Wednesday, February 04, 2009



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This is episode 30

I'm getting more comfortable with introducing new music in with the old because there's a lot of music that fits into the mould of classical music without actually being music so old that it was all written and played long before we were born by people we couldn't possibly ever meet.

Take for instance "Myth of Beauty" by: "The Carnies"


We got PSAs:


Campus Safety urges students, faculty and staff to sign up for text alerts, online @

This will be used to inform students, faculty and staff in an emergency.

This was useful last year in the bomb scare.

To sign up, students must know their Spirit ID # (Bring their Saint Peter's College ID.)


Here's a proper, honest to goodness, real promo. :-)



We've also got some cross promotion going with the web version of St. Peter College's own "Pauw Wow".

The perpetually available and comment capturing web version is "growing on" as opposed to the occasional "Dead Tree" edition which can only capture "a moment in time" for a minority of the news competing for a scarce resource, space with anything else on a fixed number of pages.

As Liebnitz famously once said: "The 'Power of the Press' belongs to those who own one."

But as anyone who can read will attest, the limitations of "that" business model are slowly bleeding to death all of the owners of the "dead tree" press.

The future of the press lies on-line with the internet mixing media according to their appropriateness to whatever is being reported.

From "Twitter" to IM, to e-mail, to FaceBook to Podcasts, to web-radio, to streaming content, to PDFs, to vodcasts, to YouTube, to MP3s, to app mash-ups, to whatever's next, the internet is emerging as the clear winner of the media wars.

So log on to and grow with the media.


This evening's theme is Myth & Magic, so cross your fingers and toes, wish on a star, kiss a frog, throw a horse shoe over your shoulder with a pinch of salt and pepper and let's "Adelante La Musica"


This episode featured the following music:

"Myth of Beauty" by: "The Carnies" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"Peer Gynt, Op. 23 - 7. Arabian Dance" by: "Edvard Grieg" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"Danse Macabre, Op. 40" by: "Camille Saint-Saƫns" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"El Amor brujo (Ritual Fire Dance)" by: Manuel de Falla" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"Violin Sonata in G Minor Third Movement (The Devil's Trill)" by: "Giuseppe Tartini" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"The Magic Flute (Overture)" by: "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"Swan Lake, Act II Introduction" by: "Peter Ilyich Tchajkovski" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV565" by: "Johann Sebastian Bach" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"The Planets: Uranus, The Magician" by: "Gustav Holst" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

"The Bogatyr Gates (in the Capital in Kiev))" by: "Modest Mussorgsky" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.

'Alchemy" by: "Mythos" here on WSPC's ThymeWarp with your host Charles Rovira.


The show notes, incuding the complete text of this episode, and any and all links to the artists featured, are on a server ... somewhere.

And this show is also being podcast in m4a format, which means that it you use a compatible player, like iTunes, you get the content divided up into chapters with images and "hot links" to the the web, on the topic of the chapter or to accompany the music.

You can send me feed back. suggestions, or just some sign that there's anybody actually outside the studio.

Address email to charles at


Clifford J. Wirth, Ph.D. said...

Here is Peak Oil.

Global crude oil production peaked in 2008.

The media, governments, world leaders, and public should focus on this issue.

Global crude oil production had been rising briskly until 2004, then plateaued for four years. Because oil producers were extracting at maximum effort to profit from high oil prices, this plateau is a clear indication of Peak Oil.

Then in August and September of 2008 while oil prices were still very high, global crude oil production fell nearly one million barrels per day, clear evidence of Peak Oil (See Rembrandt Koppelaar, Editor of "Oil Watch Monthly," December 2008, page 1)

Peak Oil is now.

Credit for accurate Peak Oil predictions (within a few years) goes to the following (projected year for peak given in parentheses):

* Association for the Study of Peak Oil (2007)

* Rembrandt Koppelaar, Editor of “Oil Watch Monthly” (2008)

* Tony Eriksen, Oil stock analyst; Samuel Foucher, oil analyst; and Stuart Staniford, Physicist [Wikipedia Oil Megaprojects] (2008)

* Matthew Simmons, Energy investment banker, (2007)

* T. Boone Pickens, Oil and gas investor (2007)

* U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2005)

* Kenneth S. Deffeyes, Princeton professor and retired shell geologist (2005)

* Sam Sam Bakhtiari, Retired Iranian National Oil Company geologist (2005)

* Chris Skrebowski, Editor of “Petroleum Review” (2010)

* Sadad Al Husseini, former head of production and exploration, Saudi Aramco (2008)

* Energy Watch Group in Germany (2006)

* Fredrik Robelius, Oil analyst and author of "Giant Oil Fields" (2008 to 2018)

Oil production will now begin to decline terminally.

Within a year or two, it is likely that oil prices will skyrocket as supply falls below demand. OPEC cuts could exacerbate the gap between supply and demand and drive prices even higher.

Independent studies indicate that global crude oil production will now decline 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, and automated building systems.

Documented here:

Charles-A. Rovira said...

Its a pleasure to hear from another person who is aware of the situation, who gets it.

Peak Oil is an inevitable consequence of consumption at a rate faster than production. (And environmentalists are quite ready for its arrival.)

But peak oil is not a harbinger of death, doom or of gloom.

Its a harbinger of change, of creative destruction.

Peak oil is yet another point of change on the cumulative continuum of history.

The price of oil will continue to rise until it cannot be afforded.

So what? Literally ... So What?

While I applaud your being awake and aware, I am hosting podcasts (at MSBPodcast, in iTunes) and I have an internet radio show on Fridays at 17:00 (5PM) EST (at Saint Peter's College) which take a more hopeful message to the, uh, masses. (I don't kid myself that I am "Oprah".)

The question I pose and try to answer is "What's coming next?"