Monthly Archives: July 2006

Spaceship Australia to Drink Own Waste?

by Val Germann A town in western Australia has defied the experts and its political leaders by voting down a plan to recycle sewer water back into the city’s main reservior where it would be, uh, used again as drinking … Continue reading

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Amazon Rain Forest Could Become Desert—Soon!

By David L. Brown The latest nightmare of potential global warming comes in a report from the prestigious Woods Hole Research Center. According to a recent study (hat tip to Climate Ark), the Amazon basin, home ot the world’s largest … Continue reading

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Ominous Changes Behind Bay Area Heat Wave

by Val Germann Mark Twain once said that the coldest winter he ever spent “was a summer in San Francisco.” And it’s true that summers in the City by the Bay can be cool, even cold, thanks to rising air … Continue reading

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Efficient Vehicles Must Be Affordable, Too

By David L. Brown Too much is made of the fuel economy side of the equation when it comes to car buying decisions. As I discussed recently (see the article “Higher Gas Prices: A Blessing to America”) the cost of … Continue reading

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Finally, A Wake Up Call for Ethanol?

by Val Germann We here at Star Phoenix Base have been writing for months about the massive U.S. corn-to-ethanol program, powered in the main by government subsidies and tariffs. These programs already consume about twenty percent of all U.S. corn … Continue reading

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An Incredible Story the Press Never Noticed

By David L. Brown What if a four-year project by “the world”s top biologists” to study the subject of biodiversity loss revealed that the threat of imminent extinction was hanging over 12 percent of all mammals, 23 percent of all … Continue reading

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Counting Charity in Cotton-Pickin’ Dollars

By David L. Brown They say that charity begins at home, and the U.S. view of world agricultural markets certainly bears out that adage. An article in this week’s edition of The Economist provides an excellent example. The story concerns … Continue reading

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‘Revenge of Gaia’ a Modern Horror Story

BOOK REVIEW “The Revenge of Gaia,” by James Lovelock, Basic Books, August, 2006; 177 pgs. By David L. Brown If you enjoy horror stories, here is a fascinating book that will keep you up late at night. The plot involves … Continue reading

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Get While the Gettin’s Good

By David Ponton I was delighted to read in the first sentence of an article in the Wall Street Journal today that “Top executives at many utilities have reluctantly accepted that coal fired power plants contribute to global warming, and … Continue reading

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Missouri Tigers, Real Tigers, facing Extinction?

by Val Germann The last twenty years or so have been pretty tough on Missouri Tiger sports fans. In general, our University of Missouri “revenue” teams (that’s what they call football and basketball) have not done well, and the athletic … Continue reading

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