Category Archives: How the World Really Works

Links of the Quarter: March 2018

image via Ulf Parczyk on Jim Newman’s Facebook Page Sometimes I feel as if I’m in possession of a great and important secret, but I live in a world where (almost) everyone else speaks a strange foreign language, so no … Continue reading

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The Price of Oil

The clueless gamblers that speculate on stock and commodity prices have been having a field day recently. Desperately chasing profits, like high-rollers who keep increasing their casino bets every time they lose, they have wiped billions out of share and … Continue reading

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Risky Business

UPDATED: Jan 26, 2018 1pm replacing last year’s ‘maps’ with this year’s, just released. This year’s Davos Global Risk Forum “landscape”. Last year’s for comparison purposes, with legend here.  Every year, an organization called the Global Risk Forum presents the corporate … Continue reading

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Letter of Termination

image from Fill at Pixabay CC0 Dear Powers That Be Consortium: This is to inform you that the services your organizations have been providing to us, as our agents, no longer meet our needs, and we are terminating our agreement (the Industrial … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter — December 2017

New Yorker cover by R Kikuo Johnson A dark time for me, finding myself absurdly triggered by completely ordinary events, and aware of the impossibility of letting go of my anxious, fear-driven, hypersensitive, reactive, stress-riddled self. Meanwhile, day to day events … Continue reading

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We Have No Choice

 New Yorker cartoon by the late Charles Barsotti “Rejoice, rejoice, we have no choice but to carry on!” – Stephen Stills My friend Nancy White just wrote an article lamenting the loss of thoughtful asynchronous communication — the modern equivalent of … Continue reading

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Why We Eat So Badly (and No One Is To Blame)

When I came to appreciate how complex systems work, it enabled me to take a more dispassionate and sympathetic look at the myriad of problems and predicaments facing us. The downside of this was the realization that predicaments can’t be fixed, … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: June 2017

PREPARING FOR CIVILIZATION’S END Photo taken from my balcony last month Approaching a Minsky Moment: Nicole & Ilargi update their primer on the financial collapse that is likely to precipitate the collapse of our industrial economy (and the end of … Continue reading

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Ten Things I Wish I’d Learned Earlier

 New Yorker cartoon by the late Charles Barsotti I‘m such a slow learner. I am capable of learning, but it seems I need to be hit over the head before I recognize a truth, and to work twice as hard … Continue reading

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10 Things That Are Less Complicated Than They Might Seem

Some people are likely to enjoy the first part of this and loathe (or be bewildered by) the second part; others are likely to find the first part boring and the second part a fun thought experiment. I considered posting … Continue reading

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