9:01 am - Mon, Aug 11, 2014

Spot on article from Richard Heinberg.  You can bet your bottom dollar that the above “script” will play out pretty much exactly as Mr. Heinberg lays out.  We could even see the curtains rise and Act 1 start as early as 2015-2017 timeframe. 

Of course the real environmentalists standing up to the oil and gas companies are mostly local folks and local organizations not big, powerful (and make-believe) environmental interests or big government regulations.  As most informed people know, the oil and gas companies that are in the fracking game are exempt from the Clean Air and Clean Water act among other environmental protection regulations.

Read the rest of the oil and gas industry’s script at Resilience.

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5:42 pm - Sun, Jul 27, 2014
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alexanderpf:

We all know the term anti-semitism - and with the recent events in Gaza this term is flying around a lot. But I’ve been trying to think what is the world that the world uses for hatred of Muslims? Is it Islamophobia?

I’m a humanist so I’m not trying to pick sides. But what does it say about the…

Good points. I agree that it is ridiculous that people who criticize the Israeli govt are labelled anti-Semites. This is a deliberate move by Israeli supporters.

Regarding your comment that you don’t think that the Palestinians in Gaza don’t support Hamas, I can’t say for sure. But Hamas won the Palestinian Legislative Election in 2006 with lots of votes in Gaza. I don’t know what the opinion on the street is today.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_legislative_election,_2006

There is supposed to be fresh elections within 6 months of the Hamas Fatah agreement in April 2014. That is one of the reasons I think that Israel has resorted to this most recent aggression against Gaza.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_general_election,_2014

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11:47 am - Tue, Jun 17, 2014

Following the bulk of western reporting on the Iraq crisis, you’d think the self-styled ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria' (Isis) popped out of nowhere, took the west completely by surprise, and is now rampaging across the Middle East like some random weather event.

The reality is far more complex, and less palatable. The meteoric rise of Isis is a predictable consequence of a longstanding US-led geostrategy in the Middle East that has seen tyrants and terrorists as tools to expedite access to regional oil and gas resources.

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10:27 pm - Mon, Jun 9, 2014
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antinwo:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/09/us/war-gear-flows-to-police-departments.html?hp&_r=1

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/26/5147098/local-police-fight-crime-with-18-ton-armored-military-vehicles

http://www.doravillepolice.us/field-operations/specialized-operations/swat

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/dallas_county_now_has_its_very.php

Retired Marine Issues Dire Warning About US ‘Building A Domestic Army’

Old news. This has been going on since the inception of DHS. It’s now speeding up since the US is winding up in Afghanistan. The military industrial complex needs enemies to justify the outsized defense budget.

Cut the DoD budget. Liquidate the DHS. And deal with the consequence of the defense and allied industries’ stocks tanking. Learn to build jobs and economic activity around something other than fake wars fighting some phantom menace.

(via operator-as-fuck)

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10:27 am - Fri, Jun 6, 2014
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10:32 pm - Sun, May 18, 2014
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newsweek:

At least 10 feet of sea level rise is now guaranteed worldwide; it’s all but inevitable, a done deal. An ice sheet two miles thick has collapsed in West Antarctica—glaciologists have been dreading this moment for decades, though in recent years, it was more of a question of when than if—and there is nothing that can stop it from melting now. 

NASA scientists say so, glaciologists say so, researchers who’ve spent their entire careers studying the slow and increasingly inevitable melt of our planet’s permanent ice stores say so. They say so in two new studies debuting this week; one in Science and one in Geophysical Research Letters. 

They are all saying we should begin getting comfortable with sea levels that lap up 10 feet higher on our shores. Long before the collapse of West Antarctica’s Thwaites ice sheet, an organization called Climate Central created this interactive map, which shows how various levels of sea level rise will impact the United States. 

Grimly and fortuitously, it goes up to 10 feet—the amount that is now locked-in, but by no means the minimum of sea level rise we can expect to experience thanks to climate change. Go ahead, plug your city in, and see what percent chance you have of being driven away by high waters. 

10 Feet of Global Sea Level Rise Is Now Guaranteed | Motherboard

Another sign post on the long, ragged road towards the collapse of our civilization.

newsweek:

At least 10 feet of sea level rise is now guaranteed worldwide; it’s all but inevitable, a done deal. An ice sheet two miles thick has collapsed in West Antarctica—glaciologists have been dreading this moment for decades, though in recent years, it was more of a question of when than if—and there is nothing that can stop it from melting now.

NASA scientists say so, glaciologists say so, researchers who’ve spent their entire careers studying the slow and increasingly inevitable melt of our planet’s permanent ice stores say so. They say so in two new studies debuting this week; one in Science and one in Geophysical Research Letters.

They are all saying we should begin getting comfortable with sea levels that lap up 10 feet higher on our shores. Long before the collapse of West Antarctica’s Thwaites ice sheet, an organization called Climate Central created this interactive map, which shows how various levels of sea level rise will impact the United States.

Grimly and fortuitously, it goes up to 10 feet—the amount that is now locked-in, but by no means the minimum of sea level rise we can expect to experience thanks to climate change. Go ahead, plug your city in, and see what percent chance you have of being driven away by high waters.

10 Feet of Global Sea Level Rise Is Now Guaranteed | Motherboard

Another sign post on the long, ragged road towards the collapse of our civilization.

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10:41 am - Fri, Dec 27, 2013
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Read the article

The years 2008 to 2013 were the first few years of peak oil.  We are already feeling the effects and have been for years.  When will we take the next leg down?  When the US shale oil bubble pops…sometime between 2015 and 2020. Brace yourself…

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7:31 pm - Fri, Dec 6, 2013

A fantastic mythical tale and obituary for the self image of humanity during the fossil fuel age.  Great work JMG!

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6:32 pm - Wed, Nov 13, 2013
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america-wakiewakie:

A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans’ personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.

Rolling Jubilee, set up by Occupy’s Strike Debt group following the street protests that swept the world in 2011, launched on 15 November 2012. The group purchases personal debt cheaply from banks before “abolishing” it, freeing individuals from their bills.

By purchasing the debt at knockdown prices the group has managed to free $14,734,569.87 of personal debt, mainly medical debt, spending only $400,000.

"We thought that the ratio would be about 20 to 1," said Andrew Ross, a member of Strike Debt and professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. He said the team initially envisaged raising $50,000, which would have enabled it to buy $1m in debt.

"In fact we’ve been able to buy debt a lot more cheaply than that."

The group is able to buy debt so cheaply due to the nature of the “secondary debt market”. If individuals consistently fail to pay bills from credit cards, loans, or medical insurance the bank or lender that issued the funds will eventually cut its losses by selling that debt to a third party. These sales occur for a fraction of the debt’s true values – typically for five cents on the dollar – and debt-buying companies then attempt to recoup the debt from the individual debtor and thus make a profit.

The Rolling Jubilee project was mostly conceived as a “public education project”, Ross said.

"We’re under no illusions that $15m is just a tiny drop in the secondary debt market. It doesn’t make a dent in the amount of debt.

"Our purpose in doing this, aside from helping some people along the way – there’s certainly many, many people who are very thankful that their debts are abolished – our primary purpose was to spread information about the workings of this secondary debt market."

The group has focussed on buying medical debt, and has acquired the $14.7m in three separate purchases, most recently purchasing the value of $13.5m on medical debt owed by 2,693 people across 45 states and Puerto Rico, Rolling Jubilee said in a press release.

“No one should have to go into debt or bankruptcy because they get sick,” said Laura Hanna, an organiser with the group. Hanna said 62% of all personal bankruptcies have medical debt as a contributing factor.

Due to the nature of the debt market, the group is unable to specify whose debt it purchases, taking on the amounts before it discovers individuals’ identities. When Rolling Jubilee has bought the debt they send notes to their debtors “telling them they’re off the hook”, Ross said.

Ross, whose book, Creditocracy and the case for debt refusal, outlines the problems of the debt industry and calls for a “debtors’ movement” to resist credit, said the group had received letters from people whose debt they had lifted thanking them for the service. But the real victory was in spreading knowledge of the nature of the debt industry, he said.

"Very few people know how cheaply their debts have been bought by collectors. It changes the psychology of the debtor, knowing this.

“So when you get called up by the debt collector, and you’re being asked to pay the full amount of your debt, you now know that the debt collector has bought your debt very, very cheaply. As cheaply as we bought it. And that gives you moral ammunition to have a different conversation with the debt collector.”

(Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Spread the word. Deflate this onerous debt!

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8:52 pm - Sun, Nov 3, 2013
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did-you-kno:

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Great philosophy and quote.

did-you-kno:

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Great philosophy and quote.

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