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Peak Civilisation is in the rear view mirror for most humans on the planet. Economies, lifestyles & environment are declining almost everywhere. Overpopulation, resource depletion, pollution & energy decline continue to exacerbate the problems. Available net energy is the determinant of the quality & complexity of civilisation. As the inexpensive, easy to get energy sources decline, disorder in human systems & the biosphere will increase.. Entropy (disorder, randomness) increases. Entropy Wins

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Why do people want to brutally kill whales? This time, Denmark Faroe Islands.

33 whales slaughtered in Faroese Grind hunt – Danish Navy intervenes to protect whale poachers – 14 Sea Shepherd volunteers arrested
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Slaughter and Loathing on Sandoy as 33 whales Die in Agony and Nine Sea Shepherd volunteers are Arrested by Faroese Police and the Danish NavyBy Captain Paul Watson30 August 2014For the last 85 days, Sea Shepherd has been able to find and escort whale pods away from the Faroe Islands. We have documented the activities but have not released them so as to not anger the whalers. Today a pod of 33 pilot whales came so close to a killing bay on Sandoy that the thugs from that island were able to get to them rather quickly. Sea Shepherd land crew made it to the beach and into the water as three Sea Shepherd three fast boats arrived on the scene before the killing began. Unfortunately a police helicopter from Torshaven and vessels from the Danish Navy made it to the Bay at the same time. The Danish Navy ordered the boats to stand off. We have not heard back from the boats so we do not know what their situation is. We do know the entire Sandoy land team has been arrested and 33 pilot whales are dead on the beach.
From; http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2014/08/33-whales-slaughtered-in-faroese-grind.html

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

Current State of Global Annihilation of the Fast Disappearing Good Times

● Brazil enters Recession
● China Manufacturing & GDP keep heading South
● France enters economic decline
● Japan economic decline ratchets up to economic collapse as Balance of Payments hits Worst ever recorded.
● Cost of Living Increases & Wage Declines plague USA & Europe killing lifestyles & hopes of a better future for millions.
● A University education is fast becoming worthless as a new acronym enters our language; GRINGO, a Graduate in a Non Graduate Occupation.
● Besides, who wants a University Degree AND a $100,000 Student Debt to go with it?
● ISIS Jihad in Syria & Iraq causing chaos & murder drawing in NATO & USA
● Libya in Civil War after the West removed (& killed) Gadaffi and then abandoned the Libyan people to the warring war lords.
● Northern Nigeria descends into anarchy as Boko Harum burns 83 Churches & murders dozens. ● Heavily indebted Spain wants more debt & issues first ever 50 Year Sovereign Bond. If you are 10 years old & buy it now, you will be 60 years old when it matures. Now that’s faith.
● The heavily indebted & energy desperate West keeps piling on sanctions against Russia over the insane civil war to stop Ethnic Russian East Ukraine joining Russia.
● One third of Humanity (2.5 billion people) do not have access to a toilet but sales of cell phones hit 7 billion so our civilization is doing fine & is sustainable forever.
● The total amount of Fossil Fuels being burnt (coal, oil & natural gas) keeps on rising & locking the planet into 450 ppm & guaranteed 2 degrees C rise. So if the world survives the wars & economic collapse listed above, relentless climate change and environmental collapse will continue.

Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

Fossil Fuel Energy Crisis. Peak Car Mileage (USA).
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Peak mileage and the diminishing returns of technology
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You see how quickly mileage increased throughout the 1970s - it nearly doubled in less than 10 years! And you can see how quickly people forgot about the oil problem once prices collapsed in the second half of the 1980s. The graph also shows that, with the second oil crisis, mileage restarted to increase, but by far not as fast as in the 1970s. There is a reason: it is difficult to optimize something already optimized. This we call ‘diminishing returns of technological progress.”In the end, it looks like the “peak mileage” of the late 1990s is the real one. In the future, the a combination of factors which led to the peak will never return. Oil depletion is destined to make oil less and less affordable, even though market oscillations may hide this phenomenon. Wages are unlikely to grow in real terms after having been static for the past 40 years. And technological miracles are unlikely. Even the Toyota Prius, technological marvel of our times, can only bring us back to where we were 15 years ago in terms of mileage per hour worked. As long as we remain within the paradigm of “road vehicle powered by a combustion engine” we have reached the limit of what we can do.The result of the reduced overall efficiency of transportation we can see in this last graph (from advisorperspectives). In the US; people are driving less. Perhaps there are behavioral factors involved, but “peak mileage” suggest that they are doing that because they can’t afford to drive more.
From; http://www.cassandralegacy.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/peak-mileage-and-diminishing-returns-of.html

Fossil Fuel Energy Crisis. Peak Car Mileage (USA).
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Peak mileage and the diminishing returns of technology
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You see how quickly mileage increased throughout the 1970s - it nearly doubled in less than 10 years! And you can see how quickly people forgot about the oil problem once prices collapsed in the second half of the 1980s. The graph also shows that, with the second oil crisis, mileage restarted to increase, but by far not as fast as in the 1970s. There is a reason: it is difficult to optimize something already optimized. This we call ‘diminishing returns of technological progress.”In the end, it looks like the “peak mileage” of the late 1990s is the real one. In the future, the a combination of factors which led to the peak will never return. Oil depletion is destined to make oil less and less affordable, even though market oscillations may hide this phenomenon. Wages are unlikely to grow in real terms after having been static for the past 40 years. And technological miracles are unlikely. Even the Toyota Prius, technological marvel of our times, can only bring us back to where we were 15 years ago in terms of mileage per hour worked. As long as we remain within the paradigm of “road vehicle powered by a combustion engine” we have reached the limit of what we can do.The result of the reduced overall efficiency of transportation we can see in this last graph (from advisorperspectives). In the US; people are driving less. Perhaps there are behavioral factors involved, but “peak mileage” suggest that they are doing that because they can’t afford to drive more.
From; http://www.cassandralegacy.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/peak-mileage-and-diminishing-returns-of.html

Posted on Monday, September 1st 2014

The Decline of Western Civilization is Mirrored in the Crashing Once Middle Class Suburbs. Let’s Look at Ferguson,an Outer Suburb of St Louis

If Americans were less prone to self-deceit, they would have long since realized that the American Dream is over, for good, and that continuing to chase it is the worst of the few remaining options they get to choose between.They could then look at themselves in the mirror and see their future.As things are, however, the future is creeping up on them in small, slow and silent steps, until one day it will simply be there, no longer deniable or avoidable, and it will find them woefully unprepared.This is not true only for Americans, the entire formerly rich world will undergo the same transformation. But it will be very pronounced stateside.It’s impossible to follow events in Ferguson, Missouri and not recognize that there are thousands of – potential – Fergusons in-waiting spread across the USA. You don’t have to be particularly clever to recognize the patterns.Segregation by race – a.k.a. racism – has never left the country, even though the courage of true American heroes like Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali changed many things for the better.Segregation by race has always remained inevitably linked to segregation by wealth and income. As a hugely disproportionate number of black kids continue to be incarcerated under a prison system that locks away more citizens than in any other country.You could be forgiven for thinking that America went looking for trouble. And is now finding it. Like so many things, that trouble doesn’t stand out or float to the top in times of plenty. But when those times are over, trouble is the only thing remaining.As long as the illusion of the American Dream, and the illusion of economic growth, can be kept alive, people will be inclined to take a lot of things for granted. When their eyes open and these illusions are shattered, matters can turn on a dime.Bloomberg provides some of the background to Ferguson and all those other American communities. What’s happening in Ferguson shouldn’t come as a surprise, what’s surprising is that it’s not much more widespread yet.Ferguson Unrest Shows Poverty Grows Fastest in Suburbs• “We’ve passed this tipping point and there are now more poor people in the suburbs than the cities,” said Elizabeth Kneebone, author of [a July 31 Brookings Institution report]. “In those communities, we see things like poorer health outcomes, failing schools and higher crime rates.”• [..] the city – which has lost more than 40% of its white population since 2000 – [has] a mostly white city council and police force. [..] The St. Louis metropolitan area ranks as one of the most segregated in the U.S. Ferguson, once a majority white community that’s now about two-thirds black, highlights that dynamic.• Coinciding with the decline in white population is a rapid rise in poverty since 2000 [..]• “Looking at the neighborhood poverty rates, it’s striking how much has changed over a decade,” Kneebone said. “In Ferguson in 2000, none of the neighborhoods had hit that 20% poverty rate. By the end of the 2000s, almost every census tract met or exceeded that poverty rate.• The poverty rate in Ferguson was 22% in 2012, the most recent available, up from 10.2% in 2000. Suburban locales from the outskirts of Atlanta to Colorado Springs have seen similar trends. The number of poor people living in impoverished U.S. suburbs has more than doubled since 2000, comparing to a 50% rise in cities. More than half of the 46 million Americans in poverty now live in suburbs ..• “The median income is so low in Ferguson that people are really struggling, living from check to check, and they’re even behind checks,” state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said.• “For much of the latter half of the 20th century, it was a pattern of segregation by race, and that’s been displaced somewhat by a segregation by income, which is growing starker and starker in cities like St. Louis.”While Americans have been – and still are – waiting for the recovery to come that the government and the media promise, their world is not standing still; it’s deteriorating at a fast pace. It just takes them a long time to notice, focused as they are on the illusions.That is a dangerous dynamic in a country so loaded to the hilt with firearms. Something that the government, at all levels, has been acutely aware of for many years. The calls, in the wake of Ferguson, to de-militarize police forces, look somewhat less than timely or honest or genuine in that light.The militarization of American police forces has been a very conscious choice by those who long since sensed a threat to their positions, their way of life, and their powers. Not everyone feels they can afford to stare blindly into illusions.
From; http://www.theautomaticearth.com/debt-rattle-aug-17-2014-america-can-see-its-future-in-the-mirror/

Posted on Sunday, August 31st 2014

Major Economib Crash in Japan Due to Offshoring of Jobs. Gee, Just Like Everywhere Else in the Developed World. 
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Graph Above is Japan Trade Balance 2011-2014.
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The problem lies in a strategic shift undertaken by Japan Inc. – offshoring – to take advantage of cheap labor in China and elsewhere, though it lagged behind the US in that respect. Japan Inc. accelerated that shift after the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, when supply chains in Japan collapsed. And when Abenomics came along, they redoubled their efforts at offshoring: the devaluation of the yen allows them to translate revenues and profits from foreign operations into weaker yen, thereby performing paper miracles on their financial statements. And promises of additional devaluations make that incentive to offshore even juicier.Some of the offshore production is then imported. So imports of the largest categories all rose: electrical machinery up 7.7%, machinery up 14.2%, and manufactured goods up 14.0%. Japanese companies used to excel in these categories. While some have gotten clobbered by international competitors, others still excel at designing and making these products. They just don’t manufacture them in Japan anymore.Given the incentives that Abenomics gives Japan Inc. to invest and produce overseas, rather than in Japan, these dynamics are unlikely to change direction. And the ballooning trade deficits will become an albatross around the economy’s neck.
From; http://wolfstreet.com/2014/07/24/the-flame-out-of-abenomics-in-one-crucial-chart/

Major Economib Crash in Japan Due to Offshoring of Jobs. Gee, Just Like Everywhere Else in the Developed World.
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Graph Above is Japan Trade Balance 2011-2014.
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The problem lies in a strategic shift undertaken by Japan Inc. – offshoring – to take advantage of cheap labor in China and elsewhere, though it lagged behind the US in that respect. Japan Inc. accelerated that shift after the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, when supply chains in Japan collapsed. And when Abenomics came along, they redoubled their efforts at offshoring: the devaluation of the yen allows them to translate revenues and profits from foreign operations into weaker yen, thereby performing paper miracles on their financial statements. And promises of additional devaluations make that incentive to offshore even juicier.Some of the offshore production is then imported. So imports of the largest categories all rose: electrical machinery up 7.7%, machinery up 14.2%, and manufactured goods up 14.0%. Japanese companies used to excel in these categories. While some have gotten clobbered by international competitors, others still excel at designing and making these products. They just don’t manufacture them in Japan anymore.Given the incentives that Abenomics gives Japan Inc. to invest and produce overseas, rather than in Japan, these dynamics are unlikely to change direction. And the ballooning trade deficits will become an albatross around the economy’s neck.
From; http://wolfstreet.com/2014/07/24/the-flame-out-of-abenomics-in-one-crucial-chart/

Posted on Saturday, August 30th 2014

Here’s Economic Collapse in One Graph : Average Hourly Wage (Inflation Adjusted).
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Real Wages have not changed much since 1970. In the meantime, the real inflation adjusted prices of food, electricity,gasoline, cars and houses have continued to increase. 
In the 1970s you could buy an inexpensive house for less than twice average annual income. Today you need up to 5 times average annual salary & often even more. 
And that’s why you feel poor.

Here’s Economic Collapse in One Graph : Average Hourly Wage (Inflation Adjusted).
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Real Wages have not changed much since 1970. In the meantime, the real inflation adjusted prices of food, electricity,gasoline, cars and houses have continued to increase.
In the 1970s you could buy an inexpensive house for less than twice average annual income. Today you need up to 5 times average annual salary & often even more.
And that’s why you feel poor.

Posted on Friday, August 29th 2014

Japanese Whale Slaughter Ends For The Year. 
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Japan has wrapped up its whaling campaign in the Pacific with 115 whales caught and killed in its two-and-a-half month operation. It is the second whaling hunt of Japan since the United Nations’ international court had ordered Japan to stop catching and killing whales in the Antarctic.According to Japan’s fisheries agency, 90 Sei whales and 25 Bryde whales were captured and killed. The number of whales caught met the pre-hunting target of the whalers.The fisheries agency reported the whaling operation was not disrupted by anti-whaling activists like Sea Shepherd Australia, which the whalers had clashed repeatedly in the past. Agency officials confirmed that the whalers did not encounter an obstacle during their Pacific hunt.The recent whaling operation was the second attempt since the UN’s International Court of Justice ruled in March that Japan’s annual whaling in the Southern Ocean was for commercial purposes and disguised only as “scientific research.”
From; http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2014/07/japan-whale-poachers-end-pacific.html

Japanese Whale Slaughter Ends For The Year.
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Japan has wrapped up its whaling campaign in the Pacific with 115 whales caught and killed in its two-and-a-half month operation. It is the second whaling hunt of Japan since the United Nations’ international court had ordered Japan to stop catching and killing whales in the Antarctic.According to Japan’s fisheries agency, 90 Sei whales and 25 Bryde whales were captured and killed. The number of whales caught met the pre-hunting target of the whalers.The fisheries agency reported the whaling operation was not disrupted by anti-whaling activists like Sea Shepherd Australia, which the whalers had clashed repeatedly in the past. Agency officials confirmed that the whalers did not encounter an obstacle during their Pacific hunt.The recent whaling operation was the second attempt since the UN’s International Court of Justice ruled in March that Japan’s annual whaling in the Southern Ocean was for commercial purposes and disguised only as “scientific research.”
From; http://www.desdemonadespair.net/2014/07/japan-whale-poachers-end-pacific.html

Posted on Thursday, August 28th 2014

The Beginning of the End for the USA Dollar. Or a Guaranteed War With Russia.

The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan
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According to Russia’s RIA Novosti, citing business daily Kommersant, Gazprom Neft has agreed to export 80,000 tons of oil from Novoportovskoye field in the Arctic; it will accept payment in rubles, and will also deliver oil via the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline (ESPO), accepting payment in Chinese yuan for the transfers. Meaning Russia will export energy to either Europe or China, and receive payment in either Rubles or Yuan, in effect making the two currencies equivalent as far as the Eurasian axis is conerned, but most importantly, transact completely away from the US dollar thus, finally putin’(sic) in action the move for a Petrodollar-free world.More on this long awaited first nail in the petrodollar coffin from RIA:The Russian government and several of the country’s largest exporters have widely discussed the possibility of accepting payments in rubles for oil exports. Last week, Russia began to ship oil from the Novoportovskoye field to Europe by sea. Two oil tankers are expected to arrive in Europe in September. According to Kommersant, the payment for these shipments will be received in rubles. Gazprom Neft will not only accept payments in rubles; subsequent transfers via the ESPO may be paid for in yuan, the newspaper reported. According to the newspaper, the change in currency was made because of the Western sanctions against Russia. As a protective measure, Russia decided to avoid making its payments in US dollars, which can be tracked and controlled by the United States government, Kommersant reported.”Protective measure” meaning that it was the US which managed to Plaxico itself by pushing Russia to transact away from the US Dollar, in the process showing the world it can be done, and slamming the first nail in the petrodollar’s coffin.
From; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-27/gazprom-begins-accepting-payment-oil-ruble-yuan

Posted on Thursday, August 28th 2014

Toxic Sludge Tailing Dams Getting Bigger & Failing More Often Causing Massive Environmental  & Fresh Water Damage. 
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The Risky Rise of the Dams
From; http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-08-13/the-risky-rise-of-the-dams#
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A massive mining wastewater spill in the interior of British Columbia highlights a new global trend: tailing dams that hold waste are not only getting bigger, but posing greater risks to watersheds and communities downstream.Drawing upon recent industry reports and presentations made by engineers living in the province, it’s clear that the complexities of the industry have multiplied and with them, risks to water are escalating.Increased global mining production of substances such as iron ore, gold, copper and nickel along with rising metal prices has tripled the value of the industry from $200 billion to $600 billion over the last decade.But due to declining ore quality, the sheer volume of waste produced by the industry, which can contain substances such as arsenic, lead and cyanide, is increasing.Every year, the industry digs and moves as much solid rock (several thousand million tonnes per year) as all earthen materials transported by natural geological processes, such as landslides and erosion.Because of the challenge of peak metals and high global demand, the mining industry faces a number of somber risks, as reported by Andrew M. Robertson of Robertson GeoConsultants at a recent mining conference.It must not only dig deeper for poorer quality ores, but create larger and taller dams of tailings waste.As a result, the dykes that contain the waste have been growing higher and larger every year. The average height of a tailings dam has grown from 120 metres in the 1960s to 240 metres today. They also contain more water than ever before, reported Robertson.In addition, the growing size of mines means that the industry is “increasingly dominating regional water supply and quality. Our structures to control water have become large and threatening,” reads Robertson’spresentation.Every 30 years, the volume of water and tailings produced by the industry increases tenfold, said Robertson. Meanwhile, the area of waste deposits increases fivefold and the height of dams grows twofold. “We are not dam building — we are terraforming,” he told a Tailings and Mine Waste conference in 2011.

Toxic Sludge Tailing Dams Getting Bigger & Failing More Often Causing Massive Environmental & Fresh Water Damage.
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The Risky Rise of the Dams
From; http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-08-13/the-risky-rise-of-the-dams#
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A massive mining wastewater spill in the interior of British Columbia highlights a new global trend: tailing dams that hold waste are not only getting bigger, but posing greater risks to watersheds and communities downstream.Drawing upon recent industry reports and presentations made by engineers living in the province, it’s clear that the complexities of the industry have multiplied and with them, risks to water are escalating.Increased global mining production of substances such as iron ore, gold, copper and nickel along with rising metal prices has tripled the value of the industry from $200 billion to $600 billion over the last decade.But due to declining ore quality, the sheer volume of waste produced by the industry, which can contain substances such as arsenic, lead and cyanide, is increasing.Every year, the industry digs and moves as much solid rock (several thousand million tonnes per year) as all earthen materials transported by natural geological processes, such as landslides and erosion.Because of the challenge of peak metals and high global demand, the mining industry faces a number of somber risks, as reported by Andrew M. Robertson of Robertson GeoConsultants at a recent mining conference.It must not only dig deeper for poorer quality ores, but create larger and taller dams of tailings waste.As a result, the dykes that contain the waste have been growing higher and larger every year. The average height of a tailings dam has grown from 120 metres in the 1960s to 240 metres today. They also contain more water than ever before, reported Robertson.In addition, the growing size of mines means that the industry is “increasingly dominating regional water supply and quality. Our structures to control water have become large and threatening,” reads Robertson’spresentation.Every 30 years, the volume of water and tailings produced by the industry increases tenfold, said Robertson. Meanwhile, the area of waste deposits increases fivefold and the height of dams grows twofold. “We are not dam building — we are terraforming,” he told a Tailings and Mine Waste conference in 2011.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th 2014