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Friday, February 28, 2014

A dose of reality every day

Every day:
  •  twenty four hours go by as time passes in the natural operational cycles, day/night, summer/autumn/winter/spring.
  •  more people are born than die in processes that happen naturally
  • all people, organisms and plants age due to irrevocable natural processes
  • the inanimate structures of civilization also irrevocably age due to irrevocable natural processes, forms of friction
  • so do cars, trucks, ships and airliners as they use up irreplaceable fuel for operation
  • water recycles naturally through evaporation and precipitation in the hydrological cycle
  • but systems of civilization use up aquifer water (such as the Great Artesian Basin) unsustainably 
  • carbohydrates are produced using carbon dioxide in the photosynthesis stage in plants of the natural carbon cycle
  • carbon dioxide is produced from carbohydrates in the respiration stage in animals in the natural carbon cycle 
  • the carbon cycle was roughly in balance for eons before technological systems started using fossil fuels so now the emission rate is  much greater than the absorption rate
  • hydrocarbons are converted in fossil fuel combustion in temporary systems made of irreplaceable materials to increase the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere sufficiently to change the climate and acidify and warm the ocean unnaturally
  • hydrocarbons in fossil fuels are produced naturally at high pressures at such a slow rate that this does not influence the operation of civilization 
  • the combustion of coal in aging power plants irreversibly emits gaseous, liquid and particular pollutants contributing to global warming, ocean acidification and harming organisms, including humans
  • many millions of barrels of oil out of the crustal store are destroyed in a variety of manners, many of which are not very useful
  • nitrogen cycles unnaturally in temporary plants to produce artificial fertilizers and naturally in biological  processes.
  • phosphorus is so necessary in food production that its declining availability will increase starvation
  • vast amounts of soil nutrients are flushed out from cities to contaminate waters
  • all energy flows end up as waste heat after doing useless or useful positive work in natural and technological processes
  • various forms of friction do negative work in transforming useful material to irrevocable waste during operations
  • but friction also enables birds and airplanes to fly
  • hearts pump blood against friction
  • unexpected climatic events such as floods, droughts, storms, heat waves, cold spells, wild fires, sea level rise are growing evidence of climate change
  • creation of fiat money increases the capability of people to continue their ravishing of the natural life support systems only so long as the value of the money is not irrevocably degraded by continuing inflation 
  • society is  beguiled with the temporary availability of all forms of electronic gadgets for business, computing, obtaining information, banking, online shopping, communication and socializing.
  • physical scientists continue using the latest technology to advance the frontiers of knowledge of how nature works, so illustrating how little was previously understood, while continuning to not take the impact of fundamentals into account
  • social scientists continue to speculate on the behavior of all levels of the human race without understanding the limitations imposed by physical reality
 These activities will continue tomorrow and every day as long as natural forces allow society and its technological infrastructure to get away with freely degrading the eco systems and divesting natural material wealth. Society is so entranced with the power of fiat money that they will continue to ignore physical reality until it is too late to power down comfortably.

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