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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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The mainstream media does not want you to think [Video]

It is difficult to tell if recent reports like this really represent a realization for the media, but this interview rings true nonetheless.

Seraphim Hanisch

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Several recent stories on Fox, Breitbart, and here on The Duran all address the increasingly obvious bias of the mainstream media with regard to news reporting. We discussed on The Duran how Chris Wallace of Fox News refused to hear details from White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller about why the recently declared National Emergency is in fact legitimate.

This piece revealed that the media is very actively trying to control and direct what information they want the public to hear, rather than truly reporting the news, or interviewing people to get their takes on things, and to perhaps fully interview all sides in a controversy and then let the American public decide for themselves what to think.

This used to exist in more gentlemanly debate programs in some fashion, such as with the TV debate program Point Counterpoint, but now, the bias of the reporter or of the network is the primary operator in determining the outcome of the interview, rather than the information that is available about the story.

This has helped create a news and information culture in the United States that is truly insane. As examples, consider these paraphrased headlines, all occurring within the last few years:

All of these are probably familiar to most readers. Many of them are still repeated and acted on as if they were real. But the articles we linked to behind most of these ledes are examples of the disproof, usually 100% disproof, of these. They are hoaxes, or reports built on circumstantial evidence without any proof, or in the worst cases, pure slander and propaganda.

One reporter for CBS news, 60 Minutes anchor Lara Logan, discussed this in an interview with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, for his own podcast program, which was picked up by the MediaIte website. The video of her interview is quite lengthy but starting at about 02:14:00 there is a particular segment that the MediaIte writers called to attention. We include this segment in the video.

PARENTAL ADVISORY: The video is unrestricted in regards to language and there is some profanity. Parents, please listen first before letting your children watch this video.

A major point Mrs Logan makes here is that 85% of the employ of the mainstream media in the USA consist of registered Democrats. She also speaks forcefully against the use of stereotypes, and suggests the best place to start is actual facts. This means that most journalists are coming into this work with a bias, which is not set aside for the sake of the facts of the story.

Probably the most key point comes at 2:18:20 in the video is how Lara Logan is taught the way to discern whether or not someone in journalism is lying to you:

“Someone very smart told me a long time ago, that, ‘how do you know you are being lied to?’, ‘how do you know you are being manipulated?’, ‘how do you know there is something not right with the coverage?’, when they simplify it all, and there is no gray. There is no gray. It’s all one way.

“Well, life isn’t like that. If it doesn’t match real life, it is probably not. Something is wrong.”

Lara Logan then pointed out the comparison of the mainstream media’s constant negative coverage of President Trump against the reality of his work, that, regardless of one’s own personal bias, it does not match that everything the President does is bad. She also highlighted the point that one’s personal views should not come into how to report a news story.

Yet in our days, it not only comes into the story, it drives the narrative for which the story just becomes an example of “proof” that the narrative is “true.” 

Tucker Carlson talked vividly about the same characteristic on his program Monday night on Fox News.

He points out that the 3,000 yearly shooting in Chicago get very little news coverage, but that is because these are not as “useful” as the Jussie Smollett story is.

This is an example of using an event or a person’s actions to satisfy a politically biased propaganda narrative, rather than report the news.

This is not occasional, as the list of news headlines given above show. This is a constant practice across most of the mainstream media. Probably no one who gives interviews on the major networks is exempt, for even Mr. Carlson often resorts to cornering tactics when interviewing liberals in an apparent attempt to make the liberal look ridiculous and the point of view he espouses to look vindicated through that ridiculousness.

While this is emotionally invigorating for the Carlson fan who wants to see him “eviscerate” the liberal, it is very bad journalism. In fact, it is not journalism at all; it is sensationalism in a nasty sense.

It also insults the viewer, perhaps without them knowing it, because such reporting is the same as telling the viewer “WE ARE IN CONTROL!” and that the viewer must simply go along with the narrative given.

It is very bad when what should be information reporting, policy discussion, or debate becomes infected with this. Ideas, the product of (hopefully) rational and discursive reasoning, are pushed aside by pure emotion and mass sensationalism. Put metaphorically, it is the new look of bread and circuses, keeping the masses entertained while anything else might be happening.

Sometimes the motive for this is not so sinister. After all, we have a 24 hour news cycle now. In the 1970’s we didn’t. And in those times, the calibre of news reported was much higher. Reporting was far more careful. The Pulitzer Prize winners  Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did their incredible exposé on the doings of President Richard Nixon under the directorship of the Washington Post editor, which demanded triple-checking of everything, making sure that all information was factual, accurate and genuine. While the story was indeed sensational, more importantly, it was true.

Now we have a lot of sensation, but very little to zero truth. As an example, every one of the ledes linked above is not proven to be true, in fact the truth in many of these stories is the opposite of what the headline says.

This would not be much of a problem if the media lies were not absorbed and reacted on by their readers, listeners and viewers. But the fact is that there are a significant number of consumers of mainstream media news that do react to it. The Covington High School incident showed this in perhaps the most frightening way, with open calls for violence against teenagers and high school students, requested by professionals, people that are supposed to be adults, such as Kathy Griffin, Reza Aslan, and GQ writer Nathaniel Friedman, who called for these kids to be “doxxed”, which as we reported, is an action that can be deadly.

We are in the times where the love of many has gone cold, and all is about expediency and selfishness. While there are a few outlets and a few journalists that still retain interest in recording and disseminating the truth, the reality is that most of what is out there is tainted by the drive for attention and sensationalism.

The media that engages in such behavior is actually hurting people, rather than informing and helping them.

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Honest liberal says he is NOT INTERESTED in policy explanation [Video]

When news anchors try to act like prosecuting attorneys instead of actually interviewing people, we all lose.

Seraphim Hanisch

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One characteristic of modern-day television “news reporting” is that the political news is not truly reported. Rather, if the interviewer disagrees with the one being interviewed, the session turns into interviewer grandstanding. Regrettably, this tactic is used by liberal and conservative journalists alike. However, it is usually not admitted, as the interviewer usually chooses to say things like “I want the truth” when he or she really wants to force the other person to admit the correctness of the interviewer.

Over the weekend, Fox News’ Chris Wallace grandstanded against White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller. However, Chris Wallace at least was honest about his wish:

STEPHEN MILLER: … At a fundamental level, we could go down into the details, and you know, Chris, I can go down into details as much as you want to, but the bottom line is this…

CHRIS WALLACE: Please don’t! (laughs)

This is a big problem. The responsibility of any good journalist is to get full and accurate information about a given topic. Isn’t it?

Not in the press of our day. Chris Wallace is a valued personality for the Fox News Channel. As a former CBS anchor for 60 Minutes, Wallace brings a well-known face and voice of the mainstream media to Fox, even though he is quite liberal politically, as are many in the entertainment and information professions.

The problem is that the topic here, the facts justifying President Trump’s National Emergency declaration on Friday over the still permeable US-Mexico border, are present in abundance. But Mr. Wallace did not want to know these facts, or perhaps worse, he did not want to let his viewing audience know this information, so he tried to prevent Mr. Miller from talking about those details.

Stephen Miller, thankfully, was not having it. He insisted on giving a full and informed response to Mr. Wallace’s questions, even though Wallace did not want to hear any information.

The rest of the interview is comprised of Mr. Miller trying to dissemimate information and Mr. Wallace trying to block it and refuse it in order to sustain his own preferred narrative.

Chris Wallace’ point of view is that the President called a National Emergency for no good reason, and that President Trump is breaking the law by appropriating money for the Border Wall, something which only the House of Representatives can do, legislatively.

However, the point of view expressed by Mr. Wallace and President Trump is that as Chief Executive of the United States of America, the President is responsible to preserve the country from invasion. For the President, the never-ending waves of illegals coming into the country and not being deported, but rather, released into the US pending trials that they often never attend years later, amounts to a slow invasion.

Strictly speaking, President Trump is correct. The illegals are not (usually) armed representatives of a foreign power, but neither do they become American citizens. Many of them take advantage of generous provisions and loopholes in the law (Mexico teaches them how to do this!) and they therefore earn money but usurp the country of resources.

It has been exceedingly difficult to move the level of interest in stopping illegal immigration in the US. Rush Limbaugh rightly stated in his program on Friday, February 15, what the problem is, and we include some of the details (as we should) for why Mr. Limbaugh says what he says here:

There is a limit on a number of detainees. There is limit on how much of border and fence can be built. There’s a limit on what kind can be built. There’s a limit on modernization. This bill is filled with congressional edicts telling the president of the United States what he cannot do. Now, it authorizes $23 billion for Homeland Security, but it specifies $1.375 billion for fencing and bordering.

But there are so many limits on this as to make this practically irrelevant — by design and on purpose, because I firmly believe that what members of Congress (both parties) actually want with this bill is to send a message that nothing is ever gonna happen as long as Donald Trump is President. The attempt in this budget deal is to send a message to you Trump voters that it’s worthless voting for him, that it is a waste of time supporting him, because they are demonstrating that he can’t get anything done.

This is Pelosi in the House and Schumer in the Senate getting together, because they know when it comes to illegal immigration, these parties are unified, folks. For the most part, the Republicans and Democrats are for open borders. There are exceptions on the Republican side. But there are a lot of Republicans that don’t want Trump to succeed even now. There are a lot of Republicans just after he was inaugurated who don’t want him to succeed. So they come up with a piece of legislation here that is outrageous.

It is outrageous in its denial of the existence of a genuine emergency at the border. They don’t care. They will deal with whatever mess they create. They don’t care how bad it gets because in their world, the only mess is Donald Trump — and since the Russian effort and the Mueller effort and everything else related to that has failed to get his approval numbers down (and that has been the objective from the get-go), this is the latest effort, and it won’t be long… You mark my words on this.

There is an emergency at the US-Mexico border. Last year almost half a million people were apprehended by the Border Patrol and ICE. Many, if not most, though, are still in the United States. They were not all sent back. Some were, and some of them probably have come back in yet again. The fact that our nation’s borders are unrestricted in this manner is absolute folly.

The more American people know the details about what is actually happening at the border, the more they support the wall’s construction and President Trump’s policies. We have seen evidence for this in polling even by liberal network outlets. President Trump managed to call attention to this topic and bring it into the center of the discussion of US domestic policy. Rasmussen reported that the level of approval of Trump’s work to close the border is high – at 59 percent, with only 33 percent disapproving.

The President made this an issue. Chris Wallace tried in his own program to deflect and dissuade information from being brought to the attention of the American viewers who watch his program.

This is not journalism. It is reinforcement of propaganda on Mr. Wallace’s part, defense against facts, and an unwillingness to let the American people have information and therefore to think for themselves.

Unfortunately, such practices are not limited to Mr. Wallace. Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and others all utilize this form of questioning, and it is a shame, because the news reporter no longer reports the news. When a talking head on TV or radio places himself or herself as the Gatekeeper to allow or prevent information from reaching the American people, this is highly presumptuous, ego driven and almost always, dishonest.

Worse, such an approach reinforces this message to American people: “You cannot think for yourself. It is too hard, so we will do your thinking for you. Trust us!”

This style of journalism became more and more popular over, under the “appearance” of “tough questioning.” However the usual course of “tough questioning” is ideologically aligned with whatever the journalist thinks, and not at all about what is actually important. Chris Wallace is notorious for doing this with conservatives, and he does aggravate them, but he reduces interviews to an argument between the journalist and the person interviewed.

And usually, this is not the story. This was made absolutely clear in the interview with Stephen Miller, even to the point that Mr. Wallace actually voiced the request, “please don’t (give us all the specifics of this issue.)” 

Good journalism respects the fact that different people have different points of view. Agreement or disagreement with these points is what Op-Ed writing is for. But when Op-Ed is treated as hard fact journalism, we all lose.

We included the whole interview video from the beginning here so that the viewer can take in the whole course of this discussion. It is well worth watching. And as it is well-worth watching, it is also well-worth each person’s own personal consideration. People are smarter than the media would like us to be.

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“This is America” reveals a shocking vision of the United States

The Grammy Award winning Song and Record of the Year feature the very darkest vision of what America has become.

Seraphim Hanisch

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The Grammy Awards are the second of the three most significant musical achievement awards in the United States. Two of the anticipated awards that many fans of this event look forward to learning are the Song of the Year and the Record of the Year.

The Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriters of a given song, where the Record of the Year goes to the artists, producers and engineers involved in crafting the recording (the “record”) of a song. Both categories are huge and both usually go to an artist or organization responsible for a pop song.

It also happens to be that usually the song that is picked is beautiful and in most cases, reflects the character of beauty (whether in music or lyrics or both) for that year.

This year was quite different. Both awards went to Donald Glover, a.k.a. “Childish Gambino” for his song This is America.

This song features a radically different tone than previous winners going back for many years. Though rap remixes are usually less musical, the Grammy winners among these mixes have nevertheless retained some relatively positive, or at least attractive, aspect.

This is America is very different, especially when watched with its video.

Musically, it is genius, though the genius appears to have gone mad. Glover paints a picture of some very positive segments in American life, but then destroys it with his audible form and message that says absolutely nothing positive, but even more so – it doesn’t make sense unless one knows the context.

That context is revealed in the video with frightening images: someone getting their brains blown out (we see the blood fly), a gospel choir shot up with an automatic rifle while they were singing, and cannabis, front and center, being smoked by the artist himself.

This is America?

For Glover, this song and others on his album do seem to reflect that point of view.  Feels like Summer, one of Glover’s other recent songs, also reflects this sense of hopelessness, though it is far more musically consistent. The video gives the most clear contextual information that one could ask for, and while the video is not violent, it features degradation in society, even though the people depicted appear to be trying to make the best of their life situations.

The image Mr. Glover paints of America is a far cry from that which was known to most Americans only twenty years ago, and in fact, in many parts of the country where cannabis is still illegal there is a corresponding sense of positivity in life that is absent in Childish Gambino’s California-esque view of life.

There is a massive change that is taking place in American society. Our music and art reflects this change, and it sometimes even helps drive that change.

The United States of today is at a crossroads.

How many times have we read or heard THAT statement before?  But does it not seem so now? The attempt of identity politics to separate our nation into groups that must somehow fight for their own relevance against other groups is not the vision of the United States only twenty years ago.

Further, the normalization of themes such as drug-use and racism, the perpetuation of one in reality and the other as a mythological representation of how life “really is” in the US is radically bizarre.

In discussions with people who do not live in the United States, we found that sometimes they believed that white-on-black racism really was happening in America, because the media in the US pumps this information out in a constant stream, often with people like Donald Trump as the scapegoat.

But it is not true. Anyone in America’s new “accused class” of white, Christian, European-descent males (and some women who are not feminists), will note that they are not racist, and in fact, they feel persecuted for their existence under the new mantra of “white privilege.”

But it does not matter what they say. The media pumps the message it wants to, and with such coverage it is easy to get to halfway believing it: I know I am not this way, but I guess things are getting pretty bad elsewhere because all of those people seem to be getting this way…

This is the narrative the press promulgates, but upon conversations with people in “those places” we find that it is not true for them, either, and that they may in fact be thinking this is true about us.

Made in America is a visionary song and video. However, the vision is not a dream; it is nothing that anyone in the country would sincerely hope for. Even in Donald Glover’s case – as one of Hollywood’s hottest actors, and as a big success in music, he is far from being one of the “boys in the ‘hood.” In fact, Time Magazine in 2017 named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Certainly his musical work creates a powerful influence, but it also must raise questions, with the main ones being:

  • Are we really like this?
  • Is this what we really want to be as a country?
  • Is this the kind of image we want our children in the US to adopt?

In fact, if Mr. Glover’s work was viewed with care (rather than just as something that is “cool” because the media says it is), it might help us steer away from the cliff that many Americans are in fact heading towards.

We have elected not to link to the video because it is too disturbing for children. It is even too disturbing for many adults. For that reason we are not making it one-click-easy to get to.

Parents reading this opinion piece would do well to screen the video by themselves without the kids around first, before deciding what they want to do. Even though the video is probably something that they have already seen, the parents still stand as the guides and guardians for their children through all the perils of growing up.

These times call for great guardians indeed.

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