What can be done to meet the present and future needs of Montgomery County citizens and businesses for air transportation? Continue reading
A respectable business magazine is out with the cover headline:
“It’s Global Warming, Stupid”
Fair enough. Quibble about the causes and terminology, if you must, but face reality.
I suggest two related subjects clamoring for serious consideration in the public square (or in smoke-filled back rooms) going forward:
“Geography Is Destiny”
“It’s Infrastructure, Stupid”
What do you think? Suggestions for additional subjects to include in the syllabus? Extra credit for class participation.
— John Hayden
- PHOTO: Businessweek’s Bold Hurricane Sandy Cover (huffingtonpost.com)
- Scientists Unsure if Climate Change Is to Blame for Hurricane Sandy (nytimes.com)
- ‘Meteorological bomb’ or climate change? Experts eye Sandy’s cause. (smh.com.au)
- Global Warming and Hurricane Sandy? (bigthink.com)
- Climate change, or crap shoot? Experts weigh Sandy’s causes (reuters.com)
- Oh Sandy… (thereinventshop.com)
Dancing sand moving machines
Surreal photos of the Ocean City, Maryland, beach and sky Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, the day after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey and moved inland. Photos made possible by my new digital camera. No extra charge for the words.
Shoreham Hotel with Irish pub @ 4th St. stands tall after the storm, reflected in a pool of water deposited at the base of the boardwalk sea wall by Hurricane Sandy.
The little sea wall that saved the Ocean City boardwalk from Hurricane Sandy. How close did the ocean come to the boardwalk? This close, and more. Continue reading
The power grid in India failed this week, leaving half the population of the world’s largest democracy without electric power.
Half the counties in America have been declared drought disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Half of India in the dark, half of America in drought. Makes you wonder: Where is the tipping point? How much failure can a country endure?
It’s not Armageddon. But it’s not economic recovery. We’re not all going to live happily ever after.
We’ll not be returning to the status quo ante 2006. That’s gone forever. The assumption of endless growth and prosperity is over in America. The American Dream of the past half-century is cooked.
What about more jobs, jobs, jobs for American workers, like the politicians pretend they believe? They can’t deliver it. Not going to happen. Glimmers of recovery here and there, maybe; but it will be the exception, not the rule.
Reindustrialization of America? Maybe a little bit, but new industry won’t need factories filled with unskilled workers. Or any kind of workers. Automation, robotization, computerization. All signs point to fewer jobs, not more jobs.
The promise of more jobs and economic recovery is a lie, or at least a mirage. I have to believe that many knowledgeable people in high places are aware of the truth. But they dare not say it out loud. Too many Americans are still in denial.
In order for people to accept the loss of the endless growth and prosperity model, they have to be able to replace it with a substitute. Leaders of government and business have not been able to come up with a substitute. They don’t know what to do except dissemble, and hope for a miracle.
The signs of continuing collapse in the near term and medium term are all around. Here are five of the most important warning signs, Continue reading