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US far-left parties declare united front. The Empire trembles

30 March 2015

As one who has traveled the far-left extensively, I got a giggle out of this. Two itty bitty far-left groupscules no one has heard of have announced they are joining together. One wonders if they will merge their tedious manifestos, a perilous task indeed. However, given that both websites are humorless, filled with endless prose, […]

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Las Vegas Wash. 85% of this water is already reclaimed

28 March 2015

Las Vegas has complete toilet-to-tap water. Indoor water is reclaimed, cleaned up, then filtered through various wetlands. 150 millions gallons of water a day come through the Las Vegas Wash, next to the Clark County Wetlands Park, on its way to Lake Las Vegas and then Lake Mead, where it will be reused over and […]

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Red Acre Farm CSA in Cedar City UT needs help

27 March 2015

The Patterson family has been operating Red Acre Farm, an organic, bio-dynamic farm and CSA, for ten years. Symbria and her daughter Sara are pillars of the local food movement in Utah, and recently spearheaded the successful effort to make herd shares legal in Utah. However, their work would not have been possible without the […]

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Western states to California. Fix the Sacramento Delta now

26 March 2015

Pat Mulroy, former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, says California must fix Sacramento Delta water problems now, because the western states are in this together, what happens in the Delta affects Colorado River water usage, and vice versa. However, so far, the Colorado River community has been way more proactive, dare I say […]

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Wall Street technology will run new bitcoin exchange

25 March 2015

Small exchanges and independents in bitcoin are about to get steamrollered by well-financed big players. Nobel, which has tentacles from our favorite vampire squid deep within it, will be powered by NASDAQ technology. Another deep-pockets exchange, Coinbase, is partially backed by NYSE and is the first regulated US bitcoin exchange. I’m guessing neither exchange will […]

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Marketeers. Take a tip from Boyd Gaming (and all casinos)

24 March 2015

There’s plenty of good money to be made by having a niche. Casinos are expert at this. They appeal to their particular demographic. Boyd Gaming has three casinos in Downtown Vegas; Main Street Station, The California, and Fremont. 60-65% of their revenues come from visitors from Hawaii. It’s been this way for decades. Boyd markets […]

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California drought having minimal impact on Big Ag, so far

23 March 2015

The supposedly apocalyptic California drought is having little impact of agriculture in the Central Valley. However, this is probably because new acreage using groundwater is replacing low-value crops. Pumping large amounts of groundwater is not sustainable as a long-term strategy. However, the real damage caused so far by the California drought is environmental, like disappearing […]

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Calico Trails hike, Red Rock Canyon

22 March 2015

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is just outside Vegas. I did the Calico Trails hike today, 2.4 miles rated as moderate, however some of the pitches required fairly serious scrambling over steep rock inclines. The weather was perfect, about 75. In a couple of months it will be baking.

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Google testing airborne tethered wind turbines

21 March 2015

Google X will soon be testing a 84-foot version of their┬áMakani airborne wind turbine. It flies at 1,500 feet altitude, where wind speeds are much faster, and is tethered to the ground. Wind at altitude is also considerably more variable than on the ground, especially where the test will be, and Google says they want […]

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The Sim City model of growing a company. Screw VC money

20 March 2015

Danny Sullivan, founding editor of Search Engine Land details how his companies have never used VC money in an article about the unexpected and sad end of GigaOm, which closed suddenly after it ran out of money. If you grow organically, don’t get over-extended or have a crushing debt load, then your business can survive […]

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