RIP Mike Ruppert

16 04 2014

rip-michael-ruppert-suicide-memeYesterday, on Facebook, an announcement that Mike Ruppert had shot himself dead was made.  When someone you ‘know’, even if it’s only over the interweb commits suicide, it always comes as a bit of a shock.  His attorney over at Collapse.net has pleaded with people to not spread speculations over Mike Ruppert’s death, but I think the internet will be full of speculations,  such is number of people whose lives he touched…..

I first came across Mike over ten years ago, back when I got most of my information at ‘From the Wilderness‘.  It was over at FTW that I discovered just how dependent the world is on fossil fuels with an article (which Ruppert did not write) I still recommend to anyone who doubts we are…  it may even have triggered my feelings towards realising we were stuffed…!  FTW went behind a paywall (and fair enough I suppose..) and I stopped going there, which doesn’t make it any less worthy.  I’d read enough.  Whilst Ruppert’s name appeared often in stuff I read about Peak Everything, I largely lost ‘contact’ with his work, which is now substantial. He’s written a book I haven’t read, Crossing the Rubicon and ‘stars’ in a video appropriately called Collapse….. well worth watching if you haven’t done so yet.

I always found Mike a bit over the top, seeing conspiracies everywhere (911 being the classic) and sometimes making claims that were hard to justify.  But he was just too likeable to ignore; and much of what he had to say was true, it was just that you needed a good BS filter.  And I say that as a compliment, trust me.  He was a very convincing person.

I’ve written a bit about suicide in this space.  People like Mike Ruppert and I and the many others who carry what Richard Heinberg recently called ‘toxic knowledge’ carry a heavy burden sometimes.  And because we are all different, we all cope differently.  I suspect Mike really overdid it.  He lived and breathed doom, it was an obsession, no doubt about it.  And even though he had an obviously large and close entourage supporting him, the doom obviously finally got to him.

After I discovered he had died, I decided to listen to his last Life Boat Hour podcast.  As they say, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but frankly I could see the sorts of red flags a trained psychologist would possibly recognise… right down to his choice of music.  But I’m no trained psychologist, so I’m not speculating, Mike’s attorney won’t allow it.

His death will leave a gaping hole in the collapsenik world, he will be missed, because people larger than life as Mike was always are.  He might finally rest in peace…. there are no demons in the afterlife.

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16 responses

16 04 2014
Mulga Mumblebrain

The only ‘conspiracy story’ concerning 9/11 is the ludicrous official narrative.

16 04 2014
Linda Cockburn

Very sad. Yes, the flags were there. A brilliant man, before his time, but right on time with his message.

16 04 2014
R.I.P. Mike Ruppert | Foodnstuff

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16 04 2014
Ron

Well said Mike. I feel exactly the same. Probably the first ‘celebrity’ to pass where I’ve ever actually felt saddened by.
I’ve never met him in person but did exchange email message a few times with him and have been following him on and off since way back at FTW?

16 04 2014
R.I.P. Mike Ruppert. Thank you.

Hi Mike, thanks for sharing the sad news.
Mike Ruppert and FTW was also one of the first sources of information on peak oil for me. Mike Ruppert – thank you for walking your path. You were one of the trailblazers on peak oil. May you rest in peace.

16 04 2014
Rachel

Great article. What other red flags? WHat was his choice of music? I skipped over that?

16 04 2014
Rachel

I think we should never forget to balance the doom with the joy. It is still there. Or yes, we will end up with nothing to live for at all. RIP Mike Rupert.

16 04 2014
mikestasse

I think the problem lies with the people pushing near term extinction…… if you believe humanity will be extinct within twenty years, then of course you have nothing left to live for, nor will you feel like continuing the fight…… which is what I think might have happened to him. Totally counterproductive……..

17 04 2014
Tom Nielsen

Speaking of needing a BS filter. You do Mike a disservice by blaming NTE folks. He’s more intelligent than that!

17 04 2014
mikestasse

I don’t think it was ‘blaming’ as much as an observation……

16 04 2014
John P

Complete shock, but he had seemed increasingly unhinged from at least when the movie “Collapse” was filmed. Rest well Mike.

17 04 2014
Frank Furcsa

Thats right ! Unhinged . Thats the right word . When i was looking at that “apocalipse man footage i kept telling to myself .:”This guy is loosing it ” But unhinged is the exact way to put it . Anyway he is gone now . And you don`t need to be a doomer to kill yourself . It is the 10th cause of death in America in Utah the 8th (recent statistics ) This other guy the actor Mr Philip Seymour Hoffman i was looking at him just a half a year before he dies i am thinking this guy is loosing it and than he is dead .ok heroin overdose they say have no doubt it is all suicide .. And all these nice regular folks killing themselves on the slow overeating, boozing ,with all the uppers and the downers and a quarter of the population on prozak just to be able to drag on all killing or trying not to kill themselves. They just don`t have the guts to do it . Everybody is all fckd up folks everybody . Being productive!? …You are ?? Just kid yourself . You`ll get there yourself sooner than later . Rock on Mike … Gutsy move …Ramble on .wherever you are

17 04 2014
mikestasse

You need to learn to spell mate……..

18 04 2014
Frank Furcsa

I am Just trying to be productive so i got on with Mr Orlov`s “Unspell” project i must be doing allright than i guess ..thats why http://cluborlov.blogspot.ca/2014/03/project-unspell-first-quarterly-update.html …productive

17 04 2014
Don

Mike,
However depressing our predicament is, the world (where I live) is still a beautiful place. There’s a noisy friar bird just outside my window calling for a mate and a flock of ibis just glided down to my back paddock to feed. For some reason the callistemon has flowered again and the rainbow lorikeets are getting stuck in. I will continue to enjoy.
I do what I can to change things for the better but will not allow myself to be depressed by things I can’t change. To be depressed by the possibility of NTE is no different to being depressed by my own personal NTE. However species NTE is less certain than personal NTE.

On a lighter note, how’s the move going?

17 04 2014
mikestasse

Hi Don……. did my back in three days ago, nothing’s happening to paint doors etc etc…..

A ‘young couple’ are supposed to check the place out over Easter. Fingers crossed. The place isn’t going to be looking as good as I wanted. At least the tanks are full again, and the garden and the bees are humming again….

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