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BLIND SPOT is a documentary that establishes the inextricable link between the energy we use, the way we run our economy and the effect it has had on our environment. It takes as a starting point the inevitable energy depletion scenario know as Peak Oil to inform us that by whatever measure of greed, wishful thinking, neglect or ignorance, we are at a crossroad which offers two paths, both with dire consequences. If we continue to burn fossil fuels our ecology will collapse and if we don’t, our economy will. Either path we choose to take will have a profound effect on our way of life.

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  • Actors: Bill McKibben, Derrick Jensen, Richard Heinberg, James Hansen, David Korten
  • Directors: Adolfo Doring
  • Producers: Amanda Zackem, Randall Wallace
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BG1K1B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blind Spot was directed by this easy-going hard-working team of adolfo and amanda who patiently put together the first peak oil film to seriously discuss "overshoot" and "carrying capacity" - two of the most important concepts any world citizen should know. william catton's monumental book overshoot finally makes it's first appearance in a film as william catton, and later in the film, mathematics professor albert bartlett show how ignoring population and simple exponential math will, unchecked, destroy western civilization and alarmingly soon. oil is a one-time resource. use once and it's gone. millions of years at the right heat and pressure to make and it will be too expensive to extract by 2100 because no one wanted to save it for grandchildren or use it sparingly. 2005 was probably the year of peak oil; that means that half of all the oil in history (the EASY to get half) is now gone. thus the end of cheap energy. without fossil fuels the world could support one billion, maybe 2.5 billion, depending on who you ask. so this century (of peak oil, peak uranium, peak coal, peak everything) the world's population must go down quite a few billion whether we like it or not, or there WILL be a massive die-off this century.

when the first barrel of american oil was extracted in the 19th century, the EROI (energy returned on investment) was a whopping 100 to 1. civilization needs a ratio of 10 to one to survive. put a dollar in the ground and out comes 10 dollars of fossil fuel. the EROI ratio of oil is now at 20 to 1. there will always be oil in the ground. it will just take more money to pump it than it is worth. ethanol is a best 2.5 to 1.
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In this film you'll find that are core causes to the crisis were in. There is also a deeper story of how humanity turned from partnership relations to organizations of dominator hierarchies. About five thousand years ago we started by these hierarchical structures, and when you organize by those structures, you have a few people at the top & a lot of people on the bottom. There is a HUGE disparity between them. This creates an enormous competition for positions of power, and that dynamic becomes imperative
to maintain the system, to appropiate more & more resources to maintain that struture of dominance, to maintain the militarty forces, to maintain order, to maintain the byzantium bureaucracy, to maintain the priesthoods that develope the ideology & religion that legitimize the KINGS over the serfs. This has played out for over five thousand years and evolved through the city/states, then the nation/states, to the current corporate/states.
Some believe they will move either toward perhaps a world dictatorship or a nuclear World War before they loose their power to the people.
Globalization's goal was to tie us all into this ecological overshoot. It is now very difficult for any individual or place to manage their own affairs, not just in resources but in pollution. Never has there been a time when all these civilizations are linked up in this globalized resource exchange called free trade, which in the short run gives us amazing economic growth but in the long term makes us incredibly vulnerable to political insecurity, resource anomalies, or Stalin/Hitler draconian outcomes.
So we set up massive militerzations to force continued trade. We set up GIGANTIC banking/financial frameworks to keep this free trade going. This added complexity has diminishing returns. The only solution is to realign our population both in size & location with the biological carrying capacity of the planet.
Unfortunately, as the film implies: it's do or die time.
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Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this great film is the panoramic sweep of its viewpoint. No stone was left unturned in detailing the innumerable and seemingly unrelated components comprising fossil fuel and its impact, not only on the modern world but on the human species itself. Everything we think and feel is as inextricably linked to the primacy of petroleum in human society as is everything we eat, drink, touch, experience and, ultimately, take for granted. Each of the experts offering assessments of the human/petroleum condition approaches the topic from his or her particular field of expertise; these are not typical "New Age" gurus expressing "New Age" opinions or offering "New Age" solutions to the most significant and potentially catastrophic dynamic humanity has ever faced. These are scientifically trained experts who apply their expertise to analyzing the problem and offering possible solutions.

The presenters who perhaps come closest to expressing the "New Age" paradigm are Derek Jensen and David Korten. Jensen, whose "Endgame" book and DVD have taken modern civilization severely to task, is by far the most pessimistic voice heard. Korten traces the system which gives rise to and perpetuates the kinds of myths which lead people to accept uncritically whatever their leaders say regarding the human condition to the very roots of what we call "civilization"; namely the dominant hierarchic dynamic which replaced cooperation to set a few members of society above the rest, thereby maximizing the exploitation of natural resources to keep the dominant few in positions of power. More mainstream experts include Bill McKibben and James Hansen, both of whom for years have sounded the warning bell about the relationship of fossil fuel to climate change; and Dr.
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