The scandal is that urban property taxes are so high
that they drive population to suburbs,
so that city real estate and city governments
face bankruptcy together.
In the last six years alone,
the amount of water that has been lost from
the aquifers coursing beneath the parched Central Valley
would be nearly enough to fill
the nation's largest reservoir,
Nevada's Lake Mead, NASA researchers said Monday.
To 'stimulate spending'
(instead of re-group savings into capital)
the US instituted several policies
to encourage loose lending standards
and home ownership - so people could mortgage homes
and consume their wealth.
After following the women for up to three decades,
the researchers found those
whose breast fluid contained abnormal cells
were twice as likely to develop breast cancer later in life.
But several countries, including the United States
and Britain, abstained when the fund's board
voted Friday to approve the loan.
On the contrary, the price of communications
is coming down fast.
In cars, too, concentration is increasing - witness Daimler
and Chrysler, Renault and Nissan
- but it does not appear that consumers are being hurt.
By contrast, the problems faced today
- high energy and food prices and a crumbling financial system
- have, to a large extent, been brought about by bad policies.
A Stanford engineer has invented a new technology
for decoding DNA and used it to decode his own genome
for less than $50,000.
There, Porto, 23, took on an opponent
named Cristiane Cyborg, a woman much bigger
and heavier than her in Vale Tudo,
the pastime North Americans call Ultimate Fighting.
But at least one question does get him bobbing
and weaving: why doesn't he renounce the endorsement
of Pastor John Hagee,