Archive for November, 2005

Slow Money

Friday, November 4th, 2005

We talk a lot about Slow Food at Chelsea Green, and the general concensus seems to be that slower is better. So when Woody Tasch, CEO of Investor’s Circle and chairman of the Chelsea Green board, sat down for an interview on today’s Beyond Organic radio program and brought up “Slow Money,” we were interested. Here’s what host Jerry Kay wrote: “When venture capitalist Woody Tasch talks about ‘pushing money down the food chain,’ he’s talking about patient support for small scale food companies working at the leading edge of green business. He describes it as ‘slow money,’ a philosophy aimed at influencing how we invest over the long term for community, sustainability and social responsibility…you can listen to a podcast of the show here

Green Business, Green Marketplace

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

At the recent Bioneers conference, Margo met the entrepreneurs behind Alonovo, a new online shopping center for green living–billed as “the Intelligent Marketplace.” This morning I read that Consumer Reports has lauched its own green marketplace, Just in time for Coop America’s Green Business Conference (where, by the way, John Abrams will be giving the Keynote address this week), shopping seems to be increasingly easy for people who want to buy green. In an ideal world, maybe Consumer Reports would simply incorporate environmental standards into its traditional ranking criteria, but, in the meantime, why not make it easy for green consumers to meet green businesses?


Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Below is a piece by Aldo Vidali, the director who is doing a film based on the ideas in George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant. The Fellini-style film now in production—DEFLATING THE ELEPHANT: The Art and Science of Framing—will show people how to deflate rogue elephants. In this post Vidali deflates a few of the elephant frames behind which George Bush is hiding.


By Aldo Vidali
October 31, 2005

The current White House troubles are evidence of a cosmic law: The truth shall be revealed.

Many who followed the heroic stand of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier, in Crawford, Texas’ Lone Star Iconoclast may have noticed that the question Cindy repeatedly asked was one too embarrassing for W to answer: “What is the noble cause for which our soldiers are dying?” Conniving George couldn’t answer because his “noble cause” metaphor is an outrageously false frame coined to cover the ugliest of facts (which are the exact opposite of anything noble): the “cause” George paints as “noble” is a series of vile, premeditated international crimes, the worst being an illegal armed aggression against another nation.

The 1945 Nuremberg Charter is clear: “To initiate a war of aggression…is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” At the Nuremberg trial of the Nazi leadership, counts one and two, “conspiracy to wage aggressive war” and “waging aggressive war,” refer to “the common plan or conspiracy.” These are defined in the indictment as “the planning, preparation, initiation and waging of wars of aggression, which were also wars in violation of international treaties, agreements and assurances.”

A wealth of evidence is now available that George Bush, Tony Blair, and their advisers did just that. Nazi leaders were sentenced to death and hung for their crimes. Under U.S. law the penalty for the same crimes is capital punishment. In the near future when the American people realize fully what has been done to them and their country and understand the irreparable damage they and their children have suffered at the hands of greedy, treasonous murderers, we will witness another war crimes trial.

Embracing Dissent

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Our intrepid web developers are involved in some amazing new projects. Check out their new blog, Embracing Dissent: Social Change and Technology. The Eggplant Active Media workers’ collective was also recently featured on San Francisco-based Enemy Combatant Radio, on their biweekly show called In the Meantime. The show was an hour-long interview, focusing on cooperatives and capitalism, as well as Eggplant’s use of open-source software to facilitate social change. You can listend to the show from Odeo.

EPA Proposes Reducing Information on Toxics Release

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

“The EPA has proposed significant reductions in the amount of information that will be collected and made available under the Toxic Release Inventory.” According to a release posted by the Right To Know Network, the propsal includes:

Eliminating every other year of TRI data by switching from annual reporting to biennial;

Allowing companies to pollute ten times as much (raising thresholds from 500 to 5,000 lbs.) before requiring them to report the details on the quantity and media;

Permitting facilities to withhold details on low-level production of persistent bioacculuative toxins (PBTs).

Without the annual release of the Toxics Release Inventory, public knowledge will be substantially reduced and heroes like Diane Wilson will be not be able to access the data that sustains their cause. No one has shown us the importance of that paperwork more than Diane. To become involved in protecting the annual TRI, and the public’s right to know what is in their air, groundwater, and environment, you can send comments to the EPA, or call your senator.

Vermont Senator James Jeffords was quoted in this morning’s Bush Greenwatch saying, “This proposal would deny communities up-to-date information about local toxic releases, reduce incentives to minimize the generation of toxic waste and undermine the ability of public health agencies and researchers to identify important trends.” Bush Greenwatch noted, and I’m sure Diane would agree, that the TRI program has been a widely used measurement for protecting public health and the environment. Tell your senator that you want it to stay!

Deep Cover

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Diane Wilson dressed up as Chelsea Green publicity director Alice Blackmer last night for Halloween. Alice dressed as Diane. Who’s the real Diane Wilson? They’ll never tell!

Ripping Up Aspahlt and Planting Gardens

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

In a recent article in Raising the Hammer, Derrick Jensen explained why he doesn’t see declining oil extraction as a problem. “I see it as a wonderful and necessary thing I wish would have happened a long time ago…”

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