Climate Chaos

June 25, 2019

Further Reading.

Great article on Grieving the loss of your Future.  Not sure whether it should be at the beginning or end of this 5 stages summary. I will post again one of my favorite quotes to begin to describe my personal state…

It’s like we’ve turned Noah’s Ark into a humans-only party yacht and sailed it to the edge of Niagara Falls. There’s a million distractions aboard, but only three options as far as the waterfall goes. You can struggle against all odds to turn the ship around, stare numbly into the abyss or turn your back and dance.
My personal adaptation is to ricochet erratically between all three.”
~Arno Kopeck

In the Kübler-Ross model, the five stages of grief in terminal illness are chronologically: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

The stages, popularly known by the acronym DABDA, include:

  1. Denial – The first reaction is denial. In this stage, individuals believe the diagnosis is somehow mistaken, and cling to a false, preferable reality.
  2. Anger – When the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue, they become frustrated, especially at proximate individuals. Certain psychological responses of a person undergoing this phase would be: “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; “Who is to blame?”; “Why would this happen?”.
  3. Bargaining – The third stage involves the hope that the individual can avoid a cause of grief. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek compromise. Examples include the terminally ill person who “negotiates with God” to attend a daughter’s wedding or an attempt to bargain for more time to live in exchange for a reformed lifestyle.
  4. Depression – “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “I’m going to die soon, so what’s the point?”; “I miss my loved one; why go on?”
    During the fourth stage, the individual despairs at the recognition of their mortality. In this state, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time mournful and sullen.
  5. Acceptance – “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it; I may as well prepare for it.” In this last stage, individuals embrace mortality or inevitable future, or that of a loved one, or other tragic event. People dying may precede the survivors in this state, which typically comes with a calm, retrospective view for the individual, and a stable condition of emotions.

These five describe my personal evolving into acceptance of Climate Crisis. I see it people in various levels on this. Most are struggling with Denial.

And the climate crisis understanding and acceptance goes through a similar pattern

Stage 1: Deny the Problem Exists. For a long time climate contrarians denied that the planet was warming. Usually this involves disputing the accuracy of the surface temperature record, given that the data clearly indicate rapid warming.

Stage 2: Deny We’re the Cause. Once people move beyond denying that the problem exists, they often move to the next stage, denying that we’re responsible.

Stage 3: Deny It’s a Problem. Once they’ve progressed through the first two stages and admitted global warming is happening and human-caused, contrarians generally move on denying it’s a problem.

Stage 4: Deny We can Solve It. Claiming that solving the problem is too expensive and will hurt the poor. Put in Andrew Sheer, Doug Ford, Jason Kenney, et al, pic here.

Stage 5: It’s too Late. Stage 5  denial involves arguing that it’s too late to solve the problem, so we shouldn’t bother trying (though few climate contrarians have reached this level). Unfortunately this stage can be self-fulfilling. 

Climate Crisis

  1. Potentially historic deadly early summer heat wave to roast Europe-peaking midweek. I think it could be Climate Crisis, Emergency, Chaos, etc.
  2. Canadian Forces Hard Pressed to support Climate Crisis. All militaries in the World have been preparing for this for 15 yrs or more. For more on this read the book Climate Wars by Gwynne Dyer or listen here to a radio version
  3. UN expert says human rights may not survive crisis. When times get tough, people complain, then it escalates to civil unrest. Then the jackboots come out.

Financial

  1. International markets are roiling these days. Hard to find something that is not a rehash of other stuff. Forget China – it’s America’s own economic system that’s

Food/Water/Health

  1. Insane Trade and climate crisis. ‘Cause its nuts. Best option buy local.
  2. Short video on the insanity. And the fact sheet for it.
  3. Huge Aquifer found off US north east coast. Buys some time.

Peak Oil/Energy

  1. The Strait of Hormuz is the world’s most important oil transit chokepoint. This becomes extremely important as the 3 Savage Monkeys, plan Irans capitulation. BTW, Not going to happen without a severe kick in the cojones to the West.
  2. Venezuelas Collapse is a window into how the Oil age will unravel. Peak Oil is not that we will completely run out of oil, its that the oil that is left is hard and expensive to get.

6. Society (ills)

  1. One third of Americans would support a preemptive nuclear strike against North Korea, researchers say. WTF?! Just imagine if the North Koreans actually did something? So who next Iran?, Turkey?, Pakistan? Russia?, China? A country doesn’t do what the US wants….Just nuke’m that’ll fix it. The sad reality is that this bellicose behaviour is when times are supposedly good in the US (unemployment, stock market, Pollyanna living). It doesn’t take a big forward thinking leap to see how this unravels as the Emerging Mega trends (US financial system erodes, food scarcity becomes an issue or oil is not available) will push the Isolated States of America to more dramatic chest thumping with its first diplomatic option, threat of nuclear obliteration. Until one day they do it. Then what? It’s simply tied up with a bow and ends nicely? Not a chance.
  2. Pence dances on the topic of Climate change. He is robot with a random sound bite generator that spews forth an endless barrage of meaningless drivel. Either that or he is simply a bag of shit with lips.
  3. US military is completely out of control. Its the tail wagging the dog. There is simply so much money available for corruption that its….. wait for it….. corrupt beyond anyone’s wildest nightmares.

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