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Insurers: We're Not Picking Up the Tab for Climate Change

[Note: A version of this musing first appeared in the Los Angeles Times]

Well, that took longer than I expected! Twenty years ago, I interviewed Frank Nutter, then and now president of the Reinsurance Assn. of America, on the threat climate change posed to the $2-trillion-plus globa...
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The Ragged Edge of the World
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Winds of Change
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The Octopus and the Orangutan
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The Future In Plain Sight
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The Parrot's Lament
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Silent Partners
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Affluence and Discontent
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The Alms Race
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Apes, Men, & Language
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affluenceanddiscontent

Affluence and Discontent offers a theory about the nature and origins of the consumer society. The book argues that the consumer society is the latest artifact in an ancient rhythm of western societies that has seen reason gradually marginalize religious influences over behavior. The genius of the consumer society lies in the way it capitalizes on the very religious discontents if produces: as materialism and reason crowd out religion, these disenfranchised forces resurface in fads and countercultural movements that are then domesticated as new sources of consumer interest.

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Short Take

It's firefly season, high summer, pretty much my favorite time of year. My evening ritual this time in July is to head out to my favorite bench, nestled in a corner of the yard. 

I usually bring a glass of wine:

The cat's troop out for family hour. Here's Noodles:

 

Typically the air is balmy. Birds sound the alarm about the cats. The cats tustle. I look out at the giant trees that frame the yard:


My teenagers always seem to have something else to do, That's fine; just sitting there, looking out at the trees or up at the clouds, makes it a perfect summer evening. At about 8:15, the fireflies start coming out, and then about ten minutes later the sprinklers come on and chase me and the cats away. I suppose I could reset the timer, but I usually just repair to the porch to finish my glass of wine.



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