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An open letter to my friend by wisconsin_cur on Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:19 am
I will call him "Gaston." We have been discussiong energy issues and politics via facebook and that venue has some limitations so I would like to respond to him here. It would be unfair for me to post his comments out of context but we are discussing how transitioning to electic power (nuclear specifically) could help us become less dependent upon fossil fuels. He has graciously given me his plan. Below is my response.


I can not claim to be from Missouri but I have always had a good time when visiting and have adopted a “Show Me” attitude to our political parties. I do not trust either of them.

As far as who is willing to actually do what, we need to look at what state governments are doing. I have been following developments of offshore wind in Maine (Dem government and help from a very Republican private citizen Matt Simmons).

Maine Win...

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Whence housing? by Jack on Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:48 pm
One of the developing themes over at tickerforum.org is housing - both foreclosures, and the avoidance of foreclosures by the banks. It seems that if a bank forecloses on a property and sells it, the bank must recognize the loss, representing a major hit against capital. And with too many losses, the bank ceases to be viable and must (by law) be dissolved. So - the banks don't foreclose. The property may be occupied by the former owners (but how can one be an owner with no equity?), or is abandoned and becomes prey for squatters and worse.

The problem, of course, is that the economy may stagnate with high unemployment and reduced business activity - or, worse, peak will hit with a vengeance and force the economy into another slide. In either case, we could easily see an increase in abandoned properties. If gasoline takes another run to $4 per gallon, it seems likely that the suburbs will be notably vulnerable to such developments (pun intended).

This creates a variety of interesting...

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If confronted by a mob, by wisconsin_cur on Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:04 am
I heard the question asked recently, how do you defend yourself from a mob. Assuming you have done your best (and failed) to avoid the mob, I see the options as:

1. Turn and run (flight)

This will engage the prey drive of the crowd. they will think they got you if they can only catch you. How big is the crowd and what percentile of the population can you out run? I'm not an avid runner but still in good shape, at least for the first mile or so. When I was tested for a job (self-selection bias at work here since only people who were willing to be tested in their 1 mile time applied) I was in the top 90%. So lets say for the population as a whole I'm in the top 5%. If there are 20 people, the odds are good that at least one of them will catch me.

I am also of the age where I will begin slowing even if I start to run more for exercise. Another question is if I have the lead...

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Print is Dead by kpeavey on Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:01 am
Less oil=less economic activity. I don't make up the rules, I just pass them along when it is convenient for me to do so. As oil production worldwide goes into terminal decline, so must the global economy enter into terminal decline. Robust growth gives way to mediocre growth. This eases off to flat, then recession. Recession deepens to Depression. Following Depression come Regression.

Regression is what must follow a pattern of unsustainable consumption. When the non-renewable resources are consumed or are no longer economically viable in terms of production, stuff starts to run out. The cheap plastic Wal-mart bags I used to insulate my living room ceiling will become more expensive. They may even compete with brown paper bags. Does every supermarket out there go back to paper bags when plastic bags are unavailable or unaffordable? Do we go back to wooden crates or bring our own bags? The days of the cheap lightweight disposable plastic bag with a smiley face on the side will...

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Self sufficiency is a myth... by the48thronin on Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:46 pm
I see lot's of discussion of Doomesteads and how to survive the coming Zombie Hordes, but let's think a minute. Unless you are situated in the farthest reaches of wilderness, the chances are almost NONE that you will be alone or confronted by Zombie Hordes out to loot your doomstead.

So what does a crashing world economy and peak oil brought about collapse of the status quo really mean?

To plan for the future, you must first study the past. Oh yes you can tell me about Christmas Island, but the situation there is without parallel here unless as I stated before you are in the farthest reaches of wilderness. So what can we learn from past collapses of order.. ( yes we are talking a collapse of order).

As the global economy ( really an attempt at global rule disguised as trade and economic activity) collapses, you the reader will not likely find yourself in a chaos state, as each level of government is lost or overturned, a more localized government will be standing in power waiting...

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