Saturday, January 28, 2006

Syriana

I went and saw this movie last night.

Everything I'd heard up to that point about the movie told me that it would be hard to follow. I went to see it because it was about oil.


Well, it was indeed hard to follow. However, because I had a bit of a background in some of the events they were parody-ing (is that a word?), I was able to somewhat keep pace.

Throughout the first hour and a half of the movie there are a bunch of sub-plots stirred around in separate pots. The presumption is, of course, that all these things are going to come together in the end in some sort of dramatic conclusion.

The conclusion, though dramatic didn't have the Hollywood punch that I was expecting. Not that I was diappointed by this. It shows more of a real-lifeism (I must be W, making up all these words, weeee!) than your typical 'hero saves the day' kind of thing.

What I was disappointed in is the lack of solid messages found in this movie. I'm a fan of thinking man's movies, but there is a great message that could be passed along here that wasn't. Everything in this movie was implied: peak oil, corporate meddling, government coups, etc.

I love a movie where you have to make up your own conclusions. However, with the documentary feel of this movie, it should have been more informative. They could have told us more about the imminent peak in the world's oil production. They could have been the first in movie history to fire that warning shot across the bow, so to speak.


Ah well, perhaps I'll have to make that movie myself.

I'm ready for my closeup Mr. DeVille.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Anger is such a waste of time

I mean, really.

It's the bad side of humanity. The beast within. The result of a fight or flight reaction. Anger is everything that we don't want to be. Ugly darkness boiling out from within us. Anger is not rational, though we can rationalize it later.

So, why are we angry? Why are so many people so damn mean? There are a thousand thousand reasons for this, I suppose. The greatest question I guess shouldn't be, "why are we angry?"

"What good does anger bring to us?" That's the question.


Just today I've seen pissed off parents berating their children (and using double negatives and ain'ts to boot, poor kids); I've seen a woman get an earfull from another woman following a near collision in the mall parking lot; I was told a story this morning about a gentleman responding to "I hope your day goes better" with "stick it up your nose."

So I ask you, which of these situations has furthered the goal of humanity. After all, we've only got 5 billion more years before the sun burns out. How much time do we want to spend trying to keep our fellow man down? Bastards.

We need to smile in the face of anger. Show the people that they're wasting their time with their foolish temper tantrums. The unwashed masses must be educated on the futility of their negativity. I'm not talking free love and flowers here, I'm just talking about being nice to people.

So where do we start? Right here. Repeat after me.

I'm going to be nice to people. Mean people suck. I don't want to suck. I won't be mean.

Now, go my brothers and sisters. Stop the suck.


Before it's too late.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Are you in my generation?

Here's a one question survey that will determine if you're in my generation. You may be too young, too old, or you might not get it at all.


Q: Did you ever try to shoot the dog when you missed both of the ducks?

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Capitalism has made it this way. Old fashion fascism will take it away.

I'm just making a prediction here. I just want to stick it up here for an I-told-you-so in the not too distant future.

The way I see things happening around me, there is a lot of growing sentiment against illegal aliens here in America. There's always been anti-alien feelings, but I'm talking about genuine discord. People in the south taking up arms and guarding our borders. The seeds of hatred being sewn.

I'm not here to stick up for either side. I'm all for legal immigration and I'm all for secure borders. I also believe that if I wasn't born here in the good ol' USA, I'd make tracks to get here asap; Legally or otherwise.

But that's neither here nor there.


What is important, right or wrong, is the hatred. The need for scapegoating. The need to blame our problems on the people who can't defend themselves. As our economy worsens, so too will this need, this denial of the truth. We, the people, cannot cope with things that our beyond our control.

We make gods to things we fear and do not understand, but we only make enemys of things we fear. This is human nature. Once again the thing that makes us what we are will help to bring about our downfall.

You've seen the direction our democracy is going. You know for yourself we have less freedoms than we did six years ago. We have less privacy. We have less autonomy. All in the name of security.

In the name of security we will have one rise to power that will reap this harvest of hatred. In the name of freedom we will brand illegals as our scapegoat. In the name of our national god and the security that only he can bring we will strike these people to the ground and crush them beneath the heel of patriotism. We will be proud once again. After years of economic suffering caused by a shortage of energy we will be willing to accept whatever means ncessary to restore our former glory.

Blood will flow. Freedoms will die.

We will be secure.


Just a prediction.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

O is a LETTER!

Sorry, this is a break from the normal drivel to give you this important update.


"Oh" is a letter.
"Zee-roh" is a number.

It's no wonder you fucking rednecks can't get out of the damn trailer park.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Supply and Demand and Peak Oil

This is a follow-up to my rant (or perhaps a continuation thereof) on peak oil.


Supply and demand does indeed fit this model. A shortage in supply traditionally has prodded the market to increase production by finding an alternate means. Basically, demand exists, therefore someone will provide supply.

However, here's the problem. Oil is a finite resource. The "end of the petrolium era" does not mean that we've run out of oil. We've only run out of the cheap, easy to find, not too hard to refine oil. We thrive on that oil. Light, sweet crude we call it. I guess you could call this phase in our history the end of easy oil.

There continues to be, and there always will be oil. The oil contained within the earth falls into one of two categories: Ultimately recoverable and the rest of it. Ultimately recoverable oil is precisely that. An example of oil that isn't ultimately recoverable would be oil that is too deep, or in a spot that it would take more oil to extract than the oil you extracted. (see the Wolf at the Door website and their definitions of Energy returned on energy invested, they explain it better than I do).

So, the crux of the problem isn't that we're going to be out of oil. We're going to be out of cheap oil. The only reason society exists at the level it does is because oil is cheap.

Lets say that air was a lot more scarce (just as an example). Right now we don't give four tenths of one fuck about air because ISN'T scarce. If it was, life as we know it wouldn't end, per se. However, it would not be life as we know it. We would find ways of conserving air. We would find ways of purifying used air. We would do whatever it takes to do as much as we could and use as little air as possible. The end of the world would not come from the scarcity of air.

The end of the world would come from the wars fought over the continued dwindling supply of air.

So will it be with oil.



-LORD Gotwa

Monday, January 16, 2006

SMITE ME!

I think this whole article speaks for itself - The Chirstian Reich is going too far...


Robertson suggests God smote Sharon
Evangelist links Israeli leader's stroke to 'dividing God's land'

Friday, January 6, 2006; Posted: 5:33 a.m. EST (10:33 GMT)

(CNN) -- Television evangelist Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, which Robertson opposed.
"He was dividing God's land, and I would say, 'Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the [European Union], the United Nations or the United States of America,'" Robertson told viewers of his long-running television show, "The 700 Club."
"God says, 'This land belongs to me, and you'd better leave it alone,'" he said.
Robertson's show airs on the ABC Family cable network and claims about 1 million viewers daily.
Sharon, 77, clung to life in a Jerusalem hospital Thursday after surgery to treat a severe stroke, his doctors said.
The prime minister, who withdrew Israeli settlers and troops from Gaza and parts of the West Bank last summer over heated objections from his own Likud Party, was breathing with the aid of a ventilator after doctors operated to stop the bleeding in his brain.
In Washington, President Bush offered praise for Sharon in a speech on Thursday.
"We pray for his recovery," Bush said. "He's a good man, a strong man. A man who cared deeply about the security of the Israeli people, and a man who had a vision for peace. May God bless him."
Daniel Ayalon, Israel's ambassador to the United States, compared Robertson's remarks to the overheated rhetoric of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Full story)
He called the comments "outrageous" and said they were not something to expect "from any of our friends."
"He is a great friend of Israel and a great friend of Prime Minister Sharon himself, so I am very surprised," Ayalon told CNN.
Robertson, 75, founded the Christian Coalition and in 1988 failed in a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He last stirred controversy in August, when he called for the assassination of Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez. (Full story)
Robertson later apologized, but still compared Chavez to Hitler and former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the process.
The same month, the Anti-Defamation League criticized Robertson for warning that God would "bring judgment" against Israel for its withdrawal from Gaza, which it had occupied since the 1967 Mideast war.
Robertson said Thursday that Sharon was "a very likable person, and I am sad to see him in this condition."
He linked Sharon's health problems to the 1995 assassination of Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin, who signed the Oslo peace accords that granted limited self-rule to Palestinians.
"It was a terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, now he's dead," Robertson said.
Rabin was gunned down by a religious student opposed to the Oslo accords. The killer, Yigal Amir, admitted to the crime and was sentenced to life in prison.
Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, criticized Robertson's comments Thursday, saying the televangelist "has a political agenda for the entire world."
"He seems to think God is ready to take out any world leader who stands in the way of that agenda," Lynn said in a written statement.
"A religious leader should not be making callous political points while a man is struggling for his life," he said. "I'm appalled."
Ralph Neas, president of liberal advocacy group People for the American Way, said "it is astonishing that Pat Robertson still wields substantial influence" in the Republican Party.
"Once again, Pat Robertson leaves us speechless with his insensitivity and arrogance," Neas said in a written statement.
According to The Associated Press, Robertson spokeswoman Angell Watts said of people who criticized the comments: "What they're basically saying is, 'How dare Pat Robertson quote the Bible?'"
"This is what the word of God says," Watts told the AP. "This is nothing new to the Christian community."

Copyright 2006 CNN. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Associated Press contributed to this report.

Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes

Ok, now that I've figured out how to do this, get ready for the pain...

So, here's how the whole thing goes:

http://www.washington.edu/research/or/symposium/hirschman.pdf

If this link works, take a look. As you see, the world population in 1900AD was 1.6 billion humans. This year represents the basic beginning of our use of fossil fuels. Oil and Natural Gas, mostly. We'd been using coal for quite some time, but at nowhere near the scale we use it today.

So, why is this relevant? Because our entire society is based on oil and natural gas. Everything. Oil is in plastics, fertilizers, diesel fuel to plant, harvest and haul food, etc. The list goes on for miles.

Now, let us look at 2000AD. Oil and Natural Gas production are in the midst of a peak in production. After the peak comes the decline. Every day we will produce less than the day before (as an overall trend, though there will be bumpy ups and downs). As the production of oil declines, so does our ability, as a race, to feed all the humans.

There are 6.1 billion people now. These people need oil. Oil is life for 4.5 billion people whose live cannot be sustained without that sweet, sweet crude. 4.5 billion people must die in order to reach the equilibrium we had in 1900 before the unsustainable widespread use of oil. 4.5 billion deaths from starvation.

Do you think they'll all go quietly. Almost 74% of the world population is going to be hungry and desparate. Are you among the 74%. A family of 4 will see 3 family members die. Will it be you who survives, only to see your loved ones starved to death? Or do you band together and take out 4 other families to hoard their resources.

This is the bright future of the world. The future brightened by 4.5 billion funeral pyres.

I know what you're thinking. America will be unaffected. Americans will prevail.

But we've already seen a preview of what is to come. We've already seen the worst of humanity rear it's ungly head in the wake of the hurricanes along the gulf coast. We've seen what extreme scarcity does to the human beast. We are animals. For a thousand years we have fought to remove our animals selves from within us.

But it will come out again.

Soon.


-LORD Gotwa

Thursday, January 12, 2006

All I wanted to do was log in...

It's too damn easy to get a weblog these days. I didn't even have the common sence to realize I wasn't creating a login name to post on someone else's blog. Sorry Spook if you read this and I haven't posted like I promised I would.

Pardon me while I shake my monitor to re-boot my computer.

So, since I have your attention. Do I have your attention? Mmmm.....coffee. This is where the 10:13 caffiene kicks in and I start to write a lot.

So, I guess a little about myself. I was once the average guy until I was bitten by a radioactive spider. Now the CIA puts listening devices in my groin and I have to spend an hour every day searching for them. On the good days, it takes me two hours.

I once had a fiance' and a dog. The fiance' moved to another state and my dog died. Man, I still miss my dog. His name was Winston. If I was smart enough to post a picture on this thing I would. Perhaps someday. Wow.... Now I know why all these weblog people do what they do. I think they all type stuff because they assume that nobody's going to read it.

But we both know that isn't true, don't we precious?


So, I guess I should do my civic duty and theme this bitch and do some good. Let's talk about Peak Oil. Does anyone know what Peak Oil is?

Ok, here's some links.

www.peakoil.org
http://www.wolfatthedoor.org.uk/

Do some homework and get back to me. There will be a test. I guess that's all for now. Remember, it's the end of the world as we know it. ButI feel fine.


-LORD Gotwa