Read today about a new species. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8087632/New-species-of-monkey-sneezes-when-it-rains.html New species of monkey that gets hunted alot because it sneezes when it rains. There seems to be fewer than 300 of them left. But, they are new because we western world just found them. How arrogant. I have got to wonder how many species have come and gone, eradicated by our tromping around without notice of them, without our ever knowing they were there. The sheer hubris of it astonishes me. Then I got to thinking while I drove the interstate about the world as it existed when my father was young. There were cars, but not all that many. They were still sort of a rich persons toy. There was an industrial revolution well underway that was crashed by speculators. but, america had ample fuel or all sorts to drive our mechanistic economic engine. Really think about it. It is one of those things that you know but dont recognize. It really has only been 70 maybe 80 years. In that time frame not only the US, but the entire globe allowed itself to become utterly dependent on one resource. We have fought wars and toppled governments, as well as forests, to get that one thing. Will we develop another thing to replace it? Will it run out or will we keep finding more of it even while the need for more and more of it grows every day?? Demand rises while supply falls. It has only been 70 years! A blink of the eye, less than many peoples life span to have changed the world so. Computers, cell phones etc have all changed the world, but none of them to the extent that the advent of the oil age has. They would not have happened without it. How much of every barrel becomes plastic? How much becomes medical products? We can debate peak oil all day long. There is too much we do not know. But, do we really want to sit around waiting for what we do not know to appear? Or will it vanish without our ever knowing it was there?? A new monkey! This isnt some microbe or deep water fish. Its a monkey. And we did not know it was there. What else do we not know??