FK – But gee, I thought the next war over there, the ‘war to end all wars’ was going to be about whose sadistic god gets to burn the vast majority of humans that ever existed alive in fire forever, including babies and kids?
Billions will be disappointed if it’s not about that.
FK – This world is just one big game of ‘king of the hill’ and oil and fossil fuels are like diamonds, in that there’s plenty and it’s all about who controls the spigot and the vaults and the ones and zeroes that constitute modern money.
Or they’re over there looking for that alien tech… they don’t want us to have.
The submissive have been surviving to breed for a very long time and lots of ignorant 19-year-olds die in wars so why should the elite have to fight?
FK – Who or what is really behind our involvement in the Middle East? Why do we stay involved in that quagmire? How much oil is there really under the ground or why do we war over who controls the spigot when there’s plenty of fossil fuel?
Things haven’t changed that much in the last hundred years or so:
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
― Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier
I call them the unmentionables. In a free country there’s no such thing as a group whose motives cannot be questioned. When we have that we have a serious problem. We have a serious problem. In fact we have several.
Now the renewable power billionaire Elon Musk has just blown away that final defence. Last Thursday in California he introduced to the world his sleek new Powerwall – a wall-mounted energy storage unit that can hold 10 kilowatt hours of electric energy, and deliver it at an average of 2 kilowatts, all for US$3,500.
That translates into an electricity price (taking into account installation costs and inverters) of around US$500 per kWh – less than half current costs, as estimated by Deutsche Bank.
That translates into delivered energy at around 6 cents per kWh for the householder, meaning that a domestic system plus storage would still come out ahead of coal-fired power delivered through the conventional grid.
FK – Does anyone know if this will really work? Will the average consumer be able to afford it? If enough who can afford it buy it will it make grid power too expensive for the rest of us? Is there a time-scale for a switchover? Who will decide that? I think the govt. has true ‘free energy’ systems they’ve acquired from ‘other‘ sources. Allegedly J.P. Morgan stopped Tesla because he didn’t want to sell antennas. What will be the catch for this? There’s always a catch… Yes, I’m cynical. I’ve been paying attention for too long.