2012 Year-End Review, Capitalism, Chris Hedges, Climate Change, Corporate State, Corporatocracy, Ecological Overshoot, Environmental Collapse, Extinction of Man, Gross Inequality, Homeland Security, Inverted Totalitarianism, Jacob Appelbaum, Military Industrial Complex, Police State, Security and Surveillance State, The Elite 1%
In 2012, I have published 163 blog posts with a few notable contributions by Darbikrash and Kramerfaust. All 163 posts are hyperlinked and listed in chronological order below. The top 10 most-viewed posts for 2012 were:
1.) EROEI and the Collapse of Empires
2.) Tipping Points for Runaway Climate Change, Part One
3.) Peak Oil + Peak Phosphorus = Peak Population
4.) Comments on Guy McPherson at Bluegrass Bioneers 2012
5.) The Reality of Climate Change
6.) Voting the “Lesser of Two Evils” is a Wasted Vote for the Status Quo
7.) It’s Not Dystopic Science Fiction Anymore…
8.) The Day The Whole World Went Away
9.) The Joke’s on Us: Guns in a Sociopathic Society
10.) Get Me Off This Crazy Ride!
To recap 2012, I would say it was the year of catastrophic environmental changes with both poles melting, Frankenstorms and global wierding, and severe droughts. We’re following in the steps of most other civilizations through environmental overshoot and destruction of our land-base by industrialization. Climate change is not something humans will be able to adapt to since we have already set into motion a cascade of feedback loops which will raise the global temperature to levels unheard of in the history of mankind. Amazingly, a large percentage of the population still does not believe that climate change is caused by man’s industrial activities over the last couple centuries or that it’s of any consequence. Mass media propaganda has served the interests of the elite well, but to the detriment of us all.
2012 also saw the further rise of the Security and Surveillance State which has strengthened and consolidated the power of corporate rule in America. Grass-roots movements can be preemptively disbanded and discredited through covert intelligence operations that make use of America’s hi-tech monitoring system integrating all electronic communications.
Chris Hedges says:
The corporate state knows that the steady deterioration of the economy and the increasingly savage effects of climate change will create widespread social instability. It knows that rage will mount as the elites squander diminishing resources while the poor, as well as the working and middle classes, are driven into destitution. It wants to have the legal measures to keep us cowed, afraid and under control. It does not, I suspect, trust the police to maintain order. And this is why, contravening two centuries of domestic law, it has seized for itself the authority to place the military on city streets and citizens in military detention centers, where they cannot find redress in the courts. The shredding of our liberties is being done in the name of national security and the fight against terrorism. But the NDAA is not about protecting us. It is about protecting the state from us. That is why no one in the executive or legislative branch is going to restore our rights. The new version of the NDAA, like the old ones, provides our masters with the legal shackles to make our resistance impossible. And that is their intention.
Hyperlinked list of posts for 2012:
ThreeEs (@ThreeEsEmail) said:
Thanks for all your great work and wish you the best in 2013! Thanks for the link in your post a few days back. ThreeEs http://www.3es.weebly.com
Just reading through the compendium of posts that you put forth over the last year, all I can say is how impressive this body of work is. Keep up the great work-there are many that appreciate the value in this site.
I was reminded of life imitating art and the clip from “Trailer Park Boys” in your post ‘A Nation of Hustlers and Swindlers‘
when I saw this:
…from the Meat Crimes blog on Tumblr.
What an amazing list of writing! I understand the amount of work you put in. I managed just 106 articles for the year on my own blog on climate issues (http://takvera.blogspot.com), plus quite a few more posts to Indymedia, flickr sets and youtube videos on other social issues.
I also parented a 12 year old, and managed to reduce our carbon footprint to 1.6 tonnes CO2 per year. On a minimal (Casual) income too. If only everyone in the Western industrialized world would do this, hey?
You haven’t really covered the decline of coral reef eco-systems or the threat of a great marine extinction
but I know how hard it is to keep up with the extent of research being published in all fields related to climate change, and you are dealing with an even broader agenda: the collapse of Industrial civilization.
Keep up the writing.
Sure we covered coral reef decline:
Ripping Out the Heart and Lungs of the Earth
Plasticizing the Oceans: a 100-Fold Increase in the Last 40 Years
No Bailout for Mass Extinction and the Collapse of Industrial Civilization
Also, if you do a search on this site of “ocean acidification”, you’ll get more.