Extinction Report: Headlines

Hello internet.

Everything’s going so batshit that I feel the need to do another shocking, current dystopic headlines round up, for my own sanity and for anybody else who’s paying attention to the collapse of objective reality and/or organised civilisation and/or all life on planet Earth.

Don’t forget there’s good stuff happening too but the scale of the converging shitstorms is quite overwhelming. Look away now if you’re feeling fragile. There’s no shame in practicing self-care when you need to.

Spoiler alert: it’s still pretty much all getting worse.

  • Everywhere is either burning, flooding or suffering other ‘natural’ disasters. killing people in unprecedented numbers worldwide. Lethal #ClimateChaos is accelerating, hydrological extremes are escalating. Corporate media and other pillars of power are acclimating people to accept this is an inevitable ‘new normal’. Heatwaves have destroyed so many crops across Europe that farmers have described it as a crisis threatening the availability of #AdequateFood.
  • Trump has openly threatened war with Iran who have basically responded with ‘come on then’. The Global Peace Index 2018 found last month that the global level of peace has deteriorated by 0.27% over the last year. This is the fourth successive year of deterioration.
  • The smear campaign against lifelong anti-racist and epitome of the struggle for equality of all faiths and none, incumbent PM, Jeremy Corbyn, has reached outrageous proportions. Torygraph churnalist has plumbed new depths of insensitivity and hypocrisy.
  • UK Gov. Plc has ‘given fracking the green light’.  Tina Louise Rothery, Maple Indie Media and others have been reporting a return to unnecessarily violent corporate policing of peaceful water protectors. ‘Protecting’ Cuadrilla from the peaceful #UnitedResistance has cost the taxperfunded public police at least £7million at Preston New Rd alone.
  • The toxic fossil fuel industry and their chums in corporate media have tried and failed to smear anti-fracking activists at Preston New Rd as paedophiles, grooming children.  The Torygraph has apparently STILL not yet retracted the pernicious false story, despite the grauniad now having retracted and published a corrected version. #DarkPR
  • The #NopeToArms Collective have welcomed the Design Museum’s “small step” ofcommitting ‘not to have any arms, fossil fuels and tobacco corporate hires in the museum for the period of time during which we undertake our review‘ but still intend to remove their work this Thursday.
  • Homelessness due to private rented sector evictions in the UK has increased by 600% since 2010. The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) examined rising housing costs for the poorest people in society. It placed the UK second to last.
  • A coalition of members of the dental profession, dental charities and homelessness outreach organisations, have responded to that shitty grauniad article where the head of the British Dental Association, Mick Armstrong referred to homeless people as ‘no-hopers’. #NoMoreDeathsOnOurStreets
  • The ‘Hostile Environment’ has prevented international acts being able to perform at Womad festival, with some describing the visa process as ‘humiliating’.
  • Green Party of England and Wales co-leadership candidate, Jonathan Bartley says the Greens must ramp up non-violent direct action.
  • UK Gov. Plc are using children as #SpyCops.
  • Rumours are circulating that wikileaks founder Julian Assange is facing imminent extradition to torture land. Simultaneously, the US has suddenly bought up a shitload of Ecuadorian oil, apparently. Assange has become a contentious controversial figure because of the rape allegations which he refutes and more recently for allegations that he colluded with the Trump election campaign.
  • Proxy warmongering, death and suffering continuing worldwide, from Palestine to Syria.

There’s more and worse (and better) but that’ll do for now. Understandable confusion and hysteria is already spreading, I don’t want to make it worse. That’s not the point of monitoring and summarising these horrorshows.

It still looks to me like it’s going one of two ways. Utopia or Dystopia. All or nothing. WE can still influence the outcome. Network. Prepare. Do whatever you can. Be kind to yourself and excellent to each other.

If you’re able to stockpile #AdequateFood for yourself (and others), it might be a good idea. I doubt very much that the Tories will share theirs.

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Hear Hear, Mr James O’Brien. [Brexshit Pantomeme]

Erudite and concise analysis.

Speaks for me.

Most memeworthy.

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UPDATE – since creating this meme, Mr James O’ Brien has disappointed me with some tasteless, unhelpful comments relating to kitkats. I wish I hadn’t made this now. Still it was an elucidating observation at the time. Leaving here for posterity.

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Our scorched Earth needs humans to put more heat on their politicians and media.

Climate Media Coalition

Corrections and Clarifications Department

It’s good that corporate media is finally starting to discuss the climate crisis, but yesterday’s grauniad (28/7/2018) still carried FIFTEEN pages of adverts promoting the petrochemical lifestyle.

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The entire global climate emergency movement concentrates on 3 key pillars – civil society, government and business.

The Climate Media Coalition believes that there is one crucial pillar which needs to be added – the Fourth Estate i.e. the global media.

The Climate Media Coalition’s core purpose is to urgently get this fourth pillar installed into the global climate movement’s campaigning architecture i.e. we want the global media to be a core part of the movement’s strategy to eliminate carbon emissions.

Without the backing of the media for radical action on the climate crisis we will fail to reduce carbon emissions fast enough to maintain human civilisation on planet Earth.

The existential stakes for nature and humanity are higher than they’ve ever been.

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Trump and Brexit are Distractions. What Are They Distracting us From?

During the 2016 US presidential election, the provocative philosopher, Slavoj Žižek made a leftist’s case for electing Trump, (please bear with me). Slavoj’s insensitivity to the plight of LGBTQ comrades, his positions and commentary on climate change and immigration are deeply problematic for me but his perspective on Trump and the state of ‘the left’ was right on.

(Very) basically, his analysis rhymed with that of Julian Assange; that the 2016 US election was like a choice between cholera and gonorrhea. To them and doubtless many American citizens, the Clinton mafia represented an inertia perhaps best exemplified by their unforgivable treatment of Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

Slavoj argued that Trump, while horrific, represented a shake up of the blatantly corrupt establishment. My interpretation of his point during the election was that ‘the Left’ needed a good kick up the arse. Or as he put it, “the awakening of an authentic left”.

After the election, he was absolutely roasted, most notably by Mehdi Hassan on Al Jazeera, where he offered this defence of and exposition on his thinking.

‘The Left’ certainly seems to have started getting it’s shit together in the Trump era. We’ve had a few big wins. #BlackLivesMatter has changed the conversation on institutional racism and white privilege. #MeToo has changed the conversation on patriarchy and toxic masculinity.

Sadly, ‘the Right’ are relentless in their destructive tendencies and tribalism is easily exploited. Fake NGOs and other useful idiots are still appealing to maintain ‘the Left’s’ static status quo, which has in my lifetime been concerned only with cosmetic change. Talking shops. Anything but directing actual change through action.

“If you can’t face Hiroshima in the theatre,

you’ll eventually end up in Hiroshima itself” 

–  Edward Bond

Noam Chomsky has made the case that Trump, being a master showman, is simultaneously a massive distraction and a wrecking ball, paving the way for the worst horrors of neo-liberal disaster capitalism in the US and around it’s worldwide empire.

Here in the United Kingdom of America, there are similarities and differences. Our equivalent of Bernie Sanders is Jeremy Corbyn, who has apparently succeeded in piercing the archaic, anti-democratic parliamentary structures. This is a win. Corbyn appears to be a genuine, lifelong ally.

The similarities are more striking though.  Treason Mayhem and her chums have been creating a terrifyingly absurd spectacle for over two years now. Brexit has not only succeeded in dividing all we who might otherwise be natural allies. It has also robbed people of their hopes, dreams and nightmares for the future. It is robbing them of their power, because the neverendumb referendum created such a convincing illusion of power.

UK Gov Plc announced last week that they intend to start distributing ‘packages’, ‘warning‘ (terrorising) UK citizens ‘on a weekly basis’ about the perils of a ‘no deal Brexit’.  Could this be because many people are now starting to realise that Brexit was a con? A black and white choice on a rainbow of options over which we have no actual say.

People tend to feel more powerful in a tribe and the longer they affiliate with that tribe, the harder the die casts. Nobody wants to give up their power, so if you associate your power with a tribe you will most likely defend your tribe against all logic.

So, having successfully divided and distracted most of us, what have Trump, the Tories and their chums been up to? What have they been distracting us from?

(The following list is not in order of importance. All these struggles are interconnected).

The Planet is Literally Burning

The exponentially accelerating effects of extreme pollution, climate change, ‘hyrdological extremes’ (drought, flood)  and the resultant 6th Mass Extinction. Wildfires raging in the arctic circle. 

I’ll just repeat that: Wildfires raging. In the arctic circle.

In the ARCTIC circle.

“This appears to be a trend as more and bigger blazes are reported in other far northern regions like Greenland, Alaska, Siberia and Canada.” – and in the North of England.

Class War

The effects of austerity on the vulnerable. The thousands of people who have committed suicide or died from preventable conditions after being found fit for work; The increasing numbers of uncounted homeless deaths on our streets, and in squats, and bedsits, and B&Bs, hostels, and other unsafe, temporary means of hiding the problem while lining the pockets of landlords and poverty property developers. The vast majority of the population reliant on the state and foodbanks for survival.

Fracking

The ecocidal fracking industry spreading across the country, poisoning our water, land and air for a short term injection of capital into the dying fossil fuel industry. UK Gov plc deploying the UK’s public police force to act as private security to ‘protect’ the fracking industry. From the knitting nanas of Lancashire. By throwing them around, arresting them and dragging them through the courts…

Proxy Warmongering and Fascism

Refugees and immigrants from poor countries fleeing the effects of climate change wrought on them by richer countries. Refugees and immigrants fleeing the secret proxy wars of a dying empire which is closing it’s borders, abandoning them to die and worse. These human beings are almost exclusively referred to in terms of the problems they present at the borders. The hostile environment. Those fucking ‘Go Home’ vans. The horror of Yarl’s Wood detention centre and Guantanamo. Trump locking children in cages. Trial runs for fascism in full flow.

The Rise of the Neo-McCarthyist Corporate Police State

Lush managed to pierce the established media networks with their excellent but much maligned #SpyCops campaign, shedding precious light on the undercover policing scandal, which otherwise nobody would know anything about. Undercover police formed intimate, long term relationships with activists, fathering children with them before abandoning the families they had co-created. Spycops apparently compiled blacklists of environmental, peace and human rights activists, members of Parliament and trade unionists, undermining union disputes. High profile victims of this scandal include the incumbent Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn.

The impetus for writing this little rant/blog/article is this week’s revelation, courtesy of Baroness Jenny Jones: UK Gov Plc are now deploying children as #SpyCops to do dangerous police work. If this isn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back I dread to think what will be.

This list is by no means comprehensive. I think it’s sufficient to make my point though.

We need to make earth great again. Whatever you’re doing to make this happen, keep it up. Do more if you can. Don’t forget to practice self-care, be kind to yourself and others.

Keep it lit.

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Secret Trick to Help Choose Your Page’s Best Content!

If you manage a progressive, radical or otherwise r3VOLutionary page on facebook, you may have noticed the words ‘boost unavailable’ appearing on your posts with increasing regularity recently.

A ‘boost’ is when stupid people with more money than sense pay facebook to spam other users with their content. Stupid rich people ‘boosting’ their posts means they get to force their worldview on everybody else. As everyone knows, the richer you get, the stupider you get and as the social media algorithms hand increasing amounts of control to stupid rich people, the stupider our culture becomes.

In this landscape, the words ‘boost unavailable’ appearing under your post probably means that it’s the most radical stuff your page has to offer and that some shady corporate-governmental Bond villain types have arranged for such content to be D-noticed down the old memory hole.

Conversely, if fb is letting you pay them to ‘boost’ certain content, then your content is probably, well..stupid in some way. (Sorry not sorry).

Therefore, the ‘unboostable’ content is likely the most radical and revolutionary your page has to offer and therefore you should probably focus on sharing that information by other means; via other platforms; your own website if you have one; or why not go old school – text, phone, even (shudders) face to face? 😮

Does anybody have another explanations for why fb might be making certain posts ‘unboostable’ (even for their preferred clientele, the stupid rich)?

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*This particular ‘unboostable’ article can be read at Baroness Jenny Jones’ website, here.

 

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