The problem, Assemblyman John F. McKeon said, is utility poles just aren't as sturdy as they could be. It's potentially making outages worse than necessary and putting line workers in danger, he said. But he's not quite sure how much his proposed bill to to require sturdier poles would ultimately cost utility companies, or how much of a difference it would make after a major storm — like Sandy or Irene. He had ballpark estimates, but not specific figures.Read more »
Here in Albuquerque we may not have water for much longer.Read more »
8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance
The ruling elite has created social institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance.
Bruce E. Levine
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination.Read more »
A budget battle in New Jersey's capital city has some extremely unpleasant fallout, including a toilet paper shortage at police headquarters, fire stations, senior centers and municipal offices. Supplies have been dwindling down to almost nothing in the months since a spending fight broke out among the City Council in November over a $42,000 spending request for a year's supply of paper products, including toilet paper. “I’m embarrassed,” the Council president said.Read more »
Stefan Molyneux from Freedomain Radio hits the nail on the head again. And he does it with class, common sense and comedy. Five ways your government can help Africa, pretty much by staying home.Read more »
"You might think that democracies work best when people care and know about the key issues. But a new study argues that for a democracy to function at all, you need lots of ignorant people blindly siding with the majority."Read more »
Glendale (CA) city officials are forcing residents to take down mirrors they’ve attached to trees in the public right-of-way so they can better see oncoming traffic while exiting their driveways. Residents say in the absence of any speed-reduction enhancements, such as speed humps, the round convex mirrors are one of the few safety measures they have. City officials, though, say it’s about more than tree damage. City codes don’t allow anything to be attached to city-owned trees or street-light poles. Also, nothing can be placed in the public right-of-way because of liability concerns.Read more »
The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program (CLASS) was supposed to function as a self-sustaining voluntary insurance plan, but unless large numbers of healthy people willingly sign up during their working years, soaring premiums driven by the needs of disabled beneficiaries would destabilize it, eventually requiring a taxpayer bailout. Officials said they discovered they could not make CLASS both affordable and financially solvent while keeping it a voluntary program open to virtually all workers, as the law also required...Read more »
And by you, we obviously mean your friends and family, not actual FTL listeners. Even for a grizzled old government/media distruster like this one, there was some new and refreshing stuff here about how little there really is to be terrified of out there in the world. Bottom line: all the fear-mongering and violence is unnecessary.Read more »
This 2006 article featured on Lew Rockwell exposes the real reason, mentioned in part on FTL, the US dropped the A bombs on Japan!Read more »
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