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August 7, 2019

All Agree

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism — Tags: , — Russell Bangs @ 10:39 am

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We don’t need these

 
 
The smug and gluttonous, they gorged and congratulated themselves.
 
They lectured: Each atom, shrink yourself while we expand. See how our maw gapes? See how we devour the final forests, the last grasslands, the last wetlands, the fugitive drops of water, the terminal elements of air? See how we kill and devour all before us?
 
They slapped green paint on all their black and red surfaces. The metal glared through.
 
They lied to children and sent them out to speak to children. The atoms must remain infants.
 
They taught that cancer is healthy when you rename it “growth” or “development”, and pandemics are salutary when you sow them for profit.
 
They preached that there is no Earth, only the image of it in your virtual bubble. Your connection to the Earth is your lifestyle whim. So choose to be “eco”! Choose to be “green”!
 
All individual choices are good insofar as they agree that the paramount purpose always is to drive production, drive capitalism, drive the economic civilization, exalt the American Way of Life. The only taboo, one must never want to stop destroying the Earth.
 
They exult in war, war is great, war is good, war is the highest purpose in life.
 
The beast has taught the atoms the necessity of the tyranny of production, of the economy, of total madness exulting in total destruction.
 
They have consensus, all agree that to stop industrial emitting, to stop destroying sinks, to stop exterminating life on Earth, would be to give up their only purpose in life. Their only difference, a purely superficial one, is what kind of con do they want to shill for: Anything from industrial renewables and electric cars to geoengineering and CCS to GMOs and fracking to simple denial. All choices are good which incarnate the fundamentalist commitment: The death march of production must continue, the binge of consumption must continue, the orgy of destruction and extermination must continue.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

7 Comments

  1. BUT EARTH LOOKS SO LOVELY
    “We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on; and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep.” The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 156-158

    a) But Earth looks so lovely from up where the astronauts shuttle.
    I mean space-made pictures we’ve seen—
    so round, sky blue, azure and deep deep blue seas; such green grasslands, farm fields, forests;
    sand some, rock, snow; wild and man-fires with volcanoes smoking;
    whirled day clouds white, gray or flashed incandescent by nocturnal lightnings;
    lava streams steaming night seas, storms swirling.

    World seeming untrammeled from photos up there, conserved and quite clean.
    Earth loved and respected, few things we’ve done to her seen save our smokes
    until spun into night when all those radiating lights
    reveal our great coastal corridors bright as Milky Way fallen;
    inland towns/cities glowing sodium vaporized wheels, their spokes lit like plankton phosphorized;
    traffic pulsed stop and go like the beat of slowed hearts; or running arterial, white one way, red reversed another;
    a mechanized movement multiplied bacterial ‘till it cease (if ever) twisting inflamed or blinking flagella
    while we sleep, party on, laugh, war, love, weep, snore, dream our bright/dark turns round the sun.
    Yes, all’s well pictured down up from so high as also, truth told, some places seen from here too!

    b) Though others lie fouled, stripped bare, poisoned unwell—
    what weight of all our vast numbers has done while racing such mindless haste,
    or step by step trodding life’s myriad forms/functions as we plod time’s creep!

    Although it’s well known by now: of our works
    nothing begun at any speed’s so easily undone though only half complete!
    Still, might be, could/should want, we.

    Or failing that (given our history, somewhat more likely)
    if only all we two legs would just walk or blast to far off.
    Sent or rocketed away on our own then, surely Earth she’d forget us.

    Or if we’d simply lie spent here, exposed on the ground, vaporized.
    Or dried by sun, reduced to dust once winnowed, now blown.
    Or duff flushed by rainfall to streams rush, rivers tidal urge oceanward, flowing.

    Or buried deep beneath upthrust earth (and time enough) fossilized still as stone.
    Death sending us and our regrets hence, we long gone
    or some long time going any shape to rest then, when maybe we’d……?

    Or, just shut up and get the hell out! Go and rove the dry and almost airless rocks of Mars perhaps;
    maybe even chase our vanished contrails while racing after ever farther stars;
    memory of how, who, why, what we’ve……. Or just forget it, alright?

    Alright yes it’s forgotten, all forgot and forgiven; for in the end
    ‘twas only a revel like Prospero (requited) once day dreamed then night streamed, we sleeping;
    our laughter, our weeping echoing off a universal edge that’s always acceleratingly receding.

    Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen!

    Each skull case holding worlds within worlds well beyond concealed—
    no imagined beginnings, no ends; neither in nor without; not is nor is not.
    Everywhere more than anyone knows (just ever so slowly, if ever) completely revealed!

    © Joseph Patrick Quinn, 2/16, 3/16, 4/16, 5/16, 11/18

    Comment by Joseph Patrick Quinn — August 7, 2019 @ 11:29 am

    • That’s good stuff Joseph. The idea of Earth as looked at from the deadness of space. That seems to be almost the only view anyone has or wants. Just like with the whole fantasy of colonizing other planets – it’s beside the point to tell them how impossibly inhospitable Mars is, because they know that and they’re not really talking about Mars. They’re talking about their fantasy of an Earth rendered as dead as Mars. That’s why they do what they do.

      They give themselves away when they refer contemptuously to “the rock”. Or when they say we need to colonize another planet because we’re definitely going to murder this one. The serious part of that proposition is the omnicidal goal, not the fantasy of space colonies.

      Comment by Russell Bangs — August 7, 2019 @ 12:38 pm

      • Indeed, Russell, that was, in large part, my point and you have captured it in today’s post and in your comments on my poem, very well. Let us not be too much “pie in the sky eyed” but let us not surrender hope and effort lest we sink into despair, for as we both are well aware: life is oh so short and, as near as I can tell, it is the only one we have to do some good with and, one “hopes,” to at least occasionally savor! (Ah, but alas for long-suffering prophets in their own lands.)

        Comment by Joseph Patrick Quinn — August 7, 2019 @ 1:03 pm

  2. Here’s a piece with some good details on how industrial “renewables” are dependent on fossil fuels and ecocidal in themselves.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/consuming-the-planet-of-the-humans-the-most-important-documentary-of-the-century/

    + all “alternative energy” itself is fossil-fuel-based. None of it could or did exist without fossil fuels. Solar panel themselves are made with metallurgical coal and quartz – both derived from blowing up mountains. The top beneficiaries of tax subsidies to promote solar? The Koch Bothers!;

    + same with wind and even hydro and Nukes, as the essential major ingredient in the creation of cement and steel is…coal. None of these technologies existed, nor could they exist, without fossil fuels. The grid cannot even operate without fossil fuel-derived steam-generated baseloads – in the spring when hydro is surging, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) cuts off wind power (and still has to pay its providers after a lawsuit), yet has to keep the Boardman Coal plant (Oregon’s top carbon polluter) running in order to balance the baseload. Even eCon Musk’s famed battery plant in Nevada is powered by…fracked natural gas. The huge bird and desert-destroying Ivanpah Solar array in California also has fracked natural gas as an essential ingredient;

    + the documentary depants the ubiquitous memes/reports of how “Germany gets its energy from renewables.” It trots out footage of a series of the top misleaders stating one after the other: “Germany gets 30% from renewables,” “40%,” “50%,” “60%”,… The reality is that Germany gets just 3.5% of all its renewable energy from solar and wind combined. A whopping 70% of what passes for “Green” energy in Germany comes from Biomass – grinding up trees in the Amazon and the US Southeast and shipping them to Europe where Germany (and Great Britain) burns them for electrons and get Carbon Credits for doing so!;

    + the other part of the Germany myth is that “Germany gets off coal…” The reality here is that Germany gets 37% of its energy from coal and is even trying to level one of its last intact forests to get at the coal underneath. The only thing currently stopping the destruction of the 12,000-year-old Hambach Forest is mass protests;

    + the top beneficiaries of Biomass are, of course, Big Timber giants. The Koch brothers, again, own Georgia-Pacific, the second largest stump creator in the world after Weyerhaeuser. G-P’s two mills in Oregon are the state’s #4 and #5 carbon polluters, as well.

    Here’s more on the evil of the silvicidal “biomass” scam so beloved among corporate “green” con artists.

    https://attempter.wordpress.com/2019/02/09/the-purpose-of-paris/

    Comment by Russell Bangs — August 9, 2019 @ 8:10 am

  3. And they are pimping Greta to pull this off~

    Comment by rose imagine — September 23, 2019 @ 6:12 am

  4. Greta, in case anyone is interested, comes from a long line of masons and MKultra

    http://www.theartofannihilation.com/the-manufacturing-of-greta-thunberg-for-consent-the-political-economy-of-the-non-profit-industrial-complex/

    Comment by rose imagine — September 23, 2019 @ 6:33 am

    • I don’t know about Masons, but I know her mother is a PR hack, a paid liar for the corporations, who has designed this PR campaign in tandem with the NGO-industrial complex.

      These kinds of scammers, including almost the entire climate movement and science establishment, are all about telling civilization you don’t have to stop destroying the Earth. You can have the Earth and destroy it too. Destroy it the “green capitalist” way.

      They’re all saying the same thing George Bush said: The right response to the crisis is to Keep Shopping.

      Comment by Russell Bangs — September 27, 2019 @ 8:50 am


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