Our Blog | December 2008

Happy Holidays!

by: Heather on 12/23/2008
Posted in: Events

Happy holidays from all of us to all of you!

Here's a picture of our favorite office assistant to carry you through until next year (photo credit to the fabulous Jean W. - thanks Jean!).

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Vermiculite May Pose Asbestos Hazard

by: Heather on 12/19/2008
Posted in: Guest Posts

The following post was submitted by James O'Shea, a reader concerned about potential soil contamination from vermiculite. Vermiculite is widely used in gardening for moisture retention. If you buy plant starts or potted plants from the garden center, the little whitish bits that you often find mixed in with the soil are vermiculite.

Vermiculite May …

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Guest Post - Graeme Taylor

by: Heather on 12/18/2008
Posted in: Guest Posts

This article on the global emergency facing our planet just arrived from Graeme Taylor, author of Evolution's Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World . (Originally published in Australia's Courier-Mail daily newspaper and reprinted by permission of the author.)

Save Australia!

THE planet is now facing a global emergency. If the …

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Recipe Post - Chocolate Rum Pecan Balls

by: Heather on 12/16/2008
Posted in: Cooking

To help get you in the holiday spirit, here's a perfect vegan recipe from ExtraVeganZa for a festive cookie to make on special occasions - rich with rum, chocolate and ground pecans. Hold the diet!

Chocolate Rum Pecan Balls


  • 2 cups spelt flour (500 ml)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (1 ml)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (2 ml)
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (or carob …
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Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling

by: Heather on 12/15/2008
Posted in: New Books

John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction is the long-awaited, critically-acclaimed follow-up to the bestselling classic Dumbing Us Down. Just off press, this radical work argues that the real function of the modern educational system is to render the masses manageable and to train the next generation for subservience to the state.

Gatto has …

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