Posts Tagged ‘Darrel Bostow Ph.D.’

Why You Must Mask-Up!

July 25, 2020

Why You Must Mask-Up!

Thanks to Friend Darrel Bostow, Ph.D., for sending me the science behind our need to put-on our masks.

This video demonstrates why, when in close contact with others we must mask-up; and why we must stay at least 6 feet away from those who are not wearing a mask. 

Covid-19 is a killer!

This should convince even those who are doubters. Please watch it on its enlarged screen for full visualization.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 7/25/20

Read This If You Dare!

June 4, 2012

Read This If You Dare!
   No one can predict the future. However my dear friend Darrel Bostow, Ph.D.  sent me an Email that presents a very plausible and disastrous future for our young loved ones.  Darrel has studied the world’s waning energy resources and projects a fearsome impact upon our life-styles and world events. We had better pray for some technological miracle in the near future!
   The following are Darrel bestow’s words. Like I said: Read it if you dare!
VTM, 6/4/12
All we know is what we read and see in the media (beyond our tiny set of personal experiences)  We are on top of a worm pile of hear-say from one commentator or author to the next–scientists dealing directly with their media, being the exception (empiricism).  It is all way beyond me.  But I see the entire world system breaking down slowly, as do you. 
From my point of view, it is breaking down because people work for conditioned generalized reinforcers (including recognition and praise, as well as money) regardless of whether the work they do contributes to survival of the species or not.  People resist any form of counter control on their pursuit of immediate reinforcers. The discovery and exploitation of fossil fuels has exaggerated the problem.   We didn’t dirty/exploit the world 2000 years ago at any rate close to what we are now doing.
When we have used the fossil fuels and low hanging fruit natural resources up, we will be back to small local towns and supportive social networks in stable communities again.  Technology cannot save us because technological advances require consumption in their development.  In the meantime, a die-off of 5 or 6 billion people will occur with hardship and wars everywhere.  It is accelerating already. 
You and I are lucky to have enjoyed the peak of the fossil fuel party and will die before the shit really hits the fan, but dark clouds are on the horizon.  The first of them will probably the beginning of gas lines. 
I believe no political movement can solve the problem because the populace will not support reduction in consumption, nor will the commercial/financial enterprises that pay off our elected governments.  As Bill Hopkins quoted Todd Risley saying “The trouble with democrats is that they don’t like contingencies and the trouble with republicans is that they don’t know how to shape.”

Preparing for America’s Decline

June 26, 2011

Preparing for America’s Decline

My friend, Darrel Bostow, sent the following note to me in response to my blog about the decreased value of women in America. I respect the fact that Darrel is a very smart man, thinks deeply about world events and cultural evolution in America. I also respect that he has developed his personal plan to deal with his predictions about the future.

I quote Darrel:


After the economic and energy crunch that is about to happen, I believe things are going to change.  The world will change back to local and stable communities consuming far less energy and creating far less pollution.  But there will be huge social disruption in places that cannot return to the earlier lifestyle because they have no good soil or water to raise food locally, and most of the people never acquired the home spun skills of daily living in rural live.

Rather than decry the problems coming, June and I have moved to a location away from the masses of people, purchased a renewable source of heat, dramatically reduced the necessity of electricity, and are developing a small self-sustaining farm.  We are networking with local people closer to the type you and I grew up with.  These people are home schooling their children and preparing them to live in a world that is sustainable.  They have the values of honesty and caring.   They also know how to grow  a good garden, raise chickens, and skin rabbits.  The roles of men and women here are not in danger.

We are taking action.


What do you think?!


What No One Is Talking About!

November 8, 2010

What No One Is Talking About!

My dear friend Darrel Bostow, Ph.D.,  sent this alarming article to me.

Darrel has moved to a farm and is fashioning an independently sustainable life. He believes that an energy resource catastrophe is looming, and we had better prepare for it. Furthermore, No One Is Talking About It!

Several years ago, Darrel suggested that I read The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies (2003), by Richard Heinberg. This book is authoritatively referenced and powerfully argues that our wonderful “oil bubble” is about to burst. And when  this happens, the world, and especially high-energy consuming societies, will face a monumental crisis.

Heinberg documents that through history, societies have first used-up their energy resources and found themselves in great crisis, before being motivated to seek alternative energy sources. The Law of Least Effort would predict this behavior pattern among animals (humans included) and it appears that it is about to happen again: This time to us.

Please read Tom Whipple’s 2010 update to Heinberg’s 2004, The Party’s Over. Then learn more about this major threat.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.,   11/8/10

Wake-up America!

Published Oct 27 2010 by Falls Church News-Press, Archived Oct 28 2010

The peak oil crisis: the midterms

by Tom Whipple
As we approach another round of Congressional elections, it is a good time to review how the peaking of the world’s oil supply fits into the American political scene. It has been obvious to anyone who cared to look at the issue that for the last six or seven years something has been seriously wrong with the global supply of oil.

Prices have moved to up from their traditional $10-20 a barrel range to roughly four times higher. Looking behind this number, it does not take long to learn that world oil production has been static for the last five years and that demand for oil in China, India, the oil-exporters, and a few other developing countries is moving up rapidly. Indeed, a few knowledgeable observers are beginning to say that it was the rapid increase in oil prices and the concomitant inflation and higher interest rates between 2002 and 2006 that started the ball rolling towards our current global recession. The great oil price spike to $147 a barrel in the summer of 2008 was the icing on the cake. The great financial/credit bubble that had been growing in the U.S. and Europe for several decades began to deflate.

If one cares to look still further into the situation one would learn that a consensus of knowledgeable observers is saying that total world oil production will likely start to decline within the next three or four years causing another great oil price spike and incalculable damage to the world’s economy in its present configuration. Within the next ten years, the American (and in most other countries) way of life as it developed in the last century of abundant and cheap energy will become unsustainable and far reaching changes will have to take place.

In a perfect world, such a drastic shift in our economic and societal prospects would be at the top of the political agenda. Elections would be fought over the best way to transition our economy and civilization to surviving with reduced and much more expensive energy. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world and three federal elections soon will have come and gone without a hint of public debate as to the real causes and feasible solutions to our coming affliction.

With little or no understanding of what is happening to them, and with many acting out of near desperation as their economic prospects plummet, a substantial portion of the electorate seems to have chosen the path of throwing incumbents of both political parties out of office. They seem to be hoping that some new, even unknown and unqualified, face can bring back the prosperity of the age of cheap oil. The voters, however, cannot really be blamed, for thus far no major political figure or opinion setting part of the mass media has stepped forward to explain what is happening to us and what are realistic courses of action.

Presidents, of course, have to balance many competing forces. Since the nature of our coming problem became obvious to many five or six years ago, both the Bush and the Obama administrations have concluded that it is best to muddle along and not say anything to disturb the national polity. Both administrations have laid out the prospects of a return to the good times and economic growth that we in America have known for much of our lifetimes. The calculation has been that telling it like it is – complete with the prospect of little or no economic growth for a long time and the growing impoverishment of most of the population — would be at best political suicide and at worst would crash the stock markets leading to instant misery and impoverishment for millions.

It seems almost certain now that we are actually going to drive ourselves over a great economic cliff.

When the Obama administration came into office nearly two years ago, they decided that in contrast to the Republican policies of tax cuts, a large dose of Keynesian deficit financing was all they could really do to help the economy recover. In reality, the massive dose of government spending seems to have only slowed the decline and did little to halt or reverse the steady rise in true unemployment that some unbiased observers now put in the vicinity of 22 percent.

The unwillingness of both parties to deal with the real issue — that the fossil fuel age is coming to an end and that we must rapidly restructure our economy and lifestyles — means that sensible, proposals are completely absent from the political dialogue. Instead, the campaign of 2008 has degenerated into one of demonizing opponents and/or calling for a return to the values of the 18th century. No matter which party gains control of Congress next week, the inevitable outcome is still more gridlock, more economic decline, and rising unemployment.

How is all this going to play out and how much longer will it take to set the country on some sensible transition to a world where, at least for a while, there will be much reduced availability of affordable energy? A change of heart by a President who soon will be up for reelection does not seem likely. Should he sit down in front of the cameras some night and explain the realities of depleting fossil fuels to American people, the results are likely to be bad. His opponents would immediate denounce such thoughts as un-American in a land where growth and optimism has always prevailed. The likelihood of any meaningful proposals for national action especially if they involved any new taxes or any perceived costs whatsoever to the hard-pressed voter would be dead on arrival.

It seems almost certain now that we are actually going to drive ourselves over a great economic cliff with banners of “growth,” “jobs,” “return to the good old days,” and “no taxes” streaming in the wind. It is going to be one hell of a train wreck – unlike anything the American people have ever known.

Tom Whipple is a retired government analyst and has been following the peak oil issue for several years.

Original article available here

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