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Nassim Taleb on the Financial Crisis

From EconTalk.org (Includes full transcript). Direct link to mp3 interview Nassim Taleb talks about the financial crisis, how we misunderstand rare events, the fragility of the banking system, the moral hazard of government bailouts, the unprecedented nature of really, really bad events, the contribution of human psychology to misinterpreting probability and the dangers of hubris. […]

The San Francisco EcoCity Declaration see Paolo Soleri honored too!

The San Francisco Ecocity Declaration An ecocity is an ecologically healthy city. Into the deep future, the cities in which we live must enable people to thrive in harmony with nature and achieve sustainable development. People oriented, ecocity development requires the comprehensive understanding of complex interactions between environmental, economic, political and socio-cultural factors based on […]

Peak water developments….Our water footprints; see old Water Shed idea

How much Virtual Water is in your shirt? Virtual Water is a measure of all the water it takes to make the products you use. Waterfootprint.orgcalculates that a new cotton shirt uses 2,700 liters. That’s a tally of the water evaporated in irrigating and growing the cotton, and the water needed to wash away the fertilizers and […]

Keep the InterNETS Free! Stanford FCC event for Net Neutrality

online liveJoin the conversation at the Free Press Action Network where we’ll be live blogging during the hearing. We’ll be discussing the hearing, current Internet policies, and what we can do to protect Internet freedom for the future.Live Chat During the FCC HearingDATE: Thursday, April 17TIME: 3- 10 p.m. ET / 12-7 p.m. PTLOCATION: www.freepress.net/actionIn recent […]

Intensive crop culture for high population is unsustainable by Peter Salonius

from Culture Change.org Intensive crop culture for high population is unsustainable Written by Peter Salonius Editor’s note: The following essay by soil scientist Peter Salonius is Part One of his two-part series for Culture Change that bursts the delusion of agriculture’s providing for a large human population long-term. If after reading it you have doubt, […]

Six Degrees of Separation/Connection may be in trouble. Why can’t 6/degrees find Osama bin laden?

Six Degrees has problems ScienceFriday.com’s version Chances are you’ve heard of the ‘small world’ idea of six degrees of separation. But is it correct? The idea traces back to an experiment begun in 1967 by Stanley Milgram, in which he tried to trace how many acquaintances it would take to pass a letter between two […]

“your papers, please!”, Air travelers to need permission to travel TSA

from — Edward Hasbrouck <edward@hasbrouck.org> <http://hasbrouck.org> The deadline for public comments on the USA Transportation Security Administration’s proposed rules to make would-be travellers obtain individualized prior permission for all journeys by air to, from, overflying, or even *within* the USA is this Monday, 22 October 2007. If you have a chance before 5 p.m. Washington […]

latest ” ‘Net Neutrality” outrage by Tel-Co’s: How Comcast blocks your Internet traffic

from http://machinist.salon.com/ How Comcast blocks your Internet traffic The broadband company’s audacious scheme to interrupt your data proves why network neutrality rules are crucial. By Farhad Manjoo Oct. 19, 2007 | Bless the Associated Press for unearthing, through careful and diligent investigation, Comcast’s shameful, hidden Internet traffic-management scheme. Comcast, the AP determined, actively manages data […]

Bloomberg: CPI Inflation Data is a “Lie”

We have long railed against the absurdity of the CPI data. The ridiculous adjustments, the lack of correlation between CPI prices and reality… More

Turning Ahmadinejad into public enemy No. 17 by Juan Cole on Salon.com

from Salon.com Turning Ahmadinejad into public enemy No. 1 Demonizing the Iranian president and making his visit to New York seem controversial are all part of the neoconservative push for yet another war. By Juan Cole Sep. 24, 2007 | Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly […]

time lapse film compresses 35 years of skyscraper construction in Shinjuku district of Tokyo

 http://blog.longnow.org/2007/09/10/35-year-time-lapse-of-tokyo-skyline/ [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/laPU0bS8JOc” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

Jonathan Ott on Free/Cheap/Peak fossil fuels/minerals update/comments

from Erowid Conference Report: Mind States Costa Rica by Lux, Erowid Staff Writer v1 – Jul 18, 2007 sample from Jon Ott- “The End of the Treasure in the Basement”, by Jonathan Ott Jonathan described himself as “not a prophet”, but someone who has been interested in the question of energy and the petroleum-based political […]

What resources are not Peaking? Now it’s Phosphorus! Way important!

From the Oil Drum site Peak Phosphorus Posted by Prof. Goose on August 17, 2007 – 10:00am Topic: Alternative energy Tags: agriculture, depletion, hubbert linearization, phosphorus, recycling This is a guest post by Patrick Déry and Bart Anderson. Patrick Déry is a physicist, energy, agriculture and environment analyst and consultant in Quebec, Canada. Bart Anderson […]

Venezuela giving Danny Glover $18m to direct film on epic slave revolt

· Chávez hopes venture will aid anti-imperialist fight · Actor wants to educate US on Toussaint Louverture Rory Carroll in Caracas Monday May 21, 2007 The Guardian