Its Not The Heat. It’s The Stupidity

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Published on The Doomstead Diner on August 8, 2018

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C5 Says, Its Not The Heat. It’s The Stupidity

Posted on August 6, 2018 by Dark Green Mountain Survival Research Centre

 

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There is only one subject worth talking about. THE subject. The Heat.

Ya. I know I said I wouldn’t be back till the winter once all the chores and Honey, Do before the Apocalypse, lists of the year.

Much of those tasks haven’t been getting done though. It’s TOO FUCKING HOT. I have been bogging down. It has been like trying to build things while dog paddling through a swimming pool of humidity. I feel like Golom. “The light. It Burns me, Precious”. I have been hiding out in the house to avoid dying. I work in 15-20 minute spurts, then come back into the house drenched in sweat. Sweat that does not evaporate. That does not cool the body.

More so, there is almost no wind. The irony is, one of those, Honey, Do tasks […] Continue Reading…

This Week in Doom July 22: #Treasonsummit and its Discontents

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“I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

 ― Trump

I tried to keep this short, but the week wouldn't let me. Putin and Trump all but held hands during a news conference Monday, as each dismissed the idea that Russia wants to undermine American democracy — and that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into collusion between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign has any merits. This despite Mueller's indictment against 12 Russians for that very thing. Trump's use of the words “strong,” “powerful” and “denial” are tells: self-absorbed, impressed by authority and at home in denial. This makes him easily unlikable to two-thirds of Americans but not necessarily treasonous. Treason, frankly, sounds a little high-flown for such a reckless, clueless assclown  For nearly one out of every three days he has been president, Trump has visited a Trump Organization property, amounting to free publicity and a steady government income stream for the man who bankrupted three casinos. I'm old enough to remember when Jimmy Carter had to sell his peanut farm, because "emoluments." Good times. 

#Treasonsummit

This week, the president* of the United States […] Continue Reading…

Picture Perfect Day on the Last Great Frontier

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on July 22, 2018

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Regular readers of the Diner may have noticed the recent absence of my Sunday Brunch article, which I have been religiously writing basically since we launched the Diner in February of 2012.  For quite some time I was actually publishing 2 or 3 blogs a week, and/or pocasts or videos.  For the first time in my memory, I missed 3 consecutive weeks with nary a word, at least not outside on the Front Page of the Diner.  I'm still posting inside the Diner, though vastly reduced numbers there as well.  So what's the story?

Well, regular readers should also know about my many health issues, which seem to be on a fixed course headed Due South.  The last couple of months have seen 3 stays in hospital, with new and ever more debilitating symptoms showing up all the time.  My available energy for contemplating and writing about the issues of Doom is all being consumed by trying to cope with my own personal Doom and the impending arrival of the Grim Reaper for […] Continue Reading…

The Week in Doom, July 15, 2018

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on July 15, 2018

“[The beast] also forced everyone… to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark.”

 ― Revelation 13:16-17  

A friend had a close call this week. A reminder of both the fragility and resilience of life and its tenuousness.

As we consider the trajectory of ecocide, it is easy to become demoralized by how little each of us can do. The earth we leave the next generation will be hotter, dryer, more toxic, less fruitful. Extinctions are reported regularly. Glaciers melt, rivers dry, wildfires rage, even in the Arctic, and the ticking methane hydrate bomb continues to lurk.  What can one person do? We can change our habits, prep up, sell our homes and goods and wander the earth like Cain. And the Universe will still turn. What one individual can do is limited, but we can commit to work for change. Difficult to do, and made harder still by the corporate co-optation of the political process. 

If you are collapse-aware and follow current trends in population, energy and resource consumption,, and concludes they are insupportable at current trajectories, what is the moral […] Continue Reading…

This Week In Doom, July 8

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on July 8, 2018

“The world that you see is being configured to a probable reality that you haven’t yet chosen.”

 ― Douglas Rushkoff  

What occasioned some collapse-related noise this week on the Diner Forum was an article penned by Douglas Rushkoff entitled, Survival of the Richest–The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind. Worth a peek.

Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in the digital age.  (See his website. ) He had been invited to an exclusive resort to deliver a keynote speech to investment bankers on the subject of “the future of technology.” The fee was un-turn-down-able for a university professor–he described it as  "about half his annual professor’s salary ."

After he arrived, he was ushered into a room he thought might have been the green room, but was instead the setting for him to meet his REAL audience: five super-wealthy hedge fund bankers with questions of their own.

Which region will be less impacted by the coming climate crisis: New Zealand or Alaska? Is Google really building Ray Kurzweil a home for his brain, and will his consciousness live through the transition, or will it die and be reborn as a whole new one? Finally, the CEO […] Continue Reading…

Oh Say Can You See?

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“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

 ― Mark Twain  

As we celebrate the nation's Independence, a virtual pallor seems to hang over the proceedings like a shitmist. There will be parades, fireworks, cookouts and picnics, and the attendant mindlessness of a hot summer day. There will be 21-gun salutes with appropriate solemnity. But in many ways, it's almost as if it's "Bizarro- Fourth of July–" similar, but a bit off. As if our hearts are not fully in it. Given that hundreds of thousands attended over 800 rallies demonstrating against government-sanctioned kidnapping of children and separation of immigrant families, they may not be. Now comes proof we're just not as patriotic as we used to be.

New Low of 52% "Extremely Proud" to Be Americans- Gallup

For the first time in 18 years, a recent Gallup poll shows that a majority of US adults are not "extremely proud” to be Americans. That's an average across political ideologies, with the sort of steep differences on either side of the political aisle you might expect.

As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, 52% of U.S. adults say they are […] Continue Reading…

SNAP Card Gourmet: Cooking Your Premium Steak

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REMINDER:  The Summer Solstice inaugurated our Fundraiser here at the Diner to keep this establishment open after I croak (any day now…). We raised $150 last week which is not a bad start but we have a long way to go to reach the $2000 goal.  For those of you who have not yet coughed up some FRNs, this would be a good week to do it.  The longer it takes to raise the money, the longer I will drop these annoying pleas at the beginning of my articles.  Just take the pain and get it over with!  It costs MONEY 🤑 to maintain a good websie!  I have been footing the bil for over 6 years, but I will not be alive forever,  Both members and guests often send me emails stating that the Diner is their FIRST STOP across the Collapse Blogosphere for the latest in Doom News.  If we don't get a revenue stream going, after I Buy  My Ticket to the Great Beyond […] Continue Reading…

SHTF Driving- Or, C5 Turns A Honda Civic Into A Truck

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Posted on June 14, 2018 by Dark Green Mountain Survival Research Centre

 

(Special welcome to the regular reader coming in from Ecuador. You know what I’m talking about).  This should be a fun read today with lots of twists and turns.

 

I thought I would toss up these couple of Glam Shots to make a point. This is how MrsC5 first found me. I had some of these shots taken just in case I ever decided to tell the whole story

The reason I put up these “Me so manly. I’d do me”, shots is to provide myself a bit of Gear Head Cred… because I know some truck and NASCAR guys are going to have a bit o’ trouble hearing my Survival Training, philosophy and advice here. I get it. Most things that get people miffed are because of “Previous Investment” or our self identifying “Sacred Mythologies”.

So, I have a new survival rule for you.

C5 Rule of Survival- People ask me, What is “The Best” survival product  to deal with (insert your apocalypse here)? […] Continue Reading…

This Week in Doom June 25, 2018

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on June 25, 2018

“We have zero tolerance for people that enter our country illegally.”

 ― Donald J. Trump, June 20, 2018

This was a week for visceral outrage in the face of unspeakable human rights atrocities. The Orange Lout signed an executive order countering the effects of his previous decision separarting children and infants from their parents, then scattering them to the winds.  The Trump message, scrawled clear as day and quite literally on  the back of Melania Trump, was that the Trump administration could not care less. Independent artists, students, and even actor Jim Carrey, created striking visuals that surfaced on covers of TIME and the New Yorker. (See examples.) The U.S. withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council, Trump ordered the creation of a new Space Force. The gnomes running the Dow Jones Index removed General Electric, the last 19th century holdover, from its ranks. Open season on black Americans by cops continued, in an episode with personal relevance. 

In spite of the wholesale revulsion expressed by a distraught populace, over the weekend Donald Trump continued to use fear of MS-13 to justify his ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy, but only 180 of the 187,000 people apprehended at a major border crossing are connected to […] Continue Reading…

Doomstead Diner Summer Solstice Fundraiser

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Stonehenge at dawn on the Summer Solstice

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The Summer Solstice brings with it many things, first off is the longest day of the year.  Here on the Last Great Frontier that means it's still light at midnight, and for the few hours we do have "darkness", it's more of a twilight where you can still see to walk around without a flashlight, (torch for you Brits).  Where I live is below the Arctic Circle, if you go above that you will get light 24 hours a day.  Conversely, during the Winter Solstice it's dark most of the time, with the few hours of sunlight coming in the afternoon with the SUN very low on the horizon.  This type of seasonal lighting regimen can cause a psychological condition know as SAD, for Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Here is a photo from my back porch Collapse Perch at Midnight on June 21, 2018.

The view from my back porch at Midnight on June 21, 2018

I'm not a sufferer of the official version of SAD, in […] Continue Reading…

Coal Dust From The Forum

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A coal train once supplied the city of Holland, Michigan with fuel for its electric generating plant. They converted the plant to natural gas. Their costs are down, their emissions are down, and coal is down for the count. (Photo by wsilver/Flickr)

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It seems to me bringing things 'worthy' from our Diner Forum over from time to time might be a good thing to do.  An entry I just made over there spawed this post.  I'll work it in here with some background that I'll add since the thread context is lost bring it over here by itself.  Here I go.

Trump seeks to project global power through energy exports

Thats a recent headline from a buisness journal.  I'll start with that, this is from our forum thread at the beginning.

In the 1950s, geologist M. King Hubbert predicted that the world will experience an economically damaging scarcity of fossil fuels. This idea has remained in the collective consciousness as the Peak Oil theory, according to which the production of oil, as a […] Continue Reading…

Summer Solstice – Peak Light, Maximum Darkness

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If you feel as if chaos is accelerating you are not alone. I'm sure that most still reading this blog are completely aware of what I mean.

The irony to me is that Trump is right to call out the major institutions of our world as being dysfunctional. Yet his 'fix' is not really a fix, it is an acceleration of destruction. Perhaps, in the long run, that is actually a good thing. Perhaps humanity needs a major reset. But my fear is that it won't necessarily lead to a better path. The problem is that we humans seem incapable of learning from our past mistakes, even when we acknowledge them as mistakes and vociferously claim we will do better. We will not make the same mistakes again in the future.

I remember growing up reading about the rise of Nazism and Hitler and the Holocaust and wondering how on earth that could ever have gotten traction. The story line goes that the Germans were in a world of hurt after WWI and were […] Continue Reading…

Oil Producers and Their Governments

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Being a top oil producing country is not conducive to good government.

Looking at the top fifteen oil producing states, nine are autocracies, seven of which are of long standing. Only three are democratic republics. Two other producer states are transitioning to single-party status or decaying to warlordism. While the US is officially a democratic, multi-party republic, it is a de-facto corporate autocracy. The policy impulse for the US establishment as it is for other single party states is enrichment of elites: waste-based, finance-driven ‘growth’ regardless of the cost, ‘out of the barrel of a gun’ as necessary; (from Wikipedia):

 

 

Country

Oil Production, Bbls/day

Political System

World Production

80,622,000

Indicates OPEC membership

1

Russia

10,551,497

Single-party police state

2

Saudi Arabia

10,460,710

Monarchy/Single-party police state

3

United States

8,875,817

Corporate autocracy

4

Iraq

4,451,516

Iranian protectorate.

5

Iran

3,990,956

Single-party police state

6

China

3,980,650

Single-party police state

7

Canada

3,662,694

Multi-party republic

8

United Arab Emirates

3,106,077

Monarchy – effective single-party state

9

Kuwait

2,923,825

Monarchy – effective single-party state

10

Brazil

2,515,459

Transitional*

11

Venezuela

2,276,967

Single-party police state

12

Mexico

2,186,877

Transitional**

13

Nigeria

1,999,885

Multi-party republic

14

Angola

1,769,615

Effective single-party state

15

Norway

1,647,975

Multi-party republic

* Brazil is in the process of transitioning to military rule or single party status.
** Mexico is in the process of transitioning to warlord (failed) state or control by criminal gangs.

Petroleum resources offer enormous leverage for those able […] Continue Reading…

This Week in Doom June 10, 2018

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on June 10, 2018

“It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.” ― Barack Obama  

This was a week in which The Orange Turd blasted our allies and trading partners, gave aid and succor to Russia, declared himself above the law and that he can pardon himself, called the special counsel unconstitutional and otherwise appealed to his rump base of hard core supporters and tagalong stupids. This stuff would be funny if it weren’t so dangerous. Anti-intellectualism has been the glue holding together the Republican platform, and is normalized for a third of the electorate, such that we are unequipped to deal with the complex problems we hasten to create all over the world. 

Right-wingers label intelligence and being well-informed as “elite,” implying that ignorance is somehow both valuable and under attack, because a sense of continued victimhood  is necessary to stoke the flames of grievance.  Richard Hofstadter described our anti-intellectualism as “older than our national identity” in his 1963 classic, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Observers from Tocqueville on noted American ignorance as an essential element of the national character, never found far from its running buddy, nativism. Yet our founders established a form of government that requires an informed citizenry. Hard to do when television […] Continue Reading…

SNAP Card Gourmet: Steak Edition

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The SNAP Card Gourmet is BACK!

It was touch and go as to whether I would get back to doing these vids, but after getting out of hospital a couple of weeks ago I worked up the energy to get going with it again.  Before you get on my case about the poor lighting in this vid, I AM working on it!  Anyhow, you don't really want to see my Grim Reaper ghoulish appearance these days anyhow.

One thing I do want to address today is the criticism I periodically get inside the Diner for my food obsession in a thread I maintain daily called "The Diner Menu".  In that thread daily I feature different recipes for Diners to drool over while they are contemplating doom.  "What does this have to do with collapse?" the critics bellow!  To me the reasons are obvious, but some Doomers are so focused on their own interests in Collapse they can't fathom them, and then make a nuisance of […] Continue Reading…

Farmgal, Farmgal, Farmgal

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Posted on May 25, 2018 by Dark Green Mountain Survival Research Centre

 

With your host Category5…and guess who? Could it be Farmgal?

I have been getting some press and respect lately. Its been a nice ego boost. I have accomplished most of what I set out to do. Doing a slight adjustment to the prepper world to tweek it into something that is a little more Real, Relational, Relevant… and Rational.

Then I had a mini, introspective, self revelational attitude adjustment. That, “Wow! Do I Ever Suck or what” moment, evaluating just how little I actually know. People might look to me for their survival. In reality, I simply stumble from one problem I’m forced to solve and this leads me to the next problem to solve. Each time, I am dumbfounded at the shear lack of knowledge society has equipped me with to achieve my own survival in a world, presently imploding. I figure most people find themselves in the same place… or will find themselves there the moment they try to enact their […] Continue Reading…

This Week In Doom June 4, 2018

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on June 4, 2018

“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”

 ― Nemesis  

Madness in DC is certainly in evidence, with the Lout-in-Chief hurling tweets like Zeus' thunderbolts, with the primary intention being suspension of the rule of law. Trump further weaponized the pardon power as a political tool, issuing a presidential pardon for confessed felon and right wing ideologue Dinesh D'Souza to the delight of right wingers and the annoyance of those who care about the rule of law. On Monday Morning, Trump tweeted, “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” Melania was still missing after 22 days, prompting speculation as to her whereabouts and safety.  Rumors that she had been renditioned to a black site in Thailand for threatening divorce remain unproven at press time.

Each week seems to have a day bruised by a flurry of Trump rage-tweets. His bouts of fury are well-documented. In Trump's 81 weeks as POTUS, has threatened individuals, institutions, businesses and countries, including the media, the NFL, NATO member countries, allies and enemies with bluster and braggadocio. He’s […] Continue Reading…

💀 Pain, Freedom & Death

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I shot the picture above from the threshhold of my Back Porch.  It was a beautiful day here on the Last Great Frontier in early summer/late spring.  Rain in the morning and then lots of warmth and sunshine through the afternoon.  The farmers in Palmer I am sure loved this day, more like it through the summer and we will see new records set at the Alaska State Fair for Giant Vegetables.  For me though, it was a day of realization that I am finished, done, kaput.  I have nothing new I wish to write about Collapse, and I am tired of arguing the fine points with morons.  I did what I am going to do with my life, which certainly could have been better but could have been worse too.  I did manage to stay out of prison.  The time has come for me to make my trip across the Great Divide, only cowardice stops me now from pulling the plug on myself.  I am a worthless heap of meat flesh […] Continue Reading…

What’s Missing?

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My farm truck is fairly old.  It’s a Ford F-150 and it was made in 1992.  While not a vehicle I need every day, if there is a load of firewood or manure to be moved, it is the only thing that will do the trick.  So last week when I went to fire it up and it wouldn’t start, I was frustrated to say the least. Not only was my day’s plate of errands full, but beyond that the truck was blocking our narrow driveway preventing another vehicle from passing.

Lifting my daughter out of the cab I took a deep breath. An azure blue sky beamed overhead as I shifted the truck into neutral, placed my hand firmly against the steel doorframe, and began heaving with my legs.  Slowly the tires began to roll backwards as I used my free hand to steer the truck onto the grass under the shade of a hickory tree.

“OK, fire it,” he yelled. I turned the key in the ignition, and got the nya-nya-nya-nya sound of […] Continue Reading…

Dulce Et Decorum Est…

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“If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.”

 ― Wilfred Owen

As we observe yet another Memorial Day, it is at this time of year that thoughts turn to those who have served, those lost, those gone. At a time when the NFL make rules to enforce compulsory public worship of militarism (let's not call it patriotism, shall we?), the better to stifle the protest of domestic oppression, it is well to remember a time when grace and magnanimity softened hearts. Today marks the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day's official nationwide observance. The annual commemoration was born in the former Confederate States in 1866 and adopted by the United States in 1868.

Although not widely known today, the early evolution […] Continue Reading…

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Twelve More Years To Do Nothing"The future is changing, with or without us."When the latest IPCC report landed with a thu [...]

How Joe Hill came to coin Pie in the Sky"When Christine Blasey Ford spoke of sound-memories embedded in the hippocampus she was attempt [...]

Ponzinomics"Tolerable parasites are those that have minimum pain and cost to the host."DONALD TRUMP, [...]

Somewhere, a Tiger Yawns"Simple, scalable, and shovel ready. China is moving negative emissions from laboratory to fiel [...]

Cherry Blossom Soap"China’s real wealth is not yuan but cherry blossoms."No longer having a television at hom [...]

The folks at Windward have been doing great work at living sustainably for many years now.  Part of [...]

 The Daily SUN☼ Building a Better Tomorrow by Sustaining Universal Needs April 3, 2017 Powering Down [...]

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To fight climate change, you need to get the world off of fossil fuels. And to do that, you need to [...]

Americans are good on the "thoughts and prayers" thing. Also not so bad about digging in f [...]

In the echo-sphere of political punditry consensus forms rapidly, gels, and then, in short order…cal [...]

Discussions with figures from Noam Chomsky and Peter Senge to Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama off [...]

Lefty Greenies have some laudable ideas. Why is it then that they don't bother to really build [...]

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Depressions were common place 100+ years ago ... but then economies were much simpler animals. Since [...]

And these are the scientists whose numbers are constantly quoted by the MSM.... How totally f789ed u [...]

Well that means that you should be more willing to accept their findings - because they are less lik [...]

Fracking has been deemed by the el ders a TBTF industry ... and they are subsidizing it. [...]

BMW Cuts Profit Forecast, Shares Dive BMW shares dived up to 6% Tuesday after the Munich, Germany- b [...]

The author's gist seems to be that we should keep investing in shale because - all other condit [...]

Thanks for the article Steve. As usual, perfect - almost eldritch - timing. One question, what do yo [...]

What do you think of the author's reasoning? So the initial production rates from a well in the [...]

Here"s one: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4210065-shale-oil-ponzi-scheme-evidence-decline-cu [...]

@Dolf Can't disagree with your solution for many people. But f you are involved in producing an [...]

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Simplifying the Final Countdown

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Bond Market Collapse and the Banning of Cash

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Do Central Bankers Recognize there is NO GROWTH?

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Singularity of the Dollar

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Kurrency Kollapse: To Print or Not To Print?

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SWISSIE CAPITULATION!

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Of Heat Sinks & Debt Sinks: A Thermodynamic View of Money

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Merry Doomy Christmas

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Peak Customers: The Final Liquidation Sale

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Forest management based on sustainability and multifunctionality requires reliable and user-friendly [...]

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG). Although it comprises only 0.03% of total GHGs [...]

This study presents a method to investigate meteorological drought characteristics using multiple cl [...]

El Niño–Southern Oscillation strongly influences rainfall and temperature patterns in Eastern Austra [...]