07/17/13

Our Shared Predicament

Back in the day, I used to post a lot about peak oil, global warming, our pyramid scheme financial system and some other related things, but I stopped for a quite a while as most seemed to be not interested or at a loss for what to do. Well, most of what I was saying back then were trends happening or expected to happen and, as they say, time will tell. So I decided to sit back and let things happen for a while and see if what happened adheres to my expectations.

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04/2/12

Animals have morality

Anybody who’s been close to animals in their life isn’t going to be surprised about this…
Animals can tell right from wrong – Telegraph

Scientists studying animal behaviour believe they have growing evidence that species ranging from mice to primates are governed by moral codes of conduct in the same way as humans.

Until recently, humans were thought to be the only species to experience complex emotions and have a sense of morality.

But Prof Marc Bekoff, an ecologist at University of Colorado, Boulder, believes that morals are “hard-wired” into the brains of all mammals and provide the “social glue” that allow often aggressive and competitive animals to live together in groups.

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03/13/12

Housing prices to crater yet again…

Uh-oh! More foreclosed property is about to hit the market!


There’s Never Been a Worse Time to Buy a House » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only.

March 08, 2012
The Foreclosure Surge
There’s Never Been a Worse Time to Buy a House
by MIKE WHITNEY

Foreclosure starts surged 28 percent in January, according to Lender Processing Services (LPS).

Now that the banks are confident that a settlement will be reached in the $25 billion robo-signing scandal, they’ve started aggressively processing the mountainous backlog of delinquent mortgages on their books. As the process gains pace, a deluge of REOs will be dumped onto the market pushing down home prices and adding to the 10.7 million properties that are already underwater. Fitch Ratings Agency estimates that home prices could fall another 9.1 percent before the market touches bottom.

Here’s more from CNBC’s Diana Olick:

“… repeat foreclosures hit an all-time high in January, representing 47 percent of all foreclosure starts… This is going to cause some short-term pain in the housing market because as foreclosure starts increase, so do foreclosure sales…. (And) that pushes home prices down…..

We’ve also got … 60 months of inventory to get through in judicial states. Judicial states are the ones where you do need a judge to get through.” (“Unclogging the foreclosure market”, Diana Olick, CNBC) Continue reading

03/8/12

We Eat Oil – Eating Fossil Fuels

This is a repost of an article from Mike Ruppert’s “From The Wilderness” website. Dale Allen Pfeiffer shows how oil and other fossil fuel energy inputs have made our food supply totally dependent on their energy. This has major implications for when world oil production begins its inevitable decline. It’s somewhat scary, but in reaction you should start learning to grow at least some of your own food if you have the room to do it.
From the Wilderness


Eating Fossil Fuels

by Dale Allen Pfeiffer

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03/8/12

The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

This article by the author of Gun, Germs and Steel and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed shows us that most of our basic assumptions about our experiment of civilization are sorely mistaken. I especially am impressed by how hunter-gatherer peoples had such better health than we do today.

Jared Diamond: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race

The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
By Jared Diamond
University of California at Los Angeles Medical SchoolDiscover Magazine, May 1987

Pages 64-66: To science we owe dramatic changes in our smug self-image. Astronomy taught us that our earth isn’t the center of the universe but merely one of billions of heavenly bodies. From biology we learned that we weren’t specially created by God but evolved along with millions of other species. Now archaeology is demolishing another sacred belief: that human history over the past million years has been a long tale of progress. In particular, recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence. Continue reading

01/17/12

Unsustainable, but economists ignore it…

In a post on her blog, Gail Tverber places our quandary in plain view for all to see. When analyzed like this, it’s hard to see how anyone can deny the crappy hand we’ve been dealt by the banks and their corporations. At this point, there’s very little any of us can do except stock up on popcorn and enjoy the show.

Repost from Our Finite World:

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11/9/11

Is there something better in the world than capitalism?

Capitalism, socialism, communism and all the other “isms” today have a fatal flaw. They’re all based on the idea of unlimited growth in a finite environment. They will all go into the dust bin of history after this bottleneck we’re entering is over. That is, of course, if there’s anybody left.

Is there something better? Of course there is. It’s called cooperation and sharing. It’s the way humans and our ancestors lived for millions of years before agriculture gave certain people the ability to control the food supply and hoard wealth and therefore use other humans as tools. Mostly as tools to control more wealth.

After having studied various cultures from hunter-gatherers to “capitalists”, I’ve come to the conclusion that greed is a disease that is anti-survival in the long term. It will be bringing down our entire society within the next few decades, from the combined forces of environmental degradation (global warming and other poisoning of our own environment) and resource depletion (peak oil, peak phosphorous, peak food) and the few who make it out of this century will be lucky to survive, although they certainly might not feel that way.

Point in fact – The number one cause of virtually all our problems today, from terrorism to economic problems, is overpopulation. The greedy ones continually promote population growth because it gives them more perceived “power”. I say “perceived power” because in the long run, no matter what  money or “power” you have, you end up dead.

Just ask Steve Jobs…

10/28/11

Peak Gold

[Originally published: November 12, 2009]

We’re hitting resource limits left and right. Read the following article, it raises many salient points about natural resources and how we’ve mined them to exhaustion. The authors of The Limits to Growth were right, on a finite planet there are limits to growth, and we’re hitting them sooner than the authors anticipated. The situation with gold is exactly the same as with oil, lower quality reserves extracted at an ever higher price. This situation also applies to silver, since silver is rarely mined for itself as it exists in mines for other metals, especially copper and gold. What happens to gold happens to silver too.

I would start buying some silver and/or gold with your spare cash. You can get American Eagle 1 ounce silver bullion coins for about $20 each and 1/10 of an ounce American Eagle gold coins for around $150 each. One ounce Gold American Eagles run about $1175. Don’t wait, even though they’re records, these prices aren’t going to stay this low for long.

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08/1/11

Arithmetic, Population and Energy

This is a presentation by Dr. Albert Bartlett concerning the impossibility of our society’s quest for infinite growth in a finite environment. Dr. Bartlett got his B.S. in Physics from Colgate, worked at Los Alamos research lab during WWII(the Manhattan Project), then got his M.S. and PhD from Harvard. He’s a smart dude. He spent his career teaching at University of Colorado, Boulder and is now Professor Emeritus in Physics there. He’s been doing this talk for decades, and I don’t know that there’s been any effect. I’ve posted it here before to yawns, but there are some new people here and I thought I’d bore them too.
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