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Freedom Rider: Climate Change – Point of No Return

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    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    The Russian Arctic belches deadly methane as global warming pushes the biosphere beyond the tipping point. We have a choice: revolution or extinction. “The profit motive must be eliminated in favor of managed economies that limit growth, fairly distribute resources, regulate the polluting industries and activities, and end the gross inequalities of this gilded age.”

     

    Freedom Rider: Climate Change – Point of No Return

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    A temperature rise of only two degrees centigrade is enough to make permafrost thaw and begin a chain of terrible events.”

    Time’s up, or so planet earth seems to be telling humanity. Extreme weather conditions around the globe, including rising temperatures, droughts, crop failures, melting sea ice, rising sea levels, disappearing glaciers and the loss of plant and animal species all point in only one direction. The tipping point towards the sixth great extinction is taking place right now.

    It is clear that these problems are all human made. Rising carbon dioxide levels caused by fossil fuel emissions are creating a series of catastrophes in ecosystems around the world. The processes are clear to anyone who pays attention.

    Two large craters, one more than 200 feet in diameter, were recently discovered in the remote Yamal peninsula of northern Russia. In an extreme case of irony, Yamal is said to mean “end of the world” in the local Nenets language. Scientists have concluded that the holes were formed when a mixture of salt, water and natural methane gas exploded underground. They theorize that rising temperatures made the permafrost unstable and released methane, the key ingredient in the explosions. A temperature rise of only two degrees centigrade is enough to make permafrost thaw and begin a chain of terrible events.

    The tipping point towards the sixth great extinction is taking place right now.”

    All of the bad news is relevant as the United Nations prepares to host a Climate Summit on September 23, 2014 in New York. Past climate conferences haven’t provided much in the way of relief, as the United States and other industrialized nations subverted the 2009 Copenhagen climate accords. The supposedly environmentalist president Barack Obama and his European cohorts forced an agreement that allowed a two degrees increase in temperature. This seemingly small amount will kill humans and other species and brought the giant holes to Siberia and now more dangerously, methane from the sea. Climatologist Jason Box recently made this pithy comment on Twitter. “If even a small fraction of Arctic sea floor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we're f'd.”

    As the situation is dire, so must the solutions be truly radical. The free for all of capitalism is deadly in so many ways as financial collapse, exploitation and wars bring misery to millions of people. Money is the problem and not individual decision making. We may feel useful when recycling trash or driving hybrid vehicles but these are bandages when the world needs major surgery. “Green capitalism” is doomed because capitalism can’t be green. The imperative to maximize profits is in direct conflict with environmental and human sustainability. The profit motive must be eliminated in favor of managed economies that limit growth, fairly distribute resources, regulate the polluting industries and activities, and end the gross inequalities of this gilded age.

    Money is the elephant in the climate change room. Corporations are beholden to no one but themselves, only claiming to be like human beings when they really want to get their way with governments and citizens around the world. “Corporate personhood” is a one way street and everything from income inequality to planetary destruction is the proof.

    Green capitalism is doomed because capitalism can’t be green.”

    Recently residents of Toledo, Ohio and southeast Michigan literally had no water to drink for three days. A combination of sewage, live stock manure, and fertilizer run-off create algae blooms which spread more rapidly because of rising temperatures. If the amount of algae grows enough it contaminates drinking water from lake Erie. The causes of this recurring problem are well known but the obvious solution of regulating the businesses responsible for the problems doesn’t happen and the inaction is a direct result of corporate power flexing political muscle. The Fertilizer Institute is the industry lobby which makes sure that neither federal nor local regulators restrict the use of fertilizers which deprived 500,000 people of drinkable water. Acquiescence to corporate interest makes life itself untenable.

    Unfortunately, the elites will not suffer in the collapse as much as the rest of us will. Poor Detroit residents live with the threat of a privatization plan which begins with the loss of access to water, while golf courses and publicly financed stadiums owe the city $30 million in unpaid water bills without facing any loss of this resource. On the very same day that struggling people were forced to accept pension cuts, the wealthy owners of the Detroit Red Wings hockey team unveiled plans for a publicly financed stadium and said nothing about paying the overdue water bill at Joe Louis arena.

    The 1% will make the rest of us suffer slowly before suffering at all themselves. They will still get plenty of water, or energy, or land or whatever the rest of us lack. The end will not come as Hollywood tells us, with a sudden cataclysm. It is moving surely but slowly enough to keep some people safe while others suffer.

    Maintaining the status quo means the end of life on the planet.”

    The People’s Climate March scheduled to take place on September 21 in New York cannot be just a feel good precursor to the United Nations meeting. It must have as part of its agenda a critique of the world financial system. The criminals who must be exposed aren’t just in New York and London either. India and China poison the air and their citizens in a mad dash to catch up with the other industrial polluters of the world.

    There are many villains in this story but there is only one important point. Maintaining the status quo means the end of life on the planet. The 1% will limit their exposure for a time but eventually the end will come for them too.

    will conclude that restarting industrial society is a bad idea which shouldn’t be repeated.

     

    Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at The tipping point towards the sixth great extinction is taking place right now.”

     

    All of the bad news is relevant as the United Nations prepares to host a Climate Summit on September 23, 2014 in New York. Past climate conferences haven’t provided much in the way of relief, as the United States and other industrialized nations subverted the 2009 Copenhagen climate accords. The supposedly environmentalist president Barack Obama and his European cohorts forced an agreement that allowed a two degrees increase in temperature. This seemingly small amount will kill humans and other species and brought the giant holes to Siberia and now more dangerously, methane from the sea. Climatologist Jason Box recently made this pithy comment on Twitter. “If even a small fraction of Arctic sea floor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we're f'd.”

    As the situation is dire, so must the solutions be truly radical. The free for all of capitalism is deadly in so many ways as financial collapse, exploitation and wars bring misery to millions of people. Money is the problem and not individual decision making. We may feel useful when recycling trash or driving hybrid vehicles but these are bandages when the world needs major surgery. “Green capitalism” is doomed because capitalism can’t be green. The imperative to maximize profits is in direct conflict with environmental and human sustainability. The profit motive must be eliminated in favor of managed economies that limit growth, fairly distribute resources, regulate the polluting industries and activities, and end the gross inequalities of this gilded age.

    Money is the elephant in the climate change room. Corporations are beholden to no one but themselves, only claiming to be like human beings when they really want to get their way with governments and citizens around the world. “Corporate personhood” is a one way street and everything from income inequality to planetary destruction is the proof.

    Green capitalism is doomed because capitalism can’t be green.”

    Recently residents of Toledo, Ohio and southeast Michigan literally had no water to drink for three days. A combination of sewage, live stock manure, and fertilizer run-off create algae blooms which spread more rapidly because of rising temperatures. If the amount of algae grows enough it contaminates drinking water from lake Erie. The causes of this recurring problem are well known but the obvious solution of regulating the businesses responsible for the problems doesn’t happen and the inaction is a direct result of corporate power flexing political muscle. The Fertilizer Institute is the industry lobby which makes sure that neither federal nor local regulators restrict the use of fertilizers which deprived 500,000 people of drinkable water. Acquiescence to corporate interest makes life itself untenable.

    Unfortunately, the elites will not suffer in the collapse as much as the rest of us will. Poor Detroit residents live with the threat of a privatization plan which begins with the loss of access to water, while golf courses and publicly financed stadiums owe the city $30 million in unpaid water bills without facing any loss of this resource. On the very same day that struggling people were forced to accept pension cuts, the wealthy owners of the Detroit Red Wings hockey team unveiled plans for a publicly financed stadium and said nothing about paying the overdue water bill at Joe Louis arena.

    The 1% will make the rest of us suffer slowly before suffering at all themselves. They will still get plenty of water, or energy, or land or whatever the rest of us lack. The end will not come as Hollywood tells us, with a sudden cataclysm. It is moving surely but slowly enough to keep some people safe while others suffer.

    Maintaining the status quo means the end of life on the planet.”

    The People’s Climate March scheduled to take place on September 21 in New York cannot be just a feel good precursor to the United Nations meeting. It must have as part of its agenda a critique of the world financial system. The criminals who must be exposed aren’t just in New York and London either. India and China poison the air and their citizens in a mad dash to catch up with the other industrial polluters of the world.

    There are many villains in this story but there is only one important point. Maintaining the status quo means the end of life on the planet. The 1% will limit their exposure for a time but eventually the end will come for them too.

    The only optimistic point is that past extinctions always left some life on earth. The human survivors of the future will dissect the reasons that most of their species died out. Hopefully they will conclude that restarting industrial society is a bad idea which shouldn’t be repeated.

    Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.com.

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    Is there more to the current Ebola outbreak than we are being told?  Another unfortunate calamity afflicting African countries or another manufactured chaos courtesy of the Evil Empire?

    From Natural News (naturalnews.com)

    Twenty-one questions about Ebola: government propaganda, medical corruption and bioweapons experiments

    by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

    (NaturalNews) Something's fishy about the official stories we're being told on Ebola. Things don't add up, which is why I'm posing these twenty-one important questions we should all be considering:

    #1) How can U.S. health authorities claim there is zero risk from Ebola patients being treated in U.S. hospitals when those same hospitals can't control superbug infections? "Many hospitals are poorly prepared to contain any pathogen. That’s why at least 75,000 people a year die from hospital infections. If hospitals can’t stop common infections like MRSA, C. diff and VRE, they can’t handle Ebola." - Fox News (1)

    #2) Why should we trust the CDC's handling of Ebola when the agency can't even keep track of its anthrax, avian flu and smallpox samples?

    #3) Why were Ebola victims transported to cities in the USA when they could be given state-of-the-art medical care overseas? "Now, they are bringing in highly infectious patients into this nation that is Ebola-free. In doing so, they are violating the primary rule of contagion: isolation." - Radio host Michael Savage (2)

    #4) Why is the company working on Ebola vaccines -- Tekmira -- receiving money from Monsanto and considers Monsanto to be one of its important business partners? (3)

    #5) If Ebola is "not a threat" to U.S. citizens as government authorities keep claiming, then why did the U.S. Department of Defense spend $140 million on an Ebola-related contract with the Tekmira company?

    #6) If Ebola is not a threat to the U.S., then why did the Department of Defense deploy Ebola detection equipment to all 50 states? (4)

    #7) Why did President Obama just sign a new executive order authorizing the government arrest and quarantine of Americans who show symptoms of respiratory infections? (5)

    The language of his new executive order states that government officials may forcibly detain and quarantine people with:

    ...diseases that are associated with fever and signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illness, are capable of being transmitted from person to person, and that either are causing, or have the potential to cause, a pandemic, or, upon infection, are highly likely to cause mortality or serious morbidity if not properly controlled.

    #8) How can we trust a government to tell us the truth about Ebola when that same government repeatedly lies about Swine Flu, influenza, Fukushima radiation, weather control technology, the security of the border and seemingly everything else?

    #9) If U.S. doctors claim to be so incredibly careful around Ebola that the virus could not possibly escape from the containment rooms at Emory University, then how did the American doctors being treated there contract Ebola in the first place? Weren't they also being careful?

    #10) How are U.S. doctors and health workers supposed to even identify people with Ebola when they appear "fit and healthy" right until the very end? "What's shocking is how healthy the patients look before they die and how quickly they decline. A number of the Ebola patients I've seen look quite fit and healthy and can be walking around until shortly before their deaths." - Dr. Oliver Johnson (6)

    #11) If Ebola is not spread through the air as some claim, then why do doctors who treat Ebola patients always wear masks?

    #12) If hospitals are good at infection control, then why did so many SARS victims contract the infection while sitting in waiting rooms at hospitals? "A government report later concluded that for the hospital overcome by SARS, 'infection control was not a high priority.' Eventually, 77% of the people who contracted SARS there got it while working, visiting or being treated in a hospital." - Fox News (7)

    #13) If Ebola escapes from patients at Emory University and begins to infect the public, do you think we would ever be told the truth about it? Or instead, would the official story claim that "Ebola terrorists" let it loose?

    #14) WHO BENEFITS FROM AN EBOLA OUTBREAK in the USA? This is a key question to ask, and the answers are obvious: the CDC, vaccine manufacturers and pharma companies, and anyone in government who wants to declare a police state and start rounding people up for quarantine in a medical emergency.

    #15) We already know there are powerful people who openly promote population reduction (Bill Gates, Ted Turner, etc.) Is a staged Ebola outbreak possibly a deliberate population reduction plan by some group that doesn't value human life and wants to rapidly reduce the population?

    #16) Why are U.S. health authorities intentionally concealing from the public the true number of possible Ebola victims in U.S. hospitals who are being tested for Ebola right now? "In an apparent attempt to avoid hysteria, U.S. health authorities are withholding details about a number of suspected Ebola victims from the public." - Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars (8)

    #17) If Ebola infections are so easy to control (as is claimed by U.S. health authorities), then why are Ebola victim bodies being openly dumped in the streets in West Africa? "Relatives of Ebola victims in Liberia defied government quarantine orders and dumped infected bodies in the streets as West African governments struggled to enforce tough measures to curb an outbreak..." - Reuters (9)

    #18) Why do many locals in Sierra Leone truly believe the recent Ebola outbreak was deliberately caused by government officials? "Ebola is a new disease in Sierra Leone and when the first cases emerged, many people thought it might be a government conspiracy to undermine certain tribal groups, steal organs or get money from international donors..." - The Daily Mail (6)

    #19) Given that the U.S. government has already funded outrageous medical experiments on Americans and foreigners (see the NIH-funded Guatemalan medical experiments), why should we not believe the government is capable of deploying Ebola in bioweapons experiments in West Africa?

    #20) Given that many vaccines accidentally cause the disease they claim to prevent (due to weakened viruses still remaining active in a small number of vaccine vials), isn't it likely that Ebola vaccines might actually cause Ebola infections in some percentage of those receiving them? How can we trust any vaccines when vaccine manufacturers have been granted absolute legal immunity from faulty products or failures in quality control?

    #21) How can we trust a medical system that continues to put mercury in flu shots, refuses to recommend vitamin D to cancer patients and has been criminally corrupted to the point where drug companies are routinely charged with felony crimes for bribery and price fixing?

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    Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'

    by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

    (NaturalNews) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control owns a patent on a particular strain of Ebola known as "EboBun." It's patent No. CA2741523A1 and it was awarded in 2010. You can view it here. (Thanks to Natural News readers who found this and brought it to our attention.)

    Patent applicants are clearly described on the patent as including:

    The Government Of The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary, Department Of Health & Human Services, Center For Disease Control.

    The patent summary says, "The invention provides the isolated human Ebola (hEbola) viruses denoted as Bundibugyo (EboBun) deposited with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"; Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America) on November 26, 2007 and accorded an accession number 200706291."

    It goes on to state, "The present invention is based upon the isolation and identification of a new human Ebola virus species, EboBun. EboBun was isolated from the patients suffering from hemorrhagic fever in a recent outbreak in Uganda."

    It's worth noting, by the way, that EboBun is not the same variant currently believed to be circulating in West Africa. Clearly, the CDC needs to expand its patent portfolio to include more strains, and that may very well be why American Ebola victims have been brought to the United States in the first place. Read more below and decide for yourself...
     

    Harvesting Ebola from victims to file patents

    From the patent description on the EboBun virus, we know that the U.S. government:

    1) Extracts Ebola viruses from patients.

    2) Claims to have "invented" that virus.

    3) Files for monopoly patent protection on the virus.

    To understand why this is happening, you have to first understand what a patent really is and why it exists. A patent is a government-enforced monopoly that is exclusively granted to persons or organizations. It allows that person or organization to exclusively profit from the "invention" or deny others the ability to exploit the invention for their own profit.

    It brings up the obvious question here: Why would the U.S. government claim to have "invented" Ebola and then claim an exclusively monopoly over its ownership?

    U.S. Government claims exclusive ownership over its "invention" of Ebola

    The "SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION" section of the patent document also clearly claims that the U.S. government is claiming "ownership" over all Ebola viruses that share as little as 70% similarity with the Ebola it "invented":

    ...invention relates to the isolated EboBun virus that morphologically and phylogenetically relates to known members filoviridae... In another aspect, the invention provides an isolated hEbola EboBun virus comprising a nucleic acid molecule comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of: a) a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1; b) a nucleotide sequence that hybridizes to the sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO: 1 under stringent conditions; and c) a nucleotide sequence that has at least 70%, 75%, 80%, 85%, 90%, 95%, 96%, 97%, 98%, or 99% identity to the SEQ ID NO:

    1. In another aspect, the invention provides the complete genomic sequence of the hEbola virus EboBun.
     

    Ebola vaccines and propagation

    The CDC patent goes on to explain it specifically claims patent protection on a method for propagating the Ebola virus in host cells as well as treating infected hosts with vaccines:

    In another aspect, the invention provides a method for propagating the hEbola virus in host cells comprising infecting the host cells with the inventive isolated hEbola virus described above, culturing the host cells to allow the virus to multiply, and harvesting the resulting virions.

    In another aspect, the invention provides vaccine preparations, comprising the inventive hEbola virus, including recombinant and chimeric forms of the virus, nucleic acid molecules comprised by the virus, or protein subunits of the virus. The invention also provides a vaccine formulation comprising a therapeutically or prophylactically effective amount of the inventive hEbola virus described above, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
     

    No medical reason to bring Ebola to the United States

    This patent may help explain why Ebola victims are being transported to the United States and put under the medical authority of the CDC. These patients are carrying valuable intellectual property assets in the form of Ebola variants, and the Centers for Disease Control clearly desires to expand its patent portfolio by harvesting, studying and potentially patenting new strains or variants.

    Dr. Bob Arnot, an infectious disease specialist who spent time on the ground in developing nations saving lives, recently told Judge Jeanine, "There is no medical reason to bring them here, especially when you see how well Dr. Bradley was." (2)

    There is, however, an entirely different reason to bring Ebola patients to America: so they can be exploited for medical experiments, military bioweapons harvesting or intellectual property claims.

    Surely, medical authorities at Emory University and the CDC are working hard to save the lives of the two patients who have been transported to the U.S. But they are also pursuing something else at the same time: an agenda of isolating, identifying and patenting infectious disease agents for reasons that we can only imagine.

    Only hoping to save lives?

    On one hand, it's worth pointing out that the CDC's patent on Ebola is at least partially focused on methods for screening for Ebola and treating Ebola victims with drugs or vaccines. This seems like a worthwhile precaution against an infectious disease that clearly threatens lives.

    On the other hand, why the patent? Patenting Ebola seems as odd as trying to patent cancer or diabetes. Why would a government organization claim to have "invented" this infectious disease and then claim a monopoly over its exploitation for commercial use?

    Does the CDC hope to collect a royalty on Ebola vaccines? Is it looking to "invent" more variants and patent those too?

    Make no mistake that billions of dollars in profits are at stake in all this. Shares of Tekmira surged over 11% last Friday as pressure was placed on the FDA to fast-track Ebola vaccine trials the company has set up. "Health campaigners have started a petition which has already been signed by approximately 15,500 people on change.org pressurizing FDA to approve the drug in the minimum possible time frame," reports BidnessEtc.com. (3)
     

    Carefully scripted medical theater

    With this, we start to see the structure of the elaborate medical theater coming together: A global pandemic panic, a government patent, the importation of Ebola into a major U.S. city, an experimental vaccine, the rise of a little-known pharmaceutical company and a public outcry for the FDA to fast-track the vaccine.

    If Act II stays on course, this medical theater might someday involve a "laboratory accident" in a U.S. lab, the "escape" of Ebola into the population, and a mandatory nationwide Ebola vaccination campaign that enriches Tekmira and its investors while positioning the CDC with its virus patents as the "savior of the American people."

    Yes, we've heard this music before, but the last time around it was called Swine Flu.

    The formula is always the same: create alarm, bring a vaccine to market, then scare governments into buying billions of dollars worth of vaccines they don't need.
     

     

     

    A Real Life 'Out-Break' Scenario???

    'Out-Break' [a 1995 film w Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, Cuba Godding Jr & Kevin Spacey] is the first time I heard of Ebola. Although in the movie the outbreak in the US was 'accidental'- it clearly suggested that the US bio-weapons prog had been covertly developing a strain of ebola, since the late 1960s - early 1970s, as a bio-weapon- along w the needed vaccine. Yet they withheld that vaccine from the public during the outbreak, just to keep their bio-weaponized ebola secret [to the point of being ready to incenerate a town w a fuel-air {non}nuke].

    In a related article @ Natural News, Mike Adams talks about a top Ebola researcher at AZ St. U. 'joking' about using a genetically engineered strain of Ebola to 'cull' the population. This is the 2nd top US biologist [one at the Univ of TX in 2006] that I know of that semi-privately [at exclusive CON-Fab lectures] talked about using a genetically engineered strain of Ebola to dramatically 'cull' the global population!!! All in the name of protecting the environment- Yeah Right!!! [PS: Obama science 'czar' John Holdren co-wrote a book in 1977{Eco-Science'} that hype the need to use drastic / draconian measures to keep the global population between 1& 2 billion- again all in the name of 'saving the environment'].

    What are the real Biggest Threats to Humanity & the Eco-sphere?

    AlterNet’s Top 10 [see @ www.alternet.org/print/10-biggest-threats-human-existence ]:

    1.  Global Warming / Climate Change: As we burn carbon & increase our meat-eating ways, more & more greenhouse gases are building up in the atmosphere. It is easy to see the end game of this scenario- look at Venus, a planet with a thick, heat-trapping atmosphere & surface temps hi enough to melt lead. A few decades ago, climate scientist James Hanson studied Venus, & saw parallels with what was happening on Earth. [Note: This runaway greenhouse train to Venus scenario is very unlikely for some very specific reasons. This author cites Jim Hansen {not Hanson}, Al Gore & Bill McKibben as climate heroes, yet each has 'issues', that may give one pause {see my point re: Hansen below]

    2.  Loss of Biodiversity: If we don’t melt ourselves into extinction, another possible route to end times is partly a byproduct of climate change: loss of biodiversity. Human activity is responsible for massive extinctions of countless species… [Definitely an issue but there’s more to this than AGW / man-made CO2 ‘climate-change’ IE: slashing of rain-forest {one of nature’s best CO2 capture systems}, & toxic waste dumping {IE: petro-chem fertilizers, GMO & mono-cropping, pesticides & herbicides, toxic & radioactive waste, oil spills, estrogen mimicking chems that sterilize & even effeminize males of aquatic & amphibian species, etc, etc, etc...}- which poisons the environment & forms 'dead-zones' in the ocean & water-ways.]

    3.  Bee Decline due to CCD [colony collapse disorder]- [Again definitely an issue that has consequences far beyond honey shortages- IE: food shortages! IMO the cause is likely some combo of environmental toxins & the proliferation of GMO crops]

    4.  Bat Decline:  Bees aren’t the only pollinators dying off. Bats, too, are dropping like flies. As a result of deforestation, habitat destruction & hunting, combined w a fatal fungal disease spreading among the bat population called White Nose Syndrome, bats are disappearing at an alarming rate. Besides contributing to the pollination crisis, the dwindling bat population brings about another possible human extinction scenario. As their habitats are destroyed, bats are increasingly crossing paths w humans, in search of food & shelter. With bats come bat viruses. "It's easy to see how pathogens can jump from animals to humans," says Jon  Epstein, at the EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit agency dedicated to conservation and biodiversity. Ea yr 5 new infectious diseases pop up, 75% of come from animals. [IMO pnts 3 & 4 are effectively extensions of pnt 2]   

    5.   Worldwide Pandemics:  [IMO the key point here & w pnt 4 above is that most plagues that have threatened us come from animal sources- so we should change to a more plant-based diet, & be far more mindful about how we interact w & relate to animals {IE: making them our ‘pets’ &/or dinner].                

    6.  Biological /Nuclear Terrorism: [Here the author conjures-up 'nightmares' of OBL / AL-CIAeda / Saddam types as the only threats of WMD terrorism. Yet IMO the real biggest threat of nuclear WMD ‘terrorism’ is a Cuban Missile Crisis / WWIII type scenario, between states w nuke &/or WMD arsenals.]

    7.  Super-Volcanoes: [Real risk but far less likely than the first 6- & beyond our control]

    8.  Asteroid Impact: [even less of a real risk than pnt 7 & also beyond our control]

    9.  Rise of the Machines ala T1-2-3-4, or the Borg & Matrix. [IMO here the author’s being a bit facetious – IMO a far more realistic machine triggered dooms-day scenario is a ‘Fail-Safe’ / ‘China-Syndrome’ / ‘Satan-bug’ type scenario- where some cascading systems ‘glitch’ triggers an accidental- nuke war / nuke-melt-down / massive bio-chem weapons or radiation release.]

    10. Zombie Apocalypse:  [again don’t know if the author’s being facetious or serious. IMO the most likely way we’d see a ‘Dawn of the Living Dead’ scenario is from some {covert} genetic engineering / cloning / biotech-weapons scenario gone awry. 

     

    My Top Doomsday Threats: 1} War & Rumor of War: That just don’t ever seem to end, & w NO end in sight. War's always been man’s most destructive activity, & only the elites & the MIISC really profit from it. Most of current wars are proxy wars of [western] imperialistic hegemony. WWII ended w the US nuking Hiroshima & Nagasaki & thus kick starting the nuke arms race. So now any war that draws competing nuke powers into the mix could end-up in a WWIII nuke holocaust. ['Everywhere Is War!Good God Ya'llWhat is it Good For? Absolutely Nothing! Say it Again Now!’]

    2} War Taking Us Down the Path to a WWIII / Nuclear Armageddon Scenario: 9 countries have nuke arsenals [US, UK, France, Russia, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, N.Korea]- while these & several other countries have other types of WMD arsenals [IE: chem. & bio-weapons]. A nuclear / WMD confrontation between any of them that gets out of hand, would likely draw all of them into a M.A.D. type abyss! End result- nuke annihilation for much / most of the World- leading to mass radioactive contamination & ‘nuclear winter’ = mass sickness, starvation & death for many who might survive initial nuke holocaust!

    3} TMI / Chernobyl / Fukushima Gone Wild: There’ve been more than 3 major nuke reactor accidents w TMI, Chernobyl & Fukushima being the best known [but there’ve been others]- w ea escalating & more disastrous than the preceding one(s). There are 400 nuke reactor power plants in the World. If several should go Chernobyl / Fukushima at the same time [FYI: there's at-least one real potential scenario for this to occur], the devastation caused to both man & the eco-sphere would likely be catastrophic,  uncontainable & perpetuating! TMI & Chernobyl were due to a combo of system failure & human error- but Fukushima showed that any combo of floods, tornadoes / hurricanes, earth-quakes, etc that takes the power grid off-line &/or blocks water flow to the reactor &/or SFP pools for a prolonged period, can also end in nuke disaster. Fukushima also showed that SFPs, unlike reactor-cores, are out of containment- such that SFP explosions & fires are bound to vent radiation straight into the air!  Yet Jim Hansen & other so-called ‘green nukers’ insist that nuke power is absolutely vital to fight AGW / CO2 caused ‘climate-change’- to the point that Hansen has made a declaration of war on the anti-nuke ‘true green’ movement! [PS: we can never end the threat of nuke weapons proliferation unless we totally phase-out fission nuke reactors]

    4} Environmental Eco-system / Bio-system Degradation & Destruction: A very broad topic that IMO encompasses the author’s points 2, 3 & 4 [one could argue also his pnt 1 re: AGW]. The author fails to mention the threat of industrial toxins like radiation &/or GMO environmental contamination, oil-spills, toxic pollution, etc- at-all.

    5} Food & Water Contamination: Closely linked to environmental contamination.  

    6} Food & Water Shortages: Closely linked to my pnts 4 & 5- though currently much / most of the food shortages are tied to Wall St Bankster type ‘free’-market manipulations, the bio-fools [aka bio-fuels] scam,  GMO bio-tech corps’ seed monopolies [IE: MonSatanO, ADM, SIN-Genta, Bayer CS, etc], & land & water grabs in Africa & 3 World countries. Of course food & water competition can easily lead to conflict & WAR! FYI: These mainly artificially created food shortages did indeed lead to World-wide riots in 2007, 08 & 09. [‘A Hungry Man Is an Angry Man’]

    7} Impoverished Living Conditions: About 50% of the World’s people live on less than $3/day & lack access to food, clean water, sanitation, health-care, education, a living wage, etc. IMO this is directly linked to the rise of global disaster corp capitalism, which was/is set-up to make a few extremely wealthy while it exploits & impoverishes so many [‘Greed is NOT Good’].  

    8} Pandemics: Linked to my pnts 4, 5 & 7. Wild-Card 1} So many traditional strains of germs & disease have become so virulently drug resistant, they're making a big resurgence. Wild-Card 2} The possible mass release [accidental or NOT] of some HI-Tech Bio-weapons strain- ala the Anthrax Attacks of Sept - Oct 2001.

    9} Peak Oil: If its true that we’re rapidly approaching or have even passed the ‘peak’, the so-called ‘developed World’ [IE: US & EU, Japan, S.Korea, etc] will likely find their mechanized capitalist economies coming to a screeching halt, while LDC countries in Africa & the so-called  3rd World would be likely far better able to adapt to a World w a rapidly dwindling oil supply.

    What the Author of this AlterNet Article Fails to Say: WAR- only mentioned once as a threat to humanity & even then as an aside [almost as an after-thought]- While imperialism, [disaster] capitalism, corporations, nuke power, poverty, GMOs, ‘free’-market manipulated food, water, land & resources shortages - were NOT even mentioned at-all. The only time he mentioned a nuclear / WMD type threat was a rehash of the Bush / Cheneyite hype re: OBL’s Al-CIAeda / War on Terror / Axis of Evil spin- thus pointing the finger away from the imperialist machinations of the ‘Greatest Purveyor(s) of Violence in the World’- the USG & NATO!  IMO His first 3 or 4 points boil-down to basically one point, while his last 4 points are hard to even take seriously- indicating he ran out of realistic ideas yet wanted to seem ‘imaginative’.  

    IMO the fact that this AlterNet article was authored by a 'liberal' / ?progressive?- yet omits even mentioning corp disaster capitalism, imperialism & war as the main drivers of environmental destruction & mass poverty- is telling as to what can pass in the US as [?]progressive[?] - along w his regurgitation of the Bush-Cheneyite War on Terror / Axis of Evil / Saddam's WMD [NOT!] hyped as thee main global threat re: nuclear weapons / WMD! Thus he effectively gives the US-NATO global military machine a pass, even as it's caused more documented death & destruction around the globe than OBL's AL-CIAeda, Saddam, Assad, et-al combined!! [FYI: NATO has 3 states w nukes along w WMDs {not even counting the IDF}- & only the US has ever nuked 2 cities!]!

     

    RE: the IPCC"s AR5- especially re: its [cautiously?] recommended 'solutions' to the 'climate-change' issue- IE: fission nuke power, 'bio-fuels’ [aka bio-Fools'], CCS / CO2 Capture systems [aka ‘clean-coal’], geo-engineering & massive scale hydro-electric plants- IMO ea one of these so-called 'solutions' [NOT!] are very problematic. And all of them require the very same corp capitalist system [that created the problem] for their implementation. 

    I wonder what the authors

    I wonder what the authors thinks about Agenda 21? It's obvious this is all deliberate and has been spoken about publicly by many, including Bill Gates & Ted Turner. The irony is that those responsible for the situation, are also the ones who are making the decision that those of us whom they view as 'useless bottom feeders' (of course disproportionately black and brown)..are the ones to be targeted for extermination. Apparently Ft. Detrick created diseases like AIDS aren't killing quickly enough so all indications are they created EBOLA, to kill more effectively and quickly. These criminally insane inbreds are the ones who need to go before anybody needs to go. Their insatiable quest for wealth, power and control has brought us here; yet those who have benefited the least are as usual, going to pay the heaviest price.

    Beware of 'Green' Eugenics_The use of Environmental Concerns

    Including 'Climate Change' as an excuse to justify rolling-out a draconian [hidden] agenda for population control. For some folks [IE: Obama's science 'czar' John Holdren] a drastic slash in population, down to just 1 - 2 billion before 2050, is their 'magic bullet' solution to all that ails the environment. [In a recent article @ AlterNet on the 10 Biggest Threats to Humanity, the comments that got the most 'juice' were rants about over-population being the underlying cause to most / all the problems out-lined- Yet the article made NO such claim {directly} [but I do have other criticisms of the article- see my above comment.] But if their real aim is cutting GHG gas emissions- whose population should be cut? FYI: The US, EU, Canada, Australia, Japan, S.Korea, China & Russia [= 35% of humanity] accounts for 75% of all GHG gas emissions & fossil fuel consumption [IMO likely the most affluent 1/4 to 1/3 of these countries people account for about 1/2 of GHG gas emissions]. The other 65% of humanity [mainly non-white in Africa, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Latin America, etc...] accounts for just 25% of GHG gas emissions. So if the objective is really about cutting GHG emissions then you'd recommend cutting the US & EU, etc [accounts for 75% of GHG gases] population first. But if they're just using CAGW / 'climate-change' as a convenient excuse / scare tactic to do what they've wanted to do since before Thomas Malthus, then they'd insist on cutting Africa's & 3rd World countries' population [acounts for just 25% of total GHG gases] first- which is exactly what most of them seem to advocate.

    GHG gas emission

    This is exactly what I have been thinking, your information, is right on point.  Thanks for the stats.

    More Debunking of the Hype of Africa being 'Over-Populated'

    And thus needs a huge cut in population in the name of ['so-called'] 'Saving the Environment':

    Africa has about 8Xs as many people as Japan, yet Japan produces essentially the same amount of GHG gas emissions as ALL of Africa [IE: Japan's per capita GHG gas emissions are 8Xs more than Africa's]- even w Japan's 50+ nuke reactors- pre Fukushima [FYI: Japan's number 3 in total reactors only exceeded by the USA & just behind France- but is number 2 per capita only topped by France]. 

    FYI: Africa's land mass is 3.5Xs that of the US, so w 1.1 billion people vs the USA's 315 million- Africa's population density is approx = the USA's [especially if you subtract Alaska which is a huge yet nearly empty space]. And Europe's population density is actual +2Xs more than Africa's. These stats mean that if Africa is 'over-populated' then so is the USA & Europe is doubly over-populated!

    Yet I saw a Jan 2013 article at [the 'liberal'?Foreign Policy Magazine that blamed & framed Mali's current civil & political unrest as alleged 'over-population' crisis, rather than fall-out from the turmoil created by FUK-US NATO's 8 month bombing assault of Libya in 2011 [The article's subtitle: 'The real reason the Sahel & Mali is awash with terrorists? Rapid population growth']. FYI Mali is 1.78Xs the size of Texas yet has just 55% of TX's population. In population density Mali ranks just 220 - 240 out a total of 250- for all countries & states in the entire World!

    Yet for those stuck on stupid re: Malthusian / Social Darwinism / Eugenics- over-population is the 'original sin' for all of the World's ails, thus a drastic / draconian population control regime is their 'magic bullet' solution for every alleged problem! 

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