Study For Your Country
Empower yourself by Keeping wonderful notebooks.
Great Books: What is the Power of Ideas?
Note. You can find almost all books by a certain author or on a subject by searching the World Cat database. You can then order the books at your library through inter-library loan, look for them at a university or local library or purchase them through Amazon.com .
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.::
William McDonough and Michael Braungart:
- The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right (with John Cronin) Click here to order the book.
- Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy
- Saint Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy (for children) Click here to have a look inside the book.
- Click here to follow Robert on Twitter. Good!
- Click here to read articles by Robert.
Paul Krugman (Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics):
- Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
- The Conscience of a Liberal
- The Great Unraveling: Loosing Our Way in the New Century
- Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future
Joseph Stiglitz (recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics):
- Silent Spring (a classic that awakened the environmental movement):
Frances Moore Lappe (recipient of the Right Livelihood Award):
- The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict (with Linda Bilmes)
- Globalization and Its Discontents
President Jimmy Carter (recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize):
- Now We Can Speak: A Journey Through the New Nicaragua
- Eco Mind: Changing the Way We Think To Create The World We Want
- Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for a World Gone Mad
- Getting a Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Want
- Democracy's Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life
- Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (With Anna Lappe)
- Diet for a Small Planet
- Peace Not Apartheid
- The Blood of Abraham: Insights Into the Middle East
- Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis
- A Remarkable Mother
- Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope
Helena Norberg Hodge (recipient of the Right Livelihood Award)::
- The Limits to Growth - the 30 Year Update
- Click here to read articles written by Donella.
- Ancient Futures: learning from Ladakh
- Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World
- From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture
Dr. David Suzuki::
- The Smile of the Murugan: A South Indian Journey
- The Story of England
- The Story of India
- China: The Mandate of Heaven
Dr. Vandana Shiva (recipient of the Right Livelihood award):
- It's a Matter of Survival (with Anita Gordon)
- Good News for a Change: How Everyday People are Helping the Planet (with Holly Dressel)
- The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature (with Amanda McConnell)
- The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for Our Sustainable Future (with Margaret Atwood)
- From Naked Ape to Superspecies: Humanity and the Global Eco-Crisis (with Holly Dressel)
- The David Suzuki Reader
- A David Suzuki Collection : a Lifetime of Ideas
- You Are the Earth
- More Good News : Real Solutions to the Global Eco-Crisis
- See more films by Dr. Suzuki on the World Cat database
- See his wonderful lectures on youtube.com
Dr. David Orr:
- Monocultures of the Mind: Perspectives on Biodiversity and Biotechnology
- Staying Alive (This important book helps you understand what is destroying the earth's hydrology):
- Dr. Shiva's acceptance speech for the Right Livelihood Award.
Edward Goldsmith (recipient of the Right Livelihood award) and Jerry Mander (editors):
- Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
- The Nature of Design: Ecology, Culture, and Human Intention
T. Colin Campbell:
- The Case Against the Global Economy and For a Turn Toward the Local
- A Sand County Almanac
- Round River
Rabindranath Tagore (recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature):
- Small is Beautiful (a classic explaining ecological economics, also called Buddhist economics):
Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha, which means enlightened):
- Aranya Devata (Tagore discusses ancient Indian philosophy concerning our need to live in harmony with nature):
- The Dhammapada (the most widely read and best known book of quotes by the Buddha, a sage.)
Anthony Shadid (a New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize recipient tells about the tragedies of the war in Iraq):
- The Book of Tea (a classic explaining the Japanese tea ceremony)
- Philippines: Fire on the Rim
- The Analects
- The Doctrine of the Mean
- The Great Learning
- Greedy Bastards (Ratigan explains the misdeeds of tycoons of the financial sector):
Joy Bonds, Jimmy Emerman, Linda John, Penny Johnson, Paul Rupert:
- Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
- Our Roots Are Still Alive: The Story of the Palestinian People
- Rich Media, Poor Democracy
Sen. Byron Dorgan
- Why We're Liberals: a Handbook for Restoring America's Most Important Ideals
- Click here to read Alterman's blog in Nation Magazine.
Eric Tucker and John Westerdahl, dessert recipes by Sascha Weiss
- Take This Job and Ship It
Eric Tucker and Bruce Enloe, dessert recipes by Amy Pearce
- The Millenium Cookbook: Extraordinary Vegetarian Cuisine (Recipes used during the first three years of operation of the famous Millenium vegan restaurant in San Francisco, California)
- The Artful Vegan (More recipes used by the famous Millenium vegan restaurant in San Francisco, California)
Maybe you can be a film maker.
Note. You might view films for a small fee on Apple Itunes or Amazon.com.
Also, see reviews of films on Bullfrog Films home page or youtube channel.
Consider inviting people to your home for a potluck and view a film right on your computer.
I envision library reform where libraries have amazing collections of documentary videos, along with computers where they can be viewed and rooms where groups can come to view films together.
This is where the power lies. If you want to be a powerful researcher, watch documentary videos.
Books are stone age compared to documentary videos.
Michael Wood (Maya vision):
Dr. David Suzuki:
- The Legacy: The Origins of Civilization
- China: The Mandate of Heaven
- India: Empire of the Spirit
- Egypt: The Habit of Civilization
- Europe: The Barbarian West
- Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization
- Central America: The Burden of Time
- The Story of England
- The Sacred Way
- See more films by Maya Vision
- The Great British History: A People's History (See clips on the BBC website.)
- The Sacred Balance
- Turning Down the Heat: the New Energy Revolution
- Understanding Urban Sprawl
- Build Green: The Nature of Things
- Trouble in the Forest
- Trading Futures: Living in the Global Economy: a Special Report with David Suzuki
- Water: To the Last Drop
- How to Live to Be 100
- The Marsh: Nature's Nursery
- A Planet for the Taking
- Subdue the Earth
- The Hidden world of the Bog
- Food or Famine
- When is Enough Enough?
- The Nature of Things / Arctic Refuge, the Struggle Continues
- Down to Earth
- The Suzuki Diaries: Sustainability in Action
- On a Wing and a Song
- One Ocean Series
- Birth of an Ocean
- Footprints in the Sand
- Mysteries of the Deep
- The Changing Sea
Standing on his shoulders, we can stabilize the country.
The Paul Krugman Blog
Read Dr. Paul Krugman's Blog
in the New York Times and bookmark it.
(When you save it to your favorites, choose "favorites bar" and it will always be at the top of your browser.)
Dr. Krugman is a Nobel Prize recipient, a New York Times blogger
and a professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Growing in effectivelness
For Gentlemen Amateur Scholars
1. Remember that in your notebooks, YOUR QUESTIONS are as important as the facts you dig out. In fact, before reading a chapter, ask yourself questions. What is it I want to know? For example, could USA become a desert? Is the whole world quickly becoming a desert as our waterbodies are depleted by the sewage treatment system and unsustainable forms of irrigation?
2. Do your research at university libraries rather than public libraries.
3. Ask the librarians to teach you how to do find the most important databases. What are the names of all full text databases?
Great Internet News: Microsoft and NBC Bless the Country
If you want to hear internet tv that is truly on your side, where the left (strong reformers) have a place at the table, where journalists expose powerful image-making techniques with no substance, listen to MSNBC News.
Any time of the day, you can listen to videos. You can turn it on and it will play all day while you clean your house. Excellent!
Click on an icon below to see videos of that show.
More independent from vested interests
National Public Radio
The country has an immense problem. The rich have bought out radio stations across the country -- almost without exception. They are being used to promote narrow interests in ways that collide with your wellbeing. But we still have public radio.
Click here to enter your zip code to find NPR stations in your city.
Much is at stake with your computer
Guide to Keeping Your Computer Fast, Sharp and Spyware Free
Windows updates are very important in your fight for a spyware free computer, but spyware (a rogue software) can keep your computer from downloading windows updates.
Sometimes an update fails to install again and again and again. When this happens, you must keep running windows update until each one is installed.
Sometimes when an update fails to install, you can get it to install by running a Microsoft Safety Scan
at the same time you run windows update.
Run disk cleanup often. Go to the start menu. Go to "help and support." Type in disk cleanup. This will help clean up temporary files where spywares can hide.
Block cookies from being added to your website and delete them. Cookies can give a hacker or spyware the IP address of your computer. To clean off your computer go to Internet Explorer. Go to "tools." Go to Internet Options. Go to General. click Delete temporary files, history, cookies, saved passwords etc. Next, go to "Privacy." click on slide until it says "block all cookies." (But you often must have cookies before places will take your password.)
In addition to the antivirus on your computer, you can go to the Microsoft website to run an online Microsoft Safety Scan. If your computer is really sick, do this again and again all day. When it sees something suspicious, it will send it to Microsoft, decode it and send something out to address that spyware or virus. This really makes a difference.
Don't go to the web downloading free things. Rogues sometimes call offer you a free antivirus when in truth it is spyware. Go into your computer and delete free things you downloaded. To do this, go to start. Go to control panel. Go to "Programs and Features." You will see the programs you have installed. Delete those you don't use. This is very important.
Keep antivirus software on your computer -- but only ONE. (YOu can NOT have Norton AND Mirosoft Security Essentials and another.) But make sure it is up to date. Microsoft gives access to a free Safety Scanner. Set this to run every day.
Do download Microsoft's free Malicous Software Removal Tool.
Clean your computer often from dust that can block the fans and cause it to crash.
Run disk defragmenter often. A fragmented computer runs slowly. If you shut down your computer the wrong way by pressing a button, run defragmenter afterwards.
If you run into viruses often, try getting a Dell Computer and running "Factory Reinstall" often. It will reformat your computer the way it was the day it was new.
When your computer is clean, quick and sharp, make a restore point and give this restore point a name so you can do a "system restore" on those times in case your computer is sick to bring back the computer settings when your computer was clean, quick, sharp and spyware free. Do this often. (If much times has lapsed, you will be missing many windows updates and antivirus updates.) To manually set a restore point and give it a label (name), go to the Control Panel. Go to "system." Go to "system protection." When a small window pops up, go to the bottom of the window where it says "to create a restore point, first select a disk and click apply. Click "create."
Games can open a port that allows spyware and viruses to enter your computer. Don't go to the web downloading free games.
Go into control Panel. Go to Windows Firewall. Click on "Allow a program Through Windows Firewall." Go to "Exceptions." Don't check anything. (I'm not an expert, but that is what I do and it seems to help me.)
Make sure you have the latest version of Internet Explorer. It is more secure.
It is so wonderful to have a fast, clean computer.