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Archives for October, 2010

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Like how classily your blogiste introduced her co-bloggers before they put up their first posts? How gracefully I’ve managed to make everything work? Yeah, me neither. I must plead sleep deprivation and exhaustion – since I arrived in Washington at 3am on Thursday morning, I’ve not had time to touch my computer – I’ve been…

Crafting A Peak Oil “Narrative”

Can a movement with the truth on its side abandon dry numbers for truthiness? by guest blogger Molly Davis **Hi guys! Sorry, this isn’t much of an intro, but I hope you like the blog!** Today’s ASPO-USA conference in Washington, DC, is by far populated with people who support the idea that oil and gas…

Greetings, I’m John Bell, one of the people helping Sharon live-blog the ASPO conference in Washington D.C. Sharon has asked us to introduce ourselves and tell her readers why we are attending the conference. I am writing this as I travel to Washington D.C. on the train. First, I have help start Transition Westchester, a…

Let ‘Em Know How Much You Care

ASPO managed a real coup, getting an editorial in _The Hill_ (The Congressional Website) two days before our Congressional Briefing and Press Conference on Thursday. We’re doing everything we can to bring the words “peak oil” into the public eye. This is a great opportunity for you to make sure that your congressperson and their…

This post ran a year and half ago at The Oil Drum, but I thought it was worth re-running, as I begin my new Adapting in Place class (still two spots if anyone wants them – email jewishfarmer@gmail.com – and no, it isn’t too late!). How do you even get started thinking about how to…

Getting Crazy…

I’m about to leave town. Oh, and I’m about to start my Adapting in Place Class. And I’m about to begin my new liveblogging project. And I have to clean the barn, vaccinate the goats, band two goats and get my life ready to run with only one adult. And do a lot of laundry.…

It is pouring down rain – Tropical Storm Nicole is dumping 5 inches on us – and the dogs are barking out of control. I can’t see a thing in the storm, but I suddenly realize what they must be barking at – I forgot to put Blackberry in the barn. Blackberry, you see, is…

The always-brilliant “Peak Oil Hausfrau” Christine Patton has a wonderful piece addressing the calm and reasoned Roman response to the recent “Foreign Barbarian Invasions: Impacts, Mitigation and Risk Management” report. Proponents of the so-called “barbarian invasion” theory today warned of the “potentially disastrous” effects of hundreds of thousands of Visigoths, Huns, and Vandals plundering the…

I think the first time I really seriously reconsidered the American ubiquity of the dryer was when I was in college, and a friend of mine made a list of ten things she considered hysterically funny about Americans. Number 3, after paying more money for milk with the fat pulled out and something about our…

AIP Syllabus and a Quick Request

Just a reminder, my last Adapting-In-Place class for the forseeable future begins on Tuesday – here’s the syllabus if you are interested in joining us. Week 1 – How to evaluate what you have. We’re going to concentrate on figuring out what the major concerns are for your place and your community. We’ll talk about…