Be very concerned that Libya might well be the last straw in the back of industrial civilization. Even though we've spent the entire day looking for a place in Sonoma County (with some great prospects) I've been keeping abreast of things. As you will see below, Libya is already kicking the uber-fragile European economy in the gut. Reports today of loyalist attacks on oil and natgas facilities in Libya has had -- and will continue to have -- a devastating impact on everything, especially prices. Libya appears to be well on its way to becoming another Somalia. The vulnerability and frailty of the global oil and gas supply system has been psychologically unseeable by decision makers until now. Now, it may well become perhaps the only thing they will be able to think about.. That's the essence of "Crossing the Rubicon". The leaders of the Peak Oil movement have been screaming about both the vulnerability to attack and infrastructure decay for years. There is no elasticity in a decaying and vulnerable supply chain. These conditions are universal and by no means limited to Libya.There is no major energy supply in any country that is not both fragile and vulnerable at the moment.
If, as it is now appearing, the US and NATO are unwilling or unable to stand up militarily over Libya, I conclude it is because they already understand that Saudi Arabia is the big battle where everything will be on the line... soon enough. The Milspeak would be; Why weaken yourself over Libya if that means you will lose Saudi Arabia because of it? But, like I said, Libya may be the last tripwire necessary to push our species over the cliff in a race to the Olduvai Gorge.
Violence is increasing everywhere; the murder of two US servicemen in Frankfurt yesterday just one of many instances around the world where deprivation, poverty, hunger, and fear are slowly eating away at our moral and social fabric.I cannot rid myself of the gnawing vision of widespread, indiscriminate and mindless violence around the world and especially in the United States. The current trench-warfare state of combat between public employee unions and the budget cutters is about to end in a blitzkrieg that hasn't really slowed down. The next escalations come later this week as key unions in New Jersey take to the streets and as the budget axe prepares to chop with or without the benefit of a vote. I must repeat that the imminent bankruptcies of New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, California, New York and other states are going to come with a ferocity and effect that few can yet comprehend.
I am afraid. I feel less afraid being outside of a big city at the moment, and certainly will feel more so after I leave Culver City and L.A. and have my belongings, my dawg, and a good part of Collapsenet out of there. But I am also personally concerned for the Collapsenet staff that will remain, especially Luis Mora, Paul Chiu and Jimmy Wirt. We're trying to make plans for them too.
We have to look at this as an adventure, as scary as it may be. In that adventure, we must take every opportunity to be as loving and as good as we can be; because it really means something now. In the meantime, from my catbird seat, I am watching and we are all participating in a glorious and magnificent evolution in human consciousness.
If you are new to Collapsenet you will soon experience this yourself. That's why we're here; to let all whose eyes are opening see that in many organizations and large groups worldwide there are millions of people, some of whom have been working for a decade more, to offer you all that we help you to find here.
Today is one of those days when I'll comment very little and let the headlines speak for themselves. -- MCR
From Jenna Orkin et al.
Insightful of them. - JO
And the US space shuttle program is nearly over. I predicted about two years ago that in time space development will become economically impossible, and that the ISS will in time turn into an unmanned orbiting hulk. And here we can see the lead-up to that. Future space development will be strictly confined to military purposes. -- RF
Another government tries to buy some time. -- RF
Meanwhile, the aristocracy is doing fine, thank you. -- RF
But this is the wrong approach. What matters is how high a price consumers and businesses are willing or able to pay. When that threshold is crossed, we'll see the real effect on GDP. -- RF
"Heavily outgunned rebels fought a desperate battle to retain control of vital energy supplies on Wednesday after Col Muammar Gaddafi launched a major ground and air assault on opposition-held eastern Libya."
The mighty have fallen and the meek are in the process of inheriting. - JO
"Canada is beefing up its military presence in the region around Libya, dispatching a patrol ship and special forces to prepare for more muscular evacuations that could evolve into major aid lifts or even a blockade to hem in the Gadhafi regime."
Small world. - JO
Conspiracy with a Silver Lining - NY Times blog
Op-Ed about rigging of the silver market. GATA allegations getting acknowledged in the mainstream at last. - JO
There have been a number of articles about vendors running out of silver but this is the US Mint. - JO
Bernanke says more money would make states richer. - JO
Four time bombs that will blow up Wall Street - from Elizabeth Miller
The American public is introduced to the concepts of scalability and cost with respect to the ideas they were assured would save humanity. - JO
Peak oil common sense. -- RF
They can't take care of what they've got, but still insist on building high-speed rail. -- RF
This article on a long power outage caused by snow contains lots of lessons. -- RF
Such refreshing candor... and we're about to hear it from many other states. -- RF
Gettin' out while the gettin's good. – RF
Meredith Whitney, we hear you talking! -- RF
"The incident in Zimbabwe is part of a larger crackdown south of the Sahara on pro-democracy activists, many of whom have been inspired by Tunisia and Egypt."
"The Russian capital has an estimated 26,000 stray dogs, some smart enough to ride escalators and trains on the subway and others who intimidate or attack humans."
A sign of social disorder, as with the packs of dogs that roam Baghdad streets. – RF
"Brazil has put off indefinitely its plans to buy 36 jet fighters for which it invited bids in 2010 after sharp cuts in its defense expenditure."
"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the U.S. is in direct competition with China and risks losing influence as the communist country 'wines and dines' leaders in the resource-rich Pacific."
More defense teamwork, as with Britain and France. -- RF
This should leave no doubt on Russia's view as to who owns the islands. -- RF