Jada, a historian and economic analyst, sends this article by Lisi Krall, an Environmental Economic Professor in New York. With the advent of agriculture 150,000 years of modern human existence took a jagged turn. The versatility we developed to cope in a complex and changing, but patterned, natural world, working cooperatively with the other humans we knew, gave us a broad palate of skills in cooperation, analysis, and experimentation, and the ability to preserve and transmit our experimental findings. When we began growing crops and livestock, we increased the amount of available food energy, and began to support higher levels of organization, like kings, armies, bankers and capitalists. Now that we have become a vast global colony of billions of ants, supporting a power structure that has to grow at any cost, we may have evolved this colony-super-organism that cannot be controlled. It has to keep doing what it does until the earth is a contaminated, desertified and lifeless ball.
(I think Professor Krall sees very well the box we have made, from the inside. Her closing statements reveal that she does not see a life without corporate and government bureaucracy in her visions. It is beyond most people, but not all people.)
Doomstead Diner presents, "The Bumpy Road Down, More Trends in Collapse"
How do things collapse when a population overshoots the carrying capacity of an environment? This is good, basic analysis, nothing fancy.
The US Doubles Down as Empire Declines:
This is an urgent situation for all people in the world. In the US, we carry an extra burden as citizens of empire to do what we can to oppose US imperialism. We must be clear that it is time to end wars and other tools of regime change, to become a cooperative member of the world community and to prioritize the needs of people and protection of the planet.
Charles Hugh Smith presents the analysis that the appointment of Josh Bolton as National Security adviser may be a deal between the dominant faction of the deep-state, which the Clintons and Bushes fronted for, and the insurgent wing of the deep-state that Trump represents. Trump has failed to be swatted away like a mosquito, and it is looking like it might be worth it to stop protecting the Clintons and do some business. (Uranium-One is the real Russian-influence bombshell.) Bolton is presented here as the anti-Christ, a role that lets him use his power to destroy other humans. He is so aggressive that he makes Israelis cringe. Is he going to clear out the deadwood, then be fired, himself? WW-3 is what he really wants, of course.
Jim Kunstler also looks at some reshuffling of deep-state personnel, now that so much dirt has come out that it is time for a few heads to roll so the show can go on.
The ominous silence enveloping the DOJ the week after Andrew McCabe’s firing — and before the release of the FBI Inspector General’s report — suggests to me that a grand jury is about to convene and indictments are in process, not necessarily from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s office. The evidence already publicly-aired about FBI machinations and interventions on behalf of Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump looks bad from any angle, and the wonder was that it took so long for anyone at the agency to answer for it...
None of these public servants have cut a plea bargain yet, as far as is publicly known, but they are all, for sure, in a lot of trouble. Culpability may not stop with them. Tendrils of evidence point to a coordinated campaign that included the Obama White House and the Democratic National Committee starring Hillary Clinton. Robert Mueller even comes into the picture both at the Uranium One end of the story and the other end concerning the activities of his old friend, Mr. Comey.
How to Get Rid of Paranoid Conspiracy Theorists, Caitlin Johnstone, Thanks Cat.
(It looks like it would probably work, too. :-)
A Universal Basic Income is Capitulation to Capitalism, Claire Connelly (Everybody gets a pittance for Cheetos, beer and internet porn, and degraded, and eventually snuffed-as-worthless...)