TIMELINE OF A WORLD-KILLING PARADIGM SHIFT
The early United States adopts a seedling tyranny of exactly the wrong size and scope. This mistake is the founding event of our national and global problems, as I will outline below. The end of the world starts here.
"In light of the massive casualties suffered by the civilian population, Filipino historian E. San Juan, Jr., alleges that the death of 1.4 million Filipinos [from an original population of only 9 million] constitutes an act of genocide on the part of the United States."
The two most effective restraints against tyranny in the United States are removed when a national income tax and a central bank are approved in 1913. Growth of government, and of corporate influence and power, accelerates dramatically soon after. The people's wealth is systematically drained and put in the hands of bankers, bureaucrats, government-connected corporations and special interests of all kinds, and of the "power elite" generally.
first major Fed bubble; sets stage for Roosevelt's crimes and ensures the Great Depression.
Huge government programs and market interference turn what could have been a short, sharp downturn (like the one of 1921) into a long-running agony.Centralized, socialist "help" becomes acceptable and then expected.The power elite learn just how far they can get in America by pretending to be running everything for "compassion."
Begins era of military overgrowth and aspirations for global dominance.Sets up the Cold War against our strongest former ally, which follows almost immediately.Nuclear bombs developed and used twice, on civilian populations, in a nation that was already defeated and actually trying to surrender.
Nuclear arsenals and the entire nuclear power industry as we see it today.
Per capita thyroid doses (in rads) in the continental United States resulting from all exposure routes from all atmospheric nuclear tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site from 1951–1962 (Courtesy Wikipedia). 11,000 to 212,000 cases of thyroid cancer (a wide spread, yes) are thought to have been caused just from atmospheric testing in Nevada; unknown numbers of other forms of cancer were also caused, with some still gestating.
Fiat-vomiting central banks have by this point existed for decades in almost every nation, and all of them race the Federal Reserve to the bottom, printing money constantly ~ while continuing to use the depreciating dollar as their primary reserve currency. This ensures that collapse will be global in scope, not just an American affair, meaning, among other things, that nations around the globe will be even more helpless than they'd otherwise be when the real ecological crisis (no, not the one Al Gore keeps trying to sell you on) flares into an inferno.Post-Vietnam inflation leads to ending all pretense that the dollar is backed by gold; Nixon "closes the gold window" in '71, thus defaulting on our obligations to redeem dollars for a specified amount of gold. Pure fiat era begins and the pace of destruction accelerates.
Genetically modified organisms ~ food crops, bacteria, cotton, farm animals, and more, in ever-increasing numbers ~ along with other, non-biological forms of nano-tech, are created and set loose into the environment.
Unlike most industrial pollution, it is unclear whether GMO bio-pollution can ever be cleaned up or even controlled; living organisms proliferate and cross-pollinate (outcrossing, for example).
"Thus we have the possibility not just of weapons of mass destruction but of knowledge-enabled mass destruction (KMD), this destructiveness hugely amplified by the power of self-replication.I think it is no exaggeration to say we are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil, an evil whose possibility spreads well beyond that which weapons of mass destruction bequeathed to the nation-states, on to a surprising and terrible empowerment of extreme individuals."
Radiation has already been reported in parts of Tokyo at levels well beyond those which triggered evacuation from areas around Chernobyl ~ something even the NYTimes has reported. Lower levels of radioactive cesium and other radioactive substances from the disaster have been detected in the United States, in Europe, and thousands of miles from Japan in the oceans.
Gundersen: "We’re getting studies out of the Cascades, all the way down into Southern California, where we’re seeing cesium in pine needles, cesium in the ground up in Oregon and up in Vancouver. Not a lot. I guess my biggest concern is bioaccumulation, it works its way up the food chain."~ From a radio interview with Arnie Gundersen by KGO Radio's Pat Thurston, 4-15-2012“There is no longer any such thing as clean and safe food” after radiation from Fukushima spread around planet. ~ Kyoto nuclear professor (link includes video)"But nuclear waste experts say the Japanese are literally playing with fire in the way nuclear spent fuel continues to be stored onsite, especially in reactor 4, which contains the most irradiated fuel ~ 10 times the deadly cesium-137 released during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident. These experts also charge that the NRC is letting this threat fester because acknowledging it would call into question safety at dozens of identically designed nuclear power plants around the U.S., which contain exceedingly higher volumes of spent fuel in similar elevated pools outside of reinforced containment." ~ The Worst Yet to Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima a Ticking Time-Bomb by Brad Johnson
It will depend on how quickly and how severely the Fukushima disaster progresses ~ Fukushima is still pumping radiation into the environment and will almost surely continue doing so for our lifetimes and beyond ~ and whether other such massive nuclear catastrophes arrive in the next few decades (they certainly will begin to arrive, many of them, at some point). Here's what might be coming in our lifetimes, or ~ should those of us now alive be lucky enough to miss it ~ in the lifetimes of our children or grandchildren:Infertility, miscarriages, horrific birth defects, heart disease (radiation poisoning damages the heart and blood vessels), diabetes and other conditions caused by organ failure or malfunction, and of course cancer of all types ~ all of this rapidly begins to increase, soon skyrocketing beyond anything that can be hidden by governments and the media and eventually beyond what most people would have previously thought possible.The young are especially vulnerable. Having one's thyroid removed becomes as common among children as having one's tonsils out was for children in the 1950s.Big Pharma rejoices; without a working thyroid gland, you take thyroid pills daily or die.
Worldwide, and especially in the Northern Hemisphere, children born in the 2020s and even the late 2010s (even assuming no further nuke-plant disasters for now) are so likely to succumb to cancer or other radiation- or toxin-induced disease by their early twenties that this generation is decimated; 30% or more die before reaching their third decade.
Unit 4 [not one of the three units that have been releasing radioactive material in large amounts so far] is leaning and could topple if hit with another earthquake or tsunami, resulting in a deadly high-level radioactive waste fire. The ability for the unit to withstand another seismic event is rated at zero.“If the cooling water supply is lost to the high-level radioactive waste storage pool in Unit 4, it could be just a matter of hours before the irradiated nuclear fuel is on fire,” warned Kevin Kamps, radioactive waste specialist at Beyond Nuclear.“A fire in the Unit 4 high-level radioactive waste storage pool could release up to eight times more hazardous cesium-137 than the Chernobyl reactor explosion. That in turn would mean the site would have to be evacuated, risking the potential for all seven high-level radioactive waste storage pools at the site to ignite. If that happened, Fukushima Daiichi would release 85 times the levels of cesium released by Chernobyl, potentially forcing an evacuation, and permanent condemnation, of hundreds to thousands of square miles,” Kamps added.Cesium-137 fallout from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe has already been measured by the US Geological Survey across the US, although the agency has downplayed the risks, despite the position long held by the National Academy of Sciences that there is no safe dose of radiation. ~ If Fukushima Unit 4 Falls, Hazardous Radioactive Cesium-137 Release Could be Eight Times Worse Than Chernobyl, Enews Park Forest Service, May 4, 2012
No true market system or genuine free society would allow such horror; who would insure the power plant operators?How would they not have been sued into oblivion decades ago?
If nothing is done to stop and at least partially reverse the damage we have caused, this Earth will, sooner or later, become and remain a radioactive wasteland. Recent events, such as the uptick in major earthquakes, especially in the heavily-populated Ring of Fire region, make "sooner" appear ever-more likely.
Even love and freedom can only do so much: prevention of evil, yes.Restoring civil society after a merely political nightmare, yes.But restoring a healthy world after a long series of tipping points in the wrong direction, leading to our current situation?That will severely tax the power of good to recover from evil.If we want to see such a recovery, we need to start work in earnest, now.