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Don't Count on Technology to Save Us

about 5 years ago

In 1968, a highly-respected population biologist at Stanford named Paul Ehrlich published a best-selling book called "The Population Bomb," warning of global famine as the global population grew faster than the world's food supply. The growing population, he argued, would put such a strain on the ...


The Downside of the Public Option

about 5 years ago

In what was a remarkable turnaround—and a huge victory for progressives—last week, the House of Representatives passed a health care reform bill that includes a provision for a government-run program, which would compete with private health insurance plans. The Democrats managed to include the ...

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The Glow A Great Sound Makes

about 5 years ago

How do you know someone's just caught the jazz bug? According to Village Voice critic and "Jazz" author Gary Giddins, when Ken Burns started loving Louis Armstrong as a fan and not just a filmmaker, he got a "glow on his face" that "you can't fake." In an conversation that shared the passionate ...

Brave Green World

Waterless Clothes Washing. Almost.

about 5 years ago

What if you could clean a load of dirty clothes and linens with just a spoonful of laundry detergent and a single cup of water? As soon as late 2010, commercial laundry rooms in hotels, hospitals, and the like may have the option to save massive amounts of (increasingly expensive) water by ...


Some Myths About The Afghan War

about 5 years ago

We need to disabuse ourselves of several untruths being told about our war efforts in Afghanistan. One is that we are fighting for democracy. Democracy is fine for Norway and Denmark but it is bad in war-torn places that are undeveloped because it becomes a patronage system for kickbacks being ...


The email eating machine

about 5 years ago

Just a note to all my readers: I've discovered today that Gmail has been eating (sending to the Spam folder) a significant amount of emails I've received to eruptionsblog gmail.com. This includes some of the questions submitted to Dr. Behncke (and other emails I'm sure) and comments pending on the ...