Jan 14, 2020

US = China, Saudi, India, France, Russia, Britain, Japan, S Korea,

“…We’d happily stuff live baby harp seals in the tanks of our SUVs to keep them running, all the while convincing ourselves that the harp seals like it.” ~ Sharon Astyk

Progress/Ideas/Hope

  1.  US Environmental Justice Stories to Watch. by Yvette Cabrera. Cause until the US gets its shit together, nothing gets done.

Climate Crisis (ecocide)

  1.  Ocean temperatures hit record high as rate of heating accelerates. by Damian Carrington (G).

Biosphere (collapse)

  1.  Like Sending Bees to War. by Annette McGiveny (G). As stated before, “Its going to be difficult to hand pollinate with Q-tips.” We’ll use drones, that’s the ticket.

Financial (roller coaster)

  1. What Triggers the Next Financial Collapse? by David Stockman. I’m starting to think that having all the worlds major central banks (US Fed, Peoples Bank of China, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, Bank of England, et al) printing money at will is a bad thing. I suppose if I drank the Economisters Gator Juice it would help. Print away good sirs. What-Is-The-Worst-That-Could-Happen?
  2. Its Time to Pay Attention to Commercial & Industrial Loans. by Wolf Richter. This is the Economy, not the stock market.
  3. Trillions of Dollars in U.S. Military Spending Are Unaccounted-For. by Eric Zuesse. This idea that 20+ Trillion dollar$ is going unaccounted is pretty hard to fathom. First the number is pretty large. Second the fact that it is unaudited is not beleivable understandable. Lets for a moment imagine that 5% of that $20 trillion was used as graft/bribery/payola (if 5% is not to your liking pick any number you want). I know this is a stretch to think that there is corruption but bear with me. 5% of $20 trillion = $1 trillion. Divide that into 20 years of out of control spending = $50 billion a year. What’s the chance that there is TomFuckery of the highest order going on with the Pentagon, US polititians, and every fucker who can get their beak to that $50 billion trough? Even the pizza delivery guy? This can’t end well.
$100 million on a pallet. Couch is worth $46.7 million
Enough pallets to send each member of the Senate (100) and Congress (535) home with one each and every year. And still have that $40 Billion to give everyone worldwide clean water.

Food/Water/Health

  1. China flight systems jammed by pig farm’s African swine fever defences. by Mandy Zuo (SCMP). Not sure this isn’t more an example of Societys ills.

Society (ills)

  1. Why Do So Many Incompetant Men Become Leaders? Could it be that any one even slightly sane doesn’t want the job? by Tomas Chammoro-Premusic (Ted)

Wrap it up….please

I got nuthin, but 20 trillion dollars!?!?

Jan 12, 2020

“I try to be cynical but it is hard to keep up.”
~ Lily Tomlin.

I’m with Lily, what a week of bullshit.

An act of war, reaction, tragedy. Or to be clear; assassinate a UN nation military leader (without declaring war), crickets from the worlds other leaders, a plane gets shot down filled with innocents. All outside of established political, military and social norms.

My only comment, “What the hell was that plane doing flying in the middle of a war zone”??? I’m amazed only one came down and it was contained to some hand wringing and tears. Every one left with some functioning brain synapses left knows that behind the scenes there was lots of arm twisting (extortion, threats, blackmail, etc) by the US to nudge other countries to support them, support the untruths and generally distort the goings on. Make no mistake this is yet another tragedy that was initiated by the US under the guise of that blanket that forgives all action, “Terrorism”. And in all likely hood this was simply a trick of the Master Conman in Chief to deflect (impeachment issues, Deutsche Bank revelations that he’s been funded all along by the Russians, some other women coming forward, more news of his overall unworthiness, pressure form his backers, pressure by Netanyahuu, etc, etc). Because no one seems to care that the US has been screwing with the country of Iran since the 1940’s. And seems intent on doing so until they either wipe them off the face of the earth or more importantly take their oil and remove them as a thorn in their Empire building routine. (must control the Middle East, must control the Middle East)

In our sane, caring, transparent absolutely fake-reality world, one in which every country in the world is not held hostage to US wants, there should have been a massive counter scream. Mostly crickets.

Let’s use out Great Leader up here in Oh Canada as an example as he leads the charge in moral subterfuge and sleight of hand. Assassination takes place – crickets, week goes by – crickets, plane gets shot down – self righteous indignation. Our very own Pretty Boy himself, Justin Fancy Socks is “outraged and furious”. And used his time to proclaim his leadership chops, by appearing caring. And Fuck You! CBC for spinning it this way. Particularly galling is sticking a microphone in a persons face who has just lost loved ones. And then only playing them sobbing. WTF!? How about some background details. I get it. Afraid of getting funding cut, they cater to the party in power at the same time keeping an eye on the Conservatives and trying not to piss them off, cause funding cuts.

The salient details, again;

  • The US in an act of war assassinates a military leader of a UN country (Iran),
  • On another UN countries soil (Iraq),
  • Also killing that Iran’s military leaders
  • US threatens to irradicate Iran
  • World sits and twiddles thumbs.
  • Iran sends out a necessary defensive response (bombs US base, purposely killing no one),
  • Anticipating whatever response, activates full military alert.
  • Plane gets shot down accidentally, cause shit happens in war.

Every country is complacent, we all kept quiet and have let the US Military Industrial complex dictate how things will be. Threats of destroying your countries economy have a way of getting countries to toe the line. Its in their best interest. Cause who knows what the US will throw at them?

Where is Canada in all this? Canada closed their embassy in Iran (thank you Fucking Stephen Harper) years ago. Declared against Palestine. All part of his sucking up to the US (and Israel). This being the same leader prick (on the comeback trail don’t you know?) who expanded our operations in Afghanistan to full on front line assault troops. Aren’t we peace keepers?? Then cuts back support of the returning troops to save money? (Conservative fiscal policy, Whatever that is nowadays). We support the US in the background with our moral stance (Canada the Good). Cause if Canada’s behind it, how could any country question the US? Its Canada, such nice folks! Take a look at our recent support for a coup in Venezuela, leading the charge our very own Chrystia Freeland (she of the pixie smile, pearl necklace, nice words and Lima Group leadership) drumming up international support for the removal of Maduro. WTF?!?! Why would we stick our noses in that mess other than US arm twisting (oh yeah, NAFTA2 negotiations, threat of our auto industry being closed down…..must appease the giant gorilla to our south). To be the supplicant we shall remain, we’ll front the changes necessary to assist Venezuela’s democratic transformation. Horseshit!!! We are too scared to say jack shit.

We need to wake up to the fact that this social/military chaos is being pushed by the decline in oil reserves (too many people+resource depletion=social chaos (war). Great powers are all jockeying for position to control all the known reserves left. Our economies, way of life and indeed modern civilization is threatened. This is not going to change, ever. Wait until there is a real shortage in oil (Note to self. Its coming. Bigly)

Oil is the number one issue (Gigantic Turd-ball) in front of us today. I will spend next week compiling a review of oil, its critical importance and why we can only look forward to weeks, months and years of much worse that this start to the roaring 20’s. Hang on. If you thought climate change was bad news….. You ostriches out there… take a pose. Oh yeah, you’re not reading this anyway. Back to your Recipes, Renovation and Resorts.

Progress/Ideas/Hope

  1. 6 Things Media Won’t Tell You About Assassination of Iranian General. YouTube video (14.29 mins) by Lee Camp. Couldn’t have said it better myself. If you only have a little time, watch this!
  2. Some ideas to ruminate on. Iran is not what you think by Ted Rall
  3. Iranians Have Learned to Fear U.S. Wrath — and Canada’s Complicity. by Nazanin Moghadami.
  4. At War with the Truth. by Craig Whitlock. More lies from the Pentagon Papers. Could make a person a cynic.

Climate Crisis (ecocide)

  1. Whats So Wrong With Bottled Water Anyway? by Eve Andrews

Biosphere (collapse)

  1. Our Children await a Radioactive Legacy. by Paul Brown. In which we are leaving our children a radioactive legacy.

Peak Oil/Energy

  1. Oil Shocks. Airplanes are Energy Gluttons. by EnergySkeptic.com

Financial (roller coaster)

  1. Reaching That Wile E. Coyote Moment. by The Consciousness of Sleep
  2. Geopolitical Shocks and Financial Markets. by Economic Prism

Food/Water/Health

  1. Poverty in the USA. Video by DW Documentary (46:26 minutes). Its bad news if you are poor(ish). How can this possibly be happening in the worlds richest nation? Start with $738 Billion in military spending? But to save money, Cheeto Von Tweeto is going to cut off 700,000 people receiving food stamps. Does not bode well.

Society (ills)

  1. Media controlled by corporations who have a vested interest in not telling the news…or the truth. If you can’t read the article watch the YouTube video (2:13 minutes)
  2. We have been lied to all my life. Everything I thought was real, not. Here’s a good example. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons been accused of doctoring a report on Syria. Video by @DanCohen3000 (6:56 minutes). So what else is a lie? Everything. Get over it. Red pill shite.
  3. So the US is invading Iraq Again. by Caitlin Johnstone

Wrap it up….please

War is a symptom of the Giant Turd-balls rolling our way. It’s the elite 1%’s response to maintain their position and scoop more dollars. It’s too many people, reduced resources, and corporatization. 50% of the US GDP is basically weapons sales.

And while we watch in true shock and awe at the absolute steamy pile-o, we ignore the profound issues (Giant Turd-balls). Number one is our inability to address declining oil reserves and all it entails.

Lets hope Justin Fancy Socks can keep his shit shoveling to a minimum. And again, up yours CBC! You are a profound disappointment.

Stay resilient!

Jan 8, 2020

“If you’re younger than sixty, you have a good chance of witnessing the radical destabilization of life on Earth — massive crop failures, apocalyptic fires, imploding economies, epic flooding, hundreds of millions of refugees fleeing regions made uninhabitable by extreme heat or permanent drought. If you’re under thirty, you’re all but guaranteed to witness it.~ Jonathan Franzen

Allow me to add, ” and extremely antagonistic behaviour between most countries

The majority of the links on here are US centred. Before I go on a tirade against the US, let me say I’ve lived there, go there quite regularly and have many great friends. Its their government that SUCKS. That makes it even harder to digest. Its like a different country down there.

Most of the worlds current issues (think Giant Turdballs) are due to US policy disguised as US culture, exported to the world at the end of a bayonet (now drone strike) or the financial equivalent – some form of moneyed blackmail. US policy being pushed (ahem) by the over 900 bases placed strategically around the world. It doesn’t absolve the rest of us however. We all wanted the alleged good life on display. We all hid our revulsion at the goings on if it raised our GDP (and we do the same with China). Naysayers were shut down as irrelevant.

I lived in the US for about 4 yrs. Went down in October after 9/11. Its hard to recreate the feeling of a naive Canadian guy walking thru the airport watching in disbelief the Amy dudes in fatigues, armed to the teeth. (it was obvious to me back then that US actions, regime change worldwide, had created this monster). And then I had to listen as Americans bemoaned the fact that other peoples didn’t like them… in fact actually hated them. ‘Cause average Americans actually thought that they were loved for all the wonders of bringing jamming democracy and TV down the throats of 3rd world countries.

I used to say when I travelled the Caribbean and Central America I didn’t want to be in places where armed security walked the streets. And soul selling fella I was, I stuck it out for my better good ($$$$$.) Another image indelibly burned into my head is that of my first NASCAR race. Nothing says come’on lets party like a giant US bomber screaming overhead, turning at a 45 degree angle, at full burn. Support the troops!

I sat and watched, read what I could at the continuing brainwashing, as the US gov rationalized attacking Iraq. (BTW it was all about the oil). Smarter people than me were writing back then… don’t do it it will be a shit show. Well guess what? its even worse than the worst predictions offered. And best yet, it has been proven to be an absolute steaming truckload of horse excrement (read about the Pentagon Papers people!!!). Pretty much a narrative perpetuated by government and military leaders and their bought and paid for media corporations ( I believe that could be the other way round).

I had a American friend that would refer to me as, “my socialist friend from Canada”. We had lots of discussion about this until one day I was invited to a diner at his house and walked into a living room with a 60″ TV displaying proudly Bill O Reilly and his pontificating bullshit. My friend called me over to the couch and said excitedly, ” Watch this, he’s great!” I watched for about 5 minutes quietly and then asked,” Is this for real??” Because I thought it was satire! And thus began my understanding that, yes Dorothy, I’m not in Kansas anymore.

And here we go again. More lies, more distortion of truth, more complacent make america great again mindless Idjuts victory dancing as if they did something real.

America the exceptional has dragged out more wars, destroyed more countries and their governments, and displaced more people that any (add the top 5 perps internationally and they don’t meet the US ability to sow destruction). The US are the foot draggers on climate change, they are now disrupting all international allies with threats and intimidation, and generally are the proverbial giant raging bull in the china shop. And the rest of us, too afraid that saying anything out loud would disrupt our own GDP aspirations, stay silent.

The USA government is motivated by one thing. Profit. All western countries are complicit, and will each get what they deserve.

Now we watch the unraveling of the Excited States, as the election year kicks into gear, and the world crosses their fingers hoping for a return to some form of sanity. Which simply translates to please don’t start another war. We couldn’t dare wish for more.

Progress/Ideas/Hope

  1.  Heres a great podcast by a human force of nature Dr. Zach Bush, discussing the state of our food system and ideas to solve it. If you don’t/can’t use Castbox, search in your favourite podcast player for Tractor Time, # 37.
  2. Who Started it? by Major Danny Sjursen. Tag this as Progress, as in from the past, as in history, as in how the great war machine became focused on Iran. (its about the oil). Goes back to the 1940’s when the USA government, via the CIA, overthrew a government to get their oil. Sound familiar? Oh and now they are terrorists.

Climate Crisis (ecocide)

  1.  Love the Land or Watch it Die. by Michael Yates
  2. Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death. by Beth Mole

Biosphere (collapse)

  1.  Humanity can’t recycle its way out of consumption problems. by Valerie Vande Panne
  2. Urgent New Roadmap to Recovery could reverse insect Apocalypse. by Patrick Greenfield

Food/Water/Health

  1.  Harvesting the Blood of Americas Poor. by Alan MacLeod. Regarding both these articles. Is it necessary to say that a country whose military budget is the same size as their next 7 or 8 rivals (combined), then adds another 50 or so Billion$ to it this year, shouldn’t be treating their own people this way? Oh I get it now, its ’cause they won’t get a job and lazy leeches deserve what they get.
  2. Americans Dying Because they can’t Afford Health Care. by Michael Sainato. Richest country in world, most $$ spent on health care per capita, 27th in the world in health outcome for its people. Really! Pretty tough armed forces tho. But wait. This is a good one. 10 times more spent on its military, whats it actually won ? against Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afganistan and more? beat up the 20 members of the Panamanian Army tho. Hot Damn!

Society (ills)

  1.  Population. The Elephant in the Room. by Paul Cherfuka. Until we start to deal with this all bets are off. Try this next dinner party, “The only way we have any hope of staying ahead of the Emerging Mega Trends aka Giganto Turdballs is through population control”. See if you get an invite back.

Wrap it up….please

  1.  American History for Truthdiggers: Original Sin. I started reading Danny Sjursen a while ago on Truthdig.com. He’s ex American soldier, historian and now writer. He’s done a commendable job writing a US centric history lesson of the the US from the beginning. Bottom line: The US is not exceptional, its just a bully, that lies through it’s teeth to cover extremely nasty actions. Kinda like The Orange Godfather. If every American was made to read this it would have a profound change in their understanding of where they stand in the world. But since it’s basically 37 chapters, nah.
  2. Here is # 2 in the series. Roots in Religious Zealotry. Its a little difficult to follow the article trail from # 1,
  3. Last but not least. A gentle reminder, ok, reminder. It was a free for all

Stay resilient people! This current noise stream is just that. Noise. Stay resilient by looking after yourself and engaging the rot in our leaders.

I choose now to clear my head and take a walk in the woods in -20. Celsius for you who live in one of the two countries in the world not using the metric system.

Jan 5, 2020

Happy New Year. I had trouble with even saying this out load this festive season. Seemed kinda trite. I was going to make a list of the more interesting summations of 2019 and projections for 2020. Then end with a opinion that 2020 would be a turning point of sorts, with Social Chaos at the fore, following in a dead heat by Financial Collapse and Peak Oil. (won’t need to worry about Climate Chrisis as that’s 10 years away). But it looks like the Grande Orangutan has ratcheted up the doomsday clock as a means of taking a bit of heat off. Its going to be hard to deal with the Mega Trends once we are firing at one another.

This angst that we all feel is directly proportional to the uselessness of any leader anywhere to address real issues vs staying in power issues. Is there need for any more proof that the corporatization of our worlds leading governments is complete? Any partially sane institution would actually try to do something in the face of extinction…wouldn’t they? The more powerful the nation, the more dangerous the leader. Pick any one. Maybe that’s a clue as to the worthiness of those who “lead” us: if you want a go at leading this ongoing shitshow, I don’t think we want you.

We are becoming more scared, more angry, more determined to keep out stuff. And our leaders are more unworthy, more decadent, more power crazed than ever. And then there is us, we the Sheeple. I had some more conversations with people I care about- more denial that catastrophic change is imminent. More business as usual. And remember I’ve been hammering away at them for close to 10 years. Crickets.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that we humans are not getting out of this. (A few might, likely wont have iPhones tho). There is no way that business as usual will help us get to the fundamental changes we need going forward if the basic core of Sheeple don’t see any pressing need to firmly place our leaders feet to the fire, up to their balls as its not women leading this. When the wake up does happen it will only exacerbate the whinging from Sheeple who want Gov to bail them out. And one can only imagine the thinking of the leaders at that time. We have card carrying wack jobs at the helm today…. in the good times (if you’re a billionaire). My minds boggles at the leaders coming. Some sort of cross between Trump/Doug Ford/ Idi Amin/John Bolton?

I’ve tried to stay away from politics and stay focused on policy. Its been hard. I even thought about having a new category .. War. War wasn’t on the Mega Trends table as it would distract from the issues and make solving them even harder. And what sort of insane population would go to war when the planets burning??? However it’s hardwired into humans (especially the USA for past 50 years). Other countries have taken note. I will keep War under Social Chaos for now. And war is part of Social Chaos when coming up with real ideas can’t/won’t work. Its important to understand that as tensions increase so does the chest thumping. I truly think that the benefit the American public has been blessed with is that they have only felt their opponents wrath once. Its easy to cheer on the boys at a NASCAR race or NFL game. You’ll have some serious reservations when its on your street. And 50 or so years of crapping in the worlds cereal box has created a vast network of really pissed of people. Countries that want to not have to deal with the US dollar ( think Rusia, China, India, Turkey) , countries forming alliance with anybody but the US (think Rusia, China, India, Germany). Countries that have a generational hatred of the US (think Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan, most of South America, Central America. There are a lot. Tough to fight everybody in the room (Earth) even when you have the military muscle the US has. There will be a piling on like you can’t imagine once a crack in the facade is seen. Might be a good time to try diplomacy rather than Mafiosa tactics.

Continue making your life resilient. Use less energy, grow more food, buy less stuff, connect with like minded people who will help and most importantly grab hold of those precious moments while you can.

People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognize necessity when a crisis is upon them.” ~ Jean Monnett

2020 will usher in more unknown changes. Stay resilient!

Progress/Ideas/Hope

  1.  Year in Review – (Dave Barry). OK one review. I’m trying to present this article a little differently, rather than a link to the original, a link to an article storage app (Pocket).

Climate Crisis (ecocide)

  1.  Slow Burn. (Inside Story) I await the Aussie riots.

Biosphere (collapse)

  1.   Lethal Algae Blooms (Guardian) At some point those that are still standing will be eating algae, the only thing left.

“…I reiterated our commitment to de-escalation
~ Secretary Captain Commander Double Speak Pompeo, Jan 3, 2020

The 800 lb Orange Gorilla did it. Its very difficult staying away from the usual slagging of an inept mind and his bag people but WTF?! This whole Iran thing is total delusion. We knew this was going badly when the nuclear treaty was ripped up, inhuman sanctions put in place, when the Iranian army was branded terrorists and now this? And Iran has proven that they can bloody a nose or two (think drone strike to Saudi oil fields)

I am of the mind that a country should deal with its own internal affairs and resit the urge to meddle with other countries. OK, I’m Canadian. But to watch the hypocrasy of the US government as this unravels is truly astounding. The difference is that today we get to watch it unfold in real time. You had to dig a little (think Noam Chomsky) to find out the nefarious tricks that the US and Israel were up to in the past.

Change this story a bit and see how it would go if the US was the agrieved party. Lets imagine for a minute that a US general was taken out with a couple of Brits or French officers at his side. I’m thinking not so well. The good news is that there are voices of sanity out there. Speaking very loudly against this travesty. I don’t see that they can slow the US Military Industrial Machine ( Deep State greedy mofos) much. Keeping hopeful that before this escalates cooler heads prevail.

Society (ills)

  1. US Doubles down on its Saudi Allegiance (Craig Murray)
  2. Trumps Point of No Return. (Tom Luongo)
  3. A Dubious Official Story. (Whitney Webb)
  4. War with Iran. (Chris Hedges)
  5. Is Donald Trump the Second 9/11? (Tom Englehart)

Dec 18, 2019

I started this blog with a post talking about Emerging Megatrends 2012. Sustainability and place: How emerging mega-trends of the 21st century will affect humans and nature, including a 16 page study outlining this on my first page. Climate change is just ONE of the Emerging Megatrends! 

Guess what?? It wasn’t just me picking up a lone article by some nut bar. There are/were others screaming Fawwwk!! off their literal front porch as well. I just couldn’t hear it over the echoes of my own.

I give you Emerging Megatrends (aka Giant Turdballs or GTB) , as perceived by another watcher, approximately a year earlier.

A 50,000-Foot View of the Global Crisis

Paul Cherfurka, July 8, 2011

We are now well into a global crisis that may mark the end of this cycle of human civilization. In this note I present a summary of what’s going on as far as I can tell, as well as a scenario for how things might develop over the next 75 years or so.

The issue is enormous, so an overview like this is inevitably going to be skimpy on details. This is, after all, not an academic journal. However, like every other fact in the known universe, those details are just a Google away…

Because the global predicament manifests itself in some way in virtually every area of human endeavour, any useful approach to it must be massively cross-disciplinary. Fruitful areas for investigation include:

Human Issues:

  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Finance (especially the characteristics and behaviour of money)
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Neuro-psychology
  • Agriculture
  • Energy and Resource Issues:
  • Peak Oil and oil production in general
  • Classical electrical generation (coal, nuclear and hydro power)
  • Renewable electrical generation (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and biomass)
  • Biofuels (including ERoEI considerations)
  • Rare Earth metal supplies
  • Copper and Iron ore concentrations

Environmental Issues:

  • Ecology (especially related to carrying capacity and footprint)
  • Climate change
  • Ocean acidification
  • Methane tipping points (permafrost and oceanic hydrates)
  • Species extinctions (including oceanic overfishing)
  • Deforestation and desertification
  • Fresh water depletion
  • Soil fertility depletion
  • Pollution: chemicals, heavy metals, radioactive waste, eutrophication, oceanic debris fields etc.

General issues:

  • Complex adaptive systems and resilience theory
  • Complexity theory and “Liebig’s Law of the Minimum”
  • Geoengineering
  • Genetic engineering (especially related to agriculture)
  • Habitat loss due to human numbers/activity
  • Overpopulation
  • Peak Food

Each of these 30 points is a field of study on its own…. Continue reading….

Society (ills)

  1.  Solari Report quarterly interview with The Saker I really like this fellas analysis of things in Asia, Middle East,and USA. He has a different take on all you hear on the Main Stream Media.

Climate Crisis (ecocide)

  1. Dr Peter Carter: summarising the lack of “climate emergency” at #COP25. Some straight talk. As an aside take a look at the denial in comments. Its really quite astounding.
  2. Sizzling Arctic: Top 5 Climate Horror Stories in NOAA’s Report Card.

Financial (roller coaster)

  1. Three Major Imbalances – Financial, Trust and Geopolitical

Wrap it up, would ya?

Climate Emergency is currently getting the most press of the Emerging Megatrends. There are equally as bad Giant Turd Balls rumbling our way. They just can’t be heard above the cacophony of Brexit, Impeachment, Sports and the Shopping Channel.

But what caused the raining parade of GTB?? ……Too many people.

If you’ve made it to here… well done. Now what?

As always, should you find anything that refutes the general idea of a horrific collapse of the civilization we know, that this is all a bad dream, and/or it’s me who is nuts (rather than the entire planets’ population less myself and 3 part time readers), I’m open to a funner outlook.

Bring it.

Please.

Dec 16, 2019

“…….So we are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. But we need to be very clear: because of our decades of collective denial, no gradual, incremental options are now available to us.” –– Naomi Klein.

Its been a few months since the last post. Now seemed an appropriate time to write something, as the ongoing ritualistic worship/celebration of Over Consumption Madness hurtles towards us. What better time to celebrate by buying more shite, as we suck up the last vestige of our planet, so we can buy another shiney trinket all while ignoring again some much bigger issues. Markets are at an all time High! Yeah!

The end of August started to get pretty busy here on the homestead and the days just got sucked up with harvest, winter prep, etc. I had lots of time in my head during that period, while still managing to grab a few hours of reading each day. I’ve been questioning my voice during this time. Why bother posting? since the only people (The Three) who read this were in their own way down the trail of Understanding of the Bleakness-speaking to the converted so to speak. It wasn’t like newbies rushed in to gather new means of understanding!

Originally Aporia Cafe (the equivalent of screaming Fawwwwk! off my front porch each day) was to help people gather enough info to realize that Giant Turd Balls were rolling down hill in their and their families direction. I had two other sites in mind; a homesteading type blog and resilient communities blog. Well, “my eyes were bigger than my stomach” so to speak. Aporia grabbed an inordinate amount of time. The others none. Imagine that each article posted required about 10 articles be read and considered, general website housekeeping, and misc responses to things I was reading, and the hours are sucked into the vortex (flushing toilet) of blogging life. And one must not diminish the subsequent damage to brain and psyche that incurs. Speaking of brain damage, add to that the readings of the counter narrative, mostly so stridently wackadoodle that I couldn’t re-post, let alone digest, other than to throw in the bin labelled Why We are Most Truly Fucked.

To what end? It certainly added a cloud of darkness over my head, but as explained in a previous post ,“I’m reading this shite… so should you”. I have come to understand that I am no longer doing it for the mythical unknown fellow passenger of life who might glean a new understanding. If you haven’t figured out somethings amiss by now, I can’t help you. If you are quaking in the corner sucking your thumb, snot running down your face, again, can’t help. Most people have their spidey sense tingling, just not mentally able to absorb how loud the warning klaxons are. Fascinating stuff this … The rational human minds ability to say “All is Well!, Carry on”, in the face of overwhelming proof it isn’t. There is some serious denial going on and all indicators are that we simply are unable to comprehend a danger far in front of us that isn’t here and now. Our biological wiring says stay the course, eat and breed until those Turd Balls are in sight. And when a Turd Ball is rolling down my street, I am hardwired to run. Nada till then.

I post as a record for me. Posting allows me to organize the unravelling. (Tho, on that note I am looking for a fellow editor or two to add a different voice: mother or parent, 20 something, teen, someone other than me). I think the craziness has intensified since August. Chaos clouds swirl closer, people get angrier, nut jobs get elected promising a new and better world, all while staying the course. And since my mother is not reading this either, I can pretty much say what I want, as expletive filled as I choose, as rage induced mouth foam spittle accumulates on my display. I shall carry on. No intervention required.

I haven’t come across anything saying we are getting out of this easy like. Au contraire. All signals are flashing RED. Emerging Megatrends (aka Giant Turd Balls) are lumbering closer. I believe know that big shocks are coming. My generation, who for some reason feel it is going to happen to their grand kids (ie 2 generations away) act as if they can carry on as “Normal”. They will rue the day.

I do not see humanities ability to change backwards to a “less than now“ society. Any form of the New Green Deal will not deliver as promised. Quoting James Kunstler,” After a while I began to understand what lay behind this plea for “solutions.” They were clamoring desperately for rescue remedies that would allow them to continue living exactly the way they were used to living, with all the accustomed comforts ranging from endless driving to universal air-conditioning, cheap fast food, reliable electric service, NASCAR, Disney World, Walmart, and good jobs with a guaranteed comfortable retirement.”

Its simply a matter of looking at the numbers. How much do we consume?, how much waste do we generate? vs how much is left of this planet to abuse? For the number of people alive on this planet today and coming, consumption must drop to an 1890’s life style. And who wants that? Lets vote for more of the same! I ain’t giving up nuthin’, in fact I want more. I see cataclysmic pain for the people I care about. Sooner than most can conceptualize. Your grand kids won’t make it to the age you are now. Its just that shitty.

I re-found an author, Paul Chefurka, who had been writing 15 years ago on these same topics, and has subsequently stopped (I get it!). He wrote articles back in the first decade of 2000 that ring clear as a bell now. I am humbled at his eloquent grasp of whats coming….from a time long(ish) ago…

Climbing the Ladder of Awareness

(Paul Chefurka – Oct 19, 2012)


When it comes to our understanding of the unfolding global crisis, each of us seems to fit somewhere along a continuum of awareness that can be roughly divided into five stages:

  1. Dead asleep. At this stage there seem to be no fundamental problems, just some shortcomings in human organization, behaviour and morality that can be fixed with the proper attention to rule-making. People at this stage tend to live their lives happily, with occasional outbursts of annoyance around election times or the quarterly corporate earnings seasons.
  2. Awareness of one fundamental problem. Whether it’s Climate Change, overpopulation, Peak Oil, chemical pollution, oceanic over-fishing, biodiversity loss, corporatism, economic instability or sociopolitical injustice, one problem seems to engage the attention completely. People at this stage tend to become ardent activists for their chosen cause. They tend to be very vocal about their personal issue, and blind to any others.
  3. Awareness of many problems. As people let in more evidence from different domains, the awareness of complexity begins to grow.  At this point a person worries about the prioritization of problems in terms of their immediacy and degree of impact. People at this stage may become reluctant to acknowledge new problems – for example, someone who is committed to fighting for social justice and against climate change may not recognize the problem of resource depletion.  They may feel that the problem space is already complex enough, and the addition of any new concerns will only dilute the effort that needs to be focused on solving the “highest priority” problem.
  4. Awareness of the interconnections between the many problems. The realization that a solution in one domain may worsen a problem in another marks the beginning of large-scale system-level thinking. It also marks the transition from thinking of the situation in terms of a set of problems to thinking of it in terms of a predicament. At this point the possibility that there may not be a solution begins to raise its head.

    People who arrive at this stage tend to withdraw into tight circles of like-minded individuals in order to trade insights and deepen their understanding of what’s going on. These circles are necessarily small, both because personal dialogue is essential for this depth of exploration, and because there just aren’t very many people who have arrived at this level of understanding.
  5. Awareness that the predicament encompasses all aspects of life.  This includes everything we do, how we do it, our relationships with each other, as well as our treatment of the rest of the biosphere and the physical planet. With this realization, the floodgates open, and no problem is exempt from consideration or acceptance. The very concept of a “Solution” is seen through, and cast aside as a waste of effort. Continue reading…

Progress/Ideas/Hope

What if we Stopped Pretending? Climate Apocalypse is coming. What if we prepare by admitting we can’t stop it?

Climate Crisis (ecocide)

Climate Models Got It Right on Global Warming.

Financial (roller coaster)

  1. A “Market” That Needs $1 Trillion in Panic-Money-Printing by the Fed to Stave Off Implosion Is Not a Market. There’s something cooking with this repo market thingy on the US side. That Which is Not Quantitive Easing (TWNQE) has injected almost 1 trillion new dollars into the US financial system since Sept 2019. The repo system is in place to offer short term lending to institutions. The repo system stopped working. The Fed jumps in (quietly) and prints a shit ton of money….. and all is well? Best yet? Nope the bastards are hiding something…is it that banks won’t lend to other banks cause they don’t trust the other banks? is a bank or more in dire straights or is it other TomFuckery? Stay tuned to this.
  2. Hyperinflation, Money Demand, and the Crack-Up Boom.

Wrap it up, would ya?

…and BTW... Epstein did not kill himself. Quoth the Raven, episode # 139. Had to throw this podcast as a refresher on why its difficult impossible to believe any US government narrative (or any government). You can listen directly from the link or I use Castbox as my podcast player on my Android phone. I think other podcast players should have this episode.

Also is a part 2, episode # 146

If you’ve made it to here… well done. Now what?

As always, should you find anything that refutes the general idea of a horrific collapse of the only civilization we know, or that this is all a bad dream, or it’s me who is nuts (rather than the entire planets population, less myself and 3 part time readers), I’m open to a Funner outlook.

Bring it.

Please.

Aug 21, 2019

“… It is too late for any emissions reductions to avoid catastrophic climate change. But I think it’s important to stop and think about what it means to be too late, because what it means is we are committed to a period of very intense change, probably more intense than our civilization has ever seen. And to me that makes activism more important than ever. If we are going to have to navigate through this period of intense change, it really matters who is steering the ship.„ ” ~ Tim DeChristopher (2013)

Its getting crazy out there. Most eyes glued to the financial markets. Couple of other things of a more significant nature, but we have to stay locked in on the idiot box listening to Idjuts tell us not to worry. We could not afford a serious lack of faith in our monetary system could we? Most eyes of my generation locked in on their retirement and making sure they get the most $$$ so they can play on like they’re important. “Gotta get mine just in case all this doom shite is real, then I’ll buy myself some security, and play golf”

And in the mean time I’m thinking there are a number of countries and people who are further ahead on the unravelling of the reality bubble and realize just how far into the manure pile we’ve landed. Resources are slimming. A lot of jockeying amongst players in the Planet Earth for Myself game. Tensions all around. These are the good times right? Everything cooking along nicely. But we can’t solve a planetary Climate Crisis whilst we snuggle in the proverbial honey pot? The be$t of time$!??

How do you think it will go when the next large unwanted bag of Excrement gets tossed in humanities face.

We should be looking at environment, energy, food, people and figure out how we are all going to get along and fight these gigantic turdballs coming our way. But its all about a couple important points that don’t get enough attention:

  • Corporations do not care about people or planet – only profit. And Corporations are in control of most of the countries of the world.
  • There are simply too many people struggling for a smaller piece of the pie (planet Earth).

Until we wrest control from the Corporations to people, we will never solve any of the Emerging Megatrends. But how do we do that? I don’t know. Read a lot of crazy shit – filter it down to the ones that make some sense. (I’m working on this one).

Start with a few of these: pay attention to whats going on, become an activist (however you define it), make a small change in an area you care about, vote smartly.

Learn up on politics, understand corporatization, environment, food, wilderness, growing food, anything that is important to your future. Get off your ass. Get outside. Talk it up.

Couldn’t resit a double cartoon day when I saw this.

Progress/Ideas/Hope

8 Essential Steps to Radically Transform our Economy . Basically the triple bottom line ( ..an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental (or ecological) and financial.) fleshed out.

Its hard to imagine how we get there. But show me anybody who has a plan. Lets look at it closely. Then pick it apart for the gems, and lets start discussing it, how it impacts us and how we can implement the better ideas…. Rationally people, rationally.

Climate Crisis (ecocide)

  1. July hottest month on record….in the world.
  2. CO2 Emissions highest ever.
  3. Deniers get more airtime than scientists. WTF?
  4. Its looking worse than we think. Scientists were too conservative in there analysis.
  5. The Joy of Summer is Fading Fast. Warmer nights is a relatively new noticeable trend.

Biosphere (collapse)

  1. Vegetative plant cover is shrinking (dying)
  2. Half a billion bees die in Brazil. Couldn’t be related to pesticide use.
  3. Forest Fires everywhere

Peak Oil/Energy

  1. Shale oil boom about to go bust. All it did is buy us a little time. Shale oils companies aren’t profitable, never have been and they have borrowed 100’s of billions dollars. There should be a line up for the horsewhipping.

Financial (roller coaster)

  1. Trucking Bloodbath. More of the same indicators from the auto industry. Cars, trucks, RV’s all struggling to perpetuate infinite growth. And as they struggle the tentacles of their slowing down permeate the economies of the world.
  2. How Negative Interest rates Screw up an Economy. Big surprise on this one.
  3. The Battle of the “Flations has begun. All out crazy ploys by Them-That’s-in-Charge to keep the status quo as long as possible.

Food/Water/Health

  1. One Quarter of the world faces extreme water shortages. Probably best not to consider which ones have nukes.
  2. Anti biotics are failing. This is …..huge.

Society (ills)

  1. Plastic, Plastic, Everywhere by Kurt Cobb