In 2011, a blogger impersonating billionaire David Koch got through the switchboard at the Wisconsin State Capitol and was connected to Governor Scott Walker, who took time out from battling with the union protesters besieging Madison to truckle before what he thought was the great man. The recording of their conversation is a hard-to-listen-to blend of obsequiousness and braggadocio; at one point the faux Koch urges Walker to “bring a baseball bat” to negotiations with the state’s lawmakers.
“I have one in my office; you’d be happy with that,” Walker says. “I got a Slugger with my name on it.”
“I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time,” “Koch” says.
Jan. 25 — Bloomberg’s Shannon Pettypiece reports on the impact Wal-Mart has on small communities when it comes in, opens shop, and then leaves. Bloomberg’s Shannon Pettypiece reports on “Bloomberg Markets.”
The Winnsboro, South Carolina, Wal-Mart Super Center was one of three in the state to shutter its doors last month, joining more than 150 stores nationwide. For 18 years it had served as the town’s center of commercial operations and employed over 160 people. NewsHour’s Christopher Booker reports on the impact of Wal-Mart leaving town.
South Africa also continues to experience its worst drought in three decades. Farmers are struggling to provide proper feed and water for cattle and other farm animals, resulting in the death of many. But there is one organisation trying to change that. CCTV’s Julie Scheier with that story
The Yale Carbon Charge Project is testing the effectiveness and feasibility of carbon pricing on Yale’s campus.
Using the university as a living laboratory for applied research, the project aims to inform energy policy, climate change mitigation, and environmental economics by testing multiple models of carbon pricing.
A 6-month pilot involving 20 university buildings will take place during the 2015-2016 academic year. Check out our experimental design to learn more.
“I have had ALS for over 50 years,” spoke Professor Hawking in this recorded dedication of Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Unity, a craft he is now slated to ride thanks to an offer by Founder Richard Branson. Hawking’s message – here in its entirety – was played at the roll-out ceremony on 19 February 2016. — Read more about it on Space.com: http://goo.gl/deha8m
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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