Month: April 2012

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Ernest Callenbach, RIP

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On April 27, 2012
Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia, has died. One of the most influential books of the environmental movement, Ecotopia tells the story of a secessionist Northwest that has committed itself to living sustainability. I must admit, I rather strongly dislike the book. Published in 1975, the book tells the story of William Weston, a mainstream reporter […]
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Plastics

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On April 26, 2012
One of the more excruciating scenes in the 1967 film The Graduate, which centers on an aimless young man who can’t figure out what he’s supposed to do with his life after graduating from an Ivy League college, takes place when the protagonist attempts to have an actual conversation with the middle-aged married woman with […]
Michael Bloomberg, sensible American and our only hope to return from the brink of something: Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed a City Council bill that would have raised the minimum wage in New York City to $11.50, calling the measure “a throwback to the era when government viewed the private sector as a cash cow […]

“Credible”

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On April 26, 2012

That word, I do not think… The Cameron government is a very, very special. To get well to Herbert Hoover’s right after seeing the consequences of austerity the first time is really amazing

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