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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3 Free Dissertation Topics??? Really??? Well… You must be reading this post just to confirm if the statement is true OR “Free Dissertation Topics” under discussion are those that must have been overly-used? Well… the good news is a “Dissertation Writing Service” is offering “Free Dissertation Topics” according to the request of students just because they… Continue

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

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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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Fukushima's Nuclear Waste Will Be Dumped Into the Ocean, Japanese Plant Owner Says | Newsweek

A member of the media uses a Geiger counter at Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima, Japan, February 23. The site includes hundreds of tanks containing about 777,000 tons of water laced with tritium that TEPCO has decided to dump into the nearby sea, despite opposition from local fishermen.

Tainted: Can California solve pot's pesticide problem? | The Cannifornian

The big difference will be the amount of pesticides in your weed. That’s because starting Jan. 2,  when California’s vast legal marijuana market opens, all cannabis must be tested — and most chemicals will be banned. Much of California’s cannabis is tainted, including the “medicinal” stuff. But soon state-sanctioned weed may become the greenest in the nation.

Monsanto, Bayer, DuPont, Dow Chemical, and Syngenta defend their coming oligopoly (MON) (DD) (DOW) (SYT) | Quartz

Top executives from Bayer, Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical, and Syngenta today (Sept. 20) testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, making a case for why federal regulators should approve the mega-mergers, which stand to fundamentally reorganize global agriculture. (Executives from the sixth company involved in the consolidation, China National Chemical Corp., declined an invitation to appear at the hearing.)

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