How I Survived the Collapse: Chapter 6

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Published on The Doomstead Diner on December 9, 2016

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Kenny's mind was racing as Karl drove off on the scooter. Everything had changed. He had to re-think his plans for his own property, and he wondered about Karl's? What did he have on it, how big was it? His initial plan to keep his space completely devoid of permanent structures to make it as invisible as possible was kind of pointless now. It could be and would be found regardless at some point, it already had been.

The first thing Kenny thought about was the things he missed over the prior winter and would like to have set up. Foremost on this list was a permanent fire ring, something more substantial than the basic ring he had constructed from river stones and mud. If there were going to be more people around than just himself, some permanent seats around the ring might be nice to have. Instead of splitting all his wood for the fires, he could take a larger tree or two and cut some sections with his Husqvarna chainsaw […] Continue Reading…

Roadmap to Currency Collapse

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Published on The Doomstead Diner on December 7, 2016

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One of the main questions those of us who have been observing collapse since the 2008 Financial Crisis have always tried to answer is just how a banking collapse would play itself out?  Lately, there have been ever more clues on the shape it will take as it moves around the globe.

The first indication came with Cypress and the "bail-in" of the depositors there, and Greece shutting it's ATMs down and then only allowing small daily withdrawals of cash.  In the last month, we've seen India declare all it's old "large" denomination Rupee notes declared void, issuing out new Rupees to take their place.  Ahead of us, we have the imminent failure of the Italian banks on the horizon along with the possible failure of Germany largest bank, Deutchbank.  Coming at some point even IF somebody loans more money to the Italian Goobermint to bail out Monte dei Paschi di Siena over the weekend.

DEFINITION of 'Bail-In'

A bail-in is rescuing a financial institution on the brink of failure by making its creditors and depositors […] Continue Reading…

Fake Science

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Published on The Doomstead Diner on December 4, 2016

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Recently we published an article about Fake Newz here on the Diner.  This concerns itself with all the false or misleading information you have to sift through when either watching on TV or YouTube or reading either the MSM or alt-media Blogs.  If you are a person who is looking to ferret out the "TRUTH" with a Capital T, it can be mighty difficult at times.  You are just as likely to get a completely false story from the New York Times or the Washington Post as you are to get one from Zero Hedge or Infowars. It might even be more likely since Da Goobermint is always feeding Propaganda stories out to the MSM to promote a particular agenda.  The nonsense about Iraq and WMDs would be a typical example. You pretty much can't believe anyone on anything until you do a lot of drilling down and researching other websites and links, which can be a mighty time consuming task on any individual story, much less trying to get a […] Continue Reading…

Battle of Black Snake

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Published on The Doomstead Diner on November 30, 2016

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In less than a week from now as I begin writing this article, the Army Corps of Bozos threatens to dismantle the encampment of mainly First Nations people which has grown nearby the Standing Rock Reservation of the Lakota, the small neighborhood these folks  have left as they were rounded up while Europeans marched across the continent and stole everything from these people.  They stole the land, they stole their culture and they stole the lives of millions, bringing disease incubated in the agricultural system they developed to them as well.  Diseases like the Smallpox were intentionally inflicted on these people to clear them from the land, passing out the Smallpox infected blankets.  They had no immunity to this disease, since they were not running farming for the most part and did not live in close proximity to many other mammals that could spread such a disease.  The population was decimated, more than 90% of the aboriginal population disappeared within a century.  It was the greatest exercise in Genocide ever performed on […] Continue Reading…

Modern Slavery

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I was reading today an article about the economics of the Fishing industry around the Pacific ocean, specifically around Hawaii.  Apparently according to an AP investigative report, aboard at least some of the Amerikan flagged vessels run by Amerikan companies, they have aboard undocumented workers who are not even allowed to leave the ship every 3 weeks or so when it docks in Hawaii or California to offload the latest cargo of frozen Ahi Tuna.

Hawaiian Seafood Is Caught by Undocumented Workers Confined to Ships Like Slaves

 HONOLULU (AP) — Pier 17 doesn't even show up on most Honolulu maps. Cars whiz past it on their way to Waikiki's famous white sand beaches. Yet few locals, let alone passing tourists, are aware that just behind a guarded gate, another world exists: foreign fishermen confined to American boats for years at a time.

Hundreds of undocumented men are employed in this unique U.S. fishing fleet, due to a federal loophole that allows them to work but exempts them from most basic labor protections. Many come from impoverished […] Continue Reading…

How I Survived the Collapse: Chapter 5

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It was another ugly night out on the streets of Missoula for Kareem.  7 feet tall, 300 lbs and Black, he stuck out like a sore thumb anywhere he went in Missoula and it was hard to avoid being rousted by the local cops every day.  Because of his size and the fact he was pretty shrewd, he had become the leader of a gang of local guys from the wrong side of the tracks.  There was Jose, son of a Mexican immigrant who made her way up to Missoula as a house maid for a rich Doctor named Dave.  There was Eagle, a Lakota whose family had left the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, and his sister Sparrow, although she wasn't officially part of the gang. Official Gang members were all male, although sisters and girlfriends had their own gang. There was Billy Joe, a white trash redneck whose family had migrated up from Alabama.  Kim Long Dong, grandson of Vietnamese immigrants who had migrated to the FSoA in […] Continue Reading…

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Trumproofing

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Published on Peak Surfer on November 20, 2016

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"There is absolutely no way any clown show is going to hijack this now."

“Ideally, in a democracy, everybody would agree that climate change is the consequence of man-made behavior, because that’s what ninety-nine per cent of scientists tell us. And then we would have a debate about how to fix it. That’s how, in the seventies, eighties, and nineties, you had Republicans supporting the Clean Air Act and you had a market-based fix for acid rain rather than a command-and-control approach. So you’d argue about means, but there was a baseline of facts that we could all work off of. And now we just don’t have that.”

— Barack Obama, after the election of Donald Trump

Last week, we recalled the words of Hitler’s social architect Albert Speer, “One seldom recognizes the devil when he is putting his hand on your shoulder.” And yet, despite all the entreaties to slay the beast and make sure its dead — from Ralph Nader, Naomi Klein, Joe Brewer, whomever — we have to confess, after Paris and now after Marrakech, the […] Continue Reading…

Another Roaming Rant

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Even a flippantly lala land observer of the news such as myself must cede that the precarious balance of globalism has tipped as the balance of net benefit gains for core industrialised countries goes negative for the average citizen.  Countries are reacting (Brexit, Trump, Italy, Finnland ect) accordingly and concern mounts that the far swing right towards nationalism could upset global trade, economic growth and social orders.   

Most in the doomer crowd point to resource constraints to growth to explain the observable fracturing.  They need to explain why US and total industrial GDP hasn’t faltered, why we have an oil surplus, and have yet to witness anything like a food shortage.

I’d like to argue that real issue revolves around not properly distributing and integrating the information that made the 3rd and now 4th industrial revolution possible.  That information is obviously the science and math.  But its not more science or math classes that we need or needed, its an accessible mythos that embodies science.  Failure to do this has left science fractured […] Continue Reading…

Controlling the Collapse Argument With the Fakery of “Fake News”

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Or  More Like a Case of Plain Old Idiocy?

 

As you may have read a couple of weeks ago, the Washington Post published an article entitled "Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread 'Fake News' During Election, Experts Say", in which it cited a report by a group calling itself PropOrNot. According to the Post,

PropOrNot’s monitoring report… identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season.

In one way or another I'm familiar with about a quarter of the sites listed, perhaps one or two of which I occasionally visit. Two of them have actually published From Filmers to Farmers (FF2F) posts in the past (Truthout and OpEdNews) and a third called an FF2F post hyperbolic (!) while providing a link in its daily list of to-read articles (Naked Capitalism). That aside, what I was interested to see was whether or not there were any blogs or sites in PropOrNot's list that had a history of writing about peak oil and/or the collapse of industrial civilization. […] Continue Reading…

Fossill Fuel Dissonance

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It appears that the Army Corp of Engineers has denied the easement that was to allow Energy Transfer Partners to drill under Lake Oahe.  Lake Oahe being a lake that’s in existence due to the damning of the Missouri river by the Army Corp of Engineers.  The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 3.7 billion dollar project that was to cover 1172 miles of which something like 80-90% of the work has already been completed.  This pipeline will be moving 470,000 barrels of fracked Bakken oil per day.  To give you some idea of what 470,000 barrels of oil per day means consider this:  the world produces about 97 million barrels per day (MMb/d) of oi which comes out to about 35 billion barrels per year.  Of that the U.S. uses about 19 MMb/d of which 9.4 MMb/d are imported.  The U.S. uses 7 billion barrels per year which equals out to about 20% of the total world production.  It’s estimated that the Bakken oil region has 4.3 billion barrels of oil which […] Continue Reading…

TUMBLING DOWN THE NET HUBBERT CLIFF

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I gave a mini presentation at a Griffith University “sustainable economy” seminar on 29 November 2016 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B21KVqpkTSnrQ2haWFAwaU5MRjQ/view As the themes were slanted towards “business opportunities”, I chose this title for my talk: “Tiny House Communities: grassroots solutions for those with sufficient initiative to exit a collapsing industrial civilisation”. In my pre-conference paper/abstract submission to the GCSE, I made it clear I was going to talk about much more than just tiny houses. Ultimately I spent only 5 minutes talking about tiny house communities and 15 minutes talking about our collapsing industrial civilisation. I focused especially on the sudden global energy descent we will soon be facing and tried to explain the key concepts with my “post peak oil” slides http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2016/11/12/post-peak-oil-slides-for-diners/

I received the usual denialism response I have come to expect from one individual in particular, a person who in a previous session advocated that if only we use objective science to persuade the public, we can transform society and create a great future. That person also said we should not convey […] Continue Reading…

A Long History of Mass Extinctions

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Peter D. Ward is a paleontologist who has authored a number of books for the general reader, often on the subject of mass extinction. His most successful book was Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe (with Donald Brownlee, 2001). His latest is, A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries about the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth (2016). For this book, Ward’s co-author is Joe Kirschvink, a prominent geobiologist. Through three hundred and fifty-six pages, they survey the three and a half billion years of Evolution, drawing largely from recent scientific papers. Rare Earth and A New History of Life serve as bookends to a very pessimistic conclusion: Fermi’s Question (aka his Paradox) is not paradoxical at all. That our species even exists is the non-supernatural definition of a miracle.

The ‘radical thesis’ of A New History of Life consists of three interconnected themes:

-Planetary catastrophe has been the principal driver of Evolution.

-Radical changes in the concentrations of three simple gases, oxygen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen […] Continue Reading…

Peak Oil in a Fact-Free World: the New “Oil Bonanza” in West Texas

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Sometimes, I have the feeling of living in a fact-free universe where the laws of physics hold only if you believe in them. (image)

 

So, the USGS comes out with a press release that the media immediately diffuse in terms of a great discovery: 20 billion barrels, somewhere in Texas in a place called "Wolfcamp".  Bloomberg multiplies the number by the current oil price and comes up with a title that reads: "A $900 billion Oil Treasure," for a piece that tells of "bonanza" and of "the gift that keeps on giving". USA today speaks of "The Largest Oil Deposit Ever Found in the US". And how about the comments? Just a few examples.

 

As our new President will do – DRILL BABY DRILL!!! Energy independence – that sure has a nice ring to it. Middle finger to Middle East arabs.

I remember in the late 70's when scientists said we would be running out of oil by the late 90's. I wonder where those scientists are working now? Climate change?

They are constantly […] Continue Reading…

Fake Newz

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Fake News is news that has been made up and is completely untrue.  It is a waste of everybody's time, made worse by the mindless idiots on Facebook and Twitter, who spread it without thinking.

So some professor from a US university posted a list of "Fake News" websites on Facebook, but those on the list were mostly just anti-establishment websites, giving alternative viewpoints, not fake news. Prominent among the mistakes was RT , (formerly Russia Today), which is financed by the Russian State, and a genuine news site.  RT is comparable to the British BBC and Australian ABC news outlets, except that the latter wouldn't say "Boo" to their Prime Ministers, let alone the US President or Rupert Murdoch. 

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It has to be admitted that RT likes to publish all the things that the US Government would be embarrassed about, but that is what the US media ought to be doing as part of their job too, but don't.  RT also publishes […] Continue Reading…

Having Said Nothing About Smashing the Glass Floor, it’s the Democrats that are Ultimately Responsible for Trump’s Win (part 3/3)

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All people are equal, but some people are more equal than others
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According to a well known actress by the name of Amy Schumer (second cousin to Chuck Schumer, the Democratic apparatchik disliked by some for his alleged ties to Wall Street), "People who voted for [Trump] are weak" and a bunch of "kicking and screaming babies". Which is a bit rich coming from a liberal, a person who is supposedly against monolithically generalizing groups of people – Muslims, immigrants, gays, etc. – but has no problem monolithically labelling voters of the opposition as what might as well be deemed a bunch of degenerates (or "irredeemable" "deplorables", as Hillary Clinton described "half" of them). Putting things a bit more diplomatically, former British prime minister David Cameron stated while still in office that proposals of Trump's were "divisive, stupid and wrong", to which Trump, in pure Trumpian Aikido-styles, twisted around and replied with "I'm not stupid, OK?"

So let me ask you this: Who's the more […] Continue Reading…

On Healing the Earth and People

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As an American citizen, I find that neither the Democratic or Republican parties say much of anything that resonates with me. Most of what they talk about are social issues they intend to do nothing about, as a means to divide us to more easily rule over us; otherwise most of what I hear is just Orwellian for whatever corporations, banks and big donors want, but don't want you to know or understand.

 

 

 

Politically, I'm an Anarchist. If you share the view of Anarchy of the Democratic and Republican parties, then you probably suppose I want chaos in the streets, mayhem, everyone against everyone else, death and destruction. But that is just projection, because that is what you are increasingly getting from the strict command and control leadership of Dems, Repubs, Corp, Bank and super rich people.

Anarchy is the Way of Nature. Anarchy is the way nature organizes, evolves effortlessly. Nature is resilient, irreducibly complex and sustainable. Humans at least are material, of nature, of the earth. It follows then there is […] Continue Reading…

E is for EROEI

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Understanding EROEI – or Energy Return On Energy Invested – should be on every school curriculum, but isn't. Simply put, it's the amount of energy we as a species can play with. Back in the days when you could poke a hole in the ground and oil would gush out of it skywards, getting hold of plenty of energy was easy. In fact, for every blob of oil you used for locating, drilling and transporting the stuff, you got between 100 and 200 similarly-sized blobs of the same quality back. The way this energy value was expressed was by way of EROEI; thus, sweet onshore crude oil could be said to have an EROEI of 100 to 200. These were the low hanging fruit days that made the 20th century boom.

Once all the low hanging fruit was gone we had to move a bit further up the tree. Oil and coal and natural gas were still abundant but they needed more work to get at. They also needed more processing, […] Continue Reading…

Post-Trumpocalypse

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"Social media, reality TV, yellow internet journalism and flash mobs are now in control."
 

 

  We have always wanted to get to this town, ever since we were a young hippy hitching through Europe in 1966 and our rides took us along the southern coasts of France, Spain and Italy. Fate did not carry us here then, but perhaps we are making up for lost time now. Honestly, later in life is probably better.

We find ourselves in the company of brilliant people engaged in transforming the world. While nearly the whole of our 7 billion monkey minds seem transfixed by the US election result, a few of us are quietly sneaking around all that to sew the seeds of what comes next, after the Trumpocalypse.

We could say that the Trump victory was not a global disaster but we would be lying. Dmitry Orlov observed that we at least seem to have avoided World War III with Russia. Naomi Klein, Christopher Nesbitt and Richard Heinberg have eloquently pointed out that the Democratic Party neoliberal hegemony […] Continue Reading…

A Collapse Thanksgiving

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Another Thanksgiving has arrived and the consumption of Mass Quantities of food will occur again today here in the FSoA.  Even the Homeless will FEAST today at numerous Salvation Army and Church Dinners with the Traditional Menu of 3 Slices of Butterball Turkey Breast, Stouffer's Stuffing, McCormick Gravy, Mashed Ore-Ida Dried Potatoes, Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce and a String Bean casserole prepared from Green Giant green beans with French's fried Onions layered on top.  All kept nice and toasty warm on the Reynolds Aluminum steamer trays heated with Sterno cooking fuel.

The serving crew will be all the wives of the well-to-do who come out twice a year to fulfill their civic duty of helping the poor and building up the necessary Brownie Points for making it into Heaven.

I'm seriously tempted to go out tomorrow to one of these Church sponsored Feasts myself to sample the tasteless delights of the industrially manufactured foods served up to the poor for Thanksgiving.  I'm relatively poor AND I'm disabled, so I qualify!  However, I doubt […] Continue Reading…

D is for Degrowth

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Or it could also be for Depletion or Dieoff, which are related topics. The human species has been expanding rapidly since the Industrial Revolutions, but really took off in the 20th century. Masses of cheap energy in the form of fossil fuels allowed us to mine and exploit the planet's mineral, animal and plant resources as if they were infinite. We measured all of this activity by giving things a monetary value and measuring the rate at which primary goods (raw materials) were turned into manufactured products, supported by a web of services. We called this system of measurements "the economy".

Because we had an economy we had to have economists. These were the technicians and theoreticians who claimed they knew how to make the system function and grow. If the system was growing then material prosperity – or at least the promise of it – could be made available to more and more people. Banks made loans and lent money, governments issued bonds and initiated works of infrastructure, generals grew […] Continue Reading…

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