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.
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.
Rob Duke's insight:
CEQA means, in this case, at least, that NIMBYism wins....
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...
“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.
Rob Duke's insight:
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).
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...
Rob Duke's insight:
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....
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.
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.
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.
Rob Duke's insight:
Government is still the best solution to the problems brought on by any collective action: social or economic.
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.
“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.
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.
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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