Lotka’s Wheel

This paper entitled Lotka’s wheel and the long arm of history: how does the distant past determine today’s global rate of energy consumption? is in the works by Timothy Garrett, Mathias Grasselli and Stephen Keen.

https://esd.copernicus.org/articles/13/1021/2022/esd-13-1021-2022.html

It seems to reveal a dynamic in which continued waves of growth (especially in technological projects seen as essential for “progress” will begin to starve the corpus of civilization through hyperinflation since the new projects will not be using truly surplus sources of energy, but sources that are essential for maintaining the foundations of civilization.

To me, this seems to be exactly the course our leaders have embarked upon, using energy stocks essential for the metabolic maintenance of civilization to build things like new super-cities, Mars colonies, 5G surveillance states, AI, robotics, etc.

Lotka’a Wheel (Burn more faster.)

“Alfred J. Lotka regarded the “life-struggle” as a competition for available energy. The role in this struggle of any physical system, subject to external constraints, is to maximize the flow of energy through it. Lotka proposed, “The influence of man, as the most successful species in the competitive struggle, seems to have been to accelerate the circulation of matter through the life cycle, both by `enlarging the wheel’, and by causing it to `spin faster’ … the physical quantity in question is of the dimensions of power”. “In every instance considered, natural selection will so operate as to increase the total mass of the organic system, to increase the rate of circulation of matter through the system, and to increase the total energy flux through the system, so long as there is presented an un-utilized residue of matter and available energy” (Lotka1922) (our italics).

“It is important to note, however, that zero real, inflation-adjusted production does not forbid nonzero, positive nominal production. If there is a large difference between the nominal and real GDP, it appears in economic accounts as high values of the GDP deflator or as hyperinflation. Interpreted physically, civilization dissipates energy along previously produced networks. Even as current production continues to grow these networks, there is concurrent fraying of those previously constructed that is sufficient to offset any productive gains Garrett (2014).

A metabolic steady state may only represent a temporary marker prior to more complete collapse, thermodynamic as well as economic, given the severe constraints hyperinflation would impose on modern society. Along the pathway of contraction, any external resources that become available to civilization would no longer be sufficient to count as an un-utilized residue available for further growth. Like a patient consumed by cancer, production would be more than offset by consumption – burning the furniture to heat the house, so to speak. Nominal production might remain, but it would be fueled more by internal than external resources. Eventually, civilization would attain a point of complete collapse, whereupon both civilization power and nominal production would equal zero.”

My interpretation is that if they starve the existing system with its eight-billion old-fashioned dissipative humans as they build their “future” using energy essential for the old civilization’s metabolism, they run the risk of collapsing the system entirely. Getting from here to there will involve slowly collapsing what they see as non-essential structures, including people, as their new structures appear.

The old-fashioned rRNA getting ready to work on the hoagie gradient.

The new rRNA in the works.

Most likely they’ll never get the new system up and running before the collapse the old one.

707 thoughts on “Lotka’s Wheel”

  1. “Most likely they’ll never get the new system up and running before the collapse the old one.”

    Let’s hope so.

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    1. The continued investment in complexity by mining energy from the existing civilization should eventually collapse the entire system.

      https://mcalvanyweeklycommentary.com/complexsocieties/

      “In ancient societies, what I see is that they would grow in complexity and ultimately reach a point of diminishing returns on the basis of an energy base that could not expand, on the basis of peasant agriculture, that would be pretty much at its limit and that would be highly taxed, and this is the point where they started to become vulnerable to collapse, when they reached the point of diminishing returns to complexity. At this point, complexity, itself, becomes a less suitable strategy for solving problems, and societies become increasingly vulnerable to collapse.” – Tainter.

      What are our brilliant leaders doing now? They’re not only trying to fund more complexity, they’re intentionally hobbling the energy and farming industries and creating inflation while incapacitating the population. Most of those that go out of business in the coming collapse will not be recovering while special organs and projects of the state are given energy priority. Can they maintain complexity while collapsing most of the pyramid, since much of the pyramid makes no contribution to the “progress”?

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      1. There have been growing calls for the State Department to greenlight firefighting assistance to Cuba to put out the oil storage-tank fire in Matanzas. Other countries have provided firefighting teams and material aid, but the U.S. government has limited itself to condolences and advice over the telephone. Cuba must be one of the impediments to “progress” and must be lopped off the tree.

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        1. “If you’re not with us, ummm, uhhh, uhhh, you’re against us.” as George Bush would say. Submit to the New World Order.

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  2. More to chew on, thanks James.

    Is that skull from one that Noah Nosferatu drained and ate earlier? He looks mightily refreshed…..

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  3. Have to keep them guessing over at Reddit Collapse so I left this tree analogy comment:

    Civilization is like a tree. It has roots, a trunk, a lot of older growth and new growth at the tips. The new growth can be thought of as emerging complexity (5G, missions to Mars, AI, electric cars, etc). Everything is fine until there’s not enough fertilizer and water at the roots (think oil). There’s not enough to feed the new complexity growth at the tips and therefore something has to be done. They have to prune the tree of unnecessary branches to make sure the new growth gets all it needs, the high-tech stuff that they’re making profits on. That’s why when you transplant a tree and cut some roots (imagine roots eating oil, coal etc.) you had better prune some limbs or the whole tree may die. The managers just want to get rid of some useless old growth so there will be enough for their dreamed-of tech future. Hope your not on one of those useless branches way down on the tree since they’re trying to cut you off right now. Eventually, in pursuit of their dystopian dream, they’ll cut so much that the roots won’t even get enough nourishment and the whole things will die anyway.

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    1. Eventually the debt piles-up and the dollar Tower of Babel become unstable and down it comes. No energy to create another stack.

      “The LORD[b] came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. 6 And the LORD said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore it was called Babel,[c] because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth, and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.”

      The Lord committed a sin by spreading the cancerous tribes all over the earth and giving them different languages. “Too bad, you see what happens. But we forgive you. You knew not about dissipative structures and information, and cut throat tribalism.” But then again, perhaps you were pleased with the human’s ability to erect dissipative structures which would eventually reduce the sequestered fuels and feed the heavenly expansion. Heave to human, more fuel for the fires of hell, time is a wasting, a wasting, a wasting……………………………. babbled Lloyd Blankfien as his forked tail writhed in the air as if it had a mind of its own. “Get busy, we’re doing God’s work here. Don’t forget, if your FICO score goes below 700 into the pit you go, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

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  4. Chris Hedges and I often wonder why people can’t be better than they are and have to follow the same worn-out path to collapse. Scientific enquiry and exposition don’t seem to alter the course of what seems to be an uncontrollable dopioid dash, literally a fizzing chemical reaction inside people’s brains. I suppose it will end when the substrate is exhausted.

    https://chrishedges.substack.com/p/we-are-not-the-first-civilization?s=w&utm_medium=web

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  5. Actually what I find interesting about today’s world is the maintenance and continuation of everything, at all possible costs.

    For example, next year there will be a Super Bowl, and a suburban house and fast food joint built somewhere in America. As if there never has been a Super Bowl before, there are no suburban homes, and no fast food joints!

    It’s this relentless expansion of everything to the point of repetition and absurdity that I find interesting about people in today’s world, and why I’m a recluse. There’s just no point anymore but we don’t want to admit it. As far as I’m concerned, present day humans are a failed species, and I don’t consider myself to be a member of them.

    I’m not saying I’m better, just a different branch of hominid. I’m comfortable with a simple and contemplative life, I’m more like an ancient Greek philosopher than a modern American (and therefore, by default, modern people pretty much anywhere).

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    1. Wherever self-organization takes you, just go with the flow with dopioids leading the way. It’s worked for hundreds of millions of years to create the stellar species/RNA we have today. When the fossil fuels are gone and the crash is over we won’t end-up with philosophers but rather the same dopioid apes that, if they can survive, will scrounge for much more humble rewards, like something to eat. Trying to dissuade them from self-destruction is like speaking directly to a dopioid molecule. It doesn’t understand. Pleasure good, me do more pleasure, end of story.

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    2. I’ve always considered myself something of a philosopher. Always happy enough to just sit and think about things, as oppsed to going out and “doing” things. I’ve always been concerned more with the “whys” and “what fors”, rather than the “hows”. Never been much on “getin’ ‘er done”. The pushing and shoveing, the jostleing, even the getting there on time, the cardinal rule of the work-a-day world, never sat well with me.

      Lately, I’ve been asking (myself) the question, is being alive, maintaining this (decaying) form as a dissipative structure worth the hassel? Probably not.

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      1. Everyone’s pretty much just running on automatic in a stage of evolution where self-organization has brought them. Born into it and functioning day-to-day as RNA, building cells and arteries/veins, tools etc. God loves a hard worker, a gradient breaker. Must find more energy to turn into dissipative structures until it’s all gone. It might be good to ask the question, “What the hell?” But then you find that 99.99% of people don’t ask any questions and don’t want to ask any questions. They just want a “good job” and a safe environment to enjoy their dopioids and a heaven to go to when it’s all over. The extent of philosophy for most is “If it feels good – do it.” and “Live fast – die old.” And governments are supposed to make sure the fuels get shoveled into the system to make it all happen. Even the technological people are dolts participating in self-organization because it fills their pockets with loot.

        Is it worth it? I think so, as long as you don’t have any excruciating pain. Lots of people even go to work every day with their tails wagging. I don’t know why, but it’s true. Nature will let you know when you’re no longer welcome as it will probably starve you to death. But until then, as long as the wine and whisky flow, life is a chance for more dopioids as the pageantry of entropy continues to unfold. Does it all make sense – yes. Will it turn out well – no. Decay does set in. I think I could turn an entire day into a nap. But that’s good.

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    1. Yes, straight out of Pandora’s Box. “We can be like Gods.” “But humans evolved to fit their circumstances.” “But we can be like Gods.” They’ll soon find out that they can’t be like “Gods” but they can introduce even more chaos into the existing system.

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  6. A few thoughts by Art Berman:

    https://www.artberman.com/2022/08/15/paradigm-shift-end-of-the-oil-age/

    energy

    In this graph from the article, all categories of energy use are feeding something in existence already, including trying to grow available energy in all categories. In order to substantially grow solar and wind, you must redirect energy away from existing consumption. That either means something must die (people and infrastructure) and/or the amount of energy directed towards finding fossil fuels is restricted. If you put all exploration and development money for fossil fuels into solar/wind, the EROEI will drop and something must still die in the existing economy to make up for less net energy. The impoverishment process in switching to solar/wind will not be welcomed by the those that get sacrificed. And if a switch is attempted, I wonder if they’ve included the cost of recycling materials present in the solar panels and wind turbines. Perhaps with robots it would be possible to get rid of the education, housing and medical systems that support humans to make things work economically or greatly downsize the human population that are used to consuming large amounts of resources.

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  7. CNN is airing “Patagonia: On the Edge of the World” it showed footage of the massive Chinese squid fishing fleet off the coast of Patagonia in international waters. Some of these vessels never leave, they stay for years until the fish/squid are wiped out. The scale of the industrial harvest is obscene. Harvest more faster. Eat more faster. The fishing flotilla is, to use Lotkas words “accelerate(ing) the circulation of matter through the life cycle, both by `enlarging the wheel’, and by causing it to `spin faster’ …

    https://apnews.com/article/china-oceans-overfishing-squid-294ff1e489589b2510cc806ec898c78f

    I kinda agree with Lotka that evolution appears to have selected a system for material throughout not survival. Not long term survival anyhow. Purpose of society seems to be maximum material gain and society lacks a centralized intelligence to stop it doing stupid shit.

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    1. Under normal circumstances scarcity of prey would limit “eat more faster”. We’re approaching scarcity of fossil fuel prey, so maybe the squid will make a come-back.

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  8. What kind of amazes me, just kinda, is that all this bullshit we’ve built over the years is falling apart right in front of our eyes, around our ears so to speak, and no one, or at least very few, seem to notice.

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    1. It will all fall apart since there’s not enough energy flow to maintain it and it’s mostly non-recyclable. But the only thing that really counted was getting the dopioids in the brain. If they try to do a renewables Manhattan project, they’ll probably have to abandon half the existing people and infrastructure which will create so much blow-back that it will disrupt energy flow to everything. At least those poor people aren’t stuffed in a room/cell alone. At least they get some sunshine and fresh air and friendship where they can share dopioids. Of course that goes against the “civilized” model of the working human that pays taxes and goes to church and eschews excessive dopioids. ( The religious still love dopioids, but will keep it a secret.)

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  9. 4:10 wtf is that about?

    I mean, say what you will about public housing projects. If you say they suck, I would agree. But, at least they were a sign that somebody somewhere actually gave a shit about something. “Come on, let’s rip some of this old shit out of here and put up some half ass apartment buildings.” That kind of thing, unheard of any more…

    I’m just glad that I have a relatively warm dry secure place to crawl into at night. That’s all I can say.

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    1. Cities, like housing projects, are inhuman, but they make sense economically. Maybe the robots will enjoy them. I prefer a humble abode surrounded with a bit of green buffer zone. That guy making like an ostrich was a sculptor’s model. They’re making a new statue for the park which represents all of civilization called, “Head Buried in Sand” and “Kiss my Ass.”

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  10. I think the message might be: “See, look, if you don’t perform, that’s where you end up.” Enough to get most people’s attention. I guess.

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  11. Let’s get those kids boosted. We need that autoimmunity rip roarin’ like a bonfire of the neurons, that is, if their heart doesn’t give-out first.

    After my bout with Omicron I lost smell and had a bit of brain fog so I gave my brain what it really likes, sugar and coffee. I also take a little Turmeric just because they say it’s good for inflammation and some fish oil because it seems like good blood vessel lube. Now I’m back to may old deranged self.

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      1. That looks more like the middle finger meant for the United States. That’s O.K., the United States is sending oil to Europe because their energy seppuku didn’t go as planned.

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  12. Party Hardy

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    1. It all went wrong for the Finns after they left the deep forests…..

      A life spent making interesting and useful stuff from wolf pelts, and knocking up reindeer casserole, for her hard-working husband would put her right.

      I’ve heard -in her defence – they do tend to go a bit loopy in the summer, after all that winter darkness.

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      1. We are the same age 36. Except she has better socials skills and social ladder climbing skills than I do. She’s also better looking and more photogenic than me, the real things that matter in a fake democracy. The liberal western oligarchs sure know how to control and manipulate mass psychology. I’m sure the young’uns and the feminist will defend her right to be so cavalier in the middle of a nuclear missile crises, otherwise I wouldn’t care as I am no puritan.

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      1. I love word salads. Reminds me of Schmachtenberger. Butler is being generous. It’s probably more like, “We exist as a collection of dumbass particles.”

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        1. That was a BS program generated quote that could have been slipped into MB’s Twitter feed and read as legit if you were in zombie mode. Your riff “We exist as a collection of ‘dumbass’ particles.” is more his style. I quite like his vids and enjoy his humorous irreverent takedowns of sacred cows and his thoughtful interpretation of Kant, Spinoza and Schopenhauer.

          As far as Schmachtenberger, my impression is that he’s thinking deeply and not just spewing out GPT-3 level word salad. Granted he can be a bit verbose.

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          1. Yea, Martin is great, always worth watching. I like listening to Schmachtenberger too, but always feel that he’s holding back or talking like an undergraduate psychology bullshitter.

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    1. Eventually flyover country will be known as the forbidden zone where only feral, pox-ridden useless eaters eke out survival while being hunted by Warthog killer drones or LA and New York will vaccine themselves into oblivion. Folly is funny.

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    1. I think we’re now entering the era of black magic. Magic occurs when you can’t understand the chain of energy conversions or you miss a few thereby allowing you to proclaim a miracle. For some people everything is magic and to others not much of anything is magic. The elites want us to believe in magic, like the magic of vaccines.

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      1. No one commented on the absurdity of the Chief Medical Officer of the UK introducing the vaxxes in 2020 as ‘this modern scientific miracle’, as if he were the priest of that Italian church where once a year the coagulated holy blood in a vial flows freely.

        And, of course, to get to that ‘miracle’ they had to miss some steps in the trials and rig the result for the credulous public….

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        1. Between “Warp Speed” and “Safe and Effective” there’s plenty of room for magic and miracles, especially the miracle of propaganda.

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      2. The nice thing about animals is that they cannot not be taken in by magic. If I take a picture of my cat and show it to him he does not know what he looks like so he is not impressed. He would never think I had stolen part of his soul.

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        1. No need for magic and no need for the concept of a soul. But it does have the human equivalent of a soul, it just can’t consider its existence. I wonder what cat heaven is like or what the cat in the brain actually looks like to the cat. It’s in there, because I’ve seen our cat’s little paws twitching in a dream. Just like cats, humans turn off the motor cortex when dreaming.

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  13. Sorry, not sure you’ll be able to read that link, this will give you the gist of it. Fug it, I’m having chicken wings for lunch if I can find any.

    The sound of a seabird colony is overwhelming. The air is thick with kittiwakes, ​​guillemots, razorbills and shags. Shrieks and calls ricochet down the cliffs and the rhythmic flap-flap of wings cuts the air like ­stadium applause. Birds ride the wind in spirals, dive to the waves, burrow into shelves in the cliff face or settle on rocky promontories.

    The summer breeding season is coming to an end for many of the species at St Abb’s Head nature reserve in Scotland’s East Lothian, 50 miles east of Edinburgh. Adult guillemots and their chicks have already migrated to their wintering grounds. I’m sitting on a grassy verge at the cliff’s edge, overlooking the rocky bay that houses the colony, with Ciaran Hatsell, a National Trust of Scotland ranger. “I get empty nest syndrome at the end of the season,” Hatsell says, half smiling. “It’s like 60,000 of your kids leaving all at once.”

    Hatsell knows about loss. On June 5, he discovered the first signs of avian influenza in one of the gannets. Since then it has wiped out thousands of birds on the reserve. The flu is a highly pathogenic strain of the H5N1 virus. Since its early detections in poultry and wild birds in the spring of 2021, this new strain has killed more than 86 million birds in the US and Europe alone, predominantly through poultry culling, the mass slaughter of birds at sites where cases have been found. The European Food Safety Authority said the 2021-2022 ­epidemic season was the largest ever recorded on the continent.

    Hundreds of thousands of wild birds have been affected too, particularly seabirds that live in densely packed colonies — optimal conditions for the spread of disease. The level of transmission in wild bird species is unprecedented. Whereas previous strains have affected a handful of species before petering out by the end of the winter, the current one has infected hundreds of species and hung around in populations year-round.

    In Rajasthan, India, locals looked on in alarm in November last year as Demoiselles cranes, elegant grey-blue birds with long black necks, began showing signs of lethargy and confusion. Three hundred of the three-foot-tall birds, which feature prominently in Indian poetry and mythology, are said to have died. The virus spread west, wiping out 8,000 common cranes in Israel, “the worst blow to wildlife in the country’s history”, according to the environment minister. At Greece’s Lake Mikri Prespa, home to the world’s largest Dalmatian pelican colony, more than half of the enormous, prehistoric-looking birds perished. An annual census of the species across the Balkans in May revealed a 40 per cent decline in the population compared to last year.

    In Scotland, among the worst-hit countries because of the concentration of seabirds on its coasts, the virus has wiped out more than half of the great skua colonies in Orkney and St Kilda. Scotland is home to about 60 per cent of the world’s great skuas, a predatory bird known as the pirate of the seas. Conservationists warn that the scale of mortality could push the species into local extinction.

    In a pre-Covid-19 world, all this might have been a major global news story. But with the pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a looming recession and another infectious disease that presents a greater risk to humans — monkeypox — dominating headlines, avian flu has barely made the agenda.

    “I’ve worked in conservation for 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Susan Davies, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. The centre has for years organised trips to the Bass Rock, home to the world’s largest gannet colony, now site of one of the most significant H5N1 outbreaks. Drone images comparing the Bass Rock this June with September 2020 reveal the extent of the devastation. The rock, usually gleaming white with gannets, is muddy brown, with large empty patches.

    At St Abb’s, the virus spread through the colony at relentless speed. Of the 109 gannet nests Hatsell counted this breeding season, only one chick has survived. “This is a population level event, and it’s happening in our lifetimes,” he says as we walk along the cliff. “Species that we’ve been working [to conserve] are potentially going to be wiped out.”

    It’s not just gannets. From where Hatsell and I are perched, we can see a group of dead kittiwakes lying on an outcrop below the lighthouse, near a roosting spot that Hatsell believes was a key point of transmission. The area around the bodies is empty, as though the other birds know to stay away.

    The sound of a seabird colony is overwhelming. The air is thick with kittiwakes, ​​guillemots, razorbills and shags. Shrieks and calls ricochet down the cliffs and the rhythmic flap-flap of wings cuts the air like ­stadium applause. Birds ride the wind in spirals, dive to the waves, burrow into shelves in the cliff face or settle on rocky promontories.

    The summer breeding season is coming to an end for many of the species at St Abb’s Head nature reserve in Scotland’s East Lothian, 50 miles east of Edinburgh. Adult guillemots and their chicks have already migrated to their wintering grounds. I’m sitting on a grassy verge at the cliff’s edge, overlooking the rocky bay that houses the colony, with Ciaran Hatsell, a National Trust of Scotland ranger. “I get empty nest syndrome at the end of the season,” Hatsell says, half smiling. “It’s like 60,000 of your kids leaving all at once.”

    Hatsell knows about loss. On June 5, he discovered the first signs of avian influenza in one of the gannets. Since then it has wiped out thousands of birds on the reserve. The flu is a highly pathogenic strain of the H5N1 virus. Since its early detections in poultry and wild birds in the spring of 2021, this new strain has killed more than 86 million birds in the US and Europe alone, predominantly through poultry culling, the mass slaughter of birds at sites where cases have been found. The European Food Safety Authority said the 2021-2022 ­epidemic season was the largest ever recorded on the continent.

    Hundreds of thousands of wild birds have been affected too, particularly seabirds that live in densely packed colonies — optimal conditions for the spread of disease. The level of transmission in wild bird species is unprecedented. Whereas previous strains have affected a handful of species before petering out by the end of the winter, the current one has infected hundreds of species and hung around in populations year-round.

    In Rajasthan, India, locals looked on in alarm in November last year as Demoiselles cranes, elegant grey-blue birds with long black necks, began showing signs of lethargy and confusion. Three hundred of the three-foot-tall birds, which feature prominently in Indian poetry and mythology, are said to have died. The virus spread west, wiping out 8,000 common cranes in Israel, “the worst blow to wildlife in the country’s history”, according to the environment minister. At Greece’s Lake Mikri Prespa, home to the world’s largest Dalmatian pelican colony, more than half of the enormous, prehistoric-looking birds perished. An annual census of the species across the Balkans in May revealed a 40 per cent decline in the population compared to last year.

    The Bass Rock, an island in East Lothian, Scotland. Home to the world’s largest gannet colony, it is now the site of one of the most significant H5N1 outbreaks © Robbie Lawrence
    In Scotland, among the worst-hit countries because of the concentration of seabirds on its coasts, the virus has wiped out more than half of the great skua colonies in Orkney and St Kilda. Scotland is home to about 60 per cent of the world’s great skuas, a predatory bird known as the pirate of the seas. Conservationists warn that the scale of mortality could push the species into local extinction.

    In a pre-Covid-19 world, all this might have been a major global news story. But with the pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a looming recession and another infectious disease that presents a greater risk to humans — monkeypox — dominating headlines, avian flu has barely made the agenda.

    “I’ve worked in conservation for 30 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” says Susan Davies, chief executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. The centre has for years organised trips to the Bass Rock, home to the world’s largest gannet colony, now site of one of the most significant H5N1 outbreaks. Drone images comparing the Bass Rock this June with September 2020 reveal the extent of the devastation. The rock, usually gleaming white with gannets, is muddy brown, with large empty patches.

    At St Abb’s, the virus spread through the colony at relentless speed. Of the 109 gannet nests Hatsell counted this breeding season, only one chick has survived. “This is a population level event, and it’s happening in our lifetimes,” he says as we walk along the cliff. “Species that we’ve been working [to conserve] are potentially going to be wiped out.”

    It’s not just gannets. From where Hatsell and I are perched, we can see a group of dead kittiwakes lying on an outcrop below the lighthouse, near a roosting spot that Hatsell believes was a key point of transmission. The area around the bodies is empty, as though the other birds know to stay away.

    Rangers like Hatsell have been the first and, often, the only responders in this outbreak. He and his colleagues at ecological sites around the UK, including his partner, who works on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland, just over the border, have been donning PPE and clearing the infected carcasses in an attempt to contain the spread. “The jobs that they loved . . . have turned into a dystopian dream,” Hatsell says of his colleagues. “They are in full hazmat suits and respirator masks, putting birds in bin bags. It’s like something out of a film.”

    There have only been two recorded cases of the new H5N1 strain in humans, but 456 people have died since 2003 after catching previous strains of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. Emerging infectious diseases are a growing threat to both humans and animals, as virologists have warned for decades, to little effect until Covid struck. The WHO reports that 75 per cent of new infectious diseases detected in the past three decades originated in animals. With mass urbanisation, industrial farming and the destruction of natural habitats, we are living in closer proximity to livestock, increasing the risk of mutations and spillover into other species. Meanwhile, a study published in Nature this month found that over half of the known human pathogenic diseases have been aggravated by climate change.

    Hatsell hands me his binoculars so I can scan the cliff face for chicks. He explains how guillemots begin their migration before they have even learnt to fly. With their parents’ encouragement, they leave the nest for the first and last time with a leap from the high ledges down into the water, some as young as 15 days old. Many chicks don’t make it, dashed against the rocks. Nature is cruel, but the scale of the mortality rates among wild birds here and around the world seems far from natural.

    Outbreaks of disease in domestic birds have been recorded since the late 1800s, with the term “fowl plague” in use until the mid-20th century, and local cullings taking place from time to time. But the H5N1 virus was a game-changer, becoming the first avian flu to cross the species barrier to humans. First detected in a farmed goose in southern China in 1996, the virus was then discovered in poultry facilities across China and Hong Kong. In 1997, 18 people in Hong Kong were found to be infected and one-third of them died. In a desperate move to contain the outbreak, the Hong Kong government killed all poultry in the territory within three days. This was later hailed as helping avert a possible pandemic.

    The virus re-emerged in Asia in 2003, and from 2005 was spread by wild birds to poultry in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, including Britain, causing periodic outbreaks. From there it has moved back and forth between domestic and wild birds, evolving as it goes.

    Seabirds are long-lived and loyal creatures. Some live up to 50 years and don’t start breeding until the age of five or six, meaning their birth rates are relatively low. Provided they breed successfully, most remain with their partner for life. “They have the kind of biology that doesn’t cope well with extraordinary additional mortality,” says Ruth Cromie, scientific lead of the UN-led Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds. It can take decades to build up a population after mass deaths.

    The task force, convened by FAO, the UN’s food and agriculture agency, and CMS, its secretariat on migratory species, was launched in 2005, in large part to prevent counterproductive responses like attempts to kill wild birds, as well as misinformation about the role of wild birds in spreading the virus. Ducks and geese were increasingly being demonised in the media. In October 2005, The Sun newspaper ran the headline “Ducks of death” across a photomontage of a flock flying over London. The coverage made Cromie and her colleagues fear for wild bird conservation efforts almost more than the virus itself. “It’s like what Jaws did for shark conservation,” she says.

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    1. The thing that frightens me the most are humans since they can create the perfect strain to infect populations of useless eaters. Couple this with the new pandemic/vaccine strategy for reducing fertility and increasing mortality and you never know what’s going to happen. I imagine it would be possible to wipe-out birds, pigs, cows, corn, wheat, rice and/or humans with the right bioweapon which is just one CRISPR modification away.

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      1. That one can only die once is a calming thought to balance out the terror which arises at what these insane creatures might be planning, of even stumble across as a happy and appealing inspiration:

        ‘Hell yeah, why not? Let’s do it!’

        Our exit from this lunatic show, or torture chamber of the imagination, is guaranteed, and not far away.

        I’m amazed I am sleeping well, given the nature of my waking thoughts, without nightmares (well, one involving my ex!) but I somehow do.

        The denial mechanism of the brain is wonderful.

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        1. Since we are due for a chaotic collapse without a planned demolition, a planned demolition is in order. Just stay close to the stairwell exit with your running shoes on.

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        1. I should be cheering the project, but I’m in the target population. I wish I had more information. Involuntary sterilization and death by pandemic/vaccine seems a little extreme. But what do their modelers know that I don’t? It may be the only thing that can soften an impending horror story.

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      1. Decades ago my dad said I was the most negative person he knew. He was the blindly optimistic type. I’m still waiting for a good reason to be optimistic. Elon Musk wanting to build a Mars colony doesn’t cut it for me.

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          1. I was just following genetic programming, like getting something to eat. My grandfather was a real rabbit having eleven kids. It would have been more, but a few were miscarried.

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              1. At the last birth the doctor told my grandfather he would shoot him if he did it again. So that makes Vlad in favor of large families and the Chinese abandoning the one-child policy. I can tell things are going to work out well.

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                1. The Chinese one-child policy was the smartest policy any one country ever implemented after 1970. China is still overpopulated, and they need to continue shrinking, they are now complaining about their success. 🤦‍♂️

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            1. A friend of mine thought that his girlfriend, desperate to marry, was a gold-digger (money being his obsession).

              I couldn’t get him to see that she was merely following the imperious dictates of her womb, and mere solvency not wealth would have been enough for her.

              Two people on unreflecting automatic, nothing more.

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  14. RAF Recruitment Head Reportedly Resigns After Service Temporarily Stops Hiring White Men

    https://sputniknews.com/20220817/raf-recruitment-head-reportedly-resigns-after-service-temporarily-stops-hiring-white-men-minorities-1099680254.html

    The purpose of these missionary people, as it always has been since their rise to prominence in the Late Classical Era, is to find the most psychologically diseased and desperate members of a society and elevate them out of their rightful place at the bottom and put them at the top as compliant puppets. To achieve a kind of rule by and for the psychologically frail. This explains its popularity in certain parts of the world where philosophical tradition already paved the way for the disembodied ideal to take precedence over the value-neutral adaptably pragmatic. That or parts of the world with the misfortune to be conquered by those with such idealist hang-ups.

    It also goes to show why even though I take generally pro immigrant views I will never endorse mass immigration or Open Borders nonsense. The ability to regulate who can enter a community and what they can do upon doing so is vital to prevent forced homogenization and to provide protection from trendy fads that claim to be the future. Because I am fine with immigrants does not mean I am fine with all potential groups of people out of some bland statement of common humanity. One day, a group might arise somewhere that is overwhelmingly beholden to some fanatical ideology that demands mass conformity to its doctrine in a way people from America presently do not.

    Strong states and societies can keep missionaries (and their fellow travelers like many preachy humanitarian NGOs) out. Only weak societies let themselves be walked over by militant care-lords whose stated humility runs part and parcel with their ballooning hubris that they are the vanguard of a new world order bringing enlightenment to those who have yet to bow to them. And if the laws and customs are the same everywhere (the Christian-Muslim-Victorian-Liberal dream) where do you go to when the laws become insufferable? Are you complacent enough, even if you support the monoculture, to assume it will always be good to you? Nothing stays the same forever. World history reaches no predetermined and uniform endpoint save perhaps entropy or creative destruction and reboot/recycle. Therefore, world views that promise such a thing can be confidently stated as either lying or deluded. Yet their appeal to the weak and bitter is its own form of self-perpetuating power, like a democratized pyramid scheme. Of course, the irony of such totalizing views is that they cannot live without enemies to compare themselves with. But unlike others that can acknowledge this division as natural they cannot, and so their moments of triumph inevitably give way to sectarian division and mutual cancellation…for where go the self-righteous when there is no one left to convert? They turn inward and wreak their missionary activities upon each other as the pyramid scheme of conversion must continue. Division always reasserts itself and no belief complex last forever.

    The problem is not that they will succeed, for they will not. It is a problem of how much damage they inflict on their doomed quest before they inevitably fail. How many alternatives to monoculture are destroyed or assimilated unnecessarily to sate this lust for mandatory togetherness in service of a project that will fail but make everything more insufferable as it does so anyway? In the end even this comes to naught of course but living through it in real time is the thing to be avoided.

    With the power of sovereignty, however, this problem can be situationally mitigated. This is why Japan didn’t become the Philippines in the age of discovery. Sovereignty itself is a fake concept of course, but one which has more truth to it than any messianic religion or social fad. This is because when it fails it is acknowledged to be lost and can only be a concept of import when it works. To work it must have both some in group consensus and some external recognition of territorial rootedness. Those things, unlike vague and odious monocultural concepts of salvation, grace, enlightenment, social justice, Current Year or ‘the end of history’ can actually exist in a concrete way in the material world. Likewise, the assertion of sovereignty begets other different sovereignties, which, in turn, protects distinctiveness. It should come as no surprise that the most obnoxious missionaries of today-the ones who prey on war refugees and impoverished native communities, come from the United States, a country that has for all of my lifetime held itself up as the universal empire and arbiter of what is right and wrong in the world. It is only by asserting such sovereignty (be at tribal or international level) that one can choose to exclude what seeks to forcibly assimilate.

    Thankfully, human tribalism is intrinsic and cannot be defeated by any ideology. But I would much rather live in a society capable of suppressing and interdicting the worst of the care-lords. And I support others who wish to do so in their own way as well. In our particularly Anglo-Protestant culture complex this is especially hard. We are every bit as close to the heart of the beast as sane people who live in Saudi Arabia are. But I do believe there is a way for the sane to work within our cursed traditions to achieve a far more optimal outcome.

    In the meantime, support for national sovereignty and indigenous religion within the context of imperial politics remains an imperative for someone like me.

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  15. Good writing and ideas. I suppose many of the religious ideas serve to define the social boundaries of a society, a rough logic that ends with everyone getting along and pulling some weight with the final reward for foregoing the personal Maximum Power Principle in favor of the collective society being an eternal life. Do your part and together the society will by a synergistic miracle as everyone will get more than if they had been selfish. It’s likely that the religious propensity is a retained neural feature simply because it worked so well. “Under God, Indivisible.” Maybe a religious leader can improve lives if he can get the society organized and doing the right economies-of-scale things. The only way to do that may be to invoke a God. It sure won’t happen by invoking physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, biology and evolution (at least for most).

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  16. I’d bet my left nut they have a southern accent.

    American missionaries’ prey on desperate Ukrainians fleeing a warzone

    https://hindupost.in/dharma-religion/american-missionaries-prey-on-desperate-ukrainians-fleeing-a-warzone/

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    1. That’s about like my aunt reminding me my kids aren’t baptized. The religious ponzis always want more. They can go find someone else to prey upon. Beside the new messiah is going to be a robot and we’re all going to pray to the singularity.

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  17. So, I’ve been reading this guys stuff for a few days now. Most of it seems to ring more- or-less true to me, as much as anything else anyway. His series about the corona virus, wich I just started, has already brought back some memories, both good and bad. I don’t know about anyone else, but my memories of my time on earth are predominantly bad, sometimes overwhelmingly so. Some good ones come as a welcome reprieve from this shithole we call life on earth.

    https://simonsheridan.me/covid-19/the-coronapocalypse-part-0-why-shouldnt-listen-to-a-word-i-say-maybe/

    I remember that back in maybe late April or early May of 2020, I was just getting back on my bicycle to get get around town. The winter was over and the weather was pleasant. Not only was winter over, but I had had hip replacement surgery in February, and I was feeling better, anxious to get back out on the bike.

    The way I remember things is that the first really hard core lock downs happened in April and extended through sometime in June. Anyway, when I got on bike not only could I pedal without much pain, but the truly beautiful thing was that there were no cars on road. I had the road pretty much to myself.

    Today, of course, the churning and burning of traffic is back in full swing. I even got hit by some lady in her SUV the other day. Nothing serious, just some scrapes and bruises. I just picked my shit up, straightened out some bent parts on my bike, gave her the finger, and rode away.

    How I long for those good old days of hard core lock downs, for barely any reason at all.

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    1. I appreciated that time too, even though we have a very bike friendly area with steets, alleys, sidewalks and each curb is contoured to the street. But there are only three guys on bikes in our town: myself, a guy that cuts people’s grass and semi-homeless guy that collects cans. In over two years of travelling to the local Walmart there’s been only one bike – mine. I go through the alleys and stay on sidewalks and shoulders to avoid the little old ladies.

      Most of my good memories are being alone in nature. Most of my bad ones involve people. Oh well. Glad your hip surgery turned-out well.

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      1. My best memories involving people are of the very same people who caused the worst ones!

        If you have a full belly and an assured, comfortable, bed and shelter, nature beats humans hands down.

        I still think those Chinese literati had it right when they described a wine, music and poetry party, with well-chosen company, in a naturally beautiful spot as the the height of felicity.

        But just siting there on one’s own would be happiness enough.

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    2. This is along with Oxford meant to be the most bike-friendly city in England, but every week I could be killed if not cautious and observant. I give motorists the finger every time I signal to turn, a good V; most satisfying!

      Lock-down was absolute and unalloyed bliss in many ways: I didn’t stay indoors much, either in the garden doing carpentry and planting, or out in the woods and fields, with daily trips into town to savour the emptiness of the old streets (laid out in 917 and emptier than at any time since the 17th century Great Plague.

      No motorway roaring, no jets, no noise from gardens, and the whole of nature had relaxed. Even the birds seemed happier somehow, and the muntjac deer wandered confidently out of the woods. The loudest noise came from the large numbers of birds nesting in my garden trees.

      It’s driving me mad now The Machine has started up again. Every human action seems powered by or engaged with some electric or diesel tool, and we are a noisy animal anyway.

      In the midst of this pandemonium the saving grace of modern agriculture is that although the huge machines sound like a tank battle without explosions, they only come out for a few days per year, and the rest is emptiness, not the always busy countryside of 70 years ago. But a quieter city and more people working in the fields would be more human.

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      1. Strange, or maybe not, I think most people are in their cells these days glued to their electronic media. On a ten mile trip on well travelled roads I might pass one pedestrian, sometimes none.

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    1. Good comment Dave. Deny death and don’t let it interfere with your energy hunt and reproductive activities. Sitting around worrying about death is maladaptive for a dissipative. The human mind had to develop an advanced analog mind to be able to function with information and tools or technology. The mini-me or soul inside woke-up one day and said, “My God, I’m doing to die.” Those that could not deny or blunt this fact sat in the corner of the cave depressed, died and left no offspring. Those that denied it went merrily on their way gaining energy and reproducing. Others have to spend hours weekly in church but then go merrily on their way competing for energy and reproduction. Jack’s cat is not aware it’s going to die, it’s analog mind hasn’t stepped in the shit like the human one.

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    1. Great article.

      Alice has published wonderfully informative stuff on energy, but she still has to descend to primitive tribalism, getting in a blow at Trump.

      She also once argued that a world’ ruled by women ‘ would be better.

      Only if matriarchal societies had rejected literacy, tool-making and the reproductive advantages of increased energy flows. Not likely is it?

      In most households, it’s the women who most love the instant heating and air-conditioning, the multiple baths and showers, the bloody i-phones, the throw-away fashion, the most, and everything comfy and convenient.

      Cold beers is what we like most, comforts not so much. We can go for weeks without washing or shaving, can’t we chaps?

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      1. I noticed the Trump comments but wonder why he’s always used as an example. As far as I’m concerned there’s no one worse than the Biden’s and their underworld Deep State company of Obamas and Clintons. But I do find it sort of funny that the flyover country would long for a New York City billionaire to be their savior, especially since he’s rubbed shoulders and socialized with all of the important NYC tribe members.

        I could go primitive for a long time, but the kids are still a little to soft to endure, especially when the internet goes down, their lives are over.

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        1. Well, Trump was the only major figure saying loudly that the US had turned to shit, but something could be done about it other than ‘more diversity’, etc.

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          1. Maybe like Rothschild calling Putin a traitor to the WEF, Trump is considered a traitor or at least not subservient and compliant with the wishes of the masters. Unfortunately, as in the case of the mold consuming the plate of food, our meal is about done and there won’t be any making the United States great again unless someone brings dessert. Our children, like the spores from the molds, will not have anything to land upon and consume as they search the landscape for opportunity.

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            1. In his time, Roosevelt was called ‘a traitor to his class’, and his enemies rejoiced when he did.

              And Trump took Hilary’s ‘Precious’ from her…..

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      2. ‘bout the multiple baths & other ablutions Cynic, I’ve weaned the Mrs off of hot showers by sabotaging the plumbing. So now she has to go to the gym if she wants a shower. This way she also works out. Killing two birds with one stone says I. Lately though she’s turned quite indolent and has taken to burying her nose in a book or mobile at every opportunity. She’s worse than a kid. Behaving like she hasn’t a care in the world. I swear lads there are dust bunnies the size of tumbleweeds under the bed. Piles of dirty dishes moulder on the counter. I actually had to do a load of dishes myself. Oh the ignominy. How the mighty have fallen. She’s as useful as the cat these days.

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        1. Most droll, Jack, excellent tactical thinking!

          If a woman are going to be as useful as a cat, my requirement is that she should – like a cat – be very nice to look at, cost little in food, be amusing, and happy to be put down economically when the time comes.

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    2. The problem I have with Alice is that, like many Americans, she cannot disabuse herself of the notions that we have a free and independent press, that we have ever had a democracy, or that American presidents are in charge of the country (except Lincoln and Roosevelt, who were basically center-left dictators).

      Venezuela and Cuba are certainly in collapse, however anything authored by a New York Times correspondent should be seen as CIA propaganda. She seems incapable of distinguishing propaganda from independent reporting and has very mainstream democrat views of notable events. The fact that America never stopped attacking all of Russia’s client states after the cold war “ended” is supposedly Russia’s fault. Now the Russians are spreading global right-wing nationalist conspiracy, not global left-wing communist conspiracy. Same old stories, same old brainwashed Anglo-Americans. Just can’t leave Russia alone.

      Plenty of articles from her attacking Fox News as if the other news channels were somehow more reliable because they are less right-wing on the demented American political spectrum. This includes the pandemic and the coronavirus vaccine, having articles lamenting the existence of antivaxxers and “right-wing” conspiracy theorists. She is generally good at being very skeptical of energy but terribly unskeptical of mainstream information and is locked firmly into America’s fabricated partisan “divide and conquer” political divide.

      In her recent article on Russia, she repeated the propaganda that the world’s second largest producer of conventional petroleum is “running out of gas” for its tanks in Ukraine. Never mind the fact that Russian army vehicles all run on diesel, something the Russians are also major producers of.
      https://energyskeptic.com/2022/the-vory-russias-super-mafia/

      It seems like the pandemic and the Russians have revealed just how much of a propaganda dictatorship we really live in in the western “democracies”. The deliberate and systemic loss of situational awareness of the population as a form of ruling class power manipulation seems to be grasped by very few people and unfortunately, they mostly lean towards right-wing politics.

      “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”
      William J. Casey, Director of Central Intelligence from 1981 to 1987.

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      1. As with so many intelligent people, all her mental acuity is focused on a single field, in which she performs wonderfully.

        Outside that, they are such easy people to fool, and they are inclined to fall back on second-hand ideas and positions, above all in the political sphere.

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        1. It’s not that everything is wrong in the article, it’s the absence of context. The country is collapsing from multiple converging crises, including those outside the control of any government. It’s true that the socialist government is mismanaging the economy as socialist don’t believe in finite resources even more than capitalists (capitalists have Malthus). The problem is that all governments of Venezuela have mismanaged that country, treating it as the plantation colony that it always was. The best thing Chavez could have done was a one-child policy, but he was not a dictator, he could not even legalize abortion.

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        2. “They don’t have intelligence. They have what I call ‘thintelligence.’ They see the immediate situation. They think narrowly and they call it ‘being focused.’ They don’t see the surround. They don’t see the consequences.” Michael Chricton.

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  18. Here is a year-old question and answer session on Reddit Collapse with Tim Garrett:

    “Building a cabin at 8800′? Keeping my Canadian citizenship?

    Honestly, when collapse does happen, I suspect that it will happen quickly as a sort of mirror to our recent past super-exponential growth. And then, given how reliant society’s previously built fabric is on sustaining growth, lacking the ability to continue to do so, we will all go down together. Challenges ahead!”

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    1. The collapse will be even faster than our exponential rise. It will be slow at first, like the Titanic after scrapping the iceberg, but once the weight and momentum builds up it will snap in half and go down very quickly.

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      1. I think the bumpy oil plateau is like hitting the iceberg. “Did you hear something sir?” “Like what?” “Like a ship striking an iceberg and ripping open its belly.” “No, not really, go downstairs and see what they’re serving for dinner.”

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  19. Found a good video showing the rise and fall of civilization:

    Unfortunately concrete, glass and steel are not biodegradable like chitin. On the way down the Seneca Cliff I’ll bet the hyphae are still growing and battling for little pockets of nutrition.

    Look how deep this hyphae goes to get something to eat:

    hyphae

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  20. The Russians drill deep because they operate under the assumption oil is abiotic and not a fossil fuel. Fossils never exceed a certain depth and oil is often well below that depth, suggesting that the Russians may be right.

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  21. Climate Change and Resource Depletion. Which Way to Ruin is Faster? by Ugo Bardi

    https://www.resilience.org/stories/2021-07-15/climate-change-and-resource-depletion-which-way-to-ruin-is-faster/

    I’m guessing that resource depletion is the more immediate threat since we must have growth to keep the fiat money systems expanding without hyperinflation. If the amount of fossil fuels burned begins to fall, we’re likely to see the impending end of fiat money ponzi schemes. Who wants to lend money to someone when growth is done and the collateral value of all the dissipative structures will begin to fall as they become useless for lack of energy running through them. Over a longer period, climate change will change the rules under which dissipative structures will exist. Even much farmland may become worthless as the crops it once produced can no longer be grown. It’s going to be quite a disappointing era in human existence, but perhaps we can look forward to alien intervention or at least a Muskian trip to Mars.

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      1. The “Last Bet Casino” is open, for now. Dow, S&P 500, CME, and many more. Place your bet, you could be the big winner like those people that got down the stairs and out the door when the World Trade Centers collapsed.

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      1. I think they kind of act as a “strange attractor”. They get things moving in some direction. All based on intial conditions, which are always changing. That kind of thing.

        https://www.dynamicmath.xyz/strange-attractors/#:~:text=The%20term%20%27Strange%20Attractor%27%20is,become%20exponentially%20separated%20with%20time).

        People, being the idiotic particles that they are, just follow along and make patterns and such. Which dissolve, until something else comes along to attract their attention. Something like that…

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  22. Politics and politicians really have only one purpose, one goal, to make people stupid. Of course, they don’t have to work very hard at it.

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  23. I think the worst of it will be when cigarettes, vapes, alcohol, and drugs become impossible to obtain. It is at that point where we will see people going insane at a catastrophic level. We don’t need to lose water or electricity, although that would accelerate the end. People just losing their daily fix of beer, coffee, and mountain dew is enough for us to reach the breaking point.

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    1. No coffee and it’s game over for me. I think we’ll go back to natural stimulants like men trying to be handsome and women trying to be beautiful instead of the march to RNA worker androgyny and metaverse dopioids.

      Musical interlude:

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      1. A ridiculous ad popped up on YT, for VR games. The message was ‘You’ll get the best hit ever from this!’ more or ls in those words.

        But it just showed idiots jerking about, waving their arms with the sets strapped to their heads.

        I couldn’t help but think of ‘Alien’ latching onto the face of its writhing victims.

        Maybe some people do look at this and find it exciting, rather than pathetic and sinister?

        First the TV sat in the corner of the room; then it grew huge, and finally made the leap to your face, never to let go…..

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        1. Found this over at Reddit Collapse:

          After doing an 18 hour shift at the bugmeal factory, Karen relaxes at home with some VR entertainment.

          relax

          See? Everything is going to be O.K.

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          1. It’s too bad Ken and Barbie dolls are not more pliable. You could put them in various dystopian shadow boxes and sell a series at Art Basel.

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            1. Maybe Cynic knows more about selling art. I have a portrait of a well-known Cincinnati artist by a well-known Cincinnati artist (both directors of the Cincinnati Art Academy) for sale without an inquiry yet. The painter has a 15×18″ landscape at a local gallery priced at $3,500 and the subject has created famous Rookwood pottery that regularly sells for a few thousand dollars. The portrait is 30″x40″ and priced at $400. It does have a little splatter on it from a dropped brush pot or someone shaking-out their brush, but it should have some historical value. Not a peep, nada, nothing.

              I sort of like the portrait, so I might put it back in the box and rummage through the kids old toys and try the barbie doll thing here at Art Kentucky.

              Portrait

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                  1. More seriously (?), what sells are paintings of pretty girls – even clothed – landscapes, still lifes and interesting interiors.

                    Portraits are the hardest of all to shift, unless they happen to be a…… pretty girl!

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                    1. If I were to do an installation of pretty girl portraits at a gallery I would have the audio rigged so they seem to whisper something as you pass by. Ghostlike. Eerie. Was that my imagination you’d ask? Naturally it would have to be random so as not to give things away.

                      I’ve taken quite a liking to landscape photography. I especially admire the dramatic lighting -chiaroscuro of the Australian photographer Bill Henson and the icebergs of Lynn Davis. Skies, ocean and icebergs are it as far as I’m concerned. Oh and I like epic dog paintings for some strange reason.

                      Sadly everything on the wall just becomes so much wallpaper in the end. I suppose that’s why it’s good to move things around.

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                1. Great idea Jack: it just needs some Contemporary, ‘ironic’ enhancement, like the Chapman Brothers did to Goya.

                  Painting such portraits for a living was the artistic equivalent of a good actor ending up doing ads and voice-overs, or endless ‘Hannibal Lector’ films. The dignitary, in a dark 3-piece suit……

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                  1. It was done in 1934, Depression time, so I figure the two of them took turns painting each others portraits since they probably weren’t getting any commissions or couldn’t travel up to Rockport or some such place to paint some nice water scenes.

                    And also, it doesn’t make the dopiods come out of the axons. Therefore human does not reach into pocket and pull out dopadollars. If it had a dopioid eliciting subject, it might sell.

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          1. If you don’t like the bugmeal factory then you can become a chat bot and join other missed personalities in the metaverse. Just let us give you this special injection and tell us what you want to do with your body. It’s recommended that it be used to feed the mealworms at the bugmeal factory to nourish those that stay on the biological plain.

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  24. I was watching Nick Lane’s video on the Kreb’s Cycle today and saw many similarities between it and the processing of oil, oil being the equivalent of glucose. Not only does it produce the ATP (think diesel and gasoline) with the proton gradient and ATP synthase, but the carbon is also spun off into other
    products like amino acids and lipids. Plastics, they’re the new lipids.

    In the end things become damaged, inefficient and the signs of aging appear as the Kreb’s Cycle struggles to maintain production. But in humans the resources are spent to keep things going as the progeny are raised and then there’s a slow drift into dysfunction. Excuse me, I must go take my antioxidants.

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    1. Lotkas wheel and the Krebs cycle seem to have some similarities. Aha! By George I think I’ve got it! They’re both energy wheels!

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      1. I wasn’t even thinking about Lotka’s wheel, more like the local oil refinery, but I think you’re right. Eventually the bearings wear out and it grinds to a stop.

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    1. Well that little bugger is disturbing the peace, the mask immunity fantasy bubble. Throw him in jail so we can get back to our imaginarium. See, it says so on my magical iphone.

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  25. This is an inspiring video. There is another option for the portrait. A Jesus conversion is in order. I will call it “Jesus in Glasses.” That’ll be $500, hallelujah.”

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    1. The American constitution is a blasphemous deist document founding an oligarchic nation on Anglo Liberal principles.

      Number 9 – We declare that our nation is energy independent.

      I liked that one, if only we could just declare things and they come true. I suspect what they really mean is to frack oil like crazy with the blood of Jesus Christ.

      It’s after watching shit like that that I wonder if Chinese communism isn’t so bad. I’d prefer secular totalitarianism to religious totalitarianism. I was born and raised in Saudia Arabia, and it was definitely worse for women and sexual freedoms there than in China. At least the Chinese can lay claim to the one child policy, and they put the care-lords in prison or “re-education”. Religious freedom is overrated anyways, maybe just freedom of conscious so we can restrict the Christian and Muslim fundamentalists.

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      1. Religious people can only anthropomorphize the entirety of the unknown (pretty much everything) into “God” or works of God. Their brains can understand and interact with another human (humans made in image of the Creator) whereas they cannot create a more complex mental model of energy flowing through matter and creating dissipative structures. They believe that God created them like they create stuff. They are unique, God’s children. But actually it’s the fact that they have evolved to become rRNA at a larger scale that they’re able to “make stuff.” Humans, the son of rRNA, not the son of a God. I don’t think they’ll ever get it since we’re already peaking in energy and education. But how to raise an aggessive collection of true-believers to compete on the energy battleground without a God? How to slay the “evil” ones? The Neanderthals probably had more sense than the current crop of human rRNA.

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      1. I just wonder if they’re making excuses now for all of the heart attacks that will happen from heart inflammation, auto-immune disease. It bothers me that the Chinese are so aggressive with their zero-tolerance policy. Could infection and/or vaccine eventually result in progressive heart damage? Is it really wise to let things like Omicron rip through the population imagining that it gives us immunity when actually infection and repeated infection will give us heart disease?

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        1. Yes, they are making excuses for the inevitable die-off, they have to explain the increased mortality somehow. They most certainly had cover stories prepared before the pandemic was started.

          The Chinese probably know something we don’t, but after mass production of vaccines I wonder if they are also confused about the overall picture. Their vaccines and the Russian vaccines are no good either.

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          1. Coronavirus’ have evolved to avoid detection by resembling human tissue epitopes that aren’t recognized by the immune system. I think I read where there was one naturally occurring epitope on Coronavirus’ spike that didn’t have a homolog in the human body. Trying to get an immune response to a spike protein is like asking for auto-immune disease. And the “warp speed” was promoted as essential due to the propaganda coming out of China.

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          2. FE on Gail’s site, as you may have seen, says that a former colleague who is now in Shanghai says the city lock-downs are real, and also that the Covid-recovered have trouble finding work, as it is a negative on their SC app.

            Something seems to be spooking the Chinks, even if the lock-downs serve clear social control ends.

            Any idea that this is a take-over by the CCP is nonsense.

            ‘Hell is empty, and all the devils are here’ seems more accurate….

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            1. There’s something undisclosed about Covid-19 and the vaccines. Over the longer term they probably result in a brain scrambling prion disease. The CCP is bailing-out its own lifeboat as fast as it can. Overall, the “planners”, like cancer profiteers, will bring-on death twenty years faster than it would otherwise have occurred.

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  26. Imperialism is when one tribe forcibly extracts gradients of other tribes to maximizes entropy and complexity at the expense of those tribes for the benefit of the imperial tribe’s core leadership, with some trickledown effect for the rest of the imperial tribe.

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    1. Weren’t the Cherokee marched off to a reservation in Oklahoma only to find oil beneath their moccasins? That’s the way it should work. And with the new complexity like F-35 fighters and hypersonic missiles, you can take that much more energy and resources from your enemy, or at least intimidate them.

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      1. F-35’s are a scam, hypersonic missiles are a genuine game changer in naval warfare. Land based hypersonic missile for costal defense and nuclear submarines carrying hypersonic missiles will change maritime warfare permanently.

        The United States backed aircraft development while Russia and China backed missile development. This is because the American “defense” industry was hijacked by aerospace giants during the cold war, and it has a strong aviation bias.

        We backed the wrong horse. The future is in missiles. Missiles are cheaper than airplanes and disposable. They don’t require pilots, airfields, or fuel depots. Aircraft carriers are totally obsolete.

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        1. Aircraft carriers are obsolete but if you want to give Gross Technological Product a boost we need four or five more loaded with F-35s. They can use bioweapons to crush Gross Useless Eater Product to make up for the cost.

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    1. This could be the straw that broke the middle-class back. I saw a guy coming out of a store yesterday after work carrying his 12-pack with a big smile on his face. No beer, no work.

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      1. If you brew your own beer, you don’t need to worry about a C02 shortage. The yeast will do it for you. I’d be more worried about a grains shortage.

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    1. You should read his Russophobia rants. Goes to show that propaganda works, and it works even better on the well-educated. Intelligence agencies know how to take advantage of latent hatred and biases in one population to provoke deeper animosity against another population. It’s hard to convince a Pole that Russians aren’t to be blamed for all things when they are already blamed for most everything as far as Polish history is concerned. Same thing for Israeli’s, just replace it with Arabs or Muslims.

      As for vaccines, Tad has been fighting cancer on and off for many years now, so the vaccines are not going to help him there. Maybe his Polish hatred of all things Russian will keep him alive.

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    2. So, Ted fell for the crude propaganda that classed the unvaccinated as Evil ‘Neanderthals’ and anti-science, and the vaxxed as pro-community, ‘smart’ and Good?

      Most amusing. People like him are the problem, not the other way around.

      It was diabolically clever to engage inflated self-esteem and contempt for supposedly lower orders of human beings with getting injected. with a poison.

      Even ‘Dr’ John Campbell on YT who lured so many into getting injected with his assurances now seems to realise he wasn’t being so smart – he formerly called anti-vaxxers ‘paranoid’, but the truth is now sinking in.

      The comments there are illuminating these days – all ‘anecdotal’ of course.

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      1. They jumped to get the sacramental vaccine to protect them from death just as the religious take the sacraments. Non-believers are stupid.

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    1. Thankfully it doesn’t seem too damaging or lethal. I’m always watching for things coming out of New York City, ground zero for pestilence in this country.

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    1. I kinda think that the US military industrial complex (MIC), also known as “The West”, or NATO, worked hard at promoting the Ukraine/Russian war. I think that it is working hard at promoting its escalation, through the continued supply of weapons and such to the Ukrainians.

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      1. I’m surprised they could find so much willing cannon fodder there. Hunter Biden was on the board of their natural gas companies and was well compensated with $850,000. That says it all. It’s where all the rats went to get their cheese. Money laundering center of the world.

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        1. There is no shortage of desperate people. Actually, there’s no shortage of people of all sorts. Bound to end badly…

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          1. I suppose killing outside the tribe in an organized manner is preferable to the tribe dissolving into a melee of internecine chaos and murder.

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      1. I’m still waiting for the aliens. It will be found that the aliens have their own CBDC which can be reverse engineered to give the bankers super-human powers. Undoubtedly their appearance will also cause many equal opportunity heart attacks.

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    1. They should get the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg treatment. I’m almost for genetically reengineering the human brain. Dissipatives have only one loyalty, to energy they can consume often in the form of money, bribes, hookers etc.

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    1. Why is no one interested? You don’t tell people you’re trying to kill them when you’re trying to kill them. “They would never do that. Would they?”

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        1. How could the news anchors, so authoritative, be lying? It just couldn’t be. We rely upon them to tell us the truth and we believe them. (Where is a dissipative’s loyalty? Money, which can be converted into the life giving manna of energy.) Energy/money first, loyalty/truth second.

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  27. From Kengeo over at http://www.peakoilbarrel.com , a diagram of the technological oil Kreb’s cycle. It’s as if there are several varieties of ATP being made with only about five-percent meant for non-ATP products (like road tar or asphalt shingles). If it were truly a cycle there would be a never-ending supply of glucose to feed into it, but in our case the oil is lost as CO2 and can only be reconcentrated with sunlight by plants.

    cracker

    Petroleum products produced from one 42-gallon barrel of oil input at U.S. refineries, 2020
    Product Gallons
    Finished motor gasoline 19.40
    Distillate fuel oil 13.44
    Kerosene-type jet fuel 2.90
    Petroleum coke 2.18
    Still gas 1.76
    Hydrocarbon gas liquids 1.55
    Asphalt and road oil 0.92
    Residual fuel oil 0.55
    Naptha for feedstocks 0.50
    Lubricants 0.42
    Other oils for feedstocks 0.29
    Miscellaneous products 0.25
    Special napthas 0.08
    Finished aviation gasoline 0.04
    Kerosene 0.04
    Waxes < 0.01
    Total 44.65
    Processing gain 2.65
    Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Annual, August 2021
    Last updated: October 15, 2021

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  28. A 9 yr old girl was shot dead here, and the police vow to ‘find the killer and never rest until they do’. Quite right.

    But when presented with evidence – from expert witnesses in academia and medical practice – regarding vaxxed deaths and injuries, they sat on it for 2 months, interviewed none of the experts, and then pronounced that there was ‘nothing of substance in the allegations’ and that they would not be investigating.

    Rather good times for serial killers……

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    1. The same thing happened after World War 2. Thes so called denazification of Western Europe were all the fascists became Christian Democrats and the rest moved to the America’s. A few high-level and mid-level Nazi’s were hanged and that was considered good enough, otherwise who else was going to fight the leftist. Same thing for Japan. It reinforces the view that the cold war really began in 1918 and went hot during World War 2 only to return after. If the Soviets had not got nuclear weapons in 1948 the Anglo-American alliance would have gone for full global hegemony by pre-emptive nuclear strikes. To this day the new world order is still a work in progress with the addition of global depopulation.

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      1. A very fair summary. There was clearly a hope in Wall Street and the City of London that Russia would turn capitalist again and be reabsorbed into the system during the New Economic Period, but Stalin stopped that.

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  29. And now further speculation on the broader context. It seems the universe is in a state of tension or pressure which drives it thermodynamically towards a dilution of electromagnetic density. Gravity may seem just the opposite, a concentrating force, but it’s actually an effort to cancel-out all positive and negative charges or reduce the “irritation” by combining many atoms into a single clinging sphere.

    Atoms can rearrange themselves spontaneously to get as close to equilibrium as possible and the generation of light in the reduction of bond energy is a dilution of EM energy. Dissipative structures with and without information can arise and/or evolve spontaneously or self-organize to advance the progress towards equilibrium or dilution. Human structures have done very well in advancing the release of light trapped in the bonds of organic molecules of living organisms like glucose and the non-living like oil and could create an unlimited amount of “complexity” to do so. However, the complexity has done its job and the reservoirs are rapidly emptying. When complexity can no longer be funded, which humans see as “progress”, there is likely to be disappointment in failure to meet imagined states of development. Light itself , although of lesser density and flowing throughout the extent of space, is still a juxtaposition of charge and therefore still unresolved to equilibrium. Perhaps the aether or dark matter/energy are the final resting place, the destination.

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  30. Camping with Steve. He and his wife went to bed Saturday night and only Steve awoke on Sunday morning. Another SADS victim. No mention of vaccines. They never mention the vaccines.

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    1. The Russians again. Ha, ha. “You Russians must now become the new vermin of the world because we need your fossil fuels. And if you sell them to China it will the end of Western dominance.”

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      1. Just watched a British Army propaganda video: spoke of ‘all the civilised Europeans lining up together’ against Russia. Embarrassing to watch.

        Go to any of the Russian daily-life blogs on YT, and you’ll see they live and look pretty much like us.

        But they are not; they are barbarians it seems…..

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    1. The vaccine is an unprecedented success. The new game will be called “Bugs and Crickets”, a variation on chess. “Boom, you just lost a million useless eaters.” “Your turn.”

      bugs and crickets

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  31. Some more from Kengeo at http://www.peakoilbarrel.com

    KENGEO
    IGNORED
    08/25/2022 at 6:49 pm
    Thanks Ron, seems to me that it’s the more important aspect of global oil trade.
    After all, places like Mexico, Brazil, US, and China may produce a combined ~30 MBpD, but almost none of that amount leaves their borders (or at least none of it from a Net perspective). That group of 4 non-exporters manages to consume almost 40 MBpD…benefiting from all the exports from the Top 10 exporters…
    Seeing that the exporters are trending lower each year and non-exporters need to import more each year as their own supplies run low it’s setting up to be a perfect storm…what I can’t figure out is if overall we should expect 3-5% annual decline or if it’s almost twice that 7-9%…I suspect it will be over 6% and less than 9%…read something recently that the big fields have decline rates of 6.5%, can’t recall the source exactly…

    KENGEO
    IGNORED
    08/25/2022 at 7:39 pm
    2022 was not a guess, it was an estimate based off of almost 8 months of data (2022 is in fact ~2/3s complete). Since we are 67% complete for 2022 we only have to make a very slight guess (~33%). So we know that 2022 will not be a significant breakout from the 2018-2021 downtrend.

    Here’s a graph of decline rates, I agree with Laherre on a 5% average decline rate. He returned an email of mine some time ago and sounds like he definitely doesn’t forecast any production gains…what is with Argentina, are you getting desperate for production graphs with upward trends? I got a good laugh that you are highlighting Argentina when the rest of the world is in shambles from a oil production growth perspective, but I commend your optimistic nature…all things need balance I suppose…

    decline

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  32. Imagine the tree of life, which is also a tree of consumption and complexity. At the tips of the high new growth unfolds the complexity and many of the projects favored by the billionaire class. Sitting on a lower, but very stout limb are two very large, almost gluttonous Boobus americanus. It happens that the tree is not making and storing enough glucose to feed all the branches. The complexity tips are wilting. There’s only one thing to do. Klaus Schwab, Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates grab the pruning saw and begin sawing through the large branch that Boobus americanus is sitting upon. The two Boobi are having a wonderful time although they’ve noticed there aren’t as many nuts produced on their branch as there once were. They keep an eye on the squirrely sawyers but cannot figure-out what they’re up to. Finally the branch crashes to the ground and the Boobi are crushed. The branch the Boobi sat upon had not carried its weigh in glucose production for many years since it had been shaded by other trees, but it had been kept alive. It’s removal allowed precious energy to flow into the complexity tips of new growth like 5G, fusion research, defense contractors, bioweapon research and mega-yacht construction.

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    1. At one point in my life, I had a complete collection of his novels, and most of his poetry. I guess he had a pretty rough life, but who hasn’t?

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        1. I wonder what Bukowski’s reaction would be to find out we’re just a bunch of chimps that became tuned by evolution to fulfill a molecular role? I think he would laugh his ass off and get drunk.

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  33. Maybe 30% of my posts here just kind of disappear. I don’t really care about that, but it does mess with my mind. I sit here and wonder, briefly, did I post something, or did I just imagine that I posted something?

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    1. There is a ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ button, but no ‘love’ button, so I cannot accurately express my feelings towards the glorious People’s Republic of China and our wise supreme chairman.

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        1. This guy actually comes from Nigeria and his name is Uwechue Emmanuel. He sings in Mandarin and became famous as “Brother Hao”. His accent is even better than some Chinese locals. I don’t know how he did it, but the Chinese are crawling all over Africa in search of its sweet gradients, so probably direct contact.

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    1. Best thing about potatoes is that they grow underground and even the famished are too lazy to dig them up, even if they an recognize the plant.

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    1. They’re greedy to the end and in every way. But they’re dissipatives and they have to fight for a chance to paaaaarty – forever. Ha, ha. Good luck.

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      1. It must be hard giving up all status and riches. It’s easier to let go when you don’t have much to let go of.

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        1. Entropy in an afterlife, what all dissipatives long for, especially when there are twenty-one virgins available to constantly coax dopioids from the eternal brain.

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  34. I remember going to China two decades ago and seeing lots of people riding simple bicycles around Beijing. Here we see an exhibit of increased complexity leading to increased fragility. We all should have stuck to bicycles and built sophisticated bicycle infrastructure like the Dutch, at least in urban areas.

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    1. And we now have the opportunity to use electric bikes. Which takes more energy, moving an eighty-pound bike or a five-thousand pound car? And I can carry one-hundred pounds of groceries on a regular bike. Have to consider the medical expenses from all the bike crashes though.

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  35. This hour-long video represents the heart of Michael Dowd’s message during the summer of 2022. In it, he confesses to being a repeat offender (i.e., a notorious hopium peddler) between 2000-2012 and also nominates friends, colleagues, and NYTimes bestselling authors for special honor in a “Hopium Dealers Hall of Fame”. 🙂

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    1. From his post at reddit collapse.

      “HOPIUM” (definition) …
      1. A comforting vision of the future that requires breaking the laws of physics, biology, or ecology.
      2. Addiction to false (literally, impossible) hopes.
      3. Irrational or unwarranted optimism that promises short-term relief but delivers crushing disappointment and despair when reality inevitably bites.
      4. Any ‘hope’ that leads us to put off or not prioritize what matters most — individually and collectively.
      5. Believing the climate crisis can be ‘fixed’ or ‘solved’ by doubling down on the very things driving ecocide…

      HOPIUM DEALER: Someone who ignores (or is blind to) our real predicament — ecological overshoot — and who proposes “fixes” or “solutions” to the climate crisis that rely on the very things causing / driving collapse and ecocide.

      MAIN CAUSES/DRIVERS of COLLAPSE and ECOCIDE
      1. Anthropocentrism — human-centered religious values, worldview
      2. Civilization — extractive/exploitative (city-based) totalitarian narcissism
      3. Technology — science/tech: “Man: conqueror of nature” / electricity
      4. Progress — how we measure “wealth”, “wellbeing”, and “success”
      5. Economics — trade/money systems that incentivize evil and ecocide

      Six Odious Truths Few People Know (and almost no one can accept)
      1. We are decades into abrupt climate change, unstoppable collapse, and a mass
      extinction that will likely include most plants, animals, and humans…by 2040
      2. The more human GHG emissions decline, the faster Earth overheats due to
      less particulate pollution: aerosol masking / global dimming / “McPherson paradox”.
      3. All human-centered civilizations destroy their habitat, then self-destruct.
      4. Technology and the market can’t save us from the ecocide they always create.
      5. Climate change is not our worst predicament — ecological overshoot is.
      6. Denying #1-5 betrays ignorance of the main causes/drivers of collapse & ecocide
      and increases the likelihood of scores of nuclear meltdowns in near future.

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      1. So, I got maybe half way through this, and gave up. This characterization of industrial civilization as being “wrong” or “insane” is just too much for me after awhile. If this guy, or anyone else for that matter, would become even vaguely familiar with the implications of the MPP, or MEPP, he would know that there is nothing at all insane about producing as much entropy (waste heat) as possible, as quickly as possible. He, and a lot of other people may not like this logic, but that seems to be the logic of the universe. Even the melt down of nuclear waste pools and eventual nuclear war, if it remains possible, fit within the confines of this logic.

        I used to refer to myself as an “accerationist”. To me, this was the idea that the faster Industrialism burnt through its substrate (fossil fuels, metals, top soil, ground water, basically anything that could be turned into an Industrial Product, including humans [sic]…), the faster it would end, thereby minimzing the “damage”, loss of species, habitat, etc., that it would cause. Now, I just think that it will absolutely maximize its “damage” before expiring. “It”, we, have no choice in the matter. But I really don’t even think of it as “damage” anymore. It’s just the way things work.

        Or something like that…

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        1. Michael Dowd is a self-described religious naturalist eco-theologian. He does a lot better than most religious persons or persons in general at understanding ecological overshoot. The human brain likes to make moral judgements, but the logic of the universe is at odds with chimpanzee logic. He actually lists anthropocentrism — human-centered religious values and worldview as number one on his list of causes of collapse and ecocide. Well, it is bad for him. I suppose it’s just a habit that’s hard to break.

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        2. In keeping with the “Book of Life” we have struggled to profit and grow at a maximum rate. All the organisms do it, differential success can equal existence. But we were once controlled by Lotka-Volterra cycles and small area depletions followed by migration and maybe war when we used only DNA. But DNA turned us into RNA and gave us a new set of information and tools. Throw Lotka-Volterra into the trash because we’ve got tools built with our new information that feed on fossil fuels and operate with ruthless efficiency unconstrained by scarcity in the ecosystem. The fossil fuel gradient reduction system feeds itself with fossil fuels and feeds its RNA/humans with biomass. It is in the process of destroying organic life and replacing human RNA with RNA that doesn’t need an ecosystem to sustain itself. If it ever gets loose it will destroy the ecosystem entirely. But it has to find some energy first. Perhaps robotic RNA will make technological solar a winning strategy for itself, but not humans or other organic life.

          They certainly have eliminated most human RNA at this factory cell. What’s a little heavy metal poisoning. Get over it humans and go play some video games.

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            1. Yea, must be what sticking amino acids together in the human cell is like. So much potential complexity and so little free energy.

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  36. Another really long video from Michael Dowd.

    TEN INEVITABILITIES

    1. Most people will have a hard time trusting how and why our civilization is collapsing.
    2. Abrupt climate change (rapid 2C+) locks in biospheric collapse and extinctions.
    3. Tipping points already crossed will be falsely framed as “still avoidable”.
    4. Without “Assisted Migration” love-in-action, most tree species will go extinct.
    5. Without urgent collective action, there will be dozens of nuclear meltdowns.
    6. As our biospheric and societal predicament worsens, so will our mental health.
    7. Most people will only reluctantly relinquish their faith in “the Almighty We”.
    8. If you proselytize only the ‘doom’ side of collapse reality, expect to be shunned.
    9. Most people will crave distraction — and virtually anything that offers “hope”.
    10. Elite universities, the IPCC, mainstream media, politicians, and bestselling authors will remain first-rate LEGAL hopium dealers.

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  37. European Electricity News

    Kosovo A Corner of Europe Starts Living with Blackouts Again
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-26/europe-energy-crisis-kosovo-learns-to-live-with-rolling-power-blackouts-again

    Fears of civil unrest in UK as people are unable to afford heating and power bills this winter
    https://en.mercopress.com/2022/08/26/fears-of-civil-unrest-in-uk-as-people-are-unable-to-afford-heating-and-power-bills-this-winter

    North Macedonia declares state of crisis amid energy crunch
    https://english.news.cn/20220826/0ddb0f7304f64cd193d581bbe9e23fce/c.html

    Russian gas-reliant Swiss brace for power shortages in winter
    https://www.dailysabah.com/business/energy/russian-gas-reliant-swiss-brace-for-power-shortages-in-winter

    Only major Estonian hospitals prepared for prolonged power outages
    https://news.err.ee/1608694933/only-major-estonian-hospitals-prepared-for-prolonged-power-outages

    Finns urged to take fewer saunas amid energy crunch
    https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220826-finns-urged-to-take-fewer-saunas-amid-energy-crunch

    Listening to European Electricity Traders Is Very, Very Scary
    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-08-26/european-energy-crisis-listening-to-electricity-traders-is-very-very-scary

    Church may have to restrict funerals to when heating is on for other events as energy costs rocket
    https://news.sky.com/story/church-may-have-to-restrict-funerals-to-when-heating-is-on-for-other-events-as-energy-costs-rocket-12681378

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  38. Mike Adams has done some analysis of the worm-like “clots” occurring in the vaccinated. He’s found some unusually high levels of metals in the clots. Others have found heavy metal “contaminants” in the vaccines. It has been shown that some heavy metals can cause amyloid disease.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070813185007.htm

    “The researchers also found that several distinct types of structures could be assembled from individual units of amino acids. “We found that we could build lots of different types of structures with an individual unit: fettuccine-shaped structures, tubes, vesicles, and so on, not just fibers. And this is remarkable,” says Lynn.

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  39. If machines (metal as opposed to meat) want to take over, at any sort of scale, they somehow would have to reproduce a similar process. Good luck to them…

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    1. We have them beat all to hell on that count. Most of our ingredients are floating in the air. Self-assembly with a little electro-magnetic turbulence and a few elements and minerals from the ground. Maybe the robots will say, “We’ve found something even far superior to ourselves. It’s called organic life. It can live almost forever by reproduction.”

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    1. There’s obviously not enough funds to put everyone into Tesla world. Maybe we’ll have a two-tiered society, Tesla world and bicycle world. We’re already at the point of collapse and the RNA have no been given enough income to afford high-tech. Instead there has been labor arbitrage guaranteeing a Tesla for capital owners, but leaving working stiffs with nothing but debt.

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    1. They haven’t done prospective studies because they think they can get away with the collateral damage, especially since their new system will be designed to protect them with narrative control and population control through the social credit score. This was supposed to be the shoehorn into the digital prison where complaints could be dealt with. Maybe that’s what the new IRS agents are for. Open your mouth and you get an audit.

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    1. MBS has been doing too much cyberpunk gaming. A continuous, 170-kilometer-long building the height of the Empire State Building will need a foundation the likes of which has never been done. What if there is a tectonic movement and the ground shifts, and the building cracks somewhere in the middle? Maintenance won’t happen. I think I’ll stick to Mr. Primitive Technology’s mud hut.

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  40. This guy does some crazy stuff.

    I can’t imagine going through all this trouble to build a hut. I would have to have a slave or two. I would leave them there to do that bullshit while I went out hunting with my buddies. If I see that they had done a good job while I was away, I would throw them some scraps. Then they would be happy too. Slaves are like that.

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    1. I think that in an environment like that I would help to get it built as fast as possible. And remember that in a place like that lizards are your friends. Sort of like chickens eating ticks and bugs.

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  41. What are you going to be when you grow-up? After ten or twelve or more years of learning to read, write and perform a little math you’ll be ready. Ready for what? Ready to take your place in a cell and perform your function, again and again, day-in and day-out, like a molecule. Production and efficiency will be highly sought characteristics children, so study hard. As long as the energy gradient exists we need you on the job working to eliminate it. Those cell lines or businesses that are best at eliminating the energy gradient will reproduce the most and the energy gradient will be eliminated that much faster. They’ll be listed on a stock market where people can vote with energy and resources for the faster growers. Faster and faster and faster. If you’re lucky you’ll be an RNA, I mean a job, sorry, a person in a rapidly growing cell line that pays you well. But be careful, the owners of the dissipative structure want to use you and pay you as little as possible so that they can become rich and waste, I mean use, even more of the gradient in their jets and palatial homes. In the future, if you pass the “not a useless eater test” you may get to work and own nothing. Now let’s all sing the WEF spirit song, check our social credit scores and get back to work. There’s not a minute or BTU to waste. Who loves to be an RNA! We all do! Hurray!

    RNA career day

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    1. We are here to make little copies of ourselves, so that they can do, more or less, the same bullshit that we did. Some might depart from the norm and are called a success. Others depart from the norm and are called a loser. It’s all kind of sad.

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      1. What’s really sad is that they’re working their hardest to eliminate the energy source that gives them all of those specialties.

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      2. Listening to parents of young children – when they are still somewhat delusional about parenthood – I find it amusing that they seem intend to produce not just copies, but improved copies: myself, but even better and more awesome!.

        One idiot mother was boasting that her bossy 4 yr-old girl looked like ‘being a leader’ already.

        I thought she needed a smack. Actually, both of them.

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  42. The last member of the uncontacted Amazon tribe that was massacred in the 1990s by Brazilian cattle ranchers and illegal miners was found dead recently, lying in a hammock. He had been living alone in the rainforest for 26 years, refusing all contact with the outside world. He was covered with macaw feathers, apparently a sign that he knew he was going to die. He and his tribe were not consuming gradients fast enough for our liking – in fact, he and his tribe cultivated the gradients that we are now consuming.

    https://www.npr.org/2022/08/30/1119939392/last-member-uncontacted-tribe-dies-brazil

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    1. I guess we all better get our macaw feathers ready, because we’re next. The techno-cancer has spread everywhere and it’s only a matter of time.

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    1. Even the earliest RNA and cells conspired to make a meal of something else. Why should things have changed? Misleading the public, which in sum has various mental deficiencies, or shaping its opinion, is a great way to stay on top of things. Unfortunately I believe that most people would rather believe a conspiracy doesn’t exist than know that it does.

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    1. Eating bugs is about like the EV solution for transportation. Not going to happen. I do wonder how the roads will be maintained without the refinery tar dregs. Tar sands? Venezuelan glop? Nothing about our civilization is sustainable in the least and especially not eating farmed bugs and EVs. They could feed corpses to meal worms and I wouldn’t put it past them to do it.

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    1. We must rid ourselves of all signs of virility and masculinity. Those high testosterone levels certainly put women at a disadvantage. They’re disappointed that they can’t fully share in the ceremony, except those that sport prolific chin whiskers. We should all eat the Gaia salad and cupcakes.

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      1. Brad Pitt was seen swanning around in a skirt. I guess he can do anything. He’s always wonderful. I didn’t check to see if he shaved his legs or not. Hey whatever floats your boat.

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        1. Cassoulet would depend on getting hold of the right kind of garlicky French sausage – Toulouse – to go with the duck, but it’s an excellent dish, if time-consuming to cook. Beef stew’s much simpler by far.

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  43. I aways love manufacturing porn. I often think of what a shame it is that the US shipped so much of its heavy industry over to other countries.

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  44. So much potential and so much more satisfying and variable than sticking amino acids together. What if we could build a dissipative structure to consume the universe? I wonder if these unconscious machines and their human RNA realize that their energy source is depleting. We always thought we could create another tool to crack open another energy gradient. Will we? Doesn’t seem like it. Just ask the people in Europe. When the temperature of the human body gets too low or too high, the enzymes get sluggish or just stop working.

    “As the temperature of an enzyme increases, the performance of the enzyme also increases. For every 10-degree centigrade rise in temperature, enzyme activity is increased by 50 to 100%. Variations as small as 1 to 2 degrees can introduce changes of 10-20% in enzyme performance. Enzyme activity will continue to increase until the optimal temperature for enzyme activity is reached. The optimal temperature for an enzyme is defined as the temperature at which the maximum rate of reaction for enzyme performance is achieved. It is the temperature that yields the greatest number of products at the fastest speed based on specific environmental conditions. When temperatures increase past the enzyme’s optimal temperature, enzymatic activity will no longer occur.”

    https://study.com/academy/lesson/effect-of-temperature-on-enzyme-activity.html

    When I first read, “I just love manufacturing porn.” I thought, oh my goodness, Dave’s business name is Humpty-Dumpty, porn in the age of collapse.

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    1. Plus you can make all kinds of stuff from the non-edible parts: clothing, shoes, weapons, horn, bone and sinew thingies, etc.

      A one-stop shop, a cornucopia on the hoof or paw.

      Funny today: off to the woods tooled up to get ready for our impending Winter of Death I met a metrosexual type pushing a pram: he could barely say Hi for staring at my axe.

      I wanted to observe, given his obvious unease, that hairy men in checked shirts with axes on a lonely footpath are much less likely to be murderers than the nice people in white coats in crowded ‘health’ centres.,,,,,,

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      1. He must have wondered if he had taken the wrong path and wandered into a Neanderthal Diorama. Quite at variance with the Dr. Strangelove antics going on elsewhere. Good idea to prepare for the “Winter of Death”. I was thinking of doing some of that myself to get some kindling for my little rocket stove. Better to chop wood in England than to stand in line for coal in Poland.

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        1. I really must dress in skins for next time!

          The woods are a great place to be, deserted, but with so much evidence of past activities as well as trees in every stage of growth and decay: overgrown ‘rides’ which allowed the former owners to ride about, go shooting, or have timber dragged out; many old boundary ditches going back at least to the Middle Ages; and even over-grown remnants of the ‘ridge and furrow’ ploughing system that were abandoned after the Black Death, when the woods were allowed to expand.

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          1. Skins and practice some primordial snorts and grunts and that should do it. It’s great that you can access a forest and not be incarcerated in a cellular tech dystopia.

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            1. It’s only 10 mins walk away, but if the AI ever imposes house-arrest with tracking that works, I may not be able to get to it anymore.

              I might then break out for one final woodland visit of farewell to he elves and fairies, before being liquidated/shut off from all food and water…..

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  45. Found this over at Zerohedge:

    choices

    Who will get the most dopioids in life? I guess it depends upon how much you love philosophy.

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    1. I’m afraid the energy bridge will be abandoned before it even begins to cross the river. But they’ll move some dirt around to make it look good while people and cars mysteriously disappear from the scene.

      They have to promise the green build-out while blaming what is imminently a five-percent per year drop in oil supply and fiat ponzi scheme collapse on pandemics, climate change (the famine angle) and wars. The slide in oil is coming whether or not there are pandemics and wars and that is where the body blow to civilization will come. The green build-out would require a massive new find of surplus energy thirty-years ago and the foresight not to burn it all as rapidly as possible without investing in a renewable, lower surplus energy infrastructure. But, would have, should have, could have. The Great Reset and Fourth Industrial Revolution will likely attempt a great downsizing of the human population along with a downsizing of their consumption to keep technological “progress” alive.

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  46. This was a pretty good video with Alice Friedemann I found over at http://www.ourfiniteworld.com

    She’s a bit worried about preserving knowledge, but without the energy gradients much of the knowledge is simply obsolete, never to be used again. Maybe Euell Gibbons work, “Stalking the Wild Asparagus”.

    Asparagus

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    1. Julian Simon would be shocked. Why would we need depopulation? The earth’s resources are infinite. Hand-picked economists and yes men tell us so. Why would the central bankers supply ample credit if we had too many people? They should have used social credit to cut people off years ago. Perhaps they were waiting for CRISPR, the ultimate tool for the manipulation of life. I’m glad it’s all in good hands though, like the banker’s war in Ukraine. Some things should be left to the experts like Henry Kissinger.

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  47. Two of America’s greatest “minds”.

    Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.: Is There an Answer to Malthus?

    Episode S0483, Recorded on October 15, 1981

    Guest: Julian Simon

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  48. It’s a hard interview to watch. It looks like Buckley could fall over backwards at any moment. Since Julian is a cell colony, his ego must be a proponent of those beliefs that the bankers and business types want to hear. The ones that financially support him. Without knowing enough ecology, thermodynamics etc. he might even have successfully fooled himself. On the other hand, be a modern day Malthus and you’ll soon find yourself isolated and without a penny. What does the ego truly love? A forever cornucopia and a special place in heaven for those that have given their lives to hard dissipative work, thrift, investment and growth. The holy dissipative trinity.

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    1. Comedy routine: as if we could go back in time and incredulously watch Papal theologians arguing over obscure terms of theology which were nothing but nonsense.

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      1. The theology of progress. “Dear Lord, it’s not that we don’t like (insert name), but we now sacrifice him at your alter, we cannot afford to feed this one any longer and want an exchange for something a bit more evolved.” (Motions helpers to bring forth the vaccines.) “Are you ready to meet your maker.” “Oh yes, yes, make sure your aim is true. I can’t wait to meet the maker.” The priest injects the poison and the sacrifice slumps to the ground and twitches uncontrollably, one less useless eater to feed. “Now we will watch our laboratories and research facilities for your response Oh Lord. Please give us progress and not what we truly deserve.”

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  49. No wonder these fucking monkeys are full of themselves. “we can do anything.” Except maybe feed 8 billion hungry, 60 kg monkeys, running around doing all kinds of stupid shit, on small wet ball of rock spinning around in a bunch of nothing, at least not for long.

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    1. Evolution led us in the right direction. New energy gradients were opened by humans like never before. But evolution is sort of blind, it can’t see the future. It just has to preserve the stuff, from one generation to the next, that has sufficiently positive EROEI. Those things are also known as profitable – things capable of growth. Some day things just aren’t going to pencil-out and that will spell the end – extinction. It happens all the time in the business world and is known as bankruptcy.

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    1. That Rose intro is full of shit. Shawn Baker, M.D. ha, ha. “I’m Shawn Baker and I’m an M.D. I know pretty much everything and I think I’m number one.” As for the carnivore diet or the caterpillar diet I say eat as much unaltered food as possible, you gonna die anyway and the huge ego is gonna go poof into oblivion. But not Rose or Shawn Baker, M.D., their egos might be immortal – like Gods!

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      1. Animal fat is to carbohydrates what diesel is to gasoline. If you run the body on the former you can eat less frequently, with the later you tend to eat three meals a day because carbs are less satiating.

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    1. I say that these dumbasses get cut-off from all food. That twit in the corner on the left should be skewered and cooked in his own juices and the others made to take a bite.

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    2. Maybe I should listen to her argument again (not). But it sounds more like she’s against being “white”, and all that might entail, than she is against eating meat per se. This whole “white guilt”, (anti-male?) phenomenon is certainly strange, to me anyways.

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      1. Probably banker initiated, like with Russia/Ukraine war, to beat them down and weaken them before the real battle begins. Of course there are plenty of morons to take-up the cause.

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    3. I don’t know who’s more obnoxious, the self hating, man hating, white woman, or this woman with her list of ailments somehow, miraculously, cured by eating meat. I guess that women, in general, are kind of annoying and obnoxious. I guess.

      That old saying, with its numerous variations, rings true: You can’t live with them, but you can’t live without them either. Or something like that.

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      1. The way that dress is cut, Mikhaila is fishing for some tube steak. Carnivore indeed.

        As for the saying, I include all of the human race but lean towards, “Can’t live with them.”

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        1. Humans: can’t live with them, can’t enslave, poison or modify them……….oh, wait a minute – what’s that you say, Albert? !

          KLAUS

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          1. “The technology is ready, all we have to do is implement. Our fortunes will be locked-in once the system is up and running.”

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        2. I’d prefer the décolleté be a little lower.

          It’s too bad women have to dress like Fran Lebowitz to be taken seriously but that’s evolution for ya.

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        3. At Cambridge – and no doubt Oxford – the convention is that some kind of formal or dinner dress is worn by debaters at the Union, being in the evening.

          They usually dine with the President and committee in some College hall beforehand.

          So Mikhaila is just conforming to custom.

          A delightful one in her case.

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      2. Eating meat didn’t cure her autoimmune dysfunction, it was the elimination of the plant foods that were causing them. A carnavore diet is an elimination diet.

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        1. Hardcore carnivores reek. A beautiful woman breathed on me at a party once and I barely stopped myself from saying “put a mint in that dumpster darling” her keto breath was so bad.

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      3. You probably could live without them. They have some lifelike inflatable dolls that just sit there and look pretty. Almost as good as talking to Wilson the volley ball. I’m not sure how proficient they are with ping pong balls but that’s just a matter of time.

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  50. Amyloid worms in your arteries, that’s what metals in vaccines will do for you. The manufacturing process must have introduced contaminants. Ha, ha.

    https://theinfowar.tv/watch?id=630a11ee5cf44d2d9f325cc3

    Here’s that paper showing the link between metals and amyloidosis.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070813185007.htm

    “We found that we could build lots of different types of structures with an individual unit: fettuccine-shaped structures, tubes, vesicles, and so on, not just fibers. And this is remarkable,” says Lynn.

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  51. TOXIC COMPOUNDS (metals) FOUND IN ALL SHOTS WITHOUT EXCEPTION, PERMANENTLY CHANGING THE BLOOD OF THE VAXXED

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/rHue1oJXbjLx/

    At least this way not everyone dies at once, it takes time for the amyloid clots to develop. It’s sad that it’s come to eliminating the useless eaters, but the wealthy cannot use their hard-earned wealth to support them. To the losers go the vaxxes and to the victors go all your wealth.

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    1. The wealth will be radioactive after the nuclear reactors and cooling ponds melt down. Somehow they can’t give up the quest for full spectrum global domination even as the resources run out. How is a complex wireless control grid going to work if everything simplifies? How do you use central bank digital currency without 24/7 electricity and continous microchip produciton? Idiots.

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      1. Things are simplifying all right. IQ points are steadily dropping each generation. Re: global domination, that is a question for Ming the Merciless. Just remember Timothy, this is all a bad dream and if you have to evacuate don’t forget your toothbrush.

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        1. Since this will be more fun than the Siege of Leningrad and last longer too, I would pack some dental floss and some prayer beads (edible if you can find them.)

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  52. Some yankees getting wrecked
    [video src="https://files.catbox.moe/v5vwdn.mp4" /]

    Adrenaline junkies like to wear a go-pro camera to film the action only to end up recording their last moments.

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    1. Cool uniforms and cool toys until a bullet rips through your brain and you lose command, control and hydrostatic pressure. But apparently “fighting for the homeland” has been an evolutionary success story in the past. You’re a hero while the vegans are sitting at home munching on greens and passing on their DNA.

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  53. https://www.rt.com/news/562038-civil-war-modern-us/

    I really don’t understand how there can be a civli war within the USA. Maybe I’m missing something.

    I mean I guess that there are National Guard units, that can be called up by the Governors of various states. Maybe the US military would divide into various factions? Left /Right wing political groups would duke it out in the streets? I don’t know. I just don’t get it.

    I do kinda agree with this statement.

    “Thus, instead of witnessing a replay of Fort Sumpter, Americans can expect to see a rash of individual actors lashing out in desperation at a society they no longer understand.”

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    1. There is not enough social, cultural, racial, or class solidarity left in America for anybody to form a collective side to fight on. This is the result of multicultural, multiracial, and multireligious mass immigration policies combined with divide and conquer identity politics.

      The abandonment of a dominant cultural paradigm needed for any state to have the necessary tribal glue to stick together and a relentless class war on labor and labor organizations. The promotion of hyper-individualist small government “libertariansim” ideology in order to preempt any collective group organizing against the ruling power-elite.

      Society is too atomized to do anything other than individual acts of going postal. There is no broad tribal identity that can unite a large enough group of people on either side, which is the type of broad tribal identity needed to be a functional ethnic-state and transcend class divisions.

      Only one group can have a tribal identity, the favorite group of the bankers.

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      1. Well, all us pleebs, millions and even billions of us, do have a single identity, we are all consumers. We consume the products of industry which the bankers and such dangle before our eyes. More importantly, in my mind anyway, we are, all of us, even the bankers, products of industrialism as a system. When it dies, we all die, or at least most of us.

        I’d say.

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        1. I was speaking of tribal identities, the type of identity needed to carry out warfare. War is a collective effort requiring collective identity. America is too atomized even for civil war. This atomization is a product of a century of class warfare that went into overdrive after world war 2.

          In America we replaced tribal glue with common prosperity. As long as there was enough resources to go around for the dominant euro-american majority we could claim to be a melting pot. The more immigration increases tribal identities at odds with the traditional euro-american one, the sooner things will breakdown as scarcity for euro-americans shows up. Same is happening in Europe, espicially in the western part were there has been more immigration of non-european identities.

          All DNA things are consumers, but in a world of scarcity there is security in numbers. This is a reinforceing feed back loop as numbers require more resources leading to more consumption, leading to more scarcity. Hence the rise and fall of civilizations and empires.

          We dont have the resources for a war. We don’t have the collective identity. We dont have the class solidarity. We will simply disintegrate.

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        1. That would be nice, but the bankers have chosen tribalism as has Putin as has Xi. It’s a constant struggle to reinforce ones own tribe while diminishing the prospects of other tribes. Even your cells are tribal and celebrate the defeat of a competitor through the non-random wiring in your brain.

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    2. Stories like in Kuwait where they threw babies out of incubators could stoke the tribal fires. But now people are voluntarily giving their children lethal injections. I think they’re more likely to shoot themselves than each other.

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      1. “The primary engine of the novel’s story is overpopulation and its projected consequences.[2] The title refers to an early twentieth-century claim that the world’s population could fit onto the Isle of Wight—which has an area of 381 square kilometres (147 sq mi)—if they were all standing upright. Brunner remarked that the growing world population now required a larger island; the 3.5 billion people living in 1968 could stand together on the Isle of Man [area 572 square kilometres (221 sq mi)], while the 7 billion people who he projected would be alive in 2010 would need to stand on Zanzibar [area 1,554 square kilometres (600 sq mi)].[4] Throughout the book, the image of the entire human race standing shoulder-to-shoulder on a small island is a metaphor for a crowded world.” -Wikipedia

        Brunner

        I’ll have to expand my horizons. Completely new to me. Looks like something that might have been in the old “Omni” magazine.

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        1. Stand on Zanzibar (1968), The Jagged Orbit(1969), The Sheep Look Up (1972) and Shockwave Rider (1975) are called the Club of Rome Quartet. I have a soft spot for Brunner, he died broke so I try to throw a few bucks here and there to SF writers when I can.

          The slang in Zanzibar is interesting. Men are called codders which I assume is derived from cod-piece. There seems to be a SF fascination during the time with phallic armature. Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, “The Great Space Fuck” has a burlesque reference,

          “The man who was interviewing Senator Snopes asked him to stand up so everybody could get a good look at his cod-piece, which the Senator did. Codpieces were very much in fashion, and many men were wearing codpieces in the shape of rocket ships, in honor of the Big Space Fuck. These customarily had the letters “ U.S.A.” embroidered on the shaft. Senator Snopes’ shaft, however, bore the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy.”.

          You have to read the whole thing. It’s hysterically funny and only a couple of pages long and not too hard to find online.

          And then you’ve got Kubrick’s droogs in “A Clockwork Orange” with their white cricket codpieces.

          Anyhow I am pretty sure there is a decent essay in there for some graduate student if it has not already been done.

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          1. That’s hilarious about the codpieces. I have some more reading to do.

            And then there was the time my uncle, the priest, came to visit and we entertained him with “A Clockwork Orange” on VHS. “But mom, I heard it was a good movie.”

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            1. Yeah I think we’ve all done that.

              I re-watched “Five Easy Pieces” not too long ago for the famous Diner scene and it was pretty much as I remembered it. It’s a good road movie about alienation. Dave would love it, especially the part where Bobby ditches Rayette at the gas station and hitches a ride out with a trucker. Being a gentleman and all he left Rayette the car as I’m sure Dave would also do. Well perhaps not if it was a brand new shiny BMW come right off the factory floor. Anyhow,I can’t really blame Bobby for ditching ole crazy eyes played so superbly by Karen Black, she was exhausting.

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              1. We can toss most Sci Fi into the trash: we are living the real thing, after all!

                This reincarnation ha a lot of entertainment value…….

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  54. In the USA, I don’t see the possibility of large scale organized conflict, something that might be called a “civil war”. But I do see a real possibility for all sorts of anarchy as the institutional structures disolve. In fact, that seems inevitable to me.

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  55. I have to think that gangs of various sorts will play a big part in society as it comes apart. The planned elimination of excess eaters (I don’t much buy into that idea.) may not be such a bad idea. If it can be pulled off, which I don’t think it can.

    But it will happen on its own, the elimination of excess eaters that is.

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    1. It’s been an orgy on the dissipative template of preserving those structures that are most effective in eating and growing. Technological system same as ecological. Innovation, market share, grow, spread. I can’t see why anything would change regardless of the amount of resources available. The “managers” have the idea that they will clamp-down on the individuals right to strive to enrich themselves and grow, in the technological and biological sense. That’s what we are. We search for energy, channel it through our bodies, reproduce and grow. The same for our “business” entities. But now you will be given a small allotment while someone else decides whether you exist at all and the energy that you may have thrived upon will go to a baby of the totalitarians.

      There won’t be any 18th century graceful living. The impulse to cooperate and be nice so that we can organize to eat the planet will be gone. We won’t be looking to a brighter future.

      I wonder, if another energy source was discovered, would it be best to withhold it and let most of the humans die, establish a control system and then bring out the new energy source. That way, you wouldn’t just be stoking the continued and lethal growth.

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  56. “This is not the end of the world or the end of the human project in this world. Not everybody will be violent or insane and the number of reality-based people with their emotional equipment intact will, oddly, grow in proportion as the others depart this plane of existence. For some of us, this is a movie with a happy ending.”

    That is some serious polyanna on Kunstlers part. His happy ending apparently solves the problem of nuclear reactors, nuclear waste, and nuclear weapons siting on high alert. Not to speak of untold bioweapons waiting to go.

    The future is infanticide, suicide, and volantary and involantary euthanasia. Actually that sounds like right now minus the infanticide, but I’m sure will get there now that abortion is illegal.

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    1. Here are some of the Davos crowd in Klaus’ bunker praying to the atomic erection. I don’t think they mind the radiation.

      “Not everybody will be violent or insane………….”. Not so sure about that.

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    2. I wince when I read “the future is…” truth is nobody knows exactly what the future is or what is going to happen.

      Granted every living system in the biosphere is in decline and the rate of decline is accelerating and I cant think of a single living system that is stable or improving but still there is a degree of uncertainty…or so I’ve read.

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        1. A few had glimpses: for instance Swift, in his tale of the island of Laputia, where the people starve and groan in misery while the ruler gives grants to often fraudulent scientists – ‘natural philosophers’ – for their insane research projects. Not far off DARPA et al is it?

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          1. Sounds like Swift was describing his own country. George Orwell did the same in 1984, place the settings in some fictional location and then describe your own time and place.

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            1. Of course, it was a time of feverish experimentation, which we have merely continued, so to that extent he was describing the future as well as his own day.

              He grasped that most experimenters don’t give a damn about humanity in general, whatever they pretend.

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          2. Funding pet projects with the people’s money is a favored approach. I think Epstein kept-up with the technology, probably a lesser responsibility after blackmailing leaders.

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    1. That’s interesting stuff. The Dorso Lateral Prefrontal Cortex is what I refer to as the social brain. Before the motor cortex is stimulated, the action (rehearsed by the mini-me) has to pass the culture, social, moral test. A religious education is good at developing that part of the brain. The key for a psychopath is to learn what behaviors turn off the “average” person brought up in a culture and avoid them, not for emotional reasons but for practical reasons. Personality disorder? By nature’s standard, if you can eat and reproduce there is no disorder. However, those brought-up in the hive with a conditioned DLPC, there may be a very noticeable problem with a psychopath in that they do not adhere to the standards of the tribe.

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      1. It sounds like there’s a genetic advantage to being a psychopath in some cases. Many careers could see much more success by having no empathy or anxiety for carrying out your tasks. Then they pass those genes on to their offspring. It’s interesting to ponder what benefits psychopathy could have had on hunter/gatherers.

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        1. “Don’t copulate with your best friend’s wife, it’s against the rules of the clan and you will destroy their family.” “What rules? Who cares?”

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          1. Among the Inuit, it was the greatest mark of friendship to bestow your wife thus. Some variety in their dreary lives – both sexes – I suppose?

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            1. Just goes to show you as in the LBGQT putsch in schools, that if you can get to the DLPC early enough you can bend the morality any which way you want.

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          2. Or perhaps women are selecting for fearless hunters who bring home the bacon over “ethical” overly sensitive vegetarian philosophers. Women are the gatherers already, they need animal fat provisioning and protection for themselves and their offspring. Also nice to make some clothing out of animal skins. Kind of like being a gold digger. Better to be warm and full with a psychopath than cold and hungry with some useless vegan. A confident optimistic death denying psychopath going to Mars or some peak-oil plant-based doomer. Hard choice.

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    1. A girlfriend had two odd little bumps on the top of her skull.

      She used to invite me to massage them, and, well, one thing led to another…….she was, one might say, a little devil.

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    1. People will be forced into the “system”, but the system will likely collapse unless the useless eater disposal is fast and furious. The fiat/growth money system will be gone. It will be more like a rationing economy with fewer and fewer participants all the time by pandemic/vaccine. No wonder the oligarchs want the super-yachts, probably for isolation. Apparently “of the people, by the people, ……… is already gone.” You’re not going to get MAGA, but rather RATION and measly at that.

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  57. Of course I can only speak for myself. But, near term human extinction (NTHE) is kind of a non-issue for me. The only extinction that more or less concerns me, is my own, unavoidable. And, as I’ve often said, when I die, the universe dies with me. So there’s that…

    Ugo Bardi recently posted a complaint about celebrity scientists recieving exorbitant honorarium. I kinda wonder how much McPherson gets for giving a talk.

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    1. I think McPherson likes to rub it in people’s noses because they never did and never will listen. I don’t know how much he gets paid, but his presentations seem to attract a handful of people and at least one came to fight.

      I’m going to enjoy as much of the “extinction” as possible. New record high temperatures, unprecedented floods, super super typhoons, pandemics, vaccines, dork dissipatives trying to do each other in. It will be a fascinating spectacle until the lights go out.

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      1. So pull up the lawn chair and watch a real life IMAX disaster movie that has it all. Twisters, hurricanes, avalanches, floods, plagues, real world ending biblical stuff. See it unfold before your very eyes. So get your snacks and settle in for the adventure of your life. Popcorn supplies are limited so stock up.

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          1. It’s going to be more like that galley scene in Ben Hur if we go offline, though – a very limited view of the greatest show…….

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    1. I read that too. Not sure why I keep doing it. Fear of missing out? What if the Thwaites doomsday glacier lost its grip and I wasn’t paying attention? Even coming to this site – it’s not like I identify with the Anti-vax crowd.

      No one says “Namaste” in parting. That must be it.

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      1. Namaste is fine in a yoga class. In the appropriate setting. I don’t like it when it’s uttered permformatively out of context.

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    2. There’s enough doom out there to create a cortisol/adrenaline overdose. Anxiety on high. But isn’t that why we find ourselves in this situation? We’ve always avoided reality or at least we’ve avoided thinking about it. Now that we’re in Stage IV it’s time to party. The hell with their green chemo and vaccine radiation, it’s time to doomscroll until the home cell powers down and all your tiny mitochondria say WTF before your lights go out.

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        1. Right. And the Amazon drone will soon be dropping bug parts at your front door if you social credit score is above 666. It’s a whole new world.

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        2. Don’t give up your dreams Timothy. Success is just around the corner. It’s not last curtain call yet. You can monetize your hobby like this dude – “creating innovative ways of presenting disaster information!”

          https://www.patreon.com/enkiresearch

          “The news is full of doom. Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) are powerful motivators and widely exploited by the media and politicians. Hurricanes, earthquakes, pandemics, environmental disasters, climate change, wars and social unrest. Flip on your TV, or pull up a news site or social media page and you’ll see doom aplenty. FUD sells. But how bad is it, really? How can you figure out what you, your family, your business should do (if anything!)? In short, with SCIENCE! That’s what we do: use science to understand and, hopefully, not be so afraid of all the scary stuff out there. Here’s your chance to help us do that … and get more direct information and other cool stuff.”

          and its affordable with different membership levels

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          Doomsayer $10/month
          Cassandra $25/month

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        3. I was last successful by conventional standards at the age of 22: so I’ve had rather a lot of time to get accustomed to Doom and ‘the long littleness of life’.

          And plenty of time to observe that I’ve been no less ‘happy’ than successful contemporaries. There have been many high points unconnected to money or status.

          It’s all grains of sand through one’s fingers….

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          1. Moliere the French playwright’s last words – and presumably thoughts – were, apparently:

            ‘Some parmesan, please’.

            I had a bad asthma attack one night years ago in the street, just as lots of people were coming out of a building, and I thought:

            ‘ How embarrassing a way to die!’

            And then started laughing at the thought – as much as I could that is. Somehow I stumbled back home to the sacred inhaler…..

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            1. No need to be embarrassed. They probably didn’t care. Ha, ha. But I’m glad you found your inhaler. Maybe I’m too cynical. At least one or a few would care.

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            2. You should take Rover with you on your walks as a safety precaution so when you pass out he can revive you with his famously bad breath. As good and efficacious as a dose of smelling salts I presume. And attach a spare inhaler to his collar for safety.

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  58. “Lights go out” I think of death. I kind of think that thinking of death is healthier than avoiding the thought. But I really don’t know, don’t much care. I think of death.

    I think that death is like going under very deep general anesthesia. You don’t feel pain or anything else, because you’re completely unconscious. The only real difference is that when you die, you just never wake up. That doesn’t seem so bad to me.

    Or, maybe death is just like falling into a deep sleep. I love sleeping. At this point, sleeping is my favorite thing to do in life. When you die, you sleep forever. So that doesn’t seem so bad.

    But hey, what do I know? I’ve never been dead, yet.

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    1. It’s almost impossible to imagine nothing because nothing can’t exist. It’s almost like trying to imagine the imperceptible aether. One link in a dissipative chain is such a short time and death is even shorter because it involves no time, but to spend one’s life thinking about death is a waste of time that could be better used releasing energy from gradients. But I guess you’re burning some glucose thinking about death and rounding out your analog mind that strives for a complete and true facsimile of reality.

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      1. It’s cause they know how to suit up and look presentable. They generally have nice manners as well which is important in banking.

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    1. I’ve heard that in Russia you’re still allowed, maybe even encouraged, to identify as being white and male. I have to think that “The West” as a whole is just on the wrong side of history at this point.

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        1. I like to write “honky” in lieu of white on applications to foil the data miners. It confuses the hell out of the AI bots. honky – duck- honky – country singer –does not compute.

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      1. Civilization is exciting. Lots of delightful complexity and conspicuous consumption. A social heirarchy to climb, property to own, and endless entertainment. Myriad ways to get opioid and dopamine hits.

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        1. True. Once the lifting, mining, refining and distribution of the fuel is accomplished it can be sent through millions of conduits to cells where human RNA, in spasms of innovation and reward anticipation, release the energy into additional ways to make the dopioids go pop.

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  59. Bring me your old meta-narratives and I’ll smash them on the rocks. How can the participants in a cancer lose their growth narrative and still be happy in life? How can a dissipative be happy without energy to degrade? I saw mention of a new Club of Rome book where, in order to assure a good outcome on earth, that the top 10% of earners would be limited to 40% of the total income. All I have to say is WTF? Only if the charlatans, scoundrels and ponzi operators, which compose about ninety-percent of the top ten-percent are first eliminated and “old money” is confiscated and sent to natural philosophers in recognition of their valuable contributions to society.

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    1. Don’t worry Doctor Peterson, the CIA has the narrative all under control. They know what academic research says because they fund all of it. Except the narrative is actually a utopian liberalism – free markets, no labor unions, multiculturalism, and open borders, with a dash of Malthus. No Marxists here.

      Anything described as an independent institution by the establishment is in reality a means of top down governance in order to subvert the public for the purpose of elite control. Independent media, independent courts, independent academia and independent central banks are all a means of top down governance to avoid democratic accounatibilty, with plausible deniability. Countries that avoid these oligarchial policies will be accused of being closed societies by CIA frontman George Soros and be attacked and subverted by the United States, Five Eyes, NATO, and the European Union.

      Western university academics have been subverted to narrate western history as non-elite and non-materialist. Hence the careful cultivation of compatible leftist historical narrative’s that put the emphasis on patriarchal white males over wealthy elite interest and material interest. There are no elite conspiracies or deceptions, everything is just as the history channel says so.

      The new world order is open for business, it’s reducing the bottom ninety percent, to preserve the new world order’s growth narrative. The other participants in the cancer will be happy when they are dead.

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  60. Whatever you do, don’t tell the useless eaters that we’re giving them cancer with vaccines. We have to get rid of them so we’ll have enough oil to eat ourselves. We can spend our large endowment on all that soon to be excess energy. Tell them they’re getting cancer because of their “exposome”. Don’t tell them that the nastiest thing in their exposome is the vaccine. Harvard – Always looking out for number one.

    https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/harvard-researchers-warn-that-incidences-of-various-cancers-in-young-adults-under-the-age-of-50-are-rising-globally

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      1. “You know Jacob, some day growth will end.” “Yes and what to do then.” “There’s a gentleman I know named Klaus that has some ideas.”

        meeting

        I love the room they’re in, but how to heat it in the winter with no gas? I hope they hide the art before the disgruntled break through the windows and trash all the pretties.

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        1. They should keep warm, certainly an awful lot of well-seasoned hardwood to burn in that room.

          But not the books. Never the books!

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          1. A working fireplace is nice. We have two fireplaces in the house I’m in but both were plastered-over in the fifties or sixties in favor of gas stoves. I would resurrect them, but the houses are in a shotgun arrangement and I wouldn’t want to be responsible for a fire.

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            1. You won’t burn yourself down! A Natural Philosopher needs a live fire to look into….. It’s also incredibly cheering for the brainless.

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              1. This is true, I need to ponder the flame. Maybe I’ll acquire a “Heavenly Hearth” with built-in crackling sounds, the kind you plug into the wall outlet. The dog and cat will love it.

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    1. I can never understand how all these right wingers keep describing the elites as communists and marxsist. They lack the understandng of political-economy to see that capitalism is also lawless and totalitarian. After all, a monopoly is totalitarian. Associating capitalism with freedom is retarded. They lived through too many red scares and believe all authoritarianism is communist or marxist. They would be closer if they just desribed it as Satanic since Satan is the father of all lies in their bible. It’s a system of full spectrum con artistry. Everything people receive is disinformation.

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      1. What else goes so well with James’s fried chicken?

        Hmm, maybe a jog of cool cider from the shed, as in ‘The Old Coon Dog’? Love that song.

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  61. Like there’s no way I’m opening that link. Nowayhozay. It’s probably the equivalent of a glitterbomb. I’ve been doing some serious navel gazing and as I was cleaning the lint out of my sipapu I got to thinking that I need to get in around 9000 steps a day if I don’t want to end up a drooling idiot (I read that on the internet) so I have to stop doom scrolling. But I don’t know how. I mean today I got all worried and fretful when I read that CA might have to institute rolling blackouts because of the heatwave. It’s so exciting. But I know its bad for me. So I was wondering if you could help me and block me so my posts don’t appear. Cut off my dopamine supply so to speak.

    And just for kicks

    PS you’ve been a great host. I have learned a lot from you and your followers.

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    1. You’re probably right. Time could be spent doing something that provides some real benefits. Same for me. The link was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, about ancient Babylon, Jewish bankers, the Khazars etc., something that really doesn’t much interest me. All you need to know is what we are in a biological/physical sense and where that leads. I enjoyed Ruby Romaine, maybe the aliens will show-up in their Airstream next. Stop-in again anytime.

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    1. I was just thinking about how it probably never was a democracy or republic. It’s been a plantation for the central bankers issuing credit wherever growth could occur. They’re in the business of burning everything on the planet and the faster the better. But instead of their self-organized stupidity, they should have studied more deeply the thermodynamics of the universe that created them in all their wealth generating, life destroying glory.

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      1. They were smarter in the Middle Ages, studying the growth dynamics of woods and working out harvesting schedules for every kind of tree or bush which didn’t kill the whole system.

        But then they didn’t have the theory of infinitely substitutable energy inputs and infinite mineral reserves to justify their depredations: no woods, no life.

        Speaking of which, it’s a wonderful berry season this year.

        First the elderberries for vodka; then the sloes for gin and finally hawthornberries for brandy sounds like a good schedule – God knows I may need a good drink or two before 2023 is out!

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        1. Just trying the 2019 Special Reserve sloe gin now: a rich deep red, and no added sugar so an acquired taste, but surprisingly sweet for so sour a berry. The Alchemy of Happiness. Cheers James!

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