A Fiddle For Everyone

It is a well known myth that while fires destroyed the great city of Rome, the emporer Nero sat on his rooftop playing his lyre and watching the flames engulf the heart of his empire. Whether true or not, the image persists and the popular saying “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” is readily applied to […]


An Answer To The High Costs Of Energy: Just Go Freegan

(photo from freegan.info, courtesy of falcophoto.com)  They eat from dumpsters. The shun regular employment. They live in abandoned dwellings. You might think of them as “bums.” They prefer to be known as Freegans. And their ranks may well be growing.  Dubbed “strategies for a sustainable life beyond capitalism,” the Freegans may well be on to […]


The Public Transit Paradox

On paper, public transportation is a fantastic idea. You can move more people with less vehicles. You can move more people with less energy. You can keep less vehicles on the road, causing a decrease in emissions and pollution. And you can offer low cost transit to people who can’t afford personal vehicles. Boiled down […]


The End of the United States As A World Superpower

I’m starting another book, American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century by Kevin Phillips. It looks to be a good, informative read, but as I’ve said, I just started. I’m nowhere near the radical religion or borrowed money chapters yet- Phillips begins by talking about […]


Oil, Oil Everywhere!

The following essays tell a lot about the real U.S. energy policies, the goals of Big Oil, and a solution that can help end our national energy dependency issues. Originally posted by me at Bring It On! and brought to you here for your reading enjoyment and edification. Economy Is Great- If You’re an Oil […]


Energy Independence Isn’t The Goal

So said the president of Shell Oil Company to Tim Russert, host of NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday, June 18th, 2006. Russert had the heads of three of the four largest oil companies (Shell, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips) in for a chat about high prices, consumer angst, and alternative fuels. When asked by Russert whether […]

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Oil, Debt, Nukes, China, Iran, and George W. Bush

The following facts are necessary to understand, as they play an integral part of the following essay. FACT: Oil is the world’s largest source of convertible energy at the present time. FACT: Most of the world’s known oil sources lie beneath the sands of the Middle East, specifically in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran, in […]


From Here to There and Back Again

In the very old days, when people decided to venture away from their usual homelands, the journey to a new land was a long, dangerous, arduous trek. Today we can navigate the globe in a matter of hours. A few hundred years ago, a trip into town from the nearby countryside might take a day […]


The Future of Energy

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy energized the imagination and aspirations of this nation with a challenge that was, for its time, simply fantastic. At the dawn of the space age, President Kennedy made it a national goal to send a man to the moon and return him to Earth safely. No matter that such […]