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  • Is the Stock Market a Global Ponzi Scheme?

    Well, everything seems to be back to normal on Wall Street after a rocky start to the week. So what happened? Are we OK? We’re certainly back to “normal” if your…

  • The Growth Monster

    “Six years on from the financial crash that brought the world to its knees, red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the global economy.” That…

  • King Lear, Nature and the End of the World

    “The possibility of genuine chaos, real cannibalizing barbarism, is closer to the surface than we can possibly imagine.” Oscar Eustis, artistic director, New…

    On Banning Bestiality

    What exactly makes it a crime, punishable by potentially many years in prison, to have sex with a goat, a sheep or a cow, while, for example, it’s perfectly OK to kill that same animal and eat her? Or, indeed, to be entertained by her in any number of other ways?

    For Pigs, a Match Made in Hell

    Smithfield, the world’s biggest producer of factory-farmed pigs, has agreed to be taken over by Shuanghui, China’s biggest pork producer.

    Shuanghui has 13 factory farms that produce more than 2.7 million tons of meat each year. For $4.7 billion, it will take possession of Smithfield and its 460 facilities that raise 15.8 million hogs a year.

    What does this mean for the pigs?

    Sands of Time

    One day, about 185 million years ago, some dinosaurs wandered down to a small oasis in the desert, about 20 miles from where I live. There…

    The Other Iraq War

    It’s the anniversary of the “shock and awe” invasion of Iraq. And while we’re all being reminded of the colossal cost of our ongoing wars and…