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picture18 Oct 2004 @ 03:34, by John Ashbaugh

Here is a brief response essay I wrote this afternoon for my students, since I am asking them to write a response essay to a video that I will be showing them this week. I’ve got quite a few very conservative people in some of these classes, and a reasonable minority of them are relatively liberal people. It’s a good class of responsive, thoughtful, and opinionated minds. (relevant link is [link])

A few weeks ago, I was browsing through the alternative video store, Alphaville, on Central avenue, and came across “The Truth and Lies of 9-11.” It is a tape of an address given by Mike Ruppert at Portland State University on November 28, 2001. The video is about two and a half hours long, and I’ve got to hand it to Mr. Ruppert for laying it all out on the line concerning what is at stake for the future of our country and the world as a result of the quickly approaching Peak Oil phenomenon.
He is an ex LAPD narcotics agent and he is working to blow the cover on the Wall street – CIA connection, the CIA sponsored drug smuggling from Colombia and Afghanistan, and the gargantuan money-laundering promulgated through Wall Street bankers and U.S. corporations, with their objective of keeping the Wall Street bubble inflated long enough to set the conditions up for a stock market crash that would make 1929 look like a tea party.
His thesis is that this Wall Street – CIA consortium set up the World Trade Center event to marshal the fears of the American sheeple in support of an ongoing war meant to insure American control of Central Asian oil, as well as the Afgan opium crop. He builds a comprehensive and well-documented case, relying extensively on the government’s own documents. For those of us already familiar with the basic concepts of this Wall Street – CIA – drugs and oil connection, this video is a welcome synthesis and clear explication of the predicament that our country and the world now find ourselves facing. Shall our country support Bush or Kerry? Certainly there would be some differences resulting from the choice between one and the other. The question becomes one of how far reaching those differences might be in terms of the degree of power and control that the corporate state exercises.
The question then becomes one of how an average middle class American citizen sitting in his little back yard in the middle of some urban environment, someone who lives from paycheck to paycheck, trying to hold on to what she or he has, with some vague and uncertain notion of how things could be better, unclear about how to face the looming dragons of probable terrorism and economic insecurity, can think about what on Earth to actually do to create and live in a world of hope and the real possibility of a future to look forward to.
Here on the ground, we can anticipate that Goliath will fall, that the dragon will be slain, that the house of cards will tumble, just as it so metaphorically did with the collapse of those Towers. Most of the American electorate is essentially asleep on these deeply rooted issues, while deep seated beliefs have a way of sustaining a rigid defense against the intrusion of facts, ideas, or even suggestions which might erode their base.
The groundwork for the mechanism of the economic catastrophe which will transfer increasing quantities of wealth and power from the less fortunate to the fortune hungry sectors of society is progressing according to design. It is said that the American Empire is the last that the world will see, preceding the rule over the Earth by the interlocking corporate directorate. Nation states will become anachronisms, historical curiosities, and entertaining cultural sideshows. The slaves will continue to have the freedom to migrate from job to job and to shop at this mart or that mart to provide for their survival and their continuing indoctrination.
As the circumstances of the decline and fall of the American empire and the rise of the Corporate Planet come to fruition, the light of the words written into our hearts by the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution, that all men and women are indeed created equal, that we do in fact have inalienable rights, and that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that the rights enumerated in the Constitution and its Bill of Rights are likewise inalienable; that Light will continue to burn in our hearts and the hearts of our children, the flame engendered shall burn forever, as long as there is human life on this Earth, and the oppressive darkness which shadows our life shall be burnt away, leaving the fertile ground ripe for the spirit of our human possibilities to unfold.


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18 Oct 2004 @ 07:37 by shawa : So it is.
Thanks. :-)  


18 Oct 2004 @ 15:12 by David Room @66.93.130.147 : Another Peak Oil Documentary
Yes, Truth and Lies is a brilliant thought provoking film. Another film worth viewing (and showing to your class) is The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream. Michael Ruppert and others including Richard Heinberg, Julian Darley, Colin Campbell, and Matt Simmons are in this film. Find out more about screening the film at [link]  


18 Oct 2004 @ 18:43 by ov : Got oil?
Good to see that PostCarbon is monitoring these blogs. Applying for an internship with this organization was on my to do list for yesterday but I didn't get it finished, but I'll be sure to wrap that up tonight. Organizations like this are just another reason why Vancouver is such a great place to be right now. Maybe all those years I spent as an oil patch engineer won't be wasted afterall.

Here is another link on The Fall of Petroleum Civilization. Good to see that the momentum is building on this. Reality is what doesn't go away when you ignore it. Well running out of cheap oil, even oil cheap enough to produce, is a reality.  



20 Oct 2004 @ 15:56 by koravya : Thanks
for these links. This group continues
to be a treasurehouse of information.  



22 Oct 2004 @ 19:28 by ov : Morning Thunder
I think you will like the Great Change site John. This page in particular is oriented towards Peak Oil.

(Note: All the ov tags are purely coincidental, and I think refer to 'Other Voices')  



1 Nov 2004 @ 17:17 by qmal : v8's will stall out
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Heard something on the Coast to Coast AM about this topic
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