By Alan Caruba
Driving around my hometown and surrounding communities in New Jersey, a familiar sight has been tree stumps, the wreckage left behind by Hurricane Sandy. Having lived here with few breaks my entire life, it never occurred to me how many trees there are. From a lookout point in the Essex County South Mountain Reservation area one sees in the distance the city of New York.
As far as the eye can see, it is entirely forested.
In an interesting new book, “Nature Wars”, by Jim Sterba, a veteran journalist, takes the reader on a journey to America’s long ago past and brings him to the present. In the process, he removes a lot of mythology and replaces it with some extraordinary facts that are the background for the way our modern lifestyles put us in conflict with many species that are not only thriving, but some which faced virtual extinction from over-hunting, especially during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
CALLING A SPADE A SPADE
CANADA FREE PRESS^ | 11/17/12 | Dr. Robert R. Owens
Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 1:22:55 PM by patriot08
The real story behind the defeat of the media chosen
Yes there has been a massive demographic shift in the make-up of our country since the suicidal adoption of the Kennedy Immigration Act in 1965.
Yes the massive amnesty which is soon to turn tens of millions of illegal immigrants into citizens and loyal democratic voters will effectively spell the end of any possibility for a supporter of limited government, personal liberty, and economic freedom to win the White House.
Yet, for all of that, he did not deal with the real problem. Our real problem in this country is not economic, it is theological. All of our other problems flow out from our theological problems, which started early and continued often.
A loud boom, heard by Pocono residents and others throughout northeastern Pennsylvania the night of March 30, remains a mystery.
Some residents reported a bright flash in the sky that didn’t appear to be lightning just before the blast.
But most readers agreed the sound was no routine thunder.
What it wasn’t…..
Motorists face an ‘avalanche’ of higher tolls
stateline.org ^ | Monday, November 21, 2011 | By Daniel C. Vock, Stateline Staff Writer
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 5:37:08 PM by DeaconBenjamin
Tolls along the Eastern seaboard are going up so much, says Darrin Roth, that in four years, a semitrailer making the four-hour trip from Baltimore to New York City could pay as much as $209.25. The price of tolls, in other words, will be more expensive than paying for the driver and fuel.
“The Northeast has become a very unfriendly place for business,” says Roth, the director of highway operations with the American Trucking Associations, “and these higher toll rates make things worse.”
Toll rates are climbing on highways, bridges and tunnels across the country. But the Northeast, with its dense concentration of high-priced toll roads, is especially affected.