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Music —

Ear To The Grindstone

Twice Monthly Mixtape by Jesse Alejandro

Ear To The Grindstone Jesse Bartlett-Webber gives us his inspired opus for download, and Jesse reviews the compositions.
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Network —

CC at Harvard Cyber Law

This Month in Network by Justina White

Contributing Editor Justina White Summarizes the recent Creative Commons Founders panel held at Harvard Cyber-Law Berkman Center for Internet. Read more …

Code —

jQuery Chat Client

This Month in Code by Thomas Steinmetz

Javascript Chat Client Thomas Steinmetz gives away his jQuery chat client complete with buddy, session and transcript management. Read more …

Feature —

Van Jones and the Green New Deal [Interview]

February 9th 2009 by Jacob Perkins

Van Jones Portrait

For the fifth issue of the htmltimes, we are honored to present an interview with social and environmental justice activist and Yale Law graduate Van Jones.

As founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Green For All, Jones is a leading advocate for Green Collar Jobs —employment opportunities in sustainable energy, agriculture, and development designed to lift poor, disadvantaged American youths out of poverty and into jobs that provide them with life skills, while helping to launch a new green economy.

In this exclusive htmltimes interview, Jones speaks about the promise of the ongoing negotiations and talks with Obama's team, the need for a "green" New Deal, and his new book, The Green Collar Economy: How One Problem Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

Jacob Perkins: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us tonight...

Van Jones: Happy to talk with you.

Jacob Perkins: Alright great … and congratulations on the book by the way...just got through reading it and got a lot out of thank you

Van Jones: Well I'm glad you were able to give it some wife still hasn't read it but we've got a 4 month old baby so she gets a break.

Jacob Perkins: (laughs) I guess that's a good excuse.

Van Jones: Yup…

Jacob Perkins: So the book is called the Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems. What are those problems as you seem them, and what is the solution?

Van Jones: Well the problems are that our economy is melting down and our ice-caps are melting down. So we've got an economic and financial crisis on the one hand, and we also have an ecological crisis … The single solution to (these problems) is a green economy that is inclusive, that's strong enough to lift millions of people out of poverty. Everything is good in the fight against global warming...everything that's good for the environment is a job. Solar panels don't put themselves up, wind turbines don't manufacture themselves, homes don't energy retrofit themselves... So everything that's good in the fight against global warming is a job. It's a contract, it's an entrepreneurial opportunity, it's a career. And so what we're saying is that by building a green economy that's strong enough to lift millions of people out of poverty, we can also address global warming, we can power our way through the recession by re-powering America with clean energy, and beat this economic down turn and global warming at the same time.

Jacob Perkins: So in the last couple of years, "green collar" as obviously vaulted to the top of the political lexicon...What does the new administration have to do to hit the ground running on green issues?

Van Jones: Well, I think it's three things: Retrofit America, re-power America and in some ways, reconnect America. Retrofitting America would require the weatherization of millions and millions of buildings across the country -- blowing in clean, non toxic insulation, replacing old boilers and furnaces that are 20 yrs, 30 yrs out of date and inefficient with the new, modern, super efficient boilers… or even geothermal units. It's double-paneing glass so that buildings don't leak so much energy, replacing ill fitting doors using calk guns… Everything that we can do to make buildings more efficient with regard to energy -- so that they waste less energy -- will involve jobs, careers… It's a lot of work! But it's also very good for bringing down carbon emissions because if you have buildings that are 30 percent inefficient, that means that our power plants have to work 30 percent more and put out 30 percent more carbon. Read more …

Cross Domain —

Chris Messina and Identity in the Network [Interview]

This Month in Cross Domain by Boaz Sender

Chris Messina Boaz Sender Interviews Open Web Advocate Chris Messina about the philosophy behind and practicalities involved in building an Open Stack. Read more …

Cross Domain XMLHttpRequest

This Month in Cross Domain by Sam Clearman

Runtime Error Sam Clearman discusses two techniques for circumventing cross domain JavaScript restrictions on XMLHttpRequest in the same origin policy. Read more …

Network —

RIAA Takes Aim at Harvard Professor

This month in Network by Jonathan Hunter

Nesson, Tenenbaum and Students.jpg Jonathan Hunter catches us up on the RIAA’s latest attacks on free information exchange and the Harvard Law professor who tried to intervene. Read more …

Printing Blogs

This Month in Network by Daniel Grossman

Printing Blogs Daniel Grossman takes a quick look at the new Boston based Printed Blog, a freely circulated blogroll in print. Read more …

Better than Drugs

This Month in Network by Keith Hendershot

Presedential Seal Keith Hendershot shares a list of nine spiny ideas so far out there, they're better than drugs.
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