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How Hollywood is Using Piracy Against Us | Paralegal.net

How Hollywood is Using Piracy Against Us | Paralegal.net | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

It’s a good thing movies like Titanic and The Lion King are being re-released – movie executives are too busy fighting the war against digital piracy to make any new film content. Even though the internet essentially defeated the SOPA and PIPA bills, the movie industry is still relentlessly waging war against piracy. They continue to push forward with treaties and bills like ACTA. What many of us don’t know, though, is that the film industry fled to Hollywood in order to get away from copyright laws and fees in the first place. The film industry now wants these copyright laws to be conveniently enforced for their own benefit.

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Truffles Take Root In Appalachian Soil : NPR

Truffles Take Root In Appalachian Soil : NPR | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
New techniques and years of patience are helping American farmers produce black Perigord truffles, once a rare European delicacy. Chefs and foodies love the rich, earthy flavors and freshness; growers love the boutique price.
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Entrepreneurs Flock to Consumers’ Solar Lottery

Entrepreneurs Flock to Consumers’ Solar Lottery | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish an approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects the state's unmatched natural resources.
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Food Democracy Now | "I Want My Organic Farm Bill!"

Food Democracy Now | "I Want My Organic Farm Bill!" | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

"I Want My Organic Farm Bill!"

In order to meet the serious challenges of the 21st century, U.S. agricultural policy in the farm bill must shift from its focus of creating cheap commodities and artificially propping up income for farmers, toward implementing best agricultura

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NOLS’ Expedition Denali, why diversity matters | Wend Blog

NOLS’ Expedition Denali, why diversity matters | Wend Blog | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
  For the first time a team of African-American climbers is assembling to make a bid for the summit of the tallest peak in North America, Mount...
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On the road to green economies | Eco-Business.com

On the road to green economies | Eco-Business.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Net metering is empowering electric consumers in the Philippines.

The scheme is embodied in the Philippines’ Renewable Energy Act of 2008 – considered to be the most comprehensive renewable energy law in Southeast Asia.
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Leap Into Placemaking - Twitter Event :: February 29, 2012 :: 1:00 PM | Let's Save Michigan

Leap Into Placemaking - Twitter Event :: February 29, 2012 :: 1:00 PM | Let's Save Michigan | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Leap year placemaking event on Twitter.  Today!

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Cyclist creates artistic solution to bike storage

Cyclist creates artistic solution to bike storage | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Warning - Ad Page before access.  Look for the "close" button:  Bikes are good exercise and good for the environment, but rarely do they contribute to good design at home. Simple and functional when you ride them, bikes can become a clunky burden when it comes to putting them away.

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1. Smart ForTwo - Jim Gorzelany - Forbes

1. Smart ForTwo - Jim Gorzelany - Forbes | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Class: MinicarSpecs: 1.0L 3-cylinder engine, 5-spd auto/manual transmission MPG: 34/38 city/highwayGreen Score: 53Base MSRP $12,490...
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Meet America’s Next Top Energy Innovators

Meet America’s Next Top Energy Innovators | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
At the cutting edge of energy technology, batteries are a big deal.
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On The Media - Silencing the Messenger in Syria Journalism on the edge.

On The Media - Silencing the Messenger in Syria Journalism on the edge. | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Rami al Sayed, a citizen journalist in Homs who had been live streaming attacks on the city using his cell phone, was killed this week.
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Monsanto Wins Dismissal of Organic Growers’ Gene-Patent Suit - Businessweek

Monsanto Wins Dismissal of Organic Growers’ Gene-Patent Suit - Businessweek | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, won the dismissal of a lawsuit by growers of organic crops seeking to have its patents for genetically altered seeds invalidated.
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Bay Bucks -- Get Them & Use Them!

Bay Bucks -- Get Them & Use Them! | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Dave Barrons continues his series on community resilience with this chat about Bay Bucks, a local currency based in and around Traverse City, Michigan.

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Contest: What does the New Michigan look like to you? | Michigan Advantage Blog

Contest: What does the New Michigan look like to you? | Michigan Advantage Blog | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Just weeks after announcing its 2012 Michigan Turnaround Plan, Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, is asking: What does the New...
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Third Time’s Not A Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Again Denies Request to Stop Asian Carp | Circle of Blue WaterNews

Third Time’s Not A Charm: U.S. Supreme Court Again Denies Request to Stop Asian Carp | Circle of Blue WaterNews | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court denied a request by five states that were calling for immediate action to stop invasive Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes. This is the third time that the court has denied an injunction for the Asian carp case.
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Back From the Brink: How Ypsilanti is Surviving the Great Recession | Found Michigan

Back From the Brink: How Ypsilanti is Surviving the Great Recession | Found Michigan | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Found Michigan is a new website dedicated to the stories from our Great Lakes State.  It's terrific new presence.

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Home-Brew and the DIY innovation movement.

Home-Brew and the DIY innovation movement. | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
This article arises from Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and Slate. On Feb. 29, Future Tense will host an event on the Make movement and do-it-yourself innovation in Washington, D.C.
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27 Ways to Get More Sh!t Done

27 Ways to Get More Sh!t Done | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
To-don’t lists? “Eating the frogs?” Yep, we rounded up 27 ways to make the best use of our time, no magic required.
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A Farm Bill to Grow Healthy People and a Healthy Economy | Fair Food Network

A Farm Bill to Grow Healthy People and a Healthy Economy | Fair Food Network | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Dr. Oran Hesterman and his Fair Food Network are leadting the way to make healthy food and economy part of our laws.  Good on ya!  In this Farm Bill and beyond, policymakers should seek out and embrace innovative approaches that meet the twin challenges of providing healthy food access for millions of Americans and strengthening farm economies. In light of current budget realities, innovative, scalable approaches are the best chance we have for meeting these challenges.

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In San Diego, Terraced Living in an Old Quarry

In San Diego, Terraced Living in an Old Quarry | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Civita, a sustainable development of homes, offices and retail, offers a glimpse into a fast-growing city.
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The 100 Mile House: Building A Truly Local Home

The 100 Mile House: Building A Truly Local Home | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
One hundred--or one thousand--years ago, it would have been a no-brainer: of course you’re going to build your house or decorate your cave with local materials. Planes, trains, and automobiles changed all that.
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NYT Mag's Adam Davidson Praises Economic Exploitation

NYT Mag's Adam Davidson Praises Economic Exploitation | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
In his latest 1% apologia, Davidson hails the capitalist lottery system for workers. Yves Smith explains the idiocy of this idea.
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Greed Isn’t Good: Wealth Could Make People Unethical

Greed Isn’t Good: Wealth Could Make People Unethical | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
As an individual's wealth and status rise, so does their tendency to be unethical, concludes a new study of the relationship between socioec...
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Living on Earth: Keeping up with the Green Gastronomic Joneses

Living on Earth: Keeping up with the Green Gastronomic Joneses | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The National Restaurant Association’s survey of “What’s Hot in 2012” placed local sourcing, sustainability and kitchen gardens all in the top ten.
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