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July 9, 2013 by Tony Noerpel filed under Columns, Sustainable Planet 2 Comments
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“When greed is seen as acceptable even praiseworthy there is clearly something wrong with our collective value system.” Dalai Lama Beyond Religion, Ethics for a Whole World.

“All matter has condensed out of energy, all changes are driven by energy conversion, and all structures originate from energy fluctuations.” Reiner Kummel, The Second Law of Economics, Energy, Entropy, and the Origins of Wealth.

Figure 1: 12 and 13 year old boys working as coal miners. We see these boys as vulnerable children who need to be in free public schools getting an education. Milton Friedman saw them as production capital or consumer units. They do not need an education beyond what improves their exploitable economic productivity and consumption.

Years ago I read a book review of a “doomer” book, one of those pesky evidence-based books which describe very serious problems. I don’t recall the subject matter, global warming, over fishing, ocean dead zones, ocean acidification, species extinction, mountaintop removal, tar sands exploitation, inequitable distribution of wealth and income, the concentration of wealth and power, the rise of finance over the real economy or whether it documented some other human misbehavior. It doesn’t matter. The reviewer criticized the author for spending about 90% of the book describing the problem and only 10 percent detailing solutions. I recall the reviewer’s attitude was we all get it and now need to figure out how to fix it. The reviewer was wrong. The author was proposing fairly radical solutions apparently to a fairly serious existential crisis and it is pretty obvious that most Americans and certainly our main stream media did not get it. In order to convince us to modify our behavior the author was right to spend the energy convincing us that there actually was a problem that needed solving in the first place and that the problem was of sufficient magnitude to require radical solutions.

This reviewer would have loved Milton Friedman’s book Capitalism and Freedom. Friedman proposed all manner of extreme “solutions” to unspecified problems which apparently do not exist. Indeed, he didn’t really claim that there were any problems other than that some human behavior and government policy were at odds with his personal “principles” or ideology. One of his “solutions” proposed privatizing our public national parks. There is no description of the problem this remarkably radical policy would solve but any rational person can appreciate the huge problems it would create. The best possible outcome for Americans is that some private corporation exploits our former commonly held wealth by turning it into The Dells in Wisconsin, Disney Land or Las Vegas festooning Half Dome in neon lights and destroying its natural beauty for generations while exacerbating the well documented and quite serious problem of wealth inequality. The more likely outcome though would be that a powerful, rich and well-connected corporation like Halliburton or Koch Industries takes it over, clear cuts the forests and blows up Half Dome to extract whatever mineral wealth they can for obscene profit which they then use to buy off even more politicians to begin the next round of public lands sell off. Exploitive corporations would thus destroy Yosemite for all future humans as well as for us. Such a policy benefits the wealthy and powerful elites, or “Greedy Bastards” according the Dylan Ratigan in his appropriately titled book. What did Friedman think would happen?

Another “solution” Friedman proposed is to close all free public schools. Friedman makes clear that humans have value as consumer units and production capital. “Schooling … is a form of investment in human capital precisely analogous to investment in machinery, buildings, or other forms of non-human capital. Its function is to raise the economic productivity of the human being. …This … is the economic incentive to invest capital whether in the form of a machine or a human being. In both cases, extra returns must be balanced against the costs of acquiring them.” Friedman saw those 12 and 13 year old boys in Figure 1 being used productively; educating them further would not likely increase their productivity or their value to the economy and the greedy bastards. As a bonus they would use their meager wages as good consumer units. Why should they be in school? By contrast, we see them as children who need to be in school getting an education. We see that education is rewarding in its own right. It enriches us, improves our ability to think critically and skeptically, teaches us moral and ethical values such as compassion and cooperation, and the difference between greed and self-interest, satisfies our curiosity, and opens our minds to a wider world of possibilities. Education helps us to be better people not better machines. Friedman himself might have benefitted from such an education.

Friedman writes: “In recent years, there has been an encouraging development in the U. S. of private loans to college students.” This “encouraging development” has increased the cost of an education faster than the inflation rate and created yet another mechanism whereby Wall Street bankers can productively increase total indebtedness and dig their talons into America’s youth before they even graduate. Student loans add another layer of usury profit takers to the struggle to get an education. Today there is about one trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt. Students are graduating with an average of $26,600 of debt (2011 graduates). 41 percent of these loans are in default at some point during the first five years of repayment [1]. This may be the debt that precipitates the next economic crisis especially as Friedman’s greedy bastards squeeze our country’s youth from two directions, saddling them with debt on the outset of their careers and sending their jobs overseas.

In the introduction, Friedman wrote “The great advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science or literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.” He wrote these words in 1962, five years after the Soviet Union, an undemocratic, communist centralized government with no laissez faire free market, sent the Sputnik satellite into an elliptical low Earth orbit on October 4, 1957 launching humankind into the Space Age. If Friedman had an adequate education himself he might at least have been able to keep up with current events even if he was substantially ignorant of history. Two very different centralized governments with very different economies, the Soviet Union and the United States, launched the nuclear age. The fact is Friedman’s blanket statement is false. Friedman didn’t research this; he made it up.

Before the discovery of fire and stone tools, humans spent all their time and energy satisfying their needs and those of their clan. Today, with the exploitation of fossil fuels and other energy sources, each American enjoys on average the equivalent of about 100 energy slaves [2]. This frees up large numbers of people to engage in the arts and sciences, to satisfy their creative urges and their curiosity. The big advances were generally initiated, funded and organized by governments while other advances were made by individuals in their garages. Corporations contribute their share to be sure. But corporate contributions are muted by the many corporate disasters such as tetraethyl lead gasoline additive [3]. Considering only the imminent disaster of human-caused global warming with a likely price tag exceeding $1,200 Trillion [4], it would be a very difficult argument to make that positive contributions from corporations exceed their negative value to humanity. Meanwhile multiple different democratic governments cooperatively organize the International Space Station and the Large Hadron Collider. The necessary ingredient to all of human advances in the arts and sciences is not any specific economic policy and pointedly it is not greed but increasing energy flows. The word “energy” does not appear in Friedman’s vocabulary.

The human economy is an open complex non-linear non equilibrium thermodynamic system [5] which is required to dissipate a substantial energy gradient and which outputs significant entropy into the environment. The economy is not static and it is not a closed system. Friedman understood the economy as a closed static system. In his 1953 paper describing his methodology [6], Friedman placed economics in the realm of pseudo-science akin to astrology and distinct from science. His laissez-faire free market capitalism is an ideological construct which cannot exist in the real world. It literally does not account for energy flows or entropy. Friedman’s first mistake was being an ideologue. As I’ve pointed out as have countless others before me, ideology makes smart people stupid. His second mistake was adopting an ideology based on an economic model which is physically impossible. His third mistake was expounding an ideology in which greed “is seen as acceptable and even praiseworthy.”

On corporate power and unions Friedman observed “The most important fact about enterprise monopoly is its relative unimportance from the point of view of the economy as a whole.” He then added “Unions have therefore not only harmed the public at large and workers as a whole by distorting the use of labor; they have also made the incomes of the working class more unequal by reducing opportunities for the most disadvantaged workers.” To be precise, enterprise monopoly coal companies put pre-teenaged boys in very dangerous situations as miners and it was the labor movement that freed them. Just twenty pages after these two bizarre statements Friedman wrote perhaps the only accurate passage in his book, “… a producer group tends to be more concentrated politically than a consumer group. This is an obvious point often made and yet one whose importance cannot be overstressed. Each of us is a producer and also a consumer. However, we are much more specialized and devote a much larger fraction of our attention to our activity as a producer than a consumer. …In consequence, in the absence of any general arrangements to offset the pressure of special interests, producer groups will invariably have a much stronger influence on legislative action and the powers that be….” This one observation thoroughly contradicts the rest of his book. And this situation only presumes self-interest on the part of producers rather than the greed which is actually in play.

In the 1982 reprint of his book Friedman complained that when first published in 1962 it was ignored. That happens to be the most rational response. If we contrast this initial reaction to one of the weirdest books ever written with the initial reaction to one of the most important, The Limits to Growth, which sparked immediate serious discussion, we gain some respect for human instincts and intelligence. The public was right to dismiss Capitalism and Freedom as useless and take interest in The Limits to Growth as worthy of consideration. Unfortunately, Friedman’s book, recommending elimination of corporate taxes, a reduction in taxes on the extremely wealthy, deregulation, elimination of unions and the sell-off of national parks, while solving no apparent problem and creating no advantage to human society, became a hit with the extremely wealthy and powerful. The Limits to Growth, being a threat to neo-classical economists as well as the wealthy, was attacked politically. Since the Reagan Administration Friedman’s book has been widely read by conservatives and his philosophy has become the prevailing view of the American conservative movement specifically because it justified the greed and corruption of concentrated wealth and power.

In a previous article I showed [6] that Friedman’s methodology was equivalent to astrology or pseudo-science. In this article I’ve tried to show that it is not based on fact nor does it have any morally redeeming quality. It is based on a perverse adulation of greed.

Reiner Kummel [2] writes that “Global Society faces a threefold challenge: provide sufficient energy for the future, observe the biosphere’s limited capacity of absorbing pollution, and prevent the growth of social tensions.” Milton Friedman did not acknowledge these problems and his policies uniformly make matters worse.

To be fair to Friedman, he did not invent greed and the aggregation of wealth and power any more than capitalism itself invent these conditions. Freidman, appalled by totalitarianism, thoughtlessly embraced its apparent opposite, unregulated capitalism, not recognizing that these are the same thing. In fact [5], “individuals and their freedoms are destroyed as collective dictatorial or market-based organizations are built.” Friedman as it happens is just another in a long line of sycophants. Besides Freidman, the greedy bastards have found plenty of politicians, economists and lobbyists to champion their interests. If humankind has evolved with one negative characteristic it is greed. And if we are going to survive as a species we will have to learn how to control it. The problem space for humanity can be thus summarized with that one word, greed.

For the solution space I quote Schneider and Sagan [5]:

“Can humans live sustainably on an ever more crowded earth? There are some reasons for hope. …[F]orests have robust means of survival from which we may learn. One of the most crucial is to slow down our growth rates and integrate more deeply with diverse climax ecosystems. Since we have expanded by use of intelligence and detection of not necessarily sustainable gradients, continued civilization is not a foregone conclusion. To ensure it, we must follow in the footsteps of our successful planetmates. The most successful long-term ecologies on Earth involve photosynthesis; indeed, our oil economy freeloads on photosynthetic fossil fuels, buried treasures that the rest of life passed by. But these treasures are running out. Moreover, access to them is predicated on oligarchic international alliances unafraid to politicize their interests under nationalistic, religious, and democratic banners.”

They continue, to survive sustainably they recommend that we must [5]:

“Use sustainable energy gradients
Control our human population
Increase energy efficiency
Recycle
Close leaky cycles whenever possible
Develop ecology as a worldview
Encourage cultural and biological diversity
Encourage interconnectivity.”

I would add to this that we must overcome the greed inherent in both totalitarian regimes and in corporate capitalism and for all that embedded in the human genome. We are what we are, true, but that is why we each have a brain. We can start to use it by recognizing what we all intrinsically know is true that greed is evil. We have to stop supporting politicians and political parties which praise greed. We can only make capitalism work for us if we control its excesses via a democratic process. That means that regulation is a requirement.

[1] http://www.asa.org/policy/resources/stats/default.aspx

[2] Reiner Kummel, The Second Law of Economics, Energy, Entropy, and the Origins of Wealth, Springer, 2011.

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetra-ethyl_lead

[4] In 2009, researchers from the International Institute for Environment and Development and Grantham Institute for Climate Change estimated the cost of human-caused global warming to have a mean net present value of $1,240 trillion assuming the IPCC A2 scenario. Since this report was published, there has been nothing but bad news. Sea level estimates have tripled and the 2012 arctic sea ice loss and its implications have surprised everybody and we’ve done nothing except increase our carbon emissions. http://pubs.iied.org/pdfs/11501IIED.pdf

[5] Eric Schneider and Dorion Sagan, Into the Cool, Energy Flow, Thermodynamics and Life, University of Chicago Press, 2005.

[6] Tony Noerpel, The Con in Economics, March 5, 2013, http://brleader.com/?p=10734

2 comments

  1. Peter Jones, DC says:

    Mr. Noerpel,
    Thank you for your excellent column that cuts through mountains of obfuscation and propaganda defending the status quo. I am used to finding such intelligent and informed commentary in books and blogs I have sought out for my own edification, but to have arrive on my “virtual doorstep” has been especially encouraging. I moved to Winchester for an employment opportunity, but was unsure how to ferret out fellow concerned citizens with whom I might contribute to the great work facing humanity in the generations to come.
    I look forward to future columns, and will explore your archived posts and trust they will lead to other activists and aware friends I the area.
    Dr. Peter Jones

  2. Tony Noerpel says:

    Hi Peter

    Thank you for the kind words.

    Just this Friday, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani child who was gunned down by the Taliban for daring to get an education, addressed the U.N. Malala demanded that the world leaders provide free compulsory schooling for every child. I pictured Friedman rolling in his grave demanding in his turn: “No, No, make them pay for it.”

    We need many more Malalas and many fewer Milton Friedmans.

    Welcome to the neighborhood. :+)

    Tony

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Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 14, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Start Your Business

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January 15, 2015

Is owning a small business a good fit for me? What are the steps for starting a business? Will I need funding? What are potential sources of funding? Ruth Cope, Assistant Director of the Loudoun SBDC, and Arthur Thompson, a Principal of Keyser Thompson Insurance Agency, will answer these and other questions essential for successfully starting a small business. Highlights will include:

 

  • Entrepreneurial traits
  • Taxes and licensing
  • Business plan development
  • Sources of financing
  • Marketing
  • Insurance

REGISTER at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com.

Fee:  $10 online registration; $15 at the door

Those paying at the door are not guaranteed seating.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 16, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 16, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 17, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 18, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 18, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 19, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 20, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 20, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 21, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 22, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 22, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

Film Showing: "Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes"

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January 22, 2015

Rust Library
Leesburg, 20175

Come out to hear a compelling case against corporate personhood and money as free speech. This 2014 documentary is a fun guidebook to returning the United States government to its people. Open to everyone and hosted by Loudoun's climate action group, 350 Loudoun, this is a film showing not to miss. See you there!

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 23, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 24, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 24, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Valiant Warrior Quilting by Joshua's Hands

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January 25, 2015

Children's Center
205 N. Maple Ave
Purcellville, 20132
540-454-7827

Joshua’s Hands goals are to provide handmade quilts for servicemen and women wounded while serving our country and to share the joy of quilting and working together as a community in a mentoring environment.

Joshua's Hands hosted our first Quilting Event for Wounded Warriors in January 2011. Since then, we have made 701 quilts that were shipped to field hospitals. These events also provide us the opportunity to share the joy and skill of quilting as part of our heritage arts education. People of all ages join in the effort – laughing, stitching, and learning from each other. All are welcome! Optional items to bring: sewing machine, red/white/blue fabrics. If you cannot attend and would like to offset the cost of shipping the quilts you may donate $53 to sponsor a quilt. https://npo.justgive.org/joshuashands. We are also accepting donations of fabric and sewing supplies.

More information at: http://www.joshuashands.org/Valiant_Warrior_Quilting.html or call 540-454-7827.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 26, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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JAN Loudoun Federal Contractors Group Networking Event

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January 27, 2015

Network and hear Scott Orbach, President of EZGSA, present briefly on GSA Schedules: Untapped Opportunities, Unseen Risks. Learn what the schedules are all about, why they’re in such high demand by government buyers and vendors, how to keep competitive pricing while retaining profitability, and where to find unpublished opportunities. He’ll also talk about GSA risks, including involuntary price reductions, country of origin requirements, and scams. Neophyte and veteran contractors wanting to move forward on their goals are welcome.

The event is free. Registration at LoudounSBDC.eventbrite.com is requested.

Event sponsor:   TD Bank
Group founder:   Loudoun SBDC

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 28, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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January 30, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

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February 1, 2015

Beadazzled
444 West Broad St
Falls Church, 22046
703-848-2323

Join Beadazzled for an amazing three-day trunk show of treasures from Afghanistan.

Our collection will include a dazzling array of gemstones in different shapes, sizes, and finishes in lapis, turquoise, and old carnelians along with unusual iridescent heat-treated copper findings and beads-- and so much more.

Antique jewelry and beautiful hand-made rugs and other textiles will also be for sale. These hand-crafted products come from cottage industries, and we are proud to help preserve South Central Asian cultural heritage by marketing this unique Afghan work.

Help us support these skilled artisans by visiting our Trunk Show anytime during store hours from the 24th to the 26th of October!

Visit www.Beadazzled.com to learn more about this and other events.

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View From the Ridge

Correct Course and Review the Comprehensive Plan

6 Jan 2015

blueridge2

Like a ship lost at sea, many residents of Purcellville see the development patterns in and around town as having drifted dangerously off course. The Autumn Hill/Mayfair development – which resulted in the annexation of previously open land, is one example of this drift. The Vineyard Square development project, which, …

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Editorial

Liberty in the 21st Century

6 Jan 2015

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By Malcolm F. Baldwin Our elected leaders frequently express thanks for the “blessings of liberty,” reminding us of the importance of adhering to our founding fathers’ “original intent” as expressed in the Constitution. But what, exactly, is “liberty,” and what guidance would the founders offer us in facing today’s complex issues? Within only a few years of independence from Britain …

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10 Dec 2014

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Lifestyle

Call for Volunteers

25 Jan 2015

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On Saturday, January 31 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will host a Volunteer Orientation and Opportunity Showcase at the Morven Park Carriage Museum. Want to learn more about Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy? Do you want to get involved in your community, but don’t have a good idea where to start? Do you want to meet some new …

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Two Kitchen Cousins Present – Let’s Throw a Winter Chili Party

6 Jan 2015

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By Lisa Wasson and Andrea Gaines If you’re going to be snowed in, there’s nothing better than being snowed in with something savory simmering on the stove and making the house smell delicious. This chili recipe – meant to satisfy both the vegetarian and the meat eater in your household – fits the bill. It has a deep, spicy flavor …

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Exhibit Space Available for Loudoun YouthFest

6 Jan 2015

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Exhibit space is available for Loudoun YouthFest ‘15. The event, targeting middle and high school teens, will feature amusements, interactive games, local bands and nationally known recording artists We The Kings. YouthFest will be Saturday, May 30 at the Barn at One Loudoun, 20450 Savin Hill Drive in Ashburn. Exhibit spaces start at $100. A limited amount of free exhibit …

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Wild Loudoun

See a Skunk Doing a Handstand? Run.

6 Jan 2015

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Skunks and humans have something in common: they don’t want to be near us and we don’t want to be near them. With their bold and dramatic markings, if they weren’t so darn smelly – and for that reason, scary – we might actually consider them to be a quite the handsome/pretty member of our local wildlife community. But, only …

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Around Virginia

Alert: Missing Endangered Child

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The Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse has issued an endangered missing child media alert on behalf of the Christiansburg Police Department on January 28 at 11:45 a.m. The Christiansburg Police Department is looking for Aysia Monique Lewis, 16 years of age, height 5’3, weight 155 lbs, …

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Virginia Constitutional Amendment Passes

Amendment by Ramadan Gives Tax Relief to Families of Service Members ‘Killed In Action’ Delegate David I. Ramadan’s (R-87th) proposed Constitutional Amendment, which passed through the General Assembly twice unanimously, was approved by more than 87 percent of those who voted in Virginia’s statewide election yesterday. It was the only …

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Wolf Urges Holder to Investigate Oklahoma Beheading as Terrorist Attack

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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, today sent the following letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate the recent beheading in Oklahoma as a terrorist attack and to not just quickly dismiss it at workplace violence …

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Sports

Little League Season Update

8 Aug 2014

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By Carri Michon This spring 2014 Upper Loudoun Little League season found drenching rains making fields unplayable on a regular basis. Over 100 games were rescheduled due to wet, soggy fields, said league president, Norris Beavers. “The most I have ever remembered in my 28 years of volunteering with Upper …

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Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League Registration Ends July 28

20 Jul 2014

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Registration for the Fall 2014 NFL Flag Football league is currently ongoing for boys and girls, ages six to 14, and spots are filling fast. To secure a spot in the league, participants must register by Monday, July 28, 2014. The Ida Lee NFL Flag Football League is the premier …

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Letters

A Loudoun Civics Lesson: It Pays To Have Money

6 Jan 2015

blueridge2

Having spent an evening at the Loudoun Planning Commission monthly meeting December 16 to listen and participate in the exception application for the helipad on …

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Zoning War Confusion

6 Jan 2015

BenPackard

It is often amazing to read articles covering meetings that seem far different than those I attend. A good example was your recent article “Zoning …

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Advice To Developers

6 Jan 2015

blueridge2

We know you want to make money and lots of it. But across America citizens are fighting back. Please don’t destroy our quaint little town. …

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