The Post Apocalyptic Link Roundup for 9/17/2013

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  1. Faced with being swamped by the ocean, Pacific state looks to become world’s first floating nation

    The islands now called Kiribati have been inhabited since 3000 BC, but if the seas continue to rise they could be gone in as little as a century.

    For a decade, Anote Tong the president has been warning the 100,000 inhabitants of the tiny Pacific state that they may not have much longer to cling to their 32 atolls. Now, he can talk about a potential solution.

    Improbable though it may sound, with the help of a pioneering Japanese company and a few hundred billion dollars, Mr. Tong is considering the creation of the world’s first floating nation.

    - Julian Ryall (National Post)

  2. What will be tipping points, how will things unwind?

    It’s the boiling frog anecdote.

    “If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.” – Daniel Quinn

    My best guess is we’ve been in it for four decades. It started around the time neoliberalism became popular again, in the 1980s. In and of itself, this wasn’t a huge problem, I suppose it’s worth trying out different economic ideas, but some of the side effects of this shift include social stratification, decreased social mobility, rewarding risky behavior of the wealthy, and inadequate regulation of a whole host of industries that require strong regulation (take for example MMS’s failure to prevent the BP/Deepwater Horizon catastrophe due to regulatory capture). The mindset of neoliberalism is at least partially responsible for the relaxing of campaign finance regulation, which has led to significant government gridlock, and which rewards those who are willing to sell their legislative services to the highest bidder.

    - reddit (r/collapse)

  3. Free eBook by Regan Wolfrom (me): “The Bones of Texas City” (An After The Fires Went Out Short Story) at Amazon, B&N and Smashwords

    I don’t have a problem with what I do. I don’t make the laws for the State of Bayou and I certainly don’t force people to break them. If you steal or hoard or badmouth the government, you’ll get your summons and you’d better come in, and you damn well better bring your family in with you. The sentence you’ll get may seem harsh, but it’ll be way worse if you don’t come in.

    If you don’t come in they pass your name on to someone like me. It’s my job to make sure people like you no longer exist.

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