This is my latest conspiracy theory, which predicts a pattern of dis-disinformation conducted by government officials, who, unable to officially and explicitly inform the public of facts concerning the current economic collapse, are resorting to individual acts of rebellion–through dramatic feats, curious phrases, and off-the-script performances–in order to align themselves more truthfully with the masses.
“The issue is not one of ‘running out’ so much as it is not having enough to keep our economy running. In this regard, the ramifications of Peak Oil for our civilization are similar to the ramifications of dehydration for the human body. The human body is 70 percent water. The body of a 200 pound man thus holds 140 pounds of water. Because water is so crucial to everything the human body does, the man doesn’t need to lose all 140 pounds of water weight before collapsing due to dehydration. A loss of as little as 10-15 pounds of water may be enough to kill him.
“In a similar sense, an oil based economy such as ours doesn’t need to deplete its entire reserve of oil before it begins to collapse. A shortfall between demand and supply as little as 10 to 15 percent is enough to wholly shatter an oil-dependent economy and reduce its citizenry to poverty.”
And, just for the hell of it, check out the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas.
Why does a well-educated man, who has endured the physical rigors of military training, and is well known as a long-distance runner, collapse suddenly on the job, in front of dozens of cameras, while discussing the war in the Middle East and the prospect of bringing home thousands of American troops? Dehydration?
Nice one, General. Applause all around.
By the way, I invite you to speculate on the subtext of this exchange between John McCain and Gen. Petraeus prior to the general’s collapse. Of course, there’s probably no way to know for sure whether there is any subtext or if there is, what it is. But it’s important, in my opinion, to privately speculate. Also, what’s up with the guy near the end of the video who talks about someone being “assassinated”? That seemed to get a rise out of at least a couple of spectators.