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Archives for September, 2010

While I’m Gone…

I’ve got to leave you with something fun to read. I’ll be in Virginia for several days – if you are anywhere near Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival this Saturday you should come by – it is going to be fabulous.. I’m going to be talking about how Jefferson’s idea of “A Nation of Farmers” can…

The Weirdness of our Worldview

There’s an interesting article in the National Post emergent from a recent study in _Brain and Behavioral Sciences_ The article, titled “The weirdest people in the world?”, appears in the current issue of the journal Brain and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Henrich and co-authors Steven Heine and Ara Norenzayan argue that life-long members of societies that…

Let us start with persona, since one goes to any prizefight to see the metaphorical battle of two created characters, embodying sides, virtues, faults. In this Corna… John Michael Greer, owner (by a whisker over Bob Waldrop) of the finest beard in Peak Oildom, Archdruid, moral descendent of Toynbee and Gibbon, considerer of declines in…

Touchdown, Baby Goat Style!

It isn’t that I’m not athletic, I am – but my strengths in the athletic zone were never speed and agility – more forceful forward motion and tough elbows in basketball games. I’ve never been the kind of person who makes that rolling catch to save the game. Until now. You see, I’ve got a…

Der Spiegel reports that it has obtained a German military think tank’s analysis of peak oil’s implicatons – and that the implications of the report are that the German government sees a peak oil scenario as potentially serious and likely enough to require attention: The issue is so politically explosive that it’s remarkable when an…

Another Gulf Oil Explosion

Yesterday I was on the phone with my Rabbi, who was asking me for data bout the BP oil spill and wanted to know whether there was any connection to peak oil. I told him that there certainly is – the BP oil spill is in many measures a consequence of a society under deep…

It is manifestly the case that I have never fully mastered keeping things from getting overwhelming, but I get better at it every year (mostly). And there is a lot you can do to make sure that the canning and preserving don’t make you crazy! Despite the fact that you’ve got a life, a job,…