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States Overwhelmed by Coronavirus Pandemic Face Another Health Hazard as Massive Dust Plume Heads Toward Southern US

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/25/states-overwhelmed-coronavirus-pandemic-face-another-health-hazard-massive-dust

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It’s almost enough to make things old atheist believe.
Just think about it. In the last few years our southern states, filled with racist capitalist assholes, have been made to endure out of control heating, major flooding, hurricanes, and droughts. Now, after ignoring all the teachings of Jesus Christ during the genesis of this pandemic, they are being “plagued” by an horrific viral pathogen, and now on top of that, a sandstorm from a faraway land.
If I were in flori-duh, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, or any other proudly ignorant red state, I may just want to try and “get good with god” sometime very soon, or you may just see the Mississippi run red or frogs falling from the sky.
Needless to say, their first born are already being sacrificed.
If a plague of locusts hits Tennessee next week I just may go to church.

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It’s the end times “y’-all”

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There are other imminent threats, as nature rears up against this creature of hubris.

The Arctic/Siberia Heat Wave, discuseed by a professional here:
~https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/25/arctic-heatwave-38c-siberia-science

And Califorina is preparing for another extreme fire season:
~https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/25/california-intense-fire-season-covid-19-complications

Then there’s Wall Street - again ! (also by a professional - this time of Wall Street:
~https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/07/coronavirus-banks-collapse/612247/

We are in massive, uncontrolled and accelerating overshoot - as The Limits to Growth come home to roost.

I would say we are now in a state of collapse worldwide, but like the death of a massive star, there is first implosion - followed by an explosion as the remnants are scattered far and wide, giving birth often to a new generation of stars.

We can hope, at least, to survive this collapse and start again,

Here is a last article showing the way, on the clean atmosphere front:
~https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/climate/coronavirus-clean-air.html

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There is seemingly nobody to talk to these days. At least that’s my perception.

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Oh you have Godzilla churches nearby?

~https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/23/godzilla-dust-cloud-from-sahara-blankets-caribbean-on-its-way-to-us

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Wonder if Trump still has that Sharpie pen? If he’s going to go to war, with “The Caribbean?” Or bomb downtown Africa for COVID Dust causing a 25% decrease in MAGA voters or Antifa scaring millions of his rally attendees? If Ivanka can find child-slave shops outside of China to stitch Red hijab/ Snuggies with CPAP/ BiPAP or oxygen bottles underneath?

~https://www.moonofalabama.org/2020/06/a-mask-is-not-a-political-statement-its-an-iq-test.html

~https://boingboing.net/2020/06/25/north-carolina-cop-we-are-j.html

~https://wolfstreet.com/2020/06/24/business-uncertainty-about-sales-goes-haywire/

~https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/06/25/interactive-map-shows-police-using-violence-against-peaceful-protesters-in-125-cities-and-40-states/#gsc.tab=0

I was about to make a similar observation.

I was thinking of a plot to a science fiction novel. Several thousands of years from now an Alien vessel comes to our solar system and begins exploring all of the planets. They come across the equipment left over from the Apollo moon landings on the moon and recognize some “Intelligent species” had visited the system before.

The Earth is Venus like , its surface temperature hundreds of degrees and choked with CO2 and gases. They can not figure out where this “intelligent life form” came from.

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And this:

~https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/16/plastic-knows-no-borders-the-manmade-scourge-washing-up-on-the-worlds-shores

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Enjoyed your post and links. Yes, but the survivors may wish they were dead!

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Oddly enough, the Saharan dust clouds are the “clouds of life”. They provide much needed nutrients for the soils of the Americas that allow the growth of lush vegetation to sustain us. . . .or whatever follows us after we’re gone. This has been the case for millenia.

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The “Bearded Man” in Carpenter’s “They Live”

Look around at the environment we live in. Carbon dioxide, fluorocarbons, and methane have increased since 1958. Earth is being acclimatized. They are turning our atmosphere into their atmosphere.
They are dismantling the sleeping middle class. More and more people are becoming poor. We are their cattle. We are being bred for slavery. We could be pets, we could be food, but all we really are is livestock.
The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain.
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I’m seeing surgical mask litter everywhere lately.

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Hi Shan !

Looking at my jet stream map (Environment Canada), I see Alaska looks normal, compared to the part of Siberia experiencing that heat wave ?

So far the skies here are clear, but with the fire season upon us, I can easily imagine that is about to change.

Hope all is well with you - my son is waiting on his final grades from his first year of senior high.

Ciao from Calgary

Most people I know do not want to talk about it (collapse) which is hard for those of us who find talking about it helpful if not necessary.

Fortunately there are articles and comments online though for the most part I am not a fan of cyber communities---- I still prefer land lines and face to face conversations!

I think you know most of what is in this piece but there might be some tidbits to appreciate:

h-ttps://www.huckmag.com/perspectives/activism-2/the-world-is-ending-how-will-life-look-when-it-does/

excerpt:
“But when you find out all the ways in which the world is collapsing, another question becomes important: how do we live with these disasters and these uncertain futures? This is the ‘inner’ question: psychological, artistic, spiritual, philosophical, etc. How not to collapse before the collapse. That was the subject of the second book, *Another End of the World is Possible”


And I think you know most of this too but I’ll post it anyway for those that don’t!

Siberia heat wave: why the Arctic is warming so much faster than the rest of the world

by Jonathan Bamber
h-ttps://phys.org/news/2020-06-siberia-arctic-faster-rest-world.html

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The insouciant Elephant and the Gorilla in the room is something no one to my knowledge ever seems to mention and that is:

the millions of acres of Spruce and Hemlock forests, in Alaska that are tinder dry because of Beetle infestation. TALK ABOUT A FIRE HAZARD! I have had two small forest fires on my 155 acres and because of being very prepared, lucky and vigilant have been fortunate, SO FAR! In catching them in time before they got out of control.

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If we believe in a higher power we might want to see this as a last chance Sodom and Gomorrah moment.
If you work together to mitigate the global crisis that man has created, in order to save mother earth, a God may give the planet salvation. It would take people working together, not for profit (no pun intended), in a humanitarian challenge.

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I talk about death. And the very close collapse of our global civilization. To anyone who’s willing to listen and not just walk away.
Because death and the collapse are the only truths in our lives right now. Death walks at our left shoulder each and every day. And empires and species have become extinct for the past 3.5 billion years.
No one has wanted to hear about my NDE. Or the residuals. Because it smashes their fantasy world.
Listen to us. We’ve been on ventilators. We’ve survived CPR. And Trauma One. And ALS Level 1 procedures. And we all have DNR orders on file because we don’t want to go through our culture’s mad scramble to save lives at all costs.
In the meantime, cherish each and every day. This unspeakably obscene fixation on work and profits and not being allowed to truly live is one of the core reasons we’re in this fix.
As for the plague of locusts-Eastern Africa is suffering its worst locust plague in decades. And if dead bodies can’t be disposed of properly, along will come the hordes of flies. And cholera, typhoid, perhaps even polio. Animals by the billions will die(think Australia).
I keep waiting for Trump to catch Covid. He refuses to wear a mask and his second rally was in a megachurch…

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I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but it still shocks me that a week or two ago we had an extreme shortage of PPE. For at least a week or more now, I have seen designer masks being marketed as though they have been around for years.
We should never underestimate the power of business opportunists.

I think Gaia has opened a can of whoop ass.

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