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Archives for November, 2010

Anti-Consumerist Gift Files: Donate!

In a perfect world, perhaps we’d all have already made our own homemade gifts for everyone, but most of us aren’t that perfect. Many of us need to acquire some gifts, and the challenge is how to spend our money well, in things that are valuable, lasting and worth having. Over the course of the…

This morning four guys in camo and rifles were walking up my road at 6am, which means one of two things. Either it is Deer Season, or Canada has invaded. And that’s the real reason I’m not leaving the US – I’ve pinned my hopes on the conquest of upstate New York by Canada, who…

Should Americans Cut and Run?

An anonymous guest poster at ClubOrlov makes the case that America isn’t a place you want to live – and that Americans should get out of Dodge: Americans, I have some bad news for you: You have the worst quality of life in the developed world–by a wide margin. If you had any idea of…

A Year, Here.

It has been just about a year since I made my transition to Science Blogs, and other than the kerfuffle in July and the fact that they still don’t pay us particularly often, in general, I think this has been a successful move for me – particularly in my larger goal, which was to reach…

Two updates for the Post-Apocalyptic Novel Reading Club. First, I realized that I have scheduled two things for the first of the upcoming month – my “Anyway Project” updates and the first discussion of _The Witch of Hebron_. This is far more than I am likely to accomplish, so I’ve decided my PANRC will start…

I hope my readers will forgive me today for lapsing back into my prior profession rather than my present one as an energy and environmental writer. You see, before I gained fame and fortune writing about our ecological situation, I was a mild-mannered college teacher, whose favorite and most important job was teaching rhetoric to…

Thinking Thanksgiving II: Cycles

If you want to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner wholly from scratch, you start ahead of time. If you want to make it from food you’ve raised yourself, you start way, way ahead of time – like in January of the year before. In some ways, it starts even earlier, but January is the new…

Demand is the Real Issue, Right?

The always-brillliant and funny Christine Patton aka The Peak Oil Hausfrau, in the latest Peak Oil Review Commentary, has turned her sights to the IEA’s recent predictions, managing to properly skewer both the IEA’s predictions and the predictive value of economic modelling (two great tastes that taste great together!): The International Economics Agency today released…

FAO’s Global Food Outlook

I was about to write something about the FAO’s recent warning about the food situation, but it turns out I don’t have to, since Liz Borkowski at the Pump Handle beat me to it – great link to Raj Patel’s piece in the Guardian as well. Definitely worth a read! The UN Food and Agriculture…

The centerpiece of any homegrown Thanksgiving meal, assuming you are not a vegetarian, is inevitably the homegrown turkey. And there are a lot of good reasons to get a local turkey or raise your own – there’s the flavor which is richer and deeper, an essence of turkey thing, there’s the fact that you know…