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August 04, 2005

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Cobb

In 1991 or thereabouts, just prior to the burning down of (bits of) Los Angeles, and again just prior to Y2K, I too was plagued by a sense of doom. In the end, both of those cataclysms failed to materialize. Sure there were riots and maybe 200 people died in the first case and maybe fewer in the second case, but neither fundamentally changed what America was.

In the first instance, it took me a long time to really accept the lack of change although I was cynically certain that the rage was just rage and wouldn't last long at all. I think I was probably ready for the OJ Simpson verdict by the time that rolled around. But just before Y2K, certain a great deal was going to fall apart, I looked very seriously at my career as a programmer and thought of an alternative. I was looking for a way out.

I was also, in 91, looking for some skills that I thought would be in demand if the whole of American civilization collapsed. Before I moved to NYC and ever made a solid 50K I was quite content with the idea that I could make a good living as an EMT. If I hadn't been offered the opportunity, I almost certainly would have enrolled in the certification and ditched the software profession before it really got rolling.

I was telling Ambra the other night how I actually followed cops around in Los Angeles with my videocamera. I got more props from brothers on the street saying "go get 'em" than I ever got actual footage of evil deeds being done. What I saw was cops at car wrecks. Cops giving regular old tickets. In two months of filming every weekend I saw no blacks cuffed on the curb. Once when I thought I had a breakthrough with 8 or 9 squad cars parked near a high school, it turned out to be a celebrity basketball tournament fundraiser.

Things didn't fall apart.

The mood of America is good. We are making and watching movies like 'Must Love Dogs', 'Wedding Crashers' and 'Hitch'. It's not like the late 70s before Morning in America when we were watching movies like 'The Warriors', 'Planet of the Apes' and 'Escape from New York'. It's going to take a lot of pain and a lot of suffering before we again suffer that level of malaise.

cnulan

We are making and watching movies like 'Must Love Dogs', 'Wedding Crashers' and 'Hitch'. It's not like the late 70s before Morning in America when we were watching movies like 'The Warriors', 'Planet of the Apes' and 'Escape from New York'. It's going to take a lot of pain and a lot of suffering before we again suffer that level of malaise.

"We ain't makin jack shit...,

They made insane dopamine distractions throughout the entirety of the Great Depression. Matter of fact, that's in part how they made their bones and came up as integral programmers in the hegemony. 60-70 years later, and nothing has changed except the underlying thermodynamic basis of the entire ritual habitual.

Ready or not, cold turkey time is close at hand.

Temple3

i move beyond my areas of expertise with questions...how would you respond to this article...note the reference to oil prices at $40/barrel and the economic viability of shale...

http://www.detnews.com/2002/editorial/0205/29/a11-500860.htm

Temple3

or this one...

http://www.horncreek.com/blog/2005/04/running-out-of-oil-not.html

Temple3

never mind...i found some interesting stuff. i think i may pick up this book by matthew simmons on the saudi oil situation..."twilight in the desert"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/047173876X/nationbooks08/002-4595067-2084845

sounds like the stuff will be hitting the fan any minute now.

cnulan

never mind...i found some interesting stuff.

I wouldn't do you like that man...,

In this order;

Energy Bulletin

ASPO

The Dieoff

Foundation

Life After the Oil Crash

and there are others, of course including Kunstler's speculative near future blog....,

Plenty, plenty, plenty to study here before you consider enriching Matt Simmons any further by buying his book on Saudi Arabia.

Formerly, I used to wish that T. Gold's theory of abiotic oil held water, but simply look all around at the way things are shaping up on a massive scale and decide whether or not you believe things would have their present special momentum if that theory were true. Also, as far as the shale and tar sands, fuggedaboudit.., there isn't enough water to drive that extraction process without rendering Canada a toxic wasteland.

cnulan

About the frozen methane, that's actually correct. Those are clathrates and if you google, you'll likely find a fair amount of information about clathrates. Now, aside from the fact that the state of the art is EXTREMELY far removed from being able to get at the methane frozen in that slush, it's intensely dangerous and nobody knows how to do it, there is also the fact that the clathrate membrane probably subserves a macrobiological purpose of which contemporary science fails to comprehend its incomprehension -i.e., you start tapping the clathrate membrane and something huge is liable to go SNAP!!!

Methane Hydrate

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