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  1. #1 Three Cheers for $4 Gasoline 
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    Three Cheers for $4 Gasoline

    Of course you must keep in mind that I am a retired engineer, living in the Smoky Mountains, who drives 10 miles to town once a week for groceries; these facts make it possible for me to develop a Solomon like understanding of reality from an Archimedean point of view.

    Quickie from Wiki—“An Archimedean point is a hypothetical vantage point from which an observer can objectively perceive the subject of inquiry, with a view of totality. The ideal of "removing oneself" from the object of study so that one can see it in relation to all other things, but remain independent of them, is described by a view from an Archimedean point.”

    Does $4 gas signify the beginning of the ending of a civilization of adolescent life styles divorced from the reality principle? Does it presage the beginning of the ending of a self-absorbed and largely fictional pattern of social behavior?

    I doubt it but I can dream can’t I?

    This morning I listened to NPR interviewing the mayor of Houston Texas speaking about anticipated efforts for completely remodeling the living and cultural standards of the citizens of Houston in anticipation of creating a city where citizens might work, shop, and live within walking distances of shops, supermarkets, and jobs.

    Reality seldom challenges salient points of hero-systems largely because the earth has been so bountiful; natural bounty has thus far allowed Americans to live largely in a world of playful fantasy that may be beginning to crumble around a commercial-military hero-system of fantasy.

    Socrates was sentenced to death by hemlock because he tried to awaken the youth of Athenian society to this very reality-principle; he died a hero in the eyes of history because he asked the youth to question their own hero-system.

    Will $4 gas lead you to question your own commercial-military hero-system?


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    totally


    everything is mathematical.
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    Is that high or low price for gasoline?... :?
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    Over here (Australia) we're paying the equivalent of $8 a gallon. But oil is a rapidly running out resource and i expect it to go up a lot further yet. It actually kind of annoys me that the US is the biggest user of oil and they are still getting it dirt cheap, well cheap enough to run Hummers and the like. If the US doesn't change its attitude to using oil, it may annoy the rest of the world as it starts to get harder and harder to get what oil there is left.
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    Price will go up .
    Stop crying kids.
    And enjoy life more , if there will be no gas it will be other type of fuel.
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    In 1944, this creature rose from the swamp, with tremendous strength and some dormant memories that for example allowed him to speak English, but not knowing what he was, and not remembering Cyrus Gold or his fate. Wandering throughout the swamp, he encountered two escaped criminals, killed them, and took their clothes. When they asked him his name, he simply muttered that he had been born on Monday. Reminded of an old nursery rhyme about a man born on Monday, the thugs named the creature "Solomon Grundy".
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    Agreed.
    Once the world sees that there is no more gasoline left the will dedicate
    10 times more into alternative fuel technologies than they do now...

    Unless something happens fast we only have enough fuel for a couple more years, then bye-bye mustangs
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    Once the oil runs out and if there is not an alternate fuel source.... then good night Vienna. We are going to have to act, all of us because we don't have much time left.
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    The thing is, most people dont really care about changing, people like the pattern they find themselves in and dont want to disturb it unless a better alternative for them is available.. Most alternatives see more effort so looks like we are in for a long hall if we want to continue in running all the luxuries.

    If we can live more as primitive beings i think i would be happyer.

    Progress within ourselves as beings on earth instead of in material objectives and homely wealth.

    I presume that as the fuel and oil supplies are being drained and they are of finite supply we will run out before we have come up with a solid alternative. And yes i agree.. GOOD

    People will probally be back on rations same as what happened after the war. Ration tokens :-D And more people walking children to school and using public transport. More bikes and more people getting wet because they cant fit on the bus.

    A good change from many a lazy life.
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    Guess its up to me to save you all then 8).
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    Yeah good post. 8) 8)
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