Monthly Archives: November 2009

Links and Tweets for the Week — November 29, 2009

“Stumble” from the Mari Lwyd series by Clive Hicks-Jenkins PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S COLLAPSE The Transition Movement’s Founder at TED: “What is most distressing when I speak with climate scientists is the increasingly terrified look I see in their eyes as … Continue reading

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here be my place presently

here be my place presently the chemistry of love consumes my heart and fills my days with dopamine, testosterone and oxytocin haze. i lose myself, time stops, and as the world is born anew the only truth i know is … Continue reading

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Why ‘Leaders’ Can’t Help Us

The famous Pogo cartoon from Earth Day 1971 (c) Walt Kelly The best thing about the job I just retired from has been the opportunity to speak with some of Canada’s business leaders, specifically about sustainability. While I don’t expect … Continue reading

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What Happens Next: A Timeline for Civilizational Collapse

A number of readers have asked me for an “elevator speech” that describes how I think our civilization will collapse by the end of this century. Being more of a “picture” person I decided to try to answer that question … Continue reading

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The Environmentalist’s Dilemma: No Point in Arguing

The last two days in Ithaca at the (extraordinarily well organized — thanks Sarah & Emily!) Net Impact seminar were an eye-opener for me. On the one hand, I really got the sense that the largely-young crowd of 2400 attendees … Continue reading

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Links and Tweets of the Week: November 14, 2009

Cartoon by David Sipress in The New Yorker PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S COLLAPSE: How the Rich Can Stop Hurting the Poor: Sharon Astyk adds her own recommendations to the Transition Initiative’s recommendations, in an interview with Vandana Shiva,  to help reduce … Continue reading

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REPOST: Do We Really Want to Know? (with first 50 reader comments appended)

Because Radio Userland is capping comments at 50 per article, and because I wanted to capture these comments for posterity anyway, and because some people wanted to post more comments, I’m reposting my article from November 4, 2009, with the … Continue reading

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Hacking the Tar Sands: Some Early Thoughts

One of the projects I’m proposing to undertake over the next few months is facilitating the organization of opponents to the Alberta Tar Sands and holding Open Space brainstorming sessions to identify creative, clever ways to disrupt and ultimately close … Continue reading

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Links and Tweets of the Week — November 7, 2009

What’s wrong with this picture? The Standard & Poor’s 500 Public US Companies’ P/E ratio has historically traded at around 17, which assumes healthy growth in profits for big corporations indefinitely into the future. What, then, does a P/E ratio … Continue reading

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Do We Really Want to Know?

There’s an interesting article by Elizabeth Kolbert in this week’s New Yorker on vegetarianism, and specifically on the disconnect between our adoration of pets and our tolerance for the horrific, lifelong suffering of the animals we eat. It’s really about … Continue reading

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