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The Heat is On… (12.15.08) by anthony.stasi
Jan 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
On December 5th, New Jersey opened its first retail biodiesel pump, in the town of Maplewood. The pumps are a B5 blend, which means they blend 5% biodiesel fuel with regular diesel fuel. Biodiesel is a non petroleum based fuel that comes from vegetable oil – or in some cases – animal fat. The ret...
On Books (11.30.08) by anthony.stasi
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At the end of semesters, when teaching college courses in political science, I would submit a booklist, which was in no way a requirement, but instead suggestions that students might find interesting. Since my email at QL is often from students, here are some very good books that are new and exci...
Newt Gingrich to the RNC (11.15.08) by anthony.stasi
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If you follow energy issues and healthcare issues, you may have a new found respect for Newt Gingrich. The last few years have found the former speaker making public speaking appearances with Hillary Clinton, as well as with many conservatives. He has been making an Al Gore-ian impression on the ...
Sun, Sand, and Kmart Healthcare (11.15.08) by anthony.stasi
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I spent my week in Hawaii hoping to meet Lt. Governor Duke Aiona who was called out of the country earlier in the week. My hopes were to discuss the lack of low income housing in Hawaii and their failed health care initiative. Hawaii often takes bold steps to address the issues that face its poor...
Can We Get Along? (11.08.08) by anthony.stasi
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We heard a lot about reaching across the aisle if elected from both candidates. Now the president-elect has chosen Chicago congressman Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. Emanuel knows DC, and he is good at getting things done. For those reasons, he was a good choice for the president. Emanuel, h...
Re-Inventing Healthcare (11.08.08) by anthony.stasi
Jan 01, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
Each election cycle we hear of how many Americans are uninsured. The numbers are often very large, although many Americans do qualify for Medicare and simply do not apply until they actually need to see a doctor. The numbers are high even when you minus out those that have not used the insurance ...
…The Other Thing People Voted On (11.03.08) by anthony.stasi
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“Republicans Against 8” sounds more like a post apocalyptic gang in a Kevin Costner movie than a concerted fight to keep the California constitution from being amended in order to ban gay marriage. As of Sunday – the polls were showing a dead heat in California. This is a big battle for a few rea...
Bill Thompson Takes on The World…Kind of…. (11.03.08) by anthony.stasi
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Maybe the biggest blow to Wall Street goes to the collective ego that exists there. Walk along Broad Street and you can feel the swagger. In the locker room of my gym, the conversation is almost always about who wears what suits to meetings. Apparently some hot shot finance guy last week took two...
Ways That The State Can Save Money Without Hurting the City (10.25.08) by anthony.stasi
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This is a time of great economic uneasiness, which, if history serves us right, will be followed by a period of abundance. What we look for in government policy circles is the best way to cushion the downward spiral and the most responsible way to handle a bubble economy. We call it politics, but...
Take A Hike! Walking In NYC vs LA by jarmatz
Dec 30, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
So, I wasn’t expecting this blog to become a meditation on city life, but I’ve been traveling a lot and it just seems to be the thing that I’m most interested in right now, aside from the usual comic bookery that occupies nine-tenths of my non-working time. For a little background on myself, I’m ...