[permaculture] list etiquette design

J Kolenovsky garden at hal-pc.org
Sun Mar 5 13:12:01 EST 2006

"Gull Darn 'it" as Walter Brennan used to say limping across the farm. I 
HAVE EXPERIENCED the flaming before! It was back in 2001. No, I don't 
know who wrote that song. Never made the Casey Cason Top 40 anyway. 
Well....been there, done that. Flaming, if it were to continue, wouldn't 
phase (120v, 2-phase or 240v, 3-phase) me any more. I have been 
re-conditioned (no warranty,  purchase as is, though). The good Lord 
gives us 2 holes to use. A mouth-hole and another hole. Sometimes when 
communication is reduced from these 2 venues to finger firing electrons, 
the substance or meaning of the sarcasm gets lost (no - not that reality 
island on tv - God, if this is all Americans has to do with their time, 
we need a oil crash post-haste. Take THAT! Reality show lovers. Watch 
that over your lamps fueled by grain oil and go read  EnergyBulletin.net 
with a hand crank transformer)

What have I done about it since 1991? Hell, I GOT MAD! First, I joined 
the Native Plant Society (which later I became Vice President of a local 
chapter of the State unit, next I joined the "Master Naturalists" (1st 
cousins to Master Gardeners) and got certified, then I went to Central 
America 3 times to learn more about our hemisphere and finally I opened 
a local native plant and landscaping company in my home town. My thanks 
to who pissed me off!

What did I learn from all this? Too damn much! Regardless of which hole 
some of us choose to communicate through, despite how much forests are 
trying to be cleared via flames and how many times countless electrons 
are passed from the right to the left hemisphere (not counting bad 
breath), we all can live together. Now, while we are working on that and 
to make the time more useful, let us impart our skills to the next man 
so that all can be cross trained. We'll need those skills to carry us 
through the Post-Carbon Age of fossil fuel adjusting.

p.s. - this was interesting. Inbox today showed I got message from a 
buddy selling electricity and he has a seminar on 03/11/06 about "fuel 
pills". He's tring to get 30 - 40 friends to show up. Ironically, it the 
same day as:

Please join us for the world premiere of Oil Crash the Movie at the SXSW
film festival on March 11th at 2:00 PM at the Austin Convention Center.
We will be holding a press conference at 11:30 AM, March 11th, in the
Press Suite at the Austin Convention Center.  We look forward to seeing
you there.  Attached is the press release and flyer for Oil Crash.

Kindest Regards,

Basil Gelpke
512.450.8411 mobile
Ray McCormack
512.450.8422 mobile
Linda Litowsky
512.750.3303 mobile, please call Linda for interviews.

   A film millions of years in the making...     WORLD PREMIERE AT SXSW 
Saturday March 11, 2006
2 PM Convention Center Auditorium
   OilCrash, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists 
Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our 
civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with 
geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film 
visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but 
logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily 
available oil, must be completely reimagined and overhauled.
   The idea that the world’s oil supplies have peaked, or will soon, is 
gaining mainstream currency. Robert B. Semple, Jr., associate editor of 
the New York Times editorial board, writes in the paper’s March 1 online 
   “The Age of Oil — 100-plus years of astonishing economic growth made 
possible by cheap, abundant oil — could be ending without our really 
being aware of it. Oil is a finite commodity. At some point even the 
vast reservoirs of Saudi Arabia will run dry. But before that happens 
there will come a day when oil production ‘peaks,’ when demand overtakes 
supply (and never looks back), resulting in large and possibly 
catastrophic price increases that could make today‘s $60-a-barrel oil 
look like chump change. Unless, of course, we begin to develop 
substitutes for oil. Or begin to live more abstemiously. Or both. The 
concept of peak oil has not been widely written about. But people are 
talking about it now. It deserves a careful look — largely because it is 
almost certainly correct.”
   Semple concludes: “These [are] not doomsday scenarios from conspiracy 
theorists, but hard scientific facts backed by serious research.”
   You needn’t be a conspiracy theorist to see a connection between 
America’s current obsessions with the Middle East and national security, 
and the world’s looming oil crisis. The frenzied search for alternative 
sources of energy now being pursued by the largest multinational energy 
corporations makes it clear they also believe a crisis is fast 
approaching. Each day’s headlines, whether the subject is Iraq or South 
America, sheds new light on the issue.
   Producer Basil Gelpke explains: “Suddenly, seemingly unconnected news 
about Katrina and Rita hitting the Gulf Coast’s oil refineries; 
the ongoing war in Iraq; the nuclear ambitions of Iran; the populist 
politics of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela; the appalling corruption in most 
oil producing countries; the de facto nationalization of Yukos in 
Russia; the steep rise in costs of everything oil-related; and even 
increasing share prices of companies involved in solar, wind and nuclear 
energy all pointed in the same direction. Oil is running out, and nobody 
is ready for the cataclysm that is bound to follow.”
   The film includes in-depth, thought-provoking interviews with 
Matt Simmons, Colin Campbell, David Goodstein, Matt Savinar and many 
others. Shot on location at oil fields from Texas to Azerbaijan, 
with original music by Daniel Schnyder and Philip Glass, the film 
provides not only questions, but possible solutions to the most 
perplexing and important economic, environmental and public policy issue 
of our time. One year ago, in a report commissioned by the U.S. 
Department of Energy, Robert L. Hirsch challenged the notion that the 
free market can solve the onrushing emergency:
   „The world has never faced a problem like Peak Oil. Without massive 
mitigation more than a decade before the fact, the problem will be 
pervasive and will not be temporary. Previous energy transitions (wood 
to coal and coal to oil) were gradual and evolutionary; oil peaking will 
be abrupt and revolutionary.“ 

     The Directors:   Swiss economist and social anthropologist Basil 
Gelpke was one of the youngest journalists to work for national Swiss 
Television in the mid-80’s. From there on he went to pursue a career in 
TV reporting working for various European channels. In addition to 
sending him around the world, his groundbreaking work in television 
journalism has allowed him to explore and produce documentaries on a 
wide range of subjects.
   Since 1989, Irish born Ray McCormack has produced and directed music 
videos, arts & entertainment programs, and documentaries including the 
award winning feature documentary, ‘Welcome to The Cheapseats’. He has 
collaborated on projects for the BBC, Fugitive TV, and Propaganda UK 
-where he also worked as head of production.
     Basil and Ray are available for interviews March 10 – 13, 2006, at 
SXSW in Austin, Texas.   To schedule an interview, please contact Linda 
Litowsky 512.750.3303

     Please join us at our Press Conference, March 11, 2006, 11:30 AM in 
the SXSW Press Suite   at the Austin Convention Center.

J. Kolenovsky, 2003 Honorable Mention Award, Keep Houston Beautiful
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