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Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis

What about the ratings agencies? That’s what “they” always say about the financial crisis and the teeming rat’s nest of corruption it left behind. Everybody else got plenty of blame: the greed-fattened banks, the sleeping regulators, the unscrupulous mortgage hucksters like spray-tanned Countrywide ex-CEO Angelo Mozilo. But what about the ratings agencies? Isn’t it true that almost none of the fraud that’s swallowed Wall Street in the past decade could have taken place without companies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s rubber-stamping it? Aren’t they guilty, too? Read...

Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis
posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: admin

Temporary Victory in Round 1 for Property Rights in Kootenai County, Idaho...

“The county planners want to plan our lives and control our property, but they can’t even plan a meeting,” an angry property owner commented at the Kootenai County Planning Commission meeting at the Kootenai County Court House in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Monday evening, June 17. The expressions of anger and exasperation grew as the overflow crowd of nearly 300 tried to pack into a 150-capacity room to comment on the proposed new Unified Land Use Code, a comprehensive rewrite (and vast expansion of) the county’s existing land use regulations, which were already the source of much discontent. The meeting was the first of a planned four-meeting series that was scheduled to run each evening from June 17-20, with...

Temporary Victory in Round 1 for Property Rights in Kootenai County, Idaho
posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: admin

El Dorado County Sheriff Strips Forest Service Of State-Law Enforcement Power...

Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous complaints.” “I take the service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County and the visitors to El Dorado County very seriously, and the style and manner of service we provide,” D’Agostini said. “The U.S. Forest Service, after many attempts and given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.” Read...

El Dorado County Sheriff Strips Forest Service Of State-Law Enforcement Power
posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: admin

George Monbiot on Solar Energy

Summer solstice. At dawn. What better time could there be for resolving a duel, albeit one not fought with flintlocks? The time is of my choosing, as the other party, though he accepted the challenge, would not agree terms. It is appropriate in another sense too, as this is the day with the longest hours of sunlight and therefore – for I honour the sporting tradition – it offers my opponent the best shot. Three years ago, in the course of our debate about the best means of generating electricity, I bet £100 against a claim made by Jeremy Leggett, chairman of the company SolarCentury. He had asserted that domestic solar power in Britain would achieve grid parity by 2013....

George Monbiot on Solar Energy
posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: admin

Humane Society Calls for Hunting Ban

Read and pass along! Let your voice be...

Humane Society Calls for Hunting Ban
posted on: Jun 26, 2013 | author: admin

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