Jesse Ventura Wins Prize For Most Alarming 2012 Fearmongering

As the producer of the documentary film 2012: Science or Superstition (and editor of the book of the same title), I’ve watched more or less all the various TV specials, wacky docs and of course the Hollywood blockbuster from Roland Emmerich … not to mention my ever-expanding library of 50+ 2012-themed books. As a result I think I’m as well-qualified as anyone to name the disinformation® winner for best 2012 fearmongering: Jesse Ventura, on his “Conspiracy Theory” cable series. Get a load of this:

Okay, there’s no real prize, but Jesse, if you’d like someone to provide some balance to the doomsday madness of Patrick Geryl or the supposedly scientific scariness of Larry Joseph, you know where to find us.

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  • honu

    Yeah it's annoying that the direction the media tends to go in with 2012 issues is and end of the world scenario. They never go into the origins of the calendar, the mythology of the maya and so they make up whatever kind of bs they want injecting fear and paranoia into anyone who watches. I've only read a few 2012 and Mayan books but by far the best of the lot for me was J.Major Jenkens' Maya Cosmogenesis. Maybe there's a better one out there but for a sober scholarly look at the Mayan calendar, astronomy, mythology and potential meanings for the end date of the calendar, this book does a great job. It'll take the fear out of the media's hype.

  • 5by5

    Doing nothing about the grid?

    Somebody needs to tell Jesse that one of the orders Obama just signed into law back in October in fact, was specifically a national grid modernization program costing $3.4 billion. 100 government grants in 49 states are also being matched by $4.7 billion in private investments to upgrade the entire system.

    There is something called the “North American Electric Reliability Council” which appoints eight regional agencies to manage grid standards. However, this group is a corporate-run entity, not a governmental body – which basically just sits around bickering with state agencies over who has authority over what.

    On top of that muddled half-privatized mess is a quasi-governmental system of operators and the regional organizations responsible for ensuring open access to transmission lines, and the under-funded, chock full of Cheney-esque corporate hacks Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is SUPPOSED to supervise national electricity sales, but can't seem to even mediate interstate disputes.

    Obama's orders will begin to cut that Gordian know of stupidity, and take us from a system that, for all intents and purposes, hasn't changed since Edison came up with it over 100 years ago. Being a control freak, he created this vertical monopoly that controls everything from generation to distribution (he even wanted to maintain ownership control over every lightbulb in your home). Personally, I consider this upgrade to more a more distributive, co-generation model to be the final victory of Tesla over Edison. :-)

    Anyways, the net result of the current system is that about 9,000 generators pump power through 300,000 miles of aging, inefficient transmission lines and one tree branch falling in the wrong place could plunge a quarter of the country into darkness. That's our electric grid. The keystone of our 21st-century economy is stuck in the 19th-century.

    Indeed if the grid itself was even a mere 5% more efficient, it would be the equivalent of eliminating the greenhouse effect of emissions from 53 million cars.

    And our power outages cost us a whopping $150 billion a year on AVERAGE. A one hour shutdown that hit the Chicago Board of Trade back in 2000 resulted in – wait for it – $20 TRILLION dollars worth of delayed trades, and the 2003 blackout cost the nation $6 billion dollars in lost revenue.

    The real shock is that the grid works at all — RIGHT NOW — even without vague 2012 apocalyptic threats to it.

    I recommend people who want actual FACTS on this part of the discussion, read the Dept of Energy's publication on the matter, called “The Smart Grid: An Introduction”. You can read it here:

    http://www.oe.energy.gov/smartgrid.htm

  • Anonymous

    It’s all true and this whole country is in total denial. We need Jesse, Micheal Moore and Bill Mauer to save this country cause we are weenies, not the same as our grandfathers & forefathers who would say no to our freedoms and rights being stripped from us. Naked scanners at the airport, corporations, banks and insurance co. violating our privacy and behaving like crooks. WHAT EVER!!!
    I believe JESSE… and so do millions. I never heard of you dude!

    He had the most new series viewership ever 1.6 million first show.

    go Jesse go!!!!!!

  • experianceandknowledge

    It's all true and this whole country is in total denial. We need Jesse, Micheal Moore and Bill Mauer to save this country cause we are weenies, not the same as our grandfathers & forefathers who would say no to our freedoms and rights being stripped from us. Naked scanners at the airport, corporations, banks and insurance co. violating our privacy and behaving like crooks. WHAT EVER!!!
    I believe JESSE… and so do millions. I never heard of you dude!

    He had the most new series viewership ever 1.6 million first show.

    go Jesse go!!!!!!

  • Bisonriver

    Who cares? The elite walked right up and jacked us in broad daylight; they took the money right out of our hands and we did nothing! If what Jesse says is true, what difference will it make? No one will do a thing about it. Now move along, nothing to see here…

  • Bisonriver

    Who cares? The elite walked right up and jacked us in broad daylight; they took the money right out of our hands and we did nothing! If what Jesse says is true, what difference will it make? No one will do a thing about it. Now move along, nothing to see here…

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