The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies. Chris Hedges.

Anyone with an internet connection and the courage to look fate in the face can see collapse either unfolding or coming at us at an exponential rate of knots.
The ever reliable Chris Hedges eviscerates capitalism,the U.S. Empire and the deep state that is grinding the nation, it’s imperial conquests, its victims and by default the living planet, into dust.
Chris clearly lays out the deadly trio of Acidification, Warming and De-Oxygenation of the oceans and the roles they played in the last 5 mass extinctions. “Microbes it seems are set to inherit the earth.”

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Image; Waiotapu Thermal Pools, Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand.

“Those who speak truth are marginalised and ignored, dismissed as pessimists in a culture that prides itself on a child like optimism, at the expense of reality. We have a mania for hope, which our corporate masters lavishly provide across the political and cultural spectrum to keep us passive.”
“Dying civilisations make war on independent intellectual inquiry, art,culture and their burnt children.The corporate state rather feeds the thirst for illusion, happiness and hope and those that challenge this myth are heretics”.  Not to mention ‘Lepers”
“The human species led by White European men has been on a planet wide 500 year rampage of conquering, plundering, looting and exploiting as well as polluting the earth and killing the indigenous comminutes that stood in their way. But the game is up. These are the forces that now doom us”. “The Urban poor are in chains and these chains await us all”.
“The most daunting existential challenge of all time is to ingest this daunting truth”

These are just some of the highlights in this ground breaking speech from Chris Hedges one of the few to join the dots on the coming chaos, as has the anarchist, evolutionary biologist, award winning Professor Guy McPherson
50 minutes of genius from the ever reliable, ever ‘Revolting’ Chris Hedges are embedded below’
“Rebellion is a moral imperative”. “I don’t fight fascist because I think I can win. I fight fascist because they are fascists”.

The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies July 26 2017 

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The ‘Leprosy’ associated with Near Term Human Extinction. #NTHE

I began my part time, unwaged, career in activism, in the late 1970’s in my teens. Growing up in a working class Irish republican family, in the undeniable beauty and grandeur but complex melting pot of a post-colonial Aotearoa New Zealand. I was exposed, through my wonderful parents to gardening, having a social responsibility and socialism itself, anti-imperialism, anti-racism, trade unionism and civil rights. I remember once having a conversation with my dad when I was about 10, discussing racism and him saying “Remember son, us Irish, we’re the blacks of Britain!!!”
Dad had an uncanny knack of making his 8 children question everything. It drove Ma nuts in a loving way when we questioned just about everything! I remember eavesdropping  on a conversation between them when Ma said to Da’ “Why do you encourage them to haggle with us” and Dad replied, “Life is about haggling for what you want, what better place to learn than at home”?
I participated in Hikoi in solidarity with the indigenous people of Aotearoa and remember vividly once being called a “Nigger Lover” on an anti-apartheid demonstration with my wonderful comrades in HART.
HART demo

I played a minor role in the anti-nuclear campaign that culminated in  New Zealand being declared “Nuclear Free” and then the Green Peace flag ship “Rainbow Warrior” was  bombed by the French secret service DGSE, murdering our comrade Fernando Pereira   in the first state sponsored and conducted act of terrorism in the country.
I have the honour of having once been arrested and charged with “Obstructing a Nuclear Ship in the course of it’s passage”. That charge has seen me joking with immigration staff around the world even though ‘I Beat the Rap’. Ma bailed me out of Auckland Central Police Station and when the cops brought me apprehensively out of the cells, she greeted me with “I am so proud of you son!!” You can imagine the wry looks on the faces of the cops!!!! and my relief!
Like many “Kiwi’s”  I set out on what is euphemistically referred to as my O.E. and began back-packing around the planet. By chance, I was in Istanbul on the 26th of April 1986, the day that the world changed with the first large scale nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl (Three Mile Island notwithstanding). We were walking around in the spring sunshine and occasional rain in what we in NZ call ‘Jandals’ and the Australians call ‘Flip Flops’, cheap open rubber footwear,singlets and shorts.  Everyone in Turkey was reassured (almost instantly) that there was no radiation in Turkey and to carry on with “Business as Usual”, BAU. Years later, with the arrival of the internet, it came to my attention that large parts of Europe were irradiated as was Turkey. It was around then that I decided not to  have children.
On the 11th of March 2011, my and every last anti-nuclear activist on the planets’ worst nightmare came to fruition with the earthquake, tsunami and triple melt down at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan. This avoidable catastrophe is the single worst industrial disaster of all time by an order of magnitude. Worse that Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, the Deep Water Horizon blowout and Bhopal combined.
The three coriums at Daiichi have melted their way through primary and almost certainly secondary containment and are now doing what we were assured could never happen, the “China Syndrome” where the cores are somewhere below the 3 plants or spread to the winds and ocean by the subsequent explosions.
TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the same criminals that ensured the failure of the plants by saving money building the sea wall smaller than their own research told them it should be, tell us that two or three hundred tonnes of irradiated water is flowing from the plant into the Pacific every day. My instinct tells me they will almost certainly be lying and the water component of the disaster will be much worse than they admit. There is little or no discussion of the ionising radiation escaping into the atmosphere above the 3 damaged plants.

As a result of a work accident in May 2011 that seriously damaged my hands, I was effectively ‘grounded’ from gallivanting around the world delivering small (sub-70ft) sailing yachts and had the time on my hands to research what was obviously an unfolding climate change catastrophe.
In Aotearoa NZ we have a brilliant blogger named Robin Westenra who chronicles the unraveling of the bio-sphere and the re-rise of fascism at his blog Seemorerocks 
Robin unwittingly changed my life by introducing me to two revolutionary thinkers Michael C Ruppert  and Professor Guy McPherson

I started following ex-C.I.A. whistle blower Mike Ruppert and most of what he said about peak oil, C.I.A. drug running, US Imperialism, Fukushima Daiichi et al made all the sense in the world but my  connection with the good professor was much more fraught.
I heard what Professor McPherson had to say via his blog, his Facebook presence and radio show  Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM but my initial response was “It can’t be that bad”. I then proceeded to do as much research as I could to prove McPherson wrong. Sadly I have failed, for what will soon become clear to all, in that we have irretrievably lost the energy balance of this planet, we have kicked it out of the Goldilocks zone of habit-ability and we are now descending into the abyss. I believe the collapse of Industrial civilisation and as a result of the attendant temperature spike from the loss of Global Dimming ,habit-ability on this planet could be lost in months or just a few years if we have one cataclysmic environmental disaster like the 50 gigatonne methane discharge hypothesised by Dr Natalia Shakova et al from the University of Fairbanks Alaska.

Very soon after coming to the conclusion that Professor McPherson  was right and that we face Near Term Human Extinction and I began discussing the predicament we face with my family and friends, I developed what I am now referring to as Social Leprosy.
My family have stayed loyal to me as have many of my friends,even though the majority of them assume ( Hope) I am exaggerating. I can’t imagine what my nieces  and nephews think when they see me at family gatherings knowing that I believe the human movie is drawing to a hideous and untimely end and very, very soon.
Some of my friends, acquaintances, colleagues and some now enemies in the environmental movements have accused me and the NTHE ‘community’ of ‘Giving Up’ by accepting that we have crossed the point of no return. One of the weak ‘straw man arguments’    is that we are dis-empowering people and that if people accept our prognosis they will also “give up”. The reality is quite the opposite, especially if you are a real activist and are driven to do what you think is right without being too attached to the outcome .
The excellent U.S. journalist Chris Hedges is renowned for his quote “I don’t fight fascism because I think I will win, I fight fascism because it is fascism”.
I never expected Nelson Mandela to ever get out of jail and become  President of South Africa. I never expected NZ to be declared “Nuclear free”. I never expected to become a Leper for pointing at the elephant in the room which is our impending extinction, dripping in the blood of all the other complex life on the planet that we take down with us.(Over 200 species / day currently and accelerating fast).
Interestingly much of the opprobrium I have experienced from within the activist community is from what are now professional activists, ie; people who are paid to work within organisations like Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, 350.org,  Aavaz etc. For in-depth analysis of how these NGO’s have been co-opted by the dominant culture and are now gatekeepers for their multi million dollar empires and their highly rewarded leaders like Naomi Klein and  Bill McKibben check out the amazing work of Wrong Kind of Green  (I’ve embedded the link to Wrong Kind of Green on Facebook as the website seems to be down interestingly). All of these organisations and their employees are busy telling us that we need to transition the industrial economy to renewables. That’s not a solution, it’s a marketing strategy. Industrial civilisation is incompatible with a functioning biosphere, plain and simple. I note that I have never heard Klein or McKibben question U.S. Imperialism!

Yeah ok, I’m a Leper but I certainly haven’t given up. I’d like to thank Michael C Ruppert, Robin Westenra and his wife Pam , Professor Guy McPherson, Paul Marcotte, Dahr Jamail and many others for setting me free and waking me up. I continue to pay homage to GAIA, to tread as gently on her as I can but I no longer am burdened with the expectation  and responsibility to ‘Save the world’. The world will be ok, it’s just complex life-forms that are going away.
The leprosy doesn’t come from any of the people in our ‘community’, it comes from the cunning dominant culture as it continues with B.A.U. and grinding the living planet into dust and seeks to discredit anyone who speaks of extinction with the time honoured technique of divide and rule. The recent excellent article in the New York Magazine which Rob Seimetz and I  discussed in our recent podcast at Moving Forward a case in point.
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Abrupt Climate Change Moving Forward Exponentially

Rob Steimetz and Kevin Hester discuss the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and the attendant unfolding chaos on Rob’s show on PRN.FM “Moving Forward”

Abrupt climate change is well and truly underway and anyone honestly assessing the situation can see that the nonlinear unraveling of the biosphere is gaining pace by the day. The new denier position is that we are still in linear climate change which is patently untrue. Everyone on the planet is being lied to about the severity of the crisis;
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Canvassed in the above embedded interview are the coming climate change and habitat wars and the consequences of the imminent collapse of industrial civilisation with the attendant melt down of 450 nuclear power stations and 1200 spent fuel pool fires which will be infinitely worse than the meltdowns. In the U.S. alone “when we consider that 34 nuclear plants lie downstream from more than 50 dams, the cumulative likelihood of at least one plant being affected by a dam failure is too high to ignore—especially since these risk estimates do not account for the impacts of earthquakes or the possibility of sabotage.”

Why is it that the IPCC steadfastly ignores the obvious methane risk from both the Arctic permafrost and the submarine clathrates? I believe it is because they know that the immediate warming effects from the emissions are already happening and in no way fit with their ‘Pie in the Sky’ warming predictions. Propping up capitalism until it consumes the living planet is their objective. To quote Professor Guy McPherson who blogs at GuyMcPherson.com “Industrial civilisation is grinding the living planet into dust”.
Stand by to watch the government chosen and funded scientists attending the next IPCC Conference of Parties squirm like worms on a hook as they try to sell you the myth that the 2C target is both safe and achievable when it obviously isn’t.
We discussed Jennifer Hynes You Tube Presentations on the methane risk that is already unfolding many decades before it was predicted by the IPCC. I spoke about the Trawler that disappeared through the methane plume in the Arctic, the corroborating link is embedded here

There is much confusion  as to how far we are above, what is often referred to as “Baseline”. Any date used after 1700 ignores warming and carbon emissions that humans have ejaculated into the atmosphere and is intellectually dishonest.
Question everything.
I believe that we are somewhere around 1.6C and 1.8C above where the planet was in 1700.

Recently David Wallace-Wells published a land mark article in the New York magazine where he discussed the coming uninhabitable earth. Wells was mercilessly attacked for some very minor errors but the substance of the article was spot on.

The Uninhabitable Earth

“Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.”
Those attacks are what we who have the impossible conversation about near term human extinction have come to expect. I’ll willingly take the barbs, I owe it to GAIA to speak truth to power until the lights go out on our civilisation and all complex life on this beautiful blue planet as a result of our crack like addiction to carbon.
“At the edge of extinction, only love remains”.
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Water, the source of all life treated like Effluent.

In this podcast Wolfgang and I discuss the dire situation us Sapiens have created on the only liveable planet we know of.
Check the embedded links including the one about the 34 nuclear plants in danger of up stream dam failures and the issue of tipping points we have crossed and how exponential unraveling will change the face of the earth much faster than we are being told.
We’d also like feedback on us continuing with this joint project.
The entire narrative around abrupt climate change is being controlled in the MSM where it is implied that most of the worst consequences are far off in the future when in reality the biosphere is unraveling as we speak.

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Choose one of Three Dystopian Futures

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David Suzuki, Professor Guy McPherson, and Kevin Hester give their take or where we’re at with our early stage runaway climate catastrophe.
David Suzuki believes that in 20 years life won’t be worth living.
Professor McPherson believes that there won’t be a human on the planet in 2025 and most of us and most complex life  will be gone long before.
I’m with Professor McPherson, as I defer to his award winning knowledge as an Evolutionary Biologist, his inherent honesty and the fact that there is not one dollar in this for him.
Brickbats, slander, death threats, that’s his payment for speaking truth to power.
Judge for yourself, prepare for the worst.

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Bubble, Bubble, GigaTons of Methane Trouble

More great tutorials from Paul Beckwith spelling out the methane risk with 3 presentations embedded in total.

Paul Beckwith, Climate System Scientist

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Bubble, Bubble. GigaTons of Methane Trouble // Published on Jun 28, 2017

Vast amounts of methane exists within ocean floor sediments on the Eastern Siberian Arctic Shelf, in the form of methane hydrates & free methane gas.

        

Up to recently, gas release to the shallow water column (50 meters deep) and atmosphere has been slow, with the subsea permafrost acting as a million corks on a million champagne bottles to contain the methane.

      

Now, rapid thawing of the permafrost has released 10% of the corks, allowing rapid ongoing increases in methane release.


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Good Morning Earthlings. Wake Up and Smell the METHANE // Published on Jun 28, 2017

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Thawing Open Pandora’s Methane Box // Published on Jun 28, 2017

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Climate Change reporting at the Terminal Stage of the Anthropocene.

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We live on a water planet, kept habitable for complex life forms by the existence of Ice moderating  the Green House Effect. That ice and habit-ability are going away at an ever increasing rate. Conservative estimates suggest we are losing between 150 to 200 species every day . That figure must be viewed through the prism that we have only identified about 15 or 16% of all species on the planet

Daily there are more articles being written about the patently dire situation we find ourselves in, often mis-representing it as a problem (which have solutions), when in fact Climate Change is a predicament. Predicaments don’t have solutions. The MSM are controlling the narrative and telling half truths. If I had a Rupe for every time I have heard the 2100 meme, I could feed the sub-continent.

Very few writers are prepared to face the obvious conclusion that the energy balance of the planet has been irretrievably lost and habitat is collapsing from the North Pole to the South and with the Third Pole, the Himalayan mountain range glaciers, in precipitous collapse. These glaciers and their ever increasing melt water provide drinking and agricultural water for over 20% of the global human population and are the life source for billions and billions of other species both flora and fauna. This life giving sustenance is rapidly melting and flowing away and what is left is increasingly polluted.
Carved into the ‘virtual’ headstone of our species will be the epitaph; ” Humans became extinct and took down all complex life on Planet Earth due to their fatal addictions to Hubris, Patriarchy, Human-supremacy, Cognitive Dissonance, un-supported ‘Hopium‘, a crack like addiction to carbon and an economic system of capitalism which ground the living planet in to dust.”
( Read Derrick Jensens’ seminal book “The Myth of Human Supremacy” )

As we face this predicament together we are all trying to find a way to navigate the rocky road we face before us but because the species or at least the vast majority of it, is unprepared to even face the reality, we are losing valuable time  to prepare for the onslaught of exponentially increased poverty, famine, heat and a multitude of new or re-released pathogens and diseases that will reappear from the melting permafrost and the transition of species from one habitat to another. Not to mention the coming habitat wars and inevitable imho nuclear winter
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Climate change writers are invariably  using the words “Might” and “Could” to preface articles where there is zero chance of the outcome being anything but certain.
Case in point; 95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World    Why would you say could?????  Question everything.

One would think that we would at least be able to trust the large NGO’s like Greenpeace and 350.org but alas that is no longer true. They have been co-opted into corporate structures dependent on on-going financial sustenance from their supporters. Telling their audience the truth threatens their multi million dollar cashflows and the thousands of paid ‘Activists’ their jobs. Follow the Money.
For excellent critiques of the “NGO Complex”  I highly recommend Wrong Kind of Green “THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH CORPORATE PROFITS AND COMPROMISED NGOS” and 21st Century Wire
There is now no longer any doubt that the bio-sphere is headed for catastrophic collapse and the main stream media knows it. Hence the campaign to project well out into the future ie; 2100 or 2050 as the dates when the situation will be dire when in fact for billions of both the  human and other species the situation is already dire and terminal.
This blog will endeavour to call out the disinformation as we proceed to collapse but I’m far from being a “One Man Band”.
Follow the blogs below for a dose of reality. As un-palatable as it is, we are at least trying to arm our readers with the best and most honest analysis we can.
Nature Bats Last
Seemorerocks
Ken Orphan
Michael Sliwa Speaks
Paul Beckwith Climate System Scientist
Dahr Jamail Staff reporter at TruthOut.org
“At the edge of extinction, only love remains”.
Professor Guy McPherson and I toured Aotearoa N.Z. in both 2014 and 2016, we delivered the message that no one wants to here about the 6th great extinction and our place in it. The director of the excellent Going Dark   documentary Pauline Schneider filmed our 2016 tour and is currently editing a documentary of the tour and the wonderful experiences and people we met. This is the  Facebook page  ” Only Love Remains: Dancing at the Edge of Extinction” and the trailer for the documentary is embedded here:
Professor McPherson is about to embark on another selfless, unpaid speaking tour of the United States in July and will be touring  Australia in November, all tour details can be found at the “Coming Events” tab at his blog Nature Bats Last.
I have been asked to sail a yacht back from Australia to New Zealand in November so no doubt I will be attending some of Professor McPherson’s Australian tour presentations before setting sail on another Trans Tasman passage, this time on a 43 ft Catamaran.

How long have we got? That is the 7.5 billion human and untold billions of other species question. Your guess is as good as mine or Guy’s  
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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and planning Professor Guy McPherson’s November 2016 NZ and Australian speaking tour which is a follow up to the 2014 speaking tour. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water. I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.
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