|Insanity First: a Nutter Tale|
As Dredd Blog has noted on occasion, and as have others, there are two ongoing activities of our cultures that are currently threatening the very existence of "civilization" (definition: What Do You Mean - World Civilization?, Confusing "Civilization" With "Species").
These, and any others that are validly related (e.g. The Criminally Insane Epoch: The Criminally Insane Epoch Arises) can be placed into the category "Sixth Mass Extinction" or "Anthropocene" (We Are Riding Out The Sixth Mass Extinction?).
This is considered to be "suicide" (see post title) or omnicide in the sense that it is or was preventable.
The Sixth Mass Extinction (6th Mass Extinction Documentation) began with the Industrial Revolution (The Death Juice of The Worried Revolution), followed some years later by the subsequent Petroleum Revolution (Petroleum Civilization: The Final Chapter (Confusing Life with Death)).
II. Two First Strikes (This is not baseball)
A. The First First Strike
It was the Petroleum Revolution that ended up being the First Strike in the war against the Earth's Life Systems (The Peak of Sanity - 3).
Many government reports, together with many scientific reports, indicate that if unabated, this environmental first strike has the power to destroy civilization (Government Climate Change Report, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
It is already affecting millions of people around the globe, including some in the largest cities, in ways that are changing public planning already:
Climate change is already impacting New York City with rising temperatures(Sea Level Rise NYC, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). This is similar to Miami, Florida, which is already flooding too:
and sea levels, which will only worsen as the century continues, according to a report released Tuesday from a panel of scientific experts.
A rising sea floods all coastal cities
In its 2015 report, the New York City Panel on Climate Change found that the most populous city in the United States is expected to see more frequent heat waves and extreme precipitation events. This is in line with the national and international trends other leading scientific bodies have observed.
Projections [understimates] for sea level rise in New York City are 11 to 21 inches by the 2050s, 18 to 39 inches by the 2080s, and could reach as high as 6 feet by 2100.
You don’t have to look 85 years into the future to see what a sinking world looks like—you only need to look as far as Miami.(Rising Sea Levels Are Already Making Miami’s Floods Worse). There are some projection photos, graphics, and "alarming visions" available (New Meaning Given to Deepwater Horizon).
Climate scientists have been warning the world about sea level rise for years, pleading with governments to cut back on carbon lest all our coastal cities go the way of Venice. In 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fifth Assessment Report, predicting that oceans would rise more than 3 feet by 2100. Those projections make for some alarming visions of the future—cities water-logged, monuments submerged, islands created.
B. The Second First Strike
The other First Strike is the initiation of nuclear war under the recent madness-engendered false belief that a nuclear war can be "won" (Civilization Is Now On Suicide Watch - 2).
The book "Striking First," depicted in the graphic at the top of today's post, as well as in this paper (Striking First, PDF), provide the general concept.
Historically, this was rejected by Bush I but was, not surprisingly, embraced by Bush II (cf. Bush Doctrine, Wolfowitz doctrine).
Surprisingly, to liberals anyway, the doctrine is also embraced by the Obama Administration (Obama Doctrine) with some modifications.
The Russians have picked up on this, and are being urged by their neoCons to implement the first strike dogma too (Russia Doctrine).
III. One Strike And You Are Out (this is not a game)
The ongoing environmental first strike is showing us that we have the power to destroy international cities, international ports, international infrastructure, international food ecosystems, international forest ecosystems, international ocean ecosystems, and the global climate system (we are already way into doing so).
In other words, we are at this moment actively destroying the things that make possible, and support, our global civilization.
Since this post is long enough already, I won't address why the Epigovernment and its government minions want to add another first strike (nuclear attack) to their death-wish list.
That must be left to the psychiatrists for now (but if you must read some psychoanalysis of it, see MOMCOM's Mass Suicide & Murder Pact - 5).
Any individual or group doing this to themselves would be seen as wittingly or unwittingly killing themselves by way of a conscious or unconscious murder-suicide pact (MOMCOM's Mass Suicide & Murder Pact, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Our global culture, as well as our local cultures, can't seem to allow us to grasp that horrid notion.
That is because of the trances our cultures generate for us to grow up in, and to eventually make our own (Choose Your Trances Carefully, 2).
If only the only whores of civilization were simple male and female street walkers doing so because of their survival struggles during personal economic problems.
But, that unfortunately is not the case (The War Whores Ride The War Horse - 2).
The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.
Noam Chomsky addresses the issue: