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Entries by Alexia Parks from 12/2009

America's Million Dollar Soldier

| Posted 12.01.2009 | Impact

Each American soldier that President Barack Obama sends to Afghanistan has a price tag on his or her head. Why? It takes $1 million dollars to maintain that soldier for a single year in a war zone.

Boss America: Creating a Million New Jobs

| Posted 12.03.2009 | Impact

In seeking to put unemployed Americans back to work, President Obama needs start first with the micro entrepreneur.

Three Reasons for Hope in Copenhagen

| Posted 12.07.2009 | Green

The requirement for the U.S. Congress to sign off on any document produced at Copenhagen for it to legally bind us to those agreements, is another reason why I'm hopeful.

Brittany Spears Can't Order Pizza

| Posted 12.07.2009 | Denver

Whenever Brittany Spears dials for pizza in Boulder, all she gets is a moment of silence and then a dial tone. No pizza. Brittany, it seems, can't get anyone to take her name seriously.

The Ice Man Cometh

| Posted 12.08.2009 | Denver

It's perfect weather for an ice sculpture. When temperatures in Colorado dropped below zero, former emergency room doctor Dee Crouch hooked up his garden hose to a tall ladder.

Focus: Should it be on Copenhagen or Calera?

| Posted 12.10.2009 | Green

Today's most interesting Climate Change conversation may not be taking place in policy discussions in Copenhagen, but at the Power-Gen International conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Should $50 Billion Fund War or Climate Impacts?

| Posted 12.11.2009 | Green

The $50 billion annual investment in Afghanistan ignores a better investment: funding those most affected by the changing climate created by human impacts.

The Secret Power of the Stall in Copenhagen

| Posted 12.14.2009 | Green

Is what we are seeing in Copenhagen part of a larger breakdown in global diplomacy unless genuine steps are taken to mitigate impacts of climate change?

Call in the HERO @ #COP15

| Posted 12.17.2009 | Green

All hope is not lost in Copenhagen. The rudderless ship needs some direction though. Who better to provide that than leader of the free world?

Brown, Obama and the Dalai Lama

| Posted 12.18.2009 | Business

President Barack Obama is caught between a rock and a hard place -- between Mr. Brown and the Dalai Lama. Last October, when Barack Obama canceled hi...

Let's Get Real About Copenhagen

| Posted 12.21.2009 | Green

Let's get real about Copenhagen. Until now, the biggest roadblock to signing the Kyoto agreement, and to making progress at

10,000 Lost Bags in Paris

| Posted 12.28.2009 | Impact

As of December 24th, there were more than 10,000 lost and delayed bags trying to make their way out of the Charles de Gaulle airport. Should lost and delayed baggage be given frequent flier miles?

2010 Time Bomb: The Transformed Individual

| Posted 12.31.2009 | Impact

No longer a solitary whistleblower, the lone individual can now link up to like minds around the globe, share information and develop strategies for change. Real change, after all, happens from the inside out.