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Up on the roof: Hydroponic greenhouse planned in Brooklyn

BrightFarms, which designs, builds and manages greenhouses, is dedicated to producing food locally. They have just announced plans to build a huge hydroponic greenhouse on the roof of a former Navy warehouse in Brooklyn. “Brooklyn was an agricultural powerhouse in the 19th…

TSA: A cup of coffee please and hold the mayo!

It looks like it was kind of a slow week for the TSA during the period between March 23rd and 29th, 2012: Firearms: 11: 5 loaded; 6 unloaded 0 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints Over at the TSA Blog, there are more photos, including…

Change: how it really happens

In a recent post about macro economics, Matthew Yglesias highlights this quote: “Truth never triumphs—its opponents just die out,” said Max Planck, “science advances one funeral at a time.” And continues with this comment: That’s one of those quotes where I’m…

Why pick on TSA?

First, let’s take a look at what they say they found during the period between March 16th and 22nd, 2012: Firearms: 29: 21 loaded; 8 unloaded 3 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints As far as I can tell, none of these people with firearms…

Real American values: Slavery in Texas in 1860

The opening sentence of L.P. Hartley’s 1953 novel, The Go-Between, says: “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” My genealogical research has shown that, through my father, half of my heritage is Southern, beginning in Virginia in…

Income growth: how 1% = 93%

Looking at a study published in early March of this year (using data from 2010) by Emmanual Saez, E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Director, Center for Equitable Growth, at the University of California, Berkeley, it’s clear that income inequality is real…