Why I went underground and how I am enjoying my new subterranean life

Here is one of the windows of my new home. No, not the big one. Look at where my wife, Grazia, is pointing. Yes, that one!This summer in Florence we already had two vicious heat waves. As I am writing, we are in the middle of the third one, even more vicious. It has been, … Continue reading “Why I went underground and how I am enjoying my new subterranean life”

Gaia Exists! Here is the Proof

Gaia is neither benevolent nor merciful. She is harsh and ruthless. Environmentalists are sometimes defined as “Gaia worshippers,” a term supposed to be an insult. That’s a little strange because most people on this planet openly worship non-existing entities and that doesn’t normally make them targets for insults. Maybe it is because there is an important … Continue reading “Gaia Exists! Here is the Proof”

The Brief Spring of Global Science: How Climate Science is Affected by Nationalism and Propaganda

The start screen of the “Climadrom” site, kept by Aleksander Zhabskiy. The site is strongly oriented toward rejecting the current scientific interpretation of climate change, labeled as “climate alarmism,” “hysteria,” and the like. This view seems to be fashionable in Russia in all sectors of society and, nowadays, Russian science seems to have rejected the … Continue reading “The Brief Spring of Global Science: How Climate Science is Affected by Nationalism and Propaganda”

The real reason why we didn’t go back to the Moon: The decline of spaceflight

With the massive onslaught of fake news we are subjected to, a particularly obnoxious one is that the Moon landings never took place. It is not just a fashionable idiocy, it is a symptom that the whole Western society is rotting at the core. In a way, the spreading of the “Moon landing was a … Continue reading “The real reason why we didn’t go back to the Moon: The decline of spaceflight”

Can you imagine being a whale? A tale of empathy and communication

From left to right in the photo, Ishmael, Captain Ahab, and Captain Peleg. Actually, the top-hatted, harpoon-bearing person in the center is me (Ugo Bardi) giving a talk on sustainability in Bagnaia, Italy, on July 17, 2019. Near me, Albert Bates (right in the photo) and Simone (left in the photo — sorry that I … Continue reading “Can you imagine being a whale? A tale of empathy and communication”

A rare glimpse of what the members of the elite think: What are they going to do when things get really tough?

“A lot of these laws and regulations were designed back when the US had a finite amount of energy. Before the new technology was put into place.”  Gordon Sondland, US ambassador to the European Union, at the meeting titled “The Fight for EU Energy Security” held on April 11, 2019, in Brussels. Full video of … Continue reading “A rare glimpse of what the members of the elite think: What are they going to do when things get really tough?”

The First Recorded Ecological Collapse in History and How it Was Misunderstood.

The Goddess Inanna in her full regalia as depicted on a Sumerian cylinder seal. On the left, Ninshubur (the Queen of the East) Inanna’s second in command. Inanna is sometimes called the “Goddess of Love,” but she was no gentle lady. She was known to tame lions, use weapons, fight her enemies, and, sometimes, devour … Continue reading “The First Recorded Ecological Collapse in History and How it Was Misunderstood.”

How We Keep Destroying the Things that Make us Live: The Biotic Pump and the Raw Power of Science

Dr. Anastassia Makarieva describes the concept of the “Biotic Pump” at the Smart Biotic Pump Summit Prague 2018 This is not an easy video to follow, but I thought to propose it to you nevertheless. Perhaps its most impressive feature is how it is not refined, it is not slick, it uses no tricks. It … Continue reading “How We Keep Destroying the Things that Make us Live: The Biotic Pump and the Raw Power of Science”

Did climate change cause the fall of the Roman Empire? No, but what may have actually happened is amazing.

“Vanity Fair” may not be the best source for reliable scientific information, but this cover is typical of an idea that’s becoming popular in the memesphere: that the Roman Empire fell because of climate change. Alas, this means stretching the data more than a bit and surprisingly, the opposite may be true: the climate changed … Continue reading “Did climate change cause the fall of the Roman Empire? No, but what may have actually happened is amazing.”

The Stuff of Our Lives: The Seneca Collapse of Relocating

The experience of relocating is curiously similar to an archaeological excavation of the ruins of a disappeared empire. Above, you can see two jars filled with old coins recovered from the nook and crannies of my house after emptying it of everything. Mostly these are old Italian “lira” coins, others are foreign coins and, in … Continue reading “The Stuff of Our Lives: The Seneca Collapse of Relocating”

The Boy who Cried Wolf: A Bayesian Drama in One Act

The story of the boy who cried wolf too many times is a good way to illustrate our attitude toward the people who try to warn us about dangers ahead. Be it about a wolf or about climate change, the result is always the same: prophets of doom are not believed (and, sometimes, they are … Continue reading “The Boy who Cried Wolf: A Bayesian Drama in One Act”

“The Seneca Strategy” — Asking for Suggestions from my Readers

About Amelia the Amoeba, she is a pedigreed Naegleria Fowleri, a species known for her habit of eating human brains – an interesting case of a Seneca Collapse for the owner of the brain. But Amelia is a good girl and she won’t do that to you if you are nice to her. My second … Continue reading ““The Seneca Strategy” — Asking for Suggestions from my Readers”

A l’attention de Monsieur le Ministre de l’Éducation Nationale

AESH [1] : sigle de genre indéterminé. Les AESH sont presque des personnes. Leur particularité est de fournir un réel travail sans être payé.e.s. En effet, elles, ils, n’ont pas besoin de manger. J’ai exercé la fonction d’AVS du 1er avril 2014 au 31 août 2018. Je suis AESH depuis le 1er septembre 2018. En ce qui concerne l’année … Continue reading “A l’attention de Monsieur le Ministre de l’Éducation Nationale”

La bibliothèque/fanzinothèque féministe transpédégouine le Placard Brûle réouvre !

La bibliothèque/fanzinothèque féministe transpédégouine le Placard Brûle réouvre ! Le Placard Brûle, a été créé au TDB et a déménagé récemment à l’Obs, 87 rue du 10 avril, à Toulouse. Nous sommes quelques personnes à remettre le fond en ordre et nous vous invitons pour une première permanence à l’Obs. Venez le mercredi 10 avril … Continue reading “La bibliothèque/fanzinothèque féministe transpédégouine le Placard Brûle réouvre !”

Comment trouver l’adresse de Jean-Luc Moudenc en 3 clics ?

La semaine dernière, deux personnes ont été placé en garde-à-vue dans le cadre d’une instruction ouverte pour “associations de malfaiteurs” à Toulouse parce qu’une photo censée représenter la maison de Jean-Luc Moudenc, maire de Toulouse, aurait été retrouvé dans un téléphone portable. La fameuse “transparence” des élus a donc ses limites : on ne s’échange … Continue reading “Comment trouver l’adresse de Jean-Luc Moudenc en 3 clics ?”

Quelle est la probabilité d’une confrontation directe entre la Syrie et la Turquie?

Damas et Ankara n’ont évidemment pas l’intention de s’engager dans une confrontation directe sur le sol syrien, estime dans un entretien à Sputnik le politologue turc Oytun Orhan. La probabilité d’un affrontement direct entre troupes turques et syriennes est proche de zéro, estime le politologue turc Oytun Orhan contacté par Sputnik, alors que Damas envoie … Continue reading “Quelle est la probabilité d’une confrontation directe entre la Syrie et la Turquie?”

Les autorités algériennes s’apprêteraient à fermer la plus grande église protestante du pays

La décision de fermer l’église du Plein Évangile de la ville de Tizi Ouzou, la plus grande église protestante du pays, a été prise par les autorités algériennes, informe un communiqué de l’Église protestante d’Algérie. Le ministère de l’Intérieur n’a pas encore indiqué les raisons de cette décision. Dans un message publié sur sa page … Continue reading “Les autorités algériennes s’apprêteraient à fermer la plus grande église protestante du pays”

Report from Tehran: What is the Effect of the Sanctions?

My wife, Grazia, in a supermarket in Tehran, today. No effect of the economic sanctions is visible. The shelves are full of goods from everywhere. You can find even Coca Cola cansFor this Monday post on Cassandra’s Legacy, I can offer you just a very brief report from Tehran, Iran, where I am for a … Continue reading “Report from Tehran: What is the Effect of the Sanctions?”

Bimillenary of the death of Germanicus: The Defeat of the Roman Deep State

2,000 years ago, on Oct 10, 19 CE, Germanicus Julius Caesar died in Antioch, Asia Minor, perhaps poisoned by his uncle, Tiberius, then the ruling emperor. If we see Hillary Clinton in the role of Germanicus and Donald Trump in the role of Tiberius, you have an equivalent ongoing conflict. Most likely, the concept of … Continue reading “Bimillenary of the death of Germanicus: The Defeat of the Roman Deep State”

La gauche dans son ghetto, la droite à la radio

Aux Etats-Unis, tandis que s’émoussait la vigilance critique d’une gauche balkanisée, la présidence démocrate, malgré sa politique plutôt conservatrice, a ranimé les courants les plus réactionnaires, qui envahissent peu à peu les grands médias. Submergés par la hantise du crime et du déclassement de la (…) / États-Unis (affaires intérieures) – 1994/10

The Art of War According to the Science of Complex Systems: The Seneca Cliff as a strategic weapon

Music has always been part of the war effort: a way to build up network connections in such a way to make the fighting system more resilient and more effective. Here, an especially effective version: “The Sacred War” sung by Elena Vaenga. I wouldn’t say that the Soviets defeated the Germans in ww2 because they … Continue reading “The Art of War According to the Science of Complex Systems: The Seneca Cliff as a strategic weapon”

ADB, IFC, and Ulaanbaatar City Partner to Apply Green Building Standards in Design and Construction of Affordable Homes

Oct 16, 2019 Picture:  ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA (16 October 2019) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar City recently signed a memorandum of understanding to support the implementation of the Excellence for Design and Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) green building standards and certification system for 10,000 new affordable homes … Continue reading “ADB, IFC, and Ulaanbaatar City Partner to Apply Green Building Standards in Design and Construction of Affordable Homes”

The Empty Sea: What Future for the Blue Economy? A New Book by Ugo Bardi and Ilaria Perissi

Proposed cover by Viola, Ilaria’s daughter, 4 years old. For this Monday post, I can only put together a very short text. We (myself and Ilaria) have been very busy with the last retouched of the manuscript for our new book that we hope to be able to ship to the publisher (“Editori Riuniti”) maybe tomorrow. … Continue reading “The Empty Sea: What Future for the Blue Economy? A New Book by Ugo Bardi and Ilaria Perissi”

Pour Emmanuel Macron, certains «amalgames» pourraient mener à «la guerre civile»

Les récents débats, particulièrement houleux, et les sorties controversées sur des questions notamment de société ne laisseraient guère indifférent Emmanuel Macron. Selon France Info qui cite des «informations recueillies auprès de l’Elysée», le chef de l’Etat aurait, devant son cercle rapproché, tenu à alerter sur les «amalgames entre les questions d’immigration, de radicalisation, de communautarisme et de … Continue reading “Pour Emmanuel Macron, certains «amalgames» pourraient mener à «la guerre civile»”

Huit décrocheurs de portraits de Macron condamnés à 500 euros d’amende chacun (VIDEO)

Un mois après la relaxe de deux «décrocheurs» à Lyon au nom de «l’état de nécessité» climatique, le tribunal correctionnel de Paris a condamné mercredi huit militants écologistes à 500 euros d’amende chacun pour le «vol en réunion» de portraits d’Emmanuel Macron. La juge unique a considéré que «l’état de nécessité», rarement invoqué et qui … Continue reading “Huit décrocheurs de portraits de Macron condamnés à 500 euros d’amende chacun (VIDEO)”

Liberté pour les révoltés

Alors que les procès issus du mouvement s’enchainent, un appel à continuer la lutte. Presqu’un an qu’à travers la France, une franche aspiration à ne plus vivre des vies de merde s’est vêtue de jaune pour résister à Macron et à la politique mortifère qu’il représente. Esquivant les pièges des politiciens, de la représentation, de … Continue reading “Liberté pour les révoltés”

Trump Dismisses Indigenous Peoples Day, Praises Columbus

There is a growing trend to change Oct. 14, the day traditionally recognized in the United States as Columbus Day, to Indigenous Peoples Day. Today, President Donald Trump said that he’s not on board. “We pay tribute to the Italian explorer who led a voyage of discovery to the new world, a gentleman known as … Continue reading “Trump Dismisses Indigenous Peoples Day, Praises Columbus”

Trump Supporter Comes Away From Democratic Debate With Pretty Clear Idea Of Which Candidate He’s Going To Kill

LANCASTER, OH—Admitting that he had been struggling to identify which candidate he preferred, local Trump supporter James Brimhall told reporters Wednesday that he came away from the Democratic debates with a more clear idea of who he wanted to kill. “Early on, I thought it was definitely going to be Biden, but a lot…Read more…

Burned by Trump, Iranians Report Negative Views of the United States

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Three new waves of nationally-representative surveys conducted by the University of Maryland over the past six months paint a damning picture of the Trump administration’s Iran policy. Negative perceptions of the United States among the Iranian public are at the highest recorded level in over a decade of public opinion research conducted … Continue reading “Burned by Trump, Iranians Report Negative Views of the United States”

To Think or To Work? That Is the Question. Crisis of America’s Public Education System

On both sides of the political aisle, workforce-training reforms are being touted as the be-all, end-all of America’s public education system. Right-wing “school choice” proponents, such as President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, push corporate charter school … The post To Think or To Work? That Is the Question. Crisis of America’s Public Education … Continue reading “To Think or To Work? That Is the Question. Crisis of America’s Public Education System”

Trump EPA’s Review Fails to Acknowledge Paraquat Wee Killer’s Links to Parkinson’s Disease

The Environmental Protection Agency today released two scientific analyses of paraquat that detail the weed killer’s lethal risks to humans and wildlife but discount its strong links to Parkinson’s disease. The agency opened a 60-day comment period on the assessments, … The post Trump EPA’s Review Fails to Acknowledge Paraquat Wee Killer’s Links to Parkinson’s … Continue reading “Trump EPA’s Review Fails to Acknowledge Paraquat Wee Killer’s Links to Parkinson’s Disease”

The African Swine Fever Outbreak, Devastating Impacts on Food Supply

You cannot get away from it, at least in print or in Google land. African swine fever is doing its rounds, cutting through the swine population of Asia with remorseless dedication.  Since its deadly debut in China last year, it … The post The African Swine Fever Outbreak, Devastating Impacts on Food Supply appeared first … Continue reading “The African Swine Fever Outbreak, Devastating Impacts on Food Supply”

Catalogne : 51 arrestations, Madrid convoque une réunion d’urgence avec les partis

La condamnation à de lourdes peines de prison, allant de neuf à treize ans, de plusieurs figures indépendantistes n’en finit pas de faire des remous en Catalogne. 51 personnes ont ainsi été arrêtées dans la foulée des manifestations qui ont été émaillées d’affrontements avec les forces de l’ordre, dans la soirée du 15 au 16 … Continue reading “Catalogne : 51 arrestations, Madrid convoque une réunion d’urgence avec les partis”

The Cold War 2.0 between China and the US is already a virtual reality

As President Xi Jinping celebrated the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China with a massive military parade, the United States president threatened to raise taxes on Chinese products. In the meantime, belligerent cyber activity is ramping up, mirroring the trade war between China and the United States. Could this multiply and bring about … Continue reading “The Cold War 2.0 between China and the US is already a virtual reality”

Forms and outcomes of citizens’ mobilisations during Europe’s refugee reception crisis

Mass mobilization of citizens and organizations around Brussels-North railway station. FRANÇOIS DVORAK/fdvphotoreporter.wixsite.com/monsite, CC BY-NCThe long summer of migration in 2015 had a profound impact on civil society throughout Europe. Whether countries were arrival points, on transit routes or were final destinations, and regardless of their geopolitical situations, a large and diversified set of attitudes and … Continue reading “Forms and outcomes of citizens’ mobilisations during Europe’s refugee reception crisis”

Real Talk Tho: Is There a More Equitable Way to Fund Development?

Encouraging development without big tax breaks to developers is possible in Baltimore. While Baltimore has used hefty tax subsidies for wealthy developers to fund development in the past, there are more equitable approaches to stimulating growth that do not exacerbate the inequities that plague our city and could repair decades of racial segregation and discrimination: … Continue reading “Real Talk Tho: Is There a More Equitable Way to Fund Development?”

Scientists Pretending To Be Interested In Kicker Offering Up Brain For Research

BOSTON—Grinning widely as they thanked him for all the breakthroughs this would surely lead to, researchers from Boston University’s CTE Center politely pretended Wednesday that they were interested in a football kicker Justin Tucker’s offer to donate his brain for research. “Oh, yeah! That’s so generous of you, that…Read more…