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Bush knew about 911 long before it happened and did nothing.

Published November 15, 2015 by Tjchase

August 6, 2001: Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S. Everyone knows it by now. This was the CIA’s Presidential daily brief given to George W Bush on that day, detailing how Al Qaeda was set on carrying out a major terrorist attack on the U.S. For years, experts and historians have talked about how it was possible for Bush to miss this one coming. Now it seems we have our answer.

This was not a bungling of the job. The Bush administration KNEW that Al Qaeda was going to hit us, and they made a conscious choice to let it happen so that there was no paper trail. They had been warned.

Cofer Black, who was chief of the CIA’s counterterrorism center said, “It was very evident we were going to be stuck. We were gonna be struck hard and lots of Americans were going to die.”

George Tenet, Cofer’s boss and former CIA chief said that for months the signs were everywhere. Terrorists were disappearing into hiding, camps were closing, all as if in preparation for an attack. Threat reports and intelligence kept coming in, in increasing severity and urgency. All of this was given directly to the Bush administration month after month, but they made a conscious choice to ignore it.They didn’t try to stop it AT ALL

Tenet had previously pitched a plan in the spring of 2001, called “the Blue Sky paper” to Bush’s national security team. It called for a CIA and military campaign to end the Al Qaeda threat by invading Afghanistan in a paramilitary operation. Tenet says that the word back from the Bush administration and Condoleeza Rice was “We’re not quite ready to consider this.  We don’t want the clock to start ticking.

Translated, this means they did not want a paper trail to show they had been warned. It isn’t completely known why they had such aversions to there being irrefutable evidence of being warned. Possibly it was so they could justify the Iraq war after 911. Bush had Iraq in his sights before the first election was stolen and handed to him (Al Gore won).  Maybe it was because they knew if they tried and failed, and 911 still happened, it would ensure a 1 term Bush presidency.

Tenet went on to describe the discussion with Condoleeza Rice and her team because George W. Bush was on a trip to Boston at the time.

The attacks will be spectacular. They may be multiple. Al Qaeda’s intention is the destruction of the United States.

Rice said “What do you think we need to do?’ Black responded by slamming his fist on the table, and saying, ‘We need to go on a wartime footing now!’

Condoleeza Rice remarkably wrote in her memoir: “My recollection of the meeting is not very crisp because we were discussing the threat every day. I thought we were doing what needed to be done”.

She thought, and apparently by extension, the Bush administration also thought they were doing what needed to be done which was absolutely nothing.

The surreal nature of the multiple, comprehensive, and constant warnings about the 9/11 attacks coming was only eclipsed by the completely astonishing choice, not mistake by the Bush administration to literally allow this to happen to America. There is no other way to possibly interpret it. God himself couldn’t have warned George W. Bush about the terrorist attacks coming, and he literally did not do a thing to stop it. This isn’t a mistake. It isn’t bad judgement. It isn’t even that he forgot about it. He chose to let it happen. Point blank. If that is not High Treason by aiding America’s enemies, I don’t know what is.


Lost continent hidden in plain sight-Atlantis?

Published March 28, 2015 by Tjchase


A mysterious majestic city

Companion articleProof that pyramids exist in the Grand Canyon

lots of pyramidsThe Kaibab Plateau located in central Northern Arizona showcases a mysterious majestic city epic jof size and proportion. While this city is officially referred to as a series of natural “Grand Canyon Monuments”, they are in fact precisely arranged Pyramids and structures aligned to the star and nebula pattern of ORION “The Hunter” constellation.

This appears to be a great city of a “lost” continent. There is neither folklore nor definition of it, although, Egyptian and Asian artifacts have been found. Some of which  swiped under the guidance of the Smithsonian Institute. The city is masked in secrecy using deceptive language and tactics as a device for keeping the general population from understanding what the “Monuments of the Grand Canyon” truly are.


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Christie and Koch in bed together

Published January 17, 2014 by Tjchase

Christie and Koch in Cahoots? It’s Time to Subpoena the Committee for Our Children’s Future

Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:26By Greg PalastTruthout | News Analysis


(Photo: <a href="" target="_blank"> New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continued his "New Jersey Comeback" theme at a town hall meeting held at the Westfield Armory located in Westfield, New Jersey on February 8, 2012</a> via Shutterstock)(Photo: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continued his “New Jersey Comeback” theme at a town hall meeting held at the Westfield Armory located in Westfield, New Jersey on February 8, 2012 via Shutterstock)

Far more insidious, more corrosive and dangerous than the Governor of New Jersey playing traffic warden is the story of Gov. Chris Christie’s secret meetings with a gaggle of billionaires – and the legality of the spending by the front organization set up following these hidden hugger-muggers.

In 2012, a tax-exempt “social welfare organization” called Committee for Our Children’s Future, CCF, ran a series of TV ads telling America that Governor Christie has performed more miracles in New Jersey than Jesus did with loaves and fish. The New York Times found some old college chums who said they set up the “Children’s” crusade for Christie. But the ads cost about $6 million. The Times didn’t ask how Christie’s buddies, not wealthy guys, found the six big ones.

But CCF was not started in 2012. When I heard “Children’s Future,” my nose started twitching. I smelled Koch.

The whiff of sulfur took me back to seven thick investigation binders nearly two decades old – each one marked “KOCH.” In Volume 3, I found it: CCF – Campaign for Our Children’s Future.

Just days before the 1996 election, “Campaign for our Children’s Future,” previously unheard of, paid for some of the most vicious smear ads ever run. The nasty blast, disseminated in coordination with a mysterious operation called “Citizens United,” accused one Democrat of associating with a child molester (false), another of being “a Jewess” (true) and so on.

Most of the 29 targeted Democrats, blindsided and unable to swing at the phantom “Children” and “Citizens,” were creamed. The result, to everyone’s surprise, was that the Republicans kept control of Congress.

(Image: Ted Rall)(Image: Ted Rall)

Everyone’s surprise but Charles and David Koch. The head of “Children’s Future” confessed to federal investigators he’d signed over $700,000 in blank checks to ananonymous donor running funds through Children’s.  The money-laundering operation was traced back to a funding source called “Triad Inc.” – named after the Chinese mobsters. Triad’s front man, facing hard time, swore that all the hidden loot came from Koch Industries, owned by Charles and David Koch.

And that was a crime, one of the two times the Kochs came within kissing distance of prison cells – because, in 1996, before the Citizens United ruling, America still had a democracy, and it was a felony for corporations to slip cash to political campaigns.

And Citizens United? It was, in practice, just one citizen, right-wing-nut billionaire Foster Friess. In 1996, he and rich friends would put cash into Citizens United, which then made campaign contributions, in the exact same amount, on the very same day, to one of their favored politicians. The sums and timing were a “coincidence,” said the “Citizens” lawyers. But it looked an awful lot like a crime: an illegal way around campaign contribution limits.

(How the Kochs and Friess avoided hard time – with Bill Clinton’s help – is a story for another time and place. The place is my book, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.)

It wasn’t just me who thought that Children’s Future and the Kochs had committed felonies. Then-Senator Fred Thompson, who’s played a lawman so many times on TV he thinks he is one, accused the Koch operatives of creating illegal “sham nonprofit corporations.”

That was Thompson’s mistake. The Senator was stripped of his powers as chairman of the Government Affairs Committee, denied his demand to subpoena anyone around the Kochs, and his investigation was shut down.

In a parting shot, Thompson wrote: “Triad is important not just for the ways it bent or broke existing laws, but for the pattern it has established for future groups.” 

And now we know: The “future group” would be, apparently, the re-formulated CCF, now as Committee for Our Children’s Future. And apparently, our children want Chris Christie.

But this time around, dumping hidden money into a campaign to boost a politician has been decriminalized by the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling, which threw out charges against the old Friess front, Citizens United.

So who are  the men who care so much about our children’s future?

There’s Still One Law Left to Break

Despite the Supreme Court stripping naked almost all restrictions on political expenditures, the Justices did firmly secure a critically placed fig leaf: “Independent” organizations may not, in any way whatsoever, plan with, secretly coordinate with, make or take suggestions from, nor consult with, a candidate.

The question is, did the Kochs and Christie drop the fig leaf? The answers are a hell of a lot more important than Sopranos-style score-settling like backing up a bridge.

Let’s look at the evidence. The hidden funnel of funds into Our Children’s Future followed on undisclosed meetings: the first, a two-hour rendezvous between Governor Christie and David Koch in New York in January of 2011. Just the two of them, no one else allowed in.

This concealed chat with Christie was unwittingly disclosed by David Koch himself: He blabbed about it to his billionaire buddies at a closed gathering he organized with his brother Charles. Koch did not know he was being secretly recorded.  (Thanks to investigative reporter par excellence Brad Friedman for making the recording public.) 

And this was the second secret meeting: The Kochs’ closed confab in Vail, Colorado, on June 26, 2011. The guest of honor at the bash: Governor Chris Christie.

But you’re not supposed to know that.

Now you may think it’s pretty hard for Christie to conceal himself, but the governor did his best. This was some time after Governor Mark Sanford was excoriated for disappearing for a few days, in Sanford’s case to meet his girlfriend. Similarly, Christie left off his schedule any mention of his travel to Colorado for the tryst with the Kochs.

Christie was feted at the billionaires’ bacchanal – and he returned the favor. The hidden recorder captured the governor saying, “We must cut Social Security, cut Medicare, cut Medicaid.” It was Christie tough-guy talk that, notably, he was too cowardly to repeat in New Jersey. He told the awed ultrarich that, by cutting teacher pensions, he could stop Democrats’ attempts to tax millionaires.

Dance of the $70 Million in Vail

(Photo: Greg Palast)(Photo: Greg Palast)

Christie told the billionaires that The Lord Himself had anointed them to rule America – if only the moochers would stop torturing them with stupid environmental rules and taxes.

“All they do is layer regulation and taxes and burdens on all those people who just wanted opportunities to use their God-given gifts and their ambition and their vision to try to improve their lives and through that, improve the lives of other people.”

For the record, the Kochs’ billions were not God-given, but Dad-given. And Daddy Koch got his loot from deals made with Joe Stalin. (No kidding.)

That night, the billionaires whom Christie cast as the victims of government cruelty ponied up $70 million for the Kochs’ political campaign war chest. And, after Christie spoke, Charles Koch said, acknowledging the million-dollar checks from Foster Friess and others: “We will invest this money wisely and get the best possible payoff for you …

Fighting the Tax on “Extortion”

The Kochs had already received their payoff from Christie – that is, Christie saved America’s future. The brothers Koch stand to profit by approximately $1 billion each per year if the XL Pipeline is built. Therefore, defeating laws to cut greenhouse emissions is crucial. On May 27, 2011, after his secret meeting with David Koch and just before sneaking off to Vail, Christie stunned New Jersey by pulling the state out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Not that there’s a connection.

After the Vail meeting, there were reports that a gaggle of billionaires had launched a campaign to draft Christie as the most-electable alternative for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination – about the same time as Chris Christie’s college roomies decided to chip in $6 million for old time’s sake.

David Koch was on the “We Heart Christie” bandwagon, of course – joined by the one billionaire more influential, more cunning and more forbidding than any Koch: Paul “The Vulture” Singer. Note: You’re not called a “vulture” by Wall Street for your philanthropic work.

In an investigation for The Nation, I found that Singer had sucked $1.28 billion dollars from the US Treasury in a scheme involving the auto bailout. A treasury official called it “extortion.” Call it extortion or cotton candy, the loot would be nearly tax-free to Singer via a loophole called “carried interest.” Obama was threatening to close this billionaire’s tax goodie – while Christie crowed that he opposed any “millionaire tax.”

And that suited one of Singer’s coinvestors, John Paulson, who made $2.6 billion on the alleged “extortion” from the treasury – and did not want to pay tax on it. His fellow hedge-fund billionaire and Christie fan Stephen Schwarzman likened Obama’s questioning the carried interest loophole to “Hitler’s invasion of Poland.”

Then, billionaire Ken Langone also joined the Christie parade. Langone, I disclosed in Salon, was the money behind the company that, in 2000, purged thousands of  black voters from voter rolls in Florida. Later, he was charged with insider trading by Elliott Spitzer, and, after charges were dropped, announced that Spitzer “would pay.” Langone implied, true or not, that he’s the one who busted Spitzer’s career. Langone is not warm to business regulation.

Singer the Vulture is chairman of the Manhattan Institute, a think tank that generates antiregulation propaganda. In May 2010, Governor Christie made a pilgrimage there.

Why? Singer is the brain in Restore Our Future, the super-PAC The Vulture funded with billionaire Harold “Ice-Man” Simmons (who died in December), and notably, the third Koch brother, billionaire Billy Koch.

It was right after the rogues’ gallery of billionaires made their secretive push for Christie that CCF spent $6 million to praise the governor. Notably, the spokesman for both Restore Our Future and Committee for Our Children’s Future, and the only identifiable operator for CCF, is an outfit called Black Rock.

Also, Politico reports that something called Arena Communications of Utah, a recipient of at least $670,973 from Restore Our Future, is virtually the sole donor and operator of the mysterious and short-lived Draft Christie for President Inc.

Question: If Governor Christie is such a straight shooter, then how come he left the Vail and Koch meetings off his schedule? What did he say to The Vulture in Manhattan that got the billionaire bird all excited? And do you want us to believe that in none of these secret gatherings that preceded the million-dollar ads, that there was no coordination, no consultation, no discussion whatsoever of the Governor’s campaign needs?

While my files are thick and the Vail tapes invaluable, I’m not going to pretend that I know the words they whispered in their chit-chats. That’s what subpoenas are for, and these would have to be served on the governor himself, The Vulture and the Kochs.

It’s said that Christie’s failure to question his staff about the GW Bridge jam-up makes him an oddly uncurious fellow. And Mr. Christie is steadfastly uncurious about how his old college friends found $6 million to spend – and, coincidentally, turned their operation over to the outfit that handles CCF’s funds. How many coincidences do we need before we can conclude that the legal line was crossed?

While we need to know what the dipwits appointed by Christie did to our bridge, more important is what the governor said to the billionaires in secret that opened their otherwise tight wallets . . . and whether that loot found its way to CCF.

Singer the Vulture once tried to bully my network, BBC Television, into backing off our investigations.

But I’m not worried – though I wonder whether the governor of New Jersey and Mr. Koch will put traffic cones across my driveway.

New Mexico becomes the 17th state

Published December 19, 2013 by Tjchase

BREAKING: New Mexico Supreme Court Declares Statewide Marriage Equality
By Sunnivie Brydum

Originally published on December 19 2013 1:41 PM ET

In a landmark decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court declared that marriage rights must be extended to same-sex couples throughout the state.

The state’s highest court unanimously ruled that denying committed same-sex couples the right to marry violated the Equal Protection clause of the New Mexico constitution.

“We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law,” reads the ruling.

The court rejected the argument presented by marriage equality opponents that the state had a legitimate governmental interest in “responsible procreation and childrearing,” declaring that supposed interest “is not reflected in the history of the development of New Mexico’s marriage laws. Procreation has never been a condition of marriage under New Mexico law, as evidenced by the fact that the aged, the infertile, and those who choose not to have children are not precluded from marrying. In addition, New Mexico law recognizes the right of same-gender couples to raise children.”

The unanimous decision orders all county clerks in the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and also confirms the legal validity of the unions of same-sex couples who married in New Mexico prior to today’s decision, after officials in several counties began issuing marriage licenses to them.

“This truly is a historic and joyful day for New Mexico, said Laura Schauer Ives, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, one of the groups that represented the six same-sex couples in the case before the court, along with the national ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “As a state, we have always strived to treat all families with dignity and respect, and today’s decision allowing loving, committed same sex couples to marry continues that tradition. The more than 1,000 same-sex couples who have already married in New Mexico can now rest certain knowing their marriages will be recognized and respected by our state.”

Added NCLR legal director Shannon Minter: “Today’s decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court is a powerful affirmation that same-sex couples are equal members of New Mexico’s diverse culture and must be given the same legal protections and respect as other families. With this ruling, New Mexico joins 16 other states, the District of Columbia, and at least eight Native American tribes that permit same-sex couples to marry. This is an important day, not only for New Mexico, but for the entire country.”

“The court is entirely correct that denying lesbian and gay couples the same rights as everyone else is fundamentally unjust,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin in a statement. “Regardless of where you live, all people should have the ability to marry the person they love, and now the legislature must not do anything to turn back the clock in the Land of Enchantment.”

Eight of New Mexico’s 33 counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in mid-August, when a Doña Ana County clerk began marrying those couples, saying he didn’t believe the state’s marriage statutes expressly prohibited same-sex marriage and that it was unconstitutional to deny gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

Later in August, a district judge in Santa Fe ruled that the state’s constitution did not preclude same-sex couples from marrying. A district judge in Bernalillo County affirmed this ruling, agreeing that denying marriage equality violates key provisions in the state’s constitution on equality and gender-based discrimination.

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Unplugging from the power grid

Published December 17, 2013 by Tjchase

Walmart, Safeway, Others Unplugging From Unreliable Power Grid

Written by: Daniel Jennings Alternative Energy November 7, 2013 25 Comments


Walmart solar panelsMore large corporations have decided that the electric power grid is unreliableand are planning to unplug from it and generate their own electricity.

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed a story that Off the Grid News previously reported – and the newspaper found the practice is even more widespread than previously thought.

Off The Grid News had reported thatseveral large corporations, including Walmart, Safeway, Google, Bank of America and Coca-Cola, are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on systems to generate their own electricity. A Journal article indicates that many other large companies, too, are taking steps to generate their own electricity.

Electric companies are worried

The generation of electricity by private corporations has grown to such a level that it’s beginning to cause utility executives to worry, Journal reporters Rebecca Smith and Cassandra Sweet noted. They wrote: “The growing number of companies that are at least partially energy self-sufficient is sending a shudder through the utility industry, threatening its revenues and growth prospects.”

Harness the power of the sun when the power goes out…

The two made the conclusion based on a report put out by the Edison Electric Institute. The Institute is a think tank for the electricity utility industry.

One of the main reasons large companies are looking into generating their own power is the fear that power outages will become more common. The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, when large areas of the East Coast went dark, convinced many companies that the grid is unreliable, Rick Fioravanti, an executive at DNV Kema — a consulting company — told The Journal.

Journal Predicts grim future for the grid and home electric customers

Sweet and Smith made some troubling revelations about the power grid and its future in their article. These discoveries include:

  • The widespread generation of electricity by private companies could drive up electric rates for homeowners and small business. They wrote: “State and federal regulators say they are worried that utilities could end up with fewer customers to pay for costly transmission lines and power plants.” That means your electric bill could go up when Google and Walmart unplug from the grid.
  • The number of commercial and industrial facilities that have the capability to generate at least some of their own electricity has quadrupled since 2006. Federal statistics indicated that 10,000 such facilities could generate their own electricity in 2006. In 2013, 40,000 facilities had such a capability.
  • The Kroger Corp. — owner of supermarket chains such as Ralph’s, Food4Less, Kroger and King Soopers — has invested in technology to convert food waste into biogas to power one of its distribution centers, saving it 20 percent on electricity a year. The gas will be made from food Kroger cannot resale and it even will power forklifts. It’ll be used to make electricity. The company plans to employ the technology at many of its facilities. At another location, Kroger is using wind turbines.
  • Walmart currently produces 4 percent of the electricity its stores use. The retail giant which also owns Sam’s Club plans to produce 20 percent of its own electricity by 2020. Most of the electricity will be generated by rooftop solar panels.
  • Other corporations installing solar electric units include: Costco, Kohl’s, Macy’s, McGraw-Hill, Johnson & Johnson, Staples, Campbell Soups, BMW and the Walgreen drug stores.
  • Apple now generates 16 percent of the electricity it consumes using a combination of solar panels and biogas fuel cells. Apple has a data center in Maiden, North Carolina, that is completely independent of the grid. The center produces all of the electricity that it uses.
  • Verizon is planning to install $100 million worth of fuel cells from companies like ClearEdge and Bloom Energy at facilities in 19 states.

The moral of the story is clear: Large corporations no longer think that the grid is dependable. A company like Verizon wouldn’t be spending $100 million on fuel cell technology if it didn’t think it was necessary.

Big rate increases could be coming soon

Yet there’s another reason why corporate executives are rushing to generate their own electricity. It’s because the cost of self-generating technology such as solar panels and fuel cells is falling.

The cost of solar electricity and grid electricity for Walmart will be about the same in three years, David Ozment, the retailer’s director of energy management, told The Journal. If that’s true, it’s safe to assume it might be cheaper for Walmart to generate all of its own electricity and simply disconnect from the grid at some point in the future.

If big companies like Walmart leave the grid, utility companies will have to raise rates on households and small businesses to pay for the system.

Perhaps it is time for families and small businesses to start learning from big business. Big business has realized the importance of maintaining a dependable and affordable source of electricity. Families and small businesses need to start doing the same thing.

Climate status

Published December 17, 2013 by Tjchase

The End: Walking Away from Apocalypse with Guy McPherson

by Adam Engel / May 3rd, 2013

“Now it’s dark.”
– Frank, the villain (played by Dennis Hopper) of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, 1986

“I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna get my kicks before this whole shit-house goes up in flames.”
– Jim Morrison (played by Val Kilmar) in Oliver Stone’s The Doors, 1991

“Submitted for your approval…”
– Rod Serling (played yourself), Where-ever You Are, Now

The evidence for human extinction by 2030 is overwhelming.1

“Every bit of news about the industrial economy — shockingly to neoclassical economists — is dire and growing worse,” writes Guy McPherson, in Walking Away From Empire.2 “The Greatest Depression is proceeding apace, and even the mainstream media have begun to notice the rapidity with which things are falling apart between never-ending worship of their heroes in the fields of athletics and cinema, occasionally mixed with a story about somebody shooting somebody else on an overshot planet. Our immorality has insulted the living planet nearly to the point of complete environmental collapse.”

McPherson, University of Arizona Professor emeritus – very emeritus – in ecological biology, goes on to remark that he “wouldn’t be surprised at chaos in the streets of every industrial nation within a matter of months as the economy implodes, and there is no doubt we will continue to foul the air, dirty the waters, and generally destroy every aspect of our planetary life-support system.”

Conventional crude oil peaked in 2005 (though oil shale and tar sands commonly are considered crude, too, thereby extending the peak somewhat), according to McPherson.

True, that’s just his opinion, but it’s an “opinion” formed by analysis of incontestable facts drawn from “Hard” Science, and shared by most scientists not on some corporate, government or university payroll, the world over. Many seem to share McPherson’s point-of-view, some are more pessimistic, others, though their numbers are dwindling, a bit more optimistic.

One such “optimist” is James Hansen, one of the world’s foremost climate scientists, who sounded the alarm as early as 1981, in an article he and colleagues published in Science magazine. In a February, 2013 Technology, Engineering and Design (TED) talk,3 Hanson explained that he and his peers predicted that “Earth would likely warm in the 1980′s, and warming would exceed the noise level of random weather by the end of the century. We also said that the 21st century would see shifting climate zones, creation of drought-prone regions in North America and Asia, erosion of ice sheets, rising sea levels and opening of the fabled Northwest Passage. All of these impacts have since either happened or are now well under way.”

Hansen’s belief is that it’s almost too late to save life on planet earth, but it’s still a possibility. He said that “the tragedy about climate change is that we can solve it with a simple, honest approach of a gradually rising carbon fee collected from fossil fuel companies and distributed 100 percent electronically every month to all legal residents on a per capita basis, with the government not keeping one dime. Most people would get more in the monthly dividend than they’d pay in increased prices. This fee and dividend would stimulate the economy and innovations, creating millions of jobs. It is the principal requirement for moving us rapidly to a clean energy future.” 4

However, governments of the world, lead by The Government of The Empire, are subsidizing fossil fuel extraction to the tune of $400-500 billion dollars a year worldwide, “thus encouraging extraction of every fossil fuel — mountaintop removal, longwall mining, fracking, tar sands, tar shale, deep ocean Arctic drilling. This path, if continued, guarantees that we will pass tipping points leading to ice sheet disintegration that will accelerate out of control of future generations.”

Hansen likens our current situation to facing a giant asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth.

“That is the equivalent of what we face now. Yet, we dither, taking no action to divert the asteroid, even though the longer we wait, the more difficult and expensive it becomes. ” said Hansen, and he’s the optimist, that is, he believes it’s still possible to stop it before it reaches a “tipping point” and takes on a life of its own, fail-safe, beyond human control.

Nevertheless, Hansen considers it his duty, as a scientist, grand-father and human being, to make as much noise as he can in the hope that “the world’s governments” (i.e. the corporate-government-military apparatus of The Empire) will do something before it’s too late. It’s a noble attempt by a good man to do what he can, as an acknowledged expert, former research scientist for NASA, to prevent a catastrophe of unimaginable horror. But honestly, if Godzilla himself were to attack The Homeland, stomping major metropolitan areas while drunk on Grape-flavored, highly caffeinated malt-liquor-energy-drinks, what would “our leaders” do, besides call in the obligatory drone-squadron to fell the monster (depending on who he’s actually working for)? Raid the tax-payer kitty to replace the too-big-to-fall skyscrapers owned by their corporate sponsors? Send Godzilla to mandatory counseling and 12-step meetings?

Thus far, our fearless leaders and their media mouth-pieces haven’t said a word about what really ails us, despite severe droughts, major hurricanes, and the reduction of four seasons, in temperate regions, down to two: it is November from late-October until early-June; then it is August from early-June till late October. True, our “elected officials” never say anything about anything, but they are particularly silent on this issue, or suspiciously focused on the impossibility of cataclysmic climate change being anything but yet another lunatic “conspiracy theory” (conspiracy of whom? vanished frogs, bees and other “deceptively extinct” species, perhaps on the pay-roll of some un-American weather-climate-atmospheric complex?). Why on earth would you be stupid enough to believe your own senses? They’ve hustled you before, haven’t they?

McPherson’s solution, delineated in Walking Away from Empire, is a bit more practical, albeit as he himself will admit, perhaps equally as futile. Stop The Machine of Industry, immediately if not sooner, before it stops us. “Us” being homo sapiens, along with most other life forms. Derrick Jensen, John Zerzan, and others as far back as Lewis Mumford, in his 1967-1971 classic, The Myth of the Machine, have been urging this for years.

But, since the Western Civilization we all know and love is already punch-drunk and needs only one or two blows to send it to the canvas, bringing its vassals and the rest of the — to one degree or another — oppressed serf-nations with
it, McPherson and like-minded others are determined to cut the ropes, dismantle the ring and set up a new game once the “Champ’s” unconscious, muscle-bound — but also sagging flab and pocked with cellulite — body out of the arena.

Hence, McPherson also argues that if you can’t stop the civilization you live in from dying, you can at least stop yourself and loved ones from dying with the civilization by not living in it, literally walking away from Empire.

McPherson left his tenured professorship at the University of Arizona, moved to a small, rural community 200 miles from the nearest city, and began to prepare for a sustainable, post-carbon life, accompanied by his wife and their dog. And chickens, ducks, goats, vegetables and legumes and whatever else people might need if they’re too far from Whole Foods or even the tentacles of Amazon to order-in. In addition to cultivating gardens, the McPhersons are making friends and neighbors in a small community of like-minded “doomers” who grow their own food, build or re-build their own shelters, dig wells for water, etc. The kinds of relationships that might prove significantly more lasting and valuable than a thousand Facebook “friends.”

Walking Away from Empire is McPherson’s account, first and foremost of the omnicidal (“omnicide” is a term coined by Jensen) lunacy of Civilization, it’s impending collapse, and his attempt do deal with the situation at hand. The situation common to us all, whether we choose to learn about it now, or after the lights go out and Dominoes takes a hell of a lot longer than 30 minutes to deliver its tepid simulacrum of pizza.

Money will be useless once the system crashes due to oil-depletion and climate change. The longer industrial civilization chugs along — and it won’t be all that long — the lower the chances of survival for all humans and all species. There’s really no choice in terms of getting splattered when the shit hits the fan.

McPherson’s is not an option for everyone though, as he states in the interview below, if a fifty-year-old urban scholar like himself, who’d spent most of his adult years in academia, can do it, others can too. But as he relates in the book, it is not easy.

Nevertheless, as Mumford urged as far back as the late 1960s, we can all do our bit to toss a monkey-wrench into the works. Considering what’s been going on with bank bail-outs, “austerity,” drones over our skies, and mass-murder across the global Empire, we might have to just sit down one day and refuse to get up for a while. Mass refusal to be serfs, slaves, suicides, simpletons and suckers.

Good heavens, what would that do to the DOW?!

Interview questions in italics.

One of the reasons tribal cultures succeeded (until Western Civilization attained boats and gun-powder), and all civilizations failed and fell according to writers such as Lewis Mumford, Derrick Jensen, John Zerzan and many Native American thinkers such as Leonard Crow Dog, Mary Crow Dog and John “Fire” Lame Deer, is because they had no real empathy with or understanding of life and nature, as anything but things and ideas, which civilized scientists, mathematicians and corporations excel in.  Civilizations have “religion” but no sense of the “sacred.”

I agree: civilizations have religion without a sense of sacred. We worship money and prestige and we fear dropping lower in the hierarchy. We value other’s perception of us more than we value life, especially non-human life.

Nietzsche and Schopenhauer were fans of Hinduism. Neither was a fan of unthinking societal “progress” at the expense of personal growth. I suspect they would be aghast at the robotic actions of industrial humans, most of whom are pursuing fiat currency instead of reflecting on a whole life.

Even though Nietzsche largely gave up on the notion of the Superman late in his career, he knew we were capable of thinking deeply and living fully. Both he and Schopenhauer knew individuals were capable of overcoming the dark side of culture in which they were embedded. They knew we are more than is indicated by our material possessions. I shudder to think what they would think about manifest destiny.

Even when one mentions the obvious reality that there is no more “weather” as it was once known, except for the awful extremes of hurricanes and other nightmares, that is, the ultimate and only reality of Nature, the usual response is a shrug and a nod, or if you don’t accept that conversation-closer and refuse to shut the hell up, raised eye-brows and subtle intimations that you are an “elitist” or “a fringe element” etc.

My initial response, as in most cases, is a simple fact: Earth has not experienced a month of below-average temperature since February 1985. We would expect the monthly average temperature to be slightly below average about every second month. Yet we’ve “missed” those expected months 337 times in a row. I’m no statistician, but I think the pattern is noteworthy.

The weirding of the weather has become common, but there’s no mention on the nightly weather forecast. There’s little mention of climate change from politicians or heads of corporations, either. And, as nearly as I can distinguish, non-profit organizations are pursuing the money in similar manner to businesses and politicians. It’s small wonder the majority of people in this country are concerned about celebrities and sporting events to a greater extent than they are concerned about environmental issues, including runaway climate change.

The few people who write and talk about the issues I consider primary are relegated to the back of the proverbial bus. Our two-party, one-ideology system of government worships economic growth as our only god. Voices of reason are drowned out by the cries for cash. Without money, we’d all be rich. But with money, a few individuals possess and exert extraordinary power.

As John Steinbeck pointed out while speaking of the failure of socialism to take root in America, “the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” Poor and middle-class Americans believe they are one step from the one percent, so they join the one percent in cheering for a system that destroys the living planet in exchange for fiat currency. The results are wholly expected.

The ruling elites must know how much oil is left, and one can only assume if any rationing is to be done, it will be to the military.  There can be no military without fuel, but wouldn’t Power make sure there’s enough to fuel a “hostile takeover” of whatever arable land, water and transportation facilities they themselves would need while the rest of the population dies out?  If anyone can become self-sustaining, it’s the owner of huge tacts of land with irrigation etc. and a security force to keep it safe.  Hell, I’d rather see a nuclear war than that…

I’m certain people with money and power know what we know, and a lot more. But that’s no insurance against collapse of civilization. As Van Jones said in a speech more than five years ago, long before he attained and then lost his job as Obama’s “green” jobs czar (

“I have been to Davos, and I’ve sat with Bill Clinton and I’ve sat with Bill Gates and I’ve sat with Tony Blair and I’ve sat with Nancy Pelosi. I’ve sat with all these people who we think are in charge, and they don’t know what to do. Take that in: they don’t know what to do! You think you’re scared? You think you’re terrified? They have the Pentagon’s intelligence, they have every major corporation’s input; Shell Oil that has done this survey and study around the peak oil problem. You think we’ve got to get on the Internet and say, “Peak oil!” because the system doesn’t know about it? They know, and they don’t know what to do. And they are terrified that if they do anything they’ll lose their positions. So they keep juggling chickens and chainsaws and hope it works out just like most of us everyday at work.”

I think Jones was employing honesty. The so-called “powers that be” have become the “powers that were.” They are no longer in charge. Nature has taken the reins.

Perhaps my trademark optimism is clouding my judgment. I’m not interested in a neo-feudal future in which the same types of people as today wind up ruining every aspect of the living planet to make themselves comfortable. There are some futures I’d rather not survive.

Tribal cultures developed over thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of years of accumulated experience and wisdom passed own through art, song, oral tradition, sometimes writing (i.e. Druids).  Post-Civilization “tribes” will inherit the attic of nightmares that is Western Consciousness. Won’t it be more like “Road Warrior” than Sioux, Navajo and other cultures might have been before European/Americans destroyed them? 

We’re certainly in for a long, rough ride regardless of future events. Industrial civilization is destroying every aspect of the living planet in exchange for lives of comfort for a few people. Nearly everybody I know is loving it, and is ecstatic about the trade.

The primary strength of pre-civilization societies is their durability. Tribal living works. It worked for a few million years before civilization arose, and it continues to work in certain locales and situations. In contrast, civilization is an utter disaster. It does not work, except to the extreme benefit of a few in the short term.

Unfortunately, evolution by natural selection pushes us toward the short term. We’re “flight or fight” organisms, like other animals. If we survive to reproductive maturity, natural selection pushes us toward reproduction. Culture piles on. While we’re surviving and procreating as if there is no tomorrow, natural selection encourages us to acquire material possessions. These three outcomes of natural selection — short-term focus on survival, procreation, and accumulation of possessions — are disastrous for the common good. Not surprisingly, civilization encourages each of these behaviors.

A few societies experienced civilization, collapsed, and returned to tribal living. The relatively few survivors from survivors from the Olmec, Chaco, and Mimbres cultures demonstrate that we are cognitively and behaviorally capable of this radical shift after the experiment fails. I suspect that, because of runaway climate change, it’s too late for the survivors of industrial civilization to live tribally for an extended period when industrial civilization completes its ongoing collapse. But we can dream.

While it would be great if the wild returned, and wild life, so there could be animals and plants for tribes to hunt and gather, I read in 1491, by Charles C. Mann, that the majority of the eastern seaboard — prior to the arrival John Smith, Miles Standish and other ne’er do-wells, who wiped out 90 percent of the population with measles, small-pox and similar “exotic” viruses — lived off multi-crop, cultivated gardens of regional plant-foods such as starchy, calorie-and-vitamin-rich yams, squash and maize

I agree, absolutely, about multi-crop gardening (cf. farming). This approach, in association with wildcrafting and small communities, worked for millennia.

Wildcrafting is the contemporary version of hunting and gathering, but it extends beyond food to include harvesting plants for medicinal purposes, mats, and simple shelter.

Civilization is defined by the existence of cities, aka people concentrated into an area that cannot support those people. So they strip the nearby land-base for food, water, and building materials, thereby going further into human-population overshoot while reducing the carrying capacity for humans. Grains are particularly problematic, including maize, because they allow people to be fed through the “tough” times, further exacerbating overshoot while facilitating the control of people.

I strongly promoted agrarian anarchy, which I practice here, until I realized we are headed for human extinction in the relatively near future. I will continue to practice and promote agrarian anarchy in this place, knowing it will be among the first places on Earth to lose habitat for humans. At this point, I suspect my own death will be triggered by climate chaos, not collapse. I’d love to live long enough to see industrial civilization’s final demise, and therefore the living planet’s great comeback.

Why wouldn’t you promote agrarian anarchy, especially since you practice it in your community and especially since the writing on the TelePrompTers already spells “Tilt?”

Until last year, I believed humans would persist a long time on this planet. I no longer believe that, so I am less adamant about collapse and living outside the mainstream. 

In 2002, as I was working on a book about climate change, I concluded we were headed for human extinction by 2030 or so. I mourned for several months, to the bemused curiosity of the three people who noticed. Shortly thereafter, while working on another book, I discovered the notion of global peak oil and, consequently, the demise of industrial civilization. I thought it was the hail-Mary pass for human existence.

Since then, we’ve triggered our own demise, as assured by 10 self-reinforcing feedback loops. We’re done, and a lot sooner than most people are willing to admit. So I’m much less judgmental than I used to be.

How much more time do you think we have?

How much time? That’s the big question. How much time for industrial civilization? Months, I’d guess. Not years. But I’ve been wrong about that before. 

How much time for humans on Earth? A few decades, I’d say. Ten or fifteen years longer in the southern hemisphere than in the northern hemisphere, suggesting we have until 2020 or so up here. Where I live, in the southwestern interior of North America, I doubt we have three years, and certainly not five.

I’ve had a good run. I’m more than 50 years old, and I’ve known birth is lethal for a long time. Nobody gets out alive, so I invoke Nietzsche: “Live as though the day were here.” I have an addendum: Protect what you love, until you can’t. I love the living planet. I doubt my actions will save any part of it. But I’ll not give up.

People will willingly fight and risk their lives to protect their environment.  But if their environment is urban, no matter what they hear about or even believe they value in “the environment” as trees, rivers and the noble  Indian weeping over litter at the side of the road, what they really value is the environment they actually know. 

There’s little question we are in dire straits because most of us have come to depend upon industrial civilization for our very lives. According to the 2010 census, 84% of Americans live in cities. That’s a lot of people who have come to depend upon just-in-time delivery of food at the grocery stores, fossil fuels for heating and cooling, and water pouring from the municipal taps.

As Derrick Jensen points out in his book Endgame, when we believe our water comes from the tap we will defend to the death the system that keeps water coming out the tap. When we realize water comes from ecosystems beyond cities, we will defend to the death the (eco)system that provides our water.

The transformation from rural to city was gradual, and it coincided with globalization. When globalization and the world’s most lethal killing force allowed the United States to colonize other countries, often via soft power such as possession of the world’s reserve currency, we no longer had to extract coal, oil, or timber from our own country. In addition, we could outsource menial jobs to other countries in exchange for a system of fiat currency we controlled. Reversing that process, hence returning to a re-localized set of living arrangements, is not possible at the scale of this country. In addition, I doubt 10% of the people in this country think it would be a good idea.

And that’s merely the idea of scaling back to a simpler life with less consumption. Never mind tribalism and living without the hierarchy of civilization: Returning to a set of living arrangements based on production and distribution of food is conceptually beyond the realm of possibility for most Americans. We’ve come to view the process of chasing electrons around our computer screens as hard work.

On the other hand, my own example indicates almost anybody can take a path similar to mine. A lifelong academic, I could barely distinguish between and screwdriver and a zucchini when I began this project. I have relevant skills only because I beat my fingers with a hammer for several years. Although I grew up in a small town, and was therefore acquainted with small-town life, it’s a long road from the ivory tower to building structures, growing gardens, and animal husbandry.

We’re not really talking about “saving Americans” so much as life itself, in particular, the species homo sapiens. What about the rest of the planet, particularly the least developed “third world” countries whose U.S.-multinational corporate/military imposed poverty might be an ultimate advantage?

I think the (global) south will rise again. When American Empire falls, and by extension the global empire headed by the United States, the oppression we exert is lifted. About half the people in the world will notice only because the slaughter stops. That is, they’ll notice only the absence of impacts (for example, no drones breaking up the family wedding). 

Many of these communities live without the luxuries we take for granted. They grow their own food and obtain water from a common well. They do not rely on fossil fuels, and yet they thrive. They will thrive even more when industrial civilization comes to its overdue close.

Of course, the reprieve will be temporary. Already, many of these so-called “third world” countries are on the leading edge of climate change. Climate change accounts for the early death of about 400,000 people, primarily in “lesser-developed” countries. In light of the ongoing acceleration of climate change, that lethal number will undoubtedly increase.

But if many communities in these countries do not rely on fossil fuels and the machinery of artificial light, heat, air-conditioning, tap-water, sewage systems, etc., why would the reprieve be temporary? 

The reprieve will be temporary because of climate chaos, environmental decay, and ionizing radiation as the world’s 400+ nuclear power plants melt down catastrophically. Climate change increases the spread of many diseases (e.g., by increasing temperature, hence biological activity). Collapse, however, will reduce the spread of many diseases (via reduced ability to make contact with people far away).

The military might be as obedient to the plutocracy as the politicians, but once money ceases to matter, merely force, I would think, based on their history of absolutely insane, murderous, and reckless behavior, that they would attempt to “seize the day” by any means necessary.  Or go out with a very very big bang, rather than a whimper?

I strongly suspect our military is stretched to the breaking point specifically because we’re reaching for the last drops of oil on the planet. We kill everybody that gets in the way of “our” oil (Carter Doctrine). Will we continue, as long as we can? I’ve no doubt about it.

Will it lead to nuclear war, hence nuclear winter? Could be, but I have no control over that outcome, so I try not to dwell on it.

I suspect we’re in a race between collapse and the military prowess necessary to maintain this set of living arrangements through brutal lethality. If collapse carries the day, the U.S. dollar will be worthless and, as a result, we need not worry about soldiers carrying out their orders to continue killing for oil. If the most lethal force in the history of the world continues to “win”, then we all lose.

Some proposed solutions involve a Marxist model that puts workers in charge of production so that all 7 billion people cramming every inch of the planet can be fed, housed, and medically attended so they can produce more food, clothing and other essentials — as well as reproduce more workers.  Isn’t this almost as destructive, regardless of intent, as the insanity of endless growth Capitalism?

Human-population overshoot is the elephant in the room. It’s among the last taboos in the civilized world. There is no politically viable approach to deal with overshoot — seeking volunteers for suicide isn’t politically viable — just as there is no politically viable solution to deal with climate change, cancer clusters, or economic decline driven by peak oil. There is no political leadership on any of these issues, and there never will be. Many truths will remain unspoken, except by those who value truth as much as life itself.

In this case, the “radicals” are not radical. They are not getting to the root of the issue.

Couldn’t the example of leaving “civilized life” to create small, sustainable communities in remote, rural areas be compared to the “bomb shelter craze” that erupted in the late 50s, that is, “The hell with it. I’d rather not survive to live in a wasted world.”  Couldn’t the same be said for the situation we’re facing now (which might include nuclear war anyway)?

I can imagine a few scenarios not worth living through. Nuclear Armageddon is one. Slavery in any form, including additional increases in the inverted totalitarian, surveillance, fascist, police state in which we’re now immersed is another. My primary motivation for surviving through completion of the ongoing economic collapse is to see the living planet make a comeback, however brief. 



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Guy McPherson was born and raised in the heart of the Aryan Nation, small-town northern Idaho. He first experienced the hair-raising incident of a rifle pointed at the base of his neck when he was ten years old. The person behind the trigger was thirteen. This episode was so ordinary he didn’t bother to tell his parents for two decades. It simply never came up.

The escape from the benighted village came in the form of education, in large part because McPherson’s parents were lifelong educators. To pay for his undergraduate education, which led to a degree in forestry, McPherson spent summers working on a helitack crew. Staring down a large wildfire at the age of nineteen, he realized some forces of nature are beyond the human ability to manage.

More than ten years into a career in the academic ivory tower, McPherson began focusing his efforts on social criticism, with topics ranging from education and evolution to the twin sides of the fossil-fuel coin: (1) global climate change and (2) energy decline and the attendant economic consequences. His public appearances stress these two predicaments because each of them informs and impacts every aspect of life on Earth.

McPherson’s latest chapter includes abandoning his tenured position as full professor at a major research university for ethical reasons. His story is described in his memoir, “Walking Away from Empire.” You can read about that book and his many others at his website:


Adam Engel lived for your sins — and he lived well! — in Fear-and-Trembling, Brooklyn, one of the last gangrenous toes of NYC not yet severed and replaced with a prosthetic gentrification device. Read other articles by Adam, or visit Adam’s website.

This article was posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 3:04pm and is filed under Climate ChangeCorporate GlobalizationDisastersEnergy,EnvironmentGeneralResistanceScience/Technology.

Native History: Cheyenne Village Destroyed to Avenge Custer’s Defeat

Published November 25, 2013 by Tjchase

This Date in Native History: On November 25, 1876, U.S. troops led by Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie destroyed a village of Cheyenne Indians in central Wyoming during an incident known as Dull Knife Fight or Red Fork Battle.

The attack came five months to the day after the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which ended June 25, 1876, with the deaths of George Armstrong Custer and 262 of his men. News of Custer’s death led to an intensified military campaign against the Indians, and General George Crook dispatched Mackenzie and 1,100 men, including 400 Indian scouts, to locate the Cheyenne village and convince residents to surrender.

Ranald S. Mackenzie (Wikimedia Commons)
Ranald S. Mackenzie (Wikimedia Commons)

The soldiers stayed up all night and attacked at dawn, said Sherry Smith, a professor of history at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and author ofSagebrush Soldier, a book about the battle.

“The whole point was to wrest control of the northern plains and force the people onto ever smaller reservations,” she said. “But the memory of what had happened at Little Bighorn was in the hearts and minds of the soldiers, so there was an element of revenge.”

The intent was to surround the village at dawn, round up the people and transport them to a reservation, said Gerry Robinson, a historian and member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation. When the soldiers arrived in the valley, gunfire erupted between some of the Indian scouts and a herdsman. Once the shooting started, the incident escalated.

Cheyenne men held off the attack long enough for the majority of women, children and elderly to escape into the surrounding hills, many of them with little or no clothing, Robinson said. The soldiers then raided the village and burned it to the ground, destroying much of the tribe’s culture and wealth.

An estimated 40 Cheyenne people were killed, including 11 infants or children who froze to death that first night. Six U.S. soldiers were killed.

The Cheyenne went north in search of Crazy Horse and the Lakota, but the incident changed the way many Natives viewed the Indian wars, Robinson said.

“The effect this fight had on the Cheyenne is that it just impoverished them,” he said. “It was their impoverished state that convinced many Lakota that fighting was futile. It frightened them so much that they began considering going in to the agency to avoid a similar fate.”

Smith, whose book is based on a diary her great-grandfather kept about his experiences as an orderly serving with Mackenzie, said she found no evidence that the soldiers felt remorse about the ambush.

“My sense of this is that none of the Army people had any qualms of what they were doing in the course of this expedition,” she said. “Some officers did actually have some moments when they understood they were part of something they weren’t always proud of. Sometimes they understood these people had done nothing wrong. In this case, I didn’t find any mention of remorse.”

President Ulysses S. Grant once called Mackenzie “the most promising young officer in the Army.” He fell short of that potential, however. Mackenzie contracted syphilis and was later diagnosed with general paralysis of the insane. He died in an asylum in 1889. He was 48.


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