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"...there are options. We just have to get our politicians to clear the way for clearing the skies. Can our government, which can't even agree to pay its bills seemingly month-to-month, make the policy changes to flip from fossil-fuel to renewable?
"Not on their own. Not as long as carbon cash pays for their elections. We will have to make them do it through the power of the polls."
The main hurdle for generating all of our country's electricity needs by solar and wind farms is that the sun doesn't always shine nor the wind blow. So, either the electricity generated by these renewable resources has to be stored or shipped in from another location where the sun is shining and wind blowing.
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"The traditional, hierarchical model of politics was imposed on that natural information flow, not because it was the best way of getting things done, but because, at the time, it was the only way to govern large nations."

"That has fundamentally changed."

"It’s now possible to use technology to mirror offline human political experience in a much more natural, organic manner."

"Not only is that a nice thing, it has enormous repercussions for the balance of political power in our societies."
As many countries show, technology can bring decision making closer to the voters.
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Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.
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Finally, a reasonable suggestion regarding GMO labeling. I could support this if it included some indication of what the genetic modification actually did. For instance I'm opposed to GMO crops that result in indiscriminate applications of herbicides, but I strongly support the genetic modifications that produce my life-saving insulin or that make a crop more drought tolerant or that alleviate certain eye deficiencies in Asia. Just saying something is "GMO" doesn't tell you much of use.
 
Here’s how to do GMO labeling so everyone wins http://bit.ly/1NoTzM8
A New York Times editorial gives the push to label GMOs some cover in policy-wonk land -- and helps broaden the discussion over food-system transparency.
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Some common sense advice on how to deal with the current hysteria in our country.
Six things ordinary people can do to restore sanity. One of the most difficult experiences of democracy is to watch your country going crazy, and feel responsible. In a dictatorship you could just ...
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Austrian designer Katharina Unger has figured out how to harness the power of a rare fungus that can turn plastic into edible biomass.
Austrian design team harnesses plastic-eating mushrooms to help hunger.
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I was a little surprised at the numbers:  98% Bernie Sanders (I didn't think it would be quite that high); Hilary Clinton 94% (again surprised it's that high; Martin O'Malley 80% (surprised it wasn't higher).
 
To no great surprise, Bernie Sanders and I are in agreement 96% of the time, with Hillary only agreeing with me 87%. 
Try this short quiz to see which 2016 Presidential candidate you side with.
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I didn't realize that they didn't benefit from the project.  They definitely should share in those benefits.  Some way or another.
Last week, the internet collectively shook its head at the residents of Woodland, a small North Carolina town. At a meeting to discuss a proposed new field of solar panels, Woodland residents offered up some ridiculous protests. One worried that solar panels cause cancer. (They don't.) A complaint
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This looks like an interesting list.  I wish I had the time to read all of the books described.
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Is Trump a fascist?  Exactly what is fascism anyway?
When and how should we talk about fascism? When Donald Trump started talking about closing American mosques and perhaps even having Muslims register with the government, when he called for a "depor...
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This makes a lot of sense.

"The important thing to remember, though, is which audience we should have in mind when we choose our words and actions. It’s tempting to narrow your focus and just see the person who’s goading you. But the real audience to our response isn’t al-Baghdadi or the jihadis who have already joined his cause, it’s all the world’s Muslims — especially the teen-agers who are trying to decide whether or not their dream of making it in the West or finding a place in the world for their country is really feasible."
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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1/25/2013 Noise starts around 7 pm, so my friend and I went at 5 pm when the noise level was not so bad. I started with an excellent sour cherry cocktail -- a good balance between tart and sweet -- and my friend had an excellent chardonnay from Coeur d'Alene. Service was good. And our meals were very good. There were plenty of choices for a person who can't eat wheat. We started with excellent caesar salad. I had the crab cakes with remoulade sauce, and my friend had the black cod special. The vegetables were perfectly cooked, but I would have welcomed more of them.
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