Economics of Extinction

16 comments on “Economics of Extinction
  1. Wahrheit says:


    Nigeria’s international arrest warrant for Dick Cheney is still being ignored by Obama.

  2. SilverPorno says:

    This is interesting:

    “Honduras farm workers stage mass land occupations Police and troops have been struggling to control land conflict in Honduras.

    Thousands of rural workers in Honduras have occupied land as part of a dispute with large landowners and the government.

    The coordinated invasions took place in several locations across the country, activists and officials say. ”

  3. SieraHotel says:

    Just spent 2 weeks on the Gulf Coast in Florida, and the ecosystem was very much in tact. Never saw any oil stains or globs. Lots of happy pelicans and dolphins. I ate fish that I caught myself and it tasted fine. Ate local oysters and they tasted fine. I’m sure that there are lots of polluted spots in Louisiana near the site of the BP spill, but the Gulf of Mexico is huge, if you’re thinking that the whole Gulf is now dying, consult reality and don’t believe the Anti-America collapse-porn hype.

  4. MEJ says:

    @ SieraHotel, your message sounded reasonable until I got to the last line. So, if we Americans wonder about the quality of seafood coming from the Gulf, are we anti-American? And I did not know that concern about quality of our food was considered “collapse-porn.” Is that what folks say on talk radio? Hmmm.

  5. Capt. Ray says:

    … collaps? Who would have guessed that?

  6. Talcott says:

    Wasn’t it already in pretty bad shape from petrofertilizer runoff?

  7. Bruce says:

    From 2010
    Matt Simmons Critical of BP Performance Dies in Hot Tub at 67 Years Old – YouTube

    From Wikipedia:
    Dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico

    The major environmental threats to the Gulf are agricultural runoff and oil drilling.

    There are frequent “red tide” algae blooms[27] that kill fish and marine mammals and cause respiratory problems in humans and some domestic animals when the blooms reach close to shore. This has especially been plaguing the southwest and southern Florida coast, from the Florida Keys to north of Pasco County, Florida.

    The Gulf contains a hypoxic dead zone that runs east-west along the Texas-Louisiana coastline. In July 2008, researchers reported that between 1985 and 2008, the area roughly doubled in size and now stretches from near Galveston, Texas, to near Venice, Louisiana. It is now about 8,000 square miles (21,000 km2), nearly the record.[28] Poor agricultural practices in the northern portion of the Gulf of Mexico have led to a tremendous increase of nitrogen and phosphorous in neighboring marine ecosystems, which has resulted in algae blooms and a lack of available oxygen. Occurrences of masculinization and estrogen suppression were observed as a result. An October 2007 study of the Atlantic croaker found a disproportioned sex ratio of 61% males to 39% females in hypoxic Gulf sites. This was compared with a 52% to 48% male-female ratio found in reference sites, showing an impairment of reproductive output for fish populations inhabiting hypoxic coastal zones.[29]

    There are 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells beneath the Gulf. These have generally not been checked for potential environmental problems.[30]

  8. Mattdog says:

    Yeah, well, ya know, normalcy bias, who the fuck really cares, people who make lots of money don’t have to give a shit, they’ll tell you how it really is. WAKE UP PEOPLE;

  9. Mark Lytle says:

    One thing that may be collapsing is the industrial ecosystem of humans (Not that nature isn’t taking real hits, it is). But check this out:

    Shortages could slow down US auto production


    “The most immediate problem — a shortage of a crucial plastic resin, caused by an explosion March 31 at a plant in Germany — could surface in a few weeks. And later this year or beyond, automakers could be confronted with an even bigger crisis, running short of parts simply because there aren’t enough factories and people to make them.

    No one is entirely sure how many plants or models will be affected by either problem. Automakers say they are working to avoid shortages in both cases. But it may be tough to manage the intricate chain of companies that make most of the 3,000 parts that go into every car, from tiny valves and computer chips to heavy metal castings for transmissions.

    “A lot of them are under pressure because they reduced their staff and temporarily mothballed some of their factories,” said Jim Gillette, an analyst with IHS Automotive. “A number of them are struggling to keep up at the moment.”

    The broader parts shortage dates to the auto industry’s near-collapse in 2008 and 2009, when sales plummeted and General Motors and Chrysler were forced into bankruptcy protection. From 2008 to 2011, parts makers cut back on people, closed factories and sold off equipment.

    During the downturn, at least 57 parts makers closed, were bought out or went into bankruptcy, according to the Original Equipment Suppliers Association. Nearly 20 percent of auto parts workers — more than 100,000 people — lost their jobs from 2008 through 2011.”

    As we pass Peak Industrial Civilization…..

  10. I_Cant_Believe_Its_Just_a_Dip says:

    Can I add a new stage of awakening below level 1 (denial); lets call it the ”Zeroth level” i.e. stupidity

  11. Robbie777 says:

    It’s difficult to have much sympathy for a country which happiy scatters depleted uranium shells and white phosphorus all over other people’s countries, not to mention the Industrial pollution caused by US corporations worldwide.

  12. t-rex says:

    you are what you eat…. and you thought global warming was bad. yum yum gimmie sum. look out lips, look out gums, look out liver here it comes.

  13. Alf says:

    Just throw money at it…it will soon disperse…not the oil, the protest that is.

    @robbie777… I agree…How about the ecosystem of Bhopal, India?

  14. trooper dave says:

    The world is run on a financial reward system that is mathematically AND ecologically unsustainable, naturally!
    Money is created as debt to be paid back from that debt money WITH interest, impossible. The system requires continual growth which is consumption. Continual consumption is taking raw materials, supplied from the Earth environment, and processing them into product for consumption. These products have built in decrepitude and failure as their replacements are require for continual consumption. Thus the model is process the Earth into landfill at an ever faster pace to stop the system collapsing!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The other meaning of consumption is…. TB, tuberculosis. With TB you drown in your own rupturing lung fluids and can no longer breath. So the business model for humans has set the course to choke mankind to death through not being able to breath, OR stopping the spirit, breath, that man needs to thrive. Ah, but those mountains of money will be such solace as everyone turns blue and expires!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Kevin Eshbach says:

    I wonder if the BP oil spill deniers will blame this on solar flares?

  16. trooper dave says:

    @Kevin Eshbach This is pollution. CO2 is not pollution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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