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Oil Pulse (II)

Given two finite natural commodities, one a consumable energy resource undergoing accelerating absolute depletion, the other an indestructible precious metal, there can be no question about the fundamental trend of price divergence, surely? Except, apparently there can. Pure reason (or principled intuition) fails once again:

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The world seems determined to thrash us into empiricism.

(Via.)

If there is a trend, it shows up more persuasively in the erratic sequence of consistently-escalating negative oil price shocks.

ADDED: Patri Friedman helpfully points to Hotelling’s Rule.

January 30, 2015admin 31 Comments »
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Oil Pulse

Given the price flatline over the half-century to 1973, it’s not easy to be confident that the market has settled into a steady rhythm, but the investment side of the oil business certainly seems to have:

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(Via.)

Something like two decades of low energy prices ahead, if the established pattern is prolonged. There’s either a valuable futurist building-block there, or a provocation for futurological discussion.

January 27, 2015admin 34 Comments »
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Idiocracy

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(The metric there is American school grade levels.)

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But don’t worry:

“It’s tempting to read this as a dumbing down of the bully pulpit,” [former Clinton speechwriter Jeff] Shesol said. “But it’s actually a sign of democratization. In the early Republic, presidents could assume that they were speaking to audiences made up mostly of men like themselves: educated, civic-minded landowners. These, of course, were the only Americans with the right to vote. But over time, the franchise expanded and presidential appeals had to reach a broader audience.”

It just looks like escalating cretinization. Really it’s Democracy®! Yay!

January 22, 2015admin 15 Comments »
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Progress (III)

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(Via.)

January 21, 2015admin 17 Comments »
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Apocalometer

You know you need one:

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January 16, 2015admin 24 Comments »
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Progress (II)

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When socialism puts a ratchet into your churn, this is what happens.

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The first XS ‘Progress’ post was also a chart — and it dove-tails with this one uncannily.

January 15, 2015admin 5 Comments »
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Club 333

… is already a thing:

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(This spotted in Singapore’s Little India.)

January 8, 2015admin 6 Comments »
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Seasonal Order

Tech-Comm NRx approves of this message:

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(To replace ‘arrest’ with ‘instant execution by our private security drones’ would be a tweak worth considering. The ‘change’ sign in the background is a nice touch.)

December 21, 2014admin 7 Comments »
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Cyber-Suicide

Take my eye off Anathema, and this happens:
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It’s pulpy and narrative-driven, of course, but that surely has its place. Even within its limitations it helps to hold open the question — from which I’m far too easily distracted — what would an NRx aesthetic be? The thematic reflexivity is a part of that.

To be brutally frank, I’ve basically given up on the West as a source of continuing visual aesthetic achievement (symptom). Its global influence strikes me as radically toxic, promoting worthless pomo garbage wherever it gets its foot in the door, and whenever it tries to pull-out of its death spiral — to become neo-traditional — it sticks Roman columns everywhere and looks simply ridiculous. The last person who could get away with anything like that was de Chirico. Probably fascism wrecked it, as it did so many other things. Grumpiness aside, the importance of the discussion is undeniable. The consolidation which matters most takes place on the aesthetic plane.

ADDED: Huge twitter agitation about this, so I’m tacking it on, even though the connection is tenuous at best.

December 13, 2014admin 25 Comments »
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Undead

Does this look like something that’s about to die?

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(This is among the few topics that puts my reverence for the Moldgod under serious strain.)

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December 1, 2014admin 28 Comments »
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