Gerry Canavan

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The-End-of-the-World-as-We-Know-It Watch.

* There’s only one way out of the financial mess: spend, spend, spend. Democratic lawmakers are said to be already on this, with a special December session planned following the likely Obama victory next month. The bill is likely to focus around infrastructure, and that’s good, but it needs to be green infrastructure—as I wrote last week, a “green recovery” is our best bet to fix both the economic and environmental crises in one go.

* The food crisis is reaching cataclysmic proportions in the Caribbean, with Cuba limiting sales and poverty-stricken Haitians forced to literally eat dirt to survive. Michael Pollan argues in the Times that food will be a central issue for the next administration despite its receiving almost no attention in the campaign.

* The situation in Iceland continues to astound. Britain has declared Iceland a terror-sponsoring state (seriously) as a pretext for seizing control of Icelandic assets within the U.K., while there’s some talk that Russia may bail them out, presumably in exchange for Arctic access. I hope Matt’s right and Canada eats Iceland before things get too crazy.

* But don’t lose your heads—Stephen Hawking assures us that if we manage to survive the next 200 years, we’ll be just fine.

Written by gerrycanavan

October 13, 2008 at 1:31 pm

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  1. […] who will preserve history amid the ruins of our civilization should take note that I was right all along: they should have pushed “Green Recovery” first. Possibly related posts: (automatically […]


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