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Bodies piling up?

Permanent Linkby Jack on Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:10 pm

Yes - because neither the county nor the families can afford to bury them.

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Granted, this is Detroit. But it notes that bodies are abandoned in LA as well.

If we, as a society, cannot afford to bury the dead, we face the harsh question of whether we can put together the substantial capital to mitigate peak oil. IEEE Spectrum calculated that to replace oil, the world would need to build about 52 nuclear power plants a year - every year - for 50 years.

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Will the economy improve such that capital formation is solved by some miracle? Probably not. We had a 25 year bull market, and it seems to have broken down. Normal outcomes suggest a decline of about 6-8 years, and to levels lower than we say in March. Much lower.

And that means - forget mitigation. Peak Oil will hit with full force, and we won't be able to soften the blow.

Get prepared for a bumpy ride. It will not be pleasant.

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Re: Bodies piling up?

Permanent Linkby smallpoxgirl on Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:40 pm

I think that "can't afford to bury them" may not be the issue. The funeral industry has managed to normalize an incredibly expensive form of burial in the US. The issue is decline in consumer spending on funerals, not an actual inability to bury a body. Burying a body just requires a bit of land above the water level, a couple of strong backs, and a few shovels.
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RE: Bodies piling up?

Permanent Linkby TWilliam on Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:34 am


(Sorry, couldn't resist... )
We all feed on tragedy; it's like blood to a vampire. Vicariously, I live, while the whole world dies. Much better you than I. ~ Tool, Vicarious
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