Thursday, February 21, 2013

3pc2v2 die-off


3PC2v2

THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

DIE-OFF, PHASE TWO

 

Survivalists love a good disaster yarn, but only within certain guidelines.  You can have the old classic, nuclear war, but not many folks present those anymore as there are all kinds of gross stuff like hair falling out, diarrhea and vomiting organs that bum out the customers.  Those pretty much went out of vogue.  Which might or might not explain our total disinterest in the Great Japanese Fallout.  It could be because those crazy Nip bastards are just waiting to Kamikaze our butts again ( for those idiots who bemoan the use of nuclear weapons against Japan, keep in mind the use of suicide bombers at the time was akin to jetliners into skyscrapers now ) and we don’t feel bad they nuked themselves.  It could be, we have zero interest in admitting to ourselves we’ve sucked in a ton of that crap and even as we lounge in our easy chairs our cells are mutating and we are all going to die one to two decades early.  Most likely, it is a “gross” kind of disaster we have no reason to include into our fantasy.  Fantasy, and Gross, don’t go together.  It would kind of be like that third boobed alien in the movie Total Recall.  It wasn’t sexy, it was more gross.  Anyway, the main plot line anymore in doomer lit is the good old EMP.  Everybody loves an ElectroMagnetic Pulse story because a few nukes detonate in the atmosphere and, voil√†!, a nice clean disaster that meets our fantasy expectations.  No blood and gore ( we like blood and gore, but only from the enemy, not from our friends ) to spoil the Laura Tombraider dream.

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Americans, bless us everyone, have absolutely zero concept of the big bad world out there.  Which of course is why Fantasy Survivalist is a millions dollar industry.  Every swinging dingus out there peddles his wares to a public eager and ready to trade good cash money for assurances that even during the end of civilization, his/her middle class lifestyle will NOT be in any danger.  Money, and a ton of it, is the only remedy for the evils of reality, and by gum if you only follow their instructions ( which include spending lots of your money, not theirs ) you will never, ever have your nose rubbed in that big stinky pile of Real Life.  At first, being spoiled with embarrassingly huge pools of nearly free petroleum was a groovy experience.  We all got our tail finned gas guzzler, our aluminum foil deposable TV dinners and our jobs directing the disposal of our energy surplus.  I mean, come on!  Think about it.  A car, which uses histories most dense form of energy ever discovered, is used in a mostly wasteful form ( we don’t even walk blocks anymore- we can’t even NOT waste gas fighting for the parking slot closest to the store- but instead drive there ).  And aluminum is a wonder metal, at the cost of high energy smelting of course, and we merely use it as TRASH!  If nothing else, trashing a lightweight metal that doesn’t rust has got to be the height of folly in our age and should be the poster child of our ways post petroleum. 

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After our pissing away a once in a species lifetime wonder energy source, things turned serious and were no longer fun anymore.  Now we have an infrastructure, a culture and high expectations of a once and past fantasyland that absolutely will not run on any other energy, and yet that energy source is running out.  Much, much more on that later, but for now let's try to stay focused on our problems caused by our inability to see reality ( even trying to “solve” the problem of petroleum shortages, our inability to grasp reality is frightening.  We propose using a negative energy return investment in manufacturing solar panels, amongst other yesteryear surplus energy dreams ).  Reality MIGHT be a clean bomb that wipes out our electric grid ( look, ma!  Y2K part 2! ).  I’m certainly not saying it can’t happen.  But turning to probabilities now rather than expectations, let’s visit our good buddy Malthus.  Malthus was an old school clergy dude who, despite having his head stuffed with notions of fire and brimstone, the burning question of how many angels could dance on the head of a pin and other wonders of intellectual daring do,  had a pretty good grasp on common sense.  His infamous conclusion was that we breed quicker than rabbits and our food supply does not keep pace.

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Now, in a stunning feat of denial not seen since bubonic plague was thought to be caused by “swamp air” or some such rather than by the fact that people were friggin pigs and had sewage running down open trenches, everyone has been spitting on the grave of Malthus.  The poor guy utters one Grand Idea that should be obvious to a four year old with a finger still stuck knuckle deep up his nose and he gets a few centuries of grief from everyone that hates the idea they can’t rut like sows in the mud at whim.  Now, a lot of the negative reaction certainly was because The Church, that institution of good and God that lead by example with The Inquisition and Choir Boy Molestation, had a very firm policy of procreating like your very soul depended on it.  Pop as many children as physically possible, or we can’t be held responsible if you are condemned to Hell for all eternity.  And most folks had no problem with that, as a surplus of children was needed to replace those dying left and right until there was just enough to provide for you in your old age.  In effect, people’s very livelihood was in danger if they stopped breeding.  So of course it should have been just as obvious that NO ONE was going to greet Malthus’ common sense utterings with enthusiasm.  A shame, though.  It would have saved us a lot of grief.

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2 comments:

  1. We are all part of the Moron Horde. Yes, using a gasoline powered 3 thousand pound contraption on wheels to get ourselves from point A to point B is insane but it is what we are stuck with if we are to participate at most any level in society. There's not much choice.

    You often spew vitriol towards God and the Church, but have you ever considered that the End-Times prophecies state that all mankind will be deluded by a 'deceiver' who causes them to 'destroy the earth'?

    Few have the humility (it was once a virtue!) to consider the possibility that they are just a pawn in a much bigger and final battle between good and evil that stems from the spirit world. I guess one could call it: The Mother Of All Conspiracy Theories.

    This so called 'deceiver' fits the description of what is our modern democracy exactly. And there will be no stopping it.

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  2. I think we're doing a pretty good job destroying the earth without a deciever urging us on ( although, Al Gore could qualify ).

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