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David MacLeod's Blog – May 2011 Archive (6)

TW Members: Engaged Citizens!

It was nice to see this week's  Cascadia Weekly (5/25/11).  Three letters to the Editor, and all by TW members. 

First was TW co-initiator David Marshak's letter addressing the advertisements in local publications, and the inaccurate statements made in them by David Warren in support of…

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Added by David MacLeod on May 30, 2011 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Recommended Reading, May 22, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I came across several related articles all at once, and all telling me that post-high school education is beginning its own period of transition.  First, New York Magazine's article The University Has No Clothes, telling us that the notion that a college degree is essentially worthless has  become one of the year's most fashionable ideas.  Then there was the…

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Added by David MacLeod on May 22, 2011 at 6:16pm — 3 Comments

Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

This Blog Post is in regards to the Class I will be teaching through the Whatcom Folk School, beginning June 6th.  More info about the class here.

 



Primary Text for class:

The Essence of Permaculture E-Book by David…

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Added by David MacLeod on May 17, 2011 at 9:37pm — 4 Comments

Affluenza Vs. The Simpler Way

Last Saturday we were expecting a showing of the film "The Economics of Happiness" at the Pickford Cinema. Unfortunately the film didn't show up to the theater, but fortunately they had an older film on hand - "Affluenza." 



Affluenza is a 1 hour PBS documentary that was made by KCTS in Seattle about 12 to 14 years ago, exploring the high social and environmental costs of materialism and over-consumption.   From the Website, …

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Added by David MacLeod on May 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Economics of Happiness

I'm looking forward to the film showing on Saturday, 3pm.  The Economics of Happiness . More info at the bottom of this page.   

 

There's a lot of thinking going on these days about what really makes us happy, and what's really important in life.  Some articles I've come across...

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Added by David MacLeod on May 6, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

China, Coal, World Energy Peak, and the Economy

Apologies in advance for the wonkish nature of this post.  I hope some will find it interesting...

 

Flashback to 5 years ago, the following comment on The Oil Drum was a bit of a revelation to me:

"The world economy was saved last year by the increasing World coal production. According to BP, World total energy production grew 2.4% in 2005, but oil only 1.0%. Coal production increased 5.0%, most of it in China (growth 10%, volume well over 30% of the…

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Added by David MacLeod on May 2, 2011 at 10:46pm — 2 Comments

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