07/17/13

Our Shared Predicament

Back in the day, I used to post a lot about peak oil, global warming, our pyramid scheme financial system and some other related things, but I stopped for a quite a while as most seemed to be not interested or at a loss for what to do. Well, most of what I was saying back then were trends happening or expected to happen and, as they say, time will tell. So I decided to sit back and let things happen for a while and see if what happened adheres to my expectations.

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03/8/12

We Eat Oil – Eating Fossil Fuels

This is a repost of an article from Mike Ruppert’s “From The Wilderness” website. Dale Allen Pfeiffer shows how oil and other fossil fuel energy inputs have made our food supply totally dependent on their energy. This has major implications for when world oil production begins its inevitable decline. It’s somewhat scary, but in reaction you should start learning to grow at least some of your own food if you have the room to do it.
From the Wilderness


Eating Fossil Fuels

by Dale Allen Pfeiffer

© Copyright 2004, From The Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only.

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03/8/12

The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

This article by the author of Gun, Germs and Steel and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed shows us that most of our basic assumptions about our experiment of civilization are sorely mistaken. I especially am impressed by how hunter-gatherer peoples had such better health than we do today.

Jared Diamond: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
By Jared Diamond
University of California at Los Angeles Medical SchoolDiscover Magazine, May 1987

Pages 64-66: To science we owe dramatic changes in our smug self-image. Astronomy taught us that our earth isn’t the center of the universe but merely one of billions of heavenly bodies. From biology we learned that we weren’t specially created by God but evolved along with millions of other species. Now archaeology is demolishing another sacred belief: that human history over the past million years has been a long tale of progress. In particular, recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence. Continue reading

08/1/11

Arithmetic, Population and Energy

This is a presentation by Dr. Albert Bartlett concerning the impossibility of our society’s quest for infinite growth in a finite environment. Dr. Bartlett got his B.S. in Physics from Colgate, worked at Los Alamos research lab during WWII(the Manhattan Project), then got his M.S. and PhD from Harvard. He’s a smart dude. He spent his career teaching at University of Colorado, Boulder and is now Professor Emeritus in Physics there. He’s been doing this talk for decades, and I don’t know that there’s been any effect. I’ve posted it here before to yawns, but there are some new people here and I thought I’d bore them too.
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08/1/11

Climate Change Debunked? Not So Fast

Just to note, someone "over there" posted crap from the Heartland Institute via Forbes that Dr. Roy Spencer’s recent paper in a pay-to-publish "journal" debunked climate change "alarmism". Unfortunately for the poster, this "paper" was written by an Exxon-Mobil paid shill to prevent humanity from addressing one of the most serious issues facing us, our poisoning of our own environment. The deniers ran with this, even though mainstream climate scientists (Spencer’s peers) had less than stellar reactions to this "paper".

That some people want to continue growth at all costs makes me think that humans are dumber than yeast. At least yeast can’t project the future, so their exponential growth in a finite environment is somewhat excused. What do you say about a species that has the capability to do the easy arithmetic that shows growth is a cancer and will end our species, but still engages in it?

I won’t even bother to post Dr. Bartlett’s lecture again, since it seems some people just don’t want to know where we are heading…

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