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You can't buy your way out of the collapse.

Douglas Rushkoff on the ultra-wealthy trying to figure out how the world will end (because of them) and how to dominate through it. Quite depressing, if unsurprising.

Finally, the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system, and asked: “How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?” The event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, solar storm, unstoppable virus, or malicious computer hack that takes everything down.
Linked on the 7th of September, 2022 Details

Welcome to the 21st Century.

I'm not always a fan of Tim O'Reilly's views from the Silicon Valley bubble. Even so, his article on the "post-covid future" is worth putting some time aside for.

So, when you read stories—and there are many—speculating or predicting when and how we will return to “normal”, discount them heavily. The future will not be like the past. The comfortable Victorian and Georgian world complete with grand country houses, a globe-spanning British empire, and lords and commoners each knowing their place, was swept away by the events that began in the summer of 1914 (and that with Britain on the “winning” side of both world wars.) So too, our comfortable “American century” of conspicuous consumer consumption, global tourism, and ever-increasing stock and home prices may be gone forever.
Linked on the 5th of July, 2020 Details

How to destroy a megalopolis

A perfect analogy for how climate change will affect us: by wearing us down, not through some singular event.

Linked on the 16th of February, 2020 Details

Introducing the idea of ‘hyperobjects’

It’s like being inside the gigantic worm in The Empire Strikes Back. For a while, you can kid yourself that you’re not inside a gigantic worm, until it starts digesting you. Because the worm is “everywhere” in your field of vision, you can’t really tell the difference between it and the surface of the asteroid you think you landed on.

I really like this term "hyperobject" used to describe things you can mentally picture or think about but can't see as such. Like, for example, climate change.

Linked on the 8th of December, 2019 Details

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals.

While we busy ourselves greening our personal lives, fossil fuel corporations are rendering these efforts irrelevant.

They've pulled off the best trick ever: making it all about personal responsibility while they happily destroy the planet in the background. We need to attack the issue from all sides: personal change but, more importantly, system change.

Linked on the 25th of September, 2019 Details

At 4°C of warming, would a billion people survive? What scientists say.

I recently watched a BBC interview with Extinction Rebellion's co-founder Roger Hallam where he mentions six billion people could die from starvation and war before the end of the century.

My future outlook as far as the coming climate emergency is downright bleak and even I was a bit surprised at the numbers he was throwing out. Well, it turns out there are scientists out there who believe exactly that.

Linked on the 20th of August, 2019 Details