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

Retired General: 'Our Bases and Stations on the Coast Are Going Underwater'

This past July, in a Congressional hearing on “The Status and Outlook for U.S. and North American Energy and Resource Security,” retired Marine …

Climate Change

Measuring up US infrastructure against other countries

How does infrastructure in the U.S. compare to that of the rest of the world? It depends on who you ask.<p>On the last two report cards from the …

'I wish I could get President Trump to see this': Fairground becomes a makeshift hospital 'like you'd expect to see in Sudan' to deal with the US health care crisis as officials grumble over Obamacare

• <b>Hundreds of desperate patients, some in their 90s, traveled miles to be seen to by doctors offering free care</b>• <b><br>Medical staff used animal stalls,</b> …

Thousands flock to free medical clinic, as Washington dithers on health care

WISE, Va. — The sick and the disabled pour out of these mountains every summer for their one shot at free health care, but this year was supposed to hold hope for a better solution.<p>Donald Trump won the White House in part on a promise to fix the nation’s costly and inefficient health-care system. …

Health Care

The Imperial City’s Fiscal Waterloo

This post The Imperial City’s Fiscal Waterloo appeared first on Daily Reckoning.[Urgent Note: David Stockman warns that the nation’s economy and a …

Economy

Staving Off the Coming Global Collapse

Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, even when self-preservation is at stake.<p>The scariest example is the simplistic, …

Economics

To My Fellow Plutocrats: You Can Cure Trumpism

Pay your workers a decent wage and maybe you can stave off the pitchforks that are still coming for us.<p>Since Election Day, I’ve been overwhelmed by anguished calls, emails and conversations from you, my wealthy friends, who, for the first time, are confronting the real possibility that our cozy …

The Mighty U.S. Shale Oil Industry To Lose Another $20 Billion In 2017

Well, it looks like the U.S. shale oil industry is going to chalk up another lousy year of financial losses in 2017. This shouldn’t be a surprise as …

Oil

Blowing bubbles: The new world economic order

First, it was a gaggle of billionaires. Now, the global financial puppeteers are getting queasy.<p>Late last year, Chinese property tycoon Wang Jianlin …

Economy

World food supplies at risk as climate change threatens international trade, warn experts

The world’s food supplies are in danger as climate change and the increasing reliance on global trade threaten to create shortages and sudden, …

Climate Change

The Looming Energy Shock

There will be an extremely painful oil supply shortfall sometime between 2018 and 2020. It will be highly disruptive to our over-leveraged global …

Mortgages

No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously

If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.<p>One of the morbidly fascinating aspects of climate change is how much cognitive dissonance it generates, in individuals and nations alike.<p>The more you understand the brutal logic of climate change — what it could mean, the effort necessary …

American Special Ops Forces Have Deployed to 70 Percent of the World’s Countries in 2017

Nick TurseAnd we’re only halfway through the year.The post American Special Ops Forces Have Deployed to 70 Percent of the World’s Countries in 2017 …

War

Trump, Qatar and the Danger of Total Confusion

Photo by Mike Maguire | CC BY 2.0<p>The isolation of Qatar appears to be a major step in the Saudi plan, directed by the newly pronounced crown prince, …

A Combination of Historical Ignorance and Disastrous Blundering

Donald Trump’s administration is now engulfed by so many self-inflicted scandals, which arise on such a regular basis, that it’s hard to imagine the …

Al-Qaeda

The Doomsday Glacier

In the farthest reaches of Antarctica, a nightmare scenario of crumbling ice – and rapidly rising seas – could spell disaster for a warming</b> …

The Lights Are Going Out in the Middle East

Six months ago, I was in the National Museum in Beirut, marvelling at two Phoenician sarcophagi among the treasures from ancient Middle Eastern civilizations, when the lights suddenly went out. A few days later, I was in the Bekaa Valley, whose towns hadn’t had power for half the day, as on many …

Middle East

What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey

The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment.<p>When Jim Comey first learned that Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales were on their way to the George Washington Hospital room of John Ashcroft, his first call for help was to Bob Mueller. Comey knew …

Government

Concrete, or beaches? World's sand running out as global construction booms

A crucial component of concrete, sand is vital to the global construction industry, writes Nick Meynen. China alone is importing a billion tonnes of …

Environmentalism

Trump's threat to the 2020 Census

Says one expert: ‘We could be heading for a train wreck.’<p>It’s three years away and still a year from its scheduled dress rehearsal, but nervous observers are already asking: What happens to the 2020 U.S. census under President Donald Trump?<p>The first day of this month marked three years until Census …

Human Geography

The Renewable Fuels Con

You can’t just sell <i>gas</i> anymore.Most people don’t realize it, but what they’re pumping into their car’s tank isn’t actually gasoline, properly …

Energy

High Ground Is Becoming Hot Property as Sea Level Rises

MIAMI — One of the first sea-level rise maps Broadway Harewood saw was a few years back, when climate activists gathered in his neighborhood to talk …

Climate Change

US Dropping Bombs Quicker Than They Can Be Replaced

Massive air wars in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are just the beginning of the story for the United States military, with regular strikes in places …

Future World Economic Growth In Big Trouble As Oil Discoveries Fall To Historic Lows

Future global economic growth is in serious trouble as oil discoveries fell to historic lows last year. The International Energy Agency (IEA) …

Oil

Gas production falling off despite increase in drilling

The number of U.S. rigs drilling for gas has almost doubled since August, but output continues to fall.<p>This story is only available from the Arkansas …

Oil

11 Facts That Prove That The U.S. Economy In 2017 Is In Far Worse Shape Than It Was In 2016

There is much debate about where the U.S. economy is ultimately heading, but what everybody should be able to agree on is that economic conditions …

Economy

Plastic-eating bugs? It’s a great story – but there’s a sting in the tail

Breeding wax moth caterpillars to devour our waste sounds good. But they would attack bee colonies too, and ultimately put crops at risk<p>Caterpillars that can munch up plastic bags have just been identified, fuelling excited speculation that this could one day eliminate global pollution from plastic …

Recycling

Troubling Signs At Bakken As Oil Production Growth Stalls

The euphoria of rising U.S. oil production continues in the Mainstream media while troubling signs are now taking place at the Bakken. Even though …

Oil

"The Retail Bubble Has Now Burst": A Record 8,640 Stores Are Closing In 2017

<i>“Thousands of new doors opened and rents soared. This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst.”</i> - <b>Richard Hayne, Urban</b> …

eCommerce