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What happens as infrastructure decays

An emergency has been declared on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Apparently a train tunnel containing radioactive materials has collapsed. HANFORD EMERGENCY INFORMATION Event Summary 5/9/2017 HANFORD SITE ALERT The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Richland Operations Office activated the Hanford Emergency Operations Center at 8:26 a.m., after an alert was declared at the 200 East …

Beware of the Lotos-eaters

Beware of the Lotos-eaters

In the story of the Odyssey, Ulysses encounters the island of the Lotos-eaters. Depending on the version of the story, they eat Lotos fruits or flowers, which induce a sleepy, contented, apathetic stupor. Ulysses’ crew who ate the Lotos lost interest in returning home, or even back to their ship to report to him. Nobody’s …

Is Ammon Bundy in danger?

That’s not a rhetorical question; I don’t know. I don’t even know the precise circumstances that lead up to the Bundys’ arrests and incarceration. The media has been sparse with coverage and specific details, which is one red flag. Private accounts on social media give wildly different accounts, but here’s the thing: one side has …

May Day! May Day!

May Day! May Day!

One of my adult sons got caught in a demonstration while trying to get to work the Saturday before May Day. He has to put in a lot of late nights and weekends, but the demonstrators have the day off. There was no immediate threat; he was just delayed getting to work. The demonstrations and …

Venezuelan economic breakdown accelerating

There is looting happening in Venezuela, and the body count is rising: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-21/eight-venezuelans-electrocuted-death-while-looting-bakery-amid-massive-protests Meanwhile, Venezuela’s economic breakdown is accelerating: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-23/venezuela-verge-revolution-hyperinflated-currency-crashes-new-record-low There is a narrative circulating that the American government is causing the economic crisis in Venezuela. Even if it’s true that Venezuela has been targeted for economic sabotage, something about their system must make it …

Is Modernity the final paradigm?

Is Modernity the final paradigm?

The revolution gave a mighty historical impulse to the new Soviet generation. It cut them free at one blow from conservative forms of life, and exposed to them the great secret – the first secret of the dialectic – that there is nothing unchanging on this earth, and that society is made out of plastic …