Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Noise Machine (04/13/10)

Run-run-run-off.....


Ah Houston, take a little thing like a shut-down of our entire rail system (OK, seven miles but hey) and watch it turn into a catty back n' forth between idealists. *sigh*


Ah that HCRP, operating in a open and transparent manner. No Washington-style back-room deals here!


I don't know about you, but not being able to make "Don't laugh it's paid for" T-shirts for the Dome is a disappointment.


Two years on and Disco Green is booming. Good for them. I still say the overall measure of success will be long-term, how the park is doing 10 years on etc., but until then the fact that people are enjoying it is enough. (Too bad Houston's courtiers feel the need to add-on isn't it?)


You're reading this right: $4.5 Million, for Yoga. Who knew?


And finally:

Sobering dose of reality #1:

(Brian Riedl, Heritage Foundation via the St. Petersberg Times)
Washington will spend $31,406 per household in 2010 — the highest level in American history (adjusted for inflation). It will collect $18,276 per household in taxes. The remaining $13,130 represents this year's staggering budget deficit per household



Sobering dose of reality #2:

(Margaret Wente, The Globe & Mail {Canada})
The government will pay Mr. Creeggan and other solar producers around 80 cents a kilowatt hour for the power they sell back to the grid. That’s about 15 times more than the current spot price that consumers now pay for power.

2 comments:

  1. ** Two years on and Disco Green is booming. Good for them. I still say the overall measure of success will be long-term, how the park is doing 10 years on etc., but until then the fact that people are enjoying it is enough. (Too bad Houston's courtiers feel the need to add-on isn't it?) **

    That's a very good point.

    We seem to have a very short attention span for trinkets here (think of the great annual Downtown New Year's Bash that we did once or twice before Carol Alvarado announced we were "evented out" and that we haven't tried since), so it will indeed be interesting to see whether the park remains a destination, or whether it becomes a glorified potty spot for the affluent folks who live in those nearby condos that Bill White used his office to promote heavily.

    That's the same Bill White who now does NOT like Rick Perry's Texas enterprise/slush fund (or whatever the hell it's called). ;)

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  2. becomes a glorified potty spot for the affluent folks

    Ouch.

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