IS/IS aka CANDACE

I’ve visited these ladies previously, but every time I come back I feel fulfilled once more…and I hope the same for you. Like gazing into a sunset with the wind in your face, Portland trio CANDACE (formerly IS/IS, named changed for relatively obvious reasons) capture COCTEAU vibes but still make me feel like I wanna start riding vintage motorcycles. How do you describe that in the context of sound? I don’t know, man, but these songs just get me….and I keep coming back to them. SHADOW DAYS

Renters Struggle As California Home Prices Climb Faster Than Official Inflation Rate

By Jeff Paul The US government likes to pretend that the rising cost of living is under control. People in Southern California know better. According…

Mainstream Media Goes Tinfoil in Timely Conspiracy Theory — Russia Killed JFK

By Matt Agorist “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell Shortly after noon…

Failure to Plan Increases Risk of Reputation Damage in High-Profile Lawsuits–Guest Post

(I don’t often invite guest posts from promotional releases, but I did request this from Greentarget as their research into the 20/20 hindsight of litigation-related crisis communication was very interesting. In litigation, lawyers often take the lead in directing communications. Some are very good at it. But most, if not all, do prioritize the risks in the court of law higher than the risks in the court of public opinion. That can lead to very damaging results. What it does lead to almost always is a more conservative approach to managing communications than is best for the company. That, it seems to me, is what this research points to.) By…

How much damage can a reputation crisis do? Ask Chipotle

Lots of discussion about how much harm a reputation crisis can cause, long and short term. I’ve written on this quite a bit in the past using a study out of UK which showed that the longer term recovery of the share price was directly related to the perception of the character of the leader or leaders as demonstrated by actions they took. That is one of the most important things folks in crisis management need to know. Chipotle is hurting. The gizmodo story makes it painfully clear just how much the e.coli and other food related illnesses have cost them. I give Chipotle executives mixed marks on the response as much as I have seen. …

An Empire Upside Down, Part 2

Christy Thornton This is the second part of a three-part article on the United States and Latin America in the Trump era, forthcoming in the July/August issue of Dollars & Sense magazine. Part 1 focused on Argentina, this part focuses on Peru, and Part 3 will focus on Colombia. Christy Thornton is an assistant professor of history and international studies at Rowan University. Trade and Multipolarity When Peru’s newly elected President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, arrived at the White House for a meeting with Trump, the narrative seemed to be one of continuity rather than change. During Kuczynski’s visit, Trump took the time to highlight to reporters his approval of the sale of military vehicles to Peru. The deal was…

Imperialism in the 21st Century, Part 3

An Interview with Jayati Ghosh This is the final part of a three-part interview with economist Jayati Ghosh, conducted by Lynn Fries of the Real News Network. (Parts 1 and 2 are available here and here, respectively.) Ghosh discusses the shape of imperialism in the 21st century, touching on themes also developed in her article “Globalization and the End of the Labor Aristocracy” (previously published by Triple Crisis: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). —Eds. Originally published by the Real News Network. Full text below the jump. Lynn Fries: This is The Real News. I’m Lynn Fries in Geneva. And this is Part 3 of a conversation on Imperialism in the…

Scientists Warn That The Countdown To The Extinction of The Human Race Is Accelerating

Humanity is steamrolling toward a date with extinction, and yet most people have absolutely no idea that this is happening.  Most of us like to think that we are part of the smartest, tallest and fastest generation in human history, but science has actually shown that the exact opposite is true.  Compared to our ancient ancestors, we are shorter, slower and we have been losing mental capacity for thousands of years.  And just this week, a groundbreaking study that discovered that large numbers of human males in the western world may soon be incapable of reproducing made headlines all over the planet… Humans could become extinct if sperm counts in men from North America, Europe and Australia continue to fall at current rates, a…

Total Government And Personal Debt In The U.S. Has Hit 41 Trillion Dollars ($329,961.34 Per Household)

We are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world.  In 1980, total government and personal debt in the United States was just over the 3 trillion dollar mark, but today it has surpassed 41 trillion dollars.  That means that it has increased by almost 14 times since Ronald Reagan was first elected president.  I am searching for words to describe how completely and utterly insane this is, but I am coming up empty.  We are slowly but surely committing national suicide, and yet most Americans don’t even understand what is happening. According to 720 Global, total government debt plus …

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

To D-fox: if you’re reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It’s important — we believe.

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

To D-fox: if you’re reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It’s important — we believe.

The Recession has Restarted

Whether or not there is an outright global recession in 2016, it’s definitely starting to look a lot like not Christmas around the world. After a period of inactivity, more and more people began posting and commenting over in the_recession, so we’ve formally restarted the group. I know a lot of members here who were active and we are a sister community. Please feel free to come on by and discuss the recession or global recession 2016 with us, as well.

10 to 15 years

Warning: Bad Headline.NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It’s Not Looking Good for Us Policy MicA soon-to-be published research paper, ‘Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY): Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies’ by University of Maryland researchers Safa Motesharrei and Eugenia Kalnay, and University of Minnesota’s Jorge Rivas, was not solicited, directed or reviewed by NASA. It is an independent study by the university researchers utilizing research tools developed for a separate NASA activity.Analyzing five risk factors for societal collapse (population, climate, water, agriculture and energy), the report says that the sudden downfall of complicated societal structures can follow when these factors converge to form …

HARDCORE PUNK RADIO SHOW (aka: BRIAN RULES)

The cover implies that this was a tape left for Karin (SPITBOY, FULL BONEY) by the boys in DAS DAMEN. The contents indicate that this is a recording of a radio show circa late ’80s/early ’90s featuring piles of killer tracks from a time when hardcore and punk and indie and college rock were all kinda colliding in a way that I can really not imagine ever happening again. It’s essentially the time when I got into punk, and it’s a collision of sounds and ideas and subgenres that I miss. BRIAN RULES

MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL PRESENTS: "Punk From The Middle East And Asia"

Last year Maximum Rocknroll had a fundraiser of sorts for their record archive. It passed a “collection” many years ago, and has evolved into one of the most comprehensive archives of punk vinyl in the world, well over 50,000 records (and growing). The funds were raised to help create a database (that will include original reviews, and will be free and searchable) and curate the existing archive – it was (is) a shitload of work, and shitloads ain’t free, you know? Various incentives were offered to encourage donations, including mix tapes….giver’s choice. Some enterprising (and brilliant) fukkr asked for the following tape: “one side Asia (non-Japan), one side…

How much damage can a reputation crisis do? Ask Chipotle

Lots of discussion about how much harm a reputation crisis can cause, long and short term. I’ve written on this quite a bit in the past using a study out of UK which showed that the longer term recovery of the share price was directly related to the perception of the character of the leader or leaders as demonstrated by actions they took. That is one of the most important things folks in crisis management need to know. Chipotle is hurting. The gizmodo story makes it painfully clear just how much the e.coli and other food related illnesses have cost them. I give Chipotle executives mixed marks on the response as much as I have seen. I think they did a lot of things…

Donald Trump Orders DOJ To Takedown Darknet Markets

By Aaron Kesel During a press briefing at the Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed that president Donald Trump ordered the…

If Criminal Psychopaths Run The Government, Why Give Them More Power?

By James Corbett We all know that the criminal psychopaths who populate the government will stop at nothing to achieve their sadistic ends. But you’ve…

Early Death in Russia

The Russian mortality crisis underscores the impact of stress on life expectancy. Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram The transition to market economy and democracy in the Russian Federation in the early 1990s dramatically increased mortality and shortened life expectancy. The steep upsurge in mortality and the decline in life expectancy in Russia are the largest ever recorded anywhere in peacetime in the absence of catastrophes such as war, plague or famine. During 1987-1994, the Russian mortality rate increased by 60%, from 1.0% to 1.6%, while life expectancy went down from 70 to 64 years. Although life expectancy declined from 1987, when Mikhail Gorbachev was still in charge, its fall was sharpest during 1991-1994, i.e., during Boris Yeltsin’s early years. In fact, mortality increased to levels never …

Failure to Plan Increases Risk of Reputation Damage in High-Profile Lawsuits–Guest Post

(I don’t often invite guest posts from promotional releases, but I did request this from Greentarget as their research into the 20/20 hindsight of litigation-related crisis communication was very interesting. In litigation, lawyers often take the lead in directing communications. Some are very good at it. But most, if not all, do prioritize the risks in the court of law higher than the risks in the court of public opinion. That can lead to very damaging results. What it does lead to almost always is a more conservative approach to managing communications than is best for the company. That, it seems to me, is what this research points to.) By Larry Larsen, Greentarget In today’s 24-hour news environment, most senior legal …

Imperialism in the 21st Century, Part 3

An Interview with Jayati Ghosh This is the final part of a three-part interview with economist Jayati Ghosh, conducted by Lynn Fries of the Real News Network. (Parts 1 and 2 are available here and here, respectively.) Ghosh discusses the shape of imperialism in the 21st century, touching on themes also developed in her article “Globalization and the End of the Labor Aristocracy” (previously published by Triple Crisis: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4). —Eds. Originally published by the Real News Network. Full text below the jump. Lynn Fries: This is The Real News. I’m Lynn Fries in Geneva. And this is Part 3 of a conversation on Imperialism in the 21st Century with our guest, Jayati Ghosh. A professor of …

Washington D.C. Is Essentially Just A Gigantic Money Machine

If you have ever wondered why our leaders in Washington D.C. seem to act so strangely, the truth is that it almost always comes down to just one thing.  It has been said that “money makes the world go round”, and that is definitely true in Washington.  This year the federal government will spend more than 4 trillion dollars, and that represents well over one-fifth of our national GDP.  With so much money coming in and so much money going out, the stakes are incredibly high, and that is why so much money is poured into political campaigns on the national level. And it shouldn’t…

Would You Like To Steal 128 Million Dollars?

What would you do with 128 million dollars?  Many people like to daydream about winning the lottery, and I have to admit that when I was much younger I would do the same thing.  If you were suddenly financially set for life, you could quit your job, buy your dream home, travel the world and spend your days doing whatever you felt like doing.  We only get one trip through this crazy journey called life, and an enormous mountain of cash could make the journey a whole lot nicer.  So if you could steal 128 million dollars and be absolutely certain that you could get away with it, would you do it? You would probably be surprised at how many people out there would answer that …

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

To D-fox: if you’re reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It’s important — we believe.

D-FOX: Please contact us if you can read this

To D-fox: if you’re reading this, please contact us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. It’s important — we believe.

The Recession has Restarted

Whether or not there is an outright global recession in 2016, it’s definitely starting to look a lot like not Christmas around the world. After a period of inactivity, more and more people began posting and commenting over in the_recession, so we’ve formally restarted the group. I know a lot of members here who were active and we are a sister community. Please feel free to come on by and discuss the recession or global recession 2016 with us, as well.

10 to 15 years

Warning: Bad Headline.NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It’s Not Looking Good for Us Policy MicA soon-to-be published research paper, ‘Human and Nature Dynamics (HANDY): Modeling Inequality and Use of Resources in the Collapse or Sustainability of Societies’ by University of Maryland researchers Safa Motesharrei and Eugenia Kalnay, and University of Minnesota’s Jorge Rivas, was not solicited, directed or reviewed by NASA. It is an independent study by the university researchers utilizing research tools developed for a separate NASA activity.Analyzing five risk factors for societal collapse (population, climate, water, agriculture and energy), the report says that the sudden downfall of complicated societal structures can follow when these factors converge to form two important criteria. Motesharrei’s report says…

AFRICAN GUITAR vol. 1

Made a trip to Oakland’s Contact Records a couple of weeks back while the wife was getting her eyebrows done. Tiny ass shop near MacArthur BART, but absolutely fukkn rammed with gems. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount (and quality) of punk bangers in a store whose focus is concentrated a little deeper and a little further back. I snagged a few slabs, was introduced to Catherine Ribeiro (thank you), and impulsively grabbed two cassette volumes of African guitar music on my way to the register. It was a good trip. The two tapes are a booted version of Mississippi’s brilliant but prohibitively expensive 5xLP…

Russian AK-47 Gun Maker Turns to Future of Autonomous Weapons

By Nicholas West The Kalashnikov AK-47 is certainly one of the most iconic automatic weapons ever devised. Today, nearly 70 years after its debut, worldwide…

Electronic Snoops Who Watch Everything

By Catherine J. Frompovich One of the more prevalent minor ‘crimes’ or pranks that occurred when I was a very young girl was someone peeking…