From Before the Nuclear Winter

I found this article today in the Mercury, published in Hobart Tasmania. I got it from a ship passing by here on the island of Tristan da Cunha.

“Reports are coming in from Europe where a team of archaeologists have found a vast underground temple near the Swiss alps. The team speculate that this is some kind of temple to the materialistic gods which dominated thought before the nuclear winter. They postulate that this temple was designed to collide particles and in so doing worship the godless creation myth called the big bang. It must have cost a lot of money and effort to build so it was clearly a major place of worship.  Others have found on radiation hardened computers vast scrolls pertaining to this creation myth often written in a strange script using even more ancient letters.

The team are excited because this is the first real evidence of the scale and extent of the pre-winter civilization. We have long speculated that the population of the planet was far higher then than it is now. The sophistication discovered suggests that the pre-winter dwellers were intellectually capable and further poses the question if they were that intelligent why did they nearly destroy the plant with the nuclear winter.

As you know there are two leading theories about the cause of the nuclear winter. The fossil fuel hypothesis and the global warming hypothesis. One theory suggests that the nuclear war was fought to control the dwindling fossil fuels. The global warming hypothesis suggests that the nuclear detonations were set off so as to combat the fast accelerating global warming and there was a miscalculation.

The mystery deepens. If two thousand years ago they were aware of what was going on why did they do nothing to stop it?”

How Did Buddha Know?

It seems 2500 years ago Siddhartha foresaw not only global warming, but chemical pollution, “Love Island”, Only Fans and Porn Hub. He predicted sleazy and corrupt self-centred politics. He saw “Leaders” prepared to burn the lungs of the planet for a few quid and others out of touch with physical plane reality about a presidential election. Perhaps he also saw the watering down of his teachings for mass audiences.

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I’ll estimate that the situation in Ukraine will head towards a stalemate. It will, perhaps, remain a running sore for a long time. Russia has two trump cards, fossil fuels and nukes. My guess is that their fossil fuels will, in time, trump their nukes in terms of applicable leverage.

People are talking about food security and energy security. They mean for US, me, we. They do not mean for everyone. As it was with Covid vaccines the rich buy them up. If the economies of the west tank, there will not be the cash surplus to pay top dollar for grain. Arguments about water along the Nile are current and ongoing. Water security could become an issue. It is a part of the debate here in France.

Where are the bulk of solar panels made? China…

The climate is oscillating more wildly than ever. If that goes fully non-linear, we are in for a truly game changing time, far beyond anything we can currently imagine.

When our little river is full and above bank, it changes from being a bucolic trickle into a force of nature and it is tiny even then.

We can spend billions on clever ways to mitigate climate change. Would it not be simpler to change the way we live? It is a no brainer. But no, we must continue to consume and try to put a sticking plaster over the chasm we have created. We can kid ourselves that our tweaks are making a difference and then book a holiday in the Maldives.

Despite all the hyperbole, the extensive justifications in thousands of research grant applications, the projections in the climate models and the ticking global temperature clock, it is possible that we will enter truly uncharted territory. The assumptions in the vast climate modelling programmes will cease to be valid.

Will we then as a humanity kill each other over a kilojoule of chemical potential energy, a kilogram of wheat flour and a litre of water?

Yes, perhaps we will…