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Archive for October 2008

Prop 8 and God – A challenge to author Rick Warren

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I’m posting this for my friend and colleague, Kemble Scott —

    There’s been a lot of talk about “God’s will” and the upcoming vote on California’s Proposition 8.

    The latest to invoke God in trying to get the measure passed is Rick Warren, a televangelist and bestselling author.

    I’m an author too, so Warren’s words got my attention. They sent me on a mission to look for other times in history when arguments like this have been used.

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October 31, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Land Use for Energy

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I am all for renewable energy. I am for significant efforts and even sacrifice to move our economy away from fossil fuels and slow-renewing natural resources (oil, gas)… but what I am seeing as the solutions make me nervous. I am seeing things I don’t want to see. I am realizing that unless we do this right, we may ruin what we are trying to save.

How much land will all this take? How much land are we using now and how much more land will we have to use? How much land is really necessary to do what we need to do? Am I scaring myself for no good reason or are there real concerns we need to address right away?

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Written by phwebnet

October 28, 2008 at 8:04 pm

More things the next President can do at little cost

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  • Read Michael Pollen’s article in the New York Times magazine from Sunday October 12th and follow all his suggestions, including:
    • Resolarize the American farm (move away from mono-cultures and oil-based food)
    • Re-regionalize the food system
    • Rebuild America’s food culture by leading by example in the White House – via choice of White House chef and appointing a White Houser farmer
  • Make all agriculture and food policies transparent
  • Look at California and others – see what the states and the municipalities are already doing and support the best ones and entice others into adopting them. Don’t reinvent the wheel.
  • Stop the USA from eavesdropping on US citizens without warrants

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What I am reading today: 10/10/08

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I’ve found myself reading non-fiction books over the past six months — geology books, books about food, books about systems. For a die-hard fiction, mystery reader this has been fascinating to me.

The books I am actively reading now include: Thomas Freidman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded; Hugh Laurie’s (yeah, yeah, of House fame) The Gun Seller; and Richard Florida’s Who’s Your City. I was reading Fred Pearce’s With Speed and Violence, but I seem to have put that last one down for now.

Hmmm. The future of the world, a mystery, urban life, and climate change.

I feel good about America today

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Yes, I know the financial markets are in a mess, here at home and all around the world.

Yes, I know China is building at least one coal fired power plant a week and already 1/3 of the pollution that reaches my city comes from China.

Yes, I know a friend of mine has defaulted on his mortgage at least 5 times and may lose his home.

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What the next president can do at little cost

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Given the constraints the bailouts and the economy will have on the new president, it seems that we should look at, first, what we can do that will cost no (or little) money. Please share other ideas!

  • Release the scientists (let them communicate with other scientists, let them speak — i.e. Jim Hansen of NASA on climate change)
  • Review current rules and regulations and start enforcing the ones that fit our vision
    • FDA
    • EPA
    • Fed Reserve
  • Make all government transactions more transparent and more understandable

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