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Thanksgiving Victories and Some Leftovers
President Obama put off the Tar Sands and Keystone XL Pipeline decision -- which Bill McKibben thinks will effectively kill the plan. Thanks to the thousands who have worked tirelessly on this issue at and with 350.org , a major victory was won. Thank you, in particular, to the leader of the fight...
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“The Degree To Which You Resist Is The Degree To Which You Are Free.”
I've noticed a meme beginning to fester among liberal insiders who are positing that the Occupy Wall Street movement is starting to "distract" the citizenry from the wicked machinations of Republicans of the legislative class. Nonsense. The OWS movement is not a distraction from—but serves as an...
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Report: Natural Gas Industry Spent Millions to Avoid Fracking Regulations
According to a new report by the nonpartisan group Common Cause, the natural gas industry has pumped millions into Congress to avoid regulation of hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking." Fracking is a controversial method of obtaining natural gas involving injecting a mix of sand, chemicals...
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Time to Take Your Civics Aptitude Test
If you have a high school junior or senior in the house, you know the drill. SAT, ACT, testing, testing, testing. Test for math, test for English, test for science. Go to visit colleges. Apply. Wait for the call. Dish out the cash. But here’s something that’s missing from the routine – civics...
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Here Comes the Sun
For decades the story of technology has been dominated, in the popular mind and to a large extent in reality, by computing and the things you can do with it. Moore’s Law — in which the price of computing power falls roughly 50 percent every 18 months — has powered an ever-expanding range of...
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'Highly Probable' Fracking Tests Caused Earthquakes in UK Drill Site
It is "highly probable" that shale gas test drilling triggered earth tremors in Lancashire, a study has found. But the report, commissioned by energy firm Cuadrilla, also said the quakes were due to an "unusual combination of geology at the well site". It said conditions which caused the minor...
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Occupy Earth: Nature Is the 99%, Too
Someone Got Rich and Someone Got Sick
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Five Candidates for the Corporate Death Penalty
One of the most famous signs to come out of Occupy Wall Street stated simply: “I will believe corporations are people when Texas executes one.” That was sort of a joke. But in fact, for the benefit of real live human beings, some corporations ought to be executed. My guess is that most of the...
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How To Frame Yourself: A Framing Memo For Occupy Wall Street
I was asked weeks ago by some in the Occupy Wall Street movement to make suggestions for how to frame the movement. I have hesitated so far, because I think the movement should be framing itself. It’s a general principle: Unless you frame yourself, others will frame you — the media, your enemies,...
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It's Official: 'Age of Shale' Has Arrived
Shale is rocking the U.S. energy industry to its core. WSJ's Ryan Dezember discusses the changing shape of oil and natural gas exploration in the U.S. brought on shale and the process known as fracking. AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Jim Hudelson The technique of cracking open shale rock to release...
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