Rise of the Bullshit Job

by Leith van Onselen Macro Business (August 22 2013) http://www.macrobusiness.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/ScreenHunter_31-Aug.-22-13.38-200x200.gif Back in the early-1930s, renowned economist, John Maynard Keynes, predicted that technical innovations and rising productivity would mean that advanced country workers would be able to work only fifteen hours and still enjoy rising living standards. In a highly amusing, but also somewhat depressing article … Continue reading Rise of the Bullshit Job

Our Orgastic Future

by Jack Hitt Lapham's Quarterly (Spring 2013) http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/images/bonobos.jpg Precisely when the ancient primates who preceded us Homo sapiens actually turned the corner to become human is one of those running battles in anthropology. Theorists scrutinize the long arc of gradual evolution to find a slight nick in the curve and there, it's argued, our glorious … Continue reading Our Orgastic Future

Has the Shale Bubble Already Burst?

by Igor Alexeev Naked Capitalism (August 28 2013) Cross-posted from Oil Price http://oilprice.com/Energy/Natural-Gas/Has-the-Shale-Bubble-Already-Burst.html Just like the famous Gold Rushes of the nineteenth century, US shale gas development is turning out to be a limited and regional market opportunity. Across the Atlantic, the high financial and human costs to fracking also mean that Europe should forget … Continue reading Has the Shale Bubble Already Burst?

The Anti-Empire Report #119

by William Blum http://williamblum.org (July 29 2013) Official website of the author, historian, and US foreign policy critic That most charming of couples: Nationalism and hypocrisy It's not easy being a flag-waving American nationalist. In addition to having to deal with the usual disillusion, anger, and scorn from around the world incited by Washington's endless … Continue reading The Anti-Empire Report #119

The US Wastes Enough Energy Each Year …

... to Power the UK for Seven Years by Yves Smith Naked Capitalism (August 27 2013) Yves here. Let me underscore that the source for this article is not a granola-head organization but the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is one of the US national labs, or more formally, the United States Department of Energy … Continue reading The US Wastes Enough Energy Each Year …