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.
“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.
“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.”
“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:”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
“”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.” phys.org/news/2016-08-humans-climate-years.html]phys.org/news/2016-08-humans-climate-years.html
“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”