Your home is on fire, but you don’t really want to know. As your drowsy eyes flicker on the edge of sleep, a faint scent of smoke hovers somewhere in the distance. Smugly comfortable in your favorite easy chair — the one you have worked for all your life — you simply don’t want to to be disturbed. It’s not worth worrying about, you tell yourself.
Unless you’re one of those devoted spiritualists only concerned about the kingdom of heaven, the news that your home is on fire should worry you, even though that bubbling methane that prepares to explode out of the ice-free Arctic Ocean is an abstraction you cannot comprehend. The early ignition of mammoth wildfires in the Yakutia region of Siberia this month promises a record burn that will only get worse with each passing year. The key fact you continue to ignore is that this fire can no longer be put out, nor can the devastating effects on the planet it will bring be reversed. <http://robertscribbler.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/small-army-now-fighting-siberian-wildfires-in-april/>
I spoke to a childhood friend recently for the first time in 50 years. He said he’d be glad to talk about our own ancient history anytime, but after seeing a selection of my recent stories, he didn’t want to talk to me about those. And so we on the Internet confront the rest of the world, that part that has been taught not to listen, that part that has believed what they’ve been told, and now today knows practically nothing about what is happening to them, to us, and to everyone.
Which one is the dream? you ask. The nightmare stories that shriek out from the Worldwide Web, or the happy oblivious vista that exists inside your own home? Why should you succumb to all this Internet paranoia when your house is warm, your bills are paid, your family’s safe and your alarm system works? Your life has been an unmitigated success. How could it all be ruined by things you never paid attention to? If it was that important, somebody on TV would have told you, right?
The fact is, tomorrow has been stolen, and you can never get it back.
An endless array of real emergencies now dominates our consciousness.
What looks like a real American revolution is unfolding on the scrubby plains of Nevada as we speak, with police state goons ready to taze the last farmer in the county because he has a piece of land some corrupt politician wants to sell to the Chinese. So far, militias from all over the country have won the first skirmish, but the battle has only begun, and the cunning feds promise more terror.
The liars in Washington who are ruining the USA are now telling the Russians to accept the Jewish hijacking of the Ukraine, but that caper is coming apart of its own accord because, like the terrorists in Washington, the terrorists in Kiev don’t know what they’re doing (except stealing) and don’t have the support of their own people.
The Jewish thieves on Wall Street have already plundered the U.S. Treasury and set the stage for a massive starvation of the masses. Now, they are gearing up for the next great boondoggle, a currency reset and a one world coinage destined to impoverish virtually everyone who survives Obamacare, Common Core, Homeland Security and the next fake election. Are you ready for noxious and irrelevant rhetoric of Jeb vs. Hillary?
Plus, the great wall of silence about Fukushima, weather control, food sabotage, toxic drugs, police violence and every other issue of importance to the American people oozes forth from a government that regards all ordinary people as potential terrorists rather than the honest citizens we tried so hard to be.
All these profound issues deserve our concerned scrutiny. But they are no longer the main event. Too many experts are saying the human race no longer has a way out of its narcissistic lunacy. Some say that point of no return was passed back in the 1970s, and now there’s no way to stop what will eventually become a disturbingly silent future.
Long ago I fancied myself a time traveler, at least in my imagination, for purposes of fantasy fiction. Then, once upon a time I had a dream in which I could not see the future past a certain point; late in the second decade of the 21st century, there was no imagining what might come to be; there was only blackness, nothingness. Now we see a growing cohort of environmentalists predicting exactly the same thing, and displaying the temperature projections to back up their most dire forecast.
In fact, NTE has become their new buzz acronym. It stands for Near Term Extinction, and the consensus is that it is totally unavoidable, a done deal.
4 degrees Centigrade rise by 2030, 10 degrees Centigrade by 2040. Too hot for all the vegetation; it will all wither and die. With no vegetation there is no animal life. We are animals. Remember?
Self-reinforcing feedback loops. The phrase by itself means nothing. But what the phrase means is everything to our future. With each new climatological fact that comes to light, our future gets darker, and this darkness cannot be ameliorated. Where there is no life there is no light.
The more methane that gets released from melting polar icecaps, the warmer it gets. The warmer it gets, the more methane gets released. A self-reinforcing feedback loop.
Environmental scientist Guy McPherson has become the Dr. Doom of our present, beleaguered day. He has coined the ultimate epitaph for our pathetic generation.
The only thing that can save the human race from near-term extinction is the utter collapse of industrial society, and that might not even work, he says. “Only complete economic collapse prevents runaway greenhouse” and the end of the human race.
And it could happen very quickly. However, McPherson adds . . .
“Collapse triggers the meltdown of 400-plus nuclear power plants, which is severe to problematic. The situation is truly desperate.”
McPherson calls what’s happening “the sixth great extinction” and terms it worse and happening faster than what is known as the Permian extinction of 250 million years ago, which killed off 90 percent of the Earth’s animal species and left the planet desolate for 10 million years.
The world is heating up so fast the plants and plankton can’t respond, McPherson says. “The vanishing point draws nearer every day.”
There is a 40 year lag between emissions and effect, so the actions of the 1970s have produced the disaster that is unfolding day. So think about all the pollution that has take place since then, and calculate its unfolding impact on the next five decades.
“This sixth great extinction will be the most rapid of all. We could lose 90 percent of all species. And there’s nothing I know of to turn the ship around.”
The writer Carolyn Baker calls the current human predicament “a hospice situation.” If you don’t know what that means, you better ask someone.
On his blog Nature Bats Last, McPherson has written:
If you’re too busy to read the evidence presented below, here’s the bottom line: On a planet 4 C hotter than baseline, all we can prepare for is human extinction (from Oliver Tickell’s 2008 synthesis in the Guardian ). . . . According to the World Bank’s 2012 report , “Turn down the heat: why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided” and an informed assessment of “ BP Energy Outlook 2030 ” put together by Barry Saxifrage for the Vancouver Observer, our path leads directly to the 4 C mark. The 19th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19), held in November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, was warned by professor of climatology Mark Maslin: “We are already planning for a 4°C world because that is where we are heading. I do not know of any scientists who do not believe that.” Adding to planetary misery is a paper in the 16 December 2013 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluding that 4 C terminates the ability of Earth’s vegetation to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide.
All of the above information fails to include the excellent work by Tim Garrett, which points out that only complete collapse avoids runaway greenhouse. Garrett reached the conclusion in a paper submitted in 2007 (personal communication) and published online by Climatic Change in November 2009(outcry from civilized scientists delayed formal publication until February 2011). The paper remains largely ignored by the scientific community, having been cited fewer than ten times since its publication.
Writing for the Arctic Methane Emergency Group, John Davies concludes: “The world is probably at the start of a runaway Greenhouse Event which will end most human life on Earth before 2040.”
As Australian biologist Frank Fenner said in June 2010: “We’re going to become extinct,” the eminent scientist says. “Whatever we do now is too late.” Anthropologist Louise Leakey ponders our near-term demise in her 5 July 2013 assessment at Huffington Post and her father Richard joins the fray in this video from December 2013 (see particularly 1:02:18 – 1:02:56). Canadian wildlife biologist Neil Dawe joins the party of near-term extinction in an interview 29 August 2013 and musician-turned-activist Sir Bob Geldof joins the club in a Daily Star article from 6 October 2013 . . . . In the face of near-term human extinction, most Americans view the threat as distant and irrelevant, as illustrated by a 22 April 2013 article in the Washington Postbased on poll results that echo the long-held sentiment that elected officials should be focused on the industrial economy, not far-away minor nuisances such as climate change.
I know how you feel when you first hear this news. It is too daunting to be believed. We’ve been fed so many false stories by an out-of-control government intent on robbing the whole world, and its own citizens as well. The concept of global warming has been reviled and discredited by opportunistic political gambits such as the carbon tax debate, in which countries jockey for continuing rights to pollute.
The gloomy shadow of widespread doom cast by the apparent inevitability of NTE is widely regarded as the cause of Internet reporter Mike Ruppert’s unexpected suicide in recent days.
McPherson, in his many videos listed below and in his recent book ‘Going Dark’, insists that the most logical way to react to this devastating but not entirely unexpected forecast is to live the way we should have been living all along, with concern for others as well as ourselves knowing full well that our lives do not last forever.
With the possible exception of Buddhism, contemporary human belief systems have left the population unprepared for what is about to occur. There is no being reborn in a world that will not support life; likewise, a dead world devoid of life makes ludicrous the concept of an afterlife.
What we are faced with now is what we have always been faced with, but have always been afraid to confront.
These delusional gambits of trying to download our consciousnesses into robot bodies or surviving in underground cities capable of growing food in artificial light are the ultimate in unnatural, death denying compulsions that typify the erroneous philosophies that have guided human society on its suicidal and essentially thoughtless course.
The recognition that the gifts of nature with which we have all been endowed must be nurtured and protected have been ignored too long, and to the point where the effects of our avaricious ignorance have become irreversible, leading to a forecast where the planet will become uninhabitable in a mere three to four decades.
What we decide to do in the interim before those deadly conditions take their toll on living things likely will be a reflection of the same bad habits that got us into all this trouble in the first place.
In your introspection now, and in the time each of you has remaining, what seems to be the most beneficial thing to do would be to help those in distress for as long as possible and reflect on the harm our own philosophical systems have done to everyone and everything.
Humans have committed the greatest crime possible to the most beautiful place possible, and in the time remaining to us it behooves everyone to act in the most apologetic way possible to recognize this insuperably colossal crime we have all played in part in committing, in destroying the posterity of our children and the profaning the efforts of all those wonderful parents who only wanted to live decent lives and raise healthy children.
To an ignominious landfill on a lifeless cinder is where our leaders and our philosophies have taken us. Perhaps we should get rid of them all while we still can to prove that, after all, upon realizing what we have done, that we still have some shred of common sense.
We are standing on the rim of a volcano, and the volcano is about to erupt.