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Fri Aug 05, 2005

Globalisation is an Anomaly and Its Time is Running Out


Cheap energy and relative peace helped create a false doctrine
by James Howard Kunstler

The big yammer these days in the United States is to the effect that globalisation is here to stay: it's wonderful, get used to it. The chief cheerleader for this point of view is Thomas Friedman, columnist for the New York Times and author of The World Is Flat. The seemingly unanimous embrace of this idea in the power circles of America is a marvellous illustration of the madness of crowds, for nothing could be further from the truth than the idea that globalisation is now a permanent fixture of the human condition.
Today's transient global economic relations are a product of very special transient circumstances, namely relative world peace and absolutely reliable supplies of cheap energy. Subtract either of these elements from the equation and you will see globalisation evaporate so quickly it will suck the air out of your lungs. It is significant that none of the cheerleaders for globalisation takes this equation into account. In fact, the American power elite is sleepwalking into a crisis so severe that the blowback may put both major political parties out of business. Read more...

Moral Citizen: Slothrop on Aug 05, 05 | 11:14 am | Profile

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Tue Sep 28, 2004

earthquake

there was just a little earthquake here. Just a little gentle one - just small enough to register on the senses.

I felt like I was getting a little dizzy, a sensation of moving in circles. Then I realized I wasn't hung over, so it must have been an earthquake, and this 5 story building was kind of doing a hoola hoop dance. Hope there isn't an aftershock.

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Sep 28, 04 | 10:17 am | Profile

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Fri Aug 06, 2004

Does your household have a 'screaming hippie' mug?

From Ram Dass's Be Here Now, now available for the first time as a coffee mug.

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also available in T-shirts and Lunch Boxes.

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Aug 06, 04 | 1:31 am | Profile

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Mon Mar 29, 2004

install the small machine

from a spam received by Est, but posted by pibor. Dear all:

Help! Murder, Hong Kong police useing Brain Voice Read / Write Machine
Murder Hong Kong people, 100% true story, please e-mail the world
people and send 1 e-mail Hong Kong government, 1*10*100*1000.....,
thank my dear Internet friend.

Hong Kong police terrorist organization:

The devil machine made in England, the Hong Kong police now use,
install the police communication network, 24 hours murder Hong Kong
people, this murder defeat, exposes the Hong Kong police terrorist
organization.

By the 2001-1-1~2004-3-1 38 months, murder by the police knew that:

1. installs the small machine in the Hong Kong people head -----
installs is extremely easy, not to have the voice to be troublesome,
the victim did not feel.

2. Input/output voice ----- input/output the voice extremely clearly,
in the mountain, the sewer, the elevator, input - output voice is
extremely clear, does not use the dry battery.

3. Murder Hong Kong people ----- terrorists is the Hong Kong police
over 50, murder many Hong Kong people over 3 years.

Moral Citizen: pibor on Mar 29, 04 | 6:16 pm | Profile

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Thu Dec 18, 2003

RAT

Beware of old boxes. A hardware store in the neighborhood is going out of business after 37 years of business. Evicted by yuppies, essentially. Anyway, they've been giving old stuff to Keiran, owner of Porchlight (http://www.porch-light.net) where I have my "office".
One of the old boxes had this in it, unbeknownst to them.
Truly facsinating.
I think it ate some poison, crawled into this box and dried up. It would not surprise me if this corpse had been in this box for 20 years. Or 3. I don't know.
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Moral Citizen: pibor on Dec 18, 03 | 11:00 am | Profile

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Fri Aug 29, 2003

Bush on Smog, R Buckminster Fuller on Smog

Bush Administration: Carbon Dioxide Not a Pollutant
by Seth Borenstein, Knight Ridder

WASHINGTON - Carbon dioxide, the chief cause of global warming, cannot be regulated as a pollutant, the Environmental Protection Agency ruled Thursday.

'CO2 IS NOT A POLLUTANT'
Environmentalists accused President Bush on August 28, 2003 of further undermining international efforts to curb global warming with a likely ruling that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Carbon dioxide occurs as a natural component of the atmosphere as well as being a by-product of industrial processes.
 
The decision reverses a 1998 Clinton administration position. It means that the Bush administration won't be able to use the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cars.

Had the Bush administration decided that carbon dioxide is a pollutant and harmful, it could have required expensive new pollution controls on new cars and perhaps on power plants, which together are the main sources of so-called greenhouse gases. [...]


From R Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path', p. 278 (in 196?), speaking of industrial plants:

    Christmas and New Year's Days are celebrated everywhere in America, but Los Angeles, being a relatively new and gigantic social body, is able to alter its celebration customs. The L.A. refineries and heavy industries have learned that the people of California want to take a Christmas vacation. So the holiday becomes a ten-or-more-day vacation starting the weekend before Christmas and continuing through the weekend after New Year's Day. It pays all the refineries and other heavy industries to shut down their plants. As the holiday proceeds, the air gets clearer and clearer, until on New Year's Day--the traditional Rose Bowl Day — you find throughout Los Angeles a dreamy-clear view of all the surrounding, often snow-capped mountains. If you went out with scientific devices to measure the fume-level from the cars, your instrument would read approximately zero. The only reason that auto fumes were previously measurable was that the industrial-fume-laden ceiling held the auto fumes down and locked them in at the level at which you and I are breathing. I have taken many New Year's Day pictures from the hills of Los Angeles showing it to be absolutely clear. Then, on back-to-work industrial Monday, you see a vast, molasses-brown cloud rolling in from the southwest gradually to obscure the whole of Los Angeles.
   
 There is no question about it. It is the refineries, the steel and other mills, and the public utility fumes that produce the smog. But no municipal government anywhere in America is going to let its industry go away. Therefore, cities are always going to find political ways of absolving the industries while blaming the people. Air does not stay in any one place. There is a preposterously stubborn myth about "this being my or someone else's airspace.... This is my air." Air keeps moving right through the geometry of our environment to continually recircle the Earth. The air belongs only to everybody on our planet.


click more to read more from Bucky Fuller: Read more...

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Aug 29, 03 | 9:50 am | Profile

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Fri Aug 15, 2003

Power Outage, Greg Palast, I'm going camping

Undoubtedly, the power outages will be used as a call to build more nuclear power plants, and blamed on Environmentalists in the popular media like it was in California, meanwhile no one took a serious look at deregulation and the opportunity that lent to energy traders to gaming of the markets (ahem Bush friend and Cheney energy consultant Ken Lay/Enron). What do I know, though.

Anyway, not like Greg Palast is the most unbiased writer (but who is, there's no such thing), but I found this in my email this morn. At least I'm not posting about Arnold.


Uh, I'm going away for a couple of days to enjoy some good Nor Cal Forest camping with a bunch of guys for my friends camping bachelor party! There will be fishing, cheap beer, BBQ pork, and sleepin on the ground under the trees. YAY!
Power Outage Traced To Dim Bulb In White House
--- The Tale Of The Brits Who Swiped 800 Jobs From New York, Carted Off $90 Million, Then Tonight, Turned Off Our Lights

by Greg Palast; August 15, 2003

I can tell you all about the ne're-do-wells that put out our lights tonight. I came up against these characters -- the Niagara Mohawk Power Company -- some years back. You see, before I was a journalist, I worked for a living, as an investigator of corporate racketeers. In the 1980s, "NiMo" built a nuclear plant, Nine Mile Point, a brutally costly piece of hot junk for which NiMo and its partner companies charged billions to New York State's electricity ratepayers.
To pull off this grand theft by kilowatt, the NiMo-led consortium fabricated cost and schedule reports, then performed a Harry Potter job on the account books. In 1988, I showed a jury a memo from an executive from one partner, Long Island Lighting, giving a lesson to a NiMo honcho on how to lie to government regulators. The jury ordered LILCO to pay $4.3 billion and, ultimately, put them out of business.


And that's why, if you're in the Northeast, you're reading this by candlelight tonight. Here's what happened. After LILCO was hammered by the law, after government regulators slammed Niagara Mohawk and dozens of other book-cooking, document-doctoring utility companies all over America with fines and penalties totaling in the tens of billions of dollars, the industry leaders got together to swear never to break the regulations again. Their plan was not to follow the rules, but to ELIMINATE the rules. They called it "deregulation."


It was like a committee of bank robbers figuring out how to make safecracking legal. But they dare not launch the scheme in the USA. Rather, in 1990, one devious little bunch of operators out of Texas, Houston Natural Gas, operating under the alias "Enron," talked an over-the-edge free-market fanatic, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, into licensing the first completely deregulated power plant in the hemisphere.

And so began an economic disease called "regulatory reform" that spread faster than SARS. Notably, Enron rewarded Thatcher's Energy Minister, one Lord Wakeham, with a bushel of dollar bills for 'consulting' services and a seat on Enron's board of directors. The English experiment proved the viability of Enron's new industrial formula: that the enthusiasm of politicians for deregulation was in direct proportion to the payola provided by power companies. Read more...

Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Aug 15, 03 | 8:43 am | Profile

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Tue Jul 15, 2003

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Moral Citizen: evil-barry on Jul 15, 03 | 6:00 am | Profile

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