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Democracy is a farce and an illusion

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Since outright slavery has been discredited, democracy is the only remaining rationale for state compulsion that most people will accept. Democracy has proved only that the best way to gain power over people is to assure the people that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderful submissive slaves. -- Joseph Sobran, “The Myth of Limited Government”.

Alabama Chanin’s Cyber Monday Sale: 50% Off Handmade Slow Fashion

Eco Chic

Alabama Chanin rarely has a sale, but this one’s a doozy (so much so, I had to share it with you all). Up to 50% off in the brand’s red dot sale, happening NOW! I’m loving the large polka dot t-shirt (above) and the Little Flowers Walking Cape (below)>.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of November 2012)

10,000 Birds

We in the United States just enjoyed (or endured) the most commercial weekend of the calendar year. The extravagant culinary commitment of Thanksgiving Thursday seems modest next to the profligate spirit of Black Friday.

It Isn’t Just a Playground Anymore

Green Home Blog

It Isn’t Just a Playground Anymore. As a result of the recent economic downturn – which one financial guru has dubbed “The Great Recession” – everything is down: jobs, GDP, exports, wages and home values.

Tufted Titmice at the Central Park Bird Feeders

10,000 Birds

The feeders in the Ramble in Central Park are fully stocked and going strong again this winter. In addition to the expected species, both Pine Siskins and a Common Redpoll have been reported. But on a visit to the park on Saturday morning I was most surprised by the sheer number of Tufted Titmice.

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Owl Wings To Make Planes Quieter?

10,000 Birds

Owls can fly with incredible stealth thanks to evolution, which caused all kinds of changes to their wings to allow them to sneak up on prey. Now researchers are trying to find a way to use the adaptations owls come by naturally on airplanes to make planes quieter. Hat-tip to my mom, Jill Finger. Asides

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Iraqi Stuffed Grape Leaves RECIPE

Green Prophet

In the Middle East, recipes for stuffed vegetables and leaves evolved from a simple, thrifty way with meat to a culinary passion. Careful housewives have long known that a little ground meat goes a long way when artfully seasoned and combined with rice.

CIA Has Closed Climate Change Research Office

Celsias

With the U.S. intelligence budget shrinking, the CIA has quietly shut down its Center on Climate Change and National Security -- a project that was launched with the support of Leon Panetta when he led the agency, but that drew sharp criticism from some Republicans in Congress., r eports Greenwire.

Superstorm Sandy- A People's Shock?

Celsias

Less than three days after Sandy made landfall on the East Coast of the United States, Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute blamed New Yorkers’ resistance to big-box stores for the misery they were about to endure.

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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