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How Did Prop 37 Fail?

Perhaps a bit buried amid the noise of the American Presidential election, that same night a number of significant initiatives were being voted on across the United States. One of them, California Proposition 37, would have required all genetically modified (GM) foods to carry a label. While in the end Prop 37 was defeated, it represents a significant moment for the future of the food industry. By Kyle Boulden

 

Article by Kyle Boulden Perhaps a bit buried amid the noise of the American Presidential election, that same night a number of significant initiatives were being voted on across the United States. One of them, California Proposition 37, would have required all genetically modified (GM) foods to carry a label.

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The American Art of Gerrymandering

The democratic system of government is a complicated creature, one that is vulnerable to all sorts of attempts to create advantages for one side over another. Some groups may try to subtly influence the system, while in other cases the corruption is more obvious. The practice of gerrymandering falls into the latter category, and is a major factor in American politics. By Kyle Boulden

 

The democratic system of government is a complicated creature, one that is vulnerable to all sorts of attempts to create advantages for one side over another. Some groups may try to subtly influence the system, while in other cases the corruption is more obvious. The practice of gerrymandering falls into

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Are You Voting For This Guy?

If you’ve been paying any attention to the U.S. presidential race recently, it would be nearly impossible to miss the debate over taxation and tax reform. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have decided to make the economy the main focus of their campaign, and fiscal policy lies at the heart. By Kyle Boulden

 

If you’ve been paying any attention to the U.S. presidential race recently, it would be nearly impossible to miss the debate over taxation and tax reform. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have decided to make the economy the main focus of their campaign, and fiscal policy lies at the heart.

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Water Resources and Sustainability

Water – without a doubt one of the most vital substances on the earth. This life-giving liquid is so important to humanity, and yet it is often treated with the same short-sightedness that plagues our handling of so many other resources. By Kyle Boulden

 

Water – without a doubt one of the most vital substances on the earth. This life-giving liquid is so important to humanity, and yet it is often treated with the same short-sightedness that plagues our handling of so many other resources. Water is needed for people to drink, as habitat

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Wisdom and the Canadian Budget: A Tale of Misplaced Priorities

A budget is perhaps the purest expression of a government’s priorities. Prime ministers and presidents may speak passionately about what issues matter deeply, but when it comes down to it the budget is a place where citizens can see their elected officials in action. By Kyle Boulden

 

A budget is perhaps the purest expression of a government’s priorities. Prime ministers and presidents may speak passionately about what issues matter deeply, but when it comes down to it the budget is a place where citizens can see their elected officials in action. As the debate rages around the

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The Folly of Fracking

The development of more fossil fuels, particularly sources that come with an increasing social and environmental cost, is contrary to the long-term interests of the human species. By Kyle Boulden

 

Fracking – short for hydraulic fracturing - is a dangerous and unsustainable method of extracting oil and natural gas from shale other underground rock formations. It’s a hotly-debated topic these days, as both governments and citizens weigh the short term gains against the long-term costs associated with the drilling. With

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Penn Badgley on Occupy Wall Street

 

While filming in New York in October of last year, we did a short interview with actor Penn Badgley (best known for his role on the popular show, Gossip Girl). He had some wise words about the movement, along with a couple of other protestors at the scene whom we

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Don’t Just Buy Less. Buy Nothing.

This holiday season, try something new for your shopping list. Buy nothing.

 

Holiday shopping is out of control. With Black Friday kick-starting the mayhem during America’s thanksgiving weekend, holiday sales and aggressive marketing campaigns lasting throughout the entire month of December, and post-holiday Boxing Day sales continuing for weeks afterwards, the consumer industry has managed to create one of the largest, the

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Why The West is in Decline

After 500 years of exponential divergence, the western civilization --United States is now coming to an inexorable decline or end, in a state of collapse. By Fiona Smith

 

After 500 years of exponential divergence, the western civilization --United States is now coming to an inexorable decline or end, in a state of collapse. Western countries are the ones most heavily indebted to the developing world; in the case of the United States, debt is financed through inflation and

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