The Avian Flu Fright Is Politically Timed

Posted on Thursday, October 13 at 11:12 by chall
What's happening, therefore is that we have entered an eerie hiatus. Some band-aids have been applied to our oil and natural gas supply injuries and the bleeding seems to have stopped. But the truth is that our energy supplies are badly compromised and at the worst time of the year--just as we slide into the home heating season; a season which is already predicted by the industry as going to have record heating oil prices and the possibility of shortages. In the background of this scene, Peak Oil lurks, meaning that there does not seem to be any surplus production capacity anywhere in the world, including OPEC's big gun, Saudi Arabia. So all we have here in North America is a temporary appearance of normality. When the furnaces go on, the Wal-Mart aisles will empty. If there is any reduction in car trips, it will be because we are making fewer visits to the Big Box stores. There will also be fewer trips out to visit the model homes in the new subdivisions. Another unpleasant truth about the situation is that we all want to pretend that everything is okay as much as our leaders do. The public is not so much being misled as demanding that its leaders in government, business, and the news media continue a game of make-believe; that we can still run a cheap oil economy without cheap oil. The government has a problem in dealing with the realities of Peak Oil: How do you reduce demand and deal with the millions of newly-created economic refugees who, at the very least, are going to be a bit upset and frightened that all they have come to believe and trust in is gone? The term “iatrogenocide” is derived from the combination of words “iatrogenesis,” meaning physician-induced illness, and “genocide,” defined as the mass killing and/or enslaving of people for economics, politics, and/or ideology. [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on October 15, 2005]


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