Gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and all petroleum fuels will end in your lifetime. The supply of oil is finite and dwindling, so the price of fuel can only climb. "Tar Sand" and "Offshore" options come with crushing environmental liabilities. As I type this, the future is catching us, and petroleum-energy is not a future option.
“Good luck finding someone who actually thinks the LMRP is going to work. At best it will capture some of the oil, and at worst, it could cause the spill rate to increase 20%, since it involves removing the bused blowout preventer,…
“But Beck and Palin and every Tea Party abetting politician and media freak have convinced their followers that the enemies are those trying to rein in an unhinged, greedy beast. They think they can puff the cigars when, really, they’re lucky to inhale the smoke. The entire Tea Party movement is about being hyper-selfish, based in Ayn Rand-porn, a perverse take on individualism that elevates one over the many, as if giving a good goddamn about the community and nation is merely a Stalinist plot. Never fear, dear droolingly stupid teabaggers. Some keep fighting for the good of the many over the few, however hopeless a pursuit that may be.”—The Rude Pundit (via samuraifrog)
“Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.”—Harlan Ellison (via samuraifrog)
“The U.S. Coast Guard was the first responder. The Coast Guard’s priority always is to save lives. They spent days looking for the 11 missing men. Meanwhile, BP took advantage of this time to make itself the authoritative voice in the news about the spill and blame other companies.”—Take punitive action against BP now - CNN.com (via mikehudack) (via abcsoupdot) (via other-stuff)
"B.P." — "Beyond Petroleum" — and into bankruptcy! That would actually be the best outcome. Then safety would truly move to be the top concern in the oilfield.
President Obama will announce on Thursday a suspension of all applications for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic through the remainder of the year, an Alaska senator said late Wednesday.
The decision essentially extends an informal moratorium that Mr. Obama had set shortly after the BP accident on April 20 that led to the spewing of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The new restrictions would suspend new offshore drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico and off the North Slope Alaska until the cause of the accident is determined and stricter safety and environmental safeguards are imposed.
One major oil company, Shell Oil, had been hoping to begin a controversial exploratory drilling project this summer in the Arctic Ocean, which the new restrictions would put on hold.
Senator Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska and a staunch supporter of drilling in the Arctic, said he was informed of the new restrictions by the Interior Department. Sen. Begich said he was frustrated because the decision “will cause more delays and higher costs for domestic oil and gas production to meet the nation’s energy needs.”
Yes, Senator Begich, the same way a fucking oil plume at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is doing the same exact thing. Only is a worse way, asshole.
“UPDATE MAY 26: BP began its “top kill” capping attempt today at 2 p.m. ET. Just a few hours in now, it’s too soon to tell whether it will work or not. BP officials say it could take days before they know. We’ll keep updating the story,…
Question: What then, did you conclude were distinctly Buddhist ideas?
Answer: Four things stand out.
One is the principle of dependent origination, or “conditioned arising” as I call it;
the second is the practice of mindful awareness—being focused upon the totality of what is happening in our moment-to-moment experience;
the third is the process of the Four Noble Truths, which includes the Eightfold Path; and
fourth, the principle of self-reliance—how the Buddha really wanted his students to become autonomous in their understanding of the dharma, and not to generate dependencies upon either the memory of him or upon some authority figure within the monastic community.
By getting down to the bare bones of what the Buddha was teaching, one is then perhaps in a position to begin to rethink Buddhism from the ground up. And I feel the four points that I listed are entirely adequate for constructing a new vision of the dharma, both as a worldview and as a form of spiritual and ethical practice, which speaks to our condition here and now.
From an interview with Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs and the recently published Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist in the Spring 2010 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.