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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...
  • Baby Bust! The World Is Panicking Over Birthrates. Again.

    06/17/2008 6:49:43 AM PDT · by steve-b · 16 replies · 176+ views
    Reason ^ | 7/08 | Kerry Howley
    Dr. Love is struggling.... Dr. Love's allies in the war on childlessness have fared no better. The Singaporean government's official matchmaking agency, the SDU -- the initials stand for Social Development Unit, but it's known to snarky islanders as "Single, Desperate, and Ugly" -- is situated just off the city-state's main shopping thoroughfare, and it doesn't seem nearly as popular as the nearby Emporio Armani.... The developed world is experiencing a wave of pro-natalist sentiment that threatens to bully the childless, tax the single, and reorient states toward the production rather than the protection of citizens. In most developed nations...
  • Executives harpooned by online 'whalers'

    04/23/2008 6:06:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 201+ views
    Times of London ^ | 04/23/08 | Jonathan Richards
    From Times OnlineApril 23, 2008 Executives harpooned by online 'whalers' Spies and conmen target bosses in e-mail attacks to install malicious software with access to most privileged data Jonathan Richards Corporate bosses have become the latest target of cyber-criminals, after a string of attacks in which senior management have been singled out to receive fraudulent e-mails. Internet fraudsters have taken to sending personally addressed e-mails to chief executives and other high-level executives with a view to installing malicious software on computers that have access to the most privileged company information. In the latest e-mail scam, known as "whaling" because it...
  • Ugly cousin makes noise in liberalism's family tree

    03/18/2008 7:31:40 AM PDT · by qam1 · 25 replies · 4,451+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | March 18, 2008 | Nigel Hannaford
    Compassionate fascism is just as anti-liberty as the other kind Perhaps you wonder how society's self-appointed hall monitors got the right to make you feel bad about the fries on your plate or the cigarette you're smoking, or outlaw listening to iPods while crossing the street. If so, you may also be fed up with being nagged about recycling, and be wondering why just because you don't think we're all responsible for global warming, you have been designated a pariah through that infelicitous phrase -- climate-change denier. You know what that's supposed to sound like. Worse, some of your accusers...
  • An Open Letter to Hillary Conservatives

    03/01/2008 7:15:57 AM PST · by Richard Poe · 115 replies · 1,105+ views ^ | February 29, 2008 | Richard Lawrence Poe
    by Richard Lawrence Poe Friday, February 29, 2008 ArchivesPermanent Link I ADDRESS this column to that new breed of conservative, the Hillarycon. These are conservatives who support Hillary Clinton. Below I describe the three types of Hillarycon and explain why each is wrong. TYPE 1: The Innocent Hillarycon The first type is the most well-meaning, but possibly the most deluded. Innocent Hillarycons view Hillary as a weaker candidate than Obama, and thus seek to help Hillary win the nomination. They are wrong. Hillary's weakness is an illusion. She is playing rope-a-dope with Obama. By hanging on the ropes, and...
  • Planet Feels Heat Of Divorce (ECO-NUT SOCIAL ENGINEERING ALERT)

    12/02/2007 5:48:47 PM PST · by Viking2002 · 28 replies · 37+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | December 2, 2007 | Roger Waite
    UNHAPPY couples used to stick together for the sake of the kids. Now they can make the best of a bad marriage in the name of being environmentally friendly. Scientists have quantified for the first time the extent to which divorce damages the environment. The researchers found that the combined use of electricity across the two new households created rose 53% while water use was up by 42%. Across America – one of 12 countries studied – divorced households used 73 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2005 that could have been saved if the families had not split up. That...
  • Arkansas Governor's Wages War on Junk Food in School (Huckabee 2006)

    10/22/2007 9:01:35 AM PDT · by pissant · 36 replies · 105+ views
    Fox News ^ | Oct 4, 2006 | Melissa Drosjack
    WASHINGTON — Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has a message for Americans: Quit digging your grave with a knife and fork. Huckabee shed more than 100 pounds after being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2003. He has taken his personal health kick to the next level by running marathons and writing books like "Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And Fork." He is also using his success story to wage war on junk food in public schools in hopes of targeting childhood obesity rates. Other states, under pressure to encourage healthier eating habits for children, are developing similar school...
  • Ebay Hacked! - Credit Cards, Bank Accounts posted on T & S

    09/26/2007 7:25:05 AM PDT · by publana · 70 replies · 345+ views
    eBay discussion Board ^ | Sept 35, 2007 | zekemcalister Ebay was hacked today. Users complete credit card information was being posted today on eBay's Trust and Safety board including name, cc number, CCV, paypal info, etc. It took eBay over 90 minutes to finally pull down the Trust & Safety server to remove the publicly posted information. If you have an eBay or PayPal account, you might want to monitor the above link.
  • Victory for Britain's metric martyrs as Eurocrats give up the fight

    09/11/2007 12:44:53 AM PDT · by Stoat · 43 replies · 2,115+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 11, 2007 | BENEDICT BROGAN and PAUL SIMS
    Victory for Britain's metric martyrs as Eurocrats give up the fightBy BENEDICT BROGAN and PAUL SIMS - More by this author » Last updated at 00:05am on 11th September 2007  Brussels will today give up the fight to make Britain drop pints, pounds and miles. The right of Britons to use imperial weights and measures will be enshrined in EU law under plans being announced by the European Commission. Traditional measures will remain legal "until Kingdom come", the Commissioner responsible for the move told the Daily Mail last night. Scroll down for more...Vindicated: The 'Metric Martyr' Steve Thoburn, who...
  • Editorial: Carbon-reduction plan a step forward

    05/27/2007 12:01:38 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 24 replies · 784+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/27/2007 | Anon
    If California wants to achieve its goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 to fight global warming, it must find a way to cut down the biggest source of those pollutants: cars, trucks and other motor vehicles. Even though transportation contributes 41 percent of greenhouse gases, our society is too geographically dispersed and mobile to realistically expect that we can dramatically reduce the number of miles we drive, ride and fly. So that means our vehicles need to become far more fuel-efficient. The less gasoline per mile that a car uses, the less heat-trapping carbon dioxide it spews...
  • Taxing women less: Gender pay equity?

    05/06/2007 7:34:16 AM PDT · by Phantom Lord · 59 replies · 1,078+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 05/06/07 | Mike Myers
    Lower tax rates for women would have a number of benefits, two economists argue. But their ideas, which get high marks for originality, have drawn doubters. Want to reduce the overall level of income taxes and see more women taking home paychecks?
  • Bloomberg Wants N.Y.C. To Adopt Mexican Social Engineering Program

    04/27/2007 4:20:36 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 12 replies · 622+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | April 27, 2007 | The Stiletto
    For the second time in a month The New York Times is touting a 10-year old Mexican anti-poverty program that New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to import. The social engineering program essentially offers bribes to adults to get jobs, and to make sure their children stay in school (second item, The Daily Blade). According to The New York Times: The payments are tied to changes in behavior intended to lift families out of poverty. So the program requires families to keep their children in school and take them for regular checkups. Parents must also attend talks on health,...
  • Pelosi: ‘Working Women and Their Families Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work’

    04/24/2007 10:57:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 86 replies · 2,279+ views
    Press Releases Contact: Brendan Daly 202-226-7616 For Immediate Release 04/24/2007 Pelosi: ‘Working Women and Their Families Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work’ Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this morning at an Education and Labor Committee hearing on equal pay: “I want to thank the Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller for convening this critical hearing today on Strengthening the Middle Class: Ensuring Equal Pay for Women. “I also want to recognize the leadership of Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a champion for equal pay in the Congress, who for 10 years has been introducing the Paycheck...
  • The Return Of The Women's Equality Amendment (Ashley Herzog Debunks Femi-nazi Craziness Alert)

    04/09/2007 10:20:43 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 813+ views ^ | 04/10/2007 | Ashley Herzog
    The Return Of The Women's Equality Amendment By Ashley Herzog April 10, 2007 I didn't plan on writing another column about feminism, but I keep discovering more examples of pernicious ideas the so-called "women's rights activists" are pushing on society. Last week, the Democrat-controlled Congress reintroduced the long-dead Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which gained popular support in the 1970s but died when Americans found out what it actually entailed. Thirty years later, feminists in Congress seem to think we've forgotten. The language of the ERA, now renamed the Women's Equality Amendment, is deceptively simple: "equality of rights under the law...
  • Going back to [his] Roots (TV "Roots" sort of long).

    03/24/2007 1:10:58 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 67 replies · 1,411+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 24, 2007
    It's 30 years since the TV drama Roots first screened. The show had a profound impact on black people in the US and UK, recalls Kwame Kwei-Armah, right, who spoke to others about their memories of the programme.Thirty years ago I was an 11-year-old growing up in West London. One evening I sat down with my family to watch a new television programme called Roots. It was a moment that changed my life. By the end of the series I had told my mother that I would one day trace my heritage back to Africa and reclaim an ancestral...
  • The Case Against Smoking Bans

    02/06/2007 4:41:36 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 104 replies · 1,505+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | Thomas A. Lambert
    In recent years, legal scholars have produced a voluminous literature on the rule of law in indirectly controlling social norms and individual preferences. Smoking bans provide on of the favorite "success stories" of those who laud the use of legal rules to change norms and preferences. According to these scholars, smoking bans affect behavior, even if under-enforced, because they change the social norm regarding smoking in public. With the advent of smoking bans, non-smokers who previously felt embarassed about publicly expressing their distaste for ETS are speaking up. By providing a de facto community statement that public smoking is unacceptable,...
  • Housing Fetish

    01/30/2007 9:49:12 PM PST · by B-Chan · 35 replies · 1,147+ views ^ | 2007.01.29 | James Kunstler
    Martha Stewart was not an accident of history. She came along in the late 20th century as a kind of spirit guide to a society whose bad choices and misinvestments had led to the wholesale destruction of any place in America that people called home. And by this I mean the towns, neighborhoods, and city districts of our land, not just the individual dwellings. By the 1980s, America had been converted, with monstrous efficiency, into what I have called a geography of nowhere, a panorama of identical highway strips, malls, big box warehouses, fried food out-parcels, and free parking wastelands...
  • As Obesity Fight Hits Cafeteria, Many Fear a Note From School

    01/09/2007 9:39:48 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 79 replies · 1,524+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1/8/2007 | Jodi Kantor
    Six-year-old Karlind Dunbar barely touched her dinner, but not for time-honored 6-year-old reasons. The pasta was not the wrong shape. She did not have an urgent date with her dolls. The problem was the letter Karlind discovered, tucked inside her report card, saying that she had a body mass index in the 80th percentile. The first grader did not know what “index” or “percentile” meant, or that children scoring in the 5th through 85th percentiles are considered normal, while those scoring higher are at risk of being or already overweight. Yet she became convinced that her teachers were chastising her...
  • 'Racial Balancing' in Seattle Schools

    12/03/2006 6:34:38 AM PST · by PolishProud · 34 replies · 1,226+ views
    Washington Post via Real Clear Politics ^ | December 2, 2006 | George Will
    Until June, the (Seattle) school district's Web site declared that "cultural racism'' includes "emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology,'' "having a future time orientation'' (planning ahead) and "defining one form of English as standard.'' The site also asserted that only whites can be racists, and disparaged assimilation as the "giving up'' of one's culture. After this propaganda provoked outrage, the district, saying it needed to "provide more context to readers'' about "institutional racism,'' put up a page saying that the district's intention is to avoid "unsuccessful concepts such as a melting pot or colorblind mentality.'' The Supreme...
  • Clueless In Seattle [Will on busing, 9th Circuit]

    12/02/2006 2:57:37 PM PST · by aculeus · 53 replies · 1,603+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2006 | By George F. Will
    SEATTLE -- This city's school district decided in 2000 that because the son of Jill Kurfirst and the daughter of Winnie Bachwitz are white, they should be assigned to an inferior and distant high school. If they had not left the Seattle school system, this would have required them to rise at 5 a.m. in order to leave home by 5:30 a.m., alone and in the dark, to take the first of three buses, returning home between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., with almost no time left for homework, family activities and adequate sleep. The parents argue that the racial...