Five trillion is a red line. Cross it and the environment crashes.

Summary: Here are three stories about environmental destruction, all featuring "five trillion" as the horrific number. Scary stories. Are they accurate? To understand a trillion, look at it in cash (1) Five trillion tons of ice has melted! "5 Trillion Tons of Ice Lost Since 2002" by climate propagandist Phil Plait at Slate. "…land ice … Continue reading Five trillion is a red line. Cross it and the environment crashes.

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What are the big questions that 2014 might answer?

Summary:  December brings forth a crop of retrospective analysis about the past year and confident forecasts about the next. The FM website has posted almost daily doses of the former, and I lack the confidence to do the latter. Instead let's ask about questions. What issues might dominate 2014, and influence the years beyond? Finding … Continue reading What are the big questions that 2014 might answer?

Question time on the FM website. Post your questions and answers!

Summary: It’s time again for question time — “ask the mineshaft”. In the comments post your questions about geopolitics. And post your answers to other people’s questions.  This is a community exercise, from the German “Gemeinschaft” (see Wikipedia). Contents How do open source projects & businesses fare in the Boydian world of competition, rate of … Continue reading Question time on the FM website. Post your questions and answers!