Image of Earth is from NASA

I remember well the day I “woke up” to the prospects of collapse and social disruption in the United States. It was the day I first saw the documentary End of Suburbia. This film highlighted the issue of oil depletion and the many impacts it would have, particularly in oil-dependent countries. It sucked me into doomer culture, not unlike how people today get sucked into QAnon or similar groups. Something in me fed on the anxiety and anticipation the talking heads in that film doled out. I suspect the misanthropy I harbored helped this along.

After that fateful day in…


The Zack Snyder cut of Justice League began streaming online a few days ago. It inspired me to reflect on how different the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universes are. I find one difference particularly striking: how they portray their super-powered female leads. I am referring, of course, to DC’s Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) and Marvel’s Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel). The cinematic portrayal of Wonder Woman is obviously superior to that of Captain Marvel. I will use this post to explain why.

The biggest reason why Wonder Woman’s portrayal is superior is that DC realizes its female characters cannot…


Acorns were an important food source for people around the world prior to the rise of industrial agriculture, though few people eat them today. One reason for this is that acorns are not edible straight from the tree. Their high tannin content gives many raw acorns an intensely bitter taste and astringent mouthfeel, making them unpleasant to eat and toxic if eaten in large quantities. With thoughtful processing enough of these tannins can be removed to yield a food that is nutritious and calorie dense. …


On May 11, 2019 our atmosphere’s concentration of carbon dioxide surpassed 415 ppm for the first time since anatomically modern humans have walked on Earth. This milestone is the crowning achievement of centuries spent burning fossil fuels, cutting trees, and tilling soil, among other activities. These workings transform our world, making it warmer, shifting its precipitation patterns, and leading to extreme weather events. We are changing more than our planet’s climate, too. Our development, forestry, and agricultural practices alter global nutrient cycles, decimate biodiversity, and leave no region of the planet uncontaminated. …

Eric Garza

I dabble in written, audio, and video media production and ponder deeply the predicaments of our age. Find me on the web at EricGarza.info.

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