1. The *1* indispensable symbol:
7 major scourges of Doom (and why their adherents squabble over the scraps rather than accomplish anything useful together whatsoever).
Nomenclature and acronyms in the Doomer lexicography you'll need to know if you don't want to drown in alien, perplexing terminology
"Each man is locked into a system that compels him to increase his herd without limit -- in a world that is limited. Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all."
|The Vision of Faust ~ Luis Ricardo Falero, 1878|
14 Distinguished Cassandras from the past, whose warnings we shouldn't have ignored - but did! Because people are selfish, greedy egomaniacs. (...altho we love them anyway, honest!)
1 Closest Corollary to our Situation (other than a petri dish):
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Brought to paradise, the reindeer herd soared to an unsustainable number and then crashed. The irony is that the seemingly ‘perfect’ conditions of St Matthew Island (abundant food, no predators) were the very seeds of the reindeer’s demise...A non-scientific criticism of the comic is the ‘humans aren’t reindeer’ argument. I don’t think this argument debunks the comic. Yes, the human mind is capable of reason beyond any other creature on Earth. Yes, we have had a remarkable history of technological inventions. But these facts aren’t Get Out of Jail Freecards. Despite our creativity, despite our inventions, our success remains based on unsustainable habits and non-renewable resources. Humans aren’t reindeer for sure, but it’s dishonest for critics to ignore the fragile basis of our prosperity.
6 most poignant essays about extinction
"The human psyche naturally rebels against the idea of its end. Likewise, civilizations have throughout history marched blindly toward disaster, because humans are wired to believe that tomorrow will be much like today — it is unnatural for us to think that this way of life, this present moment, this order of things is not stable and permanent. Across the world today, our actions testify to our belief that we can go on like this forever, burning oil, poisoning the seas, killing off other species, pumping carbon into the air, ignoring the ominous silence of our coal mine canaries in favor of the unending robotic tweets of our new digital imaginarium. Yet the reality of global climate change is going to keep intruding on our fantasies of perpetual growth, permanent innovation and endless energy, just as the reality of mortality shocks our casual faith in permanence."
"The biggest problem climate change poses isn’t how the Department of Defense should plan for resource wars, or how we should put up sea walls to protect Alphabet City, or when we should evacuate Hoboken. It won’t be addressed by buying a Prius, signing a treaty, or turning off the air-conditioning. The biggest problem we face is a philosophical one: understanding that this civilization is already dead. The sooner we confront this problem, and the sooner we realize there’s nothing we can do to save ourselves, the sooner we can get down to the hard work of adapting, with mortal humility, to our new reality."
"I look out across the moonlit Lake District ranges, and it’s as clear as the night air that what used to come in regular waves, pounding like the sea, comes now only in flashes, out of the corner of my eyes, like a lighthouse in a storm. Perhaps it’s the way the world has changed. There are more cars on the roads now, more satellites in the sky. The footpaths up the fells are like stone motorways, there are turbines on the moors, and the farmers are being edged out by south-country refugees like me, trying to escape but bringing with us the things we flee from."
(Also, part of a protracted exchange with Wen Stephenson about hope v. defeatism.)
3. Christy Rodgers, The Bellwethers, published November 2013 ~
"Sometimes I stand at my back door in the twilight, with the noise of the television a senile murmur in the background, and wait, and listen. I know I am listening for the faint sound of a distant crash, a kind of final sound reverberating through layers of time, to tell me that a vast and seemingly monolithic absurdity, an old empire of illusion, has collapsed under its own weight and is crumbling back into life. And I know I will never hear it, because that isn’t the way it works, but still, for a little while as the day is ending, I listen, and I wait."
4. The Irreconcilable Acceptance of Near Term Extinction ~ Daniel Drumright, published at Nature Bats Last, an essay which has engendered countless discussions on and off the web, about suicide in as a legitimate response to extinction when collapse gets underway - everything from whether to discuss it at all...and how best to do it.
NTE, well defined,
Blew everyone’s mind,
And since then we’ve not been the same.
5. At Love in a Time of Cataclysm, by JP Greenhouse - Okay, Doomers, Let's March
|Hope in the Prison of Despair - Evelyn de Morgan|
From 2018/2019, a Newly Emerging Gaggle of *Celebrity Apocalypsists*™ - expect many more as the masses panic and seek soothing gurus!
1. David Wallace Wells infuriated the scientific community with his article in New York magazine, "The Uninhabitable Earth" and continues with further writings to annoy the optimists, as self-anointed bringer of environmental doom. To read him you would never know it was already a hot topic, for years, amongst the alarmists.
2. Jem Bendell’s paper in 2018 (Deep Adaptation) was published by the University of Cumbria after it had been rejected by a journal as too doomy, and after it went viral with over a million downloads, he quickly became a darling of the newly-terrified awoken. He created DeepAdaptation.info to help them talk to each other, and then left to launch ScholarsWarning.net for hundreds of other scholars similarly speak out.
3. The Extinction Rebellion movement, while having some admirable ambitions, seems oblivious to the irony that when teenage spokesperson Greta says she wants her generation's hopes and dreams back, those hopes and dreams aren't possible to fulfill - because, unless the hopes and dreams include 6.6 billion fewer people, it's all based on burning fuel. Also, encouraging celebrities to fly to London to disrupt traffic accomplishes little other than opening ER to ridicule with accusations of hypocritical elitism.
43 (count 'em!) contemporary Doomsayers - their books and blogs and scariest quotes (lots more here)
Overshoot eventually leads to decreasing power attainable for the group with lower-ranking members suffering first. Low-rank members will form subgroups and coalitions to demand a greater share of power from higher-ranking individuals who will resist by forming their own coalitions to maintain it. Meanwhile, social conflict will intensify as available power continues to fall.
Eventually, members of the weakest group (high or low rank) are forced to “disperse.” Those members of the weak group who do not disperse are killed, enslaved, or in modern times imprisoned. By most estimates, 10 to 20 percent of Stone-Age people died at the hands of other humans. The process of overshoot, followed by forced dispersal, may be seen as a sort of repetitive pumping action—a collective behavioral loop—that drove humans into every inhabitable niche."
8 Nerds and Geeks We Love
1 hoard of worthwhile sources of information. Think there is a sinister plot for mainstream media to hide the truth from you? There is!! Even NPR has been a corporate cheerleader for years. This is a list of journalists, video news and radio shows, podcasts and periodicals worth following - (even though they, too, mostly pander to the idea that we can fix the unfixable).
22 Apocaloptimists - the Prophets (and some profiters) of doom - devoted to explaining that we're screwed - and then pretend there is salvation [this is actually practically everyone else on the doomsayer list too - but some deserve special mention]
DEFAUNATION IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
|Source: Inside a reader's kitchen cupboard|
9 idiotic conspiracy theories to assiduously ignore - DON'T GO THERE! We refuse to even provide links to this hysterical junk.
7 in the Rogues' Gallery of Deniers, Dissemblers, Equivocators and promoters of dangerously false solutions
2. Any climate denier, especially the slick ones...like Bjørn Lomborg as described in a Scientific American article that PRAISES the false choices he presents! BARF!...and those that are educated enough to know better, like physicist Happer of Princeton, who compared CO2 bashing to Jewish victims of the Nazi's (did he hafta?). There are too many dumb ones to mention - Cliff Mass, Anthony Watts, etc etc.
1 Book on Philosophy and The End
22 funniest, snarkiest most relentlessly Gallows Humor doomer comedians and cartoons and sites (you will die laughing!)
|22. Robert Mankoff, The New Yorker|
best worst #doomcandy fiction movies/novels (some are both) that will ruin your plans for the future, forever
3. Ishmael, philosophical novel by Daniel Quinn, from wiki: "It examines the mythological thinking at the heart of modern civilization, its effect on ethics, and how this relates to sustainability and societal collapse on the global scale. The novel uses a style of Socratic dialogue to deconstruct the notion that humans are the pinnacle of biological evolution. It posits that anthropocentrism and several other widely-accepted modern ideas are actually cultural myths and that global civilization is enacting these myths with catastrophic consequences." from CultureChange: "Daniel Quinn’s 1992 novel Ishmael is that modern industrialized people do not know how to live. Humans have long been cut off from the contingencies of nature, first as a consequence of discovering the wholly unnatural skill of growing reliable food supplies in one place, and later as a side effect of learning how to manufacture wholly unnatural objects and environments. The resulting alienation from nature and from our ancestors’ nature-adapted ways of life left us clueless and susceptible to being sold ideas about how people should live, usually by the most audacious psychopath in the group." WTF? How can the skill of growing reliable food supplies in one place be "unnatural"?
Apocalyptic Visual Art (artists seem especially prone to be steeped in doomerism, we are not sure why. Maybe because they can see?Anyway...there is SO MUCH art, just go here for pictures!)
23 documentaries of doom (there are SO MANY and more every day, but these are essential viewing)
8 redundant greenwashing enterprises who won't tell us how bad it really is - and a couple that call them out
10. Activist Heros [not complete doomers, probably, or they wouldn't be activists! but you gotta admire them]
10 Doomiest Academic/Government/News Publications (the list is endless and growing)
1 most popular drinking game among doomers
8 Surefire cures for faith in a technological fix
"Maximum power theory and the proposal for additional laws of thermodynamics/energetics...
In a controversial move, Odum, together with Richard Pinkerton (at the time physicist at the University of Florida), was motivated by Alfred J. Lotka's articles on the energetics of evolution, and subsequently proposed the theory that natural systems tend to operate at an efficiency that produces the maximum power output, not the maximum efficiency. This theory in turn motivated Odum to propose maximum power as a fundamental thermodynamic law.
Environment, Power, and Society ... intended to explain basic concepts of ecology using Odum's energy language. ... It presented a cogent argument for the limits of industrial growth. Circuit diagrams were skillfully used to illustrate the dependence of agricultural ecosystems and industrial societies upon fossil fuel subsidies ... Voting, public opinion, taxes, even revolution and war could be expressed in the language of energy circuits."
12 Online and Facebook and Real Life support and activist groups [pathetically few, unfortunately]
1 - and also the only - Limericist of Doom - Benjamin the Donkey
We’d be smart to shut our damn yaps
And keep this doom stuff under wraps:
If we kept it hush-hush,
We might put off the rush
To inevitable collapse.