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In researching a book I'm writing I've been collecting prognostications about climate change. These have been gathered over time from numerous sources.   But they are projections and hence a best guess as to what is in our collective future. (Obviously the past dates are accurate.)  

I must confess that during the time I have been compiling these predictions the timeframe has been trending towards an acceleration of events rather than an elongation of them.   There have been a shitload of Holy Shit moments in the process of putting this together.  

Even if you allow that only 50% of these predictions will occur you must come to the conclusion that life as we know it will be dramatically altered.  

*A city hits "climate departure" when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year between 1960 and 2005. For example, let's say the climate departure point for D.C. is 2047 (which it is). After 2047, even D.C.'s coldest year will still be hotter than any year from before 2005. Put another way, every single year after 2047 will be hotter than D.C.'s hottest year on record from 1860 to 2005. It's the moment when the old "normal" is really gone.
The Timeframe


In 2008 Arctic sea ice hit its second lowest summer ice extent on record (the lowest extent was in 2007). A massive chunk of ice breaks away from Greenland's Petermann Glacier. Several breakups of ice shelves in Antarctica are observed. (NSIDC; Jason Box, Ohio State University; ESA, NSIDC)

The Bush Administration enacts changes to the Endangered Species Act that affect reviews of government projects.

Polar bears and beluga whales are placed on the Endangered Species List.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

An ice bridge connected to the Wilkins Ice Sheet of Antarctica breaks apart.

Many of the world's major rivers are found to be losing water. (Aiguo Dai, NCAR, Journal of Climate)


China became the largest energy consumer in the world, overtaking the USA

China added 15,000 car to its roads every day and a new power plant every week.  


The first phase of the Kyoto Protocol, an international environmental treaty created to limit the production of greenhouse gases, expires. Nations will have to draw up and enact a successor treaty to further limit emissions, should they choose to do so.

2013 - The amount of carbon pollution has already locked in more than 4 feet of sea level rise past 2013 levels. That is enough, at high tide, to submerge more than half of 2013's population in 316 coastal cities and towns (home to 3.6 million) in the lower 48 states.

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I recently had a conversation with a young man who had just finished serving a tour of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  I asked him what, in his opinion, was the reason we had become militarily involved in those countries.  Without hesitation he immediately said, "oil".  

Connecting the dots!
U.S. intelligence officials revealed in September 2014 that they believed the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, was reaping as much as $3 million a day in revenue, making it one of the wealthiest terrorist groups in history
That report listed the main sources of ISIS funding.


Much of the fundraising for Syria's extremist groups occurs in the Arab Gulf states, where wealthy private donors raise millions to hand over to Islamist fighters at the Turkey-Syria border. The governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait also covertly provide millions in aid to radical Sunni groups fighting Assad.
"It's cash-raising activities resemble those of a mafia-like organization," a U.S. intelligence official told the AP last week. "They are well-organized, systematic and enforced through intimidation and violence."

The Islamic State also levies taxes in the areas it conquers.

The group is also believed to have earned millions of dollars from illegally trading antiquities. The Guardian reported in June that the Islamic State had made at least $36 million in one particular Syrian region by selling items that were up to 8,000 years old.
4.OIL As reported in the Huffington Post 9/14.
Oil appears to be the largest source of income for the Islamic State today. The militants pump crude oil from about a dozen oil fields they have captured in Syria and Iraq. They either sell the crude oil directly or send it to small refineries to produce low-quality fuels. It is then transported via decades-old smuggling routes over the border and sold at low prices on the black market in Turkey and in smaller volumes to the Syrian regime.
The price the Islamic State group fetches for its smuggled oil is discounted—$25 to $60 for a barrel of oil that normally sells for more than $100 — but its total profits from oil are exceeding $3 million a day, said Luay al-Khatteeb, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution's Doha Center in Qatar.
In the early days of the Syrian civil war, the Islamic State group was funded in large part by donations from wealthy residents of Gulf States, including Kuwait and Qatar, American officials have said.

"A number of fundraisers operating in more permissive jurisdictions — particularly in Kuwait and Qatar — are soliciting donations to fund ... al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)," David Cohen, the Treasury department's top counterterrorism official, said in a speech in March. ISIL is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group.

That stream of funding has diminished in recent months as the group's violent tactics have drawn worldwide attention, U.S. intelligence officials say.

The group's reliance on oil as its main source of revenue could easily be disrupted by American airstrikes, officials say. But so far, no decision has been made to target Iraqi or Syrian oil infrastructure, which is serviced by civilian workers who may have been conscripted.

Well more recent reports point to that disruption in oil revenue coming true.  

As reported by Berlin (AFP):

The Islamic State group has lost control of "at least three large oil fields" in Iraq, depriving the jihadists of a crucial source of income, a German newspaper report said Thursday.

In the face of a large-scale Iraqi counteroffensive, the extremist group now controls just a single oil field in the country.

But the success has been achieved through military means. Military options continue to be our weapon of choice in the fight against terrorism since 9/11 and the limits with this method should be self-evident.

I would like to posit a new approach. What if the United States, along with our Western allies made a concerted and sustained effort to unplug from these Muslim countries?

This begs the question: why are we involved with them? Is it because we consider Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq  our natural allies as we do Great Britain? I think not. I think it is because of oil just like the soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan said to me.

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That's right.  The title is correct.  There is a city that actually is looking for and wants more garbage.  Every day, about 300 trucks arrive at the city of Göteborg on the west coast of Sweden. They carry garbage. They deliver it to a special plant that has special ovens, which burn it, providing heat to thousands of local homes.  Now that is a Church of the Holy Shitters cool idea!
“The only fuel we use is waste,” says Christian Löwhagen, a spokesman for Renova, the local government-owned energy company operating the plant. “It provides one-third of heat for households in this region.” Across Sweden, 950,000 homes are heated by trash; this lowly resource also provides electricity for 260,000 homes across the country, according to statistics from Avfall Sverige, Sweden’s national waste-management association.

With Swedes recycling almost half (47 percent) of their waste and using 52 percent to generate heat, less than 1 percent of garbage now ends up in the dump. “Sweden has the world’s best network of district heating plants” — essentially large ovens that use a variety of fuels to generate heat, which is then transported to consumers’ homes through a network of underground pipes — “and they’re well-suited for use of garbage,” says Adis Dzebo, an energy expert at the Stockholm Environment Institute. “By contrast, in many other countries the heat and electricity infrastructure is based on gas or other fossil fuels, so it’s not economical to start building plants that utilize garbage.”

But there is a problem.  Follow below the orange hairpiece for more on the story!
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This tidbit of information came to my attention the other day and I just had to utter my go to phrase when I'm catapulted into being astounded - Holy Shit!

London (CNN)It might sound like a really old wives' tale, but a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the modern-day superbug MRSA, according to new research.
The 10th-century "eyesalve was disscovered at the British Library in a leather-bound volume of Bald's Leechbook, one of the earliest known medical textbooks.

Despite some ambiguities in the text, Christina Lee, an expert on Anglo-Saxon society at the University of Nottingham was able to translate the text.  

"We chose this recipe in Bald's Leechbook because it contains ingredients such as garlic that are currently investigated by other researchers on their potential antibiotic effectiveness," Lee said in a video posted on the university's website.

"And so we looked at a recipe that is fairly straightforward. It's also a recipe where we are told it's the 'best of leechdoms' -- how could you not test that? So we were curious."

Lee decided to investigate if the concoction actually worked and with the help of some of her colleagues replicated the recipe.

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Reposted from Seattle & Puget Sound Kos by John Crapper Editor's Note: Important issue and initiative for Washington State. -- John Crapper

Calling on Washington State Kossacks to put some adrenaline into the mix.  It's time.

Time for a carbon tax reality check: There are only two carbon pricing policies on the table in Washington State. One of them is Governor Inslee's climate bill in Olympia. The other is CarbonWA's  "relief pitcher" carbon tax ballot measure, Initiative to the Legislature #732.

The most important thing we can do as progressives for either one of them is to contribute our strength and our voice to the Carbon Washington campaign.

But don't take my word for it.  Read what Rep Joe Fitzgibbon, the Chair of the Washington State Environmental Committee and a former guest last year at our Seattle & Puget Sound Kos meet up, recently said:

... administration officials, House representatives and even representation from the GOP Senate caucus have been meeting almost daily to discuss the possibility of reviving Inslee’s dormant proposal. It would require Washington’s 80 to 90 biggest polluters to pay for the right to produce specific amounts of carbon emissions, which scientists have linked to global warming.
...legislators have looked at signature gathering by the group Carbon Washington to put Initiative 732 on the 2016 ballot. I-732 would install a $25-per-ton tax on carbon emissions beginning July 1, 2017.

The prospect of a blunt initiative rather than a more nuanced bill has prompted legislators to huddle about Inslee’s carbon emissions tax proposal, said Fitzgibbon.

CarbonWA is starting to light a fire under our legislature.  I think we should help add fuel to that fire - a lot of fuel.  Personally, I'd like to see both CarbonWA's initiative and Governor Inslee's cap and trade proposal succeed, but regardless I want to see the temperature continue to be increased on this issue!  The time is now!  

How can we help?  Well, first and foremost we can contribute to their efforts.  

Check out the heartwarming crowdfunding video.

Already they've raised over $5,000 in small donations (75 so far, none greater than $500). We can help by donating $22 in honor of Earth Day, or $150 to get a t-shirt, or $250 to get a t-shirt and a signed copy of Yoram Bauman's Cartoon Climate Change book.

Follow below the orange hairpiece to find out about other ways to help.  Thanks!

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Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 09:28 AM PDT

The Blobs Are Here

by John Crapper

The stuff of science fiction movies is now here in reality.  When I read this article I just paused in shock, opened my mouth and uttered the phrase I always utter at such moments:  Holy Shit!

As reported on CNN April 22, 2015:  

Waters in a huge area of the Pacific are running 5.5 degrees warmer than normal!

A shot from the video showing the size of the blobs.  
(CNN)Marine life swimming in unusual places.  Water temperature higher than normal. No snow where it should be feet deep this time of year.

"The Blob" could be playing a factor.

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Thu Jan 15, 2015 at 11:51 AM PST

Remembering A Holy $h*t Moment!

by John Crapper

My apologies:  This post was supposed to have been published on 12/30/14 but due to circumstances beyone my control it was delayed.  
With the holidays behind us it is important to reflect on those amoung us that justify their hatred in the name of religion.  I've had the following post written for quite some time.  Now it's appropriate to publish I think.

Being members of the Church of the Holy Shitters we are naturally cognizant, curious and concerned about the use of the term holy shit.

Some common definitions of the expression “holy shit” can be summarized as follows:

1. The excrement of a deity or other religious figure (God's poop): i.e. If God ever took a dump I guess it would be holy shit.

2. Feces that are considered to be either worthy of reverence, associated with divine powers, or spiritually clean: i.e. After an incident involving a misguided but well intentioned church cleaning lady, only the church's highest Priest is now allowed access to the sacred pile of holy shit.

3. An expression yelled at something bad and/or surprising: i.e. "Holy shit! Those drugs came out of nowhere, officer. You know more about them than me."

4. An exclamation, usually one of amazement: i.e. Holy shit! Look at that!

5. The last words said before death: i.e. Look out for that car! HOLY SHIT!

The definition of “Holy Shit” in the Church of the Holy Shitters: Holy Shit is the substance held in reverence above all other substances found on Earth. Holy Shit and the contemplation and understanding of it guides us on our Shitty Path through life.

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Need a little help with innovative suggestions to complete your last minute holiday shopping?  Do you have those hard to buy for friends that cause you to come up with zip for gift ideas.  Well, the Church of the Holy Shitters is ready to assist with unusual gift ideas that surprise and put unique presents under the Christmas tree never before seen or contemplated..  

When you are a nation in the deep throes of Consumer Diarrhea as exhibited by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we feel a special obligation to draw your attention to these utilitarian gift choices.  First, let me just share our number one gift choice for this season.  

If you're not putting crap in your cereal bowl each morning you're simply not eating the best!    

Still looking for unique gift ideas.  Follow below please.

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Church of The Holy Shitters
Written July, 15th, 2025 - Poop John the First Memoirs

It wasn't long after the launch the the book The Holy Shitters that the shit really did hit the fan! The ever-increasing pressure from parishioners of the Church of the Holy Shitters between the years 2016 - 17 on the power elites in the country was immense. The meticulous marketing plan devised prior to the publication of the book The Holy Shitters payed off handsomely.  It paved the way for it to go viral. Within 6 months disparate environmental organizations coalesced and rallied behind the concepts of the new consciousness espoused by the new Church. Suddenly large swaths of the population were looking at shit just a little differently and couldn't be bullshitted anymore.

Follow below the orange hairpiece to glimpse a brighter and shittier future.  

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Church of The Holy Shitters
Written June 15, 2025 - Poop John the First Memoirs

It was 1992. My wife Kathy, Jonathan, Joanie and myself, all teachers at Ruamrudee International School, gathered together as we often did to talk about school, our lives and things happening in our world. Most nights we were drinking way too much beer while attempting to solve the world's problems but on this particular night we were teetotalers.

When I blurted out the Holy Shitters concept and began in earnest filling in some details I remember Kathy repeatedly saying, "How long have you been thinking about this? I don't believe you've never told me about this before! The four of us, sober as could be, brainstormed for hours and hours that night expanding on the concept. Oh how I wish I had recorded our conversation. The creativity was sure flowing. The pope became the poop and the popemobile become the poopmobile. The genuflect turned into the squat. Holy water took on a whole new meaning as toilets became the imagined places of worship. It was a pretty "shitty" night.

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Thu Nov 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM PST

Thanks for Nature - Video & Photos

by John Crapper

My wife and I found ourselves with some unexpected time off right after the mid-term elections.  Needing a pick-me-up we decided to get out of town for a little recharge.  

So on November 10th, just a couple of days before the North Cascades Highway (Hwy. 20) closed for the winter we traveled across the mountain pass to spend three days in Winthrop.

Always in awe of nature and very concerned about the affect humans are having on our climate I want to share a little of our journey and give thanks for the wondrous beauty that still surrounds us.  

Today is not a day to mention all the negative things happening in our world.  It is a day to give thanks for it's beauty and all it provides us every day.

Go below the orange hairpiece for a brief glimpse and Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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NOTE:  Normally I post on Thursdays but since this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving I decided to move posting time to the other shit day:  So Happy It's Tuesday. :>)
Written June 5, 2025 - Poop John the First Memoirs
The Church of the Holy Shitters
Time to grab a beer and go to the backyard to relax.  I think I'll begin work on my memoirs.  It'll be fun to relive the journey.  Got to begin before my memory fades any further.  Can't believe it's 2025 and I'm 74 years old.  Can't believe the Shitty Way of Life first mentioned in my book The Holy Shitters is now largely a reality.  Who would have thought!  This will be my last year as Poop John the First of the Church of the Holy Shitters.  Time for Poop John the 2nd to take over.  He'll do a good job I think.  He grew up with ass-forward thinking and his whole life has been Shitty.  What a ride it's been.  The Church is finally in a position to tackle the sanitation system.  That's quite an accomplishment in just 10 years!  In some ways it seems like a blur.  In others it feels like an epoch journey.

Follow below the orange hairpiece to begin the journey of imagining a better future.  

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