Almost everyone in leadership positions wants to make the old system well again. They don't get that economy based on industrial expansion via revolving credit and cheap energy is over. So, what to do in the face of unprecedented change?
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Complementary currencies provide a systemic solution to the instability of the monetary system. Historical precedent has demonstrated that complementary currency systems have fostered stability not only during the Great Depression of the 1930s, but also during every subsequent business cycle of the economy.
Since 2003, an avian influenza virus called H5N1 has been killing large
numbers of poultry – and occasionally people. But while public concern over bird flu has faded in recent years, the risk to humans has increased. A look at the history of pandemic flu can help us understand why the H5N1 virus remains a serious threat to mankind.
RU Sirius is a writer, musician, and one-time presidential candidate best known for co-founding and editing the early '90s psychedelic cyberculture magazine Mondo 2000. In this interview, RU explores Open Source politics, transhumanism, and the wisdom of Robert Anton Wilson. "There's this group mutation that seems to have grown out of the counterculture – a new and possibly evolutionary, collaborationalist mind-meld."
What happened on the playa that Monday night? There you are, in a fireman's coat, hurling through the wee hours across a parched and dusty lakebed in a 1979 American LaFrance fire truck. Above you the rare shadow of the earth has morphed the full moon into a dusky half-burnt clementine that hangs there pendulous like some wandering orb on the cover of a 70s SF paperback. "Baby's on Fire" is spewing out of the iPod, and Fripp's incandescent solo mixes with Burning Man's surrounding soundscape of engines, explosions, house beats, and the rising cries of gesticulating passersby who have-wait a sec-just realized that the iconic 40-foot-tall trademark that centers their entire week of organized revelry is prematurely aflame.