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The Kitchen Sink / On Healing the Earth and People
« on: November 28, 2016, 03:05:30 AM »


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Published on The Doomstead Diner on November 28, 2016



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



 



 



 



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



Anarchy is the Way of Nature. Anarchy is the way nature organizes, evolves effortlessly. Nature is resilient, irreducibly complex and sustainable. Humans at least are material, of nature, of the earth. It follows then there is the capacity within humanity for self-rule, spontaneous organization. I think you see that whenever there is a crisis, many people simply begin to organize a functioning society to meet simple necessities spontaneously.



Those who rule over us tend to believe however, either we are not of this earth (of God), so the rules of nature don't apply; or the opposite extreme, we are of nature and nothing else, it is all about competition, I can do pretty much whatever I want in the interest of my evolution (basest instincts). And so they feed us these ideologies that we might be separate from our true nature and each other.



If humanity were able to organize more as nature does, life would be more peaceful. An anarchic people would be self-organizing, core-strong, practicing self-rule. An anarchic people would value cooperation above competition. A truly anarchic people would take care of the earth and each other.



Organizing ourselves contrary to nature, we build immense, complex but inflexible societies one after another, every one of them collapsing under the weight of that complexity and inherent contradiction.



We now risk even human extinction, or worse, reducing the health of the biosphere such that we wipe out the majority of species and leave a severely degraded existence for a few wretched survivors.



Those who rule over us seek to divide us, by preying upon our prejudices, by exacerbating ancient hatreds, by encouraging us to percieve in absolute Good vs Evil, by highlighting petty grievances – while ignoring the overwhelming similarities between us, denying the systemic corruption that oppresses us all.



There are several tangible things we could do, that transcend race, ethnicity and political divisions, that would allow us to unlock the potential of individuals, strengthen communities, and make of America a true shining light and leader in the world.



1. Debt Relief

2. Redefine Currency

3. Land Policy

4. Rebuild Community

5. Shift in Consciousness



A simple list (the fifth one is a kind of summation of the four). Politically unimaginable in America, but the great thing about a Democratic party in a state of collapse, and a Republican party that doesn't know it is dead yet, it's a very creative time to imagine a different America.



1. Debt Relief



Don't you think that because money is so central to this society, that a study of economics would be central to a grade school education? Many American kids might be earning money by the time they are 15, yet the vast majority of American adults have no idea what the Dollar is, how it is created, or who owns it.



Why is that? Because an uninformed people are more easily made debt serfs.



Banks create money out of nothing, It is a slight of hand magic trick. They "loan" it into existence, as when they issue a mortgage, or they "buy" junk assets from distressed financial institutions and investors, usually for the full value, creating money and a corresponding and then-some amount of debt, or a claim on future production, ie interest. The money doesn't exist anywhere in reality: like some genie, say "poof", a cloud of smoke appears and suddenly it says right there on that piece of paper or computer, X amount of $'s exist – and everyone believes it.



Making money this way makes for a lot of debt. In fact, the debt can't do anything but increase exponentially over time. Thus, the Dollar is the greatest ponzi scheme ever created. Since 1980 debt has climbed relative to wages, and since 1970, considerably faster than GDP. Do you imagine these trends are sustainable indefinitely? Over time, more and more production, instead of re-invested into society, is consumed in the form of debt payments, until society breaks under the obligation.



There is a reckoning coming for the Dollar. Those who control the dollar imagine the whole world and all it's people indebted to it. But even total global domination doesn't prevent debt from growing out of control, eventually. Total global domination is not likely to happen, so the reckoning is likely coming sooner rather than later.



What would benefit regular people most, and the economy generally, would be debt relief. Growth in debt is inflation official bean counters ignore. Debt is eating away at purchasing power.



Debt Jubilee is a very old concept, mentioned in the Old Testament. A wiping away of debts, a kind of starting over, starting fresh. The ancients recognized runaway debt has a pernicious effect, causing great discord, and eventually, uprising against the creditors.



Those who own the majority of that debt are the richest among us. The most powerful among us. But it is also owned by pension accounts, IRA, 401K, retirement accounts of all kinds. There are a lot of people invested in that debt, maybe half the society, who are the "rentiers", people "letting their money work for them", which is also living off the production of the lesser half, or rather, most of the rest of the world.



The economy is swamped by debt, something has to be done or there will be ever greater discord.



2. Redefine Currency



The Dollar is the world's greatest ponzi scheme. It is an ever greater claim on future labor/production, which stagnates the economy, eventually collapsing the currency.



But it is not enough to wipe out the debt, if you just start over the same process of debt creation. The very nature of currency has to be judged. The dollar is like a mechanical hamster wheel that spins ever faster. Over time, regular people are expected to work more for less return. The product available to them becomes ever more shoddy, yet the price increases. The demands of the dollar and debt encourages wasteful, predatory and even parasistic and cannabalistic use of resources. Growth then amounts to more pollution, ever more garbage and a ruination of ecosystems. All talk about the sustainable is just that, as long as the core currency demands the unsustainable.



Imagine, instead of a debt- and waste-based currency, what about a regenerative one? Instead of propping up a leisure class, a currency that is generated by the very act of production, and ecological healing, empowering all?



For instance, I have been hiking around the Twin Cities this fall, marvelling at the abundance of Eurasian buckthorn. A non-native, berry producing shrub that grows to about 20 ft, it is a diuretic to mammals so deer and rabbit won't browse the saplings (while they do eat native berry producers.) Birds particularly robins, scatter the seed across the landscape, the seeds are efficient germinators, it grows in dense patches crowding and shading everything else out. It is most noticable in the late fall because the leaves remain green after most of the forest is barren because of the cold.



Now imagine Joe Schmo spends his day ripping out buckthorn saplings, and by the very act of that labor, he generates currency? Money appears in his account relative to his labor. No one pays him, the money is simply generated.



Joe and Jill Smith start an organic farm on former GMO industrial corn mining land. Simiarly, they generate money simply by the act of growing vegetables, by producing food. They can also sell product for cash to people like Joe Schmo, but otherwise their labor literally creates money.



Tyrese Jackson generates money by picking up and delivering produce from local organic farms to urban areas. Maria Gonzalez generates currency by feeding and taking care of those who can't take care of themselves.



Thereon, throughout all the menial, "chop wood, carry water" tasks of developed, civil society. Taking money creation away from centralized powers, and from those ambitious, ruthless types who strive to rule over us, giving money creation back to "we the people."



Central to this notion of a regenerative currency, would be about healing. Healing people and the earth. The act of healing and restoring ecosystems would generate currency. Healing, restoration and sustainability would be incentivized.



3. Land Policy:



Land policy, such as it is in America, favors monopoly control, by large corporations and banks, agribusiness on ever larger land holdings, and the treatment of most of the land including public and private, inherenty extractive and exploitative.



Nor are these monopolies held accountable for the pollution they release into the biosphere. This is an "externalized" cost acting as another kind of debt, to be paid by society, by sucker consumers.



A new currency as described would encourage and incentivize the expansion of wild lands, while facilitating the healthy production of food and necessary materials, while eliminating pollution. If monopolies were forced to pay for their pollution, none would exist.



The script would be flipped. Favoring individuals and small groups, preventing monopoly, destructive, extractive, predatory behavior.



The economics of the local would be paramount. Local, responsible, ethical, sustainable, restorative, generative; a people with a close connection, care and concern for the land will protect it.



4. Rebuild Community:



Favoring small producers, citizens and small business over monopoly would help restore community. By empowering individuals economically, in relation to the needs of local community, local community is made more resilient and sustainable, healthy. Whatever your skills are, there is a need, and if filling that need generates income automatically, it is empowering people to fulfill their destiny.



As it is, globalization has hollowed out rural American communities. It has removed income potential, chaining most to low wage service employment and social welfare programs, such that many have turned to meth, heroin and alcohol to "escape." Many escape to the cities, where the forces of predatory capitalism congregate. Agricultural land prices around small communities have been preverted by a combination of monetary policy, the revolving door between corp/bank/gov, and globalist trade rules, putting local land out of reach economically, leading to a sence of helplessness, disconection, depression and dispair.



There are many who would be restored spiritually, given the opportunity to thrive economically, restoring a sence of community and healing the land and waters around community.



Some communities can't be saved, others will rebuild, some might spring up where there was none.



The point is, if trends continue, the whole of the earth will be a rich mans play ground, a mostly destroyed, degraded, polluted, ecologically barren tennant farm and mining camp, if the vast majority are huddled into the cities to live a "virtual" existence. Strong communities are made of strong people with strong ties built with love, care and concern. Such a people are not so easily reduced to consumer, junkie debt serfs.



5. A Shift in Consciousness



We are now more than 7 billion people on planet earth. That is by definition, humanity "separated from nature." In a way too, it is humanity succumbing to the most brutal of all ecological rules, overpopulation in the precence of over-abundance; it happens with rabbits, reindeer and rats etc too. But it is also humanity assuming there will always be a technical sollution, or that God will save us, or aliens will…



The 'solution" probably looks more like unintended mass starvation and war, if humanity stumbles into resource constraints and point-of-no-return biosphere damage. Most signs seem to point to a very dumb human totality going berserk.



It doesn't have to be that way. If humans are in fact an intelligent species, a radical shift in consciousness is possible.



America is supposed to be a place where a diverse people come together to structure a society that would benefit all. It was not meant to be the consumer driven seat of global warmongering and economic control, global empire, for the benefit of a new internationale aristocracy. It was not supposed to be utopia for grifters, nihilists and sociopaths.



It was supposed to be a culture free from the rule of tyranny; a society protecting the right of all, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.



America could be the seat of a new kind of consiousness. I still believe, where America goes, the world will follow. This new consiousness would be focused on healing people and the earth, particulary the waters. Aware that a healthy earth will be reflected in healthy people and likewise, that we are All relations, that the way of Life is cooperation.



We are all of the earth. How we treat the earth is reflected in body and mind. The biosphere is suffering, as are people. Heal the earth and people will be healed.    



 



 


 



 



 





 



 



 




 



 



 




 



 



 






Sunday, November 13, 2016







 



 



 



Reflections, Post-2016 Election




 


 



 



 








After the "surprise" 2016 sweep by Republicans nationwide, including the Presidency of the United States of America, by Donald John Trump, I can say at least that I am relieved not to be occupied with passage of TTP/TTIP/TISA trade agreements, war with Russia or the invasion of Syria.



I'm loving the comeuppance in the media. Telling us what we are supposed to believe doesn't work as well anymore.



I've been holding my breath, only pointing out on social media, the success of Republicans has less to do with any virtue in them, than the failure of Dems to stand for the middle class, working poor or poor, abandoning them to globalist/monopoly market forces.



What is a Democrat anymore? What is a Liberal? Whatever they are, we are all about to get a big dose of Republican, whatever that is (retro-grade moneygrubbing and warmongering?)



I didn't vote for Trump; nor did I vote for Hillary. Good conscience, you've got to be kidding me. Democrats are in denial, wanting to shame people like me, because I am clearly a misogynist, racist bigoted stupid idiot, not to vote for Hillary. "Not ready for a woman president," despite that I voted for a woman who wasn't a war-loving economic elitist.



I think one of the biggest problems with America is our inherited Western duality, the indoctrinated tendency to see all things in Absolute good vs evil, black and white, light and dark, not as complementary and necessary to each other, but inherently opposed, ever at war.



Dems still love to mock George W Bush for saying, "you're either with us or you are with the terrorists," But Dems lost this election, in part because Obama and Hillary are not Good, to Trump's Evil, and so Dems did not hold either Obama or Hillary accountable for record income inequality, systemic corruption, a privatized, unchecked, unaccountable military, treating whistleblowers like spies, the total surveillance state, trends toward direct rule by corporation and bank – Dems have no more credibility. What, all this is goood when a Dem presides over it, but evil when a Republican does?



Instead of focusing on issues, Dems reduced the conversation to a gender, ethnic and race one, trying to ride an unenthusiastic coalition of professional women, black folk, Hispanic/Latino and other minorities, Muslim and LGBTQ, focused not on systemic corruption in economics and politics, the war machine, total surveillance, but on white power, white privilege. Not a winning strategy.



A lot of white people suffer in this system too. I want to stand with that coalition, but not if it means I have to hang my head between my knees, for my gender/ethnicity/race.



Dems remain in denial, falling into old divide and conquer patterns, doing it badly. Many are now focusing on the electoral college, as if the electors might flip the vote, give it to Hillary. So that Hillary can preside over a Republican Congress, who only agree on war, and corp, bank and billionaire (monopoly) power? So that you can confirm for all those Bernie and Trump supporters that the system actually is rigged and the establishment will take what it wants no matter what? There is nothing civil about civil war. Hillary didn't lose because everybody who didn't vote for her is a racist bigot woman hater. Acting out of denial is a bad idea, generally.



Grieving takes healing and time. There are many stages. You can't skip or cheat.



So what will Trump do? Not even Trump knows. He said a lot of things on the campaign trail, and I don't necessarily believe he believes half of it, not deeply anyway. There are only two things he said that truly matter to most of his voters, that he will focus on the American economy more than the global, and draining the swamp, cleaning house in Washington.



Hell will have no fury like Trump supporters, if he betrays them by embracing neo-liberal/neo-con principles, embracing the establishment he railed against, reinforcing existing predatory economics favoring monopolies, and the war machine and the total surveillance state continue to expand exponentially.



But then, maybe Trump voters will be like O and H voters, excusing the most heinous because their "good" guy did it.



It's early yet, but it appears Trump is surrounding himself with the ususal characters, who will be incapable of doing anything but reinforcing what is heinous about the status quo, predatory/cannabalistic economics, and incessant warmongering. The sheer momentum of the State will likely overwhelm him, he will simply fall in line, and nothing fundamental will change.



Except that Republicans nation-wide are adept at manipulating the system to entrench themselves. In the next two years they could gerrymander the voter right out of democracy, making America Republican indefinitely. Except that Republican elite are just as dense as Dem elite, and while it remains to be seen whether Dems learn anything from this election, I'm certain elite Republicans won't, offering up nothing but what they have offered up before, over-stepping their "mandate" by about 1000 years.



Pence leading the transition team, a true inside elitist if there ever was one, assures all the same elite actors will be recommended, while the bureaucracies will not be hampered, as much as filled with true believers in the hoax that is climate change, the holy holy market and the sole-sanctity of the fetus.



If there are serious market disruptions in the next two years, part of me expects Trump to go full authoritarian. I'm hoping instead he focuses on cutting the legs out from the Military Industrial Complex, the neo-liberal agenda of direct rule by corp and bank, and rebuilding America's productive capacity.



More, the world needs debt relief. Americans need debt relief. The world needs a reprieve from war. The world needs healing. America needs healing.



I don't hear much of that coming from either party. I don't expect it from a Trump Administration.



 



 




 



 



 




 



 



 




 



 



 





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Well, if Sweden is willing to pay the price required by US independents for shale oil, and the Congress is willing to let us export again, then sure, the largest two producing oil fields in the Western Hemisphere of the planet can be dialed back up and that oil shipped straight to the fine people of Scandinavia. American refineries don't want it, but it is great stuff, light sweet oil, the cream of the crop for most of the rest of the world's refineries.

The key to unlocking this comment is knowing who the "us" is, and how much MKing stands to gain at the expense of his fellow Americans.

WHD

 

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Why I don't want kids
« on: October 15, 2015, 09:19:06 PM »
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As far as freedom of choice, I will defend that one for myself, and you, with Gods Own Weapon directly. I do not have much tolerance for individuals forcing their point of view upon others, through direct means, and perhaps even indirect means. But freedom of choice? Absolutely. Women have the absolute right of choice over their own bodies, including murdering their near term children prior to actual birth. I will defend your right to have children, or not, just as strongly as I will your right to murder them, prior to birth. Those are the rules, and they seem reasonable, and it is YOUR choice. I am a big fan of personal choice, and others not interfering with it, regardless of someone else's version of morality, ethics, religious beliefs, or whatever.

You are such an unbelievably grandiose, repulsive prick. What Admin let this slide?

Usually, honest opinions are allowed. What you quoted above is certainly one. Including your emphasis. Once upon a time, before I became educated in how The Lord God issued his weapons of choice to us humans, I would have been considered a single action revolver, Colonel Colt made man equal kind of guy. But I grew, and learned, and came willingly to the church of the Lord's Weapon against villainy.

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Fenixor, pleased to meet you. Just in case you don't know, we long ago established irrefutably through inexorable and pristine logic and reason, that MKing would have been a slave trader, and may be one yet, depending on how things go.

WHD

A slave trader? Nah.

Maybe a step up from slave trader? With all those capitals, maybe an inquisitor? The Lords Weapon indeed.

WHD


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Science, Inventions & Techology / Re: The Power Law of Power
« on: October 15, 2015, 07:26:24 PM »
"Consumerism feeds wars in 135 nations at least, if not all of them. Speaking of America, the war machine is the function of consumption. Thermodynamically we are awash with war, and it is only likely to get worse as long as acquisitiveness is a global ideal, in the face of climate change and resource depletion. "


I tend to think like that too, but the the paper points out some interesting hard data powerlaw correlations to ponder.  Imagine then that America  reduced its energy and resource consumption significantly in an all out bid to reduce global warming, we'd lose our prominence in the physical economy and statistically the odds are very good that a war far exceeding existing skirmishes would break out in the shift of power. 

As the author points out one possible deeper implication is that the economy is a networked sort of organism that follows some hierarchical laws not all that dissimilar to metabolic laws of organisms possibly both based on optimizing transport efficiency.   This view is probably compatible with Howard Odums maximum power principle and the broader maximum entropy principle. From that view a hierarchy of nation states perhaps needs to be established to minimize interstate fights so that the system can grow. And if you got a problem with the growth imperative it seems you gotta take it up with the source of the universe cause as scientists are finding MEPP virtually bakes it into the cake.

So perhaps I am apathetic, but what this leads me to think is that the way things are right now is far more natural and likely than almost anyone here cares to admit in so much as it is working well inline with some of the most deeply embedded organizational processes in the known universe.  I do not at all mean to say that the human atrocities still being committed are natural or to be tolerated, I am though saying that the structural growth of nation states and an industrial global reaching metabolic engine which continues to grow is a natural outcome.  That it was inevitable we'd tap fossil fuels, iron ores and develop the supporting tech to create this massive organism.  Our solutions to the problems we face can not be found in trying to resist this growth or  even to reduce our energy consumption.  I think instead our solutions are to be found in harmonizing the inevitable industrial metabolic beast with people and the land.  Channel that industrial power into transforming the planet or it'll just be channeled into cannibalizing life on earth.  There is no way to turn the oil spigot of growth off, solar will have to outgrow and outpace oil, but there will be no voluntary back down and such voluntary backdowns may possibly disrupt the system enough that we get calamity.  The existing system will have to stay stable long enough to birth an epic exponential growth of solar and it looks like its happening we are just in the early stages of its exponential unlikely rise.

That is just another way of saying, "What is, is; What will be, will be." Then again, you make it sound a little like it is all pre-determined. You forget too that light travels in waves, and growth imperative is not baked into any cake in anything like a linear fashion. There's no guarantee a'tal that we exponential into some glorious solar Aeon. Seems more about water to me, a kind of cleansing. Though I sure hope solar exponential is a part of that, for sure.

WHD

BTW too We Americans could probably reduce our consumption by half and still be a global economic powerhouse nobody fucks with. LOL. And maybe actually lead the world somewhere worthy.

WHD

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Science, Inventions & Techology / Re: The Power Law of Power
« on: October 15, 2015, 07:21:25 PM »
"Consumerism feeds wars in 135 nations at least, if not all of them. Speaking of America, the war machine is the function of consumption. Thermodynamically we are awash with war, and it is only likely to get worse as long as acquisitiveness is a global ideal, in the face of climate change and resource depletion. "


I tend to think like that too, but the the paper points out some interesting hard data powerlaw correlations to ponder.  Imagine then that America  reduced its energy and resource consumption significantly in an all out bid to reduce global warming, we'd lose our prominence in the physical economy and statistically the odds are very good that a war far exceeding existing skirmishes would break out in the shift of power. 

As the author points out one possible deeper implication is that the economy is a networked sort of organism that follows some hierarchical laws not all that dissimilar to metabolic laws of organisms possibly both based on optimizing transport efficiency.   This view is probably compatible with Howard Odums maximum power principle and the broader maximum entropy principle. From that view a hierarchy of nation states perhaps needs to be established to minimize interstate fights so that the system can grow. And if you got a problem with the growth imperative it seems you gotta take it up with the source of the universe cause as scientists are finding MEPP virtually bakes it into the cake.

So perhaps I am apathetic, but what this leads me to think is that the way things are right now is far more natural and likely than almost anyone here cares to admit in so much as it is working well inline with some of the most deeply embedded organizational processes in the known universe.  I do not at all mean to say that the human atrocities still being committed are natural or to be tolerated, I am though saying that the structural growth of nation states and an industrial global reaching metabolic engine which continues to grow is a natural outcome.  That it was inevitable we'd tap fossil fuels, iron ores and develop the supporting tech to create this massive organism.  Our solutions to the problems we face can not be found in trying to resist this growth or  even to reduce our energy consumption.  I think instead our solutions are to be found in harmonizing the inevitable industrial metabolic beast with people and the land.  Channel that industrial power into transforming the planet or it'll just be channeled into cannibalizing life on earth.  There is no way to turn the oil spigot of growth off, solar will have to outgrow and outpace oil, but there will be no voluntary back down and such voluntary backdowns may possibly disrupt the system enough that we get calamity.  The existing system will have to stay stable long enough to birth an epic exponential growth of solar and it looks like its happening we are just in the early stages of its exponential unlikely rise.

That is just another way of saying, "What is, is; What will be, will be." Then again, you make it sound a little like it is all pre-determined. You forget too that light travels in waves, and growth imperative is not baked into any cake in anything like a linear fashion. There's no guarantee a'tal that we exponential into some glorious solar Aeon. Seems more about water to me, a kind of cleansing. Though I sure hope solar exponential is a part of that, for sure.

WHD

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Why I don't want kids
« on: October 15, 2015, 06:59:34 PM »
I've met three of your kids Eddie. Solid.

Thanks,William. Most parents are proud of their kids, I know that. Who didn't you meet? I thought I dragged them all to dinner at Serranos that night.  Free dinner is usually an irresistible force to get them to do my evil bidding.

Serranos (that location anyway) has closed, by the way.  Another great Austin Tex-Mex restaurant goes the way of the passenger pigeon. And they say there's no collapse.

I remember meeting two daughters, an artist(?) and a climber, and one young man who was mulling over where to go to college, in something of a battle with his mother.

Sorry to hear about Serrano's. Great place, great evening. People have less and less money to spend, indeed.

WHD

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Why I don't want kids
« on: October 15, 2015, 06:38:39 PM »
My bad. Sorry.

No worries, Eddie. Sometimes it's a good thing to let MKing's repulsiveness show, so people aren't mistaken.

I've met three of your kids Eddie. Solid.

WHD

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Why I don't want kids
« on: October 15, 2015, 06:35:37 PM »
I never wanted kids. But I have many friends, some of the best people I know, with kids, great kids most of whom are going to be great adults like their parents. So I don't begrudge anyone having kids, even now when it's clear most people globally aren't thinking about having less kids, no different than any animal living in an energy rich environment. I suspect a lot of those kids globally aren't going to make it to old age, but I don't go around trying to convince people of that anymore. What happens happens in respect to "overshoot". Humanity will survive. Hopefully your kids will.

WHD

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Why I don't want kids
« on: October 15, 2015, 06:24:21 PM »
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As far as freedom of choice, I will defend that one for myself, and you, with Gods Own Weapon directly. I do not have much tolerance for individuals forcing their point of view upon others, through direct means, and perhaps even indirect means. But freedom of choice? Absolutely. Women have the absolute right of choice over their own bodies, including murdering their near term children prior to actual birth. I will defend your right to have children, or not, just as strongly as I will your right to murder them, prior to birth. Those are the rules, and they seem reasonable, and it is YOUR choice. I am a big fan of personal choice, and others not interfering with it, regardless of someone else's version of morality, ethics, religious beliefs, or whatever.

You are such an unbelievably grandiose, repulsive prick. What Admin let this slide?

Fenixor, pleased to meet you. Just in case you don't know, we long ago established irrefutably through inexorable and pristine logic and reason, that MKing would have been a slave trader, and may be one yet, depending on how things go.

WHD 

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America energy powerhouse imports more oil than it produces. according to the EIA. in 2014 we produced 8.7 and imported 10.4. So MKing with his "wer' gonna save Sweden," like Hannity's wer' gonna save all of Europe from Russia, is so much lies in the service of predatory moneygrubbing.

WHD

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History / Re: What Became of the Vikings?
« on: October 15, 2015, 05:51:37 PM »
Fascinating thread. Hey Roamer, what are the names of those novels, and the author? Is the third one out yet?

WHD

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Enneagram Psychological Profiling
« on: October 14, 2015, 11:15:46 PM »
Type Four In Brief

Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At Their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.

WHD

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Science, Inventions & Techology / Re: The Power Law of Power
« on: October 14, 2015, 10:49:19 PM »
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(Perhaps the consumer culture with well noted frivolities can be seen as a dump load function that minimized these energetic driven wars?) 

Consumerism feeds wars in 135 nations at least, if not all of them. Speaking of America, the war machine is the function of consumption. Thermodynamically we are awash with war, and it is only likely to get worse as long as acquisitiveness is a global ideal, in the face of climate change and resource depletion.

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2. The amount of energy surplus correlates most strongly with the intensity of conflict.

Pretty much awash with energy right now, though there is something profoundly stagnant about it, bottled up like it's ready to burst.

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3. Stable power law hierarchy strongly correlates with peace.  Too strong of a leader or too close of a grouping promotes instability and war. 

Dems and Repubs about as close as you can get, Neo-lib and Neo-con monopolists and warmongers, guaranteeing indefinite terror.

Stable power looks like Bernie?  :icon_scratch:

WHD

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Science, Inventions & Techology / Re: The Power Law of Power
« on: October 14, 2015, 10:28:22 PM »
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I buy into this line of thinking, i'm a sucker for grand thermodynamic views of the world.

OK, that I get. Just don't get suckered into not looking at the world magically.  ;)

WHD

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Doom Psychology & Philosophy / Re: Enneagram Psychological Profiling
« on: October 14, 2015, 10:05:10 PM »
WHD, I'm way out of order and just read the first fewpages of this thread where they were talking about enneagram tests which are kind of interesting.  here is a link to the free short version http://www.eclecticenergies.com/enneagram/test.php

What does the NSA have to say about this? And is it a good idea to embark 6 beers in?

WHD


Beer consumption does not appear to affect Enneagrams.  I get the same 8w7 on any test so far under any condition of sobriety.

I think it does affect the IQ test though, but I haven't taken enough of them under different conditions of beer consumption to tell.  LOL.

RE


So, so bored with the global conversation about et al, we are reduced to taking drunken Personality and IQ tests, multiple times?  :icon_scratch: MY god I have six more m=n=beeersss  how much smarter cand iget.  :icon_mrgreen:

WHD

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