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Book Review: The Pandemic May Be the Least of It

Since March or so, a running joke — or perhaps wry observation is the better term — has been that each month seems to last about a decade. In early spring, the Covid-19 pandemic came to utterly dominate the news cycle, only to be pushed aside by unrest in America’s cities as throngs took to […]

August 8th

Langston Hughs – Let America Be America Again

Langston Hughes was a great man and a great poet. In particular he is the perfect antidote for MAGAism. “Let America Be America Again (America never was America to me.)” We should have trumpeted today’s poem from the moment Trump came down the escalator. We should be declaiming it in chorus every day. For myself, I […]

July 12th

Book Review: An “Impossible” Voyage on Foot Across Antarctica

On November 3, 2018, a 33-year-old athlete named Colin O’Brady strapped himself into a harness and began pulling a 375-pound sled, laden with a tent and supplies, across the frozen wastes of Antarctica. O’Brady was beginning his journey near a location known as the Ronne Ice Shelf. His goal was to cross the Transantarctic Mountains […]

June 20th

Top 13 recommended books by and about American Indians

Over the years, one question I have been asked repeatedly is for a recommendation of a book that comprehensively tells the story of American Indians. In fact, there’s no book that does that because, just like other people who live in the USA, Indians aren’t monolithic. Hundreds of federally recognized tribes, hundreds more that are unrecognized, 29 language groups and […]

June 16th

Going to Mars for the holidays? Take these books (and one game) along

They’re already talking about getaway excursions to the Moon, right? Yes, they are. Before you know it, the idea of vacationing on Mars will not seem so crazy either. Of course, you’ll need something to keep you busy during the long trip out there. CleanTechnica recently received some suggestions from National Geographic that fit the bill and […]

December 8th

Book review: The Salks tackle the taboo topic of population reduction (because climate change)

Human population reduction is a difficult topic. We can understand logically that reduced reproduction will create an economy-wide lessening of greenhouse gas emissions, as it will scale back consumption patterns. But how can we emotionally discuss overpopulation of humans and the resulting overwhelming demands on the planet without inciting moral agita? Are there population-sensitive approaches […]

November 25th

The Madhouse Effect – How climate change denial is threatening our planet, destroying our politics, and driving us crazy

Michael Mann and Tom Toles have collaborated on a book about climate change entitled “The Madhouse Effect — How climate change denial is threatening our planet, destroying our politics, and driving us crazy.“ By Steve Hanley Mann is  “Professor Hockey Stick,” the person who dared warn us back before the turn of the century that, left […]

October 12th