Author Archive for Peter

15
Aug
17

In the event of war 2

They create fear
and sell you their tale,
that more weapons
protect you from fears

You buy the story,
Yet fear the war
that protects you
from peace

15
Aug
17

Replacement

By 2030 the EU aims to generate 27% of its energy from renewable sources. However, the renewable-energy sector in Europe is heavily reliant on hydrocarbons for the supply of raw materials critical for the development of technology such as solar cells and wind turbines.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/integration/research/newsalert/pdf/chinese_supply_critical_raw_materials_pose_long_term_risks_european_wind_solar_industries_494na1_en.pdf

15
Aug
17

Rumours

I have started to hear the consequences of my consumption
In broad daylight my armoire accuses me of killing an Amazonian frog to create it
My iPad, calls to me at night, asking how many acres of habitat were disrupted, in order to mine its contents
My batteries cry themselves to sleep, and dream of the deaths of the soon to be extinct flamingos
My coffee cup mocks me in the morning, for assuming it can be infinitely recreated
My windmills joust at me on the weekend, in recognition that a millenia of stored solar energy was repurposed to last a mere 15 or so years
The entire planet whispers at me, entropy

26
Jul
17

Consumption 2

Trying to eat my way out of life
I accidentally die

Fortunaely someone else is alive
To consume my ration
Until there is no more left

At which point
Everything dies

26
Jul
17

Trying

I am trying to consume as
speedily as possible
I was told that my consumption,
fuels the economy
Which might otherwise run out

I continue to believe
Everything is infinitely fine
Because if I stop
the Economy dies
taking everything else with it

Sustainability becomes a belief
that assuages all fault,
Because, after all,
if you didn’t consume
wouldn’t I?

26
Jul
17

Myth 1

Renewables are renewable using renewable energy

Only by doing several (presumably fatal) experiments is it possible to know what will break the back of a camel.

Is it doubtful, based on the laws of physics, whether a battery or any other renewable source can be made without a surplus supply of energy.

Economics tells us we can increase our GDP simply by increasing our material wealth utilising such methods as increasing the debt coefficient inherent in the cost of housing, by increasing the velocity of money or by using concentrated solar energy to capture diffuse energy by the means of other physical infrastructure such as ‘renewables’.

This growth in GDP does not mean the GDP fueled economy is energetically sustainable and in fact, logically, it points in the other direction. From a purely economic view, things tend to get more expensive as scarcity increases.

From an energetic viewpoint, using the stored solar energy of a few hundred million years, to create a storage system, with hugely negative environmental side effects, that lasts for 15-20 years is the height of folly.

A focus on maintenance rather than growth would quickly disabuse the market of the ‘renewable based on an Infiniti supply’ myth.

The myth of the energetically sustaible economy is popular and strong because it tells us everything will remain the same, only better.

Which is of course what we want to hear, imagine someone telling you that half of the worlds stored energy had been used to create an infrastructure, with a 50-70 year lifespan totally dependent on being recreated by the half we have already used.

Next time you ride under that freeway, wonder how it will be recreated in 30 years or so, from a a solar panel that wore out 10 years ago

23
Jun
17

Value V2

As capitalism slowly triumphs over all of the ethical and moral values of society it might be worth reexamining the 7 deadly sins in a new social light.

Historical note: moral imperatives were thought so judicious to social cohesion that the public display any of these behaviours was considered punishable by eternal damnation.

Wrath- the military industrial complex sponsors war, counts it as GDP, and loudly protests and laments the terror this encourages in the victims
Gluttony- you are most likely either fat, or rich, or getting there, increasing your desire to consume more is the highest goal of the market
Avarice- personal greed is good and has no consequences, you believe in ceteris paribus despite the logical fallacy
Sloth- you don’t accept that the work behind the global just in time economy is not done by you but by stored hydrocarbons, and worse, you think the hydrocarbons become renewable when we make solar panels from them
Pride- you think your app enables everything to exist, you feel so much better about your superiority that you post it online so that everyone can see and either protest or support your own personal bigotry,
Envy- Encouraged to want what everyone else is, you increase your pride, gluttony, sloth and avarice in order to become the market ideal
Lust- some things remain the same, although worth noting that the externaliti s within the sustainable market for lust extrapolate with the ability to purchase control of another human being

The seven deadly sins are, in a large part, the values espoused in the market democracy. The modern person’s eternal soul does not matter, or is at least no more important, than the number of likes on their most recent post.