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February 18, 2011

This Week's Blogosphere Soup

A quick review of this past week's happenings in the blog world

This week, Florida's Gov. Rick Scott made a political calculation and rejected federal funding for high-speed rail that would've brought tens of thousands of jobs to the Sunshine State. Now other states are hoping to get their hands on the money. Here's reaction at Transit Miami:

Apparently when the Governor said that he wanted to, "Make Florida the Job Creation Model for the Nation" he was just kidding.

The truth is Scott has zero intention of providing any solutions that could serve as a model for the nation- and he is going to need those 20,000 jobs he just sent to California to dig him out of the hole he is burying himself in.

But it looks like Transportation chief Ray LaHood and the White House are looking for ways to circumvent the governor. "You will build HSR and like it!" (LaHood didn't really say that, but that's what came to mind.) Good news is a veto-proof number of state senators is on board to take the money anyway. "Show me the money!"

Also in Blog-ville this week:

-- Republicans prefer a polluted and unhealthy Chesapeake Bay.

-- Green L.A. Girl has "gone soap-free, almost." And so can you!

Sound too good to be true? It did a bit to me — but I decided to give the soap-free challenge a personal try anyway. Besides wanting to keep an open mind, I wondered if less soap could mean less dry winter skin. Although I only use gentle, organic, eco-friendly soaps, this unusually cold winter in L.A. had been drying out my skin — an annoying phenomenon I'd been dealing with by constantly putting on body lotion and cream. Those efforts had been working, but I was going through a lot of lotion. Could taking soap away from the equation simply lessen my need for lotion?

-- On the topic of cars, Tesla's 2010 earnings report was pretty bad.

-- Speaking of cars, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy is not impressed with the Chevy Volt and barely includes it on a list of greenest cars.

-- Sometimes you look back at some of those bad ideas you had and laugh: reflections on the nuclear-powered automobile.

-- And last but not least, if you want to be an Ironman triathlete, and I know you do, this real Ironman triathlete says you should become a vegan.

-- Brian Foley


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