After the Lava Sleeps

On December 10, 2018 a group of displaced Puna residents met at Nanawale Community Association longhouse to hear about the future of Highway 132 from representatives of the County of Hawai’i, the government entity for the region.  Approximately 25-30 people attended from the 50 or more households with no road access to their properties surroundedContinue reading “After the Lava Sleeps”

Are Railways in Peril?

National Rail Networks :: A Look Back in Time The world’s first national rail networks were constructed in Britain, with the first inter-city line connecting the industrial midland city Manchester with the port of Liverpool in 1830. So, are you wondering, which country forged a national rail network next?  France? Sweden, the United States? ItContinue reading “Are Railways in Peril?”

Museum of Political Corruption

Check the transparency and  ethics of government and corporate management daily. Maybe hourly? Teachers, create a popular lesson by displaying the reach and excesses of political corruption all the way into the classroom. Random browsers, visit the Facebook presence of the Museum of Political Corruption No building is big enough to hold the documented and undocumentedContinue reading “Museum of Political Corruption”

Falcon Dam :: Rio Grande

The 1953 dedication of Falcon Dam created a massive reservoir on the Rio Bravo del Norte, aka Rio Grande. Farmers and villagers were displaced on both sides of the river. A city on the Mexican side was flooded, the inhabitants relocated to new homes built for them by the Mexican government. Towns and farms onContinue reading “Falcon Dam :: Rio Grande”

Caribbean Island Hopes to Use Steam for Electric Power

Will There be Geothermal Electricity for Nevis? On April 28, 2009,  the St. Kitts and Nevis Democrat, a newspaper published in Nevis at that time, reported that the West Indies Power (Nevis) Ltd. was issued a Geothermal Resource Concession  by the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) and signed a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Nevis ElectricityContinue reading “Caribbean Island Hopes to Use Steam for Electric Power”

Rail Link from China to Germany :: Silk Road Revived

Update: China’s Grand Project, The Economist August 5, 2017 p. 49-50. In 2013, Zhengzhou, a business and logistics center in Central China, became the starting point for rail transport service to Hamburg, Germany and other European ports.  The trip is a 6,436 mile (10,214-kilometer) run taking 15 to 18 days — twice as fast as shipping goods by sea. ChinaContinue reading “Rail Link from China to Germany :: Silk Road Revived”

Jihadi Stamps ?

Jihad Stamps from Yemen FDR collected stamps.  Has any president since?   Maybe philately should be a required hobby for NSA types.   Stamps are miniature works of art, symbols of national identity, achievement and aspiration.   If  Bush I or Bush II had been stamp collectors, they might have noticed evolving political sentiments expressed on theContinue reading “Jihadi Stamps ?”

Who owns your water?

Water privatization hasn’t been explored much in the general consumer media in the US, although there are articles in the scientific and water industry press.  Water privatization generally refers to private contract operations of water systems owned by public utilities, however a few municipal water systems are moving to private ownership, usually when a corporationContinue reading “Who owns your water?”

Do it Yourself :: Panama Canal

Viewing the Panama Canal from a cruise ship might not be the best vista.   Canal bound cruise ships are so large and the decks so far above the water line that you can’t see what is going on below in the lock passages. Boat tours of the Canal locks are offered by various providers.Continue reading “Do it Yourself :: Panama Canal”

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