Here’s an easy guide for making the banginest barbecue sauce this side of the Green Mountains

Shortly before my wife and I departed the Northeast to move back home to North Carolina, we took a final farewell trip to our beloved Vermont, where I invested in a substantial amount of maple products from the Vermont Country Store — we picked up four bags of pure granulated maple sugar, several quarts of dark and amber Vermont maple syrup, about six bottles of smoked maple syrup by Sugar Bob’s of Londonderry, Vermont (amazing stuff with many uses, from ice cream to cocktails), rye whiskey barrel-aged Vermont organic maple syrup by the phenomenal Runamok Maple of Cambridge, Vermont, maple…


Mr. Ibrahim AlHusseini and President Mary Robinson

“So, what is the globalist agenda?” asked a friend recently, mostly in jest. My answer was short but sweet: to reconfigure the business paradigm so the economy powers the restoration of ecosystems and justice, rather than powering their decline. Elaborating on this point, on July 10th, Mr. Ibrahim AlHusseini, Founder of FullCycle — which focuses on investing in market-ready, society-scalable technical solutions to restore ecosystems and combat climate change — interviewed Mrs. …


Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Source: The Wall Street Journal — https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-arrives-for-soleimani-11578085286

General Qassem Soleimani was the chief of Iran’s Quds Force, the division of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) responsible for asymmetric warfare and military intelligence. He was assassinated on January 3, 2020, by a U.S. drone strike while disembarking a diplomatic flight at the Baghdad airport in Iraq.

My initial thought was that Quds is a hydra, so there will be another commander in time. This assassination will do little to stop the machinations of Iran’s military or intelligence services. Any work, including the planning of attacks or operations that Soleimani was undertaking, should still very much be considered as…


We have to talk about an advertisement on the airwaves during this holiday season for Ford Motor Company’s Escape SUV. The ad, called “Setting an Example,” sets a perfect example of how not to behave when enjoying the Great Outdoors, while comically portraying a hallmark piece of middle American mediocrity as a tool for salvaging our dying wild spirit. And therein lies its subtle, irritating genius.

Voiced with the milky baritone of Malcolm’s dad, Seinfeld’s dentist, and famed drug dealer Bryan Cranston, the commercial opens with the wild cry of a hawk over a landscape so rugged Ted Kaczynski would…


Since moving to the northeastern United States for graduate school in 2011, my wife and I have made it a goal to explore the region’s Great Outdoors. We have stayed in a hippie’s log cabin on an island on Maine’s coast and climbed Mt Kineo and met Senator King in western Maine. We have hiked, camped, skied, and drunk dank craft beer all over Vermont. And this summer we visited the mighty Adirondacks for the first time over the Independence Day holiday, for a canoe camping trek in the Bog River area not far from the town of Tupper Lake…


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Please find below a short memo focusing on two topics: A) I will lay out some presentation and engagement strategy notes, then B) I will lay out a practicable gun policy approach designed to help you stand out as an innovator while undercutting your competitor and advancing a new position that will protect Second Amendment rights while reducing avoidable gun deaths and creating jobs.

Engagement

Without question, our society is deeply divided, and this has been exacerbated by politicians from both parties regressing ever deeper into their tribal camps, leading to increasing vitriol, worsened polarization, and a breakdown of civility…


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The following op-ed was written in February 2018 and submitted to the Star-Ledger newspaper of New Jersey, which ultimately did not publish it. It is republished here for the sake of archiving and future distribution in advocacy.

On February 1, 2018, New Jersey Assemblyman and Deputy Republican Leader of the state legislature Ronald S. Dancer (District 12, Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties) introduced a bill that would criminalize the manufacture, sale, and possession of kratom, an herb native to Southeast Asia related to the coffee plant. …


There’s a commercial on television nowadays for three Chevrolet SUVs, and inside the folksy feel-good ad is something insidious.

The ad spot, called New Couple (viewable on YouTube here) features a series of youngish couples in their late 20s or early 30s. They are being guided by a relatively non-threatening white man with an ambiguous accent in a navy blue V-neck sweater with an innocuous and clean short-stubbled beard (we shall call him Chevy Man).

Would you trust this man to prophesy to you the future of your family planning?

At the beginning of the spot, Chevy Man approaches a young couple and states “so you guys have recently started dating,” to which a series…


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Have you ever returned to your hometown for a holiday or family visit, only to be emotionally upset about the demolition of a beloved tract of woods for the construction of cheap new apartments or a strip mall?

If so, you’re not alone.

This reaction you have is because of something called your sense of “deep ecology,” also called your “deep green” sense, which means an intense spiritual, emotional, and physical bond you have with wild, natural ecosystems and other, diverse forms of life. It is a physiological sensory perception, just like your sense of balance or ability to detect…


The United Nations Security Council met on Monday to discuss the situation in the Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta, on the Damascus outskirts, where there are emerging reports that Syrian government forces have used banned chemical weapons against anti-Assad rebels in a long siege. However, an item that was not on the agenda is an ongoing conflict 200 miles to the north, where the Turkish military and their mercenaries — allegedly comprised of Islamist fighters from Al Qaeda, Al Nusra, and remnants of ISIS — are advancing their assault and siege on the Kurdish-majority region of Afrin.

In January, Turkey’s…

James Carli

James Carli is a writer and humanitarian fundraiser with a background in diplomacy, drug policy, and urbanism.

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