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Boreal Citizen: Bagel on a string: Collapse and the case for simplicity

When we talk about complexity, resources and economic decline, it seems we’ve learned nothing from history.

In his talk in Barcelona, [Joseph] Tainter gave the example of the Roman Empire during the 3rd century A.D. At that time the empire faced a serious military crisis: invasions of foreign peoples and internal civil wars. The crisis . . . → Read More: Boreal Citizen: Bagel on a string: Collapse and the case for simplicity

Hellberta: The Great Oil War [Chapter 2] : Iran

In chapter 1 of what now may be considered the beginnings of a World-War III we discussed what was then the active military action against Libya. We covered economic hitmen and the typical approach taken by western nations to overthrow or at least get nations to play along with their game.

Of course there are many other . . . → Read More: Hellberta: The Great Oil War [Chapter 2] : Iran

Hellberta: Occupy: Out with the old, in with the new

I’m happy to say that since my last post Occupy Edmonton is doing very well. Edmonton (and the whole world) showed tremendous support tonight. I dare say Occupy Edmonton is nearing the amount of critical mass it needs to carry forward as a major movement. But where to?

All around the world it seems this . . . → Read More: Hellberta: Occupy: Out with the old, in with the new

Hellberta: Canada: A country in economic denial

Well the market since the S&P downgrade of U.S. debt has been a fun ride huh? Gold continues to set what seem like daily records while stocks are “only slightly higher than a decade ago“. But all of these lightning fast developments have not shaken the faith Canadians (and in particular, Albertans) have in the . . . → Read More: Hellberta: Canada: A country in economic denial

Hellberta: A rundown on Alberta’s future

So the deed is done, the U.S. has now officially been rated AA+ for an entire trading day during which the S&P took the ratings axe to many U.S. institutions. Many people who have read this blog probably look at it with an overly negative outlook. Please now look back at all of my posts . . . → Read More: Hellberta: A rundown on Alberta’s future

Hellberta: A conflict over ethical oil

By now anyone who follows energy, economics, or the environment has probably heard the term “ethical oil”. If you are not familiar with it; it was coined by Ezra Levant in his book Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands. It also coined a lesser known term “conflict oil”.

Recently a new blog came . . . → Read More: Hellberta: A conflict over ethical oil

Hellberta: The next Alberta economic boom will be funded by faith

Good day to you Albertans. I haven’t written on this blog for quite awhile, in fact I wasn’t even sure if I was ever going to blog again. Things are moving too fast now to really spend any significant time on a particular subject however I feel Alberta’s economy needs some special attention right now.

. . . → Read More: Hellberta: The next Alberta economic boom will be funded by faith

Hellberta: Oilsands optimism on the downslide

canada.com The oilsands continue to take public relations hits across the globe. Just recently the Keystone pipeline leaked yet again making for the forth pipeline leak in relation to oilsands pipelines in the last 2 months, 2 of which occured in Alberta. In the midst of all of the bad public relations it seems a very important long . . . → Read More: Hellberta: Oilsands optimism on the downslide