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Why and How the US Economy is On the Edge of a Precipice

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The Post Carbon Institute recently released a 34-minute animated video that is well worth your time.     After watching it, my prediction is that you will want to send a link to any friends of yours who might be unaware of the gravity of our situation.   The producer of this video finally became so frustrated by having to repeatedly answer the same questions that he made the video so he could avoid this, and could instead simply show or send this video.

The video talks about, and links, resources, energy and power generation, food and water, exponential growth and its limits.   It is very well done, and crystal clear, without ever becoming technical or confusing.   The voice-over narrator has an Irish lilt but she is concise and easily understood.   In scarcely more than a half hour, she provides an enormous amount of essential information about subjects that are of critical importance to the future of our civilization.

The title is  There's No Tomorrow .

And here's a good companion video clip of Max Keiser interviewing futurist Dmitry Orlov, who says our political-economic system has been rigged so as to perpetuate and ever enlarge the financial system centered on Wall Street, but that this rigging takes place at the expense of every other aspect of our economy, and will do so for as long as possible -- which Dmitry says won't be for much longer.  

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US Economic Collapse on the Edge, with Max Keiser here.

Links for both clips can be found at Dmitry's web site.

There you will also find a very perceptive essay on America's Unacknowledged Religion, an excerpt from which follows here:

Unbeknownst to most of our contemporaries, _Fortune_ is actually a _deity_, like Allah or Jesus.   But unlike them she has been worshipped since most ancient times, as Tyche in Greece and as Fortuna in Rome.   She continues to be worshipped in the present times, around the world, but especially in the US, where her temples and shrines are everywhere, from the humble lottery machines at every corner shop, gas station and liquor store to the casino capitalists who inhabit the glass towers of Wall Street.   Millions of mortals supplicate before Tyche daily.   Virtually unnoticed, the cult of Tyche dominates the religious landscape in the US:   just compare the sizes of the casino buildings in Las Vegas and Atlantic City to the country's largest cathedrals and temples:   except for a few mega-churches, the former consistently dwarf the latter.

The essential act of worshipping Tyche is by drawing lots, from which derives the term "lottery."   Tyche's promise is that you too may win some day, and this simple promise is powerful enough to allow her to hold much of the population captive to her every whim, ready to gamble away their last dollar.   Tyche's spiritual solace is that, whatever happens, it is never your fault, just your luck.   Tyche also keeps the peace, allowing us to overcome the envy and rancor we inevitably feel against our betters:   they succeed not because of their superiority, but because of sheer dumb luck;   we could all be just like them, if only the all-powerful Tyche would favor us.   Or so our true national religion tells us.

More on Dmitry Orlov and the dire prospects for the US economy.

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Several years after receiving my M.A. in social science (interdisciplinary studies) I was an instructor at S.F. State University for a year, but then went back to designing automated machinery, and then tech writing, in Silicon Valley. I've (more...)

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