What the West report tells us is that 33(83% of the total) facilities in Texas that store fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate still are located within a quarter mile of homes. Apart from weakening the reporting and classification requirements, the only substantive thing Governor Abbott has done is to remove your right to find out if you live near a storage location. Continue reading Go, West!
It’s been an interesting month. I live in Austin Texas, boom town USA. Everything is happening in construction, although nothing much in transport. In many ways Austin reminds me of rapidly developing cities in China, India and other developing countries. I’ve travelled some inside Texas, but most on I10 and out East. I’ve tended to dismiss what I’ve seen in small towns, mostly because I figured they were unrepresentative. Earlier this month I did my first real US roadtrip. I had my Mum with me for a month and figured a week or so out of the heat of Texas … Continue reading Decaying Texas
Governor Perry is well known for his brags that “the Lone Star State’s winning mix of low taxes, reasonable regulatory structure, fair court system and world-class workforce has been paying dividends” and bringing business to Texas, even when it isn’t true. For the day to day Texan, their freedom is becoming increasingly an illusion too. To have real freedom, you need choice. Increasingly Texans have no freedom, because they have no choice. This week, Attorney General Abbott confirmed the ban of releasing information to the public as Tier II reports in the 1986 Emergancy Planning and Community Right to Know Act … Continue reading The Texas Freedom Illusion
The influx of workers, the migration of people continues apace, as does the Governors low tax, low regulation mantra. Gov. Perry to Newsmax: Low Taxes, Less Regulation Key to ‘Texas Miracle’ The lax oversight though has direct impact on everything from fertilizer plants, to your children. Systems in place better work, there is often no fallback. New director finds sex offender office in shambles http://t.co/Gr1DSC2yHI #txlege @HoustonChron — ChronicleMike (@ChronicleMike) May 7, 2014 Continue reading Low regulation comes with a cost
I’m not trying to conflate two separate subjects with this post, but finally people are starting to get part of the real need for alternate transport options in Austin. Urban Rail and Drink Driving. NPR posted a link to this KUT segment/web page to it’s facebook page today. I listened to the story as I drove to work this morning on Morning Edition. Providing additional transport isn’t enough, it will need a generational change. However, generational change needs real leadership to solve this problem and that’s been distinctly lacking from the “Rail or Fail” Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and departing Governor of … Continue reading Austin and Alcohol tourism
I must admit, I’ve struggled to decide how to tackle one of perhaps the most fundamental differences between my UK upbringing and what continues to be one of the most egregious demonstrations of rugged, religious and notionally righteous Texas, it’s use of the death penalty. Although I’m now a confirmed atheist, I was bought up in a Church of England, Christian family. So while I don’t believe in God, morally I believe in “Christian values”. With Texas executing some 40% of the total executed in America; with America being the country which legally executes more people than any other; it is … Continue reading Dead wrong