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Posted by none, Wed May 27 2015 at 1:14 pm

RE: Ottawa has lost so-called war on cars
I think the world has a war going on...

as we hit peak oil  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_oil
twilight in the desert  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_9dgmhIh38
end of growth  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_-uomh0iY0
end of suberbia  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3uvzcY2Xug

after travelling to many places on the planet, many places are faced with the automobile being the giant.  Pedestrians and cyclists are pushed off the roads, yet they were here first... like anything else.  Most of America centers around the good ol automobile now a days.  From design of homes through to design of cities.    Luckily, groups fight for more cycling infrastructure such as citizens for safe cycling etc...   

to change the mindset of drivers though is tough.  Once you give someone that much power, lookout... premordial mind comes into play.  In just 100 years, we gave humans lots of power - the automobile.

but, peak oil will hit soon... especially if we keep following the same economic cycle as follows:

typical economic cycle:

Here is the typical economic cycle based on GDP
GDP = private investment + public investment + gross invest +
(exports - imports)
where private = stocks
where public = housing
where gross investment = bail outs and action plans
pump and dump scheme at its best...

It's a human-made equation not really tied to anything really
(decoupled from nature - that's the real problem, esp as we come
closer and closer to the realities of peak oil
the good stuff is long gone)

1995-2001 private sector boom (stocks)

2002-2008 public sector massive hiring and spending (housing boom)
we lag the US market by about 2-2.5 years

2008-2012 bail out and action plans

2013-2016 or so
cuts and interest rate hikes...
- we are seeing cuts to the public sector, health care, social
programs, and education. As we are seeing now.

cycle starts again... limit is oil

(Finance minister most recently eluded to the fact "its the private
sectors time to spend now"... )
2016-2020 private sector boom (stock pump and dump)
2022-2031 or so public sector boom (housing)
2028 - 2032 action plans and bail out
2032-2034 or so cut cut and interest rate hikes

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