Category Archives: Preparing for Civilization’s End

Characteristics of an Unhealthy Culture

Photo credits, clockwise from upper left:  1. China pollution — Damir Sagoli for Reuters; 2. Trump stormtroopers in Portland — Noah Berger for AP: 3. Garbage-pickers in Lagos — Samantha Appleton, in The New Yorker;  4. Refugees in Greece — Daniel Etter/New York Times/Redux /eyevine:  5. Child labourers … Continue reading

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The Way It Is

view out my window on Friday I‘m walking along the river path near my home and when I look up, there’s a black bear walking toward me. Not a big deal, I know, but a new experience for me. And … Continue reading

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The Implosion of the Left

comic by Reza Farazmand You don’t have to look far to see discouraging signs of the left’s demise: The total capitulation of the handful of real leftists in US government to the Biden administration’s xenophobia, war-mongering, and total inaction on … Continue reading

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Links of the Month: June 2022

cartoon by the incomparable Michael Leunig I wouldn’t pretend to know what Michael was thinking when he created the cartoon and poem above, but it really resonated with me. To me it describes the virtue of openness, of equanimity, of … Continue reading

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More Risky Business

DAVE’S GLOBAL RISK MATRIX — 2022-2030 (right click to open chart in a new tab, or click here, to view full-size) In recent years, I’ve made fun of the extravagant annual Davos self-congratulatory business ego-fest, and in particular the annual … Continue reading

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The Humanist Trap

(right click on the image, or click here, to open full size in another tab/window; I made this in 2015 so it’s a bit dated) A lot of people who profess to be atheists or pantheists in their youth, tend … Continue reading

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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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