August 2009 Blog Posts (11)


What does it mean to truly eat local? Why would we want to eat local in the first place? And if someone was crazy enough to truly want to eat local, How would they go about doing it?


Over the past decade, the local food movement has finally made its way back into the fringes of our culture's mainstream. I use the word back because our short memories neglect to remind us that during the early years of… Continue

Added by Matthew Domingo on August 31, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Uh, yeah, it looks like we do...

...have to argue this one. I don't think the argument's a rational one, because anyone capable of a moment's thought would agree that the manufacture and distribution of shopping bags is probably not one of the places we want to allocate petroleum and other valuable energy sources, not when reusable bags are virtually as… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on August 30, 2009 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Do we really have to fight about THIS one?

If we can agree that as a society and economy we have to reduce our resource consumption, with wiser oil use and reduced greenhouse emissions at the top of the list (and, what, 75%, 90%, 95% of us can?) we're naturally going to look first for the most painless ways to cut down, right? Seems to me some minor adjustment of the container we use to bring stuff home from the… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on August 30, 2009 at 9:31pm — No Comments

What We Touch

What we touch, touches us...

When we touch anger, anger has touched us.

Touch fear, fear has touched us.

Enter into fighting and crusading

That too will touch us.

When we touch the highest, brightest and most holy.

Then that will touch as well.

It not the words.

it is the energy behind the words.

It is not the action.

It is the energy and intent behind the action.

It is helpful to be mindful and aware of… Continue

Added by Tony Chester on August 29, 2009 at 3:49am — 1 Comment

On the Delicate Subject of Community Banking | Economic Reporting

By John David Van Hove

Author's Note: This is in response to Dr. Lenny Thyme, an ARC member who asked about the possibility of setting up a banking system locally to hedge against the collapsing economy. Here's my cogent and frank response.


We have the latitude and the power to create our own bank if we wanted to, but not the will my friend. The proverbial economy is going to… Continue

Added by Johnny Light on August 26, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

One more time

...on these jaw-dropping Town Halls on health care. There's a pretty simple question here. We're apparently not going to agree on how to fix this mess, but can we agree that we have to have a public environment where it's safe to talk about it? If the… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on August 21, 2009 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Can we even do Democracy?

The Town Halls that members of Congress have been holding across the country make it clear that what's at stake is more than the supposed topic: health care reform. As if that weren't important enough on its own.
All that's at stake here, I'm arguing here,…

Added by Jeff Golden on August 21, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

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Added by Cassidy David on August 21, 2009 at 7:29am — No Comments

Regular work, if you want it...

I don't think I rank high on the contemporary Paranoia Scale. But I have my moments. One came just a little while back at LAX, one of hundreds of airports where a smooth recorded voice reminds you every 10 minutes that the Terror Alert Level has been raised to orange, so look out.

Check… Continue

Added by Jeff Golden on August 7, 2009 at 2:26pm — No Comments

High-Quality Information Video Production | ARC

Editor's Note: This month we're featuring a new informational video for Ashland Resource Center produced by They do an excellent job at a fraction of the cost of traditional video production. You can reach your customers or clients with a powerful "Photo-Documentary" online.

As you'll see each video consists of personal interview…

Added by Ashland Source Center on August 1, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Now in the Local's Guide:

Wow! A smart and witty person (and, dare I say, humble) wrote a piece on Turtle's Beejie Hut for August issue of the Local's Guide. See:
This publication is distributed widely in print in the area.

In celebration, I'm offering a 2 for 1 special on monkey size bags through August 15th! Yeah, baby! Munch, munch. Just mention the code word

Added by Mitchell Turtle Walzer on August 1, 2009 at 4:37pm — No Comments

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The Anthropocene defines Earth's most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. The word combines the root "anthropo", meaning "human" with the root "-cene", the standard suffix for "epoch" in geologic time. The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period.

Solar Power To Become 4th Largest Electric Power Capacity In The World (Passing Up Wind) | CleanTechnica

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis Global Power Industry Outlook, 2018, which posits that solar will surpass wind in global energy capacity starting in 2020, making it the fourth largest source of energy generation behind coal, gas and hydro. Less than a year ago, solar surpassed nuclear energy to reach 5th place.

California is throttling back record levels of solar—and that’s bad news for climate goals | MIT Technology Review

Californians are enjoying a sunny spring, which means the state’s solar farms and rooftop panels are flooding the grid with electricity. The problem is, they’re producing so much that plummeting prices and mandates by the state’s grid operator are forcing renewable power plants to throttle back production. In April, California solar and wind farms shut down or dialed back nearly 95,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, a new record, according to the California Independent System Operator, which manages the vast majority of the state’s electricity. That’s enough to power more than 30 million homes for an hour.

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