Monthly Archives: August 2015

Why aren’t the poor storming the barricades?

It is fallacious to argue that because no one is storming the castle, no real injustice exists. But maybe income inequality isn’t really a problem. “Overall material well-being” should be our lodestar, the Cato report reads, and an individual’s lifetime level … Continue reading

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The Long Thaw: How Humans Are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate

David Archer, Winner of the 2009 Walter P. Kistler Award, The Foundation For the Future, One of The Australian’s Best Books of 2009 If you think that global warming means slightly hotter weather and a modest rise in sea levels that will … Continue reading

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How China’s Currency Policies Will Change the World

The recent fluctuations in China’s currency typify the best and worst of a globalized world, where developments in one place can instantly change the political and financial calculations of governments in others. For most of human history, the communities, cultures … Continue reading

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The Nations That Will Be Hardest Hit by Water Shortages by 2040

Water access is going to be one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. As climate change dries out the already dry areas and makes the wet ones wetter, we’re poised to see some radical civilizational shifts. For … Continue reading

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Deflationary Collapse Ahead?

Both the stock market and oil prices have been plunging. Is this “just another cycle,” or is it something much worse? I think it is something much worse. Back in January, I wrote a post called Oil and the Economy: Where … Continue reading

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Cyberscience and 21st-century education

Technology changes at an exponential rate, yet engineering courses and curricula may take years or even decades to change. If you compare course requirements and Ph.D. examinations from 20 years ago with today’s, you’d find little difference, in part due … Continue reading

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Par globālo cīņu un tās metodēm

Politikā ir divi galvenie mērķu panākšanas līdzekļi – karš un diplomātija. Viss, kas nav karš, ir diplomātija. Pie tam diplomātija arī ir karš. Gadās tā, ka diplomātiskās uzvaras pretiniekiem ir daudz graujošākas nekā uzvara karā. Piemēram, ASV uzvarēja karā Japānu … Continue reading

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The Requirements and Possibilities of Creating Conscious Systems

Lyle N. Long1 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, Distinguished Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, and Mathematics, AIAA Fellow. Troy D. Kelley2 Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen, MD 20783, Engineering Psychologist, Human Research and Engineering Directorate. American Institute of Aeronautics and … Continue reading

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Awakening the Horrors of the Ancient Hothouse — Hydrogen Sulfide in the World’s Warming Oceans

In the context of increasing ocean hypoxia and stratification, we might do well to remember that we are tiny, weak beings at the mercy of great natural forces which we can barely conceive or understand. Forces that we have unwittingly, … Continue reading

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Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole Toward a Second Great Dying? World Ocean Shows Signs of Coming Extinction.

The last time Earth experienced a Great Dying was during a dangerous transition from glaciation and to hothouse. We’re doing the same thing by burning fossil fuels today. And if we are sensitive to the lessons of our geological past, we’ll … Continue reading

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Debating the Morality of Hiroshima

By George Friedman Each year at this time — the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima — the world pauses. The pause is less to mourn the dead than to debate a moral question: whether the bombing was justified and, … Continue reading

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How the World Really Works

– The luckiest, fittest, smartest, with the capability for ruthlessness survive – always have – always will – Resources are finite and therefore ownership is a zero sum game – The strong always take from the weak – if they … Continue reading

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The death of bees explained

Colony collapse disorder (CCD), a name coined in 2006, describes a honeybee colony that has lost the vast majority of its worker bees, with only a queen, nurse bees and immature bees remaining. While the phenomenon has existed throughout the … Continue reading

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