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December 2009

WATCH: Annie Leonard Presents: The Story of Cap and Trade

From Annie Leonard, creator of the popular animated documentary short The Story of Stuff, comes The Story of Cap and Trade, a cogent takedown of the flawed proposition that cap-and-trade is the solution to climate change. Cap-and-trade, Leonard argues, rewards historic polluters and lines the pockets of corporate middlemen with billions, while doing nothing meaningful […]

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How I Spent My Christmas Holiday: Watching Foodies Confront the Emerging National Food Safety Regimen

By David E. Gumpert From his blog, The Complete Patient If you’re Jewish, Christmas tends to be a very quiet time. Without a Christmas tree, stockings over the fireplace, and presents to open, you tend to feel more apart from American culture than any other time of the year. On top of that, nearly everything […]

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FDA, CDC, & USDA: Drug-resistant diseases stemming from antibiotic use in animals a “serious emerging concern”

Industrial animal feedlots are becoming a breeding ground for drug-resistant bacteria, due mainly to the overuse of antibiotics, say researchers. From the Associated Press (h/t Yahoo! News): FRANKENSTEIN, Mo. – The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat. The boar gored Kremer in the knee […]

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The Biochar Debate: From the Introduction

The following is an excerpt from The Biochar Debate: Charcoal’s Potential to Reverse Climate Change and Build Soil Fertility by James Bruges. It has been adapted for the Web.Charcoal is one of the oldest industrial technologies, perhaps the oldest. In the last decade there has been a growing wave of excitement engulfing it. Why? Because […]

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Faster Trains Lead Amtrak’s List of Needs

The future is looking a little brighter for Amtrak since our new rail-friendly administration took office. And, since improved passenger rail service is unquestionably a public good, what’s good for Amtrak is good for America. From the New York Times: Amtrak has been working hard to lure more business travelers to its trains, with advertisements […]

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WATCH: Robert Kuttner and Matt Taibbi Talk Health Care Reform and Financial Regulation on Bill Moyers Journal

Corporations, Wall Street, insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical industry have way too much power and influence in Washington. In constructing his plans for financial and health care reform, President Obama made concessions to big business because he guessed—probably correctly—that he would need them if he was going to make any advances, as incremental as they […]

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Hope for a Climate Change Solution in the Wake of Copenhagen

Question: How do you get world leaders to commit to lowering and stabilizing concentrations of atmospheric CO2 to 350 ppm by 2020? Answer: you probably can’t. Which means you’ll have to do it yourself. David Gershon doesn’t want to wait for governments to get their act together. Not when the collective will of billions of […]

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Where Do We Go From Here? Drawing Conclusions from The End of Money

Reality Sandwich considers the broader implications of Thomas Greco‘s The End of Money and the Future of Civilization in this article: Thomas Greco is the most radical writer on money today. The very title of the book suggests that the future of civilization depends on abandoning money-as-we-know-it. What could be more radical and revolutionary than […]

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Ho, Ho, Ho, and a Bottle of…

By Deirdre Heekin From fuoricitta For the past several years we have walked down our dirt road about one hundred yards in the dark of Christmas Eve for a traditional feast. Sometimes it is snowing, other times it has rained, and often it is very, very cold. This Christmas Eve, a fog rolled in, making […]

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Hervé Kempf: A Copenhagen Dictionary

Wikipedia defines a dictionary as: “a collection of words in a specific language, often listed alphabetically, with usage information, definitions, etymologies, phonetics, pronunciations, and other information; or a book of words in one language with their equivalents in another.” And as this is a Wikipedia entry, we can expect that definition to change within hours. […]

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