Archive for the Collapse Category

Man v. Nature. Who Should Win? Who Will Win? Oh, And Happy Victoria Day! (May 20, 2019)

Posted in Climate, Collapse, Plastic, Population on May 20, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “I think of someone cold and alone lost in the woods at night with only a match engaged in a match of wits with the howling winds and the howling wolves.  The real war today is Man not trying to survive Nature or to subsist with Nature but to subjugate Nature.  The two cannot co-exist.  We must cheer for Nature to win, prevail and dominate Man.”

J          “‘This Planet ain’t big enough for the two of us.’”

. . .

K          “The departure of a million members of one species will not leave the one apex species in any jeopardy of continuing as a species.  The Great Departure is the only way to save a million individual species from extinction.”

. . . 

K          “There is one and only one and no more than one solution.  Listen to the physicists and the electricians not to the e-con-omists and the politicians.  Reduce the load.  There must be a quantum level reduction in the number of homo sapiens on the Planet.  That will not be undertaken by humans.  That will be undertaken by Nature.”

J          “Nature will prevail because Nature prevails.  Predicting the future is so easy.  Pursuing the change is so elusive.”

. . .

K          “Is it immoral to breed?”

J          “Is it a moral duty not to breed?”

. . .

[See the “Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services” prepared by the “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)” at the seventh session of the IPBES Plenary meeting from April 29 – May 4 in Paris discussing the loss of a million species.  See another analysis of our plastic predicament in a Report titled “Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet” by lead authors Lisa Anne Hamilton and Steven Feit and others at “The Center for International Environment Law” discussing our friend Plastic.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)” and “‘It’s Only A Rental.’  The Earth As a Cosmic Doormat.  De-Immanentizing The Eschaton. (September 28, 2015)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“This Planet ain’t big enough for the two of us.”

There is no PLANet B

Homo sapiens are not really that wise

Listen to the physicists and the electricians not to the e-con-omists and the politicians. 

When is the best time to plant a shade tree?  Thirty years ago.  When is the second best time?  Now.

Building a solar panel requires barrels of coal!

People, Plastic, Planet (May 6, 2019)

Posted in Collapse, Environment, Plastic on May 6, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “While each and every legislator was sucking water out of a single-use plastic water bottle without any sense of self-awareness or shame, they tried to outdo each other debating and for some denying climate destruction and devastation.”

J          “Years ago, they covered their save-the-planet garden with plastic sheeting which has now deteriorated and shattered into a million shards spread like seeds of death that shroud their entire farm.”

. . .

J          “The blue marble has not been photographed lately and now may shimmer like a planetary disco ball reflecting a gazillion tiny plastic particles.”

K          “These realizations may make my head explode, but that would release millions of mega-microscopic plastic particles floating around in my brain into the room.  That’s just not good.”

. . .

[See the research paper titled “Atmospheric transport and deposition of microplastics in a remote mountain catchment” in “Nature” magazine by eight researchers dated April 15, 2019 and “There’s just no getting away from microplastic contamination” in “Ars Technica” by Cathleen O’Grady dated April 22, 2019 discussing the research.]

[See the e-commentary at “Salvaging Our Blue Marble (July 24, 2017)”, “Stealing Resources . . . Through Time . . . and Across Space (February 20, 2017)” and “Living In The ‘Peoplocene Age’.  The Inconvenient Truth:  Renewable Energy Is Not Sustainable; The Population Must Be Restrainable. (December 12, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Eschew plastic

People + Plastic = Planet ; People – Plastic = Planet

China:  “The Silent Takeover” Overtakes Silently.  Oh, And Happy Chinese New Year! (February 4, 2019)

Posted in Book Reference, China, Climate, Collapse, Global Climate Change, Limits To Growth, Russia on February 4, 2019 by e-commentary.org

. . .

J          “Global climate change, as a product and by-product of human activity and avarice, is the greatest threat to the Planet.  China, particularly affiliated with Russia and other countries, is the greatest threat on this threatened Planet to the U.S. and thus to the West.”

K          “That does make you wonder who the bachelor will pick this week.  The lethargic but lovable American people are in many ways the greatest threat on this threatened Planet to the threatened U.S.”

J          “The Chinese and their colleagues and cohorts are snatching the mantle and the future from the West in plain sight, yet the theft is unseen and unknown by most Americans.” 

. . .  

J          “China has many if not most of the rare-earth elements on Earth under control or contract.  China has a substantial horde of gold and silver in hand not under contract.  China has growing hordes of hungry consumers who could drive the Chinese economy into prosperity or drive the Chinese economy into penury . . . or a mix of both.” 

K          “China continues to colonize Africa economically not militarily.  China is following the Western play book developed and delineated in Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man, the economic and financial equivalent and update of a Chinese creation, The Art Of War.  China is manufacturing indentured servants and vassals throughout the world.” 

J          “The ‘Hit Man’ preyed on Latin America.  China has investments in Venezuela and may not cotton to the U.S. stealing its oil and the gold.  The flash point may not be in Asia.”

. . .

J          “Chinese authorities can flip a switch and trip a chip nestled in any random grid-tied solar panel and trigger a systemic grid shutdown . . . and only by lifting a finger.  China may be able to monitor conversations in subway cars.  China has stolen intellectual property and yet now just buys the companies and acquires the technology.  China can do things we do not even know they can do.”

. . .

K          “Three decades ago, friends parked their BMW rig at the airport on their way to China and returned to share pictures of people pulling and riding rickshaws.  Now the Chinese are driving the BMWs.  There simply are not enough resources on the threatened Planet to allow Americans to continue driving BMWs.  We must turn over the keys and share the resources.  America must now take its turn at the wheel pulling and riding rickshaws.”

J          “I see it.  In short order, there will be an ad for ‘Rick’s Rickshaws.  The Best in the West’ advertised during the Stupor Bowl.”    

. . .

K          “The world knows where this is heading and how this ends.  The first worldwide vote in the history of humankind to determine the ‘Empire of the Future’ was conducted and completed in 2015 with the most lopsided outcome in the history of humankind.  China was endorsed and embraced by the whole world; U.S.A. was shunned and sidelined with a few stragglers.”

J          “It was not a plebiscite because the plebes did not vote.  It was an elitescite because only the elite voted.  And they voted clearly and loudly and in their interest.”

K          “America was in first place among the losers.”

J          “America was the runner up and is out of the running.”

. . .

J          “We are in trouble.  Big trouble.  Big.  Big.  Trouble.”

K          “We can scribe tomorrow’s history in today’s journals not as history happens but before history even happens.  In real time.  Today’s Toynbee.  Gibbon.  Spengler.  Bachelorette number 3, I say.”

J          “We do not know it and we do not get it.”

. . .

[See the article titled “The Big Hack:  How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies” in “Bloomberg Businessweek” magazine by Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley dated October 4, 2018, “Clandestine Chips Are The Perfect Hack And Technology Needs To Catch Up” in “Forbes” magazine by Anna-Katrina Shedletsky dated October 4, 2018, “Senators urge Metro to guard against Chinese spying in new subway cars” in “The Washington Post” by Robert McCartney dated January 19, 2019 and the poetic challenge by Greta Thunberg to the Davos crowd and the crowded denizens of the world on January 25, 2019.]

[See the discussion between an old Chinese party official (C1) and a young comrade (C2) eight years ago transcribed in an earlier e-commentary at “The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)” reprinted below; a discussion by two concerned American citizens, A and B, regarding the results of the election to determine the ‘Empire of the Future’ in “AIIB:  China: 1; U.S.A.: 0? (April 6, 2015)”; and an architectonic analysis of the world situation at “The China-Russia Affair: Advancing The Petro-Yuan; Dictating The Future (March 26, 2018)” that includes many links to other commentary and previous e-commentary.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

We.  Are.  In.  Big.  Trouble. 

The year of the pig

Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered

The Silent Takeover (May 23, 2011)

. . .

C1      “Take over America.  Of course we are.  You say that you have a better plan, comrade.”

C2      “The primary lesson of the Twentieth Century is that it is easier to take by investment than by invasion.”

C1      “Clear thinking, little butterfly.  Invasion is costly and ineffective.  Invasion only assists the defense industry.  You can eat butter; you can’t eat a gun.  We focused our spending on efficient invasion technology.  We are letting the Americans spend on offensive technology to allow them to go bankrupt.”

C2      “They are already bankrupt.”

C1      “They are.  They are also too big to fail, but not too big to own and operate efficiently.”

C2      “Increase the purchases of t-bills and t-bonds by another fifty percent to a holding of 1.5 Trillion U.S.  They will be worthless, but they are one of the tickets to control.”

C1      “We will decide what they are worth later.”

. . .

C2      “America has an unproductive class of third-rate minds and fifth-rate characters who suck staggering amounts of money without contributing anything of value.  They are identified as CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and their like and ilk.  They run companies and run them into the ground.”

C1      “Comrade, we plan to teach them how capitalism really works.  Survival of the fittest.  They are not fit.  They will not survive.”

C2      “They do not have a working market for talent at the top of American corporations.  The market is broken . . . and fixed.  The brigands and hooligans run the companies.  The American schooling institutions feed and fuel the broken market.”

C1      “The brigands and hooligans will be fixed like the mongrel dogs they are.  They will be sent to regional re-education camps . . . to be re-educated.”

C2      “Were they ever educated?”

C1      “Very good.  You will go far.  What about the cyberfun we are having with them.”

C2      “You should taunt them with simple technology and gauge what they have to combat the efforts.”

C1      “We can send a message internally to the Seventh Fleet to ‘stand-down’ at any time that looks like it is one of their own.  We can even send a message to have the crew stand on their heads.”

C2      “We can?  What will you do with the people?  The people do not produce.”

C1      “We provide the goods and the money to buy the goods for now.  They will be allowed to consume as long as it is in our interest to allow them to consume.”

. . .

C2      “We have our own domestic problems.”

C1      “Not if we don’t acknowledge them.”

C2      “Look at the problems we don’t acknowledge.”

C1      “Who asked you?”

C2      “Our comrades are becoming . . . filthy running dog consumers.  We are creating our own mess.”

. . .

C2      “I have another plan.  What if we tried to work with them?  Why don’t we have a beer with Gary.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

Is it possible to go through the day and encounter something or anything not made out of oil and not made in China?

Gary Locke – nominated to be the Ambassador to China.  O’Bama’s most astute and foresighted appointment.

Developing “De-Community” (December 10, 2018)

Posted in Collapse, Community, Society on December 10, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “‘Community Fortnightly’ magazine rejected the commentary without comment.  The theme did not advance their dogma or comfort their readers.”

J          “Even those committed to debating anything are usually against discussing everything.”

. . . 

K          “He also was eyeing for someone who would understand and appreciate his concerns and observations and was not surprised that I was all ears.”

J          “Some topics just cannot be discussed with more than a few individuals who are comfortable discussing uncomfortable topics.”

. . .

K          “He lectures on the need to develop ‘Community’ after a Collapse which includes pro-actively pursuing ‘De-Community’ to protect the budding ‘Community’ from threats.”

J          “That concern has migrated near the top of my list of to-dos but is not something that others will even consider doing.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “On Community (June 3, 2013)” and “‘Free’ Speech At The ‘Forum’ (October 22, 2018)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

‘De-Community’ . . . Coming To A Community Near You

The Promise Of AI (Artificial Intelligence) (August 20, 2018)

Posted in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Book Reference, Collapse, Energy, Environment, Movie Reference, Society on August 20, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The inevitable consequence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the greatest science fiction cautionary tale of our time . . . and of all time.”

J          “We will know we have truly created Artificial Intelligence when AI either eliminates Homo sapiens from the planet or culls almost all but a few select Homo sapiens who are then kept on a very short and easily retracted leash.”

K          “Clearly that is the definition of Big ‘I’ Intelligence.”

J          “In the interim, we should try to create Big ‘R’ Intelligence.  Real Intelligence.”

K          “When you think about it, Real Ignorance has not been all it is cracked up to be.”

. . .

[See the movie “Colossus:  The Forbin Project” and the novel “Colossus” by Dennis Feltham Jones (as D. F. Jones) for a more benign vision that involves a supercomputer preventing us from killing each other directly through war rather than indirectly but very effectively through our current life styles.]

[See the e-commentary at “Save The Planet; Save The People?  Oh, And Happy Earth Day! (April 23, 2018)” and the many other e-commentary linked there.]

Bumper stickers of the week: 

There is no PLANet B

Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.

Economic Nuremberg Trials?  The War On Economic Terrorism.  Oh, And Happy Solstice! (June 25, 2018)

Posted in Collapse, Democrats, Kleptocracy, Republicans, Rule of Law, War and Wall Street Party on June 25, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “The victors prosecute war crimes against the vanquished.  When he had extra ordinance after a mission, Chuck Yeager followed orders and strafed innocent German civilians on the way back to the air base.  He later commented that he counted on America winning the war so that there would be no untoward consequences.  In America today, the economic criminals are given carte blanche to commit crimes without consequence.”

J          “They are free to strafe the public.  ‘Economic Terrorism’ is the problem and the crime.  We the people are the vanquished, but if we are ever victorious we need to conduct public trials.  The Republicans are owned lock, stock and sinker by the financial interests; the Democrats are owned hook, line and barrel by the financial interests.  Neither party will ever hold those who commit economic terrorism accountable.”

K          “The ‘Economic Nuremberg Trials’ are the only answer.  The political system is too corrupt to offer recourse.  The legal system is too corrupt to offer recourse.  The only way there will be change is if the change is demanded and pursued by the populace.”

. . .

K          “Look.  Listen.  The public is restless and restive.  And may not continue to rest.  A restless friend remarked that the lights may not work in the near future, but the light posts will always work.”

J          “A co-worker says he regularly sharpens his semi-automatic pitch fork.”

K          “When the Collapse comes, there will be little public appetite to conduct something as dainty as a trial for the brigands who circumvented the rules and the laws and the rule of law in a country without the rule of law.”

. . .

J          “The grievances are percolating and festering, but too many are avoiding and opioiding.  At this time, the anger and the outrage are being directed inward not outward.”

K          “The populace is just barely getting by economically and psychologically.  God bless them, but they do not have the understanding, the fortitude, the energy or the courage to get behind the effort to combine due process and justice in a country without due process or justice.”

J          “When you get right down to it, the people are dispirited and defeated.  Nothing will be done.”

K          “Broken and broke.”

J          “But the truth and justice thing sure was a good idea while it lasted.”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at “The Residue of Unrelenting Fear:  PTSD Afflicts The Populace (August 28, 2006)”, “1000 AUSAs (February 9, 2009)”, “Close the Harvard Business School (February 23, 2009)”, “On The Digital Revolution (March 22, 2010)”, “High-Frequency Trading = Cybercrime (June 5, 2015)”, “The Court Of Truth And Justice (CTJ) (August 29, 2016)”, “Assigning Blame:  The Lawyers: 50 Percent; The Non-Lawyer Public: 50 Percent; The Judges: 100 Percent (December 3, 2012)” and “Perjury, the American Way (February 20, 2006)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

You show me a great fortune; I show you a great crime.

“Those who make peaceful revolution [resolution] impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”  John F. Kennedy (Ted could have polished/improved/cadenced the statement by saying “peaceful resolution” rather than “peaceful revolution”.)

“I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing.”  Thomas Jefferson

We live in a country with many, many, many rules and many, many, many laws, but we do not live in a country that believes in or adheres to the rule of law.

You cannot get out of bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In fact, and as a matter of law, you cannot stay in bed in the morning without violating some section of title 18 of the United States Code, the federal criminal code.  In practice, the United States is a system of men not laws because men and women opt from the panoply of laws that punish all behavior and decide who is and who is not imprisoned.

There is no law.  There is only ideology.

Let’s call a truce in the war on drugs, on poverty, on women, on blacks, on browns and start a war on economic terrorism.

When the mountain calls, don’t let it go to voice mail

Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie, Part 2.  Oh, And Happy Valentine’s Day! (February 12, 2018)

Posted in Aviation, Class, Climate, Collapse, Community, Contracts, Global Climate Change, Kleptocracy on February 12, 2018 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “Those who want to bug out to New Zealand seem to believe the island is ‘PLAN B’ on this planet.”

J          “And yet the thoughtful folks who think about it observe that ‘There is no PLANet B’ in our universe.”

K          “Not even Mars.” 

. . .

K          “When the funds run out to guard the compound, the guards will walk off the job.”

J          “I would clear the runway and clear the plane to land, visually if necessary.  The first aid kit, fire extinguisher and other supplies on the plane would come in useful.”

K          “The P.I.C. should pack a readily available t-shirt proclaiming ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m only the pilot’ to stand apart and then stand apart when they land.”

J          “When the kleptocrats deplane, they can be debriefed and disabused of their old ideas.  They need to know that the rules have changed.”

K          “The rules may be the same, just the participants will change.  They depart a land where ‘Might makes right’ and land in a land where ‘Might makes right’ also.  The difference is the group with the might has changed mightily.”

. . .

K          “If I were the pilot, I would let the Kleptocrats know that the manifest has changed and take my family and friends.” 

J          “The ‘theory of efficient breach’ provides the inconvenienced Kleptocrats with a cause of action against the pilot for their inconvenience.”

K          “That is a succulent use of a theory that was concocted to allow the wealthy to breach a contract that nuisances them and avoid punitive damages and the likelihood that the other party would be able to pony up the lucre in the ‘pay to play’ legal system.”

J          “I would cherish the opportunity to inform the Kleptocrat: ‘Sue me’ and then part with: ‘I’ll see you in court’ as we run up the engines and begin to head down the runway.”

. . .

K          “I asked him to forward the draft contract when they e-mail it to him.  Is he as pilot obligated to be ready to leave in four hours or six hours or eight hours?  How many family members is he allowed to take with him?  However, when the Collapse comes, all contracts are advisory and voidable.  The pilot can amend the manifest and take his family and friends to the promised land.  That could be the plot twist for the third plane that actually completes the flight.”

J          “We might ‘Immanentize the Eschaton’ in the new land, the New Z-land.”

K          “Perhaps the most prudent strategy for the locals is to bivouac next to the compound, befriend the guards and be ready for the transition.”

. . .

K          “Before takeoff, China will already have taken over both islands.”

J          “Unless an earthquake devastates and cracks the runway first.”

. . .

[Listen to this excerpt from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (1994) ]

[See the e-commentary at “Bugging Out To N.Z.:  The Movie (June 26, 2017)” and “Immanentize the Eschaton.  Say What? (August 22, 2016)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

There is no PLANet B