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Archives for September, 2011

ASPO-USA Conference Coming Up!

The only travel I’m doing this fall is for the November 2-5 ASPO-USA conference. Among the speakers will be: Me Wes Jackson Dmitry Orlov Richard Heinberg Jeffrey Brown John Michael Greer Jeff Rubin Aaron Newton Bob Hirsch Chris Martenson Michael Klare William Catton Charley Maxwell Lester Brown Naomi Davis Jean Laherre And a whole lot…

The USDA indicates that in 2010 there were above 17 million households in the US (out of about 115 million households total) that were food insecure, and had trouble getting enough food on a regular basis. Only 59% of those households, however, received Food Stamps, WIC or School lunches, the three largest US food subsidy…

Just watch, and understand why the death of what passed for culture in our youth is probably something we can bear with equanimity. Plus, the hair gave us a taste for the apocalyptic – the bangs are exactly what your hair will look like during a zombie attack. Sharon

Advanced Adapting In Place

As I begin the final push on _Making Home_ my book on Adapting in Place (out next spring), Aaron and I will be offering the first ever “Advanced AIP Class” running from Tuesday, September 20 to October 25th. The class will build on the basic Adapting-In-Place skills that we’ve been talking about all these years…

Helping Folks in the Northeast Recover

A number of you have requested information about where to donate to in order to help folks in the northeast who are recovering from the floods. Please do donate if you can – there’s a lot of need out here, some of which is evolving as it finally dries up and the sun comes out!…

Ben Bernanke has the answer. It is all your fault. Then he said something new: Consumers are depressed beyond reason or expectation. Oh, sure, there are reasons to be depressed, and the Fed chairman rattled them off: “The persistently high level of unemployment, slow gains in wages for those who remain employed, falling house prices,…

We’re So Lucky

The first thing you need to know is that no one ever complains. I’ve seen a few people cry, mostly about lost pets, but what they say is “we’re so lucky.” They say “We’re so lucky” as elders in their 80s and 90s put all the possessions of a lifetime out on the street to…

The Rain it Raineth Every Day

When that I was and a little tiny boy, With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, A foolish thing was but a toy, For the rain it raineth every day. But when I came to man’s estate, With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, ‘Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate, For…

The Relationship Between Food and War

Mark Notaras has a great review of the UN’s World Food Program on the links between food insecurity and conflict: Brinkman and Hendrix point out that the relationship between food insecurity and violent conflict is not one way. High food prices are both exacerbated by and exacerbate the chance of civil unrest. In other words,…

What To Eat, Cookbook Edition

As the steam bath of summer abates and cool air moves in, as labor day weekend marks the end of swimming and time to start thinking about things like firewood and school, I find I regain enthusiasm about really cooking again. During the summer, I’m often a tepidly enthusiastic cook – it is so easy…