Archive for January, 2010

Book TV Interview Available

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 by talewis

Watch the C-SPAN Book TV interview on Brace for Impact here.

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Supreme Court Invalidates Democracy

Posted in The Failed State with tags , on January 23, 2010 by talewis

Pledge allegiance to the corporations of the United States of America, and to the republic which they now own. One nation, indifferent to its citizens, with liberty and justice for the rich.

Anyone who still hoped, against all the evidence, that the American democracy could be saved from strangulation by the pervasive and increasing death-grip of big money, has just been served with a do-not-resuscitate order by the Supreme Court of the United States. No greater perversion of the principles of our Constitution, and of the language we use to talk about it, can be imagined. Continue reading

Haiti: Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Foretold

Posted in Apocalypse When? with tags , , , on January 13, 2010 by talewis

If we were rational people, the evacuation of California would begin today. The destruction of Haiti by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake is not only an immense catastrophe, of Biblical proportions, for that accursed country, but is also a prophecy for California. Continue reading

Oil: Looking a Little Peaked

Posted in The End of OIl with tags , on January 13, 2010 by talewis

When our car’s odometer shows us two or three zeros in a row, we tend for a short time to think about its welfare over the long term, not just how much gas is left in the tank. How well have we been maintaining it, what is its life expectancy now, what are the probabilities of major problems? Then, usually, we go back to sticking the key in the ignition and filling the tank.

When changing the calendar shows us a zero in the year’s designation, something similar happens, or should. We tend to review, briefly, the longer-term trends in the country, in our health, in our prospects. Such a review in 2010 brings us face to face with the imminence of a catastrophic global event: peak oil. Continue reading

You Want Fries With That? Ammonia? Bacteria?

Posted in Fat of the Land with tags , , , on January 4, 2010 by talewis

Two little-noticed stories during the year-end holiday period demonstrated the ominous, increasing stresses on our industrial food-supply system, and the absence of any rational, let alone effective, measures to safeguard it.

First, a 16-state outbreak of E. Coli contamination in meat, sickened more than 20 people in the Midwest and required the recall of a quarter-million pounds of beef. Continue reading