Reality TV is a joke to Linda Harrar, an independent filmmaker who documents the plight of the poor in less developed countries. "On Indonesian islands near where 'Survivor' was filmed, people eat rats regularly -- because they have to," she said.
The results of the 1976 NIH experiment that gave the green light to gene-splicing were fudged. Next time you hear a scientist asserting that gene-splicing is safe, remind yourself that there is no scientific proof.
The mad cow disease that is whipping the USDA into a sheep-slaughtering frenzy is poorly understood. Are sheep the scapegoat for politically connected cattle farmers who continue to feed their livestock dangerous animal products?
Outburts of unbelievable vitriol have been flaming the airwaves and pages of media outlets in Vermont, where same-sex civil unions have been legal for a week now. How might the thinking person respond to such uncivil behavior?
We humans have more than doubled our numbers since 1950, but most industrialized nations have stopped growing or are slowly shrinking. Donella Meadows reports slight to moderate slowdown in population growth, fossil fuel consumption, water use, fertlizer application and nuclear waste buildup.
Why do environmental groups send out mass mailings for the preservation of forests -- mailings printed on postconsumer recycled paper, which is, nevertheless, made from ground-up trees, cut from a forest?
"Am I the only one who's both amused at and a little scared by the endless succession of 'how-to' books for executives? I mean, these people run organizations that are bigger and richer than most governments. Heck, they own, directly or indirectly, most governments."
"Electrolux vacuum cleaner bags have always been pricey, but they recently jacked them up to $1.25 each. I called my local distributor to ask why the steep rise. They're new improved bags, he pointed out. When I got around to reading the label, I discovered that they're new alright... but are the new, dangerous chemicals really an improvement?"
Meadows writes: "In this country not only do we hold people innocent until proven guilty, we do the same for chemicals. Their behavior may be suspect, they may be found regularly at the scenes of crimes, they may fail their lab tests, but still we let them go free -- indeed we multiply, spread and circulate them -- until someone proves beyond all doubt that they are harmful."
Meadows writes: "On the Sunday after Michael Dorris committed suicide, the news was announced, gently and sadly, in a church here in the valley where he lived. A bit of the story came out that Sunday morning. Our neighbor, teacher, favorite writer was separated from the woman we knew as the love of his life, the even more celebrated author Louise Erdrich. He was facing a charge that could have cost him all contact with their children. He had attempted suicide a few weeks before. Friends had been talking with him ever since, many times a day, trying to help him find his way back into the light. His desperation had finally outwitted their care and concern."