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Volunteer Trees: Birch, Ash, Dogwood?

In gardening there are annuals, there are perennials, and then there are the plants that could outlive us. In the last group are the trees, and I’m lucky to have many of them where I live in Maine. I have three volunteers this year that I could use your help identifying.

I’m pretty sure […]

The People Who Radiate Mars

Despite the many dangers and deprivations inherent in such a journey, large numbers of people have applied to join the mission to colonize Mars. Tens of thousands have entered their names as candidates for Mars One. […]

Americans Elect Leader Douglas Schoen Uses Dubious Poll to Label Pro-Reform Protest as Dangerous, Out of Touch, Radical, Extremist and even Violent

Douglas Schoen has been acting as a spokesman, a pollster, and an openly-declared “leader” of Americans Elect for some time now — that’s the 501c4 corporation with plans to nominate its own candidate for President and Vice President in 2012. While Schoen has been leading Americans Elect, he’s also been making some pretty strong declarations […]

Senator Akaka's Remarkable Nuclear Climate Bill

The Energy Development Program Implementation Act addresses poverty, climate change, nuclear proliferation, treaty obligations and international relations through simple, achievable means. It’s a brilliant piece of work that ought to be passed. Please contact your U.S. senators, and ask them to cosponsor S. 1675. […]

Columbus, Ohio Polling Place Report for Election Day 2008

I’ve just come back from a visit to four polling places in the area surrounding the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. This was, you may recall, the epicenter for long lines and voter irregularities in the presidential election of 2004. What I saw in these visits from 9:00 to 9:30 was straightforwardly […]

GOP Economics in a McCain Nutshell

McCain campaign staffers were expected to actually work as volunteers, even though they were told that they would be paid to pretend to be volunteers. […]