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December 12, 2015

Is there anyone out there who really thinks the likes of Bill Gates and Richard Branson will do anything at all to stop this world from burning to the ground?

Having these oversized walking talking ego’s sign petitions and declarations they know they will never have to live up to is completely useless.
Branson will still fly his planes, Gates will keep running his ultra-cooled server parks, and Obama and Merkel will make sure their economies churn out growth ahead of anything else. Every single country still demands growth. Whatever gains you make in terms of lower emissions will be nullified by that growth. And in the hallways, ‘smart’ entrepreneurs stand ready to pocket a ‘smart’ profit from the alleged switch to clean energy. At the cost of you, the taxpayer. And you believe them, because you want to, and because it makes you feel good. And you don’t have the knowledge available to dispute their claims (hint: try thermodynamics).You’re seeking the cooperation of people who let babies drown and who incessantly bomb the countries these babies and their families were seeking to escape. CON21 - The Automatic Earth

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 12, 2015 9:24 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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100 billion dollars (a year) for funding "clean energy initiatives". What the f*ck does that really mean? Who pays and who receives? Somehow, I don't think I'm going to get the better part of that deal. Gates and Branson don't care about money anymore. They want pure power to control the lives and futures of people. This entire thing stinks like a plot from the evil geniuses at SPECTRE. The fact that all the Millennials are peeing their pants with joy over this makes it even that much harder to stomach.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2015 3:33 AM

Almost exactly 9 years ago me and one other guy built with our own hands the very building I am sitting in right now. To do this meant to first clear about 60'x60' of heavily wooded land. After clearing and grading there was not a blade of grass left standing.

Now, 9 years later, the building is showing a little wear and tear and there are 30' tall sycamore, tulipwood, and a few other types of trees on 3 sides of it that weren't there before and nobody planted them there.

How did they get there?

If you look close at the white lap siding on the north side of the building you will see a slight greenish hue, what is that? It is algae that I didn't clean off this summer like I normally do ever summer. If I never clean that algae off it will continue to accumulate and eventually the siding will succumb to it. The algae will consume the siding and everything it encounters. It's what algae does.

In time those 30' trees will grow to be 80' tall and then die and some will fall on this building unless they are maintained some how. If they fall on the building it will continue to succumb to natures journey. Just like everything else does.

All human activity on earth is merely a very thin film on the surface with almost no impact over the whole.

People have difficulty grasping this concept because of their inability to weigh the scale of the thing as it is compared to the puny nothingness that occupies most of their daily worthless lives.

All things will pass eventually except the earth, it is here for good and always will be here, doing what it has done for billions of years.

That's it's purpose, it's reason for being. It is what it is, as they say.

It is nothing but bare arrogant narcissism for anyone to believe they will have any effect at all on anything to do with this enormous and unbelievably old earth.

It just ain't gonna happen.

No matter what humans do to this earth, within that thin surface film, can be considered just moving the furniture around in the living room as it has no effect on the larger picture. Or maybe even just wiping the dust off the end tables in the living room. It won't change the whole neighborhood let along the city, country, or gasp, the earth itself.

When you see people like Gates and Branson go on and on with their silliness consider the scale and then laugh loudly and openly in their direction then go on about your merry way safe in the knowledge that the earth you have always known will always be right where it always has been and always will be.

In the end the earth will be here, but the humans may not as they may get wiped off that siding with the algae, as they deserve.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2015 4:47 AM

I should have dropped BG on his head when I had him. True story.

I did the rope gag for a high photo session for National Geographic years ago. BTW, I stopped reading Natl Geo when they went batspit crazy for GW.

Posted by: Casey Klahn [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2015 8:48 AM

OK Casey, we want detail.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2015 9:31 AM

Yeah we do.

Posted by: pbird [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2015 10:04 AM

Circa 20 years ago I had a conversation with a man who was Bill Gates's Gym Instructor (late grade school--early high school) His comment on the pre-world's richest man: Gates was so uncoordinated he could barely walk without stumbling.

Dan Kurt

Posted by: Dan Kurt [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 13, 2015 2:43 PM

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