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December 21 2013


Spiritual rebellion from the elites - Stanley Kubrick

This interview is fascinating. It is an interview with Jay Weidener who is a renowned author, filmmaker and hermetic scholar. Considered to be a ‘modern-day Indiana Jones’ for his ongoing worldwide quests to find clues to mankind’s spiritual destiny via ancient societies and artifacts, his body of work offers great insight into the circumstances that have led to the current global crisis. He is the producer of the documentary films, 2012 The Odyssey, its sequel Timewave 2013, and director of http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?20129-Spiritual-rebellion-from-the-elites-Stanley-Kubrick
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November 09 2013


#014: The Unparalleled Triple Threat of Getting Things Done [Podcast] | Jeff Sanders

When every day feels like chimpanzees are running your life, what`s the next step? Simple, implement this fool-proof productivity system. http://jeffsanders.com/014-the-unparalleled-triple-threat-of-getting-things-done-podcast/

March 31 2013


The Cost of NIMBY: Policy Images, Foreign Blueprints and Civil Society’s Assault on Japan’s Post-Fukushima Energy Policy

The political uncertainty of Japan’s post-Fukushima energy policy should not be surprising given the country’s energy constraints. Japan, an economic powerhouse operating within a geographically constrained landmass with virtually no independent energy sources to fuel and stabilize its economic needs, is trapped between two conflicting political problems: a growing segment of the Japanese electorate who reject essential facilities such as electric power plants and transmission wires being built in their backyards versus an equally large segment of the electorate who naturally expect a stable, environmentally safe and inexpensive flow of electric power to support their high standard of living and industrial production. That both expectations are technically and financially incompatible has led to the current political challenge. This lecture places Japan’s post-Fukushima energy challenges and its public policy decisions into perspective by analyzing it in cross-national context. Using heretofore-unexamined archival documents, microeconomic data, and qualitative interviews with key actors in a time-series, this talk explores how and why governments in three developed democracies—Japan, Germany, and UK—pursue the reform of their electric power markets over a long period. The talk emphasizes how periods of stasis (controlled by positive feedback or self-reinforcement) in terms of “policy image” are occasionally offset by bouts of frenetic institutional change. Variations in deliberation timetables, shifting voting patterns in committees, sporadic law promulgation, increasingly negative public opinion polls, and fluctuating media attention cycles (the dependent variables) are analyzed by using the ubiquity, consistency, and strength of foreign economic ideas and events (the independent variables) to explain the transformation of both formal and informal institutions in Japan. Should a media-transmitted image shift be the principal factor behind crisis-induced agenda-setting and decision-making behavior, this talk explores the "real-world" financial, environmental and technological trade-offs of policy objectives prioritizing renewable energy over nuclear power and fossil fuels. Paul J. Scalise is JSPS Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, and Non-resident Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University, Japan Campus. He received his Ph.D. in comparative political economy from the University of Oxford, an M.A. in international economics and Japan studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and his B.A. in political science from Marist College. A former Tokyo-based financial analyst of Japanese energy companies and contributing energy analyst to several global consulting firms, Dr. Scalise was voted by institutional investors the number-one ranked Japanese utilities analyst in 2001 among all UK financial institutions. He has published more than 100 research reports, consulting briefs, reviews, journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and OpEds in locations such as Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and Asahi Shimbun. http://i.dijtokyo.org/events/the_cost_of_nimby

August 28 2012


Keith Fitz-Gerald: The Perils of Underestimating Complexity & Mispricing Risk | Peak Prosperity

"If you’re rich you get a bailout. If you’re poor you get a handout. And if you’re middle class you get left out. " That's not a sustainable way to run the system, exclaims investment strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald.A cancer at the core of our current economy is the magical thinking, "no pain, all gain" http://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/79525/keith-fitz-gerald-perils-underestimating-complexity-mispricing-risk

January 10 2012


July 18 2011


Science Weekly Podcast: The God Species by Mark Lynas | Science | guardian.co.uk

This week on Science Weekly Alok Jha meets the environmental activist and science writer Mark Lynas. Best known for his award-winning book Six Degrees about the horrific consequences of global warming, he's back with The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans in which he describes the nine ecosystems that sustain life and diversity on the planet. According to the synopsis at the Guardian's Bookshop: "We humans are the God Species, both the creators and destroyers of life. In this groundbreaking new book, Mark Lynas shows us how we must use our technological mastery over nature to save the planet from ourselves." Alok discusses Mark's very public falling out with the Green movement due to his support for nuclear energy and GM crops. The God Species was pulled from sale on Amazon without explanation earlier this month after a customer complaint. It was quickly reinstated after a Twitter campaign. Also on this week's Science Weekly podcast our reporter Anna Perman visits the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition to explore the sounds and sights of an event where young scientists from around the UK gather to demonstrate their research.

July 12 2011


James Turk: Gold Is Our Defense Against the Fiat Currency Graveyard - Blogs at Chris Martenson

“The rule of law has basically been thrown out the window. Money printing is the order of the day. And when politicians take control of central banks, which they have done in the United States and they are also doing in Europe, that basically destroys http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/james-turk-gold-our-defense-against-fiat-currency-graveyard/60423

July 06 2011


Eric Sprott - Paper Markets Are A Joke: Prepare for Bullion Prices to Go Supernova - Blogs at Chris Martenson

"I think that the prices will continue higher. I mean the amount of money printing is unbelievable. I just think you have to take that initial stand in terms of buying it. I use the James Turk analogy: just keep dollar averaging. We have gone up http://www.chrismartenson.com/blog/eric-sprott-paper-markets-are-joke-prepare-bullion-prices-go-supernova/60155

May 14 2011


Federal budget: environment battered, bruised and forgotten - Radio National Breakfast - 12 May 2011

The environment barely rated a mention in this week's budget, and the renewable energy industry was particularly hard hit. Funding cuts and spending deferrals came in at more than half a billion dollars. The National Solar Schools program was wound up. And Labor's billion dollar promise to modernise the electricity grid to accommodate renewable power looks to be in trouble too. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2011/3214453.htm

May 12 2011


Economists and Democracy by Dani Rodrik - Project Syndicate

Raised on textbooks that obscure the role of institutions, economists often imagine that markets arise on their own, with no help from purposeful, collective action. And, once we recognize that markets require rules, we must next ask who writes those rules. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/rodrik56/English

May 09 2011


Peak oil? Now it's peak cars - Science Show - 7 May 2011

Australian and world peak car ownership per capita was in 2004 and since has shown a slow decline. It marks an end to car dependence. Teenage car ownership has dropped markedly. Figures suggest a big cultural shift as well as structural change within cities. Some very large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have made it almost impossible to buy a new car. Car transport has reached a limit. Shanghai built a metro system in 10 years, which covers 80% of the city and carries 8 million passengers each day. Metros are being built in 82 Chinese cities and 14 Indian cities. Peter Newman compares the cost of constructing roads and railways and says both cost about $50million per kilometre. But rail carries 8-20 times the passengers carried by road. With the price of gasoline heading north, people are moving back into cities and not wanting to be as dependant on cars as they were. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2011/3206293.htm

April 30 2011


Car companies get serious with electric vehicles - Science Show - 30 April 2011

Major car manufacturers have turned their attention to the electric car. It began when pump prices in the US rose above US$4.00/gallon in 2007. Some suggest this sparked the global financial crisis. Now it seems US$4/gallon is again not far off, and it's unlikely to stop there. Nissan decided to jump the hybrids and go straight to all electric. Chevrolet's Tony Posawatz describes the development of the electric vehicle as the charge, sparking the rebirth of auto cites such as Detroit Michigan. The idea is to displace as much petroleum as possible. Car companies are planning a future where electricity is the common currency of energy rather than oil. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/scienceshow/stories/2011/3201339.htm

April 20 2011


After the BP Spill, Drilling Deep

On the anniversary of the BP spill, we’ll ask how the Gulf Coast is faring and look at the future of deep water drilling.

March 25 2011


Wireless power transfer for your gadgets | PRI.ORG

A preview of new technologies being developed to provide power to your electronic devices without using wires. http://www.pri.org/science/technology/wireless-power-transfer-for-gadgets1666.html

October 15 2010


A Manhattan Project for Energy?

Can new energy research save the world? The economy? Supporters say "yes" -- invest now. Budget-cutters say "forget it."

August 27 2010


Green Tech Today 2: Cool Roofs And Hot Tea

Keeping your roof cool, a high-tech teamaker, Google buying up wind farms, nanotech poo power (yes, really), and more! http://twit.tv/gtt2

July 22 2010


The Energy Future’s Outer Edge

After the gulf oil blowout, we look at alternative energy ideas around the world. Kite power. Liquid batteries. Anything but oil.

June 18 2010


Week in the News

BP ponies up billions, Petraeus faints on Capitol Hill, chaos in Kyrgyzstan. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
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