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Pat H

Another 1%

These are not the folks at the top, they are the men and women who serve in the US all-volunteer force and most of their fellow citizens don’t think about them very often. They’re definitely not getting rich, but they…

Carrier IQ. Lest we forget

TPM continues the story of Carrier IQ and its little problem that’s affecting nearly 145 million handsets (estimate from a counter on Carrier IQ’s website) here, complete with lots of links. On Monday, the company posted a document titled “Understanding Carrier…

The day the constitution died

For expressions of outrage, it’s hard to beat Charley Pierce. Here he is talking about part of the $662 billion defense bill agreed to during Monday night’s House and Senate negotiations. The fact remains that the Congress of the United States has now…

Driving less, paying more

It’s early December and already American drivers have spent over $1 billion more for gasoline this year than during all of 2010, even though demand has fallen 4%. This year will also break the previous all-time record set in 2008.…

Frack no!

After a Wyoming community complained to the E.P.A. a while back that their well water “reeked of chemicals” the agency analyzed the water and found hydrocarbons. So the residents have been advised not to drink the water. And today a…

What could possibly go wrong? Bristol Bay Pebble Mine

This morning Charles Pierce shared his discovery of the Pebble Mine that London-based Anglo American and Canada-based Northern Dynasty Minerals plan to build to extract copper, gold, molybdenum and other minerals from a site located at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay…

‘Cause I really wanna know

After spending the weekend surrounded by a treasure trove of my birth family’s photographs and documents,  I was talking to a friend this afternoon who’s about to visit his parents for the holidays and is going to try to fill in…

Gas up the old Ford, get out the road map…

Today NASA’s Kepler Mission confirmed the discovery of the first planet outside our solar system that might be able to support life as we know it. Dubbed Kepler 22b, it orbits around a star very like our Sun and within…

Doing well by doing good

Commercial fishermen in California and the Nature Conservancy are working together on the Central Coast Groundfish Project to help protect declining fish populations and their marine habitat by developing sustainable ways of fishing. Five years ago, the conservancy bought out…