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Britain Flirts With Slavery

In the name of providing valuable “work experience” to young people, British supermarkets and department stores—one of which makes the equivalent of more than 5½ billion U.S. dollars annually—are holding job seekers’ unemployment benefits hostage to squeeze them of weeks of free labor without any promise of a permanent position.

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Gore Vidal Sounds Off on Solar Power Caper

Note to public utility companies:  Do not cross Gore Vidal.  What began as a personal nuisance—the shutdown of his newly installed home solar power system by Los Angeles’ water and power provider—has become emblematic of a bigger issue (or two) for the venerable writer, who states his position in no uncertain terms in this interview.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Harnessing the Sun Leaves Vidal in the Dark

Powering his home with solar energy sounded like an enlightened idea to Gore Vidal, but after several exasperating rounds of “routine” inspections and unexpected blackouts, it seems that even Southern California’s most abundant natural resource can be caught up in red tape.

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