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The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice
Enabling citizens to solve problems effectively in the space between Government and the Market Economy.
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The stealing time

The stealing time | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Nonetheless he went on teaching the old doctrine of kanyini, responsibility for the Earth and unconditional love of her, as far as his soft voice or his guitar would carry. He usually spoke from the humble home he had rediscovered, after years of searching, in Mutitjulu. He had known it was the place when he heard from the car “our mob”, the old desert oaks, joyously muttering that the little fella had returned.

After his death, in keeping with custom, his name and picture were removed from the Kanyini website “until sorry business is finished”. Like all flesh, he had been and gone: leaving much more than others, but still a fleeting footfall in the life of his ever-abiding mother, the red Earth.
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Truth and consequences

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Hello, assimilation FOR more than a century, Canadian governments removed aboriginal children from their homes and put them in residential schools modelled on...
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2015 Best Towns to Raise a Family in California - Niche

2015 Best Towns to Raise a Family in California - Niche | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Explore the best towns to raise a family. Ranking based on school ratings, crime rates, and access to affordable housing and amenities.
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Um? ok, I'm with you to no. 50, but then this list gets squirrelly...

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San Fernando leaders confront state officials over bullet train route

San Fernando leaders confront state officials over bullet train route | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Finding a route into the Los Angeles Basin for the California bullet train is proving far more difficult than it seemed a year ago, as opposition is surging in wealthy and working-class communities alike.
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CEQA means, in this case, at least, that NIMBYism wins....

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Billboards and the Bill of Rights

Billboards and the Bill of Rights | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court is slowly changing the meaning of words in free-speech law—and not for the better.

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Almost Half of America's Biggest Cities Are Basically Built Like Giant Suburbs

Almost Half of America's Biggest Cities Are Basically Built Like Giant Suburbs | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The word city may conjure up the image of a dense urban space full of street life and people willing to pack themselves like tinned fish into subway cars for their morning commute. But in the real world, a city is just a set of political boundaries. And often, what's inside...
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Development and character of cities

This graph shows what percentage of the biggest cities in America are suburban. It shows that some cities are basically just giant suburbs. 

This relates to our unit because we are studying suburbs and cities and the patterns about which they were built. 

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Welcome To "Bestie Row": Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere.

Welcome To "Bestie Row": Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere. | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Because friendship.
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The unusual potatoes that could help solve world hunger

The unusual potatoes that could help solve world hunger | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
They can grow in seawater, but don't taste salty.
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Design Innovation from Terra Farms

Design Innovation from Terra Farms | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Our Indian company, Terra Farms has a wonderful vision of an Urban Vertical Farm. Go to their most recent blog entry to see more ...
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The Case Against Competing

The Case Against Competing | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
“Gee, Warren,” I had the temerity to say to my fellow Nebraskan, “You don’t seem to like competition much.”

“I don’t, Walter” he replied heartily, “I don’t like it at all. I don’t know any good businessman who does.”

In subsequent pronouncements and actions, the Sage of Omaha has made clear his preference for businesses with “a moat” around them, a monopoly position or a formidable brand that spares them the necessity of constantly fighting off scrappy would-be rivals. The lesson seems clear: If you can avoid competing, by all means do so.
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Um? Yeah, and that's why government must watch out for market failures that allow non-competition or anti-competition to exist for any significant period of time (more than 3-5 years--that's just an arbitrary number that I pulled out of the air that is intended to give someone with a brilliant idea enough time to recoup expenses and make a buck--after that, if competition hasn't found a way to enter the market, government should help them institutionally).

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Where Your State Gets Its Money

Where Your State Gets Its Money | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Vermont and New Hampshire are similar in a lot of ways -- they’re both small, heavily rural New England states that root for the Red Sox. But when it comes to taxes, they could hardly be more diffe...
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Alaska needs to revamp its tax system.  Here's a list of some best practices from 49 other states.  As I've said before, the revenue stream should be diversified and spread across sectors.  A small sales tax on both services and goods (2-4%), a small income tax (5%), Gas tax (20¢ gal.), Sin taxes (booze, cigarettes, marijuana), fees & permits, Tariff on imports (encourage local manufacturing and collect revenue on those profits that exit the state---I'm looking at you Walmart!), state shares in the property tax (to pay for schools throughout the state).  To the greatest extent possible taxes and fees should be tied to the service that they pay for....

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Conference connects schools, entrepreneurs on food security

Conference connects schools, entrepreneurs on food security | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
When you live in Alaska, where does your food come from? Where does your kid's school lunch come from? Ninety-five percent of the time, the answer is a barge. And some are hoping to change that.
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Committee forms to tackle Arctic waterways safety

Committee forms to tackle Arctic waterways safety | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The Arctic Waterways Safety Committee, formed to develop the best practices for managing Arctic waterways, held its first formal meeting this month in Juneau, electing officers and meeting with the governor and Alaska's state committee on the Arctic.
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The fuss about graphene

The fuss about graphene | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Plenty of research is going into joining other atoms to the graphene lattice, to make it do what electrical engineers would like. The material could help with water purification and desalination efforts; thin graphene sheets with holes just large enough for water molecules could sequester pollutants, while thin tubes lined with it could draw up water and leave salt behind.
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This could be a game changer in water policy...

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Toilet-to-tap water programs gain support in California

Toilet-to-tap water programs gain support in California | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
As the historic drought continues, alternative water-saving measures include turning wastewater into drinking water
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The Supreme Court Could Transfer A Lot Of Political Power Away From Cities

The Supreme Court Could Transfer A Lot Of Political Power Away From Cities | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed by conservative activists in Texas that could redefine the principle of "one person, one vote" as we know it. And if the Court sides with...
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In Seven States, Atheists Push to End Largely Forgotten Ban

In Seven States, Atheists Push to End Largely Forgotten Ban | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
It has been 53 years since the Supreme Court ruled that states could not have a “religious test” for public office, but a belief in God remains a requirement in Maryland and other states.

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The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall | WIRED

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall | WIRED | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
But it didn’t take long for Ross’ programmed utopia to resort to programmatic violence. It’s an age-old story, the bloom and wilt of revolution. After tearing down the establishment’s walls, the new regime soon realizes the rubble would make a fine set of gallows. Just as Tarbell thought, all systems are the same. At the beginning of Silk Road, what Ross created was just a system. Then, at a certain point, it became his system—at which moment the system was doomed.
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Government is still the best solution to the problems brought on by any collective action: social or economic.

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'Etok' Edwardsen, impassioned Native land settlement activist, dies

'Etok' Edwardsen, impassioned Native land settlement activist, dies | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Charles “Etok” Edwardsen Jr., a brilliant but controversial Eskimo activist who played an influential role during the Alaska Native land claims movement, died at 71 on Friday on a whaling trip outside Barrow.
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The bizarre history of cellphone towers disguised as trees

They're tall. They're totally absurd. And they're everywhere.
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The power of NIMBY....

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Bali Nine lawyer Muhammad Rifan to be questioned by Indonesian police over bribery claims

Bali Nine lawyer Muhammad Rifan to be questioned by Indonesian police over bribery claims | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
“Muhammad Rifan said that the judges were pressured from certain parties to give the death sentence, and the judges had also conveyed to Muhammad Rifan that they were willing to give a lighter sentence than death sentence to his client if they were given some money,” the letter from the men’s lawyers said.

The letter named the six judges involved in the two cases. A panel of three judges in the Denpasar District Court heard each case.
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That's about $80k US

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Why Henry George had a point

Why Henry George had a point | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it

IN THIS week's print edition, we take look at land and its importance as a factor of production. In particular, we argue that poor land use in the world's biggest cities carries a huge cost. Many economists have argued for a land-value tax, which could be used to make the property market more efficient.

 


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California bill ending 'beliefs' exemption for childhood vaccines advances

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California's senate education committee approved a bill making it mandatory for children to be vaccinated before starting school despite opposition from “ant-vaxxer” parents
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7 key facts about the drought

7 key facts about the drought | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Everything you ever wanted to know about California's drought but were too afraid to ask.
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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
TAOsHouse by NeedBased is a sustainable, net zero energy, Passive House in Taos, New Mexico.

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