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Do the issues matter in choosing a candidate? Some web tools for the lazy voter who cares about issues.

Democracy might be the best of a bad set of governing systems, to paraphrase Churchill; it’s also time consuming. Sometimes the siren song of being a sheep is strong. If you are interested in how the candidates stack up on the issues, and not only on your gut feeling about amorphous aspects of their potential presidential prowess, here are a bunch of online survey tools that ask you what you think of a few issues and then match your answers to the candidates’ supposed stances and rank the candidates according to how well they suit you. They’re all far from ideal, and the options they give for answering the issue questions are limited and limiting. Still, taken together they’re mildly fun and mildly informative, and definitely better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. If you actually want to know more about the candidates and how they stand, spend just a little bit of your time over at Project Vote Smart. That’s a rock solid site.


Why Modern Wheat Is Making Us Sick

Why is modern wheat making us sick?  That’s the question posed by author Eli Rogosa in her new book Restoring Heritage Grains.Wheat is the most widely grown crop on our planet, yet industrial breeders have transformed this ancient staff of life into a commodity of yield and profit—witness the increase in gluten intolerance and ‘wheat […] Read More

A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Michael Ableman’s 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops.That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the making […] Read More

Q&A with Michael Ableman: How Urban Farming Can Improve Society

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood.Street Farm is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More
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