Signs Of Distress

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Chris Martenson via,

The world is edging closer to the final moments after which everything will be forever changed. Grand delusions, perpetuated over decades, will finally hit the limits of reality and collapse in on themselves.

We’re over-budget and have eaten deeply into the principal balances of all of our main trust accounts. We are ecologically overdrawn, financially insolvent, monetarily out past the Twilight Zone, consuming fossil fuels (as in literally eating them), and adding 80,000,000 net souls to the planet’s surface -- each year! -- without regard to the consequences.

Someday there will be hell to pay financially, economically, and ecologically as there simply isn’t any way to maintain these overdrafts forever. Reality does not renegotiate. Its deal terms aren't compromisable.

For those who have the neural plasticity to actually see what's happening around us, the changes are already here, blatant and frightening. Younger folks, with their fresher eyes and fewer ties to the past, can see them a lot easier than their elders.

The prosperity enjoyed by the past few generations -- especially the Baby Boomers -- was stolen from future generations. All the while, they pretended as if their borrowing-heavy standards of living were the result of sheer genius and intelligence; like trust fund babies who mistake being born on third base for hitting a triple.

Young people have sussed this out; and are now pulling back from many of the principal occupations of their forebears -- like marriage, babies and buying homes and cars. This perplexes older folks, who are beginning to find themselves increasingly at odds with the generations following after them.

Humans can be very very smart, but the flip-side of our ingenuity is our capacity for self-delusion. We’ve very consistently preferred to look past our faults. That can work for a while, but eventually an incomplete view will lead to a complete disaster. For example: depleting our topsoils today to grow more eventually leads to a collapse of our food system tomorrow. Similarly, increasing societal complexity ultimately drains the resources out of an empire, until it withers and fails. Such is what we can learn from history. Each of these examples is rooted in the self-delusion that today's actions don't have real consequences.

Monetary printing experiments like those currently being run by the world’s central banks are the ultimate form of self-delusion. Money is the most potent form of social communication, underlying all contracts and agreements. Violate those and literally everything falls apart, as we are seeing happen in real-time in Venezuela right now.

Money printing and its other historical debasement equivalents, serve to cover up (barely) critical signals. Derelict ideas that should die a quick death, instead, persist. Mis-priced money leads mal-investment (e.g., Italian junk debt selling with the same yield as ten year US Treasury debt!!). Extremely unfair redistributions of wealth from the bottom to the top result. Every. Single. Time. This time is no different.

If you cannot see this madness in the chart below, I strongly suggest you keep staring at it until you can. It shows the exploding balance sheet of the central bank of 'the floating retirement colony' known as Japan:

The Japanese money printers have gone hog-wild over the past decade. And they've had company. The other major central banks of the wold have been printing $trillions and $trillions, too, over the same time period. What will the repercussions be? The world is about to find out.

But it’s actually far worse than that. For those who can bear to look, the signs of illness are as startlingly obvious as gangrene on a necrotic limb. Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Glaciers are fast disappearing. Frogs and insect populations are mysteriously collapsing. Massive destruction of the landscape as we chase the last low-EROEI fuels remaining (tar sands, and shale wells). Miles-deep mining efforts. Enormous human migrations away from economically and ecologically ruined areas (see: the MENA region).

But the average citizen remains largely blind and/or numb to these. Again, much of this has to do with self-delusion that broken signals enable. People worry less as long as the stock markets are showing higher values, which is precisely why we don’t trust them anymore – they have become the most important signaling devices for The Powers That Be. They are far too important to leave to the vagaries of investors, and must be rescued/controlled/manipulated so that the “right” outcomes can be achieved.

If we’re lucky when these financial delusions finally break, we’ll hopefully avoid a global war. That’s the usual route by which the politicians and bankers seek to avoid having to be held accountable for the colossal mistakes they made in the past. They drag everyone to in a manufactured confrontation, whooping up the populace into a fever pitch by inventing hobgoblins -- exactly as has recently happened in the US with the recent rash of Russia-phobia; a case study in how easily public perception can be manipulated (as well as proof-positive that critical thinking skills are no longer requirements for today's journalists).

But if we’re unlucky, war may destroy much of what we take for granted and hold dear. Living standards will drop. The veil covering today's massive financial deception will be yanked off, revealing the shriveled, cold promises of past decades as being wholly incapable of meeting their obligation to fund millions of promised retirements.

And if we’re really unlucky, that war could involve some horrendous new weapons that could cripple our nation's electrical grid (e.g., EMP, cyber attack). In which case, all of our individual attention and effort in the northern hemisphere will focus down to one simple task: surviving the first winter.

Signs Of Distress

In ways conscious and subconscious, we're becoming aware of the signs of growing instability around us. Like a flock of sheep catching the scent of an unseen predator, right now we’re collectively becoming increasingly nervous and stressed. People’s tempers are short with each other, criticisms fly easily, and stances are becoming hardened to ludicrous levels.

Many don’t know why they're unhappy. And because they're unable to identify the source, they blame themselves. Instead of acting out, they act in.

Heavy drinking is on the rise:

More U.S. adults are drinking, and more heavily

Aug 9, 2017


The United States has a serious drinking problem. Since 2001, heavy drinking and alcohol use disorder have risen dramatically, according to a new study that surveyed tens of thousands of adults.The numbers reveal “a public health crisis,”the authors say.


The increases were especially large among those 65 years and older, minorities and women, researchers report online August 9 in JAMA Psychiatry. Alcohol is a risk factor for many potentially life-threatening injuries and health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and liver cirrhosis.


In 2012?2013, an estimated 29.6 million American adults reported high-risk drinking, up from 20.2 million in 2001?2002.


Alcohol is not enough for some people. Their need to numb themselves to the bleak existence of their lives leads them to opioids, both legal and illegal:

Opioid Crisis: The Awful Arithmetic of America’s Overdoses May Have Gotten Worse

Aug 7, 2017


The deadly drug overdose epidemic that has been ravaging the nation may be even worse than we realize.


A new University of Virginia study says the numbers of deaths due to heroin and opioid overdoses have actually been severely underreported.


Dr. Christopher Ruhm revisited thousands of death certificates from 2008 through 2014 and concluded the mortality rates were 24 percent higher for opioids and 22 percent higher for heroin than had been previously reported.


Ruhm’s awful arithmetic emerged just days after the presidential opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, urged President Donald Trump to “declare a national emergency” to deal with the crisis.


Nearly 35,000 people across America have died of heroin or opioid overdoses in 2015, according to theNational Institute on Drug Abuse.


Records are being broken:

Opioid deaths in US break new record

Aug 8, 2017


The first nine months of 2016 saw a sharp increase in opioid drug overdoses in the US compared to the prior year, according to new data by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The government is struggling to respond to the crisis.


Deaths due to drug overdose peaked in the third quarter of last year – 19.7 cases for every 100,000 people, compared to 16.7 in the same period the year before,according to newly released numbers from the NCHS, which is part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


That is a startling rate of increase. 3/16.7 = 18% An 18% increase in one year is profound. What’s going on? We won’t go into the really dark side of this story which is that certain pharmaceutical companies make a ton of money off of addicted people, and those same companies donate a lot of money to the US political system. Suffice it to say that the worship of money and power is so profound that some activities of late cannot really be distinguished from those of a death cult.

For those who are not into opioids other avenues towards relieving the pain exist,

One in 6 Americans Take Antidepressants, Other Psychiatric Drugs


One in six Americans take some kind of psychiatric drugs — mostly antidepressants, researchers reported Monday.


They also found that twice as many white people take those drugs as do African-Americans or other minorities, and fewer than 5 percent of Asian-Americans do. And most people who take them are taking them long-term, Thomas Moore of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Virginia and colleagues found.


"Overall, 16.7 percent of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs in 2013,” they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine.


If one in six Americans is being medicated for depression and/or anxiety, and another significant chunk are checking out via opioid numbing, perhaps we need to consider an alternative explanation for these facts: There’s something wrong with the world these people are inhabiting -- not with the people themselves.

Charles Eisenstein really caught my mind’s attention with a piece he wrote long ago entitled The Mutiny of the Soul. In it he argues that perhaps those most in need of medicinal help are actually those who are most attuned to the actual state of the world. He explains the rise in depression and anxiety like this:

The answer is staring us in the face. When our soul-body is saying No to life, through fatigue or depression, the first thing to ask is, "Is life as I am living it the right life for me right now?" When the soul-body is saying No to participation in the world, the first thing to ask is, "Does the world as it is presented me merit my full participation?"


What if there is something so fundamentally wrong with the world, the lives, and the way of being offered us, that withdrawal is the only sane response?


I have met countless people of great compassion and sensitivity, people who would describe themselves as "conscious" or "spiritual", who have battled with CFS, depression, thyroid deficiency, and so on. These are people who have come to a transition point in their lives where they become physically incapable of living the old life in the old world.


That is because, in fact, the world presented to us as normal and acceptable is anything but. It is a monstrosity. Ours is a planet in pain. If you need me to convince you of that, if you are unaware of the destruction of forests, oceans, wetlands, cultures, soil, health, beauty, dignity, and spirit that underlies the System we live in, then I have nothing to say to you. I only am speaking to you if you do believe that there is something deeply wrong with the way we are living on this planet.


So if you suffer from anxiety, maybe you don't have a "disorder" at all — maybe the house is on fire. Anxiety is simply the emotion corresponding to "Something is dangerously wrong and I don't know what it is." That is only a disorder if there is in fact nothing dangerously wrong. "Nothing is wrong, just you" is the message that any therapy gives when it tries to fix you.


I disagree with that message. The problem is not with you. You have very good reason to be anxious. Anxiety keeps part of your attention away from your tasks of polishing the silverware as the house burns down, of playing the violin as the Titanic sinks.


Unfortunately, the wrongness you are tapping into might be beyond the cognizance of the psychiatrists who treat you, who then conclude that the problem must be your brain.


Does that all ring a bell of truth for you as it does for me? 

Perhaps the sanest response to being in a world that does not merit your full participation is to check out. Drinking, drugs, video games and Netflix binges (while not advised or endorsed) are much more understandable when viewed through this lens.

(Full disclosure, these past few years have not been easy on me, either. I prefer action and constructive motion, so the past few years have been like one of those dreams where you're desperate to move but your body remains frozen in place. I’ve wanted things to finally come to a head so we can at least begin the process of acknowledging our predicaments and facing them head on. Beneath it all is my dread at the prospect that all these years of delaying and denying will amount to a larger and more painful correction when it comes.)

It really begs the question: What if there’s nothing wrong with the people who are anxious or depressed, but the exact opposite is true; those who are cheerful and chipper are missing the plot?

If you were an astronaut and your one-and-only spaceship was leaking oxygen into the infinite void of Space, would you medicate those expressing concern while rewarding those with positive attitudes and power drills who continue to punch more holes in the hull? Of course not. Why should we think any differently in the case of spaceship Earth?

The truth is that the lifestyle we're living today is vastly distant from the one humans evolved to value. Sebastian Junger explained to us in a podcast that returning veterans commit suicide at the rate of 22 per day largely because they experience such 'emptiness' upon reintegrating into civilian life. Unit cohesion in the military was so much more fulfilling and enriching that the prospect of a permanent return to what we call “US culture” leads many of them to conclude that suicide is the better option. If there's a more damning indictment of the current culture in the US, I don’t know of it.

The data is clear: in the US, people are as unhappy, overmedicated and overweight than ever before.

Our society's current plan is just not working. So why not square up to that reality, take charge and fix things while we still can? Why would we agree to persist in this dangerously broken state of affairs?

We, each of us and all of us, have the power to pursue a different path. A better path. We can and we should change everything that needs changing. We must rebel against this state of affairs, and withdraw our consent from a toxic system rather than let that system break us down.

The time for a quiet revolution has arrived. One that begins with, and within, you.

In Part 2: Joining The Quiet Revolution, we explain how the signs of distress detailed above can be used to add urgency in making investments in your life that will make you happier, healthier, more engaged, and prosperous -- both today and tomorrow. The data is telling us that from here, the extreme changes the world is experiencing will only accelerate.

Those who can see this and adapt will fare far better than those who cannot, will not, or won’t.

Some will thrive, some will survive, many will do neither.

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fbazzrea's picture


the world is upside down--by design of the direct "holy" lineage perpetuated by the Holy See, its money changers and legions.

defy locally. be the change.

great article, Chris!

DEMIZEN's picture

whats your plan, dude?

fbazzrea's picture

he definitely has one. and he walks the talk. 

for starters, i suggest his book, Prosper, and subscribing to Peak Prosperity's YouTube channel.

Deep Snorkeler's picture

Fact Patterns are Against You

Rapacious/amoral forces 

work on the middle class.

Everything is cyclical,

yet unexpected.

America is a galleria of

opiates, alcohol and obesity,

fueled by a cult of ignorance,

atop a collapsing political-economy.

The space-time grid

no longer has a place for you.

Bemused Observer's picture

Humans are undergoing evolutionary change, brought about by the artificial 'world' we have created for ourselves. This world is toxic, and in order to survive, humans will have to change. Not so much physically, but psychologically.

The 'new man' will have to be a sociopath. He will have to be able to shut out the cacaphony of a crazed world that is full-on 24/7, with no respite, because not doing so leads to madness and frustration. He will have to learn NOT to see the misery around him, lest he be seized with the urge to do something about it, which only leads to further frustration.

His emotions will have to be steady, he can't allow himself to be batted about, trying to decide who deserves compassion and who does not. He will ignore everyone equally instead. He will hate no one, but won't care about anyone either. He'll miss you when you die, but won't shed a tear, and in a month will have forgotten you altogether. He will finally be at peace with the world, by removing himself from it emotionally. 

The drugs of the future will be agents that just numb you emotionally. Anesthesia for the soul.

Albertarocks's picture

I understand exactly what you mean.  In a way you're almost envisioning a return to the way people must have viewed the world during the dark ages.  But I also think the "evolutionary change" you mention is not a step backward but a step forward.  The people on earth who are starting to "awaken" are starting to understand the spirituality of mankind that has been suppressed by the banking class and by the very 'artificiallity' that you mentioned.  Crazed muslims are not part of that spirituality because they simply don't get it... don't understand human spirituality and how we are connected to the universe much, much more closely than humans understand in general.  Religious zealots of 'any type' just don't get it... so I'm not picking on Muslims here. 

Spirituality has nothing to do with man-made control mechanisms we call "religion".  This realization will become the single biggest (and positive) aspect of the evolution you mentioned as the banking class loses its grip and the blinders start to come off from the eyes of the everyday human being.  If there is any such thing as aliens, they know one hell of a lot more about spirituality than humans do... which would be the very reason they have not yet taught us a trick or two.  That will change as humanity's evolution starts to develop properly.

Rebelrebel7's picture

The ironic thing is that Islam forbids interest on loans, and Jesus was crucified  because he attempted to overthrow bankers and tax collectors. Judaism forbids interest on loans to other Jews but not to those who are not Jewish. 

Extremism also exists in humanism, atheists who are attempting to create  global governments, and is equally priblematic.

Albertarocks's picture

"Extremism also exists in humanism, atheists who are attempting to create  global governments, and is equally problematic."

True statement.  But those who attempt to create global governments and therefore still seek "control over the others" also don't get it.  They have exactly zero connection with spirituality and the universe.  I realize that sounds all "woo woo" and "out there", but it's as true as 2+2=4.  People are eventually going to learn this fact and how to "connect".  It'll be a beautiful thing once it starts rolling.  I think a mindbogglingly beautiful global spiritual awakening really gets going once the inevitable coming crash is well underway and humanity starts to come out of the other side of it.  Unfortunately we're going to have to survive and deal with a really dark decade (at least) that is coming.  Long term, I'm very positive.  Short term... I know what has to happen first.

Ultimately the banking class will not be a part of mankind's future.  A special kind of hell awaits those types... they just haven't figured that out yet.

Rebelrebel7's picture

I'm not exactly sure what you mean when you say spirituality. That is really vague. Satanists probably consider that they are spiritually invoking Satan, just as Christians believe that they spiritually invoke the holy trinity, Muslims believe that they spiritually invoke Mohammed, and God, and Jews believe that they spiritually invoke Yahweh. 

I'm not trying to criticize your point,  my point is that I have no clue what you are talking about since you did not define what you mean.

Albertarocks's picture

Fair enough.  When I think of 'spirituality', I'm not talking about 'any' religion.  Religions as we know them have nothing to do with spirituality.  Religions are a man-made control mechanism and not much else, trying to keep people in line using fear as the matrix of control.  Our way of envisioning 'god' is so wacky it's not even funny.  For one thing... any religion that ascribes a gender to 'god' is so far off track it's almost laughable.  Why would 'god' need to be a male?  Or female for that matter?  Whatever created the universe... the 'creator'... whatever it was (is)... once we connect with that, that's spirituality.  Getting in touch with "the creator" of it all is what true spirituality is all about.  Getting in touch with the universe itself.  When we sit down and really put some thought into the fact that there are 500,000,000 stars just in our own galaxy, and then to realize that there are 500,000,000 galaxies... and to have the arrogance to think that we are somehow the center of it all just goes to show how much humanity has to learn. 

Rebelrebel7's picture

There are some things that are way beyond my level of intelligence to determine, the events which precipitated creation as reported by physicists and whether chicken or the egg came first are among them.

Well now I know that it was the egg, but there are still many mysteries behind this story too.

Or that some infinites are bigger than others on one level, but the same size on another level  and that zero and infinity are actually equal.

So this brings is to Sartre,  On being and nothingness, and Descrates on the first meditation.

GeezerGeek's picture

If you really believe in some 'inherent goodness' residing in humans that will globally manifest itself after some worldwide calamity, I fear that you will be sadly disappointed. Absent coercion, people manage to cohere in small groups/tribes. Past a certain point - probably where one no longer knows everyone in the group/tribe - the natural human tendency toward depravity starts to seep out. All of recorded history supports this thought.

Rebelrebel7's picture

The crucifix is equally symbolic of man's inherent evil as it is of Jesus' sacrifice.

Albertarocks's picture

True enough, humanity will revert to a form of tribalism, but that's not a bad thing at all.  It's a natural reflex.  But believe it or not, tribes can get along just fine.

But I'm afraid you're still thinking like a human who is only envisioning things in terms of "what we have seen so far" in the past.  And I agree, all humanity has ever seen in the past involves a whole lot of negativity.  But I'm talking about a wholesale awakening on a truly spiritual level.  Laugh all you want, or doubt it all you want, but once the greatest source of negativity on this planet is finally anihilated things are going to get a hell of a lot better.  Don't get me wrong, I fully understand that we have a real dark decade or two to get through first.

If there is any such thing as aliens (and a whole lot of people believe there is), those aliens sure as hell know a whole lot more about spirituality than humans do.  If there is such a thing as aliens, they have not shown us what they would like to show us is for that very reason... humans aren't ready.  Not yet anyway.

GeezerGeek's picture

"Jesus was crucified  because he attempted to overthrow bankers and tax collectors." Do you really believe that? Aside from having a tax collector as one of his disciples, his anger at the money changers had less to do with the profession than where they were plying their trade. Apparently you missed the real story.

Rebelrebel7's picture

Haha.same story over and over for 4 thousand years minimum , apparently, you are one of THEM!

Bemused Observer's picture

Oh, I don't see it as backwards at all...I see it as simply an adaptation, likely stimulated by our self-created environment. The forces of Nature, or whatever, don't care at all about whether the adaptation is good, bad or indifferent, just that it helps the organism survive long enough to breed. And to survive in this world, you MUST have some ability to filter incoming information, because it is constantly coming at you, and if you paid attention to all of it you'd be frozen and shellshocked. Also, in a world where you can hear about thousands of tragedies per day, you must have the ability to turn off the 'caring' and let most of it slide past you unexamined. Or you'd never have any time to live your own life.

alpha-protagonist's picture

...disposable emotions. I'm glad I'm not a teen growing up in this shit.

GeezerGeek's picture

Sounds more like mental derangement than evolutionary change. As far as I've heard, our DNA is still the same. Is there a sociopath gene that has suddenly become dominant? Or is the derangement engineered?

Bemused Observer's picture

The organism's environment favors sociopathy. It doesn't necessarily have to be a specific gene, just a set of behaviors that greatly enhance an individuals ability to survive, even thrive, in the world they live in. That being said, I can't help but think of how autism has exploded in recent years. And these days, Asberger's is claimed almost proudly by many...and Asberger's is just a more highly developed autism. They both serve to insulate the tender psyche from the overstimulation of our modern world.

StaySunny3000's picture

The ruthless ineluctablility of the Pareto distribution is now reaching its climax past the point where the backroom boys can manipulate reality.  Collapse is inevitable.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Trying to tie all the world's problems into a tidy package that suports one's thesis leaves one vulnerable to having the entire argument fall apart.

If glaciers are growing or the opioid crisis is just the latest political game, does that mean the premise that the monetary system is dying is wrong. No, it just means that Chris should focus on the details that support his thesis and not all the glitter that might embelish it.

bluskyes's picture

bullshit, Amerika's never been greener, or had more forests than now.

Pollygotacracker's picture

There is a huge difference between a real forest and a Douglas fir tree farm. Do you know the difference? Thought not.

bluskyes's picture

Do some research on the history of agronomy in America's 19'th and 20'th centuries, and note the forest's reclamation of vast pasturelands, since the age of mechanization.


Ace006's picture

"The Last of the Mohicans" was filmed in a new growth forest.  It was lush and green and thick.  It was indistinguishable from a "real" forest.

My Days Are Getting Fewer's picture

4 word question:  How do you feel.

Answer:  Good.  Numb.  Bad.

If you are numb or feeling good, you do not need change.  If you are not feeling well, you want the hurt to stop.

Thus enter the antidotes: drugs; booze; dope; fighting back; something to make you feel better.

Why you feel as you do is a different deal:  I feel bad because  . . . . . . . 

The old cliche: accepting the things you can not change; doing something about the other things; and knowing the difference between the two.

If you keep feeling bad, you skip the cliche and go for the antidote.


San Pedro's picture

Liberal / so called Progressive academia is teaching the kids Mental Illness. Look what's on going and in progress throughout the US Colleges and Universities.  You can't call it "Higher Education"!! 

VisionQuest's picture

"Kant's contemporary Moses Mendelssohn was thus prescient in identifying Kant as "the all-destroyer." Kant did not take all of the steps down to postmodernism, but he did take the decisive one. Of the five major features of Enlightenment reason--objectivity, competence, autonomy, universality, and being an individual faculty--Kant rejects objectivity. Once reason is so severed from reality, the rest is details--details that are worked out over the next two centuries. By the time we get to the postmodernist account, reason is seen as not only subjective, but also as incompetent, highly contingent, relative and collective. Between Kant and the postmodernists comes the successive abandonment of the rest of reason's features."

The pdf is an excellent summary of so-called postmodern thought and its history in philosophy. The evil professors who teach young people postmodernist gibberish are some of the very ones Jesus of Nazareth was referring to when He said it would be better for such men if they hung a millstone around their own necks and threw themselves into the sea.

gregga777's picture

"Young people have sussed this out; and are now pulling back from many of the principal occupations of their forebears -- like marriage, babies and buying homes and cars. This perplexes older folks…"

It doesn't perplex me at all. The entire system is completely rigged in favor of the banking gangsters, CON Street Swindlers, Crony Capitalist CONporations and the Uber rich. Voting is futile endeavor. Peaceful change is impossible in America. They might as well drop out.

Ace006's picture

It is no excuse for giving up that some people get really rich.  Throughout history people have had to deal with kings, aristocrats, and/or the rich.  They took care of themselves and didn't cry themselves to sleep at night because they were upset about the unfairness of it all. 

gregga777's picture

US CIA (Criminally Insane Agency) is the biggest drug cartel in the world. That's why our troops in Afghanistan. The Taliban had drastically reduced poppy cultivation. US troops are now protecting the poppy fields from the Taliban to ensure ample heroin supplies to CIA (Criminally Insane Agency).

PeeramidIdeologies's picture

I can really relate to a lot of this. It is lost on almost everyone I know just how wrong our species has gone.

One example:

I did some urchin fishing a while ago. For those not familiar with the practice, you throw on some scuba gear and swim along the shoreline hand-picking spikey little sea creatures who feed on the kelp that grows in shallow water. They spawn in the thousands and migrate in giant schools by reaching out with barely visible tentacles and inching themselves along. As the water cools with winter they fill themselves with eggs. They are hermaphrodites, so they all produce ro, but only the expericed fishmen know the prime conditions that encourage top quality fish. The ro is delicious. It is a sweet, creamy adventure that can be eaten raw right from the shell while your sitting on the back of the boat. The Japanese pay handsomely for Canadian urchin.

It was a beautiful experience. Few people know the pleasure of swimming the rugged underwater landscape choosing the finest creatures for consumption....

But of course, mankind has perverted this industry beyond rationality. Apparently free markets have failed because it is not enough to have a local industry supplying this market and big money had to get involved. Instead of having these tenders of the splash zone supply the market, trawling vessels had to be brought in. I doubt many people understand how a fishing trawler works, but it involves a heavy steel scoop that is lower to bottom, intentionally on (insert desired fish breeding ground) and scrapped across the bottom. There is no discretion. What ever life was living in this area is destroyed, brought to surface, sorted, and whatever isn't desired is thrown overboard. Those familiar with sea life know how fragile these creatures can be and most the the discarded end up in an environment they didn't propagate in, and they become moldy growths on the ocean floor.

What is worse is what is the direct impact of the trawlers. I have swam these trawler tracks and it is a desolate wasteland they leave behind. How the Eco-system is able to withstand this constant abuse is a shock to many but I happen to know better.

IT ISNT!! This is a relatively recent practice, there is absolutely no way that this is a sustainable industry. The local fishermen know this as well. Dispite the price of urchin doubling or even tripling in some cases in the last few years they aren't making the same living they used to. The urchin simply aren't as healthy as they used to be. They are plagued with lower quality ro, and the schools don't develop the way they used to.

Unfortaunely this is ANOTHER example of us at odds with ourselves, where our only option is to cut off our nose in spite of our face.

So what do I do? Grow a garden and hope that others will see my example and at least make an effort.
Well that and four shots of vodka and then a walk in the woods with a joint. I can't stand the idea of not making the most of the time that is left to spend with the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

Professorlocknload's picture

Doom and gloom really has become an industry. It's all there in the article. Sex, drugs rock 'n roll and melting ice caps. Algore would be pleased.

GeezerGeek's picture

And they'd both be wrong about melting ice caps. What an idiot, if he really believes it. And if he doesn't believe but pushes that lie...

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GeezerGeek's picture

Based on the parts I read, he'd have to pay me to read any more of his garbage. For instance, consider his crack about people fleeing the 'ecological disaster' that is MENA. Pure BS. Other than the depleted uranium we left there, the place has long been a sandy dump. Those people are better now at tearing down than building up, and theri invasion of Western nations is a combination of their religion and recognition that Western liberals are idiots willing to fund their own societal demise.

Flankspeed60's picture

“.....the changes are already here, blatant and frightening. Younger folks, with their fresher eyes and fewer ties to the past, can see them a lot easier than their elders.”

“The prosperity enjoyed by the past few generations -- especially the Baby Boomers -- was stolen from future generations.”

BULLSHIT on so many levels. Young people don’t see changes-they haven’t lived long enough. Most everything looks normal to them. The outrage I see comes mainly from old people who have witnessed the devolution, the corruption of a government where elections no longer matter,  if they ever did. And it especially pisses me off to be accused of ‘stealing from future generations.’
Here’s a bulletin, you worthless F*ck. I stole nothing from anyone, nor did anyone in my circle of friends who built businesses that actually created capital instead of bloodsucking it off others. We worked our asses off, educated our kids, paid our taxes, gave to charities, and volunteered to try to improve the lot of our fellow man. And yes, we greedy ‘boomers’ also died on the killing fields of Viet Nam in support of a fraudulent war designed to enrich the MIC and your criminal Wall Street cronies. Baby Boomers didn’t pass the Banking Act of 1913, nor the 16th Amendment opening the jugulars of everyday Americans to fund endless wars and terror in countries that have never harmed us. We didn’t pass the 17th Amendment creating a new uber-class of political criminals (Senators) answerable only to their deep-state benefactors. WE didn’t, under cover of darkness, gut Glass-Steagall. What WE DID DO, is allow rabid Marxists to permeate our university systems - mea culpa. We’ll have to fix that. Meanwhile, we don’t need lectures about our sins from financial shills. Perhaps a better idea is to hold classes on how to conduct a revolution.

gordo53's picture

Good points. I too worked hard, started a business and made money. Put the kids through college, etc.  Now my daughter tells me that while she is grateful for her education, I probably shouldn't have been allowed to make the money I did.  Interesting perspective.

GeezerGeek's picture

Tell her to pay you back. Say you're sorry you allowed her to spend your money to become brainwashed.

Consider an exorcism.

gordo53's picture

Great piece and spot on I suspect.  I am in complete agreement, but it still made me feel like crap as I read it.  Thanks, I guess.

runnymede's picture

Hopefully you will progress from feeling to thinking. Anyone can feel, few can think. Even fewer can think for themselves. Eventually the light will come on if you are intelligent enough, then you can easily identify the methods and tactics used to keep people compliant and docile. 

Trogdor's picture

Ours is a planet in pain. If you need me to convince you of that, if you are unaware of the destruction of forests, oceans, wetlands, cultures, soil, health, beauty, dignity, and spirit that underlies the System we live in

Whenever I read this kind of shit, the writer loses all credibility.  By failing to point out the toxic people in charge of these destructive policies I know the writer is a Communist who only believes that GUBMINT is the answer - not someone who is truly trying to help the people or the planet (shocking that the author of that passage is a Jew /s).  People are stretched mentally because of the TOXIC Banksters, the TOXIC Bureacrats, the TOXIC Executives - and to leave them out just implies that it's the "people's" fault that these things happen, which is horseshit.  95% of the population is along for the fucking ride - too busy staying alive and out of the gun sights of government thugs to do anything about it.

I also find it annoying that Martenson can't seem to decide what he wants: One sentence he's bitching about adding people to the population of the world, and the next he's bitching about people dying from drug use and alcoholism.  Which one is it, Chris?

GotGalt's picture

Thanks to the author, this article really resonated with me.  Up till now though I have *not* used drugs (well other than alcohol) to numb myself.  I try and just do what I can to live a 'free' life and not be dependent on the current unsustaiable and corrupt system for my daily needs.  Can't say I'm all the way there, it is a process. 

Ace006's picture

** Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Glaciers are fast disappearing. Frogs and insect populations are mysteriously collapsing. **

Species always go extinct. How do you know it's now at an unprecedented rate?

Glaciers are fast disappearing is just more hysteria.  Which ones and what is the net increase or decrease of ice on land? How is this increase linked to printing money and malinvestment in a world with a slightly falling temperature?

If those populations are "mysteriously" collapsing that means you don't know what's causing them to "collapse." Why is this not endangered species hysteria?

CAPT DRAKE's picture

What he says is true, but it is meaningless.

We are on a path towards destruction, where the standard of living will be soon reduced by 50%.  Many reasons for this, but a mojor reset is coming.  

It is inevitable.  If it isn't one thing that gets us it will be something else. Too many mistakes, too much corruption, too much inequity in the system, current daily life styles are unsustainable.  

Remember, trust no one except family.  Hide shit, be prepared to preserve and protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a city, get out very early is general order begins to break down.   


malek's picture

You're such an optimist!

The standard of living would need to be reduced by 50%, but with the course we're on it will be reduced by much more.

Atalanta's picture

This planet future is real paradise. For all creatures below level of mankind.   

Atalanta's picture

Place of the cradle can not be chosen. Can be anywhere and time. Blaming the past born is a result of brain damage by vaccination.  

Drop-Hammer's picture

Jesus you Boomer cuck.  Stop with the global warming, Mother Gaia is in danger nonsense.   Grab your mincy little balls and act like a man (visualize me slapping this cuck across the face like Don Corleone slapped Johnny Fontaine when he started crying).