Mountain Top Removal (MTR) is the term used to describe when coal companies litterally BLAST! mountain tops to remove only small amount of coal. Profitable for the mining companies precisely because it replaces most of the need for labor with highly destructive, but nonetheless efficient, explosives and machinery. Yet the effects upon eco-systems and local economies are devastating. Simply devastating.

MountainJustice.org has a nice fact list describing MTR and its effects.

I also like this fact/myth artical from Appalacian Voices.

And here’s a grip of articles from our friends at TreeHugger.org:

Ready to Get Pissed Off at Mountaintop Removal Mining? Watch This. (Video)

Satellite Photos Reveal How Mountaintop Removal Is Scarring Appalachia

EPA Data Shows Streams Near Mountaintop Removal Coal Mines Toxic (Duh)

Mountaintop Removal and You – ILoveMountains.org

Ashley Judd on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Scientists Say Mountaintop Removal Mining Should Be Banned – No Remediation Ever Enough


And Im extremely proud of my dear friend Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping! who are running a di-vestment campaign against MTR’s biggest investor: CHASE BANK.

Please read this article and find out how you can get involved and/or support their inspiring work.

And of course, watch their awesome video of one of their choir members closing her Chase Bank Accounts in moral objection to the MTR funding!

In fact, you can sign-up to get the gospel direct from the good Rev.

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Via TreeHugger :: Eat this House!

eat this house

University of Maryland students have turned “This Old House” on its head, and created a home that features an edible wall, and runs on sun, wind, rain and wastes.

Not a lot of details available on what qualifies this house as edible or whether or not its part of a balance breakfast (yet), but I am a sucker for anything that helps live deliciously.

Via TreeHugger!

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WoodHull Haring

Super Social Capitalism is in effect at this forward thinking hospital in Brooklyn. Apparently the program has been running quite successfully since 2005. Rad.

Among the sacrifices many artists make in pursuit of their passion is health care; it’s simply too expensive for those struggling to live off of their creativity. However, Woodhull Hospital in the New York City borough of Brooklyn has come up with an ingenious plan to address this problem; allowing artists of all types to swap their art for health care.

The artists provide a wide range of imaginative services, she said. One artist, trained in yoga breathing and self-soothing, helps breast-cancer patients remain calm and centered while they are waiting to be seen. Others might read to pediatric patients in that waiting room. An actor might put on role-playing sessions for staff, helping them rehearse how to break bad news to patients and loved ones. An upcoming program will have photographers taking pictures of newly-borns to give to the mother as a thank-you for choosing Woodhull hospital.

In return, the artists earn 40 credits per hour of service. Uninsured patients at this public hospital, part of New York City’s health network, pay a flat fee for doctor’s visits (including most lab work and x-rays), between $15 and $60 depending on their income. Most artists end up paying around $20 per service, which also includes emergency room and clinic visits. For each hour they devote to helping the hospital, they earn enough credits to pay for two medical visits. By the end of 2008, more than 400 artists had earned credit this way.

If you’re interested in learning more or taking part in the program, you may call the Artist Access hotline at 877-244-5600.

See full article from WalletPop!

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MORE FUN :: MIT Experiments in Cheap Printable Solar!

Printable Solar Panels, Yummy!

What if you could simply staple solar panels to your house rather than hiring a professional installation team? That’s not as far-fetched as it sounds — MIT researchers have figured out a way to print thin film solar cells on paper using a process that resembles a standard inkjet printer. If they’re able to gear efficiencies up to scale, the development could revolutionize the production and installation of solar panels.

Continue Reading via CNet…

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The Town that FOOD Saved

The Town that Food Saved

Hardwick is a former granite town with one-traffic light, a hardscrabble Vermont town of 3,200 with a median income well below the state average and a 40 percent unemployment rate. It’s being rebuilt by articulate young agricultural entrepreneurs (who Hewitt calls “agrepreneurs”), who are rebuilding the area’s economy with sustainable, local food production—at least that’s what has been said in The New York Times and on “Emeril Green.”

Ben Hewitt is a writer who lives a couple of miles outside town. His thoughtful new book, The Town That Saved Food, introduces the town’s chatty cast of rising agrepreneurial all-stars—Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds, Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens, Andy and Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm—and adds some healthy skepticism about local agriculture in a place where some locals opt for Chinese over the community supported restaurant.


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My heroes, The Yes Men

Last week the Yes Men gave the New York Post a facelift, you can see it HERE.

If you don’t know the YES MEN, you can learn about them in their up-and-coming film, trailer below.

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