I almost always enjoy reading Jim Kunstler's blog, Clusterfuck Nation. He's truly a modern Jeremiah, shouting his warnings of economic ruin and peak oil and the demise of the suburbs and the end of life as we know on a weekly basis. What I like about him is that at the core, he is an urban geographer and planner, and I have studied a lot of what he talks about in college and thought a lot about it since then. Kunstler's stuff is almost always topical and relevant, and it's always thought-provoking. The trick to Kunstler is to see what he has to say and then think about whether or not I agree, where he might be wrong and what I think about his topic.
Tonight he had a particularly dreary post, however on The Coming Age of Austerity. Among other things, he foretells pitchfork riots sometime between Memorial Day and July 4. To help underscore this point, he illustrated it with the painting above, The Triumph of Death, by Pieter Bruegel.
Let's hope he's as accurate on this one as he was on Y2K, which came off pretty much without a hitch despite his dire warnings about that.