National Kale Day

Dr. Drew Ramsey handing out kale on National Kale Day.

Dr. Drew Ramsey handing out kale on National Kale Day.

There are a lot of National Awareness Days. October 1 is World Vegetarian Day. October 3 is National Poetry Day. If Dr. Drew Ramsey and Chef Jennifer Iserloh have their way October 2 will become National Kale Day. Here is their mission:

National Kale Day celebrates kale’s incredible health benefits, highlights kale’s culinary versatility, and promotes eating, growing and sharing kale throughout America. National Kale day is the first Wednesday in October and is an annual celebration.

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Predicting Clean Tech Winners

teslamodelsTesla Motors is getting ready to sell additional shares and some debt like securities to raise approximately $830 million to help finance its operations. According to The New York Times

The plans could raise questions about the company’s ability to generate cash flows from its operations. Last week in an investor conference call, Mr. Musk played down the notion that Tesla would soon tap the public markets to raise new money. “We don’t have any plans right now to raise funding,” he said.

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The Startup Playbook

startupplaybook600x300Best-selling author, David Kidder, has come out with a new book, The Startup Playbook, which has interviews with many of today’s most successful entrepreneurs, from Caterina Fake (Flickr) to Elon Musk (Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors). While you get their own personal stories in great detail, its also the story of the modern American economy. There aren’t too many manufacturing companies, except those started by Elon Musk. They, for the most part are Internet entrepreneurs. [Read more…]

Is it Time to End Federal Tax Incentives for Electric Vehicles?

Cadillac ELRWhen GM first announced the Volt would be offered under the Chevy brand, the promise seemed to be that the company would sell an electric car that middle America could afford. With a current sticker price of $39,145 before tax incentives, that is decidedly not the case. According to The New York Times

Last year, G.M. sold 23,000 Volts in the United States, less than 1 percent of its overall sales and well below the expectations set by the company.

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Forecast for 2013

What's Next by Marian SalzmanWith 2012 the hottest year on record in the United States, it would be pretty easy to predict more of the same in 2013. But in the new book What’s Next? by Marian Salzman, she takes things a step further. She points out that “Americans who believe in religious miracles increased by 22 percent in the last two decades.” Then forecasts that

If superstorms are going to stick around, look for a rise of faith when it comes to searching for meaning as to why all of this weather is happening.

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