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We humans like our carbon-based cocoon even though it's become overly apparent to the more sapient of our species that this way of life is toxic to our abused Earth. Our much beloved "American way of life" is ecocidal, genocidal, and... ultimately... mass suicidal. Our 'elected leaders' are apparently the most delusional of the bunch:

"...There is nothing new in the phenomena of power arrogance and hubris. Since the earliest civilisations, rulers have made decisions and overreached their power in the confident belief that they had God on their side. In more modern times our rulers have believed that nature rewards the fittest, in other words, them.

Irrespective of what point in history they emerge, the starting point of most elites is the comfortable assumption that, as things have typically gone right for them in the past, they will continue to go right in the future. This belief is compounded by the fact that for a long time it has been the “little people” who bear the costs while those higher up the food chain reap the benefits. Power means that they are effectively cocooned from the negative kick-back from their actions. Long before the rulers themselves are successfully challenged and fall — and this typically happens only in the final stages — millions of others have already lost out badly and immense damage has been done.

What we term hubris is the cruel arrogance that arises from a failure of bottom-up feedback in systems where vast social and geographical distances exist between the powerful and the powerless. The punishment of Nemesis, the Greek goddess who was supposed to re-impose limits on those who overstepped their power, typically befalls entire societies before it befalls the rulers. Today the vast distance that separates the global elite from ordinary people is magnified further by the high-power technologies of communications, transport, production and weaponry. Nemesis, when she comes, will be global...."


Oh, and the new name... Homo Mala Fides, "Self-Deceitful Man"

make do and mend

Rarely look at the vidoes (except Carling) but today said, what the hell.

Funny, very funny.

I think I'll just rejoin the monkey clan and leave the Latin to the Romans.


Tony Weddle

Great post, Dave.

xraymike79, your name doesn't conform to the rules. Sorry, it cannot be accepted. :) By the way, it translates to "treacherous man" on google translate.

How about Homo virus?


Homo anthroposphagein


According to William R. Catton, among the Hominid species there was one that stood out as the most destructive and arrogant,"Homo Colossus", whose resource-sucking lifestyle became carelessly and arrogantly detached from the laws of both nature and physics and whose ethics became grotesquely twisted around the single-minded goal of maintaining the 'American way of Life' at the expense of all else.


After looking at the picture of Glenn Beckerhead, I've come to wish I knew the Latin term for dumbass, because that would describe most of our species today.

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