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July 21, 2019

Goon Shot

Filed under: Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism, Scientism/Technocracy — Tags: , , , , — Russell Bangs @ 5:38 am

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I wish I’d seen this article in time to post this yesterday for the big anniversary of one of America’s greatest propaganda scams. By that I don’t mean the moon landing was a hoax. I mean that real or not, the moon landing’s primary purpose was to serve as a techno-triumphalist, anti-Gaian, Cold War propaganda stunt.
 
But perhaps the hype is starting to wear thin?
 
A recent survey of 3,000 kids found that being a YouTube star was a more sought-after profession than being an astronaut among kids in the US and the United Kingdom.
 
Children ages 8 to 12 in the US, the UK, and China were recently polled in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which resulted in the first person to walk on the moon.
 
Kids in the US and the UK were three times as likely to want to be YouTubers or vloggers as astronauts, while kids in China were more likely to want to be astronauts.
 
It sounds like a good sign to me if kids in the US and UK are disregarding the system hype about “space travel”, a stupid worthless endeavor which never will accomplish anything except maybe to weaponize space. (If the fossil fuels last long enough and the missiles don’t fly first. But nuclear war looks more and more likely with every passing month.) Meanwhile it sounds like Chinese kids are still drinking the techno-necro kool ade.
 
The main reason the techno-cultists and their corporate funders always give for continuing with this white elephant is that someday it will be necessary to colonize other planets, with Mars the usual candidate. This always means, “Civilization must and should continue to murder the Earth unto the total end, but have no fear about humanity destroying its own basis for life, because we’ll simply move to another planet and commence destroying it.” (Basically the same rationale as for the geoengineering idea.) It’s a purely psychopathic, omnicidal mindset of hatred for all that lives, and all proponents of space travel share it.
 
So much for the real purpose of the idea and the moral-spiritual character of it.
 
As for the practicability, the kind of space travel required to colonize Mars is physically impossible. There could be no protection against such prolonged exposure to the sun’s radiation in space. Nor could anyone transport the vast resources even the most minuscule Mars base would require. One only need look at the results of the two Biosphere projects, earthly attempts to simulate a rudimentary base on another planet or other body. These failed almost immediately, physically and psychologically. This completely exposes the idiocy of the “terraforming” idea. And those projects had the deck loaded in their favor in many ways, much like the military’s “war games” always stack the deck in favor of the outcome the brass wants. Yet like many of these war games, and like so many other things designed by those who disregard reality, the biospheres nevertheless got clobbered by reality. I doubt Mars would give anyone such an initial advantage.
 
Any such attempt, like with any other necropolitan “great work”, would hoover up vast social resources and perpetrate further ecocidal ravages on THIS planet, our one and only home (but these persons are so insane they’ve forgotten that), for the benefit only of the richest and most powerful (and some of their thugs). Much like the geoengineering notion, it would be designed to convey vast amounts of public money and power to a few of the most privileged corporations. And even if a Mars colony were possible, those are the only persons who would benefit.
 
Of course, like with such technologies as geoengineering, pesticides and GMOs, the proponents of space travel and space colonization don’t really care whether it could ever work or not. The point is to gain time for further, total destruction of this Earth, and to exult in the idea for religious purposes.
 
Fantasies of space, wherever they go beyond escapist fantasy, always mean a psychotic hatred of our one and only home, Earth who created and nurtured us.
 
So it’s a good thing if kids today no longer have the literal stars in their eyes and no longer put “astronaut” at the top of their list of What I Want to Be When I Grow Up. Of course to obsess on Youtube or any other gadget with a screen also is to become alienated from reality, alienated from the Earth, mentally inert, maladaptive in an evolutionary sense. But at least one has stopped gazing “up”, the way every misguided religion from Christianity to modern scientism (actually a Christian epigone) has obsessively done. It would be one small step for man in the right direction.
 
 
 
 
 

July 4, 2019

The Only Test Left is of Human Resolve (One Test Case)

The only test left is the test of who wants to submit and who wants to fight.

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Those who are lukewarm on poison and ecocide continue the calls for “more and better testing”.
 
1. But I thought we’re already satisfied by the evidence record of many decades and all peoples that all industrial poisons cause cancer, birth defects and diverse other health evils. Anyone truly convinced of that would evolve beyond the “more testing” pathology and become an abolitionist. No abolitionist still would call for more testing, any more than an anti-slavery abolitionist would call for endless moral symposiums on whether or not slavery is evil. Those who issue such call admit they themselves aren’t sure: About whether poison destroys health, whether they really want to know how injurious and murderous it is, whether they really want to be forced to take a stand once and for all.
 
2. We’ve known many decades that animal tests are carried out in bogus ways. And when in spite of all subterfuge adverse results are found, these are suppressed or attacked. That will never change for as long as testing continues.
 
3. As a matter of science, the notion that testing on non-human animals gives information which reliably can be extrapolated to humans is dubious. As is the notion that controlled tests in a lab give reliable information for the incalculable real world. A lab test can prove a chemical causes cancer. It can never prove safety.
 
4. None of civilization’s activities and production gives its inmates any right to torture animals. But then, the poisons are designed and intended to perpetrate ecocide, so it’s no surprise that the kind of psychopaths which would commit such acts would also enjoy or tolerate laboratory torture. Those exact same researchers happily torture human subjects the same way any time they get the opportunity. The Nazi experimenters are only the most infamous example. The same kind of thing has been common in Western psychiatric hospitals.
 
Abolitionists know that pesticides are lethal poison to humans and all other animals; we know that the lab testing paradigm is unscientific and denies ecological truth; we know its practitioners and propagandists are frauds, liars, and sadists; we know that testing regimes, like every other part of the propaganda of production, are intended to support the ecocidal campaign by giving it a fake veneer of social and environmental responsibility.
 
Where it comes to the most toxic and worthless products of civilization such as agricultural poisons, the only valid position is total abolitionism. This rules out any form of lukewarm pretense that either the product or the system which produces and inflicts it has any redeeming quality. The mindset still mired in “we need more and better testing” simply displays its own ignorance, lack of self-assurance, and deep ambivalence toward the ecocidal campaign itself.
 
 
Independence day? Almost all minds remain in chains.