Monthly Archives: December 2004

HE CAN’T HEAR YOU ANYMORE

When I visit downtown Toronto I often encounter homeless people. I usually give them something, even though I am constantly told the same homeless-hostile stories: That they’re actually well-off, just begging because it’s easier than working; That they’ll blow it … Continue reading

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CONFRONTING THE POWER OF EMPIRE: A LESSON FROM THE GWAII HAANAS

In last month’s Fast Company, Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Support Economy, points out that when it comes to consumer goods that we want, and which we buy through regular retailers, we can be very demanding — the iPod or … Continue reading

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BAD NEWS, NO SURPRISES

US Becomes a Net Importer of Food: One of the hidden surprises in the ballooning, out-of-control US budget and trade deficit data is that, for the first time in half a century, the US now imports more food than it … Continue reading

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AUTHENTIC MISERY

Have you been suffering from annoying bouts of optimism and hopefulness that things might actually get better soon? Now you can banish those anxiety-causing thoughts forever with Dr. Ebenezer Scrooge’s masterful program of despair, Authentic MiseryÆ. Here’s how it works. … Continue reading

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THE WORLD’S TEN GREATEST INNOVATORS

About time for some good news. Here are ten stand-out companies which, in the midst of a miserly, risk-averse horde of unimaginative, uninnovative companies in almost every sector of the economy, we should be celebrating. While the anorexia-crazed corporatist giants … Continue reading

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A COMMITMENT TO RADICAL CHANGE

About a year ago, I made my first public commitment to stop just talking about How to Save the World, and actually do something about it. Here’s my progress report: My Commitment: Clear Actions My Subsequent Action My Score Move … Continue reading

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A BLOGGER’S CHRISTMAS WISH LIST

11. A simple way to simultaneously send new blog articles, as they are posted, to any number of user-maintained, editable e-mail lists (from which people could easily unsubscribe, of course). 10. An automatically maintained Table of Contents with one-sentence abstracts … Continue reading

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THE GLOBAL FOOTPRINT STRESS INDEX

Global Footprint Stress Index: Extreme (purple, >10), High (orange 3-10), Moderate (yellow 1-3), Low (white <1) Last month I wrote an article suggesting that a propensity for war-mongering and civil violence, i.e. the tendency to take hasty and extreme action … Continue reading

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SEE IT FEELINGLY

In any revolution, the first to take up arms, the most passionate and articulate leaders, are those on the front lines. The reason for this is that they are the most informed about how horrendous the situation is. They are … Continue reading

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POLITICS, AMERICAN STYLE

American politics gets stranger every week: Privatizing Social Security on the Backs of the Workers The NYT’s Paul Krugman, who has a background in economics, has added his voice to the growing chorus of critics of the Bush administration’s reckless, … Continue reading

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