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Aug 11

Free Trade Critic

Posted by Bruce Robinson in rights , resources , policy , news , Ideas , history , government , business , author

Bruce Robinson


International free trade agreements are an expansion of domestic US policies that have been in place for over a century, but critic Jane Anne Morris says they were never a good idea.

Below, Morris explains how the issues generating protests against NAFT and the WTO now are much the same as they were 125 years ago when free trade was first imposed within the United States.

In Gaveling Down the Rabble, author/activist Jane Anne Morrow explores a century and a half of efforts by corporations and the courts to undermine local democracy in the United States by using a "free trade" model. It was that very nineteenth-century model that was later adopted globally by corporations to subvert local attempts at protecting the environment and citizen and worker health.

Jane Anne Morris is a corporate anthropologist with a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas. Her 1994 book was based on her work on energy issues in Texas during the 1980s. She has been active in anti-war, women's and environmental struggles since the 1970s.

Many of the biggest protest demonstrations of the past decade, such as thos one in Costa Rica, have been in opposition to "Free Trade" policies promulgated by major corporations, many of them US-based.

Aug 10

Physics for Future Presidents

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Science , policy , Ideas , government , education

Bruce Robinson

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Richard Muller is professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a past winner of the MacArthur Fellowship. Physics for Future Presidents is based on his renowned course for non-science students.


 Why Must World Leaders Know Physics?

Imagine it: You are the President and a terrorist has planted a dirty bomb in midtown Manhattan. What do you do? How do you react? If you don't know anything about Physics you won't be able to act quickly or wisely. But if you do. . .

Physics_for_future_presidents_1b_3Future presidents (and voters) can't afford to be ignorant about nuclear weapons. Physics for Future Presidents gives you the knowledge necessary to survive in today's political and increasingly nuclear world.

What is the difference between a Uranium bomb, a Plutonium bomb, and a Hydrogen bomb? What are the real dangers of nuclear waste? Find out what you need to know about radiation and nukes .

Physics is also critical to our understanding of Energy, Space and Global Warming. You can read exercpts from Physics for Future Presidents here .


Aug 07

Co-Working in Penngrove

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma , news , Ideas , community , business

Bruce Robinson

Co-working has come to Sonoma County.

To view the SoCo Depot website click here .

Click here for a slide show of the early development of the So Co Depot co-working space.

Anthony Tusler

The So Co Depot conference room (before the art went up).

Read what Mother Jones has written about the co-working phenomena.

There’s a list of other co-working sites worldwide when you scroll down here .

To read about the creator of CoWorking, Brad Neuberg, click here .

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