Monday, May 29

Greed Takes Over the Job of God

 “Two plus two is five – if the party says so”

George Orwell

Should anyone record the history of the 20th and 21st centuries,  they may report that, while temperatures and sea levels were rising, the  human sense of reality has been clouded by electronic system, including  television, the internet and smart phones, by science fiction, virtual  realities, public circuses, fake news, gratuitous hype and superlatives,  overtaking common sense and the quest for protection of the Earth and  the survival of the species.

As glaciers melt, sea levels rise at an accelerate rate and intense  hurricanes and wildfires increase, by a factor of ~3 since early in the  20th century, unthinkable consequences of runaway  global warming and nuclear wars loom. A new Orwellian age of fake news,  half-truths, cover-ups and false flags is becoming the order of the day. When $trillions are spent on weapons of mass  destruction instead of protecting nature and humanity from global  heating, the hapless inhabitants of planet Earth are left with a  non-choice between a nuclear winter and a greenhouse summer. When  politicians lay flowers on the graves of soldiers and at the same time  re-arming for future wars, or decline to endorse anti-nuclear treaties,  or pledge token action on climate change while promoting new coal mines,  can anyone believe it when they talk about a “future”? 

Glacier Ice
melting ice

Hoodwinked by the half-truths of a conscience-free mainstream media,  the inhabitants of suburbia international have become more interested in  cricket ball tampering, Eurovision-type circuses and royal weddings,  allowing the “powers that be” to proceed with policies leading toward  ecocide and genocide.

It may or may not be understood, but is hardly reported by the  mainstream media that, under a global temperature rise of +1.5C, which  has already been reached over the continents (see this),  sea level is committed to rise by more than 10 meters, flooding coastal  plains, delta and low river valleys where the bulk of the world’s  population live and grows food, and where major industrial centers and  cities are located. This would include large parts of Bangladesh, India,  Pakistan, Vietnam, China, Philippines, Egypt, Italy, Netherlands,  Germany, UK, southeast USA, and many other parts of the world,  triggering large waves of migration. Although the precise time table is  unclear, several meters sea level rise during the 21st century is possible.

Depending on the extent to which fossil fuel combustion and  amplifying feedbacks take place, on current trajectories warming would  rise toward and beyond +2 degree Celsius, amplified by the release of  methane from the polar oceans and from melting permafrost. A rise of  global temperatures to and above Pliocene (5.2-2.6 million years-ago)  level (+2C to +3C) would result in 25+/-12 meters sea level rise and  higher, changing the map of the world (see this).

It does it look as if the Empire is inclined to do much to  arrest climate change. In so far as the rest of the world may decide to  attempt to limit global warming, this would depend on: 

  • Whether the rise in global temperature has already reached a point of no return?
  • Whether current emission levels will be halted and negative  emissions, namely carbon capture and storage, can be sequestered on a  scale that can arrest and reverse global heating?
  • Whether governments may undertake such measures despite pressure by the fossil fuel industry and their powerful lobbies?
  • Would governments be able to divert the $trillion-scale funds from  the military-industrial complex toward climate mitigation and  adaptation?

On January 17, 1961, retiring President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned

In the councils of government, we must guard against  the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by  the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise  of misplaced power exists, and will persist”. 

If leaders are unwilling or unable to convey the facts of  climate change to the populations, what chance is there they would be  prepared to elaborate on the enormous danger of a global nuclear  conflict? Although in principle the advent of nuclear weapons  is supposed to have rendered wars obsolete, at present no negotiations  are being held between the big powers on limiting nuclear weapons or  removing them from on-alert state. Given the absence of real ideological  differences between west and east, both dominated by oligarchs, a  rising rivalry based on oil and weapons is pushing the world toward a  nuclear suicide pact by accident or design. 

The first casualty of war being the truth (Hiram Johnson), in the  lack of leadership this role should fall on the Fourth Estate. Dominated  by the rating and infotainment, much of the mainstream media has  undertaken the role of prosecutor, judge and jury on behalf of dominant  political lobbies. Rather than advocating peace, much of the press  vilifies perceived enemies using derogatory language. No one wants to  believe in conspiracy theories, such are propagated where it serves a  political purpose, but history is full of examples of false flag  attacks, some of which have led to war:

The realities of the world belong to the starved masses bombarded in  distant regions, not to those who watch them on television. Should there  be anyone to record the history of the 20th and 21st  centuries, they may observe that, while temperatures and sea levels  were rising, the human sense of veracity has been clouded by electronic  systems, including television, internet, smart phones, Facebook,  Twitter, public circuses, science fictions, fake news, virtual  realities, hype and superlatives, overtaking the human common sense and  the quest for survival. 

Dr Andrew Glikson, Earth  and Paleo-climate science, ANU School of Anthropology and  Archaeology, ANU Climate Change Institute, ANU Planetary Science  Institute, Honorary Associate Professor, Geothermal Energy Centre of  Excellence, University of Queensland. 
The original source of this article is Global Research Copyright © Dr. Andrew Glikson, Global Research

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