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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World



There is a fear within the Soul of Humanity, that the species will end.

There are two paths laid out before humanity and the choice is ours to make collectively:

1) every subconscious gets a vote;
2) all votes are equal as each vote represents one human life;
3) as new knowledge is revealed paradigms change so you can change your vote at any time as
------------------------------------------- flip-flopping is encouraged! -------------------------------------

Option 1 >>> This is the Transhuman Option:

Not satisfied with Nature we remake Mother Nature to suit men's fantastic unnatural desires.

Option 2 >>> This is the Life Option:

Not satisfied with poorly designed human social cultural systems, we modify them.


collapse

NAFTA

unregulated trade

New World Order

childhood in the 'New World Order'

the comparative theory of superpower collapse

depopulation agenda

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"The global economy is a rigged game, rigged so Third World politicians, rich investors and global corporations win – and American taxpayers lose." – Patrick J. Buchanan

"The ideology of globalization, like all "inevitable" utopian visions, is being exposed as a fraud. The power elite, perplexed and confused, clings to the disastrous principles of globalization and its outdated language to mask the looming political and economic vacuum. The absurd idea that the marketplace alone should determine economic and political constructs led industrial nations to sacrifice other areas of human importance – from working conditions, to taxation, to child labor, to hunger, to health and pollution – on the altar of free trade. A handful of corporate oligarchs around the globe have everything - wealth, power and privilege - and the rest of us struggle as part of a vast underclass, increasingly impoverished and ruthlessly repressed. There is one set of laws and regulations for us; there is another set of laws and regulations for a power elite that functions as a global mafia." - Christopher Lynn Hedges


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"Until our global economy is fueled by more than unfettered markets and an insatiable appetite for profit at the expense of human dignity, history will repeat itself." - Marie Dennis

"Nearly 70 percent of world trade is controlled by just 500 corporations, and one percent of all multinationals own half the total stock of foreign direct investment. In both the United States and across the globe, many large corporations - either directly or through intermediaries - are obeying the implacable logic of capital by creating barriers to entry, stifling local economies, and racing to liquidate finite resources. " - Donald O. Mayer

"The success or failure of our entire civilization is dependent upon you as well as every other human being on the planet. We all bear equal responsibility here. Collectively we create the future for good or for ill." - Laurence Overmire

"American economic hegemony has generated enormous hostility to an American dominated process of globalization, frequently on the part of close democratic allies who thought America was seeking to impose its antistatist social model on them."- Francis Fukuyama

"Edward Abbey once said that "an economic system that can only expand or expire must be false to all that is human." Some part of society must soon step up and begin to figure out how to end "progress", if not reverse it, until the world reaches a steady state of ecological sustainability." - Fred S. Barker



globalist control trinity

New World Order

"In 1921, British and American elite academics got together with major international banking interests to form two "sister institutes" called the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) in London, now known as Chatham House, and the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States. Subsequent related think tanks were created in Canada, such as the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, now known as the Canadian International Council (CIC), and other affiliated think tanks in South Africa, India, Australia, and more recently in the European Union with the formation of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Following World War I, these powers sought to reshape the world order in their designs, with Woodrow Wilson proclaiming a right to "national self-determination" which shaped the formation of nation-states throughout the Middle East, which until the war was dominated by the Ottoman Empire. Thus, proclaiming a right to "self-determination" for people everywhere became, in fact, a means of constructing nation-state power structures which the western nations became not only instrumental in building, but in exerting hegemony over. To control people, one must construct institutions of control. Nations like Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait, etc., did not exist prior to World War I.

Following World War II, America became the global hegemon, whose imperial impetus was provided by the strategic concept of "containment" in containing the spread of Communism. Thus, America's imperial adventures in Korea, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America became defined by the desire to "roll back" the influence of the Soviet Union and Communism.
The Council on Foreign Relations that originated the idea of "containment" as a central feature of foreign policy.

Following World War II, America was handed the responsibility for overseeing and managing the international monetary system and global political economy through the creation of institutions and agreements such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), NATO, the UN, and GATT (later to become the World Trade Organization). One central power institution that was significant in establishing consensus among Western elites and providing a forum for expanding global western hegemony was the Bilderberg Group, founded in 1954 as an international think tank.

In 1972, Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski and his friend, David Rockefeller, presented the idea of a "New World Order" built upon ideas of global governance under the direction of transnational elites at the annual Bilderberg Group meetings. David Rockefeller was, at that time, Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and was CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1973, Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski and David Rockefeller created the Trilateral Commission, a sort of sister institute to the Bilderberg Group, with much cross-over membership, bringing Japan into the western sphere of economic and political integration.

In 1975, the Trilateral Commission published a Task Force Report labeled, "The Crisis of Democracy, of which one of the principal authors was Samuel Huntington, a political scientist and close associate and friend of Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski. In this report, Huntington argues that the 1960s saw a surge in democracy in America, with an upswing in citizen participation, often "in the form of marches, demonstrations, protest movements, and cause organizations." Further, "the 1960s also saw a reassertion of the primacy of equality as a goal in social, economic, and political life." Huntington analyzed how as part of this "democratic surge," statistics showed that throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, there was a dramatic increase in the percentage of people who felt the United States was spending too much on defense (from 18% in 1960 to 52% in 1969, largely due to the Vietnam War).
People were becoming politically aware of empire and exploitation.


Huntington wrote that the "essence of the democratic surge of the 1960s was a general challenge to existing systems of authority, public and private," and that, "People no longer felt the same compulsion to obey those whom they had previously considered superior to themselves in age, rank, status, expertise, character, or talents." Huntington explained that in the 1960s, "hierarchy, expertise, and wealth" had come "under heavy attack."

Huntington concluded that many problems of governance in the United States stem from an "excess of democracy," and that, "the effective operation of a democratic political system usually requires some measure of apathy and noninvolvement on the part of some individuals and groups." Huntington explained that society has always had "marginal groups" which do not participate in politics, and while acknowledging that the existence of "marginality on the part of some groups is inherently undemocratic," it has also "enabled democracy to function effectively."

Huntington identified "Blacks" as one such group that had become politically active, posing a "danger of overloading the political system with demands."

"Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, American ideologues "politicians and academics" began discussing the idea of the emergence of a "New World Order" in which power in the world is centralized in the United States laying the basis for an expansion of elitist ideology pertaining to the notion of "globalization": that power and power structures should be globalizaed. In short, the "New World Order" was to be a global order of global governance. In the short term, it was to be led by the United States, which must be the central and primary actor in constructing a new world order, and ultimately a global government." - Andrew Gavin Marshall

"Persisting social crisis, the emergence of a charismatic personality, and the exploitation of mass media to obtain public confidence would be the steppingstones in the piecemeal transformation of the United States into a highly controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite whose claim to political power would rest on allegedly superior scientific know-how. Unhindered by the restraints of traditional liberal values, this elite would not hesitate to achieve its political ends by using the latest modern techniques for influencing public behavior and keeping society under close surveillance and control. Under such circumstances, the scientific and technological momentum of the country would not be reversed but would actually feed on the situation it exploits. The traditionally democratic American society could, because of its fascination with technical efficiency, become an extremely controlled society, and its humane and individualistic qualities would thereby be lost." - Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski
"The Technological Revolution has allowed elites to redirect and control society in ways never before imagined, ultimately culminating in a global scientific dictatorship, as many have warned of since the early decades of the 20th century. The potential for controlling the masses has never been so great, as science unleashes the power of genetics, biometrics, surveillance, and new forms of modern eugenics; implemented by a scientific elite equipped with systems of psycho-social control (the use of psychology in controlling the masses)." - Andrew Gavin Marshall

In 2005, Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski wrote an essay for The American Interest labeled, "The Dilemma of the Last Sovereign," in which he explains the geopolitical landscape that America and the world find themselves in: "For most states, sovereignty now verges on being a legal fiction."

In 2009, Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski published an article based on a speech he delivered to the London-based Chatham House in their academic journal, International Affairs. Chatham House, formerly the Royal Institute of International Relations, is the British counterpart to the US-based Council on Foreign Relations. His article, "Major foreign policy challenges for the next US President," aptly analyzes the major geopolitical challenges for the Obama administration in leading the global hegemonic state at this critical juncture. Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski refers to the "global political awakening" as "a truly transformative event on the global scene," since:

"For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive. There are only a few pockets of humanity left in the remotest corners of the world that are not politically alert and engaged with the political turmoil and stirrings that are so widespread today around the world. The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination. The worldwide yearning for human dignity is the central challenge inherent in the phenomenon of global political awakening." - Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski


globalist stranglehold

unregulated trade

"The global free trade economy is a disaster for the environment, a disaster socially, a disaster for small farmers, it drives wages down and is a giveaway of sovereign power to corporate and goverment bureaucracies. Economic globalization is not satisfying human needs. This doesn't lift all boats, it's lifting yachts. Eventually the only way order can be maintained is through oppressive means. The solution: site here to sell here."- Jerry Mander

One of the founding premises of unregulated trade is that it will reduce the temptation of participating nation states to engage in armed conflict, an opium pipe dream of international merchants.

There are too many emerging signs of discontent from across the face of the Earth and from varying ideologies to continue to marginalize those who question the opium pipe dream of international merchants of an unfettered global corporatism and the colossal disparities in the distribution of wealth that Utopian vision-turned-nightmare creates.

Global free trade black magic economists claimed developed countries could export lowbrow jobs while retaining the high paying creative skills work.

If that is the case why did 12 million Latin American illegal immigrants move to America after Ronald Reagan's amnesty in 1986?
Once trade barriers to Japan were lowered a large part of Americans vehicle and electronic manufacturing was outsourced to Japan. Japanese corporate culture of keiretsu (close business relationships) works to exclude foreign companies. Most American skilled work was outsourced to East Asia!

Anime uses creative skills but how many Americans are drawing cartoons in the most prominent creative media of Japan? None! The lowest paid workers in Japan draw anime!

Yoshitake Ogata of the Anime Union, which represents freelance illustrators, said: "However keen they are when they come in, the reality is that they cannot live on the pay. There are animators with 10 years experience earning less than $20,000 a year. In the end, they have to quit."

The main factor holding down pay for anime illustrators is the availability of cheap labor in East Asia. Japanese production companies now outsource to illustrators in South Korea, the Philippines and China who do much of their routine work.

Global free trade economists, neo-liberals to the rest of the world (neo-cons to Americans), argue that eventually the rest of the world will "develop" and their living standards will reach those of "developed" copuntries.

With the ongoing population explosion it is impossible for the average Earth standard per capita income to ever catch up with standard middle class American economic expectations.

To remain competitive on an Earth in which billions of workers are paid one dollar a day and have absolutly no benefits, and in which corporations need not worry about the environmental destruction of the Earth, requires Americans to drastically lower their own standard of living.

"We are often told that ‘Americans won't do that job,' but never does a businessman or politician add the other half of that argument, namely, ‘at the meager wage that I am willing to pay'." - Gary Peters


NAFTA

A much ballyhooed success of the North American Free Trade Agreement has been the opening of Mexico to American industrial agricultural corporations, who are now selling millions of bushels of maize south of the border.

Why would Mexico, whose people still subsist on maize, whose farmers still grow more maize than any other crop, ever buy maize from an American farm corporation? Because American industrial agricultural corporations can sell it much more cheaply than any Mexican farmer can. How? American government writes subsidy checks to American industrial agricultural corporations encouraging them to undersell Third World farmers.

"Our system is so complicated - ie. rigged - that it's almost impossible to know how much agricultural subsidies cost American taxpayers. Since 2000 the American government paid out $1.3 billion to "farmers" who don't farm. They were simply "compensated" for owning land previously used for farming. Cash payments have cost $172 billion over the last decade, and $25 billion in 2005 alone, nearly 50% more than what was paid to families receiving welfare. These numbers barely tell the story of our appallingly immoral agricultural corporatism. Subsidies combined with trade barriers (another term for subsidy) prop up the price of food for consumers at home and hurt farmers abroad. This keeps Third World nations impoverished, economically dependent and politically unstable.

Subsidies wreak havoc on the ecosystem. One small example: There's a 6,000-square-mile dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. It's so depleted of oxygen because of algae blooms caused by fertilizer runoff that shrimp and crabs at the Louisiana shore literally try to leap from the water to breathe. Most of the fertilizer comes from a few Midwestern counties that receive billions in subsidies (more than $30 billion from 1997 to 2002 - Environmental Working Group). Also consider that American farming is hugely energy intensive. Those energy costs are not fully borne by the producer, so in effect the taxpayers is paying for greenhouse emissions that do not benefit him." - Jonah Goldberg



BT corn

In the 2006 Mexican Presidential election it was revealed that for every maquiladora job created (job created by NAFTA) there were four jobs lost in the Mexican agricultural sector.

A river of cheap American corn began flooding into Mexico after NAFTA took effect in 1994.

A 2003 report by the Carnegie Endowment says this flood of subsidized corn has washed away 1.3 million small farmers. Unable to compete, they left their land and illegally immigrated to the United States to pick crops - former farmers have become illegal alien day laborers. Now they have learned that construction jobs pay better and refuse to work in the industrial agricultural sector.

Cheap American corn in Mexico threatens all humanity. The small Mexican farmers who grow maize in southern Mexico are responsible for maintaining the genetic diversity of the species.

While American industrial farm corporations raise a small handful of genetically nearly identical hybrids, Mexico's small farmers in the past grew hundreds of different, open pollinated varieties, commonly called landraces.



surrender to monsanto

Monsanto produces nearly identical genetically modified corn seed.

The seed from this genetically altered hybrid corn is unviable and will not grow.

Each year a new supply of seed must be purchased from Monsanto.

Monsanto's MON 810 corn causes sterility according to studies published by the Austrian Government. Monsanto's MON 810 corn contains the Cauliflower Mosaic Virus which, when ingested, lowers the bodies CD 4 cells to a point which, on immune tests, indicate that a person has HIV/AIDS. The lowered CD 4 cells results from eating GMO corn, the staple of the diet in many parts of Black Africa. MON 810 is grown in Europe for animal feed and in many places, including the US, around the world for human food.

"The Committee of Research and Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN) and Universities of Caen and Rouen studied Monsanto's 90-day feeding trials data of insecticide-producing Mon 810, Mon 863 and Roundup® herbicide absorbing NK 603 varieties of GM maize. The data "clearly underlines adverse impacts on kidneys and liver, the dietary detoxifying organs, as well as different levels of damages to heart, adrenal glands, spleen and haematopoietic system," reported Gilles-Eric Séralini, a molecular biologist at the University of Caen." - Rady Anada


Monsantop extinction

Monsanto: Extinction

Maize originated in southern Mexico where it was domesticated from teosinte, a wild grass. Scientists at four universities analyzed the DNA sequences of 774 genes in strains of teosinte and corn. They found that a small group of these genes were alike in all corn strains, but far more varied in teosinte strains. This implies that these genes, because they shaped corn like traits, were bred for during domestication.

This genetic diversity, created over the course of 10,000 years by human genetic manipulation, represents some of the most precious and irreplaceable genetic information on Earth. These landraces will survive only as long as the farmers who cultivate them do.

From 1996 - 2004, worldwide genetically modified plantings expanded to 167 million acres, a 40-fold increase on 25% of global arable land. Over two-thirds of American farmland grows genetically modified plants on more than 106 million acres. Argentina has 34 million acres, and production is expanding in Brazil, China, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, Spain and Eastern Europe.


metabolic pathways

On December 4, 2009 a federal jury ruled in re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, 06-MD-01811, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis) that Bayer CropScience AG was responsible for the contamination of farmers Ken Bell and Johnny Hunter long grain rice crops with genetically modified organisms (GMO). Bayer CropScience AG admitted it was unable to control the spread of its genetically-engineered organisms despite ‘the best practices' to stop contamination. Bayer CropScience AG was ordered to pay just under $2 million in compensatory damages as a cross-pollination event occurred mixing regular and genetically modified seed.

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in August 2006 that trace amounts of the genetically modified rice were found in U.S. long-grain stocks a decline in rice futures cost U.S. growers about $150 million. The European Union, Japan, Russia, and other markets refused to purchase rice from the United States. The USDA deregulated one of the two grains implicated in the lawsuits by November 2006 in an attempt to salvage contaminated rice. It is estimated that over 30% of ricelands have been contaminated with LibertyLink strains of rice which were designed to be resistant to the Liberty (gluphosinate) herbicide.

"Traces of LL601 rice were discovered in the rice grain merchandising system in Europe, Africa and Asia in August 2006." - E. Neal Blue

"Aside from the risks involved in the process of developing this genetically modified rice residues of the powerful herbicide - LibertyLink (gluphosinate) - also put at risk those who will be consuming it on a daily basis and at least two times a day. GMO rice should never be allowed to enter Philippine shores again and threaten our rice supply in the future." - Danny Ocampo

Over 1200 farmers in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri filed separate lawsuits which are pending against Bayer CropScience AG. The total costs incurred throughout the world as a result of the contamination are estimated to range from $741 million to $1.285 billion.



poisoning the world

"Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries." - Point 9 Communist Manifesto, Karl Heinrich Marx aka Karl Heinrich Mordechai

"Nearly all of the crops in the United States Department of Agriculture's database of approved genetically engineered varieties have been modified for resistance to certain insects or to tolerate applications of herbicides. None has been shown to increase intrinsic crop yields, nor do any have traits for drought tolerance. Biotechnologists are finding drought tolerance to be a major technical challenge. Meanwhile, traditional farming systems have demonstrated their effectiveness in raising yields and improving drought tolerance; they should receive the lion's share of attention as a route to increasing food production." - Doug Gurian-Sherman

"Biotechnology companies are keeping university scientists from fully researching the effectiveness and environmental impact of the industry's genetically modified crops." - Andrew Pollack

"No truly independent research can be legally conducted on many critical questions." - 26 corn-insect specialists

"If a company can control the research that appears in the public domain, they can reduce the potential negatives that can come out of any research." - Ken Ostlie

DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta basically control the biotech seed market. The growers' agreement from Syngenta not only prohibits research in general but specifically says a seed buyer cannot compare Syngenta's product with any rival crop.

Globalization has created interdependent systems spread across the face of the Earth. From food production to financial transfers, the electricity grid to the internet, critical American infrastructures are linked to one another in an interlocking web of connections. Interdependent networks are vulnerable to the unintended consequences of interdependence. When one "domino" falls a cascading set of "dominos" may fall in every direction.

As an example take the interdependent electricity grid. Intelligent problem solving suggests Americans encourage "distributed energy production" which means having lots of small generating plants rather than a few large plants.

This is one way to reduce the "domino" effect from creating large scale power outages. But then the corporate interests of the transnational elites would no longer be able to control resources.

When the transnational elites depends on other nation states to provide the world with 'necessary' resources Americans lose freedom by having to protect those resources.

In 2005 America had over 1.4 million men and women in uniform.

At the end of 2005 69,000 troops are stationed in Germany and 40,000 troops are stationed in Japan. Why does America need to have 109,000 men and women in Germany and Japan?

160,000 troops were stationed in Iraq at the end of 2005. The rest, which totaled 500,000 in 2004 are stationed in nearly every country on Earth to protect resources deemed critical to the transnational elites.



Presidential Puppets - Cheerleaders and Scapegoats

Global free trade is a race to the bottom.

"People do lose their jobs as a result of globalization,
and it's painful for those who lose their job." - George W. Bush

"Unemployment makes people very unhappy." - Carol Graham, co-director of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics, Brookings Institute

Individuals who go through major life changes due to income reduction caused by outsourcing show a significant increase in mental illness, suicides and family breakdowns. These are hefty human and social costs that global free trade economists conveniently forget to plug into their equations.

The recent exponential increase in the power of corporate and global govermental bureaucracies to challenge other nations traditions, environmental, social and business laws on behalf of global free trade transnational elites assures us that the fight to keep our standard of living from being drastically reduced will not be an easy fight for working class Americans to win.

Working class Americans must use courage and vision to lift the fog in which transnational elites have shrouded this whole sordid, greedy, evil business.

"There is more on the table than sugar when it comes to the Central American Free Trade Agreement. An article on the pros and cons of CAFTA would be of more interest than an editorial that says, "It defies all economic reason for America to grow most of the sugar it consumes."

Historically one of the factors aiding the demise of a civilization was due to that civilizations dependence on outside sources for food coupled with the variable conditions of war and climatic conditions. What will be the effect of CAFTA on American agriculture in general? For example, what will happen to the avocado growers and other sources of food production in California? Will these types of questions be addressed before CAFTA is pushed through Congress?" - Carol M. Harder



fight for the children

Childhood in the New World Order

The United Nations children's agency, UNICEF, stated in annual State of the World's Children
report in December 2004 that out of the 2.2 billion of the Earth's children:

640 million lack adequate shelter;
500 million have no access to sanitation;
400 million lack safe water;
270 million receive no healthcare;
140 million, mostly girls, receive no education;
90 million are severely deprived of nutrition;
10 million children younger than 5 die each year of diarrhea or measles;
and 2 million are exploited by the global commercial sex industry.

"Too many governments are making informed, deliberate choices that actually hurt childhood,"
- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy.

A UNICEF study in 2007 looked at childhood in over 20 developed countries and found that America and Great Britain ranked last in childhood well-being. Lower rankings were the result of less spending on social programs and "dog-eat-dog" competition for jobs that lead to adults spending much less time with their children.

America was at the bottom in health and safety because of high rates of child mortality and accidental deaths. America has the highest rate of children living in single parent homes and has one of the highest rates of children living in poverty.

According to UNICEF's 2013 Executive Summary on Children with Disabilities 93 million children – or 1 in 20 of those aged 14 or younger – live with a moderate or severe disability of some kind.





collapse

The global economy has outgrown the capacity of the Earth to support it. Ecosytem collapse is accelerating.

No economy, however technologically advanced, can survive the collapse of its environmental support systems.

"Imagine what happens to a culture when it becomes based on the idea of transcending limits. . . and enshrines that as the purpose of its near-global civilization. Predictably it will live in the grip of the technological imperative, devoted unceasingly to providing machinery to attack the possible. . . . Imagine then what happens to a culture when it actually develops the means to transcend limits, making it possible and therefore right to destroy custom and community, to create new rules of employment and obligation, to magnify production and consumption, to impose new means and ways of work, and to control or ignore the central forces of nature. It would no doubt exist for quite a long time, powerful and expansionary and prideful, before it had to face up to the truths that it was founded upon an illusion and that there are real limits in an ordered world, social and economic as well as natural, that ought not be transgressed, limits more important than their conquest." - Kirkpatrick Sale

"Can we just realize that there are limits to growth? That "smart growth", at best, delays the moment when we must concede the limitations of a finite world? After observing the mindless expansion of the Los Angeles region, predicated on a future of cheap energy that will not be realized, I have to ask, are we smarter than a colony of bacteria that reproduces and proliferates until it suddenly dies off from an exhaustion of resources?" - David M. Marquez

The global consumer culture is consuming renewable resources faster than they can regenerate. The global consumer culture consumes oil, coal, natural gas and discharges greenhouse gases into the atmosphere faster than nature can absorb them.

The Earth's incapacity to satisfy the global consumer culture are apparent in: shrinking forests and eroding soils; crop-withering heat waves; villages abandoned because of invading sand dunes; dying coral reefs; collapsing fisheries; expanding deserts; deteriorating rangelands; melting glaciers; disappearing species; aquifers pumped dry and fracked into toxicity.

Harvests of less than 10 percent of historic highs is considered a collapse in the Fishing industry. In 1950, only six commercial seafood species worldwide had collapsed. By 2003, more than 2,200 species - 29 percent of all commercially fished species on Earth - had collapsed.

Resources that accumulated over eons of geological time are being consumed in a single human lifespan. Global consumer culture notes problems only when commodity prices go up, leaving little time to adjust. Once a natural threshold is crossed there is no time left to modify our resource explotation. We see this time and again as species go extinct.
Paul MacCready notes that when agriculture began, humans, their livestock, and pets together accounted for less than 0.1 percent of the total weight of all vertebrates on the land and in the air. In 2005 Paul MacCready estimated that humans, their livestock, and pets accounted for 98 percent of the Earth's total vertebrate biomass, leaving only 2 percent for the wild portion, the latter including all the deer, wildebeests, elephants, great cats, birds, small mammals, and so forth.
98 tons of prehistoric, buried plant material is required to produce each gallon of gasoline we burn in our cars. Fossil fuel consumption in 1997 equaled the energy in 7.1 trillion kilograms of carbon in plant matter. Land plants today contain 31.6 trillion kilograms of carbon above ground.

"The amount of plants that went into the fossil fuels we burned since the global industrial Revolution began in 1751 is equal to all the plants grown on Earth over 13,300 years. Fossil fuels developed from ancient deposits of organic material, and thus can be thought of as a vast store of solar energy. It took an incredible amount of plant matter to generate the fossil fuels we are using today." - Jeff Dukes

Many earlier civilizations found themselves in environmental trouble as Jared Diamond notes in Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Some were able to change course and avoid economic decline and some - Sumerians, Mayans, Easter Islanders - were not able to make the needed adjustments in time. We know from earlier civilizations that the lead indicators of economic decline were environmental, not economic. The trees went first, then the soil, and finally the civilization itself.

To archeologists, the sequence is all too familiar. Nature has many thresholds that we discover only when it is too late. Now the whole Earth is in what ecologists call an "overshoot-and-collapse" mode.

Overshoot leads sometimes to decline and sometimes to a complete collapse.

In 1944 the Coast Guard introduced 29 reindeer on remote St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea to serve as the backup food source for the 19 men operating a station there. After World War II ended a year later, the base was closed and the men left the island. When United States Fish and Wildlife Service biologist David Kline visited St. Matthew Island in 1957, he discovered a thriving population of 1,350 reindeer feeding on the four-inch-thick mat of lichen that covered the 332-square-kilometer (128-square-mile) island. In the absence of any predators, the population was exploding. By 1963, it had reached 6,000. He returned to St. Matthew Island in 1966 and discovered an island strewn with reindeer skeletons and not much lichen. Only 42 of the reindeer survived: 41 females and 1 not entirely healthy male. There were no fawns. By 1980 or so, the remaining reindeer had died off.

In decline, a remnant of the population or economic activity survives in a resource-depleted environment. For example, as the environmental resource base of Easter Island in the South Pacific deteriorated, its population declined from a peak of 20,000 several centuries ago to today's population of fewer than 4,000. In contrast, the 500-year-old Norse settlement in Greenland collapsed during the 1400s, disappearing entirely in the face of environmental adversity.

As of 2005, some 42 countries have population that are stable or declining slightly in size as a result of falling birth rates. But now for the first time ever, demographers are projecting population declines in some countries because of rising death rates, among them Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland.


global weather

oil depletion

"We are dependent on oil for our food, transportation, commerce, medicine, communication, sanitation and the job specialization that provides the vast majority of our livelihoods. Breaking our dependency will involve wholesale change in the way we live and who we are as a people." - Sara Anne Edwards

"One of the realities global inhabitants face but don't seem to realize is oil depletion. The world is currently using about 3% of the remaining oil supplies annually. If global oil usage remains constant over the next 10 years, the annual worldwide depletion rate will rise to 4.5% just because of the diminishing oil reserves. Some say the usage rate would rise because of the increased demand in China and India. Others say it would fall because of the increasing difficulty and expense of extracting the remaining oil. In either case, pressure for reduced United States oil usage will be great." - Dwayne Deets

"I'll never forget the day about four years ago when I suddenly understood the implications of Peak Oil. I felt like I'd taken the red pill and abruptly awoke in a completely new and unsuspected reality. From that point on almost all the information I uncovered about the state of the natural world, the way we humans live in it and the reasons we behave as we do painted the outlines of a system that was very near the breaking point. As time went on, I came to understand that we were not just near the breaking point, we were already at it. The truth of my new perception proved impossible to communicate to those who had not undergone a similar epiphany - while for those who had, no explanation was necessary. Those who get it understand that to respond to a great crisis you need to understand it fully in order not to waste time pursuing avenues that are unworkable or counterproductive. Those who get it tend to think in terms of adaptations or mitigations, rather than solutions. People who make this jump move their worldview into a frame of reference that is largely incomprehensible to those still working from the old story. As a result their new perceptions tend to be derided as 'faith-based' because the inner logic of the new frame is not derivable from the old." - Paul Chefurka

The IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2008 included a study of the depletion rates of the world’s top 800 oil fields. It found rates of 6.7% for past-peak fields, increasing to 8.6% by 2030. Averaged across all fields, the rate was 5.1%. Against such high decline rates - up from a generally accepted 4.5% estimate only a few years ago - the agency calculated that the world would need to add 64 million barrels per day (mbpd) of new capacity between 2007 and 2030 in order to meet an anticipated demand growing at 1.6% per year.

Depletion rates after the peak can vary widely, from about 2% per year for a well-managed onshore field, to 20% or more per year for deepwater fields like Mexico’s Cantarell field, and other deepwater fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Of the 42 largest oil producing countries in the world, representing roughly 98% of all oil production, 30 have either plateaued or passed their peaks. The IEA concluded that the world will have a hard time reaching 100 mbpd within the next two decades. Their projected supply curves are now sharply reduced, while their global demand projections continue to show about a 1.5% annual rate of growth.

The report concluded with this stark warning:

For all the uncertainties highlighted in this report, we can be certain that the energy world will look a lot different in 2030 than it does today. The world energy system will be transformed, but not necessarily in the way we would like to see…[W]hile market imbalances could temporarily cause prices to fall back, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the era of cheap oil is over…It is within the power of all governments, of producing and consuming countries alike, acting alone or together, to steer the world towards a cleaner, cleverer and more competitive energy system. Time is running out and the time to act is now. An average 5.1% per year depletion rate removes 3.7 mbpd from world supply every year. By 2015, we expect relentless depletion to overcome new supply.
In this new world order of high energy prices basic food commodities such as wheat, corn, soybeans and sugarcane will also become major energy sources. The International Monetary Fund recorded a world wide 23% rise in food prices between January 2006 and June 2007.

Grain can be converted into bread for food or ethanol for gas stations. Vegetable oil can be used for cooking or it can go to gas stations to be used as diesel fuel. The 1.2 billion vehicles on the world's roads in 2016 (2 billion by 2035) competing for food resources with the 2.7 billion people struggling to survive on less than two dollars per day. Faced with an insatiable demand for automotive fuel, farmers will want to clear more and more of the remaining tropical forests to produce sugarcane, oil palms, and other high yielding fuel crops generating a massive new threat to the Earth's genetic diversity through conversion to industrial monoculture.

As humanity turns to wind, solar cells, and geothermal energy in this century, we will witness the localization of the energy. The globalization of the Earth's food economy will also be reversed, as the higher price of oil raises the cost of transporting food internationally. Both will reduce centralization.

The resource exploitive fossil fuel based, automobile centered, shopping center oriented, throwaway global consumer cultural model will be replaced with a 'new' symbiotic biomimicking cultural model. In the small isolated communities that survive the throwaway global consumer culture a comprehensive symbiotic biomimicking cultural model based on reuse/recycle "cradle-to-cradle" economy powered by renewable energy sources: wind, solar, tide, geothermal, hydropower, and hemp biofuels.



Zim shipping

China is the leading consumer of basic commodities.

"We are shipping our middle class jobs to countries that make almost no products for their citizens; instead, they export back to us. Meanwhile, all we can sell them is our means of production. Farmers call what we have been doing "eating our seed corn." As our depleted middle class reaches a tipping point, we will no longer be able to support the trade imbalances." - Larry Severson

Among the five basic food, energy, and industrial commodities - grain and meat, oil and coal, and steel - consumption in China has eclipsed that of America. China has opened a wide lead with grain, consuming 380 million tons in 2005 versus 260 million tons in America. Among the big three grains, China leads in the consumption of both wheat and rice and trails America only in corn. China harvested the largest grain crop of any country in history in 2011.

Now the Chinese each eat an average of 84 pounds (38 kilograms) of pork in a year, while Americans average 59 pounds. Half the Earth's pigs are now found in China.

Smithfield Foods shareholders approve Chinese purchase

"China's steady growth in oil demand has led it to become the world's largest net oil importer, exceeding the United States in September 2013. EIA forecasts this trend to continue through 2014." - Energy Information Administration
Coal consumption in China grew more than 9% in 2011, continuing its upward trend for the 12th consecutive year. China's coal use grew by 325 million tons in 2011, accounting for 87% of the 374 million ton global increase in coal use. Of the 2.9 billion tons of global coal demand growth since 2000, China accounted for 2.3 billion tons (82%). China now accounts for 47% of global coal consumption—almost as much as the entire rest of the world combined.

Robust coal demand growth in China is the result of a more than 200% increase in Chinese electric generation since 2000, fueled primarily by coal. China's coal demand growth averaged 9% per year from 2000 to 2010, more than double the global growth rate of 4% and significantly higher than global growth excluding China, which averaged only 1%.




rainforest species

The inevitable conclusion is there are not enough resources !

The western resource exploitation economic model - the fossil fuel based, automobile centered, throwaway economy - will not work globally. It will not work in China nor will it work in India.

In an increasingly integrated global economy, where countries are competing for the same resources - the same oil, grain, and iron ore - the existing economic model will not work for industrial countries either !

Our twenty-first century global civilization is not the first to face the prospect of environmentally induced economic decline!

We have a unique asset at our command - an archeological record that shows us what happened to earlier civilizations that got into environmental trouble and failed to respond. As Jared Diamond points out in Collapse, some of the early societies that were in environmental trouble were able to change their ways in time to avoid decline and collapse.

Six centuries ago, for example, Icelanders realized that overgrazing on their grass covered highlands was leading to extensive soil loss from the inherently thin soils of the region. Rather than lose the grasslands and face economic decline, farmers joined together to determine how many sheep the highlands could sustain and then allocated quotas among themselves, thus preserving their grasslands and avoiding a tragic loss in value of the commons.

The Icelanders understood the consequences of overgrazing and reduced their sheep numbers to a level that could be sustained.

We understand the consequences of burning fossil fuels and the resulting carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere. Unlike the Icelanders who were able to restrict their livestock numbers, we have not been able to restrict our carbon dioxide emissions. Not all societies have fared as well as the Icelanders, whose economy continues to produce wool and to thrive.

The early Sumerian civilization of the fourth millennium BC was an extraordinary one, advancing far beyond any that had existed before.

Its carefully engineered irrigation system gave rise to a highly productive agriculture, one that enabled farmers to produce a food surplus, supporting formation of the first cities. Managing the irrigation system required a sophisticated social organization. The Sumerians had the first cities and the first written language, the cuneiform script.

By any measure it was an extraordinary civilization, but there was an environmental flaw in the design of its irrigation system, one that would eventually undermine its food supply. The water that backed up behind dams built across the Euphrates was diverted onto the land through a network of gravity-fed canals. Some water was used by the crops, some evaporated, and some percolated downward. In this region, where underground drainage was weak, percolation slowly raised the water table. As the water climbed to within inches of the surface, it began to evaporate into the atmosphere, leaving behind salt. Over time, the accumulation of salt on the soil surface lowered its productivity.

As salt accumulated and wheat yields declined, the Sumerians shifted to barley, a more salt-tolerant plant. This postponed Sumer's decline, but it was treating the symptoms, not the cause, of falling crop yields. As salt concentrations continued to build, the yields of barley eventually declined also. The resultant shrinkage of the food supply undermined the economic foundation of this once-great civilization. As land productivity declined, so did the civilization.

Archeologist Robert McC. Adams has studied the site of ancient Sumer on the central flood plain of the Euphrates River, an empty, desolate area now outside the frontiers of cultivation. He describes how the "tangled dunes, long disused canal levees, and the rubble-strewn mounds of former settlement contribute only low, featureless relief. Vegetation is sparse, and in many areas it is almost wholly absent....Yet at one time, here lay the core, the heartland, the oldest urban, literate civilization on Earth."

The New World counterpart to Sumer is the Mayan civilization that developed in the lowlands of what is now Guatemala.

It flourished from AD 250 until its collapse around AD 900. Like the Sumerians, the Mayans had developed a sophisticated, highly productive agriculture, this one based on raised plots of earth surrounded by canals that supplied water.

As with Sumer, the Mayan demise was apparently linked to a failing food supply.



deforestation

For this New World civilization, it was deforestation and soil erosion that undermined agriculture. Changes in climate may also have played a role. food shortages apparently triggered civil conflict among the various Mayan cities as they competed for food. Today this region is covered by jungle, reclaimed by nature.

During the later centuries of the Mayan civilization, a new society was evolving on faraway Easter Island, some 166 square kilometers of land in the South Pacific roughly 3,200 kilometers west of South America and 2,200 kilometers from Pitcairn Island, the nearest habitation. Settled around AD 400, this civilization flourished on a volcanic island with rich soils and lush vegetation, including trees that grew 25 meters tall with trunks 2 meters in diameter. Archeological records indicate that the islanders ate mainly seafood, principally dolphins - a mammal that could only be caught by harpoon from large sea-going canoes. The Easter Island society flourished for several centuries, reaching an estimated population of 20,000. As its human numbers gradually increased, tree cutting exceeded the sustainable yield of forests. Eventually the large trees that were needed to build the sturdy canoes disappeared, depriving islanders of access to the dolphins and dramatically shrinking their food supply. The archeological record shows that at some point human bones became intermingled with the dolphin bones, suggesting a desperate society that had resorted to cannibalism. Today the island has some 2,000 residents.

One unanswerable question about these earlier civilizations was whether they knew what was causing their decline.

Did the Sumerians understand that the rising salt content in the soil from water evaporation was reducing their wheat yields? If they knew, were they simply unable to muster the political support needed to lower water tables, just as the world today is struggling unsuccessfully to lower carbon dioxide emissions?



carbon trading is just another name for carbon indulgences

We are on a path that nature can not sustain.

Any one of several trends of environmental degradation could undermine civilization as we know it. Just as the irrigation system that defined the early Sumerian economy had a flaw, so too does the fossil fuel energy system that defines our modern economy.

For them it was a rising water table that undermined the economy; for us it is rising CO2 levels that threaten to disrupt economic progress. In both cases, the trend is invisible. Whether it resulted from the salting of Sumer's cropland, the deforestation and soil erosion of the Mayans, or the depleted forests and loss of the distant water fishing capacity of the Easter Islanders, collapse of these early civilizations appears to have been associated with a decline in food supply.

The way the Earth accommodates the vast projected needs of China, India, and other developing countries for grain, oil, and other resources will help determine how the world addresses the stresses associated with outgrowing the Earth.

The first big test of the international community's capacity to manage scarcity may come with oil or it could come with grain. What if China - whose grain harvest fell by 34 million tons, or 9 percent, between 1998 and 2005 turns to the world market for massive imports of 30 million, 50 million, or possibly even 100 million tons of grain per year?

Demand on this scale could quickly overwhelm world grain markets. When this happens, China will have to look to America, which controls the world's grain exports of over 40 percent of some 200 million tons. More than 1.3 billion Chinese consumers, with an estimated $160-billion trade surplus with America in 2004 - enough to buy the entire American grain harvest twice - may be competing with Americans for American grain, driving up American food prices.

In such a situation 30 years ago, America simply restricted exports. But China is now banker to America, underwriting much of the massive American fiscal deficit with monthly purchases of United States Treasury bonds.Within the next few years, America may be loading one or two ships a day with grain for China. This long line of ships stretching across the Pacific, like an umbilical cord providing nourishment, will intimately link the two economies. Managing this flow of grain so as to simultaneously satisfy the food needs of consumers in both countries, at a time when ethanol fuel distilleries are taking a growing share of the American grain harvest, may become one of the leading foreign policy challenges of this new century.

How low-income, importing countries fare in this competition for grain will also tell us something about future political stability. And, finally, the American response to China's growing demands for grain even as they drive up food prices for American consumers will tell us much about the capacity of countries to manage the emerging politics of scarcity. The most imminent risk is that China's entry into the global market, combined with the growing diversion of farm commodities to biofuels, will drive grain prices so high that many low-income developing countries will not be able to import enough grain.


industrial hemp farming

The fates of all the peoples of Earth are intertwined.

Earlier civilizations that moved onto an economic path that was environmentally unsustainable did so largely in isolation. Today we are facing global decline, we are facing it together, whether we like it or not.

Global interdependence can be managed to mankind's mutual benefit if we respect each other's mutual interests.The question facing governments is whether they can respond quickly enough to prevent threats from becoming catastrophes. The peoples of Earth have precious little experience in responding to aquifer depletion, rising temperatures, expanding deserts, melting polar ice caps, and a shrinking oil supply.

The dysfunctional global economy of today has been shaped by distorted market prices that do not incorporate environmental costs. Many of our environmental travails are the result of severe market distortions.

One of these distortions became abundantly clear in the summer of 1998 when China's Yangtze River valley, home to 400 million people, was wracked by some of the worst flooding in history. The resulting damages of $30 billion exceeded the value of the country's annual rice harvest.

After several weeks of flooding, the government in Beijing announced in mid-August a ban on tree cutting in the Yangtze River basin. It justified the ban by noting that trees standing are worth three times as much as trees cut. The flood control services provided by forests were three times as valuable as the lumber in the trees.

In effect, the market price was off by a factor of three!

With this analysis, no one could economically justify cutting trees in the basin.

A similar situation exists with gasoline. In America, the gasoline pump price was over $2 per gallon in mid 2005 and $3 per gallon by mid 2006. But this reflects only the cost of pumping the oil, refining it into gasoline, and delivering the gas to stations. It does not include the costs of tax subsidies to the oil industry, such as the oil depletion allowance; the subsidies for the extraction, production, and use of petroleum; the military costs of protecting access to oil supplies (the war in Iraq cost up to 02/02/08 was $491 billion - total current expenditures); the health care costs for treating respiratory illnesses ranging from asthma to emphysema; and, most important, the costs of climate change.

In 1998 the International Center for Technology Assessment calculated that subsidies valued at roughly $9 per gallon of gasoline were added to the $3 cost of the gasoline itself, motorists would pay about $12 a gallon for gas at the pump. Filling a 20-gallon tank would cost $240. In reality, burning gasoline is very costly, but the market tells us it is cheap, leading to gross distortions in the structure of the economy. ExxonMobil made $36 billion in 2005. In the spring the retiring CEO of ExxonMobil received a retirement package worth $398 million.
Corrupt corporate accounting systems that intentionally leave costs off the books have driven some of America's largest corporations into bankruptcy, costing millions of people their lifetime savings, retirement incomes, and jobs. Distorted global market prices that do not incorporate major costs in the production of various products and the provision of services are the main reason that financial engineers are able to game the system.

"America requires 8.9 million barrels of oil a day to fuel its vehicles. Replacing our cars with prize-winning vehicles would reduce consumption to about 1.8 million barrels a day. It would also slash carbon dioxide emissions. It is critical to American national interests to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The growth of the Chinese and Indian economies increases global demand for oil. Our economic lifeblood must be immunized against the dictates of a global petroleum cartel. We must not allow our potential energy vulnerability to become our Achilles heel. The challenge before us transcends traditional ideological barriers." - Dan Lungren



there is no planet B


Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Lester R. Brown

"Our global economy is "driving ahead full speed". As a species we are consuming the Earth's resources and upsetting ecosystems much faster than nature can rectify the damage we inflict." - Robert Sollen

"The time is long past that we end the placing of Band-Aids on lethal wounds. We must put the same innovation and energy that we used in placing men on the moon into a sustainable future. In the balance, I have little doubt, is the survival of civilization." - Don Malvin



superpower collapse

the comparative theory of superpower collapse

"If there is one thing that I would like to claim as my own, it is the comparative theory of superpower collapse. For now, it remains just a theory, although it is currently being quite thoroughly tested.

The theory states that the United States and the Soviet Union will have collapsed for the same reasons, namely: a severe and chronic shortfall in the production of crude oil (that black magic addictive elixir of industrial economies), a severe and worsening foreign trade deficit, a runaway military budget, and ballooning foreign debt.

I call this particular list of ingredients "The Superpower Collapse Soup."

Other factors, such as the inability to provide an acceptable quality of life for its citizens, or a systemically corrupt political system incapable of reform, are certainly not helpful, but they do not automatically lead to collapse, because they do not put the country on a collision course with reality.

I've been working on this theory since about 1995, when it occurred to me that the US is retracing the same trajectory as the USSR. I grew up in Russia, and moved to the US when I was twelve, and so I am fluent in Russian, and I understand Russian history and Russian culture the way only a native Russian can. I went through high school and university in the US. I had careers in several industries here, I traveled widely around the country, and so I also have a very good understanding of the US with all of its quirks and idiosyncrasies. I traveled back to Russia in 1989, when things there still seemed more or less in line with the Soviet norm, and again in 1990, when the economy was at a standstill, and big changes were clearly on the way. I went back there 3 more times in the 1990s, and observed the various stages of Soviet collapse first-hand.

By the mid-1990s I started to see Soviet/American Superpowerdom as a sort of disease that strives for world dominance but in effect eviscerates its host country, eventually leaving behind an empty shell: an impoverished population, an economy in ruins, a legacy of social problems, and a tremendous burden of debt. The symmetries between the two global superpowers were then already too numerous to mention, and they have been growing more obvious ever since.

It is the asymmetries, the differences between the two superpowers, that I believe to be most instructive.

When the Soviet system went away, many people lost their jobs, everyone lost their savings, wages and pensions were held back for months, their value was wiped out by hyperinflation, there shortages of food, gasoline, medicine, consumer goods, there was a large increase in crime and violence, and yet Russian society did not collapse.


Many aspects of the Soviet system were paradoxically resilient in the face of system-wide collapse, many institutions continued to function, and the living arrangement was such that people did not lose access to food, shelter or transportation, and could survive even without an income.

The Soviet economic system failed to thrive, and the Communist experiment at constructing a worker's paradise on Earth was, in the end, a failure. As a side effect Soviet economic system inadvertently achieved a high level of collapse-preparedness.

There is a wealth of useful information and insight that we can extract from the Russian experience, which we can then turn around and put to good use in helping us improvise a new living arrangement here in the United States - one that is more likely to be survivable.


vacation in sunny South Vietnam

The mid-1990s did not seem to me as the right time to voice such ideas. The United States was celebrating its so-called Cold War victory, getting over its Vietnam syndrome by bombing Iraq back to the Stone Age, and the foreign policy wonks coined the term "hyperpower" and were jabbering on about full-spectrum dominance.

Professor Fukuyama told us that history had ended, and so we were building a brave new world where the Chinese made things out of plastic for us, the Indians provided customer support when these Chinese-made things broke, and we paid for it all just by flipping houses, pretending that they were worth a lot of money whereas they are really just useless bits of ticky-tacky.

Alan Greenspan chided us about "irrational exuberance" while consistently low-balling interest rates.

It was the "Goldilocks economy" - not to hot, not too cold. Remember that?

And now it turns out that it was actually more of a "Tinker-bell" economy, because the last five or so years of economic growth was more or less a hallucination, based on various debt pyramids, the "whole house of cards" as President Bush once referred to it during one of his lucid moments.

While all of these silly things were going on, I thought it best to keep my comparative theory of superpower collapse to myself.

During that time, I was watching the action in the oil industry, because I understood that oil imports are the Achilles' heel of the US economy. In the mid-1990s the all-time peak in global oil production was scheduled for the turn of the century. But then a lot of things happened that delayed it by at least half a decade.

People who try to predict big historical shifts always turn to be off by about half a decade. Unsuccessful predictions, on the other hand are always spot on as far as timing: the world as we know it failed to end precisely at midnight on January 1, 2000.

Perhaps there is a physical principal involved: information spreads at the speed of light, while ignorance is instantaneous at all points in the known universe.

What we need are examples of things that have been shown to work in the strange, unfamiliar, post-collapse environment that we are all likely to have to confront. Although the term "best practices" has been diluted over time to sometimes mean little more than "good ideas," initially it stood for the process of abstracting useful techniques from examples of what has worked in the past and applying them to new situations, in order to control risk and to increase the chances of securing a positive outcome. It's a way of skipping a lot of trial and error and deliberation and experimentation, and to just go with what works.

In organizations, especially large organizations, "best practices" also offer a good way to avoid painful episodes of watching colleagues trying to "think outside the box" whenever they are confronted with a new problem. If your colleagues were any good at thinking outside the box, they probably wouldn't feel so compelled to spend their whole working lives sitting in a box keeping an office chair warm. If they were any good at thinking outside the box, they would have by now thought of a way to escape from that box. So perhaps what would make them feel happy and productive again is if someone came along and gave them a different box inside of which to think - a box better suited to the post-collapse environment.

Here is the key insight: you might think that when collapse happens, nothing works. That's just not the case. The old ways of doing things don't work any more, the old assumptions are all invalidated, conventional goals and measures of success become irrelevant. But a different set of goals, techniques, and measures of success can be brought to bear immediately, and the sooner the better.

Here is another key insight: there are very few things that are positives or negatives per se. Just about everything is a matter of context. Now, it just so happens that most things that are positives prior to collapse turn out to be negatives once collapse occurs, and vice versa. The situation is either slightly better than expected or slightly worse than expected. We are always either months or years away from economic recovery. Business as usual will resume sooner or later, because some television bobble-head said so.

Starting from the very general, what are the current macroeconomic objectives?

First: Growth, of course! Getting the economy going. We learned nothing from the last huge spike in commodity prices, so let's just try it again. That calls for economic stimulus, a.k.a. printing money. Let's see how high the prices go up this time. Maybe this time around we will achieve hyperinflation.

Second: Stabilizing financial institutions: getting banks lending - that's important too. You see, we are just not in enough debt yet, that's our problem. We need more debt, and quickly!

Third: Jobs! We need to create jobs. Low-wage jobs, of course, to replace all the high-wage manufacturing jobs we've been shedding for decades now, and replacing them with low-wage service sector jobs, mainly ones without any job security or benefits. Right now, a lot of people could slow down the rate at which they are sinking further into debt if they quit their jobs.

If you thought that the previous episode of uncontrolled debt expansion, globalized Ponzi schemes, and economic hollowing-out was silly, then I predict that you will find this next episode of feckless grasping at macroeconomic straws even sillier.

Except that it won't be funny: what is crashing now is our life support system: all the systems and institutions that are keeping us alive.

And so I don't recommend passively standing around and watching the show - unless you happen to have a death wish.




In the United States, the agricultural system is heavily industrialized, and relies on inputs such as diesel, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and, perhaps most importantly, financing. In the current financial climate, the farmers' access to financing is not at all assured. This agricultural system is efficient, but only if you regard fossil fuel energy as free. In fact, it is a way to transform fossil fuel energy into food with a bit of help from sunlight, to the tune of 10 calories of fossil fuel energy being embodied in each calorie that is consumed as food. The food distribution system makes heavy use of refrigerated diesel trucks, transforming food over hundreds of miles to resupply supermarkets. The food pipeline is long and thin, and it takes only a couple of days of interruptions for supermarket shelves to be stripped bare. Many people live in places that are not within walking distance of stores, not served by public transportation, and will be cut off from food sources once they are no longer able to drive.

Besides the supermarket chains, much of the nation's nutrition needs are being met by an assortment of fast "food" joints and convenience stores. In fact, in many of the less fashionable parts of cities and towns, fast "food" and convenience store "food" is all that is available. In the near future, this trend is likely to extend to the more prosperous parts of villages and the suburbs.

Fast "food" outfits such as McDonalds have more ways to cut costs, and so may prove a bit more resilient in the face of economic collapse than supermarket chains, but they are no substitute for food security, because they too depend on industrial agribusiness. Their food inputs, such as high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified foods, various soy-based fillers, factory-farmed beef, pork and chicken, and so forth, are derived from oil, two-thirds of which is imported, as well as fertilizer made from natural gas. They may be able to stay in business longer, supplying food-that-isn't-really-food, but eventually they will run out of inputs along with the rest of the supply chain. Before they do, they may for a time sell burgers that aren't really burgers, like the bread that wasn't really bread that the Soviet government distributed in Leningrad during the Nazi blockade. It was mostly sawdust, with a bit of rye flour added for flavor.

Start breeding donkeys! Horses are finicky and expensive, but donkeys can be very cost-effective and make good pack animals. My grandfather had a donkey while he was living in Tashkent in Central Asia during World War II. There was nothing much for the donkey to eat, but, as a member of the Communist Party, my grandfather had a subscription to Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper, and so that's what the donkey ate. Apparently, donkeys can digest any kind of cellulose, even when it's loaded with communist propaganda. If I had a donkey, I would feed it the Wall Street Journal.

As municipalities run out of money, police protection will evaporate. But the police still have to eat, and will find ways to use their skills to good use on a freelance basis. Similarly, as military bases around the world are shut down, soldiers will return to a country that will be unable to reintegrate them into civilian life. Paroled prisoners will find themselves in much the same predicament. And so we will have former soldiers, former police, and former prisoners: a big happy family, with a few bad apples and some violent tendencies. The end result will be a country awash with various categories of armed men, most of them unemployed, and many of them borderline psychotic.

The police in the United States are a troubled group. Many of them lose all touch with people who are not "on the force" and most of them develop an us-versus-them mentality. The soldiers returning from a tour of duty often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The paroled prisoners suffer from a variety of psychological ailments as well.

All of them will sooner or later realize that their problems are not medical but rather political.

This will make it impossible for society to continue to exercise control over them. All of them will be making good use of their weapons training and other professional skills to acquire whatever they need to survive.

Right now, security is provided by a number of bloated, bureaucratic, ineffectual institutions, which inspire more anger and despondency than discipline, and dispense not so much violence as ill treatment. That is why we have the world's highest prison population. They are supposedly there to protect people from each other, but in reality their mission is not even to provide security; it is to safeguard property, and those who own it.

Once these bloated, bureaucratic, ineffectual institutions run out of resources, there will be a period of upheaval, but in the end people will be forced to learn to deal with each other face to face, and Justice will once again become a personal virtue rather than a federal department.

There is nothing any of us can do to change the path we are on: it is a huge system with tremendous inertia, and trying to change its path is like trying to change the path of a hurricane. What we can do is prepare ourselves, and each other, mostly by changing our expectations, our preferences, and scaling down our needs. By refashioning yourself into someone who might stand a better chance of adapting to the new circumstances, you will be able to give to yourself, and to others, a great deal of hope that would otherwise not exist." - Dmitry Orlov February 14, 2009



depopulation agenda

There is still a large portion of the population that would deny the idea that our government is ethically corrupt and that events such as 9/11 were strategically planned out beforehand. It is difficult to comprehend the fact that the people in power would plan such a devastating attack, for the aftermath has resulted in a decade long war which has thwarted humanity's path in such a destructive and unsustainable direction. In theory, an elected leader is someone a group gives power in trust that they will make the best decisions for the population's survival, so trying to grasp the idea that our government is doing the opposite of this role is perplexing. However, time and time again we are seeing the powers that be make decisions which promote more separation, more fear, and more destruction to our planet. There is even disconcerting evidence which reveals that our government has a sinister agenda for the population which is incomprehensible for most to fathom, and that is a plan has been set out to purposely decrease our population down to an unsettling percentage over the coming years.

Considering the amount of the genetically modified foods that are being forcefully pumped onto our grocery store shelves, the chemicals that are put into our cosmetics and clothes, the chem-trails being sprayed from the skies above our homes, and the harmful toxins mixed into vaccines, one can only consider the idea that someone is trying to cause harm to the public. Recently, the U.S. National Cancer Agency was exposed for manipulating cancer statistics, stating that there has been a decrease in the number of cancer cases over the past decades when in fact cancer cases have significantly increased over the years . The FDA is known for their corruption, having approved harmful chemicals such as brominated vegetable oil (BVO) in Gatorade, a chemical which has been banned in over 7 countries. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has approved many harmful chemicals such as mercury containing compounds in scheduled vaccines. All of these organizations were created for the purpose of protecting the people, and in reality it seems like they are doing the opposite by poisoning people. So what would be the intention behind the pollution of our environment? Some argue that the global elite (New World Order, Illuminati, etc.) have had an agenda of decreasing the world's population drastically in the next couple of years, and that they have infiltrated all of our main systems to ensure it unravels as they have planned. This may seem like a ludicrous conspiracy theory, but there is disturbing evidence to support this claim.
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