Capitalism and the Essence of Place

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of place, especially how physical place relates to creativity and production through psychological space. (You can read my first post, back in 2004, on this topic: here.) A few months ago I read an incredibly fascinating series of articles on the essence of place and how it is changing, rapidly. But, I digress…… Continue reading

I Am Simply SHOCKED!

Bloomberg reports today that, astoundingly, Iraq is now opening its doors to BP, Exxon Mobile, and Shell for the first time since 1972, when the country, under the leadership of the now executed Saddam Hussein, nationalized all of its oil fields. Astoundingly, this will open the 3rd largest oil reserves in the world directly to western countries. And, um… why… Continue reading