56 Replies to “December Baloney Thread”

  1. “if you drink a lot of crappy wine or beer, or both, the outcome is always the same, no matter what time or day of the week.”

    —-Ra, Sun God

  2. “I don’t think the United States is going to collapse in the sense that the Collapsarian community talks and writes about. For one thing, the emphasis is too much on Peak Oil. I’ve written before that I think Peak Oil represents a kind of deus ex machina for anti-American wish fulfillment. Some sensitive souls, such as James Kunstler, Dmitry Orlov and many others, are so appalled by the grisly ugliness of the American crapscape, with its chain everything and grotesque proliferation of hideous suburban grids, that they long for some way to predict confidently that it must fall of its own weight. That’s where Peak Oil comes in: you posit that an economy runs on cheap energy, especially petroleum in the American economy, and this gives you a means of assuring everyone that it will all be over soon and an anodyne vision of Norman Rockwell’s neighborhoods will materialize peacefully out of the formless void.”


    Note that he uses the “grisly” word. Ugh.

  3. i really don’t enjoy reading yergin, because he such a hack for the establishment oil companies, etc. he just spews propaganda from the get go, and i don’t have time for a proper rebuttal of his every sentence and factoid.

  4. think of yergin as the above eqyptian glypfic. instead of reasoned speech, he spews propaganda, half-truths and lies for the oil companies and the 1% elite owner class. only he doesn’t need excessive drinking to do so. he’s a highly paid industry hack. a mind whore.

  5. Bif, small grammatical correction: “nothing changed in thousands of years”, as the egyptians were happening as a civilization around 0 to 6000 BC or so, i forget.

  6. The Detroit bankruptcy is epic. What’s left of the city will be picked clean by the vultures. The city’s art museum will liquidate its treasures worth over $1B.

  7. Meanwhile, on the road to energy independence…


    In December they say Bakken will add 89K bbls/day new production but loses 63K in legacy well depletion for a net increase of 26K bbls/day. Gosh its disappointing.

    JHK is probably right that they can’t keep this up for very long. The depletion rate of these wells is brutal. Three steps forward. Two steps back. Very expensive too.

  8. Aaron G. Lehmer-Chang. Preparedness Matters More than CO2 Targets. Winter 2014. Earth Island Journal.

    [Doom comments in brackets]

    “Instead of saddling future generations with a crumbling, oil-dependent infrastructure, our legacy must be to carefully apply the resources we have left to fertilize, fortify, and beautify our world. We face challenging times ahead from the global warming that is already coming, along with the consequences of overshooting our planet’s resource limits. We must brace ourselves. All of this will require redirecting fossil fuels from wasteful consumption toward these ends”:

    * Shift our infrastructure away from fossil-fuel dependency
    * Migrate threatened coastal communities and economies inland
    * Rehabilitate rural economies
    * Replenish eroded soils [with what?, dead bodies?]
    * Rebuild diverse local food systems
    * As the snowpack diminishes from climate change, we’ll need rainwater catchment, reforested watersheds, and efficient irrigation systems. [for exactly how many folks remaining?]
    * As sea levels rise, we’ll need to build more dikes, levees, and channels. [with what capital? this simply will not be done.]
    * We’ll need to de-pave many of our streets, and parking lots to free up space for growing food, open up covered creeks, and reseed natural landscapes. [the streets will de-pave themselves, so save your energy.]
    * We’ll need to energy retrofit our buildings [ditto above, no capital left. buildings with floors above 6 to 7 stories will be abandoned.]
    * revitalize rail transport lines [good idea when JHK proposed it 10+ years ago, maybe too late now.]
    * Retool our decaying manufacturing infrastructure. [sorry, no funds.]

  9. Yergin, Lehmer, Lovins, make a living by convincing people you can put the genie back in the bottle. It’s lucrative.

  10. i figure JHK’s all right, ceptin’ for his: (a) stock market predictions; (b) unabashed zionism; and (c) appeal to mysticism and the occult in his fiction works (WMBH, WH, and probably his latest one).

    but as Joe E. Brown used to say: “nobody’s perfect”.

  11. “Its hard to beat a good home-grown apple.”

    Unless home is in Washington State. Rename the “Fuji” to Fuki”.

  12. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-08/guest-post-shale-oil-boom-more-mirage-miracle

    “Gail Tverberg, is a professional actuary who applies classic risk assessment procedures to global resources: studying issues such as oil & natural gas depletion, water shortages, climate change, etc. She is widely known in the Peak Cheap Oil space for her reports issued across energy websites over the years under the penname “GailTheActuary”.

    In this week’s podcast, Chris asks Gail to assess the merits of the shale oil “revolution”. Does it usher in a new Golden Age of American oil independence?”

    Uuhhhh, no.

  13. probably a good business opportunity nowadays is to make and/or sell, re-sell personal radiation monitors for food, etc. i’m leaning toward relatively cheap, portable NaI gamma spectrometers that can detect low levels of Cs isotopes, etc. one could use them as air monitors when not scanning food products, with a data logger for permanent record keeping. make a cell phone app. to keep a wary eye in things at home.

    i guess the ultimate injestion decision tree would be akin to something hitting the floor. you know it has dirt on it, but how hungry are you?

  14. fracking, tar sands mining, and deep-water offshore are like the sounds one makes when the straw gets to the bottom of the glass. wise monkeys will take their cues accordingly.

  15. Pope gone rogue!

    Listen to Stuart Varney mansplaining not to mix politics, business and religion, and on Fox of all places.

  16. Interesting tango-bachata-salsa-swing hybrid dance. My dad took a lesson in it recently. Too complex for me, I think. Lots of dances combine well. I took a lesson in a swing-waltz combination dance last winter.

  17. Original pictures could be creepy too.
    Chick in underwear holding a pitcher of something near a bed – watersports anyone?

  18. with that magnitude of wealth concentration, i can easily see how the top 0.1% would view the rest of the 99.9%. get the 99.9% to all volunteer to fight resource wars for them, for a few pennies to keep them in beans and iphoney data plans, in the name of truth, justice and “the american way”.

    –an employee

  19. We once did some calculations on the salary of the CEO of the company I used to work for (mainly because at the time they were badgering people in the call centres about their toilet breaks). We estimated the days worked per year, hours per day, weight of a turd, time taken to dispense a turd and the price of silver. Basically the salary equated to the CEOs turds being worth their weight in solid silver.
    guess they didn’t float…

  20. “The product has gotten the attention of big investors who see a future for the product and customers who are tired of cooking and chewing.”
    Maybe if they’re tired of breathing too they can find a solution. I think it’s called a coffin.

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