The Future of Our Communications Networks: Strong Enough to Weather Us Through the Storm?

By: Friday October 25, 2013 5:30 pm

A year ago this week, Superstorm Sandy wrought unprecedented damage up and down the East Coast. The rest of the nation watched as residents in the line of the storm documented destruction in real time online, and reached out to emergency services and loved ones, demonstrating the vital necessity of a resilient communications infrastructure.

 

Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher & the Power of Civil Disobedience in Growing Movements

By: Sunday September 29, 2013 6:45 am

Climate activist Tim DeChristopher served twenty-one months in prison after disrupting a federal land auction that would have sold off the leasing rights to oil and gas companies. He stopped oil and gas companies from exploiting resources around the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southeastern Utah and nearby the Book Cliffs in eastern Utah.

He had not planned to buy the land, but when he was asked at the auction if he was there to bid, he saw an opportunity and said yes.

Chris Christie Uses $2 Million of Hurricane Sandy Relief Money For Quasi-Campaign Ads

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 8:35 am

It is no secret that Chris Christie is a likely contender for president in 2016. However, should he really be using money from Hurricane Sandy relief to further that ambition? Isn’t that an inappropriate use of relief money?

Come Saturday Morning: Oyster-tecture!

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 6:45 am

The oyster reefs will by far be the best and most cost-effective solution with regard to preventing. Not only will they provide speed bumps to slow down and weaken storms, and clean up the water as well, they will bring back a part of the area’s heritage: Oysters!

New Adventures in LIPA Privatization

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 9:35 am

The LIPA ServCo contract with PSEG should be allowed to go forward as originally planned, bid, approved by NYS Comptroller and NYS AG, and authorized by the IRS. Governor Cuomo should stop flailing around with a new plan every few weeks. He should focus on appointing a CEO and getting a commitment from that CEO to appoint and support an inspector general to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse.

Natural Disasters Cost Insurers $77 Billion in 2012

By: Thursday March 28, 2013 6:45 am

A report by global re-insurers claims that 2012 was one of the most expensive years for insurers on record. Natural disasters specifically “large scale weather events” were to blame for the historically high numbers.

Seventy Years of Nuclear Fission: Short on Confidence; Long on Waste

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 12:55 pm

On December 2, 1942, a small group of physicists under the direction of Enrico Fermi gathered on an old squash court beneath Alonzo Stagg Stadium on the Campus of the University of Chicago to make and witness history. Uranium pellets and graphite blocks had been stacked around cadmium-coated rods as part of an experiment crucial to the Manhattan Project–the program tasked with building an atom bomb for the allied forces in WWII.

The Decline and Fall of an American Empire

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 6:10 pm

The American Empire was not like other historical empires, for from the very first it has been made up of various different ethnic and cultural groups. Initially French and Spanish. Then Dutch and British. With other nationalities coming later. Irish and German and Russian and (in my case) Finnish.

Tim Huelskamp and the Tale of Two Maps

By: Saturday January 5, 2013 9:11 am

Tim Huelskamp (FarRightR-Brownbackistan01) has been in the news lately for standing up to John Boehner (NotQuiteSoFarRightR). Last month, Boehner kicked Huelskamp off the House Agriculture committee, leaving Kansas without a member of that committee for the first time in 150 years. Note, please, that Huelskamp prides himself on being a farmer first, and Huelskamp’s most favorite map (his vast congressional district) is packed with farms, so this hurts him not just in his ego, but in his ability to deliver for his constituents.

Given another map that’s making the rounds these days, that ought to make his constituents, very nervous, if not very angry.

Boehner Relents as $9.7 Billion Sandy Relief Bill Passes House

By: Friday January 4, 2013 10:49 am

It’s not the $60 billion that passed last session, but we are getting closer.

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