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 [...]

We’ve Entered the Age of Mass Extinction

During my AlterNet article on climate change and global security, I had the luck of speaking again with University of Washington paleontologist and The Flooded Earth author Peter Ward. We both play basketball and we’re both scared shitless about global warming. The difference between us is that he’s been working his ass off for the [...]

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 [...]

Plastic Planet Pollutes Our Mind With Truth

The sobering Austrian documentary Plastic Planet has finally made its way across the pond. It floated atop a garbage patch of discarded water bottles. I gave it a shout-out on Wired. Don’t sleep! MORE @ WIRED

Global Patriots Posterize The War On Terra

Like it or not, the War on Terra is here to stay. The debate over its reality is redundant. The shape of its evolution is what matters. So I set forth for Wired with multimedia heavyweights like Shepard Fairey, DJ Spooky and more to remind you of its catastrophic possibility, through the medium of warm [...]

Chemical Catastrophe, Coming Right Up!

Chemical catastrophes begin at home. With sloppy oversight, bad engineering, tragic mistakes. We are literally our own nightmare when it comes to titanic explosions and spills. So why do we continue to walk the tightrope until it becomes a noose? I dug the dirty ditches for AlterNet.

Climate Killers Line Up in Cali

California is leading the way out of the enviropocalypse with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Now a political bullet called Proposition 32 has been fashioned to kill it, thanks to billionaire fossil fools who don’t even live in Cali. See, politics is simple. I dissected the climate crisis for AlterNet.

Clusterfuck! A Still Moment

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
George W. Bush was onto something in the fall of 2008 when he remarked apropos of the Lehman collapse: “…this sucker could go down.”

It’s my serene conviction, by the way, that this sucker actually is going down, right now, even as I clatter away at the keys — perhaps in slow motion, [...]

A New Climate Movement in Bolivia

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
It was 11 am and Evo Morales had turned a football stadium into a giant classroom marshaling an array of props: paper plates, plastic cups, disposable raincoats, handcrafted gourds, wooden plates and multicolored ponchos. All came into play to make his main point: to fight climate change, “we need to recover the [...]

Clusterfuck! Where Is RICO?

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
It’s interesting and instructive to read The New York Times’ lead story this morning, Top Goldman Leaders Said to Have Overseen Mortgage Unit. While it pretends to report all the particulars of the huge scandal growing out of Friday’s SEC action against Goldman Sachs, the story really comes off as an attempt [...]