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Mosaic image from stacked video shows Proclus crater and near mares: Crisium, Tranquilitatis.
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2015-10-18 16:51:35       
New Orleans, which is her birthplace, will never be rbuielt, and that economic factors permanently prohibit the return of its displaced persons -- which as I pointed out to her is a condition without any U.S. precedent since the Civil War, even considering the Dust Bowl migrations. (Those of us who never lived in the South often don't realize Sherman burned entire towns that were never rbuielt -- desolations that were still charred brick ruins, wildly overgrown with kudzu and deadly with nesting copperheads -- when I saw them in the 1940s and 1950s: one of the main reasons Southern anger lingered as long as it did.) Moreover the deliberate denial of basic technology apparent in post-Katrina New Orleans -- denial that clearly expresses not just economic and racial discrimination but intentional euthanasia by neglect -- has no precedent at all: it is in fact the first society-wide, purely economic application of the strategy and tactics of genocide perfected during the Indian Wars. Another example is the fragility of the electrical supply system. Note in particular the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound: the January 1989 storm that brought Washington its highest winds and lowest temperatures ever recorded -- 110 mph (sustained) and 17 deg. F below zero for several relentless days (when the sky cleared it became something out of a Jack London novel: not the usual blue but stark arctic white with sundogs eerily tripling or quadrupling the suns) -- also tore down all the transmission lines into the San Juans, with the result some of the islands had no electricity for up to six weeks. Next time one of these record-breaking arctic storms pounces -- say in 2030 with the economy in the state of collapse we can already see coming -- the de-electrification of the islands will be permanent. So it will go, gradual declines punctuated by local or regional cataclysms, the results often many times worsened (assuming continuation of present-day RepublicRatic policies) by deliberately induced Malthusian socioeconomic cleansing. An earthquake ruins Seattle, collapses all the bridges on I-5, and neither bridges nor city is rbuielt -- at least not until all the region's poor have died. Or another regional power outage hits the Northeast, shuts down Wall Street, and because of its synergistic effect on an economy already in crisis, electrical service is never fully restored simply because the cost is unaffordable. Of all the fiction writers I have ever read on such subjects, Jean Hegland (Into the Forest) sees this process most clearly, though she compresses a multi-year process into a few seasons. In any case the collapse will be neither gradual nor sudden but a combination of both with the impact geometrically worsened by each increment. Arrhythmic dominoes. Unless of course a killer bug gets loose from a germ warfare lab somewhere, in which case we could go to bed in the space age and (assuming we survive) wake up back in the Lower Paleolithic, albeit with an abundance of garbage (TV sets, SUVs, Blackberries, Britney Spears video tapes etc.) to nurture our readjustment.To Danby: Despite our radically differing socioeconomic analysis, I absolutely agree with you about the necessity of tribes. (Did you know that much of Marx's inspiration was the primitive communism of tribal life?) However (and probably because I was there to see it) I have for years felt the more moronic members of the Counterculture rendered tribe useless as a descriptive or analytical term by their idiotic and illiterate misappropriations of it, for example Sky River (a rock festival c. 1970) as a gathering of the tribes. Thus instead of tribe I speak of community -- note the above link to the Cuban solution to the sudden cut off of their petroleum supplies (and technology in general) inflicted by the collapse of the Soviet Union (which -- aside to JMG -- is yet another example of the modes of apocalyptic collapse). A very large part of the Cuban solution is abandonment of the central planning that is endemic (and ultimately ruinous) to communism and replacing it with an ethos as yet not officially named but which I believe can very accurately be titled communalism. From these communities (which by the way are inherently democratic) -- in socioeconomic terms, from their empowerment and growth in solidarity -- will undoubtedly come the tribes of the future. Again the value of Marx, who teaches us that tribes are as much an economic institution as a kinship system. The same mandates of an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic economy will almost certainly abate the absolute (and typically brutally abusive) patriarchy inherent in traditional Abrahamic families: when everybody has to work for survival, the harem of trinket females -- beaten wives and incest-broken daughters -- essential to the maintenance of patriarchy will become functionally obsolete very quickly. Hence I argue (as do McLuhan, Whitmont, Graves, Barbara Mor and many others) that the matrilineal family structure we saw make its sudden re-appearance especially in the Back-to-the-Land communes of the Counterculture is probably the familial structure of the future -- or at least the one that will prove dominant. This is not a matter of ideology but function: just as my ancestors understood, whether Iroquoian or Celtic, it frees the males to hunt, fish and scavenge even as it organizes the females for agriculture. (By the way: I took absolutely no offense at your apparent challenge: indeed I believe the challenging of one another's thinking and the growth that so often results is perhaps the greatest boon of such sites as these.)To Jason:: I believe you are correct about the persistence of the Jesus image, also (note my comments above) about shamanism and animism, though I suspect this will all be in a larger context of the already apparent, strong and implicitly revolutionary shift toward re-recognition of the supremacy of Nature: again the significance of the Gaia Hypothesis, whether as scientific metaphor or the modern restatement of humanity's oldest creed. Something similar is already happening in some of the remaining American Aboriginal tribes: though there is a huge, growing (and thanks to typical Christian behavior, ever-more-violent) schism between Christians and Traditionalists, there are also aboriginal families within which people who invoke Wolf and Raven or Eagle and Coyote coexist with those who invoke Jesus and Mary. As to the duration of Jesus himself, there is already a strong tendency among the most radical U.S. Catholics to redefine the godhead as at least partly female (in the original Greek of the scriptures, the Holy Ghost is named in a female-gendered noun), and so to regard Mary's Mother of God title as a reflection of her role as the earthly incarnation of the Holy Spirit: note the assertion in the Apostle's Creed that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Ghost (i.e., by the merging of the divine female with her earthly counterpart). This inches ever more closely to the ancient/modern pagan conception of the priestess as the earthly vessel of the goddess. When applied in a Christian context, it redefines Jesus as not only a son of the goddess but the most recent incarnation of the Dying God, the Once and Future King and thus of the breathtakingly ancient lineage of Bendigied Vron, Bran the Blessed of the oldest surviving Celtic myths. In this interpretation, Jesus' membership in that goddess-mothered brotherhood is underscored by all the betrayals Jesus suffered, evident not just in his own death and the subsequent belittlement of his lover the Magdelene, but in the ultimate betrayal of the distortion and outright rejection of his message by the (patriarchal) church ever since. Or so the most radical Catholics are coming to believe -- especially many of the ever-more-rebellious nuns. One of the lessons of history is that -- as you obviously understand -- deities do not vanish overnight. Instead they evolve like any other living human construct: a divinity is after all a dynamic symbiosis of reality and ideal, as Mary Daly said, a verb. Another such lesson is that elements that coalesce into a new religion are apparent long before the actual coalescence: note for example the preludes to Christianity evident not just in the eternal Judaic quest for a messiah but in Mithranism, the various Grecian mystery religions and the doctrines associated with Ahura-Mazda. (Thank you JMG, for a superb site. Despite disagreements -- or quite probably because of them -- this is as compelling an on-line discussion as I have participated in for years. Thanks again.)
 
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2011-08-19 05:33:39       
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2011-04-12 02:37:03       
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