Saturday, February 20, 2010

Petro-Land

I am a zombie. And I live in petro-land.

Shopping for no apparent reason. Moved by Adam Smith's Invisible Hand.

We worship soul-less, invincible Profit.  Humanity is its whore.

Our liturgy is just three verses: MORE; MORE; and MORE.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Only and idiot would assume the Internet could be anything other than totalitarian and deflationary

Networks are Orwellian.  It is their very nature.  So whine all you want, Chris Hedges, but it’s not going to change anything…

Everything proprietary (Microsoft, Oracle, patent-law, copyright-law, etc.) – essentially all specialization and arbitrage deriving from specialization -- is history!

In the end, the network is the computer.  The network is the society (but maybe not democracy – i.e. as Hedges says, a {milder}, capitalistic totalitarianism with Marxist, anti-property, anti-proprietary tendencies).

This is because, quite simply, the network has proven far more efficient than (self-centered, biologically deterministic) human beings ever could.

Thus, commoditization through digitization is undeniable and inevitable.  And frankly, that’s a good thing for the enduring sustainability of this planet.

I mean, isn’t it obvious that deflation (zero/negative growth, as Hedges himself acknowledges, if not advocates) is the only force that can successfully (finally) regulate runaway human population and resource consumption?  And if you didn’t “get this” 20 years ago (as I did), well, then it’s not my fault if today you find yourself a bit out of the loop.

But, again, this/our Orwellian future is not all that bleak IMO – and not nearly as Orwellian (“a boot stomping on a face forever…”) as he imagined it – again, something of a hybrid between (capitalist, proprietary) totalitarianism and (net neutral, egalitarian, copy-left) Marxism.

So… adapt or fail!  The choice is yours.

But I for one rejoice that, finally, Darwinian consequences have emerged to punish humanity’s obvious (individualistic) stupidity.  Viva La Darwin!

Growth for growth’s sake is the ideology of the cancer cell” –Edward Abbey

Friday, February 12, 2010

God is neither Pro-Life nor Pro-Growth

On "Pro Life" Superbowl commercials (and candidates)...

Do you really think the "God" that watched 6M Jews go into ovens, the bombings of Hiroshima and Dresden, the fall of Saigon, the rape of Iraq, et al gives a flying fuck if you breed?

Is it God or is it "Them" (your lenders) that want you breeding -- to increase/sustain your (family) level of consumption?

Answer:  It's Them (Washington and Wall Street)!

Because if you reduce your rate of consumption by 5-10% per year, this world becomes a very different place.  And don't think They don't know it.  And they have no answers (means to profit) from Peak Oil, Peak Food, Peak Environment, Peak Sanity – i.e. Peak Everything.

But reality is that Zero/Negative growth is the only (survive/sustain) solution now.   But it's the last fact They want you to know -- because it breaks all of their inflation = growth = profit = jobs(maybe) models.

REP. HENRY WAXMAN: You found a flaw [ea] in the reality...

ALAN GREENSPAN: Flaw in the model that I perceived is the critical functioning structure that defines how the world works, so to speak.

REP. HENRY WAXMAN: In other words, you found that your view of the world, your ideology, was not right, it was not working?

ALAN GREENSPAN: That is -- precisely. No, that's precisely the reason I was shocked, because I had been going for 40 years or more with very considerable evidence that it was working exceptionally well.