Cold Midwest Spring is a Harbinger of Hunger

Here in the upper Midwest temperatures have remained low, and nighttime temperatures are still falling into the frost range, a weather pattern that seems ominously persistent as spring approaches with slowly greening trees, and the absence of sunshine and fallow cornfields.

NetSquared Year 3 Conference, Part I

Photo: ReefRaff, Creative Commons, Flickr< I attended the NetSquared Year 3 Conference on May 27-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA, right after Memorial Day weekend. I had spent the weekend in Berkeley, CA at my friend Sammy’s wedding so I was a little shaky for the meet and greet on Monday night, but Jean Russell…

Will High Oil Prices Regulate the U.S. Economy?

"In the U.S., the Euro Area and the U.K., the track record of inflation during the past few years has deteriorated to the point that a material loss of credibility may well be imminent for all three central banks involved – the Fed, the ECB and the Bank of England," wrote Willem Buiter in a…

N2Y3 2008 Mashup Challenge

The N2Y3 2008 Mashup Challenge featured 21 teams competing for funding for initiatives ranging from saving endangered languages to ending genocide. On the first day of the conference each team was permitted two minutes to describe their projects, many of which focused on themes like government transparency and corporate accountability, and all of which rely…

Chevron (CVX) Invests in Solar Energy Technology

For the most part, Big Oil is hesitant to embrace alternative energy, preferring instead to push for more drilling. For some, however, it appears that the industry is seeing the writing on the wall. Even Big Oil execs know that the days of fossil fuels may be numbered. As a result, Exxon (XOM) is heading…

Summer Driving Season Kickoff Video

Okay so I wrote about my actions at the 2008 Chevron shareholder meeting. Now for a little levity about gas prices on the first weekend of the summer driving season. Disclosure: My car is sitting in a garage in Massachusetts. I haven’t used it in more than a month. Thanks to Miranda Marquit’s blog at…

$200 for a Barrel of Oil: A Fait Accompli?

As 2008 rolls on, we are continuing to see crude oil’s meteoric rise as well as the direct and indirect harm that this trend is causing. Not only are certain industries with end-products or services dependent on crude oil (transportation, plastics, etc.) feeling their margins squeezed, but there is also an increasing fear that broader…

Proxy Voting Turnout Small for “Say on Pay”

Shareholders aren’t voting on proxy issues dealing with executive pay.  With the proxy voting season more than half done (there are only a few companies left with shareholder votes), a somewhat disturbing trend is developing with regard to "say on pay." Through proxy voting, shareholders can make their will known.

How I Made Chevron An Ethical Investment

Photo:rooreynolds-, Creative Commons, Flickr I own Chevron (CVX – $100.81) and have made a pretty penny holding the shares. Owning oil companies has helped make up for my losses in financial shares this year. The other nice part about holding Chevron shares is that I can do things like appoint Amazon Watch as my proxy…

Phoenix to Rise from the Ashes on Mars

Photo:TopTechWriter.US, Creative Commons, Flickr “To get to the ice, you have to go through the fire.” So begins Tuesday’s New York Times article about NASA’s Phoenix Lander scheduled to touchdown on Mars Sunday, May 25, 2008.

2012, Hopi Legends and Ecological Meltdown

I normally wouldn’t write in this vein, being more inclined to scientific research than mysticism, but I have Native American roots, and the appearance of the Holmes comet – which has recently expanded to fill an area greater than our sun – brings to mind Hopi prophecy of the End Times.