I GOT YOUR SOLUTION HANGING
I was over at our buddies web site ( well, he might be YOUR buddy, I don’t know ‘bout mine as his mom won’t approve a Play Date with me ), the Doomstead Diner, and his post on “twelve solutions” got me all fired up. The whole concept of there being solutions is anachronistic and people insisting that one doesn’t discuss the problems without offering a solution is as retarded as insisting you don’t warn the village about an avalanche unless you have a portable Snow Wall tucked in your back pocket. Granted, nobody likes THAT guy who plasters a hundred pop up ads on his web site for revenue and you can’t even read his two hundred word plain vanilla Wiki copied lame ass article because your broadband bogs down, the site being nothing more than click bait for preppers rehashing tired and old bullcrap, and doing nothing BUT bringing up problems ( Sears declares bankruptcy, we are all going to die. Unemployment up 4%, we are all going to die ), but as even DDD ( Doomstead Diner Dude ) says, most problems are actually predicaments and there are no solutions.
So why pander to the idiots who insist on solutions? Simple. I think it is pride in your analytical abilities, not wanting to be thought of as That Guy with the click bait. That spewing jag-off of a meat puppet moron. You want to be treated as a Serious Author. Well, let me tell you all right now, I got your solutions hanging low, right here ( imagine me grabbing my junk and cupping comically ). There are no “solutions” to systematic failure. All those scumbags who print dead tree books on how if we all joined hands and sang Kumbiya and stopped polluting we can save the Earth? How realistic is that? Like those ChiCom bastards are going to go back standing in human fecal tainted water to grow rice so that they can save the planet from your grand pappy’s use of aerosol deodorant and buying a 4 mpg Caddy to drive down to the Palm Springs golf course. The FIRST step in saving the planet is to stop killing trees to tell us all how we need to stop killing trees and otherwise raping Gia.
When you present improbable solutions, they are worse than no solutions at all. Because you are spreading false hope. You are becoming part of the problem by keeping the lie alive. You are in effect one of the Elites propaganda tools. Do not panic, all is well, I have solutions. No, bitch, you don’t. You have wishful thinking masquerading as a solution. I say, hump all that, panic NOW. Of course, there are always solutions, but the mistake comes in when you think you can offer systematic solutions rather than personal ones. If you say, “drive a Prius and use LED lights and become a vegetarian so that the Earth cools and we get far less hurricanes of deadly force“, you have now been nominated for Humankinds Biggest Idiot Award. No, dumbass, you just protect yourself against more hurricanes. For the price of a Prius you can hurricane-proof your home to include water and food storage and extra ammunition.
The Solution Insisters might get all butt hurt and insist that THEIR pet solution in long term whereas yours in short sighted and only lasts a couple of hurricane seasons. They might be right, but whereas their solution has ZERO chance of protecting you against the next twenty hurricane seasons, if ever, yours are ready to go into effect close to immediately. Humans, as a social group, do poorly planning ahead long term. Only individuals do that. So NEVER bet on a group doing the smart thing tomorrow, only today. That one is quite easy to figure out. A group postures for dominance and gain, each individual attempting to maximize their share at the expense of others, in ANY group dynamic not tribal in nature. Even in a tribe, we are hardwired to cooperate but also to do everything to maximize our return at the expense of other tribes, so as far as long term planning goes that acts as a short term brake. Our tribe acts in short term dynamics against other tribes. Whoever denudes the meadow first gets the extra livestock to rear extra mouths to provide more breeders and warriors, and etcetera. So, really, even if a tribe is cohesive it isn’t long term planning capable anyway.
Unless. There is the territorial issue. If you are able to militarily eradicate any who pose a challenge to occupying your territory, there is far less chance of long term ecological damage if you can prohibit others from occupying it. It is LONGER term, but of course not indefinite. No ecosystem is capable of withstanding human occupation after a certain amount of overpopulation. Which is a necessity if you are to stay ahead militarily. Which is why there will always be armed conflict. Humans can only plan ahead to a certain extent. And not much further. You can’t get much past your grandchildren, if that. The default programming of humans is to survive by military conquest. You can spew all you want about “changing the programming” to cooperate, but that is merely trying to deny our natures. The human mind can be a wonderful thing but it can also easily prove itself to be a flaming dumbass. Mother Nature/evolution/God has instilled in us the ultimate behavior programming for our own good, so we don’t try to talk ourselves into something retarded. If you and your group tries to thwart that, they die to the others that just follow their true natures.
Remember the meadow analogy? He who strip mines his environment to gain a temporary advantage in resources will defeat another tribe that is trying to live harmoniously with nature and not deplete his environment ( which is why the tribe being territorial and eliminating “squatters” will in the long term still take too much and damage his resource base-he must keep enough surplus produced to assure military dominance and you can’t fight entropy doing that). Continued tomorrow.
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I have the solution. All 7 billion people try a different strategy to survive, and chances are at least a few hundred thousand make it out the other side.ReplyDelete
Well, 6.999999 billion are trying the Business As Usual one, so good luck with that.Delete
That was sarcasm... every solution I've seen is "do what I'm doing!" Business as usual eventually won't be an option. But after that happens en mass, no one can predict what is going to work in that world.Delete
Okay, sorry I didn't grasp the sarcasm. The not predicting part is why the different strategy part works, which is why I didn't think it was sarcasm. Am I going around in circles here? :)Delete
I spent most of my adult life foolishly believing that if everyone had enough to eat we could all get along and that peace was possible. Then I matured to the point I realized that human nature is a fatal flaw and will eventually wipe out mankind in a frenzy of greed and self righteousness. I have a lawn chair and a case of bourbon. I'm prepared!ReplyDelete
If we had had the extra food as we evolved that would be the case of course, but since we evolved with scarcity...Delete
In that article, this one got me: "If they cannot do either physical or intellectual labor, they will be gifted with nothing and die of starvation." LOLReplyDelete
And then this gem: "Rules and Taboos will be put in place and enforced on procreation." Again, LOL. Can I volunteer for the *Pipe & Gash* supervisory team? heh
I like DDD, but sometimes he really diverges from my understanding.Delete
the new bison books are here, the new bison books are here.ReplyDelete
as I dance around like navin.
thanks Jim the cd arrived today, sooner than I expected!
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thanks Jim for the great deal and good service.
Hey, thank YOU for ordering the damn thing. I get the CD out the next day but I can't control the Post Office delivery, obviously. But they are almost always really good. Much better than when they were a monopoly. And speaking of the PO, everyone remember that they do the food drive this month. It doesn't have to be a can, just put a bag of flour or pasta out for them. They do all that work picking up the food and delivering it to a food bank for free.Delete
'otherwise raping Gia.' I think you meant raping Gaia...as in, the world.. Gia was the supermodel. Or, maybe you DID mean Gia.....ReplyDelete
Your spelling is correct. I knew it was wrong and kept going anyway. Sometimes you just gotta get the words down, your finger trying valiantly to keep up with your mind vomiting. So then I promptly forgot, even during proof reading.Delete
Although I agree tribal conquest is somewhat hardwired in.ReplyDelete
In any though experiment I try, or any study of history, shows that an ascendant tribe never tries to live holisticly with its neighbors giving them equal treatment. And where two tribes are evenly matched but need to have access to each others resources you end up with one tribe (probably a larger one) in less than 4 generations. But not necessarily through violent conquest. Humans are also HORNY animals and will breed with others outside their tribe and bring the new mate into their tribe or join the mates tribe.
Conquest or Marriage or Both.
But there is some sort of upper limit on the size of tribe - eventually it schisms and one is no longer an Pongo-Bongo but instead at RedHead Pongo-Bongo.... Where that inflection point is probably depends on outside factors like external threats and resource availability. Which explains why a threat of an outside war works so well to unite a country...
Inter tribal marriage works to make binding ties. but resource depletion will always trump that. I'm talking die-off time. There is tribal conflict or diplomatic unification prior to that, so I'm speaking of when needs come to must. And that hardwired hatred can help if you attack prior to your enemy who might act prior to shortages. It is a macro-survival strategy, regardless of the day to day details.Delete
I think the reason Nationalism has been so ascendant since the beginning of the fossil fuel age has had to due with the super tribe working due to resource abundance. Obviously when resources are no longer so abundant tribal markers for tribes smaller than the nation will gain in importance, but people will belong to multiple tribes - just like inner city ghetto dwellers now, they belong to the National tribe ie "americans" the racial tribe ie "blacks" or "hispanics" or "indians", the national gang/subculture/professional support tribe ie "crips" or "bloods" or "steelworkers", and finally a local subtribe "13th street" or "East Pittsburgh" - So one would self Identify as an American Black Steelworkers Union Member of the 13th Street branch. The order they announce these tribal markers will help you tell how far down the decline toward collapse of nationalism they are (everyone's collapse will be at different speeds of course, though usually roughly on par with others around them). If they announce the nation first things are going good. If they announce their smallest tribal markers first, things are going very poorly- especially for you if you aren't in that tribe and they can gain from committing violence on your person...Delete