nocube to vigorously lambast Bill and promote Guy’s message.

    Naturally, he caught flak from a regular dick-headed poster named Wereflea, and Nocube just rails right into him. It’s entertaining as fuck. Alas, I am not allowed to post there or over at the reddit collapse page. I tried a rather tame comment over at Robert Scribblers page and it seems I’m never allowed to comment there either unless I totally kiss his ass. Here’s the link to the CD comments.

    http://commons.commondreams.org/t/the-mercury-doesn-t-lie-we-ve-hit-a-troubling-climate-change-milestone/19307

  • Cowgirl Apocalypse Haiku #121

    White winter blossoms
    confetti slick graphite streets
    after a warm rain.

  • In some kind of pre-cognition, that very song was stuck in my head last night Robert.

    Anyone seen Gerald Spezio around?

    ProPublica Podcast

    One Professor’s Discovery About Speaking Truth to Power

    In his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant examines the circumstances that give rise to truly original thinkers and groundbreaking ideas. Throughout Originals, the Wharton School of Business professor shares stories from the fields of business, politics and sports, and his chapter exploring the psychology of speaking truth to power – whether it be federal whistleblowers, or a middle-level employee with an innovative idea – holds several lessons for investigative journalists and the people on which they report. For this week’s podcast, ProPublica reporter David Epstein talks with Grant about takeaways from the book. [more]

  • That’s a brilliant takedown over at Common Dreams – thanks for the link! nocubed gave me a big, broad, Thanatos-eating grin. I think I’m going to save and recycle some of his responses.

  • They industrialists needed millions of human RNA (mRNA, tRNA, rRNA) to work within the fast growing factory cells (cancer) whose tools were focused upon eliminating resource gradients, or eating everything and converting it into more technological cells and tools. When everything is reduced and the human population crashes there won’t be a need for schools nor any further evolutionary development of those parts of the neocortex that manipulate information. The mystical, magical right side of the brain will become predominant again, if it ever was really unseated by the reasoning and logic of the left (varies by individual).

    The entire technological/industrial system self-organized to use fossil fuels, soil and biomass as rapidly as possible, just like organic life evolved to convert sunlight, gases, amino acids and minerals into biomass. Humans have been shunted into the technological system where they perform as RNA and no longer recognize their essential connection to the ecosystem. Not only do they not recognize it, they consume and destroy it.

  • Let’s all go to A&W

    Food’s more fun at A&W.

    We’ll drink lot’s of root beer

    Until we have to pee.

    We’ll get drunk as monkeys,

    And go climb a tree.

    http://lokisrevengeblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/how-the-end-begins/

    Whoa-oh black kitty

    Wham-ba-lamb

    Whoa-oh black kitty

    Wham-ba-lamb

    Black kitty had kittens

    Wham-ba-lamb

    Damn things lost their mittens

    Wham-ba-lamb

    Now they’re always steady

    Wham-ba-lamb

    But they’re never ready.

    Wham-ba-lamb


  • @Doctor Guy McPherson

    Thanks a lot for another great, eye-opening article! And thanks for Bob Seger, I played that song just two day ago, it’s a great song, I love the powerful Bob Seger.

    … schools should be factories “in which raw products, children, are to be shaped and formed into finished products … manufactured like nails, and the specification for manufacturing will come from government and industry.”…

    Dewey’s famous pedagogic creed, first published in The School Journal, included this thought about the role of teachers in society: “I believe that every teacher … should realize he is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of the proper social order and the securing of the right social growth.” Cubberly provided the “proper social order” and the “right social growth” less than a decade after Dewey and the U.S. Senate supplied the rationale for herding the masses on behalf of business.

    In other words, the captains of industry and leaders of government set out to create an educational system that would maintain social order (and increase their profits). How? By teaching students just enough to serve industry but not enough so they could think for themselves.

    Hahaha, yeah, they tried that with me too, but I was lucky enough to say “FUCK YOU” at a very early age to those funny, robotic slave-“teacherz”, harr harr. You know, we had a fuckin TV commercials some decades ago here in Germany. That commercials showed humans as marching peas and carrots, who try to be sorted out and to fit neatly into the fine tin can of SUCCESS within Empire. You just have to meet the NORM of the sheeples and you are ready for the tin can of Empire, congratulation!, now you are a cracker jack VEGETABLE!, YOU MADE IT!, bwahahaha:


    @Rober Callaghan

    DOOOOOOM to Empire!, and I say it with a Thanatos-eating grin (thanks, Paul Chefurka!) and I mean it. With kind regards from my venerable teacher, harr harr!

  • ” in this case, i’d replace “science” with “reality” or “earth”…good idea!

  • Love your haikus, Denise.

  • On one level: education=job=salary=shopping.

    MINISTER FOR EXAMS (by Brian Patten)

    When I was a child I sat an exam.
    This test was so simple
    There was no way i could fail.

    Q1. Describe the taste of the Moon.

    It tastes like Creation I wrote,
    it has the flavour of starlight.

    Q2. What colour is Love?

    Love is the colour of the water a man
    lost in the desert finds, I wrote.

    Q3. Why do snowflakes melt?

    I wrote, they melt because they fall
    on to the warm tongue of God.

    There were other questions.
    They were as simple.

    I described the grief of Adam
    when he was expelled from Eden.
    I wrote down the exact weight of
    an elephant’s dream

    Yet today, many years later,
    For my living I sweep the streets
    or clean out the toilets of the fat
    hotels.

    Why? Because constantly I failed
    my exams.
    Why? Well, let me set a test.

    Q1. How large is a child’s
    imagination?
    Q2. How shallow is the soul of the
    Minister for exams?

    “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” (Wm. Blake: The Marriage of Heaven & Hell)

    A SMALL DRAGON (by Brian Patten)

    I’ve found a small dragon in the woodshed.
    Think it must have come from deep inside a forest
    because it’s damp and green and leaves
    are still reflecting in its eyes.

    I fed it on many things, tried grass,
    the roots of stars, hazel-nut and dandelion,
    but it stared up at me as if to say, I need
    foods you can’t provide.

    It made a nest among the coal,
    not unlike a bird’s but larger, it
    is out of place here
    and is quite silent.

    If you believed in it
    I would come hurrying to your house
    to let you share my wonder,
    but I want instead to see
    if you yourself will pass this way.

  • The scary side of dumbing down in action at a recent Trump rally watch close. http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-autobahn-was-job-creator.html

  • .

    For all the Edie Brickell fans, here’s my favorite from her. It’s her song about visiting the void, much like Peter Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill.

    Let’s see if the seekers here can pick out all the juicy little messages that only make sense to those who have ears to hear them with.

    My fav lines are:

    One night the howlin’ dog sings a lullaby
    Drift you onto peaceful memories
    One night the howlin’ dog cries out lonely life
    Break you like the light between the trees

    That’s about subjective perception. Same sound from the dog, but the effect the sound has on you is all in your head and completely up to you and your subjective perception. These might be some of the most important lyrics ever written about this subject (awakening to reality), and they’re far superior to Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill lyrics in my opinion. Chock full ‘o stuff.

    But really, every line in this one is good.

    Like I posted about the other day, love isn’t a romantic feeling, love is about the non-judgement of objective reality. Yet another word that empire has carefully shifted the meaning of for us so that we stay dumb and powerless.

    She even shows what Alan Watts said in Nemesis’ video yesterday, how only comes when you stop clinging to your life.

    Here’s the lyrics for you. If you’ve been there, you’ll love this one. (Don’t be surprised if this track gets blocked soon on utube, it doesn’t ever stay up long.)

    This Eye.

    .

    .

    Cheer to all the Edie fans, she rocks, and she was there once too.

    Those who survive the first death, survive the second.

  • 3rd 14.468 millionkm2
    4th 14.427
    5th 14.392
    6th 14.375

    In view of what happened between 11th March and 22nd April 2015 it would be premature (and foolish) to say this is ‘it’.

    Nevertheless, when we compare the current state of the Arctic region with that of 2012 it must surely be enough to send shivers down the spines of all informed persons capable of rational thought.

    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

  • Guy,

    Government and Industry. Thanks for quoting the words of those “great men” to remind everybody just how far back the fascist tradition goes in America. They even beat Mussolini to the punch.

  • Thank You Professor McPherson.

    Age certainly brings wisdom to the wise.

    I respect few yet You I applaud.

  • Ironic that Cubberly, after whom the Stanford School of Education is named, who was at Stanford when it was actually a “farm” (stolen from the native populations of course), in almost sheer prophecy, predicts the ‘student’ as the finely polished product of the educational ‘factory, as best exemplified by the technocratic automata of the 1%, also known as graduates of the the most elite trade school in the world, Stanford University.


  • The agents of Empire see themselves as “elite”, as superhumans, as “Übermenschen”, as Godkings. That’s not a joke, it’s true. They use technology and propaganda as a tool, to control the masses. That’s not a conspiracy theory, it is a conspiracy, many conspiracies around the globe (who fight against each other as well). It is a problem, that there is not a single conspiracy, but many conspiracies. If it were just one conspiracy, then there would be some chance, no matter how small, to fight back against it. But it is the MYTH of profit, that is within many, many people within modern society. So if you cut one, two, ten, hundred, thousand heads off, a million new heads will follow. It is a Hydra. The only real chance we have, is to fight against that Hydra within ourselves. We have to change ourselves. Doctor Guy McPherson changed himself, he chose freedom, truth, reality over rose coloured glasses. This is the story of the Hero. One individual against the pressure of collective society. This fight has always been a lonely fight.

    The Myth of Profit- what is that? What is a gallon of water worth? 1 dollar? Ten? One hundred? A million? There is no answer to that question. The same with oil or bread or trees or cars or whatever. Profit is a MYTH, an abstractum without any real substance (in a materialist society, haha). Nature does not know of any Profit. Energy just goes from here to there without any “Profit”. Profit is a Fata Morgana, a mirage.

    Profitgrowth is the lifeblood of Empire. No profitgrowth, no Empire. The only chance we have, is, that the agents of Empire learn for themselves, free themselves like Doctor Guy McPherson did. The agents of Empire are slaves themselves, the leaders of Empire are slaves themselves. They have to face Nature, Reality, the Truth and free themselves, every single one of them. As long, as they hunt for profit and power, they are asleep and they pay a price for that sleep every single day. Will they wake up? Uhm, erm, hrm…………. maybe they should ask Doctor Guy McPherson, what the price is they pay, cause he stepped out of Empire for a reason. He knows, what he has left and he knows, what he has won for sure.


  • mindfulness
    discernment
    acceptance
    compassion

    Guy,
    Thanks for Being

  • For an interesting view of transitions of a north water polyana – https://youtu.be/lqmug2fUkso

    The Nares Strait between Ellesmere Island and Greenland is interesting. It transports 10 times more water than the Amazon down from the Arctic Ocean off the west coast of Greenland, albeit less ice than Fram does.

    The Danish Meteorological Institute offers up a variety of satellite photos daily. Following the http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/kennedy.uk.php
    page over the next few weeks will probably show the opening up of Nares.

    Our schools. I read Vagrant Viking by Freuchen in 5th grade with some Greenland parts and then later worked on reading his book “The Arctic Year with a strong basis in Greenland. One hot day in early May in study hall, the silence was broken by the teacher stating, “Some people seem to think they can impress people by reading big books.” No one else was reading a 400 plus page book. I just mentally shrugged it off, I really like reading this, it is so interesting. But most would get the hint to act more according to plan.

    Been quite the winter in Greenland. Not only have ocean facing glaciers in NE and NW Greenland been having calving events, so have glaciers on the North coast of Greenland. The newish Sentinel satellites have been showing this. El Nino, La Nina, it does not matter – many parts of Greenland the glacier bottoms are below sea level. It will not be biblical scale cataclysms this year or three, just the beginning of a slow exponential growth of icebergs drifting south.

    The Seine River here is starting to open up in spots, the first geese should arrive very soon. I attribute this to be influencing my transportee who probably has geese as a totem. He is getting too frisky to be in front with me when transporting recently, so he will get to go to the middle row of seats in the van. Natural consequences, eh.

  • Wonderful post, Nemisis.

  • mrogness,
    I am not sure if you know Seamus Heaney’s ‘Postscript’.
    Swans instead of geese, but one you might like.

    And sometimes make the time to drive out west
    Into county Clare,along the Flaggy shore,
    In September or October,when the wind and light
    Are working off each other,
    So that the ocean on one side is wild
    With foam and glitter,and inland among stones
    The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
    By the earthed lightening of flock of swans,
    Their feathers roughed and ruffling,white on white,
    Their fully grown headstrong-looking heads
    Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
    Useless to think you’ll park or capture it
    More thoroughly.You are neither here nor there,
    A hurry through which known and strange things pass
    As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
    And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.

  • “If there is no solution, and no escape, then what remains? For one, awareness. It’s often said to be overrated, and I’ve shared that sentiment in the past. Now, however, I believe awareness to be neither blessing nor curse. As with evidence, it merely is.”’

    We are standing on the edge of the cliff, looking over…there is no escape

    The time is near….. There is no solution, and no escape

    The sun is like a knife in the south, pollution has destroyed the ozone. There is no escape

    I want to look to… And trust nature, aboriginal skills, bush food… teach my children …leave the past behind. Ok… But there is there is no solution or escape

    I want Focus on reality. Not horde foods. Or be dependent on crops, not be trapped by western mentality…the crops will fail…There is no escape

    I want to be like a fox, sharp eyes and fleet feet…always moving. Think and move like a hunter gatherer… keep moving…OK… But there is no escape

    I want to understand and philosophize and search for solution and the offenders…Ok… but there is no solution and there is no escape

    I want to feel the grief in all the stages and bury myself in the medicine of music…Ok.. but there is no solution

    I want to hold my children and tell them it will be all Ok…But there is no solution and there is no escape

    I feel empty…there is no solution and no escape

  • Robert Callaghan,
    Thanks for the Common Dreams link. I placed a medium-length
    comment there. It will be interesting to see if they delete it.

  • Good work on the wereflea folks!
    He’s like a werewolf but much much smaller.

    China’s exports fell 25% from last year.
    All kinds of steel and cement places are closing down.

    This human suffering will be celebrated as progress on emissions reductions. Conflating emissions reductions with economic growth is just plain fucking lying.

    The amount of demand destruction required for humanity’s survival entails massive suffering. All this talk about “degrowth” is not a pie-in-the-sky fantasy, it’s a hell-hole.

    Just as last year in China, after admitting they lied about coal emissions, a story was released about the progress in coal reductions.

    Joe Romm posted some pro-solar piece at Climate Progress, when I tamely posted a rebuttal on electricity use, it was immediately deleted.

    Climate Central will only let me comment if I manage to use words that say nothing.

    The first rule about near term human extinction on other websites is,
    “Do not talk about near term human extinction.”
    Especially if you present data to back it up.

    The Tropics Of Slaughter
    http://lokisrevengeblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/how-the-end-begins/

  • We can be fairly sure Arctic sea ice has peaked for the 2016 season. Another day of melting has been recorded, though the area is slightly greater than the same date 2015.

    1st 14.472 millionkm2
    2hd 14.478
    3rd 14.468
    4th 14.427
    5th 14.392
    6th 14.375
    7th 14.364 (versus 14.353 in 2015)

    Measurements over the next two weeks will indicate the likelihood of an ice-free Arctic this September, though we won’t really know until July because the unexpected tends to happen: just compare 2012 with 2015!

    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/

    ………………………………………..

    The Fonterra dairy pay-out has been cut a little more, to $3.90 per kg. Meanwhile, district councils and government departments continue to squander money and resources and dig a deeper hole for everyone. The sabotage continues.

  • Thanks Kevin. And…

    CO2 concentration February 2016: 404.16 ppm
    CO2 concentration February 2015: 400.31 ppm
    Year-on-year increase in CO2 concentration: 3.85 ppm

    Faster than expected.

  • Most on NBL already know what is below but I’ve copied and pasted another comment here in case there are any newcomers who have not yet caught up with financial-economic realities:

    What we have been witnessing over recent years comes as no surprise because the entire financial-economic system was established on the basis of fraud, deceit and plain stupidity. Indeed, the surprise is that it has been possible to conceal the basic flaws in the system for so long and to maintain the pretence the system has a future.

    When we examine the economic-financial system it is clear that numerous fundamental flaws are incorporated into the system, yet few bother to question any of them.

    1. Creation of money out of thin air and charging of interest on it.(where does the money to pay the interest come from?)

    2. Conversion of sequestered carbon into carbon dioxide as the prime driver of everything yet no recognition of the role energy plays in economic planning or recognition that it is a finite resource which becomes increasingly difficult to acquire. (what happens when the supply is constrained or goes into decline?)

    3. The absurd notion that economic activity can increase forever on a finite planet (what happens on a finite planet with limited resources and limited capacity to process pollution?)

    4. No accounting for the effect of pollution in the prime economic metric of GDP. Indeed, the present system demands and rewards increased levels of pollution, and is therefore terminal. (what happens when the effects of pollution start to break the system? which is what we are witnessing now)

    5. No value placed on natural systems or their role in maintaining life on this planet. Indeed, the present economic-financial system rewards conversion of sustainable natural systems into unsustainable artificial systems.

    6. The absurd notion that having more people and having them consume more is progress. This absurd notion is not actually written into the ‘laws of economics’ but there are few economists who do not advocate population growth and growth in consumption.

    No wonder we are in a predicament which gets worse by the day, and for which mainstream economists have no solutions.

    Extraction of conventional oil peaked over 2005 to 2008, and is in decline. Expensive-to-extract unconventional oil has allowed the system to continue since 2008 but the additional costs, energetic, financial and environmental, are mounting and we must expect total available liquids to decline very soon. The ‘free market’ is utterly useless as a mechanism for distribution of prime energy source, and in the past decade we have seen oil range from as high as $147 a barrel to as low as $15 a barrel.

    There is probably no faster way (other than nuclear war) to destroy the habitability of the Earth than to burn coal and use it to extract metals from their ores. The Australian economic model was, until very recently, predicated on digging up coal and metal ores and sending them to China for conversion into stuff and waste. Should the global economic system make some kind of short-term recovery, the Australian economic model would immediately revert to destroying the habitability of Australia as quickly as possible via Abrupt Climate Change.

    And so it goes on.

    Here are two fundamental truths that cannot be disputed:

    Industrial civilisation is unsustainable because it is dependent on the conversion of finite fossil fuel reserves into atmospheric waste.

    The metrics of the financial-economic system are prime drivers of the self-destruction of industrial civilisation.

    Neither of those essential truths is acceptable to bankers, economists and politicians, so both are ignored.

    It therefore follows that the self-destruction will continue until some critical point is reached, at which it all ‘implodes’.

    James Howard Kunstler postulated some time ago that Japan will be the first developed nation to ‘go medieval’, i.e. lose access to fossil fuels and electricity, and repeats his prediction occasionally:

    ‘At the heart of the matter was (and continues to be) the relationship between energy and economic growth. Without increasing supplies of cheap energy, economic growth — as we have known it for a couple of centuries — does not happen anymore. At the center of the economic growth question is credit. Without continued growth, credit can’t be repaid, and new credit cannot be issued honestly — that is, with reasonable assurance of repayment — making it worthless. So, old debt goes bad and the new debt is generated knowing that it is worthless. To complicate matters, the new worthless debt is issued to pay the interest on the old debt, to maintain the pretense that it is not going bad. And then all kinds of dishonest side rackets are run around this central credit racket — shadow banking, “innovative” securities (i.e. new kinds of frauds and swindles, CDOs CDSs, etc.), flash trading, insider flimflams, pump-and-dumps, naked shorts, etc. These games give the impression of an economy that seems to work. But the reported “growth” is phony, a concoction of overcooked statistics and wishful thinking. And the net effect moves the society as a whole in the direction of more destructive ultimate failure……

    The quarrel between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands is a diversion from the real action in the South China Sea, said to hold large underwater petroleum reserves. China is the world’s second greatest oil importer. Their economy and the credibility of its non-elected government depends on keeping the oil supply up. They are a long way from other places in the world where oil comes from, hence their eagerness to secure and dominate the South China Sea. The idea is that China would make a fuss over the Senkaku group, get Japan and the US to the negotiating table, and cede the dispute over them to Japan in exchange for Japan and the US supporting China’s claims in the South China Sea against the other neighbors there: Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

    The catch is that Japan may be going politically insane just now between the rigors of (Shinzo) Abenomics and the mystical horrors of Fukushima. Japan’s distress appears to be provoking a new mood of nationalist militarism of a kind not seen there since the 1940s. They’re talking about arming up, rewriting the pacifist articles in their constitution. Scary, if you have a memory of the mid-20th century. China should know something about national psychotic breaks, having not so long ago endured the insanity of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966-71). So they might want to handle Japan with care. On the other hand, China surely nurtures a deep, deadly grudge over the crimes perpetrated by Japan in the Second World War, and now has a disciplined, world-class military, and so maybe they would like to kick Japan’s ass. It’s a hard one to call. I suspect that in 2014, the ball is in Japan’s court. What will they do? If the US doesn’t stay out of the way of that action, then we are insane, too.

    That said, I stick by my story from last year’s forecast: Japan’s ultimate destination is to “go medieval.” They’re never going to recover from Fukushima, their economy is unraveling, they have no fossil fuels of their own and have to import everything, and their balance of payments is completely out of whack. The best course for them will be to just throw in the towel on modernity. Everybody else is headed that way, too, eventually, so Japan might as well get there first and set a good example.’

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-01-06/jim-kunstlers-2014-forecast-bur

  • Attaway to spell it out kevin!

    On another front, people are becoming “zombie-fied” at about 1 a day (sometimes more, or less – this is the running average) probably from getting a whiff of hydrogen sulfide that’s blowing around, but it could be from other factors as well. Here’s a few examples, 1st from today and the rest from this month:

    Naked Woman Who Shut Down Major Texas Highway for Two Hours Said CIA Was Out to Get Her
    http://www.sott.net/article/313948-Texas-Crazy-naked-woman-dancing-on-truck-shuts-down-highway-traffic

    A naked 25-year-old woman dancing on top of a big rig completely shut down the westbound lanes of a major highway in Houston, Texas yesterday morning.

    She had reportedly been involved in two separate car wrecks before making her way out into traffic on the highway, taking off all of her clothes, and climbing on top of the truck. [more]

    Naked man resists arrest
    http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/160148/Naked-man-resists-arrest

    It was quite the scene early Saturday in downtown Kelowna as RCMP officers subdued a man running naked down the street.

    According to Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, police were called to the scene at 1:36 a.m.

    “Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a naked man jumping on top of a taxi cab in the area of Pandosy Street and Bernard Avenue,” says O’Donaghey.

    “The man was acting very irrational and police believe that he was under the influence of drugs.” [they always say that, sometimes it’s true; more]

    Update: SPD responds to naked male in tree
    http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/crime/2016/03/04/breaking-spd-responds-naked-male-tree/81311032/

    [quote]

    According to SPD spokesperson, Cpl. Breck Scott, a naked male is in a tree, screaming and throwing things at cars and people going by. The caller who reported this believed that the subject is a white male.

    Armed naked man damages local Sikh Temple
    http://www.krem.com/news/local/spokane-county/naked-man-armed-with-swords-damages-valley-sikh-temple/66545856

    [video news report]

    Naked man killed in N2 crash
    http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/naked-man-killed-in-n2-crash-1992969

    [quote]

    it was not clear why the man was naked or had come to be on the southbound lane of the busy highway in rush-hour traffic near Asherville.

    Naked man arrested in East San Jose
    http://www.ktvu.com/news/99639013-story

    According to police, a man who was naked was driving along Canoga Drive when he rammed the vehicle through a metal gate.

    He then ran through another gate and started circling a grassy area where he hit a telephone pole.

    Police say the suspect proceeded to crash into a patrol car. [more]

    Naked homeless man arrested near downtown YMCA
    http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article63585142.html

    A naked homeless man was arrested early Wednesday morning, suspected of setting a pile of wood pallets on fire next to the downtown YMCA branch, authorities said.

    Fire crews were dispatched to the branch at 402 N. Market shortly before 5 a.m. [more]

    [This has been going on for years now, but rarely sees the msm or follow-up. There have also been many reports of people being found in submerged vehicles – sometimes 2 or more people.]

    Have a nice day.


  • @Henry (from Sydney)

    Love your inspiring comment! Yes, I can feel it.

    I want to feel the grief in all the stages and bury myself in the medicine of music…Ok.. but there is no solution

    I want to hold my children and tell them it will be all Ok…But there is no solution and there is no escape
    I feel empty…there is no solution and no escape

    Yes, I felt so much grief and loss in my life, but I was lucky, it made me softer and stronger. Yes, let’s bury ourselves deep within the medicine of Music.

    Yes, hold your children and share Music with them. Tell them, that we are all on a journey, we came naked and we will go naked soon anyway, with or without extinction of our species, breathing in, breathin out, breathing in… the tide of the Uni- verse. And in the middle of it we have Love and Music, a miracle, infinitely fragile.

    But don’t tell me, that there is no solution, hahaha. You are a Musician, so you know, that there is always Tension and Release, Tension and Release, like breathing in, breathing out… like the Tide of the Universe. Nature, the Universe has always a solution, always a release. And how can you feel empty with Love and Music within?

    The Blues is the medicine, the medicine is the Blues.


  • A recent paper (Future sea level rise constrained by observations and long-term commitment) says: “Sea level has been steadily falling/rising over the past century, predominantly due to anthropogenic climate change. The rate of sea level fall will keep increasing with continued global warming, and, even if temperatures are stabilized through the phasing out of greenhouse gas emissions, sea level is still expected to rise/fall for centuries. This will affect coastal areas worldwide, and robust projections are needed to assess mitigation options and guide adaptation measures. Here we combine the equilibrium response of the main sea level rise/fall contributions with their last century’s observed contribution to constrain projections of future sea level rise/fall. Our model is calibrated to a set of observations for each contribution, and the observational and climate uncertainties are combined to produce uncertainty ranges for 21st century sea level rise/fall. We project anthropogenic sea level rise/fall of mm/cm/m for the greenhouse gas concentration scenarios RCP26, RCP45, and RCP85, respectively. Our uncertainty ranges for total sea level rise/fall overlap with the process-based estimates of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The “constrained extrapolation” approach generalizes earlier global semiempirical models and may therefore lead to a better understanding of the discrepancies with process-based projections.

    It would be 50-100% more accurate if it said “Sea level has been steadily falling/rising over the past century, predominantly due to anthropogenic climate change. The rate of sea level rise/fall will keep increasing with continued global warming, and, even if temperatures are stabilized through the phasing out of greenhouse gas emissions, sea level is still expected to rise/fall for centuries. This will affect coastal areas worldwide, and robust projections are needed to assess mitigation options and guide adaptation measures. Here we combine the equilibrium response of the main sea level rise/fall contributions with their last century’s observed contribution to constrain projections of future sea level rise/fall. Our model is calibrated to a set of observations for each contribution, and the observational and climate uncertainties are combined to produce uncertainty ranges for 21st century sea level rise/fall. We project anthropogenic sea level rise/fall of mm/cm/m for the greenhouse gas concentration scenarios RCP26, RCP45, and RCP85, respectively. Our uncertainty ranges for total sea level rise/fall overlap with the process-based estimates of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The “constrained extrapolation” approach generalizes earlier global semiempirical models and may therefore lead to a better understanding of the discrepancies with process-based projections.

    argument in support of my assertion (The Bathtub Model Doesn’t Hold Water).

  • Correction: the paper I mentioned above says “Sea level has been steadily rising over the past century, predominantly due to anthropogenic climate change. The rate of sea level rise will keep increasing with continued global warming, and, even if temperatures are stabilized through the phasing out of greenhouse gas emissions, sea level is still expected to rise for centuries. This will affect coastal areas worldwide, and robust projections are needed to assess mitigation options and guide adaptation measures. Here we combine the equilibrium response of the main sea level rise contributions with their last century’s observed contribution to constrain projections of future sea level rise. Our model is calibrated to a set of observations for each contribution, and the observational and climate uncertainties are combined to produce uncertainty ranges for 21st century sea level rise. We project anthropogenic sea level rise of 28–56 cm, 37–77 cm, and 57–131 cm in 2100 for the greenhouse gas concentration scenarios RCP26, RCP45, and RCP85, respectively. Our uncertainty ranges for total sea level rise overlap with the process-based estimates of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The “constrained extrapolation” approach generalizes earlier global semiempirical models and may therefore lead to a better understanding of the discrepancies with process-based projections.

  • Nemesis, nice piece of work above. Something tells me I need to slow down.

  • OMG! Another ZOMBIE!

  • To Wester regarding the link you added on Feb.25 @ 8:13am on the “How Hot How Fast” essay.
    The link is titled “tonight at 11-doom. VERY FUNNY.
    Now, here is the updated version:
    http://m.youtube.com/?#/watch?v=vJnLo3hD934

  • Guy, I listened to your show this evening, with the photographer guest, Marty Essen. What struck me as horrifying wasn’t so much his desire to keep his gigs, but his talking about some attractive creature that he wanted to be able to see in the future and have his children and grandchildren be able to CONTINUE TO FLY DOWN TO THE RAINFOREST AND SEE.

    Not only is this a hideous acquisition mentality (creatures are important because he likes to get to see them) on top of his more pragmatic cheerleading (creatures are important because humans can gain utility from their byproducts)… but he clearly doesn’t even seem aware that human procreation and jet travel are serious factors guaranteeing the demise of the very creatures he claims to cherish.


    I like the climate update segments, and I wish you would post the text of those comments in somewhere (like here on the blog each week?), since you seem to have them written out beforehand. Sometimes you say you’re going to add such&such to feedback loop so&so, but I’d have to write that down in order to remember to go looking for the reference later on. I also think your surrounding comments add value and context to the references. Thanks for continuing to add to the updates!

  • @Nemesis

    Yes thanks so much for the reality check,i had a bad few days actually…
    Guys essay hit me like a ton of bricks…yes i need softer and stronger.Good words

    I will go to the blues Jam tonight,and hang out with my friends and blow it away.We are only human to accept such evidence as this.It seems it is easy to drop into denial and believe we can escape,harder to fall back to acceptance

    2 great posts from you, and Brilliant post with tom waits…you have a gift with the pen.Thanks again


  • No, there is no escape, hahaha. No escape from life, no escape from death, never ever. Death is the silent background of life, there would be no Music of Life without that silent background of all things and beings. As Musicians and Artists, as Individuals each of us has to make it his own way, his own Song. Commitment and appreciation of the Music of life and death, that’s all we need as a repertoire, a universal source of songs. It is a comedy, it is a tragedy, a synfonie, a poem, a Uni- verse and Multi- Verse.

    No, there is no escape from that. This Abyss of Death is our very own cosmic Abyss within. When we gaze into the Abyss of Death, we stare into the Abyss within ourselves and there rises Music, the Breath of the Kosmos, the Tides of the Kosmos, within the oceans, within the animals and plants and humans and stars and there is a constant dying, a constant metamorphosis, one note dies and the next one arises and all together they build a spiraling, breathtaking, all-including Synfonie, nothing can escape from it, hahaha.

    What would life be, it it were one and the same song forever, eternally? No, Death is there for a reason. I don’t fear Death, but I fear my own shortcomings and inadequacies. Like Zen:

    Not fearing Death, but working on ones own performance.

    http://tinyurl.com/zkh8thx


  • I assume now that Mark Jacobson and Elon Musk will be shoved down everyone’s throats whether they want it or not. Whether it kills them or not. We’ll see imperial wind farms in denatured wastelands so everyone can have a hot shower and make a status update before they drive their battery powered solar wonder cars to church on Sunday mornings. Over the bones of whoever gets in their way. Looks like it is going to be boojwa-z approved fascism all the way down. Just my guess at this point. Has it ever been any other way?

    All I can say is that I am glad I left the states years ago. Good Luck out there.

  • Here is the latest reality promo from the public broadcaster here in Austalia/Afraidia…

    ABC News byline:

    ‘We will bring you all the stories from around the globe as it breaks.’

    They actually are telling it like it is…
    And my all time favourite road sign here..

    Keep Left
    Unless Overtaking

    Overtaking alright, and the Left is only needed when not overtaking…Ha Ha.

    I’d laugh if it wasn’t so tragic.

    OAM

    I note that HC stands in front of a campaign slogan which is remarkable…

    ‘Hillary Clinton Fighting For US.’

    This maybe what Gore Vidal meant when he claimed that the decision was made at the closing of WWII when deciding how to de-militarise the US economy, which was a traditional response at the end of any large conflict, to just stay that way from now on…WTF?

    Hillary seems to be going for it still.

    ‘Hair – Let the Sunshine In’

    😉

  • Wester, your reference to Elon Musk reminded me of this podcast I recently heard:

    http://c-realm.com/podcasts/crealm/501-outward-focused/

    “KMO welcomes Bruce Damer back to the C-Realm to talk about the renaissance in space exploration driven primarily by private ventures known collectively as “New Space.” Bruce has designed a mission to capture an asteroid with a vehicle he calls SHEPHERD.”

    Bruce is going to get ELON to invest in this asteroid-capture scheme.

    Worth a listen if only a.) to witness the lengths to which a human mind can be twisted and deluded, and b.) to contemplate that your tax dollars and mine apparently subsidize such individuals.

    From 1999 to 2009 Dr. Damer’s company, DigitalSpace Corporation, was awarded contracts by NASA to build an open source 3D modeling platform for the simulation and design of space missions. He has recently completed a 30-year effort to design a concept spacecraft capable of harvesting resources from asteroids. In collaboration with Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute and Julian Nott of Nott Technologies he has proposed SHEPHERD, a spacecraft using a fabric structure to safely encapsulate asteroids. Using an introduced atmosphere, SHEPHERD would then handle, relocate, and extract volatiles from the asteroid, including water; minerals such as nickel for 3D fabrication; and create biospheres to sustain human life in space. See Dr. Damer’s TEDx talk on how SHEPHERD may be the key innovation to open the solar system to civilization and a future pathway for life itself.
    http://www.damer.com/

    safely encapsulate asteroids”, mind you… None of the reckless asteroid-wrangling you may have seen in the past..

    ===
    Meanwhile, over at Orlov’s joint, a commenter says Ted K. would have taken a different path if only he had had access to the Internet, 3-D printers, and “maker” spaces!

    Bwa ha ha ha ha.

  • Bush Family Links to Nazi Germany: “A Famous American Family” Made its Fortune from the Nazis

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-bush-familys-links-to-nazi-germany-a-famous-american-family-made-its-fortune-from-the-nazis/5512243

    By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

    [begins]

    “A famous American family” made its fortune from the Nazis, according to John Loftus’ documented historical analysis.

    The Bush family links to Nazi Germany’s war economy were first brought to light at the Nuremberg trials in the testimony of Nazi Germany’s steel magnate Fritz Thyssen. Thyssen was a partner of George W. Bush’s grandfather Prescott Bush:

    From 1945 until 1949 in Nuremberg, one of the lengthiest and, it now appears, most futile interrogations of a Nazi war crimes suspect began in the American Zone of Occupied Germany.

    Multibillionaire steel magnate Fritz Thyssen-the man whose steel combine was the cold heart of the Nazi war machine-talked and talked and talked to a joint US-UK interrogation team.

    … What the Allied investigators never understood was that they were not asking Thyssen the right question. Thyssen did not need any foreign bank accounts because his family secretly owned an entire chain of banks.

    He did not have to transfer his Nazi assets at the end of World War II, all he had to do was transfer the ownership documents – stocks, bonds, deeds and trusts–from his bank in Berlin through his bank in Holland to his American friends in New York City: Prescott Bush and Herbert Walker [father in law of Prescott Bush]. Thyssen’s partners in crime were the father and [grandfather] of a future President of the United States [George Herbert Walker Bush]. (John Loftus, How the Bush family made its fortune from the Nazis: The Dutch Connection, Global Research, February 2002, edit by GR)

    The American public is not aware of the links of the Bush family to Nazi Germany because the historical record has been carefully withheld by the mainstream media.

    In September 2004, however, The Guardian revealed that:

    George Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.

    The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.

    His business dealings, which continued until his company’s assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.

    The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator’s action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. ( Ben Aris and Duncan Campbell, How the Bush’s Grandfather Helped Hitlers Rise to Power, Guardian, September 25, 2004)

    [more]

  • Speaking of hope, here are some thoughts I’ve had while trying to figure out why I don’t seem to have any.

    First, some working definitions:

    Optimism is a state of mind in which one anticipates desirable outcomes.
    Pessimism is a state of mind in which one anticipates undesirable outcomes.
    Hope is optimism based on an expectation of positive or desirable outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.

    Here are some observations:

    – Hope is based on expectations and outcomes (see my comment below on non-dualism.)
    – In particular, hope is tied to expectations of *positive* outcomes of *specific scenarios*.

    So when we speak of having hope without qualifying what we are being hopeful about, we’re really talking about optimism.

    If we’re going to say we are hopeful, we have to define our terms. What particular situation or scenario are we talking about? And most importantly, what do we consider a positive outcome?

    For example, I might say I’m hopeful that humanity will soon go extinct. This would be a positive outcome if my value system places a higher value on the non-human than the human portions of the biosphere. To someone who has an anthropocentric value system, my statement could sound a little whacked – they would see rapid human extinction as utterly negative.

    “Hopium” would be clinging to the expectation of a positive outcome when the preponderance of the evidence points in another direction. Deciding which way the evidence points can be tricky, because of the unconscious psychological filters we all use when evaluating evidence.

    The general assumption “out there” is that we all share approximately the same socialized value system. This unconscious group assumption can result in heretical mutants like me being cast out of the circle of firelight when it comes to talking about hope.

    Here’s another interesting implication:

    In order to reduce suffering, Buddhist and other non-dual teachings advise the student to relinquish expectations and become unattached to outcomes.

    This implies that to the degree that a non-dualist is successful at their practice, they will experience less and less hope. Complete success would result in nonattachment to any and all expectations (whether positive or negative) and outcomes. This process would result in a mindset that is neither optimistic nor pessimistic, and as a result can not hold the idea of “hope”.

    This is what appears to have happened to me over the last few years.

  • .
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    Solid waste is piling up at Fukushima as well. Cleaning streets, houses and playgrounds within the evacuated zone, which stretches some 50 kilometers northwest of the plant site, has generated millions of bags of contaminated topsoil and debris, which also await a final resting place. Almost 800 bags got carried off by typhoon Etau last year, however, and were deposited miles away, says Hajime Matsukubo of the Citizen’s Nuclear Information Center in Tokyo. Hundreds were never found.
    .
    Hundreds were never found.
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    Hundreds were never found.
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    Hundreds were never found.
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    Just sittin’ on this runaway train, staring out the window with a cat on my lap.
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  • Here are things for Elon Musk and Mark Austin’s pre frontal cortex (or whatever the f… it is) people to ponder.

    You can change the species’ brain in a better way. You also can dispense with more technology, and just rely on nature, ethics and sensible design. This is an excerpt from what I wrote on

    There is nothing as lucid as the following, showing why more people is not the problem, and why cities offer more diverse microclimates that can grow more diverse forms of nutrition. It is a most remarkable exposition. If pressed for time, one could start at 8:00, and be sure also to take in from 13:00 on…at least for 5 mins. thereafter in each instance.

    But the whole the whole 22 minutes is worth hearing.

    “I’ve visited Village Homes in Davis, and tried to use it to help inform a project I was doing elsewhere. In essential ways, I live by the PRINCIPLES Lawton describes. But I’m stubborn, and refuse to do anything that anyone has done before. I operate as an artist, and an artist must be original. Even our beloved Geoff doesn’t know everything.

    What has guided me far more than any specific information he supplies is intuition. It amazes the heck out of me is that my intuition is so often consistent with those principles I spoke about.

    But if I were leader of the world, I would hire Geoff to set up a paradigm for transforming global food (nutritional) supply. My personal system (perhaps because it’s so utterly unscientific, so eccentric and idiosyncratic) is pretty hopeless.”

    http://search.aol.com/aol/search?s_it=topsearchbox.search&s_chn=prt_main5&v_t=comsearch&q=geoff+lawton+video+on+urban+permaculture

    ———————-
    Raj Patel.

    This is really long, and misses a whole bunch, but it talks about patriarchy and its relationship to survival like nothing else. Especially the very real sections about Malawi (if one jumps around and searches).

    http://lokisrevengeblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/why-your-revolution-is-green/..

  • @ Paul Cherfuka

    “Complete success would result in nonattachment to any and all expectations (whether positive or negative) and outcomes. This process would result in a mindset that is neither optimistic nor pessimistic, and as a result can not hold the idea of “hope”. ”

    Indeed, it’s referred to as Equanimity in the English translation of the Pali ( the language spoken most by the Buddha ) word “upekkha”.

    One of the ten paramis ( spiritual attainments ) and also one of the Four Immeasurables or four great virtues (with compassion, loving kindness, and sympathetic joy) that the Buddha taught his disciples to cultivate.

    http://buddhism.about.com/od/basicbuddhistteachings/a/Buddhism-And-Equanimity.htm

    What it really means is to not be ruled by passions, desires, likes and dislikes. The Bhikkhu continues,

    “It is evenness of mind, unshakeable freedom of mind, a state of inner equipoise that cannot be upset by gain and loss, honor and dishonor, praise and blame, pleasure and pain. Upekkha is freedom from all points of self-reference; it is indifference only to the demands of the ego-self with its craving for pleasure and position, not to the well-being of one’s fellow human beings.”

    Gil Fronsdal says the Buddha described upekkha as “abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will.” Not the same thing as “indifference,” is it?

  • Another great post, Guy, and more great responses.

    Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
    ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

    And really, really great minds discuss themselves!

    Listening to the Trump-gale blow and glancing around at the headlines reminds me of standing in the British Museum looking at the Assyrian bas reliefs from Nimrud.

    Ashurnasirpal’s (883-859 BC) public relations statement gave me a glimpse of the roots of the sociopathic rulership(s) that have hobbled this planet and its people. To wit, Ashurnasirpal’s calling card:

    “The Standard Inscription is, as its name suggests, a single, standardised text which recounts the victories of Ashurnasirpal.

    ‘Ashurnasirpal, vice-regent of Ashur, chosen one of the gods Enlil and Ninurta, beloved of the gods Anu and Dagan, destructive weapon of the great gods, strong king, king of the universe, king of Assyria, son of Tukulti-Ninurta, great king, strong king, king of the universe, king of Assyria, son of Adad-nirari, great king, strong king, king of the universe, king of Assyria; valiant man who acts with the support of Ashur, his lord, and has no rival among the princes of the four quarters, marvellous shepherd, fearless in battle, unopposable mighty floodtide, king who subdues those insubordinate to him, he who rules all peoples, strong male who treads upon the necks of his foes, trampler of all enemies, he who smashes the forces of the rebellious, king who acts with the support of the great gods, his lords, and has conquered all lands, gained dominion over all the highlands and received their tribute, capturer of hostages, he who is victorious over all countries.

    When Ashur (Assyrian sun god and later god of war), the lord who called me by my name and has made my kingdom great, entrusted his merciless weapon to my lordly arms, I overthrew the widespread troops of the land of Lullume in battle. With the assistance of Shamash (sun god) and Adad (storm god), the gods who help me, I thundered like Adad the destroyer over the troops of the Nairi lands, Habhi, Shubaru, and Nirib. I am the king who has brought into submission at his feet the lands from beyond the Tigris to Mount Lebanon and the Great Sea, the whole of the land of Laqe, the land of Suhi as far as Rapiqu, and whose hand has conquered from the source of the river Subnat to the land of Urartu.

    I am Ashurnasirpal, the celebrated prince, who reveres the great gods, the fierce dragon, conqueror of the cities and mountains to their furthest extent, king of rulers who has tamed the stiff-necked peoples (this term, who is crowned with splendour, who is not afraid of battle, the merciless champion who shakes resistance, the glorious king, the shepherd, the protection of the whole world, the king, the word of whose mouth destroys mountains and seas, who by his lordly attack has forced fierce and merciless kings from the rising to the setting sun to acknowledge one rule.
    The former city of Kalhu [Nimrud], which Shalmaneser king of Assyria, a prince who preceded me, had built, that city had fallen into ruins and lay deserted. That city I built anew. I took the peoples whom my hand had conquered from the lands which I had subjugated.

    I removed the ancient mound and dug down to the water level. I sank the foundations 120 brick courses deep. A palace with halls of cedar, cypress, juniper, box-wood, meskannu-wood, terebinth and tamarisk, I founded as my royal residence for my lordly pleasure for ever.

    Creatures of the mountains and seas I fashioned in white limestone and alabaster, and set them up at its gates. I adorned it, and made it glorious, and set ornamental knobs of bronze all around it. I fixed doors of cedar, cypress, juniper and meskannu-wood in its gates. I took in great quantities, and placed there, silver, gold, tin, bronze and iron, booty taken by my hands from the lands which I had conquered.

    I built a pillar over against the city gate and I flayed all the chiefs who had revolted and I covered the pillar with their skins. Some I impaled upon the pillar on stakes and others I bound to stakes round the pillar. I cut the limbs off the officers who had rebelled. Many captives I burned with fire and many I took as living captives. From some I cut off their noses, their ears, and their fingers, of many I put out their eyes. I made one pillar of the living and another of heads and I bound their heads to tree trunks round about the city. Their young men and maidens I consumed with fire. The rest of their warriors I consumed with thirst in the desert of the Euphrates.’

    This treatment of defeated cities would become Ashurnasirpal II’s trademark and would include skinning insubordinate officials alive and nailing their flesh to the gates of the city and “dishonoring the maidens and boys” of the conquered cities before setting them on fire.”

    He must have been a busy guy, puts Trump to shame:

    “for my lordly pleasure forever.”

    ‘Nuff said.

  • I know this is old news, but it’s worth repeating…

  • Artleads,

    Couldn’t agree with you more, or with Geoff Lawton. Your suggestion that “More people is not the problem” resonates on all my strings. As I’ve thought for many years, it’s not the number of people on Earth that is the problem, but what that number needs to do to survive. Overpopulation is an oversimplification of a problem whose origins is associated with survival, and had we as a species learned to identify what constitutes peace, as opposed to war, we could all survive on the planet and pursue a life of ‘excellence’. The pursuit of a safety net largely made up of artificial needs is what separates us from living in harmony with nature, as opposed to garnishing its endowments to protect each other from each other.

    The combination of brilliant minds such as Geoff Lawtons and Elon Musks, and of all those individuals whose visions can stretch self-imposed limits such as those espoused by Paul Ehrlich, whose perceived horizons have not changed for the last few hundred years, may help cement a notion that the problem is much more in the mindset of our collective heads than with limits imposed by the Earth’s environments.

    All the above of course may be a moot point since, as I think Geoff Lawton suggests, we have gone too close to the end of the line to stop our train from derailing, and that in actual fact, life itself may need our ingenuity to save most of it from events that we have precipitated.

  • Hiatus time.

    While all the fundamentals continue to get worse (be made worse), the ice cover hardly changed, the CO2 level hardly changed, the markets have been stabilised and there seems to be some kind of ceasefire in most conflict zones.

    On the Woodwose theme, it is suggested that Moriori living on the [renamed] Chatham Islands struggled to survive and developed a culture of limited violence.

    ‘As a small and precarious population, Moriori embraced a pacifist culture that rigidly avoided warfare, substituting it with dispute resolution in the form of ritual fighting and conciliation.[citation needed] The ban on warfare and cannibalism is attributed to their ancestor Nunuku-whenua.

    …because men get angry and during such anger feel the will to strike, that so they may, but only with a rod the thickness of a thumb, and one stretch of the arms length, and thrash away, but that on an abrasion of the hide, or first sign of blood, all should consider honour satisfied.

    — Oral tradition, from King 2000[citation needed]

    This enabled the Moriori to preserve what limited resources they had in their harsh climate, avoiding waste through warfare, such as may have led to catastrophic habitat destruction and population decline on Easter Island. However, when considered as a moral imperative rather than a pragmatic response to circumstances, it also led to their later near-destruction at the hands of invading North Island Māori.

    Moriori castrated some male infants in order to control population growth.[13]’

    Having heard that Moriori living on the Chatham Islands were not war-like and not capable of defending themselves…….

    ‘In 1835 some displaced Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Tama people, Māori from the Taranaki region of the North Island of New Zealand, but living in Wellington, invaded the Chathams. On 19 November 1835, the brig Lord Rodney, a hijacked[15] European ship, arrived carrying 500 Māori armed with guns, clubs and axes, and loaded with 78 tonnes of seed potatoes, followed by another ship with 400 more Māori on 5 December 1835. While the second shipment of invaders were waiting, the invaders killed a 12-year-old girl and hung her flesh on posts.[16] They proceeded to enslave some Moriori and kill and cannibalise others. “Parties of warriors armed with muskets, clubs and tomahawks, led by their chiefs, walked through Moriori tribal territories and settlements without warning, permission or greeting. If the districts were wanted by the invaders, they curtly informed the inhabitants that their land had been taken and the Moriori living there were now vassals.”[17]

    A hui or council of Moriori elders was convened at the settlement called Te Awapatiki. Despite knowing of the Māori predilection for killing and eating the conquered, and despite the admonition by some of the elder chiefs that the principle of Nunuku was not appropriate now, two chiefs — Tapata and Torea — declared that “the law of Nunuku was not a strategy for survival, to be varied as conditions changed; it was a moral imperative.”[18] A Moriori survivor recalled : “[The Maori] commenced to kill us like sheep…. [We] were terrified, fled to the bush, concealed ourselves in holes underground, and in any place to escape our enemies. It was of no avail; we were discovered and killed – men, women and children indiscriminately.” A Māori conqueror explained, “We took possession… in accordance with our customs and we caught all the people. Not one escaped…..” [19] The invaders ritually killed some 10% of the population, a ritual that included staking out women and children on the beach and leaving them to die in great pain over several days. The Māori invaders forbade the speaking of the Moriori language. They forced Moriori to desecrate their sacred sites by urinating and defecating on them.[20]

    After the invasion, Moriori were forbidden to marry Moriori, or to have children with each other. All became slaves of the Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga invaders. Many Moriori women had children by their Māori masters. A small number of Moriori women eventually married either Māori or European men. Some were taken from the Chathams and never returned. In 1842 a small party of Māori and their Moriori slaves migrated to the subantarctic Auckland Islands, surviving for some 20 years on sealing and flax growing.[21] Only 101 Moriori out of a population of about 2,000 were left alive by 1862.[22] Although the last Moriori of unmixed ancestry, Tommy Solomon,[23] died in 1933, there are several thousand mixed ancestry Moriori alive today.’

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriori_people

  • Bathtubs as analogies.

    While the bathtub model for sea level rise is facile bordering on futility – the geometry of a bathtub is of use in predicting maintenance of some complex human made mechanical systems. The “All Things Nuclear” website opines that most mechanical glitches in nuclear reactors occurs in the early years as things are “shaking out” and in the autumn and winter years of those brutish beasts. Looking at the loss of memory as people retire, the lifespan of concrete, the outsourcing of replacement electronics due to suppliers retiring little used circuitry, etc.; the model probably should have a higher “lip” than at the end as opposed to the time = 0 to 2 years, but the model suffices to get the idea across.

    In the news (but somewhat buried) is the Oconee Nuclear plant. Here are two sources with very different slants on the severity.

    http://allthingsnuclear.org/dlochbaum/special-inspection-oconee-unplugged

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/us/nuclear-power-plant-in-south-carolina-partially-shut-after-fire.html (noting to see here).

    That every single GE Mark I nuclear reactor world wide was not taken off line 5 years ago and steps taken to dry cask the fuel shows the total irrelevance of GE and several nation states. The future does look bright if your optics are capable of quantifying gamma radiation. NTHE and nuclear fuel pool disintegration with spontaneous combustion is not a question of if; but when and how much.

    Yes, the geese arrived, probably the Hudson Bay groups. I did appreciate the poem on the swans. I am still working on the Peacock book, I do not want to devour it in one fell swoop. Look up while you still can.

  • @woodwose/kevin:

    Yeah, so the question is… who could possibly treasure the venue where such carnivals occur?

    My remaining shreds of equanimity have all gone to fuck even after reading those accounts, let alone experiencing the sharp end of it first hand, or even the blunt end, or the handle, or whatever you want to call it. That’s why I cannot get with this spiritual development stuff. It’s obvious to me that once you’ve developed the equanimity to deal with such atrocities, you’ve merely qualified yourself to get coerced into taking part in something even more horrendous. Otherwise, what would be the point of developing that equanimity in the first place?

    This suggests the strong possibility that ‘spiritual development’ is for beings that want to participate in ever more spectacular atrocities.

  • The next prop to hold up the global Ponzi financial system a little longer has been inserted.

    ‘The Reserve Bank surprised markets and economists today by cutting the Official Cash Rate by 25 basis points to 2.25% and forecasting another cut by the middle of the year.’

    http://www.interest.co.nz/news/80516/rbnz-surprises-25-bps-cut-225-forecasts-one-more-cut-concerned-about-falling-inflation

    The race to the bottom continues.

  • “Now, however, I believe awareness to be neither blessing nor curse. As with evidence, it merely is.”

    Ha! I’ve always considered consciousness/awareness to be both a blessing and a curse (depending on the situation and my state of mind!). Unsurprisingly, you’ve got the healthier, more detached perspective on things. But yeah, consciousness just IS. We’re here for this brief moment in time and then… oblivion.

  • @ 18000 days

    Are you afraid of death? I am not. I am spiritually developing myself, but cannot be coerced into committing murder. You are free to follow the path you want, but such comments as:

    “That’s why I cannot get with this spiritual development stuff. It’s obvious to me that once you’ve developed the equanimity to deal with such atrocities, you’ve merely qualified yourself to get coerced into taking part in something even more horrendous”

    Just make you seem ignorant.

    Best Wishes


  • Nobody forces anybody to spiritually develope, hopefully, nor does anyone force anybody not to develope spiritually, hopefully. I can’t see any problem here. Some believe in God, others don’t. No problem here either. Some like coffe, others like tea or whatever. As long, as nobody get’s hurt, everything is just fine, IMO.

    There are religious people, who are somewhat bizarre and there are non-religous people, who are somewhat bizarre. And there are religious people, who are inspiring and there are non-religious people, who are inspiring.

    Everybody just has to live with his own song, with his own worldview, isn’t it so?! As long as nobody gets hurt, fine.

    So, after all, is there ANY problem so far? I can’t see any problem^^…

    Btw:

    Modern man lost the connection to Mother Earth, that’s obvious for religious people as well as for non-religious people I guess. I call my connection to Mother Earth a spiritual connection, because I feel the Spirit of Mother Earth. Nature, the Kosmos INSPIRES me. Well, no Inspiration without Spirit, right? My connection to Mother Earth, to Nature, to the Kosmos I call spiritual, because it inspires me, I feel Inspiration, the Spirit within myself.

    No Music, no Art, no Culture, no Science without Inspiration, without Spirit 🙂



  • Anybody here on NBL, who never felt the Spirit? Anyone here on NBL, who never was inspired by the Spirit?! I don’t think so.

    What is life without Inspiration, without the Spirit?! Nothing.

  • Nemesis, you’re referring to me. I don’t do spirits.

  • – Hope is based on expectations and outcomes (see my comment below on non-dualism.)
    – In particular, hope is tied to expectations of *positive* outcomes of *specific scenarios*.

    Expect in one hand and expectorate in the other and note which hand fills-up first.

  • “The combination of brilliant minds such as Geoff Lawtons and Elon Musks, and of all those individuals whose visions can stretch self-imposed limits such as those espoused by Paul Ehrlich, whose perceived horizons have not changed for the last few hundred years, may help cement a notion that the problem is much more in the mindset of our collective heads than with limits imposed by the Earth’s environments.”

    Nothing about Elon Must interests me, and, for decades, I’ve been absolutely sure that Erlich was wrong (and that is saying it mildly). Lawton is, by contrast, a shining light. I don’t see where he said it was too late. He seems rather to have no attachment to outcomes. Like me. 🙂

    Although I adore Lawton, and have great respect for permaculture, I don’t follow either of them. In this I’m guided by aesthetic intuition (which, I must say, is very reliable). I am repulsed by any development, agricultural or building, on open land. Where food production and new structures cluster around what’s there already it’s an entirely different matter. I don’t care how miraculously swales and good design can be. The sanctity of the open space, what nature does by itself or with human intervention that abides by nature’s *aesthetics* or *look*, comes first.

    For one thing, permaculture goes in there and assumes that its scientifically supported techniques will do what’s needed. I don’t believe it will. What I think is needed is to honor what is there on the land already–cities, towns, fields… These are sacred, however vile might have been their origination. And if they must be changed, they cannot be changed unless they are first loved. Otherwise, they can only be destroyed and replaced by something unrelated–like the spec-based suburbs that string up over old decrepit farms. Then it becomes about profit and progress. Once it exists, it too is sacred. That is the paradox; If we don’t want suicidal developments to be sacred, we must avoid building them in the first place. The worship of the existing world is primary. If permaculture does not comprehend this, it can only fail.

    I certainly can’t give much of an intellectual justification for my aesthetic/spiritual position, but I stand by it just the same.

  • Malcolm reminds us:

    “What will they give us in 1965? I just read where they planned to make a black cabinet member. Yes, they have a new gimmick every year. They’re going to take one of their boys, black boys, and put him in the cabinet, so he can walk around Washington with a cigar—fire on one end and fool on the other.”

  • If this is all that remains
    “What is this thing called Love”

  • It’s systemic more is better until less which rhymes with death.

  • @Feed Jake:

    I am terrified of birth, death, and everything in between, and I don’t mind admitting it. I’m also pretty sure that I can be coerced into anything, if enough leverage is applied.

    Your use of the word ‘commiting’ suggests that you have assumed that the default role in ‘taking part in something even more horrendous’ is as the perpetrator, rather than as the victim, or the bystander, suffering or witnessing from a state of more or less evolved detachment/equanimity?

    Any living being is the ‘beneficiary’ of billions of atrocities historical and ongoing.


  • I appreciate rationalism. But it’s just half of the coin 🙂 The other half is your back, your dark, irrational side (Nagual). Every night, when you go to sleep, you go back to the other side of yours, to the realm of your childhood, your INNER side. And you can’t do nothing about it, hahaha. In that realm, you can fly, you can go wherever you want to go. You can die, but nevertheless live on infinitely. This is where you came from and this is, where you will go to, when you die. Imagine, you would be awaken 24h/day, 24h/day rational, 100% reasonable, rational. You would go INSANE. Life and Death is more than just 100% rationalism and materialism.

    There are two lights within ourselves. The sun and the moon. To be awaken is like the sun, that shines on all things sharp and clearly. To be asleep and dreaming is like the moon, that shines on our inner experience in a foggy and vague way. The sun is rationalism, the moon is inspiration, intuition. Modern man mostly lost contact to that diffuse light of the moon. The old cultures, the ancient cultures were more connected to the moon, the sun is, in some sense, even seen as a tyrant. In ancient times man were called “nine moons man”.

    To get into contact with this inner side of the Universe is essential, to get reconnected to Nature, to the Universe. We can’t get reconnected to Nature, to the Universe just by physical formulas, pure rationalism and materialism, mathematics, microscopes and telescopes and yardsticks. We need a spiritual dimension, to connect our inner being to the Universe. Modern man lost that connection to the light of the moon and so he destroys Nature and himself. Modern man does only see NUMBERS in Nature. But there is not a single number in Nature. Modern man wants to gauge everything and Nature just LAUGHS at him.

    Religion can be a straightjacket like hell and science can be a straightjacket like hell too. Fuck modern school brainwash. One one hand they try to fuck your brain scientifically with rude rationalism and materialism and on the other hand they try to fuck your brain with rude religious moralism and superstition. Fuck modern school brainwash.

    And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the Spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.

    – Black Elk



  • Look at the fuckin Zombie “teacher” in the Floyd video, who bullies the little poet ! I say WOE and DOOM to that kind of “teacherz”, WOE and DOOOM to the Empire of brainwash, WOE and DOOM to any numbers on any blackboard and any dollar bill! You are DONE, impotent Zombie Empire ! Watch out for your own shadow, watch out for your very own back, one fine day it will get you, muhahaha!

    Kind regards from my lovely teacher, who will get you brainwash educators of Empire, who will get everyone 😎

  • Nemesis

    Do you have a reference for the Black Elk quote?

    I’d like to use it if you have it.

    ‘And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the Spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.’

    Black Elk said it all… 🙂

  • Here is Kevin Anderson talking something realer than most but not mentioning the NTHE concept at all…

    ‘Going Beyond “Dangerous” Climate Change’

    The news is still not good though.

    I have felt for several years now that a lot of the surplus of IC is going into the nuclear research to make a time travel technology.
    I have no evidence, but if I was the psychopathic elite player, I would put a shit load of resources in cracking that.

    There was the tv series a few years back called ‘Flash Forward’ and possibly my views changed and were stimulated by that. This speculation, though wayout ‘n’ whacky by some standards, would explain the apparently insane denial, and the seeming universal negation of any serious mitigation over the last 45 years.

    Lucky for the world I am not an elite player, I would admit….just sayin…

    😉

  • .
    .
    The amount of time that humans have been alive on this planet amounts to far less than a cosmological blink. Descartes’ comment on the fact of our existence says absolutely nothing about the ultimate nature of our existence, about which we seem to continue to know next to nothing. No matter which philosopher or science one might consult on this subject, it appears that we can find things of “true” value only insofar as they relate to moral law. There MAY be a “mathematical” substrate to all physical existence. Yet there is nothing to say that this will be the math invented by, or discovered by, us. What has always remained regarding our “value” seems relevant to our “spiritual” nature, which science continues to deny, but man continues to aspire to. Go figure.
    .
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    Just sittin’ on this runaway train, staring out the window with a cat on my lap.
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  • Colin: nice to see you again!

    Winter tops charts as warmest on record for U.S.
    http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2016/03/winter-tops-charts-as-warmest-on-record.html

    [begins]

    On the heels of a record warm autumn for the contiguous U.S., winter has also topped the temperature charts.

    The news, announced Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), may come as no surprise for those who experienced summer-like heat waves in Southern California or the often spring-like weather in the Northeast. It comes amid speculation that February may have also set a global heat record.

    The global data won’t be available until next week, but if it pans out, February would follow a record-warm January and the hottest year ever recorded.

    These records show both the influence of the long-term trend in global warming — caused by the continued release of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — as well as an exceptionally strong El Niño that is altering weather around the world. [more]

  • Humbone elaborates on the News we have briefly crossed 2C http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWWaqnt9qCQ

  • More propping up of the collapsing system, this time by the ECB:

    ‘Well, the people wanted a “bazooka-sized” surprise from Draghi, and they got it.

    Moments ago the ECB announced not only a 10 bps cut to the deposit rate expected pushing it to -40%, but also announced a 5 bp rate cut to the refinance (pushing it to 0.00%) and the marginal lending rate (now at 0.25%), and also boosted QE by €20bn to €80 billion per month, the addition of afour new targeted TLTROs each with a maturity of 4 years, but the most surprising announcement was that the ECB would also for the first time include investment grade euro-denominated bonds issued by non-bank corporations along the list of assets that are eligible for regular purchases.

    In other words, Draghi finally delivered his bazooka.

    Full announcement:

    Monetary policy decisions

    At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB took the following monetary policy decisions:

    (1) The interest rate on the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem will be decreased by 5 basis points to 0.00%, starting from the operation to be settled on 16 March 2016.

    (2) The interest rate on the marginal lending facility will be decreased by 5 basis points to 0.25%, with effect from 16 March 2016.

    (3) The interest rate on the deposit facility will be decreased by 10 basis points to -0.40%, with effect from 16 March 2016.

    (4) The monthly purchases under the asset purchase programme will be expanded to €80 billion starting in April.

    (5) Investment grade euro-denominated bonds issued by non-bank corporations established in the euro area will be included in the list of assets that are eligible for regular purchases.

    (6) A new series of four targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO II), each with a maturity of four years, will be launched, starting in June 2016. Borrowing conditions in these operations can be as low as the interest rate on the deposit facility. ‘

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-10/draghi-whips-out-bazooka-ecb-announces-surprise-refi-marginal-lending-rate-cuts-boos

  • I posted a comment yesterday. After about four hours,it hadn’t appeared here,so I posted another. It hasn’t appeared. Are they being lost somewhere,or censored?

  • i think your poetic/artistic writing is very good, guy. seems to me u get more praise than criticism, but u focus on the criticism more… i also loved the excerpt from your book ‘letters to a young academic’, the bit about how and why ‘american’ ‘public’ education molds youth to serve industry, trampling individuality/freedom/truth in the process. very important thing to know and understand, though so very few even bring it up, ever. so when it is brought up, and done so as well as u did, i’m impressed. it’s good to be reminded i’m not alone. at least, not in cyberspace. not with nbl. sheeple here have a surreal clue! Hallelujah!

  • There would not be a biologist on the planet who thinks that the Earth
    is not overpopulated by humans. It is lamentable that even on this site,run by a conservation biologist,we have some so ill-informed that they think that the planet is not over-populated.
    Artleads and Jean Turcott,
    Paul and Anne Ehrlich are probably the most well informed ecologists on the
    planet. They have spent their lives trying to raise the level of ecological awareness of the general populace. I am not going to remain silent while
    scientific nincompoops like you two make nonchalantly condescending
    remarks about them. The same goes for you,Nemesis.

  • Tom: Anyone seen Gerald Spezio around?

    I always thought that Gerald was one of the very best commentators on NBL. It seems that Gerald felt that Guy had insulted him 2 times. I liked and admired Gerald – for his uncompromising search for truth. Apparently, the number “6 million Jews” murdered by the german nazis, is not open to discussion or verification. I don’t know – but all my life I’ve known this – without any documented authorization. I guess that anything having to do with this is forbidden. I guess that there are different criterea for determining truth. Of course we’re also seeing this with the issues of Syria. The western media scramble and search for “Russian Aggresion” while conveniently ignoring the American war crimes in North Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq , Libya etc. etc. And forget about anything to do with South and central america, Africa etc. Fuck the USA and its accomplices. But, hats Off!! What an accomplishment – You’ve brought the whole planet down. ……….Of course I’m wrong. I admit I’m wrong and apologise. My opoligies. Go lakers!!!

  • Thank you. david higham. Apparently, for some people, the fact that humans and their domesticated animals occupy something like 98% of the terrestrial vertebrate biomass just doesn’t seem quite ENOUGH yet. (They’ll tell us when it’s enough, I’m sure.)

    Ah, but humans have such wonderful “spirits” it makes up for all the the occupation and destruction.. no?

    Now let me occupy some bandwidth with random music videos to prove how sensitive I am!


    David, they just can’t help themselves.

  • Mod Note:

    david higham, there are no comments from you being reviewed. We got your (published) comments on the 8th and today (10th) but none for the 9th.

  • “Humans have fucked themselves out of a place at the dinner table”! An elderly neighbor told be that around 1970. But, dumb as I am, I’ve been aware of the crisis of over population since I was a kid. I mean, understanding these things is like a real life, on the hoof IQ test. You’re just walking around diging the scene and zap! certain patterns in your environment cause you to intuit sound conclusions that culminate in seeing a ‘big picture’, like a prophetic vision, only real. People who can do that don’t need others to tell them what’s what. We just sit back and watch the river of pathetic drivel flow by on its way to the Sea of Infinite Stupidity.

  • bills: thanks for the reply. Though he was often out on the ragged edge, Gerald spoke the truth as far as I’ve researched. As with the topic of population, many here “don’t wanna go there” so I don’t bother with those topics or discussions.

    It doesn’t matter any more. We’ve completely destroyed the biosphere now and all that history won’t do anything to help. That figure you mentioned was in newspapers like 30 years before Hitler was even around and repeated until the 2nd world war and to this day – unquestioned, like the 2 degree C “target” Guy mentions, invented by some shit-head with a hidden agenda.

    In the same way we “conveniently” forget that “our” country was founded on theft and murder of the indigenous tribes by “civilization” (and manifest white-man destiny), so we pay very little attention to what’s really been going on throughout the few hundreds of years since, you know, because “progress” and i-products, same as we do with climate change and anything that gets in the way of what WE (humanity) want. It’ll be great when this all just evaporates into the dustbin of human history and humanity can’t live here any more.

  • I hadn’t looked at Ugo Bardi’s site for a while and tonight came across the following recent item, which suggests emissions may have peaked (not a peak in atmospheric CO2, of course).

    http://cassandralegacy.blogspot.co.nz/2016/03/an-epochal-change-have-co2-emissions.html

  • Kevin – A lot of people are trying to make that case but it is too soon to say that CO2 is slowing.

    “Unprecedented Spike in CO2 Levels in 2015”

    http://www.climatecentral.org/news/unprecedented-spike-co2-levels-2015-20125

  • I’ve posted a guest essay, followed by a recent audio interview. Catch the latest here.

  • ‘American war crimes in North Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq , Libya etc. etc.’

    one that’s little mentioned and apparently little known involves the ‘pacification’ of the philippines, struggling for independence after centuries of spanish colonialism. philipino leaders were misled to believe that ‘america’ would fight on their side to gain independence, then double crossed when it turned out the americans merely wanted to take the spaniards place. read about it in wikipedia, it sounds remarkably similar to the strategy/atrocities committed in vietnam in the attempt to ‘pacify’ the vietnamese. except for the massive bombing and chemical warfare, which of course weren’t current technologies around 1900:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine%E2%80%93American_War#American_war_strategy


  • @david higham

    Paul and Anne Ehrlich are probably the most well informed ecologists on the planet. They have spent their lives trying to raise the level of ecological awareness of the general populace. I am not going to remain silent while scientific nincompoops like you two make nonchalantly condescending
    remarks about them. The same goes for you,Nemesis.

    Uhm, I never said anything about “Paul Ehrlich and Anna Ehrlich”, I didn’t know these people. But anyway, now that you talk about them:

    Why did all those people, who vote for population reduction, procreate?! Paul R. Ehrlich and his wife Anna have a daughter, Lisa Marie. Shouldn’t they practice what they preach?! Hm, I did not procreate. Btw, he and his wife Anne were on the board of advisers of the Federation for American Immigration Reform until 2003:

    ” The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a non-profit tax exempt organization in the United States that advocates changes in U.S. immigration policy that they believe would result in significant reductions in immigration, both legal and illegal. It reports a membership of more than 250,000 members and supporters, and has been called to testify before the United States Congressional committees on immigration bills.

    FAIR is headquartered in Washington, D.C. It was founded on January 2, 1979, with seed money from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Its founding chairman was John Tanton, a leader of many anti-immigration and environmentalist groups, including Zero Population Growth and the Sierra Club’s population committee.

    FAIR’s first executive director was environmental lawyer Roger Conner. Other co-founders included University of California, Santa Barbara, history professor emeritus and author Otis L. Graham, Jr., feminist Sharon Barnes, and the late former Gulf Oil president and board chairman Sidney Swensrud. Dan Stein has been president of FAIR since 1988.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federation_for_American_Immigration_Reform

    Yeah, America for the Americanos 😎


  • … can you hear MOTHER EARTH say “FUCK IT”? I can hear her. She doesn’t know of any “elite” frontiers absolutely for sure. She will wipe out these elite frontiers absolutely for sure.

  • David Higham and Lidia,

    You are obviously too lazy to look at the Geoff Lawton video I posted above. So here’s an easy one for you:

    , and scroll to 45 minutes, which is very close to the end. Then tell me what he said. If you conclude that Geoff Lawton knows nothing about ecology, then you might well be the nincompoops here.

    Furthermore, Lawton is talking about food production through permaculture, not through factory farms. Maybe you should look into the difference between them, and what they mean respectively for domesticated animal proliferation.

  • David Higham and Lidia,

    You are obviously too lazy to look at the Geoff Lawton video I posted above. So here’s an easy one for you:

    Google “Videos for John D Liu.” Icons for four videos should come up. Click on “Green Gold Documentary,” which is 47 minutes long. Scroll to 45 minutes, which is very close to the end. Then tell me what he said. If you conclude that Geoff Lawton knows nothing about ecology, then you might well be the nincompoops here.

    Furthermore, Lawton is talking about food production through permaculture, not through factory farms. Maybe you should look into the difference between them, and what they mean respectively for domesticated animal proliferation.


  • Hm, Paul and Anne Ehrlich on the board of FAIR. Is FAIR really fair?

    In recent years, FAIR has acknowledged and defended having received grants reportedly totaling around $600,000 from the Pioneer Fund, which has been described by The New York Times as having been established for the express purpose of promoting research into eugenics, and which has sponsored projects based on the notion that Blacks are
    genetically less intelligent than whites.

    http://archive.adl.org/civil_rights/is_fair_unfair.pdf

    Ahem- Now I need some sensitive Music…



  • Hahaha, the “elite” is still playing gamez. Sure, we are all equal, I swear, that’s what my teacher teaches all the time 😎

  • There is no doubt that Mr. Austin is a liar.

    Marks comment from goingkuku: =

    My business partner Dr. Jeff Perlman was a director of the CDC & NIH for decades. He’s a leading expert on the effects of drug hormones in the public water supply. F.A.U. & NOAA monitor how everything we ingest (chemicals in milk, meat, eggs) are altering biological systems.

    ————————————–

    The owner of Epimedix, Inc where Mark worked, is Jeff Perlman, a shady x-mayor and small time politician from Delray, FL.

    The company appears to be little more than Mr. Perlman’s home phone # — likewise, their *DC office* appears to be little more than a phone in a lawyers office.

    So, Mark is not being truthful, but he is a fiction writer, so we can’t hold his story weaving against him — we all love a good story.

    @ Cindy Lane – Artleads is an artist. He lives with his head in … the clouds — IMHO he was easily seduced by Marks stories – in fact Artleads and Mo Flow were Marks *consultants* as he negotiated nuclear cleanup with the world’s formost minds.