Gerge Monbiot lists 13 "impossible crises", but I'm going to enjoy the weekend

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I'll enjoy it because I'll enjoy it anyway. I'll enjoy it despite GM's sackcloth and ashes. Basically he's made a lot of bad assumptions and is turning them into an article. A conservative who is shielded from life's basic rule: adapt or die.


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/25/13-crises-we-face-trump-soil-loss-global-collapse

let's run thru them quickly

[h=2]1. Donald Trump[/h]The next occupant of the White House will be a man who appears to possess no capacity for restraint, balance or empathy....

2. His national security adviser, Michael T Flynn, is a dangerous extremist.

3. Trump’s team is partly composed of professional lobbyists hired by fossil fuel, tobacco, chemical and finance companies and assorted billionaires. Their primary political effort is to avoid regulation and taxation.

1-3 - we know all that. What can we do?


4. Meanwhile, on this side of the Atlantic, Britain’s attempts to disentangle itself from the European Union are confronted with a level of complexity that may be insuperable. ...

Depends! Lawyers will want complex, business people won't.


5. Eurozone risk; The Italian banking crisis looks big. What impact this might have on the survival of the eurozone is anyone’s guess.

Eurozone collapse solves 4. as a bust EU would have to agree to anything.


6. … and their global ramifications. Whether it is also sufficient to trigger another global financial crisis is again hard to judge. If such a thing were to occur, governments would not be able to mount a rescue plan of the kind they used in 2007-8. The coffers are empty.

We know that. Cash savings gone again, soz guys. Buy farm land and grow evening primrose oil.


7. Job-eating automation. Automation will destroy jobs on an unprecedented scale, and because the penetration of information technology into every part of the economy is not a passing phase but an escalating trend, it is hard to see how this employment will be replaced.... .

Retrain to program machine tools George.


8. Marine Le Pen has a moderate to fair chance of becoming the French president in May. Whether this would be sufficient to trigger the collapse of the EU is another unknown.

She won't win; but if she does then 4. and 5. off the board.


9. If Le Pen wins, the permanent members of the UN security council will be represented by the following people: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Theresa May and Marine Le Pen. It would be a stretch to call that reassuring.

Each has a veto.

10. The Paris climate agreement trashed - National climate change programmes bear no connection to the commitments governments made at Paris. Even if these programmes are fully implemented (they won’t be), they set us on a climate-change trajectory way beyond that envisaged by the agreement. And this is before we know what Trump will do.

Unknown unknowns.


11. and the effects on migration
One of the many impacts of climate breakdown – aside from such minor matters as the inundation of cities, the loss of food production and curtailment of water supplies – will be the mass movement of people, to an extent that dwarfs current migration. The humanitarian, political and military implications are off the scale.


We're on a grassy island, with lots of rain, and so are you George. Start an allotment on a south-facing hillside.


12. ...with just 60 harvests left According to the UN food and agriculture organisation, at current rates of soil loss we have 60 years of harvests left.

Maybe in the USA and Africa, but not here. The USA feeds many Africans, so the migration (11.) will end soon after 12. begins.

13. … an accelerating extinction crisis The extinction crisis appears, if anything, to be accelerating.

Still a few dinosaurs at the Guardian, eh? petunia


So guys-n-gals, what's your 14th?? (Yeaaah, no more threads McT :? )
 


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The NYT transcripts give more of what kind of President the US has elected. Hes a soft Republican at best.
 

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The NYT transcripts give more of what kind of President the US has elected. Hes a soft Republican at best.
Of course he was never a Republican. That is one of the reasons the Republicans tried to eject him. He was pretty much a lifetime Democrat, but as he says himself, he is always most interested in the deal. And the Republican Party was his route to closing this deal.
 

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George who?
Monbiot.? :roll:

I think he is another one of those poor deluded persons who thinks that humans have radically altered earths climate to its detriment.
 

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kids at school had a beekeeper in who said that if all the bees die out human life ends in 3 years and that they are currently in the process of dying out....anyway(all together) always look on the bright side of life......
 

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Monbiot.? :roll:

I think he is another one of those poor deluded persons who thinks that humans have radically altered earths climate to its detriment.
Wasn't he some sort of Leftie nutjob who was all the rage around the time of Pokémon or something?
 

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Wasn't he some sort of Leftie nutjob who was all the rage around the time of Pokémon or something?
Could be .
Monbiots absurdities are always being quoted by loons of some kind.

He is a sort of "Loongod".
 

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No.7 was doing the rounds thirty years ago.
 

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Monbiot , within his agenda is mostly honest ... however he leaves out some telling issues

(A) Poor state of cyber security
(B) Irrationality of the masses / susceptibility to fake news etc
(C) Putin itching for a bit of Stalinist genocide
(D) The regime in the People's Republic of China turning further away from the rule of law
(E) The Moditariat and HBAP

cyp
 

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Monbiot.? :roll:

I think he is another one of those poor deluded persons who thinks that humans have radically altered earths climate to its detriment.
The guy is regularly referred to as "Moonbat" and has made himself yesterday's man after years of frothing & fronting for the Klimate Skare on the Grauniad.

Loves a good manufactured crisis, does Moonbat.
 

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The biggest issue facing the globe is overpopulation.
 

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