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  • Registering weird visitations

    I propose this thread as a place to share and to park weird occurrences at your various blogs.

    I bring this up because back in July I had some wild spikes originating out of Russia.  I've been keeping an eye on it to see if all my recent posting renews an interest but Russia remains silent.   Though this evening I saw something weird - I got 29 visits from www.jordanembassycairo.gov.jo nothing like the 142 I received via HotWhopper.com, thank you very much ;-)  and probably innocuous, but still out of the ordinary for sure.

    That got me to thinking about starting this post.  Not a big deal.  But it might be nice for folks to have a place to record weird things.  Never know in hindsight what might come of it.  (I have sort of an defense offense jujitsu attitude, for instance when someone threatens me, which has only happened a couple times, I will post that threat and confront it that way.  so far so good.)
    PG_Antioch
  • Donald Trump Is the First Demagogue of the Anthropocene, and other ramblings

    For all you realists out there, here's an interesting article worth reading and pondering.
    I look at the world from a 61 year old's amazed to still be here eyes, if I get another decade it'll be a bonus -
    fact is my lean years, my hungry years, my years of dreaming and reaching for the future, those have come and gone.
    Nowadays I realize that today is the best day of the rest of my life, so I better enjoy it for all I can squeeze out of it, and I'm okay with that.

    Thus, I have the luxury of a certain distance younger folks simply don't have.  The world in thirty, forty, fifty years is tangible to them.

    Thanks to the disinformation campaign most out there don't have a clue what's heading our way, they are buying homes with thirty year mortgages dreaming of their baby's college savings, when the next twenty years down the road will see increasing disruption and intensification of weather patterns.  Scorching heat and dry spells broken by torrential downpours, and who knows what all cascading consequences.  I myself find it inconceivable that the society of two, three decades into our future will resemble today's in anything but its roughest outlines.

    Oh, but I digress this article is about the 'mindscape' of Trump fans.

    Donald Trump Is the First Demagogue of the Anthropocene
    He won’t be the last.
    ROBINSON MEYER | OCT 19, 2016
    http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/10/trump-the-first-demagogue-of-the-anthropocene/504134/

    I write and report on climate change, not a pursuit that usually encourages optimism, but watching all this unfold with the atmosphere in mind has been particularly bleak. For the past few months in particular, I’ve been thinking: Wow, this is all happening way earlier than I thought it would.

    Spend enough time with some of the worst-case climate scenarios, and you may start to assume, as I did, that a major demagogue would contest the presidency in the next century. I figured that the catastrophic consequences of planetary warming would all but ensure the necessary conditions for such a leader, and I imagined their support coming from a movement motivated by ethnonationalism, economic stagnation, and hatred of immigrants and refugees. I pictured, in other words, something not so far from Trump 2016.

    I just assumed it wouldn’t pop up until 2040.

    This kind of worry is speculative—very speculative—but it is not ungrounded. ...

    This stuff is important because we need to understanding what's going with them.  I believe it's helpful to appreciate that the faith-based right-wing crowd is being brainwashed to blame other people for all their woes.  As their woes increase their fears, rage and need for scapegoats is also increased.  They don't have any time or interest in rational discussions.  Well at least not until the dust settles, if then.

    What will that look like?  People will surely survive much longer than today's global social networks.  Younger folks who intend to live their full life spans will need to prepare on two fronts.  The social front of networking with like minded, dealing with or hiding from others.  The physical front of dealing with what Earth's transitioning climate tosses at us.  The latter will probably be easier to deal with than the former.

    SouSusan Anderson
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