Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

Shouldn’t Matter But It Does

Image from wikimedia by Nick Hobgood, CC-BY-SA 3.0 The title of this post is stolen from a catchy new John Mayer song. His lyrics are OK, if a little self-preoccupied. But the title resonated with me as I contemplate a … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: July 2021

cartoon by Teresa Burns Parkhurst in the New Yorker One of the things I’ve found amusing in the debates about whether humans have free will or not, is the strange position of some very popular but seemingly not very bright … Continue reading

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Live Free or Die

cartoon by Greg Perry in The Tyee If you’re not Canadian, substitute your national animal for the beaver. PS Pirro, responding to my latest CoVid-19 post about this becoming a “pandemic of the unvaccinated“, wondered aloud why, given all the … Continue reading

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Extinction Capitalism Part Two: The Next Ten Years

actual vs official rate of inflation (CPI), per ShadowStats In the first part of this article I attempted to explain how and why what I call Extinction Capitalism arose, and why it will inevitably lead to global economic collapse. In … Continue reading

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Extinction Capitalism, Part One: Our Imaginative Poverty

image by greentumble.com In his articles and books, Richard Manning describes high-maintenance monoculture, which has prevailed in much of the world since the early days of civilization, as “catastrophic agriculture”. He uses that term not because of its impact on … Continue reading

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CoVid-19: What Do We Owe the Unvaccinated?

IHME estimated final vaccination rates, as at July 2, 2021 Here in BC, and in Canada as a whole, 80% of the population 12+ has had a first vaccine shot, and 42% are fully inoculated. The second shot rate here … Continue reading

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A Reckoning With Our Inhumanity

child prisoners of the Kamloops Roman Catholic Indian Residential School, which operated 1890-1960; 215 children’s bodies have been found through ground-penetrating radar photographs on the grounds of this “school” alone; photo by Library and Archives Canada My friend PS Pirro … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: June 2021

A very early cartoon from Poorly Drawn Lines Consistent with my rewrite of my latest CoVid-19 article, I’m going to try to make my LOTM write-ups more factual and less editorial, or at least less judgemental. I’m also merging the … Continue reading

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Notes From the Rising Dark, Pt. 2

On Chronic Precarity, Civilization Disease, and the Illusion of the Separate Self We are a sad species — lost, scared, bewildered, and afflicted with an horrific brain disease that has convinced us ‘we’, our ‘selves’, are real, separate, and in … Continue reading

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The Costs of “White Collar” Corruption and Crime

Another dark post/rant from Dave. Lighter fare is coming soon. cartoon by Mort Gerberg (mortgerberg.com) in The New Yorker One of the problems — or “diseconomies” — of scale, is its increasing vulnerability to corruption and crime. In small, close-knit … Continue reading

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