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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.   
George Clooney and director Brad Bird take a thrill ride into techno-optimism in a provocative Disney spectacle
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I'm going to start looking into the econom(nomnom)ics of getting food to hungry people.
The planet may be jammed with people, but there's an awful lot of food out there. The big question: How can we grow it sustainably and distribute it equitably, too?
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My rant
In picking our diets, we pay far too much attention to basic research into phenomena we barely understand -- and not enough heed to our own senses.
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Two new books detail the inner workings of our factory-style poultry and meat system -- and the long history of our love/hate relationship with it.
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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. 
A novelist discovers the secret to happiness: collecting.
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Broadening the definition of altruism...
 

My essay:

Why guerrilla gardening won’t turn the world into “Blade Runner” hell

A recent New York Times op-ed painted urban gardeners as a selfish breed greening the world in the human interest. That's right -- and here's why it's a good thing.

A recent New York Times op-ed painted urban gardeners as a selfish breed greening the world in the human interest. That's right -- and here's why it's a good thing.
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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
California's high-speed rail is only the latest public megaproject to be stuck in the overpromise-overspend cycle -- because we make it hard for officials to be honest.
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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.
There's some sensible thinking behind the trendy diet, but it's fueled by a "press reset" mentality that distracts us from more realistic solutions to food problems.
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60 cents is all we're willing to spend to feed our children?
 
Fixing lunch
High-quality local ingredients can spruce up cafeteria offerings, but they require some careful bargaining and accounting, too.
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My interview with Richard Jefferson:
A 16th-century Dutchman can tell us everything we need to know about GMO patents 
Today's agribusiness patent holders have locked out innovation. The annals of maritime exploration offer a way out. Really!
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This is beautiful. Remember to be kind, everyone.
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Nice. Wish more people would do this!
Some people find that minimizing technological distractions helps them focus on themselves and the outside world.
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