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Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on March 07, 2019, 04:55:46 AM
ANOTHER new product for the Diner!  :icon_sunny:

I'm in the early stages of formatting up a new Video morning newz wrap-up of major Collapse storiez in the newz, taken from the pages of the Diner Forum.  This product is NOT yet ready for Prime Time! lol.  However, I couldn't resist the temptation to test it out now that I have the new SuperComputer setup and configured for its new location.

Now, you may criticize my appearance here, but actually I think I am the physical embodiment of Collapse and have the perfect "look".  lol.  The two missing front teeth really sell the image, don't you think?  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/v/kjC19vWEzcQ

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - Test Broadcast - 3-7-2019
Post by: azozeo on March 07, 2019, 04:59:09 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/VauzhTAuoFw&fs=1
Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - 3-8-2019
Post by: RE on March 08, 2019, 07:16:22 AM
OK!  I'm getting the format and the technicals a little better here now, with a little more analysis rather than just reading down a list of top collapse storiez for the Day.

I also decided to take a page out of Edward R. Murrow's book and smoke a cancerette on camera. lol.

Music choice for today "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen, backed up with Man from U.N.C.L.E. video clips.  ;D

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http://www.youtube.com/v/YJ6M60MKbTg
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - Test Broadcast - 3-7-2019
Post by: Eddie on March 08, 2019, 10:30:34 AM
Now that's entertainment!

http://www.youtube.com/v/KOWckOfARBE&fs=1

Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - Test Broadcast - 3-7-2019
Post by: RE on March 08, 2019, 10:46:50 AM
Now that's entertainment!

http://www.youtube.com/v/KOWckOfARBE&fs=1
:icon_mrgreen:

I think the missing front teeth really make the show.  ;D

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - Test Broadcast - 3-7-2019
Post by: azozeo on March 08, 2019, 01:47:39 PM
Cue cards !

U NEED ..... cue-cards. & a millennial film producer & card holder  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: 📺 Diner News Service Special Report: Iditarod 2019 @ Halfway
Post by: RE on March 08, 2019, 04:46:08 PM
Recapping the first half of the 2019 Iditarod.

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http://www.youtube.com/v/Mpb6jiTzxyo
Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - 3-9-2019
Post by: RE on March 09, 2019, 08:50:58 AM
On tap this morning with your Java:

Manafort Sentencing, Brexit, Venezuela Blackouts, Democratic Party split between "Moderates" & the "Radical Left", Iditarod Update.

I suggest a Double Espresso with a shot of Bailey's.

http://www.youtube.com/v/YoRjqilJkIo

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - 3-9-2019
Post by: knarf on March 09, 2019, 09:20:57 AM
On tap this morning with your Java:

Manafort Sentencing, Brexit, Venezuela Blackouts, Democratic Party split between "Moderates" & the "Radical Left", Iditarod Update.

I suggest a Double Espresso with a shot of Bailey's.


RE

Fucking Fantastic! Keep putting them on youtube, the effect of listening to you, your facial expressions, and other things like laughing, it brings the message home, you are very convincing, especially to invite others to join in these topics that we talk about here.

Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: agelbert on March 09, 2019, 10:50:22 AM
RE,

I listened to an interesting podcast recently. According to him, with some excellent arguments to back his logic,  those prepper folks, who are moderately well heeled, mistakenly think they aren't gonna go down with the angry masses when T(collapse)SHTF.

Please listen to this man and let me know what your take is on his view. The whole collapse meme is your stomping ground. Since several here have strong views on what to do and what not to do to prepare for the collapse, this podcast is fertile ground for a spirited back and forth on this forum.   (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202144.gif)

Here's my comment on it and a link to the podcast:

Originally posted at the Renewable Revolution (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/geopolitics/money/msg11777/#msg11777) forum on March 8, 2019:

Agelbert NOTE: Despite this fellow's proclivity to use the "F" word, and despite his bias towards the "free market" Libertarian flawed greed based world view, he states, in this podcast, many hard truths (e.g. the stupidity of Bitcoin investments in the present imminent collapse situation) about those who labor under the view that the world economic system is not a total, unsustainable RACKET. It is. It became the power structure by guile 😈 and by FORCE 🦍. AND, it is kept in place by FORCE. He quotes Napoleon:
Quote
"The one thing you cannot do with a bayonet is sit on it."
IOW, when TPTB force is insufficient, as is inevitable, due to the irrefutable fact that MORE force is required every day to keep the masses "in line" due to MORE people being cruelly exploited and abused by the system every day, anarchy ensues. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/2/3-190119153601.gif)

The upper middle class, who now foolishly believe they have "prepped sufficiently", who reside closer to the angry masses, will be attacked without mercy before the really monied elite feel the wrath of the masses. The monied elite greedballs, despite their clever hiding place bunkers, will not escape the wrath of the angry masses.

Although this fellow incorrectly eschews (and demonizes :P) Socialism, he understands that the current economic system, WORLDWIDE, is a RACKET that is destroying human society. He is right.

March 8, 2019

(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-111018132401-16881856.gif)Little Saigon Report #87: Reassess Your Paradigm Kyle Bass! (https://soundcloud.com/daniel-sullivan-505714723/little-saigon-report-87-reassess-your-paradigm-kyle-bass)
https://soundcloud.com/daniel-sullivan-505714723/little-saigon-report-87-reassess-your-paradigm-kyle-bass (https://soundcloud.com/daniel-sullivan-505714723/little-saigon-report-87-reassess-your-paradigm-kyle-bass)

(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/2/3-281218134331.png)
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - 3-9-2019
Post by: RE on March 09, 2019, 10:58:50 AM
On tap this morning with your Java:

Manafort Sentencing, Brexit, Venezuela Blackouts, Democratic Party split between "Moderates" & the "Radical Left", Iditarod Update.

I suggest a Double Espresso with a shot of Bailey's.


RE

Fucking Fantastic! Keep putting them on youtube, the effect of listening to you, your facial expressions, and other things like laughing, it brings the message home, you are very convincing, especially to invite others to join in these topics that we talk about here.

Thanks Knarf!  :icon_sunny:  It's great to get some feedback and know SOMEBODY is watching them.  LOL.

I'm really enjoying doing these things, and actually now that I have it down it's faster and easier to do them than to write a blog.  I also think it is important for me to transition to "Vlogging", because face it, the vast majority of the population just doesn't READ anymore.  You can watch one of these things in 10 min time on your iPhone with your Bluetooth Earbuds plugged into your head and get spoon fed to you the rudiments of Collapse.

I'll be doing them quite a bit moving forward, although not sure I can keep up the pace of a new one every day.  Right now though I am so enthused about it I am digging deep to find the energy in the wee hours every day to put one together.  It's a blast.

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on March 09, 2019, 11:04:42 AM
Quote from: Agelbert
Although this fellow incorrectly eschews (and demonizes :P) Socialism, he understands that the current economic system, WORLDWIDE, is a RACKET that is destroying human society. He is right.

You can Embed Soundcloud podcasts on the Diner AG.  Use the html tags around the embed code.


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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: Eddie on March 09, 2019, 11:40:42 AM
I'm having deja vu. I think I saw somebody link to that Saigon guy elsewhere......but it escapes me right now. Maybe in somebody else's utube comments. Or was it C5?
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: agelbert on March 09, 2019, 05:18:58 PM
Quote from: Agelbert
Although this fellow incorrectly eschews (and demonizes :P) Socialism, he understands that the current economic system, WORLDWIDE, is a RACKET that is destroying human society. He is right.

You can Embed Soundcloud podcasts on the Diner AG.  Use the html tags around the embed code.

<iframe width="100%" height="300" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/586640670&color=#ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=true&visual=true"></iframe>

RE

Okay, I'll do that in the future.  8)
Title: 📺 Collapse Wake-Up Call Special Sports Edition 3/10/2019 -Iditarod Update
Post by: RE on March 10, 2019, 05:21:23 AM
The race is heating up!

RE

http://www.youtube.com/v/FcAG30H3xqI
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on March 11, 2019, 05:11:15 AM
Now UP on GEI!  :icon_sunny:

http://econintersect.com/pages/contributors/contributor.php?post=201903102207 (http://econintersect.com/pages/contributors/contributor.php?post=201903102207)

70 Views in the first 24 hours!  :o  Maybe the show will GO VIRAL! 🤞

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Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: TRIPLE DIGITS! 😲
Post by: RE on March 12, 2019, 05:59:48 AM
110 Views in just 2 Days!!!!

Who says nobody reads the Diner?  Not only do they read it, now they can Watch it too!  :icon_sunny:

Talk about a flying start!  We hit the ground running on this one!  ;D

LONG LIVE THE DOOMSTEAD DINER!!!  #1 FOR DOOM ON THE NET!


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Title: Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call - 3/24/2019
Post by: RE on March 24, 2019, 06:25:01 AM


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Yet another Wild & Wacky Week in Collapse, with the level of Insanity now reaching a fever pitch across the Pond in France with increasing Violence and confrontation between the "Giletes Jaunes" (Yellow Vests) and the Gendarme and Goobermint of Emmanuel Macron, just about universally despised as a Water Boy for the Banksters and the Elite of France, and Europe in general.  While Pensions are being cut and unemployment soars, Manny is still doing fine dining and jet-setting regularly to Brussels to confer with his Overlords.Besides the Mayhem ongoing in France.



Germany also has its own Economic problems with Industrial Output falling and Unemployment rising.  Angela Merkel will be gone shortly, and it remains to be seen whether her Christian Democratic Party can hold onto power or whether Germany will move toward another Right Wing Fascist Goobermint or even swing in the opposite direction toward Communism.  Then of course there is the never-ending Soap Opera of Brexit.  Teresa May's Plan for this apparently is to keep holding votes until they vote the right way! lol.  Newz Flash: It's not working!



Followed by the coverage of Political Collapse over in Eurotrashland, we cover the ongoing Clown Show of the upcoming POTUS Election in 2020, the upshot of the Mueller Report,and more on the cirsis inAviation, particularly Boeing.



Of course, there is a good deal more info in the video above, so don't miss it!


Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: K-Dog on March 24, 2019, 08:52:39 AM
I got the video 400 hits on my place.  :emthup:
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on March 24, 2019, 11:12:52 AM
I got the video 400 hits on my place.  :emthup:

That's great!  Although, so far only 16 Views.

RE
Title: Re: Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call - 3/24/2019
Post by: RE on March 27, 2019, 04:36:16 PM
Now UP on GEI!  :icon_sunny:

RE

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201903250106 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201903250106)
Title: Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call - 3/24/2019 -NOW IN TRIPLE DIGITS!
Post by: RE on March 28, 2019, 08:33:20 AM
We are starting to gain traction on Utoob!  :icon_sunny:

I have a Killer in the Can for Sunday also on Brexit and the Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vests) in France.  Can't wait to see how many viewers we get for that one!  New production techniques also.

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Title: Europe Special Collapse Wake-Up Call Edition: Brexit & Gilet Jaunes - Send in the B.U.M.s.
Post by: RE on March 31, 2019, 03:51:41 AM


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Jason Heppenstall of 22 Billion Energy Slaves and I got together to bring back one of our most popular offerings over the years, the Collapse Cafe discussion show.  Subject for the conversation was the ongoing clown shows going on in Eurotrashland, from Brexit to Gilet Jaunes to economic collapse revving up in Germany and the further ratfucking of the Greeks.



Below, Jason's take on what a Brit Gilet Jaunes movement might look like.  Above, our conversation on vote day when the 10 Downing Street Clownette got her hat handed to her again.  Enjoy it with your Breakfast.  I suggest a Loaded Bloody Mary this morning.



Image result for loaded bloody mary



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Brexit Betrayal: Time to get out the Umbrellas?





by Jason Heppenstall


 


“Only a revolution can save us now,” said UK independence maven Nigel Farage this morning. Indeed – it’s starting to look that way.


 


Today, March 29th 2019, was supposed to have been the day that the UK left the EU. ‘Brexit Day’ was a date pencilled into many a diary and wall calendar – the date the UK would either experience the joyous state of elation that comes with full independence – or the day that Armageddon finally kicked off – a depending on your point of view.


 


Instead, all we have is a heap of broken promises, a mass of frustrated and aggrieved voters and a dispiriting display of parliamentary shenanigans that would put a chimps’ tea party to shame.


 


So, what next? Well, apart from an undignified political free-for-all and a raft of new ‘meaningful’ (meaningless?) votes, as well as an endless series of parliamentary amendments (assuming the Remain-voting Speaker John Bercow deigns to allow them to be debated) – it seems like it will be a continuation of business as usual, with the political class doing everything in its power to ensure the status quo is not threatened in any way.


 


How will this go down with the electorate? More specifically, how will it go down with those who voted for Brexit and now feel a deep sense of betrayal? If nothing else, Brexit has shone a light on the way power works in this country and revealed to a great many people the limits of the democratic system. How, many people ask, can such a seemingly simple thing as leaving a trading bloc have morphed into something so contentious and difficult?


 


One thing is for sure: anger and dissatisfaction is mounting as the disconnect between voters and their representatives in Parliament becomes clear.



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 






 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 




 


I’m thinking of France’s Yellow Vests and wondering if the same thing could happen here in Britain. The Yellow Vests, by and large, are a grassroots movement of regular working people who have an acute awareness that they are being thrown under l’autobus by the elite strata of society which has done so well out of globalised capitalism. Just like people who supported Brexit, the Yellow Vests have been on the receiving end of a tirade of abuse by the national media, in the case based in Paris. They are routinely called troublemakers and ‘right wing activists’ and are looked down upon by the folks who, just over two centuries ago, would no doubt wonder why this noisy rabble couldn’t just eat some cake and quieten down.


 


But the Yellow Vests have been very successful in their protests against President Macron and all that he represents. By refusing to back down, and being willing to have their fingers blown off by police grenades, their heads caved in by riot batons and their eyes blown out of their sockets by rubber bullets, they’ve proved that they are a different breed from the internet clicktivists that governments everywhere are so fond of precisely because they are so easy to ignore. The Yellow Vests have even forced their petulant president to bring in the army with orders to use live rounds on their own citizens, at a stroke reducing him to the status of a tin pot dictator.


 


And the bright fluorescent yellow vests worn by the French protestors are entirely appropriate. They are cheap, highly visible and all motorists must own one by law. In fact, it is one of the burgeoning laws foisted upon the French public that has made them feel they are suffering from death by a thousand cuts. What’s more, the vests are a blank canvas for writing slogans upon, and you can’t be arrested for wearing one. They might be armless but they’re far from harmless.


Is there a British equivalent symbol of protest?


 


Why, of course there is – the humble umbrella. Consider its properties as a symbolic motif for the building sense of frustration with the political class.


 


· It’s portable and utilitarian

· It’s inclusive – you can buy one for £1

· The very term ‘umbrella’ symbolises a unity of disparate causes, bound together under one overarching principle

· You can’t be arrested for carrying one

· It has defensive some properties if you find yourself under attack

· It’s a blank canvas on which to display your individual message or cause – you can even pimp it with technology such as webcams, or strap it to a drone and make it fly

· It’s an ironic statement, given that the umbrella is perhaps most associated with images of civil servants, City bankers and other members of the London elite classes who govern and otherwise set the rules the bottom 90% of the populace must live by

· More people are likely to turn up to protests if it is raining



 


 


Of course, it’s not an entirely new concept to protest using an umbrella – a movement in Hong Kong used it in 2014 to object to China’s lack of democratic reforms.


 


So any British Umbrella Movement would need to distinguish itself.


 


Perhaps that’s what they could be called – the British Umbrella Movement – or B.U.M. – the bottom 90% of society.


 


I expect to see plenty of BUMers on the streets if this political impasse persists any longer.


 






 



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Title: 📺 A CENTURY in a DAY!
Post by: RE on April 01, 2019, 07:59:47 AM
Brexit/Gilet Jaunes vidcast with Hepp has passed the Triple Digit Mark in viewers ALREADY! :icon_sunny:  Now gotta see if it surpasses one of my Iditarod Updates which got 219 Views.

Diner TV is BACK!

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Title: 📺 Brexit/Gilete Jaunes Vidcast now UP on GEI!
Post by: RE on April 01, 2019, 12:53:36 PM
http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201904010055 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201904010055)

We have a WINNER here Diners!  Get out on your favorite websites and PLUG THE LIVING SHIT out of it!

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Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Top Viewership
Post by: RE on April 02, 2019, 05:07:07 PM
Here's the MCWUC Vidcasts so far with the Top Viewership Rankings:

 
 
Video thumbnail: Europe in Full-On Collapse: Brexit, Gilet Jaunes, German Recession and much more
1:00:52

Europe in Full-On Collapse: Brexit, Gilet Jaunes, German Recession and much more

The spin down and the collapse of the European neoliberal project accelerates its collapse
 
 
 
Public
 
Mar 30, 2019
Published
153
 

 
Video thumbnail: Morning WakeUp 3 24 2019
22:44

Morning WakeUp 3 24 2019

The Gilets Jaunes Conflict in France, German economic woes, Brexit Lock-Up, the FSoA POTUS Clown Show, the Death of Aviation and much more for this Sunday's Wake-Up Cal to the Collapse of Industrial Civilization
 
 
 
Public
 
Mar 24, 2019
Published
121
 
Video thumbnail: Death of Aviation
17:29

Death of Aviation

Not a good week to be a Boeing Executive or Investor. In fact not a got time to be involved in the aviation industry at all.
 
 
 
Public
 
Mar 17, 2019
Published
103
 

2019 Iditarod - The Hard Road to Koyuk

Major upheaval in the race and disaster for Nic Petit, the former leader in the race.
 
 
 
Public
 
Mar 11, 2019
Published
104
 
Video thumbnail: 2019 Iditarod - The Top 4 Mushers Contend for the Title
9:35

2019 Iditarod - The Top 4 Mushers Contend for the Title

The race now features 4 Mushers in contention for the Reddington Trophy, with Nic Petit the odds on favorite with an 18 mile lead.
 
 
 
Public
 
Mar 10, 2019
Published
220
 
Video thumbnail: Iditarod Kaltag Update
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Iditarod Kaltag Update

The Mushers and Dogs make it to Kaltag, last stop on the Yukon River before the trip west to the Bering Sea.
 
 
 
Public
 
Mar 9, 2019
Published
111
 
Video thumbnail: Morning Collapse Update  3/9/2019
9:34

Morning Collapse Update 3/9/2019

Manafort sentencing, Brexit, Venezuela Blackouts, Democratic Party split, Iditarod on tap this morning with your Java.
 
 
 
Public
 
Mar 9, 2019
Published
179

The Iditarod has the most viewers on a single vidcast at 220, the MCWUC from 3/9 is in 2nd with 179 and the recent European Special from Sunday has 153 so far.

Good start here on the new Franchise!  :icon_sunny:

RE



Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: Eddie on April 02, 2019, 05:51:34 PM
Well done. Congratulations.
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on April 02, 2019, 07:47:56 PM
Well done. Congratulations.

Thanks.  Now I gotta work on the Cooking Zone numbers, still in the double digits there.  Best we've done there is 37 viewers on this one:

2:56  37 Views
Sauteeing Onions and discussing the Collapse of Industrial Civilization
A snippet from a video in production on making the Ultimate Quiche. Look for the full video, recipe and backstory on the Doomstead Diner Blog on Sunday for Brunch.


Very short vid though, not a full instructional recipe vid which run 20-30 min.  I need to go plug it on foodie websites.

I'm hopeful for this Saturday's vid, "The Holy Meal".   ;D

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Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Top Viewership Update
Post by: RE on April 06, 2019, 04:42:04 PM
We have had a change in the leader board, with the European Collapse now blowing by The Iditarod for 1st Place.

Current standings are:

1- European Collapse - 235 Viewers

2-  Iditarod Top 4 Mushers - 229 Viewers

3- MWU 3/9/2019 - 180 Viewers

4-  MWU 3/24/2019 - 131 Viewers

5 - Iditarod Kalrag - 111 Viewers

This is working out better than I hoped!  :icon_sunny:  I also have some excellent Collapse Cafes in the planning stage as well.  This should grow our readership base nicely.

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Title: Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call - April 7th, 2019
Post by: RE on April 07, 2019, 05:09:03 AM


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After the Cornucopia of Doom Jason Heppenstall and I served up last week,maybe you thought things couldn't get any Doomier?  THINK AGAIN!  Collapse is going into Overdrive now, and each week the newz from around the Globe charting the course af the disintegration of the Industrial Civilization comes with ever greater frequency on ever more fronts.  There's no escaping it anymore, not even on the MSM.  I don't have to go to Doom Blogs or Peak Oil websites anymore to find the stories, they come right up on the Front Page of Google Newz.



This week we have of course still more Brexit Bullshit with no resolution in sight, at least not one that ends well anyhow.  Then there is the ongoing and escalating political crisis here in the FSoA coming from the daily Tweets from the Lincoln Bedroom.  The Mexican "Invation" of families fleeing the violence in Central America, Trumpovetsky's Tax Returns, Michael Cohen's "treasure trove" of 14 million emails from an old hard drive and Elon Musk's troubles unloading expensive Teslas are all in this week's Morning Wake-Up Call!



About the only thing I can tell you for sure here that it's going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better, and the timeline on when it will start getting better is not even on the horizon, so don't wait for that to happen!  Don't becaught with your pants down when SHTF Day comes to your doorstep! Get ready to go through hell now!



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I'll be chatting more with Jason Heppenstall on the Brexit Bullshit next week as they arrive at the 11th Hour of the latest moving deadline.  In case you missed our last chat, here it is again to catch up:




Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: UnhingedBecauseLucid on April 07, 2019, 10:51:17 AM
The wattage necessary for quick charge is the point that can never be reminded often enough.

Good post; but I have a small disagreement: I think Tesla is not too big too fail. At this point, the way I see it is that some egos believe themselves to be... which is a little different ;-)
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on April 07, 2019, 10:53:51 AM
The wattage necessary for quick charge is the point that can never be reminded often enough.

Good post; but I have a small disagreement: I think Tesla is not too big too fail. At this point, the way I see it is that some egos believe themselves to be... which is a little different ;-)

Tesla has a shit load of corporate paper floating out there, and the TBTF Banks hold it and use it as collateral to borrow freshly printed money from Da Fed.  Tesla by itself isn't TBTF, its all the banks that hold Tesla's debt.

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: UnhingedBecauseLucid on April 07, 2019, 12:30:11 PM
Quote
Tesla has a shit load of corporate paper floating out there, and the TBTF Banks hold it and use it as collateral to borrow freshly printed money from Da Fed.  Tesla by itself isn't TBTF, its all the banks that hold Tesla's debt.

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Yeah haven't you heard ...? We're in  Kunstler's "anything goes and nothing matters" era.
Shale is too big too fail for 'national security' reasons...but on the other hand, the Systems needs zombie companies as 'make work' project.
Since enough money has been printed for that, and more is on the way, expensive ones like Tesla could be let go of as an example.
You still need some semblance of market action ! You know ... to save face, keep the pretense alive.  :icon_mrgreen:
The satellite rocket launchers and the Tesla power wall and storage division will be spun off and bought ... the car division will be liquidated with the tunnel digging gimmick...

Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call - April 7. 2019
Post by: RE on April 08, 2019, 10:06:11 AM
MWU-4/7/2019 now UP on Global Economic Intersection!

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201904080030 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201904080030)

We have a WINNER with this franchise, Diners!  :icon_sunny:

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Title: 📺 Collapse Cafe Coming Attractions: Another Day on the Farm with Farmgal
Post by: RE on April 08, 2019, 03:40:50 PM
Great chat today with Farmgal, another Canuck living the Farming Life and developing Resiliency for the oncoming Collapse of Industrial Civilization.  More than most, Farmgal really knows her stuff, practices what she preaches (and teaches) and is a wealth of information on just about anything you would like to know about small farm living.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Y7tyE1alhjk

Coming Soon to a Laptop Near You on the Doomstead Diner.

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Title: 📺 Collapse Cafe: Another Day on the Farm with Farmgal - Update
Post by: RE on April 09, 2019, 12:12:04 PM
Got a new Testimonial on the Utoob Channel comments.  :icon_sunny:

" Kitty Cats

15 hours ago
thank you! i love your show!"


We are also up to 324 Viewers on the European Collapse show with Hepp.   :o  Follow up scheduled to be recorded on Thursday.

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Title: Re: 📺 Collapse Cafe Coming Attractions: Another Day on the Farm with Farmgal
Post by: Eddie on April 09, 2019, 07:02:24 PM
Great chat today with Farmgal, another Canuck living the Farming Life and developing Resiliency for the oncoming Collapse of Industrial Civilization.  More than most, Farmgal really knows her stuff, practices what she preaches (and teaches) and is a wealth of information on just about anything you would like to know about small farm living.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Y7tyE1alhjk

Coming Soon to a Laptop Near You on the Doomstead Diner.

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Well done. Glad you're getting her on the Diner.
Title: Re: 📺 Collapse Cafe Coming Attractions: Another Day on the Farm with Farmgal
Post by: RE on April 09, 2019, 07:48:29 PM
Great chat today with Farmgal, another Canuck living the Farming Life and developing Resiliency for the oncoming Collapse of Industrial Civilization.  More than most, Farmgal really knows her stuff, practices what she preaches (and teaches) and is a wealth of information on just about anything you would like to know about small farm living.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Y7tyE1alhjk

Coming Soon to a Laptop Near You on the Doomstead Diner.

RE

Well done. Glad you're getting her on the Diner.

Fabulous chat.  We even covered Pigs as work animals, not just food animals!  Also economics of small farms, whole circle farming, butchery, and extensive discussion of horses.  Also Gunz & Firearms and trapping.  She's a Lifer, born to Back to the Land hippies in the 70s, got her first rifle when she was 8.  With all that, we barely scratched the surface.  Talk about a great resource!

Technicals also came out good on this one, only a couple of glitches but I am running backups now.  I have the Audio-Only podcast edited already, the Vidcast will take a bit longer.  I also have more Brexit Bullshit to chat up with Jason that probably goes up this Sunday ahead of FarmGal anyhow.  So you'll have to wait a bit.

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Title: 📺 Collapse Cafe Coming Attractions: NEW Farmgal Trailer!
Post by: RE on April 12, 2019, 04:29:08 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/FtYmNDI4UzM
Title: Brexit Bullshit Deja Vu All Over Again
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Well, we had another couple of weeks of Collapse Drama with Brexit, with the totally predictable result that once again, the can has been kicked down the road, this time until Halloween, October 31st, 2019.  Personally, if they want to go with a Horror Film Theme, they should have picked Friday the 13th, which next falls in September.  I'd really like to see Jason Voorhees set loose in the House of Lords and the European Parliament.  Maybe that would motivate the surviving Pols to actually get something DONE?






Now that we have achieved another Can Kick, all newz of Brexit will disappear from the FSoA MSM until October.  What will we DO without this Horror Show hitting the front page of Google Newz every Day?  No worries, SOMEBODY in Eurotrashland is bound to pick up the slack, a leading candidate for this is the Italians.  According to Don Quijones on Wolfstreet, their banks are on the ropes…AGAIN!




Italy already boasts the largest public debt pile in Europe in nominal terms, clocking in at €2.14 trillion, as well as the second largest in relative terms after Greece’s twice bailed out economy. Rome just forecast that public debt would hit a new record high of 132.6% of GDP this year. That record is unlikely to last very long given Italy’s stagnating economy and the government’s determination to cut taxes, reduce the retirement age and introduce a citizens’ basic income.



The biggest problem with Italy’s economy is that many of its problems are chronic and deep seated. Many of them date back to the adoption of the euro, in 2000, or in the case of Rome’s massive addiction to public debt, to the 1980s. As the OECD points out, real GDP in Italy is still well below its pre-crisis peak. Italy is also the only OECD country where incomes (as measured by GDP per capita) are no higher than in 2000. By contrast, in France, Spain, the UK and Germany they have risen during the same period by 13%, 17%, 21% and 23 respectively.



The IMF now envisages Italy’s public debt ratio ratcheting up to 134.4% of GDP in 2020 to 138.5% in 2024. As the debt increases, so too will the interest payments on the debt. That is unsustainable, especially with much of that debt scheduled to fall due in the next few years. In 2019 alone, Italy has an eye-watering €250 billion of bond redemptions to fund, which is roughly the equivalent of all Eurozone bond maturities this year.




It never ceases to amaze me how all the major problems in Europe that hit the newz seem to occur sequentially.  You never get 2 of these Mega-Crises hitting simultaneously.  It's like TBTB can't Multi-Task, they can only focus on one thing at a time.  How come the crises cooperate with them though and never come in bunches?  Is there some kind of planning here going on in the shadows?  Great fodder there for Conspiracy Theorizing!



Anyhow, hope you enjoy this installment of the Brexit Clown Show, since it is likely to be the last you'll hear about it here in the FSoA until the Goblins come out in the Walmart costume aisle in October.  The Brits however are likely to be further inundated with a daily dose of crap they are already completely fed up with.  It's kind of like getting the same Tweet from Trumpovetsky over and over again for 2 years.



Tangentially, we also discussed the situation with Julian Assange and the possible extradition to the FSoA, or maybe to Sweden if they dredge up the rape charges again.  On the scale of places I would want to be extradited to though, Sweden definitely gets the nod as first choice over the FSoA.



We'll move on here on the Diner next week to the practical subject of setting yourself up for resiliency when SHTF Day arrives on the shores of the FSoA, Canada and the rest of the English Speaking countries that tend to dominate the Diner in readership.  After that, who knows?  The Collapse Landscape changes on a Daily basis these days.


Title: Re: Brexit Bullshit Deja Vu All Over Again
Post by: RE on April 14, 2019, 04:16:22 PM
I had to cut my clip from this vid out of the Intro for the Brexit Bullshit chat with Hepp.  Fucking Utoob said it was copyright infringement, even though the vid said it was royalty & copyright free.  I had to cut it and get a full new copy loaded.  Cost me 2 hours of sleep last night.

I am still working on work arounds for this nonsense.

Enjoy the Last Days of the Empire the SUN  :icon_sunny: is finally setting on.

RE

http://www.youtube.com/v/UD04yHDrvRc
Title: Re: Brexit Bullshit Deja Vu All Over Again 4 14 2019
Post by: UnhingedBecauseLucid on April 14, 2019, 06:41:46 PM
There's too much background noise and resonance makes the already low-fi audio signal from the guest's webcam too blurry.
You should go back to using a conference system like you used to do back in the days...
Even the YouTube live streaming option which gets recorded anyway and can be watched later could be a good option.
Title: Re: Brexit Bullshit Deja Vu All Over Again 4 14 2019
Post by: RE on April 14, 2019, 06:58:42 PM
There's too much background noise and resonance makes the already low-fi audio signal from the guest's webcam too blurry.
You should go back to using a conference system like you used to do back in the days...
Even the YouTube live streaming option which gets recorded anyway and can be watched later could be a good option.

The Google Hangouts system I used to use is not an option.

Skype usually has decent audio, this time was bad though.  Wait until next week's conversation with FarmGal, much better audio signal.  Capturing the audio direct also not an option at the moment, at least with the software I bought it doesn't work for shit.

I'll work on the background noise.  I have a DC batt charger running all the time with a cooling fan, plus my fridge also makes noise and my fucking chair is squeaky.  LOL.

Lotta annoying technicals here to work out.

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: UnhingedBecauseLucid on April 14, 2019, 07:27:16 PM
Quote
The Google Hangouts system I used to use is not an option.

Google hang-out wasn't so bad I thought.
One on one interviews should be far less demanding than a 3-4-5 person tele-conference you sometimes had.
I think Google hang-out may have been updated since then. Not sure about the innards, but the interface has changed.
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on April 14, 2019, 07:31:09 PM
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The Google Hangouts system I used to use is not an option.

Google hang-out wasn't so bad I thought.
One on one interviews should be far less demanding than a 3-4-5 person tele-conference you sometimes had.
I think Google hang-out may have been updated since then. Not sure about the innards, but the interface has changed.

It requires an app now that is ridiculously complex.  I'm not going back to it.  I quit using the system because of the changes they made.  I use this stuff my friend, I know what works and what does not.

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Title: Assange's Cat
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This week saw a sort of an intermediate denoument in one long running Collapse battle, the case of Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder and Whistleblower who has spent the last 7 years imprisoned in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.  By no means is this the end of the story though, now we just move on to a new act, first to be played out in the Brit judicial system as they decide on whether & when he will be extradited to the FSoA.  Or maybe to Sweden, since the Swedes may ressurect the rape allegations and beckon him to the Swedish courts for a Cameo Appearance.  Break out the popcorn.



This development has brought out about every left-leaning journalist around in defense of Julian, here are a few articles, and this is JUST from the Greanville Post!



After 7 Years of Deceptions About Assange, the US Readies for Its First Media Rendition



The Assange arrest is a warning from history



Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom!



Julian Assange Arrested – Murdering Human Rights, Freedom of Speech – Murdering Freedom



A Marriage of Conscience: Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning



The US Government Won’t Care About Your Definition Of Journalism After The Assange Precedent Is Set



Calling Assange a Narcissist Misses the Point



Stop the extraordinary rendition of Julian Assange!



The Martyrdom of Julian Assange



You have the right to always remain silent!



Citing Assange’s Work Exposing US ‘Atrocities,’ UK Labour Leaders Speak Out Against Extradition Effort



Victor Laszlo : Role Model for Assange, Manning and Snowden



Fallon (and his idiotic audience) laugh at Assange • Other court jesters do likewise.



Jimmy Dore: Tucker Carlson Defends Assange. Huh?



Tulsi Defends Assange Powerfully On CNN



Trump Supporters Are Hurting Assange With Their 4-D Chess Talk



Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom!



How Julian Assange was entrapped



Wikileaks’ Julian Assange found guilty of breaching bail terms | Al Jazeera English



Protesters Call on UK to #FreeAssange Outside British Embassy in DC



Paul Craig Roberts on the Assange arrest, and the corruption of much of the west’s regimes, from imperial powers to satellite nations.



Daniel Ellsberg On Assange Arrest: The Beginning of the End For Press Freedom




ORPHANED TRUTHS—Two antipodal voices denounce Assange’s arrest



Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes



How You Can Be Certain That The US Charge Against Assange Is Fraudulent



The Latest on Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange’s Arrest, US Extradition



PRESS RELEASE: Popular Resistance Organising Assange Protests



Free Julian Assange and All Political Prisoners



Ghion Journal: Julian Assange Arrested in London, the World Bears Witness



A conspiracy of cowards, crooks and criminals delivers Assange to the brutal mercies of the empire




…and so on…



Not too hard to figure out whose side Greanville is on here, now is it? lol.



My small contribution to this avalanche of words from the left is in the rant at the top of the page.  I go to bat for Assange's Cat.  🙂



 



 


Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Ruh Roh....RE Gets MOAR Technology!
Post by: RE on April 17, 2019, 07:43:10 PM
Sadly for all of you, I got my latest system up and running.  This one allows me to record and upload vids and spontaneous rants anytime, anywhere with my HTC Smart Phone.  I even have an itty-bitty tripod to hold it while I rant.

Expect to be INUNDATED with vids at a pace that will dwarf Trumpovetsky's Tweets!  :o

http://www.youtube.com/v/JdPSC9Aq7vw

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Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Extinction Conundrum Update
Post by: RE on April 30, 2019, 05:21:32 AM
Now in TRIPLE DIGITS on Utoob with 108 Views, plus 38 Listens and 5 Downloads on Diner Soundcloud!  In just TWO DAYS!  :o

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Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Extinction Conundrum Update 2
Post by: RE on May 01, 2019, 06:44:54 PM
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We have Lift-Off!

Extinction Conundrum has now exceeded 200 Views/Listens, 154 Views on Utoob, 44 Listens & 5 Downloads on Soundcloud!  In just 4 DAYS!  This solo effort has now bypassed the interview with Farmgal, which has 145 views on DYT and 27 Listens with 23 Downloads on DSC.  That's in 11 days since it aired.

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Title: Are Climate Activists who Fly on airplanes HYPOCRITES?
Post by: RE on May 05, 2019, 06:43:24 AM


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It's Cinco de Mayo today, a day of celebration for a small band of Mexicans who defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1882.



" Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo] in Latin America, Spanish for "Fifth of May") is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.[1][2] The victory of the smaller Mexican force against a larger French force was a boost to morale for the Mexicans. A year after the battle, a larger French force defeated Zaragoza at the Second Battle of Puebla, and Mexico City soon fell to the invaders. "



Today there is another war going on between a small army and a much larger army, and the outcome is anything but certain.  It is the war between the Climate Change Activists (CCA) who wish to get a Global commitment and action to reduce carbon emissions in order to slow if not stop climate change, vs Climate Change Deniers (CCD) who seek to ignore all the evidence of Climate Change and Ocean Warming and continue on with BAU.  "Drill Baby, Drill" is the motto of this crowd.



Both sides have a vested interest in winning this war, on the Climate Change Activist side they would NOT like to see Planet Earth prematurely changed from a Blue & Greem Marble hurtling though space into a lifeless hunk of rock like all the rest of the planets we know about so far.  Far as the Climate Change Deniers are concerned, they don't want to give up the creature comforts afforded to Homo Saps from burning Fossil Fuels, particularly the Capitalist Oligarchs in charge of the planet who derive outrageous amounts of wealth from the burning of this one-time store of energy buried beneath the palnet surface.



Image result for extinction rebellion red robes Various tactics are taken by both sides in the battles being waged thus far.  On the CCA side most recently in the UK in London, a new movement Extinction Rebellion carried on a week long series of Protests & Demonstrations to raise awareness of the problems, doing a variety of photogenic acts like gluing themselves to trains and doing Dance Performances garbed in Red Hoodie Capes on the steps of the Natural History Museum to try and get some attention from the Brit Goobermint, which is still mainly consumed with partisan bickering over the Brexit issue.  I discussed this movement and its goals last week in the Morning Wake-Up Call Extinction Conundrum.  Whether this will have any effect on Brit Goobermint policy or gains further traction internationally remains to be seen.



On the CCD side, they have been employing a variety of tactics for years if not decades to undermine every climate related movement that ever gained any traction at all, beginning with Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in the 1960s, through the Back to the Land Movement of the 1970s and the celebration of "Earth Day" every year since 1970.  The main tactic in this aspect of the battle was to employ a small cadre of "scientists" who would provide "evidence" that everything climate change researchers had elucidated was not occuring to combat the vast preponderance of scientists who said it was happening and providing evidence for it.  The media is complicit in the obfuscation, presenting those arguments to J6P as equal in validity.



In recent years, another tactic has been employed, which is for the CCDs to attack the CCAs as "Hypocrites", since they often fly on airplanes to go to the conferences where evidence is presented, climate issues are disussed and remedies proposed.  This methodoly got its beginning when Al Gore produced the Inconvenient Truth documentary, but has since been extended to any scientist or activist who flies on an airplane to go to one of these conferences.  In today's Colllapse Morning Wake-Up Call, I discuss (OK…RANT on…LOL) whether these charges of hypocrisy are really valid arguments?  Do you agrre with me or disagree?  If you have an opinion on this topic, JOIN US Inside the Diner and let us know.



In case you missed it, here is last week's discussion of these issues, Extinction Conundrum:






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Sous-Vide Short Ribs without the fancy Sous-Vide Cooking Apparatus







Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Extinction Conundrum Update 3
Post by: RE on May 05, 2019, 11:19:18 AM
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We are now in Orbit!

Extinction Conundrum has now exceeded 250 Views/Listens, 197 Views on Utoob, 54 Listens & 5 Downloads on Soundcloud!  In just ONE WEEK!  Hoping the followup effor here today on Climate Change Hypocrisy does as well!

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Title: ☠️ Nature crisis: Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction'
Post by: RE on May 06, 2019, 05:11:38 AM
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48169783 (https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48169783)

Nature crisis: Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction'
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, Paris

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On land, in the seas, in the sky, the devastating impact of humans on nature is laid bare in a compelling UN report.

One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction.

Nature everywhere is declining at a speed never previously seen and our need for ever more food and energy are the main drivers.

These trends can be halted, the study says, but it will take "transformative change" in every aspect of how humans interact with nature.

    Nature's emergency in five graphics
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    Threat to food as biodiversity declines
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From the bees that pollinate our crops, to the forests that hold back flood waters, the report reveals how humans are ravaging the very ecosystems that support their societies.

Three years in the making, this global assessment of nature draws on 15,000 reference materials, and has been compiled by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). It runs to 1,800 pages.

The brief, 40-page "summary for policymakers", published today at a meeting in Paris, is perhaps the most powerful indictment of how humans have treated their only home.

It says that while the Earth has always suffered from the actions of humans through history, over the past 50 years, these scratches have become deep scars.
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The world's population has doubled since 1970, the global economy has grown four-fold, while international trade has increased 10 times over.

To feed, clothe and give energy to this burgeoning world, forests have been cleared at astonishing rates, especially in tropical areas.

Between 1980 and 2000, 100 million hectares of tropical forest were lost, mainly from cattle ranching in South America and palm oil plantations in South East Asia.

Faring worse than forests are wetlands, with only 13% of those present in 1700 still in existence in the year 2000.

Our cities have expanded rapidly, with urban areas doubling since 1992.
Media caption"Species are going extinct at a faster rate than we've seen for millions of years" - Laura Foster reports

All this human activity is killing species in greater numbers than ever before.

According to the global assessment, an average of around 25% of animals and plants are now threatened.

Global trends in insect populations are not known but rapid declines in some locations have also been well documented.

All this suggests around a million species now face extinction within decades, a rate of destruction tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10 million years.

"We have documented a really unprecedented decline in biodiversity and nature, this is completely different than anything we've seen in human history in terms of the rate of decline and the scale of the threat," said Dr Kate Brauman, from the University of Minnesota and a co-ordinating lead author of the assessment.
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"When we laid it all out together I was just shocked to see how extreme the declines are in terms of species and in terms of the contributions that nature is providing to people."

The assessment also finds that soils are being degraded as never before. This has reduced the productivity of 23% of the land surface of the Earth.

Our insatiable appetites are producing a mountain of waste.

Plastic pollution has increased ten-fold since 1980.

Every year we dump 300-400 million tonnes of heavy metals, solvents, toxic sludge and other wastes into the waters of the world.
What's behind this crisis?

The report's authors say there are a number of direct drivers of which land use change is the primary one.

This essentially means the replacement of grassland with intensive crops, or replacing ancient woodland with a plantation forest, or the clearing of forests to grow crops. This is happening in many parts of the world, especially in the tropics.

Since 1980, more than half of the increase in agriculture has been at the expense of intact forests.

It's a similar story at sea.

Only 3% of the world's oceans were described as free from human pressure in 2014.

Fish are being exploited as never before, with 33% of fish stocks harvested at unsustainable levels in 2015.
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Image caption Many fish species are in decline through overfishing, the study says

Live coral cover on reefs has nearly halved over the past 150 years.

Pushing all this forward, though, are increased demands for food from a growing global population and specifically our growing appetite for meat and fish.

"Land use now appears as the major driver of the biodiversity collapse, with 70% of agriculture related to meat production," said Yann Laurans from IDDRI, the French policy research institute.

"It is time to reconsider the share of industrial meat and dairy in our diet."

The other key factors are the hunting and the direct exploitation of animals, climate change, pollution and invasive species.

The report finds that many of these factors work together to make matters worse
The decline in numbers
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Species extinction risk: Approximately 25% of species are already threatened with extinction in most animal and plant groups studied.

Natural ecosystems: Natural ecosystems have declined by 47% on average, relative to their earliest estimated states.

Biomass and species abundance: The global biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%. Indicators of vertebrate abundance have declined rapidly since 1970.

Nature for indigenous people: 72% of indicators developed by local communities show ongoing deterioration of elements of nature important to them.
What does the future hold?

It all depends on what we do.
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Image caption Researchers say the loss of nature will have major implications for humans

The authors looked at a number of scenarios for the future, including business-as-usual, but also examining options that were more based on sustainable practices.

In almost all cases, the negative trends for nature will continue to 2050 and beyond.

The only ones that didn't continue towards ecological disaster involved what the scientists term "transformative change".
What does transformative change actually mean?

The study doesn't tell governments what to do, but gives them some pretty strong hints.

One big idea is to steer the world away from the "limited paradigm of economic growth".

They suggest moving away from GDP as a key measure of economic wealth and instead adopting more holistic approaches that would capture quality of life and long-term effects.

They argue that our traditional notion of a "good quality of life" has involved increasing consumption on every level. This has to change.

    To keep carbon emissions down, look underfoot
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Similarly, there must be change when it comes to financial incentives that damage biodiversity.

"Crucially, governments must end the destructive subsidies, including for fossil fuels and industrial fishing and agriculture," said Andrew Norton, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development.

"These drive the plundering of the land and ocean at the expense of a clean, healthy and diverse environment on which billions of women, children and men depend now and in the future."

The amount of land and sea that is under protection needs to increase rapidly, with observers saying that a third of our lands need to be preserved.

"We need to secure half of the planet by 2050 with an interim target of 30% by 2030," said Jonathan Baillie, from the National Geographic Society.

"Then we must restore nature and drive innovation. Only then will we leave future generations a healthy and sustainable planet."
Is this worse than climate change?

Climate change is a crucial underlying factor that's helping to drive destruction around the world.

Greenhouse gas emissions have doubled since 1980 and temperatures have gone up 0.7C as a result. This is having a big impact on some species, restricting their ranges and making extinction more likely. The global assessment finds that if temperatures go up by 2C, then 5% of species are at risk of climate-driven extinction, rising to 16% if the world warms by 4.3C.
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"Of the prioritised list of proximate drivers of biodiversity decline, climate change is only number three," said Prof John Spicer from the University of Plymouth.

"Climate change is certainly one of the greatest threats that face humankind in the near future - so what does that tell us about the first and second, changes in land/sea use, and direct exploitation? The current situation is desperate and has been for some time."

The report's authors hope that their assessment becomes as critical to the argument about biodiversity loss as the IPCC report on 1.5C has done to the debate over climate change.
What can I do?

The idea of transformative action is not just confined to governments or local authorities. Individuals can certainly make a difference.

"We know that the way people eat today is often unhealthy for them and for the planet," said Dr Kate Brauman, one of the report's authors.

"We can become healthier as individuals by eating more diverse diets, with more vegetables, and we can also make the planet healthier by growing that food in more sustainable ways."

As well as consumer and lifestyle choices, other authors believe people can make a difference through politics.

"It might be more important for society to invest more in renewables than coal," said Dr Rinku Roy Chowdhury, from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

"So how do you that? Through individual behaviour, through the polling booth.

"Rather than just conserving energy by turning my lights off, some other less obvious means might be through political action."
Title: Today's Total Trump Turmoil & Travesties
Post by: RE on May 12, 2019, 04:17:04 AM


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It's been another Banner Week in the Trumpovetsky Soap Opera, in the ongoing battle over the Mueller Report, Collusion with the Ruskies to fix the POTUS election in 2016, his Tax Records, getting his syncophant marionette Fat Willie Barr to testify before CONgress, CONgress & the Demodopes in the House issuing Contempt citations which are ignored as often as the Subpoenas are (which is always), his $BILLION$ 🤑 losses as a NY Bizman over a decade of time, and his incompetence and fuck-ups on the international level in the escalating Trade War with China, piling more sanctions on Iran to stop them from selling Oil, and ongoing regime change efforts in Venezuela which so far have failed so a military escalation becomes more likely there all the time too.  Did I forget his desire to cancel elections and become Dictator for Life like the Chinese President?  Or at least make his term 6 years so he doesn't have to face an election in 2020, sure to be "stolen" from him by those nasty Demodopes!



In today's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call we examine many of these issues, not all of them though because really, in a 20 minute rant you can't possibly fit in all the shit that El Trumpo whacks out in a whole week on the thumboard of his smartphone and disemminates to the masses via Twitshit.  We cover the major ones though, and it's about certain there will be followups to these various clusterfucks, since they're not going away anytime too soon.  Like not until November of 2020 and not even after that either I suspect.  I mean, Donalditry is STILL rehashing old golf scores with Obama-sama and Killary 2 years into his Presidency!



Besides running Trumpofsky over the Diner Coals in this Cooking Zone Political BBQ, we also take a look at the current field of Demodopes who hope to unseat his fat ass from the office chair in the Oval Office come November of 2020, but currently have the task of bashing each other to see who comes out on top as the nominee for the Dem Party and the White Knight who will take on and defeat the Black Knight of Sir Asshole of Racketville, the sitting POTUS Trumpty-Dumpty.  No matter how many limbs you hack off this guy, somehow he still keeps on truckin'.






Opinion varies Inside the Diner on the question of Trumpovetsky's beatability,  some do think the Demodopes are in such disarray and out of touch with the core electorate that no matter who they run they'll lose to Donalditry.  My opinion is he is beatable, but they have to put together a winning ticket that will bring factions of the party together.  The Top Contenders at the moment appear to be Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Liz Warren, Beto O'Rourke and Kamala Harris, with Uncle Joe showing what appears to be a commanding lead after just recently throwing his jockstrap into the ring.  Of all the candidates, Uncle Joe is the most palatable to the Demodope establishment and corporate interests, so the polling here is somewhat suspicious.  These numbers will inevitably bounce around quite a bit depending who is doing the polling and who the media focuses on at any given time.  We're not really going to know much here until the primaries get under way in early 2020.



As mentioned at the beginning, there's a whole lot more going on these days in the world of Collapse, not the least of which is the escalating threat of a hot war with Iran as more and more military hardware is moved into the neighborhood and the further deteriorating trade situation with China.  We'll get to those topics in a future Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call for sure.  Until then, break out the popcorn and check out the latest Tweetstorm from the Clown-in-Chief each morning if you want a good laugh.



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Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Extinction Conundrum Update 4
Post by: RE on May 12, 2019, 03:15:39 PM
Now published on Cassandra's Legacy to gather the Europeans into the discussion!  :icon_sunny:

https://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2019/05/human-extinction-idea-whose-time-had-to.html

The Extinction Conundrum is now at over 300 Views/Listens/Downloads on Diner Utoob and Diner Soundcloud as well.  :emthup:

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Title: 🤡 Today's Total Trump Turmoil & Travesties - Update
Post by: RE on May 13, 2019, 09:09:22 AM
Now UP on Global Economic Intersection!

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201905130105 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201905130105)

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Title: 📺 U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Sl
Post by: RE on May 15, 2019, 03:41:19 PM
https://www.npr.org/2019/05/15/723518379/u-s-births-fell-to-a-32-year-low-in-2018-cdc-says-birthrate-is-at-record-level (https://www.npr.org/2019/05/15/723518379/u-s-births-fell-to-a-32-year-low-in-2018-cdc-says-birthrate-is-at-record-level)

U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump

May 15, 20191:21 PM ET
Bill Chappell

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In 2018, U.S. birthrates fell for nearly all racial and age groups, the CDC says. Here, mothers and babies attend a yoga class in Culver City, Calif., in March.
Jane Ross/Reuters

The U.S. birthrate fell again in 2018, to 3,788,235 births — representing a 2% drop from 2017. It's the lowest number of births in 32 years, according to a new federal report. The numbers also sank the U.S. fertility rate to a record low.

Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born. And it's an ongoing slump: 2018 was the fourth consecutive year of birth declines, according to the provisional birthrate report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Birthrates fell for nearly all racial and age groups, with only slight gains for women in their late 30s and early 40s, the CDC says.

The news has come as something of a surprise to demographers who say that with the U.S. economy and job market continuing a years-long growth streak, they had expected the birthrate to show signs of stabilizing, or even rising. But instead, the drop could force changes to forecasts about how the country will look — with an older population and fewer young workers to sustain key social systems.
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"It's a national problem," says Dowell Myers, a demographer at the University of Southern California.

"The birthrate is a barometer of despair," Myers says in response to the CDC data. Explaining that idea, he says young people won't make plans to have babies unless they're optimistic about the future.

"At first, we thought it was the recession," Myers says of the recent downturn in births. But after a slight rise in 2012, the rate took another nosedive. He adds that by nearly all economic standards — except for high housing costs — birthrates should now be rising.

As for what's behind the negative sentiment among people of childbearing age, Myers cites the current political turmoil and a gloomy outlook for America's future.

"Not a whole lot of things are going good," he says, "and that's haunting young people in particular, more than old people."

Many current or would-be parents also responded to the report Wednesday, using social media to list a string of obstacles to having kids in the U.S., from the frustration of finding child care to high insurance costs and a lack of parental leave and other support systems. And they note that while the national economy has done well, workers' paychecks haven't been growing at the same pace.

As Elena Parent, a state senator in Georgia, wrote on Twitter, "Parents know why the birthrate is falling. Kids are expensive & time-consuming & our society doesn't make it easy."

Another factor, says sociologist Sarah Damaske of Penn State, is job security — even in a time of low unemployment.

"From January 2009 to December 2017, 36.6 million American jobs were lost. That's more jobs than were lost during the Great Recession," Damaske says. "So, even though the unemployment rate is better, companies are still using layoffs to maintain profits at the expense of their workers."

Citing conversations with people who have lost their jobs in the past decade, Damaske — who is writing a book on that subject — says some workers have resigned themselves to the possibility that they might not find stable jobs again.

"When you think you might not be able to find steady work, it's harder to imagine how to form a family," she says.

Part of the trend also reflects a cultural shift, as more Americans delay marriage and child-rearing. While women in their 20s have historically given birth to the most babies in the U.S., women in their early 30s had a higher birthrate in 2017, for the first time ever. And that gap widened in 2018.
U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low; Fertility Rate Sinks Further Below Replacement Level
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U.S. Births Dip To 30-Year Low; Fertility Rate Sinks Further Below Replacement Level

In what's widely seen as a bright spot in the CDC's provisional data, teenagers saw another sharp drop in birthrates, falling 7% in 2018 to 17.4 births per 1,000 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19. That rate has now declined by 58% since 2007 and by 72% since 1991.

The rate of cesarean delivery, or C-section, fell to 31.9% in 2018, the CDC says. That's down from a peak of 32.9% in 2009. The rate of cesarean procedures in low-risk cases also decreased, to 25.9% of all deliveries.

From 2017 to 2018, the number of births fell 1% for Hispanic women and 2% for non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black women. The rate fell by 3% for women who are identified as non-Hispanic Asian and non-Hispanic AIAN (American Indian & Alaska Native).

The latest birthrate data put the U.S. further away from a viable replacement rate — the standard for a generation being able to replicate its numbers. The U.S. has generally fallen short of that level since 1971, the CDC says.

The total fertility rate fell to 1,728 births per 1,000 women over their lifetimes — a 2% fall from 2017. That's far below the replacement rate of 2,100 births per 1,000 women.

The Census Bureau has long predicted that America's future population growth will increasingly rely on immigration, despite a fertility rate that has historically been higher than similar developed nations.

According to the census agency's Population Clock, the U.S. is currently gaining one person every 16 seconds — in part because it's adding one international migrant every 34 seconds. Both of those are net results, meaning they account for deaths and outward migration.
Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Extinction Conundrum Update 5
Post by: RE on May 16, 2019, 10:40:19 AM
Extinction Conundrum now up to 430 Views/Listens/Downloads!  :o

Ugo's publication on Cassandra's Legacy brought in another ~150 viewers, mostly the Europeans who we don't cover so well.  Most Diner readership is from the FSoA, Oz & the Great White North of Canada.

The commentariat on CL has gotten quite entertaining, with a couple of the Dr. McStinksion cult followers showing up to drop in their 2 cents on the issue.  Even Gail ZaWACKY showed up!  lol.

Here's the direct link:  https://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2019/05/human-extinction-idea-whose-time-had-to.html

This comment by me has not as yet been approved by Ugo.  It's in response to a post made by Lidia, a regular on Nature Bats Last:

You're not going to save everybody with ferro-cement domes, you couldn't possibly build enough of them.  Forget the energy requirements, there's not enough sand and portland cement left to do it!

Similarly, EVs aren't going to replace the current ICE transportation system, for reasons too numerous to mention.  It's not just the vehicles you need here, it's the whole infrastructure surrounding them, from roads to miles of upgraded wiring capable of handling much larger transmission loads.

I don't think 7.5B people walking the earth at one time can be supported, no idea what Ugo's opinion is on that one.  I DO think the earth can support probably 10M Homo Saps, even in its currently degraded state.

It doesn't take many survivors to maintain the spark of sentience and sapience that this species managed to achieve through millions of years of evolution.  In fact, just 10,000 survivor could do it.  How do I know that?  Because it was done before, 75,000 years ago.

Done once, it can be done again.

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Title: 📺 MWUC Extinction Conundrum: Cassandra's Legacy Crosspost Update
Post by: RE on May 19, 2019, 03:14:18 AM
My latest response to Brutus on the Cassandra's Legacy cross-post of Extintion Conundrum.  Not yet approved by Ugo.

From BM:

       "Sure, there were some extremists"

Including the site owner, lol.  I mean really, up until just recently he was pegging complete extinction of Homo Saps by 2020!  That's not extreme?  Now of he has backtracked on this, not putting a date on it just that it will happen "soon".

An extremist running a blog attracts other extremists into the commentariat.  Also notable are whose posts get deleted and whose are left up.  Since you in fact did appear on the pages of that commentariat (though I don't remember seing you there), surely you remember Pat who closed his posts with "Save the Planet. Kill Yourself"?  While exhorting others to this solution of course, Pat himself never ate a bullet.

The problem got so bad that Dr. McStinksion had to drop on sidebar links to suicide prevention websites, because there were so many depressed individuals haunting the commentariat.

Not a lot different on r/collase, the mods there ALSO had to drop on suicide prevention links.  They have over 100K subscribers now, so it's not exactly a tiny minority of the people who will post up on this topic.  Nowadays the mods are whacking a lot more posting, so it's not quite so bad, but the subtext is still there.

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Title: Collapse Cafe v2.0: The Return of Monsta - Sudan, Brexit, NATO, Student Loans
Post by: RE on May 19, 2019, 07:07:51 AM


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It's been quite a while since I had an on-air chat with Monsta, who was my co-host and in the beginning our audio producer (before I buckled down to teach myself audio and then video editing) for the Collapse Cafe, a discussion and interview show we did on both Soundcloud (Audio Only) and YouTube (video) via Google Hangouts on Air.  The majority of Collapse Cafe broadcasts came between 2013 & 2017, and many are still relevant and still up in the archives on Diner Soundcloud and Diner YouTube.



When Google changed their software arrangement for Google Hangouts, we stopped doing this show.  It wasn't the only reason, regular Diners know about my pretty nasty health problems.  I returned to just blogging and chatting with other Diner on the Diner Forum for most of 2017-2019, doing just a few audio rants during this time.  Blogs & Forums however are now "ancient history" in the ever changing world of cyberspace, the current meme and wave of the forseeable future is in Video and Social Media.  My health has improved (some), and so I am back once again doing video production, morphing myself once again, this time from Blogger to Vlogger.  My past metamorphoses were from Forum Moderator beginning in the Jurrasic Period of  IRC chat on the Arpanet (which predates the Internet and World Wide Web) and then the Wild West of AOL in the beginning of the internet to Commenter on various Blogs & Forums and then transforming again into a Blogger myself when we opened the Diner for bizness in February of 2012.



Image result for sudan protests In this reunion with Monsta, who is half my age from another generation and lives across the pond in Jolly Old England as well as obviously being Black while I am White, we share our observations of a variey of HOT TOPICS currently hitting the MSM and impacting on the Collapse Dynamic.  We begin with an issue just now hitting the MSM newz, the ongoing protests and political turmoil occuring in Sudan.  As the child of immigrants from Sudan to the UK (back when people could actually DO this sort of migration), Monsta has first hand knowledge of the situation there and insights only a person with such a close connection to the turmoil can have.



Sudan also for those of you who are geographically challenged is right across the Red Sea and in between the Gulf of Suez to the north and the Straights of Hormuz to the south, neighboring Egypt to its north.This is the major body of water where most of the Oil flows out from, both to europe to the north and then to Asia and the FSoA via the Straights of Hormuz. Right on the other side of the Red Sea though is IRAN, and while Sudan doesn't have any OIL itself, it's geogrphically extremely important if/when a Hot War and Naaval Battles begin over there.  Given how hard the Shadow Goobermint of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) is trying to provoke such a war, it may not be too far off.



Image result for oil transport out of the red sea map



Besides the situation in Sudan, we also discuss the Brexit situation since along with Jason Heppenstall of 22 Billion Energy Slaves, Monsta is another Boots-on-the-Ground Brit Correspondent for the Diner Newz Service.  Britain's role also as an intermediary in the now crumbling relationship of the FSoA with other European nations is also discussed, along with the relationship with Brussels and NATO.



Image result for student debt ball and chain Finally, we discuss the escalating Student Loan issue plaguing mostly the FSoA, but also having some analogs and a different treatment of the debtors in Jolly Old England.  Among the many things currently threatening to blow up the economy here in the FSoA (and by extension the Global Economy) is the vast ocean of Irredeemable Debt currently hanging like a Ball & Chain around the necks of the Millenial Generation, and not treating retired Boomers too well either!



We hope you enjoy this reunion and discussion here on the Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call of the Doomstead Diner, if so make sure you give us a 👍 on our YouTube channel and/or Soundcloud Channel, and we'll do some more!  Be sure also to check out the prior videos we have done here if you missed them, all the archives of our past shows are avaialbe to watch or listen to, and hopefully will be until the Internet Goes Dark.


Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: K-Dog on May 19, 2019, 10:28:09 AM
The next time you get geographically challenged fire up my website and look at my globe.  It was torturous to watch it spin and listen to you say Sudan was across the straits of Hormuz.  They are 1500 miles apart.

Sudan is across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia south of Egypt.

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In the second attack in less than 48 hours, two of Saudi Arabia's oil pumping stations were targeted in a series of drone attacks west of the capital Riyadh.

Houthi rebels said they carried out the attacks to warn the kingdom against what they described as its "aggression" in Yemen.

https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2019/05/tension-gulf-escalate-open-conflict-190515192700839.html (https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2019/05/tension-gulf-escalate-open-conflict-190515192700839.html)


American mainstream media is showing pictures of damaged tankers saying they were damaged in the straits of Hormuz in a deliberate misrepresentation facts.  These tankers are pictures of tankers either hit by Houthi fighters attacking Saudi Arabia or they did it themselves in a false flag. Sabatoge makes no sense.  Sabotage would spill black stuff.

The Diner could scoop the situation if you get on it.  Clear juggling of facts.  Major military hardware is on the move.  Trump lies and Bolton tries.  Trump is starting some shit because he needs to help BONESAW out.  He needs to hep BONESAW out to:

(1) distract the American public from his own shit and
(2) Saudi Arabia is not having trouble with their war. 

Wartime presidents can order up a virgin once a week for their pleasure like a pizza when they can be found.  Trump knows this so his answer to the stress of the Oval office is to start a war.

The other reason is he likes gold. Lots of it.

So we have this:

Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks.

False flag.  Saudi Arabia needs Trump to bail them out.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1127907041970982912 (https://twitter.com/i/status/1127907041970982912)



Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on May 19, 2019, 10:40:07 AM
The next time you get geographically challenged fire up my website and look at my globe.  It was torturous to watch it spin and listen to you say Sudan was across the straits of Hormuz.  They are 1500 miles apart.

Sudan is across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia south of Egypt.

I was aware of that and corrected it in my article.  When you are doing a real time chat you sometimes goof up.  It happens.  You wanna come on with me and chat up?  Give the Spooks some good material to work with?  lol.

I may do a War Mongers rant for next week on the MCWUC.  I have a bunch of topics I'm considering though.

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: K-Dog on May 19, 2019, 10:59:35 AM
The next time you get geographically challenged fire up my website and look at my globe.  It was torturous to watch it spin and listen to you say Sudan was across the straits of Hormuz.  They are 1500 miles apart.

Sudan is across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia south of Egypt.

I was aware of that and corrected it in my article.  When you are doing a real time chat you sometimes goof up.  It happens.  You wanna come on with me and chat up?  Give the Spooks some good material to work with?  lol.

I may do a War Mongers rant for next week on the MCWUC.  I have a bunch of topics I'm considering though.

RE

I'm giving the spooks plenty to do.  I figure I'll keep them out of trouble while you put the pieces together about Trump and Bolton.  Two oil pumping stations hit.  How important are they?  Start there.  Research the strategic importance of the carrier group en-route now to keeping the gas line from America's gas tank open and unclogged.  Dig!  A few years ago I was monitoring a web page maintained by Kurdish resistance fighters fighting ISIS when America was ignoring Syria.  You can find out a lot if you go poke your head down rabbit holes.  Get ahead of things so when Bolton convinces Trump to do the false flag which gets American missiles firing you will be ready.  A false flag is on the menu.

In America we have Turds who don't even know about Kurds so fasten your seat-belts.  Trump and Bolton will think some missiles and a few cowardly drones will send everybody home.  Bonesaw seems to have already made that mistake.
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: Surly1 on May 19, 2019, 12:40:41 PM
Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks.

False flag.  Saudi Arabia needs Trump to bail them out.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1127907041970982912 (https://twitter.com/i/status/1127907041970982912)

Remember the Maine!
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on May 19, 2019, 01:00:08 PM
Two oil pumping stations hit.  How important are they?  Start there.  Research the strategic importance of the carrier group en-route now to keeping the gas line from America's gas tank open and unclogged.  Dig!  A few years ago I was monitoring a web page maintained by Kurdish resistance fighters fighting ISIS when America was ignoring Syria.  You can find out a lot if you go poke your head down rabbit holes.  Get ahead of things so when Bolton convinces Trump to do the false flag which gets American missiles firing you will be ready.  A false flag is on the menu.

Since you're not going to appear on camera as a Talking Head, you can be the Research Dept of Diner Newz Service (DNS Network), a subsidiary of DDTV which is a subsidiary of the SUN Corporation.  :icon_sunny:

PM me a 1-5 page summary of the details you dig up and I'll incorporate them into my rant. :P

I got enough to do as Newz Anchor, Producer, Director and Video Editor. of this show, not to mention Chief Cook & Bottlewasher on the Cooking Zone.

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: azozeo on May 19, 2019, 03:10:23 PM
Saudi Arabia says 2 oil tankers damaged by sabotage attacks.

False flag.  Saudi Arabia needs Trump to bail them out.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1127907041970982912 (https://twitter.com/i/status/1127907041970982912)

Remember the Maine!


and Lusitania (it's a long story, I'll buy the brewski's, bring tinfoil  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Transatlantic Clown Show
Post by: RE on May 26, 2019, 05:16:18 AM


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Collapse on the Political level in the Anglo-Amerikan Empire has moved into the land of the surreal.  The developments of the last week have brought into question the very foundation of the Goobermints that supposedly legislate for the populations, although if you are paying close attention you'll know that's not really true.  The folks with the real control are operating behind the scenes, and the Politicians supposedly governing are just marionettes useful for public consumption.



Today's rant is transatlantic, covering a week of truly EPIC buffonery by the marionettes on both sides of the pond, Donalditry Tumpovetsky here in the FSoA and Terrible Theresa May over in Jolly Old England.  The speed at which both of these Goobermints are dissolving into chaos is absolutely astounding, although it shouldn't be too big a surprise to long time readers of the Doomstead Diner.  You are seeing in real time what Fast Collapse looks like.



I knock off a few other topics as well, most notably the Abortion disgrace currently being perpetrated by the Religious Right Wing here in the FSoA in the effort to overturn the legislation of Roe vs. Wade, which goes back around a half century of time.  There is a backlash ongoing as well, but this one is bound to end up in the SCOTUS at some point.  Given that said court is now stacked with MOAR Righties, eventually we may see draconian anti-abortion legislation as the law of the land.  No exceptions, even for Rape and Incest with 12 year olds.  Unbelievable disgrace on this.



I'll leave you in text here with my favorite story of the week, the nightmare of what it's like to travel with Trumpty-Dumpty on Air Force One.  The redeeming feature of this is that all the people on the plane richly deserve this torture session for being stupid enough to work for the Imbecile-in-Chief.  From Bloomberg:




"He will not go to sleep," an official told CNN, adding that the president once summoned a meeting with an aide who was trying to catch a few hours of sleep before landing. The discussions at these meetings range from Trump's upcoming agenda in the country he's visiting to recent media coverage.



"It's like being held captive," an official said.



For staffers who are able to sleep, comfortable spots are hard to come by on the 4,000 square-foot aircraft. That's because Air Force One is not loaded with lie-flat seats like private jets typically are. While Trump has a bedroom, staffers have to make do with office chairs, leather benches on the sides of the plane, and yoga mats, according to the report.






Donald Trump Air Force One


Trump sits at his desk on Air Force One.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais



The report painted a picture of life aboard Air Force One that resembles other portraits of life on ground in the White House.





 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 




Televisions on board are constantly showing Fox News, the cable channel that Trump reportedly spends much of his " executive time" watching and live tweeting on a regular day. According to CNN, he spends hours watching cable news footage on a TiVo-like device while in the air.



Also, the president often complains about media coverage he doesn't like and uses meetings to strategize how to respond to unfavorable stories.




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Title: Transatlantic Clown Show: "Epic Rant" now UP on GEI!
Post by: RE on May 27, 2019, 07:30:04 AM
JL's editorializing "Another Gonzo Journalism Op Ed Epic Rant"  ;D

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201905262247 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201905262247)

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I have tapped into the Spirit of the King of Gonzo, speaking to me from the Great Beyond.  :icon_sunny:

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Title: The Strafing Run of Mother Nature - 2019 Tornado & Flood Edition
Post by: RE on June 02, 2019, 05:47:41 AM


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Last year Inside the Diner, we initiated the "Strafing Run of Mother Nature" discussion thread.  The title came from the steady stream of Hurricanes coming across the Atlantic in the Hurricane Season of 2018, which saw a Cat 5 (Michael) make landfall on the Florida Panhandle and devastate beachfront Tourista destinations like Panama City as well as one of the FSoA military's largest establishments, Tyndall Air Force Base.  Some outcomes from the arsenal of Mother Nature aren't entirely all bad.



The Atlantic Hurricane season has just begun, running from June 1st to November 30th, and we don't know yet how many hurricanes Mother Nature will spawn off the west coast of Africa or in the Gulf of Mexico this year to wreak still more havoc and destroy still more of the infrastructure of Industrial Civilization.  Which perhaps may get rebuilt again with still more Funny Money dished out by Da Federal Reserve, although they still haven't agreed on funding LAST YEAR'S disasters with still more irredeemable debt.  Still held up in CONgress by ideologues from the Repugnant Party are disaster relief bills for the many locations still in need of money, for the ostensible reason of the "National Emergency" on the southern border, where numerous wannabee immigrants to the Land of Good & Plenty are piling up in Old Mejico, which is making the Mexicans none too happy either.



Already in full swing however this year is the lively season in Tornado Alley, a huge swath of Flyover Country in the midwest, the "Breadbasket" of the FSoA where the huge cornucopia of the monoculture crops are grown by our Industrial Agriculture methods to feed not on this country, but many others around the world also through exports..  Not only has Tornado season this year brought about a huge number of communities that suffered a DIRECT HIT from one of these KILLERS, it has also spawned a deluge of rain that is absolutely BIBLICAL in its proportions, stretching virtually the entire length of the Mighty Mississippi as well as major tributaries like the Missouri, Arkansas and Ohio Rivers. Long stretches of these rivers are now closed to Navigation, which means that all the stuff produced iin the center of the country can't ship out their goods.  The slack on this can't be picked up by trucks or the railroads, the volumes are simply too large.  It is an ongoing, slow-motion disaster and the water in these rivers at many locations has yet to crest, and it will likely be weeks before the waters recede to anywhere near a normal level.



The wet weather has also delayed spring planting by weeks, past even the time the farmers might get crop insurance.  Many farmers are facing a total loss of this year's crops of corn and soy beans, which probably won't lead to starvation at least in the FSoA, but will almost certainly lead to higher prices at the grocery stores, something many Amerikans can't handle right now as their paychecks dwindle and disappear into the maw of a collapsing economy.



In today's Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call, I discuss many of these issues, along with some related ones I haven't addressed here.  It's another rather somber rant, not too full of jokes this time, sorry.  We are looking at a Shakespearean Tragedy unfolding here, not a Comedy and so I am a little thin on the jokes.  There is a time to Laugh and a time to Cry, and this one fits into the latter category for the most part, although you still do have to lighten up occsionally if you are to maintain your sanity.



Mother Earth is in Full Rebellion now, and GAIA holds all the High Cards in this conflict between the Industrial Civilization built by Homo Saps over the last 2 centuries and the very life of this Planet, the only one in the Universe insofar as we know that has the spark of life, of sentience and of sapience.  Mother Nature will win this batlle, make no mistake about it.  Nobody fucks with Mother Nature and comes out on top in that battle.




Title: Re: The Strafing Run of Mother Nature - 2019 Tornado & Flood Edition
Post by: RE on June 03, 2019, 09:27:01 AM
Now UP on GEI!

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201906030311 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201906030311)

Already at 80 Views/Listens/Downloads after a day!

RE
Title: The Strafing Run of Mother Nature - MOAR Water on the Way!
Post by: RE on June 04, 2019, 08:57:20 AM
Looks like Eddie will have plenty-o-water on the Toothstead.

RE

https://weather.com/storms/severe/news/2019-06-04-tropical-moisture-heavy-rain-flooding-plains-midwest-south

Flash Flooding Possible This Week in Plains, Midwest and South as Major River Flooding Continues
Severe Weather
Tropical Moisture Will Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding to Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley

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By weather.com meteorologists5 hours agoweather.com
00:53
More Rain Will Exacerbate River Flooding in the Plains
Meteorologist Domenica Davis looks at the forecast for more rain hitting the already saturated Plains.
At a Glance

    Tropical moisture will stream into the south-central states by Wednesday.This will fuel the development of numerous showers and storms from the southern Plains into the lower Mississippi Valley.Flash flooding is possible from eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma into the lower Mississippi Valley through Thursday.

More heavy downpours are on the way for the southern Plains and the lower Mississippi Valley this week as tropical moisture streams northward from the Gulf of Mexico.

An area of low pressure will move across the southern tier of the United States and pull in deep moisture from a tropical disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico.
Tropical moisture will be pulled northward by an area of low pressure and will help to fuel a heavy rain threat in the south-central United States.

Rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour are possible in showers and storms that develop Wednesday through Thursday, trigger flash flooding, and in some areas, compounding ongoing long-term river flooding issues.
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Additional Rainfall Forecast

Many locations from the central and southern Plains into the Mississippi and Ohio valleys could see 1 to 3 inches of rain through late this week. Locally up to 5 inches of rain is possible in areas where clusters of thunderstorms stall for several hours at a time.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for a part of the upper Texas coast, including Houston, through Thursday morning. Additional flash flood watches could be issued for other areas where heavy rain is expected the next couple of days.

Here's a general look at which locations have the greatest risk of flash flooding the next few days.

Tuesday-Tuesday Night: Even before the tropical moisture arrives, localized flash flooding is possible from the southern High Plains into the portions of the Midwest.

Wednesday-Wednesday Night: The threat of flash flooding will be highest from parts of the eastern Texas, including Houston, to Louisiana and southern Arkansas.

Thursday-Thursday Night: A large area from eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma into Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and southern Missouri has the greatest chance of seeing flooding downpours.

This soaking weather pattern will wring out more heavy rain in the lower and mid-Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley and parts of the Deep South Friday into the weekend. Rainfall will initially be beneficial in parts of the Southeast which has recently dried out.
Title: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019
Post by: RE on June 10, 2019, 07:49:24 AM


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Today's Collapse Topics: Brexit, Brit Elections, Trade Wars,  Iranian Sanctions, Sudan Crisis, Venezuela, Hyperinflation



I'm back together with Monsta this week for a recap of recent Collapse Events, focusing to begin with on the ongoing Clown Show over in Jolly Old England, where Monsta is broadcasting from in London.  The new name for our show is the "RE & Monsta Mash", since it is a mashup of many Collapse Topics, all of which have generally Monstrous results. lol.  We will hopefully produce this one on a fairly regular basis.  Still have technical issues and had to axe my direct feed, but at least this time all the audio is quite clear.  Even my squeaky Office Chair is clear! lol.



Apologies for getting this one out a day late on Monday rather than my usual Sunday Brunch publication, but Monsta and I couldn't hook up until Sunday Night his time, late morning Alaska time.  Then of course I had a good deal of video editing to do.  I will endeavor to do the first publications of the Collapse Morning Wake-Up Call on Sunday mornings, but you may have to check in at the Diner through the week for this show and others.  I can't really hammer the schedule down exactly at this point, and probably never will be able to do that.  Collapse doesn't work on a predictable schedule.



We covered a lot of topics in today's edition, and you really should read up on all of them to be fully informed.  You have to go to many sources these days to get any kind of realistic picture of the ongoing situations impacting on Collapse.  Any individual Newz Source (including the Diner) only gives you a slice of the information and it always comes with a particular spin.  In today's world of mass information, it is you the consumer of this information that has to filter it all to try and determine what the "truth" is, which is an ephemeral concept in itself but something more suited to a discussion of Philosophy Inside the Diner than to try and hash out here on the Blog.



I will drop on here one snippet from the MSM on one of the topics we covered in our discussion, the escalating Crisis in Sudan.  This story came out after I finished editing the video, and as usual, the Diner is out ahead of the MSM on the stories of Collapse. Make sure you drop in here to the Diner to stay abreast of the issues surrounding the ongoing Collapse of Industrial Civilization  From CNN:




Mass civil disobedience campaign shuts down Sudanese capital as death toll rises




CNN)The streets of the Sudanese capital were mostly deserted Sunday, the first day of the country's Islamic working week, amid a mass general strike called by opposition groups.



 



 



 



 




The move to shutdown Khartoum — a city of some two million people — came as four more people were reported to have been killed, bringing the total the total death toll to 118 people following last Monday's bloody military crackdown, according to the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors.



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Title: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: RE on June 11, 2019, 12:54:34 AM
Now UP on Global Economic Intersection!  :icon_sunny:

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201906110004 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201906110004)

@Surly

I suppose JL publishes my work every week because it is low quality?  ::)  He also watches the full reports to be able to answer his readers truthfully if they inquire if any of the editors at GEI actually watched the stuff.  JL is a Ph.D. & certified financial analyst (CFA).  I'll go with his opinion in this case.

RE
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: Surly1 on June 11, 2019, 02:43:48 AM
Now UP on Global Economic Intersection!  :icon_sunny:

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201906110004 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201906110004)

@Surly

I suppose JL publishes my work every week because it is low quality?  ::)  He also watches the full reports to be able to answer his readers truthfully if they inquire if any of the editors at GEI actually watched the stuff.  JL is a Ph.D. & certified financial analyst (CFA).  I'll go with his opinion in this case.

RE

At what point did I assert your work was of low quality? If you recall, what I said was that I concentrated on quality rather than qua entity in the process of admitting you are far more prolix.

Now you are putting words in my mouth, which I am told is a violation of the CoC.

Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: RE on June 11, 2019, 03:12:48 AM

At what point did I assert your work was of low quality?

Quote from: Surly
As to you prolixity, point conceded, although when I write I tend to concentrate on quality.

You concede that I write a lot, but not that I write good material.  It's a direct implication that my work is not quality.  If you didn't mean that, you should not have phrased it that way.

RE
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: Surly1 on June 11, 2019, 03:39:21 AM

At what point did I assert your work was of low quality?

Quote from: Surly
As to you prolixity, point conceded, although when I write I tend to concentrate on quality.

You concede that I write a lot, but not that I write good material.  It's a direct implication that my work is not quality.  If you didn't mean that, you should not have phrased it that way.

RE

For fuck's sake. Read the original, which reveals to anyone not addled that that is NOT what I said:

Your pose of above-it-all cynicism to excuse your indifference to your civic responsibility is duly noted and filed.

I am hardly indifferent.  I write far more on the topics than you do.  I just have a different opinion of what "civic responsibility" means.
Your statement is a non-sequitur. You have repeatedly affirmed the futility of the franchise in the US, the "in-ness" of the fix, and the purposelessness of it all. Sentiments which you unloose it seems only when I make the opposite point. As to your prolixity, point conceded, although when I write I tend to concentrate on quality.

I am not responsible for your mis-interpretations of declarative statements or otherwise clear prose, nor for your sense of perpetual victimhood. As you relish saying to others, read for comprehension.
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: RE on June 11, 2019, 03:49:18 AM
read for comprehension.

I read for comprehension just fine.  That IS a violation of the CoC.  That is also vocabulary usage I have eliminated from my posting.

RE
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: Surly1 on June 11, 2019, 04:09:57 AM
read for comprehension.

I read for comprehension just fine.  That IS a violation of the CoC.  That is also vocabulary usage I have eliminated from my posting.

RE

Nice job of ignoring the main point, reframing and citing the attribution (to yourself, I might add) out of context. One might assume you are a Republican messaging consultant. Very Frank Luntz of you.

Are mis-contextualization and deception also "violations of the CoC?" Or do such "violations" occur only when you're being beaten like a rented mule in an argument?
Asking for a friend.
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: RE on June 11, 2019, 04:33:58 AM
Or do such "violations" occur only when you're being beaten like a rented mule in an argument?

Making an analogy between me and a rented mule is a Violation of the CoC.  Disrespect in extremis.

You lost this debate quite some time back.  About none of your posts would have passed muster at NYC Debate Championships against Bronx High School of Science.

RE
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: azozeo on June 11, 2019, 02:59:34 PM
Or do such "violations" occur only when you're being beaten like a rented mule in an argument?

Making an analogy between me and a rented mule is a Violation of the CoC.  Disrespect in extremis.

You lost this debate quite some time back.  About none of your posts would have passed muster at NYC Debate Championships against Bronx High School of Science.

RE


Where does it say that the wayback machine is superior to today's approach ?
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: RE on June 11, 2019, 05:08:12 PM
Or do such "violations" occur only when you're being beaten like a rented mule in an argument?

Making an analogy between me and a rented mule is a Violation of the CoC.  Disrespect in extremis.

You lost this debate quite some time back.  About none of your posts would have passed muster at NYC Debate Championships against Bronx High School of Science.

RE


Where does it say that the wayback machine is superior to today's approach ?

How about the Time Tunnel?

http://www.youtube.com/v/mDowitqL1Rc

RE
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: Surly1 on June 12, 2019, 04:48:55 AM
Or do such "violations" occur only when you're being beaten like a rented mule in an argument?

Making an analogy between me and a rented mule is a Violation of the CoC.  Disrespect in extremis.

The "CoC™" is a remarkably flexible and convenient cudgel, is it not. Cue another chorus of "Power of God on a Forum."
At least you got the "disrespect" part right.

You lost this debate quite some time back. 

Only in your own mind.

RE

About none of your posts would have passed muster at NYC Debate Championships against Bronx High School of Science.

So now after seven years, that's the standard? One wonders how many of your own posts would have failed that same standard. As well as wondering how many new and imaginary standards you'll drag out after losing future arguments.
I'll give you this: you are crating new standards for desperation.
Title: 📺 Wingsuiting off the Seneca Cliff - Coming Attractions
Post by: RE on June 12, 2019, 06:48:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/VK7QJW5wfSU

RE
Title: Re: The RE & Monsta Mash - Collapse June 10, 2019: UPDATE
Post by: RE on June 12, 2019, 06:53:07 AM
At least you got the "disrespect" part right.

Your opinion has been Duly Noted & Filed.

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RE

Title: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call: Extinction Conundrum Update 6
Post by: RE on June 13, 2019, 01:00:06 PM
A NEW Benchmark MILESTONE!

Extinction Conundrum has now hit 500 Views/Listens/Downloads!!!!  :o :o

Quadruple Digits is on the Horizon now!  :icon_sunny:

http://www.youtube.com/v/4RrZ9XsjWSg

RE
Title: Wingsuiting the Seneca Cliff - A Collapse Conversation with Ugo Bardi
Post by: RE on June 16, 2019, 05:59:51 AM


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A great conversation with my old friend in Collapse analysis this week, Ugo Bardi.  For those of you newbies unfamiliar with Ugo, he's a professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Firenza in Italy and one of the authors of the original Limits to Growth study done in the 1970s.  Ugo is a fountain of knowledge on all areas of Collapse, who some in the field see as "overly optimistic" since he is very much a proponent of renewable energy, specifically in the area of solar photovoltaics.  I'm not entirely on the same page as Ugo on this one, but in most areas we are in general agreement on what is ongoing an what outcomes are most likely.



In today's chat, we looked at many of the issues currently impacting on Collapse, with a central focus on Italy, where Ugo resides.  It's a very good example of many of the problems we see expanding now through all the Western Industrialized natipns besides the energy issues, also the population and economic issues.



Probably the most important aspect of this chat is on the overall progress of Collapse, its rate of speed and how it is imacting all countries, not just Italy and not just the FSoA.  Too many pundits out there focus on an individual country, (the FSoA for instance) and look at how the politics are collapsing in that country, or the cultural aspect of the collapse, or the socioeconomics for that country, etc, etc, etc.  Morris Berman is particularly guilty of this kind of analysis, focusing on the FSoA collapse independent of the global collapse it is a part of.  Sorry Mo, you can't move to Old Mejico and be insulated from collapse, Mejico is collapsing too!  So is Japan, where maybe people are still real polite on the subway while they tap away on their smart phones, but those folks got almost as many problems ongoing in collapse as China does!  I doubt Mo wil do much better re-ex-patriating to Japan thaan to Mejico.  Assuming his Spanish is good, he's probably better of down there.  At least so far there the sushi isn't radioactive.



Then for those of you China Bulls out there like Pepe Escobar, Andre Vlitchek, Dmitry Orlov, Saker and a few others are concerned, China is so deep in the collapse toilet swirl it's time for the Tidy Bowl man to come in and scrub the shit stains off the porcelain. lol.  The Population Overshoot problem, Pollution problem and funny money credit problems over there DWARF those of the FSoA, in no small part because they also dwarf the FSoA in population and also showed up to the Industrialization Crap Table a Day Late and a Yuan Short.  When the Chinese get flushed here, it's going to be something to behold indeed.  However, it's really not all that important in the grand scheme, because realy, WTF CARES who is on top of the garbage heap of history?



In the interim before now and total fucking geopolitical collapse we could see a period where the controlling nations change and exchange cards, and Ugo is ready to pay his taxes to his new Chinese Overlords and Oligarchs.. For myself, if Vlad the Impaler decides to re-annex Alaska into the collapsing Ruskie Empire for one last gasp, I'll work on sprucing up my Russian vocabulary, which at the moment is pretty rudimentary.  I mean really, could Vlad be any worse than the Donald?  That's hard to imagine.



Werner von Braun had it right.




Title: Summer Solstice Doom Days
Post by: RE on June 23, 2019, 06:30:01 AM


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The Summer Solstice (in the Northern Hemispher where I am writing from, Winter Solstice for you Diners on the other side of the Equator in Oz, South America, Africa, India and a few other dots of land mass down under) has brought with it a healthy Dose of Doom as our path to Industrial Civilization Collapse accelerates. It was tough to select out a few choice morsels for consumption today, I left out many calamitous events that occured this week.  How much Doom can you squeeze into a 20 min Newz Briefing anyhow?



The doom events of the week were both local and international, and they steadily escalate in intensity as well as frequency much like the severe weather outbreaks we continue to experience across Flyover Country, where the latest, greatest severe weather to further destroy industrial civilization is the "Derecho".  The NWS keeps pitchout new terminology which Collapse Journalists like myself has to learn.  Personally, I liked Haboobs and Bombogenesis better than Derechos.  Really BIG Haboobs! lol.



Anyhow, I didn't get to the Derecho that blew across 1000 miles from Nebraska to South Carolina and everything in between, it was rather late breaking in the week and I already had too much stuff to cover.



What I did cover in this week's rant was first off the explosion of the refinery in Philadelphia, which was absolutely spectacular as explosions go.  The largest refinery on the East Coast, it supplies roughly 1/4 of the gasoline to that neighborhood of the country.  Said refinery also is in financial difficulty.  Interesting coinkidink, no?  Oil Prices of course responded accordingly.



Then we sail the Good Ship Doomstead Diner across the Pacific over to Hong Kong, where currently they are fielding Street Demonstrations with the Boys in Black Pajamas numbering into the 7 Digits.  Said demonstrators are a very well prepared bunch, complete with Goggles and Masks to protect against the Tear Gas and Gloves to grab the cannisters and throw them back at the Gestapo.  I think a vast improvemnt on that would be to carry a Celesta, which is the Basket Scoop used to play the sport of Jai-Lai.



Image result for jai alai gif



 



Moving back across the pond to the FSoA, the Political Gaffes, Backtracking and lifelong Pussy-Grabbing of the Clown-in-Chief Donalditry Trumpovetsky is covered in reasonable detail, although it's impossible to do justice to this stuff.  The real life action is so funny you can't improve on it.  lol.



So, all in all Solstice Celebration Week here on the Diner had a vast cornucopia of Doom to consume at our Feast, along with the fabulous food.  Full recipes for all those great dishes will be available on the Cooking Zone of the CollapseCafe.com YouTube Channel, as soon as I get them edited up, which who knows when that will be since I am backed up to beat the band with vids to edit.  But they'll come eventually.  Meanwhile, I'll drop some snippets on Inside the Diner, so you can find them there too.



…And that's all the Doom, this time until next time, here at the Doomstead Diner.



 


Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: Eddie on June 23, 2019, 07:06:14 AM
You're gonna have to hire an assistant for the cooking videos, I'm telling' you. All it takes to cash in on tubes is.....

http://www.youtube.com/v/4vZWis5iFQ4&fs=1

Nice Mormon girl.

Isn't she cute? Not the sharpest crayon in the box, but who cares?

(Hey, it worked for Howard Hughes.You remind me of Howard Hughes, in his later years.)

Notice the resemblance to the successful sailing videos?I need a Crypt Girl and I could go viral in Blocklandia.

Sodom and Gomorrah are going great guns, and that rising wind of collapse you hear in the background is mostly  ignored.

Happy Solstice to all the Diners.
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on June 23, 2019, 03:46:37 PM
You're gonna have to hire an assistant for the cooking videos, I'm telling' you. All it takes to cash in on tubes is.....


Nice Mormon girl.

Isn't she cute? Not the sharpest crayon in the box, but who cares?

(Hey, it worked for Howard Hughes.You remind me of Howard Hughes, in his later years.)

How do you know?  Do you even watch my cooking vids?  Or any of the other ones?

All the cooking shows I follow have no female eye candy.  BBQ Pit Boys, Almazan Kitchen, Everything Sous-Vide, Pressure Luck, all guys with some kind of gimmick.  They all get huge numbers of views.

Here's another favorite, "Cowboy" Kent Rollins.  Does he look and sound like anybody you know?  lol.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-vcVtHNKoEw

RE
Title: Open Letter to EXTINCTION REBELLION
Post by: Guest on June 29, 2019, 10:37:16 AM


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Dear Extinction Rebels,



 



First of all, let me salute your fortitude to speak (what you think is) the truth, no matter how frightening.



Let me salute your resolve to do (what you think is) right, no matter how difficult.



Let me salute your courage to risk life, limb and liberty to oppose the omnicidal juggernaut of Industrial Capitalism, no matter how hopeless.



I understand your deep frustrations regarding the abject failure of our so-called leaders to do anything meaningful to address the obscene planetary devastation now spiralling out of control.



I understand you feel that your only remaining option now is mass civil disobedience.



I understand you believe that if only you can reach certain critical numbers within each population, you can drive urgent social change around the world to enact emergency measures to prevent global collapse of our life support systems.



In a world steeped in deceit, mendacity and narcissism, you strive for honesty, integrity and selflessness.



In a world steeped in vulgarity, materialism and avarice you stand for nobility, humanism and generosity



In a world steeped in viciousness, tribalism and brutality you practice kindness, inclusiveness and non-violence.



I have written open letters to various parties in the past, with little to no results.



I wrote to the Public Health department of the University of Queensland whose stated goal was to minimise morbidity and mortality in populations, pointing out they had paid scant attention to climate change and completely ignored Peak Oil. 1 George Monbiot is wrong if he thinks Peak Oil is no longer an issue, it remains an ever worsening threat but has been skilfully hidden by fraud and market distortion. 2 Nafeez Ahmed understands this well.



I wrote to Doctors for the Environment Australia whose focus on climate change was too limited in scope (they also ignored Peak Oil) and whose lobbying was too weak. 3



I wrote to The Zeitgeist Movement who claimed to promote science and sustainability but were more about science fiction and technocornucopian fantasy. 4



In contrast to the above groups however, you folks of the extinction rebellion are the ones I admire most. You are willing to risk imprisonment to try to save the lives of others too stupid and too venal to deserve being saved. That is noble and altruistic. But it is also misguided. I believe you are well meaning, morally righteous people with good intentions. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. If you continue on this time and energy wasting path, you and your families will experience hell on earth. You deserve better. Others don't.



One of your demands is that official bodies tell the Truth and declare a climate emergency. You were told by the IPCC last year that humanity had 12 years before it would be too late to do anything. That was a LIE. The fact is that it was and is already far too late to prevent global catastrophe. There is NO carbon budget left. These realities were apparent even back in 2013 following the IPCC fifth assessment report, when the only scenarios the IPCC could imagine where disaster could be avoided required time travel into the past or technologies which did not exist and certainly could not be scaled up even if they did exist (as expressed by climate scientists Dr Kevin Anderson and Dr Hugh Hunt) 5. The science based facts behind these assertions are summarised here: 6.



Truth is determined by careful and comprehensive collection of accurate data, by hard objective scientific scrutiny using the principles of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, including mathematical analyses, which must not be polluted by political or economic vested interests. The IPCC processes had long been watered down by political interference, which seriously underestimated the magnitude and speed of global warming, in order to justify foot dragging by national so-called "leaders". 7



The reason we have not yet experienced the full horrific consequences of 415ppm CO2 (in reality, there is a much higher CO2 equivalent, around 500ppm) is because of time lag due to thermal inertia 8. Atmospheric temperature rises have been buffered by the cool oceans and the melting ice masses. Those buffers are being exceeded, they are being overwhelmed, as every second passes. If you think the unprecedented shocking weather extremes over the past 15 years were disastrous at barely 1 degree Celsius atmospheric global average temperature rise, there is far more and far worse to come. More than 4 degrees rise is irreversibly baked into the cake based on EXISTING greenhouse gas concentrations. That is as certain as the law of gravity. Hell is coming no matter what. The best thing you can do is get ready for it. But time is short and you must act NOW before the imminent global economic collapse steals away all your options.



Let us consider the absolute best imaginable outcomes for your group. What will happen if you are immediately 100% effective today in achieving all your social and policy goals?




There are certain toxic nihilists, the Extinction Promoters, who insist that near term climate extinction by 2030 or 2026 or some other arbitrary ridiculously short timeline is certain and that everyone should just give up and die. They are wrong. I have conclusively disproven their meme using basic Physics. NO credible climate scientist agrees with them. They are a vicious, nasty, misanthropic Death Cult. Their bogus ideology, inflicted upon psychologically vulnerable people, could contribute to premature deaths 10. Their false prophet, a former scientist, may have been a qualified ecologist (NOT a climate scientist) once upon a time, but somewhere along the way his fevered mind convulsed, contorted and congealed into lobotomised mush, catalysed by the self reinforcing feedback loops driven by his malignant echo chamber of ventriloquist dummy disciples 11 (who also ventured forth as rabid trolls to spread dismay and misery everywhere on the Net).



Dr Paul Beckwith, a true climate scientist and prolific educator who had the misfortune of associating with them in the early days has denounced them, as have I. You must ignore those toxic nihilists.



What then should you believe and what should you do?



Here is what you should NOT believe: Do NOT believe in the misleading pronouncements spouted by Politicians, Corporations, the mainstream Media (especially the Murdoch media), Economists and even the IPCC (which is more a political than scientific body). Be extremely critical of information coming from even Academia as they too may be subject to delivering corrupt, distorted messages.



What should you believe?



You must believe in reality. REALITY BEATS ANY RUBBISH IPCC DOCUMENTS ANY TIME, ALWAYS. The IPCC seriously underestimated true global warming be it Arctic ice melt, albedo loss, permafrost melt, Greenland ice loss etc. throughout its entire history. The arbiters of reality are climate science researchers who conducted real world measurements and observations and found all IPCC documents to be hopelessly out of date even before they were published. It is a standing joke among hundreds, even thousands of climate scientists (whose papers may have been shut out by the “low ball” IPCC selection procedures) that median IPCC projections have consistently grossly underestimated true observed warming in the world. Interested lay people should listen to the interviews conducted by Alex Smith (radioecoshock.org) and Stuart Scott (ScientistsWarning.TV) who have spoken directly to those multitudes of scientists over the years.



You must listen to those scientists with a track record of getting things right. The Limits to Growth Scientists got it right. Interestingly, insurance companies and military agencies such as the Pentagon and German Military have conducted a great deal of research into these matters and their documents may be worth perusing. This much is certain: Resource Depletion (especially that of vanishing high EROEI oil), Climate catastrophe and Ecological Collapse (especially the loss of living topsoil, death of the insects and of the oceans) each on their own guarantee the die-off of billions of people this century. Taken together, they ensure that massive human die-off will occur this century with certainty beyond any reasonable doubt. Die-off will be multiplied by epidemics and warfare.



What are uncertain and unknowable are the time scales with which die-off will proceed and the locations which will be affected hardest and earliest. However we can make educated guesses about those.



No part of the world will be completely spared but some places will be significantly less bad than others.



What should you do? That depends on your personal situation. Look around at the folks within your group, look to each other.




You must gather together like minded people and find the least bad place you can move to NOW.



If you are a pre-disaster migrant you can do many things. A post-disaster refugee will have no more agency than a piece of flotsam tossed around by storm blown waves.



This much is also certain: unless the survivors of the upcoming population cull are people who operate on the basis of truth and honesty and cooperation and learn how to live within the limits of Nature, human extinction will be guaranteed. It is important, nay essential, that the principal perpetrators of this global clusterfuck, the fossil fool fraudsters, the climate change deniers, the endless growth ideologues and their followers all die off. It is crucial for the survival of our species that all the clueless sheeple and their psychopathic sheeple herders perish. It is vital that Trump type Fascists and their demon spawn be wiped out and their germ line be extinguished forever, so they can no longer defraud, parasitise and threaten humanity. All those “players” will kill each other or die from disasters, famine or disease in the decades ahead, you just need to keep out of the way.



Only if the survivors of this cull are true Sapients, defined as being amenable to the ways of wisdom, will humanity and our ecosphere stand any chance.



But who are the Sapients?



YOU ARE. As members of the Extinction Rebellion you have identified yourselves to be Sapient. It is therefore your duty to save yourselves if you wish to save humanity, because folks like YOU represent the only hope that humanity will not go extinct.



Let me now propose an alternative name for you and an alternative and far more worthwhile path to take. You can transform yourselves into the "Extinction Resistance" and your task must be to get together as small communities, to set up off-grid homesteads in remote climate resilient locations, to wean yourselves off fossil fuels and to grow as much food for yourselves as you can. Not all will succeed. Trying will not guarantee success, but not trying will guarantee failure. Even if just a small minority succeed in the long term, that will be enough to form the best seed for humanity version 2.0



Do not try to save everyone. That is an impossible task and a fool's errand. But try to save as many as you can.



Bill Mollison, the co-founder of Permaculture, decried the "futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter". You must be the revolutionaries who produce food and shelter, then your words will carry more weight.



 



CONCLUSIONS:



I have no reason to alter any of my recommendations written in this old post: 13 (see the lower heading "Advice for sustainability activists in 2015")



It is possible, perhaps even highly probable, that humanity may go extinct by the end of this century but it is by no means a certainty. Massive population die-off however is an absolute certainty, there is no credible scenario in which it can be avoided. Nevertheless our species has faced population collapse in the past (around 75,000 years ago), perhaps down to as few as a couple of thousand breeding pairs, and emerged past that population bottleneck. Can this happen again? Nobody knows for sure but I encourage you to resist extinction.



Ultimately, I think it is inevitable that humanity will try to emigrate to a thawing Antarctica which may be the last liveable location on the planet, should global average temperature reach 8 or 10 degrees Celsius above the Holocene. That will be the next great challenge.



G. Chia June 2019



Some Definitions:



I define an outcome as “certain beyond any reasonable doubt” if every single objective analysis shows no feasible possibility of that outcome being avoided. Of course it is possible that benevolent aliens from outer space or angels from heaven may intervene at the last minute to magically solve all our planetary problems, however such nonsensical thinking is best left to fantasy novelists – it is neither feasible nor realistic. Large scale “negative emissions” technologies belong in the same realm.



Even if an outcome is highly probable, but we are able to demonstrate just one single feasible scenario where that outcome can be avoided, then that outcome is NOT certain. This is the crux of the argument against the “ultra near term climate extinction” cocksure nihilists. In fact there are numerous scenarios, in multiple climate resilient locations, where ultra near term climate extinction can be avoided.



 






 



 



Footnotes:



 





  1. https://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2017/12/an-open-letter-by-geoff-chia-to-school.html





  2. http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2019/01/02/how-business-as-usual-has-been-pursued-since-2006-by-escalating-fraud-and-environmental-vandalism/#comment-10695





  3. http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2016/04/21/open-letter-to-doctors-for-the-environment-australia/





  4. http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2016/08/25/open-letter-to-the-zeitgeist-movement/





  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8akSfOIsU2Y





  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfVphmxPOXo





  7. http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2017/02/14/climate-slides-for-diners/





  8. And to a lesser extent, global dimming due to sulphate and particulate emissions. There is a good BBC Horizon documentary about this https://vimeo.com/138779240





  9. The astute reader will realise that every one of those components interacts with every other one via bidirectional feedbacks which I have graphically modelled in 3 dimensions: https://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-seneca-cliff-explained-as-network.html and you can find a real world model “doom explained by confectionery abuse” on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hedXaMb42pk Probably the best commentators to tie together energy and economic matters are the brilliant polymath Nicole Foss and the venerable Richard Heinberg and Chris Martenson who have an abundance of podcasts, interviews and articles on the web. Probably the best authority on the military and geopolitical aspects of petroleum is Professor Michael Klare.





  10. Michael Ruppert, already suffering from depression, swallowed this entire “imminent climate extinction” meme uncritically because it came from a “respected scientist”. Michael repeated this flawed meme almost verbatim in his commentaries and writing before his suicide, reflecting the influence he was under.





  11. I acknowledge to have borrowed from certain commentators for the use of such colourful descriptors





  12. http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2016/01/14/location-location-location/ unfortunately the graphics are not in sequential order in this article due to formatting issues





  13. http://www.doomsteaddiner.net/blog/2015/01/20/doctors-scientists-for-sustainability-social-justice/





 





…and for those of you who missed the original broadcast…




Title: Re: Open Letter to EXTINCTION REBELLION
Post by: RE on June 30, 2019, 03:01:24 AM
Now UP on GEI!

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201906300247 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201906300247)

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: AJ on June 30, 2019, 03:16:27 PM
RE:
Liked your production. I have to agree with both you and G. Chia that Extinction Rebellion has it's heart in the right place, but civilization can't be saved.  I sometimes feel like Rutger Hauer's character in Blade Runner - the worlds we have seen and it's all going away (for both us and all who are alive).
AJ
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on June 30, 2019, 03:58:12 PM
RE:
Liked your production. I have to agree with both you and G. Chia that Extinction Rebellion has it's heart in the right place, but civilization can't be saved.  I sometimes feel like Rutger Hauer's character in Blade Runner - the worlds we have seen and it's all going away (for both us and all who are alive).
AJ

All going away, to be sure.  I intend however to eat well on my way out the door.  :icon_sunny:  Also hopefully eat fairly well after SHTF Day, assuming enough of the friends I make now who give me fish to cook up will still be fishing and catching them, not to mention hunting down a few Moose & Caribou.  You can really wreck any of them with a crappy cook.  I'm not looking forward to substituting the local Crows for Chicken though, hopefully locals will be raising some.  I'm going to start growing Mushrooms if I can find the time.  The video editing schedule these days is about endless.

Heading out now as we text to do a traditional Hamburger July 4th grilling, tailgate style.  :icon_sunny:

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Title: 📺 Italian & Irish Immigrants, the NYPD and Occupy Wall Street
Post by: RE on July 09, 2019, 04:22:06 PM
Musings from the Potlatch Parking Lot while cooking Italian Sausage & Pepper Heros.  :icon_sunny:

RE

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Title: Systems Science in Collapse: An interview with George Mobus
Post by: RE on August 18, 2019, 03:21:02 AM


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Image result for system science george mobus A few weeks ago I had a great conversation with George Mobus, the university academic famous for his work in Systems Science.  George is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, spending his time writing still more books on this subject and the topics relating to Collapse in general.  He also still maintains the blog Question Everything, although these days he only puts out 4 blogs a year, on the Summer & Winter Solstices and on the Spring & Fall Equinoxes.



George also appeared on the original Collapse Cafe we produced a few years ago, discussing topics of Sapience, Evolution and Eugenics in July of 2013.






Coincidently directly following this discussion I traveled down to Seattle on other bizness and George, K-Dog of the blog Chasing the Squirrel and myself had a great Kollapsnik Dinner at the Buffet of the Emerald Queen Casino.  I'm not supposed to reveal what anybody ate at this meal since it's probably not Politically Correct for Kollapsniks. lol.  Conspicuous Consumption of food is of course not a Sustainable System.  However, as long as somebody is going to eat it, it might as well be me!  If you are not familiar with K-Dog, here's a recent interview with him done by Sam Mitchell:






Getting the interview with George up on the Diner took so long because so much else has been ongoing with me personally as well as in the world of Collapse in general.  Besides that I had video problems with my cameras, and trying to edit together the good footage was a nightmare I finally quit on.  So the Utoob "video" for this one is just a still picture screenshot from my line feed.  It's really a Podcast, not a Vidcast in this case.



You can read further about George's theories on Sapience in his new book, available in pdf for a FREE download.  I love free. 🙂





A Theory of Sapience: Using Systems Science to Understand the Nature of Wisdom and the Human Mind



 


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Humanity faces what can only be called existential threats created by its own hands. We have cleverly built advanced cultures that use extreme amounts of energy to make life easy (at least for some) and that energy, for the last several hundred years, has come from carbon-based fossil fuels. Now we sit on the precipice of a calamity for ourselves and many other species as well.



Why?



If human beings are so clever, why have we not learned to moderate our activities, to consume only in proportion to what the Earth system can sustain in terms of resources and waste removal? We have gained the knowledge to understand what is happening and what we need to do. But we don’t do it in a timely way to avert devastation. What is wrong with us?



The answer to this question is surprising. Society is not wise in its choices – the collective decisions of humans – because individuals are not wise in theirs. And that is because wisdom, the tacit knowledge that develops in human minds through experiences, is lacking in the majority of humans. Most humans do not develop wisdom adequate to deal with the complexities of the modern world. As a result they make choices not based on rational long-range thinking about consequences or how those consequences interact systemically. They tend to look only at short-term gains in their own selfish wellbeing.



This book reports on investigations into the underlying causes of the lack of wisdom in average people. Sapience is the set of nascent mental competencies, situated in the human brain, that make us human. Sapience is the basis of higher-order consciousness experienced by humans. It is linked with the emergence of the language facility and our ability to work in symbols. It is the reason that we can think about future states of the world, especially those that may be different from the current and past states we have experienced. It is the product of a remarkable evolutionary process that produced hyper-social animals with sufficient cleverness to invent tools, languages, symbols, even art. We invented agriculture to help bring stability into our living world and reduce uncertainty in our access to resources. But, we had only just crossed the threshold to sapient thinking.



We need to evolve further.



Sapience is the product of brain structures and functions that set the human species, Homo sapiens, apart from the rest of the animal world. It represents a major leap forward in the evolution of the Universe. It contributed to tremendous boosts in our general intelligence and creativity. It provided the basis for morality and concerns for the wellbeing of others. But, even so, it was just a beginning. It does not go far enough in terms of providing individual minds with the ability to grasp the larger and deeper meanings of their choices and actions.



This book explores the nature and evolution of sapience as it is found in human beings today using systems science. It explores the psychological implications of having some capacity for developing wisdom in one’s life but not enough capacity to fully grasp the big picture of the human condition, and thus, make tragic errors in judgements. It attempts to answer the question of why we are in this predicament. 





George as usual has many interesting observations and opinions regarding Collapse and where we are headed.  They are different in many ways than what you read from other pundits discussing the subjects, and we are in good agreement about most of them.  I hope you enjoy listening to the discussion as much as I enjoyed having it with him.



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Title: Re: Systems Science in Collapse: An interview with George Mobus
Post by: RE on August 21, 2019, 04:40:35 AM
Now UP on GEI!

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201908210118 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201908210118)

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Title: Etiology of a Doomer: Jason Heppenstall of 22 Billion Energy Slaves
Post by: RE on August 25, 2019, 05:02:02 PM


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Recent discussions with Jason Heppenstall of 22 Billion Energy Slaves have mainly centered around Geopolitics, specifically the Brexit issue that has kept the UK in thrall for over 3 years now, culminating at the moment with the rise to power of Boris "BoJo" Johnson as Prime Minister and the threat of a "No Deal" exit from the European Union.  That supposed "deadline" falls on Halloween, October 31st, slightly over 2 months away.  One has to suspect of course that they will find a way once again to kick the can down the collapse higway rather than deal with the inevitable blowback and mayhem such a move will cause.  The EU is like the Hotel California, "You can check out, but you can never leave".






In this episode of the Collapse Cafe however, we turn back the clock to have a better look at how Hepp got from where he was before becoming "Collapse Aware" to where he is now, a serious Doomer living in Cornwall in the Southwest corner of Jolly Old England.  All of us who write on Collapse Issues here in the Blogosphere have some story to tell about what brought us to this type of outlook and attitude, and the story Hepp has to tell is quite interesting.  My own story will be coming up also in the near future, I recently got interviewed by Sam Mitchell of Collapse Chronicles to fill in his listeners on the reasons for which the Doomstead Diner exists here in cyberspace.



On a technical level for this broadcast, right now I am completely SWAMPED with things I have to do to prepare my crippled ass for another Jet Setting adventure down to the Lower 48, this time to be present for the placement of the SUN Monument on its Eternal Resting Place in Springfield, MO, more or less dead center of what is now called the FSoA (Fascist States of Amerika) and used to be called Turtle Island by the original Homo Sap inhabitants of this patch of the earth.  Besides that, over the past couple of months I have had a lot going on personally with getting my Food Truck program going and the global Collapse Newz has really accelerated as of late as well.



The entire prior paragraph is basically an EXCUSE for the way I am publishing this interview, it's a single un-edited take off one of the cameras I was running during this interview, along with the line feed I get off Skype.  I just haven't had the time or energy over the last couple of months to edit and splice together all the different camera angles and the line feed to make a perky visual for this one.  I didn't even cut out the section in the middle of the recording where one of my cameras goes blooey and I gotta fix it.  It's only a couple of minutes, you can fast forward through it or if you want to be entertained by technical bullshit and watching a cripple go fix his camera, you can watch that too. lol.  Or you can just listen to the audio as a Podcast from Diner Soundcloud and forget watching the video at all.  Your choice on this one.  If you elect just the audio, you can download that as an .mp3 and listen while you do the Fall Harvest from your Doom Garden or sit in traffic in your car on the way to your current job in Industrial Civilization, if you still have one.



See you again next week from the Lower 48 with the Mobile Diner Office I will set up in a Missouri Motel 6 (aka "Bates Motel"), where Tom Burdett has left the light on for me. 🙂  That is assuming I can negotiate my Cripple Cart and trailer through the TSA examination and then on and off 3 planes through 4 airports to get there.  It's a full 24 hours of travel time from the time I leave on Tuesday night at 10:30PM in a Cripple Cab and theoretically arrive at Springfield-Branson International Airport to be picked up by another Cripple Cab at 11:50PM on Wednesday night.  If you thought plane travel was rough as an ambulatory Homo Sap, you should try it sometime as a Cripple.  It's Dante's 7th Circle of Hell. lol.



 



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Title: 🎙️Doomstead Diner's "RE": "I Cannot See How This Monetary System Can Survive...
Post by: RE on September 15, 2019, 08:54:26 AM
I got interviewed by Sam Mitchell of Collapse Chronicles right before I left for the Great Tombstone Adventure to the Lower 48, which he just got up today.  In here you will find the complete story of the founding of the Doomstead Diner along with my Humble Opinions on the Monetary System, Climate, Extinction and Dr. McStinksion himself. lol.

http://www.youtube.com/v/pCMv3DMUjms

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Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: K-Dog on September 15, 2019, 08:08:32 PM
Good interview.  You sounded smart. ;D
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on September 15, 2019, 08:54:11 PM
Good interview.  You sounded smart. ;D

LOL.  It helps that I actually am pretty smart to do that.  Or I am a REALLY good bullshitter.  Or both.  :icon_mrgreen:

Got great testimonials coming in the commentariat over there too!  :icon_sunny:

You can expand my Ego into the next dimension since I already covered this Universe.

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Title: Collapse Chronicles meets the Doomstead Diner
Post by: RE on September 22, 2019, 08:52:37 AM


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Sam Mitchell of Collapse Chronicles



Image result for sam mitchell collapse chronicles I know Diner Fans are Chomping at the Bit awating the vids from the SUN☼ Monument Placement Ceremony on it's Eternal Resting Place in the center of Flyover Country, Springfield, Missouri.  However, you will have to wait another week for that, at least.  As usual, other more Time-Sensitive artciles or vids have jumped the queue here, and for this line-cutter it's an interview I did with Sam Mitchell of the YouTube Channel Vlog  COLLAPSE CHRONICLES.  For a change, I am not doing the interview, I am the "Intervieweed".  In this episode, we talk about Economics, Climate Change & Extinction, all pretty popular topics amongst Kollapsniks of course. 🙂



Besides that, except for you Grizzled Veterans of the Diner who already know this stuff, included as a BONUS is the short version History of the Doomstead Diner, how it came to be and WHY it exists at all?  Although some of Sam's listenership on Collapse Chronicles are familiar with the Diner, many are relative Newbies to the Collapse Blogosphere, so this was a great opportunity to reach a new audience for the daily offerings, discussion & debate on the Doomstead Diner.  Our full History is recounted (Cliff Notes Version) during this interview, going all the way back in Mr. Peabody's WAYBAC Machine to my Doomer Beginnings living down in the (former) Tropical Paradise of Brazil in the 1960s.



Image result for greta thunberg We also cover the Collapse Vectors & Outcomes that may evolve over time, as well as whether or not EXTINCTION is the main thing you have to worry about right now?  What are the Proximal Causes?  What is the Timeline?  Will EVERYBODY die?  What does Greta Thunberg think?  Will we all be SAVED by a modern day Joan of Arc?  Or like her 16 year old historical counterpart, will she end up Burned at the Stake?



It's all speculation of course, nobody really can have the answer to these questions,  particularly since this is an Unprecedented Event.  Although there have been numerous Civilization Collapse Events throughout Human Hitory, none has ever been completely GLOBAL in its effects; none has ever had the participation of 7.6B Homo Sap Meat Packages involved simultaneously; and none has placed the Existential Peril of the possible ANNIHILIATION of ALL LIFE ON EARTH as a possible outcome.  Not just "Human Life", but ALL LIFE.  Are we singing the Swan Song for life on Planet Earth, and for all we really KNOW, all the Universe?






Neither Sam nor me (or Greta!) has the answers to these questions, but we do try to frame the questions to make them as accessible as possible to think about.  It's a lot to ponder on, probably the greatest conundrum to face Homo Sap since we dropped down from the trees to overrun & overpopulate the surface of the Earth.  In just a couple of 100 Thousand Years since becoming "Sapient" (as in relatively modern human anatomy), our own Biomass has effectively squashed out innumerable species, as we progressively moved through agriculture, metallurgy, ceramics and ultimately, Industrialization.  Will we now become responsible for our own Extinction as well?  Is there any road out left?  If there is, how many can come through to the other side of the Zero Point?  How Many can be Saved? icon_scratch



 



SAVE AS MANY AS YOU CAN



 



Coming Next Week for Sunday Brunch



(hopefully…)



Placing the SUN☼ Monument




Title: Setting the Stone on the Collapse of Industrial Civilization
Post by: RE on September 29, 2019, 12:25:03 PM


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More than many weeks that I have spent observing the Collapse of Industrial Civilization, this week (and the weeks before too!) have proven to be above and beyond merely awful, they have been downright DISASTEROUS!  The decent into Dante's 7th Circle of HELL began more or less with the latest in Climate Disasters, the FLATTENING of Grand Bahama by Hurricane Dorian, a massive Cat 5 Hurricane that hovered over the islands for a couple of days with sustained winds of 185 MPH.  This place will not be a Tourista Destination again for a very long time, if ever before the planes stop flying there.



Image result for greta thunberg Following up on this climate disaster, we had the further emergence and promotion of Greta of Stockholm, the 16 year old modern Joan of Arc who is battling with the Big Boys on Twitter over Climate Change, including the biggest Twit-Shit blowhard of them all, the Denier-in-Chief, Donalditry Trumpovetsky.  So far, Greta hasn't Blinked, which is of course not unusual for somebody diagnosed as Autistic, which she likely is.  So in the Battle of DSM V Diagnoses on Twitter, so far Greta's Autism is Trumping Donalditry's Megalomania, Narcissism and Misogyny.  Greta clearly has a HUGE promotion machine behind her, but for the Climate folks this is an excellent Propaganda Maneuver.  Nothing sells better than a cute girl in the Ad Biz.  Nobody listens to what your typical academic dweeb Scientist has to say on this subject, but drop a cute autistic 16 year old in front of the UN General Assembly, and everybody all of a sudden takes notice!  Isn't that special?



As big as the Climate action was over the last few weeks though, it pales in comparison to what is going on both in Geopolitics and in Economics, two of the main fronts we focus on here on the Doomstead Diner.  As Sam Mitchell of Collapse Chronicles and I discussed in our recent conversation (which BTW took place quite some time before all this action arose), although longer term the Climate problem is the greater Existential Threat we face here trying to survive on Planet Earth, there are more proximal problems which threaten our existence also percolating, and if we can't resolve them there will be plenty of Dead People filling up the Cemeteries even before the oceans swallow up Miami Beach, Hong Kong, the City of London and Wall Street.



First up on the Geopolitical Hit Parade is the buffoonery ongoing with Brexit across the pond in Jolly Old England.  As it currently looks, BoJo is likely to get a No Confidence vote in Parliament, possibly paving the way for the Socialist  Jeremy Corbin who heads up the Brit Labour Party to ocuppy 10 Downing Street as a Caretaker Prime Minister while they delay Brext still further (aka, Kick-the-Can).  A comparison here would be like Trumpofsky being kicked out and replaced by Pelosi to run the country on this side of the Hurricane filled Atlantic Basin.  Assuming he does get the nod as the new, new PM for a while AND the Eurocrat Globalists in Brussels agree to yet another extension, this gets followed up by another new,New, NEW election in the UK, along with ANOTHER referendum on Brexit.  If you haven't figured this out by now, referendums are quite meaningless.  Once you Check In to a Union like this, you can't Check Out.  Well, you can Check Out, bu you can Never Leave.  It's the Hotel California on the pollitical level.






Nobody in power really gives a Flying Fuck about what the Plebes want or don't want, this is just part of the sham and window dressing of "Democracy", which works OK when there are plenty of resources around and everyone (including the poor) are reasonably well-fed with roofs over their heads.  It doesn't work so great though when the resources run thin and segments of the population start getting cut off from the Bennies of being part of a large political structure like this.  When this occurs, the Rich want to maintain their perks and privilege inside the society, and the Poor want to…SURVIVE.  Poor folks mainly will accept their fate as long as they have full bellies, but once they start going hungry they tend to get a little tired of Marie Antoinette munching on Cake in Versailles while they can't afford the bread at the local bakery.  This level of existential problem hasn't really hit yet in force in the Western Industrial Economies, but is already playing itself out in many of the peripheral countries in Africa, South & Central Amerika and SE Asia.  It will arrive on the shores of OECD countries though in due time.



Crossing back over the pond to the Political Kabuki Theater ongoing with Trumpty-Dumpty here in the FSoA, it's starting to look like the Dumbkopf-in-Chief has at last crossed a Bridge Too Far.  Even his base of foaming at the mouth neo-Nazi supporters have a tough time swallowing the bullshit he was trying to pull off in Ukraine, trying to get some good dirt on his perceived main Political rival of Uncle Joe Biden, who of course also does take time off between his Senior Moments to do a few shady deals, this time involving his son wheeling & dealing in Ukraine.  Uncle Joe is rapidly losing credibility amongst Demodopes who have considered him the most "Electable" candidate and the best Knight in Shining Armor to take on the Black Knight of Trumpovetsky.






Recent polls have Bankster Slayer Elizabeth Warren as the candidate for the Demodopes most popular, particularly in the early primary/caucus states she appears to have Moe Mentum, the 6'11" Power Forward First Round draft choice of all political candidates, it's even more valuable than money, although you do need plenty of FRNs to sprinkle around on the media to keep that momentum up.  It's still up in the air as to how well Liz will do given her quasi "Socialist" agenda, but the further Trupovetsky shoves his foot and leg and penis down his mouth, the greater the probability Liz gains more traction.  The rule with Trumpovetsky is to give him a lot of rope, because he is certain to hang himself with it.  The oncoming parade of witnesses to appear in front of CONgress looks to be the best Kabuki yet this side of the pond, easily rivaling the Brit Brexit show and perhaps surpassing it in hilarity, though that would be hard to do.  Watching a bunch of Eton educated Stiff Upper Lip Brits convulse on the floor of Parliament is a tough act to follow.  lol.



More than all of those late breaking Collapse Storiez though is the ongoing MELTDOWN of the Fed Repo Market.  It is getting some coverage in MSM financial websites, but overall most Amerikans aren't the least bit aware or concerned with this clusterfuck.  I've been writing on this and covering the progress Inside the Diner,  and of all the vectors for Collapse threatening our civilization RIGHT NOW, this one holds the most potential for creating extreme havoc of them all.  Sorry Greta, as important as your issues are, this bullshit is going to hit hard long before we drown under rising Sea Levels.  Here's one response I wrote to one of the Diners trying to explain in a reasonably short post WTF is going on here:




When Da Fed does QE, it doesn't just sprinkle free money around and get nothing in return for it.  They don't make unsecured loans, you have to trade good collateral for the freshly printed FRNs.  What is "good collateral"?  Loans made to credit-worthy customers.  But what happens when there aren't enough credit worthy customers out there to make loans to?  What happens when the collateral they do have is non-performing loans (NPLs)?



What happens is what the BoJ does, which is the CB buys the Bonds issued by Da Goobermint directly.  This finances Goobermint spending, but it doesn't make money for the banks, which are in the bizness of making loans to make money,  If banks aren't making money making loans, how do they make money?  By using the cash they do have speculating in equities.  But what happens when everybody is expecting a stock crash?  They all want to get out of stocks,  but they can't sell them without driving forward the crash.  So they try to take out more short term loans to cover the shortfall in expected earnings.  If everybody is doing this, you get a liquidity crisis, which is what they got at the moment.



Da Fed is TRYING to push more money into the system to ease this crisis, but apparently even $75B/daily isn't enough to do the trick.  If they can't inject more cash into the system, you'll get a liquidity lock-up, which is very Bad Newz  for everybody, right down to J6P.  That's the kind of thing which makes all the ATMs go down at the same time.




For some more detail, Max Keiser's most recent Keiser Report video outlines the problem in more detail (I'm not ripping off Max here, I got my analysis up before he published his.  However, he does flesh it out more completely.):






The BIG QUESTION here of course is precisely WHO is going Tits Up on a financial level, and whoever(s) it is has to be a very big financial institution(s).  Like with Lehman though, we won't know who it is until the traders are walking out of the building leaving their Bloomberg terminals behind, hopefully wiping their hard drives clean and boxing up incriminating evidence to set a Bonfire with in the backyard of the suburban McMansion they occupy on Long Island or Germany or Britain or wherever the fuck this shit is currently centered.



I was asked still another question Inside the Diner asking for some kind pf prediction on what is likely to occur here.  Making these sort of predictions is a dangerous game, but I decided to take a flyer and speculate on this one:






Thanks again RE. This was a good video about repo (until he lost me on bitcoin). The question becomes is a bankruptcy of Deutsche Bank going to bring down the entire dollar fiat money system or just give us a GREAT depression OR the collapse of civilization?? Tell me oh wise one. :icon_scratch:

AJ




That is really on the outside limits of Nostradamus prognostication.  I will do a reach on this, but don't get on my case if I don't have it precisely correct.  I'm not even sure yet that it's Deutche Bank that is getting the run yet.  It might actually be a run on multiple banks.



However, let us look at the case where it is JUST D-Bank getting hit on here.  DB is VERY big, with counter-party relationships with all the other TBTF Banks, aka JP Morgan Chase, Goldman etc.  So if DB goes BK, they're gonna carve up whatever assets they have (not too many I am sure) and divvy them up in some way to keep the counter parties from ALSO going BK.  This is what as known as Financial Cross Contagion.  See David Korowicz for more detail on this phenomenon.



Now, the issue here is that whatever is left in the vault of DB isn't NEAR enough to cover the derivatives they wrote, essentially insurance policies on BKs of various institutions and goobermints.  To make up the shortfall here, SOMEBODY (Da Fed, Da ECB etc) will have to step in and cover those losses, elsewise the capital structure of those banks also collapses.  Then you have your "Great Depression" scenario.  See the collapse of Credite Anstaldt (Austrian Bank) prior to the GD to understand how this works.



I *think* the "smartest guys in the room" are quite aware of this, hell fucking Ben Bernanke made his career on looking at this stuff.  So I do not think they are unprepared for it entirely, but then again it's different now than the financial system in place when the GD Collapse of the banking system went down.  The amounts of notional money and complex financial instruments is much larger, and really NOBODY knows how big they actually are.



So to try and answer your question, it's a fucking SHIT STORM waiting to happen.  If it does cross over to the counter parties, then yes it is the absolute end of this monetary system, and HELL will follow.



And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.

 








RE




Finally to tidy up here, you might be wondering WHY I headed up this article with a snippet from my recent trip down to the Lower 48 to plant the SUN Monument (also my Tombstone) in the middle of Flyover Country in Springfield, MO.  If you are familiar with my Gonzo take on all this shit, you probably grasp that it is a metaphor of Collapse and of Resurrection as well.  While the Civilization around me is collapsing, I too am collapsing.  It was my goal to get this final statement planted for the rest of Eternity before, in the words of Leonard Cohen…




Take one last look at this Sacred Heart



Before it Blows



Everybody Knows




I got it done before I finally have another meeting with the Grim Reaper that he wins instead of me.  That will happen of course, the Reaper always wins in the end.  But he can't destroy my stone tablet, at least not without a decent amount of explosives.




Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: Surly1 on September 29, 2019, 03:54:24 PM
Excellent article. This is vintage RE, a dose of that ol' time religion. I enjoyed it.

In re this:
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...it's starting to look like the Dumbkopf-in-Chief has at last crossed a Bridge Too Far.  Even his base of foaming at the mouth neo-Nazi supporters have a tough time swallowing the bullshit he was trying to pull off in Ukraine, trying to get some good dirt on his perceived main Political rival of Uncle Joe Biden, who of course also does take time off between his Senior Moments to do a few shady deals, this time involving his son wheeling & dealing in Ukraine.

I do far more social media than you. Never underestimate the locked-in, sightless bullshit of the Evertrump Corps of True Believers.
#TeamTraitor's malfeasances and confessed crimes:

(http://He's a pleasure to watch. Nerves of steel, convincing and we love him...)

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The party of hate needs to be totally dismantled. They have no place in our country...yes...I’m referring to the Democrats.

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Who knew that all it would take to make progress was vision, chutzpah and some testosterone?

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If it takes putting up with his brash ways to see things get done, that is a deal I’m willing to accept. I’m not sure he would have accomplished what he has so far without being an unrelenting public bully.

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The media, as the hotbed of hatred against Mr. Trump, has pushed me more toward him than his social behavior has done the opposite.

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Before Trump, we were scared of any volatility. Oh no, ISIS! Oh no, banks! The more chaos there was, the worse we were. Now volatility is our friend. The more chaos, the better! Entrepreneurship up. Optimism up. Good old American problem solving is back! You know who loves change? Capitalists.

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ITS ARE COUNTRY AND WE WONT LET THEM TAKE IT FOR THIER OWN EVIL WAYS

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Had enough yet? This small sample shows who they are, although not nearly as well spoken.

What trump has (and that his antagonists lack) is a deep. Peter-Finch-in-Network appreciation for how TV moves the country. He appreciates that controlling the narrative means everything. It remains for the Dems to create a compelling story out of trump's existing confessions of treason. My confidence is not high. Even today, Jay Fucking Sekulow is talking about "getting on top of this thing," so the spin-and-twist will be out in full force. To say nothing of the exhumation of bodies around d HRC's emails.

Get yer popcorn.

Anyhow, good article.Keep writing.
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on September 29, 2019, 04:24:38 PM
Excellent article. This is vintage RE, a dose of that ol' time religion. I enjoyed it.

Periodically I reach back down deep to find the old RE Blogger after transforming into a Vlogger.  I do need to follow this up though with a Video Rant.

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I do far more social media than you. Never underestimate the locked-in, sightless bullshit of the Evertrump Corps of True Believers.

You cannot plumb too deep into the depths of human stupidity.

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Had enough yet? This small sample shows who they are, although not nearly as well spoken.

That was more than enough. Ugh.

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What trump has (and that his antagonists lack) is a deep. Peter-Finch-in-Network appreciation for how TV moves the country. He appreciates that controlling the narrative means everything. It remains for the Dems to create a compelling story out of trump's existing confessions of treason. My confidence is not high. Even today, Jay Fucking Sekulow is talking about "getting on top of this thing," so the spin-and-twist will be out in full force. To say nothing of the exhumation of bodies around d HRC's emails.

Get yer popcorn.

Anyhow, good article.Keep writing.

I will try to find time to keep writing, but my Viking Doomstead got hit and there was a bloody massacre of most of my trained Warriors.  :'(  Many young Diners went to the Great Beyond defending the Doomstead, but we did survive.  I am making improvements to the defenses and training a new crop of Cannon (well, Trebuchet) Fodder.  We did retain most of our resources stored in the Vault, so we are in OK shape to rebuild.  The Castle is at Level 9 now!  :icon_sunny:

RE
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on October 02, 2019, 04:12:03 AM
Setting The Stone On The Collapse Of Industrial Civilization now UP on GEI!  :icon_sunny:

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201910012311 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201910012311)

RE
Title: TransAtlantic Kabuki
Post by: RE on October 20, 2019, 07:50:59 AM


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Across the Collapse Blogosphere, you'll repeatedly run into the acronym "SHTF".  There's even at least two blogs titled with the acronym,  SHTF Plan  &  SHTF Blog .  I'm sure there are others, but those two make it into the Top 15 of "Survivalist" Blogs.  Here on the Diner on an economic level we often discuss "SHTF Day".  It's the day the ATMs go down or the liquidity dries up in the ovenright interbank lending market or the stock market drops 5000 points in a day, that sort of thing.  Total MAYHEM ensues after such an event of course, which would be a watershed and marker as we move inexorably down the Collapse Highway.  The Stock Market crash of 1929 was such an event, and for those of you interested in comparison of what occured 90 years ago to the week to today, this is a good documentary recently produced (there are of course many of them).






Image result for cats on roller coaster gif A single SHTF Day may or may not occur along the road here, and it may or may not be proximally an economic event, though whatever does set things off for a faster ride down the Roller Coaster Hill has as its underpinning economics.  It might be somebody pitching a Nuke at somebody else they have disagreements with; it may be a 9.0 shaker sending half of Los Angeles into the Pacific Ocean; it might be the entire grid of the FSoA being knocked out by one disgruntled teenage Hacker living in mom's basement, WTF knows there what the trigger might be?



On the Geopolitical level though, this week,for the Anglo-American Empire on both sides of the Pond, this can be described as nothing less than SHTF Week.  Two Kabuki theaters are playing themselves out, one in Parliament in Jolly Old England, the other here in the FSoA in CONgress.  Boris Johnson (BoJo) tried to ramrod his latest tweaks to the Brexit Deal through Parliament, and like Theresa May before him, it got pretty well shot down.  So Parliament is once again swimming in a pool of deep shit, and the coming week before the All Hallow's Eve deadline  to exit the EU stage left should be quite the hoot.  Don't miss the updates on this clusterfuck here Inside the Diner.



Not to be outdone by the Brits, the Clown-in-Chief and his Minions are staging a Clown Show that is non-pareil in Amerikan History, by more measures than even I thought imaginable.  I mean, I've been following the antics of The Donald since I was a Freshman at Columbia and always knew (and repeatedly said here on the Diner) that he was a Train Wreck waiting to happen, and happen it did this week.  It is of course something of a slow-motion train wreck, and this whole Kabuki has numerous acts to follow this week's opening salvo.  El Trumpo had a "meltdown" in his most recent meeting with Pelosicrat, Repugnants are jumping ship all over the place due to his withdrawal of troops from Syria and abandonment of the Kurds, and most entertaining of all, Rudolf the Red-Faced ex-Mayor of the Big Apple is currently under investigation by both the FBI and the SDNY for innumerable transgressions and obviously thoroughly illegal activities with respect to Ukraine-gate.  Beyond THAT, Rudy-Kazooty has now gone DESAPARECIDO, and dropped off the face of the Earth with no appearances on FAUX Newz and no Tweets either, for I think about the last 72 hours!  I have speculated inside the Diner that he may have gone the way of Jimmy Hoffa, although I don't think he is buried under the Astroturf at Giant Stadium.  He may be wearing Cement Galoshes though and doing some Deep Diving at the bottom of the East River. lol.



He may turn up here at some point, but if ever there was a "Smoking Gun" in a corruption investigation, Rudi is IT in this one.  Just as John Mitchell was the Smoking Gun in the original "-gate" conspiracy of Watergate, Giulani is the same kind of lynchpin here, connecting Trumpovetsky to the various other lower level money conduits from Mother Russia into the Trump campaign, and also more than likely his various failing biznesses which need the constant infusion of debt to keep running.  Make no mistake about it, El Trumpo is PWNED by Vlad the Impaler, and when he no longer proves to be an asset but rather a liability, Putin will cut him loose too.



So, as we move forward into the NEXT week of Kabuki here on this side of the pond, the main question for the week is, "Where's Rudi?"



Image result for rudy giuliani missing


Title: Re: TransAtlantic Kabuki
Post by: RE on October 20, 2019, 09:24:22 PM
Now UP on Global Economic Intersection!

http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201910202235 (http://econintersect.com/pages/opinion/opinion.php?post=201910202235)

RE
Title: Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Post by: RE on November 17, 2019, 06:35:53 AM


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We have moved into a new and more intensive phase of Collapse, and this week I got myself back into gear to fullfill my Mission from God to chronicle this shit before I buy my ticket to the Great Beyond.



It has been an intense month in the world of Collapse between the Wildfires in Oz and Sunny California, the Brexit Kabuki still ongoing across the Pond, yet another Shoot-em-Up yesterday in a CA High Shool,  Hong Kong Protesters breaking out the Primitive Weapons to fight the Gestapo utilizing Tear Gas and Water Cannons, and of course our own Clown Show here on Live Reality TV from the Hallowed Halls of CONgress.



My tradition has been to produce a Collapse Meal here on the Doomstead Diner for Sunday Brunch, and over the last 7 years I havent missed too many Sundays,  The last few weeks though I have been engaged in another very important pursuit, online Gaming. lol.  I have been at War almost non-stop for about 3 weeks battling other much younger and healthier Gamers in the virtual world as it might be after SHTF Day arrives in earnest.  I will write more about this latest addiction of mine in an upcoming blog.



Image result for spy vs spyAs for the more Topical subject of the current Impeachment Melodrama is concerned, in this weeks' e[isode of the Collapse Morning Wake-Up call, we have two unlikely Heros who testified in fornt of the CONgress Critters on Wednesday, the career "Civil Servants" Bill Taylor & George Kent.  This is said in revered tones, how these men have selflessly dedicated their lives to the Public Good.  Normally though, when you think of Civil Service Workers, you think of the Clerks at the DMV when you go to get your Driver's License renewed.  Or maybe the Sanitation Engineers who come to pick up your Garbage and take it to the Land of Away at the City Dump.  LOL.  Somehow though, it's hard to think of Ambassadors and CIA Apparatchiks as "Civil Service" Workers.  For one thing, their pay scale is a good deal better, not to mention the perks and all those Frequent Flyer Miles they get!



These guys are the SAME dudes who Dealt Death to Vietnamese Villagers back in the day, but now they are HEROS, because they are outing Trumpovetsky as corrupt!  hahahahahahahaha. It's Spy vs Spy, the Corrupt of the MIC vs the corrupt Mob in the White House!  Mad Magazine has come to life!  Alfred E Newman is POTUS too!



While I engage Ghosts & Zombies in Cyberspace though, the real world occassionally intrudes, and I did find it compelling this week to deal with it and comment on it.  But how can you deal with such a Clusterfuck sober?  So for this week's Sunday Brunch, I give you my recipe for one of my KILLER Bloody Marys, along with a dose of Collapse errata.  Definitely try out the recipe, it will really improve your outlook for the day while you digest the insanity in today's newz cycle..


Title: Re: Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Post by: RE on November 18, 2019, 04:57:26 AM
Time for another Bloody Mary!   ;D

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Title: Thanksgiving Pizza
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Thanksgiving 2019 has ARRIVED, and it's time to itemize what we have to be Thankful for this year.  We can be Thankful for the fact many of us are still alive, although according to Statistics, we are dieing faster every day.  We can be Thankful for the fact that FOOD is still available here in the FSoA at mostly affordable prices even on a SNAP Card budget. We can be Thankful that as of this morning, Planet Earth has not collided with a Planet Killer asteroid.



Beyond that though, we have a good deal MORE not to be Thankful for here on the last Thursday of November 2019.  It's not a great day for Happy Motoring to your relatives for your Turkey Dinner, since a Bomb Cyclone has dumped mega tons of snow in many spots acrss the country.  It's not too good for Albanians who lost everything in their latest Earthquake.  Californicators who have been burned out of their McMansions or just had all the meat in their freezers go bad from lack of the Electric Juice aren't too happy either.



Probably worst of all right now here in the FSoA is the fact we still have an Orange topped CRIMINAL and PATHOLOGICAL LIAR as the Clown-in-Chief running the country, and worse still he still (supposedly, according to polls) has half the J6Ps out there supporting him!  It matters not how many people testify to the actions taken to shake down the Ukrainians to smear Uncle Joe Biden, because that half of the population simply does not CARE that this occurred. Political Corruption is an expected and in many cases desired thing.  "Democracy" is a lie which never existed at all, certainly not in my lifetime.



In prior Thaanksgiving articles over the year, I have gone over some Big Buffets I contributed a dish to, Thanksgiving Dinners I had had with a gaggle of drunken relatives and Thanksgiving Dinners which consited of a Swanson Turkey TV Dinner.  This year I had hoped to have a big communal Dinner with some of my fellow residents of my community, but annoying problems like getting sent to jail or moving out of state got in the way of this idea.  Not me yet, I'm still flying under the radar of the Gestapo, but nevertheless it's another Solo Thanksgiving Day for me.  So I decided to change up for this one, and make a PIZZA for Thanksgiving!  It's an Olive-Mushroom-Zucchini augmented Pizza, and it's quite good.  I'll be having it cold for Breakfast on Black Friday as well, while I shop for deals online at Amazon, Walmart & B&H Photo.  If you want the Recipe and want to listen to me Rant on our latest Collapse Newz, you can watch the Video heading this article.


Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: Eddie on November 29, 2019, 07:39:08 PM
Happy Thanksgiving.

We managed to pull off another TG family meal in the park, although it was in the 50's and threatened rain.

I made my signature chocolate mousse and it was a good batch....nearly all gone now...and I grilled steaks......marinated in fresh garlic with coarse ground pepper and sea salt....over mesquite in the little smoker. They were pretty good too.

Not a big crowd. We were joined by some of my wife's sister's family, who also live here. But we had all the traditional food and I ate to excess. No guilt here. But gratitude, yes. I am grateful.

Our family has a new generation this year, as my wife's nephew has had one child born and adopted another that he and his wife, who is out of school now and practicing medicine, have been fostering for nearly two years.

Two of my kids were there, the local ones. My son had been in town just before, for a couple of weeks. He is working for Crate and Barrel and they shoot their spring catalog this time of year in places where they can fake spring...although the weather wasn't all that great....But considerable less snow than Chicago.

We haven't seen the NY kids in months and months and I miss my youngest, who seems to be at something of a loss right now since her grad school day have ended and she's  just working for a living. You know how it is in NY.....what was that old song about "living just enough for the city" ? You know the one.

I've been a little untethered myself since I decided to give the Diner a rest for a. while.......but I've started to carry that little pocket knife you gave me....and it makes me think about you every time I use it, which is often. I am afraid of losing it. I've probably been given a hundred pocket knives in my life, and I've never held on to a single one for long. For a long time I was afraid to carry it in my pocket, but I finally broke down and started using it. It's quite handy and unique, and I've wanted to say thank you again for giving it to me. Sometimes small gifts are better than big gifts, especially from someone who is a friend, someone who put some thought into it.

Sorry for not staying in better touch. I wish you and all the Diners well,.....and I hope all of you are doing okay. I figured it was time to drop in and at least say hi.

It's starting to look like your call on China kicking off the next global financial meltdown might be spot on....and not too far out there now. I wanted to mention that, too.

I turned 64 on Monday, and wonder if anyone will still feed me, or need me, now that I'm officially approaching old age at a brisk clip. So far I can still get up and make it to the coffee pot and on to work. I'm grateful for that too.

Enjoy your pizza. I used to make pizza a lot when I was a younger man. Raising four kids burned the missus out on pizza. I haven't made one
 in a long, long time. But today I got a jones for Chicago style hot dogs, and I think tomorrow I'll round up the "correct" ingredients and see how close I can come to the real thing. This town used to be full of hot dog joints...but they've fallen out of fashion now that the world is filled with millenials who are gluten-free, soy-free, and too prissy to enjoy a Chicago Dog.

Well, I'm running out of things to say, and I guess I'll sign off. Glad you can still whip up a pizza.
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: RE on November 29, 2019, 07:48:04 PM
Nice 2 C  U Eddie!  :icon_sunny:

RE
Title: Re: 📺 Morning Collapse Wake-Up Call
Post by: Surly1 on November 30, 2019, 03:31:56 AM
Happy Thanksgiving.

 But today I got a jones for Chicago style hot dogs, and I think tomorrow I'll round up the "correct" ingredients and see how close I can come to the real thing. This town used to be full of hot dog joints...but they've fallen out of fashion now that the world is filled with millenials who are gluten-free, soy-free, and too prissy to enjoy a Chicago Dog.

Well, I'm running out of things to say, and I guess I'll sign off. Glad you can still whip up a pizza.

Really nice to see you here again.

Some years ago I dated a woman who had grown up in Chicago and who made me Chicage-style dogs. I thought I saw God. In fact, this became a standing post-thanksgiving ritual at my house: the anti-thanksgiving dinner, if you will.

Two words: sports peppers. After you "drag out through the garden." I'm not even sure how you find them.

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Title: A World on Fire
Post by: RE on December 01, 2019, 04:11:48 AM


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Working up the energy for a blog for Sunday Collapse Brunch this week has been tough for a few reasons.  Health wise, I am doing crappy again, but this isn't the only problem.  My main computer is also getting close to death, it was crashing on me about every hour for a few days.  Now it seems to be in a sort of remission.and hasn't crashed since late last night.  So I am risking writing an article and hoping I don't lose it before I have a chance to publish.



Beyond the health issues and technical problems there are other deeper ones ongoing here.  As I peruse the headlines on the Google Search Engine each day there is a new riot occurring in a new city.  The entire continent of South America appears to be on fire now.  Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Brazil…you can bring up Videos now on YouTube that are IRL versions of Children of Men every day.  Then there's Hong Kong, Paris, Barcelona and of course Istanbul & Tehran.  Spin the Globe and plop your finger down  any randm spot at all and you can find an ongoing political collapse.



Meanwhile here in the FSoA and across the Pond in Jolly Old England you have the Kabuki Theater productions of Impeachment and Brexit, which is almost not worth commenting on with so much more havoc ongoing in other nations as we speak, where people are literally being mowed down in the streets.  Here exploding in numbers are the number of Homeless in just about every Big Shity from New York to Chicago to Seattle to Los Angeles.  With that exploding population we are seeing Diseases now we haven't seen in such numbers ince the Middle Ages.  Typhus, Typhoid Fever, Cholera, their all making a comeback in ever increasing numbers.






The above video is just one of hundreds you can Google up these days if you are concerned about this ever growing problem.  Cities and towns all across the country are passing laws that essentially criminalize homelessness, so the current  solution seems to be to put them in jail  Can we really build enough jails to give all these folks 3 Hots and a Cot?  It's notoriously expensive to drop people in jail also, it costs nearly double wnat I live on per year these days, but building Affordable Housing isn't being done much.  There aren't the job programs or  jobs to give these folks something productive to do with their lives.  They are of course disproportionately Black, Brown and Hispanic people, but plenty of poor White Trash out there too.



For the real Street level Homeless in a ramshackle tent under an overpass somewhere, they aren't living,they are waiting to die.  There are levels and degrees of homelessness though, there are people couch surfing if they still have friends or relatives who will take them in; there are people living in RVs and Vans in the Walmart parking lots.  Does anyone have a count or keep statistics on how many people are in this situation?  I susspect it is much larger than the numbers out there sleeping rough.



Still, with all this evidence of Collapse overwhelming the Newz Cycle, there is still also a huge cadre of Amerikans who deny it is occurring, still enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner and still shopping till they drop on Black Friday, although they do it mostly Online now so you don't have those ridiulous scenes at Walmart or Best Buy of fistfights betwen shoppers looking for a great deal on an Iphone.  If they still have a job or get enough Mailbox Money to live comfortably, they simply don't notice all the people who have ALREADY fallen off the cliff.  Now the Clown-in-Chief is floating a plan to cut millions off from their SNAP Card allotment of monthly nourishment.  If that flies, things will not end well.  The problems you see today in Santiago or Bogota will migrate quite rapidly north of the border.



There is no question anymore, COLLAPSE HAS ARRIVED.  It can and will get a lot worse of course.  But there is no  more question for a Collapse Writer anymore of "When will SHTF Day arrive?"  It has already come and gone.  For me, it gets harder all the time to write or even just post Newz Links, because Diners have seen it all and heard it all for years now.  There's nothing really NEW here, it's just a steady increase in the frequency and magnitude of the events.



The same advice as always still applies, get out of the Big Shity and go off grid if you can.  If you can't, plan for a Bugout when your neighborhood deteriorates too much. Form COMMUNITY, get together with friends and relatives you know and trust.  Prep up with Food, Fuel, Generators, Fishing Gear, traps and of course the old standby of Guns & Ammo.



I am out of the bizness of making Nostradamus Predictons of when things will thoroughly unravel in any given neighborhood.  I don't know when it will arrive for you if it hasn't happened to you already.  But it's coming, and it's coming fast.  Everybody Knows.




Title: Re: A World on Fire
Post by: RE on December 02, 2019, 01:05:39 AM
Now UP on GEI!  :icon_sunny:

RE

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