Archive | March, 2014

End of Evolution: a Retrospective

25 Mar

November, 2042
The natural evolution of life on planet Earth began to come to an end one hundred years ago on December 2, 1942 under a squash court in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The wizard who precipitated this event was the brilliant Italian physicist, Enrico Fermi.

Now the planet is de facto, bankrupt; no longer solvent. At this moment in time, the natural evolution of species is perhaps doomed to end and be replaced by worldwide genetic contamination as mankind can no longer afford to safely maintain or dispose of the countless machines and devices that have been produced since Professor Fermi released the genii by starting the first successful controlled nuclear chain reaction.

There had been opportunity for America to neuter the jinn from that day in 1942 until September 16, 1985, the day on which the USA went broke, became a debtor nation, no longer a viable Empire and could not afford to bear the costs and responsibility for the hideously dangerous forces it had released; assuming, which is exceedingly doubtful, it ever had intended to do so. No limits to growth were seriously considered in those halcyon days. Limiting growth then, as now, means sharing what we already have. Anathema, then, as it is now.

At the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the apex of the misadventure, there were, according to Nuclear Power Today, updated in February, 2011:

“… now over 440 commercial nuclear power reactors operating in 30 countries, 56 countries operate a total of about 250 research reactors and a further 180 nuclear reactors power some 140 ships and submarines. Over 60 further nuclear power reactors are under construction, while over 150 are firmly planned”.

“The magnitude of the radiation generated in a nuclear power plant is almost beyond belief … The original uranium fuel that is subject to the fission process becomes 1 billion times more radioactive in the reactor core. A thousand-megawatt nuclear power plant contains as much long-lived radiation as that produced by the explosion of 1,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs.” Dr. Helen Caldicott

That huge number of nuclear appliances was dwarfed by the tally, courtesy of ICAN, of 23,300 nuclear warheads around the globe. Add to this the immense volume of nuclear waste which had always defied safe long term storage. This was the situation worldwide decades before the looming end of nature’s sovereignty. In the year 2011 it was theoretically possible, with a huge expenditure of resources and treasure worldwide, to prevent the catastrophe looming just ahead. The knowledge of mankind having long passed the peak of affordable oil strengthened the resolve of industry and political decision makers not to open honest discussion or to consider implementation. Nothing at all was done.

An example of the mind-set of most humans at that time is the launching of a missile towards Mars in November of 2011 containing scores of ounces of Plutonium regarded as the most lethal substance known. In what must have been the most maniacal piece of uber-hubris in decades that mission, curiously enough called ‘Curiosity’, was purported to seek signs of Life on that sphere but by sending forth a parcel of Death always in the name of Progress.

Mankind had prior warning of the consequences of uncontrolled nuclear fission with the experiences of Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986 and Fukushima, Japan in 2011. Nevertheless, In the inevitable course of events, the tens of thousand of devices resultant after the early Chicago experiments have been left poorly attended. Without the absolutely precise knowledge for their maintenance, combined with the enormous cost of this critical attention, they have been effectively abandoned.

“Ionizing radiation—the kind that minerals, atom bombs and nuclear reactors emit—does one main thing to the human body: it weakens and breaks up DNA, either damaging cells enough to kill them or causing them to mutate in ways that may eventually lead to cancer.

… This ionizing radiation can damage DNA molecules directly, by breaking the bonds between atoms, or it can ionize water molecules and form free radicals, which are highly reactive and also disrupt the bonds of surrounding molecules, including DNA.” POPSCI The Future Now

Peter Dedon, a member of the Radiation Protection Committee at MIT, explained: “What happens is that the nucleus of radioactive elements undergoes decay and emits high-energy particles. If you stand in the way of those particles, they are going to interact with the cells of your body. You literally get a particle, an energy packet, moving through your cells and tissues.”

“What long-term effects can radiation have?
The effect of the radiation may not be to kill the cell, but to alter its DNA code in a way that leaves the cell alive but with an error in the DNA blueprint. The effect of this mutation will depend on the nature of the error and when it is read. Since this is a random process, such effects are now called stochastic. Two important stochastic effects of radiation are cancer, which results from mutations in nongerm cells (termed somatic cells), and heritable changes, which result from mutations in germ cells (eggs and sperm).”

… ACHRE Report

With all of civilization on the edge of abyss here in the middle of the twenty-first century and trying desperately to feed and/or quell the remaining billions of frantic citizens, little effort or funding is directed toward confronting the pending nuclear dilemma. This oversight is critical because without constant attention these neglected devices ultimately begin to alter life on the planet. Nature has little ability to cope with the radiation emanating from those thousands of impaired devices and storage facilities and the genetics of living organisms is affected in myriads of ways by the onslaught.

Those lethal ions spewing forth unchecked bring illness, death or failing both, blast apart DNA and change forever nature’s prior mandate. Species are affected to varying degrees and for all time. Were any Martian organisms doomed as well by man’s folly?

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Women of the World Summit / ‘Bitchkrieg’!

17 Mar

April 3-5, 2040
Western Hemisphere Conference
Monterrey, Mexico
Note:
The outstanding success at 2039 United Nations Congress in Canberra, Australia where our female delegates pursued and enacted Resolutions taking the Big 4 Nations to task for the first time for past psychopathic behaviors, is now a part of our history. Monterrey has been very hospitable, plus being high and dry, for the ten years we have been meeting here and we are thankful the port at Tampico is able to still handle our vital sea traffic despite the flooding problem. Some delegates still brave overland travel regardless of the punishing fuel cost. We salute your determination and welcome you all.

In preparing for the upcoming W of the W Summit please keep the momentum going—

(Suggested Agenda)

1. Consider disqualifying from positions of power women who have arrived to prominence emulating men. Not helpful to perpetuate all those bad habits. Search for women who have tendencies and traits that demonstrate freedom from testosterone mimicry.

2. First order of business: Reclaim uteri and other personal appurtenances. Disregard all advice and restrictions for maintenance and usage not female originated; especially ignore celibate elderly males.

3. Recommend immediate change to specifications for the new United Nations site at Canberra. Since the world is already saturated with phallic oases, in the spirit of limited growth, replace this next, really huge tower, with three story walk-up. No elevators; great exercise for delegates, et al.

4. Put hold on all future development plans until vetted by female engineers or female city planners unless more phallic oases are intended.

5. Consider doing something men would never do. Save something for the future. Unless you want the gran-kiddos living on berries in caves, leave them a little something. Maybe some coal or oil; some raw material to make stuff with; a few trees and maybe a fish or two. Whatever you can spare which, as of now, is— nothing! It’s all spoken for. Best estimates say another 24 years, then zip, it’s all gone, unless you put something aside for them now.

6. Until people are dropping dead on the street, males tend to defend the indefensible i.e. Fukushima, Chernobyl, the recent others, etc. Very likely babies will die from the fallout all over the place. While you’re deciding what to leave the grand-kids consider a big pile of dough to shut down the reactors, generating plants, spent fuel storage facilities and a score of thousands of old nuke bombs which will be still laying around festering. Oh, and another pile of dough to educate future nuclear engineers and technicians to do the dirty work in getting rid of them.

7. Until the ‘Uproaring Twenties’, if you were unhappy with the way you were raised in the amatory arts, you felt helpless about your own daughter’s training. In your day women were likely to be led through the elysian mysteries by that greatest of all tutors; a randy young male. The radical gals of the 20’s changed the way we educate our young women, hopefully, for all time. Include a tribute to them.

Summation

The male mind set that has been governing the globe lacks a clear future inclination and could lead the species to extinction if allowed to continue unabated, therefore:

A hundred plus generations is quite enough as we, all of us, are now quite noticeably…stuck. We are stuck in the here and now; stuck in today, stuck in a male mind set.

Human populations were not sufficiently numerous nor technologically advanced in the past to cause grievous planetary harm. This is no longer true. Every day we come closer to the point of no return and nowhere is seen the remedy for reversing possible terminal decline.
Two things, and only two, are commanded by nature: reproduction of species and death. All else is option.

Males are largely indifferent to the former but appear much devoted to the latter.Too often the violent demise of some other male is a consuming focus of male effort.

The Earth has endured a hundred plus generations of male domination. Human life may one day soon be forfeit as a result. An innate lack of future orientation sufficient to overcome exploitation of the planet for temporal gain suggests males are unfit for continued leadership. Be advised.

Ad Hoc Committee
The 2040 Women of the World Summit

Sanity of Big 4 Nations Examined

11 Mar

U.N. 2039

Background*
The official dispatch from United Nations Headquarters in Canberra, Australia contained guarded reference to the heated debate between advocates for including Brazil among the Big 4 and those opting for selecting Japan. Emotions had been heated at plenary sessions worldwide before the onset of the annual conference.

Japan, long a major player on the world stage had suffered financially early in the 21st century and after the Fukushima disaster, struggled mightily to retain its position. Brazil, on the other hand, had an ploddingly slow rise into late prominence by 2020.

Bulletin*
The first act of the plenum was the vote which put Japan on the agenda rather than Brazil.
( This was only the third annual U.N. conference since Australia was chosen to replace New York City as U.N. Headquarters and was proving to be the most difficult.)

Aside*
Our crew outside U.N. Headquarters here in Canberra strive to keep up with events happening inside and rely on delegates willing to talk off the record to us.
One of our wags has labeled this session … “Madness and the Web of Days”

Background*
When events in the Northern Hemisphere had become impossible to control, a series of treaties, pacts and detente’s had been initiated to curtail violence and retard further massive emigrations. When oil first hit $200 a barrel commercial air travel became history and made Australia a reluctant choice for U.N. Headquarters because of the travel distances involved for many countries. With stringent regs. on new growth it was impossible to even consider a permanent presence for delegates as had been the past custom. Reluctantly, a six to eight week annual session was established.

(Our crew left by steam/sail December 7 to assure being here and ready for this very sunny opening day, January 10, 2039.)

Scheduling of January as the annual date for meeting was prompted by the weather in the region but caused countless problems in transportation for northern countries. Travel of course is limited to sail assisted steamship for the most distant travelers and travel time is unpredictable. Adding to the daunting logistics is that, in addition to the delegates, staff and functionaries, a large contingent of mental health experts are included in this session. 2039 is shaping up to be a game changer year.

Female delegates have outnumbered males in the U.N.by a ratio of three to one since the gender renaissance of the ‘UproaringTwenties’ and early thirties. Female assertiveness and refusal to countenance further degradation of the environment helped greatly in bringing about the detente’s, treaties and pacts that have cobbled together the tenuous ‘pax cogito’ we endure.

The keystone event on the calendar is scheduled for today’s session. As a carry over from the 2038 session, it is easily the most controversial and fraught with peril item ever attempted by the U.N. in its long history. Today will witness the four leading nations, China, Japan, United States and Russia on the proverbial couch each trying to prove why they should be judged the least psychopathic of the Big 4 nations. Scores of professionals recruited for psychological expertise will be laboring to examine past and recent performance to try to ascertain which of the group is most (least) likely to upset the delicate world equation. Such a psychoanalytical undertaking would have been unthinkable prior to the introduction of female sensibilities into world governance in recent years.

Aside*
Rumors from our off the record delegates has produced hints a majority of delegates see Russia as the least mentally disturbed of the lot. Often cited was the remarkable transition that occurred in the later part of the 20th century during the collapse of 70 years of Soviet control. In a short period of time that nation underwent radical change with amazing resilience, reached down deep in the collective psyche for stability and balance and became a significant world force soon afterward despite constant provocation from the West.

When pressed for further word of final rankings, our delegates confessed witnessing profound confusion as to where to place China and the United States in the line-up. They are both seen as mentally unhinged and potentially deadly if ever lapsing back to former behaviors. That both were once incredibly materialistic and had exhibited profound motor car mania in the past is repeatedly cited.

Most delegates agreed the U.S. was the primary initiator of most of the excesses cited but China was scorned for ignoring history and having come willfully ‘late to the party’ as if nothing was known of the devastating negative impact of excess materialism and unbridled growth. Most agreed that perhaps the U.S. was slightly the lesser of evils since, as the novelist Gore Vidal often wrote, it was the ” United States of Amnesia”. In the early balloting China was higher in the rankings due to greater potential for psychopathic lapses than was the United States, but by only by a narrow margin.

Aside+
Criticism of the ability of clinicians to attempt psychoanalysis at such removal from the subject was countered successfully by reminding delegates that during World War II Carl Jung, the noted Zurich analyst, was recruited by the Allies to psychoanalyze Adolph Hitler at considerable distance.

Bulletin*
We now have firm reports in the standings i.e.; fourth among the four and lowest in potential threat to peace and stability in the future is Russia. The United States, almost by default,’ Amnesia’ being the droll deciding factor, was ranking next by a slim margin. ( Many in the mental health community were very reluctant to cede this position to the U.S. because of her militaristic excesses over countless decades. None the less, as several colleagues insisted: recent behaviors must take precedence over past misdeeds.) China, therefore comes in second from the top.

Aside*
One historian among our group harrumphed,” If the Ming Emperor had not called back his immense treasure fleet in 1433, the tardy effort launched in 1492 by Christendom would have had different results and most of the Western hemisphere would be speaking Mandarin and we wouldn’t here.”

Bulletin*
Final balloting was overwhelmingly in favor of putting Japan firmly as the number one candidate for future psychopathology.

Background*
The plenum discounted the militarism of the nineteen thirties and even the atrocities attributed to her armies. Japan’s chronic lack of petroleum and world events that preceded Pearl Harbor were weighed and discounted. But what could not be ignored was the nation’s pell-mell rush into nuclear power generation in a terrain totally unsuited for it. They felt that Japan had willfully ignored the dangers inherent with so many nukes in a densely crowded land with two hundred volcanoes and subject to some 1500 earthquakes annually.

The determining factor, however, was the continued pursuit of this technology after the disasters at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. There was even considerable effort to restart idled power stations after Fukushima: a singular nightmare that is still an ongoing problem.

Sign off**
With this major issue of potential future national pathology hopefully resolved, we look forward to reporting the policy suggestions touching upon the findings as released.

“Madness and the Web of Days” Crew

NYT June 4, 2027

4 Mar


City Lede
“Fracking in 2007 Let Loose Unforeseeable Power”

Looking back now from our time vantage we see the metaphoric link between the early fracking disturbances to the near surface structure of Earth and the subsequent release of that dreaded, extra-ordinary, and initially only whispered about new arrival; ‘PPower’. Initial awareness of this phenomenon began to occur in the early part of the second decade of the 21st century. In Russia, the then leader Vladimir Putin was an early discoverer of the threat and came down heavily on a girl singing group called locally ‘Puxi Riot’. He assumed they were corrupted by his rivals in the West but eventually learned these young Russian women were the enemy within as older women proved to be later.

Why did Putin fear these little girls more than the might of America? Why did he view what they represented as more threatening than drones, a-bombs or suicidal Chechens? Because he was an alpha male and therefore extremely vulnerable.

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He, and others of his ilk, even if paying attention were late to learn, in those confusing times, what was really happening. When they did find out, they were powerless to cope with what had been loosed on the world. It was rampant, untrammeled female sexuality. During an interview in Central Park one gamin-like waif cracked wise, “In your face, big guy, deal with it; it’s Puxi Power.” In Washington Square a NYU student quoted Martin Luther King Jr.saying,”The moral arc of the universe bends towards justice.”

Older readers might remember the days when randy, male secondary school teachers co opted young school girls; fuhgeddaboutit, as they then said in Brooklyn, that was over. Now it was the gals who preyed. Almost monthly, another thirtyish, often attractive, female middle school teacher was on a police blotter for seducing a likely boy student. Deviant they said; compulsive for certain, pathetic at the least, but was it? Or was this the biological imperative they had been told of; the different sexual peaking years, that was playing out in the sexual arena of emerging female assertiveness?

Still another far reaching aspect of this changing assertiveness involved countless younger women worldwide, and was documented extensively on the internet. One could, at that time, scroll through web reportage of “what’s up now and where it’s up” and perhaps view some young female acquaintance or maybe even a relative, blithely engage in group orgy with a clique of fifty! The setting could be a college dorm in Utah or an apartment in Prague, could be most anywhere in the world; but she’d be there. In the altogether, so to speak, apparently undismayed at having riotous sex, en masse, amidst dozens of her peers; using the nearest male or female as partner(s). At early onset these soirees had been fortified with inhibition lowering substances but this crutch was soon discarded as unnecessary and demeaning. Scarcely anyone over thirty in those blissfully ignorant times knew squat about the new morality exerting itself below the radar.

Thus the power of ‘P’ had been covertly unleashed on at least two fronts. Vladimir Putin, those mullahs frothing with righteous ire or bed-rock preachers screaming about sin and lust were of no consequence; the gals were cutting loose. In a few short years Eve’s natural legacy of lavishly equipped eroticism which had been stifled for eons was unleashed causing fear and resentment in most males. With this courageous shedding of layers of guilt and shame imposed on their gender for millenia, these young women were acting out a tableau of future expectation and entitlement.

Is this another sign of our perilous times, the multitudes wondered upon becoming aware? Did this sort of thing occur late in the failing Roman era as well, they pondered? Or was this something new under the heavens? If so, was five thousand years of male domination of women finally coming a cropper as the ladies had prophesied?

At first this phenomenon was limited to young women; the ‘twenty- somethings’. It spread to countless others rapidly. What resulted was the direct opposite of Lysistrata. The housewife of that time, rather than cut off hubby to prove a point, began to offer her largesse to the neighborhood. Very quickly that became extremely threatening in Wall Street, Foggy Bottom and Pennsylvania Ave. But much more so in Riyadh, Tel Aviv and Vatican City.

What then was behind this gush of feminine libido? Were these unorganized, random, anonymous young persons reacting to something those senior to them failed to notice or acknowledge? Since the nineteen fifties geologists and knowledgeable observers had warned of the danger of extracting unlimited resources from a resource limited planet. With barely an exception, no one in power cared to act upon the information coming forth until the situation in the early 21st century was fast heading somewhere past critical.

Those young women then avowed that male leadership had failed to perceive the objective environment was deteriorating beyond all hope of recovery. That the mostly senior male rulers worldwide, had persisted in causing ever more chaos and violence globally. It was then that these young women, probably with some arcane prompting, began to assert themselves in opposition. By seizing control of their own bodies, a challenge was issued against coercive male leadership ever again having dominance over their sexuality.

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The women felt they had suffered grave loss by this flagrant denial of looming fossil fuel costs which could doom the future they had been promised and would lead to a failure of modern lifestyle. The mostly male leadership had to have known to a certainty this would occur but chose to ignore for political or monetary gain putting any limits on growth despite doomsday looming on the horizon.

Something deep in feminine instinct had then summoned forth a visceral and atavistic response from a smouldering collective cauldron. Such arcane signaling from nature had been long ignored and now was seemingly a force from the remote past urging them to wrest control before it was too late. Male leadership was thereafter regarded as anti-nature and anti-humane for having led mankind down a path leading to possible extinction and the planet to near ruin.

In the several decades that have passed many of the planetary disasters which prompted this revolutionary behavior have been narrowly averted due to swift, permanent changes in planning and greatly reduced expectations. All fracking, shale and tar sands projects and other environmentally destructive practices have ceased. Our current, still tenuous, comfort level regarding survival is due to those, now not so young ladies, who put it all on the line for us years ago.

NYT June 4, 2027