Because I care about my loyal minions, despite vicious and rude rumors to the contrary, I will reply to a comment section question not with a full blown article but merely to half of one. Okay, the first half to one and the second half to another. My point here, if I might be allowed to get to it without a bunch of snickers and snide asides from the peanut gallery, is that I know how sensitive you are about Peak Oil ( Confronting Collapse: The Crisis of Energy and Money in a Post Peak Oil World ) and so I’m graciously limiting myself on the subject. I could easily become just another Peak Oil site but as I have said before, I easily amuse but quickly grow bored. I don’t like being a one track ( or is it tract? ) record. Not that you are grateful. I start screaming about the sky falling over grain availability and you get tired of hearing about that. Yet as soon as I go back to Peak Oil you grow weary over that. You don’t have to worry about my staying on economics as I myself got a bit tired of that subject. And now I can’t blather on and on over the beauty and wonderfulness and goshdarn perfectness of the bestest battle rifle ever, the Lee-Enfield ( The Lee Enfield Number Four Rifles (British firearms) ) because now it is too damn expensive. Now it is only for the rich or fanatics. Remember this moment, a sad day that should live in infamy. The Enfield went from being available to the masses to only being affordable to collectors. Soon, we will step back in time to the Clinton era militia movement as we all arm ourselves with commie crap. But enough of guns, damn you all.
Why do I strongly believe in Peak Oil? I mean, besides the fact that with a growing population using a finite resource, you are guaranteed to run out. Besides the fact that as exporting nations increase their populations they export less to us so they can provide for their own people. Besides the fact that a contracting economy, due to being able to import less oil due to the following, is in no position to buy the oil it needs, which further contracts the economy in a reinforcing downward cycle. Despite the rapidly contracting availability of energy rich carbon fuels and their being substituted with low energy fuels such as tar sand ( Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Revised and Updated Edition ) and ethanol. The main reason to believe that the end of cheap and affordable energy will happen is that the seer that forecast it was already proven correct. H. King gave us the bell curve of oil production in the mid-1950’s and told us that the US would reach its peak of production in 1970. And it did. His math gives global peak between 2000 and 2005. You can already look in the rear view mirror and see global production entered the flat plateau of production in 2005. Peak Oil has already happened. It is already here. I wrote a booklet about it in 2006 ( nothing original on my part- based on others research ) and nothing has happened since to invalidate that. No, the taps didn’t dry up. What has happened is that the supply has stopped growing. Our whole economy, based on exponential growth in all aspects, can only work when the energy supply grows. That is now over. It is the CHEAP and ABUNDANT part of our oil supply that is what we should focus on, not the total supply. The experts were wrong in the 50’s and they are wrong again. Telling you half the supply still remains doesn’t help our contracting economy, nor tell you the undesirability of what is left. Case closed, we are indeed all going to die. Let the games begin ( wait a few years, if you think Obammy is bad ).
On to the next brushfire I have to put out. It would be a lot easier on me if you would all just treat me as a deity ( Running from the Deity: A Pip & Flinx Adventure (Adventures of Pip and Flinx) ), write down all I murmur for the sake of prosperity, and take everything I say as gospel. But, noooo! You have to actually think for yourself and ask pertinent questions. Damn you. The whole question on who is really poor and who is just crying po. I call myself poor, melting under a flood of my own tears every time my paycheck shows half evaporate from deductions. Yeh, well, my ex-wife sheds plenty of tears herself over her deplorable conditions of “only” making $30 a year, five grand tax free from me, a Social Security ( Social Security: The Phony Crisis ) payment from the husband she killed off of at least several hundred bucks a month and a house payment of only a few hundred. My parents, with two full time jobs, two SS checks and another state pension, are buried by their living conditions. A mortgage is their only debt, but at age 65-71, their supplemental medical insurance is astronomical. As in, more than I bring home from work and writing, just on that one expense. Hell, I don’t feel poor compared to them. And those minions living on the river working part time, they feel poor compared to me as I spend ridiculous amounts of money on books. And Third World peasants living on top of a mound of garbage would kill that guy for half of what he makes. It isn’t what you make that makes you poor. It isn’t even your income in relation to living expenses, to a certain point. I think what makes you feel poor is lack of options to better yourself. Making a hundred grand a year and no where to go from a mortgage and wife in the SUV, you feel poor. On the gerbil wheel with no exit.
So, yes, I just cry po. I could immediately halve my expenses with minimal disruptions. I don’t feel poor because I have a huge amount of flexibility. Did I feel this way two years ago, living in a trailer park( White Trash Etiquette: The Definitive Guide to Upscale Trailer Park Manners )? No. I had zero wiggle room in my paycheck. I was working full time with five hours of overtime every single week. If my writing didn’t bring in some money I was in trouble. All to pay rent, to live on the grid. Junk land living ( or, if conditions work for you, squatting ) gave you freedom. You couldn’t offer me your paycheck if it came with your mortgage. But, hey, you have central heat and cable TV. Congratulations on your comfortable cage.
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