A big part of what this here place is about…
On a recent thread on Zero-Hedge, I had an exchange with a few intelligent people on the issue of energy, it’s alternatives, what it means to the world, to the US, to Us.
I am an innovator, a radical one at that, and have been writing about my vision for a better world for a long time. This blog was a way to reach people around the world (and I have and received soome amazing responses).
But the exchange below captures the essence of the innovator’s dilemma, the automatic push-back, the massive, brain freezing cognitive dissonance that usually ensues.
Remember, this is Zero Hedge (http://zerohedge.com), a web-site started on the premise of building an on-line “Fight Club” of economic and financial news/views. So it can sound a little harsh, but I for one found it ultimately refreshing.
As the year ends, I’d also like to acknowledge Tyler Durden and his crew at ZH. It is by posting there and getting responses that i decided to start here.
In a weird way, this blog is still here because of the readership I got from there and the lessons learnt.
With that, here we go… on Zero-Hedge, my handle is Oh Regional India, or ORI for short… 😉
Justice? Well, first of all, you’ve already lost if you think there’s going to be any “justice” in the traditional sense of the word. Reality, especially played at the level we’re going to begin experiencing, is all about realpolitik. The only justice anyone is going to get is after the military is convinced that their long-term viability lies with the People, rather than with the current powers-in-charge.
As Travis knows full well, as do the power-elite and any others who care to contemplate our situation, we simply do not have sufficient energy resources in which to adequately grow the economy in order to sustain the global Ponzi. (Please note this isn’t about peak oil; rather it addresses the lack of sufficient energy to achieve an annualized CAGR of around 5-7% for the next couple of generations.) Hence, the return to slavery is anticipated to provide the displaced net energy deficiency.
Right now, your average American is slated for his/her new role as a low-energy consuming, highly emotional fungible tool to be used & discarded once his/her useful life is completed. If one were to consider an historical bell curve, we are simply retracing traditional practices that were merely suspended during the last 200 years or so of the fossil fuel period.
So that’s what’s in store. All the pieces are being arranged to maximize the capture cooefficient. As it’s being designed, the MIC still plays an important part. How we mock up an alternative deal is the question for the ages. If we can convince them that they can achieve greater power & exercise further international control with a different financial political economy, we may have a chance.
There is an alternative B9K9. Very cogent writing by the way. All the way down this comment-stream.
But there is an energy alternative.
I have it. We’re slaves to energy and TBT have us by the short hair because they control the energy. it really is that simple. He who controls energy resources controls everything.
Why am I not the new Tesla? Because everyone here and everywhere else bleats for an alternative while sucking away at the teat of the current energy paradigm.
90% of the folks here will scoff, junk or otherwise dismiss what I’m saying and move on to rant some more. Watch soome CNBC, drink a bud/coors/whatever from their fridge, turn up the AC/heat (depending) and wait to get reamed again tomorrow.
What am I waiting for? Public involvement. Not Venture fund involvement (TPB hands), not large company involvement (TPB control again), but people involvement.
And there are many others like me too. But most folks would turn away in fear of losing this for a new paradigm that might take a little re-training, even if only of perspective.
I’ve repeatedly invited this forum, because I see such a collective of incisive minds, but everyone is judging books by their covers.
Energy in-dependence. it’s possible. In six months and a couple of million bucks and a global movement that will not retreat in the face of Corporate pushback.
I’m looking at fly in the wall news, millions and million to MIC companies including one where I was Director of Technology, believe it or not). Hundreds of millions.
Such is the state of the world.
You write many words but you communicate nothing.
I am Chumbawamba.
Well well, that coming from primo resident ego maniac?
You piss in the wind brother, piss in the wind.
Look at your own choppy, angry, abusive rants before pointing fingers.
Got an original idea? Not some anarchy, did not pay my bills, look at me bull-shit.
some thing real?
Now shut up.
You have not stated specifics.
It would seem that Vivek never wants to get into specifics.
But perhaps he’ll misdirect and obfuscate again. I hope he does put up something specific though.
MsC and Byteme below,
Do you think I’m going to put my design for the re-designed bicycle, which completely turns the concept of the bi-cycle on it’s head and therefor all bi-wheel products too, up for perusal? Or that I’d publish the design for the hybrid power-train that can deliver 300 miles a gallon in a public place? Or the add on for private and commercial aircraft that can extend their range by 100% or more on a web-site? Or perhaps for the distributed power-generation module that would solve global energy problems here or even on my blog?
That is just not practical. Some things are best alluded to. On my design website, which I’d posted here a few times, I’ve laid out the obvious of what is wring with the current paradigm. It’s an old eastern trick. Called neti. Not this. Not this.
therefore this (or that) suggests itself.
if i put my designs up for public consumption, they would be drained and lost in a heartbeat. too much negative sentiment.
Of course I’ve met industrialists, large corporations, “capitalists’, world over. And been offered large sums of money, but always with the caveat of being swallowed into soem heartless beheamoth or controlled by money without heart or vision.
I play and say here because I’ve felt, from the beginning, an undercurrent of awesome minds here.
So far, mostly pushback.
After 7 years of holding and honing the vision, I’m detached from outcomes or what shape they might take.
All of what I’ve said above is available for review, in person of course.
Meanwhile, it’s fun to play with bright minds.
Not only are you a terrible salesman, but you’re also completely full of shit. By waiting to introduce your technology, you’ve proven a few things: (1) its success is dependent upon the destruction of cheaper energy; (2) you’re not worried about competitive products being developed in the meantime, which suggests a contemptuous view of prospective competitors and/or a massive ego; and (3) that you could not care less about being a “public benefactor” and are instead concerned with meeting your expectations of financial gain.
In short, blow it up someone else’s ass. Revolutions don’t bide their time.
Ok, I re-read your comment. And I must repeat:
You write many words but you communicate nothing.
If you want to get everyone aboard your magic energy train then you’re going to have to sell some tickets. So far, it seems you’ve fallen rather short, by your own admission.
Maybe it’s not everyone else that’s the problem, maybe it’s your poor salesmanship?
Inventions are like children: the parent always thinks theirs is the best and brightest, but if you don’t socialize them then they’ll never be able to properly emerge from beneath your wings.
I am Chumbawamba.
All right chumba, I’ll buy that. Unfortunately, being a magic energy train creator AND being it’s salesman is a pressure unique to our current system of product/company creation. Thus the less than 10% “success” rate of start-ups, a system I don’t subscribe to and a “success” I’d rather pass on.
Also, as you might imagine, sitting on a brood of innovations that can turn many, entire industries on their head is quite “heavy’. Makes me iconoclastic in my approach with people. Impatient. not good “sales” qualities.
I’ve presented my innovations to world class aviation designers, automotive heads, rally team owners, large sports houses and watched cognitive dissonance freak them out as they get it and then want me gone because I’m a change maker..
n addition, I’m a demand-sider. When the world is ready for me, I’ll be ready for the world.
I’m inviting (and have before) bright minds/honest people to come on board. And some have. From right here too. Just not critical mass yet.
Are you a good salesman?
If you had divulged your plans to this many people, they would have been perfected and patented by others by now. Please quit spouting bullshit. Reading between the lines, you simply present rudimentary concepts as sales pitches… when it comes time to pony up the actual technology, you’re all filler and no killer. In short, a cozy science fiction movie is not any more of a bridge to technology than elephants painting.
I’ve read through your website previously. I believe what you say. My comment above was more a reflection of my impatience with vague descriptions. There are many people, myself included, who believe not only that alternatives are possible but that they’re already here. We’re waiting for the breakthrough.
I’m not a salesman, I’m an evangelist. Once I’m convinced, I become as Luke, spreading the gospel.
People who have been successful in changing paradigms in the past didn’t wait for people to come to them, because they would have waited in vain, like all the others who didn’t become household names. If you build it, they will come.
I am Chumbawamba.
The alternatives have been here for decades… oil companies are not just oil companies, it’s more accurate to portray them as energy companies… if the technology is not taken, literally taken, by our government, it is purchased by energy companies and shelved until infrastructure can be paid and a desired level of profits achieved.
If you have a viable competing technology, the time to implement it is immediately. As previously stated, revolution does not bide its time. Which again, leads to my assumption that delay is indicative of a failed technology or a technology that requires a vastly changed world landscape… either of which are hogwash for now. As admitted by the poster, we need specific social change for the technology to even possibly work… this is otherwise known as a prayer. And I’m not the religious type.
Chumba, if you feel impatience, imagine mine.
And if I had one thing, say the bicycle, it’d be there, in the “market” by now.
But what I have is a seed, original knowledge that changes everything. Literally, figratively.
Like birthing, cannot put a finger or a toe out alone. It has to unfold, organically, fully, safely.
Also, like birthing, the womb, which machoman describes as the social milieu, the players, the financiers, all need to be ready and involved without attachment to financial outcomes or success.
I’ve learned patience the hard way.
We are at a tipping point though and the time I feel is now or soon.
I see it as more time to hone the vision, gather the team/community and hone my-self.
PS; Gratitude to TD and co for this awesome, open forum.