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June 4, 2018

The Fault is Not in Our Stars….

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism, Scientism/Technocracy — Tags: , — Russell Bangs @ 12:32 pm

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Throughout the billions of years life has inhabited Earth the sun has been growing brighter and hotter. This process will continue for billions of years to come until the sun expands and engulfs the solar system.
 
A billion years from now the sun will be 11% brighter, raising global average temperatures to around 120 °F. That will cause the oceans to quickly evaporate and lose Earth’s water-bound hydrogen to space. This finally will overwhelm Gaia and render Earth untenable for life, certainly for human beings in the unlikely event they’re still around.
 
The technocracy/scientism cult fantasizes about using unicorn technology – billions of rocket launches, or bringing asteroids from the Kuiper or Oort groups to pass within miles of Earth, or deploying a solar sail a dozen times the width of the Earth – to change Earth’s orbit and move it away from the sun.
 
Why not just tell everyone on Earth to pray as one and move Earth with their minds, like the way they levitated the Pentagon? That would have a better chance of working than this idiocy.
 
Obscenely, these parasites are killing everything alive now. They and their civilization are murdering humanity and the Earth. So what’s their point in talking about trying to rescue terrestrial life a billion years from now?
 
To understand how astronomers, for example, really view life, real life in the real world as opposed to some abstract notion of “life” in their techno-daydreams, consider how they’re destroying Arizona’s Mount Graham, desecrating sacred First Nations sacred ground and trying to exterminate the Mount Graham red squirrel, an endangered species, for the sake of nothing but a worthless toy telescope. We see the cult’s lust for destruction. It’s a perfect two-fer: They get to desecrate sacred human ground and re-exterminate an animal previously thought extinct but re-discovered.
 
Similarly on the big island of Hawaii the Mauna Kea Observatory franchise has been expanding recklessly, destroying sacred native ground and wiping out the habitat of many rare native birds. In spite of the religious rhetoric of scientism, politicians have made it clear that the main reason for this expansion is another fundamentalist cult, that of Mammon. They tout tourism as the main reason to build telescopes which are worthless even from the point of view of science, let alone humanity and the Earth. Needless to say the astronomers and the broader scientism cult are ardently committed to this project which is fake in every way except its waste and destruction.
 
Remember this next time you see mention of astronomers. Know what they are.
 
We all can marvel at the stars and planets we project upon the sky canvas of our perception. None of us ever needed equipment to do this, let alone extremely expensive and destructive high-maintenance technology. Only these shut-ins need this mediation.
 
They happily destroy real people and the true Earth in order to look at their painted stars (and to release doctored fake pictures to the media). For them it’s not valid to look the way stargazers have for tens of thousands of years, because human beings always have looked to the stars out of a sense of wonder and a spur to imagination and creativity. But today’s techno-cult looks at nothing other than from the gutter of technocratic instrumentalism and corporate profitability. That’s why for them right from the start it’s not worth doing anything unless the action deploys expensive, cumbersome high-maintenance technology, preferably technology which erects as many barriers between the observer and reality as possible. It’s a more extreme version of the general cultural pathology of those who stand physically in the presence of something but are willing to experience it only as mediated through camera, cellphones, “smartphones” and the ever-towering array of other worthless gadgets. This is the use of technology to reinforce and aggravate the modern alienation of Homo domesticus from the Earth, from humanity, from reality. Astronomers pretend to care about physical phenomena, the information spectra of the cosmos. They pretend to care about the beauty and majesty of the heavens. But they really care only about the telescope itself, since no one needs a telescope to revel in the stars, and no decent human being would be willing to kill and destroy for the sake of this toy.
 
The expense, destruction, and gratuitous complexity and dependency of the endeavor is precisely what the scientism cult values in it. As with every faction of modern civilization, the core goal is to be as wasteful and destructive as possible, on principle. Of course there’s also the usual corporate welfare and personal corruption as well.
 
These two examples are perfectly symbolic: The scientism cult is willing to rob, defile, and kill in order to look at long-expired light which radiated from a sterile source. It is a cult of death, not of life.
 
What proves this most of all is the fact that even as they speculate about future ages of Earth and life, they and their civilization are doing all they can to drive up Earth’s climatic temperature now, to drive maximum climate chaos now, to poison all air, water, soil, and organisms now, to eradicate all of nature and kill everything not engineered in a lab now. They intend a campaign of massacre far more comprehensive than any atmospheric transformation, far more total than any asteroid, indeed as complete and absolute as the sun itself engulfing the living Earth.
 
Civilization is death, and the scientism cult is the ultimate priesthood of death. Earth must deal with them accordingly.

 
 
 
(A contemplation based on W. H. Auden.)
 
 
Hearing of harvests, poisoned or rotting in the valleys,
Seeing at end of street the quarried mountains,
Round corners coming suddenly on poisoned water,
Knowing them liars who launched for islands,
We condemn the wardens of these starving cities
Whose dishonour is the image of our sorrow,
 
Which cannot see its likeness in their sorrow
That brought them desperate still to dream of cities;
Dreaming of evening walks through tamed valleys
They set loose their violent mechanized horses on the mountains,
Stripped fields to fill ships to the wealthy on islands,
Peddled visions of green to them who craved for unpoisoned water.
 
They built and dammed rivers and at night the ghost of water
Which once ran past windows increased their sorrow;
Each in his little bed conceived of islands
Where every day was dancing in the valleys
And all the green trees blossomed on the mountains,
Where love was innocent, being far from cities.
 
But the smog dawn came back and they still worshiped cities;
Their marvelous creature rose up from their dream of water;
They ripped the gold and silver in the mountains
And hunger was all their subjects’ sorrow,
While jet-setters debauching in captive valleys
Played at pilgrims describing their islands…
 
“The gods”, they promised, “live with us on our islands,
Are strutting, loud, bright and violent through our cities;
Now is the time for all others to leave their wretched valleys
And sail where we send them across CAFO lagoons, tar sand lakes, and plastic water,
Sitting at their white sides, they must forget their sorrow,
The shadow cast across their lives by promised mountains.”
 
So many, desperate, perished in the mountains,
Climbing up crags to get a view of still-free islands,
So many, fearful, took with them their sorrow
Which stayed them as they stayed in unhappy cities,
So many, careless, dived and drowned in poison water,
So many, wretched, were whipped from their valleys.
 
It is our sorrow. Shall it melt? Then water
Would gush, flush, green these mountains and these valleys,
And we stop dreaming of cities, nor dream of islands.