Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bank Bailouts Explained

The story of the bank bailouts, and what we've gotten so far in return.
by Omid Malekan

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Campus Food Lawns....

Thanks to Treehugger (and Rachel Cernansky) for this story:

With Support from Bill McKibben and Michael Pollan, Campus Food Co-op Project Set to Launch Nationwide

by Rachel Cernansky, Boulder, Colorado  on 01.18.11

Thursday marks a big day for the future of food on college campuses around the country. Bill McKibbenMichael Pollan, and Slow Food USA president Josh Viertel are part of the launch committee that will help the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, or CoFed, empower students to establish co-ops stocked with ethically-sourced and sustainable food on college campuses nationwide.
CoFed grew out of a campaign that successfully blocked the first fast food chain restaurant from opening on the University of California's Berkeley campus. The Berkeley student food co-op opened instead on November 15th and in 2010 alone, six teams on the west coast began working on doing the same at their own schools, from Santa Barbara to Seattle.
Complete with experts ready to help students with everything from retail and dealing with legal issues and incorporation, CoFed "will train a new generation of leaders with experience creating good, clean, fair food businesses and a new generation of eaters who believe in the power of community," said Josh Viertel.
Bill McKibben, founder, made this enlightened statement: "Colleges around the country are figuring out that they educate their students three times a day about either good food or bad - about a world where local matters, or where food is just a plate full of calories to get you through class. CoFed has the potential to be a crucial part of that process."
More on sustainable food and colleges
Organic Food Can Feed the World, Maine College Students
New Study Finds College Cafeteria Trays Can Increase Both Dish Use and Food Waste
Campus Kitchens Project: Helping Schools Eliminate Food Waste and Combat Hunger

Monday, January 17, 2011

Naomi Klein: Addicted to risk

Days before this talk, journalist Naomi Klein was on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico, looking at the catastrophic results of BP's risky pursuit of oil. Our societies have become addicted to extreme risk in finding new energy, new financial instruments and more ... and too often, we're left to clean up a mess afterward. Klein's question: What's the backup plan?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The American, Nightmare. Time to Wake Up, eh?

The AMERICAN DREAM is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you've been scammed by the most basic elements of our government system. All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows you why your dream is getting farther and farther away. Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day? THE AMERICAN DREAM takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track.