Thursday, January 18, 2007

Burning Man Credit Union

The folks who attend Burning Man in Black Rock, Nevada are forming a credit union. Click Here to Read More..

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Wexelblat Effect

The spectrum of Wexelblat Disasters is as varied as industrialization itself. It's not the lightning that electrocutes you, it's the wires it knocks down. It's not the heavy soggy topsoil that gets you, it's the fireball from the ruptured underground gasoline tank. It's not the floods that get you, or even the floods levitating the house off its foundation, it's the natural gas leak when the pipes break. Click Here to Read More..

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Housing Crisis or Sharing Crisis?

"Reading news coverage after Hurricane Katrina,
Salomon learned that in Houston, where many of
the refugees were headed, 14% of all housing
units (homes, apartments, duplexes, etc) were
vacant. Salomon did some research on how this
compares to the rest of the country. She found
that in the year 2000 there were 10.4 million
vacant units and 250,000 people sleeping in
homeless shelters. This meant there were nearly
45 homes that were completely empty per person
sleeping in shelters. Salomon asks, "How is it
that we have a housing crisis? Maybe a homing
crisis, or a sharing crisis, but this isn't a housing crisis. "
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