Shale Shrugged

AP is running a look at the history of fracking and all of that: Decades of federal dollars helped fuel gas boom

But what I think the story misses, and pointed out here in the past, is the long history of Federal research into that which is known as fracturing including the attempts to . . . → Read More: Shale Shrugged

American Medicine is Sick

First, here’s this:

Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday.

Researchers in the United States made the “completely unexpected” finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human . . . → Read More: American Medicine is Sick

Ron Paul supports clean energy

The key to an economic recovery does not rest in Washington. The key to an economic recovery is to put Washington through a recession. Any efforts by politicians to con you into believing they’re stimulating some kind of economic progress – again, bribing you with your own money – by promoting one form of . . . → Read More: Ron Paul supports clean energy

The Thing About Earmarks

Ever heard the one about “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?”

The congressional earmarks saga is a tale told by charlatans trying to distract you from the Really Bad Stuff.

For those who don’t follow this stuff closely, here’s a simple version of how earmarks work:

1) . . . → Read More: The Thing About Earmarks

Property Rights and Freedom of Religion, Yes; Taxpayer Financing, No

Per Reuters:

The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.

There’s some weasel wording in there, so let’s unpack it.

The issue isn’t “tax-exempt . . . → Read More: Property Rights and Freedom of Religion, Yes; Taxpayer Financing, No

The BP Mess Is A Natural Punishment

The entire system around which daily life is organized in the United States, undergirded by the Federal Reserve Note dollar, is crumbling. Both long-term trends and externalities, like the BP mess, are natural and predictable consequences. Inertia is such a strong force that the avoidable often becomes, in the macro, unavoidable. But individually you . . . → Read More: The BP Mess Is A Natural Punishment

Investment Firm to Fund First Commercial-Scale Solar Installation In VA

Virginia’s Landmark Solar Power Project to be Hosted on University Campus

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg will soon be the site of Virginia’s first commercial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in the Commonwealth.

The new installation is part of a proposed revision to the campus master plan to allow for approximately 600 . . . → Read More: Investment Firm to Fund First Commercial-Scale Solar Installation In VA

Is a Great Big New Tax Such a Bad Idea?

‘Where have you been? Have you been hiding from me?’ I saw it was Jim speaking when I looked up from reading the paper. I hadn’t exactly been avoiding him, but then I hadn’t really missed not seeing him for a few months.

Jim asked me if I could give him a lift home. . . . → Read More: Is a Great Big New Tax Such a Bad Idea?