It's a staple of summer disaster flicks: the scene of a panicked populace trying to get the hell out of Dodge. Or, after the bomb is dropped, a band of bedraggled survivors picking their way out of smoking ruins, hobbling along a shattered freeway littered with dead cars, empty except for the decaying remains of their occupants. It's all good fun in a movie like The Book of … [Read more...]
Connecting the dots between the cost of energy and such traditional measures of the economy as GDP, jobs, and the health of the US dollar, along with re-localization.
“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple," said Woodie Guthrie. Nowhere is this more true than in books about economics, filled as they often are with wishful thinking dressed up in pseudo-scientific jargon. And nobody needs to get off their arrogant high horses and scale down their ambitions in light of peak oil, climate change and other … [Read more...]
Many giant profitable U.S. corporations are increasingly abandoning America while draining it at the same time. General Electric, for example, has paid no federal income taxes for a decade while becoming a net job exporter and fighting its hard-pressed workers who want collective bargaining through unions like the United Electrical Workers Union (UE). GE’s boss, Jeffrey … [Read more...]
If junk food contains little nutrition without the benefits of real food, then junk sports provide only empty entertainment without the benefits of real sports. Rather than inspiring ordinary people to become healthy and achieve their physical and mental potential in cooperation with others, junk sports encourage laziness, celebrity-worship and über-competitiveness. If … [Read more...]
Over the past four years we've been let down by our banks. A better system would be a democratic finance model, thinks British anthropologist Bruce Davis. After developing peer-lending platform Zopa, Bruce teamed up with renewable energy expert Karl Harder to launch Abundance Generation in the U.K. earlier in 2012. The idea was to go one step further than just lending, and … [Read more...]