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  • Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

    04/16/2014 12:39:56 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 4 replies
    Houzz.com ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jen Dalley
    "Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think that they must have such a one as their neighbors have. … Shall we always study to obtain more, and not sometimes be content with less?” ― Henry David Thoreau Living with less, as Thoreau described in Walden, is something many of us seek. We need a reprieve from our gadget-filled lives, so we travel deep into the wilderness, where utility services are sparse and renewable resources are necessary. But what if we want to extend our...
  • PHOTOS: This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    RYOT ^ | April 14, 2014 | Oliver Micheals
    From Oreos to body parts, 3D printers have been cranking out some pretty unbelievable stuff lately. But in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace 10 homes in 24 hours. Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isnt your average retail printer. Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction. The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and theyre made...
  • Santelli Slams "Don't Ignore The Long-End... Recessionary Pressures Are Building"

    04/10/2014 7:36:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 4/10/14 | tyler durden
    With 30 year bond yields set to close their lowest in 10 months, CNBC's Rick Santelli is concerned at the signals that the Treasury yield curve is sending.If yesterday's minutes from the Fed were supposed to walk back their 'hawkish' tone, then Santelli slams they are "gonna need a really big billboard" because the term structure is still flattening. "When 'flattening' is the theme, that is not painting a rosy outlook for the long-term economy," and as Santelli warns, this is when the Fed is pulling out of its extraordinary policies. Santelli screams, "the entire monetary policy side has to...
  • Report: DCs green-approved buildings using more energy

    03/04/2014 12:18:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3-4-14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didnt receive this green stamp of approval.LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
  • 7 great reasons why you should consider building your next house with Straw Bales

    01/17/2014 2:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    StrawBale blog ^ | January 1, 2014 | Andrew Morrison
    Why Build With Straw Bales? Straw bale construction lends itself well to an owner builder project. Some of the applications well suited for straw bale include: a cottage, office, garage, studio, and an art barn. You dont have to limit yourself to these smaller projects. Thousands of people have successfully built their own straw bale house. As a world leader in straw bale education we want to help you every step of the way. Ive created a great introductory video on why to build with straw bales. You can watch that by clicking the play button below. Please read on...
  • PA: Cancel Building Tenders Or Talks Over

    12/01/2013 5:23:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/13 | Elad Benari
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) is threatening once again to pull out of the peace talks with Israel over its plans to build in Judea and Samaria. Channel 2 News reported on Sunday that the PA is accusing Israel of not having really cancelled tenders that were issued several weeks ago for 20,000 new homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reprimanded Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel over the construction and cancelled it, but the PA is now claiming, according to Channel 2, that the announcement of the tenders appeared as active on the Housing Ministrys website...
  • US opposes building in east Jerusalem

    10/30/2013 5:53:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    ynet ^ | 10/30/13 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    WASHINGTON US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki responded Wednesday to Israel's announcement of building 1,500 units in east Jerusalem saying "We do not consider continued settlement activity or east Jerusalem construction to be steps that create a positive environment for the negotiations." At no time in the course of pursuing negotiations toward a two-state solution have we condoned settlement activity or east Jerusalem construction," she added. Psaki stressed the importance of the peace talks and the need to resolve the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. She added that releasing prisoners is a difficult but necessary step to guarantee an...
  • Amazon Plans Wild New Office Building in Downtown Seattle

    10/05/2013 9:11:08 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 43 replies
    Slate.com ^ | 22MAY2013 | Willy Oremus
    At a Seattle city meeting Tuesday night, Amazon presented plans for a futuristic, greenhouse-like sphere of a building in the middle of its new Seattle campus. According to the proposal, the five-story, tri-domed structure will be large enough to accommodate mature trees, allowing employees to work and socialize in a more natural, park-like setting. From the plans: In addition to a variety of workplace environments, the facility will incorporate dining, meeting and lounge spaces, as well as a variety of botanical zones modeled on montane ecologies found around the globe.
  • The Feds Say This 36-Story Building in Manhattan Was Secretly Owned by Iran

    09/18/2013 6:37:32 PM PDT · by Baynative · 13 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 9/17/13 | Dashiell Bennett
    The Justice Department has seized a New York City office tower after claiming it was secretly owned by the Iranian government, who was using it to launder their money. One Wednesday, the DOJ received a summary judgement from a U.S. District Court, ruling that building's owners were actually a front for the Iranian government, placing them in violation of economic sanctions that prevent them doing business in the United States. Now the U.S. government says the building could be sold to compensate victims of "Iranian-sponsored terrorism." U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who has made a name for himself by going after...
  • 'World's largest building' opens in China

    07/07/2013 12:35:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/07/2013
    The superlatives in China continue -- the latest symbol of China's "bigger is much, much better" ethos is open for business. Located in Chengdu (population 14 million), capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China, the New Century Global Center is the "largest freestanding building in the world," Chinese officials say. Though the words "world's largest" usually bring to mind an image of a towering skyscraper, this project actually isn't all that tall. But it's certainly big. At 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high, the 1.7-million-square-meter mega-structure is capable of housing 20 Sydney Opera Houses and almost...
  • Video shows anti-Mursi protesters thrown off building in Alexandria

    07/06/2013 7:48:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    al arabiya ^ | 7/6/13
    Egyptian activists circulated on Saturday an online video showing what appeared to be Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohammad Mursi throwing two young men off a building during clashes in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. On Friday, clashes between opponents and supporters of Mursi flared in Egypt, killing at least 46 people nationwide, with the heaviest death toll registered in Alexandria. The footage of the young men thrown off a building in Alexandrias Sidi Jaber has been widely circulated. One of the young men was killed; he was identified as Hamada Badr and activists say he was celebrating Mursis ouster...
  • Leftists Angry: 69 Jerusalem Homes Approved

    06/26/2013 2:35:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/13 | Gil Ronen
    A planning committee on Wednesday granted final approval for the construction of 69 east Jerusalem homes, an official said. Arabs from the Palestinian Authority (PA) said the move demonstrated that Israel was not serious about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace efforts, although an Israeli diplomatic source quickly sought to distance the government from the move. "The municipal committee has today given its final approval for the construction of 69 homes in Har Homa in east Jerusalem," councillor Meir Margalit told AFP. The approval was granted by the planning committee just before Kerry took off for Amman on his...
  • The Data Center Inside a Cold War Nuclear Bunker

    05/02/2013 10:13:10 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 4 replies
    Twisted Sifter ^ | May 2, 2013
    Located in central Stockholm is the headquarters of Bahnhof, a Swedish Internet Service Provider and host with one of the coolest data centers on the planet. It gained notoriety a few years back as the former home of Wikileaks. Named Pionen White Mountains, it is located 30 meters (100 ft) under the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm. The location was a former nuclear bunker and command center during the Cold War. It took more than two years to blast out the 141,000 cubic feet of extra space that Bahnhof needed to fit its backup generators and...
  • China's 'Dubai' Has Turned Into A Deserted Island

    02/26/2013 7:51:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/26/2013 | Tom Hancock
    It was billed as China's Dubai: a cluster of sail-shaped skyscrapers on a man-made island surrounded by tropical sea, the epitome of an unprecedented property boom that transformed skylines across the country. But prices on Phoenix Island, off the palm-tree lined streets of the resort city of Sanya, have plummeted in recent months, exposing the hidden fragilities of China's growing but sometimes unbalanced economy. A "seven star" hotel is under construction on the wave-lapped oval, which the provincial tourism authority proclaims as a "fierce competitor" for the title of "eighth wonder of the modern world". But the island stands quiet...
  • UN Chief Condemns Jerusalem Homes as "Dangerous"

    12/19/2012 1:39:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12
    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned Wednesday the decision to build hundreds of homes in Jerusalem. At a meeting of the UN Security Council, Ban said he was "concerned" about the construction plans... He called upon Israel to "avoid this dangerous path."
  • [San Francisco] MTC building price soars to $218 million

    11/29/2012 2:09:40 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 4 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Michael Cabanatuan and John Cot
    (11-29) 12:56 PST San Francisco -- Things are looking up for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's controversial plan to transform the old tank factory and postal facility at 390 Main St. into a suitable place for regional agencies to cohabit - particularly the price tag. The estimated cost now stands at $218 million, which is $38 million higher than the original estimate from July 2011 but $51 million more than the most recent estimate, adopted in November 2011. (The projected cost fell after the agency bought the building at a lower price.)
  • Why Is The US Building A Secret $100 Million Underground Facility Outside Tel Aviv?

    11/29/2012 11:28:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/12 | Robert Johnson
    Leave it to legendary Walter Pincus from the Washington Post to flesh out a Request for Proposal construction project planned for Israel called Site 911. The oddly named project will cost up to $100 million, take more than two years to complete, and can only be built by workers from specific countries with proper security clearances. Palestinians need not apply. When complete the well-guarded compound will have five levels buried underground and six additional outbuildings on the above grounds, within the perimeter. At about 127,000 square feet, the first three floors will house classrooms, an auditorium, and a laboratory ...
  • Building Sustainable Skyscrapers from Laminated Veneer Lumber

    11/23/2012 1:13:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Utne Reader / Conservation ^ | The November/December 2012 Issue | Sarah DeWeerdt
    Some architects believe that in order to build the sustainable cities of the future, we need to look back to the log cabin era and build skyscrapers out of wood. Just over a century ago, the architects and engineers who invented the skyscraper set us on the path to becoming an urban world. Tall buildings of concrete and steel helped make urban densityand the increased sustainability that comes with itpossible. But the buildings themselves come at a heavy, and often hidden, environmental price. Concrete and steel are some of the most energy-intensive materials on the planet. The manufacture and transport...
  • Developer reaffirms plan to finish world's tallest building in 90 days (China)

    11/22/2012 1:00:30 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 34 replies
    Cnet ^ | 11/19/1012 | Cnet
    Comparison A 220-story Sky City tower in the Chinese city of Changsha could take the crown as the world's tallest skyscraper next March with an astounding height of 2,749 feet, edging out the mega Burj Khalifa that currently stands 2,722 feet over Duba
  • Crane Collapses From Building Under Construction In Midtown

    10/29/2012 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    CBS New York ^ | October 29,2012
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The FDNY is at a high-rise under construction in Midtown where a crane has collapsed. The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Monday at the building on West 57th Street. The top of the crane, about 75-stories up, could be seen dangling down from the luxury building. WATCH LIVE: CBS 2 | LISTEN NOW: 1010 WINS | WCBS 880 All residents of buildings on West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues have been ordered to move to lower floors. All others have been told to avoid the area. There is no falling debris, but the...
  • Is Hamas Building a 53,000 Square Foot Facility in America

    06/11/2012 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 6/11/12 | Eric Allen Bell
    Hamas, also known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, is an organization that has engaged in countless suicide bombings, against unarmed civilians. 50% of their funding comes from the Saudis through Islamic charity organizations. The acts of Islamic terrorism by Hamas have been aimed primarily at killing Jews. The US State Department, Canada, Japan, Israel and the entire European Union have named Hamas as an Islamic terrorist organization. The Hamas Charter, identified Hamas as the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine and declares its members to be Muslims who raise the banner of Jihad. The Hamas charter states that our struggle against the...
  • HB 2729 Needs your help! (affects carry in government buildings)

    03/28/2012 9:12:39 PM PDT · by marktwain
    opencarry.org ^ | 25 March, 2012 | azcdlfred
    If you want to get these alerts directly, click here. A letter has been prepared and is waiting for you to send at AzCDL's Legislative Action Center. Current law allows the operator of any state or local government property, choosing to ban firearms, to simply slap up a no firearms sign while doing nothing to ensure the safety of those entering the property. HB 2729 would require them to also control access to the property using law enforcement officers, or armed guards and metal detectors, and would allow the operator of the property to be sued if they dont comply...
  • Peace Now Says New Houses Being Built in Jerusalem

    01/10/2012 4:43:30 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/12
    The Peace Now organziation has just released a new report that details the amount of housing units being built in Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. According to the report there was a "20% rise in construction starts... at least 1,850 building starts for housing units..." ....
  • Is Obama Building A Bunker Under The White House Lawn?

    11/28/2011 8:15:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/28/11 | Zeke Miller
    Is Obama Building A Bunker Under The White House Lawn? Zeke Miller | Nov. 28, 2011, 9:37 AM | 10,060 | 54 A A A inShare4 White House Hole Bunker Image: Charles Dharapak/AP Photo See Also: The White House Wants You To Know How Much You'll Lose If The Payroll Tax Cut Expires The White House Wants You To Know How Much You'll Lose If The Payroll Tax Cut Expires WATCH: Romney's First Campaign Ad Tries To Pass Off McCain Quote As Obama WATCH: Romney's First Campaign Ad Tries To Pass Off McCain Quote As Obama Obama Bites Lip Jobs...
  • Free Markets-Free People Rally, Downtown Denver

    11/22/2011 1:11:10 PM PST · by invaderzim · 6 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 11.22,11 | Hear Us Now
    What we instead need are more free markets and more liberty for history has shown that this is the way for our countrys restored greatness both as a nation but also for the general populace. To that end, we will be rallying on December 3rd at 11:30 a.m. on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol to show support for free market capitalism. Additionally, we will be having a charity drive for a charity to be determined to help show that voluntary contributions not forced altruism at the hand of the government is the most...
  • Law Would Require Govt. to Allow Yesha Building

    11/16/2011 4:07:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/11/11 | David Lev
    The government claims to be in favor of allowing Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria to grow naturally, expanding incrementally to ensure that children and grandchildren are able to remain in the towns where they grew up, if they so wish. In reality, though, no practical steps have ever been taken to ensure this minimum growth in Yesha, with the result being that many Yesha towns are experiencing severe housing shortages, since the government will not allow wide-scale expansion in these towns, despite the huge demand for housing by young couples. MKs Ya'akov Katz (Ketzaleh), chairman of the National Union,...
  • Occupy SF accused of Ferry Building thefts, filth

    11/11/2011 9:24:45 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | November 10, 2011 | Mike Aldax
    Ferry Building merchants and managers are fed up with the mayhem that has come with the nearby Occupy SF encampment. A spike in shoplifting, break-ins and reports of abandoned human waste and a reported drop in foot traffic has management fuming about the Justin Herman Plaza encampment. There even are reports of occupiers using the buildings restrooms as washrooms with folks taking sponge baths from toilets. And last Monday, eight men were allegedly escorted out of the building after they attempted to use the bathrooms wearing nothing but their boxer shorts. Property manager Jane Connors has written...
  • UN to buy Manhattan playground for new building, US taxpayers could foot bill

    09/27/2011 4:00:47 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies
    daily caller ^ | 9-26-11 | Caroline May
    The United Nations is in the final stages of obtaining approval to build a new high-rise on the Robert Moses Playground, located near the U.N. headquarters in New York City. The building, excluding the price of land and security, is estimated to cost $350$475 million and would provide a home for U.N. offices that are currently dispersed throughout New York. Heritage Foundation fellow Brett Schaefer points out that with America paying for 22 percent of the U.N.s budget, taxpayers could be on the hook for a large portion of the new buildings cost.
  • Construction of new U.S. homes falls 5% (Housing starts)

    09/20/2011 6:22:13 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 15 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.20..11 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) Builders started construction on fewer new homes in August, government data showed Tuesday, underscoring how the depressed U.S. real estate market shows little sign of recovering. Housing starts fell 5% to an annual rate of 571,000 last month, compared with a downwardly revised 601,000 in July, the Commerce Department said. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected housing starts to fall to 590,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis.
  • Home builder sentiment dips slightly in September

    09/19/2011 10:05:04 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 1 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 9.19.11 | Steve Goldstein
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) Confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes dipped slightly in September to remain in very low territory, according to an index released Monday. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell by a point to 14, on a seasonally adjusted index where readings above 50 are considered good. The index, which correlates closely with single-family housing starts, has held between 13 and 16 for the last six months.
  • [West Virginia] Breaking News: Wayne County Building Collapses on Cars

    WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A building has collapsed on several parked in a lot in Wayne County. Wayne County dispatchers tell WSAZ.com it happened along Route 152 in the parking lot of KFC at about 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Click here to find out more! Dispatchers say the Builders Supply Company building collapsed on top of at least four cars parked in the lot. Witnesses say another car may have been hit as well. No injuries have been reported. Wayne County firefighters and sheriff's deputies are investigating. WSAZ.com has a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest...
  • Housing starts slip 1.5% in July

    08/16/2011 6:05:56 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 6 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 8.16.11 | sgoldstein@marketwatch.com
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) Housing starts slipped 1.5% in July, according to data released Tuesday that highlight the lack of demand for new homes. Starts fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 604,000, down from a downwardly revised 613,000 rate in June, the Commerce Department said. Economists polled by MarketWatch had anticipated an annualized rate of 600,000 for July, and many had thought Junes initial reading of 629,000 was too strong. Single-family starts slipped 4.9% last month to 425,000 from a downwardly revised 447,000.
  • PA Bemoans Jerusalem Construction

    08/11/2011 3:14:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/8/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    The Palestinian Authority on Thursday condemned Israels decision to build new housing projects in Jerusalem and accused the Israeli government of seeking to create new 'facts on the ground,' the PA-run Maan news agency reported. Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) on Thursday approved 1,600 apartment units in the Jerusalem haredi neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo late on Wednesday night. It was also reported the Interior Ministry was working to prepare two additional projects, including 2,000 projects in Givat Hamatos and 625 units in Pisgat Zeev. Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the decision was an attempt...
  • Housing starts rise 14.6% to five-month high

    07/19/2011 6:33:34 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 14 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 7.19.11 | Greg Robb
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) U.S. home builders sharply increased construction in June, according to estimates released Tuesday by the Commerce Department. Housing starts rose 14.6% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 629,000, the highest level since January, the data showed. Details underlying the June figures were also strong. There was a large increase in starts of multifamily units and a smaller gain in starts of single-family homes, the department reported. Analysts said this will be the new trend in home building as there are more renters than buyers in the market. The report was much better than expected. Economists surveyed...
  • Guys Sitting On Top Of The Tallest Building In The World

    04/16/2011 8:16:15 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 27 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/6/2011
    Sitting On Top Of The Burj Khalifa In Dubai
  • Temecula approves building of mosque (mega size)

    01/26/2011 8:26:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 1/26/11 | Dave Thomas
    While it may not rival the intensity given the planned building of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City, passions ran high Tuesday and early Wednesday morning in Temecula over the proposal to build a mosque. When all was said and done, the Temecula City Council early Wednesday morning unanimously signed off on a proposed mosque after a marathon eight-hour hearing that went back-and-forth from vitriolic rants from residents labeling Muslims as terrorists to interfaith leaders noting the peaceful virtues of Islam. In the end, the councils decision was made entirely based on mundane issues like traffic, parking...
  • China's skyscraper boom buoys global industry

    12/05/2010 10:21:50 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 5, 2010 | JOE McDONALD
    BEIJING The 121-story Shanghai Tower is more than China's next record-setting building: It's an economic lifeline for the elite club of skyscraper builders. Financial gloom has derailed plans for new towers in Chicago, Moscow, Dubai and other cities. But in China, work on the 2,074-foot (632-meter) Shanghai Tower, due to be completed in 2014, and dozens of other tall buildings is rushing ahead, powered by a buoyant economy and providing a steady stream of work to architects and engineers. The U.S. high-rise market is "pretty much dead," said Dan Winey, a managing director for Gensler, the Shanghai Tower's San...
  • 'Obama didn't seek to chide Israel for e. J'lem building'

    11/13/2010 8:01:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 11/13/10 | staff
    White House official to American Jewish leaders: US president didn't plan to publicly slam construction in capital, but merely answered question. The Obama administration did not seek to confront Israel publicly on the issue of plans for new building in east Jerusalem neighborhoods, a White House official told American Jewish leaders in a conference call, website Politico reported on Friday. Speaking about Israeli plans to advance 1,345 housing units in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem at a press conference in Indonesia on Tuesday, Obama said, This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations. He added...
  • Building Sign Reads F*** Meg Whitman And Carly Fiorina

    10/31/2010 4:49:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ^ | 10/31/10 | Staff
    In an already nasty election year, outspoken San Francisco defense attorney Tony Serra has unfurled a huge banner in front of his building near busy and tourist-heavy Broadway and Kearny streets in North Beach, stating F*** Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. (snip) To utterly condemn someone, thats what the F word means to me, and thats the way its intended, but I think theyre a threat to democracy itself. Capitalism cannot buy public office, Serra said in an interview.
  • Empire State Building, lit for Mariah Carey, isn't lit for Mother Teresa's 100th birthday

    08/26/2010 9:57:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/26/10 | Associated Press
    New York - The Empire State Building was lit in red, white and blue on Thursday night for women's suffrage as more than 100 people protested a refusal by the iconic skyscraper's owner to mark Mother Teresa's 100th birthday. Yet the colors that the Catholic League had requested in her honor were the most luminous against the darkened skyline: The building's 203-foot pinnacle blazed a brilliant blue, while the stories just below glowed a frosty white. A fading red was just visible underneath. (Snip) But the building's owner, Anthony Malkin, declined the Catholic League's request to honor the ethnic Albanian
  • Bedbugs found in basement of Empire State Building

    08/21/2010 1:00:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 8/21/2010
    NEW YORK (AP) -- It survived the Depression, a bomber crash and King Kong's climb, but can the Empire State Building withstand a bedbug infestation? Officials say exterminators had to clean out an employee changing room in the tower's basement after bedbugs were found there last week. The officials tell The New York Daily News that an employee had the bedbugs on his clothes and brought them into the building, but that the problem is now under control. Tourists visiting the skyscraper say they are disgusted by the bloodsucking pests.
  • Sen. Harry M. Reid building war chest by tapping donors beyond Nevada

    06/27/2010 8:27:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    wapo ^ | 6/27/10 | Carol D. Leonnig and T.W. Farnam
    Harry M. Reid needed money, and lots of it. Last spring, the Senate majority leader was looking ahead to a tough reelection fight. Polls showed that the voters back home in Nevada who sent him to Washington four times had tired of him. Republican Party fundraisers had all but declared him their No. 1 target for defeat. Taking them on would be expensive, and he wasn't drawing nearly enough cash from contributors inside Nevada. So Reid did what politicians in his position do: He picked up the phone. The senator began dialing old and new friends across the country, asking...
  • Lumber Just Keeps Getting Crushed, Now Officially A "Reverse V"

    06/23/2010 2:19:33 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-23-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Lumber Just Keeps Getting Crushed, Now Officially A "Reverse V" Joe Weisenthal Jun. 23, 2010, 4:30 PM The horrible housing numbers has been bad news for lumber prices, something we've been paying close attention to lately. Futures were down again 3% today, and have almost completed a full "reverse V," returning to crisis-days levels. Image: FinViz
  • 'No R. Shlomo building for 2 yrs'

    05/09/2010 11:38:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 378+ views
    jpost.com ^ | 5/9/10 | ap
    Israel has agreed to freeze construction in east Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo for two years, the US State Department said Sunday, following the completion of the first round of indirect Middle East peace talks. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said both Israel and the Palestinians had taken some steps to create an atmosphere conducive to successful talks, including the Israeli pledge of no construction in the neighborhood. Ramat Shlomo was at the center of a storm between Jerusalem and Washington last month when the approval of some 1,600 housing units there was revealed during US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to...
  • 2 arrested in S.F. State building takeover

    04/14/2010 12:37:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 566+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/14/10 | Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Two women were arrested at San Francisco State University early today after a group of protesters broke into a campus building, angered by sanctions handed down to demonstrators at a December building takeover, authorities said. The two women, who are not San Francisco State students, were among 19 people who broke into the Cesar Chavez Student Center at about 4 a.m., said university spokeswoman Ellen Griffin. University police responded, pepper-sprayed the two protesters when they resisted and arrested them . . .
  • 'Ancient IKEA building' discovered by Italian archaeologists

    04/22/2010 8:02:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 604+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 22, 2010 | Richard Owen, Rome
    Massimo Osanna, head of archaeology at Basilica University, said that the team working at Torre Satriano near Potenza in what was once Magna Graecia had unearthed a sloping roof with red and black decorations, with "masculine" and "feminine" components inscribed with detailed directions on how they slotted together. Professor Christopher Smith, director of the British School at Rome, said that the discovery was "the clearest example yet found of mason's marks of the time. It looks as if someone was instructing others how to mass-produce components and put them together in this way"" he told The Times. Professor Osanna suggested...
  • China's Towers and U.S. McMansions: When Things Fall Apart (Literally)

    04/14/2010 10:26:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies · 1,434+ views
    Benzinga ^ | 04/14/2010 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Shoddy construction throughout the world, but especially in China and the U.S., is a type of malinvestment, and it will have consequences. Everybody seems to know about China's real estate bubble and brand new empty cities, but few seem to understand that maintenance is essentially non-existent. Build it new, and when it gets "old" (say, 20 years), then tear it down and rebuild it in grand style. That has been the Chinese mindset since the Great Transformation launched in 1978 ("To get rich is glorious"). But when real estate development becomes half of the economy, and literally thousands of highrise...
  • Traditional Iraqi building makes comeback

    04/13/2010 5:56:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 350+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Maj. Eric F. Russell, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER Local architecture plays an important role in the culture of the marsh Arabs of southern Iraq. No structure captures the lifestyle and traditions of the region more than the mudhif, a traditional structure making a comeback in modern construction here thanks to a little outside help. First built in the marshes of what is now southern Iraq over 5,000 years ago, the mudhif is a unique local meeting place constructed entirely of reeds, straw and other natural materials. Over time, the building process hasn't changed greatly. Lengths of reed about 10 meters long are bunched...
  • Video of Clinton: Building for Jews in Jerusalem Bad for US

    03/22/2010 4:31:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 234+ views
    INN ^ | 3/22/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    (IsraelNN.com) U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has refused to back down to Israels insistence on building for Jews in all of Jerusalem and charged that construction projects undermine "America's unique ability to play a role -- an essential role, I might add -- in the peace process." Speaking to more than 7,000 delegates at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) convention in Washington, she maintained that her criticism of Israels policy does not conflict with the fact that her "commitment to Israel's security and Israel's future is rock solid, unwavering, enduring and forever.
  • The Crisis: Was Obama's confrontation with Israel premeditated?

    03/17/2010 11:59:05 AM PDT · by Blackyce · 35 replies · 1,918+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 3/16/2010 | Yossi Klein Halevi
    The Crisis Was Obama's confrontation with Israel premeditated? JERUSALEM—Suddenly, my city feels again like a war zone. Since the suicide bombings ended in 2005, life in Jerusalem has been for the most part relatively calm. The worst disruptions have been the traffic jams resulting from construction of a light rail, just like in a normal city. But now, again, there are clusters of helmeted border police near the gates of the Old City, black smoke from burning tires in the Arab village across from my porch, young men marching with green Islamist flags toward my neighborhood, ambulances parked at strategic...