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Chris Martenson: Signs Of Distress

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The world is edging closer to the final moments after which everything will be forever changed. Grand delusions, perpetuated over decades, will finally hit the limits of reality and collapse in on themselves.

We’re over-budget and have eaten deeply into the principal balances of all of our main trust accounts. We are ecologically overdrawn, financially insolvent, monetarily out past the Twilight Zone, consuming fossil fuels (as in literally eating them), and adding 80,000,000 net souls to the planet’s surface — each year! — without regard to the consequences.

Someday there will be hell to pay financially, economically, and ecologically as there simply isn’t any way to maintain these overdrafts forever. Reality does not renegotiate. Its deal terms aren’t compromisable.

For those who have the neural plasticity to actually see what’s happening around us, the changes are already here, blatant and frightening. Younger folks, with their fresher eyes and fewer ties to the past, can see them a lot easier than their elders.

The prosperity enjoyed by the past few generations — especially the Baby Boomers — was stolen from future generations. All the while, they pretended as if their borrowing-heavy standards of living were the result of sheer genius and intelligence; like trust fund babies who mistake being born on third base for hitting a triple.

Young people have sussed this out; and are now pulling back from many of the principal occupations of their forebears — like marriage, babies and buying homes and cars. This perplexes older folks, who are beginning to find themselves increasingly at odds with the generations following after them.

Humans can be very very smart, but the flip-side of our ingenuity is our capacity for self-delusion. We’ve very consistently preferred to look past our faults. That can work for a while, but eventually an incomplete view will lead to a complete disaster. For example: depleting our topsoils today to grow more eventually leads to a collapse of our food system tomorrow. Similarly, increasing societal complexity ultimately drains the resources out of an empire, until it withers and fails. Such is what we can learn from history. Each of these examples is rooted in the self-delusion that today’s actions don’t have real consequences.

Monetary printing experiments like those currently being run by the world’s central banks are the ultimate form of self-delusion. Money is the most potent form of social communication, underlying all contracts and agreements. Violate those and literally everything falls apart, as we are seeing happen in real-time in Venezuela right now.

Money printing and its other historical debasement equivalents, serve to cover up (barely) critical signals. Derelict ideas that should die a quick death, instead, persist. Mis-priced money leads mal-investment (e.g., Italian junk debt selling with the same yield as ten year US Treasury debt!!). Extremely unfair redistributions of wealth from the bottom to the top result. Every. Single. Time. This time is no different.

If you cannot see this madness in the chart below, I strongly suggest you keep staring at it until you can. It shows the exploding balance sheet of the central bank of ‘the floating retirement colony’ known as Japan:

The Japanese money printers have gone hog-wild over the past decade. And they’ve had company. The other major central banks of the wold have been printing $trillions and $trillions, too, over the same time period. What will the repercussions be? The world is about to find out.

But it’s actually far worse than that. For those who can bear to look, the signs of illness are as startlingly obvious as gangrene on a necrotic limb. Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Glaciers are fast disappearing. Frogs and insect populations are mysteriously collapsing. Massive destruction of the landscape as we chase the last low-EROEI fuels remaining (tar sands, and shale wells). Miles-deep mining efforts. Enormous human migrations away from economically and ecologically ruined areas (see: the MENA region).

But the average citizen remains largely blind and/or numb to these. Again, much of this has to do with self-delusion that broken signals enable. People worry less as long as the stock markets are showing higher values, which is precisely why we don’t trust them anymore – they have become the most important signaling devices for The Powers That Be. They are far too important to leave to the vagaries of investors, and must be rescued/controlled/manipulated so that the “right” outcomes can be achieved.

If we’re lucky when these financial delusions finally break, we’ll hopefully avoid a global war. That’s the usual route by which the politicians and bankers seek to avoid having to be held accountable for the colossal mistakes they made in the past. They drag everyone to in a manufactured confrontation, whooping up the populace into a fever pitch by inventing hobgoblins — exactly as has recently happened in the US with the recent rash of Russia-phobia; a case study in how easily public perception can be manipulated (as well as proof-positive that critical thinking skills are no longer requirements for today’s journalists).

But if we’re unlucky, war may destroy much of what we take for granted and hold dear. Living standards will drop. The veil covering today’s massive financial deception will be yanked off, revealing the shriveled, cold promises of past decades as being wholly incapable of meeting their obligation to fund millions of promised retirements.

And if we’re really unlucky, that war could involve some horrendous new weapons that could cripple our nation’s electrical grid (e.g., EMP, cyber attack). In which case, all of our individual attention and effort in the northern hemisphere will focus down to one simple task: surviving the first winter.

Signs Of Distress

In ways conscious and subconscious, we’re becoming aware of the signs of growing instability around us. Like a flock of sheep catching the scent of an unseen predator, right now we’re collectively becoming increasingly nervous and stressed. People’s tempers are short with each other, criticisms fly easily, and stances are becoming hardened to ludicrous levels.

Many don’t know why they’re unhappy. And because they’re unable to identify the source, they blame themselves. Instead of acting out, they act in.

Heavy drinking is on the rise:

More U.S. adults are drinking, and more heavily

Aug 9, 2017

The United States has a serious drinking problem. Since 2001, heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder have risen dramatically, according to a new study that surveyed tens of thousands of adults.The numbers reveal “a public health crisis,”the authors say.

The increases were especially large among those 65 years and older, minorities and women, researchers report online August 9 in JAMA Psychiatry. Alcohol is a risk factor for many potentially life-threatening injuries and health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and liver cirrhosis.

In 2012‒2013, an estimated 29.6 million American adults reported high-risk drinking, up from 20.2 million in 2001‒2002.

(Source)

Alcohol is not enough for some people. Their need to numb themselves to the bleak existence of their lives leads them to opioids, both legal and illegal:

Opioid Crisis: The Awful Arithmetic of America’s Overdoses May Have Gotten Worse

Aug 7, 2017

The deadly drug overdose epidemic that has been ravaging the nation may be even worse than we realize.

A new University of Virginia study says the numbers of deaths due to heroin and opioid overdoses have actually been severely underreported.

Dr. Christopher Ruhm revisited thousands of death certificates from 2008 through 2014 and concluded the mortality rates were 24 percent higher for opioids and 22 percent higher for heroin than had been previously reported.

Ruhm’s awful arithmetic emerged just days after the presidential opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, urged President Donald Trump to “declare a national emergency” to deal with the crisis.

Nearly 35,000 people across America have died of heroin or opioid overdoses in 2015, according to theNational Institute on Drug Abuse.

(Source)

Records are being broken:

Opioid deaths in US break new record

Aug 8, 2017

The first nine months of 2016 saw a sharp increase in opioid drug overdoses in the US compared to the prior year, according to new data by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The government is struggling to respond to the crisis.

Deaths due to drug overdose peaked in the third quarter of last year – 19.7 cases for every 100,000 people, compared to 16.7 in the same period the year before,according to newly released numbers from the NCHS, which is part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

(Source)

That is a startling rate of increase. 3/16.7 = 18% An 18% increase in one year is profound. What’s going on? We won’t go into the really dark side of this story which is that certain pharmaceutical companies make a ton of money off of addicted people, and those same companies donate a lot of money to the US political system. Suffice it to say that the worship of money and power is so profound that some activities of late cannot really be distinguished from those of a death cult.

For those who are not into opioids other avenues towards relieving the pain exist,

One in 6 Americans Take Antidepressants, Other Psychiatric Drugs

One in six Americans take some kind of psychiatric drugs — mostly antidepressants, researchers reported Monday.

They also found that twice as many white people take those drugs as do African-Americans or other minorities, and fewer than 5 percent of Asian-Americans do. And most people who take them are taking them long-term, Thomas Moore of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Virginia and colleagues found.

“Overall, 16.7 percent of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs in 2013,” they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine.

(Source)

If one in six Americans is being medicated for depression and/or anxiety, and another significant chunk are checking out via opioid numbing, perhaps we need to consider an alternative explanation for these facts: There’s something wrong with the world these people are inhabiting — not with the people themselves.

Charles Eisenstein really caught my mind’s attention with a piece he wrote long ago entitled The Mutiny of the Soul. In it he argues that perhaps those most in need of medicinal help are actually those who are most attuned to the actual state of the world. He explains the rise in depression and anxiety like this:

The answer is staring us in the face. When our soul-body is saying No to life, through fatigue or depression, the first thing to ask is, “Is life as I am living it the right life for me right now?” When the soul-body is saying No to participation in the world, the first thing to ask is, “Does the world as it is presented me merit my full participation?”

What if there is something so fundamentally wrong with the world, the lives, and the way of being offered us, that withdrawal is the only sane response?

I have met countless people of great compassion and sensitivity, people who would describe themselves as “conscious” or “spiritual”, who have battled with CFS, depression, thyroid deficiency, and so on. These are people who have come to a transition point in their lives where they become physically incapable of living the old life in the old world.

That is because, in fact, the world presented to us as normal and acceptable is anything but. It is a monstrosity. Ours is a planet in pain. If you need me to convince you of that, if you are unaware of the destruction of forests, oceans, wetlands, cultures, soil, health, beauty, dignity, and spirit that underlies the System we live in, then I have nothing to say to you. I only am speaking to you if you do believe that there is something deeply wrong with the way we are living on this planet.

So if you suffer from anxiety, maybe you don’t have a “disorder” at all — maybe the house is on fire. Anxiety is simply the emotion corresponding to “Something is dangerously wrong and I don’t know what it is.” That is only a disorder if there is in fact nothing dangerously wrong. “Nothing is wrong, just you” is the message that any therapy gives when it tries to fix you.

I disagree with that message. The problem is not with you. You have very good reason to be anxious. Anxiety keeps part of your attention away from your tasks of polishing the silverware as the house burns down, of playing the violin as the Titanic sinks.

Unfortunately, the wrongness you are tapping into might be beyond the cognizance of the psychiatrists who treat you, who then conclude that the problem must be your brain.

(Source)

Does that all ring a bell of truth for you as it does for me?

Perhaps the sanest response to being in a world that does not merit your full participation is to check out. Drinking, drugs, video games and Netflix binges (while not advised or endorsed) are much more understandable when viewed through this lens.

(Full disclosure, these past few years have not been easy on me, either. I prefer action and constructive motion, so the past few years have been like one of those dreams where you’re desperate to move but your body remains frozen in place. I’ve wanted things to finally come to a head so we can at least begin the process of acknowledging our predicaments and facing them head on. Beneath it all is my dread at the prospect that all these years of delaying and denying will amount to a larger and more painful correction when it comes.)

It really begs the question: What if there’s nothing wrong with the people who are anxious or depressed, but the exact opposite is true; those who are cheerful and chipper are missing the plot?

If you were an astronaut and your one-and-only spaceship was leaking oxygen into the infinite void of Space, would you medicate those expressing concern while rewarding those with positive attitudes and power drills who continue to punch more holes in the hull? Of course not. Why should we think any differently in the case of spaceship Earth?

The truth is that the lifestyle we’re living today is vastly distant from the one humans evolved to value. Sebastian Junger explained to us in a podcast that returning veterans commit suicide at the rate of 22 per day largely because they experience such ’emptiness’ upon reintegrating into civilian life. Unit cohesion in the military was so much more fulfilling and enriching that the prospect of a permanent return to what we call “US culture” leads many of them to conclude that suicide is the better option. If there’s a more damning indictment of the current culture in the US, I don’t know of it.

The data is clear: in the US, people are as unhappy, overmedicated and overweight than ever before.

Our society’s current plan is just not working. So why not square up to that reality, take charge and fix things while we still can? Why would we agree to persist in this dangerously broken state of affairs?

We, each of us and all of us, have the power to pursue a different path. A better path. We can and we should change everything that needs changing. We must rebel against this state of affairs, and withdraw our consent from a toxic system rather than let that system break us down.

The time for a quiet revolution has arrived. One that begins with, and within, you.

In Part 2: Joining The Quiet Revolution, we explain how the signs of distress detailed above can be used to add urgency in making investments in your life that will make you happier, healthier, more engaged, and prosperous — both today and tomorrow. The data is telling us that from here, the extreme changes the world is experiencing will only accelerate.

Those who can see this and adapt will fare far better than those who cannot, will not, or won’t.

Some will thrive, some will survive, many will do neither.

PeakProsperity.com



69 Comments on "Chris Martenson: Signs Of Distress"

  1. Cloggie on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 12:41 pm 

    Chris Martenson: Signs Of Distress

    Epic audio-visual impressions of a people who refuse to go down in history:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9PpfrAKS1Y

    Unit-the-Right, the “Torch Edition”.

    1930s all over again.

  2. eugene on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 1:21 pm 

    I’ve watched this for 3-4 decades. Used to try to talk with people but gave up some time ago. Chasing their tails to the bitter end. And from the looks of it, it may well be bitter.

  3. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 1:29 pm 

    clog, the 1930’s Nazi production values have not been bested. No one can put on a show like a gang of angry homosexuals. That’s why the Catholic church is so good at spectacle too.

    I was watching a different video earlier and noticed how the deplorabls combine Nazi symbolism with Confederate symbolism – the worst of both worlds.

    I guess they haven’t clued in that both of those movements were complete failures and resulted in unconditional surrender and destruction. Not to mention a rash of suicides for the cowardly Nazi’s and many Confederate soldiers (who were not cowards).

    The shit is going to hit and can’t be avoided. My only prediction is PAIN.

  4. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 1:47 pm 

    Climate Change Compounds Louisiana Flooding Threat a Year After Historic Floods

    “A week before the anniversary of last summer’s 1,000-year flood in Baton Rouge, rain inundated New Orleans, with more than 9 inches falling in only three hours.”

    https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/08/11/climate-change-compounds-louisiana-flooding-threat-year-after-historic-floods

  5. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 1:52 pm 

    Rain Bombs keep falling on their heads

    They keep falling…..

    British Virgin Islands

    “17 inches of rain fell in less than 17 hours”

    http://viconsortium.com/featured/bvi-experienced-an-unprecedented-17-inches-of-rain-during-recent-storm-outside-help-pours-in/

    https://www.climaterealityproject.org/sites/climaterealityproject.org/files/blog/Water_Cycle_Updated.png

  6. Cloggie on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 1:53 pm 

    You are too negative apey, America is big enough for three countries. We’ll gladly take the fashies, as you might already have guessed, after all we are incorrigable, as you should know you, like no other. Your tribe can have the East Coast and we in Europe gladly give a helping hand in transporting the Israelis to the new Promised Land, aka Woody Allen country. I mean when Turkey and Iran join forces to dismantle KSA, Palestine will have little future. Oh and the nukes will be handed over to Brussels.

  7. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 1:57 pm 

    Storms help smash Montgomery rainfall record; more on the way

    ‘Montgomery got 5.03 inches in a little over an hour ‘ – ‘Through Thursday, Montgomery has recorded 56.94 inches of rainfall for the year – The average yearly total is 53.01 inches’

    http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/2017/08/11/storms-help-smash-montgomery-rainfall-record-more-way/558964001/

  8. Cloggie on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 2:00 pm 

    “I guess they haven’t clued in that both of those movements were complete failures and resulted in unconditional surrender and destruction”

    You seem not to realize that this time Russia and China are not on your side and that America is divided to the core. You are going to be a walkover. Your century is over, don’t take it from me, ask your former co-Vancouverite (is that a word?). I agree with your PAIN assessment, not necessarily with how you imagine it will be distributed.

  9. Jef on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 2:08 pm 

    So right on Mr Martenson.

    Just let me get a good job, a reasonable place to live, cloths, food, health care, education, for me and my loved ones and I am right there with you.

  10. paultard on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 2:32 pm 

    welcome back aptard. please research cattle multilation

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa1tJ6TMxJE

  11. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 3:39 pm 

    Clog, I get that the US empire is self destructing. I get that they have driven their competitors/enemies together and are driving their allies away. What you don’t get is that this is the last century for the humans. Has nothing to do with politics – straight physics, chemistry & biology. The Cancer apes have unleashed powerful forces beyond their control and will be paying the price. First civilization will go, then the humans themselves. An all out nuke war will do it too.

  12. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 3:42 pm 

    Praise B 2 Geebus

    How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

    “Conservative groups, funded by fossil fuel magnates, spend approximately one billion dollars every year interfering with public understanding of what is actually happening to our world.”

    http://splinternews.com/how-fossil-fuel-money-made-climate-denial-the-word-of-g-1797466298

  13. sidzepp on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 3:50 pm 

    Ape-all the professed Christians figure they are going to heaven and they believe in a hell so much that they want to contribute to the making of a hell right here on earth, as we watch.

  14. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 4:01 pm 

    Deforestation and Climate Disruption Are Degrading the Amazon, Endangering Our Survival

    “Manfrinato echoes this: The crisis, he says, has already arrived.

    “Everything that is bad has already happened,” he explained. “We’ve come to terms with who we are, and we are those who destroy the planet. We’ve already destroyed it.”

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41520-deforestation-and-climate-disruption-are-degrading-the-amazon-endangering-our-survival

  15. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 4:33 pm 

    sidzepp, many years ago, I thought that once it becomes obvious that the consequences have started then surely the humans will come to their senses. Then I started to consume everything I could on human behaviour and came to see the light. The humans will never stop and never stop denying and not even when their own kids become the next face down floater from a Rain Bomb. More times than not, reality deniers double down when confronted with evidence that they are wrong. The Christians use their individual interpretations of their religion as a shield against any guilt or responsibility for the predicaments and some of them surely believe it, but even if there was no religion the humans would use whatever fictional belief system they happened to be born in to rationalize and deny. It’s what the humans do. I find it enlightening to simply admit what we are, a Cancer, and embrace my inner tumor. We come from the earth. A product of 4 billion years of evolution. The humans behave the way they do because they evolved to behave the way they do and it’s all 100% natural. I’ve read extensively on evolution and nowhere did it say we ever got a say in our own creation. Everything was going along smoothly for some Hominins and then speciation happened and POOF! (long poof) we’re here. Nobody asked for my input.

    It’s almost impossible for an individual who is in some congregation that is full of deniers to say anything. Going against the tribal mandate is a social death and social death is a living death. Nothing is more important to most social monkeys than belonging to a group and having their approval. It’s a powerful force which is easily manipulated by those with power. Loud malcontents like me can only happen in large wealthy societies.

  16. Cloggie on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 4:51 pm 

    Clog, I get that the US empire is self destructing. I get that they have driven their competitors/enemies together and are driving their allies away. What you don’t get is that this is the last century for the humans. Has nothing to do with politics – straight physics, chemistry & biology

    I think that your judgment is to a large extent is colored by the disappointment with immanent failure of the (Self-) Chosenness project:

    “Creative destruction is our middle name, both within our own society and abroad. We tear down the old order every day, from business to science, literature, art, architecture, and cinema to politics and the law … . They must attack us in order to survive, just as we must destroy them to advance our historic mission. —Michael Ledeen

    Boy were you folks close between 33-45. And then Stalin sabotaged it all, when he fooled both Hitler in 1939 and the US elite, when the architect of WW2, William Bullitt finally had to admit in rage that the USSR was lost for The Cause:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWakgLZOiZQ

    Then in the nineties there was the neocon PNAC-project, the 9/11-inside job that hardly could be kept under the lid, but from 2003 it went all down hill: Putin consolidated his power in Russia and organized a oligarch pogrom of sorts, Putin-Chiraq-Schroeder defied orders from Washington to participate in the Iraq war, the internet began to wurm its way into the global infrastructure and began to compete with the media, after 2007 Russia and China began to team up, in Europe the populist right began to grow, in 2008 there was the Lehman crash, Turkey began to escape from the empire, the Syrian war sailed miserably and finally in November 2016… ah well.

    This is going to be a downfall worse than 1492-Granada. All the fake stories about WW2 are going to be exposed by Putin…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6p1zxKnDeM

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/5445161/Russia-accuses-Poland-of-starting-Second-World-War.html

    …in return for full membership of the European project.

    Perhaps next time you folks can attempt to infiltrate the coming super power China. Just a thought.

  17. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 4:51 pm 

    Distress indeed.

    1 dead, driver in custody in Charlottesville after car plows into crowd at protest, police say

    http://www.modbee.com/news/nation-world/article166895372.html

    Strategically it’s going to hurt. Having martyrs is good for your moment. Making martyrs, by running them down with your car exactly like Muslim terrorists have done is counter productive to say the least.

  18. Cloggie on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 4:57 pm 

    Beautiful requiem music, appropriately called “The End of an Age” (ignore the picture)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDJalMKe8Eg

    We too know all too well what the end of an age means.

  19. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 5:41 pm 

    Interview With The Saker, Discussion Of US-Russian Relations

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNa_ScE9rKc

  20. Cloggie on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 5:45 pm 

    Strategically it’s going to hurt. Having martyrs is good for your moment. Making martyrs, by running them down with your car exactly like Muslim terrorists have done is counter productive to say the least.

    [1:49]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY8XSvdpBBI

    Probably the “Natzi” felt cornered by Antifa’s and decided to step on the gas.

    Good status summary by RamzPaul:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxWdUyEExN0

    The treatment of the girl between 1:31-1:49 is symbolic for the current state of European America… the demoralized European-Americans as the persecuted majority and cornered by the Deep State, just like the Russians were after 1917, mutatis mutandis the (again kosher) Soviet Deep State.

    If European-America is going to lose the coming violent confrontation with the Deep State and its Antifa/SJW/BLM thugs…

    https://twitter.com/iamTannenbaum/status/896492027789160449

    (the Tannenbaum’s of this world are jubilent; for the first time Richard Spencer made it on the German news tonight)

    …they will end up in the Gulag on US soil, just like the Russians did, unless European America will get outside help.

    And the only way they can receive help if America gets entangled in a major Eurasian war.

  21. JuanP on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 6:16 pm 

    I agree with most of what Chris says. I couldn’t help but relate to this article. Monarch butterfly populations across the tri county SE Florida metropolitan area have crashed in the past months. This is completely unprecedented. Back to the community garden now to alleviate my depression symptoms.

  22. paultard on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 6:40 pm 

    Juantard eat protein to keep your mood stable. Exercise also. Work on tarding less and less

    Love u. I was a paultard I was taught peace and love. Before that i was lucky I didn’t send any tard to heaven. I would only send them to heaven if they threaten me now.

    Be happy ok

  23. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 6:41 pm 

    clog, you are blinded by you ideology. The deep state has none when it comes right down to it, but you consistently blame the left as if the deep state (establishment) is made up of nothing but left wingers. Soro’s would flip flop his pretend tribal loyalties if his fortune was on the line. So would the Koch bros who have their fingers in just as much shit as Soro’s if not more, yet you have never mentioned them. Why is that? How about because you are a right wing retard. I do not trust any of you political clowns who have fallen for those prefabricated belief systems. You’re just another sheep. The thing is if you identify as one of them you have to either cheer on that which you know is bullshit or remain silent on it, lest you get the boot. Neither the right or left in almost every country has tabled any solutions to today’s actual problems and they have done even less on preparing their constituents for the consequences of the many predicaments that are already taking a toll on the citizenry and national treasuries. IMO, only a total fucking retard would support any of those ineffectual lying sacks of shit. They serve the Big Club and do not give a fuck about regular folk. The numbers tell the tale.

    This is about the only the only plan the politicians have pulled off successfully.

    Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/08/07/opinion/leonhardt-income-inequality.html?_r=0

    As the consequences of AGW and the other overshoot predicaments become worse and worse, regular folks will be abandon (starting with the poorest) while the Big Club members will be rescued, bailed out and protected. You don’t count.

  24. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 7:02 pm 

    More video footage of the ‘distress’ at the White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mx51AgwBu_A

  25. peakyeast on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 7:26 pm 

    “There’s something wrong with the world these people are inhabiting — not with the people themselves.”

    I remember the exact same argument about 30 years ago. At that time people wrinkled their nose and started talking about hippies – as if that was something bad and explained why it was invalid.

  26. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 7:27 pm 

    Birds fall from sky in Kuwait as temperatures soar to 50C (122 F) across Middle East

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/birds-fall-sky-kuwait-temperatures-soar-50c-across-middle-east-1634645

  27. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 7:38 pm 

    Cancer Central et al getting Rain Bombed again. Gotta give Houston three cheers for their resilience – good thing they so rich and can keep doleing out the disaster money forever.

    USA – Flash Floods Prompt Dozens of Flood Rescues in Houston

    “Heavy rain that began early on 08 August, 2017, caused flooding in some parts of the Houston area, Texas, and prompted about 20 flood water rescues.

    This is the fourth major US city to suffer flash flooding in the last few days after flooding hit the cities of New Orleans, Kansas City and Las Vegas between 04 and 07 August.

    According to Harris County Flood Control District, dozens of locations, mostly in the north of the city, recorded more than 6 inches of rain, with the majority falling in a 6 hour period. As much as 7.2 inches (182.88 mm) was recorded at Buffalo Bayou and 7.36 inches (186.94 mm) at White Oak Bayou.”

    http://floodlist.com/america/usa/usa-flash-floods-prompt-dozens-of-flood-rescues-in-houston

  28. Boat on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 8:50 pm 

    ape,

    About 25 min north of Harris county they are building a 4,500 residential community. Growth won’t slow but north where there is higher land the is the way to go.

  29. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 9:32 pm 

    Boat, Houston is not the only city in the world that went full steam ahead with “development” in low lying areas after they had been warned this was coming. They are still building condo towers in Miami Beach FFS. A Cancer only knows growth.

  30. GregT on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 9:50 pm 

    “Growth won’t slow”

    You’ve outdone yourself yet again Boat, good job.

  31. DMyers on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 10:28 pm 

    Alcoholism, drug addiction and all that is very complicated, such that clear inferences cannot be drawn.

    With respect to his claim that we have sown the seeds of our own economic destruction, I completely agree.

  32. Bloomer on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 11:18 pm 

    Death rate among middle age white people in America on the rise. Studies have referred to this as deaths of despair.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/23/521083335/the-forces-driving-middle-aged-white-peoples-deaths-of-despair

    Economics does play a role as does bleak hope for the future. For many the expected American Dream never materialized.

    A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment.

    Douglas Adams

  33. Apneaman on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 11:56 pm 

    Planet marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016: report

    “The Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said Thursday.”

    “The major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet,” it added, noting that several markers—such as land and ocean temperatures, sea level and greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere—broke records set just one year earlier.”

    “Atmospheric CO2 concentration reached 402.9 parts per million (ppm), surpassing 400 ppm for the first time in the modern record and in ice core records dating back as far as 800,000 years.”

    https://phys.org/news/2017-08-planet-highs-pollutants-sea.html

  34. Bloomer on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 12:25 am 

    Wow Apnea we are setting all kinds of new records! Humanities achievements never cease to amaze me.

  35. Ralph on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 12:35 am 

    Going for a biopsy a few days ago the surgeon dropped a hint that I have stage 4 cancer. Apart from from the impact on my wife and kids, the prospect of not surviving to retirement seems a remarkably pleasing result. One less mouth to feed and more resources left over for my family. I would rather be ill now whilst there is a health service to ease my passing than suffer alone in twenty or thirty years.

  36. Makati1 on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 1:28 am 

    Ralph, if you are sure of your problem, I too am glad you can access the help you will need to make it as easy as possible. I am also sure you will provide for your family’s future as much as you can before. Maybe you are the lucky one.

    There are many millions of Americans that have no idea what lay ahead for them. Suffering on a massive scale that they are not used to or even cognizant of. When the medical facilities and drugs disappear … they will know. Those who few survive the first year, that is.

    I wish you luck and maybe even more time than you expect. Painless, I hope. And many days of happiness and love with your family.

  37. Anonymous on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 3:12 am 

    “United States expected to become a net exporter of natural gas this year.”

    https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=32412

    Go, shale, go!

  38. 98 on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 3:57 am 

    This Is What The End Of Shale Will Look Like

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenrwald/2017/08/11/this-is-what-the-end-of-shale-will-look-like/#464f08d15a05

  39. Makati1 on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 7:07 am 

    Signs of decay:
    “Suspect Name, Mugshot Emerges In Charlottesville Car Attack That Killed 1, Injured 26”
    “Baltimore Mayor Offers Solution To “Out Of Control” Homicides – Free Community College For All” He wants to educate the gangs.
    “Al-Qaeda’s “Inspire” Magazine Targets US Commuter Trains With Homemade “Derailment Devices” Terrorism comes home.
    “2 Dead In Police Helicopter Crash Near Charlottesville “Unite The Right” Rally”
    “Americans Spend More On Lottery Tickets Than On Movies, Video Games, Music, Sports Tix And Books Combined”
    “The Plan To “Privatize” The Afghanistan War Doesn’t Privatize Anything” Gotta keep those poppies growing.
    “Crash Landing Of U.S. F-18 Fighter Jet Closes Bahrain’s International Airport” The U$ is still flying antique planes.
    “RS Reports 40% Surge In People Underpaying Their Tax Bills”
    “Social Security Requires A Bailout That’s 60x Greater Than The 2008 Emergency Bank Handout” It will only last until the crash. Be prepared.
    “School Board Removes “Lynch” From The Name Of Three Schools Because It Was Deemed Offensive”
    “China Warns Trump: “We Will Prevent A North Korea Regime Change”

    So many signs of the end…and insanity in the Empire.

  40. joe on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 8:29 am 

    With latent glee many people applaud the death of white America. Thats great and all but there are drawbacks. Many whites on collage campuses support anti white movements because they are taught to believe that white history is evil and that racism was the prime motive. Thats not the truth. The truth is simpler. Money was the prime motive for slavery and racism became its propaganda. Before whites came and even unto today slave continues all over the nonwhite parts of the earth. Where is black lives matter when the blood diamond they wear need to be acknowledged? Its likely that integration will lower the I. Q. Of Americans generally a d eventually America will not be very distinguishable racially from South
    America and be just as badly run. The truth is that there is no possible way that America can have another century like the last, I mean they managed to get the worlds smartest Jew and the worlds smartest rocket building nazi to both live and work in same country even after the Holocaust. The US looted half the earth and is the only country to nuke anyone ever, some people seriously think that kind of Fortune lasts forever. Some groups like to force their views on others like kkk and blm or whatever, but for the vast majority of people who could not give a f-1k about race and just want to make money and have kids the world is a different place. They see Trump and they see a guy that speaks his mind, we need more of that. Obama was a pure politician and that did not improve things really, the best he could manage was to pass on the problems unresolved. Trump may sort these things out, but they need resolving and so what if he does it in a way you don’t like, instead of bitching and blaming you should have been out there campaigning for a resolution of DPRK issues 10 years ago, now it’s too late. Same goes for the debt nukes they obama left for us and same for all the other things like CC and peak oil. Its too late now. Might as well keep that VW, shit will still hit the fan.

  41. Dredd on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 10:04 am 

    But the average citizen remains largely blind and/or numb to these. Again, much of this has to do with self-delusion that broken signals enable.” – PeakProsperity

    … pass it on …

    How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

  42. JJHMAN on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 1:17 pm 

    Hopefully this will explain it all to you:

    http://roncobb.net/img/cartoons/mad/ga3013-on-Little_Guy_With_TV-mad.jpg

    People haven’t changed much since 1966

  43. Cloggie on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 3:56 pm 

    1 dead, driver in custody in Charlottesville after car plows into crowd at protest, police say

    http://www.modbee.com/news/nation-world/article166895372.html

    Strategically it’s going to hurt. Having martyrs is good for your moment. Making martyrs, by running them down with your car exactly like Muslim terrorists have done is counter productive to say the least

    Howler: the driver who caused a BLM liftoff in Charlottesville, has a mother named Bloom. Apneaman obviously immediately assumed that the perp must have been Swastika material, but nothing could be further from the truth.

    http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.806526

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/mother-charlottesville-suspect-says-she-thought-rally-was-about-trump-n792216

    You are loosing it big time, Apneaman.

  44. Cloggie on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 4:26 pm 

    Libyan coast guard threatens with violence against the Soros-funded NGOs. The pictures:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2VC7Mh19e0

    Ever more NGO-taxis halt their operations because of fear of threats, legal repercussion or being shot by the Libyan cost guard.

    http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/ngos-mittelmeer-101.html

  45. peakyeast on Sun, 13th Aug 2017 5:34 pm 

    We can already see that the value of human life is greatly diminished. In some places more than others.

    In the rich countries we still have the idea that all humans are valuable (albeit some more than other). In the poorer countries they have to resort to reality – and thus they let their citizens flee to those who still place a ridiculous value on what in reality is just a resource-to-shit converter.

    I can see it easily here in Denmark.

    The affluent here still think we can save every single poor.. But around the edges it is creeping in…

    The hospitals and doctors has started asking patient.. so what is your job – are you working now and things like that, do you have family, what is your family doing. And then they evaluate how much treatment you are worth..

    The wellfare systems has become hostile to poor people – even people with terminal cancer cannot get a “pre”pension and are forced to go to made up jobs to evaluate how much they can do. Even if they are “scheduled” to die within months…

    But on the political level.. We still cannot throw out a multiple murderer, who lives from selling drugs and has for example a gang arab animals under him… Because the country he comes from doesnt have playstation, channel TV and single bedrooms for prisoners.. This is not made up.. FUCKING RIDICULOUS…

  46. Cloggie on Mon, 14th Aug 2017 2:38 am 

    1 dead, driver in custody in Charlottesville after car plows into crowd at protest, police say

    http://www.modbee.com/news/nation-world/article166895372.html

    Strategically it’s going to hurt. Having martyrs is good for your moment. Making martyrs, by running them down with your car exactly like Muslim terrorists have done is counter productive to say the least

    https://twitter.com/LucidHurricaneX/status/896857214136311808

    https://twitter.com/LucidHurricaneX/status/896845295186825216

    Here final proof of what really happened with car and it kosher driver mr Bloom: antifa thugs thought that they were dealing with a Natzi and began to attack the car. Poor mr Bloom understandably got in panic mode and tried to escape, stepped on the gas, resulting in a BLM lift-off.

  47. Davy on Mon, 14th Aug 2017 5:43 am 

    Clog, you are going to upset some of the lying liberals here who think everything is the right wings faults.

  48. Davy on Mon, 14th Aug 2017 6:13 am 

    “Bad Heat Rising: 4 C Global Warming Brings Super Heatwaves Packing 131 Degree (F) “Apparent Temperatures”
    http://tinyurl.com/y8aqbblo

    “The report predicts that the rising global temperatures, due to fossil fuel burning, will bring about this new brand of super heatwave afflicting many of today’s most populated cities: However, if temperatures rise to 4°C a severe scenario is on the horizon. Scientists predict that a new super-heatwave will appear with apparent temperature peaking at above 55°C– a level critical for human survival. It will affect densely populated areas such as USA’s East coast, coastal China, large parts of India and South America. Under this global warming scenario Europe is likely to suffer annual heatwaves with apparent temperature of above 40°C regularly while some regions of Eastern Europe may be hit by heatwaves of above 55°C. 55 degrees Celsius translates to 131 degrees Fahrenheit. Today’s Death Valley summer temperatures typically range between 115 and 120 F. By comparison, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth, according to Christopher C. Burt from Weather Underground is presently 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit. But under continued fossil fuel regimes, apparent temperatures or heat indexes exceeding those very high values will occur with a very high regularity. That means it will feel like it’s hotter than Death Valley. Hotter than today’s highest ever recorded temperatures.”

  49. Cloggie on Mon, 14th Aug 2017 6:18 am 

    It will be messages like these that will cause a run into renewable energy and e-vehicles, sorry rockman.

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