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or lack there of,……

consider this:

if US$ 50-70 a barrel made it financially feasible to extract oil from oily sand,….

and in so doing made Canada, of all countries, now the country with the worlds second ( i think ) largest reserves in the world,….

and if its no longer a silly idea to grow corn in your back yard to run your car,…

and if its no longer silly to think that what you put in your tea and coffee can also drive your kids to school,…

and if its no longer silly to think that the Una-Bomber was right,….

and Al Gore wins a Nobel Peace prize for growing a beard!

then what price would oil have to be for it to no longer be silly for entire nations to send their armies across borders to secure their current future energy needs?

answer:

perhaps when oil starts getting so expensive that its actually getting too expensive to live in an oil producing country?

especially since almost everything is imported.

and if the price of everything is going up, partly becuase of the price to transport them ie the price of oil,….

what comes next after secureing the oil?

clean drinking water.

is it just me or is the world turning into a pre-madmax science fiction pre-apocalypse type thing?

take turkey’s recent military moves on iraqs northern border.

now could it really be a coincidence that theyre moving their army only a couple of weeks after the kurds announced that they were selling some pretty hefty oil contracts?

the oil law in iraq hasnt been passed yet, so the kurds are doing this on their own, probably with the funds going into their own accounts rather than that of the iraqi central government.

and while the yanks might be all “we urge restraint”,… they really dont seem too bothered.

hmmmmm,……

perhaps its time i checked ebay for a pair of black leather pants like mel wore in mad max.

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and i really cant be bothered anymore.

i’ve had it with the bitching and the moaning and all the “arrghhh you moron!” ‘s .

i’ve been rather unpleasant for the past few days and i just cant seem to figure out why.

so i’m just going to put it down to being tired.

there really isnt much these days that excites me here or gets me aggravated enough to get even a little pissed off.

i used to secretly love all the stupidity.

but now it all just seems, rather,…. well stupid.

but,….

instead of being just another complaining foreigner i’m actually going to do something about it.

no dont be silly, i’m not going to “make a change” or “make a difference”,… hahaha!

i’ve decided to pack things up.

and pack it in.

i’ve said it before.

the difference now is i’ve decided to actually put a proper timetable on it all.

and the other difference is that now is the first time in years that i can actually put a timetable to something.

come mid november i’ll be reconnoitering my new stomping grounds,…

then come spring, at the latest, hopefully earlier,….

it will be time for the skunk to set up shop in the only city in the world that exists on two seperate continents.

so actually,…. yes,….

i’m just going to go elsewhere to find stuff to bitch and moan about 😛

a couple of weeks ago burma’s monks decided that they had had enough.

it was time to don their shit kicking boots and start taking names.

burma is a nation that has been under a military dictatorship for god knows how long,…. 30 years? more?

the military keeps the nation locked down by paying their soldiers extremely well.

they might only make a few dollars a month, but thats already 10 times the average non-military wage. oh and the military have food and accommodation covered by the state. the rest dont.

what started off as a protest against the rise in fuel prices and basic foodstuffs on behalf of their people basically turned into a wholesale condemnation of the military junta that controls and runs the country.

they told the public to stay away as they protested by walking the streets on rangoon every day,…. and they did for the first few days.

but then everyone started joining them.

what is admirable is the fact that the monks had somehow managed to separate themselves and the temple from the state. there are not many religious institutions that can do that in the free world let alone a military dictatorship.

or perhaps they havent, but rather the general had pissed all over one of the monks top boys, hence the protest…. i dont know.

saddly once the government had had enough, they locked the monks up in their temples and they started to clamp down and cut off the publics access to the internet, where alot of the coverage was coming from. official government stats of nine dead contradicted reports from people on the street quoting much larger numbers.

as of today, some 1,000 have been rounded up for “questioning”, and i’m guessing the monks have been locked up in their temples.

now if you got this far and i havent bored you to death, well done cos heres where it gets interesting……

who cares about burma?

what the fuck do they have thats worth fighting for?

well i’m sure youve heard this saying before:

“an army only marches on its stomach”

so where’s the military getting all the dosh to pay their boys in green?

well burma apparently has huge reserves of minerals,…..

and natural gas!

and guess what,…..

yup, soldier boy’s getting paid!

so who’s doing the paying?

and how can you, the infuriated activist overseas help without jumping on a flight to rangoon?

well i propose that you follow in the footsteps of the monks,……. but be a bit more mischievous.

civil disobedience with a point.

well according to the Burma Campaign UK’s Dirty List :

is there a chevron office in your city? if so get a couple of friends together and buy yourself a dump truck full of manure (cow shit) and have it delivered to the front door,…. dont forget to tip the dump truck driver.

what about Total? you know, the french oil company that was probably paying saddam for the oil he would smuggle out past the useless and corrupt UN officials?

oh dont tell me that you thought france was against the invasion of iraq on “moral grounds” !

if there is an office in your town then go out and buy each of your activist group members this:

and then drink lots and lots of anything, alcoholic might be best as it serves to increase urine production.

target the Total workers in drive by pee shootings, or douse the CEO’s car in urine, or even the front door of their HQ.

^ever see that logo?

that logo belongs to the Mitsui corporation of japan. the japanese are one of the finest when it comes to working with dictatorial military regimes, they know how to kiss ass to get what they want. the japanese government is the main problem tho because they send aid out to the burmese ( oh how nice of them ) but they attach a condition that it has to be japanese companies that do the work.

its like governmental money laundering.

what to do with the japanese?

this is the cheapest suggestion i have,….. pop down to the fish market at the end of the day, scoop all the guts into a bucket, or several big big big buckets,….. label them something dramatic “burmese peoples rights” and empty them at the steps on the company or any japanese embassy in your region.

oh and before you do anything do remember to call the media,….

and to keep on doing it.

it wont stop the exploitation going on. lets not kid ourselves now.

but it will get people talking, in the company and outside.

which is what you want them to do.

you see, in this day and age, angry banners and loudspeakers dont say shit anymore.

oh,.. if anyone reading this happens to manage burmese funds, or the funds of any of the companies up there, or if you happen to be a a really really massive speculator with an endless credit line with your bank,….

and youre one of the really pissed off,…

never mind the pee in the water gun and the fish guts,…..

short (sell for my non-trader readers) total shares till she gets calls by her bankers, short mitsui into the ground, short chevron as far as you can,..

you’ll know as well as i do that you’ll be able to make a killing in the process, both ways.

that will definately get their attention and force them to do something.

its a good thing i dont have stupid amounts of money cos its actually not a bad idea 😛