http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060417/ap_on_sc/cottontails What’s next on the endangered list? Mosquitoes?
Based on several conversations I’ve recently had with some religious/social conservatives, God is no longer a Trinity. Whether I raise pressing issues about oil, housing or education I hear the same answer: “The free market will take care of it.” They seem to repeat this free market mantra as their response to every conceivable question […]
Because the people at the top of our government are responsible for making decisions that could cost the lives and ruin the health of millions of citizens, they should be equipped with the best information and the best expertise. Unfortunately, the White House has decided to muzzle experts and choke off critical debate on numerous topics of critical […]
The current edition of Time Magazine (April 3) warns us that global warming is not just a vague fear, but a reality. The 14-page article contains disturbing photography of displaced animals and receding glaciers. The cover warns us to be “Very Worried.” Even though I’ve often seen publishers use hyperbole to sell magazines, I am […]
No, this isn’t one of the many religious end-of-the-world warnings based on dusty books or personal revelations. It’s much worse. It is the story of “peak oil,” based on the sort of evidence that leaves both disciplined scientists and conservative bankers tossing in their sleep. Exhibit A is the refusal of oil companies to build […]
Salon.com offers a review of Mike Davis’ distressing new book: “Planet of Slums.” According to Davis, most of Earth’s growth “is occurring in shantytowns and tenements stretching from Karachi, Pakistan, to Lima, Peru, where people live crowded together in densities that sometime dwarf those of such notorious 19th century human anthills . . .” Planet […]