The king of American Agnotology, as it regards climate change (Senator Inhofe), informed us that global warming is the "greatest hoax" ever.
In the previous post of this series, Dredd Blog pointed out that people voted king Inhofe's assertion to be the biggest lie of 2014.
The democrats in the Senate forced a vote on these issues, using several amendments to a bill working its way through the legislative process:
It is nearly 27 years now since a Nasa scientist testified before the US Senate that the agency was 99% certain that rising global [average temperatures] were caused by the burning of fossil fuels.(Guardian, emphasis added). Thus, the Republicans in control in the U.S. Senate ignorantly hold that there is nothing we humans can do, one way or another, about global warming induced climate change, so "move along, nothing to see here folks."
And the Senate still has not got it – based on the results of three symbolic climate change votes on Wednesday night.
The Senate voted virtually unanimously that climate change is occurring and not, as some Republicans have said, a hoax – but it defeated two measures attributing its causes to human activity.
Unless Senators are prepared to acknowledge the causes of climate change, it is likely they will remain unable and unwilling to do anything about it.
Democrats had planned the symbolic, “sense of the Senate” votes as a way of exposing the Republicans’ increasingly embarrassing climate change denial.
II. The Agnotology of It All
Agnotology is the study of ignorance generators within a society, the study of entities which misinform, propagandize, or otherwise generate ignorance in the public consciousness and/or the public subconsciousness.
The Senate is now part of those ignorance generating institutions in American culture, and is fully teamed up with Oil-Qaeda.
The Democrats are also generating ignorance, because they know that being number one in very crude oil extraction is an imminent danger to society (Government Climate Change Report, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
Yet, democrats brag about being number one in the crude oil extraction business that is bringing danger to all living things on this planet we find ourselves on (You Are Here).
III. How Come Dis?
"How could this happen?" must be on a lot of people's minds, because what has been touted as the greatest debating institution of all governing bodies on Earth is becoming daft and absurd.
IV. The Snaky Trail of Oil-Qaeda
Regular readers know that Dredd Blog has chronicled and tracked the snaky trail of Oil-Qaeda, a criminal enterprise that created this lethal legacy over a century or so span of time (e.g. Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch, 2, 3, 4).
That Dredd Blog tracking includes how Oil-Qaeda misled government, how it caused civilization to put fossil fuels into its "lifeblood" --thereby becoming Petroleum Civilization (e.g. The Universal Smedley - 2, Viva Egypt - 2, The Peak Of The Oil Wars - 10, The Fleets & Terrorism Follow The Oil, The Peak of Sanity - 3).
V. End of The Trail: @The Doors of Epigovernment/Private Empire
The trail ends in our day and age, our time, with the saga of how Oil-Qaeda teamed up with vehicle manufacturers, banksters, and military oriented industry to become the Epigovernment (e.g. Epigovernment: The New Model, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), a.k.a. The Private Empire (MOMCOM: The Private Parts, 2, 3, 4, 5), a.k.a. the corporate monster (e.g. Corp Germ > Corp Seed > Corp Monster, 2, 3, 4), and finally, according to the Supreme Five, a "person" with more right to impact public elections and debates than you or me (Citizens United v FEC).
VI. The Impact of Oil-Qaeda on Governance
The chief spokesperson for the Epigovernment is the U.S. President, because, at this time the mainstay strategy of Oil-Qaeda is to substantially harbor its vast power in the "United States."
In the most recent State of the Union Message, the president summed up that reality:
"The United States is on top of the world in terms of energy production, President Barack Obama said during his sixth State of the Union ... “We believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet,” he said during his Jan. 20 address. “And today, America is number one in oil and gas" ...(Petroleum Civilization: The Final Chapter ..., emphasis added). The cultural trance created by oil addiction clearly emerged in the SOTU for all to see (Comparing a Group-Mind Trance to a Cultural Amygdala).
That cultural trance (which leads one to believe that it is cool to be the number one polluter and to be a prime leader in Oil-Qaeda, while destroying the basis of civilization, and all that without negative consequences) is psychotic (Choose Your Trances Carefully, 2).
The U.S. has become a plutocracy, with a plutonomy instead of a democratic economy (The Homeland: Big Brother Plutonomy, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
That we practice the dynamics of a feudal society is of no moment to them either (American Feudalism, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11).
VII. Conclusion: Dissent Will Not Shake Us From The Trance
No amount of dissent is a cure for psychopathy, no, it takes professional psychoanalysis followed with professional psychotherapy / treatment.
Unfortunately, there is no such treatment available, or in existence, for groups of this sort, as Freud intimated:
If the evolution of civilization has such a far reaching similarity with the development of an individual, and if the same methods are employed in both, would not the diagnosis be justified that many systems of civilization —— or epochs of it —— possibly even the whole of humanity —— have become neurotic under the pressure of the civilizing trends? To analytic dissection of these neuroses, therapeutic recommendations might follow which could claim a great practical interest. I would not say that such an attempt to apply psychoanalysis to civilized society would be fanciful or doomed to fruitlessness. But it behooves us to be very careful, not to forget that after all we are dealing only with analogies, and that it is dangerous, not only with men but also with concepts, to drag them out of the region where they originated and have matured. The diagnosis of collective neuroses, moreover, will be confronted by a special difficulty. In the neurosis of an individual we can use as a starting point the contrast presented to us between the patient and his environment which we assume to be normal. No such background as this would be available for any society similarly affected; it would have to be supplied in some other way. And with regard to any therapeutic application of our knowledge, what would be the use of the most acute analysis of social neuroses, since no one possesses power to compel the community to adopt the therapy? In spite of all these difficulties, we may expect that one day someone will venture upon this research into the pathology of civilized communities. [p. 39](Civilization and Its Discontents, S. Freud, 1929, emphasis added). Thus, we are left to watch the catastrophe unfold, emanating from this lethal trance.
Men have brought their powers of subduing the forces of nature to such a pitch that by using them they could now very easily exterminate one another to the last man. They know this —— hence arises a great part of their current unrest, their dejection, their mood of apprehension. [p. 40]
We are left to watch the political pundits, in their own well-honed trance, think and say that politics can cure these psychopaths.
We are left to watch other intellectuals, academics, activists, together with all manner of other well meaning individuals, labor under the illusion that current civilization is exceptional, unlike those that went down before us:
"In other words, a society does not ever die 'from natural causes', but always dies from suicide or murder --- and nearly always from the former, as this chapter has shown."(A Study of History, by Arnold J. Toynbee). Meanwhile, the reality is that long ago Oil-Qaeda chose a trance recklessly, a trance that only a catastrophe it can't handle can shake it out of.
In other words, too little and too late is the nature of its fate.
The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.
"No Time", by Guess Who (lyrics here)