The Reckless Endemic

WWII produced its great sadness, from which and perhaps through which the hope of a return to gladness emerged.

Europe went for unity. Political, real and economic.

Defeated Asian powers went for export. Put that way because North American victors were by no means over with war’s coded ‘shock and awe’*. Japan’s car and trucking industries for example were to emerge big time from provisioning US troop tracks in Korea etc.

* Donald Rumsfeld was called a poet for this anaesthetizing replacement . We can guess how war and warmongering, though exactly what took place upon Iraq, would be politically inappropriate.

With export went Japan’s economic growth, the promise and reality of wealth and repaid domestic rebuild. Then some. Being their own amazing corporate industrial models. Engineering innovations for refined export in many things more than mechanical. Super gladness we might say.

Alongside China, and others, with their masses and much cheaper labor. Endeavored to and for plain and multitudinous gladness.

Export-led

Export then had by the 1960s in Europe become buzz-word number one. I can recall Brit executives and business confederations detailing prospects both via and post-europeanization as they instilled globalization code in boardrooms and investor communities.

The USA deemed significant drivers back then, for what they had attained in Asia was attainable everywhere! Besides, wouldn’t it be more so with actual commercial entities, capital and property on the ground. Not Imperial and conflagrated if not dead and buried under ground.

For business export-led was life. And, simplifying, the big deal about life is growth. Note: emphasis IS, not was or other past senses. IS constitutes the active dynamic of now. And, corporately, now is for profit. From growth. Quarterly of course.

Point of this intro: just about all business for the past sixty years has arisen on a FOR GAIN modus operandi. Human thinking of and from this whole era, and worldwide, hath been so imbued with gain-ful employment and distractions( early English-industrial era usage for today’s meaning of enjoyment/entertainment ) that its present generations are unable/unwilling recognise equal and opposite forces of the physicists factual world also play out metaphor roles.

Which is to say how hitherto removed or deliberately eliminated obstacles and costs – like the annulling ‘externalities’ so as to drive and derive greater gain – do not go away. But remain. Likely in a scientific sense, cumulatively, gaining correlational attributes and problematics of their own. One such mechanism being intergenerational ignorance.

Bottomlining: in common and highway motorists’ language—driving brakeless is the stop no one wants.

In a short series over the next wee while I shall go past the further distraction Levine’s “counterfactual” contemplations attempted among the influential and their easily distractable dependants. And source several hard physical realities whose hitherto hidden presences have begun to surface.

In doing so, the opportunities arising from problem-solving will not be overlooked. One reason being that I find it repugnant how educated generations who also inherited the greatest extent of communications known to mankind are almost wholly mindless and disabled to make real net opportunity from present disasters. For another, knowledge enables management of great risks to mankind.

Which, otherwise, will be prove endemic.

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The Friday Question

Peter Gliek has posed an interesting question on Huffpost. Insofar as rather than bang on about global warming and its human causation we consider the bigger picture of climate change.. a clip:—

Climate science tells us unambiguously that we are changing the climate and trapping more energy on the planet. Trapping more energy will cause more extreme events and worsen extreme events that would otherwise happen.

In support PG cites climate science’s Jeff Masters who I understand recently suggested a link between increased atmospheric water – circa +4 percent – from raised atmospheric temperatures ( commonly accepted, warm air holds more water vapor than cool air ) and higher precipitation, or rains. With more intense storms etc.

In addition it has been pointed out that the Gulf of Mexico’s sea surface temperature(SST) has recorded a 10 higher than average this past season. The significance of this being greater water evaporation and relatively greater release of sea- holding CO2 capacity.

The one attempting cool the atmosphere, I’d figure, and the other reweight its energy-holding capacity.

And the matter of energy-holding capacity has produced a somewhat different response from, among others, Fox News.

Newsworthy and indeed focal to many American minds presently are the devastating tornadoes this April hath brought through the southern and middle american states. Why so strong? So frequent? So deadly? Is it—could it be—?—(what we’re denying exists!!)

So FoxNews filtered out a NOAA scientist and put him on the spot. For a big ‘global no’ to the question of local climate events. Climate change, he argued, was so big and so global that it was inconceivable it had solely caused these local american events.

Navel gazing? Yes, quite possible, almost certainly by those among their audience both able and willing adopt any position in self defense. Or justification. Which might include FoxNews: the broader scientific consensus after all might have its uses, as far as they are presently concerned.

Unmentioned, however, when hot air meets cool air they spin. That’s the hot air left after precipitation from say GoM sources, and cool from Arctic downdraughts. Operating per some huge dance and for the same purpose—energy discharge.

Mebbe thus — the matter of energy — is capable of having significant consequences. Which, even if subliminal, will have FoxNews more positively engage audiences of different political persuasion in the reality of what is. And now. Before those climate science ‘forcings’ so ably described take over and eliminate mankind’s ability to moderate or mediate matters in its own interests.

Consensus can be a media thing: given appropriate grounds. For risk management. Even in the USA.

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Home on the Range

Let me start the way I mean to go on — the Antipodes this day providing excellent illustration for risk management, home on the range style..

Fiat Justitia Ruat Caelum
(let justice be done)

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Opener

A word or two about this blog’s tagline. The words are adapted from George Orwell’s famous – We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would do us harm – WWII meme.

War makes for rough times, events. Peace OTOH makes for tough times, events. Like global recession, freedom from oppression among starving multitudes etc.

Sustained safety, however, is a justifiable cry from both those at war and those indulging themselves with peace.

And something else: for whom a slight glimmer of respect for former President Nixon remains in my mind. A “battle” he said life was, speaking of his contention in both active presidential terms and later loss of official and personal status following the Watergate revelations.

Life then a battle for battlers.. in war and peace.

Since the 70s, however, we seem to have left such language and its individuals behind. Emphasis seem. The corporate world after all can only conceal individual endeavor. Or so it tells itself.

In reality experience tells of no such thing, hence that glimmer for Nixon. Who was not the last of the great elected official individual’s line. And whose redeeming feature was a final admission of an honest office-holder’s inability to sustain denial of misdeeds.

Unlike his contemporaries who see their own denial as flagbearing for the future. In full denial of the risks their reckless behavior is bringing to nations of the world. And their very own peoples.

So.. time for experience and facing facts… Up the battlers!

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