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António Turiel
Había pensado inicialmente titular este post “Causas y consecuencias de la victoria de Donald Trump en las presidenciales estadounidenses: la perspectiva energética”, para dar una cierta continuidad a los posts que en su día escribí sobre Grecia y el Reino Unido. Sin embargo, creo que será más interesante hacer que este artículo verse sobre un fenómeno de alcance mucho más global. Pero antes de pasar a esa escala, analicemos qué ha sucedido en EE.UU.

Como saben, el candidato republicano Donald Trump ha ganado las elecciones presidenciales de 2016 en los EE.UU., pasando muy por delante de la candidata demócrata Hillary Clinton. La victoria es tan abultada (a la hora que esto escribo, Trump se asegura 290 de los votos electorales, frente a los 228 se su contrincante, aunque el porcentaje de voto sea muy similar y de hecho ligeramente mayor para Clinton) que parece mentira que no se reflejara en las encuestas. La campaña electoral ha sido terriblemente atípica: la nominación de Trump fue ya sorpresiva y levantó ampollas, pero la victoria en las primarias del tupé más famoso del mundo después del de Tintín fue clara. Sin embargo, en las últimas semanas la campaña se había vuelto auténticamente esperpéntica, con muchos episodios de guerra sucia. Por el lado de Trump, se aireó convenientemente comentarios del Sr. Trump de hace más de 10 años, comentarios tremendamente desagradables y denigrantes pero que eran bien conocidos (se grabaron en un programa de radio, aunque no fueran emitidos); por el lado de Clinton, los problemas asociados a la filtración de sus emails y algunos wikileaks comprometedores, que mostraban una personalidad prepotente y con ciertos rasgos psicopáticos. A pesar de la enorme asimetría entre unas y otras acusaciones (que Trump es un grosero y un zafio, aparte de un ególatra, es algo conocido desde el principio, en tanto que las acusaciones sobre Clinton eran mucho más graves y fundadas), muchas voces en el partido republicano presionaron para que Trump renunciara, e incluso aceptaban la inevitable derrota frente a Clinton. Dada la negativa de éste a renunciar, las encuestas de los principales medios anunciaban una holgada victoria de la Clinton, que al final se ha acabado convirtiendo en una holgada derrota. ¿Qué ha pasado aquí?

A posteriori el análisis es simple, pues el fenómeno lleva meses de recorrido y quién ha querido verlo lo había visto desde hacía mucho tiempo (vean, por ejemplo, este lúcido análisis de John Michael Greer de enero pasado).  La cosa parece clara: la mayoría de los trabajadores de los EE.UU. no se están beneficiando de la tan cacareada recuperación económica, sino más bien al contrario: cada vez viven peor, con menos dinero y más penuria, y la amenaza constante de quedarse en el paro. De manera machacona los medios de comunicación repiten las consignas que recogen los puntos de vista de la élite del país, que allí como aquí culpabilizan a los excluidos por su exclusión mientras venden una fantasía según la cual los bravos y decididos “emprenden” y que si no nadas en la abundancia es culpa tuya. Tal sermón de los rectores de la Santa Iglesia del Perpetuo Crecimiento acaba siendo insultante para las humildes y honradas gentes que viven en el mundo real y trabajan de sol a sol para vivir en la frontera de la indigencia, cuando no por debajo de ella. Sobre todo porque, a la vista de todos, las élites se corrompen y aceptan favores, a cambio de desviar fondos públicos (fruto directo e indirecto del sudor de los trabajadores) para apuntalar grandes empresas que generan poco empleo y para pagar retribuciones obscenas a sus cuadros directivos, los cuales a menudo nutren y se nutren de la élite política. Y toda esa corrupción y desvíos de fondos pasa allí como pasa aquí, y en realidad en todo el mundo occidental. Así que la gran masa de trabajadores siente cada vez más resentimiento con unas élites cada vez más insensibles con su sufrimiento, y al final deciden optar por salirse de las opciones preestablecidas: en vez de optar por el mal A o el mal B, deciden escoger el mal C, que al igual que el A o el B será malo para ellos (lo cual no es novedad) pero también lo será para las élites, y ahí reside su atractivo. Si los votantes de EE.UU. han preferido a Donald Trump no es porque sean mayoritariamente misóginos o xenófobos; muchos lo serán, sin duda, pero lo que les atrae del discurso demagógico del Sr. Trump es la promesa de un futuro mejor; como mínimo, si no porque les dé algo mejor a ellos, porque les promete algo peor para las élites.

No cabe esperar que el Sr. Trump vaya a hacer algo significativamente diferente a lo que han hecho sus predecesores, entre otras cosas porque todo el entramado de poder de las élites no permite implementar fácilmente cambios sustanciales. En añadidura, la gran crisis global que lleva ya muchos meses gestándose acabará de explotar durante su mandato y su capacidad de maniobra será reducida, y bastante tendrá con evitar que la implosión económica se le lleve por delante. Donald Trump es tan sólo el síntoma de la enfermedad, y no su cura. Una enfermedad simple y comprensible: las clases trabajadoras se sienten cada vez menos representadas y más traicionadas por las élites tanto políticas como económicas. Y en tanto que los sistemas políticos occidentales continúen siendo democráticos es previsible una cada vez mayor desafección de las clases populares respecto al discurso y los intereses de la élite, y que vayan optando por opciones de voto cada vez más radicales y previsiblemente populistas.

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Collapse of Industrial Civilization

80% of the world’s productive agricultural land is in river deltas which are vulnerable to flooding from storm and tidal surges as well as salt penetration inland –as much as 20 km in some cases. Just 1 meter(3.28ft) of sea level rise(SLR) would threaten one third of this food-producing land and render nearly all the barrier islands of the world uninhabitable. (Overly-)Conservative estimates from the IPCC in 2013 predicted 1m of SLR rise by 2100, but the last two decades have seen global sea level increase more than twice as fast as it did in the 20th Century and only recently have scientists realized the true rate of SLR has been grossly underestimated(here and here). James Hansen (et al) has argued all along that 5 meters of sea level rise by the end of the century is possible, taking decades to happen rather than centuries. They conclude that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates. The last time CO2 levels were at 400ppm was during the Pliocene Era when sea level was 5 to 40m higher (16-131ft); unfortunately, Earth is warming 50 times faster than when it comes out of an ice age. Professor Harold R. Wanless who has studied the geologic sedimentary record says that we are in for a nasty surprise within this century:

Most of the models projecting future sea level rise assume a gradual acceleration of sea level rise through this century and beyond as ice melt gradually accelerates. Our knowledge of how sea level rose out of the past ice age paints a very different picture of sea level response to climate change. At the depth of the last ice age, about 18,000 years ago, sea level was some 420 feet below present level as ice was taken up by large continental ice sheets. Subsequent ice melt was not a gradual acceleration and then deceleration process. Rather it was a series of very rapid pulses of sea level rise followed by pauses. These rapid pulses of rise, from three to thirty feet, were fast enough to leave drowned reefs, sandy barrier islands, tidal inlet deltas, and other coastal deposits abandoned across the continental shelf. That is what happens when climate change warms enough to destabilize some ice sheet sector. It rapidly disintegrates, resulting in a rapid rise.

We are already witnessing the demise of the Great Barrier Reef, the oldest and largest living organism on the planet, which continues to suffer the lethal effects of a warming and acidifying ocean. We’ve destroyed the planet’s air conditioner in the Arctic and set the stage for an impending Blue Ocean Event where 24 hours a day of summer sunlight penetrating the uncovered dark Arctic waters will create another tipping point for runaway climate change. The Arctic climate is changing so fast science can barely keep track of what’s happening or predict global consequences. On top of this, nature’s carbon sinks have been severely weakened over the last few centuries, hindering the ability of the planet to absorb ever-increasing greenhouse gases. And these things are happening before a large destructive pulse of SLR hits the planet.

History has proven considerably worse than the Club of Rome’s projections. The original report made only passing reference to some of the most critical environmental problems of today. In response to this, the Stockholm Resilience Centre identified a set of nine ecological processes regulating land/ocean/atmosphere and their accompanying boundaries within which humans must stay to avoid biospheric collapse. In 2015, researchers found that four of these planetary boundaries had already been breached: biodiversity loss, damage to phosphorous and nitrogen cycles, climate change and land use. None of these critical boundaries were picked up by the original Limits to Growth report. We have destroyed the stability of the Holocene Epoch and continue to wreak havoc with every passing day. In other words, there are many other environmental crises too numerous to list that are coming to a head, and catastrophic sea level rise is just the icing on the burned cake. The last time Earth had such a disruptive species, cyanobacteria altered the atmosphere and killed off all the anaerobic life forms including itself. Ironically, oxygen was the byproduct of the cyanobacteria that proved lethal to those ancient lifeforms and paved the way for the rise of photosynthetic organisms. The cyanobacteria had a 500 million year run, but modern man has only been around for 0.01% of that time. Our large brain has made it possible for us to destroy ourselves in record time.

Global warming is happening 5,000 times faster than a major food source can adapt. As the global monoculture food system breaks down and leaves vulnerable Third World countries to fend for themselves, I expect the last remaining vertebrates to be hunted to extinction in short order while wealthy nations carry out land grabs in an effort to keep their citizens fed. Humans are pushing all other life off the planet; the ‘Sixth Mass Extinction’ is not a metaphor.

So you would think that these stark facts laid out before us would be causing panic in the global markets and seats of power around the world because, clearly, no one is safe from this unfolding apocalypse. In what many call the ‘most powerful nation on Earth’, surely a leader must be on the verge of taking the helm of this sinking ship. In any rational world, they would be compelled to battle this planetary emergency with the war-time urgency it demands. In the election year of 2016 there are only two prospects in our corporatocracy, one of whom is so frightening that hundreds of the world’s scientists felt compelled to issue a warning against his possible election. The other candidate seems much more palatable on the surface, but her record and recent emails illustrate just how tortured her positions are on environmental issues. Anyone who has studied the numerous practices that make modern civilization truly unsustainable, the depths of corruption and waste in its global socio-economic system, and how predatory one has to be in order to survive and “succeed’ in it realizes in the end that it wouldn’t matter much who fills that figurehead position. Toeing the line of the dominant culture is a prerequisite for the job. That’s one reason why nations are building walls in response to climate change refugees and putting faith in unproven and unrealistic techno-fixes to save themselves while at the same time drilling for new oil, financing new coal plants, allowing climate goals for corporations to add up to only a quarter of the amount needed to limit warming to 2°C, and giving the shipping industry a pass on curbing its emissions(if shipping was a country it would be the world’s 8th biggest carbon polluter).

Meanwhile, CO2 levels continue to climb at breakneck speed and recent paleoclimate research indicates today’s greenhouse gas levels could eventually result in up to 7°C of warming. We already have no carbon budget left for a 1.5°C warming limit from 2017 onwards. We’re betting our species’ future on vaporware, and no country on Earth is taking the 2°C climate target seriously. Celebrity breakups get more attention than real threats to the continuation of our species. Apocalypse tourism has become a ‘thing’.

The biosphere is collapsing under the weight of 7.5 billion people living off the combustion of a one time endowment of ancient carbon energy, from the factory-farmed produce they eat to the petroleum-based medical supplies that keep them alive. And global population growth may be accelerating at an even greater rate than recent predictions. As Germany has shown, “renewable energies” are nothing more than ‘fossil fuel extenders’ still wedded to fossil-fueled extraction processes for the production and maintenance of those technologies. It’s a shell game of sorts. Industrialized countries will say their carbon footprint has gone down without telling you they’ve moved their dirty industrial operations to Third World countries. Developing countries will make promises of “green growth” while their state-owned banks and companies expand fossil fuel production overseas. We’ve been fooling ourselves for a very long time about what is truly sustainable and will continue to do so as the system falls apart, geoengineering fixes are applied, interstellar space colonization fantasies are dreamed up, and wars are fought for what remains. Humans have constructed a reality incompatible with the well-being of the natural world and the stability of the biosphere, but we won’t be able to escape the rules of physics, chemistry, and biology. We’ve spent generations making the bed we’re going to be lying in, never realizing it’s also our death bed. Time is not on our side.

Most are not listening and our leaders are misleading, so it bears repeating: ‘The Oil Age’ made us all confident idiots with short attention spans. To both candidates: runaway, catastrophic climate change resulting in loss of habitat and mass starvation is our biggest threat.

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Jorge Riechmann

canibalismo del futuro

Uno de los aspectos más problemáticos e impresionantes de la cultura dominante, que hoy prevalece a escala global, es la ruptura del contrato intergeneracional. En ninguna otra sociedad, a lo largo de esa historia de Homo sapiens que dura más de ciento cincuenta mil años, ha existido este canibalismo de la generación actual respecto a la de los hijos, los nietos y más allá. Se trata de una “dictadura del presente a costa del futuro”, sobre la que insiste, con razón, Harald Welzer: “La cultura del TODO SIEMPRE consume el futuro de quienes han tenido la mala suerte de nacer después que usted”.[1] Sin duda que esto tiene que ver con el proceso de individualización anómica que caracteriza a la Modernidad euro-occidental y con el desarrollo de una estructura productivista-consumista con rasgos totalitarios: pero saberlo no hace que disminuya la gravedad del problema.

¿No sería posible apelar al amor maternal y paternal para frenar la destrucción del mundo? Si hubo por ejemplo un movimiento de Madres Contra la Droga que se rebelaba contra el futuro carcomido que se estaba preparando para los hijos e hijas, ¿no cabría hoy impulsar un movimiento de Madres y Padres Contra el Apocalipsis Climático y la Devastación Ecológico-Social? ¿Qué sentido tiene que todos esos seres humanos que se reproducen hagan toda clase de sacrificios para proporcionar a sus vástagos la mejor educación posible, y al mismo tiempo sean tan ciegos a cómo estamos minando la base natural de cualquier posibilidad de vida buena –e incluso e vida a secas- para las generaciones venideras?

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respuestas extraordinarias

“Pero ¿en qué mundo vives? ¿Cómo vas a pedir a la gente que renuncie voluntariamente a una parte de sus privilegios –basados en la destrucción del mundo y la destrucción del futuro? ¿Cuándo, en la historia humana, se ha visto que una elite –y los habitantes de los países enriquecidos somos eso, una elite- cuándo se ha visto que una elite se despojara a sí misma de una parte de sus prerrogativas?” Tienes razón, estoy pidiendo algo insólito e inaudito. Pero si nos encontramos en una situación que no tiene precedentes en los doscientos mil años de historia de Homo sapiens –y por eso empleamos términos como Antropoceno-, ¿no debemos exigirnos precisamente conductas improbables, inesperadas e insólitas? Confrontados a lo totalmente extraordinario ¿seremos capaces de respuestas fuera de lo ordinario?

Bernie Suarez

Think of it from the point of view of ISIS fighters: the bosses who gave you your guns, supplies and are looking out for your safety will tell you what to do next and you will listen. Doesn’t that logic sequence make sense from the point of view of an ISIS fighter? ISIS fighters only do what they are told just like any small gang would. For any individual fighter to act on his own outside of the mission of the group could and eventually would be detrimental to the group. The media is constantly playing the “ISIS is so rich and powerful” card to get you to believe that they can buy themselves out of being tracked, captured, defeated, dismantled and done away with. I’ve been discussing the mainstream media “ISIS is god” psyop marketing campaign for several years now. In the famous words of Obama’s former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel:

Oh this is beyond anything that we’ve seen!

 Timing is something I always emphasize when it comes to analyzing government psyops, false flags and staged events. It’s one of those components of reality that even the bad guys can’t help themselves but to reveal. It’s up to the astute truth-seeking observer to notice the timing of these stories and include the meaningfulness of this timing to the rest of the story. Anyone paying attention can see that ISIS stories essentially disappeared from the mainstream media news during the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. But following this past weekend’s Olympic closing ceremonies all of a sudden bizarre ISIS stories are surfacing everywhere. Here are just a few recent stories that either involve ISIS or imply ISIS. Either way the stories serve the same purpose – to ratchet up fear as we approach the 15th anniversary of September 11th:

1- All of a sudden (we’re told) that ISIS released a “dramatic 10-second video” as “proof” that supposed hostage “Kayla Mueller” was in their custody in 2013 after being captured in Syria. The human interest component of the story (lending suspicion that this is State propaganda) is as usual over-the-top. (key words in bold)

A dramatic 10-second video released this week by aid worker Kayla Mueller’s family showed the woman pleading for help shortly after Islamic State fighters kidnapped her in Syria in 2013.The brief clip served as her proof-of-life video. U.S. officials confirmed last year she was killed. The cause of her death remains murky, though ISIS claimed a Jordanian airstrike killed her.

“My name is Kayla Mueller… I need your help,” she was reported as saying in the video. “I’ve been here too long, and I’ve been very sick. It’s, it’s very terrifying here.

With this one “brief clip” which you can watch here a fresh new psyop story has been launched on the consciousness of the masses who believe this type of US government State propaganda. To bring it home you then have to offer the “solution.”

Mueller’s parents live in Prescott, Arizona. Speaking to ABC News, her father, Carl, described seeing the video for the first time. “You just go into almost a catatonic state, I think. You can’t even stand up.” Her mother, Marsha, added, “It broke my heart, but I also saw her strength.”

Carl Mueller told The Arizona Republic last June the U.S. needed to take military action against ISIS, and that there seemed to be no repercussions for hurting Americans.

They need to take forceful action against these people,” he said. “They need to know if you kidnap Americans, you are going to die. Right now, they’re given a free pass.”

Conclusion? Or should I say, translation? We need to get out there and kick some butt with some real military action against ISIS. Let’s do it!

Stories like these have replaced the 1950s-style billboards warning us about the “evil Soviets” or how we need to “stop communism.” The difference today is that you can release a 10-second video-clip sold as “reality” news and get a more powerful and broad reaction from the people. The days of relying on politically based propagandized illustrations and billboards to get the message across are long gone. This is a sample of modern-day information warfare at its best.

2- I documented another bizarre story this past week where a hoax ISIS scaremongering event was staged in Prague by a character who seems to have arrived on the scene just a few years ago. Martin Konvicka, a radical anti-Islam anti-immigration “activist” along with his followers staged an oddly realistic “ISIS attack” on the people of Prague causing panic in the streets. His history as an anti-Islam activist (again, timing) seems to have kicked off in 2014, right as ISIS was rolled out to the American public consciousness. Coincidence? You decide.

3- And in even odder story ironically also staged in Prague this week, though not directly attributed to ISIS (yet) but the story subliminally suggests ISIS, an “armed” mystery man was arrested “trying to infiltrate German Chancellor’s motorcade“:

A feared assassination attempt on German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly been foiled in Prague.

Czech police halted an armed man in his car as he allegedly tried to join Merkel’s motorcade during her visit to the capital.

Local reports claim that officers found a baton, a canister of tear gas, cement blocks, and handcuffs in the man’s black 4×4 Mercedes.

“The perpetrator has been detained,” police spokesman Josef Bocan said.

“He is suspected of attempting to cause a crime – specifically an attempt to use violence against an official.”

“Thanks to the professional actions of officers, Angela Merkel’s life was not in danger.

“The incident is currently being investigated by Prague detectives.”

This odd story is an example of the power of propaganda. Without the article stating that ISIS is responsible for this supposed “assassination attempt” the reader is left thinking “ISIS?” and personally I believe this is the intended effect. After all, who else would be caught in this lead-up to the 15th 9/11 anniversary of September 11th globalist terrorist attack on America, in broad daylight mind you, with a baton, tear gas, cement blocks and handcuffs in their car?

In summary, the point is that with the Olympics now done and with the 15th anniversary of 9/11 right around the corner, on cue the ruling elite are ratcheting up the fear and anticipation of ISIS likely for an upcoming big event for which they will blame “ISIS.” Or perhaps it will be a big event that they will use to blame Russia, Syria, Iran or one of the other nation states that have said no to the Western central bankers so they can justify the start of WW3. Either way ISIS will be at the center of this as the propaganda is now building up suggesting that Syria and Russia are attacking the “rebels” who are trying to supposedly attack ISIS.

Let’s face it, we’re coming up on ISIS season (just like they are stirring up the pot for a big Zika virus psyop likely coming this fall) and the recent bizarre stories are just the tip of the iceberg for what they are planning.

It’s time to get familiar with the script:

A. They float out many smaller stories; then they

B. psychologically build you up to the big event.

Let’s prepare for this psyop script and find ways to expose their agenda and their fake and sponsored terrorism without which there is no hope for the new global order they want so desperately.

Thankfully, there’s nothing the ruling elite can do to obscure the revealed knowledge we have about who created, armed and trained ISIS. We can also see for two solid years that the US is not interested in finishing off ISIS. We’ve also observed for two full years that their mainstream media just wants to glorify ISIS and make you think that ISIS is always getting bigger, stronger and scarier. This apparently is the latest memo they (the MSM) has received. The propaganda ammo is flying and the American people’s minds are the targets. Build up ISIS 2014-style and prepare the masses for what is coming.

Gail Tverberg

The Peak Oil story got some things right. Back in 1998, Colin Campbell and Jean Laherrère wrote an article published in Scientific American called, “The End of Cheap Oil.” In it they said:

Our analysis of the discovery and production of oil fields around the world suggests that within the next decade, the supply of conventional oil will be unable to keep up with demand.

There is no single definition for conventional oil. According to one view, conventional oil is oil that can be extracted by conventional methods. Another holds it to be oil that can be extracted inexpensively. Other authors list specific types of oil that require specialized techniques, such as very heavy oil and oil from shale formations, that are considered unconventional.

Figure 1 shows the growth in unconventional oil supply for three parts of the world:

  1. Oil from shale formations in the US.
  2. Oil from the Oil Sands in Canada.
  3. Oil characterized as unconventional in China, in a recent academic paper of which I was a co-author. (Temporarily available for free here.)
Figure 1. Approximate unconventional oil production in the United States, Canada, and China. US amounts estimated from EIA data; Canadian amounts from CAPP.

Figure 1. Approximate unconventional oil production in the United States, Canada, and China. US amounts estimated from EIA data; Canadian amounts from CAPP. Oil prices are yearly average Brent oil prices in $2015, from BP 2016 Statistical Review of World Energy.

Oil prices in 1998, which is when the above quote was written, were very low, averaging $12.72 per barrel in money of the day–equivalent to $18.49 per barrel in 2015 dollars. From the view of the authors, even today’s oil prices in the low $40s per barrel would be quite high. Since the above chart shows only yearly average prices, it doesn’t really show how high prices rose in 2008, or how low they fell that same year. But even when oil prices fell very low in December 2008, they remained well above $18.49 per barrel.

Clearly, if oil prices briefly exceeded six times 1998 prices in 2008, and remained in the range of six times 1998 prices in the 2011 to 2013 period, companies had an incentive to use techniques that were much higher-cost than those used in the 1998 time-period. If we subtract from total crude oil production only the production of the three types of unconventional oil shown in Figure 1, we find that a bumpy plateau of conventional oil started in 2005. In fact, conventional oil production in 2005 is slightly higher than the later values.

Figure 2. World conventional crude oil production, if our definition of unconventional is defined as in Figure 1.

Figure 2. World conventional crude oil production, if our definition of unconventional is defined as in Figure 1.

I would argue that far more crude oil production was enabled by high oil prices than I subtracted out in Figure 2. For example, Daqing Oil Field in China is a conventional oil field, but greater extraction has been enabled in recent years by polymer flooding and other advanced (and thus, high-cost) techniques. In the academic paper referenced earlier, we found that the amount of unconventional oil extracted in China in 2014 would be increased by about 55%, if we broadened the definition of unconventional oil to include oil made available by polymer flooding in Daqing, plus some other types of Chinese oil extraction that became more feasible because of higher prices.

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Richard Heinberg

Movie buffs will recognize this title as the most memorable line from “A Few Good Men” (1992), spoken by the character Colonel Jessep, played by Jack Nicholson (“You can’t handle the truth!” is #29 in the American Film Institute’s list of 100 top movie quotes).

I hereby propose it as the subtext of the recently concluded Republican and Democratic national conventions.

At this point most people appear to know that something is terribly, terribly wrong in the United States of America. But like the proverbial blind man describing the elephant, Americans tend to characterize the problem according to their economic status, their education and interests, and the way that the problem is impacting their peer group. So we hear that the biggest crisis facing America today is:

  • Corruption
  • Immigration
  • Economic inequality
  • Climate change
  • Lack of respect for law enforcement
  • Institutionalized racism
  • Islamic terrorism
  • The greed and recklessness of Wall Street banks
  • Those damned far-right Republicans
  • Those damned liberal Democrats
  • Political polarization

The list could easily be lengthened, but you get the drift. Pick your devil and prepare to get really, really angry at it.

In reality, these are all symptoms of an entirely foreseeable systemic crisis. The basic outlines of that crisis were traced over 40 years ago in a book titled The Limits to Growth. Today we are hitting the limits of net energy, environmental pollution, and debt, and the experience is uncomfortable for just about everyone. The solution that’s being proposed by our political leaders? Find someone to blame.

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Economies of Scale

In Megacancer

 

As energy becomes more scarce and there is upward pressure on product price, corporations will try to compensate with increases in economies of scale and larger market share. For economies of scale to reap its full rewards, globalization is necessary for selling product into world-wide markets. This all makes sense for the few wealthy owners of the mega retailers {Amazon, Wal-Mart), corporations (GE), banks (HSBC) , manufacturers, and media. Their goal is to equip large factories with the latest in automation or low paid workers and essentially put less efficient producers out of business, taking their market share and using it to pay for their capital investment. The end result is a relatively small elite owning most of the “business” and its capital and many unemployed human RNA, expected to take advantage of the resultant marginally lower-cost items even though they no longer have income.

At some point, those that are excluded from the benefits of globalization because they’ve lost they’re incomes or have been downgraded, have thoughts of escaping the economy that fails to support them. Some will want to set up their own solar electricity production, grow their own food, collect their own water, but this runs counter to globalization and the need to spread the cost amongst many consumers. It’s likely that legislatures, captured by globalists will eventually pass laws to prohibit opting our of the “market”. You may eventually be imprisoned in BAU until it’s too late to escape it. Economies of scale investments go broke if their market share is falling. Are the massive investments made by the energy corporations falling because the “market” can no longer afford to support the investment? Why do people want to reverse globalization and the pursuit of economies of scale? Perhaps there is no longer enough net energy being produced to support those thrown from the old production lines, even though the wealthy are doing fabulously well with their large, internationalized corporations that continue to take market share from smaller, less efficient producers.

The current desire to reverse globalization in the face of decreasing net energy and bring the jobs home means that the prices of many products will go up on a per unit basis and therefore the jobs that are imagined to come home will be lost anyway. The products are only viable if they can be sold globally using massive factories at low cost. Already new technology and globalization is losing the race with decreasing net energy. The economies of scale will disappear as incomes decrease and product cannot be sold, even product produced from a globalized, highly automated corporation.

To back away from globalization probably means collapse as many products can only be produced on a globalized scale. To continue globalization in the face of falling net energy results in a huge pool of people without jobs and no means to purchase the “economies of scale” product. Prior to collapse, those owning and running the multinational corporations will likely own most everything, at least before the entire thing collapses by shrinkage of markets and/or net energy.

 

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Economies of scale at work on a North Carolina turkey farm. On Thanksgiving Day we thank God for making humans special {systematic} so we could devise ways to consume and enslave the ecosystem, like these turkeys. But these aren’t the only turkeys. Humans are in some cases just as packed into their little cells, their lives run by clocks, and rewarded with the next shovel-full of crap to be thrown into the trough. I wonder if humans will ever be genetically modified  to work within their cellular/factory environments more pacifically and efficiently. We humans seem to be putting on weight in our enclosures, not unlike the incarcerated livestock we eat.

O jornalista e actor Richard Gutjahr, justamente célebre por ter sido a única testemunha com suficiente presença de espírito (e sangue frio!) para virar o telemóvel ao contrário e filmar o ataque do camião-assassino de Nice, conseguiu a proeza de se encontrar também no local do incidente em Munique. Agora vão ver com quem o senhor é casado, que eu não estou para vos fazer a papinha toda, e maravilhem-se com mais uma coincidência.

Que nenhum grande “órgão de informação” mencione tais coincidências é, como facilmente se conclui, apenas mais uma coincidência. Tal como coincidência não pode deixar de ser que hórridos e sanguinolentos ataques em locais públicos, onde se encontram centenas ou milhares de farristas anónimos, nunca nos nos sejam mostrados em mais do que duas ou três filmagens esbatidas e confusas, aparentemente efectuadas com telemóveis made in 2001. (É muito provável, porém, que esta última circunstância não seja coincidência, mas simplesmente uma prova de que Ipods e afins não andam tão generalizados como se julgava e pretendia fazer crer, e que a esmagadora maioria dos jovens e não jovens de hoje – nos EUA como em França – ainda prefere, como eu, a velha tecnologia dos telemóveis que nem fotos tiram.)
Muito mais fácil de explicar é que também as câmaras de vigilância instaladas actualmente um pouco por todo o lado nunca revelem nada de nada: puro azar. O que, por sua vez, só nos pode levar a concluir que a suposta ubiquidade de tais câmaras, tal como a dos Ipods, não passa de um mito. Não, senhores, não há câmaras a mais nem excesso de vigilância, e muito menos se nota qualquer sinal de galopante deriva totalitária, como sugerem alguns conspiranóicos. O que há é justamente o contrário! Se de algo precisamos, como estes tipo de acontecimentos torna claro, é de mais câmaras de vigilância, não menos, e também de mais polícia nas ruas (melhor ainda,forças militares) e, em suma, de um estado de emergência permanente! Só assim teremos segurança, só assim poderemos derrotar os terroristas, esses dejectos da civilização, que invejam a nossa liberdade e nos querem matar a todos.

Mas o mais deplorável neste tipo de coincidências, puramente fortuitas e sempre passíveis de explicação racional, é que elas acabam por alimentar as ruminações de teóricos da conspiração e outros lunáticos semi-paranóicos. Personagens que, escusado é dizer, acabam por se tornar cúmplices dos terroristas, e que por isso talvez não fosse má ideia começar a perseguir judicialmente, pois é absurdíssimo que estes inimigos da democracia se aproveitam das vastas liberdades que esta nos concede para divulgarem teorias falsas e caluniosas, que representam não só uma ofensa à inteligência de qualquer cidadão, mas também um ataque à paz social, à própria democracia e, enfim, a tudo o que há de mais sagrado para nós, cidadãos do mundo livre.

Perspectivas do Colapso

End_of_More (@End_of_More) says: October 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm

In a non expansionist society (such as existed up to the late 1700s), 95% of the able bodied man/woman power provides the actual workforce. They (plus draught animals) supply the necessary muscle effort to keep the monarchy, aristocracy and clergy in idleness. In times of military threat, they might also sustain an army and navy for a short time. It was an energy system that sustained itself over millennia, one way or another. The aristocracy held their position usually by force of ancestral arms, from maybe 500 years previously. People ‘’accepted’’ this as divine intention—unchanging and unchangeable. The rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate—etc etc. The poor man, slave, serf, peasant, (whatever), converted the energy output of the land into grain, meat, cloth, timber and minerals, and accepted a pittance for the privilege of doing so. It was just enough to keep him alive, Old age and ill health were unsustainable, so if you didn’t work you eventually died. The system didn’t provide enough surplus energy to sustain any other kind of infrastructure. No pensions, no healthcare, no child support. Apart from the odd revolution and head rolling, it was life as it was eternally pre-ordained to be.
Then some idiot went and lit a fire under a viable steam engine. From that point on, the non-expansionist society changed to an expansionist one. How? Because more and more people could afford more and more of the products resulting from access to increasing volumes of hydrocarbon fuels. Instead of the cost of a bolt of cloth being fixed by the hours needed to make it by one individual on a hand loom, the steam engine powered hundreds of looms and cloth became cheap in real (ie energy defined) terms. As did everything else.

Over the last 250 years expansionism has kicked off in every direction, and everything has become cheaper in real terms, but only so long as cheap energy has been available to pay for it. Over that period the effective cost of energy was always less than the goods that could be bought with it. Which is the only way an expansionist society can function and sustain itself.
In a non-expansionist society, the cost of energy is in equilibrium with the goods and services it helps to produce. Which is where we are heading right now.
Our 250 years of expansionism is coming to and end, but few know it, and even fewer accept it. We expect to continue to burn fuel at a rate that buys us cheap goods, (or heat, light and aircon—same thing). We are now regressing back to non-expansion, where actual energy use balances work output.
So this is the ultimate problem with electricity supply: the cost of it is beginning to exceed the benefit we get from it. This is being felt by poorer people first, (as always) and as we regress back from our expansionist system, it will be felt by more and more people further up the ladder of prosperity as the average user gradually becomes aware that its affordability is slipping out of reach.
Which is what I’ve been banging on about in my Book—The End of More http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D0ADPFY

Our fuel-burning infrastructure has been a hydrocarbon super-nova, a bright flash of light that lit up our world, to be followed by a return to darkness

Gail Tverberg says: November 4, 2015 at 1:38 pm

It is hard to imagine that the current situation could go on for more than 6 months or a year without a big problem becoming evident. I suppose that TPTB might be able to keep that big problem from collapsing anything too major for another two or three years, by changing the rules regarding defaults on loans, giving money to individual consumers, and other techniques designed to keep the system going.

I have been surprised with the creativity of those keeping the financial system afloat so far. We can all hope that they will be even more creative this time around.

Van Kent says: February 20, 2016 at 3:25 am

Øyvind, how to solve this predicament of ours? I believe that has been pondered for decades now, By people way smarter then I am, but I see the problem like this;
– We have built a global system that grows or collapses. Everything, including us being alive is based on that system growing ad infinitum. To overthrow this system would require a global “revolution” of billions of people being of like mind.
– A global collapse has never happened like this before. Our species is very stupid concerning things that has not yet happened. We can imagine all sorts of things (think about flying horses, UFO religions etc. etc.) and believe them to be absolutely true. We are utterly incapable of logic and reasoning concerning something that will happen, but has not yet happened.
– Most people know something is wrong. But as long as the ATMs works, cash comes out of the wall, groceries have food in them, the grid is still working, they are not capable of doing any changes in their mental “box”. They will simply refuse to entertain a reality where billions will soon die of starvation and diseases.

For a global revolution to happen, for billions of people to be of like mind, that would require the human brain to be calibrated to reality, which it is not.

I like your way of thinking and respect your will to find “solutions”. But solutions are not possible because our brains work the way they work. What is coming is coming nonetheless, there is nothing we can do to “fix” this.

The only logical thing to do is to plan what you can do, having a checklist of sorts, for today, when SHTF, day 1 of Post-BAU and year 2 of Post-BAU. Build relationships, learn skills, find out who needs what where, how, in what form and how you can get those things without fuel or a working grid. Everything else is more or less a waste of your time, and time is running short. And if you want your brain to be calibrated to reality, then you will have to entertain the idea that whatever you do, you can not control virulent strains, mass migrations of millions or billions of people, lousy weather that causes famines, polluted water supplies, nuclear reactors decaying and becoming time bombs, seas from rising and becoming toxic for life. If all this is agreeable to you, then you have joined the “doomers” who actually have their brains calibrated to reality, despite most people see them as “wackos”.

Fast Eddy says: March 13, 2016 at 4:08 am

A lot of people want more equality in the world…. but ask them to take a 20% cut in their standard of living to make it happen…..

Van Kent says:March 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm

We know there are some war games in the Pentagon. We know they plan to win (whatever winning is). We know they have vast resources. We know it was unususally quiet between 92-01 (like something was being set in motion).

If I was in the Pentagon running NATO/ U.S./ CIA war games I would plan to invade ME when oil was calculated to peak. Nothing else really makes sense. And because we know oil is going to become really expensive, it is just logic to start the fracking boom when oil prices hit a certain mark. To have key trading partners with a strong economy (RE) also makes sense.

As I can see it everything is just about as planned. Everything is just like the war games predicted. Except that right about now, we are in a new territory where nobody predicted we would be. Just about now we are entering something nobody predicted was possible..

Next logical step? What are the war games predicting just about now? I think the next logical step is chaos and mayhem on a scale not seen before (false flags by the dozen) to justify Martial Law. That would be the only logical step for me. Either Martial LAw or an outright WWIII. But having an WWIII is a wee bit dangerous, it might produce outcomes that can´t be predicted.

Fast Eddy says: April 9, 2016 at 3:22 am

The sooner we are gone the better — my only concern is that being the stupid freaks that we are — we have left behind 4000 spent fuel ponds that are likely to poison the planet….

james said: April 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Humans are emotional animals and they all seem emotionally intent upon becoming RICH. This basically means maximizing the amount of dopamine/opioid/serotonin in the brain. They want to do this primarily by using technological tools to ingest and digest the ecosystem and mineral/fuel deposits that have been sequestered beneath it. How rich is rich enough? Well, you can never be too rich because humans, being an hierarchical species, have made getting rich a competitive sport. It seems the richness getting will eventually peak and decline, but not before those with the most intense addictions and able organizations feed upon their own societies and thereby hasten their destruction. In the end, all of the left-over infrastructure for obtaining and distributing wealth won’t provide much in the way of happy brain chemicals and therefore it will worthless.

Some people get rich by promising to make other people rich, mostly politicians or other varieties of shysters or bankers. For instance, mortgage people and real estate professionals enticed many people to buy the biggest house possible with the biggest mortgage possible because the price of housing always goes up. And that’s true until the economy stops growing, people can’t get loans or jobs and then the contraction begins. Then the price of homes always goes down. Zero-percent interest rates have helped for a while, but as the contraction continues no one will take out thirty-year mortgages to pay for oversized homes, because they simply don’t have the money. The medical industry has actually overtaken the housing industry in sucking money out of the middle-class. Neither of these are productive, that is they don’t offer a return of energy or resources for the amount expended. They’re just a fine way to burn-up resources that are becoming more limited every day. Don’t try to make sense of it, it’s an emotional thing with humans, like spending billions of dollars each year on kittie cats and doggies. They’ll find out later that they really couldn’t afford to spend money on any of it, but that’s later, and that will be an emotional thing too.

Norman Pagett says: April 19, 2016 at 2:32 pm

It’s possible to make an inspired guess, but everything hangs on those ratios.

The reason or global industrial infrastructure is starting to creak now, is because we built it on cheap energy (oil at 100:1), but we are trying to keep it running on oil at 20:1, and that ratio is diminishing.
The problem isn’t the availabilty of energy (in whatever form), it’s the energy-cost of getting hold of it.
Unfortunately, the majority of people just look on oil as “oil” , without realizing that we are in a closing vice between the cost of extraction, and our certainty that we can go on using it in profligate ways.
We have come to believe in a cornucopian infinity (let’s make America/China/Russia great again!) and cannot accept that we can no longer afford it. . Everybody wants more.
In simple terms there are too many people wanting a share of the hydrocarbon pie.
In brutal terms, they will fight to the death to get it, because their/our lives depend on it.
This universal attitude destroys the “steady state” theories of Heinberg et al.

Just like a house with a sub prime mortgage, we cannot earn enough to bail ourselves out, no matter how hard we work—because our income—oil, is getting less and less. Using the same analogy: You’re struggling to keep a roof over your head, and somebody offers you a job—but it’s so far away and pays so little, you’d be worse off if you took it because it would drain your already depleted resources.

Where we are now is the world economy being carried on those 20:1 wells. Without that ratio, the Bakken and Athabasca could not function, because the overall world infrastructure couldn’t afford the rig production, transport, basic infrastructure necessary to keep them running on a return of only 6:1. We would need all that industrial output just to maintain a bare living standard, (hospitals, food supplies, roads and so on) and struggling to maintain even that.

And don’t forget to factor in the cost of military oil protection. It has been estimated that the true cost of petrol, including military intervention, could be anything up to $15 a gallon http://www.treehugger.com/fossil-fuels/true-cost-gasoline-closer-15-gallon-video.html . That comes out of taxation. Post BAU–that military protection will cease

So how long will our 20:1 oilwells last? Given that our oil is balanced by Middle East factors, not very long, (Venezuela is already as basket case, and Russia isn’t far behind) Saudi oil might last 20 years, but they are already selling bonds to finance debt. Not a good sign. They are forecast to become oil importers by 2030 (which fits that) http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/markaz/posts/2015/07/02-saudi-energy-subsidies-hino Exactly where those imports will come from is anybody’s guess.

That puts it 15 years from now—but of course the Middle east is already going up in flames, or playing beggar-my-neighbour. Can we expect Saudi/Iraq/Iran to hold together for 15 years? That’s where most of the 20:1 oilwells are. When they go down, we’re on 6:1, and screwed. And our Muslim friends know it.
Maybe we can give that region 5 years—7 at the outside (half of 15). That puts our crossover point (lower than 12:1) into permanent oil deficit/collapse somewhere around 2022. If we’re lucky.
Well—do ya feel lucky?

Stefeun says: June 12, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Yes, that’s something most people don’t understand: it’s ALREADY TOO LATE, the game is over, there won’t be any recovery, no chance to improve the situation.

We’re living under life-support, borrowing from a future that is getting shorter everyday.
I also agree it’s getting more insane by the day, and sometimes wish for this cruel game to stop asap…

Yorchichan says: June 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Gail and others reasoning, as I understand it, goes something like this:

“The financial system is a ponzi scheme in which money is loaned into existence with the expectation it is paid back with interest. Given that money is a claim on future energy, the financial system cannot survive unless the amount of energy being used continues to increase. This is clearly impossible in a finite world and therefore the financial system must collapse. When the financial system collapses the faith in money goes with it and all trade ceases. Without trade BAU is impossible in our interconnected world.”

Norman Pagett says: July 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

I’ll repeat the forecast i made in 2011: that it wasn’t the 2012 election you had to worry about it was the 2016 and 2020. I said then that by 2016 the chaos in the economy was going to give rise to a raving lunatic of some sort–I said it would be someone of the extreme religious right—I was slightly off, but not in my estimate of crazydom. Instead you got Trump, coming out of nowhere, with promises to fill every fantasy of American greatness. And he just might make it to the white house—but Trump or Hillary, it will make little difference.

So what happens next?—remember I said— beware 2020. By then the economy will be in its final tailspin, because world oil cannot go beyond 2030-ish, and the effects of that will be crushing industry and employment well before then, and results will be blindingly obvious
but the herd will still be convinced its a political problem, and neither Hillary or Trump will have delivered anything of consequence.
By 2020 the majority will be prepared to clutch at any straw, and the POTUS candidate then will be promising restoration of law and order, as well as commercial prosperity. In 2020 you can guarantee in will be an extreme theocrat—why? Because nothing else has worked, and the last resort of hope over experience and common sense is invariably prayer.
Your theocratic candidate will promise to use “all means necessary” to restore order, and the American people will vote him into office.
Just like Hitler in 1933 he will proceed to do as he promises. And the mass of people will cheer him on.
This will, by 2022 (guessing) result in the imposition of martial law—with social breakdown you can forget your constitution—
(2022 is that halfway mark between now and the point of zero return on oil extraction, around 2030ish, causing violence to kick off long before we get there)

Already Trump is advocating suppression of the Muslim faith, deportations and so on–and on. Too extreme for now—but in 4 – 6 years when thing start to get really difficult? Then what?—Already millions are cheering him on, because they have nothing else to cheer for. The extreme theocrat of 2020 will find even more people to agree with even harsher extremism.
Already there are 50 million US citizens on food aid. People with full bellies dont start revolutions—what happens when there’s 100 million–or more? We eat oil. there are no alternatives, and oil is disappearing off the menu. The social cracks are already showing, in a nation with the universal right to bear arms, that makes the outcome unpleasant, to say the least.
Hungry people are receptive to promises no matter how bizarre. Trump has already proved that, just like Hitler did.

So by 2022, welcome to your theocratic dictatorship of the extrem religious right, certain that their god put them there with a divine right to rule by his word.. It won’t last long, they never do. But it will be messy while it does last —we have lots of historical comparisons.

Remember the SS belt had Gott mit Unz stamped on the buckle.

 

Stefeun says: July 18, 2016 at 6:40 am
Our planet is now full, and all kinds of diminishing returns are starting to show more of their negative impacts.

If ever we had plenty of cheap energy available now, cold fusion or else, it would simply help us destroy what remains, faster.

We can no longer bring same answers as in the past ; today, prevailing problems are in the too big man-made structure (capital, complexity, …) we must maintain and keep growing, as well as in the wastes, growing inefficiencies and entropy we cannot get rid of.
As shrinking is not an option, the only way out is collapse.

We should try to soften the landing, but even that seems increasingly unlikely, as cooperation and rational actions are becoming more and more difficult to implement as long as the situation worsens.

 

dolph911 says: July 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm

Americanism is the belief that:
– there are no limits in this world; resources, land, money, are infinite, and population can grow infinitely to fill every niche on the planet, and then move into outer space, other planets, other solar systems, other galaxies, until every single corner of the universe is filled with humans
– technology solves all problems; it’s not merely a tool, but technology is the answer to the predicament of humanity itself…all we need is more technology and we all be happy and live forever
– people should, at all times, remain optimistic and young in spirit; to grow old is to die, and this must be staved off using whatever means necessary – just take more medicines, have more procedures and plastic surgeries, and you won’t grow old
– race and religion and class and language and, whatever other differences humans may have, are irrelevant; we will all sing kumbaya under a global, corporate system of infinite progress which will make us all into wealthy consumers

Now everybody in the world has come to believe these things, so it stands to reason that we will all face the consequences of these delusions.

Fast Eddy says: July 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm

I am in a hotel and have tee vee so was watching RT news last night…. they were discussing the refugee problem in Europe — pointing out how not long ago Merkel was saying ‘we need to help these desperate people’ — and they played another clip where she suggested ‘there may be some terrorists among the people let into Europe’

RT appeared to be hinting at some sort of manipulation of the sheeple…. an agenda…. perhaps implying these refugees were purposely let in with the understanding that there would be radicals coming in …

This has something to do with creating an atmosphere of fear and loathing…. could it be the excuse to create the police state required to deal with the end of oil … a way to continue without total chaos for awhile longer without explaining the real reason?

And in the US — we have cops killing innocent people — no charges — no prosecutions… To me this looks like a blatant attempt to provoke the black community. And they have responded as expected…. Will this be used as an excuse for martial law to deal with an economic crisis caused by the end of cheap oil?

The dots are connecting now…. I am seeing through the haze…..

 

Police investigate the scene after a truck plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. France was ravaged by its third attack in two years when a large white truck mowed through revelers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing at dozens of people as it bore down on the crowd for more than a mile along the Riviera city's famed seaside promenade. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)

O camião assassino de Nice acaba de matar 84 (oitenta e quatro) pessoas e ferir 202 (duzentas e duas). Para a eventualidade (remota, eu sei) de o leitor se estar a perguntar como pode estar tão limpinho um camião que acabou de atropelar 286 (duzentas e oitenta e seis!) pessoas, convém esclarecer que em França os camiões são obrigados (tourisme oblige) a ter um sistema automático de auto-limpeza.  Daí que não se veja uma gota de sangue em lado nenhum, nem sequer nos pneus.

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O mesmo se aplica às vítimas e ao asfalto, como o mostra a imagem acima. Não é por acaso que os serviços de limpeza da câmara de Nice têm fama de ser os melhores do mundo.

Entretanto, no mundo real, o mesmo é dizer, em países menos desenvolvidos do que a França, veja-se o que fica no asfalto quando 1 (um) indivíduo é atropelado:

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Passemos agora ao sangue, ou falta dele, e à quantidade de ambulâncias (ou falta delas) fotografadas diante da discoteca de Orlando na noite em que 50 pessoas foram mortas  e 53 foram feridas. Não, sosseguem, estava a brincar. Morte aos árabes! Morte ao Daesh! Vive la France! Je suis niçois (et Charlie aussi). Terminemos com um poema de apoio a François Hollande e à sua luta contra o terrorismo:

POEMA DE APOIO A FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE NA SUA LUTA CONTRA O TERRORISMO

Je suis Paris,
Je suis Nice.
Daesh-Isis,
Choupe la pice.

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Megacancer

I was in the city recently and the humans were hurrying and scurrying to and fro in their automobiles, trying to hit as many opioid levers as possible within the time allotted away from their technological cells. It was after all Memorial Day weekend, a time to honor those that have danced before us on life’s stage, doing the work of the universe, if only for a brief moment in time’s long expanse. The technological metabolism buzzes, time passes in kinetic energy spent, but it seems people are caught in a never-ending loop of work/reward/boredom that usurps almost every conscious moment of their lives. As one reward loses its effect another one pops into their heads and off they go to fulfill their desire for “happiness.” Rinse and repeat. The endless hours toiling in the technological cells becomes the means to acquire the rewards of which they will soon tire. But what else is a biological organism to do with its newly acquired surfeit of energy and resources and its restless and ecosystem-annihilating brain? Try to find satisfaction? Even the billionaire finds no satisfaction and will sooner or later be swept from the stage without that long sought eternal life of a cancerous HeLa cell. If humans found satisfaction, they wouldn’t last long in the competitive arena of survival of the fittest. The most successful conduits are those that process the most energy and turn it into copies of themselves. But the realm of possibilities for rewards conjured-up by our brains is almost infinite and we become very dissatisfied when anything, including lesser amounts of fossil fuels, pollution controls, wage arbitrage and automation lessen the amount of dopa-dollars we can put in our pockets at the end of each work week. Satisfying those infinite desires for reward within an finite ecosystem body is what civilization is all about. Like a human cellular cancer, the civilizational cancer has been released from all inhibitions as it attempts infinite growth within the ordered system from which it arose.

Now that the technological cancer has been stalling a bit there’s only one thing to do, “Make America Great Again. The British would like to do the same thing, relive the past to obtain vast amounts of wealth from overseas colonies and the Germans tried it too, to make Germany great again after the losses during WWI. And what was so great about these countries at their zeniths? It wasn’t their peaceful ways. No. I think it was their willingness to use technological advances to dominate lesser developed areas. The wherewithal to force other nations and colonies to fork it over or else. A technological head-start from the use of fossil fuels resulted in weaponry against which there was no defense. Commander Perry sailing into Tokyo Bay was very much on a mission to intimidate a a foreign nation into transacting business with the United States, one of the first “economic hit men.” For instance today the United States, the empire du jour consumes about 25% of world GDP with 5% of the world’s population, supposedly due to freedom and democracy, but more likely related to the petrodollar. This percentage must fall as other nations develop and compete for limited and decreasing resources. In their own defense, some nations may simply decide to slow exports of oil and save it for domestic consumption regardless of the pressures and sanctions imposed by the West. Without a doubt the hearty beef stew of material rewards experienced for many decades n the West will soon become the tasteless gruel of poverty as experienced in Greece and Venezuela.

But what the hell, you’ve saved a few dopa-dollars, those not taken by taxation, health insurance, an oversized house mortgage or related theft. Imagine a reward and go blow the dollars and get your metabolic buzz going, it’s what nature is all about. Nature is also about deception, warfare, disease, famine, extinction, death and other eventualities, but humans are dissipative structures, conduits, and their course is set by a compass of desire whose dopamine and opioid needle always points them in a rewarding direction. The more energy and resources you blow, the more successful you are. Nature says so. “Ahhh, the good life.” Perhaps instead of a Mars Mission or Super-Ziggarut project we should be making final arrangements.

Humans, in their self-proclaimed greatness are intrinsically flawed. Humans are no longer a successful species but rather a component in a wildly successful cancer. Seven-billion RNA packed into cells turning out product and tool to be used against the ecosystem and each other at the fastest rate possible. The most successful species on Earth? Not so. No longer a species like the others, but rather an RNA in a rapidly expanding technological cancer. Humans and their technological civilizations, like cellular cancers, are eating the body which hosts their existence.

Humans don’t want to exist on an equal footing with the other organisms because their “live forever” myth falls apart when other animals are included. To live forever a human must follow the moral code that evolved with and is a basis of civilization, the religious creed, the ten commandments, the group think of the tribe, cooperation, social behavior. This moral behavior moderated by the medial prefrontal cortex was one of the evolutionary doors we had to pass through to exist in large cooperative groups which could take advantage of various economies of scale and specializations. In other words, “Be nice and we’ll all be rewarded.” But we’re not nice to everyone, just the in-group, and the many millions of species within the ecosystem are not within our “moral” in-group. We are civilized and civilization brings rewards (as long as your not in a different tribe.) It’s all right to not be civilized to the out-groups. They are not the chosen ones that will go to heaven. They are not technological. But isn’t technology just a rapid means to destroying the system from which it arose? Isn’t the entire ecosystem just another gradient to be reduced? And if technological civilization successfully destroys life and spins off into space, what purpose could it serve that the ecosystem did not already fill. Different materials, different designs, but the same phenomenon, reproducing conduits with no other purpose than to eliminate gradients and radiate heat into space.

Cheb Khaled

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6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6?r=US&IR=T