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Documenting Ecological Collapse
Documenting Ecological Collapse
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Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think -

American full-time minimum wage workers can no longer afford two-bedroom plus housing anywhere -

Dollar General Hits a Gold Mine in Rural America: In the poorest towns, where even Wal-Mart failed, the little-box player is turning a profit. -

Some millennials aren’t saving for retirement because they don’t think capitalism will exist by then -

An alarming number of Americans are worse off than their parents and we're not talking about it enough -

Our insects declined by 75% in 25 years. Now the birds are following 15% in 11 years -

The great nutrient collapse: the atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat -

U.S. Puts Bumblebee On The Endangered Species List For 1st Time -

Oceans risk collapse now more than ever -

Oklahoma hits 100° in the dead of winter -

Human domination of the biosphere: Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind -

Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides -

New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included -

Pacific Threat: 80 Percent of Fish Set to Be Wiped Out as Ocean Temperatures Surge -

78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck -

A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours -

Multi-year sea ice in the Arctic is essentially gone (just 2% left) -

Statement on Visit to the USA, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights -

Humans didn’t exist the last time there was this much CO2 in the air -

Sao Paulo is now feeding its poor weird, dog food like pellets made from a mashup of various expiring foods -

Arctic stronghold of world's seeds flooded after permafrost melts -

The Last Time Oceans Got This Acidic This Fast, 96% of Marine Life Went Extinct -

Mumbai, city of 18 million, 'brought to its knees' today by epic flooding--10x usual monsoon rain -

Louisiana is finalizing a plan to move thousands of people from areas threatened by the rising Gulf of Mexico, effectively declaring uninhabitable a coastal area larger than Delaware -

Almost all the ice covering the Bering Sea has melted, throwing Alaska communities into disarray -

In Rural America, the Postal Service Is Already Collapsing -

America’s wealthy take ‘prepping’ seriously -
Read Desert, innit?
(Fri, 11 May 2018 06:05:27 +0000, 06:05 AM)Ola Boms Wrote: Read Desert, innit?

That's right, Ola, Desert does an OK job at this.

Anonymous - Desert -
(Fri, 11 May 2018 12:31:06 +0000, 12:31 PM)Zhachev Wrote:
(Fri, 11 May 2018 06:05:27 +0000, 06:05 AM)Ola Boms Wrote: Read Desert, innit?

That's right, Ola, Desert does an OK job at this.

Anonymous - Desert -
I'd be interested to hear how folks here relate to this stuff. Personally I'm a beans and potato sort of fellow. But there are some obvious limitations to that of course, takes a village to raise a child or some shit. And things are getting weirder every day, the last couple of years have been odd to say the least.
Are there some constructive stuff to do these days you reckon? Or is it just some bleak shit and better get a gun and a ton of cocaine sort of trajectory (The Road)?
Self preservation runs deep (even in its inverted forms), so a cocktail of social darwinism and mutual aid is going to be an intriguing moral ground to tread.
I've lived in the same location for 30 years, and have never been away for longer than eight months at once. It's interesting the topic of self-preservation has been raised. Thinking about it, observing the changes to my local ecology, especially over just the last year or so has definitely kicked-on some unknown drive within, to anticipate what could (and probably will) happen. Everyone in the milieu is arguing and writing, trying to sell and transmit their writing and personas, or their brands of leftism or anarchism. It seems totally futile to me. The most adaptable survive, those able to change quickly enough. We need to just keep moving and focus on ways to stay alive. I for one am not interested in jobs or political rackets.
The Fall of Rome
W. H. Auden, 1907 - 1973

(for Cyril Connolly)

The piers are pummelled by the waves;
In a lonely field the rain
Lashes an abandoned train;
Outlaws fill the mountain caves.

Fantastic grow the evening gowns;
Agents of the Fisc pursue
Absconding tax-defaulters through
The sewers of provincial towns.

Private rites of magic send
The temple prostitutes to sleep;
All the literati keep
An imaginary friend.

Cerebrotonic Cato may
Extol the Ancient Disciplines,
But the muscle-bound Marines
Mutiny for food and pay.

Caesar’s double-bed is warm
As an unimportant clerk
On a pink official form.

Unendowed with wealth or pity,
Little birds with scarlet legs,
Sitting on their speckled eggs,
Eye each flu-infected city.

Altogether elsewhere, vast
Herds of reindeer move across
Miles and miles of golden moss,
Silently and very fast.

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