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Excellent video from Thom Hartmann - Why Fox News has the legal right to lie, and the origins of corporate personhood

RT is producing some good stuff lately...

More comment to follow,,,

An increase in Green Party activity in the State College area

I've written some number of times about the lack of a green party presence in this area - so it's nice to report some action...

The Green Party of Pennsylvania will be holding a statewide meeting in Webster's backroom from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.

Further details and logistics will be discussed at the monthly meeting of the Centre County Green Party at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, November 12, in Webster's Cafe.

If you folks want a web presence I could probably be talked into donating one.

Big Monsanto case hits the supreme court - the supremes now decide the whole future of farming

Since it's possible that seeds with patented seed genes may have accidentally entered any supply of standard non-patented crop seeds, if the supremes rule in Monsanto's favor, that ruling makes ANY planting of standard non-patented seeds a probable crime.



"Farmer Bowman began purchasing Monsanto’s patented seeds in 1999 and, because of the licensing agreement, did not save any of the seed for future planting. But he also bought so-called “commodity” seed from a local grain elevator, which acts as a clearinghouse for farmers to buy and sell seed.

But given that more than 90 percent of the soybeans planted in the area were Roundup Ready crops, the elevator’s seed was contaminated with Monsanto’s patented seed.

Farmer Bowman planted that commodity seed, which was substantially cheaper to purchase, to produce a second, late-season crop, which is generally more risky and lower yielding. He then used seeds generated in one late-season harvest to help produce subsequent late-season crops.

Monsanto sued him for patent infringement, and he lost.


The court noted that, once Monsanto’s patent genie is out of the bottle, Monsanto controls the soybean landscape. Read more »

Comet ISON could be a "Once in a civilization's lifetime" wonder - fingers crossed!

You know, if Comet ISON turns into a sight as amazing as some astronomers are suggesting, it could be the most amazing thing that happens in any of our lives.

I could die a blessed man, having seen such a thing.

“Once in a Civilization” Comet to Zip past Earth Next Year

After it loops around the Sun and forms this tail, the comet should then pass relatively close to Earth—not near enough to cause any worry, but close enough to put on a great show. Viewers in the Northern Hemisphere will get the best view as the comet blooms in the weeks approaching Christmas 2013. The comet could grow as bright as the full moon.

Of course, comets have a habit of not living up to expectations. This one could be sucked into the Sun during its close approach, or not grow as much of a tail as astronomers hope. Read more »

More on Jon Haidt's ideas of moral personality structure in democrats and republicans.

I am a big fan of Jonathan Haidt's efforts to try to craft an experimental and observational soft science of moral philosophy and morality character structures in democrats and republicans.

I wasn't really impressed with this recent scientific american article - I didn't find much new stuff in it. But, still, worth a look.

Frankly, I don't think there is likely to be reconciliation - because of the realpolitick forces of population increase, resource quality declines, EROI declines, the productivity paradox, the end of endless growth, global warming, and other physical and social constraints. There is too much at stake, too much competition, for reconciliation. Sad, that.

Researcher Jonathan Haidt delves into the psychology of red state/blue state, and offers hope for reconciliation

 Cook: Do you think there are lessons in this book that could help the two political parties, or politicians, be more effective? Read more »

I thought this was a good article on non-protit boards

I've spent a lot of energy during the past 5 years studying non-profit management. One of the great names in the field is Jerold Panas - and he does not dissapoint with this great article from Contributions magazine.


Go on to the Next...

When a board candidate resists giving, or asking, cast a wider net

What prompted Allen’s comment was when I asked him what his reaction would be if he spoke to a person about serving on a board and the man or woman said: “I’ll join the board, but you can’t count on me for a gift and I won’t call on anyone.”

“Allen,” I asked, “what would you do?”

“I’d go on to the next one. I wouldn’t consider adding someone to one of the boards I serve on who isn’t interested enough to make a gift or willing to call on others for a donation. I don’t care how well known he is in the community or what his name might mean to the organization. It would be obvious he doesn’t bring the kind of commitment that is necessary. I’d pass him by and go on to the next one.

“Give, get, or get off. I really practice that. If you don’t get someone who is willing to work and give, you are settling for less than the best. And I don’t think any institution can afford that these days.”

Allen is right. An organization cannot afford to have board members who aren’t pulling their weight. That’s because, more than ever before, organizations face an insatiable appetite for funds. It won’t get better. But having the right board can make the difference.


Eight Irrefutable Principles

Here are eight axioms which influence the character and practice of the nonprofit board: Read more »

I like that Pho restaurant...

You know the one, down from the bus station, in the building that used to be the post house tavern for so many years - pho moved in after the viet-thai place left.

So far we've enjoyed pretty much everything we have gotten there. Lots of vegetables in the dishes, a really nice subtle flavor in their supposedly special fish sauce, great fried ice cream.

Typically places like these go downhill after a while, if they lose their chefs, but so far so good.

This is what Plutocracy looks like - analysis of the fatcats revealed by the Romney video

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

A video really worth the time spent watching and the advert they stick at the front.

This video is an NBC embed that wont show up in some browsers - so click the link below if you dont see it. Read more »

4 Reasons Romney might still win - good piece by Robert Reich

Worth a read... The electoral math looks grim for romney - but - he does have the money, and the billionaires who bought him have tons more, more then ever spent before, and since the supreme court legalized the buying of elections, who knows what can happen now. We are in new territory sans maps and clues.

1.  Between now and Election Day come two jobs reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – October 5 and November 2. If they’re as bad as the last report, showing only 96,000 jobs added in August (125,000 are needed just to keep up with population growth) and the lowest percentage of employed adults since 1981, Romney’s claim the economy is off track becomes more credible, and Obama’s that it’s on the mend harder to defend.

With gas prices rising, corporate profits shrinking, most of Europe in recession, Japan still a basket case, and the Chinese economy slowing, the upcoming job reports are unlikely to be stellar.

2. Also between now and Election Day are three presidential debates

3. During the next 7 final weeks of the campaign, the anti-Obama forces will be spending a gigantic amount of money. 

4. As they’ve displayed before, the Republican Party will do whatever it can to win — even if it means disenfranchising certain voters.

Why doesn't Pennsylvania have Early Voting?

Once again Pennsylvania seems behind the curve.

click to see cool interactive map


States offer three ways for voters to cast a ballot before Election Day:

1.   Early Voting:  In 32 states and the District of Columbia, any qualified voter may cast a ballot in person during a designated period prior to Election Day. No excuse or justification is required.

2.   Absentee Voting:  All states will mail an absentee ballot to certain voters. The voter may return the ballot by mail or in person. In 21 states, an excuse is required, while 27 states and the District of Columbia permit any qualified voter to vote absentee without offering an excuse. Some states offer a permanent absentee ballot list: once a voter asks to be added to the list, s/he will automatically receive an absentee ballot for all future elections. Read more »

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