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A new species is growing in Pennsylvania’s forests

By at July 30, 2011 | 12:05 pm | 364 Comments

A new species is growing in Pennsylvania’s forests

A new invasive species is growing in Pennsylvania’s state forests. I found it this week while hiking in Loyalsock State Forest with Rock The Capital Editor Tom Owad. Loyalsock was created in 2005 from a portions of Tiadahton, Wyoming and Tioga state forests, in the north central region of the state, near the Grand Canyon […]

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BATNA, Politics and the Debt Ceiling Talks

By at July 29, 2011 | 7:33 pm | 51 Comments

BATNA, Politics and the Debt Ceiling Talks

Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement, or BATNA is the course of action taken by a party or parties if they fail to reach an agreement.  In effect a party should not accept an agreement worse than BATNA. Politics meaning “of, for or relating to citizens” is how groups of people make collective decisions.  These […]

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“Forced pooling” is corporate socialism

By at July 28, 2011 | 7:48 pm | 12 Comments

“Forced pooling” is corporate socialism

Here come the modern-day robber barons. They are not Wall Street bankers or Northeastern industrialists seeking great expanses of America for chump change to build railroads. They are not the last pulse of the smoldering coal industry seeking to crawl under your front porch and sink long-wall mines. They are not even the pinstriped patronage […]

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Hunting on Sundays

By at July 28, 2011 | 7:37 pm | 4 Comments

Hunting on Sundays

by Sarah Speed Seven Springs, Pa., is a borough of about 127 people in the rural southwest corner of the Commonwealth, surrounded by state game lands, and home of the Seven Springs Mountain Resort. This remote mountain setting was recently invaded by members of the Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committee for a hearing on […]

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Latest BP Oil Spill Took Place at Facility Employee Warned Was “Operating in Unsafe Condition”

By at July 27, 2011 | 1:01 pm | 85 Comments

Latest BP Oil Spill Took Place at Facility Employee Warned Was “Operating in Unsafe Condition”

by Jason Leopold A pipeline operated by BP that ruptured over the weekend and spilled as much as 4,200 gallons of methanol, crude oil and other fluids into the Alaskan tundra took place at a facility that one of the company’s employees warned in an internal email to executives “was operating in [an] unsafe condition.” […]

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NRC Japan Task force proposes regulatory change

By at July 26, 2011 | 5:34 pm | 11 Comments

NRC Japan Task force proposes regulatory change

The on-going nuclear disaster in Japan should trigger change in the way commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. are regulated. At least, that’s one of the recommendations in a comprehensive review of the first 90 days of the March 11 disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Japan Task […]

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Travelgate: Bill DeWeese (2005-2007) v. Georgina Zogby (2011)

By at July 24, 2011 | 12:21 pm | 1,665 Comments

Travelgate: Bill DeWeese (2005-2007) v. Georgina Zogby (2011)

Source: Rock the Capital Georgina Zogby: 2011 Rep. Bill DeWeese (D., Greene) drew similarities between the trooper’s actions and theft-of-services charges filed against lawmakers and legislative staffers accused of doing personal and political work on state time. DeWeese was among those charged. His case has not yet gone to trial. DeWeese pointed to charges that […]

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Top Ten Debt Ceiling Compromises

By at July 24, 2011 | 12:06 pm | 26 Comments

Top Ten Debt Ceiling Compromises

10) Eliminate socialized medicine for House Republicans. 9) Outsource the Defense Department to Blackwater. 8) Replace school lunch program with free guns. 7) Merge Medicare with Space Shuttle program. 6) Cut funding to gay medical researchers. 5) Take a pledge to think for yourself. 4) Sell the CIA to Fox News. 3) Downsize Congress. 2) […]

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How would you fix the Act 47 plan?

By at July 24, 2011 | 11:54 am | 1,029 Comments

HARRISBURG HOPE Community Starts Here FIXING THE PLAN: Harrisburg Hope Community Forum Wednesday on Act 47 Harrisburg – You are cordially invited to join Harrisburg Hope, a grassroots political organization that seeks to empower all voices within our community, at 6:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY, July 27, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore for a community forum on […]

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Beware the gift horse

By at July 23, 2011 | 1:04 pm | 105 Comments

Beware the gift horse

Never look a gift horse in the mouth. My mother used to say that. The Trojans might have done well to ignore the advice. Had they looked their gift horse in the mouth, they would have noticed a belly full of ache. Sometimes the Marcellus Shale situation feels like that. Penn State University published a […]

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