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August 2008

Speeches schmeeches. The political light at the end of the tunnel is a coal miner’s lamp.

I like Juan Cole and rely on his Informed Comment. He’s pretty on the ball. But I was a little disappointed to see him describe Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s recent speech at the Democratic convention as possibly “the most important address on energy given so far by an American politician.” (He includes video of the […]

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Slow Food Nation ’08: “Woodstock of food”

This Labor Day weekend, our friends at Slow Food USA are putting on a huge event in San Francisco to showcase the country’s diverse local foods. The four-day event aims to remind us of what we lost when we industrialized our food supply—”a food system that is sustainable, just, and delicious”—and holds out the hope […]

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The Man Who Hated Work: A Labor Book for Non-Labor Folks

Labor Day is coming up, and I can’t think of a better time to revisit the story of a giant of the Labor Movement, Tony Mazzocchi. The folks at Talking Points Memo‘s TPMCafe recently put Les Leopold‘s The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi at the top […]

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Three Recipes for Dried Tomatoes

It’s sad to say, but already summer seems to be (sigh) winding down. And I’m sure that, just like me, you’re thinking the same thing the average red-blooded American is thinking: What am I going to do with all these fresh, home-grown, organic veggies? Well, now’s the time to start thinking about…preserving! Let’s get the […]

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Madeleine Kunin at the DNC: “Character and Patriotism”

Former Governor of Vermont and author Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power) continues her coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The cameo appearances by ordinary citizens were as interesting as the speeches by the extraordinary elected officials. There was Barney Smith, wearing a red and white plaid shirt, who described how his job […]

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Video: Iraq Veterans Against the War Stage a Protest at the DNC

Jesse McDougall, the Web Editor here at Chelsea Green, captured this footage of Iraq Veterans Against the Iraq War protesting at the Democratic National Convention in Denver today. I captured this video on the second day of the Democratic National Convention. Iraq War Veterans are staging these roaming protests around Denver. It’s extremely jarring to […]

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Williams College to Honor Dean Cycon with Medal

Dean Cycon, founder of the fair trade coffee company Dean’s Beans and author of Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee will be presented with one of six of the college’s prestigious Bicentennial Medals on Saturday, September 6 at their annual Convocation ceremony. Established in 1993 on the occasion of the college’s 200th […]

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Madeleine Kunin and Day Three of the DNC

Former Governor of Vermont and author Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power) continues her coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The difference between being there, at the Democratic convention in Denver, with thousands of cheering, sign waving delegates, and watching the convention unfold on television, is of the mass surge of emotion which […]

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Video: “Manifest Hope”—An Exhibition of Art Inspired by Barack Obama

The Guardian UK‘s Steve Bell visits Denver and takes a tour through Manifest Hope, an exhibition of art inspired by Barack Obama. Pieces range from the iconic (Shepard Fairey’s “Hope”), to the comedic (the “Rumble in the Jungle” restaged with Obama-as-Ali standing victoriously over a battered McCain-as-Foreman), to the, ah, “interestingly sexual” (um…yeah).

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Matthew Stein: 12 Steps to Sustainability and the Emergency Survival Kit

Author Matthew Stein (When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency) recently spoke to Deborah Lindsay on “Tomorrow Matters,” a green talk show out of Monterrey, CA. In this interview, they discuss the “12 Steps for Making the Shift to Sustainability,” as well as the right way to prepare for […]

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