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  •  Or just an avid Internet forum participant. (4+ / 0-)

    As we all know, "hive mind/echo chamber" comes in many flavors across the 'Net, including freakout-survivalist.  She might get all her info from Fox, or she might not even own a television.

    •  She Could Have Been Reading (17+ / 0-)

      My financial Armageddon diaries from 2007-08.

      Which actually came true, you know.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 03:19:52 PM PST

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      •  Came true yes and no (15+ / 0-)

        It was the worst crisis since the Great Depression, and those who saw it coming and moved from stocks to cash in early 2008 were lucky and smart.  I wish I'd done the same with my piddly little retirement plan savings.  You and Bonddad were very accurate.

        But did it actually destroy our society to the point where folks need to hunker down in the bunker with the guns 'n ammo and the cans of beef chili?  Not quite.

        •  Peak Oil hasn't really kicked in yet (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not really arguing that there is going to be a giant apocalypse, but the world is going to be a very different place running on 50 million barrels per day than 80 million barrels per day.

          (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
          Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

          by Sparhawk on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 05:28:31 PM PST

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          •  The world is always a different place... (4+ / 0-)

            50 years ago it was a different place.  

            To be honest, I was worried about peak oil for a while, but now I think climate change is probably going to prove to be a bigger issue.  We seem to be doing a good job of preventing decline in oil production.  What's more there are many efficiency improvements which are easily attainable.  There's no reason we can't run our society as it exists today on 25% less energy simply by improving efficiency.

            However, since we're doing nothing to reduce green house gas emissions, climate change is going to hit us with a vengeance.  

          •  I doubt that peak oil will occur. (2+ / 0-)
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            Pescadero Bill, Laconic Lib

            Or, by the time it does, it won't matter much.

            "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

            by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:07:37 PM PST

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          •  Peak Oil vs Natural Gas (2+ / 0-)
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            Pescadero Bill, Laconic Lib

            Hmmm... The recent headlines about the U.S. becoming a net EXporter of energy, thanks to natural gas and fracking -- with all its problems -- suggest that Peak Oil ISN'T quite what we thought it was, as a trigger point. I'm also mollified enormously by the falling prices on solar power for individual consumer apps (e.g., photovoltaic shingles being rolled out across the country).

            Many doomsday scenarios throughout history arise from thinking that a given technology is coming to its end, and therefore dire things will occur. Maybe ... but new technologies and new social solutions for old problems can create very different, non-doomsday prospects. There is no requirement that we continue to run our economies on burning oil/petro, nor that we solve all the problems with a single silver bullet (fracking DOES have its problems, after all). More energy-efficient housing -- in Germany -- is being built without furnaces, instead harvesting ambient heat generated by other highly efficient appliances: cool! And in a very cold climate.

            In short, we may be running on 50 million BBLs, but using other sources for most of what we used to use 80 million BBLs for.

    •  Yes. (2+ / 0-)
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      Torta, mightymouse

      I first encountered it on an internet forum in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. I knew we had some nuts of the not fun kind in this country, but I honestly didn't know the extent until then.

    •  A lot of sites offer affirmation. People tend (0+ / 0-)

      to flock together it seems around their own beliefs and shout that everyone else doesn't see the light.

      Romney is George W. Bush without brains.

      by thestructureguy on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:33:24 PM PST

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