20 Sep 2014

One of these days Alice…One of these days …

No…not a diary about Jacky Gleason or the Honeymooners. It’s about Scotland and the secession vote. Or as some have suggested, non-vote. That despite all the heavily attended rallies and publicity and polling, Scotland voted 55 to 45 to stay with Jolly old England. As Gomer Pyle would say, Surprise

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20 Sep 2014

Video:Effective Issue Advocacy- Occupy the Podium

I am going to my congressional representatives town-hall meeting. My intent is to obtain video of questions I ask and the subsequent responses forwarded. I have little interest in the response, I know it will be the same generic, fact-free regurgitation of the establishment’s talking points. I am looking to

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20 Sep 2014

Saturday Art – Sila: Breath of the World, by John Luther Adams

This year’s Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition was awarded to my longtime friend and colleague, John Luther Adams.  The award was specifically for a spacious new orchestral work of his, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Become Ocean.  But the prize for Adams, as is the case with others so

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20 Sep 2014

Fairy Tales

By David Glenn Cox This fairy tale begins with “Once upon a time.” All the best fairy tales begin with “Once upon a time.” It seems however, the practice has fallen out of favor, especially among broadcast news circles; which routinely tell stories far more fantastical than talking frogs, glass

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20 Sep 2014

Scotland Rejects Independence: A Victory for the Rich?

It wasn’t about kilts and bagpipes. It was about economics and political power. On September 18, 55% of Scots voted to remain in the United Kingdom. 45% supported the Yes-Scotland initiative, voting in support of a Scottish divorce from England. The division was largely along class lines: the rich voted

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20 Sep 2014

Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy – Book Salon Preview

How Carbon Is Changing the Cost of Everything Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy Chat with Mark Schapiro about his new book, hosted by our friend Steve Horn. Today, 5pm ET, 2pm PT. In Carbon Shock, veteran journalist Mark

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20 Sep 2014

Fracking cannot fail, but only be failed

Cross posted from Pruning Shears. We’ve known for a while that fracking wells have serious integrity issues. A couple of years ago Anthony Ingraffea reported (PDF) on extensive well failures in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale. In June Ingraffea and a team of researches at Cornell followed up with a study estimating

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20 Sep 2014

Saturday Art: Influential Authors: Robert Louis Stevenson

Please Note: When I began this series, it was to cover a lot of authors whom I have found personally influential, even though this may only be because I enjoyed the stories they have told in their books or short stories. I’m just fortunate enough and well read enough that

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20 Sep 2014

Saturday Art and Archaeology: Unique Discovery in Pennsylvania Dig

Having access to the site of a dig that produced the rare find of what appears to be at least an 800 year old fabric remnant from late Woodland era tribal inhabitants, our FDL commenter, spudtruckowner, has provided us with pictures he was able to take on the scene and as the

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19 Sep 2014

Pull Up a Chair: Kiddie Lit

What’s your favorite children’s book(s)? I’ve always loved One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. May be the first book I could read my own self. But is there an unbeloved Dr. Suess book? Also loved reading Winnie the Pooh books and A. A. Milne’s kiddie poetry, especially fond

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