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Water – Part I

In Earth on November 14, 2011 at 8:47 am

This year we witnessed the arrival of the seventh billionth earthling. Global population continues its exponential growth voraciously. What we find ourselves muddled in is a paradox of human welfare and destruction. The trouble is that there is no consensus on this. The planet hasn’t tried to support this many of its children at the same time. As with any parent, she gives us free will and resources to accomplish what we think is right. Self-harm is categorized as prudent morality, or in this case, unprudent. The majority follow the conventional morality and stick to the program of unsustainable immediate growth all the while grabbing more and more of the resources. How much is too much?

We arose from water and our demise is inscribed in it. The third planet in our home solar system has 1,386 million cubic kilometres of water. The mathematical building block of our Universe is an efficient & elegant sphere, hence lets envision that all of the water(life-sustaining and otherwise) could be compressed into a sphere…

Comparison by volume of Earth and its water

...if all of Earth's water(ice, liquid, vapour, freshwater, saline) were to be compressed to form a sphere, it would measure 1,385km in diameter. (source: USGS)

Almost 97% of this is saline and hence not suitable for drinking. Of the drinkable freshwater, 68% is locked in ice and glaciers, 30% is underground and the rest is found on the surface as rivers, lakes or swamps. The freshwater on the surface amounts to just 1/10,000th of one percent of the total water.

Distribution of water resources

The global population growth is apparantly on a decline but the people are indeed living longer. And we all know that none of the nation states are ever going to put an end to human reproduction. What we have here is a taut struggle between the exponential growth of users and an irreversible eradication of a finite utility asset. The asset just happens to be a life-sustaining resource, more valuable than gold or currency ever will be.

(End of Part I)


In Life on November 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm

There are generally two psychological templates for a typical human being existing on the planet. We have the free-thinking populace counter-weighed by the pretender populace. The free-thinkers contemplate the purpose of existence, their actions and the effects of their actions while the pretenders pretend to exist, in every sense. The pretenders don’t care where they came from or why they’re here. The pretenders cannot be effectively included in the category of sentient beings. The pretenders pervade every crevice of the current human civilisation, from the summit(political and economic masters) to the bottom(village idiots aka fanboys).

The pretenders go to church(or temple or mosque), have ‘faith’. Whenever the pretenders commit mistakes, they cry foul and blame a non-existent foreign evil supposedly residing inside their body. There are atheist pretenders counter-weighing the theist ones. The pretenders don’t care what you have to say, and they cannot see, or rather refuse to. These awesome pretenders are only interested in 5 minute solutions to the quandry of an infinite universe, and involved in subjugation and profits!

Let us consider the matter of ethics in everyday life. It is basic human instinct to believe that good begets good but the pretenders and their masters have borne an ideologue that ethics begets harm to oneself, therefore one has to lie, cheat and steal to get ahead. Idealism is looked upon with disdain, like a malformed foetus that needs to be aborted as soon as possible.

Case study #1
Corporations are not legally bound to anything but to make profit. – Noam Chomsky

One need not travel far to see the effects. The methyl isocyanate gas leak at the Union Carbide pesticide plant(Bhopal Gas tragedy) is an ongoing reminder of how treacherous the perpetrators can be. The plant is an owned subsidiary of Dow Chemicals who consider themselves immune to the accountability laws since they were running a transnational operation.

Case study #2

In Tanzania, the mining firm, AngloGold Ashanti mined $1.5 billion worth of gold from 2000 to 2007, but only 9 percent of that money stayed behind as taxes and royalties. In the meantime, the firm’s top shareholder—hedge fund billionaire John Paulson—lives on New York’s Upper East Side and summers in the Hamptons.

Congo miner suffering from tuberculosis

This former miner suffers from tuberculosis and has been left to fend for himself in a sanatorium in Mongbwalu. - from Marcus Bleasdale's photo essay, The Congo's Midas Curse

Case study #3
A landmark judgement was passed by Justice Clarence Thomas in the United States, stating that new plant breeds are patentable under the general utility patentable laws of America. The honorable Justice Clarence Thomas served as an attorney for Monsanto in the 1970s(aka judicial pretender). This essentially meant corporations like Monsanto could begin their vain attempt to patent life!

In 1998, two years after the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Canada, the Schmeisers received a lawsuit notice from Monsanto which said that they were growing Roundup Ready canola without a licence from Monsanto and that this was a patent infringement. Monsanto had a patent on a gene to make GM canola resistant to the glyphosate herbicide in its formulation Roundup. This came as a complete surprise to the Schmeisers who immediately realised that all their research and development on canola over the past fifty years had been contaminated by Monsanto’s GMOs.

The Schmeisers took on the mighty Monsanto in Court and won.

Case study #4
The majority of the global population suckles at the teats of Pepsi and Coca-cola, while both these corporations desire more and more lips. Both these products provide no nutrients at all but the pretenders profess a facade of public service. They sweeten their juice with high fructose corn syrup which is a relatively cheap substitute for sugar and is in no way natural. The human body is not designed to handle these artificial substances.

The goal of the corn industry is to call into question any claim of harm from consuming high fructose corn syrup, and to confuse and deflect by calling their product natural “corn sugar”. That’s like calling tobacco in cigarettes natural herbal medicine.

The pretenders will pretend to protect you till you let go of your last currency or your last breath, whichever comes first.

Luke Barrs

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