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Localist Roundup: The Best Solutions Are Local

July 24, 2014
This piece laments the loss of quiet in a technological age. Meanwhile, this article describes some approaches European cities are taking to encourage revival. In political news, Representative Paul Ryan has a new plan to combat poverty. Finally, a recent study suggests that…
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Care for a Wife’s Health

July 23, 2014
“Seeing, then, that such care is lavished on the body’s food, surely every care should be taken on behalf of our own children’s mother and nurse, in whom is implanted the seed from which there springs a living soul.” Aristotle,…
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Localist Roundup: Mild Electrical Shocks

July 22, 2014
This USDA press release outlines recent efforts to offer more support to the local food movement. Meanwhile, this piece explains the importance of restaurants for cities. Lastly, this article reports that, apparently, people prefer electrical shocks to being alone with their thoughts.…
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In Defense of Layoffs, Contempt for Tradition

July 19, 2014
Take therefore every thought for the morrow.
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A Quaker for Peace

July 18, 2014
From The American Conservative, my remembrance of Robert D. Stuart Jr., whose family knew oatmeal.…
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Localist Roundup: Coping With Loneliness

July 17, 2014
According to this piece, millennials have some interesting tensions in their political views. Meanwhile, this article bemoans the way that parking  has taken over cities. This article describes an epidemic of American loneliness and a somewhat disconcerting attempt to solve…
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What Will Make Me Grateful?

July 16, 2014
“The greatest benefits will not bind the ungrateful.” Aesop’s Fables The farmer, finding a frozen snake, pitied him and placed him in his bosom to thaw. The revived snake, unmoved by gratitude, inflicts a mortal wound. Such ingratitude is especially…
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Things Grow Better With Coke

July 15, 2014
The humble squash bug is truly a remarkable creature. The neonicotinoid pesticides that play such havoc with the fragile bees and birds have no effect whatsoever on the resilient squash bug. Indeed, they seem to be impervious to all pesticides;…
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Localist Roundup: Facebook Moderation

July 10, 2014
This article investigates tensions for Catholic businessmen trying to follow church social doctrine. Meanwhile, this piece describes a innovative local food option that is currently making its way from France to England. In other news, a Dutch group wants volunteers…
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Learning from the Bees

July 9, 2014
“Passing their lives under exalted laws, Alone they recognize a fatherland And the sanctity of a home, and provident For coming winter set to work in summer And store their produce for the common good.” Virgil, The Georgics IV Bees…
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Localist Roundup: NSA News

July 8, 2014
In recent news, the Wasington Post’s analysis of leaked data has shown greater legally indefensible activity by the NSA than previous thought. Meanwhile, this article criticizes the modern employee-employer relationship. Lastly, this piece suggests that millennials care little for the institution of…
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Localist Roundup: Fireworks and Urban Farms

July 3, 2014
This article laments the “intrusion of economics into everything else.” Meanwhile, this piece highlights creative urban farm ideas from around the world. This article explains how some cities are finding ways to put on their annual Independence Day fireworks shows while…
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The Best Manure

July 2, 2014
“We must observe what parts of the land must be manured, how the manure is to be applied, and the best kind to use; for there are several varieties. Cassius states that the best manure is that of birds, except…
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Localist Roundup: SWAT!

July 1, 2014
In this story, the author describes a week of using calligraphy to send text messages. Meanwhile, this piece emphasizes the importance of “other cities.” This article bemoans the disparity between the perception of where food comes from and the reality.…
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Life and Death at the Farmers Market

July 1, 2014
Each day that my son and I take a teaspoon of honey we remember Myrna Sweet. For as long as I’ve been going to the Waupun Farmer’s Market, Clifford and Myrna Sweet have been selling their honey there. It’s a…
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On the Nightstand: Macbeth

June 30, 2014
Our sweetest singer knew something about limits.
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