Monthly Archives: July 2007

Foundations Admit Mistakes…How About Businesses?

A Very refreshing article in the New York Times about foundations not only not burying their mistakes, but actually looking at how they happened, what went wrong, and what to do better the next time around. Just a few years

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Business Ethics, Ethics: General, General Commentary, People Helping People, Shel's Personal Life

More Reasons to Oppose Nuclear Power: DOE Official

Bill Becker, a former US Department of Energy official, published a very cogent article in the Denver Post, opposing nuclear power on the grounds that… Those who say it will reduce global warming ignore the huge carbon cost of mining,

Posted in Energy & Sustainability

Barbara Kingsolver on Being a "Localvore"

Audio interview on a year of eating only local foods, many of them from her garden. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_6208.cfm I confess–while I try to eat local and organic as much as possible, I’m not to the point where I can completely give

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Energy & Sustainability, People Helping People, Social and Economic Justice

Scotts Miracle-Gro, Pick On Somebody Your Own Size

Apparently, 59% of the market isn’t enough for Scotts Miracle-Gro. The company is suing its tiny competitor, TerraCycle–a maker of compost made from worm poo, on trademark infringement grounds. Well, I looked at TerraCycle’s logo and trade dress, and then

Posted in Business Ethics, Energy & Sustainability

Without Spoiling the Surprise: Harry Potter #7

Both as someone who loves a good yarn and someone who writes regularly about ethics both in my blog and in my award-winning sixth book, Principled Profit: Marketing That Puts People First, I want to talk for a minute about

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Ethics: General, Publishing

Bush Exec Order: Seize Property of Activists

Why wasn’t this all over the media? George W Bush has signed an Executive Order giving broad powers to seize property and block financial transactions from anyone who even donates money to any person or group that the government feels

Posted in Politics

NY Times: Whole Foods Not the Only "Sock-Puppeteer"

Apparently the phenomenon of a corporate executive posting anonymously in ways that he/she thinks will help his/her company/hurt the competition is called “sock puppeting.” I hadn’t heard this term until I stumbled on a New York Times article this morning,

Posted in Business Ethics, Media Ethics

Pentagon Papers: High Drama and Intrigue–And It's All True

35 years ago this month, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers–embarrassing documents showing how successive administrations from both parties lies us into Vietnam and kept us there. Democracy Now had three of the players: Ellsberg himself, Senator (and current Presidential

Posted in Ethics in Government, Peace and War, Politics

Is Bill Kristol on THIS Planet?

Kristol thinks GWB is a successful president and that we’re on track to win the war in Iraq. Hmmm–could’ve fooled me! Can you say “hubris”? Gawd, what chutzpah. Arianna Huffington calls him “delusional”–and I think she is right! Kristol writes

Posted in Peace and War, Politics, Uncategorized

Organic Food Could Feed the World–And Pesticides Hurt Yields!

An amazing juxtaposition of two stories in the Organic Consumers Association’s latest newsletter: A Reuters report, “Organic Farming Can Feed the World“: “Model estimates indicate that organic methods could produce enough food on a global per capita basis to sustain

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, Energy & Sustainability

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