Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

How Abandonment of the $US Could Precipitate Global Economic Collapse

Chart of relative stock market values since 1870, from Morningstar via Indrajit Samarajiva. Note that the scale is logarithmic. Since 1870, while energy and industrial production have increased by a factor of 20, stock “values” have increased by a factor … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: May 2022

cartoon by Ali Solomon Despite my aspirations to be more equanimous, and to accept that my role is simply to witness and chronicle the collapse of our global industrial growth culture and the sixth great extinction, I am quite terrified … Continue reading

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Cognitive Dissonance

Every day, I shift back and forth between three ‘personas’, completely incompatible systems of belief, worldviews and ways of trying to make sense of the world. One writes: This ‘Dave’ believes there will come a time, probably in about ten … Continue reading

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Understanding Why (Part 2): The War in Ukraine and the Destruction of Mariupol

This is the second of a multi-part series. In this part, I’m going to use the Ukraine War, and specifically the destruction of Mariupol, as a case study of the importance of asking Why?, and moving beyond the rhetoric, the … Continue reading

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It’s Raining

image from pexels, CC0 When a loved one is very self-destructive you can’t control their fate; at some point you’ve just got to let them make their mistakes and hope something in them wakes up before they wind up dead. … Continue reading

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If You Care About Eco-Collapse, What Do You Do Now?

Alberta Tar Sands, soon to cover an area larger than NY State; its toxic sludge ponds alone are large enough to be visible from space. Photo by Dru Oja Jay, Howl Arts Collective, for The Dominion CC-BY-2.0 A large and … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: April 2022

Image of homelessness from the now-defunct Italian blog Moving & Learning “April is the cruellest month”, TS Eliot wrote, in The Waste Land, exactly 100 years ago, after Ezra Pound forced him to change it from February. It’s the month … Continue reading

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Collapse: How’s It Going to End?

Thomas Cole’s ‘Destruction’, the fourth of his five-panel series ‘The Course of Empire‘, 1836, depicting the five stages of the collapse of civilizations He had three whole dollars, a worn out car, and a wife who was leaving for good. … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: March 2022

message I recently received from FB; I hadn’t realized they were so powerful ;-)   “The modern sense of being a hero is shining a bright light on things that need to be seen.” — Ali Smith Thank you to Edward … Continue reading

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Too Much In Our Own Heads

Image by Jeniffer Wai Ting Tan from Pixabay Over the past fifty years we have seen the explosion of social media, virtual realities, live-streaming, YouTube, online gaming, and ‘virtual’ relationships. That has brought about a great shift of our attention … Continue reading

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