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Industrial Capitalism Still on Course to Consume the World

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Posted on May 12, 2011
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Echoing the now weary warnings of scientists, environmentalists and other well-meaning people, a United Nations report released Thursday says: “By 2050, humanity could devour an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year—three times its current appetite—unless the economic growth rate is ‘decoupled’ from the rate of natural resource consumption.”

“Decoupled” in this case means a condition in which high resource consumption is no longer considered a marker of healthy economies.  —ARK

Inter Press Service:

The world is running out of cheap and high quality sources of some essential materials such as oil, copper and gold, the supplies of which, in turn, require ever-rising volumes of fossil fuels and freshwater to produce, the report found.

… During the 20th century, the rate of resource use has increased twice as fast as the increase in global population. Now, resources are being consumed at an even greater rate and are on pace to triple by 2050, the report calculates. Except there simply aren’t enough resources left on the planet to manage that.

… North America’s infrastructure, including transportation, sanitation, food production and so on, are all high-energy, high-material-use systems, said report co-author Fischer-Kowalski. They were designed with the assumption of never-ending access to cheap and plentiful energy and resources. Efficiency improvements can be made but it is more expensive and limits to what can be done.

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By Fat Freddy, May 15, 2011 at 4:21 am Link to this comment

Lafayette

And now, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the leader of the
International Monetary Fund, has been arrested in New
York and accused of anally raping a hotel maid. Ahh,
what the Hell, He’s already anally raped the Ivory
Coast, and is in the process of anally raping Libya.
They should charge him with ass-fucking the entire
world.

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By Fat Freddy, May 15, 2011 at 4:00 am Link to this comment

Lafayette

If you think what I posted about Ouattara libelous,
then you need to take issue with Wikipedia. It was a
simple copy and paste job. I stand by my statement
that the IMF bankers are trying to control (take
over) the world.

I never defended Laurent Gbagbo. I really don’t care
who is “more qualified”, or who is a Socialist. They
are all fucking Socialists as far as I am concerned.
The country was in a second Civil War. The French
used their troops to place their man in power. The
French and the IMF stole a country, just like they
are trying to steal Libya. The French, UN, and
IMF/BIS have no business intervening in Libya, and
they had no business intervening in the Ivory Coast.
End of story.

They are both crooks, and neither deserve to be in power, but that’s for the people of Côte d’Ivoire to work out, not France or the UN.

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By TDoff, May 14, 2011 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment

The latest scientifically-backed Doomsday scenario, is that the demise of the human race will occur at 12:17AM, GMT, on October 11th, 2052. At that time, as the result of the corporate plutocrats continuous plundering of the treasures that lie below the surface of the earth, the diameter of the earth will have been reduced to 7,161 miles (11,524.5 kilometers), from it’s millenias-old size of approximately 8,000 miles.

This reduction in diameter and the corresponding decrease in mass, will increase the rotational rate of the earth to the point that the centrifugal force acting on matter at the surface of the rapidly spinning globe will just surpass the counter-effect of gravity.

So at just past midnight, 10/11/52, all remaining creatures on earth will be flung from their beds into the dark, empty, airless vastness of space (and it’s very cold out there, so be sure to wear your warmest jammies).

The corporate plutocrats, of course, will have already abandoned earth in their private spacecraft, to commence the raping and plundering of the Moon, Mars, Venus, etc.

And to realize that all this was at the direction of some ‘god’!! It makes you realize and appreciate that ‘‘He’ sure do do ‘His’ work in mysterious ways’.

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By Lafayette, May 14, 2011 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

JUST THE FACTS MA’AM

FF: I mean really, you just can’t make this shit up.

Fact: Quattara is an exceptionally competent individual and had proven himself well at the IMF. Regardless of what YOU think of that institution, it is not full of dunderhead banksters.

Fact: The man he replaces (Gbagbo) has a degree in History, became a teacher, ran the Ivorian teacher’s union and was supported by the French Socialist Party.

Fact: That he was a Socialist is not the issue. What is the issue is that the guy did not have one ounce of background preparation for the job of President. Aside from his union activities, he never managed anything.

He literally ran the country into the ground. (And I will make no mention of his wife, Simone, who is his “Eminience Grise”.)

Fact: It is curious how a Socialist Union Head could become so rich that he owned apartments in Paris, in all the sleek sectors of that town. He also had seven figure credit balance at a French bank (that was sequestered).

Neutral observers of the Ivorian election declared Quattara the winner and Gbagbo refused to hand over the presidency.

Fact: Laurent Gbagbo had funds derived from “unofficial import tariffs” that went into a foreign account, which is how he made his fortune. Lotta good it’s gonna do him.

And you think the banksters are the Only Crooks on earth? Think again ...

Get ALL the facts together before labeling people you don’t even know as crooks. It’s a shame Public Libel is not prosecuted in America.

A damn shame.

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By Fat Freddy, May 14, 2011 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

How do I know? WikiPedia told me so ... here.

Shit. It’s on cable TV every fucking night, and twice on Sundays. It comes on right after Ancient extraterrestrial visitations.

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By Fat Freddy, May 14, 2011 at 8:30 am Link to this comment

Industrial Capitalism? Is that the new buzz-word? I’ll tell you what we need. We need more Fundamentalist paternalism. [/sarcasm] The people who tell us we need to ‘conserve resources’, and are willing to pass laws and use government coercion to restrict people’s freedoms are the people that want to keep them for themselves. Look at where this report came from. The UN. It may have just as well come directly from the IMF/BIS. The international bankers control the world, or try to. The markets have a funny way of getting in their way. The IMF/BIS is scared to death of the free market. That is why they are constantly trying to control and manipulate it. Just look at Libya. They were one of the few countries left that was not part of the IMF/BIS system. They controlled their own central bank. The IMF seized Qaddafi’s funds, and two days later, the Rebels announced they had formed a new central bank and National Oil company, which would be part of the IMF/BIS system. So, how did a bunch of rag-tag Rebels form a central bank in ony two days while they were in the midst of getting their asses kicked across the desert? I don’t know. Maybe they had a little help. The only other countries not part of the IMF/BIS are Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Sudan, but Sudan has been working with the IMF, lately.

http://uruknet.info/?p=m76342&hd;=&size=1&l=e

What about the Ivory Coast? Alassane Ouattara is the new leader. What’s his background?

He was an economist for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.[3] from 1968 to 1973, and afterwards he was the BCEAO’s Chargé de Mission in Paris from 1973 to 1975.[2][3] With the BCEAO, he was then Special Advisor to the Governor and Director of Research from February 1975 to December 1982 and Vice Governor from January 1983 to October 1984. From November 1984 to October 1988 he was Director of the African Department at the IMF, and in May 1987 he additionally became Counsellor to the Managing Director at the IMF.[3] On 28 October 1988 he was appointed as Governor of the BCEAO, and he was sworn in on 22 December 1988.[10]

I mean really, you just can’t make this shit up.

The bankers are taking over the world with their bullshit economic policies, and fiat currencies. Don’t blame Capitalism for this. Capitalism is free and fair competition. Free and fair competition is the last thing the bankers want.

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By Lafayette, May 14, 2011 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

TOLD YA SO

PD/ For mankind is deeply and irrevocable Mad.

It has always been MAD ... now the franchise has gone global.

Not to worry, however, it is all coming to an end on December 21 of next year. Eschatalogically speaking, of course.

How do I know? WikiPedia told me so ... here.

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By prisnersdilema, May 14, 2011 at 6:13 am Link to this comment

This Earth was once a place of breath taking beauty full of wonders and innumerable
mysteries of life. In her deep resonances one could hear the voice of God murmuring in
his sleep. Of all those creatures who live in her embrace none is more blessed than
man, none is more cursed than his children. For mankind is deeply and irrevocable Mad.
In the end all mans great works will perish along with him, his Art, his Science, and
literature.  In an age in which mans greatest achievements are the mini mall and ICBM’s
with multiple warheads, it will be that we were too sick to over come our delusions, we
have come to enjoy them far too much. Hopefully life will go on without us. In an eon or
two, there won’t be a trace of us left.

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By Lafayette, May 14, 2011 at 2:07 am Link to this comment

WELFARE FRAUD

This accusation is bantered about with regularity in the Media and is equally as much wildly exaggerated.

Referenced from a House Ways and Means Committee Report (here), WikiP has this to say:

The US Department of Labor reported that 1.9% total UI payments for 2001 was attributable to fraud or abuse within the UI program.

The percentage is about the same for other Welfare-payment scheming. It may have risen somewhat since, due to the dire economic situation. But, who can blame those profiting from the citizen - especially with twerps in the HofR trying to shut down welfare.

Is that a sufficient level of fraud for people to get all “hot under the collar”?

Methinks not.

JUST THE FACTS MA’AM

The facts of the matter:
* If people get into a desperate situation and if they have no welfare payments with which to support their family, they will indulge in a worser crime that Welfare Fraud. It is the inbred survival component of human nature prompting them.
* We throw people in jail for crime, but they seem to learn nothing - except how to become professional criminals. The recidivism rate of American criminals in one of the highest of any developed nation at 67.5%.
* And yet, we have - per capita - the highest rate of incarcerated population. (See here.)

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By reynolds, May 13, 2011 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

“then we all die fighting over what little is left.”
exactamente- those of us who survive the forced labor.

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By rollzone, May 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

hello. what are we going to do? eat dirt and crap
products? recycle? reinvent? i am hungry. i gotta
consume something big. careful Canada, you are getting
too close.

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By expat, May 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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well at least there is some hope…

about 40% of ameriKa will be dead and buried within 10 years… (about 20% for the whole north hemisphere)...

that ought to put a dent in demand…  (I’m starting to think like one of those elites and how they think the solution to peak oil is simply to thin the herd; supply being inelastic, at least we can “alter” demand).

History has a great sense of Irony
and a power to right the best set crooked plans
when it is allowing Japan to nuke the US back
(with GE “we bring good things to life technology” !)
to the point that 80% in US will have some kind of cancer within 3 years and 60% of these 80% will die
off within 5 to 10. These are big (unreported)
numbers! (Europe is gonna be about the same minus 20%, Asia same minus 40%).  (South hemisphere will
only be about 10% of that number).

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By question, May 13, 2011 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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And only severely declining profits will change it.  I heard or read a couple of years ago that if the US would simply upgrade our electrical grid we would increase electrical efficiency by 30%.  Quite a significant number, plus it would create jobs…yet there isn’t even a sane energy PLAN, let alone steps to reduce overall resource consumption.

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By Big B, May 13, 2011 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

I hope I can hang in there until 2050 (I would be 87)because the landscape of the earth is going to be so different as to be nearly unrecognizable to those of us who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s. We heard horror stories from hippies about the consequences of over population. But they were just worthless stoners who didn’t want to work for a living. But consider that by 2050, what petroleum products that are left will be so prohibitavely expensive as to be afforable to only the uber rich. Wars will be fought over fresh water. Mass migrations will cause border wars and massive die offs from starvation.

The only way to prevent it would be the discovery of a new, clean energy source that would be cheap to produce and easier to use. But that’s crazy hippie talk.

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By SarcastiCanuck, May 13, 2011 at 7:47 am Link to this comment
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An then we all die fighting over what little is left.

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By Lafayette, May 13, 2011 at 6:16 am Link to this comment

ARK: They were designed with the assumption of never-ending access to cheap and plentiful energy and resources.

The above pattern of consumption was kinda stupid as an assumption, but it is one that a great many countries have made by option.

That is, not choosing the opposite assumption is also a choice that can be made. And has been made by numerous countries whose sole concern of governance is to maximize present well-being of its population.

At least in Europe they have a handle on the problem of unlimited use of carbon-based fuels and are inching towards a uniform Carbon Tax. Australia as well.

Which leaves Uncle Sam as odd-man out. Because, of course, such a tax is not wanted by BigBusiness. Too expensive, loss of jobs and a lot of other malarkey expressed in opposition.

Which wont make the problem go away, but will make the solution more onerous when it becomes unavoidable one day to implement one.

But that’s for another administration, another day - isn’t it?

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