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excellent diary...

soooo  glad you didn't insist nukes are the answer this time!

i cant remember if i was triggered by an ET poster to this:


but i like it...

i expect the weaving of the branches to provide material for baskets and as frame for wattle-and-daub construction.

the explosion of wildlife from this practice would be very positive, imo.

as for nukes....they seem the absolute opposite to a patchwork approach of solutions like this.

i loved that they are exporting the idea to afghanistan, btw.

i have also read that jojoba can grow and produce one of the world's finest oils even in desert conditions.

conservation is also a patchwork thing so far, but if governments put SERIOUS incentives into it it could benefit plenty from a top down approach.

lightbulbs and bricks in the loo are fine, but the real massive waste to be throttled is cities and highways clogged with people going to places they'd rather not go (crappy,meaniningless jobs), and millions of trucks carrying around goods that are not really necessary for human health and happiness, indeed more often the opposite.

people wasting hours a day stressing in stop'n'go traffic, breathing monoxide, trying to 'get ahead'...

as more people become disgusted with the squalor and excess, the crime and the crowding, they will seek out lifestyles that back off consumption and increase the satisfaction that comes from seeing how little energy one can use, and still be happy.

the first world is an energy junkie, holding up the 4/5ths of the world who possess less armaments for the junk they'd be better off being weaned from.

we will learn...but the only chance for anything remotely resembling a soft landing is if more people wake up....

this consumerist predatory mentality that is trying to treat people just like oil or cotton, a commodity...

useful only insofar as it pays to 'use' them.

following nuclear power might save us, but what would be the social price we'd pay for that?


not every country is as 'civilised' as france...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 16th, 2007 at 01:04:17 PM EST

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