Infrastructure Is the Current Revolution

By: Friday September 26, 2014 10:17 am

Regardless of the outcome of the US election, any elections in Europe, Australia, New Zealand–or even India, Pakistan, and China, the Washington consensus and neoliberal capitalism prevail as the current imagination of the global economy. Global climate change is occurring with zero response from the people who have the power and resources that could mitigate or even reverse this fossil-fuel-caused climate trend. Indeed spending the natural savings accout of environmental services, natural materials (non-renewable and renewable), and fossil fuels seems to be accelerated in one vast binge of “Drill, baby, drill. Mine, baby, mine. Burn, baby, burn.” consumption constrained only by the lower consumer demand that results from the mass impoverishment of ordinary people around the world.


Late Night: Robots and Our Future, We Need to Talk

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 8:00 pm

Will we be in charge as technology marches on?

Saturday Art: Occupy Evolution

By: Saturday January 11, 2014 4:08 pm

Original music and video written in honor of Occupy Wall Street.

Late Night: Crappy New Year

By: Thursday December 26, 2013 8:00 pm

On the bright side, David Gregory will finally fail at least laterally, and I’ll drink to that.

LeVar Burton Guides Us to the Stars, FDL Interview (video) #100YSS

By: Friday September 27, 2013 1:10 pm

Last Friday at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, I got to spend a few minutes with a personal hero — LeVar Burton. Burton is a member of the 100YSS Advisory Council, along with pursuing his ongoing acting career and the modern, electronic revival of Reading Rainbow. Here’s a transcript of our talk…

Inventing the Future With 100 Year Starship (#100YSS Friday)

By: Saturday September 21, 2013 3:50 pm

Can we steer humanity away from environmental collapse, austerity, and war with a dream of a new tomorrow?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Brin, Existence

By: Sunday March 3, 2013 1:59 pm

In his latest novel, Existence, David Brin takes on the Fermi Paradox – the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilization and humanity’s lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations. Set in the 2050s, Existence is at once familiar and oh so alien even before the initial contact with an alien artifact occurs.

Late Night: Go and Build No More

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 8:00 pm

My earliest and most vivid memories of elementary school were when we would gather together in a single classroom and watch a rocket take off with a man aboard. I grew up with the Mercury Seven Astronauts, the Gemini program and eventually the Apollo Missions that culminated on July 20 1969 when Neil Armstrong stepped off a ladder onto the moon.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes William deBuys, A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest

By: Sunday April 8, 2012 1:59 pm

William DeBuys’ A Great Aridness is a love song and keening lament for the American Southwest in our era of man-made climate change. He manages to capture the romantic allure and the scientific observations of the desert, transcending both perspectives in a fiercely living narrative. His search for wisdom takes him from reservations to mountaintops, from university halls to boom-and-bust exurbs.

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