View Huge... This is the grille of an antique car, post-processed via my low tonal resolution method.
What it really shows though is sensitive dependence on initial conditions, or, a variation of the Butterfly Effect...
The flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in London...
The grille and its dark background are extremely uniform at eye's glance. The post-processing method however amplifies any small differences in light, so that in the end all of the rectangles look just a bit different. 91 variations on a theme.
Where in the world is this?
And why did it happen? The EV category is 2 and 4-wheel vehicles. (jump to answer below)
The graph above seemed like a peek into the future, even though it’s a graph of the past.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., oil expenditures for our vehicles have spiked to $2 billion per day. So we have transferred $1.5 trillion of wealth overseas, mostly to OPEC nations, in just the last five years. And that's just the direct cost... RMI estimates the indirect economic and military costs as double that — an additional $4 billion per day.
It was on my mind as I just read a couple of interesting new SAFE reports on U.S. energy security. The first was Oil and the Trade Deficit:
“In 2011, petroleum products accounted for 58 percent of the total U.S. trade deficit—more than double the percentage just a decade earlier.
Continuous and growing U.S. trade deficits cannot be sustained indefinitely as the collective interest payments on the accumulated debt grow faster than income.
High and volatile oil prices have pushed the cost of petroleum to levels that would have seemed unimaginable just over a decade ago. This has contributed to a rapid expansion of the U.S. trade deficit, rendering the nation increasingly dependent on foreign capital inflows and building up an enormous financial liability to foreign entities. A readjustment of the U.S. trade deficit from current levels is almost certain to be necessary. This process could have a severe negative impact on the U.S. and global economies.
Each day, the United States consumes as much oil as China, Japan, Russia, and Germany combined.
As a result, the United States has run an aggregate deficit in petroleum of more than $1.5 trillion since 2007.
While all of these alternatives offer the possibility of reducing U.S. oil use, vehicle electrification has so far shown the greatest promise for substantial oil displacement
Importantly, the spectrum of electric-drive vehicles offer the most significant, commercially-available improvements in vehicle energy efficiency today.
The nation’s dependence on oil poses a serious and ongoing threat to economic and national security.”
The second report was The New American Oil Boom:
“Measured in terms of the share of GDP dedicated to petroleum spending, the threat of oil dependence is today at its highest level since the early 1980s.
The notion of energy independence is based on a simple idea: that the United States can regain control of its economy and its national security—at least in part—by ending its reliance on foreign oil. As discussed above, this idea has its roots in decades of American political dialogue generated during times of crisis in the global oil market. Unfortunately, this idea is fundamentally misguided and misleading. In fact, the United States has no means by which it can become independent from the global oil market or foreign countries as long as it is a large consumer of oil.
The prominence of transportation demand gives oil the majority of its economic significance in the United States. This is because it is the sector in which it has proven the most difficult to deploy substitutes at scale. Substitutes were most easily deployed in the electric power sector, where petroleum was virtually eliminated as a feedstock in the wake of the 1970s energy crises. Residential oil demand for space heating also proved relatively easy to displace.
90 percent of conventional oil reserves are held by national oil companies whose investment and production decisions are far removed from the free market ideal. Simply put, there is no free market for oil.
In recent months, a number of political commentators have suggested that, as the United States produces more oil domestically, it will achieve sharply lower prices in much the same way that natural gas prices have fallen during the surge in U.S. shale gas production. This simply is not credible. While the United States does have a large degree of autonomy in natural gas pricing, this is because the oil and natural gas markets are vastly different: there is no global market for gas.
Fuel efficiency is not enough on its own. The long-term goal of energy security policy must be to break the petroleum’s stranglehold on the transportation sector.
Over the long term, the United States can achieve meaningful energy security by transitioning away from liquid fuels in the transportation sector.”
It's the economy, stupid!
It's the economy, stupid!
A fresh approach to the big issue of climate change: don't think about the BIG debate of: "Is it really happening?" or "I can't do anything about it".
Our carbon emissions are sending the planet‘s climate spiraling towards a catastrophic change.
Not your problem? Our dependence on carbon fuels is causing the economy a spot of trouble too. With growing global demand, things will only get worse, as these finite resources will get used up at a faster and faster pace.
Which means higher and higher prices for all.
Isn’t it time to look at the fundamentals?
With just a few simple changes in your daily habits you will help bring down our dependence on carbon fuels. It’ll save you money. It’ll help lower fuel consumption. It’ll help convert our economy to be greener and more fuel efficient. And as a bonus, you will be helping fight climate change.
Be the smart guy.
Reduce, re-use and recycle.
Lack of money is the root of all evil - George Bernard Shaw
Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like. - Will Rogersen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Rogerswww.quotationspage.com/quotes/Will_Rogerswww.google.com: Images of Will Rogers
Russian general reveals truth about 9/11. ( ... and about Dollar, Osama Bin Laden, ... , Rothschild ... )
Maier Amschel Rothschild said:
"Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who writes its laws"
Thomas Jefferson said:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies."
Albert Einstein said:
"Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world"
Read more on www.reformation.org/federal-reserve.html
Excerpt from www.reformation.org/federal-reserve.html
John D. Rockefeller was the founder of the "Federal" Reserve Bank. He was a typical usurer. Letting other people do the work and then reaping the benefits. It is a shame that the pious hypocrite NEVER heard a sermon on usury when he attended the Euclid St. Baptist Church every Sunday.
Even though the "Federal" Reserve Bank has the name FEDERAL in it's title, it has no connection with the Federal Government except that it OWNS the government....
The President of the U.S. and Secretary of the Treasury do not sit on its board!! The Chairman is appointed for a period of 14 years. The President does appoint him but that is just a formality as the Fed can easily ruin an uncooperative President by causing a recession or depression.
How the "Bank" of Rome Creates "Federal" Reserve Dollars out of Nothing!!
Proudly made in America for born in America and alike. Organic-, bio-, eco- friendly; vegan, vegetarian, halal, kosher. Packed in recycled and recyclable undulated cardboard box. Metro- and eco- sexual. Mesmerizing and addictive, desirable, vanishing, evaporating, eluding; printing and reprinting, copy / pasting. Virtualizing.
Eastern Currency Facility.
For more information go to
- 10 Things That Every American Should Know About The Federal Reserve
- The American Dream - Understanding Money and the Banking System
- Understanding the Financial Crisis - very well explanation!
On the right side of the site ( YouTube obviously ...) you'll find even more interesting videos.
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
Orbiting this [small unregarded yellow sun] at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
And so the problem remained; lots of the people were mean, and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches.
Many were increasingly of the opinion that they'd all made a big mistake in coming down from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans.
... and for bookworms: /* go to www.amazon.com */:
Review of Nikolay Gogol's Dead Souls"Gogol was a strange creature, but then genius is always strange." (Vladimir Nabokov)Book Description
Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the provincial town of 'N', visiting a succession of landowners and making each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these 'souls' as collateral to re-invent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov. Dead Souls, Russia's first major novel, is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy.
And please do remember, THEY OWN YOUR ASS!
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