Near-Term Extinction (NTE) Resources

** I’m a member of the near-term human extinction (NTHE) Facebook support group. Can’t remember now when I joined – 2014?? Don’t recall. At any rate, there are times when I visit the group often, while at other times I go months without going there (Facebook can be a good thing to avoid, sometimes; you know?). The group has been a valuable resource for me. I learn lots there, & am able to chat honestly about this topic that one is unable to discuss with most of one’s friends, family or colleagues. You can only join the (closed) group if you declare you believe we humans are heading for extinction. There is no tolerance there for what we call “hopium” – the sort of talk about how we can “fix” things if we just … whatever. Those of us in the group ain’t buying. We accept that human existence is doomed. I’ve had lots of great conversations there, & picked up tons of up-to-date information about things like the latest climate news.

** This list is alphabetical. Just seems easiest to do it that way. It’s very incomplete, but for sure, all these entries have been helpful to me at one time or another.

** Finally, let me explain that all my near-term-extinction-related materials used to be nice & neatly organized, on my old blog site. Now they’re scattered here, there & all over the place in the kind of messy fashion life seems to move toward as the days & years go by (entropy??). You can use the Search bar on both the “new” blog & the “old” one to find NTE-related posts. Grief tends to come up as we contemplate what’s going on, here on our lovely planet; I’ve written about it several times on janetsplanet (& always in those posts offer resources that can help us deal with our grief).

Carolyn Baker – Speaking Truth to Power

Dahr Jamail writes a lot about climate change

  • His new series on climate disruption dispatches is here

Doom for Dummies

Going Dark (documentary)

Nature Bats Last

Near-term extinction Facebook support group (closed group)

Seemorerocks blog (this link is to an “old” posting but you can check out the blog’s recent stuff)

Weather Update videos  (this does not appear to be being updated anymore)

 

** NTE Quotes on this blog here, in ‘Quotation Central’

** lots of great NTE-related graphics, in the previous post!

NTE Graphics

On my old blog site (I switched over to this "new" one a year or so ago, after 7 years on the "old" one), I had a different set-up, with more categories of postings listed across the top, under which related items hung out.

One section I had was "NTE," or near-term extinction. A heading under which I'd amassed some resources, graphics & a list of my main NTE-related postings.

This worked for me. But it isn't the way this "new" site is set up.

I'm going to post, again, some of the materials I had before the switch.

I'll start with graphics, then move on to Resources (see the posting after this one, for those).

Here goes with the graphics I find useful, memorable (and, in some cases, amusing!):

And then, there are the ever-useful, ever-wise words of Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön. Here are just a few:

Pema - Sky image.jpg
Pema on Chaos.jpg

Finally, some Rumi wisdom!

Habits. & Ants.

<Aug. 2/17.>

Got thinking this morning about habits.

Musing on the thought that good habits are hard to break.

(I have a lot of “good” habits cultivated over the past 3 or so decades, in attempts to be frugal, consume less, use less energy, all while trying to “save the planet”… as if!!)

It’s pretty abundantly clear that while these habits may have always made me feel good (& that’s quite true; they really have), they’ve done absolutely nothing to keep the planet (or our species) in good shape

# We Are Toast

I reflect that I’m still doing most of them because…

Good habits are hard to break!

Leading to the inescapable thought:

If “good” ones are hard to break, imagine how hard “bad” ones must be!!

“Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs, one step at a time.” ~ Mark Twain

Ah…….

 

Ants

Lately I often muse that we human beings are similar to ants in some ways.

  • Around & around we scurry
  • Reproducing enthusiastically
  • Very busy creatures indeed are we!

We humans have pretensions, though, it seems to me, that I suspect the ants utterly lack (though who can say for sure??)

We think we are Pretty Damn Hot Shit

So smart!

So …. well, you know

Important.

We really do take ourselves very seriously. Have put our own species (many of us our very own selves, also; can you say Egos on Steroids??) on a very high pedestal indeed.

You needn’t look far to observe that we are, um, perhaps not quite as brilliant & spectacular as we have been telling ourselves. Mmmmmm?

The ants are not destroying their very own homes, in all their busy scurryings, while pretending to themselves to not be destroying Planet Earth & ourselves, all the while. 

Silly humans!

# Ants with Pretensions 'R Us

# Self-deluded Are We

 

So many “bad” habits we human beans have, eh??

 

Janet

 

p.s. some good reading/viewing, designed to lift spirits:

A quote or 2 to throw in:

“Let us face it: an Earthling’s sense of humor and fascination with sex makes it impossible for him or her to concentrate seriously on anything, even his or her survival, for more than an hour at a time.” – Kurt Vonnegut in a speech in 1972

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him think.” – Rebecca Solnit      

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Viktor Frankl

“I encourage people to pursue excellence, to pursue love, to pursue what they love to do. I don’t think these are crazy ideas, actually – and I also encourage people to remain calm because nothing is under control, certainly not under our control anyway.” – Guy McPherson, the NTE (near-term extinction guy) in a November 2016 interview on a New Zealand radio station. (My introduction to McPherson came in this 2012 blog posting, ‘We’re done.’ He has a mind-blowing item on his blog called ‘Climate-Change Summary and Update that could really, well, blow your mind.

“There is not much truth being told in the world. There never was. This has proven to be a major disappointment to some of us.” – Anne Lamott in the Prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith

“The cure for states is feelings. As I discovered that day in the shower, unlike states, which tend to congeal, feelings will run their own course in due time. Despite the often expressed male fear that if one were to let oneself cry, one would never stop, tears, in fact, eventually taper off if one lets them. Feelings are not endless, but our numbing attempts to avoid them can last a lifetime.” – Terrence Real in I Don’t Want to Talk About It – Overcoming The Secret Legacy of Male Depression

“If you can’t have a good relationship with somebody, then you should at least have a good relationship with your work. Your work should feel like … an incredible person lying next to you in bed.” – the character Ethan speaking to his friend Jonah in the novel The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

** btw, I have to tell you that the main document I store most of my quotation collection in (there are actually multiple documents) is 133 pages long. I could go on for hours with great ones here. Do check out the Quotation Central section of the blog if you are so inclined. It doesn’t have them all, but there are good ones a’plenty there! In a whole bunch of different categories.