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“You better travel to Alaska while you can still see the glaciers. Climate Change is destroying them.”

That is what I heard from someone after she returned from an Alaskan excursion.

Air travel, with its voracious appetite for fossil fuel, contributes  to climate change. I prefer the term People/Machine/Stuff (PMS) Disaster.

Am I missing the point? Why see the glaciers when the act of seeing them begins to destroy them? Dramatic increases in the human population, the machine population, and the overproduction of stuff in general got us into this environmental mess. Perhaps only dramatic decreases will stop the glaciers from melting.

But imagine the misery inflicted by a systematic decrease in people, machines, and stuff?

Do nothing = pain. Do something = pain. We are living “Catch-22.”

Plastic Sucks the Life Out of Us

Less People, less Machines, less Stuff. The Democrats are saying exactly what I have been thinking and writing about concerning the real issues behind climate change.

New and improved sources of energy may or may not replace the old unsustainable and dirty energy sources of today. The end of these old sources will leave people in a polluted and literally a powerless position. Technology both gives and takes  life away.

No matter what the world does to prevent climate change, or the PMS Disaster as I see it, pain and suffering is in the future.

I ask for no straw to come with my drink  at a restaurant. More often than not, the wait staff automatically lays down a straw and rushes away before I protest.

If plastic is destroying this planet, why keep any of it? A twelve-year window to prevent the end of the world calls for drastic measures. Get rid of plastic straws and all things of their ilk.

What difference is there between straws and IV tubing?

Hospitals use miles of plastic tubing to keep people alive every day. Straws in our drinks seem frivolous, but can we differentiate between these two things that contain the same material of doom? A global catastrophe knows no distinction.

Choices must be made. Either the PMS Disaster is real or not. Maybe we can save only the best of the best in the human race with IV tubing. The sticky point is who decides?

High Marx for Effort

Alexandria some of your ideas are so 19th century.

Your concern with deindustrialisation and industrialization contradict each other. Industrialization created the climate change fiasco but you are worried about four decades of deindustrialisation in the United States.

Millions of good, high-wage jobs resurrected in the United States seems to be the antithesis to your basic premises. Manufacturing should be cut and not propped up. Less industry, less factories must be the real goal. Labor unions are a waste of time and resources going forward into the future.

A society based on 19th century technological advances does not reduce greenhouse gases. Solar and wind power is not free from problems that exasperate climate change and quality of life. To meet your goals, you must conserve energy use and act like a tight-fisted hoarder.

Reaching so far back to Karl Marx is perplexing. He was a wealthy, male, German/Jew: kind of a self-contained package of evil. In the future, and to some extent today, everyone will be in control of their own means of production and labor. All we need is an internet connection to a screen in our own little rooms.

Our life blood today flows through the internet. The future will be only more of the same. Wealth can be created and maintained by wifi. The bulk of energy production must be used to supply the appetite of our computers.

Many people work from home. We need a future where everyone works and stays at home, thereby saving energy on transportation, infrastructure, and buildings.

All training and education must come from the internet. A great deal of it does so already. We can demolish all schools and repurpose the material for warehouses housing machines to keep the internet alive. Teachers can move on to do art projects or just enjoy life. Think of the savings in heating and cooling those large number of buildings.

So much of the products we need to live are delivered right to our doors today. We can do better in the future by virtually stopping people from ever having to travel out of their rooms. The internet is the key, it is the only connection we must safeguard. Amazon: the staff of life.

If someone runs short of cash and the government funds aren’t enough, they can turn to the internet. An outrageous act publicized on computer screens already provides individuals with fame and fortune. Alexandria you must be aware of this and use it to advance your noble goals.