As the World Melts

We’re not ready for this.

Collectively. As a species.

We’re not ready for what’s coming. We’re not going to be ready until it’s too late, except it already is, it’s already happening, we’re doing nothing about it, and by the time we do something, we should have done it ten years ago, or forty, back when we could have done something about it, back when we first knew about it.

Only we first knew about it sixty years ago. Or seventy, ten years from now.

The world is melting. And we’re just going to let it. We can’t help ourselves.

That’s our take from the UK vote, just how fucked we are, how fucked we’ve been, how fucked we’re going to remain. What it “means” is irrelevant. What’s going to happen is chaos.

Brexit happens. Because Brexit happens, Scotland and Northern Ireland are strongly inclined to disunite their role in the kingdom, and rejoin Europe. Boris has the run of the joint for five years, and it takes at least another five to untangle what he does, if ever.

And then it’s 2030, and the world is still melting, as it has been.

Back in America, maybe Trump “wins” next November — meaning, the Electoral College has now thwarted the consent of the governed twice in a row — or maybe he doesn’t, but we still have the Senate, where half the votes represent 18 percent of citizens, and the Supreme Court, gamed with lifetime appointments by minority presidents, and a judiciary with lifetime appointments filled by documented incompetents.

Nothing gets done. We’ve got our hands full dealing with the destruction — again — that Republicans left in their wake. There’s no “political will” to do anything significant like ameliorating the degree of melting the world is enduring, because the “reality” of the situation doesn’t allow it. We’re destroying our habitat, committing collective suicide, but the survival of our species is a partisan issue, and getting angry at our willful self-destruction isn’t civil.

And then it’s 2030, and the world is still melting, as it has been.

There are opportunities in the world melting, we’re told. New shipping lanes are opening up in formerly frozen seas. Whatever happens, somebody’s gonna come out on top. Coastal cities are drowning under rising oceans, populations are migrating to escape newly uninhabitable lands, but it’s really a new gold rush if you look at it right, and somebody’s gonna win selling the shovels.

We’re not ready for this. We’re not ready for any of this. We’re not ready to deal with a self-inflicted extinction-level event.

It’s not like nukes. The solution to nukes was don’t do nukes. Nukes carried the potential of destroying our planet like the meteor that took out the dinosaurs, but only if we dropped them. So, y’know, don’t drop them.

We’ve known about global warming thirty years — SNL did a parody in 1990. We’ve suspected global warming for sixty years — CBS broadcast a prime-time segment about it in 1958. We’ve had plenty of time to address it, collectively, as a species, but that’s not who we are. We devour resources until they’re gone — look at forests over the centuries — and then we devour what remains — look at fossil fuels over the past 150 years. We devour until nothing remains to devour, and then we disappear. That’s just Nature’s Way.

So yeah, Boris won, and What That Means for the UK, and What That Means for America, yadda yadda yadda, but we’ll be fine, The Arc of the Moral Universe Bends Toward Justice, but that’s a long arc, and while it bends the world melts, and in ten years it still has a century to go, but in a century we won’t be in any condition to notice.

We’re not ready for this.

It would help if we took to heart another MLK line — The Fierce Urgency of Now — and maybe we will, in another ten years. Maybe something will happen where we’re left with no choice but to drop what we’re doing and deal with it, where all political commentary is framed by “How does this stop the world from melting so quickly?”, but that’s not what we’re doing now, and that’s not what we’re gonna do for awhile. We’re just gonna let a simulacrum of the good times roll, right up until Black Friday comes again in 2029, because that’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been. Stupid monkeys who know too much, and not enough.

Which reminds us of yet another line, one MLK didn’t say: In the long run, we’re all dead.

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10:44 am • Sunday • December 15, 2019

And then I check the morning news:

“MADRID — Global climate talks lurched to an end here Sunday with finger pointing, accusations of failure and fresh doubts about the world’s collective resolve to slow the warming of the planet — at a moment when scientists say time is running out for humans to avert steadily worsening climate disasters.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/un-climate-talks-end-with-hard-feelings-few-results-and-new-doubts-about-global-unity/2019/12/15/38918278-1ec7-11ea-b4c1-fd0d91b60d9e_story.html

2:33 pm • Tuesday • December 17, 2019

Best hope for the rest of the planet is that some sort of plague wipes out the human race. I’ve seriously never felt more despair about the future than I do now. The only comfort is that I’m closer to the end than the beginning of my life, and I didn’t breed.

8:46 pm • Wednesday • December 18, 2019

Impeached

8:51 pm • Wednesday • December 18, 2019

Let’s give ourselves some credit. Many of us care deeply about the environment and future generations, and we’ve adjusted our lifestyles to match. Anything less smacks of collective guilt, and those nihilists that’re driving us into this dystopia don’t share our concerns, so we’re just needlessly torturing ourselves.

We’re doing the best we can in a global society that’s been built upon fossil fuels and socially engineered over the last century to serve resource extractors and the seemingly untouchable oligarchs that control them. If you’ve done everything within your span of control to make the world a better place, then your conscience should be clear.

8:54 pm • Wednesday • December 18, 2019

“This country’s end is now in sight!” (Louie Gohmert, R-Shit4brains) shouted. “And I hope I don’t live to see it!”

At last we have something in common. We can all agree that we don’t want Louie Gohmert to live much longer.

9:08 pm • Wednesday • December 18, 2019

We should pause for a moment to honor the hard work of all those that worked tirelessly to propel the Democrats to victory in 2018. Without their efforts we wouldn’t be enjoying this Merry N’PEECHmas today.

9:41 pm • Wednesday • December 18, 2019

The news tomorrow is gonna be a trip.

NYT: “Democrats say the president was impeached last night, but Republicans say he wasn’t. Objective reality doesn’t exist, so we’re gonna ask every enraged old white person what they feel, since no one else matters.”

dumFux Nooz: “TOXIC MOLD!!!”

Seattle Times: “Here’s where to see the best Christmas lights in Bellevue from the safety of your car.”

12:14 pm • Thursday • December 19, 2019

Poll Finds 54% Of Americans Approve Executing Trump But Leaving Him In Office

“Of that 54%, approximately two-thirds said that after he is put to death—preferably by hanging, beheading, or crucifixion—Trump should not only remain in the Oval Office but also be permitted to appear at public events, attend official White House functions, and have a seat at global summits like the G7. In addition, most respondents strongly indicated the president’s corpse should stand for re-election next year so the people can decide whether to remove his earthly remains from office.” Polling suggests in 2020 the bloated, lifeless body of Trump would continue to enjoy a strong, built-in advantage in the Electoral College.

https://politics.theonion.com/poll-finds-54-of-americans-approve-executing-trump-but-1840514848

1:27 pm • Friday • December 20, 2019

Regarding that ChrISIStianity Today op-ed, it’s too little, too late.

Tr666p is literally the AntiChrist in the sense that he checks off all the boxes on the seven deadly sins, has zero redeeming qualities, and enthralls his cult with his lies, bullying, stupidity, and sneering cruelty. They revel in his grotesque, racist, fascist behavior and worship him for it.

Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth should be the chapter titles in a forthcoming book on the Tr666p cult.

The big benefit is that they’ve shown the world they’re just like him, and their shameless hypocrisy, amorality, and nihilism are driving church attendance and superstitious religious belief over a cliff.

We’re all better off now seeing that these phony, sanctimonious charlatans have totally discredited themselves.

5:32 pm • Friday • December 20, 2019

@¡Andrew!:
The fat ugly ass golden calf.

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