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Down To Earth archive for Nov. 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Senate Passes Historic Food Safety Bill

Good news amidst all the partisan bickering: This morning, the U.S. Senate put all that aside and passed historic legislation to protect consumers from preventable food-borne illness. The victory was a 3-1 margin. Now it's on to the House. Elizabeth Hitchcock from PIRG said “according...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010

Weekend Listening: Fela Kuti

Are you cold Spokane? I’ve got the cure. And no, it’s not "In Between Days." Fela Kuti, the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and father of Afrobeat, will warm you up via the dancing that should commence in front of your computer. First, I want to talk about...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

What does the turkey contribute to society? Much more than just a Thanksgiving meal. The Huffington Post has a collection on the alternative uses for the birds - writing "from cancer research to alternative energy sources, it's time to be thankful for turkeys, beyond Thanksgiving."...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Seattle gets a "c" for congratulations

Once again, Seattle deals with Snowpocalypse. In 2008 during the last storm, the snow probably cost Mayor Greg Nickels his re-election big after he gave the city a “B+” for its response. Why do they struggle so much with snow? Does it make sense to...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

Keep updated on snow removal

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. This morning the City Of Spokane called a Stage 1 Snow Emergency. What exactly does this mean? Well, parked cars are to be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes. Under the City’s snow...

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Tuesday Video: Buy Nothing Day

Adbusters is gearing up, ironically, for a day of inaction with Buy Nothing Day on Friday, November 26th. Check Craig Goodwin's excellent post over at Year Of Plenty. After the jump is the message from Adbusters and you can find a map of jams in...

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Only a week left to play the transportation game

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Play this game! This online survey tool that will help pinpoint the goals and priorities of the region’s transportation infrastructure will only be available for one more week. “A Thousand Visions” – A Transportation Planning Game,...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2010

Weekend Listening: Joy Division or New Order?

I’m not sure what band I prefer, Joy Division or New Order, but it's a pointless argument. They're both amazing. Hailing from gloomy industrial Manchester, Joy Division had such a great promise but met a tragic end when frontman Ian Curtis hung himself at age...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 20, 2010

FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010


Friday Quote: Arnold Schwarzenegger

When the Copenhagen summit on climate change failed to reach agreement last December, many thought it was the beginning of the end for the fight against global warming. But I can report nearly a year later that the Green Revolution is alive and robust in...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

We're all Republicans now

At first, that seems to be the message with Gov. Gregoire’s executive order declaring a moratorium on new rules and regulations in order to conserve resources and help small businesses. Sightline calls it a “big fat nothingburger” and you should check their post on the...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010


County Commissioner Bonnie Mager concedes 

The nail biter is over. Last night County Commissioner Bonnie Mager conceded to former Spokane City Councilman Al French. In yesterday's ballot counting, French opened ahead with 2, 752 votes, making one of the most contested local races a done deal. Below is a statement...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Sun People Dry Goods opens December 4th

The opening grand celebration is upon us but be sure to save the date as more details come forth.I'm very excited for Sun People Dry Goods to open. The locally-owned store will carry eco-smart products for everyday living, from traditional hardware to local and ecologically-conscious...

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

Another Green Monday: Transportation Game

If you haven’t told your colleagues, co-workers, friends, family, and everyone you know about the Transportation Planning game, please do so now. The game is available through Monday November 29th. “A Thousand Visions” – A Transportation Planning Game, is available online at www.spokanetransportationvision.com. It allows...

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Recycling after the tailgate 

For some, tailgating is what you do to unwind. Not these Idaho Vandals. How do they tailgate?With exuberance and ferocity - and a fierce desire to win. What does it mean to win at a tailgate? Does it mean means having the best time, eating...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 13, 2010

FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

Friday Quote: A model for urban agriculture in Spokane

Oakland, Calif., where I live, doesn't have a lot to celebrate, what with budget-driven police layoffs and an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent. Still, one piece of good news has urban agriculture proponents cheering.Not about Oakland's plan to sanction (and tax) large-scale marijuana farms, but...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2010

Dude, only a week to stock up on Four Loko 

You might’ve heard Four Loko (aka liquid cocaine) is coming off the shelf. The alcoholic energy drink is like the bastard child of an orgy involving a Steel Reserve and about four Red Bulls hopped up on Crystal Lite. With eleven percent alcohol and enough...

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