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July 2, 2018

The Cry of the Earth

Filed under: American Revolution, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism — Tags: — Russ @ 11:57 am

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All my life I’ve heard the cry of the Earth. Earth’s cry of pain, sadness, growing rage. I heard it as a child. As a young adult I tried to ignore it but it was always there. Then it came near once again, insistent, from without and within, and I could no longer ignore. As it was a cry from the Earth, I now cry from the wilderness.
 
The Earth spoke to me, through Jeremiah.
 
 
The word of Gaia came to me, saying,
Go and cry in the ears of America, saying,
Thus says the Earth; I remember you,
The kindness of your youth,
The love of your espousals,
When you went after me in the wilderness,
In a land that was not sown.
America was holiness unto the Earth,
And the first fruits of his increase:
All that devour him shall offend;
Evil shall come upon them, says the Earth.
 
 
And the Earth spoke again even more directly through Revelation:
 
 
The nations were angry,
And Earth’s wrath is come,
And the time of the dead,
That they should be judged,
And that you should give reward unto your servants the prophets,
And to the saints,
And them that fear your name, small and great;
And should destroy them which destroy the earth.
 
 
Gaia’s kinesis shall destroy those who destroy the Earth, Gaia’s unfailing way of dealing with berserk infestations.
 
 
Sometimes I transpose the Bible because Earth speaks to me through it, part of my acculturation. The same is true of some poets, philosophers, novelists.
 
And musicians.
 
 
 
 
 
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June 29, 2018

Labor Leisure Grinder Addict

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They still say “labor-saving” rather than job-destroying though that’s what they mean.
 
This propaganda term goes back to the early days of automation. If an assembly line can produce in one minute a widget which used to take one hour to produce, that frees up 59 minutes for human beings to enjoy leisure, hobbies, intellectual and artistic pursuits, being together with loved ones.
 
That was the lie.
 
In reality, the assembly line was used to over-produce 60 commodity widgets, and/or the factory would fire 59 out of 60 workers. No one but the factory owner ever gained anything from that 59 minutes of “labor saved”. It’s probably the worst criminal lie and robbery in the history, when you think of the possibilities, now lost as fossil fuels deplete, that were stolen. (Industrial communism told the exact same lie, except there it’s a Party nabob instead of a factory owner or big shareholder doing the stealing.)
 
But we must admit, Western humanity didn’t have to be dragged kicking and screaming into this. They wanted the worthless expensive junk overproduced by modern productionism. As a rule Western workers and middle classes always have chosen the enslavement of grinderism and junk over leisure, over simply enjoying life.
 
This is strong evidence that modern humanity, having been wrenched forcibly from all ecological and human foundations, simply does not like life, maybe even has a death wish. (So far, for all the insensate killing of one human by another, this death wish has been expressed most intensely through civilization’s homicidal and vandalistic mania against every part of the Earth, inanimate and especially animate.)
 
We have no problem diagnosing the death wish of an incorrigible heroin addict. But how is modern society, or the average conformist inhabitant thereof, any different?
 
And what is the answer? If we’re correct that the restlessness and anguish are rooted in the uprooting, then the answer is to return to the Earth, return home. Humanity has no choice anyway: Homo domesticus has extracted and ravaged and wasted and destroyed all that could be used to build anything; and all that’s been built on this desert of skulls, the walls and towers and arenas and brothels, all must come crashing down.
 
The question is whether any remnant of the original nations will reassemble on the land of our own free will, growing a basis for a post-kinesis human community, or will there be nothing but atomized hominids confounded in the destruction, leaving nothing but feral beasts incapable of growing anything.
 
Certainly the addicts are determined to see the destruction through to the bitter end. They’re already hunkered in the bunker. Does anyone want to live and die in the sunlight?
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 26, 2018

To Cross the Bridge At All You Have to Burn It

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And if you don’t cross it you must burn the Earth

 
 
Another lament from a science-concerned liberal. Science ethics professor Sheldon Krimsky is typical of the breed, coupling the usual factual demolition of Monsanto’s lies with hand-wringing about the honor of “Science” which often spills over into attacking the people who really threaten to destroy the basis of the power of Monsanto and the technocracy as a whole, something the good liberal establishment could never do and doesn’t want to do:
 
“This short aphorism [a slogan on a button he saw*] brought into focus two unfortunate realities. First, there are growing segments of the population who have lost confidence in science and choose to act on un-scientific or pseudo-scientific truth claims. And second, other segments of the population view scientists as just another stakeholder group subject to the same market influences in the competition for producing credible knowledge.”
 
On the contrary, these are promising realities. They indicate one of the widening fissures in the corporate prison wall. It is of course nothing but plain truth that establishment scientists are nothing but another stakeholder group which cares about power, money, prestige, not “truth.” (They may or may not seek scientific truth insofar as they can do this within the corporate science paradigm. But this paradigm always dictates the limits of allowable “truth”, as well as dictating the research agenda in the first place.)
 
And it’s equally plain truth that the people are acting rationally and adaptively (in a Darwinian sense) when they reject the nostrums of corporate “science”. It was never any different, at least not since “science” became an institutionalized capitalist profession rather than the domain of independently wealthy generalists such as Darwin. (And even they usually theorized scientifically in accord with the dominant socioeconomic theories of their class. Thus Darwin framed his depiction of evolution in terms of competition and natural selection of individuals, not because the evidence demanded such framing – the evidence at least as readily supports depictions based on cooperation and group selection – but because he was thinking along the lines of a commercial animal breeder, and more broadly in terms of Smithian capitalist ideology.)
 
Let’s see who really acts according to pseudo-science: For example, in the first third of the 20th century who believed most ardently in eugenics? That’s right, it was almost the entire scientific establishment, and educated “progressive” types in general. Just as these comprise the vanguard of the resurrected eugenics movement today. (Meanwhile in the 1920s the opposition was led by the despised “un-scientific” churches. That’s not the only time the churches have been on the side of actual scientific truth while the institutional science cadre was anti-science. Today organized religion hasn’t done humanity all that much good in opposing today’s eugenics. But today as then the most virulently anti-science group on earth is the STEM establishment. It’s no accident that in both cases the most cherished notion of scientists is eugenic control over life, and especially over human beings.)
 
But Krimsky, as an establishment cadre, has far more in common with Monsanto than with the people, which is why his criticism must remain within technocratic elitist bounds. But this guarantees that the criticism never becomes more than criticism, never becomes total war to abolish those who are murdering us and would murder us all.
 
Krimsky may think he’s fighting Monsanto, like some knight errant rushing to save the honor of the fair damsel “Science” from the foul clutches of the evil wizard. But in reality anyone familiar with the history of scientists knows there was little honor to save in the first place, and none today. Krimsky, by continuing to propagate good civics fantasies like “independent science” and “peer review”, is really reinforcing the corporate propaganda line that what’s really a biological and socioeconomic war should be viewed merely as a technical dispute within technocracy which should be disputed only on Monsanto’s chosen fake battlefield, that of establishment-vetted “science”. He’s trying to help Monsanto stop the people from freeing their minds by rejecting the whole fake scientism ideology.
 
 
*The slogan: “Science is Peer Reviewed, Not Politician Approved.” This is ahistorical nonsense. Power always has chosen what research is done in the first place and what the allowable results are. By the time one gets to “peer review” the research already has jumped through several far more important hoops which have zero to do with any exalted notion of scientific “truth”.
 
No doubt the button is supposed to be worn especially at fake “climate” demonstrations put on by tear-shedding liberal climate crocodiles who actually oppose all meaningful climate action every bit as much as their bugbear Trump does. The de facto climate deniers are vastly more pernicious than the de jure ones, since they pretend to care about the crisis and pretend to have the solution, when in fact their fake “solutions” have zero purpose but to let them feel smug while they buy time for civilization to destroy the Earth completely.
 
Their alleged solutions all involve the continuation of productionism, capitalism, consumerism. Just as George Bush said the right response to 9/11 was to keep shopping, so our climate crocodiles assure us that the right response to the climate crisis is to keep shopping. Just like their Monsanto-critical counterparts like Krimsky say is the right response to the ecological catastrophe of poisonism: Keep shopping, and only in system-approved venues. Thus his despair over the plummeting legitimacy of corporate system science.
 
Sure enough, Krimsky has declared that he cherishes the fantasy of “a livable planet without setting limits on economic growth.”
 
Economic “growth”, of course, never has been anything but cancer, in every figurative as well as literal sense. It is one of the most evil psychoses humanity has developed, and by far the most insane and self-destructive.
 
To reprise what I’ve written innumerable times at this site, there is one and only one solution to avert the worst of the climate crisis:
 
Stop emitting greenhouse gases at anything close to an industrial level; stop destroying carbon sinks; rebuild sinks on a mass scale.
 
Anything short of this is a lie. (Needless to say, no room left there for “growth”.) The only answer to every other ecological and human crisis is the same kind of answer.
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 16, 2018

The Roots of Nuke War Fever are in Ecophobia and Ecocide

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It’s evident that the US political establishment, media establishment, academia, and all liberal Democrats as well as many Republicans either actively want nuclear war or at any rate demand that the US empire continue on the trajectory which near guarantees nuclear war in the not distant future. Their Russia Derangement proves it, their extreme pro-Zionism proves it, their response to the Korean declaration proves it. The Democrats are so incensed at even the prospect of lowering the chance of war that they want to overthrow the constitution and install a partial military dictatorship (to prevent the constitutional commander in chief from withdrawing US imperial troops from the Korean peninsula). Their generally deranged bellicosity proves it. The US empire truly is in its stage of barbaric, berserk decadence. The elephant with a bullet in its brain may run amok for quite a while.
 
Even so, how can it be that so many people who, as individuals, don’t normally seem to be clinically insane, nor grotesquely stupid, could be yearning so ardently for the missiles to fly?
 
The fact is that they think of war, up to and including nuclear war, as normal and normative in the same way that they think the total ecological destruction of the planet, which is their primary everyday activity, is normal and normative.
 
Their comfort with ecological destruction has done much to make them comfortable with the thought of even nuclear war. In the same way they evidently believe that they can poison and destroy the soil, water, air, biodiversity, without poisoning their food, water, air, the places they live, so by the same token they think nuclear war might be destructive to other people, but that they themselves are somehow immune.
 
It’s the flip side of the American “I’m going to win the lottery” pathology: “I can destroy the environment in general without destroying my own environment.” The former is socioeconomically suicidal, the latter is infinitely worse.
 
In the same way, the alienation of humans from Gaia, begun in ancient religion and brought to its most extreme dementia in modern religion (scientism/technocracy/”progress”), is a mental illness, and the most extreme manifestation of this insanity is the berserk will to destroy the Earth which is the primary action of modern civilization. The now terminal lust for nuclear war, the civilizational death wish taken to its ultimate extreme, is the most stark symptom of this insanity. That’s where the sundering of humanity from the Earth has gotten us.
 
Repent now and join those of us preparing to return home to Earth, or else you might as well join the cheerleaders awaiting the missile trails and mushroom clouds. By now it looks like there’s not going to be a middle ground available. Modernity’s totalitarians will insist, and only the Earth itself will be able to put a stop to them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 14, 2018

Yemen Genocide and US Desires for World War

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What “Feed the World” really means for Western system types, including of course all pro-GMO/pesticide activists.

 
 
The US proxy war in Yemen, launched by Obama and continued by Trump, is entering the forced famine stage. US clients, the governments of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will attempt to starve the Yemeni people into submission. The UN has warned that as many as 18 million people may die.
 
The US government, both halves of the Corporate One-Party (Republicans and Democrats) and their partisans, and the mainstream media led by the New York Times which speaks to and for the US political class as a whole, are all willing, gleeful perpetrators of this unfathomable crime. If this forced famine escalates, it will be the worst war crime in history. And the entire US political class will swim in this infinite blood. Which in turn is an added new surge amid the torrents of blood they already cause to flow.
 
 
US liberals are reveling in this imminent genocide. They can take it as consolation after their profuse laments about the (temporarily) diminishing prospect for WWIII breaking out in Korea. No one ever has been so eager for nuclear war as today’s Dembots. Their actions since they blew the 2016 election have proven this. Evidently they’re in such existential despair they’d rather see everyone on Earth dead.
 
(I hope they do give Trump the Nobel Prize. It would be no more perverse than arch war criminal Obama getting it, and watching the apoplexy of the Dembot scum will be very amusing.)
 
 
Meanwhile there might still be a few people out there who are sincerely confused about any of this, who might naively believe that North Korea or Iran or Russia or “terrorists” or (fill in the blank) represent some kind of threat to the American people. For them I’ll say, the solution is simple: Get Out. Go Home. Get your imperial presence out of Korea and Asia, out of the Mideast, out of Afghanistan, out of eastern Europe, out of Africa, out.
 
The US is the pure aggressor everywhere on Earth and has zero legitimate basis for a presence anywhere outside North America. Only imperial globalization ideology claims otherwise.
 
Get Out. Go Home. Dismantle the empire as fast as possible, even chaotically. Get out.
 
That’ll require also ridding ourselves domestically of neocons like anyone who sees North Korea as a “threat” simply because the North’s policy is based on self-defense. Same for Russia, Iran, Islamists, etc.
 
Most of all it means the Democrat Party and its partisans must cease to exist, as soon as possible. This is true for every crisis afflicting America and humanity, but Democrat/liberal war-mongering is one of the main reasons humanity and the Earth cannot co-exist with them.
 
At this moment this is proving true most of all for the starving people of Yemen, victims of US imperialism’s drive for world domination, their agony fully endorsed by the same who are condemning a Korean declaration which offers to lessen the odds of WWIII. Because US system types, and liberal Democrats most of all, want nuclear war. Their actions prove it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 13, 2018

Bayer-Monsanto and Nuremburg

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And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace…

 
 
The Nuremburg tribunal provides the precedent according to which all of today’s elite criminals – government and corporate leaders – should be judged and sentenced.
 
It also provides a precedent for the death penalty for a corporation: In this case the chemical conglomerate IG Farben and three of its six constituent companies were dissolved, allegedly because of their participation in Nazi crimes against humanity.
 
And yet even the unfathomable crimes of the slave labor program and death camps weren’t enough to warrant the death penalty for three of the IG Farben companies, including Bayer and BASF. These, unlike the cartel itself and the three lesser companies, were considered by the US to be too structurally important to the corporate-technocratic project. So they and their executives were given just a slap on the wrist. In fact, no corporations or corporate executives were judged according to the moral pretensions of the Tribunal, but only according to what place US elites saw for these German corporations in the post-war globalizing system.
 
This proves:
 
1. If a corporation is big and powerful enough, there is no level of crime up to and including literal mass murder which it will not be allowed to commit with impunity.
 
2. In fact, a core purpose of the corporate form is to organize the commission of crimes against humanity and the Earth, and to provide legal impunity for the leaders of these criminal projects.
 
3. We the people can never look to government, which creates and exonerates these corporations in the first place, for justice or relief. If we want to be free of the corporate tyranny, as indeed we must become if humanity is to have a future at all, we must organize and carry out the anti-corporate abolition movement from the soil up. That’s the only way.
 
 
 
 
 

June 11, 2018

Life or Death

Filed under: Disaster Capitalism, Globalization — Tags: , — Russ @ 4:40 am

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A center being destroyed cannot hold.

 
 
Today the great destroyer comes not from within, as with the Hadean volcanic era, nor from without, as with the Cretaceous asteroid, but from parasites squatting on the surface, and they way they’ve organized their infestation into a “civilization”.
 
 
Trump blew up the G7 conclave and threatens civil “trade war”? (That is, trade war among the globalizers, as opposed to the aggressive economic war they as a group wage against all of humanity.)
 
This, like Korea, like Iran, like Jerusalem, is what we hoped for from Trump. This kind of destruction verily is creative destruction, since it’s toward the destruction of the US empire and the basis of industrial civilization.
 
Here’s the facts:
 
1. Fossil fuels are finite and production has peaked. They cannot be replaced. The fossil fueled basis of modern civilization cannot be sustained. All must come crashing down.
 
2. Modern civilization is driven by a congenital death wish and total hatred for humanity and the Earth. Its ultimate goal is to kill everything that lives and destroy everything that naturally exists, replacing all with purely artificial technology. Modern civilization is irredeemably evil. Spiritually, culturally, morally, it cannot be redeemed. All must come crashing down.
 
3. There will be no mass movement to lessen the impact of the crash. There will be no movement to mitigate abrupt and total catastrophe. Some of us have tried to propagate the ideas for such a movement and heard only crickets.
 
Therefore it follows that we want the collapse as soon as possible, as fast as possible, as total as possible without doing extra ecological harm beyond the damage the civilization’s already doing. (This last part is unlikely though, and we have to be prepared for the worst there as well.) Whatever happens, the only prospect of a recognizable ecological future, a future which could possibly include a chastened humanity, depends upon the speedy and total destruction of modern civilization.
 
Civilization is the death of all life, and its death is the only prospect for life. You must choose: Life or death.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

June 10, 2018

Self-Destruction: The Faster the Better

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Their nice little china shop is getting wrecked. The horror!

 
 
Any revolutionary, anyone who shares Earth’s need, has always understood that the system must destroy itself completely, with whatever help we can add along the way. Therefore we have always wanted the system’s leadership to be as brutal and stupid as possible, since this hastens a system’s self-destruction. Today we’re talking about the US empire and the overall regime of productionism and globalization driven most of all by the US corporate state. Donald Trump just gave a superbly destructive performance at the imperialist G7 conclave, even promising to throw a trade war monkey-wrench into the globalization mechanism.
 
So far Trump is living up to my hopes for him. While Obama and the Clintons are at least as brutal as Trump, they are perhaps less aggressively stupid in how fast they drive everyone on Earth to the conclusion that US power must be destroyed one way or another. Korea, Iran, Palestine, Europe, everyone knows the US corporate state is the planet’s great evil which has to be overcome at all costs.
 
Well, the poodles of Europe aren’t yet willing to pay all costs as we see from their so far abject obedience to the Iran sanctions. But their pathetic G7 experience can only help wake them up to reality.
 
Part of the reason Europe is unable to quit the US is that, whatever style differences there may be, there’s no difference between the goals of US elites and the goals of Eurotrash elites. Trump left early prior to the G7’s sessions on the climate crisis and the destruction of the oceans because, like everyone else in the Western political class, he regards the total destruction of the Earth as non-negotiable.
 
That’s why the G7 sessions themselves, just like the Paris accord, will be a fraud: Because no one in the West actually wants to do what’s necessary: Stop emitting greenhouse gases, stop destroying carbon and methane sinks, start rebuilding sinks.
 
Trump is simply more openly aggressive (more de jure “stupid”) about his climate denial. But in substance his kind of denial is identical to those who cry crocodile tears over the environment and tout fake “solutions” like Paris but don’t actually want to do anything real. Because that would crimp their junk-based, destruction-based lifestyle.
 
You don’t like Trump, because he’s a lout? Where it comes to the substance, look to the beam in your own eye.
 
The climate-whining link includes this sub-heading:
 
“Trump is the only world leader at the G7 who fails to grasp the basic science, and the urgent threat, of the climate crisis.”
 
Actually Trump is at one with all world leaders (and all previous US presidents) in refusing to do anything about the threat. Instead they do all they can to ratchet up the destruction regardless of what they “believe” about the science or the threat, which they see as purely abstract.
 
 
I can see why liberal imperialists hate Trump and his “reckless tariffs”. They see how he is, in spite of his own pro-empire self, sawing off the branch they’re all sitting on.
 
As an anti-imperialist who hates the corporate-technocratic empire and wants its total destruction, I’m enjoying everything Trump’s doing.
 
 
To say again: De facto climate denial, any version of “we can avert the worst of the climate crisis (and all the other ecological crises) within the framework of capitalism, within the framework of productionist civilization”, is a vastly worse and more destructive lie than de jure denial.
 
To say again: There is one and only one way to avert the worst: Stop emitting greenhouse gases, stop destroying carbon and methane sinks, start rebuilding sinks.
 
You’re either for climate destruction or against it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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: , — Russ @ 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.
 
 
 
 
 

May 25, 2018

Death Juice

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Today they cut the coal barges loose. This is to poison the water, poison the river ecology, poison the people’s drinking water. Just as every step of the fossil fuel caldera, from its conception in psychotic minds to the emission of carbon dioxide and toxic air pollutants, is fully toxic in intent and action.
 
“The Department of Environmental Protection said coal does not post an imminent threat to downstream water intake or aquatic life, but it will continue to monitor the situation as cleanup begins. The DEP is assisting local emergency responders in the effort.”
 
We’ve heard that before. Just selecting one of the host of atrocities, they said the same thing about the 2014 coal poison dumping into the Elk River. The immediate result was an epidemic of acute sickness among anyone who drank the water. Months later the water was still so toxic even the government was still calling it undrinkable. The long term health effects can only be the subject of speculation until they manifest. Same for the massive destruction aquatic life, which also began immediately and whose long run ecocide we can only guess. As we know, we cannot look to science to give us accurate projections since establishment science is ideologically committed to productionism and technocracy, as well as absolutely corrupt in all the regular venal ways. For both reasons we know scientists are fundamentally dishonest where it comes to anything which could compromise these ideological and sordid commitments. No, science is no help to beleaguered humanity. Our only options are abolitionist action, or passive waiting for the collapse of the congenitally toxic civilization, tallying the destruction along the way. The one thing which is impossible is to find any sanctuary of health, well-being, peace, and humanity within the framework of a civilization based on total war at every point.
 
 
Back in the old days James Hansen denounced coal death trains. The whole basis of life on Earth is targeted for deportation. He was much lambasted, including among “environmentalists”. Perhaps with the increasingly frequent detonation of oil train bombs, Hansen’s comparison no longer looks so far-fetched even to them.
 
 
 
What are oil and gas pipelines? To convey the extracted product of massively genocided lands (for example, the Alberta tar sands extraction zone is one of the vastest deathscapes on Earth, a land which not long ago was one of the most bountiful and beautiful bases of life on Earth); to slash through forests, wetlands, communities (including militarized police assaults); then continually to leak with locally devastating effects; and on to the final usage of fossil fuels: To poison farmland and food, continue mass murder on the roads, and drive climate chaos on to its ultimate cataclysm.
 
The tar sands give death in so many ways. They too are dumped into rivers to poison the people and everything that lives in water.
 
 
 
 
 
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