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October 2013

England's new report on the safety of hydraulic fracturing may say more about the necessity of regulation.
In a report released today, Public Health England concludes that fracking pollution poses little risk to the public health "if the operations…

9 Reasons China Will Have Blue Skies

Chinese cities are poised for an environmental revolution like the one that transformed some rusting American industrial cities, like Pittsburgh, into "beautiful, blue skies" cities today, a leading urban economist said in Chicago Thursday.
China is…

So You’re A Yogi: What About Politics?

by Jeff McMahonRecently a lifelong friend asked me, “How did you stop fighting everything and become spiritual instead?” This friend and I had fought side by side in many great battles over the decades—as activists, as environmentalists, as…

Review: A Self Made of Words

A Self Made of Words
by Carl H. Klaus
Iowa, 2013
Recently a Buddhist acquaintance suggested I read Simone Weil because of her work on attention. She writes, for example, that “Absolute undivided attention is prayer,” which lends a Buddhist flavor to…

Gong Lab at Zen Yoga Garage

by Jeff McMahonFirst you notice the nests. We’re used to seeing yogis rolling out their mats, collecting blocks and straps, perhaps a bolster or blanket. But at a Gong Lab event, they build nests. Some bring pillows from home—head pillows, eye…