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A Washington, D.C.-based technology company announced plans [for a] ghost town to test everything from renewable energy innovations to intelligent traffic systems, next-generation wireless networks and smart-grid cyber security systems...
..the $200 million project, known as The Center, will be...a place for scientists at the state’s universities, federal labs and military installations to test their innovations for upgrading cities to 21st century green technology and infrastructure...
Originally posted by Partygirl
...So is this going to be a corporate-tech Disneyland of new gee-wiz technology or a grim prototype for an automated New World Order of technological control? Tune in to find out...
Climate bill: Pelosi's biggest triumph so far
It was the subject of a day-long debate on Capitol Hill. Republican leader John Boehner (Ohio) even tried a filibuster-like tactic Friday evening, taking to the floor for over an hour to object to changes made to the measure at just after 3 a.m. on Friday.
Democrats had objected to Boehner's lengthy speech but House tradition allows leaders to speak beyond their allotted time.
Pelosi spoke after him in two-minute remarks that asked members to remember the "jobs, jobs, jobs and jobs" the bill would bring.
Eco-Nanny Pelosi: ‘Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory’
Thursday, May 28, 2009
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in China touting eco-friendly living and climate initiatives.
The Associated Press quoted Pelosi responding to a question about how to get Americans “to cut back” on their carbon footprints.
Excerpt from the May 28, 2009 AP article:
In answering a question from a student about how Pelosi was going to get Americans to cut back on their carbon emissions, the leading Democratic lawmaker said it was important to educate children on how to conserve energy and for citizens to build more environmentally friendly homes.
“We have so much room for improvement,” she said. “Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory … of how we are taking responsibility.”
Originally posted by 1825114
Wasn't there just another story within the past year about the military creating a whole fake town (I forget which state) in order to practice urban warfare? Somebody should dig that up.
Hotels, markets, tunnels — and actors — are part of urban warfare training
SAN DIEGO — A mock city roughly the size of downtown San Diego has risen in a remote Southern California desert to train military forces to fight in urban environments.
The $170 million urban training center was unveiled Tuesday at the Twentynine Palms military base, 170 miles northeast of San Diego.
The 1,560-building facility will allow troops to practice and refine skills that can be used around the world, the Marine Corps said.
The military has been opening a slew of mock Afghan villages at bases across the country to prepare troops for battle before they are deployed.
The new training center is one of the largest and most elaborate.
Seven separate mock city districts spread across 274 acres of desert.
The fake markets, hotels and other businesses are complete with actors who create scenarios that pose a full range of challenges from humanitarian relief efforts to peacekeeping to police work and direct combat, according to the Marine Corps.
In November, the Marine Corps unveiled a $30 million expansion of its mock Afghan village at Camp Pendleton that nearly quadrupled its size. In that facility, Marines scramble through a maze of mud walls leading to mosques, schools and carpet sellers, as Hollywood-style explosions go off.
Similar immersion training facilities are slated to open this year at Marine Corps bases in North Carolina, Hawaii and Okinawa.