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Food Glorious Food

Michael Pollan is our second favorite writer on food. (Hey, we’re Chelsea Green after all. Our own writers are all tied for first.) Ezra Klein also likes Michael Pollan, and Pollan’s recent NYT Magazine article got Ezra thinking (and blogging) about food issues. And then readers of Ezra’s blog got to commenting. And that lead […]

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Corrupted taxes, hidden taxes, and the chicken boom

The US Department of Agriculture has a projected fiscal-year 2009 budget of $95 billion, out of which $1.1 billion is intended for “food safety” programs. The current US population is 305 million. That makes for an average (which really isn’t a good measure for this kind of thing, but is the handy one) of $311 […]

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Call for entries: great stacks of firewood

Firewood is back in style, as the cost of heating with oil, propane, and natural gas has been rising for several years. Those who are curious about alternatives to the traditional fossil-fueled boiler should check out Greg Pahl’s Natural Home Heating or David Lyle’s classic Book of Masonry Stoves. The Hrens’ Carbon-Free Home also has […]

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Why nationalize the banks?

Ezra Klein, with the assistance of some blockquoting, explains why the (temporary) nationalization of banks accomplishes more than just loaning/injecting money into them, even for the same overall amount of public money being spent. Doing so is the only way of cutting the “Gordian knot” of distrust between the banks. (Though, if you read the […]

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Right war, wrong battle

The problem with the Bush/Paulson bailout plan is not—I repeat, NOT—the paychecks that financial corporation CEOs receive. Ezra Klein noted this yesterday as well. (With follow up today.) The NYT is now reporting that “Paulson Gives Way on CEO Pay.” Sure, it’d be frosting on the cake to have rescued corporations impose caps on their […]

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Financial bailout lowdown

Ezra Klein at The American Prospect blog offers some good summaries of the problems with the Bush/Paulson bailout plan, and links to more necessary analysis. This, unfortunately, is the sort of thing that tends to be a done deal (and Klein’s post on Senator Dodd suggests just that), but on the off chance that understanding […]

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The Wall Street bailout, LIHEAP, and Amartya Sen

Lying in bed this morning listening to the national and local news: central banks around the world are shoveling hundreds of billions of dollars as fast as they can at the various financial corporations tottering on the brink of catastrophe; and meanwhile, in little ole Vermont, our Congressional delegation is working hard to get a […]

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The size of illegal tax shelters vs. taxes and wages paid

One of the most shocking tidbits in Robert Kuttner’s new Obama’s Challenge has to do with where Obama could come up with the money to pay for the programs Kuttner recommends. Nearly half the money Obama would need—at least $300 billion—could come from having the IRS crack down on illegal “tax shelters” that are used […]

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The cost of a barrel of oil relative to workers’ wages

[Thanks to eagle-eyes of a friendly reader, numbers below regarding the equivalent number of years of labor have been corrected. –JTE (4/30/09)] So yesterday I noted Rob Hopkins’ trivia that a liter of oil (if I guess correctly the volume of the bottle he holds in the video) contains the same amount of energy as […]

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Burn Calories, Not Fossil Fuel

A recent article in the local paper profiled an elementary school teacher who had biked across the continent this summer, and was proselytizing about bikes to his students now that school is back in session. His motto is “burn calories, not oil,” which I’ve borrowed for this post. Thanks, teach! Meanwhile, I’ve learned today that […]

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