Archive for the 'Writing' Category

17
Oct
17

Dante

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

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

Once facts are set aside
and truth sacrificed to entertainment
making the news
starting 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.

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

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.

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

28
Apr
17

Blah again

Let us argue with fact since my truth cannot be yours

First world society is absolutely dependent on a limited supply of liquid fuel

just in time is the very definition of unsustainable once it reaches a Liebig limit

your facts assume this doesn’t matter