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Archives for September, 2010

…and I don’t really have time today. Seriously, you’ve got to read the whinings of this idiot, and MTMB’s response. Maybe because my family of six pulls in less than 50K a year (as opposed to the 450K the gent in question is whinging about), and because I can identify still with the realities of…

_The Pump Handle_ often addresses the same issues that I do, from a public health perspective and is one of my favorite reads. As the UN Convenes to evaluate progress on the Millenium Development Goals – designed to reduce poverty worldwide, Liz Borkowski has done an admirable job of describing exactly what these are and…

ASPO-USA Conference LiveBlog!

Well, we’ve finally got a mostly-complete ASPO Conference schedule. The problem is exactly the sort of problem you’d really like to have when running one of these – that there are just too many serious thinkers who need a spot. It is really tough to finalize the conference schedule when every day you are receiving…

I’m really excited about the ways that ASPO-USA is evolving. ASPO’s role has been to raise awareness about Peak Oil, and it is serving to expose the issue in new ways. I joined the board of an organization that I’d once criticized publically for being elitist and dominated by old white guys because those same…

Restoration

In some ways, we may be fortunate that the house we chose falls in a middle place in time – old enough to have character and beauty and a kind of solidity, new enough that we don’t feel compelled to restore it to a past moment in time. Nor do I worry too much about…

During a three month period, between September 9 and December 16th, we have Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchas Torah, Asher’s birthday, Simon’s birthday, Thanksgiving, Isaiah’s birthday and eight nights of Chanukah. It was manifestly poor planning on my part to produce three kids between Rosh Hashana and Chanukah, but it also means I don’t…

Science Blogs is celebrating the beginning of the new school year with a series of 101-style posts, introducing the basics of a concept. I’ve got a couple of basics posts I’d like to do, but this one seemed particularly apt to me. I’m a homeschooler, but it isn’t only homeschoolers that struggle with the question…

Ok, that’s not quite the headline at the New York Times, but close enough. Yes, the latest Oxfam figures that came out today say that we’re back under 1 billion starving people. But yes, those figures were compiled before the Pakistani Floods, and before the 5% rise in food prices driven by the Russian wheat…

Home Again

If you’ve ever done a long car trip with four kids – 10+ hours up and back, with multiple stops along the way, you know just how I feel. The trip was wonderful – I got to talk about food and agriculture right in front of Thomas Jefferson’s own vegetable garden, got to let my…

How to Think About Housing

Super-quickie from me today – officially I’m in transit, but while my visiting my MIL and miraculously having time to read the entire New York Times before breakfast (admittedly the skinny Wednesday edition, but hey, I’ll take it), I wanted to draw your attention to this article by David Leonhardt about how to think about…