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Fri, 15 Apr 2011

In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures

"It is a question asked repeatedly across America: why, in the aftermath of a financial mess that generated hundreds of billions in losses, have no high-profile participants in the disaster been prosecuted?

Answering such a question . the equivalent of determining why a dog did not bark . is anything but simple."

Amazing article , read @ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/In-Financial-Crisis-No-nytimes-220824617.html?x=0&.v=1

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Sat, 30 Oct 2010

Vote No on Prop 23

Please vote no on Prop 23.Please help California lead the country in clean air regulations.With the significant increase in air pollution related diseases we ought to be aggressive , as if we don't act soon our next generations will suffer more diseases.

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Sun, 24 Oct 2010

Bottle Ban? What Ban? San Francisco Supervisors May Ask

In 2007, Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco banned the use of city money to buy bottled water for municipal employees. For the mayor, it was a point of principle: the local tap water, direct from Yosemite National Park, is among the best anywhere, and in a town where even plastic bags are regulated, water delivered in plastic dispensers appeared to be an unseemly use of resources.

Nearly every city department and agency duly kicked the habit, with one exception: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

The city.s 11 current supervisors and their staff members have guzzled $4,387 worth of bottled water since the prohibition went into effect more than three years ago, public records show. Over the last year and a half, David Chiu, the board president, and three other supervisors have since switched to tap water.

Read more @ http://www.baycitizen.org/environment/story/bottle-ban-what-ban-supervisors-may-ask/

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Sat, 12 Jun 2010

Arizona's Next Immigration Target: Children of Illegals

Today I read a very disturbing article about targeting children who are born in US and will not be considered as US citizens because their parents were illegal.
I think Arizona is taking this too far .The 14th Amendment of the constitution clearly states that any person born on US soils is a US citizen.
For the broader benefit of humanity we should be looking for ways to connect to different contries/cultures and get the best out of each human.
But such laws and such initiatives are clearly misguided and nothing but pure acts of  racism.
I hope this bill gets put in front of the Supreme Court soon and immediately squashed as unconstitutional.

Read more @ http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1996064,00.html

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Sat, 29 May 2010

Fight over Prop. 16 a David-vs.-Goliath battle

I read this article on Mercurynews about how PG&E is proposing ,Prop.16 to protect its monopoly over gas and electricity.
Please consider opposing Prop.16 , and allow new companies/municipalties to be able to choose from a wide range of energy sources(Solar/Wind) and from different providers and allow competition to drive the prices of energy down and at the same time helping the environment.

Please consider saying No to Prop.16 in the June 8th Elections.

More details @ http://noprop16films.org/

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Tue, 11 May 2010

Who killed the electric car

In the last couple of years with all the technical advances in Li-Ion batteries etc I kept on wondering why these technologies are not used to make electric cars.And i kept on yearning for a electric car .
While I completely understand that electricity also uses non-renewable resources like coal.But a future perfect marriage of this technology would be with Solar energy  and you have a very environment and money friendly solution.
So then i started researching about electric cars and found that about decade ago such a car was already made.It was called EV1 from GM.
There was a pent up demand for this car and suddenly GM closed production of all  these cars and in fact a lot of car makers yanked off the car with similar electrical capabilities.
wanting to know more about this I borrowed from my public library the DVD of the documentary film "Who killed the electric car" .My questions were answered in that movie and Im convinced that this car was a completely viable solution for the future of less dependencec on oil.
It is unfortunate that old-school businesses and the rich oil companies/alliances conspired against the electric cars and killed it.
I continue to remain optimistic on technology innovations which will overthrow old school /obsolete technologies/ideas/ideologies and I continue to believe that innovation can be done in the harshest and the most hostile environments.

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Tue, 06 Apr 2010

US court rules against FCC on `net neutrality'

Once again the consumer looses in this battle of Mega-monopolistic Corporations.
It is extremely unfortunate that the decision was made against consumers.

"A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks.
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Read more @ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2010/04/06/financial/f073732D51.DTL&tsp=1

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Sat, 02 Jan 2010

Few California counties Testing Ignition Interlocks for DUI offenders

Los Angeles County is one of four counties in the golden state officially participating in California.s 5-year test of ignition interlock requirements for first-time DUI offenders.

The measure to install ignition interlocks on vehicles for DUI offenders comes from Assembly Bill 91, which passed into a law last October and is set to go into effect July 1, 2010. Assembly member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) originally wrote the bill to decrease drunk driving in California and is now happy that his initiative is finally a law.

.This pilot project can save hundreds of lives,. Feuer said in a California Chronicle article. .I.m pleased that the Governor agrees that California should require offenders to have these devices installed. This law is an important step in preventing DUI recidivism in our state..



Read more about this @ <a href="http://www.californiachronicle.com/articles/view/123685">http://www.californiachronicle.com/articles/view/123685</a> My personal take on this is we don't need to wait for 2015 for such a law.It is really a common sense law and should be passed ASAP.

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Tue, 10 Nov 2009

Criticism over California law that allows repeat DUI offenders to get

licenses
"A Burlingame man with eight DUIs still had a valid driver's license when he got his ninth in January because he apparently never hurt or killed anyone and many of his previous convictions were outside a 10-year cutoff period used by the Department of Motor Vehicles to assess drivers, a department official explained Monday."

California , isnt this amazing , that we are waiting for people to get killed after which we revoke their license.And how lame is the argument .

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However, Joshua Dale of the California DUI Lawyers Association said people who get multiple DUIs need treatment. These people are alcoholics, he said, and the small number who repeatedly reoffend will not be stopped by the loss of the driving privileges.

"If they are going to drive (while intoxicated), they are going to drive without a license," he said of multiple offenders.

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Isn't the job of the lawmakers to make it difficult (if not impossible) to disallow this from happening ?
Read the full article @ http://www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_13749459

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Tue, 03 Nov 2009

Pay as you Drive Car Insurance

I'm very excited that California is considering allowing Pay as you Drive Insurance .I strongly believe in consumption based metering :-)
Progressive Insurance has offered this in a few states, You can get more details @  http://www.progressive.com/myrate/
So the concept is that you have a GPS based device which records your speed/location/miles driven/time driven etc.

From my point of view there are 2 benefits.
  • Lower cost for infrequent drivers
  • It will force  us to drive less and help the environment 
My only biggest concern at this point is the privacy issues around it.I don't have a problem with they tracking speed etc because it will force us to not to speed etc but I thing recording the locations of where you are going and when you are going etc is too intrusive.
My hope is that Progressive respects our privacy and I'm pretty sure this concept will take off.Without the privacy issue addressed I feel that this will fail.
You can read more @ the paper http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2008/07_payd_bordoffnoel.aspx

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