Feb 042013
 
 February 4, 2013  Posted by at 4:42 pm Primers Comments Off on The World According to The Automatic Earth – A 2013 Primer Guide
The World According to The Automatic Earth - A 2013 Primer Guide

Dorothea Lange River Food June 1936 Memphis, Tennessee. Original caption: "Coon dawgling." The Automatic Earth (TAE) is now five years old (as of January 22). That's five years of wide-ranging discussion on a huge range of issues, in the process of developing the biggest possible big picture of our present predicament. We are reaching limits to growth in so many ways at the same time, but it isn't enough to understand which are the limiting factors, but also what time

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Jan 242012
 
 January 24, 2012  Posted by at 4:33 pm Primers 1 Response »
How to Build a Lifeboat

National Photo Co. Mack Sennett Girl 1919. Actress Marvel Rea, one of film producer Mack Sennett’s well-rounded “bathing girls” Stoneleigh: Yesterday we talked about why we are facing deflation and today I wanted to review and explain the suggestions we have made previously for dealing with a deflationary scenario. In short, this is the list we have run periodically since we started TAE (with one addition at the end): 1) Hold no debt (for most people this means renting) 2)

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Jan 242012
 
 January 24, 2012  Posted by at 4:26 pm Primers Comments Off on 40 ways to lose your future
40 ways to lose your future

Samuel H. Gottscho When yesterday had a future November 28, 1933 Looking down South Street, New York City Stoneleigh: People have been asking how we see the future unfold. In case you wonder what we stand for, much of our view of what’s to come can be found in the primers on the right-hand side bar. Here is an additional brief summary (in no particular order and not meant to be exhaustive) of the ground we have consistently covered here

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Dec 222011
 
 December 22, 2011  Posted by at 7:27 pm Primers Comments Off on A Glimpse Into the Self-Destructive Psychology of Sharks
A Glimpse Into the Self-Destructive Psychology of Sharks

Unknown Bass August 17, 1900 A world’s record 384-pound black sea bass caught by Franklin Schenck of Brooklyn with rod and reel off Catalina Island, California “You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night,

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Jul 192011
 
 July 19, 2011  Posted by at 9:46 pm Primers Comments Off on Fracking Our Future
Fracking Our Future

Detroit Publishing Co. Networking 1905 “Fisherman getting ready for a trip, Gloucester, Massachusetts”Stoneleigh: Last week, in Get Ready for the North American Gas Shock, The Automatic Earth evaluated the prospects of shale gas, a supposedly plentiful and clean fuel upon which many have placed their hopes of both energy supply and handsome profits. The first part of our shale gas analysis concentrated on supply and EROEI (energy returned on energy invested), pointing out that reserves are very much overstated and

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Jul 082011
 
 July 8, 2011  Posted by at 9:38 pm Primers Comments Off on Get Ready for the North American Gas Shock
Get Ready for the North American Gas Shock

Detroit Publishing Co. Squeaky Wheel 1904. "Michigan Central Railroad engineer oiling up before the start" Stoneleigh: In this era of global bubble-blowing we have seen speculative fever flourish in relation to many different asset classes. At the peak of a bubble the euphoria can be palpable, and the perception that 'it's different this time' confers a sense of invulnerability that justifies throwing caution to the wind. Speculators cease to worry about how much they pay for an asset, since they

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Jun 302011
 
 June 30, 2011  Posted by at 6:48 pm Primers Comments Off on The Impossible and the Inevitable
The Impossible and the Inevitable

Howard Hollem Lone Star August 1942 “Women from all fields have joined the production army. Miss Grace Weaver, a civil service worker at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, and a schoolteacher before the war, is doing her part for victory along with her brother, who is a flying instructor in the Army. Miss Weaver paints the American insignia on repaired Navy plane wings” Ilargi: 39 airports, 850 ports, railways, motorways, sewage works, a couple of energy companies, banks,

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May 112011
 
 May 11, 2011  Posted by at 1:59 am Earth, Primers Comments Off on Welcome to The Atomic Village
Welcome to The Atomic Village

Ansel Adams Nurse Hamaguchi 1943 “Nurse Aiko Hamaguchi at the Manzanar Relocation Center, California” Stoneleigh: Welcome to The Atomic Village “Denko-chan (でんこちゃん), whose name comes from the “den” of electric power (電力, denryoku), the “ko” (子, child) in which female names so often end, trapping their bearers in a state of eternal childhood, and the generally female diminutive suffix “chan”, can be found everywhere in TEPCO propaganda. Here she is, with finger characteristically a-wagging, admonishing us to “Take care of

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May 032011
 
 May 3, 2011  Posted by at 1:00 am Primers Comments Off on Fukushima: Fallacies, Fallout, Fundamentals and Fear
Fukushima: Fallacies, Fallout, Fundamentals and Fear

Detroit Publishing Co. Maxim Vixen 1900 “U.S.S. Vixen, Maxim machine gun and gunner Smith, who fired 400 consecutive shots at Battle of Santiago de Cuba, July 3, 1898” Stoneleigh: It will be a long time before we have a complete picture of the unfolding nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, and much longer before the scale of the impacts can truly be understood. Misinformation and disinformation abound in an emotive and exceptionally polarized debate over the nuclear power industry. Teasing apart fact

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Apr 212011
 
 April 21, 2011  Posted by at 12:36 am Primers Comments Off on Fukushima: Review of an INES Class 7 Accident
Fukushima: Review of an INES Class 7 Accident

Alfred Palmer War Workers October 1942 “Two assembly line workers at the Long Beach, California, plant of Douglas Aircraft Company enjoy a well-earned lunch period. Nacelle parts of a heavy bomber form the background” Stoneleigh: The Fukushima disaster continues, and will do so for a long time to come. This is hardly surprising given the overwhelming force the plant was exposed to, which far exceeded the worst case scenario it was designed to withstand. The 2 pictures above were taken

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