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10000 children with autism to one in 88 CDC Now Admits 1 in 50 School Children with Autism   Time to Stop Ignoring the Vaccine Connection

Caution: this message may be shocking to some, but it is not for April Fools. Brian Shilhavy, Editor of Health Impact News, ...

By Bonliz Hoag

“A reverence for life is a reverence for wildness. A reverence for life beyond your control. Something you don’t dominate. That is the native habitat of new ideas. Of real humanity - to expose yourself to things beyond your control.  And just ride out the consequences. That is what I seek and want to protect. Elements that are beyond our control.” -Doug Peacock “Hayduke Lives” www.herondance.org.

While pondering Mr. Peacock’s ideas, several thoughts come to mind. Certainly we share his deep...

“At the heart of the current situation in the United States today is the need to downscale and re-localize everyday life, and that naturally calls into question how we manage our affairs. This excellent anthology – Most Likely To Secede – voices the arguments around the possible political breakup of the U.S. nation-state.”

So writes Clusterfuck Nation blogger and futurist James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, of...

Over the nearly seven years I’ve spent blogging on The Archdruid Report, the themes of my weekly posts have veered back and forth between pragmatic ways to deal with the crisis of our time and the landscape of ideas that give those steps their meaning.  That’s been unavoidable, since what I’ve been trying to communicate here is as much a way of looking at the world as it is a set of practices that unfold from that viewpoint, and a set of habits of observation that focus attention on details most people these days tend to ignore.

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"Imagine peace. Secure civil liberties. Family farms. Healthy communities in which each person matters. The flourishing of local arts, music, and letters. Political, cultural, and economic decisions made by neighbors rather than distant rulers. Independence. That’s the inspiriting vision of these Vermonters. Read them, engage them, argue with them. You just might remember–or learn–what participatory democracy is all about."

So writes...

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated December 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here); and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds.  ...

Dr. Chellis Glendinning is one of the West’s most provocative and original thinkers, writers, and do’ers. Her book Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Empire and the Global Economy, is an intimate exploration of the U.S. of Empire.

After reading our new book MOST LIKELY TO SECEDE, she wrote us from Bolivia:

“Steeped in Jeffersonian decentralism, pro-democracy sentiment, and love of land, the mad farmers, sheep growers, and legal...

By Paul Fleckenstein and James Marc Leas

Faced with snowballing criticism of the F-35 program as the most expensive, wasteful, and ineffective weapons system in history, “The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built,” Time magazine, Feb. 25, 2013, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, dropped three bombshells in a widely circulated letter to constituent Christopher Hurd...

One of the wry amusements to be had from writing a blog that routinely contradicts the conventional wisdom of our time is the way that defenders of that same conventional wisdom tend to react.  You might think that those who are repeating what most people believe would take advantage of that fact, and present themselves as the voice of the majority, speaking for the collective consensus of our time.
 
In the nearly seven years since I started this blog, though, the number of times that’s happened can be counted neatly on the fingers of one foot.  Instead, those who rehash the...

by Ken White

It’s a fascinating thought experiment, and for many of the Vermonters whose essays  are collected in Most Likely to Secede, it’s a viable and urgent project: Why, how, and with what beneficial impact could Vermont secede from the United States, and become a radically local, largely self-sustaining democracy?

This book consists mainly of essays from the Vermont Commons, the newsletter where secession is debated and post-separation arrangements proposed. And although the editors admirably did not produce Most Likely to Secede with the intent to “...

What Is It Called When You Outsource Your Autonomy?

So it turns out that friends of the oil industry wrote the environmental impact [1]statement[1] issued by the State Department about the Keystone XL pipeline on March 1. That’s the report that assured people tar sands oil was going to be developed no matter what and anyway, climate change wouldn’t hurt the pipeline.

And it turns out that at least one of the several oil-friendly corporate authors was apparently paid by Trans-Canada, the...

We’ve long appreciated entrepreneur and ecological thinker Paul Hawken’s wisdom and forward-thinking leadership on economic, political and environmental issues. If you haven’t read his booksECOLOGY OF COMMERCE or BLESSED UNREST: HOW THE LARGEST MOVEMENT IN THE WORLD CAME INTO BEING, we recommend them – both are “must reads” for any 21st century citizen.

After reading an advance copy of our...

Until recently, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter had been having a pretty rough time.

If these worries become really serious, . . . [s]mall savers will take their money out of banks and resort to household safes and a shotgun." --Martin Hutchinson on the attempted EU raid on private deposits in Cyprus banks.

The deposit confiscation scheme has long been in the making.  US depositors could be next . . . .

On Tuesday, March 19, the national legislature of Cyprus overwhelmingly rejected a proposed levy on bank deposits as a condition for a European bailout...

March 21 marks the one-year anniversary of the day Vermont’s troubled nuclear power plant license to operate expired. One year later, the plant is still splitting atoms but for the first time in almost forty years, Vermonters are not buying any. Entergy remains at odds withstate leaders who are contesting the plants future in Federal Court, beforestate regulators and among activists who have dubbed March 21...



This letter is to the editor of the Valley News.

Dear Editor,

On March 14, 2013, I sent the following letter (see printed below), to you via your website. I was called to verify my identity the next day - but alas, the letter never got printed.

 I am now very curious as to why letters from New York (Rho's pro-forced vaccination piece), which have already been printed elsewhere, can be given full page space printed in the editorial page of your news establishment, while Vermont letters which explain the other perspective as opinions, are not printed. 



Perhaps it is just an oversight, and if so, I hope we can rectify the situation...

It’s been more than a year now since my posts here on The Archdruid Report veered away from the broader theme of this blog, the decline of industrial civilization, to consider the rise and impending fall of America’s global empire.  That was a necessary detour, and the points I’ve tried to explore since last February will have no small impact on the outcome of the broader trajectory of our age.

It’s only in the imaginary worlds erected by madmen and politicians, after...
Private prisons, private roads and bridges, a private postal service, private water and sewer systems — even private schools for public education — are all great money makers for Wall Street and the 1 percent.
 
But nothing comes close to the potential of privatizing Social Security. Wall Street has coveted this prize for decades.
 
It’s not hard to understand why: money. It’s not just the billions in fees and commissions to be made from managing private retirement funds. It’s the assets Wall Street will get to play with.
 
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When it came to the Senate filibuster on drone killings, the stupid party held the floor, the craven party mostly kept quiet, and the victims had no voice – just another exceptional day in the contemporary clown show of American democracy

In the second minute of his half day filibuster February 6, Senator Rand Paul, R-KY introduced an apt reference to one of the absurdities of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” illuminating the abuse of unchecked absolute power. He started reading from Chapter XII, after the King says, “Let the jury consider their verdict” --

‘No, no!’ said the...

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