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Six Minutes to Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking a lesson from the infamous Doomsday Clock (you know, the one that predicts global annihilation? Proving it’s not only Christians who can predict the arrival of the Rapture) with its new Surveillance Clock. Here it is: The clock is designed to show that we are currently six minutes from midnight, the time when we become a truly complete surveillance society. Although, given the most recent taser incident and watching as dozens of students and Sen. John Kerry idly stood by, it’s easy enough to argue it’s well past midnight, and we’re just hitting the snooze alarm around 7 AM (past midnight). In any event, for those keeping track, here’s another web widget to keep you reminded of just what kind of regime we’re living under and who is complicit. It’s a nice addition to the Bush Countdown clock, the Cost of the Iraq War ticker, and the Iraq War dead tallies that just keep rising. And, if tasering rambunctious, inquisitive students isn’t your bailiwick, then read Naomi Wolf’s latest post on Huffington Post and the Powell’s Book Blog for more perspective, citing extensively from some of the arguments she’s articulated in her new book End of America. Let’s hope Naomi and that other true modern patriot, Stephen Colbert, take on this issue as only these two could when they square off on The Colbert Report tomorrow night.


Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..