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NASA-Funded Study Sounds Alarm for Civilization

A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center confirmed the prospect that worldwide industrial civilization could collapse in the coming decades under “unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution,” Dr. Nafeez Ahmed reports at The Guardian.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on ‘The Pathology of the Rich’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges discussed “the psychology of the super rich: their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms” with The Real News Network’s senior editor, Paul Jay.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Role of Art in Rebellion

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “Will it take [literature, music and art] to waken us to the empathy of other suffering or hardship?”

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: We Have to Atone for Turning Our Backs on People of Color

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “How should people of color respond to the dying of a civilization that has not been civil to them?”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Is Homeland Security Preparing for the Next Wall Street Collapse?

An Associated Press article in February confirmed a purchase order by the Department of Homeland Security for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. That’s enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over twenty years. Someone in government seems to expect some serious civil unrest. Why?

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Detroit’s Fiscal Emergency

The governor of Michigan said Friday that the city of Detroit was in a state of “financial emergency” and announced that an independent overseer would be appointed to save it from collapse. However, the proposed solutions, which appear to consist mainly of spending cuts, inevitably mean more pain and suffering for Detroiters.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Growth Is the Problem

The ceaseless expansion of economic exploitation, the engine of global capitalism, has come to an end. Let’s not revive it.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Biswaranjan Rout

Life Is Sacred

The giddy, money-drenched, choreographed carnival in Tampa and the one coming up in Charlotte divert us from the real world—the one steadily collapsing around us.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mahesh Kumar A.

This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us

We seem condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies toward extinction, although this moment appears be the denouement to the whole sad show of settled, civilized life that began some 5,000 years ago.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Is on Collapsing Empire Watch

As the Salon scribe points out, it can be “quite difficult to really internalize” America’s superpower implosion, but the numbers don’t lie. Our life expectancy ranking is dropping like a rock, while we’re getting better and better at imprisoning, executing and selling guns to people. USA! USA!

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Moral Courage

The Truthdig columnist begins this speech to the Veterans for Peace convention by saying, “Physical courage is something you see on a battlefield. Moral courage you almost never see.”

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



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$40 Billion for Greece Bailout

The 16 nations that use the euro have just revealed an aid package of up to $40 billion in an effort to stem the Greek financial crisis. Finance ministers see the offer as a “step of clarification” for markets and a boost for the faltering euro.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Dutch to Leave Afghanistan

One day after the Dutch Cabinet collapsed, the country’s prime minister has announced that he expects the Netherlands to pull out all its troops from Afghanistan in August.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE


Blankfein
AP / Mark Lennihan

Goldman’s Hand in AIG’s Collapse

Recently disclosed internal documents and an audio recording regarding a 2008 securities standoff between Goldman Sachs and insurance giant AIG appear to be the smoking guns necessary to pinpoint Goldman’s culpability in the mortgage meltdown and the collapse of AIG.

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 READ MORE


David Brooks

David Brooks Calls Jindal’s Speech ‘Insane’ and ‘a Disaster’

When civilizations collapse, mass hysteria ensues, often followed by cannibalism—a scenario familiar to the Republican Party, in which old friends are now turning on each other with reckless abandon.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


Bush Bailed Out
The New York Times / Doug Mills

To the Bailoutmobile!

In an avowed effort to save capitalism from itself, President Bush announced Friday that he would throw the Big Three failing auto companies a $17.4 billion lifesaver, siphoning that money from the initial $700 billion bailout slush fund authorized by Congress in October.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Mukasey collapses

Attorney General Mukasey Collapses During Speech

On Thursday night, Attorney General Michael Mukasey suddenly collapsed while making a speech at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. He was rushed to George Washington University Hospital for treatment.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE



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Bridge Repairs Going Nowhere

According to an AP review of more than 1,000 structures, just 12 percent of the nation’s most troubled and traveled bridges have been repaired since the deadly collapse of a Minneapolis bridge a year ago. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but most officials seem to agree that the money just isn’t there.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE


Review of Bridges Ordered After Collapse

As divers continue their search for bodies in the Mississippi River after Wednesday’s bridge collapse in Minneapolis, federal transportation officials are calling for a review of some 700 similar structures.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE



9/11 Model Backs Up Tower Collapse Theory

A two-year study of the World Trade Center Towers’ collapse by Purdue University has reaffirmed the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which suggested that the buildings crashed under their own weight after crucial support columns and fireproofing were damaged or destroyed. The research team released an animation of the first plane’s collision to show how heat and flame eventually brought the towers down.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


Colbert

And Bush Fiddles While the Icecaps Melt

Cullen Murphy joins Stephen Colbert to compare and contrast the American and Roman empires. For all the old empire’s glory, its rampant poverty, disease and corruption, combined with endless war, make for an unwelcome comparison.

Posted on Jun 10, 2007 READ MORE


Two earths
From cm.bell-labs.com

Global Ecosystems Face ‘Collapse’

If the rate of consumption of the Earth’s natural resources continues apace, two planets will be needed to meet global demand by 2050, warns the environmental group WWF.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


UK Reporter: Baghdad ‘Verging on Total Collapse’

A journalist at The Times (of London) sums it up: “West Baghdad is no stranger to bombings and killings, but in the past few days all restraint has vanished in an orgy of ethnic cleansing.”

Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


Lay, Skilling Convicted in Enron Collapse

The “smartest guys in the room” weren’t smart enough to avoid conviction on securities and wire fraud conspiracy charges in one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history. After six days of deliberation, the jury rejected Ken Lay’s and Jeff Skilling’s testimony as lies.

Posted on May 25, 2006 READ MORE


Fastow: Enron’s Lay ‘Lied About Enron Finances’

The energy company’s former CFO testifies that Ken Lay, the former CEO, lied about the company’s financial situation in the months before the company’s collapse.

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


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