Globally, we’re just lurching from one stupid human-made crisis to another while the world falls apart around us and we really just don’t seem to care. I just can’t listen to one more idiotic politician or corporate ass-hole trying to convince everyone that climate change won’t be so bad, that human beings are flexible - we’ll adapt and yada yada yada, blah blah blah. Or one more economist who blathers on about “the recovery” and “getting back to normal” and on and on. I have begun to hate the constant mantra of the words “economic growth” when most intelligent people have figured out by now that there will never be a “recovery”, a “getting back to normal” and least of all “economic growth” on a planet which is slowly but surely being made uninhabitable and hostile to human survival.
So I’m turning my back on it all. Summer is around the corner and I have a lovely little garden to nurture, children and grand-children to visit, household projects to work on and books to read. IIt was fun while it lasted but to keep on posting stuff is too time consuming and pointless at this point. I’m not wasting any more of my time reading about the ludicrous nonsense human beings continue to indulge in while they relentlessly destroy this once beautiful and miraculous planet.
So today’s story is that I’m out of here and good luck to all of you with “getting back to normal”.
NEW HAVEN (The Borowitz Report)—
Dear New Yorker: None of the above would do; way too wordy. I have a simpler term I think would do the trick. How about “Climate Death”? Because that’s what it’s about after all - death by climate change, n’est ce pas? Most people are terrified by the thought of “death” so I’m sure it would get their attention pretty fast….After a report from the Yale Center on Climate Change Communication showed that the term “climate change” elicits relatively little concern from the American public, leading scientists are recommending replacing it with a new term: “You will be burnt to a crisp and die.” Other terms under consideration by the scientists include “your cities will be ravaged by tsunamis and floods” and “earth will be a fiery hellhole incapable of supporting human life.” Scientists were generally supportive of the suggestions, with many favoring the term “your future will involve rowing a boat down a river of rotting corpses.” “Any of these terms would do a better job conveying the urgency of the problem,” Tracy Klugian, a spokesperson for the newly renamed Yale Center for Oh My God Wake Up You Assholes, said.
Record-Breaking Heat Grips India Causing Blackouts and Riots
Meanwhile….. Australian PM Tony Abbot Travels the World to Drum Up Anti-Climate Action CoalitionThe usually chaotic streets of Delhi have been nearly deserted for days and the city’s markets have been eerily quiet. While the city is no stranger to warm weather, temperatures hovering around 115°F have kept even the heartiest sheltering indoors. On Sunday, a 63-year-old heat record melted away in a 118°F blaze.
Well it seems the party really is over and there won’t be much more to party on about. The International Energy Association (IEA) has just said so. At the most the party may sputter on for another few years but by 2020, and probably earlier than that, we will definitely be getting the message that business-as-usual is history - unless, of course, we can cough up $48 trillion to find and produce new oil over the next two decades. (And how long will that last?)
Hmm. With the planet’s major oil wells on the decline, and new sources increasingly difficult to come by how much oil will $48 trillion find I wonder and more importantly, what will it eventually cost at the pump? If the major oil companies can’t turn a profit with oil at $110 (Brent), and say they need at least $120 to $125 to continue exploring for new sources and the global economy is already staggering with the current high prices, well, good luck on that is what I say!
History never repeats itself, but from time to time, consciously or not, some influential men attempt to force us into the monstrosity of their imaginary time machines to try to reverse decades, and in the case of feudalism, almost a millenium of social progress. The mid-20th century brought the years of collective psychosis of Adolf Hitler’s “thousand year Reich,” and more recently what can be viewed as the United States of America’s imperialist manifesto or so-called “Project for the New American Century”, concocted in 1997 but still in effect today under the current administration, with the self-proclaimed objective to “promote American global leadership” resolutely and by military force, if necessary.
Montesquieu and his colleagues of the mid-18th century, such as Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau of the Age of Enlightenment, denounced feudalism as being a system exclusively dominated by aristocrats who possess all financial, political and social power. During that time, which incubated the French Revolution and built its ideological foundations, feudalism became synonymous with the French monarchy. To the Enlightenment writers, feudalism symbolized everything that was wrong with a system based on birth privilege, inequality and brutal exploitation. In August 1789, shortly after the takeover of La Bastille on July 14, one of the first action of the Assemblee Constituante was to proclaim the official abolition of the “feudal regime.”
Ironically, feudalism is making a comeback in the latest evolution and under the impulse of predatory global capitalism. After all, Karl Marx, in the mid-19th century, considered feudalism to be a precursor of capitalism. Typically a feudal system can be defined as a society with inherited social rank. In the Middle Ages, wealth came exclusively from agriculture: the aristocracy strictly assumed ownership of the land while the serfs provided the labor.
The feudal system of the Dark Ages was the social and economic exploitation of peasants by lords. This led to an economy always marked by poverty, sometimes famine, extreme exploitation and wide gaps between rich and poor. The feudal era relation of a serf to his lord is essentially identical to the relation of a so-called WalMart associate to a heir of the Walton family. If one looks objectively at the power stratum in the US circa 2013, and the one of, let’s say, France circa 1750, it is hard to ignore the startling similarity. For example, attendance at Ivy-League schools in the US is principally an inherited privilege; the same can be said for elected positions in Congress. The concept of dynasties rules, not personal merit.
A powerful network of oligarchs worldwide seems to be pursuing the objective to set back the social clock to before the era of Enlightenment so as to return us to the Dark Ages of lords and serfs: a new era of global slavery to benefit Wall Street’s “masters of the universe.” Compared to the Middle Ages, today’s servitude is more insidious: the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and many private banks operate like mega drug dealers. The IMF and World Bank do so with countries, while the banks do so with individuals. Once Greece, Detroit or John Doe is addicted to its fix — loans in this case — the trick is done. After a while, money must be borrowed even to service the debt.
This has been in the works ever since the 70s. When the world’s wealthy found out that fossil fuels supplies were tapering off, threatening future industrial development, the drive began to dump democracy, offshore jobs and maximize profits and to buy up land and water resources. The mega-wealthy today know there will be no more growth of the kind experienced in the 20th century because the industrial world is finished and will very rapidly fall apart. So now, instead of making profits from industrial production, they must extract their wealth from people in the new system they have established of neo-feudalism. That is precisely what this “New World Order” is all about. It is to grab wealth away from everyone else and to be in control of all resources - especially of any energy sources, water and food.