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Month: January, 2010


Street Musicians in Chicago

Global Collapse linkpiece [recommended reading]

Unfortunately this is a serious post.

Jan Lundberg on a post-petroleum future:

The trucks will no longer pull into Wal-Mart. Or Safeway or other food stores. The freighters bringing packaged techno-toys and whatnot from China will have no fuel. There will be fuel in many places, but hoarding and uncertainty will trigger outages, violence and chaos. For only a short time will the police and military be able to maintain order, if at all. The damage that several days’ oil shortage and outage will do will soon wreak permanent damage that starts with companies and consumers not paying their bills and not going to work.

After an almost instant depression seizes the modern industrialized world, and nation-states break down, the frantic attempts of people to feed themselves, stay warm and obtain fresh water (pumped presently via petroleum to a great extent), there will be no rescue. Die-off begins. The least petroleum-dependent communities will survive best. These “backward” nations will be emulated by the scrounging survivors of the U.S. and the rest of the “developed” world, as far as local food production will be tried – in a paved-over, toxic landscape by people who have lost touch with the land…

Serious reading for a petroleum-heated afternoon in San Francisco:

  • Automatic Earth –  ”40 ways to lose your future
  • Also from Automatic Earth: “Renewable Power – Not in your life time
  • Blog: Baseline Scenario
  • Blog: Zero Hedge
  • GlobalCorp (FTW Archives)
  • And below “United States Healthcare Spending” via National Geographic

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  • North Atlantic Conveyor Belt Collapse [weather hurts]

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    …apparently the North Atlantic Conveyor belt has collapsed. That’s the only thing that makes living in Europe possible. There was a lot of buzz about this in 2003-2004 (I think) when a DoD report was released warning that such an event was possible, even likely, as a result of global warming. Those stories were clear and vitually unanimous that such a collapse would lead to a near-instant ice age for most of Europe. The fact that Ireland (and the rest of Europe) is having its coldest winter in a hundred years makes this a true emergency to evaluate. (read more at Mike Ruppert)

    The collapse of the North Atlantic Conveyor belt was thought to have caused a cold period 1,300 years long known as the Younger Dryas during the Pleistocene period. We may be seeing the beginning of a new cold cycle–a rapid decrease in temperature affecting Europe that could begin as soon as May.

    photos of late

    Youtube Doubling

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    The rant (set to music)

    Something about the late night makes things funnier, but nonetheless, below I present you ‘Youtube doubler‘, the best mashup enabler out there. It lets you start two videos side by side at the same time. Simple, right?

    Start with the good ones:

    1. Usher + Goat (also shown below)
    2. CHAINSAW MAID vs Lux Aeterna By Clint Mansell

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    The Eureka Quake


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