Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2013
I have found gaging how bad things are is a product of following agencies which track the costs of things.
A current case in point is the phenomena of increasing natural disasters. As we move through the ages our climate shifts like a predetermined tide does–it is a cyclic fact of planetary existence. Before economic concern we used to have concern about fellow humanity so casualty rates were indicative of traumatic events. Somewhere along the line that measurement became if not trifling then downright irrelevant.
What drives “remedial” action now is far more sophisticated, advanced and… so we are told… enlightening.
It is only profitability that counts… decisions are not based on well-being, they are based on economics. This pretty much tells us where we stand in the eyes of “taskmasters.” We have been reduced to irrelevance in the scheme of things. Other than as a resource humanity has become an inconvenient necessity.
We should keep this in mind when we encounter self-anointed elitist “well considered” decisions, benefit to us if any… is implied and is secondary to the primary motivation which is “wealth creation” for the privileged few. We need be very sure of this else we are likely to be bamboozled into oblivion.
I will not use my words to emphasize my point… mine would be construed as misleading… surely human life still factors in. How many do you know that cling to that mythology.
These are highlights from Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2013, the purpose of it is –
“From Shared Risk to Shared Value: the Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction.”
That sound wholesome – huh! We can expect much expressed concern for humanity-no?
Direct disaster losses are at least 50 percent higher than internationally reported figures: Total direct losses in 40 low and middle income countries amount to US$305 billion over the last 30 years; of these more than 30 percent were not internationally reported (Part I-Intro).
Disasters directly affect business performance and undermine longer-term competitiveness and sustainability: When business leaves it may never return. Prior to the 1995 earthquake, the port of Kobe was the world’s sixth-busiest. Despite a massive investment in reconstruction and efforts to improve competitiveness, by 2010, it had fallen to 47th place (Chapter 1).
Globalised supply chains create new vulnerabilities: Toyota lost $1.2 billion in product revenue from the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami due to parts shortages that caused 150,000 fewer Toyota automobiles to be manufactured in the USA, and reductions in production of 70% in India and 50% in China (Chapter 1, Box 1.4).
Businesses loses its lifeline when critical infrastructure is hit: Most of the 1,300 businesses surveyed in disaster prone cities in the Americas noted disruptions in power and water supply and telecommunications as top concerns (Chapter 15). Over 90% of damage to these lifelines occurs in local disasters (Chapter 1).
Well I think GAR made its own point so I won’t dwell on it… the message seems clear, logical and entirely useful for… someone, somewhere. Concern for humanity may be hidden in another summary.
I think the idea is – Disaster must become profitable again. As lamented by the report, conventional ways to make money from the “big hurt” can no longer rely on traditional ways to calculate risks. Previously the risk industry relied on “historical trends” to calculate premiums, fees and costs–hence future profitability.
Counting the chickens before the eggs hatch no longer works apparently.
Unfortunately their historical records are not very historical and now they are amazed the planet is not remaining in the “sweet spot” of convenience their computer models understand. They sound indignant and put out. Perhaps even angry.
An angry wealth grubber is never to be discounted. Their wrath transcends all sensibility and who knows what lengths they will go to in preserving their domain and self-declared entitlements. Experience tells me, the rest of us will not fare well in the doubtless reckless and ill-advised solutions they are contemplating.
The perverse logic of wealth grubbing invariably leads to “blame”, then a demand for some sort of recompense. The blame of course will be citizens at large who because of their habits are ruining the “opportunity” pot. The solution of course will be more ounces of flesh… a pound no longer suffices.
Indications are… the solution will be found in changing our habits and charging us for being alive.
The agenda’s used to pull that off… will be couched in soft green velvety, soothing words… it will speak of hapless fury things and mournful twigs. This will be swallowed hook line and sinker. Not because it is not the right thing to consider… but the wrong thing to champion.
The salvation of curing planet shift will be right out of the NWO agenda 21 playbook. The logic employed makes as much sense as an inverted “A” or an inverted umbrella… yet the goals identified will be unassailable in the minds of the shallow minded.
The greatest problem is our inability to distinguish between the talking points of climate shift and the poisoning of our environment. two disparate topics, two completely different issues. To garner public attention and hoped for taxation opportunity… the politicos have merged the two providing a deceitful cause of convenience.
You will hear nothing about the poisoning of our planet, that fattens bottom lines and enriches the elite.
What I do expect is a huge push from the wealth preservationists in their zeal to squeeze our last little bit of juice. That statement required no prophetic talent.
A toxic industry is a profitable industry, toxic keeps things cheap, win,win, LOSE!
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