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Look What We've Done: Human-Made Epoch of Nightmares Is Here


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Look What We've Done: Human-Made Epoch of Nightmares Is Here

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

There's no question about it. A new epoch—the Anthropocene—has begun.

So says an international group of geoscientists, in a paper published Friday in the journal Science. They point to waste disposal, fossil fuel combustion, increased fertilizer use, the testing and dropping of nuclear weapons, deforestation, and more as evidence that human activity has pushed the Earth into the new age that takes its name from the Greek anthropos, or human being.


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Preempted precautionary principle.


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Yes Deidre, look what we have done and allowed to happen; a systematic contempt by our politicians and uber-wealthy for the Earth and all Her natural systems, our fellow humans, all other species of life on Earth, our air, water, food, seas, rivers and lakes all polluted and the list goes on and on.
The Earths future is dominated by wealth and quest for profit, greed, military adventurism/crimes against humanity, while our politicians and diplomats talk and talk and do little or nothing to change the status quo and confront the clear and present dangers - we are bereft of leaders of great moral compass who have any real power, only shills for the 1%, war, and greed above all-else.

"We have met the enemy and he is us" - we all are complicit to the crimes as we have not done enough or demanded and forced real change from politicians who are invested in NOT creating change or reform.

"To ignore evil is to become accomplice to it"

This moral truth has been said by Mohandas Gandhi, Dr Martin Luther King, and Albert Einstein in similar words among many others and still we ignore such basis truths, allow and elect so-called leaders without moral compass to ignore such truth and commit acts of depravity and contempt for the lives of others daily.........."The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it" - Albert Einstein

Syria

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/8/23-die-of-starvation-in-syrian-town-madaya.html


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" ..we are bereft of leaders of great moral compass who have any real power, .."

True, but it is not that we don't have leaders of great moral compass - it is that we have refused to give them any real power .... we keep "settling" for considerably less than we could get ..


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"Anthropocene is...suspect because—to the extent that 'we' wish to name the new epoch after a force, it generically identifies that force as humanity as a whole, rather than the identifiable power structures most responsible for the geological Anthropocene traces,"

In my view, whether power sources or humanity as a whole are responsible for the Anthropocene is a moot question. Overpopulation and/or wealth and power concentration would have the same or similar effects in either case.


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I think that it would be a good idea to stick with Holocene for the time being. Maybe after we pass 4C would be a good time to name a new era. Otherwise if we start with Anthropocene now the name might have to be changed again as the planet becomes unrecognizable and this could happen within only several decades.


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So where is the news fro Michigan governor Snyder's massive lead poisoning of Flint resident's? Where did it go CD ??????
Why is the article removed from front page?????

"Calls for Michigan Gov. Snyder's Arrest as Flint Poisoning Scandal Implicates Top Staffers"


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Closing two paragraphs:


Still, as damning as this evidence is, observers have cautioned against a simplistic view of geologic shifts. "Anthropocene is...suspect because—to the extent that 'we' wish to name the new epoch after a force, it generically identifies that force as humanity as a whole, rather than the identifiable power structures most responsible for the geological Anthropocene traces," wrote Kieran Suckling, founding director of the Center for Biological Diversity, in 2015.

Indeed, Ian Angus, editor of the ecosocialist journal Climate and Capitalism, argued last year: "An ecosocialist analysis of the Great Acceleration will build on the decisive issues of class and power that are shaping the Anthropocene and will ultimately determine humanity’s future."


Superb that Dierdre Fulton and Common Dreams are referencing nuanced ecological and ecosocialist perspectives and analyses of the "anthropos" in "anthropocene."

Personally i'm "both / and" on this question: It is the human species, AND it is specific formations of power within human society and the political economy.

i'm fine with scientists adopting the term "anthropocene," AND we need to be overt in assessing just precisely who in the political economy is making determining decisions that impact the ecology, and just precisely how we can intentionally direct the economy together toward harmonization with the ecology.


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I just looked and it is still there. Perhaps you didn't scroll down far enough--if you count this article as line one, it is on line 4, second article from the left.


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If you think Sen. Sanders has a hard time getting face time with the MSM just look at Dr. Paul Ehrlich after he published, The Population Bomb. Even now he's considered dangerous to the PTB. So, fifty years later and there's so damn many people around this place I can't get a moment's privacy. But not to worry; they're like Lay's Potato Chips so eat or throw away as many as you want because we can always make more.


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What a coincidence, this is from Scribbler today about the Anthropocene.

http://robertscribbler.com/


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"Still, as damning as this evidence is, observers have cautioned against a simplistic view of geologic shifts. "Anthropocene is...suspect because—to the extent that 'we' wish to name the new epoch after a force, it generically identifies that force as humanity as a whole, rather than the identifiable power structures most responsible for the geological Anthropocene traces," wrote Kieran Suckling, founding director of the Center for Biological Diversity, in 2015."

Yes, that WE is instructive in that there are worlds of difference in terms of product and energy usage on the part of a billionaire as compared with that of an island native merely trying to subsist.

Also, there's a world of difference between Exxon executives who purposely hid the truth so that little could be done as offset, in a timely fashion, and those who've dedicated their lives to this issue: a plight to all mankind.


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I REALY cannot believe that the sub-title DID NOT include (the incredible dilemma of) nuclear waste! Boy, this one is gonna bite us mortals good. Wake up Millennials! It's your future. Keep the journalists indelibly aware that you WILL OBJECT to their omissions.


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I'm also reminded that the calendar of predatory capitalism licks its chops at having the prerogative of banning consideration of the questions needing to asked and actions taken from 9-5, M-F and every hour and day of the week for many sectors - under threat of punitive action and firing if anyone responds to an awakening of conscience if it in any way might interfere with profit.

Can you say Catch-22?


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Collapse of Western Civilization...enjoy the show...


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""Anthropocene is...suspect because—to the extent that 'we' wish to name
the new epoch after a force, it generically identifies that force as
humanity as a whole, rather than the identifiable power structures most
responsible "
Yes, far better to call it capitalocene, financialobscene or possibly the one that is easiest to say: petroleocene.


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Power corrupts

The planet


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Since we are trying to remedy pollution et al, perhaps we need not adopt a mispronounced über when the English over works perfectly well.


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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/humans-leave-a-telltale-residue-on-earth1/?WT.mc_id=SA_BS_20160108

Lead author: Colin Waters of the British Geological Survey.