Saturday, May 28, 2005

Can You Dig It?

I was chatting with a colleague the other day about all the new airport facilities being built in the UK, and the new roads too, and we were wondering how on Earth we are going to be able to get rid of it all and reclaim the prime arable land underneath after the oil peak.

No fossil-fuel powered diggers . . . fancy digging up a runway with a pick-axe? No - me neither.

We came to the conclusion that the best way to do it would be to plant trees as close to the tarmac/concrete as possible. Over time, as the trees grew, their expanding roots would destroy the road/runway, and do all the hard work for us. Obviously trees have the advantage of atmospheric cleaning and wood-fuel and building material by-products.

And for a while, we would have beautiful tree-lined motorways and runways :-)

Apeakolypse Now!

Looks like the dogs-on-strings brigade have cottoned on to Peak Oil. The above-titled article has appeared as the main story in "Schnews", the 'underground' direct action community rag.

Who knows? They may even take time out from drinking cider and creative composition of their jobseeker's diary to get a job, buy (or build) a house and fit it out with energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. But hey - it's probably easier to wait until their Local Authority fit out their Council flat with the stuff for free, innit.

Down with the system.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Green Fingers

Looks like there might be hope for the free market after all. It seems that now everyone with a garden, no matter how small, can buy everything they need to turn it into their own little slice of paradise.

This BBC article details how - and notably mentions that a survey of gardeners 'aged 15 to 34' reveals that three-quarters of home horticulturalists refuse to use chemical pesticides. It looks like a new generation is being brought up on permaculture and organic farming in their own back yard.

Very fortunate really, as backyard farming is going to be essential after the peak in world oil production. The cry is being echoed across the pond, where proposals are flying around to turn the cities into farms. Truly growing food locally seems to be a pre-requisite for power - it passes the crucial test of being something which is not just good for one, but is good for all.

Once we have planted our food in the spring, grown it in the summer and harvested it in the autumn, we need to store it for the winter. An obvious method is freezing, but if the power fails, you're going to go hungry after your little store de-frosts! Other ways to store food include drying and canning . . . those of us with cellars could be lucky! (I am not one!)

Monday, May 23, 2005

The Kraken Wakes

Interesting that in this BBC poll asking what readers of that news site want to see more coverage of, the "peak in oil production" has already taken about a third of overall votes (15:22 GMT May 23rd 2005).

Looks like the underground is going mainstream. And the mainstream always ends up in the ocean . . .

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

World Kilowatt Dollar

The celebrated scientist Buckminster Fuller wrote a book called "Operating Manual for Space Ship Earth", and in it he proposed a global currency based upon energy. The currency unit was to be the "World Kilowatt Dollar".

Interestingly enough, this essay on that fantastic site Energy Bulletin seems to be proposing exactly that. An incisive and exciting prophecy for the new meaning of monetary value.

Another example of the "New Improved World Order" (NIWO) in action . . .

You can actually get "World Kilowatt Dollars" from the World Service Authority (along with your World Citizen's Passport), but I'm not sure who actually takes them, if anyone. Perhaps the WKD's day is coming soon, though.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

A summer chill

It occurred to me that after climate change stops the Gulf Stream, winters for UK residents may end up actually being warmer than summers.

Summers will resemble Siberian summers in their chilly beauty. However, it is during the summer that you must chop and stack wood to dry out for use the following winter. If you burn all your wood in the summer, you might freeze to death in the winter. But in winter, you chuck on the fuel and get the house as hot as you can, so that the bricks will hold the heat.

So we might end up shivering in July, and saying, "brrr . . . can't wait for winter!"

Monday, May 16, 2005

It's only natural

Well, it seems that even Oxford University (mind you, what do they know?) think that renewables are the way forward for the UK. I have always suspected that it takes a genius to state the obvious.

Amazing how statistics are 100% context-dependent. Like the fact that wind farm opponents point out that currently wind only supplies 2% of Britain's electricity. If for some reason we suddenly lost access to the Russian gas we are hoping will supply 70% of our power by 2020, then wind would suddenly supply a much larger proportion of our power, and all of a sudden people might be very grateful for it.

Mind you, David Bellamy, the opposition's major spokesman, is getting increasingly desperate these days. I wonder if he has a solar collector on his roof. It seems that the biggest threat to Britain's flora and fauna is . . . climate change.

If the hat fits . . .

You're lucky. Mine didn't quite fit and I damaged the chin-strap, so had to have a frenuloplasty today.

Bit sore, but otherwise highly recommended to anyone suffering from strangulation of the bishop during holy communion.

The power of modern medicine! Actually, the nurse advised me that this particular operation has been performed since Roman times. Was very impressed with the new non-opiate-based general anaesthetic, too. Had an appetite for a ham sandwich immediately upon 'coming round'.

Big thanks to my girl Gaynor who has looked after me today. I'm lucky there - she's a star. Rewired the pipe thermostat to my wood stove after the installer had done it wrong. My kind of woman!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Return to the Source

. . . no, not a psychedelic club night for 'yoghurt-weavers', but an article on Peaknik's blog explaining God's relationship with people in the context of the coming global crisis. Satisfying backup for my theories about a religious/spiritual connection with the forthcoming energy and environmental crises.

It seems to me that the connection between religion and nature is a fundamental one. As religion concerns one's own fundamental nature, it seems obvious to me that there can be no separation between the nature of one's self and nature in general.

Looks like that in the next world, physical power (energy) and political power will be one and the same. Prometheus unbound, indeed. Better get rubbing the metaphysical sticks together.

Energy from Brimstone?

Readers may be entertained by this thread I started over at the peakoil.com discussion boards.

Everyone who added a comment could easily be a member of Megalomaniacs Anonymous, I reckon.

Love and peace, (wo)man!

Energy Farmers

I read an article recently (can't remember where it was, unfortunately) that struck me with its simplicity.

It pointed out that true human civilisation began when we stopped being hunter-gatherers and became farmers, nurturing nature for our own purposes using an infinitely sustainable cycle.It then pointed out that the industrial revolution made us hunter-gatherers again; this time of energy resources. We are still in that hunter-gatherer phase of seeking out and consuming nature's bounty wherever it may be found, and the fruits are fossil fuel deposits.

In order to progress once more to civilisation, this time a global technological civilisation with a global consciousness born of a global communications system (the internet), we must once more become farmers - this time of energy. Renewable energy exploitation is to the next phase of human evolution what the first crops were to the last.

Welcome to the Group

Hi, I'm Solar Bud, and I'm a Megalomaniac.

Whether you believe that power is power like James Howard Kunstler, or that power is love like Wizard Prang, its eternal allure is difficult to ignore. Deep down, everyone wants a crack at megalomania, but of course the mundanities of life tend to take precedence - and quite rightly so, of course.

I was fascinated by the megalomaniacal tendencies of the Project for the New American Century, so I decided to try to undermine them with a Project of my own, the Project for the New Celtic Century. The hit count is just under 700 at the minute, so taking over the world is running a bit behind schedule. I have even tried to calm the Muslims.

My latest effort involves brainwashing people with music, but I haven't had much feedback so far. Either the effort has resulted in catatonia or euphoria - or it is possible of course that it hasn't resulted at all.

Of course, one way of looking at megalomania is that it is simply a passion for being able to do things - as in personal empowerment. A true megalomaniac though seeks not just what is good for one, but what is good for all. After all, the power of spiritual fusion is second to none in potency.

So, these pages are dedicated to the pursuit of power in all its forms. Best to be upfront about it, I think.