Monday, October 09, 2006

Rain Forest: Monday October 9 Update

The Rain Forest Web Site weekly Monday update was uploaded about 11:00 a.m. today, October 9:

There was some carry over of the news from last week involving the "selection" of Pella -- including commentary that Pella was perhaps the worst spot the promoters could have picked, except (to paraphrase Churchill) "for all the others" -- which had simply dropped out. There was additional news about the low attendance at edu-tainment venues in Iowa. And I speculate that the rain forest has simply "gone home to Pella to die" -- and be buried under a bed of tullips.

The only genuine "news" between now and the wake would be if someone would step forward -- like the Home Depot CEO who simply handed $200 million to those wishing to build "the world's largest aquarium" in Atlanta -- and give Oman et al. the $200 million-plus they would need to cover its creation and cost overruns. Of course that would still leave the question of where the revenue stream/s are going to come from to sustain its operation.


[Every Monday since December 2005 there has been a weekly upload to the pre-existing Iowa rain forest Web site I maintain. In all, printed out it would run over 100 single spaced pages; there are, in addition, links to the full text of hundreds of newspaper stories and reports. It is very probably the most complete resource on the topic anywhere on the Web.

It is found at:

Over the past few months the scope of the Web site has expanded from the rain forest project to include material related to the broader range of attractions and economic development generally (including gambling casinos) in which the proposed rain forest exists and by which it must be evaluated.

If you are interested in following this subject, you might also want to check in from time to time with the Iowa Pork Forest blog for comments that are often humorous and entertaining as well as insightful.]

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