Saturday, June 25, 2016

Twitter Is Dead

Twitter Abets Child Sex Tourism
In an era of right-wing authoritarian fascism and left-wing elitist corruption; and economic, social, and environmental decline, I have been stunned by having been repeatedly kicked off of Twitter as I addressed these matters, including occasionally tweeting regarding disclosures made to me and many others by a Congressman of having raped children. The social network has jumped the shark and is no longer a voice for social justice, political truth, or environmental sustainability, and has little relevance in keeping children safe or other efforts to confront abuses by the powerful.


We live in a perilous world. Donald Trump berates and terrorizes others at will with racist taunts and xenophobic rants wielding the power of his Twitter account. Yet my own Twitter account, long dedicated to the search for truth, justice, and ecology – used in work by EcoInternet hailed by Utne Reader as "visionary" – has been shutdown three times in the past couple months, most recently yesterday.

The infraction? Occasional tweets regarding keeping children safe from child sexual abuse. I had the misfortune of a Congressman disclosing in my presence of having traveled to Costa Rica to partake in the child sex trade, and every so often I tweet upon the journey of seeking justice for this gay Congressional pedophile. I have previously written on the matter as well, most recently here, and initially here.

Despite only ruminating infrequently on the fact that Madison, Wisconsin is represented in Congress by a child rapist – among much discussion of the need to #DumpTrump and cut emissions as protect old-growth forests – if I make any mention of Congressional pedophilia or the toll vicious false counter attacks have had upon me, my account is immediately closed. This comes as the Congressional child abuser has sought to intimidate me further with contacts by the Capital Police and sending an associate to threaten me outside of my home in New York City.

For years I was enthralled by Twitter. In a world of right-wing authoritarian fascism, and left-wing elitist corruption, it offered a platform for the dispossessed and armchair philosophers to share their thoughts and opinions. If one did so well, you were rewarded with likes and followers, and an unmatched platform for personal expression. Twitter offered in my opinion not only the potential for substantiated truths to remove corrupt and violent individuals and governments from power; it also was Earth's last best chance to build global movements sufficient to achieve social justice, economic equity, and environmental sustainability.

My how things have changed. Under unrelenting pressure to grow, and in an effort to stop some of the more vicious trolling occurring on Twitter, the social media company now routinely expels anyone whose content may have been found offensive by anyone for any reason. Even those aggrieved by the truthful outing of a gay Congressional pedophile can simply click on a button and have it shutdown.

What makes the death of Twitter all the more egregious is never has the world more desperately needed a neutral network for the flow of information and ideas to address the litany of global challenges with which we as a human family are confronted.

Fascism is indisputably on the rise. Yet those falling for the lure of authoritarianism have justifiable concerns about mass migration, the loss of decent livelihoods, and obscene levels of economic inequity. Those in power, while professing concern regarding these issues, have done as elites usually do, and corruptly used their power for self-enrichment and personal gain. Including diddling little boys in poor countries with impunity.

There is very little political space to discuss humanity's descent into a state of perma-war as the biosphere collapses from abrupt climate change and ecosystem loss.

This is what made Twitter such a disruptive force. Free thinkers with insight and desire could challenge the lies of fascists, and the deceit of the elite. Intractable issues that are rarely addressed – like drone warfare, government spying, widening inequity, and the oil industry corruptly funding climate change deniers – could relentlessly and courageously be confronted in a global twitter storm of controversy in the pursuit of truth.

Governments literally quaked and fell as the power of 140 character truths highlighted the lies and deceptions upon which the rich grow richer, as the poor grow poorer, and all of our shared ecosystems are lost threatening the end of being.

And yes, if you found yourself having drinks with friends, and a local politician who later ran for Congress happens to speak and vividly act out traveling to Costa Rica to pay kids for sex; and the Madison police, FBI, Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, and Madison District Attorney are notified – but ignore you suggesting  you are crazy and made it up, choosing to side with the powerful and not even investigate – you can tweet about that too.

Again, how is it that Trump can Tweet a constant barrage of racist hate, as a small time activist such as myself is not able to Tweet regarding my own experiences? It is not the role of social media to be the arbitrator of disputes. That is the role of courts. Social networks exist to give all a voice.

Despite demonstrating such initial promise, Twitter has shown it is not up to the task of providing a neutral platform upon which the fearless winnowing of facts and ideas to solve contemporary problems can occur. In an effort to cleanse itself of all that is confrontational except in service to the oligarchy, Twitter has become an irrelevant storehouse of inane selfies and celebrity ego.

Twitter enables child rapists by refusing to allow credible allegations against the powerful to be voiced. It's too bad. At one point Twitter had the potential to help usher in an era of justice, equity and ecological sustainability.

Despite Twitter being dead, my search for truth will not end or ever be silenced. Nor will my efforts to keep children safe from corrupt predators. Either should yours.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Sheer Terror of Looming Biosphere Collapse

Ecosystem loss is biosphere collapse
The global ecological system is collapsing and dying as humanity overruns natural ecosystems and the climate. We are entering an age of unrelenting violence and suffering, prior to biosphere collapse and the end of being, unless dramatic social change based upon a global ecology ethic arises quickly.


Humans evolved within a lush and vibrant Eden teaming with life, which until just a few generations ago provided for natural abundance and the prospect of perpetual human existence. We are one of many species utterly dependent upon natural ecosystems for all needs including air, water, food, and shelter.

The rise of ecological colonialism and the industrial revolution changed all that, as million year old naturally evolved ecosystems became fodder to be liquidated and consumed for accumulation of paper wealth. The disambiguation of buying our needs with money has led us to deny our ecological nature.

For two centuries humanity has waged an unrelenting war upon nature. Ecological habitats and their wildlife residents have been slaughtered incessantly. Entire species have been wiped out, as their members have been burnt, shot, tortured, and left to starve. Whole ecosystems have been dismantled to create consumer crap that is quickly thrown away.

Concurrently Western science has learned what indigenous peoples have long known, that we are but one species in a web of life. That all is one, intertwined in a miraculous system whereby life creates the conditions for life. And that as goes nature befalls us. Those in touch with nature realize ecology is the meaning of life. And that without ecology there can be no economy.

It has become increasingly obvious to experts and astute lay persons that the ecological fabric of being is fraying. We now know that ecological boundaries exist, and that the human endeavor has overshot them. Old-growth forests remain as tawdry remnants, soil has become lifeless and sterile, oceans are dying, and water and food are scarce for humanity and kindred species.

Ever expanding human numbers have lost sight of our place within ecology, and have little knowledge of the natural world. Instead well-being is defined by mobile apps and expensive play-things that soon grow old and are discarded. For many life is a vacuous search for status and stuff, utterly detached from the condition of natural capital that makes their and all life possible. And for the rest – the large percentage of people living in abject poverty – life is a squalid struggle to meet basic needs amidst Disneyfied conspicuous over-consumption by celebrities and bankers.

Long a war-prone species, humans have concurrent with ecocide nonetheless undergone remarkable social evolution whereby slavery’s prohibition, women’s rights, freedom of thought, and representative democracy – with some progress on racial equality – has largely been achieved. Nonetheless attempts last century to eliminate war have failed miserably. Over-populated inequity in an age of resource scarcity – stoked by grotesquely wasteful over-consumption by the few – fuels a rise of authoritarian fascism and conflict between the haves, have-lesses, and have-nots.

Few diagnose the state of perma-war waged by lone terrorists and drones as the result of environmental decline. Yet the coming anarchy can be seen all around us, by those who wish to see.


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Pernicious Myth of Perpetual Economic Growth

Nothing grows forever. The myth the economy can is destroying the biosphere.

By Dr. Glen Barry

Economic growth is destroying the biosphere
Economic growth is destroying the biosphere
The present human condition is predicated on one of the biggest lies ever – that the economy can grow indefinitely. In a self-serving logical contortion, economists in service to the oligarchy measure the well-being of a society by how fast the economy grows, with little regard to the state of natural capital, human inequity, the welfare of ecosystems and other species, or the extent to which people and society are happy. Natural capital is defined as Earth's stocks of natural assets including ecosystem services which make all life possible, which is unmeasured and thus undervalued by indices of economic growth.

Measures such as Gross Domestic Product utterly fail to tie increases in economic output to human and natural well-being. Spending on militaristic drone attacks and the rich's conspicuous over-consumption are equated with social expenditures to meet basic human needs. Clearcutting old-growth forests for toilet paper is of equal worth as providing homes and food for the poor. Ravaging Earth's last natural ecosystems for every last drop of oil is deemed economically beneficial (despite being terribly inefficient as externalities remain unpriced), while we are told restoring natural ecosystems is unprofitable because of large discounting of future benefits.

Living as if Earth's nature has no worth other than to be liquidated for consumption degrades ourselves and ecosystems, and can only end in utter ruin as first society, then the economy, and finally the biosphere collapses. It is blatantly obvious that infinite growth on a finite Earth is impossible. Yet we run our economy with this goal.

Earth is Everything
Earth is everything. Without ecology there can be no economy.
Economic growth is worshiped as if it were holy and divine, rather than acknowledging that growth can come at enormous economic, social, and environmental costs. There is little understanding of ecological overshoot and the limits to growth, as we seek ever more material possessions at the expense of all else, systematically degrading not only our habitat, but also our future resource base and potential for broad-based community advancement.

Growth appears to be benign and pleasant, iPhones and foreign travel are intoxicating, yet perpetual economic expansion comes at an unknown price whose deleterious impacts sneak up upon you. Such is the nature of exponential growth. The exorbitant costs of an exponentially growing economy are best illustrated by imagining a pond whereby the extent of lily-pad coverage doubles in extent every day, on the 30th day fully covering the water. On which day is the pond half covered? When is it a 10% covered? We shall return to this question.

By falsely equating exponential growth with societal well-being, capitalism may well be irredeemable. Its foundational idea of people coming together in markets to exchange their surplus has been bastardized to suggest that creating something of worth and selling it is the same as every manner of speculative financial trickery. Yet for markets to serve human's and nature's well-being, there are some basic out-right lies that need to be addressed now.

Firstly, growth cannot fully measure economic well-being; we need a richer measure that determines the extent to which economic activity is sustainable and widely beneficial. A much richer measure is the rate of economic growth per unit of natural capital (drawn down or replenished), and by the extent to which economic advancement is equitably shared. Such a truly green economy is said to be at a steady state, whereby both population and consumption are stable at a sustainable level. How dense are we to not understand that Earth is everything, and that without ecology there can be no economy?

Given the current state of ecological overshoot – as terrestrial ecosystems, climate, water, oceans and biodiversity are collapsing – achieving a steady state economy would require decades of degrowth and redistribution of wealth. Urgent measures would have to be taken to provide incentives that cap both population and disparities in consumption, even as aggregate draws upon natural capital are reduced to below replacement levels to allow for decades of ecological renewal.

[Finish reading essay by Dr. Glen Barry at EcoInternet]

Sunday, May 8, 2016

On Ecology and Going Back to the Land

Life begets life, making Earth livable. — Dr. Glen Barry
Grow your own food as you restore ecology
Not much new land is being made, yet land’s well-being is central to the well-being of human and all life. On land, in a miraculous act of biological emergence, plants and animals have naturally evolved and self-organized to form ecosystems and ultimately the biosphere. Yet existing land and its ecology have has been treated incautiously and with great malice for centuries.

Land ensconced in natural vegetation is the living membrane that encompasses Earth and mediates energy and material flows between air and water. Naturally evolved terrestrial ecosystems are a majestic miracle, provider of life, and humanity’s habitat home. Over countless eons pulsing lifeforms emerge and radiate creating the panoply of a living Earth.

Life begets life, making Earth livable.

The history of natural land destruction is largely synonymous with human settlements and agriculture. The disease of ecological colonialism radiated from Europe, utterly decimating land and its productive capacity globally. As the myth of a perpetual growth economy has been universally embraced; about 90% of Earth’s original old-growth forests have been pillaged, 50% of top soil has been lost, and about half of global land cover no longer remains in a natural condition.

The global ecological system has percolated from a state of human settlements enmeshed within a sea of life-giving natural ecosystems, to a sea of unnatural human endeavors surrounding islands of nature. Such ecological overshoot is not sustainable and this terrestrial ecosystem loss is collapsing our one shared biosphere.

Rarely has a species gone so rogue and utterly lost their place within the natural world.

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