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Six Minutes to Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking a lesson from the infamous Doomsday Clock (you know, the one that predicts global annihilation? Proving it’s not only Christians who can predict the arrival of the Rapture) with its new Surveillance Clock. Here it is: The clock is designed to show that we are currently six minutes from midnight, the time when we become a truly complete surveillance society. Although, given the most recent taser incident and watching as dozens of students and Sen. John Kerry idly stood by, it’s easy enough to argue it’s well past midnight, and we’re just hitting the snooze alarm around 7 AM (past midnight). In any event, for those keeping track, here’s another web widget to keep you reminded of just what kind of regime we’re living under and who is complicit. It’s a nice addition to the Bush Countdown clock, the Cost of the Iraq War ticker, and the Iraq War dead tallies that just keep rising. And, if tasering rambunctious, inquisitive students isn’t your bailiwick, then read Naomi Wolf’s latest post on Huffington Post and the Powell’s Book Blog for more perspective, citing extensively from some of the arguments she’s articulated in her new book End of America. Let’s hope Naomi and that other true modern patriot, Stephen Colbert, take on this issue as only these two could when they square off on The Colbert Report tomorrow night.


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When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How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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