Imposing Limits to Music in the Age of Limits to Growth

With Spotify's "infinite" catalogue providing the equivalent of the musical one-night stand, might it be worthwhile to think about placing some limits to music? [part 2/6]

So for a guy like me who's making somewhat of a return to the world of music but who's fully aware of the already underway protracted collapse of industrial civilization, it should be obvious that putting myself at the mercy of a streaming service might not be the best idea if I wanted to retain a bit of access to some recorded music once the ability for streaming disappears once and for all (which for whatever reason[s] I believe will certainly happen at some point in my lifetime). So supposing I'm connected to a community grid and/or have

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The Music Industry: Aiming for the Singularity But Hitting Collapse Instead

The music industry managed to stem its piracy-induced hemorrhage. Nonetheless, and like the rest of industrial civilisation, it's on its way to collapse [part 1/6]

Although the world economy hasn't been booming lately this hasn't meant that the booming has been reduced to economizing, what with the boom booms having gone through such a transformation in the past decade that "streaming" – playing music on a digital device without actually storing it – has pulled the music industry out of the piracy-induced doldrums that saw its sales plunge by more than 70% since its peak in 1999. As put by Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO of the RIAA, "I'm confident that music's future is bright. The popularity of music is greater than ever. Like never before, it

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Book Review | Failing States, Collapsing Systems: Biophysical Triggers of Political Violence

A review of Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed's excellent big-picture take on what he calls the "crisis of civilization" (as opposed to a "clash of civilizations")

While trying to get to the bottom of the underlying reasons for geopolitical events has always been enough of a challenge, an unfortunate side-effect of the explosion of information that the Internet has provided us with is the even further erosion of the signal-to-noise ratio. The mainstream media can pretty much be ignored altogether unless the intent is to understand the context and/or see how current events are getting framed and spun by the powers-that-be, which pretty much leaves one with having to seek out more independent sources of media – such as blogs – if what is sought after is

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Controlling the Collapse Argument With the Fakery of "Fake News", Or More Like a Case of Plain Old (Unuseful) Idiocy?

Are certain peak oil and collapse sites being blacklisted from being blacklisted, or might those in charge just be daft to the big picture here?

As you may have read a couple of weeks ago, the Washington Post published an article entitled "Russian Propaganda Effort Helped Spread 'Fake News' During Election, Experts Say", in which it cited a report by a group calling itself PropOrNot. According to the Post,

PropOrNot’s monitoring report... identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season.

In one way or another I'm familiar with about a quarter of the sites listed, perhaps one or two of which I occasionally visit. Two of them have actually published From Filmers to Farmers (FF2F) posts in

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Divide and Distract: If Donald Trump Wins the Election He Loses, But if He Loses the Election He Wins

Might this zany election not only be fixed but part of a grand farce to distract us from the collapse of industrial civilisation? [part 2/3]

For some time now I've been toying with the idea of Donald Trump as future triager-in-chief – instead of "you're fired!", "you're triaged!" I nonetheless couldn't help but think that said interpretation was likely the result of seeing the world through triage-coloured glasses and that I was perhaps missing out on some other underlying story. So I decided to err on the side of caution and avoided writing a post for a post's sake.

While then listening to the third debate, and upon hearing Trump's reply to Hillary Clinton's accusation of his making light of a physically disabled reporter – "Wrong!" – for

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