The Infuriating Cell Phone Racket

File this under that insanely annoying reality we all must face together. Writing about the telecom industry and its mostly duopolistic reign of terror over the spectrum and our wallets might sound mundane. But this story was probably one of the most popular article I’ve written in months. It eventually got picked up by the [...]

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 [...]

Clusterfuck! Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going?

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
Driving down the broad avenues of Cleveland, Ohio, was like flipping through the pages of a picture book about the rise and fall of our industrial empire. Where demolitions had not removed things — a lot was gone — stood the residue of a society so different from ours that you felt [...]

Yellow Light Means Crash and Burn, Suckers

Sure, it’s a hyperbolic title, but the sentiment is real enough. As I reported for AlterNet today, cities across not just America but the world are shortening yellow lights in order to create more ticket revenue from suckered drivers running gamed red lights.

The simple civic problem is that those cities are creating more lethal [...]

Techno-Blowback: Five Case Studies

Technology is neither our friend nor our enemy. It is merely the tool by which our desire, paranoia and innovation shapes the world. It works great if we’re looking to level the playing and paying field in art and commerce. It often works better when we are using it to destroy ourselves. I broke down [...]

What\'s Hydrogen Sulfide? A Nasty Way For Life On Earth to Die

People who don’t like bad news should probably never read any of my enviro writing for AlterNet. Because there’s nothing but bad news on the event horizon when it comes to climate change. And when I say bad, I mean, like, mass extinction bad. Of course, the problem is so large, and the ramifications so [...]

Clusterfuck! The Joker

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
Things come out of the woodwork. All of a sudden it’s a mutant H1N1 swine flu, with bird and human DNA accessories. We don’t know where this is taking us. It could be a media blowover, like SARS, or it could be a big deal, shutting down travel and assemblies of humans. [...]

A Lexicon of Disappointment

[Naomi Klein, The Nation]
All is not well in Obamafanland. It’s not clear exactly what accounts for the change of mood. Maybe it was the rancid smell emanating from Treasury’s latest bank bailout. Or the news that the president’s chief economic adviser, Larry Summers, earned millions from the very Wall Street banks and hedge funds he [...]

Clusterfuck! Strange Days

[Jim Kunstler, Clusterfuck Nation]
Even while a wave of reflex nausea washed over America last week, and the unemployment rolls swelled by much more than another half million, the greatest stock market suckers’ rally in seventy years pulled in the last of the credulous. These are strange days. The earth is heaving and the buds swelling [...]

Comics Brainiac Grant Morrison Gets Deep On Superman, Batman, Brane Cosmology

Like Watchmen author Alan Moore before him, Grant Morrison is a cultural theorist whose reach and brilliance far exceeds his comics. So far, I’ve only had the honor of interviewing Moore, but finally got my chance to pick Morrison’s brain for Wired. Be warned: This post is not for lightweight readers. Ideas are dissected, from [...]

Firestorms and Deep Freeze: Climate Change May Bring Both

Deniers love to point to butt-cold storms in the UK, America and elsewhere as evidence that global warming is a fraud. But they are so high, they deserve their own ionosphere. In fact, climate crisis will bring as much deep freeze as deadly wildfires. I explained it all for AlterNet yesterday, with the help of [...]