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The Great American False Dilemma: Austerity vs. Stimulus

Dear Readers: I’m currently writing a long-form post twice a month now for Chris Martenson’s excellent wesbsite. Accordingly, I’ll be publishing the first (and free) part of these essays here at w88ประเทศไทย www.pinyourcrafts.com. Enjoy. — Gregor ___________________________________________________________________________ “Like the issue of…’Is it better to have austerity or stimulus?’ Well, the basic problem there is that we’re […]

Moving to Portland

In 1995 I left? California and moved to London. I was in pursuit of a young woman named Johanna—a dual citizen of both New Zealand and the UK—and for the next few years we would live in Lambeth on London’s south bank, and in Wellington, NZ. To my surprise, when we moved to the States […]

The Myth of Peak Oil Demand and the Example of Loma Prieta

The 1989 San Francisco earthquake, known as Loma Prieta and which occurred during that year’s World Series, forced a number of unexpected changes in Bay Area transport–many of which survive to this day. The most visible is the opened up San Francisco waterfront which now finds a streetcar running over cobbled streets in place of […]

California Employment Hooks Downward Once Again

Last month I suggested that the little hook downward in California employment, reported for July, was a troubling sign. Today, fresh data was released from the State of California, and the downward move has continued. Whereas employment levels had just managed to hang on above the 16 million person level in July–in August they slipped […]

Eating Gasoline in America

Deep in the consensus-reality shared by post-war economists is the belief that the US economy transformed itself over the past thirty years, and now operates with much less sensitivity to energy costs. Indeed, in the cheap oil era and as the US developed its FIRE economy (finance, insurance, real estate), the energy inputs needed to […]

Spring on the Tracks

Amherst, MA – Here in New England we live with the sedimentary layers of several historical periods and the legacy of our 19th century railroad era is all around us. You just have to look beneath the brambles of the lilacs, or follow the small traces along your local bike path. Of course, we still […]

The World’s Largest Train Ferry

The world’s largest train ferry worked for over 50 years taking both passenger trains and freight trains to respective landings at Benicia and Port Costa, across the Carquinez Straight. This was in fact the route chosen by the Central Pacific RR Company during the 1879-1930 period, as part of? the transcontinental railroad. The Solano, extra […]

San Francisco Water and Rail

I can never decide which is sadder: the Obama Administration’s token 12-15 billion dollars for national railways, or, the greenblogger, transportblogger, and mainstream media’s belief we’re pursuing a new rail policy. The United States has for years been piled high with unfunded rail projects, just waiting for a green light. But the 12-15 billion allocated […]

w88ประเทศไทย www.pinyourcrafts.com in the Media

It’s been a good week for media coverage as www. w88ประเทศไทย www.pinyourcrafts.com managed to generate both print and television interest, in several important energy issues. ABC News.com published a good piece yesterday on the financial problems of large US states such as California, Michigan and Florida, and in my conversation with journalist Rich Blake, we discussed at […]

Riding Los Angeles

Apparently a very robust cycling culture has blossomed in the past few years in my old city of Los Angeles. This is great to see, even from a distance. I used to ride in the Santa Monica Mountains–nearer to Los Angeles in the Hollywood Hills and also out farther near Topanga. I also rode the […]