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July 2006

Man with a rotten egg plan

He doesn’t like the plan, but he’s offered it anyway: if we can’t get our act together to prevent global warming, this guy offers a way to induce global cooling–blast a bunch of sulfur into the stratosphere, so that it can reflect sunlight back into space. Yikes. The biggest problem, of course, is that then […]

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Secession talkback

I got an email from someone who must have stumbed across one of the secession posts here: On 7/30/06 5:16 PM, “JERRY G” wrote: “Vermont will do its full duty.” With those words (it is believed) the governor of the state of Vermont, Erastus Fairbanks, replied to a telegram sent him by the president of […]

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Cellulostic ethanol

The other local paper here, Connecticut Valley Spectator, has a front page story today on a breakthrough in cellulostic ethanol. Seems some Dartmouth College engineers have engineered a bacteria (originally found in Yellowstone National Park hot springs) to convert cellulose into ethanol in a much more efficient manner than previous methods. They say it should […]

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Minimum wage–call Congress

Sojourners email alert says Last month when more than 600 Christians passionate about social justice came to Washington to demand an increase in the minimum wage as part of A Covenant for a New America, we knew good things were starting to happen. So far this year, 192 House members have asked for a vote […]

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Another HuffPost piece by Peter Laufer

The Citizenship Draft President Bush showed up for a photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington the other day where he’d come to witness the naturalization ceremony for three U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq. The three were injured in bomb explosions so their active duty status made them eligible for citizenship. The president looked on […]

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Two statistics you must stop repeating!

1) “People only use 10% of their brain’s capacity.” Wrong. A goofy idea instigated by third-rate (in critical thinking terms, even though in some respects cutting edge technically speaking) turn-of-the-century research. They opened some folks’s skulls, zapped different places with an electrode, and asked the subject what happened. 90% of the zaps resulted in no […]

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Friends, Vermonters, lend animal husbanders your ears (and your opinions)

www.ruralvermont.org Vermont Agency of Agriculture Premises Registration Rule Public Hearings Come Make YOUR Voice Heard – Comment on the Proposed Rule. VT Public Hearing Dates/ Times/ Towns/ Locations: July 25, 2006 9:30-11:30 AM Island Pond Town Clerks Office July 25, 2006 1:00-3:00 PM NewportState Off. Bldg -100 Main, 3fl Rm 250 July 27, 2006 9:30-11:30 […]

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A kinder, gentler fundamentalism

I repeat: read the essays of Marilynne Robinson. Last night Matthew Sleeth and his family were most kind enough to invite a bunch of us Chelsea Greeners to their place for dinner (a birthday party, in fact). He gave me a copy of C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity and we talked Christian writers a little, and […]

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Good interview with Kos

Honest. Inside the Mind of the World’s Most Powerful Liberal Blogger An Interview with Markos Moulitsas By JAKE TAPPER June 24. 2006 — – For “Nightline,” ABC News’ Jake Tapper interviewed Markos Moulitsas, founder of the powerful blog Daily Kos. The following is a transcript. JAKE TAPPER: What inspired you to sit down on that […]

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Cholene in the news

Am I allowed to say, “you go girl!”? If not, forget I ever said it. Gay Hurricane Katrina hero speaks Larry Buhl, PlanetOut Network Monday, July 24, 2006 / 02:37 PM Cholene Espinoza admits that she is always on a mission. More than a dozen years ago, she was the second woman to fly the […]

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