Sep 222014
 

Hypocrisy at its best/worst. MT: The #ClimateMarch is trashing & polluting NYC @vickikellar Pic of Trash;Somehow this doesnt seem too green 2me pic.twitter.com/zfIWvmFnWk — Climate News (@ClimateNewsCA) September 21, 2014 Litter left by the #PeopleClimateMarch. Their love for the earth is so real, they couldn't even use a trash can. pic.twitter.com/uhB7JxBN8f — C (@chelsea_elisa) September 21, 2014

Sep 222014
 
Gail Tverberg on Collapsing Oil Prices: Sign of Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to End of Oil Supply?

Guest post by Gail Tverberg of Our Finite World Oil and other commodity prices have recently been dropping. Is this good news, or bad? I would argue that falling commodity prices are bad news. It likely means that the debt bubble which has been holding up the world economy for a very long–since World War II, at least–is failing to expand sufficiently. If the debt bubble collapses, we will be in huge difficulty. Many people have the impression that falling oil prices mean that the cost of production is falling, and thus that the feared “peak oil” is far in [...]

Sep 222014
 

Probably the 4 words many of us have wanted to say many times throughout our careers. At least she had something lined up… The exact words spoken (because the video sound sucks): “Now everything you heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy for fighting for freedom and fairness which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” she said. “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”

Sep 212014
 
`Fundamentals' Improving as U.S. Stocks Rise, Doll Says

Robert Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management, Krishna Memani, chief investment officer at Oppenheimer Funds, Lewis Alexander, chief U.S. economist for Nomura Holdings Inc., and Brian Blair, an analyst at Rosenblatt Securities, talk about the outlook for U.S. stocks, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s initial public offering and their investment strategies.

Last Hours

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Sep 202014
 

The film “Last Hours” describes a science-based climate scenario where a tipping point to runaway climate change is triggered by massive releases of frozen methane. Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has already started to percolate into the open seas and atmosphere from methane hydrate deposits beneath melting arctic ice, from the warming northern-hemisphere tundra, and from worldwide continental-shelf undersea methane pools. Burning fossil fuels release carbon that, principally through greenhouse effect, heat the atmosphere and the seas. This is happening most rapidly at the polar extremes, and this heating has already begun the process of releasing methane. If we do [...]

Sep 202014
 

Julian Assange discusses the meeting he had in 2011 with Eric Schmidt, then a top executive and now chairman of Google, and 3 others. He says the meeting was nominally over a book that was being written, which was published and had pre-publication endorsements from the likes of Tony Blair and Henry Kissinger, but the question he wanted to know was why was this book being written? He examines the networks behind Google, and their ‘in-house state department’ Google ideas, and reveals that they are pushing the position that the State should control what is and is not published, to [...]

Sep 182014
 

In his book “Empire: the Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power”, Oxford historian Niall Ferguson claims that the British Empire was one of the world’s modernizing forces. He suggests that America, because of its global dominance, is really an empire but is reluctant to recognize it. Is this “empire”, with its fiscal deficits and colossal military spending, about to crumble too?

Sep 182014
 

How will the future remember you? Will society look back upon the life you have lived and believe you to be a hero or a villain? How are slave owners viewed today? How are those who opposed equal rights for women viewed in modern times? Are you doing something which the future will view in a similar light?