to have an idea how big the problem is look at this
“To comprehend this nebula, it is necessary to abandon traditional financial or political logic; this is not merely a question of nation, political party, or of ordinary economics… Our conclusion would be that at least over the last twenty years, the economic powers, some of which mafia types, have allied themselves with political forces and organized criminal structures, and reached the 4th stage of money laundering, namely, Absolute Power. It has been specified to us that at the present moment these characters control 50% of the world economy.”
Introduction of a Belgian gendarmerie report to a number of senior officials, District of Liege, November 21, 1994. (emphasis from report)
50% of the world economy , in 1994 !!! what does this mean in 2017 ? we really need eachother if we want to make a difference in the end.
This socially engineered cultural war evolved into something which everyone should be aware of and which I’ve already mentioned earlier in this series. Anyone who opposes these radical left wing views is now stereotyped as a “hater”. This is ultimately the biggest accomplishment of the Obama administration when it comes to this issue of social engineering and indoctrination of the masses to accept the new world order. I’ve already covered what I call “The Children of the New World Order” in numerous articles and the phenomenon of quickly labeling everyone as a “hater” is a key component of the new world order future society where all “haters” and “harassers” (think Sandy Hook) will be silenced . More on this later.
My preference would be that we all should live something similar to the ways that the Amish and Old Believers do. That’s a sort of compromise lifestyle that would fit into the global ecology and provide lives of a kind that satisfy most human needs and desires. Find a good place and enjoy life. If people get dissatisfied, give them a good dose of some entheogens. They’ll see that simply existing is miraculous and quite enough for anyone.
Yeah, I know. Nuclear power stations and stuff. I’m weary of saying the same things repeatedly. If you read my blog you know it already.
Unfortunately, I’m in a minuscule minority by holding this view. So I do not foresee that my wish will come true. I have to accept that the majority are dragged along by the corporations, bankers, advertising, technology and other ugly forces.
Wendell Berry says: “I no longer ‘go to work.’ If I live in my place, which is my subject, then I am ‘at’ my work even when I am not working. It is ‘my’ work because I cannot escape it.”
When life and place and work become one – that is contentment indeed.
It’s is dawn. In February. That soft grey light, gently moving the winter darkness, and waking me… Then I shatter it, with a flicked switch, with harsh electric illumination, and open this laptop, more glary unnatural light… Back onto my workaholic treadmill, keeping up with the technoverse, the internet never sleeps…. What have we got this morning ? A lot of people will have died since yesterday, a lot will have been born overnight. I don’t know any of them. Bon Voyage to you all.
Big storm, called Doris, is forecast, with 80 mph wind, widespread damage.
Aha, this is fun. Via Robin Westenra. G. McPherson, P. Beckwith, J. Lovelock, S. Hawking, brought to our attention by someone calling themselves Hambone Littletail, (I’ve not encountered previously), this is a quote from him :
Humptydumptytribe 2 days ago
I believe the official quote from Guy that I have posted before is: “I cannot imagine that there will be a human alive on this planet in ten years” (made in 2016), but I am sure some of his disciples will correct me.
Before getting into Beckwith, here’s a flashback to McPherson and the sort of statements he makes on that topic
This is the same notion that I mentioned before, that some MIT professor of quantum physics who tries to model the Universe mathematically, said that looking at his calculations of the astrophysics, there’s no reason at all why the entire Universe couldn’t collapse and vanish, at any moment. So it could happen NOW. Or in ten minutes. Or tomorrow. Whoooosh. Everything that exists, GONE. Gone away to nowhere.
So what you gonna do ?
This new split between the McPherson position and the Beckwith position is interesting for many reasons, but before going there, some preliminary stuff about my own position and differences to McPherson’s.
I’m reading this at Westenra’s blog, here,
Where McPherson states he is ‘a rationalist whose work relies upon evidence’ and is ‘rooted in reason’. This is the Enlightenment project, going back to ancient Greece, then Descartes, Newton, and the rest. McPherson is a materialist, a physicalist, he ‘does not do spirits’, or God. He sticks strictly to Left Brain logic, with a small and rather crude attempt to cater for ‘emotions’, grief, sorrow, kindness, and so forth, under the Western scientific ‘psychology’ paradigm.
I have a fundamentally different philosophical stance, in that I do ‘do spirits’, and am in many ways ‘religious’, but I cannot do any decent explanation of that area, and how terms should be defined, etc, without an enormous very lengthy digression, which I must avoid for the time being. Tempting tangents are a bugger ! Stick to the topic, ulvfugl. 🙂
Should that be ‘tangential temptations’ ? Oh well, who cares, you probably get the drift.
Think of this. Go and fetch four apples and place them on the table in front of you. A thought experiment. Now count them carefully. One, two, three, four. Move two closer together, and leaving a gap, move the other two closer together. This is how you teach toddlers arithmetic. Two and (plus) two, makes four.
This is what the whole of your Western scientific cultural tradition (that includes capitalism, and industrial civilisation) is based upon. McPherson’s rationalism, logic, reason, based on the evidence, blahblah.
Now, have another look at the apples. There are no ‘four’ apples. There is an apple, an apple, an apple, and an apple. Each is unique, separate, a discrete entity, sitting there, quietly vibrating in its own pool of existence. They do not care if you call them oranges, instead of apples. They do not care if you claim that two plus two equals three or five, or five thousand.
Go ahead and eat one of them. What happens then ? Only three apples ? How can that one missing apple cease to exist ? Oh, it’s been broken up and swallowed and now is on its way to becoming part of your material fabric, cells, tissues, blood, bone, and skin.
This ‘2+2=4’ apples, does not exist ‘out there’. It’s all in your head, in your mind. It is an abstraction, that humans have found or invented, as a means of, well, sort of, ‘taming the wild mystery’.
That is to say, it is mental modelling, of something beyond our comprehension, so we make it more ordinary and accessible. And of course, it is very useful. One we all become numerically literate we have this big advantage. ‘Can I have four apples, please’. It’s the map and the territory thing.
And that is the foundation of all of science. Looking at the mystery of the apples, and then counting them, so they cease being so mysterious, because arithmetic is friendly and fixed and just like Lego bricks, you can build vast cathedrals out of a basic block.
That’s been so successful that we now have nuclear bombs sufficient to destroy everything that is on the planet, and nuclear power stations, the same, when they melt down, and we can do all kinds of amazing stuff, rummaging through the toys in Pandora’s Box.
Mysticism, (which McPherson does not do), is different, a different approach. It means being very humble, so humble as to let go of all egocentricity and vanity, and ask the Universe for guidance. It’s not ‘rooted in reason’, it’s rooted in prayer and meditation.
You can look at the apples, count them, go the Left Brain arithmetic route, juggle numbers, compose sentences into stories about what you expect the future to hold, based on your interpretation of the data, as Beckwith and McPherson do.
Or, you can close your eyes, and introspect. Where are the apples, when your eyes are shut, or when you are asleep. Where will they be when you are dead ? Don’t think about it. Be still and empty, with a silent mind. Move awareness into your whole body, as it breathes and pulses. Feel the sensual experience of being. Detach from all of that, so only consciousness remains. Now what ?
Be like a growing embryo in the womb, that becomes aware, for the first time, that ‘I am’. Bathe in the profound mystery, without getting into the Left Brain analytical modelling that wants answers, who am I ? where am I ? why am I ? where will I be when all that material physical stuff out there has vanished, because…
Oh well, there’s no point in going further, because the materialists and rationalists do not have any access to any of this, (unless they happen to take psychotropic drugs that might give them a glimpse) so it makes for sterile conversations.
Back to the story wars. McPherson tells his story, Beckwith tells his, and now it seems Beckwith CHANGED his versions. And this creates alarm and consternation amongst the listeners, like little children at bedtime, they want the predictable events that ALWAYS happen, the three bowls of porridge, and then…’Who has been sleeping in MY bed ?’ so they can relax and let go and fall into slumbers and dreams.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ?
Recent research has shown that personality traits change as a result of clinical therapy, although evidence for this effect is derived from efficacy studies that reflect relatively controlled experimental designs. Little is known about how therapy in real world contexts affects change in personality. In two longitudinal studies (N‘s = 1,270 and 5,217), the present research examined whether personality trait change was associated with therapy experience. Propensity score matching was used to compare trajectories of personality trait change in individuals with and without therapy experiences. Overall, therapy experiences were associated with significant increases in undesirable traits and markers (e.g., chronic stress, depression, neuroticism), and significant decreases in desirable traits (e.g., self-esteem, conscientiousness).
Beckwith’s logic is dismal. He states that if Human Near Term Extinction were really about to happen, then we’d expect to see some signs, and we don’t see any evidence.
Quite apart from the NTHE example, this is ridiculous, philosophically. ‘We don’t see sign it is happening, therefore it can’t happen’ does not hold up. That’s not how ‘the world’ works. Nasty stuff comes out of nowhere. Tsunamis. Volcanic eruptions. Impacts from extra terrestrial objects. New plague organisms. Something else, that nobody has even ever thought of yet ?
It’s impossible to prove absolutely that we will get through the night and that the Sun will rise in the East, in the morning. I mean, we all expect the Sun to appear, because it always has done, but that is NOT proof that it always will. It’s hope, and expectation, and most folk never even give it a single thought in their whole lives, because it’s not a matter that they need to worry about, whereas getting the child to stop screaming, getting food into stomachs, getting the sick old mother comfortable, getting the basic Maslow needs satisfied, these are common sense demands.
McPherson tries to gather all the latest scientific stuff to update his mental model of what the world is like and what might, or will, happen, as a result of the changes that can be measured and recorded.
But what any piece of information MEANS, depends upon the context that you drop it into. This is elementary. If you were an old fashioned General, fighting a battle, as they used to do with swords, muskets, horses, and so forth, and some officer points out a load of men moving in the distance, that’s ‘information’. But what that fragment of information MEANS, that depends upon the overall context as to how you are understanding the war, the battle, the situation on the ground, all that context. It’s a story in your head which may or may not be correct and accurate.
So, ‘those men’. Are they ours, or theirs ? Are they advancing or retreating ? Are they the fiercesome Cossack crack troops, or some bunch of peasants with pitchforks ?
On this morning in February, 2017, every single one of us is a General in this position, having to evaluate the meaning of incoming information. Are we all going to be dead by 2026 ? Well, some who were alive last night are no longer alive. We all live with uncertainty. I have to hope that Tesco still exists out there, over the horizon, and that the guy with the van makes it to my gate to deliver my vital supplies.
Place your bets on which horse you think will win the race. Or which horse will be last. Someone who does this every day, because they are obsessed, and highly knowledgeable about horses and their trainers and jockeys, I’d suggest, will have an advantage over pure guessing.
McPherson has been obsessed by this climate stuff for a very long time. He’s very well informed. But he also has an agenda. His context, in the battlefield metaphor, is to favour one side winning. He’s against the industrial civilised world, the corporations and the United States government, and the scientific establishment and their shills. He uses the information that he receives and collates as weaponry to bash his enemies.
As an anarchist, he refutes the legitimacy of all forms of authority, such as monarchs and governments, and so forth. He believes that we humans got on fine for hundreds of thousands of years, in anarchic tribal groups, which he cites as proof that these massive bureaucratic hierarchical entities that run states are unnecessary.
I used to support that anarchist dogma. But I believe in anacyclosis. There’s a time for burning down the palace, because the tyrant makes the lives of the peasants intolerable, and then there’s another time when it is appropriate to support the leader and build a new palace. Circumstances change.
McPherson’s logic is faulty. We are not in the hundreds of thousands of years of ethnic tribal groups, and almost infinite space to travel around to find new hunting grounds. We are here, now, 2017. Some anarchists claim that all borders and all authority is illegitimate, and must be resisted. I do not agree with that position. I think borders are very important, and that authority is legitimate when that authority comes from ‘We, The People’.
If ‘We, The People’ decide, as a collective group, that what we desire is such and such, then that validates the proposal, and if ‘We, The People’, decide that we want a King, or a Dictator, or a Parliament, or whatever, than that is what should happen. And, because disagreement is inevitable, a democratic majority vote to find a mandate is the best, or only practical, means to pursue this ideal. It’s never going to meet some idealised fantasy of perfection, because human social life is noisy and messy. All we can hope for is to move closer toward the ideal.
I’m not the best educated or most sophisticated student of politics on the planet, I’m not a professional academic whose job it is to have read all the books and studied all the historical cases. So my thoughts here are somewhat garbled. I’m not trying to say what people ought to do. It’s more like trying to explain to myself why it is that my position has moved, from what I used to believe, to what I believe now. I’m just throwing my take into the ring, it’s for the reader to decide what it’s worth.
Like that Hambone fellow, from the biological and geological evidence, I believe we are into the Sixth Great Extinction. Sooner or later, whatever metaphor you want to choose, the train or plane is going to crash, the ship is sinking, and that’s going to be horrible for everyone. So I want a controlled landing, so to speak. To mitigate the horror and suffering. That’s because I have a conscience and empathise with the suffering of others, even those of whom I have no knowledge. Humans can conduct themselves with tremendous grace, dignity, fortitude, compassion, and nobility. We have all those kinds of qualities available to us, if we choose to exercise them.
We do not have to give in to the basest debauchery, depravity, degeneracy and derangement. But many people will. Many people already ARE. The paedophilia thing is what forced me to finally take a stand and give up on the anarchists and lefties. What I want, first of all, from any political platform that’s being presented, is an answer to the question ‘How are you going to stop the rape, torture, and murder, of infants, toddlers, underage children ?’
Who can give me any sort of adequate reply ? This has to be done by professional policing. It can be done by vigilante lynch mobs, and that’s probably where we are going, but that is not justice, as far as I am concerned. Historically, we know that.
Everybody has the right to put their case and defend themselves, because it’s not right to punish innocent people. But for policing and justice to work, we need a system that is honourable and not corrupt. That’s difficult to achieve and maintain.
Fear of being caught, and fear of being severely punished, are the only deterrents that have worked, historically. Trying to be ‘kind’ and trying to appeal to people to behave better, when they have no inclination to do so, has always proved to be futile.
Of course, people have been arguing about this stuff forever, you know, Plato’s philosopher kings, all the way to George Soros and his mentor, Karl Popper.
I tend to think that ordinary people simply do not care whether the system they are living in is fascist, socialist, social democrat, or libertarian, liberal, conservative, constitutionalist, imperialist, nationalist, or any other label. What they care about is justice, food in the shops, decent schools and hospitals, opportunities to find interesting fulfilling work to occupy their time, good infrastructure, and so forth. It’s only megalomaniac psychopaths who are driven to want to rule the whole planet and dominate everyone else, and lunatic theoreticians who want revolutions to force everybody to be different to fit some crackpot theory.
The masses in their billions are never ever going to be educated up to a high enough standard to understand the intricacies of advanced science and scholarship in sophisticated disciplines that take decades of ardent study and research. But they have to be catered for, or to, one way or another, unless you decide that they are not permitted to exist, let them die or kill them.
Soros, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, and the like seem to believe that, because they have a lot of money, they are entitled to make choices about what happens to these teeming hordes of peasants. I do not accept that have any such right. Soros claims to be fighting for Popper’s Open Soceity, but the result is that he subverts the democratic will of the people, and thus destroys any chance of Open Soceity. In fact, as I see it, most of the horror and suffering of the last century resulted from the meddling of these insane greedy oligarchs who thought that they knew better, and have succeeded only in screwing up everything for everybody.
Former CIA agent DR. JIM GARROW exposes the discussion Michael Flynn was having with a Russian diplomat that led to Flynn’s resignation as President Trump’s National Security Advisor. The conversation, which was being illegally recorded by the CIA in violation of the U.S. Constitution, was about the worldwide pedophilia ring. The ring reaches into Russia with the same cast of pedophiles that are found in the United States. Both Flynn and the Russian were attempting to get an understanding of who these pedophiles are in the U.S. government and inside the Russian government. These people travel from country to country and use Brussels [Amsterdam] as a major staging area for pedophilia purposes.
Please listen to this extremely important and engaging interview with inside information which everyone needs to know.