Can’t keep up with the wikitorrent? As time goes on, people are going to start processing the leaks and pulling them together into different overall analyses. Here’s a good example from Foreign Policy magazine – what do the wikileaks cables tell us about failed and fragile states like Sudan, Somalia or Zimbabwe? Fascinating.
A damning critique of climate activism and its reliance on science, from a peak oil activist [h/t Alex Evans]
“America is built around innovation. We expect innovation. We drive innovation. And we experience innovation. Everywhere that is, except in energy. For the most part, we still use the same fuels in our cars and our electricity generation that we did a century ago. In no other area of our economy would Americans accept such stasis.” The energy revolution that just ain’t happening, by Michael Shellenberger c/o Matthew Lockwood
“Inevitable technological progress and abundant natural resources yield a higher standard of living. Poverty will be eliminated and hunger as a driving force of revolution will not be a danger. Inequality of income and problems of social justice will remain. Crises of life will be met by insurance. The role of government is bound to grow. Technicians and special interest groups will leave only a shell of democracy. The family cannot be destroyed but will be less stable in the early years of married life, divorce being greater than now. The lives of woman will be more like those of men, spent more outside the home.” The predictions for 2011 – from people writing in 1931 – reckon your predictions for 2091 would come anywhere near as close? [h/t Chris Blattman]
What if the Magi had had Facebook? A Digital Nativity for our times. Why do I find this so depressing? Maybe it’s the jingle…..[h/t Alex Evans]