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July 2009

Home Heating & Cooling: The Thermostat Myth

Remember the days when you’d snap a Polaroid picture, then shake it out to speed up the development process? Yeah, that didn’t actually do anything. You probably know that now—heck, you probably knew it then—but the impulse was just too strong. It’s that same impulse that causes people to crank the thermostat as high as […]

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Whole Foods Companion Presents: The Quince

The following is an excerpt from Whole Foods Companion: A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers, and Lovers of Natural Foods by Dianne Onstad. It has been adapted for the Web. Lore and Legend The Greeks and Romans held the quince sacred to Venus, who is often depicted with a quince in her right hand […]

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CONTEST: Pro-Marijuana People, Time to Win Big

It’s simple, really. Below is a list of 3 Myth/Fact combinations about weed. One of them is totally bogus. The other two are completely legit. The 10th person to correctly say which one is bogus (posted to the wall of our Facebook page) wins a copy of Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving […]

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Countdown with Guest-host Howard Dean, Night Two

Last night was night two of MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann guest-hosted by Howard Dean. In this segment, Howard Dean talks with HELP Committee member Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) about the different health care reform plans floating around the Senate and House. Brown promises the progressives won’t allow a strong public option to be stripped […]

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Magic Boxes: Using Cold Frames to Extend Your Growing Season

As “Seaside Gardener” Nikki Jabbour is happy to report, simple strategies for extending your planting and harvesting seasons can be found in the pages of master organic gardener Eliot Coleman‘s books. You can make simple hoophouses, cold frames, and even greenhouses at a very low cost—and keep eating carrots, kale, and greens into November. From […]

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Obama: Stop Driving Americans—and White House Guests—To Drink

All marijuana is dangerous, in any amount, but alcohol is just dandy. This is the message the Obama White House and Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske are sending to America. Well, says author Mason Tvert (Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?), that just isn’t true. But it seems the President and […]

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WATCH: Howard Dean Hosts Countdown

No one around is talking about healthcare reform half as effectively or convincingly as Dr. Howard Dean. So when Keith Olbermann stepped away from the big desk at Countdown with Keith Olbermann for a few nights, Dean was the perfect choice to pinch-hit.In this clip from last night’s Countdown, Dr. Dean looks at the perfect […]

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Back-to-School Resolution: Bring Lunch From Home! (VIDEO)

Your kids are going back-to-school soon–and thus marks the new year. What’s your resolution? Will you try to carpool more? Will you walk your kid to the bus stop? Go to more of their soccer games? Inspire them artistically? How will this school year be different? One suggestion: make your child’s lunch healthier. There are […]

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Nuclear Power Not Emissions Free, Not Sustainable

Besides the pesky little problem of where to stash nuclear waste, there are a few other issues with nuclear power. When they say “emissions-free,” for instance, what do they actually mean? If you’re talking about the few months the nuclear rods are installed and active, then yes, no emissions. But read the fine print. How […]

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Secrets of the Farmers Market

It turns out there’s a lot more to this farmers market stuff than just packing up your veggies and laying them out on some tables for finicky customers to peruse. When Sara Lipka moved from the customer side of the table to the vendor side, she found that out for herself. When every green bean, […]

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