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Reblogged From Desert Beacon:

This is difficult news.

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Cost Benefit Analysis

One of the dark clouds on the week that was in the U.S. Supreme Court was the decision in Michigan v. the Environmental Protection Agency, one portion of which reads:

“Our reasoning so far establishes that it was unreasonable for EPA to read §7412(n)(1)(A) to mean that cost is irrelevant to the initial decision to regulate power plants. The Agency must consider cost—including, most importantly, cost of compliance—before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary,…”

Important Distinctions

First, let’s differentiate between a CBA (a cost benefit analysis) and a Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA). There are two important functions of a CBA: (1) To determine if an investment or a decision is justifiable or feasible. (2) To provide a way to compare and contrast alternative projects or proposals. Additionally, “In CBA, benefits and costs are expressed in monetary terms, and are adjusted for the time value of money

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Gotta pull the Band-Aid off and let the air get to the entire wound.

When a whole bunch of people stand up for what’s right, things can start to change. Amazing. “Thousands Gather for Peace Event.

The biggest indication yet that the Confederate flag might be on its way to a museum is that Walmart has decided to stop selling items with that divisive logo.

Or, maybe they figured out that since California banned the flag in 2014 there wasn’t enough of a market.

PBS had this to say about the Confederate flag yesterday.

And other news, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has been sold to these corporate developers(raiders).

Might not hurt to access that recipe you wanted, now.

Looks like Martha will do all right, though.

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Reblogged From Dandelion Salad. A reminder; the TPA/TPP House discussions are going to start on Monday all over again. Call your Representative!

The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements by Ellen Brown.

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Is there a story, a theme in this?

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This year the dads are spending the day stretching toward the sun.

Seems appropriate.

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Richard Cohen: SPLC statement on the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

Alternet’s Comments: Dylann Roof Is America

Why? Evil simply exists and takes advantage of the the openings our society provides. We are out of excuses for the society that created and turned loose a 21 year old, whose brain isn’t fully developed until around 25, to be the instrument of evil. (more…)

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Waterproofing is my life, Do Da, Do Da.

I was 35 when I apprenticed as a roofer/waterproofer with Local 40 in SF. My first superintendent, Smitty, sang that ditty, every time something went awry. In waterproofing something often goes awry. My heart is breaking tonight over what went awry in Berkeley.

Six young people were killed; (more…)

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Update: Here is a UTube of Clinton’s latest speech in Iowa today. She mentions TPP. See what you think she has done:

https://youtu.be/xeA6MZzGDM4

I’ll try to get the transcript of the speech when I can find it.

I would be really careful about any responses regarding the TPA, TPP, etc. Clinton is pro-trade. However, even presupposing Clinton was involved in negotiating the TPP under Obama, she most assuredly was out of those negotiations in the last two years. (more…)

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Already I’m in trouble. It’s the first week of water restrictions in Fairfield, and my sprinklers aren’t cooperating. I had them timed to every third day, which worked out to two and one half times a week. However, the City of Fairfield has decided that we homeowners should operate our sprinklers either Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, depending on whether our home’s street address is odd or even numbered. This works out to three days a week, but leaves a watering gap for me with my address of Saturday and Sunday. We get a lot of wind this time of the year and it dries the plants out rapidly. So, by Monday, my front yard is pretty thirsty.

The problem is the sprinkler timers. (more…)

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