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Arwen Griffith
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editor at MAKE and CRAFT
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Tomorrowland is an important film.  I can understand why audiences hate it...  George Clooney makes a dull professor. But if you close your eyes during the Clooney lectures, the rest of film is terrific!  

As O'Hehir of Salon writes "“Tomorrowland,” which is exhilarating on every level. In positioning itself as a family film constitutionally forbidden to surrender to hopelessness, Bird’s film actually poses a radical challenge. We have no habitable planets to flee to, and no galactic supercomputer will grant us immortality. To have hope at all we must stop dwelling on doom and imagine the alternatives. We must rescue our dreams of tomorrow, however tarnished and ridiculous they may appear, from the wreckage of today.

I work hard to get people out of pessimism and despair about a future that really can be quite bright but only if we get out of our national depression and get to work on the right things. So this film is very helpful in making that  point.   

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Hang in there, train!!
Building high-speed rail in California is actually a great idea, but there's a good reason you think it's a boondoggle

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I'm going to start looking into the econom(nomnom)ics of getting food to hungry people.

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I like meat as much as the next gal, but here's a great article on why the paleo diet just isn't sustainable. 
Hard to stay healthy in a world where everything is super-sized, sterilized, deep-fried, ultra-wide Naugahyde. But if we really care about health, lets focus on poverty, not paleo.

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60 cents is all we're willing to spend to feed our children?

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My interview with Richard Jefferson:
A 16th-century Dutchman can tell us everything we need to know about GMO patents 

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From last week, but the best thing I read this week in my slow catching-up of the newspaper. A charming and thoroughly accurate portrait of the urge to collect. 

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This is beautiful. Remember to be kind, everyone.
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