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for Bron Broen.

It ends as it began. With a message (taken directly and edited lightly from the fansubs):

[The] Climate summit ends. A large part of Environment Ministers is are dead now.

There, we killed them. Why?

We can not wait. We are pressed for time.

We can not let politicians sit in meeting after meeting –

– Without results.

We know that we [are heading] towards an environmental disaster.

Nevertheless, those with power and opportunities [do] nothing.

No country will be the first to undertake climate commitments.

Climate issues are exposed.

We made sure that the old politicians disappeared.

Now there is room for new ministers.

Do not repeat the old mistakes.

We [will] keep an eye on you.

The why done it of this show is clear from the beginning.

But the issues remain to be explored. Within the next season of the show. And without, from the world where we watch it.

The biggest question facing us today is: what cost humanity?

Does our survival trump that of all other species?

Does our continued existence mean the slow extinction of all other life except what we farm? The death of the wild?

To those that empathize more strongly with the citizens of the animal kingdom and call Gaia, Mother, our own near extinction seems justified. For the “greater good”, as they see it. Let the wild overrun civilization; a Deep Ecology Apocalypse.

Which puts the agents of the semi-fictional Overview Effect Enforcement Agency firmly on the middle path. Taking all reasonable action as “beyond good & evil” actors. Wake up the PowersThatBe, before we all live a true nightmare.

And who’s on the front line in our Scandinavian drama series? A mutant of sorts. A high functioning empath, rating somewhere on the human made Asperger’s Scale.

Cool show right?

m1k3y:

The eco-terrorists of the second season of Bron || Broen are in no way affiliated with the Overview Effect Enforcement Agency. They are certainly not ousted members. We have no knowledge of their actions or identity. Who is this anyway? I have to go now.

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The 100 trailer.

This ought to be a pure scrapheap space program/ruin porn/deep ecology apocalypse teen drama. Lord of the Flies meets Fallout.

At the very least it’ll be a space to think about that. And I’m kinda hoping it turns out hairshirt greens nuked earth.

But as plots go it needs moar extropianism (as in, some), and I wanna watch Earth 2 now.

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If rewilders are successful, thousands of years from now our descendants may think of African lions roaming American plains as “natural” too.

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The Collapse Will be Televised and Live Tweeted

wolvensnothere: http://WAGA.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=559772;hostDomain=www.myfoxatlanta.com;playerWidth=645;playerHeight=363;isShowIcon=true;clipId=9829106;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=Weather;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=fixed If I might be allowed to paraphrase Moz: This joke isn’t funny anymore. FOX 5 News Atlanta: Winter Ice Storm Warning (Direct link to video, in case it decides not to work). Here in the Southern Archonic Protectorate days after the five year anniversary of the last great burnening of the Victorian countrycide, […]

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This was where a Galactic Civilisation was built from the ruins of the Twentieth Century…

The entry in the Multiverse TV Guide reads:

Twenty First Century: for the majority of timelines, this was where a Galactic Civilisation was built from the ruins of the Twentieth Century (and the Industrial Civilisation that preceded it).”

Here in Cosmic Anthropologist HQ we spend a lot of time contemplating a more fleshed out Kardashev Scale. Something that has more dimensions than just energy usage. Cultural factors. Ethical metrics.

Here in Cosmic Anthropologist HQ we’re looking forward to being able to have a bath without using a bucket.

“The Future Composts the Past.” ~ Bruce Sterling

In most of those other timelines, Giant Mutant Rats haunt a ruined Earth.

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And in just one, we got to Mars in the fifteenth century. Thanks to time travelling posthumans willing to save the world by any means necessary. Obviously.

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Some speculate we got there decades ago. Or rather, They did. Those with their secret space program.

History is a lie. Progress is an illusion.

The Truth, as ever, lies somewhere between what we think we know and what we fear and what we can’t even imagine.

It wasn’t until the fifth viewing of Cloud Atlas that I saw the Wachowskis are showing us more than the trap of eternal recurrence. They’re giving us glimpses of the path we’re on too. Neo Seoul and the drowning earth.

Cloud Atlas

And of course, a civilisation that just managed to reach the stars before the Collapse finally came. That managed to hurl bits of itself out into the void in one last push.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas

Which makes the plot of Jupiter Ascending all the more interesting.

from the Jupiter Ascending ‘look book’

I’m paying attention.

I’m standing here in the rubble of the World with a shovel, ready to build a Type 2 Civilisation.

Who knows, maybe the galaxy will meet us halfway?

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Oversized Rats Could Take Over Earth After Next Mass Extinction

The researchers based their hypothesis on rats’ proven ability to infiltrate most major landmasses and islands on the planet, as well as their persistence throughout the world despite widespread attempts tocontrol their populations. Other animals, such as cats and feral pigs, also do well in diverse ecosystems around the world, but they are not as widespread as rats. In the event of a mass extinction caused either by human activity or a catastrophic event, rats are theoretically the most likely mammals to be spared, given their wide extent and ability to cope in varied conditions, Zalasiewicz said.

Oversized Rats Could Take Over Earth After Next Mass Extinction

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