Friday, June 30, 2006

The anxiety of eating - Times Online

Review of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan:

The anxiety of eating: "Disease, obesity, tooth decay and countless other food related threats to our health, however, are only one aspect of the wider problem announced in the title of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma – just one of the matters at stake when we ask ourselves, 'Fats or carbs? Three square meals or continuous grazing? Raw or cooked? Organic or industrial? Veg or vegan? Meat or mock meat?'. The dilemmas of what, when and how we should eat, urges Pollan, constitute a 'big existential problem', for the way we eat represents nothing less than 'our most profound engagement with the natural world'."

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Interview: Nir Rosen Reports the War on the Ground

BuzzFlash Interviews Nir Rosen, a Journalist Who Reports on the Reality Track in Iraq, Instead of Bush's Fantasy Propaganda for American Domestic Consumption. Rosen Offers Us a Journey Into the Chaos That Bush Has Unleashed.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Why is the administration attacking the New York Times? You know they have a hidden agenda. See and decide for yourself...

NPR : Leonard Cohen's 'Book of Longing'

NPR's Terry Gross interviews Leonard Cohen on the program "Fresh Air".

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Monday, June 26, 2006

Earthship Biotecture Europe

Michael Reynolds flew to England Sunday to consult on the Earthship Biotecture Europe project on the seashore at Brighton , England.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Books read by Art Garfunkel since 1968

From his Official Website

Pounding Tires

 "Pounding Tires" with rammed earth at the Earthship Community near Taos. The black cloud on the horizon brought much needed rain.

Coming back to Colorado Springs today we saw the charred remains of recent forest fires near La Veta Pass on highway 160 west of Walsenburg. It poured rain during most of the four hour drive. Rain is good! Posted by Picasa

The Phoenix

Interior detail of the "Phoenix" Earthship. Under construction. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Taos Plaza

 Rebekka examines a vanity unit in a furniture store in Taos Plaza. Today we stopped on the outskirts of town and discovered much of the same basic materials for 1/5 the price. So the moral of the story: when you see "botique" or "gallery", run. Run to the outskirts of town.

Salmon Ruins, New Mexico

 Sustainable Housing circa 1250 AD. Posted by Picasa

Michael Reynolds

 Michael Reynolds lecturing on earthships.

I bought his treatise on gray water systems: "Water from the Sky" from him today. Posted by Picasa

Earthship Visitor Center

 We spent the day today at the Earthship Center attending an all day lecture from visionary Michael Reynolds. Enlightening discussion of all aspects of building an earthship, from gray water systems to thermal mass and passive solar. Tomorrow we will tour completed earthships in the morning and actually work on earthships under construction in the afternoon. Posted by Picasa

The Not So Good Earth - New York Times

The Not So Good Earth

"We have no water. The earth is sinking. The air is poisoned. And there's that big man-made mountain."

Wei Yangxian, resident of Shangma Huangtou, China

Friday, June 23, 2006

"Lily House"

 Marlene in front of the house I rented for the weekend in Taos. Very economical and extremely roomy. Having a completely furnished three bedroom home with kitchen and all cooking utinsels and facilities is wonderful. Posted by Picasa


 Rebekka and Dennis with 13,161' Wheeler Peak in the background. Posted by Picasa

Taos, New Mexico

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Taos, New Mexico

Daughter Marlene and "future son-in-law" Dennis this afternoon in Taos. Posted by Picasa

Earthship Seminar Weekend, Taos, NM

Michael Reynolds delivers a history of building earthships in the high mountain desert country near Taos, NM. Rebekka, my daughter Marlene, Dennis and I are in Taos for a weekend seminar on earthships. Posted by Picasa

San Juan 50

Retracing some of the course from the June 17th, San Juan Summer Solstice 50-mile run in the San Juan Mountains near Lake City, Colorado. Rebekka and I climbed two of Colorado's highest 100 peaks on 19 June. I ran the 50-mile race on Saturday, finishing in 12 hours 19 minutes. Tough course. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, June 22, 2006

TomDispatch - Tomdispatch Interview: Engelhardt, The Imperial Press and Me

Don't miss this interview of Tom Englehart. A sample: "Here are a couple of tidbits I picked up deep in the Times recently.

There was an interesting front-page piece by Sabrina Tavernisi, 'As Death Stalks Iraq: Middle Class Exodus Begins.' After the jump, pretty deep inside, there's this line: 'In all, 312 trash workers have been killed in Baghdad in the past six months.' There it is: basic, good reporting that no one's going to notice or pick-up on. And yet it probably tells you just about everything you need to know about life in Baghdad today. Forget the security forces, forget top officials. Three hundred and twelve garbage men slaughtered. Holy Toledo!"

FRONTLINE: the dark side | PBS

Tonight on Frontline:

FRONTLINE: the dark side | PBS

Cheney's power grab.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Hogs Wild - Ian Frazier

Just got around to reading Hogs Wild by Ian Frazier from the December 12th, 2005 New Yorker. An excerpt: "As I leaned over the map and studied it with Joe Corn, suddenly my attention swerved. This map, with its intricate little counties and occasional whole states shaded green to highlight the potential disease-vector threat of wild hogs, reminded me of the red state -- blue state map of America. At first glance, the states that voted for George Bush in 2004 and the states marked on this map as having feral hogs seemed to be one and the same. I mentioned this oddity to Joe Corn, who, scientist-like, declined to comment beyond the area of his expertise.

Afterward, I could not get this strange correspondence out of my mind. I compiled '04 red state -- blue state data and matched it with SCWDS hog-population information on the map of that year. I found my first impression to be essentially correct. The presence of feral hogs in a state is a strong indicator of its support for Bush in '04. Twenty-three of the twenty-eight states with feral hogs voted for Bush. That's more than four-fifths; states that went for Kerry, by contrast, were feral-hog states less than a fifth of the time."

USA Coast to Coast Walk

Two librarians in a USA Coast to Coast Walk for the First Amendment. In their words: "I am interested in Americans' views of Europe and Europeans post-9/11, and whether or not the events of that day and the subsequent response of the European countries – and the invasion of Iraq most definitely – have changed the way Americans think of their allies in old and new Europe."

Friday, June 09, 2006

Media Matters - Dobson compared Federal Marriage Amendment to civil rights bills and slave liberation

Crazy Right-wingers in our midst:

Dobson wigs out:

"On the June 7 edition of the Focus on the Family radio show, Focus on the Family founder and CEO James Dobson and president Jim Daly lambasted opponents of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Dobson compared the same-sex marriage ban to civil rights legislation and the abolitionists' campaign to end slavery. Daly called the ban 'more important than the war, more important than sickness,' and predicted that if it failed, 'civilization will go down.'"

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Al Gore

Al Gore is interviewed on British TV on May 29th (30 min).

Thursday, June 01, 2006

James Ridgeway on MoJo

James Ridgeway late of the Village Voice is now Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones. A longtime Washington correspondent for the Village Voice, Ridgeway helped launch the modern muckraking era when he revealed that General Motors had hired private eyes to spy on a then-obscure consumer advocate named Ralph Nader. The expose prompted hearings on Capitol Hill (in which G.M. President James Roche was eventually forced to apologize to Nader) and made Nader's book, "Unsafe at Any Speed," a bestseller.

He recently started up a web site with pertinent video clips.