Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Clusterfuck Nation by Jim Kunstler

Wow. You know he has a point here.... What the hell are we doing? We are in for mega-changes in the next twenty years, but we're going about building our infrastructure like "Business as Usual". Check out the three part series in The New Yorker on Climate Change. Elizabeth Kolbert discusses her three part series in an online interview. The New Yorker has posted the first two parts: The Climate of Man I, The Climate of Man II. It will wake you up to reality and where we are really headed. Brought to you by the Bushevics, who don't give a damn because as Bush says, "History? It don't matter. We'll all be dead."

Clusterfuck Nation by Jim Kunstler: "When exactly the American public entered the Rapture is a little hard to say -- maybe as long ago as the Reagan years -- but it is not the same Rapture as the Born Agains are gleefully awaiting -- the absurd cosmic vacuuming up to heaven that leaves behind all the rest of us sinners. No, the Rapture I speak of is the stupendous complacency of a people convinced that the future is going to be just like the past.

Everywhere I look I see things that are not going to work in the years ahead, and see people making plans for conditions that will no longer exist. State DOT officials in Texas are planning to build a new statewide super-mega highway network just as the global oil peak forecloses a future of easy motoring. Where I live, at the rural edge of New York's Capital District, suburban housing pods are springing up in every cow pasture in complete faith that supernaturally cheap mortgages and long commutes will continue to be the norm. Municipalities everywhere are investing in multi-million dollar parking structures in the belief that we will be using cars in 2019 exactly the way we do now. Even the enviros are enraptured. I get letters every day from bio-diesel fans who plan to run the interstate highway system and Disney World on oil derived from algae farms."

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