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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.

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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.

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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?"

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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?"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?"

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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.

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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.We, as a species, may be doomed. And this is a bitter, bitter fact for a father to digest.

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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.We seem condemned as a species to drive ourselves and our societies toward extinction.

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