Crazy Man Ahead: Boehner Speaks Out On Cow Farts

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I’ve made no secret of my dislike of House Majority Leader John Boehner and his obstructionist approach to being a major voice of a minority party. But I always figured, what the hell, maybe there’s a method to his madness. Well, there’s madness afoot alright but of a different sort. “Man Tan” Boehner, one of [...]

Arnold, Finish What Maria Started

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I am recommending California State Senator Fran Pavley, Member Senate Food & Agriculture committee, to head a new commission formed to promote urban farming in California. Please contact her District Office (310) 314-5214 so she can meet with to discuss the details of its implementation.

Color of Law: Now the Robber Barons Replace the Welfare Queens (and Rightly So)

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Gordon Gecko had a long run of it, but now the party is over. I’m talking, of course, about the character in the film Wall Street, that conniving titan of finance who would sell his mother for a buck and a quarter, and there is scant evidence that he had not already accomplished that goal. [...]

B-B-B-Benny and the Beeps

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So I’m tooling up I-5 doing 70 in the slow lane from L.A. to my spiritual home, which is San Francisco, listening to Elton John doing B-B-B-Benny and the jets when I hear a horn beep-beeping in that very same rhythm. I say to myself that it’s one of God’s coincidences, relying on my scant [...]

Meat, Milk, and Motors: The New China Syndrome

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August 21, theaters around the nation screened the documentary I.O.U.S.A. and a live discussion with America’s most notable financial leaders and policy experts, including Warren Buffett; William Niskanen, chairman of the Cato Institute; Pete Peterson, senior chairman of The Blackstone Group, and former U.S. Comptroller General, Dave Walker. August 25, Mr. William Niskanen, CEO of [...]

Eye on Palin: Disregarding Science, Thwarting Democracy

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On February 2nd, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund launched a new campaign – Eye on Palin – to draw awareness to Alaska’s barbaric wildlife management policies. “Sarah Palin isn’t fading into the background, so neither are we,” commented Action Fund President Rodger Schlickeisen. “Given her known political aspirations, the American public deserves to know what [...]

Top Military Biolab Suspends Research After Pentagon Finds Trouble With Tracking Pathogens

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The U.S. Army has suspended research with deadly agents and toxins at the military’s top germ warfare lab, which came under intense scrutiny after the FBI identified it as the source of the anthrax used in the 2001 “Amerithrax” attacks that killed five, injured 17 and kept the nation on knife-edge for weeks. The suspension, [...]

Breaking the United Nations’ Code X

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The Codex Alimentarius Commission, based in Rome, is an international organization jointly created in 1962 by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations, “allegedly” to protect the health of consumers with guidelines for food standards. Codex Alimentarius may present the greatest disaster for our food supply—and [...]

Economic Recovery Must Include Transit

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ongress is poised to vote on a massive “Economic Recovery” proposal to invest billions in new transportation infrastructure. At a time when roads and bridges across the country are crumbling and public transportation systems are scrambling to keep up with booming demand, Congress is right to recognize the need for investment that will increase our [...]

Is It Time for a Green New Deal?

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Tuesday, January 20th, marks the beginning of Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office. On that day the new President will begin tackling a host of economic problems currently plaguing the nation, including the loss of nearly 2 million jobs in 2008. Obama’s economic team has already formulated a recovery plan to create jobs, over [...]

Did Obama Misfire on Salazar at Interior?

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by Jessica Teel – I’ve been praying a progressive mantra for weeks that Obama would select conservation minded Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) as Secretary of the Interior. Obama has to throw progressives at least one cabinet bone, right?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Get Urban Farming Started in LA

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I am offering to volunteer my time to head a new commission formed to promote Urban farming in the Los Angeles area. Please contact me as soon as you have time to review the following so we can meet to discuss the details of its implementation.

Ignore At Your Peril

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by Denis Campbell – 11:00, Saturday morning. I’d finished frying an egg, was headed to the office to finish a poker article I was on deadline for. As I walked across the room, my 6-year-old asked me a question. A second later I was standing with arm stiffened hard against the wall, holding my entire [...]

Obama, Democrats, Tackle Climate Change While Bush Adds To His Poisoned Legacy

Thursday morning, House Democrats took firm control of the environment issue by ousting Energy and Commerce Committee chair Rep. John Dingell. In his place, the caucus chose Rep. Henry Waxman. Besides seating a committed environmentalist as head of the influential energy committee, the vote removes one of the auto industry’s best friends from a key [...]

Which Green Were You Referring To? Green Housing and Affordability

With all of the talk of Peak Oil and rising gas prices, combined with one of the highest unemployment rates in years, we are going to have to do some things differently. One of those different things is living closer to where we work. That sounds simple. It was simple for me: Childless, healthy, with [...]

South Central Community Farm: Not Dead Yet

When I lived in New York City, I used to marvel at the weeds that would force their way up through sidewalk cracks. What a will to live, I thought: From clumps of dirt crammed between concrete slabs, these vigorous shoots fended off the hard, slapping heels of a thousand rushing city dwellers, just to [...]

Looking Back at the White House During Katrina

WHITE HOUSE – AUGUST, 2005- White House Kitchen – A woman wearing a tall white chef’s hat answers a ringing phone. No other person is in the expansive kitchen. She punches on a speaker phone. WOMAN CHEF: “Hello.” MAN’S VOICE: “Vice President Cheney’s office, please.” WOMAN CHEF: “He’s not here. I think he might be [...]

Al Gore: Energy Czar?

After being in denial for seven years, even George Bush now acknowledges the reality of anthropogenic climate change and the need to takes steps to reverse greenhouse gas emissions.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

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We were a gang of four in make-up, prom dresses, high heels and dangling candy cigarettes sitting on the front steps talking about boys, parents, school and what would we do next? At some point, we would ditch the fantasy dress up clothes, wipe off our mother’s stolen make-up, and change into our play clothes [...]

Desolate Highways and Heartbreak

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The lonely highways of America will grow even more desolate as fuel prices continue to rise with no end in sight. Day by day, the number of “for lease” and “going out of business” signs escalate in communities throughout the country.

What the Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Legislation and the Selling of Indulgences Have In Common

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In the grand tradition of the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s, the mortgage-backed securities meltdown that currently threatens to undermine our financial markets, NAFTA, GATT, and the invasion and occupation of Iraq , our leaders in the Senate are once again preparing to hoist upon an unsuspecting public another catastrophe in the making. [...]

A Modest Proposal for Preventing the National Forests from Being a Burden for the Wealthiest Americans

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A tree is a tree. How many more do you have to look at. — Ronald Reagan (1966) Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do.– Ronald Reagan (1981) After becoming president in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt founded 150 National Forests. Clearly this Republican President was limited in his vision as he dedicated the National Forests to [...]

Light Bulbs and Laws: Will We Let Global Warming Cook Us?

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In recent generations, the test was the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam, and maybe the Cold War. With polar bears drowning in open Arctic waters and evermore fearsome storms spinning out of warming oceans in every corner of the globe, it’s becoming apparent that our generation’s test could well be global warming. But given [...]

The Northeastern Lines: A Viable Alternative to the Foothill “Sprawl Line”

I’ve been unusually busy lately, so I have not had time for more regular posting. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some of my thoughts on last Monday’s Westside Extension meeting at LACMA. But first, here are some more thoughts on the proposed Gold Line Foothill Extension. I’ve made no secret of my low regard [...]

Politics, Art, and California’s Public Policy Failure

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California is mired in a $16 billion dollar deficit, without the political will to overcome deliberately designed structural impediments to solving the problem. For most government and nonprofit organizations, mission determines function. The United States Constitution clearly lays out the ‘mission’ of the government in the Preamble: “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, [...]

Expo Line: Different Strokes for Different Folks?

“Building Safe and Community Responsive Rail Lines: An Expo Line Update” was the topic of this month’s Urban Issues Breakfast Forum held at the Staples Center Lexus lounge this week. Usually held on the fourth Friday of each month, the forum gives community activists, politicians, local residents, and business owners a chance to break bread [...]

Earth Day Every Day?

Change the World by Changing Yourself Seeking the Path of Practical Ecology “Live light upon the Earth, If you would not be earthbound.” – Shining Bear I was only a teenager, but I could never get it out of my mind: “How should we be living our lives? Is there not more to life than [...]

Stormy Weather

In early February 2008 , the world’s leading scientific body on global warming issued its latest report confirming what many of us have suspected: either we do something profound about greenhouse emissions or we will make our planet uninhabitable, if not for ourselves and our children, then for their children and the generations that might [...]

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