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An inspired idea for impeachment: buy it

A fellow Chelsea Greener has emailed me the following flash of genius.
In honor of the JP Morgan/Bear Stearns bailout I suggest that we couch impeachment in similar terms; since money is the true master of the United States Congress this proposal has as good a chance of succeeding as anything currently on or off the table. We the people of the United States of America, recognizing the bankruptcy of the current administration of Bush Cheney, authorize payment in an amount not to exceed $30 billion dollars from the United States Treasury via The Federal Reserve, to be provided to the members of the United States Congress, in order to induce Congress to assume the liabilities and assets of Bush Cheney and remove Bush Cheney from the White House, effective immediately.
To which I replied
You might be giving them too much money, though. What always shocks me is just how damn cheap the politicos are. It seems that you can buy the vote of a Senator for a mere $5,000 to their reelection campaign. It’s like the world’s super power is run by a bunch of crack whores. (No disrespect intended to crack whores, who, Lord knows, make a more honest living than half of Congress.) This all also reminds me of something I heard about the Vietnam War—that for all the money the US spent (in direct expenditures, mind you, not including any of the interest on debt stuff) we could have had an in-ground swimming pool built for every Vietnamese family. For the blog I should probably do a similar calculation for Iraq.* If we’d promised a cash payment to every man, woman, and child in Iraq of, say, $5,000 once Hussein was overthrown and five years of functioning democracy had taken place (with maybe $1,000 paid upon the overthrow), don’t you think we’d be sitting pretty?
* Stay tuned. [UPDATE: tune in here.]

We are Farmily: Everyday Life on Sole Food Street Farm

Food is the medium. The message is nourishment in its most elemental and spiritual form.That’s how author Michael Ableman sees the role of Sole Food Street Farm and the food it sells to markets, restaurants, and individuals.In the following excerpt from his new book, Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier, […] Read More

Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich?To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that you […] Read More

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No longer restricted to the elite segments of society, the farm-to-table movement now reaches a wide spectrum of Americans from hospital and office cafeterias to elementary schools and fast-casual restaurants.Nearly a century ago, the idea of “local food” would have seemed perplexing, since virtually all food was local. Today, most of the food consumed in […] Read More

The Three Cs of Farm-to-School

Most people know about the three “R’s” – reading, writing, and arithmetic. But, have you heard about the three “C’s”?If you, or your kid, is at a school that takes part in the Farm-to-School movement, then you may already know about them.October is National Farm-to-School month, and in their book Farm to Table, authors Darryl […] Read More

Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way?Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s […] Read More
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