Showing posts from October, 2004

Vermont’s job market shrinks

Vermont’s workforce shrank by 1,700 in September, according to data released by the Department of Employment and Training.

In American Health Care, Drug Shortages Are Chronic

In Europe, where governments play a much larger role in managing health care, shortages are much less common.

Cohousing Community Draws Locals Together

"We're 34 families from all different walks of life. The mix is incredible," Hauck said. "The one thing we have in common is we want people around our families."

US Rejects World Calls to Join Russia in Ratifying Kyoto Pact

His administration and other climate criminals like Exxon-Mobil have failed in their attempt to wreck Kyoto, even going so far as to suppress the work of their own scientists

When prices, pay don't add up

Higher energy costs, higher medical prescription costs, stiff increases in college tuition, all that is adding up to inflationary pressures at a time of total wage stagnation," he said. "The outlook is for continued pressure on personal income and continued pressure on personal spending.

Consumption of Resources Outstripping Planet's Ability to Cope

People are plundering the world's resources at a pace that outstrips the planet's capacity to sustain life, the environmental group WWF said Thursday. In its regular Living Planet Report, the World Wide Fund for Nature said humans currently consume 20 percent more natural resources than the earth can produce.

PBS - Frontline, The Choice 2004, available online

PBS's award winning Frontline has now made available their indepth analysis of the presidential candidates with commentaries from historians and analysts. Just when you have had enough of the candidates spin, this streaming video promises helpful insightful information that could be actually usefull for the upcoming election. - Mike

Intentional Communities Directory Now Online

The Intentional Communities Website publishes a directory of national and international intentional communities. It now offers this list online. Intentional Community is an inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives and other related projects and dreams... As we look for solutions to today's current social, economic, environmental and political problems, many of these communities offer hope in the form of new ways to live in balance. This link is to the Vermont section of their list. - Mike

Compromise, Hell!

Economic WMD's are Being Used Against Our Own People in a Version of "Freedom" That Makes Greed the Dominant Economic Virtue. by Wendell Berry

The Genius of Wangari Maathai

Maathai planted seven trees on Earth Day in 1977 to honor Kenyan women environmental leaders. Then, recognizing that deforestation could only be reversed if village women throughout her country became tree planters themselves, she launched the Green Belt Movement. Government foresters laughed at her idea of enlisting villagers; it took trained foresters to plant trees, they told her. Because Maathai didn't listen, today Kenya has 30 million more trees, all planted by village women.

One-third of amphibian species called threatened

The study, a three-year collaborative effort between 500 zoologists, biologists, and wildlife specialists around the world, was organized by three wildlife organizations: NatureServe, Conservation International, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. They determined that 32.5 percent of amphibian species were threatened with extinction, compared with 12 percent of birds and 23 percent of mammals.

Climate Fear as Carbon Levels Soar

Scientists bewildered by sharp rise of CO2 in atmosphere for second year running

Seeger, Fogerty Rollin' Down a River

Seeger, who gave us "We Shall Overcome" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!," was blacklisted in the early 1950s as a member of pioneering folk quartet the Weavers. The legendary folk singer has just been informed that the title track from John Fogerty's new album, "Deja Vu All Over Again," alludes to Seeger's nettlesome '60s anti-war anthem "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy."

20% Renewable Energy Standard Would Save Consumers $49 Billion and Produce 355,000 Jobs in U.S., New Analysis Finds

U.S. Could Tap Into Massive Economic and Environmental Potential of Renewable Energy

Nobel Peace Prize: 'A Voice Inside Tells Me I Must Do Something'

A Kenyan has become the first green activist to win a Nobel Peace Prize

Tax Burden Continues to Shift from the Wealthy to the Working Class

Global corporations are reaching a stage where they can decide how, where, and even if they want to be taxed. During the past twenty-five years, the trend has been unmistakable. Both relatively and absolutely, corporations pay less income tax. Relative to the middle class and the poor, the super wealthy are paying on the whole a smaller percentage of their income in overall taxes.

15th Annual Burlington International Film Festival Oct 13-18. Home of the world's oldest Human Rights and the Environmental Film Festival

.This year we are excited to celebrate the 15th Vermont International Film Festival. Films this year will be shown in one of three categories: War and Peace, Justice and Human Rights, and the Environment. Awards are given in each of these three categories.

The Swamp Thing

The arithmetic foreshadows that in today’s dollars and rate of spending, in the next 50 years, the cost to bring the phosphorous discharge under control may well exceed $1 billion. By then, Missisquoi Bay will be a marsh, according to Alec Campbell, whose Campbell Campgrounds are on its shore.

Ground Rules: Biotech companies free to write their own rules when it comes to labeling seed packs

The nation’s first seed-labeling law requiring companies to identify genetically engineered (GE) seeds and plant parts sold in the state takes effect today in Vermont. But few observers think the new law has settled the debate over the future of biotechnology in the state, or even the future of labels.

Nobel Prize winner has Vermont ties

Maathai, the first African woman to receive the award, is known in her homeland for starting an environmental movement that has planted 30 million trees throughout Africa.

Waste Not, Want Not

Cut through the BS from candidates and get independent information about the Health Care morass we find our selves in. Here's one plan : Reduce the copious amounts of money wasted every year on red tape and protective loopholes for insurance and pharmaceutical companies. A new report released by Jobs With Justice found that $245 billion is wasted each year through inefficient private insurance plans and laws that don't require drug companies to sell in a competitive market. So in addition to not spending more than industrialized countries, we're also wasting more—but Americans are still not getting adequate health care. It's time to end the waste .

10 questions for the presidential candidates on the future of America’s middle class

The non-partisan Drum Major Institute for Public Policy (DMI) is calling on the presidential candidates to talk about what they would do for America’s squeezed middle class in their October 8 and October 13 debates.

Global Warming: Epic Droughts Possible, Study Says

Tree ring records suggest that if past is prologue, global warming could trigger much longer dry spells than the one now in West, scientists say by Bettina Boxall

Reel reporting: Six “must-see” films for the election season

Tired of the “Foxification” of our corporately owned news culture, and fed up with the nonsense cranked out daily by commercial “shout shows” and “reality television,” people have turned to independent films to satisfy their need to know.

Winning the Oil Endgame

American Innovation for Profits, Jobs, and Security. Check out this book by Rocky Mountain Institutes own, Amory Lovins and others. The amazing thing is that you can download this book if you don't want to buy it. If for nothing else, read the quotes in the preview, it will really get your grey matter churning. "Winning the Oil Endgame offers a strategy for ending US oil dependence, and is applicable worldwide. There are many analyses of the oil problem; This synthesis is the first roadmap of the oil solution one led by business for profit."

Russian Ministers' Approval of Kyoto Climate Treaty Isolates US Inaction on Global Warming says World Wildlife Fund

As Russia joins the world's fight against global warming, it throws the question squarely to us here in the United States - the biggest carbon emitter

Scientific Integrity in Policy Making

Further investigation of the Bush administration's abuse of science

Must See Movie: The Corporation - Oct 29th Movieplex in Rutland!

Based on Bakan’s book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the 4corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures.

How Zoos Are Driving Animals Crazy

Are zoo animals essentially being driven crazy in captivity just so we can gawk at them?

Turn the Tide

The Center for a New American Dream offers nine “Actions for the Planet” that you can take today to halt energy waste and its damaging environmental consequences. And their Web site has built-in “calculators that tally and track our individual and collective impact.”