By law, California high speed rail may be doomed to fail

By Ronald Stein It has been 10 years since passage of California Proposition 1A the High-Speed Rail Act that approved the $9.95 billion bond, a down payment on a high-speed rail project that was optimistically estimated by proponents at that time to cost $40 billion. Today, the California high-speed rail cost may approach $100 billion. Public enthusiasm is obviously dwindling.

By |2018-12-04T17:13:06+00:00December 4th, 2018|Economy|0 Comments

Give thanks that we no longer live on the precipice

Suddenly, a great miracle happened! Beginning around 1800, health, prosperity and life expectancy began to climb … slowly but inexorably at first, then more rapidly and dramatically. Today, the average American lives longer, healthier and better than even royalty did a mere century ago. How did this happen? What was suddenly present that had been absent before, to cause this incredible transformation?

By |2018-11-26T12:08:02+00:00November 26th, 2018|Economy|Comments Off on Give thanks that we no longer live on the precipice

An agricultural solution in search of a problem

By John Thoming Almond milk, as well as soy milk and other such products, have been on the market for decades. So, why the sudden interest in tripping up California’s almond farmers with an unfair and ill-conceived regulation?

By |2018-11-20T21:37:33+00:00November 20th, 2018|Economy|Comments Off on An agricultural solution in search of a problem

Silicon Valley and free speech

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, four of the world’s ten largest market cap corporations are Silicon Valley companies and two of the remaining ten largest are Chinese information tech companies. How does that power impact civil liberties?

By |2018-11-20T21:09:24+00:00November 20th, 2018|Economy|Comments Off on Silicon Valley and free speech