Skipping Over The Guts – A Double Environmental Book Review

emThe question of what constitutes the environmental movement and its approach to the organization of society ought to be an area for fertile research and investigation. After all, the last two decades have seen the development of an elaborate environmental policy system and the emergence and recognition of large, national environmental groups as well as thousands of grass-roots groups. Yet the analysis of environmental movements and their ideas has remained relatively impoverished, often subject to narrow interpretation and argument.

Two recently published books, A Fierce Green Fire by former New York Times reporter Phillip Shabecoff and Green Delusions by Duke University professor Martin Lewis underline, each in their own ways, this problem of limited scholarship.

Lewis’ Green Delusions is a hard-edged, open-ended, angry polemic against what he calls “radical environmentalism.” Such radicals, according to Green Delusions, include assorted academic Marxists, ecofeminists, deep ecologists, social ecologists and eco-marauders.

Lewis’ mission is to thoroughly discredit eco-radicalism. At the same time, he also strives to demonstrate the superiority of a “Promethean” environmentalism capable of embracing capitalism and recognizing its unique abilities to develop a “technologically sophisticated, ecologically sustainable, global economy.” while …

My Search For The Best Skin Tag Removal

bstrI want to know about the best skin tag removal. I gained a lot of weight during pregnancy. According to my friend, skin tags usually come out when one has gained weight and it’s no surprise that I am now suffering from it. I used to be slim but probably because of hormonal imbalance during pregnancy, I gained around twenty pounds. Now that my baby is already 2 months old and I already gained the energy I lost when I gave birth, I think it is time I make myself beautiful again. I was advised not to take on intense workout yet so I guess I have to focus on my skin first. I read about home skin tag remedies but I think pulling out hanging skin using a dental floss or cutting it off with the use of scissors is very painful. I am also afraid that my skin might get infected by it. I prefer having my skin tags removed with the help of skin professionals. I am planning to take on electrocautery. I already went through this procedure for my warts and the pain was …

Rainy Days Bring Great Photo Opportunities

When it’s raining, don’t forget to protect your camera! Unless you have someone who can hold an umbrella over you, keep your compact camera inside your raincoat or use a locking plastic bag as a temporary waterproof housing. You can create your own housing by putting your camera in a plastic bag, with a hole cut out for the lens. Be sure to secure the bag to the front rim of your lens with a rubber band. Take care that the bag doesn’t block your viewfinder or any auto-focusing windows on the front of your camera. It’s also a good time to try a single-use waterproof camera. There are also several splash-proof compact cameras on the market. Some even feature a built-in zoom lens for added versatility.

rainydaysGray skies don’t usually add much to a picture, so it’s best to minimize the sky or find scenes where you can crop the sky out. A gray sky can fool your cameras meter and will render the rest of your picture too dark. If the foreground in your photo is exposed properly, the sky might appear chalky and white

Staying Cool Under Pressure: Avoiding Anger

scupAt work, Stacy Platteter used to worry about everyone else’s needs. Even if she was upset, she’d focus on others before dealing with her own problems. “I was a real people pleaser,” admits Platteter, 41, a physical therapist in Highland Park, IL. Inevitably, she began to feel angry and frustrated, then helpless and depressed. Fortunately, Platteter got counseling and learned to be more assertive–and to look after herself. Now, for example, when her patients complain about their slow progress, she doesn’t try to make it all okay. Instead, she honestly tells them that the process of healing can be gradual, even maddeningly slow.

If you feel angry at work, too, you’ve got plenty of company. Last year a Gallup poll of 1,010 workers found that 60 percent experienced some degree of anger on the job, up sharply from 49 percent the previous year. For certain people, the changing nature of the workplace is partly to blame. “These days, more is expected of employees, but there is less job security to balance the greater demands,” says Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D., a Westport, CT, clinical psychologist and author of Anger Workout

Will Nuclear Energy Ever Work?

wneeThis year marks two decades since the Arizona Public Service Company placed its order for Palo Verde, the last nuclear reactor to be ordered and put into operation in the United States. The nuclear industry’s epitaph should have been written by expensive construction problems, safety mishaps, unreliable operations, reluctant regulators and investors, public opposition and the unsolved radioactive waste problem.

But with virtually unequaled economic and political power the nuclear industry is forging a comeback. “Today, the nuclear power industry, well-schooled by [its] experience, with a realistic sense of its strengths and weaknesses, stands at the threshold of maturity, ready for a new generation of plants,” asserts Richard Myers, a vice-president of the nuclear industry trade association, the U.S. Council on Energy Awareness (USCEA), in a recent issue of the association’s magazine.

In large part, Myers owes his optimism to the federal largess that has coddled the nuclear industry since its infancy four decades ago and continues today. “The nuclear industry would absolutely not have gotten off the ground without federal support,” says Steve Cohn, an economics professor at Knox College in Illinois who has researched the industry …

Could You Survive Without Smell?

cyswsThink fast–if you had to give up one of your five senses, which would you choose? Eyesight and hearing are nonnegotiable. Live without taste, and you deny yourself an array of culinary pleasures, from chocolate and cheese to the tang of a vine-ripened summer tomato. So that leaves touch and smell. Of course, no touch means no sex. Okay, so that leaves smell.

Of all the senses, smell is the runt of the litter, the ability most of us probably appreciate the least. Aromatherapists and other fragrance advocates would like to change that. Scent, they say, is more than just a luxury for Saturday night. Flip open any aromatherapy book and you are sure to find claims that lavender relaxes, peppermint invigorates, and rose combats depression. Can scent play physiological tricks on the brain? Could a single whiff get you to work harder, feel healthier, be happier?

In the past, such notions were supported by weak anecdotal reports, says Avery Gilbert, Ph.D., scent expert and president of Synesthetites, a sensory consulting firm in Montclair, NJ. But today, he notes, research is being done, using standard scientific tests. “It’s …