Posts Tagged ‘public policy’



Every year foreign governments pour tens of millions of dollars into those very institutions and, though many think tanks are tax-exempt non-profits, such donations often turn out to be anything but charitable gifts. Foreign contributions generally come with critically important strings attached — usually a favorable stance toward that country in whatever influential work the think tanks are doing. In other words, those experts you regularly read or see on screen, whose scholarship and advice Washington’s politicians and other officials often use, are in some cases being paid, directly or indirectly, by the very countries on which they are offering advice and analysis.

How Middle Eastern Powers Fund Think Tanks


The Role of Public Health in the Prevention of War: Rationale and Competencies

“Since the end of World War II, there have been 248 armed conflicts in 153 locations around the world. The United States launched 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and 2001, and since then, others, including Afghanistan and Iraq.  


Lancaster CA mandates solar energy included with every new house building permit:

Lancaster, CA Becomes First US City to Require Solar

Safe, economical solar now recognized as the most sense. This could be the start of a national wave of new solar construction and building reforms. This is the kind of get-tough policy that will displace nuclear, coal and the like. Solar is already cheaper than nuclear by far and nuclear is an environmental catastrophe no matter how one looks at it. Where’s all that nuclear waste by the way? Where is it going to be for the next few million years?

I had an argument over email with a true believer nincompoop who didn’t even know he was spouting nuclear industry talking points that appear time and again, the cliché that have already been discredited. Full of logical fallacies, false dichotomies and the major fault of these idiots: appeals to authority. They firmly believe that they just know better than everyone else and don’t need no stinking evidence. So, of course they won’t bother actually looking at any. Under the mantle of science they disregard all science that directly disputes and demolishes their PR firm created lies. Quite malignant little trolls.

In other groundbreaking solar energy news, them Ay-rabs of Abu Dhabi have constructed the world’s largest concentrated Solar installation, 100MW.

Solar plant Shams 1 in the desert of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates

I guess Abu Dhabi is so much more technically superior to the United States. That’s fine.