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Goro Miyazaki's From Up On Poppy Hill Feels Anxiety of Anime Influence

For decades, the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki have captured my imagination and changed my life. It’s hard to watch Kiki’s Delivery Service these days without crying and remembering all those years I spent watching it with my daughter as she was growing up. But time passes, and so do torches.

For Miyazaki and his anime [...]

Bilbo the Billionaire: A Short History of J.R.R. Tolkien's Greed Wars

(Image: The Internet)

[An early draft of this ongoing intersection between avaricious art and life has been published over at HuffPo.]

‘Really you know,’ said Bilbo in his best business manner, ‘things are impossible. Personally I am tired of the whole affair.’

J.R.R. Tolkien legendarily wrote In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit, one [...]

Peak Oil and Climate Change Will Fully Suck. High-Speed Rail Can Help.

I recently revisited the War on Terra for AlterNet. This time, in a double-barreled breakdown of the national high-speed rail network gaining ground in America, which is still lamely to last century’s non-renewable resources like cheap gas, SUVs and easy credit.

Sorry suckers, it’s time to face the future of climate change and peak oil. If [...]

The Shaving Racket

I’ll be totally honest with you. I never really thought much about the intricate working of the mundane razor industry. That is, until AlterNet asked me to look into it.

But having done so, I think it’s a cut-throat hyper-reality ripe for satire, and probably standing on its last economic legs. Which could be made of [...]

Foreclosure House of Cards Implodes

I’ve been writing about the econopocalypse for years now, so news of robosigners executing thousands of baseless foreclosures on a conveyor belt to hell is not news to me. So this AlterNet article is for those who got caught with their pants down. Rejoice: The banksters were such witless pricks that they left a trail [...]

Welcome to the Retirement Nightmare

Remember when the plan was to pour a percentage of your hard-earned salary into a retirement account, usually supplied by your employer? Who then invested your money with the company’s into a series of funds, stocks and economic stratagems? Which were engineered for failure by rapacious banks, secretive hedge funds and other financial assholes gaming [...]

Can Goldman Wipe Us Out With a Keystroke?

Sure, it sounds like something out of psy-fi. But then again so does a bankster-engineered depression, executed by lightspeed supercomputers running proprietary algorithms from math and compsci PhDs. And look how that worked out. I probed deep into the econopocalypse’s wired nether regions for AlterNet to discern how a electronically initiated Flash Crash could wipe [...]