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Posted on January 5 at 10:14 p.m.
Ken, you make my head spin. You loved it when the employees trashed the NewsPress, yet you don't like the Independent taking a few well-earned hits?
My mistake, I thought this was an open and free forum with a tough skinned editorial department ...unlike the constant slurs about the management of our local daily that show up here, ad nausum.
On $14,000 Fine Revoked for Landlord Dario Pini
Posted on January 5 at 9:52 p.m.
And there you have it, the Battle of the Sound Bites. Think I'll just sit this one out until someone or something else settles it, because a "consensus of scientists" just does not cut it.
Change happens. Adapt. Take some lessons from the cock-roach - just ponder upon the climate changes he has experienced and out-witted them all. Surely we humans can best the cockroach.
On Facing Climate Change
Posted on January 5 at 3:57 p.m.
Roosevelt's mess did not "save our country". This is what I am talking about -- you need to move past progressive talking points, lacumbre. And you won't get it with a steady diet of the Independent.
Posted on January 5 at 9:54 a.m.
Dr Dan, you live in a nicely compartmentalized world with a ready supply of shallow and meaningless labels. No sense disturbing your current homeostasis.
Posted on January 5 at 9:51 a.m.
City staff want more housing built because more people spend more money and increase city sales taxes, which in turn funds more perks and benefits for them.
Never under-estimate who city staff, who make many of these pro-development recommendations, are really working for: themselves.
Be a watchdog and question everything they do.
Posted on January 5 at 9:49 a.m.
Nope, lacumbre we are not on the same page at all. Go ahead, blame Bush and overlook it was the Democratic congress members who sent Bush the green light on Iraq, which was an irresponsible action on their part but grew out of the post-911 hysteria.
Too late to un-ring that bell, but blaming Bush this late in the game for what Congress allowed him to do denigrates your own role as a voter in this entire equation.
Sure Capps voted against this war powers grant, but she was in a safe seat and would suffer no political damage for her vote against her party's majority.
I think you need to read from a wider selection of resources. You can start with the NewsPress and/or the WSJ if you want to start growing your perspectives instead of being trapped in a hoary blame game. For what purpose, lacumbre? This is your world to inherit too.
Posted on January 5 at 9:40 a.m.
Instead of painting a Blue Line, why is SB who is full of forward looking progressive not taxing themselves to build a sea wall? How many San Blas Islands or the Maldive Islands have been *confirmed* to have sunk into the alarming abyss?
Posted on January 5 at 9:37 a.m.
WSJ: NDVI - Normalized Difference Vegetation Index: Greenery across the planet is on the increase confirmed by satellite imagery.
"The inescapable if unfashionable conclusion is the human use of fossil fuels has been causing the greening of the planet in three separate ways: first by displacing fireword as a fuel; second by warming the climate; and third by raising the carbon dioxide levels, which raise plant growth."
"... an increase in carbon dioxide should itself accelerate growth rates of plants, CO2 is a scarce resource that plants have trouble scavenging from the air, and plants grow faster with higher levels of CO2 to inhale."
"Between 1982 and 2011, 20.5% of the world's vegetation got greener, while just 3% got browner; the rest showed no change."
Posted on January 4 at 11:54 p.m.
Romney was brought in to rescue the Olympics, if you don't remember - he did not ask for the job. It was an unmitigated free fall disaster before he bailed it out and saved what shred of American prestige was left at that time.
Give him his due and put that whole prior debacle in context. Thank you Mitt Romney for doing what needed to be done. And glad to see you can still flash that famous smile, no matter how many still try to kick you in the teeth.
On He Demanded Olympics Purity, but Not His Own
Posted on January 4 at 8:06 p.m.
Yes, John Adams, WWII was a massive government spending and borrowing program and it hired lots of people too. Yup, that is all that it was. It worked for WWII, so why not stay on this same path - tax, spend and borrow even when not in war time.
Some people were conned into thinking it was actually a reasonable defensive and necessary reaction by our government against being attacked on our shores by a foreign enemy.
But that was just cover for what it really was, right Adams? It was just a massive government tax and spend program that got us out of the Depression. And since it was good enough for real war, why not create phony wars like the War Against Poverty and see if we can tax, spend and borrow our way out of that. Today's War Against the Rich (aka the successful) is but a step-child of the same mentality, if it can be done let the government do it.
(The Great Depression over the hundreds of thousands of lives given in WWII in behalf of this "tax and spend government program" as you gleefully call it is another matter all together, but perhaps they did not teach you WWII history when you were in public school, Adams. All is forgiven)
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