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Congress Sets EPA Adrift in Climate Change Battle

Congress Sets EPA Adrift in Climate Change Battle

In 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency released an “endangerment finding” that told many of us what we already knew. They announced that manmade greenhouse gas emissions “threaten the health and welfare of the American people.” As a nation addicted to the sweet smell of burning fossil fuels this realization is one that we all need […]

Story of Stuff’s Revolutionary Videos: Interview with Annie Leonard

Story of Stuff’s Revolutionary Videos: Interview with Annie Leonard

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The Culture Wars: Exposing Christian Extremists for what they are

The Culture Wars: Exposing Christian Extremists for what they are

The culture wars between fundamentalist Christians and the rest of us took off like a Ferrari Enzo on Saturday, December 18, 2010 when the U.S. Senate voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The Enzo goes from zero to 60 miles an hour in 3.4 seconds (supercars.org).  Even advocates in the gay community were surprised […]

Is Canada Blowing Smoke Regarding Their Cigarette Labeling?

Is Canada Blowing Smoke Regarding Their Cigarette Labeling?

Canada has embarked upon a strenuous anti smoking campaign to welcome in the 21st century. In 2003 the government offered a buyout to farmers in the Ontario tobacco belt. The province was given $300 million to pay farmers the face value of their crops. The caveat being that any farm that took the money had […]

Medical Loss Ratio – What It Means to Your Premium

Medical Loss Ratio – What It Means to Your Premium

The era of 39% increases in a person’s health insurance premium may be winding to a halt thanks to a little touted provision in President Obama’s health care reform plan which will take effect on January 1, 2011. There are 308 pages of technical regulations on what is known as “Medical Loss Ratio,” most of […]

Senate Proposes To Give The FDA The Power To Make Food Safe

Senate Proposes To Give The FDA The Power To Make Food Safe

Sensing a change in the way Congress will approach some government agencies, the Senate is trying to push a bill through the lame duck session to give the Food and Drug Administration more power in assuring that the food produced and exported by America is safe to eat. On Wednesday the Senate voted 74-25 to […]

San Francisco Gives McDonalds An Unhappy Meal

San Francisco Gives McDonalds An Unhappy Meal

San Francisco has always been a progressive city. The City by the Bay tends to march to its own drum beat. From the beats, to the hippies and even the Bay Area punks, Frisco remains unique. In the 2010 U.S. census it had the largest percentage of residents who claimed to be gay or bisexual. […]

Faith in the Absence of Legislation

Faith in the Absence of Legislation

I recently went home to visit my mom for the first time in six months. She surprised me by insisting that I join her at an interfaith meeting being held at a church across town. With only a day and a half at home, I hadn’t expected to spend Saturday morning with a new faith […]

Sustainable Innovation: Open source patents may save the world or be the cause of its demise

Sustainable Innovation: Open source patents may save the world or be the cause of its demise

Imagine a world in which information is a limited resource. Imagine a world in which that resource was in short supply. Now think of a way to resolve the problem. Now implement that solution… oh wait, that solution has already been patented so you’re going to need to pay licensing rights to save the world. […]

Take A Hit From The Bong With California’s Prop 19

Take A Hit From The Bong With California’s Prop 19

California, the state that brought us medicinal marijuana is now preparing to go one step further with Ballot Proposition 19. Prop 19 would legalize marijuana in the state of California and give the state legislative powers regarding sales, taxation and usage. The state introduced Prop 19 as a way of generating revenue from a pot […]