Promoting quiet recreation in Wisconsin.
Opposing the coming attempts to sell off Wisconsin's natural heritage.
Fighting denial about climate change. When are we hitting the streets?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Krazy talk from Ken Krall

I missed this column in great local online newspaper. Ken Krall seems to feel that, in addition to producing deer for hunters, the northwoods may have some other purposes as well, and that we should consider those purposes in our overall deer management. I don't really know what to make of it.

From newsofthenorth: Oneida County offers Trail maps

quiet recreation is good for business and good for health!

Water resources and the environment

Give credit where its due: Lakeland Time's Richard Moore writes an article that inches (comparatively) towards balance: Instead of simply aligning business interests against regulation, he quotes a number of sources that point out that water resources are important to property values, business, and health.

What would really be helpful would be to show a map of Wisconsin that highlighted:
-Past water problems and how much they cost taxpayers and businesses to clean up or fix.
-Potential future water problems and how much they will cost the taxpayers and businesses if they occur.

Too often, costs to business are only put on one side of the regulatory question. Regulation certainly has its costs, but sometimes, lack of regulation costs even more.

Since I don't have to be fair and balanced, It must be said that Representative Scott Gunderson seems like the kind of knob that believes there is no problem an unregulated free market economy can't fix, therefore, water resources and global warming can't be real problems.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Do we really want to drive anymore? (cont) Green Road

This company is already on the case.

Do we really want to drive anymore? (cont.) "You've been speeding..."

Another slate article explores installing driver feedback monitors. What if insurance companies used feedback monitors to determine car insurance prices?

Do we really want to drive anymore? (cont.) Car's computers

Slate's Farhood Manjoo is right: the most dangerous part of a car is behind the wheel. Computers have made cars safer. But he is still unserious as he won't mention the most obvious and inexpensive way to make cars safer: Lower the top speeds cars can go to 70 mph. You can listen to a radio interview here