Tag: Doomsday scenarios

The Problem With the ‘Warm’ in Global Warming: Most Like it Hot

Yves here. In addition to the issue that this article raises, that a lot of people prefer warm temperatures and hence aren’t as alarmed by visible climate changes as they ought to be, there’s a second not-helpful development, specifically in the northeastern part of the US. It’s disproportionately important by virtue of this area including […]

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Second Roundup Verdict: Jury Finds Weedkiller a “Substantial Cause” of Plantiff’s Cancer

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. A San Francisco jury found last Tuesday that Roundup – the glyphosate-based weedkiller – was “a substantial cause “ of the plaintiff Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, in the first of a three-phrase […]

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Five Ways to Talk to Kids About Climate Change (and Have Fun Too)

Yves here. While I know that teaching children about climate change is important and dificult, this post’s framing bothers my inner curmudgeon. I’ve never been big on fun and games, particularly in  learning. On top of that, activities that children were supposed to enjoy (art class!) were usually the things I despised (I saw art […]

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U.S. ‘’Oil Weapon’’ Could Change Geopolitics Forever

By Tim Daiss, an oil markets analyst, journalist and author working out of the Asia-Pacific region for 12 years. He has covered oil, energy markets and geopolitics for Forbes, Platts, Interfax, NewsBase, Rigzone, and the UK-based Independent (newspaper) as well as providing energy markets analysis for subscription newsletters. Originally published at OilPrice In a dynamic […]

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Another Theresa May Faceplant as the Brexit Clock Ticks: Speaker Bercow Nixes Another Meaningful Vote in Current Session

Just when you thought Brexit couldn’t possibly become more chaotic, those wily Brits manage to surprise. Theresa May tripped yet another landmine. Thanks to her decision to repeatedly put off votes and decisions in the hope of still getting approval for her detested Withdrawal Act, May was already set to go to Brussel for Thursday […]

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Shotgun Marriage: Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank Discuss Merger

Normally, when banks look into merging, the impetus is either opportunism, whether well informed or not, or desperation. The only thing that differentiates the possible combination of Deutsche Bank, long the sickest man of Europe, and not all that healthy Commerzbank is that the desperation isn’t driven by the usual urgency, that a bank is […]

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Of Course We Can Pay for a Green New Deal, but We Can’t Escape Hard Choices

Yves here. This post on the Green New Deal highlights an issue that hasn’t come close to getting the attention it warrants: the operational and organizational demands. However, it’s odd that the author does not consider revenue sharing, a program launched by that great American socialist Richard Nixon. Nixon believed that the federal government was […]

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The EU Is Facing Gigantic Questions About Its Future That Are Hidden in Obscure Bank Policy Decisions

By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and commentator. Produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute After dramatically lowering its growth forecast for the European Union (EU), the European Central Bank president, Mario Draghi, announced that the ECB would keep interest rate rises on hold for at least another year, as well […]

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Boeing Crapification: Second 737 Max Plane Within Five Months Crashes Just After Takeoff

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Yesterday, an Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 passengers on board. The crash occurred  less than five months after a Lion Air jet crashed near Jakarta, Indonesia, also […]

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Is a War With Iran on the Horizon?

By Bob Dreyfuss, an investigative journalist and founder of TheDreyfussReport.com. He is a contributing editor at the Nation, and he has written for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, the American Prospect, the New Republic, and many other magazines. He is the author of Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. Originally published at TomDispatch […]

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Have We Already Passed World Peak Oil and World Peak Coal?

By Gail Tverberg, an actuary interested in finite world issues – oil depletion, natural gas depletion, water shortages, and climate change. Originally published at Our Finite World Most people expect that our signal of an impending reduction in world oil or coal production will be high prices. Looking at historical data (for example, this post […]

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Deregulating Banks Fueled Speculation, Not Productive Investment

Yves here. While most readers probably accept the idea that letting banks run wild did more for financiers than the real economy, it’s still important to test the idea empirically. By Josh Ryan-Collins, PhD, Head of Research at University College London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He was previously Senior Economist at the New Economics […]

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Developing Industry Standards Won’t Give AI a Conscience

By Matthew Linares, Technical and Publishing Manager with openDemocracy. He is a variable tinkerer writing and organising around debates in technology and more: Thought and projects. He tweets @deepthings. Encrypt mail to him with his  public key. Originally published at openDemocracy Toyota unveil a self-driving car in 2013. IEEE’s new standards could transform how companies use AI. Image: […]

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The Green New Deal: Just Focus on What We Do, Not How We Pay for It

By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and commentator. Produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute Extreme weather variations and increasingly dire scientific reports have spurred surprisingly robust policy proposals for a Green New Deal. Rather admirably, the resolution sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) marks a significant […]

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