Anti-Corporate Bad Taste Satire at Burning Man

Well, there is Internet connection here but it's slow.  It seems to have gotten better over the week.  My camp, Entheon Village, has been great and set up a repeater. The Barbie Death Camp (and Wine Bar) Satires Mattel Inc's (MAT – $21.68) top selling doll of all time, Barbie, being cast into ovens.  You…

Investing in Your Own Backyard

The push towards "local" is mostly viewed through consumer eyes.  Whether shopping at local stores rather than national chains, or eating local foods rather than those shipped from thousands of miles away, being local is emerging as vital to the sustainable development movement.  Socially responsible investors can get in on the act as well.  Supporting…

The Blame Game

When you see "Made in China" on a product, what is your first instinct?  Put the product down and move on to another?  Barely notice and put it in your shopping basket?  Look at other products, realize how much more they cost, and begrudgingly buy the Chinese one?  While the desire to avoid Chinese products…

The T in LGBT: Gender Identity Policies at U.S. Companies

Over the years, a record number of U.S. companies have expanded benefits and protections for their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), “More and more companies are including LGBT people in their non-discrimination policies and offering benefits to employees’ domestic partners.”

Burning Man 2007

Photo:herby_fr, Creative Commons, Flickr I'm taking a week away from stock research, trading, credit meltdowns and blogging for The Panelist.  I'm leaving the Default World and heading to the to a dry salt lake bed called Black Rock City.  I heard there might be Internet access. If there is, I'm going to try to report on how…

Vinod Khosla, Ethanol Mogul

Related links: http://www.khoslaventures.com/resources.html http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-6202328.html http://www.greenbiz.com/news/columns_third.cfm?NewsID=35798 Burning Man and Greentech: Apparently one can look for venture capital at Burning Man:http://newenergytimes.com/SR/Planktos/BurningManGreentech.htm Vinod Khosla, ethanol mogul:http://www.khoslaventures.com/resources.html

Whole and Wild: Buying Local Foods and Oats

Photo:Elizabeth Thomsen, Creative Commons, Flickr “In the long term, the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it’s unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is the rule of nature.” – Mollie Beattie I admit that I’m a newbie to the sustainable living movement. Only since the beginning of Queercents have I honed in on…

Energy Efficiency: Learning from Japan

One of the puzzling things about today's energy climate is why the U.S. is so content to continue its course, allowing Big Oil to call the shots. As the only superpower in the world, and arguably the country with the brightest minds, we should be looking to the 21st Century for our energy needs, rather…

Using Mushrooms to Make Biodiesel

The news in biofuels appears to be taking off. In my last post, I mentioned Jatropha, a plant that can produce an alternative fuel, and one in which BP (BP) is investing. Today's subject is using a fungus to make biodiesel. That's right. Wired reports on the latest in the push toward alternative fuel sources:…

If He Can Like Wal-Mart, Can You?

For those of us interested in sustainable community development, Wal-Mart (WMT) is a hard company to like, let alone love.  Even with its move toward more energy-efficient stores and selling more environmentally-friendly and organic products, it is a reflex for many of us to be Wal-Mart haters.  But given the enormity of the company, is…

From the Ken-n-n-n-tucky Coal Mines to the California Sun

With crude oil continuing to trade at stratospheric prices, conflicts in the Middle East not showing any signs of abatement, and fears of climate change spreading, the alternative energy boom presses on. While each segment of the industry has begun to carve out its respective niche in the marketplace, we are nevertheless reminded that the potential of…

Biofuels: Jatropha

Biofuel options abound, and one of the more interesting is jatropha. As the cost of oil continues to annoy people around the world, and hurricanes raise worries about a stable oil supply, science is exploring alternative means of energy. From electric cars to biofuels, the idea is to find a way to move energy production…