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This jus a bit too much doom-friendly for me.

I don't mind bringing bad news (in the energy or financial fields), but I really can't be moved by the feeling of glee that some may have when reporting bad news.

I personally much prefer the alternative project attitude, like underlining the progress in wind energy (thanks to Jérôme) for example.

Isn't there any good perspectives to emphasise? Actions taken in front of the finance crisis that may be efficient? That's one of the drawbacks of bringing only bad news: you risk turning up as a prophet of doom.

by Xavier in Paris on Fri Jul 18th, 2008 at 09:08:13 AM EST
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IMHO, the most valuable thing that can be done now is to spread an understanding of the damage that the current set of ideologies and policies have wrought, how self-serving they are for those who promote them, and how essential it is for them to be replaced to ameliorate the damage that remains to be done and put us in a position to begin rebuilding.

We are being hit by a financial hurricane.  The response is like that towards Katrina.  Turning away from the ugly truths on display only gives the shock capitalist boys and girls more scope to operate.  Paralysis by revulsion only abets those to whom revulsion is not possible--the sociopaths who have been in charge.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 18th, 2008 at 02:53:17 PM EST
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I agree on the "make the information available" bit anyway. What gives me afterthought is the "it's going to be hell" bit...

What I'm feeling more comfortable is: what's happening is  due to washington consensus policies during the last thirty years, now, if you don't want it to continue the same way, costing money to everyone, it's regulation time, and let's keep at it.

by Xavier in Paris on Fri Jul 18th, 2008 at 05:51:26 PM EST
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I think that, at best, there is an OPPORTUNITY to begin discrediting their anti-regulatory, "free market," "freedom of the individual" rhetoric.  My concern is that there will not be a sufficient response to that opportunity to carry the day in many or any of our countries.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 18th, 2008 at 07:23:15 PM EST
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more pooties?

but it's therapeutic!

doom porn i mean...

kidding aside, i love the mix here. we don't ignore the worst, and we use vicious, nasty, black humour to try and cushion the shock, lashing out at shadows...

i agree about the positive stuff tho, it's great to see how and when things change for the better. i try to do this with solar, and jerome's successes with wind are welcome fodder after our tireless deconstructions of what's wrong with the world.

Yes We Can!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Jul 20th, 2008 at 04:47:33 AM EST
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