Month: Aug 2019

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

August 13, 2019

“People have only two modes of operation: complacency and panic.” ~ James Schlesinger

Similar to what we are experiencing with the climate crisis, things don’t just change overnight, there is a roller coaster response to an action, be it finance, peak oil or biosphere collapse (its Emerging Mega Trends. And they all appear to be coming clearer in sight now). The norm suddenly becomes less predictable. Sometimes you are in it and you don’t notice it as it’s happening. Until you are really in the middle of it. A few yell loudly in warning and are discounted as wack jobs. (think of Steve Eisman whose predictions prior to the market crash of 2019 was the basis of the movie The Big Short).

Most is predictable through numbers (ie science), but heck that’s complicated and requires more than a bumper sticker of thought. Or it can be hidden in a large steaming pile of nonsense that is economic theory eg. infinite growth on a finite planet.

Watching the financial markets unravel as they have been this past couple weeks is a case in point. This isn’t the end of something, its the beginning of less certainty. The economic experiment that has been underway for 40 years is just that, an experiment. Even the most sage observers can’t agree on whats going to happen. But its changing and it will be extremely painful for the world, simply because we will not be able to spend our way out of the massive debt the world has taken on. As the roller coaster happens in front of us, watch and listen as the panicked leaders pull out all the stops to correct it back to “normal”. Does anyone know what normal looks like anymore? It isn’t Leave it to Beaver World, I suspect.

The impending “wall of worry” now includes: the trade war(s), Brexit, China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Kashmir, North Korea, South China Sea, Turkey, and Venezuela. There’s others, just not so front and centre.

If you only read one thing on this page

Climate Crisis (ecocide)

  1. Sea Level Rise

Financial (roller coaster)

  1. an uncharted economic abyss
  2. The Bull is dying

Food/Water/Health

  1. Fall army worm infestation in China Lots to watch in China these days: 25% pig herds gone, this army worm thing, Hong Kong, South China Sea, banks needing bailouts, Cheeto Von Tweeto.
  2. Its raining plastic!
  3. Chemicals and modern agriculture-BAD!

Society (moving forward)

Confronting carbon: Here’s what it would take for Canada to meet its climate targets. Hint? It will mean a serious disruption to our existing way of life.

This is coming way faster than you think.
https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/confronting-carbon/

Whats better?? staying on course ? life as usual?, fuck everyone else I deserve it? Handing off a shit bucket to your kids and grand kids?

This is what it comes down to. Either we change or you had better start making excuse for your kids. Start with this coming Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Look at them and start your excuses.

Or just be complacent, till you can’t.