Friday, September 16, 2005

Our Response to Peak Oil

I just watched a great dvd: The End of Suburbia: oil depletion and the collapse of the American dream. Entertaining, comprehensive and grim. Actually by the end I think most of us were secretly rooting for the rapid demise of the soul-less and cancerous suburban way of life. And that demise seems closer every day.
On top of that, news has reached us of the proposed Iranian Bourse. Of course, you've probably heard all about it. No? Well, it seems that those crafty Iranians are planning to set up a new oil market to compete with the current American owned markets in New York and London. The main idea is to switch the international oil trading currency from US dollars to euros. You may not realize it but the 'petrodollar' is one of the few things holding up our absurd economy. The new exchange is being set up to start in March 2006. Doomsday for the US economy.
So what's a neocon government to do? Kill the bastards! But how? Nuke 'em. And that's exactly what they're discussing right now. We obviously can't invade them. Unlike Iraq they actually have a strong military. So our brilliant leaders are rattling the nuclear sabre. And I suppose we can expect another convenient 9-11 style attack, perhaps in Europe? Perhaps San Francisco? Clearly they would need something of the sort to "justify" the destruction of yet another soverign muslim nation.
Of course the World would not take kindly to such a ploy and there is much speculation that we'd see a global retaliation--say the dumping of US dollar reserves? This would immediately destroy our economy. True, it would also do a lot of damage to the creditor's own, but hey, at a certain point you gotta cut your losses.
And what would our own public do if we dropped the big one on Iran? We're already using nuclear weapons (depleted uranium) in Iraq and no one seems to know or care enough to riot. But I think people would riot. One would hope they'd do something.
So it's sort of a damned if you do damned if you don't kind of thing. Either way it seems like hard times ahead for the US dollar, SUV drivers and people who work for a living.

So our response? We're going to Disneyland!
That's right. Another Wild Blue Yonder episode about to unfold. We want to visit the 'happiest place on earth' before it's gone forever. So we're going to tank up on biodiesel and hit the road monday. Since we've utterly failed to find a place to rent so far, and we can probably impose on Krista's folks to feed the cats...what the hell?
It's also a way of making India's 16th birthday special. And our 20th anniversary which is the same day--the Autumnal Equinoxe. Two birds with one stone. Woo hoo.
So we're outta here.
Hey, don't forget to stockpile food and water in the event of an emergency. Start today.
Take care. See you later.
rob

Monday, September 05, 2005

The Enemy Ideology

America is #1
We have the greatest economic system in the world
Anyone can make it here with enough hard work and determination
In America there's opportunity for all
If someone is poor it's their own fault
A sign of weakness
(Blacks are all lazy and degenerate)
Those people aren't like us
Buncha drug addicts
Handouts are the last thing those people need

I woke up with this in my head. By and large I grew up steeping in this poisonous moral insulation (though I don't believe my folks were racist at all).
With about a million new homeless to deal with, I'm afraid that our once proud nation is in for a little soul searching.

By the way, I think if you insert "they don't value life the way we do" you also get to invade and bomb third world countries.

cheers

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Paranoia Strikes Deep

Today we encountered a new and horrifying idea--that the slow and insufficient response to New Orleans was not simple incompetence and bureaucracy, that it was deliberate. I know it sounds too crazy but there are so many weird stories in the press, cataloged here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=104&topic_id=4630068&mesg_id=4630071

Why would the Bush administration deliberately let poor black people die?
One fellow wrote:
I think that at the very least, they intentionally let the people suffer. They knew that after 2-4 days with no assitance, there would be mobs of angry black people and that this would be caught on the cameras. Nothing scares white people more than angry black people, so at the very least they would be able to use the reaction of the NO residents as a pretext to institute even more fascist police legislation.
Basically, the Karl Rovian message would be: "give up your rights or the evil black people will get you."

I don't know if this is true, but if it is I think it's going to totally backfire on the rat bastards.
cheers
rob

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Wake of the Flood


Hard to know how fast things are going to fall apart. We've all been surprised, I believe, by the National Crisis still unfolding in New Orleans and the South.
On one hand, I've been listening to the Peak Oil doomsters talking about major catastrophe right around the corner and then other folks who have such confidence in the ingenuity and creativity and spirit of the people to solve any problem with technology and cooperation.
At this point the doom-sayers are sounding a bit more convincing.
So what do we do?
Judging from New Orleans, if anything big goes down we're pretty much on our own. So it wouldn't hurt to put up some provisions, eh? Canned goods and water. Some batteries and matches and a first aid kit? A radio? All that stuff. I'm checking books out on how to make alcohol for fuel. What the hell? Might be time to plant some onions and garlic? When do you plant potatos?
This painting is 'Fall of Icarus' by Gary Slipper.