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Mayan Sacred Calendar: Planetary Underworld: Heaven 13: Day 7: Fruition - 1992 - October 28, 2011
1992 - start of last 20-year katun of Mayan calendar

1992 - Francis Fukuyama: The End of History

1992-2008 - The 1950s again . . . A dead grey time. Back into the monastery to preserve the valuables for the future . . .
Well, that's what I'm doing. See: Michael Ventura's Letters at 3 A.M.: Reports on Endarkenment, where he gave that advice.
Citing Dr. Helen Caldicott's warning that it's ten minutes to midnight, he maintains that we're already into the new day, albeit the darkest, scariest part of it. In Whole Earth Review he wrote that we are living in an "age of endarkenment." What each of us must do is cleave to what we find most beautiful in the human heritage - and pass it on. The implied metaphor here links us with the monks of the Middle Ages: when the endarkenment eventually ends, ...those precious things we've passed on will still be alive. (Love your writings, Michael.)

1997- 30th Summer of Love event in Golden Gate Park (organized by Chet Helms) - 60,000 people

2004 - April 29 - Allen Cohen, creator of The San Francisco Oracle, dies

2005 - June 21 - Chet Helms, concert producer, dies

2007 - 40th anniversary of the "Summer of Love" in San Francisco
Already surpassed. The real descendants of the Summer of Love can be experienced at the Goddess Festival in Glastonbury, England each August, and at the Glastonbury Music Festival and other festivals throughout the world.

Counterculture Timeline: End of Time 1992 - 2011

1981-1991 GenX generation (Nomad/Reactive) born 1961-1971 moves on into midlife.
These are the dutiful soldiers of the Middle East wars.
Their heros are the G.I. generation (John Wayne); they are a new "Silent Generation".

2002-2021 Homeland? Generation Y (Hero) born 1982-2001 starts to turn 20.

A Hero (or Civic) generation is born during an Unraveling, spends its rising adult years during a Crisis,
spends midlife during a High, and spends old age in an Awakening.
Heroic leaders have been vigorous and rational institution-builders, busy and competent in old age.
Aggressive advocates of technological progress, economic prosperity, social harmony, and public optimism.
Now renamed the "Millenial" Generation. These are the children of the Baby Boomers.
Their time of awakening to adulthood is now dated to September 11, 2001.

    Wars over the last easily-accessible oil and territory:
- August 2,1990 – February 28,1991 - United States invades Iraq

Oil in Iraq
Iraq has the world’s second largest proven oil reserves. According to oil industry experts, new exploration will probably raise Iraq’s reserves to 200+ billion barrels of high-grade crude, extraordinarily cheap to produce. The four giant firms located in the US and the UK have been keen to get back into Iraq, from which they were excluded with the nationalization of 1972. During the final years of the Saddam era, they envied companies from France, Russia, China, and elsewhere, who had obtained major contracts. But UN sanctions (kept in place by the US and the UK) kept those contracts inoperable. Since the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, much has changed. In the new setting, with Washington running the show, "friendly" companies expect to gain most of the lucrative oil deals that will be worth hundreds of billions of dollars in profits in the coming decades. The Iraqi constitution of 2005, greatly influenced by US advisors, contains language that guarantees a major role for foreign companies. Negotiators hope soon to complete deals on Production Sharing Agreements that will give the companies control over dozens of fields, including the fabled super-giant Majnoon. But first the Parliament must pass a new oil sector investment law allowing foreign companies to assume a major role in the country. The US has threatened to withhold funding as well as financial and military support if the law does not soon pass. Although the Iraqi cabinet endorsed the draft law in July 2007, Parliament has balked at the legislation. Most Iraqis favor continued control by a national company and the powerful oil workers union strongly opposes de-nationalization. Iraq's political future is very much in flux, but oil remains the central feature of the political landscape.

- 1994 - 1996 - Russia invades Chechnya

The Great Caspian Sea Oil Pipeline Game

- October 7, 2001 - United States invades Afghanistan

The Oil Connection: Afghanistan and Caspian Sea oil pipeline routes
"Don't think there is a connection between Afghanistan and the oil monopolies? Think again. . . the "war on terrorism" [was] an excuse to end Afghanistan's civil war in order to secure the Southern route of an oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan. In 1998, the Taliban signed an agreement to proceed with the pipeline, but the civil war has kept the project from getting started."

- March 20 2003 ongoing through 2008 - United States invades Iraq
Download Crude Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq’s Oil Wealth, which details allied efforts to rewrite Iraq’s petroleum laws to the benefit of US & UK oil companies.

- 2004 - ongoing through 2008 - Russia invades Chechnya

Trans-Balkan pipeline to pump Black Sea oil 15/ 03/ 2007
"All players on the Black Sea oil market will use the Burgas-Alexandrupolis pipeline," Transneft CEO Semyon Vainshtok told a press conference following the signing between Russia, Greece and Bulgaria of an agreement on the construction and operation of a trans-Balkan pipeline.

Black Sea oil pipeline to start flowing by 2012 ... Apr 3, 2007 ...
Five southern European countries and the Commission signed a declaration on 3 April 2007 to build a pipeline to bring oil from the Black Sea to central European markets by 2012 . . . The 1300km 'Pan-European Oil Pipeline' links the Black Sea directly into the continental EU pipeline system, unlike other competing projects . . .

- 2008 - Russia invades Georgia
pipeline . . . passes through Georgia to the Black Sea port of Supsa . . .
Oil is now only being transported from Azerbaijan through the Baku-Novorossiysk link to the Russian Black Sea coast and in rail cars . . . Rail shipments across Georgia to Black Sea oil terminals were halted after Russian forces seized the central Georgian transport city of Gori . . .
Aug 11, 2008 ... RUSTAVI, Georgia — Russian jets targeted a key oil pipeline in Georgia yesterday

Peak Oil Depletion Scenarios

Crude Oil Prices 1861 - 2008 (uses Flash)

Of course it's about oil.

Mayan Sacred Calendar:
Galactic Underworld: Heaven 1: Day 1: Sowing - June 5, 1999 - December 31, 1999

Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 2: Night 1: Inner Assimilation - Dec. 31, 1999 - Dec. 25, 2000
Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 3: Day 2: Germination - December 25, 2000 - December 20, 2001
Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 4: Night 2: Resistance - December 20, 2001 - December 15, 2002

Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 5: Day 3: Sprouting - December 15, 2002 - December 10, 2003
Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 6: Night 3: Assimilation - December 10, 2003 - December 4, 2004
Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 7: Day 4: Proliferation - December 4, 2004 - November 29, 2005
Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 8: Night 4: Expansion - November 29, 2005 - November 24, 2006
Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 9: Day 5: Budding - November 24, 2006 - November 19, 2007


SEEDS . . . The first signs of another High starting?

- 1990 - First "Burning Man Festival" at Black Rock City, Nevada (Cacaphony Society)

- 1991 - Kalki Bhagavan: "Foundation for World Awakening" founded

- summer 1996 - Kathy Jones and the "Goddess Temple of Glastonbury" presented the first Goddess Festival in Glastonbury, England.

- October 1998 First Harry Potter book became a huge hit, a big surprise for its publishers.

- April 1999 three friends joined Nipun Mehta, then working in the software industry in California, to build a website for a homeless shelter; that effort later came to be known as "CharityFocus" -

- June 24 and November 23, 1999: Dhyanalinga established by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

- March 2007 - Glastonbury Radio goes online

Observations, Saturday, May 26, 2007:
- Bollywood: The silly playful innocence of teenyboppers, mini-skirts, Beatles, bubblegum pop music. [NEW WEALTH]
- Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow - showing up in costume for the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean III. The moviemaker(s) again thought a movie about pirates would be a sleeper at best.

- July 17, 2007 Fire the Grid

Mayan Sacred Calendar: Galactic Underworld: Heaven 10: Night 5: Destruction - Nov. 19, 2007 - Nov. 13, 2008

- Jan 28th, 2008 - "During a rally at American University in Washington, DC, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Representative Patrick Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy today endorsed Barack Obama for President. Here are the remarks of Caroline Kennedy" (born 1957, currently 51, but her children are, natch, born 1988, 1990, and1993, so now aged 20, 18, and15):
"Over the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wish they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This longing is even more profound today. Fortunately, there is one candidate who offers that same sense of hope and inspiration and I am proud to endorse Senator Barack Obama for President. I am happy that two of my own children are here with me, because they were the first people who made me realize that Barack Obama is the President we need."

- August 23, 2008 - Barack Obama, born August 4, 1961, child of a Boomer, is a member of the Nomad generation. "Nomadic leaders have been cunning, hard-to-fool realists, taciturn warriors who prefer to meet problems and adversaries one-on-one."

All the other most powerful heads of state are Baby Boomer Generation members: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (1951), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (1952), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (1954), French President Nicolas Sarkozy (1955).

John McCain (1936) is a member of the post-World War I, depression-era Silent Generation.

But then, so is Permaculture's creator, Bill Mollison. :^) Some revolutions are very quiet.
"In the early 1970s, it dawned on me that no one had ever applied design to agriculture. When I realized it, the hairs went up on the back of my neck. It was so strange. We’d had agriculture for 7,000 years, and we’d been losing for 7,000 years — everything was turning into desert. So I wondered, can we build systems that obey ecological principles? . . .
"It actually goes back to 1959. I was in the Tasmanian rain forest studying the interaction between browsing marsupials and forest regeneration. We weren’t having a lot of success regenerating forests with a big marsupial population. So I created a simple system with 23 woody plant species, of which only four were dominant, and only two real browsing marsupials. It was a very flexible system based on the interactions of components, not types of species. It occurred to me one evening that we could build systems that worked better than that one."

If you're feeling depressed about the future, visit these:
Greening the Desert (Geoff Lawton)
300 Year Old Food Forest in Vietnam (Geoff Lawton)
Toadally Our Song (Millennium Twain)
Better yet, take a Permaculture course and do it for yourself.

Stewart Brand was born 1938, and Masanobu Fukuoka was born in 1914. There are always leaders who are ahead of their time.

John Kennedy was indeed just as idealistic and impractical, and many honored him for that. These days, with what's ahead, perhaps practical is more needed than idealistic.

Update, May 2008 & January 20, 2009: I like Obama better as time goes by. Candid, and given more than a sound-byte (rare these days) he is a deep-thinker, systemic, wholistic. JFK he is not, but he is what the incoming high wants. The rock-star gaga status he is given by too many is scary, reminiscent of dangerous demigogues. Nevertheless, if any politician can be relevant with what is coming (I am in doubt), he is at least close. Whatever. Don't wait for others; become a leader yourself.

May 16, 2008 = 1 Ahau (Tun Count 9.9.0) = Midpoint of Night 5.

Galactic Underworld: Heaven 11: Day 6: Flowering - November 13, 2008 - November 8, 2009

May 11, 2009 = 10 Ahau (Tun Count 10.9.0) = Midpoint of Day 6.

September 22, 2009 - China makes its first commitment to climate change targets - The end of the cold war finally!

THE COUNTDOWN - Present Cycle of Mayan Sacred Calendar:

Galactic Underworld: Heaven 12: Night 6: Fine tuning - November 8, 2009 - November 3, 2010
May 6, 2010 = 6 Ahau (Tun Count 11.9.0) = Midpoint of Night 6.

May 27, 2010 - Second Harmonic Convergence

Galactic Underworld: Heaven 13: Day 7: Fruition - November 3, 2010 - October 28, 2011

Last cycle of Mayan Sacred Calendar: Cauac: February 11, 2001 - October 28, 2011 (260 days) (13 uinals)

May 1, 2011 = 2 Ahau (Tun Count 12.9.0) = Midpoint of Day 7.