Clean Coal. Is this how we will deal with the energy crisis? Not only Bush, but even John Kerry seems to think so. How small minded have we become? Clean Coal certainly is a worthy stop-gap measure as we gradually offline those facilities. But that's it. Putting the word "clean" in front of coal don't make it so. We need to be moving to fuels that are actually clean like Solar, Wind, Geothermal and Nuclear Fusion. Why is it that we all know this and yet somehow accept that is doesn't happen? If you are one of the many that have been convinced that it's because we lack the know-how, think again. Consider these working innovations:
Monday, April 12, 2004
The major financial crisis facing the United Sates of America:
Of course the only real problem is that the government is now largely corrupted and incompetent, so these issues are not being properly addressed.
The housing bubble is clear. Within a a few years, housing prices that have been artificially inflated (primarily to cure State'a budget solvency problems) will begin to deflate. A lot of poor shmucks are doing to loose their shirts on this one.
But the housing bubble pales in comparison to the Peal Oil crisis. You can expect the price of gas to break $5 a gallon around 2010. Oh, the places we will NOT go! And of course, as anyone familiar with the topic knows, transportation costs are just the tip of this iceberg.
Productivity Acceleration is one you don't often hear about. Well you will (if we manage these other problems) Soon there will be a Robot applying for Your job! Our Free-Markets system just isn;t design to deal with this kind of thing. Expect neo-ludite lashback and job creation through ever thicker government bureaucracy as the moronic counter weight.
And let us not forget the National Debt, which in itself might not be a problem except that 40% of it is now owned by foreign interests! Check out The Other Way to Deal with the National Debt. Of the many issues involved the one most in the mainstream these days is of course Social Security. Never mind that Medicare/Medicaid and the whole health industry is even worse shape. But, hey, this is America! We can afford anything. Right?
Saturday, March 13, 2004
I have just had a very interesting realization. By and large, the majority of people accept the Argument From Design for the existence of an intelligent creator, but in contrast, when they consider the state of our world, its poverty and its war, they attribute no primary movers, and instead think of it a a chaotic jumble of unregulatable fractionary (and ungodly) forces. But this later view point at least is greatly nieve. For people to be truly impoverished means they lack the means to sustain themselves in a reasonable fashion. This means they either don't have the knowledge to do so, or they do not have enough land off of which to provide food and water, establish shelter and community. Men need little more than this to maintain diginified lives. Just ask the Amish. Yet billions do not have this. How is that possible? People have been existing without modern means for thousands upon thousands of years and now suddenly billions have no idea how to do so any more? Quite obviously, at some point in their heritage these people were deprived of their traditional way of life. they were discourged from learning the ways of there forefathers, or were dislocated from their lands. And examples of this abound. The most obvious are the American Indians, the African slaves, and the Palestinians. No matter how you slice it, that's the bottom line. When it suits them, the powerful displace the less powerful to gain their lands and/or destablize their traditional livelihoods for a cheap source of labor. How ironic it is then to consider Christian missionaries who sought to bring salvation, but who are in actuality the pawns of the powerful and hairbringers of social down fall. Yet who can blame them? Are they not like the the modern American tax payer? If you do not pay your taxes you are breaking the law, marked unpatriotic, and will go to jail. But if you do, then your tax dollars (not to mentoin you debt payments) are filling the cofers of the powerful and still spilling blood.
Friday, March 12, 2004
I have done a little research and by almost all accounts the oil and natural gas production of the world will peak sometime in this decade. Once this peak is straddled, oil and gas prices will begin to rise indefintely. Since the demand for oil continues to increase, prices will soon begin to rise rather rapidly. Then a drastic transition will begin to take place. Having not sufficiently pursued the development of alternatives we will have to turn to old standbys, mainly coal. Given increased demand for coal to offset the loss of oil and natural gas, we can expect about fifty more years worth of coal before the same phenomenon of peak production occurs to it. yet coal is is not as efficient, clean, or as versitle as oil. Therefore coal can only provide a partial offset. The bottom line? The global economy will suffer a major set back as transportation costs begin to sky rocket. Since no government power is willing to embrace this reality and actually prepare for the future, we can only expect a major world wide economic depression --a depression the likes of which we have never seen before. The Saudis have a saying:
My father rode a camel. I drive a car. My son flies a jet plane. His son will ride a camel.
Here's a sample of some of the shorter, but still informative, articles I read:
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
The distinguished linguist Noam Chomsky has a good bit to offer in way of understanding the Current State of American Economics. This is a brief write-up on a presentation he has been giving.
Another short write-up, A Primer on Jobs and Joblessness, provides some fundemental information about economics that most persons, including government representitives, simply do not understand. Now, I will say that I think Mr. Block is taking things too far, as he seems to support a completely unchecked free-market. To the contrary, there do need to be some basic reigns on the free-market, least we all have our souls sold to the company store. But beyond such constraints protecting us from monopolistics servitude, he is fully correct. Government has climbed into bed with corporate interests, and it is imperitive that it be stopped.
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
Monday, February 16, 2004
Corporations have been enthroned. An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
--Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Thursday, February 05, 2004
It is interesting that we might consider Germany of the early 1900s as a contentious battle ground between the ideolgies of captialism and communism. Consider:
The communists turn their attention chiefly to Germany, because that country is on the eve of a bourgeois revolution that is bound to be carried out under more advanced conditions of European Civilization and with a much more developed proletariat than that of England was in the seventeenth, and France in the eighteenth century, and because the bourgeois revolution in Germany will be but the prelude to an immediately following proletarian revolution.
- Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto, 1848
Due to of the economic conditions of Germany at the heights of the industrial revolution, the country was prime for prolitariat revolution. But the stronghand of bourgeois influence from the west, much of which was embodied in the minority Jewish population, kept the revolution at bay. but the prolitariat discontent continued to boil under the surface, the embers kept red from the east, and then brought to new a extreme due to poor treatments after the mostly unexpected and nationalistic 1st World War, until finally, althogether by passing any prolitariat insurgance, the nation exploded directly into a facist socialist state, falling directly into the hands of a new master, the Nazi party and her great catalyst, the wicked of the explosion itself, Adolf Hitler. honestly, I do not believe hitler would have been so frowned upon today, if it were not for his hell-bent drive to exterminate the Jews. If he were but satisfied to merely oust them from the nation and his outlaying conquests, he may very well have been looked upon, while not with love, at least with some manner of respectability, as is now done with histories other great conquerors, like Nepolean or Alexander. yet, it may just be that hitler could not have attained his position, nor catalyzed the event, without this very hatred for the jew. admist the powder keg of the surpressed prolitariat and the burgeoning jewish bourgeois, the eruption could be nothing less then the single most historical event of the era. a wall was built in germany after the war. The wall is really what that war was about. the germans and the jews? they just happend to be at her front lines.
Then again, there's this scatheing analysis:
Dying village? The hell with them. It's the government that's dying. They can take it and shove it. They're all fascists just like they were fascists before.
--Vladimir Bykov, 76, the Last Resident of Isupovo
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
This is not your typical "compassionate conservative".
"Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes from the pit of Hell." --Debbie Riddle, Texas Republican State Representative
What kind of rationality lives behind such attitudes? According to Paul Street in Deep Poverty, Deep Deception they are...
"The key players in the current rightwing beltway regime and their allies ... who can't shake the lingering specter of communism more than a decade after the end of the cold war."
Sunday, January 25, 2004
Utopian Pharmacology. Although verbos, both long and detailed, this article is profoundly interesting and telling. An earnest investigation into the entactogen-empathogen drug MDMA, this paper shines a bright light on the realities of the world we live in, and the people that are (imho) so ignorantly bent on contolling it out of ego-fear.
Saturday, January 24, 2004
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Gentleman, do we not pay enough taxes? In your day the burden was so light. How can be so heavy today and yet there still not enough?
The sheriff's department called today asking for a small donatation of $10. Donating gets you one of those nifty little stickers for your car. Surely, you know the one. It's your "get out of jail free card". Okay, I'm overstating it. More like a "Go easy on me, I'm on your side" sticker. But discrimenatory executions of the law aside, what exactly do our tax dollars pay for if not law enforcement? Really, how can anyone feel good about the sheriff's department having to stoop to telemarketing for funds? Or perhaps they have alterior motives? Also, I wonder if they are exempt from the new National Do Not Call Registry? ... I've confirmed it. Yes, they are exempt.
Honorable patriots, have we sunk so low as to beg for funds to ensure our security?