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Why Bailout-Stimulus Plan Won’t Work

Posted by edro on January 27, 2009

Sent by a CASF Member

The end of an era that never was!

A dramatic shift is breaking through, but the government is inviting everyone to a doll party playing with Monopoly money!

1. The perception of world model is rapidly changing from an apparent abstraction to a palpable reality. A period of extravagance is giving way to a time of conservation;  follies  of  boundless growth and infinite abundance are erased by the realizations of limitation and finiteness of resources.

2. The vehicle of change is accelerating humans’ awareness of its ecological impact, shifting from a ‘remote control’ mode to a ‘hands-on’ situation. A glaring contrast between the concentration of monetary wealth and control of resources, on the one side,  and the perceived right to ‘have,’ on the other, is setting the stage for regional, national and global conflict.

3. Radical measures are vitally needed to prevent climatic and socioeconomic catastrophes [listed in alphabetic order] and to protect planet’s natural resources from further depletion and erosion.

4. Instead, more of the same mistakes are repeated. What is prescribed is more money for the rich, who can’t believe their luck. Whereas it took the predatory private banking system much deliberation and many months, even years of plotting to steal a billion dollars from the public coffers previously, it now takes a mere few weeks to steal $350billion, and do so with the Executive and Legislature blessings.

5. How does the government stop the daylight highway robbery? Certainly not through nationalization of banks and ‘radicalization’ of the runaway economy (!) No,  they would give so much more Monopoly money to the thieves [banks and banksters,  corporations and their nominees,] until such time that the thieves are probably too embarrassed to steal anymore.

6. That way both the Executive and the Legislature remain popular and continue to be liked by the Captain Hooks of the ‘economy.’ It’s a win-win situation. No one gets hurt except of course the taxpayers, their children and grandchildren. But who gives a damn about the populace?

7. The bailout-stimulus-Wall-Street-Monopoly-money plan won’t work, because the causes of the economic failure are left untouched. The dynamics of collapse remain in place, glaringly obvious. At best, the plan may work for just weeks, perhaps a few months, if the administration is ‘lucky.’

8. But that’s okay because everyone is just trying to buy a little more time. Who knows, maybe China is struck by another, even bigger earthquake, or a deadly disease epidemic that decimates its population. A civil war anyone? A severe drought in India could obliterate 80 percent of its population. Brazil, nay most of South America,  could be buried under giant mudslides.  Europe could freeze up. A little ice-age could reverse the climate change. New sources of green energy could be found. Pigs could glide in the air instead of flying on biofuel blends.

9. What exactly is there to worry about?  We don’t even have to change our lifestyles. Why should we? Right? Wrong!

10. Insisting on the attempt to revive the old economy’s  corpse will almost certainly end in failure. Regional and national conflict would erupt. A till-the-last-man-stands global war could be fought  over access to the dwindling energy and other natural resources, regardless of the deadly consequences for all sides. The prospect of this deadly scenario is becoming increasingly more probable.

11. Regardless of the ten-trillion-dollar bailout-stimulus-Wall-Street-Monopoly-money plan [that’s what the intermediate bill would probably amount to,] there would be NO prospect for long-term US/World  security, unless:

  • The economic system is ‘radicalized’
  • Wall Street is closed down
  • Federal Reserve system is abolished [and replaced with a nationalized central bank system]
  • The banks are nationalized [This would be a first step to making money sterile. Money has been allowed to have reproductive organs and as a result it has caught terminal social disease.]
  • The recovery plan’s monetary price tag and therefore its astronomical, toxic carbon footprint is removed.
  • Profit-taking is replaced by care-giving
  • Stealing from public coffers becomes a capital offense
  • Moneychangers are put behind bars [permanently]
  • The United States [and consequently ROW] is deglobalized
  • The US [and consequently ROW] is demilitarized
  • Commerce and industrial activity are localized
  • A number of other vital, remedial changes are effected

12. A ‘revival’ may be possible only after the large holes through which the patient is bleeding to death have been sutured, and a non-toxic remedy is applied.

13. Here’s the last chance America and rest of the world have: To Do or Die!

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Nuking Earth for Lifestyle

Posted by edro on March 10, 2008

The Next Phase of Collapse: Wars initiated by Israel/US for Hegemony Over World’s Resources

Wars by Israel/US for hegemony over resources are about the survival of the fattest. They are fought by the urge to secure more of other peoples’ resources: More water, more food, more fertile land and more energy to maintain unsustainable lifestyles.

In the most likely scenario, as the first phase of world’s cities begin to collapse, an all-out global war would break out started by Israel and the United States that would be fought with nuclear, exotic, biological and conventional weapons.

Why would a global war break out?

  • The self-fulfilling prophecy for Israel [through US] to rule the world
  • World’s resources are dwindling (competition for the remaining finite resources is rapidly intensifying).
  • The exponential growth economy and its two leading pathogens, overproduction and overconsumption, together with unsustainable lifestyles and unethical behavior are degrading the world’s remaining resources.
  • Climate change is affecting the availability, or access to resources.
  • Global rates of consumption of water, food and energy are exponentially increasing.
  • The consumption rate has long surpassed the sustainability rate.
  • The world topsoil is falling below the critical level at which point production declines sharply.
  • Two-thirds of ecosystems are collapsing.
  • Deteriorating local resources and food insecurity, economic uncertainty and poverty, political corruption and instability, among other mechanisms of collapse, result in the collapse of cities and population centers.
  • Cities, population centers and settlements are abandoned.
  • Large-scale migrations ensue at regional, national and international levels.
  • Large numbers of migrants put additional terminal strain on the remaining resources.
  • Nations outstrip nature’s carrying capacity.
  • Civil conflict and war break out.

Original Photo: The mushroom cloud from XX-11 IvyMike (Fusion Bomb). Public domain photo.
Source: United States Department of Energy
Inset: Tomahawk Block IV Cruise Missiles

Types of Resource Wars

  • Regional Conflict
  • Civil War
  • Border (interstate) War
  • Global [nuclear] War

Hiroshima after the atom bomb. [Today’s much more powerful bombs
would robably detroy the remaining infrastructure such as the bridges.]

Nagasaki after the nuclear bomb codenamed “Fat Man”
(after Winston Churchill) was dropped on her in 1945.

More than 100,000 victims killed in large air attack on Tokyo:
234 B-29 bombers dropped 1665 tons of incendiary bombs.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Most Likely Strategies

  1. Form objective-driven alliances. [The traditional military alignments would no longer apply, as survival alone would dictate offensive and defensive strategies.]
  2. Depopulate primary targets to minimize resistance.
  3. Launch preemptive strikes employing overwhelming force (first strike) against the opponents (rivals nations competing for the same resources).
  4. Attack both military (counterforce) targets, to weaken enemy retaliation, and civilian (countervalue) targets to maximize strike [kill] value.

The MGM-140 ATACMS tactical ballistic missile firing. Public Domain Photo: Wikipedia

Primary Targets

Primary targets are selected according to the

  • Availability of resources: Water, wild food, land (agricultural and forest), Energy (Fossil fuels and other available resources.)
  • Content value: Amount of the available resources
  • Vulnerability metrics: The ease by which the target can be depopulated and re-occupied.

Table NE1. The Primary Targets

Public Domain Photo: USAF/Dept of Defense
MGM-118A Peacekeeper
(!) nuclear missile

See also: Enewetak atomic detonations

Table EN2a. The Players
‘GL’ denotes Global.
2. CO: Continental.
IS: Interstate (cross border).

For full list of The Players click here: Table EN2b

A Minuteman III ICBM test launch from Vandenberg AFB, California, United States.
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Table EN3. Secondary Targets

Trident missile launch at sea from a UK submarine. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Hotspots

‘Hotspots’ are considered to be the countries, regions or areas that are worst affected by water scarcity, food or energy shortages, degraded land, and the corresponding political instability created as a result of those conditions, as well as those areas that are considered to be primary or secondary targets because of their relative abundance of natural resources.

Our data analysis show that within a short time global list of countries facing a high risk of political instability and danger of armed conflict resulting from dwindling resources, which would be exacerbated by the adverse effects of climate change, would grow rapidly leaving very few places, if any, temporarily unaffected.

List of Nuclear Weapons [Incomplete]

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