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Wind Power’s Limits to Growth

Every technology contains an innate “economy of scale” for the system within which it operates. As seen in the graph below, grid-scale wind energy is beginning to run into inherent limits of applicability in US power grids: The amount of … Continue reading

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Support Your Local Brewer

American Craft Beer Week 2018: May 14 to May 20 Americans begin celebrating the 2018 American Craft Beer Week today. I am not certain why the celebration is for only one week of the year, but perhaps that will be … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: Alone Against the Apocalypse?

Fighting Chaos with Chaos? Trump as “Chaos-Master” Faces Down Forces of Doom From its start, the Trump administration has been plagued by charges of “chaos.” From the revolving door of senior staffers — including two secretaries of state, three national … Continue reading

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Cyborgs and Longevity: Simplification and Redundancy

Simplification, Functionality, and Redundancy Altering man’s bodily functions to meet the requirements of extraterrestrial environments would be more logical than providing an earthly environment for him in space . . . Artifact-organism systems which would extend man’s unconscious, self-regulatory controls … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson and the Rise of the New Chautauqua

The Return of Public Lectures Useful to the Public Back in late 19th and early 20th century America, “Chautauqua circuits” of public lectures swept across the states. This was long before radio and television — and a hundred years before … Continue reading

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Russians are Celebrating More Putin and Victory Over Nazis

More Years of Putin, More Celebrations of Past Glories On 9 May, Russians will again celebrate a WWII victory over Nazi Germany. And they will also celebrate yet more years of Putin to come. The two things amount to the … Continue reading

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China’s Marshmallow Days

China Economic Blockbuster Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain __ The Wizard of Oz (1939) Despite appreciable slowing of China’s economic growth rates, the Middle Kingdom is riding a glittering wave of apparent wealth. The dragon maintains … Continue reading

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What’s Holding Blacks Back?

It Feels Good to Be a Victim … blacks, inevitably, suffer from a classic post-colonial inferiority complex. Like insecure people everywhere, they are driven by a private sense of personal inadequacy to seeing imaginary obstacles to their success supposedly planted … Continue reading

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A Future in Space

World’s Richest Man Dreams of Vast Numbers Living in Space Jeff Bezos — worth about $130 billion — dreams of a future where a trillion people live in outer space. The more room that is made for bright humans to … Continue reading

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US Nuclear Power Industry Starts Waking Up

NuScale Power’s small modular fission reactor for producing both electricity and industrial process heat has completed an extensive and rigorous review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The process required 115,000 hours of scrupulous review, and was carried out quite … Continue reading

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Is Evil Google Destined for a Mighty Fall?

Stormy Seas for Google and Other Giant Corporations It is not only Google that is facing the peril of capitalism’s “creative destruction,” it is every corporation that thinks it has made it into the safe port of the S&P 500. … Continue reading

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Is Trump Bringing Latin America to Its Senses?

Not so long ago, Latin America was riding a big red wave of leftist triumphalism — from Cuba to Venezuela to Ecuador to Brazil to Nicaragua … But leftism in Latin America seems to have fallen on hard times recently: … Continue reading

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Unrepentant Failed Doomer Paul Ehrlich After 50 Years: Still Predicting Total Collapse of Civilisation “Any Day Now”

Stanford biologist Paul R. Ehrlich published the book of doom “The Population Bomb” 50 years ago, with his wife. According to Ehrlich, catastrophic global collapse was inevitable by the 1970s — or the 1980s at the latest. Ehrlich has managed … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson vs. the “Mad Dog Atheists”

Conscious Intelligence is Not a Logical Proposition Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has staked out a large territory in the sphere of public discussion, which borders on several distinctly different areas of thought and belief. These multiple “boundary lines” have become … Continue reading

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Russia Backs Away from International Space Launch Market

Russia Once Called SpaceX “A Nice Trick” But now Russia is running up the white flag and surrendering to SpaceX — and you don’t surrender to “a nice trick.” You surrender to a force that has defeated you. As recently … Continue reading

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Still Waiting for Peak Oil?

In 1920, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that “the world’s supply of recoverable petroleum” was no more than 60 billion barrels. It was wrong. The world has already produced 1,400 billion barrels of oil. Worldwide, there is about 1,700 billion … Continue reading

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What to Eat When All the Food is Gone

After TSHTF, most stored food supplies will rapidly dwindle and vanish. Livestock will be quickly butchered and eaten — although without freezers and food preservation skills, most of the meat will be wasted. Wild game will quickly disappear, and most … Continue reading

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On Putting the Freeloaders Back to Work

In case you still believe that Donald Trump is not accomplishing important work behind the Twitter smokescreen, consider the issue of “welfare reform,” otherwise known as putting the freeloaders back to work. According to government statistics, there are about 6.9 … Continue reading

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A Warning About Antidepressants

We Already Knew About This: … most of the perpetrators of mass murder over the past fifteen to twenty years had been taking prescription medicines at the time of their killings, and the drugs they had been taking were usually … Continue reading

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Forced Sterilisation of African Women: Can We Stop It in Time?

If the people of one continent of Earth continue to pursue exponential population growth over the next century, the population of the planet could easily double or even triple. Radical environmentalists are feeling increasingly threatened by the inability of African … Continue reading

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First Blood: Sam Harris Confronts the Echo Choir

First Blood: In Which Sam Harris Offends Ezra Klein As long as author and provocateur Sam Harris only attacked Christians, violent Muslims, and Donald Trump, he was mostly left alone by the curtained overlords of politically correct public discourse. But … Continue reading

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Mike and Jordan: Unlikeliest Revolutionaries

Mike Rowe and Jordan Peterson are two of the unlikeliest revolutionaries that you can meet. Both born into relatively humble circumstances, each followed diverse and unlikely paths to become North American icons-in-revolt against the modern tyranny of incompetence — especially … Continue reading

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First Educate the Child to Thrive in the World

Then if He Wants More Schooling, He Can Pay for It An education into broad personal competence has nothing to do with a college education. College is “schooling,” and most modern degrees in the US are less valuable than a … Continue reading

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Maximum Impact: Change the World Part III

Global Change via Dangerous Childraising Emerging from under today’s youth cohorts of “angry little pixies” and building to future cohorts of Dangerous Children, will take time and effort. Contemporary youth and young adults are determined to “never grow up,” to … Continue reading

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Maximum Impact: Change the World Part II

Global Change via Disruptive Innovation Since the year 1500, Europe has spawned scientific/technological/industrial revolutions that have generated endless streams of disruptive innovations. Those revolutions were made possible by European tools of global exploration and global conquest. And all of that … Continue reading

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