Waiting for the asteroid, eyes open

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I'm pretty sure you know the drill. You pose the scenario and ask the hypothetical questions: There's an asteroid headed for Earth. We know exactly when it will strike, and it will kill all humans. Do you want to know it will strike? Do you want to know when? Some people want to know everything. Others don't want to know anything. People who want to know when the asteroid will strike … [Read more...]

Ecology is turning me into a conservative

Edmund Burke

“Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food,” advises Michael Pollan, author of foodie blockbuster The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Who knows what hidden dangers newfangled and untested foods like margarine, energy drinks or Tofurkey might pose to our health? Now, that’s conservative. And I don’t mean conservative like the GOP leadership in Congress or the Koch Brothers or people … [Read more...]

Don’t alienate conservatives, says Hopkins

Rob Hopkins and carrot lady

"Transition is much more powerful for not being explicitly political," Rob Hopkins told a conference call of Americans involved in Transition groups and interested in the movement. "It's better when Transition avoids associating itself with either the left or the right." Hopkins thinks that Transitioners should "fly under the radar" on political controversies. Even more, to overcome its obvious … [Read more...]

Atlas bombed: Right-wing think tanks betray ignorance on energy

Atlas Shrugged movie still

I want to get this review out fast, because, by the time you read it, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, which came out in mid-April, may already have left the theaters. Critics have roundly panned the movie version of free-market goddess Ayn Rand's 1957 novel for weak acting by B-list actors and a script with dialogue so wooden it could only have been phoned in from the men's room at the Koch Industries … [Read more...]