>Humans Only Have 200 to 300 Years Left on Earth

>Former environment minister Michael Meacher on the place of humanity in the universe, intelligent design, the survival of the human race, Gaia theory and uncertainties over climate changeby Tom Levitttheecologist.org (July 22 2010)Tom Levitt: Your new book is focused on the destination of the human race, but what is our role, if indeed we have … Continue reading >Humans Only Have 200 to 300 Years Left on Earth

>What Is It?

>by James Howard KunstlerComment on current events by the author ofThe Long Emergency (2005)www.kunstler.com (July 26 2010)The New York Times ran a story of curious import this morning: "Mel Gibson Loses Support Abroad" {*}. Well, gosh, that's disappointing. And just when we needed him, too. Concern over this pressing matter probably reflects the general mood … Continue reading >What Is It?

>Oil is its own master

>Energy companies operate in a high-profit, limited-liability world of their own makingby Khadija Sherifepost-gazette.com (July 11 2010)Three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, executives of the offshore drilling company Transocean celebrated in a luxury hotel in Zug, Switzerland, where the company is based. The owners of the Deepwater rig, which … Continue reading >Oil is its own master

>How Brokers Became Bookies

>The insidious transformation of markets into casinosby Ellen Brownwebofdebt.com (July 12 2010)You all are the house, you're the bookie. [Your clients] are booking their bets with you. I don't know why we need to dress it up. It's a bet.- Senator Claire McCaskill, Senate Subcommittee investigating Goldman Sachs {1}Ever since December 2008, the Federal Reserve … Continue reading >How Brokers Became Bookies

>Dollar Hegemony and the Rise of China

>by Michael Hudson michael-hudson.com (July 12 2010)Hudson to Premier Wen Jaibao (March 15 2010)Dear Premier Wen Jiabao,I write this letter to counteract some of the solutions that Western politicians are recommending for China to cope with its buildup of excess foreign-exchange reserves. Raising the renminbi's exchange rate against the dollar will not cure the China-US … Continue reading >Dollar Hegemony and the Rise of China