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Murphy’s law has no time vector!

Posted by feww on November 13, 2009

Nature Defaults on Hydroelectric Supply

Localize or face the consequences:
Brazil
Power failure plunges its largest cities into darkness

The US, EU countries, China, Japan and other energy dinosaurs WILL experience similar disruptions…

Another Warning Shot Fired by Nature:
Your systems are too inflexible

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Banking on the good side of nature. Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam.
The world’s largest hydroelectric facility.  Credit: Itaipu Binacional.

Remember the first time you heard the so-called Murphy’s Law?

“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

Murphy’s law has no time vector! It doesn’t tell you when things WILL go wrong, and  it’s often quoted after things have already gone wrong. It does not incorporate the ‘observer effect.’ Nature is more organized than “Murphy” would have lead you to believe. Now hear this.

FEWW Amendment to Murphy’s Law:
If more things can go wrong they will go wrong about now!

… in the world’s major cities, hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants, oil rigs, production and processing facilities, powerlines …

A name for this?
Blog Moderators call this phenomenon Secondary Interlude to Human-Induced Planetary Antiphase.

Previous Examples in recent times?
Repeated flooding in Manila, Philippines.

Examples to watch for in the Near future?
Watch out for disintegration or collapse of Cities, large-scale structures, bridges, tunnels, power plants… , e.g., collapse of China’s Three Gorges Dam in the next two to three years.

Other Examples?
More examples would be posted after the Moderators have evaluated the structures, geographical regions  and physical locations.

Causes?
Earthquakes, Storms, Snowstorms, Extreme Rain Events (ERE), Drought and Deluge, Fatigue … Antiphase and all other human-induced and human-enhanced factors.

See also entry at

Major Blackout Plunges Brazil into Darkness

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Phew, It Was a Jungle Out There!

Posted by feww on June 1, 2009

Images of the Day:

DOMESTICATING AMAZON JUNGLES


Cattle rest in deforested jungle near Maraba, in Brazil’s central state of Para, May 3, 2009.  Soon thousands of cows will be chewing pasture on the freshly cleared land in Brazil’s Amazon state of Para, just a tiny part of Brazil’s 200-million-strong commercial cattle herd, the world’s biggest, that makes it a beef superpower. More than 70 million are in the Amazon area, three for every person. This is where the industry has grown fastest in recent years, a trend activists say is due to cheap land, widespread illegal clearing and weak government enforcement. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker. Images may be subject to copyright.

Putting Amazon Jungles to Good Use (!)

“The Amazon has lost about a fifth of its forest in the past three decades and the rate of deforestation rose 69 percent in the 12 months to August 2008 as 8,147 sq km (3,145 sq miles) were cut down. It is expected to fall this year, partly due to the global economic crisis, but ecologists say government policies and market forces still drive deforestation.” Reuters said.

“Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter and has the largest commercial cattle herd of 200 million, a third of which is in the Amazon region where loose laws and cheap land have helped its rapid expansion in recent years.

“The government has backed the industry in recent years with billions of dollars in financing and aims to double Brazil’s share of the global beef export market to 61 percent by 2018.

“It has acknowledged that cattle ranching is responsible for about 80 percent of Amazon deforestation.”

Enter Greenpeace

In a report titled “Slaughtering the Amazon” Greenpeace  has accused the Brazilian government of being complicit in the destruction of Amazon jungles by way of providing financial backing for the beef industry, Reuters reported.

The report says  that meat [and hide] that is exported by Brazil’s major meatpackers to Italy, U.S. and U.K., for making shoes, dog chews and  ready-to-eat meals, often comes from ranches with recent illegal deforestation.

Brazil’s  major meatpackers including  JBS, Marfrig and Bertin are accused in the report of  shipping the beef and hides thousands of miles south for additional processing before export.

“In effect, criminal or ‘dirty’ supplies of cattle are laundered through the supply chain to an unwitting global market,” it said. “Expansion by these groups is effectively a ‘joint venture’ with the Brazilian government.”

It’s NO good blaming it all on just Brazil, as Greenpeace has done, it’s the exponential growth economy and globalization that are ultimately responsible for the Amazon deforestation.

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Pleasure Center

Posted by feww on March 27, 2008

The following is a reply to the blogger Alan Roberta who recently dropped by. In his response to A Fast-Warming World Alan wrote:

The latest news about climate change is so alarming (the right wing would say alarmist) as to make many people want to plant their aching heads in the sand. Some scientists using advanced computer models now argue that if we want to stop the Earth from warming, the amount of carbon we should be emitting is … none. None? As in, zero? As in, shutting down the global industrial economy? After all, global energy demand is expected to accelerate until at least 2020. Yet attempts even to slow the rate of increase of carbon emissions have paralyzed world politics for more than a decade.

FEWW replied:

Alan, we [Members of Creating a Sustainable Future, CASF] have argued for ZERO emissions by way of reducing the world energy consumption to levels below 60EJ since 2005. See http://msrb.wordpress.com/stop-burning-earth/

There’s a fundamental systemic problem. It’s called exponential growth economy and it’s degrading, polluting, tearing apart destroying and otherwise killing off everything in its domain. In the absence of a ‘radical’ change to the economic system our world is rapidly falling apart. See: https://feww.wordpress.com/2008/03/22/our-skies/

The world is also running out of TOPSOIL. There are only about 4 years to go before a sharp decline in the production of food crops occur due to critically low levels of topsoil. See: http://edro.wordpress.com/topsoil/

Freshwater? Not much left! See: http://edro.wordpress.com/2008/02/05/drying-aquifers-sinking-cities/

The end result? First the collapsing cities, then war and finally ecocide. See http://edro.wordpress.com/collapsing-cities/ and http://edro.wordpress.com/rcm/rcm-image/

Yet attempts even to slow the rate of increase of carbon emissions have paralyzed world politics for more than a decade.

The Golden Age

The ruling elite, their politicians and lawmakers (sic) depend on the political economy and enjoy the status quo. The economic system [and the lifestyles that it promotes] places the individual’s pleasure above all else, stimulating their “pleasure center.” A CASF Member equates the human reaction to the ecological fallout [the loss of food, freshwater, habitat, species extinction . . . pollution, climate change, extreme weather events . . . and the failing ecosystems] with the famous Frankensteinian experiment on rats:

Two brain researchers, James Olds and Peter Milner, while investigating if rats might be made uncomfortable by electrical stimulation of certain areas of their brain, especially the limbic system, discovered the “pleasure center” in the 1950s. An electrical current was applied to the rat if they entered a specific corner of a cage, the theory being that the uncomfortable effect would deter them from entering that corner. Instead, they came back quickly after the each stimulation. The rats were allowed to press the stimulation lever themselves in later experiments; they pressed it as much as seven-hundred times per hour. This region in the rat’s brain became known as the “pleasure center”.


The Golden Age (Goldenes-Zeitalter) by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The Skinner Box

In later experiments, rats in Skinner boxes with metal electrodes implanted into their nucleus accumbens repeatedly pressed a lever which activated their pleasure center. They did so in preference over food and water, eventually dying from exhaustion.

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The Skinner Box. Image: GNU Free Documentationl icense, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. Source: (Wikimedia Commons).

If a rat is given the choice between stimulating the forebrain (obtaining pleasure) or eating, it will choose stimulation to the point of exhaustion and death.

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