This is an absolutely phenomenal lecture by Dr. Albert Bartlett, on growth. Growth of populations, growth of resource and energy production, and growth of energy consumption. Dr. Bartlett uses simple arithmetic to show just how far our resources will go, and how the math compares to some of the wild and downright deceptive estimates that are fed to us through respected media outlets.
Please take an hour out of your day and watch. And don’t be intimidated by the math. For the most part, it is high school mathematics. What makes this lecture special, is how it is applied to some very serious questions, and Dr. Bartlett’s insistence that people think for themselves on these topics. I for one, strongly believe that this lecture should be added to high school curriculums.
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All empires throughout history follow a strikingly similar process of rise, fall, and eventual death. From the Mongols, to the Egyptians, from Greece to Rome, no empire is exempt from this life cycle. Six ages define the life and death of an empire. The last of these, is the age of decadence. There are common features to every age of decadence:
-an undisciplined and over extended military (check),
-unrestrained displays of wealth (check),
-a massive disparity between rich and poor (double check),
-a desire to live off a bloated state (check),
-and an obsession with sex (and check).
But perhaps the most notorious trait of all, is the debasement of the currency, and, hyperinflation. Canada, the United States and Great Britain all began on a gold or silver standard, long since abandoned. The buying power of each of these currencies is plummeting at incredible speed. Rome was no different.
If all of this wasn’t evidence enough, the average lifespan of an empire is roughly 250 years. While Canada is little more than half that age, the U.S. is a mere 12 years away from it, and the UK is nearly 60 years past that average. Despite what each of these nations wants to think, they are highly intertwined both economically, and culturally. Though it may not be immediate, if one falls, they all fall. If we take the average age of these three nations, we get 231 years. Our time is nearly up.
Though no empire dies over night, they do all die. There are two ways this can happen. The first way is when an empire exhausts its economy and resources and gradually, piece by piece, parts of that empire are sold off to, or conquered by, more prosperous groups or nations, until there is nothing left. The other (faster) way, comes from within, through revolutions and civil wars that eventually result in the complete destruction (and eventual reformation) of the government, or even the nation itself. In this day and age, it is not particularly likely that some other country will wipe out and replace western civilizations (North America becoming New China, for example), but it could happen. And, regardless of which path we end up taking, they all lead to the same place. That is, western empires losing their power and influence over the rest of the world, while another empire(s) takes over as the dominant force of the world. Though this transition will likely bring about violence and deaths, the majority of us will survive it. However, much of the way of life that we’ve become accustomed to, will change. The real question we should be thinking about, is what will we do afterwards?
I would like to expand on a topic that was briefly mentioned in a previous post. Depression and anxiety. Numerous reputable sources show that the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety is on the rise. It is rising much faster than the population is growing. Generally, it is believed that the reason for this has to do with health, exposure to toxins (pesticides, PCBs, etc.), and other environmental factors. But let’s consider another possibility.
A generation ago, people had many of the same worries and concerns that we do today. We might run out of oil. The ice caps could melt. We could run out of food and clean water. World War III. And so on. But, not so very long ago, even just twenty years ago, the majority of people believed that if these things did happen, for the most part, it would be long after they were dead. That has changed.
As a population, we have since learned that these problems are not generations away. They are happening, or preparing to happen, right now. Every year we burn through more oil than we did the previous year, despite knowing that the supply is finite and dwindling. The ice caps ARE melting, right now. NASA’s latest projections estimate that at the current rate of global warming, sea levels will rise by more than 110cm in the next eighty years. That doesn’t mean the oceans will, all of a sudden, rise, eighty years from now. It has already started to happen. And, there is no reason to believe that the rate of global warming will stay where it is. All indications, are that it is, and will continue, speeding up. That makes NASA’s projections, a best case scenario. We are running out of drinkable water. Non-toxic, non-GMO food is becoming more and more scarce every year.
These problems are right here on our doorstep. Though there are many innovations and ideas to try to address these issues, in general, they never go beyond ideas or prototypes. The corporations and governments have little or no interest in anything that disrupts their oil guzzling, profits-before-people ways. So, the breakthroughs that might save us, never get the funding needed to go from concept, to reality.
People aren’t stupid. Though many of us try not to think about it, the vast majority of people are fully aware of how dire the situation is. But, whether we choose to think about it or not, that knowledge is there, in the back of our minds. It’s there, every time we start our cars. It’s there, every time we buy groceries. It’s especially there every time we hear or see the news. Wars, Ebola, Drought, the list is endless. And, to one degree or another, we hear about it every day.
In the face of all this doom and gloom, that we seem helpless to avoid, how could anybody NOT be suffering from depression and anxiety? With the knowledge we all share, it is only the insane that wouldn’t be depressed, anxious, and downright scared. I know I am.
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I could write pages on this subject. But, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video is worth a million. This is happening to harmless kids, every day. Not to protect us from tyranny or foreign oppressors. Not to ensure our survival or freedom. This horror show rages on for no other reason than to make the rich, richer.
How many innocent kids have to be turned into monsters before the elites are satiated?
These days, there aren’t many people out there that are against GMO labelling on food products. And yet, even though the vast majority would like to see this happen, absolutely no headway has been made. There are two reasons for this. The first is that every time somebody (usually farmers) tries to take a stand against Monsanto, Dupont, and the other GMO advocates, they lose. They lose because sooner or later, the fight ends up in court and the decision falls to one person. The judge. Everybody, even a judge, has a price and can be bought.
The second reason that labelling is not happening any time soon, is that these GMO corporations are throwing vast amounts of money at lobbyists and campaigning, to ensure that it doesn’t. So, who is paying for this? There are some obvious answers, of course. But, there are a number of corporations paying for this, that you might not expect. See the top 65 contributors here.
In these tumultuous times, we as a species may be facing some dire situations in the coming years. Some real SHTF situations. Whether those situations are caused by economic collapse, natural disaster, war, it makes little difference. The fact remains, that the average person is drastically unprepared to handle a major disaster.
There’s no point in democracy when ignorance is celebrated
Political scientists get the same one vote as some Arkansas inbred
Majority rule, doesn’t work in mental institutions
Sometimes the smallest softest voice carries the grandest solutions
In 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of baby bottles that contain bisphenol A (BPA), a compound frequently found in plastics. The ban came in response to studies that found the chemical mimics estrogen and could harm brain and reproductive development in fetuses, infants and children. Since then store shelves have been lined with BPA-free bottles for babies and adults alike. Yet, recent research reveals that a common BPA replacement, bisphenol S (BPS), may be just as harmful.