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January 2010

Nurture Capitalism: Putting the Brakes on Fast Money

Woody Tasch has a radical idea: what if we started taking our money and investing our values rather than chasing Wall Street’s bubbles? What if you decided to invest your money in a mutual fund of small, local, organic farmers, rather than sit back while it goes up a smokestack in China? For many, it’s […]

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Shedding Light on the Secretive Peer Review Process at the NAS

When scientists play politics with important scientific papers, suppressing, delaying, or killing them not because of bad science, but because of a perceived breach in established protocol, that doesn’t exactly advance the cause of science, nor is it in the best interests of the general public. Fortunately, Professor Lynn Margulis helped expose some of these […]

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Save the Planet—Eat More Beef

Methane emissions from cattle account for more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere than transportation. The obvious conclusion to draw here is that, if you’re really concerned with emissions and climate change, you should cut all beef out of your diet. Just cut it right out. Well… yes and no. From Time magazine: So how can […]

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The Easy Way to Beat Plant Diseases in Your Veggie Garden

By R. J. RuppenthalFrom the Community BlogsIt’s time to order your garden seeds for the upcoming season, if you have not already done so. When ordering seed, one of my major considerations is the disease resistance of particular varieties. At a recent book talk, one audience member was surprised when I admitted that I do […]

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Softball at the Financial Crisis Inquiry Hearings

One thing we learned on day one of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Hearings: the heads of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America may not be good at managing risk or avoiding crashes, but they are good at dodging questions and sidestepping responsibility. Les Leopold has been following and blogging about […]

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Does Culinary School Matter?

As a sporadically-working cartoonist, I often wonder whether those tens of thousands of dollars for art college were really worth it. Was there another way? Could I have made my own curriculum, carved out my own path? So it’s nice to know I’m not the only one asking these questions. The economy is rocky, and […]

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Lessons from Avatar and the Myth of Independent Organisms

By Keith FarnishOnce you have explored the range of scales from sub-microscopic (Viruses) to the largest living things on Earth (Trees) the temptation is to look in a bit more detail and wonder if you have missed anything really critical. Quite frankly, I could have written books and books about this stuff, and included such […]

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WATCH AND READ: Les Leopold Live Blogs the Financial Crisis Hearings

The titans of Wall Street, those masters of the universe who nearly wrecked the US economy, are testifying before the House this week. I expect they’ll get a stern talking-to.Les Leopold is live blogging the hearings at In its second panel, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, heard from Kyle Bass, of Hayman Financail Advisors, […]

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Let’s Toss Geithner and Take Our Money Back

By Les Leopold“An arm of the Federal Reserve, then led by now-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, told bailed-out insurance giant AIG to withhold key details from the public about overpayments that put billions of extra tax dollars in the coffers of major Wall Street firms, most notably Goldman Sachs.” Huffington Post Cover-up revelations keep coming about […]

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Not the Last Straw: Straw Bale Homes Come Back in a Big Way

They’re incredibly energy-efficient, fire-resistant, quiet, and have a cozy, organic feel to them. They’re straw bale homes, and though building them fell out of fashion in the 1920s, they’re making a comeback. One of the most appealing aspects of a straw bale home is that the bales themselves are made of a naturally occurring recycled […]

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