Hydrocarbon Democracy. $200/Barrel

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UploadedJune 18, 2008
TakenJune 16, 2008
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It's inevitable. But don't worry, they say...
Lower Fort Mason, S.F., CA (2008)
Leica M8

This somber afternoon with the “No Parking Anytime” sign, I believe, symbolizes and underscores the current danger threatening Democracy in the XXIst Century, prohibitively expensive energy at obscene profits. Cheap energy is at the core of food production and transportation, basic and essential for our survival as a species. And the survival of Democracy.

Energy (sustenance, food, transportation), education and health must be, as the UN charter states, the right of every human being, not just a few who can “pay”. And should not be equated with and explored like, entertainment, fashion or travel for pleasure, f.ex....

At the former headquarters of the San Francisco Port of Embarkation, U.S. Army, which played a pivotal role in WWII. The place where the Liberty Ships sailed away with their cargo of troops and supplies for the Pacific war theater. These were critical in defeating Fascism in WWII and the ultimate preservation of Democracy in the XXth Century.

“Lower Fort Mason is now the Fort Mason Center, serving the community as a cultural center and office space for non-profit organizations ranging from theaters and ethnic museums to art galleries and environmental advocacy groups. It is this section of Fort Mason, known as San Francisco Port of Embarkation, U.S. Army, that has been designated a National Historic Landmark.”
nps.gov/history/nr/travel/wwiibayarea/mas.htm

17 responses

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2008):

    So true (beautiful pic btw)

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • Val Asv

    Val Asv said (19 Jun 2008):

    Democracy from the powerfull of money! Yeah. Nice idea and great shot. Gets my vote. We miss you, I and the others, here and there.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    You said it, love the shot too...

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    You speak the truth! So depressing.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    Just voted. Yeah you speak the truth...Excellent shot

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    John Elias. Yes, you rock.

  • Portia Söderberg

    Portia Söderberg (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2008):

    got my vote John! You rock!

  • Elise Toïdé

    Elise Toïdé gave props (26 Jun 2008):

    wow voted

  • Carlton Johnson

    Carlton Johnson gave props (1 Jul 2008):

    very interesting and it makes me asks questions....i like that.

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun said (2 Jul 2008):

    Truth... hurt only normal peoples... It hurt us all .

  • Debby Adler

    Debby Adler gave props (5 Jul 2008):

    Vote. Keep tellin' it, John.

  • Claudia Martin

    Claudia Martin   gave props (6 Jul 2008):

    this is good!

  • Brian Ach

    Brian Ach said (6 Jul 2008):

    The explanation is fine, but without it, it is just a nice shot of a no parking sign. I would like to see you use your obvious ability to say all that you have to say in a shot that needs no explanation. Keep shooting!

  • Geir Danielsen

    Geir Danielsen gave props (7 Jul 2008):

    Exellent work! voted

  • Knud Ladegaard Pedersen

    Knud Ladegaard Pedersen said (22 Aug 2008):

    I understand what you say John, but it's not cheap energy that is a democratic right - but to have enough money to pay what it costs that is a human right, Here in Denmark we pay 10$ per gallon of gasolin - and nobody suffers for that reason. But don't take a goddam foreign liberal **** treehugger communist's word for it : Read what your own Thomas L. Friedman got out of a visit in my country two weeks ago:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/10/opinion/10friedman1.html?_r=2&scp=1&sq=Anders%20Fogh%20rasmussen&st=cse&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

  • Jay El

    Jay El said (28 Aug 2008):

    Thanks, Knud, for caring enough to take the time.
    $200/barrel is NOT what it costs, this is artificial, and it immorally enriches a handful of financiers. Paying for what it costs, plus a rewarding profit, is _fine_, it is NOT what I'm talking about. Charging $25/gallon for 'Formula One' fuel or 'yatch' fuel is OK, thee R luxuries!
    It's the _obscene PROFIT_ I'm talking about. For something that affects everything. That the poorest of the poor end up bearing the brunt on their empty tables. Or lack of basic health care.
    Pls., don't talk about ”what it costs“ when this isn't at all what it's at stake. This isn't what it costs. Did “what it costs” come down lately?!
    I'd love to see Friedman having to live & work in Tanzania (”Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. The economy depends heavily on agriculture, which accounts for more than 40% of GDP, provides 85% of exports, and employs 80% of the work force” - CIA Factbook).
    Warm Regards!
    J.

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