“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 6th Installment: Chapter Five 2003: Anderson v. Board of Education

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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July 1, 2010

This is the sixth installment of a project that is likely to extend over a two-year-period from January, 2010.  It is the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster, it is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the Re-United States. It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press.  Herein you will find Chapter 5.

Note that in it, a firmly right-wing court decides that the Executive and Legislative branches, with their control firmly in the hands of the successor to the old Republican Party with no indication that that state of affairs will ever change, decides to remove themselves from any review of the actions of the other two branches.

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 5th Installment: Chapter Four 2002: The Preserve America Amend­ment (30th)

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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June 6, 2010

This is the fifth installment of a project that is likely to extend over a two-year-period from January, 2010. It is the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022. Under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster, it is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the Re-United States. It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press. Herein you will find Chapter 4.

Chapter Four 2002: The Preserve America Amend­ment (30th)

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Stephen Hawking is Wrong by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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May 19, 2010

The world-famous cosmologist Prof. Stephen Hawking recently declared:

that he believes we would be well-advised to keep the volume down on our intergalactic chatter and do all we can to prevent any “nomadic” aliens moseying our way to take a look-see. Should they find us here tucked away in the inner reaches of the solar system, chances are they’d zap us all and pillage any resources they could get their hands on. Our own history, says Hawking, proves that first encounters very rarely begin: “Do take a seat. I’ll pop the kettle on. Milk? Sugar?”  Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach, says the theoretical physicist in ‘Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking’.

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The Age of Space-Solar Energy: Innovation in the Public Interest by William John Cox

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May 17, 2010

Who Were They?

by Helen Werner Cox, used with permission

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The industrial revolution has been driven for the past two centuries by the burning of hydrocarbons, first by coal in the Age of Steam, and then by oil and natural gas in the Age of Petroleum; however, as the flow of these fossil fuels slows down as demand goes up, ever-more-intrusive and massive extraction efforts increasingly threaten the progress of industrialization and the civilization it has produced.

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 4th Installment: Chapter Three: 2001: The Real Drug War

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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May 2, 2010

2001: The Real Drug War

Author’s Commentary

The year 2000 marked the election of President Carnathon Pine, who came to be known as the Last Republican.  A former Republican Senate majority leader, he was known for his sharp tongue, his war‑damaged leg, and over the course of a long and not otherwise dis­tinguished career, his exquisite at­tention to politics rather than policy and governance.  At age 74, he was the oldest man ever to be elected President.

He had run on a platform of “if not her, then me,” “everything they do is wrong,” and, referring to the series of natural disasters which had befall­en America annually since Hurricane An­drew of 1992 and the Great Floods of 1993, “God is pun­ishing America for its sinful ways.”  This theme had be­come increasingly popular for Right‑Wing Reaction­aries since the mid‑90s.  For example, in 1993 Christian Coali­tion lead­er Pat Robert­son said this about the flooding in the mid‑west of the old U.S. (Right‑Wing Watch):
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Tipping Point: Near-Term Systemic Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production – Part 1 – Summary

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by Gail Tverberg
www.theoildrum.com
March 22, 2010

Recently, a 55 page paper called Tipping Point: Near-Term Implications of a Peak in Global Oil Production (PDF warning) was published as the joint effort of two organizations:

Feasta, a leading international think-tank exploring the interactions between human welfare, the structure and operation of human systems, and the ecosystem which supports both, and,

The Risk/Resilience Network, an initiative which was established in order to understand energy induced systemic risk, the scope for risk management, and general and emergency planning.

This paper talks about the likely systemic impacts of peak oil, including the possibility of collapse. With a long publication such as this, it is difficult to know how to present a reasonable subset of the material. In this post, we are publishing the Summary as Part 1. Our tentative plan is to publish three additional excerpts from the paper later. Those who wish to read the paper now can download it from the link above.

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 3rd Installment: Chapter Two: Fascism in America: An Overview

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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March 20, 2010

This is the third installment of a project that is likely to extend over a two-year-period from January, 2010.  It is the serialization of a book entitled The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.  Under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster and fictitious biography, the book is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the Re-United  States.  It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press.  Herein you will find Chapter 2.

Chapter Two

Fascism in America: An Overview

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“The 15% Solution,” Serialization, 2nd Installment: Chapter One: The United States in 1995: Setting the Stage for Fascism

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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Feb. 23, 2010

This is the second installment of a project that is likely to extend over a two-year-period from January, 2010. It is the serialization of a book entitled “The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.” Under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster, it is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Constitutional Democracy in the Re-United States. It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press. Herein you will find Chapter 1.

Section I: Setting the Stage

Chapter One

The United States in 1995: Setting the Stage for Fascism

Author’s Note

The story of fascism in the old United States in my view begins with the accession to the Presidency of Carnathon Pine, The Last Re­pub­li­can, in the year 2001. And thus the drama as we will see it in some detail begins in earnest in the next Chap­ter, constructed around that personage’s Inau­gu­ral Address. However, before dramas can pro­ceed, the stage must be set.

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Local Food – By and For the People

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January 30, 2010

Peak Moment 161: What if the food system benefited local producers, nourished nearby people, and built a stronger community? Krishna Khalsa of Eugene, Oregon wants to turn the food system on its head. He wants it to be run by, and for the benefit of, ordinary people – not corporate profit. He’s exploring models of local cooperative, entrepreneurial organizations where people provide the labor, share and hire resources, caretake the land, use all of nature’s abundance, support farmers and food producers, distribute food so that no one goes hungry, and build strong social bonds. Empower people, not profits!

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The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022

by Jonathan Westminster, Ph.D. aka Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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crossposted on TPJmagazine
January 24, 2010

Welcome to the beginning of a project which is likely to extend over a two-year-period, the serialization of a book entitled “The 15% Solution: A political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022.”  Under the pseudonym Jonathan Westminster, it is purportedly published in the year 2048 on the 25th Anniversary of Constitution Democracy in the Re-United States. It was actually published in 1996 by the Thomas Jefferson Press, located in Port Jefferson, NY. The copyright is held by the Press.  We begin with the Preface. Continue reading

The Zeitgeist of 2010 by Ariel Ky

by Ariel Ky
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excerpted from Open Salon Jan. 6, 2010
Jan. 12, 2010

What kind of year will 2010 be? If we tune into the energy of this year, it’s readily apparent that 2010 is a year of new beginnings, of the end of disillusionment. It’s a time of becoming, of growing as a global community, of peace and healing, of sharp endings, and gentle beginnings where the ground is ready for new shoots to come forth.

2010 is a time of potentiality. The tide of growing spirituality among common people will rise like a tsunami and overcome the nefarious plans of the ruling elites with all of the money. Money will no longer have such a hold on people as they begin to make heaven on earth by sharing and caring for each other.

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Predictions: The USA during the second decade of the XXI century by Dmitry Orlov

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by Dmitry Orlov
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Dec. 19, 2009

Around this time of year, some brave souls venture to put their reputations at risk by attempting to predict what the next year will bring. Some do so with uncanny accuracy, others — not so much. Being a serious author who hardly ever makes jokes, I generally sit out this annual bout of frivolity, but, noting that a new decade is about to burst upon us, I thought it reasonably safe to paint a picture of how I see the next decade. In the unlikely case that my predictions turn out to be completely wrong, I would think that they will have been very thoroughly forgotten by the time 2020 rolls around. And so, without further ado, here are my predictions for what it will be like in The United States of America during the second decade of the XXI century.

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… Distressed municipalities throughout the country will resort to charging exorbitant fees for such things as dog licenses. Many will experiment with imprisoning those unable to pay these fees in state and county jails, only to release them again as the jails continuously overflow and resources run low. The citizenry will come to regard jails as conveniently combining the features of a soup kitchen and a homeless shelter. Some towns will abandon the idea of having a fire department and decide that it is more cost-effective to just let house fires run their course, to save on demolitions.

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via ClubOrlov: Predictions

from the archives:

Dmitry Orlov: The Collapse Gap

Dmitry Orlov: Seizing the Mid-Collapse Moment (must-see)

The Economy Sucks and or Collapse 2

Peak Oil

High on Permaculture in the Rocky Mountains

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November 22, 2009

Kris Holstrom’s off-grid permaculture farm at 9000 feet high is living proof that food can be grown nearly anywhere. Managing with a very short growing season and water constraints, she and her interns have created magic. Tour the sun-warmed, insulated greenhouse where greens are grown year-round. Its home to a waterfall and pond with fish, trellises for grapes and seedlings, artwork for the soul, and mushrooms growing from straw. The outside garden offers herbs, berries, greens and prayer flags. Kris sees herself as a steward of the land, and delights in sharing it with kids and interns in a spirit of love and reciprocity.

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Humankind’s future: social and political Utopia or Idiocracy? By Roland Michel Tremblay

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By Roland Michel Tremblay
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1 November, 2009

By some coincidence in the last three days I read Men Like Gods of H. G. Wells and watch the films Idiocracy, City of Ember and WALL-E. They all deal with humankind’s future, a very bleak future that could possibly become the ultimate Utopia or perfect world, not before another world war, the extinction of humanity, and survival of a few humans to come back to Earth from space, or emerging from underground to start anew. Is this what we can expect of our future, imminent self-destruction?

Should we be planning colonies and ship them into space or below ground, like, right now? Is it because we feel the end of humanity is fast becoming, that we are far reaching the end of all our broken institutions, that suddenly the topic of our future, or lack of it, is so pro-eminently featured even in children’s films? The topic is not new, H. G. Wells’ discourse in Men Like Gods is so up to date with what is happening today, even though it was written in 1923, that one must believe nothing has changed socially and politically for the last 100 years.

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