As I write this, Houston and Port Arthur, Texas are just beginning the cleanup from one of the most catastrophic storms in history. The damage will exceed even that of Hurricane Katrina. At the same time, torrential rains and flooding from Nepal to India have killed at least a thousand people and caused widespread suffering and economic disruption. Meanwhile, the planet is dotted with tens of thousands of wildfires. There is wildfire even in Greenland.
This is all dreadful news, but made even more so for me personally because I have seen it coming for thirty and more years but have not been able to affect the public debate except indirectly. Instead, the American population has been tricked by profiteers and their paid professional liars into believing that global warming is not happening. The President of the United States has offered the opinion that it’s a Chinese conspiracy and has directed all public-facing entities under the control of his administration to cease to mention global warming and climate change.
This is, to put it bluntly, insane. It amounts to criminal irresponsibility and a fantastic and dangerous abuse of power. What is worse, I know that by writing this I will receive a load of subscription cancellations to this website from people who have chosen out of fear to believe these poisonous lies rather than face the need for planning and preparation. How ironic that, even at this late date, intelligent preparation could prevent so much suffering. For example, ever since Katrina, Houston has been ignoring the threat to its infrastructure and has done little to protect itself. Instead, the city continued to allow development in its wetlands, which are now unable to do the job that nature intended them to do, which was to channel runoff.
As I watch all of this helplessly, I also see Unknowncountry.com being attacked in an effort to reduce its reach and its ability to communicate its message. This is exactly what is done to terrorist websites–they are not taken down, but degraded and their reach compromised.
The method used to harm this site has been to hobble it rather than destroy it outright. Official doctrine involves degrading unwanted internet presences rather than outright destroying them. Unknowncountry’s ability to generate income is what has been attacked. For example, the advertising system has been broken and the ability to record some types of new subscription had been damaged. These are not accidents. They are intentional acts and the sophistication with which they have been done suggests that the perpetrator is either a person with intimate knowledge of the site’s inner workings or someone with unusual access. I cannot know which it is, but it must be one or the other, or, as I fear in my darker moments, perhaps it is both. Perhaps somebody working here has a hidden agenda.
There are people inside the US and British governments who know the truth about me and also therefore know that what appears on this site is going to be truthful and accurate, especially when it comes to matters like climate change. They know that there is nobody with a better predictive resource that can be found right here.
So one must ask the question, why would anybody want to degrade it? It is unique in the world and there are people inside the intelligence infrastructure who know this for certain, and know why it is true. So shouldn’t they want to support it and its mission?
We are at the beginning of a new chapter in the story of Planet Earth. It is going to be a difficult chapter for us, and if we intend to survive and prosper, we are going to have to listen carefully to what nature is telling us. If we continue to live out the fantasy that nature is not telling the story, or telling another story, what lies ahead for us is an era of suffering and impoverishment.
It is a terrible irony that global warming denial essentially rests in a greedy business decision on the part of corporate owners who have the money to buy politicians. This was originally done out of concern for immediate profits–the next quarter, the next fiscal year, and damn the future and the children.
Well, my friends, the future has arrived and the children are not children anymore. They are us.