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Peak Oil with Richard Heinberg and James Hamilton

Gepubliceerd op 28 mrt. 2015
Our lead story: This week Stanford said that it would divest all of its investments in coal-mining companies, becoming the wealthiest US university to pledge divestment from sectors of the.

Recorded February 25th, 2014 in Vancouver, BC Richard Heinberg speaks on his newest book, covering the short-term nature of the recent North American oil boom and the financial bubble that.

Richard Heinberg explaining everything that you need to know about Peak Oil and how to prepare for it, because we are already deep in Peak Oil time!

US: Wind Beats Hydro for the First Time

For the moment this applied to the windy November month only. We’ll be back when the same statistic applies to the entire year as well. Won’t be that long.


Sustainable Energy — Without the Hot Air

Book on renewable energy from 2009, by David JC MacKay, completely online, including 12 MB pdf (370p).

[] – Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air


Driverless Car

Everywhere on the planet there are projects underway to make use of the new possibilities of mapping, GPS and IT (keyword: ‘location awareness’) to develop a ‘driverless car’, both for individual and freight transport. The potential is huge, because for the first time, the need to own a car would disappear and mass-car ownership can be replaced by ‘car on demand’. Additionally, the size of the car can be adapted to the number of people that need to be transported. In most cases, small, energy-efficient scooter-cars like these should suffice for most-often single-person transport:

All you need to do is use your mobile device and check availability and make a reservation. The transporter will drive to your home without a driver and all you need to do is step in and travel to your destination. Maintenance of the transporter is a responsibility of the company, not the individual. Most commercial airplanes spend more time in the skies than on the ground and this for decades on end, which is unproblematic as long as the maintenance is done properly. With cars that is not different. The big advantage is that the transporter will be used all the time, based on the ‘law of large numbers’. In other words: the same transportation performance can be realized with far fewer transporters. An additional advantage is that the cities will be freed of cars that spend most of their economic life time in a parked condition. Example: average number of kilometers/year driven in Holland per car is ca. 13,000. With an average speed of say 60 khm, that’s 200 hours, in a year that has 16*365 = 5840 daylight hours. Using supply/demand principle and subsequent pricing, people are encouraged to travel outside the peak hours as much as possible. Public transport can be used to take the brunt of commuting transport. When energy shortages really begin to bite, the number of kilometers/month can be rationed. If you realize that the embodied energy of a car is something like 76,000 kWh (that’s 14 kwh/day on a 15 year lifespan) before it has driven a single kilometer, the energy saving potential is considerable (ratio embodied energy/fuel cost is ca. 15-25%).

But hey, why not expand on the idea of driverless vehicles. Why go to the supermarket, if you can shop from home? Send your order over the wire and a little self-driving robot will come your way and deliver it literally on your door step. Why use a 1000+ kg car to drive to the supermarket to fetch perhaps 5 kg of groceries, if a small vehicle of say 50 kg will give the same result.

[] – Google Driverless Car

Additional advantage of automatic driving: using the driverless principle and accurate computer control, large columns of personal cars and trucks can drive close to each other in a convoy and thus save a substantial amount of fuel.

And again, you don’t need fossil fuel to drive:

The car shown absorbs enough energy from the environment all by itself to transport 4 adult persons over 700 km/day (at least in a sufficient sunny environment like Australia).

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Gravity and Acceleration

Gravity, Newtonian physics and celestial mechanics have an aesthetically pleasing quality about them, since they come with an air of precision and the feeling that the universe has been fathomed. Armed with these laws, questions can be answered like:

Suppose the CIA and Mossad wire the WTC7 building for destruction and at the moment supreme the building accelerates according to gravity for 2.25 seconds. How many meters of columns must have been blown away?

Correct answer: 32 meters or 8 stories.

Another classic question is:

Suppose we drill a hole through the entire earth (ignoring the phase of the material encountered underway), assume the resulting tube is in vacuum. How much time does it take to fall from Europe to Australia, assuming that the planet’s mass is evenly distributed.

With some integral calculus you will arrive at 42 minutes and 12 seconds.

However, the planet’s mass is not evenly distributed, not in a long shot. Near the surface it is about 1 kg/liter, near the core it is more like 13 kg/liter. Somebody from McGill University, KönigsbergMontreal, Canada has shown that if you take the mass distribution into account, the new answer is: 38 minutes and 11 seconds. If you jump back from Australia to end up in Europe again, it would take another 38 minutes or 76 minutes in total. A satellite in low orbit (700 km) needs 100 minutes to complete a single orbit. The fact that the satellite is already ‘up to speed’ can’t compensate for the longer traveldistance (4*r compared to 2*π*r with r = radius earth and π = 3.14)

[] – Gedankenexperiment: Wie lange dauert ein Fall quer durch die Erde?

Cargo Bikes

[] – 5 Reasons Cargo Bikes Are the Perfect Mode of Transportation

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Der Spiegel Tracker


This site not just follows events in the sphere of geopolitics and energy, but also openly promotes a Gaullist political model for Europe: Europe of the Fatherlands or Paris-Berlin-Moscow, that should replace the West after the end of American era. The West needs to be abolished and replaced by the North…


…that is a civilization with continental Europe as its political center of gravity plus middle-American territories and large parts of Canada.

Oh, and it is also the model for the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.

As a consequence we reject the US aspirations of a global empire (“NWO”) under the leadership of Washington, because it would mean the end of European civilization and favor a multi-polar world instead. Once you have set your political goals, as a next step you need to identify the enemy, that is those who support the NWO, that is the Western media. One of the most sophisticated Western media outlets is the German der Spiegel. The idea is to regularly add pointers to articles with short comments, to expose the agenda of der Spiegel and the Western media in general.

You can find a permanent link in the ‘Sticky’ menu.


[Politiker fordern Flüchtlingszentren in Nordafrika]
As always, der Spiegel tries to sell the lie that the people, who attempt to cross the Mediterranean, are all ‘refugees’, fleeing from ‘war an persecution’, where in reality the vast majority consists of young men, who want to increase their income at the cost of the European taxpayer. Their contribution to European society is little to nothing and most of them end up in criminality and hand-outs. Der Spiegel goes so far to claim that mass-immigration doesn’t cost money at all. In contrast, in the Netherlands a researcher named Pieter Lakeman calculated in his book ‘Binnen zonder kloppen‘ (Entering without knocking, 1999) that the average working Dutchman needs to work one month per year to cover the cost of mass-immigration, due to 40% unemployment and 20% disability payments for Muslim immigrants (Moroccans and Turks).

[Kritik an Zuwanderung]
Der Spiegel tries push increased immigration wherever it can and insinuates that immigration is is win-win situation on economic grounds.

[TV-Duell in Großbritannien: 1:0 für Paxo]
Elections in the UK soon, so media duels between Cameron and Milliband. The winner, according to der Spiegel is interview Jeremy Paxman. If you don’t understand why der Spiegel is pushing Paxman, you don’t understand how the West operates since 1945.

“Stop Putin Now!”. War-mongering der Spiegel acting as a mouthpiece of the US State Department

“The arsonist”. Lefties doing what lefties always do: demonize, its their core business.

“World president”, you cannot get the NWO more in-your-face than this. All nations are equal, but some are more equal. The US is ‘exceptionalist’ and you better obey.

Meet the Carver

Average occupation rate of your standard 5-seater clunker in Holland is 1.25, probably the same elsewhere, at least in the West. So why keep driving around with a sofa set if nobody is sitting in it anyway? Meet the Carver. In the back there is still plenty of room for at least a 0.25 passenger to sit as well. The result is the comfort of a car, but with greatly reduced fuel consumption because of the narrow profile and less weight.

Carver from ’s-Gravendeel, the Netherlands went bust in 2009, because nobody was interested in a scooter-car priced 30,000 euro. But now a, surprise, surprise, big Chinese scooter producer Sunra (Xinri) has shown interest in the concept and will start selling the scooter-car later this year, on the Chinese market. Turnover expectations: 60,000-100,000/year. Price tag, a ridiculously low 3,800 euro.

[] – Carver
[] – Carver keert terug op de markt… in China
[] – Vandenbrink Design
[] – Vandenbrink Design

In San Francisco somebody picked up a similar concept in 2010, Lit Motors, albeit with gyroscope stabilizer added, eliminating the need for a third wheel.

[deepresource] – Lit Motors C1

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Modernity is Eating its Own Children


Modernity will come to an end someday and there are several candidates waiting in the wings to deal the final blow. The problem cluster related to “peak oil” is one of them. But there is another one: a quasi totalitarian economy that implicitly demands that keeping the economy going and expanding is more important than procreation. The modern sterile West is simply over-developed and will die off, all by itself, because it no longer reproduces in sufficient numbers. And since the so-called ‘third world’ has zero potential to take over the industrial, scientific and technological baton from the West, advanced society as we know it today is bound to disappear from the face of this earth. At least, if nothing happens and why should it?

The magnificent Roman empire disappeared and it took more than 1000 years before an ascendant was found again during the Renaissance, the Reformation and subsequent European and now American empires.

Even the leftist Guardian has picked up the signs and focuses on Japan and comes with shocking observations:

45% of Japanese women aged 16-24 are ‘not interested in or despise sexual contact’. More than a quarter of men feel the same way…. 90% of young women believe that staying single is “preferable to what they imagine marriage to be like”… For their government, “celibacy syndrome” is part of a looming national catastrophe. Japan already has one of the world’s lowest birth rates… The number of single people has reached a record high. A survey in 2011 found that 61% of unmarried men and 49% of women aged 18-34 were not in any kind of romantic relationship, a rise of almost 10% from five years earlier. Another study found that a third of people under 30 had never dated at all… the sexes, especially in Japan’s giant cities, are “spiraling away from each other”… what endless Japanese committees have failed to grasp when they stew over the country’s procreation-shy youth is that, thanks to official shortsightedness, the decision to stay single often makes perfect sense. This is true for both sexes, but it’s especially true for women. “Marriage is a woman’s grave,” goes an old Japanese saying that refers to wives being ignored in favour of mistresses. For Japanese women today, marriage is the grave of their hard-won careers… demographer Nicholas Eberstadt argues that a distinctive set of factors is accelerating these trends in Japan. These factors include the lack of a religious authority that ordains marriage and family… According to the government’s population institute, women in their early 20s today have a one-in-four chance of never marrying. Their chances of remaining childless are even higher: almost 40%.

One thing is certain, we’re past ‘Peak Modernity’ (Lehman crash, 2008). And with the Third World knocking on the door of the West, or should we say, crashing the gate, the decline of Western progressive, humanistic modernity is already underway.

So what’s the remedy? How is it possible to save at least a remnant of European civilization and prevent that civilization from becoming overrun by the barbarians from the South?

Transvaluation of values.

[] – Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?
[] – Why aren’t Japanese dating and mating?

Canada’s First CSP Plant

[] – Canada’s first concentrated solar thermal plant

Solar Grid Parity in Germany, Holland, Italy, California and Australia

Notably in Germany and Holland it pays to invest in domestic solar energy

LCOE = Levelised cost of energy [*]

[] – Technology Roadmap, Solar Photovoltaic Energy – 2014

[*] – The LCOE represents the present value of the total cost (overnight capital cost, fuel cost, fixed and variable operation and maintenance costs, and financing costs) of building and operating a generating plant over an assumed financial life and duty cycle, converted to equal annual payments, given an assumed utilisation, and expressed in terms of real money to remove inflation.

Better Together

Plea to combine wind and solar in a single power plant. The key argument is that solar and wind are partially complementary: during the night there is guaranteed no solar power, but perhaps wind. And in certain areas like Europe, wind is stronger during the winter and, obviously, solar stronger during the summer.

Combining wind turbines and photovoltaic systems results in up to twice the amount of electricity being generated across the same surface area, while shading losses caused by wind turbines amount to a mere 1 to 2% – much less than previously thought. As an additional benefit, the construction of hybrid power plants does not require grid expansion because the plants generate wind and solar power at different times of day and during complementary seasons, ensuring the level of energy fed into the grid is more steady than that of wind or photovoltaic power plants alone.

[] – Study Finds Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plants Are Twice As Efficient

World’s Largest Solar Project Nears Completion (579 MW)


One of the top solar energy companies in the world, SunPower, is close to completing what will be the “world’s largest solar power plant” in Southern California, according to recent reports.

The 579 megawatt (MW) Solar Star project is now mostly online, and is on track for “substantial completion” during Q2, based on recent comments made by SunPower president and CEO Tom Werner during a 2014 earnings presentation.

[] – SunPower Nearing Completion On 579 MW Solar Star Project — “World’s Largest Solar Power Plant”

[Google Maps] – Rosamond, California

Dark Smart Highway in Holland

Gepubliceerd op 19 mrt. 2015 – Nissan drives its unique glow-in-the-dark zero-emission LEAF on the luminous Smart Highway in Oss, Holland. The 100% electric Nissan LEAF is the first glow-in-the-dark car to drive on the glowing motorway.

Fraunhofer: Cost Solar 2 ct/kwh in 2050


“In a few years, solar energy plants will deliver the most inexpensive power available in many parts of the world. By 2025, the cost of producing power in central and southern Europe will have declined to between 4 and 6 cents per kilowatt hour, and by 2050 to as low as 2 to 4 cents.” These are the main conclusions of a study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems commissioned by the German think tank Agora Energiewende.

[] – Fraunhofer: Solar power will cost 2 cts/kWh in 2050

Full study:

[pdf] – Agora: Current and Future Cost of Photovoltaics [80p]

Editor: as we have repeatedly said, there is no long-term energy problem and a solar economy is very well possible. But the longer we wait with the transition, the deeper the dip will be.

Did Berezovsky Actually Save Vladimir Putin?

Our working hypothesis concerning the death of Boris Berezovsky has been that he committed suicide because of the embarrassment he had caused to the NWO agenda by nominating Vladimir Putin as president of the Russian Federation, in the false assumption that Putin would be a valuable tool for the oligarchs and not the anti-NWO crusader he turned out to be.

Now, Berezovsky’s former long-time head of security Sergei Sokolov has stepped forward with the claim that Berezovsky was in fact murdered by Western intelligence agencies, because Berezovsky was about to reveal a plot that the West wanted to murder Putin.

‘Boris was killed only because he possessed information which he was going to share with Putin.
‘I am absolutely sure that Boris had video and audio evidence about certain oligarchs who offered to organise a coup in the country, promising him to be seen as being at the head of the attack.
‘Berezovsky planned to come back to his motherland with this sensational material.
‘You understand it now: those people he had gathered compromising materials for, considered him to be a serious threat.’

[] – Exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky was murdered because he was about to hand Putin evidence of a coup plot

Editor: we don’t doubt for second that the corrupt West would like to kill the Russian president. After all, once you realize that the highest US circles decided to kill 3,000 American civilians, to create the ‘war-on-terror’ meme, you can certainly expect that the criminal West would like to eliminate those who resist the Western imperial agenda. In fact, the most likely explanation of MH17 is that it was a failed attempt to kill Putin, who was on his way from Brasil to Russia, and crossed neighboring airspace shortly before. We are skeptical about this Daily Mail story, because it does not explain the change of heart of Berezovsky.

GermanWings Crash Was Almost Certainly Suicide (+150 * Murder)

The co-pilot (no ‘Ahmed’, but German ethnicity) almost certainly locked the cockpit door, when the more senior other pilot left for the toilet and intentionally crashed the plane into a mountain. Until the very last moment, both knocking on the cockpit door, as well as breathing of the 28 year old pilot (600 hours) was audible.

Editor: the point we want to make is that unlike with MH17, in the GermanWings case there is zero secrecy concerning the contents of the audio tapes.

[] – Bis zum Absturz waren Atemgeräusche zu hören
[] – Andreas Lubitz Germanwings co-pilot: First picture as revealed he deliberately flew jet into Alps

And here the bitter irony:

[] – FAA recognizes Andreas Guenter Lubitz
Rheinland Pfalz-based pilot sets positive example

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recognizing Andreas Guenter Lubitz with inclusion in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database. The database, which appears on the agency’s website at, names Lubitz and other certified pilots who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.

Perhaps psychological standards should be included in the future.

[] – Frans OM: co-piloot crashte Airbus met opzet

More bitter irony: the cockpit door could not be crashed, a consequence of… anti-terror measures. Nobody expected that the pilot could be the terrorist.

Wild guess: he was dumped by his girlfriend the night before.

Humor in the Islamic State

Gepubliceerd op 12 mrt. 2014

Priceless comment:
une très belle initiative pour promouvoir le tourisme en Tunisie. merci de la partager !

Just a year ago someone thought that this Pharrel Wilson clip could help promote tourism to Tataouine, Tunesia, currently made unsafe by the Islamic State.

Talking about humor and Pharrel Wilson:


Pharrel Wilson thinking deep thoughts about climate change, while travelling all alone in his private jet.

[] – Pollution Pimp Pharrell Williams Wants To Fight Climate Change

Yemen – Official US Reaction



Yemen: A Failed State

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