Monthly Archives: November 2014

Photographer Leslie Curchack’s 2015 Calendar – In Love With Earth – is Now Available

In Love With Earth: the 2015 Eco Calendar created by Petaluma photographer Leslie Curchack as a benefit for Daily Acts, is now available, just in time for the holidays and a new year. Visit Leslie’s website to purchase your copy – EarthLovingLens.com. In Sonoma County you can also pick up the Eco Calendar at Petaluma Market, Share Exchange, Copperfields,…

Happy Birthday to Anti-Imperialist & Satirist Mark Twain

Happy Birthday to anti-imperialist Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835.

As Twain told the New York Herald in October of 1900, after becoming more familiar with the Treaty of Paris and witnessing the U.S. war on the Philippines: “so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”

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Making Iraq Safe for American Rice

A Brief Exploration of Contemporary Imperialism imperialism: noun – A policy of extending a country’s power and influence through colonization, use of military force or other means.  – Oxford Dictionary. Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation, was fuming recently when the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) neglected, once again, to purchase American rice from…

Ursula Le Guin at National Book Awards: Capitalism Is Not Inescapable

According to NPR’s Petra Mayer, “the crowd went wild” over science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin’s impassioned defense of the genre’s place in American fiction at the National Book Awards on November 19. Le Guin went further, providing an otherwise sedate crowd with a stirring indictment of capitalism, suggesting we will need visionary writers…

U.S. Government Oil Forecasts “Wildly Optimistic” – Shale Revolution a Short-Term Bubble

We would do well to pause, and ponder both the data and implications presented in the Post Carbon Institute’s latest report, released a few days before Halloween, Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check On U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom. The PCI’s new report exposes current oil industry & Energy Department…