Monthly Archives: August 2003

THE EDUCATION SYSTEM: BREEDING A NATION OF DRONES

In my recent post on rebuilding the American civic state I argued that one of the five key requirements to do so is re-educating the public — about the issues facing the world, about history, geography, civics, economics, and the … Continue reading

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WANTED: INNOVATION IN THE BOOK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

If anyone can publish their own blog, their own CD,their own art portfolio, and their own film, why can’t everyone publish their own book? Yes, I know there are so-called ‘vanity’ publishers who will print small runs of your book … Continue reading

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FRIDAY ROUND-UP

Bush the Environmentalist? – In his blog debitage, Stentor Danielson attempts to explain how Bush can reconcile his contempt for environmental regulation with the eco-friendliness of his ranch. Read it — it makes sense, and it’s important to understand the … Continue reading

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CAUTION: CONTROVERSIAL IDEAS AHEAD

Regular readers of How to Save the World have noticed — and expressed some dismay — that I’ve proffered some fairly controversial opinions here in recent weeks, and also that I’ve blogged more about environmental philosophy and less about business … Continue reading

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HOW TO CHANGE ANYTHING

Systems thinking is an interesting and disciplined way to look at how things work, and how to bring about change. Peter Senge may be the guru of systems thinking, but Dana Meadows was its master. The late Ms. Meadows, author … Continue reading

Posted in Preparing for Civilization's End, Working Smarter | 7 Comments

CONTEMPT FOR THE WORD

Please read the following disquieting passage, see if you can guess its source, and then go to languagehat‘s perpetually enlightening site, where he’ll tell you more about it: “An extraordinary contempt for the word, or what might even be called … Continue reading

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STILL NO SAFE PLACE FOR CANADA’S ANIMALS

I think this letter speaks for itself. I wrote earlier about the issues underlying the act to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to protect animals from cruelty — the first such act in over a century. Our worst fears … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY

Yesterday we hosted our annual neighbourhood adults-only barbecue, a delightful but boisterous group of 80 people. We welcomed our two new neighbourhood couples. One of the neighbours catered the event for cost. Another neighbour laid out a 9-hole Goofy Golf … Continue reading

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QUICK PICKS

Five things worth a read: Health Care Bloat: A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the administrative overhead costs of the US health system are twice what they would be under a Canadian-style public health system. … Continue reading

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SATIRISTS WANTED

Virtual Occoquan is looking for you. All you have to do is take any piece of spam you’ve received, poke it, tart it up a bit until it’s funny, or ironic, and submit it to Mark Hoback within the next … Continue reading

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