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Not green enough. Chicago has more bicycle racks than Seattle, San Francisco, and New York combined, according to the "Urban Transportation Report Card" coauthored by the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. But "the city's zoning codes do not adequately address transit oriented development. . . . There continues to be a strong priority of moving cars efficiently and quickly that in many cases works against all of the positive programs to promote other modes of transportation."

Accountability gone AWOL. Jeremy Scahill in Counterpunch: "During the 1991 Gulf War, the ratio of troops to private contractors was about 60 to 1. Today, it is the contractors who outnumber U.S. forces in Iraq. As of July 2007, there were more than 630 war contracting companies working in Iraq for the United States. Composed of some 180,000 individual personnel drawn from more than 100 countries, the army of contractors surpasses the official U.S. military presence of 160,000 troops." --Harold Henderson

Read Harold Henderson's blog, Daily Harold, at chicagoreader.com.

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