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Ben Stewart on Copenhagenfeatured

Between all the demands of life and my stilted attempts to keep up with the news, the climate talks at Copenhagen seemed to slip by with only minimal attention. I knew that the parties had failed to achieve any real progress, but my life kept on rolling by with only a little disappointment that once Read more

Beware the Seven Sharks!featured

The financial sector is a mess, but this is only a symptom of a larger set of problems. It’s been awhile since I posted anything, but the craziness of the past few days and months has motivated me to write. The walls are coming down around our ears and it’s nearly impossible for an average Read more

Mislead and Obscurefeatured

A friend sent me a link to the article “The Least Convenient Truth” posted on Whiskey and Gunpowder by Jim Amrhein. It’s interesting to read his take on global warming and his misguided proposal about what to do about it. If it’s not already clear, let me state for the record that I definitely disagree Read more

Coal Power Plants = Mercury Poisoning for Kidsfeatured

If you’re like me you’ve caught some of warnings in the news about being careful not to eat too much fish because of high mercury levels. If you track them back, you would find that in March 2004, the FDA and EPA issued a joint warning to pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, and Read more

Armed Madhousefeatured

Greg Palast the BBC’s top investigative reporter has just published a new book entitled “Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf? China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ’08, No Child’s Behind Left, & Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War.” The book links a broad array of information ranging from Read more

Daryl Hannah in a Treefeatured

Check out Daryl Hannah’s video blog to see why she has been tree sitting for the last two weeks in the middle of South Central Los Angeles. I definitely appreciate what she is doing to save this small urban farm in LA that currently feeds 350 low-income families. It’s a unique concept that is being Read more

Change Doesn’t Come Easyfeatured

The documentary An Inconvenient Truth offers the most articulate and disconcerting depiction of climate change I’ve ever seen, but I doubt it will make a difference. Americans are busy with work, families, television, shopping and hobbies. Our culture encourages us to have a full life, yet we long for more free time. In contrast, consider Read more