Sunday, April 21, 2013

OC's culture of corruption, etc.





Clean energy progress too slow to limit global warming, warns IEA (Guardian UK)
     With governments failing to promote green energy, top scientists say the drive to keep temperature rise below 2C has stalled

Jerry Brown detailing plans for universities (LA Times)
…In addition to holding the line on costs, Brown wants universities to ensure that students -- particularly incoming freshmen, transfers and low-income students who use federal Pell grants -- are able to finish their studies more quickly, reducing student expenses and wait times for critical classes….

Students ready to fight bill that would create higher-fee classes (LA Times)
…The bill, AB 955, is similar to a controversial plan attempted by Santa Monica College last summer to offer core education classes such as English, math and history at a cost of about $180 per unit, alongside state-funded courses set by the Legislature at $46 per unit. The school argued that extension courses would give students who couldn't get into regular classes another option to complete their education….



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The return of the curious "Shooting Star" saga

     Back in 2012, I wrote a series of posts about the mysterious sinking, in 1974, of the yacht "Shooting Star," which took th...