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Summoning the Curious
Planet Waves for August 2023. It's time to peer below the surface of global warming and a few other issues and ask some questions. We are taking too much for granted.
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Dear Friend and Reader:
The weather has been interesting here in upstate New York this summer. My preference, after living in many climates, is for weather that changes every few days. That’s what it’s doing here, and I’m noticing this from day to day.
One factor locally has been the claim of wildfires in Canada. This seems to have changed the temperature patterns, and the hue of the light filtering in from the sky. I am sitting about 240 miles from the Canadian border. There have been several bouts of smog here, and as far south as New York City.
This is something new in my experience, though I am curious why I’m not seeing photos of the fires in press reports, or details of the attempts to extinguish them. Mostly I see only photos of the resulting conditions hundreds of miles away — such as the New York City skyline shrouded in orange.
If you look in Google images, you get results — but this should be a dramatic story, the biggest of the summer. Whatever is actually happening, I am sensing an interesting disconnect.
You may know that there is an alternative theory that the smoke is coming from something or somewhere else. The other night, I was reassured by a friend who has personally fought wildfires (as we looked at the haze visible at 100 feet) that it does indeed smell like the right kind of smoke — wood, not chemicals.
Record Temperatures — Is it True? Is it Carbon? Is it Your Fault?
Once again, there are reports of record temperatures — something I hear about every year. It’s definitely warmer than in previous eras. When I bought my car in 2015, my best efforts at haggling got me snow tires at wholesale. I never used them and sold them last year.
Locally, this summer is one of the coolest I remember. There are some hot muggy days, but mostly it’s below 90 and this week temperatures are floating around 80 — unseasonably cool for July. There’s been a healthy amount of rain as well. Yet there are record highs being reported all over the world.
Assuming global warming, over and over again, we are told that the problem is carbon in the atmosphere. And that is all we hear. I am made nervous by any issue where I’m informed there is just one way to think of something. Currently, the only allowable culprit is carbon emissions.
I’m also made nervous when what was a conspiracy theory a few years ago is now a mandatory article of faith. There’s a lot of walking on water happening these days.
Finally, we are made to feel that carbon pollution is the fault of consumers, rather than the designers of the manufacturing and distribution systems. And it is conveniently all blamed on civilian activity when the U.S. military is a significant carbon polluter. War is terrible for the environment.
It’s the so-called civilian infrastructure that is a much greater producer: As my advisor/history sleuth Jeff Strahl writes, the carbon is coming from “the operation of the global industrial structure, largely producing ‘civilian’ products, i.e. consumer stuff and the mining, machinery, etc., and production equipment needed to produce this. Consumer activities — taking long showers, commuting to work, and going on vacation — amount to squat, next to that.”
And I get the willies when I see an issue that used to be unpopular, denied, negated or attacked suddenly has the endorsement of all of corporate America and therefore seem wholesome and good. Hijacking of issues is as old as your local volcano. Think of the most cynical yet genius ad ever.
This reminds me of the Superbowl ad by Gillette, the one with the father teaching his female-to-male (FTM) transsexual child how to shave. How touching. There is an issue that went from taboo to mandatory in about three minutes when nobody was watching. It would be funny were it not so twisted to be injecting girls with testosterone.
That was right around when Gillette ran the “toxic masculinity” ad during the Superbowl, which seems to have defined the term as “being a man and also being attracted to women.” Who is their ad agency? Dworkin Associates?
What About Peak Oil?
Sticking to climate for a moment: I am concerned that the claim of carbon emissions as the sole cause of global warming is a scrim for other issues.
However, one of the main reasons I believe it might be true is because several years ago, I think around the time of Deepwater Horizon, we learned that Exxon had suppressed studies demonstrating evidence of carbon-based global warming as far back as the 1970s.
Effects on large systems usually have many causes. We are only hearing about one, and there are people making strong cases against it. But you have to go looking for them.
It seems it’s easier to argue for switching over to electric transportation (which must be produced somehow, usually using fossil fuels — where is the discussion of the real efficiency differential?) as a consequence of global warming rather than the oil running out altogether.
Slow Panic Versus Quick Shock
It’s a question of leveraging change using slow panic rather than quick shock. I would wager that there are lots of industrial psychologists working on how to manage these angles, and focus groups being used to get the message “right,” by which I mean convincing.
Meantime, if there’s going to be a discussion about burning fossil fuels being the cause of global climate catastrophe, the peak oil issue — that is, oil running out — should be in every discussion.
Since the whole economy is based on oil, that would seem to be the more important discussion to have, from a survival standpoint. But it’s not happening. Peak oil is still somehow a fringe theory even though just about everyone understands the concept that there is only so much oil left.
But everyone — nearly all of industry and nearly all people — are conducting themselves like there is an infinite supply.
Then There is Geoengineering
Everyone knows you’re a nut if you believe in “chemtrails.” And yet many people have seen them. (So therefore if you’re a witness, you have to deny it, or you’ve got issues.)
For example, one day, it’s sunny out, and some airplanes fly in a crisscross pattern, and then suddenly it’s cloudy. I witnessed this personally at Burning Man one year. The official position is that these are ordinary contrails of jet airplanes, and the “chem” part is a conspiracy.
This may be part of something larger — the intentional manipulation of the environment by chemical means. I was introduced to an expert on this issue, called geoengineering, by my upstream document source and investigative reporting coach Carol van Strum.
Her longtime friend had a house full of documentation (to match Carol’s house, full of dioxin exhibits from lawsuits). She was dying of cancer and in her last weeks. I told her I would provide a home for the documents and take up the issue, if she wanted, which never manifested.
But I got an earful from someone who had spent decades amassing primary source information and understood exactly what was happening.
My theory is that geoengineering is backfiring and making matters worse. That, or it’s being done intentionally; that is, to make matters worse, so that people are frightened and provoked, and any action taken is justified. In other words, the rumor is that it’s a remedy; the underlying truth is that it’s a weapon.
After the world management team ordered 4.4 billion people into their houses for a virus they cannot produce evidence of, that’s not an especially outrageous possibility.
Look around and you will find reports of high levels of aluminum in rainwater (where there should be none), or people whose dogs are in agony after walking a few steps on fresh-fallen snow. This stuff may be falling out of the sky because it was sprayed there.
So what is going on? “Carbon emissions” is the perfect distraction, especially if it’s the one and only place the conversation is allowed to go. (Woke, example 45,829.)
Our Concept of ‘The Environment’ is Too Limited
Note that the definition of “the environment” seems to be the atmosphere. We live in an ecosystem, which is also mental and emotional. The environment is what surrounds us and that we take for granted because it’s everywhere.
Lately when I describe something as “environmental,” I mean that it’s disappeared into the background.
In terms of the biosphere and our bodies, the most serious environmental issue — going back many decades — is hormone disruptors. Anyone remember Silent Spring? That was about hormone disruptors, though the words never appeared in the book. The baby birds could not develop because their eggshells were too thin.
Hormone disruptors include nearly all plastics and most contaminants, such as Roundup, DDT, PCBs and dioxin. Not to mention all the ones taken intentionally. Exposure is seriously messing with people’s concepts of themselves (ourselves), of our potential sex partners and therefore the structure of society.
Maybe so many women are disgusted by men because they are soaking in toxic, artificial estrogens (called xenoestrogens). Maybe this is some, most, or all of the gender dysphoria epidemic going on. Note, there are rules that say I cannot be considering this possibility.
The Impact of Digital Conditions on Psyche
The second most serious issue we’re not talking about is the impact of the digital environment on psyche. This is hard-pushing a breakdown of intellect, culture and society’s social infrastructure.
Combined, hormone chaos and digital are responsible for most of the insanity we are witnessing: the disembodied responses to problems, people living like phantoms, the meanness (which is an attempt at self-actualization), the woke woke woke, the sex/gender mess especially in kids, the amputation fetish, the false tribalism, and much else.
People say all the time the world is going insane, but we must break that down into its elements and be able to see the examples to understand the particular madness of now.
Without basic mental competence and common sense, there is no solving anything. Without the ability to think rationally, there is no identifying problems or developing solutions. Such would be a rational process, with spiritual influence guiding it as well.
We Better Get Horny Soon
That is, unless you’re OK with artificial fetuses.
Among people who lack the drive to connect, and the hormones to accurately experience sexual desire, society crumbles, and birth rates plummet (as we are seeing). (PS, I read thirty years ago that men’s sperm counts were half that of their grandfathers. That was approaching functional infertility even then.)
This is all happening in the midst of a breakdown in mental function induced by digital conditions: i.e., society drowning in artificial stupidity. This, while the robots and the algorithms take over, day by day, hour by hour.
The tipping point was 2020. None of that could have happened without humanity severely weakened, disembodied, stressed, already panicking and in a near-total trance. An aggressive one, too.
The indicator of how much one cares about any of this is not flailing and broadcasting semaphores of goodness. It’s the desire to know more, from more points of view. The desire to understand.
Curiosity is caring.