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Manhattan Power Outage Shuts Down Subways, Stores, and Landmarks
« Reply #3855 on: July 13, 2019, 06:05:03 PM »
Manhattan Power Outage Shuts Down Subways, Stores, and Landmarks
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/07/manhattan-power-outage.html
 
A blackout hit Manhattan on Saturday night, leaving large swaths of the city in darkness. Power outages were reported in much of midtown Manhattan and in parts of the Upper West Side around 7 p.m. Con Edison said around 42,000 customers have lost power.

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Barry heads inland with high risk of flash flooding
« Reply #3856 on: July 13, 2019, 06:08:15 PM »
Barry heads inland with high risk of flash flooding in Louisiana
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/07/13/barry-predicted-strike-louisiana-hurricane-saturday-with-excessive-rainfall-threat/

The system weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but it now threatens eastern Louisiana and western Mississippi with a long duration deluge that could dump nearly 20 inches of rain.
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Re: The Surlynewz Channel
« Reply #3857 on: July 14, 2019, 04:02:52 AM »
A cogent essay on Reddit about how the elites guided us to an environmental collapse for their own benefit and consolidation of power. No surprises, but well expressed.

https://old.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/c656hh/attempts_to_erase_the_science_at_un_climate_talks/es6d38k/

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Attempts to 'erase the science' at UN climate talks - Oil producing countries are trying to "erase the science" on keeping the world's temperatures below 1.5C, say some delegates at UN talks in Bonn.
https://out.reddit.com/t3_c656hh?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fscience-environment-48786295&token=AQAAYhcrXdqTYGI00VWiTpvQmabCJx9Gz17l2zwCjFTNjHT7S7YJ&app_name=reddit.com


Want the honest, brutal truth?

We were too dependent on petroleum to change direction in any meaningful way. Take a second to look around you and ask yourself how much of that which surrounds you is dependent on oil in some fashion. Even more basic just ask yourself about the device you're using to talk about this on reddit: The plastics, the supply chains that took the raw-ingredients all the way up to you buying it online or in a shop. Look at how massively inefficient our societies are in their lay out for anything other than an entity which relies on petroleum to power the infrastructure; the cars we drive, the planes we fly in, and the ships that bring goods across entire oceans. It's all dependent on Petroleum.

And the powers that be knew this.

When climate change first surfaced there must have been a decent amount of debate about what to do, but every decision ran into two very important road blocks: To ween the world off of Petroleum with Capitalism at the helm was almost impossible. The economic impact would, and still will, collapse the world economy.

Globalisation has pretty much made this an impossibility because production webs are now global. The second issue was the rise of developing nations like China and India. Any attempts for the West to move to a zero emission scheme would have been wiped out if either nation didn't agree to halt their industrialisation. That was never going to happen: International politics, paranoia and regional tensions meant that China and India are effectively competing indirectly for the time being and almost certainly directly in the near future.

So knowing this, the elites choose the following strategy:
Run interference, denying climate change for as long as possible. Petrochemical industries would bankroll this, and the baton would be picked up a cross section of the general population. They relied on the fact that the general public was too complacent to start making changes.

Once the general public started waking up and noticing for themselves that things weren't exactly kosha, start making token gestures towards environmentalism. Just enough to keep people placated and assuming that the Governments were actually working towards solving the issue.

Use the idea of the free market meeting the problem head on once their is enough profit involved. By the time there is, it'll be far too late to head off the 4 degrees celsius change which is the tipping point towards full blown environmental Armageddon.

The most important part: Make as much profit as possible in as short as time, and use that profit to start socially engineering the world towards being the society it will be forced to be once the Environmental changes start really affecting civilisation. We are already being conditioned to accept the next step in societies devolution in a number of myriad small ways. Not only this, but it allows them to be well ahead of the game when things start to break down. If they have any smarts they'll have reinvested at last a portion of their wealth in things that will retain their value post collapse.

I cannot begin to overstate this enough: They are already playing the survivalist game by concentrating the wealth. It's a game we're not even aware is going on, because we're so damned complacent in our modern lifestyles. By the time the jig is up, they will already have the influence to field their own private armies in order to keep them and their families safe from a very pissed off population.

The 2 degrees rise is almost certainly going to happen at this point, and because the world economic system is reliant on petroleum, there's no changing the direction it is headed in. I also wouldn't be surprised if there isn't a rapid environmental degradation that no one saw coming because of hidden feed back loops within the Earth's biosphere: Things like the frozen methane reserves in the Arctic suddenly becoming active would prove devastating. Likewise, the last time the Oceans acidified, there was a 95% extinction rate in Oceanic species, and a 70% rate within land dwelling species.

And we are going to have to factor in 8-10 billion people who all want desperately to survive this. The kind of climate migrations we'll be facing will almost certainly mean nations will go to war over dwindling supplies: Especially sources of fresh, clean water. My one hope is that no one is stupid enough or desperate enough to start lobbing nukes at that point, because if they do it's pretty much game over for humanity. If they don't we'll be able to cling on once the population declines due to war, starvation and disease
"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

 

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