Behold the classic domestic duos of the past: Ricki and Lucy. Ozzie and Harriet. Bennifer. Tom and Jerry. Bush and Cheney. And most important of all, not to mention the most seriously detrimental to human society—um, make that second most serious—the washer and the dryer.Readers may doubt the importance of separating the latter, but a […]Read More..
The Swiftboating of healthcare reform has officially begun. Or rather, it will have officially begun with the airing of a 30-minute dis-infomercial compiling patients’ “horror stories,” funded by disgraced former hospital CEO Rick Scott. This Sunday, the front group Conservatives for Patients’ Rights will be airing a 30-minute documentary with “horror stories” aimed at chipping […]Read More..
When I was a kid, they called me Yeasty Baby, because I loved bread. Now they call me Masonry Momma, because I learned how to make it myself, in one weekend flat. There are still millions of people in the world who haven’t gone gluten-free. Bread, besides being the body of Christ and whatnot, is […]Read More..
The opponents of healthcare reform are already lining up, swiftboating, backing off on their promises, and mounting a heavily-funded and totally dishonest campaign to kill any chance of a public option. They’ve got Rick Scott. They’ve got the insurance companies. They’ve got their Limbaughs and their Becks and their Hannitys. But we’re not going to […]Read More..
The Masters of the Universe on Wall Street treated the American economy like their own personal casino. And when they lost it all, they leaned on the American people like a gambling addict leaning on his soft-hearted kid brother—because face it, Johnny, “if the Mob breaks my fingers it’ll bust our poor old Ma’s heart.” […]Read More..
CNN reports the Global Humanitarian Forum, led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, has released the first comprehensive report into the human cost of climate change. A 0.74° Celsius rise in world temperatures has had devastating, heartbreaking effects. A 2° rise, which now seems inevitable, will cause unthinkable misery. Primarily—and disproportionately—affected are those living in […]Read More..
Francesca Rheannon of Writer’s Voice talks to Toby Hemenway, author of the new classic Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, in the first part of this podcast on Sustainable Gardening. When you think about natural, sustainable gardening, says Toby, “organic” is really just the starting point. What a permaculture gardener is really trying to […]Read More..
Healthcare reform means not only health insurance for every American (although it certainly means that), and it doesn’t only mean providing a single-payer, public option (although it absolutely means that)—it also means getting the soaring costs of American healthcare under control. Health care in the U.S. is the most expensive in the world. Are we […]Read More..
A little over a month ago, the Washington Post ran a piece on Peter Barnes, author of Climate Solutions: A Citizens Guide and Capitalism 3.0, that we somehow missed. But it was a good one, in light of the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation before Congress. Now that the bill’s been weakened to the point where […]Read More..
What I love about Les Leopold‘s new book, The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions, and Prosperity—And What We Can Do About It, is Les’s ability to take the most complex financial concepts—concepts that impact the real economy, that impact you and me—and make them perfectly lucid […]Read More..