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If we were to measure the real wealth of our society -- our health and well-being, the health of the natural world, our level of education, etc. -- we would see that inequality itself is reducing our nation's well being, and the power of big corporations is allowing the degradation of our communities and environment.
When I took the helm of California's first marriage equality campaign in 2000, winning seemed near impossible. Now, 14 years later, the freedom to marry movement has reached a tipping point, and I may soon be able to marry my boyfriend in our newly-adopted home state of Oregon.
Critical habitat designations prevent the federal government from undertaking or approving activities that reduce an area's ability to support an endangered species. Species with designated critical habitat are more than twice as likely to show signs of improvement than those without.
Art about hard issues is easier to take if it doesn't hit you over the head. Sculptor Bonnie Meltzer wants people to stick around to look at her art...
Our family moved just north of Portland, Oregon, on a homestead in the tiny Rock Creek drainage. Not three months after we got there, we were awakened in the pre-dawn hours by chainsaws felling 100-foot Douglas firs that crashed down across the slopes facing our property. It shook our windows and it shook our kids.
What do beginner skiers and snowboarders daydream about? Mostly not being cold, not getting hurt, and not being embarrassed. Not exactly inspirational, huh?
Public support for making marijuana legal reached a record high in 2013. A Pew Research Center poll released in April showed 52 percent support, and a Gallup poll in October showed 58 percent support. It's now safe to say most Americans are fed up with marijuana prohibition.
Reform advocates have long suggested that getting folks out of the ranks of the uninsured should cut down on visits to the ER for noncritical medical care. An Oregon study, which was published in the journal Science, would seem to disprove that theory.
The concept of "pay for play" in college athletics has recently been put under a national spotlight. Meanwhile, many student-athletes still struggle to foot the bills that come with the full cost of education.
If 40,000 laws can go into effect before Baby New Year has had time to soil his first diaper, then, potentially, the sky's the limit.
"Venues speak to the people that frequent them. The Crystal was built for counterculture. It was on the third floor of the building so the dancers in the '20s had time to 'separate' before the cops could get there. When dancing was illegal they did it at the Crystal."
There was something almost apocalyptic about 2013. But much happened that was hopeful this year -- a new pope focused on inequality, successful minimum wage campaigns spread across the country, and the number of states allowing gay marriage doubled.
That's 53 million people and GDP of $2.8 trillion. So it's not a stretch to say the new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy will make a huge difference for the entire country. And guess what? Congress had nothing to do with it.
As we all know, everything tastes a bit better at altitude, perhaps after a long day of skiing, snowboarding, biking, rafting or fishing. So, to tempt your taste buds after an epic day, check out these distilleries and their "spirited" offerings for a tasty mountain treat.