Principles for society

by Arthur Noll 1. The first principle for society is science. We need to make decisions based on repeatable, observable understandings of how things work. Currently, this is frequently not done, is often not done by scientists. That might seem like a strange claim to make. But it is a simple matter. Whenever people say …

Making connections, round two

My last post was my latest attempt to connect like-minded people. But, as if often the case, the discussion wandered. I think this is important, so I’m trying again. Again, the useful fora: the Classified Ads sections of Silent Country, Sustainable Country, Hubbert’s Arms, and The Oil Age. As mentioned previously, Michael Ruppert’s Collapse Network …

Making connections as the world burns … unless 126 does the trick

I’ve managed to connect via email several people, most of whom I’ve not met. I have connected directly with many like-minded people using myriad outlets, including online fora, email, telephone, and live-and-in-person. The latter has proved most gratifying, particularly including the few hundred visitors to the mud hut. Online opportunities have been largely disappointing to …

Vietnam is our future

by John Rember 1. In the fall of 2010, it’s still possible to buy two round-trip plane tickets from the west coast of the United States to Vietnam for two thousand dollars. Once there, it’s cheaper than staying home. A clean hotel room with a shower and toilet costs two people fifteen to twenty-five dollars …

Tinkerers on the scaffolding, or the recovery of ecstasy

by Sandy Krolick, who blogs at kulturCritic The tame and domesticated contours of civilized life have eclipsed our sense of the feral in everyday experience — that irrepressible anchor of human embodiment, our elemental interlacing with nature, “that subtle knot which makes us man.” Neglecting this wild core, we’ve abandoned our original gift of freedom, …

Reality bites

The BRICS are making their move to shove aside the U.S. dollar (although their own troubles might interfere). The dollar dump is particularly timely in light of recent recognition that U.S. credit verges on junk status, and rates lower than Mexico and several other countries with relatively small industrial economies. And, as pointed out by …

Resistance as commodity: America medicated and enslaved

by Sandy Krolick, who blogs at kulturCritic We have all sat enthralled by the recent images dancing across our HD TVs, our PC and Notebook screens, as events have unfolded in the Middle East and Northern Africa over the past few months. From Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia and …