Re: ~e; SinkingOfAnOilTanker

From human being <>
Date Sun, 24 Nov 2002 11:24:09 -0600
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hi a, I appreciate your writing about this and clarifying
the other dimensions to the event, which are well-received.

I myself am not exactly certain how to approach 'linking'
things together except that there are specificities to an
event and generalities which I tend to explore, and it may
be an oil spill, an abandoned oil platform due to chaotic
weather (global warming, say), an exploded oil tanker in
Yemen, blown up pipelines in Columbia, or an earthquake-
damaged Alaskan oil pipeline, all of which in some way
share aspects about our dependence and the 'long-haul'
shipping of oil across vast areas to continue business
as usual, for (as you say) money, profit, etc.

it is proposed that the thing driving this model is part
of a network of every day consumption and also inherent
in the designs of centralized, specialized infrastructures
based on oil in some significant number of countries. this
need for importing resources over long distances is itself
a disaster in waiting, and yet if the patterns of energy
production and consumption changed, possibly so too would
routes travelled by aging vessels in a cut-throat business,
where competition may also bring with it risks that effect
a realm much larger than the business or industry itself,
but also some major aspects of the regional ecosystem,
such as wildlife, fishing, tourism, toxic resources.

to place all fault on business would be problematic in one
sense, I am proposing, because there is an almost fanatic
drive to use electromagnetic devices and to glorify them
(look at the entire culture industry and its glorification
of technology without any connection to its source of power)
and this oil disaster is directly driven by such demands,
more and more, without any reflection upon how things are
made to work or happen, no discussion or interest in knowing
how these things are interwoven into daily technologies. It
is likely that for all who study 'the Internet', there is
likely only a very small portion (less than 1 percent) who
even connect 'the Internet' to the power and telecommunications
grid, enough to talk about oil in relation to the Internet.
that was my point, but not made explicitly as it is difficult
to write when one's brain is feeling like a marshmallow.

my guess is that, if say a war occurs and oil is somehow inter-
twined in events, that Internet prices could possibly be directly
effected through changes in dial-up services, because of the cost
of transforming energy into electrical power to shoot electrons
about the grid and internetwork. maybe this is mistaken, but if
more were to consider the connection between oil and industry,
it would make it easier to begin reasoning much more complex
dynamics that exist but are difficult to describe accurately.


On Sunday, November 24, 2002, at 08:32  AM, arm wrote:

> Yes! our society depends very much oil and fuel to do their magics but 
> that magics can be cheap or expensive, can be more or less harmfull.
> 1. The owner of the SinkingOilTanker is already envolved in more than 
> 3 ambiental accidents. This last accident was provocated by a ship 
> with more than 20 years.
> 2. It is cheaper for the SinkingOilTanker owner to let hapen an 
> acident and receive money from the insurance companies for a new ship 
> than to kill the old ship and build or buy a new one.
> 3. Spain and specialy Portugal are small countrys. And therefore they 
> do not have the power to forbiden such criminals to navigate in their 
> waters.
> 4. Money rules! The owner of the ship, the seller and the buyer of the 
> oil are not paying the food to all the volunters that are workin in 
> the spanish coast.
> I do not know what as really hapened but as we know, for a small group 
> of powerfull people in the world, money power is much more important 
> than natural or ambiental power.
> Saudacoes cordiais,
> a

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