“A National Strategic Narrative”: A guidebook for America in the 21st Century

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Here’s something you probably haven’t read.

In 2011, two members of the U.S. military, pseudonymed “Mr. Y,” wrote this analysis for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. They advocate increasing American competitiveness by adopting a progressive stance in economic, foreign and political policy. It’s doubly relevant today as it was in 2011.

View / download a PDF of A National Strategic Narrative

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World’s Largest Wind Farm Opens Off English Coast

ALL HOMES IN SCOTLAND CAN BE POWERED BY THE WIND, with Britain’s newly augmented capacity. Read more in the New York Times.

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Hey, BP: You lost some oil. Now it’s been found.

Yeah, there’s a thick 3-inch layer of oily residue covering large parts of the Gulf of Mexico. Just thought you should know. NPR’s got the story.

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Economic Ripples and the Stimulus

A former college housemate of mine has an interesting tale up on his blog AustinCynic. Seems his employers installed solar panels with Federal stimulus funds. Some Texans aren’t a fan of this. Read his superb rebuttal here.

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On Energy and Geometric Progression

The following video has been labeled “The Most Important Video You’ll Ever See.” Hyperbole? It’s just a lecture on math, given by a Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder. It explains how just a 7% annual growth in energy use equals a 100% growth in 10 years. After a few decades, you’ve got a really big number. And a tremendously enormous problem. Watch and learn, please.

[H/T Peter Hufnagel]

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ANOTHER OIL RIG EXPLODES IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

Breaking news from the A.P. It happened about 9:30 this morning, and planes, helicopters and ships are now en route to the site. That’s all the information we have at the moment.

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Double Dippin’ with MERLE HAZARD

Merle Hazard is the one and only country-music singer writing songs about the Financial Crisis. He’s been on PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; he’s been the subject of articles by The Economist, London’s Financial Times, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. And by gum, the man can carry a tune! Here’s Merle Hazard performing “Double Dippin'”!

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