Modernity Bites


     There is surely a correspondence between an exhausted culture and a populace devolved so far into mental dullness that it can't recognize its predicament. We don't seem to get how much the industrial production spree of the past 200 years has just plumb worn us out, not to mention the ecosystem we were designed to dwell in. My general sense of things for at least a decade is that we are closing this chapter of history and heading into something smaller, slower, and simpler, and that we could either go there willingly or get dragged there kicking and screaming by circumstances.
     It interests me to reflect that the way things are temporarily is the way people define normality, and think things will always be, so that if you are living in a big city like New York where so much remaining wealth is concentrated, and you are dazzled by the whirr and flash of things, including all the pretty young people drilling into their iPhones, you might expect a longer arc to the moment at hand.
     Out here in the provinces it's a different story. The exhaustion is palpable. I dropped into the mall at mid-day on Sunday to take the pulse on the ballyhooed post-Thanksgiving ritual shopping frenzy and the place was like a ghost town. The sparse stream of supposed "consumers" had the dazed, beaten-down look of people pushed beyond the edge of some dark threshold, like displaced persons in a low-grade war zone. 
     Their behavior seemed ceremonial, though, mere acting-out as opposed to acting. They were not carrying bags with purchases. I saw almost nobody actually shopping, that is, fingering the merchandise, in either the two department stores I passed through or the smaller shops lining the corridors. There were strikingly few clerks in either the big or little retail operations and you got the feeling that these stores were now expected to run on automatic pilot, with a skeleton crew of employees because the margins just aren't there anymore. They are going through the motions of being in business, and when Christmas is over some will not be there anymore. America has had enough, notwithstanding the latest YouTube videos showing crazed mobs fighting over worthless plastic crap at the "Black Friday" WalMart openings elsewhere around the country.
     The physical condition of our so-called towns (many of them just "facilities" smeared carelessly over the landscape) is something else. We are not taking care of our property in part because we don't have the money, but also because so much of it is obviously not worth caring about, was not designed and built to be cared for - and anyway, there is the lure of the narcotic flat-screen television within to distract anyone with a fugitive thought of opposing the pervasive entropy of these times. The disgrace of this nation - I mean it quite literally - is now total, from our bodies to everything around us. We are entropy made visible.
     Variations on this exhaustion are playing out in other parts of the "advanced" world, Europe and Japan, where all the money-related parts of the modernity machine have gravel in their gears and are grinding into self-destruction. China will get to the same event horizon soon, too, despite the fact that so much of their stuff is brand-new - after all, what use is a set of new super-highways if Brent crude prices remain above $110?
     What if we just accept the reality that the industrial spree was a self-limiting adventure and now we have to move on? What do we give up? What do we actually do with our time and effort?
     There's a clear trend to give up on the gigantic nation-state, at least in its current corporatist configuration, most recently in Spain with separatists winning this week's election in the northern province of Catalonia. Perhaps greater Spain will now join the defunct entities of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and the USSR. There are rumblings of "secession" here in North America now, where a certain moron-inflected cohort favors a replay of the Civil War, largely for sentimental reasons instilled by TV. What Dixieland doesn't seem to grok is the unraveling of its own Sunbelt miracle economy which was, in effect, a suburban development bubble, and which will land them back in a ditch with a sack of turnips like Jeeter Lester's family in Tobacco Road.
     Here are some trends we would benefit from getting comfortable with:
     Globalism is withering and will end with a whimper (sorry, Tom Friedman). The economy of North America will become much more internally focused in the decades ahead. If you are young, think about getting into the boat business on the continent's magnificent inland waterway system. There will be no more trucking to move stuff around, and at the rate we're going the railroads will never be fixed.
    National chain retail will be dying as its economies-of-scale vanish. WalMart and everything like it will be gone. No more Black Friday toy riots. Sorry. If you are young, think about getting into some kind of local business that will play a role in your rebuilt local economic network. There will be plenty of work for you, but not so much new cheap plastic crap to hassle with. Lots of opportunities for the business-minded!
     Farming comes back to the center of economic life. Hard to believe, I'm sure, if you live in an iPhone fantasy-land of apps and tweets. Forget all that stupid shit. The electric grid will certainly fail, or at least fail to be reliable enough to matter, in the next couple decades, and the real value in human existence will be using the land to produce a living. Lots of opportunities for young people who like to work outside. Also, some chance of political revolution to expedite changes in land tenure. 
     Farewell to the auto age and hello again to real communities. Hard to believe, I'm sure, as you read this in traffic on your iPad, but your commuting days are numbered. Indeed the whole car thing comes to a rather stunningly abrupt halt - though we are certainly doing everything possible now to prop it up. The old Herb Stein formulation will apply here: people do what they can until they can't, and then they don't. The implications in this for how we inhabit the landscape going forward are rather huge. Find a nice small town on a waterway surrounded by farmland and get ready to have a life.
     In the meantime, as these circumstances roil in the background, you can be sure that the people running things will campaign strenuously to keep the current set of rackets running. The results will be sad and possibly terrifying. Be brave and seek opportunity in these epochal changes. Modernity has nearly put us out of business. Leave the exhausted enterprise behind and be human for while. Enjoy the time-out from techno-progress that is at hand. It will be something to be grateful for.

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First!

Many of us use this comments section to reflect on events on the distant national and international stages. It's also good when we occasionally remind each other of the importance of plunging into the real, concrete, local interactions with family, friends, and strangers that bring us love and loss, show us beauty, and cause us pain. "Smaller, slower, and simpler," as Jim writes this week.

Our dog--a dear member of our family--did all of this every day of her life, and died this weekend. Jim wrote a beautiful and eloquent essay about the loss of his beloved dog some time ago. If you haven't yet read it, the close of this year's Thanksgiving weekend would be a great time to do so:

http://www.kunstler.com/mags_chloe.html

If there will not always be oil, then when and at what date will oil not be available. If no such date can be given, the peak oil problem is revealed to not really be a problem, anymore than a certain rogue planet crashing into the Earth is a problem.

This CFN blog is much more interesting when I take the time to post here because I post on a variety of subjects, usually with correct grammar, usually concise posts, and usually with intelligent content. Always provocative, it seems, though not intentionally so.

Jim, happy to report that Brattleboro, Vermont (nice small town on a waterway and on a railroad, with plenty of farmland) just had its 41st community Thanksgiving dinner - free food for all, lots of music and volunteering. More than 700 guests were served. Life goes on.

Read "Inter States" - a prospective online novel set in 2040 (after the current gas boom falters, it would seem): http://interstates2040.wikispaces.com

Florida, that sprawl addicted, destroyed of what had been a paradise of wild and natural wonders, is facing another crisis - the collapse of the North Central springs which provide its fresh water.


http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/water/floridas-vanishing-springs/1262988


As usual the Florida legislature "did" something which will do nothing to stop the collapse of its fresh water supply and natural springs, once one of the delightful wonders of Florida. As the article points out, similar aquifers in South Florida were long ago destroyed by the sugar barons who paved over the edge of the Everglades and are still on track to destroy the Everglades slowly but so surely.
It should be scary to us all the ecological destruction going blithely on its way to disaster....

"Hard to believe, I'm sure, if you live in an iPhone fantasy-land of apps and tweets. Forget all that stupid shit."

Brilliantly said, even as I type this on a computer.

I don't want to be an old grumpy guy, but the youth have two conflicting impulses that JHK may miss:

--Less "stuff" is cool. This is a good trend to prepare our young folks for lives made by hand. With the focus on the gizmo in one's palm, the impulse to own big physical things is waning. Even the doo-dads at the big boxes lack that appeal.

This is why Nintendo is scrambling to get those gamers who want a tiny app to kill virtual things with, not some 60" TV.

This is why the car makers are going insane, trying to convince car-sharing Millennials that cars are still as cool as an iPhone.

This is why restaurants are doing well. Youth go out to be social in person. They consume consumable goods and experiences with their friends, as "the most tribal generation in history." Tribalism may help them when they have to grow and cook their own food, because mom and dad died of an old disease after the health-care system falls apart forever.

--I know nothing except my phone, which has all the answers. The Achilles' Heel (Google it, kids) of your generation. When the phone dies/is stolen Millennials are as helpless as E.M. Forster's characters in "The Machine Stops" (Google it, kids, while the power grid still works).

They use phones as auxiliary memory and oracle for everything. In short, they have no information stored in their squishy brains. That means no knowledge, either.

So JHK is right. If you are young and vigorous, learn skills for making things and growing food while we have this stable system called the Internet. Send fewer Tweets and get into raising things that tweet, cluck, and lay eggs.

Future trends will only get better when we seriously begin to lay out realistic plans for a better future. The novel "From Here to There: AStory of America's Future" is an inspiring and realistic story that shows us how the future can be better. A great holiday gift http://www.fromhere-totere.org

Please Jim, the Obama cult will show up here and regale you with wonderful stories of Multi-cultural bread and circuses (see the above posts).

And Jim take some time from bashing the South and google up Jamie Foxx's paen to "Our Lord and Savior Barrack Obama" at the BET awards, hilarious.

Congrats Jim you helped Amuurika turn into the Jim Jones cult writ large. What a freakin joke (see the clown Asoka's posts)

JHK, the American shopping mall and suburb fever dream is still alive and well in Vancouver, British Columbia. I'm practicing for living the post-auto lifestyle, and doing some exploring around this city to which I immigrated, so on Sunday I went for a long bicycle ride out to the Metrotown Mall, a massive shopping complex in one of Vancouver's satellite cities to the east.

I rode through kilometre after kilometre of ticky-tacky houses on Vancouver's east side, most of them owned by Chinese, Vietnamese and other Asian immigrants who are buying in to the home-ownership vibe with bubble-inflated mortgages. Along Kingsway, a big thoroughfare, it was wall-to-wall restaurants, stores selling cheap crap, nail salons and other un-necessities, and cars, cars, cars. The auto mania was so thick and heavy around the Metrotown Mall that I didn't feel safe riding my bike even on the sidewalks. I had to bail out to side streets to escape the stink of gasoline and diesel fumes.

It's going like 1950s America in this part of Canada. I used to look down on Canuckrainia as America's poor cousin, but now the trend has reversed. I know it's going to end someday, but I've been singing the Long Emergency song so long that I mostly shut up about it now. No one likes to be around the Cassandra. Even as things unravel, as you have been predicting they would, people don't see the slow decline because they're in the middle of it. But at least things don't stink (aside from the car exhaust) as bad everywhere as they do in upstate New York.

Thanks for repeating the messages my students got when they watched "The End of Suburbia" last week. They got a good dose of the awfulness of the industrial city and how a lot of what they've gotten used to is in danger of going away. They did appreciate your comments about the tackiness of suburbia, including your observation that suburbs and their subdivisions are named after the things that were destroyed in the process of building them. The students were also amused by your calling the situation they are now experiencing as a "clusterfuck" and a "shitstorm." I hope they got your justification for using those terms; that's what I was really interested in.

As I promised last week, I blogged about "The End of Suburbia" while discussing "Dispatches from the FEMA camps" by Metro Detroit's own Jeff Wattrick, who writes for Wonkette. I posted another of my worksheets for a film on Wednesday, this time on "Food, Inc." The analog to Jim there is Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Like Jim, he has an ecological economic viewpoint and thinks the current system should be scrapped. On Thursday, I posted a linkspam of food news from universities on the campaign trail for Thanksgiving. On Black Friday, I combined Buy Nothing Day and Boycott Walmart. The week ended with Small Business Saturday, which promotes the kinds of local retail outlets needed for a resilient, post-peak-oil future.

I continued on this week with a post about how both same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization got big wins at the ballot box. That added new meaning to Leviticus's injunction about who must be stoned. Today's post is about Cyber Monday, and tomorrow's is about the stink of retail desperation. As for the rest of the week, I know I'll be marking my third anniversary of writing for Examiner.com and starting another month on Saturday.

Happy Motoring--for now--from Detroit!

http://crazyeddiethemotie.blogspot.com/

thanks for this. I know exactly where you are. Our beloved Boomer died almost six years ago and I still remember everything of that day: our last walk,her last meal - everything.

Pomeroy and Gallipolis, Ohio. Two smallish towns on the Ohio River with railroads and a bit of charm.
I'm sure there are plenty more. -Phut

One thing I really like about reading this blog on my Kindle: I don't have to read the comments. The reader comments on the internet are a human sewer.

This is interesting. Jim's 'boots on the ground' shopping Mall experience differed markedly from the report I heard on NPR saying that Black Friday was a unqualified success; people spending money like the proverbial 'no tomorrow' was the report. Retailers are therefore just pee peeing all over themselves, or so the story went.
Well in any event the enter decadent chistmas clusterf*** of 'shop shop SHOP'...'spend spend spend SPEND' depresses me: you simply MUST go into debt and coddle your kids with the lastest greatest electronic plastic crap. For my part, I announced, as I have for years, that I would neither be buying or receiving 'presents', including cash in cards; if you buy me something I will not accept it. My job has been made easier because I am planning to live aboard an old sailboat this next year; yep.....heading for the Keys and the Caribbean in 2013. So, everything must go: I need only a few essential tools, spare parts, couple pair of shorts, flip flops, some fowl weather gear and my boat. Any 'gifts' will just be given away or sold before I leave anyway. I have nothing now, so the excercise of paring down has been enlightening: everything must go. There is just no room for crap or sentimentality aboard a 32 foot sailboat. I'm traveling light and cannot wait to be rid of my shit.

Can you even SEE daylight from where your head is buried Asoka?

I work in a call center for a cell phone carrier. Young and old alike, they are so dependent on their smartphones. As a previous commenter said, everything is in their phone, & when it's not working, lost, or stolen, or been shut off when they can't pay their bill.... it's pretty pathetic. I don't think it ever occurs to them to write anything down. I still have a basic cell phone which I don't use much, I use my laptop, and am very appreciative to have it until I don't, and don't have to worry about the amount of data usage or any data overage charges. Reminds me of the movie "The Matrix", like JHK said, the obsessions with apps, tweets, and Facebook too, is so unreal and stops them from being connected to what's real and tangible. They will implode and meltdown big-time when the grid starts to falter.... I've been watching the new series "Revolution" but I really wish the focus of the show wouldn't be about power/warring attitudes and the militia vs. the rebels, and instead more about a "World Made by Hand".

"The National Retail Federation, an industry trade group, estimates that overall sales in November and December will rise 4.1 percent this year to $586.1 billion."

So, how is this possible since, according to CFN dogma, money is slow, credit is maxed out, the economy is the worst in USA history, poor folks have no money and are losing their houses, the middle class has disappeared, U6 unemployment is at Depression levels....? Indeed, according to CFN dogma we are now in an economic Depression, not in a recovery from a recession.

Yet the big box store parking lots are full, and it's not rich folks going to Target and WalMart.
How do you explain this? Might it be that you, Mr. Kunstler, engage in perpetual hyperbole?
Might it be that your perception of things economic does not accord with reality and is not supported by actual facts? Who is spending $586.1 BILLION DOLLARS? Where are they getting the money (since they have no plastic)?

You say Americans are homeless, jobless, have no credit and have no money. You say we are in the worst economy of USA history. Yet, every year consumer spending increases.

"It's all good!!!

I strongly suspect that JHK is in the throws of some sort of "holiday" warm and fuzzy spirit. I've never read him to be so optimistic in tone as in the above. Perhaps he's referring to the period of "World Made by Hand," and not the period between now and the. The "in between now and then" is going to be anything but pleasant, even if you live in a small community near a waterway with adjacent farm land.

Regardless of where you reside, in the next few year you will be fighting off the same type of hoards you are seeing on YouTube vids of maniacal shopping scenes. Only then, they'll be hungry and after food, not some stupid techno gadget or toy. They'll be much more determined, serious and angry that you have and they don't. And they'll be in you middle class neighborhood, as that's where it is believed that people have "STUFF."

So everyone enjoy the warm and fuzzy holiday season and dream of a less hassled life in the "world made by hand." No one reading this will ever see that world but their children and grandchildren will. What you and I will see is the time "between now and then," and it will be anything but something for which to be grateful.

Wardoc

You don't have to read the comments regardless. I sometimes do, just to give it all context. Like when my dachshund swallowed a marble, then shat it out. Gleaming opie in a turd matrix.

We’ve fortunate to have JHK to show us the direction we surly must head, but we are all somewhat limited in our imagination and experiences.

While present folks can envision a beautiful and self sufficient rural existence many seem to forget the huge back to the land movement of the 70’s. I was part of that and over the years I saw mostly a steady movement back into the system. Now you might suppose if everyone were doing it, had to do it, it would work. Yes, it could if communities could make the most essential resource of all, land, available to all. And if everyone was content with the inefficiencies of family based homesteading and so didn’t mind working all the time just to survive.

But, that’s not what I would guess will happen. Besides seeing the back to the land folks migrate back to the cities and the system, I saw the hard core who did stay put and owned land, put that land, that “capital” to work, not through farming but rather through the ever so subtle exploitation of those other “drop outs” who did not own land.

I understand the baggage that comes with the word communal. Never the less all social or cultural agreements have a communal aspect, even if they are accepted as default.

As a 70’s dropout and long time organic farmer I would bet the best quality of life would come from cooperative communities, communes actually. But this time done right as in being large, democratic and neither puritanical nor driven by material lust. http://www.the-communal-solution.us

The series, "Revolution," is set around 15 years out from a grid crash. They're still in the chaotic, barbaric and bloody period between now and the "world made by hand." After one of the warring groups gets complete control and kills off ALL their enemies (and dissenters, etc), the conflicts will gradually dissipate and the "world made by hand" will emerge, about 60 years after the initial collapse.

Wardoc

"I've been watching the new series "Revolution" but I really wish the focus of the show wouldn't be about power/warring attitudes and the militia vs. the rebels, and instead more about a "World Made by Hand"." -DD

I empathize with your complaint, but we both intuitively know what's what: Pastoral resilience doesn't sell; killin' and fightin' does. Money has become the final arbiter of taste (amongst its' many other fine employments).

Without "reality" it should end badly,at least one would hope so otherwise its' all some kind of virtual fantasy.It's confusing to try to come to grips with a fantasy world out of touch with reality. You want to sell and consume lots and lots of stuff even though you are running out of the essential resources that fill the Big Box stuff outlets .
We want to live large on diminishing returns and our central concerning question is when will I be impacted.Maybe you are so within the fantasy that you don't ask the question; indeed ignorance is bliss maybe for a little while.

Globalization is good for developing countries but lousy for the nation state.

Secession makes sense, it happens all over the globe, all the time.

Spain has distinct languages and the Basque have always had issue. Valid, of course I'm part Basque so I'm partial. The Wallonians have always hated the flemish, Belgium may well may separate. Not all Italians are happy Garibaldi united Italy and it basically operates as 20 different regions. And, other than the Vatican there's at least one city in Italy that operates with its own passport, rules, etc.

Why shouldn't certain states secede in America; there's never really ever been that much solidarity over there. Just reading how Jim writes so negatively about large swathes of the country, you can sense how people feel about the other side. His opinion, fair enough but I remember when we used to argue toward the middle. Carson died and so did that sensibility and appreciation for moderates, those that vote on issues rather than political party. And wow, now America's completely polarized, secession makes sense.

I did feel a major change in 2001, that's why I left but like Jim said, 'smaller, etc'. But with more government clients and less control over the little one does own.

Dear Jim here is some Monday morning comedy to cheer you up, because I know you love them some jeebus humpers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkPa8v5p5mY

Why do you care if Dixie secedes again and makes it stick this time? I should think you would be happy to see us go. The biggest mistake Dixie made was trying to replicate the industrial cesspool that is the Northeast and Midwest. Freeze in your splendid ice palaces and leave us alone in our warm Southern soil.

I think that we're screwed. Just pick your poison:

Rampant obesity and the rapidly declining health of Americans
Peak oil
Peak phosphate/rare earths/etc.
Medicare collapse (when every obese Boomer hits 65)
Social Security collapse
Weather-related disasters
Fed printing money like no tomorrow
Global food shortage (starting in a few months)
Impending Mideast wars (already started)
50% high school dropout rates in cities (social time bomb)
Students going deep in debt for worthless degrees
Eurozone collapse
Corrupt and stupid federal government
Little Debbie taking over Hostess

I mean, we are really screwed.

What's not mentioned in the "record" Black Friday sales is that prices are higher than last year. And, when you factor in a one-percent population growth since last year, the number in constant dollar terms doesn't look all that wondrous.

All of our adjustments would be easier with a smaller population--at the very least, smaller than it's projected to be during the greatest difficulties.

The wonderful Population Media Center asks folks to sign this White House petition to limit US population (through immigration control, greater access to family planning, etc.). They need lots of signatures by mid-December. Very quick to register and sign--please pass it on!
Thanks--
The goal is 25,000 signatures prior to December 18th, which, if achieved would compel the administration to publicly respond to the fact that the United States is, ceteris paribus, projected to have a population of a half a billion people within the next fifty years.


Clearly, there are far more than 25,000 in the U.S. who agree with the essence of the petition, the trick will be in finding them and making them aware of the effort.

The first hurdle, as described by Mark, is to achieve 150 signatures, at which point the petition moves to "the publicized listing of petitions", which will make it easier to recruit signatories.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/protect-our-future-setting-goal-stabilizing-us-population-or-below-one-third-billion-people/0PpFnvYd?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

My guess (and only a guess and possibly only applicable here in NYC) is that the Thursday/Friday crowds are desperate people trying to snatch up the loss leaders--the things sold under cost at Best Buy and KMart. Those are pretty much gone by Saturday--and so were the shoppers in large measure. We were welcomed like old family at a few small stores celebrating 'shop local Saturday', and I don't think we spent much beyond the high two figures.

I wonder if this is the year when shoppers stop pretending that next year will be better--that when the Visa and Discover card bills come in, dad will be back to fulltime status. Other clouds on the horizon: I have relatives waiting for FEMA loans who weren't busting down any storefronts this year, ditto other family members sweating out the finality of whether the insurance Co will actually cover the hospital bills for my recently-passed sister in law. everyone dutifully pulled the lever for another four years of O, but nobody thinks things will get better--they'll just be less bad.

merry furkin' Xmas.

Well the Obama cult has driven up gun sales. Friday's sales overwhelmed the FBI's instant trace system several times during the day.

Yes I recommend that good citizens go out and get a rifle and learn how to use it, you bad citizens just never mind.

I suggest an AR-15 from a reputable company along with Magpul polymer magazines and several thousand rounds of ammo. Your search for info can start at westernrifleshooters

Tre, so sorry about the loss of your pet. It hurts, and I hate that for you and your family.

JHK said:

Find a nice small town on a waterway surrounded by farmland and get ready to have a life.


finally! yes, whatever comes, doesnt come, we have now and there are many beauties to behold and enjoy. I do see a wholesale rejection of the values of the last decades; people are waking up and growing up.

Good advice for the youngsters today. I have considered starting an urban homesteader shop with chicken starter kits and low tech garden gizmos, seed banks and raised bed kits. and then I remembered that retail means not being at my own garden with my own animals. its a good idea for somebody though.

A change is coming. Not (necessarily) for doomsday though. for a better way of being.

"...So everyone enjoy the warm and fuzzy holiday season and dream of a less hassled life in the "world made by hand." No one reading this will ever see that world but their children and grandchildren will. What you and I will see is the time "between now and then," and it will be anything but something for which to be grateful." -WD

I tend to agree, but as you likely have noticed, JHK is an actual optimist (despite the maniacal protestations of some idiotic over-posters who won't be happy til everyone else has been driven off by a flood of drivel and "stats").

The push-pull of the new "immigrants" in WMBH, is still in a context of a wandering group of "cultists" who've been driven from place to place by violence and threats thereof. It certainly doesn't paint a picture of the FUSA as a place of peace and acceptance, it's simply showing that some folks will survive, regardless of harsh circumstance.

So yes, there will certainly be massive aggression by the disenfranchised and technological conservationists, but I feel that other paradigms will emerge [in parallel] in small, out-of-the-way pockets. Some will be scenes of future bloody disasters, some will meet with minor successes (steps toward resilience and survival).

Masturbate much?


After touring various destinations in and around the San Francisco Bay Area last week (including a obligitary trip to America's Best - Wal Mart)with relatives from The Netherlands, when asked to summarize what they had seen, the usually gracious, reserved and well-mannered responded simply:

'there sure are a lot of stupid rude imbeciles in America and they appear to be generally ill-mannered and greedy cross-bred swine and even worse, have replicated themselves multiple times. I think I'll have another drink and see if I can get on an earlier flight home"

Bottom Line: "America is Doomed". Football hadn't started and the NACAR season is mercifully over (too bad not forever).

Cheers, I couldn't agree more.

Looking forward to Armageddon with my Obama phone.

"Forget about that shit." JHK, on I Phones and Twittering.

Blasphemy, Jim, blasphemy!!

--WSP7

JHK sez:
" Globalism is withering and will end with a whimper (sorry, Tom Friedman). The economy of North America will become much more internally focused in the decades ahead."

I'll begin to nourish a small nugget of hope for mankind when Tom Friedman is not only no longer listened to and PUBLISHED [fer gawdsake], but when he's a forgotten stump in the fetid, sucking swamp of shilling and think-tankery. "Tom WHO?"

NW, all demagogues are not black.
Yes, that ninny is one. Who watches TV? Not me.

Folks, check that link, its 28 seconds long but it tells quite a tale.

That is a great question! I think it will be seriously problematic for industrialized societies from around 2025 onward. There seems to be a transition now underway. More people driving smaller cars, tons of mopeds out there on the roads like I've never seen before...folks seem to be scaling down their lifestyles, but are not really too conscious of the changes they're making. My 2 cents.

Fat chance, OZ. The guy is everywhere, prognosticating about everything. He is the go to guy for CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN. There is not much Tom Friedman does not know.

--WSP7

JHK, hope you will offer more than a sentence about Spains possible break up.

For a real feel for the buying spirit this holiday season, you should have gone to the stores in your area on Friday. I don't blame you for not doing that. I avoided the stores that day -- and the next. Also, many indoor malls are having a time of it because they aren't trendy. It's the outdoor malls (made to look like pretend towns) and the big box retailers where the action is happening.

But these are minor points. I appreciate your helpful suggestions to the young. My discussions with many of them about you indicates that they would like more talk from you like that. (Maybe you can create a Long Emergency solution app. ;-))

I think a lot of people have turned away from buying stuff and are now into buying experiences. What's on my mind today are the mud races, the extreme obstacle courses that travel around the country and get people to shell out $50 or more to experience the thrill of a boot camp on steroids.
I'm not sure what to make of these experiences. It seems like a search for something genuine, yet it is about as fake as one can get. How many of the people who enter these things (or who spend so much time keeping fit?) would turn their noses up at farm work or even at the long hours many moms spend daily washing, cleaning and doing other home chores? I'm afraid many of these people aren't going to like the future.

Worlds is flat.
Lexus and olive tree.

That nitwit? See 'Idiot Proof' for counterpoint. Cheers.

obligatory
NASCAR

A positive report! A nice surprise with good advice to boot. Good essay.

"If you are young, think about getting into the boat business on the continent's magnificent inland waterway system. There will be no more trucking to move stuff around, and at the rate we're going the railroads will never be fixed."

Good idea but you might consider dealing in boats that have a 6 foot or less draft because due to the draught the mighty Mississippi is getting lower by the day!

"If there will not always be oil, then when and at what date will oil not be available. If no such date can be given, the peak oil problem is revealed to not really be a problem, anymore than a certain rogue planet crashing into the Earth is a problem.

This CFN blog is much more interesting when I take the time to post here because I post on a variety of subjects, usually with correct grammar, usually concise posts, and usually with intelligent content. Always provocative, it seems, though not intentionally so."

Don't get out much do we Asoka,,.

So I'm driving down the highway. I look at the gas gauge and it is near empty. I think to myself, I can't be sure what mile marker I will run out at, therefore- no problem. Brilliant huh.

“An unbroken horse erects his mane, paws the ground and starts back impetuously at the sight of the bridle; while one which is properly trained suffers patiently even whip and spur: so savage man will not bend his neck to the yoke to which civilised man submits without a murmur, but prefers the most turbulent state of liberty to the most peaceful slavery. We cannot therefore, from the servility of nations already enslaved, judge of the natural disposition of mankind for or against slavery; we should go by the prodigious efforts of every free people to save itself from oppression. I know that the former are for ever holding forth in praise of the tranquillity they enjoy in their chains, and that they call a state of wretched servitude a state of peace: miserrimam servitutem pacem appellant. But when I observe the latter sacrificing pleasure, peace, wealth, power and life itself to the preservation of that one treasure, which is so disdained by those who have lost it; when I see free-born animals dash their brains out against the bars of their cage, from an innate impatience of captivity; when I behold numbers of naked savages, that despise European pleasures, braving hunger, fire, the sword and death, to preserve nothing but their independence, I feel that it is not for slaves to argue about liberty.”
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

James, brilliant, as always, but today, moreso than most!

"......most recently in Spain with separatists winning this week's election in the northern province of Catalonia...." how ironic.......we can now call ourselves "CATATONIA....."

Hmmm last season was supposed to be setting records but once again you can lie with statistics. Here is an interesting analysis of last year's sales:


http://econintersect.com/wordpress/?p=17776


http://econintersect.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/z-retail1.png


while one must agree on the notion that we must leave modernity behind, JHK blanks over the certainty that we will leave our health behind too.
Make no mistake JHK fans, our industrial factory system has moved our life expectancy up from 50 (if you were lucky) to around 80. Medicare may be floundering, but your doctor would be no more effective than his 18th century counterpart if the pharmaceutical factories that back up his diagnosis with medication stop functioning
and without energy input they will do exactly that
Prior to industrialised oil driven medicines, 1 child in 5 died before the age of 5. There are those out there (as is obvious from comments in here) who think all you need to survive is a rifle, a few acres and to be left alone to get on with it.
Our immune systems have been weakened because we haven't been exposed to real disease for many generations, we have wiped out the weaker bacteria and allowed stronger ones to flourish.
http://www.yourmedievalfuture.com/?p=778
follow the law of the frontier if you wish, but be prepared to watch your kids die from diptheria, or have surgery without aneasthetic, with nothing to fight off post op infection, because medication is one of the biggest energy consumers we have. Without energy you will have no medical care.
When you visit your doctor, only to be told he only grows medicinal herbs now, the real meaning of our future will begin to sink in.

We could all chip in for a plexiotomy for him. You know, the surgical procedure in which a small square of flesh is removed from the belly and a sheet of plexiglass is installed so he can see where he is going with his head in the position you suggested.

57th!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James, brilliant, as always, but today, moreso than most!

"......most recently in Spain with separatists winning this week's election in the northern province of Catalonia...." how ironic.......we can now call ourselves "CATATONIA....."

Good Welsh indie group Catatonia :-))

The separatists didn't get a big enough majority to call a referendum though so who knows how it will pan out!

plexiotomy i like

no more than a pound of flesh mind

Hard to believe, but the Elite know about the end of Consumerism - and they're on top of it, fullying intending to stay on top as Society crumbles. Remember about Carbon Taxes and the Georgia Guidestones? Today's youth are the most tribal ever? Absolutely, they all believe the same things, exactly what the Elite want them to believe. And yes smaller is better, conformity is too. And what could be smaller than having a chip in your hand instead of fumbling with ID and credit cards? And what could be cooler than having your Ipad inside your head someday?

The first is feasible now and they are begining to market it. The second in the future but not out of sight...

What all the shoppers want are the items being sold below the cost of manufacturing and distribution, the "loss leaders". Everything else - not so much. "Consumers" have a finely tuned sense of something for nothing, must be Hell to be a retailer thse days.

Talked to my daughter about her BF paying $280 (plus 500 mile drive and hotel)for a football game watching ticket, inconceivable to me. She explained that yes its boring but its about the experience - hmmm.

Whats really scary are all the people who can't do simple arithmetic in their heads and who have outsourced all facts, calculations and mapping to their little gizmo. Woe on them when that goes dead, they will be like the masses of jellyfish now taking over the oceans.

Meanwhile JHK and all us posters seem to have cacoethes scribendi. Maybe we have canis canem edit but rather than ceteris paribus it is now time for mutatis mutandis or there are going to be cadavera vero innumera. But since there is a corpus delicti and obviously corruptissima republica plurimae leges, we must carpe diem (and the noctum) and castigat ridendo mores or we will all be caput mortuum. In order to have crescente luce we must convince others that cuius hominis est errare, nulliius nisi inspientis in errore perseverare. Cuique suum and caveat emptor but always ask cui bono because the cras es noster!

Yes being content to live on the land used to be called "rural idiocy". Most people want excitement, as in howya gonna keep em down on the farm after they seen Paree?

The real farmers are those who consciously reject that. But you can't do that until you've had it. Thus most will always be inauthentic even after the Fallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll...

No, the Militia want to restart Civilization not a Word Made by Hand. The good guys want to restart America...!

Ah James,
Cranky this morning? Back to the anti-technology bent?
Well we agree on one side, that we need to return to understanding Mother Nature instead of conquering her, she's pissed about it for sure, but that doesn't mean we have to return to some dystopic nightmare, where life returns to it former 'nasty, brutish and short' paradigm. In this, we agreeably disagree.

There are certain things about technology that are offensive, to be sure, but this was covered in the 1980's, and we called it; The Trivialization of Technology. Putting all these resources to use at useless mind warping retreats from reality has surely created an Asimov'ish nightmare. But, its not technology that has warped our souls James. Its not technology that turned us into zombie overcoats on a vampire nation, no, it is the loss of vision and higher moral meaning. The loss of humanity is present because of something you could possibly never see, because, you are caught in the same trap as everyone else.

You see, Ancient Rome created our situation a long time ago, by turning God into a MYSTERY, by the burnings and destruction of the philosophers. They set mankind back ten thousand years by the destruction of knowledge, and its replacement with a sad and fearful religion that is no better than the thing they rail against. They rail against 'sin', but at the same time sanction it, through the use of the mystery mechanism, you will be 'saved', if you simply pledge allegiance to Jesus. There is no God like this James, it is their arrogant fantasies of Paul that created a defective and divided Bible. It is an abomination that creates desolation in the true Temple of God James, our minds. It is what causes us to argue, divide and go to war in the 'name of God' in fulfillment of the Christs prophecy about the sword of division. Even their own Bible condemns them James, the book of Revelation is a condemnation 'message to the churches', and what does it condemn? MYSTERY, the name of the Mother of Harlots. But our poor protestants, condemn Rome, but use their book, sad it is, and pathetic, but they are victims sir, treat them as such.

The other side of the coin is Godless science, what Einstein said had no soul, and that is true. For they are hell bent for leather to invent what they call a God particle. They're 99% sure, but, it cannot be either, because their very thesis imposes the concept of randomness, and what do you see? Randomness cannot be, or else nothing would be. A million monkeys typing could never produce the biological program that is DNA James, there is your biggest clue to the Intelligent designer, His Grail and Knowledge of the Tree of Life, that is good and evil. And that is the proper direction, to bring forth a new Vision that is the oldest knowledge, and remove the concept of God from the religions of mystery, to the realm of science, God Science.

The only way forward is knowledge that conquers the 'mystery of God', just like it says in Revelations. To bring forth a culture that has a unified vision, a new spirit, and understand that God is not some judgmental old man sitting in the clouds condemning humanity, but a hypercosmic force that makes everything operational. That in order to replenish the Earth, after the Dark time that comes, the only way forward is to take God away from the religions, and remove their monopoly, to take hope, fear and mystery, and turn it into certainty, love and unified purpose. The Purpose of defeating the rich and powerful, elimination of the profit based economic system and replace it with a stewardship economy, the purpose of rebuilding humanity into a truly civilized place, a place of something old and something new, something in the middle of left and right, where knowledge is used to salvage the old things, pound our swords into plowshares, and take our civilization to the next level of understanding, to the stars. None of this is possible, with the old paradigms of competition and evil exploitations of both left and right who are both beholden to the Rule of Gold. The love of money, truly is the Root of all evil James.

This the Piper's thesis of The Grail of Enoch, The Gnosis, food for a spiritual evolution now beginning. The People feel it, like a splinter in their minds, telling them all is not right with the world as the Dark energy wave approaches. But they have no way to turn, they only have the Mystery of God religions, or the Godless soulless sciences, the extremes of men. Thus the New Revelation comes, the Grail of God Science, the knowledge that overcomes the mysteries. That only when men know, for certain, what 'God' is, and how He works through the powers of the HyperUniverse, the Light and Dark primal energies, the Yin and Yang, that creates an electro-magnetic universe, in a sea of Universes, how He created it all, and that He wanted us to know. He gave it as a gift to Enoch, the Church burned it and the philosophers, and delivered us into the dark ages, from which, at a human level James, we are still in. Consider; The rampant superstitious in conflict with the rational minds, is the thesis of all your observations, unto the destruction of the civilizations it builds, even the Last Great Experiment, that also now falls on the altar of greed and envy.

If all we had were words, we would be no better than any of them James. But we have the Gift of the God Calculus, a string theory of God, in a hyper-physics that overcomes mens laws and experimental results, with a peer challenge... and no one is interested in accepting the challenge, because they do not want to know. They love their mysteries James, and their godless science, because it keeps them ignorant of 'what really is', arguing over the shadows on the wall of our prison cave, while they are able to party on and screw their brother, sure in the superstition that God will not judge the ignorant. Thus comes the Light of Hyper-Spiritual Relativity and Universal Redemption in the Light of Love, in the very structure of the Quantum and the New Gnosis, proof that the Universe is constructed for the purpose of Joy, not debt slavery. A physics of God that conquers the physics of men, the completion of Einstein's work, and that leads, we hope, to the completion of Tesla's, that leads to a New Electrics of God. Its just time.

Abandon the churches, abandon the politicians, abandon The System and starve The Beast, throw it all in the ditch of history and universal truth, that there is no universe of the Crime and Punishment of religions, or simply the Cause and Effect of the scientists, but the hyper cause and effect of the consequences of stupid and evil. Only after the green horse rides, can the statue of Nebuchadnezzar, the Head of Gold on the two legs of ideology, the rule of gold and the Phoenix that rises from its own ashes, be torn down by the power in the rocks, and we can then pound our swords into plowshares, not learn war anymore, and mount up to the heavens.

Let him who has eyes to see, and ears to hear, hear the New Revelation of the spirit.

The Piper plays a New Song (The Vision),
So the Chorus may sing (Consensus and shared knowledge)
that the People may dance (division of labor)
and the forests will echo with laughter (in a new paradigm)

http://pipermichael.wordpress.com

I really don't know if Jim is right about the phones and the young people. I don't know if he is right about the state of the country based on upstate New York (which has been depressed since the 1960's), and I don't know if he is right about the state of the world.

I know what is around my part of the world. Long Island is still reeling due to Hurricane Sandy. But the shoppers are still out there for Xmas and they don't look like Zombies. They are spending money. The houses are being put together again with lots of money (and there seems to be plenty to go around especially with insurance) and then the gas lines got out of hand with odd/even days. But within 4-5 days it was back to business as usual.

So I realize we all have our own realities, its just that I prefer mine.

Thanks for the week's work, JHK.
Something else about those, "crazed mobs fighting over worthless plastic crap at the "Black Friday"...." events, JHK -

Is that some unknown percentage of deeply discounted merchandise is being bought deliberately for resale on EEBay, or somewhere.

Another poster, upthread, mentioned a WhiteHouse.gov petition for something sensible on reducing US immigration to a survivable level.
I got a little bit fired up and created an account so I could sign that petition, which currently has 55 signatures.

Then I found this petition, also on the OFFICIAL White House website:
"We believe that the genetic engineering of cat girls could be potentially beneficial for the economy and an effective for use as domestic house servant. The money being used to fight the drug war is effectively pointless. We could be using this money to fund other much more important things such as the genetic engineering of cat girls for domestic use. The government could then sell these genetic household workers to boost the economy and try to further decrease the national debt. They could be used around the house so that the homeowners could pursue jobs to also boost the economy."
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/transfer-funds-drug-war-fund-research-and-development-genetic-engineering-domestic-cat-girls/3V3hnsHx
This stupid thing has 717 signatures, already.
So we can forget about "the internet" saving humanity, apparently.

That's too bad, isn't it?
Because we're running out of other options.

True, but remember the Dutch are now a Nation of Faeries who let themselves be beaten up by little Muslim kids half their size. And if they fight back they will be imprisoned.

He knows so much that isn't true. So that's your "metaphysic" or go to guy. I knew you had swallowed something bad someplace.

Read the Prophecies - all the Merchants of the Earth will groan when the Great City burns crying "Oh who will buy my wares" (nothing about the dead and those lying in agony, but hey, that's merchants for ya).

And of course the U.S Fucking A Marines have to protect "our interests" everywhere they go. So the picture is complete. It's not Fascism since Fascism means the Goverment regulates Industry. Rather it's Plutocracy where Industry regulates Goverment. Amazing how many refuse to get that straight. They are clinging to names and forms - can't give up their Anti-Nazi Fantasies about ultimate self righteousness.

Single Mothers. Heroic self sacraficing women betrayed by boyfriends and spurned by society? Or lazy schemers who don't want to work but would rather exploit men and be coddled by Society?

http://www.the-spearhead.com/2012/11/26/child-support-a-tax-to-encourage-single-motherhood/

All the evidence shows that boys who grow up without fathers tend to become thugs. Girls who grown up without fathers become schemers and whores or sterile and afraid of men. In any case, this has tremendously accelerated the decline of our Civilization.

With the absence of reliable electricity to power the Internet as a distinct possibility down the road, Tina Brown sure picked the wrong time to make Newsweek a digital-only magazine. Fear, yea, the Daily Beast within. :-D

One wonders how they will fudge these numbers. The roads and stores were empty in this area. The question was asked, has the long-awaited Rapture occurred? If only.....if only. What a Christmas gift that would be.

Enough digression. There will be more fudging, and more fudging on top of the fudging until it's all one big pile of fudge. Same goes with flying. Despite the stats, less are flying, but not necessarily less flights. Why? Why must the flights continue even though less are flying?

In case no one has ever visited the following blog, the author, who has walked away from Empire presumably, is predicting there will be no "smaller" after collapse. In fact, he and his religious followers believe that after collapse, most, if not all, life on the planet will go extinct by 2050, and humans by 2030.

http://guymcpherson.com/

"What you and I will see is the time "between now and then," and it will be anything but something for which to be grateful."

I agree. JHK's by-hand future seems appealing at many levels, though the Wayne Karps and "pickers" give a strong hint of what came "in between" and still exists outside the borders of Washington County, NY.

Forming community NOW would be the only way to stave off a mob. I suspect we'd muddle through, with organization and ammo, but it would not be pretty or smooth.

That said, I don't think we'll see a sudden interruption. More of a slow slide of making do or increasingly doing without. It's why we see some uptick in shopping now. Folks who spent NOTHING last year find something to spend. So a 4+ % increase in sales should not surprise us, given that credit-card debt went down (and now is rising again). In other words, it's the plastic, stupid.

Perhaps a spark will bring on the hungry mobs. But I doubt we'd ever had "normality" one day and crazed mobs the next. That only happens in The Walking Dead and similar.

"This CFN blog is much more interesting when I take the time to post..."

What a fucking tube-steak! Sod off, fuckwit.

Someone once said that the problem with declaring the end of the world is you only have one opportunity to get it right. Jim-boy has been predicting it for years now. The only problem is he keeps getting it wrong.

I'm sorry the peak-oil thingy didn't work out the way Mr. Hubbert predicted. His date for the peak came and went. With some of the enormous finds of late, the bell curve has shifted. Does this mean that peak oil will not eventually become a reality? Probably not. At some point we will extract the most we ever have and the downward slide will begin.

For the time being, there is plenty of oil. Do you really think people are going to act differently because of a theoretical point in the future where oil will become dear? Not hardly. There will be absolutely nothing voluntary regarding our lessened standard of living. It will happen as it happens and we will recognize it in the same way in which Old Mother Hubbard did. We'll go to the cupboard and it will be bare.

"...I would bet the best quality of life would come from cooperative communities, communes actually. But this time done right..."

Its always going to be done right, "this time". But it never is. It boils down to human nature, where Mr. Jones looks to his right and notices that Mr. Brown is leaning on his rake. At which point Mr. Jones declares, "Fuck this shit." And then starts planning on acquiring his own private patch.

Well Jim another week has gone by(buy). Talk about breakdown of "acculturalized" communication. Last my beloved spouse and I spoke of what we'd like to find for our kids for the holidays... what do they need? What do they want? Two boys 13 and 17. So I mentioned during this process to my beloved about "No buy Friday" and that seemed to go ok... until the turkey had been cooked and the roads had been traveled on thursday and my beloved mentions that she would like to stop by a "goodwill" store on friday just to look and see if there would be any stocking stuffers... and I think to myself.. and then say to her, "What about "No Buy Friday?" And she responds- "Oh.. I thought you said, 'snow by friday!' (and of course we did receive snow on thursday!) "and I wasn't sure what that had to do with getting some gifts for the kids."
Suffice it to say, even when you want to and think you're doing the right thing, it may not matter at all; and for all that seems to go right, it may just actually only be a series of coincidences.
Jim, I hope your Thanks(for)giving was as "forgiving" as mine!

We got a little taste of the new normal a few weeks ago thanks to Super Storm Sandy. No gas, no lights, freezing in our homes. I'm going to hate the new normal. I like the old normal.
Aimlow Joe was here
http://www.aimlow.com

Vlad, what the hell are you talking about? I think Friedman is insufferable. Wasn't that clear? "Methinks you doth protest too much"!

--WSP7

Asoka, I think you don't really comprehend what the problem is. Oil will probably always be available. It's a question of how much will be available. If production slows while demand rises, we have a serious problem. It is not as if everything will be perfectly fine til the last drop - that isn't how it works.

Think of water. If all the freshwater starts drying up, but it still rains from time to time, we'll still have water - but we won't be able to use it for all the things we use it for now. Taking hot showers and doing the dishes in water would become a thing of the past, despite the fact *some* water remains.

Can you comprehend now?

You're absolutely right about the exploitation. I've lived it, doing unpaid farm work for relatives in Oregon who also string along whomever else they can as unpaid farm help. The most provocative part of it is that they're so smug about it. They seem to see nothing shameful in their exploitation of unpaid labor, even though their Social Security pensions are saving their bacon, nor are they bashful about their manipulation of family and close friends into investing a total of several hundred thousand dollars in their farm, investments that are effectively worthless but impossible to value because there's no market. A few years ago they needed another $50k in emergency funding to stave off foreclosure by a creditor-cum-investor who had reneged on an oral agreement to indefinitely defer payments on the secondary mortgage, whose note he held.

The disingenuousness of back-to-the-land types can be epic. I heard a story even more egregious than what I've experienced and witnessed at the farm from a sometime colleague who was offered an unpaid job tending a formal garden for a wealthy hippie guru type near Port Angeles. This scumbag insisted that he was offering a really good deal because it included free rent on a caretaker's cottage, but my colleague said that he estimated it was a 60-hour-a-week job with no real purpose besides stoking the employer's ego.

Just saw the video. For a whole lot of folk, Obama's their "Jesus Christ". Sad state of affairs. Thanks for sharing!

Anyone who would name their son 'Milton'!!!!

'Modernity Bites' - the title is perfect - this reflects the experience of many working poor folk (like me) who struggle and stress and sometimes don't even scrape by. modernity sucks us dry and spits us out - i often wonder that there is not more meth, lots more! hand people a lifetime of despair and they will do crazy things just to take a break from reality.
i scrimped and saved and have a spot in the country, first because i know fossil fuels are not infinite, second because having a decent place to live when the grid fails and the reservoir dries up is the same sort of place that will be decent when i can't pay for electricity or water - it is a place where a spat out person can be warm in the winter, drink cool water in the summer, and grow some good food. it is interesting to me that there is a convergence between necessity and desire for simpler living - is this a simple co-incidence? or something endemic to pre-collapse/collapse? maybe i just collapsed early :)

I don't know what's going to happen, yet it's gonna be real interesting when it does JHK.

One mantra we better get into our heads quickly is, "only the strong survive". Many of us are addicted to the tit of technology and instant anything. What's going to happen when the gas runs low, things run slow, and no cheap electricity to go? I too was in NJ when Sandy struck and for 9 days I was without power. That and the long gas lines brought "World Made By Hand" sharply into memory. I asked on my blog what we would do if these inconveniences were permanent?

Like I said, "interesting". Keep up the good work!

"It's all good"

1997 called... they want their 'hip' terminology back.

I have always resisted the urge to punch people who say "It's all good.", usually so I could avoid jail, I think I might just go for 90 days right now to cover me should we ever meet face to face.

Congratulations...It's not just anybody I would walk up to and beat on. You, W. Ronald Reagan, the first farmer, Marsal Marsau, Donnie and Marie... pretty exclusive company.

Now, you didn't start this wreck of "civilization", nor did you start wars, wreck the economy for your buddies, I am fairly sure that you mime on a regular basis, and you might even get up on stage and pretend to be a little bit rock and roll.

You are not a powerful idiot like Reagan...

But saying "it's all good" puts you in a separate yet totally annoying class of asshole.... like the Up With People "movement"... or Mormons on the doorstep (or the television)...or PANTOMIMES.


"Modernity has nearly put us out of business."

Sticking with Stein, wouldn't it be more accurate to say

"Modernity has nearly put itself out of business."?

Just finished Too Much Magic. As good as The Long Emergency (though not as scary since I was prepared by reading TLE).

I'm constantly baffled by the head-in-the-sand approach to the future. On the other hand, I was encouraged to read an article in the Boston Globe today about a group worried about what would have happened to Boston if Sandy hit it instead of NYC. I wonder if there is enough cheap energy left for them to do anything about it?

Oh sorry. I missed that but can you really blame me? You're usually down with whatever the Neo Cons want to do - especialy if they're Jewish. And Friedman is just presenting the Economic side of their philsophy.

So let me get this straight: you're for them militarily but against them economically? You want to separate the military/industrial complex into two components and jettison the latter? Ok, but America has never seen it that way. With that, you sound like mid 20th century European Fascism - the Nazis were all organic too you know.

God as a splinter in my mind...hmmm

How about a splinter in my day, a wart on the American political process, and a police roadblock to the scientific method.


Oh no what am I to do? What am I going to do with my 20 year old tin lizzy four wheel drive? I will have to walk through neighbor hoods where no one walks now and they hide behind their curtains shutting themselves off from those across the street. Never once sticking their heads out of their TV's and other devices and dreaming of finally making it or planning to find those that have made it and making them pay for their transgressions and stuffing their pockets with bars of hidden gold and attempting to run for the border without everyone taking every thing they have hoarded for the big day when we all hit the wall. I told them yes I did. To damn many people, to many problems. I told them hundreds of years ago and did the rats listen? No not one. Growth was the mantra that was on every ones lips and still is. To bad. Tuff. Take that.

"...the Nazis were all organic too you know."

And Christian...sort of.

Hey Wardoc,
You paint a bleak picture of the near future, I guess because you have seen a place like the Balkans come apart. Yet that place has been splinterd for centuries, long before America was a concecpt. It is an interesting exercise to imagine how the impending global collapse will evolve. Well, it has been a series of waves, generating more series of waves. I thought that the USA was on the verge of collapse back in 1968, yet it has hung on and gotten stonger in many ways. Thirty years from now we will still be talking about how soon it will all be over. You must understand that the Plutocrates still have plenty left to plunder, and untill every last drop can be extracted, the games will go on and on.

Interesting that you think that America was on the verge of collapse in 1968. I think that 1967 was as close as the US ever got to throwing off the shackles of life in a grey flannel suit. 1968 was the year that the grey flannel suit re-asserted itself with a vengeance. I like to call it the Mayor Daley Smack Down.

As you do I suspect JHK is wrong in his short term and perhaps long term predictions about the end of oil, etc but somehow it doesn't console me much. Lots of other very big human assisted things out there to bite you. Take a look at Chasing Ice for starters.

You are correct sir, but the begining of the end was in 1963, in Dallas, America witnessed a firing squad liquidate the vision of a new kind of world.
You saw how raw power and greed could kill the most powerful leader in cold blood in broad daylight and get away with it.

We live in very interesting times. Think about your own good old days, and now flash forward: these are another generations soon to be "good old days". It is all relative. We live in the eternal NOW. Life goes on, and when it ends, it is over for you, but just beginning for someone else. Take it easy and stop stessing out.

There was quite a bit of blow back from the smack down in 68. I think the death knell of the era was in 69 with Woodstock, followed by Altemont, Charlie Manson, then Nixon and Kent State. Yet we overcame all that crap and got on to various side tracks. We can talk more about it.

The various side tracks being Ronald Reagan and Madonna? We shall not speak of the 70's. It's too painful to re-live turning the hippie movement into a marketable commodity and watching it's leaders evolve into the new oppressors or devolve into drug addled, middle-aged reprobates.

Yikes! Sorry to strike a nerve. The main stream was always on track, take the money and run. Actually Regan was the logical father to the first English settlers who came to america to DEVELOP this area.
And develop they did. NOW we are stuck with the results, and it is still in the hands of the progeny who screwed it up in the first place.
So how do we get ourselves out of this mess?

Just say "No".

@asoka re "If there will not always be oil, then when and at what date will oil not be available. If no such date can be given, the peak oil problem is revealed to not really be a problem, anymore than a certain rogue planet crashing into the Earth is a problem."

I cannot agree with this logic. A rogue planet crashing into the Earth would be, practiaclly speaking, a random event. It may occur or not occur within any particular time frame. Peak oil will definitely occur at some point. While we might not be able to say precisely when, given that predicting the future is inherently risky, we have a pretty good idea of the likely time frame, and it's almost certain to be in this century. Furthermore, we can say with certainty that is will definitely happen if civilization continues on its present course. The same cannot be said of a rogue planet striking the earth during any time frame meaningful to human beings alive today.

Before Howard Stern and his rise to fame, there was a shock jock from NYC named Bob Grant. He would come on the radio and rant and rave and curse everyone out. His main rant was that America was going "down the tubes". I am not so sure what he meant by that, but he was flushing most of modern culture and everything that it meant along with it.
My brother and I used to listen to this crap while we worked in the shop, just for entertainment, and we would riff on the crap that he was putting out.
My brother was funny when he said: "you know, I have been down the tubes, and they are not so bad".

"Well I've been down so goddamn long, it looks like up to me." - JM

Seriously. I'm down to the last of my valuable possessions and the only reason that I drag them around is to sell them for camping equipment. We have lost the luxury of a flexible environment and the next few generations will struggle to adapt to radical biological changes rather than cause them. What a surprise it will be when Nature really goes on the offensive. Rope a dope.

So yeah - SCOTUS and that darlin' of the Right, Justice Roberts ruled that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional.

Will they now give the Corporate Whores in the Republican Party a new lease on life by declaring that employer-provided birth control is subject to the "religious" whims of employers?

Does the Republican Party, which should die for many reasons - including its NEW pandering to the Latino Vote over ILLEGAL immigration - get a Justice Roberts reprieve over this trivial issue that matters only to the Voting Christian Right. If so, the fix really is in, folks.

"...challenging the constitutionality of the part of the law that mandates employers provide insurance and whether forcing insurers to pay for birth control is unconstitutional under the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion clause."
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/11/26/supreme-court-orders-new-look-at-health-care-challenge/ A pox on them all.

required reading for the misinformed and delusional.

what is?

The fiscal cliff is the most amazing sham that was ever developed by a gang of tricksters to fool the public. LET US SCARE the shit out of the jerks, and take away all of their benefits.

If Obama caves on this then all is lost.

Richard Farina, "Been down so long it looks like up to me" 0140189300

True. That was a military/industrial coup d'etat. Everything since then has existed in a shadowy world of half truths and outright deception. The American people were given the choice of the gold (cheap consumer goods) or the lead. So they shut up and pretended not to notice.

Fast forward to the likes of Mitch McConnell et al pledging to make the POTUS fail, obstructing every initiative while claiming to represent the little people. What a bunch of ignorant arrogant gits.

If you missed your chance in line for a plastic item do not worry another round of programmed stupidity is being prepared for the next cycle. Hurry up and slow down.

How can you complain when they have the power to eliminate you. Just suck it up and fall in line.

Rage against the dying of the light.

Sorry, I meant to rage against the dieing of the tee shirt.

Plutocrates
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Containers, usually made of wood, metal, or plastic, used to store or transport plutos.

Well, I am a cabinet maker, so you got me there.
Pluto is some kind of greek god, but the people that have us in a barrel are not gods, and have no right to the ownership that they claim.

Do you teach English?

Why are we so dumb. Pluto was not a god, he was a Disney Dog. Greece never produced a geek, and sometimes my creek seems to be greasey.

I have always resisted the urge to punch people who say "It's all good."

Monkeyboy, next time you access this CFN Blog site take note of what is written on one of the rectangular posters to the right of Kunstler's image.

It's not just anybody I would walk up to and beat on. You, W. Ronald Reagan, the first farmer, Marsal Marsau, Donnie and Marie

That's quite an eclectic bunch you'd like to punch out. BTW, the pantomimist name is spelled Marcel Marceau.

Well, since we are here and now, Mr. Kooshtik, which is hard to type out, by the way, what makes you the king of grammer, and spelling? Are you a PHD or some other kind of king of siam?

What do we actually do with our time and effort?

Rape and Murder?

From Rickshaw to I-Phone and Back Again

A good title for a new book.

http://www.spiegel.de/pics/84/0,1020,1498984,00.jpg

rape and murder will always be punished.
Don't go that way.
We will not descend to be Huns.
Look at the animals: they live in peace.
They do not kill for joy or pleasure. They live in harmony and find a way to survive. We can do it if we follow the way of nature.

How about "Chariots of the Sods".

You, W. Ronald Reagan, the first farmer,...
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I was unaware Reagan used a first initial before the name Ronald like, say, F. Scott Fitzgerald. What does it stand for, Wilson, William, Willard?

Unless umm you were referring to Bush the younger but forgot the comma.

JHK wrote: "If you are young, think about getting into the boat business on the continent's magnificent inland waterway system....Find a nice small town on a waterway surrounded by farmland and get ready to have a life."

America's young may not have been taught to think in this way? All they may know is iPads, iPhones, M.A. degrees is Gender Studies, internet hooking up, etc.

Love it!! Now all we need is a theme song for the book turned into a movie.

Who will play the leading role? Ben Stiller? I'm smelling Big Money here!

It appears that the ethical standards in society are rather low now. A more rural, rustic lifestyle would require a much more humble personality than the typical personality of young people today. A snake oil salesman personality suitable for life in a scam, casino finance economy will probably not want to settle down to grow beans and squash and raise chickens and hogs? But such a lifestyle sounds good to me....

The W stands for Wyman. His parents were prescient.

Don't you think that it's a bit weird that there are a lot of fake job advertisements posted these days by employers and employment agencies?

In the middle of a depression with simple working people desperate for jobs, they're actually posting fake job ads.

Do not sell your self short. If you have a good life and are happy and satisfied, you are a winner in this society.
Most stock brokers and bankers are pigs, so if you raise pigs to be cut into ham then you are a winner.

Hi Dirk,
Send us a photo of yourself dressed in fowl weather gear. Should be interesting with all the feathers.

Best years of my life were when I lived on my sailboat. If you are out in the Bahamas you might enjoy Alice Town on Eleuthera. Perfect protected harbor, laid back, no hotels or tourists.

Fake job ads in the middle of a depression---that's like serving up a rubber turkey for Thanksgiving at a homeless shelter....

Seen written on the wall of the restroom, next to the condom dispenser, in a Chevron station in Louisville, KY:

"Hey, this chewing gum tastes like rubber."

Even the legitimate jobs...the things they make applicants do! It's the equivalent of crawling around the room with an apple stuffed in their mouth and a corn cob stuffed in their ass whilst their genitalia are smacked repeatedly with a bolo bat. But still, they line up to lick the boss's balls.

--that's like serving up a rubber turkey for Thanksgiving at a homeless shelter....

...And that's like bringing in millions of immigrants into a country with a jobs shortage....

hey... Wait a minute...

I just left LA about two weeks ago and I can tell you that while the Central and South Americans are still coming, they are not pouring in like they were. Many are voluntarily seeking ways to return home. The jobs just aren't there anymore.

Believe it or not, there are some business people in California who are trying to use business investment financing from foreigners to set up nude strip clubs. The foreign investors get Green Cards in exchange for creating "jobs" for American women to dance as strippers and do couch dances.

This is a true story. I'm not kidding.

"National chain retail will be dying as its economies-of-scale vanish. WalMart and everything like it will be gone."

JHK, I hope you are right, but my rational mind says "why the hell would economies of scale suddenly vanish"?

JHK, I distinctly recall that circa 2008, as the U.S. economy was imploding, you predicted that implosion would be the demise of Wal-Mart. Instead, Wal-Mart has bounced back stronger than ever, pulling in higher profits.

Economies of scale vanish? Au contraire: it seems to me that as energy grows more expensive, mega-corporations like Wal-Mart who can take advantage of large shipments, massive storage and infrastructure, and mass marketing will gain yet MORE advantage over Mom-and-Pop operations selling essentially the same products. Why wouldn't this be the case??

JHK, you're a great writer, but you don't understand shit about macroeconomics. By studiously ignoring your predictions for the last five years (e.g., your perennial Dow 4,500 prediction), I've made VERY good money with my investments, and am on the road to early retirement. No secret strategy there, just an application of the simply Warren Buffet rule: be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.

Asoka,
I often admire your against-the-prevailing-winds posts, and often agree with them, but I have to tell you you don't understand "peak oil".

Peak oil is not "running out of oil". There will ALWAYS be more oil available, at the right price.

Peak oil means that global demand rises faster than supply can keep up. Which of course means that oil prices rise substantially faster than inflation ... modestly, at first (as has been the case over the last 10 years or so), and then much more rapidly (as I predict will be the case over the next 20 years ... with a possible lull for the next couple of years, as the fracking bonanza plays itself out, and before we get back to regular trends again).

Just sayin'

I believe that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday is coming up (January 9th)?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new satellite image shows a marked increase in activity at a North Korean missile launch site, pointing to a possible long-range ballistic missile test by Pyongyang in the next three weeks, according to satellite operator DigitalGlobe Inc.

I tend to agree with DD, at least in the medium term: One would think that businesses selling to poor people will prosper since there will be more and more poor people. Unless, of course, the poor become so poor that they can't afford to buy anything such that there's demand destruction.

Donny-Don, I agree with you on your comment to Asoka. I have also read that "Peak Oil" could also be referred to as "Peak Production", especially since there are only so many oil rigs, engineers are retiring, the capital to be invested into these types of projects (ie. fixing infrastructure, etc. etc.) has evaporated. Global Peak Oil Discovery was in 1963, we keep discovering less and less and less each year. It has to be discovered FIRST before permits, building, production, and distribution can happen at all. Besides that, when I first read about "Export Land Models" that made me even more concerned about the speed and how soon we start sliding down even more down the ever so slippery slope of Hubbert's Curve. Right now, we're on the bumpy plateau.

Above, Asoka reported, "The National Retail Federation, an industry trade group, estimates that overall sales in November and December will rise 4.1 percent this year to $586.1 billion." He then went on to question how this be, since the plastic is all maxed out, there's unemployment, etc.

Here's the answer: shadowstats.com reports the Fed-created inflation is running around 5%. So, if sales only rise 4.1%, then sales were actually 0.9% less than the real before. It's the only Fed-created inflation that makes you think this year is better than the last. (note: all the numbers are somewhat imprecise, but you get the idea.)

Wanted to add something off topic. Someone posted this Kissinger quote to Facebook, my comment follows.

“Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world.”
-Henry Kissinger

And now you understand US agricultural subsidies, the involvement in oil-rich countries, and the military might ensuring Federal Reserve notes remain the world's reserve currency. Gotta give it to Henry for being direct.

North Korea is a canard. Irrelevant. A non-existent threat made to look like a threat. An easy flog when you want to distract the dolts from the elephant in the room.

For those who are new here: Asoka,, is an imposter who takes my posts (Asoka..), modifies them, and posts as me.

There is another Asoka who posts as asoka_
The suffix distinguishes the three of us.

This is my first post this week. All the others were by Asoka,,

I am Asoka.. (Suffix: Period period)

And imitation is a form of flattery.

"... Latin Americans are still coming in, but not like they used to. The jobs are just not there". --Xhalor

Xhalor, you're a sharp guy, and I enjoy your gritty, hard edged posts, but the main job these people do is not landscaping, roofing, gardening, picking crops, etc. No, it is to vote for Democratic Politicians, and to buck up the Foodstamp, AFDC and Section 8 rolls, giving the always growing army of administrators of these programs something to do. Looked at that way there is work here for all Latin America, maybe 700 million human beings, in El Norte, The United States.

--WSP7

Looks like it might be the end of the road for King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia, He is, after all, 89 years old. Jim suggets in TLE that the House of Saud would not last forever and we might not like what comes after. And this was written years before The Arab Spring. Looks what happened in Egypt. So of late we've been hearing how we are on the cusp of 'Energy Independence', that we will no longer need to import petroleum from places like Saudi Arabia. We might be putting that theory to the test sooner rather than later.

--WSP7

I did spend quite a bit of money this past weekend, mainly buying woodworking tools for my new collapse-friendly vocation.

Fiscal Cliff: A hologramic app, tailor-made for the dull-eyed and slack-jawed (IOW, The 'Murkin Peephole). Sometimes, in order to figure what in the Blue Hell is going on, we've gotta shut off the moving images of talking heads, whose real job is to tell us what to think.

Here's a site that contains further links to articles outlining the Orwellian twistings of this monstrous "taking":

http://oldhickorysweblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/jamie-galbraith-on-fiscal-cliff-scam-as.html

"If Obama caves on this then all is lost." -XP

I'm of the opinion he was re-hired to implement the "reforms" to S.S. and Medicare and funnel more gum'mint monies into the vast vaults of the obscenely wealthy. ...And that's just job #1.
No "caving" involved; how it's made to look like reasonable compromise, skillful wrangling/arm-twisting and thoughtful acquiescence [when it's not any of these] will be the most interesting part. This WILL get done; baked into the re-election pie, friends and neighbors.

For Ixnei, from last week.

Ix, the best advice I can give on the subject of soil prep/disturbance is to watch Emilia Hazelip's videos, listed in the right-hand column of my blog:

http://www.smallbatchgarden.blogspot.com/

Also read the Lowenfels and Lewis book, "Teaming With Microbes." I woke up thinking about that book this morning, so thanks for asking a question that directs us there! Not to be missed for anyone who wants to kick ass in the organic garden/orchard.

In a nutshell, my tactics are to dig up the soil into raised mounds, on water-harvesting contour, spread compost around the transplants you insert into the mound, and mulch heavily. Except for direct-seeding and finishing alliums, this mulch covering should be permanent. All plant material should be cut off at ground level when it's spent, and composted in place. Repeat cycle ad infinitum, with the understanding that plants, in an ecologically-appropriate production scheme, are HELPING build rich soil, not sucking it dry.

I'm actually about to write a quick blog post on the subject, so I'll drop that link off here when I'm done.

I love rainy days...they are both paydays and vacation days.

Cheers.

As WSP can tell you as well: An excellent investment. Good tools help to make well-constructed innovations and necessities.

Thanks, Tripp. I will watch the vids.
Re-reading "Teaming with Microbes". I'd recommend this book for anyone with a curiosity about the world around them. I believe "fascinating" is the appropriate word! Layers upon layers upon intertwinings... then there's the intertwined layers to consider. ;o)

Thanks to sooty, for posting this petition information.

Yesterday, it had 50 signatures.
Today it has more than 100.
Here is the text of the petition:

"Demographers expect the U.S.population to approach one-half billion people within fifty years. These forecasts are based on current immigration and women's-health-care policies and practices. Unlike the rest of the developed world, which has largely settled into slowing population growth, in the last two decades the U.S. has seen an unprecedented resurgence in population growth, adding 60 million between 1990 and 2010. The growth we have already undergone, however, pales in comparison to the growth expected in the next five decades. I believe that Americans can solve any problem about which they can come to a consensus, but I also believe that most of our problems will be much harder to solve with a population of half-a-billion than one which is not much bigger than our population today."
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/protect-our-future-setting-goal-stabilizing-us-population-or-below-one-third-billion-people/0PpFnvYd?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl
It's easy to sign. Do it!
Can't hurt. Might help!
Thanks to sooty.

Have you read" the biochar solution." The method outlined of steeping charcoal in a compost tea works really well. We use sheep manure in the tea. Being Wales we have lots of sheep (I mean LOTS) so it is an easily available resource . Its effect on growth is amazing. We also use Sepp Holzers hugelkulture method of burying wood in trenches. We do it slightly differently as we use mushroom logs that have finished producing.

"Want some whiskey in your water, or sheep manure in your tea?
Whats all these crazy questions you're askin' me?"

I knew you Brits were big on tea, but sheep manure??

I don't think it's imitation, Soak. Nor flattery.

"It is the unfortunate fate of the ridiculous to be ridiculed." JHKunstler

The news is in, at Huff Post and NY Times. No surprise in it.

I WONDER IF ANDREA MITCHELL [JEWISH, AND MARRIED TO ALAN GREENSPAN] WILL SAY 'IOWA IS TOO WHITE'?

Highest HS Graduation Rate: Iowa
Lowest: Georgia!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's a fertiliser not the drinkable sort. Drinking tea is a serious business. Give us Brits the 4 minute warning and half of us will put the kettle on.

Howdy, Ozone! Thanks for the laugh. I've been considering a re-read of "Teaming" myself. Thanks for the plug.

Did you fare alright from Sandy? Hit me back on email; not sure when I'll be on the intertubes again. Peace, brother.

I haven't read the Biochar Solution, but I use charcoal in my gardens regularly. Rabbit tea here as we have no sheep! Doesn't taste as mutton-y;) Sounds like you got it going on over there...

Here's a look at a couple of the subjects that some of the more effective organic gardeners 'round here utilize to make the greenhorns look bad;). It's a post at my blog called "Think Like a Watershed," and I think it's a good 'un.

Hope you enjoy!

http://smallbatchgarden.blogspot.com/

Cheers.

"Your premise seems to be I am an uneducated America hater who has not lived for extended periods outside the USA, nor in the third world (not Mexico). I reject your premise. " - assoka

You can reject it all you like. I can only judge by your posts.

And judging by your posts, if you had indeed lived outside the USA for any period at all you must have done with your eyes shut and your ears covered.

"Your fascination with violence seems morbid to me. " - Assoka

Yet you regularly cough up lists of places and dates where violence was inflicted by the USA. And all without discussion of context or discussion of circumstance. And always with the conclusion that the USA is the evil villain. Now THAT is morbid and pathological. And absurd. Void of reason. And you never mention violence perpetrated by other countries.

"You are stuck on mid-twentieth century western European violence, although there has not been a western European war for 68 years." - Assoka

This is a joke. You've obviously forgotten or, more likely, are too young to remember the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. So go make that assertion to someone who was living in Sarajevo back then. Or to Bosnian women beset by Serbian soldiers.

And you've forgotten that Europe of the post WW2 era was an armed camp where for more than four decades nuclear armed, mechanized armies faced one another. You weren't alive back then and so have no appreciation of the times. Peace you say? Some peace that was. The peace of the barbed wire fence, the concrete wall, the machine gun tower, massed tanks and automatic rifles. Do you remember air raid drills? Do you remember being told do not look at the sky? Of course you don't. And you seem to have forgot other places where war WAS waged. Europe wasn't the only game in town.

"Nuclear weapons are inherently immoral because they cannot discriminate between combatants and civilians and nuclear weapons affect subsequent generations with horrible birth defects and genetic mutations." - assoka

One despairs. What the fuck do they teach in schools nowadays? CANNOT discriminate? So what? War has never discriminated between combattants and civilians even in the days of swords and spears when the first to suffer was the peasant who saw his livestock and produce stolen by marauding armies, his wife and daughters raped and/or abducted and his humble thatch go up in flames.

Yes, horrible birth defects. No one disputes nukes are horrible things. They are evil and immoral. But there are other things besides nukes in this world that are evil and immoral that people might judge even worse than nukes. Like what? For one, a re-armed, re-militarized, re-built, resurgent Japan ready to go again on a killing rampage just like Germany in the 1930s. Maybe with millions more dead, societies jolted off their foundations, entire generations in despair.

So actual people in the real world may not have choices that include good options or the expectation of ideal outcomes. Rather there's the miserably bad and the immeasurably worse.

War is shit as anyone who's been in one will tell you. But still you ignore the one important fact. The first nuke was dropped August 6, 1945, the second on August 9, 1945. Japan capitulated on August 15, 1945. Nine days. Surely the end of the war was a good thing. THAT was the case for dropping the nukes. Unless, a quick end to the war wasn't to your personal taste. Would you have wanted Japan to carry on the fight? Maybe see them kill millions more?

So, you don't like that Harry Houdini gave the order? Well, there were others that didn't either. The difference between you and those others was that they gave reasoned opinions based on analysis of facts and circumstances of the times as they saw it. They, by and large, were well meaning people who had honest differences of opinion, not grounded in hate and malice for their own country and their own people.

You seem to assume that I would have done the same as Harry and given the order to drop the nukes. Whereas what I've said many times is that I'm not going to judge him harshly for doing what he did, that he was faced with a situation that people not in his shoes or in the shoes of servicemen of the times can scarcely imagine.

You can make a case for dropping the nukes, which I've done repeatedly in Harry's defence and in response to your inadequately argued or nonsensical assertions. Or you can make a case for NOT dropping the nukes. The leaders of the times were faced with a range of unpalatable options. As many see it, the costs would have been monumental no matter the course of action especially for the Japanese civilian and the outcomes highly uncertain.

We're sitting here with the comfy, cosy perspective of people for whom that history has already been written. But Harry and his colleagues didn't have that luxury. Any child that's read the How and Why Wonder Book of World War Two would understand this. But I read your posts and I see no evidence of it. Pathetic.

The realm of the lofty academic is to theorize. Pacifism is wonderful. Non -violence may work in some cases. But most people didn't or don't live in tenured bliss on continents with oceans on either side. Did non-violence work for the Jews? They went quietly and non-violently to their deaths. Six million of them. Worked out well didn't it?

And so again I have to wonder what the educational theoreticians have wrought. So much money spent and to what end? So many empty heads.

"If no such date can be given, the peak oil problem is revealed to not really be a problem, anymore than a certain rogue planet crashing into the Earth is a problem."

This is a bizaare logical fallacy. Simply because an exact date cannot be given for some event doesn't imply that it is a remote possibility. It just means that all the variables are not fully understood. In the case of oil, in which the total recoverable amount of the resource has large uncertainties on it based upon a multitude of factors, it is unlikely that there ever will be perfectly accurate predictions. These events will only be identified after the fact. The actual situation is much more like human mortality, in which sometime in the future, you will definitely kick the bucket. Simply because someone cannot put an exact date on this event does NOT imply that it is some kind of remote or hypothetical possibility. It is a certainty. All that remains in question is the exact timing.

Anyways, happy Monday, soka. Hope you had a good Turkey Day.

As an unabashed supporter of unfettered Capitalism, I must say, this video warmed the cockles of my heart. ;o)

http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/23/a-glimpse-of-the-apocalypse-walmart-customers-fight-over-phones-on-black-friday/

Is that the real asoka who made that comment?

I always thought of asoka as a level headed and civil guy for someone left of center.

This asoka,, guy appears to be more of a cornucopianist. His lame brained comment about peak oil certainly didn't sound like something the real asoka would have said.

I would not say that there is plenty of oil. It is probably true that current daily production can be maintained for some time or even increased slightly. But this isn't enough. The developing countries like China and India are going to demand more oil than can be supplied. This is likely to create global conflict and cause the price to continue rising. Even from a modest consumption standard, most of Africa, much of Asia, and a lot of South America do not have access to anywhere near the level of energy per capita used by Europeans, Americans and Canadians, or the Japanese. This is the underlying dynamic that will drive the oil game going forward, not simply maintaining current production levels, but the already vast disparity between the petroleum haves and have nots. Just because Americans have enough oil to satiate their daily demand doesn't mean this is some kind of solved problem, in the short term. It isn't.

"they all believe the same things"

This is a rather presumptuous and stupid generalization, even for you.

XHALOR,
I guess you didn't read? I am as opposed to the 'religions of MYSTERY' as you.

You do not read, you react, read first, then respond. The Pipers Unified Field is not about religion vs science, it is about the Nexus.

But you are still stuck in your own mystery, the mysterious god(less) particle of the Godless scientists.

I suggest you read the site, and ask questions, and the discourse will lead you to the truth that lies in the Nexus of the Unified Field. For it is only by achieving a new song of reality, can we conquer the dystopia of the pessimists. We are men, not sheep, although there are still too many sheep.

May the Force be with you.

It definitely does feel like the whole Black Friday madness made more people disgusted than joyous. Even my conservative family members grimaced at the thought of knives and guns being pulled while two-year olds were left behind in the frenzy of cheap flat screens. The great show is winding down but my guess is that it will lurch, sputter, and snort for a number of years.

As we rush headlong into increasing 'production', the only thought given to the future generations is; 'Somebody will think of something'. Really?

This materialistic culture needs to DIE.
The economic paradigms of Guilt vs Envy, need to DIE.
And, they are... they will... they must.
Hang on to the status quo, at your peril.

James is right on that account, but, the results of it and the response to it, are in doubt.

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"Globalization is good for developing countries but lousy for the nation state."

This is vastly over-simplified, and it also contains a strange, incorrect assertion. In other words, developing countries are nations too, so your statement does not make a lot of sense.

Trading of goods between different geographic areas has occurred since ancient times. Global trade is not going away. Because certains areas are more, uh, well endowed than others when it comes to resources. This system is not simply going to collapse in a heap because the world starts to run out of some single resource.

As far as the benefits of globalization, countries such as the US benefit from this system by access to super cheap goods made in poorer countries. For instance, low-end clothes are probably just as cheap now in real dollar terms as they were in the 1970's, not even counting inflation. That's because they are mostly produced in ultra low wage countries like China. There are also a lot of "command and control" jobs that are still usually based in the richer (1st world, OECD, whatever) countries.

Globalization definitely is not good for those "low skilled" US laborers who used to pull a decent salary manufacturing goods domestically. Most of these jobs have either been automated out of existence or shipped overseas where the labor is far cheaper. I seriously doubt this situation is going to change anytime soon, regardless of the oil supply situation.

Black and white statements like the one of yours that I quoted are rarely anywhere close to the truth of the matter when it comes to these kinds of complex topics.

Anybody watching Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States? Apparently anything that has gone wrong in the World since 1776 is the fault of the US, nowhere else. His big hero seems to be Henry Wallace, Roosevelts 3rd term VP. No surprise, Wallace was a commy sympathizer. Funny, Stone fails to mention Wallace's month-long visit to the Soviet Death Camp at Kolyma, in August 1944, where as many as 1 million human beings perished, pronouncing it "A pretty good place." He also doesn't mention Wallace's attempt to get the Soviet NKVD to fund his Presidential Campaign in 1948. The whole program seems to be like something you would read in Pravda c.1952. What a clown this guy is, a mendacious clown at that.

--WSP7

Der nach seinem schweren Sturz auf der sechsten Etappe der 75. Tour de Suisse notoperierte Kolumbianer Juan Mauricio Soler befindet sich offenbar auf dem Weg der Besserung. ?Heute gibt es gute Nachrichten“, sagte Movistar-Teamarzt Alfredo Zu?iga am Freitag. ?Das Hirn?dem, das uns die gr??ten Sorgen bereitete, hat sich leicht verbessert.“

Der 28 Jahre alte Movistar-Fahrer hatte am Donnerstag nach einem Zusammensto? mit einem Zuschauer bei Kilometer 33 eine Sch?delfraktur erlitten, die eine Blutung im Gehirn zur Folge hatte. Soler war nach dem Unfall bewusstlos auf der Strecke liegen geblieben und zun?chst per Helikopter auf die Intensivstation gebracht worden, wo er operiert und ins künstliche Koma versetzt wurde.

Nach Teamangaben zog er sich zudem einen Kn?chelbruch sowie diverse Prellungen und Brüche zu. Der Zuschauer hatte bei dem Zwischenfall auf dem 157,7 Kilometer langen Teilstück von Tobel-T?gerschen nach Triesenberg-Malbun hingegen nur leichte Verletzungen erlitten.

Soler, der weiterhin auf der Intensivstation des Krankenhauses in St. Gallen liegt, hatte am Pfingstsonntag die 2. Etappe der Schweiz-Rundfahrt gewonnen und für 24 Stunden das ?Goldene Trikot“ des Gesamtführenden übernommen. Zum Zeitpunkt seines Sturzes belegte er mit 54 Sekunden Rückstand auf Damiano Cunego (Lampre) den zweiten Platz im Gesamtklassement.

"The economic paradigms of Guilt vs Envy"

Say what?

"A certain moron-inflected cohort"? Jim, I love ya, but I often get bugged by your biases and presumptions. How do you know that the secessionist movement has anything to do with the Dixie mentality you continually poke fun at? There are now secession petitions from all 50 states. Thoughtful people are waking up to the fact that we don't need Washington and that, indeed, it is the cause of much of the economic misery you describe. And why do you think TV has anything to do with it? TV is programmed to keep us compliant and complacent.

I don't envision this World Made by Hand scenario. Human civilization will continue to evolve, and technology will not simply disappear. I see something more like what is sometimes called Cyberpunk in Sci Fi writing. The power of the nation state will continue to fade, and large corporations are likely going to become even more ascendant, perhaps even more dominant that they already are in terms of economics and politics. The current social divisions between (roughly) the powerful global elite, the affluent middle class, and the dirt poor will be further increased. Likely the ranks of the destitute will grow as resources grow scarcer. Competition between people and their various political groups over remaining energy resources will grow ever more intense, though this is likely to manifest as economic warfare and smaller resource wars. I believe this is be the case because the earlier paradigm of scorched earth (think WWII) does not work if what you actually want to do is seize and use another group's energy infrastructure. The Middle East and surrounding areas are going to be even more important. I'm following Bzig's book The Grand Chessboard on this.

I see alternative, sustainable energy becoming more valid and economically viable as the political and environmental difficulties of carbon sources become ever more apparent and unignorable. Large scale solar and wind are likely to play a big role here, and they already do in some of the more advanced European countries. Are these likely to save our bacon entirely? Probably not, but I think we're likely to try and lean on them extensively and the extract and burn paradigm becomes ever more dangerous and untenable.

The poor are probably not likely to return to the land in great numbers as envisioned in the TWMBH. Judging by current dynamics, I would say large urban slums are the more likely scenario, where billions of people will just barely get by. The countryside is mostly already bought up by wealthy landowners and agri-business interests, who will not take kindly to a massive "back to the land" movement. Likely they will protect their interests with force, as is already the case in countries like Brazil.

The environmemental situation is likely to keep deteriorating. The ocean, already over-fished, is likely to become a vast dead zone, and probably our greatest environmental tragedy, as we drive species to exstinction in the name of sushi and Filley O Fish. Climate Change, whether denied or not by the ostriches, will become an undeniable fact of life, and if the current world experts are to be believed, we have already hit the point of no return. Vast dislocations and disasters are likely to befall many billions of people as oceanic storm intensity and frequency increases and (possibly) sea levels rise.

Within this matrix of disaster for the majority of the world's population, there will be a small group of thousands comprising the global plutocracy, and this division will become even more stark than now. Because these will generally be the ones who can use their vast money and power to avoid the consequences of humanity's actions. And they will be resented for it.

So, no, I don't see much of anyone returning to the lifestyle of 1853. That doesn't seem to be in the cards, as far as I can tell.

This is a bizaare logical fallacy.....Anyways, happy Monday, soka.
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bizarre

Today is Tuesday.

Ha, good corrections, Q. What would we do without you? We would be lost in a sea of uncorrected grammatical and spelling mistakes. Like I said a few weeks back, if I even write a book, you can be the editor.

You are giving yr knowledge away. You might want to sell it.
You work hard for the honey.

So the Southern states, currently net receivers of federal tax dollars, who benefit hugely from the country's vast yearly investments in "defense spending", are going to secede because they don't need Washington?

Suuuure they will.

What's actually broken about the US is that we don't really need all the different states. The differences in their policies only create friction and inefficiency where a federal role would be more appropriate. They are largely anachronisms. Unlike you, I see that there is actually very little difference between the regions of the country in terms of culture. People are quite mobile these days. Many parts of the South and Southeast contain transplants from the Midwest and NE.

If anything, we could do with some consolidation. North and South Dakota? New Hampshire? Deleware? Do we really need these political entities? I think not. ;)

"How do you know that the secessionist movement has anything to do with the Dixie mentality you continually poke fun at?"

Um, because, Scrubby, the Dixie states already tried to secede years ago, and it didn't go too well. And the moronic bleating about secession and revolution is generally heard loudest from these same states today. So it doesn't take a genius to make that assocation.

"Even my conservative family members grimaced at the thought of knives and guns being pulled while two-year olds were left behind in the frenzy of cheap flat screens."

You thought disdain for repulsive violent behavior was the exclusive domain of liberals. I'll wager that the majority of those wielding knives and guns either do not vote, or have liberal voting records.

It was. Asoka said it late last week.

Here's the problem with dismantling the Fed. It leaves unaccountable and undemocratic corporations with even more power and clout than they currently possess. This is generally good for those at the top of the ladder, like the Koch Brothers, who, by the way, have bankrolled practically the entire Tea Party Movement. But for those at the bottom, who generally do benefit from federal redistibution policies like the social safety net, the results of less government involvement in their lives is actually an overall negative effect. That's the rub. The corporate overlords have gotten the people they most despise and oppress to work for them. A neat trick, that.

Turk, your forcast may be correct. The grand experiment is running it's course, and if history shows us anything, then we will continue a path to perdition. Something Orwellian this way cometh.
The overlords are loading up for the coming storm, while the rest of us kill each other off.

Ozone, you got me thinking about this bait and switch tactic. If you read Obama and listen to his speeches, he truely understands the situation and the gravity of the moment, and the needs of all humanity and what must be done to sustain the planet. Yet in his actions he is quick to sell out most of these values for a quick fix and in favor of the power brokers. Is he a shill for the MAN?
We will soon see. The farce will play itself out.

His lame brained comment about peak oil certainly didn't sound like something the real asoka would have said.
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The real Asoka has told us innumerable times that his handle ends with dot dot while the impostors' end with comma comma and underscore.

Several weeks ago dot dot said he didn't need to post anymore, the impostors were delivering his message for him. "My work here is done," he said. I don't recall dot dot disclaiming any part of what the impostors cut and pasted from dot dot's earlier writings.

Several commenters here (the latest being Turkleton) can't seem to remember that Asoka,, is not Asoka.. (assuming dot dot has not created sock puppets) and they plunge right in admonishing a generic Asoka for the stupidity of his comments. Finally, at 7:44AM today dot dot advises "For those who are new here: Asoka,, is an impostor who takes my posts (Asoka..), modifies them, and posts as me."

Asoka.., let's get to the crux of this matter. What part of Asoka,,'s cut and paste job(s) this week do you deny are your original words or at least an accurate paraphrase of your beliefs?

Which Asoka?

I am Asoka.. (Period period) and I think it was a stupid thing to say: peak oil production (not supply) is inevitable because oil is a finite resource and the EROEI is already declining. One week I made 40 posts on peak oil and EROEI, so this multiple asokas disinformation campaign will fail. Still I consider it flattering that someone (like debt?) is going to all the trouble to imitate me. The distortions will trip them up.

My previous comment was for Isjogren.

its good to know that maine , new hampshire and vermont are moron-inflected cohorts

So much for the Constituon - separation of powers, State's rights, the 10 Ammendment and all that crap. Conservatives were always right about your ulitmate intentions and you now admit.

I didn't mean all Generation Y or Z are Zombies, just most of them, the main capachino swilling herd. Obama Zombies the lot of ye. The Arch Druid says that you betrayed all your alleged principles by voting for him. See here, Zombie:

http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-post-american-future_7.html

The Happy Mondays are a group Turk used to listen to. Get with it Gramps!

What pop culture victims like Turk don't realize is that it's now moving faster than ever. You are no sooner with it than you are behind. Better stick with Classical Culture which is outside of Time and therefore always on the cutting edge. As Thorough (SP) said, "Read not the Times, but the Eternities".

How many real fake Asokas are there? Amazing anyone can be so small as to take pleasure in such a thing. As the old jingle seen on a shithouse wall says, "A man must be very small, to write his name on a shithouse wall".

We go on and on about what is the problem and how to deal with it, yet the very core of our souls are rotten and will never be saved. That is our lot in life. Learn to see it as a cosmic joke.

Why is bigger always better? Shouldn't there be a legal pathway to succession? If not, why not? It's like not allowing divorce between Partner A and Partner B, whatever the gender of their extenders.

Um, Vladistan, plenty of other countries get by just fine without divesting much political power to their individual states. This turns out to be a somewhat anachronistic notion, having 50 separate legislatures and executive bodies governing arbitrary divisions of the nation, especially in our day and age, when the movement of people, goods, and services across such boundaries is so fluid and frequent.

But, hey, who am I to question the political perfection of the US Constitution, that most sacrosanct of documents dictated by Yahweh himself to the Founding Fathers.

I didn't know that Conservatives said much about my ultimate intentions at all.

Or by "you" do you mean the usual commie/liberal/leftist grab bag that you place all your rhetorical opponents into at the first opportunity?

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These are fringe groups that are requesting secession. Simply because there have been a bunch of petitions from different states means bupkiss. It isn't a mainstream opinion or a viewpoint that a majority (or anything near it) supports in any of the states, as far as I know. (Well, maybe Texas.)

Most of the smaller states would probably not do particularly well if they did secede. The disadvantages would outweight the advantages. The states that are currently net receivers of federal tax dollars would have to make up that difference somehow. This comprises almost the entire South.

In other words, for giving up the supposedly heinous burden of being accountable to Washington, each of these states would need to devise its own national security arrangements, sets of international treaties and trade agreements, central law enforcement agencies, social safety nets, and so forth. For most of the states and the majority of people, this would not be a beneficial arrangement. Hence, they prefer to stay within the Union.

As for your questions, they aren't unreasonable, I suppose. I just don't think that the currently rather arbitrary geographical limits denoted by most states would necessarily create nations that make any sense politically. The US boundaries to the north and south make sense in a way because Canada and Mexico start there. But would it make any sense at all for, say, Oklahoma or any of the other interior states to secede? Nope, not really.

Anyways, if they did secede, you'd just start railing against the evils of the central government in Nashville or whatever.

I'm sorry turk,
meant to say GREED vs ENVY.

"we don't need Washington"

In probably very real terms you and your state DO need the federal government. Anyways, if a state seceded, it would most likely have to quickly setup many of the very structures and institutions you probably despise or think you don't need, like, for instance, a central bank that prints its own fiat currency, a retirement system for the elderly, environmental regulations, etc. It would just be at a smaller scale. Bigger isn't necessarily better but smaller doesn't have any inherent advantages in this case either.

If and when the USA drops the grip on the global throat, whoever takes over will do a worse job.
Whatever pieces are left to pick up will be junk bonds. We are entering a Winter of Discontent. To be resolved by GRACE.

As Thorough (SP) said...
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Thoreau

As the old jingle seen on a shithouse wall says, "A man must be very small, to write his name on a shithouse wall".
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The way I heard it was:

Those who write on shithouse walls
Roll their shit in little balls
Those who read these rhymes of wit
Eat these little balls of shit.

saw something yesterday that put this whole mess in perspective for me: a little girl who couldn t have been more than ten years old was standing over her bicycle and had her cellphone up to her face, in the middle of texting...it would seem that technology has finally defeated the humans...i felt quite literally sick when i saw it; i think it may be the proverbial 'all she wrote' for us...i mean, come on!!

money

oh yeah: flad? fuck off...'tripping the light fantastic'...?! and you have the temerity to call ME a fairy?! Motherfucker (you wish, you closet case!) i moved to NC, and within three weeks, i m getting laid regular...she s soft and warm where she needs to be- which, you freak, means she likes me back- something you might find out for yourself some day if you will shut yer yap and lay offa th' flog long enough for the pimples to clear up...better keep the lights out, fer both o' yer sakes...shudder!!

You missed the double entendre. I put SP there to stop you from doing what you just did. Glad you're back though - Anti tries to take your place for some reason. If I needed help I would have put ? after the SP.

Shouldn't there be a legal pathway to succession?
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secession

Calm down you little fairy. Why take it as an insult? Fairies are an important part of the Ecology of the Subtle Earth.

Did you vote for Obama? If you did, then you're a hybrid Fairy/Zombie.

I will accept that one. What is a mneumonic to help me remember it. Remember the sisters used to say things like "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking and the second one does the walking".

Yes the latter. Without the Constituon we don't have a Country - that's why it's important. Get rid of it, and we cease to be the UNITED STATES.

You just can't get the concept of separation of powers, eh? You have an authoritarian personality like most Communists.

No one said all the States have to secede. Or that they will do so alone. Certainly Wyoming, Montana and Idaho are big enough and fertile enough to support themselves. Perhaps extremely conservative Eastern and Soutwestern Oregon could come along and give them access to the Ocean.

Illinois will do well to secede from Chicago and Michagan from Detroit. These blights are destroying their respective states.

Reality Bites - haha that movie suxored soo badly - but it did have that felon (years later reduced to misdemeanor) klepto Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and that hipster Janeane Garofalo (she's worth a listen or two on politics)! What a ridiculous movie/story...

As far as the "comma-deux" soker attempting a preemptive blog takeover, immediately after JHK's poast, I almost knee-jerked a response about how he just can't STFU (yet again). However, something seemed slightly suspicious about his tone/assertion, and I did remember his claims about prior alias hijackers (tho I'm still suspicious they are indeed simply more of his "sock puppets", and that he whuz jealous of my Ixnei/IxNoMor duality [which was the consequence of me not remembering my password from Windoze in Linux {which also begs the question why all these aliases keep changing, when mine have remained steadfast for years}]).

Thx to Tripp for the reply - surprised you caught that one. I've read Gaia's Garden, and just started reading Teaming With Microbes. I think my fatal flaw is that I've been averse to the use of "livestock" manure, and that is prolly the entire crux of my problem. I've tried getting the C/N ratio through green leafy vegetation, but that hasn't been panning out. I don't trust anything that comes from off/outside my own property, of which I know the exact history for 22 years, thus my aversion to purchase questionable manure...

The problem I'm having is with annuals - the perennial herbs/bushes/vines/trees are doing quite well, and I'm getting plenty of herbs, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, cherries and pears. Annual plants (primarily tomatoes) will grow amazingly well for the first two months, then they tend to peeter out fairly rapidly during the hot dry summer, dropping lots of lower leaves to yellowing/browning off. I have been successful growing tomatoes in the same place year after year, for 3 cycles now, without the dreaded bloom rot problems. The plants only seem to produce about half of what they could, if they'd stayed dark green and lush. However, the "stress" seems to give the tomato fruit an extra flavor boost, when compared to neighbors' tomatoes from lush plants (purchased topsoil, compost and fertilizer brought in).

I've avoided tilling the soil, left old roots in place (cut out any vegetative growth at the soil line), and composted/mulched the beds in layers 8 inches to 1 foot high each fall/winter. The beds are naturally raised from years of trenching/piling/composting/mulching, and some light hugulculture methods have been used for the past decade (around the perimeter of the bed, and directly underneath tomato transplants). A layer of mulch is kept over the soil all summer long, to hold the water in. Over 7 years ago I used to burn yard waste, mainly small tree branches, and fertilized with those ashes/charcoal - that worked extremely well, except now I'm very opposed to burning solid carbon into 1% fertilizer and 99% greenhouse gasses. I've dusted the beds with a few gallons worth of nearby forest soil this year, and that seems to have helped (getting new mushrooms as we speak - bolettes, some monster 8-10 inch diameter white gilled, amongst others).

As far as the Olly Stone History of the US, I watched the first hourly episode, and found it very dry/trivial (WW1-WW2) - didn't really learn anything new, other than Russia had the biggest effect in stopping Nazi Germany (as did Hitler's overzealous greed that spread his troops too thin). And much of that I had really already learned from Al Stewart's songs, but they just hadn't quite highlighted the "US saved Europe in WWII" fallacy. I doubt I'll be watching any others - it just seemed too watered down, when a non-history buff like myself already knew 98% of the presentation material (not quite the shocker they advertized it to be).

As far as shopping? Haha, still have a 13 year old 35" b00b tube. Helps to heat the room and deionize the air... There's some sw33t looking 47-53" flatscreens out there, huh?!? During the ThxGvG event, my 8 and 10 year old nieces each totally obsessed on their respective mother's iPhone for hours (I've hated having a phone since '85, hated even more having a pager from '93-98, and will *NEVER* own a cell phone).

I put SP there to stop you from doing what you just did.
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Entering "SP" to stop me from correcting your spelling is about as effective as telling a cat not to jump on the bed. I'm a compulsive ya know.

Speaking of which, in an article today in the NY Times about personality disorders there is a paragraph that says:

Several prototypes [of personality disorders] soon began to emerge. "A pedantic sense of order is typical of the compulsive character," wrote the Freudian analyst Wilhelm Reich in his 1933 book, "Character Analysis," a groundbreaking text. "In both big and small things, he lives his life according to a preconceived, irrevocable pattern."

Sound like anybody we know?

Uh, no. They used to schedule Nazi Youth meetings on Sunday mornings to keep the kids out of church.

Can you imagine a person without a personality disorder? I can't. They would cease to be a person, and instead would be something likened to a Plankton. Of course, Sponge Bob had to go and ruin that analogy. Screw you, Sponge Bob!!

http://spongebob.nick.com/videos/clip/spongebob-163-planktons-good-eye-upgrade-clip.html

Yes. As Jeremiah said, "The Heart is corrupt above all things". For example, when Obama was on a talk show talking about how low Michelle could get - the crown roared in approval. It was salacious participation mystique. Obama was puzzled and even embarrased at his constituents: he had been talking about her push ups.

People have been corrupted by years of the Tonight Show, SNL, and Comedy Central. But if they were normal, they wouldn't have voted for Obama to begin with so how can he complain?

As the Yogis say, Cultivate the opposite. Don't just stop correcting, but rather start intentionally making spelling mistakes. Observe your inner agony, the Tapas or fire of Ascetism, the conflict between yes and no. The remnant of this struggle with be a psychic potash - a most rich fertilizer for your inner growth.

Nearly 100 years old and still timely.

Theodore Roosevelt said...
"I hold that a corporation does ill if it seeks profit in restricting production and then by extorting high prices from the community by reason of the scarcity of the product; through adulterating, lyingly advertising, or over-driving the help; or replacing men workers with children; or by rebates; or in any illegal or improper manner driving competitors out of its way; or seeking to achieve monopoly by illegal or unethical treatment of its competitors, or in any shape or way offending against the moral law either in connection with the public or with its employees or with its rivals. Any corporation which seeks its profit in such fashion is acting badly. It is, in fact, a conspiracy against the public welfare which the Government should use all its powers to suppress.

"If, on the other hand, a corporation seeks profit solely by increasing its products through eliminating waste, improving its processes, utilizing its by-products, installing better machines, raising wages in the effort to secure more efficient help, introducing the principle of coöperation and mutual benefit, dealing fairly with labor unions, setting its face against the underpayment of women and the employment of children; in a word, treating the public fairly and its rivals fairly: then such a corporation is behaving well. It is an instrumentality of civilization operating to promote abundance by cheapening the cost of living so as to improve conditions everywhere throughout the whole community."

--Autobiography (1913)

過度絶えず でも、情熱的ているという事実にもかかわらず ピックアップ
あなたは、という保証 べきちょうどパーフェクト 正確シャネル小さい 持ち物 。
検索を認識するために たっぷり まさに|何|その|厥geniuneシャネルはハンドバッグ が表示されます。
にコミット を支払うしないほとんどの売り手オーナー |そのあなたが本当に|そのあなただけ|あなたのために|あなた信念 理解単に "面白い にすべき。
インチ何の種類のフォーム シャネルのハンドバッグやるあなた |オンライン|ライン上|スルーネット上の ?任意の空の良い 閉じ込める。
家庭家庭レザー 、コート、枝編み細工、作る、ユニークな、古い、ebenholzfarben、活気明るい白 、日焼け、ピンク、、地球に優しい深紅、黄色、クラッチi465、巾着、トート、状況、メッセンジャー容器 、バリエーション 、または異なる の追加項目。
あなたは、ではないでしょう イライラ が向上可能性に関してに関連付けられている タイプと連動 色。.





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Good for you. Cell phone technology probably causes brain tumours. But it was too juicy for the powers to pass on and too conveneient for the consumers to pass on.

Humanure might be your next bet. The Unabomber used it on his taters. If this is too rad, then at least use your own urine to fertilize the soil over the winter.

過度多すぎる でも、情熱的しかし 探しているのホールドを取得しないでください。
あなたは、ください べきちょうどあなたはされるまでに成長されることができるようになってい適切な 正確シャネル非常に合理的 製品 。
検索を学ぶ たっぷり まさに|何|その|厥geniuneシャネルはバッグ が表示されます。
選択 を支払うしないほとんどの売り手商人 |そのあなたが本当に|そのあなただけ|あなたのために|あなたあなたのために提供意識 理解単に "面白い にすべき。
インチ何の種類 シャネルのハンドバッグやるあなた |オンライン|ライン上|スルーインターネットを介して探すインターネット ?任意の空の新しい 閉じ込める。
家庭家庭レザー 、コート、枝編み細工、作る、ユニークな、古い、ebenholzfarben、活気白色 、日焼け、ピンク、、地球に優しい深紅、黄色、クラッチi465、巾着、トート、状況、メッセンジャー瓶 、エディション 、または異なる の追加項目。
あなたは、によって支援 退屈 が向上可能性に関してにリンク タイプと連動 色。.





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過度過度 でも、情熱的ているという事実にもかかわらず 入手
あなたは、確実に べきちょうどあなたはに成長しました適切な 正確シャネル非常に合理的 アイテム 。
検索を認識するために たっぷり まさに|何|その|厥geniuneシャネルはキャリー が表示されます。
にコミット を支払うしないほとんどの売り手オーナー |そのあなたが本当に|そのあなただけ|あなたのために|あなたあなたのために提供意識 理解単に "面白い にすべき。
インチ何の品種 シャネルのハンドバッグ地球上を行うあなた |オンライン|ライン上|スルーインターネットを介して探すインターネット ?任意の空の良い 閉じ込める。
家庭レザーベース 、コート、枝編み細工、作る、ユニークな、古い、ebenholzfarben、活気白色 、日焼け、ピンク、、地球に優しい深紅、黄色、クラッチi465、巾着、トート、状況、メッセンジャーボトル 、モデル 、または代替 の追加項目。
あなたは、よくないかもしれません 退屈 が向上可能性に関してと タイプと連動 色。.





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I would also file the Bicameral Congress and Electoral College under political anachronisms, sorely in need of updating. Having a legislative body with two members from every state, no matter their population, makes no political sense in our time and allows a minority to obstruct majority decisions. Senate fillibuster is now the most popular way to torpedo a law. It is essentially an undemocratic setup prone to gridlock and contention (hey).

A single body with proportional representation is a more modern and pragmatic form for the legislative branch, rather than our now rather strange and outdated Congressional model, one that few countries currently utilize.

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/polit/damy/BeginnningReading/howprwor.htm

And the bizarre situation where a president could win the Electoral College and not the popular vote and vice versa is a strangely undemocratic situation that could be fixed simply by counting popular votes to select the president. This would also eliminate the current situation where a few swing states essentially determine who wins the presidency.

The Constitution is not perfect. It could be amended or changed to be more effective and current, but this is not on the table for some reason. A 3/4 ratification by states for amendments is also probably not the greatest requirement. It means the Constitution does not keep up with the times as much as it should.

Jefferson said that the law should change every 20 years to fit the times. So, hey, let's stop pretending that they got everything right over 200 years ago and it is just the execution that is failing, m'k?

"start intentionally making spelling mistakes"

A fine idea. But would Q be able to stop himself from correcting these same mistakes in the next post? >.>

They're not ignorant. They know exactly who butters their bread, e.g. pays for the campaigns and PACs that elect them. One need only examine the money trail at a site like opensecrets.org to see who exactly our legislators consider themselves accountable to.

"obstructing every initiative"

You should dig deeper. The secret sauce is in the earmarks, which are targeted at individual corporations.

Look here:

http://www.opensecrets.org/earmarks/index.php

Start browsing some of the top legislators sorted by Total Earmarks, and our political system starts to make a lot more sense. It is essentially pay to play.

The other night on Naked City there was an episode about a boring guy who had three other identities so he could stand the boredom of his mian one. Complete identities - he paid taxes on all 4.

I know - that pesky Bill of Rights. Imagine, the Right to Bear Arms. Who the hell do these people think they are!

Before you change the system, why not put it back to where it was with the Senate elected by the House and bring back voter qualifications? Instead, you people want illegals and prisoners to vote.

I admit that a Parliamentary System might be better though - again with voter qualifications such as holding a job and/or being financially stable, passing a test to determine knowledge of the system and history, and of course having done a term in the military and/or civil service.

For example, when Obama was on a talk show talking about how low Michelle could get - the crown roared in approval.

I am Queen Elizabeth.....HERE ME ROAR!!!

I bet she's a real Tiger in the sack.

and bring back voter qualifications

Hell Yeah!! Only those who own land outright get to vote. The other ninety-something percent, eat shit (or clabber) you bastards!!

Hear....not here. Beat you to it.

I'd put the 2nd amendment in the dust bin as well, though of course this is a pretty unpopular viewpoint these days. The idea that you can personally fight the powers that be with a hand weapon should by now be largely disabused. If the gun owners had to go through mandatory training, much like for a driver's license, or perhaps serve in a state or national milita/military first, I'd be more amenable to gun ownership. (This is the model in Switzerland, for instance.) Judging by the level of government overreach in the areas of personal rights infringement (e.g. the War on Drugs which I despise), security (militarization of local police forces), and the military (undeclared wars fomented by the Executive Branch), I'd say that the 2nd amendment is not really helping us in the way it was intended, as its proponents sometimes argue.

"Before you change the system, why not put it back to where it was with the Senate elected by the House and bring back voter qualifications? Instead, you people want illegals and prisoners to vote."

The old system was changed, because it wasn't working too well. Why go backwards? This seems to be a theme with you. What is the point in having a secondary legislative body elected by the House? This is not a practical or even fair way to do things.

Why would you think I want illegals to be able to vote? What crapola. I never said such a thing. Stop making idiotic assumptions.

As for prisoners, yes, I think that once you are released from prison that you should get a vote. Why not? Breaking the law, even a serious one, should not mean disenfranchisement for life.

I don't agree with any kind of voter test. That's a discredited and undemocratic notion if there ever was one.

Does anyone know of any good courses that teach comedy? Particularly, cross-cultural comedy?

Apparently, the Chinese state newspaper, the "China Daily", recently picked up on an "Onion" article that voted Korth Korean dictator, Kim Jung Un, as the "world's most sexiest man" and thought it was serious.

I mean..how do you make these people laugh?

I think that it's probably all rather hopeless. It's a bit like trying to be a good, ethical professor in a Chinese university. The students just think that you're an idiot because only an idiot would be a teacher these days.

I think that I may have read on Dmitri Orlov's blog the comment that the biggest imbecile is the bloke who has a view of Reality different from most people and who suggests a different way of organizing society?

I don't see what's wrong with smart phones, texting, tweeting, etc. - except when driving or doing something else potentially dangerous if you aren't paying attention.

In the 1950's intellectuals stated that the newest gadget, television, was a wasteland that would ruin peoples's minds, particularly children's.

But how could that be when people's minds were already pretty well ruined from the start by our society's sick values?

Now today, people are griping about the bad effects on society from the new newest gadgets. First of all, American culture is already debased to a large degree. Maybe it's just me, but I see a lot of good sides to smart phones, etc., mostly in the area of human connectiveness. Groups of friends can be in constant touch with each other.

Sure, tweeting, talking and texting can be overdone with insignificant and mundane chattering. But most of life is composed of insignificance, anyway.

What about being stranded on a lonely road; ya think it might be a good thing to have a cell phone or GPS? My daughter was in this situation several years ago when she ran out of gas. She called us, I filled up a gas can at our gas station and drove to her. Situation resolved. Sure she was irresponsible for letting her gas tank run dry, but I didn't want her, a single woman alone by the side of the road. I was happy she had a cell phone.

I think some people just don't like innovation and cultural change, or are generationally curmudgeonly.

I think that I may have read on Dmitri Orlov's blog the comment that the biggest imbecile is the bloke who has a view of Reality different from most people and who suggests a different way of organizing society?

What's the difference between "Smart Phones" and "Smart Drones"?

Presumably, the reason that U.S. law professors pay themselves such huge salaries is because they think that teachers in other disciplines who are paid vastly lower salaries are total idiots, right?

When you say, "Hello?" you don't get blown up.

Smart Drones have wings. Otherwise, they're the same thing.

When I was a kid growing up in the Deep South of the U.S. where everyone is basically insane, they used to show on the T.V. after "school" a sitcom called "Hogan's Heroes" which featured the non-stop hilarity and antics of Colonel Hogan, Corporal Labo, Colonel Klink, and Sargeant Shultz set in a WWII G..er m.an POW camp.

Occasionally, the non-stop hilarity would be interrupted with:

"This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a Test. [Loud high piercing beep sound]"

F...ck'n Lunatics......

They used to schedule Nazi Youth meetings on Sunday mornings to keep the kids out of church.

They used to schedule Nazi Youth meetings on Sunday mornings to keep the kids out of church.

And what festive events they were. A vision is conjured....thanks to the History Channel.

When Röhm attended, Wieners were served.

When I was a kid growing up in the Deep South of the U.S. where everyone is basically insane, they used to show on the T.V. after "school" a sitcom called "Hogan's Heroes"

This movie corroborates the bolded part:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060232/

As for the rest, in the North they showed Gilligan's Island, I Dream of Jeanie and Bewitched. No wonder the cultures are so very different. Hogan's Heroes - prisoners of your own device. The other shows.....all about empowerment, especially of women. Jeannie and Samantha held the cards, and Ginger, Marianne and Lovey ruled the Island. Northern guys, consequently, were indoctrinated to be submissive and docile. And so they are. The magic of television. But that's all in the past. Now it's smart phones, lap tops and Fakebook. Progress.

The great hope of Globalism was the Internet, i.e., the English Language Internet. The hope was that everyone would get integrated through the Internet and by reading the same shit people would start to think the same way globally.

NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With respect to the Chinese, they picked up on some things, particularly MONEY, and MATERIALISM, But when you mention rule-of-law, legal compliance, etc., they basically just laugh at you. I suspect that most Chinese people think that democracy is just chaos and anarchy?

In other words, we're not on-the-same-page. In fact, we're not on the same frequency...We're not even on the same f...ck'n planet....

they basically just laugh at you

Maybe they're laughing because Westerners think they have those things, when in fact they only have the appearance of those things.

Are you 'acting like Kyooshtik'?
I meant it like I posted it.
It is called a 'Pun'.

Contrary to my "Honor Society Student" persona, in my fantasies, I used to abduct Ginger and Mary Ann on their way back from the lagoon. I'd tie 'em to a tree and give 'em everything that they couldn't get from The Skipper, Mr. Howell, The Professor, and "Little Buddy". In my fantasies, I'd get Ginger and Mary Ann knocked up on the Island. In my Island tyrany, I never attempted to be a benevolent socialist despot and talk about my universal love of the people, or to create a benevolent Cult of Personality, like the North Korean dictators, or Asoka.

Better than usual post, featuring several very cogent points. Here in Vermont, I can't help noticing the wide schism between folks who see the writing on the wall, and those who don't. The former are installing solar panels, insulating their homes, supporting local agriculture, and driving Priuses like my sister-in-law, or riding a bike, like me.
The others are building big houses far from town, driving huge pickup trucks, and eating themselves into obesity. I'm afraid, though, that the trucks far outnumber the EV's.

I suspect that the U.S. - C.h ina relationship in the context of globalism may be a bit like the relationship between Annie Wilkes and the writer, Paul Sheldon, in the movie "Misery". (If you've ever watched Ch ine se TV, you'll notice that the Ch ine se love misery, and social relationships are basically hierarchical, dominant - submissive power relationships.)

Annie Wilkes: "Oh Paul...God I love you!"

I guess that basically the American perspective is that in the short term it's cheaper and, therefore, more profitable to simply let the house become overrun with cockroaches rather than pay the money to hire an exterminator to come and spray the house? Everyone else on the bus looks at the numbers on the spreadsheet confirming this analysis and they simply their heads in agreement.

Does anyone know of any publicly-available Collapse Models?

I can't believe that governments haven't created computer software Collapse Models showing what happens when oil is at US$90 per barrel, US$100 per barrel, US$150 per barrel, etc.?

Thanks.

Similarly, I can't believe that governments haven't created computer software Collapse Models showing what happens when public and private debt levels reach certain thresholds under certain conditions?


Or maybe we should just ask Elmer?

Elmer is the bloke who makes the really great glue, right? Maybe he tell us how to keep things glued together?

Have you heard about "Giving Tuesday"? As a way to balance our collective consumer karma from black Friday and Cyber Monday, some innovative young philanthropists came up with the idea of "Giving Tuesday". As they describe it on givingtuesday.org, "It's a simple idea. Find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to join in acts of giving. Tell everyone you can about what you are doing and why it matters. Join a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity."

Our goal is to open hearts and minds to the possibility of living a profoundly meaningful and purposeful human life. Those whose hearts have been stretched so wide and whose minds illuminated so brightly will always find a way to make a difference. Help to create a foundation in consciousness that will support higher possibilities for all of humanity and the creation of a much better future. There is no limit to the number of people we can love.

"why all these aliases keep changing"

Aw, gee whiz, Beaver - why do all these sock puppet aliases keep *CHANGING*?!?

...Riiight. 'nuff (sad)


Finding software to help you organize and plan all aspects of your life can be difficult. After all, your life is not only about business meetings and dentist appointments - you also have private projects, hobbies, goals and dreams.

As any life coach will tell you, good life planning software needs to be able to handle different areas of your life, and be flexible enough to let you plan and prioritize in the way that you want.
Achieve Planner offers a complete solution. This powerful time management tool is ideal for life planning, as it includes many features that will help you organize your time and achieve your goals.
This life planner uses hierarchical outlines, which means that you can break up larger projects into individual tasks. If you're planning a wedding or another big event, this feature is invaluable. You will always know where you stand with important aspects such as venue booking and catering, and you won't overlook any of the smaller details such as ordering flowers and balloons.
However, Achieve Planner is equally useful for planning your day-to-day existence. The weekly planning wizard helps you plan your week in minute detail, and you can also sketch out your ideal week by allocating time for different activities such as health & fitness, finances, and family time.

http://www.effexis.com/achieve/life-planning.htm

The last person that I had a personal, man-to-man, mano-a-mano, one-on-one discussion with who seemed to have-his-shit-together was a 96 year older farmer in Kansas.

tripp, feel free to chime in here if you get a chance- y all heard of intentionally bending the branches of (ahem) "tomato" plants at the end of the growing cycle, in order to make said plant pump nutrients to the wound? seems to make the "fruit" along the way, er, stronger...might be worth a shot in your situation...good luck, regardless

過度果てしなく でも、情熱的事実にもかかわらず 探しているのホールドを取得しないでください。
あなたは、ことを確認して べきちょうどパーフェクト 正確シャネルとしてではなく 物事 。
検索多大の、私は示唆すると思いますあなたは購入ちょうど前によく前に多くのだけ見つけるために かなりの量 まさに|何|その|厥geniuneシャネルは路線 が表示されます。
にコミット を支払うしないほとんどの売り手商人 |そのあなたが本当に|そのあなただけ|あなたのために|あなた信念 理解単に "面白い にすべき。
インチ何の種類 シャネルのハンドバッグウィルあなた |オンライン|ライン上|スルーインターネットを介して探すインターネット ?任意の空の重要ないくつかの並べ替え 閉じ込める。
家庭家庭レザー 、コート、枝編み細工、作る、ユニークな、古い、ebenholzfarben、活気明るい 、日焼け、ピンク、、地球に優しい深紅、黄色、クラッチi465、巾着、トート、状況、メッセンジャー瓶 、エディション 、または各種 の追加項目。
あなたは、ないかもしれません 怒っ が向上可能性に関してで連絡 タイプとも 色。.





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過度多すぎる でも、情熱的ているという事実にもかかわらず 探しているのホールドを取得しないでください。
あなたは、確実に べきちょうど適切 正確シャネル大幅に少なくなりますよく、非常に経済的 製品 。
検索を意識する 多数 まさに|何|その|厥geniuneシャネルはキャディー が表示されます。
にお金を入れ購入 を支払うしないほとんどの売り手製品の所有者 |そのあなたが本当に|そのあなただけ|あなたのために|あなた信念 理解単に "面白い にすべき。
インチ何の種類 シャネルのハンドバッグあなたではないでしょう |オンライン|ライン上|スルーネット上の ?任意の空の重要ないくつかの並べ替え 閉じ込める。
家庭洗浄ぼろ 、コート、枝編み細工、作る、ユニークな、古い、ebenholzfarben、活気明るい白 、日焼け、ピンク、、地球に優しい深紅、黄色、クラッチi465、巾着、トート、状況、メッセンジャーボトル 、エディション 、または代替 の追加項目。
あなたは、ではないでしょう 完全にうんざりうんざり が向上可能性に関してと タイプと連動 色。.





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Gotcha! How do you think I felt when you corrected me for mispelling Christian. I made a typo for God's sake!

Now since you've paid, you wont have to take rebirth to experience the fruits of this action. The debt is paid and the books balanced.

You are wise. We need computer programs to advise us how to live - and love! Thank you for offering this planner. Allocation is the golden key to prosperity and happiness. Yes I do have dreams and I don't want to misallocate them or let some Jew like Gentile Banker short change me at the Counter of Life.

TV did ruin our Culture - along with Rock music. Many have found that Cell Technology is dangerous to the body - you know that hunk of decaying lunch meat that you think you are.

Did you have Delhi (Q go away) for Thanksgiving?

Great post Jim


From:

http://www.ilovephilosophy.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=179812&start=25

Re: Free Physics (like Free Jazz)

Postby nameta9 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:57 am

Justifications for Free Physics

1) Infinite reductionism, since everything is made up of everything else (an electron is composed of a universe at a smaller scale, it contains an entire universe, and that universe contains electrons that contains other universes all the way down forever, for infinity etc. and all of the possible combinations of universes are expressed, etc.) then anything is the cause of anything else, all possible causes and effects as expressed as relationships between any two items at all at any point in space and time at any size level, any delimitations etc. (so a rock present on Mars a billion years from now, and a coin in ancient Rome that fell on the floor are the cause for the transistor breaking on that TV set in 1966, and such, all items can be combined and related and all possible causes and effects imagined and invented and forced without the need to respect space or time or logic or sizes or anything as in Free Physics as in Free Jazz, you get the idea...).

2) Everything is just a configuration of Mass Energy expressing a combination of particles, of information chunks, as in time travel and going back in the past and living at the same age as your father and such, since there is no need for logical coherence in that the old style time travel imposed the impossibility to be before you were born by imaging some kind of metaphysical constraint that imposed Mass Energy to be organized in successive obligatory steps, whereas it is now known that there is no obligation for Mass Energy and Information configurations to obey any coherence at all, the coherence was just a metaphysical ghost that was never necessary, so now you can be 20 years old and talk to your father who is 20 years old simultaneously since you and your father are just a given arbitrary combination of Mass Energy, a given configuration of Information Relationships that have no obligation to be be coherent or respect an imaginary history, an imaginary imposed succession of events, etc. So even the memories of the two persons and all of the universe as they see it is just a configuration of information in their minds imposing imaginary causes and effects and an imaginary history (but it is all just a memory that has been written to, it is all just a combination of bits in minds imposing an imagined history as history is just a set of bits, a succession of recorded events without any metaphysical or deeper meaning than just simply bits written to memories, with no further reality than just an arbitrary set of bits written to memories, so you can write any other set of bits and they are just as real, etc.).

So given that any time travel is possible in that any configuration of Mass energy or Information Relationships representing any time travel to an observer according to what he knows and sees and thinks (going back to New jersey in 1950 for example is exactly the same thing if it is all simulated, if the configuration of Mass Energy corresponding to how New Jersey was in 1950 is exactly replicated, exactly copied, etc., but even more so, if only the Information Relationships as perceived by the Observer is exactly the same, if the resulting experience and perception is indistiguishable from the "real" thing (whatever "real" means anyways since real doesn't really exist)), then any relationship at all between items, any Information Relationship can be always forced, invented, simulated, replicated, no matter how incoherent and far out just like any time travel can be created, invented and made real, nay, even more real than real, if real is 100 you can make it a trillion, hence trillions of times more real and such.

So then any two numbers can be decomposed into a set of invented relationships predicting why those numbers are such (just invent it, lie like crazy, be as dishonest and full of lies and full of BS as possible, don't respect the truth, the truth has always been the real lies...) anything has been predicted as prediction is already implicit in the stability of any item, any stability means that a degree of prediction is always already achieved by matter itself) and then why so much importance on prediction anyways (to be on top of the rules ? to avoid problems and such ? but you can assign all problems solved and all predictions you make as true anyways and always win 100 % anyways).

I AM THE OVERGOD ( THE ENTITY THAT IS A TRILLION TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN ANY GOD HIMSELF), CINDERELLA CRAZY, BARBIE CONFUSED, CINDERELLA CANDY...


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Elmer is the bloke who makes the really great glue, right? Maybe he tell us how to keep things glued together?

He's more than that....he's a freakin pig, fer Christ's Sake. And it's already been established that Bankers are pigs, so therefore, Bankers are the glue that hold this all together.

The Debt is meaningless. It only has meaning if you are insistent on attaching meaning. Of more concern is the increasing complexity of the web of interactions that push this Egregore up this steep, endless...insurmountable incline. At some point, that complexity reaches a tipping point, and the whole thing comes to a jamming halt. That's when you break out the Champagne....and later the cyanide.

Does anyone know of any publicly-available Collapse Models?

Well, if there is such a thing, it was most likely created by this person. If there is such a thing as a Superman, this ulvfugl character is it. You name it, he's done it, and the chicks dig him. So what if he's Welsh. Who says Superman can't be Welsh? Last time I looked, Welsh was still white....but not for long.....it will be well-done like all the rest of us when the Nuclear Swan finally spreads its wings.

http://www.monsangelorum.net/

The last person that I had a personal, man-to-man, mano-a-mano, one-on-one discussion with who seemed to have-his-shit-together was a 96 year older farmer in Kansas.

We know. We have it on tape. Here's a copy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1yFS3bBCJY&feature=related

Anton beats out McPherson for best haircut ever. Who needs a stylish hairdo when you've got a cattle gun?

The weekly planning wizard helps you plan your week in minute detail, and you can also sketch out your ideal week by allocating time for different activities such as health & fitness, finances, and family time.

The weekly planning wizard helps you plan your week in minute detail, and you can also sketch out your ideal week by allocating time for different activities such as health & fitness, finances, and family time.

That's odd. It doesn't mention time allocated to surfing, and posting to, the Net, nor does it mention time allocated to masturbation. Of course, these days, those two things are pretty much the same.

"You are stuck on mid-twentieth century western European violence, although there has not been a western European war for 68 years." - Asoka to Rhino

This is a joke. You've obviously forgotten or, more likely, are too young to remember the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. So go make that assertion to someone who was living in Sarajevo back then. Or to Bosnian women beset by Serbian soldiers. --rhino to Asoka

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Your knowledge of geography is as bad as your knowledge of nonviolent political action to topple dictators (see Gene Sharp's books).

Do you even know what countries comprise WESTERN Europe?

An article in the Oil Drum claims total liquid production of petroleum has risen from 76.3 m/bpd in Jan. 2002, to 91.3 m/bpd in July of this year, an almost 20% uplift.

Another article points out that Saudi Arabia has as much as 2.1 m/bpd spare capacity, and Iran is currently not even in the game (due to sanctions)

Peak oil? How about this? LifeSupport? Treeman?

I'm no panglossian, just trying to find out hat the deal is?

--WSP7

What it says for certain is that the price is manipulated, and despite the validity of Peak Oil, the very notion of Peak Oil and any supply disruptions, rationalizes that manipulation. It's effectively a tax, and a regressive one at that, but for some reason, I don't hear any conservatives complaining. Funny that.

It just means we have not yet reached peak oil production yet, in spite of Tripp's assertion that it happened in 2005. But we will eventually ("just around the corner") because oil is a finite resource and EROEI is rapidly declining. It does NOT mean there is no energy in our future. It does mean fossil fuels will not be the main source of energy. It's all good.

I'd like to get some idea how far in the future, Asoka Jim wasn't really clear about that in TLE, and now he simply says 'we're in the zone'. Oil is finite, that's a given. But if its 200-300 years off I'm not going to worry about it. Let the future take care of itself. Otherwise I feel like one of those guys I've seen a few times on the streets of NYC wearing a sandwich board that reads 'The World Ends Tomorrow."

--WSP7

A few things to keep in mind.

1) "Total liquids" includes crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids. NGLs are vital to generation of electricity, production of fertilizers, and some other things, but it is the transportation sector that will be hit first and hardest by Peak Oil.

2) The observed increase in production between 2002 and 2005 followed by a longer period of more modest variation is consistent with the proposition that we have arrived on the "plateau". Crude oil production in 2002 was actually lower than during the two previous years -- and the difference between 2000 and 2002 was greater than that between 2005 and any subsequent year, with the exception of the decline during the 2008-2009 recession.

3) As production from a given country goes up, spare capacity goes down. An irony is that the more successful sanctions are at preventing Iran from placing more of its oil on the global market, the greater their spare capacity will be later on by comparison with countries which, at present, are madly pumping their oil in an effort to satisfy demand (which includes making up the difference for whatever non-production the sanctions are causing in Iran) and in the process reducing not only their present spare capacity but their future spare capacity.

3) OPEC was created for the express purpose of manipulating price. One lesson they took from the Arab oil embargo in the Seventies is that cutting off one's biggest customer is not a recipe for success in business. Since that time, they have been quite accomodating, but it's worth keeping in mind that 2.1 m/bpd represents like a tenth of what is consumed every day in the U.S. alone. Keeping things running smoothly requires maintaining a very delicate balance, one that is rather prone to being upset by political events (in particular).

Good points, LifeSupport. Excellent post.

Once again, thanks.

--WSP7

Another thing to keep in mind. There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count, and those who can't.

The third kind are the ones who control the Shell (pun intended) game, and the numbers to be counted.

Mentre il resto del paese si interrogava sul gravissimo attentato di Brindisi, lei conduceva con il solito monotono stile la finale di Amici, da un’Arena di Verona colma di piccoli fan dei mostriciattoli musicali che Nostra Signora della Tv sforza ogni anno. Maria De Filippi ieri sera l’ha fatta davvero grossa, decidendo di non fermare il carrozzone di Amici dopo quello che era successo in Puglia.

E le migliaia di ragazzi urlanti nell’,Louis Vuitton Outlet Italia;Arena facevano ancora più male al cuore. Quei giovani, coetanei di Melissa, avrebbero dovuto affollare le piazze d’Italia o comunque riflettere su quanto accaduto. Invece no: lei, la Madre Badessa del trash televisivo,borse louis vuitton, ha preferito offrire loro l’ennesima serata di vuoto pneumatico. Un mix di Marco Carta, Alessandra Amoroso, Emma, la finta Belen, i prezzolati giornalisti musicali e televisivi italiani che fanno le scimmiette di un sistema che evidentemente li olia a dovere.

E Canale 5? Ha almeno provato a bloccare la messa in onda del programma? Probabilmente no, ma anche se lo avesse fatto, davvero credete che la De Filippi si possa in qualche modo fermare? No. Non in questa tv. Non in questa Italia.

Molti ragazzi italiani sono figli della De Filippi e del suo modo di fare tv. Prima ce ne accorgiamo e meglio è. Altrimenti i sedicenni di oggi e di domani, di fronte a una tragedia che dovrebbe riguardarli da vicino, si preoccuperanno solo di chiedere, con il solito sguardo ebete perso nel vuoto: “Chi ha vinto? Emma o Alessandra Amoroso?”.

Thanks youses.
Important points.

(Good joke about observational coherence with the internal, unspoken punchline.)

"Another thing to keep in mind. There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count, and those who can't."

I saw a funny t-shirt once that read:

"There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't."

Got a good laugh out of it.

Here's a comment to an article from Chris Hedges by a guy named Doug. It's a very concise description of the present way that homo [not-so]sapiens will conduct their "business".

"Human behavior will change when all other alternatives (greed, selfishness, denial, violence...) have been exhausted."

-doug (and still digging)

That about says it; consult your local guru for varying [and, generally, quite useless] opinions. Yes, Kids, you too can die with the assurance that your spiritual nature is correctly ordered! Ain't we special?

WSP7, think hundreds of years into the future. When refined petroleum is gone other fuels will be used. Here in South America millions of cars, taxis, vans, trucks, buses, commercial fleets, etc. have already switched over to natural gas. When NG is depleted another source will be used. But we are talking hundreds of years from now. It's all good.

"It just means we have not yet reached peak oil production yet, in spite of Tripp's assertion that it happened in 2005."

Hey, everybody! See that? The date for Peak Oil was nailed down by none other than yours truly. Man, where are my book contracts? My 3000 blog followers? My esteemed position at the Post Carbon Institute? For such a sharp and brazen cat I sure am still a nobody...

As the Singularity approaches, and perhaps it's already here just as Peak Oil may already be here, the implication is that our models for describing the world around us will increasingly fail, and anomalies will begin to mount. We're seeing that. Models are failing. We are reaching a point where we can no longer control, let alone comprehend, the System we've set in motion. Even the illusion of control is falling from our grasp. This is going to be a gas...and a blast. If you thought things were insane already, just wait. Helter Skelter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWuXmfgXVxY

It just means we have not yet reached peak oil production yet,
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Make a choice, which yet would you prefer to delete?

My esteemed position at the Post Carbon Institute?

A google search of the origins of this organization doesn't turn up much, if anything. I find it hard to believe that no one's interested in who and what is behind it. Looks like TrueRep's been employed.

https://www.truerep.com/

A scratch and sniff would perhaps reveal ties to the Club of Rome.

"There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't."
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But wait a minute, what are the other eight?

But wait a minute, what are the other eight?

Increasingly Useless Eaters.

"(getting new mushrooms as we speak - bolettes, some monster 8-10 inch diameter white gilled, amongst others)."

Careful with those gilled "boletes" as boletes all carry pored undersurfaces! No gills.

Sounds to me like you should be giving the gardening lessons. And I believe that success with perennials is probably way more important for a lower energy future than success with annual veggies. Annuals are by nature higher energy crops, but I will continue to try to achieve the perfect tomato every year from here till corporeal recycling. Just in our nature I suppose. I hate blossom end rot, but it is a bang up way to isolate calcium deficiency in your soil, and generally easy enough to fix.

On a brighter note, we ate our first cultivated mushrooms from our new mountain property this morning - a nice little cluster of oak log-grown blue oysters - to add to a very successful season of eating their wild cousins: chanterelles, boletes, and hedgehogs mostly. Although none of those is a particular close cousin! To oysters or each other.

Some permie-type friends of mine and I have been cataloguing the plants we use for food and medicine, prodded to do so by so many claims of how much more diverse foragers' diets are than the diets of farmers. Granted, a lot of our current diversity is a product of global trade, which may not always be an option, but still, I'm up to almost 250 species, not counting varietal diversity. And I think that's probably low end in the group. One of the other guys is a much better weed-eater than I am. Did you know that ox-eye daisy is delicious?

And that money does indeed grow on trees? The same guy cut up a 3 lb lion's mane mushroom he found on a water oak last week and sold it for a total of $60 at the farmers market! One mushroom. Sixty dollars. See? Money growing on trees!

I thought that Hofner violin bass was the coolest thing when I was a young'un.

I was mostly just referring to Richard Heinberg, one of the well-known people/authors/bloggers who nailed Peak Oil in the 2005/2006 cycle.

My own blog is mostly about the emergent (and anomalous) properties of the switch from growth to contraction that you so cleverly brought up above. Nature always behaves differently in a contractionary system than it does in an expanding one. For one thing, cooperation becomes adaptive, replacing competition; and secondly, the system tends to select for individuals and species that are better at living on less energy and fewer resources. Quite naturally, if you think about it. But this is a really big deal. It explains many of the unusual social and business phenomena we see emerging around us.

Did you know that ox-eye daisy is delicious?
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I am completely unfamiliar with this Daisy chick.

I am completely unfamiliar with this Daisy chick.

Here she is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63h_v6uf0Ao

"You are giving yr knowledge away. You might want to sell it.
You work hard for the honey."

Perfect example of what I said above. I know that we will ALL fare better the more of us there are using adaptive and regenerative food production strategies. By pushing this information on people, not just giving it away but repeating it until it's gotten, I am helping enable a future payday that will be so much bigger than selling a few books that most people won't benefit from. Perhaps the benefit of life itself.

Is that philanthropic or selfish? Either way, it's anomalous for sure.

I thought that Hofner violin bass was the coolest thing when I was a young'un.

The best part is when he says at the end, "I've got blisters on my fingers." Cyber Keyboard Warriors can relate.

Hey now, great posting on the latest Small Batch with pics!

I've got a pretty good eye for grade (through years of experience), but here's some quick and dirty help. That's the kind I like.

http://www.scn.org/sbtp/swbk-grmeas.html

Scroll down just a little way to the leveling scope and applications.

Remember, the higher the number read on the grade stick, the lower the grade (from your relative fixed-point position on the landscape) and vice versa. A helper to hold the grade stick is always nice, but with a little thought, you can cobble together a pedestal to hold it. Fastening a bubble onto the stick helps prevent frustration and [more than usual] blaspheming as well. ;o)
Placing your leveling scope on the top of a stake that's sticking out of the ground about 3' is a pretty comfortable height for peering through the scope in a kneeling position, and creates your "fixed point" on the landscape. Trial and error will determine the best spot for this on each individual slope, and can be moved up/down-slope for each "terrace" to be staked out.

Ps. Get a leveling scope that doesn't need no steenkeeng BATTERIES! A prism that shows your leveling bubble as you peer through the eyepiece is all that's needed; no beepings or flashing l.e.d.'s required...

Sandy brings this song by Pink Floyd to mind.

Could anybody love him...or is it just a crazy dream...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wzwF3upH-A

If you're capable of empathy, it makes your heart weep. Of course, many won't make the Final Cut. Sandy's not alone. Of course, that's of small consolation, but there it is.

James, do you realise you are a cyborg? That mechanical hip qualifies you for the title. A cyborg at war with modernity, rather ironic don't you think? I would also like to point out that in using a computer to create your column you are engaging in electronic symbiosis! Oh so far from a world made by hand have we wandered.

As you like it.
But had you been a smart businessman [I am not!]
you would have had 1 home / farm for the last 4 years, not 4.
We have been reading your adventure from the Northwest and Macon and farm 2 and they may have been learning adventures, they were a huge expenditure of yr energy, green or otherwise.

1 and 0 are binary code. All other numbers and even letters and words can be expressed by these two. They are the Yang and the Yin, the Yes and No, the Positive and Negative, the Systole and the Dystole, etc. As the Tao Te Ching says, "The One became Two, the Two became Three, and the Three became all the Ten Thousand Things".

1635? Using Rosicrucian addition 1+6+3+5=15=1+5=6
Six is the number of Man. Therefore the Ape must go the way of the dodo. Confused Barbie is the ally of the Ape and the Enemy of Man.

Some say that Mushrooms were the first; that their spores came from another world and gave birth to life on Earth - thus they are our Fathers.... It's much like Mormonism that says that each inhabited World has its own Father God who was once a child of another Father God on another planet and so forever Universe without End or Begining.

If the Welsh cease to be White then they cease to be Welsh. A people are not a place after all. If the Welsh moved to Haiti and Haitians to Wales then Haiti would be the new Wales and vice versa. After all, no one believes Muslim Egypt to be the same culture as ancient Egypt. The name is the same - that's all. The genetics are different, the culture is different, the religion is different, everything is different. Here Wales Man, have a gander. Vide well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34aFZFJZIUs&feature=player_embedded

As I said this is a joke. Western European wars?

You seem to have selectively forgotten that mid century violence wasn't restricted to western Europe. The bulk of the fighting and the casualties in WW2 occurred on the Eastern Front. You seem also to have selectively forgotten that a great deal of fighting occurred in Southern Europe.

So where would you put the former Yugoslavia? Let's say we put it in Eastern Europe or Southern Europe or some other category. Actually let's be creative. Let's for the hell of it call the republics of the old Yugoslavia Successor States to the Ottoman Empire. Happy? Or do you want to call them something else?

But what's the point? There is no point given their location and centrality in European events especially in setting the stage for the Great War (which you seem to have selectively forgotten).

Look at a map of the European Union. It extends to the borders of the Ukraine and includes the Baltic countries and Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. Given that the former Yugoslavs all want inclusion into the EU how would they define themselves? Why don't you go and ask them?

And as I said in my post Europe isn't the only game in town.

And you also seem to have selectively forgotten the Pacific theater of WW2.

The violence of the 20th Century wasn't only "mid-century". You seem also to have selectively forgotten the Great War as I said earlier. And the Bolshevik revolution. And the Spanish Civil War.

And you seem to have selectively forgotten wars subsequent to WW2 and I'm not just talking about Vietnam and Korea but places such as Biafra, Congo, Cambodia, Rwanda, East Pakistan vs West Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Maybe what we'll do is this: we'll carefully define Western Europe as you see fit. We'll pare it down to Monaco if necessary.

Or better still Switzerland. After all they haven't had to fight a war in centuries. And we won't discuss why. Mum's the word. Oh what the hell. Let's talk about it just this once. So do you know why? Well, Hitler was hell-bent on showing those cheese makers what's what but the Germans figured they'd need 8 soldiers in the field for every Swiss soldier and so the conquest was going to be too difficult. And so Switzerland was an island of "peace". Still is. Armed to the teeth, but whatever.

Hey Rhino Asoka knows all that sh*t. He's just Bustin' yer Balls, getting a rise outa ya, just like he does with P2C. Its all part of the fun.

--WSP7

Ah, the Clay is brother to us all - even Cyborgs. Is not metal a kind of clay also?

Given that the former Yugoslavs all want inclusion into the EU how would they define themselves? Why don't you go and ask them?

No need to ask them. They're Narco-Mafia states. The wet-dream creations of Western Intelligence agencies. The EU's going to dissolve and this region (former Yugoslavia), as well as many other regions, will butcher each other once more. At least that's one possibility.

A people are not a place after all.

They most certainly are. The elements of the physical area of their creation is as much a part of who and what they are as is their "genetics."

Like many people I greatly enjoy your weekly posts because they are so well written. You pounces against suburbia and the soon to be ghosts of our past prosperity, denouncing the illusion it always was with such a beautiful prose that it becomes hard to grieve for the soon-to-be empty shells of closed down gas stations and retails chains.

And you may well be right for what I know but I sincerely wonder how nice life will be in the new “local communities” close to the “continent’s magnificent inland waterways” with the New York urban corpse rotting 100 miles away. History shows that when civilizations crumble, waterways bring more barbarians with axes than peaceful traders with goods. Isolated and well defended monasteries might be better places to weather the storm!

If we replace fluoride with lysergic acid diethylamide in the water supply, and do it incrementally so as to desensitize the plebes to the effects, we will be well on our way. Look at how it changed this previously dull, banal and repressed housewife. Now that's LIBERATION.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGf2loLAwVE&feature=related

From the comments at Arch Druid's:

A brief history of the Holy Land (a 3½ min video) -- This Land Is Mine

has anybody noticed, but comments on here start fairly sane coherent and with something worth saying when JHK posts on Mondays.
But by wednesday Thursday time, an infinite number of gibbering primates has moved in with an infinite number of keyboards trying to put two words together in sequence that make any sense.

"Genetics"? Right. You can't separate the two...

But if you do, a fully formed people will change their environment to suit them - if they can. Scandanvians would turn eroded and desolated Haiti into a tropical paradise in a few decades. Haitians would freeze and starve to death in Norway or Sweden in a couple of years. Blood will tell.

We're trying to produce Shakespear's Plays by gibbering, banging, and drinking red rose tea.

Seriously, once you've lived a century or two, you'll tire of conscecutive discourse without losing access to it. Life becames the chaos of joy it should have always been.

CFN could be looked at as a microcosm of what happens in a collapsing society

If so, you will quickly perish considering your puritanically humourless sensibilities. Boring.


Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?

Future historians (if any) will marvel at the self righteous blindness of White Americans who voted for Obama. The guy doesn't even have a SS number.

How 'come they don't show re-runs of the TV show "Hee Haw"?

What are the odds that we're actually inside of a giant collapsing Black Hole and that the reason that the universe appears to be expanding at an accelerating rate is because that's what things would like if one was inside a collapsing Black Hole?

Has any CFNer out there ever been inside a Black Hole? I've never dated any black women.

Thanks.

Pucker -
Dude, you're funny. Why is it that your stuff strikes me as funny, and nothing like a waste of time to read - (read QUICKLY, mind you, but read nevertheless) - whereas the chinese spam looks to me like sh*t covered and broken glass on an an overgrown lot?

"Obama. The guy doesn't even have a SS number."
-rv-

So, Vlad, have you been doubling as a tax accountant and doing POTUS' taxes??

Seriously - that's the sort of charge that makes the far right look like blithering idiots.
Even if Obomber somehow managed to get past the Clintons and get elected without a SSN -

Don't you think he would have gotten one by now???

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And - not that I'm not saying you are a blithering idiot. You are not. But the charge is probably groundless, and certainly unprovable.

Why bother?
There are enough genuinely bad things in the world - without worrying about the unfixable and the unprovable.

note

If it were true that BHO didn't have a SSN, it would only be fitting since SS may go under the knife during his tenure.

I didn't vote for him. I wrote in Putin. There's a REAL MAN, and he would be a great leader for the U.S. To bad he's not a free agent.

Too....not to. Beat you TO it.

Obama's Social Security Number:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/ssn.asp

One should not make too much of the "geographical code." It is not meant to be any kind of useable geographical information. The numbering scheme was designed in 1936 (before computers) to make it easier for SSA to store the applications in our files in Baltimore since the files were organized by regions as well as alphabetically. It was really just a bookkeeping device for our own internal use and was never intended to be anything more than that.

Does U.S. News & World Report do a survey of the "World's Worst Jobs"?

Teaching has to be right-up-there: Students think that the teacher is an idiot because only an idiot would teach these days. Students pumped up on sugar and fried chicken growth hormones with pre-mature large breasts and sexual drives.

Nursing: Emptying bed pans all day surrounded by suffering, death and despair while being bossed around by arrogant physicians.

Politicians: Telling lies all the time and soliciting bribes while pretending to give ahit about the public interest.

TSA: Rubbing the back of your hand over people's crotches all day long in order to make them "feel safe."

MSM Reporter: Regurgitating lies all the time and censuring information the reporting of which might get your fired.

PAEAN TO PEAK OIL PREDICAMENT

Learn to be in the present.

Withdraw your energy from the past. Don't waste your time in memories. What is gone is gone. Say goodbye to it and close the chapter.

What has not come yet has not come yet. Don't unnecessarily waste your time and energy in imagination, because no imagination is ever fulfilled. It is because of this that the proverb exists in every language: "Man proposes, and God disposes" because you imagine a certain thing in the future, and it is never so.

Withdrawing yourself from past and future, you will become a tremendously intense energy, focused in the present, concentrated in the present like an arrow.

Each moment being aware, alert, watchful, in the herenow, is the way not to miss the train. Every experience needs your presence here, this moment.

And this is a simple secret, but it opens the doors of existence, of all the mysteries, of all that is worth knowing, worth tasting, worth feeling, worth being.

-- Osho

"Man proposes, and God disposes" because you imagine a certain thing in the future, and it is never so.

Not true. I imagined, back in 2008, BHO would be reelected in 2012....and he was. It's all my fault. I should stop imagining. It doesn't seem to work for winning the lottery, though.

...while pretending to give ahit about the public interest.
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shaktipat

Muktananda? You are hin-doo now?
Swami Kyoo shakti ananda.

Perchance the non category has 9 subsections?

[All in the Family]

Gloria, The Meathead, and The Ding Bat were all very disrepectful of Archie who sucked it up everyday working on the docks to support the family.

He has a fake one. C'mon Dude, get serious.

Do I remember incorrectly or did I actually see you in passing approve of Obamacare's forcing Religious Institutions and Private Employer's to fund things they don't believe in? That they abhor - like abortion? What kind of country is that? Who are you? What would your Grandfather say? How can you sleep at night?

You are a man who has partially awoken and is trying to go back to sleep. You know in your heart that it only get harder from here on in. Everything you believed in is wrong basically. Feminism, Democracy, Black Equality, Human Equality, etc. It's up to you: countless men have done it. I was a Liberal and I went through the fire. I remember once guilt tripping my mother for the little bit of race consciousness that she had. It worked and she was ashamed. How do you think I feel about that now? I did the same to my Father: it didn't work. He just said, "I have nothing against them. Some of them are funny." Fuck I love that guy! Some of them, most of them, are funny. Better to laugh than to hate. And once we reestablish our natural dominance we wont have to hate anymore. Bring back Amos'n Andy!

Some of that sound unpleasant I admit. They would have to be afraid of us again and have good reason to be. That does breed corruption of character in some Whites and other problems. It would be better by far if they had been sent back as Lincoln and Jefferson wanted. Since that's no longer an option, give them a generous swath of the Deep South for their own Nation. I'll make sure that Appalachian Georgia is outside their border for you and Tripp.

You MUST read this as well as anyone who thinks only Whites are racist. Some of the comments are absolutely hilarious. The second one says, How scary to be in bed with her in the dark - all you can see is teeth. Be careful not to panic.

Or, This man need flashlight to see his wife even in daytime.

On a more sensible note, one poster says fine, just keep them in Africa so they don't pollute our gene pool like Latin America is polluted.

Note: Prog is very interested in this kind of action.

http://www.chinasmack.com/2011/pictures/chinese-men-with-black-women-african-wives.html

hey there prog4something-or-other...how are y all doin' down there? i ve been a leetle busy lately; only recently perusing the musing, and the amusing abusing of ye ould clusterfuck...came to nawth c'lina at the beginning of oct to set with my grandmother, and basically held her hand until she passed a coupla days before thanksgiving...we had just enough time to become friends before she died; it was the ewnd of a lifetime of real pain and suffering...what a great lady, man she had a smile on her face as often as she could, which, under the circumstances, one was more than i would have thought possible...until i got here, i d maybe seen her ten times ever (she lived in montana most of my life) so i am eternally grateful for the chance for her to know her first grandson, and the only grief i ve felt has been for myself...and i noticed the other day that i have not suffered a minute of depression since i got here...i put that down to having thrown myself entirely into the (necessarily) selfless act of helping her be as comfortable as possible in her last days; with no thought of myself or what would i do afterward...so all in all things are better for me now than they have been since i was just a kid...miss the accent, though, coz (stage whisper) i think they s a buncha yankees up heah...well, not ALL of 'em...girl has the right vowel sounds, modified a little by the mountain air...figure i ll stick around fer this'un...ah, feels good to vernaculate a little to somebody i think ll have some such idear o' what i m drivin' at...fuckyoo, btw, if you happen ta be snoopin; i ll bah gawd spell any whicha way ah want to, with er without no damn puntuals...an you can pay up that $219.49 you owe me through paypal, if you please price went waaaaay up at my whim and convenience

...almost forgot- on the subject of dot dot, comma comma, and underscore- couldn t we just refer to them all as "assocka" and be done with it? surely i m not the first to think of that...?

What do you think of Rodriguez? Great muscian, great guy. Sounds like he get ripped off by Sussex Records.

To laugh is all one can do. We are making the same mistake that the Indians made in regards to White Immigrants.

http://www.wvwnews.net/content/index.php?/news_story/i_guess_indians_werent_enriched_by_multiculturalism.html

A couple of ass-backwards developments in Orange County (I've been down here looking for work over the past week; I really enjoy much of the county despite its badly fucked up politics):

First, some old news that I finally tumbled to this week: The northwest corner of Beach Blvd. and Orangethorpe Ave. has been consumed by a fenced-in eyesore for months, if not over a year. The fence advertises the project underway there, something called "The Source at Beach," or alternately just "The Source." It claims that it will bring 5,000 jobs to Buena Park, a figure that I found completely laughable until I looked at the developers' website, at which point it came to seem merely like a probable exaggeration. What these fools are building is a huge high-end shopping center and office tower with a small residential component, expected to cost over $200m.

There are two amazing kickers. First, the developers' claims about the spendthrift wealthiness of Buena Park's residents and those of nearby cities are bizarre. Buena Park in particular is a solidly middle-class town with many more downmarket and midmarket stores than upmarket ones; anyone with a lick of perceptiveness can see that. Worse, though, the city of Buena Park's redevelopment office provided $50m in the form of promised sales tax abatement to the developers to cover the shortfall between estimated project costs and what could be obtained from private financiers. Based on US Census population figures, this is equivalent to the City of Los Angeles spending $2.3m on a white elephant.

To make it even more pathetic, Buena Park's head of development complained to an OC Register reporter last year that Governor Jerry Brown was being unduly harsh by threatening to cut off state redevelopment grants to California's cities.

The second fucked up news item concerns OCTA, Orange County's badly deficient transit agency. OCTA will be raising its one-way fare from $1.50 to $2.00 this winter, with similar increases to day pass and monthly pass prices. To put this into perspective, OCTA is a countywide agency whose annual bus service budget is about $250m and its annual farebox recovery about $50m.

In short, OC officials are perfectly capable of pouring money down a fucking rat hole in the weird hope of attracting rich people to a mediocre intersection, but they're incapable of properly funding their county bus system. And given that this is an overwhelmingly urban and densely populated county home to over one percent of the total population of the United States, this kind of idiocy could well have an effect on oil prices and supplies. I've been using the OCTA bus system this week, and even though I find it pretty pleasant overall, I can't blame people for avoiding it and driving instead because it's so slow and unreliable.

There's a stupid federalism angle to that OCTA story, too. The immediate impetus for the fare increase is a federal grant program that requires a minimum farebox recovery of 20%, a threshold that OCTA is on the verge of crossing and losing a big block of federal money as a result. We basically have two sets of petty, incompetent bureaucrats who play chicken over fund transfers rather than working together.

It is a great country, America.

Regionale Monopolisten

Der Kabelnetzmarkt in Deutschland funktioniert nach eigenen Gesetzen. Vier gro?e Anbieter haben sich das Land regional aufgeteilt und machen sich gegenseitig keine Konkurrenz. Kabel Deutschland umwirbt z. B. die Zuschauer in Freiburg erst gar nicht. Der Kunde selbst kann sich den Anbieter nicht aussuchen. Die Kabelbetreiber schlie?en die meist lang laufenden Vertr?ge mit den Wohnungsgesellschaften. Wo Fernsehkabel in den H?usern liegt, ist eine Satellitenantenne nicht erlaubt und Internet-Fernsehen uninteressant, da die Kabelgebühr bereits in den Mietnebenkosten enthalten ist.

Wachstum durch Dreifach-Spiel

Rund die H?lfte der Zuschauer empf?ngt das Fernsehsignal über Kabel, die andere H?lfte über Satellit. Auf diesem Markt ist wenig in Bewegung. Die Netzbetreiber bieten deshalb neben Fernsehen verst?rkt auch Telefon und Internet mit Leistungen von 100 Megabits pro Sekunde und mehr an. Das Paket nennen sie ?Triple Play“. Rund drei Millionen der mehr als 18 Millionen Kunden nutzen dies. Mit Internet und Telefon erzielten die Netzbetreiber 2009 bereits 21 Prozent ihres Umsatzes.

Kabel gegen DSL

I had to drive to Orange County about two years ago to play a gig in San Clemente. Hadn't been down that way in many years. I headed down I-5 through LA county, a 3-4 lane freeway until you cross the Orange County line. I was totally shocked. Suddenly it turns into 9 or was it 10 lanes going each way. WTF?? Unbelievable! I wish I had had a video shot of my facial expression, I think my jaw hit my sternum.

We're all dependent on fossil fuels and cars but Southern California takes it to a whole new level.

Ja, genau!

Your offer of the deep south without Georgia is rejected. We must have Florida-Georgia and All of Texas and California and Alaska. Five States = 10% roughly equal to our population. Good big rich States. We are not going to be stuck on a reservation you create for us. We are not going to be contented with trinkets.

but surely you'll need firewater?

White folks have a history when it comes to lying and not keeping promises and not honoring treaties. As well as a history of genocidal practices. We won't be accepting any gifts of fire water or infected blankets.

Secret Formula...

Two numbers: 4.677.8 78.997 the formula that predicted those numbers was composed of a rock on Mars, a mountain on earth, an electron in the center of a star, and 6 events, a cloud that blew through the air on earth 4 million years ago, a car that moved 10 miles now, a rock that will be thrown 500 years from now, and a photon emitted from an atom 2 billion years from now from a star 1 billion light years away (actually the precise time is 2454756709 years from now, and 21 days and 12 months and 2 hours and 4.5467787 seconds) a small wind on venus 5,000 years from now, an earthquake on earth that happened 200 years ago. And there are other formulas, other combinations, other mixtures creating 2 or 3 or millions of numbers, all mixed up time wise, past present and future is irrelevant, the positions in space are irrelevant, there are many wild formulas, many connections, and all disconnected, and so forth. And the two numbers above predict the ocean wave yesterday, the two numbers may also predict the moon, or a stellar plasma, and so forth. And you can mix numbers and predictions and formulas and so forth, all upside down, the numbers are the formulas, the formulas are the numbers and the rocks are predicting the numbers (change the arrows, the cause and effects, rocks -> numbers or numbers -> rocks and so forth), but the numbers are predicting the electrons (so to say, I am thinking of Ultra Abstractions and Ultra Creations, Ultra Inventions and such, Ultra Constructions trillions of times past what even these words seem to say, I am so far out and so far away, I have effectively exited this puny universe and this puny Man Brain and so forth).

THE ULTRA GOD


JHK should be thinking aboutt the 2013 Forecast. I just reread the 2012 Forecast. JHK was wrong about a third party challenge in the election. I supported the Green Party, but it was never a serious threat to the duopoly. JHK was wrong about Europe collapsing, wrong about standard of living falling, wrong about a banking collapse, wrong about the 4,000 Dow, etc.

INCREDIBLY JHK WAS WRONG ABOUT OUR OIL SUPPLY.

2012 was our big chance for doom. We had Nostrdamos, the psychics, the astrologers, the Mayans, the New Avers, and JHK all predicting doom.

MAYBE IT IS "JUST AROUND THE CORNER" IN 2013? (wink wink)

Nonetheless I am looking forward to reading the 2013 Forecast to know what will not happen in 2013.

McPherson has us all extinct by 2030 and the disciples at his blog, to include nurses, doctors and academicians are encouraging suicide and mass sterilizations in the face of this prediction. McPherson predicted a global financial collapse by the end of 2012. The countdown begins...like in the LBJ Daisy ad.

White folks have a history when it comes to lying and not keeping promises and not honoring treaties. As well as a history of genocidal practices. We won't be accepting any gifts of fire water or infected blankets.

Yellow's not immune. Even those who were involved say in their own words that "it was insane."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Qg-PgXt8Tkc

Mao was a God. Young, nubile females would flock to him, and he would select several every day to go in a private room with him to take a nap. Naps are nice, aren't they? It's good to be the God.

We are not going to be contented with trinkets.

Will you settle for this instead?

http://img.defencetalk.com/pictures/data/4930/medium/china-nuclear-missiles-parade_26.jpg

2030 is a safe date, far enough into the future to run the scam for years before moving the date again with some excuse, in order to run the scam a few more years.

The doomster business model is a good one ... it keeps people focused on the future (just as religions do) and it promotes the elitism of those in the know (just as religions do).

We the believers are different from the ignorant unbelievers.

We are different from the useless mouth breather idiots who have no clue about the coming doom, the WMBH that awaits them, their children and their grandchildren. We are special because we have knowledge of peak oil, carrying capacity, EROEI, etc.

We are CFN.ELITE.

CFN is unique from Nature Bats Last. JHK's message is not nearly as dire as McPherson's. At least with the CFN message, there's still a chance for humans, just on a smaller scale. Not so at Nature Bats Last. This is not an endorsement of either view. Each has merits and is worth discussing, but the CERTAINTY, especially at Nature Bats Last, is unwarranted and can be hazardous to one's health.

anybody screencap this one, for the next time our old sock tries to claim he isn t a 1%er...? jackass...

CFT, when I am in South America I live easily and live well on less than $500 a month. Yes, I live like a king and I am in the top 1% in my life of luxury. I PLANNED IT THAT WAY. I won in the game of life. I am a winner.

Others do the same on $700 a month. Here is how:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathleen-peddicord/retire-abroad_b_2204216.html?icid=hp_front_featured_art

Retire Overseas on $700 a Month? Yes, Really!

And now, here's another edition of What's Not To Like About Affirmative Action or See, They're Just Like You And Me If You Give Them A Chance.

http://www.onearth.org/article/susan-rice-obama-secretary-state-tar-sands-finances

Susan Rice, the candidate believed to be favored by President Obama to become the next Secretary of State, holds significant investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit from expansion of the North American tar sands industry and construction of the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline. If confirmed by the Senate, one of Rice’s first duties likely would be consideration, and potentially approval, of the controversial mega-project.

Rice's financial holdings could raise questions about her status as a neutral decision maker. The current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Rice owns stock valued between $300,000 and $600,000 in TransCanada, the company seeking a federal permit to transport tar sands crude 1,700 miles to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast, crossing fragile Midwest ecosystems and the largest freshwater aquifer in North America.

Thanks, I figured the weasel republicans would brave the idiot left's race card for one of two things, either Israel the holy and its deep pockets or all these vermin are squabbling over money and using Libya as a pretext.

As for that fraud AGW, anyone pimping that should be held responsible for people freezing to death because they have to pay higher prices for heating oil.

you mean like a few African dictators, or Pol Pot, or Mao frinstance?
it's called human nature, or aternatively survival of one's own tribe

it's called human nature --NJP1 to Asoka

So, your story, NJP1, is you are a victim of a fixed Malthusian "human nature"? Is that right?

Well, at least it must come in handy to excuse any damn thing you want to do: "Couldn't help it, it's human nature, I had to kill them to protect my tribe." I can see how your victim psychology story gives you free reign for immoral action.

BTW, I discovered that my nature is not fixed. I discovered my real nature is universal Buddha nature, not narrowly tribal, and it is flexible, not fixed. I overcame my biological programming and used my intelligence to good advantage.

I never fell back on victim psychology excuses ("it's human nature) to commit, or justify the commission of, barbaric acts.

it's not what I want to do...I try to lead a reasonably civilised existence, but I can give you a list of thousands ---millions probably who inflict their selfish acquisitive nature on others less fortunate than themselves,
That's been part of history since we had history
whether a tribal leader/president in Africa, or president of a major corporation, the driving force is broadly similar. Immoral action is justifiable 'to protect the tribe'
We are all under Malthusian law btw, nothing we can do about that irrespective of particular beliefs. that law covers all species, it is not exclusive to mankind

Thanks!
Nothing surprises me about BHO and his cronies.

Sheeet, you are 10% and you want 32% of the land? all seperated by hundreds of miles! How about we give ya LA,MS,AL,FL,GA,and AR. 10% of the land and all connected. Tripp and Prog will have to find new digs. Is it a deal? :o)

Thanks for your reply.

I may have mistakenly said "Malthusian" when I was thinking "Hobbesian" ... you know, those who believe that life is nasty, brutish, and short ... which has not been my experience at all.

Sure I had poverty at the start, growing up in a mobile home in a dysfunctional family under a militaristic government that had me hiding under my public school desk as sirens went off.

But I was able to overcome all religious, social, family, economic, and racial obstacles to find a life that is full of love, laughter, lights and sounds, dance, and happiness ... all with an excess cash flow on a $1000 a month pension.

If I could do it, anyone can. Though probably fewer than 1% are living as joyously as I am on so little money.

I am not cynical or jaded. I am rooted in my own reality, though I visit capital R reality occasionally ... for short visits.

Because I learned the difference between needs and wants I am truly of the 1% ... living richly and luxuriously, which was the goal I set and achieved.

http://www.theminimalists.com/minimalism/

Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.

No deal. Why would I want impoverished swampland?

I want my 32% ... consider it reparations.

at the moment. life isn't nasty brutish and short become hydrocarbon energy has made it reasonably pleasant.
as fossil fuel energy goes into depletion, the bonds that hold our civilisation together will disintegrate. Pity really, I'm having a good time too

In regard to the Chinese being humourless, if they can't figure The Onion out, Gawd forbid, what will they make of this?

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/f67ca41f6b/chappelle-show-the-niggar-family

Now that's funny.

Drove down to the nearest AMTRAK station to buy some tickets, in Berlin, CT. Jim's right, our rail system needs work, 'specially the Stations. This station is crumbling. It probably was pretty nice in 1882 when the New Haven Railroad put it up. Also, the place was empty. You could hear a pin drop. Really a sorry excuse for a rail station.

I remember one time coming into Salt Lake City at midnight on AMTRAK. We passed by the grand UP station, all boarded up and abandoned, and were dropped off at concrete bunker inside a grimy, dark industrial park. Hundred of Mexicans were milling around. I wasn't too worried, but there were mothers there with little kids. One of the worst things about riding the rails in the US is that many of the stations are in the middle of nowhere, or in the worst part of town, and are in poor repair. When you get dropped off, you are stranded, because there are no decent hotels near the tracks anymore. They are at the airports now.

--WSP7

as fossil fuel energy goes into depletion, the bonds that hold our civilisation together will disintegrate

Yes, this is what I've been hearing for over 40 years now, since the Club of Rome Limits to Growth report. Peak Oil just represents the point in time when roughly half of the ultimate available oil has already been used. Even if we are there, or soon will be, don't we have decades on the down side of the curve when we can voluntarily leave oil before oil leaves us?

When do you expect the following to happen due to fossil fuel depletion? Feel free to provide dates.

END OF INTERNET (no electricity for servers)

END OF COMBUSTION ENGINES (no fuel for jets, cars, etc.)

END OF USA MILITARY (no fuel for logistics, training, fighting, etc.)

I make this an open challenge to anyone on CFN. Provide a date (year, decade, century) and a rationale for the date, for each of the above.

I don't think any of you really, deep down in your heart of hearts, believes in peak oil. You cannot imagine really living without the above things.

If you believe it, then you must have a rationale, AND A DATE. Otherwise you are just propagating fear and doomster mythology.

"Do I remember incorrectly or did I actually see you in passing approve of Obamacare's forcing Religious Institutions and Private Employer's to fund things they don't believe in? That they abhor - like abortion?
-rv-

Vlad, you're demonstrating why the Republican Party (along with whatever "conservative" white remnant takes over for the Republican Party) is doomed.
OH! The Humanity. The Inconsistency.

Let us posit for a moment that I advocate LOGICAL positions of the STRONGEST pro-white racist imaginable. Should I not be in favor of public funding for Medicaid abortions and birth control??? Seriously, man, think it through.

"But I was able to overcome all religious, social, family, economic, and racial obstacles to find a life that is full of love, laughter, lights and sounds, dance, and happiness" - dot dot telling us of his wonderfulness

Happy and well-adjusted people have no need to go around, as you do, endlessly broadcasting that they are happy and well-adjusted.

Wow - I haven't had a submission error message on a post since the last time I was banned.

Is Kunstler's tech guy screwing around, again?
Or is it a grand conspiracy?

It was a very benign post.
I'll try again.

"Do I remember incorrectly or did I actually see you in passing approve of Obamacare's forcing Religious Institutions and Private Employer's to fund things they don't believe in? That they abhor - like abortion?
-rv-

Vlad, you're demonstrating why the Republican Party (along with whatever "conservative" white remnant takes over for the Republican Party) is doomed.
OH! The Humanity. The Inconsistency.

Let us posit for a moment that I advocate LOGICAL positions of the STRONGEST pro-white racist imaginable. Should I not be in favor of public funding for Medicaid abortions and birth control??? Seriously, man, think it through.

I am not well-adjusted, Kyoo, just happy.

Why would I want to adjust to a militaristic patriarchal sick society?

Thanks for playing though"?"

"anybody screencap this one, for the next time our old sock tries to claim he isn t a 1%er...? jackass..."
-cf, analyzing our Resident Impediment-

Good point, CF. And good to see you around the thread again. Sorry about your grandmother, man.
I did enjoy the written dialect, though.
It looked sort of like some of Ozone's stuff, except with a Southern accent. ha!

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As regards the Soaker Hose in South America -
I don't know what it is about living down there (or pretending to, probably in RI's case) that inspires such hubris - along with a strong desire to tell others exactly HOW they should live their lives.

Essentially, to move to Central/South America - one has make a lifelong commitment to expensive and fuel guzzling airplane rides, forever.

Or one has to write off all in-person contact with old friends AND family, forever.

Neither option is something that I, personally, would consider committing to, forever.

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Although it does seem to fit into a pattern of supporting unrestricted world-wide immigration while running away from personal problems.

Humanity can not "run" like that. forever.
It's unsustainable.

Anyone with the ability to judge the intentions of the Germans and Japanese prior to WW2 knew war was inevitable, debating the accuracy of that in the 30s simply because nobody could give a date of Sept 3 39, of Dec 7 41 didn't negate the prediction itself
it's rather like refusing to believe iin powered flight, not because of scientific knowledge that said was impossible, but simply because the Wright brothers didn't have a date when they were going to get airborne
As to a rationale, our entire infrastructure is built on hydrocarbon energy, there are no alternatives
I could say that on September 30 2023 the last oilwell will slurp its last, but it wont work like that
as oil supply gets tighter, wars will be fought over it, that will make it impossible to get hold of at any logical price. Already the USA is spending billions to keep the oil lines open
When the price of oil exceeds its energy value, its game over for civilisation.

Asoka like all other numb nuts of color and stupid whites who practice self hatred never will admit that whites are equal to any other race.

The whole thing is a fraud, the intellectual disciplines of egalitarianism, a fraud, the governing ideologies, nothing but rackets.

Its all a fraud, and yet somehow Kuntsler thinks we can get back on some true path of equality, now there is some stupid horseshit thinking.

I can forgive a non-white low IQ religious minded person for being fooled, goofy white women and girly minded white men for being stupid, but for Kuntsler an educated man with an insight to what politics were supposed to deliver to his ethny to believe in such nonsense is unexplainable.

There is no such thing as equality, its a fraud. Who can disprove that, certainly none of the emotionally unstable "liberals" here, there stupid lives are one of inflexable taboo minding.

but I can give you a date for climate change if you like?

You can't found a State on the basis of murder. Birth Control is alright - as would be Eugenics in general. Certainly incentives both positive and negative, to stop undesirables from breeding and to enourage desirables to breed.

I'm walking a fine line here between Christianity and Paganism. Both are needed. You seem to have no appreciation of the Line. But as I said, you are still in the Wrong and are resisting the Truth in general. Once you overcome Egalitarianism, you will find all the specific issues resolving themselves in your mind with little or no effort through natural deduction. So focus on the Big Issue and all these other answers will come.

No you take most of Georgia. Atlanta will probably be the Capital of the Black Nation in fact. But the Appalachians are mostly White and you can't have them. The steamy hot low lands are the most like Africa and the parts you are most suited to. I imagine Blacks will bring back the Planatation System and slavery.

Yes I had to wait in Springfield once and it was the heart of darkness. I walked around a bit and it became Hispanic. Walked the other way and came to a lovely downtown with beautiful buildings. Fine in the daytime - probably dangerous after dark.

One Negro tried to assert his power by talking to me as a White Boy. But I wouldn't play - just looked at him without saying anything until he gave up.

What the hell did we do to ourselves? We shouldn't have to see any of these people, ever - much less have to fear them on our own streets. Our fore fathers won this continent and our Elite just pissed it all away.

You have to desire the Truth like you desire Black Women. Read the Song of Solomon. If you love the Truth, she will give Herself to you. Her name is Sophia. The joy She gives is unspeakable. It's worth it believe me. You can still associate with the "other" - as long as you remember you're better than they are.

What about Asians and Jews who are our equals if not superiors you ask? They are still the other and not as good TO US as a dumb White would be. Prejudice, postive prejudice in favor of our own. Subjective just as the previous prejudice was objective. See the facility, the clarity, the power the Truth will bestow? She is waiting - don't make Her wait too long.

She is a Black Woman for God's sake. A Two fer, your superior. How dare you criticize her! You are nothing but a Racist White Man abusing a poor helpless Black Woman. But I thought she was your superior? Yes but she is simultaneously a poor, abused creature too. How wonderful, eh?

it's an unfortunate fact about the slave era that most won't admit to'
black Africans did the dirty business of capturing slaves and bringing them to the ports. They then sold them to white men in return for metal goods, primarily guns to enable them to go out and capture yet more slaves
White men couldn't enter African hinterland on slaving expeditions they had to rely on Africans to do it for them
It was a three way energy exchange: embodied energy in metal goods, the energy of
.muscle power of people, and the energy in sugar . It became the great triangle of wealth
We do the same today, only we ship oil across the world. We make money out of energy conversion

Calculate all the government subsidies and tax breaks and you will find oil only survives economically due to socialism. Take away all that government support, let gasoline go to $15 a gallon and you will see it is already game over. Thank socialism that subsidizes cost. Thank big government.

Still, your inability to provide a date takes it out of the realm of immediate worry. I say we have 45 days, I mean years and in that interim anything could happen like a positive black swan that makes oil superfluous and unnecessary. You have to believe in black swans to be a member of the CFN church.

Imagining is what you do oh so very well.

Keep it in the realm of CFN imagination and everything will be alright.

I already have the date for AGW and hard evidence, which is what is lacking in collapse scenarios. I will not believe without evidence. Each year that goes by with no collapse your credibility ebbs.

agreed on the$15 gas
the biggest subsidy is paid to the military to protect it
that drains the economy of all other essential things
Still we have to get rid of socialism to protect all those capitalists out there who are looking after you

Radio, the country does not belong to you. Your white privilege is gone never to return. You are condemned to a life of bitterness, anger, and poor imagination. It is your white karma.

The military is socialist providing clothing, food, shelter, etc.
Welfare for soldiers.
I receive no govt welfare and buy my own food, clothing, housing, etc.
What I receive is Social Security which I prepaid over 45 years of working so I'm getting back my own money.

Yes, as the Greeks said, each new technology causes greater human degerneration.

when a man jumps off a 50 storey building, as he passes the 2nd floor window he is still alive. so he shouts in the window as he passes, demanding 'hard evidence' that the force of gravity is real and is going to kill him
i need a firm date and proof---he yells
he's right of course, gravity cannot be explained scientifially

Yes and Haiti/Detroit is your Black future. Detroit was once a beautiful first world city. And Zimbabwe a first world nation. It doesn't take Blacks long to destroy things...

"The National Retail Federation, an industry trade group, estimates that overall sales in November and December will rise 4.1 percent this year to $586.1 billion."

So, how is this possible since, according to CFN dogma, money is slow, credit is maxed out, the economy is the worst in USA history, poor folks have no money and are losing their houses, the middle class has disappeared, U6 unemployment is at Depression levels....? Indeed, according to CFN dogma we are now in an economic Depression, not in a recovery from a recession.

Yet the big box store parking lots are full, and it's not rich folks going to Target and WalMart.
How do you explain this? Might it be that you, Mr. Kunstler, engage in perpetual hyperbole?
Might it be that your perception of things economic does not accord with reality and is not supported by actual facts? Who is spending $586.1 BILLION DOLLARS? Where are they getting the money (since they have no plastic)?

You say Americans are homeless, jobless, have no credit and have no money. You say we are in the worst economy of USA history. Yet, every year consumer spending increases.

"It's all good!!"

yup--I can see you would prefer capitalist soldiers
When Germany invaded Poland, their troops were not given any long term rations, they were ordered to loot the towns and villages of everything they needed and leave the inhabitants to starve to death. which is exactly what happened.
Capitalist soldiering at its best.
As the Russians retreated, that's why they burned everything

Even though it is flawed, let's work with this analogy.

Your supposed proof for your argument is the inevitability of death, with or without evidence. Gravity is a fact whether or not you have a date for when you will hit the ground, whether or not you believe in it ... that is the punch line of your joke. Correct

Now let us transfer it to collapse. You are saying collapse is inevitable whether or not we have a date, whether or not we believe it will happen.

Now the fallacy of your analogy should be apparent. If I believe in gravity and understand the laws of physics, I can tell you exactly when the man will hit the ground, I can give you an exact date. You believe in the inevitability of collapse, but yours is of the nature of religious belief. You cannot give me a date.

Would anything change if the man had knowledge of his date with the ground floor? Could he do anything to prevent his death?

Does your knowledge (supposed) of the inevitability of collapse allow you to prevent it? Your unwavering faith can do nothing.

Who is being rational? We have passed the 2nd floor window with no problem. Yet you think there is a problem ... does that change the situation in any way? Of what value this belief in collapse?

As you pass the 3rd floor on your way down I will "pranam" you and then look down to watch you go splat. I expect you'll be raving about Black is Beatiful before you ask for proof about Peak Oil.

That last was in response to NJP1 and his 50 story building joke which backfired on him.

Obama has ordered a fully gender integrated military. So of 80 "officers", two were willing to volunteer for infantry training (the rest knew better). Those two were gone in a week or so. The standards are going to have to be lowered to make women feel ok about themsleves.

http://www.the-spearhead.com/2012/11/27/first-female-usmc-infantry-candidates-wash-out/

False premise. I do not and never supported armies.

Thanks for the blunt description of capitalism: taping and looting.

Islam will eliminate interest collecting usury that capitalism feeds upon.

>>Peak Oil just represents the point in time when roughly half of the ultimate available oil has already been used.

Right. The high quality, easily accessible half. The cheap half.

>>Even if we are there, or soon will be, don't we have decades on the down side of the curve when we can voluntarily leave oil before oil leaves us?

For some values of "we", yes.

Price will rise, of course, and as it does, more people will voluntarily decide that the SUV is really not an absolute necessity. I think it's reasonable to predict an awkward transition period during which increasing numbers of daring souls will brave the SUV-dominated roadways in much smaller vehicles -- and end up getting creamed. Turns out that much of the appeal of the SUV is that mommies like the security of having all that heavy armor protecting their babies, and if it increases the risk of injury to those in the other vehicle, that's their tough luck. So that's just a matter of a bit of attitude adjustment, and the price squeeze will take care of that.

But the high energy density of oil-derived fuels makes them hard to replace in certain applications. Battery-powered harvesters, for example, would be problematic. As you aptly note, modern military operations are extremely dependent on these high energy density fuels, and it probably comes as no surprise to you that the U.S. Department of Defense is the world's largest single consumer. There has been much discussion in military circles about the risk this high degree of dependence presents, and about the possibilities for developing alternatives, but I predict that the U.S. military will continue to have both a need for and access to oil-derived fuels for a very long time to come.

Somehow, it's harder for me to picture the U.S. military ceasing to exist than it is for me to picture there coming to be a time when its main (or perhaps even its only) reason for existing is to procure a supply of oil for itself.

^raping and looting^

ACLU to sue so [get this] BABES CAN BATTLE AT THE FRONTLINE.

Me, I dont like the military, all wars after
the Revolutionary War have been against the interests of US citizens.

"By recklessly printing, borrowing and spending money, our authorities are absolutely shredding confidence in the U.S. dollar. The rest of the world is watching this nonsense, and at some point they are going to give up on the U.S. dollar and throw their hands up in the air. When that happens, it is going to be absolutely catastrophic for the U.S. economy. Right now, we export a lot of our inflation. Each year, we buy far more from the rest of the world than they buy from us, and so the rest of the world ends up with giant piles of U.S. dollars. This works out pretty well for them, because the U.S. dollar is the primary reserve currency of the world and is used in international trade far more than any other currency is. Back in 1999, the percentage of foreign exchange reserves in U.S. dollars peaked at 71 percent, and since then it has slid back to 62.2 percent. But that is still an overwhelming amount. We can print, borrow and spend like crazy because the rest of the world is there to soak up our excess dollars because they need them to trade with one another. But what will happen someday if the rest of the world decides to reject the U.S. dollar? At that point we would see a tsunami of U.S. dollars come flooding back to this country. Just take a moment and think of the worst superstorm that you can possibly imagine, and then replace every drop of rain with a dollar bill. The giant currency superstorm that will eventually hit this nation will be far worse than that.

"Most Americans don't realize that there are far more dollars in use in the rest of the world than in the United States itself."

LOL! More doomster alarmism. The almighty dollar will remain so. After all, I spend 1,000 of them every month from my SSI stipend. They seem to work the same every month so I see no reason to anticipate or fear any "collapse". I remain in bliss...

Allahu Akbar! (الله أكبر)

Assalaamu alaikum!

It's hard for any of us to picture the end of the USA military.

You correctly point out the military is the biggest consumer.

Many here believe in peak oil and inevitable depletion.

No one can give a date or even a guestimate +/- 10 years.

Do you see the logical flaw?

Same goes for INTERNET / CARS / JETS etc.

Those presumably will go on forever like the military.

Will anybody second the motion if I make November 29th 'wind up asoka day?"
after all--there's Sadie Hawkins day---seems fair to me

armies can only exist by means of 1...support from their home nation, or 2 ...looting the nation they occupy.
the USA military has gone a stage further by putting ethanol into their fuel tanks, which means they are taking food from the people they are protecting to power their vehicles

Now we know our beloved Asoka is a welfare load SSI indeed. Yet here a dozen kooky white libs who might actually have a job and pay for that and who vote to make their own children despised minorities will babble on about their supposed moral superiority so they can lord it over the "lesser whites."

Is it really worth it?

Hey Vladdie, I followed your post and came up with this link. Ya gotta love these forward thinking Aussies. They'll save a bundle on floatation vests!

http://www.news.com.au/top-stories/navy-defends-breast-implants/story-e6frfkp9-1111114427036

LOL!

Asoka,, is plagiarizing!

Twisting my words!

Taking them out of context! Imitating the RI.

LOVE IT!

GOOD WORK ASOKA COMMA COMMA!

Imitation is a form of flattery.

Asoka..
ASOKA DOT DOT

I second the motion.

Today I 'm windanle. Take advantage.

I suppose I'd rather waste my energy and end up in the right place than be more ahead of the curve in a dangerous one. Washington was really pulled out from under us. We would probably love to still be there, although it is farthest away from helpful family. Macon was bloody dangerous. The farm in Tifton was incredibly toxic. But I think we've found the porridge that is just right now.

Of course, no one really knows where the "right place" is. But many of the judgement criteria used in the process would probably suit your fancy. For example, our current location is more culturally homogenous than any of the previous spots. And the climate is pretty fair to middlin' too, with room to go either direction temperature-wise.

But obviously we would have rather not wasted all that time, energy, and money.

Of course it is worth it.

Silly question!

Is it worth it to provide TRILLIONS for defends welfare and BILLIONS for corporate welfare and agriculture welfare?

The Shakers know the right place TO BE

IN THE VALLEY OF LOVE AND DELIGHT!

When I first started learning about this Keyline stuff from Darren Doherty he told us that he used a sophistacated approach to contouring called "the seat of his pants."

I have a homemade A-frame level with a string and a suspended rock for surveying. Some permies prefer a suspended beer bottle. But whatever works!

Ah, the pragmatism of William James. What is the "cash value" of collapse? Net? None. But on the personal level it could save your life if you prepare.

An interesting side note about the Shakers that most don't realize is that they originally broke off from a larger group called the Movers.

For quite some time thereafter they were collectively referred to as 'The Movers and the Shakers'.

Caution!

Fiscal gentle slope ahead.

Best thing to do is slow down then do nothing. The automatic cuts to defense welfare, corporate welfare (repeal of Bush tax cuts) will happen while the grass grows and it is growing great right now here near the equator.

Prove it.

Everything born must die.

I can dig it!

Does that make me a digger?

Yeah if the ship sinks, you could just jump on top of one of them.... The insanity goes on and on but the end is in sight.

How about this one? Women in San Francisco demand access to the front lines. Now I wouldn't kick her out of bed, but I sure wouldn't want to be in a foxhole with this toughie.

http://www.the-spearhead.com/2012/11/27/yet-more-from-our-brave-women-in-uniform/

Yesterday afternoon* my wife and I saw the new movie Lincoln. It was very good and I recommend it highly. It is totally relevant to the discussion here at CFN. I can hardly wait to hear the assessment of others as to its historical accuracy.

In a key scene, the debate preceeding the vote on the 13th Amendment to end slavery, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens (wearing the world's worst rug) played by actor Tommy Lee Jones is faced with the question whether negroes are truly "equal." His response is both humorous and thought provoking.

* As "seniors" we saved a buck and a half per ticket by going to the 3:15PM showing. There were 7 people in the theater including ourselves.

The end is in sight?

More imagination or can you prove it?

Good performances. Showed the hypocrisy and moral depravity of whites so everyone should see it.

Lincoln got down on the floor and put firewood on the fire.
Today presidential aides would to that. Of course for some things the president still gets Down on the floor with an aide.

About Lincoln the movie. No way. No dice. If one has thoroughly researched Lincoln, there is no way the movie could do any justice. It's history in a can. In otherwords, Spam. Plus, it's a Spielberg movie, and sorry, but he's slipped. His best movie was one of his first, Duel. That was a great movie...and low budget. Everything of his after that is schmaltzy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v2fNbQAVFw

I can't wait until the Promiscuous Petraeus movie comes out with all that heterosexual military immorality ... WTF! 15,000 PAGES OF EMAILS! How much do we pay these generals to send messages to their mistresses? Should be a good movie full of white depravity.

Showed the hypocrisy and moral depravity of whites
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What I thought it showed was the hypocrisy and moral depravity of politicians.

be grateful Eisenhower didn't have email or we would have lost WW2

Did you see any Black politicians in the movie?

The farm in Tifton was incredibly toxic. Toxic Sprays or Toxic folks?

Everyone, I was listening to C2C AM last nite.
Speaker says BHO has been much nicer to Monsanto than Bush! Head of FDA a mont guy?

And this! sacre bleu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

French experts reject GM corn cancer study - France - RFI
www.english.rfi.fr/.../20121022-french-experts-reject-gm-corn-cance...
Oct 22, 2012 – Two panels of experts in France on Monday rejected an earlier French study which had linked genetically-modified corn to tumours in rats, .

[see post above this]
Fellow also says that buffet and gates own % of Monsanto.

Monsanto ~ Water-Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA)
www.monsanto.com/.../pages/water-efficient-maize-for-africa.aspx
Maize production is severely affected by drought, which can lead to ... (AATF) and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates and Howard G. Buffett Foundations.
Why Is the Gates Foundation Helping Monsanto?
readersupportednews.org/.../11392-why-is-the-gates-foundation-help...
May 12, 2012 – Aarhus writes: "Monsanto and the Gates Foundation claim ... They have six children, meaning there will be many lean mo

I didnt find it funny, but I am almost on the floor with laughs from YOU!
YOU ARE IRREPRESSIBLE!

Haven't seen it yet and probably wont. The WN reviews are coming in and Asoka is right: it is a viciously Anti-White movie or as the reviewer says, basically Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter with bigger words. At least the latter movie allowed the Southerners the dignity of being monsters and not just corrupt human beings.

How could you be so wrong? Because you have grown used to the Jewish hatred of Whites. How not since you like the rest of us have been conditioned to it ever since we were born.

http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/11/lincoln/#more-33796

I don't see how anyone could not laugh at what the Chinese men say about Black Women in the dark. What do you want, knock knock jocks?

More on Lincoln.

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jala/2629860.0027.103?rgn=main;view=fulltext

Nevertheless, Lincoln deserves far more credit than he has received as an architect of American constitutional law. Because of the absence of explicit constitutional amendments during Lincoln's lifetime, we underestimate how much he helped reshape the Constitution. The Constitution drafted by Madison was profoundly incomplete and crucial issues were left unsettled; only after the Civil War were those ambiguities resolved and the voids filled.

There were three key gaps in Madison's Constitution. The first was the most fundamental. Until Lincoln's time, the nature of the Constitution itself was unclear, and with it the question of whether ultimate sovereignty resided with the states or the nation. This confusion over whether the United States was a confederation or a nation gave plausible legal cover for secessionists. In contrast, Lincoln thought that "our forefathers brought forth ... a new nation," not a mere confederation. But that was a question open to debate before his presidency.

The second constitutional gap related to the nature of the presidency. Today, the president is at the heart of the national government, the most powerful single individual in the world. But Madison's Constitution was singularly uncommunicative about presidential authority. Lincoln's unprecedented initiatives as president did much to lay the foundation for the modern chief executive.

The third gap was the failure of Madison's Constitution to protect human rights from invasion by the state governments—a failure that Madison himself deeply regretted. Slavery itself was the worst blot on human rights, but it was not the only one. Here, too, Lincoln's vision was triumphant—a vision of a nation "conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Lincoln's call for a "new birth of freedom" was realized in the form of the three crucial constitutional amendments: the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantees of due process and equal protection, and the Fifteenth Amendment's guarantee of the right to vote.

Lincoln's constitutional legacy contained internal tensions. National power can be used to invade civil rights and civil liberties as well as to protect them. Presidential emergency powers can be abused at the expense of individuals and communities, as some events during Lincoln's own administration demonstrated. Those are important issues, and in a sense they too are part of Lincoln's legacy. But the central question is how Lincoln contributed to the building of our present scheme of American government.

Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln? What? He's an Irishman. Tom Hanks would have been a much better pick, or better yet, Morgan Freeman. Christopher Walken would have made a great Lincoln, or Ron Perlman. Will Smith's hot right now, no doubt he can do a mean Lincoln. What the hell was Spielberg thinking?

>>Do you see the logical flaw?

I certainly see a logical flaw in the argument that an event should not be considered inevitable because no one can predict with guaranteed accuracy the exact point in time at which it will occur. I suspect that you do as well, and are merely indulging a rhetorical device you happen to find fun. It reminds me a little of Zeno's paradox.

The expertise of oil industry analysts may not be presumed to extend to the ability to predict with any degree of accuracy how the implications of peak oil will play out in socioeconomic terms, but the inevitability of the peak oil event itself is as widely accepted by those experts as is the theory of evolution among biologists or observed climate change among climatologists. There is some variation among the models, but not so much as to negate the rather strong consensus that we are approximately at peak production somewhere around now. That's as close as it's going to get until the event is far enough in the past to be pinned down using post hoc analysis.

I think Will Smith would have been the best choice. After all, if he can play James West...

ALL ASOKAS ARE FAKE
THERE IS NO 'REAL' ASOKA.
ONLY BOTS AND CLONES.

Yeah, you're right. Will Smith would have been the best pick. Also, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln? What? The part is tailor-made for Whoopi Goldberg. It's too bad this project wasn't done several decades earlier. Ruth Gordon would have made a convincing Mary Todd Lincoln based off of her role as Minnie Castevet in Rosemary's Baby. Now that's a movie. One to watch with the kids this weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzwOXl7Qaww

Morgan Freeman would have been good. But would he have signed the order for the mass hanging of Native Americans in Mankato, Minnesota as Lincoln did?

Morgan Freeman would have been good. But would he have signed the order for the mass hanging of Native Americans in Mankato, Minnesota as Lincoln did?

For a $20 million dollar movie contract? You bet he would.

An interesting question arises. If Lincoln had e-mail, would the North had won the Civil War, and would the slaves have been emancipated? What if they had Fakebook when Lincoln was growing up? Would he have become president, or would he have remained back in Illinois blogging away in the cabin? These are important questions.

I dont understand u.

I did click link...is this true or 'hollywood'?

When the 13th Amendment is passed, Stevens takes the original copy to his black housekeeper. He presents it to her as a “gift” and basks in the usual Negro Tears of Moral Approval. It is revealed that he is sleeping with her as well. Stevens is thus the ultimate Yankee – preening in front of subservient, worshipful blacks, despising his own race, and using the sacred vision of Equality to display his own status and virtue. While liberal reviewers giddily view the film’

Peak Oil represents the point in time when roughly half of the ultimate available oil has already been used. Many scientists and experts believe that we are very close to the peak of conventional oil today. The expertise of oil industry analysts may not be presumed to extend to the ability to predict with any degree of accuracy...

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The Second Coming of Christ represents the point in time when believers will be redeemed.

Many theologians and religion experts believe that we are very close to the Second Coming of Christ today. The expertise Christian religious analysts may not be presumed to extend to the ability to predict with any degree of accuracy...

blah blah blah

What you are saying has no scientific basis. As you say, we won't know until after the fact. Kind of like the Rapture, you know?

ALL ASOKAS ARE FAKE
THERE IS NO 'REAL' ASOKA.

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One of my best creations is anti soak.

It is a real challenge to post incoherently, with intentional grammatical and spelling errors.

Fall Archive - Page 12

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Living on a conventional cotton farm is absolute hell on the human body. I think that defoliant shit they spray on the crop pre-harvest is just dilute (?) Agent Orange.

Gets in the well water, headaches for weeks on end, the constant Trotskys...my family was sick for over a month, and I'm not sure we're even 100% yet, after being gone for 7 months. I swear when we hit cotton country, during active harvest, just south of Macon on our way to Thanksgiving dinner we all started coughing simultaneously. Hey look! Cotton fields! Oh yeah, I remember now...

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    Then again, I think we can consider farm owners who don't uphold their end of a move from poisonous to regenerative practices to be toxic as well.

    What is this mindless pop culture bullshit that clogs up the comments section week in and week out?

    Do you people not have somewhere else to be? Like the Botox clinic? Milan? Maybe the tanning booth?

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Kingdom, TS18 1PL4 days StockportDebenhams Retail plc, Touchstone Corner, Princes Street, Stockport Cheshire, United Kingdom, SK1 1TS4 days StocktonDebenhams Retail plc, 149 High Street, Stockton On Tees, Teesside, United Kingdom, TS18 1PL4 days StratfordDebenhams Retail plc, 3-4 Wood Street, Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, CV37 6JB4 days StratfordDebenhams Retail plc, 3-4 Wood Street, Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, CV37 6JB4 days SunderlandDebenhams Retail plc, The Bridges Shopping Centre, Green Terrace, Sunderland, United Kingdom, SR1 3LB4 days SunderlandDebenhams Retail plc, The Bridges Shopping Centre, Green Terrace, Sunderland, United Kingdom, SR1 3LB4 days SuttonDebenhams Retail plc, St Nicholas Centre, Sutton, Surrey, United Kingdom, SM1 1WA4 days SuttonDebenhams Retail plc, St Nicholas Centre, Sutton, Surrey, United Kingdom, SM1 1WA4 days SwanseaDebenhams Retail plc, 22 The Quadrant, Swansea, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom, SA1 3QX4 days 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EvangelistaLinda Evangalista was on every magazine cover in the early nineties with her mod hair cut naturally perfect face and powerful eyes Above is Linda in 1989 on the left and 1991 on the right She was a long time muse of photographer Steven Meisel who is also on the top 100 Fashion Icons list The now 41 year old model has been the face of Donna Karan in 1990 Ralph Lauren in 1997 Christian Dior Cosmetics in 1998 MaxMara and Jones New York in 1998 “I love love love fashion so much�� she toldThe Telegraph in 2005 ��That��s why I became a model in the first place”Beverly JohnsonBeverly Johnson was the African American fashion model of the 1970s The first ever African American to grace the cover of Vogue in 1974 and French Elle in 1975 Her firstappearanceson mainstream magazines made a complete difference in the fashion world as publications began seeking out African American models to appear on magazine covers and runways Now Beverly is 59 and starring in a reality show called “Beverly’s Full House” on the Oprah Winfrey Network The show focuses on her relationship with her daughter Anasa Sims who is a former plus size modelKate MossKate Moss the model who brought grunge and “heroin chic” into the modeling industry and ended the supermodel era of the late eighties She’s appeared on every major magazine cover and has modeled in every top campaign including Gucci Dolche and Gabbana and Chanel In 2007 she earned an estimated $9 million She also released an exclusive collection designed by herself with the store TopshopBut Kate is also known for ascandaloustwo stints in rehab once for “exhaustion” in 1998 and the other for cocaine in 1995 A tabloid released photos of Kate snorting a white powder earlier that year and following the photos circulation H&M Chanel and Burberry dropped Kate from their ad campaigns Since the scandal Kate has grown and continues to be afamiliarface on magazine stands She has a daughter and recently married Jamie Hince a guitarist for the KillsTwiggyTwiggy muse to Andy Warhol and the “Face of 1966” according to the Daily Express An English model she brought the British mod look with short hair big eyes and long legs to the US In 1967 an editorial inVogue described her as an “extravaganza that makes the look of the sixties” Twiggy went on to branch herself into music television and movies She has an HSN fashion line called the Twiggy London collection Twiggy now 62 and recently released “Romantically Yours”her first album in 12 yearsJean ShrimptonAnother sixties superstar Jean Shrimpton is considered one of the world’s first supermodels Her big eyes long lashes and lush brown hair was on every magazine cover possible Named “Model of the Year” by Glamour in 1963 Jean continued modeling until she was about thirty She quit fashion and retired from fame In 2011 she told the Guardian “Fashion is full of dark troubled people” she says “It’s a high-pressured environment that takes its toll and burns people out Only the shrewd survive �C Andy Warhol for example andDavid Bailey”Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford was on every magazine cover in the 1980s and 90s with her trademark mole Fashion designer Michael Kors describes her influence “Cindy changed the perception of the ��sexy American girl�� from classic blue eyed blonde to a more sultry brunette with brains charm and professionalism to spare” She has posed for Playboy twice launched two furniture lines and has two childrenImanIman was borin in Somalia and discovered by a visiting American photographer She moved to the US in 1976 to begin her modeling career landing a Vogue cover a year later Iman modeled for manyprominenthigh fashion designers such as Versace Donna Karan and Yves Saint-Laurent In 1994 she started her own makeup company catering to ethnic skin tones In 2010 her company earned $25 million a year After the success of her makeup business in 2007 Iman launched her own clothing line with HSN In 2010 Imanreceivedthe prestigious Fashion Icon 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      ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FIGHT BACK, SUE BREWER

      The latest case was filed on behalf of the five young-adult immigrants in Arizona who were brought to the United States from Mexico as children and were granted deferred deportation protections under the Obama administration's policy but were denied licenses or complained that Brewer's order has caused significant hardships.

      Brewer's policy makes it difficult or impossible for such young immigrants to do essential things in their everyday life, such as going to school, going to the grocery store, and finding and holding down a job, the lawsuit said.

      The lawsuit said Brewer's order means federal work permits for the program's participants won't be accepted as proof of their legal presence in the country for the purpose of getting a driver's license. Still, the lawsuit said, the state will accept such a work permit from immigrants who have won deferred deportation status as part of other federal immigration programs.

      The five young immigrants aren't seeking money damages and instead are asking a judge to bar Arizona from denying driver's licenses to immigrants who were granted deferred deportation status by the federal government. It seeks class-action status that would let all other young immigrants in Arizona who were granted the deferred-deportation protection join the lawsuit.

      About 11,000 people living in Arizona have applied for the deferred deportation protection under the Obama administration's policy.

      About Kristina

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      The moment I saw Abbey‘s?outfit?I thought, “I wish I had that in my closet!” This, of course, meant I had to interview her. Every part of her look made me want to go home and recreate it myself.?As I fawned over her style, she?told me that she “just loves dressing up.” Read on to meet [...]

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      If you’re not spending the summer relaxing or taking extra classes, you’ve probably started work at your summer job or internship. So when I saw Brittany, I immediately thought her “smart casual” outfit would be perfect inspiration for your summer work looks!?While jeans may not be appropriate for all offices, her look could easily be [...]

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      In every college class, there’s always that one girl who pushes the envelope and truly steps up her style on campus. At my school, Mackenzie is that girl – each week, she shows up at class in a fantastic outfit that any girl would want to copy. When I spotted her recently in these neon [...]

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      Under the proposed plan seniors who are currently 65 years-old would see their benefits drop by $560 a month in 10 years and by as much as $1,000 in 20 years.

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      So, in 20 years my $1000 monthly Social Security goes down to $0 a month!

      LOL! Asoka without money. Now that is funny!

      As my mama used to say: "Easy come, easy go!"

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      I have used regular Aquaphor ointment as a lip balm for many years (among other uses). It keeps my lips healthy and moisturized. My only complaint is that the mini tubes require a finger to apply, making it messy and unsanitary. When I saw this new lip repair version with a normal lip applicator I had to try it. I assumed it Aquaphor ointment in a different tube...boy was I wrong! This lip balm is a totally different product. First of all the list of ingredients is about 3 times longer than regular Aquaphor (are all those additives necessary?). The consistency is waxy and dull, more like a chap stick. It disappears quickly so you constantly have to reapply. Worst of all it left my lips MORE DRY than before! I'm done with this overpriced gimmick and am going back to regular Aquaphor oinment.

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      "ILLEGAL" IMMIGRANTS FIGHT BACK,
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      The five young immigrants aren't seeking money damages and instead are asking a judge to bar Arizona from denying driver's licenses to immigrants who were granted deferred deportation status by the federal government. It seeks class-action status that would let all other young immigrants in Arizona who were granted the deferred-deportation protection join the lawsuit.

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      Under the proposed plan seniors who are currently 65 years-old would see their benefits drop by $560 a month in 10 years and by as much as $1,000 in 20 years.

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      As my mama used to say: "Easy come, easy go!"

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      >>What you are saying has no scientific basis.

      It does, actually. Oil has tangible properties which can be directly observed and measured. I don't see any comparison at all to the "rapture", which derives entirely from ancient superstition.

      The problem is due to the quality of the data, not with the quality of the science. To accurately predict the point of peak oil depends on having accurate estimates of the size of the initial reserves. In particular, it would be nice to have accurate estimates of the Saudi reserves, but unfortunately, this is something the Saudis treat as a State secret. It is possible to infer a certain amount from available information on the extent to which they are using water injection and so forth, but -- as is so often the case in any scientific field -- there is a lot of educated guesswork involved.

      Happy and well-adjusted people have no need to go around, as you do, endlessly broadcasting that they are happy and well-adjusted.

      On the contrary, happy people do go around endlessly broadcasting that they are happy. Some do it without even using words.

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      Oil has tangible properties which can be directly observed and measured. I don't see any comparison at all to the "rapture", which derives entirely from ancient superstition.

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      Oil does indeed have tangible properties. But we are not talking about oil. We are talking about "peak oil" which is neither observable nor measurable. It, oil (however much there is) has never been measured. Petroleum geologists have no reliable idea, only guesses.

      The doomster cult has appropriated peak oil as part of their WMBH fantasy, which has us returning to live as in ancient times. Ain't gonna happen.

      As you say, we don't have access to the data. Without data to measure you can speak of superstition, but not of science.

      as is so often the case in any scientific field -- there is a lot of educated guesswork involved.

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      As in ancient superstition, what we have are forecasts not based on data. Here are some specific details. Lifesupport, let's get down and into the weeds on this peak oil superstition:

      Leonardo Maugeri - an Italian oil executive now at the Geopolitics of Energy Project, based at Harvard University and part-funded by BP - forecast that far from running out of oil, this decade will see the strongest growth in production capacity since the 1980s and a "significant, stable dip of oil prices".

      The recent rise of shale oil in the US, which was unforeseen, is significant. After four decades of decline, US oil production turned in 2005 and has generated the bulk of the global supply growth since then.

      Shale guys say this boom will lead to an astonishing 4 mb/d of additional US shale production capacity by 2020. By contrast, the US Department of Energy, usually optimistic, predicts total US shale oil production will peak at just 1.3 mb/d in 2027.

      4 mb/d or 1.3 mb/d ????

      See how unscientific this forecasting business is? Rates of decline are just guesses, just like a soothsayer's.

      Maugeri's forecast rate of decline is 15 per cent per year.

      Industry consultant Art Berman puts decline rates at around 40 per cent.

      15% or 40% ???? Where is the science in this?

      RT, I never said that. I said I reject Radu's offer unless it includes TX, CA, FL and AL. He refuses to consider that. Suddenly he doesn't think we are funny anymore, like his father did.

      By AL I meant Alaska.

      I don't know what Alaska's real zip code abbreviation is. I suspect AL is Alabama, which I have no interest in.

      In any event, Tripp and any other permaculturists are welcome to stay.

      Some do it without even using words.
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      Yes, you should try it. It would be more believable. Your incessant SELLING is so unseemly.

      Your admission of coming from a dysfunctional family (and your host of other issues) was telling. I see you as a black Paulette whose unsatisfactory solace in life has been sought in the company of dogs and the sycophantic serving of swarthy swamijis.

      I think Alaska's abbreviation is AK. AL is indeed Alabama which, understandably, no one is all that interested in;) [Spoken like a true condescending next-door-neighbor.]

      But thanks for the invitation to remain on the land I own. I do like the place. Just for good measure, though, I think I'll start picking up Spanish.

      POC's forecast last week that John Michael Greer's third hot-button topic in as many weeks would be Mexican immigration couldn't have been more spot-on.

      As always it is highly worth the time.

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      Ci aveva fregati tutti, Alex Schwazer. Quell’aria da bravo ragazzo, montanaro tutto sacrifici e vacche da mungere, sembrava essere la garanzia di un atleta senza macchia, che contava solo sul sudore della fronte per conquistare medaglie e trionfi nella faticosissima 50 km di marcia.

      E forse è per questo che oggi ci sentiamo tutti un po’,Louis Vuitton Sito Ufficiale; traditi dall’altoatesino, medaglia d’oro a Pechino 2008 e fidanzato di Carolina Kostner. , è positivo all’Epo, e ovviamente deve rinunciare ai Giochi di Londra e, per sua stessa ammissione, alla sua carriera.

      Un’avventura sportiva che si chiude nel peggior modo possibile e che una volta di più apre la riflessione sui limiti sempre più labili che gli atleti non riescono proprio a non superare, in nome della Vittoria a tutti i costi. E dopo il danno, per noi sportivi che avevamo creduto in quel volto pulito e genuino, ecco la beffa,borse louis vuitton. Sul sito di Alex Schwazer ancora adesso, alle ore 19.48 del 6 agosto, campeggia la seguente dichiarazione: “In molti mi chiedono come ci si prepara ai Giochi Olimpici. Semplice: allenandosi, allenandosi?e allenandosi ancora”. Appunto.

      “Vedo una vecchia signora, coi capelli ritinti, tutti unti non si sa di quale orribile manteca, e poi tutta goffamente imbellettata e parata d’abiti giovanili. Mi metto a ridere. Avverto che quella vecchia signora è il contrario di ciò che una vecchia rispettabile signora dovrebbe essere. Posso così, a prima giunta e superficialmente, arrestarmi a questa impressione comica. Il comico è appunto un avvertimento del contrario. Ma se ora interviene in me la riflessione, e mi suggerisce che quella vecchia signora non prova forse nessun piacere a pararsi così come un pappagallo, ma che forse ne soffre e lo fa soltanto perché pietosamente s’inganna che, parata così, nascondendo così le rughe e la canizie, riesca a trattenere a sé l’amore del marito molto più giovane di lei, ecco che io non posso più riderne come prima, perché appunto la riflessione, lavorando in me, mi ha fatto andar oltre a quel primo avvertimento, o piuttosto, più addentro: da quel primo avvertimento del contrario mi ha fatto passare a questo sentimento del contrario. Ed è tutta qui la differenza tra il comico e l’umoristico”. (Pirandello, L’,Louis Vuitton Italia;umorismo, 1908)

      La vecchia imbellettata, oggi, potrebbe essere rappresentata dai sempre più numerosi politici che si illudono basti una pagina Facebook o un profilo Twitter per essere al passo con i tempi e vicino ai cittadini.

      Nell’ossessione di voler apparire, e apparire moderni, non mettono neppure nel dovuto conto che l’esposizione diretta ai frequentatori dei social network non è lontanamente paragonabile al rassicurante salotto televisivo dove le parti sono ben definite e se infortunio c’è è l’eccezione.
      Qui, nel mondo nuovo di Internet, l’infortunio è la regola.
      E così, accanto ad che su Twitter solidarizza con Alfano, vittima di un profilo fake, senza neppure rendersi conto di scrivere al fake stesso di Alfano, troviamo Paniz che, dopo l’ verso il sito vajont.info, approva senza remore il post di un suo fan, che augura a Turi Vaccaro, il pacifico No Tav, di venire fulminato come Luca Abbà, salvo tentare poi disperatamente di rimediare all’imprudenza, cancellando il commento, ignaro che qualcuno, siamo in rete, ha già provveduto ad la sua leggerezza.

      E, ancora, Cosentino, offeso, rimuove dagli amici chi ha pubblicato sul suo profilo un con le parole di Paolo Borsellino e preclude la possibilità di commentare a chi gli rievoca momenti, della sua carriera o del suo partito, sui quali preferirebbe non ci si soffermi.

      Politici dunque non molto diversi dalla vecchia signora in crisi di identità descritta da Pirandello. Non è questa una questione anagrafica, ma mentale: se per anni è stato loro permesso di rovesciare sulla tv generalista menzogne ad ogni ora del giorno, ora faticano a concepire un mezzo che li sottoponga alla verità, che permetta anche al cittadino di argomentare le critiche, di pubblicare, proprio in casa loro, quanto a loro spiace venga pubblicato.

      E,louis vuitton borse, come continuava Pirandello: “non ci fermiamo alle apparenze, ciò che inizialmente ci faceva ridere adesso ci farà tutt’al più sorridere”. La risata scaturita dall’incapacità nell’uso della rete, non può che terminare nel sorriso amaro al pensiero che i nostri politici, non essendo in grado di rapportarsi con i cittadini, non possono, a maggior ragione, essere in grado di farlo attraverso i social network.

      Insomma, pur con l’ausilio artificioso di mi piace e followers, rimangono inebetiti e in affanno davanti alla potenza dirompente della partecipazione virtuale, ma diretta, che non fa sconti.

      Inadeguati e insofferenti alla democrazia, in rete come nel mondo reale.

      We hold these truths to be self evident, that every barrel of oil pumped brings us closer to peak oil. It is like death...the day nor the hour no man knoweth yet it is certain.

      Sheeet Dude, repreations? Were you a slave ? Was your dad a slave, Grandpa, Great Grandpa? Grow-up Bro, My Grandpa worked for shit at a quarry in NE.Welcome to America.When My gramma died in '63 I was in kindergarten? PEPE came to live with us with hardly any pay and factory housing. Broke his back and died at my house at 59.boo,hoo,hoo, life sucks and then you die. i am ready. i have seen it for 35 years on the box!


      Just posted a fiery post on his blog. We'll see the metal (Plato, not mettle but not not mettle either) as to whether he allows it or not.

      The guy talks about America's fall as if he's talking about another country.


      Asoka said:

      What you are saying has no scientific basis. As you say, we won't know until after the fact. Kind of like the Rapture, you know?
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      What has no scientific basis? Peak Oil? Given that we're talking about a chaotic system, King Hubbert called the US peak within MONTHS but you think we won't know 'til the Rapture. As usual, Collapse Watch caught you in one of your manifold logical fallacies which are used not out of ignorance by you but rather to attempt to win arguments through FRAUD.

      You think that just because Collapse Watch can't pick an exact DATE of the collapse of civilization, his claims have no scientific basis. Is that it? Nobody's claims for or against calamity, including YOURS, can be "scientific" because the number of variables is out of control. However, this does not mean that a REASONED ANALYSIS of what's already in play cannot be used to extrapolate, quite well, global calamity. Indeed, I've claimed and PROVEN many times with you that the USA has ALREADY collapsed as its alleged "middle class" households don't even have enough net assets to support ONE person in a nursing home for a year.

      I thought I'd drop in for the first time in several weeks just to have fun refuting your utter contempt for reasoning and fair play in debate. You construct straw men like "science" but you can't use "science" to prove your side of any argument either because the systems being debated are too chaotic and because you, personally, don't have the scientific, mathematical, or intellectual wherewithal to provide proof other than links to websites citing YOUR "gurus".

      I read with humor your claim about how great life is in S. America on $700/month. If it's so great, how come you spend so much time INDOORS ON A RATHER POOR BLOG when almost the entirety of S. America has a warm, year-round climate? The question answers itself. Your "good life" is a fiction. THIS PLACE IS YOUR LIFE.


      E.


      L.S. said that Asoka said:
      >>What you are saying has no scientific basis.
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      This means that Asoka has found "gurus" whose guesstimates conflict with the entire community of petroleum geologists and whatever hardcore science can be mustered to analyze the problem.

      See my post above about Senor Asoka. He's CFN's resident pest and illogician. I only drop in now about once every few weeks just to see what pigeon droppings of drivel he has attempted to foist on the site as sound reasoning.

      Carry on.

      E.

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      that reads as if it has been put through google translate---but I can't decide what the original language was

      when asoka gets raptured...we're gonna need volunteers to go through his stuff

      I suspect AL is Alabama, which I have no interest in.

      Even if they win the national championship? The Deep South is like a jar of preserved lemons, and we know what they say about lemons.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lPnxqpkwWk

      Had a bizarre dream last night. Dreamed was having a conversation with Abe Lincoln. He was Black with a gaping hole in his head, and was wearing Louis Vuitton wool thermal underwear with a matching handbag. Brainwashing is awesome!!

      Why don't you repost your response to Arch Druid over here on CFN. I doubt it will see the light of day over there.

      "The guy talks about America's fall as if he's talking about another country."
      -rv, on archdruid-

      >>This means that Asoka has found "gurus" whose guesstimates conflict with the entire community of petroleum geologists and whatever hardcore science can be mustered to analyze the problem.

      Maybe Peak Oil needs its own "Project Steve".

      "The guy talks about America's fall as if he's talking about another country."
      -rv, on archdruid-

      Maybe the guy with the funny hat and crazy eyes subscribes to the Edwardian theory of "Two Americas."

      There are ten kinds of people in this world. Those who cheat on their cancer-riddled wife, and those who don't. For all the rest, there's Mastercard.

      JMG has a familiarity about him. He reminds of someone. Yeah, this is it. Eerily similar. It's the eyes.

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8a/Ira_Einhorn.png/220px-Ira_Einhorn.png

      >>As in ancient superstition, what we have are forecasts not based on data.

      No comparison at all, really.

      Petroleum geologists, like all scientists, base their predictions on the best available data. As better data become available, they adjust their predictions accordingly. For the soothsayer, availability of data is never a problem, because the "data" are pulled right out of the prognosticator's ass (and any data from other sources are rejected out of hand if they would tend to undermine the soothsayer's pre-drawn conclusions). You may see those two approaches as similar, but I see them as complete opposites.

      You know, the ability of scientists to forecast the path of a tropical cyclone (and, to a lesser degree, the intensity) has improved greatly over the years. It's not perfect, but it's good enough to provide a sound basis for decision making on the part of public safety officials and individuals alike. There will always be those who reject the advice of experts who have devoted entire careers to improving the science of storm forecasting. These diehards start out cocky and contemptuous, but they can sometimes be seen later standing on the roofs of their houses or cars holding up crudely made signs reading "HELP" and waving frantically at passing helicopters.

      >>Shale guys say this boom will lead to an astonishing 4 mb/d of additional US shale production capacity by 2020.

      But then, they would. Just as is the case with the Saudis, they have some very good reasons for skewing their predictions toward the optimistic side. Their very livelihoods depend on their ability to inspire investor confidence.

      >>See how unscientific this forecasting business is? Rates of decline are just guesses, just like a soothsayer's.

      Rates of decline are mathematical approximations. An irony you appear not to appreciate is that the enthusiastic tone of those optimistically pointing to the prospects for increased production from sources like shale oil (let's remember that "light tight oil" is the correct term) actually evidences a desperation in the effort to continue to support our massive oil habit -- and a further irony is that the more successful those efforts are in the short term, the more grim our prospects for the future become, because they shift the curve further to the right. That's a bad thing. It means that the inevitable decline will be steeper, and the impact more severe.

      I believe I recall our host having advocated "managed contraction". That's a nice idea, and if I thought we had any chance at seeing a nice, smooth, gradual decline from peak oil production to... whatever comes next, I'd be happy to embrace it. Unfortunately, I see the decline side of the curve being chaotic and brutally jaggy, with hopes being repeatedly renewed and then re-dashed.

      I tend to view the phrase "managed contraction" about the same way as I view the phrase "planned parenthood". Theoretically possible; but in practice? John Lennon nailed it: "Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans."

      Yesterday was wind up Asoka's day.

      I can refute Hubbert with hard data, but first I need to know whose numbers you trust: industry, academic, NGOs, international bodies, private research institutes, USA government agencies, etc.

      You also cannot change the definition of PEAK, nor change the parameters to exclude non-traditional sources from the supply numbers. In other words no retroactive twisting of terms and definitions.

      Let me know if any of you (XXX5, Lifesupport, NJP1, etc.) This challenge, and whose numbers you trust. This will be settled with numbers as evidence.

      If you don 't accept evidence, you are in the realm of superstition, religion, and doom cultism.

      >>I can refute Hubbert with hard data, but first I need to know whose numbers you trust: industry, academic, NGOs, international bodies, private research institutes, USA government agencies, etc.

      I'd enjoy first seeing you refute Hubbert's prediction -- made fifteen years in advance -- of the peak of U.S. domestic production. Personally, I don't like to trust anyone's numbers unconditionally, so my preference is to go with the consensus -- which, again, has the global peak taking place right about now. We can certainly examine the outliers, if you like. How about you name your favorite(s) and we take it from there? It would be simpler that way, there being so many fewer of them and all.

      >>You also cannot change the definition of PEAK, nor change the parameters to exclude non-traditional sources from the supply numbers. In other words no retroactive twisting of terms and definitions.

      Agreed. As long as we also don't change the definition of "oil". Or the definition of "proven reserves". (That last one may be a bit tricky, though).

      XXX5, in a riposte to Piss-soak-cchio:

      "I read with humor your claim about how great life is in S. America on $700/month. If it's so great, how come you spend so much time INDOORS ON A RATHER POOR BLOG when almost the entirety of S. America has a warm, year-round climate? The question answers itself. Your "good life" is a fiction. THIS PLACE IS YOUR LIFE."

      E,
      Interesting, that, ain't it?
      I suspect that clogging a blog with drivel, non-sequiturs, Orwellian newspeak, and contention for it's own sake is how he MAKES his lauded 700 beans/month. (Likely more; pretty shitty "job" for the remuneration.)
      Will he be paid a bonus for turning this joint into a barren wasteland where [strangely enough] Piss-soak-cchio is left "conversing" with only its' various selves?

      We must question why it uses this blog for its' personal toilet to dump its' copious amounts of diarrhea into. Irritable bowel syndrome of the mouth/keyboard.

      Why it's not out in the beautiful climate building mud huts for the betterment of the campesinos (and thus, the whole wide world) is puzzling. I thought it had vast expertise in that area? And why the constant diversion and distraction of guru/swami invocation? Maybe it knows that sanctimonious bleating is an off-putting trait as well.

      (Now we shall hear an advertisement about the ancient wonderfulness of mud-huttery, self-spaying, gargantuan gum'mint, and happy, happy impoverishment from it, itself.)

      Perhaps Hurricane forecasting is improving because we're consciously steering them at this point. A mustard seen of faith can move mountains (and hurricanes, apparently), afterall. That proverb alludes to Quantum Theory. We now have the ability to determine the magnitude and direction of Hurricanes by focusing enough mental energy on it. The electrons respond to our cues. That's at the heart of this scientific quest we've been on. It's come full circle. Ask, and you shall receive, but the catch was in the asking part. Previously, we were passive in the process. Now, we're interactive in it. We now know that if we build it mentally, it will come. If we want that Hurricane to be a Superstorm bad enough, it will be, and if we want it to hit New York bad enough, it will. If we want to go extinct badly enough, by golly, we will. This is amazing stuff, right under our noses, and so few realize the potential.

      Do you selectively accept statistics? For example, do you consider IEA statistics as reliable generally? Or do you examine case by case?

      In other words, if I provide IEA stats will you think: IEA is responsible, serious, and uses scientific methodology."

      Or do I also have to defend the methodology used by IEA?

      I like the old saw: "If you can't blind 'em with brilliance; baffle 'em with bullshit."

      It's time in the show to apply some Rumsfeldian logic to the equation.

      1. There are certain certainties

      2. There are certain uncertainties

      3. There are uncertain certainties

      4. There are uncertain uncertainties

      For Peak Oil advocates, wouldn't it be either 3 or 4?

      Skewing data is a losing proposition. If you say you have oil you don't have, when time comes to deliver you are out of business. No one will trust you or enter into business with you because your credibility is shot.

      But paranoia, distrust of industry and government data, conspiracy theories galore are all rampant on CFN (oh, and endless ad hominem attack).

      I trust USA DOE numbers? And you?

      I trust USA DOE numbers? And you?

      Trust doesn't seem to be the right word. Not sure about their certainty or uncertainty is a better fit. Trust implies motivation.

      I am not going to enter into the Proven oil reserves guessing game at all. That data is too slippery. Hubbert can be disproven using only hard data and Hubbert 's own words.

      "What about Asians and Jews who are our equals if not superiors you ask? They are still the other and not as good TO US as a dumb White would be. Prejudice, postive prejudice in favor of our own."
      -rv-

      I think you're probably getting close to the source of our problems, Vlad. Most mainstream whites know what dumb whites are capable of, because they've lived it. And TRULY, it's not the "dumb ones" of any racial group that we have to worry about. Instead, it is the vicious ones, and the hypercompetitive ones that should cause worry.

      And - whether because of TV or mass psychosis or some other cause - mainstream whites tend to reject the possibility of dumb, hypercompetitive, or vicious, among "the other," whether Asians, Jews, Blacks, browns, or whatever.

      Although we* tend to acknowledge it readily among "whites."

      I'm not seeing a solution, just yet.
      But we've got to find one.
      Or go extinct.

      *and yeah, I'm stereotyping. But that's OK, because it's OK to stereotype and/or criticize "whites," right? Just ask the RI.

      I disagree. Trust is the right word. Trust is earned through a consistent track record, transparency, and use of scientific method. USA DOE fulfilled those criteria, so the numbers can be trusted.

      You know - what we really talk about when discussing Peak Oil - is an ideology that accepts finite limits on mankind's control of its destiny.

      For the near future, whatever that means, it isn't possible to demonstrate any "practical or identifiable" need for energy conservation because so much of the current global energy consumption is purely discretionary in nature.

      Because so many clownish activities of the United States culture are prominent in much of the world, considerable, almost exponential demand for additional discretionary petroleum is continuing to grow.

      It is this nexus of mindless discretionary consumption, and absolutely no thoughtful reckoning of adjusting governing processes to account for provisioning future energy consumption that makes these truly interesting times.

      Hence the very real potential to descend into Clusterfuck Nation. OK - so now that I have restated the obvious - all I want to know is how any of you view the US dollar as the only method of provisioning remaining petroleum reserves?

      When will petroleum used to keep humanity's important business operational become more important than Friday Night Lights and Nascar races? And discretionary consumption becomes frowned upon?

      >>if I provide IEA stats will you think: IEA is responsible, serious, and uses scientific methodology."

      Please proceed.

      >>Skewing data is a losing proposition. If you say you have oil you don't have, when time comes to deliver you are out of business. No one will trust you or enter into business with you because your credibility is shot.

      That's so naive it's almost sweet. If you can really believe you're living in a world in which individuals, businesses, industries, and entire countries refrain from trying to present the value of their assets as greater than what they really are, I almost hate to pop your little bubble. Are you familiar with the way OPEC's quota system works?

      >>I am not going to enter into the Proven oil reserves guessing game at all. That data is too slippery.

      Too bad. It's rather important.

      >>Hubbert can be disproven using only hard data and Hubbert 's own words.

      I'm ready. Lay it on me.

      Before I build my case I need to know if you accept evidence from IEA and USA DOE. I only want to use sources you accept as legitimate.

      You have to confirm.

      Trust implies faith. Faith gets into the religious. It's better to say you accept the USA DOE's numbers as the best indicators at this point in time for the reasons you stated. The basis of the scientific method is that it is an ongoing process. As new information is uncovered, previous theories, and any numbers resulting from those theories, must be reevaluated. However, if you trust something, you stand the chance of creating a stasis around that trust and closing your mind to disconfirming evidence. At that point, trust becomes unwarranted faith and now you've entered the realm of religion.


      Thanks for the clarification.

      I still do not agree with your use of the word faith. I would agree completely had you used the word belief. There is a big difference, epistemologically speaking, between faith and belief. (But now we are getting away from peak oil)

      See Wilfred Cantwell Smith 's book on faith and belief.

      >>You have to confirm.

      Please proceed.

      I'm seeing something I haven't seen in 3 or 4 years; yellow tape on trees, cut down trees on lots along country roads, and heavy equipment on these lots ready to go. The house building 'industry' is ramping up again, really the only industry left except for rehab clinics and places to change oil in your car. I'm not sure who is going to buy these houses. Even in toney Connecticut, except for Government Employees at every level, everybody I talk to is making about $10 per hour, that is if they can find a job at all. Still, these houses are impressive, 'specially when new, and will probably sell.

      --WSP7

      You asked me to name specific sources and I did.

      I am asking you to confirm that you accept IEA and USA DOE as serious legitimate sources of acceptable evidence.

      "Please proceed" is not an answer to my question.

      Those are white people houses. In the current market you can be sure no bank is going to give a mortgage to undocumented immigrants. Immigrants are not the reason those houses are bring built.

      ...And discretionary consumption becomes frowned upon? - Budi lamenting the pissing away of precious resources on bullshit activities
      ==============

      Some level of frivolous resource consumption will continue forever. Humans are a very undisciplined lot. I have been trailing family members around the house for 40 years turning off unnecessary lights to no avail. I don't see this changing in my lifetime. In a sense the 2 days of power outage we endured from Sandy was a blessing.

      They are furiously building and selling houses again near Minneapolis. Car sales are booming. I may be wrong, but it's starting to look like the end of days has been postponed.

      Ok dot dot the supposed non Assoka,

      We should all believe what we read in the papers, right?

      Let's just go along with this ludicrous fiction that you spend time living outside the USA. Just for now.

      Or maybe the more skeptical of us would rather assume what's much more likely, that you go south of the Rio Grande once in a while for a good time. (BTW are you still an old, black man on social security or did you dispense with that nonsense? Never mind, don't bother answering that.)

      Either way, tell us, College Boy, does it feel good to exploit the locals? Are you taller than them? I'll bet you are. So do you feel superior? I mean, given their shorter stature, you know, from malnutrition and disease. I'll bet you do.

      Oh and their and brown skin. Does it feel good to stand out walking down the street, I mean, with your white skin and all. After all, in the USA you're just a run-of-the-mill, no-ass, pink-cheeked College Boy, a nobody, or at least, nobody would look at twice. But down there, you're the Big Man. Aren't you?

      Are you having a good time living, laughing, loving, dancing and crying with the poor?

      And tell us, what do the local chiquitas charge for a boink? Pretty cheap I'll bet. I'll bet you can really make a pig of yourself for next to nothing. Right? OK, you're right, you're right, I'm being presumptuous about sexual preference and one shouldn't be. My bad. And besides it's nobody's business. But in any case, best be careful, I hear there's drug resistant gonorhea going around. Can really mess up the plumbing.

      Yes, I live like a king and I am in the top 1% in my life of luxury. - Assoka ..

      Aaaah, I'll bet it feels good, doesn't it Mr One Percent, to have people you can pay peanuts for food, shelter and sex. It's really good to have poor people you can take advantage of. Isn't it?

      The great thing is that it's easy to rationalize, no? I'll bet it is. You know, it's all lamentable but their situation isn't your fault, it's a result of decisions made by people long dead, it all comes from a long sequence of events you had nothing to do with, you're paying prevailing market rates, you're spending money there, you're actually helping them. See? Easy as pie. Kids' stuff.

      Just posted a fiery post on his blog. We'll see the metal (Plato, not mettle but not not mettle either) as to whether he allows it or not.
      ==============

      The last comment I see on archdruid was at 8:10PM last night. Maybe he went to bed and hasn't had time yet to review the subsequent comments and perhaps you will be published yet. If not at least do as Prog suggested and post it here.

      Because, as you note, "The guy talks about America's fall as if he's talking about another country" I can easily imagine what you must have said in your comment. But surely you understand he is writing from a point of view similar to an "omniscient other" presenting an unemotional disquisition even though it may be tearing him up inside.

      BTW, about what time did you post and what handle did you use?

      "When will petroleum used to keep humanity's important business operational become more important than Friday Night Lights and Nascar races? And discretionary consumption becomes frowned upon? "

      My view of this question is that it is already underway. I realize I run in an odd crowd, ideologically, full of urban farmers, herbalists, and bicycle junkies, but I see that trend in full swing already. I'm sure others do as well, but as with any other aspect of this catabolic collapse, it will happen at different speeds in different places. When I lived in Spokane, WA, the second time, 15 years ago, I had friends who disapproved of my water-use habits when I came over to their house. Letting water run while I was soaping my hands was apparently a serious misstep to them, even then, and this spoiled southener was caught off guard, if not a little offended by their "nit-picking."

      There are plenty of activities today that are frowned on by plenty of people, especially in the energy-wasting department (NASCAR chief among them), but if you mean when will that opinion hit critical mass and become mainstream, who knows. It's happening, though, slowly.

      A headline and a paragraph from yesterday's NY Times:

      Greece Will Borrow to Buy Back Debt

      Athens - With Greece's coffers nearly empty, the government said Wednesday that it would have to borrow 10 billion to 14 billion euros to pay for a debt buyback that its international creditors have demanded in exchange for releasing more bailout money to the troubled country.

      Am I the only person scratching his head over this circle-jerk strategy?

      My own comment is the one right before the 8:10 comment that wrapped up last night's activities at the Archdruid Report. Greer approved it almost instantly after I posted it, and then went to bed (one would assume; maybe archdruids don't sleep). Since then nothing, except for a spike in viewership at my own blog after dangling that link to my "Robamney 2012!" post out there at the bottom of the comments section. Well timed, if I do say so myself. Pure luck, but I'll take it.

      http://smallbatchgarden.blogspot.com/2012/10/robamney-2012.html

      Any more takers?

      "Am I the only person scratching his head over this circle-jerk strategy?"

      We'll print some cash up for you right away, but then you have to give it right back to us. I wish I owned a mint.

      My, my, rhino. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? Cheer up! Asoka's is not worth the band width you dedicate to him.

      ;)

      And you still believe money is real? LOL!

      Ive tried it
      makes my head hurt
      don't do it
      I'm applying for Greek citizenship as part of a get rich quick scheme

      Then you have to pay it all back to us...again...with interest...later. What a racket!

      Then again, I have considered accepting one of the multitude of credit card offers I've had in the last few years, plannning only to max it out buying useful tools, business supplies, nursery stock, etc, with no intention of ever paying one red cent back on it. Alas, I'm not that guy.

      But the lenders HAVE to know the odds of repayment better than we here do. Maybe the whole point is to keep a dying economy moving for a little while longer, while they finish building their fortresses and fiefdoms, and perhaps attempt to extort another massive repayment from the feds and repeat the cycle once more.

      How long can that strategy possibly continue?

      "(Now we shall hear an advertisement about the ancient wonderfulness of mud-huttery, self-spaying, gargantuan gum'mint, and happy, happy impoverishment from it, itself.) "

      Good stuff, man!

      "Had a bizarre dream last night. Dreamed was having a conversation with Abe Lincoln. He was Black with a gaping hole in his head, and was wearing Louis Vuitton wool thermal underwear with a matching handbag. Brainwashing is awesome!!"

      LMAO.

      "Just posted a fiery post on his blog. We'll see the metal (Plato, not mettle but not not mettle either) as to whether he allows it or not.

      The guy talks about America's fall as if he's talking about another country."

      The really eery part is that he's a nuke-totin' Jewish Mexican in real life.

      But I'm guessing your comment won't fit through the flame-baiting filter...

      "The guy talks about America's fall as if he's talking about another country.""

      To many of us, myself included, America IS another country, one to which we feel no loyalty or allegiance. That's the concept of the internal proletariat that he fairly carefully develops. Increasingly disenfranchised and preyed upon - for hard labor, money, and military might - the "lumpenprole" (thanks, Bustin J!) become disaffected by the Dominant Minority's determination to retain control of political and social structures, against all right or reason. Obamacare comes to mind.

      Now, I doubt I'll ever be making common cause with the Mexican war bands, but I will certainly never be brought back into the imperial fold either.

      Tripp, to your list of transcendent causes (I agree with all of them) I would add the minimalist movement.

      I think you're on, Lugh! Archdruid updated...

      "Tripp, to your list of transcendent causes (I agree with all of them) I would add the minimalist movement."

      Thoreau's voluntary poverty? It is implicit in the other four, but I could see it as meriting its own mention.

      But I'm glad I got "mud-huttery" in there all solid-like;)

      Hubbert called peak within months

      =========

      Hubbert did no such thing. Hubbert hit the tale end of a rather large window he himself created. Hubbert said a domestic production peak would happen sometime between "about 1965" and "about 1970" ... so he was off by years not months, measuring from the midpoint of his prediction window.

      It's fine to be critical, XXX5. But please get your facts straight. In any event Hubbert 's peak turned out to be a plateau, if we use his own definitions.

      LOL!

      Should be TAIL END not tail end. My bad.

      Hubbert 's peak turned out to be a tall tale when extrapolated globabad though.

      Globally

      I am using a new device which unhelpfully autocorrects. That is why I haven 't posted much.

      Immigrants are not the reason those houses are bring built.

      Sure they are. They work for nothing, and they do better work than the cracker meth heads. Without that cheap, dutiful labor the cost of the newly constructed houses would exceed the sales price.

      I may be wrong, but it's starting to look like the end of days has been postponed.

      It's true, the easy credit is still flowing, it just found other nooks and crannies it can get into and wedge apart.

      You know how it feels to blow bubbles with a good wad of chewing gum in your mouth. Once you get started, you can't stop until the gum loses it elasticity or you get lock jaw, whichever comes first. Well, this System loves blowing bubbles, and it will keep blowing and bursting them until it can no longer. Considering the Singularity and the Transhumanist movement, it may continue in perpetuity when this mess is uploaded into infinity. Which comes first, the salvific technological ark of Kurzweil's Singularity, or collapse? The race is on.

      Maybe he went to bed and hasn't had time yet to review the subsequent comments

      Or maybe he a ceremony to celebrate involving a goat, a virgin and some italian eggplant.

      Letting water run while I was soaping my hands was apparently a serious misstep to them, even then, and this spoiled southener was caught off guard, if not a little offended by their "nit-picking."

      Good thing they didn't taze you, bro. That's coming next, no doubt. Clean underwear checks. Anyone without skid marks gets tazed as a gluttonous, resource-wasting javelina hog and is forced to wear a strap-on snout for a day.

      Without that cheap, dutiful labor the cost of the newly constructed houses would exceed the sales price.

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      Collapse Watch, you need some fact checking also.

      FACT: more than 15% of the USA workforce was born abroad.

      FACT: in construction around 20% of workers are foreign born.

      Collapse Watch, I'm going to ask you to do some math now. In new housing construction, what percentage of the builders are USA-born?

      100 minus 20 = 80%

      As RT says, "Sheet, you got 80% of the house construction work force, what more do you want?"

      SOURCE: National Association of Home Builders ... they ain't the government and they keep track of such things. It's their business to do so.

      Without that cheap, dutiful labor the cost of the newly constructed houses would exceed the sales price.

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      Collapse Watch, you need some fact checking also.

      FACT: more than 15% of the USA workforce was born abroad.

      FACT: in construction around 20% of workers are foreign born.

      Collapse Watch, I'm going to ask you to do some math now. In new housing construction, what percentage of the builders are USA-born?

      100 minus 20 = 80%

      As RT says, "Sheet, you got 80% of the house construction work force, what more do you want?"

      SOURCE: National Association of Home Builders ... they ain't the government and they keep track of such things. It's their business to do so.

      Sorry for the double post.

      I have a new device ... blah blah blah

      On last night's Tavis Smiley program, Tavis's guest was an African American philanthropist who was in charge of a charity called the "California Foundation". At least that's what I think it was called but I can't be certain because all I could remember was the utter crap coming out of the gentleman's mouth and Tavis nodding his head in agreement like a bobblehead all through the interview. Not once during the entire interview did Tavis challenge the guest's interpretation of the facts or point out that there is more than one way of looking at a situation. And what was the Very Important Person talking about? In a word, the Standard Operating Bullshit that passes for thinking in the civil rights community. You've heard it before a million times: black and brown people are the victims of a racist power structure controlled by racist whites whose only goal is to deprive black males of any and all opportunity to live a productive life by putting as many of them into jail as possible, thereby disenfranchising them and relegating them to second-class citizenship. Listening to the gentleman drone on and on about the victimization of black and brown people, I got the impression that simply being black was enough to get you incarcerated. Now I don't deny the existence of racism in our and every other nation in the world but if this is what passes for intelligent debate on the left, how can you blame the Rush Limbaugh's and Glenn Beck's for pandering to ignorant whites with their inflammatory rhetoric?

      They're not going to report that they're employing illegal labor, so those numbers certainly won't reflect that. Observation tells quite another story. Eyes are a better source than the National Association of Homebuilders. You don't think there's a conflict of interest in them reporting their own numbers? I do.

      how can you blame the Rush Limbaugh's and Glenn Beck's for pandering to ignorant whites with their inflammatory rhetoric?

      You can't blame them, really. Loathe them, perhaps, but not blame them. They're doing what everyone else who has the chance does, and that's game the system. They make a handsome fortune playing it up, and in that sense they're no different than Spielberg, Day-Lewis and Field in the latest Lincoln movie.

      I have a new device ... blah blah blah

      It's time to remove the de from device, don't you think?

      Anybody notice the rotary rig count since Hubbert's supposed peak oil production in 1970?

      USA OIL ROTARY RIG COUNTS

      1970 ... 1172

      1999 ... 488

      2012 ... 1388

      The 2012 count is up 23% from the year before.

      These numbers do not include gas rigs.

      Go ahead and graph them. Do you get a nice bell curve with the peak at 1970 like Hubbert said.

      What the hell? Don't they know Hubbert said this would not happen? Don't they know that USA oil production peaked in 1970, according to Hubbert.

      Why would anyone invest in more oil rotary rigs in the USA when the easy sweet crude is long gone and the EROEI is worse every year?

      Have we been going steadily, irreversibly down the downside of a "Hubbert curve" since 1970?

      Are you sure?

      Foreign-born includes naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents, temporary migrants (including H-1B workers and students), refugees, asylum seekers, and unauthorized immigrants.

      Much of the work is performed for homebuilders by companies who contract out their services. How is the Association accounting for that.....the employees of the roofers, the drywallers, the cement work, the painting and the framing? All these jobs are contracted out, and there's no way in hell these contractors are willingly going to report accurate numbers of illegal help. Why would they self-incriminate? In this area, one's naked eye reveals that those jobs are filled predominantly by illegal labor. Is this your belief and faith getting in the way? Or is the naked eye observation purely anecdotal?

      US EIA OIL PRODUCTION

      1970 .. 3.5 billion barrels

      2008 .. 1.83 billion barrels

      2012 .. 2.33 billion barrels (projected)

      2013 .. 2.55 billion barrels (projected)

      Go ahead and graph it. See if you get a nice smooth Hubbert curve downward slope, though you could probably notice the last five years is going in the wrong direction, up instead of down.

      The 2012 figure is already an increase of 27 per cent from 2008 -- with fracking still barely off the ground in oil-producing areas like California's Monterey Shale.

      In short, "peak oil" has turned upside-down. That is awkward for those who insist that the descent in production, once the Hubbert oil peak has passed, must be irreversible, rapid, and accompanied by pervasive social and economic chaos.

      I guess the naked eye sees what you want it to see.

      Like Black people are the welfare recipients, right? No, more white people are on welfare than Black people. But the "naked eye" tells you otherwise.

      "A populace devolved so far into mental dullness that it can't recognize its predicament."

      This is true but whats new? Has any populace anywhere at any time ever really appreciated it's predicament at anything close to real conditions?

      Dodo birds we have been and dodo's we shall be. Extinct.

      There are laws against hiring undocumented workers. If it was so easy to hire undocumented workers, there wouldn't be shortages of skilled workers in housing construction... but there is a shortage.

      After being decimated by the housing crash, Arizona’s builders are now scrounging for workers as demand for new homes climbs. Building permits are at an almost three-year high, creating a scarcity of framers, roofers and masons, many of whom moved elsewhere when work dried up. Laws aimed at curbing illegal immigration only added to the shortage by pushing experienced laborers out of the state.
      Construction jobs, which also include commercial and government projects, increased 9.3 percent in May from a year earlier to 120,300, the biggest gain of any industry in the state, according to Arizona’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics.

      I would add the minimalist movement.
      ===========

      Yes, let's not forget the minimalist movement. This is how I know there is no Mrs Asoka.

      Only odd lonely reclusive males with unusual housing arrangements can get away with minimalism. Women have psychological needs under-appreciated by the male and these needs require "stuff." For example, they need makeup and lighted makeup mirrors. They need handbags for different seasons and different occasions, and don't even get me started on shoes! ... well, perhaps with the exception of the Tripps, unless if truth be known Mrs Tripp has been giving him a load of shit about living in a tent in the woods on a mountain and he has not been reporting the whole story. (Note to Tripp - Pray that Son of Sandy doesn't pass your way, or an arctic blast at minus 5 degrees F or you'll never hear the end of it from the missus.)

      I, myself, have tried to be a minimalist these past 40 years but all I've accomplished is to make myself a laughing stock amongst the wife and kids.

      Yes my respect for him is through the roof right now since I attacked him personaly but justly. After all, to be a Druid is to be connected with the Natural World as well as the Higher and Lower ones. The Ancient Druids were patriots. If he's going to be Universal - well then he's a Kabbalistic Occultist of some kind.

      Perhaps he feels a connection? Believe it or not, I had not seen his post about the Outremeer. I came up with that on my own the same week he did.

      I am not going to enter into the Proven oil reserves guessing game at all. That data is too slippery. -asoka to lifesupport

      Too bad. It's rather important. -lifesupport to asoka

      =================

      OK, Lifesupport, if you believe it is important, how do you explain Hubbert's gross error regarding oil reserves?

      Hubbert's peak oil production theory was predicated on a total estimate of USA oil reserves, including those already extracted, as being somewhere between 150 billion and 200 billion barrels. Hubbert preferred the lower figure -- which, if it had been accurate, would have seen the last teacup of oil solemnly drawn from the last working American oil well in the year 1987.

      AP showing some real integrity: keeping the term illegal immigrant and getting rid of Homophobia and Islamophobia - which are obvious smears, as if being against these is mental illness. And illegal immigrant? Well, because it's ACCURATE!

      Did you see the last Fred? Good piece on how common low class speech is sweeping the land: the use of nouns as verbs, emphasis on the first syallable like INsurance, etc.

      http://www.wvwnews.net/content/index.php?/news_story/ap_under_attack_for_removing_islamophobiahomophobia_from_stylebook.html

      I just got back from Springfield Ma. from a trip to my favorite Italian market.I drove by the explosion site for a little rubbernecking. All the windows for at least 100 yards were totally blown out and plywooded.The infrastructure here in New England is OLD!!! It is falling apart and there is no money to fix it. Please send donations to Heybrothercanyouspareadime.com. Thanks

      http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/news/local/hampden/raw-video-downtown-springfield-gas-explosion


      http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/major_water_main_break_in_agaw.html

      You and Fred seem to want to punish the immigrants when "illegal" immigration is only a minor civil misdemeanor – not punishable. The laws governing who is allowed to enter the country and under what circumstances aren’t criminal statutes because the immigration laws are civil in nature.


      What you are saying has no scientific basis. -asoka to lifesupport

      It does, actually. -lifesupport to asoka

      ====================

      University of Calgary's John Boyce is one of the few economists who has put the Hubbert model to serious statistical tests. They are fairly obvious ones that, if peak oil had been taken more seriously by his profession, would have been performed 40 years ago.

      Hubbert's curve turns out to be not much use as a source of predictive power -- the ultimate test of any scientific hypothesis.

      It is not only that Hubbert's own 1956 estimate of remaining U.S. oil was much too low -- this turns out to be a general feature of his oil-extraction model, no matter where you look in the past and no matter what region you study.

      What you are saying has no scientific basis. -asoka to lifesupport

      The problem is due to the quality of the data, not with the quality of the science. -lifesupport to asoka

      The two are linked, lifesupport. When you conveniently disregard data, you are doing bad science. Hubbert simply discarded inconvenient data from the distant past that would throw off his model. Hubbert's estimate of the U.S. peak was calculated using production figures beginning only in 1930, though he had access to a longer series. Inexcusable. Not science.

      HUBBERT WAS AN OPTIMIST

      In Hubbert's 1956 paper, he discussed both shale oil and the Canadian oil sands, showing that he understood their scale and promise. Moreover, he noted that "by means of present production techniques, only about a third of the oil underground is being recovered … secondary recovery techniques are gradually being improved so that ultimately a somewhat larger … fraction of the oil underground should be extracted than is now the case." That is a clumsy but otherwise excellent description of fracking.

      But all of that, Hubbert observed, is small potatoes. The title of the paper he delivered, which is something else his fans often skip over, was "Nuclear Energy and the Fossil Fuels."

      Hubbert gave his talk in March; the world's first commercial nuclear reactor, Calder Hall, would not be switched on by Queen Elizabeth II until October. But the geologist's discussion of uranium and thorium was well-informed, and even at that early date it was clear "that there exist within minable depths in the United States rocks with uranium contents … whose total energy content is probably several hundred times that of all the fossil fuels combined." On the scale of millennia, Hubbert said, "the discovery, exploitation, and exhaustion of the fossil fuels will be seen to be but an ephemeral event."

      Case closed.

      Your link proves the point about illegal labor being ubiquitous in the home construction industry. Do you not see that? Clamping down on illegal immigration decimated experienced home construction labor, meaning illegal labor was significant, meaning houses were being constructed for much less than they can be constructed otherwise. Now that experienced illegal labor has been chased off, and legal experienced labor is in high demand, homebuilders will have to pay a premium and that means their costs will rise. If their costs rise in a market where home prices have deflated and are continuing to deflate, then something has to give. If they decide to build and make a profit, you can bet the house is going to be a piece of shit. Conclusion, illegal labor in the home construction industry is one factor that allowed the bubble to inflate to the extent it did, and what allowed so many "White" homebuilders to make a killing.

      Blacks on welfare is not observable with the naked eye, so that's a red herring. Riding into neighborhoods under construction during the boom years and observing with the naked eye would reveal the ubiquity of illegal labor.

      However, now that you mention that there are more "Whites" than "Blacks" on welfare, so what? It's humans on welfare, but you know that statistic is misleading, nonetheless. As a percentage, there are more Blacks on welfare than Whites in relation to their own respective "races."

      I 'm glad I was able to prove your point for you. You are right that something has to give but the spirit of giving seems in short supply re: immigrants.

      >>Anybody notice the rotary rig count since Hubbert's supposed peak oil production in 1970?

      Oil doesn't come from rotary rigs. It comes from finished wells. In a region experiencing depletion, an increase in the number of exploratory wells is exactly what we'd expect to see, with drillers going after smaller and smaller pockets of oil (and increasingly coming up with only dry holes to show for their efforts).

      >>Why would anyone invest in more oil rotary rigs in the USA when the easy sweet crude is long gone and the EROEI is worse every year?

      It's important to ask these questions. It's also important to come up with the right answers.

      >>Have we been going steadily, irreversibly down the downside of a "Hubbert curve" since 1970?

      Steadily, no. Irreversibly, yes. I'm sure.

      >>Go ahead and graph it. See if you get a nice smooth Hubbert curve downward slope, though you could probably notice the last five years is going in the wrong direction, up instead of down.

      No one expects actual production to be a perfect fit to an ideal Hubbert curve. It's a model. The map is not the territory. This is not the first upward spike we've seen; your source references the reversal of "a decline that began in 1986", a decline that was largely driven by the peak and subsequent decline in production from Alaska's North Slope. You want to see a nice, smooth decline curve, take a look at that one.

      A lot depends on the resolution at which one examines the data. If one were to, say, make the decision to move to Phoenix, Arizona on the basis that it seemed quite pleasant during a visit over the Christmas holiday, one would be missing something important that would not become apparent until one had aquired a larger data set. Wouldn't you agree?

      The immigrants should not be scapegoated. Any of us would do the same thing if we were in their shoes...or, that should read, most of us would. The issue is much more complex than that. Needless to say, one possible permutation of potential collapse is that many of us in the "1st World" will understand what it's like to be an illegal immigrant, or in the least, a migrant worker. There will be no other choice when things truly begin to contract on a permanent basis. The several hundred million Chinese migrant workers come to mind. Here's an interesting take on the future, and it's happening now, before our naked eyes.

      http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/pictures/foreigners-to-become-chinas-migrant-workers-in-the-future.html

      LOL!
      They look lazy like they won't assimilate or learn the language. Probably eat way too much and steal food. Aren't there any citizens to do that work what with unemployment so high.

      Mrs. Asoka is also a minimalist.

      She only wants to keep me happy!

      Did ya see the link at Drudge? 5 Chinese homeless boys aged 5-15 crawled into a bin, lit a fire to
      stay warm, and died.

      Long ago [40+ years ago] I read 'The Poisons in Your Food'.
      It mentioned that Cottonseed oil [a food] is from Cotton, an industrial farm crop, that has different spraying regulations.
      Hence the need to avoid eating CS oil.

      Now crops are sprayed 5?X as much as 40 years ago, so who knows what poisons are in the GMO food!

      Still don't understand the concept of percentage, eh?

      So what? You are a Puritan: morality first, last, and in the middle. Well survival dicates another morality - you and your's first. And guess what, Bobo? The Chinese are Masters of this. Looking over the heads of others to do business with their own kind is second nature to them. And charity for other people? Back of the line - after the Billion Chinese.

      The Arch Druid has turned out to be an Arch Creep - mocking the very idea of White Interest. Will my work never end? I assume he will block me, but if not - let the games begin. I will work my Dark Magic on him - not with a wand, but with the Hammer that our Master Friedrich taught us to use.

      In absolute whole real numbers there are MORE whites on welfare than Blacks. It is the truth. I said what I meant.

      If I used the word rate, that would be a tipoff that percentage was being discussed.

      AND CHARITY FOR OTHER PEOPLE?

      Aid from China

      · China Donates School Building to Aceh, Indonesia · China Donates 1.2 Bln Yuan to India Ocean Tsunami-hit Countries · Beijing to Host Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction · Agreements Signed with Indonesia · Beijing Families Help Heal Tsunami Orphans · China Helps Indonesia Restore Tourism Market · China Lab Helps DNA Identification of Tsunami Victims · China Offers Disaster Relief Assistance to Indonesia · Wen Reaches Out to Tsunami-hit Fishermen · China Shows Great Concern over Earthquake-hit Indonesia · Premier Wen to Visit Tsunami-hit Areas During Sri Lanka Tour · Chinese Relief Supplies Heading to Indonesia · More Funds Granted for Tsunami Relief Work · 4th Medical Team Returns · Donations Reach $500m · Laborers to Join in Tsunami Clean-up · DNA of Victims from Thailand Tested · Aid Pledges Being Fulfilled · Experts Wind Up Tour of Sri Lanka, Maldives · China Backs ASEAN Disaster Alert Plan · China to Hold Seminar on Tsunami Warning System · Chinese Medical Team Wraps Up Aid Work in Sri Lanka · Beijing DNA Experts Study Thai Remains · China Denies of Providing Expired Food to Tsunami-hit Countries · More Relief Goods Arrive in Indonesia · Relief Goods Lands in Tsunami-hit Sri Lanka · HK Provides More Emergency Relief for Tsunami Victims · Second Rescue Team Starts Work in Indonesia · Chinese Relief Goods Arrive in Male · First 28 Chinese Rescue Team Members Return to Beijing · China Confirms Pledges for Tsunami Victims · Charity Federation Starts to Receive Donation Via Internet · China Sends Relief Materials to Maldives · Non-governmental Donations to Tsunami-hit Regions Exceed 150 Million Yuan · Man Offers One Million Yuan to Tsunami Areas · China Tycoon Donates US$1.2m for Tsunami Aid · China Sends Muslim Food to Tsunami-hit Areas · Red Cross Receives 100m Yuan Tsunami Donation · Non-governmental Donations to Tsunami-hit Regions Climb · Benefit Concert Raises Funds for Tsunami-hit Countries · First Chinese Rescue Team Returns from Thailand · ICBC Donates 1 Mln Yuan to Tsunami-hit Countries · Development Bank Donates $1.8 Mln to Tsunami Victims · Overseas Chinese Subscribe Liberally to Tsunami Victims · RMB 105 Million Raised from Civilian Donations · US$12.7m Raised from Civilian Donations · HK to Send Second Batch of Relief Supplies to Indonesia · China to Add Medical Aid to Sri Lanka · Students, Artists Donate Actively for Tsunami Victims · More Chinese Medical Workers to Be Sent to Tsunami-hit Countries · Chinese Charities Raise More for Tsunami · Wen Calls for More Tsunami Aid, Cooperation · Celebrities Hold Concert for Tsunami · Touched by a Six-year-old Child · Tsunami Aid Summit Opens in Jakarta · Benefit Shows to Raise Money for Tsunami Victims · Schools Aid Foreign Students from Tsunami-hit Countries · More Recruited to Alleviate Tsunami's Aftermath · China Expresses Wishes to Provide Meteorological Aid for Tsunami-hit Countries · Wen: We'll Give More And Keep Promises · Premier Wen Urges Tsunami Rescuers to Continue Hard Work · Twenty-one Chinese AIDS Patients Donate to Tsunami Victims · China Starts Largest Foreign Disaster Relief · Chinese Crew Beat Tsunami in Indian Port · US$3 Million Private Aid Ready for Victims · Muslims Respond to Tsunami at Home · Chinese Academy of Engineering to Add New Members · Chinese Rescuers Help out in Indonesia · China to Provide Technical Support to Tsunami-hit Region · Premier Wen Heads for Jakarta Tsunami Meeting · PLA Troops Active in Tsunami Relief Work · More Help for Tsunami-hit Southern Asia · Beijing Emergency Medical Team Heads for Sri Lanka · Ferocious Tsunami Starts Donation Drives Across China · China Facilitates Grassroots Donations to Tsunami-hit Regions · China to Send Second Aid Shipment to Tsunami-hit Countries · Chinese Buddhists Donate $1.2 mln to Tsunami-hit Countries · China Promises 500 mln More Aid to Tsunami-hit Nations · Chinese Forensic Experts Arrive in Thailand · Chinese Medical Team Arrives in Indonesia · Chinese Red Cross to Make Third Donation to Tsunami-hit Countries · Chinese Medics Team Leaving for Thailand · China to Increase Aid to Tsunami-hit Countries · China Donates US$300,000 to tsunami-hit Thailand · Chinese Aid to Fly to Indonesia Thursday · China's First Batch of Relief Materials Leaves for Sri Lanka · China Offers Humanitarian Aid to South, Southeast Asia · President Hu Offers Condolence to Tsunami Victims · China Concerned over Losses Caused by Earthquake, Tsunamis in Asia

      I saw your first post to the JMG and was impressed.
      First, that he put it through, and gave you a very well reasoned answer. Second - seriously - I wanted to commend you, Vlad, for "playing well with others," in that first post.

      Then, when I saw your second post to AD, I thought, "oh, sh*t," Vlad went too far.

      And sure enough, his second response to you showed that you pushed the ArchDruid into his corner of "political correctness," rendering him incapable of logic - and capable only of pat, and PC, answers.

      It was good to me to see the Archdruid revealed as merely human. Still, it was sad.

      Drop the extreme language, Vlad.
      Don't burn off potential friends, like Mr. AD, for no reason.

      Vlad can drop the extreme language, but chooses not to ... he is generating karma for rebirth. He thinks life is a fight and he is a warrior. LOL!

      No, it was inevitable - he is infected and his wound must be lanced. Look at the struggle I have had with you and you are still not fully cured by any means. After all, I'm not for "America" - I'm for Whites and only for America insofar it is White. Unlike some, I would be generous with other races in the break up - if that was within our power. But it wont be anyway as the Elite are against us.

      There is no time for half measures or "implicit White Nationalism". We vote for politicians and then they spit on us when pressured. He who is not with us is against us. By "taking the point" and the heat, I open up the discussion. And if it is allowed, I and any allies will show that the Liberals don't have a leg to stand on.

      In my first post I called him a fraud by pointing out that the Ancient Druids were Celtic Patriots. I'm amazed that he let it go by since he is PC. Why is that kind of humanity a good thing? Rather, human all too human.

      Check this out: Muslims even piss off Buddhist Monks. It's a very low birth is it not?

      http://www.amren.com/news/2012/11/ethnic-hatred-tears-apart-a-region-of-myanmar/

      It is perfect as it is. Muslims are my friends and fellow travelers in this caravanserai.

      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/World-embraces-Palestine-snubs-US-Israel/articleshow/17435331.cms

      So, yeah, it's times like this that I miss Mika.
      Read the article and you will see that only 9 nations at the UN supported the US/Israeli position. The other 200-howevermany granted Palestine "observer status," permanently, at the UN.

      Canada, the US, the Czech Republic, Israel, and five weird US Pacific client states - versus the WHOLE FREAKIN' WORLD.

      I'm concerned. Despite some impressions I may have generated on CFN, I've never been anti-Israel, or anti-Semitic.

      My concerns have been, and continues to be that Israel has become extremist, and takes the US completely for granted. And along with this, AIPAC and Israel have come to dominate US politics and foreign policy.

      ========================

      And I have thought that much of the pro-immigrant, pro-NAACP, and pro-ACLU DOMINANCE of modern US politics was - at least partially - due to Jewish influence on US politics.

      I had hoped, at least, that there were some brains in charge of this evolving mess.

      Unfortunately, that seems not to be the case.

      ---------------------------
      Israel (and the United States) are about to have, to repeat myself, THE WHOLE FREAKIN' WORLD arrayed against them.

      And, because of planetary demographic changes, this WORLD realignment is likely to become permanent and increasingly extreme.

      WASP culture becoming MINORITY in the US is going to exacerbate this situation. It already seems past the point of no return.

      After that comes the point of DISASTER.

      You guess it's too late to roll back the Jewish backing of the ACLU and the destroying of the anti-immigrant environmental arm of the Sierra Club - just to name two little causes of this unfolding disaster?

      I'm not holding my breath.

      Bill of Boston - Jump in here any time.
      I do value your opinion.

      Here's the response:
      "Lugh[ie], yes, I figured that somebody sooner or later was going to turn up with that sort of intellectually bankrupt 19th century racist nonsense, and I probably should have guessed from your earlier post that you'd be speaking for, shall we say, the common clay of the new West. Now go away." -JMG (aka, Archie the Druid)

      Very efficient. Letting churlish choad-chuggers dig their own graves saves energy and time.
      The first response was terser, but suggested that perhaps the article was "looked at", rather than read and understood. This is the immutable context of irredeemable fanaticism that looks only to its' own ends, thus missing all others. Blinkered and deadly to both its' victims and its' adherents. Blazing Saddles, indeed.

      I'm not seeing a solution, just yet. But we've got to find one. Or go extinct.

      A the D is very prolific and sometimes the penny slots pay off.

      "The final stages of the process depend on the broader pattern of decline. In Toynbee’s analysis, a civilization in decline always divides into a dominant minority, which maintains its power by increasingly coercive means, and an internal proletariat—that is, the bulk of the population, who are formally part of the civilization but receive an ever smaller share of its benefits and become ever more alienated from its values and institutions."

      Seems to be the way things are shaping up I'd say.

      Time to bury bones but I'm not finding any bones to bury.

      Okay, I'll chime in, although I wasn't asked. I say, "Bring it on, BITCHES!" Thank God the world community has, as a U.N. voice, slapped Israel in the face and said, "We've had enough of the bullying! Let the Palestinian people have their homes, just as the Israelis have theirs. Enough with this fighting!"

      Israel won't wake up to the fact that the big, emerging powers, like China, won't put up with the bully pulpit the U.S. and Israel have been pushing forth the last 60 years.

      My ex husband was pretty high up in the State Department. He told me years later many times that Washington's balls were very much in the hands of the Israelis. And this was during the Kennedy administration.

      Do I have this straight? The US is beset with social/cultural/economic problems that can’t be solved by the US citizens but instead necessitates solution from outside our borders in the form of high immigration, legal or illegal?

      Additional, the solution will be faster predicated on how much of that immigration is of non European stock and values, of Third World origin, and – most importantly – non Caucasian (not white)? That too, the faster and greater the resulting population growth the higher the standard of living will be for all?

      Hmmm, ……I guess that’s sort ‘a like how exporting and off shoring manufacturing worked so well for our citizenry. Probably we should have allowed invasion of illegal immigrant workforce for undercutting the wage floor for our citizen workforce. Oops,……..I forgot; we did allow that to happen.

      I guess next we should allow this invasion force to assert itself as a legitimate political force in directing national policy and destiny. Oops again; damn we’ve done that too!

      Hey, how’s this as idea for dodging the whole reality? Let’s surrender to this invasion by giving executive sanction to the anchor baby tactic (we could give it a nice acronym such as “DREAM" act).

      Then,…. label surrender to this invasion force as “immigration reform”. Yeah, that’s it; in that way we can conceal the cost and consequence otherwise of what we’ve had done to us (“us” being the citizenry whom the government is supposed to serve).

      I enjoy and agree with with most of your posts. I wonder why your head doesn't hurt, suffering from hitting your head against the wall, presumably from the many replies you give with regard to Asoka's "We Are the World" posts.

      Excellent Tommy Lee Jones directed film here that touches on illegal immigration and border patrol, although it's not its main focus, rather it's the setting and context. It's entitled The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419294/reviews

      Hi Cavepainter,
      Read between the lines of my post on Israel. They hold the purse strings, my dear. I learned this back in early 1963. Ironically, it wasn't long thereafter that Kennedy was assasinated.

      There were numerous cocktail parties I was invited to during the Camelot years. I generally hung out with the men, as the women bored me to tears. What they told me about Israel made the hair on the back of my neck become static.

      Then, as now, Israel controls our Diplomatic affairs within the Middle East. Murder was, to the Israelis, a simple means to an end. The bloodshed of Muslim people meant nothing to them. And now that brutal history is once again vistiting itself upon the Israeli people.

      As Peter, Paul, and Mary sang and questioned, "When will they ever learn...when will they ever learn...?"

      Hi Tripp,
      Hope you or someone else can answer this question for me. One of my bright great-grandchildren asked me what money was made of. Of course, I hesitated and didn't say it was made of shit printing presses gone mad. I told them that physical dollars were made of paper and cotton. Was I wrong? Do you or anyone out there in CFN land know what dollars are really made of...I mean, physically? This great-grandchild of mine said, "C'mon, Nana, dollars are made of paper which comes from trees!" To which I replied, "I think there's a bit of fabric involved as well, namely, cotton." Mind you, this grandchild is all of seven years old, and he'll investigate this and never let me hear the end of it if I'm wrong. But I think I'm right. Any thoughts?

      Dollaz can be *laundered*. Hardly possible if only from paper/trees (of course they are mainly cotton - 75%, 25% *linen*)...

      In reply to Tripp, this is what I told my aunt, concerning *expertice*, "Knowing, and *actualizing* (word?), are 2 different thangz. 1 of these days, I'll have figured it out completely... Unfortunately, mind-mechanics are much easier than the reality-mechanics of Mother Earth..."

      Get to work Q (tease)...

      Wonders of Multi cult part 22000.
      At the "Blaze' there is a link to a 5? year old,
      in the USA, doing the Muslim self flagellation
      routine.

      Graphic Video: Stunning Moment as Child Is Coached on Self-Flagellation During Bloody Muslim Ritual at Alleged U.S. Mosque
      THE BLAZE

      Wait until it's decreed that Civil Servants have to be bilingual. Countless Whites will be ruined just as the English ones were in Quebec when it went bilingual. A just karma since most of those people are mindless Liberals who gush over all things alien.

      OK, this will be the last of a 3 part series.
      One of the boys appears to be 4.

      Heres a comment below the video:
      problem is, if they are willing to beat their own kids bloody and sacrifice them as human bombs
      elsewhere, what makes you think they are going to leave YOU alone?

      They are already living off of your taxes.

      Are you too dull to see to understand the contradiction? Ancient Druids were Celtic Patriots, the Arch Druid is a traitor like you.

      Also from 'The Blaze';

      UK Doctor’s Horrifying Admission Reveals How Sick & Disabled Babies Are Put on ‘Death Pathways’, Deprived of Food & Fluid for 10 Days
      A 10-day process in which the baby becomes "smaller and shrunken.

      The process of murder thru neglect!

      These are Shiite rituals I believe and not generic Muslim ones. And the bombers tend not to be the Shiites but the radical Sunnis of the Wahabbi school. Russia was wise to allie with the Shiites as they are a growing power in that part of Asia on their Southern Border. Needless to say, I support your general viewpoint - and ally does not mean opening your borders to.

      The newer bills are composed of synthetic and cotton. Silk fibers used to be woven into them but were replaced with synthetic. The ink is a special blend as well.

      Too bad a "federal reserve note" is not worth what a real gold or silver certificate was worth back before the private federal reserve bank stole our money. I read a book about 30 years ago called the "Fourth Riech of the Rich" and only after the financial crisis have people started to wake up to the theft of our money.

      The trash they call money is made just up the road a piece. Not paper really. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_%26_Co.

      Sno' on the ground
      Frost on the punkins
      just got done
      from a little
      dinky dunkin'
      rake sum leaves
      Bale sum hay
      Sure got alot
      to do today
      see ya later
      alligators
      now I got to dig
      sum 'taters

      There were numerous cocktail parties I was invited to during the Camelot years.

      Do you still have the Polka Dot dress?

      Hey Myrtlemay the paper for currency in the US is manufactured in a century old plant in SW Mass. on the Housatonic River, not far from Ozone's house. Its a special type of paper, impossible to duplicate.

      Vlad, I did read the Marine Corps and Army are bringing Women into the infantry and Artillery. About time! Imagine, for example, the Army had lady soldiers fighting the Japs at Corrigedor in 1942, or the Marines had some chicks at Chosin Korea in 1952? Both battles were lost. Who knows, we might have won!

      --WSP7

      I do know the two female POW's in the first Gulf War were raped. Also, a female soldier from eastern Connecticut was killed when she picked up something shiny on the battlefield. It turned out to be a fragmentation grenade.

      --WSP7

      Women in the military is a good thing, as Martha is fond of saying. Martha could lead that charge. She performed marvelously in prison, and let's face it, prison is ten times tougher than the military. Women in the military will better enable the recruits to make love and not war, as the old adage goes, and what's not to like about that? This world needs more loving, and less war. So here's to women in the military. May the force be with them.

      We have get heterosexual males out of the armed forces. Too much raping and adultery by them, all the way up to generals gone wild. The heterosexual male soldiers lack self discipline necessary to being a good soldier.

      Potential enemies -- Iran, Syria, NKorea, China -- request the US Armed Forces recruit blue-eyed blonds, slender, about 125 lbs., 18-21 years old, virgins if at all possible.

      --WSP7

      The heterosexual male soldiers lack self discipline necessary to being a good soldier.

      Treating women like dogs to include raping them is part of the disciplinary process. It's tacitly approved. That's why it's so ubiquitous. In that sense, the military, in its current form, is very much like the Muslims. Women are treated like dogs, to be beaten and screwed at the Master's will. And this doesn't even touch on the latent homosexuality that's obvious in all of this.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22VmzX35pvM

      Just one more thing; does anybody know if the Russians and Chinese are following suit, in a sense of fairness, and bringing ladies into the Spetznatz or elite (Chinese) Marine Infantry Units?

      --WSP7

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vA4T1wfJLE

      You should be afraid WSP7, very afraid!

      LOL! If you believe in enemies, that is.

      Oil doesn't come from rotary rigs. It comes from finished wells. In a region experiencing depletion, an increase in the number of exploratory wells is exactly what we'd expect to see, with drillers going after smaller and smaller pockets of oil (and increasingly coming up with only dry holes to show for their efforts). It's important to ask these questions. It's also important to come up with the right answers.

      Your answer still doesn't seem right. Your story is that companies are investing in rotary rigs to drill vertically and come up dry? That makes no sense to me.

      Here is a more plausible answer in my opinion:

      Companies are investing in rotary rigs because technological improvements, such as increased use of 3-D seismic data, reduce drilling risk. This, combined with directional and horizontal drilling, is leading to improved oil production in many reservoirs.

      So, in my answer companies are buying more rotary rigs because they are actually increasing their oil production (contrary to Hubbert's model and 42 years after Hubbert's claim of a USA peak).

      The data support me: In the 1990's completion rates soared from 25 to 45 percent, resulting in profitable oil wells, not dry holes. Energy producers are aware of EROEI and don't invest in rotary rigs unless there's a good chance of increasing domestic oil production.

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      Lifesupport said:

      Oil doesn't come from rotary rigs. It comes from finished wells. In a region experiencing depletion, an increase in the number of exploratory wells is exactly what we'd expect to see, with drillers going after smaller and smaller pockets of oil (and increasingly coming up with only dry holes to show for their efforts). It's important to ask these questions. It's also important to come up with the right answers.

      Lifesupport, your answer still doesn't seem right. Your story is that companies are investing in rotary rigs to drill vertical exploratory wells and come up dry? That makes no sense to me.

      Here is a more plausible answer in my opinion:

      Companies are investing in rotary rigs because technological improvements, such as increased use of 3-D seismic data, reduce drilling risk. This, combined with directional and horizontal drilling, is leading to improved oil production in many reservoirs.

      So, in my answer companies are buying more rotary rigs because they are actually increasing their oil production (contrary to Hubbert's model and 42 years after Hubbert's claim of a USA peak).

      The data support me: In the 1990's completion rates soared from 25 to 45 percent, resulting in profitable oil wells, not dry holes. Energy producers are aware of EROEI and don't invest in rotary rigs unless there's a good chance of increasing domestic oil production.

      Rip, that's one helluva poem! TS Elliot, Hart Crane, Harry Crosby, they aint got nuthin on you.

      --WSP7

      In a final note of irony, my hometown Detroit, Michigan is expected to officially go broke at the same time the American government hits the dreaded "fiscal cliff" in January. Detroit mayor Dave Bing called his job "the second hardest" in the nation after president. Of course, everyone knows the city of Detroit has been unofficially broke since 1974 and the American government is only being kept alive by the artificial transfusion of funds from China. Things have gotten so bad in Motown that firefighters are asking the public for donations of toilet paper, hand soap and paper towels because the city can't afford to provide them to the fire stations. Merry Christmas!

      I have posted a lot this week on peak oil. Apologies to those who think CFN is not an appropriate forum for peak oil discussion.

      I have come down hard on Marion King Hubbert's peak oil theory because many seem to point to it as a harbinger of doom ... and doom and I don't dance together.

      So, I thought I would make a post on the response to peak oil, because there is a response happening. Just like Y2K was avoided because mobilization occurred to prevent disaster, there are people working on a post-fossil fuel future.

      On CFN we all seem to be in agreement on many of the problems we face: oil depletion, increasing population, climate change and increasing energy demand, so what is the response we need to make? How do we create a sustainable future?

      First, electrical power generation has to enter into a new phase of evolution, that will be characterized mainly by a transition from a hydrocarbon-based economy, and by more efficient utilization of energy.

      Alternative energies have gathered considerable momentum since 1970's oil crisis. Moreover, Earth seems to have enough power to cover World’s electrical power demand ... but not by a single source; for this reason, recent research has been carried out on optimal sizing of renewable hybrid energy systems in order to design an optimal system configuration.

      This is not trivial work because of the randomized nature of alternative energy sources, the electrical load profile, as well as the non-linear response of system components, to mention a few issues.

      Further, it is not easy to assess hybrid energy system performance and, therefore, hybrid energy system designing is a complex task.

      But just as attention focused ahead of Y2K and a solution was found, the public is waking up to peak oil and efforts are multiplying to address the issues related to the transition to a non-hydrocarbon-based economy, characterized by an efficient utilization of renewable, sustainable, zero-emission energy.

      The good news is we have time to act and we are already awake.

      We are not even currently solely dependent on crude oil, though we'll continue to have oil for years to come. The supply of liquid fossil fuels (petroleum and LNG) and the harvesting of non-conventional tight oil formations (Bakken Shale, the Niobrara Formation, Barnett Shale, the Eagle Ford Shale, etc.) will keep the United States happy motoring with oil for decades.

      During the coming decades, before fossil-fuels largely disappear, we have time to develop a hybrid mix of synergistic alternative systems (solar, wind, thorium, tidal, wood, waste, hydroelectric, geothermal, etc.) necessary to live comfortably.

      I am not saying, and I have never said, we could continue to live at our current standard of living without fossil fuels. But we will live. Maybe with 12 hours a day of electricity, instead of 24 (though thorium could keep it at 24).

      Life could go on easily, even consuming half of what we currently consume. Contraction is a given in my opinion. We are energy hogs and must learn to live consuming a lot less energy in a sustainable minimalist lifestyle. (Google mnmlist, then click on Mnmlist - Similar Site Search)

      The end of fossil fuels is not the end of the world. The end of fossil fuels is not the end of life on earth. Relax, and enjoy the sunlight that comes to us every morning, as you work on simplifying your life.

      Hey Marlin, Yea some o' my best work, I'm a gonna be puttin' it in my next book. It will be available on Kindel Dec. 23. Oh wait a minute . I forgot the world will end on the 21st. Don't bother!

      Just like Y2K was avoided because mobilization occurred to prevent disaster

      The jury's out on that. It is also highly plausible that it was never really that critical of an issue and the fear and mobilization were unwarranted. It did accomplish one major thing, though, wittingly or unwittingly, and that is it desensitized the audience to the next cry of wolf, and that can be hazardous when it really turns out to be a wolf after so many false alarms.

      I forgot the world will end on the 21st. Don't bother!

      Don't let a silly little thing like the end of the world stop you. Complete the book several days in advance and put it in a time capsule so the next world can discover it and worship you as the son of their god.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRhCz0ELrKs

      >>Lifesupport, your answer still doesn't seem right. Your story is that companies are investing in rotary rigs to drill vertical exploratory wells and come up dry? That makes no sense to me.

      What shouldn't make sense to you is that an increase in rig counts automatically indicates an increase in production. Early in the lifetime of a play, that may well be true; wells are added, production increases -- and wellhead pressures decrease, necessitating a transition from natural to artificial lift methods, all of which heads toward that inevitable point of diminishing returns: the point at which producion cannot be further increased by the addition of more wells.

      One of the tricky aspects of petroleum geology is that even with all of the advanced tools available, there still is no sure way to determine with absolute certainty just where the oil is other than to poke some holes in the ground and see what comes up. The heyday of the Texas oilfield has passed, and as our large oilfields have continued to mature, finding untapped pockets of oil has meant that the targets have gotten smaller in size, and therefore easier to miss. At one time, it was like shooting at elephants, but now it's like shooting at mice.

      Keep in mind that the primary justifications for supporting the oil industry with enormous government subsidies is that without that incentive, oil companies would be less motivated to invest in exploratory drilling -- and it is precisely because those efforts so often end up going nowhere. The name of the game is "privatize the profits, socialize the losses". They invest in drilling dry holes because we pay them to do it.

      >>Companies are investing in rotary rigs because technological improvements, such as increased use of 3-D seismic data, reduce drilling risk. This, combined with directional and horizontal drilling, is leading to improved oil production in many reservoirs.

      It's leading to improved oil production in many reservoirs that have remained untapped for good reasons: the oil in those reservoirs is locked up in non-permeable formations. The high-producing conventional wells of the pre-US peak era were located in permeable formations. It didn't take expensive contortions to get the oil out of the ground, because the porous rock allowed the oil to continually seep into the wells. What those increased rig counts indicate is not that we are entering a new era of prosperity driven by increased domestic oil production; it's that we entering an era in which our attempt to extract oil from the ground is becoming increasingly desperate.

      There is another thing that is very important, as well as fiendishly ironic: One of the very things we would expect to see around the point of peak production is a plethora of enthusiastic announcements regarding recent increases in rates of production.

      The Russkis are not exactly incontinent broadcasters of information on these matters but from what little I've read, they don't recruit women into the Spetznaz, they prefer farmboys or small-town boys, with certain qualities of character and certain physical attributes ie something like max height 5'10", max weight 190 lbs

      They don't want world class athletes, but they do want sturdy fellows, of good character and adaptable and intelligent. The recruits generally find out they've been selected when they arrive at a training center.

      The training is very harsh to weed out the unfit and so recruits are pushed to the limits of physical and mental endurance. If this is the case and it very likely is then one would suppose that there is no dicking around with "progressive" social experimentation.

      But like I said, the Russkis don't feel the need to share info and so what I read/heard could be crap. There's no doubt some stuff on the internet on this and I'll bet that's pretty much crap too.

      I've never heard anything about what China does.

      Hey Rhino Asoka knows all that sh*t. He's just Bustin' yer Balls, getting a rise outa ya, just like he does with P2C. Its all part of the fun. - Widespreadpanic

      Fun maybe. But I look at it as turd containment, controlling the flow of sewage. And anyway my posts aren't so much directed at him.

      There's some Americans, actually a lot of Americans, that don't know which country was fighting which in WW1 or WW2 - zero idea what went on. Product of a crummy educational system. So with respect to certain subjects I try to control the flow of misinformation from Assooka's posts with its constant distortions and bullshit.

      Mass State Police used to have a 6 ft. height requirement. Now long gone as "discriminatory." Now we have "girls" under 5 feet. I think they are a liability, but then again I am 6'3". Heres a funny little story I found and it is even funnier because they called me "Lurch" at the firehouse.


      Every agency has their funny stories involving small or short officers. We had a male officer about 5'5 and a female officer about 5'2" roll up together on a bar fight where the Hell's Henchmen (since merged with the Hell's Angels) had taken over the bar. All the patrons were thrown out and were standing in the parking lot when our two officers arrived. A Henchmen, who stood right at 7 foot tall and appropriately called "Lerch", walked out and very deliberately looked the duo up and down then said in a sarcastic tone "I think YOU better call for back up!" The duo looked at each other and nodding with agreement she said "I think your right." This is still an often told story at that bar.

      Special Forces doesn't want guys your size: the small/medium guys can take more abuse, have more endurance, are stronger for their size, etc. Evidently, the Russians have discovered the same thing as per Rhino's post. None of this should bother you, as you guys are still bigger and stronger. It's just the Law of Compensation. Read Emerson's Essay if you feel aggrieved at all about this.

      Explorers found the same thing: most of the people of the world are smaller than Northern Europeans. But they are often very strong for their size - like Sherpas carrying almost their own body weight up mountains.

      Nice poem. You are the Tall Man of Haddam.

      One of the very things we would expect to see around the point of peak production is a plethora of enthusiastic announcements regarding recent increases in rates of production.

      If you look at the actual oil production figures (not proven reserves figures/guesses) for North America, you will see that Hubbert was wrong about 1970.

      OIL PRODUCTION: THOUSAND BARRELS DAILY

      1969 .. 12595

      1970 .. 13257

      1971 .. 13224

      1972 .. 13520 (peaking beyond 1970)

      1973 .. 13585 (peaking beyond 1970)

      2007 .. 13631 (peaking beyond 1970)

      2008 .. 13122

      2009 .. 13471 (peaking beyond 1970)

      2010 .. 13880 (peaking beyond 1970)

      2011 .. 14301 (peaking beyond 1970)

      By definition, the word "PEAK" means highest point, above which you never again supersede.

      From 2009, 2010, and 2011 (and probably 2012), we have not yet reached the peak of oil production.

      Hubbert was wrong about "peak oil."

      SOURCE: Statistical Review of World Energy, 2012

      Yea Vlad your right, My x-ambulance partner was a little guy about 5' 6" and strong as hell. We had to break into a lot of houses when grannie fell and couldn't get up. We would toss him through a window like nuthin'. We even sent him through a "doggie" door once. Once we tossed him through a window on a well-being check and he landed on a corpse. Just another day at the old job. I kinda miss it.

      There's some Americans, actually a lot of Americans, that don't know which country was fighting which in WW1 or WW2

      There is at least one Canadian who doesn't know the difference between Western Europe and Eastern Europe ... and does not appreciate that there has not been any warring between Western European nations for 68 years.

      So much for "human nature is violent"

      We had another guy called the "Wolverine" probably about 5'6" and built like a treestump. He could kick my ass anyday. Could bench 300 lbs. and do backflips.

      Feature this; just as an exercise to gain perspective on how much identity as a sovereign nation we’ve lost, sold or surrendered. Imagine 1945, end of WWII, US enlisted men arriving back in the States to confront the following:

      While overseas fighting to drive foreign invaders out of other countries our national borders were left unenforced and our immigration laws were being ignored and our sovereignty challenged by millions of foreign nationals here illegally.

      These invaders are usurping valuable public services and assets, putting stress upon government institutions needed for re assimilation back into civilian life the returning vets.

      The “vets” would have to compete against these invaders in a job market already overcrowded and for wages pushed ever downward by the added pressure of these invaders.

      Prosecutions for crime of treason weren’t being vigorously pressed against citizens who were complicit with this invasion by either exploiting it as cheaper workforce or for providing shelter and other aid.

      These invaders were insisting on acceptance as legitimate political force, demanding pathway to citizenship (hence netting advantage over the returning vets and most citizens for the eventuality of owning dual citizenship).

      The President has given executive sanction to the “anchor baby” tactic, justified by misinterpretation of intent on the part of the framers of the 14th Amendment -- reading it to extend impunity to foreign nationals choosing to violate our immigration laws.

      Well,…..what do you think would be the reaction of these returning vets? Particularly if they arrived back in the States still fully armed?

      MESSAGE TO XXX5, purveyor of "we are in the worst economy in the history of the USA" myth:

      FACT: We have very significantly cut government spending -- $1.7 trillion over ten years (including interest savings)

      FACT: Health care costs are actually growing more slowly in recent years, and that this may be an early sign that cost controls of the type in the Affordable Care Act will actually work.

      FACT: The President's budget -- which is basically what he's working from on the cliff negotiations -- will stabilize the debt as a share of GDP, as scored by the CBO.

      FACT: The safety net worked. The Census Bureau has an alternative series of poverty measures that captures the economic impact of the benefits that flow to the poor. So, for example, it includes the cash value of food stamps and the impact of tax credits like the Earned Income Credit. It also adjusts for geographical price differences and out-of-pocket health care spending.

      While official poverty rates -- which exclude much of the value of the safety net -- increased from 12.5 percent to 15 percent, 2007-11, the alternative measure, though higher at a point in time (accurately measured, there are more poor people than the official measure reveals), was essentially unchanged.

      That's right -- the deepest recession since the Great Depression and poverty didn't go up, at least not when you measure it correctly.

      CONTRARY TO WHAT XXX5 SAYS.

      our sovereignty challenged by millions of foreign nationals here illegally.

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      Get a grip, cavepainter.

      La Reconquista is a reality and you can't do anything about it. I recommend you learn Spanish and learn to love your neighbors, as the Good Book says.

      Viva La Reconquista!

      (otherwise known as people taking back land stolen from them at gunpoint. The USA violated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo by eliminating Article X guaranteeing an open border. You don't violate a treaty with impunity. So people come across back into their