Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’…


Date: February 11, 2019

01) Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

Thanks to feinmann0!

“Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review…

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.


This topic is close to my heart but may be a little off the OLF radar. I thought it sufficiently important to flag the issues wherever I can … not least since the majority of mankind is either ignorant of, or wilfully turns a blind eye to, the natural crisis that has deepened over the past half century, a crisis that is clearly accelerating at a shocking pace.”

I’m not sure the human species is collectively smart enough, to pull it’s collective head out of it’s collective arse long enough…to see the forest for the trees, and realize we have vastly more pressing issues threatening us…than petty hysterics over “who likes the wrong pee pees”…all the endless gossip drama…and identity politics…

…But…we can hope.

I’ve had this sense in my gut for a number of years now…that all this nonsense…including the insane stupid laws, ultimately means nothing…because some sort of massive breakdown, is on the horizon…and I think it’s of the “natural disaster” form…

…It’s probably not a zombie apocalypse…[wouldn’t that be something?]…but extinction of the insects could fit that bill…and we could be looking at a scenario, much like what was represented in the movie “The Road”.

People have been so obsessed with “protecting the children”…and yet, they’ve been killing off their own children for decades, by helping to destroy the planet…being extraordinarily crappy stewards of planet Earth…

…Perspective…

…Why does virtually nobody have a grounded perspective?

Elizabeth Warren Native American Fiasco Explodes…


Date: February 10, 2019

01) Elizabeth Warren Native American Fiasco Explodes


“The Elizabeth Warren Native American story has exploded into a public relations fiasco as her Texas State Bar registration is released showing that she identified her race as “American Indian”

Citation:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/elizabeth-warren-apologizes-for-calling-herself-native-american/2019/02/05/1627df76-2962-11e9-984d-9b8fba003e81_story.html

Alex Jones Declares Bizarre, Pointless “War” on Joe Rogan…


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Date: February 10, 2019

01) Alex Jones Declares Bizarre, Pointless “War” on Joe Rogan


The thing I’d like people to comprehend here…is that the portion where Alex expresses a graphic desire [or was it an actual intent?] to violently murder Joe Rogan, is not the sort of idea or expression, which is unheard of in Alex Jones media…nor, that of his cohorts…

…In fact…they are generally very nasty people, with a very long history of aggression towards other groups…and a very long history of threats of violence, and implied threats of violence…

For those who don’t understand this…Alex Jones and company exist in [and exploit] the same realm, as the religious survivalist and private militia segment of the population…

…I’m not suggesting they are all so rugged, that they could all go survive off the land…but, they hold that same type of isolationist, us versus them, “they’re coming to get us”, mentality…

…And they get extremely crazy [and cruel] at times, when they say things about specific people and groups…

The growing question that has been out there for decades, as relates to Alex and his companions…is where do you draw the line, between claimed “performance art”…and terroristic threat, as well as the chronic dehumanization of others?

Do they even have a disclaimer on any of their broadcasts, displayed or read, clarifying that it is all “performance art”…”comedy”…or whatever?…and that it should not be taken seriously?…

…I’ve never seen nor heard it…and Jones has been on my radar, for about three decades.

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Democrat Elizabeth Warren announces White house bid for 2020…


Date: February 10, 2019

01) Democrat Elizabeth Warren announces White house bid for 2020


“Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the White House official on Saturday in the working-class Massachusetts city of Lawrence.

Warren delivered a populist call for change at her presidential kickoff, decrying a “middle-class squeeze” that has left Americans crunched with “too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else”.

She and her backers hope that message can distinguish her in a crowded Democratic field and help her move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage.”

I kind of wish she’d have done this in 2016…

…Not sure she is as strong, anymore…especially after backing Hillary…and now, all the other nonsense is being piled on.

Explaining the polar vortex sweeping across Midwest, plunging temps to record lows…


Date: February 07, 2019

01) Explaining the polar vortex sweeping across Midwest, plunging temps to record lows


“A deadly polar vortex is moving across a large swath of the U.S., bringing with it bone-chilling and life-threatening arctic air. CBS News contributing meteorologist Jeff Berardelli joins CBSN’s Elaine Quijano to explain the polar vortex and what to expect.”

Yes…I know this was over a week ago…and it’s all come to pass…and we are currently stuck in the aftermath of an ice storm…

…But, I really wanted to note the extreme weather we just survived…

They say we were colder than the Antarctica…and Mars…The temperature killed a number of people…it was in the high teens…the number of people who died.

I’ve never felt natural temperatures quite this cold, before…

…I mean…2014 was close [and much worse, in some ways]…but, 2019 was colder.

Making Sense with Sam Harris – #148 – Jack Dorsey…


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Date: February 07, 2019

01) Making Sense with Sam Harris – #148 – Jack Dorsey


“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jack Dorsey about how he manages his dual CEO roles at Square and Twitter, the role that Twitter places in journalism, how it’s different from other social media, what makes a conversation healthy, the logic by which Twitter suspends people, the argument for kicking Trump off the platform, Jack’s practice of meditation, and other topics.

Jack Dorsey is a tech entrepreneur and CEO of Twitter and Square, which he cofounded. He was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, was named an “outstanding innovator under the age of 35” by MIT Technology Review and named “Innovator of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal for his work in technology.

Website: twitter.com and squareup.com

Twitter: @jack”

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Patreon Is Falling Apart, Is Unsustainable Says CEO…


Date: February 06, 2019

01) Patreon Is Falling Apart, Is Unsustainable Says CEO


“Patreon Is Falling Apart, Is Unsustainable Says CEO. A few weeks ago the CEO of Patreon said that his company is not sustainable and that they needed to find ways to generate revenue. Only a week or so later a massive site failure affected everyone on Patreon.

The site was frequently up and down, Patreon kept claiming to know the problem, but every time they claimed it was fixed it shut down shortly after. Patreon eventually issued an advance due to the errors putting man accounts negative.

This has been a pretty bad couple of months for Patreon. Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, and Sam Harris have all left and were some of the top accounts on the platform.

Since the banning of Sargon of Akkad it would seem that Patreon is facing rough waters ahead.”