Societal/Economic/Ecological Collapse: The Warning Signs

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Introduction:

There is a litany of different warning signs that indicate an oncoming ecological/economic/societal collapse. Of course timeframes are impossible to predict. All that can be said is that people’s standard of living is rapidly going down, the biosphere is destabilizing, and that collectively, humanity has done “almost” nothing useful to stop it.

MOST IMPORTANTLY:

  1. For the sake of reducing the EMENSE suffering about to happen in the next 10 to 100 years, DON’T HAVE CHILDREN. THEY MOST LIKELY WILL HAVE SHIT LIVES. AGAIN DON’T HAVE CHILDREN! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

The financial warning signs:

  1. “Defining “underemployed as working in low-paid jobs that don’t require college degrees, the analysts, Jaison R. Abel, Richard Deitz, and Yaqin Su, found that roughly 6 percent of recent college graduates, aged 22 to 27, were unemployed at the beginning of 2013 and44 percent were underemployed.”
  2. “More than 40% of Americans who borrowed from the government’s main student-loan program aren’t making payments or are behind on more than $200 billion owed, raising worries that millions of them may never repay.”
  3. “People in their early 30s are half as wealthy as those now in their 40s were at the same age, a report finds.”
  4. “As noted earlier, one in six men today have no job and most have given up looking. At current trends, one in five will be out of the labor force in a generation.”
  5. “Wholesale beef prices rose, increasing 0.8 percent on the month and are now up 12.3 percent year over year. Prices for farm-level eggs increased 35.4 percent from April to May; prices are now up 9.2 percent from May 2014 levels. Farm-level fruit prices increased 3.9 percent in May, while farm-level vegetable prices rose 5.7 percent month over month — an indication that retail produce prices could further increase in the coming months.”

The political warning signs:

  1. A psychopathic and violent reality tv billionaire is running against a two faced corporate political puppet. (do I really need to say more on how corrupt and fucked up our political system is?)

The ecological warning signs:

  1. “Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day [1]. It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century [2]” (the rate of species extinction is roughly 27,000 per year).
  2. “When you calculate out the anticipated resources that will be available in A.D. 2100, the optimal world population would be about two billion people. That would give people a standard of living of about half of what Americans experienced in the 1990s. The actual anticipated world population by A.D. 2100 is over 11 billion, according to the U.N.”
  3. “The World Meteorological Association (WMO) announced Monday that the average monthly concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the northern hemisphere exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) in April, the highest monthly average on record.”
  4. He toldthe Guardian, “4C would likely be catastrophic rather than simply dangerousFor example, it would make life difficult, if not impossible, in much of the tropics, and would guarantee the eventual melting of the Greenland ice sheet and some of the Antarctic ice sheet. “
  5. “About two-thirds of the planet’s total atmospheric oxygen is produced by ocean phytoplankton — and therefore cessation would result in the depletion of atmospheric oxygen on a global scale. This would likely result in the mass mortality of animals and humans.”
  6. “Walter Anthony said the billions of tons of carbon stored in permafrost are about twice the amount that is currently in the atmosphere. Many researchers are concerned that if old carbon begins to cycle it could create a feedback loop—its emissions contribute to warming, which again contributes to the thawing of more permafrost.”
  7. “Ocean acidity has increased by 30% since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. This increase is 100 times faster than any change in acidity experienced by marine organisms for at least the last 20 million years.”
  8. “Business as usual scenarios for CO2emissions could make the ocean up to 150% more acidic by 2100.”
  9. “The ocean absorbs approximately 26% of the CO2added to the atmosphere from human activities each year.”
  10. “NOAA’s index shows that CO2 concentration has risen by an average of 1.76 parts per million since it was established in 1979, and that increase is accelerating. In the 1980s and 1990s, it rose about 1.5 ppm per year. Over the last five years, the rate of increase has been about 2.5 ppm”
  11. “Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. The six-month period from January to June was also the planet’s warmest half-year on record, with an average temperature 1.3 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the late nineteenth century.”
  12. “Recent estimates suggest CO2levels reached as much as 415 parts per million (ppm) during the Pliocene. With that came global average temperatures that eventually reached 3 or 4 degrees C (5.4-7.2 degrees F) higher than today’s and as much as 10 degrees C (18 degrees F) warmer at the poles. Sea level ranged between five and 40 meters (16 to 131 feet) higher than today.”
  13. “Earth is on track to sail past the two degree Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) threshold for dangerous global warming by 2050, seven of the world’s top climate scientists warned Thursday.”

 

Conclusion:

          The facts really speak for themselves. I was too lazy to go any deeper with this presentation. Truthfully, this article is only scratching the surface into what is in store for the future of humanity.  There will be no silver bullet to save us from ourselves.

          Our specie’s collective greed, idiocy, and arrogance has fucked us over many times in the past and will do so again, possibly for the last time. We’ve caused millions of creatures to go extinct. It seems like ecological karma coming back to bite us in the ass. There’s a real possibly Homo Sapiens could be extinct within 150 years.

          I feel bad for all the innocent creatures and humans that are about to get the ride of their fucking lives. There’s a lot of needless suffering in this world. Humans are freaks of nature. Sometimes I think it would be better off if we had never evolved and just stayed in the jungle. Ya mean?

          Love and learn to grow your own food. Discourage people from having kids. Be kind to others and spread love and compassion. Become at peace with impermanence and learn about the circle of life. Lion king calms my nerves and puts me at peace. Life will go on.

Namaste.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://educationbythenumbers.org/content/underemployment-college-grads_1589/

http://www.wsj.com/articles/more-than-40-of-student-borrowers-arent-making-payments-1459971348

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37508968

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/caution-men-not-at-work/

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/biodiversity/elements_of_biodiversity/extinction_crisis/

http://www.postconsumers.com/education/10-facts-overpopulation/

http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/06/30/imagination-food-prices-sky-high/29514065/

http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2014/01/02/planet-likely-to-warm-by-catastrophic-4c-by-2100/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc1vrO6iL0U&t=1m10s (not evidence just entertaining)

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151201094120.htm

 

http://phys.org/news/2016-08-methane-arctic-permafrost.html#jCp

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/ioc-oceans/focus-areas/rio-20-ocean/blueprint-for-the-future-we-want/ocean-acidification/facts-and-figures-on-ocean-acidification/

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19052016/global-co2-emissions-still-accelerating-noaa-greenhouse-gas-index

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/climate-trends-continue-to-break-records

https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/2013/12/03/what-does-400-ppm-look-like/

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-global-2c-threshold.html#jCp

 

Income Links

 

http://www.fromawayfarmmaine.com/

http://www.collectivequarterly.com/blog/2016/1/18/the-age-of-farming

Permablitz #183 – Clayton

http://www.stoneboatpdx.com/

Cool Organizations

AGARI FARM   —-http://agarifarm.org/

“Once upon a time a group of natural builders, permaculturists, artists and friends came together to create a place to share their passions.

Agari Permaculture Farm was born, providing a workshop space for natural building, permaculture, natural health, healing and other things we’d love to share with you.

Learn more about us and make sure you visit real soon!”

 

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Skyberry  Farm —- http://www.skyberryfarm.com/

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“Meet Skyberry Farm. A Portland based organic farm passionate about building a community around healthy food. After several years of running a successful CSA program, we shifted our model and launched a successful kickstarter campaign. With the $30,000 we raised, we plan to build a community oriented bed and breakfast and event space by 2016. With the recurring funds from these operations, we’ll be able to give back to our community and fight food insecurity by donating all of our produce to local hunger relief organizations.”

“Bed and Breakfast

Imagine staying in a tiny home on a beautiful organic farm with hiking trails and coastal views. For breakfast, home cooked free-range chicken and duck eggs. For lunch or dinner, home cooked meals with ingredients straight from our 11,000 square foot garden.

Community Connections

Skyberry hopes to grow into a venue with plans to host our community through various activities including education workshops, community dinners, etc. In anticipation, we’ve already began constructing flower/perennial gardens and a beautifully placed field to dance on under the stars!

 

Eco Institute of Pickard’s Mountain — ecoinstitute.org/

 

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Pickards Mountain Eco Institute  is a 68-acre Educational Farm in central North Carolina dedicated to finding ways of living more harmoniously with the planet.  Their work is rooted in the belief that the fate of future generations will depend on their connections with the land.  Pickards Mountain got its start through Abundance NC’s fiscal sponsorship program.

When the fossil fuels are gone, people will have to find ways to supply their food and energy in renewable and sustainable ways.  By teaching the children to respect natural cycles and utilize renewable resources, we offer them keys to survival in a cooperative local and global community.

Workshops and Events at the Eco-Institute:
Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute offers workshops on everything from nature walks to yoga to kim chi making to film showings to storytelling to potlucks… check out the entire calendar!

  • Middle School Programs explore the idea of sustainability in agriculture and energy production while touring the farm, living village, and renewable energy system.
  • High School Programs explore the idea of sustainability and human responsibility while touring the farm, living village, renewable energy system, and biodiesel refinery. The environmental crisis is placed in an historical context, and students are empowered with the knowledge that their choices shape the future.

The Fellowship Program from Pickards Mountain:

Young adults enjoy living close to nature while learning sustainable farming alongside a 100kW solar energy system.  These young adults, the leaders of the future, have found themselves between years of university study with a sense of deep concern for the environmental crises we face, including global climate disruption.  The causes of the converging crises, not simply ecological, but also economic and social, are traced back to the philosophical roots of our societal paradigm.  These young adults (ages 18-32) spend their mornings working and learning important practical life skills, and their afternoons/evenings studying and discussing ideas by important change agents and thought leaders.”

http://abundancenc.org/what-we-do/community-collaborations/pickards-mountain-eco-institute/

http://eco-institute.org/

 

 

Life Tips Collection #1

 

  1. Listen to a lot of upbeat music
  2. The more choices you have in terms of lifestyle the happier you will be.
  3. The more control over your own life the happier you will be.
  4. Having a good amount of free time to relax and enjoy hobbies is important.
  5. Having a pet dog or cat can often times be a great influence.
  6. Understanding psychology helps you to more efficiently address mental and social issues.
  7. Understanding biology helps you to more efficiently address environmental and physiological
  8. If you have “high quality” people in your life it tends to be better. If you have “low quality” people in your life it tends to drag you down and decrease your quality of life.
  9. It is not wrong to judge people to an extent. It is important to know if they are mentally stable and if they are a threat to you personally. Just do not judge people too much.
  10. Be able to identify and avoid CLOSEMINDED, TRASHY, and MEAN humans. Be able to identify and gravitate towards VIRTUOS and KIND humans.
  11. Be wary of MANY religious organizations. ALWAYS THINK FOR YOURSELF.
  12. Understand that deep down humans are driven by instincts just like any other animal.
  13. Understand that no human can perceive true reality. We are limited by 5 senses and a brain smaller than a watermelon.
  14. Eat healthy food. It will affect you positively in terms of mental and physical health. Eat less processed crap. (Avoid excess sugar, protein, and fat. Easier said than done!)
  15. Exercise is extremely important.
  16. Meditation is challenging to put into practice but extremely beneficial.
  17. Have valuable human relationships with people you can trust.
  18. Recognize hurtful attachments. (E.G. tv, junk food, money, many drugs including alcohol).
  19. Almost everything in moderation.
  20. Read as much as possible. (good material of course)
  21. Practice art, gardening, and other creative hobbies.
  22. Recognize the difference between good and bad stress. Minimize bad stress.
  23. If possible, have a good romantic relationship.
  24. Realize that living in some areas of the country will be MUCH better than others.
  25. Sunshine, freedom, and quality people generally promote happiness.
  26. Always know when you have something good in your life and make sure to preserve it whenever possible.
  27. Acknowledge the fact that mainstream culture is supremely disconnected from reality. Think for yourself.
  28. Do not buy into consumerism.
  29. Acknowledge that 30 year mortgages require you to pay $100,000+ dollars in interest to the bank. American capitalism in general is not a good system for the average citizen.
  30. Try to go off grid, grow your own food, and live sustainably as possible!
  31. Always know when you have something bad in your life and get rid of it whenever possible.
  32. Work on your mental thought patterns and general attitude. (many books on the subject)
  33. Always set new goals to reach. Always try to improve yourself.
  34. Realize that killing other lifeforms other than for necessity is bad. Realize that the US military is the most well-funded killing organization in the world. Try to divert your taxes to tax deductible nonprofits.
  35. Be able to change your mind based on new emerging facts and knowledge.
  36. Make to do lists. This makes you soooo much more productive.
  37. Recognize the value of logic and use it extensively.
  38. Base your opinions off science and logic, not taboos and prejudices.
  39. Read self-improvement books (Ultimate power, Miracle of Mindfullness, Your Money or Your Life, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Resilient Farm and Homestead).
  40. Go camping and improve your connection to nature.
  41. Live simply.
  42. Avoid pollution. (E.G. car exhaust, perfumes/febreeze, cleaning products with toxic chems, scented candles, VOC paint). Pollution does kill through cancer and other diseases. It can also cause neurological problems.
  43. Learn and embrace the precautionary principle.
  44. Stretch your muscles often. (E.G. yoga)
  45. Become as educated in science as possible. Especially in terms of ecology, psychology, physiology, nutrition, pharmacology, and permaculture.
  46. Permaculture is the most sustainable and healthy life system I know of. Practice it!
  47. Eat less meat to minimize your environmental impact and improve your health. The average American eats way to much meat. Stick to chicken and fish. Try to minimize eating red meat. FYI pigs are as smart as dogs! Think about that before you support the factory farming of pigs!
  48. Treat all life forms with respect.
  49. Have one kid or none. There are 7 billion people in the world. Humanity is consuming resources at an alarming rate. I predict the future will be a bumpy ride for the majority of humans that are not wealthy. If you don’t believe me, do your own research.
  50. Take the mainstream media with a grain of salt. They are owned by multi-billion dollar corporations with conflicts of interest.
  51. Focus on things you can change personally like your carbon footprint, mental state, financial state, the wupup.jpgelfare of ALL animals, and the integrity of the environment. Even if it is a small change, you will change the world around you every day even if you do not try!
  52. Realize that everything is interconnected. This is scientifically proven.
  53. Realize the value of statistics. (E.G. stats on the economy, food prices, health in relation to fat and protein consumption, environmental, psychological)
  54. Do good deeds for other lifeforms.
  55. Realize that love is the reason life is worth living.

 

 

NuMundo

“NuMundo began in 2013 when 4 passionate nomads bound together to create a platform that would be a transparent and trusted resource for travelers all over the world to find more enriching ways to travel, work, live and learn.”

A website that has opportunities with natural building, permaculture education, and much more.

http://numundo.org/about

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/numundo-a-network-for-the-new-world#/

Salamander Springs Farm -Permaculture in KY!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/salamanderspringsfarm/

https://www.facebook.com/thepermaculturepodcast/photos_stream

http://www.thepermaculturepodcast.com/

http://tinyhousetalk.com/man-builds-second-tiny-home-for-5k/

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Transcending the Bullshit

Warning: Strong language and opinion. Very negative and empowering at the same time. 

 

“I do not blame people for avoiding the truth. The truth would crush most people. Our brains simply haven’t evolved to deal with this type of information.”

 

Life has always been a series of obstacles. At least that is how I view it. But I also view life as a game. You can make good choices and get more points (happiness) in the game or make bad choices and lose the game (depression). Don’t take it too seriously; you die in the end either way.

 Really, for a 23 year old single male, what do you have to lose by trying to improve your life in a non conventional way? Almost nothing, as long as you take some simple precautions to guard your financial assets. AKA common sense. 

 

Section 1 Negative:

Bullshit Obstacles:

  1. Medical system – It’s hard to think of a more bloodsucking (pun intended) establishment than the medical industry. The cost of medical bills for most things is fucking ridiculous and frankly EXTREMELY unethical. 
  2. School – The amount of stupid shit you have to learn is ridiculous. The system is outdated and not mentally or physically healthy. Children are not meant to sit for 8 hour periods. They have too much stress from homework and tests. It blows my fucking mind people think this is an ethical system. (I am talking about the average school not Waldorf school or any unconventional school.) I never was taught how to cook, grow food, or manage finances. Are you fucking kidding me?                 Now on to college. What a fucking scam. People are going into thousands of dollars in debt so they can get a degree that isn’t worth shit in the modern job market. Half the degrees in college are fucking unnecessary. Most of the rest of the degrees should only take two years of classes to complete but instead the greedy assholes at the college would prefer you waste another two years taking mandatory courses like “humanities.”
  3. Work – It’s no secret; the job opportunities in the US have gone down the toilet. I don’t even want to talk about the working conditions and bullshit treatment most workers have to put up with. Nowadays you need a bachelor’s degree for a job that pays $11/hr. This is just the beginning stages of a fatally sick economy. Capitalism in it’s current decrepit, wasteful, and idiotic form will NOT survive into the future. 
  4. People – Yes the world has a lot of nice people in it. It’s equally true there are a lot of psychopathic and mentally ill people that will fuck up your life without batting an eye. Besides immediate family and extremely close friends, I have found people will let you down 70% of the time. An astonishing number of people will lie to your face and/or stab you in the back for no justifiable reason. It took me 23 years to figure this out.                            There are 7 billion people in the world. Somehow, people think it’s a good idea to have children and contribute more people to the already overtaxed planet. Well, it’s going to be a fun future for the masses isn’t it?         
  5. Naysayers- This type of person goes out of their way to tell you that you are incapable of doing something, or that only “professionals” or “experts” can grow food, build a cabin, produce quality furniture, live off the grid etc. Ignore these idiots for the most part.
  6. Doubters – This type of person doubts your capabilities and makes you second guess yourself. Ignore these people unless they have something positive to contribute, or bring up valid concerns.  
  7. Assholes – There are too many types of assholes to list. Watch out for low quality people. They will drag you down with them if you are not careful. It’s best to stay far away from them. Don’t assume you know someone in the first 3 months of meeting them. People show their true colors when faced with stressful situations. If they turn into extreme assholes when under stress, DO NOT ASSOCIATE with them. Keep in mind there is a difference between being grumpy/depressed and being an extreme asshole.                        People are very unpredictable creatures for the most part. Proceed with caution. Keep only high quality individuals as your friends.
  8. Government Red Tape- Government regulations for living unconventionally will make it harder to achieve your goals. But you can still achieve them. For instance they may require you to build a septic system if you go off grid. They may not allow compost toilets even though they are very eco friendly. The regulations can cost you thousands of dollars to comply with. Thankfully a lot of government officials are becoming more ecologically minded. (Not all regulations are bad)
  9. Paperwork/Bureaucratic rituals/Taxes – Paperwork for the most part is a pain in the ass and feels like a waste of time. Our taxes mostly go towards funding the military which fights bloody wars with no ethical backing. Oh well.
  10. 30 year mortgage – A lot of homeowners GIVE $100,000  or more in interest to the banks over 30 years.  What a fucking scam it is for people to slave away for 30 years just to afford shelter.
  11. Food dependency – Not knowing or having land to grow food makes you a slave to the system, DUDE.

 

Section 2 Positive:

Gee, what a bunch of fun problems to deal with. These problems are mostly created by the industrial cesspool that has been brewing for the last 115 years. A cesspool, where money is the God that controls everyone’s lives.

My solution to these obstacles is a simple one. Remove yourself from mainstream society as much as possible. Go off grid. You can still supply sustainable goods to the masses and maintain some relationships. So it’s really a win win situation.

You could also stay in mainstream society and attempt to change it from within like Pam Warhurst, Ron Finley, or Toby Hemenway. This can work if you have exceptional intellect, compassion, motivation, energy, and/or people skills. You will still have to pay the high price for living in the city. If you choose this route, I wish you luck. It will be a far more challenging life than living off the grid. If you do not have the right skills you will be consumed by the rat race just like the common 9 to 5er. 

Living off the grid transcends most of the bullshit by:

  1. Improved health
  2. Less financial dependence on dickhead employers
  3. Filtering the assholes out of your life
  4. Bypassing a 30 years mortgage
  5. Being more sustainable
  6. Having more freedom

Transcend the rest of the bullshit by:

  1. Meditation
  2. Adequate amounts of money
  3. Having a lovely soul mate
  4. Not taking life too seriously

 

Conclusion:

The main limiting factor for going off grid is money. Save every fucking penny available. While you’re doing that educate yourself on building, gardening, and the self sufficient lifestyle. Self sufficiency skills can be easily learned by anyone with half a brain. Money is the limiting factor. Once you have the money, buy the land and live the dream.

Namaste.

 

 

 

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