The idea of economic growth as an unquestioned force for good is ingrained in the American psyche. But a longtime environmental leader argues it’s time for the U.S. to reinvent its economy into one that focuses on sustaining communities, family life, and the natural world. The case is strong that growth in the affluent U.S. is now doing more harm than good. It makes no sense to separate the two challenges: energy supply and climate change must be dealt with together. . . . → Read More: Off The Pedestal: Creating A New Vision of Economic Growth, By James Gustave Speth
May 4, 2011: Carolyn Baker, author of Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition and Margaret Emerson, author of Contemplative Hiking discuss their books at Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, Colorado . . . → Read More: VIDEO: Preparing Emotionally And Spiritually: Carolyn Baker and Margaret Emerson At Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, Colorado
The only thing that could prevent another oil shock from happening before the end of 2012 would be another major economic contraction. The emerging oil data continues to tell a tale of ever-tightening supplies that will soon be exceeded by rising global demand. This time, we will not be able to blame speculators for the steep prices we experience; instead, we will have nothing to blame but geology. . . . → Read More: Why Time Is Short Now That We’re Past Peak Oil, By Chris Martenson
Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections. When you see pictures of rubble like this week’s shots from Joplin, Mo., you should not wonder: Is this somehow related to the tornado outbreak three weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., or the enormous outbreak a couple of weeks before that (which, together, comprised the most active April for tornadoes in U.S. history). No, that doesn’t mean a thing. . . . → Read More: Bill McKibben: A Link Between The Joplin Tornadoes And Climate Change? Never!
In fact, for several months the world has experienced an almost unbroken succession of geopolitical, economic and financial shocks which, according to LEAP/E2020, constitute the warning signs of a major traumatic event that we analyze in this issue. At the same time the international system has now passed the stage of structural weakening to enter a phase of complete decay where old alliances are breaking down, whilst new communities of interest are emerging very quickly. Finally, any hope for significant and lasting global economic recovery has now evaporated (1) whilst the Western pillar’s indebtedness, especially the US, has reached a critical level unparalleled in modern history (2). . . . → Read More: Global Systemic Crisis: GEAB Bulletin, Major Alert For Second Half of 2011
According to alarming new figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s population of mature adults has been pushed to the brink of extinction, with only 104 grown-ups remaining in the country today. The endangered demographic, which is projected to die out completely by 2060, is reportedly distinguished from other groups by numerous unique traits, including foresight, rationality, understanding of how to obtain and pay for a mortgage, personal responsibility, and the ability to enter a store without immediately purchasing whatever items they see and desire. . . . → Read More: The Onion: Nation Down to Last 100 Grown-Ups; Mature Adults Could Be Gone Within 50 Years
Moreover, in the corporate state, the loss of community, in combination with the commercially-rendered sameness of the environment and the all-encompassing, manic insistency of mass media — both of which are so devoid of depth, context and meaning — it has become increasingly difficult for an individual to gain then retain the sense of self necessary to know where one exists in relationship to time, place, and changing social and political circumstance. . . . → Read More: Leaving The Church of Free Market Miracles, By Phil Rockstroh
Fortunately, many governors are addressing their state’s structural deficits head on. Unfortunately, there is a lack of collective appreciation for how painful this process will be. . . . → Read More: The Hidden State Financial Crisis, By Meredith Whitney