Mar 202019
Green New Physics

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Johannes Vermeer The lacemaker 1669-71   You could probably say I’m sympathetic to the schoolchildren protesting against climate change, and I’m sympathetic to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her call for a Green New Deal. Young people are the future, and they deserve a voice about that future. At the same time, I’m also deeply skeptical about their understanding of the issues they talk about. In fact, I don’t see much understanding at all. I think that’s because they base their

Mar 152019
David Holmgren: A Baby Boomers' Apology

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Raphael The miraculous draught of fishes 1515     There are days, though all too scarce, when very nice surprises come my way. Case in point: yesterday I received a mail from David Holmgren after a long period of radio silence. Australia’s David is one of the fathers of permaculture, along with Bill Mollison, for those few who don’t know him. They first started writing about the concept in the 1970s and never stopped. Dave calls himself “permaculture co-originator”

Mar 132019

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail René Magritte Personal values 1952   Commenting on my own essays has never been my favorite activity, because before you know it you land into Russian doll territory. But a few recent comments from readers have me rethinking that, for once. Of course I understand that my expressed views over the past two years and change on the era of Donald Trump and his presidency do not please everyone out there, whether they’re long time Automatic Earth readers or

Mar 072019
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The Real New Deal

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Wassily Kandinsky Succession 1935     While we’re on the issue of the Green New Deal, here’s an article by Dr. D. with an intro by Dr. D., one he sent me in the mail that contained the actual article, and that I think shouldn’t go to waste. I hope he agrees. Waste being the key term here, because he arrives at the same conclusion I’ve often remarked upon: that our societies and economies exist to maximize waste production.

Mar 012019
View From The Brextanic

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Marcel Duchamp Sad young man on a train – Nude study 1911-12     Longtime Automatic Earth friend Alexander Aston talks about finding himself at Oxford at a point in time when the British themselves appear overcome by a combo of utter confusion and deadly lethargy, and one can only imagine what it must be like for ‘foreigners’ residing in Albion, who face large potential changes to their lives and know there’s not a thing they can do about

Feb 282019
The House Hit A New Low

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Leonardo da Vinci Ginevra de’ Benci 1474-78   Perhaps against better judgment, I just can’t keep silent about the Michael Cohen’s in da House show performed on February 27. I was watching it and increasingly fearing for the future of America. We had all been able to read his prepared statement before he opened the party with it, and therefore we all knew there was nothing there. So why did this thing take place, and why were all the

Feb 262019
The Green New Art of the Deal

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Leonardo da Vinci Saint John the Baptist 1513-16   There are lots of people talking about how they much disagree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, how silly she is, how dumb and impossible and irresponsible her Green New Deal is, but I think they’re missing a point or two. First of all: what’s the alternative? Who would you trade her for? Hillary? Feinstein? Pelosi? Bernie Sanders? Cory Booker? Would you rather things stay the same? I can see that from the

Feb 182019
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What Comes After McCabe?

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Johannes Vermeer The art of painting 1666-8   Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Director from February 2016 to January 2018 and former Acting Director of the FBI from May 9, 2017, to August 2, 2017, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions Sessions on March 16, 2018, 26 hours before his scheduled retirement. On April 18 2018 it was reported that the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, sent a referral to the US attorney’s office in Washington for possible

Feb 112019
The Great Discontent

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Johannes Vermeer Woman holding a balance 1662-63     The problem is, of course, that not only is economics bankrupt but it has always been nothing more than politics in disguise. -Hazel Henderson It’s often hard to understand how people can be aware of something but then fail to link it to a perfectly logical next step, or even multiple steps, and see where it fits in a larger scheme. There really are people out there, believe it or

Feb 042019
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Robert Mueller Is A Coward And A Liar

FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinemail Rembrandt van Rijn Aristotle Contemplating a Bust of Homer 1653   That statement is going to make me real popular, right? Any criticism of Robert Mueller for many people equals support for President Trump. But it doesn’t, and Mueller really is a coward and a liar, and it’s not hard to make that case, it’s even easier than how he makes his cases, because we can actually prove ours. We also don’t have to pervert the law, but he