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  • user 9:01 pm on 10th January 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    Some links to peruse and ponder 

    While waiting for the inevitable end of this world.

    Urgent information relating to the material predicament of mankind:

    Mongabay Ecological News

    Collapsenik Book Club

    Get your books here:

    Get your software here:

    If you don’t want to be hacked or tracked check out:

    Get your politics offline as much as possible.

    Lest you be consumed by nihilism and worldliness, here are some spiritual links to help you prosper eternally:

    The Qur’an

    The Bible

    The Dhammapadda

    Indian Spirituality


    Greek Wisdom

    World Wisdom

    P.S. Pardon the low quality of this site. I really am ashamed. — Anon

  • user 9:58 pm on 31st August 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    State of the Modern World Address — Summer 2020 

    “Every moment of life is utterly unique, new, fresh, and never to occur again. A mistake repeated every day for decades is not a single mistake, but thousands of missed opportunities for rectification.”

    Industrious Man continues shortsightedly exterminating other species

    Factory farming remains cruel and common

    Air conditioning contributes to global temperature increase

    Humans fight each other instead of solving problems they’ve created
    (Do not read the news without an adblocker!)

    Hyper-industrialism continues to exterminate traditional lifestyles, languages and peoples

    Wetiko pandemic continues to wreak havoc, kills many

    Wetiko is an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit – or in modern parlance we could say “contagious mental illness” – that is characterized by greed, excess, and selfish consumption. It deludes its host into believing that cannibalizing (in the broad sense) of other beings in order to amass advantage for oneself is a logical, healthy and even morally upstanding way to live. It inhibits the individual’s ability to see itself as an enmeshed and interdependent part of a balanced environment and raises the self-serving ego to supremacy. This allows, indeed commands, the infected entity to consume anything and everything it can, far beyond what it needs, in a blind, murderous daze of self-aggrandizement. (Paraphrased from

    Scientists warn of impending catastrophic collapse of civilization

    “…we evaluate the probability of avoiding the self-destruction of our civilisation. Based on the current resource consumption rates and best estimate of technological rate growth our study shows that we have very low probability, less than 10% in most optimistic estimate, to survive without facing a catastrophic collapse.” (

    Religious authorities warn of bad consequences for bad behavior




  • user 9:57 pm on 31st August 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Ultimatum concernant l’état du monde moderne 

    L’Homme Industrieux continue d’exterminer d’énormes quantités d’autres espèces, un comportement myope et pratiquement aveugle.

    “Je n’existe plus dans ce monde, grace a la betise des hommes”

    L’élevage industriel reste cruel et répandu.

    La climatisation contribue au réchauffement climatique.

    Les humains se battent au lieu de résoudre les problèmes qu’ils ont créés.

    L’hyper-industrialisme continue d’exterminer des modes de vie, des langues et des peuples traditionnels.

    L’homme industriel vit avec des déchets toxiques dans son l’intérieur — dans son corps et dans les profondeurs de son âme.

    L’homme industriel gagne sa bataille insensée contre les forêts.

    Nous détruisons les forêts autosuffisantes pour leur remplacer par des ordures et des émissions toxiques dont nous ne savons pas quoi faire.

    L’homme industriel met le monde en feu.

    THIS IS FINe. OC Dog cartoon yellow mammal comics vertebrate text art fiction illustration

    La pandémie de Wetiko fait rage sauvagement à travers toute l’humanité

    St. Anthony a peut etre souffert de la Wetiko et survécu. Est-que vous allez survivre?

    Les scientifiques prédisent l’imminent effondrement de la civilisation.

    Les autorités religieuses soutiennent la doctrine traditionnelle des conséquences pour la mauvaise comportement.




    Si l’homme ne cesse pas son mauvais comportement, qui est manifestement autodestructeur et insoutenable, les forces de la nature qu’il prétend naïvement d’avoir conquises lui apprendront la réalité d’une manière naturellement brutale, en infligeant beaucoup de mort et de souffrance.

  • user 5:27 pm on 8th July 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Animal Anki Decks 

    Here are some animal Anki decks, so you can train yourself to recognize 1000+ animals from their pictures:

    You are welcome to improve on these decks or make your own!

    The .csv file used to make these decks:

    The addon used to add the images:

  • user 4:46 am on 29th June 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Bird Anki Decks 

    If you ever feel the need to memorize the appearances and calls of birds, there is a program called Anki that can aid you. Here is a link to 14 beautiful bird decks:

  • user 7:58 pm on 8th June 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    More colors than you can imagine… 

    “Birds see the world differently than us. They see a whole range of colors that we can’t see – colors that are literally unimaginable to us. As a result of the vision differences between birds and people, we are missing stuff.”

    North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds in the last 50 years — another sign that we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

    Gorgeous Bird Live Cams

    Beautiful Bird Sound Database

    Bonus: Conference of the Birds, a Sufi Poem

    By Khalil Abdulkareem

  • user 1:01 am on 4th June 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Why should the world care about the environment in places like Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Rwanda? 


    Global warming is a threat to the entire human and animal population on earth and wherever there is an environmental degradation of soil and water such as in Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe, there exists more potential for Global Warming. Many other environmental hazards such as war, economic instability, a depletion of fresh water, endangered species, poverty, more disease, and air/water pollution also result from the types of land and water misuse that have happened in these African countries.

    In Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe there has been a lot of war and strife, thus upsetting the natural order of the environment with poaching for elephant tusks, mismanagement of land use, improper irrigation practices, and deforestation. Due to the incorrect land use desertification takes place.

    Desertification is the transformation of habitable land into desert by climatic change, improper land use, over cultivation, deforestation, poor irrigation practices, overgrazing, drought, burning of extensive areas, overpopulation, too much herding, overstocking or removal of protective vegetation, clearcutting and exposure to direct sunlight,

    When desertification takes place “soil loses nutrient value and erodes because there is no cycling of dead leaves/plant material or roots to hold on to the soil;” and “rainfall causes soil to wash away leading to infertility of the land.” (

    Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe are examples of these types of land degradation that are going on in many other parts of the world. We as a people should be concerned because we need pure water to drink, we need good food, we need air to breathe, we need to fight cancer and other dangerous diseases, and we need a good quality of life free from economic stresses.


    Why should we be concerned about water, for instance? Neither we nor our planet will continue to exist without water. Water sustains all life. It sustains animal, plant, and human life. When we don’t care about what we do to the land we destroy our drinking water. Less drinking water in one place means less drinking water in another place.

    What about food? When we don’t care about what is done to the land we allow natural plant species to be killed off and suffocated, never again to reproduce. Plants and specialized plants are important to our survival. Plants growing in the wild are unique and important due to the natural resistance they can build up against predators and pests.

    Today many plants and seeds are genetically altered to produce higher yield, resistance to climate, predators, etc. but with genetic alteration comes weaker plants that only survive a generation or two. And the only place to find new plants is in the wild untamed areas of the world where unique species evolve along with their natural resistance to predators.

    What about War? How can the destruction of land and habitats create war? People need food and water. These are very basic needs. When their source of food and water is depleted they will look for other places that offer food and water. This can be the beginning of a war with people fighting for the right to use land.

    Why is war in another place a concern for us? If wars become too destructive we get involved and send our soldiers to help fight the war. Thus we lose some of our best citizens to war.

    What does destructive land use have to do with the economy? The economy is based on how well a country utilizes its resources. If land is destroyed there may be no resources to use or to trade with. The country becomes dependent on other countries for subsistence. If the country is dependent on other countries, we are also involved. Today when our economy suffers so do other economies and vice versa. We are a global economic system. It is important for countries to become economically independent so that their fit into the global economic system is good. They can not do this if they are impoverished because they have destroyed their land.

    What about disease? How does improper land use contribute to disease? There are many ways. Water can become stagnant and become a breeding ground for the malarial mosquito.

    Water can become so polluted that it carries dangerous disease germs and people die from drinking contaminated water.

    Over 2000 anti-cancer species have been found in the rainforests. Allowing deforestation, clear cutting, and burning may destroy these species forever. All people the world over are looking for a supreme cancer cure. Perhaps there may even be a cure for AIDS in the wild, untouched areas of the world. But if these areas are continually destroyed by mismanaged land use, we may never find a cure.

    Poverty results in many environmental misuses. Land is deforested and picked dry. In turn, when the land is deforested and picked dry, there is more poverty. Once there is no land for growing food or harvesting wild food, people starve. So desertification and poverty form a vicious circle of more and more poverty and more and more desertification.

    Poverty everywhere affects us. It diminishes the world economy. It is the beginning of war and cruel dictatorships. War and dictatorships produce unrest throughout our world.


    Mozambique’s natural hazards are droughts, cyclones, and floods in the central and southern provinces. Natural hazards such as these can put greater pressure on the stability of the land and in themselves contribute to desertification and erosion. And indeed, their civil war and drought has resulted in desertification, surface and coastal water pollution, and elephant poaching for ivory.

    Mozambique has made great strides since its independence from Portugal in 1975, when it was then one of the world’s poorest countries. However, Mozambique is today still dependent on foreign assistance and most citizens are below the poverty level. There is a substantial trade imbalance and the unemployment rate is 21%.


    Zimbabwe’s natural hazard is droughts. Land use is characterized by deforestation, soil erosion, land degradation, water pollution, and poor mining practices. The poaching of the Black Rhinoceros is an environmental activity that has depleted the Black Rhino almost to extinction in this area, which once had the highest concentration of Black Rhino.

    The Economy is characterized by an unsustainable fiscal deficit, overvalued official exchange rate, hyperinflation, and bare store shelves. The inflation rate is 6000% in 2007 due to the Central Bank printing money to fund the deficit. The official exchange rate fell from approximately one Zimbabwean dollar per U. S. dollar in 2003 to more than 17,500 per U. S. dollar in 2007.


    Rwanda experienced bitter civil war between 1990 and 1994 with the mass genocide of 800,000 Tutsies and 2 million Hutu fleeing to neighboring countries. There is still unrest with insurgents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo determined to take back Rwanda.

    Their natural hazards are droughts and the volcanic Viringa Mountains. Their environmental issues are deforestation, overgrazing, soil exhaustion, soil erosion, and poaching.

    Rwanda is a poor rural country with 90% of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture. The 1994 genocide contributed to the economic instability in this area. Food production and population growth is not equal and Rwanda receives aid from the IMF – World Bank. Economic growth is hampered by energy shortages, inadequate transportation to other countries, and the instability of neighboring states.


    How do we actively care for our global environment? There are many things we can do as citizens of the world to care for the people in Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe; and in many other parts of the world.

    We can stop the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming by driving environmentally friendly cars and recycling our waste products. In turn the countries with densely populated forests need to engage in the reforestation of depleted forests to help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the air causing global warming. We can help them do this by becoming actively involved.

    Global warming causes climate change which upsets the natural order of weather conditions and causes agricultural communities a loss of their livelihood. According to Jan Egeland, Norwegian Peace Mediator, climate change is more than an environmental issue — it is a question of “War and Peace.”

    We can actively get involved with communities around the world and in our own backyard by volunteering, donating, and becoming members of the various organizations set up to alleviate intolerable environmental conditions. We can start our own organizations. We can do research and write books or articles to educate the general public about environmental pollution. We can actually go to some of these places to help in setting up sustainable agriculture and economic initiatives.

    Reporters, Stephanie Haines and Jeff Barbee have been instrumental in helping to get environmental actions started in Mozambique, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe by writing their articles that have been published in various magazines, newsletters, and online. This is caring in an active way. We should all be doing our part to care for our global environment.

    In Zimbabwe their focus is Victoria Falls in Hwange National Park which was once a prime conservation and tourist spot. In Mozambique it is Gorongoso National Park, which the Carr Foundation has now pledged $1.2 million per year to be used for reconstruction, rehabilitation, of upgrading of park facilities. The park was destroyed during the 16 year civil war.

    The references listed below can also be used to find your way in contributing to your concern for the environment. You can volunteer, join, donate, or find a new career.

    Institute for War and Peace
    Environmental Africa
    CIA factsheet — Mozambique
    United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
    The Nature Conservancy
    Gore, Al, Earth in the Balance, Houghton Mifflin Company, NY, NY, 1992.

    Copyright © 2020 Carroll Colette J. Yorgey

  • user 12:54 am on 8th April 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: northern hawaiian ecosystems ecology, nwhi   

    Ecology of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 

    By Carroll Yorgey

    The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) located in the Pacific Oceania represent the oldest part of the Hawaiian Island chain but are located 1200 miles northwest of the main Hawaiian Islands.

    The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands comprise a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of

    • coral reefs
    • islands
    • atolls
    • shoals

    Over 7,000 species of marine life make their home in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

    Now a national monument called the Papahanaumokuakea Monument, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are a protected ecological and wildlife sanctuary. The NWHI islands are one of the oldest environmental habitats in the world and are home to a huge diversity of wildlife beginning with the lowest members of the food chain – the coral reefs and all the sea creatures and plants that make the coral reefs their home.

    There are over 3.5 million acres of coral colonies throughout the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands that are home to over 150 species of red, green, and brown algae.

    The waters include seven species of sea turtles with all of them endangered except one. Two types of coral are also on the endangered species list. What happens when the coral colonies that are the base of the food chain are wiped out?

    Ninety percent of the world’s Green Sea Turtles come to nest in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. But the Green Sea Turtle is endangered. Hawaiian Monk Seals are also endangered.

    The largest colony of Laysan Albatross in the world make their home in the NWHI at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.

    The are also many diverse species of whales, dolphins, and seals in the waters of the NWHI.

    For marine birds who live mostly on the water, the NWHI is their main foraging and breeding area.

    Environmental pollution in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

    The problem is the vast amount of pollution in the form of trash and garbage that ends up on the shores of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

    As stated in a National Geographic video about the NWHI, the region between the Hawaiian Islands and the west coast of the Americas is the “largest marine trash dump in the world” and described also “like a giant toilet bowl that never gets flushed.”

    In the past ten years, 600 tons of trash have been removed from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

    Trash can be a fatal reality for sea birds who die from ingesting it as do other marine species.

    Although the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are now protected as a US national monument there are still threats such as tourism, trash dumping by cruise liners, and the US Navy’s proposed expansion plans of their military training base in the Hawaiian Islands, according to conservationists and indigenous communities.


    Copyright © 2020 Carroll Colette J. Yorgey. Originally published in 2010.

  • user 4:05 am on 25th March 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    State of the Modern World Address — Spring 2020 

    New virus terrorizes people into decreasing air pollution

    “One of the largest drops in pollution levels could be seen over the city of Wuhan, in central China, which was put under a strict lockdown in late January. The city of 11 million people serves as a major transportation hub and is home to hundreds of factories supplying car parts and other hardware to global supply chains. According to Nasa, nitrogen dioxide levels across eastern and central China have been 10-30% lower than normal.” (

    According to WHO: “Some 3.8 million premature deaths annually are attributed to outdoor (ambient) air pollution. About 80% of those deaths are due to heart disease and stroke, while another 20% are from respiratory illnesses and cancers related to exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), the most health-harmful air pollutant.” (

  • user 12:20 am on 7th March 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alternative energy   

    Basics of an Alternative Energy Home 

    By Carroll Yorgey

    The alternative energy home uses every possible method of conservation, relying on clean, safe energy.

    The characteristics of the alternative energy home are based on features and devices that provide the most reliable energy at the lowest cost. And cost means the cost of economics and also the cost to the environment.

    Solar energy for both heating and cooling

    The use of active or passive solar energy depends on the structure of the building; passive solar energy is the most cost-effective of the two.

    Water conservation

    Water conservation is very important in the alternative energy home, and a variety of water conservation techniques and devices are used.

    • waterless indoor toilets
    • water recycling
    • water conserving faucets and shower heads
    • low-flush toilet and flow-control faucets and shower heads – these types of water conservation devices can cut water usage by one-third
    • conserving water by using good plumbing techniques and practices such as immediately fixing leaks – a leaky faucet can add up to seven gallons of wasted water per day – a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day
    • waste-water recycling
    • composting toilets
    • oxidizing toilets
    • portable flush toilets – for use in vacation homes or RVs
    • urinals if the population is all male – uses only about a pint of water per day


    Alternative energy homes use the required amount and type of insulation for both heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Good insulation helps to improve the quality of passive solar energy.

    Glazed and energy-efficient windows

    Windows and glass should be glazed and facing south for optimum passive solar heating. Also, triple-pane energy efficient windows are used in the alternative energy home.

    Solar cooking

    Utilizing a solar oven or solar cooker can greatly improve the energy efficiency of your home – this is totally free cooking – no more cooking with gas or electric.

    Heat pumps

    Heat pumps are great for heating and cooling homes. They do use electric but can be assisted by groundwater and solar energy.

    High-efficiency fire places and multifuel furnaces

    Depending on the construction of the house, different types of heat sources may be necessary; or backup heat sources may be needed. In this case highly efficient fireplaces are used. In areas where there are many changing climates throughout the year the multifuel furnace is utilized using the type of fuel that corresponds to weather and sunlight conditions.

    Electricity generation by the homeowner

    The homeowner can save considerably by generating his own electricity if electricity is the source of energy utilized. The best way to produce electricity will be based on the the entire alternative home and the landscape of the area. These are the alternative ways of producing energy efficient electricity:

    • wind energy
    • wind mills
    • independent water power

    Appliances all rated energy efficient

    If using electricity all appliances are rated energy efficient meaning they will use the least amount of energy as possible.

    These are the characteristics of the alternative energy home. All parts of the home are built to enhance energy conservation. Even the types of material used to build the house such as roofing tiles and construction materials are rated the most highly energy efficient. Trained builders and architects of energy efficient alternative homes have at their disposal the most highly energy efficient materials to produce a truly alternative energy home.


    Coffee, Frank. 1981. The Self-Sufficient House. NY: Holt, Rinehart,and Winston.

    Copyright © 2020 Carroll Colette J. Yorgey

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