Saturday, March 25, 2006

Council Fails the test with its DLTCCP

More burnt out cars in the future with
Peak Oil

can't say I was surprised by Wellington City Council's
failure to include Peak Oil and Gas in the Latest
Draft Long Term Council Community Plan ( DLTCCP).
Though I've been talking about this serious issue that
faces the community you would hardly expect a
Council committed to private transport wanting to take
it seriously. After all Council is really just a mirror of
the popular culture that is still in denial.

It's not that ordinary people haven't worked out that
something might be wrong in Godzone, it's just that it
all seems too hard to deal with. Adding to this is the
mixed messages that flow from the Fourth
Estate ( media) about this impending crisis. Turn to
the pages of the Capital's daily on any given day and
you will find a full defence of the consumer paradigm
for society, with its grip on the monolithic fuel based
culture - a culture totally dependent on oil.

A week ago that paradigm received a major jolt from
CNN with its Peak Oil documentary " You have been
warned". CNN was telling the world that the party
was over for cheap energy. That programme
was preceded by a succession of Peak Oil slots on
Nine to Noon exposing the supply crisis we face.

In a last ditch battle before the LTCCP was closed
off at Council I attempted to shock Council into
making provision for what is looking like a terminal
situation. Why would Council not want to prepare for
the coming energy crisis that could all but decimate
the Capital over the next ten years.

Given the seriousness of this situation my last strategy
was to move an amendment seeking a joint collaboration
between Government and Council in order to cope with
this impending energy crisis. That failed to get enough
support and was withdrawn and left my only fall back
position. After last minute consultation with the CEO,
I voted against the Draft Long Term Council Community

It is now up to you to demand that Council reset its
Draft Long Term Council Community Plan in the light
of Peak Oil and Gas or suffer the terminal consequences. Posted by Picasa


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A typical dictionary definition of hypnosis states that it is: a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion. However, anyone who has tried hypnosis (and any self respecting hypnotist) will tell you that this is a very simplistic view of the subject!
A much better description comes from the Free Online Dictionary which states that hypnosis is: an artificially induced state of consciousness, characterised by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction. So what does this mean and how can it be used to your advantage?

Well, the subject of hypnosis has been discussed and pondered since the late 1700s. Many explanations and theories have come and gone though science, however, has yet to supply a valid and well-established definition of how it actually happens. It's fairly unlikely that the scientific community will arrive at a definitive explanation for hypnosis in the near future either, as the untapped resources of our 'mostly' uncharted mind still remain something of a mystery.
However, the general characteristics of hypnosis are well documented. It is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, deep relaxation and heightened imaginative functioning. It's not really like sleep at all, because the subject is alert the whole time. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling you get when you watch a movie or read a captivating book. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the outside world. Your focus is concentrated intensely on the mental processes you are experiencing - if movies didn't provide such disassociation with everyday life and put a person in a very receptive state then they would not be as popular (nor would TV advertising be as effective!). Have you ever stated that a film wasn't great because you just couldn't 'get into it'???
This works very simply; while daydream or watching a movie, an imaginary world becomes almost real to you because it fully engages your emotional responses. Such mental pursuits will on most occasions cause real emotional responses such as fear, sadness or happiness (have you ever cried at a sad movie, felt excited by a future event not yet taken place or shivered at the thought of your worst fear?).
It is widely accepted that these states are all forms of self-hypnosis. If you take this view you can easily see that you go into and out of mild hypnotic states on a daily basis - when driving home from work, washing the dishes, or even listening to a boring conversation. Although these situations produce a mental state that is very receptive to suggestion the most powerful time for self-change occurs in the trance state brought on by intentional relaxation and focusing exercises. This deep hypnosis is often compared to the relaxed mental state between wakefulness and sleep.
In this mental state, people feel uninhibited and relaxed and they release all worries and doubts that normally occupy their mind. A similar experience occurs while you are daydreaming or watching the TV. You become so involved in the onscreen antics

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