2010-09×2 Wind Farms, Wal-Mart Breadlines, Weak Dollar, Johnny Carson, Solar Flares

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New York Power Authority mum on wind farm plans
The agency has repeatedly refused to release any information about the proposals — including denying request from a state senator.
Meanwhile, at two more public meetings last week, officials complained they’re being kept in the dark.
Irondequoit Town Supervisor Mary Joyce D’Aurizio complained about Power Authority secrecy at a meeting Tuesday and said her requests for information had been spurned.
State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County, the chairman of the Senate energy committee, filed his own FOI request for the offshore wind proposals in mid-August. Maziarz and his staff insist they have not received an acknowledgement, which is supposed to be sent within five business days, or a denial letter.


Wal-Mart’s CEO Provides The Starkest Visual Of The Modern Bread Line Yet
I don’t need to tell you that our customer remains challenged…You need not go farther than one of our stores on midnight at the end of the month. And it’s real interesting to watch, about 11 p.m. customers start to come in and shop, fill their grocery basket with basic items – baby formula, milk, bread, eggs – and continue to shop and mill about the store until midnight when government electronic benefits cards get activated, and then the checkout starts and occurs. And our sales for those first few hours on the first of the month are substantially and significantly higher.


Brazil’s central bank president says no country can hold dollar up
Brazilian central bank President Henrique Meirelles said the dollar is weakening because of problems in the U.S. economy and there’s very little policy makers can do about it.

“No country in the world can hold the dollar,”

Since the beginning of the month, the Australian dollar, the best performer amid the 16 most traded currencies, has jumped 6.4 percent against the dollar, while the real has gained 1.7 percent. The New Zealand and Canadian dollars are up 4.4 percent and 3.6 percent respectively.


Johnny Carson TP Syndrome–This Time, The Rush Begins at Midnight
On December 19, 1973, American late night talk show host Johnny Carson made a joke that had some far-reaching unintended consequences. In his opening monologue, he quipped: “You know what’s disappearing from the supermarket shelves? Toilet paper. There’s an acute shortage of toilet paper in the United States.” The next morning tens of millions of his viewers went out and each bought dozens of rolls. This buying  created a shortage, which lasted several weeks. More than just a bit of trivia, the 1973 toilet paper shortage illustrates the herd-like instincts of consumers, and just how easy it is to create a nationwide panic.


Astronomer fears apocalypse 2012 is true

The eminent astronomer, Prof. K. Sundara Raman, may dismiss the prophecy as a myth, but he says extremely abnormal activity on the Sun that day will result in massive solar storms. “The solar wind, powered by huge coronal mass ejections, will fry communication networks and power grids across the world,” he says.

He points out that a similar phenomenon resulted in a total blackout of Quebec province in Canada for nine days in March 1989.



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