There are “Myths to Live By” (Joseph Campbell) and myths you don’t want to live by

See the comment below in this opening section on reviving Magna Carta principles to counter the excessive criminalizing and lawmaking trends of today (countering “moralizing busybodies”).

Note: To doubters of the fact that the most primitive of ancient mythical themes still dominate human narratives/worldviews today. I have posted below a brief list of these primitive themes for readers on the run who prefer quickie summaries. Others would say these themes are about “archetypes” of the subconscious. OK, but let me deal with this in a more street-level manner befitting my “independent commoner” status.

Paul embedded these pathological themes listed below in his Christ myth giving them respected status as ultimate religious or metaphysical/spiritual truth, thereby perpetuating the worst of mental pathology in human narratives and consciousness, especially for those of us in Western civilization.

Historical Jesus had previously severed the long historical tradition of mental/emotional enslavement to these personality-deforming themes by presenting a stunning new alternative- i.e. a non-retaliatory, unconditional God that should have become the cohering center of a new complex of supporting ideas, an entirely new narrative. His breakthrough insights could have sparked the greatest liberation movement in history if early Christians had understood him and embraced his core message. Then we would have gotten true “Jesus-ianity”, instead of the opposite- “Christ-ianity”.

Here again is a summary of the basic themes- the baddies, framed in terms of contemporary “secular/ideological” versions like environmental alarmism:

(1) There was a better past (i.e. the wilderness world before humanity and human civilization).
(2) Essentially “corrupt, greedy” people (“virus, cancer on the planet”) are consuming too many resources and are ruining the originally paradise world (this expresses an essential anti-humanism, hatred of humanity).
(3) Life is now declining toward a worsening state, even toward an apocalyptic ending.
(4) Humanity must make a sacrifice/payment and endure punishment for human sin- i.e. such as give up the good life in modern society and return to the “morally superior low consumption lifestyle”. Meaning- Embrace a retreat to primitivism framed as “de-growth, de-development”.
(5) Humanity must also purge life of some great “evil” threat (CO2 has been lasered in on as the chief marker of human sin today- i.e. human greed in using too much of Earth’s resources like energy. Try to comprehend the insane irrationality of demonizing the basic food of all carbon-based life as a “pollutant/poison”. Yes, Bill Maher, who did not attend Grade 1 science class, called CO2 a “poisonous gas”.).
(6) Only after embracing and fulfilling this salvation scheme can we then restore the lost paradise or achieve some new utopia (i.e. as in the Marxist restoration of original communalism with people re-engineered to become once again “Noble savage collectivist humans” liberated from the great evil of private property, “owning nothing and happy eating bugs”).

Added note on feature 3 above: “Life declining toward a worsening state” is the central feature of the primitive psychopathology of apocalyptic- “the most violent and destructive idea in history” (Arthur Mendel).

Historian Arthur Herman (“The Idea of Decline in Western History”) rightly states that the idea of “decline” is the most dominant and influential theme in today’s world. “Ten Global Trends” (Tupy and Bailey) affirms this dominance with world survey data.

Declinism dominates public consciousness worldwide despite the best evidence that reveals life is improving over the long-term and today we are living in “the best time ever to be alive on Earth” (Humanprogress.org, and of course- Julian Simon’s “Ultimate Resource”). Most notably, the life-distorting myth of declinism dominates the “profoundly religious” climate alarmism crusade.

Other historians have detailed the evidence that the primitive themes outlined above shaped and fueled Marxism, Nazism, and are now shaping environmental alarmism and driving its “salvation” scheme of Net Zero decarbonization. The salvation schemes (“save the world”) of apocalyptic movements have consistently “destroyed the world to save the world”.

Conclusion: We are not as advanced, or “secular/ideological”, as we like to imagine ourselves. Many of us would find ourselves clapping and cheering if we teleported back some 5000 years ago into a Sumerian temple where the priests droned on about Enlil, the waterworks god, who threatened to send a Great Flood to punish too many people (early “overpopulation bomb” nonsense) making too much noise (enjoying the good life too much). Too many of us still embrace those most primitive myths of an ancient past.

My list of Alternative themes to frame/shape/construct a more humane narrative:

http://www.wendellkrossa.com/?p=12043#more-12043

Topics below:

(1) Revive Magna Carta- The origins and main principles of Classic Liberalism that grant us the freedom and equality that we value today.

(2) The process of leaving my religion- example of death and rebirth in human story.

(3) The transformation of narratives, consciousness, and life at the “archetypal” level.

(4) James Tabor on the still dominant influence of Paul and his apocalyptic Christ myth on our lives and societies today.

(5) The God obsessed with perfection- The baseline myth of “ruined original paradise” that sets the stage for all the rest of the complex of bad religious ideas- “lost paradise, corrupt humanity, life declining toward apocalypse, demanded salvation as sacrifice and purging, promise of restored paradise”.

(6) Goodies from Michael Shellenberger. And more…

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Spanking conservative politicians- Become woke about climate and CO2

Why conservative politicians needed the spanking they got in Britain, Wendell Krossa

Rishi Sunak, lost the election in Britain. He illustrates a significant mistake made by many conservative politicians over past years, including the otherwise brave Danielle Smith, premier of Alberta. They engage some pushback against the madness of Net Zero Decarbonization, arguing the pace is too rushed and we will still need fossil fuels for some time yet. So slow down, eh.

But then they quickly turn on their heels, pivoting to affirm- But yes, there is a “climate crisis” and we must do something about “dangerous climate change”. Meaning, eventually cut off entirely the human use of fossil fuels.

What the fuck, eh? Do something? Have none of them ever looked at the most basic facts in climate science? Especially the “physics of CO2” and the fact that the CO2 warming effect is now “saturated” (a physics term). Listen to the most credible of atmospheric physicists- Richard Lindzen, William Happer, and others (posting their research at co2coalition.org). They are telling us that the CO2 effect is now saturated (i.e. the ability of more CO2 to operate in a narrow range on the long-wave infrared spectrum, absorbing and instantly re-emitting energy to make a very minor contribution to warming. This ability is now saturated).

So the climate physicists tell us that even a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere from today’s 420ish ppm to 800 ppm would not contribute much, if anything, to any further warming.

Conclusion? “Do something about fossil fuel emissions”? No, we don’t need to do anything except just adjust/adapt to whatever climate does and become fully woke to the fact that plentiful and cheap fossil fuels are critical to enable humanity to make such adaptations. So stop the irrational and insane war on carbon. C’mon, Danielle. Do some basic research on the fundamentals of climate science.

There is no good scientific reason to tax carbon or decarbonize our societies. Add here, to counter the insanity of alarmism over warming, that 10 times more people still die every year from cold than die from warming (Lancet study). Cold, not warming, is the great threat to life. Media- Where are you on these facts? And what about the hugely beneficial addition of 15% more green vegetation to the world since 1980, due to more aerial fertilization from the basic food of plant life- CO2? More food for animals, increased crop production for humanity. Again, media where are you on these critical facts?

The “madness” of climate alarmism. Yes, as related to Charles Mackay’s “Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”, as well as Douglas Murray’s more recent “The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity”.

Panic-mongering madness, Wendell Krossa

For three decades, hysterical climate prophets of doom have battered public consciousness with panic-mongering, beyond Chicken Little levels of lunacy, that the all-time “end of days” is nigh. This highly irresponsible and profoundly religious crusade of climate alarmism has traumatized the minds of entire populations, especially harming young people with fear, anxiety, fatalism regarding their futures, escapism, nihilism, even drug addiction- https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/04/20/survey-climate-anxiety-is-causing-youth-mental-health-problems/ .

Climate crisis alarmism has rendered populations susceptible to irrational salvation schemes like Net Zero decarbonization that are causing mass-suffering and ruining societies to “save the world”. Oxymoronic salvation as “destroying the world to save the world”.

The panic-mongering has been obsessive compulsive and incessant over normal summer weather, the hot spells that we all enjoy, especially here in Canada, because they warm cold Canadian lakes to sufferable levels of low-grade hypothermia (i.e. exhibited in the pained shout from cold-shock as you surface after jumping in).

Despite the massive benefits of the 1 degree C warming over the past century, 10 times more people still die of cold every year, than die of warming (Lancet study-https://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2015/05/20/cold-weather-deaths/27657269/ ). Cold, not warming, is still by far the great threat to life. Where are the climate alarmism media on this?

And to hammer down the incredible lunacy of the “climate crisis” crusade, join me in shaking our heads at the climate alarmists who have demonized CO2 as a “pollutant/poison”, the food of all life that over past millennia has been at starvation levels- https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2016/10/Moore-2.pdf .

CO2 levels sank to 180 ppm just some 20,000 years ago, barely above the level at which all life dies (150 ppm). Now with a slight recovery of this critical life-molecule over past centuries there has been a 15% increase in green vegetation across the Earth since 1980, as formerly gasping-for-food plant life can now flourish again. This slight restoration of basic plant nourishment has resulted in more food for animals and increased agricultural production for humanity. A huge benefit to all life. But we could benefit even more with a restoration of CO2 levels to the thousands of ppm that were normal and natural for most of the Phanerozoic history of life.

All to say, kids- It’s going to be alright. Don’t be afraid. Climate is doing just what climate always does- changing nonstop. There is no stasis in this highly complex, dynamic system. So we adapt just as we always have. And what is happening today is not unusual. It is not “worst on record”, as media daily harangue about.

See also these reports from the best of atmospheric physicists at “co2coalition.org”-
https://www.commerce.senate.gov/services/files/FC7C4946-11A3-4967-BF28-8D0386608D3E#:~:text=*CO2%20estimates%20during%20the%20Earth’s,higher%20than%20today’s%20400%20ppm.

This recent example of the ongoing climate madness… Note that we only understand climate today when we place our modern era in the larger context of climate- whether within the past millions of years of paleoclimate, or in the context of our Holocene interglacial, or comparatively within the last centuries/decades of climate change. Then we see that nothing in climate change today is the “worst on record”. It’s just normal summer weather.

“CNN Goes ‘Mann Overboard’ on Eastern US Heatwave”, Chris Martz at Climate Realism, June 20, 2024

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2024/06/20/cnn-goes-mann-overboard-on-eastern-u-s-heatwave/

“Editors Note: This guest essay from meteorologist Chris Martz talks about how CNN uncritically reposted statements from embattled climatologist Michael Mann in an interview discussing summer a heat wave that has been forecast for the eastern half of the United States. The media has been promoting heat wave hysteria nearly continuously for the past two weeks. Mann made some wild claims about the heatwave that Martz completely debunks and falsifies simply by looking at past temperature records for cities highlighted by CNN. Mann, as a “distinguished professor” should have checked the data himself, but instead chose to turn a normal run-of-the-mill summer heatwave into a “climate crisis” without any actual evidence, and CNN posted it as fact, rather than the unjustified speculation that it is.

“CNN’s Brianna Keilar interviewed their number one climate czar, Dr. Michael Mann from UPenn, yesterday, to discuss how this week’s “brutal” and “unprecedented” heatwave is being fueled by global warming and is a taste of our future….

Someone should tell these people that this is what a glimpse of SUMMER looks like. There is nothing unprecedented or all that unusual about this heatwave. Not by summer standards nor by June standards….

“No daily records are in [the] forecast for any of those locations. This week’s heatwave does not compare to those of June 1936, 1944, 1953 or 1988.

“Completely and totally ignorant of our weather history. Clowns.” (see lists of past heat records for the cities mentioned in the CNN report at the link above)

The Totalitarian’s formula- “Fear=control”, Wendell Krossa

What is this irresponsible and irrational thing in us to alarm others with wildly exaggerated tales of threats and then to try to control others as in getting people to submit to our cockamamy salvation schemes that ruin life. Whether we scare one another with the age-old burden of demanded offerings to appease angry forces or spirits, or the equally primitive obligation to make sacrifices to appease threatening forces/gods. We are seeing exactly this in the state-coerced return to primitivism that is pushed on us today in “de-development, de-growth” schemes to appease “vengeful Gaia, angry Mother Earth/Planet, punitive Universe, or payback karma”, backed with the promised utopia where “you will own nothing and be happy eating bugs” (former WEF slogan- my paraphrase).

The propensity to climate and other forms of alarmism is especially pathological when evidence is overwhelming that life has been improving across the millennia, and most notably over the past few centuries. Yet so many of our fellow humans still ignore or outright deny such evidence to embrace the great lie of life declining toward some version of looming apocalypse- the greatest delusion in history. (Spoiler explanation: “Our fellow humans” are simply responding to what resonates with deeply embedded “archetypes” in their subconscious. Hence, what they hear today in alarmism narratives just “feels right”. When some modern prophet of doom states that life is declining toward “existential crisis” and ending/apocalypse, and so we must do something to save life, to save the world, well, it has the ring of truthiness. When people hear some contemporary version of that primitive narrative of “lost paradise/decline toward apocalypse/redemption” they intuitively respond with affirmation- It just seems right and true.)

Continuing with above comment on “de-growth”…

The natural world has always been imperfect, even a “wicked old witch” with nature “red in tooth and claw”. But we have been wildly successful in solving natural problems, in adapting to whatever nature throws at us and the evidence is clear, for example, in that “Over the past hundred years annual climate-related deaths have declined by more than 97%”. See Bjorn Lomborg- https://nypost.com/2022/04/30/deaths-in-climate-disasters-declined-99-from-a-century-ago/

This site explores the core themes in narratives, notably the themes embedded in our public narratives from the very beginning that endlessly incite fear/alarm, and still dominate modern narratives both religious and secular. Because the same old themes have been made subconscious archetypes, when modern alarmism prophets speak their narratives of doom resonate with populations, deform people’s consciousness, incite the survival impulse, and render so many of our contemporaries susceptible to “madness of crowd” salvation schemes like Net Zero decarbonization.

This site offers alternative themes to construct new narratives of hope in humanity’s compassion, creativity, and problem-solving capabilities. http://www.wendellkrossa.com/?p=12043#more-12043

Insert note on the early origins of religion as a tool to incite fear and produce submission to the atonement schemes of shaman/priests: See John Pfeiffer’s “The Creative Explosion: An Inquiry Into the Origins of Art and Religion” that illustrates how fear-mongering was central in the earliest emergence of religion.

And a “secular” example- H. L. Mencken: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary”, (In Defense of Women).

My faith in the fundamental goodness of people continually revives my hope that we will learn from the current eruptions of social contagion alarmism in climate change hysteria, resurging Marxism (threat from capitalist civilization), and Woke Progressivism (i.e. “end of democracy” hysteria, AI alarmism), among other strains of anti-humanism.

What we learn?: The hysterical exaggeration of elitist alarmism crusades eventually evokes revulsion in most commoners- i.e. revulsion at the exaggeration of problems and rejection of evidence on the true state of life, the irrationality of salvation schemes to solve imagined “crises”, and the horrific damage that is the outcome of apocalyptic-scale hysteria. Then hopefully, our experience of living through “madness of crowds” episodes will eventually result in a return to common-sense across populations.

Added note:

It’s going to be alright? Yes. Once again (and is this my purpose in life- to promote Simon says?), go to the “single best book ever written” by Julian Simon- “Ultimate Resource: Natural resources… pollution… world’s food supply… pressures of population growth… Every trend in human material welfare has been improving- and promises to continue to do so, indefinitely.”

And note his conclusion that, yes, there are problems everywhere in life on this imperfect planet but we have been doing amazingly well in solving problems, adapting to the harsher elements of life, and overall making life better over the long term. And therefore we ought to hold a party to outdo all parties to celebrate how well we have done. As Simon says, “We are more creators than destroyers”.

He is pointing to the wonder of being human. See also Nobel laureate John Eccles on “The Wonder of Being Human: Our Brain and Our Mind”, among his other books celebrating humanity.

Simon’s data needs updating and many have followed him and done that, notably Desrochers and Szurmak’s “Population bombed”. But Simon’s principles for discerning “the true state of life” are as up to date and critical as always. Moreso than anything else out there. The principles? 2 that are critical to good science… (1) Include all the evidence on the full big picture of any element of life and thereby counter any “confirmation bias”, and (2) include the full picture of the longest term trend associated with any element of life.

See also Greg Easterbrook’s “A Moment On The Earth”, especially the last 40 pages or so where he concludes that we, with human minds, are the best thing that has ever happened to life. Many others similarly affirm the same wonder of being human.

Enough of this anti-human pathology that demonizes and dehumanizes humanity. It’s a cancer on public consciousness- long embedded in our narratives and based on the primitive mythology that there was an original paradise that was ruined by early humans who became a fallen species and have subsequently degenerated in civilization (See “human degeneration theory” in “The Idea of Decline in Western History”, Arthur Herman). It is an entirely false myth that our ancestors were once pure and strong “noble savages” and that we have fallen from that original state to our current decline in civilization and we need salvation. The real story of life (this from Bob Brinsmead) is not how far we have fallen but how high we have risen from our primitive animal past.

Another note– My pokes at religion are not from some generally anti-religion or anti-religious spirit but more about discerning the good from the bad in any tradition, any movement, any ideology or system of belief. We have a history of fucking up good things with bad in the mix, so be discerning about what is truly human and what is anti-human or subhuman in anything. And what are the impacts on human consciousness and life? Bring discernment to everything with your own set of criteria informed by the best insights from our human rights codes, constitutions, Classic Liberal principles, good science, as well as the best of “spiritual traditions”.

Amy Hamm: What a refreshing voice.

Hamm was accused of being “transphobic” for expressing her advocacy on social and other platforms “to protect women and children from what she described as dangerous infringements into sex-segregated spaces”.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-amy-hamm-disciplinary-hearing-nov-3-1.7018573

She has now found her true calling in exposing and pushing back against woke totalitarianism in Canada. Go Amy, go.

Her reference to Poilievre below illustrates the populism revolt emerging across Western nations in response to the collectivist totalitarianism of extremist Woke Progressivism that has tried to overthrow Western freedom and liberal democracy.

“Prime Minister Poilievre will make woke heads explode: Progressives will hold on to their cultural power tightly”, Amy Hamm, June 28, 2024

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/amy-hamm-prime-minister-pierre-poilievre-will-make-woke-heads-explode#:~:text=Once%20they%20no%20longer%20win,of%20Pierre%20Poilievre%20we%20all

Quotes:

“Not every Canadian has had an intimate experience with the wrath of progressive zealots — but they’re about to….

“The most fervent progressives — the wokes — have ruled the cultural roost in Canada for over a decade. During this time, we have seen that they are incapable of handling dissent or disagreement….

“We have a not-insignificant portion of our populace convinced that it is justified — rather than a terrifying throwback to the days of the Soviet Union — for a government to legislate censorship, to freeze the bank accounts of political dissidents, to enforce unscientific “public health” lockdowns and vaccine mandates, or to fund “anti-hate” groups that don’t fight hatred but instead monitor, harass, and defame Canadians with perfectly mainstream, legal views….

“(Woke Progressives) believe wholeheartedly that they are visionaries on an inexorable march toward their (bastardized) version of justice….

“These are people who peddle in victimhood and vitriol, and are accustomed to getting their way… When challenged, they are vicious and liable to form mobs….

“Toddlers. Toddlers throwing tantrums — because they’ve too often gotten their way. Toddlers who’ve internalized and accepted as normal the divisiveness exemplified by Trudeau’s Liberal government, and the audacity of a prime minister who shames his own citizens — “these people,” he said — as bigots for disagreeing with him.

“The politics of the last decade have nourished the contempt too many Canadian progressives have for diversity of thought and expression — and therefore for democracy itself.

“We can all see that a blue wave is coming (conservative populism) — but none of us should expect it to break gently. Canada is about to enter an era of tumultuousness like we have never seen.” National Post

And…

These projects (anti-discriminatory DEI, anti-racism, affirmative action) begin as well-intentioned projects to correct past injustices- i.e. discrimination against minority groups. But then too often they go overboard/extremist and become new forms of injustice against other groups like the discrimination against Asian enrollment at Harvard and where blacks now exceed enrolment levels compared to their proportion/percentage in the general population. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/1382207/doj-sides-with-student-group-saying-harvard-university-has-anti-asian-american-admission-policies/?utm

These crusades are also too often accompanied by bullying against any who protest, with those who raise questions or dissent now smeared as “bigots, transphobic, haters, racists, etc.”. The affirmative action program, in its DEI version, has become part of the new “Woke Racism” (John McWhorter). Further, there is no included end-date for such programs such as when the proportions of minority groups included mirror the general population percentages. These projects become permanent fixtures in institutions and a new discrimination against some other excluded group.

“First Reading: BC library boasts of program to explicitly reject white job applicants: Discriminatory hiring is illegal, but not if the B.C. government gives you a special exemption for “equity” purposes”, Tristan Hopper, June 25, 2024

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/b-c-library-program-white-job-applicants#:~:text=In%20one%20of%20the%20more,managers%20and%20executives%20since%202021.

Quotes:

“In one of the more unabashed examples of race-based hiring in the Canadian public service, B.C.’s Burnaby Public Library boasted in a recent report that by explicitly rejecting white applicants, they’ve been able to hire exclusively non-white managers and executives since 2021….

“In the interim three years, the library has advertised for five leadership positions, and for each they have only considered applicants who “self-identify as Indigenous, Black or a person of colour.”….

“But as per policy, any ethnicity or culture not meeting the guidelines had no chance. As per Davies’ report, a total of 84 white candidates applied for the five positions, only to have their applications rejected outright. In each instance, only non-white candidates advanced to the interview phase….

“Davies’ report to the board had praise for their efforts to build an “exempt staff group” free of white staff members.”

Here on Joe Rogan Experience episode 2168, similar to the Burnaby library situation above

Just after the 1 hour 22-minute mark, comedian Tyler Fischer recounts how acting agencies/talent agencies began telling him that though he was the best qualified for roles, because he was a straight white man they could not hire him. They were not hiring any more white guys, and it was “company policy”. He says that this was a “celebratory” boast coming from those agencies discriminating against him. Not hiring white guys. Discrimination based on skin color. Elon Musk recently noted the same issue with Disney.

Fischer now has an attorney representing him in a discrimination case because every race is protected under Civil Rights law.

This new Woke Racism is not liberalism anymore. It is regression to the ugliest forms of past racism. It is a rejection of Classic Liberalism with its primary principle of the equality and inclusion of everyone, equally. Equal rights for every individual no matter their skin color, sexual orientation, or any other personal factor.

Fischer’s explanation is good that he was pushed too far, this discrimination has gone too far (i.e. turned down repeatedly because of his skin color) and he is an “animal”. He has been through too much in his life. He states that he is willing to give up everything and now die on this hill. And he wants to fight for others who cannot fight such things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgG0arz96nc&t=3135s

And…

Well, it took a long time but now even some in the leftist Progressive media are admitting what many conservatives/Classic Liberals have stated for decades- environmentalism has a close association with Marxism/Communism.

Wash Post Editorial Board Denounces ‘De-Growth Communism’ – ‘Ending Growth Won’t Save the Planet’”, Marc Morano, Climate Depot, June 25, 2024

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2024/06/25/wash-post-editorial-board-denounces-de-growth-communism-ending-growth-wont-save-the-planet/

Quotes:

“Climate Depot founder Marc Morano at least credited The Atlantic for saying “the quiet part out loud” in comments to MRC Business. “Net zero in the climate agenda is really nothing short of Soviet-style central planning. Every sector of our economy is subject to long range planning to meet net zero goals.”

“Morano saw right through The Atlantic’s ploy to mainstream psychotic climate change fanaticism and underscored what the real agenda is:

““Every sector of our economy is subject to long range planning to meet net zero goals. This agenda is nothing short of the rationing of energy food and transportation in order to create chaos and give the government more Covid lockdown like controls. After all, what was a Covid lockdown but the governments’ attempt at forcing degrowth on the world. We have truly entered the era of climate communism.”

“The Atlantic: Is America Ready for ‘Degrowth Communism’? – ‘Say goodbye, perhaps, to hamburgers, SUVs, & your annual cross-country flight home for the holidays’”

May 28, 2024

Quotes:

“The Atlantic – May 28, 2024: By Christopher Beam –Kohei Saito’s theory of how to solve climate change is economically dubious and politically impossible. Why is it so popular?

“Excerpt: The crazy idea is “degrowth communism,” a combination of two concepts that are contentious on their own. Degrowth holds that there will always be a correlation between economic output and carbon emissions, so the best way to fight climate change is for wealthy nations to cut back on consumption and reduce the “material throughput” that creates demand for energy and drives GDP.

“The degrowth movement has swelled in recent years, particularly in Europe and in academic circles. The theory has dramatic implications. Instead of finding carbon-neutral ways to power our luxurious modern lifestyles, degrowth would require us to surrender some material comforts. One leading proponent suggests imposing a hard cap on total national energy use, which would ratchet down every year. Energy-intensive activities might be banned outright or taxed to near oblivion. (Say goodbye, perhaps, to hamburgers, SUVs, and your annual cross-country flight home for the holidays.)

“You’d probably be prohibited from setting the thermostat too cold in summer or too warm in winter. To keep frivolous spending down, the government might decide which products are “wasteful” and ban advertising for them. Slower growth would require less labor, so the government would shorten the workweek and guarantee a job for every person.

“Saito did not invent degrowth, but he has put his own spin on it by adding the C word. As for what kind of “communism” we’re talking about, Saito tends to emphasize workers’ cooperatives and generous social-welfare policies rather than top-down Leninist state control of the economy. He says he wants democratic change rather than revolution—though he’s fuzzy on how exactly you get people to vote for shrinkage. This message has found an enthusiastic audience. Saito’s 2020 book, Capital in the Anthropocene, sold half a million copies.”

And….

Why do they lie about most everything now?

“Why Do They Lie About Extreme Temperature Deaths?”, Kip Hansen, June 25, 2024

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2024/06/25/why-do-they-lie-about-extreme-temperature-deaths/

Quotes:

“In a recent News Brief I pointed out that the major climate alarm propaganda cabals [CCNow, Inside Climate News] would be flooding the main stream media outlets all around the world with the news that in the Northern Hemisphere, where the majority of humanity lives, it is Summer and summers tend to be hot….

““Heat is the leading weather-related cause of mortalities in the US, outpacing deaths from hurricanes by a factor of eight to one, and this summer’s record-breaking temperatures, worsened by the human-caused climate crisis, have led to fears a new annual high death toll will be set in 2023.” [The Guardian]

“Many mainstream media outlets are pointed to the NOAA data set “Weather Related Fatality and Injury Statistics”. And, there it is, irrefutable proof from a gold-standard source, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, that heat kills far more than cold….”

But then Morano includes this data..

“Extreme temperatures kill 5 million people a year with heat-related deaths rising, study finds [The Guardian]

“Selectively quoting from that piece is common practice, despite the fact that there is a sub-headline that reads: “More people died of cold than heat in past 20 years but climate change is shifting the balance.”…

“More exactly: 9.43% of all deaths were related to non-optimum temperatures. Of the same 5 million, 8.52% were cold-related and 0.91% were heat-related. Again, over 8.5 percent of deaths are cold-related and only 0.9 were heat related — that is almost 10 times as many cold-related deaths than heat related deaths….

“Interestingly, during the 2000-2019 period examined in the study, while heat-related deaths rose, deaths from cold exposure fell. And they decreased by a larger amount than the increase in heat-related fatalities. Overall, researchers estimated that approximately 650,000 fewer people worldwide died from temperature exposure during the 2000-2019 period than in the 1980s and 1990s.”

“Bluntly, in the recent twenty years studied, about 650,000 lives were saved by the slow and steady warming of the climate 2000-2019….

“As the planet heats up, the number of heat exposure deaths increase and fatalities due to cold decrease. The rate of decrease in deaths owing to cold is faster than the rate of increase in deaths due to heat. And so on balance there then appear to be fewer temperature exposure deaths.”…

“Author’s Comment:

“There is overwhelming publicly available data and published in-depth peer-reviewed studies, published even in journals known for their pro-climate-alarmist bias, that establish that cold, low temperature, even moderate cold, kills far many more people than high temperature….

“But, rank propaganda is based on the simple process of repeating the same lie over and over and over until it is accepted as truth.”

He then includes the links for combatting the climate alarmism lies.

And…

Climate Change Weekly: #510: International Climate Conference Debunks Science and Policy Consensus Claims, H. Sterling Burnett, June 28, 2024

“The Heartland Institute partnered with the Germany-based European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) and the U.S.-based Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) to hold a two-day climate conference on June 14-15 in Vienna, Austria. This was the 16th International Conference on Climate Change…

“An international group of scientists, including Nicola Scafetta, Ph.D., Willie Soon, Ph.D., Nir Shaviv, Ph.D., and Henrik Svensmark, Ph.D., discussed the role the sun and cosmic rays play in warming and climate change. William Happer, Ph.D., described the role that clouds play in radiation transfer. Roy Spencer, Ph.D., discussed the idea that temperature extremes are becoming more common. Taylor, Craig Rucker, and Nobel Prize laureate John Clauser, Ph.D., each discussed how climate alarmists and the media are lying, either directly or through omission of key facts, to promote the idea of climate emergency in need of a big government fix—and discussed ways to successfully debate and debunk their claims….

“To a packed house at the conference hall in Vienna, I (Taylor) set the stage for presentations by some of the world’s most accomplished climate scientists and climate policy experts. I explained how climate alarmism is a Trojan horse for the global left to consolidate money and power in global government institutions while depriving us of our most basic freedoms….

““No chance” was the key takeaway from a presentation by Dr. Will Happer. Happer and a colleague, W. A. van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., published a paper in 2020 showing the atmosphere has nearly reached its carbon dioxide saturation point. Carbon dioxide impedes the flow of longwave radiation to space within a specific spectrum range. At current atmospheric CO2 levels of approximately 420 parts per million, atmospheric CO2 is nearly saturated, meaning nearly all potential warmth retention from atmospheric CO2 has already occurred, such that additional CO2 emissions will have almost no impact on global temperatures…. That is good news for people worried about future climate change, and should end the debate about any future climate change crisis….

And this also from Climate Change Weekly- “Average and Peak Summer Temperatures Warmer in the 1930s than in Any 10-year period since”,

“Using data from the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), 24/7 Tempo produced a ranking of summer temperatures by decade from June through September, for 1895 to present. They looked at the NCEI’s data for each summer month over the past 129 years, and averaged them by decade, pulling out the high temperature year in each decade….

“The data show that the decade of the 1930s—not either of the first two decades of the 21st century, which have been declared the hottest ever by climate alarmists—registered the hottest summers, and the highest average summer temperature by year.”

“The highest single year’s summer temperature was also measured in the 1930s: 1936, at 85.73℉. The second warmest single summer year was 2012 at 85.37℉; 1988 was the 3rd warmest summer year on record.”

Jordan Peterson interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali, one of the “bravest people alive”, and who, in her latest work, has started a foundation to make the case for the absolute necessity for the foundational assumptions of Western Society.

Around the 9-ish minute mark Peterson asks her what is behind all the insanity of today. What is this great “subversion” that she talks about. She responds that we have seen this before, this “cultural Marxism” in its varied new fronts that wants to bring down all the structures of Western society. So also, she states that Islamism wants to destroy the West more directly through terrorism. There is a collusion between the Islamists and neo-Marxists. Others have pointed this out, how they benefit one another even without some formal association. Others have also noted the Green/Red alliance of Marxism and Environmentalism to bring down Western industrial civilization.

The answer, as she argues in her book and forum, is the “Restoration” of all those Western ideas, structures, institutions that have protected freedom and all we value. Classic Liberalism or liberal democracy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK2qtFJqMPI

There has been interesting comment recently on the informal alliance between Islamism and Marxism today– whether formally intentional or unintentional. It could be more just the shared belief in similar goals- i.e. the destruction of Western civilization.

“How terrorists took over academia”, Jesse Kline, June 23, 2024

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/jesse-kline-how-terrorists-took-over-academia/ar-BB1oJo3g?ocid=hpmsn&cvid=81845d230ee64f259bebaafd6b7e1a8b&ei=16

Quotes:

“The bodies of Israeli civilians who were slaughtered by Hamas were still warm when celebrations broke out on the streets of Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa on October 7. Almost immediately, National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), an umbrella group that co-ordinates its chapters at universities throughout North America, sprung into action…

““Over eight months later, we’re starting to understand who has been organizing and funding the anti-Israel campaigns on university campuses. The picture being painted is not of a grassroots, student-led movement to support the Palestinian cause, but of an intentional, co-ordinated effort to build support for Iran’s global terror network among western youth and those responsible for educating future generations.

“On June 15, the Post ran an illuminating feature on the history of the campus anti-Israel movement written by intrepid reporter Ari Blaff. As the piece details, SJP was started in 1993 by UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian… Bazian explicitly rejected a two-state solution, and instead bought into the nascent Hamas movement’s call for the total destruction of the Jewish state. He also skilfully adopted the language of the progressive left, framing jihadist goals in Marxist and social-justice terms designed to gain support within academia…

“There is now a wealth of evidence that the groups leading the student protests have ties with Hamas and other jihadi organizations that form Iran’s “resistance front.”” National Post

Good points here from Bari Weiss’ Free Press. This affirms the failure of immigration under multi-culturalism without a strong element of “assimilation to the Classic Liberal values of Western societies”. Note below the author’s comment on the relationship of Islamism with Western “Wokeism” and how Wokeism is enabling violence.

“Islamism Killed My Partner. Why Won’t the West Fight It?: My daughters have grown up without a father because of an ideology that Western politicians now often refuse to name”, Carine Azzopardi, June 18, 2024

https://www.thefp.com/p/islamism-killed-partner-carine-azzopardi?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

Quotes:

“On the evening of November 13, 2015, I recorded a video of my partner, Guillaume, laughing and dancing round the living room with our two daughters, aged four and seven. Just a few minutes later, he left our apartment in eastern Paris to go to the Bataclan concert hall.

“A rock critic who wrote under the name Guillaume B. Decherf, he loved nothing more than good music, and was excited about seeing Eagles of Death Metal that night….

“But I was worried. A journalist myself, I knew that Reuters had alerted the public to the potential threat of Islamist attacks. And concert halls had long been considered targets: their sole aim—to give pleasure—makes them particularly offensive to jihadis. I warned Guillaume, but he was determined: he told me life must go on in the face of bigotry, and I would never have stood in his way.

“Two hours after he left, an alert popped up on my phone: “Massacre at the Bataclan.”…

“After Guillaume’s death, I needed to know exactly why he was taken from us. So I dedicated my journalism career to trying to understand the ideology of the people who killed him….

“I couldn’t stay silent. A couple of months into the trial, I wrote a column. “Ideology has an essential place in a terrorist trial,” I argued, “because terrorism is the choice to use violence in pursuit of a political cause, in this case Islamism.” I explained that the terrorists believed Islamic law should govern all public life, including in France. I said they directly opposed our country’s constitutional secularism, its laïcité (secularism)….

“(As one Muslim lady told her) “The laws of my religion supersede those of your Republic.”…

“Islamism is winning a global publicity battle partly because it has found an ally in a phenomenon that was born in America: a phenomenon we call le wokisme. For the last few years, I’ve been tracing the links between these two ideologies, trying to understand how wokeism, which purports to have noble aims, has ended up enabling violence….

“In the wake of October 7, when Hamas terrorists invaded Israel, massacring 1,200 and kidnapping more than 200, we saw how successful this rationale has been in shutting down the critics. Even in the face of this evil, the Western world seemed uncertain: Was this a terrorist attack, or a valiant act of resistance by an oppressed people? The West soon made up its mind, as demonstrators flooded the streets in cities across Europe and America calling for the destruction of Israel.

“The eagerness to defend Islamists in the U.S. is especially shocking…. Now, in the same city (New York), 10/7 is being used as a rallying point to support terrorists who have the exact same aims (as those who destroyed the World Trade Center on 9/11).”

“Can America’s memory really be so short?”

This is a very interesting analysis of Trump by Jordan Peterson, psychologist. Not flattering but very interesting. I have felt the same, sort of a revolting personality at times but “necessary” for the world that we live in today??

Note his comment on “no wars… the Abraham Accords…” that are still holding up. Why no praise for these amazing accomplishments of Trump? Most people allowed media to infuse them with such hysterical Trump Derangement Syndrome (Orange Monster, Hitler) they could not do any sort of rational analysis as Peterson does here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo1GfKAKy6I

Richard Landes in his history of Marxism, Nazism, and environmentalism (“Heaven On Earth”) detailed how these apocalyptic alarmism crusades start to fail and the leaders, in desperation at the obvious looming failure, then refuse to acknowledge defeat and give up, but instead “double down” on their crusade, even shifting into the dangerous and violent phase of “exterminate or be exterminated”.

“Climate change craziness has a new target and it’s more shocking than ever: Having struck out with consumers, businesses and at the ballot box, green advocates are moving on to a shocking new tactic”, Stephen Moore of Creators Syndicate, June 30, 2024

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/climate-change-craziness-has-new-target-its-more-shocking-than-ever

Quotes:

“Things aren’t going well at all for the global warming crusaders. Despite hundreds of billions of tax dollars spent on green energy over the past decade, the world and America used more fossil fuels than ever before in history last year.

“The electric vehicle movement is stalled out, solar and wind power are both still fringe forms of energy, and the green candidates got crushed in recent elections in Europe because voters are sick of the higher prices associated with green policies.

“So, having struck out with consumers, businesses and at the ballot box, now the greens are moving on to the courts….

“The end game of lawsuits against states and oil and gas companies for using or producing energy because of alleged damage to the environment could bring about abolition of fossil fuels through the back door of the nation’s courthouses.

“But what none of these judges or litigators take into account is the catastrophic economic effects of NOT using fossil fuels. As an example, the Left wants to abolish air conditioning, which requires electricity, which mostly comes from fossil fuels. But air conditioning saves tens of thousands of lives a year. What about the millions of jobs that would be wiped out with no fossil fuels? How many thousands of Americans would die in hospitals, or assisted living centers, or day care centers, or schools if the lights go out with no fossil fuel power plants?

“Fossil fuels have saved millions more lives over the last century than they take. They make Americans much richer and safer and happier and healthier and more mobile. Meanwhile, there is no evidence backing up the absurd claim by teenagers that if Hawaii stopped using fossil fuels, the state’s weather conditions would improve.

“Will judges take that into consideration when they try to rob Exxon and coal companies of their profits for the sin of making life on earth much better?”

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Sitesplainin on root contributing factors in human narratives and life

Sitesplainin (more on going to root contributing factors in human narratives and the outcomes in human lives): Wendell Krossa

I have no “scientific” reputation to protect or maintain. That does not weaken my respect for good science. But I am an “independent and generalist”, taking helpful insights from anywhere and everywhere, using personal criteria to evaluate the usefulness (or “truthiness”) of any given insight or bit of information. Sources are always provided here for readers to evaluate.

This site unapologetically engages “spiritual” issues and deity theories. These have always been central to human curiosity and the primal human impulse to meaning- i.e. to understand and explain existence, reality, and the why and purpose of it all. As curious beings, we “have to” explore the nature of ultimate reality, ultimate ideals, and ultimate purpose. So, speculate away. Just recognize what you are doing- i.e. what is fairly settled evidence and what is speculation.

Moving back to the point here on engaging the metaphysical/spiritual…

Note for example (our irresistible urge to probe the metaphysical), in Manjit Kumar’s “Quantum: Einstein, Bohr, And The Great Debate About The Nature Of Reality”, how repeatedly Einstein offered religious explanations in his responses to Neils Bohr. “God doesn’t play dice… God doesn’t use telepathy (quantum entanglement)…”, etc.

Einstein held traditional theories of God as some great intervenor and controller of all things, hence his “doesn’t play dice” comment. That misunderstands the essential and inseparable relationship of love to freedom. The “indeterminacy” of quantum mechanics points to this element of freedom.

Einstein resisted what quantum mechanics was uncovering because he held very traditional, very primitive views of deity which did not fit with his dated views of what reality should be. He could not let go of his “Old Man” deity and that is part of why, later in his life, he was sidelined by the physics community.

Einstein stated that one fundamental thing drove his curiosity- i.e. to know what “the Old One thinks”. He said, “I want to know His thoughts; the rest are just details”. Interesting also that he wanted to spend the rest of his life probing light, much like NDEs are centrally about Light.

But a critical qualifier to this point on “spiritual” or deity ideas: I part ways with the long history of religious theories of God. This site embraces “stunningly inexpressible no conditions love” as the singularly defining feature of God. The single most profound insight that humanity has discovered. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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It’s the littlest things that really matter the most, that reveal our true selves, and gain the most affirmation from deity

More on the real battle of good versus evil: Wendell Krossa

Today US Woke Progressives are presenting the latest example of how repeatedly across history people have abused and deformed the Zoroastrian (Zarathustra) cosmic dualism of good battling evil. This is daily illustrated in their derangement over the Orange Monster. As Michael Shellenberger and Jordan Peterson comment below, this liberal Progressive derangement rests on a self-conception among Democrats who “view themselves as children of light battling children of darkness”. (Yes, this is a “bothsideism” issue as following comments will point out.)

When we frame fellow human beings (opponents, differing others) as our “evil enemy”, then we miss entirely what the Hero’s Quest should be about. Our hero’s journey should first and foremost focus us primarily on the evil within each of us. For communications sake I oversimplify and summarize our inner evil as the inherited animal impulses to (1) tribalism (us “righteous ones” versus differing “evil” others), (2) domination (enlightened elites dominating and controlling ignorant commoners), and (3) punitive destruction as the “righteous justice” response to the imperfections and failings of others. The “evil triad” that illustrates the worst of the worst.

Insert: Just for illustration, note this guest of Joe Rogan (“Rick Doblin’s DMT realization about Hitler”) discovering his own inner evil from a DMT experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd92fg1VWyU&t=532s

The struggle against these inner impulses is the real battle of life, the fight against the real enemy and monster in life. This battle takes place inside each of us. It’s intensely personal. Miss this and you have missed the fundamental point of human life and story.

We must first win this intensely personal inner battle and then we are better qualified to go out and fight public “righteous battles against evil” equipped with the mature human understanding and attitude that enables us to maintain our own humanity during the public struggles. Differing others are not our “enemies” but fellow members of the one human family.

Again, listen to these two sage commentators on this critical inner battle and how to understand and frame the public battles of life:

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on the real battle of good against evil that takes place inside us, “The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either- but right through every human heart- and through all human hearts.”

Joseph Campbell: “For love is exactly as strong as life. And when life produces what the intellect names evil, we may enter into righteous battle, contending ‘from loyalty of heart’: however, if the principle of love (Christ’s “Love your enemies”) is lost thereby, our humanity too will be lost. ‘Man’, in the words of the American novelist Hawthorne, ‘must not disclaim his brotherhood even with the guiltiest’” (Myths To Live By).

New stuff

Scattered qualifiers and points on another “good versus evil” dualism…

“Collectivism” is perhaps the best general descriptive for its varied iterations across history in Robert Owen’s communalism, Marxism/communism, socialism, and social democracy or democratic socialism, etc. They are all forms of collectivism with its primary mission to eliminate the “evil” of private property (Marx) and to subjugate individuals to centralized control by enlightened elites who believe that they know what is best for all others- i.e. how to manage and control populations of “ignorant, unenlightened” commoners. Leftist elites sincerely believe that they alone know how to socially engineer all to become collectivist spirits who own nothing and are happy eating bugs. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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David Boaz: “Each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others.”

Main comment below: Watch how you interpret and use your narrative themes: Taking off from Michael Shellenberger’s point- “Beware fighting monsters- take care when battling monsters not to become one”, Wendell Krossa

The points of Nobel laureate John Clauser on climate are posted below in this opening section. “There is no climate crisis”. Thanks John.

Hope springs back with these courageous defenders of Classic Liberalism, liberal democracy.

“Argentina’s President Javier Milei Loves Being the Skunk at the Garden Party: A sit-down with the world’s first libertarian head of state”, Bari Weiss, June 6, 2024

https://www.thefp.com/p/bari-weiss-argentina-president-javier-milei

Contrary to endless media propaganda, global natural disasters are not increasing.

“Is the number of global natural disasters increasing?”, Gianluca Alimonti, Luigi Mariani, Aug. 2023

Quote from Abstract of their report:

“The above result sits in marked contradiction to earlier analyses by two UN bodies (FAO and UNDRR), which predicts an increasing number of natural disasters and impacts in concert with global warming. Our analyses strongly refute this assertion as well as extrapolations published by UNDRR based on this claim.”

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17477891.2023.2239807?mc_cid=b29f845c02&mc_eid=bbd9cad85f

See also from Global Warming Policy Foundation press release of June 6, 2024- “New study confirms GWPF reports on declining climate disasters”. These links were included in their press release:

https://ourworldindata.org/disaster-database-limitations

https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2021/04/Extreme-Weather-2020.pdf

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/10/13/un-claimstaggering-rise-in-climate-emergencies-since-2000/

https://www.netzerowatch.com/all-news/red-cross-claims-of-increasing-climate-disasters-is-grossly-misleading

https://www.netzerowatch.com/all-news/un-disasters-report-is-a-huge-blunder-and-embarrassment

Further update from Michael Shellenberger- the war on democracy

“Blind Fury Drives Anti-Democratic War on Trump: Beware fighting monsters”, Michael Shellenberger, June 2, 2024

https://public.substack.com/p/blind-fury-drives-anti-democratic

Quotes from Shellenberger:

“Ever since Donald Trump emerged as a presidential contender nine years ago, America’s most esteemed scholars and journalists have argued that he was violating democratic norms. Trump, they said, was ignoring the stabilizing, unwritten rules and values of American politics….

“But the Democrats’ relentless effort to imprison Trump has undermined the rule of law, faith in the criminal justice system, and democratic norms more than anything Trump has ever done….

“The case was so weak that both the Department of Justice and the former DA refused to prosecute it…. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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“Populism is democracy… the revolt of commoners against elites”, Winston Marshall

Other comment just below the opening essay:

(1) Two of the best on climate science- atmospheric physicists Richard Lindzen and William Happer (co2coalition.org). Points made: The crusade against fossil fuels will cause massive human starvation. Atmospheric CO2 is now heavily saturated and more CO2 will have little warming effect. CO2 is essential to our food and to all life on Earth. Greenhouse gases prevent our freezing to death in a world where 10 times more people die of cold every year than die from warming.

(2) Anti-humanism in dominant narratives of today and the murderous call for another mass-death crusade- to cull the human population and thereby “save the world”. Examples: Paul Ehrlich’s “Let India go down the drain” (mass starvation). Or Paul Watson’s call to cull 85% of humanity. But not himself or his family.

(3) The dangerously totalitarian project to criminalize political opponents, critics, even comedians.

(4) Michael Shellenberger on the elite war on freedom, framed as a righteous battle to “protect democracy” by demonizing and blocking “populism”- the revolt of commoners against dominating elites. Populism being real democracy. (“Populism is democracy”- Winston Marshall in Oxford Union debate with Nancy Pelosi, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFmjgbdNNgw )

(5) “Misinformation, disinformation”- buzzwords of our era to distort facts, demonize opponents, and mask censorship projects.

(6) Matt Taibbi and Walter Kirn- discussions of the big issues facing liberal democracies.

Some more at the bottom of this opening section... (“Please, s’more Sir”)

(7) 2022 Nobel laureate John Clauser- “There is no climate crisis”.

(8) Jordan Peterson’s interview of Patrick Moore, one of the best on paleoclimate and “celebrating CO2”. Moore states that there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that CO2 is having any effect on the temperature. Theoretically it might have a little bit, he adds, but it doesn’t show in the record that it has any significant effect.

These bluntly clear statements deserve wide circulation to combat the fallacies that (1) human emissions of CO2 are the “main contributor” to rising CO2 levels, that (2) rising CO2 is the main cause of climate change, and that (3) climate change is becoming an “existential crisis”. All outrightly false, or at least unproven/uncertain with strong evidence to the contrary. I would include, for added punch to counter the climate alarmism narrative that has profoundly distorted the true state of life, that a return to the 3-6 degrees C warmer temperature of the Eocene “mammalian paradise” of 55-33 million years ago would be a more optimal, natural, and net beneficial climate. It was up to 10 degrees C warmer during the Eocene and the oceans did not “boil” and the Earth did not “ignite on fire”. In fact, tropical temperatures varied only a few degrees (Javier Vinos on the “Winter Gatekeeper hypothesis”) and that “equable tropical climate” points to strong negative feedbacks that kept tropical temperatures within a range beneficial to life.

(9) Paul’s Christ myth has been mainly responsible for re-enforcing the primitive and destructive myth of apocalypse in Western narratives and consciousness. Historical Jesus presented the “stunning new theology of a non-retaliatory God, his greatest contribution to the history of human ideas”. Pardon my simple logic- If God is non-retaliatory, then God is non-apocalyptic. God will not enact the ultimate act of retaliation against human sin in a world-destroying apocalypse.

I am just affirming the central insight of Historical Jesus that is entirely contrary to Paul’s apocalyptic Christ myth.

(10) A report of research on scientific censorship: “Scientific censorship appears to be increasing. Potential explanations include expanding definitions of harm, increasing concerns about equity and inclusion in higher education…”.

(11) Matt Taibbi and Walter Kirn: “The other thing that’s interesting here is that what you’re really seeing is a new Inquisition. Whatever they want to call it, what this really is, is a search for heretics and heresy… they are, I hate to say it, complete dangerous zealots, religious zealots made worse by the fact that they don’t think their religion is a religion. They file it under science….

“Walter Kirn: I guess my point is that under the cover of suppressing disinformation, they actually have created the biggest disinformation spreading machine of all time.”

(12) Jimmy Dore interviews the “Plandemic” documentarian and author- Mikki Willis.

And more…

“Death and rebirth, disintegration of the old and re-integration around the new”, Wendell Krossa

Note: I am not replicating exactly here what anthropologists and others have presented in terms of the shamanic experience as a schizophrenic-like breakdown, retreat inward, enduring terrifying experiences, then reintegrating around something new as in a rebirth. Or what others refer to as a “separation-initiation-return” process. This process has been framed by mythologists in terms of the “shamanic experience” as prototypical of human stories or quests.

Some sample commentary on this:

https://wedgeblade.net/files/archives_assets/22433.pdf

https://verchot.com/the-shaman-and-the-epic-heros-journey-separation-initiation-return/

Rather, I am referencing the general element of transformation in our stories when we part ways with something wrong, harmful, a drag on our progress and then embrace something new, more helpful, and that inspires us to be the better persons that we all want to become.

What Joseph Campbell and others refer to as the “Shamanic experience” is useful to consider as essential to human experience, learning, development, growth and the ultimate achievement of mature humanity. The “death to all that is in the past and a rebirth to a new life” is an essential element of the hero’s quest to conquer a monster/enemy, learn the key lessons of life, to then tower in stature as maturely human, and to bring a boon/blessing to one’s community or to life in general.

Below is my outline of a disintegration/reintegration process that I would urge everyone to consider as vital to all our life stories or quests. This process is critical, uncomfortable as it may be, to the healthy development of human personality and a human life story. My focus in this is on the element of the fundamental themes, ideas, myths that have shaped human belief systems and worldviews across all history and across all cultures of the world. I draw attention to the powerful role in human life of the old narrative themes that have become archetypal in human subconscious. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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Two of the best (journalists/social commentators) Matt Taibbi and Walter Kirn on Trudeau’s Online Harms bill

More is coming– I have slowed a bit in posting material here due to daily radiotherapy for aggressive metastatic prostate cancer. Appointments are in another city, usually in the middle of the day, so travel takes up lot of time.

I’ve been surprised at the normal tone of the waiting room conversations with patients expressing good humor, even joking, as we wait our turns to go in for radiation. One elderly man entered the waiting room the other day with a broad smile, stating, “Well, our fun place, eh”.

We hope our bladders are full enough and that we have no gas, both micro-offenses that get you sent out to either walk off the gas or drink more water and thereby rachet up the pee pot into the “dancing on the spot” pain of a full bladder. Walking off gas demands holding the full bladder till some rumble emits from the nether regions.

Another fellow traveller on this quest said with a smile the other day, “Look, if I gotta fart I’m just letting it go right here (in the waiting room)”. We smiled back with understanding affirmation- gotcha.

After an initial CAT scan to see how inner organs are lining up, the scan machine pulls back, and you lay still, waiting tensely for a minute or so as technicians in their outer room examine the results to see if they can go ahead with the radiation machine or need to come back in with the bad news that its walking time. They reassure us that we will thank them for being strict about full bladders and no gas. If not, the side effects are nasty diarrhea, painful peeing, rectal bleeding, and so on. A full bladder, for example, pushes the little intestines up and out of the way of inflaming radiation so as to avoid creating the diarrhea problem.

The radiation destroys healthy organ cells along with cancer cells. The healthy organ cells will recover but the cancer cells will not.

I joke with one fellow patient about his good fashion sense and taste in pants as we all wear the same brown pajama-like bottoms for our treatments. There is no other alternative. His wife hoots at the back and forth between us over our “haute couture”.

Also, some sad stories that express and highlight the mess that the Canadian health care system is, though the people working in the system are beyond wonderful for all they do, the help they provide given what they have to work with.

Trudeau, you gave tens of billions in subsidies to foreign companies for battery plants to chase your Net Zero fantasy that even the eco-zealots of Europe are abandoning because it doesn’t work (i.e. physics limits on renewable input due to natural factors, massive state subsidies to produce renewables, and consequent higher energy costs, destabilized grids, declining economies, etc.). That subsidies funding, adds unnecessarily to taxpayer’s already too heavy tax burdens, and it could have gone to medical equipment located nearer sick folk like the man who has to travel from Kamloops, a 3-hours journey, to get radiation treatment in Kelowna as he suffers bone cancer that is creeping painfully up his spine. Have some mercy, Justin. Get your priorities right.

Re your eco-zealotry- Listen to the best of atmospheric physicists like Richard Lindzen and William Happer (co2coalition.org) who are telling us that the warming influence of CO2 is now “saturated” (a physics term re its limited operating range on the infrared spectrum) and any further warming, as with the recent past mild warming, will be caused mainly by natural factors. Further, there is no threat of a “climate emergency”. Point? There is no need to tax carbon or decarbonize our societies, a ruinous “salvation” scheme that is destroying our societies. Stop it already, eh.

Even the Greens of Germany have recognized that their decarbonization policies are ruining German industry and have backed off somewhat. Wendell Krossa Read the rest of the opening comment here

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18 of the worst, and 18 better alternatives- What shapes your narrative?

A reposting… Feel free to share this list anywhere… Revised, updated.

Humanity’s worst ideas, better alternatives, Old Story Themes, New Story Alternatives: Rethinking 18 of the most fundamental bad ideas from across human history, and presenting 18 alternative ideas to transform narratives, human consciousness/subconscious, and liberate the human spirit, Wendell Krossa

“Worst” because of the deforming influence of bad ideas on human thought, emotion, motivation, and response/behavior, notably in inciting and validating the base impulses to tribalism, domination, and punitive destruction of “enemies” or differing others (See comments of psychologists/theologians Harold Ellens and Zenon Lotufo in “Cruel God, Kind God” on the potent influence of “threat theology” beliefs in deforming human consciousness and personality).

(1) Old story theme: The myth of deity as a judging, punishing, and destroying reality that metes out final justice- i.e. rewarding the good, punishing the bad (i.e. threat theology affirming retributive justice). The myth of a “wrathful violent God” continues as the cohering center of the world religions and is now also given expression in “secular” versions such as “vengeful Gaia, angry planet, pissed Mother Earth, retributive Universe, and payback karma”- the new retaliatory, destroying gods of environmental alarmism, history’s latest apocalyptic movement. (Note: Western religious traditions have always affirmed violence in deities. Eastern traditions have similarly affirmed violence in deity as in “Lord Shiva the Destroyer”.)

The myth of God as a retaliating, punishing reality has long under-girded human justice systems as retaliatory and punitive. From early human beginnings, belief in a punitive deity has incited and validated the demand for punitive response to human imperfection and failure.

The primitive view of deity as punitive, i.e. God as the Ultimate Destroyer (via apocalypse, hell), is the single most important “bad idea” to engage and overturn. All other bad religious ideas are anchored to this foundational pathology in human thought, because deity has long functioned as the cohering center of human belief systems and narratives, and continues to do so today, even in “secularized, materialist” versions of theology/ultimate realities.

New story alternative: The “stunning new theology” that God (Ultimate Consciousness, Mind, Intelligence, Self/Personhood, Source, Transcendent Mystery) is an inexpressible “no conditions love”, a non-retaliatory Reality. The adjective “unconditional” points to our highest understanding of love. It is simply the best of being human and is therefore most critical for defining deity as transcendent “Goodness”.

Takeaway? There is no ultimate judgment, no ultimate exclusion of anyone, no demand for payment or sacrifice to appease angry deity, no need for redemption or salvation, and no ultimate punishment or destruction of anyone (no such mind-perverting horror as “hell”).

Why bother with these speculative metaphysical corrections? Concern for human well-being should include a response to humanity’s “primal fear of after-life harm” that is the personality-deforming outcome of millennia of shaman/priests/pastors beating bad religious ideas into human consciousness/subconscious. Fear of after-life harm adds intolerable sting to the already unbearable fear of death that many people suffer. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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Who do state elites/bureaucrats and mainstream media really serve?

Section topics:

(1) Tilak Doshi on the absurdity of the global warming narrative and lawfare to reduce CO2 emissions when 10 times more people die of cold every year than die from heat.

(2) Chris Morrison on the threat of mass-death if Net Zero is fully implemented in our societies. Fortunately, there are signs the decarbonization madness is falling apart as many realize the horrific damage it is causing.

(3) Danielle Smith (Alberta Premier) on the real cost of Net Zero (i.e. the battery storage issue).

(4) And a good discussion by Walter Kirn and Matt Taibbi on the exposure of the Woke Progressive bias at NPR by editor Uri Berliner. The NPR situation illustrates the same bias in most mainstream media that have abandoned true journalism to become loudspeakers for state propaganda.

(5) Richard Lindzen and William Happer on celebrating CO2.

(6) Discussion group posts on the Joe Rogan interview of Tucker Carlson- episode 2138 of JRE on Spotify. They cover some very interesting topics from aliens to elite control of government that has abandoned “consent by the governed”. Meaning, we don’t really live in liberal democracies any more. Add the comment of Carlson that most politicians are “terrified” of the intelligence agencies.

(7) A report showing changes in temperature precede increases in atmospheric CO2 and natural changes in CO2 far exceed human emissions. My conclusion- there is no good reason to tax carbon or decarbonize our societies.

(8) Bill Maher praises Ron DeSantis. Huh? Holy Moly, what is the world coming to? And more….

We hear the climate alarmism crusade described with terms like “lunacy, crazy, insane, absurd…” How else to define the irrational, irresponsible and dogmatic spirit that promotes this “profoundly religious movement” and its highly destructive “decarbonization” salvation scheme (to “save the world”).

Decarbonization is one front in a larger political, ideological, environmental crusade that is promoting “de-development, de-growth, de-industrialization, de-pretty much everything of progress in the modern world”. Advocating for a return to primitivism but only for the common folk (“You will own nothing, and you will be happy eating bugs”), while dominating elites continue their obsession with controlling and debasing all aspects of our lives. Ah, it takes the psychologists to analyze and unravel this elite lunacy- as in “the psychopathology of left-wing authoritarianism”, or “the narcissism of left-wing totalitarianism”, etc. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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The persisting evil of domination/control, the complex of “bad” ideas, and more…

New at bottom of this opening section: The impulse to domination in Christology (the transformation of common man Jesus into Lord Christ mythology- Brinsmead commentary), Martin Durkin on domination in climate class warfare, and musings from yours truly on this same issue of the base impulse to society-wrecking domination.

Why our hesitancy to purge our narratives/belief systems of the dangerous ideas that have, from the beginning of our history, incited and validated our inner inheritance of animal impulses? I give the nod to Solzhenitsyn’s point that the real battle of good against evil takes place inside every human heart, against what Campbell termed “the animal passions”. Most notably the “evil triad” of impulses to tribalism (exclusion of differing others), domination (coercive intervention to override the freedom of others, to control others), and destruction of the differing or competing other (punitive, retaliatory justice).

Our primitive ancestors, responding to the primal human impulse for meaning, manufactured ideas of deities (humanity’s highest ideal and authority) to validate the impulses and behavior that dominated their primitive existence. We excuse them for not knowing any better. But to continue affirming those same ideas/themes today is inexcusably irresponsible. And we see the same old outcomes of violence across today’s world.

The US military guy was right (during the ISIS eruption of insanity in Syria years ago) to state that you can destroy those violent groups with military force, but if you don’t go after the ideas that drive them you will only see more such eruptions of violent insanity. Hence, Hamas and Iran today.

See new material below on “Metaphysical bullshit”, apocalyptic and the challenges to the 2nd Law dominating the cosmos, and some Brinsmead “thought provokers”.

The Iranian attack on Israel brings to the fore, once again, a persistent threat to peace in our world. No, not primarily the actors involved in these “eye for eye” cycles, but the core ideas, themes, beliefs that deform human minds with tribal hatred and commitment to punitive destruction of differing others.

And this is not to deny the responsibility to take defensive action in the face of irresolvable commitment of attackers to extermination of differing others. Pacifism does not work, especially not in the face of religiously-inspired hatred that renders human minds delusionally oriented to irrational visions of apocalyptic millennialism.

Until we face head on and address the themes that continue to shape human narratives both religious and “secular/ideological”, we will not get to the root of this persisting problem of society-destroying violence. By avoiding the root contributing factors we only tinker around the edges. This is not to deny the importance of ceasefire and appeasement/settlement initiatives. They are critical in the short term, but they do not go to the root of the problem if we leave in place the very ideas that continue to deform human minds and lives, as they have across multiple millennia. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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“home-grown totalitarians in our formerly liberal Western societies now push for more and more control”

So also Justin Trudeau stated years ago that of all countries he admired China’s dictatorship the most because they could get things done quickly. Like father, like son. So he replicates his Dad’s fanboy admiration of Castro and Mao.

https://public.substack.com/p/brazil-should-terrify-you

“Brazil Should Terrify You: What’s happening here isn’t an isolated event”, MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER, APR 13, 2024

“Just a day and a half ago, it seemed like things were calming in Brazil. The Folha de Sao Paulo, the New York Times of Brazil, editorialized against censorship. The head of the Brazilian Bar Association gave a strong statement in support of freedom of expression. And the President of Brazil’s Supreme Court said the conflict between Brazil and X, formerly known as Twitter, was over. “People talk a big game but don’t act on their words,” he said.

“All of that has once again changed. Yesterday, Brazil’s President Lula called for criminalizing lies. Given that everybody lies, Lula is proposing to give the government the power to arrest anyone he wants. Thousands of Workers Party activists took to X yesterday to demand that I be arrested for things I said during my testimony before the Brazilian Senate. And today, the head of X in Brazil announced he had quit, fearing for his safety.

“I am not afraid for myself. As I said on X a few days ago, I fear neither the devil nor de Moraes, the Supreme Court justice rapidly turning himself into Brazil’s dictator. I am taking all necessary precautions to ensure that I can leave Brazil safely and without being arrested. You can help by sharing this video and spreading the word about what is happening here.

“And yet Brazil terrifies me nonetheless. I love this country and its people and fear that they are on the cusp of totalitarianism. A significant share of the Left wants to incarcerate their political enemies. Respected Brazilian journalists say with a straight face that the government must engage in mass censorship in order to protect democracy. Brazil is everything that George Orwell feared and worse. The Brazilian government appears to view “1984” not as a dystopian future to avoid but as an instruction manual for building a new future.

“I might be less worried if Brazil were a small and irrelevant country, but it’s not. Brazil is the largest and most important nation in Latin America. Just this week, top Brazilian government representatives were in China talking about how China, one of the most totalitarian nations in the world, is a model for Brazil. Brazil is an inspiration for European totalitarians who have weaponized government intelligence agencies to spread disinformation about their political enemies and are implementing a censorship system to control the entire Internet.

“The most terrifying part of all of this is the marriage of psychopathic government leaders like Lula and de Moraes with totalitarian activists and voters. Governments have successfully brainwashed a significant percentage of the population into supporting mass censorship. Young adults raised on social media are today more intolerant than the students in China’s Cultural Revolution in China who denounced their teachers and sent them off to work camps to be tortured.

“At the same time, people with a mentality no different from the people who ran the Stasi and the Gestapo are in charge of intelligence agencies in Europe and the United States.

“Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives renewed legislation that gives the US government the right to spy on Americans suspected of collaborating with foreign governments. The result will be McCarthyism on steroids. The FBI will be able to spy on any American citizen who dares to criticize the war in Ukraine. The US government will label people who oppose endless wars in Eurasia as “political extremists,” ruining their careers, or worse.

“During the rise of Communism and fascism in Europe, many Jews and other persecuted people could flee to the United States. Where will we flee if the United States continues down the road to totalitarianism? Not Europe. Not Brazil. Is any country safe in a world where every movement, transaction, and thought is being monitored?

“I keep waiting for the downward totalitarian spiral to hit bottom, and it never does. I am naturally optimistic, but sometimes, that means I have tended toward wishful thinking. Such wishful thinking is dangerous and irresponsible in moments like this one. So, too, is passivity. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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The greatest liberation movement in history

The greatest ever liberation movement is the inner freedom from our animal impulses and the mythical/religious ideas that incite and validate these impulses. Our inner animal is the real monster of life and the inner struggle to conquer that monster/enemy is the true battle of life. These animal passions are summed in the “evil triad” of (1) tribalism (“us versus them” exclusionary thinking), (2) domination of weaker others, and (3) the punitive destruction of differing others. (More below)

This important report from Michael Shellenberger…

https://public.substack.com/p/elon-musk-is-all-that-stands-in-the

“Elon Musk Is All That Stands In The Way Of Totalitarianism: Brazil takes another step toward dictatorship”, Michael Shellenberger, April 8, 2024

“Last night, around 8 p.m. local time in São Paulo, Brazil, Federal Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes announced a criminal investigation into Elon Musk, the owner of X, formerly known as Twitter, for allegedly spreading disinformation, obstructing justice, and allowing people who De Moraes had banned from social media to freely express their views. De Moraes said he would fine X twenty thousand dollars per day for every banned person Musk allows to speak.

“As such, De Moraes has taken Brazil one step closer to being a dictatorship. What’s more, the events of the last few weeks make clear that Elon Musk is the only thing standing in the way of global totalitarianism. Without free speech, there can be no democracy.

“If X goes down, we must continue to fight. We can continue to communicate through email and other social media platforms, such as Facebook.

“But email is no substitute for social media platforms’ capacity to share information with millions of people. Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, abandoned his principled free speech position in 2020 after three years of relentless pressure from activist NGOs, Democrats, and corporate advertisers. Today, Facebook actively represses the spread of news.

“The mainstream corporate news media have never been more corrupt and totalitarian. With few exceptions, they spread government propaganda as a matter of policy. Nobody demands censorship more than the corporate media, which benefit from governments shutting down their competitors.

“Governments are either not protecting free speech or actively participating in the war upon it.

“Last month, the US Supreme Court held a hearing where justices made clear that they were fine with the US government pressuring social media companies to censor. Last week, the Scottish government implemented a law to crack down on so-called hate speech, including jokes by comedians. In Ireland, the government wants the power to send police into people’s homes to search computers and phones for hate speech. In Canada, the governing Liberal party wants the power to send people to prison for life for things they’ve said. And the European Union has empowered a tiny group of bureaucrats to decide what is true and false and engage in mass censorship.

“All of this is happening at the very same moment that my colleagues and I have revealed that government intelligence organizations are working through NGOs to interfere in elections by spreading disinformation about populist activists and political candidates. In other words, governments are demanding censorship in order to protect their ability to spread disinformation.

“Making matters worse, governments are directly financing corporate news media. The current Brazilian government is spending 30 times more than the previous government on media advertising in order to spread its disinformation.

I never in my life thought I would live to see the rise of totalitarianism in Western countries. A powerful minority of educated elites around the world are demanding the censorship, persecution, and incarceration of their political enemies. Naturally, they are doing so in the name of saving democracy. I am shocked and embarrassed that I used to call many of these totalitarians friends and allies. The only explanation is that they are in the grip of mass psychosis after years of media propaganda and government disinformation falsely claiming that populist political movements are undemocratic.

“The fact that the future of free speech rests upon the shoulders of a single individual is not something any of us should want. I do not think that this is a responsibility Elon Musk wants. He would be a far richer person had he never bought Twitter. He would also be living a more peaceful life. After Musk bought Twitter, the Biden administration and the Democratic Party declared war on him. Various government agencies filed multiple frivolous lawsuits against Musk and his companies in ways very similar to the war the Brazilian government is waging against X.

“What all of this reveals is that, until Musk bought Twitter, we didn’t really have freedom of expression. The US government felt that it controlled both the corporate news media and social media companies. We saw in the Twitter Files that the FBI orchestrated a disinformation and censorship campaign in order to protect Joe Biden.

“Starting with the Cyber Threat Intelligence League, operatives working for the US Department of Defense and the British Ministry of Defense sought to hide their censorship and disinformation efforts as “cyber security.” After that, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Stanford Internet Observatory engaged in a mass censorship effort around the 2020 elections and Covid.

It is today clear that intelligence and security agencies have been working together around the world to gain control over social media platforms in order to discredit, prosecute, and incarcerate populist leaders. The evidence is now overwhelming that the FBI and Secret Service are covering up evidence related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot in Washington DC. And there is still much we do not know about the eerily similar riot in Brazil’s capitol on January 8, 2023.

“There is much we need to do to fight back. First, everyone around the world should download a “VPN” to their computers and phones so that they can access the Internet in case governments shut down X. Millions of Chinese use VPNs safely to learn the truth about what is happening in the world. Read the rest of the opening comment here

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