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August 2008

How green can you go? A poop-powered kitchen

Any tinkering addicts, basement inventors out there looking for a good project? I’ve had a vision of the eco-kitchen future, and I want you to help make it into a demonstrable reality. I don’t have the tinkering skills, or time away from the toddling kids, to work on it myself. The vision is this: cooking […]

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Kunin at DNC, Day Two: Hillary Clinton, Lily Ledbetter, and Rednecks for Obama

Former Governor of Vermont and author Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power) continues her coverage of the DNC. Today Madeleine describes Hillary Clinton’s stirring call for unity in the Democratic Party, recounts the story of Lily Ledbetter of Alabama—who sued (unsuccessfully) Goodyear Tire Company, alleging twenty years of pay discrimination—and talks about her encounter with […]

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Food Not Lawns: Full Frontal Gardening

A recent article on NewYorker.com had some illuminating things to say about the birth of the modern American lawn: In 1841, Andrew Jackson Downing published the first landscape-gardening book aimed at an American audience.… [He] was dismayed by what he saw as the general slovenliness of rural America, where pigs and poultry were allowed to […]

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DNC Day Two: Out and About

Today I spent some time walking the streets of Denver taking in a view of the action. There are a lot of very excited people walking, biking, and driving around. I’ve put together this photo essay of the scene in Denver. (CAUTION! Some DISTURBING images follow. No joke. If you don’t want to get sick, […]

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Kunin and Day One of the DNC: “What It Means to Live in a Democracy”

Former Governor of Vermont and author Madeleine Kunin (Pearls, Politics, and Power) encounters protestors, Michelle Obama, and Ted Kennedy. All this and more as Madeleine covers Day One of the Democratic National Convention. From the Huffington Post article: There are two stages at the Democratic Convention in Denver, one that is played out in streets […]

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Robert Kuttner at All Boats Rising: Transforming the American Economy

Like any event here at the DNC, people are coming and going throughout the event. People are checking their blackberries, looking around, chattering quietly, clapping only on clear applause lines…except for when Kuttner speaks. Kuttner is speaking about more than economic policy. He’s touching on inspiration. Kuttner is advocating more than just progressive economic policies–he’s […]

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DNC Day One: An Overview

Whirlwind! Today began at the Colorado Historical Museum where the Americans for Democratic Action sponsored an event with Robert Kuttner, Representative Barney Frank, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and a few others. The event had standing-room only, and we were able to distribute a over a hundred copies of Obama’s Challenge. Barney Frank gave a humorous talk […]

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Hertzberg: Obama’s Challenge Is “Riveting, Brilliant, and Persuasive”

Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor and staff writer at The New Yorker, recently gave Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency a glowing endorsement on his blog. From the article: The book’s premise is not only that Obama will be elected President but also, and mainly, that his character and talents—in […]

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What Is Sustainability? A Primer

Sure, we’re all trying our darndest to be “sustainable”1—but what does that mean, exactly? In this Huffington Post article, part 2 in a continuing series, Chelsea Green author Mat Stein (When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency) continues to break it down for us. From the article: Every day […]

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Mad Sheep and Crashing the Gate on DailyKos

Jill Richardson over at Daily Kos (also known as OrangeClouds115) had some nice things to say about Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics and Mad Sheep: The True Story Behind the USDA’s War on a Family Farm today: … What’s the one book every Kossack must read? Is it fair […]

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