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A reading list for February

So, despite the lack of sun, the sleeting rain, the relentless cold, the fact that McCain might win the White House, you still have optimism, energy, vigour, and hope.

Please read the following books and articles.

Just in case you’re too busy to read all of those books, I’ll give you some of the salient points from these books.

  1. We live in a fragile, over extended society, one that is built entirely on the underpinning of cheap and plentiful oil, unsustainable water consumption, and artificially inflated food production.
  2. Oil is going to start its terminal decline before my daughter reaches junior high.
  3. Much of the world’s food is grown with oil (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.) and transported with more oil
  4. Right about the time that massive famine starts to destabilize the rest of the world, the whole global warming thing is going to really hit its stride and cause (more) droughts and famine, (more) wars and genocide, all of which in turn will generate more terrorists.
  5. Individual actions can help mitigate these looming disasters… some. But really, what you need is a coherent international plan that enforces draconian-seeming restrictions on all populations.
  6. Yeah, ain’t no government going to do that. ‘Specially not ours. Our governement can’t even save people from a totally predictable (and often predicted) flood or earthquake or terrorist attack. Our government is a bunch of incompetent boobs.
  7. Oh yeah, and there are a bunch of possible plagues against which we have no defense which will wipe out much of humanity. Plagues that are more likely to become pandemics thanks to the global wars and destabilization caused by points 1 through 6.

Yeah, I’m feeling super duper cheerful this morning.

(Footnote: World War Z is about zombies. I know that there aren’t really zombies, really. But it’s a well drawn metaphor.)

  1. February 9, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    I have had Collapse on my unread pile for over an year now. I have read the first chapter but never been able to move on. I guess, primarily because I am just too hooked to fiction. However, I must pick it up soon. Do let me know how it turns out to be.

  2. elcynae
    February 18, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve decided that I’m being irresponsible. My new goal is to be more like you, without getting depressed. 🙂 I will now start by cleaning the table, and maybe asking to borrow a book. 🙂

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