Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Recently Added to the GuvWurld News Archive

Periodically I like to call attention to stories recently added to the GuvWurld News Archive, a document repository containing over 3,000 articles from the past few years.
A few others not to miss:

John Conyers, Jr. (BuzzFlash) - GOP Heading Over Political Cliff - 4-8-05
SFChron - Conservative Stalwarts Re-Thinking Death Penalty Support - 4-10-05
The Nation - Judith Miller Continues Skewing The Truth At NYTimes - 3-31-05

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Response to editorial "Outrageous Gas Prices," 4/9/05
Submitted 4/9/05, marked not for publication


Surely Jill Geist is not the only one finding current gas prices "absolutely outrageous" ("Outrageous Gas Prices," 4/9/05) However, with all due respect, the nagging question is not "When will it stop?" The answer to that question is that it most certainly will not stop. The world is running out of oil and not only will prices continue to rise, the supply will eventually stop flowing and this will affect every aspect of how we live, including how we eat, travel and do business.

I sincerely hope that by now you have at least heard of the Peak Oil phenomenon that explains what I'm talking about. One excellent reference is a movie called "THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream" and you can get more info here: http://www.endofsuburbia.com/.

Rolling Stone also just published an excellent article you can read here:
http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/7203633. This is adapted from a book by James Howard Kunstler called The Long Emergency.

The mass media has certainly not gone into overdrive on this topic but here are a few more references from sources I expect you would accept as credible:


And even a Bush administration insider is on the record acknowledging both the scientific and economic realities:

While my next remark does not apply entirely or exclusively to the Times-Standard, I hope you will recognize the general truth about the performance of the media in general. The failure to fully investigate and report on the shenanigans from the 2000 election; followed by not just the unanswered but more importantly the UNASKED questions about 9/11; the enabling of the lies that led to war in Iraq; and most recently the meek efforts to expose the fraud of election 2004 all have allowed the U.S. to sleepwalk into a very dark era seen more clearly by citizens around the world who are watching us wondering how we haven't seen things coming. In this way, if in no other, comparisons to 1930's Germany are apt - it can happen here because we are allowing it. To paraphrase a famous quote: all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

It is a disservice to your readers and to our community to oversimplify the gas price increases to a shrill quote from a Supervisor followed by a red-herring rhetorical question. Of greater value would be a call by the Times-Standard upon the Board of Supervisors to create a Peak Oil transformation task force so that we can begin to study the anticipated local effects and prepare for the massive adjustments that will be required of us all.



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