A water economist’s hot links

David Zetland Speed Blogging for Tuesday, July 27, 2010

 

  • Food and Water Watch has a guide to understanding your utility’s water quality report. It may be useful, but you will have to wade through their human rights and government-knows-best propaganda.
  • Many English speakers cannot understand the passive tense. That may explain why academics and bureaucrats like to use it (to sound smart), but it also explains why people have a hard time understanding them. That’s a problem if citizens cannot understand laws or their rights.
  • Some interesting thoughts on subsidies vs user pays.
  • Pro-citizen groups have put together a tool to help people understand how to draw their own borders for congressional districts. This is a great way of seeing how far politically-biased boundaries drift from boundaries that are objective or that serve OTHER partisan interests.
  • The extra stuff in beer that they (Bud, Miller) don’t tell you about.
  • Details on why clean coal isn’t.