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!

Updates to past posts, and an open thread to post comments and questions about gepolitics

Summary: Today we have updates to past posts, interesting recent news about important themes.  Also, please use this as an open thread to comment and ask questions about geopolitics. Contents More news of the robot revolution The rumor-mongers were wrong (again) about US carriers attacking Iran Ayn Rand back in the news! The rumors were … Continue reading Updates to past posts, and an open thread to post comments and questions about gepolitics

Wisdom in the raw: best of the comments from the FM website

Summary: Intense bare-knuckle discussions of important topics brings out the occasional burst of raw wisdom. Here we harvest those from the comments section of the FM website. Please post in the comments your favorites and your reactions. Contents Introduction Pogo: one of America's greatest philosophers explains the challenge for our time How to reply to … Continue reading Wisdom in the raw: best of the comments from the FM website

Recommendations for your weekend reading pleasure – and an open comment thread.

Summary:   Today we have a potpourri of articles -- insights, information, and folly -- for your weekend reading pleasure (with the two best below the fold).  Yes, this went up a day early. The comment box is open.  Ask questions and express your views.  Please be polite and brief. (1)  Everybody loves real estate!  See … Continue reading Recommendations for your weekend reading pleasure – and an open comment thread.

Some important articles. Mirrors in which we can see America.

Summary:  Every society has rationality tokens.  Some have many; some few.  In some they are held by people who become leaders of their society; in some they're held by outcasts.  As a nation evolves, its rationality tokens pass into new hands.  Here we look at America, seeking to find their new holders. The disk was … Continue reading Some important articles. Mirrors in which we can see America.