Friday, December 27, 2013

The Death Juice of The Worried Revolution

The "juice" or "lifeblood" of the worried revolution (which is also known as the Industrial Revolution) according to the U.S. Department of Energy, is oil ("Oil is the lifeblood of America’s economy").

Regular readers know that Dredd Blog has reviewed the history of how oil, which is an environmental poison when used, became the death juice of an entire civilization.

A civilization that was told (by those holding political power, and by those who control those who hold political power) that oil is "the lifeblood" and "the power" of modern civilization.

In Viva Egypt - 2 and The Universal Smedley - 2 Dredd Blog traced the seminal thought process which eventually took us to, then down, the current path which our civilization is on:
From the moment he arrived at the Admiralty, a young man of destiny, Churchill started to prepare the fleet for the Battle of Armageddon he believed was inevitable.
Then, in 1911, the German Kaiser provoked the Agadir crisis ... Churchill went to the Admiralty and his outlook transformed. He was immediately confronted with the decisive question: to convert the navy from coal to oil ... the "fateful plunge" was made ... in April 1912 ... five oil-burning battleships were approved.
It was the Royal Navy which was the impetus for the development of the oil industry in Britain. The problem was supply and the security of that supply. Initially, the British government purchased shares in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, subsequently, British Petroleum [BP].
Then, to prevent further disruptions, Britain enmeshed itself ever more deeply in the Middle East, working to install new shahs in Iran and carve Iraq out of the collapsing Ottoman Empire.

Churchill fired the starting gun, but all of the Western powers joined the race to control Middle Eastern oil.
(Viva Egypt - 2, emphasis added). One might think that someone could foresee the result of making Western Civilization dependent on the oil lying underneath the sands of various nations in the Middle East.

Especially since that scenario required that Western powers would have to make virtual colonies out of those Middle Eastern nations, by way of military power.

That conscious decision placed oil into the heart and blood veins of the then existing war machinery, and eventually into all of the machinery of the ongoing Industrial Revolution.

With a lot of help from Epigovernment, as stated above, oil began to ooze its way into the mind, body, heart, and soul of Western Civilization --about a century ago (cf. A History of Oil Addiction through A History of Oil Addiction - 4).

That addictive poison is now an inexorable part of our poisoned, suffering civilization (A Closer Look At MOMCOM's DNA - 2).

Official denial and rebellious refusal to heed warnings are the main policies that got us here, and they are still in full operation today (The Exceptional American Denial).

Those policies that got us into this damned if we do and damned if we don't predicament (The Peak of Sanity - 3).

The coming year may be the one when we pass the point of no return if governments fail to become humane once again (New Climate Catastrophe Policy: Triage - 10). Let's face it, we really are here and the time to change course really is now.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Peak of The Oil Lies - 7

In this series we have been discussing the inexhaustible supply of lies and deceit that Oil-Qaeda has been "providing" to the people through the government and media.

It is a story that has been going on for about a century (The Universal Smedley - 2, Viva Egypt - 2), so long that Oil-Qaeda does not know what "oil" is anymore, and they have never bothered to know what social honesty or truth is.

They have damaged their minds, and some of our minds too, to the point of believing that oil is OK, having no bad affects on the climate or environment, and that it is an "inexhaustible finite resource" that was promised by Cheezus (the Green Bay Jesus) at the signing of the constitution.

The only thing inexhaustible is their treasure trove of lies designed to destroy the notion and reality of peak oil, and designed to cover up the ongoing catastrophe which their lies have made certain (cf. The Peak of Sanity - 3).

Their revolution has succeeded.

What revolution?

They have replaced "the opium of the people", which used to be the addiction to mythical religious ideology, to an addiction based on the mythical religion of "infinite oil" (hiding behind the word "energy"):
The religious tenet, which they try to pass off as science, is epitomized in the Bible's old testament book of Kings:
So Elijah went to Zarephath, and as he came to the town gate, he saw a widow gathering firewood. “Please bring me a drink of water,” he said to her. And as she was going to get it, he called out, “And please bring me some bread, too.”

She answered, “By the living LORD your God I swear that I don’t have any bread. All I have is a handful of flour in a bowl and a bit of live oil in a jar. I came here to gather some firewood to take back home an d prepare what little I have for my son and me. That will be our last meal, and then we will starve to death.”

“Don’t worry, “Elijah said to her. “Go on and prepare your meal. But first make a small loaf from what you have and bring it to me, and then prepare the rest for you and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says; ‘The bowl will not run out of flour or the jar run out of oil before the day that I, the LORD, send rain.’”

The widow went and did as Elijah had told her, and all of them had enough food for many days. As the LORD had promised through Elijah, the bowl did not run out of flour nor did the jar run out of oil.
(1 King 17:10-16, emphasis added). Now let's hear what the International Energy Agency wants us to believe, as well as some opposing scientists, so we can compare the conflicting stories:
So, what is peak oil? In short, peak oil will occur when the extraction rate of this resource ceases to rise. Typically, this point is reached when half or less of a natural commodity has been removed. It is the peak of the bell curve; the point at which the tail is longer than the rise to the top.

Last month, Time reported that peak oil had been certified dead by the International Energy Agency (IEA). It seems that unconventional energy sources in North America have delayed the onset of peak oil. To proclaim that peak oil is dead, however, is a little misleading. It would be more accurate to say that peak oil is dormant, or at least, that the rate at which oil is extracted is likely to continue on a bumpy plateau for longer than anticipated.

Of course, it is possible to argue over the exact point at which global peak oil will arrive, but at some time in the not too distant future, we are going to have deal with this problem. Oil is a finite resource and as such, it cannot sustain indefinite extraction.
(Preparing for Extinction of Petroleum Man, [Oil-Qaeda took it down, so Use the Wayback Machine Version], emphasis added). The oil barons want us to believe they can do the same oil miracle that the prophet Elijah did for the widow.
(The Peak of The Oil Lies - 6). One of their own, a whistle-blower of sorts like Edward Snowden, has now gone cold turkey:
A former British Petroleum (BP) geologist has warned that the age of cheap oil is long gone, bringing with it the danger of "continuous recession" and increased risk of conflict and hunger.

At a lecture on 'Geohazards' earlier this month as part of the postgraduate Natural Hazards for Insurers course at University College London (UCL), Dr. Richard G. Miller, who worked for BP from 1985 before retiring in 2008, said that official data from the International Energy Agency (IEA), US Energy Information Administration (EIA), International Monetary Fund (IMF), among other sources, showed that conventional oil had most likely peaked around 2008.

Dr. Miller critiqued the official industry line that global reserves will last 53 years at current rates of consumption, pointing out that "peaking is the result of declining production rates, not declining reserves." Despite new discoveries and increasing reliance on unconventional oil and gas, 37 countries are already post-peak, and global oil production is declining at about 4.1% per year, or 3.5 million barrels a day (b/d) per year:
"We need new production equal to a new Saudi Arabia every 3 to 4 years to maintain and grow supply... New discoveries have not matched consumption since 1986. We are drawing down on our reserves, even though reserves are apparently climbing every year. Reserves are growing due to better technology in old fields, raising the amount we can recover – but production is still falling at 4.1% p.a. [per annum]."
Dr. Miller, who prepared annual in-house projections of future oil supply for BP from 2000 to 2007, refers to this as the "ATM problem" – "more money, but still limited daily withdrawals."
(Former BP Geologist, Guardian, [Oil-Qaeda is attaching these revelations, so see here or Wayback Machine as needed], emphasis added). He went on to address the holy grail, i.e., the fracking lies about the new oil revolution which the oil gods have promised during their daily religious propaganda rituals:
Dr. Miller is co-editor of a special edition of the prestigious journal, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, published this month on the future of oil supply. In an introductory paper co-authored with Dr. Steve R. Sorrel, co-director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex in Brighton, they argue that among oil industry experts "there is a growing consensus that the era of cheap oil has passed and that we are entering a new and very different phase." They endorse the conservative conclusions of an extensive earlier study by the government-funded UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC):
"... a sustained decline in global conventional production appears probable before 2030 and there is significant risk of this beginning before 2020... on current evidence the inclusion of tight oil [shale oil] resources appears unlikely to significantly affect this conclusion, partly because the resource base appears relatively modest."
In fact, increasing dependence on shale could worsen decline rates in the long run:
"Greater reliance upon tight oil resources produced using hydraulic fracturing will exacerbate any rising trend in global average decline rates, since these wells have no plateau and decline extremely fast - for example, by 90% or more in the first 5 years."
Tar sands will fare similarly, they conclude, noting that "the Canadian oil sands will deliver only 5 mb per day by 2030, which represents less than 6% of the IEA projection of all-liquids production by that date."

Despite the cautious projection of global peak oil "before 2020", they also point out that:
"Crude oil production grew at approximately 1.5% per year between 1995 and 2005, but then plateaued with more recent increases in liquids supply largely deriving from NGLs, oil sands and tight oil. These trends are expected to continue... Crude oil production is heavily concentrated in a small number of countries and a small number of giant fields, with approximately 100 fields producing one half of global supply, 25 producing one quarter and a single field (Ghawar in Saudi Arabia) producing approximately 7%. Most of these giant fields are relatively old, many are well past their peak of production, most of the rest seem likely to enter decline within the next decade or so and few new giant fields are expected to be found."
"The final peak is going to be decided by the price - how much can we afford to pay?", Dr. Miller told me in an interview about his work. "If we can afford to pay $150 per barrel, we could certainly produce more given a few years of lead time for new developments, but it would break economies again."
(ibid, emphasis added). Even though "Oil is the lifeblood of America’s economy", what was said above is the "good news."

The "bad news" is that if we use the oil that is still in the ground, rather than going emergency "green" and emergency "renewable resources", we will damage the global climate system further, which will be way worse than the inevitable peak-oil collapse and subsequent very damaged economy (Scientists Warn of 7.2 deg. F. warming).

Dredd Blog has asked: "Why Is The Government Conditioning Us To Austerity? as they claim to celebrate never ending oil and as they chant Oilah Akbar! Oilah Akbar! in the Oil-Qaeda controlled media?" (cf. "OIL (as a source of wars)" on the "Series Posts" page - click here, or the "Series Posts" Tab at the top of any Dredd Blog page).

The forever green ocean garden no matter what we dump into it is another one of their inexhaustible supply of lies and deceit ideas of growing growth.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Season's Greetings



Santana reunites with former band member who is homeless: (New Recordings Planned).

"Somewhere in Heaven", by Santana

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Oilandia: A Coast Along the Gulf of Oil-Qaeda

Psychopath City, Oilandia
Can we understand "joy to the world" if we leave out honor unto the Earth which sustains us, and which sustains the whole world?

What are we if we are the destroyers of the Earth while singing joy to the world?

I think Oil-Qaeda and Terrarists may be the proper words for it (The Climate Change Scorecard).

The incessant deceitful ads puked by Big Pollution (BP), about how they have "cleaned up the Gulf of Mexico," may infect a few there in Oilandia, where the mantra of praise ("Oilah Akbar") is habitually chanted by the sycophants in captivity along that coast.

The pirate ships of old have been replaced with the mosquito machines sucking the blood of death from the hellish depths, where the elemental sages of history layer the story of past mass extinctions, the stories we do not hear over the roar of the four, six, and eight cylinder engines of McTell News (“Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? — stupid.” - Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs).

Some scientists observe Dolphins killed by BP while others know that weakened Dolphins are made sick by BP by the many BP degrees of psychopathology hanging on their bragging walls.

Some of us also know that there is more "freedom stuff" being collected by USAFRICOM, even while others of us know that Any More U.S. “Stabilization” and Africa Will Collapse.

"We" can readily agree with Edward Snowden: ‘I already won’, but "we" can't figure out how to celebrate that victory with change we can live with, because it is also true that in another sense "we have already lost."

People in Oilandia are not compensated for diseases forced upon them:

"Joy To The World", by Three Dog Night

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Military NSA Spy Program Is Part of the Powell Manifesto

Sometimes liberals and progressives long for the days of the "moderate right-wing republican / democrat" conservative ideology.

But actually they long for what they think or have heard that "moderate right-wing ideology" is.

The "memo", a.k.a. "manifesto", of Lewis Powell (blue dog), who later became a Supreme Court Justice by way of a nomination by President Richard Nixon, purports to describe a strategy of protecting "American Values."

In today's post, or in a series of posts if necessary, I will make an attempt to show that the fundamental ideology and strategy of that Powell memo or manifesto is erroneous ideology, because it is neither moderate, American, nor intellectually honest at its foundation, being composed of one or more false premises.

The memo begins with language that seems to be "moderate right-wing ideology" in one sense:
No thoughtful person can question that the American economic system is under broad attack. This varies in scope, intensity, in the techniques employed, and in the level of visibility.
(The Powell Memo ... Manifesto, circa August, 1971). A broad attack on "the American economic system" was the fundamental dynamic offered as the basis for putting "moderate right-wing ideology" into action.

It is easy to see that Powell's manifesto begins with a straw-man argument, then uses that logical fallacy to set up an argument for a process to tear down that straw-man:
Sources of the Attack
The sources are varied and diffused. They include, not unexpectedly, the Communists, New Leftists and other revolutionaries who would destroy the entire system, both political and economic. These extremists of the left ... the chorus of criticism come from perfectly respectable elements of society: from the college campus, the pulpit, the media, the intellectual and literary journals, the arts and sciences, and from politicians. In most of these groups the movement against the system is participated in only by minorities. Yet, these often are the most articulate, the most vocal, the most prolific in their writing and speaking.
(ibid, "The Powell Memo ... Manifesto", emphasis added). Oh, it is those who are "the most articulate, the most vocal, the most prolific in their writing and speaking", who are of course the "minorities."

Yeah, "that's the ticket" as John Lovitz would say.

This "moderate right-wing ideology" which the Powell manifesto sets up, is the straw-man argument that the minorities are out to destroy the American economy (cf. Ayn Rand: Patron Saint of The Plutocracy).

To say that "the American economic system", as Powell put it, "is under broad attack" by "minorities" is not intellectually honest, not moderate ideology, rather, it is rank racism and rank feudalism in the extreme (see e.g. American Feudalism - 6).

That straw-man "moderate right-wing republican ideology" is actually elitist propaganda which falsely describes traditional American values of government as being socialist, communist, or fascist (see e.g. The Common Good).

Powell then, after setting up the false premise, goes on to project a formula for instilling an authoritarian business party platform ("the enterprise system") to replace American government with a plutocracy and a plutonomy, while calling it "democracy" (see e.g. The Homeland: Big Brother Plutonomy - 9).

The father of the military NSA's spying on all peoples everywhere, J. Edgar Hoover, had the Powell dogma down to a science that neoCons could believe in years before Powell embraced it.

He spied on minorities using the power of government secrecy, which led to one or two of America's greatest shames:
The FBI and Bay Area police were rounding up alien Japanese again today. The searches and arrests, said Nat J.L. Pieper, FBI chief here, were being made “on allegations of contraband and known association with Japanese nationalistic groups.”
Within a week the reception center at Manzanar, in the Owens Valley, will be ready to receive hundreds of alien and American-born Japanese who must evacuate the Pacific Coast military area.

More than 100 carpenters and mechanics directed by Lieut. Col. W.B. Higgins, of the Corps of Engineers, are rushing construction of the center for the Wartime Civil Control Administration. The WCCA is the military-civilian organization that will handle evacuation and resettlement problems, under supervision of Lieut. Gen. John L. DeWitt, commander of the Western Defense Command and Fourth Army.

They will be classified as to professions and occupations, and remain at the centers only until they are able to complete plans for re-establishing themselves in back-from-the-coast regions from which they are not banned by military decree.

Persons facing evacuation were warned today against “stalling” or unintentionally taking too much time to straighten our their affairs before leaving the military areas.

The next step in operation of the WCCA, General DeWitt said, will “border on enforced removal.”
Hoover, influenced by his work at the Library of Congress, decided to create a massive card index of people with left-wing political views. Over the next few years 450,000 names were indexed and detailed biographical notes were written up on the 60,000 that Hoover considered the most dangerous. Hoover then advised Palmer to have these people rounded up and deported.

On 7th November, 1919, the second anniversary of the Russian Revolution, over 10,000 suspected communists and anarchists were arrested in twenty-three different cities. However, the vast majority of these people were American citizens and had to be eventually released. However, Hoover now had the names of hundreds of lawyers who were willing to represent radicals in court. These were now added to his growing list of names in his indexed database.
(The Queens of Stalingrad - 2). Notice that the military was at the heart of these activities, in concert with non-military law enforcement, to deprive Americans of their constitutional rights in the name of "American values" (which is military sadism: How The Official Pleasure In Torture is Analyzed).

Some of the seeds of this latest infestation of bullying (On The Origin of The Bully Religion) is being exposed by the forced release of documents purporting to show us that "Bush II" (The Dogma of The High Priest In Chief) made "us" (the military NSA) do it (see NSA declassifies Bush II era docs).

There is growing protest and disgust toward the military NSA and its Orwellian ideology that is fit for the despots of empire (NSA and GCHQ targeted aid agencies and European officials – live updates, Israeli Officials angry at NSA spying), but some writers think that the military NSA will ignore the sharp criticism (NSA surveillance programme: 'It's going to get worse').

In the military NSA minds, they are "saving America" from those highly educated lefties in the minorities after all, by spying on everyone everywhere.

What will they do next, cancel food stamps and unemployment insurance benefits for those who really need them, while raising the military NSA and other war budgets in order to save the economy?