FOX: You wanna green-light a picture? What's your deal Bob, what's your new deal?
GOULD: What's my new deal, that's all you can talk about?
FOX: What's your new deal Bob?
GOULD: All right, over 10 million I need Ross's approval. Under 10 million I can greenlight it, so what?
Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet
In the play Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet two buddy-producers, Gould and Fox, are divided by a temporary secretary - ''Karen'' - who derails their plans to make a blockbuster ''prison script'' by seducing Gould and convincing him he wants to make an ''artsy'', ''political'', ''radiation'' movie about the state of the environment instead (it was the 80s). Fox, trying to bring Gould back to the holy light of commercialism blasts this depressing project as - ''What is this? - 'the device of God, in all things, to prepare the world for its final decay?' Yeah that's a Summer picture. I'm sorry I need a drink. 10am in the morning and I need a drink!'' But over this Summer that's exactly what we have witnessed - a movie, if you like, designed to bring you down, to prepare you for the final decay. Green Spirits, perhaps naturally hopeful optimists, more so than belligerent Yellows, self-absorbed selfie-taking Reds, or nihilistic Black Spirits have been particularly crushed by revelations over just how much damage has been done to the environment and that world leaders have failed to meet any of their agreements/targets in slowing/arresting this devastation - and just so the Yellow Spirits are clear we are not only talking about CO2 here we are also talking about the loss of biodiversity. Responding to this world leaders have offered their pledge and to recommit to protecting huge swathes of nature by 2030. Oil companies are talking a good talk as well with Shell and BP firing employees and declaring their own commitment to green energy. Is this another show to garner another decade of the same? I don't think so, I think this time they are serious, and I think its because ''we've ran out of time''. But this
Agenda 2030 Green New Deal will involve both a serious compression, and a reduction of humanity. In terms of the carbon economy if we believe in that edit of the movie - if you can cut consumption in half you don't necessarily need to ''kill people'' in quite the way some people imagine . Although I do think the decade will be characterised by a great deal of death as we attempt to mitigate the effects of ''climate change'' - whatever it is ultimately caused by: carbon dioxide from concentrated death energy, weather weapons, natural cycles, or the Wrath of God.
Not only green and (Qliphothic) watery themes were explored during this penultimate episode of the ''picture'' but also the concept of ''The North''. As regards the Northern focus of the phase my attention was mainly occupied on the one hand by Russian shenanigans which has provided us with a colossal amount of content on its own - the Arctic fire; the great diesel spill; new chemical weapon poisonings; the Belarusian unrest; MiG fighter jets replacing F15s in Trump propaganda; and in the last few days the outbreak of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan - Armenia threatening to activate its alliance with Russia and bring the bear into another battle - and on the other hand by environmental phenomena associated with Greenland and the Arctic Circle in general. But it has literally just occurred to me that many of the Yellow Spirits were having their attention drawn northwards as well i.e. to Sweden - I definitely should have made that connection earlier! Sweden has been the subject of much
obsession discussion regarding the different levels of NPI (non-pharmaceutical intervention) any given state might take and is held up as an example of what a light touch on Lilifluenza's thigh might look like -producing all kinds of different arguments in its wake. Regardless of what you think I would just say that my experience of being in Sweden is that the country is extremely clean, doesn't struggle with the same level of air pollution that other European states have, and the population is largely spread out, healthy and happy. Extrapolating the Swedish experience to countries that are far less healthy and happy, that struggle with obesity, that are poorer or more densely populated, etc should be done with extreme caution. One should not conflate Valhalla with Tartarus.
Among the more outlandish predictions for the Green Phase were little green men, dollar collapse and a spectacular display of the Northern Lights (predicted as they blended two of the Qabalistic features of this phase - i.e. Green and the North). Although the best we managed on the aliens front were hints of phosphine gas in the atmosphere of Venus or salty lakes on Mars and on the ''economic de-greening'' were record gold prices and record GDP-debt ratio, the Northern Lights , in the end, did not disappoint. Visible from Scotland, Ireland, Finland, Canada, the northern states of the USA and North North Norway of course (thanks Njaal) over the last few days, the Aurora Borealis offered us a stunning blend of greens, pinks and yellows. I admit that I had dropped the ball on this aspect of the phase so I cannot tell if this display is particularly unusual or fairly typical in the grand scheme of things - I don't want to be shoehorning this into the final moments of the phase so if anyone has an opinion or more detailed knowledge on the recent history of the lights I'd be curious to hear. The main site I use on this front is Space Weather, who claim that pink aurorae are rare, but if anyone has alternatives again I would be pleased to make their acquaintance. The photos below are from the last few days:
GOULD: I have it in my contract I can green-light one picture a year, under ten mill, without his prior approval or consent.
FOX: You will find your contract's shit.
GOULD: I don't think so.
FOX: Think so, or not, you will find its a sucker clause. You will find that if you insist on it, you'll become a laughing stock and no one will hire you Bob. You'll be off the ''sports list''. Your best friend won't hire you, I won't hire you, because I will not understand why you did what you did and tried to make a movie no one will watch. Are you insane? What's wrong with you? Have you read this book?
GOULD: Have you?
FOX: I read the coverage - what do you want from me, blood?
Speed-the-Plow, David Mamet