Actually, this mining company has never operated a mine, Augusta Resource is a speculator, not an experienced mining operator. An important note is the SSSR press release concerns the moribund stock price for Augusta Resource shares, now flirting with junk bond status. If shares dip below a buck, the fat lady may be singing sooner rather than later.
EPA holds the final hand and this latest news is good news to those of us who have been vocal in our opposition to Rosemont Mine.
Two weeks in and the ACA website remains DOA. The administration was well aware of problems and chose to roll the dice. And these problems with code, subcontractors, politics are well documented. So much for Obamacare, the president's signature legislative achievement. And these are self-inflicted wounds by the administration.
And Tom, pointing out the Republicans are beneath contempt is like shooting a duck in a barrel. Really? That's like pointing out the Democrats in Tucson are corrupt, venal and incompetent. Viva Rio Nuevo (I forgot we're not supposed to bring that up).
But we independents are a problem, right Tom? We just can't make up our minds which party is less dangerous. Gads. You've got to be brain dead to believe the garbage spewing from both parties.
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So I called the 800 number and spoke with a young man who did try to help by either unlocking the account or resetting the password. He told me his system - for accessing the main system - was also down. His advice try again next week.
This isn't about unanticipated volume flooding the system, this is about incompetence and not being ready for prime time. 10 days in and the administration has egg on its face rolling out the ACA marketplace, Obama's most likely signature legislative accomplishment.
Because "they did like a master reset to the system."
Good read, Tom. But for the record, the problems with the ACA website go beyond an unanticipated flood of those seeking insurance. Yogi was right and so was a comedienne the other night who described the "oops" being like 800 Flowers not anticipating so many calls on Valentines Day. But like I said, there are other problems with the site; we registered, were assigned a User Name and Pin, and immediately informed we were not recognized - an ID error. A "chat" with an ACA website expert informed us this was a continuing problem with the system. His advice - keep on trying.
BTW sent an email to Ron Barber a couple of days ago kvetching about the site and his recent brain farts - no reply.
If I'm understanding Serraglio's point, or at least one of them, Facebook is a sort of evil empire bent on monetizing (I hate this word) all communications flowing across and within its network. Yeah, that's why they exist or as the French would have it their raison d'etre. Serraglio's point is true but trivial. That the federal government, we've learned, has ready access to all communications on Facebook (and other social media site) is also true but deeply troubling; being an electronic massive data dump and NSA storage facility was not a primary goal of Facebook's founders.
So to many of us Facebook haters, the move by the Daily Star was a bridge too far, an inedible meal. You can be a liberal, libertarian or conservative and find adequate reason to opt out of the Facebook "community." You'd probably find common cause in your reasons including crude attempts at monetization, privacy concerns, or an overflow of unfiltered information from friends and relatives with too much time on their hands.
The ADS took the path of least resistance and the decision was probably made outside of Tucson; part of a corporate directive intended save money or generate additional revenues as the scrubbed up new commentaries somehow become interesting and palatable to a broad population of readers ...and go viral. Serraglio is correct, the new ADS online comments direction appears to be a massive failure with few bothering to bother and much of the same vitriol flowing (only much less of it). But that said, the Weekly comments section is also a pale shadow of the former ADS site even with its affording anonymity to posters. Maybe it's a trend, folks deciding not to contribute to the electronic noise.
Koz leaving the Republicans was not exactly a lightning bolt; his signing on as a Democrat was odd given he could have set another sail for the City and run as an independent. Seems, in light of electoral politics, he chose self-preservation over his vaunted independence and leaped from the fire pan of Republican extremism to the fire of Democrat incompetence and corruption. With the TRUE REPUBLICANS issuing fatwas from their caves, another good representative, Mr. Orr, is threatened with exile to RINOland. Sad to see Koz make such a self-serving choice for political survival, sadder still to see an intelligent and altruistic representative turning on the spit of his party's grill.
Serraglio is correct, to a point. The ADS comments section was for the most part part poorly moderated; and for those prone to swooning with the vapors after reading intemperate diatribes from those on the extremes, a swamp of excess and incivility. It was also a good place to argue substance and fill in the enormous holes in the reporting of a suspect pool of journalists. But to claim as Patrick O'Neill would have it, the Comments section is hugely improved, is strange. It is like suggesting a bowl of lukewarm pablum is an improvement over a bowl of well prepared chili. The few comments seeping in from Facebook, are colorless and insubstantial; this was to be expected.
I posted with some regularity. In the end my challenge to the the liberal/progressives who rightly took issue with the theatrics and idiocy in the state legislature was simple enough. I will as the lawyers would have it, stipulate the Republicans running the state are bizarre and childish. But, in self-proclaimed Baja, AZ we witness with mind-numbing regularity, the abject failure of the liberal/progressive Democrats in the City of Tucson and the County of Pima, to spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars and have, at the end, something to show for it; a return on the promises. Rio Nuevo, of course, is just one example among many where these folks have distinguished themselves as, at best, incompetent and at worst corrupt, venal criminals.
So maybe here, a local liberal or progressive will take the challenge and offer why it is a given that the Republicans running the state are troglodytes but the local Democrat machine in the Baja continues on a path of destruction without comment. I've issued this challenge a dozen times on the ADS boards without a response and would be happy to hear from someone here who believes the local Democrats are worthy of praise or even forbearance.
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