Much has been said and written about Ted Kennedy and his 46 year career in the US Senate. Many moving, emotionally stirring speeches have been made to honor this great man. But perhaps the most meaningful tribute would be to pass the health care bill created by his HELP committee—one that isn’t watered down in […]Read More..
What would you do if the energy grid failed tomorrow, shutting down all the things we take for granted? Perhaps that fancy iPhone could do some good converted into some kind of, I don’t know, garden trowel? …but I kind of doubt it. Matthew Stein spoke to the Holistic Survival Guide’s Jason Hartman about what […]Read More..
We must be doing something right, I guess. You know how we hate to toot our own horn. I mean, sure, we’ve become something of a social media sustainability juggernaut, blazing a trail across the blogosphere (and the Twitterverse, and the Facebook…um, galaxy) with nothing but a staff of three dedicated team members, a couple […]Read More..
Scientists are finding that a number of factors are to blame for Colony Collapse Disorder, the affliction that’s been wiping out bees in the US and Europe. Unsurprisingly, industrial agriculture practices are a big culprit. The big smoking gun is the residue of multiple pesticides, which build up inside a honeycomb over time, as well […]Read More..
Howard Dean spoke with Rep. James Moran (D-VA) at a health care town hall in Reston, VA, and C-Span’s cameras were there to capture it.Thousands of people descended on the town hall—protestors from both sides of the debate (those who want to fix health care, and those who don’t). Many of the protestors got loud […]Read More..
Howard Dean sent a reminiscence to Talking Points Memo earlier this week on the occasion of Senator Ted Kennedy’s Death. In it, he recalls the late Senator’s charm and grace, and his ability to win people over—even political enemies. We will miss Senator Ted Kennedy as a nation, and I will miss him as a […]Read More..
There’s another big problem with American health care, and it’s not the reform legislation that’s been grabbing all the headlines lately. Hospital-borne infections (that’s infections that patients pick up at the hospital) kill more people every year than automobile accidents. Few people are aware of the breadth of the problem, and even fewer are lobbying […]Read More..
In study after study, the causal relationship between cigarette smoking and lung cancer has been firmly established. Less so with marijuana. Smoking marijuana does damage cells in the lungs and airways—however, the damaged cells die rather than reproduce. They fail to become malignant. In a 2005 study at UCLA, Professor Donald Tashkin’s research actually suggested […]Read More..
The Fed was asleep at the wheel as our country skidded off the highway and into the trough that’s come to be known as the Great Recession. The government—meaning the George W. Bush administration as well as the current one—then rewarded the huge corporations whose financial schemes and gambling got us into this mess in […]Read More..
There’s a conference in Maine aimed at tackling the economics of local food. It’s more expensive than the cheap eats trucked in from Califronia, for one thing. But according to Mainer Eliot Coleman, farmer and author of The New Organic Grower, Four-Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook, local food is more expensive because it’s […]Read More..