Category Archives: Food Security

Conflict Correlated with Climate

Several months ago, I published the following chart to describe my theory on the underlying causes of instability. I confidently asserted that instability is “a positive feedback loop driven by weather, energy and food prices, currency fluctuations, repression, and demography.” … Continue reading

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A Whiff of Grapeshot: What’s Good Enough for Londonderry, is Good Enough for London

“This is criminality, pure and simple, and it has to be confronted and defeated” — British Prime Minister David Cameron As the mayhem in London continues for a fourth night, it is important to determine the trigger, the motivations of the … Continue reading

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Bush vs. Obama: Food Stamps

“I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,” — University of Chicago graduate receiving food stamps Since President Obama became President in January 2009, nearly 14 million additional Americans were receiving food stamps as of … Continue reading

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Damn It Feels Good to Be a “Goatsta”

Attention! California citizens: Be advised that you can now sleep safely in your government-provided containment units. The valiant forces of the Los Angeles Police Department, with assistance from the FDA and the CDC, verily smote the perfidious criminal conspirators, whose dastardly manufacturing and … Continue reading

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Plague Year: Riveting Novel About Nanotechnology Gone Awry

Plague Year is Jeff Carlson’s riveting novel about a nanotech machine plague that breaks out in Northern California, and ultimately kills nearly five billion people. The hook: the machine plague has a hypobaric trigger that renders the plague inert at elevations over 10,000 feet. While I normally do … Continue reading

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Thirty Chernobyls: Why Space Weather Matters

Last month, Popular Science published an article suggesting more ways civilization could end in a vicious maelstrom of chaos and mass starvation. The scenario goes something like this:

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Big Brother Is Here to Help: California Rolls Out More Stupid Laws in July

On July 1st, California launched a number of laws designed to protect Californians from…well…themselves.

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Cyber War: Why “Click and Kill” Is the Next Threat to Modern Civilization

Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do about It is Richard A. Clarke’s and Robert A. Knake’s all-encompassing tome on current and future cyber security threats. The authors wrote the book in a clear and concise manner so that anyone … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Aspiring Presidential Candidates: Seven Questions

Yesterday, I invited all of the current declared Presidential nominees to my site for a 10-question interview on all elements of their policies ranging from healthcare to international security. I suggested that I would post a series of 7 questions … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Aspiring Presidential Candidates

As competition for the Republican Presidential nomination heats up, I wanted to invite all of the current declared Presidential nominees to my site for a 10-question interview on all elements of their policies ranging from healthcare to international security. Format … Continue reading

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