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  • Heading Toward The Sidewalk | John Michael Greer

    Aug. 20, 2014 ( Archduid Report ) -- Talking about historical change is one thing when the changes under discussion are at some convenient remove in the past or the future. It’s quite another when the changes are already taking place. That’s one of the things that adds complexity to the project of this blog, because the decline and fall of modern industrial civilization isn’t something that might...

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  • Dark Age America: A Bitter Legacy | John Michael Greer

    Aug. 13, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- Civilizations normally leave a damaged environment behind them when they fall, and ours shows every sign of following that wearily familiar pattern. The nature and severity of the ecological damage a civilization leaves behind, though, depend on two factors, one obvious, the other less so. The obvious factor derives from the nature of the technologies the civil...

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  • Dark Age America: The Rising Oceans | John Michael Greer

    Credited to ideas.etublogs.usj.edu.lb Aug. 6, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- The vagaries of global climate set in motion by our species’ frankly brainless maltreatment of the only atmosphere we’ve got, the subject of last week’s post here, have another dimension that bears close watching. History, as I suggested last week, can be seen as human ecology in its transformations over time, and every ec...

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  • Dark Age America: Climate | John Michael Greer

    July 30, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- Over the next year or so, as I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I plan on tracing out as much as possible of what can be known or reasonably guessed about the next 500 years or so of North American history -- the period of the decline and fall of the civilization that now occupies that continent, the dark age in which that familiar trajectory ends, and the first...

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  • The Gray Light of Morning | John Michael Greer

    July 23, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- I try to wear my archdruid’s hat lightly in these essays, but every so often I field questions that touch directly on the issues of ultimate meaning that our culture, however clumsily, classifies as “religious.” Two comments in response to the post here two weeks ago raised such issues, in a way that’s relevant enough to this series of posts and important eno...

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  • Nuclear Calendar -- July 21, 2014 | FCNL

    Nuclear Calendar -- July 21, 2014 -- Friends Committee on National Legislation July 21 Noon-1:15 p.m., Robert Litwak, Wilson Center; Mitchell Reiss, Washington College; and David Sanger, New York Times, " Iran’s Nuclear Chess: Calculating America’s Moves." Wilson Center, Fifth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington. RSVP online. July 22 9:05 a.m., Gen. William Shelton, Com...

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  • War Zones | James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust July 21, 2014 Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summed it up the other day when he said, “We use our rockets to protect our women and children; they use their women and children to protect their rockets.” Some time ago, the Left adopted the Palestinians as their pet oppressed minority group so there is nothing that Israel might do that will be ok...

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  • Smile For The Aliens | John Michael Greer

    July 16, 2014 (Archdruid Report) -- Last week’s post, with its uncompromising portrayal of what descent into a dark age looks like, fielded the usual quota of voices insisting that it’s different this time. It’s a familiar chorus, and I confess to a certain wry amusement in watching so many changes get rung on what, after all, is ultimately a non sequitur. Grant that it’s different this time: so?...

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  • Nuclear Calendar -- July 14, 2014 | FCNL

    Nuclear Calendar -- July 14, 2014 | Friends Committee on National Legislation July 2-20 P5+1 and Iran continue negotiations on a nuclear agreement. Vienna. July 12-? Secretary of State John Kerry joins the P5+1 and Iran nuclear negotiations. Vienna. July 14 Noon-1:00 p.m., Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council; Jonathan Leslie, research consultant; and Reza Marashi, National Iranian Amer...

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  • Struggle to the Death |James Howard Kunstler

    James Howard Kunstler -- World News Trust July 14, 2014 For public consumption, the fatuous haircut-in-search-of-a-brain, a.k.a. Secretary of State John Kerry, hauled out the dog-eared playbook for “negotiating a ceasefire” between the Palestinian Hamas leadership and Israel. Neither side takes him seriously, of course. In this historic moment of Islamic uproar across the entire region, Hamas is ...

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  • Bright Were The Halls Then | John Michael Greer

    July 9, 2014 ( Archdruid Report ) -- Arnold Toynbee, whose magisterial writings on history have been a recurring source of inspiration for this blog, has pointed out an intriguing difference between the way civilizations rise and the way they fall. On the way up, he noted, each civilization tends to diverge not merely from its neighbors but from all other civilizations throughout history. Its pol...

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