Weekend Reading; see how the world changed last week

Contents I.  “The Trillion-Dollar War“, Reason (May 2008) – “The War on Terror is now more expensive than Vietnam or World War I—but the dishonest way Washington is paying for it may prove costliest of all.” II.  “The Uneven Playing Field“, New York Times Magazine  (11 May 2008) – An illustration of the militarization of our …

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Good news about the 21st century, a counterbalance to the doomsters

As a breath of fresh air after the previous post, I recommend reading this article.  I strongly recommend reading this article.  A brief excerpt gives the flavor of the contents. “In the Air – Who says big ideas are rare?“, Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker  (12 May 2008) Nathan Myhrvold met Jack Horner on the …

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Spreading the news: the end is nigh!

Peak Oil as end of civilization is a hot meme.  Its spread illustrates how ideas propagate though our society. “Why I hope the search for extraterrestrial life finds nothing“, Tim Bostrom, Technology Review (May/June 2008) — This is a long and subtle analysis of the Fermi Paradox.  One section of the essay discusses end-time scenarios: The other possibility is that the Great …

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Peak Oil Doomsters debunked, end of civilization called off

Summary:  this brief analysis of Matt Savinar‘s Life After the Oil Crash.  Are we doomed?  Probably not.  My title is, of course, fun but absurd.  Peak oil is too vast a subject, the range of expert opinion too wide, for any blog post to pose as more than a introduction — showing one perspective of …

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