Diane Wilson: A Shrimper on Katrina

September 13, 2005

“This ain’t a Forrest Gump film about a shrimper getting rich after a hurricane. This is about shrimpers and their industry sinking. From Mississippi, to Alabama to the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the shrimping industry is sunk (or sinking) and this time it doesn’t need any help from rising fuel prices or imported shrimp driving down…

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triage

September 9, 2005

The direct human impact of hurricane Katrina is not yet over, but this morning Rebecca Claren posted an article on Salon about the layers of environmental damage that demand attention. But where do we turn first? For starters, there are the waterborne bacteria from human and organic waste that have already caused four deaths in…

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a failure of moral and political philosophy

September 7, 2005

George Lakoff’s post on AlterNet this morning called the disaster in New Orleans a “failure of moral and political philosophy,” explaining more gently what Paul Craig Roberts on Counterpunch called failure on every front. Lakoff’s first analysis of the destruction from Katrina outlines how the strict father principles behind the Bush Administration allow them to…

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“Breakdown in reponse” gives Bush too much credit

September 7, 2005

As nearly everyone acknowledges there has been a serious “breakdown” in government response to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. If you are like me, you have been reading several different blogs, listening to NPR, and gleaning all you can from various other media sources. I am angry and sickened by the total disregard the administration…

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Deflating the Elephant

September 2, 2005

The Lone Start Iconoclast reported this week that Italian documentary filmmaker Aldo Vidali is planning a movie based on George Lakoff and Don’t Think of an Elephant!. Besides being our first foray into serious filmmaking (albeit from the sidelines), the project will be an exciting way to raise the profile of framing before the 2006…

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nature vs the man

September 2, 2005

With the end of summer closing in, gas and oil prices at an all-time high, and storms ravaging the country, things are looking pretty bleak for the man in the now-familiar man versus nature scenario. Fortunately, that scenario is a hoax. Why is it that every time a natural disaster strikes, the mainstream media insists…

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bio-fueled coffee

August 31, 2005

It’s finally here–the world’s first biodiesel-run coffee roaster–right here in our own backyard! We first heard about this project at the beginning of the year, when we were looking to release Greg Pahl’s Biodiesel book. I’ve got to admit, I kind of had doubts about whether the roaster would ever come to be….but Vermont Coffee…

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Smells like Social Responsibility

August 25, 2005

Business Ethics honored John Abrams’ South Mountain Company this week with the magazine’s 17th Annual Employee Ownership Award. John, recent author of The Company We Keep, is delighted (as he should be). After hearing that SoMoCo won this year’s award, I checked out the Business Ethics site and learned that our neighbors to the North,…

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Cindy Sheehan Gives Me Hope

August 15, 2005

Enduring fire ants and attacks from pro-Bush media and pundits who are fighting as though they have been cornered, Cindy Sheehan presses on for a second week at Bush’s Crawford ranch. She is one of the few who is brave enough to tell the truth and demand the truth from an administration that has repeatedly…

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Meet Chelsea Green, Part 4: Megabytes, Graphics and Fulfillment

August 12, 2005

For Boyd Hayes – Dartmouth College grad with an English major, then 20 years working in sleep laboratories at Dartmouth, Stanford and Harvard – it was a long and winding (and unlikely) road to his station as Chelsea Green’s director of information technology. You know – the guy who understands all that stuff about servers…

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