By Elizabeth HendersonI heard last night the sad news that Howard Zinn had died. I guess we should be grateful that he died quickly and was spared a long slow illness. Here is my contribution to our great celebration of his life. When I landed my first full-time teaching job at Boston University in 1975, […]Read More..
In this interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, author and editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting Mark Schapiro explains Cap-and-Trade legislation: its drawbacks, its benefits; and what it means for the future of the planet. From Fresh Air with Terry Gross (transcript by NPR): Mr. MARK SCHAPIRO (Journalist): So the basic idea behind […]Read More..
Chelsea Green is going to be interviewing one of our new authors this Sunday, and we want you to be a part of it. The price of college tuition has increased more than any other major good or service for the last twenty years. Nine out of ten American high school seniors aspire to go […]Read More..
It’s easy to get cynical and discouraged by the Supreme Court ruling that: IF corporations = people THEN the Bill of Rights must apply to corporations, AND IF money = speech (???) THEN restricting corporate “soft” money in politics restricts the First Amendment rights of an individual (an individual who can’t be tried for a […]Read More..
The following is an excerpt from The People v. Bush: One Lawyer’s Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the National Grassroots Movement She Encounters Along the Way by Charlotte Dennett. It has been adapted for the Web.I began my press conference with a simple announcement: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. My name is […]Read More..
By Kevin EllisKimbell Sherman Ellis, LLPIt’s always great when an event throws the usual (and boring) left vs. right equation off its moorings. Such is this week’s Supreme Court 5-4 decision in which the court said the government cannot restrict the ability of corporations and unions to spend money on elections. I have lots of […]Read More..
One hundred percent fully automated robotic milking machines? Have we entered utopia? In a word: no. In three words: no, God, no. Gene Logsdon explains why these robot pals may not be all they’re cracked up to be in this post from The Contrary Farmer blog. I’ve milked heaven knows how many cows over nearly […]Read More..
By David E. GumpertFrom his blog, The Complete PatientPhoto: Michael Schmidt meets with the media before entering a Newmarket courthouse. In a decision that took Ontario Judge Paul Kowarsky two-and-a-half hours to read, and sounded much of the time like a thoroughly researched legal treatise, raw dairy farmer Michael Schmidt was exonerated on 19 counts […]Read More..
“Imagine the most sincerely encouraging, feel-good movie you’ve ever seen. Then imagine the 180-degree opposite — the most sincerely helpless-making, devastating movie you could ever see. Then imagine not being able to look away.”—S.T. VanAirsdale, Movie Line. In this interview with Movie Line, director Chris Smith talks about the making of his terrifying, darkly hypnotic […]Read More..
Sure, passenger rail in the US is in a sorry state, says James McCommons (Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service). But there’s hope for the future thanks to the $8 billion in stimulus funds set aside for rail travel (not to mention the recurring billion dollars a year) and a […]Read More..