Train Ride on a Dark Day
We’re on a train, just rolling along on the tracks.
But the next stop on the itinerary is not the one on our trip ticket.
I know this because I did what you did not – I looked out the window.
The long track sits on a large plain with a slight downward slope, so the going is easy. The mountains, with the tough up & down and bumpy ride lie behind.
There’s a slight bend to the track, curving off to my side of the rail car – so I can see that there’s a wide and really deep gorge up ahead.
Over the gorge is a trestle bridge. It’s one of those huge, bulky, and sturdy one’s like they built in the late 1800’s.
But there’s a bit of a problem with this bridge. It’s missing an entire section – starting with where we should be crossing.
And the problem is the engine has gone over the edge and all the cars are being dragged down with it.
We’re passengers on the civilization train – which is going over the side. All the cars are being pulled over by the engine. All of them.
The distance we’re about to fall pretty much guarantees that few of us will survive.
Most of the passengers are having fun – eating, drinking, & enjoying the ride. They don’t see because they don’t want to bother looking out the window.
There are some who do look and then say ‘there’s nothing can be done’. So they just keep going on.
Then there are those who will manage, somehow, to jump off the train. They’ll get away with broken limbs or bruises – but they’ll be alive.
And, to be real, as with all trains, someplace around the track there are people just living their lives – farmers, cooks, the poor, & others (like indigenous people). Maybe even a little town.
Some of these might rush over to help. But not much can be done, except maybe for cleaning up the huge mess at the bottom of the gorge – if they bother. The worst part for them is the train also carried loved ones & badly needed supplies.
The short story (or “bottom line” at the bottom of the gorge) is: We are totally screwed.
Everybody’s right but everybody’s wrong…
The “survivalists” are right – sort of. But they are wrong in that they think the collapse will be only this or that one or two things (economic, political, etc.). Not.
The climate people are right – sort of. But it’s not just the climate.
Everybody’s right but everybody’s wrong…
It’s not just one collapse. It’s TOTAL COLLAPSE.
What is about to happen (collapse) is what I call a convergence.
Think of multiple waves. As they cross over each other, their peaks and troughs converge to form one amplified peak and trough. The more waves, the higher the peak & lower the trough.
We are about to see a convergence of not just two or three waves, but of many – and we’ll be in the bottom of the trough as the single built up wave comes crashing down.
Technology, medicine, energy, pollution, water, food, climate, oceans, earthquakes, animals, violence, stupidity, low morals, and whatever else you can/want to think of. Each of these is just another rail car – and they’re ALL going over the edge, in such close proximity that you might as well say ‘all at once’.
Still don’t believe me? OK, here’s just one glimpse of an example (apply this thinking to any other item you wish):
Global warming (or the politically correct term “Climate change”). We’re all aware of it right? CO2 causing global warming. Well there are three (and probably more) closely related, but little discussed, items that make the picture much bleaker…
1) There is what is known as a ‘lag effect’ in global warming. What this means is that what we’re experiencing today is actually the result of the CO2 we put into the atmosphere 20-30 (I’ve even read 40+) years ago. Which means that even if we were to stop completely (100% no more extra CO2? Impossible!), we would still have 20-30 years of increasing warming. Simply put, it’s too late. IT IS TOO LATE.
2) The picture actually gets even worse because – and this really is an inconvenient truth – nobody is even talking about all the extra heat we’re generating by burning all those fuels. The simple & basic fact is that x gallons of fuel burned generates x BTUs of heat. And that heat stays on this planet. Cars, factories, smelters, furnaces (home, commercial, and industrial), generating stations, etc. – all make a heck of a lot of heat. I did a really quick calc (which may or may not be totally accurate – I think the calcs are on the low side – but should be close enough)… every day the fuels that the world burns generate as much heat (1,383,561,643,835,616 BTUs) as the sun generates in 24 sunny hours over an area larger than the state of Connecticut. — “Total world energy use … 505 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) in 2008″ “International Energy Outlook 2011”
3) And even more inconveniently — Oxygen. Burning all that fuel – which generates CO2 – is also using up oxygen.
— A simple statement: “In one hour, the average automobile engine uses as much oxygen as a person needs to breath for a month.” “The Environmental Protection Norms (Standards) as Concerns Internal Combustion Truck Engines”
— Some “numbers”:
“In Australia, for example, the amount of oxygen consumed annually through fossil fuel combustion for the purposes of industry and power generation equals 214,465,670 tonnes of molecular oxygen (O2) [1977 figures]. At a consumption rate of 0.26 tonnes O2 per annum per person, this is sufficient to keep 824,868,073 people alive for 1 year. In contrast, the amount of oxygen consumed by the Australian population over the same period amounts to 4,290,000 tonnes O2, which is 1/50th of the first figure above.
But where does our oxygen originate?
Based on Canadian figures for conifer forests, the number of hectares required to produce sufficient oxygen to satisfy the above combined demand at a production rate of 10.0619 tonnes of O2 per hectare = 21,740,990ha or 217,410km2. This area is marginally less than that of the whole of Great Britain = 229,523km2. Australia has a population of about 17 million, whereas Great Britain’s population amounts to some 60 million odd.
Extrapolated world-wide in relation to total world consumption of oxygen and the rapid eradication of the world’s forests, the picture becomes quite horrendous.”
“Energy, Oxygen Consumption and Production”
Look around. Do the math.
Need more proof?
OK, just one more example: Think about the floods that happen in the midwest periodically.
Every gallon of water weighs 8.3 pounds. (for perspective: An inch of rain on an acre of ground creates 27143 gallons of water – 225,286 lbs.).
Flooding is calculated in hundreds of millions of gallons.
“At that height, disaster officials calculate, some 350 million muddy gallons of water will be roiling past the great silver St. Louis arch every minute.” “THE MIDWEST FLOODING: The Overview; Eyes on the Sky, Midwesterners Hold Their Own”
That is a whole heck of a lot of weight on the continent – right on top of a fault line (New Madrid Fault).
No big deal?
OK, add to that fracking wells… “There were more than 493,000 active natural-gas wells across 31 states in the U.S. in 2009” “Fracking”
and now I think you can begin to see the picture… fault line (big crack in crust), water weight, fracking wells (many cracks in crust)…
WE ARE SCREWED!
“Shit man, what the hell are we supposed to do? I mean, I just can’t handle this kind of news!”
Well… that’s what this blog is all about and I’ll post much more on this as I can, but for now here it is in a nutshell:
A) Get ready – not so much physically (though that’s a good idea) but spiritually & emotionally. Prepare, get right, get strong.
B) Face the truth… share the truth… by sharing, others may be helped & may get the opportunity to help
C) How you do A & B is up to you. I am not you and I cannot tell you what to do or how to do it – except: you must face yourself and then choose. Write, talk, build, take down, rant, fight… It’s up to you.
D) Stopping our own insanity is like jumping off the train. It’ll hurt, but at least we have a chance at real life (in some fashion).
It’s not so much about survival. It’s about how we live each moment – now.