Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Don't know what to say

Greetings my rabid hounds of hell. It seems I was a bit hasty in my prediction of my previous post being the last, so here we are on the threshold of the final, of the end of days, so here we go into the mouth of the beast... The life boat solution is something which must be not only looked into, but implemented post-haste, for as the end of the year is upon us, so too is the end of our unsustainable way(s) of life. We may not like it, we may not want to think about it, but that doesn't mean all of this is will go away-as a good friend of ours once said "deal with reality or reality will deal with you". Weather it be learning to garden (without fossil fuel based fertilizers of course-thought I might not catch that little oversight huh Andy?), learning to eat less (good idea Nina), or scrounging through the dumpster of our fine little burg (which may end up being the way things are done by the people unlucky enough to be living here when the proverbial shit hits the fan-although I don't think that would be the best way to stake you're very survival on-'cause what happens? hmmm...Oh yeah-THE FOOD WILL RUN OUT!!-or rot, which ever may come first...Food does tend to "spoil" when sitting in a goddamned humid stinking fucking rat trap for a while, so get'em while ya can). Of course we all know oil is a finite resource, and anyone who disagrees should be beaten about the face with a piece of heavy mining equipment and set on fire -but fuck!!, when the oil runs out, what will we set them on fire with? (this is the real tradgedy of peak-oil)-I need to learn how to start a fire manually, and maybe the only way to convince people like that is to scare the shit out of them-tell them "no more iPod"-that should get the shit running. Taking cues from the Cubans we should learn to create sustainable community based and operated agricultural gardens, independent of outside influence, in order to transition relatively smoothly to a post-peak/bye-bye oil world, although, this "transition" may not even be possible in the first place, for as was made devastatingly clear to us in James "the Kunt" Kunstler's "The Long Emergency" the idea was introduced to us that peak-oil is an absolutely fatal problem, and serves to show us why we are more%

Sunday, June 04, 2006

"Leave me the fuck alone"

"Leave me the fuck alone", one of my favorite phrases. Seeing as how this is the end of the year, and more importantly the end of it all, I thought this might be appropriate for a final send-off. I have nothing more to say about peak oil, I could care less about that at this point-it has become a non-issue, we are all going to die, and cannibalize each other and the cock suckers in the government aren’t going to do a goddamned fucking thing to help-I get it, I accept it, I don’t care. Now, back to the purpose of this, my final post, you have seen me haunting the hallways, some of you have talked to me, although I don’t know why, I never once sent out any sort of signals which could have been interpreted as initiators for conversation, but that didn’t stop you did it?-no, of course not. I do not think you realize the absolute debasement, the detachment, of the devil in your midst. A vicious period is upon us, like the days of old, no more "community building", no more "caring, sharing, learning, empowering, loving, tolerance, understanding and acceptance" or any other bullshit, its going to be a bitter blood sport for the survival of each individual-I cannot wait to harken back to the good old days. A phrase everyone should familiarize themselves with is the one above "leave me the fuck alone", you see if anyone asks you for help in our futuristic wasteland, with let’s say help with getting out from under a giant boulder which has crushed both their legs, rendering them impotent in the process, this phrase can be very useful "leave me the fuck alone"-see how that works? ok i am sick and tired of staring at this and having no where to go from here, so...

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Surviving Peak-Oil: Cuba

During the fall of the Soviet Empire in the early to mid 1990's, the nation of Cuba bore the brunt of what was and still is most likely the closest to a total peak-oil collapse that the world has ever seen and serves as an example of what must be done in order to maintain a relatively similar way of life should a peak-oil crisis occur. After the fall of the Soviet Empire, Cuba, which was seen as an outlaw, a rogue nation in the western hemisphere by the United States lost it's most powerful trade partner in the USSR. The steady flow of oil supplies driving the Cuban way of life suddenly dried up, and the Cuban people were left to adapt. They did so by not panicking and having a strong response by the government. During this time dubbed "The Special Period", the government granted the islands citizens food rations, which kept the rich inhabitants of the island from swiping all of the food, and other necessities. The people (with the help of government allowance) converted large scale farms, into smaller, community focused farms free of charge(so long as they produced enough food to sustain the local population) this was done in order to keep the island from having to rely on foreign countries/area's, etc and the global trade market. The need to move away from fertilizers manufactured from fossil fuels and towards natural fertilizers was seen as a must, this was accomplished and the Green Revolution was ended. All available space in large cities like Havana was converted into "agricultural gardens" in order to further shrink the need for outside intervention in order to sustain the cities inhabitants. Schools, and Universities were also localized in order to allow for easier access, as modes of fossil fuel driven personal transportation became almost nonexistent. This example of successful post-peak societal preservation is an important one indeed, as we shall most likely face similar circumstances which will call for similar action to take place in order to preserve a similar way of life and is one we should all look to in order to do so.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

CherryScenarios/Dr. Albert Bartlett(the almighty)

As I have said before, no one truly knows anything about the Peak-oil problem, and these articles seem to support my assertion- Stanton says oil production will peak at the time the world's population reaches 7 billion persons(not too far off) and that our apocalyptic future will begin in the year 2150-when oil has been exploited almost to the point where there is none left and the tensions between the "haves" and "have not's" reaches a boiling point at which time we will see wars on massive scales for the remaining oil. There seem to be two possibilities as to what can be done to prevent a societal crash- 1.) Cutting the population drastically (my preferred method), or 2.) Cutting consumption levels (it won't happen, unless we decrease the population size). If we do not voluntarily choose one of these options (which if we went with option A, option B would happen as a result of A being implemented), as Stanton predicts (he's a bright bastard), nature will impose it upon us herself, by means of fighting with ourselves over these resources (I like that too)-which is likely to come about because as he said-people are unlikely to give up their self indulgent ways. He also talks about, something which I find very interesting and a way back to the way things ought to be: Every woman is entitled to raise one healthy child. No religious or cultural exceptions can be made, but entitlements can be traded on a one to one basis between women. If a baby or fetus is so physically or mentally damaged that its life cannot be a net benefit to the state, infanticide or abortion is compulsory. When, through old age, injury or disease, an individual becomes more of a burden than a benefit to the state, his or her life is painlessly ended. Assisted suicide is legal, easy and painless.Imprisonment is replaced by corporal punishment for lesser offences and painless capital punishment for greater ones.Immigration is banned, and illegal irreversible are treated as criminals. This is a natural approach to sustaining a society which is strong willed, self reliant and thus sustainable. Now, moving on to the transcript of Bartlett's speech (that's right, I don't do any transitional material, just right into the next thing)-sorry, but this is not ground breaking stuff, so I shall just summarize as best my patience will allow-he compared the impending peak oil situation to the rapid growth of bacteria in a Petri-dish, the environment (and oil, and other resources) are finite-get used to it fuckers. He showed that as the bacteria was introduced to new areas, it was only a matter of time until that space had reached it's maximum carrying capacity (parallels to the earth and humans anyone?)and once this has happened, we will be back in the same spot we were.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Hirsch Report

Take heed-this is being done at 4:00 a.m. , which is not the reason for the lack of attention and care that will be put into this post,as I am always up at this hour, but rather a simple annoyance at having to perform this task; there will simply be a short response to the Hirsch Report (don't like it?-good, fuck ya), expect nothing, as you have done in the past with me... my time line of happenings: 2010: Peak begins-there will most likely be no new discoveries. prices shall rise as will demand (that's bad)-this being supported by the fact that the suppliers of 60% of the world's oil: the United States, Britain, Norway, Mexico, etc have already reached their peak and are declining (nice huh?). 2015: In another wise move on the part of the government(which I feel is indicative of humanity's shortcoming's as a whole) there is nothing being done to even attempt to correct the situation-we end up in something resembling the Great Depression (although worse-very nice). 2030: Lot's of dead people, cannibalism, fire, and fucking brimstone-the rapture is upon us, start praying pricks, we're going to hell(best of all). Now moving onto the time line as laid out by the fine people compiling data for the government over at Hirsch Report headquarters:2010:Production increases, so too does demand follow. We end up 10 years behind where we need to be in order to go on as we are, even if just for a little while (Starting now might just be a sound decision). 2015: These "crash" programs have been implemented and we are satisfying supply and demand, this is being done by controlling usage of fossil fuels as well as usage of alternative energies:oil sands, etc. 2020: This is where it gets good friends...World oil production has peaked, and we begin to feel it financially(starve us, burn us, shoot us, cut us, hang us-fine, but touch the wallet and that stings-do what you want to me, but leave the wallet out of this). 2030: Oil demand has increased 50% since 2005, however (lucky for us that we have competent and caring politicians, who are looking out for our best interests and at every turn resist the baying, rabid mad advances of special interest groups and the like to up hold their integrity and virtue) these precautions have been in place for years and although the road may be bumpy from time to time, we all make it through and live happily ever after...The End, goodnight

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Ecotopia

We will start this post off with the obligatory book review (which Andy didn't want, but I threw in anyway, just for those who may not have read it-I ask myself why are you reading this, and spite...spite is another reason)The book centers itself around one William Weston, who decides to be the first to investigate the pacific northwest stronghold of a few eco-nuts, aptly named "Ecotopia"(isn't that nice)Here he discovers the technologies that these wonderful granger's have implemented in order to be less taxing on the environment.Now moving into the real purpose for this post (to please Andy-no, just kidding-I could give a fuck about that)-my response to this work of literary genius (and I apply the term loosely here) is as follows: the premise I found to be an interesting one, although some of the characters to whom we are introduced are of the Woodstock attendant variety, it was readable. The people in the book live in a world where there is responsibility ( a novel concept in our present society) shared by all for the up keep of the environment through communal upkeep. Gone are the days of carefree destruction of land and precious resources such as oil and water-all of this somehow because of leadership by a female president. In the book, Callenbach gives us various hints, which I agree with, as to how we should prepare a society, chief among these is the creation of "stable-state life systems" in which we humans live within the limits set forth to us by nature (no over population and thus raping of the land for the procurement of precious materials) -we see the need for this most basic of ideas in the over population and subsequent starvation, disease, etc of large segments of the earth's population because we are unable to sustain these large populations (the earth is trying to tell us something). On top of this we add unprocessed, unaltered natural food-which Billy boy found quite strange-because as we are finding out-when you alter foods with strange chemicals and assorted carcinogens, our bodies may not perform optimally (a shock I realize, but stay with me...More learning fun is on the way) The book also makes mention of how we should handle this little problem of fossil fuel pollution-by reducing drastically the number of paved roads for pedestrian automobile traffic to only a few for duties such as shipping and mass public transportation, they were able to almost cut pollution by fossil fuel burning vehicles out of the picture all together; bike paths and walking trails seem to be a better way of handling transportation in the new millennium-very fuck'in chic.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Peak-Oil Overview

I believe that within the next ten to twenty years, there shall in fact be a peak in the
production of global oil, this will not be without its ups and downs. There will, I believe be a
surge of new oil discoveries from both conventional, as well as exploratory sources, driven by an
increase in the development and implementation of new technologies by oil companies for a
short period of time, as a way to keep from desperately choking out their collective final breathes
for a short amount of time. Despair shall subside slightly for the time beginning with the
first major blows to the oil companies, due to the emergence (however, very limited) of
alternative energy sources, which, as Exxon Mobile’s world oil report suggests, won’t have much
of an impact at all on the energy world’s energy crisis. The report states that proposed energy
alternatives such as "oil shale" will have no real impact even by 2030. Other proposed sources
may only account for a small percentage of the world’s needed energy-"oil sands" for instance
may only account for 4 million of the 120 million barrels needed per day, or 3.3 percent of the
world’s daily energy consumption. When the problem gets too large for the government to ignore, there will most likely economic boycotts, if not riots in response to big oil’s non-responsive manner of addressing the problem, which would be reminiscent of post Katrina-like looting, rioting and violence-which was itself a
result of lack of oil fueled products (lighting, heat, water, transportation, and food, etc), except on
a truly massive scale, as was echoed by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, at the March 19th,
2001 National Energy Summit: "America faces a major energy supply crisis over the next two decades. The failure to meet this challenge will threaten our nation’s economic prosperity, compromise our national security, and literally alter the way we lead our lives" I believe the truth to lie somewhere in between (although not equally balanced) the catastrophists and extreme optimists views, leaning more towards the "catastrophists" side. This is due to reports by such conglomerate oil companies as Exxon Mobil Corporations The Outlook for Energy: A 2030 View, in which the largest oil company in the world predicts a peak
will occur in just five years. While I do not believe this is an entirely accurate representation of
the outlook of energy, as there are other sources which rebut this rather short time frame for the
peak in oil production, and this may also be a scare tactic to kick up hunger for oil, it does show
however that this is not some sort of mass hysteria, and that it is apparent and probably has been
for some time to the executives at these oil conglomerates and that they are acknowledging that
there will be a peak in world oil extraction and exploitation and thus that oil is not infinite, but
very much finite.