Gwynne Dyer – shame on you.

Gwynne Dyer is a good journalist. Good big-picture grasp of the humanities, politics, ramifications.

He has built a deserved reputation amongst the lesser levels of journalism, of usually being right.

I have read his book, and went to his lecture……but alarm bells were ringing at the Q&A session afterwards.

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Rebuild the CBD – or?

Parked in one part of my head, is the human tragedy. We know one who is missing, and were heaving sighs of relief as the others reported in.

The other part of my head – I know, some of you will be surprised to learn there is one – is thinking about the ‘rebuild’.

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John Key – an idiot comment

There it went. Within a day of a tragedy involving real people, we’re back to ‘the impact on growth’.

“We were expecting the Canterbury rebuild to add to GDP growth”.

How stupid – there’s no other description. After the ‘rebuild’, they’d be back to where they were. The time, energy, and resources involved, not accounted. Add it up properly – resource depletion, pollution addition, energy use, time – and they’re behind.

GDP is a stupid yardstick, and totally irrelevant at times like this.

Pity it’s become a religion.

Christchurch.

We were up there for the PT South Island champs, and went to the Sparks in the Park” on the Sat night. We were impressed with the sense of community, the great atmosphere, and with the leadership obviously behind the effort.

I spent the night thinking of a couple of friends who haven’t reported in, and thinking of how I holler about the fact that we are looking at a ‘long emergency’, versus this real one (If we are going to have to drop 6 billion people from the global roll, as folk like me say, so-far safe in so-far intact middle-class NZ, how does this fit in?) Thinking about what we build, spend our lives doing. What’s important.

People, really. Love, affection, friends. Not much else, when the chips are down.

If anyone needs help, I’m good on the end of a hammer, good at make-do, not bad with a stillson-wrench.

Just holler

 

another goodie – Heinberg

http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-02-21/how-markets-may-respond-resource-scarcity-goldilocks-syndrome

key sentence:

In other words, oil prices have effectively put a cap on economic recovery.[9] This problem would not exist if the petroleum industry could just get busy and make a lot more oil, so that each unit would be cheaper. But despite its habitual use of the terms “produce” and “production,” the industry doesn’t make oil, it merely extracts the stuff from finite stores in the Earth’s crust. As we have already seen, the cheap, easy oil is gone. Economic growth is hitting the Peak Oil ceiling.

a wee (water?) cracker – ht to ‘gertraud T’ via Interest.co.nz

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/feb/20/arab-nations-water-run…

an excerpt:

The Blue Peace report highlights the rapid decline in many of the region’s major water sources. The water level in the Dead Sea has dropped by nearly 150ft since the 1960s. The marshlands in Iraq have shrunk by 90% and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) is at risk of becoming irreversibly salinised by salt water springs below it.

Meanwhile, says the UN, farm land is becoming unusable as irrigation schemes and intensive farming lead to waterlogging and desalination.

Libya – means you are going to get poorer

Most folk don’t think about it, but our standard of living comes to us courtesy of others. It’s been that way ever since ever – Cecil Rhodes and his railway were all about raping the one to feed the other. The Brits used Opium to lubricate the China tea trade. The Spaniards in South America, history is littered with the plundering of someone else, and the extraction of their resources.

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