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Ho hum, another war looks to be in the offing. Another chance for the geopolitical chess players and war profiteers of Empire to crank up the blood-soaked wheels of America’s military industrial complex. And yet another distraction to be played up by the corporate media for the unwashed masses. The myth of American exceptionalism seems to be wearing very thin these days with every metric of living standards collapsing well below other so-called developed nations. But now we have “humanitarian wars” to justify the bombing and killing. The ways in which mankind can twist logic and meaning to serve an ulterior motive is endless, but to my jaundiced eyes this Syria strike is just another rerun in the story of overextended and exhausted Empires.
While such human tragedies occupy our time, the foundation of any type of viable civilization continues to crumble. My doctor asked me the other day if I had experienced any bouts of depression in the last 6 months, and I replied, “After I stopped reading the news my spirits lifted. To be informed and aware carries the heavy burden of sadness and depression.” With a slight snicker he replied, “There’s some truth to that.” He didn’t get it.
From an article today in the San Francisco Chronicle:
A new epoch?
..So complete is human domination of earth that scientists use the term “Anthropocene” to describe a new geological epoch.
The most obvious sign is climate change. People have altered the composition of the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. But other human impacts, widely discussed by scientists, seldom reach the political arena.
Residues from 100 million tons of synthetic chemical compounds produced each year are so pervasive that they commonly appear in polar bear tissues, whale blubber and the umbilical cords of babies.
Each year, humans appropriate up to 40 percent of the earth’s biomass, the product of photosynthesis, earth’s basic energy conversion necessary to all life.
Humans have converted more than 40 percent of the earth’s land to cities or farms. Roads and structures fragment most of the rest.
Humans appropriate more than half the world’s fresh water. Ancient aquifers in the world’s bread baskets, including the Ogallala in the Great Plains, are being drained.
Only 2 percent of major U.S. rivers run unimpeded. California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has been entirely re-engineered. The last time the Colorado River reached the Sea of Cortez was in 1998. The Nile, Indus and Ganges rivers have been reduced to a trickle.
Humans surpass nature as a source of nitrogen emissions, altering the planet’s nitrogen cycle.
A quarter of known mammal species, 43 percent of amphibians, 29 percent of reptiles and 14 percent of birds and elephants may be extinct within a decade.
A third of world fisheries are exhausted or degraded. Forty percent of coral reefs and a third of mangroves have been degraded. Most species of predator fish are in decline.
Ocean acidification, a product of fossil fuel burning, is dissolving calcifying plankton at the base of the food chain.
A garbage gyre at least twice the size of Texas swirls in the Pacific Ocean.
“We’re changing the ability of the planet to provide food and water,” Harte said.
Even scientists who doubt ecological collapse, such as Michele Marvier, chair of environmental studies at Santa Clara University, acknowledge that “humans dominate every flux and cycle of the planet’s ecology and geochemistry.”…
The conniving little games of corporate states and petty dictators continue to play out as our global ship sinks quickly into the dustbin of history. The unwashed masses will continue to be kept busy on the hamster wheel of “modern progress”, an overpowering and die-hard myth. The infinitely small percentage of people who are fully aware of our dilemma may continue to wring their hands in despair and self-torment while others lecture us with overly analytical psychobabble, but for myself, I have decided to embrace what is inevitable and savor each day as it comes like the last sand granules of a depleting hourglass.
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Yeah I feel happier when I quit reading the news too. Whenever someone asks me whats going on in the news I usually reply “the same old death and destruction”. It’s called rational pessimism. Happy people literally see the world through rose colored glasses. There have been studies that show pessimists have a more rational view of the world. Us realists know the long arc of history bends not toward progress and greater human freedom but rather toward despotism and the concentration of power among the few.
Mr Putin said: “This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad.”
A tangled web we weave…
“Meeting with his council on human rights Wednesday, Putin claimed that Syrian dictator Assad’s main combat opponents are essentially an Al Qaeda command. The Russian President expressed concerns that resonate deeply with many concerned Americans, as more videos continue to surface across social media networks depicting the brutality and radicalism of rebel forces.
The most recent disturbing video depicts seven bound captives from Assad’s military kneeling before Syrian rebels. The prisoners’ bared backs are marked with red welts and their faces pressed into the dirt. After announcing their revenge, the rebels shoot each of the captives in the head, one by one.
This is only one of many videos that have been released depicting disturbing violence on the part of the rebel forces. One such video shows the graphic beheading of a Catholic priest. Another depicts the killing of two young boys. Many show beatings and tortures performed on prisoners captured from Assad’s army. In what is possibly the most revolting to date, a rebel commander cuts the heart and liver out of a slain enemy and eats it in front of the camera.
In June, a 14-year old boy in the Northern Syrian city of Aleppo, who was accused of blaspheming the Muslim prophet Muhammad, was flogged and executed by rebel forces. When the Islamic extremists were driving by the boy’s coffee-stand on the street, they reportedly overhead him making a joke that referenced the prophet. The boy was seized by the rebel gunmen and taken to an unknown location where he was beaten and tortured. He was returned with his body slashed with the marks of a whip and a shirt tied around his head. He was then shot repeatedly in front of a crowd. Grisly photos were released of his bloodied body, a gaping hole all that remains of his nose and mouth.
On Wednesday, John Kerry told Congress that only “15 to 25 percent” of the rebel forces are extremists. Texas Representative Michael McCaul responded, reminding Kerry that he had been told in briefings that half of the rebels were estimated to be extremists.”
Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/high-tide-and-turn/2013/sep/5/debate-over-syria-shows-americans-growing-distrust/#ixzz2e5gH00Ln
It is the lying that so angers me and the gullibility of otherwise smart people that so confuses me.
Kevin Moore said:
Superficiality reigns supreme in official circles, and everything that matters gets worse by the second.
Now that my personal plans A, B , C , D and E have come to nothing I am wondering about plan F because it rather looks as though the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ will continue for several more years.
Russia “will help Syria” in the event of a military strike, Putin stressed as he responded to a reporter’s question at the summit.
“Will we help Syria? We will. And we are already helping, we send arms, we cooperate in the economics sphere, we hope to expand our cooperation in the humanitarian sphere, which includes sending humanitarian aid to support those people – the civilians – who have found themselves in a very dire situation in this country,” Putin said.
The US Government Stands Revealed to the World as a Collection of War Criminals and Liars
Kevin Moore said:
It has been quite a journey, from believing in Father Christmas and fairies as a small child, to believing in progress as an adolescent, to discovering that the entire system is founded on a pack of lies and is run by professional liars and halfwits; and in recent years, recognising that the system is in the process of rendering the Earth largely uninhabitable, but ‘nobody’ cares.
Yep – ever since the corporate take-over, the gloves have come off, the curtain has fallen and the puppets of power are revealed to be vile and hate-filled psychopaths willing to kill innocent people over the dollar as the world’s currency standard, though in fact it is completely devoid of value with no backing except military power and is waning with Peak everything.
Between Fukushima, impending WWIII, environmental collapse and the rampant economic instability of the world’s central banks, its only a matter of WHEN it will all come to a head, reach a point of systems-wide phase shift and all start to “go south” on us, increasing in destruction and misery from then on to (I think) extinction.
Many still think humanity has a chance – George Mobus says life has always come back from the previous mass extinctions and our frequent commenter here Tnioli also thinks humans are so tough to kill that someone, somewhere will survive.
I think both of them are just wallowing in the same old hopium and optimism that discounts the facts on the ground. You know, like: lethal radiation pouring into the atmosphere and Pacific Ocean for years to come, on top of a highly probable nuclear war in the near future (due to economic collapse of the dollar and the insolvency of the world’s central banks), combined with rampant new diseases arising every week it seems, along with collapsing social safety nets (including unaffordable health care, lack of vaccine research (and failure to keep up), worldwide unemployment and increasing poverty, violence stemming from societal collapse, and much more), increasing earthquake and volcanic activity, dying marine life, complete pollution of the biosphere (including chemicals and plastics, nuclear waste, toxic factory aerosols and particulates like brake dust, burning of rainforests to make room for cattle or farming, and much more), added to climate change and all its effects, in the midst of crustal changes like sinkholes, mudslides, huge forest fires, and massive flooding, which causes other effects in other systems (like insurance companies being unable to pay the claims after enormous Katrina/Sandy-type events and going belly-up, leaving the claimants destitute with no recourse; or the decline in pollinators), not to mention soil erosion, aquifer depletion and on and on and on.
Oh, but we’re special, see – we’re so clever (not to mention possibly “sapient”) that we can find a way to survive without food, clean air and water, and toxic gases wafting from most, if not all, the oceans (dead zones), lakes, streams, pools, etc. pluming hydrogen sulfide and methane continuously now and in ever-increasing amounts, with no medical system, no police protection, no dentistry, no food stores and in a warming world with chaotic weather and few if any living trees. They downplay the effect of radiation, despite the fact that there is no lowest dose without biological consequences, and it’s only going to get worse when all the other nuke plants have to be “decommissioned” but there’s no money to do it properly and we haven’t the time, manpower or energy.
Who would even WANT to survive all these assaults just to live in abject poverty, without electricity or other cheap source of energy, grinding on each interminable day breathing toxic fumes, sucking down whatever water one can find, polluted or not, being bombarded by constant and ever-increasing radiation, reduced to hiding out or being part of some ruthless mob of rapist/killers for the last scraps of a disappearing life?
Keep it. We’re done.
And some, when given irrefutable arguments that we are facing economic and environmental collapse, say, well, then we’ll just go back to a hunter-gathering way of life, as if all would be well then.
Sure, that would be fine, except when mankind was hunting and gathering, the world was a Garden of Eden, pristine and healthy and full of resources of water and food and fuel for heat and cooking and healthy plants and animals sharing their world.
It will take many thousands……maybe millions….of years to return to anything like such a beautiful planet that once was.
Agreed. There is on last hope I’m holding out for. A virus wipes out 80% of mankind. Sounds harsh but what other solution is there. By my calculations if all woman on the planet stopped having children for 10 years it would barely make a difference. If we go down slowly everything will be destroyed. If most of us go fast there is a chance for the survivors. But when we rebuild we rebuild without the capitalist pig mentality. (my apologies to all pigs out there, it’s just an expression). I would still be very interested to know how the Georgia guide stones came about. Whoever wrote them, they clearly understood the problem. I’m just hoping it’s someone with access to bio weapons.
I think I may be able to get another writer whom I’ve been wanting to get on board this site for some time. I want to bring in different voices.
The call is always open for new writers here. You only have to produce at least one high quality post per month. If we can get enough writers, then we could have a friendly little wager going each month. The essay to draw the most unique visitors (as determined by wordpress stats) would take all the money.
If interested, sign up fellow “doomers”, “realists”, and artists.
Some interesting news bits in the last day…
I love the first comment from the first story below:
“We have arrived: the war gets prosecuted and America fails; the war doesn’t get prosecuted and America fails.”
From the article below…
“In both the Best Estimate and Low scenarios indicate that peak phosphorus will occur within 15 years. Although the High scenario peaks after 2100 it is important to recognise that Morocco/Western Sahara accounts for almost 70% of the High scenarios URR. Indeed the World excluding Morocco/Western Sahara production peaks in 2030. Further by 2100, virtually all of the world’s production will occur from Morocco/Western Sahara only.”
And finally this is an odd one…
High-Level U.S. Intelligence Officers: Syrian Government Didn’t Launch Chemical Weapons
”In the background, a great war has started.”
21 August 2013
Shady PR operatives, pro-Israel ties, anti-Castro money: Inside the Syrian opposition’s DC spin machine
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It’s Not Just the Oil. The Middle East War and the Conquest of …
…So yes, regime change was planned against Syria (as well as Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan and Iran) 20 years ago.
And yes, attacking Syria weakens its close allies Iran and Russia … and indirectly China.
But Syria’s central role in the Arab gas pipeline is also a key to why it is now being targeted…
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I’m speechless. Finally someone gets it!! I now look at things this way. If my Government says someone is my enemy then I know they are my friend and vice versa. I definitely do not watch so called “main stream” aka Propaganda media news. We have been lied to by the “system” for the last 200 years at least. If you want to read the most comprehensive well referenced summation of what is coming read Peter Goodchild’s essay at http://www.countercurrents.org/goodchild090510.htm. I don’t say problem because problem implies there is a solution.
Good luck. This isn’t going to end well for mankind at all. The sheeple are waking up but far too slowly.