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December 2009

Madeleine Kunin: I Don’t Agree with Howard Dean

By Madeleine KuninI don’t agree with Howard Dean. Yes, we are from the same state and he was once my Lt Governor, but, unlike Howard, I say vote for the bill and dramatically expand health insurance now. His assumption in asking Democrats to kill the Senate bill is that next time around, we’ll get something […]

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice by Using Windows to Heat Your Home

By James Kachadorian, author of The Passive Solar House, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home Most people think that solar heating involves some sort of complicated roof top add on feature to a home. In a passive solar home, windows are the primary means of collecting free solar […]

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What Chávez Was Talking About: How the Rich Are $#!**ing on the Planet

I regret that I have but one country to give for my life.—Phil Ochs You may recall the article I posted earlier about Hugo Chávez reading from one of our books, How the Rich Are Destroying the Earth by Hervé Kempf. I figured it may have peaked your interest, so here’s the preface, reprinted in […]

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Raw Milk: Dairy Farmers Fighting Back in Wisconsin

By David E. Gumpert From his blog, The Complete Patient. The on-again-off-again enforcement activities by Wisconsin regulators against distributors of raw milk over the last four years have left at least two dairy farmers facing “a Hobson’s choice,” in the words of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. The legal defense organization invokes that phrase in […]

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Tax the 1%

By R.J. RuppenthalFrom the Community BlogsTAX THE 1%. With all the problems we are having in this country and the inability of government to pay for needed programs, it’s time to get serious about the real source of the problem. It’s time to get serious about raising some revenue, and I know just where to […]

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Sustainable Living Coalition Partners to Bring Green Books to Iowa Libraries

Chelsea Green and the SLC: spreading the word.The Sustainable Living Coalition is doing some outstanding work, bringing green books to public libraries and spreading the values of sustainability to a wider audience. Chelsea Green is proud to be a part of it, along with our partners in this endeavor, the fine folks at Clipper Windpower […]

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Cheesemonger Gordon Edgar Picks the Best Cheeses of 2009

If you’re looking for an expert to put together a list of the top automobiles of the year, you go to a carmonger. We all know that. Want to know which movies of the past 52 weeks are worth a spot in your Netflix queue? Ask a moviemonger. So, logically, when the time comes to […]

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Hugo Chávez Endorses Hervé Kempf’s Book at Copenhagen

***Update: Jonathan has posted a translation of this excerpt from the speech in the Comments section. ***At the international climate talks in Copenhagen this week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez railed against capitalism, saying that in order to change the climate we must change the system itself. It is the growth-centric capitalist system that squeezes out […]

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LISTEN: Waiting on a Train Author James McCommons on Sierra Club Radio

The state of passenger rail in the U.S. is pathetic, and not only because we have no high speed trains to speak of (sorry, Acela, your track conditions don’t let you go more than half your top speed, so you don’t count). But there may be a light at the end of the rail corridor. […]

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This is not just about breakfast. These are my options. What are my choices?

By Caleb Barber, co-author of In Late Winter We Ate Pears: A Year of Hunger and LoveOptions and choices play a very big role in all our lives. Perhaps this is more true today, when we have so many options available to us (at the mall or the supermarket, for instance, or on TV). For […]

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