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"The number of acres burned in Oregon each year has more than doubled since 1980. What has changed in those 37 years? The climate."   Share:  
Thrust of argument: Jeffrey St Clair writes: 'If you're looking for a culprit to blame, blame the Blob, the vast patch of warm surface water in the Pacific Ocean that has been expanding off the Northwest Coast for the past six years. The warm air currents percolating up from the Blob, which now seems less like a freakish phenomenon and more like a twisted new reality, has derailed the jet-stream. The low-pressure systems that have brought rain, fog and cool temperatures to the region for millennia have been diverted, replaced by a stubborn high pressure system that tends to stick over the Northwest from June through October. This was Oregon's hottest and driest summer in history. The fifth such record in the last seven years. You get the picture.

But the politicians don't. They see fire as an opportunity for plunder. Sonny Perdue and his wrecking crew at the Agriculture Department, which through a bureaucratic quirk controls the Forest Service, are portraying old-growth trees as standing weapons of mass destruction. Taking the Vietnam approach to the National Forests, which Perdue calls the "woodbasket of the world," Perdue intends to save the forest by clearcutting it, without any restraint from troubling environmental laws. "We're not going to roll over at every 'boo' from the environmentalists," he vowed in Montana in July. How convenient for the timber industry.

Denial prevails, coast-to-coast. In Houston, the Feds are aerial spraying the wreckage of Harvey with pesticides, preparing for reconstructing in the floodplains and marshes. In Oregon, the plans are already being scripted to log the scorched forests for their own good, which is the ecological equivalent of pouring acid on a burn patient. If they succeed, the Columbia Gorge will become a sylvan necropolis to greed and climate change.'
Direction of resistance / implied resistance: How can it be that the majority of the population of the world, including the USA, Britain and other hyperconsumer-forefront nations, do not find this sort of attitude to the environment, destroying it in the name of greed, to be appalling?


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Removal of resistance: Well they would? But who's informing them? Unification: What they know about is what they can fit into their minds in short bursts, received from a few usual suspects, the 'mainstream' media and the algorithmic mechanisms of a few information providers like Facebook and Google.

This is not intelligent. How can it be? It conflicts with our potential survival. It is therefore clearly NOT an intelligent use of technology. A movement for free information in a much deeper way than even today's 'freedom of information laws' must come to the forefront. Perhaps technology such as 'blockchain' is, as many feel, capable of underpinning such a movement on the part of, eventually, the majority of human society. We need to take more concrete steps towards such a goal, much more quickly than we are doing at present.

Perhaps the attention of most of society is too captivated by one form of demagogue or another, perhaps that's the single biggest block in our way. 'Merely' the cult of personality itself and its way of wrapping itself around almost everything, bad and good alike.
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