Cornered Into Sanity

download (4)I like to look at issues in our world as issues that an individual would have, that being the human race as one collective person with a personality and more specifically with a narrowly defined personality and narrowly defined intentions. The bigger that collective the more evident the persona and more narrowly defined the intentions. Right now the size of our collective person is 7 billion units.

Let’s call her Betty, the collective person of our species. Here’s something to know about Betty right upfront, she don’t care what you call her, she don’t care much about anything except one thing, being ever more Betty, the fattest collective personality in the known universe. She’s so fat she has to stick her arms out to tell whether she’s walking or rolling, she is the fattest thing you’ve ever seen. She also farts constantly and stinks up everything in her path, she never stops eating. This is Betty, this is not an exaggeration of Betty, this is who she actually is, exactly. Though it is only a few making her so extreme, she is extreme nevertheless, we have become an extremely mentally ill personality and most likely classically suicidal.

I’m only gonna use one example, water. We are using up and abusing the most essential element in our survival, and we’ve not even come close to paying attention to it. Part of it is a limit on our evolution that allows us to be very intelligent, but not able to encompass and use that intelligence much beyond a year. And since our intelligence has been outpacing our wisdom the last couple centuries, it has come to the place that we no longer use wisdom at all, not on the grander scales anyway and it is those scales that are in trouble. And that be Betty, she has forsaken all common sense, she is not aware of what is around her anymore, she is foraging as if a pig, and cares nothing of water but only that it bring her more to eat, anyway, ignore her for now.

Yeah just leave her over there with her fat, fartn’ ass. OK, let’s talk about what can we do about this crazy lady. I mean what are you gonna do with a fat whore like that; she’s the kind you throw out in the streets.  Eyes rolled back up in her head…I mean look at her…sick, man.

Well all right, you get the picture. But this is the picture, it is not an extreme, WE are suicidal seven ways sideways. Yeah sure I know, there are other parts to Betty, good parts, but as a total collective Betty is a fat lady nightmare, do not be fooled. So that’s what we are dealing with when dealing with us and trying to get us to change so that the collective ‘we’ ain’t this fucked up nut. She’s gotta get cornered, somebody’s gotta grab her arms and keep her hands away from her mouth, we’d most likely have to sedate her …oh my, this is horrible.  But we gotta do it, she’s out of control, we have to get her calmed down, we have to get her aware of herself, if only we can get her to voluntarily quit eating, then maybe she could hear us and herself as well.

But that fat bi… …ah, it’s not her fault. Bad turn was all, bad math really. But she’s cornered now, she has to change, she has gobbled and gobbled until the stench of her own chomping jaws sickens her. She’ll die if she carries on this way, she’s beginning to see it, and with her dignity slightly touched she wonders aloud, “will I, will I see it?”

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Letting It Go, Deep Inside

download (3)I’s over to a neighbor’s last night, he’s got tv and we watched a program on Pivot about the plastic island existing in the Pacific. I saw the Albatross’s stomachs full of plastic, the turtles twisted up in poly bands, I saw the tiny bits of plastic by the thousands of tons floating in the sea, the island covered with heaps of trash, all that you’ve heard about already I’m sure. They said there is nothing can be done about it, it will be there forever. Too much to move, and besides, where the hell else is it gonna go?

Oh and then there’s a hundred other heaps of trash I see coming into my view, all over the god damn place. Oil spills, vanishing bees, dried up fields, methane burps, rising CO2, bombings blowing kids to pieces, and now major institutions such as the UN declaring climate change to be “irreversible”. And I think oh god damn it hurts, god damn it hurts. Tears may come to me, lumps in my throat…it’s a special kind of pain I suppose. It’s a pain that you might think doesn’t belong inside you, that maybe you don’t even deserve to feel it as you sit and open a bottled water. You know you’re only human, you know you’ve grown up in a world destine to destruction, why not drink from the poisonous bottle. And so you do.

You may think I’m setting you up to ask you to change, I’m not. I hope and wish we could change, but so far we are not budging. Yeah I’ll continue to try and stay away from bottled water, I got my Britta jug (though made of plastic). We are locked in because I am sure there is some computer model out there that has calculated that for every person who has actually changed and somehow has escaped the behaviors of destruction, there’s ten more trying and failing, and ten more than that who wouldn’t lift a finger.  That’s a reality to face inside and somehow let it go to keep from despair.

I am coming to the place where I no longer ignore what is coming to be the inevitable, instead I am finding that for some reason I need to embrace it. I can say to myself and not feel guilty, ‘only a miracle now’.  From there, I am determined to lift my spirit to a safe zone of serenity, peace and maybe even some kinda love. It’s though a guy now must be destined to spiritual relief, that or be angry, sad and most assuredly depressed. And so I let that pain go all the way down into my tailbone, where some kind of magic dissolves it, and I see the beauty wherever it may be.

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The Problem of the Problems

Multiple problems have occurredI read an article this morning from New Scientists titled Understand faulty thinking to tackle climate change  that I felt I needed to expand on as it is something not talked about very much, if ever. The part I wish to analyze further is contained in this quote from the article:

“If cost and uncertainty really are universal psychological barriers, it is hard to explain why 15 per cent of people fully accept the threat and are willing to make personal sacrifices to avert it. Most of the people in this group are left wing or environmentalists and have managed to turn climate change into a narrative that fits with their existing criticisms of industry and growth.”

 I do not believe it is hard to explain why this 15% fully accept climate change for what it is and that’s because of what was said in the same quote, “Most of the people in this group are left wing or environmentalists and have managed to turn climate change into a narrative that fits with their existing criticisms of industry and growth.”  Yeah, no shit. That’s exactly where I come from and I make no apology for it. It doesn’t change anything about my feelings on global warming with or without these other agendas, but it does enable me to fold the entire status of human kind into one overall response, which is we need to change and change dramatically.

The solutions as well as the adverse impacts for  climate change fall right in line with the solutions and impacts from the issues of population, inequality, war, harmful  economic growth, depletion of resources, corporate rule, abrupt economic collapse and finally food and water issues. All these exist without climate change, though most are enhanced by it, but they don’t need climate change to be a problem by themselves.

I won’t trouble you with the particular facts about these issues beyond climate change, you know them already and if you don’t then quit reading this and go find out. What I do want to convey is that these issues grouped with climate change form a single posit: we need to change and change dramatically. Given that, I feel it is essential that we begin to look at this grouping as a single issue. They all must be tackled together or not tackled at all. Not just because they are so interrelated, but because any one of them can devastate the human existence along with many other living species.

The mainstream response to climate change doesn’t group these issues in any sort of way. You may see that many times these issues are discussed along with climate change, particularly population and food and water, but not as a set of collective problems forming one big catastrophic scenario. If you have a car that has breakdowns in the engine, the transmission, the rear end and brakes, you don’t fix one of the breakdowns and drive off to la la land, in fact you can’t, you gotta fix them all before you can go anywhere. So it is in our world of issues. We truly have reached either the turning point, or the fall, it’s up to us which row to hoe.

Yeah so, let’s quit being so stupid. We really do need to start talking about all these issues together. We may have to act on them individually but so what. At this point, I think this should be more about the consciousness of this collection existing together more than the approach to solving them. That is because right now getting truly conscious of just have far we have gone with setting ourselves up to get dead is a task hard enough to achieve by itself, but it can also be the impetus to quit setting ourselves up this way. I mean god damn, how many times does a fighter have to get knocked down to stay down for jessame sakes.

And speaking of staying down, that’s our first step to dealing with these monsters, stay down, surrender.  That’s another subject of which I written about extensively but just a sentence or two on it is needed here to finish. Yeah if and when we get ready to rumble with this collective set, then we’ll see our social, political and economic paradigms grind to a halt. In other words, we really won’t know what to do, so just to be safe and give time, we’ll just start shutting down our systems of growth and massive activity to a point we can still live comfortable enough, equal enough, to have the mind to know what to do next. Right now we don’t have that mind so may as well quit trying and relax till we get it. Ready?

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The Salvation of General TMIC

images (3)I’m setting out on a rather difficult task here in this article. It is for me anyway. I can’t help it, the issue of the day is the combination of many issues, all coagulating into a material that is most definitely explosive. It’s like being in a burning barn, and the possible horrific scenarios come in all shapes and sizes, will a beam fall on my head, will a wall collapse and burn me alive, will a gas tank explode, will a pitchfork fly my way and stab me in the neck? Pick one.

Usually when a situation gets as bad as the one I’ve set above, where many scenarios of doom are available, the more ways to die means there are fewer ways to survive. In that barn there might be only one thing you can do and that’s take a run for that burning door that’s set in flames and do a flying dive at it, slamming your shoulder into it and busting it open, it’s your only chance.

Climate change is the leading scenario towards doom right now, but others right behind her are the doom scenarios of population, food/water, nuclear and financial. Including climate change, these are the big five doom scenarios, climate affects the others, but they really don’t need it to do some heavy damage all by themselves. I want to show you here that the mindset we must obtain as a collective species is a vast and comprehensive one. And that this mindset needs to be obtained quickly. Our time ‘reference’ must set its priorities to decades, rather than monthly, weekly or yearly. Our frame of reference must turn from local to global and back again. We must become a pulsating machine, giving us the power to bust that door wide open. It will take a lot of people and a mutually flowing cooperation between them and their nation’s governments to make it happen.

As per usual, I am speaking primarily to climate activists in this writing, but all can get something for it, I hope.

The Conglomerates–Us and Them

What’s more important about this collection of possible outcomes are not the outcomes so much as is what burning door do we chose to bust to avoid the outcomes? This is the important link, or question, I wish to answer in this article. If there is only one way out of this mess then what is it and more concerning to me is to convey why it is that it is the only way?

In a burning barn when trying to survive the ordeal you don’t spend a lot of time questioning yourself and spinning the situation to be something other than it is. No, you more or less look frantically around and act instinctively from there, your instincts are your best friend at that moment, they are pure since all fluffs, and frills surrounding them are gone. The focus becomes you and the way out, that’s it, nothing else.

Collectively, in our relationship with these five threats that combine to become one big threat, WE are the answer. Just as they are coming en masse` at us, we will be coming back at them in kind, we’d better I should say. WE will need more force against them than they have against US.  Collectively, we will need the same focus and the instinctual survival response as the guy in the barn and this will have to be clearly evident to us in the form of a collective mindset, not just as individual units of our species. I think it is more or less scientific in some way.  Whether it is or not, we need it the same as a car needs gasoline to start. Without a unified effort, like at least 85% of the human population of the world demanding it, much will not happen in the fight against these issues and their outcomes when taking them together as one big issue (which they are in reality).

TMIC

TMIC, or “the military industrial complex”, is a concept that can slide right off the back of our hands and not be taken very seriously; making it not much more than a characterization of big business. Well that don’t matter, it’s still the mother fucker of our time.

If that dude ain’t going along then you’d better hope aliens come to help or else he somehow gets Jesus or some damn thing. TMIC is the foundation of our daily lives, he’s why we go to the store, drive a car, have a job, or live in a shithole and starve. TMIC’s gotta change, or TMIC’s gotta go, that’s the fundamental equation here.

There are many reasons for this but I will only focus on a couple. The first and foremost is none other than time, we don’t have time to take the long, long looks at the science, the percentage risks, etc. They are all too far off to calculate and much too complex to resolve in the short time we have to safely avoid the tipping points of these collective issues. I believe the general conclusions seems to say no more than fifteen years and maybe as little as ten to the ticking bell. I’m fairly sure that’s the correct consensus.

The other is history repeats itself. We gain on a thing, say fuels or communications, whatever, say soap. The point is, when we look at the long term and the overall advancement of humans, we lose, hands down.  That is, we lose when factoring all the net gains and all the net losses. And of course, factoring what is actually valuable, obviously staying alive is valuable. We are convincingly moving towards death as a collective, TMIC’s choking right now and it’s therefore easy to conclude we are at a net loss as of today.

TMIC wants to not change, TMIC wants to continue his current problem solving techniques to survive this accumulation of threats. Those techniques primarily involve the market, they involve the concepts of self interest and competition, they involve the flow and bounce of the money markets, the actions of the fed, taxes, consumer choice, product growth, and a million other economic functions of one huge equation stretching for miles. Right now this minute, that is TMIC’s stance and he’s telling us to stay the fuck away or he’ll shoot. Get it?

TMIC is also the head of the human conglomerate right now and he rules it. He’s not just a cliché for revolutionaries to sling around, he’s real and he is alive. We as individuals don’t recognize this a lot, but more and more we are beginning to, still, we are not all that conscious of it as yet as a collective, not nearly what we need.  And that’s the pocket we need to fill, that is, the realization of how deeply short our supply of power to deal with TMIC’s state of mind we are in. At this point it’s like one ant standing up to the entire colony, good luck.

The whole reason TMIC is getting away with this is because he’s real good at putting out fires by implementing something that resembles mitigation.  He patches himself along the path to his own destruction and therefore stays just above reproach. Of course, that reproach is more thwarted by the illusions we followers of TMIC receive than by the impact of his policies. We as a collective, just like him, have diluted ourselves into thinking BAU with just a few adjustments and some new kind of fuel was gonna do it. No need for an upside down hoe down; we could stay basically the same kinda humans operating basically the same kinda ways…whoop…

Hey, I ain’t saying anything new here am I? We all know that “the machine” is out of control, we know that in some form or amount anyway. The point I wish to make is that it is much more out of control than we allow our collective self to believe. That collective self needs to wake up real soon and get this fact straight. TMIC’s gotta be dealt with, he’s nuts.

The first way to get that done is to not follow the same operations manual we been following. However, I’m not going to say we need a new one just yet, maybe we’ll eventually go back to the old one, but surely with some adjustments, but then, I don’t know, maybe we’d find something new altogether. The point is that “for now” let us quit using this one.

To quit on something this big you gotta go easy. But see, that all’s I’m saying is just quit, you know, slow it down, shut down what we don’t need, all that. Let’s just survive and stop doing the emitting, the over consuming, the wars, all of it, let’s just chill and eat, drink, sleep and keep warm as best we can.

Yeah, really simple; “too simple” you say. However, I guarantee that there is no other choice, this is not going to be one of several options we’ll have some day, at some point, we are just going to be trying to take care of basic living and that will be the only option we will have. It’s 100% guaranteed with BAU, but even with the current efforts to deal with our problems growing at their current rate, we are sure to reach these points of critical mass if those efforts remain on their same posit. The force against us way outmatches us otherwise. We need to increase the magnitude of our present efforts by at least 20 fold to catch up. Look closely at the climate science, I mean look closely. And then add to that the condition of the other four horseman of population, food and water, nuclear and economy and if your glance is done with objectivity and reality, you’ll see we are walking in the blind and actually quite delusional to believe we got this by the tail in any sort of way. Personally, it’s the degree of that delusion that astonishes me, and scares me, and makes me lack hope.

So, the One Way Out, you know that’s really hard to say very proudly or boldly, “the one way out”, sounds like some kinda religious shit. Well, take it how you need to but it ain’t where I’m coming from, there’s only one way out of this mess cuz as I said earlier, the more ways to die means there are fewer ways to survive. In our case what this means is to shut TMIC’s main power sources down while building a safe and secure camp of food, water clothing and shelter or to at least do the bear minimums, depends on how fucked up we are at the onset. So we do that and stay in that state of being until we have the mind to know what to do next, get it? And maybe that’s all we can do for the time being, though I suggest in another article, Rapid Climate Mobilization and Government Control, that we can do much better if we act collectively and do it well. So given that, I leave you to check that article out and weigh this question in your mind, can you actually continue to live like ‘you’ do right now and hope for real success? At the moment, I am talking to climate activists. Good day my friends.

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Human Beings (and my giving up on trying to do something about them)

images (2)I grew up on a dairy farm, and I gotta tell ya, cows are the dumbest things on earth. I’ve seen cows get themselves into such entanglements that they had to be helped out. Get one inside a stall sometime and you’d see what I mean. They can get themselves to into such predicaments that you have to say, “Damn, that’s a dumb animal.”

Yeah and then there are the smart animals, like ravens, or dogs. Of course, some dogs actually can be pretty dumb too. Speaking of dogs, you ever notice how different from one another they can be? Some dogs are so sweet and kind you’d think they’d seen a vision from god or something. And then there are dogs who are just plain old mean and will bite you if given the chance, just for the hell of it. Then there’s dogs who are selfish, who hog the feed bowl from other dogs, or who won’t leave you alone and want to be petted all the fucking time. And here’s a dog for you, how about the dog that just don’t give a shit. They just sit around, never bark, don’t really seem to care about their owners, their home, nothing really. Yeah, all kinds of dogs out there.

OK, here’s the punch line, yeah you guessed it, what about those human being animals? Well I have come to peg them to be like dogs, some smart, some dumb, some good, some bad, all that. And yes, human beings are animals, not just in the science way either. Check’em out sometime, you’ll see that they are nothing any different from other animals, just a bag of bones and flesh with above average intelligence for an animal.

I came to this conclusion just recently. Actually, it’s been coming on for some time now, at least a couple years. I’ve kept hearing this voice in my head saying, “ Human beings are bags of bones and flesh, with desires.” Yeah we’re full of desires. If humans had only two words to say for the rest of their existence (which ain’t long now) it would be, “I want”. How do you think we got so god damn industrious? Now of course the ‘I want” aspect of the human being is not always a bad thing. A lot of humans are able to curtail their desires, in fact, many of them seem to be more concerned about the desires of others more than their own. Or maybe they’re not all that good, but good enough to not take, steal, or do harm to and from others. And then some are just not “very” good. They’re not killers or thieves and anything illegal, but their morals and ethics would kinda make the good human a little sick. Yeah, all kinds of human beings out there.

Well, coming to realize this, and especially the part about humans being nothing more than animals, good or bad, I got kinda depressed. Yeah I thought humans were above all other forms of life on the planet, I thought that maybe even we were invented by god or aliens or something and all the other beings on this planet got here by struggling evolution. Nah, we got here the same way, I’ve conceded.

Only I have to say, our evolution I think may have stopped somewhere and we actually have come to be devolving. You can see this watching TV or on the internet news or just knowing a few human beings. If you look and think about it, we got murders, sociopaths, rapists, child molesters, and politicians. I’m not kidding about that last one, yeah, we got politicians. And we also have CEO’s, employers, school kids and co-workers. That last bunch can be worse than the first, in a shithead kind of way I mean. Just like the dogs, they can be just mean enough to bite you, so to speak, but not hard enough for it to be a crime. It’s these types of humans that I think that have caused our devolving status. At least the killers and rapists are known to be bad. But the bad that happens behind the closed doors of CEO’s, politicians, employers, parents, their children, volunteers, day care workers…the gambit, is a bad that is sleazy, pukey, slimmy, and just plain evil. Evil because of the trickery and deception they do in order to get one up on the other guy.

The Koch brothers are a good example. Those guys could give two shits about the damage they are doing. I can see them actually taking pleasure in their schemes, see, and that’s evil. And it goes the same for probably the majority of CEO’s and the corporate elite. But hey, you don’t gotta be an elite to have this disposition, you can be some dad who ignores his kids to the point that it makes them sick, or a co-worker who will lie about you to take your job, or the school kid who heartlessly takes the little kids lunch money and laughs, or the guy who says fuck you to the problems of the world and takes his comfort by being non-caring about anything but himself. Yeah, all kinds of bad out there.

So I see it splitting about 50/50, half of us good or at least not pitiful, and the other half, well…pitiful. So as a climate change activist, I’m finding I gotta look at this human condition and make some decisions about it. Figuring that half the world is more or less worthless in this regard, that is, those who could give a damn whether climate change is happening or not, I’m thinking that it is most likely if not certain that we ain’t gonna get past this climate change deal. I mean look at us, we are barely evolved when you consider a species that has a brain like ours. Many of us are evolved enough to deal with climate change, but ‘too’ many of us are not even close. I wouldn’t be saying this but the thing is it’s gonna take nearly all of us to get the job done. Hey look, to actually do something about climate change we gotta change our ways and change them heavy duty and we can’t be selfish about it either, we have to give all. But with that bad half around, it’s gonna take a miracle for that to happen. I don’t disbelieve in miracles, but I also have never seen one either.

Well like I said, this a something new in my life. I spent my first 57 years believing that humans were basically good and that we would stick together in a crisis. Maybe we do in hurricanes or when a gun is pointed at our head, but like the dumb cow, we can be just dumb enough to not be able to get ourselves out of our own entanglements, like climate change. However, it’s not really about dumb, it’s about being a devolving species that was lucky enough to get a big brain but only able to use it properly about half the time, mostly because our precious wants tend to overrule our good sense.

Well I don’t know if I’m gonna decide to walk away from a useless cause or not. I threaten myself with it all the time these days, I even made a public announcement I’s quitting recently. Of course I could get all principled and say to myself it’s right to fight the good fight, but I ain’t all that good myself so I don’t think that principle is gonna stop me from ditching this fucked up mess. I’ll be 60 in October, I’m getting kinda tired. I’m gonna go to bed and think about it tomorrow, I’ll let you know.

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Rapid Climate Mobilization and Government Control

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I am presently on the plan development committee for the organization called The Climate Mobilization. We are currently working on the first year mobilization effort involving what government actions will be taking place to reach a goal of 80% reduction in GHG emissions in five years. Personally, I am stuck on two preceding issues that I need more information on before I can determine what actions government(s) should or could take. I posed these questions to the group.

  1. As a movement, what are we trying to stop? Meaning what are the maximum impacts we are willing to allow? Have we reached them already? Do we think we can stop “all” impacts by reducing emissions by 80% in five years? Or is it going to take more than just this one goal, for instance, sequestration and/or geo-engineering? In short, is our goal just the targeted emissions reductions or is it to eliminate all trouble caused by climate change or somewhere in between? Setting these science parameters as a group are vital to knowing what sort of plan to develop.
  2. For me, an essential component to know in developing a plan for government action is how much can we expect from citizens? Can we ask them to give up their current employment and go to work for the cause? Can we ask them to forgo products of luxury and anything that does not deal with food, water, clothing, shelter, or any other need that does not fulfill fundamental living? Can we ask them to give over central control to the federal government, making all citizens wards of congress? Setting these social parameters as a group are vital to knowing what sort of plan to develop.

Lead Up to Government Action

I’m gonna go ahead and move forward and delineate that first year government action effort and to do that I am going to assume the answers to my questions above to be settled as such:

  1. We are trying to stop destruction of any type related to climate change impacts from gaining no more than 15% increase before the percentage begins to decrease to a stable level. So we will assume further impacts to be taking place for a given time. Our target is comprehensive, we not only wish to stop climate change in its tracks and return to 350 ppm or less, but we also in the process are going to eliminate inequality, completely reform our economic and social paradigms, eliminate consumer consciousness, reduce population and return to a more agrarian society that makes water like gold. We may even get to throw in a redesign of nuclear programs and destroy all nuclear arms. Oh, and who knows? We might even be able to restore world peace. Not kidding.
  1. Citizens can be expected see a change in their intrinsic values as the concepts of self-interest and competition will be replaced by community interest and cooperation. The concept of employment will change from one of monetary return to services in kind. Energy, housing, food, water, clothing, transportation, communication systems, education, and health care all provided for by the government but you work to get your share. Your work will likely be in one of the aforementioned areas. Luxury items will become extremely rare, as our society will be more agrarian in nature and not so attuned to material possession. Basic provision will be our main concern, all else is secondary or nonexistent. State solidarity will lose its place to central control by the federal government, but of course, this will only happen by public approval, more so, by public demand. This phenomenon will come about as a result of Climate Mobilization’s social movement campaign prior to the public introduction to the government action plan we’re dealing with now.

Please note that the above and below assumptions are mine and not the plan development committee of the Climate Mobilization group.

Government Action

The social movement campaign will have generated in the public a sense of urgency that will result in a demand on government to act and act dramatically. The public will be ready to do what is necessary and will consider itself and the next few generations as ‘sacrifice generations’. No collective human achievement of the past will compare to enormity of this social movement to deal with climate change.

The government will be presented with a plan overwhelmingly endorsed by the public to ensue with action on the measures in the outline below. The plan will have three basic components that will work together simultaneously to achieve the goal of 80% reductions in GHG emissions within five years. One, to reduce or eliminate the production of anything outside of energy, housing, food, water, clothing, transportation, communication systems, education, and health care. Two, a massive production and transfer effort to switch over to renewables completely within 5 years after the 80% cut has been achieved bringing us to zero emissions. Three, endorsing and promoting to the public that this effort is not about some drama striving for the ideologies of utopia, this drama is about the future of life on the planet. It just so happens that something resembling utopia is needed to pull this craziness off.  Between these three actions, a new government and a new society will have emerged; it has to.

Government Action Outline

I. Government Mandates for Reduced, Eliminated and Redirected Production

  1. Government will do a study to determine what goods and services outside of energy, housing, food, water, clothing, transportation, communication systems, education, and health care should be eliminated or reduced in production or use.
  2. The targets are to eliminate 60% of total production and use of unwanted goods and services and reduce the use and production of the remaining goods and services unless they fall into one of the categories of energy, housing, food, water, clothing, transportation, communication systems, education, and health care.
  3. Resource allocation to defense will cease except for maintenance of domestic protection from foreign invaders. In terms of budgets (though money might be passé in this society) most likely something like a 70% cut. In return, those resources will be allocated to the development of renewables and to public transportation and communication systems.
  4. Massive campaign to collect recyclables using citizens to collect from their own trash and storage to dumps and warehouses or wherever they can be found and collected. R&D devoted to converting these recyclables to synthetic materials of all kinds to be use in infrastructural changes due to the assumption of long term impacts going beyond climate change. Again, using citizenry as the workers and also much of the kinetic energy to move everything from earth to buildings. It’s the war of crowbars, hammers, buckets and shovels…with muscle power over diesel power. A workforce of tens of millions.
  5. Specialize an array of citizen’s workforces and R&D efforts, totaling in the tens of millions, to develop and implement a citizens owned and operated entity whose purpose is to provide publicly shared resources that are nationally open networks and systems for transportation and communications. Result is every citizen has full and equal use of these resources.
  6. Specialize an array of citizen’s workforces and R&D efforts, totaling in the tens of millions, to develop and implement access and infrastructural changes for housing, food, water and clothing. This will be a citizens owned and operated entity whose purpose is to publicly provide these resources to citizens. And yes, fashion can remain for clothing. Food and water will become a public responsibility. At least 70% of households and neighborhoods will be involved in water (catching and storing) and food production. Housing is going to change dramatically. Average home size will be reduced from about 3000 square feet now to 800 square feet upon completion of the housing effort. Result is every citizen has full and equal use of these resources. Primarily made by hand.
  7. Specialize an array of citizen’s workforces and R&D efforts, totaling in the tens of millions, to develop and implement a citizens owned and operated entity whose purpose is to provide publicly shared resources for health care of all kinds from head to toe. Result is every citizen has full and equal use of these resources.
  8. Specialize an array of citizen’s workforces and R&D efforts, totaling in the tens of millions, to develop and implement a citizens owned and operated entity whose purpose is to provide publicly shared resources for education of all kinds from Sesame Street to post doctoral research to sending us to Mars. Result is every citizen has full and equal access to these educational opportunities.
  9. In all these efforts of government action I would not declare exactly how the government gets the power to declare these upheavals and impose a new world onto us all. But I would never endorse military or police action. Laws that can be enforced would be understandable and useful, but enforced while bearing in mind what we’ve thrown at the public, there will be social unrest unforeseen and I would suspect that empathy towards their cause will be not hard to find. However, this mission will not even start until, as I alluded to earlier, when a large majority of the public is actually demanding to be redirected.  Nevertheless, preparation for defense against direct action scenarios needs to be included, regretfully.

II. Government Mandate for Development of New Power Grid

  1. Specialize an array of citizen’s workforces and R&D efforts, totaling in the tens of millions, to develop and implement a citizens owned and operated entity whose purpose is to provide publicly shared resources for energy.
  2. First task to dismantle the fossil fuels industry while replacing it with renewables. This will be a massive production and transfer effort to switch over to renewables completely which would then bring us to zero emissions. The remaining 20% to be swallowed up within 5 years ‘after’ the 80% cut has been achieved. Result is every citizen has full and equal use of these resources for energy.
  3. Specialize an array of citizen’s workforces and R&D efforts, totaling in the millions, to develop and implement a citizens owned and operated entity whose purpose is to provide publicly shared resources derived from carbon sequestration efforts. This could be everything from compost to some kind of recycled energy; depends on the R&D. The target being getting enough sequestered to get us to a minimum 350 ppm.

III. Government’s Endorsement and Promotion of Essential Mindset Needed for Victory

  1. This will be something very new to functions of government as it puts them associated with a very intense propaganda machine. The Climate Mobilization social movement campaign will have fired up and unified the citizenry, but thereafter all will be under stress and working hard to achieve these massive goals, so motivation will be key. Whether it be the government kicking your butt or the psychotherapist forgiving your shortcomings, either way, you will need motivation. This is a unique time in human history, unique governments must apply. Government will make this effort an entire division.
  2. The message must have backbone. Core to motivation in this case is more about what it is we are trying to avoid rather than what we are gaining. Though we can hope that this new culture will be welcomed in the end, hopes of utopia will not be a reliable motivator, but the idea of rotting bodies will be. In other cases, positive motivation might work, and I’m not saying to not interlace it with the negative. However, the government must remember, it’s an emergency we are dealing with and when you are in a hurricane your motivation isn’t hope for utopia, it’s more about securing your ass from flying debris. Whatever the message may be, it must be upfront, bold and repeated, just as the captain does out in the trenches of battle.

Summary

You may have noticed I did not have much discussion, or any for that matter, about economic growth, jobs in market context, budget by dollars, well, nothing quantitative by money or market functions. I am not literally suggesting doing away with means of exchange, I’m just not including it as a means for measurement. But I will say that I believe that in this case market systems may not be possible to retain, let alone use. If we just gotta work this out with banks and the money supply, wages and retail prices, all that, well then, all I can say is good luck cuz I don’t know no better about it anyway, I got opinions like I got farts, so, go figure. However, as far as looking at needs, resources, power and end results I stand behind all of the above.

I fully am aware of how dramatic this plan is. But I am also quite convinced and confident in my awareness of this situation. As dramatic as you may see this government action plan, there is an equal and opposite reaction coming from climate change, perhaps greater.  So if it takes the concept of bucks to make this plan happen, then for Jumpn’ Jesus let’s do it, whatever. But in the end if we succeed, I’d bet a buck and a half that the greater source of this success will be much more about what was in our hearts, minds and bodies than the net dollars in our wallets. This will be evident by the massive sounds coming from sighs of relief wafting throughout the lands.

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Forced Utopia

imagesAccording to Wikipedia, “A utopia is a community or society possessing highly desirable or near perfect qualities.” That’d be something, wouldn’t it? Well, we just might get it someday, and soon. You’ve seen the utopian thing on TV, you know, some village on another planet, people wearing some kinda cloth looking robe like thingy’s. Playing flutes, all that. They got that way by becoming cooperative with each other, ‘concern for one concern for all’ kinda thing. Oh yeah, they live in earth bound structures and everyone grows food, that kinda stuff.

Of course, most of these utopian societies here on earth (?), or out there in the universe came about via some sort of cultural evolution, I mean, I’d guess that.  Not probably after many times of grief though. You don’t learn without pain. So in a way you could say utopian societies have their origins in pain so that in the beginning a culture finds itself more or less forced along evolution’s path towards utopia.

Yeah well I think we’re there. That is, we here in the 21st century. Yeah we’re gonna get our ass kicked right into utopia, you bet. Climate change is the boot. I always figure to be writing to climate activists so I won’t go into the details of how that is the case, but we know it is. OK, I’ll say why.

So we know our state of being in regards to climate and what’s heading our way, even with drastic action, we’ll still be faced with a likely 2C earth.  Any serious climate action plan will most likely have a wartime approach involving a majority of the citizenry in its efforts; as well as a completely new paradigm on economy. How things work, why they work and for whom they work will all be set within a new paradigm. However, unlike societies on planet Caprotiea, we will not be “evolving” into this state of being; we’ll be tossed into it like the morning trash.

To mount an arsenal and the soldiers aground that will stand the battle against climate change will take a society dedicated to that one purpose. We’ve changed the climate, the results are just getting out the gates and we are already lagging far behind our foe. A cooperative citizenry? Complete central control? The idea of “standard of living” set to the shelf? An actual working, functioning collective consciousness awakened? Yeah, I’d say utopia would have arrived, it’d have to in order to pull all that off.

See that’s the bitch here, for us serious climate activists, that is. We have to sell utopia to guys like John Boehner and the Tea Party all the way down to the lower middle class school teacher who considers herself a climate activist pushing for a carbon tax that doesn’t hurt economic growth. But that’s just it, we have to make that sell. If we don’t make it, climate change will.

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