I have been re-watching some of the Greening The Desert, Reversing Desertification, Food Forest, Ecosystem thinking in agriculture, videos. Youtube is a continuing education in anything I want to be interested in.
It takes a while to sort out threads of understanding, see enough examples, and see enough obvious PR efforts that were not genuinely sustainable (i.e. they didn’t make a profit) to see the reasonable big picture.
That big picture, contrary to the doomsday scenarios of global warming dooming us all, says that we should hope for global warming to continue, we can handle that far more easily than the more probable ice age. Far more probable if only for the reason that we are 10,000 years into a nice climate for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest such period and more than twice as long as average, the nicest period in the last 250,000 years. Cold times are more probable than warm, in fact.
Turning any area with enough rainfall to sustain any life into a green and growing area, generating rain down-wind as it does so, is just a matter of applying knowledge and energy. With sustained effort, we know enough to roll back deserts all through the Middle East, as one example. Growing forests is planting the right species in the right patterns and keeping the goats away. There are examples all over the Middle East, video after video forests being planted in Egypt, in mid-desert. Varieties of water harvesting + planting, presto, you have a forest. Self-sustaining, i.e. keep the goats and sheep away, and small forested areas persist and sustain associated people. Careful harvesting feeds many more sheep and goats from those areas than if the animals had been permitted to graze there, which results in lost water and biomass.
Can a country afford NOT to do that? When it is known how to do it? And the follow-on effects of more rainfall, etc. The entire ME could be a considerably different place in another 2 generations just from applying what we know now, intelligent management of rain water, soil and vegetation. It only takes energy, much of that as an investment as it pays for its own maintenance and a profit after 3 to 10 years of work on the local environment. This kind of investment takes people from marginal farming to locally abundant food and enough wealth to improve their lives markedly. If countries manage to avoid obstructing the needed investment, I predict that citizens around the world will invest in individual farmers in automated contracts via cryptocurrency for projects all around the world.
The information is becoming available, there are local people making use of much of the information, but now local over a much wider area. Ever-easier communication is speeding up the evolution of local ecosystems around the world, e.g. integrating a community with its hydrology for the general good. It is good sense, only needed when people have destroyed the native hydrology via sheep and goats and too-little rain.
The kind of thing people tend to invent about 100 generations after first needed. Reordering a heavily-eroded landscape, e.g. the Loess Plateau of China, takes a lot of terraces and swales and water courses feeding terraces, and many, many trees, but those are now feasible projects. Investment-grade projects, I think, wherever human labor is cheap and land valuable.
Extrapolate 40 years, 2 generations growth in peace and prosperity, learning how to better adjust humans and biosphere for the betterment of both. This is not pollyanna wishful thinking,it is all proven technology. Everywhere more natural ecosystems are restored, total productivity of crops and animals important to humans increases. Always it turns out that higher productivity of the crops important to humans is very consistently helped by inter-planting species that are good for the soil, microbes, insects, birds, bees. A farmer’s crops are part of an ecosystem, whether the farmer thinks in ecosystems or not. Working with the ecosystem is very profitable, a higher-level of management, requiring more information flow.
This is already started, controlling grazing and other ways of bring back the forest are working all over Africa and the Middle East.
In 40 years, all of the habitable parts of the world can have been started on the path to maximal bio-diversity producing wealth from the local environment : food and fiber and forests, everywhere forests.
Considering the many new ideas about how to farm in less-hospitable environments, the catalogues of species of edible plants from around the world, growing habitats, many breeds of animals, possible breeds, etc. That is a lot of combinations that could be tried in pairs, triplets, … We are only a few decades into the ideas of eco-farming, not even a 2nd generation of textbooks yet.
Governments are the biggest issues obstructing a great deal of progress via military spending. Stopping that alone would fund all of the infrastructure development need to turn the entire Earth into an Eden. Really, not idealism at all. Fixing the ecosystem is much easier and cheaper than almost any other improvement humans could make, and will provide profitable investments far into the future. Screw carbon credits, there are real profits to be won supplying farmed products world-wide, and to the people who live close to parts of that.
The higher the bandwidth, the better and cheaper your communications links are, the less reason there is to leave your farm or village. Community is communications, a person can earn a good living in the local community and also be part of global networks of interests, directly contributing to the total human civilization. Synergy, a virtuous circle. That transition is happening now, and is the fastest social and economic evolution ever in history. So far as I can see, such an evolutionary path to higher civilization is sustainable on a finite earth. Humans have orders of magnitude improvements to make in Lifeship Earth’s civilizations.
If our governments don’t value peace and freedom above all else, they are the biggest threat to humanity. Don’t confuse the two, that would be a category error.
Siebel Edmonds and her group mind continue their research :
George Webb and his group mind continue their research. George is a hell of a User Interface, I like his group mind, they seem to me insightful, sometimes foresightful :
Crowd Source The Truth and its crowd continues its research. Queen Tut is the current lead investigator, with Thomas Paine the professional investigator providing perspective :
More information about the Pentagon’s association with criminal syndicates producing and shipping arms to ‘rebels’ throughout the world :
The usual frame of 9-11 having been done by evil Muslim Terrorists, confirming that this is a serious article well within the Overton Window, the article asks why Christians are not concerned about Christians in communities throughout the ME, who have been seriously affected by the Israeli-Neocon-MIC-CIA wars of choice. The article is effectively an advertisement for the lobbying group in DC that now claims to represent their interests :
Another serious article, but it does not use the same frame. The Overton Window for 9-11 has shifted, and I predict will finally become part of the political debate next Presidential election :
The rise of Donald Trump has nothing to do with racism at all. The US is one of the least racist, sexist, … populations ever. I deal with many foreigners and minorities, I see their prejudices. In comparison, US citizens are models of clear thinking. This from NakedCapitalism :
“The rise of Trump isn’t all about racism” [The Week]. “But ‘white people’ didn’t elect Donald Trump. A coalition of 62 percent of white men, 52 percent of white women, 13 percent of black men, 4 percent of black women, 32 percent of Latino men, 25 percent of Latino women, and 27 percent of Asians elected Donald Trump. ‘White supremacy’ surely played an important role for some of those white voters. But it should be obvious that it can’t be a sufficient explanation of the outcome overall — unless we begin to talk in terms of racial false consciousness.”
People are finally concerned about Google, Facebook and Amazon’s power in determining people’s choices. Way past time, and a subset of NSA and CIA :
Every time anyone digs into any area of software, they find bugs and exploits. What proportion of total flaws are in Windows, the buggiest OS ever? Is anyone keeping track of known exploits yet unpatched? Is anyone winning this Red Queen’s race? :
Rocky and Bullwinkle and Mad Magazine lead to Science Fiction for many people :
College graduates have lower IQ scores in every decade that passes :
The probability of a civilization-ending catastrophe is quite high, given how many we know of, despite the low probability of each individual event class :
I had not gathered that the message of 1984 was to trust authority, Hillary disagrees. This woman is the current face of the Deep State, one step in front of General Patraeus and a substantial part of the MIC-OIL-Israeli-Neocon crime cabal in the best understanding of the ordering of this universe that I have yet achieved. Yet, this is the best propaganda they can do?
If you read much history, you read of huge, momentous, future-changing dramatically decisions that the best minds of the age got very wrong. So far as I know, we have invented no technology that guarantees that humans immediately understand the problems the universe presents to us.
But I always expected basic competence. So far, Trump is winning largely because the hypothesized Deep State forces are obviously very stupid. The Israeli-Neocons have never been correct about anything, the wars could have produced nothing but chaos
Other models of male-female and inter-species division of life’s labors, so many philosophies and religions yet un-expressed :