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Archives for June, 2010

Demography is Always Political

I was struck today by the news that the Italian region of Lombardy is going to start paying women not to have abortions. As a demographic move, it is a comparatively small and insignificant one, in a nation already well below replacement rate. If this resulted in the cancellation of every abortion in the region,…

Most of the people who take Adapting-In-Place, reasonably enough, are doing so because they intend to stay where they are or fairly nearby in the coming decades. They know that they may not be in the perfect place, but for a host of reasons – inability to sell a house, job or family commitments, love…

Film Festival: Taking Root

I don’t plug a lot of movies, mostly because I don’t see a lot of movies – I spend so much more time staring a computer screen than I want to, I don’t go to the movies often. But I thought I’d have a little blog film festival over the summer, showing bits or trailers…

Definitely read the whole thing More importantly, the two disasters are analogous in the unprecedented technical, administrative, and political challenges posed by their remediation. In the case of Chernobyl, the technical difficulty stemmed from the need to handle high level radioactive waste. Chunks of nuclear reactor fuel lay scattered around the ruin of the reactor…

Nine years ago today we moved to our farm. We brought with us some boxes of stuff, some furniture, four cats, our then 15-month old son (Eli, now 10 and 5′ tall), Simon, packed conveniently in my pregnant belly, and my Mom (who went home after a day or two of helping us with the…