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The Vanishing Face of Gaia, A Final Warning – James Lovelock

21 September 2009

pub. Allen Lane, London, 2009 James Lovelock, a man who was in his late 80s when he wrote this book, is universally recognized as the man who gave the world the “Gaia Theory”. Lovelock, however, is not going quietly into that good night, but is burning and raving at the close of day, and is now [read more]

The Atomic Bazaar – William Langewiesche

18 July 2009

The Atomic Bazaar – William Langewiesche, pub. Allen Lane, London, 2007 This book is a timely reminder of the problems associated with nuclear proliferation and the issue of dealing with nuclear-equipped misgoverned developing nations. Most of the book looks at Pakistan, which is reasonable, [read more]

Systemic Risk Reduction via Failure – Michael S. Rozeff

11 March 2009

One year ago, Bear Stearns faced collapse when its short-term lenders stopped rolling over their loans to the investment bank. The federal government and the FED stepped in. They financed and brought about an acquisition by the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) bank. The reason for this was systemic risk. [read more]

The Vanishing Face of Gaia, A Final Warning – James Lovelock

27 February 2009

The Vanishing Face of Gaia, A Final Warning – James Lovelock pub. Allen Lane, London, 2009 James Lovelock, a man who was in his late 80s when he wrote this book, is universally recognized as the man who gave the world the “Gaia Theory”. Lovelock, however, is not going quietly into that [read more]

Crude Oil The Supply Outlook

16 December 2008

“Crude Oil The Supply Outlook” is a report to the Energy Watch Group published in October 2007.  The main objective of the report was to project the future availability of crude oil up to 2030. The report concludes that the peak of world oil production was in 2006, earlier than some [read more]

Helmand, Afghanistan 3 Commando Brigade – Ewen Southby-Tailyour

2 November 2008

In “Helmand, Afghanistan 3 Commando Brigade” by Ewen Southby-Tailyour, Ebury Press, 2008, we have a full-blooded account of the war-fighting abilities of 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marine Commandos. The Royal Marines were deployed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from September 2006 to [read more]

The Hard Rain Project

21 February 2008

The Hard Rain Project takes its name from Bob Dylan’s song- “A Hard Rain is A-Gonna to Fall.” Mark Edwards tells how in July, 1969 he was lost on the edge of the Sahara, and was rescued by a Tuareg nomad, who took him to his people, made a fire and produced a cassette player. Bob [read more]

The 11th Hour – review

20 February 2008

I watched The 11th Hour sitting in a cinema in Dubai with about three or four other people, this film is obviously not going to be a big box office attraction in the Middle East, and its serious and unrelenting message makes this a difficult movie for most. Not a pop-corn movie. The first thing [read more]
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