“We must face the extinction level problems we’re facing with everything we’ve got. Anything else is just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” – Gary Stamper
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is at the top of the cultural zeitgeist these days, one of the most popular television series on the air. In the show, a virus has ravaged the Earth, killing most of humanity, with the dead corpses rising to terrorize the few remaining living souls. While enormously entertaining, it is not a likely scenario for the end of the human race. Dick Cheney notwithstanding, zombies aren’t real.
Wow, we just returned from five days in Las Vegas, and we are reflecting today on why we went, what the highlights were, including the hotels, the food, and the entertainment…in other words, the good, the bad and the ugly of Las Vegas and our trip.
First, why would we go to Las Vegas in the first place? After all…We consider ourselves “conscious” and “spiritual,” and, let’s face it: Vegas represents everything that is wrong with our materialistic culture, the epitome of over-the-top decadence.
Shocking Levels of Heavy Metals in Imported Food Highlight the Danger
Via Alternet – July 1, 2014
Heavy metal pollution makes no distinction between how crops are grown. Irrespective of whether farming practices are organic or conventional practices are used, if the likes of cadmium, arsenic, lead, nickel and mercury are in the soil, water or air they can contaminate food and poison the people who consume it.
Commentary by Gary Stamper
And God said, “Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done.” And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat, looked around, and spoke. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely.
Last month, a torrential rainstorm dumped 22 inches of water on the Florida panhandle and Alabama coast in 24 hours — flooding houses, stranding residents, washing out roadways. The lucky were plucked from rooftops by helicopters or rescued in boats, but some perished in the high water.
Meanwhile, California is experiencing the third year of an extreme drought that has bankrupted farmers and pitted agricultural regions against big cities. Climatologists say this is the driest period in the state’s recorded weather history, and its effects may become much more severe.
Thanks to Carolyn Baker, reposted from Common Dreams
Time to celebrate! Woo-hoo! It’s official: we humans have started a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. Who’d have thought that just one species among millions might be capable of such an amazing accomplishment?
I have, of late, had a falling out with many of my fellow ‘progressives’, similar I suppose to that of Paul Kingsnorth, who is being savaged by Naomi Klein and others for giving up on the environmental movement and non-local activism, and by humanists for losing faith in our species’ capacity for innovation and change.
Developments on the planetary scale also deeply apply to the personal. Death has always been personal, whether it is our own or that of someone we love, an individual or a people. A particularly insidious death occurs when someone we love is dying of cancer, slowly wasting away, a once powerful presence fading as treatment after treatment is abandoned in hope of finding the next treatment to stop what appears to be more and more unstoppable.
I cannot help but be reminded of how very much like humanity’s dilemma this can be, whether it is in the death of a single person, endings, the collapse of a currency, an economic system, or perhaps even the demise of humanity itself.
It’s building and the bubble is getting closer to bursting. What did you expect, it has been completely unsustainable, a “pyramid scheme” of global proportions and fraud about how we think about money…and it’s all about to change. It appears the Global Currency Reset is just around the corner. – ed