Monthly Archives: January 2011

12 reasons why I remain optimistic.

Here are twelve reasons why I remain optimistic in spite of all the bad news and scary stories. I am not in denial about the bad news, nor do I think we shouldn’t note and comment upon the situations coming … Continue reading

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Soda Pop and Food Stamps

A discussion is going on at the COMFOOD listserv http://foodsecurity.org/list.html about current policy proposals to eliminate buying soda pop with SNAP benefits (formerly known as “food stamps”). One participant wrote: Sticking with the structural racism toolbox, I believe restricting SNAP  … Continue reading

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Getting ready for the looming energy and financial calamities

It’s pretty clear that oil is making another run on $100/barrel, ASPO-USA’s Peak Oil Review reports that  Brent oil closed at $98.68 last Friday, after briefly touching $99.20.  Cushing is less, POR reports there is a temporary glut at the … Continue reading

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The call to civility.

In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Tucson, we are hearing many calls to “civility”.  The implication is that the increasing incivility of our public discourse perhaps had something to do with driving the responsible person towards his deed. … Continue reading

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On destroying my landscape’s ecosystem: a minor elegy in a melancholy key.

When I moved to 1524 N  21 in Oklahoma City, there were flat mostly empty lawns.  Now a mini-urban eco-system flourishes.  It is beautiful, it is interesting, even during the depths of winter.  But alas for me and my little … Continue reading

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