Three Cheers for Global Systematic Ecological Collapse! Yes, Please, Three Bags Full of It! By James Reed

     Here is some more fantastic news about the coming environmental apocalypse from Professor doomsday himself, who has been wrong about doomsday since the 1960s.

“It’s happened before, now some claim it’s happening again. In 1200BC, the world’s most advanced civilisations — Egypt, Assyria, Cannan — were burnt to the ground all at once. It was the era of the Biblical Exodus and the poet Homer’s Trojan War. A convergence of catastrophes made these nations weak. And it’s happening again. “We’re f**ked,” says eminent biologist, Paul Ehrlich, whose 1968 book The Population Bomb triggered international debate. Speaking to, Professor Ehrlich was pulling no punches. “We’ve talked for a long time about the coming collapse. Now we’re in it. Every sign says so.” He has joined with Flinders University ecologist Professor Corey Bradshaw to present their global systems change modelling to Australia’s politicians. And the predictions are not pretty. “We can limit the damage, but we can’t avoid it,” Professor Bradshaw says.

“That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. If all that I’ve been doing gives my daughter maybe another 10 years without a major resource conflict, I’ve done my job — both as a parent and as a scientist.” They’re adding their voices to a growing groundswell of alarm being sounded by researchers the world over. It’s not all just based on computer projections. It’s founded in history. And it provides a terrifying road map of what is coming next.

It took the Freedom of Information Act to learn what Australia’s Defence Force chief Angus Campbell fears. He warns Australia is in “the most natural disaster-prone region in the world”. “Climate change is predicted to make disasters more extreme and more common,” he says. “Deploying troops on numerous disaster relief missions, at the same time, may stretch our capability and capacity. Defence may also be increasingly called upon to support stabilisation, governance or peacekeeping activities.” Former Defence Force chief Chris Barrie is also proclaiming his dread. Specifically, that of a rising tide of climate refugees. “I once suggested to government we might be talking 100 million people,” Admiral Barrie warns for later this century. “One hundred million people when we’re only 40 million people — you can get the enormity of this problem. Frankly, it would be beyond our resources.” Such fears are not new. They echo pleas heard 3200 years ago. The Egyptians. The Hittites. The prosperous city-state of Ugarit. Surviving diplomatic correspondence paints a grim picture. A clay tablet from a Hittite governor (in modern-day Turkey) sent to his ally, the Syrian city-state of Ugarit, urges: “You have written to me: ‘Ships of the enemy have been seen at sea!’… Well, you must remain firm. Indeed, for your part, where are your troops, your chariots stationed? Are they not stationed near you? … Surround your cities with walls. Bring infantry and chariotry in. Be on the lookout for the enemy and make yourself very strong!”

     That is good advice, don’t you think, to be on the lookout for the enemy and to prepare by making oneself strong? What a pity the West has done exactly the opposite, falling into racial amnesia, making itself as weak as possible. Wow, it gets even better with my fellow fanatics, with eyes on stalks almost as long as mine, seeing Trump as ringing in the end of days; if only:

     As summer comes, and the days are long, we crack open an ice-cold beer, and have apocalypse on our minds:

“Apocalypse obsessions are not just a fundamentalist Christian problem. It’s spread to all elements of society, with the popularity of zombies, killer asteroids and mutant viruses being the most obvious symptom. Underlying it all, says Dr Possamai-Inesedy, is a growing sense of helplessness. We’re surrounded by risks. And we have no control over them. The threats we face in the modern world are utterly different from those perceived in previous time periods. “Risks and hazards used to be seen as fate or Fortuna – from the hand of God(s),” she says. “Today they are recognised as human created”. But our ancestors also knew they had to prepare for winter: it could be extended and cold. They knew not to venture too far into the jungle, lest a leopard drops on them from among the trees. Now, human risks are no longer limited by time and space, or solely defined by religion. “We used to be able to sense risk. Now many are invisible,” Dr Possamai-Inesedy says. “Chernobyl is an example – we’re still feeling the effects of its radioactive fallout. And climate change is unfolding over the course of decades, so we can’t see its incremental steps”. And to extreme heat, radiation poisoning or plague, wealth is no barrier. “Risk today I think has been democratised,” she says. “The wealthy have realised they’re not immune”. While they can use their immense cash reserves to safeguard themselves and their families somewhat, “they know they still can’t be completely safe,” she says. It’s not just a new concept to the rich. It’s something we’re all having to come to grips with.

After World War II, Western society shifted its imaginative focus from civilised utopias to barbaric dystopias. Dr Possamai-Inesedy says an excellent example of this is the evolution of the apocalyptic story I Am Legend, originally writtenby Richard Matheson in 1954. It was one of the inspirations behind the whole modern zombie-vampire genre. In the case of the book itself, it has been adapted into film three times: The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007). The original book saw the hero come to realise that humanity itself had changed and that he was now the monster. Omega Man reflected the fears of its era by emphasising the threat of fellow humans, with a cure being grasped at the last moment. The I Am Legend movie began and ended in uncertainty; the hero died and the survivors fled towards the fragile sanctuary of a country town. It represents a common theme in modern apocalyptic thought. “There is no explanation given – we already understand,” she says. In previous generations, such stories needed a long preface to explain the disastrous situation a protagonist found themselves in. “Now, with apocalypses, we don’t need to be told why … we get it. We messed up.” And that’s the core of the problem.”

     I would have taken a different line here, arguing that it is the psychotically mad globalists, with their totalitarian dreams that are the primary driving force of apocalypse, as we here, at least know, being intelligent, enlightened, and all round, good looking.



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