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Right sees red over “green” correspondent—Simran Sethi on NBC

I always love a good laugh in the morning, and the comments section, and the overall post, of Mark Finkelstein on his blog Newsbusters (exposing and combating liberal media bias – now there’s a laugh right there) is well worth the read. He, and his fellow travelers, bash those amongst us who have the temerity to believe that, yes, the world is warming, and yes, we have something to do with it, and about it. In particular, they railed against NBC and its seven-day effort to go green called, oddly enough, GREEN WEEK. Wow, the writer’s strike must have hit early at Rockefeller Plaza. They’ve turned over a microphone to Simran Sethi, author with Elizabeth Henderson of Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, a book that shows how businesses can do right for their workers, the enviornment, and the bottom line, and a former host of TreeHuggerTV. Finkelstein seemed to take pleasure in noting that Simran mentioned that it might behoove people who care about green issues to, well, vote those interests and hold politicians accountable. Egad! You mean the media arguing that people actually play their role in this democracy—reminding them they have a role to play? (We are still in a democracy, right?) Simran’s bio, according to Finkelstein, is textbook example of a left-wing activist. Examples of this left-wing activism? She reports on issues of “social justice,” had a show on PBS (Ethical Markets), hosts a regular enviro podcast on TreeHugger.com (now owned by The Discovery Channel), hosted a forum with Al Gore on MSN.com, and has an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Smith College. Hmm … sounds like to me they fear a smart, articulate, and accomplished woman who just might be able to poke holes in their Flat Earth Society junk science that they keep pushing through “skeptical” environmentalists and failed economic models that leave disaster in its wake.


Recipe: How to Make the Perfect Pancake

When most people think pancakes, they think breakfast. But for Amy Halloran, breakfast is only the start. Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket, is a self-described pancake connoisseur. From a young age, she was entranced by the magic of bubbly batter rising to fluffy cakes on the griddle. Over time, her love of pancakes […] Read More..

Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..