Thursday, June 10, 2010

Keep your eye on the oil... i mean the ball!

"He who foresees calamities suffers them twice over."  Bielby Porteus

So i realized something about myself and how i have been acting every time i think about oil and its part in our society.  It is really depressing me.  I am someone whom truly believes that peak oil is the most dangerous thing that will happen in our future.  It will happen, gas will be many times more expensive than it is right now, every product that our society produces will increase in price.  Social unrest will spread throughout the world as the old paradigm on infinite growth disappears.  Everyone that believes in the "American Dream" is going to get really pissed off because all these things are based on technologies that have oil products at their core.  Wars are already being fought to control oil resources.  A war with Iran and a civil war in Saudi Arabia are distinct possibilities in the years to come that would destroy the supply of oil to the world.  These thoughts are all very depressing.

So while i don't feel good about these situations there is little value in thinking about them.  I do not really understand how i fell into this psychological trap but, I am in the trap.  So while i know basically that we all must prepare by obtaining useful skills for the post oil/industrial/knowledge era, i am not going to worry about what disaster is going to happen next.

So time to focus on skills, i wonder what i should learn first...  I am thinking blacksmithing, building my own forge and tools should be fun.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Commandments of Anti-Consumerism

1.   If it's been advertised, let your middle finger rise!
2.   If it's all shiny and sparkles in the light don't let a salesperson convince you its right.
3.   If you think that if dropped it will fall apart don't buy it, its not smart.
4.   If the warranty is not for your entire life, screw it, it will only give you strife.
5.   Don't purchase it if it doesn't feed you, clothe you, shelter you, get you paid, or get you laid.
6.   If it's cheap and it's not food, buy it and you'll be screwed.
7.   If it is made by a corporation, getting you to buy it is like wrong hole fornication.
8.   If it has a tank, and you need to fill it with gas, its designed to take your money and kick you in the ass.
9.   If it enhances your sense of vanity, leave it and keep your monetary sanity.
10. If it comes in a plastic bottle, run away from it at full throttle.