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by the_platypus
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Recent power outages and natural gas shortages
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: Recent power outages and natural gas shortages

Social media was ugly, from what I saw, from far, far away (not having social media). Typical highly up-voted responses (dramatized for fun): - I pay the bill so I have the right to set it to 74 gosh darn it. - Those hippies sure did bungle our bananas this time with their "sustainable energy&q...
by the_platypus
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Recent power outages and natural gas shortages
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Recent power outages and natural gas shortages

Seems like O&G companies, especially in Texas, are making good money and potentially good political progress on the recent power outages. Just today EIA has natural gas spot prices at 350 in the Houston region. Republicans like U.S. Sen. Steve Daines say, via Twitter, “This is a perfect example ...
by the_platypus
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Resources and recommend watching
Replies: 285
Views: 124917

Re: Resources and recommend watching

Ancient Futures book/film by Helena Norberg-Hodge. About the people of Ladakh living in a more traditional society. Particularly, about their transition from...sustainable and joyful society without crime/poverty/inequality/violence/war to....one where that is happening. https://www.localfutures.org...
by the_platypus
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Fractional reserve banking and environmental impact - more to one's impact than just JAFI?
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Fractional reserve banking and environmental impact - more to one's impact than just JAFI?

@jacob, thank you for that link! I will now go dig up my treasure chest and reopen my bank account...LOL.
by the_platypus
Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:58 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Fractional reserve banking and environmental impact - more to one's impact than just JAFI?
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Fractional reserve banking and environmental impact - more to one's impact than just JAFI?

Okay, I will trust that. I know little of economics. But wouldn't a bank run have a pretty negative effect on the ability of banks to generate loans and therefore finance new construction? And I suppose this means that, for all intents and purposes, I should treat investment purchases as spending, f...
by the_platypus
Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Fractional reserve banking and environmental impact - more to one's impact than just JAFI?
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Fractional reserve banking and environmental impact - more to one's impact than just JAFI?

To my understanding, fractional reserve banking allows for up to 10x the initial deposit amount to be newly created in the money system. So a $1k deposit can become a total of $10k, as income from goods sold to people buying on credit are deposited, used to make loans to buy further things on credit...
by the_platypus
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: ERE Blog post: Ecological capitalism and consumer capitalism
Replies: 44
Views: 2549

Re: ERE Blog post: Ecological capitalism and consumer capitalism

@white belt, yes it could be close to them, in some respects. But with the Amish, I think for most people there is a reflexive judgment of inferiority, weirdness, or backwardness. No culture is a perfect example, but other cultures may have much we can learn from. Obviously, what is really important...
by the_platypus
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: ERE Blog post: Ecological capitalism and consumer capitalism
Replies: 44
Views: 2549

Re: ERE Blog post: Ecological capitalism and consumer capitalism

What keeps people together is not a desire to be sustainable or an awesome group of DIYers. It's culture. So, we have to back out of thinking about sustainability, and just think of, how does a culture persist across generations? I think it is something like this (assuming this culture is agricultur...
by the_platypus
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: ERE Blog post: Ecological capitalism and consumer capitalism
Replies: 44
Views: 2549

Re: ERE Blog post: Ecological capitalism and consumer capitalism

I think the way to scale up ERE principles is to change the culture in some local context. I think that means people have to be exposed less to mass consumed media (and its corrupting influence), be open to learning from traditional/older cultures/religions, and be willing to put community (location...
by the_platypus
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: What should I be listening to?
Replies: 32
Views: 5132

Re: What should I be listening to?

Lately, I've been into, and would recommend... ([genre] artist - album)

[Prog Metal] Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
[Prog Rock] Thank You Scientist - Stranger Heads Prevail
[Indie] The Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
[Math Rock] Chon - Grow
by the_platypus
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:36 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Maintaining happiness/contentedness despite adversity
Replies: 16
Views: 1500

Re: Maintaining happiness/contentedness despite adversity

2020 was not much of a change for me; a lot of my hobbies are either outdoors or relatively independent. But this was a good year in many ways. Working remotely really opened my eyes to the servitude of regular, office/desk bound work. The trick to happiness/contentedness seems pretty simple, but ha...
by the_platypus
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: I sold my car!
Replies: 13
Views: 1282

Re: I sold my car!

Congrats! That is very impressive to me, especially being up there in that climate! I'm happy for you and all the wonderful exercise you will get from walking or biking places -- it truly feels very healthy and very freeing!!! Not to mention the financial benefit! And if SHTF, you can look to your c...
by the_platypus
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Movements per Year
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: Movements per Year

I don't track any movements aside from driving. I figure any walking, biking, train riding, or bus riding I do is pretty sustainable; and therefore, I shouldn't worry about tracking it and just enjoy the journey. I haven't flown since 2018, and before that the last time I flew was when I was a baby....
by the_platypus
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?
Replies: 21
Views: 1042

Re: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?

@Dreams of Freedom, I see your point about increased sales. I suppose increased sales are only a net benefit to the world if the things being bought and sold are necessary, of a good quality, of an ethical source, of a sustainable source, bring genuine, lasting value to the purchaser, etc. However, ...
by the_platypus
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?
Replies: 21
Views: 1042

Re: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?

Alphaville, I'd like to think I'd be the kind of scoundrel who goes down with honor in the prisoner's dilemma, but it seems MMM and others persuaded me otherwise before I even knew the interrogation had begun. Perhaps now I can recant my former position and make good with the other honorable, impove...
by the_platypus
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?
Replies: 21
Views: 1042

Re: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?

Toska2, I had never realized that. Perhaps that is a small benefit of them. I agree about the psychological aspect of a number vs. carrying a wad of cash. One is definitely more tactile than the other. I'm remembering now, speaking of psychology, credit card companies have used a number of deceptive...
by the_platypus
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?
Replies: 21
Views: 1042

Re: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?

I'm glad you could find a silver lining, Lemur!
by the_platypus
Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?
Replies: 21
Views: 1042

Credit Cards -- Bad for the average person?

I'm wondering if anyone has come across any research on this topic, or else has personal business experience, or else knows someone who does. I recently realized/remembered that credit cards/debit cards charge processing fees. According to this Motley Fool article called, "Average Credit Card P...
by the_platypus
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Walking, standing, sitting, lying -- more natural approaches?
Replies: 28
Views: 1952

Re: Walking, standing, sitting, lying -- more natural approaches?

So after sticking with these practices to varying degrees for around a couple weeks now, here's an update... For walking, I'm getting more comfortable with the toe shoes. Been using them on my regular daily walks. I'm learning that a very mild forefoot or midfoot strike is best. Also, I reduce my st...
by the_platypus
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress by Christopher Ryan
Replies: 26
Views: 1709

Re: Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress by Christopher Ryan

The_Bowme, it's been a while since I read that, but after skim refreshing, here are my thoughts... So, at the end of that meditation, Scott wrote, "He always and everywhere offers the same deal: throw what you love most into the flames, and I can grant you power." In a section of the book,...