Army bases often must be all-inclusive. Many of them feature housing, schools, medical clinics, department stores, gas stations and other services in order to fully support service people and their families. Such was the case for Patrick Henry Village -- the U.S. Army base established in Heidelberg, Germany at the end of World War II. Though it once boasted a population of 16,000, Patrick Henry Village has been largely deserted since it closed in 2013, save for its use as a refugee camp late last year.
The creators of Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives are back! The Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA) folks are currently crowdfunding their latest project -- Rise Up: The Game of People and Power.
Wolf Richter joins the podcast this week to discuss the deterioration of the global macro situation, and how he is seeing growing signs of recession breaking out across the economy.
- Fed's Yellen says 'high-pressure' policy may be only way back from crisis
- Do Lawn Signs Make a Difference in Political Campaigns?
- The Key To Political Persuasion
- Fast Fashion Is Creating An Environmental Crisis
- Climate Change Blamed for Collapse of Hawaiian Forest Birds
- The haunting song of climate change, in D minor
- The Deadly Global War for Sand
- Journalist Amy Goodman Shouldn't Be Arrested for Covering Dakota Pipeline Story
- Iranian warships deployed off Yemen coast after US bombs Houthi targets
- Jim Grant & Ron Paul discuss gold, interest rates & the bankers’ war on the rest of us
- Scenes From The Apocalypse - Mass Immigration Ruins The Streets Of France
- The Grapes Of Wrath, 2011
- How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More
- EmDrive exclusive: Roger Shawyer confirms MoD and DoD interested in controversial space propulsion tech
Though no one can foretell the future, it is self-evident that the status quo—dependent as it is on cheap oil and fast-expanding debt—is unsustainable. So what will trigger the collapse of the status quo, and what lies beyond when the current arrangements break down? Can we predict how-when-where with any accuracy?
- The systemic markers that precede collapse
- The approaching end of our current 'unlimited growth' paradigm
- Is a collapse inevitable? Or can we evolve gracefully to a new model?
- The opportunity within the coming change
Many authors (Jared Diamond, Joseph Tainter, Thomas Homer-Dixon, David Hackett Fischer, Michael Grant and Peter Turchin, to name a few) have delved into the question of why civilizations decay and fail. The question of how nations/empires endure gets considerably less attention, but economic/social adaptability, the resilience of shared purpose/social cohesion, social mobility, the ability to generate reliable surpluses, secure trade routes, a professional army and navy to defend borders and trade routes, a merit-based a professional bureaucracy to collect taxes and oversee commerce, a stable form of money and competent leadership all play critical roles.
But history is replete with examples of nation-states and empires that possess all these positive attributes that still decay and collapse once critical supplies of energy and food fail, or invaders conquer essential territories or trade routes.
Can we generalize the dynamics that weaken a nation/empire to the point where collapse cannot be staved off?
The authors listed above have highlighted the following systemic dynamics...
In this week's Off The Cuff podcast, Chris and Mish Shedlock discuss:
- The Rush To War
- Tensions with Russia continue to mount
- Odds Of A Fed Hike Rising?
- Even if the Fed wants to, can it?
- Recession Warning Signs
- It's getting harder to argue we're not already in one
- Topping Markets
- To keep them elevated, we're going to need a bigger stimulus package...
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Daily Digest 10/14 - Good News Friday: Where to Find Vitamin B12, 3-D World Map Of Unprecedented Accuracy
- SolarReserve Planning World’s Largest Solar Farm for $5 Billion
- Meet the Ex-Inmate Whose Successful Prison Rehab Program Goes Beyond Drug Treatment
- The Paris Agreement Is Officially Coming Into Effect
- Don't Fear The Tech Revolution
- Five years of observations from tandem satellites produce 3D world map of unprecedented accuracy
- Here’s why you need vitamin B12, and where you can find it
- Coconut Oil Changed My Life
This new film by Furtherfield in collaboration with Digital Catapult broadens the current debate about the impact of emerging blockchain technologies.
- US, Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source
- Russia & US will engage in ‘global war’, unless ‘proxy’ Syria conflict resolved – Turkey’s deputy PM
- Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science
- Silver, Debt, and Deficits – From an Election Year Perspective
- EmDrive (Propelantless microwave resonant reactor by Roger Shawyer)
- Russia orders all officials to fly home any relatives living abroad, as tensions mount over the prospect of a global war
- A Eulogy For Democracy
- Why energy prices are ultimately headed lower; what the IMF missed
- Scientists May Have Identified the Protein That Controls Aging
Authored by Joshua Ng, creative director at The Connectors Society, a Swedish interdisciplinary studio blending collective intelligence and urban design.
Coworking spaces aim to replace the stiff, competitive, closed office with an open, community-based environment. As coworking grows, the variet of spaces also grows. While many are open-plan spaces that offer meeting rooms and private offices, a growing number offer facilities for people whose main work tool is not a laptop.
Once a fringe group of disconnected workers, the freelance workforce has become an increasingly organized community and voting bloc.
- Alaska Risks Another Downgrade With Record Bond Sale
- Japan Passes $32 Billion in Extra Economic Stimulus, but Some Seek More
- A $1 Trillion Paradigm Shift Changes Funding Markets Forever
- China banks may need $1.7 trillion injection as credit quality worsens: S&P
- Citi CEO Promotes Version of 'People's QE' for the U.S.
- It would be wrong to abandon the policy of negative rates
- With soaring demand come weaker assurances for U.S. municipal investors
- Negative-Yield Debt Falls to $10.7 Trillion After September Rise
Brian Eno rejected the lone genius myth — the idea that groundbreaking works of art arise out of a notable few graced with exceptional talent. Instead, he observed that good artwork doesn't miraculously emerge from a few great figures, but from relationships. He coined the term “scenius” to reflect the genius that arises out from social relationships or "scenes" of novel creativity and thought.
Seats2Meet headquarters in Utrecht, Netherlands by Neal Gorenflo
In 2008, Alanna Krause hit a wall. Just 25 years old and already rising through the corporate ranks as a global technical support team leader at Bloomberg in London, Krause began to feel that her work was “meaningless.”
“No matter how well I did my job or how much I improved things, ultimately what I was doing was moving numbers from one column to another column,” Krause said.