Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bankrupt solar panel firm took stimulus money, left a toxic mess, says report | Fox News

Bankrupt solar panel firm took stimulus money, left a toxic mess, says report | Fox News: "The Abound Solar plant, which got $400 million in federal loan guarantees in 2010, when the Obama administration sought to use stimulus funds to promote green energy, filed for bankruptcy two years later. Now its Longmont, Colo., facility sits unoccupied, its 37,000 square feet littered with hazardous waste, broken glass and contaminated water. The Northern Colorado Business Report estimates it will cost up to $3.7 million to clean and repair the building so it can again be leased."



Solar is green during its normal lifetime but it isn't green during manufacture and it probably isn't green at the end of its useful life.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

July 2014

July 2014: "The stunning number of cold cases solved in Ohio after Petro’s DNA-testing initiative got underway led him to changes in his views about innocence and wrongful convictions."



"“The error rate in the justice system–whether the most conservative or the most liberal calculation–would not be even remotely tolerated in the U.S. food industry or the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, for example. Why we have accepted it in the justice system is another question."

Monday, June 30, 2014

Illinois mom elated after defeating powerful union in Supreme Court | Fox News

Illinois mom elated after defeating powerful union in Supreme Court | Fox News: "there's not going to be a union contract inserted between my son and I, there's not going to be union rules and regulations dictating how I can provide the care that Josh needs"



"Joining the union meant the Harris home would become a union shop, the Harris family would have to start following union rules within their home and some of the money provided by the state to care for Josh for would be deducted for union dues. Harris estimates about $90 per month came out of the check and went to the SEIU."



"I don't rock the boat. But when it comes to taking public funding intended for people with disabilities, someone has to stand up."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Worried about Net neutrality? Maybe it's the FCC that should really concern you - CNET

Worried about Net neutrality? Maybe it's the FCC that should really concern you - CNET: "the court sided with the FCC over the argument of whether the agency even has the authority from Congress to regulate the Internet. On that question, the FCC won. And it won big."


Despite rise in inequality, climbing the economic ladder hasn't gotten harder since the 1970s | Fox News

Despite rise in inequality, climbing the economic ladder hasn't gotten harder since the 1970s | Fox News: "the study found that 9 percent of children born in 1986 to the poorest 20 percent of households were likely to climb into the top 20 percent — little-changed from 8.4 percent for such children born in 1971."


The Sustainability Hoax | Cato Institute

The Sustainability Hoax | Cato Institute: "The Department of Energy, for example, has found that multifamily housing actually uses more energy (and therefore emits more greenhouse gases) per square foot than single-family homes. The only way multifamily housing would save energy would be if people accept smaller homes. A better solution is making single-family homes more energy efficient, which costs less and does not require the loss of privacy in multifamily housing.

Meanwhile, data from the Department of Transportation show that transit uses, on average, about the same amount of energy — and emits about the same amount of greenhouse gases — per passenger mile as the average car. Getting people out of their cars and onto transit won’t reduce emissions, but it will inconvenience a lot of people because transit is slow, expensive and inflexible."


Thursday, June 12, 2014

All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors

All Our Patent Are Belong To You | Blog | Tesla Motors: "Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers."


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Google Backs Netflix in Epic Battle With Comcast | Enterprise | WIRED

Google Backs Netflix in Epic Battle With Comcast | Enterprise | WIRED: "“We give companies like Netflix and Akamai free access to space and power in our facilities, and they provide their own content servers,” Google Fiber director of engineering Jeffrey Burgan wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Since people usually only stream one video at a time, video traffic doesn’t bog down or change the way we manage our network in any meaningful way–so why not help enable it?”"


How focusing on profit can help the poor - CSMonitor.com

How focusing on profit can help the poor - CSMonitor.com: "Without a sustainable business plan, efforts to help the poor can burn out. Although the profit margin on Essence of Life products is smaller than other products, Teichmann said it’s vital."



" “What we do is make enough money to continue the investment and get some return back so we can bring on people and make more products, expanding the portfolio [we can offer to farmers],” he continued. “The business model sustains itself, which is very important.” "



"Xylem cuts production costs by partnering with nonprofit organizations and government agencies to distribute the pumps – groups that know these rural communities well.



“We utilize their intimate understanding of conducting transactions and relationships in rural communities,” Teichmann said. “They become a part of our logistical channels to not only bring the product in, but to service the product as well.”



That service component is crucial, Teichmann said. If farmers can’t get repairs or replacement parts, even the most innovative and necessary product becomes useless."



"We see competitive products rusting in fields because there was no proactive service proposition, and they broke."

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UCLA rejects $3M gift from Sterling for kidney research | Fox News

UCLA rejects $3M gift from Sterling for kidney research | Fox News: "UCLA said it is rejecting the $3 million donation received last month from the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after he was banned for life from the NBA over a racist audiotape."



Isn't it good to take money from a racist and you use to research disease?