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Climate: advancing in the war of the memes

In our new world of productive abstraction and "higher IQ" we have a task never before possible:
The numbers are in - our climate is on a path to present more change than humans can adapt to.

The technology and the need are all present to avoid this outcome.
The only impediment now is a war of memes - truth against fiction.
The battle for political will.

My idea is to arm ourselves with the memic weaponry being utilised by the untruthful against us (the truthful).

Please help me construct memic missiles to turn the tide.

Here is my first salvo:
There are no climate deniers any more - only time-wasters.

This missile is deployed against denialists by simply saying "oh - you are a time waster?" and refraining from using the word "denier"

It explodes by popping the dignity of denial hidden under a false veil of prudence. Then the capsule of "denialism" ceases to become a flag under which to rally.

Can you suggest some more potential memic munitions?
We will need as many as we can get.

"Make no mistake" this is a "war on ignorance"

And, as the numbers show, the stakes are high.

Let us make sure that this war does not produce its opposite like "the war on terror" and "the war on drugs".
Let us actually fight to win. Wouldn't that be a refreshing change!

Let the army of the honest prevail.

Unleash the memes of truth!

etc ... etc ... ad infinitum

(Time-wasters would be advised not to participate here - you will be used for target practice)

Topics: climate change

Closing Statement from Mitch SMith


2 years ago, I got in touch with my brother to warn him about the impending personal challenges that we will have to face as energy goes into the chaotic weather system that we all live in. AKA climate change.

My brother said I was an idiot - that his church assures him that this is a political piece of rubbish that we can safely ignore.

I was shocked. I am his brother, and he prefers his church.

I tried to let him know, that from my understanding of chaos math, that when this happens, you will not see trends - you will see a massive increase in the dynamics you face .. for instance, el-nino will start getting larger an start becoming more sudden.

Averages will look the same, but in-between, things will get more "bangy".

I was wrong - averages show clear temperature trends - but I was right - listen to the on-the-ground experiences. The winds are becoming more dynamically gusty .. the temperatures are plunging from one extreme to the next, rainfall bangs between drought and flood overnight.

This is climate change.

My brother agrees with me now - because his church recently told him so. So I took the opportunity to let him watch the methane question .. and put him on the list of people to leave behind - we cannot afford time wasters - there is not room left for love.

I am going off grid.

Climate change manifests through our institutions - they are betraying us like falling dominos.
Motherhood, healthcare, education, money, government, markets, technology - all of these no longer work.

They have all been blown flat - not by average forces .. but by explosive "gusts" of change.

Abandon adaptation - recover adaptability.

Turn - face, enjoy - do not look back - let the time wasters burn..

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    Oct 2 2013: By converting captured CO2 to algae and using the algae for fertilizer, we can put CO2 into our food instead of the atmosphere.

    "We could end climate change by having it for dinner."
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      Oct 3 2013: Hi Daniel,
      Yes, there are a lot of adaptive strategies available to us.
      Unfortunately most of them cannot sustain the overheads of wealth-concentration.

      The denialist time-waster is not stupid, he/she is simply defending personal wealth concentration.
      This concentration is maintained by the damage of other people - and species.

      If you have any regard for the principle of justice, you will see the time-waster as a criminally insane individual - and often tribes of psychopathic individuals.
      And what actually is justice?

      Justice is the expression of empathy - the acknowledgement that we cannot survive alone .. what's good for you, is ultimately good for me.

      Time wasters are lacking the capacity for seeing the "good for you" part of the equation.
      This infers some kind of mental or neural damage ..

      Those with these mental problems cannot be healed if we keep pouring our time into helping them build their defences. In other words, don't feed the trolls.

      By acknowledging that they are wasting our time - we move on and their walls of denial starve and collapse.

      This war of memes is not aimed at time-wasters - it is aimed at us.
      Recognition of time-wasting releases us to get on with it, and frees them to heal.

      It will also have benefit for other domains, e.g. political economics (as the USA can see right now).

      The joy of participation is the goal. Anything delaying that? .. not worth attention..

      eat climate change?
      A nice meme!

      Many thanks!
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        Oct 3 2013: I wish they would get on with it.

        Its transformative, not adaptive, as it seeks to change the mechanism of how we make primary power and in so doing stop offloading CO2 and pollutants into the atmosphere, which would improve a lot of people's health and halt the climate debacle. That you can use the best carbon reducer nature has created to turn the CO2 eventually into fertilizer and food fills a lot of bellys.

        Once we've made the switch, 20 years (again, if they would just get on with it - this was big in 2002), we could all relax and stop beating ourselves up.

        Meanwhile, if it is necessary to work with the devil to get things done, the utilities and coal oligarcy are still in the game, but now they're truly clean, and twice as efficient and still making money and now rid of a huge liability risk - perhaps what it takes to get them finally moving.
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          Oct 3 2013: Clean?

          Have you been to a coal mining operation lately?

          I take issue with money - not so much money itself, but how it is utilised to over-concentrate wealth.
          I also have suspicion about efficiency. There is the hard-barrier of general entropy - how it inserts into energy-transformation, but there is also something going on with how inefficiency contributes to bio-diversity .. there's something fundamental in there somewhere.
          I keep returning to entropy .. life requires a negentropic envelope .. a bit of delayed entropy stored for varying time-spans .. this envelope enables adaptability to what is, in essence, a chaotic universe .. you could say "life is lumpy".
          It seems plain to me that life ceases to exist when the negentropic envelope collapses to the baseline entropic gradient (that gradient being expressed in energy flows - in our case, solar radiation.
          So what are we doing? We are collapsing the long-term envelope stored in fossil fuels .. well maybe they had no function apart from being used by us.
          Returning to direct sunlight seems hazardous to me - it represents the absolute smallest negentropic envelope you can get. It might even precipitate total monoculture ..
          The collapse of negentropy stored in diverse species might not be a good idea.

          I suspect that a diverse biosphere greatly enlarges the total adaptive capacity for the lumps life presents. A reduced capacity puts us at risk of the large lumps - those we haven't seen before.
          I suspect that the current consumption of the fossil-fuel store is premature. The adaptive need was never there - but by deflating that store, we precipitate the need.

          Do you have any links to the technology you mention?
          Sounds interesting.

          (edit: - I think that most people actually are getting on with it - but time-wasting is not a luxury we can afford.)
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      Oct 4 2013: 'algae for fertilizer'


      Combine this with 'terra preta' and its own CO2 capturing capacity and our soil may come alive again.

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