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March 2008

Cities leave US behind on climate accord

With the Bush Administration continuing to keep its head in the proverbial sand when it comes to global warming, many states are taking action and leaving the US as a whole in the dust, and are inviting key European allies here to talk about new strategies, according to a new report in Bloomberg. States are […]

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Clinton vs. Clinton

Since we’ve put up the rather moving speech by Sen. Barack Obama, I wanted to put up a couple of items related to the other Democratic candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton. Former Vermont Governor and Ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine Kunin makes the argument in a leading Vermont Sunday news magazine recently that Sen. Hillary Clinton is […]

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How it could have been done if the preachers of the free market had stuck to their principles instead of launching a moronic war

In my post a moment ago I mentioned how I’d once heard that, for the money the US spent on the war in Vietnam, we could have paid for the installation of an in-ground swimming pool for each and every Vietnamese family instead. What a great way to win the hearts and minds of our […]

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An inspired idea for impeachment: buy it

A fellow Chelsea Greener has emailed me the following flash of genius. In honor of the JP Morgan/Bear Stearns bailout I suggest that we couch impeachment in similar terms; since money is the true master of the United States Congress this proposal has as good a chance of succeeding as anything currently on or off […]

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Thinking about business responsibility, and a good cartoon

Dave Pollard is working on a book that we’ll be publishing this September (The Natural Entrepreneur). His blog, howtosavetheworld.ca, is a good spot for thoughtful missives on living and working and hoping in the current era. His latest entry, “Does (or Should) Business Have Social and Environmental Responsibility?,” also includes a great cartoon from the […]

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Investigative look at toxic toys

The PBS show NOW is turning its news magazine prowess toward a topic near and dear to author Mark Schapiro’s own journalistic prodding—phtalates. What are those you ask? Nasty, for sure, and while they make toys and other fun little plastic gizmos fun and pliable, they also do a number on the chemistry of your […]

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