Thursday, December 6, 2007

Mnemonic Impunity.

Mnemonic: Of or relating to memory.
Impunity: To go unpunished.

Who do you think determines what is remembered by history?
 The Victor.
 The Victor almost always determine what is to be remembered as "the truth" by a people.
 The Victor comes in many forms; From generals and dictators to popes and mullahs, the presidents of nations and of corporations. The local mayor or gas company CEO. That brown-nosing snot down the hall who you know will, inevitably, see his way to the top to inflict his mediocrity upon ever more innocent humans.
 Whether it's the workplace or in war, in the great games of life, the Victor is the competitor who makes it to the top of their game.
 In any competition, those who are bound by fewer rules will almost always beat competitors who are bound by more.  People who are unbound by the inhibitions of morals and ethics make a disproportionate contribution to the population of those who have risen to the top of their games. Google: corporate psychopath, high functioning psychopath and prepare for some sobering statistics.

 From here they gain the power to record the official story of their ascent.

Those, by whom the greatest acts of stupidity, greed and outright bloody-mindedness have always been performed, are among the prime disseminators of information in our world. They have an almost limitless capacity to control the degree to which their actions become known by you and I, the public.
Leaders, who make decisions which are obviously stupid or selfish or needlessly belligerent, are seldom held accountable for those actions, even if they were warned of the consequences beforehand! This is because they have so much control over the narrative, and eventually the narrative becomes so embedded in our understanding of the world that we forget that the story had to come from somewhere, and someone.
 We are easily overwhelmed by the distractions and spin.
 The Victors understand this quirk in our nature only too well, so they overwhelm us with distractions and hide behind the certainty of mnemonic impunity while running amok with the power they wield.

 Ask yourself; when thinking about the first years of the millennium, do the words Britney Spears or Habeas Corpus hold more meaning for you?

You can decide to make this end here and now.

Here's how...

 We need to create an unstoppable force which remembers the names of the powerful through the eyes and the souls of the people upon whose lives they impact.
 That would make their every nightmare come true.
 If you can link in posterity, a fools name to the results of his works, then he will be remembered in posterity as the fool he truly is.

  So how do we know to whom we should direct our critical attention?
  If a lot of people are getting upset about something, find out what it's all about. If lots of people are freaking out about something, chances are, it's important.
  All you have to do is listen with a critical ear and read a bit.
  Educate yourself as to the nature of your natural, political and international environment.
  You will become aware of the people who are shaping your future and the impact of the decisions that they are making on our behalf. You might even start to enjoy the process of discovery.
Listen to the radio.
Just give the subject a few minutes' thought.
Get an opinion based on thought, data and discussion, not simply through exposure to the opinionated.

Never forget to think about who might be providing the information and read and listen between the lines. But read and listen none the less. Be wary of the TV. The only way to get a viewpoint onto the T.V. is to pay. The more you pay the more you can say, and those with the most to loose usually have the most to spend.

 You've heard it before; T.V. will rot your brain.
 If you don't know why it'll rot your brain, then find out before it does.
 TV is the ultimate homogenizer.

 It is desperately important that you familiarize yourself with the entire tool-kit of the P.R. industry. Learn about VNRs (Video News Releases), ANRs (Audio News Releases), Astroturf Groups and how they are used by powerful interests to shape your opinions.  Find out how almost every aspect of your life is touched by P.R. companies and lobby groups and why their influence evaporates the moment you discover their tentacles reaching into your life. This knowledge will change and liberate you. They want you average. You are easier to manage and sell crap to that way.

When you know the name of someone who abuses the power they wield, write it down and describe the issue in your view. 
What do you think will be the repercussions of their decisions?
Was science on the side of this decision maker or not?
Was the future of anything but a balance book taken into account?
How do you think the executive of this decision should be remembered?

Should this persons life be lived out under the cloud of a deafening;

"WE TOLD YOU SO ... Idiot"...?

Should they be denied the MNEMONIC IMPUNITY that they seek.

 Put this thought to a blog and supply many descriptive tags, and links to any similar material.
 Most importantly, include the tag; "mnemonic impunity". This will create a common reference point for future users to search from.
The net is a vast library and that tag will cause all files that bear it to be easily grouped by search engines. That tag, Mnemonic Impunity, will become the spine of the Big Black Book in which we remember our leaders. This book of memory will exist everywhere and nowhere and it can't be controlled by the Victor in the usual ways.

  The difference between our current age and any other point in history is that this is the first time in history that such a great diversity of people have had a chance to write their history as it happened. We can now ensure the story is written by people other than the Victor, through their own eyes for their own children to see.
 For anyone to see.

  If you simply decide to take this seriously and extol the virtues of my cunning plan to a trusted friend or two, you and I could start the thing that sets a cure in motion.
 If enough people make this a habit, there will come to exist a vast, ever growing, easily searchable archive of information, attached to a culture that constantly feeds it, holding accountable the names of those to whom we may then lay blame in history for the decisions we always knew should never have been made.

 Soon; months, maybe years, but eventually, something like this will become the conscience for the vast, sprawling, infinitely networked, living thing we have become. Whether it's this version or the next, ourselves or someone in the future, something like this will inevitably emerge. You can be a part of it. We just need to decide to make it happen.

Make it happen. Pan.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

At long last, a serious media conversation about the root cause of almost every globally important problem; the Human population.
Have a listen to it here-
Download Audio - 02122007

In it you will hear a number of perspectives but among them is a fellow who is the true embodiment of the real reason we just can't seem to solve the things that blight us as a species. This man voices one of the most un-selfconciously idiotic contradictions that I've heard since... I don't know when.

He said that people who choose not to breed for reasons that are not medical are selfish. He then went on to report that he couldn't understand why people wouldn't want to pop out offspring in order to see themselves recreated in their young.

Any species that obtains an ecological advantage will thrive. If the organism proliferates to the point where it becomes a threat to the stability of the environments with which it interacts, then we have a word for it. That word is, "PLAGUE". There is nothing controversial about this.

Some people see the reality of our ecological status and choose to curtail their desires to breed in an attempt to step outside the blind, biological drives that are speeding us to an unpleasant mathematical inevitability. If they are lambasted as selfish by ignorant superstisious simpletons, what hope have we of becoming worthy of our claims to being something other than animals.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

We now understand without question that our forests are vital components of an unbelievably complex, global life support system. Therefore, arguments for their destruction should be offensive to any thinking person. When those arguments are based on nothing but corporate concerns they are nothing short of obscene.
The only position that has been put forth by the proponents of old growth logging that deserves any attention is that protecting forests will impact timber communities.
The commercial power behind the logging process fuels a popular image of the proponents of forest protection as be-dreadlocked, dole-bludging 'greenies' out to bankrupt honest battlers.
With that in mind, surely it would be better to tackle what must be the actual major cause of job loss in timber communities and certainly the greatest threat to the future of those communities themselves; the industrialization of forestry?
When a couple of hi-tech machines can strip in hours, a hill which would have taken large teams of men weeks or months to clear, you need to massively upscale your operations just to keep people employed. And there will be a last tree.
If industrial scale logging was banned and we returned to traditional methods, then no-one would loose their jobs and the new industry may even be sustainable!
Surely, under this scheme, only a shareholder in Big Timber would complain. Can Kevin Rudd put the battler and the environment ahead of the shareholder?


The Daintree Coast in Far North Queensland is a very popular tourist destination which is marketed to the world by virtue of its diverse natural landscape.

The world famous Great Barrier Reef lies just off shore. Adjacent it, on the coast, the Daintree Rainforest is widely considered to be the most ancient rainforest on Earth. Between the rainforest and the reef, growing along the rivers and estuaries in the region, resides the most diverse mangrove on the planet, with more than two thirds of the total diversity of mangrove trees known to man.

What the casual visitor is seldom made aware of is that these three systems are intimately and inseparably interconnected.

Interference with one system affects the others in ways that we are only now starting to appreciate.

There are numerous lookouts along the coast which reveal all three systems in spectacular panoramic detail. It’s worth briefly describing this amazing relationship as it is an excellent example of the interconnectedness that we are beginning to realize is an important feature of our living planet.

The Great Barrier Reef requires certain nutrients that originate on the land. They start out in the costal forests in the form of leaves and sticks and things that get flushed out of the forests when it rains. But if lots of leaves and sticks made it all the way out to the reef, the reef would end up covered by lots leaves and sticks.

This would be a problem.

Apart from the obvious impact of being buried by the debris, the tons of detritus decomposing in the ocean would release rich organic chemistry over the reef. This would have a direct, chemical impact on the reef and could also fuel algal blooms which would seriously reduce the amount of light getting to the coral. So the reef does not need direct rainforest run-off. It needs filtered rainforest nutrients.

This is where the mangroves come in.

The mangroves are the filter. The dense, semi-submerged bank-side vegetation acts as a very efficient filter trapping the floating detritus and keeping it there as it breaks down in the rivers and estuaries. By the time the water leaves the river and heads out to sea, it contains exactly the right balance of nutrients for the reef to use.

It goes further than that though. Do you like sea food?

A great deal of what we call sea food and a lot of what we don’t call sea food begins life in the well protected and nutrient rich environment of the mangroves. They are the perfect nursery. In fact the fishing industry refers to mangroves as nurseries.

Many of the creatures from the reef, and from either side of the reef, start their lives in the coastal mangrove forests. Upon maturity, these young sea creatures migrate out to the reef, bringing with them the rainforest nutrients that they had been assimilating during the mangrove phase of their lives.

In this sense, the mangroves are a factory; tasked with the conversion of rainforest detritus into self-guided, reef-bound nutrient packages called sea-life.

Of course, it goes a lot further than that.

As much as the reef relies on these coastal systems, without the reef there would probably be no mangroves or rainforest on the Daintree coast.

The Pacific Ocean is a very poorly named body of water. Pacific means calm, peaceful. Yet calm and peaceful, that ocean is not.

Mangroves simply can’t establish in crashing surf and rainforest needs to keep very tight control over its internal climatic conditions which would be impossible in the face of constant oceanic weather conditions.

The reef forms a physical barrier against the Pacific swell, which makes this coast very bad for surfing but perfect for mangroves.

As for the weather, although the reef is under water, it still has an enormous effect on the atmosphere above it. Between the reef and the coast there is a large body of water that is trapped by the reef over a shallow sandy seabed. This shallow sandy sea sits there in the tropical sun, warms up and evaporates, creating a huge wall of hot, wet air that sits just off the coast and acts as a barrier or a buffer against the weather coming in from the Pacific. This ‘weather-wall’ protects the coast but as it does so it is blown into the coast by the very weather it is protecting us from. As this warm wet air gets forced over the mountains it experiences a pressure change and a temperature change which condenses the water and squeezes it out of the air and onto the rainforest; and if you don’t get rain, you don’t get rainforest. Nor do you get rainforest nutrients being flushed out of the forests, through the mangroves and out to the reef and so on…

In reality, what we have here is not three different systems at all. Rather, what we have is three parts of one system. They are no more separate from each other than your leg is from your liver. If fact, this is just a one example of what we now know to be a fundamental feature of the natural world. It applies to every living system regardless of size, from the microscopic to the global.

It seems that there is not a living system on this planet that exists independently of all others.

I posted this text as a contribution to a Stratfor forum on the subject and I thought that it might be of interest to a wider readership. Stratfor is a geopolitical intelligence and analysis group and a very good source of deep analysis of events that you might be aware of and many that you will probably not be aware of. There aren't many changes to this re-posting. The changes relate purely to the irrelevance of points refering to postings in the previous forum.
I wrote this in the belief that this topic is one of the most important in geopolitics today and for tomorrow, I am hoping that we continue discussing the issue for a good while to come.
I would like to make a couple of points.
Firstly, regardless of any uncertainty surrounding the matter, there is now enough momentum in the debate to have motivated our captains into making decisions that will have a profound effect on the geopolitical landscape.
Carbon trading, bio-fuels, non-combustive alternate energy sources, water rights and usage decisions, science funding, settlement patterns, agriculture and land management, fishing... to name just a few of the issues which currently affect the global power balance and which are given extra weight and urgency when viewed through the greenhouse lens.
Secondly, it is a common refrain of the political Right that it will cost trillions of dollars to address the problem and that if it's a false alarm it will be trillions wasted for no good reason.
Here is some simple logic for you...
If we do act on the assumption that the threat is real and it turns out not to be, then we will indeed have spent trillions that could have been spent elsewhere.
In that scenario, we will have unnecessarily freed ourselves up from our dependence on fossil fuels through the huge investments in developing their alternatives that we will have made.
We will have needlessly reduced our industrial and vehicular emissions, leading to cleaner air for our increasingly asthmatic children to breath. Not to mention the benefits to the global ecology.
We will have pointlessly improved household efficiency in terms of thermal management and general power consumption leading to more people having a bit more cash in their pockets, to spend on the things that our captains insist we all need, (like that shiny new super efficient, internet enabled, washer/dryer/water recycler/irrigator). Need I go on...?
I could also mention certain demonstrably needless trillions that have been spent very recently, for which the knock-on economic and social results have been...well, not quite as fortuitous as those I've just outlined.
On the other hand, if we do spend those trillions and it turns out to have been necessary, then few would argue that it would be the best spent trillions in history. In fact it seems increasingly likely that this threat is real and immediate.
Of course if we choose not to spend the trillions and this all turns out to be a false alarm, then there are no losers except for those who are loosing already. Nothing changes. Business as usual.
The worst case scenario is that we do nothing to mitigate the effects of global warming and the threat materializes as predicted by the climatologists, ecologists and other scientific professionals who for many years have been working to try to understand these things.
In that case we will have witnessed the most catastrophic failure of intelligence in history.
Not a failure in the delivery of that intelligence.
A failure in the assimilation of it.
We were warned but we did nothing...
When the experts in a particular field have a strong opinion on the likely behavior of a system they are studying and that the outcome could be disastrous if appropriate action is not initiated, ignoring the experts is begging for disaster.
It strikes me as being disturbingly similar to some recent willful discounting of intelligence that resulted in the needless spending of those trillions I alluded to earlier...By the very same folk who are leading the charge in discounting the climate scientists what's more!! Is there a pattern forming there?
A simple diagram with the decisions to act or not act heading the columns and the reality or otherwise of the threat heading the rows illustrates the decision making quandary beautifully. Do the math. This diagram yields four end possibilities. They are outlined above.
Either the threat is real or it isn't. Either we act to protect ourselves or we don't.
We have no choice as to the reality of the threat.
Therefore the only control we have over this situation is the choice as to whether or not to act.
If we don't act, we get either;
(1 Business as usual, or
(2 A potentially catastrophic future for which we are utterly unprepared and over which we have no control.
If we do act, we get either;
(1 A better, cleaner, hi-tech world, or
(2 A better, cleaner, hi-tech world and the mitigation and control of what would otherwise be a potentially, catastrophic future. It doesn't seem to be a difficult choice, but then my wealth is not dependant on oil to any great extent.