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By Tom Lewis | Chronicling the collapse of the industrial age.

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass - Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a …

Renewable Energy

The Increasingly Unhinged Russia Rhetoric Comes From a Long-Standing U.S. Playbook

Putin – like Al Qaeda terrorists and Soviet Communists before him – is everywhere. Russia is lurking behind all evils, most importantly – of course – …

Russia

Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car

Back in 1776, Adam Smith talked about the “invisible hand” of the economy. Investopedia explains how the invisible hand works as, “In a free market …

Economics

Crippled treatment plant stops dumping raw sewage into Puget Sound — for now

King County has stopped dumping raw sewage effluent into Puget Sound from the crippled West Point treatment plant for now — but it will likely start …

Water

3 reasons the U.S. could be headed for a fresh debt crisis

The big news this week was Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifying before the Senate Banking Committee.<p>Investors were interested to hear what the Fed’s leader would say about the economy and the chance of another interest-rate hike at the March Federal Open Market Committee meeting. And …

Loans

Fukushima fuel-removal quest leaves trail of dead robots

The latest robot attempting to find the 600 tons of nuclear fuel and debris that melted down six year ago in the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear …

How Long Can The Permian Craze Continue?

The two great dueling forces in the world oil market, OPEC and American production, have created an atmosphere of uncertainty, as prices hover above …

Oil

Five GOP Health Care Buzz Phrases You Need to Inoculate Yourself Against

When you are at an event or meeting with your member of Congress, protect yourself against misinformation spouted by right-wingers who feel compelled …

Health Care

Is The Bakken A Bust?

North Dakota has released December production data for the Bakken and for all North Dakota. They were a little shocking.(Click to enlarge)Bakken …

Oil

U.S. SHALE GAS INDUSTRY: Countdown To Disaster

Filed in Economy, Energy, News by SRSrocco on December 15, 2016 • 0 Comments<p>The countdown has started as the demise of the great U.S. shale gas …

A United States of Hate Has Exploded Under Trump

Click here for reuse options! The Trump administration has ripped the lid off a Pandora’s Box of racial, right-wing hate, as the Southern Poverty Law …

Racism

Krakow's bold step to curb electromagnetic pollution reflects growing evidence of harm

Krakow is fighting back against the rising tide of electromagnetic smog amid increasing evidence of its harmful effects. Photo: when i was a bird via …

The O.R. factory | Quantity of care

In its ambitious rise to become one of the largest hospital systems in the country, Providence Health & Services struck a deal in 2011 to claim a …

Health Care

Chaos in Brazil: More to Come?

Things are not well in Brazil. The country’s social and economic tensions are rising and seem increasingly prone to erupt into violence. For the past six days, for instance, there has been a frenzy of looting, mugging, rioting, and murder in and around Vitória, which anchors a metropolitan area of …

Brazil

The ineffective, expensive and dangerous idea of replacing bees with drones

Bees are in decline in many areas. That’s a problem for agriculture because bees are vital to the environment and are primarily responsible for …

The End of Scarcity in Agricultural Commodities Means Failing Farms in the U.S.

All across our Heartland, corn sitting on the ground is a familiar sight. It is already February, many months post-harvest. There are abundant untold …

Why Does It Seem Like Airline Computers Are Crashing More? - Bloomberg

Another week, another major airline is crippled by some kind of software glitch.<p>If you feel as if you’re hearing about these incidents more often, …

A Large Crack Appeared In The Global Market…. And No One Noticed

Filed in Economy, News by SRSrocco on February 3, 2017 • 0 Comments<p>The global markets were humming right along until a large cracked appeared in …

Oil

Kansas water lawsuit could become catalyst for slowing aquifer's decline

The largest aquifer in North America is nearing depletion in many areas, putting profound stress on farmers and communities. Steve Elfers, Ian James<p>PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — A judge has ruled in a long-running legal fight over water in Kansas, siding with a farmer who argued his neighbor’s pumping was …

Palm Springs

Why Congress just killed a rule restricting coal companies from dumping waste in streams

With everything that Republicans want to do — repeal Obamacare, overhaul the tax code — it might seem odd that one of Congress' very first acts would …

Coal

Reverting paved roads to UNpaved status

One place it has been done is Butler County, Alabama.<p>Posted:<p>Updated:<p>Some cities and counties in the U.S. are avoiding the cost of repaving roads by …

Urban Design

America's Biggest Asphalt Plant Is Shutting When the Country Might Need It Most - Bloomberg

Axeon Specialty Products LLC is shuttering the U.S. largest asphalt refinery when the country might need it the most.<p>The Stamford, Connecticut-based …

Oil

There's a Huge Gap Between American Economic Hopes and Reality - Bloomberg

Surveys of businesses and consumers have shown a surge in confidence since the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, as hopes for growth-lifting fiscal …

GDP

Deadly new wheat disease threatens Europe’s crops

Researchers caution that stem rust may have returned to world’s largest wheat-producing region.<p>An infection that struck wheat crops in Sicily last …

Agriculture

America's Student Loan Problem Is Much Bigger Than Anybody Realized

February 1, 2017 <b>|</b> Shaun Bradley<p><b>(</b><b>ANTIMEDIA Op-Ed</b><b>)</b> The Department of Education recently released a memo admitting that repayment rates on student loans …

Loans

You’re More Likely to Die Choking Than Be Killed by Foreign Terrorists, Data Show

You're more likely to die from being buried alive or from choking on food than at the hands of foreign-born terrorists attacking on American soil.<p>The death rate data was compiled by NBC News in light of a recent report by the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, which found the likelihood of …

Terrorism

Where America's Terrorists Actually Come From

Syrian refugees have committed zero attacks in the United States.<p>This weekend, Rudy Giuliani went on <i>Fox News</i> to explain why Donald Trump’s decision to bar Syrian refugees from U.S. shores and suspend visas for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries did not amount to a Muslim ban. “What we did …

Foreign Policy

Deranged And Deluded: The Media’s Complicity In The Climate Crisis

Post 30 January 2017<p>By Editor<p>Hits: 65<p>In an important recent book, the Indian writer Amitav Ghosh refers to the present era of corporate-driven …

Climate Change

Iraq: A Deadly Deception | Iraq

On the evening of 9/11, George W Bush made a vow to the American public - that he would defeat terrorism.<p>Unknown to those listening in shock to the presidential address, the president and his advisers had already begun planning their trajectory into an invasion of Iraq. It was packaged as "holding …

Iraq