What's going on here?

I've made a commitment: to do one good deed per day. Large or small, it doesn't matter. Self-sacrificing or not, extraordinary or mundane, it doesn't matter. Just one thing every day, that's all.

The more I do good, the better I feel about myself. Truly, to benefit others is to benefit yourself. I hope this journal may inspire others who also yearn to do good. So join me on this journey, if you will, and think about the difference you can make in your own life.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Play Oligarchy for peak oil!

Explore and exploit!

Search, drill, and rape the world's oil fields. Ignore environmental protesters, bribe the Nigerian government, and hire mercenaries against Iraqi insurgents. Oh, and you can the rig the livin' daylight out of elections, too! All from the comfort of your home PC browser.

Play Oligarchy! (and wake up to how this is really happening in our world)

This game was brought to you by Molleindustria, an Italian team devoted to delivering serious messages through games. "Don't hate the media, become the media."

ONE GOOD DEED: Raise awareness for the peak oil crisis by promoting a related browser game.


  1. Raising awareness about Peak Oil is a good deed, to enable people to prepare.

    According to independent studies, global crude oil production peaked in 2008 and is now declining terminally.

    Within a year or two, oil prices will skyrocket as supply falls below demand.

    Independent studies indicate that global crude oil production is now declining from 74 million barrels per day to 60 million barrels per day by 2015. During the same time, demand will increase. Oil supplies will be even tighter for the U.S. As oil producing nations consume more and more oil domestically they will export less and less. Because demand is high in China, India, the Middle East, and other oil producing nations, once global oil production begins to decline, demand will always be higher than supply. And since the U.S. represents one fourth of global oil demand, whatever oil we conserve will be consumed elsewhere. Thus, conservation in the U.S. will not slow oil depletion rates significantly.

    Alternatives will not even begin to fill the gap. There is no plan nor capital for a so-called electric economy. And most alternatives yield electric power, but we need liquid fuels for tractors/combines, 18 wheel trucks, trains, ships, and mining equipment. The independent scientists of the Energy Watch Group conclude in a 2007 report titled: “Peak Oil Could Trigger Meltdown of Society:”

    "By 2020, and even more by 2030, global oil supply will be dramatically lower. This will create a supply gap which can hardly be closed by growing contributions from other fossil, nuclear or alternative energy sources in this time frame."

    With increasing costs for gasoline and diesel, along with declining taxes and declining gasoline tax revenues, states and local governments will eventually have to cut staff and curtail highway maintenance. Eventually, gasoline stations will close, and state and local highway workers won’t be able to get to work. We are facing the collapse of the highways that depend on diesel and gasoline powered trucks for bridge maintenance, culvert cleaning to avoid road washouts, snow plowing, and roadbed and surface repair. When the highways fail, so will the power grid, as highways carry the parts, large transformers, steel for pylons, and high tension cables from great distances. With the highways out, there will be no food coming from far away, and without the power grid virtually nothing modern works, including home heating, pumping of gasoline and diesel, airports, communications, water supply, waste water treatment, and automated building systems.

    Documented here:

  2. Thank you for that post. I'm getting more and more interested. Right now I'm reading John Michael Greer's The Long Descent. Any thoughts?