West Virginia chemical disaster: Coal keeps the water off

Coal Keeps the Water Off iPhone Case.

Enjoy these two hastily assembled images which, during the January 2014 chemical spill in Charleston, West Virginia, put the lie to the merits of coal. Meanwhile, upstream, the corrupt US Congress continues to gut environmental protections, continues to take money from Big Energy, and continues their feckless disregard for the good of the nation. Wake up call, anyone? Use these images as … [Read more...]

Popular holistic health site veers into climate science denial

Winter Av

I've been sharing stories from NaturalNews.com for easily the last year or more. But I will never do so again after having read editor Mike Adams's bat-shit crazy screed against climate change. Normally I would've just "unliked" his Facebook page, which boasts 830K+ fans (and I did), and just left it at that. But the depth of Adams's prevarication on climate calls for much more, especially … [Read more...]

Fear for free!

Protester with sign against NSA

The big brouhaha over former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's whistle-blowing revelation that the government is tuning in to every last thing We The People are doing has resulted in exactly the effect that an authoritarian government would most want to achieve: leaving us all quaking in fear and paranoia. For my part, I'm neither ready to declare Snowden a hero nor to … [Read more...]

5 reasons why the US will never again see economic growth

Photo:  dno1967b/Flickr.

Former Treasury Secretary and current Obama Economic Adviser Larry Summers is right to blast the austerity programs that have provoked massive protests in Europe while failing to halt the decline of EU economies or stabilize the shaky Euro. Yet Summers is wrong when he wrote recently in the Washington Post that in the U.S. any non-austerity or stimulus programs will be able to come up with … [Read more...]

Shameless birthday fundraising plug

Transition Voice Publisher Erik Curren.

Today is Transition Voice publisher Erik Curren's birthday. I thought that was reason enough to make one of our occasional plugs for donations to help support the work at Transition Voice. Talk about one of the hardest working guys in the news business. In spite of the fact that Erik has already entered the new economy, holding down five different jobs simultaneously — he's a web designer, … [Read more...]

Junk thought

Thought Bubble Bike Stand

Human life is messy, and human beings even more so. Working out our "stuff" together is no easy feat. And it's made no easier by the flood of all kinds of information into our minds, too much of which pollutes our internal lives rather than edifying our personal existence. The powerful tsunami of junk info we face daily largely comes in the forms of advertisements, which are pervasive, … [Read more...]

Our local eco swap

ladies on bikes

I've written before about the merits of swapping clothes and accessories you no longer want for "new-to-you" items instead. The three top benefits are: Saving money — one of the the keys to prosperity is spending less/saving more. Eco-friendly — reusing stuff helps avoid adding to the landfill. Fun! — getting together with others for a good time beats solo shopping zombiedom. But while … [Read more...]

Fracking movie “Promised Land” is a gusher

Promised Land still

After I saw Matt Damon and John Krasinski's new fracking drama Promised Land, I couldn't help but compare it to the slew of trite pieces trotted out during the previews. There was the typical wedding family hijinks RomCom; the take-no-prisoners gangster-fest; the scorched-earth-meets-futuristic-savior piece; and some picture about a lovable psychotic redeemed by a chick. Guilty pleasures, … [Read more...]

Visual guide to the cost of growth. Review: ENERGY

noplace

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, the 195 color, mostly full page — often double page — photographs in the Post Carbon Institute's* latest book, ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, speaks volumes beyond its gigantic sized pages about the energy and environmental predicament humanity is immersed in today. But while the book is heavy on … [Read more...]

Transition Voice Holiday

Homeless-Santa-Arctic-Oil-Drilling

'Tis the season when peak oilers everywhere join in a chorus of reflection that goes something like, "Why, why, why?" For people intimately tuned in to connecting the dots between the oil driven economy, consumer excess, and a planetary ecosystem under assault from the cancerous growth paradigm, the host of end-of-year festivities can be touched with more than a little melancholy. In some cases … [Read more...]