Bob Higgins

A Handy Comma Delimited List of Homeland Security Key Words For Home Use

Posted in Politics by Bob Higgins on February 25, 2012
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[Editor’s note: “I looked through the list of keywords and a strong percentage of them are words that I’ve used in various posts on my site and others over the years, in articles both critical and in favor of governmental or business policy.

It would be difficult to write about politics, current events or publish a news story without the normal and casual use of most of these keywords. I can only conclude that we’ve arrived at a state of almost unimaginable paranoia and the country is finally, irredeemably insane.

If the US was a magazine I’d promptly cancel my subscription.”

Below the fold is a comma delimited list of the keywords from the 39-page “Analyst’s Desktop Binder.” Feel free to copy and paste them into your blog or use them as tags in your posts. You can also use them in family letters, grocery lists, birthday cards or anything you want to draw attention to.  Enjoy.  Bob Higgins] (more…)

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PG&E Uses Rate Increases for Bonuses While Suburbs Burn

Posted in Environment, News, Politics by Bob Higgins on September 16, 2010
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Photo: Brant Ward / San Francisco Chronicle - A home burned as the sun set on a San Bruno neighborhood. A blast believed to be caused by a natural gas explosion ravaged a San Bruno neighborhood.

PG&E, the merry folks who recently blew up a quiet residential neighborhood in San Bruno, California have, for years, like public utilities everywhere, requested money from state regulators for repairs and maintenance on infrastructure in the form of rate increases.

We’re not talking small change here, regulators have agreed to provide hundreds of millions in funds through rate increases for tree trimming, inspection, replacement and repair of pipelines and a myriad of other necessary tasks in the interest of public safety.

So what’s the problem? They take the money and don’t perform the work. The state’s PUC regulators approve the funds, the customers pay the rate increases but PG&E has been using the funds for other purposes like, well, executive bonuses, for one. (more…)