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Archives for September, 2011

Stepping into the Future

Headed offline for Rosh Hashana, but leaving you with hopes for a happy, healthy, bright New Year. Happy New Year to all! Sharon

There are ten children in my house, but six of them are phantoms. No, we haven’t gotten a foster placement or heard anything new since the two weeks in August when we were asked to take two separate groups of five kids each. Both of those placements fell through, and there has been nothing since,…

As our first beekeeping summer winds down, Eric (the neurotic beekeeper) harvested a very small amount of comb honey to eat with our own apples for the new year. There’s a victory there – the bees have done very well, building up to a healthy population with plenty of honey for them and us. The…

Remembering Wangari Maathai

Dr. Wangari Maathai died on Sunday at 71, of ovarian cancer. It is interesting to me that so many of the obituaries get her work wrong – consider what the New York Times says: Dr. Maathai, one of the most widely respected women on the continent, wore many hats — environmentalist, feminist, politician, professor, rabble-rouser,…

Faster than Anticipated…

It won’t be news to most of my readership, but it is worth noting that the one thing that seems to be certain about climate change is that the 2007 IPCC report understated things. Sigh. Sharon

1. To hang out with me, of course ;-). 2. To make your voice heard in Washington about this issue – because we don’t have much time to begin to act, and every person here who says ‘I care deeply about this’ helps reinforce our message of the centrality of this issue. 3, To hear…

Aaron Newton and I are starting out our first-ever Advanced Adapting-in-Place class, for people who have taken our previous course or who have been on the adaptation journey for a while. If you’d like to join us there are still spots available and world enough and time to join, so please email me at jewishfarmer@gmail.com.…

A Thought Experiment: Due to a combination of crises – maybe a volcano explosion, the penetration of Ug99 into the main of the world wheat crop, drought in many of the world’s grain growing regions, zombie invasion etc… (it doesn’t really matter), the Global North experiences a catastrophic failure of its staple crops. All of…

Daniel Yergin in the Wall Street Journal: Since the beginning of the 21st century, a fear has come to pervade the prospects for oil, fueling anxieties about the stability of global energy supplies. It has been stoked by rising prices and growing demand, especially as the people of China and other emerging economies have taken…

A few readers have asked me to comment on Goldman Sachs’ prediction that the US will be the world’s largest Oil producer in 2017. I am delighted to do so. Several possible comments come to mind. 1. Apparently Crystal Meth has become the trendy drug at Goldman. 2. How did the Yes Men get this…