Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cosmos and Culture War

I retain vivid and valued memories of watching the original Cosmos series when I was 5 years old.  I have one memory of my father picking me up in his giant hands and setting me next to him on the … Continue reading

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The “Internet of Things” and the End of Anonymity

The revelation of the extent of NSA spying shocked most people.  My representative Mike Fitzpatrick has been great at trying to regain control over the NSA and reassert our Fourth Amendment rights.  Keep it up.  But I’m leaning towards being … Continue reading

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Greenwashing: Our Recylcables, Part 2

See Part 1.           So that’s not so surprising. Waste Management, the company that takes away my recyclables, engages in some greenwashing. They got together with a few dozen other companies, like Monsanto and Chevron, in the Wildlife Habitat Council … Continue reading

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History and Dissatisfaction

A follow-up on my previous post:           The modern linear view of history as progress towards perfection breeds dissatisfaction with the present and disdain for the past. It is inherently revolutionary. Thomas Paine was like the eighteenth-century … Continue reading

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Against Progress; For Sustenance

I abhor progress.  Let’s just get that out of the way at the beginning.  I am contemptuous of the concept.  I do not believe in the perfectibility of man or society.  I do not long for some ideal future any … Continue reading

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Fearlessness: The Wizard and the Witch

John C. Sulak, The Wizard and the Witch: An Oral History of Oberon Zell and Morning Glory (Woodbury, Minnesota; Llewellyn, 2014. My partner Jo said to me on Sunday, “We can do anything we want.”  This wasn’t in response to … Continue reading

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Our Reyclables, Part 1

[See Waste and Wyrd for background and motivation.] I started investigated the fate of our recyclables. Waste Management, a large company based in Houston, takes them away to a processing plant in Northeast Philadelphia. The plant is actually pretty amazing. … Continue reading

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Our Sewage

[See Waste and Wyrd for background and motivation.] I know where our sewage goes.  We are among the 25% of Americans who use septic tanks.  We’ve seen inside this tank.  We see and walk over its leach field all the … Continue reading

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Waste and Wyrd

I want to know where all of my waste (sewage, recyclables, and trash) goes. What is it like there? What is the impact of my waste on the ecosystem? What is it like for workers to deal with it? How … Continue reading

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My Own Silent Spring

My grandparents had a large yard, probably about one-and-a-half acres.  It had some great climbing trees, a large vegetable garden, and some flower beds raised up about two or three feet in wonderful stone rings.  Their yard was up against … Continue reading

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