Archive for the 'Writing' Category

10
Feb
20

An unparalleled correspondence

For free; free books, who doesn’t love a free book, free books abound in the digital ether, written by authors no longer living and transcribed often by those who might rather also be dead, or just dying inside as well as out, or just so so good at typing with a strong benificent streak. Large chunks of the earlier wisdom of humans has been collected so that it can be studiously ignored, and all for free.
Persons who may feel disposed…  …on different scales, whether intended to be erected together, or separately, as will be found to unite, economy, convenience, and effect, joined to a considerable saving to those who are not themselves judges of such erections, or how they should be disposed. Terms will be found reasonable. 
Can also recommend Ambrose Bierce if you have not come across him, Zoltzman of the 19thC.
Jack London’s Unparalleled Invasion is also a prescient work.

Oh, and of course:

Essays and Dialogues by Giacomo Leopardi

20
Feb
18

Value III

I am not so sure Sonny, most business models disregard the energetic input available to reproduce cyberspace and consumption.

Advertising simply uses natural resources to promote the further use of natural resources. If natural resources are limited, and I can assure you they are, then the business model actually has no social or environmental value.

That is to say the value is purely speculative, and subject to the ability to produce paper/digital profits from the increased use of natural resources.

Our value system is increasingly based on securing short term profits through longer term destruction. Those that profit promote this as a belief which many buy into because the religiosity doesn’t mention the side effects.

Collectively the human race is addicted to a system that promotes anthropogenic egotistical value above life itself. For example, the industry of war is increasingly valuable even though we know the implications.

15
Feb
18

Tulips

While it may be rational motive to seek to secure personal profit, it is actually totally irrational to pay a high price for something when the value of the the thing is based on irrationalities.

A tulip has no physical value other than as an ornament, can’t eat it, can’t smoke it, can’t use it to do work.

The only value a tulip held was its ability to increase in mercantile value through mass suggestion.

The rationale, that mass suggestion represents truth, is the very definition of irrationally.

It is what the market uses to convince people that they do not need to worry that the planet is warming, that natural resources and energy are depleting at accelerating rates.

If you didn’t consume, someone else would profit from your lack of consumption.

The main motivating factor of the stultocracy.

19
Jan
18

Theconversation II

Evening, you are of course correct that the market, in itself, is simply an efficient medium by which to exchange, the work done by increasing entropy.

Money, the medium of exchange, is now digital, existing as a construct. So what will you tell your child when they ask where monies come from? Is it like the milk from the store, does money come from banks?

As the medium of exchange, every transaction phases through money. Money is work, an expression of the ability to do work. Work is energy. The entire capitalistic venture is built upon the ability to make a transaction to exchange energy.

The market however, does not judge the value of a thing, based on the amount of energy consumed. The value of the thing, is dependent on demand, the want for a thing, the expectation that a thing can gain you a profit. Therefore the actual exchange of money is not a pure exchange of energy.

So money, in a non-fiat world, becomes a representation of the willingness to pay for a thing that has consumed energy. It in no way represents the potential energy of the thing itself.

In such a way has bitcoin gained value, it consumes a prodigious amount of energy and yet has no physical potential to do work. Bitcoin is postmodern money in a false economy. Based on short term demand and the assumption that the energetic economy can continue infinitely within a finite world.

17
Oct
17

Theconversation

Evening, you are of course correct that the market in itself is simply an efficient medium by which to exchange the work done by increasing entropy.

It would seem that the market democracy has already usurped actual democratic governance by enabling an unfair bias towards those that control the medium of exchange.

Those, the majority, without significant capital are already disenfranchised. Their instinct to revolt is only kept in check by debt, consumerism, an imagined trickle down effect and the lack of moral and ethically boundaries in a market system.

We can probably both agree that each of the seven, once deadly, sins are making strong surges in an effort to quieten this growing sense of unease with a system increasingly out of our control. Greed is good, gluttony is widespread, vanity – thy name is facebook.

The democractic ideal of an enlightened voting public, can never be achieved, as the public will never be enlightened. They will increasingly believe whatever makes them feel good, whatever promises them riches, whatever inspires the ego to hate.

This is the power of the market subsumed to a valueless tool to add to the wealth of a very few at the cost of an entire planet. As long as the very few own the medium of exchange, of ideas and of ideals, I cannot share your optimism for the market.

Perhaps Dante was simply writing about the human state when he penned ‘all hope abandon Ye who enter here’.

26
Sep
17

On the News

Today we were told the news
As it happened
And when more happened
They told us the news again

At the current rate of news
the energy runs out quite soon
A quick flash in the Pan of concern
replaced by a few murders

Car accidents consumed the next day
And traffic troubles when
Quite a few hours afterwards
A child was run over

Consumption was rife
And so was extinction
Their quid pro quo relationship
left out of the news

Facts aside
sacrificed to entertainment
The truth
starts making the news

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.

Click to access chinese_supply_critical_raw_materials_pose_long_term_risks_european_wind_solar_industries_494na1_en.pdf

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

Values

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 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.

09
May
17

To the corporate mind

Saudi Arabia is virtuous

those with all the money

tell the others what to do

 

buy bombs and guns from

the military industrial complex

to keep the status quo

 

With enough surplus

in bombs and guns

to create another war or two

 

To the corporate mind

profit

Justifies war