[I]f it quacks like a bank it has to be regulated like a bank…. [F]inancial institutions should be regulated for what they do, not for what they are…. So whether you call yourself a commercial bank or an investment bank or a private equity company or Charlie Brown, if you’re giving credit, you are creating […]Read More..
Every two years, “the Terra Madre Network brings together food communities, cooks, academics and youth delegates for four days to work towards increasing small-scale, traditional, and sustainable food production.” This year, the artisanal food conference was held in Turin, Italy. Tom Philpott, writing for the Gristmill blog, was there to document it. On Day One, […]Read More..
Author George Lakoff recently spoke to Mark Green on the Air America program 7 Days in America about cognitive science, Republican marketing, the voter’s brain, and Barack Obama’s contagious cool. The following is an excerpt from the transcript, originally posted on the Huffington Post: GREEN: Explain to our listeners your analysis of how the brain’s […]Read More..
Michael Pollan is our second favorite writer on food. (Hey, we’re Chelsea Green after all. Our own writers are all tied for first.) Ezra Klein also likes Michael Pollan, and Pollan’s recent NYT Magazine article got Ezra thinking (and blogging) about food issues. And then readers of Ezra’s blog got to commenting. And that lead […]Read More..
Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, contributed this open letter to the next President-Elect advising him on how to deal with the coming food crisis. The modern American industrial food system is so complex that the issue touches on aspects of health care, national security, energy independence, and climate change. The following is an […]Read More..
Matthew Stein, author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, just published this article to The Huffington Post about the failure we’re witnessing of the free markets and trickle-down economics. Here’s an excerpt: Unregulated greed will result in the demise of our planet just as surely as it […]Read More..
Once in a while, we Grasshoppers© will take a few minutes out of our whirlwind day to “chat” about the relevant issues of the day. Here’s one such chat (via Skype): dp How do you feel about opening up federal land for geothermal energy? jte 1. okay so long as it doesn’t entail ruination of […]Read More..
On October 17th, Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, appeared on NBC’s Today Show in an interview with Meredith Vieira. Naomi lays out the ten steps that have been taken toward American fascism (wire-tapping, suspension of habeus corpus, ignoring posse comitatus, etc.) and the threat they […]Read More..
Simran Sethi, co-author of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, appeared on Brave New Foundation’s MeetTheBloggers a few weeks ago and gave a concise argument against the recent political push for more nuclear and “clean coal” power generation. She also explains where our nation’s energy money should go, and why.Read More..
Diane Wilson, author of An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas and Holy Roller: Growing Up in the Church of Knock Down, Drag Out; or, How I Quit Loving a Blue-Eyed Jesus, recently visited Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut where she was interviewed by Finding Our […]Read More..