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Oil to the Rockefire

The Rockefellers will abandon their oil investments and advice others to do the same. It’s history in the making. The movement is an indicator of the next economic collapse: the burst of the carbon bubble.

Five years, that’s how much time it will take until they shift all of their 860 million dollars to alternative investments, including sustainable energy. Seventy foundations are joining them, for a total of 4.2 billion dollars. Some moral arguments hover along their reasoning but it’s rooted in the idea that “the market is increasingly risky”.

I have little knowledge of the financial impact this will have on the oil market, but it’s probably not that much. What I do understand is the psychological impact this will have on other oil investors. A financial giant has just moved to the other camp.

Allow me to throw some oil on this fire. What will happen with the oil prices when other investors, now scared, start backing off? What happened to the house prices in the US in 2006? What happened to tulip prices in 1637? They collapsed. Now, I’m not saying that this will happen tomorrow, but there is no clearer signal that a ship will sink, than the first rats that abandon it.

Are you paying a pension fund? Do you know where it has invested most of its money? If you don’t, then it’s probably in oil. What happens if the tanker sinks? Bye bye, “security”. Would you like that? No? Well, then maybe now is the time to sell your investments and put them where the Rockerfellers do?

I’m just saying…

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Access

We curse the spies. N.S.A: the evil-doers. But we have ourselves to blame.

If you were given the choice, would you rather be safe or be free? Security, the absence of fear. Edward Snowden wants mankind to be free, and chooses life in exile. And fame.

Obama’s response: the US spy agency has prevented over thirty terrorist attacks in Germany alone, just by overhearing our phone calls, and reading our e-mails. We should be grateful.

I have personally never feared terrorist attacks, even now that I live in the capital of The Netherlands (who joined the wars in the Middle East). They are too helter skelter to fear, really. And their scale is too small. Almost like natural disasters; hitting merely when they hit. But we humans would like to control everything. If, of the six billion people around, one wants to wreak havoc, is that a valid reason to spy on all? And what if there are a thousand criminals? How many people’s privacy have the same value as another person’s life? What if it’s your life?

There are many sides to this issue. Say it works. Say you can truly prevent terrorist events in this way, does that resolve the problems that motivate these people to attacks? How about this one: if government agencies can see us pick our noses while holding our genitals, then who else can? Or this: where will this stop? Are we heading to Orwell’s ’84? Will we have to justify every dialogue one day? To whom?

Once again, the human nature has been tempted, and once again, it has fallen into the trap of curiosity. Instead of addressing important questions in a timely debate about cyber ethics, most media and the mob blame the bad guys for doing what they do. What many people fail to see, is that the access to our privacy is a vital property of the global network we are building.

It is the purpose of telecommunication to provide access. Using this medium means being heard on a larger scale. We are bringing our self-image to the surface for all others to admire, but when indeed we are seen, we start to scream. Whether it is the government who hears you, or your parents, or a group of obscure individuals who are up to no good, you are the one who gives them this chance. Internet without spies is like friendship without conflict.

We are entering a time in which transparency has a different meaning than it had before. Instead of moaning, be aware of it next time you plug your soul in.