Monthly Archives: February 2014

Civil Asset Forfeiture: across the nation authorities confiscate cash & homes of innocent people

Taken Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes Is that all we’re losing? by Sarah Stillman August 12, 2013. The New Yorker. Some key points made in … Continue reading

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The repo market was a key reason the meltdown happened

NY Fed’s Dudley Warns that “Firesales” Could Trigger Another Financial Crisis.  Still Broken Five Years Later by Mike Whitney. Feb 21-23, 2014. Counterpunch. “The repo market wasn’t just a part of the meltdown. It was the meltdown.”  – David Weidner, … Continue reading

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Nuclear Winter in China: Chinese Smog will lower food supplies

Scientists liken Chinese smog to ‘nuclear winter’ February 27, 2014.  by Kim Kyung-Hoon. Reuters. Air pollution in parts of China is now so extreme it could lead to conditions similar to a “nuclear winter,” scientists say. The smog that covers … Continue reading

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Book review of “Prime Movers of Globalization: the History & Impact of Diesel Engines & Gas Turbines”

Alice Friedemann’s book review of: Vaclav Smil. 2013. Prime Movers of Globalization. The History and Impact of Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines. MIT press. Smil makes the case that civilization is based on the billions of engines that make global … Continue reading

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Central America deforestation increased by drug trafficking

Legalizing drugs in America could help save Central American rainforests and biodiversity.  These articles show how current drug policies exacerbate rainforest destruction. Conservation Drug Policy as Conservation Policy: Narco-Deforestation. by Kendra McSweeney. Science 31 January 2014: Vol. 343 no. 6170 … Continue reading

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Science: A Drier Future. Global Warming is likely to lead to overall drying of land surfaces.

A Drier Future. Global Warming is likely to lead to overall drying of land surfaces. Sherwood, S & Fu, Q. Science. 14 Feb 2014. Vol 343. pp 737-739 Global temperature increases affect the water cycle over land, but the nature … Continue reading

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PNAS: Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises

Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises. 2013. sponsored by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Intelligence community. This was the best summary of the 223 page National Academy of Sciences publication I could … Continue reading

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Chemistry World: Peak Oil is not a myth

Peak oil is not a myth 20 February 2014 Chemistry World I’ve edited, empasized, added my own comments, and reworded the article below, as I usually do to make sure I’ve complied with copyright law  “Fair Use”. Sources of unconventional … Continue reading

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Science Magazine: Peak Oil Production may have happened in 2005

[It’s widely known that peak conventional oil arrived in 2005. Yet it appears in EIA and IEA statistics that oil production has risen. This is because unconventional oil from natural gas liquids (mostly used to make plastic, not transportation fuel),  … Continue reading

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Pity Brazil’s Military Police. FEB. 19, 2014. Vanessa Barbara. New York Times.

Pity Brazil’s Military Police. FEB. 19, 2014.  Vanessa Barbara. New York Times. In 2012, 1,890 Brazilians were killed by the police. 351 occurred in São Paulo — 20% of all homicides. Organized crime retaliated by killing 11 police officers and … Continue reading

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