Saturday, October 6, 2012

Seconded (post 1100)

Greetings good citizen,

While I am the local ‘crank’ who appears to be ‘discontent’ with just about EVERYTHING, on certain topics I am not alone.

Seems Mr. Chomsky agrees that we are on the brink and the current system of leadership (if that’s what you want to call it) is , er, ‘unacceptable’.
There are two issues of overwhelming significance, because the fate of the species is at stake: environmental disaster, and nuclear war. The former is regularly on the front pages. On Sept. 19, for example, Justin Gillis reported in The New York Times that the melting of Arctic sea ice had ended for the year, “but not before demolishing the previous record – and setting off new warnings about the rapid pace of change in the region.”

The melting is much faster than predicted by sophisticated computer models and the most recent U.N. report on global warming. New data indicate that summer ice might be gone by 2020, with severe consequences. Previous estimates had summer ice disappearing by 2050. “But governments have not responded to the change with any greater urgency about limiting greenhouse emissions,” Gillis writes.

“To the contrary, their main response has been to plan for exploitation of newly accessible minerals in the Arctic, including drilling for more oil” – that is, to accelerate the catastrophe. This reaction demonstrates an extraordinary willingness to sacrifice the lives of our children and grandchildren for short-term gain. Or, perhaps, an equally remarkable willingness to shut our eyes so as not to see the impending peril.

That’s hardly all.

A new study from the Climate Vulnerability Monitor has found that “climate change caused by global warming is slowing down world economic output by 1.6 percent a year and will lead to a doubling of costs in the next two decades.”

Okay, then he goes into an in depth look at the ‘nuclear hypocrisy’ being displayed by both the US and Israel.

Or the infamous ‘do as I say and not as I do’ doctrine.

I educate no one by saying this brand of ‘high-handedness’ has started more wars than any other single reason.

Or maybe it is me who is being obtuse when I recognize the fact that they have been simply itching for a reason to invade Iraq…and the disturbing question is who would stop them? [The ‘indefinite ‘them’ in this case is the military industrial/energy complex who brook no defiance to their desires. Wait, there’s just another dash of gasoline for this inferno, guess on whose behalf this complex operates?

But I don’t need to draw you pictures.

Unfortunately this backs us into the same old corner we’ve been backed into for the past thirty years.

You know which one I’m talking about, right?

It’s the ‘what are YOU gonna do about it’ corner.

And you will eventually have to accept if YOU don’t do ANYTHING about it, it won’t stop.

And as Mr. Chomsky points out, the survival of our species hangs in the balance.

Kind of funny really. We all know things will go downhill quickly when this ‘false peace’ gives way in a couple of months…then there will be nothing for it…because you literally will be ‘fighting for your life.’

Um, most of you probably haven’t noticed but the crap the Oil Drum keeps harping on…well, that shit is already happening.

Remember the second law of thermo dynamics? Also known as ‘the law of diminishing returns?

Simply put there is a point where you will expend more energy that you get back then extracting the energy is a counterproductive exercise.

They won’t admit it but we’re already there with these oil sands and oil shale.

We’re probably roughly level. We’re probably expending as much energy trying to mine these ‘incomplete’ energy sources as we are reaping from the effort.

Which is to say we are expending a barrel of oil to extract one…and that’s already a losing proposition…

But the fuckers HAVE NO CHOICE!

And they can’t let YOU know that we’ve reached the end of the line because it means abandoning everything north of the Tropic of Cancer and everything south of the Tropic of Capricorn!

The bad news is seven billion people AREN’T going to fit in that tiny space…(considering much of it is desert.)

WE COULD start a ‘crash’ program to build solar and wind facilities to offset our oil and coal energy plants, and we could also beef up our national rail system and rebuild our sailing ship industry…and you can even add ‘airships’ back into the mix.

But that would require a mindset that isn’t intent on the extermination more than half of the human race…which is what the >One Percent has determined it needs to do to maintain THEIR status (the rest of us can go pound!)

Which is to opine that the quicker we, er, liberate these 'owners of all they survey' from their leadership responsibilities and give them something more pressing to deal with (like survival: personal) the better off we will all be.

I can’t be that crazy if members of the ‘serious people’ crowd are echoing my sentiments…

But then again, crazy is ‘relative’.

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


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