September 1st, 2007
Book Review: U.S.-Mexico border has always been artificial barrier
David Martin Davies
The Imaginary Line, A History of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey 1848-1857
By Joseph Richard Werne
The establishment of the joint U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey was ordered in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the American occupation of Mexico and deeded over the vast lands to the victor.
Britt Towery, guest column: President Polk's little war
BROWNWOOD â” Some wars fall between the cracks. That appears to be what happened with Polkâ™s War. James K. Polk was our eleventh president. He is often listed as one of the worst presidents weâ™ve ever had.
The war was launched on questionable pretexts. Why invade a smaller, poorer neighbor just for land?
Polkâ™s War was actually the Mexican War of 1846-48. Before and during that war, most Americans were not in favor of a war with Mexico.
New Mexico, Arizona and California along with other territory belonged to Mexico, having won them from Spain some 25 years earlier.
There were debates in Congress that the invasion of Mexico was unconstitutional.
Polk saw America as having a manifest destiny to control the entire continent.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Feb. 2, 1848, ended the war, and Polk paid $15 million to Mexico for California and other territories. The Rio Grande became the border with Mexico.
Joe Wheelanâ™s book, Invading Mexico,
Exhibit profiles NC history of Eugenics
News 14 Carolina Staff; WSSU news release
Mark Hales looks at the development of a new electric sports car that uses world-leading battery technology
The car is the electric Lightning and the world-leading technology is a combination of wheel-mounted electric
We have written about wheel motors in these pages before. Although they appear to offer several vehicle-control advantages for little more than the cost of a line of computer code, the main reason they haven't succeeded is their weight, particularly for a car's steered wheels; even the highly advanced units proposed for Mitsubishi's i concept were dropped in favour of a single engine, transmission and driveshafts when it came to production. Nevertheless, PML claims its motor, for which there are a number of patents pending, offers a power-to-weight ratio 10 times better than anything before. PML's Martin Boughtwood
The Lightning Car Company GT is powered by four, hub mounted electric motors claimed to produce at least 700bhp in total. Each motor has a maximum torque rating at the wheel of 553lb ft, available virtually from zero rpm.
Their life expectancy is up to 12 years, versus the three-five year life of other batteries, and they can retain up to 85% charge capacity after 15,000 charges. Â With instantaneous power even at extreme temperatures, NanoSafe batteries claim to deliver power per unit weight and unit volume several times that of conventional Lithium-Ion batteries.
Not much word on prices yet, but expect a top of the range GTSE to cost circa Â£150,000.