Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Limits to Scarcity

Scarcity is considered a ubiquitous feature of the human condition. It underpins much of modern economics and is widely used as an explanation for social organisation, social conflict and the resource crunch confronting humanity's survival on the planet. It is made out to be an all-pervasive fact of our lives – be it of housing, food, water or oil. But has the conception of scarcity been politicized, naturalized, and universalized in academic and policy debates? Has overhasty recourse to scarcity evoked a standard set of market, institutional and technological solutions which have blocked out political contestations, overlooking access as a legitimate focus for academic debates as well as policies and interventions? Theoretical and empirical chapters by leading academics and scholar-activists grapple with these issues by questioning scarcity's taken-for-granted nature. They examine scarcity debates across three of the most important resources - food, water and energy – and their implications for theory, institutional arrangements, policy responses and innovation systems. The book looks at how scarcity has emerged as a totalizing discourse in both the North and South. The 'scare' of scarcity has led to scarcity emerging as a political strategy for powerful groups. Aggregate numbers and physical quantities are trusted, while local knowledges and experiences of scarcity that identify problems more accurately and specifically are ignored. Science and technology are expected to provide 'solutions', but such expectations embody a multitude of unexamined assumptions about the nature of the 'problem', about the technologies and about the institutional arrangements put forward as a 'fix.' Through this examination the authors demonstrate that scarcity is not a natural condition: the problem lies in how we see scarcity and the ways in which it is socially generated.

Navy - Whales

NRDC Takes Navy to Court
to Save Whales
We've filed suit in federal court to stop a reckless Navy plan for training with sonar and explosives that could injure or kill thousands of marine mammals over the next five years. We’ve also launched a powerful online media campaign, led by Pierce Brosnan, to mobilize public pressure on the Navy to end its senseless assault on whales. BioGems Defenders have already sent more than 193,500 messages to Defense Secretary Hagel. Make your voice heard now.;jsessionid=97F8034555AC42C39B7AC4A70F577F0E.app337a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3371&s_src=EMOSONPETNON0314BN&autologin=true&utm_source=nl&utm_source=nl&utm_medium=articalert&utm_campaign=marbgn

Rodin Face Oil

Face Oil

RODIN olio lusso face oil is the perfect potion that people can't stop talking about. Olio lusso is made from a blend of 11 essential oils derived from flowers and botanicals. Creator, Linda Rodin, spent over a year making the elixir to satisfy her own beauty needs; the outcome is nothing short of wonderful! Applied morning and night, olio lusso is perfect for anyone seeking hydrated skin, and a luminous complexion. Apply a few drops of RODIN olio lusso on a clean, moist face morning and night.
1 fl. oz.

The name Neroli is said to originate from the Italian princess, Anne-Marie de la Tremoille, Countess of Nerola. This essential oil is also known as “orange blossom”, produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree, loaded with vitamins and minerals. A member of the citrus family, it also contains generous amounts of vitamin C. Neroli improves elasticity, helps softening wrinkles and smells absolutely divine. The perfect skin care oil! Good for aging, wrinkled, dry, or sensitive skin. It works wonders on the skin by restoring the glow and charm.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Robert introduces Monologues for Orpheus

fun for a party

Beet-Pickle Deviled Eggs (makes 12 halves)
6 eggs
1 can pickled beets
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon peppercorns (I used fiery pink peppercorns)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh rosemary for garnish
Hard boil your eggs and remove the shells. For perfect hard boiled eggs, I use this method. Set the eggs aside.
To prepare your brine, pour a can of pickled beets into a large mason jar or bowl. Add cider vinegar, sugar, peppercorns and salt. Stir mixture. Carefully (that beet juice will stain!) lower the hard boiled eggs into the brine, cover and let sit for at least 12 hours, up to 2 or three days. The longer you leave them in the brine, the more sour and pink they'll end up. I like just the rim of pink and slight pickled flavor, so I let mine sit about 16 hours.
When brining time is finished, cut each egg in half and scoop out yolks. Place yolks in a medium-sized bowl, along with the mustard, mayonnaise, curry, vinegar, and olive oil. Mix/mash until smooth. You can always add a little bit of water to the mixture, if it's too stiff. Salt and pepper to taste.
Using a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off, pipe the yolk mixture back into the pink eggs. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary and season with salt and pepper.

Friday, March 28, 2014


Bob and Larry Tisch were born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, in the 1920’s. After graduating from New York University and Wharton, Larry purchased a winter resort in New Jersey with $125,000 in seed money from his parents. Bob joined him two years later and they started buying up hotels, then gained control of the Loews movie chain and diversified into tobacco, insurance and offshore drilling. Massive philanthropists, they joined the upper ranks of society, including membership in the Century, the classic “Our Crowd” country club.

Read more at 
Follow us: @newyorkobserver on Twitter | newyorkobserver on Facebook

Alice and Thomas Tisch


The Vision Finder
Carrots, beets, celery and citrus trio – great for the eyes 9
Feel the Burn
Carrots, ginger, apple and orange – ginger is a natural antibiotic 9
Oats Blend (breakfast on the go)
Raw oats, berries, banana and skim milk – good cholesterol 10
Flax Energizer
Banana, silken tofu, milk, cocoa powder, flax seed 10
Green Goddess
Peeled cucumber, green apple, celery and lots of lime juice – helps
heartburn and digestion 10
Green Zing
Green pepper, arugula,celery, green apple, parsley and ginger – good 10
Rasta Frappe
Pineapple, citrus trio, mint and crushed ice 9
Kizel’s “Monkey’s Bite”
Banana, peanut butter, milk and crushed ice 9
Tropical Delight
Sweet peppers, carrot, pumpkin, pineapple, guava and citrus trio –
great source of vitamins and calcium 10
All drinks can be made with whole or skim milk, or soy milk.
Protein powder can be added to any drink for an additional