Dear Doc. GREAT post,. Thank you.That was surprising, especially the conclusion. Did you anticipate it?O, and as far as the Q & A, ABS couldn't even make it to the end of the rambling of the Italian; so, did he ever make it to the point where he formulated a question?ABS won't ask your opinion about his conclusions because it would tend to spoil the excellent experience to be had - and the insight to be gained- by watching the entire lecture but,please, at some future point, it'd be great to read what your thoughts are
Just a quick comment now -- the forest, not the trees. I think he is wrong about global warming, though right about food, the moral restraint provided by governmental institutions, and the predictable breakdown of restraints when people are rendered stateless and hungry.There's a lot more food for thought in the lecture. I'd like to read his book if I had the time. It's a reminder that we live in precarious times, not because global warming will provide the "tipping point," but because many other factors quite easily could -- financial collapse, war in the Middle East, war with Russia or China, terrorist acts precipitated by Jihadis entering the country with the massive invasion of immigrants, the collapse of order in Europe, the rise of reactionary fascist movements, etc.
... and the predictable breakdown of restraints when people are rendered stateless and hungry.Is it possible that is/was/has been the intent of Obama's foreign policy in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt etc.Were ABS to be living in any area drawing Clinton and/or Victoria Nuland's interest (yes, especially around the Russian border), prepping a bug-out kit would have been done a long time ago
It's the kind of question I'm sure is somewhere in the back of many of our minds, but not many dare to ask.
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