Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Climate warming rapidly

Fresh report on global warming, from the Washington Post (registration may be required).
The warming around Earth's tropical belt is a signal suggesting that the "climate system has exceeded a critical threshold," which has sent tropical-zone glaciers in full retreat and will melt them completely "in the near future," said Lonnie G. Thompson, a scientist who for 23 years has been taking core samples from the ancient ice of glaciers.

A heart-felt farewell to Knight Ridder

A personal reflection on the change underway today at the Miami Herald and other former Knight Ridder newspapers. This piece is from the Duluth News-Tribune.

Comment from one of the original Knight newspapers, the Akron Beacon Journal.

And here's the final shareholder meeting, reported from the perspective of the flagship Ridder newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News. Unlike the Herald, the Merc is not part of the greatly enlarged McClatchy group.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Congress spends without a trace

The magazine U.S. News takes a look at the shifty means used by many members of Congress to get money spent without submitting to the kind of examination you'd think a budget would have to undergo. Perhaps you've heard of this practice, called "earmarking." Read the piece here: Loading the Pork Train. Here's an especially good part:
Congress approved minor curbs on earmarks as part of the lobbying reforms passed this year. The new rules would require bills and reports to include a list of their earmarks along with the names of the requesting lawmaker.

But there's a hitch. More than 40 percent of earmarks will not be subject to these new disclosure rules, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. The new regs do not include pork directed at federal entities, such as the Department of Transportation.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Parking madness degrades urban life

Jim Bacon is writing here about Virginia's capital city (and its suburbs), but his observations are completely relevant in South Florida as well. His website is called Bacon's Rebellion.