Are the police really there to protect us?

2014.01.31 Last week, the UK finally saw a verdict passed on the case of a man named Mark Duggan. Duggan’s name might not be well known outside of that country, but the events he inadvertently sparked are infamous. Duggan was killed in August 2011, shot by police officers who claimed he was holding a gun.…

World political chaos, statistical “smog”, risk that the financial planet explodes… But solutions for the future continue to emerge

2014.01.29 Historians, who usually consider that the 19th century runs from 1815 (Waterloo) to 1914 (the First World War) would certainly define the 20th century by the period 1914-2014, ending with the year in which the old system dies whilst a new one emerges. In this New Year 2014 welcome, then, to the 21st century!…

Get ready for a massive renewable energy boom

2014.01.08 Renewables are projected to be the fastest growing source of energy over the next 30 years. And that’s a conservative estimate. Renewables will be the fastest growing source of energy between now and 2040, according to new projections from the Energy Information Administration. The EIA forecasts that from 2012 to 2040, solar, wind, and geothermal production will…

The economic dark side of the West’s oil and gas boom

2014.01.03 Over the last decade, oil and natural gas production has been booming out West, in states like North Dakota, Colorado, and Montana. That’s brought plenty of benefits to local communities: Good-paying jobs, rising incomes, new businesses, a tidal wave of fresh tax revenue. It’s also brought a fair share of problems. Towns around the oil-rich Bakken formation…

The Siren-song of Welfare State

2014.01.02 Our world is run – and has been run for some time now – by a relatively very small group of individuals who have it in their power to manage, as they think, the economies of nations. Managing the affairs of a nation implies making people behave in ways in which they would not…