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Kunstler: Chatting with Tom Whipple of Peak Oil News

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Tom Whipple is a former US Intel analyst who has put out the PeakOilNews for more than a decade. His newsletter is now associated with the PostCarbon institute and can be found at Tom is not a tin-foil hat guy, but we get into a discussion in the heart of the interview about exotic […]

Living At The Height Of Civilization — Staring Into The Abyss

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  Texas has switched back to Daylight Saving Time and I am once again driving to work in the dark. The stars were still out this morning when I left the house in the canyon and began my 28 mile commute to work, the first 20 miles or so I now achieve under eV power. […]

John Michael Greer: A Rhetorical Education

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Quite a bit of the discussion on this blog and its predecessors has focused on controversial issues, the kind of thing that causes rhetoric to fly fast and thick.  Given the themes I like to discuss in these essays, that could hardly have been avoided.  Ours is an age riven by disputes, in which debate […]

How to Thrive When the World’s Falling Apart: A Tiny Seven Step Program for Happiness, Beauty, Truth, and Love

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“I see a lot of people telling us the world is crashing and burning but very little advice for little people able to plan for the future. Help!!” I get emails. And sometimes I even write essays about them. So. How is one to survive all this — these tumultuous, anxiety-inducing times? I’m going to take you […]

Kunstler: Resist That

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Perhaps because a weary public was underwhelmed by his indictment last week of thirteen ham sandwiches with Russian dressing, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has returned to an old baloney sandwich with American cheese named Paul Manafort, and slathered on some extra mayonnaise to lubricate his journey to federal prison. The additional charges specify tax evasion […]

Our only hope for long term survival

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Sometimes, a good rant is needed. Here is one by Geoffrey Chia by Geoffrey Chia, February 2018 Language warning: Many may find the following article offensive, such as: Technocornucopians – eg geoengineering and carbon drawdown fantasists, blinkered university academics and engineers, TZM, Elon Musk etc People who think reducing population and/or consumption are sacred cows […]

Richard Heinberg: Old Age and Societal Decline

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People grow old and die. Civilizations eventually fail. For centuries amateur philosophers have used the former as a metaphor for the latter, leading to a few useful insights and just as many misleading generalizations. The comparison becomes more immediately interesting as our own civilization stumbles blindly toward collapse. While not the cheeriest of subjects, it’s […]

Prepping for Death

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  Once you become fully aware of collapse, it tends to make you a little crazy.  There is nobody I have come across in the collapse blogosphere who isn’t somewhat nuts.  Mind you, this definition of “nuts” is being measured against what is considered normal inside an insane society, so in reality it may not […]

Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker — don’t believe the false doom-mongers

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Towards the end of this passionate book in praise of Enlightenment values the author sounds a defiant but plaintive note. “Persuasion by facts and logic, the most direct strategy,” Steven Pinker writes, “is not always futile.” You can almost hear the “despites” in his mind. Despite the widespread belief among fashionable intellectuals that emotions and […]

Kunstler: Yet Another Year of Magical Thinking

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A peculiar feature of the human condition is that a society in distress will call forth intellectual witch-doctors to put on a colorful show that distracts the supposedly thinking class from the insoluble quandaries that portend serious trouble ahead. This feature is on display these days in the person of freelance space pioneer Elon Musk. […]

Transition US: A Year in Review

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Transition US has published its annual review, highlighting our accomplishments and detailing our metrics from the 2017 calendar year. Enjoy!   Letter from the Transition US Team We’ve just completed our ninth year at Transition US, and during this time we’ve seen historic swings across the political spectrum, economic peaks and crashes, and the most […]

The Bumpy Road Down, Part 4: Trends in Collapse

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Bamboo in Winter This time I’m going to look at some of the changes that will happen along the bumpy road down and the forces and trends that will lead to them. If you followed what I was saying in my last post, you’ll have realized that the bumpy road will be a matter of […]

Post Carbon Sustainability Town Hall – Corvallis

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12 March, 2018 7:00 pm CH2MHill Alumni Center, Corvallis, OR Sustainability Town Hall 2018, Corvallis Asher Miller Registration is now open for the 2018 Sustainability Town Hall, to be held on Monday, March 12, from 7 to 9 pm at the CH2MHill Alumni Center on the OSU campus. Save your place by registering HERE. Participants will be […]

The Bumpy Road Down, Part 3

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In the last post in this series I talked about the next financial crash and how it may well be serious enough to spread into the non-financial sectors of the economy and effect supply chains and critical systems in ways that we did not see in the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08. Systems that most […]

Would Rural Areas Be Safer In A SHTF Situation?

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In a situation where national infrastructure and life sustaining resources are suddenly cut off , population density will have a lot to do with how well you get by in the days following the crisis. When it happens, what you have on hand will likely be all you have to work with for an extended […]

The Rise of the Asian Consumer

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There are five Starbucks coffee shops within an easy, 10-minute walk from my apartment in the central business district of China’s capital city. That may come as a surprise. But Starbucks has become as much a part of daily life in China’s major metropolises as it has in America. Starbucks already has more than 3,000 […]

Richard Heinberg: Post Carbon Music

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On November 30, 2017 at the New England Conservatory of Music, Richard performed Paganini’s “Sonata Concertata For Guitar And Violin” and spoke about what the future might mean for today’s young musicians and artists, and the important role they have to play in the societal transformation ahead.  Full transcript: Over the next few minutes I hope to […]

Extinction Anxiety

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(Address for “Psyche and the Spirit of the Times: Psychoanalyzing Trumpism” given at Antioch University Seattle.)   In order to talk about extinction anxiety I first need to address epistemological anxiety, otherwise, you won’t know if what I am saying to you is a bunch of ‘fake news’ served up by yet another privileged white […]

Consumerism’s Dirty Little Secret: Are We Buying All the Wrong Things?

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I have some terrible news… You’re stranded in the desert! For three days, you’ve traveled in the heat without food or water. Your eyelids are heavy and your legs even heavier. Your lips are cracked, too dry now to even bleed. For miles and miles, all you see is sky, rock and sand. Your foot […]

Prepare For The Imminent Economic Collapse 2018

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Will the US Economic Collapse Happen in 2018? The economic forecast for 2018 is more than bleak, and there is more than enough economic data out there to show there could be an economic collapse and stock market crash in 2018.

Tom Whipple: Peak Oil Review – 15 January 2018

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Quote of the Week “Just like Florida, our states are unique with vibrant coastal economies. Providing all of our states with the same exemption from dangerous offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm’s way.” Letter from 22 Democratic US senators […]

The Seneca Effect: a Book Review by Jantje Hannover

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This is a review of the German edition of “The Seneca Effect” written by Jantie Hannover for the site of the radio station “Deutschelandfunk.” Very well done by someone who really read the book. Here I report a translation made mainly using “Google Translate,” and also some intervention on my part. Not a very good […]

How the Collapse of Venezuela Really Happened

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Today we welcome back our friend Jose, who wrote the awesome article about Christmas in Venezuela. It was so well-received that I invited him back to do a recurring series. In this piece, he begins telling us the story about how his country started the slide into a slow-motion collapse. Jose is a heck of […]

Keeping Fossil Fuels Underground Makes No Sense

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What would happen if climateers succeed in their campaign to keep fossil fuels in the ground? The experience of Walt Disney World in Orlando more than 40 years ago provides some answers. In 1973, two years after it opened, plans to expand Disney World beyond the original theme park were jeopardized when war broke out […]

A Dangerous Year

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‘Tis the season for making predictions about the events lurking in wait for us all in the upcoming year, and I see no reason to demur from that common if risky habit. Those of my readers who’ve been following my blog since the days of The Archdruid Report know that my method in making these […]

7 Huge News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About In 2017

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2017 was a chaotic year filled with violent protest, threats of nuclear war, ongoing Cold War-style accusations of collusion with ‘the Russians,’ and widespread allegations of sexual harassment.   Establishment media outlets like Washington Post and CNN took it upon themselves to protect American democracy from the Trump administration, but in typical fashion, many of the most vital stories […]

An Open letter to the School of Public Health, UQ, re: the looming net energy cliff

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Open Letter To: Staff of the School of Public Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, August 2017 From: Dr Geoffrey Chia, MBBS, MRCP, FRACP Re: The looming Net Energy Cliff, Global Economic/Industrial collapse and Human Die-off “infinite consumption from a finite resource base is impossible” Dear Colleagues, I am a Cardiologist who convened the group […]

John Michael Greer: Systems That Suck Less

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Last week’s post on political economy attracted plenty of disagreement. Now of course this came as no surprise, and it was also not exactly surprising that most of the disagreement took the shape of strident claims that I’d used the wrong definition of socialism. That’s actually worth addressing here, because it will help clear the […]

Kunstler: Christmas Story

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These are the long, dark hours when cis-hetero white patriarchs sit by the hearth chewing over their regrets for the fading year and expectations for the year waiting to be born. I confess, I like Christmas a lot, Hebrew that I am, perhaps the musical and sensual trappings more than the virgin birth business. Something […]

Kunstler: 2017 Year in Review

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2017 was the kind of year when no amount of showers could wash off the feeling of existential yeccchhhhh that crept over you day after day like jungle rot. You needed to go through the carwash without your car… or maybe an acid bath would get the stink off. Cinematically, if 2016 was like The […]

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