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Better comes from less, not more

“…better comes from less, not more.  A better future for our children comes not from greater affluence, but less, and the preservation of resources for the future.  A better life for us in the present involves fewer hours of work, and thus, more freedom – and fewer possessions and less affluence.”

Want to read about a vision of a better future?  You should. Read it from one of the best writers – Sharon Astyk: http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/22/dreaming-a-life/


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Peak Oil is here: is Lexington ready?

In August, the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued an astounding report:

“In its first-ever assessment of the world’s major oil fields, the IEA concluded that the global energy system was at a crossroads and that consumption of oil was ‘patently unsustainable’, with expected demand far outstripping supply.

Oil production has already peaked in non-Opec countries and the era of cheap oil has come to an end, it warned. Continue reading

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Recovery? We’re being conned

Consumerism accounts for at least 2/3rds of the U.S. economy.  For our economy to bounce back then, we need for that 2/3rds to return to previous levels of spending.  And then obviously for the economy to grow, spending among that 2/3rds needs to increase.

Is it just me:  how on earth is this going to happen?  How will we ever return to previous levels of spending let alone grow it? Continue reading

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Friday Linkfest

Some interesting takes on the economic situation – hey you can get “good” news anywhere – but reality, that’s here:

Business Week:  Get ready to take a pay cut:http://www.businessweek.com/investor/content/aug2009/pi20090826_759117.htm

CNBC – Tsunami of Home Foreclosures to Hit US: http://www.cnbc.com/id/32549123

As California goes, so the rest of U.S.?: Even higher taxes coming for Californians http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-taxes27-2009aug27,0,1796963.story

Britian is sleepwalking towards a decade of economic misery:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/liamhalligan/6089679/Britain-is-sleepwalking-towards-a-decade-of-economic-misery.html

“In the Tank Forever”: U.S. Consumers, Retailers in a “Death Spiral”:http://finance.yahoo.com/techticker/article/312114/%E2%80%9CIn-the-Tank-Forever%E2%80%9D:-U.S.-Consumers,-Retailers-in-a-

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