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Submission + - Peak prosperity: preparing for the end of growth (

MickLinux writes: You all hopefully have heard of peak oil: that the easy oil is gone, and so now we're down to fracking. If fracking costs $120/barrel output, then the price of oil isn't going to go down below $120 a barrel ever again.

And you aren't going to find 2-ton copper nuggets in the streambeds either: the mines now get 0.04% rich ore, which takes a lot of oil to work the mines. So peak oil means peak copper, too.

Peak oil means peak everything. So that means peak growth.

But our world's national debts, which are all far above the highest debt-Gdp ratio that has ever been repaid, assume infinite growth.

Worse, growth and prosperity depend on the same resources, so that means an end to prosperity.

So what's coming? And how do we prepare? That's the point of this website, because founder Chris Martenson's idea is that if we collectively give up the growth, we can still have prosperity. And if we don't collectively give up the growth, we can still predict what is coming, and weather the storm until the growth dies on its own. *Then* perhaps we can recover the prosperity.

Chris Martenson has put together a website including forums, groups, and above all three crash courses: a free 1-hour overview course, a free 4-hour 2008 version broken into 2-6 minute chapters, and half free/half paywalled 2014 version. The 2008 and 2014 versions are basically equivalent, but the 2014 contains better graphics and a bit more info.

He's asking people to get the word out:

Go watch the crash course, and then prepare.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Where can we find full Coronagraph and Lasco C3 loops of ISON? 2

MickLinux writes: I keep a solar weather app on my phone — it gives solar satellite stills that are sometimes quite interesting. I have also been watching ISON's plunge, and have — here and there- seen some good video clips . Especially dramatic are the Lasco C3 satellite loop, in which you see ISON dramatically dim as it approaches the sun; and the Stereo ahead Coronagraph 2, in which it appears to hit a solar promontory, and explode is a massive mess of debris.

However, when I got up this morning, lo and behold, I find that the comet is dead, long live the comet. Well, it's probably only a headless tail, but it's something. I see stills of the comet now — but what I'd really like to see would be a full loop of the comet's approach and exit.

That leads me to another question: is there anywhere on the web, where I can simply select a start time, end time, and satellite, and download a full loop of that timespan? This isn't the first time I've wanted to go back and look at a particular solar event in more detail than what is published.

Submission + - How to detect earthquakes with FM radio (

MickLinux writes: The authors of an interesting article describe how various phenomena, including meteors, storms, and earthquakes, each cause middle-atmospheric scattering of FM radio signals, each with their own characteristic signal.

Not only do they tell how to modify a normal FM radio to serve as a detector, but they show the various anomalies presented by each phenomenon.

Earthquake-caused anomalies increase in duration logarithm-linearly with shallowness and magnitude of the earthquake.

Submission + - Researchers find 44 minute warning for Izmit earthquake (

MickLinux writes: Researchers working from recordings of the 1999 Izmit earthquake found a distinct, clear signal from a 44 minute preparatory phase of the earthquake. The quake begins with a slow slip at the base of the brittle part of the mantle; the signals are hard to detect, but had been theorized to exist.

Don't call it earthquake prediction; but it implies that some earthquakes can be prepared for, once they are underway, to minimize loss of life and property.

Submission + - Red ants on faults stay above ground for earthquakes

MickLinux writes: To add to the debate, "can earthquakes be predicted", I might note that Gabriele Berberich has evidence for the mix. She recorded up to three years of data, showing that a particular type of ant that likes to live on faults, changes its behavior before earthquakes of magnitude 2 or greater. The ants normally forage during the day, and sleep at night. Before an earthquake, though, they mill around outside the nest until a day after the quake.

Story here at Livescience.
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Submission + - First sale defeats parallel imports at SCOTUS (

MickLinux writes: It appears that either maximum profits will be limited, or that publishers and mnufacturers will have to find another way to prevent parallel imports. But the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that items legally purchased abroad may be resold in the US under first sale doctrine, without a violation of copyright.

Submission + - Missionary develops tech for indigenous people ( 2

MickLinux writes: "One of the stories that caught my interest long ago is that of the book "Through Gates of Splendor", about 5 missionaries who were killed in the Amazon. But the story has only grown. The son of one of them (Steve Saint) grew up among his father's killers, got a college degree, worked in construction and oil, but now trains Indians who can't read to do fly planes, perform dentistry, and prescribe glasses. He also has designed the technology to make it practical in the Amazon Forest. For techies, it should yield interesting food for thought: how do you make tech accessible to everyone, and which tech should you transfer, when?"

Submission + - Radiation monitoring data sparse 1

MickLinux writes: "Back when 3 mile island had a partial meltdown, my father, a Physics professor at James Madison University, set up a radioactivity monitoring station.

When Chernobyl blew up, universities all over Europe monitored the radioactivity, and charted it.

With the Japanese explosion, all I can pick up about radiation is here at a single, private site:

It looks like a very limited network of private individuals, and does not appear to report historical data. I do have some concern about high-altitude radioactivity, because I see the radiation has spiked from a typical 30 cpm to a typical 75 in Denver (at the moment, 86). Yes, 80 is still within the range of normal. But it does appear to be rising.

But I would expect to see Physics departments all across the nation and the world, reporting their CPM radioactivity levels, along with the time it was taken. I'm not seeing that yet. I would expect to see the nuclear power plants reporting in. I'm not seeing that yet.

Indeed, for the most part, it appears that nobody is reporting anything solid.

I'm wondering if it might not be an appropriate time for a news site, maybe news for techies or nerds or something, to set up a reporting station to compile and publish data; so that those with access to a Geiger counter could submit their data (Lat, Long, GMT, CPM)."

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