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Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker on Return to Joy

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Return to Joy is a compelling and potent invitation to the reader to consider that joy is the ultimate nature of reality and that its absence lies at the root of the current, unprecedented global crisis. In this book, Andrew and Carolyn mine the mystical wisdom of the ages that places joy at the core […]

Heinberg: An Order of Chaos, Please

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Trump’s Coal Delusions During the second presidential debate on October 9, Republican presidential nominee (now President-Elect) Donald Trump claimed that “clean coal” could meet the energy needs of the United States for the next 1,000 years. Now that Mr. Trump will be in the position of making national energy policy, it’s worth examining that assertion. […]

NASA’s peer-reviewed EM Drive paper has finally been published

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After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA’s long-awaited EM Drive paper has finally been peer-reviewed and published. And it shows that the ‘impossible’ propulsion system really does appear to work. The NASA Eagleworks Laboratory team even put forward a hypothesis for how the EM Drive could produce thrust – something that seems impossible according to our current […]

Screening of local film ‘Peak Oil: A Love Story’ on Dec. 2

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Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT) invites the public to a showing of “Peak Oil: A Love Story” on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Memorial Library. This hour-long film was made by Nelson Cole of Cambridge and features Iver Lofving, a Skowhegan resident. Peak oil is defined as “the point […]

The discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand

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In Focus magazine, World Energy Council Secretary General Christoph Frei describes the backdrop in which the energy sector is preparing for the new energy realities, for the Grand Transition. According to Frei, the “Discussion of peak oil has moved to a discussion of peak demand” (also see the latest World Energy Scenarios report launched at the […]

Peak Oil & System Justification: Denial Will Be Costly

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Scientists say there’s a tension in the brain between responding to new information and resisting overwhelming amounts of conflicting data—and the latter can prevent opinion change. Altering opinion depends on using different psychological methods tailored to different types of belief.… ‘There’s not much convincing people,’ even when the beliefs in question are purely false, says […]

Dark Peak by George R. Fehling

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by Frank Kaminski, originally published by Mud City Press  | TODAY George R. Fehling’s DARK PEAK (Founders House Publishing, October 2015, 259 pages, $15.99) George R. Fehling’s novel Dark Peak is both an effective thriller and a heartfelt eco-polemic. Set in rural Vermont a century from now, it portrays a community at war over the fate […]

How I Survived Collapse: Chapter 3

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Note to Readers:  I’m quite backed up with HISC chapters and several non-fiction articles, so I will be publishing during the week as well as the Sunday Brunch article for a while to work through the backlog.  Check back on the Diner regularly to look for new chapters of HISC. Karl’s Story It was midsummer […]

Richard Heinberg: Resilience scripts

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This is the first of a series of 22 short videos that explore the interrelated crises of the twenty-first century, and what we as citizens, students, and community leaders can do to respond to them. Over about four hours total, we’ll do the following: 1.     We’ll examine the interrelated crises themselves, in four main spheres: […]

Civil War II – Fourth Turning Is Intensifying

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“History offers even more sobering warnings: Armed confrontation usually occurs around the climax of Crisis. If there is confrontation, it is likely to lead to war. This could be any kind of war – class war, sectional war, war against global anarchists or terrorists, or superpower war. If there is war, it is likely to […]

Peak Oil & System Justification: “Threats”

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Energy and the economy represent just two self-relevant domains that people can feel uncertain about, both in terms of how they operate at a societal level and how people should act on them. This kind of unfamiliarity can be problematic for day-to-day functioning, and can also be psychologically stressful. NO BLAME ASSIGNED In short, it […]

Patterns of Commoning

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As part of our series on the 100 Women Who Are Co-Creating the P2P Society, the P2P Foundation’s Michel Bauwens interviews Silke Helfrich on her work in the commons, and her collaboration with David Bollier on Patterns of Commoning. Bauwens: Silke, could you first give some background about yourself and your collaboration with David Bollier […]

Peak Oil & System Justification: Uncertainty

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    The management of uncertainty is served by resistance to change insofar as change (by its very nature) upsets existing realities and is fraught with epistemic insecurity. *     MORE ON CHANGE & UNCERTAINTY     If you have a strong psychological need to keep things as they are, you’re likely to reject […]

What Triggers Collapse?

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Massive disruption often happens quickly by Charles Hugh Smith Though no one can foretell the future, it is self-evident that the status quo – dependent as it is on cheap oil and fast-expanding debt – is unsustainable. So what will trigger the collapse of the status quo, and what lies beyond when the current arrangements […]

An Afternoon in Early Autumn

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I think it was the late science writer Stephen Jay Gould who coined the term “deep time” for the vast panorama opened up to human eyes by the last three hundred years or so of discoveries in geology and astronomy. It’s a useful label for an even more useful concept. In our lives, we deal […]

Russia Becomes a Grain Superpower as Wheat Exports Explode

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Long known for its oil and gas, Russia is now moving to retake leadership in the world wheat trade it last held when the Czars ruled. In the process, it’s reshaping the market for one of the world’s most important traded food products. Last season, Russian topped the U.S. in wheat exports for the first […]

One Man’s Take on “How to Survive the Future”

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I’m delighted to be able to share the Foreword I wrote for David Fleming’s book ‘Surviving the Future’, which was selected and edited by the wonderful Shaun Chamberlin.  Released as a pair with Fleming’s seminal ‘Lean Logic: a dictionary for the future and how to survive it‘, it captures the unique thinking of this extraordinary […]

What Ever Happened to Peak Oil?

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In 1957, Tulsa celebrated Oklahoma’s golden anniversary of statehood by placing in a concrete vault under the county courthouse a host of mid-20th century artifacts, including a 16mm movie, a six-pack of Schlitz better, and a woman’s purse with bobby pins, lipstick, and a pack of cigarettes that retailed for 50 cents a pack. The […]

Exploring the Gap Between Business-as-Usual and Utter Doom

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Predicting the future is a fool’s errand, but everybody does it. As long as we’ve had language—for tens of thousands of years, at last estimate—we’ve been able to formulate the question, “What will tomorrow bring?” The answers have ranged from idyllic to hellish, though the reality has been, more often than not, “a lot like […]

Whatever happened to peak oil?

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About 10 years ago, discussions of peak oil were everywhere.  Peak oil was a cover story in Newsweek and National Geographic.  When would the production of oil from the Earth’s crust begin to drop and fail to keep up with rising demand, particularly from the developing world?  What would be the impact of peak oil on the price […]

Poli­tics Doesn’t Trump Physics, Nor the Economics of Collapse

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Much as it came as a surprise to me, it’s probably not very well known that Naomi Klein comes from a rather politically active family, and that she ended up marrying into a very politically active family. While Klein had a “very public feminist mother” who was notable for her anti-pornography work, her husband Avi […]

Plateau Oil vs. Peak Oil with Steve Crower

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Steve Crower returns to give his latest insight on Peak Oil, or rather the introduction of the term ‘Plateau Oil’. The Plateau Oil term refers to the introduction of both new technologies that increase the existing oil fields (marginally improving the yield) and new technologies that bring shale oil to the market. The effect will […]

Peak Oil; Climate Change; & System Justification Pt 8

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Of course it’s threatening to think that our lifestyles, systems of governing, and capitalist processes themselves may all face drastic changes in the not-too-distant future because of the facts and reality of Peak Oil and climate change! I’m certainly not the poster-child for Peak Oil advocacy and lifestyles. I have a very nice, capitalist, well-to-do […]

Retrofuturists and Technocornucopians

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“Just outside the back door of the brewery, retrofuturists are fashioning leather and cowhorn beer mugs to use after the collapse.” At Burning Man #30 the nuevoriche had to watch their wallets. Also their food, water, camping gear and Teslas. Many lamented that once upon a time the Man had always been a safe place […]

“150 Strong” with Dmitry Orlov

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Dmitry Orlov, the author of Reinventing Collapse and many other books, has become a publisher lately and, in his capacity as publisher and publicist, Dmitry and I will be chatting about the new book he just brought out, 150 Strong; A Pathway to a Different Future by Rob O’Grady. 150 Strong is a valuable handbook […]

Peak Oil Research Outline

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Image Courtesy: link: author: description: Hubbert peak theory I. Categorized Documents Outline 1. PEAK OIL (53) 2. OIL PRODUCTION (45) 3. OIL PRICES (31) 4. CRUDE OIL (27) 5. CONVENTIONAL OIL (22) 6. OIL INDUSTRY (20) 7. WORLD OIL (19) 8. GLOBAL OIL (19) 9. OIL RESERVES (17) 10. OIL FIELDS (17) 11. […]

Creating an Island of Sanity in a Sea of Global Chaos

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From Deb Ozarko’s website: I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: our world is in a massive state of collapse. As a result, we’re living in very uncertain times. One would have to have their head firmly planted in the sand to not understand how dire things are on all levels: social, cultural, ecological […]

Sustainability & Resilience of Our Food System

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Over the past eight years Asher Miller has served as Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute (PCI), a nonprofit think tank that supports the transition to a more resilient, equitable and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises […]

The Myth of Self Reliance

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A mass emailing went out a while back from a prominent permaculturist looking for “projects where people are fully self sufficient in providing for their own food, clothing, shelter, energy and community needs. . .” There it was, the myth of “fully self sufficient,” coming from one of the best-known permaculturists in the world. In […]

Collapse Fatigue

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When we initially awaken and realize life is not what we were taught, inner alarms scream for our attention. Even though we can sense a danger we didn’t previously perceive, we cannot judge how close it is. There is no scale to measure proximity, only the palpable fear of a real and present danger. Naturally, […]

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