Originally Posted by no1special
We got where we are not because we were trying to save lives. We got where we are due to now antiquated technology and focusing too much on wants versus needs. We don't need most of the junk we buy, and certainly not a new one every year or 2. Consumerism with a throw-away mentality. Production with planned obsolescence. Anything to get us to make, buy, use, dispose, replace as fast as possible. There are ways to make things more sustainable, but that kills profits, and jobs, leading to fewer rich people. Everyone's focused on making the most money right now. Short term thinking always leads to long term problems. We are moving too fast. We need to slow down and re-evaluate. We need to move on to renewable energy sources. Innovation is key. There are plenty of resources to sustain a very populated world, much more populated than today. But we can't waste resources on everyone's wants. Saving lives should always be first and foremost, followed by a goal to ensure everyone's basic needs are met.
I stumbled upon a guy on youtube who has become my go-to most trusted source for Covid-19 analysis and commentary. His name is Chris Martenson.
His background is in pathology, followed by a career in the business world. I don't know a great deal about him beyond that. I've been following him mainly for the pandemic subject matter since late February, but tangentially, I've also been exploring some of his ongoing and previously addressed economic topics too. Which touches upon some of the things you've mentioned in your post, no1special.
Anyway, I really like the way he addresses these topics, going into reasonable depth on many facets, without losing the layman (me). And I like that he's not interested in excoriating the left or the right, per se (though you can infer it at times). In his words, "I only care about integrity".
And his accuracy seems very high in discussing issues related to the pandemic. I mean like, crazy
accurate. About masks (strongly advocating them for everyone since the beginning), spotting faulty research (before anyone else seems to notice), etc.
He also has an interesting take on the existing body of HCQ studies, expressing frustration about how they've been done, with concern that politics may have played a negative factor on the quality of the science.
He's also done a very interesting analysis about the nature of the virus, with implications for the prevailing theory that it came about from cross-contaminations in the wet markets.
OK, if it sounds like I'm gushing I probably am. I need someone here to take him down a peg because if this guy started a commune, I just may have to sell all of my possessions and join.
Here is a video he put out 5 days ago, which gives a small taste (he puts out a couple videos a week now).
FYI - he's nicknamed COVID-19 "the honey badger virus" because it's such a formidable foe.
FYI-2 - for those who don't know, you can speed up the audio to get through videos more quickly (x1.25, x1.50 speed, etc.).I use that feature most of the time to cover more material. Bottom right corner, look for the round settings wheel or daisy icon. There you can change the video/audio playback speed.