A space for mostly short form stuff and responses to things I see elsewhere.
States and civilizations have collapsed many times in the past. But we’re in an unprecedented situation globally today, with such a vast population so reliant on high-energy resource flows orchestrated by a tightly-organized global network of centralized states increasingly incapable of organizing those flows, whose citizenries are extraordinarily alienated from the material and mental resource base needed to generate local livelihoods.
I think Bumper is onto something here for sure, in that the main reason for big download numbers is to sell advertising, whereas I would just like some sort of measure of whether people find my episodes interesting and whether that is going up or down. If data collection could be automated ...
I'm sure I could make use of at least some of this, in my bumbling, amateur way. I also wish it wasn't a Twitter thread. Need to find time to save the details for myself.
Very thought provoking and quite apart from reading and thinking about it, I'm feeling the need actually to do something about it.
it's a truism that anyone who wants you to stop thinking isn't your friend but it's equally true that anyone who insists that you think in exactly the way they've deemed proper is also not your friend.
This is why I contribute my bit to the Internet Archive, when I can.
Very grateful to John Naughton for pointing to this article, which explains the problems and some of the solutions and which seems like an obvious dose of sanity.
Ultimately, like many discussions around solutions to climate changes, this is a “yes, and” rather than an “or” choice. We can, and should, build more transmission capacity and storage, whilst reforming the market such that the UK’s phenomenal success in deploying wind power can be finessed to more precisely match our energy needs.
I'm sure I don't understand all the details, but I feel as if I understand more than I ever did before.