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Foriegners in the US military since year 2000

This article adds a bit more information about who is fighting for the US as well: More than 30,000 foreign troops are enlisted in the US Army, many of them serving in Iraq. Their reward for risking their lives for their adopted country is US citizenship.…They may have different reasons for joining the US Armed […]

Progress on right to know about sewerage!!

Right to know hearings for contamination of local water resources. Dr. Summers, from the Maryland Department of Environment, explained how Maryland’s strong monitoring and notification requirements had helped quantify problems and were greatly appreciated by many utilities as it allowed them to explain and justify why more investment is required. Stuart Whitford, from the Kitsap […]

Farm Bill and WTO GATS Part 1

The National Ag Law Center reports: Trade policy has always played a major role in the evolution of the U.S. agricultural sector. With the 1994 Agreement on Agriculture resulting form the WTO Uruguay Round, trade policy started to play an even more important role in domestic farm policy. As we move deeper into 2006, the […]

The game of statistics

The tune for the other game of statistics The Boston Globe printed this poem. By Mary Oliver October 13, 2007 In the language of baseballI am 3 and 2,and not so nimbleas I was once and the game, at the moment,is indecisive.There are many poetswho love baseballwhich is, after all,a metaphorfor many thingsthat happen when […]

Slavery in my backyard 2

Another point of view regarding US slavery is expressed in WAPO. … Congress passed a law, triggering a little-noticed worldwide war on human trafficking that began at the end of the Clinton administration and is now a top Bush administration priority. As part of the fight, President Bush has blanketed the nation with 42 Justice […]

Potential fizzle of WTO GATS?

WTO GATS rounds of talks are really stalled for many reasons on issues of agriculture and food, water, attempts to get developing countries to ‘liberalize’ areas of their concern that we refuse to do in areas of our concern. The potential failure of the sixth Ministerial will actually throw the WTO into a deep crisis. […]

Location, location, location

I was dreaming about my lock on derricks and ports in Canada. For the record, no one sold me Canada’s only main port on the Arctic Ocean. Mr. Broue bought it for $7 American. I bought the railroad that is the only link to the rest of the country(the Hudson Bay Railway)in my dream. However, […]

FDIC op ed in NYT

Sheila C. Blair of FDIC offers an opinion on the mortgage crisis in the NYT. THERE have been many proposals to deal with the problems in the mortgage market. But the best place to begin is by looking at the poor lending standards and weak consumer protections at the root of the problem — in […]

Children’s health care in the better towns

Children’s health care report card demands taking personal parental responsibility, new pay incentives, and real quality checks. Less than half of the outpatient medical care delivered to American children is in line with recommendations for the best treatment, concludes a study released Wednesday.The results, which researchers called “shocking,” show that 47% of the care delivered […]

Sea ice and beach front property

The NYT reminds us of continuing concern of ice melt. The Arctic ice cap shrank so much this summer that waves briefly lapped along two long-imagined Arctic shipping routes, the Northwest Passage over Canada and the Northern Sea Route over Russia. Interactive Graphic Sea Ice in Retreat The Big Melt: A Series From The New […]