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Conservation Sense and Nonsense

This is a revision of an article that was published on May 5, 2013.  In our haste to inform our readers of these projects during the public comment period, we published before we had read the entire Environmental Impact Study.  We are forced to revise our estimates based on further reading of the document.  We apologize for the confusion and thank you for your patience.

On May 29, 2013, we found an error in the number of trees that will be removed at Frowning Ridge.  We show our corrections so as not to mislead our readers.  Again, our apologies.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been considering grant applications for “fire hazard mitigation” in the East Bay since 2005, when the first of these applications was submitted. After years of debate about whether or not the projects achieve the stated purpose and at what cost to the…

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As a Californian, if I ever hear my kids singing the nursery rhyme “Rain Rain Go Away,” I’ll yell at them to stop and make them listen to a parable or fable about the need for water. Better yet, I’ll show them this gif:

California, the supplier of your favorite fruits, vegetables, and nuts, is experiencing one of the worst droughts in 500 years. How bad?  The drought is so bad that Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency in January 2014, and all along the highways traffic notification boards say “Severe drought. Conserve water.” Also, the state has implemented water restrictions that affect lawn watering, car washing, hosing down driveways and ornamental fountains and violators are susceptible to a fine of $500/day. Additionally, cities around CA have their own water restrictions in place.

To promote awareness and offer a bit of humor, San Francisco displays these…

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A highly effective, driven, intelligent, self-educated individual, receiving a graduate degree from a prominent university, commences his professional career slowly climbing the ladder of success. He exhibits high level of intelligence and social interaction, which makes him quite admirable. However, his life, which should ideally be a series of successes based on his high cognitive and emotional intelligence, is simply a compilation of bad and unwise decisions. His high net worth and extensive networks are consumed by his unwise decisions. All those who met him acknowledged his intellectual capabilities, admired his social skills, and yet are shocked by his unwise decision-making processes.

The last few decades have witnessed several theories that attempted to measure human success and outstanding performance through standardized and customized tests. The first and most known is the Intelligence Quotient (IQ), introduced at the turn of the 20th century by Binet, to measure cognitive intelligence (Colfax…

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