I last posted in April about the seeming demise of doomers, then I went dark. Sorry about that. No good excuse -- except we were getting squared with our doctors so we could travel to the north from SoCal and we did go to Laughlin and Las Vegas and Zion NP and Cedar City in June/July. But I found that increase in altitude was a problem for me, so we came back to base camp and settled in to the heat and more doctor visits.
I made a big decision. I gave up drinking alchoholic beverages. Not sure if that was the root of my problem, but at least I now have more clear-head time and the need to keep from getting bored. So I am finally caught up on little things and it is time to get back to big matters, like the fate of the world!!
What with ISIS and Ebola and the whacko dollar and world economy and such, there does not seem to be much lack of Cats chasing the earth across the floor, batting it about like a ball of yarn. Long ago I decided I had misnamed this blog, calling it Three Cats: resource depletion, population overshoot, and climate change. But it is hard to count the correct number of catastrophies waiting out there, whether real or imagined. So I will continue to blame the collective set of problems faced by the human race on the original three. All the others derive from the original three anyway.
I have begun to focus on analysis of today's news as reported by Chris Martenson in PeakProsperity and a philosophical view of humankind as reported by John Michael Greer in The Archdruid Report with inputs from PeakOil, Resilience, and other such blogs. I watch PBS and CNBC to get the Main-Stream view of the world -- I do not watch the inflammatory news from FOX and cable feeds. My youngest son says I am a fool for believing all that doomer stuff and argues against it. My two older children (old enough to be grandparents, but not there yet) are more sanguine about my views, maybe attributing them to the expected effects of my aging.
I have a trait in my makeup that is both a blessing and a pain. I have a very good long term memory. I have helped it by keeping copies of web-pages and articles since the year 2000, so I can go back and see what was being said in those times. The pain comes when I try to tell someone how it really was back then -- too many just do not want to hear. They just call me opinionated and ignore me, like my youngest son (now 53).
I should quit ranting and just report on what seems important to me now.
Talk more later. Sam