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Sunday, July 27, 2014

These Are The Days Of Miracle And Wonder

We are standing on the edge of a yawning chasm, teetering back and forth in a gale force wind, buffeted first hither, and then thither, all the while flirting with a fatal plunge over the brink to oblivion.

That may sound melodramatic, but in reality our situation is  even more dire than that.

We can blunder forward into thin air and free fall our way to a species-ending splat! -- or we can hunt around and decide to retrace our steps to a safer, more commodious place, or to build a splendid bridge to a wondrous world of miraculous delight. That possibility certainly does exist, but an awful lot of us are going to have to make strenuous efforts in that direction, starting right now, or our future is very dim -- if we even have one.

The National Dream Center 

I follow the National Dream Center off and on; usually the dreams don't strike me with any particular effect, but this one did:

7/15/2014 This dream starts I am walking earth, above it almost like in orbit. Someone besides me shows me Humanity and what it becomes with out love and compassion for all things. Everything is dead looking and burning and ashes.

Next we move into a light the earth becomes beautiful shining this is Humanity with love and compassion for all things. I am told we are at the brink and these are the only 2 outlooks for the future of mankind.

I turn to ask a question as to how long do we have and I wake up. With the words in my head: “Not long!!”

We Do Not Have Long

This dream comports very well with the ancient Hopi prophecies which basically say that if we learn to live in harmony with the Earth and with one another, then all will be well. But if humanity decides to continue warring, plundering and exploiting then the future and the Earth will be a very grim place.

With a heavy emphasis on the very grim part.

So we have to do something about the following action items. If we don't, any one or more of them can lead to our doom, whether directly or indirectly. We do not have the luxury of decades to decide whether or not we want to bother ourselves to do anything about these issues.

1) Sixth Global Mass Extinction Event. We have already entered the beginning stages of a massive, global die-off of myriad forms of biological life. This is well recognized by biologists the world over. This is highly problematic for humanity, because the human race is a biological species, at the top of the global food chain. The food chain unravels, and humans die.

Real simple. Right now the global ecology is reeling, many species are threatened with extinction, or have already gone extinct, because of human activity -- and also because of human inactivity, i.e., our failure to recognize the plight of other living creatures and take action to save them.
2)  Tropical Deforestation. Half of the world's tropical forests have already been destroyed. The Amazon forest will be gone in less than 100 years at the present rate of deforestation. If the rate of destruction accelerates, that time frame could be shortened. Among other things, tropical forests produce one hell of a lot of oxygen. Do you like breathing? Once the tropical forests are gone, you'll be breathing a lot less oxygen, because the trees that now produce the oxygen you breathe will be dead.

3) Threat of Nuclear War. I have written about the very real menace of nuclear war repeatedly. Indeed, I have been out multiple times on the nuclear missile silos in Arkansas, Missouri and most recently in North Dakota, USSA to peacefully demonstrate against preparations for nuclear war. I would never claim that it is an easy thing to do, or risk free. For example, you could get shot by the USSA military police. You are certainly guaranteed to be arrested and jailed. To wit: I spent more than a year and a half of my life in a dozen different jails and prisons in Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia, Texas and North Dakota for my efforts. It's real lonely out there on the nuclear missile silos. I always had the entire missile field to myself. I never understood why everyone wasn't out there protesting. Like preservation of humanity and the planet do not count for the rest of the human race? I don't understand the tremendous passivity and ignorance of the masses. Never have. A woman I used to know told me that I am "one in a million." She was almost right  -- it's probably more like one in two million or maybe even five million. Anyway, she went away.

4) Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.  I have previously written about the melted down and/or exploded nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan. I may do so again. The problem is not going away any time soon.

The reactors are currently pouring industrial quantities of radioactivity into the air and sea every day. The Pacific Ocean is being killed right now, because of the radiation from Fukushima. The amount of radioactivity from Fukushima is so high that, given more time, the Fukushima event alone may result in planetary extinction of many life forms, including the human race.

No one knows how to fix the melted down and/or exploded nuclear reactors in Japan. At present, terrestrial humans have the technical ability to construct nuclear reactors that blow up and/or melt down, but are unable to fix them when they blow up and/or melt down.

For decades the nuclear industry told the world that nuclear power reactors cannot blow up. Then a nuclear power reactor at Chernobyl, Ukraine blew up in 1986. It has not been fixed. No one has the capability to do so. Instead, a huge concrete roof has been built over the facility. Then, in 2011 the nuclear power reactors at Fukushima, Japan blew up and/or melted down.

Now that there have been repeated explosions of commercial nuclear power plants, it is crystal clear that the nuclear power industry's assertions that nuclear power plants cannot blow up are simply lies. They obviously can  blow up, because that is what has happened at Chernobyl, Ukraine and Fukushima, Japan. The only question now is: which nuclear power plant(s) will be the next to blow up and/or melt down? Take your pick; there are hundreds of them; about 98% of them are in the northern hemisphere.

5)  Mega-Drought.  Click the link. Most of the western, continental USSA is in a very serious drought condition. Tens of millions of people live in the region. What will they do, if it does not begin to rain and snow heavily, and very soon? Major cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Albuquerque, etc. will empty out. Where will 50 million people go? I have no idea, but if it doesn't start raining and snowing much more heavily and frequently, and for years to come, the mega-cities of the USSA west will have to empty out. Will they do so peacefully or violently? That remains to be seen, but when the water runs out, the cities will also empty out, that is inevitable. This is not a trivial question. The BIG, drought-related problems will kick in with a vengeance in the near future. We are talking less than five years. And within the next one to two years, major policy decisions will have to be taken and tough choices will have to be made. If the hard decisions and tough choices go unmade and untaken, then you can look for social catastrophe.

Understand that the western, continental USSA is historically a very dry region. The current, so-called "drought" is the way the climate normally is in the region. Either the many millions of residents of the western USSA voluntarily adjust to the historical climate reality, and real fast, or the climate will impose its own reality on them, on its own terms.

6) Imperial Warfare. The prime offenders are the USSA, Israel, the so-called "Jewish State," and the EU/NATO. We are already in a violent, global contest to determine what power faction will henceforth rule the planet. The USSA/EU-NATO/ZIO-NAZI axis is seeking to unilaterally impose its repressive, totalitarian system of social, political and economic control over the planet.

The universal NSA spying is part of this totalitarian, planetary control policy. The constant warring of the USSA, invading one country after another, is a big part of this global control agenda. The constant warring of the Israelis, including the ongoing genocide by the Jews against the Palestinians is part of this agenda, as they seek to expand their political, military and economic control over the entire Middle Eastern region.

The conflict in the eastern Ukraine, which is heavily aided, abetted and pushed by the USSA is part of the global, totalitarian control project, in so far as it seeks to destabilize the Ukraine, leading to war against Russia, with the aim of doing to Russia what has already been done to Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia and other nations. In other words, the aim is to create conflict against Russia, such that Russian society disintegrates into chaos. This is a highly dangerous policy trajectory that can easily lead to nuclear war between Russia and the USSA/EU-NATO/ZIO-NAZI axis.

Of course, these events have to do with the declining position of the USSA dollar, as it loses its global reserve status. The danger is that the USSA will resort to nukes to try to maintain by genocidal, military force the global economic supremacy that it enjoyed for most of the last century.

Now For The Miracle Part

None of the foregoing is to say that bad things have to happen. But bad things will happen if we continue as we currently are.

Does the prospect of nuclear war bother you? Does the fate of the planet concern you? Then  you have to do something about it. If you don't, then who will?

Oh, yeah, I know. They'll fix it. But who are they?

As far as I can see, they are us. They must be us, or nothing positive will happen.

So how to reforest the planet? How to avoid nuclear war? How to shut down the nuclear power plants? How to heal a devastated global ecology? How to bring the genocidal "Jewish State" under sane control? How to prevent the USSA and its violent allies from plunging the world into a global war -- all to preserve the privileged position of the USSA dollar in international trade? How to repurpose and readapt human society in the face of changing, global climate regimes?

How to do all that? Only by intelligent, persistent, cooperative, informed, thoughtful, global coordination that occurs at every level, beginning with the individual and moving to a local, regional, continental and planetary level.

Either we do that, all of it, and begin the serious work in the coming months and years, or we do not.

If we do not, oh well, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. 

We won't last much longer, and the few survivors, if any there be, will inherit a hell planet. A hell planet that used to be like a precious, blue-green gem floating in space, bursting with life and vitality, and brought down to hell in one short century, because we cannot control ourselves and have refused to keep our home planet alive.

The evidence suggests that we do not even love ourselves. We are after all, in the process of committing mass suicide, as a species. We are killing our home planet, which necessarily implies our absolute failure as a viable species.

I am not saying that the task we have set for ourselves will be easy. On the contrary, it will be the hardest thing we have done yet, because we have painted ourselves into a very difficult corner. Either we live or die.

Either our life instinct is stronger than our death wish, or it is not.

It is just that simple. If our life instinct is stronger, then we have to get to work. I am talking about really hard work.

That is the miracle. The hard work is the miracle. Either we make the miracle happen or we don't.

You could use the nuclear war threat as just one instructive example.

Almost no one bothers to publicly stand up against nuclear war, certainly not to the extent of putting their body and their life on the line. The attitude seems to be: "Yeah, well, Richard, you know that's pretty dangerous. I could go to jail. I might get shot. Probably I could lose my job. People would talk about me. The FBI would put my name on a government watch list. Anyway, no one else is doing that. So why should I stick my neck out?"

Answer: because your home planet's continued existence is under direct threat. But maybe you actually don't care about the planet. Maybe you really don't give a f*ck. It's all about you. Your pension. Your job. Your 401-K. Your medical plan. Your house. Your car. Your flat panel TV. Your career. Your reputation. Your beer night with the boys or with the gals. Your weekend clubbing.

I just described millions and millions and millions and millions of people.

And that is how a planet is lost.

We're losing this one right now.

The Genius of Alex Honnold

Some months back I mentioned the spectacular, genius-level, free solo, rock climbing of the French woman, Catherine Destivelle. Here I want to mention the work of Alex Honnold, the contemporary, genius-level, world class, free solo, rock climber. Thirty years ago, Catherine Destivelle was climbing up sheer cliff faces with her bare hands, 500 feet or 1,000 feet at a go, straight up, with no ropes. Alex Honnold has moved everything to the next level -- literally.

Honnold scales 2,000 foot and 2,500 foot, sheer, cliff faces with his bare hands and no rope or climbing gear. Up he goes.

I am suggesting that the task we face as a species is analogous. We only have one route left to us -- up and away! It won't be easy, because the hardest option is the only one we have left ourselves. Things would have been so much easier if we had acted in time, or if we had acted when world conditions were more malleable, more tractable. But we didn't. We dithered. We made excuses. We shirked responsibility. Billions of us drank a lot of alcohol. A lot of alcohol. (Forgive me for a musical aside, but I am reminded of a Junior Brown classic -- Too Many Nights In A Roadhouse.)

Because we did those things, we neglected to do other things, and now we are hanging out over the edge of a sheer precipice, without a safety net. Either we safely negotiate the precipice, or we fall off and go splat!

Refer again to the dream I cite at the very beginning of this blog post.

We are on the brink. Right now. Either we make it or we don't. There's not much time left.

The tendency is to think that what Alex Honnold is doing is crazy. The temptation is to think -- "What's he doing hanging off of a sheer cliff face by his fingertips, 2,000 feet straight up in the air with no ropes or anything!! Has he lost his mind?"

And yet we, in our collective wisdom, have jointly conspired to place our whole species and the fate of the planet itself, in direct peril of global extinction.

So you see, our plight is actually so much worse, it is actually seven billion times worse than the plight of the intrepid, free solo climber, Alex Honnold.  Besides, he knows what he is doing. He doesn't fall off. He recognizes the extreme challenge, the death defying character of the feat, and then he simply goes and successfully accomplishes the unthinkable.

This is the essence of what we must do as a planetary species.

I don't know if we will. Maybe we will. I hope we will Everything is on the line right now. Nothing is certain.

My Current Situation in Ecuador
After more than a year of intense struggle, the shaman who assaulted me has been indicted and has now been arraigned. There will be a series of pre-trial and trial hearings in the next couple of months. 

I have been pushed to the wall by this ordeal, to my financial limits and beyond. The case is actually bigger than me, in that there certainly are other victims of shamanic abuse in the Amazon region. I am not the only victim. Indeed, I have already heard from another victim of the same shaman who has nevertheless declined to pursue justice or even to support me in my case. But unlike 99% of the others, I have elected to stand up and fight back, no matter the odds. And against all expectations, my assailant has been indicted. But the battle is not over.

I have no illusions about what I am up against. I was almost killed. I was hurt very badly. I do not know any other place to begin to right the wrongs of this world than to engage whatever situation is right in front of me, the situation that has forced itself to my attention, front and center. That's the only way I know to proceed. 

What happens in the Amazon is vitally important to what happens on this planet. The shamans of the region theoretically have an essential role to play in healing the Amazon and showing the way for humanity to deeply bond with the natural world -- but not if they themselves are abusive to the very people who come to the region to consult the sacred power plants in search of hyper-conscious communion with Mother Nature. 

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