Because none of us has crystal balls, and none of us is perfect, it makes the most sense to plan for multiple possible scenarios, and thus to put our energies in the places that get us the most bang for our buck, the most resilience and best possible responses for the broadest *range* of possible scenarios. I’m going to list five scenarios that I think are possible, running from the most unlikely to the most likely, and then we can explore this question of what the future is going to look like, not from our single bet, but from the perspective of trying to maximize utility for multiple scenarios. . . . → Read More: Sorting Out Possible Scenarios For The Future, By Sharon Astyk
It is important to recognize inaccurate stereotypes about the simple life because they make it seem impractical and ill suited for responding to increasingly critical breakdowns in world systems. Four misconceptions about the simple life are so common they deserve special attention. These are equating simplicity with: poverty, moving back to the land, living without beauty and economic stagnation. . . . → Read More: Four Misconceptions About The Simple Life, By Duane Elgin
But while his online homies clearly relish Orlov’s hard edge, it would be a shame if his intimidating reputation put off a wider audience from reading his brilliant book, recently re-released. Here, I’d like to propose a different, hopefully more accessible way of seeing Orlov: as a foreign-born observer of American culture in the mold of Alexis de Tocqueville. But with a little bit of Gallagher thrown in — yes, that Gallagher, the prop comic with the goofy hair and suspenders, popular in the 1980s for smashing watermelons on stage. . . . → Read More: Smashing The Melon of American Complacency With The Mallet of Russian Grit, By Erik Curren
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
From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the fabric of global society. . . . → Read More: Steep Oil Prices, Food Shortages Will Likely Spark Deadly Riots This Year, By Michael Klare and Tom Engelhardt
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We know that peak oil will be here soon, and we feel like we should be doing something. But what? It is frustrating to know where to start. In this chapter, we will discuss a few ideas about what we as individuals can do.
1. What will the first . . . → Read More: Preparing For Life In A Peak Oil World, By Gail Tverberg
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The following is an excerpt from BIll Kauffman’s Bye, Bye Miss American Empire (http://www NULL.chelseagreen NULL.com/bookstore/item/bye_bye_miss_american_empire/) (Chelsea Green, 2010).
Norman Mailer, the novelist and pugilist whose 1969 campaign for mayor of New York City (http://www NULL.nytimes NULL.com/2007/11/18/nyregion/18mailer NULL.html) was the most articulate and pugnacious and inspiring secession episode . . . → Read More: Bye, Bye Ms. American Empire–Can We Talk About Secession Now? By Bill Kauffman
[Speaking Truth to Power mentioned on Huffington Post. Thank you Craig!–CB]
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Can we get beyond denial about peak oil, climate change, and economic troubles as long as we don’t find forms of action open to us?
The genius of the “transition town” movement is that it starts . . . → Read More: The Transition Town Movement’s Initial Genius, By Craig Comstock