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If it is necessary to calibrate the climate, calibrating it through technology rather than by Luddism is the preferable way to go about it:

Microsoft’s billionaire founder Bill Gates is financially backing the development of sun-dimming technology that would potentially reflect sunlight out of Earth’s atmosphere, triggering a global cooling effect. The Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), launched by Harvard University scientists, aims to examine this solution by spraying non-toxic calcium carbonate (CaCO3) dust into the atmosphere — a sun-reflecting aerosol that may offset the effects of global warming.

On the other hand, Bill Gates is critical of cryptocurrencies. Energy is a big cost to the blockchain:

If the sun provides less light, electricity will have to provide more! Elon Musk won’t go to Mars because his finance vehicles aren’t going to the moon, Gates will make sure of that! It’s the hundred-billionaires’ world, we’re just living in it.

 
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  1. https://www.globalresearch.ca/texas-deep-freeze-urgent-climate-warning/5738312

    When your life obsession is with eugenics and depopulation, you need to pick the perfect time to ride the wave, and maybe splashing the water.

    • Replies: @Charlotte
  2. It’s the hundred-billionaires’ world, we’re just living in it.

    Centibillionaires.

    Not that it matters. They’ll be trillionaires soon enough. Maybe even centitrillionaires, the way it’s going:

    (Laugh if you will– the value of those notes have risen 59,000%. Can you name a similar investment?)

  3. @Reg Cæsar

    Having some “value” stored in fiat currencies printed by a rapidly failing state doesn’t matter for them.

    Their real wealth is productive assets, like how Gates is the largest owner of farmland in the US and basically pulls the strings behind Big Pharma vaccination production, and influence with all the control it buys.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  4. @Reg Cæsar

    Centibillionaires.

    Not that it matters. They’ll be trillionaires soon enough….

    I don’t know about you, but back during the eighties and nineties, I felt only disdain for the common man’s envy of the billionaire. My attitude was: mind your business; private property is private; if you think that someone else is too rich, then go earn your own.

    Such an attitude was hardly universal but it was pretty typical in the United States in those days. There was even a brilliant musical theme that (surprisingly yet admittedly, in view of its composer’s ethnic background) somehow captured the attitude.


    What has rocked my faith, and the faith of more than a few other Americans, has been the rapid ballooning of billionaires’ fortunes while the common American’s wages have flatlined and his cost of housing has rocketed. The greed and lack of proportion of the American billionaire has caused me to question the degree to which legal protection of vast fortunes even benefits the common man.

    If the American billionaire believes that he can protect his vast fortune without the common man’s assent, then he is welcome to try. I do not believe that he can do it. My opinion is that he would be wiser to try harder, instead, to afford the common man a decent, dignified reason to buy in.

  5. iffen says:
    @V. K. Ovelund

    If the American billionaire believes that he can protect his vast fortune without the common man’s assent, then he is welcome to try.

    The “billionaires” have always controlled and fashioned the laws and customs for their own use and benefit. The “rise of the common man” in Western Civilization was an anomaly. Post WWII prosperity was an anomaly within that environment. The hierarchal imperatives are re-asserting themselves. We had a good run while it lasted, or as I prefer: ” We wuz kangz and Hell on wheels for a time.”

    • Agree: Realist
  6. @V. K. Ovelund

    Okay, but the real question is: how did you embed an MP3 player in the Unz comment section, and can we look forward to the end of annoying YouTube music video duels once this technique becomes commonly practiced?

    • Replies: @V. K. Ovelund
    , @A123
  7. unit472 says:

    I have no idea what the earth’s climate will be like 100 years hence and neither does anyone else. If we are lucky it will be pretty much the same but there is not a lot we can do about major disruptions to the climate. The sun can dim or brighten and we have no control over that. Volcanic eruptions can fill the sky with ash and we have no control over that. We maybe able to deal with an asteroid or comet hitting us in a few years but any attempt to manage our atmosphere is too problematic to attempt. We just don’t know what we are doing.

    We can manage to live on a slightly warmer earth. It might even be a better place. What we can’t deal with is another ice age. We can move our cities to higher ground but we can do nothing if New York,London or Tokyo are buried under thousands of feet of ice. If some places become too hot and arid to grow crops other places, now to cold to grow crops, will open up to agriculture. There will be winners and losers with a gradually warming earth but we will all be losers if it gets colder.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
    • Replies: @Kratoklastes
  8. unit472 says:
    @V. K. Ovelund

    There is something particularly irritating about Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg that doesn’t seem to afflict the other mega rich. Oracle’s Larry Ellison has almost as much wealth as Gates but other than buying an Hawaiian Island or winning the America’s Cup he stays out of the news. Same can be said for the Walmart heirs. Even Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk stay mostly in their lanes though, now that Bezos has retired I worry he may become an ‘activist’ billionaire. Soros is another problematic billionaire but his fortune is dwarfed by the tech titans and he will, hopefully, die soon. Gates and Zuckerburgs egos make their wealth dangerous. You’d think the other mega rich would suggest they STFU!

    • Agree: V. K. Ovelund, Charlotte
  9. Realist says:

    Gates is wealthy…not intelligent.

    • Replies: @Curle
  10. Realist says:
    @V. K. Ovelund

    The greed and lack of proportion of the American billionaire has caused me to question the degree to which legal protection of vast fortunes even benefits the common man.

    Ava Rice is a nasty bitch. Once this god damn revolting empire is destroyed and beaten to the ground… however, and whenever it happens…one of the first actions that must occur is limits on the amount of wealth that can be accrued.

    If the American billionaire believes that he can protect his vast fortune without the common man’s assent, then he is welcome to try. I do not believe that he can do it.

    See my comment #19 in Gregory Hood’s article.

    https://www.unz.com/ghood/coordination-and-decomposition/#comments

    • Agree: anyone with a brain
  11. @Almost Missouri

    Okay, but the real question is: how did you embed an MP3 player in the Unz comment section, and can we look forward to the end of annoying YouTube music video duels once this technique becomes commonly practiced?

    Ron Unz embedded it. All I did was to type the MP3’s or Ogg’s URL, starting with https:, as its own paragraph—separated by blank lines from the rest of the text.

    Apparently, Ron’s software does the rest.

  12. indocon says:

    You people need to start calling for a separate country for yourself now, you owe it to your descendants and your forefathers. Get off the couch and take some action dammit.

  13. A123 says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Hmmm… I need to figure out how to embed podcasts of the Propaganda Report

    They provide a link with their player, but this site doesn’t like the “iframe” tag.

    https://www.thepropreport.com/podcast-dnb-biden-declares-war-on-ghost-guns-law-modeling-wh-brings-in-the-okc-retreads-unvaccinated-troops-called-a-threat-to-national-security/

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  14. Curle says:
    @Realist

    He’s intelligent. But, there’s something about the Northwest that makes the population particularly open to the sociological fallacy. People in the NW go to great lengths imagining they will find a secret cultural elixir that obscures or corrects inherited performance differences that frustrate equality. That or they are more duplicitous than others, southerners for instance. Tis’ a mystery. For example, they are virtually begging homeless to migrate to Seattle. Why?

    • Replies: @JohnPlywood
    , @Realist
  15. @V. K. Ovelund

    You on the wrong website, man.

    The libertarians on here want you to know that the trillionaires earned their money. By laying a trillion bricks by hand. And so they have every right in the world to grind your faces into the dust and make you love it.

    Don’t you get it? It’s freedom!

    • Agree: V. K. Ovelund
    • LOL: iffen
  16. @Curle

    Typical southern cuck projecting.

    The South has practically begged Mexicans and Indians to migrate to states like Texas (now less than 40% white). Why?

    I noticed the PNW is still one of the whitest, least criminally afflicted, most affluent regions of the USA. Never at any point in history could that be said for the South.

    A troubling thing for southern white gun owners to contemplate…

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  17. AP says:

    Meanwhile, is someone else out there building a self-sustaining train circling the globe?

    • Replies: @A123
  18. A123 says:
    @AP

    Meanwhile, is someone else out there building a self-sustaining train circling the globe?

    Which Transatlantic Tunnel are you predicting?

    A Pacific Bridge over the Bering Strait would be tricky with the supertanker traffic.

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  19. anon[195] • Disclaimer says:

    Chem trails have been blocking/reducing sun rays since 90s.
    Why is Gates the mouthpiece now? Who/What behind Mr Psycho?

  20. Arclight says:

    I am less than enthusiastic at the prospect of our betters releasing loads of light-reflecting dust into the atmosphere to supposedly reduce global warming. Seems like a pretty massive gamble to take, particularly given our far from total understanding of long term atmospheric dynamics, solar cycles, etc.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  21. @Yellowface Anon

    Their real wealth is productive assets, like how Gates is the largest owner of farmland in the US and basically pulls the strings behind Big Pharma vaccination production, and influence with all the control it buys.

  22. Realist says:
    @Curle

    He’s intelligent.

    Paul Allen was the brains behind Microsoft…gates took advantage of the monopoly bandwagon.

  23. Charlotte says:
    @Yellowface Anon

    Interesting article. I was just about to remark that an experiment in sun-dimming would be a real drag should a volcanic eruption on the level of Tambora pour ash into the atmosphere.

  24. @Reg Cæsar

    If this Satoshi guy really does own over 1 million bitcoins, then he will likely be a trillionaire in the next decade. I have a hunch he just might be a James Bond villain-type – just waiting for Bitcoin to rise to the point where his dumping all of his coins will crash the world economy.

  25. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Arclight

    I am less than enthusiastic at the prospect of our betters releasing loads of light-reflecting dust into the atmosphere to supposedly reduce global warming. Seems like a pretty massive gamble to take, particularly given our far from total understanding of long term atmospheric dynamics, solar cycles, etc.

    Sounds like a good way to trigger a new Ice Age which will pretty much mean the end of civilisation.

    So it’s not just a gamble, but an insane gamble.

    • Replies: @Barbarossa
    , @Arclight
  26. This is how Gates made the foundation of his trillions. In precis:
    He owned DOS (but didn’t invent it).

    He “licensed” it to IBM.

    IBM put it on all their PC computers. Millions of them.

    Every single time somebody bought one of these millions of PCs, Gates got a couple bucks.

    Does that sound fair? Does that sound genius? It sounds like a big scam to me.

    You make billions of dollars just by not doing anything at all? Gahhh. Sounds like Elon Musk.

    There oughtta be a law. About all this intellectual property shit. (I mean, it’s not like Gates composed Beethoven’s 9th.)

    They should just say, oh, go ahead: you get to license it for just a little while–and then it goes generic, for the greater good of the public weal.

    Not only that, but the original inventor absolutely must be given a cut of the profits, no matter how many papers you arm-twisted him into signing.

  27. Isn’t this rather obviously a scam? Or, if Mr. Gates and friends were truly sincere, retarded?

    The burning of fossil fuels is making the whole world hotter. We will block out the sun to cool it down. This will render solar panels useless, and increase demand for electricity – principally lighting and heating – and therefore lead to the burning of more fossil fuels – which will require the sun to be blocked out even more, which will drive more energy demand, which…

    Surely Gates can figure that one out?

    (If we wished to analyse this politically, we might consider it one more instance of the system’s tendency to absorb any piece of any and all ideas, and repurpose it towards the system’s benefit; no matter if the ideas are fundamentally opposed to the system, or if the result is absurd. We see something similar with the push to replace single-use plastic drinking straws with single-use cardboard drinking straws; it was “single-use” that was truly the problem, and cardboard disintegrates when wet, and is made from trees, thus failing as a straw and as enviromentalism. They even made the new straws thicker to compensate, thus using more material.)

  28. @dfordoom

    Yez. Particularly since science has had such a great track record of predicting unforeseen negative impacts of all it’s various innovations.
    What could possibly go wrong!
    At this point I’m mostly hoping for wholesale systemic collapse before we, as a species, manage to do something completely and irrevocably stupid.

    • Agree: dfordoom
  29. Arclight says:
    @dfordoom

    Exactly – warmer is better than colder, and this sort of action is extremely high risk. The climate jihadists are using the justification of halting global warming as a beard for a raft of economic and cultural changes they want to implement in the name of progress.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
  30. @Reg Cæsar

    A quick visit to this company’s site shows them selling gold eagles at $400 over market value. I would not take their selling price of this note as a reliable indicator of its value. I bought three in uncirculated condition a few years ago from a legitimate dealer as curiosities for seven bucks apiece. There have been several incidents of unscrupulous companies promoting collectibles in the conservative media as investments at shamelessly inflated prices.

    A few years ago there was a scam involving the marketing of high denomination paper currency issued by Saddam Hussein, on the theory that the new Iraqi government would honor them at face value. In fact they were demonetized, just as this twelve year old Zimbabwe issue is almost certainly no longer legal tender.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  31. This will never happen (thank God) but it’s an indication of just how megalomanically f’d up our 1% is.

    BTW, Melinda Gates was once in favor of giving Depo Provera to African women. They stopped after media outcry of “sterilizing” African women.

    A good, doable idea was dropped because of the usual, while a nutty idea gains traction.

    If he wants to waste his money on flying to the sun, let him. Remember Icarus.

    • Agree: V. K. Ovelund
  32. @Observator

    …just as this twelve year old Zimbabwe issue is almost certainly no longer legal tender.

    Legality of tender is irrelevant. The value of the note rises because now it is a collectible.

    The only inflation even worse than Zimbabwe’s was Hungary’s in 1946. Extant specimens of this “nanocurrency” are going for trillions and quadrillions of times their worth 75 years ago on eBay.

  33. @Reg Cæsar

    As I always say: I regret not having bought an extra 9 of those (Zim 2008 Hundred-Trillion-dollar notes). Mine is on my person at all times, as a reminder of what government always does to money (eventually).

    Would that had I shelled out for the other 9… in the “embedded asterisk” modern Yanklish culture, it would have been absolutely acceptable to declare oneself a quadrillionaire.

  34. @unit472

    Agree 100% – the last great evolutionary bottleneck for homo sapiens sapiens, was the Ice Age induced by the eruption of Mt Toba ~75kya, which reduced the population of Eurasian homo sapiens to a few thousand.

    That Ice Age is the reason why there is less variation in the myDNA of Europeans, than there is in Africans; there were so few survivors.

    That’s why white folks – as a species – seem younger than black folks; it’s the source of the silly “Out of Africa” evolutionary hypothesis, which does not withstand deeper scrutiny.

    This is why everyone interested in either side of the HBD hypothesis, really needs to read “Erectus Walks Amongst Us” (EWAU) which Mr Unz has thoughtfully made available on this site.

    I’ve always taken HBD as almost self-evidently true, but I’ve also concluded that Africans are capable of advancing to European levels of civilisation given time… despite them being a different species.

    EWAU lays out the logic as to why African, European and Asian modern humans should be classified as separate species (in Ch 28), and sets forth the hypothesis that modern humans diverged from an African common ancestor much earlier than preciously thought… migrated outwards as pre-humans; evolved towards modern humans; and migrated back in to Africa. The evidence presented is quite compelling: read it or don’t.

    As to the notion that all three species could, in principle, manage a modern industrial civilisation: barriers for learning new skills are not set at species level. Both seals and chimpanzees can be taught to clap their front limbs, for example.

  35. @JohnPlywood

    We’ve got pretty lax gun laws up here in the PNW. Washington remains a very pro-gun state (obviously it’s county based here.)

    That aside, we also passed a Sex Ed bill that’s basically child grooming.

    We’re majority white, though it’s not for their lack of trying. Crime sucks in direct proportion to non-white and “scumbag illegal” migrant populations.

    Affluent it remains, though Boeing may yet tank a large part of the economy if it ruins itself again.

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