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November 11, 2019

Connoisseurs of Restored Order

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A violent order is disorder; and
A great disorder is an order. These
Two things are one.
 
– Wallace Stevens, “Connoisseur of Chaos”
 
 
I greatly like the term climate chaos to describe the unpredictable but increasing extreme effects of modern civilization’s kamikaze campaign to resurrect and unleash all of Gaia’s stored carbon from over 300 million years.
 
(That’s ancillary to global heating, the inexorable systemic rise of average temperatures which will render vast swathes of the globe uninhabitable for humans and most mammals, 5-10 degrees Celsius already locked in and counting. By uninhabitable I mean here just from the heat itself, not counting drought, pandemics, mass famine out of the collapse of agriculture, all the other inevitable effects.)
 
Climate chaos. But we must keep in mind that the chaos of Gaia’s backlash, the Kinesis of Earth’s reaction to the insane destructive action of human civilization, is really the beginning of the restoration of the Earthly order against the deranged disorder which civilization inflicts wherever it infests.
 
As I’ve had occasions to cite before, here most of all I cite the most honest Freudian slip ever, from Chicago’s Mayor Daley in 1968: “The police are here to preserve disorder.”
 
No conquistador or fascist or Stalinist or Republican could have said it better than this Democrat Party leader.
 
And today all the forces of modern civilization – governments, corporations, the media, universities, the STEM establishment, NGOs, up to and including most of all the mainstream climate-industrial movement – are waging war to ensure the preservation and maximum of Earthly disorder, up to and including their own destruction.
 
We few Pioneers and Returners must prepare accordingly. First thing: There’s nothing left for us in civilization or “the civilized”. Let it go.
 
 
Can we be “the pensive man” of Stevens’ poem,
 
He sees the eagle float
For which the intricate Alps are a single nest.
 
 
 
 
 

November 4, 2019

Electoral Geeks

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death, Reformism Can't Work — Tags: , , — Russell Bangs @ 3:42 am

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The notion that the vote is sacred in some way, with its implication that saintly people once fought and died so you can vote for whatever wicked lunacy you like, tallies well with the propaganda lie that “the troops fought for our freedoms.” Once again we see the fundamental pro-war affinity of liberals, and how the vote-sacralizing ideology itself is implicitly pro-war. (It also has a deep affinity with Mammon’s tenet that money is sacred and not just a tool.) And for the American mainstream “freedom” means nothing but license.
 
I’m not a member of this religious cult of electoralism. I view voting purely as a tactic and judge electoralism purely by its results.
 
By now the results are long since in: From the point of view of ecological sanity and human freedom, well-being, health and happiness, electoralism is a failure. Beyond the local level there’s seldom any context where voting makes any tactical sense at all. It’s purely for entertainment purposes or, in the case of the electoral fundamentalists, religious ritual.
 
The partisan bots worship celebrity politicians in the exact same way any other fan club worships any other kind of celebrity and root for their party in the exact same way sports fans root for their team. Those of us outside the cult recognize that there’s nothing here but carnival geeks in kangaroo elections, and that the alleged differences between Democrats and Republicans, for which sectarians within the cult are willing to throttle one another, are nothing but fighting over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, 36 or 37.
 
And then many of them are so deep into the cult that they think even such an existential predicament as the climate crisis and the escalating Sixth Mass Extinction can be solved at the ballot box.
 
Of course the beyond-human animals and plants don’t vote, nor do forests or rivers or mountains. Nor do the great majority of our voting do-gooders want to figure out a way to give beyond-humans a vote. Gaia as a whole doesn’t vote until she renders the electorate insane to the point that they vote to accelerate their own destruction. This is happening now.
 
In the meantime liberal electoralists assure us that they and only they can save humanity and the whole world, and they can do it only and exclusively by voting Democrat. (I single out liberal Democrats because they’re the most obnoxious proselytizers for the electoral religion and because they carry the corporate-environmental program into the ballot box with them. Of course voting Republican is no better.)
 
If we vote their way we can be, not the cartoon X-Men but the equally cartoon XR-Men.
 
“This my friends is where we stand today. The myth becomes reality. The villain is corporate and government sponsored environmental destruction. The townsfolk are all of us, trying to just live out our lives in peaceful prosperity. The goddess is nature, loved by all for her beauty but so often misunderstood, abandoned, used and abused. The hero is the extinction rebellion and all sincere activists, drifting through town intent on righting the wrong, challenging the villain, setting the example and hopefully, when it’s all said and done, settling in for the life ever after with the glorious goddess.”
 
There’s the mentality of corporate environmentalism and the climate industry. “Nature” still is helplessly prone on the rack where Francis Bacon strapped her for what he gleefully called a gang rape. Only now our heroic XR Men are coming to the rescue brandishing ballots and petitions to their favorite politicians.
 
On the contrary the task of we primalists, we pioneers and returners, is to endure Gaia’s Kinesis, doing whatever we can along the way to assist the Earth, wherever we see opportunities. But in spite of the Dominionist delusions of exploiter and would-be savior alike, we know that Earth remains infinitely dominant and now is beginning to smack down this vermin infestation called “modern civilization”. (That is indeed what this civilization is in the most literal biological sense of the term.) And we build the necessary movement against this culture and polity and for a post-fossil Gaian society.
 
Meanwhile the fake elections of this civilization are just one of the circuses while the basis of bread rapidly shrinks toward nothing.
 
 
 
 
 

November 2, 2019

Toward Primal Necessity

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I think and feel and see the world in terms of all but the last few hundred years out of 20 million years of human evolution, 200 million years of mammalian evolution, four billion years of Gaian evolution. This is the basis of a primal world view based in deep ecology and deep time. It places humanity in ecological and temporal context and retrieves order out of the intellectual and psychological chaos of the modern mind.
 
The modern mind exists only as passenger in a machine fueled by fossils and driven by a psychopathy which deploys a purely instrumental, nihilistic pseudo-reason and pseudo-science, both inflated out of all rational proportion and both used, abused, twisted and distorted funhouse-mirror style in order to be useful toward any given psychotic corporate-governmental-military goal.
 
With these fuels the machine has constructed a civilization of psychosis and alienation and violence, designed so that a handful of psychopaths, themselves slaves of their compulsions, always have been able to seize control, turn every development or chance to their advantage, and induce everyone else to follow.
 
This machine, this civilization never can or will reform itself, never will restrain itself even in its own interest. For example the premise of the Green New Deal is that the Extreme Energy Civilization can save itself from itself and therefore perpetuate itself, perpetuate the tyranny of “the economy”, perpetuate productionism, perpetuate consumerism. But since green capitalism itself is ecocidal, and continued and escalated ecocide cannot save the destroyer from the consequences of its ecocide, any actual GND deployment would only aggravate the self-destructive crisis. But for the moment the propaganda idea of green capitalism including any “Green New Deal” still is doing its sheep-herding, liberal-conscience-mollifying work and delaying the rise of the necessary ideas of degrowth and primalism.
 
In truth the only meaningful action for us now is to propagate these ideas and organize to help one another endure the tribulations of imperial reaction, mass nervous breakdown, ecological collapse, climate chaos, and Gaia’s Kinesis lashing back in equal and opposite reaction to all the ecological destruction of the modern era.
 
The basic elements of primalism: Revering the Earth, living in proportion to the encompassing ecology, taking and discarding only what’s necessary, basing culture and morality on these Gaian relationships, basing intellect on understanding them as much as possible and being consciously aware of this understanding and the limits of understanding, basing wisdom on respect for this and all necessary limits, and on respect for the whole natural community with all its relationships. This, I think, is the best we pioneers and returners from among modernized humans can do. Future generations who grow from the new world with whatever soil and whatever Gaian phase it incarnates will grow the truly Gaian cultures of the future.
 
 
 
 
 

October 31, 2019

Halloween Vision: Carboniferous Legion

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death — Tags: , , , — Russell Bangs @ 7:41 am

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Life and undeath cannot co-exist.
 
There are many stories of the climate crisis. Most try to stuff it within the framework of the normal modern, which really means the extreme ahistoric abnormal though almost no one has the horizons to understand that. Other stories extend the horizon but would normalize it as typical of the “anthropocene”. Some stories deny it completely, usually with illogic that simultaneously denies the climate is changing at all while insisting the climate always is changing due to various causes. Well yes Sherlock, throughout natural history the climate often has changed, and there always have been causes. This time the cause is modern civilization’s berserk kamikaze unleashing of hundreds of millions of years worth of sunlight stored under extreme compression, setting it all loose, at least 5-10 degrees Celsius worth of global heating, in just a few years.
 
Another way to tell the story is to imagine this civilization digging its own grave when it digs to rob the vast graves of the past. The modern necropolis digs upon the burial ground of its own nemesis. Gaia’s carbon policy has been to bury it as the sun grows hotter. By setting loose the Lovecraftian ghosts of 300-million year old trees the kamikazes are restoring the sweltering climate of those times to bring those trees and their bacterial basis back to life and destroy themselves in the process. Those who Gaia would destroy, she first makes insane.
 
Hundreds of millions of years ago Earth concentrated the sun’s energy into algae, plankton, plants and trees, all suffused with bacteria and the vestiges of bacteria. Fossil fuels are the ghosts of these microbes. Their physical energy tallies their spirit power, as we see where that power drives civilized hominids into omnicidal ecstasy including collective suicide as they burn it all as fast and destructively as they can.
 
In every way modern humans are the vectors of these microbes: Bacteria control our minds and bodies through symbiosis and endosymbiosis; the fossil fuel ghost controls its civilized hominid addicts the same way heroin controls its addicts. The fossil ghost seizes the hard-wired tendency among the civilly-indoctrinated toward extremes and fanaticism.
 
We ascending primalists see the Gaian present, which always includes the bundle of all deep time since the bacteria alive today are the same as those of the Archaen. The orcs, the kamikazes, those who destroy the Earth see only distorted shades of the past. They see only a denuded graveyard where the only motion is the army of zombies it animates, the rising of legions of demons they summon, the miasma of fossil ghosts which make an atmosphere out of the rancid scalding air spewing from the grave.
 
In their mind’s eye they conjure deathscapes, strew wastelands, construct dead cities, slurp up rivers, lakes, seas, flatten plains to the horizon all sprouting toxic crops, deploy massive machines to sow pollution, noise, waste, destruction, death.
 
Their berserk commitment enlists every aggressive, competitive, nihilistic element of the inflamed brain. The neurobacterial element which evokes these maximizes itself at the same time that all the actions of the berserker civilization destroy microbial diversity and open all terrains for the most pathogenic bacteria, which then act back upon the hominid vessels.
 
Bacteria control the process from beginning to end: They formed fossil fuels, which comprise either their own compressed selves or were decomposed by them; and now they drive the kamikaze binge of civilization to unleash their own ghosts. Meanwhile the inflamed brain itself evolved out of bacterial networks and remains fully symbiotic with bacteria.
 
We see the collaboration of today’s living microbes with the fossil ghosts of those long dead.
 
The orcs, the kamikazes have enslaved the fossil ghosts in order to murder the living. The ghosts of ancient plankton and trees they now enlist to exterminate today’s plankton and trees.
 
These are the ghosts and monsters of hundreds of millions of years, dug up and the dead tissue reanimated, conjured and summoned by burning. Burning fuel, burning trees, burning homes, burning cities, burning air.
 
Their malevolence seizes the inflamed hominid brains while their carboniferous exhalations heat the air and drive the climate into chaos.
 
Our basic understanding: (1) An ecologically malign bacterial faction drives the kamikazes to liberate the fossil ancestors to help lay the Earth waste the better to dominate it. They commandeer the worst of humanity to serve as their agent while causing these hominids to think they’re the agents. An oil well, a fracking site, a mountain decapitated for coal, send their smoke poisoning and heating, as a war does for a whole country. Chaos and destruction are the paramount goals at all times in every place.
 
(2) Gaia makes her correction by turning this onslaught against its own perpetrators. The weak spot isn’t bacteria like A. tumefaciens or various botulins, it’s the kamikaze human vehicle which can be driven to destroy itself. Gaia’s bacterial counteroffensive drives the kamikaze civilization to inflict famine upon itself through its self-enslavement to industrial agriculture and deforestation. With their global heating offensive the kamikazes heat themselves out of home. They conjure pandemics against themselves through special animal-factory incubators, crops and animals specially engineered to induce bacterial antibiotic resistance, lavish spraying of herbicides serving as antibiotic-resistance selectors. Many of these are the very weapons of the kamikazes now turned against themselves. They heat the climate to help spread all hot-air bugs and plumb the furthest terrestrial reaches to bring out ALL the bugs. They ramify a global distribution network in order to propagate disease most intrepidly.

 
Today there’s little need for the fictional horror stories of ghouls, vampires, demon summoning, zombies rising from underground, from where they were buried mwaa ha ha ha. Fossil fuel ghosts are the real life horror rising from the tomb. We aren’t digging them up, they are using us to rise. It’s not vampire magic but bacterial control. All the atrocities of modern civilization are the actions of seized, infected, rabid brains. And today we undergo the final burn-off of all combustible material and all combustible thoughts. To modify one of Dostoevsky’s characters, the fire is in the mind of the people as much as the fire they set to the Earth. This is terminal riot.
 
And these demons, the ghosts of all past bacteria, algae, plankton, trees, arise as avengers to smite their summoners.
 
 
 
 
 

October 29, 2019

Green Disaster Capitalism

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1. 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; let all natural sinks resume their natural ranges.
 
Anything else is a lie.
 
2. A “Green New Deal” would be a massive boost and subsidy to extraction industries. It requires monstrous amounts of rare metals for solar panels and industrial windmills, it’ll probably include massive nuke subsidies and thus rake the Earth for uranium; and since all industrial fake-“renewables” depend completely upon a fossil fuel foundation, it will be another monster subsidy to fossil fuels. Judging by the history of proposed climate bills, it’ll probably also include coal subsidies (for “clean coal” scams).
 
3. What’s a fake renewable? It’s anything requiring a fossil fuel foundation; anything requiring hideously ecocidal mining; anything which will contribute to the pollution-poisoning of the Earth; anything designed to power an economy whose general actions are ecocidal. (GND plans always assume “green” generation of power for what’s otherwise business as usual.) These are just four leading ways any version of industrial “renewables” are not renewable, not sustainable, and will do their worst to render Gaia herself non-renewable. This includes industrial “biomass”, industrial wind, industrial solar, electric cars, and similar campaigns of earthly destruction in the name of the Earth. It also includes river-enslaving, riparian ecology-exterminating, salmon-massacring dam projects in the name of “hydroelectric”. Dams also require massive fossil fuel emissions for their construction and then cause a great spewing of carbon, as inundated soils hemorrhage methane.
 
4. Since the GND wants to perpetuate the high-production high-consumption industrial cancer economy (AKA “growth” economy), it therefore proposes to continue keeping the majority of the workforce out of food production. That means it proposes to perpetuate the framework of industrial agriculture.
 
Industrial agriculture itself, taken as a whole, is the number one driver of climate change, the number one emitter and destroyer of sinks. This is in addition to its horrific ecological afflictions, from habitat destruction to environmental poisoning to eradication of biodiversity and its replacement by a monoculture reduced to nothing but crops, livestock, the hominid tenders of these, specially privileged pests, weeds and diseases (since the massive poisoning of the environment selects for resistant strains of these and kills everything else), and the tremendously reduced bacterial community which presides over this.
 
I’ve written hundreds of times that the only possible way forward for any significant number of people to live at all post-fossil fuels is through agroecology based in the social system of food sovereignty. Indeed the data says this could produce enough food for even the number of people on Earth today, in an ecologically far less harmful way. But of course this would require all able-bodied people to participate in growing food. (Not in any way like agricultural laborers under the corporate industrial system, but as organic horticulturalists, essentially community gardening on a vastly larger basis than the community food movement has done so far.)
 
It’s a moot point since there’s zero chance that civilization will undertake this transformation. On the contrary civilization will hunker in the bunker like the one collective 1945 Hitler it is and make the end as hard as possible. The deranged-utopian “Green New Deal” and its industrial promises comprise part of this hunkering.
 
5. How bizarre that so many of the most acute analysts of disaster capitalism don’t see how Green New Dealism is the most extreme, thorough-going campaign of disaster capitalism yet. Unless of course they’ve consciously sold out.
 
6. One way to view industrial agriculture is that it is modern civilization’s campaign to maximize the conversion of atmospherically inert N2 to atmosphere-heating N2O and a big part of the civilization’s campaign to set loose all the stored carbon of hundreds of millions of years.
 
We can go further. Governments are best viewed as having their primary purpose in organizing the most ruthless exploitation of whatever can be turned into a “resource”, and the most ruthless destruction of everything else. The US military is a microcosm: It’s utterly incapable of achieving any of its affirmative goals, but it’s very successful at destroying and sowing chaos. So it has always been with governments, with civilization as such: Very good at destroying, generally a failure at any of the positive things it claims to seek: Human freedom, well-being, health, happiness, togetherness, peace. As a rule the “uncivilized” have enjoyed these to a far greater degree than the “civilized”.
 
It’s no wonder that starting with Cortes, European invaders of the Western hemisphere have felt far less need to guard against attacks from the indigenous, and far more need to prevent defections to the indigenous from their own ranks. As anarchists have long pointed out against the lies of civilization about allegedly sociopathic, competitive human nature: If this were human nature, then why after possessing total power for centuries now does modern civilization still need to expend on a daily basis such massive resources for indoctrination, propaganda, incentives, threats, and violence?
 
7. Today as Earth trembles on the verge of Gaia’s Kinesis, all the pent up energy of the equal and opposite reaction to the great war of omnicide civilization has waged against her, humanity faces its worst self-inflicted existential threat. But this also is humanity’s great new opportunity for liberation and re-membering with the Earth from which this deranged species never actually was able to sunder itself, in spite of all delusions.
 
If our biological species survives at all, we will do so only through restored accord with the Earth. In spite of the fantasies of the Green New Dealers, it will not be possible to save the death machine from itself. One way or another, with greater or less agency as opposed to under greater or less ecological duress, we shall resume our natural ecological role within natural limits. Whether this restoration of order is to be a Renaissance or a self-immiseration is up to us.
 
 
 
 
 

October 11, 2019

Modern Reactionary Lust for Ancient Destruction

Filed under: Climate Crisis, Dance of Death, Disaster Capitalism — Tags: , , , , — Russell Bangs @ 9:16 am

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It’s typical that the earliest extant Western writing, the Epic of Gilgamesh inscribed in cuneiform, contains the earliest account of forest massacre, the mass murder of trees. Having defeated his enemy Humbaba, who among other things was steward of the great Mideast cedar forest, Gilgamesh celebrates his victory by hacking down the forest.
 
This is how Sumerian myth tried to account for how their forests somehow got destroyed, how they wrecked their fertile land and turned it into a desert: They passed the blame for their own rapacity onto a mythologized figure.
 
Thus we have the first Western documentation of how a Western civilization destroyed itself by destroying its forests. Many other examples have followed.
 
Today the modern global economic civilization is destroying all forests as fast and aggressively as possible, committing total ecocide and collective suicide as fast and aggressively as it can.
 
And as this civilization withers in its own broiling desert, who will it blame?*
 
 
Gaia’s Kinesis includes Earth’s direct backlash against modern civilization’s crimes. The great ecological manifesto Revelation describes this thruout. The Kinesis includes the death-wish of the civilization and its hyper-aggression against the Earth as it rushes over the cliff, and therefore much of it will be devastating to natural communities and to the least guilty among peoples, indigenous and impoverished frontline communities. This is being forced by the berserk insanity of Homo necropolitan, the “civilized”.
 
Reading by a Gaian interpretation, Revelation is not describing literally a god’s judgement and punishment, but is evoking the simple facts of what’s happening. It does include many literal ecological effects as well as much religious and moral symbolism transposing the modern biological war to the human cultural level.
 
The berserkers attack, damage, destroy, and the destruction redounds upon their own head and destroys them. Homo necropolitan won’t survive Gaia’s Kinesis, and there’s a decent chance the hominid species as such will become the apex victim of its own mass extinction and total ecocide assault. Certainly modern civilization won’t survive it.
 
We’ll look at one example depicting our present and near future, Revelation 16:1-9 as the seven angels emerge from the sky temple bearing the vials of the wrath of God, ready to pour them upon the orcs. Necessarily, this speaks only of what empirically is already happening and what common sense and science forecast is imminent. No one needs to feel it as religious prophecy unless that’s how they feel it.
 
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
 
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
 
The mark of the beast (Rev 13:16-17) is the mark of Mammon, the insignia of grinder producers and consumers, all who live to destroy the Earth (Rev 11:18), to buy and sell commodities, to worship money and to use it as a weapon of destruction. They farmed poison, they burned the air. Now the pandemics driven by industrial agriculture and global heating will afflict rich as well as poor. The complete poisoning of the air and water, the poisoned soil and food, the cancer and lung disease the rich long have inflicted on the poor and on the more-than-human world, these all now become noisome and grievous sores upon the rich as well. All must live or die on this Earth, and almost all have chosen to die upon it. They ratify their drenching amid the vial.
 
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
 
They flooded the seas with their farmed poisons, they dumped their factory and consumer waste, they heated the waters, they crammed carbon to turn the seas to acid, they infused every drop with oil solids, they generated vortexes of this plastic. They kill everything, they crash their own fisheries, they conjure the turbulence, they loft the waves, they drive the surges, they raise the seas themselves, they flood their own cities, they salt their own coastal lands and aquifers. Most of all they cripple the biggest arc of the carbon cycle and block off the most expansive resting place for carbon in physical form and in time. In the longer run this by far will be the greatest heating and chaotic feedback effect of all.
 
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
 
Here the poison flooding of the waters begins, the runoff from the poison farms, the poison lawns, the poison work zones, the poison roads, the poisoned rain. What non-poisoned water is left is stolen by the corporate demons and sold back to the people who bear money. The campaign of heating and chaos drives drought, what’s far more the mass murder of trees, the massacre of forests, brings the desert. The water flees away and is no more. They’ll all die of thirst.
 
5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
 
They were vampires always, parasites always, and always have murdered to get their blood. They destroy their own children’s water, they drink their own children’s blood.
 
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
 
The most direct self-inflicted global heating shall wipe out all agriculture and render vast spaces of Earth uninhabitable for hominids.
 
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
 
We know the berserker response. They blasphemed the name of Gaia who has power over all these plagues, they refused to live in balance, they fought as hard as they could to maximize the plagues, and they did not repent. They will not repent.
 
9:21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their sorceries, their immorality or their thefts.
 
They’ll flock to the second beast (Rev 13:11-17) for propaganda charades, mirages of “industrial renewables” and “sustainable development”, emission-and-sink shell games such as “Green New Deals” along with the long-running “offset”, “carbon neutral”,”zero net emissions” lies. They’ll opiate themselves with these while they follow the lead of the same Earth-destroying corporations, governments, militaries they’ve always followed.
 
16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
 
All this is blasphemy in the name of the Earth. They won’t repent. Stripping away all the poses and lies, they’ll continue mass-producing, mass-consuming, mass-wasting, mass-destroying. They’ll continue being destroyers of the Earth unto their own collective suicide.
 
Those who Gaia would destroy she first makes insane.
 
 
Today we need the new stories, today’s consolation and inspiration, to be the affirmation amid all the tales of horror in tomorrow’s mythology. We need the stories of Gaia’s restoration to go with the stories of her Kinesis, her direct counterattacks, while most of all she drives the orcs to destroy themselves.
 
 
*I’m getting a pretty strong hunch who’s going to get most of the blame. More on that in coming posts.
 
 
 
 

October 9, 2019

Dominion of Lies and Insanity

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Like Hitler this civilization is going to hunker in the bunker unto its own bitter, maximally destructive end. Meanwhile we have those who call for WWII-level mobilization, ostensibly to do something about the climate crisis. Many of them regurgitate the long lie that nature is waging war against civilization and that civilization needs to muster for total war in return. Thus we have the rhetoric of World War II mobilizations, the Manhattan Project, the Apollo space program. But I automatically distrust anyone who uses militaristic metaphors in environmental contexts unless the militarism is directed against the destroyers of the Earth. It reeks of Dominion theology, which remains rife throughout the mainstream environmental movement. Like the more conventional right-wing end-times frothing, this rhetoric among the mainstream environmentalists and “eco-modernists” is propaganda toward the corporate-theological agenda.
 
In reality it’s civilization itself, and especially the modern economic civilization, which is inherently ecocidal-genocidal and wages total aggressive war dedicated to exterminating all life on Earth including humanity. Gaia is indeed ramping up her ecological correction mechanism, but this is purely defensive. Much like how around the world there are many defensive political and military actions against US imperial aggression (which aggression many of the mainstream environmentalists also support).
 
 
How is it possible to look at an old-growth redwood or boreal or tropical rain forest and think a god who created such an ongoing miracle wants for hominids to destroy it? They think a god put it there merely for humans to use it as a “resource”? That’s not possible. If so this god wouldn’t have filled it with such innumerable life and made it so beautiful.
 
To say God gave you a resource in a forest or wetland or river is identical to saying this about other people as you enslave them. It’s evil. To put it in Christian terms, these are agents of Satan doing Satan’s bidding. Only Satan could look at a tree and want to cut it down.
 
Dominion theology is refuted by three simple facts:
 
1. If God wanted man to dominate nature, the result truly would be “reclamation” and the recovery of the orderly Garden of Eden. Instead the result invariably is chaos, disorder, destruction. From the point of view of Christian theology, an honest person would have to admit that extractive actions boost Satan’s dominion, not that of God.
 
2. If God created nature in order for it to be dominated and destroyed by man, this god never would have created such unfathomable biodiversity, such an infinite expanse of detail. On the contrary, the miraculous infinity of earthly life would prove to any truly religious person (except a Satanist) that God wanted humans to integrate harmoniously with nature, or at most to be a good and benevolent steward. (“Steward” is a more accurate translation of Genesis than “dominion”.)
 
3. Anyone who really thought the Rapture was imminent wouldn’t be concerned with material “resources” anyway. Those who truly believed the Rapture and/or the Second Coming was imminent would devote all their energies to preparing their souls. They’d have zero time or interest for temporal things like making money. Indeed, they’d consider it to be a bad time to indulge greed, violence, and all the other sins inherent in capitalism.
 
This proves that those who assert the end times are imminent, and that therefore there’s no reason not to destroy the Earth, are frauds and liars. They’re really either closet atheists or closet Satanists. When they invoke the Rapture what they really mean is, “Once we have enough money and guns and techno-gadgets we’ll be free of all social, political, economic, even physical restraints. It’ll be as if we were lifted bodily to heaven.”
 
This sums up the theology of capitalism, scientism, technocracy, Mammon, all coated with a fake neo-Christian veneer. They’ve long since been unable to sustain faith in de jure Christianity, but the temporal matrix of money, technology, power, violence, and ecological destruction seems to offer a synthetic substitute. They no longer believe in a God “up there”, but they still believe in the up-there itself and that they can take the place of this god.
 
Any true Christian, or any other sincerely religious person, would reject technocracy’s campaign to eradicate the original Creation and replace it with a purely artificial anti-ecological machine. It’s the Tower of Babel to a much greater extreme. This includes the summoning and worship of demons called “corporate persons”, and Mammon’s religious belief in the reality and sanctity of money.
 
Most of all it applies to the core mindset of the civilized: Biophobia, hatred of life. And it applies most of all to the core activity of civilization: Ecological destruction for the sake of destruction. Do we need the products of the destruction? No. An entire marketing industry and propaganda ministry have to work day and night to brainwash people into thinking they need these products. Do these products or their profits satisfy anyone or make anyone happy? No. The rich only obsess on how to become more rich, while everyone else, where not yet completely immiserated, becomes ever more anxious, diseased, angry.
 
There’s your proof: The destruction is for no rationally explicable purpose. The destruction is done purely for its own sake. That’s the religion of modern civilization. That’s the essence of Dominion.
 
 
 
 

October 1, 2019

The Tree-Human Carbon War

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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 dioxide 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 destruction of forests and industrial logging 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.
 
 
 
 

August 23, 2019

The Coming Amazon Desert

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What’s left of the Amazon rain forest is burning from hundreds of fires the orcs have set to clear space for ranching, timber plantations, mining and industrial farming. The lush paradise of water is burned out and transformed to arid pasture which withers to dust in a few years. The same scorched earth campaigns are underway in Southeast Asia, Africa and elsewhere. This final burndown is civilization’s final push to exterminate as many plant and animal species as possible and turn the entire terrestrial Earth into a desert. The Amazon and its companion rain forests are the lungs and the rainmakers of the world. Much of the Western hemisphere depends for its rain ultimately on weather patterns driven by the transpiration of the Amazon. Civilization’s goal is to stop the rain, permanently. And the destruction of the breathing forests, coupled with the heating and acid assault on the even more oxygenating ocean ecology, has the goal of rendering Earth’s system of oxygen, our very life breath, stagnant and failing. The elemental death wish, the fundamental urge to collective suicide at the heart of civilization, couldn’t be displayed more starkly, short of a joyous frenzied nuclear missile party, the 1914-style celebration of the launch of WWIII, which we may yet see as the entire US political class is lusting for it.
 
Civilization always has been an arsonist, modern civilization is the worst firebug of all. Starting in what used to be the Fertile Crescent, wherever civilization has gone it has turned fertility to desert. Thus the deserts have spread over the Middle East, southern Asia, Australia, North Africa, Latin America, the West and Great Plains of North America. The destruction of as little as 20% of what’s left of the Amazon – a few years more at this rate of arson – will render the residue untenable. The whole thing will wither to rainless dust.
 
Brazilian president Bolsonaro always has openly declared this to be his goal, to transform Brazil and as much of the hemisphere as possible into a desert. His voters, his supporters in Brazil, across Latin America, and in the US and European governments, all ardently embrace this goal. They prove it by their words and especially their actions.
 
This ecocidal goal dovetails with Bolsonaro’s proclaimed genocidal goal: What’s left of Brazil’s indigenous peoples must cease to exist, through forced assimilation or whatever other way is necessary. It’s clear that this government considers these natural peoples to be outside the law, and the orcs have gotten the message. Already hundreds have been murdered by ranchers, miners, loggers and other predators.
 
Just as with desert-driving ecocide, so this genocidal drive to generate a hominid desert is acclaimed or tolerated by a near-consensus among the civilized in Brazil, the US and elsewhere. Actions – of voters, media, officials – prove this.
 
The destruction of the Amazon and the rest of the world’s rain forest is the supreme destruction of the world’s greatest terrestrial carbon sink. To burn what’s left of the Amazon biomass would release as much carbon as all modern fossil fuel burning. Here again we see the kamikaze civilization’s drive to pump the atmosphere as full of carbon as possible, to heat up the Earth as much as possible, in a berserk lunge to perpetuate the interglacial Holocene (better called the Psychoticene) and stave off Gaia’s return to the normal colding, icing trend of the last several million years.
 
The Amazon is one of Gaia’s ultimate centers of biodiversity. Therefore it is a core target of the civilization’s campaign to exterminate all life except for elite hominids and their livestock, both of these groups to exist only in a genetically engineered eugenic form.
 
The goal is maximum destruction, maximum extermination of humans and other animals and plants, before the orc civilization is brought down by its own energy collapse, economic collapse, nuclear war; before Gaia’s Kinesis in the form of climate chaos, ecological collapse, pandemics and other retributions bring civilization’s omnicide-suicide ride to a close.
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
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