While everyone is busy getting their pants in a wedge over Google or watching the funeral for Whitney, I thought I'd share one of the reasons why I'm a bit anxious over the whole ECF (Euro Cluster Fuck) in the EU as the leaders here seem unable to buy a vowel in order to get the needed sense of urgency to resolve the crisis; austerity measures in a time of such structural contraction is doomed to fail. I'm no economist, but I was pretty good with math once upon a time and when you look at the bigger picture, it's hard to argue with the idea that growth that we once used to expect year after year is a thing of the past due dwindling resources available.
Partly, I want to believe in innovation and the indomitable optimism that Americans have when it comes to solving problems like this but, I remember the 1973 oil shock and thought for sure there'd be other solutions by now, but there aren't.
I'm not a doomsayer or fatalist (though I do admit a life-long obsession with post-apoc literature which I blame on the Poseidon Adventure :), but the animated documentary, "There is No Tomorrow", is a well done illustration of the scale of what we're up against. I grew up out in the Midwest so I know how to farm, put up food and lots of other folksy sorts of things that my more citified friends find a bit too twee, but which might come back into vogue as resources become more expensive. I hope I don't live to see a collapse of life as I've come to enjoy, but the numbers do make it seem as though I might which makes the whole ECB Riverdance around Greece and Co. seem like a waste of human time and money.
(It's long, but if you can manage the whole 30 mins or so, skip to the last 7).There's No Tomorrow (2012)