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The real death panels – letter to the editor

I had a letter to the editor published in the local paper, the Valley News, this past Saturday. They don’t run letters (or much else, grrrrr) on their website, so I’ll share here. This is how I submitted it, with the addition of one previously missing comma. They did some very minor editing for the […]
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Annals of hypocrisy (my own)

Saturday night I had a discussion with my wife about my fears for the post-peak oil world. While in the car on the way to the drive-in movie theater. Update: Lots of people have been confused by this blog post, thinking that the full text was not displaying. Nope. The two sentences above are it. […]
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Meat: carbon emissions, carbon sequestration, ethics, economics.

Ezra Klein’s column yesterday, partially cross-posted on his blog (wherein lie the comments), is on the issue of meat: that the production of meat is a very large contributor to global warming and that people should therefore consider reducing their consumption of meat and but that people take their meat eating to be such a […]
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Frugal lunchtimes: potatoes, regular and sweet (with recipe!)

Back in the day, I worked for several years at Olsson’s Books and Records (R.I.P.) at various locations in and around Washington, DC. While there, I garned the nickname “Spud.” This was before Trainspotting came out, so I didn’t get it from the similarly nicknamed character in that book/movie. No, I earned my nickname the […]
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An exchange on healthcare reform — is Chelsea Green dumping sustainability in favor of Democratic party hackery?

A reader of the Chelsea Green blog was apparently irked by our recent postings on the healthcare reform debate, and wrote to us through our comment web form: From: R Scott G. [edited to protect privacy] Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:08:45 -0400 Subject: CGP FORM: Chelsea Green involving itself in the Healthcare Debate I […]
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Bernie makes me smile. (video)

He’s tilting at windmills these days, but that don’t mean things can’t change. Hat tip to Ezra Klein (who’s got the video).
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Fungus in the library

RJ Ruppenthal’s Fresh Food from Small Spaces inspired me to consider growing mushrooms, which I’d never thought of previously. His chapter on mushrooms includes one of my favorite moments in his book: Recognizing that some spouses/partners/housemates might not take kindly to having sawdust cooking in the kitchen (sawdust is a common substrate used to grow […]
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I (heart) pressure cookers. (With recipe.)

Like levels of atmospheric carbon, my love for my pressure cooker is constantly increasing. My latest favorite discovery is FastCooking.ca’s expansive list of pressure cooking times. What I like in particular is the fact that in the beans section, the list tells you how long it takes to cook beans that were not presoaked. That’s […]
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The American Economy Is Getting Back to Normal, and That’s No Green Shoot

Les Leopold, author of The Looting of America, has been blogging over at Huffington Post. I edited his book and he and I have a good relationship, and we’ve been keeping in touch a lot hashing out ideas (and punctuation) as he continues researching and explaining the economic situation. Inspired by Les, I’ve been musing […]
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So you want to intern on an organic farm

The New York Times recently had an article profiling a few of the many, and, it seems, increasing numbers of young people testing out the world of dirt-under-your-nails with organic farm internships. It’s just like a wise person once sang, “the children are our future,” and this future is looking more organic all the time. […]
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