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Article Last Updated: 09/20/2005 07:40:40 AM

Oil and prophets and the truth

OIL COMPANIES and governments are betting — at least in public — that new discoveries and technology will keep the world supplied for at least the next generation. And there are those who would welcome the tipping point, believing the psychological impact will push the world into a serious drive to wean itself off oil.

The U.S. Geological Survey has predicted that a peak in recoverable oil production won't come until 2037. More recent predictions also focus on high demand and lagging resupply exploitation efforts, noting a worrisome drop in oil discoveries in recent years.

In a speech six years ago, before he became U.S. vice president, Richard Cheney spoke of estimates of 2 percent annual growth in global oil demand and at best a 3 percent annual decline in production from existing reserves.

Some people have been reading the handwriting in the desert sands for a long time and have been trying to get the world's attention. But like all true prophets, they only get the attention of a few, and those few aren't enough to make a difference. It will be a while before the effects really start to be felt. Production will peak and then slowly fall away.

The oil cartel has money on its side, so don't expect a lot of publicity to be given to this. And then every time a true prophet brings this up, you can be sure he or she will be ridiculed. But that's the way it goes for true prophets.

Ted Rudow III,MA

Menlo Park

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More conflict ahead

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"I mean instead that for the greater part of ancient history - that past in which the Jewish people anchor their claim to Israel - the Gaza Strip was not part of the Jewish state. But in reality, the Gaza Strip and the coastal towns to its north, for most of the years between, say, 1250 B.C. and 135 A.D. - the era in which the Jews lived in and often ruled the land of Israel - eluded firm Israelite or Judean control and, indeed, Jewish habitation." -- Benny Morris, op-ed contributor

The Israelis as a whole don't want peace; they just want to keep what they've got, which is all of Israel as well as a chunk of Jordan (the West Bank), a chunk of Syria (the Golan Heights), and a sliver of southern Lebanon. Why should they give up anything? What's in it for them? Oh, they might get a few extra billion dollars from the U.S., but they get plenty from the U.S. already.

The Americans won't make them do it, the U.N. can't make them do it, and the rest of the world is powerless to influence them. So all things will continue as they are, with the cycle of violence and death rising and falling.

So there's more conflict and war ahead for the Mideast, sad to say. Sharon hasn't changed his warlike ways. He's so ruthless and brutal that he even shocks many Israelis! But they knew what he was like when they voted him in, and they elected him anyway.

Ted Rudow III,MA

Menlo Park, Calif.

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Pat Robertson needs help Editor,

It is ‘Thou shalt not kill’ and ‘Thou shalt not bear false witness.’ The leaders of America are doing both, and most of them know this.

Pat Robertson is promoting Bush’s agenda. He is not Christian! He is Pharisee as Jesus said, “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.”(Mat.23:3-4)

King Solomon of old, reputedly the wisest mortal to ever walk the earth, wrote, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins” (Proverbs 10:12). If you hate somebody, your interactions with them are likely to breed disagreement and conflict. But if you love them, even if they have wronged you, it’s possible to look beyond their faults and accept and forgive them.

This may sound like a noble aspiration — to overlook and forgive all the flaws and failings of others — but realistically, who is capable of suddenly releasing resentment, hatred, fear or other deep-seated negative attitudes they may harbor towards individuals or entire groups of people? Most of us lack the resolve and emotional wherewithal to do that.

The Bible tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). He is the all-powerful Spirit of love who created the universe and brought us all into being. Try it, Pat!

Ted Rudow III,MA

Menlo Park

America's Idol


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Article Last Updated: 09/01/2005 07:08:26 AM

America's 'idol'

ALAN GREENSPAN renewed a warning recently about the sizzling housing market, saying home prices may fall, slowing consumer spending, a chief ingredient for the economy's good health. A day earlier, he cautioned the public against thinking the value of homes and other investments will only go higher. If house prices fell suddenly or if interest rates rose quickly, it could clobber homeowners and lenders. Rising prices have helped make many people feel wealthier and thus more inclined to spend.

In July 2001, Paul McCulley, an economist at Pimco, the giant bond fund, predicted that the Federal Reserve would simply replace one bubble with another.

"There is room," he wrote, "for the Fed to create a bubble in housing prices, if necessary, to sustain American hedonism." If housing enters a post-bubble slump, what's left? One reason for the real estate boom is that people begin to have faith in their money.

The American dollars are no longer green and growing. They have turned to ashes. They only look green if you think that gray is green when green has really turned to gray. But it only exists if you believe it exists, the "greenback," or the American dollar. It's like this Green Pig is the god of America; it is America's idol that is worshipped. It is all in the imagination.

Ted Rudow III,MA
Menlo Park