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Facing The (Horrible) Future

General Ideas

I’d like to tell you a short story based on a movie that has had a profound impact on me.

I’ll get to the story in a moment, but first, a little background on the movie…

It’s called Griefwalker (by Tim Wilson) and it focuses on the life and wisdom of Stephen Jenkinson, a theologian and philosopher who worked as an end-of-life specialist for many years.  Because we all must face death in our lives, inevitably our own someday, I highly recommend this movie and Stephen’s work to everyone.

After sitting at the death beds of a thousand individuals, Stephen has accumulated a wisdom regarding the process of dying that is perhaps unmatched in our modern times. His views and insights are extraordinarily powerful and extremely well-delivered in the movie.

Stephen is a blunt yet thoughtful man, and my own interview with him (Living with Meaning) remains one of my all-time favorites.

At one point in Griefwalker, Stephen was lobbed what I’m sure the interviewer thought was a soft-ball question.  From memory, and I last watched the movie a few years ago so I’m certain to have this inexactly recalled, it was along the lines of “So, Stephen, you’ve learned how to ease people through the process of dying. How is that done?”  I guess the idea was that after being so steeped and skilled at shepherding people through the process of dying, Stephen had arrived at some tidy formula for making it as gentle as possible.

Without blinking Stephen said, “Oh no. Dying for most people these days is horrible.”  After a few shocked fumbly moments by the interviewer, and I confess to having been shocked too, Stephen continued, explaining that the physical process of dying can certainly be managed easily and well with palliative care, but the emotional journey can be quite terrifying (at first).

The reason why is because most people spend their entire lives pretending as if death is somehow avoidable. So when they find themselves dying, they suddenly have to confront the fact that they may have forgotten to fully ‘live’ during their one and only shot at life.

To suddenly realize the most precious thing you had was barely treasured along the way, never to be recovered, can indeed be a horrible moment.

As far as we know, we’ve only got one life to live — and facing our end puts that into sharp focus. As Stephen says in his book Money and the Soul’s Desires“Not success. Not growth. Not happiness. The cradle of your love of life … is death.”

To look back on one’s time on Earth and realize how much of it was spent not really being alive, not loving, not noticing, not being present with what is, is to realize that your one glorious ride was largely spent without reflection, depth or meaning. It was squandered. And there’s no undoing that fact. Again, that moment of realization is a bad moment.

I’m not writing this to push you to ponder your own demise, though that may be a healthy pursuit for many of us. Rather, I want to direct your attention towards a moment of horror that I think is coming – for all of us.

Where We’re Headed

Travel with me to the future. Imagine that the year is now 2040.

If we suddenly woke in that year, what would we see in the world?  More importantly, what would we not see? Which species would be missing? Which ecosystems will have utterly collapsed?

By extrapolating trends already in place (many of which are accelerating) we can easily predict a future world where there are no large animals left. Perhaps the last giraffe was killed and eaten by a hungry mob back in 2033, joining the White Rhino which was lost back in 2018.

Lions and tigers can no longer be found in the wild; their genetic stock hopelessly compressed into a few zoos and frozen test-tubes, should humans ever rally to justify the expense of trying to resurrect those species.

There are no coral reefs anywhere in the oceans, and essentially no diversity of life left in the seas at all. Acidification has upset and mostly ruined the ocean ecology from the bottom up.

First, we noticed that the oysters no longer successfully made it out of the larval stage. But by the time the scientists delivered a loud enough warning for all of the missing copepods and other vital zooplankton, it was already too late. The jellyfish had taken over. Nobody has a clue how to get the ecology to return to one that can support tuna, rockfish, dolphins, whales, seals and seabirds. Those are all gone — starved, fished or hunted to extinction.

Worse, the ubiquitous jellyfish are entirely too efficient. In addition to decimating the zooplankton, the jellyfish are eating the phytoplankton responsible for generating most of the world’s oxygen — their levels too low to continue being a positive force for oxygen release into the atmosphere. “Don’t worry!” scream the Tweets, “Scientists have found a new and better way in the lab to harness the sun to split water. We can make our own oxygen!”  However, after the past 1,000+ lab ‘miracle breakthroughs’ that proved to be duds when attempted at scale, few have hope that this time will prove any different.

The vast systems offered by Nature — more accurately, that were offered by Nature — once taken for granted, are now fully appreciated by the people left on Earth. But it’s too late.

The insects are mostly gone, at least in terms of diversity. The terrestrial ecosystem balance that people knew and loved back in “the twenty teens” is gone and has been replaced by something far simpler and painfully less interesting. The failure to block neonicotinoid pesticides in time, as well as their more morally repugnant (yet legal!) derivations that outpaced activist’s ability to fight them, meant that entire classes of pollinators were lost.

With those, entire species of plants disappeared because they were utterly dependent on highly-specific pollinator services. Mankind’s few lame attempts at creating “drone pollinators” were so utterly unfit for the task that the term became a profoundly disparaging insult, most frequently applied to ineffective politicians.  “Looks like another useless bill being put up by the drone pollinator from New York.”

A few hardy bugs and roaches, lots and lots of ants (where are they all coming from?), and very few flying insects remain. No more large moths in the temperate climates, with such splendid examples as the Luna and Hawk moths now only existing as dead specimens in a few museums, right next to the dodo and African elephant displays.

And it’s been over 15 years since “the dawn chorus of birds” was a phrase that had any meaning. Nearly all of the migratory birds are gone, along with all of the insect eating species.  It’s eerily silent outside in the morning. The sight of a single bumblebee, or a flash of colorful plumage, is cause for a quickening of your pulse — the same physical reaction people once had when as noticing a movie star at a café.

Life, where it now exists in pockets, is revered.  In nearly every place it remains, human guardians quickly dispatch any poachers or defilers, burying the bodies without remorse.  Non-human life has become more valuable than human life.

Fossil fuels began peaking in 2030 in terms of total BTUs from all sources: oil, gas and coal. And while not crashing, they’ve unable to provide more, which exposed the ‘continuous growth’ model as being a cruelly-attractive mirage. Its handmaiden, debt-based money, was also revealed to be an artifact of the surplus energy from fossil fuels. Both models have failed.

As has retirement, a several-generation luxury never to be repeated again in human history. Everyone left alive has to work, if they want to eat.

With the loss of those fantasies, everything is now a difficult trade-off. Not surprising, many people are unable to cope with the consequences.  Suicides are a leading cause of death, especially among those born during earlier and more abundant times.

Worst of all, food is now increasingly scarce due to a horrid combination of ruined soils and ever more frequent and destructive climate disruptions. Rains fall where they shouldn’t and fail increasingly to fall where they should.  Or they fall too hard, and too fast.   Summers with temperatures of over 50C baked crops compounding water shortages, with several years’ harvests lost entirely because the overnight temperatures did not cool sufficiently to allow for the open-air pollination of corn. Who knew?

How did we ever get to 9 billion people on Earth without considering that this moment might have arrived?

How did we allow ourselves to pretend that it wouldn’t?

Why did we let the fantasy of relocating to Mars capture such a broad swath of our imagination and focus?  Sure, we put an outpost there for a few years in the 2020’s, but – guess what? – it turns out that Mars is a hostile planet to life. It’s utterly lacking in resources, it’s much farther from the sun than the Earth, and managing a high-tech existence there was a colossal struggle.  Of course we should have realized that going in and not placed so much of our species’ odds on that hope. We spent hundreds of billions getting to Mars at the same time we were spending trillions to destroy Earth.  What a horrible idea that was.  In retrospect, it’s all so terribly obvious.

Another forlorn diversion was vertical farming, which posited that we’d just grow salad greens in container boxes.  Of course, with some simple math and logic, we should have been able to realize that plants are calorie conversion machines, turning light energy into food energy.  The idea that we were going to meaningfully replace the sun’s free and intense full-spectrum light with our own manufactured lighting, at scale and in sufficient quantities to meaningfully address the caloric needs of 9 billion people was…not very well thought through.  Actually, in retrospect, that’s being too kind.  We were deluding ourselves.

And so, out here in 2040, looking back, we humans have suddenly come to our collective moment of horrible realization. Because we could not face the idea that our specie’s pursuit of collective growth had a predictable end, we forgot to properly care for the one planet we have.

Now that life on Earth is dying, the regret comes pouring out.  Oh, how much we’d give to once again be able to hear a cacophony of birds in the morning! Or to swim over a thriving coral reef!  Or to boat over an ocean teeming with fishes, whales and sea birds.  Instead, the waters are now blank, sterile and depressing.

Remorse and regret.  How could we have been so utterly stupid?  How could we not have rallied in response to the warning signs, the endless string of increasingly desperate red flashing warning lights any one of which could have — and should have — been sufficient to motivate us?

Oh, what we would give to get one more chance!  To go back in time and do things differently, protecting and preserving the Earth’s treasures as if…as if we were deeply in love with all of them.

Our Last Chance

In Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is given the chance to return to his present and get another shot at life. If the 2040 vision I’ve painted terrifies you on a fundamental level as it does me, just know that there’s still the chance to wake up and positively alter the course of events.

Yes, the trends are very bad, but they can be changed. As I am fond of saying, we already have all the knowledge and technology we need to be agents of regeneration and abundance instead of extraction and degeneration. We simply lack the right narrative to mobilize our society productively.

Go outside and rejoice in what nature has still to offer.  Really see the next bird or mammal or insect you encounter.  Each one is pure magic.  Take a good hard look at the individual before you, not a robin, but that robin. Not a squirrel, but that squirrel. That bumblebee.  Each is an individual, same as you.  Each has a role, a life, and is busy making decisions and contributing to the story exactly how it is supposed to.

This world we have is the only one we’ll ever have. It’s the one we evolved on and to which our DNA blueprints are exquisitely crafted. And it’s not dying, it’s being killed. We might as well be honest about that and use the active verb.

Killed actively and on purpose, but also by negligence.  We’re neglecting to notice what’s true: that humans are a part of, not apart from nature.  We are one with the larger world.  It’s time to wake up and live into that story. It’s not a new one, but something we forgot in our hasty failing efforts to escape its limits — limits that disappointed our fragile egos which wanted, needed, to be special and different.

Life ends, and life begins. There’s an evolutionary impulse underway that has given this brief moment of geological history both humans and elephants.  We cannot know where evolution is going or why, but we can feel the potential of it all.

Elephants, as well as all of life, should be revered and cared for not because children’s books need real-life examples, or zoos need fresh breeding stock, or even because Kenya needs tourist dollars. But simply because they are here. With us. In this time.

A certain humility needs to be adopted along the lines of We simply don’t know what role the special and peculiar sentience of elephants is playing, so we’d better protect it. Because we don’t know. If we remove that species from the web of life, what cascade may we create?

A Call To Action

I could dredge up all the perilous ecological data I publish often on this site, noting the decline in virtually every species — with many being lost every day and many more on the brink. But I won’t.

There’s no need. You already know in your gut that something is very badly wrong in this story. Something even worse than killing the life on the planet, including our own.

No, what’s worse is that we can do better but we’re not.  We can have immense empathy, and bond with both humans and non-humans alike.  We are capable of dimly grasping our own role on this planet and yet we’re collectively continuing to act as if….we’ll live forever.  If there are problems with that approach, we’re assuming we’ll figure them out as they arise.

But as Stephen Jenkinson pointed out, when the stakes are too high that leads to a horrible moment. To get serious about saving other species after they are already gone is a wildly immature idea.

But it is still in our power to avoid that horrible moment. That’s where the idea of a ‘movement’ comes in.  Look, I have little clue about how to actually start a self-sustaining global movement, but I do suspect that it has to involve (1) the right idea at (2) the right time and (3) involve the right people.

We have to do this. I know the time is right because so many people are already deeply unhappy with suicide rates up 30%, opioid addictions and death skyrocketing, and levels of depression (more accurately termed demoralization in most cases) at never before seen levels.

Those are all expressions of people who have lost their will to engage with life, or even to continue living.  That means a loss of meaning and purpose, a devastating loss. Adam’s recent report gives a hard-hitting breakdown of the mental health epidemic our disconnected and unfulfilling modern way of life has created. Be sure to read it if you haven’t already.

To truly “save the planet” is to actually undertake the harder proposition of “saving ourselves.”  The planet will be fine … but humans?  Maybe not so much.

Changing any of this will begin with each of us as individuals.  We have to become the change we wish to see.  We have to shift the narrative away from the old bankrupt idea of infinite growth on a finite planet, or that humans are apart from (rather than a part of) Nature, and towards a better narrative that aligns better with the world as it actually is.

This is a tough sell, for sure. Ultimately, it requires us to find a way past our instinctual drive for comfort and more ‘stuff’.  Waking up to the realities involved is not easy nor pain-free. It’s emotionally devastating at first. And who wants to go through that?

“Inattention to the world’s ecological state is well advised. Because attention to it mitigates against your happiness, contentment, and your sense of well-being.”

“Having a conscience now is a grief-soaked proposition”

― Stephen Jenkinson

I do, for one. Why? Because to do so is to pass through the tunnel that brings me back to living fully into the one life that I have.  I’m here to live, to make a difference, and to help usher new ideas into the world. The alternative is to face a bitter end-of-life moment that was unavoidable in the first place.

What needs to happen is to somehow awaken the people of the world to the actual nature of the predicaments we face, recognize their inevitability, and go through the wrenching adjustments necessary to realign our collective narrative with the objective truths of our times.

But how?

In some ways I’m encouraged, because so many people seem to be waking up.  I know this terrifies The Powers That Be, who so desperately want to cling to their authority at any and all costs, because I track their efforts towards shaping the narrative.  There’s nothing subtle about the ways that Wikipedia constantly degrades and disparages the pages devoted to anti-war activists while grotesquely supporting the neocon and war party efforts and related sympathetic journalists.

Twitter and Facebook are constantly stifling various views while elevating those that fall under the umbrella of promoting business as usual and protecting the ideas of those already in power.  In other words: more war, more unfairness, and maybe some barely-passable lip-service to the idea that maybe we should devote a percent or two of our resources towards rear-guard actions to protect the environment.  None of which are actually effective, of course, or else they would be immediately marginalized as the work of terrorists or malcontents.

All of which is to say that any revolution of thought won’t be televised, as they once said., Perhaps in today’s age we should amend this to: The revolution won’t be posted to FB and then successfully re-Tweeted.

In other words, please don’t wait for this to appear on your radar before you take it seriously.  It will only ever appear long after it’s far too late.

The revolution underway is already being conducted in places like our own site Peak Prosperity, as well as Charles Eisenstein’sCharles Hugh Smith’sZerohedgeJim Kunstler, and Craig Murray’s as well as countless others not named here.  Each of these sites is committed to telling narratives that run counter to what the guardians in the MSM would like you to hear.

Each of these alternative websites is saying, in its own way, Hey the old way doesn’t even make sense anymore, is shot through with logical inconsistencies, and in many cases lacks even basic morality. Collectively, they’re offering an invitation to see things differently, and to begin acting differently.

Our challenge is to remain focused, to promote the new ideas, and to be the leaders that are needed in these changing and difficult times.  Our adversaries are those peddling fantasies that serve only to pacify our growing inner discomfort as the world dies around us, as well as those who seek to diffuse, distort and decay the new messages either for corporate or political ends.

Our various social media platforms are a slithering mess of ever-changing algorithms (making it hard to know who you are or aren’t reaching with any given post), paid trolls, and bots programmed to deceive, slide, and/or derail any given conversation.

Which means we’ll need to be alert to those tactics and find other ways of remaining in touch.  You’ll need to trust your own instincts, and avoid the numerous and sophisticated ways that we are being made to feel powerless, isolated, and even a bit crazy for thinking the things we do.

My personal strategy is to (severely) limit my time on Facebook, use Twitter only for data and never opinions, and then comment at sites like Peak Prosperity where the moderation is heavy and bots and trolls are quickly booted.

This movement will consist of good people taking right action.  People who are willing to lead because they know it falls to them and they are not afraid to stand out and be different for a while.  People who can read the data and know that it is correct because they can feel it in their bones.

The time for infinite growth is over. It’s increasingly obvious that the benefits of pursuing growth have nosed over, and that the human rocket is now pointed towards the Earth.

We still have time to right this ship, but it’s going to take heroic efforts by a lot of people.  We need to be willing to give much and possibly lose even more.  However, it won’t be futile sacrifice, because this is just how things are sometimes.  You were born here and now, into these times, and your gifts are desperately needed.

We need each other. And you know what?  Along they way we may just discover unity, purpose, meaning and our true individual gifts to bring forth.

My personal invitation is to support the mission of Peak Prosperity (“Creating a World Worth Inheriting”) by becoming an active premium subscriber so that Adam and I can continue to bring these messages to the world, along with promising models for a sustainable future.  If not that, then please use your time and money to support others working in these areas, not least of which would be the important works of the individuals writing the blogs listed above.

It’s only by facing the true nature of our predicaments that we can avoid a truly horrible future moment of deep and profound regret.

Time still remains, but it is running short.

We are open to any and all ideas about how to build, join or support a movement of like-minded people who are ready and able to shuck the old conventions and start anew which begins by facing the data as we know it today.

None of the former splitting/sorting functions of old apply here.  So please don’t offer up one political party over the other, or any one country or system as being better, or ways we might vote new and better scoundrels into office, or tweaks to the existing exponential debt-based fiat money system that might extend things a bit longer.  None of those hold any merit.

We need a new narrative and even if it cannot lay claim to “the truth” it cannot be based on obvious falsehoods.  How do we create that new narrative in a way that it can be shared broadly?  What needs to be done?  Who should be involved?

Perhaps nothing needs doing, and this will all unfold of its own accord when its ready, but for those with an active “do” gene, like us, there are things to be done and efforts to be made.

So let’s get going.  Either we do this on our own terms now, or we all face the horror of profound regret later.

The really good news? If we do this right, we reclaim our lives, our sense of meaning, our connection to each other and the sacred, and we fulfill our potential as creative stewards of planet Earth.

PeakProsperity.com



61 Comments on "Facing The (Horrible) Future"

  1. Davy on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:42 am 

    “Each of these alternative websites is saying, in its own way, Hey the old way doesn’t even make sense anymore, is shot through with logical inconsistencies, and in many cases lacks even basic morality. Collectively, they’re offering an invitation to see things differently, and to begin acting differently.”
    Just another conversation with fantasy. Yes people are waking up but not to the fact they are trapped. People are waking up to they are pissed because they have someone to blame and complain about and the false idea they can doing anything about all the real human predicaments. These people are not looking at themselves as part of the predicaments. It is someone else’s fault. Yes there are people more to blame if you want to play the blame and complain game. Kill a fe rich people and feel good for a day then tomorrow nothing changes. The powers to be don’t really know what is going on either. They are sidetracked trying to push their agendas that do not adhere to reality. These are petty political and wealth and power transfer policies. The are stuck in their techno-optimistic stupor the general public is in. Science is playing this games with itself too claiming there are solutions to all this. The sicnetific method and academia are completely corrupted by money and politics. People need to realize to live as they do means this will not end well. There is no longer any way to avoid pain and suffering. We are all to blame because humans are to blame. Most of these whiners would to the same as the powers-to-be once you give them the power. There are no happy endings to failure and poor ways of life.

    “Our challenge is to remain focused, to promote the new ideas, and to be the leaders that are needed in these changing and difficult times. Our adversaries are those peddling fantasies that serve only to pacify our growing inner discomfort as the world dies around us, as well as those who seek to diffuse, distort and decay the new messages either for corporate or political ends.”
    More conversations with fantasy. What is needed is for the individual to realize the top and the macro is not going to change. It is systematically program to follow its self-evolving and self-adapting nature. Society and modern humans are growth based and affluence motivate. Until that changes then there is no hope. This author is in self-deception as bad as what he is writing about. These whining blame and complain fools (many are here on this board) want to point fingers and then claim they are the solution. There are none at the top. The solutions are only at the individualistic bottom and small groups. Yield to the greater life current and maneuver within that flow. You can make a difference but only in your local and within the constraints of your local in relation to the global. It boils down to a hospice mentality by acknowledging pain, suffering, and death is ahead. This leads to a lifeboat mentality of adapting and mitigating these powerful existential systematic realities the individual has no control over. The PTB are helpless too in regards to fixing things. They can make the destruction worse that is about it.

    “The time for infinite growth is over. It’s increasingly obvious that the benefits of pursuing growth have nosed over, and that the human rocket is now pointed towards the Earth.”
    Yeap, but, then you must acknowledge the inconvenient reality that many deaths are ahead when this growth stops. If you are going to promote the end of growth than admit and be honest you are promoting the death of many people. Get out of your lies that there are macro solutions without pain, suffering, and death. Quit your hollow call to arms to all the pissed off wannabees and have-nots who if they had what they want they would be just as grotesque.

    “Time still remains, but it is running short.”
    Time is running out and as we get closer to the end it is speeding up too. We have a huge global system you and your small group can leverage to do something. Do it now or at lease party and be merry while you can. That is if you are someone who is in a good place. Many are already in pain, suffering, and dying. The choice is yours but in both cases get with it because this world is not going to last.

  2. Sissyfuss on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 9:15 am 

    A dieoff is needed and a dieoff shall come. Nothing less shall mitigate our predicament. And growth will still be the ubiquitous sentiment as the world crumbles around us. A birth will be rejoiced as those that celebrate it starve. The disconnect between man and Nature is complete and cannot be reversed, only its consequences observed. The suicide parlors of Soylent Green are assembling in various forms as the cliff comes more sharply into focus.

  3. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 10:57 am 

    At some point, Vladimir Putin needs to be neutralized.

  4. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 1:06 pm 

    OH EHAT A LOAD IF SHIT.

    EVERYTIME AN ARTICLE THIS STUPID IS
    POSTED ON PEAK OIL, THEN I WILL GO
    OUT BACK AND LIGHT AN OLD COUCH
    ON FIRE.

    SO HOW ABOUT YOU STOP WRECKING
    THE ENVIRONMENT BY MAKING ME DO THAT.

  5. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 2:28 pm 

    Italy shuts ports to rescue boat with 629 migrants on board

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/10/italy-shuts-ports-to-rescue-boat-with-629-migrants-on-board

    what a bunch of Nazi’s..just wait till the oil runs out! Well see who becomes the refuges then..lOL

  6. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 2:37 pm 

    Clogg is a soggy piece of white bread..Nobody loves him..So that is why he became a Nazi..sorta like a dog who gets beat to much..turns rabid..

  7. Cloggie on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 2:52 pm 

    “what a bunch of Nazi’s..just wait till the oil runs out! Well see who becomes the refuges then..lOL”

    The populist revolution is now beginning in full earnest. Italy now belongs to the Italians, not f* George Soros.

    Now watching Merkel one-on-one interview in German television. Merkel is certain this is not the end of the West. Would visit G7 again. G6 determined to retaliate.

  8. Cloggie on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 2:59 pm 

    Merkel says that Trump wanted to include Putin in G8 in the interest of peace. Merkel refused because difference in “principles”, could however imgaine that Russia will participate in the future.

    Merkel is very much in favor of Trump-Putin summit!

    Merkel is upbeat.

  9. Boat on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 3:18 pm 

    Clog

    What a difference a president makes. The world would love a return of Dmitry Medvedev for example. Russia’s being rejected is in the hands of one man’s actions. Putin.

  10. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 3:43 pm 

    Clogg

    I think you give George Soros way too much credit..You just want someone to blame..it doesnt matter who runs Itlay they are headed for a collapse you dumbshit..Haven’t you been paying attention?

    Boat clogg believes you can vote for prosperity..He wants so desperately to believe the system can be fixed, he will pathetically believe in it till the bitter end..Which is coming in a few years when the oil starts to run out..

  11. Cloggie on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 4:33 pm 

    “What a difference a president makes. The world would love a return of Dmitry Medvedev for example. Russia’s being rejected is in the hands of one man’s actions. Putin.”

    Ah yes, “the world”, obviously under the inspiring leadership of the generally admired US, that goes without saying.

    Cut the crap, boat. Just like George Soros had to admit to himself, you are living in a bubble. The US just stepped down from hegemony and DJT has thrown the towel in the ring and tries to rescue from the US what can be rescued. He still has my blessing, but it comes too late. America can’t be saved, not in its present shape. Expect convulsions of epic proportions.

  12. Cloggie on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 4:42 pm 

    https://www.rt.com/news/429315-soros-trump-destroy-world/

    George Soros wants to impeach Trump in November. This could trigger CW2. Time to acquire ammunition, European America. Rest assured of the support of 2 billion Eurasians, who all want to see Washington and the Soros gang go. Liberation is near.

  13. Makati1 on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 4:45 pm 

    A long article pointing out the obvious, followed by a long rant likely pointing out the obvious. I read the article, skipped the Missouri goat shit.

    More wishing that the human psyche (human nature) will change to save themselves and the planet. NOT going to happen. Sorry! There will be few, if any humans, or large animals, left on the planet by 2100.

    I lived in the beat of times, and may get to experience the worst of times if I have another 10-20 years. I hope to experience it. The end of BAU, I mean, not 2100. Of course I will experience that last adventure we call “death”. We all will.

  14. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 4:47 pm 

    CLogg

    I shared that story yesterday and we already talked about it..And you think the republican controlled government is going to impeach Trump? Not likely..you are so dumb and get so triggered so easily..And all of Europe and Asia hate fucking Trump. where are you getting this two billion number? YOu are fucking idiot. And Europe is in the process of collapse..And your country is almost out of its largest export

  15. Makati1 on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 5:52 pm 

    What is more important to Americans living now: “…using traditional calculation methodologies, true inflation is likely running above 6% and the unemployment rate over 20% … calculations suggest that the US economy has been in a two decade-long depression”. That is obvious to the open minded and thinking public.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-08/us-depression-how-john-williams-became-americas-most-important-statistician

    “Another clue is to evaluate the U.S. economy just as economists would a third world nation whose data they don’t trust. They do this by resorting to figures that are hard to fudge.

    There, too, by a variety of measures—ranging from petroleum consumption to consumer goods production to the Cass Freight Index—the U.S. economy appears to have not grown much, if at all, since the turn of the millennium.”

    Slip slidin’…

  16. Cloggie on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:09 pm 

    “I shared that story yesterday and we already talked about it..And you think the republican controlled government is going to impeach Trump? Not likely..you are so dumb and get so triggered so easily.”

    I hardly ever read your repetative ramblings and your stale, moldy 20 year old links.

    Furthermore, you may have “talked” about it, but actually understanding the story, that’s a different league and “you are not in it”, as George Carlin likes to put it.

    Soros will support an impeachment “if the Democratic Party wins the general election this November in a “landslide””

    Moreover, there are sufficient backstabbers in the republican party (McMain, princess Buttercup) who would volunteer to cooperate with the Dems.

  17. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:09 pm 

    Madkat

    You always look at the US in a vacuum..The global economy and Europe and Japan have been contracting for the last four decades. I agree the US hasn’t likely grown since 2000..but neither has any of the OECD economies..You refuse to open your eyes and look at the broad picture..Its okay I know you boomers are not very open minded..you got that way from your greatest racist generation parents.

    https://imgur.com/a/pYxKa

  18. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:10 pm 

    Clog

    What link is 20 years old? Once again you are lying..You are just like Trump you just make up anything. You are a dishonest scum fuck loser, who nobody loves..

  19. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:14 pm 

    Clogg

    You are a soggy piece of white bread..And the collapse is coming in the next few years..Nothing you can do or say will change anything..Better charge up your fat tubby wal mart scooter! PEAK DEMAND! LOL

  20. Makati1 on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:30 pm 

    Mm, The “broad picture is that the East is growing and that is the place to be when the SHTF. NOT in the OECD countries.

    The Us is dying. I point out that fact regularly. I also point out that it is a major terrorist country that deserves to die painfully and soon. Will that affect my life? Some, but it is a necessary change so that the rest of the world can have peace and move on. I am willing to sacrifice some ‘conveniences’ for that end.

    BTW: I am pre-Boomer. Born in 1944. “Baby Boomers: 1946~1953 to 1964” Some articles do extend that time frame to 1944 so you are partially correct.

    http://theechoboom.com/2010/09/dateage-range-of-baby-boomers-generation-x-and-generation-y/

  21. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:35 pm 

    Madkat

    Asian can’t survive without the OECD countries..Who are they going to sell all of the good they make? its an all or nothing game..

  22. Makati1 on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:52 pm 

    MM, it is NOT an “all or nothing” game. The OECD countries are about 30% of the world’s population. That leaves a lot of consumers to take up the slack. And, who said that international trade will totally collapse? Not me. Some form of trade, likely gold backed, will continue. You better hope so or your life will rapidly become like a Bangladeshi.

    BTW: “The economic and financial crisis is accelerating a longer-term structural transformation in the global economy, with the aggregate economic weight of developing and emerging economies on the verge of surpassing that of the countries that currently make up the advanced world, according to new analysis from the OECD Development Centre.”

    http://www.oecd.org/dev/pgd/economydevelopingcountriessettoaccountfornearly60ofworldgdpby2030accordingtonewestimates.htm

    Given time, the OECD will be a minor consumer force. You need to get a wider picture of reality and the way the rest of the world truly is, not something you see or hear on the US propaganda mill. Then engage brain and think for yourself. Thousands of Americans do every year and then emigrate out of the Us gulag.

  23. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 6:58 pm 

    Madkat

    You are out of your mind..without the wealth of the OECD buying the goods of Asia..There is no Asian growth.And Asia is the worlds largest oil importer.So they will feel the most pain in a few years..Have an exit plan..You don’t want your life to end suffering do you?

  24. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 7:03 pm 

    I use chemicals? Prove it! Syrian President Assad brands gas attacks ‘fake news’ and calls Theresa May a ‘colonialist and a liar’ in astonishing face to face interview..

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5825159/Syrian-President-Assad-brands-gas-attacks-fake-news.html

  25. Makati1 on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 10:42 pm 

    MM, what “wealth”. When the SHTF the OECD countries may melt down, but the rest of the world will not. Why? Well, in a few years, or sooner, much of the rest of the world is not going to be faux paper money oriented. It is going to be gold backed ‘money’ like in historic times. Trade will continue, just as in olden times. The major difference is that only necessities will travel the oceans and not junk.

    For instance, China does not have to sell sneakers in the US at $100+ to make a profit. They make them for less than $5 a pair and can sell them in the Ps for $20 and continue in business. That is what I currently pay for my sneakers here. I buy a suitcase made in Chinatown for about $30 and the same in the US is $100+. The only losers will be the middle skimmers making a huge profit off of their handling and distribution, not production.

    BTW: Many of the factories in foreign countries are owned by Us based corporations. They are not going to fold when the Us does. They will just move their offices out to their factories. Examples: Nike, Reebok, Burger King, Campbell soups, Delmonte, etc. Read the labels and see where the stuff you buy actually comes from.

  26. MASTERMIND on Sun, 10th Jun 2018 10:59 pm 

    Madkat

    You think the P’s will pick the slack from from America? LOL The world economy and global civilization are networked together..Just freaking Lehman brothers collapsing nearly brought the end of the world..And you think the entire OECD could crash and burn and Asia would skate free? LOL

    If wishes were fishes..

  27. Makati1 on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 12:36 am 

    MM, there are 5.5+ billion people that live OUTSIDE the OECD countries. I think they can easily pick up the slack of a few hundred million debt poor Americans. About 40% of the Us imports come from Asia the rest from OECD countries.

    https://www.thebalance.com/u-s-imports-by-year-and-by-country-3306259

    That comes to about $200 per capita for each of the rest of the world. Or, ~$4 per week. The price of a Starbucks coffee. The Us is NOT indispensable. Not even close.

  28. Cloggie on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 2:20 am 

    Neither populist governed Italy, nor Malta want to take in 629 African welfare tourists:

    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/italien-und-malta-blockieren-haefen-fuer-629-fluechtlinge-a-1212217.html

    France and Spain won’t take them in either.

    Excellent. All these countries are sending an important signal around the world that it is futile to even attempt to cross the Mediterranean, spending thousands of dollars in vain paying human traffickers. You only have to do this a few times and the scam is over.

    Perhaps the boat can sail to America, where the millimind’s of this world, who own the place, will receive them with open arms, so they can use them as a proletariat against white America in the coming neo-bolshevik revolution on North-American soil, after Trump.

  29. Kat C on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 3:39 am 

    “My personal invitation is to support the mission of Peak Prosperity (“Creating a World Worth Inheriting”) by becoming an active premium subscriber so that Adam and I can continue to bring these messages to the world, along with promising models for a sustainable future.”
    Seems like that is what the whole message is about eh?

  30. Davy on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 4:21 am 

    “Why? Well, in a few years, or sooner, much of the rest of the world is not going to be faux paper money oriented. It is going to be gold backed ‘money’ like in historic times. Trade will continue, just as in olden times. The major difference is that only necessities will travel the oceans and not junk.”

    Nonsense. Gold backed currency as 3rd world envisions is a nonstarter. There is not enough gold in the world to cover global fiat currency needs. Almost all nations are debasing their currencies and those who are not are in direct influence of others that are. When fiat currencies end so will globalism and this will be all inclusive. 3rd world lives in the world of make believe where you can pick and choose realities

  31. Davy on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 4:26 am 

    “I think they can easily pick up the slack of a few hundred million debt poor Americans. About 40% of the Us imports come from Asia the rest from OECD countries…..That comes to about $200 per capita for each of the rest of the world. Or, ~$4 per week. The price of a Starbucks coffee. The Us is NOT indispensable. Not even close.”

    More of 3rd world pretending he is an economist in his alter reality. He has no association with the true realties of the economics of globalism. The US is in the top two economy with China and the EU, you don’t leave that position and still function as we are now. If we don’t function as we are now billions will die. Simple math but not the kind 3rd world uses.

  32. Pat on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 10:22 am 

    “The Us is dying. I point out that fact regularly. I also point out that it is a major terrorist country that deserves to die painfully and soon” the debt is never going to be paid, the dollar power is already seeing quit death, while the other emerging nations, china russia with immense natural resources are the new global power. US will see massive contraction, collapse of Jobs,invome, growth and incomes. The living condition in US going to get worse than shithole country’s and will start escaping, smuggling themselves out of US. The safe heavens after the world collapse will see huge rush of wealthy people from all over world, and feel New Zealand the best when world comes to end with Oil Shortages… Prepare…….

  33. MASTERMIND on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 10:34 am 

    Pat

    Collapse will be a cascading event that will bring down the entire world..the only people who might survive will be people living in the jungles..And that’s assuming all the nuke plants don’t melt down..

  34. Cloggie on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 2:34 pm 

    Bloomberg predicts that Chinese cuts in renewable roll-out in China will crash prices with 35% this year:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-06-05/chinese-burn-only-makes-the-solar-industry-stronger

    This is very good news for Europe that will take the lead again in the transition:

    https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/11/global-solar-demand-to-increase-11-despite-china-cuts-predicts-ihs-markit/

  35. MASTERMIND on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 3:31 pm 

    Clogg

    The prices could drop the zero and it wouldn’t matter because solar and wind are useless..you people are always talking about how the prices are coming down because you can’t talk about how much total world energy they produce, which is less than one percent, per IEA…

    Just like the frackers are always talking about how they can make a profit soon at “insert number’ oil price..because they can’t talk about any profits they have made..

    https://imgur.com/a/pYxKa

  36. Cloggie on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 3:37 pm 

    The prices could drop the zero and it wouldn’t matter because solar and wind are useless.

    Your “understanding” of even the most elementary laws of physics is appalling.

    Some friendly advice: stick with dialectics and Marxism.

    https://cleantechnica.com/2018/01/06/44-wind-denmark-smashed-already-huge-wind-energy-records-2017/

  37. MASTERMIND on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 3:52 pm 

    I think Trump could be building a dementia/insanity defense for his impeachment trial. And he is doing a damn good job.

  38. MASTERMIND on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 3:53 pm 

    Clogg

    Can you use any sources that aren’t sponsored by the renewable industry..Its like citing the bible.com as a source that says Jesus existed..You have to cherry pick biased sources because you know solar and wind are total jokes..Without fake news you wouldn’t have any news at all..LOL

  39. MASTERMIND on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 4:29 pm 

    clogg

    WOW one of the smallest countries on earth which is located right off the ocean in one of the windiest places on earth..Produced almost half of their electricity with wind..Too bad we can’t use wind to power the worlds transportation..The population of Denmark is less than the city of Los Angles..LOL

  40. Cloggie on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 4:47 pm 

    Too bad we can’t use wind to power the worlds transportation.

    https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/11/what-changed-in-the-electric-vehicle-industry-in-may/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8kZ7XX0-ms

    The population of Denmark is less than the city of Los Angles..LOL

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_sunshine_duration

    Los Angeles 3,254.2/year
    Denmark 1,539/year

    On top of that the sun is much more intense in LA than in Denmark (latitude thingy).

    Admit it millimind, you are just a bunch of lazy slobs who prefer to whine that everything will go down the drain, rather than roll up your sleeves and get some work done.

  41. Cloggie on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 5:01 pm 

    Why LA won’t have a renewable energy base any time soon, like Venezuela:

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Kwmt4ZM97yQ/maxresdefault.jpg

    Too many hours of sun.lol

    #MakeMexicoGreatAgain

  42. MASTERMIND on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 5:29 pm 

    Clogg

    Renewable energy ‘simply won’t work’: Top Google engineers
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/renewable_energy_simply_wont_work_google_renewables_engineers/

    Bill Gates: We need global ‘energy miracles’
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/12/bill.gates.clean.energy/index.html

    Solar and Wind produced less than one percent of total world energy in 2016 – IEA WEO 2017
    https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/KeyWorld2017.pdf

    UC Davis Peer Reviewed Study: It Will Take 131 Years to Replace Oil with Alternatives
    (Malyshkina, 2010)
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es100730q

    University of Chicago Peer Reviewed Study: predicts world economy unlikely to stop relying on fossil fuels (Covert, 2016)
    https://www.aeaweb.org/articles?id=10.1257/jep.30.1.117

    Go fuck yourself fat boy..learn science..

  43. MASTERMIND on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 5:30 pm 

    Clogg

    Sixty years of progress

    Solar and Wind produced less than one percent of total world energy in 2016 – IEA WEO 2017
    https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/KeyWorld2017.pdf

    We are almost there! Only another 99% to go!

  44. Sissyfuss on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 6:30 pm 

    I find that that ship with 629 migrants without a welcoming port could be a tipping point in the crisis facing the Eurozone. They see the no go zones in Scandinavia and the non assimilating culture the newcomers are bringing and they realize it is only going to get worse unless they change the direction of these hordes now classified as invaders. The 2×4 of reality is starting to leave some nasty marks.

  45. MASTERMIND on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 6:38 pm 

    Sissy

    They are taking in migrants to make up for their low birth rates..its either take in more people or their economy will collapse..If their birth rates weren’t at record lows they wouldn’t be taking in anyone more..

  46. LetCanadianDie on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 7:05 pm 

    Eventually some people have to die. How else would you reduce the population to a sustainable level.

    Europe is doing the right thing. Let people in Africa and middle east die.

    It is not my fault if the world is overpopulated, I have no kids, so I feel I did not contributed to this problem. There is no reason why I should suffer because I did the right thing.

  47. Boat on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 7:08 pm 

    Mm

    Since fewer humans are guaranteed your economy will just be in transion. You cant outrun Efficiency and tech. Better for cheaper isn’t a crash, it’s a paradigm shift. Do a study.

  48. Boat on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 7:11 pm 

    These trade wars may be the beginning of “the death phase”

  49. Makati1 on Mon, 11th Jun 2018 7:48 pm 

    Let…: Maybe the West should be the ones dying? After all it is they who have been killing the rest of the world for centuries. I see deaths increasing quickly in the Us from the inability to adjust to a life without luxuries (debt) or the ability to over indulge. (obesity) Suicide and drug use is exploding there.

    As the Great Leveling continues, the death toll in the West will go exponential. The Us is especially vulnerable as it relies most heavily on the plunder from other countries. (~5% of the world’s population consuming ~25% of the world’s resources.)

    So be it. The rest of the non-Western world will party when the Us goes down. Today would be OIK with me. I’m prepared. Are you?

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