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This gets personal.

Original post: 28 September 2017

Modified post: 10 January 2018 

keith harmon snow

                                              It was with great concern and disbelief that I read the statement on Guy McPherson posted by the editors of Wrong Kind of Green and signed by those editors and by Derrick Jensen and several other people. It seems this all went down in late August, but I wasn't aware of it at all. 

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I am one of the people on this earth who believes that we have crossed the threshold, and climate chaos is going to increase exponentially, and without any real understanding of what may happen, based on nonlinear behavior and nonlinear 'threshold' effects in environmental systems. (E.g.: Geochemist Wallace Broecker commenting on polar ice-core and ocean-sediment data in 1987: "What these records indicate is that Earth's climate does not respond to forcing in a smooth and gradual way. Rather, it responds in sharp jumps which involve large-scale reorganization of Earth's system. . . . We must consider the possibility that the main responses of the system to our provocation of the atmosphere will come in jumps whose timing and magnitude are unpredictable.")

Thus when I discovered the work of Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson (Nature Bat's Last blog) some years ago I did not need any convincing to agree with many (not all) of his ideas and much of his "science" on climate and, for example, impending methane releases, and the other factors of significance that are dismissed or ignored or hidden by our train wreck of mainstream culture.

I also attended a local talk in western Massachusetts on 3 December 2012 arranged so that we could meet and hear from Dr. McPherson directly, and I communicated with him once or twice immediately after that.

I have kept a keen eye on his work since then and, with a few exceptions, have always taken his information in and processed it as possible, likely, intelligent and conscious--though I am also aware that no one should have such hubris as to proclaim how and when all life will end (human extinction by September 2017 was his prediction)(at times I echoed that).

I continue to watch with alarm and sadness the climate catastrophe that we all (all species) face. I continue to believe that e.g. a huge methane release due to the rapidly melting permafrost could wipe all breathing life off the planet at any moment. I continue to hope that nature will take some other course, and--messed up and beautiful and horrible as it all is--life will go on for most people (not otherwise suffering and dying under the onslaught of western predatory capitalism or eastern predatory capitalism and our white power permanent warfare economies) for some years at least. And given all of this, I continue to encourage people to take action for social justice and to in some way make a better world. (A.k.a. my perspective on the appropriate psychological and political and emotional responses to the obvious 'data' and evidence of what is happening is not herein being addressed.)

It was with great concern and disbelief that I read the STATEMENT ON GUY MCPHERSON posted by the editors of Wrong Kind of Green and signed by those editors and by Derrick Jensen and several other people. It seems this all went down in late August, but I wasn't aware of it at all.  Deep Green Resistance also published a Statement on Guy McPherson around that time period.

After asking many questions, and personally looking into things, I have corroborated some of the claims about Dr. McPherson, and I am convinced that Dr. McPherson did indeed engage in the alleged unethical behavior and that this has involved many women, some of whom have been/are/were very vulnerable in general, and to a figure like GM in particular, and at least one of whom is in her mid-twenties.

Given the elder Dr. McPherson's position and stature and his accessibility to women (on the travel & lecture circuit), and given the respect and trust and confidence that people have put in him and his work, I feel this is far more serious than a question of someone's 'personal life' or 'dirty laundry' and must therefore speak up in support of the women who have been targeted and in support of the individuals who have made this all public (with no benefit to themselves, only anguish).

Dr. McPherson is now fundraising (crowd-funding) for a legal campaign that will obviously target those who have called him out on his behavior, which is alleged to be and appears to be very abusive, privileged and unethical.  This fundraising is intended to target me as well, and I have already received a threatening letter from Dr. McPherson's attorney.  This letter and my response to it will be addressed below.

I wrote to Dr. McPherson several times in September 2017, the first time on 9 September, and again on 14 September. I was seeking any clarification or defense from him, and I had not received a reply until 14 September.  Following this reply we communicated back and forth until Dr. McPherson concluded the conversation on 15 September.

In an email to him on 14 September about his GoFundMe campaign I asked: "Why the photograph of skulls from a Holocaust or Rwandan genocide exhibit?" This photograph was totally inappropriate for his personal "anti-defamation" purposes. The skulls photograph was soon after removed and replaced. (Dr. McPherson responded after: "Photo is from a monastery in Greece.")

In fact, the first photograph that Dr. McPherson choose to use in his advertising and marketing of his GoFundMe (where he is sitting at table with other people) was replaced (by the skulls image) apparently after other people in the photo communicated something about it, probably that they did not want to be associated with his anti-defamation campaign. (I have not posted herein the first photo he used for his campaign, in the interest of protecting these people's privacy and preventing their unwilling participation in Dr. McPherson's unfolding drama.)

I have read some of the highly personal and confidential correspondences involving Dr. McPherson and a 24 year old woman that he (unethically) engaged with, and these include very misogynistic statements and show a general deep lack of respect for women. Dr. McPherson's comments in these communications have involved people I know personally, and it is/was ugly and demeaning and disappointing.  There are allegations and it appears true that he has also tried to lure women to his personal reserve of some kind in Belize (Stardust Sanctuary Farm), even sending funds (PayPal) to one young woman to get her to fly there, and this is the location where he has held workshops and retreats that people pay to attend. Thus there is also an allegation of possible fraudulent use of donations received through the Nature Bats Last web site.

Further, Dr. McPherson claims to be trained in therapeutic "Grief Recovery" based on his having taken a short 3 or 4 day course with the Grief Recovery Institute.  According to their own web site: "The in depth certification training gives you the language, tools, and materials you need to start helping people immediately.  In 4 days you will be a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist with the format and guidelines to run Grief Recovery Method Support Groups."

Thus it seems Dr. McPherson has further exploited his position and power by engaging in "healing work" or the promise of "healing work" which--simultaneous to the relationships alleged to have occurred--would be unethical and actually causing harm to women (if not others) since he is allegedly using grooming techniques and other behaviors, many of which are known to perpetuate the (our) western rape culture.

I also understand that one of the young women that Dr. McPherson (unethically) engaged with has issued a public statement and apology for her part in the back and forth with Dr. McPherson, and that she is rather devastated by the experience.  In her letter of 23 August 2017 she wrote: "It is my hope that by coming forward I can prevent this from happening to anyone else. There are others. I ask you to please come forward in solidarity to sever his tentacles from our community. Whether you flew to Belize or the mud hut in Gila, or received fiat [sic] as gifts, from Nature Bats Last please come forward to help stop him from hurting others in the same position of vulnerability I was in."

In the recent correspondence with Dr. McPherson he has proclaimed that this young 24 year old woman is a perpetrator, and he is a victim, and that an apology is certainly called for, but "[I] doubt she will deliver."  He has presented himself with several victim stories--people are out to kill him, frame him, paint him as a pedophile--and claims that this young woman "taught [him] some serious kink."  He does not take any responsibility for his role in this.

Further, it seems that Dr. McPherson continues to advance a narrative claiming that he was framed by the "deep state".  One of his loyalist supporters has written: "Guy fell into a very well laid trap, probably set by ASIO, the Australian Security Intelligence Service to discredit him and derail the planned Australian tour."

This is nonsense.  It is not paranoia, just nonsense, apparently based in an attempt to further manipulate this situation.

There are also questions and allegations about the role of Pauline Schneider, Dr. McPherson's current partner, in his alleged unethical relations with women.  In exchanges I have seen, Dr. McPherson explicitly references his partner's involvement in his sexual campaigns.  In one very angry iPhone message, Pauline Schneider wished lethal harm on this 24 year-old woman directly.  Another (older) woman who also became the subject of Dr. McPherson's sexual preoccupations was contacted by Pauline Schneider in a clear effort to excuse and dismiss Dr. McPherson's behavior(s).

My communications to Dr. McPherson were kind, and honest, and seeking understanding and the highest good. I pointed out the power dynamics between him and this young woman and stressed his responsibility as the elder father figure, and he continued to maintain she is/was a consenting adult.  I offered to support him in taking a path of contrition, and I encouraged full disclosure, public apology and forgiveness.

I wrote:

"A 24 year old woman is indeed a 'consenting adult' by factual definition, and you were born 15 days after me [February 1960].  This was a very loaded power dynamic: professor/student, older man/young woman, father/daughter, charismatic internationally recognized truth-teller/young woman in her formative years still finding her way in a hard world.  It's one thing for someone in your position to have a healthy relationship with a young woman like this, and quite another when the young woman is vulnerable, lost, reaching out for help to someone they consider a mentor.

I think you know this in your heart.

People appreciate honesty and full disclosure and recognition of one's human failings or fragility, and that may be a hard road to walk down, but I believe that it's much harder to walk down the road as a belligerent victim [as you do] who refuses to take any responsibility in the collapse of the unstable house that they themselves built."


In one of his last communications to me he angrily quibbled about the age of this young woman.  She was 24 when they began communications, and later turned 25.  In my communications I cited her as a 24 year-old.  Dr. McPherson insists she is/was 25 years-old.  Why the preoccupation with such minor detail(s)?  Is this one of the ways in which Dr. McPherson seeks to exonerate himself (e.g. citing the higher age as evidence of greater maturity)?

Dr. McPherson wrote: "You keep referring incorrectly to [name withheld]'s age, even though I corrected it for you.  And you believe the perpetrator is a victim.  You're clearly incapable of using logic.  Thus (sic) makes you a shitty student and a worse correspondent."

"People will forgive you if you ask forgiveness," I responded.  "People will not respond kindly if you seek to martyr yourself (more than you already have)."

In his final communication Dr. McPherson proclaimed: "I'd seek forgiveness had I erred.  I didn't.  I won't."

Dr. McPherson has shown no remorse and appears only hardened in his stance, and his actions past and present are a clear expression of unconscious patriarchal white male entitlement.  He appears determined to seek 'justice' through legal assault (a.k.a. using the court systems to perpetuate one's position and power and privilege, amounting to another form of violence: legal abuse).  Dr. McPherson is demonstrating a fight/flight response to this situation--a situation that appears to be of his own making.  There is a higher path, as I attempted to communicate.  One path involves the opportunity to grow; the path Dr. McPherson has chosen leads to a retraction and diminishing of the self.  One path is into clarity and light, the other into confusion and darkness.

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It occurs to me that perhaps the universe is speaking.  When Dr. McPherson began advertising his version of "the end of the world" by September 2017, perhaps this is it--the end of Dr. McPherson's world--though not the end he expected.  Perhaps there was a subconscious voice that told him his demise would occur around September 2017.  Perhaps karma has circled round to (we hope) end the cycle of abuse that Dr. McPherson has been perpetuating by having the universe itself raising public awareness of the privations in Dr. McPherson's world.  Who knows.

I have made this post in the same spirit of solidarity and truth and support that informed my decision, a few months ago, to publicly post about the sexual predation of Colin Garland, founder of Raven Adventures (in my local area).  I am continually reminded of the extreme sexual abuse and unconsciousness of other gurus, such as Bikram Choudhury, a guru of "hot yoga" and millionaire tycoon yogi and proven sexual predator and alleged rapist.

I struggled at first with the questions of 'right thing to do' in this instance as in the former one [Raven Adventures], and I do not in any way declare or believe that I have unseated the patriarchy in my own psyche, or that I do not have further work to do to understand the shadow side of being a man in our violent misogynist western civilization.  The journey to higher consciousness is not easy.  I consider it my responsibility to join those who have already spoken out.  I also understand why survivors of sexual assault and/or sexual predation wish to remain silent.

My heart goes out to all the people who feel some sense of betrayal, and especially to those women who have been personally affected.


A slightly less annotated version of the above statement was posted on my Facebook page on 14 September 2017.  Since that time I have confirmed that another woman (whom I know personally) was apparently the victim of Dr. Guy McPherson's faux promises and seductive deceptions.  Dr. McPherson allegedly convinced this woman that she was special and he was rapturously in love with her; apparently, once he got what he wanted he carelessly discarded her.

In emails  to Dr. McPherson on 14 September 2017 I asked the following question (amongst others) and received the subsequent reply:

KHS: "Have you engaged in multiple sexual relationships while also traveling for your lecture circuit?"

GM: "Not that my private life is any of your business, but I've not engaged in sex with anybody on tour.  I'm openly polyamorous.  Not that that's any of your business either."

KHS: "Yes, your personal relationship is none of my business, in so far as it remains personal and is not hurting anyone.  Hence my questions."

This is the end of original 28 September 2017 post. ~


UPDATE: 10 January 2018

BANNED/BLOCKED: Just Another Facebook Fiefdom, Just Another Ugly Capitalist:

On 11 Dec 2017, only a few minutes after passing their questionnaire test and being admitted to the group and welcomed on their home page, and without having any interactions with the group at all, I was unilaterally banned/blocked from the Facebook Group "Near Term Human Extinction Love" after one Pauline Schneider posted the comment:

"You do realize Keith Harmon Snow has libeled and defamed Guy McPherson [Schneider's partner] and is part of a legal suit we have against him?"

The hubris and denial and delusions of some people know no bounds.

The ADMIN for the group NTHE-Love is one Wendy Bandurski whose kind welcoming comments obviously were nothing more than lip service to the dictates about emotional intelligence (etc) spelled out for the membership but apparently have no real meaning in her fief.

So much for honesty, kindness, truth, compassion, open discussion, and thinking for oneself. Perhaps the members of this group might want to rethink the meaning of their participation in such a platform.

More important though is the insanity in the argument and continued false accusations on Dr. McPherson's and Ms. Schneider's part claiming that I (and others) have defamed and libeled (the hysterical) Dr. McPherson.

Let's unpack this little charade:

1. Doctor McP (age 57) engages in a nasty sexist misogynist back and forth with a 24 year-old woman who originally writes him seeking guidance;

2. Doctor McP involves other women (without their consent) in this nasty sexting experience;

3. Doctor McP engages in unethical relations regarding his being trained as a therapist of sorts able to bring emotional and psychological relief to people who might be upset by his message of near term human extinction;

4. Doctor McPherson has left a trail of devastation in his wake, and this trail continues to widen.

5. The "two consenting adults" arguments don't hold water in any power dynamics of this kind--it is merely an excuse and a denial applied by people unwilling to evaluate the true nature of patriarchy.

6. Seems I (we) have practically caused Dr. McP's death (more delusions of grandeur).

7. The mean-spiritedness of Dr. McP is everywhere obvious to anyone not indoctrinated by his Climate Guru ideology.

8. You can read my succinct statement that provoked the hiring of a law firm to threaten me and four others (the original post above).

9. My open communications with Dr. McPherson notwithstanding, here is a snapshot of what he wrote about me and others in his hysterical and defensive Nature Bat's Last blahg (sic) "All's Fair" published 29 October 2017:

"What we do not need is the promulgation of lies, unsupported by evidence. This, unfortunately, is the mendacious approach adopted by Serena, Baker, Jensen, Sliwa, Cory Morningstar, Forrest Palmer, Lierre Keith, Nicole Foss, Keith Harmon Snow, and the many people who've adopted nonsensical, evidence-free writings as factual.

"Any legitimate journalist would contact the subject of a critical piece of writing before publication. There are no longer any people I respect in the long list of misguided writers involved in this case."
10. Dr. McP paints himself as a martyr and a victim and a selfless hero, and turns those of us who raised public attention to this issue as a "offenders". This is classic narcissism. He concludes his "All's Fair" essay:

"There's no money in extinction, but there is plenty of power to be garnered by defaming me. I know no way to stop unethical or illegal acts without legal action. Because such a step is expensive, I created a crowdfunding campaign in pursuit of justice in this case. Initial steps included an opportunity for some offending parties to redact their libelous blog posts and apologize. Each offender chose instead to engage in a legal battle that ultimately ended up with all my remaining money, and much of Pauline's money, in the bank accounts of attorneys. As I've done repeatedly during my life, I have pursued right action at great cost. The pursuit continues, and I seek your support along the path of justice."

11. None of us "chose instead to engage in a legal battle". What we did was stood behind our public statements and left them public without cowing to Dr. Mcpherson's petty and dishonest legal attack.

12. The law firm that Dr. McPherson and Pauline Schneider hired to threaten us, as they prepare for the end of the world, turns out, has a history of representing just about anyone who can pay their hefty fees and, therefore, winning cases that exonerate some of the world's worst corporate criminals or corporations. So much for all the rhetoric from Dr. McPherson about the horrors of capitalism and the importance of "only love remains" as we come to the end of everything we have ever known.

These include:

--BHP Billiton one of the world's worst corporations involved in human rights atrocities, genocide, environmental destruction of the most horrid kind, as, for example, in Congo;

Legal battles the law firm boasts to have prevailed in:

--Ruhnke v. Allergan: Representing Allergan in a putative consumer class action litigation seeking over $85 million in damages. The suit alleges that Allergan's leading skincare and cosmetics line is in violation of the Food Drug and Cosmetics Act, and that the product is being marketed in a way that violates false advertising and unfair competition laws.

(Read: Big Pharma is lying to us, but it doesn't matter, we all know that, right?)

--CEH v. U.S. International Trading Corp: Obtained dismissal of a putative consumer class action alleging that our client violated false advertising laws by misleadingly labeling a consumer product as "organic."

(Read: never trust the organic label.)

--In re Amgen Inc. Securities Litigation: Represented Amgen, the world's largest biopharmaceutical company, in a national securities fraud class action alleging misstatements and omissions related to several of Amgen's most important drugs.

(Read: Big Pharma's drugs are good for you.)

--Secured termination of criminal investigation against high-level executive of manufacturing company alleged to have allowed improper disposal of waste by-products.

(Read: Toxic sludge is good for you.)

--On the eve of trial in July 2015, and after four years of investigation and litigation, obtained dismissal of all felony federal charges, including conspiracy, false statements, and Clean Water Act charges against a subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., America's largest environmental services provider, and two of its managers.

(Read: "environmental services provider" not toxic waste dealer.)

--Successfully represented one of the largest agricultural businesses in California on criminal environmental charges of using contaminated water for agricultural purposes.

(Read: and weep.)

--Represented two cruise lines in investigations of dumping oily wastewater offshore.

(Read: let's go on a clean luxurious corporate green-washed cruise to Puerto Rico, look out for them oily dolphins...)

It is curious that Doctor McPherson posts these lawyers' letters--that he and Ms. Schneider allege to have spent $50,000 on--to threaten me and four others--as examples of how what he says must be true and what we have claimed must be false and that is proved by the mere existence of such letters.

Someone sent me a sentence from one of his blogs where he suggests that these lawyers--indeed ALL lawyers--are noble and ethical: "Again, all I seek from from these blatant, obvious liars are retractions and apologies for lies so obvious even attorneys can detect them."

This was linked to the attorneys' letters. Lies so blatant and obvious that even attorneys can detect them?

Even attorneys?

Anyone who doesn't understand how lawyers operate might like to take a class in modern American Legal Injustice 101. It is not about truth, or justice, and only partly about who has the most money to throw at someone (or some entity).

And, $50,000? Seriously? Who is lying now? Who is taking who for a ride? They claim they need to raise funds to support their legal battle and they are using GoFundMe to do so but they have not raised $50,000 so beyond the question where did that really go is the question where did that $50,000 come from?

This from a man who cries poverty at every turn, but charges $10,000 for a private meeting with him, flies all over the world, and is rumored to have squirreled away a few million $ or channeled it into his various properties (Belize, New Mexico, ?).

This from a man who claims his martyrdom at every turn, making outrageous statements like (Dec 6): "Indeed, I've chosen radical, expensive actions essentially nobody else has been willing to take."

Meanwhile he is haranguing, ridiculing and degrading any human being who even so mildly breathes in his direction (while he is speaking, or not), hammering people with insults, and ever chanting the mantra of the egomaniacal narcissist: "poor me, I'm a victim".

This legal assault with unscrupulous lawyers is from a man (and his partner) who claims to care about the earth, who claims to be against misogyny, and is always preaching about spreading love, but turns out to be awesomely engaged in spreading his own hysterical fictions and pursuing his self-serving hedonism at the expense of anyone and anything that gets in his way. He is a model of predatory white collar "selfless" opportunism with persecution (amongst other) complex.

His motto: "At the end of extinction, only love remains."

Your typical affluent white male supremacy of the faux progressive variety.


After being alerted about the above Facebook post on 12 December 2017 Pauline Schneider responded by posting some newly invented accusations against me.

Her latest retaliatory post (sent to me 13 December 2017) reads:

"Let me just say if you are a friend of Keith Harmon Snow, one of the libelers and defamers of Guy, please remove yourself as a friend of mine ASAP. KHS has been identified by a woman who shall remain nameless (to protect her) as a victim harvester, targeting people with awful pasts and making money off them. He continues to spew lies and hearsay about Guy and me, even saying I wished lethal harm on that Matta Harri Serena. Untrue. I wished Karma on her, as I do on him and all his scummy friends."

This is better than the fascist Rwanda propaganda lobby. Soon these people will be join the Kagame regime's name-calling campaign and echo the chorus that I am a Tutsi and a Jew hater.

In fact, Pauline Schneider did wish lethal harm on Serena Marie Raphael McPherson (coincidental last name).

This is how sociopath narcissists operate: presented with the least little challenge to their self-generated narratives they invent accusations against those who challenge them, even pulling completely invented assertions totally out of thin air.


On 18 November 2017 another writer, Luke Orsborn, published a lengthy discussion about Dr. McPherson's behaviors and contradictions and general disdain for anyone who does not meet his standard of "excellence".  

The essay, entitled: Walking Away from Guy McPherson, concludes: 


"What I have discussed here is not a single event, but a constellation of behavior I have witnessed or been made aware of that paints a larger picture. While McPherson has railed against the excesses and abuses of empire, in the end I find him to be little more than an extension of those very nihilistic, self serving systems he criticized. His message, that there is nothing to be done to save the human species, while elaborated in his monster list of climate feedbacks, is not a message he alone can uniquely deliver, though his doomsday predictions have certainly garnered devoted followers..."

See:  Walking Away From Guy McPherson.


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