Another Harquebus newsletter…..

19 10 2016

Hi all.

It has been some time since my last. I have been hoping against hope that some of our main stream journalists would have realized by now that, the growth mantra espoused by business leaders and pursued by their minions, our politicians, is not the road to prosperity but, is instead a fools errand that will eventually bring about a collapse. Mathematics does not lie.

Pursuing growth is equivalent to chasing death and we are gaining on it. It is destroying the environment, poisoning everything in the ocean that we eat and consuming at an ever increasing rate all that is required to sustain us.

Our politicians are crazy. Only the insane could think that growth can continue forever.

Our main stream journalists, they are wimps. They are more interested is saving their jobs than they are about saving their children. Who else would sacrifice their children for the insane concept of infinite growth other than insanely pathetic wimps?

Again, I urge all journalists on my list to wake the (insert expletive here) up, find your courage and do something about this mad pursuit of growth at all costs while there is something left to save. Time is short.

“As long as we pursue growth, no amount of resources will solve our problems.” — Irv Mills

“One day, because of the white mans’ or Yo-ne-gis’ greed, there would come a time, when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.” — Eyes of Fire of the Cree Indian tribe prophecy.



“Limits to growth means a shrinking piece of pie for everyone.  Capitalism can only justify the huge disparities in wealth distribution the constant propaganda that we all have the potential to become billionaires (especially if the government stops regulating businesses and taxing the rich).”
“Capitalism is lauded as the best political and economic system, but in reality it’s just the most successful at extracting energy and natural resources the most quickly to enrich mainly the top 0.1% of the population, future generations be damned.


“Every minute, on average, there was a net increase of some 169 people, and every day, an already overburdened Mother Earth had to somehow furnish food, clean freshwater, wood, energy, land, raw materials and a safe, stable climate for 244,000 new claimants and consumers.”
“The need to provide ever more energy for an ever-increasing population will alone generate massive environmental impacts.”
“Human overpopulation and overconsumption have pushed the Earth into its sixth major extinction event since multicellular life emerged on the planet.”
“But reality is reality: on a finite planet, population growth will stop, one way or the other. The only question is how:”


“We know our current path will lead to catastrophe—incompatible with the livelihoods of billions of people. These profound changes will happen in our lifetimes. These impacts will happen, and are happening, to us. That scientists are willing to speak in increasingly bold terms about the seemingly impossible situation we’re in may help us to question the fundamental economic model that’s brought us to this point.”


“Despite its outlandish theoretical flaws and nonsensical economic jargon and the catastrophic empirical evidence of its failure to prevent financial downturns or “stimulate” sustainable growth, Keynesianism remains the ruling paradigm of economic thought.”

“A number of trenchant reasons have been given for the General Theory’s continued dominance, however, one stands above all else: Keynesian economics provides the intellectual justification for economists, statisticians, technocrats, bureaucrats, and policy wonks in their exalted positions as “fine tuners” of economies the world over.”
“That Keynesianism continues to reign supreme, despite its theoretical and empirical bankruptcy, speaks volumes of the state of Western intellectual and academic life.  Instead of the pursuit of truth and the refutation of error, Western intelligentsia is primarily concerned with securing privilege and power for itself.


“So from 1992, right when Earth was experiencing a freak cooling period caused by a humungous volcanic eruption, scientists established a whole new way of measuring sea levels, and it’s led to one of the biggest mysteries in climate science – why rising sea levels have remained so oddly consistent.”

“And so we now live in a hyper-sensitive society in which social memes and feelings have overtaken biological and objective reality as the main determinants of right and wrong.”

“This is what the cynics just don’t seem to grasp; we are dealing with a group of narcissistic psychopaths organized around a cult ideology and with nearly unlimited resources at their fingertips.  These people think they are rising man-gods, like the Egyptian pharaohs of old.  They cannot be persuaded through superior logic or emotional appeal.  They will not be deterred by mass activism or peaceful redress.  They only understand one thing — the force of arms and the usefulness of lies.”

“So as the cheaper, easier stuff is no longer growing, the world has to rely on more expensive unconventionals, like tar sands in Canada or shale gas in the US, which require costly fracking technology to extract, and more difficult processes to refine.”
“The more we rely on more expensive and lower quality energy to keep the economy moving, the slower the economy moves.”


“From 1998 to 2012, the rate at which the global surface temperature increased slowed down—a phenomenon dubbed “the global warming hiatus.” During the same time period, sea level in the western tropical Pacific Ocean increased four times faster than the average global sea level rise.”

“There’s a danger that, as the temperature of the Arctic Ocean keeps rising, huge amounts of methane will enter the atmosphere due to destabilization of hydrates at its seafloor.”

“For the capitalists, the bottom line is far more pressing than the fate of the planet or those who live on it.”

“The exploitation at the heart of capitalism also gives rise to a wholly oppressive system that is not simply economic. Exploitation cannot function without an accompanying ideological and legal apparatus backed up by the armed might of the police and the military.
At its heart, capitalism is an exploitative system driven by competition for profit. These features cannot be reformed away. They can be overthrown only by the working class collectively taking control of the means of production and wielding them to create a society in which profit and competition are no longer our masters.”
“Of all the resources in the world, oil is top dog.  All other resources depend on oil.  You can get every fish in the sea, drain every drop out of non-renewable aquifers, make enough concrete to pave the planet, and convert every square mile of land to grow crops and feed barnyard animals cutting down the remaining forests.  Which we are well on our way to doing.  But only oil can do it, because the heavy-duty diesel engines that do the essential work of civilization run on diesel fuel.”

“In addition to the acidification threatening the bottom of the oceanic food chain, we have already stripped off the top of the food chain. 90% of the apex predators in the ocean are gone, fished out and eaten by humans over the last 100 years. The ocean is now largely a garbage-filled desert, favored by ever-increasing numbers of jellyfish.”
” From the evidence in the ice core records, natural processes take about 1000 years to remove 1 ppm of CO2 from the air. So it would take the planet 120,000 years to remove the CO2 we’ve added over the last 200 years. And we’re adding another 2,500 years to that planetary bill every single year.”


“Drought and heat are the apparent culprits in the largest killing of mangrove thickets ever recorded in the world — 17,000 acres along 400 miles of northern Australia’s Gulf of Carpentaria. This catastrophe for all sea life in the region, just reported last week, coincides with the world’s worst ever coral bleaching event, on the Great Barrier Reef, and the death of a 60-mile-long stretch of kelp forest off Australia’s western coast.”

“Long story short, we should be frightened because if humans continue on their current course, we are very likely (insert expletive here).”
“Lead researcher Associate Professor Nerilie Abram from The Australian National University (ANU) said the study found warming began during the early stages of the Industrial Revolution and is first detectable in the Arctic and tropical oceans around the 1830s, much earlier than scientists had expected.”
“”The Southern Ocean winds are now stronger than at any other time in the past 1,000 years,” Abram said.”
[http://”Lead researcher Associate Professor Nerilie Abram from The Australian National University (ANU) said the study found warming began during the early stages of the Industrial Revolution and is first detectable in the Arctic and tropical oceans around the 1830s, much earlier than scientists had expected.” “”The Southern Ocean winds are now stronger than at any other time in the past 1,000 years,” Abram said.”]

“The principle antagonists in the destruction of orangutan natural habitats are the companies who have come to depend on cheap palm oil to produce a broad array of consumer products from biodiesel fuel to hair and beauty-care products like shampoo and toothpaste to food products such as pizza crusts, frying oil, snack foods and noodles.”
“Given that much argument and hate is fought in a world of insult (the cleverer the better) often waged intemperately and unreasonably, the protections of such an exempting section are bound to be skimpy. Australia’s continued hostility to a Bill of Rights insists that judges and lawmakers, not the public, which is regarded with suspicion, should determine reason and good faith.”
“Free speech remains the terror of the Antipodean mind, one ever faithful to penal control and state regulation.”

“Sea levels are dropping, earthquakes and volcanoes are waking up, and even the earth’s axis is moving—all because of melting ice”

“The age of 400 parts per million CO2 is here. It’s something not seen in about 3 million years.”




One response

19 10 2016
Chris Harries

How do you get off a speeding merry-go-round…. even if you know that you must?

There being no clear resolution to the predicament it’s easier to turn a blind eye to it. That seems to be the problem.

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