There is no “silver bullet,” no magic solution that will turn back the clock to an era of abundant resources and easy growth. For now, all that governments can do is buy time through further deficit spending—ideally, using that time to build infrastructure that will continue to function in the coming era of reduced flows of energy and resources. Meanwhile, we must all find ways to come out from under a burden of debt that will otherwise crush us. The inherent contradiction within this prescription is obvious but unavoidable. . . . → Read More: Stimulus Duds, Bailout Blanks, By Richard Heinberg
U.S. grain prices should stay unrelentingly high this year, according to a Reuters poll, the latest sign that the era of cheap food has come to an end.
U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat prices — which surged by as much has 50 percent last year and hit their highest levels since mid-2008 — . . . → Read More: The Era of Cheap Food May Be Drawing To A Close
[This article was submitted first by the author to Speaking Truth to Power–CB]
At some point in our lives, most of us realized that there is no place that we could stand on the side of mother earth and not be asked, “by what right are you here?” Do we have a rent receipt, . . . → Read More: What Right Do You Have To Be Here On Planet Earth? By William Kotke
ORIGINAL ARTICLE We have all been reading about Egypt in the newspapers, and wonder what is behind their problems. Let me offer a few insights.
At least part of Egypt’s problem is the fact that in the past the government has threatened to reduce food subsidies. Now it is planning to hold . . . → Read More: What Lies Behind Egypt’s Problems? How Do They Affect Others? By Gail Tverberg
Several years ago National Geographic magazine published an article on oil that included a stunning photo of mature steer and the barrels of oil needed to grow an animal to that size. I recently went looking for that picture, found it, and post it here because it hasn’t lost its impact or relevance . . . → Read More: Oil And Food Prices, By Jason Bradford
From the time we were children, we’ve been taught that “progress”—as defined by capitalist American culture—is a good thing. Progress is manifest destiny. Progress is civilizing the uncivilized, elevating the inhabitants of the third world and taming the “savages” that lived off the land. Progress is taming nature, not being at its mercy. Progress . . . → Read More: Four Reasons Why “Progress” Isn’t Always Progress, By Margaret Emerson
Like many environmentalists, Lester Brown is worried.
In his new book “World on the Edge,” released this week, Brown says mankind has pushed civilization to the brink of collapse by bleeding aquifers dry and overplowing land to feed an ever-growing population, while overloading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide.
If we continue to sap . . . → Read More: World Is One Poor Harvest Away From Chaos, Book Warns, By Lester Brown
For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive… The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination… The . . . → Read More: Are We Witnessing The Start of A Global Revolution? By Andrew Gavin Marshall
The reckoning will be global because the money and banking regime is global — and deeply flawed. . . . → Read More: The World’s Ominous Reckoning, By Tom Greco