Sunday, May 20, 2018

Peak drinkable water

Resource Insights:: "But affordable desalination is all premised on cheap energy. And, cheap energy may not be a given far into the future in a world where 80 percent of society's energy comes from finite fossil fuels. (One needs also to consider that the burning of fossil fuels to run a desalination plant contributes to the very climate change that is making droughts longer and more devastating—creating the need for more such plants.)"

Friday, May 18, 2018

Free public transport and falling birth rates

It's becoming clear to people that capitalism and it's push for growth are a threat to the biosphere.

But who can stop such a power?

Common people can, and common people are.

People just can no longer afford the wasteful sprawl-and-baby system. As more cities have fare-free buses and trams, people urbanize and find they need education and healthcare more than farm hands.

Instead of the leafy suburb, we can offer the carfree, permaculture city.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Estonia Will Roll Out Free Public Transit Nationwide

CityLab: "On July 1, the entire country of Estonia will create the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world, one that will stretch across its entire territory. That will make it feasibly possible (if complicated) to travel by bus from one end of this 1.3 million-strong Baltic nation to the other without paying a cent."

Civilization is a heat engine, regardless of fuel used

Economics: "This is a testable hypothesis, one that is motivated by physics, and is supported by historical observations of the global economy. Summing wealth over all the world’s nations, 7.1 Watts is required to maintain every one thousand inflation-adjusted 2005 dollars of historically accumulated economic wealth. 

To be clear, this relationship is not between energy and yearly economic output or GDP, nor is it to the more restrictive view of wealth as physical capital that can be found in traditional economic models. Instead, the constant relates current energy consumption to the summation of production not just over one year -- the GDP -- but over all of time. This quantity has a fixed relationship to current energy consumption that is independent of the year that is considered. As of 2010, civilization was powered by about 17 trillion Watts of power which supported about 2352 trillion dollars of collective global wealth. In 1970, civilization was younger, and both quantities were smaller by more than half. In the interim, energy consumption and wealth grew in tandem, but at variable rates that increased slowly from 1.4% per year to 2.2% per year. "

Friday, May 11, 2018

Narrative of fake left falling apart

Russia and US play games with propagandists. The game of empire vs resistance.

Lately a big coup for Russia has been the fake left coming out in support of the Syria regime.

Now Russia has to pull back on Iran's leash. This will reduce Syria regime cannon fodder and speed up the partitioning of Syria among Turkey, Russia, and US. All three are busy looking for a replacement for Assad that keeps the murderous "security" structure in place.

Fake left will have to rewrite their theses.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Corporate media full of filler

The secret to success in corporate media, which includes TV and movies, is to capture attention without addressing anything of substance. Here is what is missed.
  • Physics is bigger than economics.
  • Economic growth is destroying the biosphere.
  • There are two main classes of people.
  • The wealthy are rivals of each other, not enemies.
  • The automobile and sprawl are the engine of overshoot.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Earth to humans: You've gone too far

Monday, May 7, 2018

Iran deal distraction

The oil reserve in Kirkuk, Iraq, is huge, and who ever controls it has a lot of power over the world economy.

The US has allied with every thug imaginable to get control of it.

They tried to use Iran for "boots on the ground." As with every other plan, this has not worked, and has created more problems for the US.

Will there be war with Iran? No. Will there be a US - Russia war? No.

Proxy fighting will continue.

Massacre of civilians, especially Muslims, will continue.