Friday, June 10, 2005
Kunstler radio interview. Thanks to Past Peak for linking to this Kunstler radio interview.
He basically summarizes The Long Emergency for us, but it's still kind
of interesting to hear it in his voice. Sometimes he gets pretty snarky
in his books, so I was kind of surprised to hear how calm and
reasonable he sounds.
Here's a rundown of some of the topics he touches on:
- Food production: Right now food travels long distances. It's going to have to become much more local.
- Suburbia: People regularly commute, and the school busing system is unsustainable.
- Economic growth:
Not going to happen with fuel shortages. The government isn't telling
us about Peak Oil because it would immediately damage the economy.
- Sustainable cities:
The most successful places will be the smaller cities that don't have
unreasonable energy demands, and that are near local agriculture.
Will necessarily involve a lot more human labor (and Kunstler hints at
a return to share-cropping). He doesn't think we'll convert strip malls
to agriculture; he thinks they'll be the "ruins of our time".
- Alternative energies: Discusses why coal, natural gas, solar and wind power can't combine to replace oil. (This is addressed at length in the book.)
- Political instability:
The "formerly middle class" will be puzzled about and angry at their
loss of entitlement. This will lead to interesting political
- Why the populace is uninformed:
Poor leadership and a lot of wishful thinking about alternative fuels.
We believe that this is just one more thing that we'll overcome with
technology. Besides, we're distracted by the easy recreation afforded
by cheap oil.
- Does Kunstler hold out hope?
Yes. Humans are resourceful, and the people who come out of this will
be more in touch with the meaningful aspects of human life, namely,
Go to the postings for today
Technorati Tags: peak oil, oil By firstname.lastname@example.org (Ianqui).
[The Oil Drum]
Is the VA the model?.
The VA is currently a wonderfully operated system and delivers
excellent care largely becuase it has integrated IT and quality
assessments into its delivery model much better than other health care
providers. First it should be reocgnized the VA was...
Some examples of the signs that met Bush in Ohio:
President, Give back all of my money," "What ethics?" "$50 million for
how many favors?'' and "Noe raised over $100,000 and you're only
returning $4,000? Sounds like fuzzy math to me."
Well, they're white.
Stephen Crockett is absolutely right, Howard Dean is way too generous
when he calls the Republicans a white, Christian party. Listen to
Dean's comments. Via SF Chronicle, via Exit Stage Left....
Talk with a chickenhawk
Talk big, do nothing
[The News Blog]
I got this in the mail this morning. So I bring it to you.
Living here in Oceanside, CA, home of the 1st Marine, I see personally
the sacrifice the men and women in the service make and their families
make. I see the strain on the wives trying desperately to keep their
families from coming apart at the seems.
So, I respect and honor their sacrifice because they do put their lives on the line.
So, we finish a round of golf like I have never played. 3 birdies, 2
double bogeys, in all I shot 4 over par. It was my best ever. But I am
going off on a tangent.
Well, he apparently is
one of those who supports the war. I asked him if he had gone to enlist
since the Army and Marines are having difficulty meeting their
recruiting goals? He was incredulous. I asked him if he didn't see the
hypocrisy in his "support" of the war? To which he responds, "Nobody
put a gun to their heads. They signed up" . I told him what a cop out
that was. That as long as it was other people doing the dying then his
support was unwavering. I asked why he wasn't enlisting? Or, sending
cards or packages to the wounded at Walter Reed? He was silent. He was
angry. But he had no response.
Don't get me wrong.
This is a really good guy but all his life he's been blindly parroting
his father's and the GOP's talking points. I think yesterday may have
been the first time he's even heard the "other side". I asked if he
knew what the latest casualty figures were? He had no clue. I asked him
how many had been wounded to date. He did not know. I asked him if he
knew the date the war "officially" started?
He did not know.
I told him that unless you are prepared to sacrifice your own life, how
can you ask someone else to? To which he responds, " They signed up for
that". My rebuttal was,"Well aren't you a lucky motherfucker. You
didn't have to make that choice did you? But those poor saps, well
that's just their fate, isn't it?" With support like that, who needs
In the end, we are
measured not by our words but by our deeds. He told me that I was the
one who was not supporting the troops. "Oh really? and because you want
to keep them in that meat-grinder that you, yourself, do not have the
guts to be in call that 'support'." He responds, "well you sure as hell
don't want to go." "Damn straight, I don't. If it was up to me, All the
troops and contractors would be on transports tomorrow getting the hell
out of there. You're right, I don't want to be there in the worst way
and neither do the soldiers nor should they be there. Not for this. Not
for lies. Not to take out some two bit tyrant who posed no threat to
finally told him, "War is the easy choice. Peace is hard. It takes hard
work, it's frustrating. It requires patience and understanding. It
requires introspection and commitment. It requires respect for others
and respect for ones self. But it doesn't mean blind trust, either."
Steve, I have learned a lot from your writing. You set me straight on
my "blind" hatred of the military. I see how wrong I was. I personally
am witnessing the devastating effects that these deployments are having
and the horrible disservice to their sacrifice for lies. Nothing but
lies. Bush, et.al deserve impeachment, then a flight straight to the
One thing I noted in
our conversation was the fear in his eyes. Fear of me, fear of being
wrong, fear of the terrorists that could be around every corner. As
sure as the day is long, this guy was scared. I just could tell his
fear is driving him and he feels powerless. I hope I have at least
planted the seeds of doubt so he can overcome his irrational fear that
permeates his mind.
The Creation of A Gamma Class Redux, or, Friday Pink Floyd Blogging
John Taylor Gatto, people!
Since this seems to be shaping up as Corrente's special week-long
education edition, let's think about the great meat-grinder, as Pink
Floyd envisioned it, that has utterly masticated the public mind and
pushed us all out into the same big bowl where we lie suitably
stupefied, awaiting our rescue at the hands of the most recent
politico-media creation, who will lie... - Riggsveda
More CAFTA Fun.
Speaking of the administration's total duplicity surrounding CAFTA,
here's President Bush lying through his teeth during a speech to
Organization of American States: For the young democracies of Central
America, CAFTA would bring new investment, and that means good...
Nixonites Lecture Us on Ethics.
Perhaps the most bizarre thing I've seen in months: G. Gordon Liddy and
Charles Colson lecturing us on ethics. Martin Schram reports:
Newsday.com: Nixon's henchmen lecture us on ethics: History's latest
con happened right before our eyes Tuesday night.... [T]hose faces that
just popped up in the looking-glass/screen were all the president's
men, once in power and then in disgrace, more than three decades ago.
Richard Nixon's ex-convicts - who did jail time for their crimes
against democracy and then profited from their crimes by writing books
and becoming celebrities - had returned to work one more con. Nixon's
former senior White House assistant, Charles Colson, and the Nixon
team's burglar-in-chief, G. Gordon Liddy, worked the cable news
circuit, expressing moral indignation that the FBI's former deputy
director, W. Mark Felt, was Deep Throat. He was the source who had
blown their cover by feeding facts to the Washington Post's Bob
Woodward - truths that helped land many in jail and drove Nixon from
office. 'I was shocked because I worked with him closely,' Colson said
on MSNBC. 'And you would think the deputy director of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, you could talk to with the same confidence
[Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal]
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