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James Howard Kunstler: Bull, bonds, and fiscal ballet

By James Howard Kunstler How hilarious is the Federal Reserve’s cattle drive of cash money (i.e. liquidity) into the stock markets? I’ll tell you: if that cash is outflow from bonds that pay ZIRP interest rates, then this attempt to stampede investment into the stock market is only going to succeed in ravaging the bond […]

February 4th

James Howard Kunstler: Modernity bites

By James Howard Kunstler There is surely a correspondence between an exhausted culture and a populace devolved so far into mental dullness that it can’t recognize its predicament. We don’t seem to get how much the industrial production spree of the past 200 years has just plum worn us out, not to mention the ecosystem […]

November 26th

Top 10 ways to green your Thanksgiving

They say that green is the new black, but that doesn’t mean you have to get all emo about it. It’s possible to be joyful and celebratory – and smart. As we officially enter the season of holiday cheer, holiday shopping and holiday excess, we can all think about the planet, too… Getting There – Thanksgiving […]

November 21st

James Howard Kunstler: Peak oil, peak bullshit

By James Howard Kunstler Those inhabiting the economic wish-space got a case of the vapors last week when the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) published an annual report stating that the USA would overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading oil producer and reach the long-touted nirvana of “energy independence.” The news was greeted in […]

November 20th

At the heart of Obama’s plan: Clean energy (Romney, not so much)

  The two candidates are up with dueling ads today – both feature the candidate talking directly to the camera, and by extension to the American people. Both lay out their vision and their agenda for the next four years. But both couldn’t be more different. President Obama talks directly to us. “…If I could […]

September 27th

GOP House of Reps: “Get out of the way, Nature!!”

Two years isn’t a long time.  But its enough time to inflict some serious damage if you’re the new party in power in the House of Representatives. The Republicans, riding the lunatic fringe Tea Party wave in the 2010 election, seized a sizable majority of the House of Representatives and started their reign of terror […]

September 17th

Conservatives fear the future, so they’re lying about the Chevy Volt

It’s very confusing when supposed free-market capitalists fail to understand the basic functions of markets and economics. But that’s what seems to be going on with the right wing and the Chevy Volt – well, that and outright lying. As part of their campaign to fear the future and hate anything whatsoever that Democrats and […]

September 16th

David Brin: The case for a scientific nation, part 2

By David Brin Last time I made it clear whom I blame for 90% of the tragic collapse of American political discourse, and especially the War on Science.  Indeed, I will finish (in a bit) by quoting one of the most eloquent calls that I have seen, for a return to confidence in our future-oriented nation. (See: […]

September 11th

DNC: Wednesday’s environmental update

While there wasn’t much talk about climate change at the Democratic Convention Wednesday, there were other environmental issues that came up – particularly clean energy. And the central theme appeared to be putting the country back to work – not by dumping more tax breaks on the richest 1 percent, but by leveling the playing […]

September 6th

Romney’s Energy Policy a Liability…Among Republicans!

Welcome to Bizarro-World. Poor, poor Mitt.  Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, that everything you say is red meat to your Republican base, that all your hard work courting the far right of your party has paid off, you end up on the wrong side of the fence. We all know […]

August 27th

Paul Ryan Loves Government Spending

If there’s one thing Republicans love, it’s federal government spending.  Their other great love is keeping up a continuous echo chamber around the idea that federal government spending is the source of all evil in the world, that Obama’s stimulus package didn’t create a single job…blah blah blah. Enter, your next (aspiring) vice-president of the […]

August 20th

On the environment, Paul Ryan sucks

So, Mitt Romney is once again trying to nail down his conservative base by selecting Paul Ryan, the medicaid-slashing Congressman from Wisconsin, as his Vice Presidential running mate. You probably already know that Ryan’s signature issue: he wants to eliminate government-run medicaid and turn it into a voucher program for the states (and one that […]

August 11th