Monday, October 22, 2007

Bhutto's Husband Blames Pakistani Intelligence for Attack
Pentagon Backs Plan To Beam Solar Power from Space
Megadroughts May Have Driven Human Evolution
Teaching Peak Oil to People with Limited English
"Dave," who manages this website, teaches ESL in China. Having taught ESL in New York, I'm intrigued by his ambitions for a number of reasons, the first being that people who've sacrificed to come to the U.S. don't like to hear that they might be better off back home. On the other hand, they're less invested in the belief that America is an honorable country. Many of them have reason to know better.

Moment of Zen:

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111=12345678987654321


Rice Farmer said...

"On the other hand, they're less invested in the belief that America is an honorable country. Many of them have reason to know better."

Well, that's encouraging, anyhow. So maybe immigrants are interested in the American-style extravagant lifestyle. Do many of them detail their expectations?

FTW admin said...

what they want primarily is a job, which is more than they can get in their own countries. some of them are scrounging to take classes in computers or accounting.

btw i'm on a computer that makes it really hard to post articles which is why the process is going to be slow this week

Evan said...

Hello. I saw your moment of Zen and thought you might enjoy a song by my band that features a variant on the last formula you provided.
The song is called "Favorite Formula" and is a feel-good classic "I VI IV V" runaway pop earthsong featuring several formulae. Enjoy.

Just paste the link:
Favorite Formula master 7-1-07.mp3

For more info, go to:

Mike, I love you, and can't wait for a new book!

zenblkboi said...

i saw your moment of zen, and I thought that maybe you were sniffing glue.

hey do any of you guys listen to free speech radio news!!

Anonymous said...

I watched Mr. Ruppert's extraordinarily informative and mind boggling speech on Truths About 9/11 today. I can honestly say that I have never been physically sickened by news before, until today. It was just too much for my mind to comprehend. I feel overwhelmed and sad. If there is any other material that I can read to become further enlightened, I would appreciate any recommendations.
Before today I had never given conspiracy theories any thought. I choose to rarely watch the news. I find it too negative and disturbing. Michael's speech just blew me away and brought me to tears. I wish I knew what to do with this knowledge.

Megan said...

Hasn't Mike been saying this all along?!?!?

Love you, Mike!!

Daniel said...

H there!, to the zen moment you can add the following:
142857 x 1 = 142857
142857 x 2 = 285714
142857 x 3 = 428571
142857 x 4 = 571428
142857 x 5 = 714285
142857 x 6 = 857142
so far, same numbers changing positions
142857 x 7 = 999999
142857 x 8 = 1142856
1+6 makes 7 and we have again same numbers changing positions
142857 x 9 = 1285713
And so on ...

Gunnar Henrioulle said...

How do we talk to Mike about railway rehab and expansion of capacity & reach before fuel allocation restrains victuals & necessities of life transport?

This is suggested at ( article 374 and a topic with Jim Kunstler, not apparently recognized by the Zen community...

Tyler Havlin said...


Here's a great documentary called 9/11: Press for Truth.

David said...

Has anyone been following the Kashagan oil field developments? It's says on Bloomberg that production was to start in 2005, now they project third-quarter 2010. Now, one of, if not THE largest oil field discovered in a decade remains untapped. My take is that the predominately US companies don't want all that crude going to China as was/is the plan via China's first direct oil import pipeline. I can't help but think that resource wars are being fought at the corporate level as well as the governmental - but what is the difference besides letters at this point?

Rice Farmer said...

It’s the Oil

The potential market and geopolitical value of controlling Iraq's oil is staggering. You need look no further for a motive!

Anonymous said...

Energy Watch Group (Germany) - New Study says peak is behind us production will drop 7% a year.

Article at: The Guardian "Steep decline in oil production brings risk of war and unrest, says new study"

Download the 101 page report at:
Energy Watch Group

A peon said...

Found some interesting info here:

A peon said...

Its about damn ass time:

UN agency warns US over inflammatory rhetoric on Iran

Anonymous said...

My foot in mouth - Rice Farmer reported the Energy Watch Group study before it came out. Anyway, I think it's an important one, so no harm in repeating it. Now that it is available, I recommend downloading it and having a read. For those pressed for time, they have a good 14 page summary. - see my previous comment for link.

A peon said...

Oil Surges to New Record Near $94

Wall Street Rises As Fed Meeting Looms

Rice Farmer said...

Isis -- No harm done! I'm glad you posted the links for everyone.

FTW admin said...

isis, your contribution is especially useful since in the last paragraph, the guardian corrects the 7% prediction to 'several per cent' which should elicit a collective sigh of relief among peak oilists.

btw, it's going to be hard to post articles today as i'm still in alien territory, hoping to get to the blog by the end of the week.

Anonymous said...

Bomb fell...

Anonymous said...

EWG report - Thanks rice farmer and ftw admin.

I hadn't noticed the correction in the article. Let's see, "several" - that means more than two but fewer than many. Hmmm... Better than 7 anyway. On one graph in the report it says 3% per annum. Still ends up being 1/2 the production by 2030.

We can always grow switch grass on the moon.

Pandabonium said...

Britain faces the prospect of power shortages and soaring prices this winter after the National Grid warned of a shortfall in electricity-generating capacity yesterday. The alert coincides with a surge in gas prices, which are now 40% higher than in continental Europe, and the confirmation that a vital import plant in South Wales will not be operational this winter.

Article here: Guardian UK

Tyler Havlin said...


Crude Oil Rises Above $93 After Report Shows U.S. Supply Drop

Stockpiles dropped 3.89 million barrels to 312.7 million barrels last week, the lowest since October 2005, the department said. A 400,000 barrel gain was expected, according to a Bloomberg News survey.

"The bottom line is that there isn't enough sweet crude to meet demand," said Ric Navy, a broker at BNP Paribas SA in New York.