Some room for improvement

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2019/12/climate-change-worst-case-scenario-now-looks-unrealistic.html?__twitter_impression=true

I`m not a climate scientist so don’t expect me to reproduce all the technical details here, but in short both the worst case scenarios and best case scenarios for climate change seem rather unrealistic now, at least according to this article. If I got this right we’re expecting a 2° C increase in global temperatures, which means that major cities along the coasts will still get flooded, but total civilizational collapse seems unlikely.

Of course this is still all up in the air, and a lot of it depends on how the newly industrialized economies of the world regulate their carbon output, and other findings suggest we’re already fast tracked for a worst case scenario outcome, so make of that what you will. The point being that what will happen in the next few decades is up in the air at this point, no one knows, anything can happen, and what happens is ultimately up to us.

So don’t fall prey to the denialist, capitalist serving bullshit that is eco-pessimism, but don’t get your hopes up either, take action is all I`m saying, that’s what ultimately matters after all.

Neanderthal extinction revised

https://www.sciencealert.com/how-a-perfect-storm-of-sex-and-population-size-may-have-sealed-the-neanderthals-fate

Instead they were wiped out by demographic factors, namely small population size and inbreeding. Modern humans helped out by essentially serving as a sort of “sexual distraction,” so then when Neanderthals mated with modern humans the gene flow went to modern human populations rather than Neanderthal populations, ie we swamped them and assimilated them with little conflict involved, and thereby accelerated a process that would’ve eventually killed them all of anyways.

The Mystery of the Wow! signal.

Mr John Michael Godier here does a brilliant introduction and explanation of the eponymous “mystery of the Wow! signal,” especially why it’s unlikely to be of anything of either terrestrial or solar (as in the solar system’s orbit) origin. Perhaps most spookily, he notes that the signal appears to be corrected for the orbits of the sun and the earth, something that is not often mentioned about the solar system, and given how earth’s status as a life-bearing planet wouldn’t exactly be a secret to distant extrasolar observers, this is extremely spooky, only adding to the mystery surrounding the Wow! signal. Also of interest is that whatever emitted the Wow! signal also appears to be slowly moving towards us, at a speed of ten km/sec, of course that’s slower than the Voyager 2’s speed of 15 km/s.

Could this be some sort of intentionally sent probe, and the Wow! signal being an attempt to signal us to alert us of its presence? In the end, who knows? It’s unlikely the mystery of the Wow! signal is something that will be solved in the near future, but it definitely keeps us awake at night, showing that there’s still much more to learn about this strange universe we call home.

The Roots of Humanity

I propose that Australopithecus is to be more accurately considered a chronogenus, similar to how Homo erectus is considered a chronospecies. I mean, Australopithecus already is paraphyletic because it excludes Homo, its descendant genus, and there are human species that display many primitive, australopithecine traits, and many australopithecine species that feature advanced, human traits. So much so in fact that the line between “human” and “protohuman” has been increasingly blurred over the years, to the point we’re having debates over whether something like H. habilis is truly a human or rather an australopithecine proto-human instead.

We know that stone tools were already in use by 3.3 Ma, and that we were already losing our body hair by 3.2 Ma (which surprise surprise indicates persistence hunting), and that australopithecine social structures would’ve been more similar to modern humans than chimps (australopithecines gave birth the hard, human way, rather than the easy chimp way), including that the males took part in raising the young, and that australopithecine couples were at the very least serially monogamous. We don’t know how complex they were, or how much more similar to modern human socials structures they were than to chimps, since so much time has passed between then and now, but we know at the very least the beginnings of everything thought of as “human,” from bipedality to marriage to technology (rather than simple tool use), had its roots in the australopithecines.

Of course, that’s not to mention the extremely early migrations out of Africa that lead to the H. floresiensis lineage, since recent phylogenetic analyses indicates the Hobbits of Flores were even more basal than H. habilis was, and the findings of stone tools in China dated to over two million years ago, and how the primitive species H. naledi was found to have lived as recently as 200kya, we now know the story of human evolution is a *lot* more complex than we once thought, indeed it’s apt, if somewhat crude, to call it what it is: a *clusterfuck*.

Cemetery 117

On the shores of ancient Lake Turkana we find a hidden trove of all too human horrors, a trove of broken bones and unburied bodies, a testament to the inner cruelty of man. 59 victims were found, murdered and mutilated, their bodies left unburied. Only the tide would tend to their funerary needs, forever preserving this senseless, and ancient, act of wanton cruelty.

Thirteen thousand years ago an entire community was massacred, their hands and feet bound together as their skulls were smashed in, their scalps sliced off, and their tongues ripped out. All ages were among the victims, from the elderly to children. Among the dead was a woman in late pregnancy.

These people were not farmers, as it had been long presumed the horrors of war only started with the advent of agriculture. No, these people lived before the dawn of farming, but the world they lived in was changing. The ice sheets were melting, causing global chaos as what had been the norm for tens of thousands of years came to a grinding halt.

Lake Turkana was a paradise in this time, lush, wet, and green, filled with all sorts of wildlife like elephants, hippos, and crocodiles as far as the eye could see. This primordial Garden of Eden would seem like the last place one would expect to find the grisly atrocities of war, but alas, appearances can be deceiving.

What truly happened on that fateful day thirteen thousand years ago may never truly be known, but these broken bodies lay witness to the fact that war, war never changes.

Automation

“Whereas once we were flesh and blood man, now we are soulless machines.”

We are reaching the dawn of the machine age, a world dominated by silicon rather than meat, but what does it exactly entail for humanity? Many things it turns out, and what holds the key to dystopian nightmares also holds the key to a future paradise, how things turn out are ultimately up to us.

The relentless neoliberal drive towards the increase of “growth” and “productivity” in the name of the Market has first lead to men being treated like machines, making the worker beholden to the corporate bureaucracy like a slave is beholden to the whip. In time however, even wage slavery isn’t enough for our bourgeois overlords, and so they turn to all out mechanization instead.

There soon won’t be a “labor market,” because there will be no laborers, everything will be automatized. This will lead to mass unemployment and a huge social crisis in the decades to come, income inequality will become even worse than it is now, as there would now exist a huge permanently unemployable underclass numbering in the hundreds of millions, if not billions, and this, combined with the pressure of climate change, will be the spark of revolution, and quite possibly, collapse along with it.

The very real potential of proletarian revolution scares our capitalist overlords, and this is why they’re proposing UBI, or “universal basic income,” basically bread and circuses to keep the masses complacent enough not to revolt. It also serves the dual purpose as the carrot and the stick, the carrot being UBI and the stick being that vital lifeline in this automated hellworld being yanked away at the slightest hint of rebellion and rejection of the capitalist hegemony.

In the end, however, as bad as automation will be, climate change will be our ultimate reckoning. The fallout of both combined will be either disastrous for humanity as a whole, as we get flung back into the stone age, or it will be the birth of a new order, a socialist order. Indeed, we already see the beginnings of the global socialist revolution to come, as the workers begin organizing and resisting, as dual power structures start to be set up to ignore capitalist society entirely.

These exist on the fringes of society of course, capitalism still holds sway, but cracks are forming beneath the surface. During the later days of feudalism, capitalist unions existed on the fringes of society as well, in the cities with merchant trade guilds, and when the time was ripe for action the capitalists lead a revolution that overthrew the feudal aristocracy and replaced it with a dictatorship of the bourgeoisie in its wake.

Our time will come, and that day is sooner than you think, so don’t give in to the forces of pessimism, for that’s what the capitalist bastards want.

The G7, the Bourgeoisie, and the Fate of Humanity

I don’t give a fuck if Trudeau and Boris are mocking Trump, they are not our friends. I just saw that video of the G7, such bourgeois decadence. The rich are not our friends, they are our enemy. We sit at the precipice of the literal fucking apocalypse, and they would rather save a few measly bucks than steer course and save the fucking fate of our entire species.

They continue to plunder our natural resources, they continue to exploit workers and the environment, they continue to use fossil fuels, the end is nigh and no carbon credit tax is gonna stop that. Instead it just engenders backlash as it puts the brunt on the poor, rather than the wealthy as they always do.

Death to the bourgeoisie, death to capitalism. If you want a future for your children and grandchildren abolish capitalism, the fate of humanity itself depends on it. Workers of the world, unite!