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11
Feb
20

Sin

We, the sellers of “sin stocks”, the military industrial pharmaceutical complex, the purveyors of guns, sex, money, and/or drugs invite you to share the profit from the reluctance of the majority to be associated with “sin” by entering the market for the time-sharing of sins. Following the successful incorporation of sin with an objectively artificially limited useful life, sin has now become forgiven, unfashionable, and/or no longer able to send you to hell, after and/or before consumption.

A sin shared is a sin after all halved and half a sin halved again has the exponential potential to become barely a sin at all. We are also offering fractional ownership of slightly less sinful sins; fringe sins for the discerning, hipster style sinner. The infinite scalability of the gravity of sins allows us to exchange a trendy small white sin for as little as the flavour of your salt and/or some of the luminescence beneath your bushel. Cross your own private Rubicon within your limited lifetime and in we will throw, (and for free) the sin of omission: “Thou shalt not kill but needst not strive, officiously, to keep another alive”.

Addendum: Mortal sins such as the aforementioned killing are not yet for public consumption as the destruction of the grace of God in the heart of the sinner is absolutely absolute and as such mortal sin is really only safe for corporations.

08
Feb
20

Infrastructure

Without constant energy input, money embedded in concrete, glass and steel can only show a return if more money (energy) is constantly added to resist the ultimate certainty of entropy.

15
Oct
19

#ustoo

The system burns energy at an unsustainable rate
the poor indentured labour
the middle debt based servitude
the rich play fiddles

gonna buy me a fiddle

can always burn it to stay warm

13
Feb
19

Legrange

We ought then to regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its anterior state and as the cause of the one which is to follow. Given for one instant an intelligence which could comprehend all the forces by which nature is animated and the respective situation of the beings who compose it—an intelligence sufficiently vast to submit these data to analysis—it would embrace in the same formula the movements of the greatest bodies of the universe and those of the lightest atom; for it, nothing would be uncertain and the future, as the past, would be present to its eyes.

Economists spouting ceteris paribus do not even begin to glimpse the future their consumptive growth is causing.

We who see the effects of the cause are subject the same entropic constraints as the economy. Only we choose not to disregard the ecosystem that gives us life. The economy seems to think it can exist without life, who knows, maybe the future really is digital.

06
Dec
18

Innspill

God dag

Dette er et spennende tema og det kunne har vært enda mer spennende om utvalget tok opp temaer rundt hvordan et nullutslippsamfunn kommer til å se ut. Dette er et av hovedmålene for staten Norge men det er lite snakk om hva salgs omstillinger som må skje for å komme dit hen. Man ser allerede i dagens Frankrike konsekvenser av å ta politisk valg uten å få med velgerne. Det er påfallende at man har nesten 100 prosent politisk støtte for et informasjon- og handlings- system som oppfordrer folk til å forbruke mer, er med på å opprette kjøpelyst som et avhengighet og som tynger fremtidige generasjoner i gjeld.

Det er godt kjent at forbruk i Norge tilsvarer minst 3 kloder, det er rett og slett ikke mulig å nå et eneste bærekraftig mål med dagens grad av bruk og kast. Man vet også at innhenting av fossil ressurser går mot den energiske grensen. EROI, energy return on (energy) investment av ‘fornybar’ kilder er meget lav og det finnes ikke flere kjente energikilder som kan drive veksten globalt. Norge er tjent med fornybar kilder men er dette også et politisk risiko ettersom andre Stater begynne å sulte etter energi?

Det er viktig at Staten begynne å ta opp tema blant folk for å vekke oppsikt og begynne samtalen om total -kostnad og -nytte av forbruksmodellen. Det er tross alt higen etter den økonomiske veksten som forårsaker forbrenning av fossiler (lagret solenergi) med CO2 som kjemiske restprodukt. Bærekraftighet i dagens Norge er basert på leveranser fra den globale markedet, hvordan ser denne ut uten fossil brensel eller med nullutslipp? Man burde stille spørsmål om hvilket grad av ressursforbruk er ønskelig og om dette kan dekkes innenfor den bio-basert sirkulær økonomien.

Takk for muligheten til å komme med innspill.

23
Jul
18

Efficiency

Privatisation of the means of producing capital is a tenet of capitalism, private owners make decisions based on higher profits, business growth, and market share i.e. returns to shareholders.

There is nothing inherently efficient about that other than that the decision making criteria rarely takes into account, let alone compensates for, the resources, energy and lives wasted. If these do not effect private profit then these are known as externalities and the cost is borne by society at large and the environment.

It is worth noting that as the global energy return on energy invested continues its long decline, the average standard of living only rose during the last two or three generations because of rising household debt.

The only thing capitalism is really any good at is consuming the resources of the future today through fractionally reserved debt arrangements. I think you will find that while mainstream politicians preach jobs and growth, schools are teaching about mountains of plastic in the ocean, mass global coral deaths, accelerating species eradication, global warming, ERoEI, and the impossibility of infinite growth based on the consumption of a finite natural resource stocks.

Maybe read some shit before spouting that stupid party line that the market will fix everything through efficiency. The market has effectively and efficiently gotten us to the brink of system collapse while espousing every known social corruption as a virtue.

06
Jun
18

Enlighten

It is really worthwhile to look at the first and second laws of thermodynamics and whether one should consider the biophysical reality of entropy in the context of economic growth.

But, generally speaking, economic growth is a human construct that uses the theory of infinite substitutability to deny any Liebig type limit. Not only that, but the prevailing economic theories ignore the externalities of production through a very liberal application of ceteris paribus as well as discounting the value of the future.

While much of this seems patently ridiculous in terms of the physical, chemical and biological laws of nature, infinite growth is a hypothesis that has a lot of appeal at a political level. To decouple from the growth paradigm would almost certainly immediately cause a global economic recession that would have very similar impacts to the actual effects of non-substitutability. There may simply no other way to sustain the wants of the current population.

The other part of the answer lies in the ability of capital to promote the interests of capital and pevert our social and cultural value systems. Modern propaganda, tries to teach us that the seven deadly sins are in fact virtues, that fiscal profit equates with social profit. Greed is good and economic self interest is the new political capital.

Because of this, and a number of other factors, the individual will to self sacrifice for future generations and to acknowledge limits to consumption simply does not exist in an enlightened democractic majority. The majority prefer to believe that everything will keep getting better and this is the message the political class sells.