Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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THREE PHASES CIVILIZATION COLLAPSE

DIE-OFF

Most folks, to include survivalists, preppers, Mayan Calendar Advocates, church types, Gore Warming tree hugging female armpit hair weavers, assorted historians and about 99.99999% of the rest of the population, all flat out deny a catastrophic die-off of the human race is possible. It is actually more amusing than clamping your ex-wives head in a vice and turning until she pops like a zit to hear all the caterwauling, two-stepping, hypocritical rationalizing and flat out wishful thinking involved in any discussion about the topic. Oh, don’t get me wrong. No one is against a sudden population decrease. As long as it is either mystical or magical. Aliens vaporizing the earth, mad Russian and or Communist sudden nuclear strike, The Second Coming, ancient prophecies, comet impact and what have you. What is NOT allowed to be discussed in polite company is Death By Business As Usual. We’ll cover that more in detail when we talk about Malthus, the British dude that said, hey, naked apes wearing wigs and cod pieces, if you pop out more babies and farm production doesn’t keep pace, you are going to screw the pooch. Needless to say, he got no respect then but even less now. There are people getting paid good money to “prove” Malthus was a farm animal molesting charlatan. On the other hand, anyone that tells you, usually without it costing you anything, that we are all going to die a terrible death is cast in the mold of crazy bearded guying shouting The End Is Nigh on a busy street corner for no discernable reason.

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And, hey, if I were as retarded as most people, I wouldn’t want the All American Way Of Life to end badly either. This is a pretty good gig. Even if the free wheeling high flying balls to the wall car driving lifestyle has taken a big squishy dump lately ( the same thing happened in the 70’s, but we closed our eyes tightly and wished real hard, paid Hollywood to see auto erotica Smokey And The Bandit, Convoy, Cannonball Run and a few others, and it all magically cleared up with the only sacrifice trading in our Camero’s for Civics’ ), even that isn’t all that terribly bad. We can cut back on driving if needed. The car might have been the epitome of the American Way, but we can replace that with Corn Derivatives, soy protein and cell phone delivered two inch movies. The main thing is, we never feel a hunger pain and we never take a few minutes to think things through, substituting entertainment for brain function. No wonder our vision of Apocalypse mirrors the movies we see ( when the CDC invokes Zombie Apocalypse, perhaps it is time to challenge the group intelligence of a federal government organization ). Doom and Gloom, but the Light version. Nothing too strenuous. Which is fine with everyone. You can talk about The End, but it better be more entertaining than real.

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Right Wing radio hosts ( whose advertisers seek the pampered audience who invests in the system to protect against the system ) proclaim economic collapse if that floppy ear Kenyan dude gets reelected ( one wonders why it didn’t happen the first term ). TV shows are proud to interview degenerates that maxed out their credit cards and bought heavily from every furniture store in town ( no financing until 2018! ) thinking that 2012 would wipe out their debt ( one presumes even with global flooding they could float away on their new cherry wood bedroom set ). Movies show asteroids deflected with nuclear bombs ( nukes from the same military that can’t keep track of which bombs are being put on which flights ) in an operation put together at Supreme Court Hanging Chad Case or Rubber Stamping ObamaCare speed, yet NASA can’t launch for months after a bolt needs to be tightened or a drop of rain touches the launch tower. Everywhere you look, fantasy apocalypse entertains us. But the truth is never discussed. We don’t come close to ever seriously talking about overpopulation and resource depletion. Because that is what will bite us in the ass, regardless of the things that are exasperated by them. Peak Oil wouldn’t mean all that much if we didn’t have to rely on carbon fuels nearly 100% to feed way too many people ( even regions with two crops a year grow cash crops, luxury items, while their population lives in malnourishment and crime in giant mega-cites ).

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If you really want to be informed, wish to invest a small amount of time and an hours wages, buy the book “Overshoot” by William R Catton, Jr. Or, just go with the island reindeer example. A few deer were introduced to a food rich island, no competition and no predators. They ate and ate and humped and reproduced. And then there were too many reindeer and not enough food and the herd died off. But here is the thing. They died off to a level far below the original carrying capacity of the land, because in the final time before die-off, all the food was consumed. Why would you think that humans can escape that example on our finite resource planet? We’ve been using petroleum to escape the carrying capacity ALREADY. For a few generations. If the petroleum/carbon fuel input is jeopardized, the prop under our excess population is kicked away and too many of us start to starve. We can’t transition to organic permaculture until after the die-off because as of now we are running faster and faster and still falling behind, a Red Queen ( of Alice In Wonderland fame ) Survival mode. Taking time to transition stops our jogging completely. Peak Oil went global in 2005 ( the maximum production on a bell curve- it’s all downhill from here ). How can it NOT end badly?

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