From Jenna Orkin in New York
It remains to be seen whether this is a poison pill. - JO
Kudos to the Huffington Post for publishing an article on this topic. However, the article doesn't go far enough to truly lay out the hurdles against sustainably feeding 7+ billion people. The article makes no mention of the fact that beef is the least sustainable protein in terms of energy return (calories) on energy invested (food, land, or water). As our global population rises any increase in beef production is a direct threat on the Earth's natural resources. One of the major causes of deforestation today is to clear land to raise beef. This land only remains productive for only a fear years as the verdant forests art reduced to dry and plantless wastelands.
As humanity eats through the large protein animals remaining on Earth, perhaps we should be considering weaning ourselves off of beef altogether or at least significantly reducing our red meat intake. Beef could be sustainable if it were a smaller portion of the world's protein diet. But as long as economic growth and population growth continue unchecked then we will continue clear-cutting the world and dumping untold resources all for the next Big Mac. What a waste. -- Collapse Network Staff
"Madagascar's rain forests have shrunk to less than a quarter of their original size, the IUCN said"
The Beef story above is one good example of why this is happening. This is one of those stories that people have heard many times, they agree it is horrible, and then quickly forget as they go about their consumerism lives. They do not make the link that the choices in their lives have an impact on mother nature. A new deck, furniture set, or wood floor sound great and reasonable to buy, because the ecological costs are being paid by others and then eventually shared by all organisms on Earth.
In the distant future, if any sentient being were to look back on our current paradigm it would look dysfunctional and resemble an addict destroying everything around them to feed their addiction (free energy, endless population growth, unchecked consumption, etc...). Humans have become resource junkies and Madagascar is a track mark. We must stop enabling each other and start saying, "Hello, I am an Earthling. I have a problem." And then make concrete steps to stop our addictions. If we don't, then we will end up consuming everything for short term pleasure and doom all life on Earth. Humans have the potential to become the ecological equivalent of the giant asteroid that hit Mexico 65 million years ago that put an end to that epoch's paradigm. CollapseNet members know where we stand; where do you? -- Collapse Network Staff
"US documentarist Rodney Ascher records a number of outré but erudite takes on the film. The idea that Kubrick was part of a conspiracy to fake Apollo 11 footage is the wildest, but theories about the Overlook's paradoxical geography, or the presence of Holocaust themes, or the idea that the film is really about the massacre of the Native Americans … well, it's not such a jump to buy those hypotheses. They're just the tip of the iceberg – Ascher tells me of another truly arcane theory that the film is really about America's abandonment of the gold standard, based on the fact that much of the film's action takes place in the hotel's opulent Gold Room."
Couple that with: Medical Equipment Riddled with Malware - JO
From Rice Farmer in Japan
Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards
Airline Death Spiral
Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums
The Alliance From Hell (US and Pakistan)
"The governments are set to cancel the drill as it could provoke further anger from China after a row escalated when Japan last month nationalised some of the disputed islands, also claimed by Beijing, Jiji Press reported Saturday."
Global unrest/mob rule/angry people/torches and pitchforks
"Thousands of Italian trade unionists rallied in central Rome on Saturday to protest against public spending cuts, job losses and factory closures, urging Mario Monti's government to do more to help workers hit by recession."
Protesters block roads in Lebanon after car bomb
"A landmark court case has ruled there is a link between using a mobile phone and brain tumours, paving the way for a flood of legal actions."
"Jobless people who do not make enough of an effort to find work face a 'rude awakening' from tomorrow under new rules which could see them stripped of their benefits for three years."
"Massive Cover-Up of Risks from Flooding to Numerous U.S. Nuclear Facilities"
Photo: The 'grossest' Zombie Walk make-up ever for Halloween (This is gross!)