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The Vortex
An SI Board Since September 2012
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Emcee:  axial Type:  Moderated
SEPTEMBER, 2012The prediction "Mother Nature will act, and she will be ruthless."

OVERSHOOT — Energy cost, climate change, population growth, resource depletion and biosphere degradation are parallel trends on the rise.

Events of the last few decades are consistent:
  • Disaggregation: Brexit, NATO, Spain & Catalonia, NAFTA, Poland & the EU, the Middle East
  • Climatic events, extreme weather: Rising sea levels, deadly storms, heat, fires & floods, catastrophic rain
  • Mass migrations
  • Polarization - Populism. Rising hatreds and politically-driven antagonism
  • Geopolitical stressors:regional, factional and national rivalries
  • Increasing economic costs: payouts, damages, mitigation, prevention. Socialized losses.
  • Accelerating dominance of capital; gap between rich and poor widens
In coming years climate change, biosphere degradation, resource depletion and human mass behaviour will synergize in a downward spiral ...


Many excellent SI threads post extreme weather events -- news items about climate events and biosphere degradation. THE VORTEX is not a news list. Instead, it's based on principles stated by Georgescu-Roegen, Herman Daly, Erwin Schrodinger and others that energy shapes all human activity — and that current economics, the economics of capitalism and consumerism is a false construct.

"Erwin Schrödinger has described life as a system in steady-state thermodynamic disequilibrium that maintains its constant distance from equilibrium (death) by feeding on low entropy from its environment—that is, by exchanging high-entropy outputs for low-entropy inputs. The same statement would hold verbatim as a physical description of our economic process. A corollary of this statement is that an organism cannot live in a medium of its own waste products."
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39I liked the conclusion of the article... " I think the community is organielpolvo2June 24
38Message to another list re: Researcher David Spratt warns in a new report that axial1June 24
37Society could collapse by 2050 under strain of climate change and conflict, papeaxial1June 4
36" ... it would be easier if she just changed the sign on the bookcase"axial2May 13
35it would be easier if she just changed the sign on the bookcase. you could help elpolvo1May 13
34[graphic]axial-May 13
33Hope I've answered your questions.yes you have, exceedingly well. it inspireelpolvo1May 13
32" ... one thing that's unclear up front, is the premise and taxial1May 13
31I haven't posted anything here, as of yet, but know, this abode is in my favbagwajohn1May 10
30axial thanks. i understand your overview, it's simple enough; understanding elpolvo-May 10
29Good points. I've been using KISS since instructing in the armed forces, bacaxial-May 10
28there's a lot of opportunity for complexity in this topic. sometimes that leelpolvo1May 8
27The ideas here aren't well understood. Reorganize? Perhaps a website is theaxial-May 7
26The rate and breadth of climate degradation does call for a little humor. Dark haxial2April 23
25this is a little bit tongue in cheek but it's a little bit serious as well. elpolvo-April 23
24PINGO [graphic] On another thread, the growing number of methane eruptions waaxial-April 23
23Trudeau's neglect of the nation has led us to this place Canadian leader prJames Seagrove-12/15/2018
22Message 31715311Wharf Rat-10/23/2018
21As Storms Keep Coming, FEMA Spends Billions in ‘Cycle’ of Damage and Repair &#axial-10/8/2018
20UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning ' Preventing an axial-10/8/2018
19hi jim- i didn't expect a response but it's appreciated and informativeelpolvo-10/3/2018
18Hi elpolvo — First, apologies for the late reply, and thanks for the link. axial110/3/2018
17re: climate change - nothing can be done? what makes global warming anthropogenelpolvo-9/26/2018
16Can't say I blame you. The thing is, there will be pockets of land aroundaxial-9/25/2018
15not a book i'll place on my reading list. <ng>abuelita-9/25/2018
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