You are a disgrace to humanity. Why not use your power, your money, your brain to do something useful like ending poverty, the internet for all, end hunger, etc.? You are no hero. You are just a little boy playing with his toys. Shame on you and your other pathetic little narcissistic friends.
I’ll never forget the day the trucker called into my radio show. It was probably around 14 years ago, and he identified himself as a long-haul trucker who regularly ran a coast-to-coast route from the southeast to the Pacific Northwest dozens of times a year. “Used to be when I was driving through the southern part of the Midwest like I am right now,” he said, “I’d have to stop every few hours to clean the bugs off my windshield. It’s been three days since I’ve had to clean bugs off my windshield on this trip. There’s something spooky going on out here.”
Aug 3, 2021
We are standing in an extinction event. Many of us started noticing it when the insects began to vanish in large numbers right after the turn of the century.
I’ll never forget the day the trucker called into my radio show. It was probably around 14 years ago, and he identified himself as a long-haul trucker who regularly ran a coast-to-coast route from the southeast to the Pacific Northwest dozens of times a year.
“Used to be when I was driving through the southern part of the Midwest like I am right now,” he said, “I’d have to stop every few hours to clean the bugs off my windshield. It’s been three days since I’ve had to clean bugs off my windshield on this trip. There’s something spooky going on out here.”
The phone lines lit up. People from Maine to California, from Florida to Washington state shared their stories of the vanishing insects where they lived. Multiple long-haul truckers listening on SiriusXM had similar stories.
We had just moved to Portland at that time, living on a floating home in the Willamette River, and the air was often filled with bugs and swallows, small insect-eating birds that fly as fast and sometimes as erratically as bats. A neighbor had a “swallow house,” a box on a pole by the side of her home with a dozen small holes in it where the swallows made their nests.
A decade-and-a-half later, now living on the Columbia River in Portland, I haven’t seen more than a dozen swallows at a time in at least two years. The swarms of gnats, the mosquitoes, butterflies, lightning bugs, beetles and moths that marked spring and summer for most of my 70 years, from Michigan to Vermont to Georgia to Oregon, all seem to have largely vanished.
The insect apocalypse is only a leading indicator of what is already a larger disaster for much of humanity and is now beginning to hit the wealthy world (the US and Europe) hard.
Climate change from man-made global warming is here in a way that even fossil fuel billionaires and their paid shills can no longer deny. For the moment, we still — probably — have the ability to determine how bad it’s going to hit us.
We long ago passed the point where we could decide if we were going to let it make our lives miserable. We’re there. In all probability we passed that tipping point several generations ago, when fossil fuel companies and climate scientists were just arriving at a consensus that it was not only real but could be deadly to human life on this planet.
The response of the fossil fuel industry was to follow the tobacco industry’s playbook and fund phony research, create deceptive think tanks and push out highly paid front men and politicians to lie to the American people and the world.
The question now is whether we’ll let our current climate emergency get so far advanced it either wipes out the human race along with most life on the planet; produces such chaos it tears apart civilization; or merely disrupts human life so severely it crashes governments around the world and stresses the ability of democracies like ours to continue to function.
Our response in the next few years will decide our fate.
For much of the world the climate emergency has already rendered governments so incapable of dealing with things that they’ve fallen or are in civil war-level crisis. A global warming-induced increase in the desert areas of Northern Africa, for example, pushed millions of small farmers off their land, filling cities like Damascus and Tripoli with refugees and spiking the price of food.
When a young street vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire in 2010 to protest the explosion in wheat prices there, his act of self-immolation touched off the Arab Spring, producing crisis and revolution in country after country in the region.
Egypt’s democracy fell to a military coup and is now a dictatorship; Tunisia experimented with democracy but it just couldn’t withstand the pressure and is now on the verge of collapse; Libya has devolved into a series of neo-feudal city-states; and when the refugees in Damascus began demanding government services like food and housing the Assad government of Syria responded with a brutal crackdown that’s led to widespread death and destruction.
ISIS grew out of this climate change crisis as much as it did out of the Bush/Cheney military interventions in the region.
In our own hemisphere, as farmland turns into scrub desert across Central America, climate refugees (particularly from hard-hit Guatemala) began streaming north into Mexico and piling up on our southern border.
In the western US states water is becoming so scarce that much of our best agricultural land is endangered as well as the ability of reservoirs and dams to produce the electricity needed by Nevada and Southern California; another climate refugee crisis in this country as bad as or worse than the dustbowl of the 1930s is almost certainly just around the corner.
Even if every country in the world stopped emitting carbon right now, we’ve already gone long past that decision point. This is the new normal, and it’s starting to really get underway with 120 degree summers and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, multi-mile-wide tornadoes across the Midwest, and hurricanes, flooding and wild summer and winter temperature swings from Florida to Texas, Kansas to New York.
We decided in the Reagan years, when the science became clear but the fossil fuel giants covered it up and derided as “doomsayers” the outspoken among our climate scientists, that we’d go this far… and here we are.
Our current decision isn’t about whether there will be millions of climate refugees in the Americas or whether every change of seasons will bring thousands of deaths across North America; we’re already there. Our current decision is whether we’ll let modern human civilization as we know it continue or disintegrate.
This concept of civilization-ending climate change now being just around the corner isn’t far-out or unprecedented; check out the headline in today’s Washington Post: “The best place to ride out a global societal collapse is New Zealand, study finds.”
And it’s not new to the longer arc of human history; local climate changes have ended dozens of civilizations we know about and probably thousands we don’t know about.
Northern Iraq was once a fertile land covered with forests; the Sumerians cut down the trees to build great cities and engaged in unsustainable irrigation practices to grow grains that led to most of the country becoming a high desert and the Akkadian civilization crashing during a major drought in the region 4200 years ago.
The Epic of Gilgamesh tells the tragic story in detail, albeit in metaphor — King Gilgamesh cut off the head of Humbaba, the god of the forests, so he could use the trees to build the city of Uruk. In response the god of gods, Enlil, cursed Gilgamesh’s land by salting the fields so nothing could grow there.
Local climate change brought down the Mayans, long before the conquering Spaniards arrived. Scientists estimate “Annual rainfall must have fallen by around 50% on average and by up to 70% during peak drought conditions,” leading to the chaos, death and conflict with nearby peoples that ended the Empire.
Similarly, a 300-year drought ended the Anasazi civilization about 1,000 years ago in what is now Colorado and Utah. Their descendants were scattered across the American southwest; their society never recovered.
Even Europe was not immune. Between 1550 and 1660 the “Little Ice Age” destroyed crops leading to famine, disease, widespread movement of climate refugees and multiple wars.
But these were all local events. What we’re now looking at is global.
Seven years ago, George and Leonardo DiCaprio, Leila Connors, Earl Katz and I put together a short (11 minute) documentary titled “Last Hours” about a worst-case scenario for our world, something that may mimic “the great dying” of the Permian Mass Extinction about 250 million years ago.
Few animals larger than a dog survived that event; the world rebooted itself leading to an entirely new type of dominant animal — the dinosaurs.
When Last Hours came out, a few climate scientists took me to task for writing and co-narrating a documentary that would “scare the hell” out of peple.
Yesterday Dr. Jason Box, who I first met when we were putting together Last Hours, Skyped into my show from Europe; he’s one of the world’s top arctic researchers and has been working in the arctic for nearly 20 years. And he had some really, really bad news.
The arctic, which has been a carbon sink for millions of years, has now become a carbon source. There are several times more carbon trapped in the arctic permafrost than in our entire atmosphere right now, and as the region warms two to three times faster than the more temperate regions, that carbon, trapped in permafrost and below shallow ice layers, is beginning to seep into the atmosphere as methane and CO2.
If it blows out fully in future decades it will certainly be civilization-ending, and may well mean that we’ll go the way of so many of our insects today.
There are still things we can do, from reconfiguring our civilization to be more climate-resilient to immediately cutting our carbon emissions to radical efforts to decarbonize our atmosphere. But our options are narrowing day by day, and these will all require worldwide cooperation (you can expect to hear a lot about this next year when the next IPCC report comes out).
But in the face of this climate emergency the Republican Party continues to deny climate change is even happening.
A couple of Democrats taking funding from fossil fuel billionaires and their industry are even threatening to block a modest $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill in the Senate that would make us more societally resilient and begin moving our transportation infrastructure away from fossil fuels and toward renewables.
Emperor Nero, it’s said, fiddled while Rome burned. If you don’t want our politicians to continue to follow his example while the world burns, get politically active now.
This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute.
Global Research, August 02, 2021
The Last Refuge 30 July 2021
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released their investigative findings of a recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. [Press Release Here] According to their study, 74% of those infected during the regional outbreak were previously vaccinated.
According to the study, 469 cases were tracked from the Provincetown, MA, outbreak July 3rd through 17th. Of the 469 COVID cases identified, the CDC is claiming 346 (74%) occurred in previously vaccinated people. Specimens from 133 of the patients showed 90% of those cases were the “Delta variant”.
Five people were hospitalized, no-one died during the outbreak. [Read Study Here]
(WaPo) […] the study found that vaccinated individuals carried as much virus in their noses as unvaccinated individuals, strongly suggesting that vaccinated people could spread the virus to each other. (link)
CDC: 11,940 Dead 618,648 Injuries and 1,175 Unborn Babies Dead Following COVID-19 Shots
According to the most recent stats released by the CDC this past Friday, their Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) now has recorded twice as many deaths following the non-FDA approved experimental COVID-19 shots during the past 8 months, than deaths recorded following ALL FDA approved vaccines for the past 30 years.
In spite of these U.S. Government CDC-verified facts regarding the experimental COVID-19 shots, not only are they continuing to administer them, but the big push now is to MANDATE them as a requirement for employment in both government and private sector jobs.
And so far, at least, it seems that the majority of the U.S. public is willing to comply and participate in what can only be labeled mass genocide.
As we reported last week, Israel is now planning to roll out a third injection of the Pfizer shots to those who have already been injected twice and survived, targeting seniors first, and we can certainly expect the same rollout soon here in the U.S. as well.
The July 30th data dump into VAERS, which everyone acknowledges is not the full data of deaths and injuries following COVID-19 shots, reveals 11,940 deaths and 618,648 injuries among 518,770 cases, including 12,808 permanent disabilities, 65,272 emergency room visits, 40,873 hospitalizations, and 11,198 life threatening injuries.
There are also 1,175 premature deaths of unborn children following COVID-19 injections of pregnant women. (Source.)
This has to be the most censored information in the U.S. right now, even though it is based on the government’s own data and own reporting system.
When confronted with these statistics, the CDC’s response is that these reports do not prove causation. They would have everyone believe that all of these deaths and injuries following the COVID-19 injections are just “coincidences.”
Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines. (Source.)
However, if you search for deaths following all FDA-approved vaccines for the 30 years prior to the emergency use authorizations of the COVID-19 shots, you will see that there are now about twice as many deaths following the COVID-19 shots compared to deaths following ALL vaccines for the PAST 30 YEARS.
Do the math people. Fact check the CDC’s claims.
The COVID-19 injections were first given emergency use authorization in early December, of 2020. So the recorded deaths following these shots as of July 23, 2021 is 11,940, in less than 8 months.
But let’s round it off to 8 months, which would equate to an average of 1,492 deaths per month.
From 1/1/1991 through 11/10/2020, there were 6,068 deaths in 359 months, which equates to an average of 17 deaths per month following FDA-approved vaccines.
That’s a 8676% increase of recorded deaths following the COVID-19 shots, compared to deaths following all previous FDA-approved vaccines.
What are the statistical odds that these are all “coincidences”?
Pretty much ZERO. The CDC is lying to you. They serve the pharmaceutical companies, not the American people, and the sooner you figure that out, the better, because your life is at stake, and your life is meaningless to them.
Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Aug. 2, 2021
The US is on the brink of a massive eviction crisis and the ecosystem is dying and the world order is maintained by endless violence and we’re being rapidly transformed into a brainwashed slave class, but it was a small price to pay for some billionaires to pretend to be astronauts for a bit.
There’s nothing more enraging than a system which treats the homeless like the problem rather than homelessness.
There would be a lot more opposition to the emerging use of police robots if they called them “robotic cops” instead of “robotic dogs”.
Every ruler since the dawn of history has been acutely aware that there are a lot more of us than there are of them, and that even their own forces could turn against them at any time. That’s what makes robot technologies so appealing to the oligarchic rulers of our age.
Millions of highly traumatized men came home from the World Wars and started families and poured all their trauma into the minds of their children. That trauma has been passed down through subsequent generations. That’s the real lasting legacy of those wars, not the stuff in the movies.
The only way to believe lesser-evil strategizing works is to believe the “two” evils in question are actually two separate and distinct power structures operating in opposition to one another.
It’s cool how US progressives are learning that the Democratic Party is a narrative management op designed to continually derail the possibility of economic justice in America, and it’s sad that this lesson will be completely forgotten in the next partisan politics news cycle.
We were always headed toward more and more inequality, impoverishment and authoritarianism, whether you want to call the next step in that direction “the Great Reset” or some other name. We will necessarily continue along that trajectory until we replace our dominant systems.
There has never been a better time to crush capitalism.
The theory: The individual is prime, everyone gets total financial freedom, and the government is kept from becoming a tyrannical dictatorship.
The practice: Billionaires become tyrannical dictators who turn people into uniform consumers and machine cogs with no financial freedom.
“I am an individual!” yelled the faceless indoctrinated cog in the corporate machine while churning out products for other faceless indoctrinated cogs to help them escape the feeling of futility brought on by the meaninglessness of their predicament.
Societies which purport to prioritize the rights of the individual do so only up until the point where individuals start talking about maybe not not wanting to be ruled by billionaires and secretive government agencies anymore, then suddenly the rights of those individuals get a lot less important.
I might actually end up moving away from using words like “capitalism” and “socialism”, because they have completely different meanings to people from different ideologies. Leftists understand what I mean by those words, but those to the right of me consistently misunderstand what I’m saying because of the way those words are used in their ideological circles. I could just use other words to describe the same stuff I’ve been talking about.
I run into people who think socialism is when the government does something authoritarian, or when the government does anything at all. I’ve been told that capitalism is when people do what they want to do (someone once literally told me hugs are capitalism), and that capitalism is anything that’s good. You can’t get around communication barriers that thick if you want to convey ideas to large numbers of people, and there’s not necessarily any reason to try to do it that way when I can instead just talk about economic injustice, how everyone should have enough, how systems where mass-scale human behavior is driven by profit-chasing will always lead to imperialism and ecocide, and how greatly people’s lives would be improved if there was democratic control in areas like the workplace.
I might stop using -ist and -ism words altogether, or use them sparingly, and just talk about the actual concepts without having to rely on any label which tries to capture them all. I already kind of do this, but I can do a much better job of it. I’ve never had a stimulating conversation with anyone who uses a lot of -ists and -isms anyway; mostly they just use it as a crutch to hide the fact that they don’t understand the individual components of the concepts being discussed.
If you mentally mute the ideological worldviews, partisan bickering and sectarian spats and just look at humanity as a whole, what you see is a species on a trajectory toward its own extinction. We are collectively deciding right now whether we continue on that trajectory or not.
Because change is inevitable and life is inseparable from its ecosystemic context, every species eventually hits a juncture where it has to either adapt to changing conditions or perish. Our juncture just came along faster than most. We either adapt or go extinct.
Because our adapt-or-die juncture came about as the result of our unwholesome relationship with our newly evolved capacity for abstract thought, our adaptation will necessarily need to take the form of moving from an unwholesome relationship with thought to a wholesome one.
The good news is that we already know such a move is possible. The bad news is that up until now it’s been fairly rare. A movement from a dysfunctional relationship with thought to a healthy one is what the phenomenon commonly referred to as spiritual enlightenment is. What’s changed is that we are now being squeezed toward adaptation by the same kinds of pressures that other species have come under which caused them to attain flight, camouflage, prehensile tails, etc.
Just throw sand in the gears of the machine and try to wake people up in whatever way you can. No one person can win this, but we can each shine a bit more light on things for others and make life a bit harder for the bastards. You can’t do everything, but you can do your bit.
|WSJ: ‘Almost Half of Recent UK Covid Deaths Are of People Who Have Been Vaccinated’|
Aug. 02, 2021
“Almost half” of the United Kingdom’s “recent Covid-19 deaths are of people who have been vaccinated” but there’s no need to worry because that means it’s working, so says the Wall Street Journal.
From WSJ, “Some Vaccinated People Are Dying of Covid-19. Here’s Why Scientists Aren’t Surprised.”:
LONDON–As the Delta variant of the coronavirus surges through the U.K., almost half of the country’s recent Covid-19 deaths are of people who have been vaccinated. But doctors and scientists aren’t sounding the alarm about the apparently high proportion of deaths among the vaccinated population.On the contrary, they say the figures so far offer reassurance that vaccines offer substantial protection against the variant, particularly after two doses. Delta, first identified in India, has since spread to at least 85 countries, including the U.S., where it is now estimated to be the most common variant.”ThAt mEaNs It’S WoRkiNG!”
The U.K. is a testing ground for how vaccines are coping. Delta is racing through the country — with 146,000 identified cases in the past week, 72% up on the week before. The country is also a world leader in identifying through testing and genetic sequencing which versions of the virus are prevalent: By mid-June, 97% of cases were Delta infections. And Delta is spreading among a population that is among the most highly vaccinated in the world: 85% of adults have had at least one vaccine shot and 63% have had two.
[…] Data from Public Health England show that there were 117 deaths among 92,000 Delta cases logged through June 21. Fifty of those — 46% — had received two shots of vaccine.
But rather than suggest Delta is displaying a worrying ability to evade the vaccine and cause severe illness, scientists say those figures support the shots’ effectiveness.We also know it’s “working” because the latest results from Pfizer’s “pivotal” clinical trial showed 15 deaths among the vaccinated versus 14 deaths among the unvaccinated who were given a placebo!
According to research published last week in Scientific Reports, the highest risk for establishing a vaccine-resistant virus strain occurs when a large fraction of the population has already been vaccinated but the transmission is not controlled.
The researchers concluded three specific risk factors that favor the emergence and establishment of a vaccine-resistant strain. They are: a high probability of initial emergence of the resistant strain; high number of infected individuals; and low rate of vaccination.
However, the analysis also showed the highest risk for establishing a resistant strain occurs when a large fraction of the population has already been vaccinated but the transmission is not controlled.
Virologists have a name for variations of a virus that slip past vaccine-…
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