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Point of no return? Climate Change and impending Peak Everything

‘Peak oil’, ‘peak water’, ‘peak food.’ The world is hanging on by a very thin thread, sustained by false confidence and the continuous creation of debt. Under normal conditions, endless money printing would not inspire confidence in the financial system, but there has really been nothing normal about the world economy since the abandonment of the gold standard. The road ahead is gonna get very bumpy.

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Guest post by Luke Eastwood from his articles found at http://www.lukeeastwood.com. 

Buzzwords or rather buzzphrases like ‘peak oil’, ‘climate change’, ‘global warming’, ‘food crisis’, ‘peak water’ and even ‘peak everything’ have been bandied about everywhere over the last decade thus create a sense of drama and impending doom amongst those who can tear themselves away from the soap operas.

There has been much fear-mongering, mis-representation or mis-interpretation of empirical data and scientific opinion for both commercial and political reasons as well as impartial warnings from the scientific community(1). Contradictory viewpoints at many levels of society has lead to the current situation – a malaise or crisis saturation point that results in apathy or, put another way, impotent retention of the status quo.

In truth, the data speaks for itself, whether it’s climatic or economic. Whatever spin clever people wish to present on behalf of vested-interests, the statistics over time clearly show that the world is in bad shape economically, climatically and in sheer terms of resources per head of population.

Where we find ourselves now is unique in human history, simply because we have reached or nearly reached the limits of what formerly appeared to be an inexhaustible supply of resources. This problem was inevitable given that not all of the earth’s resources are recyclable or replaceable. However, the exponential growth curve of the human population over the last 2000 years(2) has undoubtedly rapidly accelerated the rate at which multiple factors have become a problem for us.

The first and most fundamental problem for any organism is the supply of energy. In the case of most organisms the sole energy forms required are food, water and sunlight. Humans are unique in that we have become dependent on other forms of energy, first animal labour and then mechanical labour. In the case of the former, food and water powers this additional labour harnessed by man. In the case of the later we have had to find mineral or electrical energy sources to provide the necessary power.

Obviously in the early days of mechanical labour the power sources were seemingly omnipresent – tar pits, open cast coalmines etc were common and easily tapped, but as we all know, this is far from the case today. Worry over the supply of oil, gas and coal (and from this electricity) has reached fever pitch since the 70s oil crisis and has led to the term ‘peak oil’ that most intelligent people are familiar with.

Now, in the twenty-first century, we are dealing with not just what appears to be ‘peak oil’, where demand is roughly at parity with the practical rate of supply(3), but the beginnings of ‘peak everything’(4). Water shortages are common enough in many parts of the world, but this is a problem that historically has not affected the developed world greatly – due to technological innovation and the availability of sufficient resources to overcome such problems. This is no longer the case, particularly in California and mid-west USA, which has been struck by prolonged drought in recent years.

‘Peak water’ is increasingly a problem all over the globe, not only due to rising human populations but also as a result of erratic weather patterns, attributed to ‘climate change’(5). Higher or lower precipitation can cause dramatic effects on the landscape and as a result on local or national economies too. For instance, food production in California is horribly affected by water scarcity but it also has had its effect on the timber industry, tourism and all water-hungry manufacturing. Competition for water will increase, it is in fact a reality already(6).

Of course problems of water and food supply feed into the overall cost of production and hence the general price of goods. With currency wars in full swing, inflation problems experienced by both producers and consumers are only exacerbated by unpredictable decreases in supply caused by chronic and acute weather anomalies.

The current ‘economic recovery’ is somewhat fragile at best, or if we are truly honest – is non-existent(7). What little ‘recovery’ there is seems to be based on ill-conceived confidence and not on any real change in the economic fundamentals. In fact there is a good case for arguing that the fundamentals are in fact worse than in the last recession, which would indicate that the ‘recovery’ is an illusion akin to ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ fairy tale.

Given the true state of the world’s economic system, it is hardly in a state to withstand any shocks – ‘peak oil’, ‘peak water’, ‘peak food’, or infrastructure and environmental calamities etc. brought on by ‘climate change’ events such as hurricanes, droughts, flooding and the like.

Even if one were to ignore the possibilities of ‘climate change’ havoc, the world economy could collapse at any moment given that it seems to be entirely sustained by confidence and the continuous creation of debt. In ‘normal’ conditions, continued expansion of debt and endless money printing would not inspire confidence in the financial system, but there has really been nothing normal about the world economy since the abandonment of the gold standard(8).

At this current time personal debt levels in the developed world (and also developing nations such as China) are at frighteningly high levels(9). For a multitude who are ‘maxed-out’ already and struggling with their overleveraged burden there is no possibility of further borrowing. Therefore financial institutions are left with taking risks on younger people who have yet to realise their earning potential, on older people who may not live to the end of the term, or on people who they would usually dismiss as too risky.

In the commercial end of things there is still so much toxic debt kicking around the system that the financial institutions are desperate to negate potential losses but are often too afraid to lend to many viable businesses(10).

In a system that is still awash with debt from the last ‘recession’ of 2008 and with fewer financially healthy applicants to lend to, the financial institutions are ripe for another collapse. Bailouts and quantitative easing have kept a multitude of zombie institutions afloat for years now, but in doing so governments have beggared their taxpaying populations. So now the average person has less to spend as a result of high real inflation(11) (forget the phoney CPI) and stealth bailout/QE taxation, which of course means they have less money to actually spend in the real economy, thus making the system even weaker.

The whole thing is like a barrel of gunpowder waiting for a spark, waiting for what people have called a ‘black swan’ event or perhaps a ‘perfect storm’ of several calamitous events happening at the same time(12).

If it’s not war, disease or some financial anomaly then ‘climate change’ is likely to provide the necessary trigger to the loss of confidence that will drag the whole system into a massively destructive correction. As climatic events become more extreme, more violent and more frequent the chances of ‘peak everything’ become more likely. If ‘peak everything’ becomes a reality then the out of kilter, fantastically inflated world economy is absolutely guaranteed to collapse. When this systemic correction finally does happen, maybe tomorrow or maybe years from now, it will not be a ‘clean break’, it will be a bloodbath(13).

References:

http://www.lukeeastwood.com

1 http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120124/ipcc-report-climate-change-likely-be-ignored-until-felt-locally
2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_growth#mediaviewer/File:Population_curve.svg
3 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-09/peak-cheap-oil
4 http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/peak-everything-eight-things-we-are-running-out-of-and-why.html
5 http://www.globalresearch.ca/top-ten-countries-at-risk-of-water-shortages/19996
6 http://www.globalresearch.ca/u-s-wars-in-the-middle-east-imperialism-and-the-battle-for-water/5384015
7 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-04/obamas-economic-recovery-pictures
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-10-02/europes-losing-battle-recovery
8 http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-rise-and-fall-of-the-international-gold-standard/13559
9 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-06-04/debt-nations
10 http://www.forbes.com/sites/hbsworkingknowledge/2014/08/04/why-small-business-lending-has-not-recovered/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/why-banks-aren-t-lending-the-silent-liquidity-squeeze/25650
11 http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-06/magic-cpi-watch-how-economists-transform-400-price-increase-71-decline
12 http://usawatchdog.com/catastrophic-outcomes-may-come-faster-than-expected-james-rickards/
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/mar/23/jonathon-porritt-recession-climate-crisis

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James Woods Suspended From Twitter Over Satirical Meme That Could “Impact An Election”

James Woods crushes Jack Dorsey: “You are a coward, @Jack.”

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Outspoken conservative actor James Woods was suspended from posting to Twitter over a two-month-old satirical meme which very clearly parodies a Democratic advertisement campaign. While the actor’s tweets are still visible, he is unable to post new content.

The offending tweet from July 20, features three millennial-aged men with “nu-male smiles” and text that reads “We’re making a Woman’s Vote Worth more by staying home.” Above it, Woods writes “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible.”

According to screenshots provided by an associate of Woods’, Twitter directed the actor to delete the post on the grounds that it contained “text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.

In other words, James Woods, who has approximately 1.72 million followers, was suspended because liberals who don’t identify as women might actually take the meme seriously and not vote. 

In a statement released through associate Sara Miller, Woods said “You are a coward, @Jack,” referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.

Earlier this month, Woods opined on the mass-platform ban of Alex Jones, tweeting: ““I’ve never read Alex Jones nor watched any of his video presence on the internet. A friend told me he was an extremist. Believe me that I know nothing about him. That said, I think banning him from the internet is a slippery slope. This is the beginning of real fascism. Trust me.”

Nu-males everywhere non-threateningly smirk at Woods’ bad fortune…

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This Man’s Incredible Story Proves Why Due Process Matters In The Kavanaugh Case

Accused of rape by a fellow student, Brian Banks accepted a plea deal and went to prison on his 18th birthday. Years later he was exonerated.

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Somewhere between the creation of the Magna Carta and now, leftists have forgotten why due process matters; and in some cases, such as that of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, they choose to outright ignore the judicial and civil rights put in place by the U.S. Constitution.

In this age of social media justice mobs, the accused are often convicted in the court of (liberal) public opinion long before any substantial evidence emerges to warrant an investigation or trial. This is certainly true for Kavanaugh. His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, cannot recall the date of the alleged assault and has no supporting witnesses, yet law professors are ready to ruin his entire life and career. Not because they genuinely believe he’s guilty, but because he’s a pro-life Trump nominee for the Supreme Court.

It goes without saying: to “sink Kavanaugh even if” Ford’s allegation is untrue is unethical, unconstitutional, and undemocratic. He has a right to due process, and before liberals sharpen their pitchforks any further they would do well to remember what happened to Brian Banks.

In the summer of 2002, Banks was a highly recruited 16-year-old linebacker at Polytechnic High School in California with plans to play football on a full scholarship to the University of Southern California. However, those plans were destroyed when Banks’s classmate, Wanetta Gibson, claimed that Banks had dragged her into a stairway at their high school and raped her.

Gibson’s claim was false, but it was Banks’s word against hers. Banks had two options: go to trial and risk spending 41 years-to-life in prison, or take a plea deal that included five years in prison, five years probation, and registering as a sex offender. Banks accepted the plea deal under the counsel of his lawyer, who told him that he stood no chance at trial because the all-white jury would “automatically assume” he was guilty because he was a “big, black teenager.”

Gibson and her mother subsequently sued the Long Beach Unified School District and won a $1.5 million settlement. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later, long after Banks’s promising football career had already been tanked, that Gibson admitted she’d fabricated the entire story.

Following Gibson’s confession, Banks was exonerated with the help of the California Innocence Project. Hopeful to get his life back on track, he played for Las Vegas Locomotives of the now-defunct United Football League in 2012 and signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013. But while Banks finally received justice, he will never get back the years or the prospective pro football career that Gibson selfishly stole from him.

Banks’ story is timely, and it serves as a powerful warning to anyone too eager to condemn those accused of sexual assault. In fact, a film about Banks’s ordeal, Brian Banks, is set to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival next week.

Perhaps all the #MeToo Hollywood elites and their liberal friends should attend the screening – and keep Kavanaugh in their minds as they watch.

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A university professor in Sweden is under investigation after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are “biologically founded”

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A university professor in Sweden is under investigation for “anti-feminism” and “transphobia” after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are “biologically founded” and that genders cannot be regarded as “social constructs alone,” reports Academic Rights Watch.

For his transgression, Germund Hesslow – a professor of neuroscience at Lund University – who holds dual PhDs in philosophy and neurophysiology, may lose his job – telling RT that a “full investigation” has been ordered, and that there “have been discussions about trying to stop the lecture or get rid of me, or have someone else give the lecture or not give the lecture at all.”

“If you answer such a question you are under severe time pressure, you have to be extremely brief — and I used wording which I think was completely innocuous, and that apparently the student didn’t,” Hesslow said.

Hesslow was ordered to attend a meeting by Christer Larsson, chairman of the program board for medical education, after a female student complained that Hesslow had a “personal anti-feminist agenda.” He was asked to distance himself from two specific comments; that gay women have a “male sexual orientation” and that the sexual orientation of transsexuals is “a matter of definition.”

The student’s complaint reads in part (translated):

I have also heard from senior lecturers that Germund Hesslow at the last lecture expressed himself transfobically. In response to a question of transexuallism, he said something like “sex change is a fly”. Secondly, it is outrageous because there may be students during the lecture who are themselves exposed to transfobin, but also because it may affect how later students in their professional lives meet transgender people. Transpersonals already have a high level of overrepresentation in suicide statistics and there are already major shortcomings in the treatment of transgender in care, should not it be countered? How does this kind of statement coincide with the university’s equal treatment plan? What has this statement given for consequences? What has been done for this to not be repeated? –Academic Rights Watch

After being admonished, Hesslow refused to distance himself from his comments, saying that he had “done enough” already and didn’t have to explain and defend his choice of words.

At some point, one must ask for a sense of proportion among those involved. If it were to become acceptable for students to record lectures in order to find compromising formulations and then involve faculty staff with meetings and long letters, we should let go of the medical education altogether,” Hesslow said in a written reply to Larsson.

He also rejected the accusation that he had a political agenda – stating that his only agenda was to let scientific factnot new social conventions, dictate how he teaches his courses.

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