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  • Where the Car Is King, Tysons (VA) Faces a Dilemma Urban Planners Take Aim at Free Parking

    07/07/2008 5:34:04 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 39 replies · 570+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2008 | Amy Gardner
    Think there's no such thing as too much parking? Take a look at Tysons Corner, where there's more parking than jobs, more parking than office space, more parking than in downtown Washington. That must change, said advocates and politicians seeking to transform Virginia's largest business hub from suburb to city. Reducing parking, charging for parking and finding new uses for the acres of parking that separate Tysons' buildings and the people inside is at the heart of plans to remake the area.... "Who wants parking spaces to be the hallmark of a development?" said Clark Tyler, chairman of a Fairfax...
  • Edith Macefield, 1921-2008: Ballard woman held her ground as change closed in around her

    06/18/2008 7:34:08 PM PDT · by XR7 · 14 replies · 301+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 6/18/2008 | KATHY MULADY
    Edith Macefield died at home, just the way she wanted. The Ballard woman who captured hearts and admirers around the world when she stubbornly turned down $1 million to sell her home to make way for a commercial development died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. She was 86. "I don't want to move. I don't need the money. Money doesn't mean anything," she told the Seattle P-I in October. She continued living in the little old house in the 1400 block of Northwest 46th Street even after concrete walls rose around her, coming within a few feet of her kitchen window....
  • Don't Count on Prop. 99

    05/19/2008 11:03:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 304+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 19, 2008 | Ilya Somin
    The U.S. Supreme Court created a huge political backlash when it ruled that local governments could use eminent domain to seize private property and transfer it to other private owners for "economic development." Since the Kelo ruling in 2005, 42 states have enacted limitations on eminent domain — not always effective ones. But like lawmakers in many other states, some California officials are trying to block real eminent domain reform. On June 3, Californians will vote on Proposition 99, a ballot initiative sponsored by groups representing cities, counties, redevelopment agencies and other pro-condemnation interests. It purports to protect property rights...
  • Rural residents feel the push from Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/28/2008 5:31:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 577+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 27, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    Minutes south of Interstate 10 and Sealy, the pastures along FM 1458 are their own silent world in the morning. Mists lift to reveal black cattle, brown and spotted horses, snow-white egrets underfoot in lush green grass. Then a concrete mixer comes churning down the blacktop. Just up the road is a small subdivision. More are sure to come as city dwellers, including weekenders and retirees, move out in search of a quieter, simpler life — and relief from city traffic. Although the gradual influx may bring greater changes in the long run, what disturbs residents most is the planned...
  • Omega-3 Intake During Last Months Of Pregnancy Boosts An Infant's Cognitive And Motor Development

    04/11/2008 3:11:11 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 140+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-11-2008 | Université Laval
    Omega-3 Intake During Last Months Of Pregnancy Boosts An Infant's Cognitive And Motor Development ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2008) — A study supervised by Université Laval researchers Gina Muckle and Éric Dewailly reveals that omega-3 intake during the last months of pregnancy boosts an infant's sensory, cognitive, and motor development. The details of this finding are published in a recent edition of the Journal of Pediatrics. To come to this conclusion, researchers first measured docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) concentration--a type of omega-3 fatty acid involved in the development of neurons and retinas--in the umbilical cord blood of 109 infants. "DHA concentration in...
  • Wildlife officials: Bakersfield development threatens cactus

    03/06/2008 1:15:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 199+ views
    State wildlife officials have told city planners that an approved development slated to be built on Bakersfield's northeast bluffs threatens an endangered cactus. The California Department of Fish and Game says a planned housing subdivision known as The Canyons would wipe out about 100 Bakersfield cactus plants, a species found only around the city. The agency said the cactus could not recover from the loss. If the project goes forward, the agency has threatened to void a 1994 agreement with the city allowing developers to destroy some endangered species in exchange for fees to conserve habitat elsewhere.
  • Taking Play Seriously

    02/17/2008 5:52:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 277+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2008 | ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG
    On a drizzly Tuesday night in late January, 200 people came out to hear a psychiatrist talk rhapsodically about play — not just the intense, joyous play of children, but play for all people, at all ages, at all times. (All species too; the lecture featured touching photos of a polar bear and a husky engaging playfully at a snowy outpost in northern Canada.) Stuart Brown, president of the National Institute for Play, was speaking at the New York Public Library’s main branch on 42nd Street. He created the institute in 1996, after more than 20 years of psychiatric practice...
  • Sustainable Trouble; The Attempt to Transform the Vision of America

    02/08/2008 6:12:46 PM PST · by Bruce 22-250 · 7 replies · 151+ views
    Freedom 21 Santa Cruz ^ | October 26, 2005 | Michael Shaw
    Several years ago I began working to create a visual depiction of the grand threat facing liberty in America. The sketch was a shape that looked like a weed and its root. With study I came to learn that the shape reflected a dialectic process. Dialectic is the process of synthesis or resolution that arises out of the conflict between a thesis and an anti-thesis. First, understand the difference between a natural dialectic and a man made or artificial dialectic. A naturally occurring dialectic arises from historical events. For instance; In 1776 King George represented the thesis in a natural...
  • Foreign Aid Follies Part 2

    01/24/2008 1:04:57 PM PST · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 65+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 24, 2008 | Emmanuel Opati
    Foreign Aid Follies Part 2 by: Emmanuel Opati, January 24, 2008 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on January 22nd that the current administration will fight efforts to curb billions of dollars in U.S aid to Pakistan. Condoleezza, who is in Europe for the U.N. Security Council meeting that is considering new sanctions on Iran said that Musharraf is a “good ally in the war on terrorism.” ... Husain Haqqani, Director of the Center for International Relations at Boston University, said, “Pakistani’s military looks upon the U.S. as the check writer.” “Pakistan has received $21 billion U.S. since 1954, and...
  • Foreign Aid Follies Part 1

    01/24/2008 1:02:05 PM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 99+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 24, 2008 | Emmanuel Opati
    Foreign Aid Follies Part 1 by: Emmanuel Opati, January 24, 2008 To a lot of people foreign aid is a benevolent act and it should be upheld, while to others it is a waste of their tax dollars. But has foreign aid done more harm than good?... “The unfortunate fact is that most African countries are poorer today than they were at the time of their independence from colonial powers,” says Fredrik Erixon, Chief Economist of Timbro, a Swedish think-tank. C.K. Prahalad, author of Competing for the Future, says “there is an inherent paradox in the debate about poverty alleviation...
  • After 'The World', Dubai takes on 'The Universe'(Mega megaproject)

    01/21/2008 1:31:49 PM PST · by Squidpup · 19 replies · 534+ views
    Financial Times ^ | January 21, 2008 | Simeon Kerr
    Not content with finishing construction of the "The World", a constellation of man-made islands forming the shape of the continents, Dubai's developer, Nakheel, is to build "The Universe": an archipelago of reclaimed islands depicting the sun and the planets and moons of the solar system. Only half of The World's islands have been sold, but Sultan bin Sulayem, Nakheel's chairman, says Dubai is pressing ahead with another offshore project. Residents have already moved into apartments and villas on Palm Jumeirah, the city's first reclaimed development, which will boast several deluxe hotels, including a refurbished Queen Elizabeth II, the liner's final...
  • Farm Bureau Backs Clustered Development; Group Aims to Spare Farmland

    12/24/2007 8:57:26 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 195+ views
    JSOnline ^ | December 23, 2007 | Amy Rinard
    For the first time, the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation has adopted a policy in favor of high-density housing developments in rural areas to preserve farmland.But the state's largest organization of farmers, with 43,000 member families, also recommended that the current power of cities and villages to impose their zoning regulations three miles outside their borders be severely cut back. The policies, which set the farm bureau's legislative priorities for next year, were approved by 250 delegates representing members of the 61 county chapters around the state. Paul Zimmerman, executive director of public affairs for the farm bureau, said preservation of...
  • Forced Into the Alley

    12/21/2007 11:16:12 AM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies · 274+ views
    New York Sun ^ | December 21, 2007 | Patrick McIlheran
    I dreamed of a white Christmas and woke up disillusioned with New Urbanism. We've had 23 inches of white so far this month in Milwaukee. By itself, this is nice. My days have not been merry and bright, however, and it's because of my alley. When we bought our house in an old neighborhood, we bought into the idea of alleys, or I did and I persuaded Mrs. McIlheran to go along. An alley meant a safer sidewalk, since cars wouldn't back out of driveways and run over our kids as they rode Big Wheels. A garage opening right onto...
  • 2008 Construction Outlook for Texas

    12/20/2007 2:03:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 154+ views
    Reed Construction Data ^ | December 20, 2007 | Liz Moucka
    Highways The Texas Department of Transportation plans to let contracts for $4.1 billion in construction in 2008 are in jeopardy after having to return around $950 million to Washington over the past 18 months. The mood in Austin is uncertain, although voters approved Proposition 12 in November, authorizing the next Texas Legislature in 2009 to issue up to $5 billion in bonds (paid from general revenue) to build highway projects. A required independent audit of the Texas Department of Transportation during 2007 recommended that the department “should continue to pursue Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDA) and toll pricing at levels that...
  • Road Repairs Pave Way to Economic Development

    12/15/2007 2:44:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — The road to economic prosperity south of Baghdad is being paved by Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. With assistance from the 2nd BCT embedded provincial reconstruction team, local government councils and Iraqi contractors, the task of restoring roads and improving roads damaged by war is in full swing. “It’s all about … helping the agricultural market in our area,” said Capt. Brian Love, ePRT military liason. The area, comprised of Arab Jabour, Hawr Rajab, Al Buaytha and Adwaniyah, is mainly agriculturally-based. The improvements, which began in October,...
  • Coalition Forces Break Ground on Future Afghan Development

    12/10/2007 4:32:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 45+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Senior Airman James Bolinger, USAF
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2007 – Commanders of two coalition task forces met with Afghan government officials yesterday to discuss rebuilding infrastructure and developing health care in the country’s Parwan province. Army Col. Jonathon Ives, Task Force Cincinnatus commander, and Army Col. Bart Iddins Task Force Med commander, first met with the sub-governor of Jabal Saraj about the local bazaar. Earlier this year, a flood wiped out a bridge and several shops at the Jabal Saraj Bazaar. The river basin is now nearly twice as wide as it was in the spring. Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team engineers have...
  • Old-fashioned toys better for kids

    11/24/2007 11:18:46 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 64 replies · 171+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 25 Nov 2007, 0026 hrs IST | The Times of India
    WASHINGTON: Psychologists at the Temple University have revealed that old-fashioned toys allow children to experiment with their imagination and creativity, thus proving much healthier for them. Researchers think that simpler toys like rubber balls and building blocks are healthier for the creative development of the child, as compared to expensive electronic gizmos. "Old-fashioned retro toys, such as red rubber balls, simple building blocks, clay and crayons, that don't cost so much and are usually hidden in the back shelves are usually much healthier for children than the electronic educational toys that have fancier boxes and cost $89.99," said Kathy Hirsh-Pasek,...
  • Leaders Discuss Bamyan Development, Visit Historical Ruins

    11/14/2007 11:03:32 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 201+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Senior Airman Dilia DeGrego, USAF
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Nov. 14, 2007 – For more than 1,500 years they stood watch over the people of Afghanistan’s Bamyan province. The Buddhas of Bamyan remained untouched, nestled in the heart of the Hindu Kush Mountains until they were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard at the ruins of the Buddhas of Bamyan. The Buddhas of Bamyan were two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley of central Afghanistan. Photo by Senior Airman Dilia DeGrego, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...
  • Army Works to Accelerate Leader Development

    10/10/2007 5:01:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 130+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2007 – The Army is exploring new ways to accelerate the development of leaders prepared for the broad challenges they’ll face in what’s expected to be an era of persistent conflict, the Army’s chief of staff said here yesterday. “We are committed to investing in our officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer and civilian leaders,” Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told attendees at the annual Association of the U.S. Army convention. “In this era of persistent conflict, it is absolutely essential that we develop leaders that can handle the challenges of full-spectrum operations.” Full-spectrum operations include the...
  • OECD warns against biofuels subsidies

    09/10/2007 11:18:30 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 659+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 9/10/2007 | Andrew Bounds
    Governments need to scrap subsidies for biofuels, as the current rush to support alternative energy sources will lead to surging food prices and the potential destruction of natural habitats, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will warn on Tuesday. The OECD will say in a report to be discussed by ministers on Tuesday that politicians are rigging the market in favour of an untried technology that will have only limited impact on climate change. “The current push to expand the use of biofuels is creating unsustainable tensions that will disrupt markets without generating significant environmental benefits,” say the authors...
  • Videos won't make baby smart (Baby Einstein)

    08/08/2007 9:40:14 AM PDT · by mngran · 40 replies · 1,160+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | 8/7/2007 | Paul Nyhan
    It turns out that popular baby videos don't create geniuses, and may even hinder development. University of Washington researchers warned in a report released Tuesday that Baby Einstein, Brainy Baby and other videos for infants may make a child slower in picking up vocabulary in the first two years of life. Every hour babies spent watching videos, they understood an average of six to eight fewer words than a baby who didn't watch the programs, researchers found. Babies who watched the videos scored 17 percent worse on language-skills assessments than babies who didn't, said Dr. Dimitri Christakis, co-author of the...
  • Things are good, so why are we so pessimistic?

    08/01/2007 7:59:36 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 19 replies · 646+ views ^ | 07/31/2007 | Nima Sanandaji
    New research shows us that people around the world, including in the West, are satisfied with their lives and are enjoying a rising quality of life. So why are westerners so pessimistic, asks Nima Sanandaji, of think-tank Captus. Our planet is a happier place these days. That, at least, is what the Pew Research Center is telling us. Their latest survey of global attitudes in 47 nations has found a number of trends that are worth analyzing. According to Pew, people in the developing world are growing ever more satisfied with their personal and financial situations. In Latin America, 59...
  • Starship Enterprise - How private investment has launched a new space race

    07/28/2007 2:35:56 PM PDT · by anymouse · 28 replies · 1,176+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 28, 2007 | GLENN REYNOLDS
    Rocketeers By Michael Belfiore Smithsonian, 305 pages, $26.95 American space exploration had a rough time of it on Thursday. NASA's already bruised reputation took a one-two punch with revelations that on at least two occasions astronauts were allowed to fly even though they were intoxicated and that a computer due to be delivered to the International Space Station in August had been sabotaged. The news might have bolstered the case for the increasingly robust efforts at privately funded space ventures, except Thursday also brought news of a deadly explosion at a Mojave Desert airport where a propellant system for a...
  • USA wants Russia to give foreign companies bigger roles in developing huge oil and gas fields

    07/18/2007 5:28:14 AM PDT · by JohnA · 12 replies · 309+ views
    Pravda ^ | 18.07.2007 | Source: AP ©
    A top adviser on foreign economic policy to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice encouraged Russia on Wednesday to give foreign companies a bigger role in developing its vast but remote oil and gas reserves in the Arctic and Eastern Siberia. Reuben Jeffery III called Russia a "key player in the global energy equation," noting that Russian supplies were "critical to global energy security." He was speaking on his first official trip overseas since taking up the post of U.S. undersecretary of state for economic, energy and agricultural affairs in June. Russia, the biggest producer and exporter of gas in...
  • Official reports confirm Russia remains far behind the developed world

    07/16/2007 6:24:20 AM PDT · by JohnA · 5 replies · 595+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 14/ 07/ 2007 | Ian Pryde
    13:32 | 14/ 07/ 2007 Moscow. - President Putin has frequently complained that international reporting on Russia is biased and unfair, that the media focus on the bad news rather than on positive developments. There is certainly some truth in this - Western reporting on the Soviet Union and on Yeltsin and Putin's Russia has varied between brilliant and insightful and downright incompetent. Nevertheless, Putin's comments display a profound failure to understand what drives the 24/7 international news agenda. And as new reports by the World Bank and the Swedish Defense Research Agency make clear, it is hard to put...
  • Alaskans Battle New Industry

    06/12/2007 1:07:29 PM PDT · by Species8472 · 17 replies · 982+ views
    Voice of the Times (Anchorage Daily Times) ^ | 6-12-07 | LEW M. WILLIAMS, JR
    Gov. Sarah Palin has signed her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. Alaska is home free for more revenue. Right? Wrong. Some wonder whether any company will offer to build the gas line from Prudhoe Bay, not for fear of rising construction costs but for fear of the cost of political clout needed to obtain construction permits. A strong new industry has sprouted up to oppose development of any kind in Alaska. It's the professional environmentalists — the Sierra Club, the Alaska Coalition, the Wilderness Society, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and others. One of the newest and most influential is the Alaska...
  • An Unsustainable Development [THE FRED THOMPSON REPORT]

    06/11/2007 1:19:30 PM PDT · by Squidpup · 81 replies · 2,052+ views
    ABC Radio Networks ^ | June 11, 2007 | Sen. Fred Dalton Thompson
    June 11, 2007 An Unsustainable Development Click here to launch the Podcast Player If there's a hell on earth, it's probably Zimbabwe. Life expectancies in the landlocked nation in the South of Africa are the world's lowest. Reports say women live an average of 35 years; men a bit longer. Four in five people are unemployed. Government printing presses run day and night to produce enough money to keep the military from rebelling, so inflation is at an annual rate of 3,700 percent and rising. Cash loses over ten percent of its value everyday. It wasn't always that way. Before...
  • Mexican Emigration vs. Economic Development

    06/05/2007 10:27:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 699+ views ^ | 6/5/07 | Allan Wall
    Each year Mexicans in the United States send billions of dollars in remittances back to Mexico. In 2006, Mexicans working north of the border sent back US$23 billion. Remittances have become (after petroleum) the second highest legal source of income for Mexico. And that’s one of several reasons why Mexican leaders don’t want emigration to end. But are these billions of dollars really helping Mexico? You might think so, but if you look at the Mexican regions that receive high levels of remittances, they’re not exactly booming economically. Take for example Michoacan, President Felipe Calderon’s home state. That state is...
  • California on verge of major IT expansion, development

    05/24/2007 4:55:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 343+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 5/24/07 | John Howard
    California government is in the midst of a major push into information-technology development that envisions 1,000 IT new hires over the next few years; more attention to larger, more complex contracts; and a dramatic ramping-up of the office that will ride herd on the state's computer systems. For the first time, those plans--already approved by the governor and described in his 2007-08 budget--include financing the office of the chief information officer. The budget's $7.9 million proposal includes up to four-dozen staff members, half of them to track and negotiate IT contracts, said state CIO J. Clark Kelso. Thus far, the...
  • Development is bad for open space, but is it good for farmers?

    05/23/2007 7:50:28 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Medill ^ | May 22, 2007 | Megan McCormack
    The conversion of cornfields to subdivisions is a familiar phenomenon by now, as growth booms in ever-larger rings around Chicago. It means new housing for growing families, increased tax revenues for local government. But what does it mean for farmers? Will County is a good place to look for an answer. It is the second-fastest growing Illinois county, experiencing a 33 percent population increase from 2000 to 2006, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. So one might expect an outcry from the farming community over the loss of land. "When I started at Will County I thought I was going...
  • State might need new nickname

    04/02/2007 3:48:53 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 24 replies · 777+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 4/1/07 | Susan Gordon
    State might need new nickname Commercial development trend accelerates SUSAN GORDON; The News Tribune Published: April 1st, 2007 01:00 AM Hundreds of thousands of acres of Western Washington forests are being converted to home sites, hobby farms and commercial developments. The sell-off of commercial timberland is changing the regional landscape in ways residents and government officials never anticipated. The result is not only suburban sprawl but also what some decry as a permanent scar on the face of the Evergreen State. “We’re dismantling the forest, tearing it up, breaking it down into little parcels. It isn’t the forest it used...
  • The Secret Key to Everything

    03/02/2007 10:18:44 AM PST · by Hank Kerchief · 20 replies · 3,375+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 3/2/2007 | Reginald Firehammer
    The Secret Key to Everything by Reginald Firehammer The following enthusiastic remarks were recently posted to The Autonomist Forum: "Congratulations for your site, Im so glad to find this forum. People have the possibility of success, fulfillment, and greatness. The Landmark Education Forums and other programs by Landmark Education are specifically designed to bring about positive and permanent shifts in the quality of your life. Let's make the most out of our potentials." Everything about it is a scam, including the phony post implying the poster is just so happy to have found this site, which is nothing but a...
  • European research goes for gold

    02/27/2007 3:27:45 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 7 replies · 354+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, February 27, 2007 | Jonathan Amos
    The ERC should give a sharper focus to European research Europe has a new flagship agency to fund the brightest ideas in science. The European Research Council (ERC) has been given a budget of 7.5bn euros (£5bn) to 2013, and will focus solely on fundamental, or "blue skies", study. It is hoped the initiative can find the breakthrough thinking - and eventually new products and services - to keep the EU's economy globally competitive. The ERC was formally inaugurated at a meeting in Berlin attended by the German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel. She said the Council would become "a...
  • India the Superpower? Think again

    02/09/2007 5:04:55 AM PST · by MunnaP · 60 replies · 2,066+ views ^ | February 9 2007 | Cait Murphy,
    NEW YORK (Fortune) --For the first time ever, India has posted four straight years of 8 percent growth; since it cracked open its economy in 1991, it has averaged growth of 6 percent- not in the same league as China, but twice the "Hindu rate of growth" that had marked the first 45 years of independence. India has gone nuclear, and even gotten the United States to accept that status. Its movies are crossing over to become international hits. No wonder the idea of India as the next superpower is fast becoming conventional wisdom. "Our Time is Now," asserts The...

    01/30/2007 7:06:25 PM PST · by Calpernia · 29 replies · 400+ views
    NEW JERSEY FLOATS DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES ON CLEAN WATER FUNDS — Golf Courses, Transit Villages and Transferable Building Rights Are Eligible Projects Trenton —The State of New Jersey is using its Clean Water State Revolving Fund to subsidize an array of developer schemes, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) which is asking the federal government to intervene. At the same time, the state claims it has lacked the resources to enforce toxic landfill standards that would force cleanup of the most dangerous sites, according to correspondence released today by PEER. Although New Jersey faces more than $12 billion in...
  • Energy From Another Backyard

    01/04/2007 1:34:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 493+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 4, 2007 | Norval Scott
    The oil and natural-gas industry is increasingly looking to Canada as a home for big energy projects Americans don't want in their backyards. A patch of coniferous forest near here, on Canada's Atlantic coastline, represents both the promise and the challenges of that approach. The land, owned by closely held Canadian energy company Irving Oil, is earmarked for the possible construction of a 300,000-barrel-a-day crude-oil refinery that would cost $5 billion to $7 billion -- the first new refinery in the U.S. or Canada in more than 25 years. Irving hopes a refinery, if it chooses to build one, would...
  • Researchers Will Work With Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (NY)

    12/27/2006 9:21:14 AM PST · by cogitator · 38 replies · 742+ views
    Energy Daily ^ | December 27, 2006 | Staff Writers
    Susan Powers, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Clarkson's Coulter School of Engineering, was paying special attention today when Governor Pataki announced that $24 million was being awarded to two companies for the development and construction of the state's first cellulosic ethanol plants. That's because Powers and other environmental researchers and students at Clarkson will participate in the project with Mascoma Corporation, one of the companies receiving the state funding. Mascoma, with the help of a $14 million grant from the governor, will build a 500,000-gallon-a-year cellulosic ethanol pilot facility in Greece, near Rochester. In addition to Clarkson...
  • Evangelical Left All Shook Up About Affordable Housing

    12/26/2006 11:23:54 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 15 replies · 944+ views
    The Pasadena Pundit ^ | December 26, 2006 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Evangelical Left All Shook Up About Affordable Housing Book Review: Making Housing Happen: Faith-Based Affordable Housing Models By Jill Suzanne Shook, editor and co-author Chalice Press, 2006 $34.99 Through her new book, Jill Shook, a housing activist in Pasadena, California, has become the de facto spokesperson of the Evangelical Left's new social movement to combat the so-called "affordable housing crisis", mostly focused on the U.S situation. The book jacket contains endorsements by many leaders of the Evangelical Left - Tony Campolo, Ronald J. Sider, and oddly has a preface by Dr. John Perkins, who doesn't fit the label. Given that...
  • Eritrea to protect entire coast in world first: officials

    12/12/2006 8:09:47 AM PST · by cogitator · 20 replies · 652+ views
    SpaceDaily ^ | 12/12/2006 | AFP
    Eritrea aims to become the first country in the world to turn its entire coast into an environmentally protected zone to ensure balanced and sustainable development, officials said Tuesday. The Red Sea state intends to protect all of its 1,350-kilometer (837-mile) coastline, along with another 1,950-kilometers (1,209-miles) of coast around its more than 350 islands, according to a draft coastal policy document. "Eritrea will be the first country in the world to declare its entire coastline a protected area," said Dr Michael Pearson, an environment management specialist working with a group that has pushed the proposal. He and the Eritrea...
  • China Competes With West in Aid to Its Neighbors

    09/18/2006 5:12:54 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 6 replies · 299+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 18, 2006 | Jane Perlez
    STUNG TRENG, Cambodia — In the dense humidity of northern Cambodia, where canoes are the common mode of transportation, a foreman from a Chinese construction company directs local laborers to haul stones to the ramp of a nearly completed bridge. [...] China’s generosity to Cambodia has caught Washington’s attention. The United States Navy is planning a port visit to Sihanoukville early next year, a first since the Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975. In the Philippines, China is also making a big splash, offering an extraordinary package of $2 billion in loans each year for the next three years [...]...
  • Speaking of 'Nuts': Agenda 21, in a nutshell

    09/08/2006 11:55:01 AM PDT · by Issaquahking · 31 replies · 890+ views
    Klamath Bucket Brigade ^ | September 2, 2006 | Jim Kirwan
    While this new world of corporate governance/ lobbyists/ privatization of the commons etc; seems difficult to understand (disguised as it is with buzz words – and meaningless jibberish), it’s really not as complex as one might think. After you learn how to ignore the superficial banalities, and get to the meat (if there is any) of the message being given. Most times you’ll hear just fluff and nutter talk – sounds important but isn’t. While we naturally focus upon local issues and concerns such as community development, roads, tons of garbage, forest access, tourism, sportsmen’s rights, lack of snow, no...
  • Why We Must Advance the Principles of Freedom

    09/01/2006 6:48:38 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 7 replies · 499+ views
    Magic City Morning Star ^ | Aug 29, 2006, | Tom DeWeese
    "Freedom." It's the most used, most misunderstood, most misused word in the English language. Every movement, every revolution, every special-interest campaign uses the word Freedom to explain their motives and to draw us in to their cause. Everybody wants freedom. We fight under the banner of "Live Free or Die." But, no cause ever won a campaign or a war under the banner "be happy under tyranny." But "Freedom" is also a word that can be used to enslave us. The word "Freedom," in the wrong hands, with the wrong motives or agenda can be a butcher's knife. What do...

    08/28/2006 2:28:28 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies · 204+ views
    When recently asked what his top priorities were for his country's European Union presidency, Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen had just three words to say: "Innovation, innovation, innovation." Finland's willingness to embrace change, shift priorities and make tough choices has created one of the world's most competitive economies, says Ann Mettler, executive director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank. Taking Finland as an example, the following key lessons can be drawn: ** Education, skills and lifelong learning must be at the center of an innovative economy; far from being a consistent top performer -- in the mid-1980s, secondary...
  • N.Korea, Iran, Pakistan Could‘Share Missile Technology’ (data sharing cuts down time & cost)

    08/03/2006 6:22:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 309+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/03/06
    N.Korea, Iran, Pakistan Could‘Share Missile Technology’ North Korea’s Taepodong-2 missile appears to be the same model as Iran's Shahab-5 missile, a report on North Korea's ballistic missile program by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) under the Foreign Ministry says. The report states that Iran and China have a defense industry cooperation pact, hinting at a three-way relationship that also includes China’s long-term ally North Korea. "It cannot be ruled out that the very difficult turbo pump technology problem was solved with the help of China," it adds. The report also says North Korea's mid-range Rodong missile...
  • Parts of U.S. West Bar Tree-Cutting on Private Land

    07/31/2006 4:14:28 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 12 replies · 788+ views
    Environmental News Network ^ | July 27, 2006 | Laura Zuckerman, Reuters
    SALMON, Idaho — In a state where pine and fir outnumber residents, the loss of several privately owned spruces should hardly excite attention, let alone spark a crusade emblematic of a new trend to protect trees on private land. But in the ski community of Ketchum, Idaho, a seasonal home for the rich and famous and the last resting place of writer Ernest Hemingway, a developer's plan to cut down three towering conifers on his property spurred the city to issue an emergency order last month outlawing the felling of mature trees. Resident Lara Babalis wanted additional assurances. She spent...
  • CALIFORNIA - Central Valley housing boom plays role in the big heat

    07/26/2006 2:26:04 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 37 replies · 782+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 26, 2006 | Patrick Hoge
    California's growth patterns -- the migration to hot inland regions, construction of big new homes and paving of open space -- are contributing both to increasing temperatures and record demand for electricity. Experts say development choices can play a large role in making hot weather even hotter. "People usually talk of greenhouse gases. What's forgotten is what we've actually done to the surface of the planet,'' said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. "I call it extreme makeover warming.'' The housing boom in places like the Central Valley causes growing electricity demand during heat waves,...
  • Afghan Development Continues Amid Violent Attacks

    07/23/2006 6:19:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 200+ views
    Coalition forces rebuild mosque, provide medical care to villagers. WASHINGTON, July 23, 2006 — Coalition forces continue to aid and develop Afghanistan, even as they fight back terrorist extremists who are determined to stop progress, U.S. military officials reported today. Aid and reconstruction efforts include a rebuilt mosque in the Paktya province and medical and humanitarian aid to hundreds of Afghan villagers in the Kandahar province, said Combined Forces Command spokesman Army Col. Thomas Collins. " Coalition forces are not now and will not ever be dissuaded from their mission of building a free, secure, and independent Afghanistan. " Maj....
  • Smart Kids Found to Undergo Delayed Brain Development

    04/08/2006 5:34:20 PM PDT · by voletti · 13 replies · 687+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 4/8/06 | David Bielo
    The pattern of brain growth during development may figure more importantly than overall brain size when it comes to intelligence, according to a new study. Scientists have found that the smartest kids start off with a relatively thin cerebral cortex--the outer layer of the brain associated with thought and other higher order functions--which thickens rapidly by age 12 before undergoing the same general diminishment as that of their peers of average intelligence. "Brainy children are not cleverer solely by virtue of having more or less gray matter at any one age," says Judith Rapoport of the National Institute of Mental...
  • The challenges facing an urban world

    06/13/2006 10:07:41 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 1 replies · 361+ views
    BBC ^ | June 13, 2006 | Mark Kinver
    The world is fast approaching the point where the majority of the human population will be found in urban areas. Somewhere, sometime in 2007, someone migrating from their rural home to begin a new life in a town or city will tip the global rural/urban balance, the UN estimates. Throughout history, the world has experienced urbanisation but the huge rise in the number of people making their homes in towns and cities is a recent phenomenon. In 1950, less than one-in-three people lived in urban areas. The world had just two so-called "megacities" with populations in excess of 10 million:...
  • Jack Welch on "Is China for Everyone?"

    06/06/2006 6:08:37 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 17 replies · 641+ views
    PanAsianBiz ^ | June 6, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Jack Welch gives his reasons why a company should go to China... 1. China has a vast market 2. China has low-cost manufacturing 3. China has increasingly strong technical talent. 4. Companies that 'make it' in China leap into another competitive league, leaving their competitors behind. and why a company should not... 1. China is littered with companies that went to China...just to go to China. 2. The China-or-bust mantra was invoked on them in B-school. 3. Because everyone is going.... How about your company? Should it go to China? Why? Why not? What do you think?