blue-flag-thumb2_50x50Our side's flag is a thin, airlight blue, drifting almost unseen against the sky. Our military march is a meadowlark's song among the dandelions. --Ken Kesey, The Real War
 

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  • BOOKS: Star's Reach: A Novel of the Deindustrial Future | John Michael Greer

    April 19, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- I'm delighted to report that my deindustrial novel Star's Reach , which appeared in episodes as a blog between 2009 and late last year, is now available in print and ebook formats from Founders House Publishing. I've suggested here more than once that narratives are among the most important tools we have for understanding and shaping the future; from that pers...

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  • The End of Employment | John Michael Greer

    April 16, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- Nothing is easier, as the Long Descent begins to pick up speed around us, than giving in to despair -- and nothing is more pointless. Those of us who are alive today are faced with the hugely demanding task of coping with the consequences of industrial civilization’s decline and fall, and saving as many as possible of the best achievements of the last few cent...

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  • Michael Ruppert Kills Self | WNT

    Michael Ruppert April 15, 2014 (World News Trust) -- Author Michael Ruppert killed himself Sunday night with a gunshot to the head, authorities report. "I can confirm after speaking with the Napa County Sheriff's Office that yes, Michael C. Ruppert is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 100 percent confirmed," his attorney and business partner, Wesley Miller, wrote Tuesday on the ...

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  • All This and World War, Too? | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust April 14, 2014 The situation in Ukraine hotted up this weekend and threatens to blow this morning with the Kiev government affecting to send “anti-terrorist” troops into the eastern cities where ethnic Russians seized buildings. (In the olden times of Europe, they had witches and devils. Now, thanks to our example, they have “terrorists.”) While this impe...

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  • The Four Industrial Revolutions | John Michael Greer

    April 9, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- Last week’s post on the vacuous catchphrases that so often substitute for thought in today’s America referenced only a few examples of the species under discussion. It might someday be educational, or at least entertaining, to write a sequel to H.L. Mencken’s The American Credo , bringing his choice collection of thoughtstoppers up to date with the latest fashi...

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  • Mentats Wanted, Will Train | John Michael Greer

    April 2, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- The theme of last week’s post here on The Archdruid Report -- the strategy of preserving or reviving technologies for the deindustrial future now, before the accelerating curve of decline makes that task more difficult than it already is -- can be applied very broadly indeed. Just now, courtesy of the final blowoff of the age of cheap energy, we have relatively...

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  • Attention Deficit | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust March 31, 2014 Apparently someone at the U.S. State Department put out the fire in John Kerry’s magnificent head of hair, because he has stopped declaiming (for now) on the urgent need to start World War III over Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. In my lifetime, there has never been a more pointless and unnecessary international crisis than th...

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  • Captain Erikson's Equation | John Michael Greer

    Captain Gustaf Erikson March 26, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- I have yet to hear anyone in the peak oil blogosphere mention the name of Captain Gustaf Erikson of the Åland Islands and his fleet of windjammers. For all I know, he’s been completely forgotten now, his name and accomplishments packed away in the same dustbin of forgotten history as solar steam-engine pioneer Augustin Mouchot, his near ...

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  • American Delusionalism, or Why History Matters | John Michael Greer

    March 19, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- One of the things that reliably irritates a certain fraction of this blog’s readers, as I’ve had occasion to comment before, is my habit of using history as a touchstone that can be used to test claims about the future. No matter what the context, no matter how wearily familiar the process under discussion might be, it’s a safe bet that the moment I start talk...

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  • Weak Sister | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust March 24, 2014 Was it such a good thing in the post-cold-war decades that the United States was regarded as the supreme sole super-power? Look what we did with that privilege: fumbled around like an overfed stumblebum, blundering from one foreign occupation to another, breaking a lot of things and killing a lot of people -- under the clownishly-conceived ...

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  • Deep State Blues | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust March 17, 2014 Those of you too caught up in Lady Gaga’s latest cutting edge art project -- she arranged for another woman to vomit on her while seated at the keyboard to show, well, I guess to demonstrate that not even vomit can stop the power of pop music -- may have missed the latest moves in our nation’s foreign policy quest to remain Hall Monitor of ...

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