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Environmental Degradation in the "Time Before Came Time”

I am leaking these documents, which I have obtained -- through methods I cannot disclose -- from a secretive cabal of crypto-archeologists.

Wiktionary: Preface

In the YEAR OF GAWDD[1] 2525 ATM,[2] I, Professor Harischandra Higginsbottom, am recording in this Wiktionary some of the events, the incidences, their causes, and their effects, across the planet from the time of the Great Melt to the present, and the various adaptations to the changes that have been wrought over the past millennia, for anyone who reads this should know that the world has not always been as it is now. The earth was once green and fertile (as strange and unnatural as that may seem to the casual reader), a sole refuge for life in an otherwise bleak and hostile universe, the only known such refuge in our solar system, and as limited as our attempts to penetrate the abyss of space in the galaxies light years distant from our planet, in the universe beyond.

These entries are scattered and random — at least as I have begun to gather and collate them. Over time, I might be able to grow them to form a substantial body of knowledge. However at this time, they are comprised of merely my own personal and random research or observations that have come to my attention and captured my interest.

As well, I can’t be certain how long these archives will last. At the current moment, I have them secreted in various hiding places in the abyss, where they will be safe from the scrutiny of the Ouroboros authorities. I believe the ancients used to call this practice “squirreling away,” after the tiny mammalian creatures that existed in antediluvian times that used to hide their gatherings — mostly “nuts” that fell from “trees” in all sorts of unlikely places for them to eat during “winter,” a formerly cold period of the year before the climate regularized to a consistent temperature of about .15 degrees AIPM.[3]

(Here, the fragment breaks off.)

[1] Global Alliance Water Distribution Directory

[2] After the Melt

[3]Autonominous Ignition Point of Methane. People in ancient times used widely varying scales to measure things rather than referring to constants. For instance the same temperature -- the autonomous ignition point of methane -- could be referred to variously, 999 f., 537 c, or 810k. Distances were measured in widely varying scales such as inches, miles, kilometers, meters, parsecs, light years, fathoms, knots, cubits, hands, a megalithic yard, an English yard, a bloit, a sheepey, a Sirius-meter, a parsec, a double-decker meter, and innumerable more, too many to mention.

Time likewise was measured in units as diverse as seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, centuries, dog years, God years, seasons, jiffies, secs (not the same as and much longer than seconds, as often attested in the literature by someone who’s been asked to wait “just a sec”), solar months, lunar months, and Scaramouchis.

All of which illustrates the confusion the ancients inflicted upon themselves, which some historians point to as one of the causes for the constant and unending conflict in the ancient world. There were so many names for things that no one could agree on what a thing was called, even as simple a thing as the distance between here and there, or how hot it was on a particular day. Hence, the wisdom of the ancients after the Melt (ATM) who established and mandated the one universal language, OUTLAWD - (One Universal Tongue Allowed Over All Worldly Departments) …

Death of the Antediluvian Environment

The people of the Risen Land refer to this period as an t-àm mus deach tìm — “the time before came time.” As a chronologist, though, I must be more precise (if less mythological and poetic) and mark it as the period before the Great Melt, approximately 2,500 years before the present time (2,500 BPT), when a series of environmental traumas led to the collapse of the global environment.

There were several aspects to the environmental collapse that the planet experienced at that time. From the historical records that I have been able to piece together (which are at best fragmentary, having been either lost, destroyed, or so heavily redacted by the authorities that they might as well have been either lost or destroyed), the planetary natural environment underwent such a heavy and massive assault that it could not be sustained in its then-state. The assault attacked multiple aspects of the natural environment, the totality of such assaults which destroyed the world known by the ancients, and created the one which we enjoy in the present world.

  • The super-heating of the earth: An event that preceded and precipitated the Great Melt, was the super-heating of the globe. This global heating created an environment that was supportive of only certain forms of life, those able to live in temperatures over the boiling point of water. Humans, ever adaptable, were able to construct and retreat to shelters either underground or underdome, a market that was dominated by just a handful of building corporations that had mastered and monopolized the necessary technology upon which human life depended (glory be to the Profit of the Ouroboros).

The aridization of the planet:

  • As strange as it might sound to moderns, water that was drinkable by humans and generally supportive of animal and vegetable lifeforms was once abundant. The twin process of the draining of all sources of fresh water, on the one hand, and the poisoning of what water sources there remained, on the latter, resulted in the depletion of natural sources of water and the necessity for humans to depend on manufactured or artificially purified water (glory be to the great Profit of the Ouroboros).

The toxification of the atmosphere:

  • Due to the release into the atmosphere of gaseous industrial waste, individually generated carbon exhaust, and natural pollutants such as the methane released from under the melting arctic permafrost, an atmosphere that was once breathable by humans became deadly. (Imagine: the phrase “a breath of fresh air” once referred to a good thing, rather than the death sentence it signifies today). This change in the chemical constituency of the atmosphere required the invention and manufacturing of individual breathing units and the construction of city-sized air purification and filtering systems that our underground and domed cities depend on today (glory be to the Profit of the Ouroboros).

The death of the seas:

  • The oceans of the world, though unusable as a source of fresh water, once harbored abundant forms of life. Seemingly inexhaustible, the ancients utilized them as places in which to dispose of solid and liquid waste, the effect of which was that over a period of time, they lost the capacity to support any life except those able to live in what at the time was called “extreme” environments that were either more heated or acidic or laden with heavy metals than most lifeforms on the planet had evolved in or adapted to. This required humans to source for food from the lifeforms that remained, including the great sea worm, whose flesh required complicated processing and detoxification in order to be consumable (glory be to the great Profit of the Ouroboros).

Mass Extinction:

    • If the records of the ancients are to be believed (to which, frankly this researcher finds it hard to lend credence), the earth once supported nearly two million different species of various forms of life. That includes animals both vertebrate and invertebrate, including mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and birds. The number includes numerous plant forms that lived on both land and in water. By far the greatest number of species was amongst the insects. These numbers don’t even begin to account for various forms of bacteria and microscopic organisms.
    • According to what can only be described as mythology of some sort of apolcalypse or mythological “end-of-times” fable, nearly the entire array of flora and fauna of the biosphere, that is, living species, both animal and vegetable, which, the ancients recorded, lived in symbiotic abundance around the time of the Great Melt died out at a rate unprecedented in any history. As in the case of many mythologies, this fable is thought to be little more than a projection of dim visions of a “golden age” in some mythological past, or alternatively (or at the same time), a construction of an explanation for the existence of the 12 species currently known to exist on the planet. (Though it should be noted, some interesting artifacts have been uncovered – which provide fodder for conspiracy theorists of time when many more lifeforms existed than now, but which most reputable scientists discounts as cleverly fabricated idols that the ancients worshipped for yet unknown reasons in undiscovered rituals.)

The loss of the planet’s ability to sustain life

According to these ancient legends, the process of soil degradation accelerated and culminated in the destruction of nearly all arable farmlands on the planet. The causes of this were manifold, but nearly all of them related to human activity.

The ancient agricultural techniques led to the breakdown of natural constraints on soil erosion, such as, the eliminating of natural anti-erosion structures such as non-tilled plant life whose roots sustain and hold soil in place; natural and human-constructed windbreaks that impede the erosive action of wind and rain (mechanized agricultural practices of the time increasingly sought the efficiencies of vast flat areas with no obstructions to the movement of planting and harvesting equipment); the implementation of mono-cultures, that is, planting only one crop repeatedly over a number of years, not allowing the soil to regenerate by lying fallow or by rotating crops.

Chemical degradation of the soil was brought about by the build-up of salts and other chemicals. As the land was overused, over-planted, and over-fertilized, over a number of years, chemicals from artificial fertilizers built up in a kind of reservoir of chemical toxicity. This build-up was exacerbated by the practice of irrigation that was guided by the wisdom of the Ouroboros (whose unseeing eye foresaw the effects of the methods that 21st century agricultural companies grew to depend on): a concentrated irrigation which flushed chemical fertilizers and salts into the groundwater and nearby streams and rivers, resulting in water sources that were little more than cesspools of beneficial toxicity (which we shall see below).


Giants in the earth

Ancient legends tell of massive forests that once covered the landscape of the planet. Indeed, some fabulists today point to so-called "petrified forests" as evidence of the reality of such fantasies. (Most reputable scientists today hold that such phenomena are merely accidental, natural formations of inorganic materials.)

However, as I have set myself the duty of faithfully recording the legends, myths, and histories of ancient times, deforestation is often cited as one of the causes of the desertification of the planet, as forests supposedly provided protective cover for the land, as well as producing a protective humus and plant material litter layer, that in turn aided the soil in water retention, aeration (circulation of oxygen), and biological activity that enriches the natural nutrient value of the land in a so-called cycle-of-life, mutually interdependent ecosphere. This fable no doubt arose as a form of propaganda to delegitimize the rise of the Ouboros's domination of the planet. Following the view that standing forests are “unproductive” because they did not sustain economic activity, when trees are logged out of existence, either for the purpose of industrial use of the lumber or to clear land for agriculture, the result was the ultimate depletion of the ability of the land to sustain life, which as recorded above was the "golden age" myth the elites among the ancients foisted upon the incredulous.

This particular legend seems to take the form of a morality play or tragedy (in the literary sense of the term, that is a story in which the central character brings about his or her own demise because of some inherent "tragic flaw"), because of the cyclical nature of the events in the story: The ultimate unforeseen and ironic consequence is that while forests are removed because they are not immediately profitable – after their removal, the land on which they formerly lived becomes even more unprofitable and barren, incapable of sustaining any agricultural (economic) activity.

In this telling, chemical fertilizers were seen as a way to increase the nutrient value of land and hence drive its productive capability. (The anti-scientific bias of the ancients is glaringly obvious here, as we now know that carbon, methane, petro-chemical-derived nutrients are actually beneficial to the life-cycle of most modern human food-sources, including nuclear-cockroaches, rats, and phospherent algae.) The ancients seemed to believe that soil was more than an inert repository of the roots of plants – (although we now know the building material of the earth is no more alive than the 500-story apartment buildings that now are housed under the domes of the world's great cities); they actually seem to have believed that the earth was a living, dynamic part of the environment.

However, even if this was once so, just as the buildings of our cities are periodically fumigated of unwanted vermin and contaminants, so did the Ouroboros scrub the soil that “housed” all plant life of all biologic contaminants (which strangely enough, the people at the time of the Great Melt actually believed helped nourish the soil and helped bind it together) and return the planet to the inert, lifeless patch that it is today and that, indeed, the Ouroboros determined that it should always be.


The serendipitous discovery of modern agriculture

A fact that escaped the people of ancient times was that the very chemicals of which they complained serendipitously created the basis for modern agriculture. As the various petroleum-based chemicals contained in the artificial fertilizers in use at the time seeped into the various waterways, they fostered algae bloom – the superabundance of oxygen consuming algae, which stripped natural water sources of oxygen, and made them inhospitable to all other life forms and thus created the primary foodstuff that powers all life on the planet today.


Strip-mining and the creation of under-ground cities

Not only did mining and industrial activity and the unconstrained industrial run-off contribute to the purification of the earth (of invasive biological lifeforms), mining and industrial activity, along with a system-wide deregulation of the dumping of waste material produced by these practices (because, for example, while it was profitable to extract minerals from the land, there was no profit in careful disposable of the waste materials) and the releasing into the environment and the build-up of these materials in the adjacent streams, rivers, and soils, eventually produced an most beneficial stew of anti-biologic toxins comprised of mercury, coal ash, petroleum products, copper, salt, lead, and various acid, cyclamate, polymer, and chloride compounds, and the like, which was hostile to supporting any life, whether animal or vegetable, but as well, the giant pits (sometimes thousands of square miles) created by the most advanced mining practices of the day served as refuges that sheltered the population of the earth in the time following the Great Melt, when the atmosphere of the planet had been stripped of the ozone layer, which had heretofore protected humans and the couple-dozen or so other life forms from the harmful radiation attacking the earth from space.


The foresight of the unseeing eye of the Ouroboros

Part of the process by which the earth was cleared of its contamination of life, was paradoxically by the activity that sought to foster life: namely, farming. In ancient times, people would plant crops in open soil (which would strike moderns as being incredibly unsanitary and inefficient). In order to do this, they would “till” the ground; that is, they would break up the soil and push plant “seeds” a few inches below the surface and wait for the seeds to “take root” and grow to consumable foodstuffs.

Old-fashioned tillage by its very nature breaks up soil into fine particles, which increases erosion rates. As tilling the soil increases with the increasing mechanization of agriculture, and the larger and more powerful machinery allows to deep plowing, the soil is increasingly ground into an inert sand, and in combination with other practices, reduced plant cover, the reproductive and life-sustaining capacity of the soil, and the ultimate formation of a hardpan (which is exactly what it sounds like – the turning of once living earth into a concrete-like surface). As this process continues, the process of desertification was exacerbated and accelerated by more intensive (and desperate) attempts to maintain high crop yields: farming on steep (hardpan) slopes, mono-cropping (which further depleted the soil), the eradication of even more ground cover, and the increased use of fertilizers and pesticides, all of which prevented the soil from regenerating and eventually killed it.

This was the genius of the all-seeing, blind eye of the Ouroboros -- which though not directed consciously always guides our actions to an ultimate goal: in this caes, the ridding of the globe of contaminating lifeforms and the creation of the conditions that sustain us today. In part, as I mentioned above, this process eradicated contaminating life forms in the earth; as well, the soil was released from any kind of bonding agents -- such as root plants -- and freed to rise into the atmosphere and shield humanity and the couple dozen other lifeforms from harmful space and solar radiation.


Great geysers of fire!

All of these factors worked together to create a planet scabbed over by a hard crust, scarcely capable of sustaining any life whatsoever. But there was one other benefit from the events leading from the Great Melt, and that was the releasing into the environment free-flowing flammables, which ignite the entire economy and society today. Indeed, where would we be if we could not depend on the easily obtainable power source of petro-rivers, petro-lakes, and petro-seas? Just imagine how bleak and dark modern life would be if every city could not tap into its very own geyser of methane and other forms of natural gas. What would our young people do for entertainment if they could not perch themselves in the perches of the domed cities and watch the nighttime play of lights rising from the fiery spouts shooting up from the earth or admire the soft glow emanating from a nearby river on fire? (Though cynics might offer that they actually do very little "looking" in any case.)


The word of the Profit

It should be emphasized that the processes described above constituted a kind of cyclical system. No one factor stood apart from the rest, nor could any one factor be separated from the rest (or be thought of separately), but rather, all “worked” together in a cycle of death and rejuvenation, all envisioned by the all-seeing blind eye of the Ouroboros, and through a complex confluence of factors, events, and influences, led to the emergence of the Corporate Civilization, which made possible our survival in the domed cities that have multiplied across the planet, all under the guiding principle of the Word of the Profit.

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