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Zeitgeist: Addendum - Part Three - Page 8

Author: Edward L Winston
Added: August 16th, 2009

This is the eighth page of part three in my series of articles on Zeitgeist: Addendum. Please refer to the introduction if you were lead to this page.

And what about transportation? The prevailing means of transportation in our societies is by automobile and aircraft, both of which predominantly need fossils fuels to run.

Trains are always overlooked.

In the case of the automobile, the battery technology needed to power an electric car that can go over 100 miles an hour for over 200 miles on one charge exists, and has existed for many years. However, due to battery patents controlled by the oil industry, which limits their availability to maintain market share, coupled with the political pressure from the energy industry, the accessibility and affordability of this technology is limited.

I prefer hydrogen because most diesel vehicles can be easily switched to hydrogen, but hydrogen does take more energy to create (with current technology) than it produces. Similar stories can be found with oil, and with energy sources like solar, one could even make fuel in their back yard. We also wouldn't need to worry about the highly toxic batteries in question or the fact that they get such a "short distance" (relative to who's driving) on a single charge.

There is absolutely no reason other than pure, corrupt profit interest, that every single vehicle in the world could not be electric and utterly clean, with zero need for gasoline.

Or hydrogen!

As far as airplanes, it is time we realize that this means of travel is inefficient, cumbersome, slow, and causes far too much pollution.

I always liked the Concorde was fairly nice, except terribly inefficient, but the speed was great.

This is a maglev train. It uses magnets for propulsion. It is fully suspended by a magnetic field, and requires less than 2% of the energy used for plane travel. The train has no wheels, so nothing can wear out. The current maximum speed of versions of this technology, as used in Japan, is 361 miles per hour. However, this version of the technology is very dated.

An organization called ET3, which has connections with the Venus Project, has established a tube based maglev that can travel up to 4,000 miles per hour, in a motionless, frictionless tube, which can go over land, or underwater. Imagine going from Los Angeles to New York for an extended lunch break. Or from Washington, DC to Beijing, China in 2 hours. This is the future of continental and intercontinental travel. Fast, clean, with only a fraction of the energy usage we use today for the same means.

In fact, between maglev technology, advanced battery storage and geothermal energy, there would be no reason to ever burn fossil fuels again. And we can do this now, if we were not held back by the paralyzing profit structure.

As I showed geothermal does have serious side-effects. Also the underwater train is still in the theoretical stage, not even in planning.


[Jacque Fresco]
Now America is inclined towards fascism. It has a propensity by its dominant philosophy and religion, to uphold the fascist point of view. American industry is essentially a fascist institution. If you don't understand that, the minute you punch that time clock, you walk into a dictatorship.

[Roxanne Meadows]
We're given notions about the respectability of work. And I really look at as being paid slavery.

[Jacque Fresco]
You're brought up to believe that you shall earn your living by the sweat of your brow, that holds people back. Freeing people from drudgery, repetitive jobs, which make them ignorant. You rob them. In our society, that is a resource based economy, machines free people. You see, we can't image that, because we've never known that kind of world.

Other conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones are often anti-intellectualist and favor "heroic capitalism", in fact Alex Jones says that "people need to suffer" and work their fingers to the bone to be happy. This is one of the reasons I was so surprised when Zeitgeist: Addendum came out, because originally their website had Ron Paul banners, and then in the second film they essentially went the opposite direction.

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