I tweeted this earlier (see above) but wanted to make sure more TreeHugger readers saw it, as well. This Mark Bittman column is a great summary of the wide variety of problems our country is facing and how they are all connected to corruption fueled by political campaign contributions. I think it's a must-read. It may not be new information to any of you, but I like how Bittman pulls things together in his own way. You could say the same things about Bittman's recipes. It's usually classic, even simple dishes, but with Bittman's approach, it becomes exceptional.