Monthly Archives: September 2011

Look Before you Eat

A review of: Bee Wilson. 2008. Swindled. From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee – The Dark History of the Food Cheats.  John Murray If you’re looking for a way to lose weight, many of the hideous and frightening examples of … Continue reading

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After the Reich. The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation

A review of: Giles MacDonogh.  2007. After the Reich. The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. Basic Books. “By May 7, 1945 at least 1,800,000 German civilians had perished and 3,600,000 homes had been destroyed (20% of total), leaving 7.5 … Continue reading

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Getting in Touch With Your Inner Neanderthal

A review of: Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending. 2009. “The 10,000 Year Explosion. How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution”. Basic Books. This book makes the astounding claim that our evolution has sped up 100 times faster in the past 10,000 years … Continue reading

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Agrarian Dreams. The Paradox of Organic Farming in California.

Fifty million farmers –  how can we make this happen?  By Alice Friedemann A review of:  Julie Guthman. 2004. “Agrarian Dreams.  The Paradox of Organic Farming in California”.  University of California Press. Introduction Guthman writes brilliantly and has important insights … Continue reading

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9 Planetary Boundaries We must Not Cross (or we may go extinct))

9 Planetary Boundaries we must not cross — or the Earth may not be able to support Human Life A summary of: John Rockstrom et al. 2009. Planetary Boundaries: Exploring Safe Operating Space for Humanity Ecology and Society, Vol. 14, … Continue reading

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Telling others about peak oil 2000-2005 from energyresources and runningonempty

TELLING OTHERS: EnergyResources and RunningOnEmpty comments about their experiences trying to get the word out on “Peak Oil”  from March 1, 2000 to August 2005.  July 2013: I just read a fantastic article about what it’s like to be aware … Continue reading

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Summary of German Armed Forces, Capabilities and Technologies in the 21st Century Environmental Dimensions of Security

November 2010.  Armed Forces, Capabilities and Technologies in the 21st Century Environmental Dimensions of Security. Sub-study 1. PEAK OIL Security policy implications of scarce resources Bundeswehr Transformation Centre, Future Analysis Branch [This is my summary of the above document (English … Continue reading

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