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America is now two weeks into the outbreak of Ebola panic, and still, the airborne transmission of hyperbole spreads, mutating into increasingly absurd forms. Americans are acting as if the entire body of their nation is under threat, and they’re beginning to shut down peripheral systems in […]
Even out of full context, this sign by the side of the road in rural inland Maine is historically striking to me. In full context, the shift it represents is even more striking:
1930 — The parasitic fungus Ophiostoma appears in Cleveland, Ohio and begins attacking American elm trees.
1950s to 1980s — 40 million elm trees die across the United States.
1970s — Start of government-university-community cooperative efforts to identify and propagate resistant elm trees.
1999 — Maine State Legislature creates Elm Tree Restoration Fund. 12 ME […]
Last month, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted on behalf of large out-of-state donors who want to keep donating huge amounts of unregulated money. It turns out that Senator Collins is herself receiving huge amounts of money from those same large out-of-state donors. Senator Collins is taking significantly more money from outside the state of […]
In the mountains of western Maine, the U.S. government is planning to take an area the size of a small town and fill it with Interceptor missiles. Part of the “Star Wars” missile defense system that still doesn’t work, even in tests in which scientists know exactly where the desired target will be, this Interceptor […]
On Thursday, September 11 2014, a minority of members of the U.S. Senate voted to block passage of S.J.Res. 19, a constitutional amendment that would let Congress and the states limit the influence of big money in politics:
Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government […]
When I picked up copy of the latest NEA Higher Education Advocate, I came across this snippet regarding Maine Governor Paul LePage in an article titled “The 10 Worst Governors:”
The placement of LePage’s quote next to a description of education cuts suggests a particular meaning for the quote: that Governor LePage wants kids […]
“The brilliance of Google,” writes Owl Eyes Creative, “is that the company has grown to understand its users.”
Part of understanding Google’s users is an understanding of where Google users live. Google has become an unrivaled expert at using the power of well-designed data mining to create a deeper level of understanding for users about […]
In the southbound lane of the long, high metal and asphalt bridge over the Piscataqua River that divides New Hampshire from Maine, a grate covers a storm-water drain. Out of that drain, a lone sunflower plant has grown. Today it is in full blossom, facing its bloom toward the sun.
If you are a designer […]
Since I’ve moved to Maine, I’ve encountered a lot of friendly people, but I’ve also heard many derogatory comments about the supposed criminality of Somali immigrants who began arriving in Lewiston, Maine in the year 2001. Last year, I decided to check the claim that Somalis had brought crime to Lewiston against the observed crime […]