"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" May 2008 - Posts - TT's Lost in Tokyo

May 2008 - Posts

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Haters of science? The Bush administration sounds the alarm, "climate change is coming ... and is here!" by TokyoTom

Climate change, largely due to human activities, is currently underway, with more very serious - and largely unstoppable changes - expected in the next 25 years, and landowners, communities, farmers, businesses, communities and state and local government...
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The ironic success of the Neocon venture! As US influence wanes, progress in the Middle East? by TokyoTom

The International Herald carries an Interesting analysis of recent developments in the Middle East by Rami G. Khouri , editor-at-large of The Daily Star and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American...
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Fighting over the President's Council on Bioethics (and human "dignity") - is Steven Pinker wrong? by TokyoTom

[Update below.] When government is involved in making decisions about the use of tax dollars or regulatory power to favor or hinder particular activities, it is not surprising that political struggles often ensue between groups that wish to obtain a policy...
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Krugman/NYT heralds the beginning of the end for suburban sprawl by TokyoTom

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/05/19/opinion/edkrugman.php?WT.mc_id=newsalert . Maybe next we'll see Krugman and others supporting an end to the gas-tax subsidized federal highway system?
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NBC castigated for kowtowing insufficiently to the Propagandist-in-Chief by TokyoTom

A rather extraordinary series of public communications directed from the White House towards NBC News by Ed Gillespie - long-time lobbyist, "communications" specialist and former director of the Republican National Committee and now chief replacement...
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As insects increasingly bite into rice crops, who should pay for crop research? by TokyoTom

Keeping ahead of crop diseases and pests is a continual challenge, particularly as climate and weather patterns change. This challenge is in part compounded by the involvement of governments around the world in in subsidizing the consumption of certain...
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LA residents to drink recycled sewage, plus more on water rights "reform" by TokyoTom

1. According to the New York Times , in the face of the difficulties and high costs of obtaining rights to more water, the mayor of LA has just announced plans for $1 billion in investments to increase municipal water supplies by capturing water from...
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"Worldwatch" enviro group praises moves to water rights and markets in China by TokyoTom

Yingling Liu , manager of the China Program at the Worldwatch Institute , has praised recent steps by Chinese water authorities to clarify rights to water and to encourage water trading as a means to resolve serious issues over the use of water. Here...
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Bad news and needed institutional change: Climate change, water and water rights by TokyoTom

Climate change is having a significant impact on water supplies in the US Southwest and elsewhere. Scientists increasingly that these impacts can be attributed to human influences on climate - but that is to some degree besides the point. Presently, water...
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"Does Money Taint Everything?" Jeffrey Tucker on Work, "Giving back to the Community" and Religion by TokyoTom

Jeffrey Tucker asks the above question on the main Mises blog , in a version of an article he posted earlier on InsideCatholic . The essay stirred a few thoughts by yours truly, including the following which I posted in the comment thread: Jeff, you're...