4/25/19: SOIL AND GREEN IS PEOPLE
SOIL AND GREEN IS PEOPLE
WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
As I was thumbing through my cable TV’s video library looking for something to watch and for some reason, there were some recommendations for me. Of course, many were alien science fiction films and since it was late I decided to go with War of the Worlds.
Of course, I still like the old 1950s George Pal version with the Ray Harryhausen special effects, but I saw that the Spielberg version was available and was blown away that the film was nearly 15 years old.
It is still one of the most terrifying versions of an alien invasion in film. The tripods are menacing and while many versions of these films take liberties with the book – the most recent version with Tom Cruise actually includes the red weed sequences and the strange red plants that grew from the earth after the aliens arrived.
There is a scene in the basement with actor Tim Robbins where he and Tom Cruise see a tripod spray a red liquid in the ground.
The red mist was blood. That’s why Tom Cruise’s character was so freaked out when he saw it running down the walls in the basement. The tripods were essentially grinding up the humans and spraying the pulp on the ground.
In the book, along with the fighting tripods, there were actually harvester machines that gathered the humans and placed them in metal baskets. The captured humans were processed and injected directly into the alien’s veins for food.
In the 2005 version of the film, we see a tripod lift a man into the air, throw him down and then we see a long pipe come down and stab the man. We find that the long pipe is a straw where the blood is drawn into the tripod.
Then we see the pureed human sprayed all over like it’s coming from a bottle of deadly Fabreeze.
This film version kind of mixed the two machines into one, whereas the original never even touched on it.
The red-weed resembled a venous system in appearance. It moved as if it was part of an intricate circulatory system as the blood and flesh of the human was rendered into a form of compost.
Of course, this type of nightmare was only in the movies and nothing this hideous would happen in the real world would it? Imagine if modern warfare was so grotesque that when we invaded a country during war, we harvest their dead bodies and grind them up in a human wood chipper and then spread the effluent all over the ground.
What if so many humans died at once and there was no more land to do mass burials and it is far too dangerous to carry out mass burnings, then perhaps the idea of grinding up bodies and then spreading them into the soil would be a great option.
But that would only be done if something that devastating happened to the planet, right?
Well, not exactly.
An article found in the Smithsonian reports that in order to combat Global Warming or to be honest in order to use population management as a way to provide sustainable development for the elite – there is now a method where an accelerated decomposition method transforms remains of a dead human into soil and uses just an eighth of the energy required for cremation.
In 2015, cremations outpaced burials for the first time in United States history. And as the National Funeral Directors Association points out, this upward trend is set to continue over the coming decades, with the national cremation rate predicted to reach nearly 80 percent by 2035.
This is alarming, Climate Change believers. While you would think that cremation would make you earth-friendly after death, the climate cult points out that cremation releases 600 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.
In Washington State, Governor Jay Inslee is now a presidential candidate, whose platform is all about climate change, is now reviewing a bill that outlines a low impact alternative to these more traditional forms of burial.
This low impact idea is basically turning the dead into compost. The wording of the bill is far more exotic to take away the shock value.
The bill would make the state the first to legalize “natural organic reduction,” an accelerated decomposition method that transforms remains into soil.
The human compost project or “recomposition,” is a process that takes between four to seven weeks and produces roughly a cubic yard of compost.
Inslee spokesperson Jaime Smith described the measure as a “thoughtful effort to soften our carbon footprint.”
Others are not so supportive, as many cultures find the idea of composting human remains “repulsive, a contravention of cultural and religious norms.” Nothing sounds yuckier than fertilizing the Zucchini and tomatoes with Grandma.
But hey it is for the reduction of grandma’s carbon footprint. If Inslee signs the bill as expected, recomposition will be allowed in Washington as of May 1, 2020.
This is the brainchild of Katrina Spade, CEO of alternative burial company, Recompose. Back in 2015, her vision was called “The Urban Death Project.”
Spade told KIRO TV that recomposition involves moving the body to a specially designed facility which she claims is like a “part public park, part funeral home, part memorial to the people we love,” and placing it inside of a vessel filled with wood chips, alfalfa, and straw.
After several weeks of microbial activity, the body breaks down into soil that can then be given to the family of the deceased or used by conservation groups to “nourish the surrounding land.
Spade has already had some test runs of the process– using six donor bodies.
I wonder how this is any different from using livestock compost mortalities on fruits and vegetables? There have been impact studies that have warned that using animal mortality compost can cause BSE or mad cow syndrome in humans.
The US rendering industry collects and disposes of most dead animals and unwanted animal by-products. Economic impacts associated with what is known as the feed rule10 to protect the United States from the threat of BSE have increased the costs of rendering and resulted in a fee for this service to the producer. Consequently, the amount of animal by-products and carcasses that are disposed of on farms without proper safeguards may have increased since 2000.
What happens when we decide to use human mortalities as compost?
Usually rendering facilities are used when there is a catastrophic loss of animal herds.
Could it be that the recompositon plan would be the best plan if there happened to be a mass culling catastrophe where someone wishes to reduce the population to 500 million?
Does this plan ring a bell?
Maybe those so-called FEMA coffins that everybody saw years ago were set aside for human rendered soil?
Granted, if you want to look at the environmental perspective the idea of composting human bodies into nutrients for plants isn’t as strange as it might sound. In fact, we should all be aware of what embalmed bodies do the environment.
Pumping dead bodies full of embalming fluids and burying them in overpriced luxury caskets full of synthetic resins and fibers is extremely toxic to the planet.
According to the book “Grave Matters” by Mark Harris:
“The typical 10-acre swath of cemetery ground, for example, contains enough coffin wood to construct more than 40 homes, nine hundred-plus tons of casket steel, and another twenty thousand tons of vault concrete. To that add a volume of embalming fluid sufficient to fill a small backyard swimming pool and untold gallons of pesticide and weed killer to keep the graveyard preternaturally green. Like the contents of any landfill, the embalmed body’s toxic cache escapes its host and eventually leaches into the environment, tainting surrounding soil and ground waters. Cemeteries bear the chemical legacy of their embalmed dead, and well after their graves have been closed.”
We know that methane and other gases released by decomposition, while not entirely benign, don’t cause disease. However, methane deposits could be incendiary if an open flame or a spark gets loose underground.
The real danger, if there is one, is groundwater contamination. Local regulations typically forbid burials below the water table; specify minimum distances between wells and burial grounds.
.For a long time most people were content to leave it at that, but over the past decade or so a few scientists and environmental officials in various parts of the world have felt moved to investigate just how serious a public-health threat cemeteries actually were.
In general they found that (a) remarkably little research has been done on the subject, (b) elevated levels of contaminants can be detected at some grave sites, (c) contamination generally decreases significantly the farther you get from the sites, and (d) overall there’s little evidence that cemeteries have much impact on groundwater.
Decomposition today as opposed to many years ago is now a different process and believe it or not – bodies do not readily compose into soupy yuck. For reasons still poorly understood, corpses don’t invariably decompose into potting soil as many assume. Instead, the fat tissue, usually in the presence of moisture, sometimes turns into a solid, soap-like substance that makes the cadaver look like something you’d find in a wax museum.
This is called “adipocere” — if you need a visual, look it up on Google.
So from that point of view, at least the intention of the Urban Death Project can’t be faulted. The architect, Katrina Spade, appears to be approaching this from what she sees as a holistic community solution. But she’s so far missing some huge problems with this plan.
For example, after doing a little research I was curious about whether or not there is any contamination from the composting of the dead.
According to the Recompose website:
“Composting creates heat, which kills common viruses and bacteria. Research into mortality composting of livestock has found that the temperature inside the compost reaches 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is high enough to kill off pathogens. Farmers are using mortality composting in order to safely dispose of their dead livestock, as well as to control odor and runoff. Recompose is fine-tuning this process to be appropriate and meaningful for humans in an urban setting.”
The problem with this explanation is that compost heat does not eliminate toxic heavy metals or toxic chemicals. It also doesn’t eliminate prions, the folded proteins associated with Mad Cow Disease or BSE.
The average city-dwelling human body, it turns out, is a toxic stew of lead, cadmium, mercury, fluorine, pesticides and other chemicals.
A typical city-dweller living in America today has an atrociously high level of toxic mercury in their teeth. On top of that, they have also bio-accumulated extremely high levels of lead, cadmium, arsenic and other toxic heavy metals which persist during composting. Lead is often bound to calcium in the human skeletal system. As those bones decompose, they release the lead which becomes part of the composted soil. This lead, in turn, is taken up by plant roots and shuttled into the food crops to be eaten by other humans.
Composting human bodies, in other words, would concentrate the toxic heavy metals and chemicals which are already causing a wave of degeneration and disease around the world. In fact, the mass of a modern human body would be considered “environmentally hazardous” by the EPA if it were water. That’s because humans bio-accumulate and concentrate the toxins of modern agriculture, animal feed, toxic medicine, and toxic home building materials.
Again we refer to the Urban Death Project website:
“Loved ones are encouraged to take some compost back to their own yards and gardens. The compost is also used to nourish the site, and city parks use it to fertilize plants and trees. In this way, the dead are folded back into the fabric of the city.”
But this may not be what you want in your vegetables and fruits.
So if we use human bodies as compost, we are going to end up growing extremely contaminated food that’s loaded with toxic heavy metals and synthetic chemicals. This, in turn, will unleash an accelerating death spiral as the next generation eats the toxic food grown in the toxic compost of the previous generation. With each successive generation, the concentration of toxic elements rises and becomes more dangerous to the health of the community.
I know that the people behind the effort mean well and they certainly see a problem with the toxins that are left in cemeteries but you don’t have to be an environmental scientist to know that if you grow food using composted human bodies that are contaminated with toxic heavy metals, then you get a toxic food supply that causes even more disease and death.
This is not in any way respectful of the natural cycles of life. In fact, it is really a spiral of toxicity and death that will only concentrate the toxic heavy metals with each iteration of dead bodies being composting in the system.
From a scientific point of view, if a society is composting human bodies and human waste back into the food supply, that same society is inadvertently accumulating toxic heavy metals into higher and higher concentrations with each successive death. Over time, this creates an acutely toxic compost system giving rise to an acutely toxic food supply that accelerates disease and death, thereby reinforcing a vicious cycle of poisoning and death.
Remember, the Romans actually went mad when they drank the waters of the aqueduct that was filled with lead.
Now, from a practical perspective, we can leap into a more dystopic view of the practice.
We can actually see a time like in the year 2022 where resources are depleted in the fictional film Soylent Green where the exchange reveals a secret about the so-called plankton wafers eaten by a starving public.
Charlton Heston plays Frank Thorn, a man who is told by an elderly man set for euthanasia a secret about what is done with the dead. Thorn arrives at a factory where the sheet-wrapped bodies are placed on conveyor belts. There, they wend their way through a labyrinth of pipes and factory apparatus, at one point dropping, one by one, into a liquid vat, as if being buried at sea. But these bodies are not being buried.
As Thorn makes his way through the factory, he is confronted by security guards, and a battle ensues. After a tussle sending Thorn onto a conveyor belt below – a belt that is full of Soylent Green wafers – Thorn escapes from the factory, killing one of the guards.
Thorn by this time has figured out what’s going on at the factory, but now he’s on the run for he knows the dreadful secret of the Soylent Corporation.
Soylent Green is made of dead people.
Well, what if that dystopia awaits?
With all the human depopulation talk coming out of the mouths of people like Ted Turner and Bill Gates, it’s also not difficult to imagine a world where citizens are required to turn themselves over to the “recyclers” upon reaching the age of 70 or 65. Or whenever the government decides it can no longer afford to keep sending out social security checks and Medicare reimbursements.
It would be a form of greenwashing – all for the green deal where the elderly are given choice to do the earth a favor by voluntarily reducing your footprint.
You may think that sounds outrageous?
In China, there are black market organs that are readily bought and sold for profit, political prisoners such as Falun Gong members are routinely arrested, imprisoned and killed for their fresh organs. Corrupt members of the government commit false arrests for the purpose of padding their own pockets with the profits of those organs as they are sold for black market transplants.
Now we can believe that it will never happen here, but of course years ago we never would have guessed that the elite are getting transfusions of blood donated by young people in order to beat the reaper.
The path to recomposition, I am sure, is paved with good intentions but as they say whatever you choose to do – it is your funeral.