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December 2007

Got the post-holiday blues? The doctor is in …

Just when you think the consumer culture of the United States in all its pornographic proportions has us all down and out thanks to the “buy now” holiday mentality, the good doctor offers some sage advice on how to find your way in this wacky world. I’m speaking of Dr. Bruce E. Levine, the author […]

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Naomi Wolf’s most favorite mistake?

In a new interview on Huffington Post with Seema Kalia (her biweekly post called “My Favorite Mistake”), New York Times bestselling author Naomi Wolf (The End of America) reveals that her most favorite mistake was working on Al Gore’s 2000 presidential bid as a paid consultant, rather than an unpaid volunteer. This left her unable […]

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Top ten “green” colleges

For those high school juniors and seniors looking for a place to expand their minds, there is a new list of “green” colleges out, and thankfully one of them was from our home state of Vermont—Middlebury College. Middlebury College students, and some key professors like Bill McKibben (ever heard of him?), launched a little program […]

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Do the issues matter in choosing a candidate? Some web tools for the lazy voter who cares about issues.

Democracy might be the best of a bad set of governing systems, to paraphrase Churchill; it’s also time consuming. Sometimes the siren song of being a sheep is strong. If you are interested in how the candidates stack up on the issues, and not only on your gut feeling about amorphous aspects of their potential […]

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Solar power too cheap to meter? Well, not quite, but we can dream!

Our friends at Le Kos du Jour have put this one on our radar screen: a newish solar panel company is currently producing panels that have an installed cost-per-watt of electricity the same as from building a new coal-powered facility. Daily Kos‘s source of the New York Times reports that Nanosolar’s founder and chief executive, […]

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Ralph Nader taps The Man Who Hated Work as top holiday book

The man many people would like to see run for president — again — just released his holiday reading list, and The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor—Les Leopold’s biography of Tony Mazzocchi, a true unsung hero of the modern labor movement—is number two on the list. And, he tells us why. Nader released […]

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is NOT working

Chelsea Green author Cholene Espinoza (Through the Eye of the Storm, 2006) will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday (December 16th) as a key figure in the program’s lead story (reported by Lesley Stahl) on the military’s policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Espinoza, who is part of The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a group of […]

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Worry, Be Happy this Holiday Season

From the ever-helpful consumer education department here at Chelsea Green (and Exposed author Mark Schapiro) comes ToxicHoliday.com, a site devoted to informing shoppers about what lurks inside the products they buy. The site is currently geared toward items many folks will buy this holiday shopping season to give as gifts, and provides links to organizations […]

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You can call him Al

Driving in to work this morning and my favorite morning news station, a locally-owned operation here in Vermont (WDEV-FM out of Waterbury) pre-empted their regular programming to go live to Oslo, Norway for former Vice Pres. Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. In the day and age when radio formats seem as formulaic and […]

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That old demon alcohol

Recently, The New York Times wrote up a piece on the growth of micro distillers, Farmyard Stills Quench a Thirst for Local Spirits. We couldn’t help but be reminded of Gene “The Contrary Farmer” Logsdon’s book Good Spirits. Maybe it’s time to revive that book. The Times article points out: “On the heels of the […]

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