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

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