Friday, January 30, 2009


OK, I've been waiting for this moment for a long time. Recently I wrote that a lot of cards were going to be shown very soon. This is a big one. To my knowledge, no one from the right or elsewhere, predicted the emergence of this in this fashion. I could be wrong and, if I am, I give due credit to whoever predicted this. There are several really important things to consider:

1. This entity is apparently not yet constructed or in place. We need to see if it appears like the Patriot Act did; all ready to go. Just add water!

2. As I have been suggesting for years, the enslavement will not be with guns, but by money. On the other hand, in a controlled, fast-crash this might be an effective attempt to do a controlled demolition and shut things down in an "orderly" fashion. Again, I remain sceptical of the faith in technology. One way or another, by watching this, we will begin to see the curtain pulled back, revealing entities we've been wondering about for a long time. This is serious and it bears a close watch.

On the other hand, today President Obama and Joe Biden made a very convincing statement in support of the Middle Class -- that the door is wide open. Mr. Biden was resonatingly clear in promoting a new web site for input from the People. He convinced me that they are looking for answers and it almost felt as if he was speaking directly to us.

We have some answers.


Every bit of this was in Rubicon and FTW going back five years. This is another stunning confirmation that we got it right.



JO adds:

Just when the US becomes a candidate for intervention by the IMF, Gordon Brown says it's outdated; we need a different approach. Hence the unveiling of the economic New World Order at Davos where the US, by its absence, stuck out like a missing thumb.

Brown warned against protectionism which the Obama stimulus plan, with its stipulation that the goods and equipment used be "American made," is accused of fostering.

So who's on whose side? Stay tuned.

Another Confirmation of Oil Depletion

"Most of the new categories of hydrocarbon resources (including “tar sands”) are not worth developing unless world prices are higher than the current $45 per barrel of oil equivalent. The decline of hydrocarbon resource development guarantees deficient supplies when the world economy recovers. Oil supplies will again be tight, leading to another round of upward price volatility."
JPMorgan Exited Madoff-Linked Funds Last Fall
Treasuries Headed For Full-Blown Bear Market, Citigroup Says
Transition Towns
Albert Bates' Permacultural Blog
Gates Sees Potential for US-Russian Cooperation

Ben & Jerry have created a new flavor, known as "Yes Pecan!" for Obama. For George W. they asked for suggestions from the public.

Here are some of their favorite responses:

Grape Depression, The Housing Crunch, Abu Grape, Cluster Fudge, Nut'n Accomplished, Good Riddance You Lousy Motherfu***r... Swirl, Iraqi Road, Chock 'n Awe, WireTapioca, Impeach Cobbler, Guantanmallow,
ImPeachmint, Heck of a Job, Brownie!, Neocon Politan, RockyRoad to Fascism, The Reese's-cession, Cookie D'oh!, Nougalar Proliferation, Death by Chocolate... and Torture, Freedom Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip On My Shoulder, Credit Crunch, Mission Pecanplished, Country Pumpkin, Chunky Monkey in Chief, WMDelicious, Chocolate Chimp, Bloody Sundae, Caramel Preemptive Stripe, I broke the law and am responsible for the deaths of thousands . . . with nuts


ihavequestions said...

i see a large problem with transition towns and personally creating "doomsteads", particularly in the area of protection. first of all, if the disaster doesn't come the way you've planned, you either look ridiculously hairbrained or you're unprepared anyway. second, if it just so happens to occur the way you planned, who do you think the "dieoff" candidates will be visiting? there will be alot more of them than you, regardless of protection precautions. safety and security of self-sustainable living during extreme societal emergency is the elephant in the room of these considerations.

D! said...

"Nougalar Proliferation..."


Gary said...

I think we will learn a lot about the Obama administration over the next few weeks. If they cave in to the Wall Street banks on the "bad bank" deal, then we're screwed. If they can somehow manage to stand up to them, that would be a good sign.

However, I must admit that the selection of Geithner for Secretary of the Treasury is probably not a good omen.

gamedog said...

Hello to all from the UK rural wilderness.

Firstly, thanks to Mike for you insight over the years, so much of which has provided a catalyst for my personal paradigm shift to a sustainable lifestyle here on the doomstead. I have been content to lurk, listen, and learn until now, but concerns force me to join the conversation.

Have the team really applied the usual keen microscope over the Transition Towns initiative before recommending this shift?

Concerns for me include the integration of local government, to the extent whereby once the transition is complete, the PTB can easily step in to control.

Would it not be better to learn from the TT plan, roll out a community based permaculture system that circumnavigates control mechanisms, including a "LETS" system that can not be sucked into the NWO bankster paradigm? Similar "LETS" to the Swiss WIR system, possibly extended to a different local exchange system?

Now the curtain is lifting, we must be careful that our solution is not a wolf in sheeples clothing IMO.

I hope this makes it to the blog, thanks for your work Jenna.

Guy Fawkes said...

Confirmation indeed. Reminds me of my favorite quote of Michael's:

"The Third Reich didn't lose the 2nd World War... It merely changed venues."

Were is "V" when we need him?

"Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot. "

Peter J. Nickitas said...

Two other sources for Putin's Davos speech:

RanD said...

Although "the source, part, and extinction of Subversive Mentalities/Behaviors/Practices" was to have been the subject of RanD's next post (i.e., this post), it's again been made evident to RanD that it's still not yet time for others than RanD to receive and benefit from such information. So be it.

What this fact tells RanD is that the current state of the human condition must further evolve (and/or deteriorate, given that the human condition is now both too rapidly & yet generally transitioning from one state that's clearly in the process of going extinct to another not previously experienced) before there's enough stable info on the ground to provide a generally more comprehensive picture of what's actually happening and what to do about it (with the operative words being 'generally' & 'actually'). And RanD isn't into speculating.

Gosh, folks, we sure wish we could share more of what we know with the rest of you...but actualities keep popping out telling us that it's just not yet time for that kind of info to openly disseminate. Until then...well... we'll continue occasionally dropping in to say Hi and sharing ourselves a la commentary that fits what's generally going on.

Peter J. Nickitas said...

JP Morgan's pot calls the kettle black...

Big T said...

that is the most hilarious list of ice cream names I have ever seen. LOL! Wouldn't you know the only thing that can cheer me up is ice cream.

Yes, Mike, Jenna, I've been reading your blog for some time and always fall into a state of depression that can only be cured by listening to mounds of music and pretending to be someone else.

This video clip is from the BBC news site:


sorry, I have to plunge my head back in the sand...Love ya.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. They don't provide you much room to leave a message, but I just dropped this note off with them. :)

Most importantly: Get the concept of Peak Oil into mainstream conversation. Openly discuss the ramifications and security threats that are posed to our nation. We are big enough children to understand this!!! (Although I know it can not be openly discussed, you should keep in mind the possibility of another Black Ops reaction from the US parallel government responding to the security threats of Peak Oil. example: 9/11). Supporting green technology is an excellent first step towards salvaging our nation.

koolkarma817 said...

Russian, Chinese PMs seek to seize control of the dollar

For decades, the Davos economic summit in Switzerland has been the showcase for America's leadership of the globalized free market system, but not anymore: The prime ministers of Russia and China used this year's Davos forum to launch blistering attacks on the feckless economic policy
of the United States that, they allege, brought the world to its current parlous state of economic crisis.


Both spoke of the dollar's role. Wen wanted greater regulation of the international financial system and especially of major reserve currencies -- mainly the U.S. dollar.

Paul said...

NWO has some big plans in the works. Look here...


New Bill Will Turn Old Military Bases Into FEMA Camps
Posted by Shattered Paradigm On Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On January 22nd, Representative Alcee Hastings [D-FL] introduced a new
bill in the U.S. House of Representatives called the National
Emergency Centers Act (also known as HR 645).

If Congress passes this bill, the Department of Homeland Security will
be REQUIRED to establish national emergency centers (FEMA camps) on
closed military bases.

For years, mainstream apologists have tried to deny that the
government was putting together a network of FEMA detention camps
across the United States. But now the wording of this new law would
require that closed military bases be converted into Homeland Security
"emergency centers". Just check out this language from the bill:
"Wherever possible, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in
consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall designate a closed
military installation as a site for a national emergency center."

You can see the entire text of this new bill here:

AR said...

Dan W at Ashes Ashes posted:

A New Type Of Martial Law

In effect he argues that the ruling class in the US are the ones benefitting from all of the law-breaking and financial chicanery which they are failing to prosecute. He calls this a new type of martial law because the sheriff is keeping us controlled by controlling our access to money.

He closes:

"I'm not saying that there are secret, underground meetings taking place, and that our leaders are building bunkers to protect them from the mobs. I am not saying that. What I AM saying, however, is that there is a conscious choice being made by our leaders to not go down the path of prosecution of people like Paulson, because to do so would bring things to light that might, in their eyes, considerably mitigate the legitimacy of the nation's leadership. And as such they are choosing between the lesser of two evils, which is entirely consistent with the concept of martial law: lock things down so that the world doesn't turn upside-down."
DeepCapture blog is zeroing in on connections between the various layers of the power elite (politicians, Wall St., mob) in this post:

Strange Occurrences, & a Story about Naked Short Selling

AR said...

There was discussion on the post to which Jenna linked, at campfire.theoildrum Coming Chaos? Maybe Not about the issue to which ihavequestions refers in the first comment on this post. Many other blogs also have discussed this: survivalblog, survivalacres, and others. Even folks at blogs more focused on the economy discuss this issue, such as at Of Two Minds, where this reader essay discusses the role of local government during collapse.

The only defense against marauders is community. Share the news with your neighbors, and help them to prepare.

We bought our farm 12 years ago in an area I would not want to have even looked in now that I know what’s coming. But here we are, our soil built up, with a pond and a creek running through our place. There’s maybe enough forest to keep us warm. It’s the neighbors that I wonder about. Yet, amazingly, the Nth-generation conventional farmer next to us first mentioned the possibility of us all having to pull together to grow our own food! This was entirely without prompting on my part.

I have good relationships with a few neighbors, but don’t know most, who live in houses of recent vintage on an acre or few of road frontage. The neighbors I know are well aware of impending collapse, though in varying degrees of denial. One of them we jokingly refer to as ‘The Mayor’. She listens to Rush Limbaugh, and I am a lefty from way back, but we are on the same page about preparation. She’s more afraid of spreading the word, not sure whether to appear the fool, or to trust the neighbors, which I think is a right wing trait. I’m trying to coax her into joining me in starting now to go around the ‘hood to get our community together in planning, along with the big farmer who is already willing to grow food for our local consumption. Maybe I’m naive, and I’d just be exposing myself, but it’s the moral thing to do.

I remember blizzards in the big city when I was young, and everyone helped each other to dig out. Strangers smilingly hailed strangers with cheery hellos. Granted, shelter, warmth and food were not in short supply. Also, the urban gang activity was not what it is today. Having read blog accounts of some of the unreported police/gang/vigilante activity in NOLA during Katrina, cities definitely don’t have a good prognosis now.

But rural areas and small towns would seem to have at least a chance of transitioning if we reach out and bring our neighbors along. I don’t know what will happen if people are foreclosed en masse. I even check out all the news I can find about preventing foreclosure, so I can inform my neighbors and try to help preserve this area. I’m hoping this will be worked out so that most may remain in their homes before things get into crisis. People are probably ready to hear us now, without dismissing us as kooks any more.
Re: NAFTA superhighways overlayed on FEMA regions.

I’m reminded of the raid on FLDS' Yearning for Zion Ranch. Devvy Kidd wrote an intriguing article suggesting an ulterior motive for the raid was as a pretext to confiscate the land: FDLS RAID AND THE NAFTA SUPER HIGHWAY

This would provide a free ready-made facility at the juncture of two interstate highways for internment of labor forces. One wonders what will happen to the people who have no place to go when the mass foreclosures begin.
businessman: I entirely agree with your assessment, and have been stating the same to everyone I know. ‘Drowning the government in the bathtub’ was the 43agenda: taking the means with which to build their own fortresses of survival before the rest of us caught on.

With all of the recent news about H5N1, our contaminated food supply and the Svaalbard seed vault, one can’t help but wonder if the plan is to reduce our numbers, then take advantage of whatever unspoiled areas are left to cultivate. South America? African interior?
Anyone have any ideas about how the switch will be made from the dollar to the globalists’ currency?

ecosutra said...

Mike I look forward to seeing you progress. I would not have bothered if I did not hear a tone I could work off of and liked. That was a great tone coming from you. I think you might like to sing, "I go crazy" by Paul Davis. Try that. Find some white southern Rhythm and blues from the 70's.

Can I confess something that weighs heavy on my mind?

Businessman, you have no idea how much I know what your talking about.

"If our media was truly free here
in the United States we'd be hearing about this in the national news. But this is just another example of how the media is controlled, and how we only hear the stories that the people who run things really want us to know about."

In a time when humanity needs landscape repair so desperately, where is Permaculture on the radar?

I am very suspect about the entire internet blog world and the multi national machine. I see scapegoating on issues like Israel this and Israel that. Both sides never talk about the movement of permaculture. Is it for perpetuating rapture that Israel is always on the blip? Or are these internet blogs funded by OPEC. Both have created permanent tracks in the brain in the American information system. Patterns that continue the deflection against the global siege on resources.

So I just think Israel is catching too much heat from the left, to a tipping point where I now accuse Common Dreams, Alternet, Counterpunch, and Truthout, of being guilty of this track in the brain, and are not taking on responsibility for the worlds unsustainable policies which create the manipulation, for example the Hamas. Even more so, these "So called "progressive blogs" use the "no sticky band aid / retrofit USGBC green fashion show" as their sustainable movement to push their agenda of anti Israeli propaganda.

I have never seen you Mike fall into the anti Israel trap. I extremely want to congratulate you for that. I am grateful for the guidance from mentors and elders within the permaculture movement. They operate on a whole different calendar.

I want peace for the middle east, so bad now. And that pathway is permaculture. Through food forestry landscape we will bring back the the culture of Bedouin arabs, and let all who wish to join them roam nomadic. Flourishing their culture through permaculture landscape design, all over the world. We are going to have to become nomadic on the prairies to create the food forest and tear down the levees to let floods flow into swales on grass lands. We need to become nomadic permaculture designers creating cellulose ethanol from switch grass.

How do we move forward, when we all live under the oil imperial propaganda machine that has ingrained the priority of the middle east conflict in our heads as a catalyst to "something"? There are 30 million refugees in the world. Whats to say of them? Iran, Dubai, and the Oil TPTB perpetuate crisis so they can continue robbing the world of resources. Its become the American way.

Well either way, its time for the voice of the Bedouin, the Mayan, the Hopi the Aborigine to speak. They have come out to speak, its time to hear them speak.

Again beware of Phil Gramm and Sarah Palin

PS. Israel has all the best green energy technology in the world. THe TPTB know this. Jeanna, friends like commondreams, who needs enemies?

pstajk said...

Wait Mike ... you believe in Biden and his words / ideas / suggestions?

Obama's got a soul, but Biden?

The only reason I ask is because you wrote in Rubicon that Biden had met with Ahmad 2 days after the WTC attacks. (p. 119) Was Biden in the dark regarding the attacks? I would assume it'd be clearly impossible if that meeting really took place; however, that short sentence does not really elaborate on Biden. Except further down the page Condi refutes having any meeting with or knowledge of Ahmad in Washington.

Isn't this "Americans Put Your Ideas in the Suggestion Box" web site just another red herring by Biden or whomever it is?

(That book still blows me away everytime I open it. Your the man.)

Great fight on tonight - Penn / St. Pierre :)

mskitty said...

I vote for cluster fudge!

D! said...

So many questions so little answers. So many possibilities so little faith.

People, I hope that outside your day jobs, outside your fears that consume your time and thought day after day, you are paying attention to the "little things." The things you're thinking in the back of your head that you should be doing while scouring the 5 W's in search of clarity in this shitstorm of a world.

You will never get it. And no one, absolutely no one, has it figured out.

"Truth is a pathless land."

A cautionary thought from someone who really cares about you.

pstajk said...

Chunkey Monkey in Chief

I'll have two scoops.

businessman said...

I've finally come to recognize that the media and the military function in much the same way. In the military the foot soldiers have no idea about what's being planned at the very top in the Pentagon. They just take their marching orders from their commanding officers, and all the major overall planning is done tens of levels above them within the chain of command.

In the media there is a similar structure. The overall game plan for what will be reported on the national news is decided at the top of the chain of command, and the people in the newsroom are like the foot soldiers in the military. And the news anchors are just highly-paid celebrities reading the news that's already been written for them by other people, and placed onto teleprompters for them to read.

A newsroom is a place buzzing with activity and a ton of news stories, but when the news that gets transmitted from other sources into the newsroom is in itself being controlled, you're able to much better control the news that then gets reported to the public. In addition, the people who control what goes on the air to the public know their boundaries, and they don't want to get fired.

Outside of this, the people in the national news departments can oftentimes feel that they're the elite, and that they know every single news story that should be reported to us. So news stories from alternative sources outside of this elite community are often just ignored. Because if these stories were really true the elite think they'd already know about them from their own "more credible" news sources.

In addition, if you're ever able to talk with someone who runs or manages a local news station, newspaper, or radio station, and you're able to get them to really open up to you, you'll find out the following...Local news outlets are told not to break national news stories until those stories have first been reported by the national news people. Then the local news outlets can offer their own coverage of the story. So news does not become news on a national level until the people who control the national news decide that it should be reported to us. This was confirmed by the editor of my local newspaper 2-3 years ago when I asked him to cover the Peak Oil story for our community. His response to me was, "That's a national news story and we can't break it until the national news people have broken it first. The only thing you can do is write letters to the editor and we can publish them, but we can't cover that news story right now ourselves."

This explains a lot about how the national news is controlled. If a story breaks in one city that the entire country would want to know about, it only gets reported outside of that one city if the people controlling the national news want to report it. With this in effect it's easier to control all the people on a national level if the story stays contained within just that one city.

With this in mind, the following is the best example I know of around this. Had this front page story in the Houston Chronicle back on March 31, 1981 been reported in the national news, and allowed to be openly and vigorously discussed as a story of this magnitude should be, it could have dramatically changed American history over the past 28 years. Scroll down and read the article below the headline circled in red:

LeoBro said...

I hope I can clear up some confusion about the transition movement (sometimes called Transition Towns because it started with Transition Town Totnes in England). The concept is about making your existing community resilient in the face of energy descent, financial collapse, etc. Resilience is defined as the ability to respond to external change and remain functional. To oversimplify, the transition movement includes making sure food is grown locally and water is available. Local currencies and barter systems are encouraged. Social networks are promoted.

By applying permaculture principles to social and physical networks, it promotes bottom-up action over any sort of hierarchical structure. It's quite the opposite from creating a political structure that could then be taken over by "TPTB."

As for another argument raised here: the risk of becoming a target for food thieves. In my view, if you're not growing food and you're not part of community that can and does grow its own food, you're not going to last too long. If you're the only one around growing food, you're likely to be a target. The best defense is to encourage and cooperate with everyone around you to grow their own food as well. It's about being realistic while at the same time trying to create the kind of world we want to live in.

The transition movement doesn't pretend to have all the answers; it doesn't even bill itself as a solution. It's more of a toolkit, or set of ideas -- a collective best guess – that lets each community determine its own response to an unknown future.

Chicken Little said...

Great bit of "curiouser and curiouser" information

Lets not forget that the sponsors/advertisers influence the news that gets reported - or not.

Pharmaceuticals, energy companies, auto manufacturers

Do they have any interest in supporting news stories about Peak?

pstajk said...

Business Man:

There's a great little book called "The CIA's Greatest Hits" by this guy named Mark Zepezauer. Basically, it's a very short and condensed book (42 2-page chapters) about the agency's life dating back to the OSS.

Chapter 27 is called "The Great Wurlitzer." The author explains that the agency has had its spooks in every single major American news organization, not to mention the fact that it basically owns ABC.

D! - I feel you man. Except, my girlfriend always yells at me when I make moaning noises while eating my blueberry pancakes, strawberries, bananas, whip cream, and syrup on the weekends. Am I that bad? I say enjoy your pancakes! HA!

eyeballs said...

On transition towns:

Nice response,LeoBro.

Whatever totalitarian or anarchic (or both at once) impositions may be made on a community, it will either be healthy enough to handle, or not. Consider a body that contacts a little flu virus. If the body is healthy, it gets a headache, a brief fever, then goes to work the next day strong as ever. If the body is depleted, confused, stressed, it could be two weeks of aching and heaving. Some die.

A healthy community is interconnected by needful interdependence, pleasurable interaction, group activities. A healthy community knows and controls the sources of its food and water, and can replace them to some extent in a crisis because of the planning and knowledge base that have been cultivated in advance. A healthy community does not cry out for imposed order because it is taking care of its own. A healthy community disarms or chases off (or sometimes kills) marauders and miscreants without losing too much energy. A healthy community is well-informed, well-educated, and enjoys strong communication both among its members and with intelligence outside.

Transition towns might encourage these aspects of community health. As for structure, the stated (in bold face) role of government is

In many cases the government could just make unused land and facilities available, adjust codes to allow sensible innovations, and then get out of the way.

I don't think we're in much danger of "Ecofascism", anyway.

Might as well check out the Transition Primer available free, online:

Meremark said...

A thought occurred to me today, in which I found some 'relief.'

In corollary, Peak Oil means Peak Pentagon.

So this is as bad as it gets.

Pandabonium said...

ms kitty - cluster fudge! love it. will surely be Jim Kunstler's favorite flavor.

Mike- another song for the playlist - "Powerplay" by Steppenwolf...

What gives you the right hey you
To stand there and tell me what to do
Tell me who gave you the power
To stop me from livin' like I do
Remember if you plan to stay
Those who give can take away
Don't bite the hand that feeds you

Just one time I'd like to be somewhere where
None of your clever lies fill the air
I'm tired of your frozen smile and your voice of tin
Just might all gang up on you
Turn the knob and do you in

Remember if you plan to stay
Those who give can take away.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you

This never ending power play
"Tween Jealous greed and vicious hate
Is grinding us like giant millstones
But it can't be our only fate
It's time we got our heads together
And let'em know that we're awake

Those in the dark, you know they're no longer blind
They're breakin' from your strangle hold on their minds
Those that can see don't need no one to cross the street
Be careful who you're pushin' round
They just might find you obsolete

Remember if you plan to stay
Those who give can take away.
Don't bite the hand that feeds you

Sebastian Ronin said...

It’s gratifying to see that the Kum Ba Yah session of Amerikan pap kulture around the Peak Oil campfire has finally run its course. Paying homage to a pap icon who has had nasal linings surgically replaced due to the amount of nose candy that has gone up them leaves one wondering about realistic political analyses of cultural decadence. Fortunately things did not devolve down to the level of heralding the politically-elevated consciousness of Bruce Springsteen and Bono. An imperialistic social psyche (cultural imperialism inclusive) is a tricky thing if one has not shed its tentacles. Should anyone start a string on dealing with inner-child crises and feelings during the age of Post-Peak Oil, I am seriously going to have to consider going in search of my pitch fork (As in: Gag me with a pitch fork, please!). =:-D

Onto the biz at hand…

Re Davos: One interpretation that is likely good as another is that the European Bilderbergers are taking the boots to the American Bilderbergers, Obama’s feigned ignorance of the CFR (his VP), Trilateral Commission and Bilderbergers (even though he and Hillary were whisked off to a meeting during the primaries) notwithstanding. Shades of Oceana, Eastasia and Eurasia anyone? The guiding hand of Z Big is guiding straight into Afghanistan, as Mike pointed out in Rubicon. This could turn out to be a serious mistake. One of the common features of empire decline is military over-reach.

Also re Davos and pulling the plug on the dollar: Let’s not forget that when Saddam Hussein broke away from his leash, the only real WMD he had up his sleeve (and was prepping to use it) was breaking away from the dollar as payment for Iraqi oil in favor of the Euro. For this, he warranted a major slap on the wrist, i.e. his life.

The dollar is/was, in effect, the petro-dollar. Light bulbs on, anyone?

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s reference to the "bottom billion" hits a particular chord in relation to the recent string on global die-off.

Lastly, re “On the other hand, today President Obama and Joe Biden made a very convincing statement in support of the Middle Class -- that the door is wide open.” Is this kind of Pollyanna, jingoistic cheer leading really necessary? What useful purpose does it serve? One could be tempted to wonder who is playing whom…and to what extent. A civilization collapses. The bobbing heads and sock puppets that make up an administration, no matter what their supposed political affiliations, are powerless to dodge this bullet on behalf of their constituencies. Ain’t that what it’s all about? Ain’t that the meta-driver that sparks all the rest? The notion of being without power, of confronting a problem that seemingly has no solution?

The map is not the territory.

AR said...

businessman, re: media:

You lay out the explanation for how the Karl Rove strategy of destroying the Democratic party farm team was executed, as shown in this YouTube: Project Save Justice. Over 1,000 local Democratic office-holders in swing states were victimized by the DoJ: bankrupted, driven to suicide, hounded out of office, but because these were just local stories the pattern was missed, until long after the US Attorney firing scandal was broken by blogger Josh Marshall. It wasn’t until the bloggers started looking at the attorneys that weren’t fired that the pattern of prosecutions was uncovered. The national media still haven’t reported on this story.

Diaspora said...

One of the hardest things for me about coming to grips with being a victim of the “Americon” is how easy it has been for the perpetrators to sell their nation and fellow citizens out. In the course of trying to figure things out there is a process we all unwittingly go through akin to the five steps of grieving. The shock I felt while reading Rubicon was not only mental but physical. I am still in the anger phase as I listen to lying politicians and useless news reports from anchors who are merely parroting propaganda. Another emotion in the process is sorrow; mine is as a result of not being able to convince those I love that the threat is real and very close. And lastly and perhaps fatally, is confusion. It is difficult to plan when you don’t know which type of weapons the enemy will use…in fact will my friend the cop become the storm trooper to save his own skin? Will confiding in a neighbor mean I’ll be sold out? This blog, while acting as a physic on my intestines, is like a support group. It helps to know you’re all here but ultimately each of us will live or die by our decisions.

“You don't have a clue what is going on and neither do the American people because if they did, there would be a revolution in this country.”
- Former Texas Gov. John Connally to Gerald Celente, 1992

Anonymous said...

Dunno where this fits in on the overall map, but it piqued my curiosity:

For the folks who are wondering how to "spread the Peak Oil gospel" to their loved ones:

I like the "bread crumb" analogy. We're a stubborn species, and, (judging from my own response to people who tell me what I "should" be doing), I don't think that anybody is going to listen until their lives are seriously disrupted. If what Mike says is true, that could be very soon.

Content, well-fed people don't voluntarily make major changes in their lives. Which is why TPTB created Prozac. And the Super Bowl :-p.

How about Haliburton Hash? Although I guess that's more Cheney-flavored than W. Yum.

Anonymous said...

For ihavequestions:
I guess I'd rather die of a bullet wound than starve to death.

For RanD:
I'm sorry, but it's just weird when someone refers to themself in the first person.

For Guy Fawkes:
I ADORED "V for Vendetta"! What a fantastic film!

bostx said...

From Australia - Time for a New World Order:

eyeballs said...

Two wishful thinkers in a row... I just had to comment.

Meremark said...

In corollary, Peak Oil means Peak Pentagon.

Then, Pandabonium laid one of my all-time favorite protest songs on the grill, as if we were having a leftie barbeque in about 1972.

As though, the Baddies are just gonna melt away now that their support mechanisms have been shaken. Folks, get ready. Not all Post-Oil-Age descents are created equal. The Pentagon has big plans for weathering peak oil, which came as no surprise. Everything done on the up-curve of the latter 20th century was charted with this downslope well in mind. From the links page of the excellent:

On May 14, 1957, Admiral Hyman Rickover gave a speech to the Minnesota State Medical Association called "Energy Resources and our Future."

As to the song, making the oppressive government obsolete was a nice dream. In fact, as I left college in '78, I thought we had already won. Nixon gone, Carter being new-agey and folksy, creativity abounding around me.

My mistake. And a lot of people missed the Team B exercise and then the Halloween Massacre at the White House in 1975. Neocons sprouted like seeds in moist earth back then, while we were watching Woody Allen movies and listening to Steppenwolf. They won.

Now, they have largely (though not totally) cleared out of official executive department offices. Are they gone? Can I come out from under the bed now? No, Jimmie, they're still out there, in underground laboratories and college campuses, cranking out yet more demented plans - on unlimited budgets.

A recent invention is the unlimited-flying-time, solar powered spy plane, which was developed while George Tenet was at QinetiQ, which is part-owned by Carlyle. Tenet also lately worked at L-1 Identity Contractors while they were perfecting the software discussed in this Naomi Klein classic article:

China's All-Seeing Eye "With the help of U.S. defense contractors, China is building the prototype for a high-tech police state. It is ready for export." Tenet's chief of staff at CIA was John Brennan, now officially "counterterrorism officer" of the NSC. He might have been CIA director, but for his public defense of waterboarding.
These people not only have more money than we do, and huge, badly-bent brains, but they know where the nukes are buried and which politicians did what and where the photos are stored. They are information rich, much richer than we are, even together. (By the way, what happened to Poindexter and TIA? Did he make backups?)

So I'm thinking that a little perspective is needed, a little strategic humility, to realize that we really are going over the cliff, and that TPTB are in disarray on one level, but way better prepared than we could possibly have been or be in the near future.

There's really no sense in trying to "win" the Powerplay against TPTB. To me, "win" is surviving -- not only me but the people I love and the most important of the social options I hold dear (regular meals for everyone, public libraries and people able to walk down the street without lethal weapons, all spring to mind, and even this much is an idealistic hope).

Whether we ever get Nuremberg II, is not even at the top of my list. Who knows? One can always hold the amusing hope of it. Let's strategize without this baggage, though, okay?

RanD said...

Hey Athene, it's only wierd for those who don't know why, or what doing so says. But I/we know you've still got lots of good company over there...(only for the time being, tho). And it'll be much nicer when all of us are smiling together, too, RanD replies.

AR said...

I’m not the only one having problems with links. On my botched hyperlinks just replacee


with a colon :
bostx’s Sydney Morning Herald link is missing html at the end, after the period.

eyeballs’ transition Town link is missing er.html on the end.

Sometimes it’s not too hard to figure out what a broken link was meant to be by examining it and, from one’s knowledge of, or comparing with other URLs, try to reconstruct the missing or botched portion.

Diaspora @ 7:17 AM

Excellent concise description of the process of learning about and shedding denial of PO. For me it wasn’t so hard, since we’d already been growing food and heating with wood for a few years, and all we had to do was drop our useless health insurance in order to pay off the mortgage in 3 years! It wasn’t until I started reading survivalist blogs about preparing to barricade access roads, and shoot looters that I focused on....

Athene@ 8:06 AM

figuring out how to steer conversations with neighbors to PO, and building up the trust more (I’m an urban transplant from a blue state), and offering seedlings for their gardens (in addition to extra produce).

The economic crisis makes it much easier to break through the denial. But it’s necessary now to disabuse people gently of the notion that things will ever get back to normal. Dave Lindorff does a nice job with this article:
The Ugly Truth: America's Economy is Not Coming Back

Diaspora said...

It’s been a long road leading to the coming collapse. Dr. Cuddy’s history of the New World Order reveals not only the “when” but the “who”.

by D.L. Cuddy, Ph.D.

koolkarma817 said...

AR All THREE of your links do not work on the DOJ story. I followed this for a long time and would like to read about it. Can you fix your links please

Paul Davis said...

Hi guys,

You've probably seen this as you're at source but just in case:

Spat with China raises fears of a trade war

Shawn said...

-Gordie is still demanding a New World Order.

-Suprise Suprise they are calling for a Global Central Bank!

The Luxocrat said...

I thought this article was great as well. A little humor but a lot of truth about the stimulus.

gildone84 said...

Tom Friedman actually had an interesting column in the NYT about Davos:

Elvis has Left the Mountain

It's very telling in that he is saying the powers that be are clueless and have no idea how to get out of the economic mess we are in. However, what's even more telling is Friedman is also clueless but doesn't know it.

Well, of course they are all clueless. They don't understand the concept of peak energy and the finite nature of the planet's resources. If you don't understand these two things, you'll never understand how to get out of the mess we're in.

Sebastian Ronin said...

Athene, re "I ADORED "V for Vendetta"! What a fantastic film!"

"Children of Men" is gooder, IMO...and it seems to be happening, except with a gender reversal. See "The Disappearing Male:"

RanD said...

To FTW folks in general --

The following three excerpts, when fully consciously connected, provide a clear and perfect picture to the fully conscious mind of a paramount issue that is fundamental to maintaining one's presence in the human species' evolutionary continuum. And it is RanD's fondest and most sincere hope that all of us see that picture.

Feb 1, 2009, 5:00 PM (ET)

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's prime minister threatened "harsh and disproportionate" retaliation after Gaza militants fired at least 10rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel on Sunday....

2.) FTW blog comment - Feb 1, 2009

A healthy community does not cry out for imposed order because it is taking care of its own. A healthy community disarms or chases off (or sometimes kills) marauders and miscreants without losing too much energy.

3.) FTW blog comment - Feb 1, 2009

You will never get it. And no one, absolutely no one, has it figured out. "Truth is a pathless land."

Anonymous said...

All right, fair enough about the first person thing. Since I don't know the whole story, I'll crawl back into my burrow and await enlightenment :-).

Wouldn't you know it--the youtube video you posted the link to "isn't available in my country". Bah.

agape wins said...

We are all part of a "Crew" here, as opposed to a "Team", this article explains why some post often, are more assertive, while others are afraid to express themselves, others don't understand, get angry, become profane & aggressive, and drop out!

Come on folks, we are Family, trying to fix something which is badly broken, we are in the best position to develop a future, roll up your sleeves, and contribute your bit of wisdom, even if it's some music or a joke! We are not
here to exclude or exile, together we will survive!

Sebastian Ronin said...

eyeballs, re "Not all Post-Oil-Age descents are created equal. The Pentagon has big plans for weathering peak oil, which came as no surprise. Everything done on the up-curve of the latter 20th century was charted with this downslope well in mind."

Agreed. However, no one gets to dodge the bullet of "the condition" i.e. the territory of Post-Peak Oil. It is the great equalizer taking all of us (with related life styles) out at the knee caps. A fortified and guarded gated community, and a survivalist retreat are both consequences of a common driver/condition. Which of the latter two examples is better suited to "adapt or perish" remains to be seen.

kiki said...

this blog has interesting info on foraging, even recipe for dandelion wine !:

i think i just might have to try this :-)

Steve said...

Frighteningly, I too see the whole pattern of pre-world order manoeuvring falling into place.

You DO neglect one aspect of this, though. That is that the New World Order will be demanded by the very people whom it will enslave. Such is the genius of the plan: it is cheaper in terms of "marketing" to get the slaves to call for slavery themselves rather than be coerced into it.
Some of the threads: Workers demand that National governments do not disadvantage them over foreign workers. NWO logic: Global worker rules make sure the playing field is levelled.(and removes sweat-shop conditions! Magic!)

National governments give unfair cash injections to ailing national industries, creating unfair competitive advantages for foreign goods. NWO logic: balancing of nations ability to inject cash into failing businesses stops unfair competition and job losses at home.

Nations create huge injections into failing businesses that are obvious are not going to be able to be paid back. NWO logic: Putting all the debt into one basket and reducing it proportionally makes sure all bear the "debt" fairly.

The genius of this is that the "slaves" ask for and applaud the injection of their own money into these obviously dead businesses and then they applaud and demand the global debt recovery plan.
In one fell swoop debt(to the NWO inner circle) has been conjured out of nowhere, accepted by the the slaves, and then they happily go along with a great "Plan" to pay it back.