by Caspar Llewellyn Smith
The veteran guitarist on his new album of protest songs, Election Special, and how the Republican party is out to destroy America and Barack Obama's presidency
Read the full article at guardian.co.uk
by James Lantz and Eat More Kale guy
A t-shirt artist defies Chick-fil-a, a multi-billion dollar fast food chain, when they lay claim to his art and website.
Check it out at kickstarter.com
The New York Times - Paul Krugman
For decades the story of technology has been dominated, in the popular mind and to a large extent in reality, by computing and the things you can do with it. Moore's Law - in which the price of computing power falls roughly 50 percent every 18 months - has powered an ever-expanding range of applications, from faxes to Facebook.
Read the full article at nytimes.com
Journalism has become a linguistic battleground – and when reporters use terms such as ‘spike in violence’ or ‘surge’ or ‘settler’, they are playing along with a pernicious game, argues Robert Fisk.
Read the full article at independent.co.uk
by Jackson Browne
I was struck the other day by a comparison made on 5 Gyres, the blog site of scientists and activists who are working to draw attention to the growing concentration of plastic pollution in the world's oceans.
According to the scientists' and activists' estimate, the amount of oil used to produce plastic every day is the same amount as the oil that is spilling into the Gulf of Mexico every day from the damaged Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
Read the full article at dailymail.co.uk
NY Times- By Nicholas D. Kristof
The President’s Cancer Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.
Read the full article at nytimes.com
Los Angeles Times
Nuclear power plants are being pushed as part of climate-change legislation. But the focus should be on renewable power sources, which are getting cheaper and don't produce radioactive waste.
Read the full article at latimes.com
The Guardian - By Terry Macalister
Major setback for energy plans as report finds flaws in US and French models.
Britain's main safety regulator threw the government's energy plans into chaos tonight by damning the nuclear industry's leading designs for new plants. The Health and Safety Executive said it could not recommend plans for new reactors because of wide-ranging concerns about their safety.
Read the full article at guardian.co.uk
Scientific American Magazine - By Mark Z. Jacobson & Mark A. Delucchi
In December leaders from around the world will meet in Copenhagen to try to agree on cutting back greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come. The most effective step to implement that goal would be a massive shift away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources. If leaders can have confidence that such a transformation is possible, they might commit to an historic agreement. We think they can.
A year ago former vice president Al Gore threw down a gauntlet: to repower America with 100 percent carbon-free electricity within 10 years. As the two of us started to evaluate the feasibility of such a change, we took on an even larger challenge: to determine how 100 percent of the world's energy, for all purposes, could be supplied by wind, water and solar resources, by as early as 2030. Our plan is presented here.
Purchase the magazine digitally at sciamdigital.com
Mother Jones - By Anna Lenzer
Obama sips it. Paris Hilton loves it. Mary J. Blige won't sing without it. How did a plastic water bottle, imported from a military dictatorship thousands of miles away, become the epitome of cool?
THE INTERNET CAFÉ in the Fijian capital, Suva, was usually open all night long. Dimly lit, with rows of sleek, modern terminals, the place was packed at all hours with teenage boys playing boisterous rounds of video games. But one day soon after I arrived, the staff told me they now had to shut down by 5 p.m. Police orders, they shrugged: The country's military junta had declared martial law a few days before, and things were a bit tense.
Read full article at motherjones.com
The New York Times - By Nicholas D. Kristof
Your body is probably home to a chemical called bisphenol A, or BPA. It’s a synthetic estrogen that United States factories now use in everything from plastics to epoxies — to the tune of six pounds per American per year. That’s a lot of estrogen.
Read full article at nytimes.com
The Huffington Post - By Lawrence Iser
The rock duo Heart, Ann and Nancy Wilson, were upset last fall when the GOP borrowed their '70s hit Barracuda as the theme for VP candidate Sarah Palin, and used it without their permission. So were John Mellencamp, the band ABBA and a host of other artists, who complained about the use of their songs during McCain-Palin campaign appearances.
Read full article at huffingtonpost.com
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Another Major Setback for "Nuclear Renaissance": Industry Goes 0-6 in 2009 Efforts to Overturn State Bans on New Nuclear Reactors.
More Lobbying Expected in 2010 in Even Tougher Environment After Yucca Mountain and Soaring Cost Estimates; Outside of Bans, Industry Falters on CWIP in Missouri and Key Fights in Other States.
WASHINGTON, D.C.///August 27, 2009/// The so-called "nuclear renaissance" is finding few friends among state lawmakers in the United States. The nuclear power industry has been shut out across the board in 2009 in its efforts in all six states — ranging across the nation from Kentucky to Minnesota to Hawaii -- where it sought to overturn what are either explicit or effectively bans on construction of new reactors, according to the nonprofit Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS). Efforts to overturn bans also have failed to advance in Illinois and West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Read the full news release at nirs.org
The New York Times - Editorial
Until recently, the earth had seven continents. To that number, humans have added an eighth — an amorphous, floating mass of waste plastic trapped in a gyre of currents in the north Pacific, between Hawaii and Japan. Researchers have estimated that this garbage patch may contain as much as 100 million tons of plastic debris and is perhaps twice the size of Texas, if not larger.
Read the full article at nytimes.com
Readings, June 2009
- The Kill Company by Raffi Khatchadourian in the New Yorker, July 6 & 13, 2009
- The Sheikh Down by Shane Bauer in Mother Jones, September + October 2009
- A Just Cause (Does not Equal) A Just War by Howard Zinn in The Progressive, July 2009
Readings, May 2009
- US Torture: Voices From The Black Sites - The ICRC Report On The Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" In CIA Custody By Mark Danner, in The New York Review Of Books, April 9, 2009
- The Red Cross Torture Report: What It Means - The ICRC Report On The Treatment of Fourteen "High Value Detainees" In CIA Custody By Mark Danner, in The New York Review Of Books, April 30, 2009
- Let My People Go Surfing, The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
- Bandit Roads: into the lawless heart of Mexico by Richard Grant
Readings, April 2009
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid (a novel)
- From A to X A Story In Letters by John Berger (a novel)
- A Perfect Storm - The Economic Crisis Slams The Non-Profit World by Eyal Press (an article from The Nation Magazine)
- Hell On Earth by Pico Iyer (an article from The New York Review of Books)
Readings, March 2009
- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
- The Second Plane by Martin Amis
- Speaking in Tongues by Zadie Smith
- The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance and Strangeness of Insect Societies by Bert Holldobler and Edward Wilson, review by Tim Flannery
- The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century by Steve Coll, review by Fred Halliday
- Oct 12 Circus Maximus Theatre - Caesars Atlantic City Atlantic City, NJ
- Oct 14 The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall Washington, DC
- Oct 15 West Virginia University - Creative Arts Center Morgantown, WV
- Oct 17 Ferguson Center for the Performing Arts Newport News, VA
- Oct 18 FM Kirby Center Wilkes Barre, PA
- Oct 20 Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts Detroit, MI
- Oct 21 Riverside Theater Milwaukie, WI
- Oct 23 Sangamon Auditorium Springfield, IL
- Oct 25 Morris Performing Arts Center South Bend, IN
- Oct 26 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
- Oct 28 State Theater Minneapolis, MN
- Oct 29 Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Duluth, MN
- Nov 01 Adler Theater Davenport, IA
- Nov 02 Fox Theatre St Louis, MO
- Nov 04 Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie, TX
- Nov 05 Music City Texas Theatre Linden, TX
- Nov 07 Bayou Music Center Houston, TX
- Nov 08 Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX
- Nov 10 The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Catoosa, OK
- Nov 11 Orpheum Performing Arts Centre Wichita, KS
- Nov 12 Orpheum Theatre Omaha, NE
- Nov 14 Paramount Theatre Denver, CO
- Nov 15 Pikes Peak Center Colorado Springs, CO
- Nov 18 The Valley Performing Arts Center Los Angeles, CA
- Dec 14 The Beacon Theatre New York City, NY
- Jan 19 Keller Auditorium Portland, OR
- Jan 20 Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA
- Jan 22 San Jose Civic Auditorium San Jose, CA
- Jan 26 Copley Symphony Hall San Diego, CA
- Jan 28 Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center Thousand Oaks, CA
- Jan 29 Long Beach Terrace Theatre Long Beach, CA
- Jan 31 Majestic Fox Theatre Bakersfield, CA
- Feb 01 Pechanga Resort & Casino Temecula, CA
- Feb 02 Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Santa Cruz, CA
- Feb 04 Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo, CA
- Feb 06 Nob Hill Masonic Center San Francisco, CA
- Feb 12 Popejoy Hall Albuquerque, NM
- Feb 13 Orpheum Theatre Phoenix, AZ
- Feb 15 The Pearl Theater Las Vegas, NV
- Feb 16 Silver Legacy Casino Reno, NV
- May 02 Tower Amphitheater Austin, TX
- May 03 Tower Amphitheater Austin, TX
- May 04 FC Dallas Stadium Dallas, TX
- May 11 Bottle Rock Napa Valley Festival Napa, CA
- May 12 Coventry Grove Amphitheater Kensington, CA
- May 17 Barnum Hall Theater, Santa Monica High School Campus Santa Monica, CA
- May 18 Barnum Hall Theater, Santa Monica High School Campus Santa Monica, CA
- Jun 16 Steel Bridge Festival Sturgeon Bay, WI
- Jun 19 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City, UT
- Jun 21 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Aspen, CO
- Jun 23 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO
- Jun 25 Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Des Moines, IA
- Jun 26 Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL
- Jun 28 Palace Theater Columbus, OH
- Jun 29 Seneca Niagara Casino Theatre Niagara Falls, NY
- Jul 01 American Musical Theater Lancaster, PA
- Jul 02 State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ
- Jul 04 Tanglewood Lenox, MA
- Jul 05 Borgata Atlantic City, NJ
- Jul 06 Borgata Atlantic City, NJ
- Jul 09 Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre Wallingford, CT
- Jul 10 Opera House Booth Bay, ME
- Jul 12 Midnight Ramble Kingston, NY
- Jul 13 Midnight Ramble Kingston, NY
- Jul 20 Comerica Park - Detroit Detroit, MI
- Jul 23 Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK
- Jul 27 San Jose Civic San Jose, CA
- Aug 02 California Plaza, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
- Aug 06 Aratani/Japan America Theatre Los Angeles, CA
- Aug 24 VENUE N/A East Troy, WI
- Aug 29 Maui Arts and Cultural Center MAUI, HI
- Aug 30 Kauai, HI Kauai, HI
- Sep 29 Craneway Pavilion POINT RICHMOND, CA
- Oct 05 Theatricum Botanicsum Topanga CA
- Oct 20 Castaic Lake Recreation Area Glendale, CA
- Nov 24 Troubadour West Hollywood, CA
- Jan 10 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA