Category Archives: History

Wildfires, Balanced Approach Vital

It is urgently needed to balance the extreme rhetoric if we are to ever reduce this annual burning, as this article from City Journal notes. An excerpt. “The West Coast fire season still has months to run, but it’s already … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, History

Disposables

An excellent history of disposable articles, and how valuable they really are, from City Journal. An excerpt. “For half a century, it’s been a term of disdain: the “throwaway society,” uttered with disgust by the environmentally enlightened. But now that … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Environmentalism, History

Managing the Forests

According to this article from American Greatness, there are reasons that hasn’t gone too well lately. An excerpt. “Millions of acres of California forest have been blackened by wildfires this summer, leading to the usual angry denunciations from the usual quarters about … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, History

Finally, Clearing the Forests

Knowledgeable folks have been calling for this for years, so this is good news from the San Jose Mercury. An excerpt. “The two dozen major fires burning across Northern California were sparked by more than 12,000 lightning strikes, a freak … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, History

Global Warming Alarmism

An antidote for those who need one, a new book reviewed at American Greatness. An excerpt. “An important new book by Michael Shellenberger, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, attempts to counter the common belief that climate change poses an … Continue reading

Posted in Environmentalism, History, Politics

Streetcar Suburbs

An unfamiliar term to me, but this article from New Geography explains; and many areas close to downtown would qualify, McKinley Park, Oak Park, East Sacramento, etc. An excerpt. “If there is a single American development pattern or style that … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, History, Transportation

The Great City by the Bay is Floundering, Badly

We have loved San Francisco; going there was always a delight, but not so for many years and this superb article from City Journal explains. An excerpt. “The moving trucks are here. On any given day, you can see two … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics, Public Safety

The City Organic

A very interesting article about cities from Aeon Magazine. An excerpt. “The ancient city of Alexandria lies on a narrow strip of Mediterranean coast to the west of the Nile delta. To the south is Lake Mariout, which once hemmed … Continue reading

Posted in demographics, History

Lithium in Our Water

According to this article from the Sacramento Bee, this is a good thing. An excerpt. “An element commonly found in aircraft and some batteries is said to have an anti-suicidal effect when consumed via public drinking water, new research has … Continue reading

Posted in History, Public Safety, Water

Water Supply Reliability

A review of this issue from the California Water Blog. An excerpt. “Water supply reliability is a major policy and management goal in California, and in the rest of the world, today and since the beginning of time.  The goals … Continue reading

Posted in History, Technology, Water