Retrotopia: The Far Off Sound of Guns

by John Michael Greer The Archdruid Report (July 20 2016) Druid perspectives on nature, culture, and the future of industrial society This is the twentieth installment of an exploration of some of the possible futures discussed on this blog, using the toolkit of narrative fiction. Our narrator is forced to rethink his ideas about progress … Continue reading Retrotopia: The Far Off Sound of Guns

The Power of “Nyet”

by Dmitry Orlov Club Orlov (July 26 2016) https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1A87b2esx2Y/V5ZmeIK9OeI/AAAAAAAAHAQ/zhKaI8uJIOwU9bmlCiCjQ3M1An8wXObfgCLcB/s200/kerryputinlavrov.jpg The way things are supposed to work on this planet is like this: in the United States, the power structures (public and private) decide what they want the rest of the world to do. They communicate their wishes through official and unofficial channels, expecting automatic cooperation. … Continue reading The Power of “Nyet”

Japan’s “Helicopter Money” Play

Road to Hyperinflation or Cure for Debt Deflation? by Ellen Brown Web of Debt Blog (July 25 2016) Fifteen years after embarking on its largely ineffective quantitative easing ("QE") program, Japan appears poised to try the form recommended by Ben Bernanke in his notorious "helicopter money" speech in 2002. The Japanese test case could finally … Continue reading Japan’s “Helicopter Money” Play

Not So Fast!

NSA Whistleblower: Not So Fast On Claims Russia Behind Hillary Clinton Email Hack by WashingtonsBlog http://www.washingtonsblog.com (July 26 2016) The mainstream media alleges that Russia was behind the hack of Hillary Clinton's emails. The media is parading out the usual suspects alleged experts to back up this claim. Washington's Blog asked the highest-level National Security … Continue reading Not So Fast!

We May Be at a Greater Risk …

... of Nuclear Catastrophe Than During the Cold War Astounding increases in the danger of nuclear weapons have paralleled provocative foreign policy decisions that needlessly incite tensions between Washington and Moscow. by Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus (July 20 2016) "Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it … Continue reading We May Be at a Greater Risk …

Thirty Seconds to Midnight

by Paul Craig Roberts http://www.paulcraigroberts.org (July 25 2016) Former US Secretary of Defense William Perry warns that the world is on the knife edge of nuclear catastrophe. Such catastrophe can result accidentally from electronic failures or glitches in warning systems and from the recklessly aggressive and unnecessary force buildup against Russia. Conn Hallinan discusses these … Continue reading Thirty Seconds to Midnight

All Cards on the Table

First-Use of Nuclear Weapons by Al Mauroni and David Jonas War on the Rocks (July 25 2016) http://warontherocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AF-Nuclear-Test-Launch.jpg Recent news that President Obama may be considering changes in nuclear deterrence policy has caused a storm of speculation as to whether the time is right for the US government to declare a no first-use policy. In … Continue reading All Cards on the Table