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I have watched Pope Francis since his ascendance to the Papacy with a mixture of fascination and horror. In many ways, his election and tenure thus far mirrors that of our own Leftist-in-Chief. My fascination comes from how Catholics react to what the Pope is doing and my horror comes from the fact that a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Silicon Valley, New York City are Holding Us Back

 

NYCHA_Logo_480x480Big cities, we’re told, are engines of productivity. And that’s mostly true. Regions with capital and a high concentration of technological innovation — places like California’s Silicon Valley — employ people, drive economic growth, do all sorts of good stuff, right?

Well, not so much. And the reasons they’re lagging are interesting. Thanks to Greg Ferenstein, I found this study, from the University of Chicago, that says that it all comes down to… regulation. Land use regulation, at that. From the study:

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When does National Airport become Obama National Airport? and will Metro put up a fuss about the name one its signs like it did before?   More

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Yes, when will a Republican candidate actually have a Jimmy Stewart moment?   More

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Hurricane Katrina August 28 2005 NASA” by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the devastating hurricane Katrina that Bush/Cheney unleashed on the Mississippi and Louisiana coast — sorry, couldn’t resist! — and I’ve been thinking about the time I spent down there helping with the cleanup and, really, the basic survival of some of the victims that lost nearly everything.

After the hurricane had swept through and news reports began trickling out, I was hit by a huge desire to go down and do something to help. My wife worked with the Red Cross here in Tennessee and, through her, I learned that people down there needed things I could do. I just wasn’t sure how to put that into motion. Everyone recommended I stay away from New Orleans, and I was working on some other ideas when my brother told me that a group called ACTS World Relief needed volunteers in Mississippi. I was relieved to have a direction to my madness and began getting things together. Information about the situation on the ground there was spotty, so I decided to prepare for anything. I packed some clothes, loaded my truck and a 30+ ft gooseneck trailer with plenty of fuel, water, chainsaws, and some donated items, including a skid steer from Caterpillar (orange, of course and with a couple different attachments), and hit the road to Lumberton, Mississippi.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Three Facts to Counter Obama’s Alaska Global Warming Hype

 

I applaud President Obama for visiting Alaska. I have family there, and it is a state often forgotten when the White House schedules presidential trips. But Obama’s reason for going — to highlight the results of man-caused climate change — is fraudulent. Humans are not causing global warming in Alaska or anywhere else on the globe.

Here follow three facts to counter the nonsense you will hear this week. And by “facts” I mean data collected by incorruptible sources, not predictions based on dodgy computer climate models or readings from land-based stations that skew recorded temperatures upward, keeping alive the ever-failing hypothesis of man-caused global warming.

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