Old MacDonald Meets AOL

March 5, 2011

Prices for farmland here in the Midwest are soaring, says the New York City-based newspaper of record. Up as much as 23 percent year on year for the prime stuff. And while I live in Illinois, a state that is corporate home to some of the world’s biggest multinational agribusiness operators in part because it […]

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Unions and the Made in America Challenge

February 27, 2011

ABC TV has just started a high profile news series related to the concept of Buying American – called the Made in America Challenge. It may become a PR success, but it will be an economic failure.  Where would Disney – the owner of ABC – get all of the items sold at its stores […]

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Get Up, Dogs

February 15, 2011

It feels like a scene out of a Jack London story, and that’s probably why they are doing it, right now. Dogs and dog drivers are braving 50 degrees below zero (actual temperatures – not wind chills), frostbite, unbelievable winds, sun, snow, mountains and the Yukon River. It’s the Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race – […]

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Stealing Your Soul

January 13, 2011

Photographs/videos/audios or other recordings – actually do remove part of their subject’s soul. It is captured, subsequently removed, physically or mentally, and occasionally altered, clarified, extruded or othewise re-used. I am not enough of a soul man to know what exactly to call that something that is removed.  Soul will do for now. Is essence […]

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Geomancy, Haruspex and Contextual Discovery

December 28, 2010

What if your internet interface knew what you wanted – before you even knew you wanted anything? Would it help or hurt? Would you wind up doing things you didn’t want to, simply because of suggestion? Would you give in to digital peer pressure? If an alternative is presented as THE solution does it become […]

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Undiscovered, Uncontacted, or Just Plain Alone?

December 10, 2010

Today, there are scores of indigenous groups of people, mostly in Indonesia, Brazil and Peru, who either have not been discovered by what is commonly known as civilization, or choose to keep their status as – opted out. We bump into them as we drive further into their into their forests, looking for resources to […]

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