Class war being waged by the rich against the rest of us

20 October 2014

Huge funding cuts for public education in Philadelphia lead to children sharing textbooks and locked bathrooms. Some nonprofits now make job applicants pay for security checks for low paying jobs. These are examples of the well-off trying to grind down everyone else to further enrich themselves. Income disparities are widening. Too many families are dropping […]

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Tragedy of the Anticommons. Phoenix wants to store water, can’t

19 October 2014

Phoenix admirably uses less water than it did decades ago, even as its population has grown hugely. The city wants to store its unused Colorado River allocation in Lake Mead for future use, but due to archaic, convoluted water laws, is not allowed to do so. This is the Tragedy of the Anticommons, where poor […]

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Mandalay Bay in Vegas now has 20 acres of rooftop solar

18 October 2014

The Mandalay Bay casino and convention center in Vegas is ginormous. MGM Resorts, who owns it, has installed 21,324 photovoltaic panels on twenty acres of convention center roof. Yes, twenty acres… The 6.4 MW system will provide 20% of power for the center, with an additional 2 MW coming when the convention center is expanded. […]

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Drought will persist or intensify in crucial California areas

17 October 2014

The Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers converge in the crucial Sacramento Delta. Water is pumped southward from there to the Central Valley and southern California and is fed by precipitation in the Sierra Nevadas. Unfortunately, the drought will persist in the Sierras, which is bad news for California. It doesn’t really matter if conditions improve […]

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Investing in biofuel and energy is way harder than Silicon Valley startups

16 October 2014

Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla has learned the hard way that financing tech startups is trivially easy compared to alternative energy like biofuels. He has financed several biofuel startups, and they’ve all crashed and burned, taking lots of investor and tax money with it. A big problem is his arrogance that Silicon Valley could do […]

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Second Texas health-care worked has Ebola. CDC admits screwing up

15 October 2014

The supposed best medical system in the world, the US, botched its response to Ebola. The Dallas hospital apparently had nonexistent procedures and let hazardous waste pile up. CDC has finally stopped blaming the victims and is admitting it it could have done way better. Frieden outlined new steps this week designed to stop the […]

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Arizona to California. Act like us to survive mega-drought

14 October 2014

California, with the exception of some agriculture, can survive mega-drought by reusing water, implementing underground water storage, mandating xeriscaping, and treating water as a local product rather than assuming the Water Fairy will always deliver water as needed. Las Vegas already has toilet-to-tap reuse of water. Arizona and California will need to adopt such measures […]

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Sitting in a casino pool watching atomic bombs explode

13 October 2014

Memes collide. Postcard for Benny Binion’s Horseshoe Club in Las Vegas circa 1950’s proudly features nearby open-air atomic bomb explosions. People would sit on casino roofs drinking cocktails, watching the a-bombs explode. The nice people from the government said there was no risk, no risk at all, and of course the government would never lie. […]

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Benny Binion, two quotes

12 October 2014

I just finished reading Blood Aces, a new biography about Benny Binion, the Texas gangster who created a gambling empire in Vegas as well as the World Series of Poker. He could barely read and write, was a shrewd judge of character, and was also quite, um, colorful. Those who opposed him often ended up […]

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Las Vegas surveillance is pervasive. Coming to your town?

12 October 2014

The Las Vegas Sun details the extraordinary number of way Las Vegans are watched and monitored, both inside and outside of casinos. Player’s cards record everything you do. And then there are the cameras. Cameras in Vegas casinos watch and monitor everything. Most casinos have at least 2,000 cameras. Some have upwards of 15,000. While […]

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