Friday, October 7, 2016

Pat Lang — Kerry threatens a Security Council silliness

I am old. I lived through the great days of the US. I am ready for the cataclysm that may come soon. pl
I had the same thought today after processing the feeds. Coherence is cracking to the point that anything could trigger a collapse.

I said some time ago that younger people should be considering options and making plans.

The fall out in the Northern Hemisphere will affect all life. (BTW, the North Pacific has already been contaminated by Fukushima).

Oz and NZ are possibilities in the Souther Hemphishere, but they will likely also be targets.

Avoid Europe at all costs. It will be the epicenter.

Costa Rica, Ecuador and Chile are possibilities. They are free societies. The down side of Ecuador is that it also in the crosshairs for regime change.

Or chose to stay in the belly of the tiger and take your chances will resisting the growing crazy.

Sic Semper Tyrannis
Kerry threatens a Security Council silliness.
Col. W. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.), former military intelligence officer at the US Defense Intelligence Agency


Ryan Harris said...

You'll drive yourself crazy worrying about things over which you exercise no control.

Obama isn't worried about nuclear war because he knows he won't authorize a launch.

If Putin lobs a few Russian nukes, they aren't a huge threat to the US or Europe anymore, we've a variety of defenses.

One or two may slip by, but hey... no one is perfect.

So can we please get back to the real news, Trump and Clinton antics? Please.

If you feel you must exercise some control here, the next President's personal email and her staff's addresses are:

Hillary ---->

Now can we get back to the real stuff, Trump and grabbing pus** and Clinton assuring her backers that her "dream is a hemispheric common market, with open markets and open borders." Freshly hacked clinton email server.

Tom Hickey said...

Pat Lang is apparently chiefly concerned about nuclear conflagration. My concern extends beyond that.

1. The coherence of collective consciousness is cracking globally. In this context, a single incident can set off a chain reaction.

While it is far-fetched to attribute the outbreak of WWI to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, it was arguably the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak. The world is approaching that point now and it is reflected in apparently unrelated conditions in many countries and regions. When the collective consciousness is shaky, there are knock on effects. All that is missing is a spark to ignite a blaze and initiate contagion.

2. If you want to live in a free society, the Western liberal countries are in the process of shutting down. This is not going to resolve itself quickly. It looks to be spiraling down rather than improving.

3. The Northern Hemisphere is becoming increasing polluted include radioactivity with the possibility of much more.

4. I don't see any countervailing forces on the horizon. The cavalry is not on the way.

Ryan Harris said...

I'm so optimistic about technology, elections bringing political reforms, the space race, consciousness improvements around economics and so much to look forward to with this new crispr tech, health and agriculture.

I walk around the buffalo bayou here in Houston and the estuaries sometimes to go see birds and plants, the waterways are lined with giant chemical and petro plants, it is one the largest conglomerations of petro-plants in the world and the water is pristine, teaming with life, crabs, shell fish, fish, hundreds of species of birds.

Our air and water quality have never been better since industrialization and we produce 1/3 of the chemicals and half the plastics for the country, a big portion of the fuel for the entire nation within a few mile radius. Our government isn't perfect, and companies are always trying to cheat, but it's easy to lose sight of the improvements among all the criticism in an election. We're investing more in renewables than fossils. That's HUGE. There is always more work to do and problems but we're pretty darn good now in terms of pollution. Every year we have fewer summer days where air quality is even a concern.

It's hard to get into these issues that I see as essentially solved and in the past. Even on Climate change, we had two big independent studies this week that singled out the data keepers at NASA as having fiddled their data, this is hope, we can't solve problems when the 4 or 5 people at the US and UK agencies that collect the data from the satellites won't let us have our publicly owned raw data without a fight. Scientific analysis isn't possible when the data being analyzed has been adjusted in an undisclosed way.

But none the less, we're winning the hearts and minds, more than 2/3 of American's now reject catastrophism in the latest polls because they understand the flawed methods and don't accept the conclusions. Completely rational, yet they still support moving toward renewables and less pollution because it is needed.

Catastrophism support is strongest in places where, where temperature anomalies have really existed for a few years now, most significantly in the west and north west and alaska. People in the South, were temperatures have been cooler and have had fewer hurricanes in recent decades than normal, they largely reject "warming."

Our ties with China, the other side we don't talk about, our social and economic integration grows by the day, we share and collaborate at every level, science, technology, industry. War is unimaginable. Even twitter is rumored to be sold to a Chinese tech company. Watch out when alibaba or weibo and twitter are combined!

Things are different now in the sense that we don't have isolated populations of largely disconnected ignorant people so the cascade of events that lead to WWI is less likely. We have better medical systems that help prevent crazy leaders with Meds. Systems of checks and balances, even in Russia and China and India.

Language barriers still exist but technology has helped.

Not all doom and gloom.

Not to diminish the real and significant risks you have showed us all, it's just a different side of our governments and politics and people.

Tom Hickey said...

That is the rising wave to be optimistic about. It's the cresting wave that is concerning.

This is a dangerous time because as the currently dominant wave crests, the old ways stop working and the people in charge that have profited fin status, power and wealth resist change mightily and do everything in their considerable power to subvert it.

But history marches on dialectically. As one wave crests and beaks, another wave rises to replace it.

The future is the swells behind it that are hardly visible in the distance and nothing is visible beyond the horizon.

Tom Hickey said...

BTW, the reason I am not putting up links to developments in US politics is that it has descended into the sewer on both sides and become disgusting. The world to watch in horror as the US decides who will be the most powerful person on the planet based on who is the least bad a choice.

Furthermore, it is now impossible to tell where the truth lies anymore, the "persuasion" has become so thick.

It's a stinking pile.

Tom Hickey said...

And I should also add that the US media is also heavily responsible for this. The media has also rushed down into the sewer.

GLH said...

"Natanyahu has asked Putin to mediate the Israeli/Palestinian dispute."
Tom Hickey: Do you believe this?

MRW said...

Where'd you get the email addresses, Ryan? ;-)

Bob said...

The "Anthropocene" is going to be the shortest era ever.

Matt Franko said...

The US is a coarse society Tom....

Tom Hickey said...

Tom Hickey: Do you believe this?

At the rumors stage, I believe, but being discussed as a possibility.

Tom Hickey said...

The US is a coarse society

For sure. Hard to pin a cause on it but it started in the Sixties with the counterculture. Young people began losing respect for the leadership then.

Moreover, "youth" became cool, and after a while, acting out like an adolescent became part of the culture.

Of course, that was picked up by the media. I attribute much of the rise of "tabloid journalism" in the mainstream to Rupert. He showed it to be a successful business model.

The persuasion types also noticed a growing opportunity to influence so the advertising, PR, and propaganda industries made hay.

Interactive access provided by the net and then social media lowered the bar even more. Now just about anything goes.

Now it's become cultural thing and is likely to persist for a long while.

Ryan Harris said...

Our grandparents and their grandparents were no saints.

"downright attacks of a gendered and sexual nature have long fashioned the rhetoric of presidential elections. In 1804, for example, the Federalists accused Thomas Jefferson of an interracial sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemings (proven correct, as turns it out), while in 1800 the Democratic-Republicans had attacked John Adams as possessing a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”"

In the beautiful Jessie and the handsome John, the Republicans offered a virile, coupled alternative to Buchanan’s sterile, singular bachelorhood. “The Democrats have no feminine element in their two-legged, walking platform; no Jessie to hurrah for; no Jessie to vitalize their manhood and kindle their enthusiasm! Theirs is a bachelor party, and it will be a bachelor Administration if they get it.”

"The conservative Democratic Party that incautiously persisted in its love affair with bachelor candidates. When the next bachelor president ran for office (the Democrat Grover Cleveland in 1884), he also faced questions about his manhood and sexuality. But unlike Buchanan, Cleveland married soon after entering office. His marriage to the exceedingly young Frances Clara Folsom—he was forty-nine and she was twenty-one—scandalized the nation "

"Donald Trump, who at age sixty-nine is twenty-four years older than his wife Melania Knauss Trump, would fit right in with Grover Cleveland, or for that matter the twice-married John Tyler—who in 1844, at age fifty-four, married the twenty-four-year-old Julia Gardiner."