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October 2009

Gene Logsdon: Is Farming Supposed to Make Money?

Gene Logsdon farms in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, and is one of the clearest and most original voices of rural America. In fact, Wendell Berry calls him “the most experienced and best observer of agriculture we have.” And according to Logsdon, it just may be that farming isn’t supposed to be about money. From his blog, […]

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Naomi Wolf: “Friending” Binyam Mohamed

Naomi Wolf‘s ongoing investigation into torture abuses perpetrated by US military personnel against detainees continues. She had the opportunity to speak directly to one of these former detainees, Binyam Mohamed, whose alleged treatment was shocking and shameful. From The Huffington Post: For four years now, I have been following the fates of the hundreds of […]

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WATCH: The Author Speaks: Mat Stein Interviewed by Project Camelot

I would love to see Mat Stein in a reality show where he’s plunked down in the middle of the Amazon rainforest with nothing but a butterfly knife and the clothes on his back. When-Technology-Fails Man (WTF Man for short). In this video interview, Mat Stein talks about how he became the go-to guy for […]

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WATCH: The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder Now a Movie

George W. Bush took this country to war in Iraq under false pretenses. Thousands of people have died as a result: American armed forces, Iraqis, aid workers, and others. After reading Vincent Bugliosi’s The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, journalist-turned-lawyer Charlotte Dennett was moved to act. She ran for State Attorney General of […]

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Why the Drug Czar Is Right about Marijuana “Legalization”

by Steve Fox From the Chelsea Green community blog. At the end of last week, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske issued a public statement firmly declaring, “Marijuana legalization, for any purpose, remains a non-starter in the Obama Administration.” Earlier this year, he confessed to a certain lack of verbal acuity by admitting that the word “legalization” […]

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Meet the Nearings: The Models for ‘Back to the Land’

An article written about Helen and Scott Nearing from 1971 is still one of Mother Earth News’ most popular Nature and Community pieces. That’s almost 40 years of sustainable newsworthiness! Do you want to know who these folks are and how they relate to the homesteading and small-scale farming movement? Read on. They’re the behind-the-scenes […]

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Tools of Disconnection: A Review of Time’s Up!

Why is humanity intent on pulling the plug on our life support machine? Is it because we’re too busy? Busy being consumers, customers, and spectators? Too busy to put the brakes on a destructive, unsustainable way of life? What’s holding us back? And what can we do about it? Keith Farnish, author of Time’s Up! […]

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Marijuana’s Steve Fox on FDL Book Salon

Why is marijuana illegal while alcohol, which many argue is a more dangerous substance, remains legal? That’s the gist of the question Steve Fox, co-author of Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? attempted to answer during a recent appearance on FireDogLake’s book salon. Short answer: times are changing, attitudes are […]

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Your night table will never look the same after this…

Ever looked at your bedside table and thought–what can I rest on there? What can I read before bed that won’t give me nightmares, but may potentially arouse my intellect, twang on my heartstrings, or initiate some kind of pillow talk with my loved one that isn’t about who dropped a kleenex in the laundry […]

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Humanure: Shit Happens

Let’s talk about poo. In this article from Culture Change, author Keith Farnish (Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis) takes a look at the history of human excrement, its disposal and its use in agriculture, and finds that one man’s dung is another man’s night soil. Where will you go when the […]

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