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Disclaimer: No matter how much my mother wanted me to be one, I am not a lawyer nor have I ever played one on television, radio or stage. In fact, I probably know nothing about the law whatsoever and when it comes to legal things I'm probably just talking out my butt. Keep that in mind while we wend through the legal language of this contract. Any misunderstandings or mistakes are the sole responsibility of the reader and not the writer of this article. That, according to Section 6, subsection A, paragraph 4-E, I'm off the hook for anything that might become a legal issue at any point during the next 40 years whether it has anything to do with me or not. The following is strictly opinion and not meant to be surmised as learned, educated or factually known to the writer. In fact, just consider that this is all an hallucination and that you're really reading Yachting Magazine.
Late yesterday afternoon I had gotten a 'head's up!' on how the Legislature would deal with the CAP issue at the county Legislature's meeting later last evening. There was nothing really new:
CAP stays in their main offices at 121 Main and the storage issue is resolved, for now. There's no word about how and where the County will store its records. In the JN article (see below) about the vote, the paper, as has become its usual, gives you a base, gives you half the result and walks away satisfied that they've done their job.Over at the Blog, yesterday's article, "To CAP It Off" generated a good number of reads but it's still in second place compared to "PV Officials Sued - Chickens Coming Home to Roost" which maintains the top spot, followed by News That Matters from November 5th. A little further down the list is the poem, "The Goldman Sackers" from Mahopac poet, Pat Byron.
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WASHINGTON — How do you select the "best" TV set, or house, or way to winterize a lawn mower? Those and other offbeat scenarios emerged Tuesday as the justices heard an environmental case that revealed how their work often comes down to parsing seemingly simple, but contextually ambiguous, words in a law.
Such as the word "best."
CONSIDERATION: Title IX's relation to civil rights law
At issue: Does a law requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that power plant cooling structures use the "best technology available" to minimize harm to the environment allow the EPA to weigh the costs and benefits of various systems? That is, can the EPA look only at what is "best" for the environment, or may it factor in competing considerations to determine what technology is best?
Environmental groups — led by Riverkeeper and concerned about structures that trap fish and other aquatic life — say the Clean Water Act bars a cost-benefit analysis. A lower U.S. appeals court agreed.
(Nov. 28, 2008) — Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on water resources demand creative urban stormwater management. Traditional stormwater management focuses on regulating the flow of runoff to waterways, but generally does little to restore the hydrologic cycle disrupted by extensive pavement and compacted urban soils with low permeability. The lack of infiltration opportunities affects groundwater recharge and has negative repercussions on water quality downstream.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 30, 2008) — A Spanish research study has tested different combinations of supports and indigenous plants to determine which are the best for reducing energy consumption inside buildings. This type of roof is a “rurban”, sustainable architectural solution that will lead to a reduction in environmental and acoustic contamination levels in cities, and be visually pleasing.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2008) — Most of what we know about bird populations stems from surveys conducted by professional biologists and amateur birdwatchers, but new research from North Carolina State University shows that the data from those surveys may be seriously flawed – and proposes possible means to resolve the problem.
ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2008) — Americans are woefully out of touch with the fact that the American bison, or buffalo, is in trouble as a wild, iconic species, but they do love them as an important symbol of their country—and as an entrée on the dinner table.
By Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News
Latvian Agents Detain a Gloomy Economist; 'It Is a Form of Deterrence'
RIGA, Latvia -- Hammered by economic woe, this former Soviet republic recently took a novel step to contain the crisis. Its counterespionage agency busted an economist for being too downbeat.
November 28, 2008 - When you are a pro at a scam--the definition of "scam" also can be found under the term "insurance industry" -- you know how to try to pull a fast one. And AIG is trying to pull one -- under cover of the holidays. Check this out.