Monthly Archives: January 2016

Tough but Resilient

Life in North America can be a real mess these days. Mexico is becoming a total blood bath. Likewise US inner city precincts  — such as are found in  Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, St. Louis, Oakland, Milwaukee, Detroit, New Orleans, … … Continue reading

Posted in Dangerous Child, Demographics, Idiocracy, Survival Prepping, Terrorism, Weapons | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Gun-Crazy Americans Just Might Survive to See the Next Century

More Civilised Europeans Likely to Go Extinct Stories of gun-toting Americans are featured on US local news reports every day. But the violence is not all one-sided. Ordinary Americans are beginning to pack heat, and are fighting back. When Citizens Arm … Continue reading

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When Corrupt Frenemies Encircle: Race to the Finish

China is moving strongly into Iran and Central Asia — and showing signs of planning bold moves into the middle east. China is also investing in Ukraine, Turkey, several Baltic nations, and Central Europe. An economic encirclement of Russia by … Continue reading

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Bleak Global Marketplace: Nowhere to Invest, Shorting the Yuan

As the amount of money in the financial markets grows compared to the amount of worthwhile investments, it’s like having more and more rich people standing on a shrinking platform… … the basic idea behind an investment — be it … Continue reading

Posted in China, Economics, Russia, Wealth of Nations | Tagged ,

Lose Your Power, Lose Your Life!

The Electric Power critical infrastructure is unique in that it supports all 17 other critical infrastructure and key resource sectors. Today’s complex, digital world simply requires electric power for all or certain aspects of most business and consumer activities.  __ … Continue reading

Posted in Electrical Power Grid, Energy, Green Quagmire, Transportation | Tagged | 4 Comments

Chinese Looking for “Secrets of the Jews”

Why Are Jews so Successful in Science, Maths, and Business? In the sciences, Jews have won 22 percent of all the Nobel Prizes ever awarded – 29 percent of the prizes since 1950, after the Holocaust destroyed a third of … Continue reading

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An Uber Style of Medical Care for the US?

The Tech Revolution is Sweeping Over Much of US Society — Why Not Health Care? Health care-market distortions have considerably worsened since Kenneth Arrow famously described them in 1963; but in other industries less dominated by misguided government intervention, similar … Continue reading

Posted in Cognition, Disruptive Technologies, Future, Human Brain, Knowledge, Medicine, Practical Medicine, Technology | Tagged

When Nuclear-Armed Tyrannies Collapse: What is the Worst that Could Happen?

When tyrants feel threatened with loss of power, they are apt to do just about anything.  Pushed to the wall, what is the worst they might do? Over the last two years, President Vladimir Putin has confirmed his legitimacy through … Continue reading

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Time to Stop Worshiping the Fickle Ancient Gods of Wind and Sun

Advanced, safe, clean, affordable, reliable nuclear power is the future. Unless advanced human societies all collapse, wind and solar will always be the fickle gods of the past. Wind and solar energy are weather-dependent, variable and intermittent, i.e., therefore not … Continue reading

Posted in Electrical Power Grid, Energy, Green Quagmire, Groupthink, Nuclear Power, Oil Prices, Sun, Technology, Wind | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Why Won’t the Bitch Just Die?

Western Civilisation Shows a Marked Reticence to Roll Over and Die Doomers are a dime a dozen. According to such doomers as Ehrlich, Orlov, Kuntsler, Cobb, etc. the nations of the west should have dropped dead long ago from one … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Anarchy, Demographics, Disruptive Technologies, Doom, Government, Peter Zeihan | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Space News

Update: SpaceX Launches Satellite Successfully; Barge Landing of Stage 1 Booster a Spectacular Failure One can learn much more from failures, than from successes. SpaceX put a lot of effort into its rocket boosters to achieve successful space launch. If … Continue reading

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Someone is Telling You What You Can Think, What You Can Read, What You Can Say . . .

Wherever there is censorship, book-burning, and propaganda, there are people behind the scenes who think they know better what you should be thinking, reading, and discussing, than you do yourself. It is still possible to find a broad range of … Continue reading

Posted in Internet, Propaganda, Russian Decline

A Modern Civilisation Without Working Power Grids and Internets?

The Congressional EMP Commission has repeatedly warned that a nuclear Scud missile launched from a freighter could prompt a U.S. blackout that would … last for at least a year, but kill nine in every 10 Americans. There are nearly … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Anarchy, Electrical Power Grid, Internet, Privacy, Rebuilding Civilisation, Technology

We Should Have Seen This Coming

“Russian authorities have been consistently claiming during the past several months that the economic crisis in Russia has bottomed out,” the paper states. “However, a brief analysis of the raw data from the Russian economy, and the most realistic patterns … Continue reading

Posted in China, Demographics, Fertility, Russian Collapse, Russian Decline, Siberia | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

China’s Leader Prepares for a Major Crisis

President, Party Secretary, and Supreme Military Commander Xi Jinping Prepares for Crises Ahead China’s President Xi Jinping has made extreme changes to the organisation of the CPC’s military (the PLA) Xi has made a strong move to consolidate all military … Continue reading

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Why the USSR Won the Cold War

The USSR knew how to fight a cold war. Big military parades, incessant party propaganda from birth to death, compulsory military service, lots of tanks and missiles. Who would not be frightened into submission by the massive spectacle of a … Continue reading

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Global Civilisations in 2016: The Clash Has Not Been Cancelled

Muslims have more children than members of the seven other major religious groups… Muslims have the youngest median age (23 in 2010) of all major religious groups… More than a third of Muslims are concentrated in Africa and the Middle … Continue reading

Posted in Coming Anarchy, Demographics, Europe, Islam's Bloody Borders | 3 Comments

Vaginas Have Their Uses

The human vagina has several uses, including as a conduit for discarded uterine effluent, as a receptacle and conduit for seminal influent, and as a smuggling compartment for moving various substances and materials across borders. It can also serve a … Continue reading

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Your Own Fractal Navy for a Safe Seagoing Life

What are Fractal Systems? A fractal is a natural phenomenon or a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern that displays at every scale. It is also known as expanding symmetry or evolving symmetry… One often cited description that Mandelbrot … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Ocean, Weapons | 5 Comments

What Would Hit Girl Do?

A violent rape epidemic is sweeping Europe and much of the Anglosphere — in part because modern, culturally non-violent children, youth, women, and men do not have effective, instinctive strategies for dealing with the growing threat. Around 1,000 young men … Continue reading

Posted in Dangerous Child, Martial Arts and Fight Training | 4 Comments

Pitiful Earthlings: Who Can Save You in 2016?

Will the Disintegration of the Russian Government Lead to Chaos? Robert D. Kaplan says yes, and there are many reasons to agree. A few optimists have other ideas: The looming disintegration of the Russian Federation would “not be a catastrophe … Continue reading

Posted in China, Coming Anarchy, Economics, Russian Decline

Is Barack Obama a Monkey?

Some People in Russia Seem to Think So Shops sell bumper stickers, posters, T-shirts and cardboard cut-outs with images of Obama as an ape and a chimney sweep… … Evgeniy Satanovskiy, a Russian academic and frequent guest on Kiselyov’s program, … Continue reading

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Future Materials Medleys: Metals, Ceramics, Carbons

Humans have made clever use of metals and ceramics for thousands of years. Carbons — coal, graphite, diamond etc. — have likewise found human use for thousands of years. But it is only recently that humans have begun to learn … Continue reading

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End of the World Library to Help Things Reboot After TEOTWAWKI

You made it through the end of the world. Given enough time and care, you may find enough cooperative survivors to begin rebuilding. But how can you replace the knowledge that was lost when everything fell apart? You can’t, not … Continue reading

Posted in Internet, Knowledge, Rebuilding Civilisation, Survival Prepping, TEOTWAWKI | Tagged | 2 Comments

Heaven Is A Long-Shot Gamble Part II

According to the KISS study, the cost for a future mission to identify and return a 500 ton asteroid to low earth orbit is ~$2.6 billion USD, ignoring the costs to develop the infrastructure necessary to process the materials in … Continue reading

Posted in Asteroids, Disruptive Technologies, Future, Space Future, Technology | Tagged , | 5 Comments