Guns N Roses

October 17, 2007 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Bhopal, Chernobyl, global evils, global warming, guns, Hiroshima, Iraq War, Ngobel Prize, peace, self destruction, spin, unnatural disaster, weapons of mass destruction, WMD, WW1 | 2 Comments

It used to be that the worst we could do was to kill off a few of our own species by instigating nasty but localised disasters,

think: Chernobyl, Hiroshima, the Holocaust, Cambodia’s Killing Fields, Bhopal, WW1, Iraq…

And with a little minor collateral damage thrown in such as loss of habitats and some consequent reduction in biodiversity.

Global evils are a relatively new creation of mankind.

The reality is that somewhere in the 1950s we created enough nuclear firepower to completely destroy all life on earth.

Now, that’s global!

Of course, TODAY the United States of America can be proud of having the ABILITY, and all on their lonesome, to destroy a hundred earths.

Russia may have more, or less and China? Then there’s Israel, India, South Africa, Great Britain, France, Germany, maybe and now Brazil too and maybe Iran.

So let’s say, for the sake of argument, that’s another few hundred worlds worth…

I wonder whether that is why there are so many astronomers looking for habitable earthlike planets?

Well, when they do get started, (on using all of that lovely firepower) let’s just hope that they start as far away from this earth as possible!

Now we are also being told, that without ever having intended any such harm, nonetheless, we are well on our way to warming our own little globe so much that it may destroy all of life – at least life as we now know it.

The exciting part of that is that it gives evolution a fresh start and maybe, just maybe, something as purely self (and other) destructive as humankind will not be the result the next time round, but then, it is nature, “red in tooth and claw”(1) that we are talking about! It could even be worse. maybe, we’re not so bad after all?

So, this is not ultimately about survival. It looks like sooner (odds on), or later (less and less likely), we will most certainly cease to exist.

But, it certainly is about what we are doing in the meantime.

I think it would be nice if we could go out in a blaze of glory. I really do think that this is something that we can perhaps manage. It’s just a small matter of trying not to do any harm to others for the next few years.

Now, is that such a big deal?

Think of posterity.

Think of what some species in the year 3,000 is going to find as they sift through the archaeological dust. Era after era of nastiness, wars, destruction, one upmanship, weapons of destruction and then weapons of mass destruction and then wars based on spin about WMD that never existed, and then… peace.

Peace,

did I hear someone say

PEACE????

And the Ngobel Prize in History for the year 3,001 goes to – #$(*&%)@@*!!!, for the discovoverery of “Peace”…

“The History of Peace”

A richly and horrifyingly illustrated guide to the heroic end of what can only be termed as the most unimaginably uncivilized species to have ever gained intelligence.

It all began in the year 2007, when the species Humanus selfdestructivus realised that they were soon to no longer exist.

#$(*&%)@@*!!! finally succeeded in translating the digital data after almost 300 years of deciphering in base 2, and the result is the publication of a truly remarkable document that has been miraculously preserved. The story recounts how, when this realisation of imminent and irrevocable demise suddenly spread on the WWW, the entire Humanus selfdestructivus decided, mysteriously, and courageously, to spend their last years alive on the planet Ge, in PEACE…

(read more…)

(1) Canto LVI, Alfred Lord Tennnyson, “In Memoriam”

BIODIVERSITY versus Global Warming

May 19, 2007 at 9:49 pm | Posted in biodiversity, bioinversity, biosphere, ecosystem, endangered species, global warming | 2 Comments

A lovely new tool for comparing up to three different blogworld variables is available on icerocket and I used it to see how biodiversity was doing in comparison to global warming in the blogosphere.

The result was disheartening. Folks are much, much more worried about a crisis that is yet to come than they are about an ongoing and potentially much more devastating one – loss of BIODIVERSITY!

I AM A BIT AT A LOSS. How does one convince people that we are losing species permanently on a daily basis? Once stable ecosystems are endangered and will be irrecoverably lost if we don’t start taking immediate action. Once a species is lost it will never be regained and once an ecosystem is damaged by species loss, that ecosystem is doomed!

Here are the actual stats as of May 18th, 2007:

GW = Global Warming, B = Biodiversity and E = Endangered Species

Trend Terms……Posts per day……….Average %…….Total posts

GW…………………1,353.91…………….. 0.1791………….121,852

B……………………..53.16………………..0.0069……………4,784

E……………………..96.30………………..0.0127……………8,667

That’s at present something like 25 times as much activity on GW than it deserves and biodiversity needs to get 50 times stronger…

Any Bright Ideas?

The minute you start getting concerned about bioinversity and start blogging on it and doing something about it, these stats will surely improve.

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Biodiversity – The Inverse Main Point

April 3, 2007 at 6:14 am | Posted in biodiversity, bioinversity, biosphere, blogosphere, global warming, GW | 17 Comments


The blogosphere is full of much talk of environmental issues.

GW (or global warming) seems to take the cake for popularity. The fear factor and much media hype are partly responsible for the focus on GW even though one admits that the overall concern may be a very valid one.

But, for the biosphere, what are the real issues and environmental concerns?

If I had to pick the one greatest concern it would be the growth of
bioinversity / the loss of biodiversity.

I prefer the previous term as more descriptive of what is actually happening – species of all sorts are disappearing once and for all.
It is frightening. Bioinversity means that ecosystems will die, for
the interdependencies are huge.
We won’t notice the changes
overnight but our children,
and theirs in turn, will curse us as
the blindest of fools!

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Aligning with TERROR

September 6, 2006 at 4:35 am | Posted in allies, extrajudicial incarceration, global warming, JFK, Manmohan Singh, neocononialism, non-aligned, preemptive strikes, racial profiling, rendering, spying, terror, torture, Wolfowitz | Leave a comment

“To those new states whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom–and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required–not because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” from JFK’s inaugural address!

That America no longer exists…

Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia…we must maintain the mechanisms for deterring potential competitors from even aspiring to a larger regional or global role.” (Paul Wolfowitz, then under-secretary of defense, way back in 1992)

In the context of the future of our world, alignment with perpetrators of war will result in terror. Just yesterday India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh , issued a warning that India was going to be targeted by terrorists. He went on to say that he had reliable information that our nation was riddled with secret terrorist cells that are just waiting for a chance to create mayhem. I have no doubts as to the origin of that”intelligence” and even less doubt that it will soon be backed up by some attempt to drive us in fear to the neocon doorstep!

Here then is the NEOCONONIAL vision for Asia

Common sense should tell us that those who find it easy to kick their 50-year-old most favored ally + bosom buddy (Pak) out overnight are not fit to be considered as potential friends.
I like Manmohan Singh and he has been a good Prime Minister – so far. But, the day that our government decides to align with the creators of ‘the war on terror’ is the day that we destroy India’s security. There will be no peace of mind, there will be no peace. We will henceforth become paranoid for that is the price of being allied to:

A country that is willing to do anything in order to hegemonise the world’s oil supply…

  • A country that ‘renders’ human beings to torture.
  • A country that raises taxes for the poor while lowering taxes for the rich.
  • A country that promotes racial profiling.
  • A country that maintains prisons outside its own jurisdiction deliberately to avoid due process.
  • A country that believes it can preemptively strike anytime, anywhere.
  • A country that denies its own citizens of the freedoms guaranteed by its constitution.
  • A country that spies on everything including what its own people do.
  • A country that hires mercenaries to do its dirty work.
  • A country that provides its ally with cluster bombs to murder civilians.
  • A country that is committed first to its corporations and considers its citizens as the fodder of big business.
  • A country that allows thousands to die in a hurricane because they are poor.
  • A country that lied to create a war.
  • A country that encourages global warming.
  • A country that systematically coerces other nations to either support it or shut up.
  • An administration that repudiates the Geneva Convention and is desperately trying to legalise torture

I and all those that love our nation – and our world – would not want to have anything to do with such as these.

Whatever inducements the U.S. has used, whatever be the cost of refusing their allures, please say NO!

We have always been non-aligned, let’s stay that way.

“We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore that we may be worthy of our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time the ancient vision of ‘peace on earth, good will toward men.’ That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain”

Let’s pray that the most powerful country on today’s earth does come back to its roots and regains its sense of equilibrium!

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