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Archives for April, 2012

Will Quantum Fusion Save the Day?

The Astrophysicist, when he has time, will have something to say about his reading of the physics of the material Tom Whipple sums up. This situation however seems to be changing following a lengthy interview with a fellow out in Berkeley, California by the name of Robert Godes of Brillouin Energy. He has been working…

Just about every sustainability magazine on the planet, much less the food ones seems obsessed with no-knead breads. No-knead is trumpeted by everyone on the planet as the easy, awesome way to make bread, the thing that will convert non-bread makers into converts. Now don’t get me wrong – I don’t really have a dog…

Let the Cuteness Unfold!

(Mina with Goneril and Cordelia – Regan is on the other side of her out of sight) No-drama Obama has nothing on No-drama Mina, who calmly gave us triplet doelings last night with no muss or fuss. Yes, that’s three little girls from her over-achieverness. And she politely waited until we were done with dinner,…

Note, I’m horrified to realize I inadvertantly left out the link to Rhagavan’s piece – SO SORRY about that, and please do click through – it is well worth a full read. Barath Rhagavan has a superb article about the conversion of many climate scientists to support of nuclear power and the reasons this is…

New EIA Data

The EIA, unlike the IEA, has been strident in its dismissal of peak oil. But the data that the EIA publishes tells a very different story than the one it wants us to hear. Gail the Actuary has a really good analysis up at the Oil Drum.. The essential message – that crude oil production…

Wow, I’m the Deserving Poor!

Note, no matter what I do it won’t embed properly – sorry about that. Here’s the link and thanks to Kerri for finding it: http://tinyurl.com/3sxfdjf Friend Jerah sent this to me, pointing out that since I don’t use a refrigerator, my family is among the .04% of the US population that constitutes the “deserving’ poor.…

How to Milk a Goat

So you had babies, or are about to, right? Now you have to milk. It really, really helps to see it: We’re on baby goat watch here, and looking forward to the run of milk! Sharon

Context is Everything

“Context is everything. Breastfeeding is almost universally beneficial in infants, but in an elderly cardiac patient, it can be fatal.” – Spider Robinson Quite a number of readers suggested I respond to James McWilliams’ piece in the New York Times “The Myth of Sustainable Meat.” McWilliams has garnered quite a bit of attention by critiquing…

In the NYTimes today, Nicholas Kristoff asks just the wrong question “Is an egg for breakfast worth this?” Of course, it isn’t, but that’s not the right way to frame this. Nothing about an egg for breakfast could be worth this in terms of animal cruelty, human health or any number of other considerations: “It’s…

Regional Food Analysis

My absolute favorite kinds of presentations to give (even though they are by far the most work) are the one’s I’ve been doing increasingly often, giving analyses of regional food security. I focus on both present and prospective food issues in a lower energy, less economically stable and warmer future. in them I set out…