Aug 16 2010

Full Employment – Gone forever?

Kal @ 23:05

A few days ago someone sent the following email with the subject: EMPLOYMENT MAP.....Shocking!!!

Incredible!
Wow!!!  Very sobering and enlightening.
Somebody spent a lot of time breaking this down by every county in the country.

Review this Unemployment map of the United States .
This is hard to believe! I had to review this map a couple of times to grasp the enormity of it.


Displayed this way sure brings the perspective up close and personal.
This is scary. If you have a job, be thankful!


Be certain to click the PLAY button in the middle of the map
and take note of the dates above the US map as it advances month by month
! ! !

http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwuekwe/multimediafinal.html

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Category: Climate Change | Politics | Population | Resource Depletion | Steady-State Economics | Sustainability

Aug 14 2010

Chimpanzee Politics – Might Makes Right

Kal @ 10:56

In response to a wingnut rant email, mostly about how terrible it would be to let the Bush tax cuts expire, I responded with a comment that any discussion of taxes should include what the tax money is being spent on.

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Category: Morals | Politics | wingnuttery

Aug 6 2010

Net Neutrality Jeopardized – Google, don’t be evil!

Kal @ 20:16

We have internet access, but for how long?

According to news reports, Google is about to cut a deal with Verizon that
would end the Internet as we know it by allowing giant corporations to
control what websites load quickly and easily on the Internet and dump
everyone else onto an Internet slow lane.

I signed a petition urging Google to kill the deal with Verizon. Can you
join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/google/?r_by=22338-420032-5s_XeZx&rc=mailto

 

Image courtesy of aberenyi at www.featurepics.com.

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Category: Economics | Politics

Jul 2 2010

Beyond Petroleum – The Game Has Changed

Kal @ 21:39

The Oil Drum has a daily update article on The Gulf Oil Disaster. Today the article is named BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Some Less Technical Issues - and Open Thread, but it is a comment to that article that I found to be very interesting. It is by someone who signs himself as ccpo. Comment follows:

There are a lot of people on this forum who've not been here for the last several years, thus missed a LOT of discussion. We see that here in the blind allegiance to systems exhibited in this comment thread and zero acknowledgment of the limits we now face. I am not going to waste time trying to review years of discussion, but encourage all of you to consider carefully that you cannot discuss the spill or, for that matter, anything else in isolation. The game has changed.

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Category: Beyond Petroleum | Resource Depletion | Sustainability

Jun 30 2010

Beyond Petroleum – The disaster continues!

Kal @ 18:17

From Population Growth Must Stop by Gary Peters

As Kenneth Boulding noted decades ago, "Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."

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Category: Beyond Petroleum | Economics | Peak Oil | Population | Sustainability

Jun 5 2010

Beyond Petroleum – We need a plan

Kal @ 11:31

Mark makes the point that “just saying no” is not really an option, petroleum is too deeply ingrained into our lives. But we need a plan now to be done with this horror on an emergency basis as soon as possible.

Mark Morford at SFGate yesterday: Behold our dark, magnificent horror

Oil slick SFGate More photos in the article.

Like Satan's own finger painting.


There is, you have to admit, a sort of savage grace, a tragic and terrible beauty, to the BP oil spill.

Like any good apocalyptic vision of self-wrought hell, the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history has its inherent poetry. You see that creeping ooze of black, that ungodly wall of unstoppable darkness as it slowly, inexorably invades the relatively healthy, pristine waters adjacent, and you can't help but appreciate the brutal majesty, the fantastic, reeking horror of this new manifestation of black death we have brought upon ourselves, as it spreads like a fast cancer into the liquid womb of Mother Nature herself.

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Category: Beyond Petroleum | Peak Oil | Resource Depletion

Jun 4 2010

Beyond Petroleum – Can anyone still think more petroleum is good?

Kal @ 09:07

Petroleum related disasters everywhere. The Gulf is burning. The climate is deteriorating. Europe is broke. The US has nearly 20% unemployment. Other regions have even more. People are hungry and homeless.

Isn’t it about time to think about alternative ways to organize the distribution of goods and services? What we are doing is clearly not working.

But all I hear from officialdom is “more of the same”, possibly better, but more of the same basically.

No discussion of whether it is a jungle we live in, or a community? There is a lot of discussion of The Market, and how efficient it is. The Market looks a lot like a very complex jungle to me, where the strong win and the weak get eaten.

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Category: Beyond Petroleum | Climate Change | Peak Oil | Politics | Population | Solar | Sustainability | Steady-State Economics

Jun 2 2010

Beyond Petroleum – The diamond saw blade is stuck

Kal @ 09:33

Meanwhile, the oil approaches Florida.

Of course, no one could have predicted.

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Category: Beyond Petroleum | Peak Oil | Sustainability

May 31 2010

Beyond Petroleum – Obama starting to get it?

Kal @ 11:59

“I said to the Republicans, join with me,” Obama said. “There’s been some good work done by John Kerry and Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham. Let’s go. Let’s not wait. Let’s show the American people that in the midst of this crisis, all of us are opening our eyes to what’s necessary to fulfill the promise to our children and our grandchildren.”

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Category: Beyond Petroleum | Peak Oil | Politics | Sustainability

May 30 2010

Beyond Petroleum – Beyond BP

Kal @ 12:17

Top Kill Fails!

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Category: Climate Change | Peak Oil | Sustainability | Beyond Petroleum