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Sacred Demise

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You Can’t Say That! By Richard Heinberg

Gagged

So the real trade-off, the real choice we face, is not between climate protection on one hand and economic growth on the other. It’s between planned economic contraction (with government managing the post-carbon transition through infrastructure investment and useful make-work programs) as a possible but unlikely strategy, and unplanned, unmanaged economic and environmental collapse as our default scenario. . . . → Read More: You Can’t Say That! By Richard Heinberg

Shocking Study: Suicide Overtakes Car Accidents As The Leading Cause Of Death–Is It The Economy?, By Kathleen Geier

Depression

An extremely disturbing new study published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that suicides have replaced car accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. This is partly because deaths from automobile accidents are down — that’s the good news. . . . → Read More: Shocking Study: Suicide Overtakes Car Accidents As The Leading Cause Of Death–Is It The Economy?, By Kathleen Geier

Energy, Economy, And The Impending Rite Of Passage, By Eric Garza

Rites of Passage

The decision to embark on this rite of passage won’t be an easy one. Most people in the developed world have no interest in changing anything about their lives or their worldviews, and are often oblivious that anything’s amiss to begin with. They’re not remotely interested in asking the hard questions that might shed light on a path forward. Even those of us who are open to the rite struggle to take that first step. We’re scared. I’m scared. But we can’t allow this fear to rule our lives, to constrain our lives. A rite of passage isn’t supposed to be easy, it’s supposed to introduce us to our edges and the void that lies beyond. I can’t pretend to know precisely what each of these stages of our impending rite of passage will look like, how people in different regions will muddle through, but I trust it’ll be powerful, enlightening and, at the very least, interesting. Perhaps more interesting than we’d prefer. But then we live in interesting times, so go figure. . . . → Read More: Energy, Economy, And The Impending Rite Of Passage, By Eric Garza

VIDEO: Richard Heinberg: Why The End of Growth Means More Happiness

Heinberg believes our decades-long era of growth was based on aberrant set of conditions- namely cheap oil, but also cheap minerals, cheap food, etc- and that looking ahead, we need to prepare for a “new normal” . . . → Read More: VIDEO: Richard Heinberg: Why The End of Growth Means More Happiness

Planning For Higher Food And Energy Prices And Their Wider Impacts, By Gail Tverberg

Food & Energy Cost

If you are able to move quickly as conditions change, this flexibility has its advantages. Losing your job is probably the biggest risk right now. Think about how you might deal with the situation. Also, we don’t know how things will change in the future. One area may be affected by a lack of water; another by an electrical system that no longer works, and can’t be repaired in any reasonable time frame, perhaps after a storm. If you are not too tied to where you are, you can make better decisions regarding changes. . . . → Read More: Planning For Higher Food And Energy Prices And Their Wider Impacts, By Gail Tverberg

It’s The Inequality, Stupid, By Dave Gilson and Carolyn Perot

dollar

A huge share of the nation’s economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244. . . . → Read More: It’s The Inequality, Stupid, By Dave Gilson and Carolyn Perot

Beyond Affluenza And Into The “New Normal”: Carolyn Baker Interviews David Wann

New-Normal

We are a nation on the edge of a nervous breakdown. We consume two-thirds of the world’s anti-depressants as we battle for position in the economy. Why not just declare a cease-fire with the Joneses we’ve been trying to keep up with? We’ve bought into the notion that if we’re not wealthy, we’re not good enough, which creates horrible stress and anxiety. Why not become citizens again, creating employee-owned businesses and member-owned credit unions that can reduce both killer stress and unnecessary expenses? (Credit unions save $8 billion a year in interest on loans because they are non-profit) Why not invest in community bonds, portfolios and banks and make living returns on our investments? . . . → Read More: Beyond Affluenza And Into The “New Normal”: Carolyn Baker Interviews David Wann

How Is An Oil Shortage Like A Missing Cup of Flour? By Gail Tverberg

Cup of Flour

ORIGINAL ARTICLE (http://www NULL.energybulletin NULL.net/stories/2011-02-07/commentary-how-oil-shortage-missing-cup-flour)

If I bake a batch of cookies and the recipe calls for two cups of flour but I have only one, it is pretty clear that I can’t bake a full batch of cookies. All I can make is half a batch. I will end up with half of . . . → Read More: How Is An Oil Shortage Like A Missing Cup of Flour? By Gail Tverberg

Are We Witnessing The Start of A Global Revolution? By Andrew Gavin Marshall

Civil Unrest

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

Limits To Debt, By Richard Heinberg

Debt Burden

ORIGINAL ARTICLE (http://www NULL.energybulletin NULL.net/stories/2011-01-20/limits-debt)

This article is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Richard’s new book (working title ‘The End of Growth’), which is set for publication in July 2011. Given the urgency and fragility of the global economic crisis, we will be serializing the rough content as Richard writes it.

Let’s step . . . → Read More: Limits To Debt, By Richard Heinberg