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Posted on August 28 at 9:43 p.m.

Are we to take a single data point (one bike count) and use that as scientific proof? I know I have my own confirmation bias, but this is the type of crap that you would expect from those who disregard science and use their "common sense" instead. The preponderance of actual data (that consists of more than a single point) confirms the assertion that if you increase the infrastructure you will increase the users of that infrastructure, and that includes infrastructure targeted at the proper mix of cyclists and autos.
I have personally written Mr. Hotchkiss twice, with very balanced input into his request for feedback, as he states my opinion is more important than his. I have heard nothing in return.
I guess the takeaway is that I should keep my powder dry and use it on those who actually care about the issue, not those who just pretend to while forwarding their self-serving agenda. At least the auto-sexuals are not in the closet.

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Posted on February 16 at 9:43 p.m.

yes, certainly she means 20 lb of CO2 per gallon of gas.

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Posted on July 13 at 1:42 p.m.

Hear hear!

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Posted on July 13 at 1:39 p.m.

Good to see a healthy discussion here. Regarding the provisions in Obamacare that promise to lower costs in the future, there are exactly zero in the bill that are proven cost controllers and only a piddling few that might save costs, fraud prevention being at the top of this list. Perhaps it's counterintuitive, but electronic medical record keeping does not save money, although it does improve qualtiy (prescription fill error rate in the VA is an order of magnitude lower than the general rate which about 7% -yikes!). Preventive medicine is also a mixed bag in terms of the data, managed care has never been shown to save money, the list goes on. The much ballyhooed ACOs are a complete fantasy.

That said, I much prefer to have this legislation in place than not, as it does improve a few of the more egregious shortcomings of the current "system". In the end, however, we will only get true cost controls and savings when we implement a single comprehensive plan for everyone paid through a single agency. Some variation of this approach is used in every wealthy nation, all of which have much better health outcomes than we do while paying, as you note, about half of what we do.

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Posted on June 5 at 10:41 p.m.

What Abel and fellow GnOPers fail to recognize is that crossover votes in open primaries are significant, espescially with a strong contender on the other side. Gloating about their totals being above 50% is naive, or, most likely, hubris.
Let's assume Abel does get elected in the general. Is he truly going to distance himself from the "hyper-partisanship" which is practiced exclusively by his side of the aisle? Doubtful. All of this is of course contingent on his ability to squelch the issue of possible tax evasion until the election.

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Posted on January 18 at 1:18 p.m.

Nicely done! But c'mon, the right wing struggle with this issue is a never ending source of amusement for us all (even some of them, until they get caught with their pants down). I would wish that it never ended if not for the tragic consequences of their hatred.

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Posted on January 2 at 11:47 a.m.

It's not that Republicans oppose Obama's policies, they simply oppose Obama. Poster child for that is the so-called SS tax holiday, which, as originally proposed by Obama to be extended by a year, was opposed by the Republicans, then, when modified to be a mere two month extension they opposed that and said it should be for a year! Damn you, Obama, can't you just get it right? No, by definition, you can't.
What seems to be lost on Republicans is that you can't create wealth without a functioning infrastructure. Ours is crumbling, and is way out of date even when functional. This can only be remedied through government spending and appropriate taxation to cover the spending, which pumps money into the economy creating demand. This sudden fretting about the deficit would be comical if it weren't so tragic. Deficits are natural and necessary - it is the only way to create wealth unless you have a positive trade balance (which historically we don't). Japan's deficit is four times what ours is relative to the size of their economy, yet they provide health care for all and an incredible public transportation infrastructure, for example.
We can do better.

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Posted on June 16 at 12:55 p.m.

Always amusing to see a person who is allegedly wanting to be elected to serve the people spend all his time serving himself (and his puppetmaster).

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Posted on June 8 at 12:10 p.m.

Hopefully she'll stick with her platform of willful ignorance and self-serving interests!

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Posted on June 8 at 11:54 a.m.

A poignant reminder that we have to accept the bad with the good. Still, it seems odd that he has forsaken you. Perhaps there are pernicious influences on his behavior that remain hidden.

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