There are three million millionaires in the USA that do not pay taxes because their assets are registered in tax paradise “countries” around the globe, many have another citizenship, a great prove of patriotism, no doubts about it.
There are also three million doomsday preppers, they have even a convention, a TV series in NatGeo, websites, facebook and social media pages and a whole industry that provides them with all what they need, costly, ridiculously fashioned and very successful but …..what is a doomsday prepper? A doomsday prepper is a guy, working alone, with friends, with his family, that believes de-facto that in case of a catastrophe the federal/state government will not help him/them to survive any life threatment situation, it can be an earthquake, a cyclone, a hurricane, a tsunami, a nuclear plant explossion, economic crisis, a war of any kind, bio threats, nuclear attacks from other countries, terrorism, comets, asteroids, solar flares, magnetic fields, gamma rays and whatever you can put into your imagination.
The rule of thumb is that you need a supply of food, water, energy, a bunker, hundreds of guns and ammunition (easily there) and training to stop any of their hungry citizens that did not prepare for that, to invade your space to take advantage of what you did to protect your family.
My conclusion is simple, there are out there at least six million guys who do not care about their country, government, society, institutions, marines, armed forces, FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, fellow citizens, for them God Bless America and The Land of the Free are just a songs they sing on baseball games, the only important people are them!
Are we loosing the the war against global warming?, yes…. ignorance, apathy and personal interests are winning.
The 6th mass extinction began with the last ice age and now it’s being catalyzed by man on a geometric progression. Honest scientists agree with the evidence so far. Dishonest scientists (there are a bunch who sold their soul to the devil), politicians and big economic powers deny the truth because they can not see beyond their own generation, do not want to see, do not care beyond that. Ignorance and stupidity of the people (who associate dinosaurs to cavemen) help them a lot with their behavior. The results are obvious, when the conveyor belt that regulates the temperature on far north and south of the globe will really slow down, we will have a new ice age, now with 8 to 10 billion people instead of the few millions of 10.000 years ago, with depleted resources of all kind, famine, lack of water, deserted oceans and more. Apocalyptic, yes it is, but the scientific evidence so far and the projection based on it shows no bright future. How many honest people in the world know about this? Is there a future? Emissions control right now is like a band aid put on a terminal ill patient and since advertising controls the mind of the week, there is no doubt about what will happen.
On these days, shallow people measure their achievements by the “friends” on social media, the “likes” they get on every post, the amont of “selfies” they make and publish. As I mentioned in other posts, this is what advertising and media want, these are the false values they seed in the absence of family or school values, now vanishing in this modern absurd world, where ficticious needs are created and people embrace them as if it was life or dead.
In a world where now “celebrities” rule, not precisely a role model to follow, people have always taken pictures of themselves, in old times you always could get someone kindly taking a photo of you (or couple) at a site but the invention of the name “selfie” and the adoption and spreading of it in the showbiz, the paraphernalia around it, has reached ridiculous and unbeareable limits of indecency and bad behavior, showing the dark side of most people.
If you travel, in/out of your Country, you will see bunchs of people arriving to iconic places and in five minutes they get the camera/phone/Ipad out and take selfies, they do not spend but a few seconds looking or enjoying the site, the selfie is enough, no matter if a number of people are there trying to enjoy their visit. Noisy, uneducated, arrogant, jumping and screaming all over the place, the goal is the selfie, not the place. A paralell can even be made for most of those 4×4 aficionados running with their expensive machines anywhere just for the fun of 4×4, all what they say about the places they visit is bullshit (just a way to justify the absence of crowds) , they do not admire the scenery or anything, only their machines, they do not even take photos, only if it is a TV program.
This behavior is turning worse by the day, as this recent report in Costa Rica shows
Selfies or selfishness is reaching extremes that only human race (Homo porcinus) is capable of doing. What is next? Anything is possible.
Man is a freak of Nature, a mistake in Evolution.
Man has broken all the schemes in the animal world, all other organisms of all kinds show a behavior based on their strict genetic code that regulates them and Nature takes care to mediate before any alteration on the balance occurs, ensuring the Biological Diversity that has allowed life on Earth shortly after its formation (some 3,000-3,500 million years ago) and the development of advanced life dating back around 500 million years.
The man began to write its own evolutive storyline about 7 million years ago, won the title of Homo sapiens merely some 100,000 back and reached adulthood after the last ice age, 10,000 years ago.
Since then he has been able to bring to extinction countless species of plants and animals by wholesale hunting, poaching or destroying the habitats and biodiversity. Man sets a price on everything, not only to products and services but to land, environment, animals, plants and even human life. Wars are a way to use his animal inherited component to go beyond reason and reach his ultimate goals. Man kills but not to get the kill to eat, man kills to obtain power, kills for money, kills for sex, he even kills for pleasure. The other fellow humans are only worth to the extent that they are useful, cities are important because they focus their chances on economic revenues, now cities are almost miniature polluted countries. Man closes his eyes and turns his head to the limited capacity of the planet’s resources, breeds wildly in numbers and not even cares about the impoverished world he will leave to his descendants. On the one hand we see billionaires showing off their fortunes, mainly obtained over the innocence or human stupidity and shallowness and at the same time over a billion people are starving or eating very poorly but a billion pets are fed as parasites buying its “love”….
Humanity is a concept based on a the human capacity to show a whole set of feelings that animals can’t because they do not have them but this man is getting more and more hypocritical by the day, more heartless, more cruel, more inhuman.
The dawn of the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain on the second half of the XXVIII century brought the biggest economical, technological and social changes in human history since the Neolithic age.
The increase in urban population in cities with medieval layout meant overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and the appearance of the first social pathologies: alcoholism, prostitution and crime, from 800 million inhabitants 250 years ago we increased to almost ten fold today.
That huge population expansion with virtually no control, has produced enormous changes in the ecosystems on earth, disturbances that Nature effectively could regulate before through natural processes of transformation and degradation, now were no longer possible because there were millions of new substances for which she has no natural processes of transformation, on the other hand the amount of waste produced by the man is so big that it constantly accumulates as environmental pollution.
Man can NEVER understand completely Nature, had to split it in a myriad of small fields trying to explain how it works and in the end many of these fields, known as Sciences, can not be paged together.
On the last decades, pressed by some tragic consequences appearing on the environment, man has invented the term “environmentally friendly” as an umbrella masking many of the commercial activities leading to pollution, putting in the data base sheet many chemical limits lower that the previous ones but never what –on my opinion as a Chemist- can be called friendly with the environment, first because man do not fully undestand how the environment works and second because none of those limits are near to what they are in Nature.
Lets face it, lets be honest, scientist are hired by private companies to “test and establish limits of chemicals of human waste products (of any kind), the governmente hire another group of acientists to prove it and once the bill is established, companies are free to exploit the resources legally. It happens in almost all kinds of human enterprises, mining, manufacturing, food industry, water recycling, building industry, fisheries, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, the list is limitless.
I do not want to introduce any discussion about corruption, either in Science, Government or private companies, that factor, absolutely stuck in Homo sapiens genes, can be a matter of another discussion.
There are half a billion dogs on the planet and if we add cats and other pets the number skyrockets to over a billion. There are also about a billion people that does not feed well, ranging from malnutrition to famine but….. we prefer to look the other side while we feed pets, give them living facilities, grooming, pet-sitting, entertainment, psychologic consultation, vets, insurance, medicines, hospitals, surgical attention and more, much more. Many, many people do not have access to that quality of life. There are exceptions though….working dogs as sheppards, trained dogs to detect bombs, illegal money, drugs, fires, rescue, dogs for the blind, dogs for vigilance, dogs for people that lost all loved ones are all out of the question, what I am against are the pets converted into parasites, just suckling resources to fulfill man’s miseries.
Besides that, there are thousands of NGO defending the rights of animals to avoid abuse by man but most of them refer to pets (mainly dogs) and animals used/trained for entertainment. Most of those people do not have any idea that hundreds of millions of animals are massacred every year on behave of feeding stupid culinary, medicinal or economical apetite. Sharks fin soup at 100$/plate, (tasteless but flavored with a cube) causes 100 million sharks to be de-finned and launched to the sea still alive. The wholesale “sport” hunt in Africa, the unproved “oriental medicine” based on myths make kill a huge amount of elephants, rhinos, big cats in general for those “special” parts that cure or invigorate sexual powers. Besides dozens of other examples, the continuous destruction of habitats leads to death to numerous species causing the unbalance of Nature’s equilibrium.
All of the above is much more important in terms of “human rights” that caring for pets, once species are gone, are gone forever and it has a crucial influence in human life, man spits to the sky and then tries to avoid it using an umbrella, what a paradox, but this paradox seems to be imprinted in the genes. We know what the future will be, at least some of us know, either for us or those that don’t by ignorance or looking the other way, the future will be the same. The history of Earth and its inhabitants has given enough evidence about the short term future on a geological magnitude.
During the last four billion years when the first unicellular organisms started life on earth, Nature has done countless experiments on evolution, millions of them have not been successful and the species evolved from it had a short living path on the Planet, in geological terms.
The successful ones produced, among millions of species, the dinosaurs (150 million y.o.), crocs, turtles, birds and mammals, only to talk about big vertebrates. Man started as Homo perhaps 7 million years ago but became modern man about a hundred thousand years back and the final evolution took shape after the last ice age, barely 10.000 years ago, the only Homo species alive.
What is the future of man as a species? Despite ALL other organisms, man can think, is able to design and construct things, create art and culture, Science and Technology, Health and medicines, but at what price? Man is specially good destroying stuff, especially the Nature around them for his own short term benefit. In fact man is the only living organism that do not follow the principles of Nature, a paradox after having tried for millenia to understand how it works. Despite all knowledge available we do not know but a nano-fraction of Nature and in general terms we do not care, we behave as if the Universe revolves around us.
What is the expectancy of man’s life on earth? Minimal if compared with modern living animals, besides that, man make things easy for Nature, killing among themselves and polluting or consuming the resources needed for their survival. Man will not stand another thousand years, thinking very optimistically. Man seem to be one of those mistakes of Nature in terms of Evolution.
This is how the paradigm works:
Beyonce cashes millions for a Pepsi commercial of a drink she never drinks because it is dangerous by the chemical it contains (caffeine, phosphoric acid, etc.), she cares a lot about her body because it means many $$$$$.
The Company hires her for the commercial because she has millions of followers that buy her music, videos and go to her movies, meaning that millions of people will watch the commercial on TV and sales will increase. Unfortunately millions of teenagers fall into this category and it works, at least for some time.
Will Pepsi pick up the billions of cans thrown out into the environment by the “drinkers”. No……
Will Pepsi (and others) support a campaign to educate people to avoid littering?………No
Will you drink Pepsi because Beyonce does in the commercial?
Profit above all……this is the paradigm that reigns on Planet Earth.