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Good thing that although none of us apparently have any self control or ability to think things through, we can rely on authors of opinions like this to keep us safe
ChetDude refers to "right wing trolls" on ADS boards. Why stop with right-wing? To be fair, left-wing serial posters like Benjamin Long and Autumn, Malcolm (Tripod) did their share of trolling.
I was both a participant and a lurker on the old ADS comment site. I enjoyed anonymous posting as I put in my comments from work computer and needed privacy. I enjoyed reading the vigorous exchanges on political topics about which I wasn't particularly opinionated or knowledgeable (Benghazi, Fast&Furious, Obamacare, immigration, etc.) and putting my two cents worth on a few topics I do know well. I learned a lot about the constitutional and election issues from posters like Langer and Harry Red Dog, gun rights/gun control issues from Wayne B. (Rain) and Harperman, enviro comments from folks like Skinnyman, SilverTones, Jerrod Sandhill, and Horquilla, and the super clever posts by Rat T. The information provided by the posters supplemented the many times thin or biased story lines written by ADS. Heck half the time, the fellow posters provided the links we needed to do something about what we learned or to fuller stories in other papers. I miss the rapid-fire conversations. The conversations now on the threads are slow, insipid, and boring, but hey, the folks all seem to agree with each other! Dissenters and provacateurs on the left, middle, and right have split.
How does support for a commemorative coin set signify lack of journalistic independence? How mean-spirited can you get? Punishing a good deed that helps all of us?
University of Arizona, O'Reilly Chevrolet, Sam Levitz, Sundt, and Research Corporation for Science Advancement are also "Presenting Sponsors" along with Rosemont Copper. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold is a "Supporting Sponsor" and Tucson Realty & Trust, Walgreens, Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care are "Contributing Sponsors". Why was Rosemont selected for special abuse?
We're going to get precious little attention to our Arizona Centennial owing to state budget cuts. Why degrade the one small bit of excitement kids are going to get froby makiing snide comments against one of the sponsors? A BIG THANKS to ALL the sponsors. It was a thoughtful gesture and appreciated by many.
There is no way to completely mitigate every impact that comes about because of our standard of living. A hole in the ground is far less than the thousands of square miles of asphalt pavement in our urban areas. including sqare miles of it in Tucson. How much of this urban desert will ever be remediated and returned to nature? Well I guess if you live in the flooded areas in the south, tornado-ripped areas in the midwest, and tsnami zones in the Pacific, you can count on being returned to nature some day. Thank God we live in Arizona. The mining areas have tons of wildlife including birds, bighorns, mountain lions, reptiles, and raptors. The animals adjust to big equipment and periodic blasting noise. They're safe from hunting and often have permanent sources of water.
University academics have almost a blank check when applying colorful propaganda to promote their views in the classroom so let's put this art professor into proper context.
Rosemont's ads are forward looking and link themselves to "green energy" such as solar and wind technology. A crusty old guy holding the solar panel outside a nursing home would have indeed been less appealing than the young girl...but once again they are linking themselves to the future.
Did y'all forget that behind every bit of "green technology" is very large quantities of high-purity copper that needs first to be discovered, tested for continuity/grade by expensive drilling and other metallurgical/mining/economic studies, permitted/approved, and ultimately excavated from an open or underground mine in a "scenic santa ritas" mountain range somewhere, then processed, and shipped to the manufacturing entities that need it.
Get over the advertising images...everyone in private and public companies uses favorable PR to promote and protect their brand. For once we don't have blatent sex trying to sell something.
Why are Canadian, Australian, Mexican, and British companies working here? It's a global economy remember? They're thinking in terms of resources to meet global needs and how to get the resources to all parts of the globe where demand, manufacturing, and energy needs exist. Plus the added bennies are that we have a stable government, well-understood environmental policies, general lack of corruption, disruption, kidnapping, beheadings, civil wars, epidemics, and other nasty features associated with the other parts of the world.
Why are ignoring the Spanish companies building solar facilities here in Arizona? Or is just mines that folks are complaining about and not the enviro impact related to vast solar fields or other manufacturing industries?
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