HAUTE couture is usually associated with fashion, but one entrepreneur has turned dining into a fashionable experience with the launch of his French-themed restaurant in Johannesburg.
Monday, September 29, 2008
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There really isn’t one.
This is an excellent article and I can't think of a better cause right now. If you don't already own a bike, get one. If you do own a bike, consider getting another one (like a Mountain Bike if you only have a racer).
Praguepost.com: Despite the worrying current state of affairs, it is heartening to recall that humanity lived well enough for millennia without automobiles. However, my solution is not a return to the horse-drawn carriage, but the healthy, emissions-free, fun and efficient bicycle. It’s perhaps odd in an age of such technological sophistication that a simple device is making a comeback, but the bike’s simplicity is also its advantage.
While there is much to say about the disadvantages of cars, there is at least as much to say about the related benefits of streets with few or no cars. Pedestrian-dominated roads are more likely to house outdoor cafés and local shops that don’t need large obtrusive signs to get people’s attention. Streets can be casually crossed without paranoia of inattentive drivers, and mothers can stroll with their infants knowing their sensitive lungs won’t be harmed. In Stockholm, the simple intermediate measure of lowering the urban speed limit to 50 km/h has produced the dual benefits of reducing greenhouse emissions and making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Even beyond the direct correlations between driving and obesity, global warming and foreign oil dependency, these intangibles can and should motivate citizens to leave the car at home for World Carfree Day.
Or better yet, every day.
The car is dying; it's the age of the bike
Indeed, if this year is anything to judge by, money does speak louder than the environment when it comes to driving behavior. Apocalyptic warnings from leading scientists that climate change could, within this century, turn Southern Europe into a desert and leave Florida below sea-level did little to change driving habits, but a $70 to $100 bill at the gas pump did. It was never going to be easy convincing the United States or other car-dependent nations that their passion for cars is an unhealthy addiction, and, if it all comes down to economics, then threats posed by peak oil are certainly worrying.
Friday, September 19, 2008
"There’s no one person to blame other than all of us," he added.
"One thing that I noticed about two years ago was that financial sector of the American economy had grown to percentages that were greatly disproportionate to history," he said. "The financing part of the economy grew much more than the part that was making and selling something. It will be shrinking at least for a while."
When does the housing market bottom? Catsimatidis, who has extensive real estate holdings in the New York area, says, "Home prices stabilize when they equal the cost of actually building of home plus the cost of the land plus a premium for location."
"Any company that is built around the need to add debt is in trouble," says Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and founder of HDNet.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Galveston officials guessed it would be months before the island could reopen, and warned that mosquito-borne diseases could begin to spread. Cows that had escaped flooded pastures wandered around a shattered neighborhood. An elderly man was airlifted to a hospital, his body covered with hundreds of mosquito bites after his splintered home was swarmed.
"Galveston can no longer safely accommodate its population," City Manager Steve LeBlanc said. "Quite frankly, we are reaching a health crisis for people who remain on the island."
NVDL: One of the implications of a massive power failure is that systems that serve communities immediately fail. These include food, water (and water sanitation), communication, refrigeration, air conditioning, health care, fuel - the works.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Do Hurricanes Even Matter? Because you might have to give back your house, your car - you could lose your job and even your ability to get around at all
Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Thursday, September 4, 2008
Still, do moviegoers even want a dark Superman? We do like our superheroes bleak these days -- not just Dark Knight and the Marvel characters, but also Hancock and the forthcoming Watchmen. And we've certainly seen Clark himself display plenty of teen angst on Smallville. But moviegoers have almost always gotten a Superman who's a big blue Boy Scout. There's certain to be outrage from some quarters if Superman is portrayed as something other than the untroubled, apple-pie defender of Truth, Justice, and the American Way. But I wouldn't worry; he's a pretty strong guy. If he bounced back from Superman IV and Superman Returns, he'll survive this, too. - EW.com
Warner Bros. has a plan, according to the Wall Street Journal, to reboot the Superman franchise, and its DC superhero properties in general. That plan, in a nutshell: Do what Marvel does.
The two prongs of the plan: First, make a bunch of related movies about individual DC heroes (including Green Arrow, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Wonder Woman), then tie them together with a group tale (the sidelined Justice League of America movie), à la Marvel's Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Avengers. Second, make the characters all psychologically darker (like Iron Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, Spider-Man, etc., but more importantly, like Warners' own Batman, as Christian Bale has portrayed him, to great box office success).
Derivative as it is, this is not a bad plan, but can it work for Superman?
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
1) It's happening at higher latitudes where most of world's population don't have cities (few of the world's wealthy elites experience these changes firsthand)
2) This news has to compete with the lalest on The Dark Night, Britney Spears and a much loved voice-over artist that died. (People don't consider it a priority, and mistakenly don't see how it affects them - as such it's a subtle failure of perception, and of the imagination).
3) By the time climate change knocks on our doors in the suburbs (and I believe it has started, through the weird waves of diseases and potent flu seasons we're starting to get), well then it is too late. It's already very very late to start changing our habits.
4) Neither leaders, governments nor individuals (for the most part) have the will, resolve, virtue or discipline to unilaterally apply common sensical responses to what is widely apparent
5) Due to the size of the problem, even entire countries feel powerless. What can we do? A lot.
- Change our living arrangementsto more walkable communities
- Consume food (and grow it) locally
- Eat less meat and more produce (what we should be doing anyway) , since the livestock industry is incredibly energy intensive, as well as water intensive
The first thing you can do today to be part of the solution is eat less meat. It's that simple.
"These substantial calving events underscore the rapidity of changes taking place in the Arctic," said Derek Mueller, an Arctic ice shelf specialist at Trent University in Ontario.
"These changes are irreversible under the present climate and indicate that the environmental conditions that have kept these ice shelves in balance for thousands of years are no longer present," he said in an e-mailed statement from the research team sent late on Tuesday. - Yahoo.com