Report Card Earth :

THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT :

An abundance of life, animals and plants alike.magnificent lifeforms in all areas of the earth, a diversity rarely found on other planets.There are other earths out there, but the abundance we find here is few and far between.However, there is a serious threat to all this.

THE SPECIES :

An abundance of species in magnificent diversities everywhere you look.Most of them fit in well within the interwoven fabric of lifeforms and environment except for one : Humans!

So what is the problem with humans and why ?

To understand this,lets first have a look at the human evolution until today.
If the earth is one day old,the Dinosaurs died out about 15 min ago and humans have only been around for 1.5 minutes or so and all of human history happened within the last second or so.That alone explains a lot.

The first large evolutionary step was from hunter gatherer to farmer.That involved a huge change in thinking from adapting to your environment to adapting your environment to you.It also involved forward thinking and planning to a previously unheard of extent.
Climate change was at least one of the reasons for this. People don’t change their habits for no reason and changes in the environment always lead to changes in human behaviour.We are strongly interactive with our environment, if we like it or not, for the good or bad.More on this later.
After farming came skill specialisation which produced manufacturers and traders and lead to the formation of cities and long distance trade.
However, all this time the social structure did not change that much,the 3 generation family and the tribe or clan supplied all the safety net that was required. If somebody got sick or incapacitated the family was there to help.

All this changed in the western world with the industrial revolution. It broke up the social structure, the natural safety net of the 3 generation family and also lead to WWI which got rid of the feudal power structure in a lot of places,to be replaced with a proletarian power structure (Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini etc)which consequently got washed away in most western countries by WWII.
And since the sixties it has produced a consumer society in most western countries with previously unheard of personal opportunities,wealth and freedoms.And it lead to a big change in thinking,from feudal or dictatorial to relatively democratical in most western countries.It was a big step in human evolution.
The price for this was the blood sweat tears and lives of maybe 150 million people worldwide.
Many 2nd and 3rd world countries are embarking on the same journey today,however
they don’t seem to learn from the pitfalls and mistakes the Europeans made. He who doesn’t learn from history will have to repeat it !!!

CIVILISATION AND TECHNOLOGY ARE NOT RELATED! THE DEGREE OF CIVILISATION IS DETERMINED BY OUR TREATMENT OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS.THE BASIC RIGHT TO EXIST,FREE PRESS, A BILL OF RIGHTS AND FREE AND UNLIMITED AND UNCENSORED ACCESS TO INFORMATION, FREEDOM OF SPEECH AS WELL AS A LEGAL SYSTEM THAT DESERVES THAT NAME ARE ONLY SOME OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A CIVILISED COUNTRY.

and there is a lot of room for improvement in a lot of countries!!

So now let’s get to some global issues and trouble spots on earth and look at the reasons for this as well as the solution and/or the outcome.

Climate change :
About 600 million years ago the whole earth was a frozen ice ball with a bit of slime living in some places. Volcanoes transformed it into the earth as we know it today.
Nature is dynamic,the only constant is change.Static is a human invention.Ice ages came and went and not because caveman put a log to many on the fire.
However, since about 50 years the side effects of the industrialisation are showing up in our environment to some extent.
Our atmosphere consists of 78% nitrogen,20% oxygen and 2% various gases including CO2. Anything green that photosynthesis needs CO2. Oxygen is actually a byproduct of photosynthesis. Yes, originally there was no Oxygen in the atmosphere, it was created by algae and later plants on the land.So by having only 2% CO2 left,its amazing there are any pl;ants left on the planet.
However, burning fossil fuels and industrial pollution is a major problem. (there are no clear skies over Chinese cities) Air pollution traps and diffuses light which leads to temperature changes and with that can lead to changes in rainfall patterns etc. Pollution of watercourses and the oceans have an impact on the environment. All these are factors in climate change.
The trouble is even if we stop polluting now,the climate will keep changing for natural and manmade reasons.
The other problem is the biggest polluters on the planet are China,India and the ex soviet-block, neither of whom is likely to change their ways in the near future for political and economic reasons.(there is no complaints committee in those places )
Climate change and the resulting change in rainfall patterns can be and is a factor for armed conflicts so we should deal with as far as we can. But its important to dig down to find the real reason for the manmade part of climate change : greed in one way or another. More on that under solutions and outcome.

Now let’s go to the current big trouble spots and let’s have a good look at them.

THE UKRAINE CRISIS:
The bottom line here is that Putin wants to resurrect the former Soviet-Empire.Most of the Russians in the Ukraine were put there by Stalin or his successors.Its like the Sudetenland in Tschechoslowakia,there was a lot of Germans living there so Hitler annexed it.Nobody stopped him so it snowballed into WWII.
Putin is doing the same thing.The West trying to put pressure on Putin by pushing down the oil price and sanctions.However Putin doesn’t care about his own people, only his own ambitions.The undercurrent here is one of a superpower confrontation, a dangerous game.Putin wants war but the Europeans learned from history and are using sanctions. The best solution would be if the Russians would get rid of Putin themselves and so pave the way to rejoin some of the Wests prosperity through trade.The real reason for this conflict is greed for power by Putin.

THE SYRIA CONFLICT AND THE MIDDLE EAST:
The Syria Conflict is now in its 4th year and shows no sign of abating, vice versa, things are getting worse by the day.One of the original factors was a drought in Syria which was badly handled. Other factors were the Arab Spring, some animosity with Turkey and the problems in Iraq.
The rise of ISIS added a whole new dimension to this conflict.
Other factors are that Russia traditionally supports the Assad regime,Turkey is somewhat sympathetic to the IS and has a pretty porous border with Syria for IS but not for Kurds who want to fight the IS.
The Kurds are probably the best bet against the IS militarily on the ground.
However with the IS the conflict has a distinct Sunny-Shiite and non Sunny flavour.This will certainly test a lot of alliances in the arab world. If they (the IS ) like they are planning to do, will march on Israel,its WWIII.
The western engagement against the IS as well as cautious support of some Assad opponents and the Russian support of the Assad regime as well as divided loyalties in the Arab world are certainly all the ingredients you need for a real big mess,again with an undercurrent of a superpower conflict. Again the bottom line for all this destruction is greed for power .

THE CONFLICT IN THE CHINA SEA:
This is the 3rd big trouble spot in the world and still on the back-burner, but not for long.

China is militarising the China Sea, and they are not even coy about it. They are pushing up reefs to form platforms for military bases,fighter runways and naval ports.They say it will be finished in about 2 years time.
They are involved in territorial disputes with all their neighbours :Philipines, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Taiwan.
It’s all about resources, mainly oil, and strategic footholds.A few months ago they towed a second oil drilling rig into a disputed area off Vietnam. Subsequently the Vietnamese people smashed up all the chinese businesses they could find and the next day thousands of chinese left Vietnam.

In the Philipines a lone Philipines ship is anchored on a reef they are claiming,surrounded by chinese warships like sharks.
There are regular cat and mouse games between the Vietnamese and chinese navy of Vietnam.
Japan has a claim to the Shinkaku Islands which are also claimed by China who declared an air identification zone over them, so any planes trespassing will have to report to China.the reason ? there is oil in the area.

Now the US told Japan if it comes to blows with China they will support Japan militarily.Chances are the Chinese will put that to the test in 2 years time.
When their Basis are finished and their armed forces built up sufficiently they will take the naval superiority of America, at least in the Pacific.

You see, by that time approx. 2 years from now,the middle east will have developed into a really nasty place as well as the Ukraine if the Russians don’t get rid of Putin.
And the American engagement in the Ukraine and the middle east will probably not allow them to come to Japans aid militarily. It will spell the end of America as the old superpower and the rise of China in its place.

And what will happen to Australia ? It will become the spoils of war for China. Right now China is watching the middle east and the Ukraine and when the time is right make their own move in the China Sea.
Without american support Australia will wind up a chinese colony in a few years time.They already own 35% of it and buying more every day.They don’t have to fire a single shot, just use their economical musscle.If they stop buying our resources now,the lights will go out in Australia in 3 months time.
Our economical dependency on China is 90%. The reason : short-term greed and no long-term planning.

So what should we do ?
Go with the EU economically. Right now sell them resources so they lose their dependency on Russia and we ours on China.
Long term :get Europeans to take over our car industry,but don’t throw money at them , just give them favorable conditions. Get western mining companies in here and get them to build steel production facilities etc.
INDUSTRIALISE AUSTRALIA
It worked in Canada, it will work here. the alternative is to become a chinese province like Xingjang province north of Tibet that was flooded with Han-Cinese by Mao to displace and sideline the Wigas, the original inhabitants.It would mean going back to the 17th century and becoming slaves in our own country.
China’s behaviour in the China Sea is governed by greed for power and resources.

So now let’s have a look at the reasons for all these three biggest trouble spots in the world as well as climate change.

CLIMATE CHANGE
The bottom line for climate change is ignorance and above all greed. its cheaper to dump your poison in nature than deal with it properly.

THE UKRAINE
In the Ukraine it’s mainly Putin’s greed for power as well as a grab for Ukraine resources that are substantially in the east of the country.Putin is a throwback to the dark ages in Russia that looked like they were finished by Gorbachev.Obviously not quite so.

THE MIDDLE EAST
In the middle east we got a few factors combining to a pretty nasty broth.There was a drought on in Syria which was badly managed, the Arab spring is another reason.Every manmade structure, that includes empires and power structures,has its time.The Arabs had a pretty static, basically dictatorial form of government for a long time and its time is up.But the result will be a period of transition with a lot of turmoil before a new structure establishes itself.
The next factor is again a historical cycle: every church takes approx.1400 years to get to its peak. For the Christians that was the crusades and the spanish inquisition, which was a political tool to get the jews out of Spain.
Mohammed lived in the year 600 AD.Its their time now.Like in the middle ages for the christians,the church becomes the state for them.Hence the Mullahs in Iran and the IS.
Of course the religion is a cover for greed for power but a convenient and very familiar one .
You add foreign support for combatants from Russia, some Arab nations and now western engagement, as well as instability and weakness in neighbouring countries (Iraq)and you have a pretty toxic mix.

THE CHINA SEA
The trouble in the China Sea is straight forward :China is colonising the world today ,its greedy for power and resources and just opportunistically waiting for the right moment to make a major move at least in the Pacific.

There is another historic cycle that is a factor in this:
We are in a transitional time between two ages, pices and aquarius, but before the new can take hold the old has to go.And that means letting go of old structures and above all old ways of thinking. Trouble is, the old power structures don’t go voluntarily.Hence the Arab Spring, Syria and the problem with Putin and the Chinese.
Since 2004 the tectonic plates are moving under our feet. The Indonesian tsunami,the japanese tsunami as well as countless strong earthquakes are the result.This happens every few thousand years, 9000 BC was one of those times.
Events in nature are reflected in events amongst people. So now our foundations that is our manmade power structures and ways of thinking are being torn apart.

So whats the solution ?
Remember the GFC in 2008 ? unbridled greed was the main reason for this. It caused untold misery and hardship.We cannot afford to think like this in the long run anymore.Our economies are built on the expansion and profit principle.That will be overruled and replaced by sustainability and self sufficiency. Greed will be replaced by mindful thinking,i.e consideration of others and the environment.A company has to be in the black, but after that job creation and job security are the main goals, not profits. The beginning of those changes have already been made, mainly in the West,and they look promising. The old ways are just not sustainable anymore,far to destructive and expensive in the long run.

There is another aspect to our wold economy : dwindeling resources.yes, some resources seem to run out and it seems to become difficult to keep the status quo
in some places.Quantum physics will enable us to make up for some of this by solving energy and material problems as well as providing energy solutions in the near future.And within 10 years we will discover new rersources in places we don’t even know exist right now. All the mayor fault zones on earth are prolific providers of minerals, metals, and other resources.An educated guess is east Africa with its mayor fault zone will get some serious attention.However the biggest problem is still the existing powerstructures and the unwillingness to change.Nature is dynamic,the dinosaurs died out because they couldn’t adapt to changed circumstances.It is evolve or become extinct,that simple.

So whats required is a fundamental shift and change in thinking that changes the way we run our economy and interact with other people and the environment.
This is part of the next large evolutionary step for mankind, the realisation we learned from quantum physics and ancient eastern philosophies, that everything is interconnected and interactive:people,the environment,life support system, the whole planet and beyond.This will certainly change the way we will act in the future.
The beginning of this has already been made in some parts of the world, sustainability is gaining in importance and mindful thinking is a growing trend because it actually increases productivity by improving the workplace climate as well as sustainability.

So what will happen to those trouble spots ? As we have seen the main reason for them is greed for power, the old way of thinking.

CLIMATE CHANGE:
The problem of manmade pollution and fossil fuels will be addressed, in some places more than others.But climate change is here to stay.We will have to learn to live with it.

THE UKRAINE CONFLICT:
Unless Putin is removed from power it will get realy nasty, because he will not change his thinking voluntarily. The West Europeans have learned their lessons from the last 100 years but not Putin.So only after his demise will there be a chance for Russia to move forward.

SYRIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST:
Its a big mess and getting bigger.There is no big chance for a change of thinking and change of guard. The positions are to entrenched and extreme. Chances are most of the middle east winds up in ruins, maybe WWIII
The mentality is a long way behind the West,greed for power is firmly entrenched and no change in the foreseeable future. They have a long and difficult way to go yet.

THE CHINA SEA;
China is industrialising and the next superpower on earth. However, mentally they are Genghis Khans’ troops, their thinking hasn’t changed in 800 years.They are in the middle ages at best,a dictatorial governmental structure combined with hi-tech surveillance.A nasty mix.However the seeds of discontent have been sown in Hongkong and will hopefully spread to the mainland.China is an internal powder keg because of social tensions brought on by economical disparities and injustices like land resumption .This makes them even more dangerous to the outside world.
Don’t expect a change in thinking anytime soon.vice versa,expect ruthless external behaviour as soon as they see their chance.

The way to deal with bullies like Putin and China is : isolate and exclude the ones who cannot be changed ,economically,politically,socially and any other way.The least interaction possible.Treat them for what they are : the lepers and curse of a civilized world.

CONCLUSION:
The earth is a magnificent, almost unique planet somewhere out in the suburbs of a pretty average galaxy.However, part of one species doesn’t quite get the message.They are embracing a very destructive way of thinking, greed for power (and money).We are not born with this.A very young child cannot differentiate between itself and its environment.If you cannot differentiate, you cannot be greedy.
So its learned behaviour and consequently can be changed or unlearned.
It is basically an acquired mental disease (amd) and effects a lot of people.Classifying it as a mental disease would be the first step.Education is the best way of tackling it. It is the root cause of most manmade destruction at all times. It is a bigger problem than any biological disease.

Part of our species, mainly in the West, have understood some of this and are acting accordingly.The Middle East,Far East and a lot of the rest have some way to go yet.

You see, it is all part of growing up as a species and some are ahead of the pack.However, regardless of who you are and where you live, you can make your own contribution by keeping greed out of your life as far as you can.And make no mistake,because of the interconnectedness of everything,everybody counts.Gaia is alive and well!
Now its up to us. Every one of us can choose, if we want to be part of the problem or part of the solution. The less greed you have in your life,the more you are part of the solution. It’s that easy !
I hope this gets a few people thinking,

i wish you a nice day
the kookabarra

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