Seeds of Change

Study Highlights Human Impact on Global Temperature

It is believed that the Earth has been on a gradual warming trend over the last 2,000 years though a recent study is calling that into question.

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate1589.html

The study tries to take changes in Earth’s axis and orbit into account when calculating global temperatures with tree-ring data.

What they seem to have found is that instead of Earth gradually warming over the past 2,000 years it has instead been gradually cooling.

If the Earth has been cooling for the past 2,000 years the global temperature increases over the past 200 years are even more startling.

Our leaders will do nothing productive about this so we must. Plant a garden.

Defiance: A Lost Virtue?

It was August 19th, 1920.  A military detachment of Red Army soldiers led by Bolshevik authorities steamrolled into the Russian town of Khitrovo to implement a policy known as “Prodrazvyorstka”; resource allocation in the name of national security which led to the confiscation of vital grain supplies and the starvation of millions of peasants.  To be sure, multiple excuses were used to rationalize the program, all in the name of the “greater good”.  But in reality, Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks saw the farming culture of Russia not as human beings, but as mechanisms for feeding city residents and the army; the power centers of the newly formed Communist government.

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Peak oil can’t be prevented…

Almost every single person I’ve had the “peak oil” discussion with reminds me that there is nothing I nor anybody else can do to prevent it.

This is true.

It is also true that there is VERY little that we can do to prevent the side-effects of peak oil.

What I can do is help my friends react to the coming changes.

Some of these side-effects you’ve seen already. The recession in 2008 was ultimately caused by the fact that oil extraction stopped accelerating in 2006.

The price of gas right now is the most noticeable.

Hey liberals!!! It isn’t the “speculators.”

Hey conservatives!!! It isn’t Obama’s “no drilling” policies either. US crude oil production (and drilling) has actually been gradually increasing since 2008 after an 8 year (read: two term) production decline while George W Dumbass was at the helm.

STOP listening to politicians and economists about energy. Ask a scientist or engineer.

The soon-to-come side-effects include but are in no way limited to:

Extremely expensive or completely unavailable gasoline. This means driving to work is probably out of the question. What’s that mean for your job?

Extremely expensive or completely unavailable mass produced food. This means very limited quantity and variety at Cub Foods if Cub is even open at all. Do you live close to a farm? Do you have a garden? Do you even know how to garden? How much food to you have in your house right now? How long could it sustain you and your family?

Expensive and unreliable electricity. Where does your electricity come from? I know here in MN ours is 90% coal and natural gas. How much coal and natural gas is produced in MN? Um… last I checked it was a big fat NONE! MN might be able to trade its “fracking sand” for natural gas but not enough to power our homes with.

I wish our Main Stream Media would be as honest with us as ABC in Australia…

Is the ship sinking? Cuz the rats just jumped.

So Europe (read: The World since the economy is now global) just issued Greece a loan to help it keep up with the interest payments they need to make on their previous loans.

Greece will require extreme economic growth to meet the terms of that agreement, let alone pay back the loan.

Growth, at least the kind they’re measuring, requires copious amounts of cheap energy.

If anything were to happen to Greece’s energy supply, all economic hell would break loose.

Well wouldn’t you know it but Europe also has also put an oil embargo on Iran* who just happens to supply Greece with 15% of their cheap oil.

So Greece is being setup to default, hard.

When you know a fighter is going down in the 5th, what do you do with that information if you like money?

Now, look at this long list of big swinging dicks that quietly resigned just before the Greek deal was struck.

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Global bank resignations
Resignations Global Banks ….

1 World Bank CEO Zoellick resigns
http://business.time.com/2012/02/15/world-bank-president-zoellick-resigns/

2 Anz Bank CFO Australia resigns
http://www.proformative.com/news/1470243/cfo-anz-bank-resigns-amid-turmoil
 
3 Nicaraqua Central Bank Pres Rosales resigns
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-14/nicaragua-central-bank-head-quits-amid-row.html

4 Credit Suisse Chief Joseph Tan resigns
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-02-17/credit-suisse-s-private-bank-chief-asian-economist-tan-resigns.html

5 GERMAN PRESIDENT Christian Ruff resigns
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102524/German-President-Christian-Wulff-forced-resign.html

6 Royal Bank of Scotland Austrailin CEO Stephen Williams resigns
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/andrew-chick-to-lead-royal-bank-of-scotlands-australian-arm/story-fnay3vxj-1226272513981

7 Kuwait Central Bank CEO resigns
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/kuwait-central-bank-chief-resigns-amid-political-tensions/2012/02/13/gIQAcxrOAR_story.html

8 Slovenia TWO largest Banks CEO’s (2) resign
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-15/slovenia-s-nova-kreditna-banka-maribor-ceo-plos-resigns.html

9 Bank of India CEO Chaturvedi resigns
http://www.livemint.com/2012/02/06160111/Dhanlaxmi-Bank-CEO-Amitabh-Cha.html

10 Tamilnad Mercantile Bank CEO resigns
http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/tamilnad-mercantile-bank-md-resigns/464259

11 GOLDMAN SACHS CEO Blankenfein to resign (Nothing printed on this yet UNLESS this JUST happened. Last article said he is not stepping down in 2011).http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/0…_n_858647.html

Bulldog75: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/kuwait-central-bank-chief-resigns-amid-political-tensions/2012/02/13/gIQAcxrOAR_story.html

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Source: http://www.facebook.com/BABYDIABOLICAL/posts/3250595713250

Please draw your own conclusions.

*Now that oil supply is inelastic it is getting ugly fast. Expect hoarding and new alliances. Hell the US sanctions are backfiring too. Forcing Iran into gold for oil contracts with rapidly growing countries like China and India is the last thing we want to do right now. So much for the world’s reserve currency. 

The US is going to smell its own fart this time…

War with Iran seems imminent. Don’t believe what you hear from the Main Stream Media, it is for the oil.

If you haven’t heard, the US just imposed sanctions against Iran that make it difficult for the country to sell its oil. The US can do this, I presume, because it controls the currency that other countries need to buy first to purchase oil with; the US Dollar.

“It is in all our interests that the arteries of global trade are kept free, opening and running” – From sanctions against Iran above in reference to Iran’s threats to close the Strait of Hormuz.

The US sanctions seem to constrict a few arteries along with Europe’s proposed oil embargo.

If China weren’t in a dispute with Iran about pricing right now I bet you’d see some sparks coming from the Chinese. China will probably use these sanctions, and the strength of the Chinese resistance to them, as a bargaining chip to get the prices they want for the oil they need.

By constricting the blood supply of US Dollars to Iran, the US has created a perfect environment for other currency carrying arteries to evolve and grow.

By enforcing these sanctions, the US is diminishing the US Dollar’s reserve currency status and actually accelerating its demise by creating a niche which will be filled promptly by another currency; the Chinese Yuan.

I hate to think what will happen when this turns violent.

One thing is for sure, when violence erupts oil and gasoline are going to get really expensive. I’m betting ammunition will too followed by everything else shortly after.

This will dump the US further into this recession. The housing market is going to go down, again, though not like it did last time. The commercial real estate market is probably going to tank though.

The good news is, interest rates will still be great because of the huge demand for US Dollars. In times of crisis, investors buy US treasuries because they’re a safer investment than the stock market. To get the money to buy treasuries, investors sell stock leading to a stock market decline.

There will be more layoffs and more unemployment. Plan ahead, plant a garden.

I have no clue what China will do when Iran gets attacked. The dollar increasing in value will be good for China when it comes to selling US consumers crap they don’t need. The recession, on the other hand, will cause US consumers to spend less of their money on crap they don’t need.

They’ll probably do something… probably.

PRO TIP: If gold and silver ever rise sharply along with the US Dollar, panic like I just dropped an asshole-eating-spider down the back of your pants.

And all the world marveled and followed The Beast

I’m not one for quoting scripture. I’m way more likely to quote Maynard James Keenan than any of the apostles.

Now, having disclaimed, I’m going to quote some scripture. Heaven forgive me…

“He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark […] and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16-17

He, in this verse is of course The Beast or, “the great Satan, his’self.”  Now, if I were the religious type, I’d be pretty pissed about being handed this number at birth without my approval.

Social Security Card

Neutrinos and Nobel Prizes

It seems laws of many types have been bending lately.

The universe is expanding, faster and faster…  Is it or does it just seem that way?  Relatively is a tricky thing.

Neutrinos traveled through an imaginary man-made tunnel from Switzerland to Italy faster than light would have.  Faster than light moves or faster than light appears to move?

I would expect this to happen only in a universe where consciousness bends space-time.  

As long as global net energy is in decline the economy will continue to contract in real wealth terms. We will not be able to generate more net wealth in the future because we don’t have the energy to do so. We will not be able to pay back debt created in the recent past nor being created now (both personal and national). We cannot go on pretending that the paper stuff we print or magically create through debt instruments, or appreciate via increasing demand, means that the GDP is growing. The real wealth of nations is declining and sooner or later, such as when we contemplate repairing or building new infrastructure, we are going to come face to face with this reality. The Chinese are currently working furiously to build some kind of infrastructure before the oil runs out. But even they are hitting limits and their mad rush will be unraveling within a decade I suspect, if it isn’t already.

What’s going on?

Political revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia not only inspired other regional uprisings — they sparked a flurry of ideas about how to help revolutionaries better communicate when their governments pull the plug on the World Wide Web.

Starting a revolution with technology

Who’s Afraid of the Bumpy Plateau?

There is something happening right now that everybody should be paying attention to.  It is what those Peak Oil freaks call the bumpy plateau.  There are a few things we must understand before we can understand the bumpy plateau.

First, the dollar is not backed by gold but it is not fully a fiat currency either.  The dollar, for all intents and purposes, is/was backed by oil.

This leads me to conclude that the US Economy is a fantastic indicator of what’s going on with oil.

And what is going on is what the Peak Oil freaks have been warning us about.  I’ll try to sum it up the best I can.

After we’ve hit the peak and the end of cheap oil is upon us we will see spikes in the price of oil and gas.  Since the US Dollar is backed by oil this will cause a recession which will KILL DEMAND FOR OIL.

Did you notice during this financial crisis how much easier it was for those who drove to the jobs they still had were able to do it in record time?  There was a ton less traffic on the road.  Demand for gasoline was destroyed because the economy deflated.

So what do we do now that demand has been destroyed and gas is cheaper?  Oh yes we try to rev up the economy again.

Well the economy is revving again and guess what, the demand for gas is going up again and the price of gas is spiking again.  There is a ton more traffic now, right?  Do you see this happening before your very eyes?

What is going to happen next?

Well this is about something called a bumpy plateau so if you’re still following this post you may have already guessed that we’re going to crash and we are going to crash hard.

Since the US Dollar is backed by oil then a chart of the S&P 500 would be the place that I would look for a bumpy plateau.

A Bumpy Fuk'n Plateau Folks

Source: dshort.com

If you’ve read Wolfram’s A New Kind of Science then you can appreciate the scientific significance of these charts.

The chart was created to compare the most recent crisis with the second dip after the Great Depression.  The scary part now is that we don’t have oil to keep fueling this culture where a finish line for progress doesn’t exist.

So when is this crash going to happen?  I promise the next leg down is coming very very soon.  The fall isn’t going to be as far but it is going to be more devastating because of the already weak economy.

What can we do?  That depends on what you mean by we.

If we equals the Federal Government then you can expect a drop dead sprint in the wrong frack’n direction.  Only if Obama appeared on television and told the entire world what I’m telling you, could that particular “we” have any chance of succeeding.

And then after he did that, we’d have to commit a majority of all oil resources to the development and production of new types of energy and then once we figured that out, the resources would have to go into converting all of our current infrastructure to run off this new power source.

That alone is going to take more oil that we have access to.  I really hope the sentence preceding this one is 100% false but I’m seeing the evidence every day.  Beyond the evidence, I’ve just got a bad bad feeling.

If we equals the people empowered by the internet (while we still have it so cheaply) then I think we’ve got a chance.

So what can we do?  We need to communicate.  First you have to find this and read this.  Then you have to do some searching on your own about Peak Oil and if you have NetFlix, stream the movie Collapse.  That will scare the shit out of you if this hasn’t already.

In that movie they described what happened in Cuba after they lost access to cheap oil.  People in the city literally starved.  The government spread the word far and wide that people were to plant vegetable gardens.  Not just a plot in their yard, they were told to plant on every workable piece of soil there was.

So first thing is first, stock up on food and make sure you have access to clean water.

Get in shape and get your body used to less and simpler food.

If you smoke, quit and spend the money on food you can store or if you can face the temptation, buy packs to trade later.

If you have savings convert anything you want to save long term into usable and tangible items.  The dollar is going to die and when it does it will take your savings with it unless you have your savings in another currency. Useful things will be currency along with gold and silver to a lesser extent.

We need to get back to our roots and quick.  If you don’t know how to grow food, learn!  It isn’t easy. Buy some heirloom seeds and plant a raised bed garden.

You may have never considered yourself the type that could raise rabbits and slaughter them so u can om nom nom their meetz but you’ll be surprised at what hunger will do to you :)

The most important thing you can do is spread the word!!

It doesn’t matter how much food you’ve got stored if everybody else in a five mile radius is starving and desperate.  They’ll come take your food no matter how many guns you have.

Ten people doing basic preparation is better than a single person doing way over the top preparation.  You can’t feed your whole block but right now you can let them know they’re going to need to feed themselves.

We need to localize and we need to do it fast.  What that means is we need to find local sources for the things we need in order to survive.

Use resources like craigslist.org and alt-market.com to find out what’s available in your area.

Besides the above simply live like you believe what I’m writing here.


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