Cap-and-trade was the free market mechanism that was going to save the planet. Forgive me for being skeptical, but the terms “free market” and “save the planet” rarely fit together comfortably. One of the biggest issues, as Mark Schapiro of the Center for Investigative Reporting explains in his piece in Harper’s this month, is regulation. […]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.Everyone cheered. That’s what Bob Kiss remembers most about inauguration day 2009, when he stood in a […]Read More..
Dear Drug Enforcement Administration: If you don’t think marijuana has any beneficial medical applications, why not let researchers prove it? Could it be that you’re afraid of what they’ll say? From NYTimes.com: Lyle E. Craker, a professor of plant sciences at the University of Massachusetts, has been trying to get permission from federal authorities for […]Read More..
Here’s a shocker: “The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews” (the Washington Post). I guess I must be one of the thousands suffering from […]Read More..
Artisan cheese blogger (yes, that’s a real thing, praise Cheesus) and freelance writer Jeanne Carpenter is tired of snobby cheese books, with their froufrou pretentiousness and rarefied pronouncements from on high about “bouquets” and “terroir”. How about a cheese book for people who aren’t as into the cool cache of top-dollar fromage as much as […]Read More..
“If we do not hold the people in high places accountable for the crimes that they committed in office, the crimes will be continued in the future,”—Vermont Attorney Charlotte Dennett Dennett, author of The People v. Bush: One Lawyer’s Campaign to Bring the President to Justice and the National Grassroots Movement She Encounters Along the […]Read More..
Collapse, the Chris Smith-helmed documentary starring America’s favorite doomsayer, Michael Ruppert, made it onto this week’s Time magazine “Short List of Things To Do”—their “guide to what you should see and what you should skip.” Recall the pain of $4-a-gallon gas? Try $100,000. Anxiety chronicler Michael Ruppert sees the day when oil runs dry and […]Read More..
For those of us still seeking accountability for the crimes of the Bush administration and the despicable behavior of the Department of Justice under George W. Bush, the fires of outrage aren’t out yet. As squeamish as politicians seem to be about prosecuting crimes that happened in the past (as opposed to…?), there is a […]Read More..
An intriguing experiment in community-oriented higher education is coming to Sandpoint, Idaho: it’s called the Communiversity. It’s not a college. It’s a cross-generational, interdisciplinary learning center. From the Bonner County Daily Bee: SANDPOINT — No one is using qualifying phrases like “instead of” or “apart from.” To the contrary, members of the local business, education […]Read More..
Local? Yes. Delicacy? Well… depends on where you’re standing, really. Gene Logsdon takes an irreverent look at the other side of local foods—or loco foods—in his latest post on The Contrary Farmer. Pull up a seat and dig in. Out here in the flatland corn forests of the Midwest, we boast that we have the […]Read More..