Civilization’s End: Energy & the Environment:
George Monbiot Summarizes His Own Book: The ten major elements of the radical program of CO2-reducing regulations proposed in his book Heat.
The Folly of Biofuel Production in Struggling Nations: Despite the superficial appeal of producing and exporting biofuels to wealthy nations to reduce balance of payments deficits, the cost of this strategy — reducing the production of domestic foods and hence requiring even more imports of foods from affluent subsidizing nations — far exceeds the benefits. Salon’s HTWW explains the quandary.
More Evidence that Civilization Was a Desperate and Impoverishing Response to Climate Change: Salon’s HTWW reviews an article from the UK’s Nick Brooks: “Civilization: a horrible accident forced upon us by climate change. We can only shudder at the prospects of further accidents, waiting to happen.”
Vancouver Island Despoils Itself Further: As reported by Zane at Lichenology, Vancouver Island is preparing to excavate its already ravaged surface further, to sell six million tons of gravel a year to California.
Grist Tells How to Argue with Global Warming Deniers: I’ve given up arguing with them — a total waste of time and energy. But if you’re inclined to do so, this is a great resource for dealing with skeptics. Thanks to Craig De Ruisseau for the link.
Too Early to Act, Yet Running Out of Time: Inspector Lohmann offers a stunning, lengthy and articulate analysis of our modern predicament as we perch on the edge of apocalypse: “Basically, the world knows that the system cannot (nor should) endure, but word hasn’t spread, and solutions, though floating all around the ether, refuse to meaninfully coalesce given the staggeringly entrenched forces of greed opposed to a revolutionary paradigm shift that offers practical solutions to our dire situation.” He quotes Antonio Gramsci: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born.” Thanks to Jon Husband for the link.
How the World Really Works: Politics & Economics:
The WSJ Gets Religion on the Need to Reduce Economic Inequality: Salon’s HTWW reports that even the right-wing publications now seem to be embarrassed and distressed at the obscene inequality of income and wealth in the US.
In New Orleans, Families Broken by Katrina Spawn New Problems: Natural disasters like Katrina are classic examples of complex phenomena that confound all simple and complicated plans and actions to prevent, predict and resolve them. Now it turns out that families separated and broken by Katrina are becoming dysfunctional and producing new chronic social problems such as violence and crime. Imagine a whole city afflicted with PTSD.
Bush Bullies and Cheats Again on ‘Free’ Trade: It seems Canada’s feckless right-wing minority government will never learn not to trust the Bush administration. After allowing Bush to steal a billion dollars owed us for US violations of NAFTA (and trying to tell us it was a victory that they didn’t steal the other four billion), we’re now knuckling under to a whole barrage of new US import duties (masquerading as anti-terrorism fees) imposed on Canadian products, in violation of both NAFTA and WTO rules. It’s time to scrap NAFTA entirely — a corporatist con from the word go.
…And They Plan to Spy on Canadians Too: Bush wants us to take their stuff duty-free, while they impose duties on our stuff. And now we find out they want us to visit them and spend money, but if we do they plan to ‘profile’ us — all of us — and keep their arbitrary assessments of our activism for 40 years. Maybe it’s time for us to get smart and find friendlier places to visit and vacation. Thanks to Dale Asberry for the link.
Scott Adams Cures Himself: The author or Dilbert used self-experimentation to discover a personal cure for Spasmodic Dysphonia. Thanks to both Michael Wiik and Judith Norton for the link.
Thoughts for the Week:
“If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.” — anonymous graffiti in Clerkenwell, London, per an equally anonymous e-mail sent to hundreds of people last month.
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Preparing for Civilization's End:
What Would Net-Zero Emissions Look Like?
Why Economic Collapse Will Precede Climate Collapse
Being Adaptable: A Reminder List
A Culture of Fear
What Will It Take?
A Future Without Us
Dean Walker Interview (video)
The Mushroom at the End of the World
What Would It Take To Live Sustainably?
The New Political Map (Poster)
Complexity and Collapse
Save the World Reading List
What a Desolated Earth Looks Like
Giving Up on Environmentalism
The Dark & Gathering Sameness of the World
The End of Philosophy
The Boiling Frog
What to Believe Now?
Conversation & Silence
The Language of Our Eyes
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care
Several Short Sentences About Learning
Why I Don't Want to Hear Your Story
A Harvest of Myths
The Qualities of a Great Story
The Trouble With Stories
A Model of Identity & Community
Not Ready to Do What's Needed
A Culture of Dependence
So What's Next
Ten Things to Do When You're Feeling Hopeless
No Use to the World Broken
Living in Another World
Does Language Restrict What We Can Think?
The Value of Conversation Manifesto Nobody Knows Anything
If I Only Had 37 Days
The Only Life We Know
A Long Way Down
No Noble Savages
Figments of Reality
Too Far Ahead
The Rogue Animal
How the World Really Works:
If You Wanted to Sabotage the Elections
Collective Intelligence & Complexity
Ten Things I Wish I'd Learned Earlier
The Problem With Systems
Against Hope (Video)
The Admission of Necessary Ignorance
Several Short Sentences About Jellyfish
A Synopsis of 'Finding the Sweet Spot'
Learning from Indigenous Cultures
The Gift Economy
The Job of the Media
The Wal-Mart Dilemma
The Illusion of the Separate Self:
Did Early Humans Have Selves?
Nothing On Offer Here
Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That
What Happens in Vagus
We Have No Choice
Never Comfortable in the Skin of Self
Letting Go of the Story of Me
All There Is, Is This
A Theory of No Mind
The Ever-Stranger (Poem)
The Fortune Teller (Short Story)
Non-Duality Dude (Play)
Your Self: An Owner's Manual (Satire)
All the Things I Thought I Knew (Short Story)
On the Shoulders of Giants (Short Story)
Calling the Cage Freedom (Short Story)
Only This (Poem)
The Other Extinction (Short Story)
Disruption (Short Story)
A Thought-Less Experiment (Poem)
Speaking Grosbeak (Short Story)
The Only Way There (Short Story)
The Wild Man (Short Story)
Flywheel (Short Story)
The Opposite of Presence (Satire)
How to Make Love Last (Poem)
The Horses' Bodies (Poem)
Distracted (Short Story)
Worse, Still (Poem)
A Conversation (Short Story)
Farewell to Albion (Poem)
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