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For the past almost 11 years, the Automatic Earth has, after not only predicting the financial crisis in 2008, worked to provide its readers with the biggest possible picture in the Venn diagram where finance, energy and planet earth overlap. We realized even longer ago than 11 years that mankind is on track to both create and encounter crises for which we at present have no answers, let alone solutions.

First, however, we need to properly identify the crises and the symptoms that allow us to see them developing, and that is something hardly anyone gets right, even for the separate fields alone. Finance people are struggling to understand finance problems, whether they're academics or bankers, and likewise those who work in energy and planetary issues have a hard time defining what these are, and therefore failing to solve them.

For instance, you will never solve our financial issues by issuing more debt, you won't tackle the myriad energy conundrums by simply switching from one energy source to another, and you can't save the planet by merely tweaking the way you and yours live.

Gather all the problems together and there is no-one who has the faintest idea where to even begin getting out of the maze we are increasingly stuck in deeper and deeper. The Automatic Earth wants to help people escape from the maze, not by telling them exactly what to do, point by point, but by attempting to make them think, and to do that thinking for themselves.

We have seen the media in our part of the world, which includes Europe, North America and Down Under, change enormously since we launched the Automatic Earth. The meteoric rise of social media has had profound effects on our own site, on traditional media, and on the way people communicate, both with media and with each other. These changes have come so fast it's impossible to oversee or predict where things will go next.

Still, as long as we try, on a daily basis, to remain aware of the fact that things are different today than they were before, if we keep our eyes open, we can go a long way towards comprehension. But we should see that the media we once trusted have adopted business models that make them less trustworthy. That how we keep in touch with friends, family and strangers is nothing like what it used to be.

The worst thing we can do is to think things were always more or less this way. That is important for those who are old enough to have known a world before these changes, and it's equally important for those who never have, and think what they grew up with is normal, that it's some kind of default setting.

Our present economic model(s) can only lead to disaster, and for many people they already have. Since we're facing a future where much less wealth will be available, we must find a model that allows the vast majority of us to simply survive, not to starve. That is not some dystopian view, that's the inevitable result of our economic models.

Likewise, our energy consumption is a problem that can not be corrected by using a different source of energy. Even if our economic models tell us they can. We will have to switch to a model where we cut the use of all forms of energy by say, 50% at first, and then another 50% of that, and so on. Because the use of energy produces waste, says the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

As for the planet, we have killed 60% of all wildlife since 1970, and insect population in large swaths of Europe and America are down by 70-80-90% in mere decades. We're going to need what we have learned to see as real desperate measures to halt this apocalypse. And we have no assistance from the richest or the most powerful people in our societies, who all owe their positions to the exact models that we must leave behind.

We are on our own. And that means we must connect. Social media need not be only destructive, for societies and individuals, though it mostly is. Social media can also help people learn from each other, and connect, and realize together that we face gargantuan issues, but there's no use in giving up. Or embrace solutions that are not thought through well enough.

That's where the Automatic Earth comes in. So follow us, on our own site, TheAutomaticEarth.com, and now also on Patreon. And become a patron, support us financially, it's the only way we can do this work.
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$2 or more per month 0 patrons
If $2 is all you can spare and you still want the biggest possible picture every day, that's alright. We''re here for you too.
Thanks a lot!
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
Not a bad deal at all. $48 a year for information that you can turn into much more than that, or that you can simply use to understand the world when your usual sources only do opinion, not news
Merci beaucoup! Très gentil!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
$10 a year sounds very reasonable if you can comfortably feed your kids today but you feel the need to look behind the curtain to increase the odds that you can still feed them tomorrow too
Mille grazie! You're a true friend!
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Now we arrive at a level where you express trust in us, as well as your desire to really grasp what tomorrow will bring, in economics, energy and planet earth. Well done!
You're so kind! Forever yours!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
This is the level where you know you can trust us, and you are well provided for, but there's still a nagging feeling that you better see our interpretation of the news, to save you from your own blind spots
Don't worry, it's not easily too much.
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For $100 a month or more, a simple question: we already had a few people donating at that level before we joined Patreon. Do you think people who can afford that kind of effort were wrong all along?
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For the past almost 11 years, the Automatic Earth has, after not only predicting the financial crisis in 2008, worked to provide its readers with the biggest possible picture in the Venn diagram where finance, energy and planet earth overlap. We realized even longer ago than 11 years that mankind is on track to both create and encounter crises for which we at present have no answers, let alone solutions.

First, however, we need to properly identify the crises and the symptoms that allow us to see them developing, and that is something hardly anyone gets right, even for the separate fields alone. Finance people are struggling to understand finance problems, whether they're academics or bankers, and likewise those who work in energy and planetary issues have a hard time defining what these are, and therefore failing to solve them.

For instance, you will never solve our financial issues by issuing more debt, you won't tackle the myriad energy conundrums by simply switching from one energy source to another, and you can't save the planet by merely tweaking the way you and yours live.

Gather all the problems together and there is no-one who has the faintest idea where to even begin getting out of the maze we are increasingly stuck in deeper and deeper. The Automatic Earth wants to help people escape from the maze, not by telling them exactly what to do, point by point, but by attempting to make them think, and to do that thinking for themselves.

We have seen the media in our part of the world, which includes Europe, North America and Down Under, change enormously since we launched the Automatic Earth. The meteoric rise of social media has had profound effects on our own site, on traditional media, and on the way people communicate, both with media and with each other. These changes have come so fast it's impossible to oversee or predict where things will go next.

Still, as long as we try, on a daily basis, to remain aware of the fact that things are different today than they were before, if we keep our eyes open, we can go a long way towards comprehension. But we should see that the media we once trusted have adopted business models that make them less trustworthy. That how we keep in touch with friends, family and strangers is nothing like what it used to be.

The worst thing we can do is to think things were always more or less this way. That is important for those who are old enough to have known a world before these changes, and it's equally important for those who never have, and think what they grew up with is normal, that it's some kind of default setting.

Our present economic model(s) can only lead to disaster, and for many people they already have. Since we're facing a future where much less wealth will be available, we must find a model that allows the vast majority of us to simply survive, not to starve. That is not some dystopian view, that's the inevitable result of our economic models.

Likewise, our energy consumption is a problem that can not be corrected by using a different source of energy. Even if our economic models tell us they can. We will have to switch to a model where we cut the use of all forms of energy by say, 50% at first, and then another 50% of that, and so on. Because the use of energy produces waste, says the 2nd law of thermodynamics.

As for the planet, we have killed 60% of all wildlife since 1970, and insect population in large swaths of Europe and America are down by 70-80-90% in mere decades. We're going to need what we have learned to see as real desperate measures to halt this apocalypse. And we have no assistance from the richest or the most powerful people in our societies, who all owe their positions to the exact models that we must leave behind.

We are on our own. And that means we must connect. Social media need not be only destructive, for societies and individuals, though it mostly is. Social media can also help people learn from each other, and connect, and realize together that we face gargantuan issues, but there's no use in giving up. Or embrace solutions that are not thought through well enough.

That's where the Automatic Earth comes in. So follow us, on our own site, TheAutomaticEarth.com, and now also on Patreon. And become a patron, support us financially, it's the only way we can do this work.

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Thanks!
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
If $2 is all you can spare and you still want the biggest possible picture every day, that's alright. We''re here for you too.
Thanks a lot!
$4 or more per month 0 patrons
Not a bad deal at all. $48 a year for information that you can turn into much more than that, or that you can simply use to understand the world when your usual sources only do opinion, not news
Merci beaucoup! Très gentil!
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
$10 a year sounds very reasonable if you can comfortably feed your kids today but you feel the need to look behind the curtain to increase the odds that you can still feed them tomorrow too
Mille grazie! You're a true friend!
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
Now we arrive at a level where you express trust in us, as well as your desire to really grasp what tomorrow will bring, in economics, energy and planet earth. Well done!
You're so kind! Forever yours!
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
This is the level where you know you can trust us, and you are well provided for, but there's still a nagging feeling that you better see our interpretation of the news, to save you from your own blind spots
Don't worry, it's not easily too much.
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
For $100 a month or more, a simple question: we already had a few people donating at that level before we joined Patreon. Do you think people who can afford that kind of effort were wrong all along?