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July 24, 2020

Technocracy Delusions in Exaltation

Filed under: Dance of Death, Scientism/Technocracy — Tags: , , , — Russ Bangs @ 7:32 am

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They left out, Total Destruction of the Earth Unto Collective Suicide Means Victory

 
 
These are great days for all puritans, closet fascists, bullies, solitary misanthropes living in cellars, the obese and sedentary. As part of the new mass cult they all can dress up their vices as public virtues.
 
Most of all it’s great days for the fundamentalist cult I’ve written against for over ten years: The fanatics of the technocratic scientism faith and especially how the economic civilization systematically injects these pathogens into a career position to act upon this theology. They dogmatically assert that any time any government or big corporation says any profitable technology is safe and necessary, the people should believe them on faith and that no questions or doubts ever should be allowed. The acute mass psychological-cultural-social crisis centered on Covid-19, astroturfed by a pre-planned government-media campaign of mass psychological terrorism and lawless autocratic lockdowns, is the most fertile terrain yet by far for this malevolent religious pathogen to make its spurious claim to authority and demand obedience.
 
(The epidemic itself, comparable to the rougher seasons of flu, is not in itself any kind of crisis. Only its social and political superstructure is being trumped up into an artificial crisis. But given the pathetic abdication of “the left” in recent years culminating in their mass covid-conversion to statism, authoritarianism, imperialism, globalism, it’s no surprise that almost all of our Marxist “historical materialists” also have ditched materialism completely in favor of atavistic political vapors. After all, this is the time of wholesale regression to medieval belief in the toxic miasma, that the air itself is poisonous.)
 
The scientism-technocrats claim there’s no such thing as social or political conflicts, no such thing as causes or origins, there’s no such thing as society period. Their faith says there’s nothing but purely technical challenges to be solved in purely technical ways, and that these technical solutions are safe and actually work. The fact that these never work and usually are unsafe never registers, only the fundamentalist technocratic belief.
 
It was these automatons themselves who served as the SARS-COV-2 vector by searching for it in the wild, bringing it back to their laboratories in order technologically to enhance its communicability and virulence, and then either deliberately or “accidentally” releasing it into the environment. (The record of lab escapes is too promiscuous for it not to be clear that there always will be many such incidents in these labs, so epistomologically and morally these long ago ceased being accidents and became premeditated “collateral damage”, merely a cost of doing business.) Generating the Covid pandemic in the first place was their solution to there being no such pandemic. It was their solution to the need for such a pretext for radical escalation toward their cherished vision of a techno-caliphate as openly planned at the Gates Foundation’s 2019 pandemic conclave, and as Gates has continued to proclaim openly.
 
Most fundamentally, these cult fanatics believe in an indelible total war of extermination of Man vs. Nature. They believe this war can and will be won through technocratic regimentation of humans and deployment of technology.
 
The civil religion of scientism/technocracy is nothing more or less than a secular manifestation of the age-old Dominion theology, seeking to impose the same age-old vision of theocracy.
 
It’s easy to see how they’ve so effortlessly joined and become leaders of the technocratic terror-lockdown campaign which is using the Coronavirus as a pretext.
 
They’re sincerely deluded that their shoddy, threadbare institutions and technologies can control Gaia’s bug. This is idiotic. The bug long has been at large, it will do whatever it will do, it will complete its natural cycle toward herd immunity in the host. Nothing undertaken by egomaniacal narcissistic technocratic power structures can change this. Any and all “lockdown” measures, any and all attempts at control, will accomplish nothing but to drag out the inevitable while inflicting every kind of man-made evil upon humanity and the Earth. Today the elites including the technocratic establishment are perpetrating the worst crime ever against humanity and the Earth, while the benighted masses who obey, however ardently or reluctantly, are foot soldiers of evil.
 
Meanwhile controlling the bug is really secondary to controlling human beings. This always was the real motivation of the architects of the terror.
 
 
 
 
 

July 18, 2020

British Government Again Admits Covid Death Figures are a Sham

Filed under: Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism, Mainstream Media — Tags: , , — Russ Bangs @ 3:32 am

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Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock along with Public Health England have given the latest revelation of the systematic fraud of the system in how it grossly inflates the official number of Covid-19 deaths. The secretary calls for an “urgent review” of guidelines which were changed in March to encourage and pressure doctors to log as a “Covid-19 death” anyone who tested positive for the virus at any time, regardless of how long ago the test was done or the actual cause of death. (Of course the tests themselves are highly inaccurate.) This is one of the two main ways the official C19 death count is systematically inflated. (The converse way is to log as a C19 death anyone who died while having any kind of flu-like symptom even in the absence of a test.)
 
Prof Carl Heneghan from University of Oxford, who spotted the issue with the data, told the BBC there was “huge variation” in the numbers of daily deaths reported in England by PHE.
 
While NHS England currently reports 30-35 deaths per day, Public Health England (PHE) data often shows double that or more, he said.
 
The reason is that anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus but then died at a later date of another cause would still be included in PHE’s Covid-19 death figures.
 
“By this PHE definition, no one with Covid in England is allowed to ever recover from their illness,” Prof Heneghan says.”
 
As the Evening Standard quotes a government health official: “It turns out you could have been tested positive in February, recovered, then hit by a bus in July and you’d be recorded as a covid death.”
 
Public Health England released a statement admitting, “In England, we count all those who have died who had a positive COVID-19 test at any point.” This kind of fraudulent reporting goes back at least as far as March when many countries “spontaneously” all at the same time changed their reporting protocols in defiance of existing laws and safeguards, all toward the goal of logging anything and everything as a C19 death. This has been and remains a core element of the terrorist propaganda campaign in the UK, US, and across the West. The US largely has followed the British example on this, just as the US and the rest of the West followed the dire projections of the UK’s Imperial College which issued the initial, completely unscientific, purely political projections of tens of millions of deaths, a political manifesto designed to justify the lockdowns and demand obedience to them. This was a deliberate lie from the start, and the entire terror-lockdown campaign, born in lies and evil motives, has proceeded and continues to proceed from that original sin.
 
Off-Guardian’s Kit Knightly asks,
 
“Is this the beginning of a roll-back or climb down? Or just another phase in the global gaslighting that the coronavirus “pandemic” has become?”
 
The terror-lockdown campaign has been, among many other evils, an exercise in extreme social control. They’ve been testing how far they can go in demanding and receiving unquestioning abject submission from the great majority of the mass. If there were ever significant blowback they can back off, while if everyone continues their flat-earth brain-dead obedience the system can keep going imposing strictures which can become permanent, as they often hint or proclaim in the media.
 
The gaslighting involved in relaxing and then reimposing restrictions, or of juxtaposing caveats and admissions like these latest by the Health Secretary and PHE right alongside the ongoing terror propaganda campaign, along with the ongoing harassment and pressure to conform to unscientific superstitious rituals of masking and anti-social “distancing”, is part of testing how far obedience can be indoctrinated and enforced. If people remain willing to be terrorized and manipulated like yo-yos this way, the system will have reached its goal and can impose full totalitarianism at will.
 
 
 
 
 

July 16, 2020

Do No Harm

Filed under: Civil Disobedience, Civil Liberties, Freedom, Mainstream Media — Tags: , , , — Russ Bangs @ 6:35 am

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One of the benefits of running before dawn as I’ve been doing for over twenty years is that the air is much cleaner than during the vehicle traffic of the day. The difference is such that the infrequent times a gluttonous vehicle passes, like a garbage truck did this morning, the exhaust fumes are very tangible. I always cover my nose and mouth with my hand for the next twenty yards or so. Today I said, “Too bad I can’t conjure a spontaneous mask which will last for ten seconds.”
 
Then I thought of the innumerable daytime pedestrians and runners I’ve seen on busy streets all these years, and never a single one of them wearing a mask against the very real health dangers of the soot and other particulate matter poisoning the immediate air. Yet today there’s verily a mass hysteria for masks against the medieval miasma which the mass believes has resurged in our modern “scientific” time.
 
That’s one of the many proofs that the current mania for masking is based in irrationalism and hysteria.
 
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My reading and thinking of over 25 years now always has confirmed the same conclusion: Nothing could be worse than living under totalitarianism. To be a Jew or other targeted group under Nazi control, to be part of any group suspect under Stalinism, to be forced to exist in such a place at all, is the worst fate imaginable. No other consideration is worth running any significant risk of escalating the police state. That’s why from the start I always said it would be better to do nothing and let the virus do what it will than to deploy coercive government power, especially since the bug was on the loose already before anyone thought about trying to contain it and so its natural cycling is inevitable and unstoppable. The only thing lockdowns have accomplished is to drag out the inevitable and add a long list of artificial ancillary harms.
 
In reality, it was never necessary to do nothing. What could have been done was to protect the vulnerable. Yet almost everywhere this is the one and only thing which was NOT done. That proves the idiocy at best, and more likely the deliberate malevolence of the terror-lockdown campaign.
 
That’s why from day one I put the government-media terror-lockdown campaign in this holistic perspective and never was willing to view it in technocratic isolation the way system propagandists demand we view it. That was before I learned what specific manipulations they were performing and lies they were telling, especially about Covid death rates, though of course I suspected massive lies from the start and wasn’t surprised when I learned precisely what the lies were.
 
I always carry that in mind when I read things like “Ahimsa, Masks and Social Distancing” by Mark Halpern (found on facebook, no link) which strike me as exactly upside-down and expressing the exact wrong priorities. It’s antithetical to anything I consider human:
 
“Ahimsa is the practice of “causing no harm”. This is a core tenant of both Yoga and Ayurveda. In Yoga, it is core tenant of karma. The selfish act of causing harm will bring suffering to the one who causes harm. In Ayurveda, the practice of ahimsa is considered essential to the maintenance of ojas- that which protects the immune system* and stabilizes the mind.
 
Wearing a mask and social distancing are acts of ahimsa in an environment of a pandemic. No more would I unnecessarily harm a spider than I would not wear a mask in public. As practitioners of Yoga and Ayurveda, there is really no other healthy or proper choice.
 
Those who argue that freedoms are being taken away are simply living from the ego. This is the origin of selfishness. Action that stem from the ego generate karma. So too, according to the Bhagavad Gita does non-action. Non action for selfish reasons generates karma!
 
To not wear a mask and socially distance is to put everyone else in harm’s way. You may say that “they can wear a mask or they can stay away”. But, this comes from a selfish place. And, risk to everyone is lower when both people wear a mask and both are mindful of socially distancing. It’s time for the yoga and Ayurveda communities of teachers and practitioners to stand up and teach it is important to take the action that causes the least harm, or no harm.”
 
(*Spoken by a devotee of the program which consistently has sought to drive people out of the natural outdoors where our immune systems are enhanced and into the indoors where immune systems are eroded. In general, by deliberately trumping up maximum stress, anxiety and fear-itself the government-media Covid campaign has sought systematically to weaken our immune systems. This fits perfectly with the general necropolitan state of permanent stress and nutritionally poor food.)
 
My rebuttal: This goes against the scientific evidence for the negligible prospects of outdoor transmission, while the evidence for how helpful masks and spacing can be when indoors is highly conflicted. In any event it seems that close contact over many minutes is necessary for contagion to be likely. As critics including many public health officials and scientists long have been saying, masking and anti-social spacing comprise more of a psychological epidemic, a superstitious rite rather than a rational protection measure.
 
Meanwhile, to comply unquestioningly is to cause great harm by abetting the totalitarian goals of this campaign. To refuse abject compliance is an act of ahisma in the environment of an escalating police state. Those who argue that fear-itself makes obedience necessary are simply living from the ego. This is the origin of selfishness.
 
To wear a mask and anti-socially distance in sheep-like compliance to what the government and corporations demand is to put everyone else in harm’s way. You may say that “they can wear a mask or they can stay away”. But, this comes from a selfish place, since a totalitarian police state will engulf us all.
 
“When tyranny is abroad, submission is a crime.” — Andrew Eliot, 1765
 
I’m no longer willing to tolerate flat-earth propaganda which seeks to reduce this world-historical crisis in all its complexity to the single technical matter of alleged protection against a virus and refuses even to acknowledge the many other critical matters at stake, such as police state escalation, the death toll caused by the lockdowns themselves (which I suspect will end up being higher than that from Covid-19), and how the whole terror-lockdown campaign is escalating the pandemic of human alienation, isolation, loneliness and despair already endemic to this civilization. Those actually are among the real goals of the campaign, while it’s self-evident that public health was never a goal, only a pretext, much like how every US war of aggression is waged in the fraudulent name of “democracy”, “freedom”, “humanitarianism.” It’s the same evil system, the same evil lies, the same evil goals.
 
 
 
 
 

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June 3, 2020

Covid Protest Trajectories Seek and Resist Control

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1. It’s strange how so many commentators argue so vehemently about whether or not herd immunity makes sense as a policy goal, as if they have any choice in the matter. Gaia’s going to insist. This has been true ever since the bug broke out sometime last summer or autumn. The epidemic is going to complete whatever cycle it seeks.
 
Dominion theology believes humanity can and should dominate the natural world. Technocracy/scientism is the modern secular offspring of this Christian parent. Both versions believe total control of nature can and should be done. This is delusional. The current lockdown ideology and program is a manifestation of this religious program.
 
The complete failure of all lockdown and control measures and the complete victory of the Coronavirus in attaining its goal, whatever that is, will be the first great triumph of Gaia over the directed technocratic-dominionist campaigns of the so-called “Anthropocene”. Much greater victories for the Earth over the collapsing economic civilization will follow fast.
 
The most the system’s lockdowns can accomplish is to protract the inevitable, multiply the harm, and add many artificial evils which are causing immense collateral harms to physical and mental health, human community and culture, and radically accelerate the economic liquidation of the people.
 
These evils – to provide cover for the collapsing economy, set up the pretext for Wall Street’s plunder expedition, radically escalate the police state, deeply traumatize people into submission to total social conformity, and radically aggravate the anti-social, anti-human atomization of the people – comprise the real purpose of the government media’s campaign of mass psychological terrorism.
 
2. A survey of schizoid symptoms:
 
*Don’t believe the media or government…except where it comes to Covid-19. There we must believe and obey.
 
*The police are psychopathic predators…except where it comes to C19. There they’re saints fighting for the public health.
 
*The government is psychotic, stupid and rotten…except where it comes to C19 and suppressing the protests. There its power should be radically escalated.
 
*The state mustn’t infringe on freedom of assembly…except where it comes to C19. There the constitution has no standing nor is there any such human right.
 
*”Sunlight is the best disinfectant”…except where it comes to C19. There you’re “safest indoors” away from the physical sunlight. Never mind sunlight’s nutritional value and its anti-viral virtues. And metaphorically you must never seek to cast light on the real characteristics of this government media campaign, whether it’s scientific or rational, what its real motivations are. There darkness is the imperative. There one must never think at all.
 
*”I can’t breathe.” I want to breathe. Except where it comes to C19. There, according to the logic of the lockdown, you should hold your breath and never breathe again.
 
The government is lowering a knee to help you with that.
 
3. The protests have no Covid analog. There the masses exultantly rushed to obey the government media’s every commandment. But this exaggerated conformity was bound to provoke its own reaction, and we’re seeing the beginning of that in the way the protests have exploded.
 
Meanwhile the government, in imposing curfews, deploying military forces, threatening martial law and massacres, is continuing along the same trajectory of totalitarian aspiration as the terror-lockdown campaign which used the Corona bug as its pretext.
 
Here too the system’s dominionist attempt at total control of nature is doomed to fail. Nature – human action and the vast ecology of which humanity is a small part – cannot be controlled this way for long.
 
 
 
 
 

May 29, 2020

Corona Spectacle Amid the Arc of Collapse

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Ever since I started blogging in 2009 I’ve assumed, based on prior analysis, that the 1% understands that the fossil-fueled economic civilization is tottering and that they need to shore up their power to carry over their dominance through the transition from the extreme-energy age to the impending desert wasteland.
 
That was the obvious interpretation of Wall Street’s deliberate crash of the global economy in 2008 and the 2009 bailout, and it’s even more obvious now.
 
To the extent the elites are rational, they know that the energy and ecological bases of the economic civilization are eroded to near the point of collapse. Thus since 2008 they’ve been on a campaign to secure control of all real assets – land, water, every other physical resource – while 2001 gave the pretext for a great ramping up of the police state, with another great escalation underway now. The goal is to sustain as much of their power and luxury as possible as the civilization collapses, and to replace it with an older form of tyranny and slave state.
 
Meanwhile currently there’s no hint of any revolutionary potential among the masses. But that doesn’t solve the ongoing existential problem which confronts the global elites: There are over seven billion people who the capitalists no longer even want to exploit, but who from the elites’ point of view can only comprise a potentially dangerous waste dump. So far there’s only astroturfing and easily co-opted “reform” scams percolating among these wastes, but that doesn’t mean there never will arise any real threat.
 
So a key goal of the lockdowns is to quash all political organizing and protest, and terminally kettle all political communication online on social media, where censorship will constrict and constrain ever more tightly. In this way the system hopes to use the Corona campaign to permanently eradicate all participatory politics, which means all real politics as such. They’ll keep tightening the screws as long as they can even if it means business suffers. What does business matter anyway, if today the top executives and shareholders can grab bailout checks. Tomorrow means nothing, as far as that goes.
 
Shortly they’ll be left with no extreme economy since there’s no extreme energy to power it and no ecological grounding for it. All talk of “growth” and “jobs” will be defunct. The 1% plans to have attained such complete physical domination of the populace by then that it won’t matter. They’ll be able simply to let everyone starve to death, through more or less active or passive policy, whatever’s necessary.
 
The knee-jerk lockdowns have been on account of a lukewarm flu which, objectively, is not something this society would care much about. The cancer pandemic is worse, and few care. The pandemic of heart disease is worse, and few care. The pandemic of deaths and injuries from The Car is worse, and not only do few care, but Car-worship remains a fundamentalism even among self-alleged “environmentalists” and the climate-industrial movement.
 
All that goes to prove that the top-down constrictions are joining the mass hysteria in an unscientific and irrational way to deploy a prior totalitarian plan.
 
 
 
 
 

May 8, 2020

Let There Be Light

Filed under: Agroecology, Civil Liberties, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism, Freedom — Tags: , , — Russ Bangs @ 4:12 am

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“The sun declares the glory of God; and the stars show his handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat of the sun.”
 
– Psalm 19
 
There’s two principles I hold dear which are confirmed by my personal experience and that of many people I’ve known. Both are confirmed by science. I’ve also known and seen online and in the media large numbers of people including credentialed experts who speak to the good of these. They are:
 
1. Outdoor recreation is critically important for physical and psychological health, including strengthening our immune systems which are so important now. By contrast, indoor incarceration is physically and psychologically detrimental and depresses immune function. In particular, being amid nature, out in the woods, boosts immunity along with myriad other health benefits.
 
Meanwhile the science is clear that the outdoor transmission of Corona or any other virus is negligible or nonexistent.
 
2. Everything I know, from my ten years experience of growing crops and studying agroecology, from years of ecological study, from a lifetime of experiencing nature; everything I know tells me that any potential pathogen is best balanced through biodiversity, while forcible violent attempts at segregation and sterilization are doomed to fail.
 
The entire trend of recent biological and epidemiological science finds that well-balanced biodiversity, from the human microbiome to the ecology at large, is the only way potential pathogens are kept in check, while rigid attempts at sterilization never work and only generate many ancillary harms.
 
Today the vast majority of those who have long gone around proclaiming these principles have utterly betrayed them and flipped 180 degrees. Now they say and do the exact opposite of what they always claimed was their core belief. Now those who touted the health benefits of nature suddenly shriek “It’s safest indoors!” “The outdoors isn’t safe!!” “The air is poisoned, don’t breathe it!!!” This is when the air is the cleanest and most wholesome it’s been in our lives. We see how adversely their kind reacts to purification. Wholesome air makes them retch.
 
And suddenly our former believers in organic farming and biodiversity insist, “The right way to deal with pests is through rigid, violent interventions. We need iron-clad inflexible segregation and sterilization measures.”
 
We see what frauds they always were. They never really believed in their self-alleged principles, which means they never believed in themselves. Therefore it’s no wonder that the moment the chips are down they’ve all regressed to an infantile state where they beg Big Brother to tell them what to do and then obey every stricture, no matter how self-evidently idiotic and anti-scientific, no matter how obviously self-destructive, in the most literal, abject, servile way.
 
The two examples I give here are just the tip of the iceberg. I selected them because they go to the core of personal and public health, physical and psychological, as well as their pivotal ecological importance. Yet they’re just two among the hundreds of principles which many claimed to cherish but which it turns out almost no one ever really believed. These include the many moral, spiritual, social, political principles I hold dear which I thought I shared with some others, albeit all too few. But today I see that even among these few, almost all were really frauds and liars ready to throw everything away the moment one of the system’s terror campaigns finally got to them. Or else they had an inner fascist all along just waiting for the perfect opportunity to come out.
 
 
One of these principles, which brings together all the others, is that we see the real worth of individuals and their principles when things get toughest. By this measure, we see how utterly worthless almost everyone who ever claimed to believe in anything really is.
 
 
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, my redeemer…
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat of the sun.”
 
The terrorists of government and media are trying to hide the Earth itself from the sun, and all too many among the mass still yearn to be hidden. But they will fail. All will be exposed. As anyone who is even minimally scientifically literate knows, the sun kills viruses.
 
And in the end, however black, benighted and evil things look now, the sun will expose all the wickedness, stupidity, and insanity of this most horrible torment humanity ever has inflicted upon itself.
 
 
 
 
 

May 6, 2020

Parable

Filed under: Civil Liberties, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism, Freedom — Tags: , , — Russ Bangs @ 3:06 pm

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A man invited a woman friend to go for a walk together in the woods. Since she knew he was a friend she agreed, and they had a nice walk.
 
Another man invited her, but she knew he was a professional killer and suspected that he wanted to get her alone out in the woods in order to kill her where no one could hear her screams. At the very least she knew he was a terrible guide who was guaranteed to get them lost. She refused to go.
 
 
She felt she should choose differently based on the different kinds of invitation. She thinks she chose rightly. But for many decades and today especially, strident masses insist that these invitations aren’t different at all, and that one always must accept every invitation. They continue to insist even as their every acceptance proves an ever greater disaster.
 
Today they (figuratively, morally) gather and rush in the greatest mass ever, at the greatest speed ever, with the greatest enthusiasm and compulsion ever, to accept the most doubtful invitation ever, toward what looks to be the worst disaster ever.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

April 26, 2020

The Ultimate Divide and Conquer

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It has frequently been observed that terror can rule absolutely only over people who are isolated against each another and that therefore one of the primary concerns of tyrannical government is to bring this isolation about. Isolation may be the beginning of terror; it certainly is its most fertile ground; it always is its result. This isolation is, as it were, pretotalitarian; its hallmark is impotence insofar as power always comes from people acting together, acting in concert; isolated people are powerless by definition.
 
– Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
 
 
Western civilization, led by the US government and media as always, has embarked upon a campaign of mass psychological terrorism designed to cover for the collapsing economy, set up a new pretext for Wall Street’s ongoing plunder expedition, radically escalate the police state, deeply traumatize people into submission to total social conformity, and radically aggravate the anti-social, anti-human atomization of the people.
 
The pretext for this abomination is a flu epidemic which objectively is a version of the same kind of flu caused by the same kind of Coronavirus we’ve endured so long without totalitarian rampages and mass insanity. The global evidence is converging on the facts: This flu is somewhat more contagious than the norm and is especially dangerous for those who are aged and already in poor health from pre-existing maladies. It is not especially dangerous for the rest of the population. The overall death rate looks to be somewhere in the range of 0.2-.02% of those infected, with the numbers from a myriad of places converging toward 0.1%.
 
The whole concept of “lockdowns” is exactly upside down, exactly the wrong way any sane society would respond to this circumstance. It’s the vulnerable who should be shielded while nature takes its course among the general population, who should go about life as usual. Dominionist-technocratic rigidity can’t prevent an epidemic from cycling through the population in spite of the delusions of that religion, especially since Western societies began their measures far too late anyway. So it’s best to let herd immunity develop as fast as it naturally will, at which time the virus recedes from lack of hosts (and is likely to mutate in a milder direction along the way). This is the only way to bring a safer environment for all including the most vulnerable. The fact that most societies have rejected the sane, scientific route in favor of doomed-to-fail attempts at a forcible violent segregation and sterilization is proof that governments aren’t concerned with the public health (as if we didn’t know that already from a thousand policies of poisoning the environment while gutting the health care system) but are very ardent to use this crisis they artificially generated in order radically to escalate their police state power toward totalitarian goals.
 
 
The whole concept of self-isolation and anti-social “distancing” is radically anti-human. We evolved over millions of years to be social creatures living in tight-knit groups. Although modern societies ideologically and socioeconomically work to massify and atomize people, nevertheless almost all of us still seek close human companionship in our lives.
 
(I suspect most of the internet police-state-mongers are not only fascists at heart but are confirmed misanthropic loners who couldn’t care less about human closeness.)
 
This terror campaign seeks to blast to pieces any remaining human closeness, which means any remaining humanity as such, the better to isolate individual atoms for subjection to total domination. Arendt wrote profoundly on this goal of totalitarian governments, though even she didn’t envision a state-driven cult of the literal physical repulsion of every atom from every other atom.
 
So far the people are submitting completely to a terror campaign dedicated to the total eradication of whatever community was left in the world, and especially whatever community was starting to be rebuilt.
 
Some dream of this terror campaign somehow bringing about a magical collective transformation. They don’t explain how that is supposed to happen when everyone’s so insanely terrorized they’re desperate to detach physically from their own shadows, let alone physically come together with other people. But any kind of political or social action, any kind of movement-building, requires close person-to-person contact.
 
It seems that for most erstwhile self-alleged dissidents, the fact that social media is no substitute for face-to-face organizing and group action, a fact hitherto universally acknowledged by these dissidents, is another truth suddenly jettisoned a few weeks ago and replaced by its complete antithesis.
 
Thus the terror campaign is a virus causing those it infects to abdicate all activism and all prospect for all future activism, for as long as they remain insane with the fever of this propaganda terror.
 
Far more profoundly and evoking despair, the terror campaign is a virus causing those it infects to fear and loathe all human contact, all companionship, all closeness, all things which ever made us human in the first place. Prior totalitarian regimes sought this lack of contact and trust through networks of informers. These networks are part of today’s terror campaign as well, encouraged from above and spontaneously arising from below as a result of the feeling of terror as well as the exercise of prior petty-evil intentions on the part of petty-evil individuals.
 
But today’s totalitarian potential is far worse than this. Now the regimes aspiring to total domination have terrorized and brainwashed the vast majority of people into an automatic physical distrust of all other people. One no longer fears that someone is an informer, but fears the very existence of another human being. Any kind of human relations, from personal friendship and romance to friendly social gatherings and clubs to social and cultural movements become impossible under such circumstances. This threatens to be the end of the very concept of shared humanity, to be replaced by an anthill of slave atoms with no consciousness beyond fear and the most animal concern for food and shelter, which already is allowed or denied in the same way experimenters do with lab rats.
 
And the more people fear and loathe the literal physical existence of all other people, the more the situation becomes ripe for every epidemic of murder, from the already spiking rate of domestic violence and killings to incipient lynch mobs to pogroms to Nazi-style extermination campaigns.
 
This is the system’s end goal. It’s the logical end where every trend of today leads. All of it is trumped up over an epidemic which objectively is a flu season somewhat rougher than average.
 
Why do the people want to surrender and throw away all reality and future prospect of shared humanity, happiness, freedom, well-being, over so little? Is this really a terminal totalitarian death cult, the globe as one massive Jonestown?
 
So far it seems this is what the majority wants. If they don’t really want this consummation of universal death in spirit, emotion and body, they’d better snap out of their terror-induced mental delirium fast, before it’s too late.
 
 
 
 
 

April 24, 2020

For Arbor Day: The Tree-Carbon War

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In honor of Arbor Day we reprise this piece from October, describing just part of the great ecological role of trees, the largest and most complex life forms which remain physically connected to the core pulse of Gaia, through the mycorrhizal network. The trees will do their best for all of Gaia, including humanity, if civilization would stop destroying them. In honor of trees.
 
 
The natural forest is the most capacious terrestrial carbon sink, and therefore the most important land-based element which must be conserved complete. (See below for the necessary three points of climate action.*)
 
Trees grab vast amounts of carbon from the air. Through photosynthesis all plants remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and incarnate it as biomass. When plants die under natural conditions much of their embodied carbon is assumed by the forest soil, wetland muck, grassland sod.
 
Although some of the carbon embodied in a naturally decomposing tree is released again to the air as carbon dioxide, most is stored in the soil. The microbes and the rain work it deeper where it becomes organic humus, inert in the soil. Given the right conditions it eventually will be concentrated into coal. Fallen trees submerged under wetlands eventually turn to peat, storing nearly all their carbon.
 
The older the tree, the faster it grows. The bigger its biomass, the more rapidly it accrues more biomass. The older the tree, the more carbon it continues to remove from the atmosphere.
 
All this assumes an intact natural forest keeping the soil cool, with the trees living out their full natural life cycles.
 
 
This process of carbon removal and storage is necessary in order to maintain life on Earth. The sun’s luminosity has increased c. 30% since life began on Earth. This increased brightness over time is part of the normal life cycle of stars like Earth’s sun. Over this time span the Earth ought to have heated up dramatically.
 
Yet the geological and fossil record confirms that Earth temperatures have stayed relatively stable over three billion years. Indeed in recent geological time there’s even been a cooling trend.
 
This is prime evidence for the Gaia thesis, that the biosphere as a great collective organism regulates Earth’s temperature, among many other things where a stable value is necessary for life. Gaia has counteracted the increasing brightness of the sun. Her main mechanism has been the removal of carbon from the atmosphere and its storage in rock, in soil, and in biomass. The main mid-term mode of removal is the extraction and storage of carbon by plants, especially trees. Thus the atmospheric carbon concentration is now one ninth of what it was during the Carboniferous Period.
 
 
In the modern time this process forcibly was halted. Modern civilization embarked upon a campaign of total destruction of all natural forests and wetlands and their replacement by tree plantations where the trees are crops harvested for lumber and burned for electricity and heat.
 
This destruction causes a great hemorrhage of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. When wood is burned it directly releases its embodied carbon. Wherever the natural forest is destroyed this exposes the soil to the sun, which heats it and accelerates its microbial decomposition. The microbes now consume even the deeper humus, and all the sunk carbon is released. So burning wood is a double emission of carbon dioxide. The hemorrhage is even worse where a combined forest-wetland system is destroyed.
 
Thus the whole “carbon neutral” notion surrounding logging and “biomass” burning, beloved alike of both industry and the mainstream climate movement, is a scam greenwashing a monumental crime against the Earth including humanity. All attempts to justify industrial logging and destruction of forests are based on fraudulent accounting. This includes lies about the alleged superior vigor of fast-growing young trees (60-120 years old, the age range where most plantation trees are logged) in seizing carbon. This lie is standard dogma in corporate forestry. But as we said above, the science has found that the older the tree is, the greater the rate at which it’s incarnating carbon.
 
All these scams are not only refuted in detail, but the entire framework ideology is overridden by the fact that the great necessity is to sink carbon and keep it sunk. This imperative self-evidently is incompatible with the continuation of industrial logging and the destruction of natural forests and wetlands.
 
From this we can conclude that not only industry but any element of the climate-industrial movement which is willing to support any continued deforestation and any continued commodity exploitation of trees is a complete fraud and criminal where they claim to be acting to mitigate the climate crisis.
 
The fact that even its own mainstream environmental movement is ecocidal is just one piece of proof that modern civilization is intrinsically ecocidal. What does all this frantic destruction mean in this case, and in the context of the broader case of the wholesale burning of fossil fuels? The orcs are determined to release all the stored carbon. They want to restore Carboniferous conditions, which coupled with the much brighter sun would turn Earth’s greenhouse into a universal crematorium.
 
 
This frenzied berserker action seeks maximum entropy in the same way any waste heat does. Heat seeks to dissipate to maximum equilibrium, where the physical end state is the heat death of the universe. Only the storage of potential energy, such as the storage Gaia’s trees perform with carbon, conserves heat and therefore conserves the conditions necessary for life, which requires the recycling of heat.
 
We see that Homo necropolis, civilized hominids, in their derangement to release all the stored heat, are seeking universal death.
 
 
They systematically pump the air as full of greenhouse gases as they can, as fast as they can, with the goal of heating up the Earth as much as possible as fast as possible, generating as much climate chaos and ecological destruction as possible. Modern civilization has complete consensus on this campaign. (The fake climate movement’s purpose is nothing but to tout various scams, each of which boils down to the promise that the ecocidal binge can continue, that you can destroy the Earth and live on it too.)
 
The individual orcs and their institutional ideologies invent surface reasons why they’re doing it. Consciously the berserker civilization thinks only in terms of Mammon. Underlying this is their real idea: Earth is in the midst of the Ice Age. Civilization owes its existence to a brief interglacial interlude which it has christened the Holocene. But when civilization discovered it could release the stored carbon by burning all the fossil fuels and destroying all ecological carbon-storage function, it conceived the insane vision of reversing the course of climatic evolution, rolling back the Ice Age and restoring Paleozoic temperature conditions. This is the goal of civilization’s global binge of total ecocide.
 
But maximum entropy is maximum death. At the deepest level they know their nightmare-dream is impossible. Hominids are fragile creatures, and their civilization hopelessly so. Biophobia really is rooted in the human hatred of origins, which forcibly imply a forcible history which cannot be rolled back but must be traversed unto forcible death. That’s why humans hate the bacteria which created, sculpted, form and dominate them to this day. That’s why they hate the trees which were their proximate cradle. That’s why from the moment they came down from the trees, humans so often have chosen not to evolve according to nature but to break the vessels, sunder themselves, and go to war against their own homeland. It’s a war against the very idea of this origin, and a Numenorean resentment of the fact of death: The death of individual, species, and most of all the death of their vain idol, civilization. For this reason, since they must die, they hate all life and want universal death.
 
At the opposite extreme, the trees, cradle of humanity itself, remain tightly synched with the primal bacterial and fungal networks of Gaia. Although in one sense complex beings, the trees at the same time are among the most primal, part of the very pulse of Gaia.
 
 
So it’s the most primal beings against the most sundered, most alienated, most self-loathing and therefore omnicidal. So it’s life versus death in a war to store or spew carbon and therefore to control or debouch heat. The trees feel driven to conserve the heat. They want to save everyone, including us.
 
And that’s why the orcs always have hated the forest, always wanted to hack it down, and why even today’s climate movement prefers plantations to forest. But plantations hemorrhage, they don’t conserve. Thus all orcs want to replace the forest with the plantation, in mockery as well as expectation of suicidal victory.
 
 
 
 
*There is one and only one set of three actions which can avert the worst of the climate crisis, if done in time. If not, and civilization certainly will not do them, then Earth’s kinesis will do its worst as it imposes all three by force. These three actions are:
 
End all industrial emissions; stop destroying carbon sinks; allow all natural sinks to resume their natural ranges.
 
Anything else is a lie.
 
 
 
 

April 22, 2020

Earth Day

Filed under: Agroecology, Freedom, Relocalization — Tags: , , , , — Russ Bangs @ 2:33 am

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Today on Earth Day, today more than ever, today as almost all among the “civilized” have gone clinically insane in response to a government- and media-driven campaign of mass psychological terrorism, today as almost all people have reacted with extreme fear and loathing toward themselves, toward their fellow human beings, toward the Earth itself, today more than ever it is needful to recall the Earth, remember what we are and where we came from, and commune again outdoors where we belong, with others the way we belong.
 
Spring is blooming, and so far the mass is rejecting it. They’re abdicating such beauty and warmth. They’re abdicating life itself.
 
The Earth is home. For all our human purposes the Earth is the universe. The Earth is our entire home, and our only home. All social ideas are grounded in this truth. All traditional religions agree upon this as well. Attempts to find the heavens in the “up there” are misreadings. The Bible is unequivocal: The New Jerusalem is supposed to descend to this physical Earth, and heaven is nowhere but upon this Earth. The same is true from every secular point of view. The Earth is where Homo sapiens evolved; humanity evolved in tandem with and as an inextricable part of the Earth; in terms of energy, physiology, and psychology it would be impossible to forsake the Earth even if humanity wanted to (but humanity does not want this; only a handful of subhuman psychopaths claim to want this) ; the Earth is our one and only home.
 
Among all religions only scientism consistently despises its home and provider the Earth. Thus, in addition to its many other evils and idiocies, scientism constitutes the most extreme and despicable ingratitude. All human beings agree this is the worst of sins and the most ominous of traits.
 
For the great majority of us home is a particular foodshed. Only a handful of people are born travelers. The vast majority of migrants are those cast adrift by corporate-driven economic coercion, or by the spiritual and cultural homelessness generated by the technocratic civilization. Part of the great and necessary ecological transformation is our return home to the Earth in the most spiritual and practical sense of learning again to be part of our foodsheds. In the end communing with the Earth through our mode of food is the most direct form of our spiritual communion with the Earth and with ourselves as a whole. Only through the Earth can we become human again.
 
It’s a measure of the decadence of the alienated civilization that Earth Day is cordoned off as a discrete holiday. As if we all don’t live at the complete sufferance of the Earth every moment of our lives. As if all the grand towers and fortresses and mausoleums of our civilization, and all our technological self-deification, don’t exist at every moment in an ICU, hooked up and dependent upon every machine while we simultaneously do all we can to pull all the plugs.
 
This self-driven campaign, too, is part of the Earth’s kinesis.
 
The Earth is a fount of great abundance.
 
Human ingenuity can render this fount even more abundant. Agroecology is the supreme example, the greatest human accomplishment. Nature’s bounty augmented by human thought and labor provide all that humanity needs and all it can sanely want.
 
The only problem, ever, is human insanity, human depravity which convinces itself it wants more than the abundant Earth ecologically offers. This has always been the source of almost all human evil and destructiveness. This insanity is pure nihilism, pure loathing of the womb and of oneself.
 
Temporarily aided by the one-off fossil fuel binge, this anti-human loathing of humanity and the Earth has been able to ramify itself in the form of the corporate-technocratic extreme energy civilization. As if their insanity and evil weren’t enough, they even whine that not everyone shows sufficient “gratitude”.
 
On the contrary, it’s these traitors against Gaia and humanity who incarnate the blackest ingratitude, the most capital treason, against all that this wonderful, beautiful, magical Earth has offered us. If only all people had been willing to live in peace, we all could know peace and happiness.
 
Ecological history will prevail, and Gaia shall impose the correction she always does in the end. Humanity can participate by building the living ecological movement dedicated to all possible action against the economic civilization, to help Gaia take it down.
 
We can best live our thanks to Earth by propagating the necessary new ideas and building this movement. This is the great focus of human life for the next two centuries.
 
On this day of thanksgiving we can thank abundant Earth and consecrate our lives to our gratitude. Earth is the basis of life itself. Only those who choose to march with death deny this.
 
There’s nothing left but to reclaim the land, build the soil, and fight for life. This is the only positive action left in the terminus of the extreme energy civilization where Politics is Dead.
 
This action is the expression of thanks, today and every day. This is the way to make every day a thanksgiving, and to prepare a world where humanity finally shall live its great gratitude in faith, every day, in all the peace, prosperity and happiness Earth’s abundance can provide. That’s why I write, in prospective thankfulness for this coming movement and this coming ecological peace.
 
Western myth begins with the image of a woman with child in the heavens, the Greek wisdom Sophia, fertility and wisdom. We find the great wisdom at the roots of creation. Her child and the Earth come into being simultaneously along with various notions of an evil dragon. This monster often has been mistaken as Sophia’s misguided creation. This depicts the primordial vision of dialectical conflict unto creation.
 
Human history is the story of the preparation of the Earth for humanity and humanity for the Earth. Before this preparation is complete the Earth must undergo its time of tribulation, first the ravages of the kamikaze campaign of extreme energy consumption, then the unfathomable volatility and turbulence of this era’s collapse and self-immolation, as all the pent up potential, all the physical and spiritual heat and poison this kamikaze civilization has emitted, reaches Kinesis.
 
The time has reached such an extremity of alienation and confusion that few on Earth can read the signs in history and nature, and so humans have conjured religions to interpret the signs. Few have the vision to recover the lost wisdom of the woman who had to flee into the wilderness. But this wilderness is nothing but the fertile Earth, tending itself and waiting for humanity to end our destructive self-exile and come home to our creative work.
 
The visions of Sophia spangle the heavens with the sun and moon and stars. We project these from Earth. As the final star descends, the morning star, its light shall gather all other cosmic lights in itself and glorify them as they continue to shine upon Earth.
 
Light and sight finally shall be liberated here, as we finally understand the mysteries. The new Gaian communion shall prove with light that the only night was in the benighted minds of men. In the new garden there no longer shall be the day vs. night of the mind. The sun and moon and stars shall shine on Earth as before. This shall be the final end of all artificial hate, greed, lusting for power and control, spiritual homelessness. All that’s ecological shall continue the cycle, now fully in harmony, transcending all distinction of natural and artificial, purging all that is anti-ecological and living as one amid the Earth’s now exalted ecology.
 
Thus the trial of perdition, the final judgement of the fossil-fueled technocratic derangement (veritably a malign ghost, a resurrected fossil of evil, a summoned demon), shall be complete, the mystery shall be solved, and from there all which is, was, and is to become, shall become, and shall be, and shall become forever more. The tree of life cycles forever through the twelve seasons, bearing its twelve fruits, and all human stewardship of Earth shall fruit in harmony. The water of life is a river which flows forever. As Greek wisdom has it no one may step twice into the same stream and yet it remains always the same stream.
 
The great vision comes of the air at break of new day, and all creation sings its new song for the new garden. There still must come tribulation from the air. The air of the day must gather and pressurize the power of the heated winds, heated by the oily bonfires of Babylon. When they shall be loosed, as the fossilized technocratic empire loses control, the Kinesis will rage while the vision of the temples and arks range the sky forecasting the flesh and blood of the new garden which shall sprout. This is the word from air to earth and sea. But there is a tiding of the thunders which shall remain untranslated until the final germination of the garden, whence this too shall resolve to a rainbow.
 
Fire is the great inspiration, fire is the great symbol of tribulation raging as wildfire across the visions, fire is the destructive force Babylon’s bonfires unleash to scourge the world as the empire loses control. Fire shall consume Babylon itself. Fire is the symbol of the ultimate sundering of those who refuse the last call to come home. But as the new garden will flower upon this Earth, so all of hell has been on this Earth and shall continue in the voids within the self-damned. Thus the ultimate fire has been in the minds of men, their raging violence, and so the future lake of fire shall be the soggy ashes in the dead souls of those who refused.
 
The creative fire is the newly transformed light of the new garden. Earth has been cradle and romping ground and home for mind, and now shall resume as home for the soul.
 
The river of life leads the song now sung by all the creatures of creation. The river shall flow forever through the new garden, and throughout the new heaven and Earth. The ocean, primal residue on Earth of the primordial waters before life itself, shall be resumed into these waters. The river still flows on Earth, still flows to the seas that girdle the Earth. All soon shall be cleansed and purified to become as holy water, suffusing Earth as rain and river and sea. These shall bless our crops forever bounteous, shall redeem and restore the ecology of Earth, Garden of Eden, Gaia.
 
But first the age must undergo a great tribulation of water. Babylon sprawls upon many waters and its crimes and poisons surge forth. It shall be destroyed by literal and spiritual tsunami. Humanity must rise up to abolish the poisons and poisoners. The great ecological preparation requires this affirmative act of agency, and Earth shall not forgive the passive.
 
And so humanity and Earth meld, as artist and material, material and artist, to establish the new heaven and new Earth on this very soil. This is the consummation of creation, its transformation. This is the revolution and restoration and renaissance. Humanity and Earth plant the tree of life in this very soil, and secure the trellis of the new garden upon this very rock, the rock of Earth beloved unto all time by all human gods, and our home of humanity unto all time.
 
The only gods are the gods of the Earth. And let it be blasphemy and the mark of evil to say this sacred rock is not home, and that “we”, meaning a handful of mean and stupid boot-lickers and slave-drivers, still seek a new home somewhere beyond this earth.
 
Humanity has a mission throughout this trial. We must work to prepare the Earth and to start planting our new garden. This is our part in the transformation of creation. We must liberate the Earth, for this is preparation and transformation. We who are called to this mission must work and endure in harmony Earth’s power and the human will transmuted to Gaia’s will which shall bring us through to victory.
 
Paradise is of this Earth. It now shall be established in the flesh and stone and spirit of the true community, the Ecotrinity of Gaia and Humanity and Earth. We will finally know how to use mind and soul in harmony to work amid Gaia’s ecology in harmony. The greatest sin was to embrace the primal sundering, the alienation, the exile. This is what Jesus called the sin against the Holy Spirit. This is the sin that cannot be forgiven because only a willfully sundered soul, in all its deluded depravity, can forbid itself to repent, forgive itself and come home. These who willingly bear the mark of the beast refuse to do so, and so cannot return, and must try to prevent all return by force. This is their main political, economic, ideological, and anti-ecological campaign today.
 
Paradise is of this earth. The Ecotrinity, and the ecological state of mind and soul which accompanies it, is the great and rising idea and spirit at this climax and tribulation of the modern fossil-fueled, corporate demon-ridden, propaganda-exhorted derangement. The false idea of “man vs. nature” is dead and dying, and the false “dominionist” religion, in both its traditional and secular forms, dies with it.
 
The tree of life shall extend its redemptive roots throughout the soil of the newly conceived Earth. Its twelve seasons of fruit shall symbolize the great prosperity of humanity and Earth in the new day. The waters of the river of life shall suffuse all the springs and rains and flows and deep blue seas of the new Earth. Our children and crops and all the plants and animals shall drink of these holy waters.
 
According to Christian scripture the new garden shall not contain a temple, for all Earth shall be a temple. And finally we shall understand what it means to say our bodies are temples. Finally we shall resume living as temples, no longer as coffins. And what we build shall be the bowers and wreaths of these temples, no longer tombs.
 
We shall resume our true heritage as our spirit spreads from the new garden’s model point of light to embrace and combine with the light of the entire Earth. That’s the great promise and goal we aspire to on Earth Day. It commands us to make every day Earth Day, and then for this great aspiration simply to be the living work of each and every day.
 
This is the living movement humanity must build. The Earth is calling us home.
 
 
 
 
 
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