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  • The Insane Hidden Tax Burden Quietly Eating Up Your Paycheck

    05/06/2016 9:34:25 AM PDT · by sally234 · 17 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 5-6-16 | John Gray
    There are few things I dislike more than paying taxes. As Americans, a third of all your hard earned dollars is confiscated by the U.S. government. Most of us get to determine what we do with our money – but not when it comes to taxes. However, there is the argument that taxes are a function of our democratic system. Those taxes are the result of laws implemented by freely elected representatives. If anything, we — the voters — are as much to blame for the muddied tax codes as are the nitwit politicians we elect.
  • Obama’s War on America and Property

    04/16/2016 6:33:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/16/16 | Timothy Birdnow
    Obama and his Democratic allies are busily breaking the bonds of property ownership with the complicity of a Republican Party that prefers to stand silent Recently Baltimore County came to a settlement with the City over a scheme to colonize affluent County neighborhoods with HUD housing. According to Fox News: “With crime in the inner city soaring and many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods plagued by gang violence, there was a push to integrate those communities into neighborhoods in the surrounding county. The NAACP and others sued Baltimore County over alleged housing segregation – and the county has now settled, agreeing to...
  • The Future Of America? – More Than Half Of All U.S. Adults Under Age 30 Now Reject Capitalism

    05/01/2016 8:05:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    TEC ^ | 04/30/2016 | Michael Snyder
    A shocking new survey has found that support for capitalism is dying in America. In fact, more than half of all adults in the United States under the age of 30 say that they do not support capitalism at this point. You might be tempted to dismiss them as “foolish young people”, but the truth is that they are the future of America. As older generations die off, they will eventually become the leaders of this country. And of course our nation has not resembled anything close to a capitalist society for quite some time now. In a recent article,...
  • Mass. Sen. President Rosenberg to Berkshire Gas: Pipeline is dead; lift the moratorium

    04/24/2016 10:30:24 AM PDT · by matt04 · 23 replies
    Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday called upon Berkshire Gas to lift its moratorium on new and expanded natural gas service in the region — but a spokesman for Berkshire's parent company, the publicly-traded Avangrid, told The Republican that the moratorium on new hookups would stay in place without a "permanent solution" for additional natural gas capacity in western Massachusetts. ... Berkshire Gas had hoped to purchase capacity on the line. Berkshire's parent company, Avangrid, had also signed on as an investor in the $5-8 billion Kinder Morgan pipeline. Berkshire more than a year ago imposed a moratorium on...
  • Zuckerberg Lectures Trump About Walls – Then Returns Home to Walled Off Compound (Photo)

    04/15/2016 5:05:30 PM PDT · by GilGil · 83 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/15/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg lashed out at Donald Trump last week at the annual developers conference over his proposed border wall paid by Mexico. Zuckerberg he heard “fearful voices calling for building walls” and halting immigration. Then Zuckerberg went back home to his walled off compound.
  • A code violation and a housing crisis

    03/06/2016 9:18:16 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 03/05/16 | Micah Posner
    The Sentinel has offered to let me publicly take responsibility for my recent building code violation. I appreciate that. Until very recently, I have had a tenant in a small room behind my house. Renting out this unit was not permitted under the city’s Building Code. As someone making rules about housing, I should not have been breaking the rules. This was a mistake. I am sorry.
  • NYPD Arrests Ferguson Protesters Trying to Disrupt the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    11/27/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    Slate ^ | 11-27-2014 | Daniel Politi
    Police in New York arrested a number of protesters on Thursday who were apparently part of a movement to disrupt the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in order to demonstrate against the failure to indict Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown. At least seven people were detained, according to the New York Post, which had warned in its front page today about a “plot against Snoopy.” The seven people who were arrested were apparently part of a group of people who overturned a trash can and tried to “run toward the floats,” according to WPIX-TV. “But an hour later,...
  • New England Electricity Prices Spike As Gas Pipelines Lag

    11/05/2014 8:47:13 AM PST · by Theoria · 33 replies
    NPR ^ | 05 Nov 2014 | Sam Evans-Brown
    When Don Sage of Concord, N.H., learned his electric bill could rise by as much as $40 a month he got flustered. He and his wife make do on a bit less than $30,000 a year in Social Security payments, and they pay close attention to their electric bills. "When the invoice comes in the mail to get paid, I have a target amount that we can fluctuate up or down, based on our fixed budget," Sage says. "They don't need my permission to hike up their rates, but the fact is we're the ones that are paying these increases."...
  • Denton extends drilling moratorium until 2015; vote on frack ban looms

    09/12/2014 1:53:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Dallas Business Journal ^ | September 10, 2014 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Land-use conflicts between Barnett Shale wells and homes continues to pose a “major impediment” to Denton’s future quality of life and economic development, gas well administrator Darren Groth told the City Council Tuesday. The Council agreed, voting unanimously Tuesday to approve a moratorium on gas wells applications and permits through Jan. 20. This moratorium is separate from the Nov. 4 referendum to ban hydraulic fracking in the city of Denton, a first for Texas. The four-and-a-half-month extension gives city staff time to iron out problems with the city ordinance to prevent a repeat of what happened in the Vintage neighborhood...
  • New Englanders Oppose Proposed Pipeline — And The Tariff To Pay For It

    09/04/2014 5:03:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Mint Press ^ | September 2, 2014 | Phil Zahodiakin
    A proposal to build a pipeline from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to eastern Massachusetts by late 2018 is sparking concern among many property owners in the path of the pipe. But there’s a twist to this evolving story: a proposed surcharge added to electric bills that would force every ratepayer in New England to help pay for the interstate pipeline, which is expected to cost $2 billion to $6 billion. The route proposed for the pipeline’sMassachusetts segment runs through dense forests, wetlands and small towns in the northern tier of the state. Alternative routes, or modifications to the northern...
  • State Denies Request To House Migrant Kids At Southbury (CT)

    07/16/2014 7:22:22 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 9 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | July 15, 2014 | KEITH PHANEUF
    "The vacant property that the state of Connecticut has is too small to accommodate your needs (which clearly must be at least several hundred thousand square feet of building space alone) and is typically in a state of disrepair to the point where a certificate of occupancy would be difficult to obtain," Patrick M. O'Brien, assistant director of OPM's Bureau of Assets Management, wrote to an official at the U.S. General Services Administration's New England regional offices. "Indeed, many existing structures are beyond salvage and require environmental remediation and demolition."
  • Growing protests over where to shelter immigrant children hits Arizona

    07/15/2014 1:39:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | July 15, 2014 | By Michael Martinez and Holly Yan
    Protesters and counterprotesters Tuesday made Arizona the second border state to become a national flashpoint over what to do with the surge of unaccompanied immigrant children entering the country illegally. Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Oracle, Arizona, about 100 miles north of the Mexican border, where federal officials were expected to send dozens of detained immigrant children for housing. One protester said his opposition to the transfer wouldn't scare the detained children because "after they've been all the way up through Mexico, I don't think anything is going to frighten them," Eldon Rhodes told CNN Tucson affiliate KVOA. "I'm protesting...
  • Community Group Fighting Third Attempt To Bring Wind Farm To Town

    04/22/2014 1:20:12 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/20/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Voters in Osceola County's Sherman Township have overturned regulations for wind turbines in referendums twice in recent years. That was enough to make Heritage Sustainable Energy give up on plans to locate wind turbines there. Now, Next Era Energy wants to locate wind turbines in the township and local officials are looking for a fresh set of regulations that could allow that to happen. But the same local activist group that so far has been able to help keep the turbines away is poised to fight them off again. "It looks to me like we're probably going to end up...
  • Sriracha sauce maker ordered to cease some operations (California)

    11/27/2013 1:44:11 PM PST · by barmag25 · 60 replies
    Market Watch/WSJ ^ | 11/27/13 | Erica E. Phillips
    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — The Southern California maker of a popular hot sauce has been ordered to cease operations that have allegedly emitted harmful odors into the surrounding community, after residents’ complaints of health problems prompted a lawsuit. A state court judge issued a decision late Tuesday finding that Huy Fong Foods Inc., the manufacturer of cult-favorite Sriracha “Rooster Sauce” and other chili sauce products, must “make changes in its site operations reducing odors and the potential for odors” at its Irwindale, Calif., factory. The injunction is slated to take effect on Dec. 9. Bloomberg Enlarge Image The company, which...
  • The Bay Area’s 1 Percenters

    10/22/2013 1:19:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    NRO - Online ^ | October 22, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    If you’re hip and liberal,your kids don’t have to go to school with the gardener’s kids".......................Ask a Silicon Valley liberal whether he is for amnesty,open borders, and multicultural curricula,and he assents; ask him next whether he is for new low-income and diverse housing construction a few minutes from Menlo Park or Atherton, and he is aghast. I think the average Bay Area liberal believes his nanny flies home to Oaxaca each evening and is back by the next morning at the Hillsborough doorstep.Among the movers and shakers in Silicon Valley,there is no apparent inclination to insist on having their gadgets...
  • Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons in fight to ban lorries (trucks) from his Oxfordshire town

    10/12/2013 11:05:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:35 EST, 12 October 2013 | Stuart Woledge
    He is a passionate campaigner on green issues, and now Jeremy Irons has backed a campaign to ban lorries from the quaint Oxfordshire town where he lives. The Oscar–winning actor has thrown his weight behind an action group to prevent HGVs using the narrow streets of Watlington as a rat-run between the M40 and M4. The market town—reputedly the smallest in the country—is regularly snarled up with lorries whose drivers, looking for a shortcut between Oxford and Reading, are directed there by their satnavs. …
  • Neighbors delay charity home for injured double-Bronze Star Afghanistan vet

    09/28/2013 4:27:38 PM PDT · by matt04 · 29 replies
    He may have served two tours in Afghanistan protecting the freedom of his nation, but double-Bronze Star veteran David Wood has returned home only to battle ungrateful NIMBYS. Gifted a charitable home through the efforts of his local congressman, Aaron Schock for his wartime efforts, Wood, who has lost the hearing in one ear was told that the property plans for his family's house were opposed by his potential neighbors. Indeed, an unidentified cabal of neighbors in the Peoria suburb of Morton, Illinois, has clubbed together to oppose his wooden home saying quite clearly, not in my backyard. The father...
  • Placard-waving residents protest Marin County housing plans

    06/28/2013 9:32:32 PM PDT · by huac · 14 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 06/24/2013 | Nels Johnson
    "...Marinwood-area residents waving placards to protest affordable housing plans packed a Civic Center hearing Monday, making clear they do not want as many new neighbors as county officials are trying to pave the way for. ...With signs depicting a red slash through a circle targeting a three-story affordable complex, the crowd made its views known as a parade of speakers debated merits of an affordable housing zone program under review by the Planning Commission..."
  • George Lucas might build affordable housing

    05/20/2012 12:20:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/20/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    "Star Wars" creator George Lucas could, indeed, make good on his idea of building affordable housing right next door to the high-income NIMBYs who blocked his plans for a production studio near his Lucas Valley ranch complex. His Marin County neighbors and conservationists have dismissed Lucas' musings as sour grapes, and say low-income housing could never be built in such a remote and environmentally sensitive location.But those in the know disagree.There's a feeling on the Board of Supervisors, which has final say over the project, that it fits into the county's desire for more low-income housing - and by the...
  • George Lucas pushes low-income housing option

    05/09/2012 8:27:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/9/12 | Peter Fimrite
    Filmmaker George Lucas is pushing forward with plans to build low-income housing at Marin County's picturesque Grady Ranch, a vow of his that was widely dismissed as an insincere attempt by the billionaire to thumb his nose at complaining neighbors. The Marin Community Foundation announced Tuesday that it is working with Lucasfilm to "explore options" for building affordable housing in the location where the movie mogul wanted to build a film studio until residents in an adjacent subdivision protested. . . . Lucas...withdrew his plans last month to build a large mission-style movie-making studio on Grady Ranch, blaming the Lucas...
  • You thought it was only greedy capitalists who find California unfriendly?

    04/12/2012 2:48:56 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 13 replies
    le this under “There (almost) goes the neighborhood.” Lucasfilm announced this week that despite many years of planning and investment, the continuing regulatory delays and furious opposition of neighbors has led the company to abandon efforts to build a large production studio in Marin County, north of San Francisco. “We have several opportunities to build the production stages in communities that see us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire, and if we are to stay on schedule we must act on those opportunities,” Lucasfilm said it a statement . . .
  • What A Little-Known Colonial Pamphlet Tells Us About the Constitution

    11/12/2011 2:34:34 PM PST · by Veritas_et_libertas · 23 replies
    The Independence Institute ^ | 11/11/11 | Rob Natelson
    Between 1764 and the Declaration of Independence in 1776 Americans produced a rich series of pamphlets and resolutions listing their grievances against the central government of the British Empire. As I have pointed out before, reading those pamphlets is very helpful in understanding what the Constitution really means. And ignorance of them contributes to common constitutional mistakes. These pamphlets are particularly useful in comprehending the Founders’ version of federalism. This is because the constitutional balance between states and federal government partly reflected what the Founders had wanted the balance to be between colonies and imperial government. One of the most...
  • China keen market for oil sands, Oliver says

    11/11/2011 8:57:41 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 9 replies
    CBC News ^ | 11/09/11 | y Margo McDiarmid, Environment Unit, CBC News
    Canada is counting on China to be a key investor in Alberta's oil sands projects and a big customer for crude that would flow through a proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline. Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver is half-way through his visit to China to drum up customers for the country's forestry and oil sectors. And he told reporters in a conference call from Shanghai Wednesday that he's spent a lot of time talking about increased Chinese investment in Alberta's growing oil sands. "On the oil sands our interests are aligned. China wants to diversify its sources of oil and we...
  • It's Official: Keystone XL (Oil Pipeline) Is a No-Go Until After the Election

    11/11/2011 4:38:48 PM PST · by kindred · 29 replies ^ | 11/11/11 | Erika Johnsen
    So, yeah. We all suspected the White House was going to punt on this one, but now we've got the official excuse story as to why they're choosing to delay the approval of the Keystone pipeline. The Obama administration said Thursday it is delaying approval of a massive oil pipeline until it can study new potential routes that avoid environmentally sensitive areas of the state of Nebraska, an action that likely puts off a decision until after the 2012 election. The announcement by the State Department means Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. will have to figure out a way to move the...
  • Gas against Wind (Power)

    11/03/2011 7:30:02 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 25 replies
    New Geography ^ | Nov. 3, 2011 | Matt Ridley
    Which would you rather have in the view from your house? A thing about the size of a domestic garage, or eight towers twice the height of Nelson’s column with blades noisily thrumming the air. The energy they can produce over ten years is similar: eight wind turbines of 2.5-megawatts (working at roughly 25% capacity) roughly equal the output of an average Pennsylvania shale gas well (converted to electricity at 50% efficiency) in its first ten years. Difficult choice? Let’s make it easier. The gas well can be hidden in a hollow, behind a hedge. The eight wind turbines must...
  • Colorado Voters Reject Tax Increase to Fund Education

    11/02/2011 12:07:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush ^ | November 2, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: It's not a good day for the left and you're not gonna hear much about this. The media is not gonna talk too much about this. Colorado voters have rejected an attempt to raise state income and sales taxes to fund education. ... With 38 percent of precincts reporting," that's when I printed this out, "Prop 103 was going down in flames across the state; 35% in favor of raising taxes, 65% against." What's the final number here? Da-da-da-da-da-da. It's about that. Sixty-five, 35% is about what it ended up. Also true in Denver. That was the...
  • Hollywood (Florida) asks neighbors to rat out each other's code violations

    10/25/2011 5:26:04 PM PDT · by dennisw · 20 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | October 25, 2011 | By Tonya Alanez
    <p>It's like a traditional neighborhood watch, but instead of crime, volunteers will be on the lookout for grime. And they'll put neighbors on notice for basic problems ranging from overgrown grass and unkempt shrubs to parking on the lawn and putting trash out too early.</p>
  • Proponents of proposal to legalize discrimination against felons weigh in

    10/24/2011 5:33:50 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    The Capital Times ^ | STEVEN ELBOW
    Last week I posted a story about a legislative proposal that would make it legal for businesses to refuse to hire or allow them to fire people just because they have a felony conviction record. This past week the bill sailed through the Assembly Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on a 6-3 party-line vote, setting up a vote by the full Assembly. A public hearing for the Senate version of the bill is set for Monday. In the story, I talked to Linda Ketcham, executive director of Madison-area Urban Ministry, who said the proposal would make it harder for...
  • Dad Fights Zoning Board's Order to Destroy Backyard Tree House

    10/17/2011 6:06:46 PM PDT · by Immerito · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2011 | Todd Starnes
    A zoning board in Fairfax County, Va., is standing firm in its decision to order a war veteran to destroy a tree house he built for his two young sons. County officials determined Mark Grapin, an Army aviation specialist, violated zoning regulations when he built a tree house in his backyard. “The boys wanted a tree house,” Grapin told Fox News Radio, explaining it was a promise he made to his 8-year-old and 10-year-old sons before he left for Iraq. “It was a commitment I made to the boys and, frankly, we should do our best to keep our commitments...
  • 'Fracking' protesters say drilling jobs not worth environmental risks

    09/20/2011 5:28:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | 20 Sep 2011 | Sarah Hoye
    (CNN) -- Charlotte Bevins' long blond hair blows in the wind as she stands amid protesters, her eyes red and puffy from crying. Just four months ago, Bevins' brother, Charles, lost his life in a drilling accident in central New York. He was 23, a father of two small children. Gazing at the ground, Bevins tightens her grip on the handles of the baby stroller that cradles her young niece while hundreds of protesters lining the nearby streets wave signs and yell around her. No fracking way. No fracking way. No fracking way, the crowd chants. Bevins recently made the...
  • Nebraska governor asks Obama to nix Keystone pipeline

    08/31/2011 4:16:39 PM PDT · by throwback · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 31, 2011 | Timothy Gardner, Joshua Schneyer
    Nebraska's governor urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday to block TransCanada's planned Keystone oil pipeline from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, saying it could hurt a regional water source. The State Department could issue a presidential permit for the $7 billion project, which would boost U.S. dependence on Canada's controversial oil sands. Momentum for Keystone picked up last week after the department said the project would have only limited impact on the environment. The State Department should deny the permit on the grounds that the line could put the Ogallala Aquifer at risk, the Midwestern state's governor, Dave Heineman,...
  • Subdivision Wants To Ban Sex Offenders

    08/13/2011 10:34:17 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 80 replies
    WFTV ^ | August 12, 2011
    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- Residents in an exclusive west Orange County subdivision want to ban registered sex offenders from moving in. State law requires convicted sex offenders to live at least 1,000 feet from schools or playgrounds, but residents in the Keene's Pointe gated community in Windermere said they want to bump that up to 2,500 feet. A rule like that would keep any sex offender from moving into the subdivision. "Everybody wants this to be as safe a place as possible to raise their kids and they all recognize that this is one of the ways to do that,"...
  • Will ‘fracking’ enemies stop industrial renaissance?

    06/19/2011 8:08:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/18/11 | Editor
    Hardly a day goes by without somebody in government or the media complaining about all the jobs that U.S. corporations have moved overseas, or lamenting the loss of the American heartland’s once-mighty industrial capacity. Lost amid all the shouting and cursing is this fact: Thanks to recent advances in drilling technology, especially the use of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and horizontal drilling, this nation stands on the threshold of an incredible industrial renaissance powered by the availability of immense supplies of affordable natural gas and oil harvested from the continental United States and its offshore dominions. Fracking and horizontal drilling...
  • Regulation As Ruinous As Taxation

    06/14/2011 5:21:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 14, 2011 | PETE SEPP
    In the wake of the latest jobs report, some analysts are forecasting that President Obama by the 2012 election could face the highest unemployment rate of any postwar incumbent. Beyond its undeniable real-world significance to the millions of struggling Americans, this projection also bears political importance. High unemployment may translate to high turnout against the party in the White House next November. Rather than reform the fiscal and regulatory policies contributing to the problem, the administration's solution seems to be simply revamping the "spin" surrounding them. Case in point: a recent Environmental Protection Agency report on the costs and benefits...
  • “Soak the rich” losing popularity

    06/03/2011 7:45:44 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | June 3,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Perhaps this will feel a little counterintuitive after seeing today’s jobless numbers, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Gallup’s latest poll on soak-the-rich tax policies show that Americans are less open to redistributionism than at the peak of the pre-Great Recession economy, with a plurality rejecting “heavy taxes on the rich”: Americans break into two roughly evenly matched camps on the question of whether the government should enact heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth in the U.S. Forty-seven percent believe the government should redistribute wealth in this way, while 49% disagree, similar to views Gallup found...
  • Solar Panels Rise Pole by Pole, Followed by Gasps of ‘Eyesore’

    05/03/2011 8:30:44 AM PDT · by bigbob · 80 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4-27-11 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    ORADELL, N.J. — Nancy and Eric Olsen could not pinpoint exactly when it happened or how. All they knew was one moment they had a pastoral view of a soccer field and the woods from their 1920s colonial-style house; the next all they could see were three solar panels. A utility lineman installing a solar panel for PSE&G in Totowa, N.J. The utility is mounting 200,000 individual panels. "Oil prices are going through the roof, planet is being destroyed by power plants and these people who were given access to sustainable energy are complaining about the view. Attitudes need to...
  • UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans (Bug, Animal & Plant Rights)

    04/12/2011 11:35:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies ^ | 04-12-2011 | By Steven Edwards
    Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving "Mother Earth" the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country. The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to "dominate and exploit" — to the point that the "well-being and existence of many beings" is now threatened. The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia's Law of the Rights of Mother Earth,...
  • Jerry McNerney warns Postal Service about relocations

    02/07/2011 3:22:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/7/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    The Postal Service lost $8.5 billion last year. Management is trying desperately to close post offices, consolidate operations and end Saturday delivery, but is meeting stiff bipartisan congressional resistance. Nobody wants to see the mail die, but the fact is, it is in a death spiral as we speak. At some point all of us are going to have to decide how much money to borrow from the Chinese to keep it alive. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, wrote a letter to postal managers today warning about plans to scale back a mail processing facility in Stockton and transfer the work...
  • On the 'Local Hire' Ordinance - San Francisco's protectionist plan

    02/06/2011 3:00:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/6/11 | Editor
    San Francisco supervisors quietly passed an important bill late last year that no one is talking about. Mayor Gavin Newsom allowed it to become law without his signature. It's the country's strictest "local hire" ordinance, which stipulates that construction businesses working on top-dollar city projects must hire an increasing number of local workers each year. It sounds great to hire city workers on city projects. Everyone wants his local tax money to be spent locally, and everyone wants to know that there are local jobs. Even the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce decided not to take a position on the...
  • Plans to haul big oil refinery loads spark battle

    09/27/2010 9:24:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 27, 2010 | The Associated Press
    KAMIAH, Idaho - Two of America's largest oil companies want to drive mammoth truckloads of refinery equipment along a narrow ribbon of spectacular mountain road that borders national forests, wild and scenic rivers, historic sites and campgrounds. Local residents are not pleased. "This is something that weighs 600,000 pounds (272,150 kilograms), is two-thirds the length of a football field and 30 feet (9 meters) high," said Linwood Laughy, who has sued the Idaho Department of Transportation to stop the mega-loads. "I don't think it belongs on the highway."
  • Arlington toll lanes lawsuit will go forward

    04/22/2010 10:54:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 320+ views
    WTOP ^ | April 22, 2010 | Justin Karp
    ARLINGTON, Va. - A lawsuit which could delay the Virginia HOT lanes project will go forward, a U.S. District Court ruled Thursday. The suit, filed by the Arlington County Board, says the high occupancy toll lanes planned for a stretch of Interstate 95/395 are intended to benefit mainly rich, white, suburban and rural residents of Stafford and Spotsylvania counties. The new toll road is planned to run between Spotsylvania County and the D.C. line. Arlington says the added traffic would come at the expense of the county's diverse urban population and constitute a violation of civil rights. "We'll find out...
  • Green Glitches in Germany: Energy angst abroad and confusion at home

    04/12/2010 2:37:10 PM PDT · by chickadee · 7 replies · 412+ views
    City Journal ^ | April 12, 2010 | Charles C. Johnson
    The worst obstacle to Germany’s grand plans is physics itself. A solar panel converts only 11 percent of the solar energy that it receives into usable energy, while coal and natural gas facilities convert around 40 percent of their fuel into electricity. Vast panel arrays are the only way to make solar economical: a single solar module on a very sunny day in the Sahara can create only enough energy to power one 75-watt lightbulb—and Germany on the brightest of days receives just half the sunlight that the Sahara does. The government’s intentions were good. Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier,...
  • Europe's largest windfarm shut down after 14-tonne turbine blade snaps

    03/23/2010 6:15:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1,327+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/23/10 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Europe's largest windfarm was shut down after a blade snapped off one of the huge turbines, operators said today. All 140 turbines at the Whitelee windfarm on Eaglesham Moor near Glasgow are being inspected by engineers following Friday's incident. ScottishPower Renewables said mechanical failure or a lightning strike could be to blame for the breakage, which it described as 'highly unusual'. The 150ft, 14-tonne, fibreglass blade broke off in the early hours in windy conditions and landed at the base of its tower.
  • A submarine nuclear reactor in your backyard?

    03/20/2010 7:57:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 877+ views
    Today Online ^ | 3/20/2010 | Today Online
    (picture) - at the time, the world's fastest - the subs were the bane of American sailors. Now, the reactors that powered those submarines are being marketed as the next innovation in green power. Environmentalists say the technology is outdated and potentially dangerous, and marketing it as green energy is an abuse of nuclear power's good green name. The Russians are not alone in pushing the idea that the next generation of nuclear reactors should have more in common with the small power plants on submarines than the sprawling installations of today. But the kinds of marine reactors the Russians...
  • Alliant Energy seeks 13.8 percent rate increase

    03/09/2010 10:50:50 PM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies · 503+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | 03/09/2010 | David DeWitte
    Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers will be seeing higher bills this month to pay for the utility’s investments in green energy. The utility plans to ask state regulators for a 13.8 percent, $163 million annual rate increase today to pay for a new $468 million wind farm, and to improve its ability to transmit energy from renewable sources. The 200-megawatt Whispering Willow Wind Farm in Franklin County is the first owned by Alliant’s Interstate Power & Light utility. It began operating in December, and has enough capacity to serve about 150,000 homes at full output. Improving the transmission grid to enable...
  • Wind's Chill Factor

    01/26/2010 5:09:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 1,012+ views ^ | January 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy: The government says wind power could supply the eastern half of the U.S. with a fifth of its electricity by 2024. Just don't try building wind farms where someone might see them. A claim is contained in a new study released by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and technically it might be true. But we've heard these overblown predictions before, and experience around the world with heavily subsidized alternative energy has not worked out well. The area in question, called the Eastern Interconnection, is a grid extending roughly from the western borders of the Plains states through...
  • Wind power takes a blow around Minnesota

    01/12/2010 5:15:00 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 700+ views ^ | 1/12/10 | TOM MEERSMAN
    ELKTON, MINN. -- Every sunny morning, shadows from the massive rotating blades swing across their breakfast table. The giant towers dominate the view from their deck. Noise from the turbines fills the silence that Dolores and Rudy Jech once enjoyed on their Minnesota farm. "Rudy and I are retired, and we like to sit out on our deck," Dolores said. "And that darned thing is right across the road from us. It's an eyesore, it's noisy, and having so many of them there's a constant hum." Just as they are being touted as a green, economical and job-producing energy source,...
  • For Cape Cod Wind Farm, New Hurdle Is Spiritual

    01/06/2010 10:44:51 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 432+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 4, 2010 | Abby Goodnough
    Two Massachusetts Indian tribes have objected to the Cape Wind project, saying it would block their unimpeded view of the sunrise. In a new setback for a controversial wind farm proposed off Cape Cod, the National Park Service announced Monday that Nantucket Sound was eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, guaranteeing further delays for the project. Known as Cape Wind, the project is the nation’s first planned offshore wind farm and would cover 24 square miles in the sound, an area roughly the size of Manhattan. The park service decision came in response to a request...
  • Public gasps at Lake Michigan wind farm images

    12/16/2009 1:07:52 PM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 72 replies · 3,601+ views
    Oceana Herald Journal ^ | 12/16/09 | John Cavanagh
    A collective gasp was heard when computer enhanced photographs depicting numerous wind turbine generators were shown in Lake Michigan off Pentwater harbor and Little Point Sable at informational meeting in Scottville Tuesday night. The photos were included as part of the public presentation before a full house at West Shore Community College by wind farm developer Scandia Wind LLC. “It’s (Lake Michigan) more beautiful without them. Even I recognize that,” said Harald Dirdal, a project manager with Havgul Clean Energy of Norway. Scandia Wind LLC is exploring the possibility of constructing an estimated $3 billion, 1,000 megawatt wind farm in...

    11/09/2009 12:11:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 475+ views
    California Chronicle ^ | November 09, 2009
    Palm Springs, CA -- In an effort to keep dangerous terrorists out of California, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (CA-45) today launched today an online petition calling on President Obama to keep Guantanamo Bay detainees from being transferred to the State of California. "We as Californians need to band together to let the Administration and the Majority in Congress know that we do not want these dangerous criminals in our prisons or on our streets," said Bono Mack. "I join with the majority of Americans in being outraged by the Administration's decision to bring deadly terrorists to U.S. soil without a...