Connecting the Dots Between Oil, Debt, Interest Rates and Risk by Charles Hugh Smith http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.jp (June 30 2014) The bottom line is the Federal Reserve Bank ("Fed") can only keep the machine duct-taped together by suppressing the market's pricing of risk. One of the Grand Narratives of our era is the substitution of debt for … Continue reading The Next Global Meltdown is Baked In
If we're serious about cutting carbon dioxide emissions, there's no place for nuclear power because it's the least cost-effective way to do it. By far the best way is to improve energy efficiency. But tell the Government the truth, and it'll close you down. by Ian Fairlie The Ecologist (July 10 2014) In … Continue reading Nuclear Power is No answer to Global Warming
by John Feffer Foreign Policy in Focus (July 23 2014) The most bizarre conspiracy theory surrounding the recent downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine comes from a leading pro-Russian separatist, Igor Girkin. Relying on second-hand information, Girkin asserted that many of the passengers from the crash had already been dead before the plane had … Continue reading MH17: Cold War Replay?
by Dmitry Orlov Club Orlov (July 29 2014) The Americans are finding out the hard way that a fact-free zone is not a comfortable place to inhabit. The initial knee-jerk allegations, voiced by Obama, by the screechy UN representative Samantha Power, by John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and any number of talking heads, were that the … Continue reading Saving Face
by Mason Inman San Francisco Chronicle (April 05 2014) The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World, by Russell Gold (Simon & Schuster, 2014) After decades of decline and stagnation, hydraulic fracturing - or simply "fracking" - has enabled US oil and gas production to make a surprise turnaround. … Continue reading ‘The Boom’ by Russell Gold
by Dave Lindorff This Can't Be Happening! (July 22 2014) About six years ago, as part of his Bar Mitzvah, my son Jed did a project on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, producing his own graphic novel about the underground fighters who used courage, creativity and the city's sewer system to, in some small way, offer … Continue reading Barbecuing the Palestinians
by John Michael Greer The Archdruid Report (July 16 2014) Druid perspectives on nature, culture, and the future of industrial society Last week's post, with its uncompromising portrayal of what descent into a dark age looks like, fielded the usual quota of voices insisting that it's different this time. It's a familiar chorus, and I … Continue reading Smile for the Aliens