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The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

Following the same processes and practices as everyone else is proving to be disastrous. We’re killing the only planet we are genetically engineered to live on.

But the “stockholders” have been demanding the continuous growth that mainstream economists seem locked into.

Regenerative capitalism will work, but not fast enough to save us. The advertising budget for the “consumption” economy is 50 times bigger than the outlier regenerative, or donut economy evangelists.
COVID 19 is demonstrating how far we are past the “carrying” capacity.

Will we listen? No.

But I’ll never stop hoping our outlier efforts will become even more contagious than Covid.
The “Pre-Covid” mindset was killing more people every month than the pandemic total has,

It’s time to be brave and realize that there are options the swarm will never know if we don’t start getting louder.

We must discover the mindset we need to reap the biggest rewards.

Source: The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

California cities top air pollution list — again | Utility Dive

Covid 19 to the rescue.

Climate has been debatable. Pollution is not.

Pollution is not coming from power generation in any California city. In California, It’s almost all coming from vehicles, because the industry is using clean natural gas.

Industry, and power generation have Nitrous Oxide and particulate limitations.

Vehicles do not. (Big trucks, have Nox limits. Smaller cars, SUVs, light-duty trucks, no.)

Califonia’s pollution has not come from power generation for a long time. It’s traffic.

Utility industry news and analysis for energy professionals.

Source: California cities top air pollution list — again | Utility Dive

Will we take Covid 19’s message seriously?

Covid 19 is highlighting severe pollution problems for what they are.

“Climate Change” is debatable, deniable, and “marketable.” It sells tons of advertising, raises billions of dollars, and is not measurable or viable in the minds of consumers.

That has made it an endless topic with high polarization, and absolutely no incentive for any of the parties to “end the debate.”

Pollution, however, is a whole different topic that the entire global economy has been trying to avoid.

But, thank God for Covid 19 because it’s bringing down the “pollution economy,” to a level that’s not hard to miss. Without it, the world would just keep chugging along will millions of unheralded deaths written into the externalized cost of production, and economic gain.

These maps serve to highlight the dark side of the industrial machine that’s been spending anything it takes to keep awareness away from the ugliness of producing all of those popular consumables that “marketing” is selling us. 

In taking a close look at the “before and after” satellite pollution photos of Italy, then looking at the covid 19 death concentration area, I found a match.

The most polluted area of Italy, where the entire population is already suffering from pollution-caused respiratory distress, is experiencing the most deathly outcomes from Covid 19.

It’s eery, to see how closely the Covid 19 Death tolls, are in the heart of the “Pollution district.”

Now that you’ve seen the correlation in Italy, you can imagine just how ridiculously absurd China’s state press assertions have been.

The 2019 picture gives a hint of why over 110,000 Chinese people are dying from pollution caused by pneumonia, lung cancer, and high blood pressure/stokes.

Here is the China “before, and after” comparison.

The Covid 19, 3,300 are only the deaths of the 3,300 fatalities they tested. 

The rest are just voiceless ashes in the thousands of urns stacking up outside of crematoriums.

The deaths from lung cancer, and high blood pressure strokes, don’t count. They’re not Covid 19; they are just dead.

Wuhan is only the small brown area southwest of the giant dark zone.

Imagine what it’s like living in those areas.

Due to the Covid shutdowns, 100s of millions are enjoying the first breaths of fresh air that Chinese millennials have experienced.

A question I’m going to be waiting for, it “Will the dark area pollution workers return to the hell they’ve been living in?

Forcing people to go back to work in the deadly conditions is tantamount to execution.

The new question for the fossil fuel industry is “Given what we’ve learned via the “Covid 19” teachings, are you comfortable with continuing the “execution by pollution” that is preserving your profits? “

The hundreds of millions of lives being lost to pollution will resume without resolution if we don’t sieze this opportunity today.

We can’t let Covid 19 pass without pursuing the real problem that Covid 19 victims have given their lives for.

Q. What does the regenerative economy look like?

Thanks for asking.

“Regenerative economy” is another phrase like, “The new energy economy.”

When we break it down into the individual words, it falls apart, so let’s think bigger, like Planet size.

“Regenerative” economies are the”New Model” we must adapt, but we’ve been given no basic understanding or vision to work from. “Regenerative” is a complex thought, and our brains try to avoid those, but bit by bit we’ll start adding pixels till a new view emerges.

Regenerative is a welcome word and acknowledges that “sustainability” isn’t enough. We’re past the tipping point, and “Not making things worse” is not going to serve.

On the destructive, extractive short view capitalism side, there seems to be no letting up, and expecting that to change without establishing an alternative profitability path is like watching passively as your child rides their bicycle toward a 1000 foot cliff.  

Thus the “regenerative capitalism” phrase was coined. We need as much enthusiasm and participation as we can get, so I would encourage you to at least scan what I’ll call Regenerative Capitalism 101. https://capitalinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015ExecSummary4-14-15.pdf, and if you want a deeper dive  https://capitalinstitute.org/as a source of much more detailed information and explanation of why the phrase was created.

Defining “regenerative” is also to define some of the most overlooked economic opportunities we’re going to see going forward.

If you want to think and invest like Warren Buffet, you should be investing in regenerative enterprises. Why? Because regenerative is going to be gaining the value that the extractive capitalist are going to be losing as their empires start to collapse.

Altresco, and I have been in this game before, and although we walked away with less than we should of (My poor decisions.) we learned a lot during and after the enterprises that is very useful today

The advantages we have today, are that as Sun Tzu elaborates in the Art of War, we know the other side of the line as well, if not better than they do.

I might But that didn’t happen. The principles were simply not in GE’s reality, so it was just called the  “Altresco” model, and they obtained exclusive right to finance anything Altresco, or I did in North America.

And, it also brings up the viable alternative approach to creating new “economies” that will not leave 60% of the planet’s humans “too poor to count” in World Bank and current international financing methodologies designed around the “extractive capitalism” business model.

In any case, when I discovered and read John Fullerton’s Regenerative Capitalism booklet in 2017, I felt validated for the first time in 2 decades.

This is a “capitalism” framework I can design business models for. My paraphrasing would also include “Stakeholder Centric” business models, with the environment, the land, the community, and even Government compatibility as “Stakeholders.”

And this “regenerative” concept can even apply to our climate, and how we can start re “Greening” our planet.

And, this is beautiful to me because it adds to the momentum of our agricultural economic development in Kenya.  

It’s like Deja Vu because it’s an extension of  what my friends in Kenya have been working on for the six years since my first visit in 2014.

I think you’ll be able to extrapolate from the discussion in this summary video of my visit and exploration of Isiolo County, Kenya.

All of the ingredients are either immediately accessible as infrastructure is constructed, or available as known and proven technologies, And with that we’re ready to bring the “business systems.” That can be designed as regenerative, and SDG inclusive from the start.

When we include Regenerative agriculture, Renewable energy, Regenerative water management, and private capitalism and a “built from a clean sheet of paper” regenerative business model template the outcome will be awesome and a model to be shared.

The Age of Climate Authoritarianism Is Upon Us – OneZero

Does this depict people suffocating or preparing to drown?

I’m not sure I agree with this hypothesis, but I sure cannot refute it. This is a solid look at the “Deep State.”

A rapid — and massive — change in the geographies of energy production and consumption is currently underway. In a bid for energy security and new streams of profits, some of the world’s largest…

Source: The Age of Climate Authoritarianism Is Upon Us – OneZero

Our status in the Universe.

I love these pictures of “scale, “and how microscopic Earth is relative to the Cosmos.

One of my most profound moments of humility was when I was up below Manaslu Peak in the Himalayas, where the night skies were unimaginable.

And a day was trekking up a very steep path, cut into high canyon walls with a sheer drop of about 1000 feet, to a raging glacier-fed river. A momentary loss of balance would be the end of me.

(At that time, I was the CEO of an eighty million per year company, with complex revenue relationships which felt like a lot of responsibility.)

The “moment” was when I paused, glanced down at the river, and, with absolute clarity, realized that were I to slip and fall to my death, the world, as I knew it, would take about three to five days to resume, as though I’d never existed.

Today, I know that I still have lots of reasons to be alive and have impacts, but relative to the universe, even that is negligible.  

And, I know that our planet is all we have, or ever will have.

We are evolved from the bacteria in the Earth’s seas, and truly are “earthlings.” Moving to Mars,or elsewhere definitely a delusion.

We need to get over our “Constellation” size egos and start taking care of our microscopic size piece of the universe.


We’re the only ones that can, and failing that, the total annihilation of humanity would not even be noteworthy to the balance of the universe.

©William Ross Williams 2020 All rights reserved

A Brave and Startling Truth: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou’s Stunning Humanist Poem That Flew to Space, Inspired by Carl Sagan – Brain Pickings

Some days, as I contemplate the machinations of the human species, with the core Amorality of human nature, commerce, and the capitalistic style rationalization of the continuing destruction of our planet, I wonder if we’ve even evolved enough to deserve to survive.

Then I’m led to work like this poem, and the overall efforts of the “Brain Pickings” writer and my spirits are lifted.

“Out of such chaos, of such contradiction / We learn that we are neither devils nor divines…”

Source: A Brave and Startling Truth: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Reads Maya Angelou’s Stunning Humanist Poem That Flew to Space, Inspired by Carl Sagan – Brain Pickings

Duke agrees to largest coal ash cleanup in US after years of fighting with environmentalists.

Nuclear is dangerous because of possible radioactive leaks, but,with coal the radioactive danger is absolute, and the only containment is leaky ponds.
This is also the biggest radioactive waste cleanup of all time.

6 Months ago, as a result of searches for deaths by radioactive exposure, I found numerous articles verifying that 300 people, so far have died from the radioactive exposure they were subjected to while working for Jacobs Engineering on this coal ash spill.

That’s 290 more people than have died from radiation exposure at the highly promoted Chernobyl, and Fukushima disasters.

Here’s the link to the Duke clean up article. Not a single word or hint of a reference to the radioactive content of this ash.

Source: Duke agrees to largest coal ash cleanup in US after years of fighting with environmentalists | Utility Dive

Today, I discovered the twisted nature of Google.

When I searched for the articles about the 300 deaths I found before, I got 28 pages of Google results which all linked to the same planted article that uses the phrase “sick” instead of DEAD.

Here is a slightly more objective article that was hard to find among all of the “flack” pages.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste/

Infinite media budgets sponsored by product vendors have shaped our beliefs all wrong.
Tobacco is not a problem, and nuclear power is bad”because other thinking hurts our sales.

Non smokers don’t buy tobacco, and nuclear plants don’t buy coal

Q. Is the movie cowspiracy really accurate in its outcome that agriculture of animals is the leading culprit by far of any other form of Global warming?

I suspect that the “Climate denial” community sponsored the movie.

Climate denial has been taking many shapes and morphing lately.

Yes, sir! Blame it on the cows, and keep on buying those monster SUVs, and F Series pickups, and if those aren’t big enough we’ve got these for you.

Don’t even think about herds of cattle. we’ve got herds of trucks.

This “herd” is where our real emissions problems are coming from.

“Transportation” emissions now surpass the electricity production industry by a wide margin to now top of the emissions mix.

Fortunately, that is just the U.S. And “Cowthane” in the US is a relatively small amount of methane compared to the methane, and flare gas that’s created a new class of uncategorized emissions

This gas is not Cowthane.

Has anyone else noticed that, in the U.S. our attention has been deftly focused on electricity generation and renewable energy (Electricity), with no reference to the other petroleum generated emissions, which are coming from the transportation and industrial sectors.

So, today, our biggest single source of emissions does not show up on any charts. More than enough gas to generate electricity for most of Sub Saharan Africa is being vented or flared into the atmosphere every day.

This is now the single largest emissions source on the planet. And it is not productive in any way. This is our bad. We know where the natural gas is coming from.

Unlike animals, we can capture and utilize it in LNG, or straight electricity generation. That electricity would displace the need for distillate fuels.

And we’re worried about “Cowthane?

And, in the U.S. the percentage of methane, and CO2 emissions coming from livestock pale in comparison to the other completely non productive emissions we don’t hear a peep about.

On the global side, “Cowthane” is a more significant contributor, but still small relative to all the other negative trends away from climate progress. And smaller yet if we were to start recognizing all of the “non-productive” emissions not list anywhere on our charts and graphs.

And an increasingly more damaging factor is the burning and clearing of the rainforests “Carbon sinks” that kept CO2 in “balance” till we started doing everything possible to destroy that balance. (I recommend Project Drawdown, for the most thoughtful, accurate, and disturbing overviews.)

So globally, the balance looks like this.

Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data | US EPA

They’ve done everything possible to keep us from “noticing” that the distilled petroleum in internal combustion vehicles is much worse.

Not only is it more toxic than options like natural gas, but passenger vehicles are very inefficient, which means that 75% of the fuel burned comes out of the tailpipes.
In addition to CO2, you’ve got carbon monoxide and all of the “particulates” that are making cities nearly uninhabitable.

© William Ross Williams 2020     all rights reserved.

How media is killing us.

There are many ways we can stem global warming, but it’s counter to the real intent behind “renewable” energy. I’m committed to sharing what will work.

This article, in Common Dreams illuminates why so much of what I’m writing and posting seems to contradict the “Status Quo” media created “Reality”

Legendary broadcast journalist Bill Moyers has said:

“We’ve got to get alternative content out there to people, or this country’s going to die of too many lies.”

Moyers was asked what the corporate media means for our democracy:

“It means that virtually everything the average person sees or hears, outside of their own personal communications, is determined by the interests of private, unaccountable executives and investors whose primary goal is increasing profits and raising the share prices. More insidiously, this small group of elites determines what ordinary people do not see or hear. In-depth coverage of anything, let alone the problems real people face day-to-day, is as scarce as sex, violence, and voyeurism are pervasive.”

“So if we need to know what is happening, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know why it matters, and Big Media won’t tell us; if we need to know what to do about it, and Big Media won’t tell us, it’s clear what we have to do. We have to tell the story ourselves.”

That’s what we are trying to do here—tell the story ourselves. Every day we work to tell you what is happening; why it matters, and what to do about it.

“I came upon Common Dreams a long time ago, found that Common Dreams was editing the world in a way that did not deny me what I needed to know, but guided me toward what I wanted to know. Common Dreams has done a brilliant job of creating an editorial product that takes so much good material, and brings it together in one place,” said Moyers.

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