The Hurricane Harvey event has come and gone, but the aftermath is just beginning. That event lasted for about five days. The initial horror of its winds quickly gave way to the horror of its rains. The storm sat parked over the Houston area for several days, surrounded by high pressure that ensured it would stay put. Even so, it did jog out over the ocean and back a few times, gathering strength and more moisture for floods. When it finally departed the area, it left Houston under water, a rising death toll, and scattered misery.
This disaster struck barely a week after the “Great American Eclipse” (GAE). Is there a causal connection? Maybe at some cosmic level. Within the preceding months of the event, John Hogue noted:
I also foresee by August something so large happening with the Earth’s climate that even a few climate change deniers, like President Trump perhaps, might take notice that something is going very wrong with the planet, its storms and even its quaking earth when Saturn resumes its forward progress on 25 August 2017.
Hogue, John. John Hogue's Worldwide Astrological Predictions for the Real New Year: Spring 2017 to Spring 2018 (Kindle Locations 504-508). HogueProphecy Publishing. Kindle Edition.
I think Hurricane Harvey qualifies as a pretty large happening that is just the opening act of a drawn-out climate affair. I expect, however, it will be denied, spun, and lied about right up to the bitterly hot end. As I write this, Hurricane Irma is crossing the Atlantic at a Category 3 level and it looks like a strong possibility for striking the US—possibly the eastern seaboard. It’s followed by a disturbance that could become Hurricane Jose and reach the US in the Gulf. And then it seems that a constant firing of tropical waves off Africa may keep a steady stream of cyclones headed for us in the months of September and October.
I fear those months will be ones for watching cyclones bouncing around the Atlantic like the steel ball in a pinball machine, hoping it doesn’t “tilt” into our area. Of course, there’s a randomness to a pinball game that isn’t matched in weather events anymore. Imagine a strong magnet placed against the bottom of the pinball machine, allowing the ball to be directed and so racking up as many points as desired. It seems something analogous to that magnet was applied to H. Harvey.
Note the huge right angle in the satellite image that heads this journal entry. Aren’t there supposed to be no straight lines in nature? It defines the high pressure pushing the remnants of Harvey away from Texas and up to, roughly, Memphis. Western images showed that same “border” keeping moisture out of southern California, where a hellish heatwave (heat dome?) has developed.
The disaster of Hurricane Harvey prompted some interesting comments from observers of the world scene. Most weren’t reported in the mainstream media.
In an article for the Common Dreams website, Naomi Klein points out that disasters such as Hurricane Harvey are occurring because of the climate change problem humanity won’t address—or at least our rulers won’t address it, or not adequately, anyway. She says:
The records being broken year after year — whether for drought, storm surges, wildfires or just heat — are happening because the planet is markedly warmer than it has been since record-keeping began.
Naomi Klein, Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now Is The Time to Talk About Climate Change, commondreams.org
A big reason our planet is “markedly warmer” is that the air is saturated with metal particulates from the constant spraying (the chemtrails of geoengineering) that contributes to the greenhouse effect. Further contributions come from the carbon dioxide from industrialized civilization and the methane released from thawing permafrost.
Weather manipulation is a consequence of being ruled by psychopaths and is itself a presage to civilization’s collapse (which, like geoengineering, is well under way). James Kunstler, a well-known writer about collapse, interviewed Richard Heinberg (another well-known writer about collapse) this week in a podcast that struck me as particularly enlightening. I’ve followed the work of both these men for many years and I’ve seen them grow in pessimism about the progression of things. This podcast offers a good “state of affairs” from the both of them.
Mr. Kunstler doesn’t consider himself a “doomer” in that he thinks a better future is possible for humanity, but it will only come after civilization has collapsed to a sustainable mode of living. Indeed, this collapse will happen whether people want it or not, because our civilization/economy is based on the ideas of endless growth. The world’s resources required to fuel that growth are running out. Therefore, Mr. Heinberg identifies our problem as being a systemic one of “overshoot.” He says:
The human system expanded dramatically, overshooting Earth’s long-term carrying capacity for humans while upsetting the ecological systems we depend on for our survival. Until we understand and address this systemic imbalance, symptomatic treatment...will constitute an endlessly frustrating round of stopgap measures that are ultimately destined to fail.
Richard Heinberg, Museletter #303: Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us, richardheinberg.com
There were other indicators of moral and economic collapse this week. Steven Singer, writing for Common Dreams, posed the question of whether the Houston public schools would be privatized via conversion to charter schools. That happened in New Orleans after the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, and I expect the odds are great for it happening in Houston.
Perhaps the most telling example of the cruel system we live under is the revelation of a complete cure for leukemia. The cure is by means of a single-infusion therapy that “re-programs” cells in living patients to perform a specific task, like killing cancer cells. The “problem” with this therapy for pharmaceutical companies (like Novartis) is:
The therapies are designed in a laboratory and introduced to patients through a single infusion. For a pharmaceutical industry built on perpetually treating symptoms with refillable prescriptions rather than producing permanent and enduring cures, this new form of therapy represents the end of their business model.
Tony Cartalucci, Curing Incurable Leukemia, globalresearch.ca
And so the leukemia cure is priced at $475,000 when the cost to test it on terminally ill patients was $20,000. Capitalism. Of course, I’m suspicious of the idea of a cellular re-engineering therapy developed by big pharma to cure cancer. I would think they could make tons of money by developing it into some monstrosity of a bio-weapon they could sell to the military-industrial. Probably, they already have.
While I wish to write about more uplifting subjects, there are storms headed our way—in reality and metaphor. They bear upon all that we do and mitigate our hopes. Maybe they make us stronger. I’ll keep you posted.
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LINKS for further reading:
KunstlerCast 294 — “There’s No App for That” — Richard Heinberg
Museletter #303: Climate Change Isn’t Our Biggest Environmental Problem, and Why Technology Won’t Save Us
Curing Incurable Leukemia
After Hurricane Harvey, Will Houston Public Schools Be Charterized?
Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now Is The Time to Talk About Climate Change.
Engineered Climate Cataclysm: Hurricane Harvey ( Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org )