“The Rapture”, a strategy for dealing with or speeding up Runaway Abrupt Climate Change?

Evangelical Christians have captured the White House that slaves built and with a steady supply of cheesburgers and ego-massaging they have control of the “Twitterer in Chief”.
These lunatics believe in “The Rapture” and hastening it’s arrival.
“Just like many other Christian brothers and sisters, I eagerly long for the second coming of the Lord Jesus. We abide by the following passage from the Bible: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1Ts 4:17). For this reason, we foolishly look up to the skies longing for the day that Jesus will return and take us up into the clouds so that we can be with the Lord.””The Lord is trustworthy. The Lord promised that He would take us into the heavenly kingdom in the last days. The Lord’s promise certainly will be accomplished and fulfilled.”

These psychopaths and sociopaths see climate change as ‘Gods will’ and fossil fuels are his gift to power the rapture. At the time of writing, the momentum to impeach is building relentlessly (so much for the democratic process!!! ),with the fundamentalist Mike Pence ready and waiting to step into the breach the minute the twitter in chief has an ‘accident’.
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“But there may be another secret to Pruitt’s tenacious grip on the agency that he’s busy undermining. Like several other members of the constantly churning Trump Administration who’ve managed to hold fast—Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Vice-President Mike Pence—Pruitt is an evangelical Christian.” Are Evangelical Leaders Saving Scott Pruit’s Job
Climate Scientist Katharine Heyhoe is another case in point;”She’s an evangelical Christian. Her husband is an evangelical pastor, even, in a faith whose followers are largely skeptical of climate science.” Texas scientist and evangelical takes to the web

How on earth could you trust a scientist who believes in an ‘Immaculate conception’ and creationism??

“Well this is where hope is, right here in this room, ah it’s with us”.
Then we have the erudite Chris Hedges who one day challenges the fact that ‘Hope’ is unimpeachably good, then the next moment opens a presentation with the ridiculous comment above and looks like he is on the brink of crying at the 1m 50s mark! Generally I enjoy Chris Hedges writing and presentations but every analysis from him is clouded by his belief in a (presumably?) white guy on a surf board flying around in the clouds, who is supposedly omni-potent but stands aside watching as the military industrial complex rains bombs down on the people of Yemen, Syria and Gaza and surfs blithely by as we exterminate 150 to 200 species daily.

Discussing her “ministry” to the U.N. last year, Bachmann claimed that “the return of Jesus Christ is imminent,” and noted that “the clock is striking 11:59 on God’s time clock and as history is culminating in as read in Revelation.”

Bachmann explained the supposed importance of her new mission:

I believe that God is starting a new thing, and because the time is short before Christ comes again to this earth, He is giving everyone one more chance.

Evangelical leaders are pushing President Trump to name former congresswoman and Christian extremist Michelle Bachmann next ambassador to the United Nations.

“First thing in the morning on April 5, before a meeting chaired by Representative John Shimkus and another with the Solar Energy Industry Association, Energy Secretary Rick Perry headed to the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a copy of Perry’s schedule obtained by Fusion. There, Perry was scheduled to meet for an hour-long “Cabinet Member Bible Study. He has praised the new administration for its power to “change the course of America in ways that are biblical.”
“It is safe to say that God is a Capitalist,” Drollinger once wrote, “not a Communist.” In a January radio interview, Drollinger praised then-senator Jeff Sessions, who “hungers and thirsts for the Scripture,”
“Vice President Mike Pence, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, nominee for Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, HHS Secretary Tom Price, and Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, have all sponsored the Capitol Ministries Cabinet Bible study, according to literature put out by Capitol Ministries.”
“Drollinger also argues that climate change is impossible because God promised after The Flood never to do anything like that again. Drollinger preaches against “radical environmentalism” and that to believe that human activity could have devastating impact on the environment is not just mistaken, but the result of godless pride: “To think that man can alter the earth’s ecosystem—when God remains omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent in the current affairs of mankind—is to more than subtly espouse an ultra-hubristic, secular worldview relative to the supremacy and importance of man,” Drollinger wrote recently. “It follows that we can all rest assured and wholly rely on God’s aforementioned promises pertaining to His ability and willingness to sustain our world’s ecosystem.” Many thanks to political analyst John Steppling for the lead to the link; The Trump Cabinet Has It’s Own Weekly Far Right Biblical Study Group

This is the level of Insanity and Delusion existing in the US administration as we rush headlong towards annihilation.
Godless

Activist, sailor, passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour . Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Climate Science, Politics, The Rapture
32 comments on ““The Rapture”, a strategy for dealing with or speeding up Runaway Abrupt Climate Change?
  1. Sheila chambers says:

    Don’t any of these MORONS READ THEIR BIBLES???
    It was written many times that Jesus was to return while the people he was speaking to were STILL ALIVE! Those of you STANDING HERE will LIVE TO SEE the son of ‘man’ RETURN, IN GLORY with the ‘father” etc etc!
    Why can’t they comprehend that?
    They were still waiting for him to rapture them up into the sky at the end of revelation.

    They ALL DIED thousands of years ago & this so called ‘son’ of the ‘god’ of Israel did not return, he will NEVER return!
    It’s MORONS like these that have doomed us to collapse!

    I figured out that the bible could not have been inspired by or written by a ‘god” while still in GRADE SCHOOL & my ‘education’ ended at high school. I continued my education on my own & do NOT believe in those ancient, WRONG superstitions!
    Why can’t people supposidly ‘smarter’ than me see this?

    Those ancient priests actually BELIEVED that the sky was a solid dome called the ‘fermenent’ that had the sun, moon & stars ‘fixed’ to it & rain was caused by angels opening the ‘windows of the sky’! Really!
    How can anyone claiming to be collage ‘educated’ still believe in such NONSENCE?

    That’s why I say there is NO HOPE for us moving in the direction we need to go, greatly reduce our use of FF & impliment RATIONING, stop ALL GROWTH of population & economic growth, reduce our numbers through low birth rates & eugenics deselecting those with serious genetic defects like diabetis, heart defects, brain defects, mental defectives etc, too bad we can’t sterilize all FUNDIES & most politicians!

    Now “nature’ will cull the herd the ugly way.

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    In this latest interview Professor Wolff interviews Chris Hedges. Wolff gives William Nordhaus a deserved serve and Hedges mentions that the evangelicals believe in the ‘Rapture’.

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  3. Sheila chambers says:

    I don’t think we will ever “get out of” the crash of 2008, we will collapse again before we have “recovered” from 2008 thanks to Bush, Oboma, & Trump & their horrible love of war, war spending & selling of WOMD to ruthless dictators & terrorists.
    Did you notice how the Saudi prince was leering as Trump was gloating over all the MONEY he would get for selling more WOMD to the Saudies so they can kill more Yemenis?

    He cuts taxes on the RICHES people in the country then borrows more money & spends even MORE on endless WARMONGERING even as the country continues to fall apart!

    Homelessness is GROWING & now we have thousands of poor NEEDY illegal migrants walking thousands of miles in the hope of coming here with their hands out expecting us to provide them a “better life” by competing against those already here for insufficient JOBS, HOUSING, EDUCATION & HEALTH CARE that millions of us don’t have & can’t afford!
    The GAUL of those people!

    What I fear & that the poor & unemployed will put the blame on those migrants instead of this corrupt government that has allowed our jobs to be sent overseas to slave labor countries or those jobs were lost to MACHINES like mine was.
    The problem isn’t just our terrible immigration laws, it’s the 14th amendment that gives citizenship to any child born here even if the mother came here ILLEGALLY, NO other country allows this!

    This to is a draw for illegal immigration along with our JOBS that employers are allowed to give to illegal workers. Until Reagan, employers who hired illegal workers were PUNISHED not any more!
    No country can function under such injustice, inequality, warmongering, growing poverty, open borders, more wealth in fewer hands, huge deficets, an unsustainable economic system & declining essential resources.
    We will collapse & it will be a HARD collapse & the last thing we need now are thousands of poor, needy, non English speaking people who are expecting to get jobs, education, housing & health care when we can’t even provide same for those already here, legally!

    They will find themselves between a rock & a very hard place, I would hate to be in their shoes but we can’t let them in!
    Or we could do what those clueless religious morons want & just open the borders & let them all come in & watch things fall apart sooner.

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  4. seal says:

    Pretty intense rants there, Sheila, and I hope you managed to clear some of the anger and frustration you are obviously carrying inside by writing them. Sometimes it helps.

    As for the second rant, I would suggest that you need a bit more historical background about ‘immigrants’ and how the US Corporate/Military Empire is the main cause of why they are trying to run away from their own countries. You are lacking in seeing the whole picture (or at least as much as has been dug out about it).

    People’s History of the United States, by Historian Howard Zinn,

    War is a Racket, by Marine Brig. General Smedley Butler

    The Untold History of the United States, by Oliver Stone/Peter Kuznick

    You can pick them up pretty cheaply at the independent bookstore Powell’s Books in Portland (powells.com) which is where I get a most of my used books from unless I go south to the city and get a chance to wander through some of the wonderful used bookstores in Spokane.

    Warning! You are NOT going to like what the authors have to tell you in these three books, but knowledge tends to do that. Try to read them in this order, too, as it will help to get a clearer step-by-step picture of why the US is where it is today. Insanity from day 1.
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    And I do know where you are coming from on jobs since my small shop building snowgear since 1991 is underwater and I’m mostly ‘retired’ at this point because there aren’t any other jobs for anybody much less an old fart surfer dude. Since Wanker Bush signed the most favored trade treaty with China in 2004, then good old psychopath Dick Cheney and him let Wall St. crash the economy in 2007/08 with the help of right wing corporate Republican Hack Bill Clinton back in the 90s deregulating the banks, my shop finally lost all the retail gear contracts around 2012. Since then it’s bits & pieces of local business and whatever crumbs come in after the corporate internet sites get done selling their Asian slave factory crap.

    Retired of course means living broke. My income is about where it was in 1981 running a surf & fiberglassing shop. At least I saw it coming when the unSupreme Court put Cheney & bush in power, and by 2006 was mostly out of debt and had no mortgage to worry about.

    Unfortunately only two of the many people I sent information to about that read and listened and then did the same. That was all, just two families! Even my ex didn’t listen and poo-poo’d at me, she always was an optimist, and went ahead and re-financed her house and bought a new $30,000 Toyota 4Runner. Then she watched her retirement finances fall through the floor….bummer. Don’t think she can ever retire as she’s too far in debt last I heard.

    I hope you are surviving as best you can, Sheila.
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    And don’t worry, Sheila, those religious fanatics that you (and Kevin) railed about are no different than any other religious extremists. Imagine the ones that followed the first son of a virgin born on Dec. 25th under a star in the East and was adorned by three kings!

    Horus the Egyptian god of gods. Must have been brutal fight for power between the older gods and Horus, eh?

    Horus, by the way, was the first use of this virgin birth myth that we know about. Egyptians about 5,000 years ago came up with it. Imagine what they did to unbelievers back then, eh? There were four more gods before the Jesus myth used it 3,000 years later.

    This new Hebrew splinter group called ‘christians’ are just as deluded and just as dangerous I’m sure, as were the Greek believers in Zeus the Thunder god or the Roman god Jupiter (they stole Zeus from the Greeks and re-named him). All had fanatical followers willing to die and kill for their beliefs.

    Humans have always killed in the name of their 1,500,000 invented gods-which is the actual number of gods that anthropologists have catalogued so far.

    And like all the earlier gods, the current mindless hordes all think they know what kind of hell their god is going to send everyone else to for not bowing down to their invented barbaric Iron Age Hebrew-invented single deity. Burn through eternity.

    Instead, we’re already starting to burn here from what our species has done.

    Isn’t that a hoot? Or is that a case of serious Irony? Maybe 44south can answer that since there seems to be a smidgen of ironic humor with that person!

    sealintheSelkirks

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    • Sheila chambers says:

      We all love to “rant” here don’t we, gets some of the grunge out of our brains!

      I am all too aware of how this rotten empire has been making war of one kind or another against Central Americans, people of E. Asia & the Middle east, everywhere there are resources we want & a country too weak to defend it against our war criminals, we invade, we bomb, we KILL.
      What HIPPOCRITS we are to complain about the Russian “meddling” in our FAKE “ELECTIONS” when we have been putting into power DICTATORS & SUPPORTING TERRORISTS all over the world & continue to do so! Israel & Saudi Arabia are just two of them.

      I have read Howard Zinns book “A peoples history of the United States” but I haven’t finished Oliver stones huge book. War is indeed a racket, a very PROFITABLE racket.
      We don’t have any book stores here, the nearest book store is over 100 miles away!

      I also buy used books on line from Powell’s, Barns & Nobel, Abel books & Amazon for the reviews then I can go to another, smaller book shop to buy. I have thousands of non fiction books in my extensive library, but I need a better MEMORY!

      Brookings Oregon is TRUMPS FUNDIE LAND, “progressives” are called “libturds” & there are almost as many churches as people but some of the churches here do help the homeless & poor, more power to them!

      We have millions of very poor people here in the USA, the UN said they had seen poverty here as bad as in any third world country they have visited, 40% of children in this the richest country the world has ever known live in POVERTY! Do we need MORE poor, needy people to abandon & ignore to our cold, cruel, streets? I don’t think so.

      Do we need more poor, needy people to compete against our poor needy people for not enough JOBS or AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
      That’s why I oppose more immigration, this has NOTHING to do with “race”, we are all AFRICANS, we first EVOLVED IN AFRICA & everyone here is an immigrant including the “native” americans but they were here first, we whites were the invaders.

      I’m sorry to hear your small business is underwater because our horrible trade deals for big greedy corporations that shipped OUR JOBS off to China & left us with “jobs” of hair cuts, hair color, nail painting, skin tanning, quack doctors, faith “healers”, tattoo artists, butt wipers, food servers, etc etc etc, low paying jobs with no future & no pension or health insurance.

      No manufacture can survive here competing against overseas slave labor & no worker can compete against automation & ‘bots.

      I guess I will never understand how so many seemingly intelligent people can actually believe in those stupid myths that have been disproved over & over again, what is wrong with those people? Can’t they face reality?
      Why do they hate or unaccept SCIENCE?

      When people ask if I “believe in god”, I ask “which god?” there are thousands of “gods” that people worship today & they all claim to be “the one true faith”!
      I won’t rant on about religion, I can see that you already get it.
      I kinda liked “Hathor” in Egyptian mythology, “Athene” was quite a warrior & of peace but “Kali ma” was terrible!

      I also don’t “believe in” evolution, I ACCEPT evolution as the best explanation of what we are & where we came from.

      I think we will collapse & soon, first the economy then the excessive population so perhaps it won’t matter if we just leave the border open for all to flood in, we are already doomed, the boat will sink sooner with more passengers.
      I just wish we weren’t taking so much of earths amazing living things down with us into the eternal darkness of EXTINCTION.

      I hope you will have time to enjoy your forced “retirement”.

      Who or what is “44south”?

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  5. Kevin Hester says:

    44 South is Torstein Vidal.

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    • Sheila chambers says:

      Thank you Kevin! Torstein Vidal, good commentator, he “gets it”.

      We now have a repuglicon nutcase running for office in Washington state who wants to force christian beliefs on Jews & Muslims & wage war against those who refuse to convert to Christianity!
      Alternet has a piece about this warmongering INSANE so called “Christian”.
      I think Jesus, if he even existed, would oppose such actions.

      https://www.alternet.org/election-03918/matt-shea-washington-religious-manifesto-biblical-law

      These are terrifying times!

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      • seal says:

        Ya think, Sheila? This Republican State Representative lives maybe 50 miles+ to the S/SE, a Spokane Valley Rep repeatedly voted in, and publicly says that he is quite willing to kill me for his god since I most certainly flout “biblical law” and therefore am most certainly his enemy.

        A cut from: https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a24525183/washington-lawmaker-manifesto-nazi-memorabilia-kentucky-gun-show/

        …We head across the continent to Washington state, where The Spokane Spokesman-Review (link at above link) finds a Republican state representative who is seeking re-election on a platform of imminent armageddon.

        The document is organized in 14 sections with multiple tiers of bullet points and a smattering of biblical citations. Under one heading, “Rules of War,” it makes a chilling prescription for enemies who flout “biblical law.” It states, “If they do not yield – kill all males.” After the document was leaked online Tuesday, the Spokane Valley Republican insisted he was not promoting violence and that the message had been taken out of context. “First of all, it was a summary of a series of sermons on biblical war in the Old Testament as part of a larger discussion on the history of warfare,” Shea said in a Facebook Live video on Wednesday. “This document in and of itself, was not a secret. I’ve actually talked about portions of this document publicly.”
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        Another book from my library that I’m seeing pop up in articles recently:

        ‘and they thought they were free; the germans 1933-1945’ by Milton Mayer

        On the cover below this says: “How and why decent men became Nazis, life stories of ten law-abiding citizens.”

        I’d dispute the decent part because I’m of the thought that anybody that is decent would never fold. There is a fundamental flaw in their psychological make-up or they would have chosen to either fight the Fascists or die. But then there’s always been a flaw in our species, hasn’t there? One that never seems to change so we always repeat our own history. Sucks, doesn’t it?

        sealintheSelkirks

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  6. Kevin Hester says:

    “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”.

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  7. Sheila chambers says:

    Great video! Nice parody on what sh*t’s we really are! I stole some nice stills from that as well.
    The US is such a hippicrit!
    We say we love peace but we engage in endless illegal, immoral wars & occupations.
    We say we love freedom but we imprison more people than any other country on earth!
    We claim to be a “democracy” but our voting record tells a different story, voter disenfranchisement, stolen votes, fake ballots, gerrymandering, voting machines that switch our vote to a candidate we did not want & an UNdemocratic electoral collage to make sure only a corporate oligarch “wins” the fraud riddled “election”.
    Why are so many ‘mericans still patriotic?
    Why even bother to “vote” in such a RIGGED system?

    Thank you Kevin, your a searchlight in a very dark tunnel!
    I think I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel & it’s the TRAIN!
    splat!

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  8. Kevin Hester says:

    “This time the ninnyhammer claims that the words the Almighty whispered (bellowed?) in his ear made clear that Donald Trump had been put on this earth to give the church some breathing space before the Rapture. Or Rupture, depending on which way you view these things.”
    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefreethinker/2018/11/donald-trump-was-sent-by-god-to-prepare-the-world-for-the-end-times/?fbclid=IwAR0C8cz7xtPJ7D4j1gQ3OpVN-HPi3h3h6JgOO4OYjzzzT2-_RiV9T5juPgY

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  9. Sheila chambers says:

    Jim Baker is still fleecing the sheeple? So “god” told him that Trump is “gods”chosen one to lead us into the “rapture”? And his sheeple are dumb & ignorant enough to believe that?
    How pathetic!
    Then there is this guy on Youtube who has mountains of data & math to show just how “doable” “renewables” are to replace fossil fuels!
    He just refuses to comprehend that you cannot replace a essential resource with a technology that’s dependent upon that same resource, you cannot replace raw materials with technology

    The only way I could sort of agree with him is that we will indeed go back to renewable solar power but that won’t include electricity!

    He said I needed to go back to “grade school”! HA!
    I wonder who is paying him to spout such nonsense?

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  10. seal says:

    But but but…Kevin…we have all sorts of freaking people hearing voices that are sitting in powerful government and military positions. Not just here in the States, but around the globe. And all are following orders from one or another revenge-oriented Bronze/Iron Age cult figure gods. And the humans who pretend to speak for those gods have always taken their orders (and funding let us not forget) from very wealthy autocrats.

    But hey, ya think the same voice is the one that told Wanker Bush to invade Iraq so he could kill/cause the death of well over 1 million people (current estimates) who never did a damned thing to the USA except live under a dictator named Saddam who was put into power by the CIA.

    Might have been better to think about that one a while but nooooo, not when you hear The Voice telling you to go blow up and turn people’s worlds into a living hell. War is just so profitable. Can we say oopsie about all that ‘collateral damage?’

    Don’t you just love that term, Shirley? Collateral damage. It fairly rolls off the tongue. So much cleaner sounding than the terms mass murdering or war crimes.

    Maybe Obama was listening, too, since he remarked that (paraphrasing) ‘who would have thought I would turn out to be so good at killing people?’

    Remember when Dick ‘Darth Vader’ Cheney’s little mindless sock puppet W actually said “God told him to invade Iraq” on national tv in front of the entire world? And not one head of state, not one tv ‘personality’ (corporate talking head), nor even one religious ‘leader’ said that not only is he completely bonkers but that is against what the ‘Prince of Peace’ would have allowed! You know, that Hey-sus guy who preached ‘turn the other cheek’ and ‘forgive your enemies’ and ‘though shall NOT kill.’ So much for Sermon on the Mount and all that peace-y stuff, eh?

    There was another US president, who it was slips my memory at the moment, that also publicly stated he heard voices (god or probably the devil!) telling him to start another war by bombing the crap out of somebody so he did also, I just can’t remember who that was. Back in the turn of the 20th Century.

    Funny that there was no such thing as a protestant, no such thing as an evangelical rapture-ite born-again in existence before the Catholic Church split in two inventing another version that went flying off into nah-nah land gathering money and power.

    Who, by the way, also heard ‘voices’ telling them to do so. Ya gotta be careful what voices you let into your head, eh? Seems like a lot of the voices these people hear tend to be pretty dang bloodthirsty. Or is it just a coincidence?

    Rule of thumb: if you hear voices telling you to kill people it’s probably not a real good idea to listen to them.

    The USA sure would be a different place if they all would have stayed in freaking Europe. Imagine if the Mayflower had gone down at sea with all hands… Alternate history!

    As for the orange-headed slumlord, he is just the latest in a long, long line of whacked-out leaders that have been sending us down the hellhole since the Manhattan Project. It doesn’t matter who one votes for, they’re all…ideological neoliberal clones!!!

    Reality about elections:

    Climate and the Infernal Blue Wave: Straight Talk About Saving Humanity

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/13/climate-and-the-infernal-blue-wave-straight-talk-about-saving-humanity/

    And counterpunch.org just announced today they have published a new book about climate. Title is: ‘THE BIG HEAT; Earth on the Brink’ authored by Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank. Wonder how bad their news is going to be?
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    I’m in Chapter 5 of Wadhams book. Read the introduction of Daniel Ellsberg’s ‘Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner’ and the first chapter. Not sure i should read into both at the same time, probably put me into overload, so I put it down until I’m through Farewell to Ice. I chuckled at the comparison between the current anti-science crowd who can’t understand CO2 makes the atmospheric heat up to the Flat Earth being the center of the universe loonies.

    Do well with whatever you are doing today, I’m under a blue sky and stagnant air alert for the next week. So much for snow in these mountains anytime soon… Oopsie again I guess.

    sealintheSelkirks

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  11. Sheila chambers says:

    Thank you “sealintheSelkirks”! well said!

    I too hear voices in my head but it’s not the “voice” of some “god”, it’s just me.

    Now I wonder when, if ever, the Nobel peace prize committee will demand that Oboma give back his Nobel “peace” prize?
    I gave up on the democraps way back when Bill Clinton was POTUS, I had it when he sold us down the river for “free trade” & passed NAFTA, WTO & CAFTA. He promised health care for all but then behind closed doors with the INSURANCE COMPANIES, he tried to shove through another taxpayer giveaway to them!

    Oboma was more “successful” with his Oboma “care” private for PROFIT insurance company taxpayer giveaway that was just a renamed Romney “care” scheme.

    Oboma was another dam WAR CRIMINAL expanding Bushes wars & killing even more brown skinned people that Bush/Cheney did, almost as bad was his refusal to stop private security & law enforcement from shooting, beating, gassing, water cannoning, siccing vicious dogs on, dragging a women from a prayer circle, beating her, arresting her, stripping her naked then tossing her in jail & mocking her because she & other native americans were trying to protect their sacred land from a private oil pipeline company from forcing a pipeline through THEIR LAND!
    Oboma didn’t do a dam thing to protect them from this CRIME!

    The WHITE people got the pipeline company to DIVERT their pipeline away from them!

    Brown skinned & “black” people continue to suffer murder by cop & the cops keep getting off free to go forth to kill again & again & again aw nauseum.

    I won’t go off on what I think about Trump, he’s the worse ever.

    Another “election” has passed, more never to get counted “provisional” ballots, more disenfranchised minority voters, more vote switching machines, more election fraud etc, WHY BOTHER?
    Just SELECT the next OLIGARCH to RULE US & forget about having those fake “elections” & stop calling this PLUTOCRACY a “democracy” because it isn’t & never has been a democracy, the founding, rich, white, land & slave owning “fathers” saw to that.

    Now we have thousands of deluded “refugees”, mostly young males, walking to our border from Mexico, expecting, DEMANDING we let them in so they can get the jobs we don’t have, the housing we don’t have, the health care we don’t have & the social services we don’t have so they will probably end up joining the millions of poor, needy, homeless, sick & unemployed americans already “living” on our mean streets.
    I don’t think that’s what they would have been expecting because our TV shows us all living like rich people & they want that too.
    Just wait until they experience our WINTERS!

    If they last long enough here, Guatemala & Honduras will come north & they will be warm again & getting warmer all the time.

    Time to get off & get STONED AGAIN!
    We all have our coping mechanisms don’t we?
    If not, you had better find some fast!

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  12. Kevin Hester says:

    Cut me some slack. The pathology of these freaks.
    “But now the flock will be arighted, continued Pompeo, a politician who has unironically spoken in public about his belief in the coming Rapture.”
    https://www.rt.com/news/448522-pompeo-american-shame-egypt-obama/?fbclid=IwAR027wpO8rW9XcrdnIl7ckKvpoc5zKkFm8ZPzfQ02YnZmTMKRH9q0OtsJ-w

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    • An evolutionary hiccup in development of the primate brain that led to a permanent/inheritable deranged mental state? Some kind of virus that affects certain parts of the brain that govern this kind of thinking? A feedback reaction to the near-extinction of the species by natural disasters that stuffed the few left through a bottleneck (according to science we got pretty close more than a few times) and left them broken-minded?

      Or is it just plain old learned behavior and indoctrination of young primates by power-seeking elders of the pack that discovered one can do anything if they keep the rest in various states of fear?

      Kevin, our species has always been this way. At least as far back as we’ve been writing this kind of crap down. Each new ‘god’ invented became more powerful than the last even though all of them fought one another for primacy over the ‘humans’ (as if some ignorant primate species worship was worth fighting over!). Until of course the monotheistic single god was invented by the Arab Semites in the Eastern Med a couple thousand years ago.

      As Ellsberg points out in Doomsday Machine, this ‘rapture cult’ meme really got going after the first atom bombs got dropped. Worse when the US lit off thermonuclear hydrogen bombs that made atom bombs look like 4th of July firecrackers. We suddenly had the very real ability to destroy life on the planet and that just terrified these mentally-deranged believer types. The US military became god. It was no longer enough to have the high priests of the various cults threaten ‘hellfire & damnation’ on their Sunday flock by an invisible all-powerful (and pissed off) invented god if you didn’t do what that leader’s particular interpretation demanded. We could now see what hellfire does to everything right in front of us. In moving color! I think the really unstable segment of human society that we’ve always had among us went over the edge at that point.

      And it won’t ever get better. That’s the pointed truth. No matter what country you are from, if you want political power you absolutely have to express a belief in one god or another. It doesn’t matter that you don’t live by any of the expressed requirements of said religion, just that you give homage is enough.

      Nothing will change because of that. The requirement of god beliefs in human leadership positions preclude any kind of shift to rational thinking. And that is seriously exploited by those in power. Always have been.
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      I’m assuming you’ve read the latest couple of articles posted on arctic.blogspot? Wow. Ouch. And the comment by Franklin on Malcolm Light’s 7 January methane one saying to get inland… Our species always tries to run away from what it has caused I guess. Don’t see the mad people inland welcoming the refugee hordes from the coast too well… Then I read the 5 January by Glikson. And just shook my head.
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      I’m almost finished with Chpt 20 in Doomsday Machine, The never-ending First Use Threats by the US since 1947 right into the Obama admin and the lovely war-lover Hillary Clinton. Yeah, well, no surprises there.

      The last chapter in this book is only 15 pages long, on how to dismantle the machine. The chances for that are practically nil I would assume, so a short 15 page summary is all he wrote. I doubt I’ll be much surprised reading it, either. The most dangerous man in the US but he’s no longer much of a threat to the entrenched power at this late stage.

      It has been an informative read. Not a fun one, but definitely pulling at the veil of propaganda this country (and the world) has been bathed in since I was born.
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      As for weather, it’s piss-pot poor here in the Inland Pacific Northwest. No storms, no winds, stagnant air masses, barely freezing at night and dripping melt during the day with huge inversion layers of nasty air to breathe. It is not acting like winter here at all even though there is a layer of crusty snow about the property. Not really a snowpack, or not one that is going to make any kind of difference to the aquifers underneath my feet. Get up above 2000 meters and you are in blue sky sunshine. Down here at half that and you are in murk. The Jet Stream is broken and I don’t know how to fix it….

      sealintheSelkirks

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  13. Kevin Hester says:

    “We will continue to fight these battles,” the then congressman said at the Summit church in Wichita. “It is a never-ending struggle … until the rapture. Be part of it. Be in the fight.”
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/11/trump-administration-evangelical-influence-support?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR3oXQMwyaU1Ry5r6HdRmFwbOFWwGNLwfpA978Ol0vTSZCrXku-Nl8bxweY

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    • Sheila chambers says:

      These “rapture” nuts are pathetic!
      Us atheists know their “holy” book better than they do!
      If they had actually READ their bible like I have, they would have read in several places in the new testament that Jesus was to return, in glory, with the father, to judge while those he was speaking to were STILL ALIVE!
      Why are these MORONS still waiting?
      No wonder we are doomed!

      Over on the left coast of Oregon, we have finally gotten some REAL RAIN! Several inches/CM of hard RAIN!
      The winter birds have been eating me out of house & home, their STARVING & clean out the feeders as fast as I fill them up & now I’ve added more suet because seeds don’t have much fat & in cold weather without insects, they need that fat.
      I hope this summer will bring on more insects or the swallows, warblers & other insect eating birds are doomed.

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      • Kevin Hester says:

        I love these anecdotal observations from around the world. I don’t like watching the unraveling but I do want to be informed however dire the rality, I want to live it.
        Thx Sheila.

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  14. Kevin Hester says:

    Have a great…. Rapture folks!

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    • Sheila chambers says:

      What is it about DEAD these preachers don’t get?
      Jesus if he ever even existed, is DEAD!
      So are all the people he spoke too claiming they would live to SEE his return!
      There is no “date” for the rapture, it’s long past.
      Try READING your bible instead of just “looking” at it!
      What a MORON!

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      • Sheila chambers, there is NOTHING we can do about these barbaric Bronze/Iron Age ignorant savages. Except growl at them which makes them feels oh-so-picked-on victimization which they love, and then we realize these same mind sick people grasping desperately to these kind of beliefs have always been the ones who are quite willing to maim, torture, and kill those who don’t conform…. It’s the Curse of our Species!

        Leaves an uncomfortable sensation in the pit of one’s stomach to realize just how many there are, doesn’t it?

        Big sigh. As a species we have not truly progressed emotionally, or for the most part cognitively, over the last few thousand years. There are no such things as gods but religion is as real as being burned at the stake… But we have gotten so much more clever in inventing all sorts of wonderful new weapons to use on each other! Unfortunately most of our species still conflate belief in religious myths as equal to science facts the poor helpless loonies that they are!
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        More anecdotal observations from up here in the N/E corner of Washington State for you, Kevin:

        Finally snowed here, a foot fell on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning around the property. My local ski hill claimed 13″ for the weekly opening day on Friday which just barely put them barely over the 100″ mark. At the end of January we are at an extremely low snowpack and it took 3 weeks, since the massive rainstorm Dec.29th that blasted the entire ski hill, to finally see a somewhat decent snowstorm blowing through. There has been a couple of inches here and there but not real storms.

        Temps continue to fluctuate from just above 0’C during the day to -10C at night with mostly barely above freezing days this week. We’ve had 10-15’C daytime temps off and on since the new year. Expected to be back up next week which is bad news. Not much of a winter here, not really. All the ski resorts around here to the Cascades out west have extremely low snowpacks, most not above 70″ at best. We used to have 305″ a season here…and this season I think we have more than anybody from what the snow reports I looked at the other day told me.

        Four yellow jackets appeared in the house in the last few days with two showing up here in the office (coming out of the walls) this morning. Wasps at the end of January! Not normal.

        There are still Canadian Honkers flying overhead during the day because there is open water for them still around. I went over the Colville River going to town this week and it was completely unfrozen with birds swimming on the surface.

        Lots of inversion layers the last few weeks, too. Great to breathe when one is down sick and can barely breathe anyway! Get up above it and it’s blue sky, maybe 2000meters/4000 feet and sunshine rules. Down under it and in the valleys the air is stagnant and there has been some nasty-tasting air days that remind me of the summer fire season. Mostly woodburner smoke up here but I haven’t been down to the city 50 miles south (out of the mountains in the flats) for months and I’ll bet it’s even worse there.

        After weeks of influenza I’m somewhat back on my feet and went into town this week to get bills from the po box that I knew needed paid. Saw a number of people I knew and all they talked about (after telling me I looked like death warmed over after losing 15 pounds from this crap) was how many sick people they knew or family or themselves. Talked to one friend over the phone this week who said both her and her adult son (but not his wife or kids) had the flu for two months, since November, before they finally seemed to have gotten through it. One woman I know who was coming out of a door where she worked waved me away while saying “Don’t get near me, I’m going home because I feel terrible.” It’s not just one strain of influenza, it’s stomach flu, sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, body flu, ear infections/vertigo, and a host of other nasty bugs infecting people. Ugh.

        It’s not freezing outside today and I’m waiting for dark and the snowpack to set up before I can go fire up the big snowblower and clear the road to the property gate. Might be late tonight before it gets cold enough since snowblowers don’t work when the snow is mushy. More like spitting oatmeal and they break the sheer pins too easy, and at $5 apiece I’d rather wait until it dryer/frozen!

        From 49′ North Latitude in the Selkirk Mountains of Washington State may you all die beautifully…

        sealintheSelkirks

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      • Sheila chambers says:

        Down in far south coastal Oregon, it’s almost hot!
        While the east coast is facing record cold from a loop of the jet stream dragging arctic cold down to them, we bask in record warmth.
        Normal for this time of year is 52F, it got up to 68F today!
        I have house sparrows courting & starting to build nests, in JANUARY!
        Living in a small town with few human contacts has it’s advantages, no flue bugs – yet.

        The town is trying to find ways to generating more revenue, border entry tax? bed tax? restaurant tax? breathing tax? The last one is just kidding!

        Their also trying to figure our what to do with all the HOMELESS people here. They ran them out of the library parking lot, they ran them out of the beaches, they ran them out of the parks, then came a decision that said you can’t force people off of public property when they have no place else to go.
        There will be even MORE HOMELESS people as this country goes down & we are overrun with even MORE illegal immigrants.
        Trumps wall will not stop them.

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  15. Kevin Hester says:

    I’m grateful for these anecdotal observations. The increases in respiratory and infectous diseases are predictable but tragic knowing that everything will deteriorate from here on down the gurgler!

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    • Now wasn’t that a lovely link you posted for all and sundry to boggle their minds reading, eh Kevin?

      And it made me think back a thousand years into history when the Christianized Roman soldiers were holding a sword to the throats of the European tribes men’s families giving them a choice of being Catholic and swear allegiance to Rome or,,,watch them all die.

      The descendants of those ‘converts to Christianity’ have very similar mindsets as the Romans did to their ancestors. They learned the lesson well from their conquerors…

      So tell me just how much has really changed in our species cultures since then?

      Better weapons, that’s what! Ain’t we smart little monkeys?

      How very depressing that entire article was! And having finished Ellberg’s book I’ve got a larger sense of…how both tie together in these lunatics’ minds. What was described in his book is a ready-made recipe for their Bronze Age superstitions, so why not help them along a little bit? Lunatics!

      I hope I wasn’t the only one to follow that damned (ironic term to use here) article to the end.

      You know something that’s uncomfortable? There are people living here, all around in these mountains, that absolutely fit the profiles described. As a matter of fact, I’ve noticed that many are pretty brazen and act out in public to prove that they are quite proud of themselves about their…devotion and viewpoint on these matters. Or it would be delusions of their ignorant mind sickness taken from another viewpoint.

      Many say they are quite looking forward to death of the species but for some reason they are also some of the most fearful people of all when faced with their coming deaths. I mean, really, that is the only event that we know is unequivocally in our future. Everything else is only possibilities and yet those that ‘believe’ try the hardest to continue staying alive at all costs. Even to the point of suffering for years or decades bedridden and unconscious hooked to machines. Isn’t that the oddest thing?
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      Anecdotal local weather/climate for Feb. 14:

      Snowing again out the window after a break of a day. Temps went back up after last week dropping to -20’C nights and -10C days. Had very strong winds that closed most runs at local ski resorts last Saturday followed by more deep & very dry powder snow dumping in the mountains during the week through Tuesday morning. It has condensed down a bit the last couple of days but more has been falling since late morning.

      After weeks of Looping Jet Stream throwing the main storm systems up and over the PacNW through most of January, we see some what-used-to-be winter weather. Not the snowpack it used to be every year, that’s for sure.
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      2/15/19

      Power went out before I could post this, Went to bed instead and woke up to another 12″ of overnight and still snowing out the window.

      Hope all is well as can be expected with you Kevin. Down there in the boiling hot Southern Hemisphere winter I keep reading about may you find a shady spot to hang out at….

      sealintheSelkirks

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      • Sheila chambers says:

        Troubles here as well, this has been a bad week, I’ll spare you the trouble my friend had with his truck wensday.
        Today it’s rotten! Rain, hail, lighting, thunder then my cars ignition tumblers decided to keep my key & not let me turn off the power. I had to call a tow truck.

        I hope the shop will remember what I told them many times, remove the cable from one of the posts on the battery otherwise, I’ll also have a dead battery! I cannot turn off the power!

        What those dam BELIEVERS won’t do is to ACTUALLY READ THEIR DAM ‘HOLY’ BOOK!
        It says in there many times that Jesus was to return while those he was speaking too were STILL ALIVE!!! THERE ALL DEAD MORONS!
        Jesus was not the “son” of the “god” of Israel! THERE ARE NO DAM “GODS”!

        Those MORONS are still waiting for him to return & they are willing to kill everything to hurry his “return”!

        What those MORON BELIEVERS don’t realize or REFUSE to realize is that we are just a part of an ecosystem, a system we have thrown all out of whack because we REFUSE to accept that we are also ANIMALS & must have a viable ECOSYSTEM & we are destroying it.

        If we lose the INSECTS, there will be no fruits, no veggies, no nuts, NO FLOWERS, no birds, no migratory fish like salmon, no fresh water fish, no small mammals, no brown bears, they depend upon the fall run of SALMON before they hibernate, no reptiles & no DAM HUMANS!

        Now I have a sick bird at the feeders that can’t close it’s beak because of avian pox tumors, it will soon starve to death. That’s just about all us humans have been doing for 200,000 years, bringing DEATH & DESTRUCTION everywhere we have gone, WE ARE DEATH!

        Now we also have tens of thousands of illegal migrants on our southern border who are fleeing poverty, unemployment & a bad government, they expect us to take care of them, hell we won’t even help the poor, needy, homeless, sick, unemployed people we already have, we don’t need more of the same!
        Mexico has already offered them asylum & jobs, they rejected that since they want the better FREEBEES they believe they can get from the US!

        We don’t have “freebees” for anyone here except the RICH!

        But those dam believers want us to let them all in & take care of them & their children. I say take care of those already here FIRST & deport those illegals back to where they came from.

        Our poor, needy, sick, homeless, unemployed NEED the JOBS, HOUSING, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES those ILLEGALS are illegally taking.

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  16. Sheila chambers says:

    I went on Google earth & found your little island off New Zealand, so wich coast are you on? You being a yachts man, you should be near the sea with a boat & a warf. I still don’t do silent letters! I see that island also has a ferry, I bet that can be a rough, sea sickening ride at times.

    I get pretty ticked off at those morons who believe that “technology” can fix all our problems but technology is useless without the right RESOURCES, or going “vegan” can “save the world” or “renewables” can replace fossil resources, I have seen so darn many crazy schemes for “fixing” all our delemas & I especially get my undies in a wad at those people who believe we could support billions MORE HUMANS!

    So “if only love remains” I won’t get any of that either but I will get dead just like any other animal too many of wich we are killing off.
    I’ll miss “my” swallows, it seems the average lifespan of a swallow is about 3 years, 8 max. It’s been more than three years since they have bred here, goodby forever, little, innocent, swallows.
    We are DEATH to every living thing including US,

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    • Kevin (and other readers on his site): I apologize in advance for this long reply to the southern Oregon coast woman’s last two postings.

      Hey Sheila Chambers,

      Where I agree with you is the anti-science behavior of religious beliefs. Those influences show rather explicitly that religion is just an adult version of putting your fists in your ears and loudly going “la la la la la” so you don’t have to hear what anyone else is saying that one did as a kid. But this is for your entire life… and you never have to think, just obey…but then thinking and searching out knowledge can be deeply unsettling.

      The idea that most of our species in the last 9,000 years that we know of never went farther than a day’s walk from where they were born their entire lives. Instead of breeding explorers they bred religious leaders!

      The wonder of the world is that anybody escaped this social conditioning to actually invent science, and that we aren’t all living in mud huts with pigs and chickens and dying at 35 of old age still….

      It certainly would be nice if our species would one day (somehow) grow up and not need fairy tales but instead we have a world full of damaged humans with an emotional maturity level learned from Bronze Age slave society’s social mores of 2,000+ years ago who are no smarter (different from intelligence) than their distant ancestors who hid from the lightning that they knew was being thrown by angry gods.

      Unfortunate for every living species on the planet. I think we who are here reading Kevin’s blog gets this.

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      Where I disagree with you is the continued not-factual rants about migrants on the border that you always mix into the real world local climate stuff along with your own feelings about what you are seeing in the surrounding ecosystem that you post. Sheila, there are NOT “tens of thousands” of “illegal” migrants on the US southern border. That’s just political grandstanding by the current regime’s Repub Face of the Corporate State just as much as ‘Russia hacked the election’ is grandstanding by the Democrat Face of the Corporate State. Both use the same methods to keep their power. That the wealthy have their own factions fighting over the spoils of their thieving is not surprising, but the goals are the same for both faces… Power and more power. Control of information flow. Use emotional trigger words and concepts.

      There has been far less undocumented migration and arrests in the last few years. We are at much lower numbers overall than during the neoliberal corporate Obama regime’s 8 years of massive deportation numbers (Obama set a presidential record for that as a matter of fact).

      Fact: there are far fewer people trying to run the border. Quit buying into emotional propaganda being fed to you about this by people who benefit from public ignorance.

      As for the actual caravans of a couple thousand people from Centro America, by US law they have every right to apply for Green Cards to enter the US legally which is what they are trying to do. What Trump’s regime is doing is KIDNAPPING THEIR CHILDREN from those who are applying LEGALLY at the border and locking the teens, kids, and infants in dog cages operated by for-profit private prison companies getting federal contracts (YOUR TAX DOLLARS) in Florida and Texas and elsewhere. Guess who’s making the money from those crimes against humanity?

      And many of those people are climate refugees if you didn’t realize it. You obviously aren’t reading the worldwide effects the science is talking about that I’m reading. The editor of my first book has a day job, a Sociologist at an Austrian climate research center, studying the real-time ongoing effects of climate collapse around the world on Third World societies. He just got back from 6 months in the low income backwaters of Australian cities and Outback with the Aborigines. He just finished his PhD and I’m really interested in reading the research he’s working with.

      I’ve read that many if not most of the refugees heading towards the US are farmers whose land no longer supports growing crops for their families that have gone under due to droughts caused by the industrialized North’s pollution fucking up their climate stability. OUR civilization destroys their farms with our continued and rising use of fossil fuel and you’re mad they’re moving north? Me? I’m not surprised. What would you do in their place?

      In truth it is getting too hot to grow in many areas along the Equator, the low elevation web bulb effects kill crops, and also becoming too arid in some places and too unstabile to count on needed rains at the right time etc etc in others. All farmers live with those realities but as the climate falls farther off the cliff… The maize and coco and coffee and other crops from those areas are struggling at best to survive in a ‘new’ climate they aren’t evolved to grow in much less thrive.

      This is nothing. Wait until millions are trying to escape the death zones of the Equator. Look at the refugees crossing the Med into southern Europe. Not just war but climate refugees. Or you can wait until the tens of millions in the death zones of Arizona, Nevada, and California try to make it north out of the parched southwester desert. We ain’t seen nothing yet when it comes to migration I’m afraid. How close in the future I don’t pretend to know but worse to come no doubt.

      As for ‘freebies’ you mentioned, you do know that illegals are required to pay income taxes and unemployment taxes and all the rest of the taxes that you and I do? But as illegals they cannot apply for any of the benefits. The wealthy that own and operate this country for their private profit don’t give a rat’s ass about them being here because they lower wages and work in jobs that US citizens would rather not work. Higher profits from lower labor costs is their goal. Then add in automation by robots in jobs that no longer need be done by surplus useless ex-workers. More profits. So yes maybe the migrants from down south are ‘stealing’ the jobs that are left, the manual labor dead-end physical jobs that US citizens still don’t want even as they sink into poverty because there won’t ever be any jobs worth having ever again in this country for those useless ex-workers who are Trump’s base.

      Ever picked strawberries squatting in a field under a boiling hot sun for 10 hours a day covered in pesticides? Me, neither, but I’ve had darker-skinned co-workers in restaurants, as a night janitor, picking guaves for $10 a crate, in a sewing factory, painting houses, and other jobs so you can believe my words when I say they work hard for their wages, too.

      A lot harder than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton ever worked, that’s for sure!

      The wealthy have never helped anyone but themselves. Ever. That’s history. They have always lied and cheated and killed to keep their power and riches. Your sentence: “Our poor, needy, sick, homeless, unemployed NEED the JOBS, HOUSING, EDUCATION & SOCIAL SERVICES those ILLEGALS are illegally taking” is pretty useless in the historical context because none of that has or is ever going to happen. That’s not what the wealthy elites do. There will be no more jobs for the working class except military and police state until these, too, go robotic to the point of needing few human operators. Notice that it is somewhat okay to be an illegal if you are willing to join the military and ‘earn’ your citizenship by killing in the name of Empire? Funny how that works.

      Our form of Capitalist-Colonialism is playing an extreme game of Monopoly for keeps and, as you know when you play that game to the end, there is only one result. One person owns everything and everybody else is living in cardboard boxes dying of starvation…which is where this country will be sooner rather than later.

      Unless of course we destroy ourselves by starting a thermonuclear war before the ongoing climate collapse reaches a point of cascading feedback destruction events that turns the ‘survivors’ of the crashed worldwide ‘civilization’ into cannibals wandering a bleached-out drought-ravaged landscape… Not all that hard to imagine if one reads the science I’m sad to admit.

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      And for your second posting, I, too, looked at where Kevin is but on a small world atlas instead as dial-up doesn’t work very well with all the megabytes of Google Earth. And the picture actually had that little island’s name on it! Funny to see all the English place names mixed in with the Maori. Cape Kidnappers on the east side of North Island made me wonder at the history.

      Sail south and all you have is the islands of Auckland, Campbell, Antipodes, and the melting Antarctic…he’s waaaay the hell down there, isn’t he?

      Techno-fixes. I’m also doubtful that technology is going to save us. It could, there might be some genius out there with an idea hiding in the back of the mind for removing CO2 from the atmosphere and ocean. But that person has probably been co-opted by some country’s military (like the USA’s DARPA) and is busy designing bigger and better murder machines to destroy other people with or has been shuffled into some corporate shithole to figure out how to make more money for the master class. That’s where the brightest young brains go as they get snatched out of high school or college and end up applying their intelligence for the profit of the worst members of our species. Pretty sorry state of affairs.

      I read Limits to Growth when it came out in the early 70s. Read Carson’s Silent Spring in the late 60s as a teen (a present from my stepmom), and many more over the ensuing years. We’re doing exactly what all other animals do on this planet, overpopulate until they eat through their food supply and use up the other resources. Then the population crashes as it starves to death and finds a new balance of numbers in the shifted ecosystem. Our species is going to re-learn this lesson again, painfully (22 crashed major civilizations later and we haven’t learned from history yet?).

      I watch the coyote pack that lives here and, like us, the more rabbits that show up to eat the bigger litters of pups the coyotes have. Population follows food supply. Then the rabbit population drops radically and you get coyotes starving and dying and snatching somebody’s cat or poodle pet while people make a big stink about running out with their rifles and shooting the song dogs. And you know what? We as a species are not that tuned into our habitat so it’s going to be much worse that what happens to coyotes.

      Love will not remain, only needs. Like the swallows you haven’t seen nesting the last three years and their cousins that showed up here too early in Spring last year when there were no flying bugs to eat and starved to death. Maybe some flew down into the valley along the river where there might have been bugs to eat. One can always hope, yes?

      We have lost the Arctic and we have probably lost the insects as well so you and I will probably see less birds every year until none of the migratory species show up at all. I imagine the ground feeders who live here year ’round might last a while longer…

      Food, water, shelter, sleep, sex. We will use up this world because we weren’t smart enough to get the hell off it and out into space where our species could flourish and spread out when we had the chance. Like all other species we will go extinct though we are the first on this planet who could have gotten out of this planetary prison beforehand.

      Instead we have a world fit for psychopaths to rule…until they, too, die out for lack of resources.

      Speaking of which, I need to get on warm clothes and go move some firewood into the house. It was 4’F/-17C at 1am last night and the weather prediction is for the same tonight. Using resources I am, dead trees instead of fossil fuel to stay warm. Until I have to fire up the chainsaw to cut more rounds. Then it’s fossil fuel time. Trapped we are! Big sigh.

      sealintheSelkirks

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      • Sheila chambers says:

        You must be as “long in the tooth” as I am, I also read LTG, I read & still have Silent spring.

        I guess I rant too long about those migrants, I too would try to flee to a place that might offer a better chance at survival, I don’t blame them for that but there are limits as you also know & by not limiting or ending immigration, we make it worse for those already here, it’s simply a case of self preservation, every animal will defend it’s territory whether it’s an ant or a human.

        Speaking of ants, unlike most people, the ant I caught sniffing my gummy was taken outside, not killed, save the ants!
        Recently I discovered a big, fat, almost black spider dangling in front of my face after it climbed out of the hood of my Korean war era poncho, it too was put back into it’s “home” inside my home, I also don’t kill spiders.

        I also think we place too confidence in our technology, even Steven Hawkings believed we would spread out into other worlds in other solar systems, he of all people should have known that will be impossible, not enough energy or resources & there is that nasty unmovable limits from physics.
        Here in the Us, the unelected government is preparing to attack Venenzualia, install it’s chosen puppet who will then let in the US oil companies who will steal their oil, ship it to the US so we can blend our light fracked oil to produce syncrude for transportation fuel.

        We are lied too as to why Venenzualia collapsed & it wasn’t “socialism” it was the collapse in the price of oil which was 97% of it’s income & like all governments, the Maduro government misused it’s funds & became too dependent upon it’s oil revenue.

        All that noise about “humanitarian aid” is also a LIE, those military planes & trucks will mostly have WEAPONS & AMMO for the resistance fighters & very little “aid”, we have done this many times before.
        The dems are trying to get it’s dupes all excited about that “green new deal”, that’s just another way to profit from the decline of essential resources like coal, oil & natural gas & we will never “transition” to high tech “renewables” as you cannot replace resources with resource dependent technology.
        I feel sorry for all those hard working, enthusiastic young people who are demanding we “get off oil”, “keep it in the ground” & “transition” to 100% renewables unaware that that will be impossible with 7.6 billion humans & our “transition” to 100% renewables won’t include electricity, EV’s, or growing our food in high rises. If we survive climate disruption, there also won’t be anywhere near 7.6 billion humans either, closer to 500 million.

        We have people here who believe they can just pack up their “bug out bag” flee into the woods & live off the land with no idea what that would entail & also he’s not figuring in that 330 million other people will be having the same idea at the same time & in the same places.

        Our ecosystem is much less rich in resources than in the past, the first people to discover the americas, finished off the mastodon, mammoth, giant sloth, giant bison, horses, camels, short faced bear, saber toothed cat, dyer wolf. giant bison & giant tortus.

        The European invaders then killed off the prairie wolf, eastern elk, lower 48 grizzly bears, almost killed off the surviving bison, Dusky seaside sparrow, eastern couger, Heath hen, Carolina parakeet, Great auk, Passenger pigeon once the most numberous bird in the world & all our freshwater fishes are greatly depleted some are also extinct.
        The natives here once ate acorns but now sudden oak death is killing them off, the salmon population is much depleted as are the trout, also a once important food to native peoples, the shallow ocean once so rich in seafood is also much depleted. I think that fella who believes he can just flee to the woods & live like a native will find himself very hungry, cold & wet, even worse, he won’t be alone!

        The small island Kevin lives on has few people, looks pretty isolated so the ravening hordes won’t choose to invade his island any time soon, too small for more people & there is no electricity.
        Let’s just enjoy what time we have left, reduce the damage we are doing to the ecosystem & watch the show as we decline.

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Kevin Hester

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 volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. 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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