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Confounding Collapse

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“As brilliant as your conceptual breakthrough may be, there is no escaping your cultural milieu.” The Paris Agreement calls for deep decarbonization by 2050 (net neutrality) and drawdown of all the legacy carbon thereafter, returning humans to the comfortable Holocene from which we evolved. A recent study by Energy Innovation Reform Project (a pro-nuclear, pro-coal […]


Third of world population WIPED OUT even in SMALL nuclear war

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Scientist Paul Doherty says simulations suggest a hundred multimegaton bombs would be exchanged if war broke out between smaller nuclear-armed countries.That is enough – at even conservative estimates – to wipe out a third of the world’s population. It would have a lasting impact, even for people living on the other side of the globe […]


Make the Anthill Great Again! The Ant Colony and the Human Ones

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Imagine yourself as an ant. What would be your perception of the world? Mainly, it is other ants from the same colony. As an ant, you are nearly blind but you have an excellent sense of smell and most of you sensorial inputs are the pheromones you receive from your sister ants that then you transmit […]


Chris Martenson: The Way To Save Ourselves

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It’s time to be blunt: Humans are headed towards disaster.  Most of us already know this.  Some consciously, others unconsciously. Those aware to the many predicaments we face may understand them intellectually, such as through the data provided in The Crash Course. Or they may sense them intuitively as a feeling in their gut that […]


Corruption, Terrorism, And Mafia: The Global Black Market For Oil

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The value of the crude oil production alone is worth a staggering $1.7 trillion each year. Add downstream fuels and other services to that, and oil is a money-making machine. As VisualCapitalist’s Jeff Desjardins notes, both companies and governments take advantage of this resource wealth. More of the world’s largest companies work in the oil […]


Kunstler: Blood Sports

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What you’re seeing in the political miasma of “RussiaGate” is an exercise in nostalgia. Apart from the symbolic feat of getting a “black” president freely elected in 2008 (remember, Mr. Obama is also half-white), the Democratic Party hasn’t enjoyed a political triumph in half a century to match the Watergate extravaganza of 1972-74, which ended […]


How Western Civilization Could Collapse

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Collapsist stories in the media are pretty rare these days (even the tide of stories about authoritarian dystopias has receded since its peak after Donald Trump’s election) – however the BBC has kept the meme going with this uplifting tale – . The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable […]


The art confronting a global crisis with reality and hope

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EXIT puts the displacement of peoples, and Australia’s own refugee policies, into a daunting global context. But the installation’s ‘thunderous’ data on loss and climate is empowering. By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne In a darkened room surrounded by a high-tech 360-degree projection, your ears filled with a whirring and staccato ticking that almost drowns […]


Heinberg: Think Resilience Chapter 4 Depletion

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  Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow Richard Heinberg sat down to deliver a 22-chapter lecture series entitled “Think Resilience: Preparing Communities for the Rest of the 21st Century,” which explores how communities can build resilience in the face of our intertwined sustainability crises. The series is intended for students and concerned individuals of all ages. […]


DEEP STATE to wipe out 90% of the world’s population? 6.5 BILLION lives targeted for extinction

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In the Bible, Revelation 18:21 reads, “Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: ‘With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again.’” Astonishingly, the map shown below may in fact be predicting […]


Heinberg: Juggling Live Hand Grenades

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Here are a few useful recent contributions to the global sustainability conversation, with relevant comments interspersed. Toward the end of this essay I offer some general thoughts about converging challenges to the civilizational system.  “Oil Extraction, Economic Growth, and Oil Price Dynamics,” by Aude Illig and Ian Schiller. BioPhysical Economics and Resource Quality, March 2017, […]


Resilience Bridge: A new course with Carolyn Baker and Dean Walker

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We are living in a time like no other in human history. We are living in a Post-Truth world in which telling the truth is an unsafe act. Our individual and collective Shadows are wreaking havoc in our lives and running our world. The cornerstones of our Earth and human systems are collapsing. How we’ve […]


“Total Chaos” – Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures

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The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages. Power companies in all three regions […]


Confounding Collapse

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“As brilliant as your conceptual breakthrough may be, there is no escaping your cultural milieu.” The Paris Agreement calls for deep decarbonization by 2050 (net neutrality) and drawdown of all the legacy carbon thereafter, returning humans to the comfortable Holocene from which we evolved. A recent study by Energy Innovation Reform Project (a pro-nuclear, pro-coal […]


That time Noam Chomsky scared the bejesus out of me

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I had never read Noam Chomsky before or seen him speak, but I’d definitely heard about him over the years. Most recently when watching the movie “Captain Fantastic,” when the main characters — a super smart, back-to-the-land family — all celebrate “Chomsky Day” as if it was Christmas. There was a lot of hype for […]


America, The Waning Days

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Potential earthquakes and black swans are right ahead of us. What else is new? On April 16, Turkey has a referendum to decide whether Erdogan will become de facto supreme ruler. What happens if he loses the referendum is completely unclear, undiscussed even, but it’s obvious a loss would have the country shake on its […]


Why ‘Peak Oil’ Or ‘Peak Gold’ Or ‘Peak Anything’ Is ‘Peak Nonsense’

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Claims of “peak oil” and “peak this” and “peak that” have been around for a long time. Falling for them is one of the most common errors in the entire resource market. Betting on Substitution, Conservation, and Innovation is far more likely to pay off. I’m sure you’re familiar with this serious problem… The world […]


The Big Contraction – An Interview With James Howard Kunstler

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James Howard Kunstler is an American author, social critic, public speaker and blogger. His thinking gained prominence after the publication of his book The Geography of Nowhere (1994), a history of American suburbia and urban development “because [he] believe[s] a lot of people share [his] feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, […]


John Michael Greer, James Kunstler, Chris Martenson, & Dmitry Orlov 3-25-2017

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This is a repost of a panel with John Michael Greer, James Howard Kunstler, Chris Martenson, Frank Morris, and Dmitry Orlov at the CFPUP Summit in Lancaster PA, on March 25, 2017.


KunstlerCast — David Collum, Fun with Financial Markets

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Today I’m yakking with return guest David Collum, the Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University, who has become a popular presence on the internet commenting on the financial system and the related predicaments of our time. He’s also been involved in the campus culture wars and is not too shy to talk […]


The great fossil cycle and the story of a family.

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  My great-great grandfather, Ferdinando Bardi (1822-?). The story of the branch of the Bardi family to which I belong is unextricably linked to the great world cycle of the fossil fuels. There was a time, long ago, when the Bardi’s of Florence were both rich and noble. But that branch of the family disappeared […]


The Dysfunction of Civilization

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The collapse of civilization quite frankly isn’t half as interesting to me as the dysfunction of civilization is. The main elephant in the room is that this drastic increase in our standard of living might have led to material wealth, but it has merely lead to an epidemic of miserable dysfunctional people, kept alive by […]


David Rockefeller, Grandson of Standard Oil Co-Founder, Dies at 101

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David Rockefeller, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who was the last in his generation of one of the country’s most famously philanthropic families, died Monday. He was 101. Rockefeller died in his sleep at his home in suburban Pocantico Hills, New York, according to his spokesman, Fraser P. Seitel. He was the youngest of six […]


Zombie Apocalypse: will it be our future?

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   Caution, this is probably the most catastrophistic post I ever published: famines, cannibalism, mass extermination and more. But, hey, this is just a scenario! (Image from “teehunter“). For those of us who delight themselves in studying long-term trends, the rise of zombies as a movie genre is a fascinating puzzle. There is no doubt […]


Peak Oil – Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture: Review

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In 2011, while working toward a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson began a study into the peak oil community. Approaching his subject from the perspective of a social scientist, he conducted his research by way of surveys, interviews, field notes and participant observation (the latter two gleaned through attending […]


Have We Been Denying Our Human Nature For 400 Years?

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Eurocentric modernism has unhinged us from our human nature, argues Rajani Kanth in his new book Across the globe, a collective freak-out spanning the whole political system is picking up steam with every new “surprise” election, rush of tormented souls across borders, and tweet from the star of America’s great unreality show, Donald Trump. But […]


Life Coach and Author Carolyn Baker Tosses a Lifeline to Depressed Collapsitarians

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In this historical first interview ever on the new and improved Humptydumptytribe, your old Depressed Collapsitarian sits down and chats with life coach and author Carolyn Baker about the state of the planet, and what we can do to keep from falling into existential despair when we think about it too much. If you would […]


Peak Oil — The Game

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Peak Oil on BoardGameGeek: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardga…


Charlie Hall on ERoEI

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Charlie Hall on ERoEI


Are Oil Prices Really Driven By Supply And Demand?

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For most people the reflexive answer to the title question is yes. Consider, however, that over various time spans since 1980, the price of oil has dropped 75, 76, 78, and 75 percent, and risen 320, 265, 370, 196, and 254 percent (The Socionomic Theory of Finance, Robert Prechter, page 458). Prices for most goods […]


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